December 20, 2019

Antonio Brown to the Raiders? Don’t count on it

first_imgALAMEDA — The idea of Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown joining the Raiders is gaining steam, courtesy of NFL Network and others.It’s tempting, no doubt.Brown would instantly become one of the biggest offensive threats since Tim Brown, who was obviously was no relation and less controversial. Antonio Brown, author of six consecutive seasons of 100 or more receptions, would instantly become Derek Carr’s go-to … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

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December 19, 2019

Science Journal Editors Face Accountability

first_imgThis quote by a journal editor comes from a news item in the Mar. 4 issue of Nature:1“Like everybody else, we are much more interested in other people’s accountability than we are in our own,” explains Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), who helped to draft the new code.  “Editors are perhaps some of the most unaccountable people in the world.”The new code he speaks of is a draft of an ethical code of conduct for scientific publishing, which can be found on the website of the Committee on Publication Ethics.  The editor of Nature is “considering” the guidelines; other journals claim they already have independent review boards.  The article gives some examples of recent ethical violations by journal editors.  See also Nature Science Update (03/04/2004) for samples of misconduct; Jim Giles writes, “They lie, they cheat and they steal.  Judging by the cases described by a group of medical journal editors, scientists are no different from the rest of us.”1Jim Giles, “Medical editors urged to accept ethical code,” Nature 428, 5 (04 March 2004); doi:10.1038/428005a.You thought that peer review kept science journals honest, and that science was a self-correcting process in which peer review kept bias out of the journals, didn’t you?  How come after centuries of science publishing, here in 2004 they are admitting that editors are some of the most unaccountable people in the world?    Some of the proposed guidelines, if followed honestly, would put the Darwin Party out of business:Data Analysis:“The discussion section of a paper should mention any issues of bias which have been considered, and explain how they have been dealt with in the design and interpretation of the study.”Duties of Editors:“Studies that challenge previous work published in the journal should be given an especially sympathetic hearing.”How come Darwinians can speculate freely beyond the evidence, but rebuttals from ID scientists are systematically excluded? (see 05/13/2003 headline, for example).  How come pro-Darwin book reviews are published, but only negative reviews are published of intelligent design books, if at all?“Studies reporting negative results should not be excluded.”OK, let’s publish some of the many dates that conflict with the standard geological column.“All original studies should be peer reviewed before publication, taking into full account possible bias due to related or conflicting interests.”Does philosophical materialism count as bias?Media Relations:“Authors approached by the media should give as balanced an account of their work as possible, ensuring that they point out where evidence ends and speculation begins.”This one guideline alone would put the Darwinian just-so storytelling enterprise out of business.COPE says that “These guidelines are intended to be advisory rather than prescriptive, and to evolve over time.”  So who or what is going to hold the editor of Nature accountable?  Sales records?  Guidelines might evolve by intelligent design, but if ethics evolve, they are not ethics.    Speaking of bias, did you know that the journal Nature was originally formed to be a propaganda outlet for the Darwinians?  Look at what Janet Browne wrote in Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002):The Reader [a first-attempt Darwin mouthpiece] was to expire in 1867.  Not long afterwards, Norman Lockyear, one of its editors, put up the idea of founding a periodical which they would call Nature, to be owned and published by Alexander Macmillan, a journal that would provide cultivated readers with an accessible forum for reading about advances in scientific knowledge.  Lockyear brought Nature into existence in November 1869, fronted by an introduction by Huxley (“as if written by the maddest English scholar,” said Darwin indulgently).  To command the periodical market was a shrewd tactic in any contested cultural arena but one as yet little exploited in science, and while Lockyear was never a member of the X Club [a group of radical antireligious naturalists and Darwin-supporters, founded by Huxley] he displayed similar strong, progressive liberal opinions.  Far more than any other science journal of the period, Nature was conceived, born and raised to serve polemic purpose.  In the first year of its existence, there were six or seven articles urging Darwin’s scheme, two of which were written by Darwin himself.  Darwin became a lifelong subscriber, claiming he got a kind of “satisfaction” in reading articles he could not understand.(p. 248)[Otto] Zacharias also asked if he could use Darwin’s name on a new journal he wished to start in Germany, called Darwinia…. Such journals, as they all recognized, played a fundamental role in distributing evolutionary ideas.  The story of Nature’s conception in 1869 was prime evidence of the value of having a tightly-controlled, well-distributed mouthpiece…. One of the first journals to take up Darwin’s views in Germany had been the weekly magazine Ausland (“Abroad”), a heady mix of biology and society, pumped up with a stream of articles from Haeckel and other evolutionists.  During the Franco-Prussian War, the editor, Friedrich von Hellwald, claimed Darwinism as proof that warfare between nations was a natural law, a standard view of the time that did not prevent his journal’s expiry a few years afterwards.(pp. 438-439).These and many other tidbits from Browne’s book reveal that the Darwinian revolution was largely a propaganda coup.  It would have been more honest for Nature to have been named Naturalism.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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December 19, 2019

SA surfers shine Down Under

first_img“It’s such a great honour to have my name on the winner’s board – it’s just so good.” Port Elizabeth connectionFormer Port Elizabeth schoolgirl Philippa Anderson moved to Newcastle five years ago. On Sunday she became the first ever local surfer to win a final at Newcastle’s 24th annual Surfest competition. “This is the biggest win for me ever and to top it off here at Merewether in front of my family is just so good,” Anderson said. SAinfo reporter South African surfer Travis Logie and former Port Elizabeth schoolgirl Philippa Anderson captured the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the Mark Richards Pro and the Maitland Toyota Women’s Pro at Merewether Beach in Australia on Sunday. Three South Africans are contesting the elite ASP World Tour this year: Jordy Smith, David Weare, and Greg Emslie. The 17-year-old smashed a 23-year-long hoodoo during which a local surfer had never won a main event at Newcastle when she edged out Australian Dimity Stoyle by 15.10 to 13.85 points to have her name etched on the Maitland Toyota Open trophy. “This is a huge confidence boost. I’ve been training so hard, so it’s good to see it pay off,” Logie said. Logie, the International Surfing Association’s Open men’s champion in 2002, recorded two rides of 8.75 out of 10 to narrowly defeat Courtney, whose best ride scored 8.25, by 17.50 to 16.45 in the clean one-metre waves. 24 March 2009 ‘A very prestigious event’“This is a very prestigious event and I always come here. I am stoked to win at Newcastle. Mark Richards is a true icon of the sport of surfing and to win a trophy named in his honour is unbelievable,” he added. He believes his knee is now 100 percent and Sunday’s win was the confidence boost he had been looking for as he works at returning to the elite ASP Dream Tour. Anderson, who came through the junior ranks of the Hunter Water Stars of the Future program at the Newcastle contest, will put her $2 500 prize money towards buying a car, even though she is too young to drive unaccompanied. On the comeback trail after failing to re-qualify for a fifth successive season on the ASP World Tour at the end of 2008, Logie secured a confidence-boosting victory over 2009 Dream Tour surfer Drew Courtney in the tightest men’s final at Newcastle for many years. One of the very best small wave surfersConsidered by his peers to be one of the very best small wave surfers on the planet, Logie is recovering from a serious knee injury and said his win on Sunday ranks alongside his victory at a six-star event in Hossegor, France in 2004, in his estimation. While the 500 ratings points earned in the two-star-rated event will probably not figure in his top seven results at the end of the year, the morale-boosting win over an ASP Dream Tour incumbent and the $5 000 winner’s cheque will benefit his objective of joining the world’s top-45-ranked surfers for a fifth season in 2009. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

South African explorer to circle world via poles

first_imgExplorer Ray Chaplin plans to make historyby becoming the first person to travelaround the globe, via the poles, usingonly human-powered transport. Chaplin is a popular speaker at schools.(Images: Ray Chaplin)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ray Chaplin+27 72 637 2866RELATED ARTICLES• African adventure for local woman• SA hosts world science meet• Boundless Southern Africa• World heritage in South Africa• Exploring bicycle culture in SAWilma den HartighIn May next year, South African explorer Ray Chaplin will undertake a 75 000km journey to complete the first human-powered vertical circumnavigation of the world. Along the way he’ll promote the importance of preserving world heritage.“Many people ask me why I want to go via the poles,” Chaplin says. He is taking on the arduous expedition for the same reason that many people have a life-long dream to summit Mount Everest.“I’ve wanted to do this ever since I was a child. I see a photograph of the polar region and I think it is just beautiful,” he says.Known as Shova360, this endeavour will take eight years to complete.Besides raising money for the project, one of his biggest challenges will be to keep his mind and body strong. “It is a long journey and it will be mentally, physically and emotionally taxing to keep going for the full distance.”The journey will start out on 15 May 2011 at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, and take him through 51 countries.First, the intrepid adventurer will cycle north to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and then to Lake Assal in Djibouti, the lowest point on the continent. To complete the African stage of the journey, he will travel to Ras ben Sakka, the northernmost tip of Africa.The expedition has been planned in stages, with each one starting at the exact place where the previous leg ended. The seven stages, in order, are: Africa, Europe, the Arctic, North America, South America, Antarctica (which includes the notorious Drake Passage) and the Southern Ocean.Human-powered transport Other explorers have successfully completed similar explorations in the past, and lived to tell the tale.Between 1979 and 1982 Sir Ranulph Fiennes‘ TransGlobe expedition became the first to circumnavigate the world via the poles. Fiennes, described as one of the world’s greatest living explorers, went on to document the exploration in his autobiography, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.Fiennes used all means of travel including camels, four-wheel-drive vehicles and boats to complete his expedition, but Chaplin will rely solely on human-powered transport. This means that he can only walk, run, ski, ride a bicycle, kayak or use a pedal boat.For most of his global adventure, Chaplin will rely on a locally designed Momsen bicycle to cover the distance. “In terms of human power, this is the most efficient means of transport,” he says.The long journey is a major challenge in itself, but considering the dangers involved in crossing the sea, cycling on solid ground across various types of terrain seems easy in comparison.He intends to cross the Arctic Ocean using a combination of both skiing and kayaking. However, his greatest concern is the Drake Passage, a dangerous stretch of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean.The Drake Passage is known as one of the most difficult bodies of water to cross. Ships usually encounter ice when sailing through it, and the weather is regarded as some of the worst on earth.“The Drake passage sinks even container ships and is the most dangerous part of the route. It scares me the most,” says Chaplin.To cross this treacherous leg of the journey, he plans to use a combination boat with both pedalling and rowing capabilities. As he will be covering such long distances and harsh, unforgiving terrain on a bicycle, he looks forward to rowing. “After cycling so much, my body will struggle to propel itself, but the dual pedal and rowing boat will help to overcome that,” he says.He says that most people told him that succeeding at this stage of the journey is impossible. “But I spoke to people who are skilled at this, who know the dangerous terrain, and they tell me it can be done. This is good enough for me.”The fact that his journey is a north-south expedition and involves polar travel is also problematic. This means that he has to stick to a tight schedule as some areas aren’t accessible at certain times of the year.His entire journey will be in keeping with the regulations that govern circumnavigations by human power, published by Explorers Web Inc.“The rules stipulate that a person has to travel no less than 40 000 km – the distance of the equator,” Chaplin says. His vertical circumnavigation route crosses all lines of latitude, passes through 51 countries and crosses the Arctic and Southern Oceans twice.Using technologyChaplin maintains that if explorers such as Fiennes could complete similar journeys without the help of certain technological advances, there is no reason why he can’t, with modern technology such as the global positioning system (GPS), be successful. “Thanks to technology, I will be in constant contact with the world,” he says.The GPS device will log and upload his location onto a server, but Chaplin will also take a set of maps with him as a backup – just in case.Solar blankets will supply most of the power for the electronics. He will also carry two dynamos, which work by generating a charge while pedalling, and are known to be reliable, if old-fashioned.Other modern equipment and suitable clothing from local outdoor gear manufacturer First Ascent will also help him to deal with the harsh elements. Chaplin will be travelling without a support crew, and he will rely on parcel deliveries at various airports around the world to replenish certain supplies.An exploration with a goalChaplin is an adventurer at heart, but this journey isn’t just for fun. Over the next eight years, he plans to visit about 200 Unesco World Heritage Sites en route.“This journey is part of a drive to protect our heritage. A lot of people don’t relate to heritage sites or don’t even know that they exist,” he says.He will attempt to visit at least one site a month, record it and stream it online. In addition to showing what the site looks like, he will talk about its heritage and why it should be preserved from threats such as politics or natural elements.His goal is to make the material available, free of charge, on the expedition’s website. He also wants to work with organisations to provide educational material to schools in Africa. As part of the education drive, Chaplin wants to set up computer centres that are solar- and wind-powered.Sustainable transport is another issue close to his heart. Through the expedition, he wants to raise awareness about climate change, road congestion and health.Chaplin speaks from experience when he talks about the benefits of reduced reliance on traditional modes of transport such as motor cars. “Since September 2006, I haven’t owned a car. From a sustainability, health and financial point of view, the benefits are incredible,” he says.He hopes that by cycling such great distances during his expedition, he will encourage people to think twice about using motorised transport. The fact that he is setting out to circumnavigate the world using human power shows that it is possible to get around, over much shorter distances, under your own steam.He also wants to promote equal rights for all road users and try to change the attitudes of people on the road. He’d also like governments to re-think their transport strategies.Chaplin is excited about his adventure and he says he is as prepared as he will ever be.“I live by the following slogan: hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst,” he says. Maybe he will even write a few books about his experiences and dedicate one book to every continent.And what does he look forward to over the next eight years? “What I will enjoy the most are the visits from my family and friends. This will be just amazing,” he says.last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Barn cats and drugs are hard to keep out, especially after you let them in

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On the colder days during the winter months, we have a group of barn cats that crowd up near the front door of our house, hoping to sneak in to enjoy the warmer temperatures at the next opportunity. In the barn they have proven repeatedly to be valuable assets. In the house and under foot, however, they are irksome beasts.Despite the fact that they have access to a cozy barn with a well-stocked haymow perfect for snuggling in on a cold winter afternoon, one too many trips into the house as kittens courtesy of our children has provided ample experience and know-how concerning the logistics of infiltrating the front door. The worst two feline culprits are Sister (named by our daughter as a hopeful hint suggesting a possible family expansion a few years back) and Auto-steer (named by our son based upon his love for all things farm). These two female tiger cats prowl the front step and wait for any entrance or exit from the house by a person not paying complete attention to the task of keeping the cats out. Sometimes they can even make it in without anyone noticing.When we do finally corral the rogue barn cat and put it back outside, the other cat is often waiting, ready to run in. It is amazing how much daily manpower at our home is dedicated to the often not-so-simple task of extricating Auto-steer and Sister the barn cats.I thought about those cats last week as I listened to discussions at the Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capital. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine started off the program on a snowy February morning talking about the devastation around Ohio’s rural areas from heroin use.DeWine said that 90% of the crime in every Ohio county is somehow related to the growing drug epidemic in the state. Tremendous resources are being used currently in the state to combat this huge problem without even making a dent. Many more resources will be needed to address this problem moving forward.The ball, though, is rolling as awareness about the heroin problems in rural and small-town Ohio is increasing. Government officials like DeWine, and organizations like the Ohio Farm Bureau (and many others) are looking for solutions to help rural Ohio address this extremely serious drug problem.Yet, simultaneously, proponents of the legalization of marijuana in Ohio are just getting started after a defeat at the ballot last fall, hoping to follow on the heels of successful legalization efforts in other states.“The people who want to make a lot of money from marijuana are going to keep bringing this back. Last summer I went to Colorado where they have legalized recreational marijuana. What I found out there, we don’t want in Ohio. It changed the culture. When you say it is legal for a 21-year-old, a 14-year-old now thinks it’s OK. The age of when people start using marijuana has gone down and the use of marijuana for underage users has gone up dramatically. We don’t need that in Ohio,” DeWine said. “This marijuana today is much more potent than anything we saw in the 1960s and 1970s. And, medical science has advanced and we known more about how the brain develops. Young people who regularly smoke marijuana while their brain is developing are risking a significant and irreversible 5 to 10 point loss in IQ, which is just stunning.”Some proponents, however, point to the already widespread use of marijuana and suggest that legalizing it and taxing it could allow for many positives in society.“When marijuana is commercialized, it is being driven by promotion and profits. And you have to promote it to people who are underage or dependent upon it for it to make money commercially. When that happens it ends up being a cost to society,” said Marcie Seidel, executive director of the Drug Free Action Alliance, who spoke at OFBF‘s event last week. “In Colorado they had estimated $107 million in tax revenue with legalization, but they only made $63 million. And now they are seeing more costs than they anticipated. Colorado teachers are saying that marijuana is the now the No. 1 problem in schools. They refer to students as being ‘dazed and confused.’ We have found with things like alcohol, for every dollar of taxes we take in we spend more than that in terms of addressing the societal problems that result. The tax benefits are a myth.”Other costs to the legalization of marijuana include funding for addiction and education for prevention. As it is, there is already a significant shortage of treatment centers around the state of Ohio. In addition, there are a myriad of potential costs resulting for businesses (how do employers handle marijuana use by employees?), legal impairment standards and regulations, and the need for increased medical research to better understand the potential issues, Seidel said.There are also significant concerns about the issue returning to the ballot as a constitutional amendment.“Ballot initiatives are expensive and even one word cannot be changed without a public process,” Seidel said. “Legislation is never done right the first time. It always needs to be tweaked. If it wins at the ballot, it can live forever and you can be stuck with a mess.”So, just as awareness and concern about Ohio’s heroin problem is really starting to ramp up, we can expect to see more debate about the legalization of marijuana. It is an interesting time we live in and these two issues will no doubt find their way into your home community in the future. There are many people with many opinions on these two important drug issues facing Ohio. But if you ask me, it seems an awful lot like we are trying to figure out how to get one barn cat out of the house, and we really need to be on guard because there is another one waiting right outside the door to get in.last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

Turn Right at the Gas Station: Google Maps Gets More Human

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You’d think it was odd if you called me for directions and I told you to go 0.2 miles southeast and make a slight right onto Old Route 17.You’d expect me to say something more like, “Start driving away from the library and take the second right just after the McDonald’s.” Google Maps India has just launched a hybridized version of directions that give geographically accurate distances and directions as well as landmarks most humans would also recognize. We can imagine this coming to the rural U.S. and Google telling us to “follow that-there little jog in the road where the big oak tree used to be before Jimmy Ray hit it with his daddy’s combine, bless his heart, for 2.3 miles.”Although most urban Americans are comfortable navigating by street signs, in other parts of our country and the rest of the world, landmarks are a necessity to successfully reaching one’s destination. Other times, it’s simply reassuring to know that you haven’t actually missed a turn or your destination because you haven’t yet passed a given landmark.How many times has someone told you on the phone to “keep going straight until you pass the shopping center” or something of that sort, and it saved you a missed turn as well as a general sense of anxiety? In the words of UX Googler Olga Khroustaleva, “We found that using landmarks in directions helps for two simple reasons: they are easier to see than street signs and they are easier to remember than street names… Sometimes there are simply too many signs to look at, and the street sign drowns in the visual noise. A good landmark always stands out.”The point of the whole experiment was to give drivers a sense of confidence when exploring new territory. Ultimately, the Google team found that a combination of street names and distances as well as landmarks gave the best results and best satisfied users.Sree Unnikrishnan and Manik Gupta wrote on the Google India blog, “This effort was possible thanks to the large amount of landmark data that users like you contributed through Google Map Maker. Our new algorithm determines from available signals, which of these landmarks are most useful for navigation, based on importance and closeness to the turns that you’re making.”Here’s a look at the Google Maps directions design we all know: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Related Posts Looks pretty sweet to us! What do you folks think? Would you like to see more Map Maker landmark data for driving directions all over the world, too? Let us know in the comments. And here’s a version Google Maps India tried that added landmarks to other data to confirm directions: Finally, here’s what Indian travellers will see moving forward: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Lionel Messi fails to emulate Maradona’s success at World Cup

first_imgLionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta react after Argentina’s loss against Germany in the final Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany.Statistical Highlights | Top Honours | Match Analysis | Match PhotosIt was far from fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year.This was supposed to be Messi’s World Cup, just like the 1986 tournament belonged to another Argentine great, Diego Maradona.But after carrying his team through the group stage in Brazil with four goals, Messi seemed to run out of steam.In the final Sunday, he created chances but, like the rest of the team, lacked the finishing touch to turn the game for Argentina.He was a picture of disappointment as he collected the trophy for the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping

first_img 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 SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) — Those brightly colored rental bikes seem to be popping up all over San Deigo County.However, in one coastal community, city officials are taking some extra steps to keep them out.Coronado has adopted a new enforcement policy to stop the dumping of the dockless rental bikes on public right-of-ways, such as sidewalks, streets, alleys, parks and beaches.The City of Coronado does not have a contract with any of the dockless bike companies, which rent bikes through an app and allow the users to leave them in any location.After hearing numerous complaints from residents and business owners that the bikes were being abandoned in random locations and posed a risk to public safety, city leaders have adopted a new policy to keep the bikes from blocking streets and other right-of-ways.The policy allows police to tag an abandoned bike. If the bicycle is not removed within two hours, the bike can be impounded. Coronado will charge the bike companies a fine before they can reclaim their property.Those penalties may range from $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for any violations that follow. Mayor Richard Bailey said he was not opposed to those bicyclists who want to ride through Coronado, but he doesn’t want the bikes to be left in the city.“If a user currently leaves a bike on a sidewalk, the bike companies have been notified. We’ve requested that they remove the bikes from our public sidewalks since they don’t have a commercial use permit. If the bike operators are unwilling to remove the bike from our sidewalk, then we have the ability to remove it ourselves,” Bailey said.One of the bike sharing companies, “Ofo” said it appreciated the city’s concerns and has already suggested ways for the company and the City to collaborate, “without the use of public resources.”LimeBikes told said it has not distributed bikes in Coronado and it will continue to conduct an outreach program “to ensure we’re addressing any challenges and best serving the needs of the community.” Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:31 PMcenter_img March 20, 2018 Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping Posted: March 20, 2018last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Indianorigin family of 4 found dead in US locals suspect murdersuicide

first_img(representative image)Creative Commons Zero – CC0An Indian-origin family of four was found dead at their house in Iowa on Saturday, June 15. The deceased were identified as Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya, 41 and two young boys, aged 15, and 10 years.Sunkara was said to have been an employee of Iowa department of public safety’s technology services bureau and locals told the police that he was depressed and could have possibly killed his family members and committed suicide, Hindustan Times reports.Sunkara was originally from Tsunduru in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district and had moved to the United States for higher studies and had settled down there. The four victims were discovered by a guest living at their house. “When the victims were discovered, one of the survivors ran outside looking for help. He found a person who had then called the police to inform about the suspicious deaths,” police was quoted as saying in the report.There were two other adults and two children in the house when the incident took place.The police registered a case and have launched an investigation. The police said that the four of them have died due to gunshot wounds and only the post-mortem will reveal if there is anything amiss in the deaths and will also reveal the exact cause of death.”We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there is no continuing threat to the community,” the police said.The Telugu community in the US are in touch with the Indian Embassy to help the bereaved family in India making arrangements.last_img read more

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