VLC Media Player for Android is almost a reality

first_imgAndroid as a platform has always fallen a little short when it comes to media playback. The native apps that come with every Android device don’t make it easy to watch movies. The only native app that allows you to navigate movies is the Gallery app, which is great for photos, but bad for movies.There are a handful of third-party apps in the Android Market that try to act as a suitable replacement, but most of them only have a few file types they will support. Converting your entire video library to support your phone seems pretty silly to me. On my computer it’s easy, it doesn’t matter what the file type is as long as I’ve got the VLC Media Player installed. The greatest atribute VLC has is the truly massive library of video and audio codecs enabling it to play nearly any video or audio file. Fortunately for the rest of us, one clever developer found the tools needed to start bringing VLC to Android.Among the many contributions to the Android ecosystem made by Austen Dicken are his developments in support of the Motorola Droid line of phones for Cyanogenmod, Embedded Gentoo for Android, and as a fun side project he’s playing with VLC for Android.Austen describes his work on VLC for Android to be pre-alpha at this point in time, but he is still able to show some impressive results regarding basic functionality. In its current form, VLC for Android is actually two separate programs, one for the two different processor types currently supported by Android. The processor types are flagged NEON and NONEON. You will need to know which your phone is in order to use the app.Currently, the app supports playback, and little else. There’s some file management so the app can just pull from a single folder on your SD card instead of searching the entire card, but no more of the features you would expect to see in a desktop version of VLC. For a pre-alpha, the app has been faster and more stable than any other video player I have used on Android. On top of this, it’s free and has played every file I have thrown at it so far.Please be aware that this app is pre-alpha. It’s not available in the Android market, and Austen has already stated in his blog that there is no support for this app. Download and install it at your own risk, but be prepared to enjoy a great video playback experience.last_img read more

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Why do McDonalds burgers look different in ads

first_imgYou’re ravenously hungry and in need of a fast food fix, so you take a trip to your local McDonald’s to fill your stomach. You peruse the menu, examining the burgers that look thick, juciy, and full of tasty ingredients, you place your order at the counter, and moments later you’re greeted by a poor excuse for a burger.You gobble the burger down anyway because it still tastes damn good. It’s unlikely you complain, but my bet is that everyone has thought “why the hell don’t they look like they do in the ads?” Well, in a strange show of openness, the director of marketing for McDonald’s Canada, Hope Bagozzi, has produced this video to explain exactly why this is the case.Whereas the food you order in store is with you in a matter of minutes, the preparation and shooting of the burgers for the ads takes several hours. A food stylist (hands up if you never knew that job title existed until now) is used to prep the burger, the patty is lightly cooked on the outside so as not to shrink it down and, as required by law, all the same ingredients are used as you find in the burgers you get over the counter.The burger is then prepped so as to show all the ingredients contained within and to make it look aesthetically pleasing. Once the shot has been taken it is passed on to be retouched, removing any blemishes from the bun and such.Overall it’s nice to see some honesty and openness from a mega corporation such as McDonald’s, but I fail to see what they gain from it (except maybe all the free publicity from blogs covering the video).via AdAgelast_img read more

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Interview Befriending the Justices in Supreme Courtship

first_img Politics are all around us, in everything and everyone. This has always been true but has become even harder to ignore. And you shouldn’t ignore it! Ignoring politics just makes you ignorant to their influences. Trying to “remove politics” from video games makes the medium more vulnerable to the worst kinds of politics. Politics aren’t some team sport. They are literally life and death, so you should embrace and engage with them all the time.But that doesn’t mean politics have to be boring. At least, that’s what the developers of Just Us Games think. They’re the folks behind Supreme Courtship, an indie upcoming game about trying to befriend that United States Supreme Court Justices while trying to become one yourself and learning more about the system. The premise is… intriguing to say the least.However, almost as unavoidable as politics is the negative side of politics. And while I found Supreme Courtship’s desire to presents an educational “politically positive” view of the Supreme Court ambitious admirable, it could also be a very dangerous and disingenuous “comedy adventure” if not handled with the gravity the thorny real-world topic deserves. I mean, just from the start I was pretty uncomfortable looking at sexy young versions of the Justices considering how scared I am over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s actual elderly health leading to another lifetime appointment for a monster.Fortunately, the folks at Just Us Games were gracious enough to respond to my pretty skeptical questions about Supreme Courtship and its methods. But in the spirit of the game, I’ll let you be the judge. (Note the answers have been edited for clarity and flow).On Calling Supreme Courtship A “Dating Game”Supreme Courtship is a “dating game” more in form than in content. While we’re borrowing some aspects from dating games (character-focused storylines, and the ability to grow a friendly relationship by spending time together), the game itself does not have any overt sexuality or romantic relationships. Think of it like Persona – you can optionally become closer with some of the Justices over the course of the game, by spending time with them outside of the Court. Doing so will unlock side stories and endings for that Justice, but the core game will remain largely the same.The “dating” is more akin to friendship-building. We want to emulate the friendship that Justice Ginsburg and the late Justice Scalia shared. You can befriend any of the Justices regardless of your gender (or their politics). The demo currently has a male and female option for players, and we plan to include a non-binary option as well.How does the game avoid erasing the complexities of these real-life prominent figures and how we relate to them?The truth is, most Americans can’t name even one Supreme Court Justice. Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, since unlike the president or congresspeople, Justices don’t need to be elected or campaign for your vote. Our goal with Supreme Courtship is to make the judicial branch more interesting and relatable, to help players develop informed opinions about the only members of our government that serve for a lifetime.The Supreme Court is very complex – as are each of the Justices – and we will do our best to capture this complexity in Supreme Courtship. After all, complex characters are fascinating. However, we’ll never be able to do as good a job as we’d like. Our hope is that we can take players with a surface-level knowledge of the Supreme Court, and introduce them to some of that complexity. Perhaps society can do the rest?(At the other end of the scale, many of our most ardent fans are law students, lawyers, and law clerks that love seeing pop culture references to the Supreme Court. It is unlikely our game will cause them to be misinformed about the Court!)If I find Clarence Thomas, his anti-same sex relationship rulings and past sexual misconduct, abhorrent, can I express those feelings?We very much want players to come away from Supreme Courtship with strong feelings about the Justices, and not try to sugarcoat anything. As far as expressing those feelings within the game, that’s something I’d very much like to explore, but I don’t know exactly what form it’ll take. (Due to the nature of crowdfunding campaigns, we need to raise more money in order to finish this thing up!)One thing that we are certain to include is the ability for players to make informed choices about who they want to spend time with and befriend. Due to the political nature of the game – and the fact that players might want to avoid certain Justices – we will make sure that players are always choosing which Justice they want to spend one-on-one time with, and will never be stuck with one of them.If this game had come out later would I have been asked to “date” Brett Kavanaugh given what he’s been accused of?The original concept for the game did focus more heavily on the “dating” aspect. With Thomas – a man infamously (and unapologetically) accused of sexual harassment – on the Court, this was already a sensitive topic. We met with local leaders of Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action to discuss how to handle Thomas in the game, and our takeaway was that he should be included in the game, and that we should address the controversy within the game rather than sweep it under the rug. We kept working on Supreme Courtship, and prepared for a launch in mid October 2018, to capitalize on the heightened political energy around the midterms.But Kavanaugh blasted those wounds wide open again. Not only was Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault, he chose to deny it with a fury and an openly partisan bias that will have a lasting effect on public trust in the judiciary. After all, it’s difficult to trust in the integrity of the Supreme Court when men accused of violence against women are in a position to tip the scales against them, as Thomas did with his deciding vote in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the idea of making a game where you “date young, sexy versions of the US Supreme Court Justices” (our original tagline) was no longer appealing to us. After taking some time off, we decided to rebrand – our art became less “sexy” and more stylish and cartoony / expressive. And we focused more on the Phoenix Wright-style humor that had always been at the heart of the concept. After that rebrand, we’ve all been much more excited to work on the game again.But no. There’s no room in our idealized version of the Supreme Court for a man who has been credibly accused of sexual assault, and chose to deny it with a fury and an openly partisan bias that will have a lasting effect on public trust in the judiciary. There is no place for that divisiveness in our game, let alone our nation’s highest Court. It’s a shame that a small indie studio from Seattle must maintain higher standards than the US Senate.Some have accused us of writing revisionist history. No decision we make is going to please everyone, and doing so was never the goal. We can only make the game that speaks to us and our values, and hope it resonates with others as well.We won’t be ignoring Kavanaugh’s confirmation entirely – his demeanor and the manner of his appointment have raised issues that we’ll address within the game. What is the effect of having two men with a history of harassment or assault against women serving on the Court? What happens when the public loses faith in the judiciary? How can a Justice be impeached?We’ve written about our stance on Thomas and Kavanaugh, if you’re interested in reading more.Is Merrick Garland in this game and does the game delve into politics of senators holding court picks hostage from rival presidents?It’s worth noting that in Supreme Courtship, the only “real-life” characters are the Justices themselves. Members of other branches of government (cough Trump cough) are not in the game – we instead use fictional characters to represent them. The notable exception will be Merrick Garland.Thanks again to Just Us Games for taking the time to answer our questions. If Supreme Courtship still sounds like the Phoenix Wright meets Dream Daddy of your wildest legal desires see it for yourself on Kickstarter. For less political Valentine’s Day gaming check out these games to play with your partner. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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WISHH Supports World Egg Day Activities in Ghana

first_imgPhoto: Eggs are stored in crates before being sold in markets. The eggs are taken from layers at the I.M. Unity Farms in Dormaa, Ghana.Every year on the second Friday of October, World Egg Day is celebrated with activities worldwide that recognize the importance of eggs to nutrition.This year, the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), with support from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) AMPLIFIES Ghana Project, used the day to increase awareness of the benefits and nutritional value of eggs, using its new slogan “For good health, think egg.”AMPLIFIES supported GNAPF in the design, planning and organization of this year’s festivities at Ghana’s State House. A promotional float involving hundreds of participants including students, farmers, association members and various stakeholder groups paraded through Accra, distributing eggs and promotional leaflets, while also disseminating information on eggs. All this was done with the support of a brass band and a master of ceremonies.At the Ghana State House, students from Accra Polytechnic showcased over 40 egg dishes, demonstrating the egg’s versatility as a “superfood.” Keynote addresses and speeches were given by prominent nutritionists, government officials and poultry farmers. The presentations were interspersed with entertainment, music and fun facts about eggs. The turnout and ensuing media profile provided much needed visibility to GNAPF, and set the foundation for the upcoming, joint Ghana Poultry Project (GPP)-AMPLIFIES national campaign to promote poultry products, and increase per capita consumption from less than one egg a month to higher levels, closer to other countries with similar levels of development.last_img read more

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Grief for woman lost in house fire

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered Saturday at the site of a fatal house fire in the Sifton area to mourn the passing of a woman they described as “everybody’s mom.”Donna Franchino, 58, died Friday after a house fire ripped through her home at 15209 N.E. 74th St., her family confirmed Saturday.“She was always the first person in the neighborhood to welcome new neighbors and let the kids know that our home was their home,” said Franchino’s daughter, Nicole Franchino. Looking at the many people who endured the rain to pay their respects, she said: “These are all her kids; she took care of everybody.”Candles illuminated tear-streaked faces as people shared their memories of Donna Franchino.Originally from New York, she was heavily affected by the Sept. 11 attacks.She once dated a firefighter and got to know members of his ladder company in Manhattan. “They took me under their wing,” Donna Franchino told The Columbian in September 2001. She helped raised $3,200 for the families of the firefighters who died in the tragedy.The national tragedy spurred her to take on a career as a technician in the emergency room at Providence Portland Medical Center, Nicole Franchino said.Virgil Adamson worked alongside Donna Franchino for nine years as a security guard at the hospital.She often showed her love, he said, by cooking.“Your waistline would expand when you worked with her,” he said. Adamson said she would stay up late after a graveyard shift to cook for others, and she was known for bringing in multiple cheesecakes at a time.last_img read more

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Retired Coral Springs deputy police chief arrested for road rage

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A retired Coral Springs deputy police chief was arrested for allegations of road rage.Fifty-six-year-old Mark Haydu is now being held without bond at the Broward County Jail.Witnesses said he got into a fender bender with another driver, then hopped out and punched that driver twice in the face.The road rage incident happened Friday morning in the Home Depot parking lot, located near State Road 7 and Wiles Road, in Coconut Creek.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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APD releases names of officers involved in Home Depot shooting

first_imgThe Anchorage Police Department has released the names of the officers involved in last week’s fatal shooting. Officers Cole Grigg and Bart Filipowicz both fired on 23-year-old Benjamin Zekovic after he advanced on them while throwing weapons. The incident took place after a robbery at Home Depot in East Anchorage. Both officers were put on a 4-day administrative leave after the July 12th incident.Listen nowlast_img

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Party Politics National Edition Ep 31 War On Opioids Indictments And The

first_img 00:00 /20:23 White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and what he thinks happened with the Civil WarAnd finally, Brandon and Jay get into what happened earlier this week when the Robert Mueller Russia investigation around the 2016 election started to make their first arrests. Remember we’ve also got a weekly Texas-centered episode, too that you can find on iTunes!Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting with: New York terrorist attack, eight deadPresident Trump declaring war on OpioidsPresident Trump versus director Michael Moore Photo via Twitter @RealtorJairolast_img read more

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Chicago Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Black Man Running Away

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer fatally shot a 24-year-old Black man who authorities said pulled a gun while running away, prompting questions from the man’s family about why the encounter turned deadly.Sgt. Rocco Alioto said the “armed confrontation” Wednesday evening on the city’s South Side happened as officers conducted a narcotics investigation. He said the suspect fled on foot when officers approached. Alioto said in a statement that officers told the man to stop and he “produced a weapon,” so the officer shot him.In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo, Chicago Police remain at the scene of a shooting near 47th Street and Prairie Avenue in Chicago. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP)The man, later identified as Maurice Granton Jr., died of a gunshot wound to the back, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Thursday. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which is investigating the shooting, said late Thursday that preliminary evidence shows there were three shots discharged from the officer’s firearm.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that officers involved in a narcotics investigation were watching the area Wednesday evening through one of a number of surveillance cameras mounted on poles throughout the city. They saw Granton taking part in what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction and dispatched officers to the scene.Guglielmi posted on Twitter a photograph of what he said was Granton’s weapon found at the scene. He said that there is physical evidence that the gun had been fired. No officer was shot although a sergeant may have suffered a broken ankle during the confrontation.The police department has not released the name or race of the officer involved in Wednesday night’s shooting. Alioto said the officer has been placed on 30-day administrative leave in line with department policy.The shooting of Granton comes as police have faced intense scrutiny over allegations of excessive force involving Black suspects. White officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald. He has pleaded not guilty. Release of a video of the shooting of McDonald a year after it happened prompted outrage and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.Chicago police released more details of the Wednesday shooting after Granton’s sister, Joanna Varnado, suggested that the officer had used excessive force.“Since when does running validate somebody getting shot?” she asked. The Chicago Tribune reported that Granton’s family expressed doubts that the gun belonged to Granton, the father of two young daughters.“I just want to know what the real story is,” Varnado said. “If it was misconduct, I want justice. My brother was 24 years old. He loved his girls. That’s all he lived for, was his kids.”last_img read more

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Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in May 2019

first_imgStay on target Spring might mean we’re getting warmer weather and seasonal allergies, but for Netflix, it means we’re getting a ton of original movies, series, comedy specials, and documentaries.If the current state of politics is getting you down, you might get a little inspiration from the original Netflix documentary Knock Down the House (available to stream on May 1), which spotlights four insurgent female candidates (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) that ran for Congress in 2018.Want to see Zac Efron go dark as Ted Bundy? The Netflix original movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (available to stream on May 3) chronicles the crimes of the serial killed, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.Netflix is also bringing the Amy Poehler-helmed comedy Wine Country, the absolutely bonkers game show Flinch, the buzzed-about suspense-thriller The Perfection, and the anime series Revisions, this month.Here’s everything coming to Netflix in May 2019.May 1Knock Down the House Netflix Original DocumentaryMunafik 2Angels & DemonsAustin Powers: International Man of MysteryAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeCasperChasing LibertyCode Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion, part 1 & 2Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the HatDumb and DumberFear and Loathing in Las VegasGosford ParkGremlinsHairsprayHarold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayHer Only ChoiceHoosiersInside the Mind of a Serial Killer, season 2John & Yoko: Above Us Only SkyJust FriendsRevolutionary RoadRoswell, New Mexico, season 1ScarfaceScreamSnowpiercerTaking LivesThe Da Vinci CodeThe Dark CrystalThe MatrixThe Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix RevolutionsTo Rome With LoveWedding CrashersWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?ZombielandMay 2Colony (Season 3)Olympus Has FallenMay 3A Pesar De Todo Netflix Original MovieAll in My Family Netflix Original DocumentaryAlles ist gut Netflix Original MovieCupcake & Dino – General Services (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesDead to Me Netflix Original SeriesExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Netflix Original MovieFlinch Netflix Original Series – Game ShowJo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage Netflix Original MovieThe Last Summer Netflix Original MovieMr. MomSupernatural (Season 14)True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town Netflix Original SeriesTuca & Bertie Netflix Original SeriesUndercover Netflix Original SeriesMay 4Like ArrowsMay 6Abyss Netflix Original SeriesMay 7The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolutionQueen of the South (Season 3)May 8Lucifer (Season 4) Netflix Original SeriesMay 9Bathtubs Over BroadwayInsidiousMay 10Dry Martina Netflix Original MovieEasy (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesGente que viene y bah Netflix Film Original MovieHarvey Girls Forever! (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesJailbirds Netflix Original SeriesReMastered: The Lion’s Share Netflix Original DocumentaryShéhérazade Netflix Original MovieThe Society Netflix Original SeriesWine Country Netflix Original MovieMay 12Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 3) Netflix Original SeriesMay 13Malibu Rescue: The Series Netflix Original SeriesMay 14revisions Netflix Original Anime SeriesStill LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate Netflix Original SpecialWeed the PeopleMay 15Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!May 16Good Sam Netflix Original MovieTake Me Home TonightMay 171994: Limited Series Netflix Original SeriesChip & Potato Netflix Original Animated SeriesIt’s Bruno Netflix Original SeriesMaria Netflix Original MovieMorir para contar Netflix Original MovieNailed It! (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesSee You Yesterday Netflix Original MovieThe Rain (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesWell Intended Love Netflix Original SeriesWhite Gold (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesMay 18The Blackcoat’s DaughterMay 20Prince of Peoria (Part 2) Netflix Original SeriesRosario Tijeras (Season 2)May 21Arrow (Season 7)MoonlightWanda Sykes: Not Normal Netflix Original SpecialMay 22A Tale of Two Kitchens Netflix Original MovieOne Night in Spring Netflix Original SeriesThe Flash (Season 5)May 23Riverdale (Season 3)Slasher: Solstice Netflix Original SeriesMay 24After Maria Netflix OriginalAlta Mar Netflix Original SeriesJoy Netflix Original MovieRim of the World Netflix Original MovieShe’s Gotta Have It (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesThe Perfection Netflix Original MovieWHAT/ IF Netflix Original SeriesMay 27Historical Roasts Netflix Original SeriesOutlander (Seasons 1-2)May 28Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsMay 30Chopsticks Netflix Original MovieMy Week with MarilynSvaha: The Sixth FingerThe One I LoveMay 31Always Be My Maybe Netflix Original MovieBad Blood (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesBlack Spot (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesHow to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) Netflix Original SeriesKiller Ratings Netflix OriginalWhen They See Us Netflix Original SeriesMay – TBACharmed (Season 1)DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4)The Mechanism (Season 2)Supergirl (Season 4)More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in May 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2019Here Are the Most Binge-Watched Shows in Every State How to Watch the Rare ‘Blue Flower Moon’ on Saturday, May 18These Are the Games You Should Check Out This Month last_img read more

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Two killed 3 injured after car rams into tree

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were killed and three others been injured, one of them critically, when a car hit a road side tree.The incident took place on the Purulia-Borakar State Highway in the wee hours of Wednesday.The deceased have been identified as Manoj Roy (47) and Vinod Singh (43), who were going to Purulia from the city. According to the police, the victims were Kolkata-based businessmen.The injured persons are Shiv Kumar Singh, Mukesh Singh and Manas Singh. They were taken to a local hospital. The health condition of Shiv Kumar is stated Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeto be critical.According to a preliminary investigation, the police came to know that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.Police said the victims started their journey in a Maruti Van on Tuesday night.They were crossing Mokatala area under Nitudia police station when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it rammed into a road side tree. Circumstantial evidences suggest that the vehicle was at a high speed at the time of the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome of the locals heard a loud thud on early Wednesday morning. They rushed to the spot and found the passengers trapped inside the car, a portion of which was badly damaged in the accident. They rescued the injured victims and took them to a nearby hospital.The doctors at the hospital pronounced two of them brought dead, while the other three have been undergoing treatment.The incident caused traffic jam in the area for sometime in the morning.After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accident might have occurred due over speeding.They also said the driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a sharp bend.The investigating officers are not ruling out that the driver might have fallen asleep at the time of the accident. They have collected samples from the spot of the accident.last_img read more

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Woman shot dead at Palta husband held

first_imgKolkata: A woman was killed by her husband at Palta in Barrackpore on Thursday night. Deceased Rajasree Chatterjee (33) was shot dead while walking towards home with her husband Sukhvinder Singha cab, a driver by profession.When locals arrived at the spot, Singh pretended that his wife was shot by two snatchers who took away her bag.Later, during a police interrogation, Singh admitted to his crime. According to locals, on Thursday night around 10 pm, a firing sound was heard near an enamel factory on Ghoshpara Road. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen some of the locals went towards the source of the sound, they saw a woman was lying in a pool of blood and a man crying for help. Noapara police station was informed and Chatterjee was removed to BN Bose Sub-Divisional hospital where she was declared dead. During primary investigation, Singh told police that they both were returning home in Barrackpore.They had plans to buy a scooty and for that, Chatterjee had Rs 35,000 in her handbag. On reaching Ghoshpara, two youth came from behind riding a motorcycle and tried to snatch the handbag. When his wife resisted, one of the youths took out a one shoter and fired a round towards Chatterjee and fled. While fleeing away, they threw away the firearm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHearing the statement of Singh, investigators smelled something fishy in his story. Several questions arose about why they had gone to Palta instead of Barrackpore, where several renowned two-wheeler showrooms are present. It is also known that no criminal throws away arms after committing a crime. This was also a valid reason to doubt Singh’s statements.Hence, the investigators detained Singh at night. In wee hours of Friday, Singh broke down and admitted killing his wife. He was arrested immediately. According to police sources, Singh told the investigators that he noticed Chatterjee was keeping very busy since the last few months. He suspected that his wife had an extra-marital affair and killed her.However, another sources informed that recently Singh was forcing Chatterjee to sell a flat that she got from her maternal side. He will be produced before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court, Barrackpore court on Saturday.last_img read more

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AskAdmin block program executions on Windows

first_imgAskAdmin: block program executions on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 20, 2019 in Software – 14 commentsAskAdmin is a specialized program for Microsoft Windows devices that may block access to certain programs or system functions. It has been designed for situations where you hand over your computer (and user profile) to another user, e.g. a child, and want to prevent that certain applications are run.The application is free but some features are restricted to a premium version. The main limitations of the free version are that it limits blocked items to a maximum of 10, that you cannot use the export feature, cannot protect the application itself with a password, and cannot block access for specific users of the operating system only.A scan of the program on Virustotal returned 0 hits. The application is compatible with all supported versions of Windows and Windows XP and Vista. Run the application after download and extraction.Note: the program does not need to be running in the background for the blocking to be active. It is important that you are careful when selecting programs or folders to block as you may run into issues, e.g. Windows loading issues, if you block the wrong files or folders.AskAdminAskAdmin may block the execution of executable files, e.g. exe, bat or reg, on the system it is run on. You have two main options to add executable files to the block list:Use drag and drop.Use the built-in file browser.You may add individual Win32 programs, batch or Registry files, Windows Store applications, certain Windows components, or all files in a folder structure.Checked items in the listing are blocked while unchecked items are not. You can change the blocking status of each item easily in the interface, and run them from the interface with a double-click even if they are blocked system-wide.The blocking worked fine for most types during tests. I could not get the folder blocking to work initially; it seems that the program has issues when you select special folders, e.g. Downloads or Documents directly. Selecting these folders manually by following the path on the drive works, however. The program may need to restart Explorer when you select folder blocking for the first time.Windows displays a message when you attempt to run a blocked executable.A click on Extras in the program interface displays special block options; there you find options to block Windows Store or built-in Windows apps (if the operating system support these), and the Windows components Task Manager, Registry Editor, and Microsoft Edge. You may also block the Settings page or Network browsing.Items that you have added to the block list may be deleted at any time or toggled so that they are not blocked. Handy features like the option to block or unblock all, and to delete all, are provided as well.Closing WordsAskAdmin is an easy to use program that blocks the execution of executable files efficiently. It is easy to set up and the ability to block all executable files in a folder and its subfolders is certainly useful.It is mostly suitable for home environments where access to certain programs or features needs to be blocked; organizations may prefer to use Software Restriction Policies and other means to block the execution of applications.AskAdmin is not the first program of its kind. We reviewed AppLocker and Windows Process Blocker in 2009 which offer similar but more limited functionality.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 32 votes Software Name AskAdminOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.sordum.org/7941/askadmin-v1-6/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over travel warning remains

first_imgPuerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over, travel warning remains Share Tuesday, June 6, 2017 PUERTO RICO — Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly.About 10 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in each four-week period since April 2017, down from more than 8,000 cases reported in a four-week period at the peak of the epidemic in August 2016, the Puerto Rico Health Department said in a statement.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, has not changed its travel advice, noting that pregnant women should not travel to Puerto Rico.The CDC said its travel notice for Puerto Rico remains in place and that it expects the virus will continue to “circulate indefinitely” in most regions where it has been introduced.The Department of Health and Human Services declaration of a public health emergency in Puerto Rico relating to pregnant women and children born to women with the virus remains in effect, the CDC said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedOn its website, the CDC cites public health reports saying that “mosquitoes in Puerto Rico are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.”CDC acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a statement that she is “pleased that the peak of the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico has come to a close.” However, she said, “We cannot let our guard down.”Schuchat said CDC will continue to focus on protecting pregnant women and work closely with the Puerto Rican health department to support Zika surveillance and prevention efforts on the island, which is a U.S. territory.A major outbreak of Zika began in Brazil in 2015 and spread rapidly to dozens of countries. There is no treatment for Zika, but private companies and governments are working on a vaccine.In addition to Puerto Rico, the CDC has warned of a risk of Zika infection for travelers going to Mexico, Cuba, most of the Caribbean and South America, as well as parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyLocally transmitted Zika cases have also been reported in Texas and Florida. By: Julie SteenhuysenSource: Reuters Tags: Puerto Rico, Zika << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Myanmar frees deathrow prisoner with liver cancer

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar has freed a death-row inmate with liver cancer who had been imprisoned for the deadly bombing of a festival in 2010.The wife of Phyo Wai Aung said he was released Friday by presidential pardon and transferred to a hospital. His lower body is paralyzed.Phyo Wai Aung had been convicted of murder for the April 15, 2010, bombing of a celebration in Yangon of the traditional New Year. Ten people were killed and 170 wounded. He denied the charge and said evidence against him had been obtained by torture. His wife Htay Htay attributed his freedom to efforts by U.N. human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana, who visited Phyo Wai Aung in Yangon’s Insein prison on Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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AFTA warns agents of possible scam from the US

first_imgThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has received a number of calls from agents who said that they have been contacted by a person who has claimed that they are looking to book tickets with an Australian agent and have contacted the agent on the advice of AFTA.AFTA is advising all members that they have made no such recommendation to any person from the USA and consider such situation a scam. They urge agents to take the appropriate action to disregard any such contact that had been made from overseas. The person will claim that they are from the US and will provide the agent with credit card details, including photocopies of the front and the back of the credit card and signature. AFTA warns that contact by this and other indirect means such as email from offshore sources should be treated with utmost suspicion. AFTA stresses that they do not recommend Australian travel agents to overseas callers due to the high probability of the call being a scam. All members must be careful with the increase in scams over the New Year period and must remember that, unless the passenger is physically present at the time of the credit card transaction and provides proof of identity at the same time, the agent is liable for any fraudulent transaction that takes place. It cannot be stressed strongly enough that every enquiry by email, telephone or other methods from any person not personally known to the travel agent as a long time client or who does not physically present themselves at the agency to conclude the transaction should be treated with the utmost suspicion at all times. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Clast_img read more

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Refinance Purchase Mortgage Activity Drive Applications Down This Week

first_img November 4, 2015 452 Views 30-Year Fixed Rate Purchase Mortgages Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Refinances Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey 2015-11-04 Staff Writer A slowdown in refinances and purchase mortgage loans drove overall applications down this week, according to the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association.The Market Composite Index, which measures mortgage loan application volume, determined that mortgage applications decreased 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending October 30, 2015.The Index fell 1 percentage point on an unadjusted basis compared to last week, the MBA reported. The Refinance Index and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index both decreased 1 percent from the previous week. Meanwhile, the unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent compared with the previous week, but was 20 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The MBA data showed that the refinance share of mortgage activity rose to 59.7 percent of total applications from last week’s number of 59.5 percent, while the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 6.7 percent of total applications.The FHA share of total applications declined to 13.2 percent from 13.7 percent from last week, the survey found. The VA share of total applications fell to 11.9 percent from 12.3 percent the week prior, while the USDA share remained unchanged from last week at 0.7 percent.For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less), the average contract interest rate increased to 4.01 percent from 3.98 percent, with points increasing to 0.47 from 0.44 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. MBA also found that the effective rate for these loans increased from last week.For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000), the average contract interest rate increased from 3.88 percent to 3.90 percent, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate for these loans increased from last week. Refinance & Purchase Mortgage Activity Drive Applications Down This Weekcenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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MPs seeking to reduce sewerage rates

first_imgMPs are hoping that a bill reducing sewerage rates will go to the plenum by the end of the month.The proposal aims to recalibrate the applicable sewerage rates because, as the rates now stand, the amount payable to local authorities would shoot through the roof due to the updating of property values.Sewerage rates are calculated based on the market value of a property.The matter was discussed on Monday at the House interior committee.As part of Cyprus’ bailout agreement with international lenders, authorities here completed the revaluation of some half a million properties in 2014.As a result, immovable property tax (IPT) was to be paid based on up-to-date values (2013); however the new rates were never actually levied.Despite the property revaluation, IPT paid for 2015 and 2016 was still based on the market value of properties as at 1st of January 1980.And last year, a law was passed slashing IPT payable for 2016 by 75 per cent. Additionally, MPs voted to scrap IPT altogether thereafter.But sewerage rates continue to be based on a property’s market value – the updated 2013 values.By way of example, a property previously valued at €50,000 would pay around €260 in sewerage fees annually.The same property could now be valued at, say, €280,000.This means the applicable sewerage fee would also have to be increased by several factors – unless the rates were recalibrated, which is the purpose of the bill under discussion.Disy MP Nicos Nouris said the goal was to lower the sewerage rates so as not to overburden property owners.But, he added, those owners who were found to have concealed the true value of their properties would be penalised and charged more than the rest. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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