Enraged BSF trooper kills 3 before ending life in Tripura

first_imgIn a bizarre incident, an enraged trooper of the Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead three colleagues before shooting self at a border area in north Tripura on Sunday.The incident occurred at a border out post (BOP) manned by 55th battalion of BSF at Maguruli in Kailashahar of Unakoti district.Police officials after visiting the spot informed that, constable Sishu Pal, 28, sprayed bullets from his automatic weapon at his colleagues following a tiff. Head Constable Vijay Kumar, 45, was first to fall prey to bullets. Sishu Pal went into shooting at BOP sentry and others. The sentry was lucky to escape, but Constable Driver Rakesh Kumar Yadav, 22 and Constable Rinku Kumar, 30, sustained grave injuries. The trooper then committed suicide by shooting self. Both injured BSF men succumbed to injuries in hospital.Tripura Frontier Headquarters of BSF in a statement informed that mortal remains of four BSF personnel were being dispatched to their respective native places. Sishu Pal hailed from Jammu. It said senior BSF officials including Inspector General were camping in the spot.In a similar incident on March 3, 2011, a Border Security Force trooper shot dead three colleagues in Raisyabari area of Dhalai district. In another incident occurred on January 29, 2013 a constable of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) killed three at a remote security camp in Chawmanu of Dhalai.last_img read more

Home Ministry willing to give inputs for CWG probe: PC

first_imgUnion Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said his Ministry was ready to give inputs to the appropriate authorities looking into allegations of corruption relating to the Commonwealth Games.”If we are asked about what went wrong (in the Games) by the appropriate inquiring authorities, certainly Delhi Police and the MHA will provide inputs,” he told reporters in New Delhi.He was replying to a question on whether the Home Ministry will provide any inputs on issues relating to problems in ticketing and accreditation for the Games.Asked what would be scope of the probe, he said, “I don”t know. I have nothing to do with it.”Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Friday appointed a high-level committee headed by a former CAG to go into allegations of corruption relating to the sporting extravaganza.The committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu, will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months.last_img read more

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus with 6-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 630 processor announced

first_imgSony has its hands full this year considering the number of phones it has already launched and the ones that it plans to unveil this year. It launched the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra in January and now adding to the XA series is the Xperia XA Plus that has been announced by the company in London. Sony has not revealed the phone price of the phone but it is expected to launch in August.The Xperia XA2 Plus is the first Xperia XA series phone to sport an 18:9 display. Talking about the specs of the phone, the Xperia XA2 Plus is larger in size than Xperia XA2. The smartphone sports a 6-inch FHD+ display same as we see in the Xperia XA2 Ultra. The phone bears slightly thinner bezels and includes Sony’s High-Resolution Audio tech and camera support. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is based on Android Oreo and runs Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory. The internal storage is expandable via microSD card to 400GB.Camera-wise the phone has a 23MP image sensor at the back with 84-degree wide-angle camera and 4K recording abilities and an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle camera on the front. It is backed by a bigger battery size of 3580mAh. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C and sensors on board are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyro and proximity sensor.advertisementSeparately, Sony is also working on Xperia XZ3, a phone with four cameras. It is expected to launch at IFA 2018 in a couple of months from now. A new image of the phone has surfaced online which reveals that the phone will have a total of four camera modules- two at the back and two on the front. The phone is expected to come with Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Further, it is rumoured to sport a 5.9-inch QHD+ display and run Android P out-of-the-box. An Xperia XZ3 Premium could also be launched at the IFA 2018 alongside the XZ3. It is expected to run Android P making XZ3 and XZ3 Premium first set of Sony phones to run this OS.last_img read more

Premier League set for winter break ‘very soon’

first_imgPremier League Premier League set for mid-season break, claims FA chief executive Ryan Benson 21:34 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) man city-cropped Getty Images Premier League After years of debate and discussion, the FA’s chief executive has confirmed the Premier League will get a mid-season break The Premier League is getting closer to the implementation of a mid-season break after the Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn claimed it will “very soon” be introduced.A period of rest has been a regular topic of debate in English football over the last 10 years or so, with some putting the country’s international failings down to the lack of respite afforded to players during the campaign.All of the other top five European leagues have breaks over the Christmas period, while coaches and players brought to England from abroad have often suggested changes should be made to bring English football into line with other countries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Although it was not confirmed when precisely in the calendar the break will take place, it has been reported that a two-week rest will allow players time to recuperate after the usually hectic festive schedule.Addressing FA councillors, Glenn said: “We’re working closer and more collaboratively with the professional game than at any time in recent years.”Very soon this will pay dividends with the creation of a mid-season break, which is a much-needed improvement for our clubs and England teams.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgThis communication is to inform all members of the Touch Football community of the TFA Victorian office relocation, effective from Monday 30th April 2007.Touch Football VictoriaSports House Level 2, 375 Albert RoadALBERT PARK VICTORIAPh:   (03) 9206 6755Fax: (03) 9206 6766For further information please see the Touch Football Victoria website www.victouch.com.aulast_img

Trudeau Scheer hope new promises gloss over accusations theyre hypocrites

first_imgOTTAWA — On the federal campaign trail, all the major party leaders are making announcements today, getting back into rhythm after Wednesday night’s debate and two days of revelations about multiple campaign planes and multiple passports.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is travelling in Quebec, making his policy promise in Quebec City before heading east to the Rimouski area.He’ll be aiming to get past Conservative claims he’s a hypocrite for having two jets for his campaign instead of the more usual one.Conservative Andrew Scheer is in Toronto, starting out at an airport hotel and finishing with a rally at a pioneer village, hoping to put aside criticism that he’s a hypocrite for holding dual citizenship in the U.S. while his party went after other politicians on the same grounds.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is starting in Saskatoon before bouncing back east to Thunder Bay, Ont., making announcements in both places on how he’ll promote “strong public services.”And the Greens’ Elizabeth May is spending most of her time on local debates in her Vancouver Island riding, but is promising an announcement in Victoria on tree-planting. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes little changed as Hurricane Sandy prompts US market

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday while major U.S. exchanges in New York City cancelled trading for the day as hurricane Sandy lurched towards the Eastern Seaboard.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,312.75 +12.45 +0.10%S&P 500 — Closed.Dow — Closed.Nasdaq — Closed.And as the monster hurricane moved towards arriving on the New Jersey shore Monday night, officials announced the NYSE would be closed Tuesday as well.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 12.45 points to 12,312.75, while the TSX Venture Exchange declined 9.41 points to 1,291.43.“In many ways, we do take our cues from the U.S. market, so certainly it being closed caused Toronto to be somewhat directionless today,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds.The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq said they intend to reopen on Wednesday and will keep investors updated.U.S. bond trading will also be closed Tuesday. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association called for an early close to bond trading Monday, at 12 noon EDT.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed below parity with the U.S. currency for the first time since early August.The loonie was down 0.28 of a cent to 99.92 cents US.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar has lost value lately amid growing pessimism about the global economic outlook, which has contributed to falling prices for oil and copper.The operator of the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, originally announced late Sunday afternoon trading could carry on through its electronic trading backup even though floor trading would be cancelled due to the storm.But it said Monday morning that “the dangerous conditions developing as a result of hurricane Sandy will make it extremely difficult to ensure the safety of our people and communities.”Lower parts of Manhattan around the Financial District are under mandatory evacuation order.CME Group which operates the New York Mercantile Exchange, halted all electronic and floor-trading activity in equity-index futures and options mid-morning. All other CME Group futures and futures-options markets remained open.The Toronto stock market was already in for a lacklustre showing this week as disappointments over the quarterly earnings season pile up and traders exercise caution ahead of an American election too close to call.“The sense is that things have been pretty slow these days and people worried and this is another thing to add to the wall of worry that seems to be getting higher all the time,” added Stephenson.“In general, people are looking at Europe as an unresolved mess and no end in sight to that problem. China is weak and of course there is all the uncertainty about the U.S. fiscal cliff and the U.S. election. All of that is weighing on sentiment and there is an absence of positive news.”The base metals sector led decliners, down 1% while December copper lost six cents to $3.49 US a pound. Teck Resources shed 26 cents to $30.78 while First Quantum Minerals fell 38 cents to $22.15.The financial sector was off 0.41% after concerns about consumer debt and home prices in Canada prompted Moody’s Investors Service to place the long-term ratings of six Canadian banks on review Friday for a possible downgrade.The ratings agency said high levels of consumer debt and high housing prices have left the banks more vulnerable to downside risks to the Canadian economy than in the past.The agency put Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Caisse Centrale Desjardins, CIBC, National Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank under review. TD was down 49 cents to $80.68.Royal Bank, which had already been downgraded by Moody’s earlier in the year, was not included on the list. Its stock slipped 48 cents to $56.35.Insurer Manulife Financial dropped 16 cents to $12.14 after an RBC analyst said Canadian companies who provide reinsurance to property and catastrophe insurance companies could see a drag on earnings in the fourth quarter if damage from hurricane Sandy is significant. Other companies providing reinsurance include Bank of Montreal and Great-West Lifeco.The energy sector was up 0.33% with the December crude contract down 74 cents to $85.54 US a barrel.The Canadian arm of a Malaysian state-owned oil company, Petronas Canada, has extended the deadline for its takeover bid for Progress Energy Resources Corp. in hopes it will be able to convince Industry Canada to reverse an earlier decision and approve the deal. The deadline had been extended to Nov. 30 from Oct. 31. Progress shares ran up $1.45 to $19.81.The gold sector was up about 0.6% while December bullion was down $3.20 to $1,708.70 US an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. edged up 92 cents to $44.65.Defensive stocks also provided the TSX with some lift with the utilities sector ahead 0.6%. TransCanada Corp. and Phoenix Energy Holdings Ltd. are forming a partnership to build a $3-billion pipeline project in Northern Alberta. TransCanada shares gained 50 cents to $44.90.The consumer staples sector was also up as grocer Loblaw Cos. rose 26 cents to $34.32.MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. was a major gainer on the TSX. It jumped $5.25 or 10.46% to $55.43 after it said Friday that it has cleared a U.S. antitrust review of its $875-million US takeover bid for California-based Space Systems/Loral Inc.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Flaherty cuts Canada’s 2013 growth forecastGoogle debuts new tablet, smartphone with Samsung and LGSpain’s economy marches from bad to worse, but still no bailoutON DECK TUESDAYU.S. markets will be shuttered again Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy paralyzes Wall StreetECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Industrial product price index (Sept): Economists expect 0.2% gain Raw materials price index (Sept): Economists expect 1.1% gain UNITED STATES7:45 a.m.ICSC Same-store sales 9 a.m.S&P Case Shiller home price index (Aug): Economists expect .5% rise from the month before, 1.9% year over year 10 a.m.Homeownership and residential vacancy rates (Q3) Conference Board consumer confidence index (Oct) CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanadian Oil Sands Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 46¢ a share West Fraser Timber Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ UNITED STATESLoews Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ Leggett and Platt Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ read more

Brisbanebased Advanced Initiating Systems joins South Africas BME

first_imgBrisbane-based Advanced Initiating Systems Pty Ltd (AIS) has now become wholly owned by leading South African explosive company BME, a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange-listed Omnia Group. According to Brad Bulow, AIS director and BME’s General Manager Australia Asia, AIS will become known as BME Australia in a rebranding process that will begin in the second quarter of 2018. BME has been the majority shareholder in AIS since it helped form the company in Australia five years ago.“As the leading explosives company in Africa’s opencast mining sector, BME will continue to foster the quality reputation that AIS has developed in the Australian market,” said Bulow. “As AIS, we have become well-known as the distributor of BME’s pioneering AXXIS™ digital detonation system, as well as for the close relationships we’ve formed with clients through our proactive support, professional approach and strong service ethic.”Bulow, a qualified mining engineer with 25 years of experience in the resources sector, said AIS had also proved its technical capability with a record blast at a large central Queensland coal mine.“The AXXIS™ system was used at the mine to initiate the largest electronic detonator blast ever at that time– firing 5,665 detonators in 2,683 blastholes,” he said. “This blast also broke a previous record AIS achieved at the mine when an AXXIS™-controlled blast successfully initiated 4,303 detonators in a single blast to break 2,8 million cubic metres of overburden.” The world’s largest electronic detonator blast record is now held by BME in Zambia.Bulow said BME’s acquisition of the remaining shares in AIS was a provision of the initial agreement, and signals BME’s intention to expand its supply of technical services and products in Australia. The company would be looking for opportunities to offer its range of other services, equipment and emulsions as the market required.“With over three decades of growth in the explosives business, BME has innovated a broad range of solutions that are being applied across Africa and in a growing number of markets globally,” he said. “Our position as part of the Omnia Group – which has facilitated our considerable manufacturing capacity – places us well to meet customer demands in Australia.”BME has steadily expanded its emulsion production facilities, and automated its manufacture of initiating systems in Africa. Alongside its AXXIS™ detonation system, it has also developed the BlastMap™ blast planning and design software, as well as mobile applications to promote quality blasting. It has pioneered the use of emulsion explosives in underground operations through the implementation of the deepest ever vertical emulsion pipeline, supported by its specialised transport and application equipment.Formed in 1984 in South Africa, BME built its initial success on a new cold emulsion technology that has since become an industry standard; the highly stable product has been diversified for a range of specific applications including reactive ground. It also makes a substantial environmental contribution by incorporating large volumes of used oil in its standard bulk emulsion; as a technology leader in this practice, BME consumes approximately 20% of the total available used oil in South Africa.last_img read more

Onufrienko is new PSG Handball gunner – Stepancic comes in 2016

← Previous Story Twelve teams want “Wild-Card” for EHF Champions League 2015/2016! Next Story → Seven teams want wild-card for Women’s EHF CL 2015/2016 The Ukrainian lefthander Sergiy Onufrienko will be the new member of the French champions – PSG Handball, finds out Handball-Planet.com. The 30 years old right back is coming from the domestic champions Motor Zaporozhye, the team who played very good season in the VELUX EHF Champions League, where Onufrienko was the TOP scorer with 55 goals.Onufrienko will try to replace Marko Kopljar who is off to FC Barcelona, alongside Xavier Barachet.A year after, PSG Handball will have another player in the roster. His name is Luka Stepancic from PPD Zagreb. The Croatian best team who made significant step forward by playing in the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 this season, didn’t want to let the “golden left hand” this summer, so Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic has to wait summer 2016, when Luka will be out of the contract with Zagreb. read more

Column Well soon find out whether we lose our native language forever

first_imgACCORDING TO OUR Constitution Irish is our national language. Yet for, most people, Irish has little or no impact on their lives and they will never bother too much about it. Why then did it turn out to be different in my own case, and that I went on to develop a lasting interest in the language? Brought up in rural west Wicklow (far from any Gaeltacht or urban Gaeilgeoir background) I was definitely an unlikely recruit.Looking back on it now I think it was a combination of two lucky factors that opened up Irish to me. While my parents had practically no Irish themselves they were favourably disposed – this was factor number one. The second lucky factor only kicked in during my final years in secondary school when for the first time in my life I had a teacher who was able to teach Irish as a living language.As if by magic, what had previously seemed as dead as Latin suddenly began to come alive for me. The characters in Dónall Mac Amhlaigh’s book Dialann Deoraí about Irish navvies in England could have been neighbours of ours from west Wicklow, and in the expressions they used in Irish more and more I could hear echoes with the Hiberno-English all around me.That good experience enabled me to surmount the barrier which faces every learner of a second language, and especially those trying to grasp a minority language that is spoken by very few people. That barrier is, of course, is the reward worth the effort? – or, as we say in Irish, an fiú an tairbhe an trioblóid?Irish opened up a whole new world for meIrish will always remain my second language but I have to say it has opened up a whole new world for me, and has deepened my understanding of what it means to live in this country and to be able to partake in its multiple cultures. I recognise, of course, that I have been exceptionally lucky, and only regret that far more people did not have the same opportunities.There is no doubt that Irish is now at a crossroads, and the next 10 years will determine if she lives or dies. I know from my own periodic visits to the Gaeltachts over the last 40 years that the language is now on its last legs in its traditional heartland. On the other hand, with the growth in Gaelscoileanna, the success of TG4 and other factors, there has been a revival of interest among a section at least of the urban middle class.Another remarkable development is the way Gaeilgeoirí have made their own of the new social media – they’ve taken to Facebook and Twitter like ducks to water. But the question remains: can these virtual Gaeilgeoir communities with their global reach survive what looks like the inevitable demise of the real language community in the Gaeltacht?The Gaeltacht has always been the tobar (well) from which the language drank, and the experts all agree that when it runs dry the game will be up for Irish.Abject failure to provide services through IrishHow did the situation in the Gaeltacht get so bad, especially over the last 30 years? One undoubted factor has been the abject failure of the State to provide services through Irish even in the strongest Gaeltacht areas. In effect, a regime of compulsory English was imposed on native speakers.With the unanimous support of all the parties in the Dáil, the Official Languages Act of 2003 was an attempt to deal with this issue by ensuring that public bodies over time would provide for services through Irish. To oversee the process Seán Ó Cuirreáin was appointed to the post of Coimisinéir Teanga (or Language Ombudsman).Now 10 years on we find Mr Ó Cuirreáin resigning from his post in protest at the lack of political support for his efforts. There have also been disproportionately severe Government cutbacks in the Irish language sector. In the circumstances the suspicion arises that the political establishment itself has now decided to cut Irish adrift.Despite the fact that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanáiste Éamon Gilmore are both fluent speakers, and that they both give frequent interviews in the language, the evidence continues to mount that there is now a new but undeclared policy afoot to dispense with whatever supports there have been up to this for the use of Irish by our civil service and other public institutions.The latest example was the absence of any Fine Gael or Labour representative at the recent Oireachtas sub-committee meeting on the Government’s 20-Year Strategy for the Irish language. In what was his last appearance before an Oireachtas committee before his retirement later this month Mr Ó Cuirreáin gave a damning assessment of the present state of this Strategy which is supposed to be official Government policy.The absence of any Government representative at the meeting can only be seen as a deliberate snub to Mr Ó Cuirreáin and his efforts to draw attention to the current sorry state of affairs.It is against this background that a major demonstration (Lá Mór na Gaeilge) in support of the language is planned for Dublin on Saturday 15 February.  It will begin at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and we are promised there will be a festive atmosphere throughout with lots of music and craic.The protest will be the first real test of whether the Irish language movement can succeed in garnering a significant level of support for their cause. While opinion polls may show a majority of people sympathetic towards the language, in practice few will extend themselves beyond this generalised good will.In fairness to the movement, it is very difficult for them to get their message across in the English language media. In an era of government cutbacks, affecting especially the poor and marginalised, trying to make a case for Irish can all too easily be portrayed as self-serving and elitist.The Irish language activist and writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain advocated an alliance of the language movement with the social struggles of the working class, but to most people this just sounds like some fanciful communist theory rather than anything they can relate to.A more fruitful approach for language activists might be to seek the active support of politicians across all the political parties who are thought to be supportive and to target for negative campaigning those who are known to be opposed. The upcoming European and local elections could provide some opportunities for effective electoral interventions.I hope to take part in the forthcoming demonstration in the company of my children and grandchildren. I want Irish to remain part of the public life of our society and over time to be supported to enrich the lives of others as it has enriched my own life.This demonstration is in support of people’s right to use the language in their dealings with the Irish State. It’s really about the right of citizens to use Irish in public, and not to be restricted to its use just as a private language between family and friends.It is widely recognised now that a language cannot survive unless it is given space to breathe in the public arena. The attitude to Irish among some commentators reminds me of what used to be a common attitude to gay sexuality – it’s okay between consenting adults in private but not to be seen or heard in public!If almost 100 years after the 1916 Rising Irish citizens are to be deprived of the right to use Irish in their official dealings with the Irish state, you’d have to wonder was there much point in having a separate Irish state at all.  Ironically it seems as if the Irish language now has more official support at European level in Brussels than it has in our own country.The protest on Saturday will give people an opportunity to demonstrate their support for Irish as she struggles to retain her perilous place in the public and cultural life of our nation.Seán Mag Leannáin was a Principal Officer in the Civil Service for 15 years up to his retirement in December 2009.Read: Language Commissioner quits, tells TDs Irish is being marginalisedPoll: Should we do more to promote the Irish language?last_img read more

BATMAN wants to break Android free from WiFi

first_imgThere are plenty of reasons to want an ad-hoc network at your disposal. Whether it’s for file sharing between a tablet and something like a WiDrive or for communication between smartphones, it’s more of a nice thing to have than a requirement but it can still come in handy. Project BATMAN is geared towards taking the traditional ad-hoc network (as in a decentralized, device-to-device network) and making it much more useful for Android smartphones.For all that your smartphone is capable of, if you find yourself in an emergency situation where mobile networks are either down or overloaded and there’s no WiFi to be found, you’ve left with little more than a very lovely clock with a battery that is draining far too fast. You can’t communicate or access remote information of any kind. If you’re very lucky you can use the compass or maybe use the glass front as a mirror to signal a low flying plane. If you are in a group of people under the same circumstances, you only have a group of mostly useless smartphones.How do you make your smartphone more useful in an emergency situation where there’s no guarantee that your mobile network is going to survive from one minute to the next? A possible solution has been created, called the Better Approach To Mobile Adhoc Networks, or BATMAN for short.Take any group of smartphones and join them together in an ad-hoc network, and you have a group of phones capable of basic communication from device to device. You can share files and even send messages with the right application. BATMAN seeks to improve this idea by allowing these phones to function as their own dedicated mesh network capable of adding and removing users on the fly. As long as you are within range of the mesh network, you’ll have the ability to call any of the users on the network through VOIP. The design allows for many users to communicate over a fairly significant distance, which would be invaluable in emergency situations. All the user would need to do is stay in range, which is about 100ft from the next member of the mesh network.BATMAN is a new routing protocol under development by the Freifunk community that could potentially be integrated into Smart Phone Ad-hoc Network (SPAN) which was created by Josh Thomas and Jeff Robble. Shortly after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, these two came to the conclusion that there needed to be a way for emergency crews to communicate not only with one another but with local volunteers as well. What makes BATMAN impressive is the way it will function in a massive user environment, by decentralizing network discovery and making sure that no one device is responsible for the whole network. With this networking method you could easily have one massive mesh network split into two or four without any localized disruption, and reconnect back into a single large network just as quickly.The result is an impressive adaptation on the concept of Bring Your Own Device, as in theory any Android phone would be able to take advantage of BATMAN. It’s not likely that we will see something like this as a stock part of any Android smartphone you’ll see on the shelf anytime soon, but SPAN is already available as apps on Google Play with source code available on GitHub.last_img read more

Return to the village

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nestled between the coast and the national highway connecting Chania with Rethymno, the Apokoronas is a region thankfully overlooked by the scores of tourist buses and hire cars running the gauntlet of the E75 national road, the frantic highway connecting west and eastern Crete. Extending from the foothills of the Lefka Ori, north to the coast, Apokoronas is a wide fertile plain with rolling hills where ancient Cypress trees, olive groves, vineyards and orchards thrive.This is the Crete of a simpler age. A place where Arab pirates dwelt, where the Venetians ruled for more than 300 years, where Ottoman forts still survey a land fought over for centuries. The ancient indigenous economy of Crete, based on agriculture, only began to change significantly as recently as the 1970s. Mass tourism, like an irreversible chemical reaction, transformed the island physically and culturally forever. Today, around fifteen percent of all arrivals in Greece come through Heraklion and more than two million tourists visit Crete annually. But despite the malign effects of this scale of invasion, those who seek a quieter and more authentic experience in Crete can still find it, in a place like Apokoronas.The administrative centre of Apokoronas is the village of Vamos. With a history reaching back into pre-history, it would be the mid 20th Century that saw Vamos, like so many villages in Greece face a challenge for its very survival. Decimated by the exodus of a generation, which began in the 1950s, by the 1970s the village was neglected. Houses had become ruins; half the resident population. which had dwindled to 650, were elderly. The village’s saving grace was that it was the administrative heart of the region, and as such its public services kept it from extinction. As the age of Cretan mass tourism dawned, Vamos went into a kind of quiet hibernation, waiting for a new age; a time when its simple, traditional ways would be sustainable once more.The catalyst for the butterfly to emerge would be artistic expression and particularly music. Between 1982 and 1988, the children of the generation who had left Vamos returned, creating a series of summer music festivals that brought Greece’s most prominent contemporary musical performers to the village. George Delaras came, along with the likes of Maria Farandouri, (Theodorakis’s collaborator), Yannis Markopoulos, Haris Alexiou, Dimos Moutsis and a host of other leading performers. It was a commercial venture to increase the local economy but also a celebration of the village’s culture and very being. Later, it would be a group of like-minded friends who had been involved in the festivals, who would go on in the 1990s, to practice a kind of alchemy that reversed the downturn in the village’s fortunes, turning ruins back into simple, authentic Cretan residences; for travelers who share a concept of ‘soft’ tourism. George Hatzidakis was one of those friends, and a founding member of ‘The Vamos Traditional Village’, established as a co-operative in 1995. Brought up in Athens, George recollects childhood holidays at his grandparents’ home. “We were here every summer and what I remember most is the feeling of freedom I had, and the chance to explore nature.” George went on to study mathematics in the University of Athens, but the pull of Vamos was always with him. “We thought the cultural events held in the summertime were not enough. We wanted to do something to expand the whole thing, to give a financial perspective to the area the whole year round.” The co-operative began by renovating the ancient homes of their grandparents; buildings originally constructed between the 18th and early 20th century were turned into guesthouses; an art café, performance space, a crafts shop and a taverna. Today Vamos Traditional Village comprises twenty-five cottages and another ten in outlying villages. Some of the more luxurious villas sleep up to eight people and come with outdoor pools. All have been re-built in traditional Cretan style using local materials. Accommodation can be booked by the night, though most visitors book weekly blocks. Part of the co-operative’s vision was to help revitalise the village’s economy by creating other businesses beside the accommodation. The traditional taverna I Sterna tou Bloumosifis run by Spiros Frantzeskatis serves some of the best Cretan cuisine in the region using local ingredients. Their mouthwatering menu features mezedes like stuffed zuchinni flowers, freshly made taramasalata, and delicious fava. From the wood-fired oven, diners can treat themselves to dishes such as lamb with artichokes, slow roasted pork, or Rooster with red wine and pasta. They also serve a particularly good Tsikoudia – the fiery Cretan Raki. To Liakoto, the Art Café nearby puts on regular exhibitions and live music at weekends featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary styles from Rembetika to modern Jazz. Beside the café is the Mirovolon delicatessen, its shelves stacked with organic foods and craft products made locally. Beyond the commercial enterprises set up by the co-operative itslef, the village’s other businesses have benefited greatly from increased visitors; the grocer, the baker, the single supermarket, and the few older traditional cafés in the sleepy main square. It’s that sense of a real, living, breathing community, which you become part of when staying in Vamos, that lies at the heart of the success of this venture.  The co-operative’s plans for the future are limited. Perhaps an organic market garden to supply the guests, a hostel-style villa, with accommodation suited more to the budgets of young people; the demographic of most of the current customers is firmly middle-aged and upwards. Although George wouldn’t say no to a few more properties for renting, the creative co-founder of this Cretan experiment in soft tourism is happy to keep things on a modest scale. “I don’t want to make it that big. There’s a danger in that. We don’t want to be Coca Cola!”Vamos Traditional Village is open thoughout the year. For more information and bookings go to www.vamosvillage.grlast_img read more

Keroppi Is Getting His Own Cafe In Japan

first_imgStay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu What’s the cutest Sanrio character out there? When I was younger, I would have said Keroppi, even though my tastes have changed a bit since then. Keroppi is still absolutely adorable, so seeing the little frog getting his own little soiree by way of Sanrio as a special little cafe called the Kero Kero Keroppi Cafe is a nice surprise!The cafe, which is located in the city of Yokohama, opened on April 20 and welcomed hungry Keroppi fans with adorable artwork, plush Keroppi figures, and more. This is Sanrio, so you know the cuteness has to be turned up to 11. The menu included several types of food and drink based on Keroppi, as photographed by RocketNews24, much of which looked too adorable to actually eat, like the curry and omurice dish.Keroppi would sit with diners who came in to eat alone, and if you came in with a big appetite, you could be treated to generous portions, such as the curry where a small Keroppi is sat atop rice with fish-shaped vegetables and parts of the curry itself. “Keroppi’s Sunday Curry” looks like a dish fit for a frog.Other plates, like the Keroppi’s Music Recital Hotcake Plate, look like a bunch of decadent sweets and hotcakes joined together in musical bliss. Custard, chocolate, fruit and cookies? Stop, I can only get so hungry. Keroppi’s Happy Tapioca Matcha Milk looks delicious as well, combining green tea, marshmallows, chocolate, and boba for a refreshing green treat. I’m ready to leave my couch now to salivate all over the kitchen.This Keroppi cafe is going on now if you’re lucky enough to be local. Otherwise, you’ll have to watch from afar like the rest of us poor schmucks. Hey, US! Let’s get some cute cafes going, what do you have to say about that?last_img read more

Brock Lesnar returns to RAW next week in New Orleans

first_img Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Brock Lesnar WWE announced on Monday night that Brock Lesnar would be returning to RAW next week (1/11) live from New Orleans, Louisiana. This would be Lesnar’s first RAW appearance since August and the Hell in a Cell PPV back in October on the WWE Network.You can check out the official promo for Lesnar’s return below courtesy of WWE. Twitter Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Braun Strowman Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Trump at the White

first_img KUSI Newsroom, June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer met Tuesday with President Donald Trump at the White House, where they discussed U.S.-Mexico border and homelessness issues, among other topics.“I had a chance to briefly meet with the president to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego,” Faulconer said in a Twitter post. “We talked about the pending USMCA deal, California’s homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley — and encouraged more federal action to fix it.” Updated: 10:05 AM Posted: June 18, 2019 I had a chance to briefly meet with the President to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego. We talked about the pending #USMCA deal, California’s homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley – and encouraged more federal action to fix it.— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) June 18, 2019In another Twitter post prior to his meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, Faulconer wrote that he was in Washington, D.C., for the Border Trade Alliance annual conference and had “a full schedule today with some of our nation’s leaders on trade, transportation, border staffing and more.”The mayor’s press secretary, Ashley Bailey, said, “It was really rewarding that (Faulconer) got to meet with the president and push issues that are important with San Diegans.”Bailey said immigration was not get discussed during the meeting.The mayor was originally scheduled to meet with the White House Intergovernmental Affairs Team, but Trump heard Faulconer was in Washington and invited him for a meeting in the Oval Office.A White House Press Office statement says the president discussed with Faulconer “the importance of the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and his ongoing advocacy” of the trade pact that the Trump administration negotiated with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA.That support includes a joint resolution supporting the USMCA, co- sponsored by Mayors John Giles of Mesa, Arizona, and Brian Barnett of Rochester Hills, Michigan, to be considered at the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, according to the White House.“Mayor Faulconer also raised cross-border concerns with polluted water flowing into the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico and the ongoing impact on local beaches and coastal waters,” the White House statement continued. “Finally, President Trump and Mayor Faulconer discussed San Diego’s innovative solutions to homelessness, an issue that is challenging California municipalities.”Faulconer serves on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s National Trade Advisory Committee, co-chairs the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association and is the chair of the Trilateral Alliance for Trade in the Americas.Earlier in June, Faulconer met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a North American mayoral summit.The mayor will return to San Diego on Wednesday, Bailey said. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Trump at the White House KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Can We Call It HooBrew New Brewery Opens in Hoonah

first_imgEarlier this month, a Hoonah microbrewery is opening its doors to serve the village a variety of craft beers. Kegs used to become scarce around the same time tourists did. Now fresh pints are guaranteed through winter.Download AudioDan Kane and his business partner Todd Thingvall. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Todd Thingvall and his business partner Dan Kane have been working hard to renovate a 100-year-old house on pilings above water, the site of the new brewery and taproom. Both left good jobs to start the business. Kane says his kids asked if he was having a midlife crisis.“There’s been a lot of sleepless nights,” Kane says. “I’m sitting in Anchorage at my house there and I have a good life. There’s a lot mornings I would be sitting there going, ‘Have I lost my mind, is this really what I want to do?’”He’s been homebrewing for about 20 years. They met each other through their wives.“Dan had beer so I instantly liked him. We hit it off ever since,” says Thingvall.He pitched Kane the idea of opening the Hoonah brewery. They invested about $400,000 and are living upstairs. The long-term plan is to move the tanks to another site but for now, they’re on a patio above the water.Usually stainless-steel fermentation tanks are labeled one, two, three.(Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)“We decided, eh. Let’s stay with a Southeast theme and we went with keta, humpy, king, sockeye and coho. Of course, the king is the big seven barrel,” Kane says.They’re cooled by a refrigeration unit that runs partially off solar panels. Electricity can be expensive in Hoonah and the panels could pay for themselves in a little over a year.On the bottom of the king tank is a well kept brewer’s secret.“You’re very lucky to see this. It’s called a sample valve. It allows you to take samples or actual drinks out of a vessel. So this is our pale which was the first beer that we made here,” Thingvall says.He fills up a frothy golden glass of beer made with Cascade hops.With no connecting roads, the Pacific Northwest hops and brewer’s yeast is shipped using FedEx. Thingvall and Kane say it can be nerve-wracking waiting for the delicate ingredients to arrive. Most need to remain temperature controlled. It travels from Seattle to Juneau, then over to Hoonah by small plane. A few weeks ago, their yeast was overdue.“One great thing about a small town, even the postmaster, she knew exactly what I was looking for and it came in Saturday after their closing hours and she called us. And said, ‘Hey it’s here.’ And waiting for us to come pick it up,” Kane says.They’ll serve pale ale, IPA and hefeweizen. A pilsner and stout are also in the works. Production will be about 500 barrels a year, and some of the kegs could be distributed to Southeast’s smallest communities like Gustavus and Elfin Cove–maybe eventually making its way to Juneau.What Kane says they’re really looking forward to the most is experimenting with ingredients like Hudson Bay tea, a medicinal plant that grows in the muskeg.“When it first hits your palate, it was more of light clean, crisp beer and then as it hit the back of your palate that’s when that tea just came alive,” Kane says.It can be tricky getting FDA approval for ingredients that are locally sourced, but they say they’re up for the challenge. They want Icy Strait Brewing to reflect the community.“Hoonah has a slogan: The little place with the big heart. And it’s true. The people here are wonderful,” Thingvall says.And now it has a microbrewery to match.Overlooking the taproom of Icy Strait Brewery. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)last_img read more

CNG cylinder blast claims 2 lives

first_imgMap of NoakhaliTwo people were killed and another injured as a cylinder of a CNG-run auto-rickshaw exploded after the vehicle crashed into a tree in Noakhali sadar upazila on Sunday morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately, reports UNB.A Sonapur-bound auto-rickshaw hit a tree by Sonapur-Char Alexander road in Companir Hat area after its driver lost control over the wheel around 6:00am, said Sudhram Model police station officer-in-charge Anwar Hossain.The cylinder went off leaving one dead on the spot and two burn injured, he added.One of the injured died on the way to hospital, the OC said.last_img read more

UH Researcher More Companies Must Invest In Innovation

first_imgListen 00:00 /03:39 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Edel HowlinFinance professor Praveen Kumar blames companies’ lack of investment in innovation for the United States’ slow economic growth.Over the last few decades, American companies have not been investing in innovation as much as they used to.Praveen Kumar, chairman of the department of finance at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, says that’s not good for the economy and not good for companies’ bottom line.Kumar co-authored a study with Dongmei Li of the University of South Carolina, published in the October issue of the Journal of Finance, that showed companies that invest in building their innovative capacity are rewarded over the long run by higher stock market returns and profits.He spoke with News 88.7’s Florian Martin for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.You can listen to the interview by clicking on the play button above. Sharelast_img read more