US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte As social media lit up in South Korea in condemnation of Bell, 22, the ISU was set to meet later Thursday to discuss the claims, said media and communications manager Selina Vanier.American skate officials were not immediately available for comment.Lim’s All That Sports agency said there was reason to believe Bell’s act was deliberate, claiming Lim was skating close to the rink wall away from her rivals and the American collided with her from behind.Lim and Bell both train under coach Rafael Arutyunyan and the Korean skater’s management also alleged Bell had been “bullying Lim for months” leading up to the world championships, according to local media.The management company also claimed Bell failed to apologize after the incident, a point many on social media jumped on.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From L-R – Figure skaers Mariah Bell and Lim Eun-soo. Photo from AFPFigure skating’s ruling body is set to investigate claims America’s Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a warm-up at the world championships in Japan.Korean officials told AFP on Thursday that they had lodged a formal complaint following the incident, in which Lim’s management agency alleged Bell kicked their skater, causing a cut to her leg, while limbering up for the women’s short programme on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img The officials refused to speculate what action, if any, the International Skating Union (ISU) might take, admitting it was “difficult to prove” intent on Bell’s part.“At this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” a Korea Skating Union official said, adding that Lim’s parents also brought the clash to the body’s attention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”The 16-year-old Lim, skating in her first senior world championships, was patched up before scoring a personal-best 72.91 points to place fifth in the short skate at Saitama, just ahead of Bell. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The problem with Mariah Bell was that she was skating too close to the edge and her blade stabbed into Eunsoo’s leg,” tweeted one fan.“Putting all bullying rumors aside, shouldn’t she have apologized?”The glitzy world of figure skating is more commonly associated with frilly skirts and hairspray but is no stranger to controversy, most notably when American Tonya Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run-up to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.Plenty of skating fans came out in support of Bell, while others called for calm.“First of all people need to CALM DOWN and analyze,” suggested one Twitter user.“Why would a veteran skater like Bell injure someone during a PUBLIC PRACTICE in front of hundreds of fans? None of the fans, who were taking notes, said ANYTHING about a collision.”Olympic champion Alina Zagitova leads the standings heading into Friday’s free skate at the world championships in Saitama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Work halted on key Olympic venues 88 days before games

first_imgWith less than three months to go until the start of the games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil’s Ministry of Labour and Employment said.Officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village shut down operations at those and two other sites. They did not say exactly what the problems entailed or how serious they were.Safety of workers a prime concern”We have no intention of hampering the event,” Robson Leite, the ministry’s regional superintendent, told reporters. “We just want the safety of the population, the workers and all those who will visit Rio.”The Olympic Park, where 16 sports will take place at nine venues, was declared open last month but final touches to the tennis courts and sponsors’ areas are still being made. The games open on August 5.The city’s oversight agency said it had immediately complied with the ministry’s order.”Two areas where digging took place were cordoned off and a meeting will decide what adjustments are necessary so work can continue,” the Geo-Rio Foundation said in a statement.Workers death toll on the riseSuch injunctions are common in Brazil and are usually quickly resolved.However, Leite reminded reporters of a ministry study released last week showing that at least 11 people have been killed while working on Olympic projects, compared to eight in the 12 cities preparing to host the 2014 World Cup, which was also held in Brazil.advertisementThe shut down came just weeks after a bicycle lane built as part of the legacy infrastructure collapsed into the sea killing two cyclists.last_img read more

Justice Mukul Mudgal to head FIFA Governance Committee

first_imgRetired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal was on Friday elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the world football governing bodys 67th Congress here.According to a letter released before the representatives from all 211 Member Associations at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre here, Olli Rehn from Finland, who is the former Vice-President of the European Commission, will be Justice Mudgal’s deputy.Justice Mudgal, who served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2009 to 2011, was the first choice for the FIFA Council and his name was proposed for the vacant position after (former chief) Miguel Maduro was removed for his role.Maduro allegedly played a role in blocking Russian World Cup official Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat on ruling council.Mudgal, who until now served as the Deputy Chairman of the committee after being appointed in May last year during the FIFA Congress in Mexico, will take the office for four years effective immediately.last_img read more

Formula One’s Valtteri Bottas set to stay at Mercedes

first_imgFinnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas is set to stay at champions Mercedes next season with only small details remaining to be signed off, according to team boss Toto Wolff.”It’s a no-brainer as it stands for next year to continue with Valtteri,” the Austrian told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel had signed a three-year contract extension.That news ended speculation that the German, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season, could switch to Mercedes. (Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s pole record in 200th race)”It’s just down to the nitty-gritty details and the paperwork and see how it pans out in the future,” said Wolff of Bottas’s situation. “There’s a pretty big chance he will be here next year.”Bottas arrived at the Formula One champions in January as a replacement for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who had stunned the sport by announcing his sudden retirement in December.Bottas, who had management links with Wolff when he was at Williams, has settled in well at Mercedes and has won two of his first 11 races with the team.Reuters Photo The Finn is third in the standings, 19 points behind triple world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton, who is in turn 14 adrift of championship leader Vettel.Bottas has also finished on the podium in his last five races, scoring more points than any other driver over that period, with eight top-three places to date.He and Hamilton also get on well, with the Briton saying earlier in the week that he saw no reason for anything to change.advertisement”There is another new element in the team and it works,” Hamilton, whose relationship with Rosberg was far more intense, told reporters.”I don’t believe any of the bosses or any of the individuals within the team is unhappy with what is currently in place, so I find it hard to believe they will change that.”last_img read more

Cable connection concept for remote embedded modular computers

first_img Continue Reading Previous Enhanced reliability and performance in motor control encoder applicationsNext Liquid cooling expands applications for CompactPCI computers For three decades, industrial PCs have used two types of internal architecture: motherboards and passive backplanes. A new PCI Express over cable concept will improve the capabilities of the next computers on smaller foot prints by ten times, according to the manufacturer. Figure 1. Concept of myOPALE By Frederic Aupetit, Ecrin Systems                          Download PDF version of this articleFor three decades, industrial PCs have used two types of internal architecture, motherboards and passive backplanes: ATX motherboards with slots for ISA, PCI and PCIe I/O extensions connected perpendicularly to the motherboard, or smaller form factors like EBX/miniITX variants for 1U chassis for up to 2x I/O cards in parallel to the motherboard, and since 1994, PICMG 1.0 and 1.3 passive backplanes, where a single board computer and its I/O cards are connected vertically to offer more I/O sites and better MTTR for industrial and test bench systems.The major evolution during the last 25 years has essentially concerned only the size of the housing, which has shrunk from standard 4U/2U 19’’ rackmount to Box PCs, so-called fanless IPCs. In all cases, the SBC and its I/O cards have remained physically and mechanically connected through Peripheral Component Interconnect, nowadays PCI Express, a local bus standard developed by Intel Corporation in 2004 and now promoted by PCI-SIG. The PCI Special Interest Group is the consortium responsible for specifying the PCI, PCI-X and PCIe computer buses since 1992. This PC backplane interface standard is not optimal in many cases. In 1U 19’’ chassis, only two I/O cards can be mounted, and mechanical fixing and cards exchange are complex in 1U and 2U chassis due to riser or butterfly backplane interconnects. Reliability of the contacts is not optimal and customization NRC will be necessary in most appliances. Furthermore, connectors of all I/O boards and SBCs are located at the same side of the chassis, usually at the rear panel. If specific connectors are needed (BNC, XLR, SMA, RJFTV, 38999…), all I/O cards and computer boards have to be moved, as an entire block, inside the housing, and chassis depth will therefore increase drastically. There is also no universal method to dissipate waste heat from hot spots, and in most of the cases, chassis customization will generate NRC and extra cost for recurrent. Customized appliances will usually require a complete mechanical and electronic redesign.Figure 2. Configuration based on one myOPALE-CPU driving three myOPALE-IO, allowing to integrate up to five I/O cards in 1U/19’’ rackmount. Common variants: 2 systems in one, I/O connectors on front or rear panel. Ecrin’s myOPALE concept is based on four major principles. It breaks the mechanical link between the computer mainboard and its I/O cards thanks to PCI Express over cable interconnection. It uses building blocks in a standard form factor. The re-use of universal deployed interconnect standards from SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) that encompass cables, connectors, form factor sizes and housing dimensions, transceiver interfaces and related technologies is possible. These specifications enable multi-source products and solutions. And finally, it includes the cooling system as a building block.PCI Express was introduced by Intel in 2004 as the new Peripheral Component Interconnect serial bus. Today, PCIe is very popular as the PC backplane interface standard, but it is still less known as a high-speed cabling interface. The serial technology and embedded clocking within each differential signal pair allow PCIe protocol to be used at full speed across a motherboard or over a cable with the benefits of high performance, low power and reduced costs. The cabled version of PCIe features the same high-speed differential line pairs as one that transfers data on PCBs, as well as a number of additional signals – known as sideband signals. One PCIe lane consists of two pairs of cables individually shielded for EMI protection – one transmit-pair and one receive-pair. Sideband signals provide additional functionalities, but are not directly involved in the PCIe data transfer.Figure 3. PCIe over cable miniSAS-HD connector allows to move back I/O cards in myOPALE-IO to provide custom connectors independently from myOPALE-CPU, on front or rear panel. The myOPALE concept integrates most advantages of PCI Express over cable inside the rack. In this concept the PCIe backplane bus is conceptually stretched to operate over a cable from CPUs to secondary I/O backplanes, physically located anywhere in the chassis. Thus it offers many advantages in a small footprint 1U 19’’ rackmount, but also very interesting capabilities for other integration formats beyond the limits of the previous IPC generation.The choice of the Mini-SAS HD (SFF-8643) connector for PCIe over cable was also electrically the best solution thanks to its multi-source and price/quality ratio. It is COTS ready and able to use cables from 30cm to 1m and lockable connectors to protect against shock and vibration in harsh environments. The high bandwidth of 12Gbps for PCI Express Gen3 protocol and 8 differential links for 4X lanes PCIe Gen3 enable high data throughput. Eight sideband signals for the control plane between myOPALE-CPU and myOPALE-IO building blocks are available. Compatibility with new NVM Express storage media and networks, availability of standard cable from Mini-SAS HD (SFF-8643) to U.2 (SFF-8639) is ensured. Availability of M.2 and PCIe 4X form factor boards to Mini-SAS HD will allow to integrate myOPALE-IO modules into standard PCs.Figure 4. Blade with expansion slot demonstrates the capability to integrate 6- in-1 system in 4U/19’’ rackmount. Each blade can drive up to two I/O cards. Mechanically Ecrin has adopted the SNIA SFF-8500 specification that defines the configuration characteristics associated with 5.25″ drives bay for the following reasons: ideal format for 1U/19’’ rack mount (41.3mm x 146.1mm), well adapted to full-height PCIe I/O cards, compliant form factor with custom COM Express carrier boards, easy integration into rack, desktop or tower chassis. The set of specifications includes external dimensions, connectors, connector placement, mounting holes and interface pinouts to assist manufacturers for system integration.The CPU module incorporates all features of embedded computers into an SFF 5.25’’ site with 200mm depth only. These are: 6/7th Gen Intel Core, Intel Xeon E3-1500 processors, up to 32GB Dual Channel DDR4, with ECC support for Intel Xeon E3-1500 SKU, legacy I/O on front panel; DisplayPort (x2), GbE, USB 3.0 (x4), legacy I/O on rear panel; 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s ; 3x USB 2.0 (Micro-Fit 24-pin connector), internal bay for 2.5″ SSD/HDD, SATA 6.0Gb/s, 24x PCIe Gen3 lanes through six Mini-SAS HD connectors (4 PCIe lanes per Mini-SAS HD connector), and 12VDC power supply (+5Vstb for ATX mode).The design is based on COM Express Type 6 that integrates embedded low power SKUs with 10 years life support. In Skylake and Kaby Lake versions, Intel Core i7 or Xeon E3-1500 CPUs with Chipset platform are selected, which directly drive 24 PCIe Gen3 lanes as their expansion bus. They can be grouped by 8/8/4/4 or 8/4/4/4/4 which allows to drive up to five I/O cards per processor. PCIe cable adapters on the carrier card is quite simple by routing to the connector, and provides some signal conditioning to guarantee the signal integrity is met at the other ends of the cable. Because these adapters are simple, they are inexpensive. Because they don’t convert the PCIe protocol into anything else, they provide higher performance and don’t require any software drivers (as do such others as thunderbolt, InfiniBand, firewire, USB, Fiber channel…). Throughput and latency, offered by PCIe over cable in myOPALE system, are the best of any other protocol or I/O adapter.Power supply may be used in AT or ATX-mode. In AT-mode, 12V input is fine. +5VStb is generated internally to support Wake-on-LAN function and AMT Remote Power-on. In ATX-mode, +5VStb signal input is provided via a 6-pin power connector to myOPALE-CPU which monitors PS-ON to drive the power supply unit. The cooling system is based on an aluminum mono-block composed of two areas: one conduction-cooled cold plate that takes away heat from its CPU hot spot up to fins cooled by a forced air-flow system (2x 40mm fans in push-pull mode). Temperature and fan speed are monitored by the embedded CPU.Figure 5. Just by integrating one COTS PCIe or M.2 adaptor to miniSAS-HD card, you can add myOPALE-IO on the front panel of your PC for audio, broadcast, communication extensions. Sideband control signals selected from Mini-SAS HD cable allow myOPALE-CPU to manage and monitor each myOPALE-IO without extra cabling. Power and Reset buttons, HDD activity and Default LEDs are available on the front panel and simultaneously on a rear Micro-Fit 24-pin connector for remote control.  The myOPALE-IO module can integrate up to two full-height I/O cards in a standard 5.25’’ drive bay with 200mm depth. Half-length I/O cards will be completely enclosed in the housing, while full-length cards can protrude from the back without any inconvenience. A retaining bracket system for card lock will protect low profile and full-height I/O modules against shocks and vibrations stress.Two versions of myOPALE-IO exist with different passive backplanes: two PCIe Gen3 4X I/O sites and one PCIe Gen3 8X I/O site. For both versions, PCIe connectors are mechanically in PCIe 16x format to accept all types of I/O boards in PCI Express (x1, x4, x8 and x16) format. The myOPALE-IO backplane converts Mini-SAS HD connectors to standard PCIe direct linear connectors, ready to accept any type of COTS or Custom PCIe I/O cards. Ecrin Systems integrates also two other functions: a DC/DC converter from 12VDC to 3.3VDC and an automatic 2-fan control system from a Look Up table. Sideband control signals from Mini-SAS HD connector allow the control of the power supply, and monitor local temperature and fan speeds.The ability to run PCIe over cable at full performance with software transparency opens up a range of new applications for CPU and I/O system re-positioning in a rack. myOPALE extends the PCIe bus structure to dedicated PCIe I/O hardware. PCIe over cable provides a simple method for extending applications that need more I/O boards than could be fitted in a standard Industrial PC based on backplanes. Designing compatible end-points is straightforward because the PCIe interface is available as a gate array library.Having backplane performance available over a cable expands the myOPALE usage model to encompass many high-end mono- and multi-chassis applications including more I/O expansion with different system integration capabilities, disk array subsystems based on NVMe interface, high speed video and audio editing equipment, quick trading with many pairs of CPU/FPGA in one system, medical imaging systems, etc.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Kontron: KBox A-230-LS with up to five TSN-enabled 1GB Ethernet ports

first_imgKontron has announced the KBox A-230-LS, a new compact industrial computer platform designed specifically for Time Sensitive Networking applications. The KBox A-230-LS is equipped with a SMARC module based on the NXP Dual Cortex A72 LS1028 processor. The SMARC-sAL28 module offers up to five integrated TSN-enabled 1GB Ethernet ports directly from the controller and fulfills the specifications of the TSN standard IEEE 802.1, making the KBox A-230-LS ideal for use in industrial IoT environments based on Ethernet protocol standards.The compact, fanless KBox A-230-LS is designed for a variety of industrial applications. The two Arm v8 processor cores both support real-time processing in industrial control systems and virtual machines for edge computing within the IoT. The CPU includes integrated GPU and LCD controllers, enabling the realization of HMI systems.The compact KBox A-230-LS offers numerous interfaces that facilitate the connection to different communication levels. A serial interface (RS232/RS485 and optional CAN) enables local data acquisition and connection to the sensor or machine environment. The integration into the IT environment can be achieved via Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. In addition to a regular 1GB Ethernet interface, a total of up to five TSN-capable 1GB Ethernet ports are available. Furthermore, the KBox A-230-LS has a DisplayPort connection, an USB 3.0 and an USB 2.0 interface.The KBox A-230-LS is equipped with an NXP Dual Cortex A72 LS1028 processor. It supports up to 4GB DDR3L with ECC and has an eMMC onboard flash memory with up to 64GB. Additional storage media are a mSATA SDD, a M.2 SSD or a microSD card. System extensions can be implemented via a MiniPCI Express or M.2 interface.The KBox A-230-LS is quick and easy to deploy, making it ideal for OEMs and system integrators who want to exploit the full potential of the next generation of intelligent infrastructures in the IoT environment. The KBox A-230-LS is also certified for Microsoft Azure and works ideal with Microsoft Azure IoT Services.Like all box PCs within the Kontron KBox A-series, the KBox A-230-LS is maintenance-free, as the system is fanless and battery-free. Linux Yocto is used as the operating system. In addition, the KBox A-230-LS optionally supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution powered by Wibu-Systems. The integrated security chip from Wibu-Systems in combination with a suitable software framework protects IP rights and provides copy and reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as ‘pay per use’. Moreover, time based trial versions or activating / deactivating functions are offered as well.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Arrow: 96Boards platforms harness i.MX 8 family for machine learning and HMINext Rohde & Schwarz: all RTE, RTO and RTP oscilloscopes now with 16-bit HD mode standardlast_img read more

PV Sindhu comes out in support of #MeToo campaign

first_imgPV Sindhu, who has brought many laurels to India including a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, on Wednesday encouraged people to step out and speak on harassment.But she was careful to distance herself from the comments of senior shuttler Jwala Gutta, who had alleged “mental harassment” by an unnamed coach.”I appreciate that people have come forward and spoken about it. I respect it,” Sindhu said on the sidelines of a event where a telecom giant launched their woman-specific service “Sakhi”.On being probed if she was aware of any such incident in her sport, the Hyderabadi said: “Well I don’t know about seniors and coaches. As far as I am concerned, it’s been fine and good for me.”READ – Jwala Gutta joins #MeToo movement, opens up on mental harassment, selection snubsSindhu’s comments came a day after 2010 Commonwealth Games women’s doubles gold medallist Jwala, without taking any names, alleged mental harassment by a coach.”Maybe I should talk about the mental harassment I had to go through. Since 2006, since this person became the chief ..threw me out of national team inspite of me being a national champion. The latest was when I returned from Rio, I am out of national team again. one of the reasons I stopped playing!!” she wrote.”So when this person couldn’t get through to me…he threatened my partners, harassed them…made sure to isolate me in every manner…even after Rio…the one who I was gonna play mixed (doubles) with was threatened..and I was just thrown out of the team,” Jwala added.advertisementPraising the features of the “Sakhi” service, Sindhu said: “It’s a great initiative. I appreciate it. When we talk about women, they are scared to go out at night or work late in the night, or chase their dreams, in any way, it’s a good thing that Vodafone Sakhi has come up with in any moment of emergency.””Now there have been a lot of changes in the country. We women should be brave enough, we can achieve our dreams and shouldn’t be scared of anything,” she added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford defiant as Team Sky rider returns

first_imgCycling Team Sky’s Chris Froome ready for first race since failed drugs test Chris Froome and the Team Sky principal, Dave Brailsford, presented a united and defiant front as the four‑times Tour de France winner raced for the first time since his failed drugs test last year became public knowledge.Froome was warmly received by crowds gathered on a palm-tree lined road in Granada, southern Spain, to witness a solid start to the Ruta del Sol, his debut race in a season during which controversy promises to reign. The 32-year-old rider insisted he will compete at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France – where public reaction may be tepid or worse – even if his anti‑doping case, which has rumbled on for almost five months, remains unresolved. Share via Email Dave Brailsford Chris Froome Read more Read more news Richard Williams Time for Chris Froome and Sky to rebuild the people’s trust Share on LinkedIn Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Team Ineos Support The Guardian “Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that but I’m still allowed to race now and I don’t see why not,” Froome said.The first stage of the Ruta del Sol contains repeated, lung-busting climbs over almost 200km heading inland from the Costa del Sol but the biggest examination of Froome occurred earlier, outside the Team Sky bus. In a dusty car park in Mijas, 200 metres from the race start, Froome delivered a steely eyed promise that he would prove his doubters wrong. He and a team of lawyers are constructing a case to prove there is a legitimate reason a urine sample given during the Vuelta a España last September indicated double the permitted amount of the asthma drug salbutamol.“I know I haven’t done anything wrong and I intend to show that,” Froome, who suffers from asthma, said. The Guardian and the French newspaper Le Monde revealed the failed test in December and Froome admitted he would have preferred the adverse finding had remained a private matter while protestations were made.“There are a lot of other athletes and riders who have been through this process and I’m not asking for the benefit of the doubt here,” he said. “I’m just asking for a fair process, to be treated the same as other people.”At the Tour de France in 2015, Froome endured torrid abuse and even had a cup of urine thrown at him by a spectator. There had been suggestions this adverse test would escalate the abuse but a shout of “stay safe, Chris” from a crowd of well-wishers as he made his way to warm up set the tone for the day. Crowds of children, some wearing replica Team Sky Lycra, gathered round him at the finish and he duly signed autographs. Froome took advantage of hours in the saddle to talk to members of the peloton about his failed test and why he chose to ride here, including a lengthy period riding alongside the Spaniard Mikel Landa, one of his biggest rivals. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a lot of guys since before this all happened,” he said, “so it’s great to catch up with people in person and amazing to see how much support there is out there. It’s really quite touching.”Brailsford declined to comment on whether Froome or Team Sky were footing the legal bill but was bullish in his support of the team’s star rider. He also dismissed the suggestion from David Lappartient, president of the UCI, cycling’s governing body, that the team should have immediately suspended Froome.“Nobody’s denying it’s a challenging situation but equally I think it’s only fair at this point that everybody abides by the process, and the process totally allows him to race in this situation and that’s what we’re doing,” Brailsford said.“I’m not going to go into great detail about it, but 100% we’re behind him and 100% backing him.“We’ve got full knowledge of the situation and we’re working closely to resolve the situation. The violation itself is all about the number of puffs [Froome took on his inhaler], it’s not about the urine. Has he taken more than 16 puffs in that allowable period? No, no. I’m confident he didn’t break the rules – 100% confident.”The reputations of both Froome and Team Sky now hinge on whether they are able to satisfy UCI, the sport’s governing body, of this. 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First Drive: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

first_img What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording The driver’s car is dying. It’s a woeful, frustrating truth, but it is our future reality. Certainly, there are multiple definitions of a driver’s car, but ultimately, they can all be boiled down to engagement. Sports cars will continue to get faster, but they’ll never become more visceral to drive. Enthusiasts live in a mystical time, where some automakers produce traditional driving experiences, while others attempt to reinvent the relationship between man and machine. Heck, some brands are doing both at once.Before the sun sets on the manual transmission; before rear-wheel drive is dubbed “too dangerous” for modern transportation; before alternative energy powertrains saturate every corner of the market – we can still play out our automobile-personified dreams.The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has arrived in search of drivers; who wants to be found?Miata v. SpiderLet’s just get this out of the way: yes, the Fiat 124 Spider is based on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata platform. However, there’s far more separating the two roadsters than an engine and body panels.Of course, the pair has been intertwined longer than just the recent development process. Fiat’s 124 Sport Spider went into production in 1966 before making its way to the U.S. two years later. Its handsome design and soulful engineering made it an instant classic. To this day, Fiat has sold more Spider models in North America than any other nameplate. By the time it went out of production in 1985, Mazda had taken notice, and was already working on its interpretation that debuted in 1989. If sales figures were the only criteria by which to judge a vehicle, then the Miata clearly bests the Spider at almost 10 times the number produced. However, many would argue the Spider and Miata equally deserve their reputations as some of the best rear-wheel drive sports cars ever built.While the Miata (now MX-5) has been in production since its inception, Fiat’s revival of the 124 Spider necessitated a lengthy development period that it was able to truncate by co-designing the latest MX-5. As a result, the two vehicles share the same chassis, general interior layout, drivetrain, and ragtop structure. As I learned, however – through presentation and hands-on experience – they are unique extensions of their respective brands when it comes to driving dynamics and fit-and-finish.From a spec sheet, there are a few more significant points of differentiation. Compared to the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is 5.0 inches longer, uses a turbocharged engine, develops more power and torque, mounts its motor further from the nose, has a larger trunk, delivers a different final drive ratio, includes noise cancellation in eight different spots, and offers more soft-touch materials. In terms of styling, the Fiat draws design elements from its 124 Sport Spider ancestor instead of a late 20th-century Mazda, but a peripheral glance could still confuse the two.In broad-brush strokes, the Spider maintains its Italian soul while layering in affordable grand touring comfort.Design DichotomyWhen you finally tire of hastily rowing through the gears and chucking the roadster into each curve of the road, you begin to appreciate Fiat’s subtle refinements to the MX-5’s interior. Though the Spider’s performance is exceptional, it also aims to deliver grand touring comfort. At a starting figure of $24,995, don’t expect Bentley levels of luxury, but in lieu of Mazda’s devotion to weight reduction, Fiat imbues the cabin with soft touch materials and more premium trim panels. Even the entry-level Classica version feels special. Despite an impossible-to-decipher 3.0-inch infotainment module, the interior aesthetic is attractive, ergonomic, and functional.Upgrading to the $27,495 Lusso trim brings Mazda’s 7.0-inch infotainment system with a BMW iDrive-esque control knob and main function buttons, a backup camera, chrome exhaust ports, heated leather seats, a leatherette dash, and 17-inch wheels. Additionally, Fiat offers standalone safety and convenience packages for each trim level, meaning even an entry-level 124 can be equipped with top-shelf tech. It’s possible to option the Spider 10 grand above its starting figure, but even then it’s a bargain.Unfortunately, while the 124’s cabin is superb, it’s exterior styling is questionable at best. Try as Fiat’s accented designers did, I wasn’t convinced that throwback cues like the rounded headlights, squared taillights, and front fascia had been well executed. Instead, Fiat seemed to shoot itself in the foot by bringing a gorgeous 1968 Spider Sport to display next to the 2017 model. The original’s clean lines and subtle flares simply do not translate successfully within the modern equivalent’s bodywork. Only the Abarth manages to escape harsh exterior scrutiny with its black hood, dark accents, and red trim; these elements combine to mitigate the Spider’s strange countenance.Italian SoulThe Fiat that returned to the U.S. five years ago has been characterized by fun, alternative designs at affordable price points. While that’s helped the automaker sell hoards of 500 models, the Spider revival needed something more – something intangibly Italian.At the heart of the 124 Spider is a 1.4-liter “Multiair” turbocharged four-cylinder producing 160 horsepower. Those familiar with FCA products will note that this engine has found its way under the hood of several vehicles, but it takes on a unique persona within the Spider. Plunging the accelerator pedal to the floor inspires the Italian powertrain to exhibit its raspy tune while 184 pound-feet of torque thrust the lightweight body forward. While maximum performance is available further into the powerband, initial shove is admirable for a turbocharged unit. From the first shift, I’ve fallen in love with the 124’s gearbox. Each throw is preposterously short and wonderfully satisfying. Complementing the ergonomic leather shift knob is a delightful “click” of each gear’s engagement point.As speed builds, the roadster takes command of all senses. Top stowed (as it should be in such a car), the wind sails around the cabin, but thanks to Fiat’s noise reduction enhancements, it’s still possible to carry on a conversation. As your wrists rotate the leather-wrapped wheel, the Spider eagerly dives into each corner, channeling a clear message from the tires, through your forearms, straight to your dopamine sensors. The high continues even as you traverse jarring roads, where the 124 endures punishment that driver and passenger do not. Somehow, the compliant suspension doesn’t sacrifice handling performance either; while the MX-5 rolls its torso within corners, the Spider stays taut.Then there’s the Abarth. Building upon the Spider’s aptitude for fun, the $28,195 Abarth adds Bilstein shock absorbers, anti-roll and shock tower braces, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and a sport mode that boosts torque, tweaks the pedal mapping, tunes the automatic transmission, and re-calibrates the steering for tail-happy maneuvers. Fiat was kind enough to stage a sizeable autocross course where the Abarth absolutely inhaled the short straights, hairpins, and tight switchbacks. With stability control switched off, the Abarth flung its rear and held a drift so easily that I was obliged to take every corner sideways.Indeed, the 124 Spider has a soul, and those who believe in such things will certainly find it.Live, Drive, RepeatI confess there’s ulterior motive attached to this review. Just like the new MX-5 Miata, I wanted to love Fiat’s 124 Spider. Both cars represent a counter-cultural move to design, develop, and produce enthusiast automobiles when fewer and fewer buyers seem to care for them. If the cars are good enough, I fantasize, the general populus may rediscover the joys of driving engagement. Though a massive shift in consumer behavior may be a foolish dream, at least Fiat and Mazda are doing their part.The 2017 Spider is a truly great sports car that includes sufficient levels of comfort and convenience to attract both purists and contemporaries alike. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now last_img read more

China blocking market access IT majors tell Goyal

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian IT majors like TCS, HCL and Infosys have raised concerns regarding market access issues and non-tariff barriers in China with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, as they are creating hurdles for them to set up business in that country. During the discussions, the representatives of the companies informed the minister that India’s investments and business have not been able to grow in China due to various non-tariff barriers and challenges faced by Indian companies to set up their entity in China, said an official statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOne of the major focus area of the discussion was market access issues as it creates hurdles for Indian companies to open their business in China. Chinese IT services market is the third largest in the world. The meeting held here on Wednesday was attended by senior managers of TCS, Satyam Venture Engineering, HCL, NIIT Tech, Infosys, Invento Robotics, Tech Mahindra and Wipro. Goyal asked the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the senior managers of the companies to share specific data regarding non-tariff barriers being faced by them in China and other East Asian markets. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Government of India will give all support for the global growth of India’s flagship industry and will make all efforts to facilitate the IT service industry and for that it is ready to engage with China and also Japan and Korea”, Goyal said during the meeting. Sangeeta Godbole, DG of Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and President of NASSCOM, Debjani Ghosh, were also present during the discussions with Goyal. The focus of the meeting was also on exploring opportunities for IT companies to invest and grow their business in new markets like the Nordic countries, Eastern and Central Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa. India’s IT industry contributed 7.7 per cent to the country’s GDP in financial year 2016-17 and is expected to contribute 10 per cent of India’s GDP by 2025. According to IT industry body NASSCOM, the aggregated revenues of the sector stood at $160 billion in 2017. The United States account for two-third of India’s IT services exports. India’s IT and ITeS industry grew to $181 billion in 2018-19. Exports from the industry increased to $137 billion in fiscal year 2018-19 while domestic revenues (including hardware) advanced to $44 billion. The minister also asked the IT services companies to explore other markets and not be inhibited in operating in countries that are non-English speaking. He urged the top five Indian IT firms to create a corpus that will be spent on training manpower in languages like Mandarin, Japanese and Korean for accessing the markets in these countries. India is the largest exporter of IT services in the world and exports dominate the Indian IT industry and constitutes about 79 per cent of the total revenue of the industry.last_img read more

Officials considering rescuing ailing killer whale for medical treatment

first_imgVANCOUER, B.C. – Capturing and treating an extremely sick killer whale off the West Coast may be the next step in an attempt to nurse her back to health, say officials leading the operation in Canada and the United States.If the young killer whale known as J50 is stranded on a beach or separated from her family, officials say they are laying out steps that would involve capturing and treating her before returning the animal to the wild.Chris Yates of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. said the goal is for J50 to survive in the wild and contribute to the recovery of southern resident killer whales, which are an endangered species as only 75 remain.“We do not intend to intervene or capture J50 in a manner contrary to that objective or when there is a negative impact to her pod or the wild population,” he told a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.“We are preparing along with our partners to rescue J50 if she is ultimately separated from her family unit or stranded and rescuing her is the only alternative before us.”Officials don’t intend to intervene if she is with her pod, said Yates, the assistant regional administrator for protected resources with NOAA Fisheries.Andrew Thomson, regional director of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said it’s a difficult situation.“A lot of logistical challenges to consider, ensuring everyone is prepared for what can happen. We are trying to be in the best prepared position should a rescue be required through separation or stranding.”The latest aerial photos of the whale show a noticeable loss of fat behind the head, which creates a ‘peanut head’ appearance.Veterinarian Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc Society, a marine wildlife program at the University of California, Davis, saw J50 most recently and said she was in poor condition.“She was the thinnest killer whale I’ve ever seen. But at that same time, she was still keeping up with her brother. Her mother was in the area. She was like this little Energizer Bunny that just keeps going and going.”He said body fat in a whale provides insulation and food, and also helps the animals swim more efficiently by providing a torpedo shape.“So, she’s reached a point now where she’s working harder to move through the water than an animal in good condition. It’s a very sick animal right now.”She’s been given antibiotics twice, in August and September, but plans to give her a dewormer have not been successful. Officials are still hoping to administer a dose of dewormer.A hands-on medical intervention would include doing a hearing test, an endoscopy, blood work and ultrasound, among other things.Lynne Barre, the southern resident killer whale recovery co-ordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said should J50 be rescued and treated, one option would be rehabilitating her in a net pen for a period of time before she is reunited with her family.last_img read more

Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveils Revitalized Brand

first_imgThe Muscular Dystrophy Association, the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America with telethons, celebrities and cause marketing, today unveiled a revitalized brand reflecting a renewed commitment to accelerate treatments and cures for the kids, adults and families it serves.Video: Jerry Lewis MessageMDA fights muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that take away everyday freedoms such as walking, running, hugging and even breathing.To mark the occasion, the Chicago-based charity with nearly 100 local offices in hometowns across America returned to New York, the city where it was founded by families for families and the birthplace of its legendary telethon supported during the years by a “who’s who” list of Hollywood celebrities led by Jerry Lewis. MDA is today launching its revitalized brand with sponsors, TV personalities and MDA-supported families at Carnegie Hall, the site of the first MDA national telethon.As part of its renewed mission focus, MDA will double spending on research toward drug development and clinical trials, and increase the number of families who receive MDA care and support by 50 percent to 150,000 individuals annually by the year 2020. In the next five years, MDA also plans to send 20,000 kids to its highly acclaimed, weeklong MDA Summer Camps, at no charge to their families.“Our families spoke and we listened,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Just as kids and adults with muscular dystrophy must start a new fight each day, MDA is starting a new era in our fight on their behalf, building on our rich heritage. The result is an MDA determined to accelerate progress against the harmful effects of these diseases as we engage a new generation of supporters.”MDA was started in 1950 by a prominent New York business leader fighting muscular dystrophy. In 1956, its longtime, iconic volunteer leader extraordinaire Jerry Lewis and fellow actor Dean Martin did their first telethon at Carnegie Hall. The event began MDA’s rise to relevancy and spurred an annual Labor Day telethon tradition that captured the hearts of Americans for decades. MDA held its last telethon in 2014.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.“I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline — we’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jerry Lewis. “Today, there are signs of real progress — and progress can’t come fast enough for my kids and our MDA families. Our work is not done.”In recent weeks, the first possible treatments for the most prevalent form of muscular dystrophy, called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have come before the federal government’s Food & Drug Administration. Fueled by $200 million in MDA research investments during six decades, MDA said more new treatment options and clinical trials are expected in the next five years than in the previous five decades.To commemorate its new brand, MDA rolled out a new logo, website and campaign called “Live Unlimited.” The logo features warm iris blue and marigold colors and shows a heart in the middle of the “D” in “MDA,” an overt symbol of the families who are at the very center of its mission. MDA also introduced a new tagline, “For strength, independence and life,” underscoring its purpose.“The MDA brand is iconic and now has a fresh identity that matches our passionate commitment,” said Steve Ford, MDA’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “The new campaign is inspired by the courageous kids and adults we serve who model strength, break down barriers and defy limits, overcoming in many cases formidable health struggles. MDA families are the inspiration behind everything we do.”To promote its mission, MDA is energizing its base of supporters by showcasing individuals and families affected by muscle-debilitating diseases on its new website who are demonstrating inspiring can-do moments — whether it’s crossing the street in a wheelchair on their own, graduating from college, living and working independently, or even skydiving.MDA is inviting supporters to share their live unlimited moments on a new digital hub being launched today at The “Live Unlimited” theme will extend throughout its fundraising programs. MDA also is planning a new cause marketing campaign this summer, hoping to spur through digital channels more fundraising and corporate partnerships based on the same theme of defying limits.A Bold Five-Year PlanBeyond plans to double its research spending for treatments and cures and assist 50 percent more MDA families, MDA will introduce a new MDA Family Resource Center so individuals can call or connect online with trained neuromuscular disease specialists to obtain one-on-one information and support. It will open by the summer.The organization will implement higher standards of care at more than 150 MDA Care Centers (formerly called MDA clinics) to ensure everyone has access to early diagnosis, highly specialized care and promising clinical trials. MDA also plans to expand its offerings for teens and young adults transitioning into adulthood and seeking to live independently.A New National SpokespersonTo signal a new era in which people with muscular dystrophy are living longer than ever with diseases once only considered pediatric, MDA has named a young adult as its new National Goodwill Ambassador. This is the first time in the ambassador program’s 64-year history that a child hasn’t been selected to serve in this role. Past U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, all have hosted sessions with MDA ambassadors.Joe Akmakjian, 24, from Fort Collins, Colo., is MDA’s new 2016 National Goodwill Ambassador. Akmakjian was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months old; his parents were told he would likely not live past his 12th birthday. Last year, leaving his wheelchair behind, Akmakjian went skydiving to celebrate a special milestone when he doubled his life expectancy.As MDA’s most visible spokesman, Akmakjian will deepen MDA’s reach among millennials and help champion the need for improved public policies and support for young adults with disabilities.“My dream is to inspire all types of people — not just people with muscular dystrophy or ALS — to live beyond their perceived limitations and achieve the success inside them,” said Akmakjian. “People often see my wheelchair and my physical limitations and ask me what I could do if I could walk. The truth is, we’re redefining what’s possible … with high hopes to inspire the world around us.”last_img read more

UN sends medical supplies to help Afghanistan bombing victims

“UNAMA has learned with great sadness of the casualties that have occurred yesterday,” Manoel de Almeida e Silva said at a press briefing. “We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and all those that were affected by this tragic incident.”The Mission has offered the Afghan authorities any assistance that might be needed, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. Last night the UNAMA office in Kandahar met with the provincial governor to discuss specific contributions and has helped to arrange a government convoy to Tirin Kot, capital of Uruzgan, with medical supplies provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.That convoy is carrying supplies donated by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) for the hospitals in Kandahar and has also been joined by a truck from the International Office of Migration (IOM), the spokesman said.“We have taken note of the joint investigation under way by the Transitional Administration and US forces,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. “We expect that it will provide full clarification on the circumstances of the incident.”Meanwhile, UN deminers were at work clearing unexploded ordinance from last week’s explosion at an ammunition dump near the Pakistan border.About 60 persons from the Mine Action Clearance for Afghanistan (MACA) were working at the site in Spin Boldak, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said, adding that the entire area would be cleared within the next 10 days. The ammunition compound itself will take up to one month to clear as Afghan soldiers were working in close cooperation with UN and non-governmental organization staff. read more

Zimbabwe UN agree to keep working on new draft for humanitarian appeal

The UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it expected to have news on the outcome of this process towards the end of the week.The arrangement follows a news briefing in New York last week by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, who said that the two sides could not agree on wording to describe how many people were affected by the evictions.Zimbabwe’s two-month-old Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order) urban eviction programme, described by senior UN officials as an ongoing violation of human rights, has forced an estimated 650,000 to 700,000 people into conditions much worse in many cases than before they were evicted, Mr. Egeland said.He also said that the world body has been using funding from an earlier appeal to provide some aid to 170,000 people affected by the evictions. But a much broader programme is sorely needed to address the larger-scale emergency in the country which has seen life expectancy plummet from around 63 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s to 33.9 years in 2004.The complex emergency in Zimbabwe comprises a combination of widespread food insecurity, high unemployment and a 25 per cent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. read more

UN envoy condemns attacks targeting dozens of protesters in northern Iraq

“Such attacks aim to heighten tensions in this particularly sensitive region of Tuz Khurmatu,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler. According to media reports, two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a tent packed with Turkmen protesters, killing at least 11 people and wounding 55 others. Among the injured are Turkmen leaders, Ahmed Abdel-Wahed and Ali Hashem Mukhtar Oglou. The protesters were calling for more protection and security in the town, which is regularly hit with attacks.Mr. Kobler urged Iraqi leaders to ensure that communities are protected and to take all necessary measures to defuse such an alarming situation. He also reiterated his condemnation of all forms of violence, and extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.The past couple of months have been some of the deadliest on record in the country. In April, 712 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,600 injured. In May, the death toll increased to 1,045 and more than 2,300 were wounded, according to figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). read more

Ohio State remains at No 2 in AP Top 25 Poll

The Ohio State Buckeyes stayed put at No. 2 in Sunday’s latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU remained among the undefeated teams in the country following a comeback 30-23 victory over the now-No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers.Alabama claims the top spot by even a greater margin after dispatching Tennessee 49-10 on the road. The Crimson Tide earned 60 out of 61 first-place votes. The other team to earn the only other first place vote was Michigan who moved up to No. 3 after its bye week. The previous third-ranked team, the Clemson Tigers, held on in overtime at home to unranked North Carolina State. The Tigers dropped to No. 4 and Washington was ranked No. 5 for the second straight week. Nebraska jumped to No. 8 after the losses by Wisconsin and Tennessee. The Cornhuskers defeated Indiana 27-22 on the road.This is the second week in a row that four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10.OSU battles Penn State on the road on Oct. 22 at Beaver Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

Over 300000 Guyanese have access to the internet Telecoms Minister

“The Internet penetration rate in Guyana today stands at 305,007 persons. That means that 39.6 per cent of the current population of this country are using and connected to the Internet. It might sound low, but it’s over 300,000 persons.”Cathy Hughes, Minister of TelecommunicationThese were the words of the Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes as she recently defended in the National Assembly the frequent statements in the public domain regarding Guyana’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.“I know in the press, I’ve been carried talking about our drive to provide connectivity. We’ve connected all the Ministries at this point in time. Over 150 government agencies, over 195 schools and we’ve created and opened in communities over 125 ICT hubs where there’s free Internet access,” she said.Hughes stated that while persons may say there was an absence of a strategy, it actually has not been put out for consultation. But according to the Minister, that does not mean that things are not happening, as she believes there is enough indication and discussion about a strategy.“It’s my pleasure to say that the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is close to completing and bringing an ICT strategy out for consultations,” she related. “But in the meantime, I want to say that almost four or five times a month we demonstrate in a tangible way how that strategy is working.”Earlier this month, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had hosted a road show in collaboration with the Ministry in various regions across Guyana. Some of the activities that were featured included an e-agriculture workshop, community outreaches, a cyber-security workshop, and an ICT youth fair.At a recent press conference, Hughes had announced that the Government would be formulating a policy framework expected to bridge the gap which exists between the hinterland and coastal communities and steer Guyana into the 21st Century.The Bureau of Statistics, in the census conducted in 2012, had listed Guyana’s population count at “746,955.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedICT Initiatives to transform Guyana in 2017 – HughesDecember 7, 2016In “latest news”GRIF Project Grant will increase connectivity in Hinterland communities – Minister HughesAugust 11, 2017In “Internet”High-level Telecoms team heads to ChinaAugust 26, 2016In “latest news” read more

Democrats investigate Pence stay at Trumps Doonbeg hotel

first_img Short URL By Cónal Thomas Sep 6th 2019, 9:55 PM THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT Committee in the United States is investigating Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay at the golf resort in Doonbeg owned by President Donald Trump. Pence stayed at Doonbeg resort last weekend, 290 kilometres from Dublin, during his two-day trip to Ireland. Pence’s spokesman said they decided to stay at the Trump International Golf Links at the “suggestion” of the president, rather than using a hotel in Dublin.Democrat Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said it appeared that Trump was profiting personally on the Vice President’s trip, given all the government funds spent at the resort to house his sizable entourage.“The committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Cummings said in a statement. Cummings said the bill for the trip could be “significant,” given the estimated $3.6 million (€3.2 million) of taxpayer money spent when Trump stayed at the Doonbeg resort in June.It was the second probe opened in the past two weeks of the White House’s official use of the President’s properties.Pence has defended as “logical” his decision to stay at Doonbeg. His great-grandmother grew up in Doonbeg and Pence says that he visited the area when he was 22. “I understand the political attacks by Democrats but if you have a chance to get to Doonbeg, you’ll find it’s a fairly small place and the opportunity to stay at Trump [International] in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel made it logical,” Pence told reporters here on Tuesday. “We checked it with a state department, they approved us staying there and I was pleased to have the opportunity to return to that family home town.“It’s deeply humbling for me to be able to come back to Ireland and have the opportunity to go to the very home town of my mother’s grandmother,” he said.  The US President resigned as the director of the golf course and resort on 19 January 2017, the day before his inauguration as US President, RTÉ reported at the time. The hotel is located around 290 kilometres from Dublin where the official meetings between Pence and figures such as Leo Varadkar and Michael D Higgins were held this week. With reporting from – © AFP 2019   38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Tuesday. Image: Sam Boal/ Share1 Tweet Email center_img Democrats investigate Pence stay at Trump’s Doonbeg hotel Pence has defended as “logical” his decision to stay at Doonbeg. Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Tuesday. 20,880 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Friday 6 Sep 2019, 10:20 PMlast_img read more

Giving Valentines Day a new meaning

first_imgA family from Greece will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this Sunday for a completely different reason. Mary Tserga, Antonis Bouzinos and their daughters found a new home on 14 February four years ago, 15,182 km away from Athens. “I don’t know if I’ll be celebrating with all my heart, but I’m getting there, one year at a time,” fashion designer Maria, who has for the first time moved away from her birthplace, tells Neos Kosmos.“It was a huge step to move from Greece to Australia.”“I will never forget saying goodbye to my family and friends at the airport back then; grabbing my four children and hopping on a plane to the unknown.”Maria doesn’t miss Greece itself as much as her loved ones. She misses the idea of Greece and the laid-back more vibrant lifestyle.“I am so sad to say this, but seeing what is happening in Greece, I feel lucky, mostly for my children.”“I believe they would have moved abroad anyway after a while and we would have been separated. Now, the whole family is together.”Maria set up her business again in Brisbane and within three year’s time she managed to build a sustainable clientele. Despite the alienation and the hurdles she first encountered, in retrospect, she feels grateful to have been offered this opportunity. “In the Lucky Country, there are no beds of roses, but if you work hard enough you can succeed,” she stresses.“Even if you just manage a small business, it is possible to survive and evolve even. In Greece, you will drown in red tape.”Her husband, Antonis, who was born in Germany and grew up in Athens, believes that as a family, they had completed their circle there.The ongoing crisis since the Olympic Games back in 2004, had led them through some very difficult economic situations.They felt they needed to find a path for growth and be productive professionally instead of stagnating amidst political and financial turmoil. “Even though Athens is a big city, it’s not much different to the Australian urban life,” Antonis, who is a geologist, adds.“However, we don’t live in the temple of Democracy anymore. We see the Acropolis every day unfortunately we don’t live in the way people think.”The crisis first started affecting Antonis’ work back in 2005, one year after the Olympics. “Construction started dropping. I was working at a geological lab. Jobs were declining and slowly affecting other industries. We could see the eminent catastrophe,” Antonis explains.“At some point we started thinking that there would be no future for our children a few years down the line. Even if they went to uni they still wouldn’t get the same opportunities in life.”Maria was also experiencing a decrease in orders in her business, and after several discussions, they decided to make the move and migrate.Antonis began to apply for jobs abroad, but as he told ABC’s radio in Brisbane, “At the time I thought I’d prefer to move to another European country.”Before he signed with his current employers, he was asked to come and experience firsthand the Australian reality, in order to make the right decision.“Down Under is a geologist’s paradise. When I came to Brisbane I realised it was beautiful, the people were kind, more relaxed.”“Another wonderful thing about Australia I tried to convey to my wife is the deep links it has with the Greek people, something that would make assimilating easier regardless of the distance.”“We have to move on,” they thought, and left frosty Athens to land in scorching hot Queensland on Valentine’s day.“I held my daughter when we arrived and told her ‘this is the day you’ll fall in love.”“In love with Brisbane.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more