Sports Wrap: Kobe Bryant signs off in style, Barcelona out of Champions League

first_imgNBA: Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in unbelievable farewell victoryBryant scored 60 points in his final game, wrapping up 20 years in the NBA with an unbelievable offensive showcase in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.Atletico Madrid eliminate Barcelona from Champions League Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid and undone by two goals from Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat.Ruthless Bayern reach fifth Champions League semifinal in a rowBayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.Djokovic loses to Vesely in second round of Monte Carlo Masters It was Novak Djokovic’s first loss in a completed match since November, having retired from a match in February with eye infections.Kolkata, Bangalore in fray to host IPL 2016 final Kolkata has already expressed their willingness to host the Indian Premier League final with Bangalore also being in the fray to hold the summit clash of season nine.last_img read more

Mohun Bagan say wont submit ISL bid document

first_imgKolkata, May 24 (PTI) Mohun Bagan today said that they would not submit the bid document unless their three demands are met in order to be inducted into the Indian Super League. The last years I-League champions collected the Invitation To Bid document on the last day and tomorrow is the deadline to submit it. “The Indian constitution has been amended many times after its formation, and similarly here, the dates for a private organisation can also be changed,” Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said, taking a dig at Football Sports Development Limited, a subsidiary of IMG-Reliance that runs the ISL. “We did not want to give any scope to IMG-R who cannot deny that we have not bought the documents. The date of submission of the bid documents is not a factor to us,” Mitra said after their executive committee meeting. East Bengal are expected to follow suit as the Maidan heavyweights were bolstered by the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “We are extremely grateful to the chief minister. We have already sent her a letter to show our gratitude,” Mitra said as Mamata had asked them to not bow down under pressure. The two clubs main demand is the waiver of franchise fee of Rs 15 crore. “Apart from this we also need the money of the central pool and would like to play the tournament in Kolkata. These three demands have been brought up in our executive meeting today and has been agreed by all the officials of the club.” Throwing an open challenge to the ISL organisers, finance secretary Debasish Dutta said: “The revolt has already started and would spread all over Bengal. We would like to see how well the tournament progresses if the two most popular teams of the state, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, are not allowed to participate.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Czech police end investigation into Petra Kvitova stabbing case

first_imgCzech police have ended their investigation into a knife attack on twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova last year that forced her off the court for five months this season.Kvitova, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2011 and 2014, required four hours of surgery in December after protecting herself from a man wielding a knife who had gained access to her apartment by posing as a utility worker.The police received a number of clues from the public but could not identify the attacker.”It was not possible to find facts that would warrant launching prosecution (of any specific person),” police spokeswoman Jitka Dolejsova said in a statement.Kvitova, 27, was ranked 11th in the world at the time of the attack, in which she sustained injuries to tendons in all four fingers and the thumb on her left hand.She returned to competitive tennis in May, getting knocked out in the second round at the French Open. The left-hander won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham in June before exiting Wimbledon in the second round.Kvitova made it to the U.S. Open quarter-finals and is now ranked 29th in the world.last_img read more

Ultra-Marathon Runners Face Storm in Greece

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Competitors at the Spartathlon ultra-marathon in Greece have been forced to contend with a storm buffeting Greece since before dawn on Saturday.The winner, Japan’s Yoshihiko Ishikawa, finished the 245.3 kilometer (152.4-mile) race in 22 hours, 54 minutes, 40 seconds. He was more than 42 minutes ahead of the Czech Republic’s Radek Brunner.Ishikawa, who set off from under the Acropolis at 7 a.m. local time Friday, finished early Saturday morning amid heavy rain, which had started shortly after 3 a.m.Since then conditions have only worsened, according to race spokesman Pantelis Tzertzevelis.By 3:50 p.m. local time (1250 GMT), 85 of the 387 runners had finished. About 115 more were still in the race, trying to make the cutoff time of 36 hours, which expires at 7 p.m.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Early reports from ARM TechCon

first_img Continue Reading Previous Machine learning platform speeds optimization of vision systemsNext Could lucid dreaming perk-up your productivity? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry I was just on the phone with Rich Quinnell, who is the editor of the EETimes Industrial Control Designline. Rich is currently attending ARM TechCon, and he was bringing me up to date with all the interesting sessions he’s attended and the amazing things he’s seen.Of particular interest in light of the denial of service (DOS) attack that disrupted Internet service in Europe and the US last Friday was ARM’s announcement of a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that promises to greatly simplify the creation of secure IoT systems (see Rich’s ARM Does IoT Security Chip to Cloud column on EE Times).I was also interested to hear that Rich will be attending a dinner and demonstration hosted by Ultrahaptics this evening. The term “haptics” refers to any form of interaction involving touch. Ultrahaptics use a phased array of ultrasonic generators to create tactile feedback technology — think virtual buttons and other controls floating around in mid-air (this video makes things a little clearer).Generally speaking, these ultrasonic-generated controls are invisible to the human eye. The reason for my interest, however, is their application in conjunction with virtual and/or augmented reality systems. In this case, the “invisible” controls could be given visible representations in the virtual and/or augmented worlds. All of this is one more step along the path to a Star Trek-like Holodeck.(Source: Ultrahaptics) I just heard from Cyan that the virtual reality version of Obduction will be made available to their backers (of which I am one) this coming Friday. A large part of Obduction involves manipulating objects in the virtual world. Currently, you have to use a mouse or Xbox controller to achieve this. Hopefully, we will be able to use the Oculus Touch controllers when they become available in December, but having an ultrasonic-based haptic interface would make the entire experience much more immersive (with the added advantage of annoying the dog).All I can say is that I’m very much looking forward to hearing what Rich has to say about all of this following the demo when I chat to him again tomorrow.center_img 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.last_img read more

9 days agoLiverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dirk Kuyt says the current team is better than the 2008-09 squad.Managed by Rafa Benitez, the Reds finished second behind Manchester United that year with a squad featuring Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.And Kuyt thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side will go one better this season.”We were very close to success,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website of the 2008-09 squad, “we just missed a small detail to go one step further.”With the likes of Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher, Mascherano, Torres and other very good players, we just missed a little something.”If you see the build-up of the team of Klopp, you see it progressing every time and it looks like it’s now coming to success also in the Premier League. We were a particular team like that, only we couldn’t go one step further at that time.”Hopefully this team will do it because, in my opinion, this team now on the pitch is even better than ours.” last_img read more

Province Releases Gambling Prevalence Study

first_imgNova Scotia has one of the lowest rates of at-risk gambling in the country and fewer people are gambling overall, according to the 2007 Nova Scotia Gambling Prevalence Study released today, Oct. 16. Gambling rates are down in almost every category with the exception of lottery draw tickets. Thirteen per cent of Nova Scotians don’t gamble at all. Of those who do, the majority, 80.9 per cent, are no risk gamblers, meaning they are not at risk of developing problems related to gambling. A smaller group, 6.1 per cent, experience problems with finances, family relationships and more. Within that group, the number of Nova Scotians who are considered problem gamblers has remained stable at 2.5 per cent, while the rate of those at risk of developing difficulties has gone down, from 4.8 per cent in 2003 to 3.6 per cent in 2007. “I’m pleased to see that the majority of Nova Scotians who gamble are doing so responsibly,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “That said, I continue to be concerned about those people who are having problems. We have a provincial Gaming Strategy and we’re working on many initiatives to reduce the harm gambling brings to these individuals and their families.” According to the study, lottery draws, instant tickets and charity raffles are the most popular gambling activities. Age is a factor, with younger adults being most at risk. In the 19- to 24-year-old age group, 7.8 per cent are at risk of developing problems. The risk for problem gambling declines with age. For example, 2.9 per cent of problem gamblers are in the 35 to 44 age range. In terms of money spent gambling, problem gamblers spend $6,414 per year on average compared with $2,256 for at risk gamblers and $458 for no risk gamblers. Results for individual gambling products are also included in the study. Use of VLTs is down from 19 per cent in 2003 to 14 per cent in 2007. Casino slots gambling is down from 22 per cent in 2003 to 16 per cent in 2007. About 1.6 per cent of adults have engaged in Internet gambling. Daily ticket lotteries gained popularity, with the number of adults purchasing tickets doubling to 13.8 per cent. “The number Nova Scotians who are at risk of developing an addiction to gambling is down. The results are telling us that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Barnet. “They’re also showing us where we need to focus our efforts. We’ll continue to implement our Gaming Strategy, working with community partners, district health authorities, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation and others to further lower problem gambling rates.” The Department of Health Promotion and Protection has invested $4.3 million in prevention and treatment this year alone, in addition to investments by other government departments and agencies. Initiatives include: “We know there are some Nova Scotians who are at risk, who may already have a problem, or know someone with a problem,” said Mr. Barnet. “We are committed to ensuring those individuals know there is help available and where to get it so they can make informed choices for themselves and their families.” District health authorities are also working to reduce problem gambling in their communities using a number of innovative programs. South West Health targeted junior high youth through a two-hour program called Get Your Game On. The program was delivered to 285 students in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. After participating, 66 per cent of students said they thought differently about gambling and 89 per cent of teachers agreed it was effective in meeting its intended goals. “Engaging youth early is important,” said John Moore, director of addiction services for South West Health. “This program arms them with valuable knowledge and helps them develop critical thinking about gambling in their lives and communities. We’re very pleased with the success so far and we look forward to expanding the program to other schools.” This is the fourth Nova Scotia Gambling Prevalence Study. Other studies were conducted in 1993, 1996 and 2003. The 2007 study involved telephone surveys with 2,500 Nova Scotians between October and December 2007. The study is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . funding to hire more prevention and treatment staff in the district health authorities more accessible resources for those experiencing problems a campus awareness and education program for post-secondary students in most universities and colleges in Nova Scotia two provincial marketing campaigns, with calls to the problem gambling help line increasing as a resultlast_img read more

A muchneeded upgrade

first_imgHealth infrastructure, especially in rural areas, is going to be one of the most challenging tasks ahead for the new government. In its last tenure, it brought the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the government-run health insurance programme which was seen as a major health policy intervention. However, according to experts, the scheme was unable to solve the larger crisis in the health sector. There is an urgent need to invest in building healthcare infrastructure, especially in the periphery, says Joyti Ghosh, a professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) Centre for Economic Studies and Planning. “The much-celebrated insurance scheme has only filled the pockets of the insurance companies but has neither improved health infrastructure nor helped the people,” she added. Also Read – A staunch allyGhosh stressed that the new government must increase its public health spending up to at least three per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, India’s GDP for health is less than 1.5 per cent. With almost all neighbouring countries investing 2-3 per cent of GDP, the country has one of the lowest in the world. Another area to be looked into is the escalating prices of essential medicines. A Parliamentary standing committee report on drug pricing, submitted in February 2019 noted that the government has actually failed to check the rising cost. Also Read – Cuban pathos”The government has allowed the firms to set the prices as per the market-based system rather than what they accrue as costs of production. However, while pharma firms are making a lot of profits, the common man is suffering. The government must without delay ask the firms to go back to cost-of-production pricing system,” Jan Swasthya Abhiyan’s Amitava Guha said. Ghosh pointed out that the practice of granting secondary patents has added to the cost. The new health minister should completely stop it and make the patents’ office more transparent, she noted. Further, the government needs to tackle the acute shortage of manpower in the health sector and triple it, Ghosh suggested. According to a study published by Indian Journal of Public Health in 2017, India would need more than 20 lakh doctors by 2030. But, the sub-centres and Primary Health Centre (PHCs) are short by more than 10,000 Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANMs) and 99,000 male health workers, reveals the Rural Health Statistics 2017. “Any new government must see to it that ASHA workers get a fixed remuneration rather than incentives based on paltry services. They are the backbone of our rural healthcare and we depend on them heavily for improving our health indicators, however, we don’t treat them the way they should be treated,” Ghosh said. Experts also stated that the ultimate goal of the new government should be to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). For this, they need to cut down the out of pocket expenditure of hospitals as well as of outpatient departments (OPD). According to the recent study by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, more than 100 constituencies of the country spend more than Rs 763 on ODP in catering to OPD services and another more than 100 spend Rs 559-Rs 763 for the same. OPD services are not part of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. More capital should be invested in providing cheap drugs and diagnostics services to people, they suggested. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Prominent First Nation individuals struggle with Diamond Jubilee nominations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe year 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne.As a way of honouring the Queen for her service to this country, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal was created.About 60,000 Canadians have received the medal as a way to honour their significant contributions and achievements to Canada.However, some First Nations recipients are now declining the honour.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has this story.last_img

ExPMO aide Bruce Carson remained intimate with Stephen Harper government after leaving

first_img(Bruce Carson enters the Ottawa courthouse Monday morning. Jason Leroux/APTN)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAfter leaving the Prime Minister’s Office, from his perch in Calgary, Bruce Carson still had direct access to Harper government ministers and their senior staff who gladly entertained his attempts to promote an Ottawa company’s water filtration system as a quick fix for First Nation communities hard hit by water woes, evidence submitted during his criminal trial shows.Carson, who was once part of Stephen Harper’s inner circle, is facing trial on a charge of influence peddling stemming from his efforts to promote an Ottawa-based water filtration company looking to cash in on the water problems plaguing First Nations across the country.The water company, known as H2O Pros and H2O Global, had also signed a deal with Carson’s escort-turned fiancée guaranteeing her a cut of all sales to First Nation communities.Carson said little during the first day of his judge-only trial in an Ottawa courtroom Monday and spent most of the day scribbling notes on a large notepad. The man who once strolled through the corridors of power in Ottawa and supped with the titans of the oil patch in Alberta was clearly diminished as he walked with shoulders hunched into courtroom 20 for his date with justice.The trial continues Tuesday.Crown prosecutor Jason Nicol told Justice Bonnie Warkentin that Carson “had actual influence” in the Harper government despite leaving the PMO and moving to Calgary to head an energy think tank created by a $15 million investment from Industry Canada.Nicol spent most of the day arguing that Carson was trying to influence and receive benefit from “business relating to the government of Canada” by trying to pull all the levers he could at both the bureaucratic level with Aboriginal Affairs and at the ministerial level.Carson’s lawyer Patrick McCann is expected to argue that Carson was simply helping a company sign deals directly with First Nations which had no connection to business relating to the government.The trial, which will not see any witnesses testify, hinges on that question.Carson could face up to five years in prison if convicted of influence peddling.He has pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court.Nicol submitted several emails as evidence showing that Carson had easy access to Harper government cabinet ministers and their chiefs of staff. Carson also claimed in the emails to have discussed the water company’s products with John Duncan, the former minister of Aboriginal affairs, and Peter Kent, the former environment minister.The emails show that Duncan’s deputy chief of staff Ted Yeomans sent Carson the government’s planned media talking points on dealing with the brewing scandal two days before APTN National News reported that Harper’s principal secretary Ray Novak wrote the RCMP requesting a probe into Carson’s activities.‘APTN and you’Download (PDF, 55KB)The March 14, 2011, email was marked “high priority” and came with a personal message from Yeomans “heads up.”Carson forwarded the email the next day to Christine McPherson, the mother of Michele McPherson, who was Carson’s fiancée at the time.The media lines tried to downplay Carson’s interactions with the minister’s office, saying only that ministerial staff was “informally briefed” about the water filtration products.Carson, however, claimed in a Jan. 13, 2011, email that he discussed the project personally with Duncan who he said was in on the meeting via telephone from his British Columbia riding.“Minister Duncan’s office is to track down three bands who have water quality issues in Ontario and money to pay for the (filtration systems),” wrote Carson.Carson later denied Duncan was involved in the call during an interview with the RCMP, court heard.Duncan’s staff, however, did give Carson some leads to chase. Yeomans emailed Carson on Jan. 20, 2011, telling him to contact the department’s “very strong and trusted” Ontario regional director general.“He would be best to help find what you are looking for,” wrote Yeomans. “Because this is a business related issue, the department didn’t want to lock down any recommendations. I wish we could be more helpful.”‘Great leads’Download (PDF, Unknown)Kent and his office also appear to have been more helpful than was initially claimed shortly after the scandal blew up in the spring of 2011.In a Feb. 7, 2011, email to Shawn Atleo, who was national chief of the Assembly of First Nations at the time, Carson said that he discussed “the project” with Kent in an email which included the then-environment minister’s name in the subject line.“Just met with him…he raised the issue of water and waste water on reserves so I talked to him about frustrations with INAC on the project with point of use-he wants to meet with you so I will set it up,” wrote Carson.“Point of use” was code for the water filtration system peddled by H2O Pros.Carson wrote several emails to Kent’s chief of staff Stephanie Machel and commiserated with her over a scandal that had recently hit former international Co-operation minister Bev Oda over a decision to cut funding to a Christian aid group.“Have really felt for you and Bev through all of this nonsense…Look forward to seeing you and Minister in Calgary,” wrote Carson in a Feb. 28, 2011, email.“Thanks, it has been such a tempest in a teapot but unfortunately decisions to not respond directly to this from the get go have resulted in this mess,” wrote Machel, in reply two minutes after receiving Carson’s email.“Neither you nor Bev deserve this—say hi to her for me,” wrote Carson.“Will do,” wrote Machel.Then Carson got down to business and he proposed holding a meeting between Kent, Duncan and Atleo to “push bureaucrats into some action.” He warned that a looming report on the status of water and waste water systems on reserves would show things had gotten worse since the Harper government took over.“When I met with Minister Kent we discussed a matter I have been working on for some time, that is clean drinking water on reservations—drinking water and waste water seem to be of great interest to him,” wrote Carson. “I have been working with Shawn Atleo, national chief of the AFN and INAC (now known as Aboriginal Affairs) to try to implement their new policy wherein point of use water purification systems are eligible for government funding. These systems, which are installed in the individual houses are cheaper than municipal systems and immediately effective.”Fwd: Peter KentDownload (PDF, 33KB)While Aboriginal Affairs bureaucrats were proving difficult for Carson to deal with, the AFN was another matter.The emails show that Atleo directed his most senior staff, including his chief executive officer Richard Jacques and his senior strategist Roger Jones to work with Carson.On Oct. 12, 2010, Jones sent Carson the names of four communities along with their current chiefs and contact information that he could target to sell water filtration systems. Jones also said he would review any draft letters they planned to send the communities.“My suggestion is for a letter to be prepared and sent to the chiefs of these communities setting the proposed pilot project approach to introducing water purification systems into homes in their communities,” wrote Jones. “I will arrange for the chiefs to be informed that a follow-up phone call will be made by H2O. I will let you know when the call should be made. Let me know when the letters have been sent. If you want me to review a draft letter before sending it out I will be happy do so.”The four communities were Slate Falls First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.During his interview with the RCMP, Carson told investigators he was pushing the water filtration systems out of altruism, to help First Nation communities.The Crown said Carson was motivated by something else.“It certainly was all about a pretty girl,” said Nicol.And it wasn’t supposed to end up in a courtroom.‘The start of your fortune’Download (PDF, Unknown)Carson was hoping sales of water filtration systems to First Nations would create a “fortune” for Michele McPherson, who went by the working girl name of Leanna VIP, so she could leave her escort life behind, according to emails filed as evidence.The emails show that Carson pushed to ensure that she was paid a stipend. Carson also hired a lawyer to draft the contract guaranteeing she would get up to 20 per cent of revenues from the sale of water filtration systems to First Nations. The contract was later change to give her a 15 per cent cut.The evidence also shows that H2O Pros president Patrick Hill cut Carson a cheque for $5,000 which was supposed to buy a table at the AFN Christmas party. That money, however, was redirected to McPherson.“The start of your fortune-love bc,” wrote Carson to McPherson’s escort email leannavip@hotmail.com on Sept. 10, 2010.Below, in the body of the email, were messages to and from Atleo and his senior staff.Carson, who was senior adviser to Harper from 2006 to 2009, received his security clearance to work in the PMO despite five previous criminal convictions. He was also disbarred by the Law Society of Ontario.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Israel Palestinians must both take steps on path to peace Ban Kimoon

26 March 2007It is crucial that both Israel and the Palestinians take steps to reduce tensions in the Middle East in order to advance the peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Jerusalem today after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “The long-term safety and security of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian State go hand in hand,” he added, a day after holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, noting stressed the need to give some “political space” to the new Palestinian National Unity Government formed by Hamas and Mr. Abbas’s Fatah movement. “We must use the weeks and months ahead to advance the political dialogue, since the alternative is renewed stagnation, which only means more extremism and violence,” he said.A vital first step on that issue is for the new Palestinian Government to take action against the firing of rockets from Gaza and to secure the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, kidnapped from Israel and taken in to the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants last June, Mr. Ban noted.He also stressed that Israel’s actions are very crucial, particularly as regards settlements, outposts, checkpoints and revenues withheld from the Palestinian Government for the past year.Existing obligations and commitments need to be kept by both parties, he insisted, including those the Road Map, the blueprint drafted by the Diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and United States – that lays out mutual steps to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace.In his meeting with Mr. Olmert Mr. Ban also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation in Lebanon where Israel fought a 34-day war with Hizbollah last summer. read more

Actor and advocate Charlize Theron named UN Messenger of Peace

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist Charlize Theron has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, tasked with promoting efforts to end violence against women.Ms. Theron will join fellow actors George Clooney and Michael Douglas, as well as seven other internationally renowned individuals, as Messengers who advocate on behalf of the UN and focus global attention on its efforts to improve the lives of billions of people.The actor has been recognized for her work focusing attention and mobilizing efforts on social issues, particularly in her native South Africa, where she has the Africa Outreach Project, which provides funding for a mobile health and computer clinic that visits high schools in rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS.She will be officially inducted as a Messenger of Peace on Monday at ceremony led by the Deputy-Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, on behalf of the Secretary-General who will be in Geneva.Current Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus are: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); actor George Clooney (peacekeeping); author Paulo Coelho (intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament and peace and security); primatologist Jane Goodall (the environment); violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and youth); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights and the Holocaust). 14 November 2008The Academy Award-winning actor and activist Charlize Theron has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, tasked with promoting efforts to end violence against women. read more

Raspberry Pi camera boards are now available for the price of a

first_imgWhile you’re sitting around, patiently awaiting the inevitable Raspberry Pi spec upgrade, not knowing what else to do with the little guy, the Pi Foundation has benevolently released the official camera attachment. Now, while your Model B is still sitting pretty at 512MB of RAM with a 700MHz CPU, you can at least take up photography to pass the time.The camera board slips into that thin connector located between the HDMI and Ethernet ports. The installation process is actually a bit delicate, so the Foundation made a handy video to ensure sure we all don’t break our new toy.The installation process does seem a little tedious, as you’re plugging a flimsy ribbon into a thin slot, need to flip down a clamp while keeping the ribbon steady, and also need to keep the extremely lightweight Pi in place while you perform it all.For the price of $25 — the price of a Model A Raspberry Pi — the 5MP camera isn’t a slouch, capable of recording 1080p video.In order to make your tiny, adorable computer recognize the new camera attachment, you need to update the firmware, then boot into the configuration settings and enable the camera. Save the settings, then reboot. The Foundation has a list of commands with which the camera can be used, including recording video and snapping still photography. The camera is also able to stream its feed over the internet, using another set of commands.If the RasPi is a fun little board for you to casually mess around with, and experimenting with the new camera is either a little too time-consuming or complex for your capabilities or attention span, don’t you worry. The RasPi community is quick to move, and you’ll have a bunch of tutorials and plug-and-play project ideas sooner rather than later.You can get the Raspberry Pi camera board from the usual Pi staples, RS Components and Element 14.last_img read more

Most Greeks say worst yet to come

first_imgA massive 99 percent of Greeks say the country’s economic situation is bad, while 76 percent believe that the worst is still to come, according to a Eurobarometer survey published in Brussels on Thursday. This puts Greeks among the most pessimistic people in the 27-member European Union, along with the Irish, the Spanish and the Bulgarians. The survey found serious disaffection also with the political situation, with only 8 percent of Greeks saying they trust their government. Twelve percent said they trust the Parliament. Both figures were down from the previous survey. The EU, which is involved in Greece’s bailout loan, is seen as a more effective actor, with 29 percent of the country’s respondents saying they trust the bloc. The Autumn 2011 Standard Eurobarometer was conducted between November 5 and 20. Former central banker Lucas Papademos replaced George Papandreou as premier on November 11. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

US employers add 175000 jobs rate up to 76

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May — a steady pace that shows strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts if not enough to reduce still-high unemployment.The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate rose because more people began looking for work, a healthy sign, but only about three-quarters found jobs.Analysts said the less-than-robust job growth would likely lead the Federal Reserve to maintain the pace of its monthly bond purchases for a few more months. The bond purchases have been intended to ease long-term borrowing costs and lift stock prices.Investors appeared pleased by the evidence that job growth remains steady. The Dow Jones industrial average was up about 167 points in early-afternoon trading.Friday’s job figures provided further evidence of the U.S. economy’s resilience. The housing market is strengthening, auto sales are up and consumer confidence has reached a five-year peak. Stock prices are near record highs, and the budget deficit has shrunk.The U.S. economy’s relative strength contrasts with Europe, which is gripped by recession, and Asia, where once-explosive economies are now struggling.Many analysts expect the U.S. economy to strengthen later this year.“Today’s report has to be encouraging for growth in the second half of the year,” said Dan Greenhaus, an analyst at BTIG LLC.It also eased worries that had arisen after economic reports earlier this week had suggested that the economy might be weakening.Employers have added an average of 155,000 jobs the past three months. But the May gain almost exactly matched the average increase of the previous 12 months: 172,000.last_img read more

Weather Eye Rainy days will herald summertofall transition

first_imgI was looking at the seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon. Beginning Friday it goes like this: Rain, showers (maybe thunderstorms), showers likely, rain likely, showers likely and a chance of showers, repeated four times.Kind of sounds like a change in the seasons perhaps? Yes it is. The calendar signals the arrival of autumn Sunday. The weather will cooperate as well with clouds, cooler temperatures and rain. Snow will fall above the timberline in the Cascades on Saturday and beyond.Speaking of snow, Fairbanks, Alaska had its first dusting of the season yesterday. It won’t be long before folks look at the start of the snow season. With Thanksgiving arriving late this year on Nov. 28, there probably is a good chance the ski season will begin by Thanksgiving.While we are on the subject of snow and cold weather, I read an interesting article in an online scientific journal about the Arctic ice pack. It says that about a million more square miles of ocean were covered in ice this year than just last year. In August of this year the Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles. In September 2012 it had reached a low point of 1.32 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.Looking at satellite pictures one can clearly see an increase. One brave scientist mentioned that perhaps “global cooling” was here. Oh boy, another topic of discussion!last_img read more

13000 reward offered after father killed toddler injured in Miami Gardens shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has died and his 1-year-old son remains in the hospital after they were shot in Miami Gardens.According to Miami Gardens Police, 27-year-old Darin Williams Jr. and his child Darin Williams III were shot on the 2300 block of Northwest 187th Street on Monday, just before 9 p.m.“It was like a barrage of ‘brrrrrr, pop, pop, pop, pop,’” said area resident Maxine Solie, “and I said to the person I was talking to, ‘Them fools must maybe think that it’s still the Fourth of July.’”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews airlifted both victims to Ryder Trauma Center. Williams was listed in critical condition before succumbing to his injuries. His son was last listed in stable condition.Officials said Darin suffered wounds to his chest and hand, but was alert and talking at the hospital. They also said his father died while trying to shield him from the bullets.In total, four guns were used, and 47 rounds were fired.“They just came and just shot him,” said family friend Neema Taber. “They didn’t care that he had his son.” #NEW from #MiamiGardens Police re: killing of this father and wounding of his 1 yr old in shooting Monday night. Please help if able and be eligible to collect cash. ⁦@wsvn⁩ #7News pic.twitter.com/fMjGEWoG0D— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 2018On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan added $10,000 on top of the Crime Stoppers reward, bringing the new total to $13,000.If you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $13,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #NEW: 1-yr old Darin Williams III, has bullet wounds to his head, chest and hand, but was said to be up and talking in hospital according to police and family friends. His father, Darin Williams Jr. died while shielding child, according to detectives. 47 rounds fired @wsvn #7News pic.twitter.com/FGBEOw1Pf1— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 20187News cameras showed bullet holes at a home near where Williams and his son were gunned down.“It’s sad, it’s depressing, it’s alarming,” said Solie. “This used to be a very quiet, nice neighborhood.”Friends of Williams said he graduated from the firefighter academy earlier this year and had aspirations to move to Atlanta with his family to be a firefighter.Pictures provided by his family showed father and son smiling at the graduation.According to a police report, as many as four male subjects with multiple firearms were responsible for the shooting. They fled in a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and a paper tag. Cameras showed a police helicopter searching for the subjects.“As of now, nobody’s in custody, and we have no suspect [information] other than a Honda, dark tinted windows, and that’s all we have,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Carlos Austin.As of 6 p.m., officers were going door to door asking for answers, as friends and loved ones gathered outside the victim’s home to pay their respects.last_img read more

Students throng Australian education fair in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: AECC Global state head V Chaitanya stated that every year hundreds of students are pursuing higher education in Australia. An awareness programme on higher education in Australia was organised here on Saturday. Students from various engineering, management and degree colleges participated in the programme in huge number. Speaking to the media, Chaitanya said that representatives of top universities from Australia were present to interact with students of engineering, pharmacy and management courses who wish to pursue post-graduation in Australia. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said students joining PG courses in Australia would be given scholarship and the students would get jobs by the time they complete their courses. He said that a good number of students were willing to pursue PG courses in Australia. Representatives of Australia Catholic University, Australia National University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, Kaplan University, Federation University, Melbourne University, RMIT University, University of Canberra, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia and Victoria University interacted with the students and created awareness about the visa processing, courses, about admission and other details of their universities.last_img read more

Bakrid 5300 tonnes of animal waste cleared

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has disposed of 5,300 metric tons of animal waste during the Bakrid festival in Greater Hyderabad.As part of the Bakrid festival arrangements, GHMC has taken special measures to eliminate biological waste in various parts of the city at a cost of Rs 2.43 crore. In the last three days, 3.69 lakh black covers were distributed exclusively for waste disposal. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us This time bio-degradable bags were distributed in some areas as pilot projects on the occasion of Bakrid. In addition, 22 JCBs, 32 mini tippers and 1,85,000 black covers were distributed to 22 police stations in the city. GHMC Commissioner said that 5,300 metric tonnes of garbage was disposed of on Tuesday evening. The waste has been shifted to the Jawahar Nagar dump yard, he said. The Commissioner also said that a special staff has been appointed to remove the garbage on roads from time to time as Bakrid celebrates the festival for another two days. He added that the total volume of this waste would increase further.last_img read more