The Sri Lankan Embassy in Nepal suffered minor damages as a result of the latest earthquake, the Foreign Ministry said.The Ministry however said that all embassy officials and the sole remaining Sri Lankan in Nepal are safe. The US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.4. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8. The latest tremor was felt as far away as the Indian capital Delhi, as well as Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.Strong tremors were felt in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, which was badly damaged in last month’s earthquake.All Sri Lankan citizens were evacuated to Sri Lanka after the earthquake in Nepal last month. (Colombo Gazette) According to the BBC, the latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest.
Mahasohon Balakaya leader Amith Weerasinghe was today ordered to be remanded till June 4.Weerasinghe had been arrested following the recent violence in parts of the country.
OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives to the hoop while Purdue freshman guard Tiara Murphy (3) drives to slow her down in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Photo EditorBeing questioned as one of the nation’s true elite teams for its paltry 2-3 record on the road before Thursday, No. 7 Ohio State came into Ann Arbor, Michigan, wanting to prove to the country, the conference and more importantly, itself that it can play as well away as it can in Columbus.While it wasn’t an entirely convincing performance, the Buckeyes (14-4, 6-1) were able to overpower Michigan (11-7, 3-4) 97-93 behind a very efficient 27 points from sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.The game belonged to the Buckeyes at the beginning. Coach Kevin McGuff incorporated a full-court press to the Scarlet and Gray’s defensive scheme, which helped force a total of 18 turnovers that led to easy baskets.In the first quarter, along with having problems against the press, Michigan was unable to produce strong defensive possessions. When the high-scoring Buckeyes were able to move the ball around, they had no trouble finding open looks.The Wolverines woke up in the second quarter, making smarter decisions and slowing down OSU. Senior forward Kelsey Mitchell — of no relation to OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell — dropping 12 points in the first half fueled their offense.Michigan was able to keep the Buckeyes from making a shot for nearly four minutes, propelling the Wolverines to a scoring run. Once the Wolverines were able to produce on offense, they were able to focus and decrease the deficit to seven points going into the locker room.The Buckeyes first-half scoring was led by their typical leader, Mitchell, who was on fire and dropped 20 points with a slew of 3-pointers. Although the sophomore was the overall leader, OSU had five players that surpassed double-figure scoring, showcasing the depth of its roster.Michigan continued to battle in the second half, but the Buckeyes weren’t planning on letting another road game slip away. Each time the Wolverines began to cut down the lead, OSU would turn around and come right back with its attack.When Michigan began to shut down OSU’s Mitchell, OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper picked up the scoring load. Cooper attributed her fifth double-double of the season, the 12th of her career, and finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Nineteen of those points Cooper scored came in the second half. The two rivals went back and forth throughout the third and fourth quarters, exemplifying strong defense and sinking shots from all over. When the final buzzer went off, the Buckeyes were the ones celebrating the victory. Only winning by four, it might have been a little too close for comfort for McGuff and OSU, but it stood as a solid win on the road nonetheless.Along with Mitchell’s and Cooper’s strong performances, senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Asia Doss each netted 15 points, and sophomore forward Alexa Hart chipped in 10.Sharpshooting sophomore guard Katelynn Flaherty was the top scorer for the Wolverines, netting five of eight attempts from downtown and tallying 22 points.The Wolverines received a hefty contribution from another underclassman in freshman center Hallie Thome, joining Cooper in the double-double club. Thome piled up 22 points and 12 rebounds on the night.With the win, the Buckeyes are tied for first in the Big Ten with the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins. They are set to continue their road trip Sunday at Rutgers, with tip-off set for 3 p.m.
In the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s Thursday night win over Los Angeles, Thunder coach Scott Brooks, long maligned for doing the same old thing, discovered something new: a lineup of Nick Collison, Steven Adams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson could bend the court to its will.The group had rarely played together before — just six minutes during the regular season and just seven minutes in the playoffs. But that didn’t seem to be a problem. Over the next 15 minutes of play Thursday night, they scored 42 points and allowed just 24 points on 41 percent shooting, turning a 7-point deficit into an 11-point lead. Extrapolated to a 100-possession pace, the lineup’s point differential was +64.3.Small sample size, of course, but whoa, what a sample. The Thunder’s most-played lineup in the regular season (with Jackson in place of an injured Westbrook) had a per-100-possession point differential of +5.8. If we look at just the Thunder’s most frequently used front-court pairing, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka, we find a per-100-possession point differential of just +2.0.Something about the fresh lineup on Thursday spaced the floor for Durant to do his best work of the night, scoring 13 points on just six shots. Neither Collison nor Adams is a particularly dangerous offensive player, but they are both good offensive rebounders. When they were on the floor together for 494 minutes in the regular season, the Thunder rebounded 33.4 percent of their own misses, compared to 26.5 across the whole season. Collison and Adams can also set screens and roll hard to the basket, allowing the Thunder to spread the defense even without a great perimeter-shooting big guy on the floor.Durant has played just a small percentage of his minutes with a Collison-Adams front-court pairing this season, but he’s been remarkably effective when he does, netting his highest true shooting percentage.Front Court Combinations Playing With DurantIt’s hard to suss out whether playing this group together was a shrewd and intentional move by Brooks, or whether he stumbled upon the lineup after Ibaka’s calf injury. But it’s an important development as the Thunder get ready for the San Antonio Spurs. Going into Thursday night’s game, seven of the Thunder’s 10 most-used lineups in the playoffs had a positive point differential. With the emphatic arrival of this group, it’s now eight of 10.Lineups matter especially for the Thunder, a team whose starting five tend to start slowly. That group finished the series with a negative first-quarter point differential and was outscored to begin four of the six games in the series. Inserting Collison and Adams into the starting lineup is probably not the solution to those slow starts, but the Spurs are waiting with a deep and versatile matchup nightmare. Every opportunity Brooks has to experiment with a seldom-used but potentially explosive lineup gives him more options to handle the varied scenarios the Spurs will throw at the Thunder.
The controversial decision that took Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight crown has sparked outrage in the Philippines, so much so that the fallen superstar’s own mother has come out demanding a rematch.“I wanted him to retire before, but now I want to see this rematch happen,” Dionisia Pacquiao told GMA television. “I want to let all of Manny’s fans know there will be a rematch, and he will get back his belt.”Pacquiao’s success in the ring has propelled him to cult status in his native land. The former champion has forged successful careers in music, film and politics all while becoming one of the most prominent boxers on earth.
During Ohio State’s annual Homecoming football game Saturday, many OSU alumni will be back in Columbus to cheer on their Buckeyes. One alumnus, however, will be representing the Buckeyes’ opponent. That alumnus is Bo Pelini, the coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who will be playing the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pelini, who played free safety at OSU from 1987-90, will be going against his alma mater in Columbus for the first time in his head coaching career. Pelini said his history at OSU will not affect him on Saturday. “I have pride in where I went to school and my career there. But that has nothing to do with Saturday,” Pelini said in Nebraska’s press conference Monday. “I’m in a different time in my life and a different place. I have a job to do and that’s all I’m concerned with.” As for the game itself, the No. 21 Cornhuskers (4-1) will be hoping to upset the No. 12 Buckeyes for their first loss of the season. Pelini acknowledged that the game will not be easy. “We know we’re going to have to play our best football on Saturday,” Pelini said during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday. “We’re playing a really good football team.” Cornhuskers senior running back Rex Burkhead said the physical play of OSU’s defense stood out in the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State. “I saw they were getting a big push on the offensive line. They were making it tough to make reads in the backfield and have lanes open up,” Burkhead said during Nebraska’s press conference. “I think penetration was the key thing they were getting.” As for the Buckeyes’ offense, Pelini said “we’ll see on Saturday” whether his defense is able to match up with OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes’ offense. “Braxton Miller does a really good job,” Pelini said. “He’s a real threat to run, pass, they do a lot of different things to feature him. It puts a lot of stress on you.” Pelini added that while Miller might stand out, he is not the sole reason for the Buckeyes’ offensive success. “Everyone, and deservedly so, gives a lot of credit to Braxton Miller, but they, first and foremost, they do a lot of good things to enable him to make plays and they have a lot of good pieces around him,” Pelini said. “He’s not out there playing by himself. It’s a team game.” OSU coach Urban Meyer said the game will be a challenge, and that the team will have to make some changes to win this game. “We’re going to have to do some things that we haven’t done, and I’m not sure how we’ll adapt to that,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it’s (at) home.” Meyer knows the coach on the other side well: Meyer was a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes in 1987, Pelini’s freshman season. Meyer said he had a lot of respect for Pelini as a player, and that he has not changed much as a coach. “I have a really good relationship with Bo,” Meyer said. “(As a player, he was) just a real tough guy, just like his personality is now.” Pelini, who knows first-hand what it’s like to play inside Ohio Stadium, said it will be a “great environment” on Saturday. Cornhuskers senior safety P.J. Smith expressed his excitement to play in the Horseshoe during Nebraska’s press conference but added that his team must keep its “emotions normal.” “It is going to be crazy, it is going to be wild, but it will be fun,” Smith said. “We just got to go out there and execute the game plan.” The Buckeyes, who have won their first five games of the season, will be trying to avenge their loss to the Cornhuskers from their first-ever matchup as Big Ten opponents last season. In that game, the Buckeyes held a 27-6 lead in the third quarter, but gave up 28 unanswered points to lose 34-27.
John Glen, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, said: “The Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status.”It is a unique part of the world that combines a vibrant farming community with thousands of archaeological sites and structures that give us an amazing glimpse into our past.”This decision will undoubtedly elevate the position of the Lake District internationally, boosting tourism and benefiting local communities and businesses.” The Lake District has provided inspiration for some of the country’s best-loved writers including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge.It boasts sites of historical importance such as King Arthur’s Round Table and is home to England’s largest natural lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike.It is the 31st place in the UK to make the list, following in the footsteps of Stonehenge, the city of Bath and Canterbury Cathedral. The Lakes, which is visited by 18 million people every year, was one of 33 sites around the world to be considered by the Unesco committee in Krakow, Poland, and was praised for its beauty, farming and the inspiration it has provided to artists and writers.The committee suggested the impact of tourism be monitored and requested improvements in conservation efforts.It was the 885 sq-mile region’s third attempt to be awarded the status and was 30 years in the making.The first nomination was as a “mixed” site of natural and cultural merits in 1986, and the second, in the cultural category, was made in the 1989. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A whitewashed farmhouse reflected in the still waters of Loughrigg Tarn in the central Lake DistrictCredit:North News & Pictures ltd The Lake District been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.The region, famed for its stunning scenery, joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list and is the UK’s first national park to be given the status.Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District’s bid, said the decision to recognise its culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was “momentous”.He said: “It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique and we are delighted Unesco has agreed.” The cultural landscape category, which it won, was created in 1993 in direct response to the region’s previous nominations. Dawn light spills over the Lake District fells of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, reflected in the waters of ButtermereCredit:North News & Pictures ltd Hill Top, the former home of author Beatrix Potter, in the village of Near Sawrey in the Lake DistrictCredit:Anna Gowthorpe/PA The successful bid, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, was launched in 2001 as an opportunity to provide a boost in the wake of the foot and mouth outbreak.It was formally entered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.
Christopher RamOutspoken political commentator and Charted Accountant Christopher Ram has described some of the harrowing tales that have resulted from the closures of several estates across country which came via Government’s downsizing of the sugar industry owing the billions of dollars in subsidised allocations.Ram opined that the current Administration should have implemented the industry’s overhaul in a phased manner as opposed to the four closures within one year.Wales was officially closed in December 2016 and the closures of East Demerara (Enmore), Skeldon and Rose Hall were finalised by December 2017 although the latter three were reopened under limited operations via the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU).Since then, Ram has been facilitating a donation drive to the children of ex-workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). The items have included bicycles, haversacks and stationery supplies. From his vantage point, the accountant imparted that the closures have facilitated social ills owing the fact the inhabitants of the various communities built their lives from their earnings in the sugar industry.“The people need employment; they need support and it seems that they’re almost forgotten and its cynical, it’s callous and it’s cruel. The problem in those areas is that they’re almost single industry communities which have been built for decades and decades around sugar and you can’t take away their lifeline, the very essence of the community and think that you have solved the problem and you’ve created some extremely costly social problems,” he observed.Ram also pointed out a disturbing scene whereby he saw persons fishing in nearby drains during one of his many visits and it was explained that this was for their sustenance.Speaking from a fiscal perspective, Ram pondered why the country’s budget deficit is higher in spite of the rationalisation objectives. He added that there was “no question” that some realignment was necessary in the sugar industry but said it not only should have been phased but well planned.“What we have is chaos, confusion and misdirection, particularly led by NICIL which has only added to the confusion,” he said.Ram outlined that based on the information he obtained, some of the children are inclined to miss classes as they lack school uniforms and lack basic meals. “Teachers are pooling money to give a meal to children. That child is a human being who is going to grow into an adult and what is he or she going to do?” he asked.Prior to the closures, observers including the political Opposition were calling for social impact studies to be conducted beforehand. Now that Government went ahead with its cost-cutting measures, many of the workers have held out that they are finding great difficulty in attaining well-paying and consistent employment. Some are of the view that these communities should be allocated subsidies for travel, text books, electricity and water owing to the vacuum that came to the fore when the industry was slashed.More than that, workers at Wales, were waiting almost two years for their severance pay due to their refusal to take up work at the Uitvlugt Estate which is 22 miles away from their homes. Though they were finally paid this month with interest, many parents said that in the interim they could not have afforded to send their children to school on a consistent basis. (Shemuel Fanfair) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedClosure of Rose Hall Estate postponed to 2018- HarmonNovember 17, 2017In “Business”200 children of sacked sugar workers receive free school suppliesAugust 26, 2018In “Local News”Setting up LBI Lounge in the face of reduced earnings, joblessness a cynical move- RamDecember 20, 2018In “Business”
Pollution : le périphérique parisien limité à 70 km/h ?Mardi, le Conseil de Paris a adopté un voeu visant à réduire de 10km/h la vitesse maximale autorisée sur le périphérique parisien. Afin de limiter la pollution, le bruit, et de renforcer la sécurité, cette vitesse pourrait prochainement passer à 70km/h.Jusqu’alors limitée à 80km/h, la vitesse maximale autorisée sur le périphérique parisien pourrait passer à 70km/h. Tel est du moins le voeu adopté hier par le Conseil de Paris afin de réduire les pollutions atmosphériques et sonores, et de lutter contre l’insécurité routière, rapporte le site du Parisien. Dans ce voeu, la ville demande à la préfecture de police de mettre en place une expérimentation de cette réduction de 10km/h. En outre, les élus souhaitent que la vitesse soit encore plus limitée la nuit, entre minuit et six heures. À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ans”D’après Bruitparif, passer de 80 km/h à 70 km/h permet de réduire le bruit de 1 décibel (dB)”, assure Denis Baupin, l’adjoint au maire chargé du développement durable. Une réduction qui peut sembler minime, mais qui représenterait une vraie avancée, estime l’élu écologiste. “Réduire de 3 dB, c’est une division du bruit par 2, donc 1 dB en moins ce sera 20% de nuisances en moins”, explique-t-il en effet. Afin de lutter contre la pollution sonore, la mairie travaille sur un autre projet. Dès cet été, la ville équipera d’un bitume censé absorber le bruit trois zones du périphérique : Châtillon-Plaine, Maillot-Ternes et Bagnolet-Vincennes, précise le Parisien. Une expérimentation dont le bilan sera dressé d’ici à la fin de l’année.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 09:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
WILMINGTON, MA – Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.Highlights include:Bill Russell will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM, Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM and Sunday 4/29 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Oscar Robertson will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Charlie Scott will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.Bobby Poyner will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMEduardo Rodriguez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMChristian Vazquez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMMike Lowell will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMScott Norwood will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMBobby Kielty will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PMMatthew Slater will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PMBill Rodgers will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PMOrlando Cabrera will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:45 PM-2:30 PMJohnny Bucyk will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMJames White will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMTy Law will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMTroy Brown will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMStephon Gilmore will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PMAndrew Raycroft will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMThe event’s website touts that, in addition to autograph signings, the 3-day show will feature “200 of the top cards and sports memorabilia dealers in the country,” along with “the industry’s most respected and most recognized card graders and autograph & memorabilia authenticators.”General admission tickets cost $10. Children under 8 are FREE. Tickets must be purchased at the door.Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE. Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity. Appearances are subject to change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card & Memorabilia ShowIn “Business”10 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (April 29, 2017)In “5 Things To Do Today”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Thursday, July 4In “Community”
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Bethel was expected to have 3G service in December of the last year. The date was then moved to February, and now scheduled for mid to late April.GCI tells KYUK that all of the permits are complete to build the 80-foot tower near Ptarmigan road. The company completed some additional environmental and historical federal paperwork and will start construction soon.David Morris is a spokesperson for GCI. He says other towers are ready to go. But you need a complete system to allow phones to work all around town.“If you don’t have it designed right you will go off air and have to reboot your phone and everything else like that,” Morris said. “So what we’re trying to get is so you can travel from one area of Bethel to another and it will be a seamless communication experience.”Once the tower is up, there will be a little more testing before launching the data service.“There’s probably going to be a bit more grooming to take place, but the essential thing is to get the tower in place,” said Morris.Ten nearby villages are set to receive upgrades to 3G this summer.
REUTERS/Chris HelgrenSupreme Court’s recent landmark verdict on the Amrapali case has brought the limelight back to the Indian realty sector and lakhs of home buyers as numbers of incomplete and stalled housing projects continue to be on the rise creating “ghost cities” by the day.The magnitude of the country’s real estate sector’s dark reality can be gauged from the fact that around 1.74 lakh homes in 220 projects across the top seven cities in the country are completely stalled, as per the data from Anarock Property Consultants.”Launched either in 2013 or before, these projects have absolutely no construction activity going on. The overall value of all stalled units is estimated to be more than Rs 1,774 billion (Rs 1.77 lakh crore). Most of these projects have been grounded due to either liquidity issues or litigations,” the Anarock report said.Around 1.15 lakh homes, which accounts for nearly 66 per cent of the total stalled units have already been sold to buyers who have been left in the lurch, at the mercy of either the concerned developers or the law of the land. The net estimated value of these sold units is around Rs 1.11 lakh crore.As per the data, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the largest pile-up of stalled units with 1.18 lakh homes spread over 67 projects with an overall value of Rs 82,200 crore. Of this, nearly 69 per cent or 83,470 units are already sold out.Further, around 98 per cent of the stuck projects in NCR are located in Noida and Greater Noida alone, while other cities like Gurugram, Ghaziabad have minimal inventory.The other major market of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) ranked second in terms of stalled projects with 38,060 units stalled across the city. The stalled units are spread across 89 projects, compared to 67 in NCR, the data showed.Pune comes next with nearly 28 stalled projects comprising 9,650 units, followed by Hyderabad with nearly 4,150 units. Bengaluru has 26 projects comprising 3,870 stuck units.The housing distress, although spread across the country, is mostly felt and witnessed in the NCR, with Noida and Greater Noida in the lead. The cases such as Jaypee Infratech, Amrapali Group and Unitech have been under the glare, with all them being dragged to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court has cancelled Amrapali’s RERA licence, and ordered investigation on its key officials, and has asked the state-run construction major NBCC to take over its projects. NBCC has also submitted its proposal to work as a consultant for the completion of Unitech’s projects.Jaypee Infratech, on the other hand, is going through the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) and has surpassed the 270-day deadline of achieving a resolution. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) this week extended its resolution process by another 90 days.These legal issues have also hit the already-distressed homebuyers. Sanjeev Sahani, who bought a 2-BHK flat at one of Jaypee’s projects in Noida in 2011 still for the completion of his home and says that the total legal cost born by home buyers to get their rightful home has reached around Rs 2 crore by now.Sahani, who is also a member of a home buyer’s association told IANS: “The tower in which I bought the flat is not even 50 per cent built. Even if a third party takes it up, it would take another three years to complete.”
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018“A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology,’ ” Paley later tweeted, adding: “I don’t accept.”A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone “apology”. I don’t accept, but maybe some other people’s lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from “The Disaster Artist” to @RAINN01.— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018Neither allegation has been independently confirmed by NPR.Still, the simmering controversy was enough to dissuade The New York Times from holding an event featuring Franco. The paper canceled that event, which had been scheduled for Wednesday.“The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein,” the Times explained in a statement to The New York Daily News.Franco remains scheduled to make another late-night appearance Wednesday, on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC.In Tuesday night’s conversation with Colbert, Franco reiterated his support for “Time’s Up,” saying he backs the drive for pay equity in the workplace, “which just means people that are underrepresented — women and people of color, people in the LGBT community — get leadership positions, that they fill all positions that they’ve been deprived of.”Then he spoke specifically of the claims against him.“The way I live my life, I can’t live — if there’s restitution to be made, I will make it. So, if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do,” Franco told Colbert.“Look, I really don’t have the answers” on the larger issue of sexual harassment, Franco added. “I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. … I’m here to listen and learn, and change my perspective where it’s off. And I’m completely willing, and I want to.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFPJames Franco, seen at a film awards ceremony in November 2017.James Franco addressed the sexual misconduct claims circulating about him on social media Tuesday night, telling late-night host Stephen Colbert that “the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate.” Colbert had mentioned the criticisms raised Sunday by actress Ally Sheedy in a series of since-deleted tweets — claims that were then followed by separate allegations by multiple women.“I have no idea why [Sheedy] was upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know, I can’t speak for her,” he told Colbert toward the end of their interview promoting Franco’s film The Disaster Artist. “The others — look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed.”“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate,” he added, “but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”Franco’s comments come several days after the Golden Globes award ceremony, where he won for best actor in a comedy or musical. During the broadcast, his evident support for “Time’s Up,” an initiative seeking to end sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, prompted disgust from Sheedy and others.“James Franco just won,” Sheedy, whom Franco directed in a 2014 off-Broadway show, said on Twitter. “Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”In an earlier tweet, Sheedy had asked: “Why is James Franco allowed in?”Both tweets, which lodged no specific allegations, have since been deleted, but at least two other women posted claims against the actor and director.Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleged a contract she signed with Franco regarding nudity in two of his films was exploitative, and actress Violet Paley addressed a tweet to Franco, saying, “Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?”Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
Das Keyboard is one of the companies that popularized the modern mechanical keyboard for mainstream computer users, and now it’s taking to Kickstarter in hopes of being at the forefront of another shift. The Das Keyboard 5Q is billed as the world’s first cloud-connected keyboard, using smart RGB backlighting to relay information from online services.The Das Keyboard 5Q is a full size 104-key board with per-key RGB backlighting. A desktop application (the Q App) allows you to modify the lighting as you like. That’s been done by many other boards before, but the Q App also plugs into online services like IFTTT, eBay, and more. You can essentially turn the LEDs into notification lights for all your content. For example, new emails can flash on key a certain color, or an entire group of keys. The same goes for any other notification you can think of.Das is building an open API for the 5Q that will allow developers and users to add functionality without waiting for Das to do it for them. An in-developement website will serve as a hub for community-created features using the API. The volume knob on the 5Q is also a button that launches the Q App for easy configuration and review of your alerts. So, whatever you add to the keyboard, you can use the LED for general notifications and get more details in one press. As for the mechanical keyboard part of this project, Das has adopted a new type of tactile (non-clicky) switch called the Gamma Zulu. These switches are manufactured by Omron, the same company that makes Logitech’s Romer G. In fact, the Gamma Zulu looks exactly like the Romer G with an LED conduit down the center of the keycap, which makes for much brighter and more even backlighting.According to Das, the main difference between Romer G and Gamma Zulu is that its switches have a slightly larger travel distance. I don’t personally love the Romer G switches, but the short travel is one of my main issues with them. Also be aware these switches use non-standard keycap stems, so you won’t be able to replace them with other caps.The Das keyboard 5Q has already smashed through its $100,000 funding goal — it’s more than doubled that so far. The minimum you can pay to get a keyboard is $139. The final price will be $249 when the 5Q ships in January 2017.