Passport issues for Kashyap, Prannoy, Sikki

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Top shuttlers, including Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy, are waiting for their passports to fly out of the country on Thursday to participate in the upcoming tournaments in Canada and US. Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, Prannoy and doubles specialist N Sikki Reddy, who were playing at the Australia Super Series last month, had applied for the New Zealand visa a week back but they are yet to receive their passports. Kashyap today took to twitter to request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sports Minister Vijay Goel to look into the matter so that they dont miss the opportunity to play in Canada next week. “Dear Madam, me, Prannoy and Sikki Reddy applied for New Zealand visa one week back and requested for urgent processing of visa,” Kashyap wrote in the letter which he posted on his twitter handle. “As we have to leave for tournaments on 6th of July to Canada and US Opens, we require our passports urgently. Maam I request you to help us in this matter so that we can travel on 6th July (Thursday),” he wrote. Last month, Siki Reddy, Prannoy and Summeth Reddy had sought the intervention of Swaraj in getting their passports and visas from the Canadian High Commission. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) then stepped in and the shuttlers received their passports just a day before they were scheduled to leave for Jakarta to participate in the Indonesia Super Series Premier. The Canada Open Grand Prix is scheduled to be held from July 11 to 16, while the US Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from July 19-23. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist Anne Donovan Dies

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first_imgAnne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement.“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the statement said.“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” her family’s statement continued. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s’ basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”Donovan was at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend.She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.FILE – In this August 1984 file photo, United States’ Anne Donovan, left, and Cheryl Miller celebrating the team’s victory over Canada in women’s basketball at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)“Throughout her college and professional career Anne was one of ODU’s best ambassadors both for the institution and Lady Monarch basketball,” Monarchs athletic director Wood Selig said. “Anne’s legacy will be permanent and everlasting and will forever remain as the foundation upon which the Lady Monarch brand became national and synonymous with success.”The 6-foot-8 center coached both in college and the WNBA. She became the first female coach and the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.“Anne Donovan will always be remembered as a championship coach and a championship person,” the Storm said in a statement. “Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family.”Donovan was a member of three Olympics teams as a player. The 1980 team did not go to Russia because of a boycott. The team won the gold in 1984 and ’88, and she coached the winning 2008 team.“She used to say she bled red, white and blue,” USA Basketball said in a statement. ” As much as we remember her accomplishments in the game, we mourn a great friend who will be greatly missed.”Donovan also coached the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, the Charlotte Sting, New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun, working there from 2013-15. The New Jersey native also coached at Seton Hall for a few years.“It hurt bad. To be totally honest, she was the only coach I ever played for that challenged me and forced me to be better,” said Tina Charles, who played for Donovan on the Connecticut Sun. “At a young age I didn’t understand it. For me it (stinks) because I always wanted to text her, thank you for being hard on me. Thank you for saying to me before practice you’re not taking a hook shot this practice, get to the basket, figure it out. It’s sad.”FILE – In this July 31, 2015, file photo. Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan watches her players in a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in Uncasville, Conn. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)Liberty coach Katie Smith, who played for Donovan on USA Basketball was emotional in her postgame press conference, just saying “it’s tough, it’s tough.” Smith saw Donovan at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where the Liberty’s coach was inducted as part of this year’s class. Donovan’s high school coach Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia was also part of that class.“Anne was a giant in every sense of the word, and I know the women’s basketball community is saddened beyond words by this tragic news,” said Val Ackerman, who was the WNBA’s first president. “She was a pioneer and icon in the women’s game and made a profound and lasting impact at all levels as a player, coach, colleague and friend.”Donovan played professionally in Japan and Italy. After retiring, she was an assistant at Old Dominion and then coached at East Carolina from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage in the American Basketball League in 1997-98.___By DOUG FEINBERG , AP Basketball WriterAP Sports Writer Tom Canavan and AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Qt Company and Green Hills: integrated automotive HMI platforms

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first_imgThe Qt Company and Green Hills Software have announced a collaboration to deliver the latest in HMI development platforms for integrated automotive digital cockpits, focused on production deployment. The automotive digital cockpit encompasses the majority of the HMI systems in today’s connected vehicles consisting of disparate systems of different safety levels. Furthermore, due to safety requirements, instrument clusters use operating systems built to higher standards of safety and security than those used in general in-vehicle infotainment systems. These different safety level requirements combined with the use of different operating systems makes it difficult for developers to create a unified cockpit experience.To tackle this challenge, Qt has integrated its cross-platform Qt Automotive Suite framework with Green Hills safe and secure INTEGRITY Multivisor virtualisation offering to enable the integration of disparate HMI interfaces across multiple operating systems at different safety levels into a single multicore system while complying with the highest levels of automotive safety standards.Green Hills INTEGRITY real-time operating system is the gold standard run-time foundation for safety/security-critical software in industrial, avionics, medical, automotive and railway. As an optional RTOS service, the INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualisation extension safely runs high level operating systems such as Linux and Android alongside real-time critical applications requiring safety and security, assuring freedom from interference with native speed performance and safe, secure inter-process communication.The Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS, when combined with the Qt Safe Renderer, enables ISO 26262 certification for important safety-critical display elements. Additionally, the Qt Safe Renderer, as part of the Qt Automotive Suite, enables designers and software engineers to use a single user interface toolkit to design, build and test digital cockpits across all HMI needs, independent of safety requirements, for a consistent user experience. Qt is the leading framework to enable developers to build both instrument clusters and centre stacks with a single toolkit. Advances in processing power, together with mature safe, secure hypervisor technology result in significant cost savings without compromising safety when integrated into a single system on a single multicore automotive SoC using this combination.The concept cockpit demo, built with the Qt Automotive Suite, demonstrates interdomain graphics and data sharing. The Qt Automotive Suite is jointly developed by The Qt Company, KDAB and Luxoft.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: RTC1000 oscilloscopes offer eight-in-one instrument integrationNext Express Logic: ThreadX SMP certified for use in safety-critical IoT systemslast_img read more

Incheon Port Reaches 25 Million TEU Milestone

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first_imgzoom Container cargo volumes at South Korea’s Incheon Port exceeded 2.5 million TEUs for the first time ever.With this trend going, Incheon Port is expected to handle a total of 2.68 million TEU container volumes by the end of this year, representing a 12% increase from last year’s 2.37 million TEU.“Container volumes on a steady increase at Incheon Port are attributable to the efforts for negotiations, cargo volumes and developing new routes to improve service quality through joint efforts made by the IPA, the related governmental authorities, such as port, quarantine and customs authorities, and the private port-related organizations like port operators among others,” Incheon Port Authority (IPA) said.Incheon Port’s cargo volumes have been on a steady increase since reaching 1 million TEUs for the first time in 2005 when the IPA was established. The IPA reached 2.5 million TEUs in three years after hitting 2 million TEUs in 2013. Incheon Port aims to achieve 3 million TEUs in 2018.China, the largest trading partner of Incheon Port, was the country that led an increase in Incheon Port’s cargo volumes this year, according to IPA. Cargo volumes for trade with China stood at 1.5 million TEUs by December 15, which is an increase of 10% from the previous year.In the same period, the IPA saw 25.2% increase in cargoes for trade with Vietnam compared to the previous year by handling 220,000 TEUs. Taiwan, the United States and Iran also recorded 96,000 TEUs, 19,000 TEUs and 9,000 TEUs, respectively.Incheon Port currently offers 45 routes, including three routes to the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.last_img read more

Premier to Cultivate Opportunities in US Oped

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first_imgThis week has been a busy and exciting one for Nova Scotia, and I am happy to say that there is still more to come. I have just wrapped up what I would describe as one of the most important trips that I have taken since becoming premier last June. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver was an ideal opportunity to promote Nova Scotia and all of its opportunities to the world. I am proud to say that we had overwhelming participation in the Atlantic Canada House, and the enthusiasm for our Bluenose province on Nova Scotia Day was through the roof. I now plan to carry that momentum on to Washington, D.C., where, this weekend, Canada’s premiers will participate in the Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association. It was Nova Scotia that last summer urged the Council of the Federation to conduct a Premier’s Mission to Washington to promote the advantages of the Canada-U.S. trade and energy relationship. This is a rare chance to meet with high-ranking American officials to highlight the unique opportunities available in Nova Scotia, particularly tidal power. To help in that regard, I will be joined for part of the trip by Scott Travers, president of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, an energy and environmental leader in Nova Scotia. Throughout the mission, my fellow premiers and I will meet with members of President Barack Obama’s administration, governors, senators and members of Congress. We will explain the significant mutual benefits of fair and open trade and a more efficient border. We will also promote the importance of the two countries collaborating on our approach to climate change and green energy, because working together will help reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions, while maintaining energy security in our countries. After the National Governor Association meetings, I will meet with business representatives and other government leaders to help ensure Nova Scotia remains an energy leader, and to see how we can work to create the secure jobs Nova Scotia’s economy needs. I am doing this because I think it is important to learn more about the energy supply needs of our American neighbours. I am doing this to gain a better understanding of how their policy will impact our potential tidal and wind energy business opportunities in American markets. I am doing this to develop new business relationships with the United States, and nurture existing ones. We need to shine a light on our province. We need share our many examples of innovative leadership, particularly our ability to harness the Bay of Fundy tides. There are tremendous opportunities for us to grow our economy through renewable energy sources and high-value green-technology jobs, right here at home. These discussions with key political leaders help demonstrate Nova Scotia’s commitment to finding new and leading-edge solutions to boost our economy so all Nova Scotians share in a better future. -30-last_img read more

WikiLeaks US Government says Canada cant handle land claims

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first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsMontreal – The United States government is concerned that Canada does not have the framework required to address the issues of aboriginal land claims, according to a U.S. diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.The cable, originating from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa says that “as long as Canada lacks a clear definition of aboriginal rights or a uniform model for negotiations, effective mechanisms to resolve aboriginal grievances in a timely manner will remain elusive.”The cable dated August 21, 2009 criticizes Canada for lacking “a standard model for resolving comprehensive land claims, self-government agreements, and the absence of a clear legal definitions of what constitutes an aboriginal right.”This in turn causes a backlog of long complicated negotiations and “friction between aboriginal communities and the federal and provincial governments.”The cable, addressed to the US Secretary of State, and titled Aboriginal Land Claims Defy Timely Resolution, was sparked by a 2009 dispute between the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and Canadian border guards.Community members of Akwesasne were concerned over armed Canada Border Service Agency guards stationed at Canadian customs, which was at the time based within the reserve. The dispute at Akwesasne left many questions of jurisdiction unanswered on both sides of the border.The border crossing was moved across the St Lawrence River from Akwesasne, located on Cornwall Island, to Cornwall, Ont.The cable said that the situation in Akwesasne “highlights again the complexity, lack of clarity, and evolving nature of relations between the federal and provincial governments and Canada’s aboriginal populations.”The cable blames Federal, Provincial, and Aboriginal governments for being unable to negotiate “a clearer definition of “aboriginal right” to add to the Constitution.”Even when provinces try to enter into a “New Relationship” with aboriginal peoples to define a series of rights it does not go far, such as the BC government’s 2005 attempt at the “Recognition and Reconciliation Act” which failed to launch.Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is mentioned as the federal government’s key negotiator with aboriginal groups, according to the cable its negotiations are still not enough. The cable states that, “even for completed treaties and agreements, litigation may still occur.”Such was the case in 2003 when a group of First Nations dissatisfied with their respective treaties formed the Land Claims Agreement coalition. The cable thinly criticizes the federal government for regarding, completed land claims, treaties, and self-government agreements as, ” the discharge of its obligations.” However, it states that, “members of the Land Claims Agreements Coalition have underscored that they see such agreements as not an end, but the beginning of new relationships, with ongoing federal obligations.”The cable said that negotiations between the Federal Government and Aboriginals were considered slow and ineffective and that the real “game-changers” in negotiations were in court rulings.“Canadian courts have been the primary drivers of federal and provincial efforts to resolve aboriginal grievances, both in imposing new obligations and in encouraging negotiations to preempt litigation,” the cable said.The autonomy aboriginals are seeking, according to the cable, is not one of sovereignty but self-government.“The ‘inherent’ right of self-government does not grant a right of sovereignty in the sense of international law, and does not create sovereign independent aboriginal nation states. Rather, federal guidelines underscore that First Nations exercise only self-government under the Constitution,” the cable said.The cable goes on to explain that while under self-government aboriginal peoples can regulate “issues that are integral to distinct aboriginal culture. However in instances where aboriginal self-government comes into conflict with provincial and federal law makers, the primary authority remains with Canadian governments.”omichelin@aptn.calast_img read more

SC asks GJM leaders to approach Calcutta HC for anticipatory bail

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave liberty to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri, against whom several cases are lodged in West Bengal, to approach the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail to enable them to participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.The apex court said its interim order of December 12 last year, in which it had said that no coercive action be taken till next date of hearing, will continue to operate until further orders. “We request the high court not to go into the issue of maintainability by relegating to the different sessions courts in whose jurisdiction the FIRs (against them) are lodged,” a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If such applications for anticipatory bail are filed within four days from today, it is expected that the high court shall take them up expeditiously and dispose them in accordance with law without delay including grant of ad-interim orders to its satisfaction,” said the bench, also comprising Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Navin Sinha. The court passed the order on interim prayer of Gurung and Giri who were seeking protection to enable them to approach the appropriate court for seeking anticipatory bail. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSenior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for them, had argued in the apex court that numerous FIRs have been lodged against Gurung and Giri and they both were “effectively being prevented from participating in the forthcoming general elections”. They argued that the state government has “political vendetta” against them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for West Bengal, has opposed their plea seeking protection saying FIRs lodged against them were of serious nature. In its order, the bench said: “Having heard the parties, the prayer for interim relief, in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, is disposed of with liberty to approach the high court for grant of anticipatory bail in accordance with law.”last_img read more

Video Heavy Rain Floods Streets buildings in Moroccos Laayoune

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Rabat- Laayoune woke up Friday to pools of rainwater following the heavy rain that has swept the region and several others in the country.The floods filled the streets and buildings to the point where a school in the city had to align desks at its entrance for school children to walk on without the risk of drowning in the muddy rainwater.Casablanca and Rabat have also had their shares of floods and traffic disruption in recent weeks. Earlier in this month, the floods stopped Casablanca’s trams from operating from afternoon to night. Read Also: Heavy Rain Causes More Flooding in Casablanca and RabatSocial media have been flooded by complaints about “poor infrastructure,” especially in Casablanca, Morocco’s overflowing economic city.Morocco is experiencing a cold snap and rainfalls early in the season. Since October 28, temperatures have drastically dropped, leading to the first snowfall of 30 centimeters in the Atlas Mountain cities of Ifrane and Midelt, as well as the villages of Imouzzer, El Hajeb, and Boulemane.More rain is on the way for several regions in the country, as forecast by Morocco’s National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) on Saturday. read more

King Mohammed VI Appoints New President of Board of Hassan II

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Rabat – King Mohammed VI has appointed a new president of the executive board of the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development.The King received Taarji at the Royal Palace of Rabat on Monday. The audience was attended by Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun.Born in 1964, Taarji holds a master’s degree in business law and economics from Sorbonne University. Taarji has eight years of experience working in a bank in Paris and six years in the banking sector in Morocco.Taarij also served as the director general of the Council of Ethics for Securities between 2001 and 2009.At the royal palace, King Mohammed VI also received Obaid Amrane, the new general director of the fund “Ithmar Capital,” previously called the Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development.Born in 1972, Amrane has been a member of the executive board of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) since its creation in 2010.Amrane also served as the general manager of the Moroccan subsidiary of the French banking group Caisse d’Epargne between 2006 and 2010 to develop its activities in the banking and real estate sectors, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).He also served in several positions at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, including finance inspector, head of the debt restructuring department and head of the treasury executive credit division. read more

Stocks move lower commodities slide

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The Toronto stock market was deep in the red Friday morning with investors opting for safety ahead of weekend developments that could set the tone for trading next week.The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 84.92 points to 11,507.21 in a broad-based decline while the TSX Venture Exchange fell 10.87 points to 1,285.22.The Canadian dollar slipped, even though data released Friday showed job creation continued in May and at a slightly better level than expected. The loonie fell 0.46 of a cent to 96.83 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the economy cranked out about 7,700 jobs, which was ahead of the 5,000 that economists had estimated.The dollar declined as traders avoided risky assets such as commodities and resource-based currencies such as the loonie.U.S. markets were also negative but off the worst levels of the session with the Dow Jones industrial average down 24.3 points to 12,436.66. The Nasdaq composite index declined 3.09 points to 2,827.93 and the S&P 500 index lost 3.52 points to 1,308.88.Going into the weekend, traders looked ahead to the latest trade and industrial data from China that might be even weaker than pessimistic forecasts expected.China has rolled out a series of measures to stimulate the economy after growth fell to a nearly three-year low of 8.1 per cent in the first quarter and April factory output grew at its slowest rate since the 2008 crisis. Private sector analysts expect this quarter’s growth to fall further as the Chinese government worked to bring inflation down from unacceptable levels.On Thursday, the Chinese central bank announced it was cutting a key rate by 0.25 of a point to help boost growth.Europe was also sharply in focus as the government debt crisis has now infected Spain and its banks, which are laden with billions of euros of toxic loans as a result of the collapsed housing sector.Expectations are rising that Spain’s leaders will have to seek an international bailout for banks, which credit agency Fitch estimates could reach C100 billion. According to unconfirmed reports in Reuters, Spain is set to request an aid package for banks on Saturday.However, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday the government will not act until receiving evaluations from the IMF on Monday and then two independent auditors Spain has hired. The economy ministry said on its website the latter are expected by June 21 at the latest.Fitch cut the Spanish sovereign debt rating to BBB late Thursday, which is two notches above “junk”Expectations of weak Chinese data and a stronger U.S. dollar sent commodity prices sharply lower.A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodity prices, which are denominated in dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.The TSX energy sector lost 1.37 per cent as the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.88 to US$82.94 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) lost 32 cents to $29.The base metals group dropped 2.11 per cent as July copper contract declined nine cents to US$3.28 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 47 cents to $32.08.The financial sector also weighed, down one per cent while TD Bank (TSX:TD) shed $1.07 to $78.01.The gold sector was ahead 0.56 per cent as the August bullion contract on the Nymex dropped $9.40 to US$1,578.60 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was ahead 36 cents to $40.15.The TSX dropped 41 points Thursday, ending a two day rally, after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke disappointed investors, saying that there would no immediate action to jump start the world’s largest economy.In an appearance before members of the U.S. Congress, Bernanke avoided giving any signals about what the Fed might do in response to a slowdown in hiring.European bourses were lower as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.7 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX gave back 0.92 per cent even as Germany’s central bank raised its 2012 economic growth forecast for the country to one per cent, citing global growth and a boost to domestic demand from a healthy labour market and favourable financing conditions.The Bundesbank’s prediction Friday compared with its forecast last December of 0.6 per cent growth in gross domestic product this year.The Paris CAC 40 was down 0.84 per cent.Mainland Chinese shares lost ground, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index falling for a fifth straight trading day, shedding 0.5 per cent to close at the lowest level in more than two months.Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.1 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.7 per cent. read more

Obama shows support for small businesses buys 17 books for all ages

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2014 11:20 am MDT Obama shows support for small businesses, buys 17 books for all ages at independent DC store WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize these mom-and-pop outlets while doing their holiday shopping.He bought bags of books — 17 titles in all — during a stop at Politics and Prose, a popular Washington bookstore now owned by a former Washington Post reporter and his wife, also a former Post reporter who also worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House and State Department.In recent years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been advertised as “Small Business Saturday.” It’s designed to drive foot traffic to independent businesses in between the frenzy of Black Friday sales at mass retailers and the Cyber Monday deals available online.Obama browsed the bookstore’s racks with his daughters, Malia and Sasha. He held one shopper’s baby and chatted with author David Baldacci. While paying at the cash register, another patron encouraged Obama to close the U.S. facility in Cuba where suspected terrorists are detained.“Hope you can close Guantanamo,” the patron said.“We’re working on it,” Obama replied, then cheerily added to the crowd of shoppers: “Any other issues?”Obama also joked, “Hope it works,” when he handed his credit card to the cashier. That appeared to be a reference to when a restaurant declined his card while he dined out in New York City in late September.Obama bought a mix of titles apparently chosen to satisfy readers young and old. The White House declined to reveal how much he paid.Among the books in the president’s shopping bags for mature readers were “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” by New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon Atul Gawande and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.For younger readers, Obama’s purchases included three titles in the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques, two titles in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park and “A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More” by Doreen Cronin.Obama and his daughters also shopped at Politics and Prose on the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: read more

Sumo Has Its First Japanese Yokozuna In Nearly Two Decades

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While the criteria for promotion to yokozuna aren’t set in stone, the most common catalyst is winning two Grand Tournaments in a row — or some “equivalent” performance.In this case, Yokozuna Deliberation Council likely considered the fact that Kisenosato had the most total match wins in the six Grand Tournaments of the 2016 season — including four second-place finishes, despite no overall tournament victories. Also, after Hakuho was upset on day 14, Kisenosato had the January tournament wrapped up before the final day, which is considered stronger than a normal tournament win. Then, in his final match against Hakuho, Kisenosato won with a spectacular sukuinage (“beltless arm throw”):For more on the past and present of sumo, including a deep dive into 250 years of data, see The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making. Japanese sumo has been in a bit of a funk this century. With the sport dominated by Mongolian yokozuna (“grand champions”) such as Asashoryu, Hakuho and Haramafuji, Japan went 58 tournaments between 2006 and 2016 without producing any tournament winners — despite strict limitations on how many foreigners are even allowed to train. Japan hasn’t produced a yokozuna since Wakanohana earned the rank in 1998, and hasn’t even had a yokozuna active in the sport since Wakanohana’s brother Takanohana retired in 2003.But that drought has suddenly (and somewhat unexpectedly) ended, as the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday officially promoted January basho (tournament) winner Kisenosato to the sport’s most prestigious rank — despite this being his first ever-tournament win.1I don’t want to surmise what every sumo fan or analyst was thinking, but perusing Google search results from before the January basho, I found hardly anything discussing Kisenosato’s yokozuna chances. Note this is unlike when Goeido and Kotoshogiku won tournaments last year, when virtually all of the media coverage of the next basho was about their yokozuna quests.Kisenosato had previously finished in second place (called “jun-yusho”) a record 12 times without winning a tournament (“yusho”) — though he still has the record for most jun-yusho with only one yusho. Of course, that kind of thing happens when your career coincides with that of Hakuho, a living legend who, while less than a year older than Kisenosato, has won 37 tournaments (and counting). Nine of Kisenosato’s jun-yusho have been as runner-up to the “White Peng.” read more

Nintendo is bringing 20 games to Comic Con this week

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first_imgIn a continued effort to put the Wii U gamepad in the hands of potential buyers, Nintendo has plans to setup a large demo area at the San Diego Comic Con this week with existing and unreleased titles for attendees to play.Nintendo has not had a terribly successful year with the Wii U so far. The console isn’t moving off of shelves, game publishers left and right seem to be pulling support, and the system itself still doesn’t have all of the features that were announced. You could compare this launch to the VirtualBoy, but that would imply that people are concerned that the new Wii could be dangerous to your health. The Wii U suffers from poor marketing, a failure to meet launch expectations, and a lack of truly compelling games to bring the mass market to buy the console.Nintendo’s only hope right now is to put their hulking controllers into the hands of anyone willing to try it out and show them that the console really is worth purchasing. They have tried this strategy in DownTown Disney and select Best Buy locations during the E3 conference, and now it’s time for round two at Comic Con.You’d be hard pressed to find a larger collection of geeks willing to try something new out than the hordes of consumers wandering the halls of the San Diego Comic Con every year. Amidst the thousands of brightly colored shiny things to lure in potential buyers at this event will be a large Nintendo display with games for both the Wii U and the 3DS. While many of the games on display will be new and popular titles, Nintendo is also giving attendees a look at some unreleased titles. Some of those unreleased titles will include Disney Infinity, Skylanders SWAP Force, Super Mario 3D World, and Bayonetta 2.The 3DS titles available to play will include Yoshi’s New Island, Sonic Lost World, and Shin Megami Tensei IV, as well as a look at Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.It’s hard to tell whether or not this plan has worked out for Nintendo so far. Getting the games in the hands of enthusiasts is a great idea for Nintendo, but in order for that to turn into console adoption the experience has to be so great that they walk away from Comic Con with an urge to spend the money on a new console three months before the PS4 and Xbox One launch.[image by Chris Sewell]last_img read more

Woman attacked in south Dublin estate was victim of sexual assault

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first_img The entrance to the Bayview estate in Killiney, south Dublin. Image: Google Maps The entrance to the Bayview estate in Killiney, south Dublin. Image: Google Maps 29 Comments 50,193 Views Woman attacked in south Dublin estate was victim of sexual assault The woman was attacked yesterday evening. Share Tweet Email1 Short URL GARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for witnesses after a woman was a victim of a sexual assault yesterday evening in a south Dublin estate.The woman was attacked yesterday evening at about 5.45pm in the Bayview Estate in Killiney.Gardaí said that a lone man approached the woman and attacked her.The woman managed to fight back against the man and struck him a number of times. She then contacted gardaí where she reported the crime. She suffered minor injuries.Gardai in Shankill have set up an incident room to investigate this incident.They have confirmed that a number of statements have been taken and numerous lines of inquiry are being investigated together with CCTV and house to house inquiries.Commenting on the attack, local councillor Cormac Devlin said he had asked gardaí to step up patrols in the area as a result.“This is the second serious incident in the Killiney area this year,” said Devlin.“In light of these incidents, I have asked council management to review lighting in the Killiney and Shankill area to ensure it is fit for purpose. I have also asked Garda management to step up patrols, particularly mountain bike patrols around Killiney Hill and the adjacent DART stations.Gardaí are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Shankill Station on 01-6665900 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111.Read: Calls for more garda patrols as woman attacked in south Dublin estate Jan 31st 2017, 10:16 PM Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 10:16 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fianna Fáil says it wont bring down the government over the broadband

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first_img Image: Sam Boal 10,705 Views Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 4:58 PM By Christina Finn Launch of the Oireachtas committee’s report on the National Broadband Plan. Image: Sam Boal Short URL Aug 27th 2019, 4:58 PM center_img Launch of the Oireachtas committee’s report on the National Broadband Plan. 69 Comments FIANNA FÁIL WON’T bring down the government over the National Broadband Plan contract, according to the party’s communications spokesperson.At the launch of the Oireachtas Communications Committee report on the broadband plan, which does not garner support from the committee’s Fine Gael members, Timmy Dooley said Fianna Fáil continues to support the government in the confidence and supply agreement. Last week, the committee voted on a number of recommendations, backing the proposal for the broadband network to remain in public ownership.The committee – which investigated the government’s decision to award Granahan McCourt preferred bidder status for the multi-billion euro contract – voted to recommend that the government reopen talks over the network. One of the only recommendations not adopted by the committee today was a proposal from Fine Gael members to sign the contract and to roll-out the network as soon as possible.The report also recommends that the government commission an external and independent review on whether the current proposal is value for money.“Are we going to bring down the government on the strength of whether they are going to accept this report or not, the answer is no. No, we won’t bring down the government on this,” said Dooley today.He said in their role as the opposition, Fianna Fáil has been “responsible” in highlighting their concerns about the current plan on the table and its €3 billion price tag.He said the decision on whether to sign the contract is ultimately a matter for the government to decide, stating that no Dail motion or debate is going to change things, in his view.He told that the government must now decide if it is going to listen or ignore an Oireachtas committee’s recommendations on the future of the National Broadband Plan.Chairperson of the committee Hildegarde Naughten, who is also a Fine Gael TD, said any further reviews into the plan will only delay the roll out of rural broadband further. Chair Deputy Hildegarde Naughton at the launch of today’s report. Source: Sam BoalOutlining the timetable, she said the committee’s report will now go to the Communications Minister Richard Bruton to consider.She said the minister has committed to assessing the report before signing the contract with the preferred bidder.Government sources told this publication last week that it is keen to sign the contract and “get started right away”. They hit back at Fianna Fail’s position to carry out a review, stating that nothing new will be discovered.“When the NBP was announced back in May, the opposition claimed they had an alternative that would be cheaper for the taxpayer and deliver broadband to rural Ireland more swiftly. “After months of hearings, the opposition’s big plan is to delay the roll out, and instead commission more reports, and hire more consultants.“It’s proof positive that there is no better plan,” they said.Dooley questioned if the government will continue to “bury their heads in the sand”, stating that the Eir offer, where the company said the network could be delivered for a lot less money than the €3 billion, should be further investigated.He said if Eir can deliver the plan for €2 billion less, then a delay is warranted so as to ascertain if it is actually deliverable. Ultimately, however, Dooley said this is a government decision. Fianna Fáil says it won’t bring down the government over the broadband plan Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley said the decision to proceed is a matter for government. Share59 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bishop Seraphim turns against Golden Dawn

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, who has courted controversy in the past with anti-Semitic comments, launched an unexpected attack on far-right Golden Dawn due to the party embracing paganism.“It has been proved that this political group uses the disguise of nationalism to cover its neopaganistic ideology,” he said in a statement. The apparent rift between the bishop and Golden Dawn came as a surprise because Seraphim had been complimentary toward the party in the past and joined it in taking legal action against the staging of Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” play in Athens.Seraphim asked the party to clarify its position on paganism, including worship of ancient Greek gods. Golden Dawn accused him of kowtowing to the establishment.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Renowned Australian plastic surgeon heads to Greece to help fire victims

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A renowned Australian plastic surgeon is set to fly to Greece to assist Greek surgeons treating and operating on victims from the tragic fires in Attica.Dr John Greenwood departs today, and will get to work on Sunday at the Attica General Hospital in Athens.There he will use a biodegradable skin graft substitution, which was created by a team led by Dr Greenwood together with the CSIRO in 2002 following the Bali bombings.Made by Melbourne-based company, Polynovo, NovoSorb acts as a dermal tissue scaffold, which allows new dermal cells, blood vessels and skin structures to develop, resulting in soft, supple skin with minimal scarring.Dr Greenwood has been recognised for this revolutionary and groundbreaking work with the treatment of burns as director of the Adult Burns Unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital, awarded South Australia’s 2016 Australian of the Year award.last_img read more

Play Pearl Jams Lets Play Two 8Bit Baseball Game

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first_img Facebook Twitter Email The GRAMMY winners create their own online baseball video game in support of their latest documentary releaseNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2017 – 3:34 pm It’s no secret that Eddie Vedder and the boys of Pearl Jam are baseball fans. The GRAMMY-winning Seattle outfit recently released a live album and documentary focused on their 2016 performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs’ championship season called Let’s Play Two — a reference to a baseball double-header.Now, to promote the release, the band has created an eight-bit browser online baseball game that allows players to step into the batter’s box as one of the members of PJ for a round of home run derby. Each band member even has their own skill ratings and baseball card. Test your baseball skills with the #LetsPlayTwo game for a chance to win a signed @Cubs baseball & #PearlJam bat.— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) November 27, 2017But the game is not just a fun way to kill time. Fans can try to top the scoreboard for a chance to win an autographed baseball and custom Pearl Jam bat. You can try it out here. Bid On Harry Styles 2018 Tour VIP Experience Auction To Benefit MusiCaresRead morecenter_img Pearl Jam Step Up To The Plate play-pearl-jams-lets-play-two-8-bit-baseball-game News Play Pearl Jam’s ‘Let’s Play Two’ 8-Bit Baseball Game last_img read more

Scientists investigate social patterns of salmon

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first_imgEach summer, millions of fish return to Bristol Bay, and then swim on to the stream where they were born to spawn, and die. Exactly what compels them to return to the right spot is unknown. But scientists think that some hatchery-raised steelhead in Oregon might hold a clue.“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.Are salmon social creatures? That’s the question a pair of researchers are trying to figure out.“50 some million fish last season migrated into Bristol Bay in the course of just a couple of weeks, and that’s a classic thing is that the fish all come at the same time, and it’s kind of curious to think, is there a potential social role in that?” said UAF Fisheries Professor Peter Westley. “They all come as a major wave, and is it because they are in these groups and they are sort of following the leader and using social dynamics to aid their migrations.”By digging fake streams at an Oregon lab, Westley and colleague Andrew Berdahl are trying to figure why salmon choose the streams they do.“So we actually tested this idea by giving steelhead that had migrated home to a hatchery, we brought them to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center and gave them a choice between water that smelled more like home, or all of the foreign water that came from the stream where the hatchery research center was based,” Westley said. “One of the things we showed with this steelhead system that indeed, fish that are moving upstream and are moving around ARE very social. They don’t move independently. They’re in groups moving around.”Westley said there are plenty of details still to work out, and so far, they just have a tantalizing teaser of some possible results. But it’s a little step closer to figuring out what compels salmon to come home each year.Westley and Berdahl have been interested in this social side of fish behavior for some time, and their collaboration started with a paper that just looked at existing literature and data.“It poses this idea of a collective social role of salmon as they are migrating home, such that salmon or other migratory fish can school together,” said Westley. “And by being in groups, they can share information and pool their abilities to navigate and orient and by doing so the group is much more likely to get home than if the group was smaller or the individual is traveling by itself and the onus of getting to the right spot would all be on the individual.”Westley said smell, or pheromones, play a role in salmon communication. But that’s part of what he’d like to test. Westley said steelhead are a good proxy for salmon because they’re pretty similar fish in terms of life history and a predictable return to their birthplace.“They are a good model for these migratory sea-going fish that come back home,” Westley said. “They have subtle differences in life history but in terms of the social aspects and the migration and the orientation, I think they are a good model.”Not everything about the study is a direct translation to the natural world, and there are plenty of changes and questions to address in the future. Westley said they hope to do the experiment again, with a stronger scent of home-streams. And they might change the timing of the study, to tie in more closely to when salmon are actually on the move. Somewhere on the list, he said, he’d also like to look at how wild fish fare, rather than just using hatchery steelhead – a choice made, so far, to keep things simple.“The challenge is always trying to scale from what you’re doing at sort of an experimental level up into the complexity of nature, and trying to assess what you’ve done at this small controlled scale, does it relate to nature as a whole,” said Westley. “It’s always a challenge.”last_img read more