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India captain Virat Kohli and BCCI President Anurag Thakur today swept the stands at the Eden Gardens as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. (Scorecard)India and New Zealand are playing the second of their three-match Test series in Kolkata. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: Key highlights)In an effort to generate awareness about the campaign, Thakur and Kohli, along with Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and a few others, were seen with brooms wiping the stadium and throwing away litter in the dustbins.On the occasion of #GandhiJayanti- BCCI President Lt. @ianuragthakur, @imVkohli & #TeamIndia take part in #SwachhBharatAbhiyan #MyCleanIndia pic.twitter.com/roerE9Q9g8 BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2016Today marks the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Campaign, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this day in 2014. (Rohit Sharma grateful to team management after stylish 82)Earlier in the day, Rohit came up with a resolute knock of 82 runs on a two-paced track as India survived a top order collapse to grab the driving seat on a riveting third day of the second Test.The hosts reached 227/8 in their second innings at stumps, opening up a comfortable 339-run gulf with their rivals. India lead the series 1-0, with the final match to be played in Indore from October 8.
Debugging is an integral part of embedded systems as much as designing. Both can be rightly referred as two sides of the same coin. Considering the recent growth of the embedded systems in IoT space it is an advantage that engineers are equally good in debugging as they are in designing. Embedded systems have become very complex these days and the boundaries of software and hardware are merging. So when an issue occurs at system level it becomes difficult to find out the root cause. As an engineer working on embedded systems it is important that we quickly understand the issue and find the root cause.Mentioned below are a few tips which can help in developing a logical approach and analytical thinking towards solving embedded system issues. This article does not cover the tools used for debugging rather presents the reader with a tried and tested method of how to approach the problem.An embedded system consists of hardware, firmware and application software. Sometimes when an issue is reported it is not clear where the issue is present in the system. It can be due to hardware, firmware code or application software. Below is a generic diagram showing the basics of an embedded system along with the direction of data flow from one system to another.Listed below is a step by step approach on how to go forward in debugging an issue. To illustrate the approach, an example of a video display issue seen on an embedded system is considered.Step 1 – Understand the setup & reproduce the issue correctly The first and foremost thing that one needs to do is to correctly reproduce the issue. Sometimes the issues are seen locally and the engineer is able to reproduce the issue easily. Whereas sometimes the issues are seen at a remote location or customer site and then the engineer has to rely purely on logs available to understand the setup and reproduce the issue. In the second case, it is very important for the engineer to understand the setup correctly as it will help in successfully reproducing the issue. If the engineer fails to do so then it can happen that the issue can re-occur at the remote location or customer site in the future. This happens primarily because the engineer may not have correctly understood the issue and hence has not developed the right solution. Thus it would lead to multiple iterations of fixing the issue.For our example, let’s consider a video display where noise was seen only on some monitors. Since the devices were installed in a remote location so only the video logs were available for debugging. From the logs it was difficult to make out the root cause of noise. Initially we tried playing with different clips but were not able to reproduce the issue at our end. We were not sure of why the issue was not reproducible. We could not tell clearly if it was due to the video file used or due to the setup. Finally we were able to reproduce the issue by getting the same exact clip that the customer used and one of the monitors.Step 2 – Breaking the issue into smaller issues Once the issue is correctly reproduced the next step would be to break the whole issue into smaller issues. This is very important and can be done by understanding the whole data flow. The first step would be to break the flow of data at the interface of application layer with firmware layer and then firmware layer with hardware layer. This way each layer can be reviewed and tested independently for any issue. Also we need not stop at this and can go ahead and break the whole data flow path into more sub levels based on logical understanding.For our example, we divided the whole path of video frame data from the application to the hardware layer. We understood the whole path of how encoded video data is received and then decoded, and after that how it is passed to the firmware layer. Here we understood how the pointers are assigned for each video frame and how they are given by the firmware to send each frame over the hardware layer. At the hardware layer, we understood the protocol of how a video frame is sent out on the physical lines. Once we understood the whole path, we divided it into logical blocks. One block was for application layer, where the encoded video data is decoded to raw video and stored in video buffers. Then another block is for firmware layer, where we check how the video buffers are given out to the hardware. The final block is for hardware where we check how the video data is given out on the actual physical lines.Step 3 – Fix each of the smaller issues Once we have broken the whole data path into logical blocks for each layer, we needed to individually test each block and validate it in their own respective ways. This would help in finding where the root cause of the issue lies. Sometimes a system issue can be fixed by changing only one layer whereas sometimes it would need a change in more than one layer. By logically breaking the whole path, we can properly find out where all changes are needed and then fix them accordingly.For our example, at application layer we used reading and writing into a file for validating the data path flow. The video data buffers generated after decoding were compared with the expected values. At the firmware level, fixed pattern was used as data input instead of the data coming from application layer. Here we observed that the video data was given to the firmware layer in terms of fields and not frames but the field information (top or bottom) was not given correctly from application layer to firmware layer. So we had to modify the code accordingly so that the buffer contains the correct field information.At the hardware level, these fixed patterns and the corresponding control signal for the interface was validated as per the specifications using logic analysers. For our example, the protocol we were using was BT.1120 and we saw that the protocol timings were not as per the specification. So we realized that this was the reason why some monitors worked properly and others did not. Once we made the protocol as per the specification we saw that all the monitors worked properly. We also realized that the whole issue of noise was actually a combination of the wrong field information and wrong protocol timings. This was the reason why some monitors were able to work and others did not.Step 4 – Negative Testing Testing is of course a very important aspect of problem solving and it is important to test that the issue is fixed properly and should not come back. So it is important that we do negative testing along with the usual testing done after fixing an issue. Negative testing basically means to ensure that the issue is forced into the system and then the system’s response is validated as per the designed solution. This basically means that if we are getting the wrong output from a system by giving correct input and we come up with a solution, so then we should be able to generate a wrong input and feed to the system so that it will generate the correct output. If this happens that means the root cause is correctly identified and the fix is validated.For our example, we tested the following way. For protocol timings, we saw that after making them as per the specification, all the monitors showed the noise issue. Even one slight modification of the specification led to change in behaviour of monitors. This confirmed that the wrong protocol timings at the hardware layer was the root cause for different behaviour of monitors. Next, for a monitor where we were seeing the issue, we knowingly swapped the top and bottom fields at the application layer. Then we saw that the issue did not occur. This confirmed that the incorrect top and bottom field pointers was the root cause for the noise issue. This way we tested that the solution actually addressed the root cause and it included a fix in both application and hardware layer.By using the above steps any issue can be approached in a better way to resolve it.Ayusman Mohanty is a product architect with key focus on building hardware for embedded applications. 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Ben Stokes took to the witness stands for the first time in his trial on Thursday where he admitted to have had at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and two-three beers before the brawl outside the Bristol pub in September last year.Stokes is standing trial at the Bristol Crown Court after being accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city.Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes had been partying with Hales at the Mbargo nightclub but left the club at 12:46 am but the pair returned at 2:08 am and was refused entry because the club was closed. Stokes allegedly hurled insulting comments at the door supervisor.Stokes then spoke to two men – Kai Barry and William O’Connor – who were described by the prosecutor as “flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay.” Security camera footage, which had no audio recording, showed Stokes flicking the end of a cigarette toward one of the men.advertisementCiting testimony from the doorman, Corsellis said Stokes was “mimicking their voices and mannerisms … making fun of their camp behavior” before leaving the area in an “angry state of mind.””As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said. Although I can’t remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali,” ESPNCricinfo quotes Stokes as saying in a written statement.”What Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were saying was far from harmless banter, it was nasty homophobic abuse.”I decided to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William. I said something like ‘leave it out – you shouldn’t be taking the piss because they’re gay.'”In response one of the guys said ‘Shut the f*** up and f**** off or I’ll bottle you.’ At the time he was holding a bottle in his right hand.”I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali. I struck Ryan Ali with my right hand just after he had delivered the blow on Kai and as he came at me with the bottle and had it raised.”At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others. We knew that they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them.”The force I used in defending us was reasonable and entirely justified when the circumstances are viewed objectively. Amongst other things, Ryan Ali attacked Alex and Kai, with a weapon, when asked simply to stop using the homophobic abuse he was giving to Kai and William. This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation,” Stokes’s statement further added.The trial continues.(With agency inputs)
South African captain Faf du Plessis offered tips to Australia ahead of their big-ticket clashes against India: avoid confrontation with Virat Kohli and give him “silent treatment”.Du Plessis on Friday said that his team gave India captain Kohli the “silent treatment” in an attempt to keep him quiet when the two teams squared off earlier this year.”There are guys like that in international cricket (who enjoy the confrontation). We feel like that when we play against someone like Virat Kohli, he wants to get into the fight,” the Proteas skipper said.Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Kohli: I look forward to no Virat send offsDu Plessis’ South Africa beat India 2-1 in the series but Kohli emerged as the top run-getter with an aggregate of 286 from three Tests at an average of 47.66.”There’s one or two guys in each team around the world that we as a team discuss before playing against them. We’re like, ‘better not say too much to him because you’ll get him going’.”Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging warKohli has been in imperious form throughout the year. The world no 1 Test batsman notched up 593 runs against England in the five-match series and followed that up with three back-to-back hundreds against the West Indies in the One-day International series.Also read – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?Du Plessis said, “He’s an amazing player. We gave him the silent treatment and he still scored runs in South Africa, but we felt like it was not huge runs he scored the one hundred there in Centurion when the wicket was slow.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli’s India depart for Australia in search of historic triumph”So every team will have what they think works for us, that was silent treatment.”Meanwhile, Kohli on Thursday promised not to go out looking for trouble but in the same breath he added the Indian team will retaliate if Australia play dirty down under starting this month.Also read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat Kohli”When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, I have been completely okay playing without an altercation. I have enough belief in my abilities.. those were very immature things I used to feed on when I was younger,” Kohli said at India’s pre-departure press conference.Also read – Time for chopping and changing in ODI team over, declares Ravi Shastri”Now being captain of the team, you do not have time to think of anything else apart from what the team needs.”Kohli, in his presser, claimed that the Indian team never starts a sledging game and his players only fight back when they are provoked.”We were always the ones giving it back. As long as it does not start, we will not go out looking for anything but we will reciprocate.”I know from the management point of view, things are explained of what the team needs. As long as it does not start, we are okay with it. In our own minds, we have to be competitive and not let our focus drop,” the 30-year-old said.(With PTI inputs)
One step ahead indeed. He arrived at Molde in January 2017 after 16 games and no goals for Bryne in the second tier. Then he got to work. Along with the centimetres and the kilos came the goals. He scored four in 20 games in 2017 before hitting 12 in 25 appearances the following year, including a remarkable four-goal haul against league leaders Brann in July. Before the game Brann had conceded five goals in 14 games but Haaland took only 20 minutes to destroy that defence.His decision to join Salzburg in January 2019 raised eyebrows as he had offers from Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen among others. Salzburg had to pay around £8m but that already seems like one of the deals of the decade.“I was obviously flattered by Juventus being interested,” he said in January, before adding “but I thought that it was to early to go there. Salzburg was the club that suited me the best and they were the ones who wanted me the most. I also think it was very important to look at how important a part I was going to play for the club I joined. There is more of a chance of playing here.”Haaland has a remarkable 17 goals in nine games for Salzburg this season and in May he scored nine goals in an Under-20 World Cup game against Honduras. Afterwards he said that he should have got 10 and no one was quite sure whether he was joking. Red Bull Salzburg For Haaland that means Austrian Bundesliga games against LASK, Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna before the next Champions League game, against Liverpool at Anfield on 2 October. And the chances of this latest success going to his head appear remote. His Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch, praised Haaland after the game against Genk, saying what a genuine and down-to-earth person he is. “He is a great player but even more important for me is that he’s a great young man,” the American said. “He shows up every day, he works hard and takes nothing for granted. He gives everything for his teammates every day and does it with a smile.”According to Haaland his approach to life and football stems from his early years in Norway. “Without my upbringing in Bryne I would not be where I am today,” he said recently. “We have a special environment there. It has always contributed towards me not thinking that I am not something special. I have always been humble, worked hard and not thought much about other things.”Humble yet devastating, Haaland could become one of the best in the world. For many players a Champions League hat-trick would be the pinnacle of their careers but for this young man it is probably just the start. Share on Facebook Haaland, son of the former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder Alfie Håland and born in Yorkshire, was not always destined for success. “The first time he turned up at Molde I didn’t think he was all that,” Ruben Gabrielsen, a former teammate, told Nettavisen recently. “But then he developed in a way I’ve never seen in my whole life. He is stronger than he looks and he is a lot quicker than he looks – he is a beast.”A beast is not a bad description. Just ask the Genk defenders who felt the force of the now 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg striker on Tuesday as he scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut, a feat not achieved since Wayne Rooney in 2004. The first goal arrived after 102 seconds, the Norwegian rifling a low shot underneath Gaëtan Coucke in the Genk goal. The second was scored with his left foot and the third was an opportunistic stab past Coucke from inside the six-yard box.The game finished 6-2 and afterwards Haaland’s teammate Maximilian Wöber could hardly contain his glee, saying: “He is phenomenal. With his height, to be so nimble and have such command of the ball. It’s really hard to play against him in training – you just have to foul him. Once again he proved why he’s definitely going to become one of the best strikers in the world.”It may sound a ridiculous statement, but this is one extremely talented and hard-working young man. His career is being meticulously planned by his father and, almost inevitably, Mino Raiola and he has already changed his name from Håland to Haaland, one suspects to make it more international. “One step ahead,” he said with a smile when asked about it. Read more Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Erling Braut Haaland celebrates one of his nine goals against Honduras at the Under-20 World Cup in May. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Fifa via Getty Images Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Like many talented 19-year-olds he does want to become the best player on the planet but he is taking one step at the time. “That’s the dream yes, but a dream I share with a million other young players in the world,” he said this year. “First of all I got to become better than my dad and he had 181 Premier League games so that is one aim for example: to get more games there than him.”Manchester United are one of several clubs who have been linked with Haaland, who has praised Solskjær for the role the manager played in his development, but considering his father’s City past and that horrible Roy Keane tackle on his father that may be an unlikely destination. Haaland is a Leeds fan, having been born in the city, and has said he would like to win the Premier League with the club, although they will have to improve drastically for Haaland to contemplate a move to Elland Road (and he has played for Norway’s senior side so there is no chance of him declaring for the country of his birth).For now, though, he is fully focused on Red Bull Salzburg. “It is not right to talk about other clubs when you are with a team and they are paying your wages,” Alfie Håland said recently. “You have to focus on your current club and give everything for them.” Champions League roundup: Haaland makes history in Salzburg romp as Barça are held Topics European club football features Pinterest Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. “This year I’ve only grown five centimetres,” Erling Braut Haaland said in an interview in November 2017, a statement which, understandably, led the journalist to query the “only” part. “Well, last year I grew 11-12 centimetres,” came the reply from the then 17-year-old.No wonder they called him “the manchild” at Molde, where he had his breakthrough that year. “He must have put on 10-12 kilos since he arrived here at the start of the year,” said his then manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, before adding “it’s all muscles of course – as well as a lot of confidence”. 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Le gouvernement rappelle aux parents de la province que la date limite pour fournir des commentaires sur l’élaboration des bulletins scolaires améliorés en langage clair est le lundi 30 septembre. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance apporte des changements aux bulletins scolaires pour faire en sorte que les parents soient des partenaires à part entière dans l’éducation de leurs enfants. « Les familles ont besoin de bien comprendre où leur enfant en est rendu dans son apprentissage et comment il peut mieux réussir, de dire Carole Olsen, sous-ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous voulons que le plus grand nombre possible de parents nous aident à créer des bulletins scolaires faciles à lire et qui fournissent des renseignements utiles. » Jusqu’à maintenant, le ministère a reçu 108 réponses au sondage sur les bulletins scolaires. Les commentaires comportent notamment des idées concernant l’amélioration de la clarté et du contenu des commentaires des enseignants, les notes accordées aux élèves et la communication avec les parents. Les parents et les enseignants peuvent transmettre leurs idées, leurs suggestions et leurs commentaires par courriel à l’adresse ReportCard@gov.ns.ca ou par la poste à l’adresse suivante : Examen du bulletin scolaireC.P. 5782021, rue BrunswickHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 2S9
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: The City of Toronto announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the Toronto Media Arts Cluster (TMAC), a coalition of local arts charities, that would allow the group to move into its long-contested space on Lisgar St. in the city’s west end.For TMAC, as good news goes, it’s a ‘yes, but:’ The terms of the agreement will require TMAC to satisfy a range of provisions and obligations to take permanent ownership of the space, which was built for them in the base of a condominium tower as part of a city cultural development program.Should TMAC fail to meet the provisions, it has agreed to vacate and give up all future legal claim on the space. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed, pending court approval. Advertisement Henry Faber, the group’s president, suggested that the deal could indeed prove to be too onerous for TMAC to meet, “but had we not agreed to these terms, we would have had zero chance of finally taking ownership,” he said. “But I’m hopeful, because we were able to do significantly more than anyone thought we could. This is where we’ve landed with the best opportunity to provide what the community asked for.” Advertisement
Gun groups worried about government’s ability to trace guns to owners Instructors in short supply as firearms license waiting list grows longer: SWF Government can’t access gun dealer record without warrant: Goodale Upcoming by-elections a test for fledgling PPC: Bernier The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation wants nothing to do with a proposed shooting contest between two People’s Party of Canada candidates, and says it won’t allow the event to take place at its new range east of the city.Announced this weekend, the “rifle range skill battle” was intended to determine whether Mark Friesen or Guto Penteado would represent Maxime Bernier’s party in a debate hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.Friesen and Penteado were supposed to take part in the contest Tuesday afternoon, but SWF past president and fundraising chairman Robert Freberg said it won’t happen at the only large-bore range within an hour’s drive of the city.In an interview, Freberg said neither Friesen nor Penteado is currently an SWF member — Friesen’s membership lapsed in February — and the organization was not consulted on the proposed rifle match until early Tuesday morning.Moreover, Freberg said, the People’s Party’s plan to livestream the event on social media would contravene the SWF’s “absolute prohibition” on photography at the range, a policy intended to protect its members’ privacy.“This is not the way our federation wants to be seen by the public,” Freberg said, adding that while the SWF supports gun rights, it is non-partisan and must work with whatever political party forms government in October.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Referring to a recent CBC News story in which Penteado described himself as a “redneck,” Freberg said that does not align with the SWF’s mandate, which includes bringing people together to celebrate hunting and fishing.That includes a major education effort, as well as partnerships with local Indigenous organizations, he said.Friesen and Penteado said in separate interviews that they are disappointed with the SWF’s decision, and were making arrangements to relocate the shooting contest to another unspecified rifle range near Saskatoon.Both candidates went on to question why the federation would shut down what they characterized as a private contest between two individuals unrelated to politics. “We didn’t make it political,” Penteado said, adding that it was an “internal PPC event.”The top of the advertisement for the event features the PPC logo. The bottom line reads “Watch the gunsmoke (sic) on Facebook Live streaming.”“I’m disappointed in their decision. It flies in the face of what we’re trying to do,” Friesen said of his pro-gun views before adding that he tried to renew his membership Tuesday afternoon and was told it was under review.Penteado said he does not want to be portrayed as a redneck, but chose to take it as a compliment when social media commentators began using the term to refer to him and Friesen, in an apparent attempt to offend.“Here in the west, we’re all good with hunting and responsible gun ownership. It’s part of our way of life,” he said.At a press conference outside the SWF range on Tuesday afternoon, Friesen and Penteado — whose campaign staff arrived in a camouflage-painted RV — said they plan to reschedule the event at a private home later that evening.They declined to say where or when the shooting match would be held, but promised it would be streamed on social media.Not every pro-gun activist agrees that the competition should have gone ahead at the SWF range.Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights vice-president Tracey Wilson said Tuesday on social media that the event was a “stupid publicity stunt” and the best candidate should attend the debate.—With StarPhoenix files from Zak Vesceraamacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated
A much decorated Burundian humanitarian worker will receive the top award of the United Nations refugee agency next month for her work caring for 10,000 children displaced by civil wars in her home country and in neighbouring countries and for recently repatriated Burundians.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Marguerite Barankitse, a Burundian humanitarian worker and founder of the non-governmental organization Maison Shalom (House of Peace), was to be honoured “for her tireless efforts” as the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award. The prize is given annually to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in work on behalf of refugees.She will get the award, which is named for the first international refugee official, Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen of Norway, and which includes a $100,000 grant for a refugee-related project of her choice, at a ceremony on 22 June in Brussels, Belgium.During the massacre of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Burundi in 1994, she saved many orphaned children in Ruyigi, an eastern town, UNHCR said.“At the beginning there were 25 children whose parents had been killed, then after one year there were 100, then 500 and now it’s more than 10,000. So I began to look for land, and I thought, ‘Why don’t I use my parents’ land?”” the former teacher in Ruyigi, her hometown, recalled.She called the new institution Maison Shalom and it provides a home where orphans and children separated from their families, including child soldiers, can grow up in new “families” providing security, education and love. Ms. Barankitse and her team now run four “children’s villages” around the country, as well as a centre in the capital Bujumbura.The children – and returning female-headed families – are taught the principles of health and hygiene, especially HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, how to manage a household and tend to livestock, how to run income-generating projects and how to benefit from apprenticeships. In Ruyigi, they also manage a cinema, a public swimming pool, a restaurant, a hairdressing salon and a guesthouse.Previous recipients of the award, created in 1954, include the late US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the NGO Médecins sans Frontières, the Russian Federation’s Memorial Human Rights Centre, landmine victims’ Handicap International, the UN Volunteers (UNV), King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and the late President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania.
The Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) bauxite mine project in the Boké region of Guinea, Africa recently achieved a major construction milestone when the project team safely set the railcar dumper facility’s 450 t rotating assembly into its final location. Fluor is providing engineering and program management services on the project, which encompasses a 12 million-tonne-per-year bauxite mine, a dedicated export terminal in Port Kamsar and rail and other infrastructure upgrades.The car dumper facility is critical to the mine’s logistics and operations. Bauxite is transported from the mine to the Port Kamsar site by rail, where it is then shipped to customers. At the port, the car dumper facility unloads bauxite from the rail wagons, with the rotating assembly playing a critical part. It took three days, multiple self-propelled modular transporters and two 750 t cranes to complete the milestone. The final lift required special preparations in order to hoist the 450 t assembly over the car dumper facility’s walls and into its final location. A 200-person team, representing 14 different countries and contractors, completed the lift.“This milestone was achieved due to the collective efforts between the GAC and Fluor project teams,” said Troy Gilson, Fluor’s Project Director. “It demonstrates the importance of having a strong relationship built around teamwork and trust. This critical milestone was executed safely after six months of detailed planning with a team focused and committed to working Safer Together.” The project has worked more than 8 million consecutive hours without a lost-time incident. The project is expected to complete in 2019.
The Dragon Quest name may be recognized around the world, but it’s Japan where the series both originates from and counts most of its fans. So it wasn’t that surprising to discover the first eight Dragon Quest games are being ported to mobile platforms. Specifically, Android and iOS devices will be able to play them all, at least in Japan.What is surprising, and confirms just how popular Dragon Quest is in Japan, is the fact the series is set to get its very own branded smartphone.The SH-01F smartphone is being manufactured by Sharp and is a variant of the Aquos Phone Zeta. It will include a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution touchscreen display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processors, 3,000mAh battery, and a 15.9 megapixel camera on the back (2.1 megapixel camera on the front). It will run Android 4.2 and is apparently waterproof, meeting the IPX5 standard.The Dragon Quest branding can be seen on the back of the device, with the silver color called Metal Slime and several characters being printed across it alongside the Square Enix logo. A free copy of Dragon Quest VIII will come preinstalled on the device, and I’m sure there’s going to be some graphical modifications on the phone to enhance the branding further.There’s no details on price or availability beyond a December launch, but this is definitely going to be an expensive phone to get your hands on. NTT DoCoMo is only going to offer 30,000 of them, so you can imagine a few auctions occurring soon after launch.As for Dragon Quest VIII, you may be surprised to find Square Enix has decided the mobile version will be played in portrait mode on devices. You can see it in action in the video below:This actually makes sense on a phone because a lot of time is spent in combat in the game, which therefore requires regular screen tapping. By making it a portrait game, it’s going to be much easier to do that holding the phone in one hand, say, when you’re commuting to work.
“If I had a time machine, I’d visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens.” “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” Stephen Hawking Commemorated With Black Hole-Inspired CoinYou Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, Wheelchair Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become a reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.” Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018 “I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.” World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76.Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, doctors gave Hawking only a few years to live.But the cosmologist and author, famed for his work with black holes and relativity, beat the odds, passing away Wednesday morning at his home in Cambridge.AdChoices广告“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, said in a statement published by BBC News.A wheelchair and synthesized voice never dampened Professor Hawking’s spirit; his intellect and sense of humor made him an icon in academia and pop culture.“He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever,” his kids said.In celebration of Stephen Hawking, here are 10 of his greatest quotes:“We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.” His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet” – Professor Stephen Hawking1942-2018 https://t.co/h8uWznhEpb pic.twitter.com/RVeQx2BTxP— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) March 14, 2018Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking. “While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.” “People who boast about their IQ are losers.” “Silent face, the marble index of a mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.” Wordsworth was writing of Newton, but he might have been foreseeing the silent face of Newton’s great successor as Lucasian Professor. pic.twitter.com/VZIP0xdQmG— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 14, 2018 “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” “The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.” “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.”
SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Facebook WhatsApp The following was taped on Friday night in Winter Park, Florida.6/24 WWE NXT TV taping results:* Dark match: Tye Dillinger def. Kai Katana.* Bayley def. Alexa Bliss.* Blake and Murphy vs. The Hype Bros never took place. Rhyno showed up and took everyone out.* NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival def. American Alpha in a best two out of three falls match.* NXT Champion Samoa Joe cut a promo and was interrupted by Rhyno. Joe backed off.* Austin Aries def. Patrick Clark. After the match, No Way Jose attacked Aries.* Andrade Cien Almas def. Angelo Dawkins.* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka def. Eva Marie.* NXT Champion Samoa Joe def. Rhyno.* The Authors of Pain def. American Alpha.* Bayley def. Nia Jax.* Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn Balor.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineNakamura’s entrance at the NXT tapings against Balor. #WWE #NXT pic.twitter.com/bwUWFHuwgP— CHRISTINE (@rainmakerposu) June 25, 2016 Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Now Playing Up Next First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Xavier Woods Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 27.68%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Injury Update Pinterest Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sasha Banks Google+ Twitter
PORTLAND — A Clackamas, Ore., man has pleaded guilty to placing calls to airports in Nevada and Texas, reporting his father and brother as terrorists because they got an invitation to a family wedding and he didn’t.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 38-year-old Sonny Donnie Smith admitted to placing anonymous phone calls to security offices at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and the Midland International Air and Space Port in Midland, Texas.Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Horsley says the calls were made Sept. 3, 2016.The calls prompted an FBI investigation that revealed no terrorist threats. Smith’s father and brother were detained and questioned by investigators, and the brother missed his flight.Smith faces up to two years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release at sentencing set for May.
Clark County — Three open houses are scheduled on the first draft of updates to local shoreline master programs. The open houses will be from 6 to 8 p.m.The meetings are: • March 15 at Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.• March 16 at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.• March 17 at the Grass Valley Fire Station, 4321 N.W. Parker St. in Camas. The draft plan can be viewed at http://cityofvancouver.us/shorelineupdate/default.html.Public comment will be accepted through April 1.When adopted, the shoreline plan will guide development along large creeks, rivers and lakes.
Amaravati: The Assembly was adjourned briefly after pandemonium prevailed in the House. Earlier, Former Chief Minister after serving the privilege motion against Chief Minister Jagan, Chandrababu Naidu clarified that zero interest loan scheme was implemented during his tenure. He gave elaborate details of the scheme. Answering to the speech of Chandrababu, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that the TDP Government implemented only half the scheme. However, he was interrupted by the opposition members who said the Chief Minister is outright lying. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Speaker Tammineni Sitaram did not allow the opposition members to raise the point of order. Hell broke loose after the treasury benches and opposition members traded charges. Jagan Mohan Reddy warned the opposition that there are 151 members in the House to silence the opposition. The Speaker insisted that there would not be any further discussion on the issue and adjourned the House.
It’s almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, she still gives regulars a warm welcome, and around the dinner table at night, she beams when she sees what her family managed to cook.But Stegall’s face only appears on a screen, and her words come in unreliable cell connections and a barrage of texts. Lives once lived together are divided by some 1,600 miles. A woman who married an American and gave birth to an American and who came to think of herself as American, too, is now deported to her native Mexico.”I wish I was there. That’s all that I want,” she says of her life in Kansas City, Missouri. “I want my family back.”As the United States takes a harder line on immigration, thousands who called the country home are being forced to go. Often, they leave behind spouses and children with American citizenship and must figure out how to go on with families fractured apart. Studies have found an estimated 8 million to 9 million Americans – the majority of them children – live with at least one relative who is in the country illegally, and so each action to deport an immigrant is just as likely to entangle a citizen or legal US resident.Stegall’s deportation means she could be banned from the US for a decade. She prays paperwork seeking to validate her return through her marriage could wind through the system within two years, but there is no guarantee.For now, she is a stranger in the vaguely familiar land she left as a 21-year-old in 1999, her phone and laptop the only windows to a life that’s no longer hers. When her 17-year-old daughter, Jennifer Tadeo-Uscanga, arrives home from school, Stegall is there on FaceTime to greet her. She watches streaming feeds from 16 cameras at the bar she manages remotely. She gives Steve Stegall, her husband of six years, a goodnight kiss by pressing her lips to her cellphone screen.The four-dimensional, analog world she loved has been flattened and digitized. She recognizes how odd it all may seem, but she wonders what other choice she has. Should she pull Jennifer from the only country she’s ever known, where her dreams of college and career seem so achievable? Should she ask Steve – born and bred in Kansas City – to abandon their business and home and come to a place where he can’t speak the language and his safety might be jeopardized by drug cartels?The questions hang in the thick summer air.”I lost everything,” she says. “It’s just me.”Stegall walks down streets of modest, brightly painted homes, past a tree dangling with yellow guavas and beside a butcher shop where red sausages are strung up like Christmas garland. Palms splash against clear blue skies, and swaths of purple flowers hold court below.Beauty can be found everywhere in Boca del Río, a small city along the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s hard for Stegall to see. Even as she rounds the bend and a striking panorama of blue sea appears before her, it does little to lift her. She splashes the salt water on her face and rubs it on her arms. This would be a nice vacation, she says, but it’s all a cheap copy of the life she had a few months ago.Stegall grew up two hours from here in Cosamaloapan, a flat, crop-dotted part of Veracruz, the state that hugs a broad chunk of Mexico’s eastern coast. Her parents’ furniture business afforded a comfortable existence, but drawn by the stories of a cousin who settled in Overland Park, Kansas, Stegall was convinced there was greater opportunity for her in the US. She paid a smuggler $3,000 to lead her across the Rio Grande.She was caught and returned to Mexico but crossed successfully a day later. When she made it to the Kansas City area, she found a job busing tables, working her way up through a string of restaurants to become a server and bartender and manager.She got married and had Jennifer, but later divorced. Then she fell in love with Steve, who came to see Jennifer as his own. Stegall mastered the language and watched her paychecks grow. She and Steve bought a home, and soon Stegall became the heart of The Blue Line , the bar they ran together. When the Olympics aired, she’d drape herself in red, white and blue, and when the national anthem sounded, she’d nudge her husband to remove his hat as she stood solemnly, goose bumps covering her body.All the while, her parents told of kidnappings and decapitations back in Cosamaloapan, of the cartel taking over and the family being forced out. They deserted their home and business, and fled for Boca del Río. She thanked God she had escaped. She didn’t think she’d ever return.In Kansas City, the fear of being caught that Stegall had when she first arrived receded with each passing year. Donald Trump’s campaign and his tough rhetoric on illegal immigration piqued her attention and stirred a little worry, but he talked about catching rapists and murderers and gang members, and that wasn’t her. She carried her Social Security card, obtained through her marriage, work permit and driver’s license everywhere just in case.She had just started backing out of the driveway to head to the gym on the morning of 26 February when three cars careened in. Agents hopped out, opened her door and told her she was under arrest. She urged them to look at her paperwork and thought it was all a mistake.”I’m married to an American citizen,” she pleaded. “I have a citizen daughter.”Six years earlier, police had pulled her over a few blocks from her house and charged her with misdemeanor drunken driving. The arrest made authorities aware that she was in the US illegally. Stegall spent a month in jail and her case went into the immigration system.She cries as she recounts the incident, mindful she might not be in this situation had she not gotten behind the wheel. She sees that she is paying the price for her mistake but is also convinced that her deportation was unfair.She wonders why the government’s crackdown efforts seem to focus on her and other low-level criminals instead of the “bad hombres” that Trump said he’d banish. Don’t her daughter and husband have a right to keep their family intact? Don’t her years of paying taxes, of learning English, of living an otherwise pristine life count for anything?”They didn’t take out the people who are dangerous,” says Stegall, who is 41. “The murderers are still there. The gangsters are still there. The rapists are still there.”While US Immigration and Customs Enforcement often touts the criminal convictions of those rounded up, arrests of migrants with convictions for offenses such as driving under the influence (59,985 in fiscal year 2017) outnumber those of immigrants previously convicted for homicide, sexual assault or kidnapping. (Those collectively totaled 6,553 in 2017.) Meantime, arrests of immigrants without criminal convictions have increased significantly since Trump took office.Officially, Stegall’s deportation process began under president Barack Obama. He became known as the “deporter in chief” for presiding over so many removals but changed tactics in the final two years of his presidency, when ICE was directed to exercise discretion to defer action on certain migrants with standing removal orders, including those with citizen children and living in the US prior to 2010.A DUI arrest was generally seen as “a midlevel priority,” says Randy Capps, an expert on deportation at the Migration Policy Institute , and people like Stegall often were allowed to stay in the latter part of Obama’s presidency if they had regular check-ins with ICE, paid processing fees, were fingerprinted and stayed out of trouble.An executive order issued by Trump changed that, effectively declaring any immigrant without legal status subject to arrest. Even the path once seen as simplest to legal status – a legitimate marriage to a citizen – no longer is always enough to stave off deportation.Stegall didn’t apply for a green card after getting married because her former attorney told her she had little to worry about with a citizen husband and daughter and because, under US law, she likely would have had to return to Mexico and wait out the process there.Four days after her February arrest, Stegall won a stay of deportation in court pending a hearing. But ICE already had her shackled aboard a flight to Brownsville, Texas, where she was directed to cross by foot back into Mexico. Her family, relieved by the victory in court, didn’t even know she was gone.”The new normal, really, is rush and push people out of the country, regardless of what’s going on,” says Stegall’s current attorney, Rekha Sharma-Crawford.In a split-level house on a neat, tree-shadowed street in Kansas City, every wall, table and shelf is covered with photos, but one of the smiling faces is absent. In that absence, plants wilted and died, and clothes came out of the wash tinged in blue. Dinnertime, once an ever-changing parade of feasts that charmed the palates of Steve and Jennifer, has become a spartan affair of the easily achievable. Family celebrations now typically include tears.”She’s not dead,” Jennifer, a native of the Kansas City area, says of her mother. “But she’s not here.”Stegall’s husband is depressed and has taken to clutching a pink teddy bear in bed, when he’s not hustling to maintain their business. Stegall’s in-laws, who built lives in Kansas City like their parents before them, have put off retiring to their lake house because they’re needed at the bar to fill in for the woman they consider a daughter.Most of all, though, a teen who thinks of her mom as her best friend has been left without her confidante.When Jennifer’s birthday came, just after Stegall was deported, the teen got her favorite dish of fettuccine alfredo at Olive Garden and the Versace perfume she wanted as a present. Her mom appeared on FaceTime to sing “Happy Birthday,” but it wasn’t enough to soothe the sadness.As prom approached, she wished her mom was around to shop with, and on the big night, when she needed a last-minute hem, there was no one to come to the rescue.Each momentous occasion that awaits Jennifer – senior year, Christmas, graduation, college – is tainted because the person closest to her won’t be there to share in them.”My God,” Jennifer wrote to the immigration judge handling her mother’s case, “my own country has been the one that has caused me pain.”Before Stegall’s deportation, her lawyer argued Jennifer was suffering depression and anxiety, wrought with fear her mother would be taken from her. Steve counts the moment he had to tell Jennifer that ICE had picked up her mother as the worst of his life. They bawled as the teen buried her face in her stepfather’s shoulder.”We were best friends,” he says. “When somebody gets yanked away from you one day, it’s just a huge hole in your life. You don’t have her to come home to … just seeing her around the house, hearing her laughing, you know? Watching her smile.”At The Blue Line, where the ceiling is hammered tin and the walls are covered in hockey skates, jerseys and sticks, the bartender this night is wearing a white T-shirt that says “#BringLettyHome” and a flag-festooned box at the end of the bar is labeled “Letters for Letty.””Life here is incomplete without you,” reads one. “A couple tacos and a few drinks at happy hour isn’t the same without your smile,” says another. “You don’t know me but I was sick when I heard your story,” goes a third.Jennifer Rice, a waitress who has taken over some supervisory duties, struggles to capture all that Stegall’s absence means. Customers ask about her daily. Her long list of responsibilities has shifted. The friend so many came to count on has been taken away.”All of a sudden, she’s gone,” Rice says. “You just can’t put it into words.”A moment later, she can’t help herself, and she’s dialing Stegall. “I miss you and when I talk about you, I get upset. It makes me emotional,” Rice says as she begins to cry. “I love you so much.” Back in Mexico, Stegall takes her glasses off to wipe tears away.Many in the bar this night, including Steve’s parents, gave their vote to Trump. They liked his promise to bring jobs back to the US and the vow to make trade with China fairer. And they supported him when he said criminal immigrants would be deported. They just didn’t consider Stegall one, even if she came to the country illegally.”I’ve always been proud to be an American,” says Shirley Stegall, Steve’s mom. “But now I’m ashamed.”Jerry Rosetti, sipping scotch and water near the box of letters to Stegall, doesn’t think she should have been targeted and calls the situation “a raw deal.” But he still supports the president and still thinks illegal immigration is wrong.”I would trade places with her in a minute,” he says. “She shouldn’t be in Mexico. She should be right here, right now.”The dichotomy angers Steve. When someone balances compassion for his wife with support for Trump, he’s confounded.”He’s destroying American lives,” Steve says of the president. “How can you do this? How can you do this to your own American people?”Time plays funny tricks. Stegall remembers those early days in Kansas City, when the winter cold seemed unbearable, the numbers on thermometers and price tags so foreign, the food off-putting. She struggled to communicate, repeatedly chided with a similar refrain: “This is America. Speak English.”Now she misses the seasonal shifts, it’s Celsius and pesos she can’t seem to grasp, it’s the American adaptations of Mexican food that she craves – and those American souls she wants to surround herself with. She sometimes finds herself struggling for a word or slipping into a Spanglish hybrid.”Tía, estás en Mexico,” a nephew interjects. “Auntie, you’re in Mexico.”She returns to the house in Boca del Río, the one she shares with eight others, after her afternoon routine. And as night draws closer, the computer before her glows. She’s watching the bar again, spotting friends, questioning why a customer hasn’t gotten his food, noting when a light indicates a phone call is coming in but not being answered.”I wish I could go inside my laptop,” she says.Seeing her former life unfold on a screen keeps her busy and gives her back a version of what was taken away. And so the monotonous mass of moments that form a daily routine continue as if she never left.”An hour is a month. A month is a year,” she says.Midnight nears and she has crawled into bed in a small room she took from her nephew, with walls of cement and a big mirror rimmed with family photographs. She’s lying down, wearing a black Coors Light tee and leopard-print pajama pants, when her daughter’s FaceTime call comes in.They talk about dinner and share gossip about an acquaintance’s impending marriage. They end as they always do, with a string of prayers and “I love yous.”She and Steve trade texts about whether to watch Netflix together but apart, before deciding they’re too tired for a show. They go through the banality of their days, joke about losing weight and recount his visit to a psychiatrist before holding their lips to the screen to say goodnight.She steals a last look at the bar’s cameras, where the crowd is thinning. She’s too tired to keep watching, so she closes the screen and slips off to sleep.In her dreams this night, she’s back in her house in Kansas City, with her soaring cathedral ceilings and the stainless steel refrigerator covered in magnets. Her dogs, Blue and Bella, are just back from doggy day care, and one of Blue’s back legs is injured. Jennifer is angry, having told her mother not to send the dogs there. Her husband is bickering with her over something she won’t be able to remember the next day.For all the seeming strife of it, when she awakens and recalls it, she is happy. It was a good dream. She was back home.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three persons for their alleged involvement with a smuggling syndicate along with 800,000 yaba pills from the city’s Sadarghat area early Tuesday.Tipped off, a team of RAB-1 conducted a drive in the area and arrested them along with the yaba tablets around 5:30am, said assistant superintendent of police Kamruzzaman of RAB-1.
Netflix turned in much stronger results for the third quarter of 2018 than anticipated, sending the streaming powerhouse’s stock climbing in after-hours trading.During Q3, Netflix netted 1.09 million new streaming subs in the U.S. and 5.87 million internationally. That’s compared with the company’s forecast of 650,000 domestic net adds and 4.35 million overseas for the September quarter — a more conservative outlook than analysts’ previous estimates.The better-than-expected Q3 results come after Netflix widely missed second-quarter expectations for subscriber growth, which CEO Reed Hastings chalked up to periodic “lumpiness” in the business.Netflix said the total net additions for the quarter of 7.0 million streaming subs — a new Q3 record for Netflix — were the result of greater-than-expected customer acquisition globally, “with strong growth broadly across all our markets including Asia,” the company said in its quarterly investor letter. Netflix ended the quarter with 137.1 million streaming members worldwide (58.4 million in the U.S.; 78.6 million internationally). In a prerecorded interview with Netflix execs posted after the earnings announcement, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Netflix-owned originals are more “efficient” than licensed content (i.e., they get more viewing per dollar spent). Plus, he said, “We don’t have to go through the gun-to-your-head renegotiation every couple years for them.”The company in its investor letter cited the European Union’s new rules requiring streaming services to allocate at least 30% of their catalogs to European-based productions and that some countries will require services like Netflix to invest a portion of local revenue into European works. “We anticipate being able to meet these requirements by evolving our content offering,” Netflix said in the shareholder letter.That said, Netflix expressed its opposition to the EU move, saying that “quotas, regardless of market size, can negatively impact both the customer experience and creativity. We believe a more effective way for a country to support strong local content is to directly incentivize local content creators, independent of distribution channel.”For Q4, Netflix is forecasting paid net additions of 7.6 million — and total net additions of 9.4 million — up 15% and 13%, respectively, from the year-earlier period.In a move to help it provide more accurate subscriber-trend guidance, Netflix said, starting with its Q4 2018 report (to be released in January 2019) it will provide guidance only for paid memberships; then, in 2020, it will stop reporting on end-of-quarter free trial counts. “Because growth in paid memberships is more steady, our forecast for paid net adds has been historically more accurate than our total net adds forecast,” Netflix said. For example, in Q2 of this year, paid net adds forecast was off by 11% compared with a 17% variance for total net adds forecast.In addition, for the fourth quarter of 2018, Netflix said it expects to reclassify “certain personnel costs” from G&A (general and administrative) to content and marketing, and from technology & development to “other cost of revenues.” The changes will be to reflect “the ongoing evolution of our business to include self-production of content,” Netflix said, noting that the reclassification would have no impact on total operating expenses, operating profit or operating margin and is intended to provide a clearer picture of marketing and content expenses. The company reported Q3 revenue of $4.0 billion, up 36% year over year, and earnings of 89 cents per share that beat analyst expectations. Wall Street’s Q3 consensus estimates for Netflix had pegged EPS at 68 cents on revenue of $4.0 billion.Netflix shares soared as much as 14% in after-hours trading Tuesday. Ahead of the earnings report, the stock closed up 4% for the day, to $346.40 per share.The company, which is expected to spend some $13 billion on content on a gross basis in 2018, continues to operate at negative free cash flow. Netflix’s free cash flow in Q3 was -$859 million (compared with -$465 million in the year-earlier quarter). For the full year, the company expects free cash flow will be closer to -$3 billion than to -$4 billion, and that negative free cash flow in 2019 will be roughly flat with this year.“We recognize we are making huge cash investments in content, and we want to assure our investors that we have the same high confidence in the underlying economics as our cash investments in the past,” Netflix said in its letter to shareholders. “These investments we see as very likely to help us to keep our revenue and operating profits growing for a very long time ahead.”On the originals front, Netflix touted the performance of its “Summer of Love” romantic-comedy films. More than 80 million of its subscribers — representing at least 58% of its 137.1 million total worldwide streaming users as of the end of September — watched one of its “Summer of Love” rom-coms over the past few months, and the company said “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was one of its most-viewed original films to date.Netflix also announced a December launch for awards-contender “Roma” from Alfonso Cuarón, a ’70s-set drama chronicling a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City, with a simultaneous day-and-date release on Netflix and on over 100 screens worldwide. It’s doing the same thing with “22 July,” from Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass.