Panaji – Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on his 62nd birthday on Wednesday said in the coming year he would work towards extending the duration the State Legislative Assembly meets to more than 45 days a year. He was speaking to reporters at the State Legislative Assembly complex after cutting a cake in the presence of legislators and Speaker Pramod Sawant during a break in the winter session of the Assembly, which began on Wednesday. Mr. Parrikar said, “My resolution is that the House should run for a longer period. From the coming budget session, the House should run for a minimum of 40-45 days a year. So, next year, I will cross 40 days because if a House functions for a longer time, then those who asks several questions can then spread their questions over more days. If the House does not run for a longer time, there are no pointed questions. If there are no sharp questions, there are no solutions.”
Vijender Kumar and Mandeep Jangra during a training session in Glasgow.The unprecedented success achieved in the last edition would be hard to replicate this time but a 215-member Indian contingent would nonetheless seek a top-five finish at the 20th Commonwealth Games which begin in Glasgow on Wednesday.India finished second behind Australia with a record 101 medal haul in New Delhi.The Games will have superstar sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica and middle and long distance king Mo Farah of England as highlights of the sporting extravaganza.India will be hit hard by the scrapping of archery and tennis and the reduction in the number of medal events in shooting and wrestling.India’s medal tally is expected to reduce drastically from the 101 (38 gold, 27 silver, 36 bronze) in 2010 and anything above 60 can be considered an achievement.India and Canada, who have sent a 265-member team to Glasgow, are expected to fight for third place behind Australia and England.India has returned with nearly 30 medallists from the last Games with the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Krishna Poonia, Ashish Kumar and Achanta Sharath Kamal set to prove their mettle once again.Shooting is still expected to contribute a major chunk of medals for India despite 18 events being dropped since the last edition. Wrestling could get win at least 10 medals.The men’s and women’s hockey teams are also expected to finish on the podium.India is also set to lose out in athletics, which yielded 12 medals, including two gold, in Delhi. With lack of preparation ahead of the Games and most athletes struggling for form, not much is expected. The country may expect four or five medals with Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda (discus throw) and Arpinder Singh (triple jump) among contenders. The women’s 4x400m relay quartet has an outside chance for a medal.advertisementIn badminton, despite the absence of Saina Nehwal, India is expected to do well with PV Sindhu top seeded shuttler in women’s singles.The Games will officially be opened by Queen Elizabeth II at Celtic Park. Sachin at openingSachin Tendulkar is all set to play a special part in Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.Tendulkar will make his presence felt during the ceremony as the Global Goodwill Ambassador of the UNICEF, which has partnered with the GlasgowCWG organisers and the Commonwealth Games Federation in a first-of-its-kind initiative to spread awareness about the childrens’ problems.Organisers are however tightlipped about the details of Tendulkar’s role during the ceremony.”There will be something special from Tendulkar, wait and watch tomorrow, Lord David Puttnam,” UNICEF UK Ambassador, said after a programme on the partnership. Indian coaches now allowed at ringsideIndian boxers at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will now be assisted by their coaches at ringside during their bouts.Kishen Narsi, India’s representative at the International Boxing Association (AIBA), informed that the world body has reversed its earlier decision byallowing Indian coaches to assist pugilists.”The Indian boxers are relieved and excited that Indian coaches will be allowed to second our boxers and be at ringside as per the information communicated by AIBA secretary,” read the mail.AIBA had earlier banned India coaches from ringside without giving any specific reason, but it was learnt that it resulted from confusion after the Indian federation’s exclusion from AIBA’s member list.But the world body seems to have realised that though the Indian federation is not a full member, it has provisional membership and has the right to take coaches to a tournament.The AIBA had already allowed Indian boxers to wear the national jersey, use the Tri-colour and play the national anthem in case one of them wins a gold medal during the CWG. Till then, the boxers were fighting under the AIBA banner ever since the Indian federation was suspended in December 2012. But AIBA had stated that coaches can’t be at ringside, a decision they reversed on Tuesday.The relaxation is only for the CWG as the AIBA has recently directed Boxing India, the provisional group to run the sport, to conduct an election byAugust 15 otherwise the boxers and coaches will face a ban from all AIBA-sanctioned tournaments.Eight men and three women Indian boxers are participating in Glasgow. The boxing competition starts on Friday but the pugilists have reached well inadvance to acclimatise. The men’s team has two practice sessions a day. Women boxers are excited since the discipline is making its debut at the CWG. However, their participation is limited to only – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. At 2010 CWG, Indian boxers won three gold and four bronze medals.advertisement
The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion.The funds will also be used to continue and complete phase one of the Mandela Highway Improvement Project, continue road construction works on Hagley Park Road and achieve 65 per cent completion, continue road construction works on Constant Spring Road and achieve 70 per cent completion, and continue and complete road construction works on Barbican Road.Up to December 2018 under the project, rehabilitation of approximately 192km of the 430km of prioritised roads were completed; and rehabilitation or reconstruction of eight of the 27 critical bridges targeted were completed.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, seeks to continue the improvement of the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Jamaica and to stimulate economic development.It was originally slated to run from September 2013 to September 2018. However, following an extension, it is expected to be completed in May 2019.The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and China Exim Bank. The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion. Story Highlights
The ongoing collaboration between The Lincoln Motor Company and actor Matthew McConaughey enters a new phase as the luxury automaker will donate to the Academy Award winner’s just keep livin Foundation.Matthew McConaughey, Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, executive director, j.k. livin Foundation, and Dave Rivers, Lincoln marketing communications managerThis year, for the first time, Lincoln dealers will have the option to choose McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation as the first national charity to be part of this program. For every test drive taken in the new 2016 Lincoln MKX midsize crossover, on sale later this year, $20 will go toward the just keep livin Foundation.“The tremendous work Matthew does through his just keep livin Foundation is one of the reasons why he is such a great fit with Lincoln,” said David Rivers, Lincoln U.S. Marketing Communications Manager. “Matthew is authentic, warm and genuine, and of course a great storyteller. We’re pleased to add our support by making a national charity part of our Driven to Give program for the first time.”Test drives that support charities are a cornerstone of Lincoln’s philanthropic efforts. Through its Driven to Give program, Lincoln has donated more than $4 million to schools and charitable organizations nationwide since 2011.“A key reason why I chose to collaborate with Lincoln is because it is a brand that works hard to make a difference,” said McConaughey. “On behalf of the just keep livin Foundation, we genuinely appreciate this added support from Lincoln, and look forward to reaching and assisting even more young people going forward.”The just keep livin Foundation, started by McConaughey and his wife Camila in 2008, is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.It works with schools to reach the maximum number of teenagers with the greatest needs, partnering with other non-profit organizations in each local community to implement after-school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools.“We all are stewards of tomorrow’s world, and that starts with providing impactful guidance and meaningful support to today’s young people,” said Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, Executive Director, just keep livin Foundation. “This new collaboration between Matthew and Lincoln will assist the just keep livin Foundation as it continues to help shape a better future.”The programs encourage students to make positive life choices to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service.A 501c3 non-profit organization, the just keep livin Foundation serves over 2,000 students through 24 programs in California, Texas, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.Source:BusinessWire.com
Eugene, left, and Dan accept the Best Comedy Series Award for Schitt’s Creek at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)The Levys also play father and son on the sitcom, alongside Catherine O’Hara as the mother and Annie Murphy as the daughter of the Rose family, who lost their fortune due to a shady business manager and now live in a motel in a small town the dad bought as a joke years ago.Each character has carved out a niche in the town over the years, providing nuance and a joyful spirit that has helped Schitt’s Creek grow in popularity from season to season.Current hit on TV, Netflix, social mediaWhere the show once was a modest gem, it now has a spot on Netflix, countless memes and mentions on social media, and accolades from top critics.“It’s really been quite unbelievable,” said Eugene Levy, a comedy treasure and SCTV alum who was born in Hamilton.“Having a show like Schitt’s Creek in the autumn of my years, so to speak, is something not a lot of people get to experience.”The show has also spawned a live tour with sold-out audiences in Canada and the U.S., won several Canadian Screen Awards and was up for a Critics’ Choice trophy in January.“I’m sure people will be questioning, ‘Why walk away when so many people are watching it?”‘ Toronto-born Daniel said, noting he tries not to pay attention to the show’s buzz because he doesn’t want it to affect the creative process.“But the reality is, we’ve always been about the show, and I hope that when people watch this last season, they’ll understand that we did nothing but respect that experience.”Levy said he had a feeling around Season 3 that the story of the Roses was halfway through and would be done come Season 6. His dad was fully supportive and they’ve been carefully constructing the storylines to reach that conclusion ever since.‘Going out on a nice, natural high’“We’re going out on a nice, natural high and never really wanted to risk taking it any further into what I might call the law of diminishing returns,” said Eugene.Executives at CBC and Pop say they’re sad the show is ending, but admire the commitment of the Levys to wrap it up on their own terms.“It’s creative genius, and who am I to mess with creative genius?” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming for CBC English Television, noting the show has grown the public broadcaster’s audience, particularly its younger demographic.I truly think it will be, always, one of the greatest comedies ever created in this country.– Sally Catto, CBC Television“It really also became an anchor for a new era of [scripted] comedy at the CBC,” she added.“I truly think it will be, always, one of the greatest comedies ever created in this country.”Pop channel president Brad Schwartz, who also worked with Daniel when he was at MTV Canada, said it’s their highest-rated original series and has helped define the network.“It’s devastating,” he said of the decision to end it. “It’s one of the most proud pieces of content I’ve ever been involved with.“You don’t get shows like this very often in a career.”Daniel said he hopes the final season will provide closure and “tell the funniest, the sweetest, the most joyful episodes of our show we’ve ever told.”And he isn’t ruling out returning to the characters one day.“I would never say that this is the end. If we get an idea somewhere down the line that feels fresh and necessary and relevant, I would absolutely entertain any form of revisiting these lovely, strange characters.” Login/Register With: Schitt’s Creek fans: Prepare to say goodbye to the Rose family.As the hit Canadian comedy series cements its status as a critical and cultural smash during its fifth season, father-and-son co-creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy have announced the story will come to an end next year.In a statement on Daniel’s social media accounts Thursday, they revealed the beloved half-hour show will wrap up for good at the end of its sixth season. The 14 final episodes are due to begin in January 2020 on CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the U.S.To Our Dear Fans… pic.twitter.com/FIXjD3gbzA— dan levy (@danjlevy) March 21, 2019It’s a decision the Levys reached a long time ago and is one they’re excited about, they stressed in interviews with The Canadian Press, noting they’ve envisioned this final chapter from the beginning.“I’ve always known how the show was going to end,” Daniel, who is also the showrunner, said by phone from Toronto.“I’ve always seen every season of our show as a chapter in the story of this family’s life, and we have reached our inevitable conclusion in that story, so it was the right time and it was something that I had been building to for five seasons.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Schitt’s Creek Twitter
$143 Abt Electronics Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Microsoft Windows 10 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Getty Images Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 update is finally ready… in 2019. After a long, bumpy road, Win 10 version 1809 is launching next month, Microsoft says. “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, [manufacturers], [software vendors], partners and commercial customers, Windows 10 version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment,” the company said in a blog post Thursday. Version 1809 was first announced last August during IFA 2018. The update was meant to replace version 1803. The free update boasted an improved screenshot experience, the Your Phone app, the SwiftKey keyboard for touch, and more. The rollout screeched to a halt in October after users began reporting missing files after the update. Microsoft patched the bug and attempted another rollout later that month, but only to Windows Insiders. Most recently, the company tried to make running its OS easier by automatically uninstalling a failed Windows 10 update. See It Now playing: Watch this: $169 See It 4:33 See it Amazon Microsoft Windows 10 See It Tags $145 Share your voice 0 Post a comment $179 Internet Best Buy
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners (DCs) across the country, including Dhaka, on Thursday, demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proper medical treatment and her release from jail before Eid-ul-Fitr.In Dhaka, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near the Dhaka DC’s office around 10:30am and chanted various slogans, demanding Khaleda’s release.Later, a delegation of BNP, led by Dhaka district BNP assistant organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad, submitted a memorandum to Dhaka DC Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan.Talking to reporters, Salam said the government has kept their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail without providing her proper treatment.”We submitted a memorandum to the DC demanding her release and proper treatment at the United Hospital,” he said.Salam warned that the government will have to shoulder all the responsibilities if anything bad happens to Khaleda.He said all other district units of the party also submitted memorandums to their respective DC offices to push for the same demand.On 8 February, Khaleda was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
It takes courage to become the voice of the submissive, in revealing the dark side of the man, who has been tagged as the ‘mahatma.’ Neelima Dalmia Adhar, who earlier wrote best-selling novel ‘father dearest’, took a bold step to unravel the character of Mohandas as a sexually driven, self-righteous and overbearing husband, through her book ‘The Secret Diary of Kasturba’. The spellbinding chronicle of Kasturba’s life speaks of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was sworn to poverty, celibacy and cause for India’s freedom. Completely eclipsed by the man who almost became the God for India’s multitude, the efforts of Kasturba as a wife and a mother went ignorant. She spent sixty-two years of her life juggling the roles of a devoted wife, a satyagrahi and sacrificing mother. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOriginally written in English, ‘The secret diary of Kasturba’ was recently translated into Hindi and launched during an event at the Oxford Book store. Vinod dua, a senior journalist, held a discussion with the author about her book, the idea behind writing it and her connection with the main character.Talking about her wish to write about a strong woman character set in the pre/post independence era, Neelima said, “Kasturba’s story was very close to my heart. We share a lot of commonality in the sense that we belong to quite similar family backgrounds. Moreover, though I was not directly involved in the freedom struggle, the remnants of the time still resonated in my life. My father was a close associate of Gandhi and my mother led the life of Kasturba. So the cry of Kasturba as a wife of Gandhi was quite similar to the cry of Dinesh Nandani (my mother).” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”My father was a megalomaniac with six wives and 18 children. When I started reading out about Kasturba, I found some startling revelations of her life. The more I tuned into her voice, the more I heard her cry. I was compelled to create this character which the history has forgotten. Kasturba came easily to me. Moreover the time was right because we are ready to receive the deconstruction of MAHATMA,” added Neelima.She considers finding the documented material on Kasturba as the biggest challenge. Also, she could not just accuse the ‘father of nation’ without considerable proof as it would for sure hurt the sentiments of his followers. Stating the process of creating the virtual character of Kasturba, Neelima said, “I was handicapped. I had a big challenge finding documented material on her. I tried to gather facts from a various book written on Gandhi and thereby tried to deduce the facts to know what kind of a person she was. Based on the facts I created a sculpture and gave it my voice. Towards the end, I was able to find a woman who was fearless, strong and passionate. She did not like what was happening to her but she let her get into the mould of her life.” The book reveals the trauma she went through when the decision of celibacy was forced on her without consent. The mention of the startling incidences about Gandhi’s arbitrariness, the painful phase of living alone without her husband (when he was in South Africa), the feelings of jealousy, insecurity and possessiveness rising out of his closeness with other women like Mira Bai and Sarla Devi – niece of Rabindranath Tagore, everything is indicative of the never ending misery of Kasturba’s life.
Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. As a topic, time management is about as exciting as watching flies buzz around a no-pest strip. But would you be interested in learning about time management from someone with only months to live?The time management expert in this case was Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away on July 25 at age 47 from pancreatic cancer. Along with his now-famous “last lecture” about achieving your childhood dreams, Pausch also delivered a lively, inspiring speech on time management to the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science in November 2007. You can watch a video of the lecture or read the transcript.Pausch’s comments weren’t revolutionary, and he admitted to adapting some of his points from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson’s The One Minute Manager.But Pausch’s talk combined practicality, compassion and self-effacing humor, peppered with the wisdom and bravery of a man whose days were numbered. I highly recommend his speech to anyone who feels time-starved–and who doesn’t these days?By now you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about Pausch and his speech in a column called “Mobile Computing.” The reason: Efficient time management is especially challenging for mobile professionals. You spend a lot of time in airports, in the air, or driving long distances. In addition to these time constraints, you’re got the constant waves of e-mail, voice mail, and other interruptions everyone else has. So it’s more challenging–and therefore more important–for mobile professionals to maximize their time. If you don’t, you forfeit time you could have spent with people you love, something Pausch understood all too well.Here are some tips Pausch offered in his talk, along with a few of my own.Use Multiple MonitorsSet up multiple computer monitors on your office desktop, Pausch recommended. He had three screens connected to his computer. One displayed his To-Do list; on the middle monitor was his e-mail program; and on the third, he displayed his calendar.Pausch argued that you save time by not having to toggle between multiple programs all day on one screen. Having all that screen real estate is like “the difference between working on a desk.and trying to get work done on the little tray on an airplane,” Pausch said.Most laptop users can easily connect one or more external monitors to achieve this effect. Read “Step-by-Step: A Three-Screen Workstation for $230 or Less” for tips and how-to advice. Also read fellow PCW contributing editor Steve Bass’s blog, “Dual Monitors–The Only Way To Go.”Encourage Callers to Leave E-MailPausch’s outgoing voice mail message used to say, “Hi, this is Randy, please send me e-mail.” The idea was to minimize the frequency and length of daily interruptions.That’s good advice. I would add that encouraging callers to leave e-mail instead of voice mail can save mobile professionals time on the road. Instead of having to check both voice mail and e-mail, you could often just check e-mail (provided you’ve got an e-mail-capable phone). Also, it’s much faster to read the typical e-mail than to listen to the typical voice mail.Services like GotVoice and Vonage Visual Voicemail convert voice mails into transcribed e-mail. I’ve tested these two services, and I recommend them, for the most part.Reclaim ‘Down Time’Pausch’s oncologist recommended he maintain an exercise routine. So Pausch spent an hour a day riding his bike, as often as possible. Keenly aware that this would be time away from his family, Pausch often spent that hour on his cell phone, getting work done. In fact, Pausch’s did much of the work on his book, The Last Lecture, during those hour-long bike rides.Pausch’s bike rides raise an interesting question we should all ponder: How can we reclaim time that would otherwise be unproductive? There are lots of ways to do this, and just as many tools.For example, one tool I’ve come to rely on is a Sony digital voice recorder. I will sometimes dictate parts of this column into my Sony ICD-MX20 while taking a brisk 45-minute walk. When I’m back in my office, I connect the recorder to my PC and launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software. The software does a great job of transcribing my recordings into text (unless there was a lot of background noise while I was dictating). The text is added to a Microsoft Word file.Stay Focused on What’s ImportantI’ll leave you with Pausch’s conclusion to his time-management talk.”The last thing is.make a note for 30 days from today.and ask ‘What have I changed?’ If [you] haven’t changed anything, then we still had a pleasant hour together. If you have changed things, then you’ll probably have a lot more time to spend with the ones you love. And that’s important. Time is all we have. And you may find one day you have less than you think.”Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. 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Just when people couldn’t keep up with the excitement of the Oculus Go launched at the Facebook’s F8 conference, Google added fuel to the fire by making Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first stand-alone Daydream VR headset, available for purchase at $399.9. Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset Let’s have a look at the features that are making this headset all the rage: Self-contained VR Headset What makes this VR headset the talk of the town is that it’s the first stand-alone Daydream VR headset. That means it doesn’t require the excess baggage of connecting the phone and then putting on the headset. All you need to do is, just put the headset on and explore the intriguing VR world sans the wires and the added complexity. The hardware inside resembles that of a mobile device. It has a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage. It comes with a long battery life of 2.5 hours making the entire VR experience seamless. It consists of embedded sensors along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. Also, it has a microSD slot, a USB Type-C port, a power button, volume buttons, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Position-tracking Technology Lenovo Mirage Solo comes with WorldSense, an outstanding 6 degrees of freedom motion tracking feature that helps you move around freely with headsets on, thereby, making the entire experience more immersive. WorldSense helps remove the need to set up extra sensors. It offers: Two inside-out tracking cameras Built-in proximity sensors that detect the position of nearby objects Display Lenovo Mirage Solo comes with a 5.5-inch LCD display. This is an effort to get rid of the blurring issue that happens as you move from one side to the other in the VR world. The screen has a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution with a 110-degree field of view which is similar to Rift and Vive, thereby, making the VR exploration even more interactive. Design The headset body is primarily matte plastic in white color with accents of black, and gray running through it, and a solid plastic strap that wraps around the head. The Lenovo Mirage solo is a self-contained headset, which has a strong built. Yet some people find it bulky as the majority of the weight resides on the top of a wearer’s forehead. However, it is adjustable as the headset can be brought all the way around your skull. Also, the Display housing keeps the light from coming in without disturbing the image, making the headset easily movable. Sound Lenovo Mirage Solo comes with two microphones, but users need to plug in their own headphones into the 3.5-mm jack as it doesn’t come equipped with in-built speakers. Apart from the above-mentioned features, the Mirage Solo depends on the Daydream library for accessing content. The catalog has more than 350 games and apps with over 70 titles optimized for WorldSense. As you can see, Mirage Solo is not flawless. It suffers from issues such as bulky design, no built-in speakers, and limited library app content. But the pros overpower the cons in this case, and it goes without saying that Lenovo Mirage Solo is here to revolutionize the VR experience. To know more, visit the official Daydream Google Blog Read next Oculus Go, the first stand-alone VR headset arrives! Understanding the hype behind Magic Leap’s New Augmented Reality Headsets Build a Virtual Reality Solar System in Unity for Google Cardboard
12Apr Rep. Albert to host senior seminar in Ionia County State Rep. Thomas Albert will host a consumer education seminar for senior citizens in Ionia County. The seminar will focus on ways that seniors can protect themselves from phone, mail and e-scams. Rep. Albert will be joined by Carol Hillman from the attorney general’s office.“It is essential to inform the community on how to protect themselves from the emotional and financial damage identity theft scams impose,” Albert said. “I encourage all senior citizens in Ionia County to join me for this informational seminar.”The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ionia City Hall, 114 Kidd St. in Ionia on Friday, April 20. RSVPs are not required and there is no cost to attend. For more information please contact Rep. Albert’s office at 517-373-0846 or ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov. Categories: Albert News
Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is launching a new advertising-supported streaming service in Japan. Launching on March 16, the new service will stream live action from the local Eastern and Western Leagues of the NPB Farm Leagues, Japan’s minor league baseball competitions.The service will be available for free via PC and smartphones at the elevensports.jp website, with approximately 500 NPB Farm League games being streamed live between March and October this year.Rights agreements have been struck independently with seven out of the12 teams in the league, according to Eleven. All home games of Orix Buffaloes, Saitama Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Hanshin Tigers, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Yokohama DeNA Baystars will be shown live and free of charge on the service.The first game will be played this Saturday between Chiba Lotte Marines and Saitama Seibu Lions.Eleven Sports will also produce digital content to provide additional coverage of the NPB Farm Leagues. This will include highlights, match reports and the latest news related to the Eastern and Western Leagues.The live coverage from five of the seven teams that Eleven Sports will show will be produced by easyprod, Eleven’s Aser-owned sister production company.Suhyeon Cho, managing director, Eleven Sports in Japan, said: “Baseball is hugely popular in Japan and we are very excited to be bringing unprecedented coverage of the NPB Farm Leagues to fans across the country for free. Some games from the league have been broadcast previously, but Eleven Sports will break new ground by streaming such a large volume of matches at a level never seen before. We are looking forward to working with the teams to grow the exposure of the NPB Farm leagues locally. We are also aiming to add further content to our service as we aim to build a compelling ad-funded model that serves local fans with local sport.”Anouk Mertens, chief operating officer, Eleven Sports Group, said: “We are thrilled to extend Eleven Sports’ global presence to Japan by taking a commercially valuable property and a sport with a fervent local following to fans all over country. The launch of Eleven Sports in Japan marks the evolution of our digital strategy as we continue to explore new ways to make top quality sport accessible, and in this case, free for fans. This differs from the premium model that has been highly successful for Eleven Sports in several markets globally, but we are very confident that this innovative digital approach will be very appealing for fans and for commercial partners.”