ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domain

first_imgICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainIn the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the BCCI, in a letter to the ICC, urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.advertisement Press Trust of India DubaiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 12:36 IST Several India cricketers had urged India to boycott the Pakistan tie at the World Cup (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level: BCCI officialThe BCCI, in a letter to ICC, had urged the cricket body to sever ties with countries that harbour terror in the aftermath of Pulwama attackIndia are scheduled to play Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup on June 16 in ManchesterThe International Cricket Council has turned down the BCCI’s request to sever ties with countries from which “terrorism emanates”, saying the ICC has no role to play in matters like these.In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the BCCI, in a letter to the ICC, urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.”There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.The BCCI letter did not make a specific reference to Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring terrorists by India.The issue came up during Saturday’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Shashank Manohar but not much time was spent on it.The BCCI was represented at the board by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.”So many players from member nations play the Pakistan Super League and they would have never entertained such a request. Yes, security was a concern and it had been duly addressed,” the board official added.The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play Pakistan in the World Cup on June 16. There have been calls to boycott the clash in the wake of the heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries following the Pulwama attack.advertisementThe demand has been made by some of the biggest names in Indian cricket such as Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly.However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket has so far not taken any decision on the matter, saying that it will seek the government’s view.Also Read | ICC CEO assures BCCI of security at World Cup, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee headAlso Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | Has cricket in India suffered over the last 2 years? BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai asksAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 World CupFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow International Cricket CouncilFollow BCCIlast_img read more

Liberals push cities to rethink planning with launch of challenge program

first_imgOTTAWA – Cities looking for extra federal cash are being pushed to think outside the box and take some risks as part of a federal challenge that launches today.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi is in Calgary to unveil what the government calls its “Smart Cities Challenge,” which will provide millions of dollars to communities that come up with the most interesting and innovative ideas.Other ministers will be in Ottawa and Montreal to make similar announcements.The ideas could be an after-school program for at-risk youth that lets them learn to write code; a mobile app to help seniors and caregivers co-ordinate transportation; or equipping homeless shelters with online learning hubs to help users find jobs.Whatever idea cities try, the government says the winning proposals must be scaleable and easy to replicate in other communities, must incorporate data and technology, and must establish measurable and achievable outcomes.But at its core, the challenge is designed to shift how cities think about delivering services and building infrastructure, and to encourage efforts to achieve a “much broader impact” on municipal planning.The Liberals first mentioned the challenge in this year’s budget, setting aside up to $80 million in prizes for winning communities and groups. The top prize will be $50 million; two prizes of up to $10 million each to cities with fewer than 500,000 residents; and a $5 million prize to cities with fewer than 30,000 residents.Cities will have to wait until 2019 to find out who wins.The program is modelled on a similar challenge in the United States two years ago to get cities to rethink their transit and transportation systems. The US$50 million program put an emphasis on use of technology, much as the Canadian version does.The American challenge came up in talks Sohi had with his U.S. counterparts prior to the Liberal government’s 2017 budget.last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief ends visit to Indonesia as death toll from quake

Under-Secretary-General for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Holmes met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, donors and the head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), as well as humanitarian agencies before leaving area.The 7.9-magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake on 30 September left 198,200 households in need of emergency shelter, according to initial assessments by OCHA.In the coming weeks, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) plan to reach around 62,000 of those households with distributions of emergency shelters, and at least 16,000 tents and tarpaulins have been distributed to date. Further shelter will depend upon additional funding.Last week the humanitarian community, in close consultation with the Government, launched a $38 million humanitarian response plan, identifying acute needs to be addressed within 90 days and identifying 74 projects.OCHA said that Padang City, Pariaman and Agam, the three most affected areas, have been struck by extensive damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, leaving more than 50,000 people requiring assistance. In addition around 190,000 people are suffering from serious shortages of staple foods, such as rice. WFP is providing fortified biscuits to children under five years old and to pregnant and lactating women and has started a school feeding programme. Almost 1,000 schools have been damaged and an estimated 90,000 students are reported to be in urgent need of teaching materials. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed 228 school tents, 80 school-in-a-box kits and 80 recreational kits.The BNPB has requested a shift in emergency relief aid to the neighbouring disaster-affected area of Jambi province, which was hit by another earthquake on 5 October. Around 500 houses, 11 schools and 2 health facilities in Kerinci district were damaged by that tremor, and over 100 houses and 123 schools in Merangin district were also damaged. 15 October 2009Humanitarian AidThe official death toll from last month’s earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra has climbed to 1,117, including those still missing, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today as its chief wrapped up a two-day mission to the site of the destruction. read more

Annan discusses Middle East peace Iraq sanctions with leaders of Syria and

Beginning his day in Damascus, the Secretary-General met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to review efforts to calm tensions in the Middle East. According to a UN spokesman, the talks lasted for more than an hour and included a tête-à-tête session. The two leaders also discussed the stalled Syrian track of peace negotiations with Israel, tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border and the Security Council’s review of the Iraq sanctions regime.Talks between the Secretary-General and the Syrian President touched on the report of the committee of fact-finding headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Annan said he had pointed out that the Mitchell committee report did not supplant UN resolutions which form the foundation for a peace settlement. “I indicated that the Mitchell report is not replacing the resolutions but it is an interim step to get the parties back to the table,” he said, adding that a settlement “will have to be based on ‘land for peace,’ which is the basic premise of the UN resolutions.”Asked about the discussions on Iraq, the Secretary-General noted President Assad’s view that the Security Council should bear in mind the concerns of neighbouring countries, and added that the question of Iraqi oil sales to Syria was “part of the issue being discussed.”Mr. Annan also discussed the Middle East and Iraq during a meeting yesterday evening with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, who then hosted a dinner in the Secretary-General’s honour.Following his talks in Damascus, the Secretary-General travelled to Aqaba, Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah the Second, Prime Minister Ali Abul Raghed and Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib. Their 45-minute encounter included a 10 minute one-on-one session between the Secretary-General and the King.According to the UN spokesman, the discussions focused on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The Secretary-General also received a comprehensive briefing on the implications for Jordan of the current Security Council discussions on Iraq.The Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to Beirut, Tel Aviv and Ramallah in the coming days. “The immediate focus of my mission is the crisis between Israel and Palestine, but I also hope to help stabilize the situation on the Blue Line of Israeli withdrawal [from Lebanon], with a view to avoiding further escalation by either side,” he told the press in Damascus. read more

UN nuclear watchdog accepts Iranian decision to sign on to inspections

A UN spokesman told a press briefing in New York that the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had accepted Iran’s proposal to sign the protocol. Iran has not yet formally signed.The spokesman said the Board of Governors would continue its discussions over Iran next Wednesday.During a Board meeting yesterday at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, the Agency’s Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, said that Iran had breached many of its obligations under the NPT but has taken or is about to take corrective action.Earlier this year, the IAEA found that Iran had failed to report its efforts to enrich uranium. But Mr. ElBaradei said this week “we have no proof to date that Iran’s past undeclared activities have been linked to a nuclear weapons programme.”

A glance at Thursdays key developments during Trudeaus China visit

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 10:23 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld A glance at Thursday’s key developments during Trudeau’s China visit SHANGHAI – A quick look at some of the key developments Thursday from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to China.___Speaking to an elite business crowd in Shanghai, the prime minister delivered a strong public criticism of China’s record on freedom of expression and human rights. “I remind everyone that as a country that has seen first-hand the benefits of free expression and good governance, Canada encourages China to do more to promote and protect human rights,” Closer ties between the two countries will make it easier for them to have regular, frank talks about governance, human rights and the rule of law, he said. Trudeau went further, making pointed reference to a lack of women in positions of influence as he surveyed the audience in front of him. “Gentlemen, it’s 2016,” he said. “We need more women at this head table.”___In Beijing, Trudeau met President Xi Jinping and Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, and agreed to establish an annual dialogue between the Canadian prime minister and the Chinese premier. Zhang told Trudeau that his visit to China is an important influence on deepening ties between the two countries: “Mr. prime minister, I know that you came to China a long time ago…. But I know this visit to China — first time as prime minister of Canada — will certainly leave you a deep and new impression.”___The two sides announced that 2018 would be the Canada-China Year of Tourism and agreed that Canada will open seven additional visa application centres in China to help boost tourist travel to Canada. Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques called it an important element of the visit. “As of this summer, you can fly to Canada from 11 cities here in China, so therefore that’s why need to have more visa application centres.” He said Chinese visitors to Canada are only outnumbered by Americans and Britons.___Canada announced that Canadian and Chinese companies have signed 56 new commercial contracts and agreements worth $1.2 billion. The agreements include a letter of intent between Fort Capital Partners of British Columbia and Zhonguancun Private Equity and Venture Capital Association for up to $656 million of investment in North American, mainly Canadian, companies in the health sciences, clean tech, technology, media and telecommunications, foods and agriculture, and energy sectors. Another agreement between Swan Hills SynFuels of Alberta and Haicheng Petroleum Machinery Manufacturing Co. Ltd., creates a joint venture, valued at $100 million, that will invest in Swan Hills’ coal gasification demonstration facility in Alberta to restart it and fund its operations. The technology will also be applied to a resource-development project in Liaoning Province, China.___Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire and their daughter, Ella-Grace, began their day by exploring a section of the Great Wall of China. The portion of the wall they visited had been temporarily closed to the public — providing them with a peaceful section to stroll, away from the usual hordes of visitors. While there, Trudeau announced that the two countries would co-operate on the development of Chinese national parks. Chinese tourist travel to Canada rose 24 per cent in the first six months of this year, said Saint-Jacques. He noted that now only Americans and Brits visit Canada more than the Chinese.___ read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina seeing rise in divisive behaviour Security Council told

The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, told the 15-member body that challenges to the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement have become so frequent and direct in recent months that they deserve special attention.“Questioning Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty and its future as a State must stop,” he stated. “The international community must not tolerate such challenges, and we must ensure that we are equipped with the will and capacity to manage them…“We are in a critical phase and we must express more clearly than ever what is expected of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s political leaders and what will not be tolerated,” he added. “They must stop their divisive behaviour and finally start leading the way to the country’s full reintegration in the interests of all its citizens.”In particular, he noted that the “anti-State, secessionist rhetoric” emanating from the current leadership of Republika Srpska – one of two semi-autonomous entities that make up the country – has intensified and worsened considerably during the past six months. “It would be a mistake to dismiss these words as empty or election-driven rhetoric,” said Mr. Inzko, highlighting a “comprehensive effort” to erode and in some cases eliminate the functionality of the State and its institutions.Mr. Inzko added that it had been expected that the new governing coalition in the country would get down to addressing the pressing needs of its citizens and work on the next phase of the accession processes for the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Instead, a protracted effort to reconfigure the governing coalition began in early June, a process that will hopefully be resolved by the end of the year. “Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot afford to continue falling further and further behind other countries in the region,” he noted. “The consequences of this will be dire – economically, socially and politically.”The Council is expected to take action this week on the mandate of the EU stabilization force (EUFOR), which assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004 when it took over from a stabilization force led by NATO and is tasked with ensuring that all sides continue to comply with the Dayton accords. read more

The As Tailspin Might Not Matter Once The Playoffs Start

The Oakland Athletics, for weeks now, have been terrible. They’ve gone 27-37 in the season’s second half, with a 12-17 record in August and an even uglier 8-15 mark in September. Yet thanks largely to some atrocious play by their AL West rivals in Seattle, the A’s are about to clinch their third straight playoff berth anyway.Still, few people seem to be taking Oakland seriously as a World Series contender. Some of that disrespect comes from simple math: By having to play an additional one-game playoff just to get to the American League Division Series, the A’s face a tougher climb than MLB’s six division winners. But much of the disdain for Oakland’s chances stems from an overemphasis on momentum. If the A’s have stunk up the joint for most of August and September, why should anyone believe October will be any different?Because there’s no evidence to suggest that how a team plays heading into the postseason has any correlation with how it fares in the postseason. That’s why.Last week, we looked at teams’ regular-season road records and whether those can predict playoff success (the answer was yes, they do). Here, we used the same methodology, looking at every playoff game from 1969 through 2013 to see whether we could find a predictive link between late-season performance and playoff success.In the end, we found that full-season winning percentages were a significant predictor of postseason outcomes. But the degree to which a team was hot after June, July or August was not statistically significant when it came to forecasting playoff proficiency.Now that doesn’t necessarily prove definitively that there’s nothing to the momentum theory. As Bill James reminds us, an absence of evidence isn’t conclusive proof by itself, and it’s possible that further research using a different approach could yield different results.Still, given the hot-or-not narratives that pop up every October, and the lack of evidence to support the momentum theory, it’s probably time to take the A’s a bit more seriously as contenders. Jay Jaffe (at Baseball Prospectus) and Dave Cameron (for Fox Sports) both tested the theory by looking at playoff results from 1995 on and couldn’t find any statistically significant correlation either.Yes, the A’s will probably have to get past a stingy Kansas City Royals squad, one that’s excelled at pitching and defense all year, just to crack the ALDS. But with a pitching staff bolstered by the acquisitions of Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija, and an offense that has struggled in the second half but looked strong in the first half, the A’s have the talent to compete for a title in a playoff field that lacks a clear favorite.As sharply as their luck turned down the stretch, it could just as easily turn for the better — starting now.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:57 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said the Oakland Athletics have gone 27-39 in the season’s second half and had a 8-14 mark in September. They have gone 27-37 in the second half and 8-15 in September. read more

India is increasingly dependent on imported fossil fuels as demand continues to

first_imgA report from the US Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, notes that “India’s dependence on imported fossil fuels rose to 38% in 2012, despite the country having significant domestic fossil fuel resources. India ranked as the fourth-largest energy consumer in the world in 2011, following China, the US, and Russia. The country’s energy demand continues to climb as a result of its dynamic economic growth and modernisation. India is the third-largest economy on a purchasing power parity basis and has the world’s second-largest population, according to World Bank data. “As India modernises and the population moves to urban areas, the country has shifted from using traditional biomass and waste to relying on other energy sources, including fossil fuels. India’s newly elected government, with the Bharatiya Janat Party as the majority party, faces challenges to meet the country’s growing energy demand, to secure affordable energy supplies, and to attract investment for domestic hydrocarbon production and infrastructure development.”The report shows up tremendous potential for the coal sector if the country can shake up the dreadfully inefficient Coal India, or develop other ways of producing and using coal in a clean manner.“Coal is India’s primary source of energy (equalling 44% of total energy consumption), and the country ranked as the third-largest global coal producer, consumer, and importer of coal in 2012. Despite its significant coal reserves, India has experienced increasing supply shortages as a result of a lack of competition among producers, insufficient investment, and systemic problems with its mining industry. Although production has increased by about 4% per year since 2007, producers have failed to reach the government’s production targets. Meanwhile, demand grew more than 7% annually over the past five years with the rise of electricity demand and lower power generation from natural gas and hydroelectricity as a result of recent supply disruptions. Because power plants rely so heavily on coal, shortages are a major contributor to shortfalls in electricity generation and consequent blackouts throughout the country.“Because coal production cannot keep pace with demand, India has met more of its coal needs with imports. Net coal import dependency has risen from practically nothing in 1990 to nearly 23% in 2012. India imports thermal coal for power generation from Indonesia and South Africa. The steel and cement industries are also significant coal consumers. India has limited reserves of coking coal, used for steel production, and imports large quantities of coking coal from Australia.“In 2013, India was the fourth-largest consumer and net importer of crude oil and petroleum products in the world after the US, China, and Japan. India’s petroleum product demand reached nearly 3.7 million barrels per day (bbl/d), far above the country’s roughly 1 million bbl/d of total liquids production. Most of India’s demand is for motor gasoline and gasoil, fuels used mainly in the transportation and industrial sectors, and for kerosene and LPG in the residential and commercial sectors. Consumers receive large subsidies for retail purchases of diesel, LPG, and kerosene, placing upward pressure on overall oil demand. Insufficient investment in developing more crude oil and liquids production has caused production to grow at a slower rate than oil demand.Net oil import dependency rose from 43% in 1990 to an estimated 71% in 2012. The Middle East was the major source of crude oil supply to India in 2013, followed by countries in the Americas (mostly Venezuela) and Africa. Despite being a net importer of crude oil, India has become a net exporter of petroleum products after investing in new refinery capacity. “India did not import any natural gas until 2004, when it began to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). Because India has not been able to produce an adequate supply of domestic natural gas and has been unable to create sufficient natural gas pipeline infrastructure on a national level, it increasingly relies on imported LNG to meet domestic demand. India ranked as the fourth-largest LNG importer following Japan, South Korea, and China in 2013, and it accounted for nearly 6% of the global market, according to data from IHS Energy. In 2012, LNG imports, mostly from long-term contracts with Qatar, accounted for about 29% of India’s 2.1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of consumption. Natural gas mainly serves as a substitute for coal in electricity generation and as an alternative for liquefied petroleum gas and other petroleum products in fertilizer production and other sectors in India.last_img read more

Government hopes to avert layoff talks

first_imgWith speculation mounting that representatives of Greece’s foreign creditors are expecting to see layoffs in the public sector, particularly following comments this week by a top-ranking European official about Greece’s oversized civil service, government officials are debating how to tackle the politically sensitive issue when troika chiefs arrive in Athens on Sunday.The government aims to shift the discussion from talk of immediate layoffs by pointing to an unexpectedly large wave of early retirements in the civil service and insisting that the first public servants to go should be those found to have violated the code of service, Kathimerini understands.According to sources, visiting inspectors expect specific commitments from the government regarding the number of civil servants – from the 25,000 who are to be put into a labor mobility scheme this year – who will actually be dismissed. The troika will likely insist on seeing a breakdown on departures for each ministry and state body.Greek officials are expected to emphasize the potential political and social risks of imposing new measures, pointing to the example of Italy, where a public backlash against austerity has resulted in political upheaval.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and other ministry officials met on Thursday, and are to meet again on Friday, to discuss strategy ahead of the anticipated arrival in Athens of the troika chiefs.Greece and its progress in implementing reforms is expected to be discussed at the next Eurogroup summit in Brussels on Monday, when the issue of Cyprus, and its likely appeal for foreign rescue aid, is to top the agenda. There also appears to be some distance between Athens and the troika on the issue of improving revenue collection.Troika experts delivered a report at the end of January that called for a major overhaul of the tax collection system, including the financial crimes squad (SDOE).Greece’s lenders want these to come under the jurisdiction of the newly appointed general secretary for revenues, Haris Theoharis. However, it appears that the government is opposed to giving the official such powers.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Estce le Samsung Galaxy SIII

first_imgEst-ce le Samsung Galaxy SIII ?Le Samsung Galaxy S III est normalement attendu pour le 1er trimestre 2012. Il devrait même être présenté lors du Mobile World Congress 2012 à Barcelone. À moins que… Il semblerait que pendant sa conférence, Samsung ait dévoilé une vidéo montrant le Galaxy S III.En effet, lors de sa conférence de présentation, alors que Tim Baxter, président de Samsung Electronics vante les mérite des nouveaux appareils photo de la marque, une vidéo met en scène un nouveau mobile, jusqu’alors inconnu. Ce dernier n’est pourtant pas Galaxy S II, disponible depuis le 28 mai dernier seulement, mais ressemblerait bien à ce que serait le Galaxy S III.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Annoncé comme le rival du futur iPhone 5, le Galaxy S III aurait donc fait une petite apparition surprise au CES. Alors, volonté ou erreur de la part de Samsung ?Cet étrange portable, apparaît à la 7:10 minutes d’une vidéo de la conférence de presse de Samsung. Pourtant, le mobile pourrait très bien ne pas être le Galaxy S III, mais tout simplement un concept créé par ordinateur. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Van der Sar was hoping for Ajax Juve pairing

first_imgEdwin van der Sar admits he was expecting an Ajax vs. Juventus pairing in the last 16 of the Champions League and further explained he had good memories in TurinVan der Sar spent two seasons as Juve’s No 1 but did not truly convince between the sticks and was replaced in the summer of 2001 by Gianluigi Buffon, who arrived from Parma in a then-world record deal for a goalkeeper.“It’s always a pleasure to come back to Turin,” he told Football Italia after Ajax drew Real Madrid on Monday.What a draw @AFCAjax playing against @realmadrid in the next round @ChampionsLeague. Brings back memories to our match in November 1994 when we won 0-2 in Santiago Bernabéu. #UCL #ajarea ❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/auGKYhM69R— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) December 17, 2018David de Gea, Manchester United, SpainDavid de Gea is replaceable at Man United, says Van der Sar Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar insists the club’s current number one David de Gea isn’t irreplaceable amid doubts over his future.“I had a good time at Juventus, before my transfer to Fulham and then Manchester United.“Matthijs de Ligt is an important player, who came through our youth system. He’s our captain today and we’re happy with him.“All the teams are great in the last 16. It’s a shame that we didn’t get Juventus as I’d have liked to face them as my former club.”last_img read more

Magic Leap and 5G illuminate catwalk fashion designs with lightning and skulls

first_img Ahead of the fashion show, which took place the day after Valentine’s Day, I got a taste of the mixed-reality experience, designed by Greg Furber and his team at the Rewind content studio, in a demo session at the same venue. The Magic Leap googles showed me a display of dancing animations, including a fierce, giant tiger’s head, levitating above a model whose  trousers were emblazoned with sharks.At one point, increasingly large skulls, looming like dark marks from the Harry Potter universe, whistled forward one by one. They were designed to look like a series of bosses from video games, Furber said, as Jacob’s collection was inspired by a combination of video games and old fairground rides that make you jump.I personally found the animations mesmerizing, if not exactly frightening, and I was curious to know whether the celebrities who saw it for the first time at the show thought of the experience.fashion-fuelled-by-5g-2Model Lennon Gallagher wears one of Gerrit Jacobs’ designs. Matt Alexander/PA Wire “There were skulls floating around, there was lightning,” said YouTuber Jim Chapman, who was sitting amid the great and good on the front row. “I think it’s great for graduate fashion week in particular because it’s new and innovative and exciting, and it also kind of matched the looks.”The version of the mixed-reality content I saw was downsized by a factor of 10 and displayed only above one static model. As the frames of a Magic Leap headset limit your field of vision, I wondered whether the celebrities experiencing it at the show would be able to enjoy the full effect while also admiring at the clothes. Chapman offered reassurances.”I didn’t know what to expect, and with the goggles on I thought, ‘Am I going to be able to see things properly?'” he said. “But it actually does really enhance it.”Unfortunately I wasn’t able to experience the Magic Leap in the context of the show myself, due to a limited number of headsets being available in the UK (the 10 on loan for the show were reserved for celebs). But, said Furber, availability of headsets was the only thing standing in the way of him not being able to deliver the same experience to all of the attendees. ar-fashion-1-2At a demo ahead of the show. Andrew Hoyle/CNET “I’m completely confident that if you gave me 700 headsets, one for every seat in that place, I could run it across that same network, across that same meals, and have every one of their 700 people have the same experience,” he said.High-speed networks take the processing off the device and allow it to happen in the cloud, with not a single frame drifting out of sync, he explained. And as a content creator for VR, AR and mixed reality, he can be more ambitious than ever before. With full 5G rollout imminent, and hopefully a few more headsets to go around, Fashion Week 2020 promises to be great fun. “Suddenly, what — you’re able to create and render and then beam to someone’s device at great speed,” Furber said. “it kind of frees us just to go crazy.” Tags Post a comment As the lights dimmed and the urgent, teeth-rattling beat kicked in, the throng of people cleared to allow the models to stride down the runway.Perched just in front of me on a narrow white bench, a row of celebrities, including former Spider-man Andrew Garfield and Game of Thrones actor Natalie Dormer, ceased their small talk and pulled the Magic Leap headsets down over their eyes.Andrew Garfield wears Magic Leap. Doug Peters/PA Wire They, along with a room of London’s fashion elite, were about to see one of fashion week’s most highly anticipated shows — the latest collection from emerging designers out of the UK’s top fashion school, Central Saint Martins. This is where fashion editors go to try to spot the stars of the future.But one of the designers was offering up a collection with a difference. The playful clothes crafted by designer Gerrit Jacob were accompanied by a mixed-reality show that floated above the models as they took to the catwalk. Through the Magic Leap headsets, the celebrities were able to witness a series of explosive animations designed to complement the designs.It’s far from the first time we’ve seen technology play a starring, albeit novelty, role at a fashion week event. Back in 2012, the designer Diane von Furstenberg featured models in her show at New York Fashion Week wearing Google Glass, while in London in 2014 one designer showed off a dress made of Nokia phones. With the Google Glass example in particular, there was some emphasis on trying to make “nerdwear” cool by integrating with high fashion, but the aim of bringing Magic Leap to the front row is somewhat different.Running on a permanent 5G network installed by UK network Three at the college, the show was supposed to showcase the two-year partnership between them. While many people are excited about the speed boost they’re set to enjoy with the advent of 5G, the potential use cases and benefits of the tech go far beyond just better data speeds on our phones. There were skulls floating around, there was lightning. Jim Chapman, YouTuber Google Glass Magic Leap meets 5G on the catwalk at London Fashion… 0 With 5G base stations around the building and an antenna on the roof, fashion students will be able to experiment with more efficient creative collaboration and develop new products and retail concept in a dedicated lab.Mixed reality — a sort of middle ground between virtual reality and augmented reality — is one area of tech set to benefit hugely from 5G, which will reduce lag time and improve the smoothness and stability of content viewing. (Good-bye, VR sickness.) It also has the capacity to run many devices at once, making mixed-reality experiences more social, with more people able to enjoy the same content in the same place at the same time.Enter Magic Leap, one of the most heavily hyped startups of recent years. Its headsets aren’t just another box affixed to your face, like many VR headsets. The black, bug-eyed goggles allow you to see the world as it really is, but overlaid with 3D moving animations. But this is far from a mass-market device right now. At over $2,200, it’s prohibitively expensive for most people, and it’s also not yet widely available. Share your voice 1:34 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Hands-on with Google Glass: Limited, fascinating, full of potential Random Gadgetslast_img read more

Blood donation camp organised

first_imgKondapur: A blood donation camp was organised by the Rotary Challa Blood Bank in Leaf Hospital. BJP state executive committee member Jnanendra Prasad who was the chief guest at the inauguration donated blood. On the occasion, Prasad urged people to follow his example in offering blood for the benefit for the needy people. Donating blood amounted to saving life, he said. He stated that many persons were in need of blood. “It is the responsibility of everyone to go to the rescue of such persons,” he emphasised. He lauded efforts of the Rotary Challa Blood Bank for organising the camp for requirements of the needy persons.last_img

Hindus trump Muslims in forging documents

first_imgGuwahati: With the hugely contentious NRC exposing communal fault-lines in Assam, it has emerged that more Hindus than Muslims forged documents to find their way into the National Register of Citizens, sources with close knowledge of the exercise said on Sunday. The final NRC list, which will identify bona fide citizens of Assam, is set to be published on August 31. The exercise of updating the NRC, unique to Assam, is being conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The interesting fact is that forgery is being committed by a very large number of doubtful Hindu applicants. In fact, more than 50 per cent of the documents that have been forged are by them,” sources said. “Now this is very, very surprising because we had the impression that only suspected illegal Muslim immigrants were indulging in wrongdoing to have their names included in the NRC. But with so many doubtful Hindus being detected, it can be assumed that a huge number of such immigrants are also present in Assam,” one of the sources said. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Assam’s BJP government had recently claimed that more Hindus than Muslims were excluded from the draft NRC, and placed in the state assembly a district-wise list of exclusions, ignoring an apex court directive of secrecy. The court had said all such information be submitted to it in sealed covers. The state government had claimed the data reflected that more people were excluded from the list in districts inhabited by indigenous people than those on the India- Bangladesh border, implying that the NRC draft was flawed as illegal Muslim immigrants were more likely to be present in the frontier districts. Advertise With Us When reached for comments, a senior RSS Assam region functionary and its ‘Bouddhik Prachar Pramukh’ Shankar Das said the updated NRC will be “wrong” and that it will be challenged. “Nobody has given correct data. The SC is acting only as per Prateek Hajela’s (the NRC State Coordinator) information. So, we don’t believe any of the leaked data till now, whether it’s about Hindus or Muslims. We know that this NRC is going to be wrong and it will be challenged,” he said.last_img read more

Saudi King Abdullahs Death Fans Speculation over Policy Oil Jumps

first_imgOil futures jumped on the news of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah’s death early on Friday. The kingdom, now under crown prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, is the biggest producer of crude oil in the OPEC cartel. Oil rose as much as 3.1% in New York after Abdullah’s death. A Hong Kong-based analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, Neil Beveridge, said that the passing away of the king increases the uncertainty and volatility in the near term, adding that he does not expect the nation to change its oil policy, even as it faces significant challenges. ReutersBrent for March settlement went up by as much as $1.28 to $49.80 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.On 6 January, Salman, as the crown prince, read a speech on behalf of the ailing King Abdullah and confirmed the continuity of Saudi oil policy in the face of market “tensions” caused by slowdown in the global economy.Analysts want to know if Salman would retain oil minister Ali al-Naimi, who has been the key policy-maker since 1995. Al-Naimi had indicated his preference to devote more time to his role as the chairman of a science and technology university.Senior market analyst Phil Flynn said that there is a possibility that Al-Naimi could be replaced, although the biggest concern presently is the uncertainty, given the market has excess oil. He wondered if the king’s death could increase instability, as King Abdullah had responded with force in previous circumstances, and in case of an increased pressure from Sunni-militant groups.last_img read more

Man killed in factory fire

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA worker was burned to death as a fire broke out in a paper mill in Kalurghat BSCIC industrial area of Chattogram early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Arman, 19, a worker of Asian Papers Mill.Abul Bashar, officer-in-charge of Chandgaon police station, said that the fire broke out in the paper mill around 4:30am.Later, the fire fighters brought blaze under control and recovered the charred body of Arman from the factory.However, the details about fire could not be known yet.last_img

President Bushs Final Journey Will Be By Train

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:55 This has been a somber and emotional week for the Bush family with the death of former President George H. W. Bush.It’s nonetheless also been a week of hectic travel, with the family accompanying the coffin over thousands of miles by car and by plane.On Monday it flew from Houston to Washington, D.C., for a memorial ceremony.On Wednesday, it is flying back to Houston for a repose and a Thursday morning service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.But for the final leg of the journey, the trip will be made by train – and no ordinary train.Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will take Bush’s body to College Station, where he will be laid to rest at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.The two-locomotive, 11-car train has been in place at Union Pacific’s Westfield Auto Facility in Spring since last weekend.It will leave here around 1:15 p.m. on Thursday and arrive in College Station about two and half hours later.“We’ll be moving at a pretty modest speed,” said Brenda Mainwaring, assistant vice president of public affairs at Union Pacific. “We want to make sure that the people who have taken the time to line the route to pay their respects have the opportunity to do that.”The train has the presidential seal, the words “George Bush 41 Presidential Library and Museum” printed along its side and is painted like the Air Force One presidential airplane.Union Pacific made the locomotive in Bush’s honor and unveiled it near his library as part of an exhibition in 2005.Since then, it’s gone to work across the country.“It’s not just for show,” Mainwaring said. “Every locomotive has to pay its own way on the Union Pacific. All of our locomotives haul freight, this one has hauled its share of freight as well. We operate in 23 Western states, so it has been all over the Western United States.”So why did Bush decide to take his final journey on a train – the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969 to do so?Mainwaring said Bush was very involved with the railroad and that he used to talk about fond memories he had traveling with his family on trains.“I think because of those very fond memories,” she said. “But I think it was also because he knows that this route, and traveling by train, allows him to travel through the countryside that he loved so much between Houston and College Station and allow all those people who live along the route to pay their own tribute.”Some of the towns the train will pass include Magnolia, Todd Mission, Navasota and Wellborn. center_img X – / 8 Sharelast_img read more

Surrey NanoSystems has super black material

first_imgCredit: Surrey NanoSystems e of carbon nanotubes – “each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair,” wrote Ian Johnston in The Independent on Sunday. It’s not what you see; it’s what you don’t see. If fact, you see nothing, period. “It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing,” wrote Johnston. “Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.” The company explains why Vantablack is considered a breakthrough. “The manufacture of `super-black` carbon nanotube-based materials has traditionally required high temperatures, preventing their direct application to sensitive electronics or materials with relatively low melting points. This, along with poor adhesion, prevented their application to critical space and air-borne instrumentation. The two year development and test program was completed in December 2013, during which period Surrey NanoSystems successfully transferred its low-temperature manufacturing process from silicon to aluminum structures and pyroelectric sensors. As part of the program, qualification to European Cooperation on Space Standardization (ECSS) standards was also achieved.”Stephen Westland, professor of color science and technology at Leeds University, said in The Independent, “These new materials, they are pretty much as black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could imagine.”Ryan Whitwam said in Geek.com, “There’s demand for something that reflects almost zero light when even a few photons can throw off an experiment.”What are some applications for this material? CNET mentioned its use in electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems. “One example of a use for the material is in telescopes to increase the instruments’ ability to see very faint stars.”Ben Jensen, the company CTO, detailed what the material could mean in applications. “Vantablack is a major breakthrough by UK industry in the application of nanotechnology to optical instrumentation. For example, it reduces stray-light, improving the ability of sensitive telescopes to see the faintest stars, and allows the use of smaller, lighter sources in space-borne black body calibration systems. Its ultra-low reflectance improves the sensitivity of terrestrial, space and air-borne instrumentation.”The company listed other special characteristics: It has virtually undetectable levels of outgassing and particle fallout, eliminating a key source of contamination in sensitive imaging systems. It withstands launch shock, staging and long-term vibration, and is suitable for coating internal components, such as apertures, baffles, cold shields and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) –type optical sensors. Citation: Surrey NanoSystems has “super black” material (2014, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-surrey-nanosystems-super-black-material.html Explore further © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. More information: www.surreynanosystems.com/news/19/ New ‘super-black’ material absorbs light across multiple wavelength bands (Phys.org) —A British company says it has scored a breakthrough in the world’s darkest material. Surrey NanoSystems describes its development as not just a black material but super-black. They are calling it Vantablack, and they are singling out its ability to be applied to lightweight, temperature-sensitive structures such as aluminum, absorbing 99.96% of incident radiation; that is, they said, believed to be the highest ever recorded. This coating is mad This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img

Koogeeks HomeKit Alexa and Google Assistant Compatible RGB Light Bulb for Just

first_imgLooking for a smart RGB light bulb for cheap? Koogeek has you covered today with a product that’s discounted to just $18.19 and it packs really nice features and screams high quality.Buying a smart plug or a smart bulb is the way to go if you’re looking to dive into the world of home automation. There are always some deals around to help you make the jump into the sea and Koogeek is here to give everyone a chance to brighten things up, literally.Priced at just $18.19, after you’ve applied the special discount code and on-page coupon, the product in question is a smart RGB bulb that can cycle through millions of colors, allowing the user to set the ambience to their heart’s desire. But that’s not all, regardless of the platform you are on, whether it’s Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, this bulb supports it all out of the box. In other words, you can use Siri, Alexa or the power of Google Assistant to control this bulb from anywhere at all. Isn’t that a treat to handle?Once you’ve plugged this bulb in, you just have to connect it straight to your home’s WiFi network in order to control it. There is no fancy hub you have to invest in order to get functionality out of this accessory. It just works as long as you have a WiFi router at home. This is something which every smart home accessory should have.So, if you’re interested in this product, just head over to the link below. Do not forget to clip the on-screen coupon on Amazon in order to get a slightly more discount, bringing the price down to $18.19 alongside the included discount code.Koogeek Smart Light Bulb, Koogeek Color Changing Dimmable Wi-Fi LED Light Bulbs – Was $40, Now just $18.19 using code TXKWN4D5 + on-page $5 discount coupon Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more