San Francisco: Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has relaunched Tesla’s solar panel services, claiming that it could save a user about $500 a year. Musk took to Twitter on Sunday to ask followers what they thought about the relaunch. “Lmk what you think,” wrote the entrepreneur with a link to the new website. Besides California, solar panel rentals would be offered in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico, Engadget reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year According to Tesla’s website, one can rent solar power panels or solar roofs for as little as $50 a month and that cost included panel installation, hardware, and ongoing maintenance. Musk said consumers could cancel anytime, although according to the Tesla website, there was a $1,500 charge to remove panels and restore the roof to its previous condition. In June, Musk tweeted that he hoped to manufacture about 1,000 solar rooftops a week by the end of 2019.
OTTAWA – Rideau Hall is conducting a sweeping review of all the events and organizations the Governor General has supported, in some cases for decades, to determine which will remain tied to the Crown’s representative in Canada and what form that connection may take.Among those events are ones involving groups which have the patronage of the Governor General.Groups usually re-apply for patronage when a new Governor General takes office and wait a few months for approval.But approvals have taken longer than normal since Gov. Gen. Julie Payette took office and several historically backed organizations are still waiting for decisions. Events that the Governor General has hosted at Rideau Hall in the past, including a prestigious journalism award created by a former viceregal, have also been left in planning limbo as Rideau Hall determines which events will stay on the agenda, which will go and which will be done differently.Sources connected to Rideau Hall, speaking on condition of anonymity said there are growing concerns that the delays hint at larger issues at Rideau Hall that go beyond the normal hiccups associated with a change of office-holder and the arrival of many new staffers, including Payette’s top aide.A spokeswoman for Rideau Hall said new governors general usually review events and activities.“When a new governor general takes office, it is a normal process for the office of the secretary to the governor general to define objectives for the new mandate and review the different events and activities,” Rideau Hall spokeswoman Marie-Eve Letourneau said.“The governor general receives thousands of event invitations on an annual basis; each of these events is assessed individually, taking into account logistical and scheduling considerations.”Briefing material provided to Payette over the summer when she was tabbed as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s choice for Rideau Hall hinted at the blistering schedule maintained by the viceregal and the 150-strong support staff at Rideau Hall.A typical year involves more than 500 events, visits to dozens of communities, trips abroad for diplomatic reasons and to visit troops as Canada’s commander-in-chief, and signing off on 10,000 honours as well as thousands of government decisions and legislation.The schedule traditionally includes a gala for the Michener Award for public service journalism created in 1970 by then-governor general Roland Michener. The foundation behind the award typically starts planning with Rideau Hall in late April, announces the nominees and award date around now and then hands out the award in early June.But the review has left planning in limbo. In a release announcing fellowship winners, the foundation said this week that the award winner “will be announced during at ceremony held at a later time.”Foundation president Alan Allnutt said organizers aren’t panicking about the delay yet — there are still a couple of weeks before organizers will have to consider backup plans. Allnutt said longtime members of the foundation recall similar delays in the past, particularly when there was a new governor general and there have been years that the event wasn’t held at Rideau Hall at all.Payette has yet to move in to the official residence at Rideau Hall, which underwent a $1.7 million renovation to update heating and air conditioning systems, replace lights and make a washroom accessible, among other work. The work started in September is expected to be done this spring. Payette’s office couldn’t confirm a date for when she will move in.In the meantime, National Capital Commission, which oversees maintenance for the six official residences in and around Ottawa, is finalizing plans for the future of the prime minister’s official residence.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family now live at Rideau Cottage, a heritage home on the Rideau Hall grounds, on account of the well-documented repair needs at 24 Sussex Drive.A commission spokesman said officials are updating surveys of 24 Sussex, including the main home and four ancillary buildings, and testing for asbestos among other work “to ensure the federal government is able to make a prudent and informed decision” about what should happen to house.
The Canadian Press BURNABY, B.C. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a surprise appearance at an annual street festival in Burnaby, B.C., after meeting with the mayor and representatives of the city’s fire department.Trudeau shook hands and posed for selfies before stepping up onto a fire truck to deliver a short campaign-style speech.The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau discussed local issues such as housing during his meeting with Mayor Mike Hurley.The mayor is among residents who are opposed to the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would more than triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing from the Edmonton area to a port in Burnaby.The federal government is expected to announce a decision on the future of the project later this month after starting further consultations with Indigenous communities.Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the opening of an international women’s conference in Vancouver on Monday.
Casablanca – Argentinian professor, Adalberto Carlos Agozino, said that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has used a practical approach of political solidarity with several African countries. In an article published by news agency Total News, the Argentinian political analyst states that King Mohammed VI has implemented concrete measures that have supported the concerns he has expressed for Africa.“King Mohamed VI, has constantly provided evidence of his concern for Africa through concrete measures going beyond words,” said Agozino. The Argentinian expert noted that Morocco’s growing contribution to the resolution of African conflicts, through active participation in United Nations’ peacekeeping missions, its diplomatic experience, the release of humanitarian aid and scholarships, the training of imams and the deployment of field hospitals, provethat King Mohammed VI always attaches concrete actions to his words.”Agozino went on to add that Morocco’s policy towards Africa focuses on three areas: promoting peace and security, committing to its economic and social development, as well as maintaining solidarity with the continent.Agozino, who is a John F. Kennedy University professor, mentioned King Mohammed VI’s initiative in Juba in Southern Sudan, where he ordered the deployment of a multi-specialty field hospital to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country.According to Agozino, this initiative reflects Morocco’s “pioneering and natural role” as an active partner within the African continent.Describing the hospital, Adalberto Carlos Agozino said “This state-of-the-art field hospital with a capacity of 30 beds, can be expanded to 60, employs 20 specialist physicians, 18 nurses, and will provide medical services in various specialties, including pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, traumatology, Dentistry, ophthalmology and ENT (ear, nose and throat).”The Argentinian professor pointed out that that Morocco’s presence in Africa will take on a new dimension during the expected return of the Kingdom to the African Union at the AU summit scheduled on January 30 and 31 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Agozino added that the role of leadership played by Morocco and its dynamic diplomacy have gone beyond the continent.
Rabat – For the first time in 13 years, a Harvest Moon will fall on a Friday 13th. A Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the September equinox each year when the face of the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun.The Harvest Moon occurs every year and marks the beginning of autumn. The rare thing about this moon is that it falls on what is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year in Western superstition, leading people to call it the “spooky full moon.”A full moon this Friday 13th? Time to get spoopy — Sarita Bee (@quesarita21) September 10, 2019The fear of Friday 13th is believed to have originated in the 13th century, but the exact origin of the superstition continues to be debated. But, in many cultures, 13 is considered to be an unlucky number and Friday has also been associated with bad luck, so the two combined strikes fear into the hearts of the superstitious. September Full Moon is on Friday 13th.My four wicked brain cells: pic.twitter.com/ew9wfRfOhY— T0NEδ (@GiinTonic) September 8, 2019According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day.There is even a specific term for the phobia: friggatriskaidekaphobia. The word, which is over 100 years old, is made up of a combination of the Norse and Greek roots words for ‘Friday’ (Paraskeví), ’13’ (dekatreís) and ‘fear’ (phobia).Over the years, studies have been conducted, particularly in the US, to determine whether the day actually increases the chances of unlucky things such as accidents occurring. No significant correlation has ever been found.The day has also held cultural relevance in the West thanks to the American horror franchise Friday the 13th, which has had 12 sequels as well as a series of spinoffs and is believed to be one of the most successful media franchises of all time.A full moon also has spooky connotations in many cultures. One widespread belief is that the full moon causes people to act strangely, which lead to words such as lunacy and lunatic being derived from the Latin word “luna.”The combination of the two leads to a perfect storm for superstitious people this Friday. The next time the date coincides with a full moon won’t happen until 2049.Read also: Moonshot Morocco to Welcome Rocket Scientist Jordan Noone
The lack of significant progress in reducing poverty in the world’s 50 poorest and most vulnerable countries – even as they posted sharply improved economic performance – dominated discussions at the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown told the meeting that although the least developed countries have experienced higher economic growth, greater exports and larger investment inflows over the past five years, and despite some progress on reducing maternal and child mortality and increasing universal primary enrolment, the progress has had “minimum impact where it is most needed: in the fight against extreme poverty.”Mr. Malloch Brown said efforts to assist the least developed countries must be expanded and accelerated by further securing development on the stable bedrock of democracy, human rights and good governance and “by making globalization work at least as much for the poor as for the rich.” UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury, who is also the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, acknowledged the economic growth but added that “the distribution at the grassroots level is not there.” He called for democratic governance to address the issue because “the poorest should have a voice in the decisions that affect them.”This year’s General Assembly meeting is reviewing progress on an agreement forged five years ago in Brussels aimed at assisting the LDCs. The meeting is expected to conclude tomorrow with a resolution reaffirming countries’ commitments toward meeting the goals that were agreed in Brussels.Mr. Chowdhury said although there had been increased support from the international community, and that assistance to the poorest countries had increased by 25 per cent, most of these countries will not be able to reach the UN-agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets for addressing a host of global ills by the year 2015.General Assembly President Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told delegates that the number of people living in extreme poverty in the least developed countries, who now number 370 million, could grow by an additional 100 million over the next decade. “But we can be encouraged, that unlike in previous centuries, we now have the know-how and the resources to make a real and long lasting difference.”According to a report of the Secretary-General prepared for the High-Level Meeting, governance has improved in the LDCs since world leaders adopted the Programme of Action for LDCs in Brussels in 2001.While conflicts in the LDCs have decreased in number since 2001, according to the report, these countries still suffer disproportionately from civil unrest, with half of the UN’s 16 active peace operations being in LDCs. The report cites poverty and underdevelopment as a breeding ground for unrest in the LDCs.The Secretary-General’s report calls for increased investment in education, health, clean water, sanitation, physical infrastructure and rural and agricultural development. It also calls for expanded international support, including greater and better aid, accelerated debt relief and better market access for LDCs coupled with support for improving export capacity.
Ken Hughes named energy minister as Alberta Premier Redford unveils new cabinet EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford trimmed her cabinet Tuesday, rewarding some veterans and promoting a controversial rookie to the critical post of energy minister.Ken Hughes, a first-time legislature member from Calgary, replaces defeated cabinet minister Ted Morton as the point man for the province’s wellspring oil and gas industry.Veteran cabinet minister Doug Horner, the current Treasury Board president, becomes the government’s top money man by adding Finance to his portfolio.Solicitor General Jonathan Denis is now also attorney general and justice minister.The cabinet has 19 members, including Redford, which is two less than the pre-election group.“We are a government that I think has been forged through a pretty tough election,” Redford told reporters after her cabinet was sworn in by Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell in a ceremony at Government House.“And (we) have a very strong commitment to the direction that we as Progressive Conservatives have and the responsibility that we have to actively lead government.”Hughes, 58, has been a key member of Redford’s inner circle and was a federal Conservative MP from 1988 to 1993.His most recent job was a three-year stint as chair of Alberta Health Services, the amalgamated superboard tasked with delivering front-line care throughout the province.In that role he became a lightning rod for critics who charged the system was falling off the rails.Earlier this year, the Health Quality Council delivered a scathing review of the superboard’s performance.It found that on Hughes’ watch, wait times for care shot well beyond the national average. Patients were suffering without medication for hours in emergency departments. Palliative care patients were meeting undignified ends lying on gurneys in hospital hallways.The council said it also found evidence of a systematic intimidation of doctors who spoke out on poor patient care. Some were verbally abused, stripped of hospital privileges or run out of the system altogether.Hughes stepped down as head of Alberta Health Services last December. He successfully ran for the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in Calgary-West to replace the retiring Ron Liepert and then won the riding in the April 23 general election.Opposition Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said she fears Hughes will do for energy what he did for health care.“Mr. Hughes has a lot to answer for as the chair of the Alberta Health Services superboard, which oversaw almost the complete failure of our health care system,” said Smith.“Having him in the most important position — the energy portfolio — which is the most important ministry for the health of our economy, has me concerned.”Hughes acknowledged the slings and arrows but said, “The people of Calgary-West spoke and I think the answer was quite clear.”He was one of a handful of newly elected Tory members to get a seat in cabinet.Ric McIver, the former Calgary city councillor who lost the mayoral race to Naheed Nenshi in 2010, takes over Transportation from the defeated Ray Danyluk.Businessman Stephen Khan is the new minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. Former Advanced Education minister Greg Weadick was punted down the ladder to become associate minister to Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths.Former Calgary school principal Christine Cusanelli takes over for the defeated Jack Hayden as Tourism minister.Cusanelli was not at the swearing in. Redford said her new minister was on vacation with her family and had been caught in an understandable dilemma: to go on a planned trip this week or call the premier’s office and presumptuously inquire whether she should hang around for a possible cabinet post.“She was quite surprised to hear she was in cabinet and that’s one of the reasons she’s going to make a good cabinet minister,” said Redford. “She’s very humble.”Redford made some organizational changes, including merging Justice with the solictor general’s department and adding Sustainable Resources to the Environment portfolio.The Seniors department will now be part of Health, and Aboriginal Relations will get its own ministry under former whip Robin Campbell.The role of deputy premier has also changed. Former Education minister Thomas Lukaszuk will assume the job and, in a break from tradition, will not have a separate department to manage.Lukaszuk said his role will likely increase as the premier works on larger files such as the integrated national energy strategy.“She is putting together a very aggressive policy agenda (and) a very aggressive legislative agenda,” said Lukaszuk.“It is a task that will need to be carried out by more than one person.”Opposition NDP Leader Brian Mason called it a trophy post.“Appointing Thomas Lukaszuk as the deputy premier without a department to supervise effectively creates a hood ornament for the government,” said Mason. “It’s decorative, but it has no practical function. And it costs more.”The cabinet leaves the south under-represented. The Wildrose party swept the region south of Calgary in the election, leaving three Tories: Weadick and Bridget Pastoor in Lethbridge and Ron Casey in Banff-Cochrane.None made it to cabinet, but Redford stressed the south will not be left behind.“We are a government of all Alberta,” she said.Former attorney general Verlyn Olson takes over from the defeated Evan Berger in Agriculture.Two-term Grande Prairie member Wayne Drysdale is moving from the backbench to the Infrastructure post.A number of ministers are keeping the jobs assigned to them last fall when Redford won the Tory leadership.Dave Hancock remains as government house leader and the head of the sprawling Human Services Department.The other retained ministers are: Manmeet Bhullar (Service Alberta), Cal Dallas (Intergovernmental, International Affairs), Heather Klimchuk (Culture), Diana McQueen (Environment), and Fred Horne (Health).The premier plans to recall the legislature in two weeks to pick a Speaker to replace Ken Kowalski, who retired. 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“The days of the so-called Da’esh caliphate in Iraq are numbered” and discussions on how to rebuild the country had begun, Ján Kubiš, Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said in a “briefing to the Council, where he announced that UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently received the long-awaited submission of the Iraqi Forces Coalition’s vision of a national settlement. Moreover, the recent “Turkmen Forum” held in Baghdad served as an inclusive platform for the sharing of reconstruction visions.Mr. Kubiš went on to stress that the imminent defeat of ISIL must also provide an urgent impetus to address the needs of minorities, especially their ability to return to their homes. The return of all internally displaced persons to all liberated areas must be a top priority, as should tackling increasing incidents of kidnapping and paying sustained attention to upcoming elections in 2017 and 2018.“National reconciliation can only succeed if it reflects the aspirations of the population, including women and youth,” he said, adding that women and youth, who make up more than half of Iraq’s population, are key constituencies. With this in mind, he noted that UNAMI has convened seven separate forums across the country: in Basra, Erbil, Najaf, Diyala, Sulaymanyah, Kirkuk, and Baghdad, bringing together over 750 young participants from all Iraqi provinces. Urging Baghdad and Erbil to leverage their joint efforts against ISIL and to address such issues as border disputes and building a “functional federation” based on partnership, Mr. Kubiš noted that senior officials in Kurdistan recently announced their intention to hold a referendum on the region’s future later in 2017. They had indicated, he continued, that their aim was to “show the world the will of the people” on the status of Kurdistan, rather than assert independence immediately. Meanwhile, Turkey’s Armed Forces maintained their relentless air attacks against PKK fighters, he said, citing Ankara’s declarations that they would continue in order to deny sanctuary to the PKK. The Prime Minster had deplored the attack, he added.Noting that the overall rule of law remained weak, Mr. Kubiš said kidnapping was becoming an increasing problem, recalling that the National Intelligence Cell had met on 11 May to discuss the link between terrorism and organized crime, including kidnapping. The international community must vigorously pursue accountability for crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq, he said. Meanwhile, the issue of internally displaced persons remained critical, with some 700,000 people having fled their homes since mid-October, he noted. Hundreds of thousands of others remain in ISIL-controlled areas, suffering lack of food and water and often finding themselves caught in crossfire.Mr. Kubiš concluded by reporting on his recent visit to Kuwait, saying he had met with officials there on the issue of missing Kuwaiti nationals and property. They had voiced concern about the lack of progress on the ground, he said, urging the Government of Iraq promptly to fulfil its obligations under that file.
Sirovision is a photogrammetric data acquisition tool developed by Datamine and the CSIRO. It generates highly accurate, scaled 3D images of rock faces in open pit and underground mines. The new Sirovision 6 introduces sophisticated polyhedral block analysis and the ability to map structures across multiple mosaics. As a result, geotechnical engineers now are better equipped to identify potential hazards with a higher degree of certainty and accuracy. April also sees the release of Studio EM. Studio EM will replace Datamine product, Downhole Explorer and will be offered to new clients as well as existing customers through maintenance upgrades. Studio EM is a focussed productthat is tailor made for exploration needs. “Setting itself apart from other products in the geological exploration space, Studio EM will include point and string editing, wireframing, and basic block modelling and estimation functionality.”Studio EM will also have a full set of plotting functionality for producing section plots, plan plots, logs and reports, as well as comprehensive 3D viewing and the ability to publish 3D PDF files. This year sees a range of new releases and new versions of existing software solutions for mining and exploration from Datamine including Studio 5D Planner, Sirovision, Enhance Production Scheduler, Studio EM, Fusion 8 and Summit Data Management.The latest release of Studio 5D Planner, 14.24 is now available for download, bringing users a range of new features and speed enhancements. Studio 5D Planner now has the advanced intelligence to work out which design changes require re-processing. When running through the Preparation menu, only designs that require updating will be used to generate walls, points, and solids.“We understand how important speed and accuracy is to our customers so we have added various time saving enhancements to ensure users can complete their work in record time. To facilitate this, the duplicate point checking algorithm has been improved to provide substantial performance improvements to walls and point creation for all design types. Previously, the time taken was proportional to the number of points squared. Now it is proportional to the number of points. For 100 points it is now 100 times faster and for 1,000 points it is now 1,000 times faster.Users can expect a performance boost across all processes thanks to improved database synchronising routines. A new routine for creating derived wireframes significantly speeds up this process.” Significant improvements have also been made to Enhance Production Scheduler (EPS), Datamine’s scheduling solution which integrates directly with Studio 5D Planner. New EPS features included in this release are stockpile management, where users can now create stockpiles and plant destinations, and produce to and from these. Templates for auto-assigning resources have been introduced. This allows filters to be used to assign resources to tasks. An option to consider targets during levelling is available and a new Timeline view can be toggled on andoff above the bar chart and gives overview of project duration and zoom status. A new Schedule comparison tool allows users to do a side by side comparison of two schedules to highlight differences. In-line editing is now available for actuals. When actuals are tracked and displayed on the bar chart they can now be edited directly onthe bar chart. Project notes are now accessible in docking window that can be displayed at any time. Summit Data Management is being released to customers progressively throughout 2015. “At Datamine we have embraced the cloud and been working hard to deliver simple, easy to use cloud-based applications that add value formining technical departments. Summit data management functionality provides an elegant solution to age-oldproblems associated with storage, sharing and publishing of technical files across mining organisations. Summit ‘understands’ mining files and provides field mapping facilities that flow through to automated reports. Users can visualise their data in 3D streaming over the web, without installing any special applications. You get peace of mind with inbuilt security features, off-site backup of files, and secure sharing with specified users. Upcoming releases of our desktop products will link seamlessly with Summit data management, so you can upload and retrieve files from the cloud from within your geology or mine planning project.”Finally, Fusion8 is a comprehensive solution for geological data management. “Fusion8 is loaded with a range of newfeatures that increase efficiency, whilst providing a high level of transparency and auditability to ensure regulatory compliance. Thanks to a new cloud-hosted option in this latest release, users now have the choice to store their Fusion Central database on the cloud, eliminating the expense of on premise IT and database administration. This service enables users to focus fully on their drilling and sampling programs rather than IT system administration.Fusion8 introduces a new service layer that provides huge speed increases for Check In/Check Out operations.
A rather strange result occured in the final preparation game between Germany and Romania ahead of the European Championship in Serbia 2012, this coming December. The German girls won with huge unbelievable 30:9 (16:4). This is definitely a shocking result knowing that Gheorghe Tadici has quite good players on his disposal. Whether this result will might mean how the teams will perform at the upcoming championship, we shall see in about one week time.Germany: Schülke, Woltering; Zapf (3/1), Klein, Lang, Augsburg (2), A. Müller (1), Naidzinavicius (3), Loerper (2/1), Hubinger (1), Steinbach (4), Althaus (6), S. Müller (2), Geschke (4), Wohlbold (2), LützRomania: Smedescu, Tolnai, Ungureanu; Tacalie, Pintea (2), Nechita (2), Neagu, Bradeanu, Manea, Meirosu, Curea, Vadineanu (2/1), Hotea (1), Geiger (1), Paraschiv, Vizitiu, Buceschi (1)source: dhb.de ← Previous Story Lackovic out at least January, might miss the World Championship Next Story → Join 7th “KEMPA 4 SPORT CUP” in Presov! althausgermanyRomania
← Previous Story HSV Handball without Adrian Pfahl in next five weeks! Next Story → MKB Veszprem beat PSG again! DohaEl JaishF.C BarcelonaHSV HandballIHF Super Globe 2013Qatar handball IHF Super Globe began with a surprise. HSV got only a point against El Jaish 29:29 (13:13) with the last second goal from Kentin Mahe from 7-meter. Qatari team played without the biggest star Markussen, but was very good with TOP scorer Zoran Roganovic (7 goals). Obviously, German champion came to Doha tired after two tough matches with Fuchse Berlin.STATISTICSF.C Barcelona had easy job against Qatari Al Rayyan 38:25 with good 60 minutes from Lazarov, Karabatic and Tomas (6), while the best player in defeated team was Croatian goalkeeper, Vlado Bozic with 13 saves.STATISTICSAt the oppening match Etoile Sportive du Sahel beat Taubate 29 : 24 (14 : 11).STATISTICSphoto: IHF
One potato, two potato, three potato…Choosing teams and who was “it” was a game in itself. Source: Minus2. Red RoverPlayers formed two lines, linking hands and facing each other, with one team calling a member of the other team “over”.Red Rover, Red Rover let Patrick come over.Patrick would belt across the yard, hell for leather, determined to break the other team’s links.If he succeeded he returned triumphant, bringing another team member with him.If he failed, he was absorbed into the opposing team.Strength, speed, fearlessness and the threat of broken limbs meant that Red Rover was a king among yard games. Source: maxintosh3. ElasticsElastics was a game that could be hindered by lack of resources.It required an enormous elastic band which was placed around the ankles of two “anchor” players.The band could be fashioned from elastic thread, smaller elastic bands tied together or in times of great need, pairs of tights robbed from your mother.The owner of the “elastic” was someone to be revered and respected, lest they refuse to bring it into school the next day.The dominant rhyme for the game went:England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales… inside, outside, inside, scales.As each player successfully jumped between and onto the elastics, they were risen from ankle to calf to knee, and to thigh height for the most skilled of players.The scarcity of the elastics coupled with the difficulty rating made this game a formidable joy. Source: WordPress4. Tip the CanThe one poor unfortunate chosen to be “it” was tasked with guarding the “can” (bin, gate pillar, jumper etc) while everyone else legged it off to hide.After a spell of counting “it” went on the hunt for those hiding, all the while being mindful of the can. Anyone caught was sent to “jail”.If someone managed to dart up and tip the can, their jailed comrades were freed.The adrenalin rush associated with getting close enough to the can to tip it was second to none.5. ChasingThis could take many forms; standard chasing, link chasing, blindfold chasing… and the most intriguing of them all, kiss chasing. Source: Laughingsquid6. BulldogRed Rover is said to be a descendant of Bulldog (sometimes called British Bulldog), which consists of one person being “it” while everyone else stampedes passed them.If “it” manages to catch someone, then they become “it”.Treacherous and at times life-threatening, Bulldog was still one of the best games in the yard (until a teacher stepped in and made you stop of course) Source: 99%: Meh7. Stuck in the mudA classic example of sticking it to the man, Stuck in the Mud involved one person being “it” and chasing the rest of the group.When one person was caught they were forced to stand with their arms outstretched until one of their free brethren set them loose by running under their arms or crawling through their legs.Take that, “it”!8. RoundersAlmost guaranteed to end in a fight, rounders is still a staple of sports days and school yards.Rows about whether the ball was in out of bounds, accidentally maiming someone when you flung the racquet away, and insufferable celebrating if you got a home run were all part and parcel of the game. Source: NickStenning9. SkippingA skill which, over time, could be honed and perfected to near-Olympian levels.Extra points if you could skip with a group, double dutch, or run into the rope blind.As with elastics, a long length of good, heavy rope could be difficult to come by, and the owner of said rope was a prince among men. Source: BlogSpot10. Duck Duck GooseSitting in a circle on the ground, you waited with bated breath to see if you would be the chosen one and “it” made their way around, saying “duck, duck, duck..” with every tap* of a head.On “GOOSE” the chosen one would leap up and run around the circle, trying to make it back to their spot before “it”. Source: Wikimedia(*Let’s be honest, it was more of a wallop than a tap)11. They’ve banned most of themThe main reason most of these games were the best fun you ever had is that many of them are now banned in yards up and down the country. Source: duncanSo you know they must have been good.Now, anyone for a quick spot of What’s the Time Mr Wolf?..Read: Are there some things you are never too old forRead: 15 things that everyone did in primary school> RED ROVER, KISS Chasing and Tip the Can… do these names ring some bells?If you went to school in Ireland at some stage over the past few decades, chances are you played some or all of these games in the playground.Here are some reasons why they really were the best days of your life…1. Picking teamsEeeny meeny miney moe….
When RIM said they were going to release seven new Blackberry models this year, they planned to do it on their own time and make the release announcements on their own schedule. Verizon Wireless had other plans, albeit accidentally. Big Red accidentally posted a video demo of the upcoming Blackberry Bold 9930 when they meant to post video of the Blackberry Bold 9650.The Bold 9930 has been announced, but hasn’t been formally unveiled or released. The video, which has already managed to make its way around the web, will tell you all about it. The 9930 is, according to the video, the thinnest Blackberry ever, and sports a new 2.8-inch capacitive, multi-touch touchscreen, which you see in action in the video.The 9930 will also come pre-loaded with BlackBerry OS version 7. The phone will also have a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera that can shoot video in 720p HD, and come with 8GB of memory and a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.The specs aren’t terribly high-end, but they do bring the new device in line with a number of mid-range Android phones that are competing for the same market. Pricing, however, isn’t noted in the video and has yet to be announced.Even though there’s a touchscreen, there’s still a QWERTY keyboard on the device, for those people who prefer physical keyboards. It’s always been RIM’s perspective that they want the Blackberry to be a business-friendly device, easy to email and send quick messages with: the physical keyboard shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.Some people are speculating that this was a “controlled leak,” designed to get people excited about the upcoming Blackberry phone and talking about what other devices RIM may have in the pipeline. At the same time, it’s difficult to see if the new model will actually improve RIM’s chances of selling more devices.via TechCrunch
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A multi-stakeholder group, working for the cause of safe road, on Sunday made several recommendations to the draft Transport Bill 2018 in order to cover every possible aspect and eliminate legal loopholes, reports UNB quoting a press release.During a press conference organised by Safe Road and Transport Alliance (SROTA) – the alliance of road safety experts and activists in the city, the stakeholders strongly advised on including key aspects of the Motor Vehicles Ordnance 1983, such as checking medical eligibility of drivers, more rigorous driving tests for obtaining licenses and such in the new bill. Other aspects such as the role of transport owners in ensuring sound drivers and conductors for public transports, better traffic management, keeping medical first aid kits in all vehicles and designing public transports to accommodate women, children and handicapped people were also advised to be added in the bill.Provisions for clarifying technical jargons, receiving and disposing of spot complaints, a road safety fund and many more were also advised to be kept in the legal framework.In addition, the issue of modernising of specialised investigation regarding accidents was also raised, as well as setting up of a compensation tribunal.Setting up of multiple transport committees including distinguished stakeholders and nationwide road safety committees have also been added to the recommendations.Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former adviser to a caretaker government and the convener of SROTA, shared the recommendations.Chairperson of Nirapod Sharak Chai, Illias Kanchon, columnist Syed Abul Moksud, BUET professor Shamsul Huq, barrister Sara Hossain, and secretary general of Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association Md. Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury also spoke during the occasion.SROTA has long been advocating for responsible and people-friendly road governance in Bangladesh.
Muzafer Sherif was a Harvard research psychologist. He found himself frustrated with the limitations of working within the narrow confines of the laboratory. Sherif was interested in social psychology — how people behave when influenced by outside factors — and wanted to be able to study human subjects to test out his ideas.He was specifically interested in an idea called Realistic Conflict Theory (RCT), which is a social psychological model for intergroup conflict. The model says that groups will come into conflict when they are in competition with each other over limited resources, resulting in negative prejudices and discrimination against competing groups. It also says that antagonistic groups will cooperate when faced with a large enough or potentially life-endangering threat.Muzafer Sherif. Photo by thepsychologist.According to the Guardian, he put together the first experiment in upstate New York, where he sent a group of 11-year-old boys to a camp in Middle Grove. His goal was to put the boys into teams, then create divisions between them by having them compete for prizes in various sports and games, then reunite them by forcing them to cope with frustrating and dangerous situations.The Middle Grove experiment didn’t work out the way he expected, however. Sherif expected that the boys would compete against friends and allies, but the boys didn’t cooperate. There was no enmity, the two groups stayed friendly regardless of what situations the adults engineered to try to generate conflict.Since Sherif didn’t want to lose face with his financial backer, the Rockefeller Foundation, he decided to try again. The second experiment was based at Robber’s Cave in southeastern Oklahoma.Robbers Cave State Park Photo by Thomas & Dianne Jones CC BY 2.0This time he did things differently. He used 22 boys, all around 12 years old. All of the boys were white, protestant, and from middle-class, two parent families.Sherif divided them into teams again, but this time he kept the two teams unaware of each other for the first few days they were at “camp.” The boys in each group bonded over the usual types of camp activities, until each team formed a cohesive group, with its own name and identity.When he was ready for the “competition” phase of the experiment he introduced the two groups and had them compete in various games and sports, for which the winning team would receive prizes.summer campThe losing team wouldn’t receive anything. Conflicts began to occur very quickly. One group tried to dominate the baseball diamond to practice for their game, even hanging their team’s flag on it and telling the other team they’d better not touch it.The sparse staff began to engineer more conflict between the teams. They made one team late for lunch, for example, so the other team could eat all the food.At first, the tensions were just expressed verbally. Names were called, threats were made. Each team started to see the other team in starkly negative terms, despite the fact that the group was pretty homogeneous.Crowd of Silhouetted People Watching a Colorful Fireworks DisplayThe staff stirred the pot a little more, giving matches to one team so they could burn the other team’s flag. The team whose flag was burned retaliated by going into the other team’s cabin and wrecking their belongings. Violence went from being aimed at objects, to being aimed at each other, and the teams were separated again for a couple of days to let everyone cool off.Having created animosity between his two groups, Sherif decided it was time to test the other part of his theory — bringing the groups together, cooperatively.The experiment started out by simply having exercises that included both groups in getting-to-know-you activities, like watching a film, or setting off firecrackers for the Fourth of July. Not only did the activities not soften any of the tension between the groups, but several of the activities ended with food fights. Clearly, simple socialization wasn’t enough to make a difference.The staff intervened again, engineering a situation where the groups had to work together for a common goal. They did it by shutting off the water. The boys collectively had to find and unblock the water tank or they were all going to suffer. By the time they had come to a solution, the groups were already starting to show signs of increased inter-cooperation and merger.There were a lot of flaws in the designs of Sherif’s experiments, starting with the fact that all the boys came from such similar backgrounds, and ending with the ethical dubiousness of intentionally subjecting people’s children to potentially hazardous situations without their knowledge or consent.Read another story from us: 21 Grams – The Experiment to Find the Weight of the SoulThe Robbers Cave experiment was not without its merits, however. If nothing else, it serves as miniature model of how relatively easy it is to set different groups, who have no connections, against each other, creating divisiveness, prejudice, and anger using artificial means. It also demonstrates that we have the capacity to overcome a lot of antagonism if everyone commits to a greater good.
Travelweek Group Share Friday, October 5, 2018 Posted by ROISSY — Air France is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a seat sale, with fares priced at 85 euros for more than 85 destinations in France and Europe served by Air France and its regional carrier.The inauguration of Air France took place 85 years ago at Le Bourget, the main airport in France at the time, on Oct. 7, 1933.Now on Oct. 7, 2018, Air France will mark the 85th anniversary of its creation by launching several months of festivities, focusing on “innovation in all its forms within a company which is resolutely looking to the future”, says the airline.The seat sale runs Oct. 5 – 8 to French and European destinations with fares at 85 euros including tax roundtrip with Air France and Hop!, the airline’s regional carrier.Throughout this weekend there will also be ‘vintage’ themed flights and entertainment in the boarding lounge and in Air France lounges, with cabin crew in retro uniforms, exhibitions of historical photos and special touches such as the distribution of postcards and sweets.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe return flights AF022 and AF023 on Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-JFK will launch the festivities.On Oct. 8, on the medium-haul network, customers travelling on flights AF1062/AF1063 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Stockholm and on flights AF6104/AF6115 between Paris-Orly and Toulouse will also be treated to these vintage events. Air France marks 85 years with 85 euro seat sale Tags: Air France, Sales << Previous PostNext Post >>
Comments Share “I was a little surprised,” Warner told Arizona Sports620’s Burns and Gambo.Warner, who played with Brown from 2007-2010, said it maybe a case where a coaching staff is comfortable with aplayer and still has hope he can improve.“The one thing that you notice is that as guys continue togrow and as guys watch them as coaches, they may see somethings that are improvement,” he said. “From what I heard,they were really happy with the way he played the secondhalf of last year.”That seems to fit with what others have thought, thatBrown really stepped up hisplay in the team’s final eight games.Plus, Warner added, the Cardinals could have determinedthey were not going to find anyone better than Brown, soit just made sense to keep him.“A guy that you’re familiar with, a guy that’s been inyour system, a guy that you think is improving,” he said. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ When the Cardinals released Levi Brown on March 13, manyfans were pleased.After all, the former No. 5 pick in the 2007 draft hasbeena disappointment in the NFL, always known as the guyArizonachose instead of Adrian Peterson.However, the team re-signed the tackle just a few dayslater, with many of those same fans asking one, simplequestion.Why?Former Cardinal, now NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner, whoplayed with Brown, wondered the same thing. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
With the Arizona Cardinals on a bye in Week 4, there are plenty of players using the time to get closer to 100 percent healthy.Running back Andre Ellington, who has been bothered by a foot injury, will benefit. So will cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who dinged up his knee in last Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.You can put quarterback Carson Palmer into that category as well. The veteran has missed the last two games with a nerve issue in his right shoulder, but according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Palmer believes he’ll be back in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Palmer suffered the injury in the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football season opener against the San Diego Chargers when he was hit by safety Eric Weddle on a scramble. He finished the game, but the condition worsened and kept him out of wins against the New York Giants and San Francisco.Backup Drew Stanton has performed well in Palmer’s absence, completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 411 yards and two touchdowns. Top Stories 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer told me nerve in shoulder has improved, expects to throw this week, planning to play vs #Broncos after bye week— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 24, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming, but he warns it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 2:04 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-defence secretary Jim Mattis has book coming this summer NEW YORK — Former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis has a book coming, but he warns it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump.Random House announced Tuesday that “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” will be published July 16. The publisher says it will be an “expansive account” of the retired general’s military career. Mattis will write about conflicts from Afghanistan to Iraq and use those experiences for lessons on war and peace. The book was under contract before Mattis became defence secretary in early 2017. It will touch upon events over the past couple of years, but will otherwise avoid what Mattis calls “the hot political rhetoric of our day.”Mattis announced he was leaving the Trump administration late last year. He said Trump had “the right” to have a defence secretary whose views were aligned with his.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press