Cleveland police: Suspect posted killing video on Facebook

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misspelled the victim’s last name. The victim is Robert Godwin Sr.

 

Police in Cleveland were searching for a homicide suspect who they said broadcast a videotaped killing on Facebook and claimed to have committed “multiple other homicides” that authorities had yet to verify.

Around midnight, police tweeted that an aggravated murder warrant had been issued for the suspect, Steve Stephens, and warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on alert.

Stephens, a 6-foot 1-inch African-American man, said on Facebook that he had committed an “Easter day slaughter.” Police late Sunday said they couldn’t identify other homicide victims but “continue to search multiple areas.”

Stephens was reported to be driving a light-colored Ford Fusion. Police called him armed and dangerous. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt.

Police identified the victim as Robert Godwin Sr., 74.

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his car and appears to randomly target Godwin, who was walking on a sidewalk carrying a shopping bag. Stephens says the name of a woman, whom Godwin does not seem to recognize.

“She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” Stephens told Godwin before pointing a gun at him. Godwin can be seen shielding his face with the shopping bag.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson publicly urged Stephens to turn himself in to police and not to “do any more harm to anybody.”

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“Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation,” Jackson said.

Authorities on Sunday said a series of posts on Stephens’ Facebook page complained that he had “lost everything” to gambling, NBC News reported. Stephens allegedly wrote: “I killed 12 people today,” and said he wouldn’t stop until he could speak to his mother and a second woman.

Later, the user posted: “I killed 15 today because of [the second woman],” but police said no other victims had been found. The video of the killing remained on Facebook for nearly three hours before it was taken down and Stephens’ page deactivated, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

Stephens, a case manager with Beech Brook, a children’s behavioral health agency, had recently been working with young adults, a Beech Brook official told BuzzFeed News.

A Facebook spokesperson called the shooting “a horrific crime,” adding, “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

Several recent shootings have played out live on the online platform, including the police killing last July of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Also last July, three people were injured in a shooting captured on Facebook Live in Norfolk, Va. The men were sitting in a car listening to music when the shooting took place. The phone streaming the shooting fell to the floor of the car and continued recording for about two hours as police arrived and bystanders offered aid.

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The man who catches marathon cheats – from his home

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For months, a runner named Cindy posted motivational photos on Instagram and Facebook, chronicling the miles she put in to prepare for the New York Marathon.
When the big day came, she posted about the gear, the energy gels, and the coconut waters that would sustain her through the 26.2 miles (42.1km)
Cindy ran the race of her life, finishing the New York Marathon in just 3 hours 17 minutes and 29 seconds – a lot faster than her pace in previous half-marathon finishes, which each took a little over two hours.
“Ran my heart out today and left everything on the course. All the training paid off and qualified for the Boston Marathon!” she posted on Instagram, along with a post-race selfie and a photo with the finisher’s medal.
But Cindy’s incredible marathon time seemed just a little too incredible to a man sitting at his computer nearly 640 miles away.
Derek Murphy, a former marathoner and business analyst who lives outside Cincinnati, has made a name for himself exposing marathon cheats on his blog, Marathon Investigation.
During his racing days, he frequented online message boards about big races, which occasionally featured a high-profile cheating scandal.
“There was so much tension from those specific cases, I just wondered how many other people cheated,” he said.

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Murphy’s investigative process has evolved since he first started looking at race results.
He has gone from looking at missed split times in public race results to peering into other clues like suspiciously fast race times, starting line and finish line photos, and bystander video footage recorded at races.
When Murphy heard about Cindy’s speedy personal record, he started scrolling through the New York race photos looking for evidence that she had honestly run her improbably fast race.
He didn’t find any photos of the petite brunette running on the course. However, he did find a photo of a tall, athletically-built man running with Cindy’s bib pinned to his shirt.
After Murphy sent the photos and Cindy’s former half-marathon times to the New York Marathon organisers and published a story on his blog, Cindy was disqualified.
She is one of about 30 runners identified by Murphy who sought entry into the 2017 Boston Marathon using fabricated times.
At least 15 of those runners were disqualified from showing up at the starting line in the Boston’s Hopkinton neighbourhood when the starting gun goes off on Monday.
Some of the remaining 15 might get to run the race, but their results will be closely scrutinised. Murphy expects to identify many more people who cheated to get to Boston after the race is completed.
Only the fastest amateur and elite runners can earn a spot in the iconic Boston Marathon.

Men under 35 need a finish better than three hours and five minutes in an earlier marathon to earn a spot. Women under 35 have 30 extra minutes.
While around 30,000 people are fast enough to run the marathon each year, more than 4,500 qualified runners were turned away in 2016 because too many people registered for the race.
“The integrity of the sport is enormously important to us, and to the athletes who run in our races,” said a spokesperson for the Boston Athletic Association in an email statement.
“When it comes to qualifying for Boston, we rely on the race organisers and timing systems they employ to produce accurate results, and we also rely on the honesty and integrity of 99.99% of competitors who compete fairly in pursuit of their personal records.”
Murphy said he thinks the actual number of cheaters is probably higher than the 0.01% cited by Marathon officials – which would be just three people – but he thinks it is still a small percentage.
Finding those rare cheats can be tough.
“There’s no governing body for marathons per se to look at results,” Murphy said. “Most of the time race timers and directors definitely do care, but there’s a lack of resources.”
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Cheating in a marathon can come in many forms. Some cut a few miles out of their qualifying race. Others give their racing bib to someone a bit faster. In rare cases, people pay to have their results altered.
Most races have methods in place to detect the most obvious examples of cheating. The race bibs have tracking devices that log a runner’s split time at mats placed strategically throughout the course.
Sometimes missed mats and unbelievably quick splits will alert race officials to the foul play. But cheaters often slip across the finish line and into race results unnoticed by race timers. Some of these people claim amazing times – good enough to get into Boston.
Mr Murphy has caught cheats by looking at the distances displayed on GPS watches in finish line photos and by matching finish times with time stamps on video recordings of races.
When a runner whose qualifying time places them in an early corral position at the Boston Marathon but finishes in the back of the pack, Mr Murphy marks their race result as a priority for investigation. Often, if someone’s Boston time is much slower than their qualifying time they may have cheated in an earlier race.
Instead of looking back at runners after the Boston Marathon happens as he has in the past, this year Murphy tried to find people who cheated to qualify before race day. He hopes that more honest runners with qualifying times near the cut-off will be able to run the race because of his analysis.
Not everyone agrees with Mr Murphy’s methods. On the Marathon Investigation Facebook page, sandwiched between encouraging comments, the occasional criticism pops up, taking the blog to task for going after amateur runners and giving them too much attention.
Crews install the decal marking the finish line on Boylston Street, for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 13, 2017.

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Women’s Running magazine published a critical opinion piece arguing that novice runners who cheat should not make the news.
Mr Murphy isn’t always in the business of getting people disqualified from races. Sometimes, he does just the opposite.
Last year, Ryan Lee ran the London Marathon in just over four hours and 13 minutes, but after he finished a race official contacted him to tell him that he was disqualified for missing a timing mat. The race organisers thought he had cut the course.
One missed mat doesn’t always mean someone cut a course – sometimes the mats don’t cover the entire width of the course and a runner might accidentally run around it. But Mr Lee’s time also seemed to be too fast – he appeared to catch up to runners who had started more than 15 minutes before him, very early in the race.
“It really was draining,” Mr Lee said. “I raised quite a bit of money for my chosen charity and I put 110% into the actual marathon. To be then called a cheat after that really does make you feel distraught.”

Mr Lee and his mother, Elizabeth Lee, set out to try and prove that he had run the entire race. They tracked down photos of Mr Lee on different points on the course and sought out other runners who had seen him race. But finding sufficient evidence to convince the race director that Mr Lee was innocent was difficult.
“I thought I would never be able to prove that I never did cheat,” Mr Lee said.
Mr Murphy heard about Mr Lee’s case and began to look at the evidence – video footage of the race, photos, and Mr Lee’s split times – and he noticed that Mr Lee appeared with runners who had a start time about 15 minutes before the London Marathon claimed he had started racing.
Crucially, Mr Lee was photographed beside those other runners before race officials said he had crossed the starting line.
Mr Murphy used these photos to prove that Mr Lee had actually started the race much earlier, and ultimately run a race about 15 minutes slower than the London Marathon had recorded.
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Even with the missed mat at the 10km mark, Mr Lee’s results made sense if his start time had been recorded incorrectly. When the race was presented with all of the evidence, they reinstated Mr Lee’s official race times.
Proving foul play on the race course often requires more than just number crunching. Mr Murphy said that Mr Lee’s case is a great example of why he looks at more than just race times.
“I was able to vindicate somebody, but if I had just looked at the data, I would have thought he cheated,” Mr Murphy said.
Mr Lee still runs, in part because his racing record was cleared. He is planning to run the 2017 London Marathon later this month.
“I would love the do the marathon in America and meet Derek to say thank you for all the help.” Mr Lee said.
“Without the help, I would still be known as a cheat.”

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Space salad? Plant experiment hitching a ride to space station


A second plant growth system, named the Advanced Plant Habitat, will hitch a ride on an Atlas V rocket and travel to the International Space Station to increase our understanding of growing plants in space. Wochit

CAPE CANAVERAL — A Kennedy Space Center-led effort to bolster our understanding of growing plants in space will hitch a ride on an Atlas V rocket to the International Space Station on Tuesday.

Astronauts on deep-space missions could one day munch on fresh produce thanks in part to NASA’s Advanced Plant Habitat, a mini fridge-sized experiment that will join 7,600 pounds of science, cargo and supplies bound for the orbiting outpost. The 194-foot rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41 with an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft at 11:11 a.m. ET, the opening of a 30-minute window.

APH is scheduled to depart exactly three years after its predecessor, the Vegetable Production System, launched to the space station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Dubbed “Veggie,” that experiment — also spearheaded by KSC scientists and still active — in 2015 produced lettuce that became the first NASA-grown food to be consumed by astronauts.

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APH might be launching years later, but it isn’t without advantages. Whereas Veggie’s plants were covered and relied on unaltered air from inside the station, the new system has the ability to control the environment within a plant chamber. To stimulate growth, it features a brighter array of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, but now includes white and infrared light, bringing its total output to four times that of Veggie.

But the biggest difference, according to program manager Bryan Onate, is the inclusion of 180 sensors and the reduction in crew time they will bring.

“It’s really a way for the scientists to modify the environment the light, the water, the atmosphere,” Onate said during a conference call with reporters in March. “We’ll learn a lot of invaluable information as we move on beyond low Earth orbit and move out to Mars and do food production out there in the future.”

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Dr. Oscar Monje, a research scientist, pours a growing substrate called arcillite in the science carrier of the Advanced Plant Habitat at Kennedy Space Center. NASA/Bill White

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Aided by cameras, the system’s sensors will relay real-time information to scientists on the ground at KSC, who will control everything but maintenance, such as plant thinning and, ultimately, harvesting. The plants are grown in a science carrier, which sits at the bottom of the habitat and is about the size of a large pizza box, Onate said.

Two seed varieties — arabidopsis, a small plant related to cabbage, and dwarf wheat — will be grown after installation as a checkout of APH’s systems and performance. If successful, arabidopsis will be the main crop for the first experiment named Plant Habitat 1.

Dr. Howard Levine, chief project scientist for the habitat, said its size and enhanced light production for photosynthesis will allow astronauts to one day grow larger, more nutritionally dense plants.

“It will be able to accommodate larger plants than have often been used,” Levine said. “This will allow you to grow many of the non-traditional, but valuable food crop plants that previously we weren’t able to accommodate.”

 

While most of the habitat’s hardware will launch on Tuesday’s Atlas V mission, some additional components will fly aboard SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch to the ISS, Levine said. The system was developed by NASA and ORBITEC of Madison, Wis.

Other experiments packed into the spacecraft include an investigation named “ADCs in Microgravity” that could improve cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs; magnetized tools that will help reproduce Earth-like cell cultures on the space station; and Saffire III, an experiment that will begin after Cygnus departs the ISS in July.

Experiment

The Saffire investigation, which aims to better understand how to detect and clean up after fires in space, will light a fire on a panel for about 20 minutes before the spacecraft burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Cygnus will also deploy 38 CubeSats, which are miniaturized satellites designed for research purposes, primarily built by university students from around the world.

The launch of Atlas V was delayed from March after two separate issues with hydraulics. While working to fix the first hydraulic issue on ground support equipment, ULA found a second issue with a booster hydraulic line. Officials said earlier this month that both issues had been resolved.

SpaceX, meanwhile, is expected to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from KSC’s pad 39A no earlier than April 30. That mission will launch a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, designated NROL-76. The rocket’s first stage will attempt to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zone 1.

In a historic first for the company and the industry, SpaceX launched and landed a “flight proven,” or refurbished, Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center.

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How to stop those annoying, endless robocalls to your smartphone

Have you noticed an uptick in those super annoying robocalls, telemarketers, and scams hitting up your smartphone all hours of the day and night? I have, and it’s driving me nuts.

Last month, I had a bogus call to lower my electricity bill. A few weeks ago, it was a pause after I said hello, then a woman saying, “Oh, I’m sorry, I’m adjusting my headset,” before launching into a sales pitch of some sort. And then there’s the daily deluge of numbers that look legit — like my daughter’s school calling, or a media outlet from Manhattan — only to end up being an obvious scam. “This is George Michael,” says a male caller with a heavy accent, “calling from your online pharmacy with your diet medication.” Talk about adding insult to injury.

Robocall rage

According to the Federal Communications Commission, there are nearly 2.4 billion robocalls made every month. That’s more than 7 calls per person, according to new research from the YouMail Robocall Index.

At best, the calls are frustrating. At worst, they’re robbing us blind. So what can we do about it once and for all?

#1 Google your own smartphone number

Let’s start with a little self-education. How the heck are these criminal-callers getting our cell numbers in the first place? If you don’t post it publicly across social media, use it on shady shopping sites, or shout it out to every telemarketer who calls — how is it getting out there? The Better Business Bureau recommends Googling your own number. Do it. I’ll wait.

Was it there? Mine was. It might not be alongside your name, but chances are it’s there, collected by a “people search” company like Nuwber that aggregates information from “White Pages listings, Public Records and Social Network Information.” Thanks to modern technology, these lists are now easy for cyber scammers to scrape. And that’s how the the robo-games begin.

#2 Add your number to the Do No Call list

robocallsIf you haven’t already, add your cell number to the National Do Not Call list. I just went there to verify that I’m on the list and sure enough, I’ve been registered since February 2006. So much for that. Obviously, it doesn’t fix the issue all the way around, but it does help keep legitimate companies from cold-calling you. Sadly for us, the bad-guys have easy workarounds (like #1).

If you’re already on the Do Not Call Registry and still get hit up, report the calls to the FTC, which compiles the reports and hands out the fines. You can also block them right from your smartphone and block any spammy texts too.

 

#3 Blocking calls and texts

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On iPhones, tap the green phone icon on your home screen, select the “Recents” tab on the bottom of the screen, then tap the blue “i” information icon next to the phone number you want to block. A screen pops up with a bunch of options and at the very bottom you’ll find “Block This Caller.” Tap it and then when the verification screen appears, confirm your decision.

On most Androids, there are two easy ways to block numbers. If you’re on the standard version of Android 6.0 you can go into your call log and long-press on the number you want to block, then select “Block number” from the pop-up menu.

If you’re using a version of Android other than the stock version (or if you don’t know which version you’re actually using) you can select “Settings” and then “Call blocking,” then tap “Add number” and type in the number you want to block.

#4 Bring in the big guns

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There are a handful of apps that promise enough anti-spam ammo to stop annoying calls for good. They all require a bit of set-up, but the toughest part of that so far for me has just been remembering my AT&T password. (You’ll need the provider password for some of them.)

Nomorobo – (iOS)

 

 

This is my best of these apps I’ve reviewed to date — so it’s no surprise that it won a competition by the FTC. After you download the app onto your device, you can sign up for a free trial for 30-days, or commit right away to either $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. (If you don’t remember to cancel your sign-up, you’ll be auto-billed.)

After you install the app, it prompts go into your iPhone’s settings, select “Phone” then tap “Call Blocking & Identification” and tap Nomorobo to enable it. Back in the Nomorobo app, it asks you to enter your phone number for verification (to make sure you’re not a robocaller yourself). After that — you’re done.

You can send yourself a test robocall to see exactly how it all works. When a sketchy telemarketer hits up your phone number, your call screen shows a big red dot and a note that says “Robocaller” so you know to avoid it. There’s even an option in the app to block these calls automatically, before they even reach your smartphone screen.

Nomorobo swears it doesn’t block legitimate calls from pharmacies, schools, or other important institutions — because it “analyzes millions of calls made to hundreds of thousands of phone lines every single day.” While it doesn’t want to say much more about its secret sauce than that, I’m using it and it seems to be working well.

Truecaller – This paid app (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) reports that it’s collected more than 3-billion phone numbers and relies on information from users to filter out the scams. When the app identifies a specific phone number as robocall or scam, it lets you know with an alert on the call screen. The website says it gets its information from a central database that is constantly being updated with new phone numbers.

Set up is similar to NoMoRobo. Download the app, follow the prompts. I like that you get link it to Facebook to auto-fill and there’s an animated screen that shows you the entire set-up process. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

There are several pricing options, but you end up paying about $1.50 per month for the full suite of features. Because Truecaller queries a central database for information on each number, the app requires a data connection to identify new callers, so keep that in mind if you often find yourself in places without 3G or 4G available.

Enough is enough!

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I posted a message on this topic in my Facebook feed, and dozens of people chimed in. Other people have good things to say about similar apps such as PrivacyStar, Mr. Number, Hiya, and YouMail. We’ll try those and deliver an updated anti-spam round-up with the next few weeks.

Have you found a clever way to outsmart robocalls? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Manchester United should keep new formation vs Chelsea

Man Utd vs Chelsea produced maybe the best tactical performance yet from Jose Mourinho and it could be the defining moment in his tenure.

Mourinho should keep back three formation

The personnel was questionable but the formation wasn’t. Unlike Louis van Gaal’s dicey start, Jose Mourinho’s United have the players to make a back three formation a success and it was testament to their belief in their manager they beat Chelsea without their three most prolific players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata.

United players’ focus was immaculate and it was patent from the first few moments, when Ander Herrera was onto his teammates, that the set-up was a perfect fit to counter the Premier League leaders. Every starter knew his cue and United were so comfortable in the system you might have thought they had played in it since August.

The arrangements were tailored to counter Chelsea but United were fluid and intense. Marcus Rashford played with Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba when he was aged just 12 and the trio’s telepathy unnerved a Chelsea side who expected to handle Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s muscularity.

United might be better without Ibrahimovic

When the number 19 flashed up Mourinho turned to the south stand, raised his arms aloft, nodded his head emphatically and put his hands together as Rashford strolled towards the touchline.

United’s best performance of the season came without their player of the season. Ibrahimovic will doubtless plant the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year trophy onto his packed mantlepiece but he might have sat uncomfortably as his exuberant teammates flourished without him.

The attack was more energetic and more mobile without the Swedish figurehead. Rashford epitomised it with his willing running did not wane even after the excellent Lingard, a worthy foil, was withdrawn.

It is just one performance, of course, but United chose the best team in the league to prove they can thrive without their top scorer and Ibrahimovic should not be guaranteed a return to the line-up against Anderlecht on Thursday.

Darmian saves best for Conte

Rashford had the game of his life for United and so did Matteo Darmian. He was an unsung hero during Mourinho’s masterclass and the Italian’s performance might have flown under the radar had his manager not singled him out for praise during his press conference.

Darmian has performed consistently poorly this season but against his former Italy coach Antonio Conte he displayed a defensive nous United fans expect to see from a player nurtured on a diet of catenaccio at AC Milan.

The versatile full-back was unspectacular but disciplined as he helped maintain United’s balance even when Mourinho tweaked the formation in the second-half.

Pogba bosses Kante

The hysterical hype surrounding N’Golo Kante evidently piqued Paul Pogba. The United midfielder boasted before the game he had scored more goals than his compatriot and, unlike on previous occasions, that cocksure brashness was transferred onto the pitch.

Kante’s PFA Player of the Year recognition provoked Pogba into producing the kind of performance United supporters expected more regularly. His committed first-half tackle on Diego Costa set the tone for a bullish team performance.

Perhaps, like Darmian, Pogba was also spurred by his old mentor Conte’s presence in the dugout. Pogba was abysmal in both of United’s Stamford Bridge defeats and responded with verve and vibrancy to force Conte into a midfield change that did not disturb United.

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Herrera has to be United’s next captain

Ashley Young was tremendous and tireless with the armband strapped to his bicep but, just like at Anfield in October, it was apparent Herrera is Mourinho’s on-pitch lieutenant.

He exemplified it best not through his incisive pass for Rashford’s opener or the second-half clincher, but by punting the ball into touch. Herrera followed up his clearance by sprinting as energetically as the Battery Bunny before hollering at Fellaini to push higher up.
Whatever the changes to United’s squad next season, the Basque will be staying.

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After having breakfast at first traffic signal, Bengaluru man eats his lunch at 2nd signal

Bengaluru: Sripad M, a techie, working for a reputed MNC in Whitefield area follows his doctor’s advice of eating meals on time. Colleagues travelling with Sripad in office cab have seen him completing his breakfast at first signal, by the time they reach second signal, it would be lunch time for him.
“One day while having routine blood test found my sugar levels were high. I was in pre-diabetic condition. Doctors advised me unless I do lifestyle corrections like eating on time, regular exercise, I will struggle being a diabetic forever,” said Sripad while speaking to us.

“First correction I did was to shift little near to office. Instead of earlier six hours, now it takes about four hours in one way. Normally I will get in to my office cab around 8 AM in morning. By 8:15 AM, I will be having my breakfast peacefully sitting somewhere on the last row,” said Sripad.

Sripad added, “To reach office we need to cross two major signals, one at silk board junction during breakfast time, if everything goes right, Kundalahalli gate by lunch time. Our office cab driver is a smart guy. He knows how to avoid traffic signals, for that if he has to travel fifty kilometers extra that is fine. He would take some inside roads, as vehicles would be moving, nice breeze coming in, no one minds the extra nap inside cabs. More often than not, before noon I would be at the second signal to have my lunch.”

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When we asked Sripad, eating is ok, what about exercise, he said, “We keep kits inside cab as we play tennis ball cricket matches on the way. At Silk Board junction one can play 10 overs a side match and in Kundalahalli Gate we get time to play one 5 overs match in nearby vacant government land. Techies from other office cabs, BMTC commuters including drivers, conductors join us as everyone knows traffic will not move for an hour at least. Looking at the demand we are planning to organize a tournament near these two signals.”

“When I started my career here in Bengaluru, it was 2 hours in traffic and 8 hours in office, now it is reverse. One has to adapt,” said Sripad before getting down.

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‘Survivor’s’ Jeff Varner says he was fired after outing trans contestant


After Survivor: Game Changers contestant Jeff Varner outed fellow castaway Zeke Smith as transgender, Varner faced public backlash. Now, he’s dealing with professional repercussions.

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“I was devastated (and not) given the chance to explain or right the wrong,” he said about being let go from Allen Tate Real Estate. “I didn’t even find out from my company. Suddenly, my real estate license was inactive and my current clients (were) left in the dark. It took hours after my press junket (for Survivor) to get anyone with the company on the phone to tell me personally, and even longer to calm my clients. … My former boss told me that I was in a news story they wanted nothing to do with.”

‘Survivor’ contestant outed as trans in tense, enlightening episode
Varner, a former local news anchor who has competed three times on Survivor, says he’s talking to other real estate firms and preparing to bring his former clients “with me to my new firm.”
Since outing Smith during tribal council in the episode that aired last Wednesday, Varner has apologized, calling the outing “the worst decision of my life.” Smith has written about the experience of being outed by someone in a column for The Hollywood Reporter.
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Pakistani Earned $10 million by Selling WordPress Theme

Mohammad Haris and Luke Beck are the founders of the creative firm ‘Themefusion.’ The duo met on the Envato Market, and together they created the top selling theme, Avado, on Themeforest. Their concept has been so successful that they made sales above $10 million.

When asked if they had any idea that they would be so successful, Luke answered, that every creative had to be confident about their idea. He and Luke were self assured when they started out, however they could never have predicted that they would ‘reach this level of success,’ in the next three years.

Pakistani Earned $10 million by Selling WordPress Theme

He was asked to talk about the highlights of their journey, and for Luke the experience had been so positive because of the people around him. Starting off with just one another, their work team has increased to 20+ and they are like a family. He also talked about the encouraging environment at Envato who helped them consistently. For him to be able to work on their dream, from their home town, while inspiring thousands of people, is a blessing.

As an advice to a brand new creative starting out in 2016, Luke said it was important to always try and be our best. They should take risks, and listen to their customers. They must be ambitious to grow in every way.

Lastly, he thanked all those people who made this success possible, such as Envato, because they provide such a platform for the buyers and sellers; and his entire team for continuously working hard to keep producing new updates and keeping their customers satisfied.