Brownlee, four other imports return for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Marqus Blakely unavailable this conference, Star signed up big man Cinmeon Bowers.TNT is also trotting out hefty big man Michael Craig to help the team’s campaign this conference, while NLEX picked up stocky forward Aaron Fuller.GlobalPort went on a different route as it enlisted athletic forward Jabril Trawick, while Rain or Shine will bring in JD Weatherspoon.Blackwater got lengthy forward Trevis Simpson, while Chane Behanan completed the roster of imports as he will see action for Kia.The conference opens on July 19, Wednesday, at Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Kia facing NLEX in the curtain-raiser before Alaska takes on NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Ginebra’s title retention bid on his mind, Justin Brownlee headlines the five returning imports who will see action in the upcoming 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup this June 19.Brownlee, whose buzzer beating triple in last season’s Game 6 lifted the Gin Kings to end the franchise’ eight-year title drought, is back in the fray for the crowd darlings in their title defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Seeking redemption, Allen Durham will also return for Meralco this season as he hopes to put last year’s runner-up finish behind.San Miguel will entrust its Grand Slam aspirations to Wendell McKines, who previously saw action for Alaska and Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhoenix will have high-scoring Eugene Phelps for good after his one-game stint last Commissioner’s Cup, while Alaska is bringing back Buck Henton for the season-ending conference.The seven other teams, meanwhile, are set to parade new faces in the Governors’ Cup. MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Perez stars as Lyceum charges past JRU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nuggets slip past Timberwolves to secure West’s no. 2 spot

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “We didn’t give up,” Jokic told the crowd after the Nuggets pulled out the improbable win by scoring the game’s final 15 points. That set up a first-round playoff series with the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs, instead of sixth-seeded Oklahoma City.“I just think that starting group realized what was at stake and fought to get that No. 2 seed,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “It was great to see them play that way. Obviously, moving forward, we can’t wait until the last three or four minutes. But it was a hell of a win, and a hell of a way to close out the regular season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Nuggets were in danger of losing for the fifth time in their last seven games and falling to the No. 3 seed when they found themselves trailing by 11 with four minutes to go.The Timberwolves missed their last eight shots and the Nuggets scored on seven possessions. LATEST STORIES Timberwolves: Minnesota played without starters Karl Anthony-Towns (right knee), Jeff Teague (left foot) and Robert Covington (right knee) and key reserves Taj Gibson (left calf) and Derrick Rose (right elbow).Nuggets: Denver finished an NBA-best 34-7 at home. … The Nuggets earned a No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the sixth time in their history and for the first time since 2008-09, when they last won a playoff series, 4-1 over the Mavericks in the conference semifinals. They have lost their last five playoff series. … Jokic also pulled down 14 rebounds.UP NEXTTimberwolves: A search for a president, followed by decisions on GM Scott Layden and interim head coach Ryan Saunders.Nuggets: A return to the playoffs after a six-year absence, facing the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trail Blazers lock up no. 3 seed in West after dramatic win over Kings MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They kept coming,” said Andrew Wiggins, who led Minnesota with 25 points. “We had the lead. I thought we had the game.”Apparently, so did the Nuggets.“Maybe we just woke up at that time,” Jokic said. “I don’t know. Maybe we thought we were going to lose.”The comeback gave the Nuggets a measure of momentum heading into their first playoff series since 2012-13.Jamal Murray scored 17 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left that put Denver up 96-95. Jokic stripped Wiggins and then sank two free throws for a three-point cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Wiggins’ 3-pointer to tie it hit the front of the rim and the Nuggets got the ball back. Paul Millsap was fouled at the other end with 4.2 seconds remaining. He sank his first free throw and missed his second, but teammate Will Barton corralled the rebound and dribbled out the clock.Gorgui Dieng added 18 points for the Timberwolves backups and rookie Cameron Reynolds scored a career-best 17 points, including a 3-pointer that put Minnesota ahead 95-84 with 4:01 left.They wouldn’t score again.The Nuggets know won’t get away with waiting until the end to turn up the energy and effort against the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich.“You could tell it was the 82nd game of the year,” Torrey Craig said. “Guys were ready to get the playoffs going. I know for a fact it won’t be like that in the playoffs.”Millsap, one of the only Nuggets with playoff experience, said the close call against lottery-bound Minnesota and its bevy of backups with nothing to lose was “a good test for us.”“It’s a good preparation for us going into the playoffs,” Millsap said.A year ago, these two teams met on the final day of the regular season with a lot more at stake. The Timberwolves won that one in overtime in the first final-day play-in game in the NBA in 21 years, ending a 14-year playoff absence and extending Denver’s drought to six seasons.Then, All-Star Jimmy Butler demanded a trade that torpedoed the Timberwolves, who fell to 36-46 and reverted to also-ran status while the Nuggets put together a 54-28 breakout for their first trip to the playoffs since George Karl was their coach.TIP-INS: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, looks to pass the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, left, and Anthony Tolliver defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER— Sputtering into the postseason was no way for the Denver Nuggets to end their six-year playoff drought.Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and had a key strip and two clutch free throws in the closing seconds and the Nuggets pulled out a 99-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that secured the No. 2 seed in the West.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Rodney Hood signs 1-year, $3.4M with Cleveland Cavaliers

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard Rodney Hood, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today earlier reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, September 10 from Cleveland Clinic Courts. The Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer to Hood on June 29, 2018.It’s unclear about what role is Rodney Hood going to play with Cavaliers because with LeBron James gone, there’s at least one spot in the starting lineup up for grabs. If Tyronn Lue moves J.R. Smith to the bench, that creates another. Hood, along with Cedi Osman, would be a leading candidate for both spots.Sources said Hood was seeking a contract for more than $9 million per season from the Cavs. For comparison, the Celtics signed restricted free agent Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million deal this summer, and the Bulls matched the four-year $78 million offer sheet Zach LaVine signed with the Kings. Earlier he was eligible for $7 million per year contract, but he left that deal and has signed with cavs back again with $3.4Million offer.Restricted free agent Rodney Hood is signing a one-year, $3.4M qualifying offer to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per league sources.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2018During his first season in Cleveland, Hood averaged 10.8 points in 21 regular-season appearances (11 starts). News of Hood’s agreement arrives one day after the Cavs signed free-agent guard David Nwaba to a one-year deal.He owns career averages of 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.5 minutes per game over 248 total contests (178 starts). He has appeared in the playoffs in two seasons, averaging 6.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game over 28 postseason contests (one start) with Utah and Cleveland.Also Read-NBA: Brian Bowen to play Basketball professionally in Australialast_img read more

Para-athlete begs on Bhopal streets after government fails to fulfil promise of job

first_imgManmohan Singh Lodhi a national level para-athlete from Bhopal has been forced to beg on the streets to earn the livelihood for his family, despite being promised a government job by the state authorities.Manmohan, who proved his credentials during the 100m race event at the 2017 National Games, alleged that despite meeting the Chief Minister four times in the last one year to claim the promised employment. He claimed that he has not got any positive response from the government’s side.He further claimed that if Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan did not come forward to help, then he would be forced to continue begging on the streets to earn his livelihood.Madhya Pradesh: Manmohan Singh Lodhi, a National-level para-sprinter from Narsinghpur, says he has started begging on the streets of Bhopal since the state govt is not fulfilling the promises of a government job among others made to him, after he won medals on national level (@ANI) September 2, 2018Speaking to ANI, he said, “I have met Chief Minister four times, he made promises but didn’t fulfil any of them. I am financially weak. I need money to play and also to run my family.”I have met Chief Minister four times, he made promises but didn’t fulfil any of them. I am financially weak. I need money to play & also to run my family. If CM doesn’t help me, I will earn my livelihood by begging on the streets: Para-athlete Manmohan Singh Lodhi (@ANI) September 2, 2018″If Chief Minister doesn’t help me, I will earn my livelihood by begging on the streets,” headded.Lodhi had lost one of his hands while performing the labour work but he did not get disheartened by the incident as he went on to give an impressive performance during the 2017 National Games.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Southgate: Alli can hurt Belgium

first_imgWorld Cup Exciting Alli and England creators can hurt Belgium – Southgate Jamie Smith 21:16 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Belgium Tunisia Panama The two nations are set to meet in the final Group G game at the 2018 World Cup and the Three Lions boss has belief in his young team’s chances England manager Gareth Southgate believes creative players including Dele Alli have the potential to “hurt” Belgium in their 2018 World Cup group clash.The Three Lions and Belgium were drawn alongside Panama and Tunisia in Group G in Friday’s draw at the Kremlin in Moscow.While Southgate will be expected to lead England through a straightforward pool, a clash with Belgium in their final group game in Kaliningrad could prove decisive for both sides. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Southgate is backing his young team’s creative talents to come out on top against Roberto Martinez’s men, with Belgium’s squad packed with Premier League stars including Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.”Dele is a very exciting player – and we have other exciting, creative players as well,” Southgate told Omnisport.”The nice thing is, I don’t think the pressure is just on one player in our team.”We have a lot of young players in particular who are coming through, who can create goals, who can score goals.”It’s good that we have that competition for places as well.”It’s more than years since we last played Belgium. Remember this, @DannyWelbeck?Watch more:— England (@England) December 2, 2017England and Belgium suffered surprises losses at Euro 2016, the Three Lions heading out to Iceland in the last 16 while Martinez’s team lost to Wales in the quarter-finals.And Southgate is under no illusions that facing Belgium – ranked fifth in the world, 10 places above England – will be a serious challenge.”They have top, top players and we see them every week, so we know how good they are,” Southgate added. “There will be no surprise for us, but we know that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop them from playing and to go and try to hurt them with the ball.”last_img read more

New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgAnother case in Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was announced today, Nov. 21. The Department of Justice will offer cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the following case: — Leslie Ann Conrad of Lower Wolfville, Kings Co., homicide. Ms. Conrad was reported missing by her brother on Oct. 6, 2006. On Nov. 22, 2006 a hunter located human remains near Melanson Rd., Kings Co. The remains were determined to be those of Ms. Conrad. People with information about this case can call toll-free 1-888-710-9090. Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke said he hopes the program will encourage people with relevant information to come forward. “The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is important because it reminds Nova Scotians of the responsibility we all share in terms of building safer communities,” said Mr. Clarke. “It gives us an opportunity to help bring criminals to justice.” Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime.last_img read more

Met dept predicts light rain in Delhi on Monday

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a pleasant morning on Monday as the minimum temperature settled at 28 degrees Celsius after days of unusually hot weather. The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky with light rain and thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds. The morning temperature was normal for this time of the year. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 37 degrees Celsius on Monday, a meteorological department official said. According to the Safdarjung observatory, the city received 0.6mm rainfall during the past 24 hours. The humidity recorded at 8.30 am was 54 per cent, the official added. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 36.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum settled at 28.02 degrees Celsius.last_img

Number of medically assisted deaths in first half of 2017 rise from

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says there were 1,179 medically assisted deaths between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, accounting for about 0.9 per cent of all deaths nationally.In the previous six months, the first half-year in which medical assistance in dying was legal, there were 803 assisted deaths, or 0.6 per cent of all deaths.The department says the overall numbers are consistent with international experience.Cancer was the most frequent underlying medical condition in assisted deaths, cited in 63 per cent of cases.The Health Canada findings in its second interim report on medical assistance in dying say the average patient was 73 at death.While some patients were between 18 and 45 at the time of death, the vast majority of cases involved people aged 56 to 85.The report says there was a slight decrease in the number of patients dying in hospitals, with more people choosing to end their lives at home.The law allowing medical assistance in dying went into effect in June 2016.Since then provincial laws dealing with assisted death have been clarified or expanded and other changes are likely.“It is expected that how services are organized, delivered and monitored will continue to evolve as data becomes more available and jurisdictions are able to evaluate existing policies and service delivery models,” the report said.last_img read more

UN expert finds Egypts willingness to discuss human rights encouraging

“I was able to have open and extensive discussions with key stakeholders regarding the country’s counter terrorism law and practices,” Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, said on concluding a visit to the Middle Eastern country.The primary purpose of the visit, he explained, was to engage with officials and experts regarding a counter terrorism law that is intended to replace the state of emergency, scheduled to end on 28 May 2010. During his four-day visit, Mr. Scheinin met with the Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and officials in the ministries of foreign affairs, interior and justice, and also consulted with lawyers, academics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and diplomats. He also met with the Chief of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court, the Public Prosecution and high-level representatives of the Egyptian Council of Human Rights and Parliament, including the President of the People’s Assembly, he said. “I will continue my dialogue with Egypt with a view to submitting a full public report on its counter-terrorism law and practice by the end of 2009,” Mr. Scheinin said, stressing that the report will include finding and recommendations for consideration by the UN Human Rights Council. In that context, he discussed with authorities his wish to visit Egypt again in the near future, he saidMr. Scheinin, a Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute, reports to the Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity, as do all UN Special Rapporteurs. 21 April 2009The willingness of the Government to discuss the subject of upholding human rights while countering terrorism is “most encouraging,” an independent United Nations expert said today. read more

Deteriorating situation in Darfur leaves UN extraordinarily concerned – Annans deputy

“We are extraordinarily concerned,” Mr. Malloch Brown told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, calling attention to the worsening humanitarian and security situation in the remote region in recent months and “the absence of a clear political path to the deployment of a UN force.”A draft resolution circulating among Security Council members outlines the size and scope of a possible UN peacekeeping operation, which would replace the current mission of the African Union (AU). But so far the Sudanese Government has said it is opposed to having blue helmets in Darfur.In a closed-door briefing yesterday, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi told the Council that Khartoum is building up its armed forces in Darfur, an apparent sign that it is determined to pursue a major military offensive there soon.The period since the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in early May has been marked not only by fierce fighting, but also by an unprecedented number of attacks on humanitarian workers – in July alone there were 36 reported incidents that led to nine deaths.Mr. Annabi said some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have indicated they may be forced to withdraw entirely from North Darfur, one of three states which comprise the region, because of the dangers to their staff members.Last week Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote to the Council to express his alarm about the situation, pointing out it has become much harder for those aid workers who remain to direct humanitarian assistance to those in need. As many as 1.6 million people are currently inaccessible, Mr. Annan said in his letter.Today, Mr. Malloch Brown urged the reporters to not forget about Darfur, despite the importance of other crises in the world.He acknowledged that it is “hard to keep two stories in the air at once” but stressed that “it is very, very important that we all pay lots of attention to Darfur.”Scores of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million others have been displaced since conflict erupted in 2003 between rebels, Government forces and allied militia groups in Darfur, a region roughly the size of France. read more

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day UN spotlights free media as vital

“Freedom of expression, independent media and universal access to knowledge will fortify our efforts to achieve lasting results for people and the planet,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, opening a briefing at UN Headquarters on “Media freedom for a better future: shaping the post-2015 development agenda.”The discussion mirrors the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, which, along with proving an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of this freedom and to pay tribute to the journalists that have lost their lives in the line of duty, will spotlight the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism. The briefing will also feed into the major effort under way throughout the UN System to achieve a new development agenda to succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Those targets, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015.In his remarks, Mr. Ban said that every day of the year, the fundamental freedom to receive and impart ideas through any media is under assault, “to the detriment of us all.” Indeed, journalists are being singled out for speaking or writing uncomfortable truths – kidnapped, detained, beaten and sometimes murdered. “Such treatment is completely unacceptable in a world ever more reliant on global news outlets and the journalists who serve them,” said the UN chief. He told the briefing that last year, 70 journalists were killed; many caught in the cross-fire of armed hostilities. Fourteen more have suffered the same fate this year. Also last year, 211 journalists were being held in prison. Some 456 journalist have been forced into exile since 2008. And since 1992, well over 1,000 journalists have been killed – nearly one per week.“These are alarming figures. Behind each statistic stands a man or a woman simply going about their lawful business,” the Secretary-General said, stressing that there must be no impunity for those who target journalists for violence, intimidation or distorted uses of legal procedures to disrupt or impede their work.As for the post-2015 agenda, he said free media, traditional and new, are indispensable for development. They can promote transparency about the new goals that Member States will adopt – progress as well as shortfalls. “Social media and mobile technologies offer new tools for accelerating citizen participation and economic and social progress,” he said, adding that the media’s watchdog function is essential for holding Governments, businesses and others to account. “On this World Press Freedom Day, I call on all Governments, societies and individuals to actively defend this fundamental right as critical factors in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the post-2015 development agenda,” said Mr. Ban. Echoing those sentiments, John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, said freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental rights that form an essential pillar of democratic societies. “When journalists are able to report freely, they support informed citizen participation in political and social processes and promote civic engagement,” he added.Mr. Ashe recalled that in December 2013, the Assembly adopted for the first time a resolution condemning all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers, and proclaimed 2 November as the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. “Our Assembly called upon Member States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference. In this regard, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity is an important multi-stakeholder mechanism,” he said, adding that only by ensuring that journalists can work safely and without fear will they be able to give voice to those who do not have one, tell stories that are untold and help build open and transparent societies. read more

Brock horror and science fiction expert reveals Top 5 scary films of

Trick-or-treating, Jack-O’-Lanterns and scary movies. What better way to prepare yourself for Halloween than to binge watch the Top 5 horror films of all time, according to a Brock University expert on horror cinema.Barry Grant, Professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, is internationally known for his research on horror and science fiction films and has written or edited more than two dozen books on the topic.“Horror movies aim to rudely move us out of our complacency in daily life by way of negative emotions such as horror, fear, suspense, terror and disgust,” says Grant, who’s Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film released in 1984 was the first scholarly anthology on horror and helped make the genre an acceptable field of academic inquiry. “Horror addresses fears that are universally taboo and respond to historically and culturally specific anxieties.”Grant’s research explains how these films offer a release of our own (and collective) fears by providing us with vicarious, but controlled thrills.Although admittedly challenging, Grant gives his Top 5 picks for horror films in chronological order:Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)“The film that established horror as a viable genre in Hollywood during the classic studio era and made Universal the most important studio making horror movies. With its gorgeous Expressionist design, Frankenstein and those that followed, whether they featured the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Wolfman or the Mummy, looked very different from the glossy kinds of movies being turned out by MGM or Paramount or the tough movies produced by Warner Bros. The film also made a star of British actor Boris Karloff, whose sensitive portrayal of the creature compensated for the drastic departures from Mary Shelley’s source novel.” Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)“The foundation of contemporary horror, its shocks are perfectly timed by director Alfred Hitchcock, who claimed he played the audience like a piano. Psycho brought horror home to middle America from exotic foreign places like Transylvania. Tellingly, the film begins in sunny midafternoon in a mundane hotel. The shower scene is the most famous sequence in film history along with the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925).”Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)“George Romero’s independent film, made in Pittsburgh, shocked audiences then and retains its power even today. Romero rewrote zombie folklore, making the undead unquenchable cannibals as well, and in the process creating a new monster mythology that resonated with contemporary audiences on several levels. One by one the film assaults the genre’s conventions and the expectations we once brought to the horror experience.”The Devils (Ken Russsell, 1971)“British enfant terrible Ken Russell was known for his flamboyant excesses and violations of British propriety. Some might well describe all his films as horrifying, although he only made two actual horror films: the campy Lair of the White Worm (1988), based on a Bram Stoker novel, and The Devils (1971), based on The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley. In recounting the events that transpired during the Inquisition in 17th century Loudon, the devils of the film’s title are hardly supernatural and all too real. The hysteria, collusion and corruption detailed in the film are much more frightening than any levitating beds or rotating heads.”Dead Alive (A.K.A. Brain Dead) (Peter Jackson, 1992)“There is a distinct tradition of comedy in horror, which in its more recent graphic phase has been dubbed ‘splatstick,’ a combination of the two forms. It culminates in Peter Jackson’s gorefest of sight gags, which no less an authority than Sam Raimi, director of the cult classic The Evil Dead (1981), described as ‘the intolerance of splatstick.’”To learn more about the horror genre, read Grant’s essay on Screams on Screens: Paradigms on Horror. Grant is also doing a live YouTube interview at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 on the topic of De-Coding Horror. read more

Shopkeeper describes miracle escape from massive explosion in Leicester that killed five

first_imgRescuers search for people in the rubble Firefighters work to contain the blazeCredit:Chris Roe/Chadwicks Witnesses have described how people were clawing through the rubble in an attempt to look for survivors. One described how a group of men who ran to the scene lifted a girder off an adult casualty and turned to help a boy, who then managed to get to his feet.The blast took place at the former Western Park Store which changed to Zabka Leicester on January 2. One worker, named only as Victoria, is feared missing.  “He is in a daze, he said his mum and his brothers were watching TV and then the next thing he knows bricks were falling over him, and then it was pitch black. “He was crying for help and somebody just pulled him out of the rubble and wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the hospital. “He still doesn’t know his family are missing, he thinks they might be injured somewhere but he doesn’t know where they are, neither does the father, I don’t know what to tell then when I go back now.” He said that he had still not received official confirmation.  Five people remain in hospital, including one in a critical condition. Residents said the “enormous” explosion shook properties up to 500 metres away and left many people inside houses in neighbouring streets in a state of shock. He added: “I think they have two or three kids. There was an old man and old lady.”Sometimes they would come into my shop.”I don’t know what happened to them as well. They are good people. I have not heard about them.”I feel sorry for those people who lost their lives. I don’t know if they are kids or young. I don’t know who’s dead.”Forget about the money, the most important [thing] is life.”Police updated the death toll after finding another body among the rubble before they were forced to pause rescue efforts amid fears a neighbouring property could collapse. Residents living in the streets off Hinckley Road in Leicester have told how they rushed to help those caught up in a massive blast amid fears that the majority of the casualties could come from the same family. He said he was unsure about what had happened to the residents of the flat above, but described them as “good people”. Emergency services are dealing with a fire in Hinckley Rd, Leicester. Incident will be the subject of a joint investigation with the fire service. Public asked not to speculate but at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related.— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) February 25, 2018 Mr Hartley, 33, said the boy, thought to be aged between 10 and 13, was able to walk after being freed.Matt Cane, Group Manager from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Crews have worked through the night, alongside Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and other partner agencies, tackling the fire and searching the scene in order to locate any further survivors or casualties.  The owner of a shop has described how he escaped from an explosion that killed five people.The explosion caused a convenience store and the flats above it to collapse. Aram Kurd, 33, was in the shop at the time. He said had gone to the storeroom at the back of the shop to get some beers for him and an employee, Victoria when he heard a “loud bang”.He shouted out for Victoria, who had only be working at the store for two days, but has not heard anything from her since.Speaking to ITV Central, he said: “I was holding her phone at the time of the explosion as we had been watching YouTube videos.”I don’t know, I really hope that she’s alive. I was shouting Victoria! Victoria! Victoria!”I don’t know how it happened.”It was a big noise. I found myself up and then to the floor, for two or three minutes I couldn’t feel anything, I was looking up, my eyes were open.”I managed to pull himself from the rubble and climbed into the neighbouring garden.” Dramatic pictures show flames erupting from the store on Hinckley Road, Leicester, after witnesses told of hearing a “massive explosion.”Credit:Jason Senior/ What the terraced building looked like before the blast Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The area is still closed off and will be for some considerable time. We have traffic diversions in place and these will remain for the foreseeable future.”We are still waiting to hear what caused this terrible incident, but it looks likely it was a gas explosion.”We remain in close contact with the police and fire service and await their update on this.”Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected. The city council will continue to do everything it can to support them and the local community to recover from this devastating event.” What the terraced building looked like before the blastCredit:Google Maps Krishna Rungen said his brother-in-law and 15-year-old nephew were pulled out of the rubble and are in hospital whilst his sister and her two older sons are still missing along with the girlfriend of one of the sons.  Speaking at the scene, Mr Rungen, 69, from Leicester, who refused to name his family members, said: “As I understand the 15-year-old was pulled out by a passerby and he’s was alright, he’s got a few cuts but he’s ok.  Neighbours were seen attempting to pull people from the wrecked building after the explosion at 7pm on Sunday, as firefighters spent seven hours tackling the huge blaze. A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Five people are now confirmed to have died following an explosion and fire at a building in Leicester last night. “Five others were taken to hospital, one of whom remains in a critical condition.”The rescue work at the scene of the former supermarket in Hinckley Road has been temporarily suspended due to the structural integrity of a neighbouring building, and the search and rescue work will resume shortly.”   Rescuers search for people in the rubbleCredit:Jason Senior/ Aerial view of the scene of an explosion in Leicester Dramatic pictures show flames erupting from the store on Hinckley Road, Leicester, after witnesses told of hearing a "massive explosion." Sixty homes were evacuated and surrounding roads were shut as part of the emergency response after the building suffered what firefighters described as a “pancake collapse”.Tony Hartley, who lives around 50 yards away from the blast site, said: “I was standing in the kitchen and heard a bang so I ran up the road and could see glass everywhere.  #Leicester incident update. We have taken four patients to the Leicester Royal Infirmary at this stage @Leic_hospital Ambulance crews, our HART and @EMICS Drs remain on scene.— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) February 25, 2018 At least five people died after an explosion at a house in LeicesterCredit:Tristan Potter / Firefighters work to contain the blaze “Me and a friend lifted up a steel girder with about five other blokes and removed a bloke from underneath it.”We then turned round, saw rubble and heard a little boy crying.”There was me and another bloke sifting through the rubble and we managed to pull the boy out. “I said to him, ‘Is there anybody else in there?’ and he said, ‘My friend’s a metre back inside the building’ and that’s when the emergency services turned up.” “There are still pockets of fire in the basement area of the building. We have a significant number of specialist search and rescue teams who are supported by two search dogs, and this level of resourcing is likely to be in place throughout the day.“It may be some days yet before we will be able to establish the probable cause of the explosion.”last_img read more

Arsenic Life Could Help Clean Toxic Waste Produce New Fuel

first_imgMost of us were disappointed to learn that NASA’s new life form wasn’t an alien, but instead an arsenic based bacteria. But while that may not sound that exciting, the bacteria could potentially have plenty of green benefits.According to phosphorus expert Dr. James Elder, the newly discovered creatures could be put to use cleaning up toxic waste. Since arsenate is a common build-up with toxic waste, these creatures could be ideal for helping with clean up efforts. But that’s not all! Elder also says that there’s potential for an arsenic based ethanol, which could serve as a very efficient alternative fuel. As opposed to traditional ethanol, an arsenic-based one wouldn’t require the growing of crops. And, thanks to the arsenic, the new ethanol also wouldn’t be easily contaminated.These are all just ideas, of course, but they show that these tiny bacteria may just have a bigger impact here on Earth than we thought.Via io9last_img read more

Lowhanging wires brought down by truck in Dania Beach

Lowhanging wires brought down by truck in Dania Beach

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A box truck took down low-hanging wires in Dania Beach, damaging a utility pole.Broward Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northeast First Avenue and East Dania Beach Boulevard, Monday morning.Traffic was temporarily closed in the area as FPL fixed the damaged pole.Fire rescue confirmed that no one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

A Father A Husband An Immigrant Detained And Facing Deportation

A Father A Husband An Immigrant Detained And Facing Deportation

first_imgJed Conklin for NPRManuel, shown with his family, first came to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. He was one of the 143,470 immigrants arrested in the interior of the country last year by immigration authorities.The day was going to be perfect.Alex figured he would wake up at 6:30 a.m., help get his little brothers up and off to school and catch the bus by 7. After school, the 14-year-old would do something he had been looking forward to for weeks — play in his first football game.He would get to put on the team jersey — purple, with a camouflage print collar. And most importantly, his dad, Manuel, would be there, cheering from the sidelines.Instead, Alex woke up to his mom screaming and crying outside his bedroom door.By the time he got out of bed, it was too late. His dad was already gone — on his way to the county jail and then to immigration detention, where he would spend the next six months waiting to learn his future in the United States.Manuel came to the United States from Mexico illegally two decades ago. He is one of the 143,470 immigrants arrested in the interior of the country last year by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. These kinds of arrests are up 25 percent compared with in 2016 — part of an effort by the Trump administration to fulfill a campaign promise to deport more immigrants who have come to the U.S. illegally.Manuel’s story points to a broader policy directive of President Trump’s first year in office. At a time when arrests at the border are at a 46-year low, the federal government has begun to go after people who were not targets under the previous administration: those in the U.S. interior who have lived in the country for years and who often have committed no crimes. In 2017, arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record increased by 42 percent compared with in 2016.Manuel’s case illustrates not only the giant, complicated bureaucracy involved in immigration enforcement but also the ripple effects one arrest can have on a family and a community.NPR obtained Manuel’s ICE file, which confirms the details of his history in the United States. At the family’s request, NPR has obscured some family member’s names and left other details vague because of their status in the country.Anatomy of an apprehensionManuel and his wife, V, grew up together in Sinaloa, Mexico. When they started dating as teenagers, V’s family objected: Manuel was from a poor family, and V from a wealthy one with ties to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.Jed Conklin for NPRManuel and his wife hold hands. He first crossed the border in 1995 after threats from his wife’s relatives, who didn’t approve of the relationship.Manuel first crossed the border in 1995, when he was still a teen, after V’s uncle tried to kill him by running him over with a car. Another time, the uncle put a gun to Manuel’s head. When Manuel returned to Mexico in 1997 to marry V, her relatives beat him up.Faced with near-constant threats, Manuel attempted to return to the U.S. in early 1998. That time, he was apprehended. He could have asked for asylum then, but he was 19 and didn’t understand immigration law. He was sent back to Mexico. Three days later, he crossed the border again, this time successfully.Now in his late 30s, Manuel was living quietly under the radar in the Pacific Northwest when immigration officials showed up that Monday morning in April.It was 5:30 a.m. He was preparing to leave for the first of the three jobs he worked to support his family.The agents said they came to investigate a report that Manuel was driving a stolen car. He had owned the car for years. When asked later, police couldn’t produce any reports about the stolen car.Then the agents asked Manuel for documents to prove his citizenship. He didn’t say anything. They told him he had a deportation order from 1998.The agents put Manuel in handcuffs. He asked the officers to let him say goodbye to his wife. He didn’t get to say goodbye to his kids. Apart from his illegal entry into the United States, Manuel had not been charged with any crimes.Jed Conklin for NPRAlex, 14, plays the accordion in his bedroom. He has been learning how to play one of his dad’s favorite songs, La Puerta Negra, or “The Black Door.” His grades suffered during his father’s detention.His son Alex didn’t make it to school that day. He did go to his football game, but he couldn’t stop thinking about his dad. Alex’s head wasn’t in the game. Eventually, the coach pulled him off the field. Within a few weeks, Alex’s grades had dropped so much that he wasn’t allowed to play at all.Over the next few months, Manuel tries to talk to his sons — age 8 to 19 — on the phone every night from the detention center where he is being held.“I tell them that they have to put a lot of effort into their schoolwork because they don’t have to pay for my error,” he says.Manuel remains hopeful he’ll get to go home. But he has also watched many of the friends he has made in detention get deported.Executing the law ‘across the board’The Trump administration is looking to expand the government’s capacity to detain immigrants in the country illegally. In May, the Department of Homeland Security asked Congress to fund 17,000 new beds in detention facilities — one-third more than the system’s capacity at the end of the Obama administration.That request comes at a time when the number of people crossing the border is lower than it was at the beginning of the Obama administration or during the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations. By the end of the Obama administration, the number of border crossers was actually dropping — and that trend has largely continued during the first year of the Trump presidency.Jed Conklin for NPRKeys hang by the backdoor of Manuel’s house. The whole family was affected by Manuel’s detention. Their oldest son had to drop out of college to support the family. Their younger sons, usually upbeat, began crying at school and some of their grades dropped.Decreased border crossings means more resources can be used to expand deportations in the country’s interior.Last January, ICE agents got a memo stating that “officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties.” That memo was written by Matt Albence, director of enforcement and removal operations at ICE. He has been at the agency for six years, and as he sees it, officers’ hands were tied under the Obama administration.“The laws that Congress has passed and that our offices are sworn to uphold, we are now executing them faithfully across the board,” Albence told NPR in December.To be clear, President Barack Obama deported thousands of people each year, too. But under a 2014 executive order, Obama directed immigration agents to focus on two groups for deportation: border crossers upon entry and illegal immigrants with criminal records. The government would not target noncriminals in the country’s interior.In 2016, the last year of the Obama administration, these types of arrests accounted for 2.1 percent of total removals. In 2017, that figure climbed to 6 percent.Albence said that about 90 percent of the people arrested by ICE have had a prior run-in with the courts. That 90 percent includes people like Manuel, who had that deportation order for crossing the border 20 years ago.Anyone in the country illegally should know they are subject to deportation, Albence says.“There’s certainly a humanitarian perspective where you can feel sympathy for the individual and their circumstances,” he said. “But that does not mean we’re not going to enforce the law.”Albence says anyone who is in the U.S. illegally should stop violating the law. And if there is no way for them to get legal status — through family or employment — he says self-deportation “is certainly an option.”For people who’ve grown roots in a community, and raised American kids, self-deportation doesn’t feel like a possibility. And when one immigrant is locked up, that absence is felt acutely.Christina Cala/NPRThree of Manuel and V’s sons play on the trampoline in their backyard. Manuel was away from his family for six months.Manuel had been paying for his oldest son to attend college. That son now has to leave school so he can work as a firefighter to support the family.The oldest son is what is known as a DREAMer, a child brought to the U.S. who has temporary permission to stay in the country under DACA, or Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals. That program could end in March unless Congress acts, so he fears for his own future as well as his father’s.Decision day arrivesAt last in mid-September, after nearly half a year in detention, Manuel gets his day in court.He has seen his kids once in all that time. The drive is far. But they make it this day.If Manuel loses, the next time he leaves the detention center could be with a one-way ticket to Mexico.The courtroom is cold and sterile. The judge tells Manuel she is denying his request to stay.Visibly upset when the judge issues her ruling, Manuel is escorted out of the room. He is not able to see his kids.Jed Conklin for NPRThe detention center where Manuel was held is hours away from where his family lives. When his first request to stay was denied, he was escorted out of the courtroom without even seeing his kids, who had traveled for the decision“I’m angry, upset and confused mainly,” the oldest son says right afterwards. “I couldn’t even say bye. Especially after they told him, I couldn’t even look at him in the face and say bye. That was pretty painful.”Manuel is not deported immediately. He has to decide whether he’ll fight the ruling and stay behind bars — perhaps for months longer — or accept the judge’s decision and try to make some money in Mexico to support his family back in the United States.Manuel’s oldest son isn’t optimistic.“He has the right to appeal, but it almost seems unnecessary, and also seems like no matter what he does, they’re going to f****** reject him,” he says. “I mean, I might as well leave, too. I might as well go back to a country I’ve never been to. This is the American dream, you know? We’re living it.”In a moment of despair, Manuel calls V and tells her to send all his clothes back to Mexico, so he’ll have something to wear if he is deported.She empties his closets.A legal Hail MaryManuel does have one thing going for him that most immigrants don’t: a lawyer, Andrea Lino.According to the American Immigration Council, 85 percent of people in immigration detention don’t get a lawyer, in part because it can be hard to find one while behind bars, and detainees in immigration court aren’t guaranteed one.But having one makes a clear difference: Detainees with lawyers are released 44 percent of the time, compared with 11 percent for detainees without them.While Manuel is deciding whether to appeal the ruling, his elderly mother gets a phone call at her home in Mexico. The menacing voice tells her that Manuel was deported and that members of the Sinaloa cartel kidnapped him at the border. The caller demands a ransom and threatens to kill her son.She knows this is a bluff and that he is still locked up in the United States. But she also knows that the threat of violence is real. She has seen the cars circling the house, waiting for a sign that Manuel is back.Manuel decides to keep fighting in court. His lawyer makes a Hail Mary legal filing and argues that the long history of death threats from his wife’s relatives should be grounds for him to stay in the U.S. The chances it will work? Somewhere around 5 percent, Lino tells him.In mid-October, the judge issues her order. It’s one page.It says her original decision overlooked the fact that Manuel was persecuted in Mexico because of his family relationships. The fact that those death threats came from family members gives him legal protection that he wouldn’t have had if they had come from random strangers.She rules that Manuel can remain in the United States.Jefferson MokOn the day he is released, Manuel is hugged by a friend at the detention center. The fact that he had a lawyer greatly improved his chances of avoiding deportation.It’s called “withholding of removal.” Not asylum, not a path to citizenship. There are lots of limitations — for instance, Manuel can’t leave the country and must pay a yearly renewal fee.But the upshot is: Manuel can go home, back to V and their children.Their oldest son is in shock.“It’s just such a powerful feeling,” he says. “It’s powerful because of what you believed in came true, it’s actually happening now. … It was powerful because my birthday just passed and all I wanted was my dad.”A father comes homeManuel’s release comes a few days later.He walks through a chain-link gate, over a railroad track and outside the detention center for the first time in months. He waits at the bus station for an overnight Greyhound ride home. V texts him the whole way. The two oldest sons are waiting in their car outside the bus station. They’re shaking. And then, they see their dad.“I just didn’t know what to say,” the oldest son says. “It was that kind of shock where you can’t even let it come out. … I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be like, ‘Hey Dad, what’s up? It’s been awhile.’ Or it’s like, ‘Hey Dad, I missed you so much.’ “Manuel hugs his boys. They cry. Manuel says the 10-minute drive home from the station feels like forever. He walks through the gate to the yard of their modest single-story house, past the trampoline and dog toys lying in the fresh snow. The last time he walked through the gate, daffodils were blooming.Manuel is home.Christina Cala/NPRRoyce, the family dog, sits on the back patio of the house where Manuel, V and their children live in the Pacific Northwest.He is also the exception. For most immigrants who enter deportation proceedings, the ordeal ends with a flight to a different country. Last year, the United States deported 226,000 people.If Manuel hadn’t had a lawyer, or if the death threats were from random people, and not family members, he probably would have been deported.But his family has not emerged from the experience unchanged. The last few months have left some scars.Manuel says his younger boys still cling to him, afraid he’ll have to leave again.And several months after his release, Manuel says he still hasn’t received the proper papers to work. As a result, the oldest son remains the family’s biggest breadwinner, and his schooling is left on hold. Congress continues to debate the future of DACA, so his future remains hazy, too. And after negotiations to solve that issue crumbled in Washington last week, it doesn’t appear that a solution will come soon.Christina Cala/NPRAfter his release from detention, Manuel walks with one of his sons near the local elementary school. Manuel still hasn’t received proper documentation to work. As a result, the oldest son remains the family’s biggest breadwinner, and his schooling is left on holdManuel says he knows that he broke the law and that his decision to come to the United States got his family into this mess. But he doesn’t regret it either.“I’d do anything for my family, and everything I’ve done until now has been for them,” he says. “And I’m going to keep doing it, so they can be somebody in this life.”This story was produced for broadcast by Sam Gringlas and Christina Cala, with help from Ana Lucia Murillo and Matt Ozug. The story was edited for broadcast by Jolie Myers and for the Web by Maureen Pao. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

NY Report Black Women More Likely to die During Childbirth

NY Report Black Women More Likely to die During Childbirth

first_imgBy The Associated PressALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Black women in New York state are two to three times more likely to die during childbirth compared to White women.The finding comes from a report released Tuesday by a state task force on maternal mortality.(Courtesy Image/Logo)The report recommends better hospital training on racial disparities and new training programs midwives.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the report’s findings show the need to do more to ensure all pregnant women have access to the care they need.Cuomo’s state budget proposal includes $8 million in new funding to address maternal mortality.According to the report, New York ranked 30th in the nation for maternal mortality in 2016.The report found that during one two-year period, nearly two-thirds of the women who died in child birth received cesarean sections.last_img read more

Check This Out Edible Sensors Tell You When Your Food Has Gone

first_img What’s worse than when you pour a bowl-full of milk onto your morning cereal and take a nice big spoonful only to discover that the milk has gone sour? OK, there are other worse things, but it’s still really gross.Hu “Tiger” Tao, a post-doctoral student at Tufts University in Massachusetts, is working on a chewable sensor that may provide a solution to the problem of spoiled food, Fast Company reported. The new technology uses a surprisingly old substance: silk.Silk has been used for millennia in cloth, and more recent applications have included all sorts of medical, scientific and electronic uses. Tao’s design uses tiny gold antennae embedded in a purified silk substrate that can be dunked into liquids like milk or pasted onto eggs or bananas or other foods using the silk’s own sticky, glue-like properties. The sensors monitor food quality, alerting you when your fruit is ripe or your milk starts to go bad.The technology is similar to the sort used in RFID chips that keep track of pets or livestock, in electronic toll collection and all sorts of other devices. Using what’s called dielectric properties — chemical changes that occur as a fruit ripens or rots, for example — the sensors emit an electromagnetic signal that can be monitored by a reader.An app on your smartphone could presumably pick up those signals and be programmed to let you know when that avocado sitting on your counter is perfectly ready to become guacamole.The crazy thing about the sensors Tao and his collaborators created is that they are completely edible. The gold is as thin as the gold leaf used in fancy desserts, and the pure protein of the silk substrate is easily digestible. The whole thing is flexible, and since the silk itself is what holds it on the object to be monitored, there’s no need for any additional glue.There are countless other applications for this amazing technology. “Electronic skin,” for example, could use flexible electronics to wirelessly track health statistics, monitoring blood pressure and other vital signs. Since the sensors are completely edible and biodegradable, the potential relevance for healthcare and food and consumer markets is huge.Imagine waving your phone over a table full of melons and picking out the one that’s perfectly ripe, every time. Friends, this is progress.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 31, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Googles Daydream VR SDK finally adds support for two controllers

Googles Daydream VR SDK finally adds support for two controllers

first_imgGoogle is adding support for two controllers to its popular VR operating system Daydream, which until now, only supported a single controller. The reveal came to light as XDA developers noted mentions of multiple controller support in the latest Google Daydream VR SDK for Unity. Google partnered with Lenovo to launch the first standalone Mirage solo headset back in May. Now, with support for multiple controllers added in Google Daydream SDK will allow for far more applications with Google-powered headsets. As per the official release notes, the headset will be able to prompt the users about devices that support “one controller” and those supporting “two controllers”. The prefab is capable of automatically tracking the Daydream controller on devices supporting only one controller. To get automatic tracking of Daydream Controller on devices supporting two controllers, a second prefab instance should be added. One of these controllers on will play the role of a “dominant” controller and depending on your preferences, you can set either right hand or left-hand controller as the dominant. Support for multiple controllers does not necessarily mean that multiplayer gaming will be possible on the handset. It is just additional controllers added to the device. Having a controller in each hand that does different things can make your gameplay experience way more immersive. As for now, Google hasn’t provided any clear indication regarding how the two controllers will work in conjunction with each other. Whether it is going to use a standalone headset or a Bluetooth 5.0 compatible device to establish the connection between two controllers haven’t been specified. With the new support, Google’s Daydream will pose competition to popular VR headsets such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, etc which already come equipped with multiple controllers. There aren’t a lot of games supporting Daydream at the moment but the new update might pave the way for new games being run on these headsets in the future. It’ll be a while before we see anything in action. Although, the new addition will take these headsets a step ahead when it comes to bridging the gap between mobile games and console-level gaming on VR. For more information on the new update, check out the official Google VR SDK. Read Next Magic Leap’s first AR headset, powered by Nvidia Tegra X2, is coming this Summer Qualcomm announces a new chipset for standalone AR/VR headsets HTC Vive Focus 2.0 update promises long battery life, among other things for the VR headsetlast_img read more

Understanding network port numbers TCP UDP and ICMP on an operating system

first_imgAs a student, professional or enthusiast who is interested in the field of computer networking, it is quite important to have a firm understanding and the need for logical (internal) ports on an operating system and protocols. This article is an excerpt taken from the book CompTIA Network+ Certification Guide written by Glen D. Singh and Rishi Latchmepersad. This book will help you understand topics like network architecture, security, network monitoring, troubleshooting and much more. This article provides you with an introduction to understanding network port numbers, TCP, UDP, and ICMP. The term “ports” or “network ports” usually means the physical interfaces or ports on a device, such as a router, switch, server or even a personal computer. However, even though these are the physical ports, there are also logical ports within an operating system or a device. You may ask yourself, how does a physical port exist within a computer, server or a network appliance such as a router or switch? Here, we are going to further breakdown the concepts of these logical ports or what is known as network ports. To get started, we will use a simple analogy to help you understand the fundamentals of logical ports on a system. Let’s imagine you own an organization, at the headquarters location, is a single building with many floors and at the center of the building are the elevators for easy access to the upper floors. Each floor is occupied by a unique department and its respective staff members of the organization. Each day, the employees use the elevators which transport the staff to his/her relevant department and back. Let’s imagine the physical building is a computing system such as a server, there are doors at each relevant department and the employees of the organization are different types of network traffic entering and leaving the system on a daily basis. Now let’s put all the piece together and get everything working in harmony. Each time an employee (network traffic) enters the building (operating system), he/she takes the elevator (Transport Layer) which delivers the employee to their respective doorway (logical port) at their department (service/protocol at the Application Layer). From this analogy, you may have realized each type of network traffic (employee) enters their relevant department using a doorway, this doorway is a logical port existing within the operating system (building) and won’t be visible to any entity outside of the system. Each type of network traffic is sent to a specific logical port for further processing before it’s delivered to the Application Layer. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the governing body who manages and regulates Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and Port Numbers assignments.  According to the Service Name and Transport Protocol Port Number Registry of IANA, there are a total of 65,535 ports. Each of which is either Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) or User Datagram Protocol (UDP) port types, there are some ports which are both TCP and UDP types. The ranges of the ports are categorized into three simple categories for easy identification: Get further information on the assignments of port by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on its official website. Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) defines the procedures for managing the service names and port numbers by RFC 6335. Now we have a clear understanding of the roles of ports on a system, let’s dive a bit deeper in define some of the well-known ports and their purposes on a network. Network Protocols and their Port numbers A network protocol defines the rules and procedures in which data communication occurs between devices over a network. Without predefined rules or procedures, the messages traversing a network would be without any particular formatting and may not be meaningful to the receipt device. To further discuss the importance of have protocols on a network/system, we will use the following analogy to provide you with a real-world situation in comparison to network protocols. Let’s imagine you work for an organization, ACME Corp and within the company, there are many policies and procedures that govern the handling of day to day transactions and activities within the organization. One of the most important procedure is the emergency evacuation plan. If there’s an emergency with the organization, the procedure documents the rules and guidelines each employee must follow to ensure they are escorted safely out the compound unto the muster point while the health and safety officers conduct their checks before allowing anyone to re-enter the compound. If proper procedures and guidelines didn’t exist within ACME Corp, persons would be attempt exist the compound in a haphazard behavior which may result in further safety issues. With procedures and guidelines, the employees evacuate in a systematic manner. This is the same concept which is applied on the network. There are many different protocols which use a network to communicate with another device. Each protocol has their own uniqueness in which the information is formatted, the rules and procedures it follows while traveling on the network until it is received by the intending receipt and process upwards on the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model or the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack. The ISO Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) is simply a reference model and it not actually implemented on a system, however, network professionals use this model mostly during network and security discussions and troubleshooting concepts. The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack is implemented in all network related devices. Now you have understood the concepts of network protocols, let’s discuss some of the popular protocols and their respective port numbers and their importance on a network. Protocol Types Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) On a network, whether on a Local Area Network (LAN) or a Wide Area Network (WAN), host devices will be communicating to exchange data and information between each other and sometimes an error can occur. Let’s imagine you are sending a packet to a server on the internet, while your computer is initializing the connection between itself and the remote server, it provides an error stating unable to connect. As an upcoming networking professional, you may wonder why both devices are unable to successfully establish a connection amongst themselves. Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) defined by RFC 792 is typically used to provide error reporting on a network. There are many types of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) messages which provide different actions and give feedback if an error occurs, and also the issue which exists. Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Message Types There are many Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) message types however, we’ll be discussing the main ones which will be very useful as a network professional. ICMP Type 0 – Echo Reply The Type 0 message is when a sender device is responding to an ICMP Type 8, Echo request. ICMP Type 3 – Destination Unreachable Type 3 is given then a destination cannot be found or is simply unreachable by the sender. However, ICMP Type 3 gives a bit more details by adding a Code to the message. Code 0 – Network Unreachable Code 1 – Host Unreachable Code 2 – Protocol Unreachable Code 3 – Port Unreachable Therefore combining the ICMP Type 3 message with a unique Code gives you, the network professional a better idea to the error on the network. ICMP Type 5 – Redirect An ICMP Type 5 message occurs when a default gateway device such as a router notifies the sender to send the traffic directly to another gateway which exists on the same network. One reason can the second gateway device or router may have a better route to the destination or a shorter path. ICMP Type 8 – Echo Request The ICMP Type 8 message is used by a sender device to check for basic network connectivity between itself and the intended recipient device. Any device receiving an ICMP Type 8 message, responds with an ICMP Type 0 – Echo Reply. ICMP Type 11 – Time Exceeded Type 11 is given the Time to Live (TTL) expires or reaches zero (0) before reaching the intended recipient device. The last gateway which adjusts the TTL to zero (0) notified the sender using an ICMP Type 11 message as displayed below: The -i parameter adjusts the Time To Live (TTL) value on the ICMP message. C:\>ping -i 4Pinging with 32 bytes of data:Reply from TTL expired in transit.Reply from TTL expired in transit.Reply from TTL expired in transit.Reply from TTL expired in transit.Ping statistics for    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Without adjusting the Time To Live (TTL) value of the ICMP Type 8 message, the sender received an ICMP Type 0 messages indicating successful transmission between both devices. C:\>ping with 32 bytes of data:Reply from bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=120Reply from bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=120Reply from bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=120Reply from bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=120Ping statistics for    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milliseconds: Minimum = 52ms, Maximum = 52ms, Average = 52ms Further information of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) can also be found at:  Further information of all the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) message types can be found at: A simple and easy-to-use utility is Ping. The Ping utility harnesses the functionality of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) and provides meaningful feedback whether communication is successful, unsuccessful, redirected, the destination host or network is unreachable, etc. The Ping utility is integrated into almost every, if not all modern day operating systems, from desktops, servers, and even mobile operating systems. The ping command can be executed in the Windows Command Prompt or the Terminal of Linux-based Operating Systems. When a user initiates the ping command with a destination address, the ping utility would send an ICMP Type 8 message to the intended destination. The syntax for checking basic connectivity is as follows: ping ping Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) When you send a letter using your local postal service, have you ever wondered if your letter reaches the destination successfully, was your letter prioritized within the processing system of the mail service for delivery or what confirmation would you receive when the letter the is delivered successfully? Imagine in a network, these are the same concerns with devices. If one device sends a datagram to another device, whether one the same Local Area Network (LAN) or a remote network, what reassurance is given for the guarantee of the datagram (message) between sender and the receiver? Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) defined by RFC 793 is a connection-oriented protocol which operates are the Transport Layer of both the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol stack. It is designed to provide reliable transportation of the datagrams over a network. It provides reassurance by initializing a 3-way handshake before communicating data between the sender the receiver. Let’s imagine there are two (2) devices who wants to communicate and use TCP to ensure their messages are delivered successfully. Let’s use a simple analogy to further explain the TCP 3-Way Handshake, we have two (2) device, Bob and Alice. Bob wants to exchanges data with Alice but needs to ensure the data being sent are successfully delivered, so Bob decides to use the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) to guarantee the delivery. Bob initializes the TCP 3-Way Handshake by sending a TCP Synchronization (SYN) packet to Alice indicating he wants to establish a session or connection. Alice, upon receiving the SYN packet, responds to Bob indicating she also wants to establish a session and acknowledges receipt of the SYN packet using a TCP Synchronization and Acknowledgment (SYN/ACK) packet. Bob, upon receiving the TCP SYN packet from Alice, responds with a TCP Acknowledgement (ACK) packet. Now the TCP 3-Way Handshake is established, data can be exchanged between the two (2) devices, each datagram sent across the session between Bob and Alice, an ACK packet will be sent to confirm successful delivery of the message. What if Bob sends a message to Alice, and Bob does not receive an ACK from Alice? In this situation, Bob would retransmit the data again after certain intervals until an ACK packet is sent back to Bob. Another question you may have is, how does Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) terminates a session gracefully? Each device sends a TCP Finish (FIN) packet to each other indicating they would like to terminate the session. Furthermore, if we use a network protocol analyzer tools such as Wireshark, we can see the packet composition of each datagram passing across the network. The following exhibit is a capture using Wireshark during the writing of this book to demonstrate the TCP 3-Way Handshake. Reassemble packet in order User Datagram Protocol (UDP) User Datagram Protocol (UDP), defined by RFC 768 is a connectionless protocol. This protocol also operates at the Transport Layer of both the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol stack. However, unlike Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) does not provide any guarantee or reassurance of the delivery of datagrams across a network. Not all protocols at the Application Layer uses TCP, there are many Layer 7 protocols which uses the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). You may be wondering, why would an upper layer protocol uses UDP instead of TCP? Let do a brief recap of TCP, when devices are using TCP as their preferred Transport Layer protocol, each message sent between the sender and the receiver, an Acknowledge (ACK) packet is returned. This means if a sender such as Bob, sends one hundred (100) packets to Alice over the network, Alice would return one hundred (100) Acknowledgment (ACK) packets to Bob. Let’s imagine a larger network with hundreds, thousands or even the Internet, where everyone would use TCP, the returned traffic, in this case, would the ACK packets, would create a lot of overhead in the network and therefore cause congestion. This is a bit similar to having a roadway and the number of vehicles are increasing, this would cause traffic. Let’s use another analogy, a lot of persons globally uses YouTube for many reasons. Imagine if the video traffic uses TCP instead of UDP, YouTube has millions of users daily who streams content on the site. If each user were to send a TCP ACK packet back to YouTube on that very large scale, the YouTube network and even the Internet would be congested with a lot of TCP ACK packets and would cause the network performance to degrade. Therefore, not all upper layer protocols use TCP because of this issue. The way in which UDP behaves is simply sending datagrams without any reassurance or guarantee delivery of the message. When devices are communicating over a network, the path with each packet may take may be different from the other and therefore may be received in an out-of-order sequence. The User Datagram Protocol (UDP) does not provide any mechanisms for reassembly of the packet unlike the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) which aids in the reassembly and reordering of the packets when they are received from the sender. Voice and video traffic use UDP as the preferred Transport Layer protocol. Comparison of TCP and UDP Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) Reliable Uses Acknowledgments to confirm receipt of data Re-sends data of any of the packets are lost during transmission Delivers the data in sequential order and handles reassembly Applications: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, Telnet. User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Very fast in delivery of data Very low overhead on the network Does not require any acknowledgment packets If packets are lost during transmission, it does not resend any lost data Does not send data in order or handles the reassembly Applications: DHCP, DNS, SNMP, TFTP, VoIP, IPTV. There are protocols which uses both TCP and UDP such as DNS and SNMP. Internet Protocol (IP) Internet Protocol (IP) defined by RFC 791 was created for operations in interconnected systems of packet-switched computer communication networks. Internet Protocol (IP) operates at the Network Layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Internet Layer of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite. However, Internet Protocol (IP) has three main characteristics: Connectionless – The sender of the message does not know if the recipient is available or not, the protocol sends the messages as is. If the message is successfully delivered to the intended recipient, the sender does not know if the message arrives or not. Since IP behaves a bit like UDP, there is not session create prior to the data communication, which leads to the receiver is not aware of any incoming messages. Uses Best Effort – Best Effort implies that Internet Protocol (IP) is unreliable. Similarly to UDP, Internet Protocol (IP) does not provide any guarantee of the data between a sender and receiver. Furthermore, if any data is lost during the transmission, IP does not have the functionality to facilitate the resending of any lost packets. Media Independent – The benefit of using Internet Protocol (IP) is, it is independent of the type of media being used for transporting the data between the sender and the receiver. At times, there are many different types of media between the sender and the receiver, such as copper cables, radio frequency, fiber optic, etc. Internet Protocol (IP) datagrams can be transported over any media type, the Data Link is responsible for formatting the Frame for each type of media as it leaves a device. Thus, in this article, we learned about the network port numbers and also about the different protocol types in detail. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, and want to get a better understanding of the Network+ Certification read our book, CompTIA Network+ Certification Guide. Read Next Bo Weaver on Cloud security, skills gap, and software development in 2019 What matters on an engineering resume? Hacker Rank report says skills, not certifications Wolf Halton on what’s changed in tech and where we are headedlast_img read more