first_imgThe next time you’re about to make an important decision, wait a second. Scientists have found that a brief pause can make the difference between the right choice and the wrong one. Researchers recruited 13 scientists at Columbia University and told them to follow the direction of different colored dots on a computer screen. The team found that the subjects took, on average, 120 milliseconds to shift their attention from one color to another and identify which direction the dots moved across the screen. Subjects who refrained from using the first 50 milliseconds of information made, on average, one extra correct decision per second. This suggests that the first pulses of information our brains receive are misleading, because distractions—in this case different colored dots—confuse the decision-making process. We are better off with an ounce of procrastination, the scientists report in PLOS ONE.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_imgFor sometime now, the name, term, insignia, label, epithet, tag, title, moniker Bollywood has been residing vicariously in the eye of a storm. Stars, directors and others in the industry — led by the towering inferno Big B and now followed by Bodyguard and Tiger Salman Khan — have complained that the name is a joke, an insult, demonstrating slavish mimicking of an industry that has clearly overtaken, in terms of movie output, eyeballs, glamor, pull, excitement, color, mass attraction — Hollywood. While no alternative name has quite caught the popular imagination, critics argue that Bollywood reflects imitation, which is degrading and needs to be rectified.A quick flashback on how this name came about is in order. Contrary to popular belief, the term did not emerge out of thin air, the spasmodic working of an underpaid script writer’s over-heated imagination. Rather, it was inspired by Tollywood, which referred to West Bengal cinema way back in — hold your breath guys — 1932! Yup, you heard right! How? Why? Simple. At that time, Kolkata (West Bengal) was the center of Indian cinema with studios booming with activity. This chance juxtaposition of two pairs of rhyming syllables Holly and Tolly (after Tollygunge, where the industry was concentrated) led to the portmanteau Tollywood, which went on to describe cinema of that region, fashionably promoted with verve and style later in the early 1970s by Kolkata’s iconic youth magazine Junior Statesman.The term Bollywood, reportedly, has its origins in the 1970s when the Indian cinema industry zoomed past Hollywood in productions. Credit for the term has been claimed by different people, including Reliance Entertainment head and ex Bollywood lyricist Amit Khanna and journalist Bevinda Collaco.The sudden touchiness about the Bollywood name never ever existed in the 1970s, 1980s, or even the 1990s, with the exception of occasional objections, which no one took with any seriousness. If anything, Mumbai’s masala film professionals were generally comforted by the idea of actually having a “brand name.” Amitabh Bachchan’s was the first big, booming voice to register protest. His criticism then, as now, was that the name mimicked Hollywood and relegated the industry to “secondary status.” Today, as Bollywood goes global as a major force, it stinks of mockery and Hollywoodian-awe.Superstar, Tiger Sallu-bhai has joined in with his growl. Cool with Bolly but-un-cool with Wood, he has proposed an interesting alternative— Hi-Fi, which denotes Hindi Film industry. Like Bachchan, he believes that Bollywood is a corny clone and is both insulting and disrespectful to the world’s largest film factory.Respected film and TV writer Kamlesh Pandey (Kuch Toh Log Kahenge) is equally incensed. He laments that even after 65 years of independence, Indians haven’t lost their slave and colonized mentality, still craving for the white man’s approval. “It is shameful, because Indian cinema today has a persona and character of its own. Shouldn’t we celebrate it with pride and confidence instead of basking in the cheap, derivative, reflected glory in a name clearly mimicking Hollywood and used more as a taunt or mockery than a glorious brand? Shouldn’t we remember that it belongs to a country that scripted the Upanishads and Mahabharat at a time when people in the western world were roaming the jungles searching for an identity? Whatever happened to our sense of values and our national pride?”Director Rakeysh Mehra (Rang De Basanti) joins the chorus with a different refrain. His resentment stems from the “random application” of the B term tag to movies and directors like him, which has led to a loss of identity. His material, he believes, is different from what Bollywood stands for — music, dance, melodrama, glamor, stars, exotic locales, item numbers — and is therefore misleading and confusing.So what gives?Vibha Patil, a 28-year-old Indian-born marketing executive in London and keen follower of Bollywood sides with the Bachchan-Khan-Mehra troika: “These guys are not wrong. We manufacture a kind of product that is deliciously hybrid, totally unique and resonates big time wherever shown. It is also completely different, special, rooted and made-in-India, so it’s high time the patronizing and copycat name Bollywood is slung out and replaced with something that defines the individualistic, colorful dramabazzi stuff we dish out to zonk the world. I am sure Javed Akhtar or Prasoon Joshi, the adman, will be able to coin a term that blends the best masala with the best of mainstream cinema-something unapologetically commercial, escapist and fun.”Film scholar, historian and critic Rauf Ahmed confesses that he is confused by the fuss: “I remember Southern Superstar Kamal Hasan and later Amitabh Bachchan voicing protests years ago; the issue also came up at a film seminar and now, a chorus of people joining this scrap-the-Bollywood-term movement… what can I say? While I agree theoretically with Kamal and Amitabh that it does sound copy-cat and country cousin-ish and therefore, perhaps presents a poor picture of our gigantic film industry, these are occupational hazards and come with the territory. We live in a world of short-cuts, nicknames and slangs. Are Bebo, Kat, Piggy Chops, Dips or Bips fab tags to replace Kareena, Katrina, Priyanka, Deepika and Bipasha? They’ve caught and rocked public imagination so today, across the world, all B-town fans recognize and place these names like a shot. Same with Bollywood. I don’t think value-judgment comes into play or counts. The name Bollywood is far too popular to risk or demand re-christening.”Ad-film maker Pralhad Kakkar also refuses to play footsie: “The name perfectly defines, describes and reflects the industry. It is a greedy, arrogant, pretentious, over-the-top, over-paid, under-talented industry forever ripping off Hollywood material and pretending it’s theirs, They got away with it in earlier times because there was no TV or exposure to global cinema. Also the Hollywood honchos reckoned it would too troublesome to take these bozos to court… so they had a ball. Today, they dare not do that and so are sheepishly buying rights for re-makes, about which the less said the better!”Kakkar laughs off the great righteous indignation expressed by Indian movie stalwarts and invites them to have a long hard look at the mirror. “The good stuff that is coming out like Wasseypur or Shanghai, Kahaani or Pan Singh doesn’t have that label. They belong to parallel/alternative cinema. It’s all typical filmy bullshit and doesn’t deserve any notice. It’s the perfect brand-name… a desperate imitative, pretentious wannabe!!”While Amit Khanna hurriedly dismisses the issue as a “non-issue fronted by bit-players like Mehra,” hi-profile TV producer Siddharth Basu (Kaun Banega Crorepati) is more measured in his response: “Today the name Bollywood, for better or worse, reflects a brand of entertainment — (glossy, star-driven etc.) and resonates being-on with their fans and all interested or curious about Indian cinema. We are stuck with it and I can’t see another name replacing it in a hurry although Salman’s Hi-fi sounds interesting!”Film critic Saibal Chatterjee find the hulabaloo over the term a storm in a tea-cup, much ado about nothing and emerging from a deep-rooted complex involving the issue of respectability. “Even since these guys hit the volume market, global — read diaspora — space and Rs. 100 crore club phenomenon, they’ve been walking on cloud 99. However, in the international scene, they are pygmies with smaller nations racing past them in the quality cinema and prestige slot. Kakkar is right. As you sow, so shall you reap. They still, in their heart-of-hearts, aspire to be like Bollywood, but have neither their focus, discipline, sense of respect and humility for their craft or fellow professionals and keep throwing attitude and churning out stuff that reeks of Tarantino, Coppola, Scorsese and gang!”Chatterjee offers another riveting observation: “Interestingly the guys doing non-Bollywood type movies — Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee — are not concerned or interested with labels and continue to do their own thing. It’s, ironically the superstars who define masala fare, (typical Bollywood stuff) who seem to be most agitated! They should chill and be grateful they have a ready made brand name to hawk their wares in the market.”Film Historian Rafique Baghdadi begs to differ. The veteran Mumbai-ite and chronicler of its commercial cinema believes the tag does the film industry injustice. “Some guy at some point may have tossed out this name and the press, on cue, put it on a trapeze, swung it high and it stuck! For me it’s both lazy and frivolous baptism by whoever the person was and equally lazily accepted and consumed by the who cares and chalta hai public! Just because we are stuck with it, doesn’t make it okay.”Respected brand consultant Anand Halve is uncomfortable with the term as well: “Anything that is derivative reflects an active and conscious denial of identity and a cloying desperation to hit the wannabe button. Be it the B word, the hysterically ludicrous call-center accent, the Indian-born tag to people who have struck gold abroad.… It comes from a deep-rooted complex that demonstrates zero confidence or pride regarding self-worth. Very, very regressive and negative. Both Amit and Salman are spot-on. Time to get rid of this albatross fast, if possible. What better time than now?”Veteran, dazzling hunk and global star Kabir Bedi, however, is unconvinced and dismissive the hand-wringing: “Look Bollywood is a done deal and as a brand is globally known, acknowledged and respected. This secondary-status stuff may have occurred early on, but today even Hollywood recognizes its presence, its enormous mass-appeal and its quirky, colorful, song-dance, melodramatic template that is so uniquely Indian. No wonder so many biggies indicate interest to come on board and associate with it. They are also aware of other streams of cinema coming out of this label, which are different in form and content and story telling.”Bedi believes it’s both silly and dangerous to tinker with an established, strong brand like Bollywood and insists that while everyone is entitled to their opinion (“it’s a free country, buddy!”) it’s hardly an issue that threatens the pride, prestige and solidarity of either the film industry or the nation, that critics make it out to be.But for the eminent veteran father of India’s new wave cinema, Shyam Benegal, the problem lies elsewhere. “I have no quarrels with the name Bollywood per se, because by accident or design, the name has stuck and defines Mumbai’s commercial mainstream cinema quite appropriately,” he says. Benegal’s objection is over the term Bollywood being made out to mean, signify and symbolize Indian cinema to the western world, which, he insists, is totally inaccurate, false and untrue. The problem, he says, is that it lumps Kahani, Vicky Donor, Ishqzade, Shanghai, Wassypur, as well as all regional cinema, under one label.Too bad, says veteran theater and ad guru Alyque Padamsee, arguing that brand-building doesn’t happen over-night, but is created, nurtured and powered into the popular imagination over time and frequency. “It would be a disaster to fool around with it. A classic case in point is the name change from Bombay to Mumbai! Whether the change in brand name has done an iota of good is best left unsaid.”Santosh Desai, chief executive officer Futurebrands India asserts that the Indian film industry is better served by reclaiming the word than burying it: “Brand Bollywood is a reality and reflects brand values that are special, exclusive, different and resonates brilliantly in many parts of the world. The critical point to address is: since it has taken on a distinct life on its own and since a serious viable alternative tag is not yet anywhere around it’s crucial to infuse new nuance and meaning to this term to make it more edgy, exciting and layered.” Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgSyed Mohammad Arif has nurtured some of the top badminton talents in the country, but Saina Nehwal was ‘special’. Now, his talented protegee has an Olympic medal to boast of.’Arif sir’, as he is fondly called in badminton circles, can vividly recall the 1998 summer camp in Hyderabad from where coach Nani Prasad Rao selected an eight-year-old from a bunch of 250-odd kids.”She was Saina and she was an average kid to start with. But as the days passed, I could make out that she was a cut above the rest,” Arif told Mail Today.”Saina was prepared to follow whatever she was told. She would never shy away from hard work and was always ready to push herself. She literally pushed her body to limits in the training. That is when I realised that she was a special talent and will go a long way.”Saina trained under Arif at the Lal Bahadur Shastri indoor stadium till the latter retired as coach from the Sports Authority of India. In 2005, Saina moved under Pullela Gopi Chand, who too has been trained by Arif.”At a young age, she used to compete in 4-5 events in age group tournaments and she would win. She was playing at the senior level when she was just 14,” he said.Arif also gives a peek into the sacrifices her family had to make. “She used to stay far off from the stadium and we would start at 5.30 in the morning. Her father or mother would bring her along and pick her up. To do that for years was not easy. The family has had to sacrifice a lot and I am happy for them today.”advertisementIt wasn’t just Arif, but the entire badminton fraternity that was waiting in anticipation for Saina to win a medal. “She has done us proud. We are extremely elated,” former Asian champion Dinesh Khanna told Mail Today.”She was the only non-Chinese player in the semis and it was not easy for her. She has played so well till the quarter-finals. She had an exceptional win against Tine Baun.”last_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fowler pulled his tee shot on 18 left, landing in the tall grass between the church pew bunkers. He hacked the ball out short of the green and got up-and-down for the long-awaited victory.“I think he’s going to get more out of something like that, showing resilience and coming back like that, as opposed to going out there and winning by four or five,” said Justin Thomas, who finished third, three behind Fowler after a 72.Maybe in the future. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster.“I never want to go through anything like that again,” he said. “That was not fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Leading by four to start the day, he was up five shots stepping onto the tee on No. 11. The lead was one after a bizarre sequence of events at the long par 4.With rain picking up, Fowler hit his approach shot right of the green and his chip skipped past the flag into the water, incurring a two-shot penalty. He dropped next to a bunker and, as he stood on the green surveying his next shot, his ball rolled back into the water without being touched.PGA Tour rules official Slugger White determined Fowler’s ball was in play after the drop, so he was assessed a one-shot penalty. Fowler got up-and-down from there, knocking in a 17-foot putt for triple-bogey 7 — his seventh double bogey or worse when playing with a 54-hole lead.“That was a big kind of turnaround,” Fowler said. “At worst I make bogey with a semi-decent chip and I’m still very much in control of the tournament. But with everything that happened there, that was a (four-) shot swing pretty quickly. It sucks, but it’s just kind of put that behind me.”Grace made a 50-foot birdie putt just ahead on the par-3 12th and they were tied at 15 under when Fowler couldn’t get up-and-down from the bunker on the same hole. Grace went up one with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 13.Fowler refused to cave.He reached the par-5 15th in two from 239 yards out and his two-putt birdie pulled him into a tie for the lead. Grace then pulled his tee shot into the water at the short par-4 17th, hit his third shot into the bunker after a penalty and took a bogey, giving Fowler a one-shot lead.Fowler drove the green on the 336-yard 17th and two-putted for birdie to stretch his lead to two shots.The drama didn’t end there.Grace got up-and-down for par from short right of the 18th green, finishing at 15 under after a 2-under 69. Fowler had another over-par round with a 54-hole lead — he’s 7 for 7 there — but birdied two of his final four holes to win from the third-round lead for the second time, with the 2017 Honda Classic the other.Fowler also had a double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole, becoming the first PGA Tour player to win with a double bogey and triple bogey or worse since 1983.“He really dug down and pulled it off,” Grace said.Fowler has experienced his share of heartbreak at the Phoenix Open. He had the 54-hole lead last year and shot a 2-over 73 to finish six shots behind Gary Woodlandr. In 2016, Fowler blew a two-shot lead with two holes to go before losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama, twice hitting it into the water on the drivable par-4 17th.None of it compared to what happened to him Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Mighty Sports hurdles toughest test yet, stays unbeaten in Dubai tilt Unable to catch a break, Fowler took it upon himself to create his own.Fowler shook off a bizarre triple bogey on No. 11 with clutch shots down the stretch, finally winning the tournament Sunday that had twice eluded him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I didn’t think it would be easy, but the way I was playing this week, I thought it would have been easier,” Fowler said. “It was kind of grind it out. I had a couple of tough breaks and had to deal with the punches — a couple big ones — but it feels good now.”After a pair of 64s and a 65, Fowler shot 3-over 74 in the final round on a soggy Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, highest by a winner in tournament history. He finished at 17-under 267 to beat Branden Grace by two shots for his fifth PGA Tour title. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rickie Fowler holds the champion’s trophy after the final round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale’s difficult par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water.Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now balls were rolling into hazards on their own.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

first_imgRohit Sharma led his side from the front with his fourth fifty this season as Mumbai Indians chased down Kolkata Knight Riders’ 174 for five with six wickets in hand and 12 balls to spare. However, it was Kieron Pollard’s innings that changed the complex of the game as he slammed a fiery 17-ball 51 not out to guide Mumbai to their fourth victory this season. (Match Report | Highlights | Points Table)Pollard joined Man of the Match Rohit Sharma (68*) after Mumbai were reduced to 106 for four in 13 overs. With Mumbai middle-order looking vulnerable and all hopes pinned on their skipper once again, Pollard wasted no time in easing the pressure off Rohit with some lusty blows. The West Indian peaked at the right moment timing everything that he hit with the bat to perfection and sending the Wankhede crowd into a frenzy with as many as six maximums in his blazing knock.”We batted brilliantly. Pollard’s form was crucial and he is peaking at the right time. This is going to be our last game here. The support has been superb here. I want to thank the crowd. Mumbai always enjoy perfect cricket. They have been wanting to see Pollard fire,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Wakhede or any other venue in Maharashtra will not host any IPL matches in May due to a severe drought situation in the state. Mumbai have picked Jaipur as the venue to host their remaining three home matches. A final call will be taken by the IPL governing council on Friday.advertisement”It was a good game and we wanted this win badly We stuck to our plans though we dropped a lot of catches. I don’t know what’s our home venue. We will have to understand the conditions and adapt as soon as possible,” he said.Mumbai deserved to winKKR captain Gautam Gambhir denied to give any excuses for their loss, but praised the Mumbai Indians unit.”We are not going to give excuses. We did bowl well. We are also 15 runs short. I thought we needed an innings like Pollard did. At one stage, I thought we would get 190. They deserved to win. I am not going to take about the dew. The dew, toss is not in my hand,” Gambhir said.last_img read more

first_imgBatumi (Georgia) Sep 23 (PTI) Presence of Viswanathan Anand, three players over 2700 rated and two Grandmasters as support staff has heightened expectations from the Indian contingent competing in the 43rd Chess Olympiad here.The Indian men team will start as the fifth seed in the event which commenced here on Sunday .Registration of 185 countries in the open and 155 in the women’s section confirm that there is no other sporting event bigger than this than the FIFA world Cup. The FIDE, world chess federation, boasts off 188 countries as their affiliates.The expectations from the Indian men are the highest even though according to Anand they have already set very high standards to improve. The Indian men without Anand and P Harikrishna, the second highest ranked Indian ever, had finished third in the Olympiad at Norway in 2014 and in 2016 they had just fallen short of the podium by finishing fourth. “There is little place for improvement,” said Anand in a recently held press conference wherein all the players agreed that this is the first time they have offered great conditions to participate in the Olympiad. What Anand probably meant was that the Indian team have to eye for nothing less than gold this time.Harikrishna on board two, Vidit Gujrathi on three and B Adhiban and Krishnan Sasikiran handling the last board, one could not have wished for a better team from India this time. That said, the fifth seeding means there are four teams on paper who can better the Indian men. The biggest challenge comes from the United States that will have Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and newly crowned US champion Samuel Shankland.advertisementThe 11-rounds event will see the Russians as not being the hot favourite to win the title almost ever since the inception of the Olympiad. Seeded second, the Russian men are led by Vladimir Kramnik and have the services of Russian Billionaire Andrey FIlatov working as their captain.China is seeded third ahead of India and Ding Liren is likely to be the main stay. The fourth seeds are the Azerbaijanis who might just not go the distance.In the women’s section, the Indian think tank has again fielded the best team ever. Koneru Humpy, India’s first women to attain the Grandmaster title will be the cynosure of all eyes as she comes back to the board after a gap of almost two years. Humpy, by consent, is the second best woman player in the world after Yifan Hou of China who is giving the Olympiad a skip.While Humpy will don the first board, D Harika, Tania Sachdev, Eesha Karavade and Padmini Rout have the talent and the intention to make things fall in place. This time the newly appointed coach Jacob Aagaard also has services of two Indian Grandmasters which might just help in providing the finishing touch.The women team is also seeded fifth and their main challenge will come from China, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The Indians eves had finished fifth in the last Olympiad, not delivering the needful in absence of Humpy. PTI COR BSBSlast_img read more

first_imgRinku Singh has been making the right kind of noise less than a month away from the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2019. A quickfire 16-ball 52, followed by 29 runs in just 10 deliveries – both in the death overs – in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Rinku has shown quite a form.The 21-year-old southpaw achieved overnight limelight last year when Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for Rs 80 lakhs after a string of swashbuckling performances for UP at the same tournament last year.But his inability to carry the same form at the IPL couple of months later meant many doubted if the Aligarh boy has it in him to thrive at the big stage.However, a marauding show at the recently concluded Ranji season – where he finished as the third-highest run-getter (953 runs in 10 matches) – the big hopes in Rinku have reignited.The UP stalwart himself feels that at the coming IPL, he will be the player everyone expected him to be.”After my first IPL season didn’t go well, I know I have a point to prove this year. I feel I am a much-improved player than I used to be last year. Now I am looking for that one opportunity when I go out and show my worth at a big competition like IPL,” a 5 feet 4 inches Rinku told Mail Today.The massive change in his batting performances – where he averaged an implausible 105.88 while managing a figure three times more than he did last season – didn’t happen overnight as the player sat down with his KKR academy coach Abhishek Nayar to deal with fallacies in his batting.advertisementNayar is renowned in the field of coaching for helping Indian batting stars like Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, and Robin Uthappa, who have often gone on lengths to praise the batting coach.It is the same reputation that urged Rinku to seek help from the Mumbaikar.”My morale was down after IPL failure and that’s why I decided to seek the help of Nayar sir during the off-season. I heard how he helped Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik improved their batting that’s why I decided to take his help,” revealed Rinku.During the long off-season, the 21-year-old spent time with Nayar in Mumbai and Bengaluru working on glitches in his technique, temperament, and his weak pull shot.”Nayar sir helped me change the way I approached my batting in all formats of the game and also worked on my technique and my pull shot, which I often struggled with. It has really paid a dividend as I don’t struggle with any of those issues anymore,” he explained.It has paid dividend indeed given how the opener saw out an entire day on the pitch on several occasion and amassed three centuries in Ranji while switching to a more aggressive role with ease in the on-going domestic T20 tournament.The left-hander, who often comes to bat as low as number six for his domestic side UP, naturally doesn’t get to see much of action with the bat as he has faced just 31 deliveries so far in four games. But Rinku holds no grudges over batting so lower down the order.”Team comes first for me. If management wants me to come down the order and down the heavy hitting, I am happy to do that. If tomorrow they ask me to bat at the top of the order, I will adjust accordingly,” concluded the confident cricketer.last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Kick It Out reveals racism, sexism and discrimination increase in UK football Stephen Crawford 07:01 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Say no to racism Getty Premier League Championship At a time when football has never been so popular, there is still an ugly side to the beautiful game – and it appears to be getting worse Racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination are continuing to rise at an alarming rate in UK football, a damning report revealed on Monday.Kick It Out, an organisation that campaigns for equality in the sport, released statistics that suggest discrimination reports have risen for a fifth consecutive year, with findings totaling a 16.7 per cent increase in the 2016-17 season.Four hundred and sixty-nine reports – 67 more than in 2015-16 – were filed from across the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League, non-league and grassroots fixtures, with intolerance on social media also taken into account. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A massive 48% of the total reports received in 2016-17 related to race, 21% related to sexual discrimination and 17% of the complaints related to religious faith. Kick It Out revealed that 56% of the grievances received pertained to incidents in the Premier League, 34% in the EFL, 9% at non-league level and 1% during international fixtures. Grievances in professional matches marked a 53% increase from the 2015-16 season.Intolerance reports GFX“Kick It Out’s reporting statistics for the 2016-17 season clearly indicate discrimination is still prevalent within the beautiful game,” Roisin Wood, Kick It Out’s CEO, said.“As we head towards the 25th anniversary of the organisation in August 2018, it is a timely reminder that there is still significant work to be done to ensure all participants can feel safe and included in the sport.“Whilst the statistics show a large proportion of reporting taking place within the professional game, Kick It Out is aware of the vast scale of under-reporting within the grassroots game. This is one of a number of challenges the football authorities must tackle going forward.”Kick It Out actively encourages all those involved across the game to report any discrimination they witness or suffer.”Discrimination across all levels of the English football can be reported on Kick It Out’s reporting app – available on the App Store and Google Play – including the option to file reports anonymously. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA post shared by L’Artusi (@lartusi) on Mar 29, 2018 at 7:43am PDT The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens center_img We weren’t the only ones who gravitated toward the dish, either. We spoke to Joe Vigorito, executive chef of  L’Artusi in New York City, about his own tailgating past. The most memorable thing for him? Kegs and eggs. While a student at Ohio State, he says, he learned how to cook for others and this dish was his first foray.“My roommates and I lived on Lane Ave, the main strip leading to the Horseshoe. We bored out an old refrigerator, breaking six drill bits in the process, and turned it into a kegerator,” he says. “Every Saturday morning during football season I would set up shop, cooking eggs with whatever we had on hand. Tomatoes, mushrooms, leftover greens from someone’s fancy dinner with their girlfriend the night before, usually lots of cheese. The line of people would come in our front door ready to fuel up for the game. It was during this time that I started to seriously consider culinary school.”Even back then, his kegs and eggs were something special, which is a lot more than we can say for our crack-eggs-in-pan-and-hope-for-the-best method.In honor of tailgating season returning, Vigorito has recreated the kegs and eggs of his youth and shared the recipe with us. Uovo in Purgatorio (Italian for “eggs in purgatory”) is full of fresh Italian flavors and incredibly easy to make (a hallmark of Neapolitan cuisine). You can make the entire thing on a grill as long as you have a cast iron pan.If you’re going to be using this for your next cookout and want to have the full kegs and eggs experience, we recommend Peroni, an Italian standard as far as beers go. You could also pick up some beer from Trader Joe’s or any of these cheap beers and it’ll still taste great. We promise.Uovo in PurgatorioCourtesy of Joe VigoritoIngredients:6 slices crusty Italian bread6 large eggs3 garlic cloves, sliced1 can of whole plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)2 oz diced pancetta2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped2 tbsp fresh basil, torn1 tbsp fresh rosemary, choppedRed pepper flakesSaltPepperRed mizuna or any tender peppery or lemony greens to garnish (chef also likes arugula or purslane)Optional: Any grated firm Italian Cheese to finish (ricotta salata, pecorino of parmigiano, etc.)Method:Heat a 12-inch cast iron pan on a medium flame on a grill.Add pancetta and olive oil and render until pancetta is crispy.Add sliced garlic and chopped rosemary and cook until garlic just begins to brown.Add tomatoes to pan and crush/break apart tomatoes with a wooden spoon or tongs.Season with red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt. Go sparingly on salt because pancetta will be salty.Cook until flavors meld and sauce begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.Add parsley and basil. Stir through.Crack eggs directly into sauce. Making small divots in the sauce will keep the eggs in place. Season eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.Close grill and cook until whites are set and yolks are still runny, about 6-8 minutes.While eggs are cooking, brush bread with olive oil and grill on both sides until golden brown. Rub bread with a garlic clove while still hot.Serve hot; get plenty of the sauce and top with greens and grated cheese if you like. Be sure to dunk the bread in any leftover sauce. College football season is back and with it comes the time-honored tradition of the tailgate. Every weekend, thousands of probably still-hungover college students gather in yards, parking lots, and wherever they can gather to drink beer, eat food, and maybe or maybe not actually give a damn about the two teams that are about to play on the field.Most games take place in the afternoon or the evening, giving you plenty of time to a) recover and b) prepare for the next round of drinking. But what about those pesky morning games when the sun hasn’t even hit its zenith until partway through the first quarter? You still need food, but it doesn’t really feel right to bust out a full rack of ribs just yet. (Unless it does feel right, then more power to you — check out these recipes).For most of us, we want something easy to make but still delicious. So, what did we land on? A classic, of course: kegs and eggs. View this post on Instagram Athletic Brewing Scores Big with Non-Alcoholic Beers that Actually Taste Goodlast_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday slammed the Election Commission after the commission rejected the demand of VVPAT counting prior to the ECM counting. The AAP also raised concern over the security of the EVMs in Delhi. “Decision of EC will lead to disaster, its a recipe for mass riots. It can lead to Civil War. If u first let political parties know the Winner & Loser, then will Winner allow elections to be set aside after VVPAT mismatch? Save this Country,” tweeted AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAdding to this AAP leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted, “If all the arguments of EC were accepted in past also, then no reform in the election process was needed. Starting from candidate affidavits, VVPAT or VVPAT counting. Everything cannot be correct just because EC says so. Faith comes with Facts and intent behind actions in past.” Delhi Chief Minister was also part of the all opposition delegation to the Election Commission which urged the EC to count all VVPAT. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLast week, The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the Delhi election commission had got polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi parliamentary seat after the national capital voted on May 12. The poll commission, however, refuted the allegations and said the Delhi chief electoral officer would meet senior leaders of the AAP on Saturday to clear their doubts. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said the party had received “credible information” about the alleged poll code violation. The same allegation was leveled by AAP’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha who said that presiding officers were being summoned by the EC and are being asked to “re-create” and “re-sign” EVM related documents. Both the leaders, however, did not substantiate their claims with evidence.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s proposed marijuana legislation will, if passed, establish regulations to govern the sale of recreational pot in the province. Here are some highlights of the new bill:—Sets the legal age to use, buy or cultivate marijuana at 19.—Bans cannabis use in public places, workplaces and vehicles.—Creates a provincial retailer, a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which will open and operate 150 standalone stores to sell cannabis by 2020. The first 40 will open by July 2018, with that number rising to 80 by July 2019.—Establishes a penalty structure to crack down on illegal storefront dispensaries. The maximum fine for unlawful cannabis sales by an individual is set at $250,000 and two years less a day in jail. For corporations, the fines range from $25,000 to $1 million. That same fine structure also applies to landlords (individual and corporate property owners) who knowing allow illegal marijuana sales on their property.—Establishes fines of $200 for people under 19 who are convicted of cannabis possession or consumption while also allowing for diversion, instead of the fine, into programs focused on education and prevention.—Under the proposed rules, young or novice drivers (with a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence) would face licence suspensions from three to 30 days and fines from $250 to $450 if they have drugs or alcohol in their system. Currently, young and novice drivers face a 24-hour licence suspension and no monetary penalty.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Some employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are experiencing significant delays due to an increase in demand this year for migrant workers in Canada.The federal government says the volume of applications is up almost 25 per cent over last year — a development it says is partly because of Canada’s low unemployment rates.Employers who want to hire migrant workers in the “low-skill stream” are now waiting more than 100 days to find out if their labour market impact assessments (LMIA) will be approved. These assessments are necessary to prove the employer needs to hire temporary workers and that there are no Canadian workers available for the jobs.Processing times for the “high-wage stream” are 85 days.“Unemployment is at a historic low, reaching levels that have not been seen since 1976. While this economic success is good for business, it is also creating challenges for employers who are struggling to find enough workers to meet demand,” said Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.“The temporary-foreign-worker program continues to experience an increased volume of labour market impact assessment applications across Canada. Recognizing the urgency of the labour shortage in Quebec and the rest of Canada, our government is taking steps to improve service delivery for the TFW program.”Jerry Amirault, a spokesman for the Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, says seafood processors across Atlantic Canada have been experiencing acute shortages in labour, which is why the sector has been increasingly reliant on migrant workers.A recent study, funded in part by the federal government, shows the situation is projected to worsen if nothing is done. In 2017, 1,800 job vacancies went unfilled in the region due to the lack of fish-plant workers and an additional 2,500 workers will be needed over the next five years to replace retirees, according to the report.“There’s no large families in rural areas with eight and 10 children, so there’s nobody filling in for the workers that have been there for some time, so our dependence on bringing in foreign workers is greater,” Amirault said.“When (government) makes it difficult to get them, what are we left with? We’ve got situations that you wouldn’t believe.”He said one seafood processing plant recently had to use its office workers to help out on the processing floor and the owner of the company had to help weigh lobsters as they came in from fishermen’s boats.“That’s how short-staffed they are. They couldn’t open one of their plants in Nova Scotia for the crab season because (the migrant workers) hadn’t arrived.”Amirault says his industry has been experiencing additional delays on the immigration side, due to a recent change that has seen migrant workers having to submit to biometric screening. He says the labour and immigration departments don’t communicate with each other on these files, which causes further frustrations.Leah Nord of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says delays in getting temporary foreign workers will have significant financial consequences for some companies.Canadian business across the country and across sectors use migrant workers, but they have a lot of frustration with the red tape involved, Nord said.“If there are even more delays, that’s just going to increase the frustration.”The group has been calling for a modernization of the application process, including the introduction of a “trusted employer” program, which could streamline applications for businesses with a proven record of following all the rules of program.In 2017, former auditor general Michael Ferguson flagged concerns about the management of the foreign-worker program, including employers who often hired migrant workers without first demonstrating they had exhausted all other options for finding local workers and applications that were frequently approved without being challenged.In response, the government has been stepping up employer inspections and has been publishing the names of those caught breaking the rules. To date, 168 companies have been cited for infractions and given fines or bans on using the program for a set length of time.Nord says the vast majority of Canadian companies follow all the rules and should not be counted among the “few bad apples.” She says businesses are experiencing increased labour shortages as more Baby Boomers retire, which means employers are increasingly turning to skilled migrants to fill job vacancies.Hajdu’s department says it is addressing the processing delays, including spending $3.4 million to hire more employees to process applications.Simard says the department is considering the chamber’s request for a trusted-employer program and is developing an online application portal to modernize and streamline the application process.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: A month of talks between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), has failed to produce a deal. Citing “outrageous rollbacks,” the union’s national board on Sunday voted unanimously to send out strike authorization ballots to its members, the organization’s website indicates, unless a deal is reached by Friday, when the current contract expires. That last implies that talks are still continuing.The vote came after a report from the negotiating committee.In order to pass, a strike authorization vote would require a 75 percent yes vote from those voting. Even that would not necessarily mean a strike, but it would up the likelihood of one dramatically, since starting July 1, the union will be working without a contract. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Calgary International Film Festival broke attendance records again this year, with an estimated 40,000 people taking in films over 12 days.While official numbers had yet to be calculated, organizers are certain attendance will surpass last year’s record-breaking 36,693.“We know from talking to the audience at past festivals that the general audience is really enjoying the festival and they themselves are spreading the word,” executive director Steve Schroeder said Sunday evening. “I also believe the programming of the festival continues to get better. This year we had a large growth in the number of films submitted.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement On Sunday night, the festival closed with a party announcing both jury prizes and audience choice awards. Calgarian Matt Embry’s Living Proof, a documentary that questions conventional treatments of multiple sclerosis based on the filmmaker’s own experiences with the disease, won for best Alberta feature. The film sold out all three of its screenings this year.READ MORElast_img read more

first_imgLondon: A cornered Theresa May issued a stark warning to the warring factions within the UK Parliament that the choice was between agreeing on a withdrawal agreement or risk no Brexit at all. In her latest statement from Downing Street on Saturday evening, the British Prime Minister sought to defend her move to reach out to Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to break the ongoing parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBecause Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all, she said. My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons, she added. Her latest intervention comes amid a mounting mutiny within her own Conservative Party for sitting down with Corbyn to thrash out a solution, which will inevitably take the form of a so-called soft Brexit given Labour’s preference for a common Customs Union with the EU as part of any future relationship with the economic bloc. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the British PM highlighted that it was either that or not leaving the 28-member economic bloc at all and reneging on the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit. She said: The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line. In a clear attempt at placating her hard Brexiteer party MPs, May insisted that there are areas where the two main UK parties, Conservatives and Labour, agree. We both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs. That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit, she stressed. May is set for another trip to Brussels next week to follow up on her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking a short extension to Article 50 until June 30. However, it remains to be seen what the remaining EU member countries will be willing to agree to, with any decision on an extension to the Brexit mechanism requiring their unanimous backing. The UK has already sought one extension to the March 29 Brexit deadline and is set to crash out of the bloc on April 12 unless an alternative arrangement is agreed with the EU. British MPs have rejected May’s EU divorce bill three times over the controversial Irish backstop clause and last week’s talks between the two main parties were aimed at trying to find a proposal which could break the deadlock in the Commons before an emergency EU summit on Wednesday. However, the three days of meetings stalled without agreement on Friday. Corbyn has said he was “waiting to see the red lines move” and had not “noticed any great change in the government’s position”. He is himself under pressure from his MPs to demand another referendum on any deal he reaches with the government, with 80 Labour MPs signing a letter saying a public vote should be the “bottom line” in the negotiations.last_img read more

The Secretary-General sent the letter after President Gbagbo requested the set up of an International Commission of Inquiry. He said the panel’s mandate should enable it to establish the facts and circumstances that led to the current crisis in order to shed light on the human rights and humanitarian rights violations – as well as fighting against a culture of impunity.The Secretary-General also says that the establishment of such a commission “is in the spirit of the Linas-Marcoussis agreement,” the French-brokered peace accord signed and adopted in Paris last month establishing a two-year power-sharing arrangement between the Ivoirian Government, rebels and political opposition.The commission should determine the nature and identify those responsible for human rights and humanitarian rights violations committed in Côte d’Ivoire since 19 September 2002, the letter says. The panel will have to recommend measures that will put an end to impunity and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice and that the victims and their families are compensated. It will also have to specifically investigate acts committed by the so-called “Death Squads” and other such groups.Meanwhile, a UN spokesman in New York said an advance UN team is scheduled to leave Geneva today to see whether the conditions are right for deployment of the Commission. The team – comprising experts from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Political Affairs, as well as one forensics expert – will begin work this weekend in Côte d’Ivoire to determine what cooperation such an investigation would receive. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2014 2:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta will not appeal court ruling that allows woman to sue over fracking ROSEBUD, Alta. – Alberta will not appeal a court ruling that says a woman can sue the province over hydraulic fracturing that she alleges has so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.Jessica Ernst began legal action against Alberta’s energy regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana (TSX:ECA) in 2007, and amended her statement of claim in 2011 to include Alberta Environment.Last month, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the government’s application to strike it from the lawsuit.An Alberta Justice spokeswoman gave no reason for the government’s decision not to appeal.Ernst alleges fracking on her land northeast of Calgary released hazardous amounts of chemicals such as methane into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.She says she is delighted and surprised by the province’s decision not to appeal and is looking forward to reading the government’s statement of defence.“After seven arduous years a stunning victory stands,” Ernst said Tuesday from her home in the hamlet of Rosebud. “The truth will have its day in court.”In its statement of defence, Encana has denied all of Ernst’s allegations.In September, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld another ruling that said Ernst could not include the province’s energy regulator in her lawsuit.Ernst said she is seeking leave to appeal the September ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, nitrogen, sand and chemicals at high pressure underground to fracture rock and allow natural gas or oil to flow through wells to the surface.— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

first_imgDo you know anyone who hasn’t played Angry Birds? I’m finding it hard to locate someone that hasn’t, and even harder to find someone who doesn’t recognize the name at least. Like it or not, Angry Birds is uber-popular with casual gamers, but those who are veteran players may be getting a bit tired of the mechanics in the run up to the launch of Angry Birds Space. Fear not, there is a solution that requires a new skill for playing the game, and it comes courtesy of mbed who specialize in rapid prototyping with microcontrollers.A company that sells microcontrollers and supporting software is obviously going to come up with a physical addition for the game, and mbed haven’t disappointed. They’ve managed to build a real slingshot that interfaces with the game over a USB connection.The finished slingshot is recognized by a PC as a mouse. In reality, it takes the input of pulling back the real slingshot using a rubber stretch sensor and translates it into the expected mouse input. The angle of the shot is controlled by an accelerometer and all depends on the angle the slingshot is held at by the player.The accelerometer and stretch sensors are hooked up to an mbed NXP LPC11U24 board that uses a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Core. A USB connector is then attached to allow connection with a PC. All supporting code for the project was written in C++. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper slingshot without being handcrafted from a piece of wood. mbed selected an appropriate branch and bored out the insides so as to fit the electronics and USB connector. I think you’ll agree, the finished slingshot certainly looks the part.The good news is, there’s nothing to stop you making this slingshot for yourself. All the components are widely available and relatively cheap to buy, and mbed have released instructions and code for creating their prototype at the link below.Read more at mbedlast_img read more

first_imgDora Bakoyannis, leader of the Democratic Alliance party in Greece, has appealed to the Greek Australian community to lend its support to their county of origin. The former New Democracy minister who was expelled from ND in 2010, told The Australian Financial Review this week that the experience of Australia’s Greek community showed that Greece could find solutions to its problems and pay its debts. “Greece is a country that deserves the support of its friends and in Australia we have many,” said Bakoyannis from Athens, as she followed the discussions to form Greece’s new government of national unity. “The Australian case shows to our friends that the problem is not our DNA but the way that this country was run. If you look at Australia you see you have a Greek minority… an honest one, a prosperous one who pays taxes. “Yet practically the same Greeks in Greece fail. They fail because we built a state which was mismanaging everything.” Bakoyannis served as foreign minister between 2006 and 2009, narrowly losing the leadership contest after New Democracy was ousted by Pasok in September 2009. Her expulsion from ND came in May last year when she crossed the floor to vote with Pasok in order to pass the first round of austerity measures. She remains a staunch advocate for the medicine the Greek economy needs to re-establish its health, if the austerity is shared out fairly. “We must understand that for the few years to come, the decision-making will be a common decision between everybody who lends us the money,” the former minister told the Australian press. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more