HI sacks Jude Felix advertises for new junior mens hockey coach

first_imgNew Delhi: Hockey India on Wednesday sacked the junior men’s hockey team coach Jude Felix after the national side finished a disappointing sixth in the just-concluded eight-nation tournament in Madrid. The development came to light after HI advertised for the position on its official website on Wednesday. A source in HI said the decision to remove Jude was on expected lines following a series of below-par performances by the reigning junior world champions. “It was expected, especially after India’s below-par performance in the recent eight-nation tournament in Madrid,” the HI source said. In that tournament earlier this month, the Indian colts lost 0-4 to Australia, 2-3 to Netherlands, 1-3 to Spain and 1-2 to Great Britain. India’s only win in the event was against Austria who they beat 4-2. Jude, who took over the reigns in August 2017, confirmed the development. “Yes, I am no longer the coach of the junior team. I was conveyed the decision 2-3 days via an email,” he added. Asked whether he was given any explanation as to why he was fired, he simply said: “I won’t like to speak anything about it right now.” Jude, a former India captain, however, said he will submit the report of the Madrid tournament in a day or two to HI.last_img read more

US Guatemala sign agreement to restrict asylum cases

first_imgWashington: The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala Friday that will restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America. The so-called “safe third country” agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border. It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system, although many questions remain about how the agreement will be executed. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US President Donald Trump heralded the concession as a win as he struggles to live up to his campaign promises on immigration. “This is a very big day,” he said. “We have long been working with Guatemala and now we can do it the right way.” He claimed, “This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business.” The announcement comes after a court in California blocked Trump’s most restrictive asylum effort to date, one that would effectively end protections at the southern border. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The two countries had been negotiating such an agreement for months, and Trump threatened Wednesday to place tariffs or other consequences on Guatemala if it didn’t reach a deal. “We’ll either do tariffs or we’ll do something. We’re looking at something very severe with respect to Guatemala,” Trump had said. On Friday, Trump praised the Guatemalan government, saying now it has “a friend in the United States, instead of an enemy in the United States.” Trump added Friday that the agreement would protect “the rights of those with legitimate claims,” end “abuse” of the asylum system and curtail the crisis on the U.S. southern border. He said that as part of the agreement, the U.S. would increase access to the H-2A visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala. It’s not clear how the agreement will take effect. Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has granted three injunctions preventing its government from entering into a deal without approval of the country’s congress. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said via social media that the agreement allows the country to avoid “drastic sanctions … many of them designed to strongly punish our economy, such as taxes on remittances that our brothers send daily, as well as the imposition of tariffs on our export goods and migratory restrictions.” Earlier Friday, Morales questioned the concept of a “safe third country.” “Where does that term exist?” he asked reporters. “It does not exist, it is a colloquial term. No agreement exists that is called ‘safe third country.'” Human rights prosecutor Jord n Rodas said his team was studying the legality of the agreement and whether Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart had the authority to sign the compact. Guatemala’s government put out a six-paragraph, Spanish-language statement Friday on Twitter. It does not call the agreement “safe third country” but “Cooperation Agreement for the Assessment of Protection Requests.” The Guatemalan government said that in coming days its Labor Ministry “will start issuing work visas in the agriculture industry, which will allow Guatemalans to travel legally to the United States, to avoid being victims of criminal organizations, to work temporarily and then return to Guatemala, which will strengthen family unity.” The same conditions driving Salvadorans and Hondurans to flee their country gang violence, poverty, joblessness, a prolonged drought that has severely hit crop yields are also present in Guatemala. Guatemala also lacks resources to adequately house, educate or provide opportunity to potential asylum seekers, observers say. In Guatemala City, social and student organizations spoke out against the agreement in front of the Constitutional Court, on the grounds that the country is mired in poverty and unemployment and has no capacity to serve migrants. They called for a protest rally Saturday. Advocacy groups condemned the move Friday, with Amnesty International saying “any attempts to force families and individuals fleeing their home countries to seek safety in Guatemala are outrageous.”last_img read more

3 injured in fire that destroyed Nebraska fertilizer plant

HASTINGS, Neb. — Crews have contained a large fire at a Nebraska fertilizer plant that injured three people and destroyed the plant.The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant in Hastings and was contained just before 4 a.m. Friday.The blaze forced authorities to close U.S. Highway 6 for several hours. A release from the Adams County Emergency Management office says railroad tracks just north of the plant also were closed for a time but have since reopened.The Hastings Tribune reports that three semitrailer drivers who had been sleeping in their vehicles parked at the plant were injured. They were treated and released from a local hospital.The CPI plant opened last year with plans for storage capacity of 42,000 tons of product.___Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.comThe Associated Press read more

UN humanitarian chief condemns killing of aid worker in Central African Republic

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said he was “very concerned” about the recent deterioration of the security situation in the northwest of the country, where a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) staff member was killed yesterday, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.Elsa Serfass was hit by gunfire during an assessment mission on the border with Cameroon and Chad. Mr. Holmes called on the parties to the conflict in the impoverished CAR to protect humanitarian workers and provide safe access to people in need. The northern part of CAR has more than 212,000 people who have been displaced from other parts of the country, which also hosts some 10,000 refugees, mainly from Chad, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 12 June 2007The top United Nations humanitarian official today strongly condemned the killing of an aid worker in the Central African Republic (CAR), and the world body has suspended all movements in the affected region for the time being. read more

Tuition fees rising faster than incomes and inflation report warns

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 2:53 pm MDT OTTAWA – A new report suggests tuition fees are becoming less affordable for many Canadians, forcing an increasing number of students to take on heavy debt loads.The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that since 1990, average tuition and compulsory fees for undergraduates have risen by 6.2 per cent annually — three times the rate of inflation.It now costs, on average, $6,186 a year to study at a Canadian university, and that doesn’t include the cost of books or food or lodging.The left-leaning think-tank adds that extrapolating from past growth and announced government intentions, that number will rise to $7,330 in four years.The findings are in line with other reports on the subject.A recent survey from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants found that setting aside sufficient funds for tuition was becoming increasingly difficult for the average family. Nearly a quarter — almost twice as many as two years ago — reported they were falling behind on saving for their children’s education.Also Tuesday, the Bank of Montreal released a survey showing that 60 per cent of parents who have not opened a Registered Education Savings Plan say they cannot afford to contribute. The tax-exempt plan offers a federal top-up on contributions of up to $500 a year per child.The CCPA report also shows there is wide divergence in the cost of post-secondary education across the country.It ranges from low-cost provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador ($2,861) and Quebec ($3,278), to high-cost jurisdictions like Ontario ($7,513) and Alberta ($7,061).In four years, tuition for undergraduates will vary from a low of $2,893 in Newfoundland to a high of $9,231 in Ontario.For Quebec, the report shows fees would have gone up to $4,472 if the recently defeated Liberal government’s controversial proposals for increases were adopted. That would move the province from the second least expensive to third, behind Manitoba and Newfoundland.The proposed fee hikes triggered massive protests during the spring, including class cancellations, but are now in question with the election of a Parti Quebecois minority government.Using what the CCPA calls its “cost of learning” index, which measures increases in tuition against the rise of income for the average family, the group says university education is most affordable in Newfoundland and Quebec, and least affordable in Nova Scotia and Ontario.Co-author Erika Shaker said the intent of the paper was to track what provincial governments are doing to make higher education more affordable for families of modest means.The findings, she said, show that most provinces have opted not to keep costs down, but rather turn to schemes to offer students loans on favourable terms, or easy repayment options.The problem with that approach, Shaker said, is that 60 per cent of undergraduate students go into the working world with an average debt of $27,000, and that is likely larger if private debt is included.“Yes university enrolment is increasing and that is frequently used as an argument to say people can bear the costs,” she said.“But students are graduating with debt and that has a lasting impact on how they can start their lives.”According to Statistics Canada, about half of youth from families with incomes in the top 25 percentile attend university by age 19, compared to less than a third for those from families in the bottom quartile.Shaker says young Canadians are constantly being warned they must get a university education to have a chance at good jobs, but many provincial governments are off-loading more of the cost of university to families and students.For instance, the proportion of provincial support as a percentage of total university expenditures has declined from 84 per cent to 58 per cent between 1979 and 2009, while tuition has increased from 12 per cent to 35 per cent in that time, the report states.Add stagnant incomes and soaring household debt to the mix and “we’re looking to graduate a generation that starts out on very shaky ground,” said Shaker.She added that the high cost of post-secondary education is also putting stress on families, with some having to take out second mortgages or delay retirement to pay for their children’s tuition. Tuition fees rising faster than incomes and inflation, report warns read more

World leaders gather at UN to renew commitment to build and sustain

Key partners include Governments, the UN, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations, international financial institutions, the private sector, and civil society, including women’s and youth groups, he added.“Sustaining peace will only be realized through committed, inclusive national ownership that considers the needs of the most marginalized, including women, young people, minorities and people with disabilities,” he said.The UN chief said that more countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades, and that record numbers of people are on the move, displaced by violence, war and persecution.“Inequalities are increasing; whole regions, countries and communities can find themselves isolated from progress and left behind by growth. These are all indications that we need greater unity and courage – to ease the fears of the people we serve; to set the world on track to a better future; and to lay the foundations of sustainable peace and development,” Mr. Guterres stressed.Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, called on Member States to increase financing for the peacebuilding work led by youth and see young people as partners in the sustaining peace agenda.Speakers in the opening session included Michelle Yeoh, an actress and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador, and Ishmael Beah, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War. “The first line of the United Nations Charter commits us to saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák said in his opening remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, which runs through tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York.“In a way, we have met this commitment. There has not, since, been another world war. But, in many other ways, we have not,” he said, noting that a new approach is needed to save people in places of unending conflict, including Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan.Mr. Lajčák said that in 2016, the UN decided to take a new approach: the General Assembly, along with the Security Council, adopted what are now known as the ‘sustaining peace resolutions,’ which renew the world body’s commitment to conflict prevention as embodied in the UN Charter.Two years on, there are challenges in making this approach a reality, he said, calling for greater international attention to the need for scaled-up efforts to prevent conflict, achieve coherence within the UN system, and expand partnerships, financing, and inclusion.Echoing the Assembly President’s view, Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the need to strengthen partnerships around all efforts, and at every stage, from conflict prevention and resolution to peacekeeping, peacebuilding and long-term development. read more

Radium Girls to premiere at Marilyn I Walker Theatre

Radium Girls is ready to take the stage by storm at Marilyn I. Walker Theatre.The show, which features students from Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts, premieres Friday and runs until March 10 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The play, by D.W. Gregory, is set between 1918 and 1926, and tells the true story of the men and women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J.During that time, an alarming number of female factory workers fell ill, contracting radiation poisoning from the luminous paint they applied to watch dials.U.S. Radium denied all liability and suppressed information that supported the women’s claim of negligence.The story continues to resonate in the modern political landscape.“Today, the excitement of innovation and the opportunity to make money results in ordinary workers around the world being exposed to deadly substances,” said Philip McKee, the production’s director. “This is especially true in the global south where the laws which protect labourers in more developed countries don’t apply.”The protagonists of the play discover that “laws cannot guarantee our safety or our guiltlessness, as there will always be ways in which laws can be manipulated or ignored,” McKee said.“Radium Girls helps us to see that we are ultimately dependent on the ethics and good intentions of individuals to protect ourselves and others from harm.”Radium GirlsWhere: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. CatharinesWhen: March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; March 5 at 2 p.m.; and March 10 at 11:30 a.m.Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for groups of 10 or more people. Applicable taxes and fees are extras.To order tickets, call 905-688-0722 or visit firstontariopac.ca read more

Antigang task force arrests John McAfee in Belize

first_imgYou’re probably most familiar with John McAfee by name if nothing else. McAfee is the antivirus pioneer who founded the company named after himself, which Intel bought in 2010 for $7.68 billion. What you may not know is that McAfee moved to the Central American nation of Belize in 2008. He might be regretting that decision just a little bit, after his home was raided by police and McAfee was arrested on weapons charges. Yikes.In the wee hours of May 1, the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) of Belize’s police force stormed McAfee’s home. The doors of the residence were broken down, property ransacked, and McAfee’s dog was allegedly shot by officers. McAfee had 12 employees in the home at the time, all of which were handcuffed along with him.Police seized a large number of weapons including shotguns, pistols, rifles, and scopes. McAfee claims all the guns were licensed and used by his security people. The police apparently detained the antivirus kingpin anyway. He was released the following day at 2AM, but denies any wrongdoing. The GSU claims McAfee was involved in unlicensed drug manufacturing, and had illegal weapons. McAfee claims the raid was in retaliation for his unwillingness to donate money to a local government official. He also called Belize a “military dictatorship.”McAfee’s reasons for being in Belize despite the political situation are benevolent. In 2010 he founded a new company there called QuorumEx, a biotechnology company that is working to develop new antibiotics based on interfering with bacterial quorum sensing. Quorum sensing is essentially the mechanism bacteria use to estimate the local cell population and alter behavior.No charges have been filed in the case, but McAfee’s future in Belize in unknown. McAfee stays away from donating to political causes, so perhaps more officials will be expressing their displeasure.via PC Worldlast_img read more

Apple crosses the streams turns the iPad 5 into the iPad Air

first_imgApple’s newest iPad is here, and it has a new name that helps push the “Post-PC Era” momentum the company has been promoting for the last few years. Take a look at the new iPad Air.There’s been a lot of leaks coming from Apple hardware recently, making it so everyone paying attention to the information flowing out of the internet the last few weeks have seen what the device already looks like. Those leaks did little to prepare for the actual announcement, though.You expect every company to show that their latest device is better than the last. The iPad Air is no different, but the improvements are all over the place. This will be the first iPad with 802.11n MIMO WiFi and LTE models that support almost every LTE band in the world, with global launch partners for next week. The iPad Air will be packing the same 64bit A7 processor seen in the iPhone 5S, but it will also be thinner and lighter than the previous version. With a new design that mimics the first generation iPad mini, the new iPad Air will be 7.5mm thin and only one pound.Despite making the whole device significantly thinner, Apple claims there will be no hit to the 10 hours of battery life. The more powerful processor accounts for the smaller battery by offering a more battery-efficient experience. The iPad Air will also sport the same 5MP iSight camera found in the iPhone 5C with 1080p HD recording, and dual mics. The 16GB base model will be available at the standard $499 price point, with a cheaper iPad 2 available at $399. The iPad 2 wasn’t terribly well explained on stage, but it is expected that this device will be nearly identical to the current generation iPad being sold in stores today.last_img read more

There were 56000 reports of child abuse in three years

first_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/chatgunner Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Mar 9th 2017, 6:05 AM 9,083 Views By Paul Hosford 11 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share20 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/chatgunner http://jrnl.ie/3276951 TUSLA, THE CHILD and Family Agency, has received 56,000 reports of child abuse in a three year span.Figures provided to independent TD Mattie McGrath show that between 2013 and 2015, 56,409 abuse reports were received.The figures show that a total of 19,407 cases of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as abuse related to neglect, were received in 2013.For 2014 the number of abuse cases reported across all these categories was 18, 676.For 2015, the number was 18,235. In total, 2015 saw 43,596 referrals to Tusla.McGrath said the numbers were “horrifying and deeply disturbing”.“These statistics point to an alarming undercurrent of violence and neglect that is still being perpetuated upon innocent children in our society.“It is clear from this reply that we as a society still have profound challenges to face in terms of genuinely safeguarding the interests of children who suffer the most appalling abuse.“The figures highlight a very stark reality; that the widespread abuse of children is not something we can parcel off as a legacy issue from a dark and disturbing past.”At the end of April, 2015, the most recent report, Tusla reported that there were 6,420 children in care with 93% (5,959) placed in foster care.Read: ‘They were just looking for a bit of peace’: Tributes paid to woman and children killed in Dublin fire There were 56,000 reports of child abuse in three years Mattie McGrath said the numbers were “horrifying and deeply disturbing”.last_img read more

Le Nokia Searay dévoilé

first_imgLe Nokia Searay dévoilé ?Pour les constructeurs de smartphones, le jour est propice. A quelques heures de la venue du nouvel Iphone, les concurrents d’Apple se sont donnés le mot : prendre d’assaut l’espace médiatique et faire parler de leur produit. Après il sera trop tard ! A ce petit jeu, Nokia, qui s’apprête à lancer trois mystérieux smartphones, prend les devant et dévoile, de façon indirecte, l’un d’entre eux : le Searay.Cette image, provenant de ce site, aurait atterri entre les mains d’un allemand, en charge de la campagne de promotion de Nokia, en partenariat avec T Mobile.À lire aussiLe Lumia 900 sous Windows 7.8, et en vidéoOn y apprendrait pas mal de choses sur l’un des futurs fers de lance de la marque finnoise : il tourne sous Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), peut se contrôler à la voix et dispose d’un écran AMOLED de 3,7 pouces (9,25 cm de diagonale) dont la particularité est d’être incurvé ! Peut-être une solution supplémentaire pour permettre une bonne lisibilité par rapport à sa solution de navigation en 3D.D’ailleurs, l’orientation “routière” de Nokia ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin : une autre indiscrétion provenant de la Toile a révélé l’existence d’un nouveau programme, Nokia Maps, qui pourrait bien voler la vedette à la solution pré-installée de Microsoft, basée sur Bing. Ses forces ? Une aide au déplacement et une cartographie plus facilement lisible sur la carte, ou encore la prise en charge des transports publics dans les itinéraires.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Japon construction dun mur à énergie solaire

first_imgJapon : construction d’un “mur à énergie solaire” Le campus de l’université d’Ookayama présentera prochainement un bâtiment équipé d’un “mur solaire” de 100 mètres sur 30.Le Japon va développer une alternative à l’énergie nucléaire, à la suite de la catastrophe nucléaire survenue à Fukushima, le 11 mars 2011. Et pour ce faire, c’est l’énergie solaire qui semble avoir le vent en poupe.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’Institut de Technologie de Tokyo a annoncé la construction d’un building, dans l’université d’Ookayama, pourvu d’une installation photovoltaïque formant un mur de 100 m sur 30, qui pourra récupérer 650kW. Mais ce n’est pas tout, les réfrigérateurs et climatiseurs du bâtiment seront aussi équipés de pompes à chaleur. La fabrication de ce panneau photovoltaïque permettra par ailleurs une excellente isolation du bâtiment puisque toute la chaleur est emmagasinée par le processus. En fait, ce panneau solaire pourra même fournir toute l’électricité nécessaire aux travaux, ce qui permettra de réduire les émissions de CO2 d’au moins 60%. Le 13 avril 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

These Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles Actually Do Taste Like Thanksgiving

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Japan Has Special Takoyaki-Flavored Pringles, And They Sound DeliciousNow You Can Eat Pringles Flavored Like Your Favorite Ramen Noodles center_img We all love Pringles, right? Even if you don’t eat them often, once you do you probably find it hard to stop plowing through the stack. They come in so many flavors, like Top Ramen, cheeseburger, pizza, pickles, you name it. There’s a flavor to fit every taste. But what would you say if you could try an entire Thanksgiving dinner comprised entirely of flavored Pringles? Would you give it a whirl?That’s exactly what I did, with the limited-edition Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner set. Pringles is bringing eight Thanksgiving-themed flavors out as part of a test run, including flavors like Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Creamed Corn, Green Bean Casserole, Mac & Cheese and Pumpkin Pie. Basically all of your typical family Thanksgiving favorites, except for the chicken and dumplings you have at your house if you’re me (thanks, Mom!).I had a chance to be one of the first lucky few to try out this special pack of Pringles, which comes packaged in a special container with a slot for each flavor. It’s a cute little setup that makes it feel a little more festive, but you only get a few of each Pringle flavor in each slot. I knew I had to make each taste count so I could bring you an unbiased look at exactly how each one tasted, so without further ado, here’s how each flavor stacked up.Turkey: Easily one of my favorites of the bunch. It had a nice, pleasant roasted turkey flavor that blended well with the potato chip. It was one of the most “natural” flavors that made sense with the chip itself, since I’ve had “meat” flavored chips before. I would probably eat a few of these on a regular basis.Mashed Potatoes: This ended up being my absolute favorite flavor out of the set, probably because it was not only flavored like mashed potatoes, but being that it’s made out of actual potatoes, the flavoring made the most sense. It had an extra dimension or “pop” of flavor like buttered, whipped mashed potatoes with a hint of sour cream, perhaps, to thicken them. Absolutely delicious!Stuffing: Yes, this really tasted like stuffing, down to the Stove Top aftertaste. I tried the “Leftover Sandwich” combination suggested by Pringles with the Turkey, Stuffing, and Mashed Potatoes flavors and it was a real winner. All three of these flavors were the high points of the package for me, for sure.Creamed Corn: I did not enjoy this one. That’s not to say it didn’t taste like creamed corn. It did, but it had an unbearable sweetness to it that I found totally unpalatable, paired with the strong corn flavor. Gross.Green Bean Casserole: This ended up being my least favorite flavor out of the lot, which is strange because I really love green bean casserole. It didn’t really taste like the dish, but it did have an unpleasant aftertaste that I couldn’t wait to wash down with the next Pringles flavor. It was somehow worse than the cloyingly sweet taste of the Creamed Corn.Mac & Cheese: A thousand thumbs up, yes! This had an amazingly creamy taste, just like eating a big spoonful of macaroni and cheese. While it wasn’t as delicious as the Mashed Potatoes flavor, I still loved every bite of this flavor, and it had me craving some real pasta.Cranberry Sauce: I don’t typically go for cranberry sauce during the holidays, but this one did taste just like it. I don’t really like the sugary sweet dustings with the regular potato chip, but despite the fact that I didn’t like it much, it was spot on.Pumpkin Pie: Another sweet flavor that, while I didn’t like it personally, it did taste unmistakably like pumpkin pie, right down to the nutmeg and whipped cream. It would have been better on something that didn’t have a potato base, but still a great and authentic flavor.Overall, if I had to score the Thanksgiving Pringles, I would have given this set an 8/10 as far as real flavor goes. These chips had some sort of crazy magical spell cast on them that somehow really made them taste just like their real-life counterparts. I could see myself eating some of them again, but probably not on a regular basis. Still, I say, Pringles did a fabulous job of capturing the holiday.last_img read more

Screenshots confirm Oculus Rift horror game The Forest is pure nightmare

first_imgIf there’s one thing the Oculus Rift is fantastic at, it’s making things seem incredibly real. While some people would take this and apply it to beautiful scenery or a chance to dive into your favorite story world, one game developer is going to use this tech to inspire a whole new kind of nightmare.Horror games are their own special kind of fun. The truly great games in this genre encourage you to start playing the games with the lights off and the volume up, and by the end you’ll only play when the sun is up and the volume is low.Your environment has a lot to do with how scary the game actually is, which is one of the reasons a horror game on Oculus Rift has the potential to be truly terrifying. The Forest is being built specifically for scaring you when the only thing you can see is the game, and that could be an incredible experience.We’ve already seen the results of putting users in scary situations while wearing the Oculus Rift. From roller coasters to beheadings, the rush you feel is fantastic and terrifying. You can’t turn your head to look away, or slam your body back against your chair to feel further away from what just happened in the game.The Oculus Rift is going to take this game and make it your whole world until you take it off, and for those of us who are fans of the horror genre that opens the door for a whole new kind of gameplay. On top of this, you have the motion tracking and head controls in an engine that will respond in ways that make the experience all the more real because you can’t get away from it. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY image_314177_fit_940image_314177_fit_940image_314178_fit_940image_314180_fit_940image_314181_fit_940image_314182_fit_940image_314183_fit_940image_314184_fit_940last_img read more

Study shows winning causes people to be more likely to cheat the

first_imgCredit: George Hodan/ public domain Common sense might suggest that if one person beats another in a competition, they would be less likely to cheat on a second go round—but the study conducted by the pair in Israel suggests the opposite is true, and that the reason is likely because winners experience a sense of entitlement.One of the experiments began with the researchers asking 86 volunteer college students to pair up and compete against one another in an estimation game—each was shown a certain number of objects on a computer screen for just two and a half seconds, not enough time to count them. The volunteers were then asked to make an estimate on how many had been there and were told that whichever of the two volunteers was closest to the right number would win a prize.That experiment was followed by another where the same volunteers were asked to play a dice and cups game and were told that they would receive a monetary payment that matched the combined numbers on the dice. In this scenario, the payoff was fixed, which meant that only a certain amount of money would be doled out to the two participants. Also, the volunteers were allowed to report their numbers, thus making it easy for them to lie. In looking at the results, the researchers found that those people that won in the first experiment were more likely to lie in the second, which meant they essentially cheated their opponent out of cash winnings.The researchers also ran identical experiments with the exception that both of the players thought the outcome was random in the first part, thus no one actually beat the other. The people who wound up with more money in those experiments did not cheat more than the losers when the second stage was run.To better understand why people might cheat after winning, the researchers conducted a survey asking participants to imagine a winning scenario and then to put down a number describing their feeling of entitlement—those peopled scored 16 percent higher in how entitled they felt compared to those that thought of something else. This, the researchers suggest, explains the results of their earlier experiments—winners felt more entitled to winnings and thus were more willing to cheat to win. More information: Amos Schurr et al. Winning a competition predicts dishonest behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515102113AbstractWinning a competition engenders subsequent unrelated unethical behavior. Five studies reveal that after a competition has taken place winners behave more dishonestly than competition losers. Studies 1 and 2 demonstrate that winning a competition increases the likelihood of winners to steal money from their counterparts in a subsequent unrelated task. Studies 3a and 3b demonstrate that the effect holds only when winning means performing better than others (i.e., determined in reference to others) but not when success is determined by chance or in reference to a personal goal. Finally, study 4 demonstrates that a possible mechanism underlying the effect is an enhanced sense of entitlement among competition winners. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows winning causes people to be more likely to cheat the next time (2016, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-people.htmlcenter_img Collaboration study shows people lie more when colluding Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev the other The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, both in Israel, has found via a series of experiments with human volunteers, that people who beat someone else in a competition, are more likely to cheat against them in future competitions. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Amos Schurr and Ilana Ritov, describe the experiments they conducted and why they believe their findings might apply in the real world.last_img read more

JU Arts students gherao VC senior officials over admission test row

first_imgKolkata: The stalemate over admission tests in Arts subjects at Jadavpur University continued on Tuesday with Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and some senior officials of the university remained gheraoed by a section of students of humanities since Monday night.The agitation started off after the university temporarily postponed the admission process of Arts by withdrawing the dates for admission tests that were scheduled to be held from July 3 to 5. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAn emergency Executive Committee meeting has been called on Wednesday with the aim to resolve the impasse.State Education minister Partha Chatterjee when questioned about such unrest in the varsity said: “These students should decide what they actually want to do. They indulge in agitation over some issue or the other. They do everything other than studies. 99 percent of the institutions abstain from such activities but in a few institutions like these, such things have been continuing.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChatterjee was also critical in respect to the roles played by a section of teachers of the varsity.”Often, the students do not have proper understanding of the situation. There should be someone who will make them comprehend certain matters. But there is hardly anybody chipping in,” the minister added.A member of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) said the V-C along with other Executive Council (EC) had to spend the entire night in the administrative building as the members of Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU) refused to call off the protest that started around 8pm on Monday. It may be mentioned that the admission tests for English, Comparative Literature, History, Bengali, Political Science and Philosophy were postponed as a section of faculty members raised reservations over the legal validity of such tests. The last date for submission of forms was also extended from June 26 to July 2.Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said: “There has been some legal problems regarding the admission tests that had cropped up in the EC meeting. We have not cancelled the admission tests but decided to postpone it and have sought legal opinion so that there is no complications later. If I have to remain gheraoed for this, I am ready to accept it.” “We will not budge from this place until the VC announces dates for admission tests,” AFSU leader Pritam Biswas said.A university source said there has already been 17,000 applications for admission in Arts.last_img read more

Council relents 14day agitation comes to an end at CMCH

first_imgKolkata: The agitating medical students at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Monday lifted their indefinite hunger strike, after the college council agreed to meet their demands of allotting rooms in the newly built college hostel.In a significant development, Anil Verma, the current principal secretary, health, has been replaced by Rajiva Sinha, who was in the post of additional chief secretary of the MSME department. Also, Director of Medical Education (DME) Prof. Dr. Debasish Bhattacharaya has been replaced by Partha Pratim Chakraborty. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe college council meeting had been convened by the new officiating principal Ashoke Bhadra and was attended by heads of departments and other officials. It decided that the modalities of allotment of seats in the new hostel building will be changed, after getting final clearance from the state Health department.Meanwhile, prior to the withdrawal of hunger strike, the minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya in the Assembly urged the students to stop the agitation as it had been hampering the health services in the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was decided in the meeting that the students of second, third and fourth years will be allotted rooms in the two floors of the new building, which was built for the first year students. It will be given temporarily to the second, third and fourth year students, the college council decided.The students withdrew their hunger strike that lasted for 14 long days, after receiving a written copy of the college council’s decision.Following the meeting, the CMCH authorities have issued a Press statement, saying that two floors of the new hostel building will be allotted to the senior students getting admission in various academic batches through open and transparent counselling, purely on a temporary basis. Prof Bhadra also assured the students that repair work of all the hostels will be undertaken on an urgent basis. He ended the hunger strike of the students by giving them fruit juice. The indefinite hunger strike was started by six students of CMCH on July 10 and were later joined by 15 others on July 19. According to the hospital sources, the agitation was withdrawn at around 2 pm on Monday.The second, third and fourth year students had started the agitation, demanding accommodation in the new hostel building. They alleged that the hostel rooms they had been staying in lacked minimum infrastructure and hygiene.Three of the protesting students fell ill during the indefinite hunger strike and one of them had been hospitalised. He was, however, discharged from the hospital on Monday and the condition of the other two is stated to be stable.According to a senior official of CMCH, a new seven-storeyed hostel building will soon come up at the hospital premises, having a capacity to accommodate 500 students.Once the building comes up, the senior students will be shifted there, while the existing 11-storeyed building will be allotted to the first year students as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI).last_img read more

The iPhone of Drones Is Being Built by This Teenager

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 13 min read Register Now » This story appears in the September 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. His drone, he believes, will be revolutionary. It will come equipped with artificial intelligence so it can recognize faces and objects and pick them out in a crowd; it will help police departments find lost children, ranchers monitor their herds, cities inspect buildings. If all goes according to plan, it will do for drones what the iPhone did for phones. It will make them useful, helpful. It will change the way we live. And it will be very, very fast.Related: How Drones Are Changing the Way We Do BusinessYet, until a year ago, whenever its creator, George Matus, went to see a venture capitalist to ask for money to bring it to market, his father had to drive him. That’s because Matus didn’t have a driver’s license. He wore braces, lived at home and was still in high school. Unique were the challenges facing young George Matus. That was then. On a morning this past June, he sits behind the wheel of a Mercedes SUV, navigating traffic in the leafy suburbs of Salt Lake City, where he lives. He is 19, rail-thin, quick to laugh and unfailingly polite and optimistic, as he describes his vision for his drone. At a red light, he hits the brakes just a tad too hard and the SUV lurches to a halt. He smiles sheepishly, as if to say, Oops; still getting the hang of this.That isn’t the only thing he’s getting the hang of. Matus is the founder and CEO of his own drone company, Teal, which has raised $2.8 million in seed money and attracted the support of some of the biggest venture capitalists in the tech world. He’s looking to raise another $15 to $20 million next year. He’s managing a staff of people decades older than he is. He is also under pressure. A lot of pressure. Which is why it’s good that we’re headed to a park to play with his company’s first product, the Teal Sport. “This is how I relax,” he says. The Sport is just the initial step toward realizing Matus’ vision for what a drone can do; still, it represents a technological leap forward. Retailing from $499 to $799, it is the fastest production drone on the market, topping off at 80 mph and it can respond to voice commands through Siri. When it debuted in June, it sold out almost immediately.Matus parks his SUV, gets out and walks over to a strip of sidewalk abutting a large park. He straps on a pair of futuristic goggles equipped with something called FPV, for “first-person view,” which allows him to fly the drone as if he’s sitting in the cockpit. He then unsnaps a carrying case about the size of a suitcase and removes the drone, which is small enough to fit in the palm of his hand. “Meet Teal,” he says.With that, Matus hits a button on a handheld remote control and the drone shoots up hundreds of feet into the overcast sky, with the whoosh of a little rocket. As the craft traces loops in the air, a serene smile spreads across his face. “I’ve always loved the feeling of flight, to be untethered, to feel limitless,” he says. As he flies, he reflects on the chaos of building a company over the past few years, what the experience taught him about who he is. He pauses for a moment and watches his drone soaring above him. “Unflappable,” he says, finally. “Maybe that’s how I’d describe myself.”Image Credit: Michael FribergWhen Matus was a kid — really a kid — he dreamed of flying.His parents met on a plane from Prague to New York. His mom was a flight attendant; his dad, a recent business school graduate. After they married and had George, they flew to Slovakia each summer to visit George’s maternal grandparents. Because his mother worked for the airline, Matus was often granted access to the cockpit, where he’d pepper the pilots with questions.Matus had another passion: making money. When he was little, following the lead of countless other entrepreneurs, he started a lemonade stand. It went well, but he foresaw a problem. Lemonade was seasonal. That made him wonder what drink he could sell in the winter. Seeing an opportunity that no one else was exploiting, Matus started a hot chocolate stand.Related: How to Be Taken Seriously As a Young EntrepreneurOne day, a customer told Matus he wanted to buy out all his inventory for $60. Matus agreed. He loaded his stand into the back of the customer’s pickup, and they drove to the man’s office and served what was left of the hot chocolate to all his employees. Luckily, the buyer turned out to be a friend of his father’s, but Matus didn’t know that at the time, and his parents were alarmed that their 10-year-old would go somewhere with a stranger. They grounded him for two months.When Matus was 10, his family moved from San Diego to a suburb of Salt Lake City. Their home sat next to a large park, and Matus, still obsessed with flying, persuaded his parents to let him save up for a remote-controlled airplane. He got it, and gave it to his dad to try. His dad crashed it. Matus cried, saved up to buy spare parts and fixed it. Something sparked. He started tinkering with other planes and helicopters. Before long, Matus was making them do things they weren’t designed to do. He made a video of one helicopter he’d modified to fly upside down and posted it on YouTube. The helicopter manufacturer both asked him to take it down and offered him a job as a test pilot. Matus accepted, and every week or so, the company sent him new prototypes to test.Matus got in deeper. He turned his bedroom into a lab and eventually migrated to the basement, commandeering a Ping-Pong table. He built a helicopter that could fly for two hours and a drone that could go more than 100 miles per hour. At the age of 14, he won a world-champion drone race against engineers from Germany, Japan and Russia. “I was totally obsessed,” Matus recalls. “Like, every two minutes, I’d be thinking about drones, from the second I got up.” His father, George Matus, Sr. recalls, “He’d be down in the basement soldering until 2 a.m. We saw smoke coming up the stairs; there were funny smells. We’d hear the drill going. It was like Tony Stark from Iron Man, down in the basement, tinkering away.”At 16, Matus started going to hackathons, where coders and software engineers gather to compete, building new products and apps. Matus won a few of them. At one, set at Stanford, he spoke about the limitless potential he saw for drones — how they can go way beyond just taking photos and video. Matus wanted to explode people’s narrow perceptions of drones. That caught the attention of PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, whose foundation pays young people to forgo college and pursue “radical innovation that will benefit society.” Thiel gave Matus $100,000 to launch a company of his own. Matus named the company Teal, partly for the teal duck, one of the fastest birds on Earth. He envisioned a drone that would be faster, easy to adapt and upgrade and outfitted with a supercomputer that would eventually be equipped with artificial intelligence to give it a boundless range of capabilities. As Matus worked on his design, the headmaster of the private school he was attending put him in touch with an investor named Mark Harris, who was on the school’s board. They met, and Harris eventually agreed to put in $150,000. Later, Matus was called in for a meeting by a Salt Lake City VC firm called Pelion, which specializes in tech startups. “This kid came in, and I had planned to say no,” says Pelion’s Ben Lambert. “I wanted to say no. But when he started talking, I forgot I was talking to a 17-year-old. We realized his vision was much bigger than what drones were.”Pelion offered Matus a term sheet a few days before his 18th birthday. It would put in a hefty chunk of what ended up being a $2.8 million round if Matus could raise the rest within a couple months. With his father’s help and intros from Pelion and people at the Thiel Fellowship, Matus met with more VCs in Salt Lake City and started cold-calling VC firms in Silicon Valley. “A lot of people were skeptical at first,” he says. “They’d see my dad driving me there, waiting for me in the parking lot. I’ve got braces and I’m asking for millions of dollars.”It wasn’t easy — at one point the deal nearly fell apart — but Matus eventually cobbled together the financing to trigger the $1 million investment from Pelion. Because of Matus’ age and inexperience, Pelion put in what he refers to as “a few checks and balances.” He had to work out of Pelion’s offices, couldn’t spend more than $25,000 without the board’s approval. What’s more, the hectic fundraising push strained friendships and burned some bridges, Matus admits, without getting into details. “Last year there were lots of ups and downs,” he says. “One day everything is fantastic, and the next day you’re gonna fail. But I don’t think it took away my optimism.”Image Credit: Michael FribergWhen I meet Matus again, it’s another warm June morning in Murray, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He still lives at home, but he no longer has to work out of Pelion. He’s seated in his corner office behind a table full of drone prototypes, dressed, as usual, in a T-shirt and shorts. Like Matus, the space is quirky, humble and unassuming. He’s decorated the doors with the symbol of the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One and throughout the office, there are Star Wars memorabilia and toys in random spots — an X-wing fighter in a drawer stuffed with small plastic propellers, a BB-8 still in its case beside a box of drones ready to ship.Today, Teal has 20 employees, including a former test pilot from Australia who cold-called Matus from Silicon Valley to see if he could join the startup. Matus oversees all areas of the company, but he’s also learned to delegate more and more to his employees, including on the tech side. “Starting off I had no experience, or little experience, with building anything or working on the business side of things, and I was almost 100 percent focused on product,” he says, “so it’s obviously been a learning curve the past couple of years.” Matus says it’s also been an adjustment leading a team of staffers a decade or two older than he is. “It’s, uh, interesting,” he says as he roots through a drawer stuffed with drone parts. Choosing his words carefully, he looks up and smiles. “People can be difficult.” He says he’s learned to take advice from people with more experience, to step back and defer when necessary, even as founder and CEO. “For being as smart as he is,” says Lambert, “he’s one of the most humble people I know. He doesn’t think he knows everything. He’s like a sponge.”Matus says he’s been surprised by how much he’s enjoyed the business side of running a company — meeting with investors, haggling over prices with suppliers and negotiating with distributors. But he really lights up when he starts talking about his drone. “The core is still the flying aspect and the joy of flight, which is still the root of it,” he says. “It still feels like a hobby.”If all goes according to plan, later this year, the company will release a drone that will bring Matus closer than ever to realizing his vision. He’s calling it “the flagship.” It will cost $1,299. Like the Teal Sport, the flagship will be geared toward consumers “as a platform for learning how to fly, gaming, racing, companionship, education, taking photos and videos,” Matus says. But that’s just the start. The unit will also be equipped with a software development kit that will enable anyone to develop apps for it, and a powerful computer that will allow autonomous flight and deep learning. The goal is to give it the ability to recognize images and voices, meaning that if you’re a parent and you tell it to go check on the kids at the park, it will be able to go find them and transmit video back to you. Teal will also offer an upgrade that will allow the drone to avoid obstacles such as trees and buildings of its own accord (sparing it from the fate that befell Matus’ first remote-controlled plane). In the future, the company plans to build out more commercial applications and partner with companies and municipalities that can use the drone for supervising building projects, search-and-rescue operations, even emergency services. (This isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. In a recent test, Swedish researchers deployed drones equipped with defibrillators from fire stations and found they arrived, on average, 17 minutes faster than ambulances.)Naturally, the specter of an extremely fast flying machine that can spot a face in a crowd and follow around its owner has raised safety and privacy concerns. Those have led to proposed legislation that would give the federal government power to track, hack and destroy any drone.Related: 7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young EntrepreneursBut Matus isn’t worried about looming regulation. If anything, he thinks it will help restrict drones in a positive way, to normalize them and make them less recreational and more useful, more helpful. “Drones will be as ubiquitous as smartphones,” he says with a giddy grin. Whatever happens next for Teal — an IPO, an acquisition, a bust, whatever — that spirit of inquiry, exploration and optimism will guide George Matus.“For me it’s more about the ability to be able to stay on the bleeding edge of something. Elon Musk says he just likes to think about the future and not be sad. That’s the way I like to approach it, too. We’ve got the chance to make a slightly better future. That’s what keeps me motivated.” September 14, 2017last_img read more

Band of Brothers honored on DDay anniversary

first_imgThe 12-foot (3.6-meter) tall bronze statue in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont shows Winters with his weapon at the ready. But Winters _ a native of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, who died last year at age 92 _ only accepted serving as the statue’s likeness after monument planners agreed to dedicate it to the memory of all junior U.S. military officers who served that day.“There were many Dick Winters in this war, and all deserve the bronze and glory of a statue,” said former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, present as the bronze statue, draped in a camouflage parachute, was unveiled.Also attending were four or five D-Day vets, including two who served in Winters’ “Easy Company,” Al Mampre and Herb Suerth Jr.Winters “was a humble, simple person thrust into a position of leadership in which he excelled,” said Suerth, who heads the association of former Easy Company vets, only 19 of whom survive.The statue was made in Loveland, Colorado and transported here, to a roadside between the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Utah Beach, distant but visible behind the statue.It was here that Winters and his small band of men dropped out of the sky soon after midnight on June 6, 1944, on a death-defying mission to destroy four German 105mm artillery guns that threatened the Allied invasion force. During the ceremony, World War II-era military aircraft flew overhead, including a U.S. artillery spotting plane just like those that would have darted through the skies on D-Day.Master Sergeant Frank Barnett, 37, a paratrooper from Anniston, Alabama, serving at the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany, attended the ceremony with other members of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing. Barnett and 18 colleagues had made the trip to Utah Beach to participate in a parachute jump over the same Normandy fields where Winters and his “Easy Company” landed soon on D-Day.The paratroopers, dressed in military fatigues, said they’ve all watched “Band of Brothers” `’four or five times.”“It’s important for us on the airborne side to remember everything they did,” Barnett said. “They are the Greatest Generation.”The plan to erect the statue began 2 1/2 years ago, said Tim Gray, Chairman of the Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation, which initiated the project and helped raise the $100,000 it cost.The statue “is not a monument to one man, it’s a monument to many men and the leadership they showed on D-Day,” Gray said _ “all the divisions that fought on the beaches and hedgerows of Normandy on June 6, 1944.” Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressSAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT, France (AP) – With World War II-era military planes darting overhead and Normandy’s Utah Beach visible in the distance, a bronze statue emerged from beneath a camouflage parachute, in tribute to a man whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television series “Band of Brothers.”The unveiling of the Colorado-made statue of Pennsylvania native Maj. Dick Winters was one of many events marking Wednesday’s 68th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied operation that paved the way for the end of the war. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Tens of thousands of Allied and German forces were killed in the D-Day invasion and ensuing Battle of Normandy.Frenchman Reny Rossey, 86, recalled accompanying a British unit in the invasion as part of the effort to liberate his country from the Nazi occupation.“Coming back home, for us, it was enormous. We had to do this job,” he said at a ceremony Wednesday at a British cemetery in Ranville.“My youth saved me. I was 17 1/2. I had no fear,” he said. “You had to have audacity to join in something like that.”French President Francois Hollande, paying tribute Wednesday to the soldiers who took part in the D-Day invasion, spoke of the European unity born from the horrors of World War II _ and that is strained today by financial crisis and tensions over Muslim immigration.“Normandy is covered with the tombs of children from all of Europe. All Europeans … should be capable, 68 years later, of bringing Europe peace, solidarity and progress,” he said. “Only the emergence of a common European conscience will protect us against the return of hate.”___Sylvie Corbet in Ranville, France contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img