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Rahul most preferred for CWG brand ambassador: Survey

first_imgHe is considered to be the prime minister-in-waiting by many, but a recent survey among students has shown that Rahul Gandhi is also the face India would like to see as the brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games.A whopping 72 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted the Gandhi scion to be the brand ambassador for the CWG.The survey was conducted by the Associated Chambers for Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) among 10,000 students in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Dehradun, Jaipur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.It revealed that Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) is the second choice of the nation for face of the Commonwealth Games 2010, followed by Amir Khan (56 per cent) and A R Rahman (42 per cent).The major options among the different categories included politicians, Bollywood stars, sportspersons and other public icons, who majorly influence the common man.Seventy two per cent of the respondents said Gandhi was the most honest, straightforward and trustworthy youth leader.The respondents said that the young Congress leader has instilled confidence in the youth and he is the motivational factor who can set standards for them.Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and Infotech got 14 per cent, while Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Congress MP Jitin Prasada got six per cent votes each as the face of the Games.Among the sportspersons, iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) tops the list followed by Saina Nehwal (20 per cent), Viswanathan Anand (18 per cent) and Abhinav Bindra (six per cent).advertisementThe survey also highlighted the face for Commonwealth Games 2010 among the film industry. Actor Amir Khan — the perfectionist — came out on top with 56 per cent of the respondents voting for him as the first choice.Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with 18 per cent, Shahrukh Khan with 12 per cent and Ranbir Kapoor with six per cent followed in the list.Other public figures included A R Rahman (42 per cent), Chetan Bhagat and singer Shaan.The survey also highlighted the city which had the highest potential to organise the Commonwealth Games 2010 in India. Bangalore with 75 per cent first choice vote emerged as the most preferred city to organise the Games.It was also felt that the involvement of Indian business houses jointly with the Games organisers would have made a difference. Sixty per cent of respondents voted for Tata followed by Reliance (18 per cent), Jindal Group (15 per cent) and DLF group (seven per cent).- With PTI inputslast_img read more

What is Dembele’s Barca future after Malcom buy?

first_imgBarcelona’s signing of Malcom has caused controversy. The winger arrived last week in a €41 million deal , despite the fact that both Bordeaux and Roma had announced the player would be moving to the Stadio Olimpico this summer.The Catalans’ late interest in the 21-year-old Brazilian even sparked some suggestions that the club had been unaware of him until Roma’s sporting director Monchi made his move, while the nature of the deal also raises serious doubts over Barca’s strategy in the transfer market.Coach Ernesto Valverde had wanted to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and everyone at Barca was sure the France forward would arrive at Camp Nou this summer. There were even indications from the player that he would be joining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Griezmann accepted a huge offer to stay at Atleti that will see him bring in around €23m after tax every year and his decision, announced in a documentary at the start of the World Cup, meant Barca had to think again.So after signing midfielder Arthur from Gremio earlier in the summer and then bringing in centre-back Clement Lenglet from Sevilla , they swooped to recruit Malcom to bolster their forward line for 2018-19. The Brazilian is undoubtedly an exciting player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, although not seemingly by Barca until right at the last minute (although they were aware of him), and not by Valverde. Asked about his new winger in his first press conference of the pre-season, Valverde gave a somewhat awkward response. “He is a player the club has known for some time and in the end they have decided to sign him,” he said. “He is a young player, with future projection, and the club decided to sign him.” It was not a very convincing statement and one which did not suggest harmony between the technical team, now led by former left-back Eric Abidal after Robert Fernandez left in June, and the coaching staff. Malcom Barcelona Tottenham ICC Malcom, who hit the winning penalty against Tottenham after a 2-2 draw in the teams’ International Champions Cup clash on Saturday night , will now line up against Roma, the side he snubbed to join Barca, in Texas on Tuesday .Roma were also the team that knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League last season and Valverde surprisingly left out Ousmane Dembele of his line-up in both legs of that away-goals loss, only throwing on the France forward for the final few minutes as the Blaugrana sought a late goal in the Italian capital.That was despite the fact that Philippe Coutinho, signed in January from Liverpool, was cup-tied and unable to feature in the Champions League after playing in the group stages of the competition with the Reds earlier in the season.Certainly there was a sense that Valverde did not trust Dembele when it mattered most and there were even reports that he could leave the Catalan club after an injury-interrupted first season at Camp Nou. An unremarkable World Cup – despite France winning the tournament – where Dembele barely featured in the knockouts after a poor group stage did little to repair his reputation.Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017-18The signing of Malcom has only intensified speculation surrounding his future, but Abidal said last week: “Dembele is important. We absolutely count on him. [He and Malcom] are players who play in the same position, but the seasons are long and we are thinking of the club. Dembele can be relaxed, he is important.”One of the concerns over the former Borussia Dortmund attacker last season was a perceived lack of defensive discipline, but the club are sure he will benefit from a full pre-season and believe he can continue to adapt in this coming campaign.”We hope it’s his season,” Valverde said on Friday. “He has to give us a lot of things, he is an extraordinary player. Last year was unfortunate because of the injury he had, but even then he gave us a lot.”Having paid an initial €105m for Dembele a year ago, Barca are definitely not ready to give up on the France forward, now a World Cup winner and still only 21, but it is likely that he and Malcom will be in direct competition for a starting spot for the Catalan club in 2018-19.last_img read more

Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport erupts across 3 states in baba’s name

first_imgMobs rampaged across Haryana on Friday, leaving at least 30 people dead and more than 350 injured, while tensions flared in other parts of northern India after a court declared quasi-religious sect leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping two of his followers.Officials said the rioting erupted in Panchkula, 250km north of Delhi, minutes after the special CBI court convicted the 50-year-old of the crimes committed in 2002. Singh, a burly, bearded man who has scripted and starred in his own films and travels in a fleet of bullet-proof cars, commands a near-devotional following – he claims in the millions – in Punjab and Haryana, where his Dera Sacha Sauda group is based.RAMPAGESupporters attacked railway stations, petrol pumps, buses and television vans as the Army was called in to restore order. Shocking photos showed bodies lying in the middle of the road, ringed by burning vehicles, as scores of security personnel marched past.The Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that if Singh’s followers are found involved in causing loss to properties, the damages will be recovered from the Dera.The quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim, who enjoyed ‘Z’ category security, will be pronounced on Monday, but experts say he faces at least seven years in prison. He was taken by a helicopter to a jail in Rohtak. Facing a barrage of attacks from the Opposition and on social media, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar admitted that there were lapses but asserted appropriate action was being taken.Asked how thousands of Dera followers managed to reach Panchkula and was his government equipped for this, the CM said, “We were prepared to deal with the situation.”advertisementThe rape allegations surfaced in an anonymous letter sent to the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002. Scrutiny of the ashram grew when a journalist investigating the sect was shot dead the same year.The trial in Panchkula triggered a security lockdown, with police closing schools and converting a cricket stadium into a jail in Chandigarh. Authorities in Haryana and Punjab had suspended internet services to curb social messaging in a bid to contain anticipated unrest.In 2015, Ram Rahim was also accused of encouraging 400 followers to undergo castration at his ashram so they could get closer to God.24 ASSAULT CASESThe CBI chargesheets, main and supplementary, have mentioned names of 24 female disciples who left the Dera after being sexually abused. This reporter established contact with four victims through a former Dera aide, Gurdas Singh Toor, who spent six years with the sect and had access to the Baba’s “secret place”, called goofa (a cave), where girls were raped and tortured.Two rape victims have revealed that he would ask his close female disciples to deploy three to four beautiful sadhvis as sentries to guard the cave through the night. The sect leader allegedly picked a new victim each day. One victim even accused Singh of raping schoolgirls.Also ReadRam Rahim followers go on rampage in Haryana, Punjab after Dera Sacha Sauda chief gets convicted for rape; 30 dead Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar under pressure after Dera rampage; admits lapseslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo equals 60-year-old Juventus record in just 3 months

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has taken just three months to get into Juventus’ record books. Ronaldo played his first Serie A match on August 18 and 10 league matches later, he has a record to his name.Ronaldo has scored seven goals in 10 Serie A matches equalling a record set by Welshman John Charles in the 1957-58 campaign for the Old Lady.Ronaldo began his campaign in Italy slowly as he went goalless for the first three league matches. However, the Portuguese broke the deadlock against Sassuolo on September 16 with a brace and since then he has never looked back.After the Sassuolo game, Ronaldo has scored five goals in five matches, including the most recent brace against Empoli that gave Juventus a come-from-behind victory.Also Read – Cristiano Ronaldo now has the most followers on InstagramIn the match against Empoli, Ronaldo netted his first goal through a dodgy penalty earned by Paulo Dybala. But it was the second goal that was a special Cristiano Ronaldo strike.Ronaldo collected a pass outside the penalty area and struck a brilliant dipping and swerving shot from 25 metres away past the Empoli goalkeeper. It was Ronaldo’s most eye-catching goal for Juventus so far.John Charles ended his debut campaign with Juventus at 28 goals and Ronaldo will surely fancy more than that.Juventus have had really big names over the years in Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more.While Higuain, Tevez and Filippo Inzaghi all scored six goals in the first 10 Serie A matches, Del Piero, Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet had managed five goals in 10 games.advertisementCurrently in the Serie A season, Ronaldo is the second highest goalscorer with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek two goals ahead of him.Recently in a candid talk with France Football magazine, Ronaldo asserted that his move to Juventus from Real Madrid was definitely not for money but because Juventus made him feel like they wanted him.”If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much.”I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more, but the difference is at Juve they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear,” Ronaldo said.Ronaldo also spoke about why he left Real Madrid and confessed that president Florentino Perez was the prime reason why he felt he had to leave the European champions.”He [Perez] only ever looked at me as a business relationship. I know it. What he told me was never from the heart.”In the first four or five years [at Real Madrid], I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less so afterwards. The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them,” Ronaldo further said.”That’s what made me think about leaving. Sometimes I’d look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave. There was a bit of that, but the truth is that I always had the impression that the president would not hold me back.”last_img read more

Form of Finch and Khawaja opens testing debate for Australia selectors

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Australia’s familiar collapse leaves Pakistan in control of first Test Read more Cricket Share via Email Share on Facebook But the home Test season will come too soon, and the team will need a way forward. At the moment, albeit in very different conditions, the current one looks good. A contrast in styles, a good understanding, and a left-right combination – bearing in mind that the Test team has had at least one left-handed opener since Greg Blewett and Michael Slater opened in March 2000.Then again, Australia might need Finch and Khawaja elsewhere. In this Test Shaun Marsh was elevated to bat at No 3 and Mitchell Marsh at No 4. Both made ducks in their second innings, and faced one over between them. That was after Mitchell had been dropped on nought. He was dropped on nought in his first innings as well, and was out for 12, while his brother was out for seven.So the coaching setup probably would not want to waste Khawaja as an opener in a home summer: there are others in the wings, like Renshaw and Joe Burns, but options for a genuine first drop are decidedly thinner on the ground.And given what we have seen in this match, the team might benefit from Finch’s composure and decision-making in the middle order, where he has played so often.There’s an old saying about not weakening a strength to strengthen a weakness. But at the moment, when weaknesses are by far the more numerous, it is certainly tempting to find a way to stretch those strengths. Right now the success of what was supposed to be a temporary opening pairing has created just that sort of conundrum. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Support The Guardian Reuse this content Read more match reports Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn England’s first ODI with Sri Lanka abandoned after heavy rain Share on Pinterest Australia sport In their first innings Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja put on 142 before all 10 Australian wickets fell for another 60. In the second innings the opening stand was 87 in increasingly difficult conditions, after which three wickets fell without adding to the score.Second time round, Khawaja managed to stick it out with Travis Head until stumps. A score of 136 for three left Australia 325 runs to win, or realistically three sessions to survive for a draw, after Pakistan declared after lunch on day four on 181 for six.Given the opening union is the only good-news story for Australia’s batting, what stands out even more is its makeshift nature. Khawaja was not supposed to open until Matthew Renshaw was struck on the head in the warm-up match. Finch was never near Test selection until a month ago, and while he opens for Australia in white-ball cricket, he has batted in the middle order for most of his state career.But then again, Finch is statistically one of Australia’s most successful one-day openers, with 11 centuries, the fifth-most for his country. And Khawaja’s record as a makeshift Test opener is almost flawless. Four times he has been asked to do the job: once when David Warner was off the field when South Africa declared and so was not allowed to bat first, once when Renshaw was injured during a match against Pakistan in Sydney, and these two innings in Dubai.Across those four innings Khawaja has made 145, 79 not out, 85 and now is 50 not out overnight. Finch, meanwhile, made 62 from 161 during his first innings on debut in Dubai, followed by 49 from 99. Both times he was patient and circumspect in difficult conditions, while still attacking when the opportunities arose.So the question of whether this combination should persist for the home summer also arises One of the less-discussed ramifications to the ball-tampering affair was losing both openers to suspension. All the focus was on the absence of Steve Smith and Warner, but Cameron Bancroft was Australia’s leading runscorer in the South Africa series, even though he got punted before the final match.You can bet Bancroft will get every chance to mount a comeback. His suspension is over by the end of this year, meaning he could be playing for Western Australia by the second half of the Sheffield Shield season.And with the former WA coach Justin Langer, a huge Bancroft fan, now running the national side you can bet he would be welcomed back as soon as he assembles some half-decent numbers. A national recall would probably be seen as the fastest route to public resolution and rehabilitation. Topicslast_img read more

Travel and Packing Tips From Olympic Skier and Nomad Troy Murphy

first_imgPhoto by Kirk PaulsenWhen 25-year-old skier Troy Murphy isn’t training for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, he’s globetrotting to off-the-grid mountains in Alaska, France, and beyond, miles away from any resort or chalet, carving fresh lines dusk till dawn and adjourning to a shared van with his buddies come nightfall.He recently did this with friends Hunter Bailey and Keaton McCargo (fellow U.S. Ski Team members), Jannick Fjeldsoe (Danish Ski Team member), Blake Wilson, and Columbia Sportswear. This type of van-cation can typically roll on for weeks at a time, until training calls Murphy back to basecamp.Next week, Murphy is setting out on another multi-continent adventure taking him through South Korea — where he will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics freestyle division — Japan, Switzerland, France, then back home to Utah to  spend some “down time” relaxing (aka backcountry skiing and powder surfing … more on that later).His approach to packing? Highly minimalist.Toiletries? Close to none.Murphy’s method may prove you’re taking too much for haul, so we asked him to pass down these medal-worthy travel and packing tips so we can land feeling fresh and ready to shred the day.Troy Murphy/Facebook Troy Murphy/FacebookThe Manual: What is the No. 1 item you pack for long flights?Troy Murphy: It may sound simple, but a Columbia puffy. You can wear it around town, use as a pillow on the plane; it’s compactable and versatile. I suggest any Titanium, Omni-Heat puffy, preferably without a hood (which bugs me when it’s under my main jacket). I’ve become attached to the Columbia Men’s Mogul.What’s the No. 2 item?Hah, honestly another jacket. I can cozy up with that and use another as a pillow, or one as a lower back support. I’m sitting in a stiff chair for hours and all my Columbia layers make it comfortable.Do you use any grooming products, vitamins, etc. to feel refreshed after a long travel day?Sleep. That’s the biggest thing for me — to stay refreshed and healthy. I bring melatonin on me and take maybe two on super-long flights, but I don’t take it often. For grooming, I bring a regular trimmer, but I like to rock the beard. I clean up more when I’m home between trips.You’re about to spend a full day on the mountain. What’s in your pockets?An avalanche pack, extra puffy layer if it gets cold — we’re out there late into the night sometimes — water, and a couple granola Clif bars for easy nutrition that doesn’t take up weight or room. Lastly, a camera or GoPro.Speaking of protein bars, what else do you like to eat while traveling?Nothing in particular, but I try to eat as well as possible. If the team is traveling and the only option is McDonald’s, it’s McDonald’s. As long as I’m eating something. As athletes, we’re burning so many calories, we need something.Do you wind down with any TV shows or movies?On my last big trip to Alaska, we would get down to the van around 11 p.m., and once you put the gear away, you’re trying to figure out what to do for a quick dinner. Then you’re out. A couple nights we went outside to brush our teeth and the Northern Lights were happening, so we stayed up late to watch those. But no, I don’t watch TV. I’ll watch some shows, but definitely not TV.Traveling with Team USA, how do you pass the time between competitions?There’s a ton of cards, cribbage, and any weird game we can find.Packing for your upcoming trip and the 2018 Olympics, what do your bags look like?Since I’ll be doing fun and moguls: two ski bags with two mogul skis and two powder skis. A powder surfer. Lighter on the clothes and heavier on equipment.Wait, what’s a powder surfer?It’s a throwback to the early origins of the snowboard, with a 150 cm board that looks almost like a surf board. It’s a minimalist way to surf down the mountain without bindings. You’re just standing on it with the resistance of the board.One thing that Murphy doesn’t have to worry about is what he’ll wear when he gets to Pyeonchang, South Korea. Check out the awesome Ski Team uniforms by Columbia Sportswear here.Feature image by Kirk Paulsen. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now last_img read more

Parent of Hearing-Impaired Teenager Welcomes Literacy Enhancement Project

first_img As the parent of a hearing-impaired teenager, Marcia Hunter welcomes the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project, which, she says, will open up academic opportunities for her daughter and positively impact her future ambitions.In an interview with JIS News, Ms. Hunter says her 18-year-old daughter, who attends the Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf, puts no limits on herself.The talented teen, who is in Grade 12, already has a distinction in Visual Arts at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) level, and is preparing to sit additional examinations in Mathematics, Accounts and Information Technology (IT) in 2018.The proud mother who supports her ambitious daughter in her pursuit of a career as a teacher of the deaf in visual arts or mathematics, says the project is a positive step in the right direction to foster greater inclusion and opportunities for members of the deaf community.For his part, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, hails the initiative, which he says is in line with the Government’s national development agenda, which seeks to ensure that every member of society is included in the process.“If we are to truly move Jamaica forward, it must be with an effective education system that leaves no child behind,” Mr. Green asserts.Launched in September, the three-year project aims to realise five major objectives, including an increase in the number of deaf students functioning at age-appropriate levels for literacy development by 10 percentage points in all schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica.These are the Danny Williams School for the Deaf; Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf; and Excelsior Primary School Integrated Unit for the Deaf, in Kingston; Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf – Kingston and Mandeville campuses; Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, St. James; May Pen Unit for the Deaf, Clarendon; Port Antonio Unit for the Deaf, Portland and St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf, St. Ann.Activities to be implemented to achieve this objective include diagnostic assessment of vulnerable students, specially designed reading competitions and workshops, reading boot camps and educational field trips.The second objective is the development of a Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) curriculum to be incorporated in schools for the deaf by 2020.It is expected that this will assist in developing students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills as well as act as a catalyst for students to access higher education.Pointing out that deaf persons using JSL have difficulty communicating written thoughts, Ms. Hunter says that the project comes at an opportune time, as it will assist her daughter in her exam preparations.“With the Literacy in English Language, it will improve her grammar and bring more awareness about language arts. It will also assist her in her exams and improve her ability to relate to a hearing person in terms of her writing,” she adds.Two other significant goals of the project are to have a minimum of 75 per cent of all teachers advancing at least two levels of JSL Communicative Competence at the end of the project; and to empower parents of the deaf to effectively parent and communicate with their children.To achieve this, the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) will be teaching parents sign language and effective parenting strategies. They will also be coached on how to read with their children using sign language, through the JAD’s Shared Reading Programme.Ms. Hunter, who is attending sign language classes at JAD, says being able to communicate properly with her child is important as this is the only way she can nurture the critical parent-child relationship, and is encouraging all persons, particularly parents with hearing-impaired children, to learn this language.“You have to find time for your child, especially if he or she has special needs. You need to be able to communicate with your child,” she says.Meanwhile, Project Manager, Tisha Ewen-Smith, says that with more than 90 per cent of students across the island’s primary and secondary schools for the deaf functioning below the expected grade levels in reading comprehension, the project will equip these children with the necessary skills to advance to higher education and improve their outcomes as adults.“The goal of the project is to increase the literacy level of deaf children in all schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica… and ensure equal access as clients, students and, most importantly, as citizens of Jamaica,” she says.The programme will impact more than 400 deaf children and their families as well as 100 educators in nine participating schools for the deaf.The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is slated to run from April 2017 to April 2020, and is being implemented by the JAD, in partnership with international funding agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As the parent of a hearing-impaired teenager, Marcia Hunter welcomes the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project, which, she says, will open up academic opportunities for her daughter and positively impact her future ambitions. The talented teen, who is in Grade 12, already has a distinction in Visual Arts at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) level, and is preparing to sit additional examinations in Mathematics, Accounts and Information Technology (IT) in 2018. The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is slated to run from April 2017 to April 2020, and is being implemented by the JAD, in partnership with international funding agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Premier Lauds Historic Hydro Power Deal

first_img “This is an extremely exciting and proud day for our province as we move forward with plans to develop the Lower Churchill project — the most attractive clean, green energy project in North America,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. “The benefits of this project for our province will be enormous, including thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity. “Our priorities have remained steadfast; that is to achieve maximum benefits for our people, and to secure stable markets with a good return for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. This agreement achieves these goals and also solidifies a mutually beneficial partnership with Emera Inc. and Nova Scotia.” Premier Dexter plans to meet with New Brunswick Premier David Alward to discuss how this agreement will enable New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to further strengthen the electricity system in the Maritimes, and create more good jobs in Atlantic Canada. “This is an historic agreement for our region and potentially transformational for our company,” said Emera president and CEO, Chris Huskilson. “It results in a stronger regional system that is consistent with Emera and Nova Scotia Power’s focus on cleaner, affordable electricity.” Power from the Lower Churchill project will result in a cost of electricity that is initially higher than the power generated by burning coal, but which will deliver increased value over the life of the deal. Further details of the deal are being negotiated between Nova Scotia Power and Nalcor, and will be subject to public review and approval by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Creation of a projected 6,790 person-years of employment from construction of the Maritime Link An agreement, to be formally adopted by the two governments, providing Nova Scotians with full and fair access to economic benefits and employment on the Maritime Link About 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity needs supplied at a firm rate for 35 years The ability to grow Nova Scotia’s green energy sector by backing-up wind and other intermittent renewable energy with fixed, predictable electricity from hydro Firm power provided during Nova Scotia’s 16 peak-usage hours — The ability to purchase another 10 to 15 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity needs at competitive prices, from hydro power that would otherwise be consumed in other provinces and New England. Nova Scotia families and businesses will benefit from 35 years of clean energy and more predictable, stable prices under an agreement announced today, Nov. 18, by Premier Darrell Dexter. The deal, which gives the province access to power from Muskrat Falls in Newfoundland and Labrador by way of a subsea cable to Cape Breton, also ensures Nova Scotia gains economic benefits, including thousands of jobs from the construction of the massive project. “This is an historic day for Nova Scotia, and all of Atlantic Canada,” said Premier Dexter. “Through this partnership, Nova Scotia is taking a major step forward as an international leader in renewable energy. “Today’s agreement will create thousands of new jobs, stabilize energy prices well into the future and lifts the idea of Atlantic co-operation off the page and turns it into fundamental action, building a more prosperous nation.” Under the terms of the deal negotiated with Nalcor Energy of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia Power parent company Emera Inc., will invest $1.2 billion in exchange for 20 per cent of the electricity generated by the project. Emera has agreed to invest in the $6.2-billion project in exchange for about 170 megawatts annually of firm and flexible hydro-electricity over 35 years, and an option on an additional 330 megawatts destined for other provinces and the New England market. It will account for between eight and 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s total power needs when it starts flowing in 2017. Emera’s investment in the project focuses on the Maritime Link, which consists of the sub-sea cable between Cape Ray, Nfld., and Cape Breton, the substations and the enhanced transmission grid leading to the New Brunswick border. The company will also make transmission investments in Newfoundland. The deal supports the province’s goal to create good jobs and grow the economy through achieving 25 per cent renewable energy by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2020. Highlights of the agreement include:last_img read more

Lion Ark Nominated For NAACP Image Award Outstanding International Motion Picture

first_imgLion Ark, the feature length documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from cruel circuses in Bolivia, has been nominated by America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP, in their Outstanding International Motion Picture category for the 45th NAACP Image Awards.The prestigious Image Awards by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrates “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”Lion Ark follows a dangerous and ambitious international animal rescue as illegal circuses are tracked down across Bolivia and the animals saved, culminating in a huge airlift of 25 lions to safety in the US. Behind the huge logistical task a group of people from Britain, America, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia come together to help the lions.Actress Jorja Fox, world famous for her role as Sara Sidle in CSI, is an associate Producer of Lion Ark and also appears in the film: “What I didn’t realize was that it was going to be an extraordinary story about the human spirit and what the human spirit can do when people come together.”Early in the film, Jan Creamer Chief Executive and founder of Animal Defenders International, the organisation behind the rescue, explains the rescuers’ motivation: “People sometimes ask, why bother about animals when there’s so much human suffering? But it is not a choice of one or the other. When we protect the weakest or the most vulnerable, whether it is animals or people, we all gain. That’s how we shape our world…. understanding our connection with other species, and our place on this planet, is the next step in human evolution.”Tim Phillips Director of Lion Ark: “We are honoured to have been nominated for this award. Lion Ark is a film about respect for people and animals so we are really pleased to receive this acknowledgement. In this film, you see the worst of humanity, but also humanity at its best. It is an empowering film that shows that people can make a difference. Lion Ark shows how animal protection is a vital part of the fabric of social justice, where human society draws a line as to what is, and is not, acceptable .”The film shows how Bolivians got behind the rescue mission and in one scene a Bolivian Government official makes references to how some international non-governmental organisations can be heavy handed when working in poorer countries. Wildlife official David Kopp says: “Some international organizations think this is a poor country, a small, corrupt country and you can come in here and do what you like, but that’s not true. We’re looking for respect and coordinated work. Then we can do big things, like this.”In addition to Lion Ark the other five nominees in the Outstanding International Motion Picture category are: 
War Witch; Call Me Kuchu; La Playa D.C.; High Tech, Low Life.Nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture are: 
12 Years a Slave; Lee Daniel’s The Butler; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Fruitvale Station; The Best Man Holiday.Others up for awards this year in different categories include Beyoncé, John Legend, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Forest Whitaker.Members of the NAACP have until February 14th to vote for the nominated movies for the Image Awards, with the award ceremony taking place on February 21st and 22nd. The glittering awards ceremony in Los Angeles has, in the past, been hosted by luminaries such as Denzel Washington, Diana Ross, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Whitney Houston.Since Bolivia prohibited the use of animals in travelling circuses, 4 other South American countries have followed – Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Paraguay. And in Europe, countries like Greece, Austria, Croatia and Portugal have implemented similar measures. Countries like China and Taiwan are grappling with this issue of animal protection.Over 25 countries have banned animal circuses, representing a huge range of cultures and socio economic circumstances; there is a worldwide movement that animals should not be made to suffer, just to amuse us.last_img read more

Prairie landlords singing (slightly) happier tune as rents rise, vacancies slip

CALGARY — Four years after an oil price crash that’s been blamed for more than 40,000 oilpatch job cuts in Western Canada, stability is returning to the residential rental market.Apartment owners including Boardwalk REIT and Mainstreet Equity Corp., along with smaller operators and industry observers, say that people moving to the region, and generally lower unemployment rates on the Prairies are driving vacancy rates down and allowing rents to rise.Rental market strength is also being supported by weakness in the home-buying market — renters lack the confidence to buy a house given bad news in the oilpatch, rising interest rates and the federal “mortgage stress test” that makes it harder to borrow.“For many people out there, they might not be directly tied to the energy sector, but they’re concerned about it and if that sector slows and there’s no growth there, what does that mean for prospects for the entire city, for the entire province?” said Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist for the Calgary Real Estate Board.Earlier this month, the board reported that home sales in February were 10 per cent lower than in the same month last year and the average price was down 6.5 per cent, a trend Lurie expects to continue this year.In Edmonton, year-to-date sales for all residential categories through the first two months were down 11 per cent compared with last year and February average prices were down for both condos and single-family homes.Meanwhile, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. last week reported new housing starts fell 31 per cent across the Prairies in February compared with February 2017.By comparison, the rental market is a bright spot — in its annual rental report late last year, CMHC said vacancy rates fell from 7.5 per cent in 2017 to 5.5 per cent in 2018 in Alberta and from 9.3 per cent to 8.7 per cent in Saskatchewan.Both are a far cry from the overall national apartment vacancy rate of 2.4 per cent.“Calgary and Edmonton now have some of the most affordable rents in the entire country. Five or six years ago, we had the exact opposite situation, where our rents were one of the highest,” Sam Kolias, chairman and CEO of Boardwalk REIT, said in an interview.The landlord said affordability is the biggest factor in lower vacancy rates, pointing out that average rents for occupied apartments in the Boardwalk portfolio peaked at $1,199 per month in the third quarter of 2015, hit a low of about $1,075 in the summer of 2017, and are now back at $1,138.About 24,000 of the company’s 33,000 rental units are in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The rest are in Quebec and Ontario.The improved rent picture means there are fewer incentives being offered to tenants, but doesn’t yet justify building new properties, Kolias said.Raising rental rates is a lot harder than reducing them, says landlord Jim Rempel of Galactic Properties.In 2014, a typical one-bedroom suite in one of his three four-storey walk-ups in Calgary would rent for $1,125, he said. Under competitive pressure, the rate fell to under $800 and is now back up to about $915.“When the price of oil was US$100 (a barrel, in 2014), I could rent a place out in 24 hours or less,” he said. “Now, it takes me a month, a month and a half.”Rental rates fell off quickly after 2015 in Calgary, which was hardest hit by the oilpatch crash, and about a year later in Edmonton, said Mark Hawkins, owner of website said the current bounce back in rents in Alberta indicates the market has hit bottom and rents will likely continue to rise through the rest of the year.Mainstreet Equity Corp., which has about 12,200 rental units in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, reported its same-asset vacancy rate dropped to about six per cent in the last three months of 2018 from 11.3 per cent in the same period a year earlier, bumping up associated revenue by eight per cent.Founder and CEO Bob Dhillon said the crash of 2015 resulted in a surplus of condominium units on the Prairies that couldn’t be sold and wound up being put on the rental market.The result was higher vacancy rates, lower rents and higher costs as landlords paid more for advertising and apartment upgrades, while also being hit by higher property taxes and employee wages.“If (the market) is not balanced, it’s slowly getting to be balanced,” Dhillon said.“But I want to be very clear, balanced doesn’t mean the rent levels are the same as four years ago. It just means the bleeding has stopped.“Now we’ve got a new base, a new norm.” Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:MEQ, TSX:BEI)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press read more

Fishermen from India and Sri Lanka who were freed repatriated

The 77 fishermen from Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts were arrested by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters between February and March and lodged in Jaffna and Vavuniya prisons in the island nation.Sri Lanka and India had on Wednesday agreed to release fishermen held in each other’s custody after a high-level discussion between the two sides in Colombo in a bid to defuse the tension following the killing of the 22-year-old Indian fisherman, Bridgo.Meanwhile, eight fishermen from Karaikal are still in Trincomalee prison there, police added. (Colombo Gazette) Seventy-seven Indian and 12 Sri Lankan fishermen were today repatriated in line with the decision taken by two countries to set free fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse tension following the killing of an Indian fisherman last week, the Press Trust of India reported.Sri Lankan Navy handed over the 77 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested over the past two months, to Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line in the Palk Bay. Similarly, 12 Sri Lankan fishermen, released from the Puzhal Prison in Chennai on March 10, were handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy. The Tamil Nadu fishermen are expected to arrive at Karaikal coast in two ICG ships, “Rani Durgavati” and “Abith” by 6 PM, police said.Later, they would be taken to their respective destinations. The twelve were arrested off Nagapattinam coast separately on March 8 and 9 for allegedly fishing in Indian waters. read more

Solving Connected Conferencing Challenges

Even if the room is technically operational, you also have to consider the end user awareness of how to use the entire system. In addition to starting the soft-codec application, end users of these larger meeting rooms typically need to interact with a second platform, namely an audio DSP and control system. Without proper integration and automation, the end user is forced to jump between starting the video conference application and fiddling with the room’s lighting, sound, screens and other third-party devices. This scenario assumes a firm understanding of both systems on the part of the end user and puts the fate of the meeting at risk (ultimately increasing the likelihood of support calls to make up for the failings of the in-room technology, poor room design, and unrealistic end user expectations). On the integration side, one-to-one technologies like HDMI and USB have inherent length limitations that force internal AV/IT support and integrators to rely on unreliable (and expensive) USB extenders and HDMI matrix switchers when scaling these solutions. These piecemeal compromises ultimately lead to untimely hiccups and failures when end users try to engage with the technology. At QSC, we address these challenges with the Q-SYS Ecosystem. The software-based audio, video and control (AV&C) solution is built on standard IT architecture, offering much more functionality than traditional AV solutions, with much less hardware. By integrating AV&C into a single processor, offering native meeting room peripherals along with third-party device control, and leveraging the power of standard converged networks, Q-SYS offers simpler integration and automation opportunities for those larger meeting spaces. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Consistent user-experience is a factor often overlooked when deploying soft-codec video conferencing solutions (like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, etc.) across an enterprise. While these solutions work well in small huddle rooms or at a user’s desk, they do not offer the same experience in medium- to large-size meeting rooms, training areas, or all-hands areas. To learn more about how Q-SYS streamlines the meeting room experience, check out the Q-SYS Web Conference Integration solution.Tags:News & ViewsQSCAV solutionsproductivitycontrolVideo Collaboration & A/VConferencingMeetingsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like As you consider how best to deploy a soft-codec video conferencing solution, think about the enterprise as a whole, rather than each space individually. A consistent user-experience keeps meetings productive and the end user happy. Furthermore, Q-SYS can take advantage of available APIs from soft codecs like Zoom to allow native control of major application functions and integrate those controls with the AV system’s audio/video/environmental controls onto a single GUI. Your end users will experience greater confidence and ease as they launch and control all elements of their meeting from a touchscreen display that has been designed to emulate the functionality and aesthetic familiarity of their soft-codec application. QSC_SP_video_conferencing_774.jpg What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. So, how do you solve this?To ensure end user productivity, it’s important to seek out AV solutions that offer tighter (and simpler) integration with third-party soft-codec video applications. This can go beyond simply replicating the user experience in larger spaces. Look for solutions that avoid piecemeal connectivity compromises (avoid USB/HDMI for long transport) and instead aim for AV solutions that take full advantage of modern, IT standard networked technologies. Also consider how to unify and automate end user interactions with those secondary AV systems for larger rooms with the functionalities of the soft-codec application. Log in or register to post comments Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. read more

5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well

Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. Log in or register to post comments A funny thing happened on the way to cloud communications and contact centers – SIP trunking adoption grew. It seems counter-intuitive that SIP trunking adoption would increase given many UCaaS offerings include local and long-distance calling plans. If PSTN access is part of a UCaaS license, why would organizations still need to purchase SIP trunks? Yet most, UCaaS providers allow customers to bring their SIP trunks with them as they migrate to the cloud. Our research shows several reasons for the continued and growing adoption of SIP trunking: Cost – Organizations, especially large multi-nationals, are likely to find that PSTN access services that they purchase on their own, or through a managed services provider, offer superior economics. Most large organizations (greater than 2,500 employees) use self-managed SIP trunking services, either from a single provider or from a variety of best-in-region providers, coupled with policy-based routing to minimize toll charges. For a small company operating solely within the U.S., bundled PSTN minutes with a UCaaS service makes financial sense; for large multi-nationals, the economics often point to self-management as delivering superior TCOControl – Using a UCaaS or CCaaS provider’s PSTN access services means transferring your phone numbers to their domain. Again, this approach might attract small companies, but for large ones, with tens of thousands of phone numbers, the complexity of transferring phone numbers and avoiding disruption/downtime may make it more advantageous to maintain phone number control.Flexibility – Moving phone numbers to a UCaaS or CCaaS provider not only means loss of control of those numbers, but it also means that customers are locked into those service providers. After going through the pain of transferring numbers to a cloud provider, it may be exceedingly difficult to transfer those numbers to a different provider. Alternatively, maintaining one’s own SIP trunks and control of PSTN numbers means that not only can organizations easily move from one cloud provider to another, but that they also have the flexibility to utilize multiple cloud providers. For example, a large organization might leverage Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex Calling for its business phone services and want to use a different provider for its contact center. Or, they may want to pilot services from a few different cloud providers before making a final purchase decision. Bring-your-own-SIP models provide for the flexibility to avoid single-vendor lock-in.Contracts – Larger organizations may have long-term contracts with SIP trunking providers that don’t allow for easy breakage. Again, it may be more costly to get out of existing three-or-more year SIP service contracts to migrate PSTN access to the cloud provider.Features – Many SIP trunking providers offer additional features not available from UCaaS providers. These may include APIs for phone number provisioning, global emergency services (911, 112) call routing, SMS/MMS in-bound and out-bound services, virtual phone numbers to establish local presence in remote markets, and more.Bottom LineSIP trunking services continue to grow and thrive, even as the march to cloud communications and contact center accelerates. IT leaders should carefully consider whether it makes sense to maintain their SIP trunking services, and with them, control over their phone numbers and the flexibility to avoid service lock-in and obtain access to advanced features potentially not available from their UCaaS partners.Tags:News & ViewsSIP researchSIP trunksSIP/SIP TrunkingCCaaSConsultant PerspectivesContact Center & Customer ExperienceEnterprise NetworkingSystems Management & Network DesignUCaaS Articles You Might Like How Can I Make Sure My SIP Trunks Are Secure? Steve Braverman July 17, 2019 Don’t overlook VoIP security when you set up your SIP trunks. geometric-1732847_1920.jpg Nemertes’ recently published “Workplace Collaboration: 2019-20 Research Study” shows that more than 18% of the 645 participating companies are using SIP trunking, while an additional 34% plan to deploy it in the next two years. Adoption is highest in North America with 58% of PSTN trunks converted to SIP, opposed to 37% in APAC and 21% in EMEA. More startling, organizations are continuing to leverage SIP trunking even when adopting UCaaS. For example, nearly 89% of those using Microsoft Teams for calling are bringing their own SIP trunking services using Microsoft Direct Routing rather than buying PSTN access through Microsoft’s Calling Plan. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. read more

CIBC cuts 2013 forecast for Canadian economic growth to mediocre 17 per

by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC cuts 2013 forecast for Canadian economic growth to ‘mediocre’ 1.7 per cent TORONTO – CIBC is predicting “very mediocre” growth for Canada next year, citing a weak world economy and an absence of key economic drivers at home.The bank (TSX:CM) said Wednesday it now expects economic growth of only 1.7 per cent in 2013 — down from its previous forecast of two per cent.“Having earlier tapped fiscal stimulus and a housing boom to shelter the economy from sluggishness abroad, the country’s ability to set its own course is now much more limited,” Avery Shenfeld, the bank’s chief economist, said in a report.“Escaping economic mediocrity will depend on the kindness of strangers, with exports and related capital spending critical to Canada’s fate in 2013-14.”CIBC bases its somewhat bleak assessment on significant headwinds that continue to buffet the global economy.“It’s too early to get the full benefits of policy stimulus in Asia, Europe is too stubborn to soften its fiscal drag enough and amplify ECB bond purchases and Washington is too wedded to getting going on fiscal tightening stateside, if not the full fiscal cliff,” Shenfeld said.While Chinese GDP could show improvement towards an eight per cent pace as early as the end of this year, it is not likely to have much of an impact on other economies as Chinese imports are currently showing no growth at all on a year-over-year basis, he added.As a result, Shenfeld expects a delay before crude oil and other resources rebound in price.“The absence of a helping hand from abroad will leave Canada exposed,” he said.“Blaming temporary disruptions in energy production in Q3 for recent disappointments misses the point: GDP excluding resource extraction has also been decelerating (and) the loss of home building momentum will offset greater oil output.”Meanwhile, he says high household debt and moderate growth in real incomes will limit domestic consumption while governments are being hit by leaner than expected coffers due to downward revisions to nominal GDP. Governments, he noted, will be introducing further spending restraints or tax hikes for fiscal 2013.However, Shenfeld does expect things to pick up in 2014, with economic growth in Canada hitting 2.5 per cent, led by recovery south of the border and a strengthening Chinese economy.“With its household sector healing, the U.S. should be positioned to lead the way towards a better year come 2014 if, as we expect, new fiscal tightening measures do not hit as deeply that year.”Shenfeld said that as U.S. housing recovery gathers steam it will drive related consumer spending in addition to actual home-building jobs.He also expects that by 2014, China will be feeling the full benefit of its own policy easing and the improvement in U.S.-bound exports.“Even Europe, if it finally recognizes the need for both a softer hand in fiscal tightening and a more aggressive central bank, might at least register positive growth at that point,” he said.On a related issue, Shenfeld believes interest rates will hold steady in Canada through 2013 but that Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney’s successor will nudge rates up 50 to 75 basis points in 2014. Carney is leaving Canada’s central bank to become the next governor of the Bank of England in July. read more

ESB power stations cut CO2 emissions by 15 million tonnes last year

first_imgThis is due to both public opposition to wind farms and the renewable energy grid, as well as a lack of political will. For example, there wasn’t a single mention of climate or energy policy in the recent Labour leadership campaign. There is a political gap at the moment, and we need a public debate to decide whether we’re certain and serious about transitioning to 100% decarbonised energy in Ireland.Scroll down to read the ESB’s 2013 Sustainability Report in full.Read: Wind farms to face stricter regulation under proposed legislation>Renewable energy met 42% of our electricity demand on one day last year>center_img GREEN PARTY LEADER and former Environment Minister Eamon Ryan gave a cautious welcome today to certain steps taken by the ESB as regards sustainability and renewable energy.Reacting to their annual Sustainability Report, Ryan told that progress in certain areas was “positive and encouraging” but lamented what he called a more general “lack of political will” towards environmental sustainability.The report, published today, found that ESB power stations lowered their CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes in 2013, as compared to the previous year, and that the ESB had installed more than 1,300 electric vehicle charge points across the country.Among the other findings of the report were the following:1.4 TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity from renewable sourcesConsumption of fleet fuel down by 3.9% (190,000 litres)Commissioning of wind farms in Northern Ireland and Wales541 MW (mega watts) of renewable generation connected to electricity networksReacting to parts of the report, Ryan said that “despite the good figures, Ireland has stalled on energy transition.”last_img read more

10lane intersection without traffic lights is perfect for driverless cars

first_imgEver think that the roads we use every day aren’t quite optimized for the amount of traffic on them? That they are unnecessarily slow and often poorly designed? The image above features a traffic flow design that eliminates unnecessary stops from the most complex, busy intersections imaginable.The design was made by Li Xu, a then 22-year old student at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. It was first posted in 2011, but I haven’t seen or read examples of it being used, so it seems like the concept has been ignored by the roadway community. And with good reason — asking any human to to navigate this along with dozens of other cars would be asking for trouble. With driverless, robot-driven cars though, the whole drive could be done smoothly without ever stopping, supposing the cars were clever enough to negotiate with each other and not grind to a halt given the sheer amount of activity at the meeting of these two massive highways.The 10-lane, traffic light-free intersection uses a clover-leaf pattern to completely eliminate stops, despite the huge amount of cars passing through. Rather than being slowed down with a traffic light, yield sign, or stop sign, each car is given a frictionless path to get where it’s headed. This includes all possible turns and a full U-turn.The more lanes and traffic on a road, the more complicated things get. The more complicated driving gets, the slower and/or more dangerous it is. But if you go too far in the other direction, there are problems as well. Without rules and restrictions, driving can get dangerous — just drive through an old-school traffic circle and you’ll quickly find out. That wouldn’t be a problem for a driverless car though, as no driver will be reading the paper, sipping his coffee, or dealing with a massive amount of road rage.Li’s design trades off built-in slowdowns — like stop signs and reversible (aka suicide) lanes — for negotiations between automobiles. You’ll have to yield the right-of-way multiple times while navigating this intersection. This could lead to multicar pileups or it could save huge amounts of time and make the highway larger and more complex than ever. With the driverless car, sufficient sensing, and car-to-car roadway negotiation technology, we could start driving change along with the driver.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana_Didenko Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:58 AM 10,768 Views The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know as Sunday gets underway. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Short URL Mar 12th 2017, 8:58 AM Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana_Didenko By Cormac Fitzgerald EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #POLL: Sinn Féin is now the second most popular party in the country, according to a new Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll.2. #KINAHAN: A investigation has found that the Kinahan cartel has lost at least €42 million in the last 12 months as gardaí have cracked down on the gang’s activities.3. #NETHERLANDS: Dutch police used water cannon to break up pro-Turkey protests in Rotterdam yesterday as s the city expelled a Turkish minister, amid an escalating diplomatic row with Ankara.4. #KENNY: Enda Kenny has raised the issue of undocumented Irish in a speech last night, saying that highlighting their plight was a top priority for him on his US visit, RTÉ reports.5. #ARREST: An intruder with a backpack was yesterday arrested after breaching the White House grounds while US President Donald Trump was there, the Secret Service confirmed.6. #TUSLA: Victims of abuse in childhood who gave statements to gardaí were sent letters by child and family agency Tusla 16 years later, reports the Irish Mail on Sunday.7. #PRAYERS: Prayers for the victims of the Clondalkin fire which claimed four lives will be held in Wicklow this afternoon.8. #FENNELLY: A draft report by Nial Fennelly – who investigated whether recordings of garda phone calls in Cork showed wrongdoing by officers during the investigation into the 1996 murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier – accuses some gardaí of wrongdoing, the Sunday Times reports.9. #MCCANN: Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been granted £85,000 to continue the search for another six months. (BBC)   Share Tweet Email last_img read more

La Fnac prépare sa riposte face au Kindle dAmazon

first_imgLa Fnac prépare sa riposte face au Kindle d’AmazonDéjà présente sur le marché de la liseuse électronique, la Fnac ne compte pas se laisser faire devant l’embrasement suscité par le Kindle Fire. Face à Google, elle prépare sa contre-attaque.Dire que la tentative de la Fnac a s’introduire dans le marché des liseuses électroniques n’a pas rencontré son public est un euphémisme. Depuis le lancement de sa liseuse, en novembre dernier, seuls 14.000 exemplaires de l’appareil ont été écoulés par la fédération d’achats. Un échec alors que l’entreprise avait un boulevard devant elle, le Kindle d’Amazon n’étant pas disponible en France à cette période. Malgré l’investissement marketing et financier, la Fnac n’a pas su séduire, face aux tablettes numériques et à la frilosité d’un marché encore balbutiant.À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FrancePourtant, l’entreprise ne désespère pas et annonce selon le site Clubic, la présentation prochaine “d’une nouvelle solution de lecture dans les prochains jours”. On savait, par la voix d’Alexandre Bompard, PDG de la Fnac, qu’une nouvelle mouture du Fnacbook était en préparation. Cela semble se préciser désormais. L’annonce pourrait être faite lors du salon du livre de Francfort, se tenant du 12 au 16 octobre prochain.Seulement, l’entreprise française aura fort à faire face à l’arrivée du géant américain sur le marché. Son best-seller, le Kindle, arrive en France à un prix agressif de 99 euros et armé de son énorme catalogue en ligne de livres. Une annonce attendue par une large frange des consommateurs. La Fnac devra donc au moins s’aligner sur ce prix pour espérer séduire une partie du public. Le marché du livre électronique est encore minoritaire et ne représente qu’1% du marché éditorial. Les différents acteurs ont donc une marge de progression considérable à exploiter pour imposer leur solution de lecture numérique. Le 10 octobre 2011 à 13:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Official James Rodriguez out for several weeks

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed James Rodriguez has sustained a knee injury and will likely be out of action for the next ‘several weeks’The Colombian winger has not featured for Bayern since playing 71 minutes of their 1-1 Bundesliga draw against SC Freiburg on November 3.It had been reported last week that Rodriguez was struggling with a minor calf issue, but he was named for both the squad’s games with AEK Athens and Borussia Dortmund.However, manager Niko Kovac kept Rodriguez benched on both occasions with Bayern beating AEK and later losing to Dortmund.Now the Bundesliga champions have announced that Rodriguez has suffered a lateral collateral ligament tear in his left knee.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“FC Bayern will be without James Rodríguez for the coming weeks,” read a statement on the club website.“An examination by club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt has revealed that the Colombian suffered a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee during training on Tuesday.“James‘ knee will initially be rested for ten days before he begins treatment and rehabilitation.”The Real Madrid loanee has managed three goals and two assists in 11 appearances for Bayern this season.last_img read more

Boat catches fire in Biscayne Bay

first_imgIt is unclear how the fire started.The boat was a total loss.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BISCAYNE BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to the scene of a boat fire in Biscayne Bay, Monday.Two Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boats responded to the scene in the area of 88th Street and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s about half a mile south of the Broad Causeway, near Indian Creek.7’s Skyforce HD hovered over the fire as smoke filled the air.Crews worked to put out the fire by dousing it with water and foam. They got the fire under control, and the fire is now out.The boat, which is about 40 feet long, was on a lift, out of the water, when it caught fire.A Marine Patrol officer was on duty in the area and saw the flames before calling in the fire.There were no injuries. last_img read more