Haryana Minister yields to demands of girl students to upgrade school

first_imgRewari schoolgirls end week-long hunger strike after upgradation of their school Girls ‘harassed’ on way to school resort to hunger strike Accepting the demand of girl students to upgrade the high school in Gothra Tappa Dahina village in Rewari, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Wednesday announced that the admission process for the new classes would be initiated on Thursday.At a press conference in Chandigarh, Mr. Sharma said that the admission process for classes 11 and 12 to the school for the current session would be started with the appointment of a principal on Thursday. He, however, said that notification formalities might take a few more days.The Education Department Joint Secretary has also conveyed to Director, Secondary Education, in writing saying that the Haryana Governor has accorded the upgradation of the high school to senior secondary level with effect from session 2017-18. Mr. Chauhan said he was yet to receive any official communication on the announcement made by the Education Minister. He, however, added that the agitation would be called off if the admission process was initiated.  Thirteen girls from the village were on indefinite hunger strike for the past eight days seeking to upgrade their village school to senior secondary level. The girls alleged that the boys passed lewd comments at them and harassed them on their way to school in the neighbouring Kanwali village. Village Sarpanch Suresh Chauhan and sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav are also holding the hunger strike in support of the protesting girl students.Deputy Commissioner, Rewari, Yash Garg said that he would the government decision and was hopeful that the agitation would be called off.Also Readlast_img read more

Akshay posts video for students facing exam stress

first_imgMumbai, May 3 (PTI) Actor Akshay Kumar has shared a video message with students going through exam stress where he has advised them against bottling up their emotions.The 49-year-old actor, who will receive the National Award for best actor for his performance in “Rustom” today, took to Twitter to share an anecdote from his childhood in an almost five-minute-long clip.Akshay said he owes the prestigious award to his parents and remembered how supportive they were when he scored poorly in his exams.”My father sat me down and calmly asked me what I wanted to do. I told him I was interested in sports. As time passed, I got into martial arts after sports, which was followed by modelling and acting.”I feel if that day my parents had not supported me, winning the National Award would seem like a distant dream,” he said.Akshay also urged the parents to take more interest in their childrens lives and treat mental illness like any other medical issue.He implored the youth “not to take life lightly” and understand its value.”Dont bottle up your emotions. Share them with your near and dear ones. Suicide is no solution to end stress,” Akshay added. PTI RDS BKlast_img read more

Two games from history: England’s action plan for World Cup glory

first_img Facebook Share on Pinterest Facebook Pinterest features Pinterest Cricket Twitter Mark Wood runs out New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Share on Twitter England cricket team 9 Make your own luck Roy could have been out first ball against New Zealand. Bairstow twice put an inside-edge against Mohammad Shami past leg stump at the start of his century against India. Mark Wood’s fingertip dismissed Kane Williamson in the kind of freak incident that makes people believe in destiny. As good as England were against India and New Zealand they had the kind of luck that is usually essential in knockout games. They won both tosses, too, and were able to pick their best XI despite a few niggles to their fast bowlers. The backup looks relatively weak, for various reasons, so England will be desperate to avoid untimely injuries.10 And if Rashid and Buttler rediscover their mojo …Adil Rashid played an important role in England’s win over New Zealand on Wednesday but only with the bat and in the field. His bowling has been out of sorts all summer, not just in this World Cup, and he has gone from key player to afterthought. The leg spinner has the worst economy rate and strike rate of any England bowler in the tournament. A shoulder problem has affected his ability to bowl the googly. Rashid has had a number of injections in his shoulder and may have another before Thursday’s semi-final. He could also do with an injection of confidence from Morgan, who has managed him so brilliantly for four years. If Rashid – and also Jos Buttler – hit form, England will be in serious danger of winning a World Cup. Australia sport Cricket World Cup 2019 Share via Email Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Chris Woakes (left) and Jofra Archer (right) have formed a formidable bowling partnership. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP 1 Win the toss and bat One of the bigger cheers of the 2005 Ashes came when Michael Vaughan won the toss before the final Test at the Oval. If there are any England fans at Edgbaston for Thursday’s semi-final, there will surely be a similar cheer should Eoin Morgan do the same. As in 2005, batting first has suddenly assumed critical importance. A combination of tired pitches and debilitating pressure mean the team batting first have won 26 of the 39 completed games at this tournament – including 15 of the last 18. That’s the kind of data nobody can ignore.2 Adapt to the conditionsWhile England have been criticised for not always adapting with the bat, no one can doubt their tactical flexibility. Two of the non-negotiables of their World Cup plan – bowling first and playing two spinners – have gone out the window because of changes in conditions and form. And though they will remain open minded in case they encounter extreme conditions, it is hard to see them deviating from the new balance of five fast bowlers and one spinner – especially as all the fast bowlers are in form and both the spinners are not.3 Back the openers not to have a bad dayDon Bradman was once told by Neville Cardus that the law of averages was against him making runs the following day. “I don’t believe in the law of averages,” Bradman said. He scored 304. England will hope Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have a similar attitude, because they are due a failure. Their opening partnership has become totemic both in style and substance, and their record at home is almost Bradman-esque: they have an average stand of 95 and have hit nine 100 partnerships in 16 innings. And England have won all nine games when they have put on 100. 4 Target early wickets to make a differenceThe new-ball partnership of Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer has been almost as important. England are superb frontrunners with bat and ball and excellent at holding their nerve in the field during a tight run chase; but they are not as good at dragging a game back after a poor start. It’s no coincidence that the two big opening partnerships against them in this tournament – by Pakistan and Australia – led not only to defeat but also a slightly alarming unravelling in the field. All three potential opponents in the knockout stages rely heavily on their top four, so a strong start – and ideally a couple of early wickets – would be ideal. But England cannot expect to always control games from the start. At some stage, whether with bat or ball, they will have to cope with mid-match adversity better than they have so far in the tournament. A World Cup doesn’t come for free.5 Catches win matchesFielding is a window into a team’s soul. England lost their way and their rag against Pakistan and Australia, and both times it affected their batting later in the day. Their fielding in the two must-win matches against India and New Zealand was electric, symbolised by Bairstow’s almost-demented boundary-riding. They need to reach the same standard in the knockout stages, especially if they are asked to field first.6 Target the weak linksThe remaining semi-finalists are superb sides, yet all have passengers. England’s ability to target the weaker links, with ball and especially bat, will be critical. Their assault on India’s Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav last Sunday was breathtaking in its audacity, courage and skill, and for most of the tournament they have marmalised even the best spinners. Spin was England’s white-ball kryptonite for so long; if they are going to win the World Cup they may as well exorcise one of the biggest demons of the last 27 years.7 Keep the score ticking overFifty overs is a long time. In the last two matches England have had very quiet spells with the bat, yet still scored over 300 both times. There will be periods in the semi-final when the scoreboard gets stuck; England need to accept that and sit in for a few overs where necessary. They will also, surely, accept that Jasprit Bumrah and especially Mitchell Starc must be handled with the utmost care.8 Captain Morgan must lead from the frontThere is no need for anyone to shove a game plan under the wrong hotel door. Everyone knows Morgan will be peppered with short balls when he comes to the crease. In the next few days he should spend hours having balls thrown at his head in the nets. Most of all, whether it is to duck, hook, make room or phone a friend, he needs to have absolute clarity in his mind. In the biggest matches the performance of the captain can set a decisive tone. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenham

first_imgBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tsakos Offloads Panamax to OEL

first_imgDubai’s Orient Express Lines (OEL), a unit of shipping and logistics conglomerate Transworld Group, has acquired a 4,253 TEU containership from Greek shipowner Tsakos Containers Navigation, part of Tsakos Group.Formerly known as M/V Irenes Wisdom and ER Yantian, the cargo ship has been renamed to Oel Jumeirah, Transworld said.The latest acquisition has the biggest tonnage capacity in Transworld’s fleet, which is now comprised of 18 ships.The Panamax containership, built in 2003 by Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, fetched a price of USD 7.1 million, almost USD 2 million above estimated market value, according to VesselValue’s data.Tsakos bought the vessel in November 2014 from Germany’s E.R. Schiffahrt for USD 12.5 million.Following the sale, Tsakos’ container shipping/RoRo fleet has 9 vessels that form part of a 90-strong fleet consisting of tanker, container and dry cargo ships with a capacity of over 9.5 million DWT.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Oncepopular Canadiens pocket calendar disappears as club goes green

first_imgMONTREAL – They were once a fixture at the local convenience store and ended up tucked into the pockets of Montreal Canadiens’ fans seeking to keep tabs on their favourite team.But modernity has claimed the once-popular pocket calendar, as the hockey club this year became the last Canadian team to do away with the schedule.The chief sponsor behind the calendar — Molson Coors Brewing Co. — says technology and environmental considerations have rendered the calendar obsolete.“It’s not about the cost, it’s really an environmental question because in 2018, everyone has the calendar on their smartphone, on their computer,” Molson Coors spokesman Francois Lefebvre said.Lefebvre said technology has led to a drop in interest in the tiny calendars that listed every Habs game.“We preferred to invest in other strategic areas when it came to the Canadiens,” Lefebvre said.The calendar remained popular despite its simplicity: Molson printed and distributed 1.1 million last season and had 250,000 returned, meaning 850,000 were snapped up.Lefebvre said the Canadiens were the last of the Canadian NHL teams to do away with their pocket calendar.Molson used to produce similar schedules for the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.Paul Wilson, the Canadiens’ vice-president communications, said he endorsed the decision to scrap the calendar, albeit with a heavy heart.“I used to pick one up when I’d buy gas. We all kept a little calendar in our pockets, and it was super useful,” Wilson told The Canadian Press.“But we’re in a world where if we want to be environmentally responsible, we’ve got to make decisions like this.”Wilson said the team’s plan is to become paperless.In 2017, the Canadiens added a surcharge for ticket holders wanting paper tickets, upsetting some fans.Other subtle changes have begun in the press box, where the team is cutting down on what Wilson calls the “mind-blowing” amount of paper documents given to journalists over the course of the season — even though the information is all available online.last_img read more

Alberta premier disappointed with Ottawas response to oil bottleneck

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s disappointed with Ottawa’s lukewarm response to the province’s plan to ease oil bottlenecks by buying more rail cars.She says it’s simplistic to dismiss buying rail cars by saying they probably wouldn’t arrive until a pipeline expansion were already under construction.Alberta oil is currently selling at a discount of about $45 a barrel because of an oil glut due to a lack of pipeline capacity.Notley has proposed Ottawa invest in moving oil to market on rail cars in the meantime and as a hedge against future shipping problems.Notley says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent the day in Calgary on Thursday, left Alberta with a better idea of how crucial the issue is than when he arrived.She’s also thanking people who she says helped her make her point when they shut down part of a downtown Calgary street for a rally during Trudeau’s visit.Alberta could go ahead with the rail car purchase with or without the federal government, she said Friday after an announcement in Edmonton.“The government of Alberta will do what it needs to do, whether we do it by ourselves or with support from Ottawa,” she said. “It might be reasonable for them to come to the table.”Notley is planning a trip to Ottawa and Toronto next week for  meetings and speeches to try to keep the oil bottleneck on the federal government’s front-burner.  She has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the country’s economy $80 million a day.Trudeau said in Calgary that the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple the line’s capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval. The court cited inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Skawennati takes aboriginal storytelling into cyberspace

first_imgAdvertisement The word machinima, she explains, is a cross between machine and cinema and denotes a means of producing animated films by using computer graphics and video-game technology.Skawennati’s Hunter and Warriors.In coordination with the CAG, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Museum of Anthropology, Skawennati has been working with six participants in MOA’s Native Youth Program, demonstrating ways in which oral storytelling traditions can be “reimagined” in virtual environments. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Skawennati, the award-winning new-media artist, did not set out to create a career for herself in cyberspace. Based in Montreal, she was born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, grew up in the suburb of Châteauguay, and studied design art at Concordia University.“When I started [there], the supplies that we had to get were Rapidograph pens, inks, erasers,” she says with a laugh. “That’s how old I am.”Skawennati is speaking to the Georgia Straight while seated on a sofa in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Burrard Marina Field House, where she has been artist in residence for the past couple of weeks. She is in the early stages of a CAG commission to create a work for exhibition in 2017, but more immediately, she has been in Vancouver to lead an extended machinima workshop with aboriginal youth.last_img read more

Cheaper phone future of PlayBook expected to take centre stage at BlackBerry

The conference takes place at the Marriott World Center, a sprawling complex that acts as a mothership for all of the related events that surround it that range from workshops to live concerts.On Sunday, the preparations were underway for the massive event as staff scurried around, or in some cases scooted through the halls on Segways, putting up signs and other displays.Tour buses with the BlackBerry logo warmed up their engines and drove practice runs around the various hotels and resorts where conference attendees will stay.The meticulous plans have been in the works for months.When BlackBerry held the conference last year, the company was in dire straits. Questions swirled about its future and whether it would sell its operations to a competitor. Heins tried to refocus the attention by unveiling new features of the then in-development BlackBerry 10 operating system, though the crowd wasn’t shown what the new phones would look like.Since then, the company has aggressively tried to regain its status as a leading smartphone maker with the launch of BlackBerry 10 and two new smartphones.This year, BlackBerry will use the event to champion its image as a major smartphone player, though sales numbers for its latest devices in the United States won’t be revealed until the company reports its financial results in June.Getty Images ORLANDO, Fla. — BlackBerry will pull out all the stops this week as the company welcomes thousands of industry players for BlackBerry Live, it’s annual three-day conference which promises to offer some perspective into its future.Chief executive Thorsten Heins will take the stage on Tuesday and is expected to deliver a keynote speech that could reveal a lower-priced version of its latest phone and some clues about whether the company plans to abandon tablet technology forever.BlackBerry Live is both an information session and a hype machine for the company, which has several giant parties planned for its supporters who fly in from around the world and to attend the event.Getty Images One lingering question will be whether another BlackBerry PlayBook will see the light of day, since Heins has been cryptic about the company’s strategy in the portable computer market.Last month, he told The Canadian Press that the company is “thinking about” another tablet “in the context of BlackBerry 10.” In later interviews, he predicted tablets will be a dying technology in five years, replaced by other mobile computing devices.It’s widely expected that Heins hopes to turn BlackBerry smartphones into portable computers that work in conjunction with other devices — think bringing your smartphone into work and it linking with your monitor through Bluetooth technology.While it’s unlikely he will unveil a new product at the conference that maps out how those ideas will be linked, he boasted in January that he had returned his laptop to BlackBerry’s IT department as he had adopted the new version of the smartphone as his personal computer.BlackBerry Live doubles as both a way to inform telecom executives and developers about the company’s future as well as a way to impress them with flashy parties and famous people.This year, Alicia Keys is scheduled to be part of an hour-long discussion about women in the technology industry before she appears at a private concert Tuesday at Universal Studios.Other artists scheduled to appear include Miguel, the Alabama Shakes and DJ Cedric Gervais who generated headlines last year when Madonna mentioned his song “Molly” and wound up in a social media spat with Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The concert will be streamed live on the company’s website.BlackBerry hired Keys as global creative director in January, but the pop singer has played a relatively minor public role as the face of BlackBerry.During her concerts she uses the BlackBerry as a prop for one of her songs and uploads live performance videos from the phone. She also occasionally posts updates on social media that plug the new smartphones, though her face isn’t part of the company’s advertising campaign.BlackBerry has insisted that Keys is playing an active role in the company’s new devices, and has made several presentations to executives over the past few months.In April, Keys visited the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ont. to discuss her future role at the company, which has been written off by some in the industry as little more than a glorified spokeswoman.“That’s exactly what she is. Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Mark Tauschek, senior research analyst at InfoTech Research Group.“(It’s not) like she’s actually going to have input into industrial design and functionality. At the end of the day, she’s not qualified to do that, and second of all she probably doesn’t have the inclination to do that.”As far as representing the BlackBerry, Keys has delivered mixed results at best. She grabbed the most headlines earlier this year when it appeared that she tweeted from an iPhone just days after announcing her partnership with BlackBerry.She later said the post wasn’t hers, but that her Twitter account had been “hacked.”What Keys brings to BlackBerry is a celebrity name that is respected across several demographics, but like many spokespeople — previous BlackBerry representatives like Will.I.Am and U2 included — it’s difficult to quantify how they influence the brand.“We don’t have any previous examples as to where this has helped much,” said Troy Crandall, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier“So I guess analysts, like anyone, go on past history or other company’s histories and how well this really helped anyone.”For Keys, BlackBerry Live may prove to be the greatest opportunity to prove to skeptics that she’s more than just a famous face.On Wednesday, Blackberry will focus several events on the future outside North America. The company is a dominant player in countries like Nigeria, the Philippines and Indonesia. read more

Main suspects in Mattegoda bank robbery arrested

The Police said that three armed men had arrived in a car and carried out the robbery.The three main suspects have now been arrested and some of the cash and gold jewellery have been recovered. (Colombo Gazette) The main suspects in the Mattegoda bank robbery has been arrested.Armed men robbed cash and gold jewellery from the branch of a state bank at Mattegoda last week.

Possible sale or auction in store for Sears Canada Report

asset sales|auction|Eddie Lampert|New York Post|sears canada by News Staff Posted Nov 25, 2013 9:18 am MDT Possible sale or auction in store for Sears Canada: Report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO, Ont. – Sears Canada may soon be on the auction block, according to a report from the New York Post.Eddie Lampert, the U.S. owner of the Canadian retailer, is looking to further scale back the business after a series of multi million-dollar asset sales.The Post has quoted industry insiders who say the billionaire hedge fund owner is ready to cut ties to his Canadian retail ownership, and has already been selling the leases to Sears Canada’s best stores – including the one at the Eaton Centre – and bolstering the share price.The paper reports Lampert is interviewing multiple banks, including Goldman Sachs, about a possible outright sale or auction.Sears Canada reported a quarterly loss and mixed sales results last week, while at the same time announcing a special one-time dividend.Mark Cohen, a Columbia Business School professor and the CEO of Sears Canada from 2001 to 2004, says that typically, companies would re-invest in the business, but in this case, Lampert is putting money back into his own pocket. read more

Air Canada latest airline to suffer disruptions from computer glitch

Air Canada latest airline to suffer disruptions from computer glitch by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 12:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada saw its operations disrupted by a computer glitch Tuesday that resulted in delayed flights and cancellations.The Montreal-based airline (TSX:AC) said the IT system hardware problem was resolved by the afternoon, but not before it caused problems at airports and online.“We are now working to get our customers on their way quickly,” airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate our customers’ patience.”Several Air Canada flights departing from its hub at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport were cancelled.On its website, the airline said some of the flights were affected by adverse weather including freezing rain. However, it also acknowledged that “a small handful” of flights were cancelled because of the outage.Arthur said some flights were delayed as passengers were manually checked in. The airline also added larger aircraft, where possible, to help deal with the delays.The troubles came days after Toronto-based Porter Airlines experienced a computer outage that saw forced a 2.5-hour ground stop Saturday. Five Porter flights were cancelled and about 400 passengers had to alter their travel plans.Several U.S. airlines suffered problems last fall after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America said a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations.The U.S. airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said its system wasn’t responsible for Air Canada’s disruption. Porter also said its problem wasn’t traced to Sabre.Airlines rely on complex computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.“They all run very complex computer systems and so these are the things that from time to time do occur,” said airline analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital. “There’s no real pattern that you’ve seen of there being a systematic issue here.”— With files from The Associated Press. An Air Canada flight makes its final approach as it lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2004. Air Canada says a computer issue is causing problems at airports and resulting in some flight delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld read more

Toys R Us Black Friday Deals

first_imgBlack Friday is well under way, and while the morning rush is over, the lines will no doubt last well into the night. You can either brave the traffic and risk a potential trampling, or you can do your shopping online and consider it something of an early Cyber Monday gift to yourself.If you’ve got a young one on your shopping list, be sure to check out some of Toys “R” Us’s best tech deals for this Black Friday. Star Wars Light-Up Lightsabers Dueling Pack for Nintendo Wii $19.99 (Down from ($39.99)Nerf N Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster $30.14 ($44.99)Blue Box MiJam Lite FX Drummer $17.99 ($29.99)Mario Kart DS Battery Race Set $17.49 (Down from $34.99)MP3 Speaker Dock $9.99 (Down from $19.99)Dora the Explorer Talking Digital Camera $19.99 (Down from $39.99)Coby 8GB MP3 Player $32.99 (Down from $64.99Up $11.99 (Down from $19.99)last_img read more

PaintYourPizza puts toppings on a pizza based on your crappy MS Paintstyle

first_imgA piping hot pizza delivered right to your door could not have less in common with MS Paint, but artist Jonas Lund has created a site that puts them together in a deliciously fun way. At “Paint Your Pizza,” aspiring artists and hungry folks alike will be soon able to design MS Paint-style images and have them transposed onto real pizzas that will be delivered as ready to eat art (I’m using that term loosely).Paint Your Pizza grew out of a previous Lund project that allowed multiple people to collaborate in creating a simple works of art that would then be sold for an algorithmically-determined price. This venture was not terribly successful — only 3 of 3,500 paintings were sold. Lund decided to take the idea and add pizza, which history tells us tends to make everything better.If you visit Paint Your Pizza, you’ll be able to see some of the test pies that have been built from the simple MS Paint-like images. You will be invited to make a pizza right in your browser with a group of other pizza-lovers, or by yourself. Just pick a color (topping), and get to work.Before you start making dinner plans, be aware you can’t order any of the pizzas just yet. Lund is working with New York City’s Ray’s Pizza to get the actual deliveries worked out. However, these custom pizzas won’t come cheap. The estimated price for each pie will be $36 (not including tip). Lund hopes to partner with more pizzerias outside New York to expand the service, but it’s unclear if enough MS Paint doodlers will be interested to make the Paint Your Pizza viable.last_img read more

Democrats stayed up all night trying to stop this man becoming US

first_img Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3246260 Feb 17th 2017, 8:56 PM Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite THE US SENATE has confirmed fossil-fuel ally and global warming sceptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a legal expert at the helm of a department he has repeatedly sued.President Donald Trump’s pick for EPA administrator was among the most contentious of his cabinet nominees, and Democrats held an all-night session on the Senate floor in a failed bid to block his confirmation.Pruitt was confirmed largely along party lines, 52 to 46 – a clear relief for the White House two days after Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor withdrew his nomination amid business and personal controversy.Two Democrats from coal-rich states, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, voted for Pruitt.As attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, the 48-year-old Republican has filed or joined in more than a dozen law suits to block key EPA rules, siding with industry executives and activists seeking to roll back various regulations on pollution, clean air and clean water.He assumes control of an agency that under former president Barack Obama was responsible for implementing sweeping environmental regulations governing clean air and water, greenhouse gases and vehicle fuel emissions.Pruitt’s opponents scoffed at Trump’s suggestion that Pruitt will be a capable environmental steward.“Republicans are turning their backs on decades of bipartisan environmental progress,” number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.“Pruitt has demonstrated time and again his unwillingness to accept the science of climate change and his contempt for the laws protecting our air and drinking water,” he added.During his confirmation hearing Pruitt countered critics who see him as a climate skeptic, telling senators that “human activity in some manner” affects climate change.Democrats had called unsuccessfully for a delay on the vote until after Tuesday, the day a court has ordered the Oklahoma attorney general’s office to release some 3,000 emails between Pruitt or his team and executives of the fossil fuel industry.- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump’s choice for national security advisor turns down jobRead: ‘Uranium, jerks and a nuclear holocaust’ – the most bizarre moments from Trump’s press conference Short URL Democrats stayed up all night trying to stop this man becoming US environment chief (they failed) Scott Pruitt has sued the EPA a number of times in the past. By AFP 18,353 Views 47 Comments Friday 17 Feb 2017, 8:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Zealand Prime Minister says countrys gun laws will change following mosque

first_imgNew Zealand Prime Minister says country’s gun laws will change following mosque terror attack At least 49 people have died. Share46 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4545791 Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:35 PM Updated Mar 15th 2019, 9:35 PM NEW ZEALAND’S PRIME Minister Jacinda Ardern has said her country’s gun laws will change as a result of a massacre of 49 people at two mosque in Christchurch. Speaking at a press conference today, Ardern said that one of the attackers who entered the mosques had a gun licence. One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand.It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.She pronounced it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.The gunman who carried out at least one of the mosque attacks posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, a 28-year-old Australian, obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in the attacks in the southern city of Christchurch the following month.The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, she said, speaking to reporters in Wellington, before heading to Christchurch.“The mere fact… that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I’m committing to that,” she said.“While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change.” Ardern noted several earlier attempts to reform the laws in 2005, 2012 and 2017. She said options to consider would include a ban on semi-automatic weapons. She also confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.“They were not on any watchlists either here or in Australia,” she said.“The individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police, for extremism,” she added.“I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response. That work is already underway.“Given global indicators around far-right extremism, our intelligence community has been stepping up their investigations in this area.”  By Garreth MacNamee 107 Comments Mar 15th 2019, 8:46 PM 27,930 Views Image: Sky News Short URL Image: Sky News Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nos neurones nous permettrontils de vivre jusquà 150 ans

first_imgNos neurones nous permettront-ils de vivre jusqu’à 150 ans?Selon une étude, les neurones, ces cellules présentes dans notre cerveau, seraient capables de survivre au moins deux fois plus longtemps que notre corps. Voilà une découverte qui a de quoi ravir tous ceux qui espèrent que l’homme vivra un jour jusqu’à 150 ans. Aujourd’hui, l’espérance de vie moyenne dans le monde se situe aux alentours de 69 ans mais certains pays, le Japon en tête, parviennent aisément à dépasser les 80 ans. Or, si l’on en croit une étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, certaines parties de notre corps pourraient aller bien au-delà. En effet, celle-ci suggère que les neurones pourraient survivre au moins deux fois plus longtemps que notre organisme.Alors que la totalité de nos cellules sont régulièrement renouvelées, nous naissons avec quasiment la totalité des neurones qui nous accompagneront toute notre vie. La création de nouvelles cellules dans notre cerveau est ainsi très faible et les neurones présentent une durée de vie bien supérieure à celle de toutes les autres. Partis de là, des scientifiques de l’université de Pavia en Italie ont voulu savoir si ces cellules cérébrales n’étaient donc pas capables de survivre aux organismes dans lesquels elles se trouvent. Des neurones encore en vie malgré la mortPour cela, ils ont prélevé des neurones chez des souris adultes qu’ils ont ensuite implantés dans les cerveaux de 60 foetus de rats. Puis ils ont laissé les animaux vivre leur vie normalement, avant de les euthanasier quand ceux-ci devenaient moribonds et incapables de survivre plus de deux jours supplémentaires. Une fois les rats morts, les scientifiques ont prélevé leurs cerveaux pour les observer au microscope. Ils ont alors constaté que les neurones de souris étaient toujours parfaitement fonctionnels lorsque les rats étaient morts. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, l’espérance de vie d’une souris est en moyenne de 18 mois quand celle des rats atteint le double. D’après les chercheurs, il est possible que les neurones aient été capables de survivre plus longtemps parce qu’ils ont été transplantés dans un organisme vivant lui-même plus longtemps. Mais les résultats suggèrent également que les cellules du cerveau ne font pas défaut tant que l’organisme survit. Donc si la longévité d’un humain pouvait être étendue à 160 ans, “alors vous ne perdriez pas vos neurones, parce que vos neurones n’ont pas une durée de vie limitée”, a expliqué Lorenzo Magrassi, neurochirurgien et co-auteur de l’étude.  Vivre plus vieux peut-être mais pas éternellement”Imaginez à quel point ce serait terrible si vous surviviez à votre propre cerveau”, a précisé à LiveScience le scientifique, pour expliquer la longévité des cellules. Néanmoins, ce n’est pas parce que nos neurones peuvent peut-être vivre indéfiniment que l’humain pourrait lui aussi vivre éternellement, ont souligné Magrassi et ses collègues. “Le vieillissement ne dépend pas de la longévité individuelle de toutes les parties du corps, et les scientifiques ne comprennent pas encore exactement ce qui pousse les personnes à vieillir”, a ajouté le neurochirurgien. Reste qu’au-delà de l’impact sur l’espérance de vie, ces expériences fournissent des informations pour d’éventuelles applications pratiques. En effet, s’ils ont été menés chez le rat, et non l’humain, ces travaux pourraient ouvrir la voie vers des transplantations neuronales qui pourraient être réalisées en cas de pathologie neurodégénérative comme la maladie d’Alzheimer ou de Parkinson.Le 27 février 2013 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tertiary Students urged to use critical thinking to advance country

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 23, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging students to use tertiary training for the advancement of the country, through critical thinking.He said demands of the workplace include creativity from employees, critical and divergent thinking, self-awareness, and integration of knowledge to tackle various challenges.“We are expecting that you will integrate your learning with your work experience, and play your part in ensuring that your quest for higher education prepares you to cope with the rapid social challenges at national and global levels,” the Governor-General said.   He was speaking at the 2017 I Believe Initiative (IBI) Summer of Service Awards ceremony held today (August 22) at King’s House, in St. Andrew.More than $7 million has been disbursed to the 2017 participating students who did eight weeks of voluntary service and are also pursuing degrees at various tertiary institutions.   Now in its 5th year, the IBI has provided tuition support to more than 53 students.“These are ambitious young people who are committed to achieving success in their academic and professional pursuits,” the Governor-General said, adding that they have shown the attitude of future leaders of their country while demonstrating discipline “to make sacrifices, not just for themselves but for the greater good”.The Governor-General told the gathering, including members of the business community who provided sponsorship for the IBI, academia and family members of the awardees, that the Initiative is part of a “broad vision” to build a heightened sense of purpose and sound values in families and the education system.Emphasizing that the IBI is seeking to eliminate what is not right for Jamaica, he said it is developing employable skills and is committed to “fixing those things that are wrong with Jamaica, by emphasizing those things that are right”.The Governor-General charged the eight awardees to make their time at the tertiary institutions a “transformative experience” and return with higher levels of critical thinking, and be able to demonstrate to their communities and country that “you benefited from tertiary education, and it will be seen in your conduct”.last_img read more