A pre-game poem and meditation: Lisa Alexander goes left-field before Diamonds victory

first_imgAustralia netball coach Lisa Alexander got to celebrate her century of Test matches with a win over New Zealand, but it was only after the match that she revealed how. The Diamonds beat the Silver Ferns with a 48-42 win in Auckland on Wednesday night, bouncing back from a first-up Constellation Cup loss to level the series at 1-1.The scoreline was an accurate reflection of a strong Australian performance, and returning the world No 1s to normal transmission. The Kiwis had edged Australia in their previous two clashes, including a heartbreaking one-goal loss in the World Cup final. Those defeats, and the magnitude of her personal milestone, prompted a switch-up. Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Lisa Alexander brings up her century having made indelible mark on netball Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian “I actually threw out the script to my pre-game,” Alexander said. “And they were all looking at me. Especially C-Bass [captain Caitlin Bassett] as she’s seen every one. I did something different because I wanted to demonstrate to the players that they needed to be brave out there and I had to be brave too.”Alexander took the tone down. “I didn’t want the players thinking ’Oh we have to play well for Lisa’. No,” she said. “You have to play well, because it’s important for Australia. That’s very heartfelt to me because I didn’t play for Australia so I want them to make sure they take every opportunity to put everything into every match.“So I did a poem in the rooms and I did a meditation … a breathing technique and centering. Just talking about a few things that are really positive, because that’s what you have to get you have to get that positive mindset to perform.“And we actually were inspired by … and don’t tell [the Silver Ferns] that, Ritchie McCaw’s movie. We had a little clip of that too, when he talks about the moments … we’re very struck by that. You know how inspirational that is to us.”The motivations certainly worked. Gretel Tippett was an all-action goal attack, ably supported by Bassett and Tegan Philip, while Courtney Bruce was the star of the showdown with five intercepts.The series now heads to Australia for two matches with the Cup on the Diamonds’ terms. “We’ve put ourselves into a great position for this for the rest of the series,” Alexander said. “We can go home and land and feel like winners.” Topics Netball Reuse this contentcenter_img Diamonds … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more news Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more


13 days agoBurnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustrating

first_imgBurnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustratingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Kevin Long admits his lack of action this season is frustrating.The Republic of Ireland defender’s only appearance for the Clarets this season came in the EFL Cup exit at home to Sunderland in August. “It can be frustrating,” he told the Irish media.“If other lads for Burnley or Ireland are playing well, there’s not much I can do.“I spoke to Mick briefly about it in the past. He wants me playing games, first and foremost, but is aware of the position I’m in at Burnley.“He’s stuck by me and hopefully I can repay him for that.“If I get a chance on Saturday, I’ll be ready to take it with both hands. This match, and the trip to Switzerland on Tuesday, are huge games. They’re the type of you want to be involved in.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


BP Secures USD 1Bn from KMarin ICBC for Six LNG Tankers

first_imgEquipped with next-generation engine technology, the new ships are designed to be about 25 percent more fuel efficient than their predecessors. They also will be fitted with a reliquefaction plant, meaning evaporated natural gas in the cargo tanks can be returned to the tanks as LNG, allowing the ships to deliver more LNG to the market, the company said.BP has a long-term contract for 230 Trillion BTUs per year of LNG capacity in the Freeport LNG facility. The Freeport LNG liquefaction facility is under construction, and the first train is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.BP also participates in LNG projects in Australia, UAE, Indonesia, Trinidad and Angola. The 2017 BP Energy Outlook forecasts that global LNG trade will grow seven times faster than pipeline gas trade, such that by 2035 it accounts for around half of all globally traded gas. zoom Oil and gas major BP is expanding its fleet with six new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, the company said.To support the deal the company has joined forces with KMarin and ICBC Leasing, which are investing over USD 1 billion in the tankers.The new tankers are expected to join BP Shipping’s fleet in 2018 and 2019.According to the data from VesselsValue, the 173,400 cbm LNG tankers are being built for BP at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea. The ships were ordered enbloc in 2014. The vessels will be employed on a 20-year liquefaction contract with the Freeport LNG facility in Texas, as well as other international LNG projects in BP’s global portfolio.“These vessels will significantly increase BP’s ability to safely transport LNG to anywhere in the world, directly supporting BP’s global natural gas strategy,” said BP Shipping CEO Susan Dio. “They also will be among the most fuel-efficient and technically advanced LNG tankers ever built.”BP is taking delivery of six new #LNG tankers to support its growing #LNG portfolio and broader shift to #natgas: https://t.co/enBpy3Z3Qu pic.twitter.com/y1K3HY3mku— BP America (@BP_America) October 4, 2017last_img read more


Home Is Where The Hot March Madness Tickets Are

Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Sunday233.70130.752,760 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday evening186.25107.952,375 read more


Freshmans late goal lifts Ohio State womens soccer team into Sweet 16

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7)during a game against Butler in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Nov. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (13-6-3) is headed to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (15-4-2) on Friday afternoon 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Freshman midfielder Arden Holden netted her first career goal with 11 minutes remaining to keep the Buckeyes’ postseason run afloat. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray are headed to their third Sweet 16 in the past six seasons. The beginning of the game was slow, as the first 15 minutes did not present many opportunities to score for either side. In the 20th minute, OSU finally got to a solid opportunity in the final third when senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso tried to curl one in from 20 yards out on the left wing but it sailed over the crossbar. Two minutes later, the Buckeyes had another opportunity to score when junior forward Lindsay Agnew sent a strong ball to junior forward Nichelle Prince, but a Virginia Tech defender cleared it away. The Hokies, who entered the game as the 14th-overall seed, were able to generate a scoring opportunity in the 43rd minute when sophomore forward Alani Johnson sent one on the frame, but OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made a lunging save to preserve the scoreless match. The teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime tied 0-0. The Hokies led the Buckeyes 6-1 in shots, 1-0 on goal. OSU came back in the second half with plenty of opportunities to score early on, but the Buckeyes simply could not find the back of the net. In the 79th minute, the Buckeyes put the one and only goal on the board. Prince split two Virginia Tech defenders before playing the ball out to Holden who finished off the keeper. Holden has appeared in 21 of the Buckeyes’ 22 games this season, but her game-winning goal marked the first time in her young career she has scored. The final 11 minutes of play contained some opportunities for the Hokies to level the match, including a solid look off a free kick in the 87th minute, but they could not get past McVicker, meaning OSU was able to hold on for the 1-0 win. For the game, Virginia Tech held a sizable lead in shots, 20-5, including 4-2 on goal. McVicker made four saves to earn her second clean sheet of the season for OSU. The Buckeyes are set to play conference foe Penn State in the Sweet 16 after the Nittany Lions dominated Boston University in the second round, winning 6-0. In the lone meeting between the two teams during the regular season, Penn State topped OSU 2-1 on Oct. 24. With an opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals on the line, the rematch is set to take place on Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania.  Kickoff is penciled in for 1 p.m. read more


Volleyball Buckeyes sweep Northwestern in home opener

OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. read more


Football Notebook Changing season changing role players for the Buckeyes

Replacing Chris “Beanie” WellsOne question in everyone’s mind going into this season was how the Buckeyes were going to make up for losing one of the strongest running backs in college football, “Beanie” Wells. But, in their season opener against Navy, two backs paired up for quite the punch against the midshipmen defense. Dan Herron and Brandon Saine combined for 125 rushing yards. Herron had 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Saine averaged 5.9 yards on nine carries with a 14-yard carry in the second quarter while backup quarterback Joe Bauserman struggled to make a drive. Just two plays later, Saine connected with Bauserman for 13 yards and then carried the ball two more yards for a first down. “It felt really good you know,” Saine said. “I felt like I did what I needed to do out there. I might not have been able to score a touchdown or anything, but I feel like I contributed.” Defense struggles early, but finishes strongEarly on in the game, it looked as if the Buckeye defense was struggling to control the unique Navy offense. On their first possession, Navy had a seven-minute drive that consisted of 15 plays mostly on the ground for 80 yards and a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ricky Dobbs. “We knew coming into this game that they were going to be a lot faster and we felt we needed to execute that first series so we were a little disappointed coming off the field after that first series knowing we had to step it up,” said Kurt Coleman, senior safety and OSU captain. But, it was the defense that eventually saved the day, stopping a two-point conversion with minutes left in the game, when Brian Rolle intercepted a pass from Dobbs and ran it back gaining two points for the Buckeyes. Captains excel and lead in openerThe three defensive captains combined for 13 tackles in the opener against Navy. Coleman forced a fumble in the fourth quarter when Navy was on second down with seven yards to go. Fellow captain, senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington was able to recover that fumble and the two set the offense up for a touchdown drive to put the Buckeyes up 29-14. Duron Carter makes a dazzling debut True freshman wide receiver Duron Carter, son of OSU alum Cris Carter, made his debut as a Buckeye yesterday. Carter played most of the game after sophomore DeVier Posey left with a minor ankle injury. Carter ranked third in the receiving stats for Ohio State with three receptions for 21 yards. “Little Carter was great. He caught a lot of balls and he looked awesome out there as well as a lot of other guys,” Worthington said of the young player. “I’m proud of a lot of guys stepping up, they looked great.” Carter said that he felt really comfortable on the big stage in front of a record of 105,092 fans on opening day. “It feels great. A lot of freshman receivers have started out their career great and hopefully I can be the next one and just step up during the on-coming weeks,” Carter said. Ohio State still having trouble closing in the red zone The Navy defense forced the Buckeyes to settle for a field goal on three separate occasions in the first, second and fourth quarters. And there probably should have been a fourth when instead of kicking, Tressel decided to go for it on fourth-and-one on the 15-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Despite Aaron Pettrey’s success, making good on a 23-yard, 25-yard and 52-yard field goal, it makes one wonder why they couldn’t push the ball into the end zone on four different occasions. “Those are the ones we had trouble with a year ago, the ones that started between the eight and the 10, so do you leave a little disappointed?” coach Jim Tressel asked himself. “Yeah, because you want to score touchdowns.” Ohio State didn’t exactly deliver what everyone had hoped they would in the season opener against Navy, in which they pulled off a shaky 31-27 victory over the Midshipmen. With a lot of young and inexperienced players stepping into the starting roles this season, it was uncertain who would make an impact, and how they would make an impact. With yesterday’s game against Navy under their belts, the Buckeyes cleared the fog a little as to who will be making headlines this season. read more


5 plays that mattered – Ohio State versus Michigan

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Game lived up to the hype.No. 9 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) came back from a 14-point deficit Saturday and defeated archrival Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) 31-20 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, behind the play of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, after J.T. Barrett left with a knee injury in the third quarter.Down the stretch, the Buckeyes made the plays they needed to make to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive before heading into the Big Ten championship game against No. 5 Wisconsin next week.Here are the five plays that mattered most in Ohio State’s victory against Michigan.Austin Mack third-down catchHaskins likely won’t make a bigger throw this year for Ohio State. After two straight false-start penalties set the Buckeyes back to their own 47-yard line for a third-and-13 play, Haskins delivered a 27-yard strike to sophomore wideout Austin Mack for a first down at the Michigan 26. With 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, the catch gave Ohio State’s offense a much needed jolt, following the departure of Barrett. It was Mack’s only reception of the game. It also resembled a similar grab by Anthony Gonzalez in Michigan Stadium in 2005 that helped Ohio State seal a win.Haskins 22-yard runTwo plays after Mack’s grab, Haskins continued to will the Ohio State offense down the field. With no one open, and a little help on a no-call hold from right guard Demetrius Knox, Haskins stepped up from the pressure and ran 22 yards to the Michigan 1-yard line with 2:01 left in the third quarter.Haskins isn’t the most mobile quarterback in college football, but he made a few plays with his feet that will please the offensive coaching staff. That run paved the way for J.K. Dobbins’ 1-yard go-ahead score on the next play.Dobbins big run for 35 yardsThe freshman running back had just six carries in the first half. His workload increased to nine carries in the second half, and no rush was more significant than a 35-yard run with less than three minutes remaining in the game.Billy Price pulled from his center position and took Michigan linebacker Devin Bush out of the play, opening a hole for Dobbins to get to the next level. The run took Ohio State down to the Michigan 31-yard line and set up the game-sealing touchdown run from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber two plays later.Dobbins’ breakaway ability was seen a couple times Saturday, but when the Buckeyes needed a drive to put away the Wolverines, Dobbins promptly answered the call for his signature moment in his first year in the rivalry.Blocked PAT with 7:07 remainingOhio State ended up winning by double digits, but at the time, it seemed this play swung the momentum Ohio State’s way just after allowing a Michigan go-ahead touchdown.Cornerback Denzel Ward came off the left edge of the Michigan line on the point-after attempt and blocked the kick with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Once Ohio State scored on the next drive, Michigan failed to get anything going on offense.After Ward blocked the PAT, Michigan gained just 44 yards combined on its next three drives before Weber put the game out of reach.Jordan Fuller interceptionMichigan quarterback John O’Korn had open receivers for much of the game, but was often inaccurate. With 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, O’Korn threw his worst pass of the game, right into the hands of Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller.The intended receiver looked to be wide receiver Kekoa Crawford, but O’Korn threw for a post route while Crawford cut into the field rather than breaking long. Fuller was playing centerfield and hauled in the momentous pick with ease.This was Michigan’s breaking point. Before the drive began, Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger missed a field goal that would’ve put the Buckeyes up seven. The Wolverines had their opportunity, but O’Korn’s poor throw put an end to any hope Michigan had at coming back. read more


Thiago wants Spain return

first_imgBayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club and is keen on a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Don Balon.The Spain international wants to return to Spain to continue his club career and has set his sights on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The midfielder has been linked a move away from the Allianz Arena all summer long with Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his services.However, with the close of the transfer window in England, any chance of the Premier League champions signing him this summer have disappeared leaving European champions, Madrid as the sole destination should he leave Munich this summer.Thiago reveals that Bayern Munich still use Pep Guardiola’s philosophies Andrew Smyth – April 24, 2019 Thiago Alcantara admits Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophies are still used at Bayern Munich, despite the Catalan leaving nearly three years ago.He has a good relationship with Julen Lopetegui, who he worked wine during their time together in the Spanish national team and the former Spain head coach wants to sign another midfielder, but President Florentino Perez is hesitant to meet Bayern’s asking price.Thiago moved to Bayern five years ago when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who gave his debut at the Camp Nou, decided to sign him for the Bavarians.His potential move to Barcelona rivals Real Madrid wouldn’t go well with the hardcore fans of the Catalan club as the player is a graduate of the famous La Masia academy.last_img read more


Jurors picked for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallaghers war crimes trial

first_img June 18, 2019 Updated: 11:20 AM Jurors picked for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s war crimes trial AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher Posted: June 18, 2019 AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — A seven-man jury was selected Tuesday to decide the fate of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq and other war crimes.Five Marines and two Navy members were chosen for the high-profile and politically charged court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. The case is built around testimony from Gallagher’s fellow troops and highlights an unusual break in the secrecy of the elite special operations force.Gallagher says disgruntled platoon mates fabricated the charges. His defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed that he’s a hero getting railroaded.President Donald Trump even intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive for military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in San Diego. Jury selection continued Tuesday morning in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)Gallagher is accused of stabbing to death an injured prisoner and wounding two civilians — an elderly man and a school-age girl — in sniper shootings in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder — charges that carry a potential life sentence.The jury picked from a panel of 12 is composed of five enlisted men, including a Navy SEAL and four Marines, plus a Navy commander and a Marine chief warrant officer.Most of the jurors have served in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Defense attorneys rejected several jurors, including the only woman, a Marine major who advocates for military sexual assault victims. They also had removed a Marine colonel who oversaw investigations, along with another Navy commander and a Marine master sergeant.Prosecutors did not have anyone removed from the panel.The case has been plagued by news leaks of court documents and a subsequent investigation to find the source of those leaks. The lead prosecutor was removed from the case earlier this month for tracking the defense team’s emails as part of an investigation into the leaks.Defense lawyers unsuccessfully sought to have a Navy judge dismiss the case because they say investigators and prosecutors withheld evidence that could help Gallagher and violated his rights to a fair trial by embedding tracking software in emails sent to them.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, refused to dismiss the case. But he took steps to ensure Gallagher gets a fair trial and fix violations of his constitutional right against illegal searches and the right to counsel.Rugh released Gallagher from custody, removed the lead prosecutor and reduced the maximum penalty he faces if convicted, to life imprisonment with parole instead of no chance of parole.___Melley reported from Los Angeles. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Microsoft tests 50person Skype calls

first_img $59 at eBay Share your voice 40 Photos See all the best laptops from CES 2019 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comment Microsoft Microsoft rolled out a new version of Skype to its Insider Preview program this week that expands the maximum number of people on a call from 25 to 50, as well as making audible notifications optional, for all platforms.According to the update note, “When you start a call in these large groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join. With this update you will also see that the audio and video buttons are now enabled in these larger groups.”If you think 50 people sounds like horribly large number of video-call participants, you probably don’t work for a big corporation. Competitor Zoom, which has rapidly gained on Microsoft for videoconferencing software and services, can already conference 100 people — 500 with an extra-cost add-on. Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Boost Mobile Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Angela Lang/CNET $299 at Amazon $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Turo $999 The Cheapskate See at Amazon $999 $520 at HP See it Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags See It Microsoft Skype,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET Mobile Apps Internet Servicescenter_img Read the AirPods review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $155 at Google Express Best Buy $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 1 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Tags Sprint See at Turo $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners.last_img read more


Star Wars Galaxys Edge Everything you need to know about Disneys newest

first_img TV and Movies Inside the Disney Play app, you’ll be able to interact with various pieces within Star Wars land, including droids and rides. Disney Parks/composite by CNET This month Disney cast member previews began. While no phones were allowed inside the newest land, photos of merch and food and other items people left the park with can be found across social media (on Instagram especially). But first: yes the Millenium Falcon is the real deal! It’s a life size replica and it’s 100% true to life. #fangasm pic.twitter.com/uPs2cr9lNS— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Here’s your first look at the new guidemap for @Disneyland park with #StarWars: #GalaxysEdge! https://t.co/W5bl15JYxC pic.twitter.com/KOF1ol4slO— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) May 24, 2019 Originally published July 6, 2018.Update, May 29, 2019: Adds Galaxy’s Edge first impressions. Summary of Smugglers Run: Star Tours on steroids. More intimate, better props and graphics, but I missed the comedic relief of R3X . Plus it went by super lightning fast 😉 pic.twitter.com/X0EB6o0h4X— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Any of these the droids you’re looking for? #galaxysedge pic.twitter.com/yIUqcE1T1K— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like 15:04 Disney’s Star Wars land food: Everything to eat and drink in Galaxy’s Edge Reservations for attractions are not typical for Disney, but this is not a typical theme park experience. The actors, shops, food and rides are all designed to create the illusion you really are on another planet in this fantasy universe, set in a time between The Last Jedi and the upcoming Episode 9.Order drinks in the cantina and you may tangle with a bounty hunter. Adopt a Loth-cat in the marketplace. Make choices that benefit the light or dark side. Seek out a craftsman to help you build your own lightsaber. Help rescue rebel fighters as you dodge blaster fire and fly the Millennium Falcon.Which, according to our colleague is *without comparison*. Now playing: Watch this: Target Disney Canon Star Wars 22 Photos But only one ride at Disneyland — the Millennium Falcon flight simulator attraction — will be open at launch. The second, more ambitious headline attraction called Rise of the Resistance will be opening later in 2019 in phase two, but no specific date has been announced yet.Disney says no reservations will be required for the Disney World version opening in August, but capacity will be limited. You can live inside your own Star Wars story starting this Friday at Disneyland when the new Galaxy’s Edge park opens to the public. But CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana got a sneak piece this week during Media Day. Her TL;DR review: Galaxy’s Edge will make every fan’s dream come true. We’ve added in some of her impressions below, but be sure to check out her full Star Wars land review for more in-depth opinions. Oga’s Cantina menu: Drink with bounty hunters Visitors to the local watering hole can order beer, wine and themed cocktails. Disney says menu items will be made with “exotic ingredients that use otherworldly methods, served in unique vessels.” When it opens, it’ll be the first time alcohol will be served to the general public at the Disneyland theme park. The bar is owned by an alien named Oga Garra, who’s described as running the establishment with a strict code of conduct to keep any unruly patrons in check. Disney storytellers say this is a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, so it’s sure to be colorful. The cantina may serve some shady galactic travelers, but it’s also family-friendly with items for kids and a selection of nonalcoholic drinks. The menu will include Blue Bantha, a glass of blue milk (which Luke Skywalker drank in A New Hope) topped with a cookie decorated with a bantha horn. There will be some light bar snacks, but this hangout is really just for refreshments.  As for entertainment, fans of Disney’s Star Tours ride may recognize the DJ. The droid R-3X, formerly known as Captain Rex of the original star-speeder simulator ride, has a new gig mixing beats at the cantina. Maybe he’ll be a better DJ than he is a pilot? Nerdist reports that he’ll be playing about a three-hour long show, and will be voiced by Paul Reubens (you know him as Pee-wee Herman), just like the droid from the original ride. grubThe transport shuttle docked on top of this hanger is a fast-casual restaurant. The chef moves from site to site, sort of like an intergalactic food truck. Disney Where’s the grub? Grab a bite outside the cantinaThe main stop for food will be a quick service restaurant at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, run by the former chef at Maz Kanata’s castle, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs. After the First Order wrecked the castle, he now runs this traveling kitchen with a menu full of fun names: braised Shaak roast (beef pot roast), Endorian tip-yip (chicken), Ithorian garden loaf (vegan meatloaf), Kaadu ribs (smoked country sticky pork ribs), and Burra fish (well… fish). Over at Ronto Roasters, exotic meats are turned over a roaring fire — cooked by a recycled podracing engine — as a former smelter droid watches over the food. On the menu is a roasted pork wrap served in a pita, and sweet or spicy turkey jerky. rontoroastersEven the Coke products will be in a different language. (Don’t worry, they’re still pretty recognizable.) Disney A milk stand will offer farm-fresh blue or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. It’s described as being a frozen drink with the texture of a smoothie or milkshake. Blue tastes like berry, green will have a tropical flavor. And as it turns out, the “milk” is actually nondairy. And if you just need a little snack, Kat Saka’s Kettle is a market stall that’ll have an Outpost Mix of sweet and salty popcorn with a hint of spice that turns the snack red and purple.  What’s the story behind Galaxy’s Edge? Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teamed up to create a whole new planet and backstory for the themed land. At Galaxy’s Edge, guests are on the planet Batuu in an area called the Black Spire Outpost. It’s a crossroads for travelers, adventurers and smugglers in the Outer Rim region of space. The story of the land is set between the movies of The Last Jedi and Episode 9, according to Entertainment Weekly. d23-2017-star-wars-land-model30Disney’s model of the new land, set in a village called the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Disney Disney describes it as a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful and notorious characters, and a place to avoid the expanding reach of the First Order — the evil faction headed by Snoke and Kylo Ren from the latest films. The unique spires of the land are the petrified remains of ancient trees. The most notable is called the Black Spire, a landmark for travelers to use as a meeting point.  Is Batuu in any other Star Wars stories? The planet was invented for the theme parks, but it’s now being woven into other Star Wars stories as canon. The novel Thrawn: Alliances makes reference to Batuu. And the Black Spire also got a brief mention in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, when the droid L3-37 tells Lando Calrissian he couldn’t find the Black Spire without her. ride1Enlarge ImageConcept art for Rise of the Resistance, where guests have to escape a battle with First Order Stormtroopers Disney What about the rides? There’ll be two rides, revealed to be Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests step aboard a Resistance troop transport ship, but you’re soon captured by a Star Destroyer. Now comes the great escape. The ride vehicle holds eight guests and is designed to look like a small transport vehicle used by the First Order.  The trackless vehicle moves in different ways, taking guests past a 100-foot space window, with rows of stormtroopers getting orders from First Order officers. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceDisney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer on the ride Rise of the Resistance and face off with Kylo Ren. Disney At one point in the ride, guests leave the vehicle to walk into a detention cell, awaiting a visit from Kylo Ren. And movie heroes Rey, Poe and Finn will appear throughout the ride.  Disney is building two giant AT-AT walkers for this attraction. Disney’s Imagineers described it as the most epic attraction ever designed. ride2Enlarge ImageConcept art for the Millennium Falcon ride. You get to pilot Han Solo’s famous ship — and your performance not only affects the outcome, but also your interactions outside the ride. Disney Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is essentially a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. Riders will be flying Han Solo’s famous ship, flipping switches and shooting blasters — controlling it all themselves. Disney is working with Nvidia to develop new technology that can render graphics for the ride in real time.falconGuests walk inside the Falcon on their way to experience the ride. (And of course everyone will want a photo right here.) Disney Your performance on the Millennium Falcon will affect the ending. It’s essentially a giant video game. In this six-person cockpit, take your seat as a driver, gunner or engineer. Your performance matters — better hit those buttons and levers at the right time. Perform with skill and you’ll get rewarded. Bring the ship in banged up and you could be put on the list of a bounty hunter named Harko — and it may mean trouble if you show your face at the local cantina. Actions on the ride can follow you as you walk through the land. So… here’s the deal, I wasn’t allowed to shoot inside the cockpit, but I got to fly the Millenium Falcon as part of the Smugglers Run ride. So take my word for it. #GalaxysEdge #disneyland— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Unlock secrets of Batuu with an app The Play Disney Parks app will be incorporated throughout the land, giving guests the ability to unlock more story about the land around them. The app, which first launched for the opening of Toy Story Land in Florida, will interact with physical objects. Help the Resistance by “hacking” the First Order’s surveillance boxes embedded in the walls around the town. Or maybe you want to be working for the First Order by reactivating the sensors other guests have tampered with. As EW details, a translation feature in the app will help you understand characters that speak in their native alien language, or scan the foreign text carved into walls and stone. The app will have plenty to keep you busy while you’re waiting in those long lines. Maybe you’ll tune into a secret broadcast transmitted by the Resistance, First Order or an underworld gang.  Guests will also have the option to take a “job” and sign up to help the light or dark side — or maybe go rogue and play both sides, interacting with characters around the village. Will there be famous Star Wars characters? Although this is a whole new storyline to the franchise, some popular characters do make appearances at Batuu. Disney confirmed guests will see Chewbacca, BB-8 and Nein Nunb, a rebel alliance pilot from Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.screen-shot-2019-03-01-at-10-11-58-amSpace pirate Hondo Ohnaka, from Star War Rebels, is one of the most advanced audio-animatronics Disney has ever built. Disney Imagineering One of the star audio-animatronic robots will be Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate from Star Wars Rebels. You’ll find him in the Smuggler’s Run attraction. It’s one of the most advanced animatronic characters Disney built, and Popular Mechanics got the story behind its creation.Hidden references will be found all around. Visit the dingy bathroom water fountains and you just may spot a dianoga in the pipes (that eyeball creature from the Death Star garbage compactor in A New Hope), according to the Orlando Sentinel. What alien creatures will we meet? In the park you’ll find a creature stall where different beasts from the Star Wars franchise will come to life, some never seen before outside literature. One of the creatures is the Loth-cat from the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Disney’s creative team has said there will also be creatures you can adopt to take home. Tags Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… There are real power tools at these stations! Sadly though these little droids were not made from metal scraps 😔 just galactic plastic from what I could tell. But they’ll have a remote control and I’ve heard they’re pretty fast. #galaxysedge #disneyland pic.twitter.com/0QwgBqt0Jd— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Through June 23, a Disneyland park ticket alone won’t get you in — guests will need to make a reservation to access the Star Wars section of the park. Unfortunately, direct reservations are now sold out, but guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during June can still potentially get a reservation to access Galaxy’s Edge. But starting June 24, there’s no reservation needed, just a regular park ticket.Stretching across 14 acres, this expansion to the current parks in Florida (opening at the end of August) and California will include a cantina serving alcoholic drinks, multiple shops and food stops, and two rides. Whether you have your reservations or not, at 8.30 p.m. PT tonight you can watch the live dedication ceremony right here from Disney Parks ahead of Friday’s public opening. Want a souvenir? This isn’t a typical gift shop All the shops have a theme as part of the Black Spire Outpost marketplace. Don’t count on finding items marked with big Disney branding. The main marketplace is run by a Toydarian, a species you may recall from The Phantom Menace. Several pieces of merchandise have been unveiled, including unique toys, droids and clothing. holocronsAt Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find Holocrons, ancient repositories of wisdom. Disney Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities buys and sells rare items from across the galaxy, spanning all eras. If you want a custom, hand-built lightsaber, try to find a spot at Savi’s Workshop. Building a lightsaber is a 20-minute experience that can accommodate 14 people at a time, and includes a lesson on the ways of the Jedi. Over at The Droid Depot, guests can construct their own astromech droids, but it’s not just a trinket to take home. The droids can interact with other robots and characters in the land. Now that we’re just a few days from the official opening, Disney has been releasing more info on its social media channels with sneak peeks at guides, food and more. Plus, the Disney Play app has been updated with a look at the park layout and more in preparation for the interactive games that guests will play inside Galaxy’s Edge. 4 Share your voice A makeshift stall overseen by the Resistance will sell uniforms, pins, badges, hats, tools and other training supplies. But there’s also a spaceport hangar bay run by the First Order, where officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of visitors to the Black Spire Outpost. Every store has a story to tell. Black Spire Outfitters is where you go for clothing. The Creature Stall is where you can adopt a critter to take home. And The Jewels of Bith is a place to find accessories and other treasures.  How can I stay in the Star Wars hotel? Details are limited regarding the hotel, which Disney describes as a luxury resort. (In other words, better start saving up your galactic credits now.) Disney Parks Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek said the resort will feel like a luxury starship, with high-end dining and space-view cabins. hotelroomConcept art for the Star Wars hotel. Guests are aboard a starship with windows looking out to space. Disney The resort is being built right next door to the Star Wars area in Florida, on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’ll be seamlessly connected to Galaxy’s Edge, so guests can just spend their whole stay in this fantasy universe.  Disney calls this resort a “multiday adventure.” Insiders speculate that this may work like a cruise, with guests checking in on the same day to get everyone in sync with the same story line. But we’ve yet to learn exactly what activities guests can expect, how many rooms the hotel will have, what it’ll cost, or when it’ll open. Can we use lightsabers? Will there be holograms? What effects can we expect? Disney hasn’t revealed the secrets to any special effects we may see, but perhaps some clues can be found in recent patent applications. What will space windows in a hotel look like? Maybe it will use layered, transparent displays, as described in this patent application. Disney may also be working on technology to create the illusion of blaster fire traveling through the air, and holograms that float by bouncing images off reflective surfaces.  For now, we’ll have to use our imaginations. Comments 74 Photos Disney has been slowly releasing details of the land as we approach opening day, giving limited previews of experiences to a handful of reporters. We have a better idea of the vast menu selection and theme of each store in the marketplace, along with more ride details. There will also be an app that unlocks even more of the storyline throughout the park.Visitors can expect new creatures, smells and plenty of high-tech effects that’ll bring the fantasy universe to life. Disney is also building a luxury Star Wars hotel in Florida for guests to role-play in costume, adding even more layers of story possibilities. Where is it and when can I go?The land is being built inside two of Disney’s parks: Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Florida. Each version will be similar in design. The one at Disneyland will open first, on May 31. The land in Florida at Hollywood Studios will open Aug. 29. The opening date of the Star Wars hotel in Florida has not been set. 30 Photoslast_img read more


Watch When late Rajiv Gandhi called Rahul sensitive and Priyanka strongwilled like

first_imgMONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesRajiv Gandhi, who was described as a non-politician by many of his contemporaries, had visibly deep-rooted family values. In a documentary titled ‘India’s Rajiv’, the Gandhi family scion had said that his daughter Priyanka is strong-willed like his mother Indira Gandhi. Priyanka was also very close to her grandmother. Rajiv had also said that Rahul was more sensitive.Priyanka had recently made her debut in politics after she was handed over the charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh. It has prompted a debate on her likeness with her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.From Priyanka’s looks to her handloom sarees and her articulation, the 47-year-old politician and a mother of two does remind us of the fierce politician like Indira Gandhi.Congress had recently dug out an old picture of Priyanka looking all cheerful while playing with her granny to drive across the point that the duo was close and are made for politics. “There are always differences amongst the siblings. Like I and Sanjay Gandhi are not the same. This also holds true for Priyanka and Rahul,” Rajiv had said.Watch the throwback video here:Rajiv Gandhi on Priyanka and Rahul GandhiYoutubeWhat Rajiv Gandhi said about Sonia Gandhi?Soon after Rajiv Gandhi’s death, the opposition parties had consistently attacked his wife Sonia Gandhi for being a foreign national who has no understanding of the Indian society. However, in this documentary, Rajiv supports his Sonia and called her more Indian than many women in the country.”She has adjusted well, understands our culture and has even surpassed me when it comes to holding on to our traditions. So, I really don’t understand the regular criticism thrown at her,” Rajiv told Simi Garewal.However, Rajiv had always opined that Sonia Gandhi didn’t want to join politics. “She tours with me to remote corners of the country and connects with the people. But, I don’t think she has taken a liking for politics. She also travels solo to Amethi, Uttar Pradesh where she supervises eye camps for children. I am really happy at the way she has bonded with the people on the ground,” the former PM added.The current debate around Rafale jet controversy is also reminiscent of the similar criticism that was levelled against Rajiv Gandhi during the Bofors gun scandal in the late 1980s where he was charged with corruption.”I really don’t understand Indian press. In the first two years of my tenure in Prime Minister’s office, they thought I can do nothing wrong and now they say I can do nothing right. Where is the neutrality, balance? The truth always lies somewhere in-between.” Rajiv told Simi Garewal.Watch part 2 of India’s Rajiv here:Part 2 of the documentary series India’s RajivYoutubelast_img read more


India UK launch clean air initiative in Bengaluru

first_imgWomen and children are at greater risk than men.ReutersThe Innovation for Clean Air (IfCA) was launched in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The two-year UK-India joint initiative provides Indian and UK stakeholders opportunities to test interventions related to air quality and EV integration. Speaking at the IfCA launch on Wednesday, British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister said: “I am delighted to launch this joint programme. Such collaborative initiatives are an example of how the UK and India can work as a joint force for good on innovative solutions and can bring the best of our research communities, academia and businesses together to address shared challenges, such as clean air.”The initiative provides a unique measurement system for air quality by integrating satellite and sensor data and helping to support India’s transition to electric vehicles. The programme is led by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and is funded by the Newton Fund with matched resources from various partners in Karnataka and India. Speaking at the IfCA launch, British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister said: “The UK and India can work as a joint force to bring the best of our research communities, academia and businesses together to address shared challenges, such as clean air.”UK Research and Innovation India (UKRI) Director Rebecca Fairbairn said: “This is a really exciting initiative. UKRI has been working with India for over a decade, focussing on excellent research that makes a difference to society and to our economies but this is the first time the UK Catapult network, which drives innovation in highly targeted industries has been implemented here and it demonstrates the creativity possible through India-UK partnership.”The key partners for the programme are the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Enzen, Project Lithium, Confederation of Indian Industries, C40 Cities and Clean Air Platform. Other partners include Citizens for Sustainability, World Resources Institute, Indian Institute for Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), Shakti Foundation, Shell Technology Centre, Global Business Inroads and India Smart Grid Forum. A current UK partner is Earthsense working in collaboration with the Catapults.Air quality & EV innovation: Bengaluru and London share challenges and opportunities in relation to improving air quality. The two cities are founding partners of the C40 Air Quality Network. The programme will identify innovations that have the potential to improve air quality and provide an environment to test and refine ideas. In parallel, the programme will contribute to a more detailed localised map of the air quality of Bengaluru through the unique combination of satellite and sensor data, including both on-the-ground and mobile data. The programme will identify relevant challenges around EV charging infrastructure, grid management and integrating renewable energy to ensure a sufficient, reliable and clean source power and facilitate opportunities for Indian and UK innovators to collaborate in developing long-lasting relationships to address these challenges.Innovate UK is funding the UK Catapult network in executing this programme. The UK Catapults network established by the UK government is a network of world-leading organisations focused on driving innovation in specific industrial sectors. They bring together the best businesses, scientists and engineers to work side by side on late-stage research and development. Representatives from the UK Energy Systems, Connected Places and Satellite Applications Catapults are in Bengaluru, Karnataka this week to launch the UK-India Innovating for Clean Air programme. They met stakeholders in Bengaluru, including the state government. Due to the enthusiasm of stakeholders such as the success of Lithium Taxis and BMTC’s plan to launch electric buses, the Catapult network has decided to focus on Bengaluru to enhance the progress already made in air quality and electric vehicle transition in Bengaluru.last_img read more


Pakistan expels Indian envoy suspends trade with India

first_img.Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, expel the Indian High Commissioner and suspend bilateral trade with India in the wake of New Delhi’s move of revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken at a second session of National Security Committee (NSC) within a week presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the situation following the Indian government’s move on Kashmir. “Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told ARY News. According to a statement issued after the meeting, the NSC decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, suspend bilateral trade with India, review of bilateral arrangements, take the matter to the UN and observe Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris. “The Prime Minister directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations,” said the statement issued after the meeting. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, ISI Director-General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and other officials. “Independence Day this August 14 to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination,” the statement read. “August 15 will be observed as Black Day,” it added. On Tuesday, Imran Khan, addressing a joint session of the National Assembly, had said that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which can lead to a war between India and Pakistan. “I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back,” the cricketer-turned-politician told his country’s Parliament. Slamming the repeal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Khan had called on the world to raise its voice “for the people of Indian-Administered Kashmir”. The last NSC meeting was held on August 4 to discuss India’s “use of cluster ammunition to target the civilian population on the Pakistani side of Kashmir”.last_img read more


Texas Legislature Taking Crash Course In Cybersecurity

first_img Share But according to the state’s chief information security officer, Nancy Rainosek, the threat from malicious actors is an even bigger concern.“We block billions of attempts every month,” she said.“Billion with a ‘B’?” committee chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said.According to an analysis by business consultants Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the federal government spends 16 percent of its IT budget on cyber security, banks and other private financial institutions spend 8 percent, while states on average spend just 2 percent.“So states are well behind and my comment is always that states should invest and fund cybersecurity commensurate to the risk,” report co-author Doug Robinson said.Robinson is also the president of NASCIO  and said they see in their surveys funding is always the No. 1 challenge to state information security officers.Wednesday’s hearing highlighted strategies being implemented by agencies across the state, from health and human services to public safety. 70,000 employees can do training from the SANS institute. The comptroller’s office would become the first agency to implement two-factor authentication for its network systems administrators.According to Texas Association of Government Information Technology Managers President Mike Sturm the state’s 961 municipalities, where budgets are tight and staffing is low, are where the real vulnerabilities lie.“It’s a scary world out there at the local level,” he said.Sturm is speaking from experience. He also runs San Marcos’ IT department. The city of 60,000 has fallen victim to multiple phishing scams, including one where the city lost money, one in which the W2s of 800 employees were exposed, and a ransomware attack.The committee is tasked with making recommendations to the next legislature on cybersecurity priorities. Ryan Poppe/TPR NewsThe Texas Senate held its first select committee Wednesday to review processes and give lawmakers a crash course in cybersecurity.The committee was mandated by House Bill 8 that passed earlier this year.Texas is no stranger to cybersecurity problems. In 2011, the state comptroller’s office left more than three million social security numbers exposed on the web for a year. The error would reportedly cost the state $1.8 million.last_img read more


Corpus Christi Mother Accused Of Selling Child Trying To Sell Two More

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Nueces County Jail29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi.Authorities are accusing a Corpus Christi mother of selling her 7-year-old son and trying to sell her two young daughters.Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested Friday. She remained in the Nueces County jail on Wednesday on a charge of sale or purchase of a child. Bond was set at $100,000. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.DPS said that agents were executing a drug search warrant in Corpus Christi when they located a 7-year-old who had allegedly been sold and purchased. Authorities say two girls, ages 2 and 3, were in the process of being sold.The case remains under investigation.A man and woman were arrested as a result of the drug investigation. Sharelast_img read more


Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uEllen Gee, one of the organizers of the Baltimore Ceasefire, talks about the path forward promoting non-violence in the city after the Ceasefire weekend, which unfortunately saw two deaths by violence in 72 hours. We’ll also talk to Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, about the challenges of the non-profit funding infrastructure, embodied by the decision by Living Classrooms, to effectively shut down the Pleasant View Day Care Center, the only facility that directly serves public housing families in East Baltimore.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img


Add some flower touch to your summer wardrobe

first_imgPack away the warm hues of winter and say hello to lively corals and florals because it’s time to usher in the summer! Floral is one trend that can never go out of fashion, say experts.Floral prints can make or break your look depending on how you wear it and here are a few tips to go floral this summer: 1. Add colour: Pick your best old summer outfit and add it with some bright and freshening floral colours and floral prints to add new life to your dull boring wardrobe and make it more stylish and trendy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Bloom in bottoms: Floral print in your bottoms is your best bet if you do not want a splash of flowers all over you. You can team these with single coloured short kurti or tank tops. Long skirts and palazzos are making a stylish comeback so you can choose from those too. Just make sure that you keep the top simple.3. Splash some (floral) on the top: Kurti and Jeans will always be in fashion, whether it’s Anushka Sharma’s ‘Breakup’ song or Deepika Padukone’s airport look in Piku. Be a little creative with your tops – floral kurtis with your ice blue ripped jeans will be a best match to enhance your summer look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4. Floral scarf or dupattas: If you want to play safe and don’t want to go overboard with the floral print, then you can simply add a floral scarf or dupattas to your ensemble. A floral dupatta will go extremely well with a muted tone outfit. 5. Accessorise to add more charm: If you love everything floral, but want to do something beyond just outfits, then accessories are perfect for you. Floral patterns on necklaces, belts, hair clips, earrings, bags, bracelets, hats, footwear, and anything else that you can think of, can add vibrancy to even the simplest of looks. However, steer clear of too many accessories all at once, as too many colours will make you look like a flower pot. 6. Neon florals are also doing the rounds. It is perfect for someone who loves experimenting and making a statement.7. You can always style florals with the rest of our outfit or make the floral piece the main attraction. If you wear a blue and yellow floral skirt, always choose an existing colour in your skirt as your secondary piece of clothing. So, instead of pairing your floral skirt with a white top, pair it up with a blue top or a yellow top to get full marks on the fashion front!last_img read more

Canal has secured the rights to English Premier L

first_imgCanal+ has secured the rights to English Premier League football in France for three seasons from next year and has renewed its existing contract for the Premier League in Poland.Winning back the Premier League, currently held by Altice’s RMC Sport, is a significant coup for the embattled pay TV broadcaster, which saw its grip on France’s top tier Ligue 1 rights removed by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro earlier this year when it outbid the pay TV operator to secure these from 2020. Canal+ also lost the UEFA Champions League and Europa League rights from this year to Altice.Canal+ said that winning back the rights “reflects the Group’s drive to invest in premium content over time and to offer an unparalleled football offering, primarily on its own channels”.The acquisition of Premier League rights means that in France, Canal+ will be able to offer a selction of French football games including the top three Ligue 1 games, the Premier league and Top14 French rugby, Formula 1, Moto GP, WRC, Golf and the 2020 Olympics.In Poland, the Premier League will join Polish national league Lotto Ekstraklasa, 50% of Spanish La Liga, selected German Bundesliga matches, NBA, the best speedway league in the world PGE Ekstraliga and Speedway Grand Prix, CEV Volleyball Champions League, EHF Champions League, Polish handball Superliga, Rugby Six Nations Cup, and PGA golfThe reversion of French Premier League rights to Canal+ is a blow for Altice and RMC Sport. SFR said it would work with Canal+, in “the spirit of” an existing agreement giving Canal+ access to Champions League, to provide RMC Sport subscribers access to the Premier League from next year. The operator was referring to an offer launched in September providing Canal+, BeIN Sports and RMC Sport to its subscribers for €40 a month.SFR said that RMC Sport remained “the most complete sports platform” but said that, in terms of exclusive rights, it would now focus on “premium events” like the Champions League.last_img read more