These Short Videos Will Have You Panting for Vacation

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Video Round Up is a new series highlighting videos and multimedia content that caught our eyes. Getting stoked on travel, good food, and extreme sports is best when shared with friends, so we’ll be posting a bi-weekly series on our favorite videos we find from every corner of the web. Have a tip or some awesome footage? Shoot an email to support@themanual.comThe Grailer GamesHave you ever wanted to unleash your inner Indiana Jones, but without the annoying college lectures and having to deal with Shia Labeouf? The Grailer Games, a new competitive treasure hunting adventure race launching this fall, will help you unleash your archaeological ambitions. Top teams will split a prize pot of up to one million dollars. Beware though, this race is right in our Rocky Mountain backyard, and we’re already putting together a crack team of adventurers to claim in the prize. We’ll see you in September if you want to take us on.Singletrack Switzerland: JungfrauIn the shadow of famed mountains like the Jungfrau and the Eiger, Grindelwald, Switzerland is a peerless adventure basecamp. The alpine climbing and skiing communities both have storied heritage in the region, but mountain biking is really just kicking off. The potential for long descents within view of the Eiger Nordwand and small mountain community living has us wishing for a long week in Grindelwald soon.Find Your Water: An Artist’s FrontierFor generations, fly fishing has been an escape and way to reconnect with nature for Americans. Redington’s Find Your Water series tells individual stories of fly fishing and how it connects us to our publics lands and to each other. The first episode of Season Two tracks artist Josh DeSmit as he catches trout and finds inspiration for his painting.Human Nature 4kApres Visuals put together an absolutely stunning reel of footage for this short feature. If ever you needed some inspiration to pack up and head out for a long vacation of exploring the Mountains and Deserts of the Intermountain West, this is it.Photo Courtesy of Teton Gravity Research The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Premier Prime Minister Meeting on Criminal Code Changes

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is heading to Ottawa Tuesday, April 23, to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They have put changes to the Criminal Code of Canada at the top of their agenda. “The hearts of Nova Scotians and all Canadians are broken overwhat happened to the Parsons family,” Premier Dexter said. “Theyalso remain angry and expect laws to be in place that hold people who bully and victimize others accountable. “The Prime Minister’s heartfelt reaction to the Parsons tragedyshows how important this issue is to him. Mr. Harper and I areparents, as well as leaders, and we will bring both theseperspectives to our discussions.” Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting on Wednesday, April 24,with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. Mr. Landry wants tomake the circulation of intimate images without consent a crime. Last week, Mr. Landry reached out to his provincial counterpartsto build support across the country. He received consistentsupport from them for this Criminal Code change. Debra Pepler and Penny Milton, two national experts, will alsostart their review of the Halifax Regional School Board, IWKHealth Centre, Capital Health and associated agencies. It willfocus on the events leading up to Rehteah Parson’s death andresult in specific recommendations that respond to the issues she and her family faced. The review of how police and Public Prosecution Service handledthe case will begin immediately following the criminal process. Status of Women Minister Marilyn More will continue seekingadvice from community and women’s groups, individuals, and youngpeople, including Leaders of Today and the Youth AdvisoryCouncil. Nova Scotians continue to reach out to the Parsons family toexpress their sympathy and support. People from as far away asAustralia and Indonesia joined hundreds of Nova Scotians insigning online condolences which will be shared with the familysoon. “I want to thank everyone for the love and prayers you haveshared with the Parsons family,” said Premier Dexter. “I alsounderstand you want answers and real change that will honourRehtaeh’s memory and better protect girls, women and all NovaScotians. “I will do everything in my power to act on this sharedpriority,” the premier said.last_img read more

Puri launches Swachh Survekshan 2020 League

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday launched Swachh Survekshan 2020 League. The league will be a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns in India and will be integrated with Swachh Survekshan 2020, the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India to be conducted between January-February 2020. The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey, which is conducted by an independent third party, is to encourage large scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in. Speaking on the need for a quarterly evaluation mechanism, Puri said, “Every year, the Swachh Survekshan is redesigned innovatively, to ensure that the process becomes more and more robust, with focus on sustaining the changed behaviours.” MoHUA Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said, “The SS League 2020 would be conducted in three quarters (April- June, July-September and October-December 2019) and will have a weightage of 2,000 marks for each quarter to be evaluated on the basis of monthly updation of SBM-U online MIS by cities along with citizen’s validation on the 12 service level progress indicators through outbound calls.”last_img read more

Sudan South Sudan must fully implement cooperation agreements – Security Council

Approving a presidential statement this afternoon, Council members expressed grave concern over ongoing challenges to the implementation of the 27 September 2012 Agreements. The agreements – signed in the Ethiopian capital under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIO) – include provisions on security, the common border and economic relations aimed at enabling the two nations to fulfil their obligations under a so-called roadmap for easing tensions and facilitating the resumption of negotiations on post-secession relations.Since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, the peace between the two countries has been threatened by armed clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that have yet to be resolved, notably the status of the oil-rich area of Abyei.In its statement, the Council recalled that resolution 2046 (2012) prohibits both States from supporting any rebel groups operating against the other State, following recent accusations by both sides of military support to rebel groups in each other’s territories, and welcomed the establishment and the commencement of work of the Ad Hoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM) which will look into such allegations.The 15-member body also urged both Governments to maintain dialogue to ensure continued transportation of oil from South Sudan, and called on the Sudanese Government to suspend any actions that would halt the transportation of oil from South Sudan.Reiterating its concern about the highly volatile situation in the Abyei area, the Council stressed that the parties “must immediately implement pending aspects of the June 20, 2011 Agreement on Temporary Security and Administrative Arrangements for the Abyei Area.” It also called for swift action to disarm communities there in accordance with the decision of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) to turn Abyei into a weapons-free zone.In addition, members of the Council urged all parties to refrain from any acts of violence against civilians, expedite safe and unhindered humanitarian access and fully respect international human rights law, emphasizing that “those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law must be held accountable.” read more

Yemen civilian casualties top 8100 as airstrikes and shelling continue UN reports

“Airstrikes have continued into the New Year, with around 11 strikes taking place in the capital Sana’a on Sunday and Monday (3 and 4 January), and further airstrikes are reported to have been carried out in the early hours of this morning,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville told the regular news briefing in Geneva.He put civilian casualties recorded between 26 March and 31 December, 2015 at 8,119 people, 2,795 of them killed and 5,324 wounded, noting that at least 62 civilians were reported killed by airstrikes attributed to coalition forces in December, more than twice the number of November.“We have also received alarming information on the alleged use of cluster bombs by coalition forces in Hajjah Governorate,” he added, reporting that an OHCHR team found remnants of 29 cluster submunitions near banana plantations in Al-Odair village in Haradh District. “According to witnesses, several other villages in the same area have also been affected. Our team also documented the use of cluster submunitions in several other districts, including Hairan and Bakel Al-Meer, and interviewed two patients who had reportedly been wounded, in separate incidents, after stepping on unexploded submunitions.” During December, at least 11 civilians were allegedly killed by shelling attributed to members of the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis, a significant decrease compared to 32 reportedly killed by them in November, Mr. Colville said. The UN has been trying to broker an end to the fighting but these efforts have been stymied by violations of the ceasefire required to get the process under way. In December UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed adjourned peace talks until mid-January to allow for bi-lateral in-country and regional consultations to achieve a ceasefire. Mr. Colville voiced particular concern at the situation in the central city of Taiz, scene of virtually uninterrupted violent clashes for more than eight months, where strict control of all entry points by Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees has limited access to essential items, including food, and made conditions extremely difficult for the civilian population.The health situation in Taiz governorate has also continued to deteriorate, with Al-Rawdha Hospital, one of the largest still operating, forced to turn patients away. The prison system has been heavily impacted, he added, with over 40 prisoners reportedly killed and 10 others injured by airstrikes or indiscriminate shelling. More than 4,300 prisoners have reportedly escaped from facilities across the country, including those in Sa’ada, Al Dhale’e and Aden, after they were hit by airstrikes or breached in armed clashes. Prisoners are increasingly vulnerable. Food, electricity, water and fuel shortages have been reported in many detention facilities as well as the spread of contagious diseases, such as scabies. Many detention facilities are also severely overcrowded. As most courts are no longer functioning, there have been delays in the review of detainees’ cases — and, in some cases, in their release – and many detainees have been unable to receive visits from their lawyers and relatives. read more

Woman killed on train may have put head out of window

A woman killed on a train may have been leaning out of a window when she suffered a blow to the head, police have said.She died after sustaining serious head injuries on a Bristol Temple Meads-bound service, between Bath and Keynsham, on Saturday evening.Police said the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We were called at around 10.10pm following a report a woman had received serious head injuries while travelling on a train between Bath and Keynsham.”Officers from British Transport Police attended along with colleagues from Avon and Somerset Police and South Western Ambulance Service, but despite their best efforts the woman died at the scene.”Our investigation remains at an early stage, but initial inquiries suggest the woman may have been leaning out of a window when she suffered a blow to the head.”Officers are currently working to confirm her identity and inform her next of kin.”We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident, which has been reported to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.”The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Semifinals time in Sweden Guif against Alingsas Kristianstad takes on Lugi

The quarter-finals of the Swedish league have finished, with the favorites notching victories in all of their best-of-five encounters against the opponents. While Eskilstuna Guif and Lugi Lund have “whitewashed” their opponents, Kristianstad and Alingsas had tougher job, and both won in the fifth game, over Hammarby and Malmo respectively.In the semis, leaders from regular part of the season, Eskilstuna are playing against Alingsas, while Lugi Lund will try to surprise Kristianstad. The games are to be decided again with best-of-five system. alingsaseskilstuna guifhammarbyhandballhandbollKristianstadlugi lundMalmosverigeSweden ← Previous Story Skjern to expand hall with 700 seats for 2015/2016 season Next Story → SEHA GSS “All Star” to play against Meshkov Brest on May 2 read more

Bankers bonuses set to be capped after European approval for limits

first_imgBONUSES FOR BANKERS across the European Union are to be capped from next January, after the European Parliament formally backed new rules on banking setups which included a limit on the amount that workers can receive.From January, bank staff will be barred from receiving bonuses worth more than 100 per cent of their basic salary.While the rules do permit some staff to be given bonuses worth up to 200 per cent of their salary, these must be approved by a ‘supermajority’ of shareholders – where two-thirds of shareholders vote in favour of the payment, in a ballot where over 50 per cent of shareholders participate.Wherever a bonus exceeds 100 per cent, however, some of it will have to be left on deposit in the bank for five years – giving the staff member a direct financial interest in the performance of the bank in the following period.The deal now goes to the Council – comprised of the ministers from each country – for a formal ratification, but having already been approved by a committee of diplomats from each member state, approval is virtually assured.This is despite the objections of the United Kingdom, which opposes caps on bonuses for staff at banks in the City of London. If it is the only country opposed to the deal, the UK’s size and population is not enough to veto the plans.Michael Noonan welcomed the vote, which approved the terms of a deal brokered by Ireland’s presidency as part of plans to create a single banking regulator for the Eurozone.“This new legislation is a fundamental building block for EU banking union, an EU and Irish Presidency priority,” he said.Austrian MEP Othmar Karas, who compiled the proposals, said the rules would “instil fairness and transparency and contribute to a change in banking culture”.The new rules also require banks to increase capital levels and reduce the nominal risk assigned to loans to SMEs – a move MEPs hope will encourage banks to allow more lending to growing enterprises.Noonan said the capital rules would “ensure that banks have enough capital to withstand any future financial shocks.”Read: FF tables new laws to defer bankers’ bonuses for five yearslast_img read more

Three wins from three sends Ireland U19s into first ever Euros semifinal

first_imgThe Ireland team. Source: Gareth MaherIreland 2-1 SwedenTHE IRELAND WOMEN’S Under 19’s secured a third straight win in the UEFA European Championships by beating Sweden 2-1 tonight to reach the semi-finals.Known as ‘The History Girls’, they produced another remarkable display at the UKI Arena, Jessheim thanks to goals from Savannah McCarthy and Megan Connolly to follow up on the wins over Spain and England.It wasn’t a great start for Dave Connell’s team as Sweden took the lead after just eight minutes when Stina Blackstenius ran onto a through pass and fired in from a tight angle.Typical of this Ireland team though, they set about responding straight away. With Chloe Mustaki leading by example in midfield, the momentum started to swing towards the girls in green.Clever running off the ball from Katie McCabe, Sarah Rowe, and Amy O’Connor pulled Sweden away from their central base, while Grace Wright and Keeva Keenan got forward from full-back.The only thing missing was a measured pass and Connolly provided it on 21 minutes. A free-kick inside her own half didn’t look like being a threat but she picked out McCarthy to head in.Sweden goalkeeper Zecira Musovic couldn’t get to McCarthy’s looping header, but she did well to deny McCabe two minutes later when the Raheny United attacker unleashed a shot at goal.With temperatures soaring at pitch level, referee Zuzana Kovacova called for a cooling break on the half hour but it was more of the same from Ireland once play resumed.A shot from distance from Julia Anna Ekholm tested the alertness of keeper Brooke Dunne, although Connell’s team finished the first half on top. And they set about building on it in the second period.Sweden, who needed a win by a two-goal margin, tried to score again with Ekholm firing at Dunne again, however Ireland’s organisation held their opponents off and they used the ball well. Goalscorer Megan Connolly. Source: DAVID.BREENA second goal was next on the wishlist and Connolly supplied it on 80 minutes. After McCabe earned a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, the Cork native curled in an effort via the underside of the crossbar.Ireland then held on to record a huge win and they will be back in action on Thursday, where they will be prepared to write another chapter in history as the final is only one more game away,Ireland: Dunne; Keenan, O’Connell, McCarthy, Wright; Connolly, Mustaki, Dwyer; Rowe (Shine 58), O’Connor, McCabe (Carson 88).Sweden: Musovic; Ekholm, Bjorn, E Karlsson, N Karlsson; Andersson (Angeldal 76), Hurtig, Wahlberg, Curmark (Okvist h-t); Blackstenius, Olme (Jansson 70).Referee: Zuzana Kovacova (Slovakia).Is Fernando Torres heading back to Madrid? One Atleti player hopes soEvra thanks Alex Ferguson as he walks away to Juventus on €1.5 million feelast_img read more

Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img You scored out of ! Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Bronze South Africa 20,618 Views Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz Were you paying attention over the last week? Silver Who scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich? Who kicked the equalising point for Dublin in their National Football League draw against Tyrone? How many of the 41 players on Tipperary’s panel have won National Hurling League medals, according to manager Michael Ryan? Two Share Netherlands Share Three UL Which university won the Ashbourne Cup last weekend? Jack McCaffrey Seven Sizing John 33 Limerick 31 Niall Scully The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. Tweet NUIG Germaine de Randamie was crowned the UFC’s first women’s featherweight champion at UFC 208. What country is she from? Liverpool Tweet UCD Feb 17th 2017, 5:00 PM Short URL Share 30 Share Tweet Email 11 minutes Sunderland Dean Rock 32 Eoghan O’Gara 14 minutes Answer all the questions to see your result! UCC Empire of Dirt Manchester City New Zealand 9 minutes By Niall Kelly Share your result: You scored out of ! Francis Coquelin Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Tweet Galway United 17 Comments Gold Share Jamie Heaslip this week signed a new IRFU contract to stay with Leinster. What age is he? Arsenal Don Poli Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Mesut Özil Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM Tweet Alexis Sanchez Five http://the42.ie/3245559 Share your result: Share your result: Two-time Women’s World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd has joined which English club? You scored out of ! Which of these League of Ireland teams will take part in Scotland’s IRN-BRU Cup next season? Finn Harps 17 minutes How long did it take Craig Gilroy to score his hat-trick against Italy? Bray Wanderers Brazil Wooden Spoon Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Carlingford Lough Share your result: You scored out of ! Which horse won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last Sunday? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un cas inédit de transmission dun adénovirus du singe à lhumain

first_imgUn cas inédit de transmission d’un adénovirus du singe à l’humain C’est la première fois qu’un virus à ADN ou adénovirus est à l’origine de la contamination à la fois d’une espèce animale et de l’espèce humaine. Outre les 19 singes qui ont trouvé la mort, deux humains ont également été infectés. C’est dans une colonie de singes du Nouveau Monde Titi (Callicebu cupreus) qu’un virus à ADN a entraîné la mort de 19 animaux. Le plus surprenant, c’est que deux humains (un chercheur et un des membres de sa famille) ont eux aussi été infectés. Il s’agit à ce jour du seul exemple documenté d’un adénovirus ayant réussi à “sauter” d’une espèce à une autre tout en restant contagieux, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.Les adénovirus sont responsables de nombreuses maladies mais, composés d’ADN, ils n’étaient jusqu’ici pas connus pour être capables de passer d’une espèce à une autre. “Maintenant, les adénovirus peuvent être ajoutés à la liste des agents pathogènes qui ont la capacité de traverser les espèces”, a déclaré Charles Chiu, directeur du centre de diagnostic viral de l’Université de Californie.Le virus, rebaptisé adénovirus du singe Titi (TMAdV), avait été, en 2009, responsable d’une épidémie chez des singes titi du California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). Durant cette épidémie, un chercheur qui soignait les singes a contracté une infection respiratoire fébrile et l’a transmise à un des membres de sa famille qui n’était pourtant pas en contact avec les animaux. Les analyses ont confirmé que le virus était identique chez les singes et les humains. Un pathogène normalement très inhabituel dans les deux populations, précisent les résultats publiés dans la revue PLoS Pathogens.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?Une origine encore inconnue”Il s’agit clairement d’une nouvelle espèce d’adénovirus et il est assez différent de tout ce que nous avons vu précédemment”, a déclaré Charles Chiu. “Étant donné le taux de mortalité anormalement élevé de TMAdV chez les singes titi, ils ne sont pas susceptibles d’être l’espèce hôte native pour ce virus. Nous ne savons toujours pas quelle espèce est l’hôte naturel”. Toutefois, en testant d’autres singes au centre des primates, les chercheurs ont découvert un singe possédant des anticorps à TMAdV, ce qui indiquerait que le virus provient des singes de l’Ancien Monde (originaires d’Asie et d’Afrique). Il se serait alors propagé chez les singes du Nouveau Monde dépourvus d’anticorps adaptés. Les chercheurs sont en train de mener des tests sur des singes sauvages au Brésil afin de savoir si ces animaux (ainsi que les populations voisines) ont déjà été en contact avec TMAdV.Le 18 juillet 2011 à 16:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shooting at Catholic primary school in Nassau

first_img Related Items:#nassaucrime, #primaryschoolcrimescene, #stfrancisstjoseph Recommended for you Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – November 16, 2017 – A primary school in Nassau was today turned into a crime scene  as Police try to nail down what led to a shooting at or near the institution on Boyd Road.When parents of St. Francis & St. Joseph Catholic primary thought it was just another ordinary run to collect their children from school, it was anything but.  We were unable to get police for a comment up to news time, but we understand that at least two shots rang out near the institution and a man was struck in the hand. Cell phone video shows the frenzy of activity at the campus and comments about who was behind the manic shooting, at a school where little children learn and play, and at an hour when they would be out and about.A woman’s voice is heard saying the gunman was ‘wearing a hoodie,’ another says the victim knew the gunman.  It is also reported that the violence traumatized the children who were said to be crying.It is believed no children were hurt in the shooting.Police were said to be on the scene investigating. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Government shutdown would close Skagways national park at the start of cruise

first_imgPark ranger Charlotte Henson leads a group of visitors on a walking tour of Skagway in summer of 2016. (Photo: Emily Files)In less than a week, the first cruise ship of the season will dock in Skagway, bringing thousands of visitors to the busy Northern Lynn Canal port.Listen nowBut if lawmakers in Washington haven’t agreed on a spending plan by then, a government shutdown would close one popular visitor attraction – Skagway’s national park.Congress has until midnight Friday to agree on a budget. If that doesn’t happen, funding will expire and the federal government will shut down.That means many federal departments and employees would have to close their doors and stop working, including Alaska’s national parks.Last year, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway welcomed nearly a million visitors. It’s the most visited park in Alaska.Superintendent Mike Tranel said they’re currently ramping up operations for the summer season.The flood of visitors coming into town will have to find something else to do if the government shuts down.The park service follows a contingency plan laid out by the Department of the Interior.“If the government shuts down the buildings that – any of the public buildings are closed and any of the offices and maintenance buildings, anything is closed and locked and not available to the public,” Tranel said.The Klondike Park is a major piece of Skagway’s downtown visitor industry, and operates a number of museums, along with guided tours that attract hundreds of people on busy cruise ship days.It also oversees the U.S. side of the popular Chilkoot Trail.Tranel said most local employees would be furloughed in the event of a shutdown.“We’re close to our full staffing for the summer season, which is around 60 employees – 30 permanent and term employees and then 30 additional seasonal or summer-only employees,” Tranel said. “All of those would be affected except for two,”The park service employs about 1,100 employees statewide at the peak of the summer season.This isn’t an unprecedented situation.The last time the government shutdown was in 2013. One big difference was that shutdown happened in October, after the tourism season had died down.“It wasn’t during the peak of the tourism season,” Tranel said. “We had a couple of staff members who were just checking on security of buildings and things like that. Everyone else gets furlough notices whether they’re a permanent employee, seasonal employee or term employee.”It’s hard to imagine a worse time of year for the park to face a potential closure.Skagway is on the cusp of an expected 1 million visitor season. The first cruise ship docks on May 2, bringing just over 2,000 visitors to town.Two other ships will arrive later in the week. The first four-ship day is the following week on May 9.Tranel hopes the park will be operating normally when the visitors arrive.“The Department of the Interior, which the National Park Service is part of, is hopeful that Congress will pass a continuing resolution and there won’t be a government shutdown,” Tranel said. “We’ve been instructed to continue business as usual and to not invest a lot of time and effort in contingency effort for a shutdown and proceed as normal.”Fears of a shutdown were alleviated somewhat on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump indicated he may be able to wait on federal funding for a border wall.Congress still needs to come to an agreement on the rest of the budget.This isn’t the first time in recent months that federal politics have led to uncertainty for Alaska National Parks.Parks worried a federal hiring freeze in February would stop essential seasonal employment. After a couple weeks in limbo they were able to hire summer staff.last_img read more

Sensex falls 200 points to upset 18month high of 29000

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex plunged over 200 points and slipped below the key 29,000 mark figure after closing at an 18-month high on Thursday, while the Nifty50 index hit the 8,900-mark owing to weak Asian cues on Friday. At 10.10 a.m., the 30-share BSE index was down 205.43 points or 0.71 percent at 28,839.85 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 63.65 points or 0.71 per cent at 8,888.85.Indian shares declined on global cues as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and possibility of interest rate hike by the U.S. Fed.Top five Sensex gainers were Wipro (+0.96%), TCS (+0.85%), ONGC (+0.71%), Power Grid (+0.35%) and GAIL (+0.32%), while the major losers were HDFC (-2.16%), ICICI Bank (-2.12%), Hero MotoCorp (-1.96%), Bajaj Auto (-1.73%) and Tata Motors (-1.63%).Axis Bank also lost over 2 percent on the BSE. Stocks of private lender Yes Bank that were trading low since yesterday also dipped 5.38 percent at Rs 1,259.00 at about 9.22 a.m.Telecom stocks edged higher and Bharti Airtel (up 0.34%), Idea Cellular (up 0.47%) and Reliance Communications (up 2.28%) were up. Bharti Infratel, the telecom arm of Bharti Airtel, was up 1.63%.Stocks of Essar Shipping Ltd were trading 6.68 percent down at Rs 26.35 at about 9.17 a.m.Among BSE sectoral indices, banking index fell the most by 1.34 percent, realty 1.06 percent, metal 1.04 percent and FMCG 1.01 percent. On the other hand, oil and gas index was up 0.11 percent, healthcare 0.06 percent, power 0.06 percent and IT 0.05 percent.”Asian stocks fell the most in a month and regional bonds joined a global debt selloff as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and Japan. US stocks on Thursday closed lower after the European Central Bank kept key interest rates steady but disappointed some by not announcing additional measures to boost Europe’s sluggish economy. US consumer credit surged up by $17.7 billion in July after climbing by an upwardly revised $14.5 billion in June. Economists had expected consumer credit to rise by $15.6 billion compared to the $12.3 billion increase originally reported for the previous month,” according to a report by SMC global.The Indian rupee also fell in early trade on Friday for the second consecutive session. The currency opened at 66.57 per dollar, down 16 paise compared to previous day’s closing value of 66.41 a dollar.last_img read more

Steven Moffat On A Future After Doctor Who

first_img With just 13 episodes standing between him and freedom, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat waxes lyrical about his 13 years working on the sci-fi phenomenon.In a recent interview with World Screen, the Scottish writer and producer talked hard work, companions (fictional and physical), advice, and the future.BBC“I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at”A lifelong fan of the show, Moffat’s first solo Who work, a short story called “Continuity Errors,” was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and “Blink.” Doctor Who changed hands after its fourth season, when Moffat took over from Russell T Davies as head writer and executive producer.“I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it,” he told World Screen, admitting that working on Who is the “longest I’ve ever done anything.”“I sort of miss my own job of making up television shows and doing the new things, which is the real job of a writer,” Moffat continued. “You’re never more a writer than when you write something new; you try something different. I miss all that. I miss being, as it were, a proper writer. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at.”BBC“There is no process of leaving”In January 2016, Moffat announced his retirement from the long-running BBC series; last month, he confirmed plans to also give up his writing gig, allowing incoming chief Chris Chibnall to “put his own stamp on the show.”But his tenure with the TARDIS is not over yet, and Moffat is “still absolutely in the storm of Doctor Who.”In the throes of writing his last season finale and last Christmas special (in which Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi will regenerate into a new iteration of the Time Lord), Moffat described the process as “still full on.”“There is no process of leaving,” he said. “One day you’re doing the job fully and completely, the next day you’re not. It will be as simple as that.”BBC“It does feel like a brand new beginning”The BBC on Monday released a 60-second trailer for series 10, which introduces new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)—a chance for the show, and audiences, to start fresh.“When a new person comes on board the TARDIS, a new person has to learn the rules of time travel and the TARDIS, has to worry about who the Doctor is and slowly decode what he’s up to and whether he’s a hero or a villain,” Moffat mused. “It does feel like a brand new beginning.”As promised, the first episode of the new season is “specifically designed” to act as a refresher for fans and an introduction for newbies, like showrunner-in-waiting Chris Chibnall.BBC“It is a monstrous workload”The Broadchurch creator is set to take over season 11 (slated for 2018). But he doesn’t need instruction on how to run Doctor Who, according to Moffat, who offered suggestions on “how to have a life while you’re running Doctor Who.“He’s a family man, like myself,” the current boss said. “You’ve got to make sure that you survive it. … It’s really about, you’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living. It is a monstrous workload, Doctor Who, monstrous.”Moffat knows a thing or two about monstrous projects, having created and helmed the BBC’s other behemoth, Sherlock, since 2010. But unlike Chibnall, who promised himself some TLC between work, Moffat is already eyeing the next enterprise.“I’ve got some things I fancy doing,” he teased, hinting at productions that are “quite different” and less “showbizzy.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Sword Art Online The Beginning will use your real 3D scanned body

first_imgSword Art Online is a popular anime and light novel series with a premise about virtual reality gaming within an MMORPG. Though there have been several SAO games released, they were all standard offline JRPGs that simply emulated the MMO genre. With the advent of modern-day virtual reality, now is the best time to create an SAO experience that is much closer to what the source material touches on.IBM Japan has announced that it is working on a virtual reality project called Sword Art Online: The Beginning Sponsored by IBM, reports Siliconera. This project uses IBM’s Watson Cognitive Computing Tech and Softlayer Cloud Computing to create a virtual reality MMO world. According to SlashGear, the game will support the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The game will be played using hand gestures instead of a traditional game controller.There will be an event held in Tokyo from March 18 to March 20 where participants will be able to try out the technology first hand. This won’t only involve strapping on a helmet and playing. Those at the event will get the chance to have themselves scanned in 3D and put into the actual game. An alpha for the game will also launch in March with 208 participants from the Tokyo metro area, according to Engadget.Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara tried the demo out for himself and was impressed by it. He said that he hopes being chased by giant monsters in virtual reality will make people think more about what is possible with virtual reality gaming and its future.While this isn’t quite the NerveGear technology of the anime, it’s about as close as you can get to an actual Sword Art Online experience (minus being trapped in a VR world where you can actually be killed).last_img read more

John McEnroe says Serena Williams would be ranked 700th if she played

first_img Here’s the transcript via NPR:Garcia-Navarro: We’re talking about male players but there is of course wonderful female players. Let’s talk about Serena Williams. You say she is the best female player in the world in the book.McEnroe: Best female player ever — no question.Garcia-Navarro: Some wouldn’t qualify it, some would say she’s the best player in the world. Why qualify it?McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she’s not, you mean, the best player in the world, period?Garcia-Navarro: Yeah, the best tennis player in the world. You know, why say female player?McEnroe: Well because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.Garcia-Navarro: You think so?McEnroe: Yeah. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.Garcia-Navarro: Many people over the years, including, we should mention Donald Trump, the President, wanted you to play her, and you seemed to have at least thought about it.McEnroe: Well I’ve thought about it. I didn’t really want to do it, personally. I don’t know, people always seemed — I would say why don’t they go ask Roger Federer? Or someone, you know they added the old fart that’s you know 25 years over the hill. And I think I can still play and I think I could still — I mean my kids don’t think I can beat her anymore. Maybe I should get her now because she’s pregnant, but the truth is that I think that sometimes —I don’t know why in tennis, I get it’s that one battle of the sexes when Bobby Riggs played Billie Jean.Garcia-Navarro: Billie Jean one of the most famous, iconic and most watched, I think tennis matches at the time.McEnroe: Yeah, it was no question. I think there was the most, the biggest attendance at the Houston Astrodome, and it was great that Billie Jean did that but…OK, but that doesn’t mean, talk about other sports. If you go look at the times, for example, of the world’s fastest females — and you know maybe it will change! You know my daughter, one the things she says is ‘You’re a feminist, Dad.’ OK. I started with two boys, I got four girls now and I’m all for it and I’m trying to just get with it and figure it out.Audio of the interview. McEnroe’s Serena Williams comments start at 6:30. Advertisement John McEnroe has never shied away from controversy during his Hall of Fame playing career. Johnny Mac was equally known for his confrontational style and emotional outbursts as his seven grand slam titles.In retirement, the 58-year-old McEnroe is still outspoken, and in a recent interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, when he was asked if Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the world of either gender, McEnroe took exception.If she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”McEnroe also said he could still beat a pregnant Williams if the two faced off in a modern version of The Battle of the Sexes. Ok, John.last_img read more

Ghacks userjs goes github

first_imgGhacks user.js goes github by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: April 13, 2017 – 18 commentsWhen Pants approached me in 2015 about publishing his Firefox user.js configuration file on Ghacks, I never imagined how far the project would come.Now, 20 months later, the project has made a huge step by moving to GitHub. Among the many improvements are openness, better manageability, change tracking, faster releases, support for user contributions, and a lot more.Pants was kind enough to keep the Ghacks name for the project, and I will publish information on new releases whenever they are made available here on Ghacks. This means that I will post a new article shortly after stable Firefox releases that highlight the changes of that particular release, and provide you with links to the latest versions of the user.js file on the Github project page.You can use this link as an entry point on Github to explore the project there.Without further Ado, here is Pants announcement:Hi ghacksAfter v11 (FF51), I decided to put the ghacks user.js on GitHub. This brings a lot of benefits that I don’t need to list here. It’s been a busy 6 weeks, and now that all the noise (number of posts and discussions and issues) have died down, I can tell you about it… here’s what we’ve done… so far:PS: I’m crap at writing, so I’m doing this bullet stylePPS: I just want to say thanks to the guys (and gals) who have been contributing at GitHub, but a MASSIVE thanks to Earthlng, who is the only MEMBER (and I am the owner) of the ghacksuserjs  GitHub organization, and as such he has full control over the repository. His contributions have really helped bring the ghacks user.js to another level in so many ways, and the work put in with generating diffs, research, and the changelog are fantastic.ReadmeI wrote a short little readme that outlines a few things. Go read it. Seriously, go read it.Default readme.md is shown on the home page here ( https://github.com/ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js )Sexier themed version is here ( https://ghacksuserjs.github.io/ghacks-user.js/ )Ghacks User.js changesChanged version numbering to match Firefox stable (see the release section below)Stripped out all non essential sections, such as Firefox Add-ons and Test Sites to the wiki section, and Palemoon and Things to Investigate to issuesRemoved the troubleshooting list (see tags below)Super-simplified and shortened the original intro/readme – most of this moved to the “Wiki: Getting Started” pagesFormatted the js so all multi-line text can collapse and foldCleaned up all the typos, expanded acronyms, fixed grammar, used same syntax for parts (such as version start and end numbering)Added tags such as [WARNING], [SETUP], [SETTINGS], [TEST] and numbered references [1], [2] etc.As a result the entire js is much easier to visually parse, read, and searchRevamped entire sections to be more logically ordered, with section sub-grouping if needed, and better explanations, including section descriptions when required. Even made some groupings and order based on commenting them out for more convenience. These sections include:0800: location bar / search bar / forms etc1000: cache1200: https / ciphers etc1600: headers / referers2800: shutdownSection revamps included improving some preferences (some were found to be deprecated or legacy, others were changed, some preferences are new, better descriptions and all that)Created a new section 2697: UA SpoofingCompared ghacks vs pyllyukko: we added 4 minor obscure preferences. (Documented in issue #10). Created a diff for pyllyukko to compare, and so far they have added almost 2 dozen items from ghacks, and still goingCompared ghacks values vs pyllyukko values for what we have in common: no changes. We differ on only 8 preferences due to a slightly different strategy. That’s a good sign. (Documented in issue #18)Upgraded to Firefox 52 compliantWikiAdd-ons Appendix is more informational with flags for e10s, WebExtension etcTest Sites Appendix expanded as wellReferences Appendix (Mozilla, MDN, TOR, CVE etc sites) addedThe “readme section” from the old js has become an in-depth “Getting Started” wiki section, and expanded (with pictures!), including a full overview of how a user.js works, how to backup properly, an implementation page, and even how to troubleshoot a preference.The implementation page led me to create a How To section on working with multiple profiles for both installed and portable Firefox, and how to run concurrent profiles. I will create the Lock Pref pages in due time.Added a “Scripts” section, including some greasemonkey (or similar) scripts and pointers for NoScript, uBlock Origin and uMatrix (this is a work in progress)Note: There are “sticky” issues for various wiki section suggestionsFuture plans include expanding the wiki even further with Tutorials and Articles and more How To’sReleasesAs mentioned, we changed the version number to match Firefox stableYou can read all about how we manage “releases” here ( https://github.com/ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js/issues/54 )Basically, the current “live” master user.js is always current stable and always being improvedAt the end of stable life-cycle, we now archive off a “release” for legacy and archival reasonsThen we change the master version number and as quickly as we can test and add preferences and deprecate items as per the new stable version. We know in advance a lot of the changes due to Earthlng’s diffsAs soon as we have worked through all the changes, we create a “pre-release”, and from this we can generate a user friendly changelog (Earthlng authors these, and they use the changelog label in issues). You can click labels to filter issues. We will always have an open “Changelog” issue, and older ones will be closed, but there for historical pruposes. They are a lot more user friendly than the atomic level commit history.Martin will republish Earthlng’s changelog here at ghacks as soon as we do them, just like he does a “What’s new in Firefox X”, there will be a “What’s new in ghacks user,js X”The delay last time was around 7 days from when stable landed. So expect that to be the approximate time frame, as we have to upgrade ourselves, test items and so on.Again, the “Pre-release” is a snapshot, the master user.js (here: https://github.com/ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js/blob/master/user.js ) is the one always being worked on.Future PlansBesides the obviousstable compliant releasesimproving the jsimproving tags and info on breakage and setupupdating and improving the wikiProviding branchespreset versions eg: “Relaxed”, “Hardened”, “Social Media” etc for use with multiple profileswhen Firefox 57 lands, maybe start an ESR branchThat’s about all. Everyone is welcome to come visit and contribute.RegardsThorin-OakenpantsSummaryArticle NameGhacks user.js goes githubDescriptionThe Ghacks Firefox user.js project has moved to the project hosting website Github for better manageability and other improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

This Texas church and its members offered free mom hugs at Austin

first_imgJen Hatmaker, a mother, blogger, and author, posted about the sweet display of love and acceptance on Instagram. She also has a podcast and has published eight books.Her public support of the LGBTI community and marriage equality has led to consequences. In 2016, LifeWay Christian Stores, a Southern Baptist bookseller, discontinued selling her books.Still, it hasn’t stopped Hatmaker from showing compassion.Over the weekend, she posted photos of Austin Pride, along with an emotional caption about offering free hugs.Hugs are the best | Photo: Instagram @jenhatmaker‘Our arms were never empty’It’s clear both from the photos and Hatmaker’s caption that it was an emotional and positive experience.‘My beloved little church went downtown to the #AustinPrideParade and gave out Free Mom Hugs, Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs like it was our paying jobs,’ she wrote.She’s a member of Austin New Church.‘And when I say hugs, I mean THE KIND A MAMA GIVES HER BELOVED KID.’You can feel the love | Photo: Instagram @jenhatmaker GAYSTARNEWS- She detailed her experience with the day: ‘Our arms were never empty. We “happy hugged” a ton of folks, but dozens of times, I’d spot someone in the parade look our way, squint at our shirts and posters, and RACE into our arms.’Hatmaker also posted what some Pride attendees told her and her group:‘I miss this.’‘My mom doesn’t love me anymore.’‘My Dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years.’‘Please just one more hug.’Bring on those hugs | Photo: Instagram @jenhatmaker‘We told them over and over that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious. And we hugged until our arms fell off. This is what we are doing here, what we are here for.’Hatmaker said they were inspired by Sara Cunningham and the Free Mom Hugs organization. Cunningham recently made headlines when she offered to be anyone’s mother at their same-sex wedding.These are the stories we need.More from Gay Star NewsThis Welsh community is hosting a Pride for the ‘small-town’ boys and girls out thereReykjavik Pride: 16 fabulous photos from super cool IcelandThis Florida conservative city will host its very first Pride march this fallGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Hatmaker hugging a Pride attendee | Photo: Instagram @jenhatmaker A church in Texas and its members showed up to Austin Pride this weekend offering free ‘mom hugs’ for anyone who needed them. Read the heartwarming letter a boy left on his gay older brother’s pillowWhat does ‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ mean?Why Austin in Texas is the South’s weirdest, queerest cityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/texas-church-free-mom-hugs-austin-pride/last_img read more