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It’s Not What You ThinkIt’s Not What You Think

first_imgWhat if what you see isn’t what you believe it to be? What if you are wrong and it’s not what you think?It’s Not What It SeemsWhat if the person that cut you off on the freeway is rushing home because their loved one is sick? What if they’re not paying attention because they are afraid of not being there for someone who needs them?What if the person who is talking too loud on their cell phone in public just got a call from someone important to them, someone they haven’t spoken to in far too long? What if this is the very last conversation they’re going to have with that person?It’s Not What You BelieveWhat if the person you believe is evil is really suffering from low blood sugar, hasn’t slept enough, and is struggling to pay their bills, despite the outward appearance of success? What if they’re not really the angry person you think they are?What if the person you believe is loud and obnoxious was neglected as a child and is behaving in a way that you don’t like because they need the attention? What if they developed this strategy because they need love, love that they aren’t getting?What if someone you believe to be sarcastic and cynical is responding the way that they do because they have been hurt before? What if the negative traits you see are really this person’s attempt to prevent being hurt again?What if the person you believe is lazy is really distracted because their marriage is in trouble and their teenage child is on drugs? What if their thoughts are somewhere else because they really need to focus on what’s important?What If It’s You?What if sometimes you are the person that others assume is doing something wrong because it isn’t what they think? What if the behaviors other people see as negative in you are really something else, something deserving of their compassion?What if things aren’t what they seem? What if it’s not what you think?last_img read more

Legendary wrestler and actor Dara Singh succumbs to illnessLegendary wrestler and actor Dara Singh succumbs to illness

first_imgFriends recall him as the gentle giant. The world hails him as the original machoman – Rustam-e-Hind of wrestling and Bollywood’s first action hero, who gave the mythological Hanuman a He-Man twist.Deedar Singh Randhawa – Dara Singh to the world – became a phenomenon long before stars created by crafty marketing strategy came into vogue.His ability to balance the two unrelated spheres of wrestling and films is what makes Singh unique in our pop culture.He passed away on Thursday at his residence in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest. The 83-year-old was hospitalised last Saturday after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. With little chance of recovery and keeping with his family’s wishes, Singh was shifted to his residence on Wednesday. The last rites were performed on Thursday afternoon.A file photo of Dara Singh with his wife at an event.Bollywood’s fondness for the big man with a bigger smile is evident from the galaxy of celebrities – Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Raza Murad – who came to mourn his death at the funeral.Bachchan, who played Dara Singh’s son in Manmohan Desai’s 1985 blockbuster Mard, aptly defined him as “an entire era of celebrated presence”.Singh’s debut film saw him essay a prop role in the 1952 Dilip Kumar-Madhubala drama, Sangdil. He was last seen on screen as Kareena Kapoor’s grandfather in the 2007 hit, Jab We Met.The intervening years saw him constantly redefine his charisma. He brought alive Hanuman twice – once in the sixties’ film, Ramayan, and then again in the eighties when Ramanand Sagar cast him in the role in his superhit serial on the epic. He also played Bhimsen in the 1965 screen adaptation of Mahabharat.advertisementAs a wrestler, his bouts were nothing short of spectacles. Along with Australian champion King Kong and Canadian ace Flash Gordon, Dara Singh created the first template of the entertainment sport that has today become a TRP topper in its various avatars such as WWF, WWE and TNA wrestling. A famous fight where Dara lifted King Kong above his head and flung him to the ropes is stuff that legends are made of in the wrestling world.Given his 6-foot, two-inch frame, wrestling glory was only expected. But Dara had a far bigger challenge to overcome when he entered Bollywood.Not many leading film-makers were willing to cast a wrestler stud as hero in an era when intense drama ruled. Dara chose to carve his niche in smallbudget Hindi and Punjabi action films of the fifties and the sixties, in the process turning the genre into a peculiar kitschy art form.With little script or cinematic finesse to offer, films such as Sikander-E-Azam, Jagga Daku, Toofan, Do Dushman, Daku Mangal Singh, Aandhi Aur Toofan, Jawaan Mard, Faulad, Tarzan Comes To Delhi, Tarzan And King Kong, Samson and Hercules found a fiercely loyal fan base riding solely on his brawn power.He went on to direct a few films too, notably Rustom with Tanuja and Sohrab Modi in 1982 and the 1978 film Bhakti Mein Shakti that also featured Bharat Bhushan.Singh was a true star, revered by die-hard fans as the larger-thanlife demigod he normally played on screen. So much so, many in his ancestral village of Dharmoochak near Amritsar reportedly refused to believe he was no more. For these fans, their Hanuman will remain immortal forever.He was born here in November 1928 to Balwant Kaur and Surat Singh Randhawa and it is here that he first learnt the ropes of wrestling.Soon after the villagers learnt about his death, the residents of the village, including some of his contemporaries, gathered outside his house to reminisce about their lost gem.Dara was affectionately called Balwanji (wrestler) in the area. No wonder then that the village has come to be known as Balwan da pind (wrestler’s village) – but not solely owing to his fame. Village lore is replete with tales of Singh’s philanthropy.– Inputs from Vikas Kahol in Chandigarh.last_img read more

Broncos Rally Stuns Chiefs, 31-24Broncos Rally Stuns Chiefs, 31-24

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs every way imaginable over the years, from playoff shootouts to defensive tug-of-wars.Well, not quite every way. Not until Sept. 17.Denver cornerback Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles’ second fumble 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left, completing a stunning comeback in the closing minute for a 31-24 victory — the Broncos’ seventh straight over their AFC West rivals.“I’m not quite sure I’d ever been in one quite like that,” Manning said. “That was a new one.”Manning threw for 256 yards and three scores, the last to Emmanuel Sanders with 36 seconds left as the Broncos (2-0) appeared to force overtime. But on the next play from scrimmage, with the Chiefs (1-1) also eyeing overtime, Charles was stripped by Brandon Marshall and the ball bounced right into Roby’s hands.The dramatic about-face came after Knile Davis gave Kansas City the lead with 2:27 left on an 8-yard run, raising hope among a sellout crowd that the Chiefs might finally end some curses.Instead, Denver won its 13th straight division road game, breaking a tie with the San Francisco 49ers (1987-90) for most in NFL history. And for one night, Manning quieted his growing doubters by improving to 14-1 in his career against the Chiefs.“I’ve been involved in a couple of pretty crazy games,” he said, “but nothing quite like this.”Charles finished with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown, but he will only remember his fumbles — one in the red zone early in the game, the other deep in his own territory late in the game.“I have to be careful with the ball,” Charles said. “It’s my fault.”Alex Smith threw for 191 yards for Kansas City, but also had two passes picked off.“We thought we had it won,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, they made the touchdown and it was our time to overcome and win the game, and we couldn’t finish. It was an emotional rollercoaster.”Manning threw a pick-six of his own, but he responded when it mattered the most.The Broncos took over at their own 20 after Davis had given Kansas City the lead, and the seven-time All-Pro marched them calmly down field.Manning found Demaryius Thomas for three long receptions to get deep into Chiefs territory, then hit Sanders with a strike over the middle on third-and-10 from the Chiefs 19 for the touchdown that kept Denver alive.“That last drive was really good,” said Manning, who joined Brett Favre during the game as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 70,000 yards passing. “I’m really proud of our young offensive line — no poise issues, no communication issues.”The late-game dramatics transpired after the Chiefs bolted to a 14-0 lead in their home-opener, energizing a boisterous, red-clad crowd that had been tailgating all afternoon.But like he has so often against the Chiefs, Manning answered by leading Denver on an 80-yard TD march late in the first half. The capper was a pass over the middle to Sanders, who slipped between the safeties and somersaulted into the end zone for the 16-yard touchdown reception.Two plays later, Aqib Talib picked off Smith’s throw on a poorly thrown pass in the flat, and the Broncos needed just four plays for Manning to find Virgil Green with a tying touchdown toss.After swapping field goals, the Chiefs were poised to celebrate when Davis took a handoff from Smith as the quarterback fell down and raced into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.Turned out to be not late enough for Manning and the Broncos.“I’ll tell you,” Manning said, “their defense is so much better than last year. They’re so stout against the run. They just make it hard all night. We just kept plugging.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tackling IoT system interoperabilityTackling IoT system interoperability

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Interface Concept ComEth4510a dual Planes L2/L3 Ethernet Switch, selected by Thales for a radar applicationNext VadaTech announces MicroTCA chassis optimized for FPGAscenter_img IoT application development has already evolved largely into an integration problem. Developers can find all manner of IoT hardware devices that provide a growing number of near drop-in solutions for populating an IoT system’s layers of terminal sensor nodes and edge computing devices. Developers can similarly find solutions designed to fill those layers with software — from RTOSs in the periphery, high-performance Linux at the edge, and any manner of software running on the cloud’s virtual servers. In practice, of course, building an IoT application requires significant effort in making all of those pieces function as a single system and application while ensuring end-to-end security, availability, and reliability. Worse, large-scale enterprise IoT systems need to do this multiple times as they combine separate, specialized IoT systems into a functional whole. That’s a challenge facing many enterprise-level IoT developers — and one Mentor Graphics hopes to address with its Embedded IoT Framework.This notion of a network of IoT networks is a key requirement for success at the enterprise level. Mentor Graphics cites a view by McKinsey that 40% of the potential value of an IoT application depends on successful integration of multiple IoT systems. Integration of even one IoT system is work enough: Mentor notes a forecast by Gartner that in the near term, half of the cost of implementing IoT systems will be spent on integrating their individual components. Unlike IoT platforms, which are intended to simplify vertical integration of hardware to cloud systems, Mentor’s IoT framework seeks to ease both vertical and horizontal integration of systems implemented on various IoT platforms such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Core, Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, and others.Frameworks have a long and somewhat tortured history in the electronics industry. Years ago, EDA companies including Mentor introduced comprehensive frameworks intended to simplify the integration of individual design tools from multiple providers into a “seamless” work flow. The problem then was not unlike what enterprise IoT developers face today. Of course, AWS and Microsoft Azure bear little resemblance to the point-tool providers of the EDA era. As far as the enterprise IoT developer is concerned, however, they are similar in that they provide just one piece of a larger, multi-system puzzle. What’s relevant here is the history lesson from those earlier frameworks: Despite heroic efforts, those EDA frameworks failed because they went too far, attempting micro-level integration. The added layers of software meant to normalize data, manage tool work flows, and support other design tasks paradoxically delayed availability of actual, workable integrated production design flows.With its IoT framework, Mentor took a different approach. Here, the company avoids inserting itself between the developer and IoT platforms such as AWS’s and Microsoft’s. Rather than attempt to provide a single software interface to all IoT platforms, the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework seeks to fill the existing implementation gaps that lead to the kind of costs that Gartner describes. In this framework, IoT platform SDKs are there, untouched, available for native use by the developer, but supplemented by services designed to fill the gaps (Figure).Figure. The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework intends to supplement commercial cloud SDKs with services needed to fill existing gaps in the implementation of enterprise IoT applications. (Source: Mentor Graphics) One of the implementation gaps that Mentor addresses relates to software updates. Although cloud providers support basic functionality for compiling and downloading a file, the cloud-level service typically lacks detailed information about device bootloader function, for example. Consequently, developers are left to create additional device-level services to define the specific actions required to safely deploy a software update package. Mentor fills the gap by providing more complete software-update services.That’s not to say that the Mentor Framework doesn’t sometimes provide more generalized alternatives to the cloud vendor’s solution. For example, AWS Greengrass lets IoT developers migrate portions of their cloud services to edge devices, using AWS Lambda functions to provide some cloud functionality even when the cloud connection is lost. Greengrass is a unique service that provides an important capability, but it remains an AWS-specific service. To add application- or service-level software to edge devices through a more general approach, developers could use industry-standard Docker containers to encapsulate and deploy their software. With the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework, developers can use either approach: AWS Greengrass with Lambda functions or use the framework’s support for Docker to deploy containerized software.The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework initially supports AWS and Microsoft Azure IoT platforms with planned support for Siemens, IBM Watson, and others. For more information, view the Mentor video or visit the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework site.last_img read more

PV Sindhu seals quarter-final spot at Singapore OpenPV Sindhu seals quarter-final spot at Singapore Open

first_imgOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu advanced to the women’s singles quarter-final of the USD 355,000 Singapore Open with a straight-game win over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt here Thursday.Fourth seeded Sindhu took 39 minutes to get the better of world number 22 Mia 21-13 21-19, her second straight win over the Danish girl, who had clinched the Spain Masters this year.Singapore Open 2019WS – Round of 1621 21 V. Sindhu PUSARLA13 19 Mia BLICHFELDTin 40 minutes (@BWFScore) April 11, 2019World number 6 Sindhu will next face China’s Cai Yanyan, a BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist.While Sindhu led throughout the first game after opening up a 3-0 advantage, the Indian was locked in a tight battle with Mia in the second till 8-8 and was trailing 11-15 at one stage.However, Sindhu managed to claw back 17-17 and then nosed ahead to seal the issue in her favour.Sindhu had reached the semi-final at the India Open last month.Also Read | Singapore Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal into 2nd round after easy winsAlso Read | Malaysia Open 2019: PV Sindhu crashes out in 2nd round, Srikanth advancesAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more

Birmingham to host Commonwealth Games of 2022 in £750m projectBirmingham to host Commonwealth Games of 2022 in £750m project

first_imgAthletics Since you’re here… The South African city of Durban had been selected as the original host but it was stripped of the Games in March, after failing to meet numerous financial deadlines. Birmingham and Liverpool were both interested in hosting and it became a head-to-head battle between the two but the government preferred the Birmingham bid. After it was eventually deemed “non compliant”, however, the deadline for other cities to apply was extended in an effort to encourage a rival bidder.No other city came forward and it is expected that the Commonwealth Games Federation president, Louise Martin, will confirm Birmingham as the host for 2022 at a press conference in the city on Thursday.It is understood to have been given reassurances that Birmingham city council has secured a large plot of land in the Perry Barr area, close to Alexander Stadium which will host the athletics, for a proposed athletes’ village.Ian Ward, the Birmingham 2022 bid leader, suggested that the village could provide 1,000 new homes in the city after the Games have finished, while major transport projects would be advanced. The Alexander Stadium, which hosts the British Athletics Championships every June, will also receive an upgrade.Ward estimated that an extra 4,526 jobs will be created in the West Midlands until 2022 and around 950 per annum in the subsequent years.Australia’s Gold Coast will host the next edition of the Commonwealth Games in April next year while Kuala Lumpur is a front-runner for the 2026 Games.Birmingham 2022 venues The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on WhatsApp Read more Athletics Alexander StadiumAquatics and divingNew Sandwell Aquatics CentreBadminton Genting ArenaBasketball Victoria SquareBoxing NEC Hall 1Gymnastics Barclaycard ArenaHockey University of BirminghamJudo NEC Hall 4Lawn Bowls Victoria Park, Royal Leamington SpaNetball Ericsson Indoor Arena, at the Ricoh Arena, CoventryRugby 7s Villa Park StadiumSquash University of BirminghamTable tennis NEC Hall 5Weightlifting and para powerliftingSymphony HallWrestling NEC Hall 4 Birmingham news Commonwealth Games Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Birmingham will be named as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday after a tumultuous bidding process.The Games will therefore be held in England for the first time since Manchester hosted the multi-sport event in 2002. The Birmingham bid suffered an unexpected setback when it was deemed “non-compliant” by the Commonwealth Games Federation in October. But the bid team, supported by Birmingham city council and the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, was able to give the necessary assurances over the financial backing and land for a proposed athletes’ village.The cost of the holding the Games is expected to be around £750m. The Government has pledged to cover £560m of that with the local council responsible for around £180m. In order to cover that cost, Birmingham is expected to become the first city in the UK to introduce a hotel tax. It is understood that will entail visitors to the city paying an additional £2 per night on bills, a practice which is common in many European cities. Share via Email Share on Facebook Commonwealth Games urged to relax media curbs as Gold Coast boycott looms … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Read more Topicslast_img read more

My timing has improved, I will qualify for the Olympics: Dutee ChandMy timing has improved, I will qualify for the Olympics: Dutee Chand

first_img Next Reuters MumbaiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 16:27 IST Dutee Chand is confident she will make the qualifying mark of 11.15 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand’s best time of 11.26 this season ranks her only joint 78th in the worldDutee is the first Indian woman since 1980 to compete in the 100m at the OlympicsEarlier this year, Dutee revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a woman from her villageDutee Chand, India’s first openly gay sports star, has fought many battles off the track in recent years but for the next 12 months the sprinter is hoping to focus entirely on her running as she builds towards the Tokyo Olympics.From her battle against the IAAF gender testing rules to coming out as a lesbian in what is still a highly conservative country, Chand is used to making headlines but she hopes over the next year they will mainly be about her sporting prowess.India’s fastest woman, Chand holds the national record for the 100 metres with a time of 11.24 seconds and is a former Asian junior champion as well as Asian Games silver medallist in the blue riband event.The jump from national or continental success to global contender is a big one, however, and her season’s best time of 11.26 ranks her only joint 78th in the world.Still, with a year to go until Tokyo, the 23-year-old from Jaipur is confident she will make the qualifying mark of 11.15.”I believe that hard work always pays off and I am working diligently to win more laurels for my country in the upcoming competitions,” Chand told Reuters in an interview.”My training schedule is pretty tough at the moment … but I have seen that my timing has improved a lot compared to before. I am working really hard and am sure it will pay off. I feel I will qualify for the Olympics this year.”Given the events ahead of her maiden appearance at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, Chand could be forgiven for a little relief that qualifying times are all she has to worry about.advertisementHer hyperandrogenism – a medical condition that naturally produces high testosterone levels in women – thrust her to the forefront of the debate over gender in athletics and she was barred from competition for a year in 2014.It was Chand’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that saw contentious International Association of Athletics Federations rules struck down in 2015, paving the way for hyperandrogenic athletes to compete in sprints.COMING OUTChand went on to become the first Indian woman since 1980 to compete in the 100m at the Olympics, although she was unable to progress beyond the heats in Brazil.Comments aimed at her about a perceived lack of femininity by some in her homeland continued unabated, however, and in May she laid herself open to more abuse from social conservatives.Chand caused a shockwave when she revealed she was dating a woman from her village in eastern Odisha state. She was praised for her courage but the revelation soured ties with her family.Last year the Supreme Court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex but while it no longer carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, same-sex relationships are still considered taboo by many in the country.The revelation did not discourage sponsors – she signed a two-year deal with German sportswear company Puma this month – and Chand said her overwhelming feeling after coming out was one of relief.”I don’t feel there has been any pressure on me since I have discussed my personal life openly,” she added.”In fact, I have received a lot of support and encouragement for speaking up about my choices.”I felt pressured when I was in the hiding. Not anymore.”I am sure my achievements have made things easier for me but I also feel that people in our country have a greater acceptance level now and appreciate honesty over false identities.”In July, Chand clinched gold in the 100m sprint at a global meet when she clocked 11.32 seconds at the World University Games in Naples.”The World University Games Gold medal was a great confidence booster for me. It highlighted my talents, my performance and dedication,” she said.”I received a lot of appreciation and support after this win and I look forward to winning more competitions such as these in the future and making my country proud.”Gold medal always feels great. In fact, any appreciation or acknowledgement is a great morale booster. The more medals I win, the more my ambitions and confidence levels increase.”Also Read | Dutee Chand laments lack of competition as Indian GP fails to provide tough test to athletesAlso Read | Sports Ministry rejects nominations of Dutee Chand for Arjuna AwardAlso Read | My medal is an answer to my critics, says Dutee ChandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dutee ChandFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympics My timing has improved, I will qualify for the Olympics: Dutee ChandIndia’s fastest woman, Dutee Chand holds the national record for the 100 metres with a time of 11.24 seconds and is a former Asian junior champion as well as Asian Games silver medallist in the blue riband event.advertisementlast_img read more

With Adventure Canada You Can Cruise the Wreck of the HMS Erebus in the Arctic OceanWith Adventure Canada You Can Cruise the Wreck of the HMS Erebus in the Arctic Ocean

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now In 1845, the HMS Erebus set out under the command of Sir John Franklin to explore and take scientific readings of the infamous Northwest Passage.That same year, the sailing ship outfitted with locomotive engines and inner-iron plating disappeared in the Canadian Arctic along with her sister ship, the HMS Terror and all their crew. Nearly 170 years later in 2014, the ill-fated vessel was found–only this time under 11 meters of water and a few feet of sea ice.And now, thanks to a new partnership between adventure travel company Adventure Canada and Parks Canada (Canada’s version of the NPS), you have the opportunity to see the wreck of the Erebus up close and personal with the newly launched Out of the Northwest Passage expedition. Not only will you experience the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic on this voyage, you’ll also be able to view the shipwreck via shipboard video monitors that are directly linked to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) piloted by Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team who will interpret and inform passengers about the wreck.Other points of interest along the way include Canada’s northernmost golf course (9 holes), Qausuittuq National Park (where you’ll be part of the first expedition to visit the park since its creating in 2015), icebergs, stunning arctic landscapes, and Sirimilik National Park, which is home to beluga whales, seals, walruses, Peary caribou, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, and wolves—and a migratory area for the iconic narwhal.“This opportunity to experience the wreck site of HMS Erebus offers a unique and meaningful way for Canadians and international travelers to discover our northern environment and heritage,” says The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. “It’s also a great way for visitors to learn more about Inuit history and culture and the significant contributions of Inuit knowledge to the story of the lost Franklin Expedition. I hope to see more partnerships like this, which will support northern communities through employment opportunities and community development, and showcase the wonders of the Canadian north.”If seeing shipwrecks isn’t really your thing, Adventure Canada has plenty of other options to accomodate your travel goals. With expeditions to Greenland, Labrador, and Newfoundland, Tanzania, and The Falklands and Antarctica.Adventure Canada kicks off the first run of its “Out of the Northwest Passage” expedition in September, 2017. Find out more about Adventure Canada trips here. Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Taiwan criticizes Chinas ban on individual trips to islandTaiwan criticizes Chinas ban on individual trips to island

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s foreign minister has criticized China’s newly announced suspension on trips by individual Chinese citizens to the island, saying Beijing was preventing its people from “experiencing a country where freedom, openness & tolerance are the order of the day.”China said Wednesday it was banning trips by individual Chinese travellers to Taiwan, in an apparent move to increase financial and diplomatic pressure to force Taipei to endorse Beijing’s position that Taiwan is Chinese territory. Chinese can now only visit Taiwan as participants of group tours, which have vastly declined after Beijing ordered travel agencies to restrict their numbers.In a tweet Wednesday night about Beijing’s move, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu wrote “How very sad?”“What’s to fear?” he wrote in a question directed at the Beijing authorities.The Associated Press read more

International conference is watershed moment for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoyInternational conference is watershed moment for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoy

“The last days have been a watershed moment for the Cyprus negotiations,” Espen Barth Eide, the UN Special Adviser Cyprus, told reporters today. Recalling the statements made at the Conference’s opening, Mr. Eide said they conveyed a strong message of hope that the long-standing dispute “can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and can be embraced in a security arrangement that is mutually acceptable for all sides.” He further informed the journalists that the next event in this Conference is a meeting which will take place next Wednesday (18 January), and will see senior civil servants come together to start working on specific ideas, options, proposals to prepare the ground for a structured final discussion between the principals at the very high political level, which will take place later. Noting that the meeting will not be negotiations, Mr. Eide added that while a date is not set for the principles to come together, “it is going to be soon.” He went on to say that while “not everything is new under the sun,” the fact that the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – are in the meeting with the Cypriots, and “the fact that we now are setting up this structured conversation about security itself, is new, it has not happened in this forum. All this, Mr. Eide stressed was thanks to the leadership of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Thanking all participants at the conference for their support, he called on everyone to reflect and prepare themselves for the upcoming meeting.“The idea now is that rather than just rehearsing the old scripts and reading from notes that have been around for decades, we will now try to decompose these different elements together, not to negotiate them but to try to look into the different components,” and find ways to address the concerns of all Cypriots, he explained.“I think that there is a momentum now. Larger political developments remind us that it is probably, or quite surely, very important to use these days as effectively as we can and in as constructive spirit as possible,” concluded Mr. Eide. At the end of yesterday’s discussions, which were opened and chaired by Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN announced that the participants in the Conference had decided to take the following steps: Establish a working group at the level of deputies. This group will commence its work on 18 January. Its task will be to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them;In parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus; and that The Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions. read more

Commentary Buckeyes offense facing identity crisisCommentary Buckeyes offense facing identity crisis

As the football program’s annual Spring Game inches closer, the two sides of the ball could not be farther apart, in both play and identity. Take Saturday’s scrimmage for example. In 17 possessions, the offense managed just three Drew Basil field goals. The four quarterbacks taking snaps in place of injured starter Terrelle Pryor looked mundane at best. Taylor Graham was the only one without a turnover. That’s not exactly vintage “Tressel Ball.” The receivers helped account for some of those turnovers, dropping passes that turned into picks. The discrepancy between returning starter DeVier Posey and the rest of the receiving corps appears to be wide. Now, the offense does have a handful of legitimate reasons for its struggles on Saturday: Pryor’s injury, starting right tackle J.B. Shugarts’ absence because of a shoulder injury, two new starting guards and too many new faces catching the ball. But the defense, which is replacing seven starters, sure wasn’t offering any excuses. Its play did the talking from the first snap, when the offense started from its own three-yard line. At the snap, defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins slammed through the point of attack and stopped running back Dan Herron in the end zone. The “Silver Bullets” weren’t finished causing havoc quite yet. Cornerback Bradley Roby had two interceptions. Running back Jaamal Berry was crushed by cornerback Dionte Allen on a bubble screen. And on a single play, Simon sacked quarterback Kenny Guiton, forced him to fumble and then recovered the ball for a triple crown of sorts. The defense even appears to have found its director in Etienne Sabino, who seems to have finally seized the opportunity. “(Sabino) is definitely our leader right now in the middle of the field,” cornerback Travis Howard said. “He’s the guy calling all the plays and making all the checks.” Not all is lost for the offense. It appears to have a three-headed monster of running backs up to the challenge, each of whom brings something different to the table. Berry has the speed, Jordan Hall has the shiftiness and Rod Smith packs the Beanie Wells-like power. It’s no secret that the program has been engulfed in a storm of controversy during the offseason. Heck, it couldn’t even finish the scrimmage because a howling thunderstorm showed up in the ‘Shoe. So, whether it’s the offense finding its identity or the defense continuing to assert its own, it’s clear the team has a long road ahead. Lucky for the Buckeyes, it’s spring, not autumn, so they have plenty of time to weather the storm. read more

Iranian migrants airlifted to hospital with hypothermia during attempted Channel crossingIranian migrants airlifted to hospital with hypothermia during attempted Channel crossing

This boat, which ran aground and was abandoned last week, was seen today carrying ten migrants across the Channel, before getting into difficultiesCredit:Jamie Johnson This morning, a lifeboat from Bolougne-sur-mer raced out to meet the small pleasure cruiser, and its occupants, while the air temperature was just seven degrees celsius, with a wind chill factor making it feel just above freezing.“I have spoken to the Coxswain on board the lifeboat and he says they are really fighting for their lives,” said Gerard Barron, head of the Boulogne sur Mer lifeboat station.“There was a problem with the engine and fumes were entering the cabin, so there were serious problems with carbon dioxide and gas inhalation. That combined with the onset of hypothermia has left them really touch-and-go,” he added. Two suspected migrants were airlifted to hospital suffering from hypothermia and fume inhalation while attempting to cross the English Channel, in the most serious incident this year involving smuggling boats.The two men, who were part of a group of 10 people, are fighting for their lives in Bolougne-sur-Mer after attempting the perilous crossing in heavy seas, high winds and low temperatures.The other eight men, who all presented themselves as Iranian, were rushed back to Calais in a lifeboat after their stricken vessel struggled with engine problems in the busiest shipping lane in the world.They too were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.The small pleasure cruiser on which the men had travelled was confirmed to be the same boat that had been seen by the Telegraph, abandoned on a beach in Northern France last week.The Alicia, a seven-metre vessel had been purchased by a man who claimed to be British last Tuesday. Mr Barron said that, having been rescued, the suspected migrants would be transferred to Calais is just under an hour, as that was the closest port.The boat, which he confirmed was the Alicia, would be towed to Dover.After a spike in attempted crossings of the English Channel by Iranian migrants in November, this month had been relatively quiet until this week.Since Monday, it is understood that 20 migrants have been picked up by Border Force agents in English water, in three separate vessels.More than 130 men women and children, mostly claiming to be Iranian, have reached Britain from France by boat since November. That evening, it had taken to sea, but the one person onboard radioed the coast guard for assistance after getting into trouble in shallow waters in Équihen-Plage, just south of Boulogne sur Mer.The boat was abandoned by its owner and left beached, but questions will be asked of French authorities as to how it was able to be reclaimed as a craft to ferry migrants across the Channel. This boat, which ran aground and was abandoned last week, was seen today carrying ten migrants across the Channel, before getting into difficulties The ten men were rescued by a lifeboat from Bolougne-sur-MerCredit:PREMAR Manche The struggling migrant boat is helped by a lifeboat from Bolougne-sur-Mer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

GCCI head calls on citizens to participate in national discussion onGCCI head calls on citizens to participate in national discussion on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSovereign Wealth Fund legislation by December- JordanJune 28, 2018In “Business”Natural Resouces Fund should be protected by majority in the National Assembly – RamOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Local businesses have to build capacity to compete with Int’l firms – JordanDecember 9, 2017In “Business” The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is inviting members of the public to participate in a national discussion on the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), tomorrow (Friday), at the Duke Lodge, Georgetown from 09:00h.The Energy forum will focus on fostering discussions on the draft legislation of the Sovereign Wealth Fund since the President of the GCCI, Deodat Indar strongly believes that certain aspects of the Fund need to discussed in detail before it is signed into law.Panelists will engage the audience, who will be given the opportunity to make recommendations for the draft legislation.Indar, during a press conference today (Thursday), made the call for Guyanese to attend the event noting that it is the first ever energy forum which focuses on the Sovereign Wealth Fund, among other issues.He said, “Since early 2017 we have been asking for a sovereign wealth fund legislation for good reasons. It took a little time but we have in front of us now something that we can discuss as a private sector, something that we can discuss as a country to hammer out the best fashion in which the sovereign wealth fund legislation can be crafted”.According to him, the present document requires the input of other Guyanese so that when it becomes law, it will entail the views of citizens from the private sector. read more

Risques cardiovasculaires mesdames gare au stressRisques cardiovasculaires mesdames gare au stress

first_imgRisques cardiovasculaires : mesdames, gare au stress !Canada – Les femmes sur la défensive face aux situations de stress seraient plus enclines aux risques cardiovasculaires.L’étude menée par Bianca D’Antono, chercheuse au centre de recherche de l’Institut de cardiologie de Montréal (ICM) montre que les différences hommes-femmes existent également au niveau des réactions biologiques face aux situations de stress. Les chercheurs ont analysé la réaction de 118 femmes et 81 hommes âgés de 20 à 64 ans face à quatre situations stressantes d’intensité variable, durant chacune 5 minutes. La première, de faible intensité, visait à faire lire un texte de géographie aux sujets, la deuxième et la troisième situation mettaient les sujets en scène dans un jeu de rôle avec un scénario comportant pour l’un, des répliques neutres ou agréables et pour l’autre, des dialogues agressifs. Enfin, lors de la dernière expérience, le sujet devait débattre sur l’avortement avec une autre personne. Il s’est avéré que les femmes, plus promptes à développer une attitude défensive face à la crainte du jugement social, avaient une pression sanguine plus forte. La même chose se produirait chez les hommes de plus de 50 ans qui ont une faible attitude défensive face à une situation de stress. Ces hommes auraient un rythme cardiaque plus élevé mais également un taux plus important de cortisol, une hormone qui joue un rôle dans la réaction de l’organisme face au stress.Pour aboutir à ces résultats, les chercheurs ont à chaque fois mesuré la pression sanguine, le rythme cardiaque et sa variabilité, puis ont prélevé un échantillon de salive après chaque passage afin d’en mesurer le taux de cortisol. Cette étude a été rendue publique récemment dans le Journal of Psychophysiology.  Le 30 mars 2010 à 10:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PS4 Pro does not support 4K Bluray discs because nobody uses themPS4 Pro does not support 4K Bluray discs because nobody uses them

first_imgWith the unveiling of the PS4 Pro Sony isn’t going to compete with Scorpio, but is embracing 4K gaming and 4K media playback. However, there’s one big caveat to that 4K media playback feature: 4K UHD Blu-ray discs are not being supported by the console. This came as a surprise because it seemed like an obvious feature to include and Microsoft added support for the discs in the Xbox One S.We were all left scratching our heads as to this omission, and initially thought it may be a mistake in the media releases. But that’s not the case. Andrew House, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has confirmed that 4K UHD discs will not be supported, and never will be supported by the PS4 Pro.The reasons why Sony chose to do this? Apparently it’s because movies on physical media is no longer that popular and consumers prefer to stream our movies and TV shows. To quote House directly:Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming … Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area. While it’s true that services such as Netflix are becoming increasingly popular, having the option of 4K Blu-ray playback would have been nice. Even so, the PS4 Pro is mainly about games, but will support 4K streaming from day one. So if you want to watch movies in 4K you can, just not from a physical disc. <> Right now Sony has a bigger problem to solve with regards to selling the PS4 Pro to consumers. That problems is managing to show gamers what it can actually do. The PlayStation Meeting attempted to show off what 4K and HDR means for games, but it completely failed due to YouTube compression and most viewers not having a 4K + HDR-capable display to watch the presentation. It’s meant to be impressive, we just can’t see it without the right kit.Expect 4K displays hooked up to a PS4 Pro to start appearing in games stores soon. Sony would also do well to offer some uncompressed 4K video downloads of PS4 Pro footage for those with a 4K display to truly gauge the Pro’s capabilities.last_img read more

Pope shed apathy toward new threatsPope shed apathy toward new threats

first_imgREDIPUGLIA, Italy — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning ”war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said ”even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.An Italian defense ministry official presented the pope with his grandfather’s military record during the commemorations, and the parents of an Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan last year presented Francis with the distinctive feathered Bersagliere cap worn by the Piedmontese corps, famed for a rugged endurance epitomized by their tradition of marching at a jog.last_img read more

Pentagon Survey Played Down Climate Change ThreatPentagon Survey Played Down Climate Change Threat

first_imgA Pentagon survey concluding that about half of military facilities worldwide experienced impacts from climate change-related risks de-emphasized the threat installations face as a result of climate change and rising sea levels, according to a draft version of the report obtained by the Washington Post. The final survey, which was submitted to Congress in January, represented the department’s first comprehensive attempt to survey installation officials about the effects of climate change.Overall the December 2016 draft was far more direct in its discussion of climate change and the issue of sea-level rise, according to the Post, with numerous references to “climate change” omitted or altered to “extreme weather” or “climate” in the final version. One deleted sentence, for example, stated, “The changing climate could increase risk to the 420 endangered species that live on our installations, potentially leading to training and operating restrictions.”The revisions “change the feeling of urgency in the report, but not its fundamental conclusion — that our military installations are clearly experiencing climate impacts,” said John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security. Conger helped lead the survey when he served as DOD’s top installations official under President Obama.“As highlighted in the report, the effects of climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to missions, operational plans, and installations,” DOD spokeswoman Heather Babb said in a statement. “DOD continues to focus on ensuring its installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of threats, including climate. The department has a proven record of planning and preparing for such threats,” she said.Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

State moves to ban noncitizens from getting senior benefitsState moves to ban noncitizens from getting senior benefits

first_imgState officials want to change eligibility requirements that now allow non-citizens to collect monthly senior benefits.The proposed change from Gov. Bill Walker and the state health department would remove 16 people from the program that pays monthly benefits to low-income senior citizens. It would save the state about $43,000 annually.Most of those who would be affected have not met the five-year residency requirement to receive benefits. Three others have moved to Alaska but don’t plan to immigrate, and one person is in the country without legal permission.Walker’s bill would require anyone receiving the senior benefit be a citizen or a qualified permanent resident.The governor’s office says all public assistance programs except one other have citizenship requirements.last_img

AL men show shoes to Khaleda motorcadeAL men show shoes to Khaleda motorcade

first_imgA group of people shouting slogans in favour of Awami League and its election symbol ‘boat’ showed shoes and sandals when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade was crossing Narsingdi’s Bhelanagr area on her way to Sylhet on Monday morning.Around one hundred rowdy people started chanting slogans of ‘boat’ in front of Narsingdi district jail at Bhelanagar in presence of huge police as Khaleda’s motorcade reached there around11:20am.At one stage, they showed shoes and sandals towards her motorcade.They also tried to attack a car of Juba Dal central leader Mahbubul Hasan Pinku but the police resisted them.A huge number of law enforcers were seen deployed at different important points on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway centering Khaleda’s Sylhet tour.The law enforcers were also seen obstructing the BNP leaders and activists to take positions at many points of the highway to welcome their chairperson.BNP senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB that the police are not allowing their party leaders and activists to stand on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway’s many points to welcome their party chief on her way to Sylhet.He also alleged that the police were also detaining their party men trying to take positions on the highway. However, he said, the ruling party men were staging demonstrations at some points in presence of the police.Earlier in the day, the BNP chairperson left her Gulshan residence for Sylhet by road around 9:15am to offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) as a special court in Dhaka is set to pronounce its verdict on Thursday in a graft case against her.last_img read more