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Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition Shastri

first_imgCoolidge (Antigua): The reappointed Ravi Shastri says his primary endeavour will be facilitating a smooth transition by the time he leaves the scene. There will also be room for experimentation, he said, as the team looks to leave a lasting legacy. Shastri, 57, was on Friday reappointed for a second term. As per BCCI’s constitution, the national team’s head coach has to be below 60 years, the age Shastri will be approaching by the time his current tenure ends. The 2023 World Cup still a long way and winning 2021 World T20 is the realistic goal for the team. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Next two years is to see that smooth transition happens because you will get a lot of youngsters coming, especially into the white ball setup. There will be youngsters coming into the Test match setup as well,” Shastri told BCCI tv. “You will need to identify another three-four bowlers to add to the pool, those are the challenges. So that the team, at the end of our tenure, in 26 months, my endeavour would be to leave the team in a happier place. So that they can leave a legacy for the time to come,” the former India all-rounder said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe wants the team to leave the kind of legacy that future generations would find it difficult look to emulate. “I had the belief that this team could leave a legacy very few teams have left behind in years to come, not just for the moment they are playing but at the end of it all… the kind of legacy other teams going down decades will want to try and emulate. “That is the desire, we are on track. There is always room for improvement. And with youth coming in through the ranks, I think it’s very exciting time. When you strive for excellence and you strive to raise the bar day in, day out, then you got to pay attention to that detail. When you do mess up, you have an off day, don’t let that day go by, in fact, make sure that you are focussing and concentrating on how you can get over that barrier,” he said. Shastri, who had the public backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the short-listing was initiated, has been reappointed for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. Among all the candidates, Shastri’s record was unmatched as the team reached the No.1 ranking in Test matches under his guidance and won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years, besides decent success in the limited overs format. “It’s been superbly consistent if you look at the performance over the last two-three years. But like I said that is the bar they have set and now it’s up to them to raise the bar,” Shastri assessed the team’s performance in the last two years. “There is no other way, they have to. Unless you make those efforts, even at the cost of certain results, you will not know what your best setup is. There is a time when you got to invest in getting youth into the side in ensuring that you have better combinations, you are better kept all-round.” Shastri stressed on the improvements the current setup has made in fielding. “On thing that is most important is that over the last four-five years the biggest improvement is fielding and the endeavour is to make this the best fielding side in the world. “So it is a clear diktat to whoever wants to play for this team the standards of that particular player’s fielding will have to be of the highest level, especially in white ball cricket.” “Collectively, looking at the coaches, the players, the team management the endeavour is to keep this consistency going and try and take it to another level.” He also thanked the three-member committee led by Kapil Dev along with Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad for showing faith in him for another term.last_img read more

CBC head defends coverage after Scheer suggests too much focus on US

first_imgOTTAWA — The CEO of the CBC is defending its coverage of American politics after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer suggested the public broadcaster places too much emphasis on the United States and should focus more on Canadian stories.Appearing before a committee of MPs today, Catherine Tait was asked by Liberal MP Wayne Long to respond to Scheer’s comments, which he says he found concerning.Tait says the CBC’s primary focus is local, but that it’s important to also cover news from around the world so Canadians can see how international events could affect their lives in Canada.Scheer told The Canadian Press earlier this week that if he is elected prime minister, he would like to scrutinize the national public broadcaster to ensure the CBC tells enough Canadian stories.Tait stresses the importance of the CBC remaining independent of government or politics, calling this the key difference between a public broadcaster and state-run media.Tait also says the Crown corporation’s revenues have been declining by $20 million a year, despite a major cash infusion from the Trudeau government — the result of government funding not being tied to inflation coupled with a decline in advertising and subscription revenues. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Changes to Emera Incs ownership rules would allow more foreign investment

The Canadian Press HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is proposing legislative changes that would lift foreign ownership restrictions for Nova Scotia Power’s parent company, Halifax-based Emera Inc.Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says the change would remove a provision that restricts non-Canadians from owning more than 25 per cent of the voting shares of the company.MacLellan says another change would see Emera and Nova Scotia Power commit to keeping their head offices and principal executive officers in Nova Scotia.The minister says the changes will give Emera more funding flexibility and the access to capital that’s needed to help it compete in the global market.The legislation maintains the current rule that no outside entity can hold or control more than 15 per cent of the company’s voting shares.Bruce Marchand, Emera’s chief legal and compliance officer, says the changes will have no effect on the province’s ratepayers. read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1525797 up 6601

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,257.97, up 66.01 pointsDow — 22,092.81, up 66.71 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,476.83, up 4.67 pointsNasdaq — 6,351.56, up 11.22 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.13 cents US, down 0.37 of a centPound — C$1.6495, down 0.24 of centEuro — C$1.4886, down 0.42 of a centEuro — US$1.1812, down 0.56 of a centOil futures:US$49.58, up 55 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,264.60 per oz., down $9.80(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $21.813 per oz., $701.29 per kg.) read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Take a break: Fretting about returning to work Monday? Relax. It’s a holiday for most Canadians, including Bay Street traders. The Toronto Stock Exchange is closed.Real estate tax: As of Tuesday, foreigners buying property in Vancouver will have to pay a 15 per cent tax. The B.C. government introduced the levy in an effort to cool down the city’s torrid real estate market — two months after saying it wasn’t in favour of it out of concerns it would deter investment from Asia. Concerns are now rising that foreign capital will migrate elsewhere, including Toronto.Earnings, earnings, earnings: It’s another big week for earnings. Quarterly results are due from numerous corporate giants, including Molson, Saputo, Quebecor, SNC-Lavalin and Canadian Tire.Bombardier: The Montreal-based manufacturer of planes and trains releases its second-quarter results Friday. Bombardier, which has been the focus of much public attention as it makes a push to sell its CSeries passenger jets, is still awaiting response from Ottawa for its request for federal funding.Jobs: The monthly jobs report for July comes out Friday. The unemployment rate dipped in June to 6.8 per cent, but any enthusiasm was dampened due to several factors including a loss of jobs and the fact that fewer people were looking for work. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Meet Genie The awardwinning cat who helped 11yearold girl through her cancer

first_imgGenie, a cancer-nursing cat, has been named Cat of The Year.The rescue animal helped her owner through bone cancer treatment.She was given the honour for helping her young owner, Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.The child, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2016, said that Genie helped her deal with long spells in hospital and several painful operations.Ms Henderson said the cat deserved the prize from the Cats Protection League. “I think she’s great. She deserves it. She’s always been there for me,” said Evie.”She would come round my leg with the plaster and she would sit by my feet. She would smell my plaster and she’d come up on to the sofa and do pitter-patter on my knee.”When I’ve been too ill to have friends round or go outside and I’ve been stuck in the house, she’d come round me and that made me a lot happier and gave me great comfort.”She also said Genie’s moulting helped her deal with the trauma of losing her hair.She said: “It was very upsetting for me because I had long brown hair. But at the same time as it was spring, Genie was moulting as well so it was sort of like I’m losing my hair and Genie’s losing her hair as well so that eased the shock of it all.” 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. Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hair Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hairlast_img read more

Google now lets everyone block sites from search results

first_imgIn the middle of last month Google surprised everyone by introducing a Chrome browser extension that allowed you to block sites from search results if you didn’t want to see them anymore. It was called Personal Blocklist and instantly became popular because it can drastically increase the quality of search results for an individual.The only problem with Personal Blocklist is that it requires you to use the Chrome browser and install a plug-in. That meant any user that prefers to, or is forced to use an alternative like Firefox or Internet Explorer, couldn’t take advantage of the blocking feature.Google must of realized this and has responded by introducing an alternative filtering option that requires no plug-in and is browser-independent. Instead it becomes part of the search result link options and is managed by a Google account login.A new option should appear next to the Cached link in search results to “Block all -domain name- results”. As long as you have a Google account, and are logged in, it will remember which sites you have blocked. The next time you search they won’t appear. It’s possible to temporarily block without a login, but it won’t survive beyond you leaving the search page as far as we can tell.With blocks in place Google won’t show those search results in future, but will tell you how many sites got blocked from your search. This appears as a link at the bottom of the search page so you can choose to look at them if you so wish.Google isn’t using the data gathered from this feature for search rankings, but will keep looking at it to see the effect it has. For now, if you use Chrome 9+, IE8+, or Firefox 3.5+ with the English-language versions you should see this new feature already or it will appear very shortly.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Mjolnir Tool Set Puts a Hammer Inside

first_imgI like tools that are designed ergonomically, for simple and easy use. I also like tools that can be easily weaponized. ThinkGeek’s Thor Hammer Tool Set falls squarely in the latter category, since it’s basically a full toolbox on the end of a stick. Ever wonder how Thor fixes things around the house? Well, probably Asgardian magic-science. But since you’re not Asgardian, you can use this Mjolnir toolkit instead.Here’s the toolbox closed. Yeah, that’s Thor’s hammer. Big dumb silver-colored head, big dumb leather-colored handle, just asking to be used for bludgeoning your foes. Disappointingly, the hammer head is a hard plastic shell rather than metal. It still feels very sturdy, but it feels like Asgard’s workmanship with Ur-metal isn’t quite as impressive as Craftsman’s. Thankfully, it stays securely closed and sits solidly on the handle, with four thick plastic tabs (two on each side) keeping the toolkit together.AdChoices广告Popping open the tabs lets you unfold the hammer into a compact, full set of tools. The centerpiece of the toolset is a 13-ounce claw hammer built into the handle. It means the hammer looks comically long when it isn’t locked inside the set, but that’s part of its charm. It also means you can get some good leverage with it. The claw hammer head is a hefty solid steel, and is affixed very strongly on the plastic and rubber handle, so don’t worry about sending it flying because of some loose fasteners or adhesive. Despite the plastic bits, the tools in this toolkit are quite sturdy.The other tools in the set aren’t quite as Asgardian, with steel fixtures and handle is made of red plastic and black rubber. There’s a 6-inch pair of pliers, a 6-inch adjustable wrench, a quick-release ratchet wrench, a ratcheting bit driver, a 10-foot tape measure, a spirit level, and a small lockback folding knife that takes utility blades.The ratchet wrench and bit driver have plenty of accessories in the box, so you can handle most bolts, nuts, and screws. The wrench comes with 24 sockets in both metric and imperial, a 2-inch extension bar, and four socketed bits for working with big, difficult screws. The bit driver has six double-sided bits including different-sized Philips, slotted, Pozidriv, and hex bits, plus a 3.5-inch extension bar.All of the tools and trays of bits click securely into slots in the box, except the head of the claw hammer, which rests loosely in the middle and is secured by the box itself when closed. If you make sure every tool is where it should be, you can close up the hammer head and swing it around with little fear of rattling and your tools getting mixed up. This is still a thick plastic box filled with a bunch of metal bits and secured by tabs, though, so don’t actually pretend to be Thor with it; no matter how securely closed it might seem, you’re inviting chunks of metal flying everywhere and breaking all of your things and loved ones. It’s a toolbox, and should be treated like a toolbox.The toolset is made by Ukonic, a manufacturer and wholesaler of licensed tools, housewares, and clothes. If you see tea sets, mini fridges, or rugs on ThinkGeek or at GameStop, there’s a good chance Ukonic made them. And no, you can’t buy directly; they only supply to retailers, which is why this is the ThinkGeek Thor Hammer Tool Set and not the Ukonic Thor Hammer Tool Set. They don’t have the pedigree of Craftsman or Snap-On, and the plastic and rubber used for the handles of the tools aren’t particularly dense or precisely molded, but these are still solid steel tools that can handle most home repair jobs. The hand tools all feel solid, even if the handles aren’t the best. I’d feel confident using these tools to dismantle or repair whatever pipes or masonry I could reasonably fix without power tools or professional work.The ThinkGeek Thor Hammer Tool Set is $99, which is pretty expensive for this kind of hand tool set. Of course, if you just wanted tools, you’d go to Home Depot instead of ThinkGeek. If you’re handy (or know someone who is) and want a big dumb Mjolnir filled with useful hand tools, this is a fun, if a bit expensive pick. These aren’t Snap-On tools, but they’re solid, and in a fun Marvel-themed package. With a hammer inside a bigger hammer.last_img read more

Claude Puel believes Ghezzal will bring something different

first_imgLeicester city boss Claude Puel sees a big future for new boy Rachid Ghezzal claiming will bring something different to his team.Ghezzal, 26, followed up his first goal for the club on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood with his first Premier League goal against Liverpool.However, Puel was still full of praise for his new signing’s performance despite the loss to Liverpool.“I think he played a very good game,” said Puel.“He kept good ball under pressure. He has the quality to play between the lines. He can move, he can shoot, he can cross, he can give assists and good service.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I said when he came from Monaco, it was a very interesting signing for us. He offers something different to the other players.“It is important for our squad to have this player and I am happy about his performance.“For his first start in the Premier League, he did a lot of good things. In the battles, too, and his defensive work. All good things to continue to improve and give his best for the future.“I am happy about his listening, about his consistency in the game. He played a lot of time, three days before, and repeated a good performance today. It was amazing. It was good for him and for the squad.last_img read more

Bridging funding for Columbia River Crossing

first_imgKnock aside the steel beams and concrete, and there’s just one thing that the Columbia River Crossing will be built upon: money.And one of the largest public works projects in the Pacific Northwest has an unusual plan to get that money — one that relies on the federal government, two states and local tolls to pay the estimated $2.63 billion to $3.76 billion price tag.The CRC is coming of age in an era where paying for big infrastructure projects is growing increasingly difficult, so having a diversified portfolio works in the project’s favor, Director Nancy Boyd said. Not one partner — the states, the feds or the commuters — could pay for this by themselves, she said.“With the current state of the economy, trying to finance a project of this magnitude in any of those realms alone couldn’t be done,” Boyd said. “In my mind, you have to have all three.”U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made it clear he’s a fan of the project, and President Barack Obama has mentioned it in his memos. A steady stream of state legislators on both sides of the Columbia River have said they’re also for seeing a new Interstate 5 bridge, light rail into downtown Vancouver and up to seven interchange improvements over five miles.last_img read more

Scientists just discovered a new dinosaur with leathery bat wings

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 15 Photos Tags This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurscenter_img 0 null To the Batcave! Cheung Chung Tat Holy leathery membranes, Batman! An exquisite, fascinating fossil find in northern China has provided new evidence that some Jurassic dinosaurs developed membranous wings like those seen in modern day bats. A complete analysis of the find is published in the journal Nature on May 8, detailing the new fossil, which researchers have named Ambopteryx longibranchium. The nearly-complete fossil was spotted in 2017, lying in a rock formation dating back 163 million years. Remnants of the creature’s plumage and tissues were well-preserved, allowing researchers to slowly piece together the history and form of the unusual dinosaur.The researchers found soft tissue around the dinosaur’s flanks and across its arms, showing it had folds of leathery skin that would have resembled wings. The fossil also contains a “styliform” — a long bone that extends from the wrist — providing further evidence the membrane likely ran from Ambopteryx’s flank to its fingertips.Measuring approximately 13 inches in length, Ambopteryx would have lived in the trees of the Jurassic period and used its wings to glide through the air, rather than for powered flight. It belongs to a group of dinosaurs known as the scansoriopterygids, which all contain lanky arms, but it’s only the second fossil found in the group to contain the styliform bone.That is significant, because it strengthens the case the first “bat-winged” fossil, located in 2015 from a location only 50 miles away, was indeed a flyer. Dubbed “Yi qi”, the fossil was bizarre enough that it divided paleontologist opinion on whether or not the creature had wings. We know dinosaurs eventually evolved feathery wings and became today’s birds, but besides Yi qi, there wasn’t any prior evidence in the fossil record to suggest this type of non-avian flight.That makes Ambopteryx a powerful find, lending weight to the idea Yi qi did indeed develop a separate method of flight, similar to that of the pterosaurs but different to the line of dinosaurs that would eventually become birds. The membrane may even be present in previously discovered members of the scansoriopterygids, though at present it is believed the other members had more bird-like wings.last_img read more

VW Type 20 electric concept is a slick batteryelectric microbus

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Vans 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 3:28 VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIt might be a little too SEMA-y for some people’s tastes, but those weird orange bits are made using some unique methods. Volkswagen VW’s undergoing a bit of rebranding, taking its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and turning it into the Innovation and Engineering Center California, which will be its largest R&D facility outside Germany. To commemorate the occasion, it’s rolled out a wicked new concept that mixes both new and old.Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled the Type 20 concept. Starting with a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus, the automaker ripped out its guts and replaced it with something just a little more up to date. It sports a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, a 2,500-watt onboard charger and an electric motor that makes 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There’s more than just a new powertrain in there. A clever pneumatic suspension, developed with Porsche, allows the Type 20 to change its ride height through software, rising as the driver approaches. Using a 720p wide-angle camera in the driver’s second window, the concept uses facial recognition to allow the driver entry to the vehicle.It keeps getting weirder, too. There are direction microphones in three locations — outside in the front, by the driver and in the back where the passengers are. These feed into a voice assistant that is capable of understanding more natural language commands than what VW currently offers in its passenger cars. If a command is given from the exterior, the vehicle “responds” with LED-light feedback through the headlights and the VW badge on the front end, but it can respond to certain questions like, “Are you ready to go?” Facial recognition technology means that the Type 20 will greet you by name as you approach and unlock the door for you. A quick look at the pictures below shows some weird, wild structures both inside and outside the Type 20 concept. These were created with the help of Autodesk, using something VW calls “generative design,” which creates some very organic shapes for the wheels, steering wheel, side mirror stanchions and the supports for the rear seats. Volkswagen determined a set of physical parameters and let a computer design around them. Designers then drilled down further until they had look that you see here. Weird, but still really cool. There’s also a holographic display in the dashboard that doesn’t require special glasses, likely an extension of the GTI concept VW created for this year’s Wörthersee show.Volkswagen will bring the Type 20 to Monterey Car Week later this summer, but its permanent home will be at the new Innovation and Engineering Center California to show visitors and employees alike what is possible using off-the-beaten-path ideas. Other historic and prototype cars will be on display alongside it, as well. 2 VW Type 20 concept takes what’s old and makes it new again Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagenlast_img read more

Audis RS 7 Sportback Launched in India at ₹128 crore Salman Khan

first_imgGerman luxury car manufacturer Audi has introduced its five-door coupé RS 7 Sportback in India with a price tag of ₹1.28 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai).Salman Khan Drives Audi RS 7 Home (varinder chawla )last_img

Avengers Endgame trailer Tony Stark created those white spacesuits

first_imgAvengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)Captain Marvel is heading towards $1 billion marks and now Marvel Studios has revealed the trailer (hopefully final one) of Avengers: Endgame, which may cross $500 million in the first weekend only.The recently released trailer of Avengers: Endgame looks amazing and it shows how the danger will fall on Thanos this time as we finally have Captain Marvel to fight the battle with our surviving Avengers. The entire trailer is filled with lots to surprises including a scene from the leaked synopsis of Endgame. However, the trailed depicted, for the first time ever, Avengers wearing a uniform — a white uniform no less. So, what is the significance behind this color and why all of a sudden Avengers decided to follow a dress code?If you remember, just a couple of months back, there were some leaked toy designs that indicated that all the Avengers are going to follow a dress code. During that time, fans were waiting for the very first trailer of Avengers: Endgame and had no idea that those leaks would actually come true.In the released trailer, we see Captain America, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, War Machine, Black Widow, Nebula, and Iron Man (yes, Iron Man is back on Earth — how did he survive Titan? Well, we don’t know yet!) marching towards their spaceship wearing these white new suits.I personally think that there are two reasons for wearing these white color suits. First, since they all would be traveling to space to kill Thanos, they will be needing a space suit. Since, Thor, Bruce Banner (Hulk), and Captain Marvel can breathe into space without any machine, these three chose to avoid wearing it. But it looks like Tony Stark might have come with a special looking suit for the rest of them — hence the dress code!Secondly, I believe that Avengers: Endgame movie will feature some sort of time travel. There have been several speculations and theories about the characters in the past that Avengers will be going back in time to stop Thanos from ever getting the Infinity Stones in the very first place. So, in order to time travel, they would be using the quantum realm and to survive in the realm, Tony Stark might have designed these special suits for them.Avengers: Endgame movie is slated to release on April 26, 2019, and in the three-hour long movie, we will finally get to know the exact reason behind the white color uniform of our beloved Avengers.last_img read more

Suu Kyi follows Israels Begin in turning away from peace

first_imgMyanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over the Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Reuters File PhotoMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won’t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week.Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the U.N. says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.That is a turnaround from 1991, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the prize and praised “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Once awarded, the prize cannot be withdrawn.“This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticised,” said Professor Geir Lundestad, who was the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1990 to 2014.Lundestad said the prize remains a force for good, even if some winners later fall short of its ideals: “Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.”The Nobel prizes were established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, whose fortune came in part from making and selling arms. The peace prize, worth 9 million Swedish Krona ($1.1 million) will be announced on Oct. 6 and can go to one or more individuals or organisations.A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them.Israeli leader Menachem Begin ordered the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, four years after sharing the Nobel with Egypt’s Anwar Sadat for their Camp David peace accord. Sadat was assassinated by an Islamist army officer in 1981.Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat shared the 1994 prize with Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the Oslo accords, which have not brought a lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin was assassinated by a far-right nationalist in 1995 and Peres was voted out of office eight months later. Arafat later presided over the Palestinians during the second intifada, a violent uprising against Israeli occupation.Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, awarded the prize in 1990 for his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, sent tanks in 1991 to try to stop the independence of the Baltic countries, though he later let them become independent.U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the 1973 prize with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho for what turned out to be failed efforts to end the Vietnam War. Tho declined the award, the only laureate ever to do so, accusing Washington of violating the truce. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese.When U.S. president Barack Obama won in 2009 just months after taking office, even he said he was surprised. By the time he came to Oslo to collect the prize at the end of the year, he had ordered the tripling of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated,” he said in his speech. “I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict.”PRICE TOO STEEPAmong Suu Kyi’s critics is Tutu who, in a Sept. 7 letter to his “dearly beloved younger sister” writes: “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”On 19 September, Suu Kyi condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished. While Western diplomats and aid officials welcomed the tone of her message, some doubted if she had done enough to deflect global criticism.Dan Smith, the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize might even have harmed the Rohingya.“She has an aura,” he said of Suu Kyi, adding that maybe her stellar international reputation “masked the true awfulness” of abuses over many years of the Rohingya.“When she responded to questions about the Rohingya by saying ‘why are you focusing on them, not on other issues?, people were inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.”Suu Kyi was the rare winner, like Nelson Mandela, to rise from political prisoner to national leader. Mandela stepped down after five years as South Africa’s first black president with his reputation largely unblemished, but some of his allies from the apartheid-era liberation movement faced scandals in office.“Maybe it’s this move from the image of the bold, heroic defender of human rights and ordinary people … into what is inevitably a more grubby world of politics where compromises are made” that tarnishes reputations, said Smith.SAINTS AND SINNERSEven saints face criticism. Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel winner canonised by Pope Francis last year, was faulted in 1994 by British medical journal The Lancet for offering neither diagnoses nor strong pain killers to dying patients in her Calcutta hospice.The decision to give the award in 2012 to the European Union was criticised at the time. Brussels was then imposing tough financial bailout conditions on member Greece that many economists said destroyed livelihoods. Tutu, among others, also faulted the EU as an organisation that uses military force.The risk of disappointment arises because Nobel committees pick laureates for the hope they carry or a recent achievement, rather than the sum of a career, said Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize.“It is always a risk when they promote somebody, because they are getting involved in politics,” he told Reuters. “And they cannot predict what is going to happen in the future.”“That is what makes the Nobel Peace Prize different from all the other peace prizes,” said Sveen. “Otherwise you would give the prize to very old people just before they die.”Among the favourites are parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, such as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time.The deal, which saw Iran agree to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions, has been criticised by hardliners in both Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump called it “an embarrassment to the United States” in a speech at the United Nations this month, and has suggested Washington could repudiate it.Experts on the prize say it is precisely the sort of breakthrough among foes that the committee tends to recognise.“This is the first time that a country subjected to Chapter VII (of the U.N. Charter) has seen its situation resolved peacefully,” said Henrik Urdal, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, referring to how Iran’s nuclear programme is no longer labelled a threat by the U.N. Security Council.“Focusing on the EU and Iran would also be a signal to the United States that the Iran nuclear deal has a broad support base,” Urdal told reporters.Other possible contenders are Pope Francis, Syria’s “White Helmet” rescue crews, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its high commissioner Filippo Grandi. UNHCR has already won twice.Last year’s prize went to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end half a century of war that killed a quarter of million people.last_img read more

125000 Unemployed Texas Workers Have Filed Claims After Harvey

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTAmong the costs of Hurricane Harvey are lost jobs.Early projections say Hurricane Harvey will end up costing $190 billion. Damages, disruption to businesses and increased gas prices all contribute to this. Another factor: lost jobs due to the storm.Lisa Givens, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), tells News 88.7 about 125,000 people in Texas have applied for Disaster Unemployment Assistance since Harvey hit.Givens says not all of those claims will be paid, as they’re still processing eligibility requirements. “As we move through the recovery process, we’re certainly looking to place people in employment,” Givens said. “We are anecdotally hearing many times these claims are for temporary situations of unemployment. But we just won’t know until the long term plays out.”More federal money is on the way to help with the situation. The Department of Labor has awarded a $30 million grant to the workforce commission to fund temporary jobs to aid cleanup, demolition and other Harvey recovery efforts. The commission is working with workforce development offices called Workforce Solutions to determine needs.“The Workforce Solutions offices can determine by looking at individual skills and assessing their skill level, they’ll be able to appropriately place them in employment that fits their needs, as well as the employers’ demands,” Givens said.Grants like these have been awarded to TWC in the past. An estimated $88 million in federal grant money was allocated to help after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A $13 million grant was awarded specifically for dislocated workers after the downturn of the gas and oil industry.Pre-Harvey, the Texas workforce was ticking up, adding 5,500 jobs in August. And annual employment growth for Texas was at 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:34 Sharelast_img read more

DARPA Project Gives A Robotic Arm Its Pilots License

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target Robotic arms can already perform surgery, give people tattoos and play one hell of a game of ping pong. Thanks to a DARPA project, now they can even fly airplanes.Virginia-based Aurora Flight Services calls their creation ALIAS: Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System. Aurora says that it’s all about “allowing humans to perform tasks best suited to humans and automation to perform tasks best suited to automation.” It’s actually a two-part system. There’s the robotic arm that takes over the co-pilot’s seat and a dedicated tablet.The tablet allows the human pilot to do things like engage and disengage ALIAS… and presumably play Hearthstone once ALIAS takes over and does all the hard stuff. No, not really, but the pilot can take a bit of a breather and limit duties to things like keeping an eye on cloud formations — or incoming threats in a military setting.Autopilot sure has come a long way since Ted Striker had to deal with this joker as a co-pilot…ALIAS is a lot more than just an arm. Its eyes, ears, and brain all play very important roles, too. They allow it to take instructions and learn control layouts of a new aircraft in as little as thirty minutes. To date, ALIAS has learned how to fly a simulator and a real Cessna and now it’s learning to fly a helicopter — all in just over twelve months’ time.It’s an extremely impressive feat, despite all the jokes that get cracked about flying an aircraft being so easy that even John Travolta can do it.last_img read more

Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we

first_imgClose up of polyps are arrayed on a coral, waving their tentacles. There can be thousands of polyps on a single coral branch. Credit: Wikipedia Marine rainforests Known as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Despite only covering 0.1 percent of the ocean’s surface, they provide a home for 25 percent of all maritime species, including fish, mollusks, and sponges. Coral reefs are actually deposits of calcium carbonate, the substance found in sea shells. The makeup of any coral reef is complex and consists of microscopic organisms called corals that live together in small colonies known as polyps. Polyps that contain “reef building” coral species are responsible for laying down the calcium carbonate that form the reefs. Corals live together with algae, and this relationship helps coral reefs survive. But when coral reefs experience stress, such as an increase in sea temperature, they sometimes expel the algae, which results in coral bleaching, a phenomenon in which the coral loses all its color, appearing completely white. This can result in the death of the reef. For example, in 2005, the US lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean to a massive bleaching event.It is already known that some corals are better than others at coping with stress. So Professor Stephen Palumbi and his colleagues at Stanford University in California set out to assess whether coral species have the ability to acclimate to warmer temperatures by increasing their thermal tolerance levels. Palumbi and his team completed their fieldwork on coral reefs in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa on Ofu Island. They concentrated on an important reef-building coral species. The corals were contained in two adjacent pools. In the first pool, water temperatures were more varied, reaching temperatures as high as 35°C. This was known as the highly variable pool. The second pool, known as the moderately variable pool, rarely experienced water temperatures of above 32°C. Coral transplant First, the researchers tested the photosynthesis rates of corals from both pools to compare how well they coped with high temperatures. They then transplanted coral colonies from the moderately variable pool to the highly variable pool to see if the coral would adapt to higher water temperatures. The transplanted corals were left to acclimate over the course of about two years, and were regularly tested for thermal tolerance over this time. The researchers conducted genetic analysis to see if there was any change in gene expression during this period that would result in higher thermal tolerance.It was found that corals in the highly variable pool were more tolerant of higher temperatures when compared to the corals in the moderately variable pool. But the most interesting finding involved the ability of the coral to acclimate to higher water temperatures. Dr Daniel Barshis, part of the team that completed the research, said: “The most important finding was that corals are capable of increasing their thermal tolerance limits substantially in just 12 to 18 months. This acclimation in upper tolerance limits correlates with changes in gene expression as well.” Real-world applications Barshis went on to say that this new knowledge should be integrated into models that predict the effects of global warming on coral reefs to help us understand how they will respond to rising sea temperatures in the future, he said: “This research provides some glimmer of hope that corals may have the ability to survive more than we’ve given them credit for, but only if we reduce the amount of current and future stresses.”This research also has many real-world applications that could help protect coral reefs from future climate change. Palumbi said, “It should be possible to use climate-resistant corals in transplant/restoration efforts in order to replant reefs with greater future resilience. This is one of the things we are doing this summer in a set of pilot projects in Samoa.” Citation: Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought (2014, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-coral-reefs-coping-sea-temperatures.html Journal information: Science More information: Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change, Science 23 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6186 pp. 895-898. DOI: 10.1126/science.1251336ABSTRACTReef corals are highly sensitive to heat, yet populations resistant to climate change have recently been identified. To determine the mechanisms of temperature tolerance, we reciprocally transplanted corals between reef sites experiencing distinct temperature regimes and tested subsequent physiological and gene expression profiles. Local acclimatization and fixed effects, such as adaptation, contributed about equally to heat tolerance and are reflected in patterns of gene expression. In less than 2 years, acclimatization achieves the same heat tolerance that we would expect from strong natural selection over many generations for these long-lived organisms. Our results show both short-term acclimatory and longer-term adaptive acquisition of climate resistance. Adding these adaptive abilities to ecosystem models is likely to slow predictions of demise for coral reef ecosystems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img (Phys.org) —Coral reefs are under threat from rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. But in a recent paper, published in Science, it was found that certain types of coral are able to adapt to tolerate higher sea temperatures by changing the genes they express. Scientists think this new discovery could be used to devise new ways of protecting coral reefs, as well as improving our predictions of how they will cope with climate change in the future. © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Some corals adjusting to rising ocean temperatures, research sayslast_img read more

Love it Film it Snap it Share it

first_imgSource = Destination NSW Food and wine_South Coast_Cupitt’s Winery_Credit Dee Kramer Destination NSW.jpgLove it, Film it, Snap it, Share itHolidaymakers and locals alike are being invited to upload videos and photos of their most memorable Regional NSW experiences to www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw using #ILoveNSW. These first-hand tips and recommendations will promote Regional NSW as an outstanding short break and holiday destination through the eyes of the people who love it most.The best video and photo submissions, showcasing the unique regions and experiences in NSW, will be heroed in a series of eight curated short films that demonstrate how rich and diverse the State is, ripe with endless holiday opportunities.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Holidaying locally remains a popular choice for Australians, with regional NSW receiving more than 20.6 million domestic overnight visitors in the year ending 2016, up by 6.8%.”“Regional NSW offers great diversity of experience including awe-inspiring national parks, pristine beaches and coastline, historic homesteads and farmstays, enlightening Indigenous experiences, immersive art trails, delicious food and wine, and an exciting calendar of Regional events.”Locals and visitors are encouraged to upload their inspirational holiday videos at visitnsw.com/ilovensw. Holiday snaps can also be shared on Instagram and Twitter using #ILoveNSW.#ILoveNSW runs for eight weeks, beginning on 28 March, with the eight finalists announced on 05 June 2017. The best video contributions will win a Canon prize pack, which includes a Canon EOS M3 Single Lens Kit and a photography tutorial.For more information and to view a series of ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’ videos produced by Destination NSW visit: www.visitnsw.com/ilovenswlast_img read more

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close bid against Florida Gov Rick Scott As election results continue to unfold heres what to know about some of the biggest elections with razor-thin margins Georgia Governor A winner in the gubernatorial race has yet to be determined in Georgia where more than 38 million people cast votes for a governor this midterm election according to the states unofficial results While thousands of mailed ballots still need to be processed Democrat Stacey Abrams is currently trailing her opponent Republican Brian Kemp KempGeorgias Secretary of State who oversees elections including his owncurrently has 5035 percentage points to Abrams 487 But experts say the race could head to a runoff if there is no clear victor In Georgia a gubernatorial candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win according to the states election laws Kemps current percentage could drop below that threshold if Abrams secures about 15000 votes from untallied ballots triggering a runoff says Abrams spokeswoman Lauren Groh-Wargo Abrams campaign said up to 77000 mail-in ballots many from heavily Democratic counties still need to be counted as well as absentee and provisional ballots In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning Groh-Wargo said counties may certify outcomes by early next week A runoff if one is called would take place Dec 4 But aides for Kemp do not foresee that as a possibility The candidate’s campaign declared victory during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday evening even though the Associated Press has not yet officially called the race "The message here is pretty simple” campaign official Austin Chambers said “This election is over and the results are clear" Abrams could become the nations first black female governor if elected On Wednesday she refused to concede vowing to "fight for every vote" "Make no mistake" she wrote in a tweet "This race is not over" We will fight for every vote The best is yet to come #gapol pictwittercom/KKPqE9fMVw Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7 2018 Georgia Congressional Races Its also too close to call in two separate congressional races in Georgia In the 6th District where Republican Karen Handel is fighting for re-election the incumbent has 4955 percentage points while Democrat Lucy McBath has 5045 In a tweet Wednesday McBath touted her slight lead but said the two candidates are "locked into a recount" Over in the 7th District Republican Rob Woodall and Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux are also in a near tie Woodhall has 5023 percentage points while Bourdeaux has 4977 A recount could be called in either race if the final vote margin between the contenders is 1% or less according to the Associated Press Both campaigns are waiting for absentee ballots to be counted I have the lead – but this race is far from over We are locked into a recount in a battle for #GA06 I NEED your support so we can win this fight Will you rush $10 $15 or more to help us protect our victory DONATE ➡️ https://tco/ATFOSeQAqv pictwittercom/9NCknGFO5V Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) November 7 2018 Given the close results of our race and the fact that the official results at this time are within the 1% threshold where a recount is possible we believe it is prudent to review and assess all data before making additional actions or statements Team Handel (@HandelTeam) November 7 2018 Florida Senate Democratic US Sen Bill Nelson who is trying to hold onto his Senate seat in Florida claims the race is headed to a recount as he narrowly trails his rival Republican Florida Gov Rick Scott who has already declared victory In a news release Wednesday Nelson said hes behind by about 34500 votes out of the 81 million total ballots cast Since that margin is less than a one-half percentage point difference the candidate says state law requires the votes to be tallied again "We are proceeding to a recount" Nelson said in a statement Floridas Secretary of State Ken Detzner oversees elections in the state and is the only one who could officially call for a recount according to state election laws In an email Wednesday his office said Detzner has not yet ordered a recount But one could be determined as early as Saturday according to the states timeline for election certifications Meanwhile Chris Hartline a spokesman for Scotts campaign criticized Nelsons attempts to hang onto what he sees as a losing battle "This race is over" Hartline said in a statement "Its a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists" Our victory tonight is due to the hard work of so many more than I could ever name But I do want to thank my best friend Ann Shes been an amazing First Ladyand when I had to to get off the trail to respond To Michael she jumped in for me Were a great teamI love you Ann Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 7 2018 Mississippi Senate Another showdown between Republican Sen Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy who are both vying for a Senate seat in Mississippi will take place on Nov 27 in a runoff sparked after neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote according to the New York Times Hyde-Smith who was endorsed by President Donald Trump garnered 367036 votes while Espy received 358752 votes In a speech to supporters Hyde-Smith said the results were easily predicted "We figured there was going to a runoff" she said "Im here to tell you were going to fight like nobodys business the next three weeks Were going to get it done" Espy also accepted the challenge "Tie game" he said in a tweet "We’re in overtime 20 days to win" Tie game We’re in overtime 20 days to win Link:https://tco/nJIQMkY9Mf Mike Espy (@espyforsenate) November 7 2018 Arizona Senate Arizona residents will have to wait a little longer to see which candidate will make history as the states first female Senator That title will either go to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema who got 834135 votes or Republican Martha McSally who received 850043 votes According to the Associated Press hundreds of thousands of ballots still have to be tabulated Its unclear how long that process will take Contact us at editors@timecom Infantry. read more