Virat Kohli on why Kuldeep and Chahal will be lethal at 2019 World Cup

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli has talked up the importance of having the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30.Kohli, speaking to India Today on Thursday, said Kuldeep and Chahal are going to be more lethal than ever, considering the World Cup format where all teams face the other nine in a round-robin group-stage format.”Of course, it’s going to be our main strength (the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal). We are going to play one team at one time. It’s not like a bilateral series where they can figure the variations out and come back in the next game. We are playing a different team every game,” Kohli told India Today.Kuldeep and Chahal have established themselves as India’s go-to-spinners in the limited-overs format of the game. India, it is safe to say, moved away from finger spinners after their inability to pick up wickets in the middle overs, especially in the Champions Trophy tournament in 2017.While selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said the veteran duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja would be rotated while getting Kuldeep and Chahal in the squad, the two wrist-spinners cemented their place with wickets in the middle overs and made it difficult for the finger spinners to return to the playing XI in ODIs and T20Is.Ever since forging a wrist-spin combination in the ODI squad, Kuldeep and Chahal have picked up 153 wickets between them in 81 matches. The two spinners were lethal in India’s historic ODI series win South Africa last year and went on to trouble batsmen in overseas conditions, let alone at spin-friendly home tracks.advertisementStressing Kuldeep and Chahal’s ability to strike consistently in the middle overs has helped India’s bowling at the death, Kohli added: “I mean, we have to give credit to both of them. The things that they have done in the last two years since they came into the team have been outstanding. The two youngsters to come out and bowl with such confidence and such flair. That’s actually been the most important factor for us, winning so many games.”They are taking wickets in the middle overs. That’s something we were lacking for a long, long time before. We never struggled in the death overs because of what they do in the middle overs. It’s all about bowling partnerships. They have come into the team beautifully and doing the job beautifully for us.”Also Read | Unfortunate to see so many people going after MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Indian dressing room like a living room, everyone relaxed: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso See:last_img read more

ISL: Delhi pip Bengaluru 3-2 with help of Daniel Lalhlimpuia brace

first_imgISL: Delhi pip Bengaluru 3-2 with help of Daniel Lalhlimpuia braceDaniel Lalhlimpuia scored two goals inside just three minutes to seal comeback win Delhi Dynamos over Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super Leagueadvertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 23:51 IST Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored a brace to help Delhi pip Bengaluru 3-2 (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDaniel Lalhlimpuia scored in the 77th and 80th minute to help Delhi beat Bengaluru 3-2Ulises Davila scored first for Bengaluru but Boithang Haokip made the scoreline levelSunil Chhetri scored in the 72nd minute to give Bengaluru the lead until Daniel’s heroicsDaniel Lalhlimpuia scored twice in three minutes as Delhi Dynamos FC stunned Bengaluru FC 3-2 in a closely fought Indian Super League clash in New Delhi on Sunday.Players from both sides wore black arm bands as mark of respect to the martyrs of the recent terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.Ulises Davila’s goal in the ninth minute gave Delhi the lead and opened the game up in midfield. Boithang Haokip scored in the 19th minute to bring Bengaluru level. Sunil Chhetri’s 72nd-minute strike looked to have put Bengaluru in the driving seat before Daniel Lalhlimpuia struck twice (77′, 80′) to seal a win for his team.The win meant Delhi are now unbeaten in their last five matches, winning three of them. Bengaluru, on the other hand, have lost three of their last five matches, picking up just four points after being unbeaten in the first 11 games of the season.Bengaluru, however, are perched at the top of the table with 31 points from 16 matches..@DanielLhpa was @DelhiDynamos’ super-sub as his quickfire-brace helped the Lions beat @bengalurufc! He is the Hero of the Match!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #DELBEN Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 17, 2019Bengaluru started on the front foot and almost scored in the first minute. Udanta Singh combined with Miku on the right flank, dribbled into the box and squared the ball back to the Venezuelan striker who shot wide of the target.Despite the visitors’ ascendancy, Delhi Dynamos drew first blood in the ninth minute. Nandhakumar Sekar’s low cross into the box was punched into the feet of Davila by an outstretched Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Mexican forward found the back of the net with a powerful shot.advertisementBengaluru were back in the contest in the 19th minute. Similar to the opening goal, Francisco Dorronsoro had trouble collecting a Xisco Hernandez cross from the right flank and his punch sent the ball to Boithang whose first-time shot struck the net.The #DELBEN Hero of the Match, @DanielLhpa entered the field in the second half and completely turned the tables on his former club @bengalurufc to bag 3 points for @DelhiDynamos.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 17, 2019The teams were much more cautious in their approach after the break.Delhi had chances to take the lead as the second half wore on but failed to convert them into goals. The league leaders, at the other end, pulled ahead in the 72nd minute.The visitors made full use of Delhi’s pressing and the space available behind the defence as Xisco found Chhetri’s run with a perfectly-weighted lobbed through-ball. The India striker dribbled into the box and poked the ball past Dorronsoro.Delhi’s attackers sprang to life and moved forward in search of the equaliser. They were rewarded in the 77th minute when Narayan Das delivered a teasing cross into the centre of the box from the left flank. Daniel brought the ball under control and slammed the ball straight at Gurpreet who could not prevent the strike from going into the net.Delhi looked a rejuvenated side in the second half and consistent pressure in the attacking third helped the hosts regain their lead three minutes later.Juanan’s defensive header off a Romeo Fernandes cross fell to Daniel. The former Bengaluru striker drilled a low shot towards goal which took a deflection off Rahul Bheke and beat Gurpreet at his near post.Daniel outmuscled Albert Serran and entered the box in the 86th minute. Gurpreet pulled off a good save to deny the striker a hat trick but the damage was already done by Delhi whose second-half performance gave them a morale-boosting win.Also Read | Club statement: Minerva Punjab has not forfeited I-League match against Real KashmirFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Daniel LalhlimpuiaFollow Delhi DynamosFollow Bengaluru FCFollow Indian Super LeagueFollow ISLlast_img read more

Boeing 737 Max 8 Crash: Top 3 Travel Insurance Questions Answered

first_imgPETERSBURG, Fla. March 13, 2019 — Following the second deadly Boeing 737 Max 8 crash in five months, international flight groundings and aircraft bans have many travelers concerned about flight safety. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers the three most asked questions about travel insurance coverage relating to Boeing 737 Max 8 flights. What if I’m too scared to fly? While airplane safety concerns may leave travelers fearful of flying, being too scared to travel is never a covered reason to cancel a trip under standard travel insurance policies. There are still some options available for travelers who want to change or cancel due to fear, such as the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade, but they come at a price. The Cancel For Any Reason benefit typically adds 40% to a policy premium and can refund travelers up to 75% of their trip costs if they cancel at least 2-3 days before their departure. To be eligible for this benefit, a traveler must buy their policy within 21 days of their initial trip payment and insure their entire trip cost. What if I want to change aircrafts? Choosing to change a scheduled flight due to aircraft safety concerns is not covered by travel insurance. Squaremouth recommends travelers check with their airline, as many are offering to cover change fees and fare increases specifically for those scheduled to fly on Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts. What if my flight is canceled or delayed? Travel insurance policies likely will not provide coverage for flight cancellations due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. In order for a grounded flight to be covered by travel insurance, it must be due to a mechanical failure of the aircraft or inclement weather. There are some cases where the Travel Delay benefit could provide coverage for additional meals and accommodations incurred during a common carrier delay. This varies by policy, and typically requires a delay of 6 hours or more. Squaremouth launched the Boeing Airplane Crash Travel Insurance Information Center. This online resource is updated with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and current government travel alerts and notices related to the crash.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance policies from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare travel insurance policies side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.comlast_img read more

Anniversary of Downloadable Books in Rural Nova Scotia

first_imgThe province is celebrating access to education and life-long learning with the one-year anniversary of the public libraries downloadable book collection in rural Nova Scotia. Downloadable books are popular in the province with Nova Scotians downloading over 2,000 more books and titles per month than they did this time last year. The start-up collection included 646 audio books and 378 e-book titles for both adults and young people on more than 70 subjects, fiction and non-fiction. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library invested $40,000 to set up the collection for the rural regional library boards. After an additional investment by these boards of $38,000, the collection now includes 1936 e-books and 1400 audio books. “This program not only appeals to those who love to read but it also appeals to people who may not be able to read the traditional book because of vision loss, learning disabilities, or a disability that prevents them from physically holding a book”, said David Wilson, Minister, Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Libraries remain an economical option for Nova Scotians, with the free public library card opening up a world of reading and information for families.” In August 2010, 1164 books were downloaded. In July 2011, the number had increased to 3364. Readers now also have access to 34,000 recently added titles whose copyright has expired and are now in the public domain. The new titles are a selection of classic fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres and languages. Readers can access classic romance, old westerns, and children’s books from authors that include Lewis Carroll and Beatrix Potter. “Since 2010 the increase in the use of e-books is kind of an industry-wide phenomenon,” said Dyan Perley, manager, Systems and Collections Access, Nova Scotia Provincial Library. “We’re hoping to reach the people who have recently purchased e-readers and, or are using e-book apps.” Anyone with a public library card can access the collection. Users can read or listen to the books on their home computers, laptops or handheld devices. The online collection works much the same way as a traditional library. If the title is borrowed, a library user can place a hold on it and be notified when the book has been returned. Unlike traditional borrowing, returns are automatic, so there are no late fees. People in the Halifax Regional Municipality have had access to a downloadable collection since 2008. The downloadable book collection is available at read more

Only 191 out of targeted 530 mohalla clinics built by 201819 Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP government has been able to build only 191 mohalla clinics by 2018-19 fiscal out of the target of constructing 530 such facilities by that time, according to the outcome budget released by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday. As many as 1,000 mohalla clinics are planned to be established in the city under the flagship project of the Delhi government. The AAP government had set a target of building 530 mohalla clinics by the end of financial year 2018-19, the outcome budget 2019-20 showed. However, according to data shared in the document, the number of such clinics built till that time stood at 191. The government has set a target of constructing 530 mohalla clinics by 2019-20. A mohalla clinic is a neighbourhood facility for providing free primary healthcare to the city’s residents closer home.last_img read more

Fantastic there is conversation Chris Hemsworth on changing gender norms in cinema

first_imgBali (Indonesia): Chris Hemsworth’s movie choices post his success as Thor have one thing in common — strong and independent female characters. The actor played a handsome but daft-headed secretary in an all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” and in his latest “MIB: International”, he features as Agent H opposite the franchise’s first on-field woman agent, Agent M (Tessa Thompson). The Hollywood star says even though he has not picked these movies keeping in mind the debate around gender, he is is happy that the change is finally happening. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “I am glad that people are now sort of well aware. And for younger generation, it is normal as opposed to my or the older generations. We sort of have to rethink about it. Making it a norm should be the aim. That’s important and I think it’s occurring,” Hemsworth told PTI in a group interview here. The 35-year-old Australian actor said the fact that audiences are open to female superhero films and have made movies like “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel” a huge success, shows the shift. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “It is fantastic that there is a change happening. There has been a conversation for a while now. You talked to people 10 years ago about of a female superhero film and most of them would have said it won’t work and so on. “I think ‘Captain Marvel’ or ‘Wonder Woman’… these films have made more money than any of the other stand-alones. These films have as much or sort of more following and appreciation than other films. For my kids in particular, Wonder Woman is their favourite superhero,” he added. Hemsworth said he has always enjoyed collaborating with women who are opinionated and working with veteran star Emma Thompson in “MIB: International” was one-of-a-kind experience. “I first met her at an event many years ago. She has the most wacky sense of humour and she is just incredibly kind and collaborative,” he said. The actor, however, admitted that he was initially “intimidated” by the Academy Award winning actor. “She’s the kind of person who you walk up to and you’re intimidated to work with. But she instantly puts you at ease. She is all about sort of having fun. And it’s interesting to see it in people like her, who are sort of Gods in the acting world.” Hemsworth said, for him, the biggest takeaway in working with seasoned performers like Thompson is their “humility”. “The humility these people have and also they still carry that sense of doubt like ‘Will this be my last job? ‘Am I any good at this?’ It’s quite comforting. “But it’s also part of the talent of people like Emma that keeps you grounded. It just forces you to work harder. It’s a pretty good motivator,” he said. The Sony Pictures India released “MIB: International” in the country on Friday.last_img read more

College student raped by teacher in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: A college student has allegedly been raped by a school teacher in a forest in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, the police said on Wednesday. The girl lodged a complaint at the Kuchinda police station, accusing the teacher of raping her in a forest in the area. The incident occurred on July 11 when the girl was going to her college. However, the matter came to light on Wednesday after the girl lodged a complaint after finding out that a video of the alleged incident was doing the rounds on social media. According to the complaint, the teacher asked the girl to accompany him to a shooting site where album songs were being filmed. However, the man took her to a forest and allegedly raped her. In another incident, the Sundargarh police have arrested four persons for gang-raping a college student. The victim was allegedly gang-raped by five youth, including three of her classmates. They allegedly raped the girl inside a forest while she was returning home on June 26. While the three classmates and another accused were arrested, the police are searching the fifth accused.last_img read more

A blessing to be here together Humboldt survivors to attend NHL Awards

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kaleb Dahlgren pushes Ryan Straschnitzki’s wheelchair up a ramp and onto a riser.Tyler Smith follows right behind and takes his spot in front of a sea of cameras and microphones inside a vast luxury hotel ballroom.It’s not how they wanted it to be, but the Humboldt Broncos, some of them at least, are finally back together.“Sharing stories and just kind of being (as much of) a team as we can again is important,” Smith said Tuesday. “We can cry together, we can do everything together and just kind of heal in our own way.“It’s just a blessing to be here together.”The Broncos were travelling together to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game on April 6 when their bus collided with a truck — a devastating crash on a flat, lonely stretch of Prairie highway that resulted in the deaths of 16 people, including 10 players.Of the 13 that survived, 10 are at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas at the invitation of the league and NHLPA.“It’s been fantastic,” said Straschnitzki, who was paralysed from the chest down. “These guys are such great guys to be around. It warms my heart. I’m really excited.”The remaining Broncos had not been in the same place since the crash, with nine of them flying into Las Vegas on Monday before Straschnitzki joined on Tuesday from Philadelphia where he’s undergoing physiotherapy.“You want to always go see your teammates,” Dahlgren said. “You’re with them four hours every day. You miss them. It’s nice to give everybody a hug and be with each other in this time.“I’m just thankful that we’re all here together.”The NHL Awards on Wednesday night will include a tribute to the Broncos, while Humboldt head coach Darcy Haugan, who was killed in the crash, is posthumously nominated for the inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.One of Haugan’s slogans for his team was “It’s a Good Day to be a Bronco” — something his surviving players continue to live by.“It was a very important quote,” Smith said. “A lot of guys will take that with us for the rest of our lives.“We’re all going to be Broncos forever. No matter what day it is, it’s a great day to be a Bronco.”The tragedy not only devastated the tight-knit community and province, but shook the hockey world as players and coaches from junior all the way up to the NHL reflected on the countless hours spent with teammates crisscrossing the country in buses on rural, wind-swept, winter roads.“It means so much for hockey and for all the NHL players to be able to come and share a few words with them and talk and just joke around with them,” said Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who is up for the Ted Lindsay Award. “It’s great to see them here. Just think about how far they’ve come from only a short time ago.“To see them here is really uplifting for all of us.”Dahlgren said it didn’t take long for the Broncos to get back to some of the banter that used to echo through their locker room.“We’re still giving each other the gears sometimes,” he said. “It’s good to have humour. You have to make the most of every situation that you’re in.“We’re trying to be positive and have a good time with each other.”Smith said the Broncos were far and away the closest team he was ever part of.“Either way we would have been a family until the end,” he said. “That’s what made everything really hard. There’s one wish I had for my birthday — to bring everybody back and just be together once again.”That they are, just with a big chunk of their heart still missing.—Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitterlast_img read more

Kevin Nealon To Host Benefit Concert For Jeff Jones

first_imgKevin Nealon is to host a benefit concert for songwriter/musician Jeff Jones.For the past several years, Jeff has been battling both MS and Parkinson’s Disease. As of recent Jeff’s condition has progressed to the point where he can no longer earn a living writing and performing music.The concert will include performances by organizer Stephen Bishop and his friends Dionne Warwick, Howard Jones, British pop star Rumer, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) backed by an all-star band and video tributes from One Direction, Michael McDonald, and more. Jeff toured with the Monkees and Stephen Bishop, amongst others, and has written songs for Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Stephen Bishop, Alabama, and Hurricane, to name a few.JAMMIN’ FOR JONES is a benefit concert created to raise funds to help Jeff offset large medical bills and living expenses while raising awareness about MS and Parkinson’s Disease.Date: Tuesday, April 28, 8:00 PM – Jammin’ for Jones Benefit ConcertLocation: Saban Theatre – 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211Ticket prices range from $50 to $175 (plus fees). Tickets are available at the Saban box office or through Ticketmaster.To simply donate, a Go Fund Me can be found here.last_img read more

Annan issues stark message to Security Council about impending catastrophe in Darfur

In an address to a Security Council meeting on Darfur, Mr. Annan stressed that the humanitarian and security conditions have become so dire that Council members must use all their means to convince Khartoum that UN blue helmets should take over the work of the existing African Union (AU) force.“It is time to act. Not only in Darfur, but by people around the world, this is seen as a crucial test of the Council’s authority and effectiveness, its solidarity with people in need, and its seriousness in the quest for peace,” he said.Almost 2 million people are displaced as a result of the brutal conflict that has engulfed Darfur, an impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, since 2003, while nearly 3 million people there depend on international aid for food, shelter and health care.The situation has worsened considerably since the signing in May of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) between the Government and some of the rebel groups it has been fighting. In the past two months, 12 aid workers have been killed – more than in the entire previous two years.Mr. Annan said the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will have to drastically scale back their humanitarian operations in Darfur unless the security situation improves.“Can we, in conscience, leave the people of Darfur to such a fate? Can the international community, having not done enough for the people of Rwanda in their time of need, just watch as this tragedy deepens?” he asked.“Having finally agreed just one year ago that there is a responsibility to protect, can we contemplate failing yet another test? Lessons are either learned or not; principles are either upheld or scorned. This is no time for the middle ground of half-measures or further debate.”The Secretary-General condemned the recent offensive by Government forces, which has included renewed aerial bombing and the deployment of thousands of armed troops, in violation of the DPA.He urged Khartoum to embrace resolution 1706, by which the Council voted to deploy a UN force of more than 17,000 peacekeepers across Darfur and said it “invites the consent” of the Sudanese Government.“My voice alone will not convince the Government,” said the Secretary-General, detailing his efforts to explain the transition to the Government, and to clear up any misconceptions or myths. “It is time now for additional voices to make themselves heard. We need governments and individual leaders in Africa and beyond, that are in a position to influence the government of Sudan, to bring that pressure to bear without delay. There must also be a clear, strong and uniform message from this Council,” Mr. Annan declared.Yassin Abdelsalam, Ambassador of Sudan – which has stated repeatedly that it does not want UN troops in Darfur – told the Council meeting that his Government remains open to dialogue and cooperation with the UN.But he said Council members had ignored or downplayed attacks by rebel groups and had not considered the Government’s own plan for stabilizing the situation in Darfur.Among the over one dozen participants addressing the Council, the League of Arab States’ Permanent Observer, Yaha Mahmassani, emphasized that cooperation was the only way to achieve a peaceful solution in Darfur, while the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s Permanent Observer Abdul Wahab said any UN deployment must have the consent of the Sudanese Government. read more

Commentary Big beards lead to playoff success

For sports fanatics all throughout the country, the months of April and May can deliver some of the most suspenseful and extraordinary performances of the year, with both the NBA and NHL playoffs under way. Over the past few years, a link between both sports is growing: the sudden appearance of facial hair during the playoffs. For even the most casual of hockey fans, this comes as no news. Growing a beard for the length of the playoffs has become more than a tradition for the athletes who play on ice. It is an unquestioned habit. According to John McGourty of the NHL’s official website, the 1980 New York Islanders were the original bearers of the playoff beard. Dave Lewis, a defenseman who was part of that team was quoted as saying, “It was part of the unity of our team, and I think we thought we probably looked a little more rugged with beards.” Whatever the reason, it sure worked. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. Then the tradition suddenly died. Eleven years later, the New Jersey Devils resurrected this tradition by dropping their razors, and, surely not by coincidence, they hoisted the Stanley Cup that year. Ever since, it has been practically an unspoken commandment for each player on a playoff-bound team to let the facial follicles run wild until they either win or are eliminated. Of course, this often can result in some of the most hilarious excuses for beards (refer to Jonathan Toews circa 2010, Sidney Crosby circa whenever). In 2006, the trend seemed to have reached the hardwood, as then-Cleveland Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas and another player, who shall remain unnamed, decided to give the tradition a shot. However, the following year Ilgauskas decided not to bring back the beard, alluding to itchiness and spousal criticism as his main reasons. (On a side note, it should be known that Cleveland did not win a championship in 2006, likely because of the fact that only a small handful of the players on the team were sporting face carpets, violating a critical rule in the code of playoff beard-ism.) In March, the Memphis Grizzlies organization decided they would adopt this tradition and, according to their team website, plan on giving out prizes to fans who join the players in foregoing shaving. The potential strength of playoff beard unity was on full display this past week as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies upset the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs, who were not sporting any more facial hair than usual. An integral part of the bearded bunch in Memphis, Tenn., is former Ohio State basketball star Mike Conley Jr., who played on the 2007 Buckeyes team that went to the National Championship. This superstition is not limited to the ice and hardwood. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger both lead their teams to the Super Bowl with strong arms and even stronger sets of facial hair. Those who have undergone this tradition, whether for unity, superstition or some other unknown reason, are not truly given enough credit. For the victors of the NHL playoffs, the razor is ignored for upward of three months. Three months without a shave. In just a few weeks, the beard becomes not only a burden for the bearers, but for their wives and children as well. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently told the National Post that his “lady almost shaved (his) beard off, because she didn’t really like it too much.” Luckily for Alzner and the rest of the Capitals, he quickly stopped her from doing so. Naturally, his team remains in the playoffs. The commitment these fierce and fuzzy athletes undergo each spring simply for a bit of good karma has certainly become the most underappreciated tradition in all of sports. The playoff beard tradition transcends race. It has made an appearance in nearly every major sport in not only our country, but numerous countries across the world. Playoff beards are apparently no longer even exclusive to the athletically gifted, as thousands of fans ditch their razors to display support. This hairy phenomenon has transcended virtually every barrier, aside from gender. Nevertheless, I find myself quite content with that. read more

Skyrim veteran Kickstarts a dinosaur hunting game

first_imgModern games are reaching previously unheard of heights in storytelling and visuals, but there is a disturbing lack of dinosaurs. Now one animator and developer is looking to give you a dino fix with his first independent game. Alex Fundora, who has game credits including Skyrim and Dungeon Defenders, has taken to Kickstarter to get funding for The Stomping Land, an open-world survival adventure game where you hunt dinosaurs to survive.The premise of The Stomping Land will appeal to fans of the Flintstones and young-Earth creationism alike. You control a primitive hunter in search of a meal. There are plenty of smaller (and presumably edible) dinosaurs around, but harvesting food from a downed animal takes time. Bigger, more aggressive creatures will descend on your prize unless you’re prepared.Fundora has built a system of tools and traps that can be used to fight off and distract dinosaurs. This is all preliminary, but the demo is looking impressive. It’s best to give the benefit of the doubt to any game that involves riding a dinosaur. Fundora also discusses some additional ideas that could be implemented in the final game, like a game map that is made up of constellations in the sky.Unlike some Kickstarters, The Stomping Land has set a low threshold for his goal. Fundora is only looking for $20,000 to get the game made. If that’s all he gets, this title will exist but it will be small and many of the more innovative features won’t be included. The stretch goals would allow Fundora to hire some help and make the final product more compelling.If the campaign raises $75,000 a few part-time designers will be brought on to speed up development. At $175,000 full-time artists will be hired to expand the world and improve the graphics. At $200,000 The Stomping Land will be designed with support for the Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter goes through June 6th, and judging from the early response, I don’t think he’s going to have any problem getting funded.last_img read more

San Diego receives more state funds to reduce homelessness

first_img Posted: January 15, 2019 San Diego receives more state funds to reduce homelessness January 15, 2019 Updated: 10:25 PM Sasha Foo, center_img Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego and San Diego County are receiving tens of millions of dollars to provide emergency help and programs for those who are homeless.According to the latest count, there are more than 8,500 people without permanent housing in San Diego County.As the largest city in the county, San Diego has been sinking more money over the last year into homeless shelters and services.The city now has three large bridge shelters in operation, which are taking 700 men, women and children off the streets every night.In the last 15 months, the city has teamed up with the non-profit group, Jewish Family Service to open up two parking lots in Kearny Mesa as a safe space for San Diegans who use their cars as shelter.Last summer, the city opened up a storage center in Sherman Heights so that people who live on the street would have a place to hold their possessions.All of these programs and facilities cost money. The State of California is now providing a large chunk of that funding. “The good news is the State is stepping up to the plate,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faluconer.The City of San Diego is receiving $14 million from the state’s HEAP program which is short for Homeless Emergency Aid Program.The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is picking up $18.8 million from the same state fund.Both of these monies are one time awards, and must be spent over the next two years.There’s a third source of funding that just became available, thanks to a Senate bill authored by State Senator Toni Atkins. $2.5 million is coming to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless with a requirement to spend the money in five years.Altogether, the three grants total just over $35 million for the region.The head of the Alpha Project, Bob McElroy said the greatest need is for shelter facilities. McElroy, whose group runs one of the city’s three bridge tents said more than 30% of the people who stayed in the Alpha Project tent over the last year were able to transition to longer term or more permanent housing. He scoffed at critics who said the number of people who find permanent housing should be much higher.The longtime homeless service provider said raising those numbers will be impossible unless more low income housing units are built. “We’re short 17,000 units of new low income housing every year in San Diego. That’s from the Housing Commission. Are we going to get there anytime soon? I don’t see it. But in the meantime, we should at least have a safe place for people to go,” McElroy said. last_img read more

Google Assistant Nest Hub Max and all the rest of the smart

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot The Google Nest brand: The Google smart home team and the Nest team have been working together since last year. At I/O, they joined together under a single name. The Nest Hub Max: The first product under the Google Nest brand, the Hub Max is a bigger version of the Google Home Hub, Google’s first smart display. It responds to the same voice commands and offers the same touch controls, but it adds a Nest Cam and more powerful speakers. The Nest Cam can detect motion. You can play and pause music with a gesture. It can pan and tilt to follow you during a video call, and it can recognize your face and trigger customized notifications. It’ll cost $230 and is due out this summer.Price and name changes: The Google Home Hub is now the Nest Hub. It will now retail for $130 instead of $150. The original Google Home now costs $100 instead of $130 and the Google Home Max is $300 instead of $400.Works with Nest is going away: Google will also encourage you to convert your Nest account to a Google account. If you have a smart home centered around a Nest product, here’s what you need to know.Just say stop: When a timer or alarm goes off on your smart speaker or smart display, you don’t need to use the wake words anymore to get it to turn off. You can just say stop. This feature is now active.More personalized advice: Your Google Assistant-powered smart display will be able to show better recommendations when you ask it for a recipe or if you search for podcasts or local events. It bases results on your search history. This upgrade is rolling out this summer. More contact details: The Google Assistant app will have a new tab called “You” which will organize your activity history and privacy settings. You can also see contacts in the tab and add details and relationships. Then, ask Google Assistant for the weather near your sister’s place and it can respond.Native controls for more devices: Security systems, showers, microwaves, garages and more will now work more naturally with Google Assistant.Privacy updates for better transparency: Google says it wants you to be aware of what data your device captures and what it does with that data, and rolled out new privacy policies for the smart home.A quicker smart home: The Local Home developers kit will let developers skip the cloud for device commands. Ordinarily, you tell your Google Home to turn off a Philips Hue light bulb, and the command goes to Google’s cloud, then the Philips cloud, then down to the bulb. This kit stores the command on the Google Assistant device and processes it locally, sending the command directly to the device over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.A more versatile smart home: Google showed off Google Assistant Connect, a developer kit that lets a nearby Google device handle all of the computing for a device so the developer can focus on more creative hardware.Better how-tos: Your smart display is going to be more helpful in more rooms of your home. Developers can use templates to mark YouTube videos. This is meant for instructional content. With the template in place, the how-to video plays on the side of the smart display while the steps are spelled out on the right. You can skip around in the video by tapping the steps. Now playing: Watch this: The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display Crutchfield 0 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know See All Mentioned Above Google Home See it While some of the developer-specific programs will need time to come to fruition, a lot of the updates to Google’s smart home will be active by the time the Nest Hub Max hits store shelves this summer. Read more: Google is replacing Works with Nest with Works with Google Assistant and it could make your smart home worse.   12 Photos Google I/O: We break down the highlights and lowlights… See It James Martin/CNET The dust is settling now that the Google I/O developer conference is nearing its end. At this point, we’re unlikely to see any more surprises, but the announcements from the show could make a big difference for the future of Google’s smart home offerings. Here’s everything smart home-related that Google announced at I/O. 4:47 Google Home Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Tags Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it reading • Google Assistant, Nest Hub Max and all the rest of the smart home news from Google I/O 2019 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Nest Google Assistant Bluetooth Google Philips Walmart Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it See It 4:38 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 $99 $69 $79 News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Post a comment • Smart Home Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display Google I/O 2019last_img read more

Reporters Notebook From Pakistan What To Expect As The Journey Begins

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:00 X Houston Public Media/News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee kicks off her trip to Pakistan as a visiting journalist.As she learns about the country’s culture, customs and laws, Laura will share her experiences by sending dispatches in her own words and sharing photos of what she sees. Day 1 finds Laura traveling from Houston to Washington, D.C. It’s the first stop where she will be introduced to her fellow journalist travelers. It’s all part of a cultural exchange mission between the United States and Pakistan.We invite you to listen to the first entry of her notebook above. And to follow along in her journey on Twitter and Facebook.Aurora LosadaNews 88.7’s reporter Laura Isensee is ready to start her Pakistan adventure, beginning with a stop in Washington D.C. Sharelast_img read more

Insurance Expert Predicts Increasing Costs For Houstonians With End Of ACA Subsidies

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Some health insurance experts say President Donald Trump’s decision to end the subsidies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can have a significant impact in Houston.The subsidies known as cost-sharing, which allow insurers to offer low deductibles and premiums, will be eliminated.The White House says President Trump is ending the subsidies because they were not formally appropriated by Congress.Ken Janda, president and CEO of the non-profit Community Health Choice, estimates there are about 200,000 people in the Houston area who benefit from the subsidies.Janda tells Houston Matters that insurance companies that provide care through the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will have to raise rates between 10 and 15 percent, and the middle class will carry most of the burden.“It’s those people that have very little premium subsidy, or no premium subsidy, that will actually be the most impacted. The actual low income people who get the cost sharing reductions will still get them, it’s just that somebody else rather than the federal government is going to have to pay for it,” says Janda.Janda also thinks the number of people in the Houston region without insurance will go up and that could cause a domino effect because hospitals and doctors will have to provide more health care that is not paid for, so they might have to increase their prices. 00:00 /00:56 Listen Xlast_img read more

GameStop Black Friday Sale Includes Deals on PS4 Pro Destiny 2 And

first_img Share Tweet Submit Most major outlets like Target and Best Buy unveiled their big Black Friday 2017 deals weeks ago, but the biggest video game retailer of them all has opted to play coy until now. Thankfully, GameStop finally released their Black Friday flier earlier this afternoon, and it looks like the chain is going all-out to undercut the competition.GameStop’s Black Friday 2017 sale includes bargains we’ve seen elsewhere, like a 1 TB PlayStation 4 for $199.99 and 500 GB Xbox One S for $189.99, but they’re also offering unique deals, like a PlayStation 4 Pro for only $349.99 ($50 off the regular price) and DualShock 4 controllers for $38. They’re also doling out crazy deals on games like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy ($20), Injustice 2 ($14), Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus ($25), and Destiny 2 ($27).Scroll on down for a full listing of GameStop Black Friday 2017 gaming deals:Hardware and AccessoriesPS4 Pro 1 TB — $350PS4 Slim 1 TB w/ $50 gift card — $200PSVR Gran Turismo Sport bundle — $300PlayStation VR — $200PS4 DualShock 4 controller — $38PS4 Gold wireless headset — $65PS4 T150 Pro limited-edition wheel — $220PS4/PS3 T80 racing wheel — $90PS4 DualShock 4 charging station — $15Xbox One S 500 GB — $190Xbox One S 1 TB w/ Shadow of War bundle — $300All Xbox One S 1 TB systems — $50 offXbox One red controller — $55Recon Tech Xbox One controller — $55Xbox One Fusion 2.0 wired controller — $25Xbox Live Gold three- and six-month memberships — $10 offXbox One Stereo wired headset — $45Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger wired headset — $35Afterglow Lvl2 wired headset — $20Turtle Beach PX24 wired headset — $50TMX Xbox One Pro racing wheel — $220Ferrari 458 Spider racing wheel — $90Xbox One wireless controller dual charging dock — $20Nintendo 3DS — $100New Nintendo 3DS XL — $140Nintendo Switch racing wheel two-pack — $6Nintendo Switch game case and protection kit — $6Nintendo Switch USB-C car charger — $6Nintendo Switch Upgrade Kit (kickstand, charge base, charge link, charge block, screen armor) — $50Nintendo Switch Complete Mario Charger (for Joy-Con/Pro Controller) — $25Nintendo Switch Complete Zelda Breath of the Wild Charger — $25Games $20 and Below Deformers (PS4) — $8Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Games Series (Xbox One, PS4) — $15MX vs ATV Supercross: Encore – 2017 Official Track Edition (Xbox One, PS4) — $15Has-Been Heroes (Xbox One, PS4) — $10The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) — $10EA Sports UFC 2 (Xbox One, PS4) — $10Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) — $15Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (Xbox One, PS4) — $15Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4) — $15The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series – A New Frontier (Xbox One, PS4) — $15Wolfenstein: The Two Pack (The New Order / The Old Blood)  (Xbox One, PS4) — $15Injustice 2 (Xbox One, PS4) — $14Agents of Mayhem (Xbox One, PS4) — $20BioShock: The Collection (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Cities: Skylines (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Constructor (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Dead Alliance (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Dying Light: The Following (Xbox One, PS4) — $20The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Everybody’s Golf (PS4) — $20Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4) — $20For Honor (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) — $20Hunting Simulator (Xbox One, PS4) — $20The Invisible Hours (PS4) — $20Knack II (PS4) — $20Lego City Undercover (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, NS) — $20Outcast: Second Contact (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Outlast Trinity (Xbox One, PS4)  — $20Prey (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Rainbow Six Siege (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4) — $20World of Final Fantasy (PS4) — $20Disneyland Adventures (PS4) — $20Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) — $20Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One) — $20Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) — $20Batman: The Telltale Series (NS) — $20Rayman Legends (NS) — $20Pokemon X & Y (3DS) — $20Dishonored 2 (Xbox One, PS4) — $20The Golf Club 2 (PS4) — $20Killing Floor 2 -(Xbox One, PS4) – $20Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One) — $20Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) — $20MXGP 3 (Xbox One, PS4) — $20MotoGP 17 (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4) — $20Sniper Elite 4 (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) — $20Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Xbox One, PS4) — $20Cuphead w/ free soundtrack sampler vinyl 45 (Xbox One) — $20Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition (PS4) — $20Games $25 to $30Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) — $25The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Final Fantasy XIV: Online Starter Pack (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Friday the 13th: The Game (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Nier: Automata (PS4) — $25Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Xbox One, PS4, NS) — $25The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One, PS4) — $25The Witcher 3: Complete Edition (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Dirt 4 (Xbox One, PS4) — $25Tekken 7 (Xbox One, PS4) — $25FIFA 18 (Xbox One, PS4) — $27Madden NFL 18 (Xbox One, PS4) — $27NBA 2K18 (Xbox One, PS4) — $27Destiny 2 w/ free Cayde-6 figure — $27Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Lego Dimensions (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (Xbox One, PS4, NS) — $30Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Sonic Forces (Xbox One, PS4, NS) — $30Yakuza 0 (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Super Bomberman R (NS) — $30Project Cars 2 (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Cars 3: Driven to Win (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One) — $30Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4) — $30The Sims 4 (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Persona 5 (PS4) — $30F1 2017 (Xbox One, PS4) — $30PES 2018 (Xbox One, PS4) — $30WRC 7: FIA World Rally Championship (Xbox One, PS4) — $30Games $35 and UpArk: Survival Evolved (Xbox One, PS4) — $35Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare w/ Modern Warfare Remastered (Xbox One, PS4) — $35Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy w/ sock bundle (PS4) — $35Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Xbox One, PS4) — $40Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One, PS4) — $40South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Xbox One, PS4) — $40Guitar Hero Live Ultimate Party 2 Pack (Xbox One, PS4) — $40WWE 2K18 (Xbox One, PS4) — $40Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One) — $40Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One, PS4) — $50NHL 18 (Xbox One, PS4) — $40Just Dance 2018 (Xbox One, PS4, NS) – $40Assassin’s Creed Origins w/ season pass (Xbox One, PS4) — $70These deals are valid from November 23 (Thursday) until November 26. GameStop’s doors will officially open on Thursday at 4PM, so start making your camping plans, now!I’ll admit, I’m usually not that into sales, but some of GameStop’s offers are hard to resist. See anything you need to pick up? You can check out all of Wccftech’s Black Friday 2017 coverage here.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact David Glasser, you may recall, was a Phoenix Police Offer and big-time Cardinals fan who died on May 19, 2016, from a gunshot wound sustained the day before when responding to a burglary.The team’s fifth and sixth-round choices will be announced by representatives from the Arizona National Guard and National Park Service, along with kids and coaches from the NFL Flag Football organization Flagstaff Primetime Athletics.Finally, the team’s seventh-round pick — No. 231 overall — will be announced by Chrisie Elser, who is a Cardinals season ticket holder.The Cardinals are joining every other team in the NFL in having Day 3 picks made from special locations while recognizing people who have made some kind of significant impact. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The third day of the NFL Draft is generally not viewed with as much fanfare as the first two, which is understandable since it features picks from rounds four through seven.But this year, seeing the announcements on Saturday morning may very well be worth it.The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that four of their Day 3 picks will be made from the Grand Canyon, with various people doing the honors.In the fourth round, Cardinals running back David Johnson will be joined by Cardinals cheerleaders and team mascot Big Red, as well as Kristen Glasser and her son, who are the wife and son of David Glasser, in making pick No. 120 overall. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling David Johnson meets with the media on Monday, Jan. 2. last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 28 2019 12

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2019 12:18 pm PDT NEW ORLEANS — After a decades-long career as a TV weather forecaster, meteorologist Carl Arredondo is signing off Friday due to vision problems.Arredondo announced Feb. 19 that he had a rare genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa that was eroding his peripheral vision, and that his last day at WWL-TV in New Orleans would be March 1.The station aired a segment Tuesday detailing Arredondo’s condition and showing him negotiating the city’s streets with a white cane that he’s learning to use.Arredondo joined WWL-TV in 1991 after leaving The Weather Channel.During his time at the station he’s covered numerous weather events and hurricanes including 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.After leaving the station, Arredondo will join Lighthouse Louisiana, a non-profit that works with people who are visually and hearing impaired.The Associated Press Longtime New Orleans meteorologist Carl Arredondo signs off AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carl Arredondo, WWL-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, puts on makeup as he prepares for a live newscast at the station in New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Arredondo announced February 19 that he had a rare genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa that was eroding his peripheral vision, and that his last day would be March 1. (Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune via AP) last_img read more

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