Sources in CBI said they have got documents from Income Sources in CBI said they have got documents from Income Tax department and both the departments are coordinating on the issue. CBI is questioning Singh and his family members– wife Kusum Lata, son Sunny Yadav and daughter Garima Bhushan, all suspects named in the FIRs registered by the agency against him. The agency has registered two separate cases against the then Chief Engineer Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway and his family members for alleged corruption and amassing assets disproportionate to the known sources of income. It is alleged that during searches by Income Tax department in November, 2014, several incriminating documents and Income Tax Returns were allegedly recovered from several premises of Singh. “The scrutiny of ITRs and other connecting records have allegedly revealed that during the period 2009-2014, the total likely savings of the family of then Chief Engineer was Rs 1.70 crore (approx) whereas they were in possession of immovable property worth Rs 3.60 crore (approx). “Besides, an amount of Rs 10 crore (approx) was allegedly recovered from one of his associates, which also reportedly belonged to then Chief Engineer,” CBI spokesperson had said. The official said cases have been registered on the direction of the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court which directed it to conduct an investigation into allegations of corruption and amassing of unaccounted money. They allegedly entered into criminal conspiracy with unknown private persons firms and awarded various contracts without following the laid down procedures and thereby caused undue pecuniary gain to the tune of crores of rupees to private firms and to himself, the CBI FIR said. The high court had ordered a CBI probe on the petition of activist Nutan Thakur alleging Singh had enjoyed plum postings under the regimes of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and incumbent Akhilesh Yadav, and the state government was not acting against him. He had executed projects worth around Rs 8,000 crore in Noida in the last 12 years, the Noida authority said in a report besides being involved in infrastructure projects such as Ganga water supply, sewage pipelines, drainage, hospitals, parks and the metro. PTI ABS ZMN IKAadvertisement
bengaluru bullsdabang delhipklPKL 7 First Published: October 16, 2019, 12:00 AM IST Ahmedabad: A thrilling victory over UP Yoddha in Eliminator 1 boosting their confidence, Bengaluru Bulls will take on table-toppers Dabang Delhi in the first semifinal of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Wednesday.The first meeting between the two sides this season ended in a narrow 33-31 victory for Dabang Delhi while the second witnessed a thrilling 39-39 tie. Bengaluru Bulls, the reigning champions, fought a mighty battle against a spirited UP Yoddha team and prevailed 48-45 in Eliminator 1 to make it to the semifinals.The match initially ended 36-36 and it needed extra-time to decide a winner. Two massive raids from Pawan Kumar Sehrawat in the first-ever extra-time in Pro Kabaddi history ensured victory for Bengaluru Bulls, setting up a showdown against Dabang Delhi.U Mumba face Bengal Warriors in the second semifinal, also on Wednesday at the same venue.U Mumba are on a five-match unbeaten streak but will face a confident Bengal Warriors, who are well-rested after their final league stage match. U Mumba will have the momentum on their side after beating Haryana Steelers convincingly in Eliminator 2.After an indifferent start to the campaign, Bengal Warriors managed an eight-match unbeaten streak which was finally broken in their penultimate league-stage match where they faced defeat at the hands of Patna Pirates.They managed to win their next match even in skipper Maninder Singh’s absence, but the earlier defeat meant that they had to settle for a second-place finish in the league standings. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a ‘special assistance fund’ after suffering huge financial losses due to not playing at home.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan made the request to the international governing body of cricket at the ICC Board meetings which concluded in Cape Town on Friday.ICC confirmed having received the PCB request in light of its financial issues related to not being able to compete at home.”The ICC Board, on the recommendation of the Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee, agreed that some form of assistance will be provided and the matter will be discussed with PCB going forward,” an ICC spokesperson said after the meeting.The ICC Board also approved further payments of $500,000 to Ireland and Afghanistan, repeating the additional ICC investment of 2016 to stage more ODIs and T20Is. $250,000 will also be given to each of the other Associate Members with ODI and T20I status for the same purpose. This investment is to continue to increase the number of competitive teams on the world stage and comes on top of their existing member distribution.
NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving looked ready to slam the ball down in frustration, angry his coach had stopped him when the Knicks couldn’t.Everything worked out during that timeout Irving didn’t want. David Blatt put the ball right back in his point guard’s hands, and Irving delivered one last time.Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 37 points, including a layup with 10 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York 90-87 on Dec. 4 for their season-best fifth straight victory.“I saw something different out there, but that’s just part of the game,” Irving said of his reaction to Blatt’s timeout. “He called timeout, drew up a heck of a play, trusted me with the ball at the end of the game, and we’re getting used to one another.”Irving carried the Cavs most of the game before LeBron James had five straight points late that helped Cleveland pull it out. LeBron James finished with 19 points and 12 assists, content to be a passer most of the night because of Irving’s play.“Spectacular,” James said. “Any time we needed a bucket, he made it. Any time we needed some energy, he gave it.”Carmelo Anthony ended a 4-for-19 night by missing a 3-pointer in the final seconds as the Knicks dropped their sixth straight and fell to 4-16. He scored nine points.“For the most part I thought everybody played extremely well tonight,” Anthony said. “I wish I played better. I know I could have played a little bit better. I just wasn’t there for my team offensively tonight.”Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points and Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who were trying to surprise the Cavs for the second time this season.But New York, which spoiled James’ first game back in Cleveland with a 95-90 victory on Oct. 30, couldn’t hold on after leading by seven in the final quarter.James nailed his lone 3-pointer in six attempts for an 86-85 lead with 3:54 left, then helped force a turnover and turned it into a fast-break dunk for a three-point lead with 3:25 to go.Stoudemire’s basket cut it to 88-87, and the teams traded misses until Cleveland had the ball with under a half-minute left and Irving dribbling in the frontcourt. He said he saw a lane to the right and only 9 seconds left on the shot clock, but Blatt saw something else.“Well, Kyrie is doing a lot better when he’s playing than when he’s coaching,” Blatt joked. Irving then made a lefty layup, saying later he trusted Blatt “100 percent.”Kevin Love had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who had averaged 109.8 points in the previous four victories but could never get their offense going in this one — except for Irving.He finished 12 of 18 from the field and bettered the 29 points per game he was scoring at Madison Square Garden, which was his best at any arena.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami led another sterling bowling effort as India crushed West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford on Thursday to inch one step closer to the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.The massive Indian victory was also highlighted by Virat Kohli who top-scored with 72, MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 56 and useful contributions from KL Rahul (48) and Hardik Pandya (46).India now have 11 points while West Indies with 3 points from 7 matches are out of the semi-finals race.Mohammed Shami started the damage with 2 early wickets before Bumrah picked 2 wickets in 2 balls to send West Indies crashing out of the World Cup. Between those two bursts from India’s star pacers, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did serious damage to ensure India remained the only unbeaten team in the World Cup so far.Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.Kuldeep Yadav next struck to snare Nicholas Pooran and at 80 for 4 in the 21st over on a pitch offering turn, all West Indies hopes had been dashed. In the 24th over, Yuzvendra Chahal removed Jason Holder and India knew they were on the verge of a huge win.But the dangerous Carlos Brathwaite was still in India’s way. Only a few days back, his barnstorming hundred had almost taken West Indies across the line against New Zealand in a high-scoring thriller. Against the best bowling attack in the world, there would be no Brathwaite magic.advertisementBack for his second spell, Bumrah removed Brathwaite and Fabian Allen off consecutive deliveries before Shami struck again to see off Shimron Hetmyer as India marched towards a comfortable victory.Earlier after winning the toss, Virat Kohli decided India would bat.Rohit Sharma was controversially ruled out by the third umpire Michael Gough who certainly did not rule the popularity charts among Indian fans on social media. But KL Rahul (48) and Virat Kohli (72) kept pressing forward against a disciplined West Indies bowling attack.KL Rahul fell to another poor shot, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar failed but Kohli was a class apart. He timed the ball better than anyone else and was the real threat as West Indies looked to keep India under 300.MS Dhoni struggled to get going once again and with Hardik Pandya, he could not even rotate the strike well. Pandya did try to up the ante but Dhoni was unable to get going at the other end.The Dhoni-Pandya partnership was slow but the pair made sure India had the services of two big-hitting batsmen for the death overs. Pandya eventually perished for 46 but Dhoni set himself up to hit 2 sixes and 1 four in the final over of Oshane Thomas. He brought up his 72nd fifty in ODIs as India finished with a competitive total.India next take on hosts England on June 30.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso See:
George Schroeder is one of the kindest folks in a sports media world rife with snark and angst. So it’s only fitting that he got this quote from defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements about Emmanuel Ogbah.Schroeder wrote a great profile of Ogbah for USA Today this week and Clements told a hilarious story about how he was showing a recruit and his family around campus and it looked as if he staged Ogbah walking through the Student Union carrying textbooks so the recruit’s family would feel good about him going to Oklahoma State.“Here’s an All-America candidate who’s gonna be a high draft pick walking through the student union with real books,” says Clements, laughing — and insisting:“It appeared to be set up. It was not set up.”But Clements goes a lot deeper than that.“He’s good at what he does,” Clements says. “He’s good at being a good person, teammate, student and obviously he’s good at being a football player. I’d like to think he’s not unique, but I’m smart enough to recognize that guys that are that strong in everything don’t necessarily come around every day.”The whole thing is tremendous and includes Mike Gundy calling Florida State’s offensive linemen “good, not great.” You should read it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Limited DRS in Ranji Trophy another classic case of eyewash: BCCI officialThe BCCI, under Committee of Administrators, has decided to use DRS in the knockout stages of Ranji Trophy this season to avoid umpiring howlers that dominated the narrative last season.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 18:07 IST Photo of representation (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI to use limited DRS during the knockout stages of Ranji TrophyThe system will be without hawkeye and ultra edge in the premier domestic tournamentBCCI official blasted the CoA, claiming it focuses more on perception than substanceHaving come under fire in the last domestic season for poor standards of umpiring, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to use ‘limited DRS’ during the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy this season. But the BCCI officials have called this another attempt to sweep the mistakes under the carpet rather than address the issue of lack of quality umpires.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that it has become the norm under the CoA to ensure that the image of the board remains intact on the outside even if the foundation is getting weaker by the day.”We are not surprised in the least. This is how things are done these days, in an ad-hoc manner that focuses more on perception than on substance. What is the intent here? Is the intent to ensure a mechanism to resolve bad decisions in the knockouts? What about the other 2010 odd games (BCCI hosted a total of 2017 games in the 2018-19 domestic season)? Who is taking the ownership of bad umpiring in those games? Where is the effort to improve the standard of umpiring? Classic eyewash this is,” the official rued.GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim, who is currently in the UK, had said that the idea to introduce ‘limited DRS’ is to avoid howlers as was seen during the knockout stages of the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy. “Last year, in some of the knockout matches, there was some flak on umpires because there were some terrible howlers. So, we want to avoid all that and use whatever help we can get,” he explained.advertisementBut a senior board functionary wants to know why an effort isn’t being made to ensure that things improve right from conducting fair examination of umpires.”Questions are raised over the process of examination to recruit umpires. Why isn’t that being looked into? A fair examination shouldn’t be that big a problem. Then, there is an academy for umpires in Nagpur, who takes responsibility of the functioning of that academy? And how many umpires do we have in the international panel? S. Ravi was the last. So clearly, there is lack of ownership,” the functionary said.”After managing to scrape through domestic games, when they are handed duty during the Indian Premier League (IPL), they crumble under pressure. The idea to have Indian umpires in the IPL was to help them experience top-flight games and the pressure that comes with it. But here, they are getting exposed every second game as was seen in this year’s matches. So, the same must also be happening in the domestic circuit. Just because it isn’t televised, you don’t see it,” the functionary pointed.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ranji TrophyFollow DRSFollow BCCIFollow COA
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday thanked world leaders and personalities as their congratulatory messages kept pouring in after he led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a super-sized victory for a second term in office. Thanking American vice president Mike Pence, who congratulated him saying he looked forward to working with India, Modi said it was a victory of democracy which the India and US cherish. “Thank You @VP. This is a victory of democracy, which India and the US cherish. I will continue to promote our partnership with the US for peace and shared prosperity for our two countries and the world,” Modi tweeted Friday. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Russian President Vladmir Putin too sent his wishes to the PM from his official Twitter handle, to which he responded, “Thank you @KremlinRussia, and my dear friend, for your warm greetings. Your support for taking our special and privileged strategic partnership to new heights is invaluable. I look forward to our meeting soon.” In a series of tweets, Modi thanked world leaders such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France President Emmanuel Macron, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and several others who wished him on his party’s landslide victory. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In his messages to the world leaders, the PM said he looked forward to strengthening close strategic partnership with these countries. Modi took to Twitter to also thank Bollywood celebrities and sportspersons who congratulated him. He thanked actors Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Raveena Tandon, R Madhavan, music composer A R Rahman and Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan saying he cherished the good wishes from them. He thanked boxer Mary Kom, athlete and Commonwealth Games gold winner Neeraj Chopra.
The French company whose light rail vehicles will replace Bombardier Transportation transit vehicles under a revised contract with Metrolinx is going ahead with a plan to build those vehicles in the Toronto region.Alstom Canada spokeswoman Marilena Varano confirmed on Thursday that her firm will establish a manufacturing plant in Brampton, Ont. to build future cars on the Sheppard East LRT and Finch West LRT projects in Toronto.She initially said the project, which has not been formally announced, would create some 200 jobs but later revised that to 120 jobs. The company already employs more than 300 Canadians at facilities in Ottawa and near Montreal.Metrolinx — a provincial government agency in charge of transportation for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — announced Thursday it will accept only 76 light rail vehicles of the 182 originally ordered for $770 million from Bombardier. A source confirmed the new contract is worth $392 million.CEO Phil Verster said the 106 Bombardier vehicles that were to be used on the two lines will be replaced by 61 larger cars purchased through a $528-million agreement signed last spring with Alstom.Future cars on those lines will likely also be built by Alstom.“We brought a second supplier into the market, which creates a totally different competitive dynamic and Alstom will now build vehicles right here in Toronto for Toronto on those projects,” he said. “And that’s very exciting for us.”The Bombardier cars will now be used only on Toronto’s $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown project.Metrolinx had previously asked a court for the right to cancel the contract with Bombardier over doubts about its ability to fulfil train orders in a city where gridlock has become an increasing frustration for commuters. But a judge said it couldn’t without first going through a dispute resolution process.Metrolinx says its new deal with Bombardier includes harsher penalties if vehicles aren’t delivered on time or if the quality of the vehicles is unacceptable.Verster said details of the penalties are confidential but confirmed his agency is liable to pay $500,000 per day to the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown project if the cars are late. It had previously been $1,500 a day for each late vehicle.“What I can say is that the financial penalties (to Bombardier) are significant and they offset our exposure we have if the delivery of the vehicles are late,” he said.Bombardier said the lost revenue from the smaller Metrolinx order will be offset by an 18-month extension of its Go Transit operation and maintenance contract in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.“We have always been resolved to find a clear negotiated path forward, one that delivers value to all parties, and foremost to the people of Ontario,” said Benoit Brossoit, president of the Americas region for Bombardier, in a statement.Metrolinx had previously indicated it wanted new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires in 2023. It had said its existing contract with Bombardier was worth about $100 million per year.Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said in a statement Thursday his government intends to ensure suppliers like Bombardier fulfil their obligations so that transit projects are completed on time.“We will continue to be vigilant with respect to Bombardier’s performance,” he said.“Simply put, they are expected to deliver as per our new agreement or face significant consequences.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
A mother and her child were killed following an accident in Hikkaduwa last night, the police media unit said today.The police said that a van and a three-wheeler had collided along the Galle – Colombo main road in Hikkaduwa. The three-wheel driver and three women and a child who were in the three-wheeler sustained serious injuries and were admitted to hospital. A 24 year old woman and her one month old child succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The police said that the van which was involved in the accident had been seized but the driver had fled the scene soon after the accident. (Colombo Gazette)
Two men are facing charges after Niagara Regional Police dismantled a marijuana grow operation in Wainfleet.Members of the Niagara police Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit launched an investigation in August at a property on Willford Road in the Township of Wainfleet.Along with members of the Special Investigative Services Unit, a search warrant was executed and resulted in police arresting two men inside the greenhouse.Police say there were nearly 700 plants at “various stages of growth” inside the greenhouse.In a press release, police said the location is not authorized by Health Canada to possess or produce marijuana.30-year-old De Jun Zheng from North York and 31-year-old Xuezhe Jin from Scarborough are both charged with production and possession of a Schedule II Substance.Both Zheng and Jin have been released with a pending court date.
United States (US) President Donald Trump(BBC) The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.US President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the existing deal, announced the apparent breakthrough on Monday.A final deal would need sign-off from Canada, the third country in the treaty, which governs more than $1tr (£780bn) in annual trade.Talks started about a year ago after Mr Trump threatened to pull out.He has repeatedly demanded renegotiation of the 1994 agreement, which he blames for a decline in US manufacturing jobs, especially in the auto industry.In a televised appearance at the White House, Mr Trump said the two sides had agreed on terms that made for an “incredible” deal that was “much more fair”.However, the final outcome remains in doubt.The White House appearance included a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who stressed the importance of an agreement that includes Canada.But Mr Trump told Mr Pena Nieto that he remained open to separate, bilateral deal with Canada.He also said he wanted to get rid of the name Nafta, which he said has “bad connotations”.What’s in the deal?The two countries have agreed that 75% of a product must be made in the US and Mexico to receive tax-free treatment, which is more than in the existing deal, the US said.On cars, the two sides also settled on rules that will require 40%-45% of each vehicle to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.That provision is aimed at discouraging firms from locating plants in lower-wage Mexico.The two sides have agreed to review the trade pact every six years – but that review will not carry the threat of automatic expiration as the US had initially proposed.Canada did not participate in the talks in recent weeks.Mr Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the advances and hoped the three sides would be able to conclude negotiations this week.A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the country would continue to work toward an agreement and was in regular contact with trading partners.“We will only sign a new Nafta that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada’s signature is required,” spokesman Adam Austen said in an email.Deadline pressureOfficials want to reach an agreement before the newly elected Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office in December.In order to meet that deadline, negotiators must present Congress with a deal at least 90 days in advance.Republicans in Congress, who are typically supporters of free trade, have pressed the White House to strike a deal, arguing that the relationship has benefited US farmers and other groups.Shares in companies that benefit from trilateral trade gained on Monday. The Mexican peso also climbed.But some industry groups said they wanted more clarity on final terms before celebrating the deal.Farmers for Free Trade, which represents pork producers, corn growers and others, has spoken frequently of the risks to farmers of the president’s efforts to re-write trade relationships.“While any news of progress on restoring Nafta certainty is reassuring for American farmers, there are questions that remain on the nature of a final deal,” Brian Kuehl, the organisation’s executive director, said in a statement.“It will be necessary for Canada to rejoin the negotiations and for an agreement to be reached among all parties before a judgement can be made.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump threatens to pull US out of World Trade OrganizationAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”US and Canada reach new trade deal to replace NaftaOctober 1, 2018In “World”White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration officialApril 26, 2017In “World”
Belarussian champion Meshkov Brest, is slowly completing the squad for the next season, in which at the beginning of the season the Zeljko Babic guys will try to reach the EHF Champions League group phase through qualification. The question over the right back in the team is solved. In Belarus arrives the Austrian national team player of Montenegrin background – Janko Bozovic. He has played for clubs in couple of countries, and has spent the past three seasons with Emsdetten, club which relegated in the past Bundesliga season.Even though there were transfer rumours about RK Zagreb’s right back Luka Stepancic joining the Belarussian side, the two parties did not strike a deal over the players’ buying cost, and he will be staying in Zagreb for now… ← Previous Story Ademar Leon renews with Carrillo and Garcia Vega Next Story → Hungarian Tatabanya sign Serbian right back Novak Boskovic janko bozovicMeshkov Brestrakometzeljko babic
Brazilians will have chance to celebrate double crown at the Beach Handball World Championship in Budapest! Both team, male and female, will play at the today’s final matches. Women’s team qualified for the final against Spain, with a win over domestic nation – Hungary 2:0 (14-13, 17-16). The Spanish girls beat Norway 2:1 (14-10, 15-19, 14-12).In the men’s final, Brazil will face Croatia.Semi-final results:Brazil – Qatar 2:0 (19:18) (16 : 15)Croatia – Hungary 2:1 (17:14) (12 : 21) [11 : 10 SO]Here are the schedule of the Final day:Women’s tournamentBronze medal game:16:00 Norway-HungaryFinal:18:00 Spain-BrazilMen’s tournamentBronze medal game:17:00 Hungary-QatarFinal:19:00 Croatia-BrazilPhoto: http://beachhandball2016.com/ Beach handballBeach Handball World Championship 2016 ← Previous Story EURO TOUR FOR AFRICANS: Slovenia beat Tunisia Next Story → Ex-EHF president Tor Lian dies at age 71
Geek and nerd culture isn’t simply about anime, comics, sci-fi, technology, and video games. Sometimes it’s about dope beats, fresh flow, and boundless positivity. I’m talking about nerdcore hip-hop, a sub-sub-genre of rap and the fire-spitting nerds who live it. Specifically, I’m talking about MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Mega Ran, and Schaffer the Darklord, all four of which I saw live as part of their Awesome Friendship Adventure Tour.Nerdcore hip-hop that builds on the nerdier references and concepts touched on by artists like the Beastie Boys and Del the Funky Homosapien. It takes the idea of offhandedly mentioning Spock and having a giant robot in your music video, and turns it into the thematic core of an entire genre. If most hip-hop comes from growing up on the streets, nerdcore is about growing up on the Streets of Rage.It’s more about geek media consumption (which is now called “pop culture” for some reason), and it’s reductive to write nerdcore off simply as novelty rap. There are plenty of references to video games and sci-fi in the rhymes, but that’s only part of a larger identity that nerdcore embraces. Nerds aren’t simply people who love very specific types of media. They’re intelligent, awkward, generally introverted individuals who often struggle with issues of identity in the face of a broader culture that doesn’t share their perspective. That awkwardness and intelligence is truly what shapes nerdcore hip-hop, and makes it so positive.That brings us to the four artists I saw on Monday, starting with MC Frontalot (Damian Hess). He’s in many ways the father of nerdcore, since he coined the term in 2000. He’s also the most aesthetically nerdy nerdcore artist because of it, with stage look that includes a short-sleeved dress shirt, a necktie, and his signature thick black glasses. Like his name implies, fronting is the closest thing he has to a gimmick, with tracks like “Braggadocio,” “Front the Least,” and “Front the Most.” He goes all over the nerdy landscape when he isn’t lyrically bragging, though, rapping about everything from cyber-security (“Secrets from the Future“), grammar (“Tongue-Clucking Grammarian“), and even bridge engineering (“Floating Bridge“).MC Lars (Andrew Nielsen) has described his nerdcore work as post-modern, exploring a wide range of subjects while keeping a core of nerdy enthusiasm. He pined for the days of ska with MC Bat Commander in “This Gigantic Robot Kills,” promoted digital distribution as the answer to record labels with Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup in “Download This Song,” and attacked empty consumerism disguised as social rebellion with The Matches in “Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock.” He also put out a concept album about Edgar Allen Poe (The Edgar Allen Poe EP).Mega Ran, also known as Random (Raheem Jarbo), He started rapping with a tribute album to Mega Man called Mega Ran. It got him on Capcom’s radar, which gave him a licensing deal to keep doing what he was doing. He later followed it up with Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 tribute albums, Mega Ran 9 and Mega Ran 10. He raps about video games a lot, but he doesn’t stop there. He taps into his experience as a middle school teacher with Language Arts Vol. 1, 2, & 3, and even goes full-blown wrestling mark with his albums Mat Mania and Mat Mania 2: The Revenge, with tracks about Randy Savage (“The Madness“), The New Day (“New Day Raps“), and Jake the Snake (“DDT“).The last act in this currently touring nerdcore foursome is Schaffer the Darklord (Mark Shaffer). He’s the bad boy of nerdcore, with a supervillain persona that includes a suit, black gloves, and a track called “Supervillain.” He mostly sings about sex, drugs, violence, and cats. Dude loves cats, and if you do too you should listen to his track “Cat People.” For his villainous braggadocio, though, he has an aggressively vocal streak of positive morality, and his track “Yes” is a must-listen proclamation of the nature and necessity of informed consent to sex.Albums like MC Lars’ The Edgar Allen Poe EP and songs like Schaffer the Darklord’s “Yes” are what make nerdcore more than just a novelty genre. Beyond just rapping about comics and video games they like, all four of these artists use their notebooks and mics to encourage positive changes. MC Lars and Mega Ran promote education and literature; besides Edgar Allen Poe, they’ve made “lit-hop” tracks about the works of Mark Twain (MC Lars’ “Huck Finn’s on the Run“) and Franz Kafka (Mega Ran’s “Buggin“). On the more esoteric side, MC Frontalot converted the lettering of Edward Gorey into a typeface, which you can use under the Creative Commons license.MC Frontalot and Schaffer the Darklord regularly address both social and personal issues, condemning bigotry and encouraging self-care and improvement. MC Frontalot has rapped about the need for free speech and the open exchange of information (“Freedom Feud”), the importance of a secure and free democratic process (“Black Box,” with Mega Ran), and the negativity of homophobia (“I Heart Fags“). Schaffer the Darklord has not only rapped about misogyny (“Boys“), gender identity (“Tomgirl“), but tackled anxiety, depression, and coping mechanisms with his entire Sick Passenger concept album.Yes, nerdcore hip-hop is fun novelty rap that talks a lot about computers and video games. It’s also a powerful genre that encourages education and literacy, condemns the toxic behavior, and explores heavy issues of mental and emotional health.It’s real good you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M…
A Gresham, Ore., man was injured Saturday evening in a single-car accident in east Vancouver, according to the Washington State Patrol.Benjamin G. Corbin, 61, was driving on a ramp connecting northbound Interstate 205 to westbound Highway 14 about 7:40 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, a WSP bulletin said.The vehicle went off the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its roof.Corbin suffered a possible broken disk in his back and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the WSP said. He was reported in satisfactory condition late Saturday and was no longer a patient in the hospital on Sunday night.The bulletin blamed the accident on traveling too fast for conditions. The bulletin said that alcohol was suspected, and that Corbin could face a DUI charge.
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term on Monday. Photo: AFPEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swept to a second term with 97 per cent of valid votes, official results showed Monday, dominating an election last week that saw him face no serious rivals.The head of the election authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05 per cent of the almost 60 million registered voters, down from the 2014 vote that saw Sisi claim the presidency.Ibrahim said 92.73 per cent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled.Sisi’s sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said.Moussa entered the election at the very last moment after first leading a re-election campaign for Sisi, saving the vote from having just one candidate.Sisi’s serious contenders either withdrew, were sidelined or were detained.In a brief victory speech broadcast Monday evening on state television, Sisi sent “greetings, appreciation, and respect” to Egyptians.He promised “to continue my oath to be loyal in my work, not sparing any effort in order to advance our nation.”Sisi directed “thanks and appreciation to Moussa Mostafa Moussa who lead an honest and civilised competition.”As for Moussa, he said at a press conference that “the most important thing is that Egypt has won.”Trump congratulationsHundreds of supporters took to the streets in Cairo and other cities, waving the Egyptian flag and singing patriotic songs to celebrate Sisi winning another four years in power.US President Donald Trump “congratulated” Sisi on his victory in a telephone call, the White House said in a statement that did not mention any worries over the fairness of the vote.“The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges,” it said.Earlier the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US “will continue to work to advance our shared objectives” with Egypt, despite its concerns over political freedom.But Nauert added: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”Four Egyptian rights groups, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, denounced the electoral process in a statement late on Monday.The election commission “lost its political legitimacy by watching the electoral process as it transformed into a debacle beleaguered by the worst political and security thuggery ever witnessed in an Egyptian election since 1952,” they said.Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Islamist Mohamed Morsi after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of valid votes.Turnout of 47 percent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 41 per cent despite official appeals for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.Election chief Ibrahim was effusive about the vote regardless of the perceived lack of competition and the low attendance.“These are momentous moments for this nation…which will be written in letters of light, under the title: battle for the love of Egypt,” Ibrahim said as he announced the results.“The entire world heard your chants for the love of Egypt.”Opposition boycottPeople who boycotted the election and cannot show a good reason for missing the vote could face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.Opposition groups had called for a boycott of last week’s vote which they labelled a facade.There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.In an interview days ahead of the vote, Sisi said he wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining his rivals.Morsi’s removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.The initial crackdown on the ousted leader’s supporters expanded to include liberal and leftist secular activistsA jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.In February Sisi ordered the armed forces launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old jihadist insurgency.In the wake of his election success, the Egyptian armed forces congratulated Sisi in a statement, “affirming that it will always stand behind its wise leadership.”Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
CRISPR-associated protein Cas9 (white) from Staphylococcus aureus based on Protein Database ID 5AXW. Credit: Thomas Splettstoesser (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0) Citation: CRISPR patent wars highlight problem of granting broad intellectual property rights for tech that offers public benefits (2017, November 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-crispr-patent-wars-highlight-problem.html CRISPR-Cas9 is a cutting-edge gene editing technique. It has been in the news as many researchers are using it to conduct gene editing research. But it has also been in the news because two parties are claiming they invented it. They are the University of California and the Broad Institute. It is believed that patent rights will generate a significant amount of revenue for the ultimate winner of the war due to licensing rights.As Rai and Cook-Degan note, the patent war (or another one like it) has been in the making for several decades due to passage of the Bayh-Dole Act back in 1980, which allowed entities to obtain patents on work done for federally funded research efforts. In the CRISPR war, both parties received funding from NIH and both applied for patents, but the timing is murky. But as the authors also note, something that should not be lost or overlooked in the legal wrangling is the rights of the public. If one party in the war wins, they are set to assume control over who can use the gene editing technique and in which sorts of ways. In granting such full ownership to a single entity, the courts could be hindering genetic research in possibly detrimental ways. What if a team of researchers is making progress on eliminating a genetic disease, for example, but is slowed because it cannot gain licensing to proceed? Innocent people might thus suffer due to a court decision. The authors suggest that the solution is for the courts to move away from granting broad patents in such cases and instead grant narrow patents that allow the holder some rights, but not all, creating a more open system of use for cutting-edge technology. (Phys.org)—Duke University Law professor Arti Rai and bio-technology professor Robert Cook-Deegan with Arizona State University have stepped into the gene editing patent war with an Intellectual Property Policy Forum paper they have had published in the journal Science. They suggest that courts should take more into account than who invented what first in some property rights disputes. With technology, such as CRISPR-Cas9, for example, they argue that some thought (and rights) should to be given to the public as beneficiaries of future research efforts related to that technology. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls More information: Racing for academic glory and patents: Lessons from CRISPR, Science 17 Nov 2017: Vol. 358, Issue 6365, pp. 874-876, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2468 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6365/874SummaryThe much-publicized dispute over patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology highlights tensions that have been percolating for almost four decades, since the U.S. Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 invoked patents as a mechanism for promoting commercialization of federally funded research. With the encouragement provided by Bayh-Dole, academic scientists and their research institutions now race in dual competitive domains: the quest for glory in academic research and in the patent sphere. Yet, a robust economic literature argues that races are often socially wasteful; the racing parties expend duplicative resources, in terms of both the research itself and the legal fees spent attempting to acquire patents, all in the pursuit of what may be a modest acceleration of invention. For CRISPR, and future races involving broadly useful technologies for which it may set a precedent, the relationship between these competitive domains needs to be parsed carefully. On the basis of legal maneuvers thus far, it appears that the litigants will try for broad rights; public benefit will depend on courts reining them in and, when broad patents slip through, on updating Bayh-Dole’s pro-commercialization safeguards with underused features of the Act. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Guadalajara, Jalisco — Environmental officials in the state of Jalisco have rescued 30 veiled chameleons from being shipped to Mexico City via a parcel company. Officers from the Federal Procurator’s Office for Environmental Protection were called to the parcel company after federal police officers inspected a package and made the discovery. Inside, 30 chameleons were found wrapped in three blankets. The veiled chameleon is listed on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is a protected species. All were found to be in poor health, suffering from dehydration and lack of food. All 30 were transferred to medical facilities at a wildlife shelter for proper care and shelter. Mexican officials intend to investigate the shipment of the reptiles, noting that the container used for transportation threatened the dignified and respectful treatment of the chameleons. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Roman Dobrokhotov was on his way to Christ the Savior Cathedral, Russia’s biggest church, to protest against the arrest of members of female punk rock band Pussy Riot. They were jailed in early March for belting out an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in front of the church’s gilded altar wearing garishly colored balaclavas.The church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, cried blasphemy. Critics claimed church-state collusion was keeping the women locked up.Many say Putin, who returned to the presidency last week, has used the church as a potent tool in his command structure, allowing it to amass vast riches in return for unquestioning support of his policies and spiritual blessing for his leadership.For more than a millennium, the church helped cement Russia’s identity and culture in times of foreign invasions and political upheaval _ and that legacy remains strong in the hearts of millions of Russians.Under the atheist Soviet regime, the church suffered persecution, with tens of thousands of its faithful purged, jailed or executed. The 1991 fall of communism opened the way for a renaissance that many celebrated as bringing Russia back to its spiritual roots. Many non-religious Russians found the prank tactless, but were shocked by the arrest and possible punishment.“They should have gotten those girls out of the church _ and left it at that,” said Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russia’s most prominent human rights activist who considers herself non-practicing Orthodox.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – The skinny dissident is thrown headfirst into a police van by camouflage-clad officers. Nearby, a dozen bearded men bearing Russian Orthodox crosses and wearing skull-and-crossbones T-shirts cheer on the cops.It’s the latest flare-up in a growing feud pitting supporters of the influential church, which sees itself as the nation’s spiritual guide, against opponents who say the church has sold out to Vladimir Putin _ becoming an arm of his regime more interested in gold than souls. But resentment slowly grew over the perception that church leaders were becoming Kremlin stooges.Critics said slathering gold-leaf on church domes was ostentation shameful for a country suffering through the hard times of the Boris Yeltsin years. The church has acknowledged that it ran businesses dealing in alcohol, tobacco and oil, and operated jewelry stores and organic farms, to raise money for restoration of churches and monasteries and education of priests.Suspicions grew further under Putin.The church’s backing for the Kremlin became so fawning that it consecrated new nuclear missiles as “Russia’s guardian angels” and urged young Russians to volunteer for military service in Chechnya. Shortly before the Pussy Riot escapade, Kirill met with Putin and praised his two presidential terms as “God’s miracle.” In return, Putin said that “the state still owes much to the Church.”The band said it performed its “punk prayer” inside the cathedral on Feb. 21 to protest Putin’s return to the Kremlin. They thrashed their heads and shouted: “Mother of God, Drive Putin Away!”Three members were charged with hooliganism and face up to seven years in jail _ severe even by the standards of a government notorious for crackdowns on dissent. Despite the growing criticism over perceived sins past and present, there’s no questioning the church’s influence over Russian society.The church claims 100 million Russians in its flock _ more than three-quarters of the nation’s population _ though polls suggest that less than 5 percent of them are devout churchgoers. More than a spiritual guide, many Russians look to the church as a symbol of their identity.Some believers applaud the Pussy Riot arrest.“It’s very good that they were jailed, because otherwise some fanatics would simply tear them apart,” said Natalya Dolina, a 55-year-old historian and churchgoer from Moscow. “They soiled a church; they fouled icons that are dear to many. They are devoid of talent; they just latch onto a trend.”But believers such as Lidya Moniava, who manages children’s hospices at a charity fund in Moscow, asked Kirill in a web-posted plea to forgive the pranksters and facilitate their release _ and thousands joined her petition.A Church spokesman said, however, that the Church will forgive the punk rockers only if they “repent and change their lives.”Several Orthodox priests declined to be interviewed for this story, saying they feared reprimands or were not allowed contact with a non-Russian news agency. Protesters see Kirill’s influence in the harsh treatment. The bearded patriarch in a recent sermon described the punk performance as “devilish mockery” and part of a broader assault by “enemy forces” on the church.The church maintains that desecration of icons and other acts of vandalism have become more frequent since the punk protest. As the patriarch led a procession around the cathedral, priests carried a crucifix and an icon that had been damaged in attacks elsewhere in Russia this spring.Kirill himself is a focus of the growing opposition to the church.The patriarch’s reputation has been tarnished by a pair of scandals involving a (EURO)30,000 ($38,832) Breguet watch he was seen wearing and a court case in which he sought 20 million rubles ($630,000) from a cancer-stricken neighbor _ despite his monastic vows not to have any worldly possessions while serving the church.And just as Putin is supported by gangs of youth thugs who intimidate his opponents, the church enjoys the backing of its own roaming enforcers of orthodoxy _ tacitly approved of by church leaders. The bearded men who cheered Dobrokhotov’s arrest were members of the Orthodox Banner Bearers, a group that combines ultraconservative piety with bellicose acts reminiscent of extreme-right intimidation. They have gained notoriety for attacking gay rallies, tearing pop singer Madonna’s portrait, burning Harry Potter books and running a stake through a toy monkey to protest the teaching of Darwinism in schools. Top Stories The church gave its leader Leonid Simonovich-Nikshich one of the church’s highest awards, the medal of St. Sergius of Radonezh.Political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said the church has turned into the Kremlin’s “Salvation Ministry,” obediently approving Kremlin policies and slamming Western democracy as concepts alien to Russian traditions _ all the while enjoying hefty government donations and tax immunity.“The Church inherited its full loyalty to the existing government from Soviet times,” Belkovsky said.In pre-revolutionary Russia, the Church was a state institution whose government-paid clerics reported to czars as their “ultimate judges.” In the Soviet era, Orthodox leaders infamously declared their loyalty to the atheist regime to allow the church to keep operating _ and were enlisted as KGB agents, according to lawmakers and prominent human rights advocates.“We knew back in the early 1990s that 90 percent of church leaders had been KGB agents,” said Lev Ponomaryov, head of the respected For Human Rights group and a former lawmaker who in the early 1990s chaired a parliamentary commission that investigated Soviet-era ties between the church and KGB. 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