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Image Courtesy: Getty/Eamonn HolmesAdvertisementManchester United have just played a confidential friendly against EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Carrington, but the details have leaked on social media, along with a possible anticipation of the ongoing Harry Maguire situation.Image Courtesy: Getty/Eamonn HolmesThe details of the pre season face off between the Red Devils and The Riversiders was suppposed to be undisclosed, but Twitter user @barneyrednews has revealed some particulars of the classified match.Red News Exclusive. Ole had the boys working very hard today. A very strong MUFC XI played against Blckburn (4-0, Lingard 2, Chong, Greenwood) under 23s behind closed doors at Carrington and Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba both played minutes. Harry Maguire watched some of it.— Barney @Red News (@barneyrednews) August 4, 2019The under 23 match ended with Solskjær’s side thrashing Rovers 4-0, with Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood both getting their names up in the scoresheet, along with Jesse Lingard netting a double.Devils starmen Alexis Sánchez and the rumoured wantaway Paul Pogba, who is linked with an exit to Serie A champions Juventus, all earned time on the field.United’s transfer target Harry Maguire was seen leaving hotel and meeting Solsjkaer before the match. The Leicester City defender, who’s speculated £80 million transfer to Old Trafford, if follows through, will make the England international the costliest defender in history.The 26 year old was rumored to be in the starting 11 against Rovers. However, the center back was reported to be a spectator in the dugout.Following the match, Maguire was seen leaving Carrington in his car, and in the backseat, a white United bag with ‘Old Trafford’ written on it was seen. Could this be a hint at the possible outcome of the deal?Advertisement
Why the Vitara Brezza will go down in the annals of Indian automotive industry is not because it is a sub-4m SUV but because it was conceived, designed and engineered by a predominantly Indian team, led by an Indian who was the chief engineer of the project. The team led by C V Raman took the Suzuki Global C platform as the starting point and the biggest challenge was to engineer the car so that it was sub-4m in length, without compromising on looks and SUV proportions.The Brezza gets the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that we have seen on most Marutis but in a higher state of tune, like on the S-Cross. Since the C-platform also underpins the Grand Vitara in Europe, the engineers already had a good starting point and it was a matter of repackaging, and ensuring that the car reflected the needs of the urban SUV buyer in India.The IP has mood lighting surrounds. The result is in fact excellent. The car looks good, and in fact looks like a much larger SUV than it actually is. It will perhaps be the best looking sub-4m car in the country and actually incorporates the best of Suzuki design that has been successful in the past including the floating roof concept from the Swift with the blacked out pillars. In addition the car is available with white, black or body coloured roofs as part of the Urban, Sport and Glamour packages.Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza outsells Ford EcoSport in MarchadvertisementA bold front grille with projector headlamps, muscular sides and accentuated wheel arches with 16-inch wheels that all add to the SUV-looks. In fact, CV Raman was quite clear to point out that despite starting out with two approaches to the car, an SUV and a crossover, a conscious decision was made to proceed with the former.The touchscreen is the standard Maruti unit seen on the S-Cross, Baleno and Ciaz. At launch the SUV is powered with a diesel engine only, though Maruti says an appropriate petrol engine option will be added at a future date. The engine is the same 1,248cc unit that powers most of the Maruti-Suzuki diesel range but in the Brezza the unit is tuned to a max power output of 90bhp and peak torque of 200Nm, the same figures as on the S-Cross. It is mated to a five-speed gearbox with an intention to make the Vitara Brezza a sprightly performer.Auto climate control is easy to use and has large buttons. The interiors keep pace with the exterior and the engineers at Maruti have done the best to make them premium and in sync with the bold sporty approach on the outside. Starting from the instrument panel that has what Maruti likes to call mood lighting but is in fact speedo and tacho surrounds of customisable colours with an option to choose amongst five different colours with high seating by which an under seat tray can also be incorporated. The Brezza comes with the same infotainment system that does duty on the Baleno and the S-Cross. But there are a few firsts as well, like the dual glove compartment with the top one being cooled for keeping water bottles etc, and the bottom one being illuminated and incorporating a card holder for your papers and other items. There are coat hooks, shopping bag hooks and hanger hooks as well as seat back pockets on the inside in addition to a floor console with place for two cup holders and am armrest which also features storage. There is also a rear centre armrest with built-in cup holders. Overall the interiors are modern and well suited to Indian needs and desires.Also Read: Vitara Brezza vs NuvoSport vs Baleno vs CretaThe Brezza feels like a large hatchback to drive, though the high seating ensures that you feel a bit of the body roll. Large tyres help provide adequate grip while cornering and the car feels stable on all road surfaces. It is sprightly in the lower gears and makes for an excellent urban commuter but runs out of steam in the higher gears on the highway, probably because Maruti-Suzuki had to ensure the vehicle was the most fuel efficient in its class. And at 24.3kmpl, it is by a long margin, as tested and certified under rule 115 of CMVR 1989.Reading lights up front and a second cabin light in the middle of the roof are a step up from some hatches. While a driver’s side airbag is standard in all variants, ABS with EBD and a passenger side airbag is available as standard on the top two variants and available as an option on all the other variants.advertisementThe upper glovebox will keep your drinks cool. VerdictThe Vitara Brezza is a sub-4m vehicle and that’s where its main competition lies. It looks better proportioned than any other sub-4m vehicle and even looks like a much larger SUV. And here is where it scores – not only does it look great on the outside, it is filled with features and equipment, all that you could ask for in fact. Its high seating and ground clearance are a boon to any driver and are essential for most Indian cities. Added to the looks of a large SUV, is the ultra fuel efficient powertrain which makes it as affordable to run as any car in its segment, as well as segments above and below. The long wait for an urban SUV from Maruti has not been in vain!Also Read: Maruti Suzuki increases production of the Vitara BrezzaThe Vitara Brezza even has a place to hang your shopping bag.The Vitara Brezza stands out due to its dual tone colour scheme.
Bangkok, Dec 4 (PTI) Scoreboard of the final match of the Bangkok, Dec 4 (PTI) Scoreboard of the final match of the Womens Twenty20 Asia Cup between India and Pakistan here. India Women: Mithali Rai not out 73 Smriti Mandhana c Asmavia Iqbal b Anam Amin 6 Sabbhineni Meghana run out (Javeria/Sidra) 9 Veda Krishnamurthy lbw b Sadia Yousuf 2 Harmanpreet Kaur b Anam Amin 5 Jhulan Goswami c Javeria Khan b Sana Mir 17 Anuja Patil not out 0 Extras: (W-8, NB-1) 9 Total: (For 5 wkts; 20 overs) 121 Fall of wkts: 1-24, 2-68, 3-73, 4-89, 5-120. Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 3-0-23-0, Sana Mir 4-0-23-1, Anam Amin 4-0-24-2, Sadia Yousuf 4-0-15-1, Nida Dar 4-0-29-0, Iram Javed 1-0-7-0. Pakistan Women: Ayesha Zafar b Goswami 15 Javeria Khan c Kaur b Bisht 22 Asmavia Iqbal b Pandey 1 Bismah Maroof c & b Patil 25 Nain Abidi st Verma b Preeti Bose 9 Iram Javed st Verma b Bisht 3 Nida Dar not out 12 Sana Mir not out 12 Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-3) 5 Total: (For 6 wkts; 20 overs) 104 Fall of wkts: 1-24, 2-28, 3-56, 4-75, 5-79, 6-81. Bowling: Ekta Bisht 4-0-22-2, Anuja Patil 4-0-18-1, Jhulan Goswami 4-0-19-1, Shikha Pandey 2-0-17-1, Preeti Bose 4-0-18-1, Harmanpreet Kaur 2-0-8-0. PTI CM CM
I’ve become a big fan of the Harvard Business Review blogger Peter Bregman, who advises CEOs and has good counsel for the rest of us on leadership, professional growth and being yourself.He also has the occasional tip on managing your time. He recommends making two lists each morning:List 1: Your Focus List – This is what you most value, what makes you happy and what you want to achieve. The idea is to design your time around these things.List 2: Your Ignore List – These are the distractions. What are you willing to skip or not achieve? What gets in the way of what matters?I don’t know about you, but my first list is clear. My problem is I don’t have a second list. Or sometimes I do, but it’s too short. I’m going to start making a bigger, better List 2.
Heena Sidhu was elated with her record-breaking performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games which helped her win her first CWG gold medal.The ace shooter had bagged Silver at the 10m Air Pistol event on Sunday. Two days later, she broke a Commonwealth Games record to win GoldIncidentally, this is her first major medal in the 25m pistol event with most of her other podium finishes being in 10m air pistolHeena Sidhu: The story of an accidental shooter who went to become a legendNaturally, Sidhu was thrilled at the end of a tiring day. In fact, her score of 38 is good enough to give her a real shot at an Olympic medal.”I am very happy that I got my first individual medal in 25m Pistol event. It’s also my first Gold at the Commonwealth Games with a new CWG record. In fact, the score I shot at the finals is good enough for any Olympic final as well. We have been working very hard on the finals and winning.. It’s shaping up really well now,” Sidhu told India Today.However, an Olympic medal is no mean feat. Sidhu, a seasoned professional, said it was important to prepare well and focus on the job at hand.”Whether it’s the Olympics or any other competition, you cannot really guarantee a medal. You can only guarantee a good performance.”You have to do what you have been working to do, With every match, the confidence rises but it can also backfire.advertisementCommonwealth Games 2018, Day 6: Medals Tally”You are going to all the matches with so much pressure and if you don’t perform, by the time the Olympics come, you feel you are not well prepared. The preparation is key, you have to make sure that you are walking towards your goal with every match. With this match also, that is what happened – we worked on certain things and in the match, I could deliver on that front. That really gives me a lot of confidence,” she said.CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu follows up 10m Air Pistol Silver with Gold in 25m PistolSidhu said the Commonwealth Games bring a lot of pressure because of the media scrutiny. But she said athletes wanted to prove themselves at the Games to bring glory for their country.”There’s a lot of media attention and the Games have the tradition of countries competing against each other. That brings a lot of pressure but that’s one of the reasons why athletes want to perform better at the Games rather than the World Cups or World Championships because it brings glory to their countries.”However, she said World Cups are important as well and it was important for her to keep performing in every tournament.
Manchester United Mourinho: Man Utd system can support Ibrahimovic and Lukaku Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 08:21 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United v Newcastle United Newcastle United Premier League The Old Trafford boss believes his system can let both strikers be on the pitch at the same time, now that the Swede has returned Jose Mourinho believes that his system can allow for both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be on the pitch at the same time. It was confirmed on Friday that the Swede was back after a seven-month injury lay-off and that he could feature against Newcastle on Saturday.Lukaku 15/8 to score first v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the Belgian having solidified his spot at as the focal point of Manchester United’s attack so far this season, questions have been asked over whether or not Mourinho will rotate his two strikers, but the former Chelsea boss does not see any reason the two can’t take the field together. “[Ibrahimovic] can play everywhere and, this season, we’ve played with two strikers many times,” the boss told a press conference. “We’ve played [with two strikers] so many times, especially when we play with three at the back, with wing-backs, it allows us to bring in a second striker.”We are ready to do it,” he added. “We’ve been preparing ourselves since pre-season – when we started playing three at the back – so they can play together, no problem.”While we may soon see Ibrahimovic and Lukaku on the field together, it won’t be from the off in Saturday’s contest against Newcastle. The 36-year-old may be back in the squad, but his manager isn’t ready to run him out in the starting side just yet. “As a start, I see him on the bench and it’s where I see him,” the manager said. “It’s where he’s going to be tomorrow [Saturday], on the bench.”Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo are all slated to return to the squad this weekend after long injury lay-offs, with United hoping to close the eight-point gap between them and rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
zoom World’s largest ocean container carrier Maersk Line plans to reduce CO2 emissions per container moved by 60% by 2020 compared to levels from 2007, according to the recently launched Maersk Line 2014 Sustainability Update. With the launch of this new CO2 reduction target, Maersk Line is accelerating the effort to reduce its carbon footprint whilst growing the business. The impact of this new target is a sustained decoupling of economic growth from CO2 emissions.To achieve the target, average fleet CO2 performance will have to be below current E-class (15,500 TEU capacity) performance today.In absolute terms, Maersk Line expects to grow with the market, that is approximately 80% growth in volume by 2020 compared to 2007 while reducing total CO2 emissions by 40%.Aggregating avoided emissions, Maersk Line says it will have saved the climate approximately 200 million tonnes CO2 from 2007 to 2020. This is the same as annual greenhouse gas emissions from over 35 million passenger vehicles which is approximately the same as all passenger cars in France.In 2014, Maersk Line also launched the Carbon Pact challenge. The Carbon Pact is a long-term partnership wherein Maersk Line commits to a CO₂ target specifically tailored to the business of the individual customer. As part of the agreement, both companies also pledge to jointly drive transparency and promote more sustainable procurement – raising the bar for the entire industry.”Maersk Line shares aspirations for sustainable, profitable growth with many of our customers. By committing to reducing supply-chain emissions, we’re demonstrating our commitment to delivering tangible carbon savings,” said Stephen Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Line.
The Department of Natural Resources has made $25,000 in wheelchair accessibility enhancements at Martinique Beach Provincial Park. Improvements include widening the boardwalk from the parking lot to the beach edge, adding a new stone path that can support heavy wheelchairs and scooters, and installing a larger change house and a larger outdoor washroom to accommodate people with mobility disabilities. The upgrades have been completed in time for They Will Surf Again, an event for persons with disabilities being held Saturday, Sept. 20. The park was chosen for its surf and slope of terrain. “I’m very pleased with the province’s support for this international event. The government of Nova Scotia is dedicated to inclusiveness, recognizing people with disabilities, and tomorrow’s event will show that commitment,” said Kevin Murphy, MLA for Eastern Shore, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. Mr. Murphy is a quadriplegic and uses a wheelchair. “We are thrilled the province came through with these important accessibility improvements in time for the They Will Surf Again experience,” said Paula Green, an occupational therapist and event co-ordinator. “We expect a fun, fulfilling time for surfers and volunteers.” They Will Surf Again, an award-winning program founded by California-based Life Rolls On, hosts adaptive surfing events across North America. The Martinique Beach Provincial Park event will be the first in Canada. Twenty adaptive surfers will participate, leaving their wheelchairs to ride surfboards while sitting or lying down. It is planned to be an annual event. Typically, the events attract travellers and media attention, bringing greater awareness to the capabilities of wheelchair users. More information about the event and all of Nova Scotia’s provincial parks is at www.novascotiaparks.ca .
Paris: Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor sliced 17 seconds off the world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday as he won in 58min 01sec. Kamworor improved on the 58:18 set in Valencia last year by his compatriot Abraham Kiptum. The 26-year-old Kenyan clearly likes the Danish capital as it was the scene of the first of his three world half-marathon titles. Kamworor broke away from the pack and raced alone for the final 11 kilometres, defying the heavy rain that fell briefly with 37 minutes on the clock. He covered the next five kilometres segment in a swift 13:31, reaching 15 kilometres in 41:03, 11 seconds inside sub-58-minute pace. Although he slowed slightly in the final quarter, he was still well inside world record pace but the clock agonisingly ticked over 58 minutes as he crossed the line. Birhane Dibaba Adugna of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 1:05:57, taking almost two minutes off her lifetime best.
Fez – Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech ranks 59 of the best 100 universities and educational institutions around the world for 2015, according to a study by British magazine “Times Higher Education.“The Moroccan university tops the list of all universities included from the Arab world.The study compares newer universities that are under fifty years old based on thirteen performance indicators about the learning environment, research quality, influence and excellence among its peers, and its ability to help industry with innovations. The report indicates that some of these newer universities have made progress ranking further up the list this year, while others have retreated. The list features sixteen universities from Australia, outnumbering Britain’s fifteen, while East Asian universities continued their progress to compete with the best Anglo-American ones.The “Polytechnic” federal school in Lausanne, Switzerland topped the list at number 1, followed by Pohang University of Science and Technology in Seoul, while Republic of Korea’s Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology ranked third.The USA and Germany each had seven universities on the list, while Spain and France had six and five universities respectively.The report praised the significant and rapid progress that Spanish universities have made. The Autonomous University of Madrid was in fifty-eighth position last year, but now is in forty-sixth place.
He said that the President had advised the Speaker to follow the Constitution and Parliament procedure to submit the motion of no-confidence against the cabinet of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Government today blamed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for the political crisis escalating in the country.Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Speaker had failed to act independently in Parliament. Rambukwella said that the Speaker had not followed the advise of President Maithripala Sirisena. However Rambukwella said that the Speaker had violated Parliament procedures to pass the no-confidence motion.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the Government was not given the amended copy of the no-confidence motion before Parliament sessions began today. He said that the Speaker had also not taken action against a United National Party member who had a knife in Parliament yesterday.Samarasinghe said that Government members had protested at the seat of the Speaker over his failure to take action against the United National Party member.“The Speaker is responsible for everything that happened today,” he said. Samarasinghe said that the actions of the Speaker paved the way for the international community to be given the wrong picture of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
The number next to Tennessee’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, 11, makes the Volunteers look like heavy underdogs against Michigan on Friday night. How Tennessee got to the Sweet 16 makes it look like a serious upset threat.Teams that are underseeded tend to outplay their seed, as I wrote last week. So do teams that have to play their way into the main tournament bracket, which I wrote about in a separate article. Yet most of these teams still lose their next game, when they face heavy favorites. Tennessee, thanks to a kind draw, is in the small group of teams that were underseeded, had to play their way in, and then won their next game. Similar teams went on to achieve major tournament success.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings on Selection Sunday ranked Tennessee as the 13th best team in the country, worthy of a No. 4 seed. And the Volunteers have played like it since, winning their play-in game over Iowa by 13 points and then crushing UMass and Mercer by 19 and 20, respectively. No other team got to this year’s Sweet 16 with two wins as lopsided as Tennessee’s.The Volunteer’s next opponent, Michigan, is the Midwest’s second seed and reached last year’s championship game. The Wolverines are favored over Tennessee by 2.5 or three points by Las Vegas sports books.But teams like Tennessee have been dangerous at this stage. The Vols — by virtue of beating Iowa and playing their way into the tournament — joined a group that historically outperforms its pre-tournament level by two points per game. Those two points, however, usually aren’t enough against their next, higher-seeded opponents.By beating UMass, Tennessee became just the 33rd play-in winner to win its next round (including in that group teams that had to win games in the early 1980s to advance and face a team that got a bye). How much these teams were underseeded is correlated (R>0.32) with three measures of later success: margin of victory in their next game, subsequent tournament wins and eventual finish. (The last two aren’t redundant because the tournament’s field size and number of rounds have changed.)Underseeded Play-in Winners That Won Their Next GameFive of the 32 teams before Tennessee were underseeded by four or more, according to their pretournament Simple Rating System ranking, as calculated by my colleague Benjamin Morris. (Pomeroy ratings don’t go back to the 1980s.) All five won their next games in the tournament — as Tennessee did against Mercer — and four went to the Final Four, including national finalist UCLA in 1980. No team before Tennessee was underseeded by even six spots; the Vols were slotted seven spots below where they should have been.FiveThirtyEight’s model, which takes into account Pomeroy’s ratings and teams’ performance during the tournament, gives the Vols a 47 percent chance of beating Michigan on Friday. The game is essentially a tossup – a rarity for a matchup between a No. 2 seed and a No. 11.
For the second time since April, Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner has been shot, according to police. This time, Turner’s injuries sustained are much more serious, as Turner was initially listed in critical condition and the 17-year-old girl he was with was killed.The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that Turner survived the night and was upgraded to stable condition.Turner, 18, and 17-year-old Tracy Banks were both shot multiple times Saturday morning in Youngstown. Police said Turner was found lying near a stop sign at an intersection outside of the house in which Banks’ body was found.The linebacker/defensive end recruit played at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after transferring from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he was declared ineligible before his senior year.He was shot twice April 17 while riding as a passenger in a car that contained marijuana and several guns, according to the police report. Turner downplayed the incident on his personal Facebook page, writing that he “just got hit twice is all” and that he “still can play football so its all gravy.”His Facebook page has since been deactivated.OSU coach Jim Tressel issued a statement, saying, “I’m so sad to hear of Jamel’s misfortune. I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time.”Stay tuned to www.thelantern.com for further updates.
A new documentary will show the moment Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood arrived by stretcher at a London hospital coping with the immediate aftermath of the attack.Five people died in the rampage, which saw Masood drive at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.The 52-year-old attacker was then shot by armed police and was the first casualty to arrive at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where he was pronounced dead.A camera crew filming series two of the BBC Two documentary Hospital were at St Mary’s on March 22 and captured the fatally wounded Masood being stretchered in. Shortly after his arrival, a member of staff is heard saying: “The first one is RIP.”The episode also tracks the progress of three people injured during the attack – two French teenagers on a school trip, and a 40-year-old British man who was on a birthday excursion in the capital. All non-emergency surgery is cancelled, and doctors must decide which existing patients are well enough to be transferred to another hospital to free up beds.Dr Alison Sanders, clinical director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “When a major incident happens, within 12 minutes the entire hospital has kicked into a completely different way of working, and obviously, subsequently we’ve had to do that twice more since this programme was made (with the London Bridge attack and the Grenfell Tower fire). “It just demonstrates, that’s something that won’t be unique to us, it’s a countrywide ability of the NHS to step up on top of what is already huge pressure.”She added: “We have to do something entirely different with zero notice, and you see everybody just switch into it, and then the following day we have to go back to normal because the work is still building up, the ambulances will still be coming in, as soon as we open the doors again, the floodgates open.”The first episode of Hospital series two airs on BBC Two on Tuesday June 20 The Hospital camera crew were just two or three days into recording the new series, which follows the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, when a meeting being filmed at St Mary’s was interrupted by news of the attack.Staff at the hospital, one of London’s “major trauma centres”, are seen quickly putting a major incident plan into place as they prepare to receive the first casualties. Simon Dickson of programme maker Label1, said of the decision to include the attacker: “He’s part of the story, and his appearance in the film is as you see it.”It’s brief, but his arrival is a key part of the day, and that is fully reflected in the way that scene is handled.” Masood’s family were not consulted about showing him, and his face is blurred out in the footage.BBC Two controller Patrick Holland said: “The decision was made to treat him in exactly the same way, from the point of view of the hospital.”That’s where we’re seeing him, that’s where the audience is being allowed to see this incident unfold, he’s the first casualty that comes to the hospital and we followed the same protocol that we do with any other patient which is that if they don’t consent, you blur them.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Apple still undeniably has the most to boast about in the mobile arena when it comes to developer momentum: the iOS App Store just passed the 300,000th App Mark, compared to which Android and Windows Phone 7‘s app numbers are just a drop in the bucket.Still, that momentum may be flagging now as Android gains traction and consumers get excited about Windows Phone 7: according to a new report titled”States of the Apps Industry Snapshot” released by Millennial Media, developers are most interests in the Android, Windows Phone 7 and iPad as platforms for their mobile apps in 2011.The snapshot compares developer interest in various platforms from 2010 and compares them to projected interest in 2011. As you can see in the pie charts above, back in 2010, the iPhone and iPad together represented more than half of developer interest. Things have radically shifted since then: the iPhone has dropped from 30% to a mere 8% while the iPad has roughly stayed level. Meanwhile, interest in developing for Android has shot up to 29%, and — shockingly — interest in Windows Phone 7 app development is now at 20%/Given these numbers, it looks like Android and Windows Phone 7 will see the biggest growth next year… and it’s possible that Android might even finally overtake iOS in 2011 as the biggest platform in mobile. What a difference a year makes.Read more at Ars Technica
id Software’s Tim Willits revealed in a recent interview that the studio’s upcoming shooter Rage will feature an online pass that gates off some content solely to original buyers, but the company’s approach will be more subtle than that of other companies to use such passes.“Have you found any sewer hatches?” asked Willits to his Eurogamer interviewer. (Sewer hatches appear to be non-essential branches off into separate parts of the game world, comparable to Vaults in Fallout 3.) That content, the hatches, will be open to first-time buyers. It’s downloadable content, Willits explained, but doesn’t require payment if you buy a new copy of the game.Willits downplayed the importance of this content. “Most people never even see it,” he said of the hatches. In essence, the content behind a paywall is far less central to the game than, say, the game’s entire multiplayer component (as EA Sports games have started doing) or large, story-critical parts of the single-player campaign. When walled off sections of the game are put right in people’s faces complaints can start, but by using them as bonus material EA aims to keep all customers happy.That line of questioning turned into requiring persistent connections, as upcoming hits Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3 are confirmed to do. Willits believes that the industry is headed that way. Half-Life 2 launched Steam, and Diablo 3 will “make everyone else accept the fact” that connections will be required, he said. Moreover, he supports requiring persistent connections and wishes that gamers would “have that be acceptable.” Anticipating anger from the masses, he persisted. “In the end, it’s better for everybody,” he said, citing the convenience of automatically updated games and new content. He added that “juggernauts” like Valve or Blizzard have to be the ones to force these changes in the industry. “I’m always connected,” he concluded. “Our fans are always connected.”via Eurogamer
Police solve 40-year-old murder case of ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer A controversial DNA technique known as familial DNA was used to identify the killer. Share49 Tweet Email1 36,281 Views Jan 31st 2017, 1:10 PM By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3214769 The ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley (on the left) was murdered in 1976. 12 Comments Short URL Troyer, who had been suspected of committing several other sexual assaults in California, was shot and killed by police after escaping from a California prison in 1982, McDonnell said.As investigators began to hone in on him as a possible suspect last year, they were able to obtain a sample of his DNA that was held in the Orange County coroner’s office and conclusively link him to Klaas’ slaying, Katz said.The arrest brought closure to a family that has struggled with questions for decades, Medley told reporters at a news conference yesterday.“It’s been something we’ve been hoping for and speculating about for 40 years and all of a sudden they say, ‘We got him and here’s who did it,’” Medley said. “It’s just nice to be able to close the book on this.”Read: ‘A brutal and frenzied attack’: New appeal into 1982 murder of Late Late Show set designerRead: The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher, stabbed to death in his kitchen, is a decade old MORE THAN FOUR decades after the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley was raped and killed, officials announced yesterday that they used DNA to identify a suspect in the slaying: a man who was killed by police in 1982.Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said investigators believe Kenneth Eugene Troyer was responsible for the January 1976 slaying of Karen Klaas.The 32-year-old was attacked 30 January, 1976, as she returned to her home in the Hermosa Beach neighborhood.She was sexually assaulted and strangled with her tights. She never regained consciousness and died a few days later at the hospital.Investigators used a controversial DNA testing technique, known as familial DNA, to compare a sample of DNA that was collected at the crime scene and were able to identify a “first-degree relative” of Troyer, Sheriff’s Captain Steve Katz said.Officials would not identify the relative and would only say the sample they used was in a state database of convicted felons. Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley speaking to reporters at a press conference following the announcement. Source: Jae C. Hong/AP PhotoThe technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime.Law enforcement officials have argued the technique can provide investigators with valuable leads.“Because of the familial DNA search, detectives were able to link Troyer’s DNA and positively confirm his identity as the killer,” McDonnell said yesterday as he stood alongside Medley and more than a dozen other law enforcement officials.Familial DNA search is the only reason Troyer was identified in this horrific crime. The ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley (on the left) was murdered in 1976. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 1:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
http://jrnl.ie/3324931 Former Spice Girl Mel B accuses husband of years of abuse She filed to divorce her husband of nearly 10 years on 20 March, citing irreconcilable differences. Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 11:48 AM No Comments Image: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Apr 5th 2017, 11:48 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press Stephen Belafonte, left, and his wife Melanie Brown. Image: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Stephen Belafonte, left, and his wife Melanie Brown. SINGER MEL B has won a temporary restraining order and sole custody of her youngest daughter after she claimed her estranged husband subjected her to years of abuse.The judge’s order was issued on Monday after the former Spice Girl filed a sworn declaration stating Stephen Belafonte subjected her to emotional and physical abuse throughout their relationship, and threatened to leak sex tapes of her.The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, wrote that Belafonte’s abuse often occurred after high-profile events, including punching her following her appearance on Australia’s version of X Factor in July 2012 and again days after she performed with the Spice Girls at the London Olympics.Her filing contends Belafonte’s actions have disrupted her career. She wrote that Belafonte was verbally abusive to her last year while she was on a trip to London during filming of America’s Got Talent. Brown is a judge on the series.She also claims he filmed them having sex, sometimes secretly, and repeatedly threatened to release them publicly or to disrupt her business plans. Brown is asking a judge to prevent Belafonte from releasing the videos.She filed to divorce her husband of nearly 10 years on 20 March, citing irreconcilable differences.Court records filed in their divorce do not include a lawyer for Belafonte, and attempts to find a representative for him were unsuccessful.A hearing on the temporary restraining order has been set for 24 April.Comments are closed as the matter is before the courts.Read: Germany to fine tech giants up to €50 million for hate speech and fake newsRead: A €50 million plan to regenerate one of the country’s most famous shopping centres has been lodged 31,145 Views Share Tweet Email2 Short URL