All For Some Adventure

first_imgTraveling 300 km in temperatures of -30 degrees on a dog sled in the Arctic Pole is not an activity for the faint-hearted. It is also not an activity likely to be associated with Indians, who hail from all the way near the tropics. Nothing, however, can be farther from truth.A bunch of Indian enthusiasts applied for the Fjällräven Polar 2018 and a handful even became the most-voted applicants. They already have the other pre-requisites — oodles of confidence and courage. From each of the 10 regions listed for the event, two candidates — one with the maximum number of votes and the other picked by the jury — will get to participate in the expedition, which involves 20 participants from various countries traversing the snow-covered terrain from Signaldalen in Norway to Väkkäräjärvi in Sweden, with four stops in between. The six-day expedition starts on April 9, 2018.The final votes are in, and Niyog from Kerala, who was endorsed by Malayalam superstar Salmaan Dalquer, became not only the most-voted in the “World” region but across all regions. The jury is still out about the second participants from each region.Other Indian hopefuls in the running, who are now waiting for the jury’s word, include Esha Mehta from Antwerp, Belgium. She already has some experience of minimal living and surviving in tough conditions. “Two years ago, I participated in the Clipper Round The World Race, and that’s when I started getting hooked on to outdoor and adventure-centric activities,” the 24-year-old alumnus of King’s College, London, told Little India. Mehta is talking about the around-the-world yacht race in which anyone can take part.Mehta is not the only one passionate about roughing it out under harsh conditions, who was keen to participate in this arduous journey. Most eager candidates seem to be ordinary people with extraordinary experiences, including expeditions involving extreme conditions. So none of these applicants made an impromptu decision while entering their names for the polar journey.The Swedish outdoor equipment company Fjällräven, or Arctic Fox, has been fanning this fire for adventure enthusiasts to make it their journey of lifetime since 2012. The participants get all they need to weather the long journey in the Arctic Pole — training, equipment and more than 200 Alaskan and Siberian Huskies.These participants are, of course, no rookies. They have a sustained interest in outdoor sports. Weathering the freezing Arctic temperatures will be another feather in their cap.Surviving in sub-zero temperatures requires a different set of skills altogether. Which is why the Swedish company trains the chosen participants on simple hacks on how to survive the duress of the weather, how to pitch a tent and take care of the dogs.The journey is a test of “endurance and skills to survive in the wilderness,” says Vijay Kumar SG. The Karnataka-born former engineer has been living in Singapore for the last 16 years. Kumar, 36, quit his job last year to start a travel company that focuses on trekking. He has already trekked to the Mera Peak in Nepal, which is around 6,500m above sea level and has summited two of the seven highest mountains in the world — Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Elbrus in Russia.“I have also been hiking regularly around all South-East Asian mountains, like the mountains in Malaysia and the volcanoes in Indonesia,” he tells Little India.Vijay SG at Mera Peak in NepalAnother Indian man eager to join the group is Biman Roy, who hails from the interiors of West Bengal. He has been living in Sweden for almost three years now. His experience with adventure activities also goes back as long. In December 2014, he hiked up 5 km from sea level in a mountain range called Langtang in Nepal. “In summer of 2016, I walked from Pompeii, a snuck town near Naples in Italy to Mount Vesuvius,” the 28-year-old PhD scholar at Linköping University says, talking about how the route does not have a hike path, and one can only go there by bus. “So I decided to trek towards the direction of Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii and I did not have a set route map for the trek. After sweating it out for four hours under the sweltering sun, I managed to make it to the top.”Roy, who was placed 34th in the Nordic East region, says he will try again to participate in the event if he does not make it this time.That Indians are no less passionate about the outdoors is further shown by the fact that Fjällräven Polar has seen entries from 220 Indians this year, ranging from 21 to 56 years old.Dr. Parag Shah, a 56-year-old surgeon from Mumbai, has undertaken treks to the Everest Base Camp and the frozen Chadar river in the Zanskar region of Ladakh. He may appear to be past his prime, but his indomitable spirit has prompted him to try and make it to one of the Poles. His reason is simple: “If not now, when.” Shah says that it was the mid-life crisis that made him take up outdoor sports seriously.Parag ShahShah, who was ranked 14th in the World category with 2,437 votes, is, however, disappointed with the online voting system. “Most votes I got were a result of the physical meetings that I had with people, and I had to coax them to vote for me,” he says, adding that he does not have the energy to go through a similar process all over again.The organizers are, however, keen to see participation from various countries. “This year we want to broaden the platform for applications to Fjällräven Polar,” Andreas Cederlund, the event manager of Fjällräven Polar, says, adding that they want more people from more countries to be able to apply. “This means that small countries that have two seats to Polar will have to stand back in order to give more countries the possibility to compete for spots,” he says. “We also believe that we can gain more interest in some countries by grouping them together, especially for countries with classic rivalry.”The event is divided into 10 voting categories according to geographical region, including one marked as “World.” Jayaraj Gedela, a 21-year-old medical student from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, is ranked at the 10th spot in this category. Gadela has hitchhiked throughout India in various weather conditions, and believes that “humans have lost their survival instinct.” He usually travels alone on a shoe-string budget and is prepared to push his boundaries. “To prepare for the race, I am consistently watching my weight as that will help him adapt to the freezing temperatures,” he says.Being a diehard adventure aficionado helps. Deepak Kamath, a 48-year-old finance executive from Mangalore, calls himself “an adventurer at heart.” During the last two decades, Kamath has undertaken cycling and motorcycling trips in different terrains in India, as well as in Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Kenya and Yugoslavia as part of the World Cycling Expedition. He has just returned from a trans-Siberian motorcycle odyssey. But right now, the Arctic journey plays on his mind. “It will be a great experience for me,” he says. “The thrill of the Arctic wilderness and dogs will only add to the adventure quotient.”Even if he is not able to make it this time, the adventurist is already planning something bigger in the coming years. “I have accomplished what I have, purely by my determination to ensure that the adventure is done in its true spirit,” he says. “I would not chase votes again, never.” Related ItemsAdventurelast_img read more

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10 months agoFulham boss Ranieri will stick with back five

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Ranieri will stick with back fiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri says he’ll stick with the current defensive formation against Huddersfield.Ranieri will persist with the five-man defence that has solidified his team.”I didn’t have a friendly match to get to know all my players. I started with four at the back, but we conceded too many chances,” he said.”I tried with the five at Newcastle and thought maybe this is good for us. But of course this shape is not dogmatic.”We can change and it’s good when you can change and the players understand we can change and why. The players are intelligent and are adapting to the situation very well.” last_img read more

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Rishi Kapoor: Sara Ali Khan sets example of how celebrities should behave at airport

first_imgRishi Kapoor: Sara Ali Khan sets example of how celebrities should behave at airportRishi Kapoor took to Twitter to praise Sara Ali Khan for carrying her own luggage at the airport. See what he wrote.advertisement Next Asian News International New DelhiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 09:31 IST Rishi Kapoor on Sara Ali Khan carrying luggage at the airportVeteran actor Rishi Kapoor heaped praises on Sara Ali Khan for setting an example of how celebrities should behave at the airport. While celebrities seem larger than life, sporting airport looks and surrounded by bodyguards, Sara was seen lugging her suitcases without any help.The 23-year-old actor was returning to Mumbai from her trip to Lucknow on Tuesday when she was spotted handling her own luggage, unlike many other celebrities. Among many others who hailed Sara for handling her own luggage was Kapoor, who lauded her on social media.”Wonderful Sara. You set examples how celebrities should behave at the airport. No harm at all tugging your own baggage, no chamchas to receive and the icing on the cake! No dark glasses or an airport look. You show confidence with no insecurities. Atta girl!” he tweeted, quoting a news article.The Kedarnath actor was busy filming for Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming yet-untitled flick in Himachal Pradesh alongside Kartik Aaryan and Randeep Hooda.Rishi, on the other hand, is counting his days to return to India post treatment for an unknown health condition. The veteran actor has been visited by a slew of Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Sonali Bendre, and Javed Akhtar.His wife Neetu Kapoor, who is quite active on Instagram, keeps sharing pictures from their huddles.advertisementThe Mulk actor, who went to the US in September last year, was last seen in Jhootha Kahin Ka, which released on July 19.Watch Rishi Kapoor in Jhootha Kahin Ka:ALSO READ | Netizens hail Sara Ali Khan for carrying her own luggage: She doesn’t behave like a star kidALSO READ | Rishi Kapoor on cancer: I had lost 26kg as I had no appetite for the first four monthsALSO READ | Kartik Aaryan is missing someone in new sad picture. Is it Sara Ali Khan, ask fansALSO READ | Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan take a stroll in Shimla with their faces covered. Watch videoALSO WATCH | Sara Ali Khan’s first look from Kedarnath outGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Rishi KapoorFollow Sara Ali KhanFollow airport looklast_img read more

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New developments in textmessaging controversy involving Manitoba chief

first_imgWINNIPEG — The women’s council of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it will no longer be part of what it calls a “social media drama” involving the grand chief.Arlen Dumas announced last week that he was taking a temporary leave of absence following an accusation that he sent text messages of a personal nature to a woman he had met.The woman told the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network that she chatted with Dumas on Facebook about her job, and alleges that she began receiving more personal messages from a Facebook account under a different name, but which she believed were from Dumas.The woman also said she received text messages asking her to meet privately from a phone number she believed to be his.Dumas said some of the messages were his but others were not, and he denied pursuing an intimate relationship with the woman.The women’s council said it offered to meet with the woman on Friday but she did not show up.“Unfortunately, she decided to send three men to meet with us, who offered no evidence to support her claims,” the council said in a written statement Tuesday.“Since then, she and (her boyfriend) have gone on to make numerous unfounded allegations against the AMC’s women’s council, the AMC secretariat, and are now soliciting complaints from the community at large against our First Nations leadership in Manitoba.“This has created a media frenzy based on little more than Facebook posts. As a result, the AMC women’s council will no longer be part of this social media drama which is clearly targeting all of our First Nation leaders in Manitoba.”The woman, in a video on her Facebook page, said she was out of town when the women’s council offered to meet with her and did not get the message in time.She said she has been affected by the whole matter, as Dumas is some 20 years older than her.“I’m fresh into my 20s … I’m very young and I shouldn’t have these old men coming at me. I know it’s normalized right now, but it’s disgusting,” she said in the video posted Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Italys labour minister embroiled in family business scandal

first_imgROME — The father of Italy’s labour and development minister has apologized for hiring workers off the books for his small construction firm but insists his “errors” shouldn’t reflect badly on his son.A video posted Monday on Facebook featured Antonio Di Maio acknowledging he hired workers without contracts.DiMaio’s son, Luigi Di Maio, leads Italy’s 5-Star Movement, an anti-establishment party that prides itself on the honesty and transparency of its public servants.After initially saying he didn’t know about the family business, Luigi Di Maio said he confirmed there were problems. He has distanced himself from them.Police have also searched the family’s Naples-area homestead after Mediaset’s Le Iene investigative program suggested some buildings there were unauthorized.The program interviewed the elder Di Maio’s workers and first revealed they were paid under the table in cash.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Johnny Depp to Shoot Waiting for the Barbarians in Morocco

Rabat – US megastar Johnny Depp will land in Morocco by the end of October to shoot “Waiting for the Barbarians.” Colombian film director Ciro Guerra will lead his staff to Ouarzazate, “Morocco’s Hollywood,” and Marrakech to shoot his movie, starring Depp and Robert Pattinson, Mark Rylance, and Joe Alwyn.Depp has expressed his excitement to shoot his new masterpiece in Morocco. He told Playlist magazine he was “super excited, we’re going to shoot that in Morocco towards the end of October.” The movie is an adaptation of South African-born writer J.M. Coetzee’s novel.The story tells of the relationship between a member of the military and a civil official in a colonial empire.Marrakech recently hosted Australian actor Chris Hemsworth for his “Men in Black” movie, alongside American actress Tessa Thompson.Ouarzazate has been the scene for several movies and series, including “The Mummy,” “Gladiator,” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” The award-winning hit series “Game of Thrones” also includes scenes shot in the desert surrounding Ouarzazate.In July, the Hollywood Reporter named Ouarzazate and Marrakech as some of the best destinations in Morocco.Quoted by the Hollywood Reporter, Morocco-based producer James H E Cutting was quoted as saying Ouarzazate’s “only luxury hotel is le Berbere Palace.”“When we were filming Babel, Brad Pitt stayed in one of the private villas normally used for dignitaries and royalty, and used the rear service entrance so as not to be seen by paparazzi,” said the producer. read more

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Sri Lanka linked to UK kidney transplant racket

Facebook urged any of its 1.5billion monthly users to report any such offers.A spokeswoman said: “Any indication of forced organ sale or someone offering a child’s organ for sale breaks our rules and would be removed from Facebook.“In countries where it is illegal to offer organs for sale we would restrict content from being viewed when we receive an official request to do so.” A Mirror investigation found a “fixer” in Sri Lanka who would organise a transplant package with a matching donor in days for £75,000. Buying or selling a kidney in Britain is illegal and can be punished by three years in jail. And some penniless people are so desperate for money just to survive they are willing to sell their organs on Facebook for as little as £1,200. But with more than 10,000 needing organs and one Brit dying every day on the waiting list, patients are taking desperate measures.The Mirror investigation found hundreds have travelled to countries such as Pakistan, India and China, where laws may be less strictly enforced, to pay for new organs.They are increasingly being lured by unscrupulous “dealers” on websites who match poor donors with paying patients, for a hefty fee. But nearly half come back with serious infections and they are seven times more likely to die than those who get transplants on the NHS.Within days of posting a request for a kidney for a sick relative on Facebook, we were messaged by a string of donors and fixers.One, called “Sam”, claimed he could arrange legal kidney ­transplants for £75,000 within 20 days.Confirming he was a “facilitator”, he said: “We will provide a healthy donor. The donor should be between 23 and 30 years old.“We will take care of everything. If you come Sunday night you can start the process on Monday morning. Within one week we can finish surgery. We have done more than 100 transplants up until now.”Sam claimed he could get ­permission from the Sri Lankan government to carry out unrelated transplants, when the donors and recipients are not family.Asked how much the donor gets paid, he replied: “We can’t tell you but he will get a good payment.”We understand crooks get around Sri Lanka’s laws against the kidney trade by pretending to the authorities that no money has changed hands.Sam added: “We need to fill out some local paperwork. We will get it, guaranteed, no doubt.” The vile trade in human organs is worth £1billion a year to criminals.Fiona Loud of the British Kidney Patient Association described it as a “trade in human misery”. She added: “It’s a shady world and it is mixed up with ­organised crime.“The only people to gain are the brokers and middle men.“You would be extremely ill-advised to buy a kidney on ­Facebook. People do get desperate. They wait a long time.“Sometimes people never get the transplant they want. But I have spoken to doctors who have seen the consequences of people going abroad to buy a kidney.“The outcomes are not good.“Generally the standards of hygiene are not the same. People may come back here infected with HIV from the ­transplanted organ.“A transplant from a living donor is an excellent treatment. But in the UK there are very strict ethical and legal guidelines. There are checks in place to ensure the donor is not under duress.”Doctor revealed 40 British ­“transplant tourists” have travelled abroad to buy kidneys in 10 years from the West Midlands alone. (Colombo Gazette) Investigations have found that a “fixer” in Sri Lanka is organising kidney transplants for British Nationals using social media.The UK Mirror newspaper found that criminal gangs are cashing in on the poor and terminally ill by setting up deals to flog kidneys for transplants. He claimed he had set up more than 100 deals and was in the process of preparing to fly out another Brit for an operation at the same price.Experts warned patients receiving kidneys from unregulated donors run the risk of catching killer infections, including HIV. read more

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Johnson Johnson appeals Oklahomas 572M opioid ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is appealing an Oklahoma judge’s $572 million order against the company and its subsidiaries for helping fuel the state’s opioid crisis.The company filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing the ruling was an “unprecedented interpretation of Oklahoma public nuisance law.”In his ruling last month, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ordered the company to pay $572 million to help address the damage the opioid crisis has caused in the state. Attorneys for the company have said that figure was grossly inflated.The state had presented the judge with a plan that would have cost up to $17.5 billion over 30 years.A spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said their office is reviewing the appeal.The Associated Press read more

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Trying to Measure the LeBron Effect on Game Attendance

LeBron James may not show up for the Miami Heat next year, but whichever team he ends up with is likely to see a huge economic bump. James puts people in the seats.After reports leaked Tuesday that James would exercise his early-termination option in his contract with the Heat, some speculated that he’ll actually stay in South Beach next season. But teams are itching to clear cap space in the hopes of signing the NBA forward.We know plenty about James’s value on the court, but to get some sense of his economic value, we looked at how attendance changed before and while he was on the Cavaliers and Heat. As a baseline, the average NBA team’s attendance is about 90 percent capacity over the course of the season, but that varies wildly depending on a team’s winning percentage. (It also presumably fluctuates throughout a season.) I looked at NBA teams’ winning percentage and home-game attendance from the 2001-02 season through the 2013-14 season, and found that a team that wins 80 percent of its games — roughly 66 games in a season, probably the best record in the league — should average 100 percent capacity. Comparatively, a team that wins only 20 percent of its games will, on average, sell 80 percent of its tickets.It’s easy to see why winning fills arenas. Wins excite fans, give them hope for a potential championship, and (hopefully) are a display of entertaining basketball. James helps do that better than nearly anybody. Even controlling for success, a “LeBron Effect” materialized in the data. The teams he’s played for — the 2004 through 2010 Cavs and the 2011 though 2014 Heat — have home-attendance averages of 98.0 percent capacity, well above what their records would predict. Nearly all of James’s teams have sold tickets at higher rates than we’d expect for how well they performed. Note how for every season but one, his teams are above the line in the chart below.(Attendance here is measured by capacity, or the percentage of available seats sold. Sometimes capacity percentages rise above 100 percent because of imperfect stadium data, whether standing-room-only tickets are counted, etc.)Interestingly, James sells out even more so on the road, perhaps because he’s more of a novelty when traveling. Over the past six seasons — his last two with the Cavs and all four with the Heat — James’s teams away capacity has averaged 99.5 percent. (Because of imperfect data on away game attendance capacity, only the past six seasons were analyzed.) It’s no surprise that the relationship between a team’s winning percentage and its draw while traveling is much weaker — that is, the curve is flatter. But adjusting for how good the Cavs or Heat were in a given season, those teams with James on them sold out the house. Look how far above the line James teams are now:This analysis does not account for ticket prices, merchandise sales or any of the other revenue channels for James’s teams, so it’s just the beginning of the conversation about his economic worth. But wherever he ends up, two things are likely to continue: His team will sell out the home stadium, and his opponents’ box offices will be sad to see him go. read more

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Brazilian students being sold on Ireland as study hub

first_imgOVER A THOUSAND students came here from Brazil to study this year – and the Department of Education is hoping to build on that number with new link-ups between Irish and Brazilian colleges.Education Minister Ruairi Quinn headed off to Brazil this week with a number of representatives from Enterprise Ireland on an education and trade mission.During the week, eight memoranda of understanding and agreements were signed between Irish and Brazilian universities and institutes of technology. In addition, several Irish companies opened new facilities in Brazil.Waterford IT will see student and staff exchanges with UNESP (Sao Paulo State University), while Cork IT and Limerick IT have signed memorandums with major colleges. UCC signed a bi-lateral agreement with Universidade de Sao Paulo and UL, the Dublin Business School and Cork IT have also made links with Brazilian colleges.Jennifer Condon, head of internationally traded services and software at Enterprise Ireland, said that the Brazilian mission was important because of the potential for future growth – “Brazil is a highly significant market where Irish businesses are already successfully doing business and building education links.”Mobile marketing company Brandtone opened a new Brazil office in Sao Paulo while others – including an ebook for education company, aPperbook, car rental distribution company, Cartrawler, and OpenJaw Technologies – met with Brazilian companies to explore business opportunities there.In pics: Goodnight, Vienna, as Ireland waves goodbye to Brazil>Students protest cuts in third-level education>last_img read more

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Man caught on camera snatching purse at McDonalds in Okeechobee

first_imgThe victim was later taken to an area hospital for her injuries.Meanwhile, the search for the ruthless robber continues.The man is described as standing 6 feet 2 inches tall. Police said the subject is either in his late 40s or 50s.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (WSVN) — Dinner at a McDonald’s restaurant turned dangerous for an elderly patron after a man snatched her purse in Okeechobee, Florida.Cameras were rolling when a man in a white baseball cap and maroon shirt entered the restaurant, Friday.The man could be seen in the video sneaking up behind the woman and grabbing her purse before making a dash for the door.The video then showed the victim hot on the man’s trail as he ran back to his car.Surveillance footage from outside the McDonald’s then showed the woman opening the vehicle’s door before the man reversed the car, knocking her down to the ground as a result.The man could then be seen in the video taking off and running over the woman in the process, leaving her injured and helpless.Witnesses rushed to her side in the video, stunned by what just happened. last_img read more

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Doubledown Founders May Still See Those Nice Houses But Its Unlikely Others

first_imgTwo years ago, Doubledown co-founders Randall Lane and Jim Dunning posed for the cover of FOLIO:. While Doubledown published two lush (and at the time, red-hot) business lifestyle magazines for the financial world, its offices weren’t in the financial district but in the far corners of the Garment District, where the main entrance for most buildings is a loading dock (although to be fair, most New York-based publishers seem to reside in buildings with beautiful lobbies and ghastly offices).    At the time, Dunning said: “We’re not going for the trappings. We’re not going to have fancy offices. We’re going to have fancy houses at the end of this.”Of course, that was two years ago, when Doubledown was an upstart, innovative company with killer events (such as the Wall Street Boxing Charity Championship, in which usually deskbound traders get to square off in the ring) and a real “roll-up-the-sleeves” ethos.   Today, the market has taken a toll on Doubledown, with the New York Post reporting recently that the publisher is on the block (in a story from a former Doubledown reporter), layoffs (including president of sales Richard Skeen and general manager Edward Padin) and salary cuts for the survivors.Dunning (one of the wealthiest people in the publishing industry) and co-founder Randall Lane can probably still look forward to those nice houses, even if it’s likely Doubledown will sell for far less than what they originally imaged two years ago. But here’s hoping the rest of the employees salvage something too.last_img read more

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The Expanse Continues to Set the Tone for the Season

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019No Game of Thrones This Year: 11 Shows to Watch While You Wait War is brewing in the solar system. As pretty much anyone could have predicted, Earth’s destruction of Mars’s moon Deimos, with 17 people on it, isn’t being taken well. The Martian news calls it a cowardly act by Earth, and Gunny’s squad start’s training to fight. One of her squad members is on the receiving end of some abuse. Since he immigrated to Mars from Earth. When the teasing becomes too much and he lashes out, and Gunny has to punch him to end the fight. While speaking to her commanding officer about the incident, she again makes clear her desire to go to war. Instead, she’s told her crew will be protecting farms. Not quite the excitement she’d been hoping for.Things aren’t going well for the crew of the Rocinante either. It turns out Holden wasn’t too happy with Miller’s decision to shoot Dr. Dresden at the end of last week’s premiere. Miller is off the ship and drowning his sorrows in a bottle. Amos stops by to drop off Miller’s stuff and ends up sharing a drink with him. With nowhere to go and thoroughly drunk, Miller ends up crashing with a fan who approaches him at the bar. The guy think’s Miller’s a Hero for what he did to Dresden. The next morning, Miller is trying to concentrate on his shave, but his host is listening to some truly awful music. He asks what that noise is, and the kid tells him. It’s being broadcast from Eros.As for the rest of the crew, Holden and Naomi have a disagreement over whether Miller actually did the right thing. Naomi has a point: Dresden was a mass-murderer. Naomi makes a new friend and spends the day working off the tension with a game of handball and some beers. Alex, on the other hand, spends the episode suffering from post-traumatic stress. He’s built a simulation of the raid on the lab. He blames himself for letting one of the pods full of soldiers get shot, and runs the simulation over and over again, trying to prove to himself that he could have saved them.Thomas Jane as Detective Joe Miller. (Photo via Syfy)The most interesting part of the episode focused on Holden trying to figure out what to do about the Protomolecule. With Dresden dead, they try to get information from Paolo Cortazar, the scientist that knew most about the experiment. Unfortunately, he seems to think a lot like Dresden. He doesn’t care about the deaths he caused; he only cares about furthering his research. We learn that it’s because all the scientists working on this project had the empathy centers 0f their brains wiped. They don’t care about anyone but themselves.With no other option, Amos and Holden decide to give him what he wants: information. They tell him exactly what they saw, both on the Anubis and on Eros. In return, he tells them everything he knows about the Protomolecule. It’s not a disease. It’s an interconnected living organism. It can create a brain and heart for itself, and more importantly, it can learn. The point of the Eros experiment, Cortazar says, was to see if it could be controlled. Needing more information Holden plays him a broadcast from Eros. Amos recognizes it as the music from the bar the previous night. Cortazar says it’s the sound of the Protomolecule counting down. It’s building something.Meanwhile, Miller stops by the Mormon church to learn all about the Century Ship they’re building. It’s a gigantic ship, capable of sustaining farms and, hopefully, human life for centuries while they search for God. Has Miller found religion? Well, not quite. When he visits Colonel Johnson, he reveals that he wants to go back to Eros and destroy it. And he’s found just the ship for the job.Steven Strait as James Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata and Chad Coleman as Fred Johnson. (Photo via Syfy)Sadly, Avasarala didn’t have a whole lot to do this episode, but her developments will probably prove valuable as the series goes on. Recognizing she’ll need all the friends she can get in the coming war; she sends a message to Johnson. He feels the same way she does and decides to help her out even if it means the Outer Planets Alliance might put a price on his head. Later, towards the end of the episode, she receives coordinates that point to a stealth ship.After last week’s two-hour premiere, this episode was about setting a tone and structure for the rest of the season to follow. There wasn’t a whole lot of action, but that’s not what we watch The Expanse for anyway. It was also a little light on the political intrigue, but what was there had promising implications for the future of the season. Instead, this episode focused on the characters. A lot has changed in the past few episodes; the show needed this episode to establish where everyone stands now. It may not have been as exciting as last week’s premiere, but thanks to the show’s impressive, diverse cast of characters, it worked. For this episode, anyway. Here’s hoping it can get back up to last week’s pace soon.last_img read more

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Nvidia shows you what CoD Ghosts looks like at max settings

first_img VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Call of Duty GhostsCall of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty: GhostsCall of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty: SpaceghostCall of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Call of Duty GhostsClick for full-sized image.Click for full-sized image. Call of Duty: Ghosts has been released today across PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. And while the game isn’t getting fantastic reviews and has already been hacked, it’s certain to sell well regardless.The game is also coming to PS4 and Xbox 360 later this month in 1080p and 720p respectively. Some gamers may be waiting for that or taking the cheap upgrade route from current gen consoles, but Nvidia has decided to remind us why you should really be playing Infinity Ward’s latest on a PC with a GeForce GTX graphics card.As you can see from the screenshots included here, the game looks stunning at max settings. Nvidia claims this is down to a key number of features offered by using one of their latest GTX cards. Those features include HBAO+ for realistic ambient occlusion shadowing and shading, TXAA, which eliminates artifacts and moving anti-aliased lines, GPU accelerated animal fur to let you admire those dogs running around the battlefield, old favorite PhysX for realistic physics and dynamic effects, and last but not least, very high texture resolutions — the reason why Ghosts is a 50GB install on PC.It’s true that Ghosts will look stunning on PS4 at 1080p, but that’s your limit. On PC, if you have the kit to handle it, then 4K gaming is possible and fully supported in this latest Call of Duty outing. If you don’t have the rig for it, then just admire the screenshots here and know that a couple of years from now, these visuals should be the norm for even mid range PCs.last_img read more

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Pressure mounts on Hong Kong libraries to put LGBTI books back on

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pressure is increasing on Hong Kong’s public libraries to return LGBTI themed children’s books to the shelves. In June a conservative group successfully lobbied for the removal of ten LGBTI themed children’s books from library shelves.The ten titles are now in under lock and key in the libraries. People interested in reading them, must ask for them to be unlocked.While activists in Hong Kong were quick to protest the move, international organizations are now sharing their thoughts on the issue.Human Rights Watch wrote to Hong Kong’s Home Affairs Bureau asking it to put the books back on the shelves.One of the books, is about two male penguins who hatch an egg and raise a youngster. The book is called And Tango Makes Three,‘Instead of hiding a children’s book about a same-sex penguin couple, Hong Kong’s government should endorse nondiscrimination and put the books back on the open shelves,’ said Boris Dittrich, HRW’S LGBT rights advocacy director.‘While Hong Kong’s highest court is taking down discriminatory walls, the government seems intent on maintaining them.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img HRW said hiding books from free public access sends a stigmatizing message that LGBT content is inherently inappropriate. It said the government’s actions also deprive children of information that could be important to their development, health, and safety.‘LGBT children, who are subject to disproportionate rates of bullying and often experience feelings of isolation and alienation, need reliable, accurate, and affirming information,’ Dittrich said.‘The Hong Kong government should be working to create a climate of inclusion and tolerance for children and adults – not exclusion and stigma.’Open LibraryA coalition of concerned citizens quickly formed the United Front for Open Libraries (UFOL) to fight the decision.On Sunday (8 July) it held an Open Library Day. The day included bilingual forums with panelists of academics, authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, teachers; story telling; exhibition of comic illustration and diverse books.Reading And Tango Makes Three to the Open Library Day in Hong Kong. | Photo: FacebookUFOL organized the day as a response to the books’ removal from Hong Kong public library shelves.‘Many groups with an interest in gender and family diversity were extremely dismayed and disappointed,’ UFOL said in a statement.‘They formed the UFOL to defend free access to information and the civil right to equal access to library services.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Families unite to get Hong Kong libraries to unlock LGBTI themed books. | Photo: Facebook/UOL Big street protest will call for LGBTI book ban to be changed in Hong KongHong Kong leader accused of snubbing LGBTI issues in live Q&AHong Kong’s Gay Games bid just got a big boostRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pressure-mounts-on-hong-kong-libraries-to-put-lgbti-books-back-on-shelves/last_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. December 23, 2014 — Dectris Ltd. is introducing its hybrid photon counting (HPC) detection technology to enable the next generation of medical imaging equipment.Until now, X-ray detection in medical imaging has mainly relied on the indirect methods utilized by traditional integrating detectors lacking energy discrimination. Unlike these less sensitive devices, HPC detectors provide direct sensing of every single photon in an X-ray — made possible by innovations including optimized solid-state sensors and CMOS readout ASICs using hybrid pixel technology. Paired with advanced new imaging equipment and analysis algorithms, the additional spectral information will open up a new dimension in specificity.“Designers and radiologists in the medical imaging world have been anticipating the arrival of detection techniques based on hybrid photon counting. It shall allow best possible image quality and the highest sensitivity at the lowest dose,” said Willi A. Kalender, professor at the Institute for Medical Physics in Erlangen, Germany.Dectris has produced more than 6,000 HPC detector modules to date for a variety of applications in science and industry. Dectris’ HPC technology delivers:Very high resolution, achieving high signal-to-noise ratio via a noise-free signal with no dark currentVery high data rates via dedicated ASIC and electronic designExclusive spectral information via energy analysis, for simple color imagingHigh spatial resolution via direct detection, without scintillators, fiber optics, etc.Potential future applications of the technology include:Highlighting microcalcification in breast tissue, with color images produced by new capabilities for energy analysisHighlighting contrast agents such as iodine in mammographyIn addition, tissue differentiation is improved for better-informed diagnosis — with phase-contrast imaging used in combination with HPC.For more information: medical.dectris.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | December 23, 2014 Dectris Introduces Hybrid Photon Counting Detection for Use in Medical Imaging Direct sensing of every photon in an X-ray provides higher image quality Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Mysterious monkey deaths could be related to climate change

first_imgDrought, disease or something more sinister has caused a massive die-off of howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in several Central and South American countries, but scientists still don’t know the exact cause.In some areas, the mystery killer has wiped out as much as five percent of the local howler monkey population.“It could have very significant effects in the long-term for the populations as a whole.” said Liliana Cortés, a neo-tropical primate expert at the University of Michigan who is looking into the monkey deaths. “These are really high numbers.”Paso Pacifico, a Central American conservation group, first sounded the alarm on the monkey deaths in Nicaragua, where more than 280 howler monkeys died during the first three months of 2016.Other mass howler monkey deaths have been reported in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama. The primary howler monkey species in Panama is Alouatta coibensis.The dead animals examined by Paso Pacifico did not show signs of physical trauma and many were found with food in their bellies, indicating to experts that a disease may have caused the deaths. Howlers are extremely susceptible to yellow fever and have long served as reliable harbingers for human outbreaks.Howlers are extremely susceptible to yellow fever and have long served as reliable harbingers for human outbreaks. In Brazil and other countries with yellow fever, the rapid demise of large numbers of howlers is often seen as a signal that human health may be at risk.Central America has eradicated yellow fever, but the Nicaraguan government tested the dead monkeys for it just in case, along with other mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue and chikungunya. The tests came up negative, as did tests performed by the government in Ecuador, where yellow fever is still present.“The tests were very specific for those diseases,” Kim Williams-Guillén, a conservation scientist with Paso Pacifico told The Tico Times. “Whether or not there are other diseases, it is hard to say.”While researchers have been unable to rule out disease, the negative results of the mosquito-borne illness tests have moved the focus to another potential culprit: drought.Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have experienced severe droughts over the past year due to a particularly intense El Niño weather phenomenon, reducing the availability of water and possibly vegetation that howler monkeys feed on. While monkeys usually get all of the water they need from moisture from leaves, recently the animals have been observed coming down from the canopy to drink from water sources on the ground.In Nicaragua, Paso Pacifico received reports of howlers drinking from swimming pools, and in Costa Rica a spider monkey was recently observed by a Tico Times reporter drinking from a puddle in Corcovado National Park, a behavior the guide said he had not seen in his 23 years of leading tours.“What they never do is to come down because it’s very risky for them,” the guide, Fernando Campos, said. “It’s a very, very unusual, unusual behavior.”In Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste, which is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years, veterinarians received reports of 19 dead monkeys in the first months of 2016, though unreported numbers are likely higher. Deer, coatis, raccoons and other animals have also been found dead lately in Guanacaste, but not in such large numbers as howler monkeys.Mauricio Jiménez, the director of the Hospital of Young and Wild Species at Costa Rica’s National University, told The Tico Times that monkeys live in close contact with disease, which they can usually fight off when healthy.“When there is less food, their defenses are low and they become more susceptible to sickness.”According to the University of Michigan’s Cortés, howler monkeys feed on leaves that may be toxic when consumed in large quantities. During a drought, when the variety of leaves available is reduced, howlers may wind up consuming larger quantities of toxic leaves than normal. This could have been the case of the dead monkeys found with full stomachs.It could also explain the dead monkeys in Ecuador, where El Niño has caused heavy rains rather than drought: Too much water can also change the vegetation within an ecosystem.Jiménez said deforestation in Costa Rica is likewise putting pressure on monkey populations. Farmers in Santa Cruz, where most of the dead howlers have been reported, have slashed and burned large swaths of forest surrounding rivers in the past year, he said.Though drought does seem a likely culprit, at least in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the exact cause of the die-offs cannot be pinpointed without further study, researchers said. They’d like to do that further study in a primate lab in the U.S.The research group supported by Paso Pacifico has frozen samples but researchers are still waiting on formal permission from the Nicaraguan government to study them.Alouatta palliata is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), meaning researchers would need special permits to move the monkeys to the U.S.“This is one case where the animals’ protected status may actually hurt them,” Cortés said. “It’s a give and take.”While the howler die-offs have mostly stopped, researchers believe that finding the exact cause could be important to understanding future cases.Cortés and Williams-Guillén are now working to assemble a network of researchers throughout the region to put together baseline studies for howler monkey populations. The data will allow researchers to better understand the monkeys’ behavior and how climate change may affect their food supply.“This could happen more often as part of global climate change,” Cortés said. “These are things we will need to understand when these types of events happen.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to host third International Sustainable Building Congress Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans Costa Rica’s howler monkeys are the least loud but most well-endowed Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermenlast_img read more

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Borghetti dumps on government deal for Qantas

first_imgBorghetti, who is incredulous that Qantas would seek a guarantee because it is no longer a government entity, said that Virgin would seek the same guarantee in 24 hours, he told ABC Radio.  Source = ETB News, T.N. The Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Australia, John Borghetti, has slated Qantas’ request for a government debt guarantee.  Borghetti reasserted his belief that Qantas should be unshackled from the requirements of the Qantas Sales Act. center_img “It is really quite bizarre that a government would even consider such a move to the largest player in that particular industry – a player that is anything from going under, by the way.” Virgin Australia chief executive officer, John Borghetti said.  Many commentators have criticised Qantas’ management for letting its business decrease to the point where it needs government assistance. last_img read more

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Akamas park will be ready by 2022

first_imgTHE cabinet on Thursday approved the goals and basic provisions of a sustainable development plan for the Akamas National Park, which lies inside a wider protected area.“There is a timeframe, and it starts today and will be completed by the end of 2022, when we expect to deliver a modern and functional park,” agriculture minister Costas Kadis said.According to the minister, the plan for the Akamas park has three pillars: preserve biodiversity; create conditions of sustainable growth for the broader area and the local communities; and improve the experience of people visiting the park.The park has an estimated 800,000 visitors per year.Access to the park will be controlled via eight entrances. The entrance fee is to be determined at a future date, with the proceeds financing the management of the park.The number and location of the entrances had been a bone of contention among the various local communities vying for the fees.In addition, eight roads – totalling 85km – leading to the park are to be built according to environmentally-friendly standards.The park will also feature 14 facilities, such as parking spaces and stands offering refreshments and snacks.Also, an advisory committee is to be set up for managing the park.Kadis said the necessary funds have already been budgeted for.But he clarified that this development plan was only a preliminary one; the final provisions, along with the master plan for the Akamas peninsula in general, is a work in progress.The national park covers about 25 per cent of the Natura 2000 protected area in the peninsula.Development in the area, in the northwest of the island, has long been a subject of dispute between local inhabitants and pro-environment NGOs.The latter advocate for the entire area to be subject to controlled development, and want this in writing.Owners of private plots have previously won court cases claiming their right to develop.Kadis said the plan for the national park was devised jointly by academics and foreign experts, some of whom are high-ranking officials with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The IUCN bills itself as “the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.”The organisation, which is a part government, part civil society venture, issues so-called ‘red lists’ of threatened species.Its total assets at the end of 2017 stood at €120m.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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