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Karunaratne helps Lanka to 852 on rainhit 1st day

first_imgColombo: Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka to 85 for two at stumps on a rain-hit day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Colombo on Thursday. Only 36.3 overs were possible after rain washed out the first session and bad light ended play for the day with Karunaratne unbeaten on 49. Karunaratne, fresh from a match-winning century in the first Test in Galle last week last week, hit six boundaries during his 100-ball stay in overcast conditions. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFormer captain Angelo Mathews was giving Karunaratne company in the middle to remain unbeaten on nought after facing 14 deliveries. New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who made the XI in place of Mitchell Santner, said the match was “evenly poised”. “There’s a bit of more bounce on this track than what we encountered in Galle and that’s nice,” he said after play ended. “If we can get a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning that will be nice.”last_img read more

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Bethenny Frankel And Skinnygirl Cocktails To Kickoff NYC Shop For Success

first_imgSkinnygirl Cocktails will sponsor Shop for Success, the third annual, two-day pop-up shop hosted by Y.E.S!, the volunteer branch of Dress for Success Worldwide.Shop for Success, held in New York City on Nov. 9 and 10, will allow the city’s most fashionable young professionals to join host of daytime syndicated talk show “bethenny” and the original Skinnygirl herself, Bethenny Frankel, and get a head start on their holiday shopping while supporting a great cause.The two-day event will host a VIP Party on Saturday, Nov. 9, where 21-and-over guests and friends of Dress for Success can sip on signature cocktails from Skinnygirl Cocktails while enjoying a silent auction, a raffle, music, hors d’oeuvres, and shopping.Skinnygirl Cocktails, a longstanding partner of Dress for Success, has also secured a number of exclusive auction items for the night’s festivities, including a necklace from EXTRA host Maria Menounos, a purse and a pair of heels from Vivica Fox, and a dress from Tia Mowry-Hardrict — among other celebrity pieces that will be up for bidding, with proceeds from the auction to benefit Dress for Success.Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.Tickets to the VIP Kick-Off Party can be purchased for $75 at shopforsuccess2013.eventbrite.com. For more information on the Shop for Success Event, visit www.facebook.com/YESnewyork and www.dressforsuccess.org. For more information on Skinnygirl Cocktails, visit www.skinnygirlcocktails.com.WHERE: The Gallery at The Metropolitan Pavilion123 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenues)New York CityWHEN: VIP PartySaturday, Nov. 9 8 – 11 p.m.last_img read more

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Prince Charles Hosts Reception In Support Of Endangered Elephants

first_imgThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, joint Presidents of the charity Elephant Family, hosted a reception at Lancaster House in London this week in support of Asia’s endangered elephants.Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a reception in support of the Elephant Family at Lancaster HouseCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The event highlighted a global “auto rickshaw”, or motorised rickshaw, race which will take place later this year. The race will involve a fleet of the vehicles, individually designed by international artists, milliners and fashion designers.In November some 30 rickshaws will journey 500km across Madhya Pradesh, India in support of the cause.The event is called Travels to My Elephant and is inspired by the charity’s late founder and The Duchess’s brother Mark Shand, whose rescue of an Asian elephant, Tara, led to its creation. His adventures were recorded in his best-selling book Travels on my Elephant.Mr Shand, who died in New York in April last year, dedicated his life to saving Asia’s elephants.His Royal Highness said everyone was at the event “to ensure that dear Mark’s hard-won legacy is maintained and enhanced”.The Prince added: “I can’t help thinking he would have been so pleased to know if he had been with us that we have just met the representatives of four conservation charities who are partnering with Elephant Family with the aim of unlocking GBP20 million pounds to secure 100 elephant corridors across India by 2025.“This evening’s events are designed to highlight the quest to save Asia’s endangered elephants from a frighteningly precipitous decline.“There may be no more than 50,000 left in total in the wild across the 13 countries where they are literally clinging to survival.“Sadly, it is the case that the pressures of finite space and the needs of an unsustainably growing human population have brought us into conflict with these remarkable creatures.“Witnessing this conundrum, Mark’s vision was simple but profound; the elephants can survive only if forests survive.”Later in the evening, the rickshaws were auctioned to support Elephant Family’s projects.Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more

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YoYo Ma Named Goodwill Ambassador For Friends Without A Border

first_imgGrammy Award-winning cellist and virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma has been announced as a Goodwill Ambassador for Friends Without A Border (Friends) as part of the nonprofit’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.Video: Yo-Yo Ma, Goodwill Ambassador for Friends Without A BorderFounded in 1996, Friends Without A Border opened its first hospital, Angkor Hospital for Children, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Since its inception in 1999, the hospital has provided free and compassionate health care to more than 1.5 million children, trained thousands of local healthcare professionals, and provided medical outreach and education to communities across Cambodia. The same successful model of “Treatment + Education + Prevention” is now being implemented at their second hospital, Lao Friends Hospital for Children, in Luang Prabang, Laos.Friends’ founder Kenro Izu, a renowned photographer, founded the organization after witnessing the tragic death of a young girl in a Cambodian health care facility during a trip to photograph the Angkor monuments. “The little girl was the same age as my daughter at the time. I just remember being so shocked something like that could happen. There she was, in a hospital with doctors and nurses nearby, and yet she did not receive treatment because the girl’s father couldn’t afford to pay two dollars for her care.”Kenro Izu and Yo-Yo Ma first collaborated in 2002, when Izu’s fine art photographs of sacred sites were exhibited as part of the Silk Road Festival organized at The Smithsonian Institute. “Friends Without A Border is a remarkable organization, created by the vision of an extraordinary human being,” says Yo-Yo Ma. “Kenro Izu’s generous vision of sharing his art, of using his art so that people can actually have better lives is such a worthy cause to support, for all of us to pay attention to.”While the children under-5 mortality rate in Cambodia has greatly decreased since 1996, pediatric health care is still an urgent concern in Lao PDR. Treatable illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition are common, with 1 out of 14 children not reaching the age of 5. Since its opening in February 2015, Lao Friends Hospital for Children has treated more than 11,000 children. Its medical team is composed of 11 local doctors and 24 nurses that receive continuous training and work alongside international staff and volunteers. A residency program for local medical students has also been implemented, as part of the organization’s strategic approach to use its hospitals as a base to positively impact the healthcare capacity of the entire country.Friends Without A Border will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a special Fundraising Gala taking place on April 7, 2016 at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers in New York City. Hundreds of supporters will join to celebrate the organization’s achievements thus far, and to support the ongoing efforts to build a healthier future for children in Southeast Asia.For more information about Friends’ New York Gala, please visit www.fwab.org/gala.last_img read more

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Switzerland Seeks to Boost Economic Cooperation with Morocco Swiss minister

Basel (Switzerland) – Switzerland wishes to explore available opportunities to boost economic and trade cooperation with Morocco, a stable and advanced African country, said on Saturday Swiss economy minister Johann Schneider-Ammann.“We have a huge potential to develop and we should find a way to reinforce cooperation ties,” he told MAP on the sidelines of the 99th Basel International Fair where Morocco is a guest of honor.The Swiss official met on Friday with minister delegate for foreign trade Mohamed Abbou on the sidelines of setting up the Moroccan stand at the Fair. “We have chosen to honor Morocco, a country among the most developed ones in Africa that enjoys a very stable political system and has a variety of products and services,” Schneider-Ammann said.He described as strong and excellent the Moroccan-Swiss economic relations, based on a free trade agreement concluded in 1997 and other similar agreements between the Kingdom and other states and regional groupings.He added that both parties should promote investment in other industries besides the sectors of food processing, pharmacy, machines and tourism. read more

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US easing Western land restrictions meant to protect bird

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Latest on the Trump administration’s changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local):8 a.m.The Trump administration is changing sweeping land use plans for Western states to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird species.The plans to be released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide efforts to protect greater sage grouse.Environmentalists warn the widely-anticipated changes could undermine efforts to protect the chicken-sized bird.But the administration secured backing from Democratic and Republican governors in affected states.The ground-dwelling birds range across 11 Western states.They’re known for their elaborate mating rituals and their numbers have plummeted due to energy development, disease and other factors.U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Brian Steed told The Associated Press the changes better align federal and state management of grouse habitat.12 a.m.The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other industrial activities that were imposed to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges across the American West.U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Brian Steed told The Associated Press the changes still protect greater sage grouse while addressing concerns that policies adopted by former President Barack Obama were too restrictive.A formal announcement is expected Friday.Critics say the changes will mean more disturbances to the bird’s habitat, which includes portions of 11 states. Brian Rutledge with the Audubon Society says that will undermine efforts to shore up grouse populations.The ground-dwelling birds, known for an elaborate mating ritual, have seen steep declines due to energy development, disease and other factors.The Associated Press read more

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Conservatives and NDP battle in war of words over competing energy policies

Federal Conservatives and New Democrats are battling over national energy policy with competing economic claims.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver told the Vancouver Board of Trade early Wednesday that Canada is in a global race to secure markets for our oil and gas — an opportunity the Conservative described as “perishable.”Oliver said time is of the essence and warned against a proposed NDP overhaul of the environmental review process, calling it “a recipe for instability and uncertainty at the very moment when businesses are deciding whether to make multibillion-dollar investments in the B.C. natural gas sector.”The National Energy Board has approved three export licences for liquefied natural gas, or LNG, that clear the way for exporting 36 million tonnes of LNG a year, Oliver noted.Those exports could begin as early as 2015, and another five west coast applications for LNG exports are under review.Mulcair, speaking Wednesday to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa, called the energy sector “the motor of the Canadian economy,” while arguing the Conservatives are squandering export opportunities by not shoring up the country’s environmental credibility.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld He said the Conservative rhetoric pitting economic development against environmental stewardship is short-sighted and “a false choice. It’s an approach that’s stuck in the past.”Mulcair accused the Harper government of “dismantling every major piece of environmental protection, and hurting Canada’s economic development at the very same time.”The New Democrats are proposing binding environmental assessment reviews of major resource projects, reversing Conservative legislation that puts the final call in cabinet’s hands.Both the Conservatives and Liberals pounced on Mulcair’s proposal as incoherent, given the NDP’s staunch opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.A Canadian environmental review panel gave Keystone the green light in 2010 — yet Mulcair remains on record as being opposed to the $5.4-billion project, Oliver said.New Democrats also oppose the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C., which remains under review, but support the proposed West-to-East pipeline from Alberta to Atlantic Canada, for which a review has not yet begun.“Incoherence does not inspire confidence,” Oliver said in Vancouver.“The bottom line is that no project will proceed unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment…. However, unlike critics who say ’no’ to resource projects before hearing from our regulators, we do not make decisions until independent, scientific reviews are complete.”Mulcair would also revive the popular home retrofit program and is reiterating long-standing NDP policy to put a price on carbon through a cap-and-trade system.“A New Democratic government will redirect a billion dollars a year in fossil fuel subsidies, and re-invest that money in clean energy,” he added. read more

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Syrian refugee women have key role to play in countrys future –

“Despite the conflict, horrors and human rights abuses they have escaped in Syria, refugee women have an amazing motivation and determination to be a positive part of shaping Syria’s future,” said Volker Türk, UNHCR Director of International Protection, at the Thompson Reuters Foundation Trust Women conference during a panel discussion on Women’s rights in the Arab world: Has spring turned into winter?Recently returned from meeting Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, Mr. Türk said he came away with a profound desire to create opportunities to empower Syrian refugee women to build a stronger future for themselves and play a positive role in the future of their country.He added that more than 80 per cent of the more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees were women and children – a particularly vulnerable population facing serious protection risks such as early marriages, child labour, isolation and lack of livelihoods. UNHCR is leading a massive international response to support refugees and the neighbouring countries, in particular the host communities which have been generously hosting Syrians through more than 33 months of a conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people and driven some 6.5 million others from their homes since opposition protesters first sought to oust the Government of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.”I was absolutely struck [when] meeting a Syrian teacher who had lost her husband and was supporting her three children by making and selling candles in an abandoned shopping mall in Lebanon. Amidst this misery, she had built a small business and was strikingly positive. I saw in her the future of Syria,” he said.Mr. Türk went on to say that UNHCR wants to hold a forum for Syrian refugee women in neighbouring States to meet and share their stories of empowerment in displacement. “By sharing their struggles and experiences, their confidence will be strengthened and they will become long-term advocates of change, not only in displacement but also when conditions are right to return to Syria,” Türk added, asking conference participants to help make this a reality. read more

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Henrik Knudsen joins Meshkov Brest

Ambitious Belarusian vice-champion Meshkov Brest has announced signing contract with the Danish playmaker, Henrik Knudsen (30). Experienced player had his “five minutes” in Vive Targi Kielce two years ago, after he played in German Bergischer HC. Meshkov hasn’t a good start in SEHA League. Belarusians lost in Skopje against Vardar 34:27. Belarus handballHenrik KnudsenMeshkov Brest ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012 mania: 15.000 tickets sold in just four days! Next Story → Igor Vori has ended NT career! read more

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Ciaran Clark drafted into Ireland squad as St Ledger set to miss

first_imgSEAN ST LEDGER has been ruled out of Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.The centre-half pulled up with a hamstring injury during Leicester City’s 2-0 win against Bristol City and was described by manager Giovanni Trapattoni as “without chance” of making either match following the squad’s first training session in Malahide this morning.Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has been called up and is expected to join the squad later today.Trapattoni’s injury headache is set to get worse before it gets better with Glenn Whelan all but certain to miss Friday evening’s game in Dublin and a major doubt for the trip to Torshavn next week. The midfielder was forced off after just 20 minutes of Stoke City’s scoreless draw against Liverpool yesterday and is due to undergo a scan in Dublin today.Although Trapattoni initially gave Whelan a 10% chance of featuring, the Italian explained he would not be risked if there are any doubts about his fitness and conceded that he is likely to return to his club.“I said to him to be careful because the hamstring, this muscle is very dangerous,” Trapattoni said. “He answered me [and said ] ‘It’s ok, I have been running for two days. I will be ready for our game.’ After 20 minutes, he went out.“I don’t want to run the risk.”Trapattoni must also wait on Sunderland winger James McClean who is due to have a scan on a hip injury. Jonathan Walters took no part in training to allow him to rest following his involvement with Stoke on Sunday. Aiden McGeady and Robbie Keane are both expected to join up with the squad later today.Chelsea’s Cole charged over Twitter commentsMcCoist gets vote of confidence from Greenlast_img read more

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Google Now says giraffes praise the iPad

first_imgThere are some things in this world you simply must see, or in this case hear, to believe. When you ask Google now to tell you about giraffes, one of the helpful things the tool will teach you is that these majestic creatures praise the iPad.Google Now pulls information from a variety of sources across the web, and uses it as a knowledge engine. Combined with the speech translation and voice dictation tools Google has picked up along the way, you can ask Google questions with your voice and get a spoken response from whatever Android gadget you use. The voice command part of Google Now isn’t used quite as much as the context engine that takes all of your Google account activity and shows it in ways you didn’t even know you needed, but it is nice to have. As long as you have the Google Now app open all you need to do is say “Google” and the voice service will wake up and is immediately ready to do whatever you ask.Should you ask Google Now “What are giraffes?” you will find an interesting ending to the answer. Google Now will start off by showing you a link to the Wikipedia article on giraffes, and continue speaking to you portions of the definition. In mid sentence, when telling you about the patterns on their coats, Google Now shifts gears. The audio session ends with “he now praises the iPad, suggesting that giraffes have a thing for Apple’s tablet. The iPad isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Wikipedia article, and a quick look at the history of that page showed that the tablet has never been mentioned on the page.So, where did this funny little bug come from? There’s no concrete explanation yet, but several people who have discovered it for themselves suggest that the audio clip is an accident from when Google Now was being created. Hundreds of pages of text were read in order to give Google Now a better understanding of how to assemble certain sentences, and this line might have accidentally been left in somewhere. Until they pull the audio or fix it, you have a funny way to show your friends that giraffes are Apple fanboys according to Google.last_img read more

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Who will sit on the Iron Throne Our writers give their Game

first_img 20,640 Views Share6 Tweet Email Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Our writers give their Game of Thrones Season 8 predictions Gendry, anyone? FOR GAME OF Thrones fans, the wait is finally over. Almost two years since the last season ended, tomorrow will see the beginning of the eighth and final season of the hit HBO show.If you don’t know (or care about) your Lannisters from your Starks, you’re likely not to bother with who – if anybody – ends up on the Iron Throne when all the dust settles at the end of the six episodes this season. Here, some writers from TheJournal.ie give their two cents on who will win the day after all the battles and bloodshed we’re likely to see over the next few weeks.For those who haven’t watched the show, beware the below is dark and full of spoilers:Sean MurrayBack from the dead?So many people have died across the first seven series of Game of Thrones. There have literally been hundreds, according to the statisticians who compile these things. Some deaths were heartbreaking, some deserved but one in particular stands out as being utterly nonsensical.And it’s that of the notorious schemer Petyr Baelish – known as Littlefinger. Played admirably by Irish actor Aidan Gillen, the slimy Baelish managed to be two steps ahead of everyone season after season.The master of manipulation managed to have some of the most dangerous people in Westeros wrapped around his – yes, I know – little finger.And then he was outwitted and outfought rather easily in the last episode of Season 7 by Arya and Sansa Stark, and unceremoniously had his throat cut open before all in Winterfell. But is he really gone? Could Littlefinger have been outwitted so easily? Inexplicably, he’s third-favourite with the bookies to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of all this – despite the fact that he’s dead.But maybe he isn’t dead. One of the more popular of the million fan theories flying around is that Baelish faked his death, with a Faceless Man – just like Arya who can take on the face of anyone she wants at this stage – and is just waiting for the right time to strike. With most of the heroes in Winterfell set to face the dreaded Army of the Dead and the Night King in a cataclysmic battle (just to show you the lengths that have been gone to – Insurance Brokers GMHD estimate the insurance premium on Winterfell would be a cool €6 million) who will be left to pick up the pieces when it’s all over?Jon Snow will die – because he’s an idiot, with Operation Stupid to go beyond the wall and steal a dead man the case in point. Dany has a sadistic streak in her that’ll lead to the people turning on her. Jaime Lannister has to die because of this weird hero arc he has. Gendry won’t be king because it takes more than long-distance running abilities to make a ruler. Does a show as cruel as Game of Thrones let the ruthless Cersei win it all? And if she’s outsmarted at the end? It’ll only leave Petyr Baelish left standing to take it all for himself. Aoife BarrySisters could end up doing it for themselves…In Game of Thrones, even the ‘good’ people have to be a little bit evil once in a while. So perhaps it’s best not to think of who’s the best person for the iron throne, but who’s willing to be most evil to get it. After all, if you want to survive in the world of Westeros, you have to be looking over your shoulder constantly. There be – quite literally – dragons.For me, there are three obvious contenders for the throne, aside from the most obvious one, Daenerys Stormborn . She’s too obvious, so I don’t see her getting it. Next!I’m a fan of the underdog, which is why I think Tyrion Lannister could be in with a chance. It would be an amazing story of redemption for him, given how much he has suffered at the hands of his insufferable family. He’s a man who’s had to become bitter, and access the dark side to himself. But inside he’s still a good person. Go on, let him be triumphant for once.Then there’s Cersei, who is empirically not a good person. But she gets shit done, she does what she wants, no ragrets. There’d be something very fitting about her hanging on to the iron throne and proving that no one else can get near it. You can just see that smug look on her face as she sups another glass of wine. The final option in my mind – and my favourite – is that the throne ends up shared by Sansa and Arya. How fitting would it be for these Stark sisters, who have suffered many indiginities at the hands of violent idiot men around them, to hold the ultimate power? It’s been a joy to watch their story arcs move from victim to owning their strength – now let’s see them do sisterhood and womanhood a turn and share the throne together.Cormac FitzgeraldAn incredibly detailed entry here from someone who clearly ignored the 150-200 word briefPicture this:The Night King has been felled and his army defeated. The heroes of Westeros lay strewn across a battlefield that spans many miles of blood and bones.The camera pans across all the fallen bodies. You recognise many familiar faces.There’s Brienne of Tarth, who died locked in battle with a White Walker – she got the upper hand but was devoured by wights as her foe turned to shards.There’s The Hound and Tormund who died back to back, overcome by the swarm of the undead.The cold winds howl through an abandoned Winterfell and a stricken North – The war has been won, but at an immense human cost.The carcasses of three dragons entangled in one another in a scorched field can be seen from miles away. They died in a scrap that lit up the skies and turned the fields and forests to ash.In their centre, Daenerys Targaryen – the Mother of Dragons – is dead too. Her army is destroyed. What remains of the fearless dothraki horde have fled Westeros. The unsullied are gone. Grey Worm? Dead; Missandei? Dead; And Tyrion Lannister? Stabbed in the back by his sister.At the centre of a clearing, what remained of the Stark family – Arya and Sansa – all lie with fatal wounds. Their half brother – Jon Snow – is also dead. But Bran is nowhere to be seen.They surround the shards of what one was the Night King. Jon’s blade finally felling the evil lord, but not before he had killed everything around him.Cut to a deserted King’s Landing, the streets are quiet and empty. Enter the great hall, where more bodies are piled up. Varys lies dead in the corner. The High Sparrow is bloodied and broken .The great hulk of the Mountain is impaled on a spear. At the foot of the Iron Throne, the bodies of Jaime and Cersei Lannister lie next to each other. The two lovers ending each other lives in a fight for the throne.The camera pans up and there sitting above all the fallen bodies, the King of Westeros sits on the Iron Throne, eating a delicious feast of mutton and it’s…… Hot Pie?????Definitely going to happen.Gráinne Ní AodhaSomeone who hasn’t made it to the end of the series, but still has someone in mindI’m going to predict that Sansa takes the Iron Throne, which was my feeling when I stopped watching the series at the end of Season Four – I got annoyed at how the most brutal, vicious, perilous existences on screen, that John Snow has still somehow managed to live on. Life is unfair enough without watching this guy repeatedly stumble to survival, while the real heroes around him die.Since I haven’t seen the series in a while, Sansa may very well be dead by now, or may have been killed and brought back to life. Or be one of the bad guys, or maybe she was a bad buy all along (Bran is definitely not the Night King, by the way).But since the series started with Sean Bean’s beheading, Sansa has been a character who has repeatedly been a wife-ish pawn in the Westeros fight, first to Joffrey Lannister and then to Ramsay Bolton.Considering that painful journey, the GOT writers may see it as a fitting end to place the more placid Stark on the throne – she may well be the only one left standing.Ceimin BurkeThis writer is daring to dream of a happy ending.When I grab hold of a weirwood root and launch through time to the Red Keep as the closing credits roll on the final episode of Game of Thrones I see that there’s many notable absences in the Great Hall. A lot of people didn’t make it. Many of the favourite faces are gone. In fact, this vision is cryptic but, I’m not even sure the Iron Throne itself survived this far.Through the loss and confusion, I see that at the top of the room the person wearing the crown is Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen.First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. She’ll surely have to add another descriptor at that stage too, to commemorate her having saved humanity from a relentless army of corpses and ice demons.Daenerys has the lineage, graciousness and ruthlessness to rule. She is the mother of the dragons whose birth was heralded by a red comet blazing across the sky. She has the manpower (for now) and the practicality. She’s proven her cunning by trading a young dragon for an entire army and then torching the slaver following the exchange. She’s even shown an ability to govern by lingering in Slaver’s Bay for an age before, mercifully, turning west so the storyline could finally move on.The optimistic in me sees Daenerys ruling alongside her husband/nephew Aegon Targaryen (Jon Snow). As Rhaegar’s son Aegon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne but he’s always been a reluctant leader, preferring poorly conceived missions, brooding and other such pursuits instead. So Jon will watch their recently conceived child grow up and help Daenerys rule. A Stark and Targaryen union. A song of ice and fire.However, expecting such an outcome feels outrageously foolish considering everything Game of Thrones has put us through in its seven seasons so far. To quote one of Ramsey Bolton’s many memorable lines: “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” Source: piratevisionsam/YouTubeStephen McDermottDisclaimer: Has never watched the showIt’s hard enough to say where this is going, but there’s a few things that are nailed on to happen over the next few weeks. Everyone’s favourite characters will get killed off in dramatic fashion and spawn a thousand Simpsons memes.HBO will intersperse their deaths with more epic set pieces that make up for the slow deterioration of quality plotting in recent seasons.Debates will rage about whether the ending was good, bad, or meh. And your coolest friend will tell you many, many times how they don’t watch Game of Thrones because the hype has just ruined it for them and fantasy is for weirdos anyway.Amidst all that, some guy called Littlefinger might end up on the seat of swords, a lady dressed like an Amish person could ring a bell and say “shame”, and there’ll be more fashion pieces about how to get the perfect Daenerys hair.But really, it’s anyone’s guess. By TheJournal.ie team Will it be this guy? https://jrnl.ie/4588046 Will it be this guy? Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM 28 Comments Apr 14th 2019, 5:01 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Particules fines  nouvelle alerte dans la région lyonnaise

first_imgParticules fines : nouvelle alerte dans la région lyonnaisePour la quatrième fois cette année, la ville de Lyon a mesuré un niveau de particules fines dans son air supérieur à la limite légale. La région lyonnaise vient de mesurer un taux de pollution aux particules fines au dessus des 80 microgrammes par mètre cube. La préfecture de Rhône-Alpes indique dans un communiqué que la raison de cette pollution est liée avant tout aux “aux activités humaines”.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiquePour tenter d’améliorer la qualité de l’air, des mesures de limitation de vitesse ont été prises. A partir de jeudi 17H00, “Sur l’ensemble des routes et autoroutes du département du Rhône, les véhicules doivent désormais respecter une vitesse maximale inférieure de 20km/h par rapport à la vitesse maximale autorisée, si cette dernière est supérieure à 70 km/h”.La préfecture souligne que cette augmentation du taux de particules fines n’a aucun “rapport avec la radioactivité”. Elle ajoute : “La balise de suivi de la radioactivité atmosphérique installée en région grenobloise et gérée par Atmo Rhône-Alpes n’a jusqu’à présent enregistré aucune évolution anormale”.Le 24 mars 2011 à 17:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Du papier capable de capter lénergie ambiante pour alimenter un portable

first_imgDu papier capable de capter l’énergie ambiante pour alimenter un portable Une équipe de chercheurs géorgiens serait parvenue à mettre au point un dispositif permettant de recharger son téléphone et d’autres appareils électroniques, simplement en utilisant l’énergie de l’air. Si cela fonctionne réellement, le dispositif a de quoi étonné. Des scientifiques de la Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering prétendent avoir développer une technique qui récupère l’énergie de l’air et qui serait capable de la réutiliser pour alimenter les téléphones mobiles et autres appareils électroniques. C’est plus précisément l’énergie électromagnétique qui permettrait d’alimenter efficacement et idéalement de nombreux micro-composants tels que des puces électroniques ou des microprocesseurs. “Il y a une grande quantité d’énergie électromagnétique autour de nous, mais personne n’a encore été en mesure de l’exploiter” explique Manos Tentzeri cité par le Daily mail. Au cours de leurs tests, les chercheurs ont en fait utilisé des imprimantes à encre pour combiner des capteurs, des antennes et les capacités de récupération d’énergie du papier ou de polymères flexibles. Les antennes serviraient en fait à capter l’énergie électromagnétique et à la convertir en courant électrique.Jusqu’à 50 milliwatts de puissance Selon leurs résultats, l’équipe de Manos Tentzeri est parvenue à capturer de petites quantités d’énergie de l’ordre du microwatts ou du milliwatts. Certes, ce sont des quantités infimes mais celles-ci suffisent à donner suffisamment de jus pour faire fonctionner de petits capteurs ou des puces RFID. Mise en application, le dispositif aurait ainsi permis de capter l’énergie d’une station TV éloignée de 500 mètres pour faire marcher un capteur de température. De plus, allier le dispositif à une technologie de condensateur pourrait permettre de capturer jusqu’à 50 milliwatts de puissance, espèrent les chercheurs. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDisponible à faible coût, ce “papier” intelligent trouverait alors de nombreuses applications selon ses créateurs. Par exemple, pour des capteurs utilisés dans la détection d’explosifs et de matériel nucléaire, ou dans la surveillance des produits chimiques contenues dans les denrées alimentaires.   Le 25 juillet 2011 à 17:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Preview for tonight’s live 7/20 WWE RAW in Kansas City

first_img WWE Monday Night RAW is live tonight from Kansas City, Missouri. Tonight is the fallout from last night’s Battleground PPV. Nothing has been officially advertised for the show as of this writing.WWE.com has a Five-Point Preview that you can view by clicking here.Check back later tonight for live coverage of RAW on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Anglecenter_img WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE RAW Results – 5/27/19 (Brock Lesnar makes Money in the Bank cash in decision) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Live Podcast: Review of AEW’s second PPV Fyter Fest from Daytona Beach, Florida Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Soy Growers Urge USTR Make Biotech a Priority in NAFTA Negotiations

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), as part of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on biotechnology in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) earlier this week.“Since the NAFTA entered into force, the global regulatory framework for biotech crops has expanded, sometimes resulting in redundant measures, leading to an unpredictable, and time- consuming global regulatory environment, which in turn has imposed high barriers to efficient trade,” the groups state in the letter. “Corn and soybean products often are evaluated for their safety by 20 or more governments, all generally following the same standards for assessment and evaluating the same data. The timing of approval of these products affects the entire crop value chain.”The groups said the lack of a global regulatory approval process can result in trade disruption in multiple crops, and the current approvals process has delayed introducing new technology to agriculture producers, farmers and developers.“The USBCA seeks to ensure the unencumbered marketability of U.S. crops and improve international biotechnology regulatory policy, including through trade agreements like NAFTA,” the groups state in the letter.  “To this end, we seek to achieve enhanced cooperation between regulatory agencies and prevent trade disruptions related to agricultural production technologies like biotechnology.”Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

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Time Lens Speeds Up Optical Data Transmission

first_img A Broadband Light Amplifier on a Photonic Chip Citation: Time Lens Speeds Up Optical Data Transmission (2009, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-lens-optical-transmission.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Current methods for speeding up optical data transmission require bulky and expensive optical equipment and consume a lot of energy. This new device is both energy efficient and is incorporated on a silicon chip. This makes it ideal to move large quantities of data, at speeds up to 270 gigabits per second over telecommunication facilities and other optical devices.Alexander Gaeta, Cornell University Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, explains: “As you get to very high data rates, there are no easy ways of encoding the data.” Alexander Gaeta has been one of the foremost developers of the new silicon time lens, alongside with his colleague Michael Lipson, who is a Cornell University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Their accomplishment can be found in the latest issue of the renowned scientific journal, Nature Photonics. Keren Bergman, Columbia University Professor of Electrical Engineering, explains: “Power consumption is becoming a more constraining issue, especially at the chip level. You can’t have your laptop run faster without it getting hotter.” Optical chips can make computers run much faster without generating the un-necessary heat. Using an ultrafast modulator, it can compress data encoded with standard equipment to very high speeds. The “time lens” uses a signal encoded on laser light using a conventional modulator. The modulated light signal is then attached to the silicon chip through an optical-fiber coil that sends it to a nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide. On the chip, the signal interacts from a laser, which causes it to split up into different frequencies. The light travels through another strand of fiber cable and sends it to another nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide, where it interacts with light from the same laser. In the process the signal is re-assembled but with its phase changed. The signal leaves the silicon chip via another fiber cable at 270 gigabits per second. The physics behind the process is very complex but the outcome is accomplished by taking a stream of bits that are traveling slow and making them travel much faster, says Keren Bergman. By staying with silicon, “you can leverage all the technologies that have been developed for electronics to make optical devices,” says Alexander Gaeta of Cornell University. Via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com This silicon chip is patterned with waveguides that split optical signals and combine them with laser light to speed data rates.Credit: Alexander Gaeta (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Cornell University have developed a device called a “time lens” which is a silicon device for speeding up optical data. The basic components of this device are an optical-fiber coil, laser, and nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide.last_img read more

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Dont mind playing supporting roles

first_imgFrom playing a supporting role in Sacred Games to portraying a pivotal character in the ZEE5 web series REJCTX, how was the journey so far?I don’t really categorise my work that ‘oh this role is pivotal and this one is not’. In fact, the reason behind choosing this show was not because of how prominent my role is but because of the story. As an actor, the consistency and the honesty with which you work matters the most. I am somebody who enjoys the process, I don’t question the results. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf How did you get this role? Tell us about your character in REJCTX? I was offered this role from Goldie Bahl’s team. I was very convinced with the story so there was an instant yes from my side because the energy that he (Goldie Bahl) brought to the forefront is undeniably infectious. I am playing the character of a counsellor who is trying to help people out in the school. So for me, it is a very interesting role to play. As REJCTX highlights the issue of early age drug addiction and involvement in sexual activities, what do you feel about this issue? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveI think today’s generation is very empowered and at the same time, they could misuse any information very easily because they have more privileges. For example, when I was growing up, I had more restrictions but today’s generation has access to everything. I believe that when the children evolve into the new generation with their challenges and try to find answers, parents should evolve with them too. As a result, it would reduce the generation gap and create a strong understanding between parents and their children. The story revolves around the crucial teen issues like rejections. Have you faced any rejections so far? Elaborate. I think I wouldn’t have been here without rejections. I wanted to be stronger and more accepting towards rejections and when I look into the rejection, I internalise it. If we accept the rejection and try to fix ourselves instead of cross-questioning someone’s decision then it will help in our progress. Do you want to restrict yourself in the digital entertainment space for nAfter receiving praise for her remarkable performance in ‘Sacred Games’, actress Kubbra Sait is back to rule the web space with her engaging character in ZEE5 web series ‘REJCTX’ ow or you have other plans as well? In the last year, I have shot for three films and am now waiting for them to release. In fact, I am shooting for a film right now in London. I don’t really want to restrict myself in web space because I am an actor and I would like to perform on different platforms. What kind of difficulties do you face when playing a sensitive yet bold character? Do you think that apart from bold characters, the audience would like to see you in a different role as well? What I like about playing a sensitive character is that you need a huge strength to portray that kind of vulnerability. As far as being comfortable with your sexuality is concerned, I think the first level of acceptance you need to have with yourself is being comfortable with your skin and with who you are. I think if directors can see me in different characters then the audience will surely be at the receiving end of it. What is more important for me is whether I can work with more creators for different kinds of content. I don’t understand why there needs to be a division between actors to say “Oh yeh bold character hai aur ye nahi hai” (Oh this one is bold character and this one is not). I believe playing a different character is bold enough.last_img read more

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The Best Language for NonTech Founders to Code Their Own Web App

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read As a startup, it can be challenging to decide which programming language to use. Considering the plethora of options, it is important that you consider the future scalability and integration of the language you use. You’ll also want to conduct some market research.The goal is to focus on a language that will allow for growth, based on your potential prospects. Although each project differs in terms of its requirements, it is important to become familiar with Python — especially if you’re building your own startup.Related: 5 Open Source Libraries to Aid in Your Machine Learning Endeavors Although Java, C++, JavaScript and Ruby are all common coding languages, Python is quickly growing in popularity. Built for its readability, it is easy to quickly learn and understand Python. From web applications to machine learning, this well-structured language can support your startup in the following ways.1. Python is user-friendly.Although often used as a high-level programming language, Python is also ideal for beginner programmers as it will teach you the fundamentals of programming. Fairly straightforward and simplistic, Python is also much cleaner and readable in comparison to other coding languages.By learning Python, you will be able to transition more easily to Java programming in the future. Overall, Python’s clear syntax and indentation structures are ideal for startups. Although most startups go the route of hiring Python developers, understanding at least the basic principles of coding will allow them to be more hands-on in terms of the project itself.2. Python is scalable.Currently, Python is leading scientific programming, supporting a wide range of academic scholars. However, this was not always the case, as scientists and engineers often relied on MATLAB. Being so valuable within research, many experts agree that Python is the future of AI.Related: The Scariest Thing About AI Is the Competitive Disadvantage of Being Slow to AdaptOverall, Python is flexible and fast, offering machine learning functionality. If you are interested in doing anything within computer science research or software engineering, learning Python is a must. After all, Python can be used for the most simplistic programs but can also be utilized for much more complex operations.3. Python offers strong support.One of the greatest perks associated with Python is the impressive community of global professionals who are available in terms of support. As Python grows in popularity, so do the number of quality resources. Whether you need to resolve a technical issue or find a specific resolution, Python support is readily available.With unlimited resources, you will be able to stay on-trend while effectively overcoming any obstacles you face. This level of support can help you quickly improve your understanding of code, strengthening the overall development of your project.4. Python is ideal for creating prototypes.When it comes to startups, one of the most valued resources outside of money is, of course, time. Python allows you to develop something of value quickly and if changes are required, this language allows you to easily change direction. You can also add new features or even rewrite your prototype in another language down the road.Overall, Python allows you to develop a proof of concept. That way, you can see if your business idea will work out, potentially saving you a lot of future time and hassle. Also, since a prototype can be developed so quickly, this will allow you to more easily seek funding.Related: Are You Sitting on Top of a Million-Dollar Idea?When it all boils down, you have to move fast when you’re a startup. To strike while the iron is hot, Python can help you transition from idea to implementation much more rapidly than say Java or C++. So, if you’re open to learning a programming language while building your startup, Python is the perfect starting point.As you expand your knowledge and experience, you should invest in a small team to assist your efforts in terms of the initial prototype. The more you learn about coding language, the more involved you’ll become. After all, no one understands your concept better than you do, so get involved. September 2, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Firefox 64 addons manager redesign

first_imgFirefox 64: add-ons manager redesign by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2018 in Firefox – 34 commentsMozilla launched a redesigned add-ons manager in Firefox 64 Nightly the other day. Nightly is the cutting edge development version of Firefox that receives features first before they are moved to Beta and then Release versions of the web browser.The add-ons manager is Firefox’s internal tool to manage installed browser extensions. Firefox users may use it to disable and uninstall add-ons, and to configure options if provided.The add-ons manager lists add-ons, themes, plugins, and languages separately for easier management.The following screenshot shows the new add-ons manager that Mozilla plans to introduce in a future version of the web browser.When you compare the new design of the extension manager with the old design, you will notice that the new design is not that different from the old.The biggest change is that Mozilla’s designers added items as cards with space between them whereas the old manager displayed just a dotted line between entries.It looks as if fewer add-ons are listed at the same time because of the design change but since this is the first implementation of the feature in Nightly, it is possible that adjustments will be made.What you may notice, however, is that the add-ons listing requires more horizontal space to display all content on the screen. I can display the old add-ons manager on one half of the display on my Surface Pro 4 device without losing any functionality or having to scroll; this is not true anymore with the new add-ons manager as it adds a scroll bar to the page and does not display the “remove” buttons or the settings button anymore because of the new design.I would like to see an option to display a compressed version of the add-ons manager instead of the default to display more extensions at the same time on the screen.The only other change, as far as I can tell, is that the settings button has been moved from the left side of the search bar to a new location on the right side below it.It holds the same options as before, e.g. to install add-ons from file or to check for updates.Closing WordsThe redesigned updates manager is not a major change and it is good that Mozilla does not plan to remove any functionality from it. Some Firefox users may dislike the new manager because individual elements take up more space on the screen which reduces the number of elements visible at the same time and may even lead to some horizontal scrolling.Now You: Do you use the Firefox add-ons manager?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 64: add-ons manager redesignDescriptionMozilla launched a redesigned add-ons manager in Firefox 64 Nightly the other day which it plans to launch in Firefox Beta or Release in the future.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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