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Apple Kills Aperture – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Safe for Now

first_imgIf you’re a photographer that uses Apple’s Aperture photo editing application, it’s time to start learning Lightroom.After speculation over the last few years that Apple may be abandoning the pro photo editing space, an announcement today confirms that as fact. Apple will no longer be developing Aperture, the photo organization and editing program used by many pro photographers. Aperture has gone without any significant updates since 2010…a foreshadowing of today’s announcement.At this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference Apple announced “Photos”, an application we now know is intended to take the place of iPhoto. Apple has announced that Aperture users will be able to migrate their existing photo libraries to ‘Photos for OSX’ when it ships in 2015. The editing functionality in Photos is more advanced then what we’ve seen in iPhoto in the past, but there’s a big question about whether it will provide the same professional feature set that Aperture had.Image: Photos for OSXJust as Apple faced a backlash with the announcement of Final Cut Pro X in 2011, we can expect the same with this announcement (and a similar exodus to Adobe’s Creative Cloud).Update to Final Cut Pro X, Motion & CompressorIn related Apple news, they’re showing support for other creative industries with the announcement of an update for Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor. The list of updates in the Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 release include:Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the libraryEasily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro XUsed media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clipsOption to show only unused media in the BrowserApply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony camerasAutomatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA cameraSupport for Apple ProRes 4444 XQImproved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clipsAudio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takesFast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM mediaExport entire library as a single XML fileSelecting a library displays key metadata in the InspectorAdjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selectionCreate Keywords from Finder Tags when importing mediaOption to sort events by date or name in the Libraries listImport a clip by dragging directly into the BrowserShare 4K video to VimeoJump to TechCrunch for a full listing of Motion and Compressor updates.Are you an Aperture user? What are your thoughts on this announcement? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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Gang rivalry spills on to Dhule streets, man hacked to death

first_imgA history sheeter, recently released from prison, was hacked to death, allegedly by members of a rival gang, in broad daylight in Dhule on Tuesday morning. A video of the incident, which was captured on a CCTV cameras nearby, went viral on social media on Thursday.According to the Dhule police, the murder occurred at around 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday when Rafiquddin Sheikh (35) was having tea at Gopal Tea Stall on Parola Road in Dhule. “Sheikh has over 30 cases of extortion and assault against him. The exact reason for his murder is being ascertained,” said Dhule Superintendent of Police M. Ramkumar.The CCTV footage shows the accused, 11 to 12 in number, armed with swords barging into the tea stall and dragging Sheikh out onto the road. They are then seen attacking him with swords over 20 times before fleeing the scene. The entire assault lasted for around a minute.Police officers said the incident was reported and relayed within minutes to the Dhule City police station, under whose jurisdiction the area falls. Sheikh was rushed to a government hospital in Dhule where he was declared dead before admission, and the police, after viewing CCTV footage, and recording statements of eye-witnesses, registered a case of murder. “Based on the CCTV footage, we have identified five of the accused as history sheeters from a local gang and are working on identifying the others. Sheikh led a gang of his own and there was a constant fight for supremacy between the two gangs and the murder,” said Police Inspector Anil Vadnere, Dhule City police station. Mr. Vadnere added that multiple teams had been sent out to various locations to try and apprehend the accused.last_img read more

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Goa PWD minister recovering after surgery

first_imgGoa Minister for Public Works, Sudin alias Ramkrishna Dhavalikar underwent a surgery at a Mumbai hospital and is recovering well, his brother Dr. Sandeep Dhavalikar said on Tuesday.The family has not disclosed the nature of surgery, and appealed to the people to not speculate over his health. “We are sure that the blessings of the Goan people are with him and he is expected to be back to work in few days,” Dr. Dhavalikar said in a statement issued here on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, his brother and former Minister Deepak Dhavalikar had said that Sudin’s hospitalisation was only for examination purposes. “He will be back soon. There is nothing to worry,” he said.Mr. Dhavalikar, the main leader of the three-member regional outfit — Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) — an alliance partner of the BJP-led government in the State, has become the seventh sitting Goa legislator to be hospitalised in recent times. Apart from Mr. Dhavalikar, Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar is still recuperating in a Mumbai hospital after suffering a brain stroke. The charge of his portfolio has been taken over by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who returned from the US last month after a nearly three-month-long treatment for pancreatitis-related ailments which have not been formally disclosed.Others who took ill in recent months include senior BJP Minister Francis D’Souza (kidney-related ailment), BJP MLA from Vasco, Carlos Almeida (brain stroke), and Congress MLAs Isidore Fernandes (liver ailment) and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane (high fever).last_img read more

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Asian Boxing Championships: Mary Kom enters final, one step away from fifth gold

first_imgFive-time world champion MC Mary Kom remained on course for a fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after she advanced to the final of the event on Tuesday.Mary Kom defeated Japan’s Tsubasa Komura in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the summit clash for the fifth time in her six appearances at the event.Should she go on to win the final, the Indian would be winning her first Asian gold medal in the 48kg category.The 35-year-old Rajya Sabha MP, who is also a former Olympic bronze-medallist, returned to her preferred weight category after five years of competing in 51kg, which was made an Olympic category in 2012.Once again, it was a bout fought largely on defensive tactics. The Japanese boxer seemed too wary to go near the Indian, who had to quite literally lunge at Komura for her right hooks to connect.Mary Kom’s patience with Komura’s tactics ran out in the second round and she increased the pace and ferocity of her own attacks to unsettle the Japanese.The shell guard to stave off Komura’s feeble right straights ensured that the Manipuri hardly took any blow in what turned out to be a lopsided contest.last_img read more

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Rishabh Pant named in ODI squad vs West Indies, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar rested

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Need to impart values to children not just knowledge: Rajnath

first_imgLucknow, Nov 2 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday emphasised the need to instill values in children while imparting them knowledge. “It’s necessary to give values to children while imparting them knowledge. Only knowledge which is laced with values is beneficial for the society,” he said. Singh was addressing the closing ceremony of a sports function of Vidya Bharti Akhil Bharitya Siksha Sansthan here. He said, “Traditional values and culture of our country attracts the world. Our culture emphasises on making big heart and that is why concept of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ emerges from us”. Singh also hailed contribution of Vidya Bharti, an educational arm of the RSS, in promoting nationalism and Indian culture. He said that India is fast heading to become “not only superpower in economic, but in sports also.” During the three-day sports event, 1,250 students of Vidya Bharti from all over the country participated. PTI ABN SMI RCJlast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 Live Streaming: Ruby Trichy Warriors vs Chepauk Super Gillies, When and where to watch

first_imgRuby Trichy Warriors will take on Chepauk Super Gillies in an intriguing clash as both the sides had suffered defeats in their opening encounters.Warriors and Gillies will be eyeing their first win of the league and gain first points of the season. On can expect this to be an enthralling match which could easily go down to the last over.Chepauk Super Gilles had a disaster season 4 and defeat in the opening encounter must have given them a wake-up call.Ruby Trichy Warrior will bank on Murali Vijay’s experience to help them register a win over the Super Gilles in their Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League match.Vijay had played a blistering knock of 81 runs to stamp his class in Warrior’s first game against Karaikudi Kaala.Where to watch/Live streaming?Live on: Star Sports 3, Star Sports (Tamil), Vijay SuperLive streaming: HotstarMatch timings: 7:15 P.M. onwardsTeams:Chepauk Super Gillies: Kaushik Gandhi(c), Ganga Sridhar Raju, Gopinath, A Aarif(w), Uthirasamy Sasidev, Murugan Ashwin, M Siddharth, S Harish Kumar, D Rahul, G Periyaswamy, R Alexander, Vijay Shankar, Sunny Kumar Singh, Samruddh Bhat, Arun Kumar, Baskaran Rahul, B Arun, MK Sivakumar, S Karthik, V Santhanasekar, Y Jeba Selvin, R Thavith KumarRuby Trichy Warriors: S Aravind, Murali Vijay, Aditya Barooah, Maaruthi Raghav, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, K Mani Bharathi(w), Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore(c), Saravan Kumar, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Kannan Vignesh, M Poiyamozhi, MS Sanjay, R Sonu Yadav, Suresh Kumar, DT Chandrasekar, RS Thillak, Baba Indrajith, Bharath Shankar, Adithya Ganesh, R Sathyanarayan, K Mukunth, Neyan Shyam Kangayan, AVR Rathnam, M Rooban RajadvertisementRead more | Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019: TNPL Live Streaming, Telecast, When and where to watchAlso See:last_img read more

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Mayhem in New Zealand mosques

first_imgChristchurch: An Australian gunman whose assaults on two New Zealand mosques Friday left at least 49 people dead, published a racist manifesto on Twitter before livestreaming his rampage. The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range. The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman’s body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room. AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman’s footage with images available online showing the same areas. The “manifesto” detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpIn the video, the shooter parks his car next to the mosque and gets out of the vehicle with a rifle. He slowly goes to the boot of his car and retrieves another firearm. He then walks into the compound of the mosque and fires at a person standing near the doorway before dropping the rifle and shooting repeatedly with the second weapon as he moves inside. The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms. In the excerpt of the video viewed by AFP, which did not appear to be the full clip, he can be seen changing cartridges three times in just under two minutes. The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman’s hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. AFP is not publishing the footage. In the 74-page manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement”, the gunman details his intention to attack Muslims. The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates. The gunman identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family. He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Akerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian. “We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison said. New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public. They later announced one man, aged in his late 20s, had been charged with murder and would appear in court on Saturday. The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the car, with what sounded like an Australian accent. Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as he drove to the mosque. Distinctive writing on his weapons was seen in the footage as well as images posted on the Twitter account. Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. A few took part in the Crusades, centuries earlier. The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended. “Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Facebook said in a tweet. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.” A spokesman for New Zealand’s interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share. “The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see,” he said. “This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video.”last_img read more

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Winter weather blast causes trouble for weekend drivers

A winter wollop let to dangerous driving conditions across Southern Ontario Saturday.Snow, rain and freezing rain caused slippery roads and sidewalks.The OPP sent out a tweet saying there were 300 collisions on highways they patrol.Most of the crashes happened between noon and 2 p.m.The snow didn’t last long before the temperature rose turning snow to slush and bringing some rain.The wacky winter weather is expected to last for at least the next 24 hours.The temperature will rise to 8 degrees tonight with quite a bit of rain.Then tomorrow afternoon it will plummet to -10 but feel like -20 with more snow after that. read more

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Judge finds Nikdima guilty in Plenty of Fish sex assault case

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENTMedical evidence played a key role in a judge’s decision to find a 50-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he met through the Plenty of Fish dating website.Gioulian Nikdima was tried on a single charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm, relating to an incident from March 19, 2016 — the date he and the now-49-year-old victim met for the first time after briefly getting to know each other through the dating site.The woman told the court the two met for coffee, then went for lunch. While she found him sweet and gentlemanly at first, she told the court that changed shortly after he drove them to a dirt road south of Regina. There, she said, he sexually assaulted her in multiple ways, causing her significant injuries when he forced anal sex.Nikdima, who also took the stand at his trial, claimed the sex was consensual and that the woman actually initiated some parts of the encounter, including the anal sex.In addition to challenges presented by two diametrically opposed sets of testimony — a true “he said, she said” case, in the words of Queen’s Bench Justice Fred Kovach — the case hit a snag when the judge noted earlier this month that the indictment on which the charge is based was missing an essential element.Given the location wasn’t stated on the document setting out the charge, defence lawyers Barry Nychuk and Nicolas Brown asked the indictment be quashed. On Thursday, Kovach instead agreed with the position taken by Crown prosecutor Randene Zielke, opting to amend the indictment to include the location.He then went on to deliver his verdict.Kovach noted the testimony of Nikdima and the woman was similar insofar as what came before the incident on the dirt road. Once it came to descriptions of the incident itself, Kovach pointed out he was faced with two very different stories, each presented by a person he found credible in many respects.Because of that, Kovach said he would have had difficulty finding, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a sexual assault had occurred — but only up to the point of anal sex.That was where Nikdima’s credibility hit its limit with the judge. Kovach referenced the testimony of two sexual assault forensic examiners who looked at the woman’s injuries shortly after the incident. One, Kovach noted, had dealt with more than 600 similar exams and found a laceration to the woman’s anus — the most significant of the woman’s various injuries — to be “unusually large.”The woman had testified she’d continually screamed in pain during the forced anal sex; Nikdima denied that happened and claimed she was enjoying the sex. Kovach found Nikdima’s testimony lacked credibility on that point.“Even if I had accepted that the complainant either asked for or, by her actions, invited the anal intercourse, or if I had a reasonable doubt in that regard, she clearly and unequivocally withdrew her consent upon commencement of the act as evidenced by her screams,” he said. “The accused disregarded the screams and persisted to ejaculation without apparent concern or inquiry.”The judge further found there was no air of reality to the proposed defence of honest or mistaken belief, in which it had been argued that Nikdima might have erroneously believed the woman was consenting to the act.Nikdima will remain free on conditions until his sentencing, but was required to turn over his passport as he is not a Canadian citizen. Court heard the outcome of the case could impact his ability to remain in Canada.A pre-sentence report was ordered and sentencing is expected to take place on Dec. 2.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP read more

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UN and partners step up efforts to protect Syrian refugees during winter

“We are budgeting more than $64 million for winter preparations throughout the region, including for displaced Syrians in their own country,” the chief spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva. During the news briefing, Ms. Fleming outlined the measures the agency is taking in each of the countries which, altogether, are hosting the more than 340,000 refugees that are currently registered or awaiting registration with UNHCR. In Jordan, where average temperatures drop to two degrees Celsius between mid-November and mid-March, UNHCR will focus on refugees living in camps as well as those living in local communities. There are more than 105,000 Syrians currently registered as refugees or awaiting registration in Jordan. Refugees living in camps will receive a winter package that includes stoves and fuel, warm clothing, thermal blankets, plastic sheeting, hot water bottles and other items. The kit is in addition to the regular provision to refugees of blankets, sleeping mats, mattresses, jerry cans, kitchen sets, buckets, solar lamps and hygiene kits. Tent modifications are also planned for better insulation, Ms. Fleming said, adding that donors are providing more than 2,500 prefabricated family shelters, some 300 of which have already been set up in the camp. Some 50,000 ‘urban refugees,’ who have been using their own resources or depending on help from Jordanian families, will receive cash assistance with an extra amount devoted for winter preparations in November and December. In addition, UNCHR will provide emergency grants to cover urgent needs such as clothing, fuel for heating and rental payments. “We will also issue ‘basic needs vouchers’ which can be used in designated shops across Jordan to purchase winter clothing and a variety of non-food items for use during the winter,” Ms. Fleming said. In Lebanon, where some 94,213 Syrians are scattered across the country, UNHCR is working to ensure the growing population has accommodation that provides sufficient protection from the cold, and that they have enough fuel and warm clothing. In addition, cash rental assistance will be available for some 3,000 families as many are paying high accommodation prices. Ms. Fleming added that host families will also receive assistance to renovate their housing. “Lebanese communities have generously welcomed their Syrian neighbours, but this generosity must be supported to meet the growing needs as the refugee population expands and the winter months approach,” the spokeswoman said. In Turkey, UNHCR is working closely with the Government to provide support in the camps, which are currently hosting 96,000 refugees in seven provinces. Pre-fabricated homes, winter tents, and weather-proof facilities are all measures underway. “UNHCR is prepared to offer its support and expertise in a number of areas, including procurement, technical specifications for various types of equipment, compilation of non-food aid packages, supply and logistics,” Ms. Fleming said. “Discussions are also underway to ensure preparedness for the needs of any urban refugees who may ultimately seek shelter in the camps during the winter months.” In Iraq, assistance will be given to some 20,000 refugees in the three camps in the country. Some 12,000 vulnerable urban refugees and host families will receive cash grants to purchase kerosene for three months, and classrooms in camps will also be replaced with heated, pre-fabricated classrooms and aid packages will be distributed to all new arriving families. In Syria itself, the agency has a Keeping Families Warm programme that will target 500,000 Syrians to provide for the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the distribution of non-food aid, and the provision of one-time cash assistance to the vulnerable. “We are $12 million short of being able to fund this,” Ms. Fleming said. “The money is urgently required if we are to complete all of our winterization activities on time, prior to the onset of cold weather.” More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began last year. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates. read more

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Buckeye basketball bounces Nittany Lions 7854

With just less than a minute remaining in the first half of the Ohio State men’s basketball game against Penn State, OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft attempted to alley-oop freshman forward Sam Thompson about 35 feet from the basket. Thompson leapt to catch the ball, but Craft’s pass never made it into his hands. Instead, the pass landed in the hoop and was good for a 3-pointer. “Well, I got pretty lucky,” Craft said. It was that kind of night for the Buckeyes. No. 4-ranked OSU routed Penn State, 78-54, and moved into a share of the Big Ten lead. The 24-point victory is nothing new for the Buckeyes, especially at home. Not only are the Buckeyes undefeated at the Schottenstein Center, but only one team — Florida — has come closer than 17 points. The win moved OSU’s home record to 15-0 on the season and extended their home win streak to 37 games, the second-longest such streak in program history. PSU coach Patrick Chambers said playing at home is a huge advantage for any team. “The comforts of home and playing in this arena and the fans — it helps (OSU),” Chambers said. “It makes a difference. Going on the road in the Big Ten is absolutely brutal.” Defense led the way for the Buckeyes. PSU missed their first seven shots from the floor, and OSU jumped to an early 8-0 advantage. With six minutes remaining in the first half, PSU had managed just six points and was shooting less than 25 percent from the floor. OSU led at halftime, 38-18. Coming into the game, PSU junior guard Tim Frazier was the Big Ten’s leading scorer, averaging 18 points a game. Frazier got his points in the game, finishing with 16, but 11 of those came in the second half when Craft was only on the floor for six minutes. Craft contributed offensively as well, adding 11 points. Chambers said Frazier needs to bring it every night for his team to be successful and Craft got him out of his game. “I thought Craft did a great job on him.” Chambers said. “I think Craft got into Tim a little bit mentally and physically.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “I thought Aaron was extremely effective,” Matta said. “I think (Frazier) had six points with 12 minutes to go and Aaron likes a good challenge. But for the majority of the game we gave him good support.” Craft made up for missing Thompson in the first half by throwing a lob from an inbounds play that Thompson caught high above the rim and finished with a one-hand jam. Thompson, who joked that he was a “decoy” on the first play, said he and Craft talked about the 35-footer at halftime. “I had a pretty good laugh about it,” Thompson said. “We just executed the play in the second half. The dunk gave OSU a 51-29 lead. Thompson finished with six points, two rebounds and three assists. Senior guard William Buford, who has been going through what some have described as a midseason slump, found his stroke from behind the arc, connecting on three 3-pointers. Buford had 15 points and 9 rebounds on the game. OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger left the game with just under 11 minutes remaining, but was still the Buckeyes’ high-point man, ending with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The win improves OSU’s overall record to 18-3 and its conference record to 6-2. The Buckeyes are now tied atop the Big Ten standings with Michigan, which travels to the Schottenstein Center Sunday for a 1 p.m. tipoff. The game, which is already sold-out, will have Big Ten title ramifications. “You always got to get up for Michigan,” Sullinger said. “Every sport at Ohio State and Michigan, if we clash it’s always a rivalry.” read more

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Police foil suspected Christmas bomb plot after raiding house in Newcastle

Police have foiled an alleged Christmas terror plot after swooping on a house in a quiet cul–de-sac in Newcastle upon Tyne.Heavily armed officers from the police’s elite counter-terrorism unit raided an address in the Arthur’s Hill area of the city less than a mile from St James’s Park football stadium and the Eldon Square shopping centre.A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion on preparing acts of terror and was last night being questioned at a police station on West Yorkshire.It is understood police decided to move in amid fears that a lone wolf bomb attack was being plotted in the run up to Christmas.Specialist forensic officers were last night continuing to carry out a fingertip search of the property.More than 100 police officers were involved in the raid which saw a large area around the house cordoned off and neighbours evacuated from their homes.  “As part of the operation a number of residents were evacuated from properties as a precautionary measure.”Officers also attended a nearby school to offer reassurance and ensure pupils were away from a nearby property which was being searched as part of the operation. Neighbours described the man who was living at the address as an Asian man in his 30s, but said they knew little about him.Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchinson said: “Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Northumbria Police have this morning (TUES) arrested a man in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle on suspicion of terrorism offences.”The 33-year-old has been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.”The arrest was intelligence led and pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. One man said: “They were dressed like soldiers and had guns – it is armed response. They told us to come up here and evacuated the street.”Another local added: “I was expecting the council to come and fix my bathroom – but it was the police with guns telling me to get out my house. I said ‘you don’t look like the council’.” Counter terror police arrested a 33-year-old man after raiding a house in Newcastle  “When we were satisfied there was no threat posed at this address, residents were allowed to go back home and the school returned to normal.”A police presence remains at the address, including armed officers, and activity will continue for some time. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Large areas of near the house were cordoned off and some neighbours evacuated Around 100 officers took part in the raid The man was being questioned on suspicion of preparing acts of terror Large areas of near the house were cordoned off and some neighbours evacuated Counter terror police arrested a 33-year-old man after raiding a house in Newcastle Credit:NNP Around 100 officers took part in the raid “I understand our communities will have concerns but I want to offer my reassurance that we are here to serve and protect them.”I would also like to thank all of those who have been affected for their patience and understanding, along with our partners who have supported us throughout this operation.”We work very closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing North East and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service to you.”Public service is our utmost concern.”We would ask the public to be vigilant and if you see or hear something that could be suspicious, act on your instincts and call the police.” The man was being questioned on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorCredit:NNP A police spokesman said the operation had been the result of a pre-planned, intelligence led investigation and warned locals that armed officers were likely to remain at the scene for some time.Locals expressed their shock at seeing police officers in military style uniforms descending on the normally quiet street shortly after 10am. read more

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Heartland Fire Rescues new Squad 6 saves money and lives

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Mayors prayer breakfast hunting for sponsors

first_imgThis year’s upcoming Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast almost got canceled. But its organizers have faith.“We want to exhaust all options before we cancel,” said J.R. Cantrell, a member of the local chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America, which puts on the event every year.The 11th annual prayer breakfast, set for Oct. 25 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, has only drummed up 18 committed corporate sponsors so far, Cantrell said. By this time of year, he said, it’s usually passed the 50 mark.“That helps us move forward with the things we have to do,” he said — such as market the event ahead of time and feel confident that room rental, the keynote speaker’s fee and other bills will get paid once the event is done.It cost $35,000 to put on last year’s prayer breakfast, which drew 900 people, Cantrell said. Registration costs $33 for individual seats or $300 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorships that get a logo included in mailings and other materials start at $150 — but go much higher. Visit http://clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org to learn more.Cantrell said he doesn’t have a strong theory why corporate commitments are lagging this summer — except that the improving economy still hasn’t improved that much, and hungry nonprofit agencies are all asking for funds.last_img read more

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Collectors Conference to hold deliberations on new Revenue Act

first_imgHyderabad: The Collectors of 33 districts have reached Pragati Bhavan for the Collectors’ conference convened by CM K Chandrashekhar Rao to take inputs and views on the proposed new Revenue Act. Other issues to be discussed include implementation of the new Panchayat Raj and Muncipal Acts and the Action Plan for 60-day programme to be undertaken in villages and towns. The conference will be held for two days. Ministers, senior bureaucrats from various departments and CMO officials are also taking part in the conference.last_img read more

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Agriculture officials warn of strict action against spurious

first_imgChilukur (Suryapet): Chilukur mandal agriculture officer T Srinivas warned of taking stringent action against traders who cheat farmers by selling spurious seeds to them. On Friday, along with staff, he examined the fertiliser shops located in Bethavolu village of Chilkur mandal in the district.As part of inspection, he checked the records of respective shops and collected samples of stored fertilisers to ascertain the quality by sending them to pesticide quality testing lab in Hyderabad. Action would be taken against traders after receiving the reports, he informed. Agriculture Extension Officers Shirisha, Nagajyothi and Chandra Shekar accompanied the official.last_img read more

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DC Police Board Calls for Independent Review of Inauguration Response

first_imgThe D.C. Police Complaints Board recently suggested the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) appoint an “independent consultant” to investigate the actions of District police officers on Inauguration Day. The review raised concerns on how authorities responded to protests.The board, in a report on Feb. 27, stated D.C. police should begin an independent examination of the incident, as well as review and update the procedures for handling mass demonstrations, due to instances where the use of force and crowd-control devices were questionable. The report was based on accounts of the protests from the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) 11 staff members who monitored the presidential inauguration events.“OPC monitors did observe police activity that raised concerns . . . MPD officers using force at times on some of the protesters, dispersing OC spray and stingers into the crowd without an order or warning and arresting individuals who were not involved in any rioting or acts of vandalism,” the report concluded.The report said law enforcement’s response to calming the chaotic demonstrations may have violated department guidelines on handling large demonstrations.The 2005 SOP Act, updated in 2016 and distributed to D.C. police before the inauguration, requires authorities to give warnings before using “amplification devices” and making arrests in the event of a violent demonstration.The report said D.C. police didn’t follow these procedures in the area of 12th and L Streets, NW where a limousine was lit on fire and vehicle and storefront windows were smashed by an organized group of anarchists.There were 230 arrests of adults charged with felony rioting during the anti-Trump protests, police said. The board said some of these arrests were made without probable cause, which is required by the SOP Act.“If arrests become necessary, they must be based on ‘probable cause of those participating in violations of law,’” the report explained, “those committing the acts of vandalism and violence were dressed primarily in all black, yet many of those held and arrested, were visibly wearing items that identified them as not being associated with these protesters.”The U.S. attorney’s office has indicted 214 people on felony rioting charges which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000, according to a Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office. He told the AFRO Feb. 27 that there have been no guilty pleas or verdicts in any of these cases.As of Feb. 28, the court had dismissed 16 cases. The reasons why the charges were dropped are unclear.“In response to the riots, the men and women of MPD made reasonable decisions during extremely volatile circumstances,” Hugh Carew, a spokesperson for MPD, told the AFRO on Feb. 28. Even so, Carew said the MPD would take the OPC board’s recommendations into account.The board’s review of law enforcement’s overall interaction with the public during the inauguration was not all bad.  “MPD’s general interaction with the public appeared cordial, helpful, and respectful. MPD officers appeared alert and attentive, yet unimposing and non-confrontational,” the report detailed.last_img read more

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Nwora Invited to Participate in NBA Draft Combine

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has been invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine to be staged in Chicago on May 14-19.Nwora entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool earlier this month, but is taking the necessary steps to maintain his collegiate eligibility to allow a return for his third season with the Cardinals.  As a participant at the combine, Nwora will have the opportunity to engage in multiple drills, measurements, interviews and extensive evaluation by NBA personnel.Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average a year ago.  The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions this season.  Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles this season.A sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC).  He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st).  He was named to the USBWA All-District IV team and NABC All-District 2 team.An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College in Louisville with 10 rebounds and four assists.  Honored on the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team in November, he made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions this season.  Nwora helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament.  Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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The Gamiest Video Apes

first_imgStay on target Never Forget About the Donkey Kong Country CartoonA Look Back at 50 Years of Planet of the Apes It’s April! And you know what word you can’t spell April without? Ape! It’s Ape April! We’re big fans of apes here on Geek.com whether they’re smart, famous, or just want to mourn their dead boyfriends with their cats. So April is as good an excuse as any to chat about some gorillas, chimps, orangutans, gibbons, and other tailless primates we enjoy, like video game apes!What makes apes such inherently good video game characters? Is it because they are human-ish while having enough plausible extra physicality to be satisfying to control? Or are they just dumb fun? Who knows? But what we do know is that these are the best video game apes!Donkey Kong and FriendsWhat is there left to say about Nintendo’s famous, tie-wearing ape? The original Donkey Kong arcade game (and Radar Scope mod) marked the company’s hit debut in the American video game scene, as well as the debut of famous jump man Mario. Years later, Donkey Kong Country, starring the descendant of the original DK, revitalized an aging Super Nintendo. Plus the DK Rap! Take me down to New Donk City.The Gorilla from 1-2 Switch1-2 Switch is a very strange, very horny Nintendo Switch launch game. Playing its minigames back-to-back can be a bewildering experience. So if taking care of virtual babies or competing in wizard duels becomes too much for you, just slow your roll with this gorilla.Ape OutApe Out is a very promising upcoming student indie game in which you play as an ape attempting to get out. The stylized polygonal visuals and top-down perspective, reminiscent of the first Metal Gear Solid, belie how brutal this game actually is. It’s like Hotline Miami but with fiery animal fury instead of cold human detachment. Different flavors of murder.GonGonMonkeys aren’t quite apes, but GonGon from Super Monkey Ball doesn’t have a tail so let’s say he counts. As the heaviest ape, he can be pretty difficult to control is this game of balance. However, manage his speed and momentum properly and you’ll be greatly rewarded. For ape experts only.Ape EscapeA PlayStation classic, this platformer tasks you with rounding up apes that have gotten loose. Notably, this is the first PlayStation game to require the twin analog sticks of the then-new DualShock PlayStation 1 controller in 1999. These apes also appeared in Metal Gear Solid 3, which isn’t even the tenth weirdest thing to happen in that game.Greg the GorillaBloody Roar is a fighting game series about combatants who can turn into animal-human hybrids mid-match for new abilities. Alice turns into a giant rabbit, Ganesha turns into a small elephant, you get the idea. People are into that. Meanwhile, Greg is a circus strongman who turns into a gorilla. Strangely, Greg only appeared in the first game and no sequels. Folks couldn’t handle all that ape.WinstonWhile the kids are all shouting about Hanzo or whoever, let’s not forget that Blizzard’s breakout hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch lets you play as a dang gorilla who wears glasses and blasts cowboys with lasers. Running gorilla-style, with your massive forearms first, in first-person is absolutely delightful.George from RampageRampage is a classic arcade game (and soon to be movie starring The Rock) featuring a giant off-brand Godzilla named Lizzie and a giant off-brand wolf man named Ralph, but we’re focusing on the third character: a giant off-brand King Kong named George. It only makes sense that video games drew inspiration from the most famous ape of all.Bio Force ApeBio Force Ape was an NES game about a superpowered ape. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it never actually came out. Hobbyists have been trying to recreate it for years based on screenshots, and early builds have hit the internet, but that original ape remains a mystery.Gorilla GroddGorilla Grodd may be primarily a famous comic book ape, but groddammit he’s playable in Injustice 2 so he counts. How can you ever expect us to forgo an opportunity to praise Grodd, the one true ruler of Gorilla City?Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the MovieDeveloped by Rayman creator Michel Ancel, this King Kong adaptation, with its unforgettable title, was an artsier attempt at a licensed game. There was no HUD so you relied on context clues for jungle survival. In some ways, it was an early form of Ubisoft’s later Far Cry sequels. Plus, you could play as Kong himself and ape it up.HarambeRIP Harambe.last_img read more

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