Nokia/Microsoft Deal Confirmed: 5 Key Questions Answered

first_img3. What’s to Become of Qt? Nokia’s work at making its development environment Qt easier to use – efforts which were seeing moderate success, Nokia said in November – will no longer matter in the company’s new strategy. That’s because going forward, developers will use Microsoft’s tools for Windows Phone. Specifically, they will have access to Visual Studio 2010, Expression, Silverlight and the XNA Framework. Qt will be phased out, like Symbian.In a letter to developers, Nokia spelled out details of the changes, again downplaying the change by touting how Nokia still plans to sell “around 150 million more Symbian devices.” The company also noted that the MeeGo project will use Qt.In addition, Nokia boasted of Ovi Store numbers in the letter: 190 countries, with local specific content in 90 of those, 4 million downloads a day, 300,000 users signing up daily and 400,000 developers.As a part of the company’s organizational changes, its Services and Developer Experiences (SDX) unit will be responsible for Nokia’s global service portfolio, developer offering, developer community relations, and integration of partner service offering, the company said. That also includes Forum Nokia, which will continue to support developers for Symbian smartphones and Series 40 mobile phones.4. What’s Happening on the Organizational Level?Both Nokia itself and its management structure has be reorganized based on the new strategy. However, the rumors had gotten this part wrong – Elop isn’t dismissing its top execs, just moving them around.As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones.Smart Devices will be responsible for creating the Windows Phone portfolio and will also house the sub-units of Symbian smartphones, MeeGo Computers and Strategic Business Operations. Jo Harlow will lead this group.Mobile Phones will “leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people and bring them affordable access to the Internet and applications,” said Nokia. Mary McDowell will lead Mobile Phones.Niklas Savendar will run Markets, which is responsible for “selling products, executing compelling marketing and communications, creating a competitive local ecosystem, sourcing, customer care, manufacturing, IT and logistics across all Nokia products.”Tero Ojanpera will lead the Services and Developer Experience unit which is responsible for Nokia’s global services portfolio, developer offering, developer relations and integration of partner service offerings.Design, responsible for Nokia product and user experience design, will be led by Marko Ahtisaari.Rich Green will be CTO.Timo Ihamuotila is CFO.Corporate Development, responsible for driving implementation of Nokia’s ecosystem strategy and strategic partnerships, will be headed by Kai Oistamo.Corporate Relations & Responsibility, responsible for Nokia’s government and public affairs, sustainable development and social responsibility, will be led by Esko Aho.Human Resources will be led by Juha Akras.Alberto Torres, the EVP of MeeGo, has stepped down from the management team, effective February 10 to “pursue other interests.” Nokia says Symbian will become a “franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value,” but tried to downplay its death by touting sheer numbers:“This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.”2. What’s Going on with MeeGo?MeeGo, a joint OS project built from Nokia’s Maemo platform and Intel’s Mobiln OS was, at one time, going to be Nokia’s means of competing in the smartphone market. Now, it will become an “open-source, mobile operating system project,” says Nokia. “MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.”What does that mean, exactly?It means that Elop didn’t think that Nokia could build a smartphone ecosystem around MeeGo quickly enough to compete on the new, and rapidly changing smartphone market. Now, says Elop, MeeGo will serve, “not as part of another broad smarpthone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn.”Only one MeeGo-based device will ship this year, probably because it’s so late into the process, Nokia sees no reason not to. However, after that phone ships, the MeeGo team will change focus to work on “exploration of future platforms, future devices and future user experiences.”Intel, which was a partner in Nokia’s earlier plans for MeeGo, has this to say: “While we are disappointed with Nokia’s decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia’s continued contribution to MeeGo open source.” As expected, Nokia and Microsoft announced a new partnership deal ahead of Nokia’s Capital Markets Day which will align the two companies to compete together in the mobile economy. As part of the strategy, Nokia will begin using Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system on its mobile devices as its primary smartphone platform, and Nokia’s current mobile platform Symbian will eventually be phased out. Nokia’s original plan to use its MeeGo operating system on high-end smartphones also takes a backseat under the new deal – MeeGo will become an open-source “project” with just one device launching this year. Both companies will collaborate on development, marketing and their mobile roadmap, they said.Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing search engine and related services and its adCenter search advertising services will come Nokia devices.Nokia Putting Out Fire on its “Burning Platform”New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft exec who took the helm last fall, has moved quickly to bring change to the Finnish company whose market share has been steadily dropping in the face of increased competition from Google and Apple. He recently sent a memo to employees, rallying the company to change. “I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times,” he wrote. “We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”With a deal of this magnitude, casual observers may have several questions. What does this mean for Symbian? What of Qt, Nokia’s development platform? What’s to become of MeeGo? Who’s in charge of what at Nokia?We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.1. What Will Happen to Symbian? (And When?)With Nokia’s new mobile strategy, Windows Phone 7 will displace Symbian…eventually. In a slide presented by Elop and Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila, it’s clear that Symbian will be wholly replaced by Windows Phone 7. However, the slide was not meant to be a forecast as to when that transition will complete. That said, Symbian will certainly begin to spiral downwards in terms of developer interest almost immediately – few parties will want to build apps for a dying platform with no future. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#NYT#web Image credits: Engadget Additionally, Nokia will be cutting thousands of jobs in Finland and elsewhere in the world. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks employed some 132,000 people at the end of last year, and of those 19,800 were in Finland.5. Does this Mean Nokia/Microsoft Will Have a New Tablet Strategy?Although nothing specific to tablets was laid out by either company, Elop did confirm that Nokia had tablet plans in the works.“When it comes to this platform, we reserve the right to introduce tablets on other platforms, he said. “Whether that be internal projects or we could take advantage of what Microsoft is innovating with, we’ve nothing to announce on that today.”However, the tablet will not run MeeGo, Elop said. When asked what would be the point of launching a tablet with a dead OS, Elop said “you’ve answered your own question there.”Nokia Press Release & VideoBelow is Nokia’s official statement:Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together.While the specific details of the deal are being worked out, here’s a quick summary of what we are working towards:•Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.•Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.•Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.•Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter will provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.•Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.•Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.•Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.•Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.•Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.We each bring incredible assets to the table. Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices.Together, we have some of the world’s most admired brands, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox Live, NAVTEQ and Nokia. We also have a shared understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a mobile ecosystem, which includes the entire experience from the device to the software to the applications, services and the marketplace.Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. Ecosystems thrive when they reach scale, when they are fueled by energy and innovation and when they provide benefits and value to each person or company who participates. This is what we are creating; this is our vision; this is the work we are driving from this day forward.There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.There will be challenges. We will overcome them.Success requires speed. We will be swift.Together, we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Kashmir’s papier mache art: Pulp fiction

first_imgThe credit goes to the Shia community of Kashmir for keeping alive papier mache art — colourful, exquisite, highly decorative and delicate — in the Valley since the 14th century. “This wealth has been handed down to me by my father who inherited it from my grandfather and so on. The colours and the shapes we carve from paper is what adds meaning to our lives,” says Zahid Rizvi, 40, a papier-mache artisan at Zadibal in Srinagar.Over the centuries, the Shia community, now forming about 14% of the Valley’s population, has been perfecting the art. Historians believe that papier mache became popular as an art in the 15th century. Legend has it that a Kashmiri prince was sent to a jail in Samarkand in Central Asia, where he acquired the fine art, which is often equated with patience and endurance. The Muslim rulers of India, particularly Mughal kings, were fond of this art and were its patrons.The process begins with soaking waste paper in water for days till it disintegrates and then mixing it with cloth, paddy straw and copper sulphate to form pulp. The pulp is put into moulds and given shape and form. Once it dries, the shape is cut away from the mould into two halves and then glued together. It is polished smooth with stone or baked clay and pasted with layers of tissue paper. Now, it is completely the baby of an artisan. After applying a base colour, the artisan draws a design. The object is then sandpapered or burnished and is finally painted with several coats of lacquer. The art got a major boost from the government in 2016, when the Nawakadal girls’ college in Srinagar introduced it in the craft curriculum. Saleem Beg, who heads the Kashmir chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, believes the future of papier mache lies in elaborate murals.(Text by Peerzada Ashiq and photos by Nissar Ahmad)last_img read more

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Aaj Tak Executive Producer Ajay Kumar on the highlights of 2010

first_imgConnect with the EditorWhat a year went by – scams, corruption – monetary and ethical – political harakiri, an air crash, rail accidents, natural disasters, rising prices and what not. But before we write off 2010 as a non-happening, disgusting and gloomy year for India, let’s look at how “Bharat” fared this year.It was a time of awakening for the hinterland – Bihar, to be precise. Did anyone ever imagine that people of this backward and written off state would exercise their democratic rights in a manner that defines the very essence of development and progress? That a state so divided in terms of caste, creed, birth, bigotry and bias, would rise up in arms against all those who have forced on this landmass a series of regression. That the people of Bihar would appreciate the fruits of development and give expression to their desire to be one with modern ‘India’. This is no mean feat for a state so seeped in corruption, underdevelopment and chaos.”Bharat” did really move India in 2010. Or else can one explain how the Indian contingent performed so well in both the Commonwealth Games and in the Asian Games. It was the determined talent from the small towns of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka who stole the limelight. Be it boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, sprint race, hockey or shooting – Indians have never felt proud of their sportspersons as they did during these two sporting events. Likewise in cricket, players from little India or “Bharat” like M S Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwari, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar stood tall over cricket stars from erstwhile cricket boards like Mumbai or Delhi. Had it not been for “Bharat” then at least in sports, India would have still trailed like in yesteryears.Even in economic terms, semi-urban “Bharat” fared much better than the so-called prosperous and economically vibrant India. Spending from semi-urban centres outstripped the metros. Demand picked up in the countryside and numerous B+ cities ordered many more Mercs and BMWs than the centres of wealth like Mumbai and Delhi. Naturally all corporate focus is gradually shifting towards the till now neglected “Bharat”.But alas, this rosy picture doesn’t take away the sting of increasing prices which destroyed the dreams and aspirations of middle-class India. Never before have prices of essential commodities risen so steeply as they have in 2010. Sugar, vegetables, pulses, wheat flour, petrol, diesel – everything went beyond the realms of middle India’s pocket and the government simply washed its hands off. Every three months, the Agriculture Minister and the Prime Minister assured the people that inflation would be brought under control, but prices kept moving northwards. As a matter of fact, the government neither bothered nor did it appear to be bothered about rising prices. So much for a government headed by an economist Prime Minister.People could have still digested uncontrollable price rise as income too grew in 2010. But the spate of scams, corruption and graft cases completely tarnished the brand equity of the honest Prime Minister – Manmohan Singh. His silence over the 2 G graft case, on former communication minister A Raja’s role in allocation of spectrum to favoured firms, the Radiagate expose and the role of movers and shakers in political, bureaucratic and journalist circles, exorbitant and humongous scale of corruption by the Commonwealth Games  Organising Committee, completely took off the stamp of incorruptible administrator. While the Congress party did try to send in a message that corruption will not be tolerated by removing Ashok Chavan from the hot seat in Maharashtra following the Adarsh society expose. To say that this washed away the tag of “chalta hai” approach by the government and the Congress is meaningless. After Bofors, these series of scams will be remembered for government’s inactivity and inept handling.In terms of judicial activism, 2010 saw some important and landmark decisions. The three-way formula suggested towards resolving the Ayodhya tangle is a luminary example of realism and pragmatism. Actually it would not be inappropriate to suggest that the entire controversy now seems irrelevant. The fast-paced Kasab trial and the overwhelmingly clear judgement on the role and active participation of certain sections of Pakistani establishment in perpetuating the horrors of Mumbai terror attack is worth remembering. This verdict has given the Indian investigative agencies huge leverage in terms of a concrete judgement, which can act as a basis for all future terror-related talks with Pakistan. But the recent mudslinging on former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan with respect to A Raja’s pressurising a High Court Judge in Tamil Nadu, left a bitter taste in the end of the year. It also made us realise that all may not be above temptation.In this backdrop, the year 2011 may not hold much in its belly. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will have to unshackle himself from the image of a lame duck PM trying to survive Her Majesty’s Voice. Its’ time he came out of the shadows of the Congress President and encashed his own brand equity as an honest, upright, uncompromising administrator.Fiscal deficit may be bridged in the book by the sale of 3G spectrum in this financial year but fiscal policies and inflation still haunt the nation like never before. Announcement of policies like education to all, employment to all, unique ID to all need to be backed by concrete policy framework and affirmative action.On the foreign policy front, the Indian State needs to realise that being a stooge of the P-5 will not serve the national interest. All these heads of state came to India to generate business for their own countries. As a consumer, India needs to be aware of its rights and demand a fare share in the international order. Instead of being mere consumers of white goods and armaments, we should demand investment in infrastructure, core industries and sectors which drive employment in our country.Socially, the national drive needs to give space to the fairer sex. Let the parliamentarians finally accept the fact that repression is not the best policy. If Women’s Reservation Bill is accommodated to give due representation to our womenfolk, it will not eat into the spadework of male politicians.Another social, rather parochial, matter of national importance is the so-called “honour killing”. Can anyone in his/her rational mind explain the vengefulness exhibited by literate and educated parents killing their own off-spring? Hopefully this year and the years to come will see a marked departure from such social evils.The wishlist can go on and on. But the moot point is India and “Bharat” need to move in sync. And it’s the people who make modern nation states. So kudos to the people of India who have shown marked resilience in past and made huge departures. Hopefully, we shall see many more.last_img read more

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first_img7th Race: The Vayalur Plate 1400 M7th Race: The Vayalur Plate 1400 MStar Portal, Dr.M.A.M.Ramasamy Chettiyar of Chettinad Charitable Trust, 60 C.Umesh, First.Hector, 57 P.Travor, Second.Duke of Earl, 58.5 Md. Hesnain, Third.Sentosa Cove, 54 C.A.Brisson, Fourth. All ranWon by: 2L,NK, SHTime : One min 25.73 secsTote : Rs.8 for win and Rs.8 Rs.10 and Rs.15 forplacesWinner trained by: B.SureshFavourite: Star PortalSHP: Rs.18Quinella: Rs.10Forecast: Rs.22Tanala: Rs. 115 on 201 tickets.PTI COR VS RBSlast_img read more

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Haryana Steelers name Yogeshwar as ambassador

first_imgSonipat, Sep 27 (PTI) Haryana Steelers have appointed Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt as their brand ambassador ahead of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. Haryana Steelers CEO Mustafa Ghouse felt they found the perfect fit in Yogeshwar. “We are delighted to have Yogeshwar joining the Haryana Steelers as Team Ambassador. He has, through the years, been a fantastic role model to everyone beyond the wrestling mat. He is an icon for the country and the state and we are certain his presence will help elevate the sport in all the right ways.” Yogeshwar, who has been honoured with the Padma Shri, the Arjuna Award and the Khel Ratna for his contributions to sport, was happy about his new role. “Haryana has always been a home to kabaddi and when JSW Group bought a team that represented the state on a national platform, I was quite delighted. I look forward to seeing how we can work together to deepen the state’s association with the sport through the Steelers and I look forward to cheering for the team I can truly call my own. “I am looking forward to the upcoming season, especially the home leg in Sonipat, which also happens to be my hometown.” said Yogeshwar. PTI AHlast_img read more

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Messi or Ronaldo? Ronaldinho more talented than both

first_imgBarcelona Messi or Ronaldo? Human highlight reel Ronaldinho was more talented than both Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 20:08 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(187) Ronaldinho Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Ronaldinho Gaúcho Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Brazil Grêmio Real Madrid PSG Milan World Cup Serie A UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Opinion The retiring Brazilian may have won fewer trophies than either player and stayed at the peak of his powers for fewer years but his ability was unique Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Whatever one’s thoughts of the legitimacy of the comparison, there is no denying that it is a question which has defined a generation. Everyone picks one or the other. Well, almost everyone. In Deco, one could not hope for a more impartial judge, and when the former Portugal and Barcelona midfielder was asked for his preference in the summer of 2016, he found fault with the question.”Ronaldinho was far more gifted than Leo or Cristiano,” he countered. “He was a natural with special ability. Whenever we gave the ball to him, the moves and goals were from a different world.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is difficult to disagree. After Ronaldo (the Brazilian version) had changed the entire perception of what a No.9 could do, Ronaldinho came along and changed the entire perception of what a footballer could do.He brought the tricks and flicks of futsal to a full-sized football field. He pulled off pieces of skill that nobody had seen before. Ronaldinho Rijkaard PSKevin-Prince Boateng tells remarkable tales of Ronaldinho hitting the crossbar three times in a row in training just because he could. “We wondered how it was possible there was so much talent in one body,” he gushed.Eidur Gudjohnsen, meanwhile, became convinced that Ronaldinho was capable of defying the laws of physics. “When you play with him and see what he does with a ball, nothing surprises me any more,” the former Barca forward admitted. “One of these days, he will make the ball talk.”He could certainly do anything he wanted with it but, as Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos pointed out, “it wasn’t just about the tricks – he created and scored the goals to match his ability.” Indeed, his stunning strike against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2004, from a standing position, was the most exhilarating, bewitching and bemusing illustration of him marrying skill and substance. In truth, there were innumerable examples of his outrageous ability. Indeed, Ronaldinho became a human highlight reel; an entire generation watched Barca games just to see what he could, and would, do next. Because of a scheduling dispute in the lead-up to an international break, his Blaugrana debut, against Sevilla, kicked off at five past midnight on September 3, 2003. In spite of that, 80,000 supporters still flocked to Camp Nou to see their new Brazilian superstar. Not one regretted that decision. Ronaldinho BarcelonaAt around 1.30am, Ronaldinho picked up the ball inside his own half, skipped past two opponents and then unleashed a stunning 30-year drive that crashed off the crossbar on its way into the net. Barca drew the game but Ronaldinho had brought hope back to Barca. In time, he brought trophies too. David Beckham once said, “There was a period in Ronaldinho’s time at Barcelona where he was almost unplayable.” It was between 2004 and 2006, when Barca won back to back Liga titles, as well as the Champions League.During that two-year spell, Ronaldinho was at the peak of his powers, as motivated as he was magical. Consistency coupled with genius saw him attain a level of play that only the likes of Alfredo di Stefano, Pele, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi could be said to have equalled.On a weekly basis, Ronaldinho did things that took that breath away – and all the while with that endearingly toothy grin on his face. Frank Rijkaard enthused, “He transmits a lot of joy and pleasure playing the game, and he has individual skills that are of such a high level that everybody in the world adores him.”Ronaldinho Rijkaard PSHe wasn’t wrong, either. Even some supporters of Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid could not help but stand and applaud when he tore their beloved Blancos asunder on a famous night at the Santiago Bernabeu in November 2005.Ronaldinho admitted afterwards, “I will never forget this because it is very rare for any footballer to be applauded in this way by the opposition fans.”Indeed, the only previous Barca player to have been given a standing ovation at the Bernabeu was Maradona. Messi, despite his numerous masterclasses in Madrid, is still awaiting his, which is sadly indicative of the current era.The partisanship, the rivalries have become too bitter, too toxic. One is either Barcelona or Real Madrid, Messi or Ronaldo – one cannot appreciate both, apparently. Ronaldinho, though, transcended the traditional lines of tribal warfare. He was above competition. He wasn’t driven by being the best. He just wanted to have fun. From his demeanour, his behaviour, it was obvious that he didn’t just enjoy football, he enjoyed life, and he just wanted others to enjoy it too.Ronaldinho BarcelonaRonaldinho BarcelonaWhen Barcelona travelled to Los Angeles in the summer of 2006 for a couple of pre-season friendlies, basketball legend Kobe Bryant attended one of the Catalan club’s training sessions. “Ronaldinho was a good friend of mine,” the American reminisced a couple of years ago. “And while I was talking to him, he told me, ‘Kobe, look, I’m going to introduce you to the guy who’s going to be the greatest player of all time.'”And I said, ‘What? You’re the greatest!'”And he said, ‘No, this kid right here is going to be the best.’ And that guy was Lionel Messi and he was only 18 or 19 at the time.”Ronaldinho BarcelonaRonaldinho was both humble and humorous. Many felt he didn’t take the game as seriously as he should have done; that he wasted his talent, which is both staggering and scary when one considers that he won a World Cup, a Copa America, a Copa Libertadores and a Champions League.Nonetheless, he is often asked about his regrets, and that will become an increasingly common question now that he has decided to call time on his professional career. However, he insists that he has only one. “I would have loved to have played more with Messi, he’s a great player and I’m very glad to have helped him at the beginning of his career with the assist for his first Barca goal,” he revealed.”Having seen him go on to become such a great player, it would have been fantastic to have played more with him, but at that time my period at Barca was over and it was time for me to move to achieve new things and set new objectives, so the time had come for me to leave.”Now, the time has come for him to walk away from a game that he enriched with his skills and his smile. Sure, he could have won more trophies, and could have claimed more Ballons d’Or, but he is rightly proud of his career: “I’ve achieved everything I wanted to and I’m grateful for that.”In truth, it is we who should be grateful to him. In this modern era of corruption, greed and negativity, Ronaldinho reminded us that football can still be fun; that the game can still be beautiful; and should always be played with a smile upon one’s face.There is no greater legacy than that.Ronaldinho retireslast_img read more

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Environmentally friendly funerals NB student says theyre within reach

first_imgSACKVILLE, N.B. – A New Brunswick university student researching environmentally conscious funerals says she hopes her research will help ease the discomfort some people feel when talking about death.Hanna Longard, a fifth-year student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., is visiting cemeteries in eastern Canada and consulting with community members, funeral directors and other people within the so-called “death-care” industry in an effort to figure out how people can give back to the Earth even after death.“There is a fear that if you talk about death, it makes it real,” Longard said in a phone interview.“The fear comes from different places for different people. But as soon as I start having these conversations with people, they realize how many thoughts and questions they have on this topic.”It may seem like a morbid way to spend a summer vacation, but Longard said it’s important for people to know they have options when it comes to how they’re buried, aside from conventional Western practices, which often involve packaging and tidying up the body in ways that release toxic chemicals into the ground.She noted that cremation, sometimes viewed as an eco-friendly alternative, is hardly better.“People typically believe cremation can be environmentally friendly because you’re not taking up space in a cemetery plot on land,” she said. “But because of the emissions and toxins released, you actually are taking up space, but in the atmosphere instead.”She said people can make their burials greener by refraining from embalming, forgoing concrete or metal vaults and using only compostable materials, like a pine box or a linen shroud.Longard said it’s also important to be aware of where the burial materials are coming from: if you order a pine box that was made across the country, the energy it takes to transport it to your final resting place could cancel out any environmental benefits.As part of her research, Longard visited Duffin-Meadows Cemetery in Pickering, Ont., which she said is a great example of a green cemetery: it offers compostable caskets and communal monuments instead of individual grave markers.She also went to Sunrise Park Inter-Faith Cemetery in Halifax, N.S., and said that while the facility isn’t strictly green, it does offer green burial options and is considering how to expand them.Longard said the reasons for pursuing green death care are different for everyone.“There’s many different motivators for green death care, and some people are motivated exclusively by the statistics of the environmental impact of the conventional practices,” she said.“But for a lot of people, it does seem to have a more of a spiritual connection in that they are interested in a re-integration with the Earth, and that they feel that their body is part of the Earth.”Originally from Nova Scotia, Longard grew up in an environmentally-conscious household and said that she’s always had an interest in giving back to the earth.Yves Berthiaume, a funeral director in Hawkesbury, Ont. and the president of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, said most funeral homes have options for those interested in having an environmentally friendly funeral — the issue is that people don’t ask for them.“We’ve been in business for 125 years here in Hawkesbury, and we’ve never had a request for a green funeral,” Berthiaume said. “The demand isn’t there.”He said he’s confident the industry will be able to adapt if green funeral practices become more commonplace, but for now, he said his funeral home doesn’t advertise their green funeral options because of the lack of demand.“There is a cost for the funeral home to get ready to be able to serve the family with a green funeral,” he said, explaining that some homes carry more eco-friendly embalming fluids and other green products that may be more expensive.“So if the demand is not there for the funeral home, then it’s hard for them to have everything ready.”Berthiaume said the stigma surrounding topics like funerals and death is likely contributing to the lack of public knowledge about environmentally friendly death-care practices.But Erik Lees, a past president of the Green Burial Society of Canada, said it’s up to funeral directors to be more proactive in educating their clients on green funerals.“No one’s going to ask for it if they don’t know it’s available, or if it’s not promoted or explained by the funeral home,” he said.“The consumer needs to be educated, but the service providers also need to be educated.”Lees also said there seems to be a rising interest in the subject, and the society has received an influx of questions about green death-care practices over the past year or so.As for Longard, she said the goal of her research project is to get more people comfortable with talking about death.While there are many ways to make a burial more eco-friendly, she said people can take it in baby steps, saying that there’s “no one formula.”She added that even if your local funeral home doesn’t advertise it, they likely have options that people can explore.“At this point, you need to know what to ask for,” she said.last_img read more

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Taylor budget bylaw gets first three readings

first_imgTaylor’s business mill rate of 5.55 cents per $1,000 is also the lowest in the PRRD, while its major industry mill rate is the second-highest at 44.22. Only heavy industry in Tumbler Ridge pays a higher rate.In total, Taylor will be bringing in $14,374,223 this year, with $6.3 million to be spent on operating expenses, and $7.4 million on capital expenditures. The Disitrct will be borrowing roughly $3.75 million to begin development of the Parcel Z subdivision. The District began moving forward on developing the 8.9-hectare triangle shaped plot of land west of Spruce St. in December. The District plans to develop the land, which it owns, before selling the up to 65 lots zoned for single family houses to the public.After passing the first three readings, District of Taylor Financial Plan Bylaw No. 825, 2018  is due to be adopted at the next District meeting. TAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor’s five year financial plan bylaw passed first three readings at Tuesday’s Council meeting.The District is following the lead of Fort St. John in largely maintaining the status quo in terms of tax revenue collected by raising tax rates to account for a drop in home value assessments. The average price of a home in Taylor fell from $336,000 to $320,000 this year, while tax rates will be rising from $3.24 to $3.40 per $1,000 in value.Though mill rates are increasing by 16 cents per $1,000 in home value, residents with a home of average value will actually pay 64 cents less in property taxes this year. Taylor still has the second-lowest residential property tax rate of any municipality in the Peace River Regional District, behind only Pouce Coupe’s residential mill rate of around 2.8 percent.last_img read more

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Inuit hope fresh deals with mining companies boost employment at new projects

NUNAVUT – Inuit leaders are hoping a new cycle of mine expansion in Nunavut brings with it a motherlode of jobs and economic spinoffs.“Inuit are very eager and wanting to participate in the economy,” said P.J. Akeeagok of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.His group recently signed an agreement with a mining company that has a billion-dollar expansion proposal before northern regulators. Baffinland’s Mary River mine on the northern end of Baffin Island is considered one of the richest iron deposits in the world.That’s not the only mining news out of Nunavut.Quebec-based Agnico-Eagle has begun to pour gold at its new mine near Rankin Inlet and is developing another nearby deposit. The two projects represent $1.6 billion in investment since 2017. Agnico-Eagle, which already has about 800 employees and 300 contractors at its Meadowbank mine, expects to hire more for the new ones.“We’re going to get close to 700 people by the end of the year,” said Dominique Girard, the company’s vice-president for Nunavut.Both companies have already made promises about job levels for Inuit. Like other northern employers — including the government of Nunavut — they’ve had trouble living up to them.Agnico-Eagle, with a goal of 50 per cent Inuit employment, has achieved about 37 per cent. Although Baffinland has the same target, only about one-quarter of its 1,200 employees and contractors are Inuit. The level has been as low as 14 per cent.The consequences of those gaps are real.A study commissioned for the environmental group Oceans North concluded that the gap between Baffinland’s targets and its actual employment would amount to about $1 billion in lost wages for Inuit over the life of the mine. That would be especially so if the proposed expansion resulted in increased production before more Inuit could be trained.“What is the case for massive expansion of the mine before the labour market can keep up with it?” asked Chris Debicki of Oceans North. “The rapid scaling up of this mine, as proposed, will not maximize Indigenous benefits.”But Akeeagok and Gabriel Karlik of the Kivalliq Inuit Association — which has just signed a new benefits agreements with Agnico-Eagle — say strengthened promises of education and training will get local people into the workforce.“(The Kivalliq Inuit Association) is working with stakeholders, including Agnico-Eagle, to ensure that Inuit are in a position to take advantage of available opportunities in training and upskill development,” Karlik said in an email.Baffinland has expanded a five-day program about work issues that includes managing finances and the strains that fly-in, fly-out work can put on families. Recruits sit in a classroom and shadow current employees.“That helps long term with retention,” said Baffinland vice-president Grant Goddard.The company sends potential recruits to an Ontario college for trades apprenticeships and heavy equipment operators. The program had 54 graduates last year. It’s developing an Inuit-focused section to its leadership training.Baffinland has also committed $10 million to building a training centre in Pond Inlet.Agnico-Eagle has developed a work and training approach that moves Inuit along a career path of operating ever-more-complex machinery.“All of our entry level positions are 100 per cent Inuit,” Girard said. “But when we get into semi-skilled or skilled, this is where we’re having more difficulty.”The company has hired an adult educator for each of its sites to run after-work classes in literacy and numeracy.“We’d like to develop more leaders,” said Girard. “We’d like to have our mine managed by Inuit.”Both companies pay royalties of about $5 million a year to their respective Inuit associations.Akeeagok said the increased emphasis on training should help ensure that Inuit get the benefit of resources on land that they control.“Absolutely we want to participate in these industries,” he said. “There’s some real exciting benefits that are out there.”— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Press read more

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Egypt Ban calls on leaders to take bold steps to address protesters

“I have been repeatedly saying that the leaders of any country, including Egypt, should first of all listen attentively, most sincerely, to the voices of people,” he told a news conference yesterday in Addis Ababa, where he is attending a summit meeting of the African Union (AU). “And they have a broad responsibility, first of all, to provide decent jobs and good opportunities to maintain a decent living.“This is what I have been urging them. At the same time, it is important that the Governments ensure that a proper channel of communication is ensured – their freedom of speech, expression, and their freedom of association should also be ensured,” he added, underlining that this expression should be done peacefully in a way that does not lead to social and political instability.Asked directly what concrete steps he thinks President Hosni Mubarak should take to show that he is listening to the voices of the people of Egypt and if he thinks the appointment of a new Government is sufficient, Mr. Ban replied: “I would leave it to the Egyptian leaders. Reflecting all these concerns and wishes, they should take some bold measures to address their concerns.”As the demonstrations calling for Mr. Mubarak’s resignation accelerated last week, Mr. Ban urged all Egyptians to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and he called on the Government to see this “as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people.”  On Friday he told a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum, that a fundamental principle of democracy is to protect and ensure the freedom of speech of the people, and he stressed that the situation in Egypt and the wider region must not lead to further violence. Also last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Egyptian Government to exercise restraint and initiate investigations into reports of the use of excessive force, particularly the killing of at least five and possibly more civilians. “It has been brought to my attention that since the street protests erupted, police have confronted protestors with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, water cannons and batons, and arrested more than 1,000 people, including political opponents,” she said. “While maintaining rule and order are important, the responsibility of the Government to protect the rights to life, liberty and security is paramount.” She called on the Government to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, including by restoring free use of mobile phones and social networks, which were reportedly cut to impede demonstrators from mobilizing.“People must be entitled to express their grievances against violations of their civil and political rights as well as their frustrations at lack of realization of their economic rights, the right to work and the right to an adequate standard of living,” Ms. Pillay said. “And governments in the region and around the world must take heed. Suppressing citizens’ voices, silencing dissent and stifling criticism will not make the problems go away. Recent events in the region highlight the fact that tackling serious problems by resorting primarily to high-handed security measures only causes them to fester and eventually erupt on a large scale.”The protests in Egypt are taking place just weeks after anti-government demonstrations led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia earlier this month. 31 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Egypt’s leaders to take some “bold measures” to address the concerns of the scores of thousands of people who have been demonstrating for change, stressing at the same time that the protests must be peaceful. read more

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SecretaryGeneral welcomes President Bushs call for Israeli withdrawal

“I think that was an important call from the President,” the Secretary-General said, responding to questions from the press at UN Headquarters in New York.”We should not forget that the US along with 13 other members of the Security Council voted for the withdrawal of the Israeli troops in Resolution 1402. I am really happy to see the President reaffirm this publicly, and I urge the Israeli leadership to listen to him and implement the resolution.”Mr. Annan also described as “encouraging” today’s announcement by the White House that Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to the Middle East. “I have spoken to the Secretary of State, and I am happy that the US is becoming much more engaged,” the Secretary-General said, adding that he was in “constant touch” with Secretary Powell as well as leaders in the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Arab world. “What I have stressed all along is that we cannot focus on security alone, and that we need to understand that peace and security are two sides of the same coin,” he said. “And we need to broaden our efforts to bring in the political aspects as well as do something about the horrible humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people, so I hope our efforts, as we move forward would embrace all these aspects and be comprehensive.”Today’s announcements from Washington were also welcomed by the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, who told reporters in New York that the statement by President Bush reflected “much more readiness on the part of the Administration to get engaged at the high level.”He noted also that there was recognition of the need to have a “political context through which one can deal with the security aspect.”However, Mr. Al-Kidwa said the Palestinians “reject the unjustified criticism of President Arafat and frankly we are seeking clarifications of the meaning of what was said.” read more

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Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 7 February 2014

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Internationally…India student dies after being pushed from roof in safety drill

N Logeswari died after she was forced to jump off a building as part of a safety drillIndian police have arrested a training instructor in the southern state of Tamil Nadu after a 19-year-old college student died in a safety exercise.Police said N Logeshwari died after she was forced to jump off a building into a safety net held by fellow students. They say the instructor pushed her as she was reluctant to jump.She suffered injuries after hitting the roof of the first floor. Police have also registered a case against the college.“The college didn’t apply for permission for any such training. This is against the law. Any school or college has to get prior permission from the government before conducting an exercise like this. Police are investigating the issue and the trainer has been arrested,” senior government official Hariharan told BBC.A video of the incident shows the girl losing her balance and hitting her head after she was pushed by the instructor. It is being widely circulated on social media.College authorities rushed her to hospital immediately after she fell, but she was declared dead on arrival. The college is yet to release an official statement about the incident. Police are reportedly interrogating the principal of the institution. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBangladesh charges 16 for burning girl aliveMay 29, 2019In “latest news”‘Medical school’ Administrator still in Police custodySeptember 9, 2016In “Crime”Outrage in India after woman allegedly raped twice by same menJuly 19, 2016In “Crime” read more

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Optimising IsaMill operation in coppergold comminution

first_imgThe Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) has just published the abstract of the paper, Operating performance of the Phu Kham IsaMill, with permission from The AusIMM. The paper is by G. Harbort and D. Zoetbrood.The Phu Kham copper-gold operation in Laos is owned and operated by Phu Bia Mining Ltd in which PanAust Ltd holds a 90% interest, with the remaining 10% held by the Laos PDR Government. The original 12 Mt/y copper-gold concentrator at Phu Kham commenced production in April 2008. An incremental improvement program resulted in a number of circuit changes being incorporated by 2011, including conversion of conditioning tanks to flotation cells and the installation of a Jameson Cell cleaner scalper. In 2012 an upgrade project was commissioned to increase throughput to 18 Mt/y. In April, 2013 the Phu Kham Increase Recovery Project was commissioned to maximise performance by debottlenecking the plant IsaMillTM regrind and cleaning capacity.With the variable mineralogy of Phu Kham ore, control of the c concentrate regrind circuit is essential in terms of achieving effective liberation to maintain concentrator performance. On a routine basis laboratory regrind signature plot data is compare with daily surveys of operational IsaMills. More extensive surveys are also conducted to determine size distribution on a mineralogical basis and the effect of fine regrinding on pulp electrochemistry and flotation performance.This paper provides a review of the operating performance of the Phu Kham IsaMill with regard to power draw, feed and product size distribution, feed per cent solids, mineralogy and pulp electrochemistry. Operating performance is compared with the IsaMill signature plot test for predicting performance.Last week, Joe Pease and Bill Johnson were inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (shown) for the IsaMill.last_img read more

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Putin US strikes will kill the elderly and children in Syria

first_imgTHE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT has spoken directly to the American people in an opinion piece published in the New York Times today.In the article, Vladimir Putin warned that any US strike on Syria would result in more innocent victims and an escalation of violence. It could also spread the conflict beyond the country’s borders he said.“It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilise the Middle East and North Africa.“No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect,” he added.Moscow has staunchly opposed any military intervention in Syria as the US, the UK and France prepare to take action following a deadly gas attack in Damascus on 21 August which allegedly killed more than 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.Russia has not denied that the attack but questions if Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible. Putin writes:No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.Putin also warned that the United Nations could collapse (citing the fate of the League of Nations) if the US “bypass” it and take action without Security Council authorisation.He argued that Syria is “not witnessing a battle for democracy” but an armed conflict in a multi-religious society.“There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government,” he said, before criticising American foreign policy.It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”“But force has proved ineffective and pointless,” he continued, noting that Afghanistan is ‘reeling’, Libya is divided and dozens are killed each day in Iraq the civil war continues.“In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.”Concluding, Putin urged continued dialogue between Washington and the Kremlin on Syria.“If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues,” he said before claiming that his relationship with President Obama is marked by “growing trust”.However, he finished by strongly disagreeing with some of his words about Americans being ‘exceptional’ from his Tuesday night address.“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” he said. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva today to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal.Overnight, the five permanent members of the Security Council held inconclusive talks on Syria at the United Nations.Read the full Op-Ed on the New York Times website here>Obama: “I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions”Explainer: What is going on in Syria?last_img read more

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Cloak and Dagger Are Pulled Together and Fall Apart

first_imgThe episode leaves us with Tandy getting one final clue. Using her stolen schoolgirl outfit to lure Peter Scarborough out of his house to change her flat tire. But instead of stabbing him with her dagger, she dives into his head. If there was any doubt that this guy was a comic book villain, his hopes confirm it completely. His hopes involve sifting through a lake of dead bodies, most of them Roxxon employees, and digging rolls of cash out of their pockets. From the vision, she gets the name of one of the many employees who’ve died on the company payroll. The name leads her to the man’s daughter: Mina Hess. And she’s also working for Roxxon. That’s a cool cliffhanger to leave us on for next week. We don’t know what side Mina’s on, but my best guess? Tandy’s found a new ally. For now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “There seems to be a little confusion on the court here.” If you only knew. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari & @olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/gxG6izV1gu— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) June 29, 2018This might be my favorite episode of Cloak and Dagger so far. The show is at a point now where it doesn’t have to establish it’s premise anymore. We know who these characters are and what they can do, and more importantly, so do they. They spent the entirety of the last episode talking in a church so the show could get to this point. Where it can pick up the pace of its story and have a little bit of fun with its characters. Like when Tandy tries to teach Tyrone how to control his teleportation. She pushes him off a balcony into a fountain. Sure, she almost killed him, but it worked. Tyrone reappears in the locker room, albeit soaking wet, just in time for the second half to start.The episode’s story wraps around on itself in a really satisfying way too. Every scene ends up being important. Not a single moment in this episode, outside of O’Reilly’s cruiser cruising, feels wasted. (Maybe the show is trying to sow some doubt as to whether she can be trusted? Even if that’s the case, it’s not clear and doesn’t appear to have any impact on the story.) Even Tyrone and Evita’s awkward flirtations are here for a reason. Other than, you know, just being adorable. They fumble through the awkwardness of what their relationship is and how committed they are. Then, when Tyrone gives Evita his letterman jacket (a big deal, apparently), he tries to explain why he’s so awkward sometimes. Evita tells him “I pay attention to you.” Right away, you know that line is important. If she doesn’t already know what’s going on with Tyrone, superpowers and all, it probably won’t take long for her to find out.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) AUBREY JOSEPHLater, in the final seconds of the game, he brushes past the players on the other team, witnessing each of their fears. Realizing that their lives aren’t nearly as stable as his, and that the referees were all the way biased towards his team, he gives up the game. He deliberately misses the shot, giving a win to a team of guys who needed it. After the game, Evita sneaks into his room, wearing his letterman jacket and little else. She tells him she knows what he did in the game. She pays attention; she reminds him. Yeah, one of these days, probably soon, she’s gonna notice that whole shadow teleportation thing.Tyrone’s story ends with an earned, well-set-up twist. Early in the episode, he mysteriously teleports to the business of his brother’s old friend. The guy seems to be doing pretty well for himself now. They talk about Tyrone’s brother and how much better the business would be doing if he was still alive to co-run it. It seems to be doing pretty well regardless, given the watch the dude’s sporting. The whole scene, you wonder why Tyrone ended up here. Is it really because the brother’s friend was thinking about him? Was it just so Tyrone could hear an inspirational line about focusing on the future? We find out at the end, when Tyrone teleports there again. The friend’s money doesn’t come from a strictly legal source. He’s working with Connors, the vice cop that murdered Tyrone’s brother to move cocaine throughout the city. Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Stay on targetcenter_img At the start, Tandy and Tyrone are investigating their own cases individually. Tandy is pouring over Greg’s files on Roxxon, which includes a staple of every evil corporation: A military-worshiping PR video about all the good work they do. As fake commercials go, it’s almost unrecognizable from the real thing. Tyrone, on Tandy’s recommendation, talks to Detective O’Reilly. In doing so, he pulls her away from a cop-on-cop tryst in the back of a cruiser. Hopefully, that goes somewhere storywise eventually, because right now, the scene feels random. It comes from nowhere and is never brought up again. At least the following scene gives us some answers as to how Tyrone’s brother’s murder was swept under the rug. A vice cop committed the crime. Since their investigations often require dual identities, one of which is kept top secret, the department was able to keep the murder from getting out.Thankfully, the episode doesn’t waste too much time before getting Tandy and Tyrone together. Their last interaction may have ended in a fight, but Tandy’s in a much friendlier mood after learning to control her power. It helps that she needs something. Using Tyrone’s computer login, she accesses and prints some information on a few Roxxon executives. Putting them in Tyrone’s school was a good move. You can really empathize with him here. His two carefully segmented worlds are colliding together, and he’s not quite sure how to handle it. Her brash, casual nature runs up against his off-guard awkwardness in a charming, funny way. It ends on a sad note, though. As much as Tandy makes fun of him for his prep school life, there’s a part of her that wants it. She sees Tyrone at a pep rally, and the experience of invading his school stops being fun. She quickly leaves, but not before doing the other thing she came to the school for: stealing a schoolgirl uniform.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTThe show splits Tandy and Tyrone back up just as soon as they got together, but makes up for it by making their individual stories almost as fun. Tandy uses her schoolgirl outfit to set up an influencer profile, allowing her to get a job with an agency that places attractive Instagram models at high-end events. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a Roxxon party that night. Tyrone, meanwhile, has a state finals basketball game. With an event that stressful, his powers are already going a little haywire. A referee touches him, and Tyrone sees the guy’s fears… which involve being murdered by some shady characters. When he comes out of the vision, the ball has disappeared. It falls from the ceiling at the Roxxon party.I love the way the show cuts back and forth between the two scenes. It hints at the connection between Cloak and Dagger, building up to the moment where it’s made explicit. While Tyrone is playing, Tandy is rummaging through people’s minds, diving into the hopes of Roxxon’s employees. Strangely, they all involve the same man, either tying him up or making him subservient. She deduces that he’s their boss, the mystery executive she’s been looking for. When she sees a company photo, she remembers the man’s face. He’s Peter Scarborough, the guy who tore her house apart and took everything after her dad died. But all her power has had an affect on Tyrone. It all comes to a head when he’s suddenly transported to the Roxxon party, still in full basketball gear. It’s nice to see the show having a little fun with its premise. Mind blown. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari pic.twitter.com/RoP30is8wH— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) June 29, 2018While this was going on, Detective O’Reilly also started to make headway in Tyrone’s case. She knows she can’t get the dirty cop on a murder that officially didn’t happen. Instead, she tries to get him on cocaine charges. After shaking down a club dealer, we see her snorting the evidence in the locker. I guess this is supposed to combine with her earlier hookup to make us wonder if she’s actually a good cop? Especially when she starts bonding with Connors over a few lines. But as she leaves him with the last hit, she smiles privately to herself. It seems this is part of her investigation. She at least knows he’s a cocaine user who overlooks others in the department. This could be her way into learning more about his trafficking operation. It’s looking like she really is the trustworthy cop Tandy thought she was. (Also, she gives the series a cool connection to Luke Cage. Not only did she transfer to New Orleans from Harlem, in the new season released last weekend, Misty Knight mentions an O’Reilly that moved south. Always nice when these shows remember they’re connected.)Last night’s Cloak and Dagger was a tight, fun episode that moved the story in meaningful directions. I still wish our titular heroes had spent more time together. It’s fun watching them play detective on their own, but the two actors work so well together, that all I really want is to see them as a team. We’re halfway through the season at this point, and it still feels like they’ve only had a handful of scenes together. This one was a clear improvement, though. The two are feeling each other out, and figuring out how to work with each other. Which includes pushing one of them off a balcony. This is clearly leading to the team up we want to see, so at least the journey there is enjoyable.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTlast_img read more

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Unlaid Egg Discovered in 110MillionYearOld Bird Fossil

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target A team of scientists claim they have discovered the first fossil bird with an egg preserved inside its body.The animal, which represents a new species dubbed Avimaia schweitzerae, was discovered in 110-million-year-old deposits in China’s northwestern region, said a Chinese Academy of Sciences press release. This unusual specimen belongs to the Enantiornithes (“opposite birds”), a group of creatures that co-existed with dinosaurs. The scientists published their findings in Nature Communications, and reported that the fossil’s unlaid egg could give clues on the ancient bird’s abnormal reproductive system.Led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O’Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the scientists examined the well-preserved fossil and the egg remains inside its abdomen. Because the specimen was crushed flat, a small fragment had to be extracted and studied under a microscope to determine that the “unusual tissue” was an unlaid egg.The female individual dead in the water on the left represents the fossilized animal in the study. (Photo Credit: Michael Rothman)Further analysis revealed some shocking details on the ancient bird’s health: The team said it’s likely that their reproductive system was acting abnormally, because the egg shell consisted of two layers, instead of one that’s found in healthy bird eggs, indicating that the unlaid egg was stuck too long inside the abdomen. Additionally, the scientists said the egg shell was “thinner than a sheet of paper,” and didn’t show the correct proportions found in healthy bird eggs.Scientists said these abnormal egg conditions are often a result of stress. The unlaid egg becomes coated in a second layer of eggshell, triggering numerous health issues for egg-laying birds. These unlaid egg issues might have caused the death of this ancient “mother bird.” The animal might have suffered from egg-binding, a condition involving an unlaid egg that becomes trapped inside the body and leads to death.Additional scanning electron microscopy showed other important details on the unlaid egg, including parts of the eggshell that aren’t typically spotted in the fossil record (the cuticle and the egg membrane). The cuticle contained spherules of minerals, demonstrating that this ancient bird might have partially buried their other eggs.By studying the ancient bird fossil, scientists can learn more on how this early, egg-laying animal developed reproductive issues and if prehistoric environmental factors contributed to their death.More on Geek.com:New Mammal Species Discovered From Fossilized Bones Digested By Crocodiles Scientists Discover Fossils of Oldest Known Frog in North AmericaAmazingly Well-Preserved Fossil Shines Light on Ancient Ichthyosaurlast_img read more

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Torreira excited about Arsenal challenge

first_imgArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed he is excited about the challenge playing in England.The Uruguay international joined the Gunners from Sampdoria during the summer transfer window for a fee in the region of £27million and has proven to be an astute acquisition.Torreira came off the bench at half-time following a disappointing first-half performance from the Gunners at Newcastle and completely changed the game, inspiring Arsenal to a 2-1 win.That second half display convinced Emery that Torreira was ready and he has been a mainstay of the team ever since, as the Gunners have embarked on an 11-game winning streak.The former Sampdoria combative midfielder has been at the heart of that impressive form, bringing an intensity to the midfield that Arsenal have been desperately lacking for the past few seasons.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a great challenge and a new challenge for me,” Torreira said, according to Football London. “I’m the kind of person who likes to fight for these things, to always be fighting my way up, like my dad always tells me. I am so happy.”“I’m getting to know London and taking on the challenge of learning English so I can communicate with my team-mates. That’s something that’s not only important for football but also for life.”“The team is doing very well and we achieved a positive result [against Sporting CP] which was really, really courageous. The important thing now is to continue growing and to continue showing this.”last_img read more

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Police rescue abandoned infant

first_imgLB Nagar: An abandoned baby of 10-15 days old was rescued and handed over to Shishu Vihar by police on Thursday. According to police, the infant wasfound beside a construction building near Big Bazaar in LB Nagar.Sub-Inspector of LB Nagar police station Ravibrought the infant to Rainbow Hospital in LB Nagar requested the hospital managementto check the condition of the baby asthe Child Welfare Department officials were unavailable during the night hours.The hospital management took care of the child the whole night and health condition of baby was recorded normal. As parents of the baby were not yet traced, Sub-Inspector Ravi handed over the infant to Yusufguda Sishu Vihar.last_img read more

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