Air India ‘touched’ by Sakshi Malik’s wish to fly, offers business class tickets

first_imgSakshi Malik, the Indian wrestler, who brought home the first medal from Rio Olympics this season, touched many hearts when she said she chose sports as a profession so she could fly. It seems the remark has also ‘touched’ national carrier Air India and its chief  Ashwani Lohani.So much so that Air India has now offered two complimentary business class tickets for Sakshi and her companion. (Also read: Sakshi Malik a reminder of what can happen if you don’t kill a girl child: Virender Sehwag)Lohani remarked in a letter addressed to India bronze girl, “Air India is indeed proud to offer you two(for you and your companion) return business class between any two destinations of the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year.”Meanwhile, it’s goodies showering on her. While the Haryana government has promised Rs 2.5 crore and a job, the Ministry of Railways has promoted her. The Uttar Pradesh government will give her Rs 3.11 lakh as part of the Rani Laxmibai award.last_img read more

Cowboys rally past Lions 24-20 for win in their first playoff game in 5 years

first_imgIn their first playoff game in five years, the Dallas Cowboys needed a rally and some clutch plays.They got them in beating the Detroit Lions 24-20 Sunday in an NFC wild-card game — along with a key reversal on a pass interference penalty.Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Terrance Williams, the second for 8 yards for the winning points with 2:32 to go. That brought the Cowboys (12-5) back from a 14-point deficit.“You just have to stay in the moment and understand the game,” Romo said. “It doesn’t end after the first quarter, second quarter. There’s a long way to go and it wasn’t going well, but usually things dissipate a little bit; it’s not quite as crazy as it is early. You just have to keep calm. I’ve played enough games to understand that.”Next is a trip to Green Bay, their first visit there in the postseason since the Ice Bowl loss to the Packers in 1967.The Lions (11-6) went 99 yards for one of two first-quarter touchdowns. They had the ball and a three-point lead in the final period when officials reversed without an explanation a pass interference penalty against Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens.That led to a fourth-and-1 and Detroit punted. But Sam Martin’s kick went only 10 yards, and Dallas headed the other way to the decisive TD.Indianapolis beat Cincinnati 26-10 in Sunday’s other game. The Colts head to Denver next Sunday.On Saturday, Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 30-17 and will play at New England next Saturday. In the first game of the weekend, Carolina downed Arizona 27-16 and will head to Seattle for a meeting next Saturday night with the defending Super Bowl champions.Colts 26, Bengals 10With the Bengals as their opposition, the Colts didn’t need to be great. It’s the playoffs, after all, and Cincinnati simply doesn’t win in the postseason.Andrew Luck threw for 376 yards and one touchdown, Daniel “Boom” Herron ran for another score, and Indianapolis dominated the second half. The Colts made a fair share of mistakes, but nothing like the Bengals (10-6-1), who became the first team in NFL history to lose four consecutive opening-round playoff games.They also are 0-6 in the postseason under coach Marvin Lewis, 0-4 with Andy Dalton at quarterback.“In the big moments, the guys that are our big guys have to make the plays,” veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “You see it every week. You look at the teams that win, their top guys make the plays that get them where they’ve got to go. It’ll be no different here. When we get in those situations, our big players have to make huge plays.”When the Colts (12-5) head to AFC West winner Denver (12-4), Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets another shot at his former team and the QB who replaced him.“On to next week,” Luck said. “It’s the playoffs. There’s a difference. You’ve got to move on; you’ve got to keep that journey alive.”All-Pro Adam Vinatieri made four field goals for AFC South champ Indianapolis.SATURDAYRavens 30, Steelers 17Joe Flacco continued his impressive postseason performances, throwing for two second-half touchdowns to beat the Ravens’ bitter AFC North rival. The Ravens (11-6) won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason; Pittsburgh had been 9-0 in third games of a season against the same opponent.The Ravens are 7-4 on the road in the postseason since John Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008 and Flacco was drafted.“We’ve been on the road a lot in the playoffs,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe that’s it.”Now, it’s on to New England (12-4).“Bring ’em on,” linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “We’re going to work hard in practice this coming week and go up there and play our best game. We’re going to play Ravens football. And with a great game plan, I know we’ll be ready for anything.”Panthers 27, Cardinals 16Just the second team with a losing record to win a division title, the Panthers (8-8-1) took their fifth straight game by ending Arizona’s season. It was Carolina’s first playoff win in nine years.The defense held the Cardinals (11-6) and third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley to 78 yards, the fewest in NFL playoff history.“We know who we are — menacing, stifling and we are going to get after you,” cornerback Josh Norman said. “We know when there is blood in the water and when there is, our sharks are going to eat.”They might not find such a meaty opponent next week when the AFC South champs travel to Seattle.BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deep learning machine vision system aids blind and visually impaired

first_img November 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: 3 thoughts on “Deep learning machine vision system aids blind and visually impaired” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “I’ve always had a fear of losing my own sight — these new technologies that are coming online are very exciting.” November 10, 2016 at 4:11 am “A similar Israeli product:nn” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Consumer, Industry November 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm Log in to Reply I just heard about an Italian company called Eyra and its Horus Technology, which combines deep learning, machine vision, and wearable technology to enhance the lives of the blind and visually impaired.This is of particular interest to me, because my cousin Graham in England started to lose his sight in his early 30s and he’s now almost totally blind. Graham is three years older than me, and we used to play together as little lads. In fact, earlier today Graham emailed me the following picture of me (left) and him (right) sitting in the trunk of a Ford Anglia at a family picnic in the Cordwell Valley, Derbyshire, England.(Source: Max Maxfield & Graham Marshall) This photograph was taken circa 1959 when I was around 2 years old. Regarding the knotted handkerchief adorning my head, I just got off the phone with my mom who says that my dad would have put it there to protect my noggin from the sun.I have to say that I have the utmost respect for Graham. He simply doesn’t let anything get him down. Once he could no longer work, he went back to University to get a degree in Communications Studies, after which he landed himself a weekly radio show discussing the latest and greatest music (thereby guaranteeing himself free tickets to all the local concerts). More recently, he’s become the co-host of The Live Science Radio Show on Sheffield Live (Graham’s show runs for an hour each Saturday morning starting at 11:00 a.m. if you want to listen in).The reason I’m waffling on about this here is that it provides yet another example of the weird and wonderful coincidences the universe delights in throwing our way. The week before last, I was over in England visiting my dear old mom. As part of this trip, I was invited to give a guest lecture on embedded systems at my old alma mater — Sheffield Hallam University. Being aware of Graham’s interest in science and technology, I invited him to join us and listen in.The university is growing and boasts a lot of new buildings since my days there. I found it difficult to locate the lecture theater myself, even though I can see where I’m going, but Graham appeared to have no difficulty tracking me down. The point of all this is that, as part of my presentation, we covered cognitive (reasoning, thinking) systems, artificial neural networks, deep learning, and machine vision.Thus, you can only imagine my surprise when my chum Charlene Gage told me about the folks at Eyra and their Horus Technology (the “Eye of Horus” is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health). This consists of a headset connected to a pocket computer. On one side of the headset are two cameras providing stereo vision with depth perception; on the other side is a bone-conduction transducer that allows the pocket computer to talk to the wearer without blocking normal hearing.The Horus system (Source: Eyra) The Horus System is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1, which is described as: “An otherworldly combination of 192 supercomputer-class GPU cores, incredible graphics horsepower, and extraordinary power efficiency.” Using deep learning technology to provide object detection and recognition, the Horus System can analyze, recognize, and inform its wearer as to what it’s seeing in the outside world.As one simple example, the system can recognize and read text, as illustrated in the photographs below.The Horus system can be used to read text (Source: Eyra) A more sophisticated example is the system’s ability to learn to recognize the wearer’s friends and say something like “Hey, Martina and Luca are approaching.” The Horus system can identify people (Source: Eyra) But all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. The system will also be able to scan the surroundings and transform the visual information into verbal messages. Imagine coupling this with GPS and Google Maps and suchlike, thereby enabling the system to guide its wearer to his or her target location while describing the things they encounter along the way.Eyra has just launched its Horus Early Access Program for individuals and organizations to test its wearables prior to their public release in January 2017. As part of this program, Eyra is looking for participants in Italy to test the Horus wearable and provide feedback on their experiences that will be used to improve the device.The folks at Eyra say that they will be soliciting applications from English-speaking candidates later in the year, so I’m hoping Graham gets a chance to use one, in which case I will ask him to report back for me to present his findings in a future column. In the meantime, are there any additional features and capabilities you would suggest Eyra considers adding to the Horus system? Alionto says: “Oooh — this looks GREAT — I wish my cousin Graham could get to try one.” Continue Reading Previous Using Simblee Bluetooth to improve one’s sleepNext Which IoT protocol should you use for your design? Log in to Reply Log in to Reply 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.last_img read more

Texas Awards 2 Walk-ons With Scholarships In Emotional Video

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Off the field, there may not be a more emotional moment for a college football player than getting a scholarship letter as a walk-on. Ahead of the 2019 season, Texas went the extra step to make the moment extra special for two special players.On Wednesday, Texas revealed a video of two players being told that they were now on scholarship. In a playful ruse by the team, walk-on linebacker Cort Jaquess was invited on stage to give a slideshow presentation.After Jaquess was done with the presentation, an extra slide was shown, revealing that he and fellow walk-on linebacker Russell Hine were now on scholarship.The reaction from their Texas teammates was immediate, as they rushed to Jaquess and Hine to embrace them. You’re on scholarship! Congratulations @RussellHine24 & @jaysoncort89! 🤘🤘🤘🤘#ThisIsTexas #HookEm— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) August 15, 2019The two Texas walk-ons were then invited to the stage, where they both expressed their thanks for the opportunity.In an emotional moment, Jaquess reflected on how a privilege it was to play on scholarship for Texas just as his father once had.Hine also thanked everyone, and gave a special shoutout to head coach Tom Herman.The UT Football Walkons Twitter account later announced that specialist Justin Mader also earned his scholarship.🚨SCHOLARSHIP ALERT🚨We had THREE of our boys earn scholarships today. Cort Jaquess, Russell Hine, and not pictured (because specialists don’t matter apparently) Justin Mader. All are more than deserving and we couldn’t be happier for each of them.🤘 #WalkOnWednesday— UT Football Walkons (@ut_walkons) August 15, 2019Congratulations to Texas’ three new scholarship players!last_img read more

BIMCO Calls for IMO GHG Study Based on Realistic GDP Growth

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Shipowner association BIMCO has called for the Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study based on realistic economic growth.The association proposed that the GHG study does not include unrealistically high gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections to predict future transport demand – and thereby emissions – of the shipping industry.The proposal has been made to the expert workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.“It is imperative that the industry – and the world – base discussions and actions to reduce emissions from shipping on credible and realistic projections. If not, we risk making the wrong decisions and spending resources ineffectively,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General, said.BIMCO argues that the Fourth IMO GHG Study should avoid scenarios 1 and 5 of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP), as these scenarios project considerably higher and unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth than current economic trends and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development projections.“The previous study’s most pessimistic projection of a 250% increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world. Unfortunately, the 250% projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again,” Pedersen added.BIMCO has collaborated with CE Delft, the consultancy that modeled and calculated the Third IMO GHG Study’s projections in 2014 for future GHG emissions from ships. The revised calculation includes the most recent OECD GDP projections.The report highlights, that when using a more realistic GDP growth scenario, the shipping industry is projected to achieve an absolute reduction of 20% versus the target of an absolute emission reduction of 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.“We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections,” Pedersen says.Lower transport work projections have recently been supported by two other studies: “Energy Transition Outlook 2018: Maritime Forecast to 2050” by DNV-GL and “Transport 2040 – Automation, Technology and Employment – The Future of Work” by the World Maritime University.Both studies have decoupled the correlation between the growth in GDP and transport demand after 2030, and both studies arrive at projections well below the BIMCO/CE Delft recalculation of the Third GHG Study. BIMCO also suggests that the IMO expert workshop take the decoupling of GDP growth and transport work into consideration.last_img read more

Canadian retaliation to US metal tariffs causing pain ambassador

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador to the United States says he’s hearing complaints from some Americans about the pain caused by Ottawa’s retaliation against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs.David MacNaughton was referring to Canada’s imposition of $16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American imports last year after President Donald Trump used a section of U.S. trade law to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The Canadian “countermeasures” hit products in U.S. states where Trump prevailed to win the presidency in 2016.They targeted a wide range of goods, including ketchup from Pennsylvania, bourbon from Kentucky, orange juice from Florida, toilet paper from Wisconsin and Ohio and panels for circuit breakers and fuses from Michigan.Mexico was also hit with the American tariffs and MacNaughton says the “strategic retaliation” the two countries have responded with is causing anxiety in some “important” states.MacNaughton told the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Ottawa that the government is pushing hard to have the tariffs lifted.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher amid mega deals in telecom tech and

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market got off to a strong start to September on Tuesday as improved manufacturing data from China pushed miners higher while the telecom sector benefited from corporate dealmaking.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,740.50 +86.60 0.68%S&P 500 —  1,639.77 +6.80 0.42%Dow — 14,833.96 +23.65 0.16%Nasdaq — 3,612.61 +22.74 0.63%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 86.6 points to 12,740.5, led by a surge of almost five% in the telecom sector after U.S. giant Verizon Communications Inc. said it was no longer interested in entering the Canadian wireless market. Verizon had announced Monday that it was paying US$130 billion for a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.Shares in Canada’s top three wireless companies rose as result, with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) up $3 or 7.2% to $44.59, BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) climbed $1.67 or 3.87% to $44.86 and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) jumped $1.81 or 5.54% to $34.50. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. announced it was buying Nokia Corp.’s lineup of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services for US$7.2 billion. The purchase increased buyout hopes for BlackBerry (TSX:BB), sending the Canadian smartphone maker’s stock up 11 cents to C$10.75.BlackBerry is in the midst of a review of its “strategic alternatives,” which could result in the sale of its operations or an agreement to take the company private, though so far no potential bidders have publicly emerged.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 94.97 cents US as the U.S. dollar appreciated on a much better than expected reading on American manufacturing.U.S. indexes gave up early strong gains as nervousness about a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria grew during the session and trumped data showing much greater than expected expansion in the American manufacturing sector during August.The Dow Jones industrials came down from a 123-point jump as traders weighed the chances of President Barack Obama getting congressional approval for punishing Syria for a sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that U.S. intelligence says killed 1,429 people.A vote could take place next week after lawmakers return from holidays Sept. 9.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” observed Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“With these geopolitical fears, they tend to pass. But while they’re happening, it’s difficult to see past them because it is pretty scary stuff when you’re talking about war.”The Dow Jones industrials closed up 23.65 points to 14,833.96, as the latest reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector showed stronger than expected expansion in August. The Institute for Supply Management’s index rose to 55.7 from 53 in July, much stronger than the 54 reading that had been expected.The Nasdaq gained 22.74 points to 3,612.61 and the S&P 500 index was up 6.8 points at 1,639.77.The Microsoft deal came down a day after Verizon announced its deal with Vodafone. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said Tuesday the company “never really seriously looked” at entering the Canadian market and that any plan is “off the table at this point.”Over the last few months, the spectre of competition in the Canadian wireless market from the big U.S. telco had pushed Canadian telecom stocks well off their 52-week highs.On the commodity markets, copper prices ran ahead following two reports — both released Monday — that showed China’s manufacturing sector improved last month after prolonged weakness. China is the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which itself is an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications.December copper got extra lift from the strong U.S. manufacturing data and gained seven cents to US$3.30 a pound, sending the base metals sector up 2.5%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 86 cents to C$27.38.The energy sector gained 0.75% as oil prices shed early losses after the release of the ISM data. The October crude contract closed up 89 cents to US$108.54 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 67 cents to C$36.17.Gold prices reversed early losses with the December contract climbing $15.90 to US$1,412 an ounce and the gold sector rose 0.7%. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 32 cents to C$31.42. TOP STORIESBCE, Rogers, Telus rally as Verizon shuns CanadaBlackBerry investors react favourably to Microsoft-Nokia takeover dealGoogle’s next Android operating system named after KitKat chocolate barMining deal value has plunged 74% this year as M&A slows to a crawlWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada announces rate decision at 10 a.m. CANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise Trade Balance (July): Economists expect a deficit of $200,000 UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods & Services Trade Balance (July): Economists expect a deficit of $38.6-billion 2 p.m. Fed Beige BookCORPORATE NEWSCANADADominion Diamond Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share UNITED STATESDollar General Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ a share SAIC, Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 22¢ a share read more

President off to Japan next week

The President is expected to meet with Japanese Emperor Akihitho, Japanese Prime Minister Shinso Abe and trade and defense officials during the visit. Sri Lanka maintains a cordial economic and bilateral relation with Japan and the visit is expected to further the Sri Lanka’s relation with Japan. Japan is the major donor country of Sri Lanka which provides assistance to several projects. President Mahinda Rajapaksha is to undertake a four-day official visit to Japan next weekThis visit is aimed at further enhancing the existing ties between Japan and Sri Lanka. According to the government information department the visit is scheduled to take place between 13 and 16 March read more

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions

WASHINGTON — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week’s quarter-point rate cut are highlighting the deep divisions at the central bank.Eric Rosengren, head of the Fed’s Boston regional bank and one of two officials who opposed the rate cut, says that the additional stimulus was not needed. He says it runs the risk of inflating the price of risky assets and encouraging households and business to take on too much debt.James Bullard, head of the St. Louis Fed branch, dissented in favour of a bigger half-point cut. He argues that a larger reduction would have provided needed insurance against a sharper slowdown.In a CNBC interview, Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, who supported the latest quarter-point rate cut, says healthy debate is a strength of the Fed system.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

CGI precleared by US to bid on US6 billion cybersecurity work

CGI pre-cleared by U.S. to bid on US$6 billion cybersecurity work MONTREAL – Information technology company CGI Group Inc. has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bid on up to US$6 billion worth of cybersecurity work over the next five years.The clearance could help the Montreal-based company bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues to monitor online threats to more than 20 federal government agencies.The U.S. subsidiary of CGI (TSX:GIB.A) was one of 17 companies that won positions on the program, allowing them to quickly win work without a drawn-out bidding process.The program is designed to provide government agencies, including the more than 60 per cent which don’t have mature surveillance programs, with the ability to continuously monitor computer threats and detect abnormal network activity.CGI says the U.S. government contract could add about US$350 million in revenues if CGI wins its traditional share of such blanket purchase agreements, although there are no guarantees.Spokesman Lorne Gorber the pre-clearance will allow CGI to capitalize on its expertise providing cloud computing services for the U.S. government.“It’s something that can only grow for us in the future,” he said.Kris Thompson of National Bank Financial added that CGI is “punching above their weight in the U.S. Federal market.”“These contract vehicles are very positive for CGI in a tight government spending environment,” he noted.CGI has 1,200 experts working at nine security operating centres and three cybersecurity labs around the world.Among its work for the U.S. military is the deployment and support of more than 9,000 biometric devices at more than 100 locations around the world.CGI Group is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world with about 69,000 employees and more than $10 billion in annual revenues. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 6:24 pm MDT read more

How Prince Charles set fire to a pile of jumpers and buried

first_imgIn response he helped launch the Campaign for Wool in 2010. Since its launch the campaign has staged more than 200 events, including shepherds grazing sheep on grass laid along Savile Row in London, the heartland of British tailoring, and in New York’s Bryant Park. Fashion shows in Japan, Italy and China have all featured woollen garments.The Prince says there are now signs of a revival, with the fall in sheep numbers across the globe slowing down. To demonstrate the biodegradability of wool, the Prince of Wales buries two sweaters, one made from wool and another made from a synthetic fibre A wool duvet, a wool jacket and wool carpet were given a flammability test, along with their synthetic counterparts Writing in the Telegraph Magazine the Prince recalled how “six months later, a ceremonious exhumation revealed an intact synthetic jersey, fit indeed to be washed and worn, while the woollen jersey had quietly and usefully biodegraded itself away to nothing”.Not content with that, the Prince set fire to a pile of jumpers, one synthetic, the other woollen, to test their fire retardant qualities. To demonstrate the biodegradability of wool, the Prince of Wales buries two sweaters, one made from wool and another made from a synthetic fibreCredit:Kevin Moran A wool duvet, a wool jacket and wool carpet were given a flammability test, along with their synthetic counterparts The Prince has long been credited with popularising the use of organic produce. Since then he has turned his attention to the wonders of wool.Next week he will host the Dumfries House Conference, in Scotland, bringing together what he calls “a great gathering of wool people”, including spinners, weavers and designers such as Paul Smith and Ermenegildo Zegna, along with carpet makers, sheep farmers, retailers and mill owners. As the Prince points out the price of wool has fallen sharply in recent years, with some sheep farmers receiving less for their wool than the cost of shearing their sheep as manufacturers turned to synthetic materials. I want to encourage a much greater understanding of woolPrince Charles “I want to encourage a much greater understanding of wool not only as a global environmental resource – versatile, sustainable, renewable and natural – but also as a global fashion resource of the highest quality,” he writes.He adds pointedly: “These may not be entirely welcome propositions in some part of an industry that is sadly dominated by mass-produced chemical fibres, but today’s environmentally aware consumers do seem to be seeking out quality and durability in fashion, lifestyle and interiors. And that is exactly what wool provides.”center_img Prince​ Charles shows a sheep to pupils from Avening Primary School in Gloucestershire at HighgroveCredit:Anwar Hussein/PA The Prince of Wales observes sheep being led into a shearing shed in Australia in 2012 “Synthetic jerseys produced a dramatic and disconcerting blaze,” he concluded. “While their woollen counterparts merely smouldered in relative safety.”There may be something of the mad scientist in all this, recalling his famous habit of talking to his plants, but the experiments are in line with his wider thinking on the environment. Prince​ Charles shows a sheep to pupils from Avening Primary School in Gloucestershire at Highgrove.  The Prince of Wales observes sheep being led into a shearing shed in Australia in 2012Credit:Getty Images He is well known for his passion for plants, but this may be the strangest crop the Prince of Wales has yet tried to raise.The Prince has disclosed how, in a curious experiment to establish the comparative qualities of wool and synthetic fibre, he buried two jumpers in a flower bed at Clarence House.His aim was to illustrate wool’s virtues as a material that is not only endlessly versatile but also eminently recyclable and totally biodegradable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Butterball launches 5 Thanksgiving hotline app

first_imgFor more than 30 years, poultry titan Butterball has set up a special hotline on its most important day of the year — Thanksgiving. The so-called “Butterball hotline” allows the novice to the expert feast maker to get tips on anything and everything they need to know about stuffing and preparing a turkey for the biggest dinner day for millions of Americans.This year will usher in a brand new chapter in the Butterball hotline history books with the introduction of a special mobile app version of the service, as well as other technological advancements like Facebook live chats and a presence on Pinterest.Admittedly, relying exclusively on a 1-800 number in this age of social media and mobile dominance has seemed pretty antiquated for years. But there was some charm in the service because it was rooted in history just like the tradition of Thanksgiving itself.Nevertheless, there is a time for technological advancements for everything, and the Butterball app proves that. According to Butterball, their hotline office, which usually holds about 50 telephone agents, will now have a special corner dedicated to social media outreach. The company plans to set up HDTVs in the room which will show dedicated streams of Facebook and Twitter content.If a turkey company can make news in the world of mobile technology and online innovation, it’s just further proof that everyone is a content company these days, and there is no one to whom technology does not apply.The app is called Butterball Cookbook Plus and can be found on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. It is available for $4.99. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way it’s 1-800-BUTTERBALL.last_img read more

Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys

first_img Feb 26th 2019, 7:08 AM Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 7:08 AM Catholic Cardinal George Pell Image: AAP Image/David Crosling via PA Images 11,064 Views No Comments Image: AAP Image/David Crosling via PA Images Share34 Tweet Email Catholic Cardinal George Pell AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL GEORGE Pell, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.An Australian jury unanimously found Pell guilty in December on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault against two boys at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.Pell, now aged 77, was accused of cornering the boys – then aged 12 and 13 – in the cathedral’s sacristy following Sunday mass and forcing them to perform a sex act on him.The cleric, who has remained free on bail, denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on 11 December.A wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May.The order was lifted during a court hearing yesterday when prosecutors decided against proceeding with a second trial for separate allegations against Pell dating from the 1970s. There was no immediate reaction from the Vatican but Pell maintained his innocence.“Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so,” said a statement issued by his lawyers, who added that they had lodged an appeal against the conviction.The statement noted that numerous allegations and other charges against Pell had already been withdrawn or discharged.‘Rot in hell’Of the two choirboys that Pell was found to have assaulted, one died in 2014 of a drug overdose that his family blamed on the trauma he suffered. The second victim said in a statement issued by his lawyer yesterday that the ongoing legal process was stressful and “not over yet”.“Like many survivors I have experienced shame, loneliness, depression and struggle,” said the man, who has not been publicly identified. By AFP At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.A pre-sentencing hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, when Pell is expected to be remanded in custody. He faces a maximum 25 years in prison if his appeal is rejected, prosecutors have said.His conviction is another hammer blow to the Church, which has struggled to convince the world it is serious about tackling widespread child abuse and paedophilia.Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to manage the Vatican finances in 2014 and was one of the pontiff’s closest advisors as a member of the so-called C9 council until being dropped from that body the day after his 11 December conviction.News of his conviction will be a serious setback as the pope pursues a campaign to show the church’s determination to fight sex abuse.Just two days earlier, Pope Francis closed an historic Vatican summit on sexual abuse by priests by likening the abuse to “human sacrifice”.“We are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Francis said in closing remarks to the summit, vowing to deal with every case of abuse “with the utmost seriousness”.But critics say the institution is still moving too slowly in dealing with a problem that is global in scale and, at a minimum, spans decades.© – AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Missing Ore boy search focuses on Portland area

first_imgA sheriff’s officer says investigators are limiting the search for a missing 7-year-old Portland, boy to the city’s metro area, despite tips from as far away as Washington state.Kyron Horman disappeared Friday after a science fair at the rural Skyline Elementary School.Missing child a wake-up call for local schoolsMultnomah County sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gates said Tuesday searching is especially difficult in the dense, hilly terrain near the school. At least one person was hurt and transported by ambulance Monday while looking for Kyron. Gates declined to comment on the injury.He says the search effort is approaching the largest ever conducted by the county.Twenty-two state, local and federal agencies have been following up on more than 1,200 tips.Kyron is featured on the website of television’s “America’s Most Wanted.” Kyron’s stepmother and father are expected to issue a statement today.last_img read more

Solitaire for Windows is no longer fully free and has DLC

first_imgLike the Start Menu, Solitaire is making a triumphant return in Windows 10. It’s coming with a few changes, though, and you may not like one of them. The new game is getting the freemium treatment, so prepare for in-game advertising.By now, you may have grown so accustomed to ads in your mobile games that you’ll simply tune them out in Solitaire. Should you find the loading screen interstitials irritating, however, they’ll cost you $1.49 per month (or $9.99 per year) to remove them. It’s the same price Microsoft was charging for the “premium” Solitaire Collection when Windows 8 was released. The big difference is that you had to grab the game from the Windows Store on your own. With Windows 10, Microsoft is injecting it right back in to Windows.You do get more than ad-free card games, at least. In addition to removing the ads, your subscription gets you bonus coins that you can spend on DLC. It also gives you an advantage in two of the games in the bundle — TriPeaks and Pyramid — and some players might actually think that’s worth paying for.Ultimately, Solitaire may be the first in a series of moves like this. Windows 10 is arriving in an era where the lines have blurred between desktop and mobile operating systems, and we’ve gotten rather used to getting mobile software for free. With Windows 10, it finally looks like Microsoft is preparing to walk down that path on the desktop, too.If they’re not charging you for the software, then they’ll be looking to make money somewhere. You only need to look as far as your phone to see how profitable freemium apps and DLC can be. So while you may never have to pay for a subscription just to use Windows, you might wind up having to pay to get rid of the annoying adverts it’s stuffed with — if Solitaire is an indicator of where things are headed.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – New fusion power design a space elevator

first_img In other news, a company in Canada got a U.S. patent for a space elevator—their idea is to use modular tubes of Kevlar-polyethylene composites filled with helium to build the structure, which they claim would reach to 12 miles high. The elevator could be used to carry cargo and humans to that height and at the top would be a runway for space planes to take off and land. And another international team of astronomers reported that they have been charting the slow death of the universe. They have conducted the most comprehensive assessment yet of the energy output of the universe measuring the energy generated by 200,000 galaxies, and have found that it is approximately half of what it was two billion years ago.Also, in an interesting turn of events, a team of researchers at Northwestern University uncovered a difference between the sexes—other than the obvious ones, of course. They found evidence of male and female human brains operating differently at the molecular level. Meanwhile, another team of molecular scientists unexpectedly produced a new type of glass—and it might lead to improvements in efficiency of electronic devices.And finally, if you are one of the many people attempting to lose weight by dieting, you might want to know that a team of researchers with US National Institutes of Health has found that a low-fat diet results in more fat loss than low-carb diets, in humans. Now all you will have to do is stick to it. Citation: Best of Last Week – New fusion power design, a space elevator and low-fat diet found to be better than low-carb diet (2015, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Explore further A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Credit: the MIT ARC teamcenter_img (—It was a big week for physics—a research team at MIT created a superfluid in a record-high magnetic field—a Bose-Einstein condensate—for a tenth of a second. And another team at MIT announced a new design that could finally help to bring fusion power closer to reality—in as little as ten years. Meanwhile, a team working at CERN found that protons and antiprotons appear to be true mirror images—the most precise measurements of their charge-to-mass ratio to date. And researchers working at the South Pole-based IceCube experiment reported that a cosmic mystery deepened with the discovery of a new ultra-high-energy neutrino—making it the fourth and highest-energy neutrino yet observed. Also, a team at CalTech announced a discovery in fundamental physics—pinpointing for the first time how instabilities in the arrangement of electrons in metals arise. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Cosmic mystery deepens with discovery of new ultra-high-energy neutrinolast_img read more

IndiGo to start daily flights on KolkataHanoi route from Oct 31

first_imgNew Delhi: IndiGo will start daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3, making Vietnam’s capital the 19th international destination for the airline. Vietnam would be fifth Southeast Asian country in IndiGo’s network after Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. In a release on Tuesday, the no-frills airline said it would introduce daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3. “Hanoi will be IndiGo’s 19th International and 75th overall destination,” it said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata One way fares are starting from Rs 9,999. IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said the airline would continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers across domestic and international destinations. “We foresee a rising demand for Hanoi, which is famous for its historic architecture and a rich cultural blend of Southeast Asian and French influence. “Additionally, we are also expecting a high demand for the Buddhist circuit as Vietnam has a large Buddhist community,” he added. IndiGo operates around 1,400 flights daily.last_img read more

Update Lost Jack Russell reunited with his family in Ladysmith

first_imgThe male Jack Russell dog that was picked up this morning (December 12) in town has been reunited with his owners.The dog was seen roaming around the Pick ‘n Pay Centre.Initial story: Have you lost your Jack Russell in Ladysmith? – this little guy was picked up this morningAlso read: Help find scared, missing dog in LadysmithAlso read: Help find missing dog in LadysmithHe was picked up by a local businessman. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The owners saw the Ladysmith Gazette story that was published earlier today and came to collect their dog.Hugo and Chane Buitendach were delighted to be reunited with their little Basjan again.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Hare Krishna Movement devotees celebrate Festival of Chariots in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Hare Krishna Movement held the Festival of Chariots on Saturday (March 25).Devotees dressed in colourful clothes and prepared to pull a huge chariot through the streets with the aim of pleasing the Lord.Read more: Pulling a huge chariot through the streetsSongs of praise were joyously sung as young and old participated in pulling the chariot from Albert Street down Murchison Street, ending at Princess Street.Traffic police were present to make sure everything went smoothly.Once the devotees reached the temple, a scrumptious lunch and drinks were served to all.The Hare Krishna Movement would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the community, well-wishers and sponsors for their help and support in making the festival such a success.Click to receive news links viaWhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more