Spurs extend Wembley stay to 2019

first_imgTottenham will continue to host matches at Wembley Stadium until at least the end of the year as the opening date of their new home venue remains a mystery.Construction deadlines have been repeatedly missed and chairman Daniel Levy confirmed the delays will push completion into 2019.Grass was laid at the new ground in early October but the club’s next eight home fixtures are certain to be played at Wembley after Spurs encountered problems out of their control. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! While Tottenham will continue to push for a completion date, the club have decided to extend their Wembley stay to ensure supporters have clarity about their upcoming home matches.”I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture,” the chairman said in a statement.”However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.”Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year.”In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.”We know the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this – it is a sentiment felt by all of us.”Levy confirmed a fresh update on progress is expected to be issued in December.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dubai World Superseries Finals: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth eye maiden championship

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will be aiming for the perfect end to a spectacular year for Indian badminton when they take to the court at the Dubai Super Series Finals starting Wednesday.The top eight men’s and women’s singles players in the world, based on ranking points earned throughout the year, will be meeting in Dubai to crown the champion.World No.3 Sindhu and world No.4 Srikanth will begin their their campaign against China’s world No.9 Hi Bingjiao and world No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark respectively at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium.Both Sindhu and Srikanth are coming into the tournament after a highly successful year.Sindhu clinched the India Open and Korea Open, besides bagging a silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.Srikanth, on the other hand, became the only Indian, and fourth player ever, to win four Super Series titles in a calendar.He won the Indonesia Open, Australia Open, Denmark Open and the French Open before being forced to miss the China Open and Hong Kong Open owing to a thigh muscle strain, sustained at the Nationals in Nagpur last month.The one month break after the Nationals gave him ample time to work on his fitness and sharpen his game and he will hope to recreate the magic that earned him the four titles this year.”It is an important event. I reached the semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. I hope to do well this year,” Srikanth said.advertisementWorld No.4 Srikanth has been placed in Group B of men’s singles event along with Chou Tien Chen (world No.7) and Shi Yuqi (world No.8), apart from Axelsen.Sindhu, who had reached the semifinals at the last edition, has been clubbed with the Japanese duo of No.2 ranked Akane Yamaguchi and world No.15 Sayako Sato, besides Bingjiao in Group A.”It has been a good year for me. Now I really hope the year ends on a good note, and I do well at the Dubai Super Series Finals,” said the 22-year-old from Hyderabad.”It is not going to be easy as all the top players will be playing in this event. Each match from the first round itself will be very tough. So I will have to be prepared from the start to do well.”The four players in each group will compete against each other in the preliminaries. The top two from each group will qualify for the semifinals with A1 facing B2 and B1 taking on A2.Srikanth broke his three-match losing streak against defending champion and World No.1 Axelsen when he defeated the Dane in his home town during the Denmark Open quarterfinals in October and it would take another top-class performance to tame him tomorrow.Sindhu is 4-5 behind in the head-to-head count against Bingjiao but she will take confidence from her recent win against the Chinese at the Korea Open in September.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Why FIR sensing technology is essential for achieving fully autonomous vehicles

first_img Zzziz says: The automotive industry is experiencing an influx of new technology as it never has before. Automakers are promising to deploy fully autonomous vehicles on public roads within the next few years and are predicting that mass market adoption will not be far behind. But while top-tier automakers and tech companies are eager to accelerate these autonomous innovations, achieving full vehicle autonomy will require a sensing technology that enable cars to “see” the world around them and react better than human drivers.Current sensing technologies, like LiDAR, radar, and cameras, have perception problems that require a human driver to be ready to take control of the car at any moment. For this reason, the role of sensors has only intensified; to achieve Level 3-5 autonomous driving, vehicles need sensors both in greater quantity and of greater ability. This article explores the sensing capabilities of current solutions, such as radar and LiDAR (light detection and ranging), and why FIR (far-infrared) in a fusion solution is ultimately the key to achieving Level-3, 4, and 5 autonomous driving.Limitations of current sensing technologies Radar sensors can detect objects that are far away but cannot identify the object. Cameras, on the other hand, can more effectively determine what an object is, but only at a closer range. For these reasons, radar sensors and cameras are used in conjunction to provide autonomous vehicles with more complete detection and coverage: A radar sensor detects an object down the road, and a camera provides a more detailed picture of the object as it gets closer.LiDAR sensors have also become an essential component of autonomous vehicles’ detection and coverage capabilities. Like radar, LiDAR sends out signals and measures the distance to an object via a reflection of those signals, but it uses light waves or lasers as opposed to radar’s radio signals. While LiDAR sensors provide a wider field-of-view than radar’s and cameras’ more directional view, LiDAR is still cost prohibitive for mass market applications. Several companies are attempting to alleviate this issue by producing lower-cost LiDAR sensors, but these low-resolution LiDAR sensors cannot effectively detect obstacles that are far away, which spells reduced reaction for autonomous vehicles. Unfortunately, simply waiting for the price of LiDAR sensors to fall could slow the mass deployment of autonomous vehicles.click for larger image Fig 1: Current sensing technologies suffer from perception problems. CMOS camera, radar, and LiDAR cannot function in dynamic lighting or harsh weather conditions.(Source: AdaSky) In addition to current sensing technologies’ lack of complete visibility, they also experience another obstacle with additional environment factors. To achieve Level-5 autonomy, full functionality must be realized no matter the weather; however, all of today’s sensors are compromised to some degree in adverse weather conditions. For example, while radar can still detect faraway objects in heavy fog, haze, or at night, most cameras have near-field sight limitations that constrain their ability to see in foul weather or darkness. Most sensors are also confounded by sudden changes in lighting. For instance, consider a vehicle entering or existing a tunnel. For a human driver, it takes the eyes a few seconds to adjust to the sudden darkness or bright lighting, but cameras and LiDAR are no better—they are also momentarily blinded by the lighting change.  Accurate image detection is another challenge for today’s sight and perception solutions. Although a camera can successfully detect a person or an animal, its image-processing software is not always able to accurately distinguish between a real person or an animal and a picture of a person or an animal on advertisements, buildings, or buses.Emerging requirements Automakers and AV developers are eager to deploy fully autonomous vehicles on public roads in early 2020. But before any vehicle over Level-2 autonomy can be produced and a full fleet deployed, sensors must eliminate existing vision and perception weaknesses and guarantee complete detection and coverage of a vehicle’s surroundings 24/7, in any environment and condition. Today, one of the main reasons humans must still take control of AVs is that their sensors fail amid adverse weather conditions.Without improved sensor capability and accuracy for providing safe and reliable operations in all weather conditions, fully autonomous cars cannot be brought to mass market.FIR technology A sensor that employs FIR technology can overcome the many reliability gaps and perception problems that confound other sensors. FIR has been used for decades in defense, security, firefighting, and construction, making it a mature and proven technology. That proven technology has been adapted to automotive applications. FIR-based cameras use far infrared light waves to detect differences in heat (thermal radiation) naturally emitted by objects and converts this data into an image. Unlike the more common optical sensors used on cars that capture images perceptible to the human eye, FIR cameras scan the infrared spectrum just above visible light and can, thus, detect objects that may not otherwise be perceptible to a camera, radar, or lidar.click for larger image Fig 2. FIR sensors generate a new later of information increasing performance for segmentation and providing an accurate analysis of the vehicle’s surroundings. (Source: AdaSky) With a sensitivity of 0.05 Centigrade for high-contrast imaging, a VGA thermal sensor with FIR will detect the pedestrian at up to 200 meters. The FIR sensor will be able to track the pedestrian through time at 30 or 60 fps and detect the road ahead.As well as capturing the temperature of an object or material, a FIR camera captures an object’s emissivity—how effectively it emits heat. Since every object has a different emissivity, this allows an FIR camera to sense any object in its path. With this information, the camera can create a visual painting of the roadway to operate independently and safely. Thermal FIR also detects lane markings and the position of the pedestrian (which direction he/she is facing), in most cases. It can then determine that the pedestrian is going off the sidewalk and is about to start to cross the road on the opposite lane; thus, the FIR sensor would be able to predict if the vehicle is at risk of hitting the pedestrian.In response, the autonomous vehicle with FIR sensors would slow down to ensure that there’s enough time to break should the pedestrian perform an unpredictable move. This means that everyone will arrive safely to their destination. “The function of the sensor.nThe sensor is a detection device that can feel the measured information and transform the sensed information into a Telecom number or other desired form according to a certain law information output to meet the requirements of Log in to Reply FIR advantages FIR technology is necessary for the deployment and mass market adoption of autonomous vehicles because it is the only sensor capable of providing the complete and reliable coverage needed to make AVs safe. Major automotive OEM, BMW is using thermal-imaging cameras as part of their sensor suites for all self-driving prototypes[1].While other optical sensors used on cars only capture images visible to the human eye, FIR cameras provide a more comprehensive layer of perception. By scanning the infrared spectrum just above visible light, FIR cameras detect objects that a camera, radar, or LiDAR may miss. Moreover, unlike radar and LiDAR sensors that must transmit and receive signals, a FIR camera only collects signals, making it a “passive” technology. With no moving parts, a FIR camera can provide complete coverage of an AV’s surroundings simply by sensing signals from objects radiating heat.Currently, there are three leading FIR sensor companies: Autoliv, FLIR systems and AdaSky. AdaSky is an Israeli startup that recently developed Viper, a high-resolution thermal camera that passively collects FIR signals, converts it to a high-resolution VGA video, and applies deep-learning computer vision algorithms to sense and analyze its surroundings.click for larger image Fig 3 A side-by-side comparison of a state-of-the-art camera with low light sensitivity and Viper shows objects undetected by current sensing technology are visible with a FIR solution. (Source: AdaSky) With this advanced technology, FIR cameras can overcome the obstacles presented by complicated weather and lighting conditions that confound other sensing technologies. Compared to FIR cameras, today’s sensors are limited and no longer seem capable of delivering full autonomy. Even working together, current sensors cannot provide total or accurate coverage of a vehicle’s surroundings in every situation. Only FIR sensors can generate the needed, deeper layer of information that originates from a different band of electromagnetic spectrum to significantly increase performance for classification, identification, and detection of objects and of vehicle surroundings, both at near and far range.By creating a visual representation of the vehicle’s surroundings, FIR fills the gaps left by other sensors to produce total detection and coverage in any weather condition and in any environment, whether it be urban, rural, or highway driving—or a combination of all three. For example, on the highway, it’s crucial to have long-ranging sensing so that if an object is detected, there is ample time for the vehicle to make the decision to stop—even as it travels at high speeds. In urban areas, having a wider field-of-view is prioritized to be able to detect pedestrians and cyclists on the sidewalk and at crosswalks.While FIR is needed for Level-3 autonomous solutions, it is an essential enabler to Level-4 and up. To achieve Level-5 autonomy and, ultimately, bring fully autonomous vehicles to the mass market, AV developers anticipate that each vehicle should be equipped with several FIR cameras to enable wide coverage and a comprehensive understanding of its surroundings. Automakers favor using multiple FIR sensors because it delivers the highest level of safety. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles policy[2] requires redundancy for certain critical AV systems, and most OEM and tier-ones are gearing up to use multiple sensors and other components[3] as fail-safe measures.Every sensor has a scenario where it encounters weakness. No sensor is 100 percent accurate 100 percent of the time including FIR. This is why it is so crucial to have redundancy through a sensor fusion solution that combines LiDAR, Radar and FIR technology. As you can see in the diagram below, when you layer all of these technologies into a sensor fusion solution, you will get coverage for all areas and every scenario. This is how FIR will enable fully autonomous driving.click for larger image Fig 4. Sensor modalities for autonomous vehicles – coverage from CMOS, Radar, LiDAR and FIR. (Source: AdaSky) Automakers’ goal of deploying autonomous vehicles on public roads by the beginning of the next decade cannot be achieved with the limited capabilities of today’s sensing solutions. Their persistent perception problems mean that vehicles cannot operate safely and reliably without the monitored control of a human driver, making true Level-5 autonomy impossible. FIR cameras are the only technology that can deliver complete classification, identification, and detection of a vehicle’s surroundings in any environment or weather condition and are, thus, the only sensing technology that can make the mass market adoption of fully autonomous vehicles a reality.Footnotes: [1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltaylor/2018/03/22/fatal-uber-crash-inevitable-says-bmws-top-engineer/#64ac6f155688[2] U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles policy[3]  OEM and tier-ones are gearing up to use multiple sensors and other componentsYakov Shaharabani , CEO and Board Member for AdaSky, is a strategic thinker with extensive experience as a leader dealing with complex environments and highly tense situations. Much of Yakov’s leadership and strategic experience was gained in 34 years of service in the Israeli Air Force, from a young pilot, through the positions of a squadron leader and a base commander, up to the very senior positions, as one of the very few Generals in the Israeli Air Force. Yakov is the founder of SNH Strategies LTD, a company focusing on strategic consulting and strategic leadership education. He earned his B.S with honors in economics and computer sciences, and M.A. in National Resource Strategy (Cum Laude), The National Defense University (NDU), Washington D.C. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Components July 27, 2018 at 9:06 am Continue Reading Previous AAEON: industrial embedded boards supported by AAEON communityNext Axiomtek: versatile, thin and affordable Mini-ITX motherboard Log in to Reply 2 thoughts on “Why FIR sensing technology is essential for achieving fully autonomous vehicles” PaulChau says: “I’m sure that if we want to ensure that the autonomous cars are going to be travelling safely and carefully through out city, we are going to need to make sure that they are all fully outfitting to recognize the surroundings well. As you’ve said, there is Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. July 13, 2018 at 3:07 am last_img read more

#HappyBirthdayVirat: ‘Start eating roti, rice and lots of sweets’

first_imgTeam India wished its captain Virat Kohli a very happy birthday on Monday as the superstar batsman turned 30.Kohli, who has been rested for the ongoing three-match T20I series against West Indies, was born on November 5, 1988 in Delhi.Kohli is all set to celebrate his birthday with wife Anushka Sharma in a Haridwar ashram.Kohli and Anushka landed at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on Saturday night and made their way to the Hotel Aananda in Narendra Nagar.The couple will be staying in Hardiwar till November 7. According to sources, Kohli and Anushka’s itinerary also includes a day of river-rafting and camping in Rishikesh.Kohli is likely to visit the Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram. The Ashram is headed by Maharaj Anant Baba, who is Anushka’s family’s spiritual guru.Also read – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipperLocal authorities have been informed of the high-profile couple’s visit and the necessary arrangements have been made to make their stay in the city peaceful and comfortable.#HappyBirthdayViratWishes galore for the Indian captain from the team as he celebrates his 30th Birthday. Here’s to many more match-winning moments and in the cabinet.Full video here – https://t.co/MCnjtfoIuD pic.twitter.com/Yr83r8LPySBCCI (@BCCI) November 5, 2018Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Team India coach Ravi Shastri led the wishes for India’s captain courageous while Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant had some interesting advice to offer to the recently turned 30-year-old.advertisement”Wish you a very happy birthday. I know you are a big PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) fan and I just found this old picture of yours. So, why don’t you come and teach Manish Pandey how to play a first-person shooting game,” said MSD.Also read – Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: India skipper the world’s best at 30″On behalf of the entire support team, a very happy birthday. Happy 25th! That’s what we believe you are. Have an absolute blast and we will have one on your name for sure,” wished Shastri.Jadeja however, asked Kohli to change his eating habits a bit.”Score loads of runs and I think you start eating roti, rice and lot of sweets,” Jadeja said.Pant joked that Kohli’s party is due and he should improve his FIFA skills as well.”Your party is due and when we meet again, we have to play FIFA and you are losing again. I am 1-0 up. So, you need to improve your FIFA game also,” said Pant jokingly.The likes of Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav also wished their captain on his special day.Apart from the current players, former greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag also wished him well on Twitter.Wishing you a lot of success and happiness in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, @imvkohli! pic.twitter.com/HcXX88rXJnSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2018On this Dhanteras, wish you a year that is again filled with Runteras. #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/f09gppLZONVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2018Cricket Samrat, Happy Birthday Virat!Have a good one buddy! @imVKohli #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/oNwSEiXoIQSuresh Raina???? (@ImRaina) November 5, 2018Sending you smiles for every moment of your special dayHave a wonderful time and a very happy birthday! @imVkohli ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/5lCdQQTcrSRashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) November 5, 2018Wishing loads of happiness and success to @imVkohli. May you have a great year ahead! pic.twitter.com/LRr9HSpwADajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 5, 2018Wish you a very happy birthday @imVkohli! Hope this year brings you more success and loads of happiness. #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/9NPaH0x78dcheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 5, 2018Wishing @imVkohli lots of success and fulfilment in the coming year. #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/2zuTK0mpOzVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2018With Virat Kohli celebrating his 30th birthday today, let’s take a look back at his maiden Test ton from 2012 against the Aussies! pic.twitter.com/3i49NxYRVPcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 5, 2018Happy Birthday Bro?? @imVkohli May God Bless you with more Happiness n Success?? #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/X6CV3XG7gnIshant Sharma (@ImIshant) November 5, 2018Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Skipper??Hope this year brings you more runs & success. Have a good one @imVkohli ?? pic.twitter.com/0DExeyRW1rKarun Nair (@karun126) November 5, 2018last_img read more

Report: West Ham 2 Huddersfield 0

first_imgWest Ham 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Birthday boy Bilic sees Hammers get off the mark Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:53 12/9/2017 AndreAyew - cropped Getty Images Two second-half goals gave Slaven Bilic a birthday gift as West Ham defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 at London Stadium. West Ham registered their first points of the Premier League season with a 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town to relieve the pressure on Slaven Bilic.David Wagner’s Huddersfield had not conceded a goal ahead of Monday’s meeting at London Stadium, but that run was ended with Pedro Obiang’s 72nd-minute deflected strike before Andre Ayew doubled the Hammers’ advantage to give Bilic a much-needed present on his 49th birthday.Athletics events at the stadium meant West Ham started the league season with three consecutive away games – and a trio of defeats piled extra importance on their return to a rain-soaked arena that was hardly homely at times last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing West Ham toiled for long periods after hitting the woodwork early on through Javier Hernandez, whose withdrawal for Ayew 25 minutes from time brought jeers in Bilic’s direction.But Obiang’s hopeful effort looped over Jonas Lossl after diverting wickedly off Mathias Jorgensen and Ayew then justified his introduction with a clinching strike from close range.After seeing Crystal Palace – without a point and now bottom – sack Frank de Boer earlier in the day, Bilic must feel a sense of relief that his side are finally off the mark.You make your own luck, @Obiang14! pic.twitter.com/3LoGvME2wb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 11, 2017Starting for the first time since April, Andy Carroll’s impact was immediate as he controlled a high ball in the box and fizzed a low delivery across the face of goal, agonisingly out of reach of a sliding Cheikhou Kouyate.West Ham kept pushing and Hernandez was unfortunate to see a right-footed strike crash off the crossbar after a fine Michail Antonio run on the right.More good work from Antonio – this time on the opposite flank – then forced a free-kick, but Lossl gratefully gathered as James Collins’ deflected header dropped tamely on the goal line following the set-piece.With Carroll and the looming threat of his aerial prowess continuing to occupy the Huddersfield defence, a half-cleared cross broke for Kouyate to screw horribly wide from inside the area.Joe Hart was forced into a first save after 54 minutes, dealing well with a long-range Philip Billing effort that skidded across the surface.Kouyate poked wide at the other end shortly afterwards and it looked as though West Ham’s wait for a league win would go on until fortune intervened.Obiang’s left-footed shot from 25 yards looked harmless until it struck the back of the unwitting Jorgensen and looped up and over the goalkeeper via the right-hand post.342 – Huddersfield are the last team in this season’s Premier League to concede a goal, after 342 minutes of action. Breached.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 11, 2017The tension lifted and Huddersfield’s resolve broken, Ayew profited from a goalmouth scramble after a right-wing corner by prodding into the net.Back came the visitors as Hart saved low from Steve Mounie and then watched Tom Ince smash against the crossbar, but West Ham held out to claim a huge three points. Key Opta stats:- West Ham’s two goals in this game were as many as in their previous four home league games combined.- The Hammers have now kept four clean sheets in their last five top-flight home games.- Andre Ayew has been directly involved in four goals in his last five Premier League games (a goal and assist v Huddersfield and a goal and assist v Burnley last May).- Andy Carroll won 13 aerial duels in the game, the most of any player in a Premier League game this season. read morelast_img read more

Tayla Harris photo nominated for inaugural women’s sport award

first_imgShare on Facebook Share via Email Kasey Symons news Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Read more Australia sport AFLW Share on Messenger Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest Australian rules football A photograph of AFLW star Tayla Harris has been named a finalist for a new women’s sports photo award. The stunning shot of Harris in full flight is one of 15 photos in contention to claim the top gong in the professional section at the inaugural Women in Sport Photo Action Awards.The still image, captured by AFL Media photographer Michael Willson, shows the Carlton forward kicking at goal with her trademark action. Harris took a stand against online trolls after host AFL broadcaster Seven Network initially pulled down the image in response to the post attracting offensive comments. Share on WhatsApp Community outrage ensured the photo was reinstated and went viral as fans splashed it across homemade T-shirts and the women’s league embraced it as an unofficial logo.The WSA photo awards are split into professional and amateur categories, with top-ranked Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty, Matildas stars Sam Kerr and Lisa Da Vanna and Harris featuring in the professional category.“The images chosen to be #WISPAA finalists portray the finesse and fitness of Australia’s female athletes competing at all levels from club to the elite,” WSA communications director Louise Evans said.“The images chosen to be #WISPAA finalists take you beyond the gender and the sport to the core of the athlete to reveal their power, skill, athleticism and passion. They are beautiful, inspirational, gutsy images.”Award winners will be announced on 30 May. Photo of AFLW player Tayla Harris is not the problem, the vile trolls arelast_img read more

Three Dead in Platform Accident off Azerbaijan

first_imgzoom Three workers died, with the fourth still missing, when the structures collapsed at the Socar’s platform No 441 of the Narimanov oil and gas production department (OGPD) in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan, Socar says in a written statement.Socar goes on to say  that ”the structures collapsed during the repair works and a wagon-house fell into the sea, damaging and causing fire on a 700 mm pipeline on October 23.” In a separate statement issued  together with the Azeri Ministry of Emergency Situations, Socar has confirmed that ”the dead bodies of 3 of the 4 employees, missing after an accident at the faulty platform No 441 of the Narimanov oil and gas production department, have been found and taken to the shore by divers of SOCAR and Ministry of Emergency Situations.”The accident happened at about 12:00 (local time) and was extinguished some 45 minutes later, according to Socar.About 41 people were working at the site when the structures collapsed,  37 of which were evacuated from the incident site to the beach on Orion-15 and PSK-52 vessels.The divers are still searching for the fourth worker.World Maritime Newslast_img read more

Port of Antwerp Looks to Mend Severed Ties with Iran

first_imgzoom A delegation from Belgium’s port of Antwerp paid a visit to Iran last week to explore the possibilities of reestablishing shipping and commerce ties, shortly after the European Union adopted a framework to lift its nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions and open up this market of around 80 million potential consumers.The EU will lift the sanctions against Iran provided that the official Tehran meets its obligations under a recently signed nuclear deal.The delegation which was made up of petrochemical and shipping experts met in Tehran with various ministries, petrochemical organisations and private companies. With this mission Antwerp Port Authority seeks to open the doors of Iran for the Antwerp port community once more.The exploratory mission was mainly aimed at making contacts with official bodies in Iran. It included meetings with Mohammad Saeednejad, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, Dr. Mohammad Saeidi, head of the Islamic Republic Shipping Line, Masoud Karbasian, head of the Iranian Customs Service, and Seyed Jamal Hosseini, vice-chairman of the Iranian Investment Organisation.The discussions covered Iran’s ambitions in shipping and commerce, as well as the role that the port of Antwerp could play in attaining these Iranian objectives.The programme which was drawn up together with the Belgian embassy also included a meeting with a number of Iranian private companies and consultancies with knowledge of the Iranian shipping industry. The delegation concluded with a visit to the Shahid Rajaee port in Bandar Abbas and the Queshm free trade zone. Shahid Rajee is the largest container port in Iran, accounting for nearly half of Iranian shipping imports.“Up until 2010 Antwerp was the largest European port destination for Iranian cargoes,” said Marc Van Peel, Port of Antwerp Authority Chairman.“In the light of the recent nuclear agreement and the raising of economic sanctions, we wanted to let the Iranians know directly that Antwerp is still the ideal hub for reaching the European hinterland. There is also great demand on the Iranian side for know-how concerning port infrastructure, among other things. Port of Antwerp International and the Antwerp Flanders Port Training Centre are ready to support the Iranian port community in these areas. In all respects the mission was certainly successful, opening up prospects both for Iran and for our port.”last_img read more

Women Wisdom and Success

first_imgInvite 200 women of varying backgrounds and interests into oneroom to discuss their work, their relationships and all the otherfactors that affect their daily lives. Then sit back and take inas much of the response as you can. That is just what the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will doat the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax on Monday, April 19and Tuesday, April 20 during an event called Women, Wisdom andSuccess. Each year the commission organizes a forum that explores one ofthe areas protected by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. Thisyear, panel and group discussions will focus on the many issuesaffecting women. “Awareness is an important part of the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission’s work,” said Michael Baker, the Minister responsiblefor the Human Rights Act. “By hosting sessions like this eachyear the commission is helping the community explore the manyways that human rights touch our every day lives.” A networking session and dinner on April 19 has been designed toset the stage for the next day’s workshop, which will featurepanellists, entertainers and a keynote address by Daily Newseditor and former Cabinet minister Jane Purves. The program also includes time for small group discussions –called talking cafés. Led by international consultant JudithRichardson, the cafés are designed to encourage women of variedages, socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to sharetheir perspectives on what works, and does not work, for them aswomen in today’s society. “That kind of inclusiveness makes it a learning experience notonly for participants,” said commission CEO Mayann Francis, “butalso for policymakers who will later benefit from what the HumanRights Commission learns in the process.” Ms. Francis said the organizing committee had a taste of how wellthe talking café format could work while preparing the agenda forthe forum. “It was marvellous to see how a group of women couldhave so many shared experiences and still have so many uniqueperspectives. Sometimes it was moving, other times just plain funto hear the differing stories. With so many other contributingvoices, the Women, Wisdom and Success forum is certain to be aninspiring and thought-provoking experience.”last_img read more

Toddler is found safe in abandoned car that had been stolen in

first_imgFERGUS, Ont. – Police in southwestern Ontario say a toddler has been found safe after a car was stolen with the child still in it on Christmas Day.Ontario Provincial Police say a man and his accomplice stole a car that was left unlocked and running as a woman went into a store in Fergus, Ont., on the evening of Christmas Day.They say the man was able to get into the car and fled after witnesses tried to stop him.The car was found shortly after, abandoned at the side of a highway with the child still in the vehicle, unharmed.Police are investigating the incident and are asking anybody with information about the suspects to contact police.last_img read more

UN official calls on nations to ramp up action against terrorism

7 September 2010A senior United Nations official today urged nations to double their efforts to implement all four pillars of the world body’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, emphasizing the need to shore up ‘soft’ power measures to combat terrorism. A senior United Nations official today urged nations to double their efforts to implement all four pillars of the world body’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, emphasizing the need to shore up ‘soft’ power measures to combat terrorism.The strategy, adopted unanimously by the General Assembly in 2006, focuses on four key areas of action: tackling the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; preventing and combating terrorism; building State capacity and bolstering the role of the UN; and ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law against the backdrop of the fight against terrorism.Jean-Paul Laborde, who chairs the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), made his appeal as the General Assembly is set begin its biennial review of the strategy tomorrow.Although progress in putting the strategy into practice has been made, the “pace has not moved as fast as many had hoped for,” he noted.“We all know that hard power measures alone have failed to stop terrorist attacks or at least have not succeeded,” Mr. Laborde told reporters in New York this afternoon.If just 10 per cent of the investment in hard power was put towards soft power measures, such as fostering education and promoting respect for human rights, “we really can reduce these terrorist threats,” he stressed.Mr. Laborde, who also serves as Director of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office, underlined that it is “imperative” that using force to fight terrorism is combined with preventive measures to curb the potential recruitment and training of terrorists, as well as terrorist attacks before they happen.A three-day CTITF-backed event along the sidelines of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy review also kicked off today, with some 150 participants taking part in discussions on global efforts to fight terrorism. read more

HSBC Bank Canada reports quarterly loss as oil collapse hits energy sector

VANCOUVER — HSBC Bank Canada says it had a loss in its fourth quarter and its 12-month profit was about one-third less than in 2014, largely because of increased provisions for customers in the energy sector.The bank’s profit was $414 million for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, including a $38 million loss in the fourth quarter.That’s down from the 2014 annual profit of $613 million, which included an $118 million profit in the final three months.HSBC says it felt the negative impact of depressed commodity prices, particularly oil, in the second half of 2015.What HSBC Canada’s Q3 results mean for other banksHSBC to cut as many as 50,000 jobs, sell business in Turkey and Brazil to restore profit growthIts loan impairment charges and other credit risk provisions were $234 million, up $127 million from 2014, mostly because of the adverse conditions for its energy sector customers.At the same time, the bank’s operating expenses were up $84 million or 7.6 per cent to $1.12 billion, due to HSBC’s investments in systems for detecting and deterring financial crime as well as adapting to customers’ changing habits.“In addition, expenses have also been adversely impacted by the effect of the lower Canadian dollar on expenses denominated in foreign currencies,” HSBC Bank Canada said.The bank is a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings PLC, a global bank headquartered in London.The Canadian Press read more

TSX Wall Street rally as US Federal Reserve hikes interest rates

TSX, Wall Street rally as U.S. Federal Reserve hikes interest rates TORONTO – Stock indexes in Toronto and New York surged Wednesday, while the loonie rose nearly a full U.S. cent, after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months.As widely expected, the U.S. central bank hiked its key short-term rate by a quarter-point to a range of 0.75 to one per cent, a move prompted by solid signs of a strengthening U.S. economy.In recent months, there continues to be indicators that ultra-low borrowing rates are no longer needed to help the economy grow as gauges on job growth, retail sales, consumer prices and housing builds have all come in higher than analysts had been expecting.The Fed also noted that inflation, after lagging at low levels for years, has picked up and was moving near its two per cent target.The bank said it still projects there will be only three rate hikes this year, unchanged from its last forecast in December.Many economists think the next hike won’t occur until at least June, given that the Fed likely wants time to assess whether Congress will pass President Donald Trump’s ambitious program of tax cuts, deregulation and increased spending on infrastructure.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 112.73 points to 20,950.10, the S&P 500 index rose 19.81 points to 2,385.26, and the Nasdaq composite index added 43.23 points at 5,900.05.But the announcement put a damper on the greenback, sending the currency lower.As a result, the Canadian dollar climbed 0.99 of a U.S. cent at 75.15 cents US, amid higher crude prices. The April crude contract was up $1.14 at US$48.86 per barrel after being in negative territory for seven sessions in a row.Portfolio manager Luciano Orengo said although the increase was anticipated, financial markets read the forecast as more “dovish.” Some had believed the Fed would change its plan to raise rates four times this year, not three.“The statement didn’t have a more hawkish announcement. It’s just reiterating what was said in December,” said Orengo, who works at Manulife Asset Management. “Basically they’re going to stay the path.”In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index gained 141.30 points, or nearly one per cent, at 15,520.91, as gold, materials and metals stocks led advancers.Financials were the only decliner, down by 0.47 per cent after Canada’s financial consumer watchdog is launching a review of business practices among the major banks following reports citing unnamed employees who alleged the lenders were signing customers up for services without their consent.The review, which is set to begin next month, comes after the CBC reported that some employees from Canada’s five biggest banks alleged they felt pressured to upsell, trick and even lie to customers to meet sales targets that were unrealistic.In other commodities, the April gold contract lost $1.90 at US$1,200.70 an ounce, May copper was up two cents to US$2.66 a pound, and April natural gas rose four cents at US$2.99 per mmBTU.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FEATURE The UN General Assemblys First Committee disarmament and international security issues

Costa Rica’s President Óscar Arias Sánchez (left), converses with Ted Turner, founder of CNN and philanthropist, at a summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. (September 2009) UN Photo/Mark Garten” rel=”gallery-default”> Just like in past years, the Assembly also adopted – without a vote – the traditional resolution submitted by the States Parties to the Pelindaba Treaty, which established a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Africa. Two other resolutions, on the creation of such zones in Central Asia and the southern hemisphere, were adopted by vote because of reservations expressed by some nuclear and non-nuclear States.Votes were also held in the General Assembly on several resolutions calling for new disarmament initiatives, which, in some cases, only confirmed the persistent differences between Member States.Tabled by the New Agenda Coalition – which is made up of Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden – a resolution entitled ‘Towards a world free of nuclear weapons: accelerating the implementation of commitments on nuclear disarmament,’ stresses the importance of verification and compliance with earlier commitments and related implementation measures adopted pursuant to the NPT Review Conferences of 1995, 2000 and 2010.It received 175 votes in favour, while the United States, France, UK, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Israel abstained or voted against the resolution. The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the first of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the First Committee. “Our interconnected world will make significant progress if the security, peace and stability exist for all peoples in all regions. We must intensify our efforts, as no obstacle is insurmountable.”With these words the Ambassador Desra Percaya of Indonesia, opened this year’s debate at the General Assembly’s First Committee, which he chairs and which focuses on the issues of disarmament and international security.The Committee’s 2012 work on disarmament delivered mixed results. Even as Amb. Percaya welcomed the encouraging results of the first session of the 2015 Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Review Conference of the Programme of Action to combat illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons, he deplored the failure of countries to achieve a global arms trade treaty and the deadlocked consultations at the Conference on Disarmament (CD), held earlier this year. The General Assembly’s First Committee begins discussing disarmament and international security-related items on the Assembly’s 67th session agenda. (October 2012) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe US President Barack Obama converses with Mohamed ElBaradei, the then Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, prior to a summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. (September 2009) UN Photo/Mark Garten Meanwhile, the General Assembly followed the First Committee’s recommendation and adopted, without a vote, a resolution on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. The resolution calls on all nations in the Middle East to take urgent measures to promote the creation of nuclear-weapon-free zone and, in the meantime, to report their nuclear activities to the UN’s nuclear watch-dog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).While it has joined the consensus on a vision for “a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction,” Israel has said that such a question should be dealt with at the regional level because, according to its representative, “only direct dialogue between the parties in the region can help build a regional security framework.”During the vote on that resolution, Iran and Syria lamented the delay, which they blamed on Israel. Adopted by a vote of 174 in favour to six against, and with six abstentions, the resolution calls for Israel to involve the IAEA in its nuclear activities in order to help build confidence among all States in the region. India’s Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon addresses a First Committee meeting to consider the priority to be given to the items on its agenda. (17 October 1961) UN Photo/MB Acting on the recommendation of its First Committee, the General Assembly adopted 58 texts related to disarmament, requiring 39 separate recorded votes in all. (December 2012) UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras The NPT’s objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.Meanwhile, the CD, established in 1979 and with a current membership of 65 countries, primarily focuses on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, and prevention of an arms race in outer space, among other issues. It has been plagued in recent years by an inability to overcome differences among its members and start its substantive work towards advancing disarmament goals.Despite renewed calls for multilateralism from Member States, several of the 53 draft resolutions and six draft decisions forwarded this fall to the Assembly reflected the ongoing disagreement between a small group of countries with nuclear arsenals which insist on non-proliferation and the vast majority of States that do not possess nuclear weapons and expect concrete new progress in nuclear disarmament.Given the deadlock, an international conference on setting up a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, which was initially planned for December in Helsinki, Finland, was postponed at the request of the United States, Russia and United Kingdom – the three depositary States of the NPT – which felt that conditions were not being met for such a conference. There were also measures aiming to eliminate the ongoing deadlock in the Geneva-based CD that has hampered progress on four main issues – nuclear disarmament, regulation of the production of fissile materials, supervision of negative security assurances, and the prevention of a space arms race.This schism between nuclear and non-nuclear States was particularly intense when the resolution on nuclear disarmament came up for a vote. According to this text – adopted by 124 votes in favour, 44 against and 18 abstentions – nuclear-weapon States are to undertake further reductions of non-strategic nuclear arsenals.In addition, the Assembly called for the immediate resumption of negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament toward a treaty banning the production of fissile materials for military purposes. It also demanded that international legal instruments be put in place to guarantee the security of non- nuclear States.A resolution on the use of weapons and ammunition containing depleted uranium also brought forth disagreements between Member States, with 155 of them voting in favour of the text, four voting against, and 27 abstaining. That resolution invited Member States using depleted-uranium weapons and ammunition to provide the affected countries with information on the location of areas where the weapons were used. read more

Recent attacks on hospitals in Aleppo can amount to war crimes –

“Health facilities must never be attacked or damaged, and health workers should be allowed to provide medical treatment and services to all people in need wherever they are inside Syria,” said a statement issued today by the UN agency.The four hospitals and a blood blank were reportedly hit several times on 23 and 24 July, disrupting key life-saving health services for up to 300,000 civilians, the statement noted.According to reports, a two-day-old baby died in his incubator due to interruptions in the oxygen supply as a result of air strikes on al-Hakim.“This UNICEF-supported paediatric hospital, the only one in the city, was reportedly hit twice in less than 12 hours,” the statement said.These hospitals in the al-Shaar neighbourhood make up half of all health facilities operating in the area.“Health facilities in Syria are being attacked with alarming ferocity,” the statement said, citing the World Health Organization’s estimates of more than forty attacks this year.It is estimated that nearly sixty per cent of public hospitals in the country have closed or are only partially functional, the statement added. read more

Local theatre group comes to Centre for the Arts

Jason Cadieux in Hard WaysNiagara is inspiring, with its rolling escarpment and farm fields next to casinos where people gamble away their life savings. And it’s from this diverse terrain that Jason Cadieux draws his inspiration.A Genie-nominated actor and theatre veteran, Cadieux has carved a niche as a playwright who captures the light and dark sides of the region he calls home. Hard Ways shows a gambling addict pushed to his emotional brink as he crosses the Rainbow Bridge. 17.5 is the story of a triathlete who hails from Niagara.Jason Cadieux and Stephanie JonesBoth plays will be shown on the Sean O’Sullivan stage on March 4.Cadieux and partner Stephanie Jones are the founders of Essential Collective Theatre, a St. Catharines-based company with a mandate to bring audiences stories they can relate to, often in communities they recognize as their own. A Toronto native, Cadieux moved to Niagara in 1998 with Jones, who had a dream of bringing quality theatre to her hometown. He was immediately inspired by Niagara, from its wineries and open roads to its role as a border town. There’s also, of course, the falls themselves.“I don’t think there’s any creative person who hasn’t felt the power of the falls,” he says. “There’s something romantic about the falls and there’s something dangerous about the falls.”It’s important for Niagara to have its own contemporary theatre, he says. “It’s a way of gaining perspective of who and where we are now.”Since its formation in 1998, Essential Collective has staged many of its performances in the Sullivan Mahoney Court House Theatre in downtown St. Catharines. It is one of the theatre companies that will benefit from new theatre space created when the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts moves downtown, joining with the City of St. Catharines and its new Niagara Centre for the Arts. Jones sits on several local arts and culture committees, including those advising on the new performing arts centre.“We are all very excited there’ll be more formalized space for us,” says Jones, who attended Brock. “You can’t get any better than space that celebrates what you do for a living.”Hard Ways premiered at the Summerworks Festival in Toronto in 2007. 17.5 premiered at Summerworks in 2005. The Centre for the Arts performance is just one in a series of touring performances of the plays, which will also be performed at the Guelph River Run Centre, the Oakville Centre for the Arts and the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Undercurrents Festival, among others.Those attending the pair of one-person plays will see themselves reflected in the intense, intimate performances, Cadieux says.“These two shows are really exploring the light and dark sides of humanity,” he says. “We can do a lot with a little.”Hard Ways and 17.5Friday, March 47:30 p.m.Regular tickets – $39University/college students – $20High school students – $5To order:905-688-5550 x3257, arts.brocku.ca read more

Football Kendall Sheffield selected No 111 overall by Atlanta Falcons

Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) intercepts the ball in the first quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorMake that six consecutive years with a drafted Ohio State defensive back.Former Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield was selected No. 111 overall in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons Saturday. The Buckeyes have had a member of the secondary drafted each year since 2013.Sheffield came to Ohio State as a JUCO transfer from Blinn, and was originally a five-star recruit for the Alabama Crimson Tide.The former Buckeye finished a two-year career in Columbus with 75 total tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass deflections. Both picks occurred in 2018.The Texas product suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle during the bench press at the 2019 NFL combine, preventing him from testing in front of scouts. read more

Botched IRA warning call contributed to Birmingham pub bombing deaths inquest finds

first_img 12,922 Views 66 Comments Friday 5 Apr 2019, 1:40 PM Apr 5th 2019, 1:40 PM Botched IRA warning call contributed to Birmingham pub bombing deaths, inquest finds Over 200 people were also injured in the 1974 attacks. The remnants of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham, one of the two pubs in Birmingham where the bombs exploded. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img By Garreth MacNamee The remnants of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham, one of the two pubs in Birmingham where the bombs exploded. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share142 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4578737 AN INQUEST INTO the deaths of 21 people as the result of two separate IRA bombings in 1974 has found that the victims were all unlawfully killed. The bombs detonated at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs on 21 November 1974. Over 200 people were also injured in the attacks. The BBC reports that a “botched IRA warning call” contributed to the deaths. A call came through to the Birmingham Mail newspaper less than 10 minutes before the bombs detonated. The jury found that this gave emergency services inadequate time to get to the scene and evacuate the buildings.In 2016 a coroner ordered new probes into the twin attacks. The bombings are widely believed to have been carried out by the provisional IRA, although the group has never formally claimed responsibility.The new inquests came after evidence emerged that police missed two warnings about the 21 November 1974 attack, which also left 182 people injured — one 11 days before, and another on the day of the bombings itself.The attack on two pubs in Britain’s second biggest city came at the height of the Troubles in the North. The original inquests — judicial fact-finding investigations that do not apportion blame — were halted by a police probe that led to six men being wrongly jailed for the bombings in 1975.The Birmingham Six, five of whom were Belfast-born Catholics, were jailed for the murders and served 17 years behind bars before their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1991.last_img read more

Lapdock 100 le smartphone devient laptop

first_imgLapdock 100 : le smartphone devient laptopMotorola a dévoilé une solution très intéressante aux utilisateurs de téléphones Atrix, Atrix 2 et Photon 4G : le lapdock 100. Une station d’accueil pour téléphone permettant de travailler sur le smartphone à la manière d’un ordinateur portable.Naviguer sur le Web tout en prenant un appel, pouvoir envoyer un message avec un vrai clavier, les consulter ou diffuser des vidéos sur un écran de 10,1 pouces…Voici quelques exemples d’application rendues possibles avec le Lapdock 100 (lien non disponible), la station d’accueil des smartphones Motorola Atrix et Photon.Une solution pratique et logique pour continuer de travailler ou de s’amuser avec son portable, dont les autres constructeurs pourraient prendre exemples.En plus de son clavier alpha-numérique, le lapdock 100 intègre un touchpad comme dispositif de pointage et deux ports USB pour pouvoir brancher, par exemple, un disque dur pour le stockage de données.Disponible (lien non disponible) dès aujourd’hui, le lapdock 100 coûte 299 euros. Le 14 octobre 2011 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This KFC Bath Bomb Will Have You Smelling Like Fried Chicken

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. KFC Japan has some very, shall we say, unique approaches to promoting its food in Japan, with some pretty strange things on offer to get people to eat there. We’re talking entire bento box lunches, anime goodies, and lots more. But perhaps the latest promotion takes the cake, or shall we say feathers?KFC Japan has joined forces with the wacky store Village Vanguard, the same crazy one that always has some bizarre novelty items up for sale, and the result of this unholy union is the KFC bath bomb, which is meant to make your bubble bath smell like delicious fried chicken. Or disgusting, probably more along the lines of chicken soup or bouillon cube for something of that nature.#秘伝のコンビパック 発売記念フォロー&リツイートで毎日100名様に当たる#KFCのアノ香り が漂う「チキンの香り?の入浴剤」を参加者全員に、本物のアノ香りを楽しめる特別クーポンも!11/15〆https://t.co/2tdtyL3UXu pic.twitter.com/wvZp85DG73— ケンタッキーフライドチキン (@KFC_jp) November 1, 2017The bomb itself looks just like a chicken drumstick, and it smells like one too. It’s pretty cute, if you fancy yourself a gigantic piece of chicken that needs to baste in a bath tub full of chicken liquid or something to that effect. But you can’t just go to any KFC in Japan or Village Vanguard to get one. You’ve got to be chosen as part of a special lottery of 100 people to receive one each day from November 1 through November 15. If you want to enter, you’ve got to follow the KFC Japan account and tweet special hashtags to be considered.If you end up winning one, you’ll get your bath bomb in a red and white KFC box, and even if you don’t win one of the bombs, you’ll get a special coupon to pick up a Secret Combination Pack of chicken for 550 yen instead of 750 yen. And with December rolling around for Japanese KFC fans, that’s a discount, especially since it’s the busiest month of the year for the chain in Japan.But do you really want to smell like chicken? To each their own, I suppose.last_img read more