Warriors icon Al Attles, 82, feeling well enough to attend an NBA Finals game at Oracle

first_imgWe interrupt this get-away Friday for an unexpected and heartening addition to the Warriors injury list:Al Attles, probable.Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated is reporting that Attles, Warriors icon and newly minted Hall of Famer, intends on attending an upcoming NBA Finals game at Oracle Arena.“My goal was to get to at least one game and not be in a wheelchair,” the 82-year-old Attles told Spears on Monday. “A cane will work. I am looking forward to coming out. I am hoping that the team can …last_img

How Netflix Stole my Eyepatch & I Stopped Stealing Movies

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img I think it was about a decade ago now when I downloaded my first camcorder movie off the Internet and a love affair was born. Why bother going out and renting something from Blockbuster or forfeiting your first born for a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn when you could nearly replicate the entire experience, for free, on your couch with Orville Redenbacher at your side? As time went on and peer-to-peer file sharing grew – and the movies went from shaky, “down in front!” home movies to near-DVD quality replicas – it only got worse. And then, suddenly, it all came to an end. “Cold turkey,” as they say. But why?Today, after reading an article over on TorrentFreak about how Netflix is killing BitTorrent, I suddenly felt like a reformed smoker who never intentionally put down the cancer stick. It all made sense.As TorrentFreak’s Ernesto writes, “It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that Netflix’ popularity has a negative effect on the movie piracy rates in the US.”In the States, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million. In total, Netflix now has 22.8 million paid subscribers in the US, which generated a total revenue of $706 million in the first quarter of this year.But where did this influx of subscribers come from? Everyone in the know will point to one thing – streaming video. When Netflix first began offering unlimited streaming in 2008, some forecast that it would only erode the companies profits and spell gloom for the company. Quite the opposite. By November 2010, streaming surpassed DVD subscriptions. Rather than cost Netflix the bottom line, streaming – thus far, though we’ll see what happens – has saved the company enormous amounts of money from delivery costs.When Neftlix finally came around and said it would give me as many movies as I’d like for $8 a month, the love affair with free movies was over. After all, $8 barely gets you in the door at most movie theaters and in some cities it won’t even cover a matinee. For the convenience of never having to plan, eat up my bandwidth and risk getting a letter from the MPAA, $8 is but a pittance. I was one of the 7.7 million new subscribers that jumped on board in 2010 and I haven’t looked back since. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it wasn’t a pang of guilt, it was a simple, cheap way to fulfill my desire to go on Battlestar Gallactica benders and quickly queue up whatever movie everyone else had raved about six months ago that I’d never gone to see.  Sure, Netflix doesn’t get first-run movies, or those not-yet-in-the-theater screeners, like peer-to-peer networks do, but my eight bucks buys me a peace of mind and enough content to keep me happy until it makes its way around. As Ernesto concludes, “Netflix shows that people are willing to pay for access to movies online, even when plenty of pirated copies are available. The next step is to offer easy access to movies in the rest of the world, and get rid of the artificial delays in release dates.”Besides, if the movie is that good, I might actually hit the theater…and once again be convinced that the only logical approach to movie theater popcorn is the large, because who can justify paying 75 cents less for half as much popcorn? That’s just silly. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansonlast_img read more

RSS-affiliated schools bloom across Bengal

first_imgThough West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government over demonetisation and the crackdown on MPs over the chit fund scams, the State government has ensured that more than a dozen Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-controlled schools have been granted affiliation in the last year. These schools are run by the Vivekananda Vidyavikash Parishad (VVP) with a declared agenda of instilling “Hindu mindset” among the pupils. The VVP is the Bengal chapter of the Vidya Bharti Akhil Bhartiya Siksha Sansthan, an RSS-affiliated organisation. The organisation’s website clearly states that its primary objective is to establish an education system which will create a generation of “youths with a Hindu mindset.” “Our aim is to develop an ideal education system which will create a generation of youths who will have Hindu mindset along with well developed spiritual outlook,” states the website of VVP. Speaking to The Hindu, the organisational secretary of the VPP, Tarak Das Sarkar, an RSS pracharak, said, “All of our schools received State government affiliation after 2011 (when TMC came to power in Bengal).”Mr Sarkar was quick to stress that, “We have followed due procedures to get the affiliations. There is no politics behind it.” In 2016 while eight schools (upto class VIII) and two schools (upto class X) run by the VVP have been given permanent affiliation by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), 15 primary schools were issued provisional affiliation by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. As a result these schools will now be able to receive the grants under the Centre’s Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme as well as facilities such as free text books and mid day meal from the WBBSE. They would also be eligible for no objection certificates from the State’s Education Department for being upgraded to Secondary Schools under the WBBSE. However, as per the provisions of the affiliation these schools will not get any financial aid from the State government.According to VVP authorities, the organisation currently runs 326 schools in Bengal up from 314 in 2015. As on December 2016, the number of students at these schools stood at 74,996, an increase of 23.87 % since 2015, VPP authorities said. They also said the schools which recently got government affiliation are located in the districts of Paschim Medinipur, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Murshidabad, North Dinajpur and Cooch Behar. Even as State BJP president Dilip Ghosh criticised the TMC government for “failing to create proper education infrastructure” in Bengal, he welcomed the development as a “positive step.”“I think they (TMC government) have taken a positive step in giving affiliation to these schools. Since the State government has failed to improve the standard of education in Bengal, they are left with no choice but to give affiliation to these schools,” Mr. Ghosh said.last_img read more

Omar calls for immediate dissolution of J&K Assembly, fresh elections

first_imgNational Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday called for the immediate dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and holding of fresh elections in the State.In a surprise move, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the three-year-old ruling coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the State was placed under Governor’s rule on Wednesday morning.“The J&K state assembly should be dissolved immediately & fresh elections should take place as soon as appropriate. The former DCM has admitted that BJP can’t be trusted not to horsetrade for Govt formation,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.The J&K state assembly should be dissolved immediately & fresh elections should take place as soon as appropriate. The former DCM has admitted that BJP can’t be trusted not to horsetrade for Govt formation. https://t.co/dbX4bK8goc— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 20, 2018  The former Chief Minister was reacting to BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta’s reported statement that his party was “working on something.”“I don’t think a new government will be formed anytime soon. Uncertainties are there, but we are working on something and people will get to know about it,” Mr. Gupta had reportedly said.Mr. Abdullah claimed that Mr. Gupta’s statement hinted at the BJP’s attempts to break other parties to form a government.“What do you mean ‘we are working on something’? The only ‘something’ would be to break other parties & make up the numbers to form a BJP Govt. Has the former DCM inadvertently spilled the beans?” Mr. Abdullah asked on Twitter.On a news report about Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh not being kept in the loop about the BJP’s decision to pull out of the government, he tweeted, “If this story is true & @HMOIndia didn’t know about the impending demise of the BJPDP alliance then the fact that it caught me & my colleagues by surprise is really no big deal.”last_img read more

Perpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeited

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe NCAA management committee (Mancom) has forfeited Perpetual Help’s 69-65 win over St. Benilde Tuesday for wearing the wrong uniform to the game.The Altas played in their dark maroon jerseys against the designated light uniforms, violating the league’s rule.ADVERTISEMENT READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniform“Any athlete whose playing uniform does not conform with the rules, first offense is ineligible to participate in a given game,” said NCAA Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian in a statement.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 starsOffenders of the said rule are ineligible for the said contest, although the Altas were still allowed to play against the Blazers.Here’s the NCAA Mancom decision re: Perpetual’s jersey mix-up. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/w3RiZR2XdP— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 11, 2017The forfeiture reverses the results, giving St. Benilde its first win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR ‘Nothing surprises me now,’ says Pacquiao on WBO fight review China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 The same rule applies to the Junior Altas squad in the juniors division, but the Junior Blazers emerged victorious earlier in the day, 64-60.READ: Eze lifts Perpetual to first win; St. Benilde puts game under protestThe committee was quick to react on the controversy, coming up with the decision just after last game of the day concluded.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Tia Norfleet Makes Historic NASCAR Debut

Tia Norfleet, the first  African American female licensed by NASCAR, made her debut at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia, August 4, 2012. In its 67-year history, she is the first and only African American woman to compete in NASCAR.“It gives us great pleasure to officially announce Tia Norfleet’s historical accomplishment to the world. It has been a long time coming and we are extremely elated and expect nothing but the best from her,” said Guernica Williams of the The Platinum Marketing and Public Relations Group, which is representing Norfleet.“While this has been an enduring journey for the entire Norfleet team, it has taught us patience and perseverance in all things,” said Norfleet. “Today is the result of persevering. I am truly honored and truly blessed to be able to experience this moment with my family and to race with some of the best drivers in the sport.”Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented Suffolk, VA native, is the daughter of 20-year veteran NASCAR driver, Bobby Norfleet. Tia started racing, under her father’s tutelage, at the age of 9 and has a true passion for the sport.“Getting here has taking much hard work and dedication, there are so many people who have helped to make this happen and we are very thankful for their devotion and support. At Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., it is a family affair and we all stand strong and firm behind Tia. We are extremely proud of her and the hard work that she has put into this program,” stated Allen L. Ellison, President of Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc.Read more: Target Market News read more

Tony Dorsett Has Brain Trauma Says He Has Considered

Photo by www.foxsports.comTony Dorsett, the Hall of Fame running back with the Dallas Cowboys, has symptoms of CTE, a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.Dorsett, 59, speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, said he has experienced memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.Scarily, the former superstar said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.Autopsies of more than 50 ex-NFL players, including Hall of Famer Mike Webster and perennial All-Pro Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, found such tau concentrations. Doctors told Dorsett on Monday that tests revealed he has the symptoms of CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games. “I’ve got to take them to places that I’ve been going to for many, many, many years, and then I don’t know how to get there,” he said.But there is more. Emotional outbursts occur frequently enough that his wife and daughters are afraid of the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner.“It’s painful, man, for my daughters to say they’re scared of me.” After a long pause, he tearfully reiterated, “It’s painful.”Dorsett said doctors have told him he is clinically depressed.“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’” he said. “I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”“I’m trying to slow this down or cut it off,” said Dorsett. “I’m going to be 60 years old here next year, so I’m hoping that I’ve got another good 30 years or so.”CTE is a disease with no known cure, but Dorsett said he was seeking answers to explain his cognitive and emotional difficulties. “I want to know if this is something that has come about because of playing football.”Dorsett’s 12-year playing career ended a quarter-century ago, and he said he doesn’t know how many concussions he suffered, but that they were numerous and he believes their consequences are, too. “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day,” he said. read more

5000 more Rohingyas enter Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees who had just arrived wait for a place to stay at Bangladesh`s Balukhali refugee camp on 2 October 2017. The UN says more than 14,100 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition in wretched camps where half a million mainly Rohingya refugees depend entirely on charities for survival. Photo: AFPIn the latest influx, some 5,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh through Ulubonia point of the Naf River under Teknaf upazila on Monday.Locals said the Myanmar nationals started gathering at the no-man’s land along the border since the morning. Later, they crossed the river into Bangladesh by hired boats. Nazir Ahmed, 55, son of Abul Hossain of Jabbarpara in Bhuchidang area in Rakhine State of Myanmar, said they entered Bangladesh through the Ulubonia point after walking on foot for five days.Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh recovered 30,000 Yaba tablets and 80 cartons of cigarette searching the belongings of the Rohingyas who got down from boats at Shah Porir Dwip of Teknaf on Sunday night.A patrol team of the paramilitary force recovered the contraband items around 9:00pm. However, no one was arrested in this connection.Besides, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday feared that drugs and firearms might be smuggled into the country by some of the fleeing Rohingyas.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, expressed his apprehension while distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution on them by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine.He, however, said the law enforcers have been on alert so that the Rohingyas cannot get involved in criminal activities here.The ruling party leader also said the Rohingya crisis will be resolved through diplomatic efforts.last_img

Intel Wants You to Stop Hating Meetings

first_img The worst part about meetings isn’t showing off your new presentation; it’s how difficult it is to get your computer screen to show up on the TV.At Computex, Intel introduced its real-time collaboration solution Unite to remove some of the headaches associated with sharing presentations. The system uses a secure Wi-Fi connection with a rotating PIN to connect to a Core vPro processor-powered mini PC connected to an office’s display. Attendees download and install a lightweight client on their Mac or Windows machine and can share their desktop, annotate shared presentations and view up to four attendee’s screens at once.It’s a pretty straightforward solution. It makes meetings start quicker and gives attendees the ability to work together on a single presentation. But, it’s the upcoming extensibility that could convince your IT department to drop your current solution for Unite.Intel will release reference plugins in the next 30 days that will add additional functions to the Unite platform including a Skype plugin that can be used to turn the collaborative-meeting system into a teleconferencing system. These reference plugins will coincide with the release of a Unite SDK for third-party developers.The upcoming reference plugins will also include a way to control a room’s lighting and a telepresence solution. But Intel is keen to see what the community builds for the platform.It’s a low-cost platform (roughly $700 with a computer according to Intel) that’s already available for large IT departments. Intel VP of Business Client Platform Division Tom Garrison noted that those departments will be able to deploy updates to all devices running Unite just like any other PC on a network. For small businesses looking for a meeting solution, a version for them will be available in 30 days. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget June 3, 2015 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more