first_imgIn the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, all the talk around Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) centered around how the franchise had managed to assemble a more balanced squad than previous editions. After a stunning run with the India national cricket team, Virat Kohli was expected to help end RCB’s title drought in the IPL.However, familiar issues have returned to haunt RCB who are winless after their first four matches in IPL 2019. RCB’s losing streak of four matches is the third worst start by a team to their IPL campaign and another defeat could make it even more difficult for the team to finish in the top six, let alone make the playoffs.RCB, who are desperate for a win, will host two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their fifth match of IPL 2019 on Friday. And if recent history between the two sides is anything to go by, RCB are looking set to make it five in five.RCB have lost their last four meetings to KKR. Dinesh Karthik’s men completed a double over Virat Kohli’s team in IPL 2018 wherein the Bengaluru-based franchise finished sixth. At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which will be hosting Friday’s clash, RCB were handed a six-wicket thrashing after Chris Lynn and Karthik went all out in KKR’s chase of 175.Also, KKR have a positive head-to-head record against RCB as the two-time champions have won 14 of their 23 meetings. KKR also have won six away matches against Kohli’s men in the past.The contrasting forms of big names in the two squads is also not good news for RCB. While the likes of Andre Russell and Nitish Rana have set the stage on fire, RCB’s superstar players Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have not managed to get going in the ongoing season.advertisementAB de Villiers’ record against KKR is also a cause for concern as the former South Africa captain averages just 24.91, which is his lowest against any side in the IPL.Virat Kohli is under considerable pressure as questions have been asked about his captaincy. Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir had even said that Kohli should be grateful to RCB as the club has persisted with him despite RCB not finding IPL success under his leadership.Regardless of their form in the IPL, Bengaluru fans will throng the Chinnaswamy Stadium. There is no better place for Kohli and his men than Bengaluru to make a strong comeback and revive their campaign.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s menAlso Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgFollow @worldmaritimene zoom GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced at the SMM 2014 exhibition that they have received Approval in Principle (AiP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design.The AiP, issued by Lloyd’s Register, was sought for this LNG carrier since this is an innovative and novel concept not covered by traditional classification rules.It was late 2013 when the three companies initially announced the gas turbine LNG design and then swiftly set out to obtain AiP.According to Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations, GE Marine, “With AiP in hand, we can now move into the final vessel design for construction and customers can feel confident in procuring a gas turbine-powered LNG carrier.”Employing GE Marine’s gas turbines will allow this LNG carrier to meet increasingly stringent worldwide environmental regulations, while providing owners and operators reduced operating expenses.“We are pleased to see that GE/DSIC/Lloyd’s Register design team has made milestone progress on this project. We continue to optimize the LNG carrier design to provide customers with a reliable, environmental, and efficient solution,” said Mr. Yang Weizan, LNGC Technical Leader from DSIC.Dr. Maogen Xue, Greater China Marine Manager at Lloyd’s Register, said: “Through the collective experience of GE, DSIC and Lloyd’s Register, along with our collaborative approach to technical challenges, we already have demonstrated that the concept of the COGES propulsion system can be successfully implemented for commercial LNG carrier applications.”“We are confident that this propulsion concept, approved by risk-based approaches, can deliver highly competitive through-life benefits and environmental performance to ship operators,” Xue added.COGES Arrangement“Additional benefits to using GE Marine gas turbines for LNG carriers include:• Low emissions • Fuel flexibility • Reduced maintenance costs • Increased availability • Reliability”It is envisioned that the initial LNG carrier design will be built around a GE gas turbine-based COGES (COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam) system that will feature one 30-megawatt gas turbine generator set and one steam turbine generator-set for power production.The carrier will allow for flexible configuration of prime movers, offering a total installed power of 32 MW to more than 50 MW, including back-up, if required.The GE gas turbines can be equipped with a GE Dry Low Emissions (DLE) or single annular combustion system – both capable of meeting Tier III IMO/Tier 4 United States Environmental Protection Agency requirements now, operating on gas or liquid fuel, with no exhaust treatment and no methane slip. Press Release, September 12, 2014last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Buddha Air, one of the leading airline companies of Nepal on Monday started its maiden flight from Kolkata to Kathmandu, an official said. “On its inaugural flight, 56 passengers arrived from Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu by flight number U4 163,” an official statement of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said. Also, 64 passengers departed from Kolkata on flight number U4 164. “The airline will operate three ATR-72 flights weekly between Kathmandu and Kolkata,” it added.last_img read more

first_imgDenali National Park: Three hundred tourists are stranded in a national park in Alaska after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage a road. The superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve closed Denali Park Road to all traffic at mile 30 on Friday. The road is the only one inside the vast park. The National Park Service said in a news release it anticipates reopening the road Saturday. The park service says officials are working to ensure the safety and comfort of those effected. Shuttle buses are gathering people at the Toklat Rest Area temporarily while road crews continue to address hazard areas. Similar debris flows led to daylong traffic restrictions last week. Continued heavy rains since kept the road and surrounding tundra saturated with water.last_img read more

first_imgBRUSSELS – British Prime Minister Theresa May will head home from an inconclusive European Union summit on Brexit to a barrage of criticism that her 27 EU counterparts spared her during the two-day event that ended Thursday..In Brussels, May said she would consider a longer transition period, one that could keep Britain aligned to EU rules and obligations for over two years after its March departure. Pro-Brexit politicians in the U.K. saw it as an attempt to bind the country to the bloc indefinitely.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and other from May’s party warned the prime minister not to “engage in a show of resistance and a choreographed argument followed by surrender” to the EU.Pro-EU politicians, meanwhile, said the transition period proposal was another sign of May’s weak bargaining hand and an attempt to stall for time. Another former Conservative minister, Nick Boles, warned that May was “losing the confidence now of colleagues of all shades of opinion”.May stood firm in the face of the stinging criticism at home, saying Thursday that the U.K. and the EU could overcome the “few but considerable” disagreements standing in the way of a divorce agreement..Leaders of other member countries said the real fight was not with the EU. but within May’s fractured Conservative Party.It is “not up to the European Union to make concessions to deal with an internal British political matter,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “It’s a matter concerning Britain’s political ability to find a presentable agreement. That’s all.”At the end of the EU summit, May said there would be “tough negotiations,” but she remained confident Britain and the bloc could strike a divorce deal that worked for both sides.EU Council President Donald Tusk said the summit also left him more optimistic than he’d been after a bad-tempered meeting last month and a negotiating crisis on Sunday.“What I feel today is that we are closer to the final solutions and the deal,” Tusk said. He acknowledged the feeling “may be a more emotional impression than a rational one. But emotions matter, also in politics.”But May was under attack from across Britain’s political spectrum after saying she was considering the EU proposal for a longer post-Brexit transition period.Seeking to unblock the stalled divorce talks May said the initial 21-month transition could be extended by “a matter of months.”At present, the two sides say Britain will remain inside the EU single market, and subject to the bloc’s regulations, from the day it leaves on March 29 until December 2020, to give time for new trade relations to be set up.The EU has said an extension would give more time to strike a trade deal that ensures the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains friction-free. The future U.K.-EU border in Ireland has been the main sticking point in the talks.The Irish border will be the U.K’s only land frontier with the EU after Brexit. Both sides agree there must be no hard border that could disrupt businesses and residents on both sides and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process. But each has rejected the other side’s solution.The EU says the solution is to keep Northern Ireland inside a customs union with the bloc, but Britain rejects that because it would mean customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Britain has proposed instead that all the U.K. could stay in a customs union — but only temporarily. The EU insists there must be no time limit.This week’s summit, which had been billed as a make-or-break moment, turned simply into a chance for Britain and the EU to give themselves more time — perhaps until the end of the year — to break the logjam.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed the opening May offered, saying “this prolongation of the transition period probably will happen.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel described finding a solution as “squaring the circle.”But, she added; “Where there’s a will, there should be a way, and normally there is a way.”The lack of progress scrapped plans for a special EU summit on Brexit that had been penciled in for next month, though EU leaders said they would assess the situation later.The next official EU summit is scheduled for December, just over 3 1/2 months before Britain ceases to be an EU member. Any deal that is struck needs time to be approved by the British and European Parliaments.last_img read more

first_imgFor further information please contact; Heather Paddison; 250.793.2254 Amanda Trotter; 250.787.1121To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE In attendance for the event will be City Counsellors, the Mayor of the City of Fort St. John and the local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dan Davies. Breaking down the stigma of testing is the single largest barrier to people knowing their status.Knowing your sexual health status is important to know, and for a community in whole to know how to adequately support and medicate those that are affected. These groups are coming together to share that medicine and supports have come a long way in the last few years and they want to make sure that the community has access to these resources.According to national organizations like the Canadian AIDS Society, Provincial Networks such as the Pacific AIDS Network and regional non-profit agencies like Positive Living North and Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society all work hard to educate communities and support those living with and at risk of HIV.Although work has been done, there is still a lack of information and sufficient testing sites within Northern, remote regions as the Options for Sexual Health clinic closed its doors in Fort St. John several years ago which has made easily accessible testing for local residents even more difficult to access. Statistics show, 1 in 5 people in Canada living with HIV are unaware they have it and that they account for 75% of new infections. #knowyourstatus FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Positive Living North, The Women’s Resource Society and the Healthy FSJ coalition are teaming up with to host the first Sexual Health Week from June 23rd to the 30th, 2019 and HIV testing day on National HIV testing day.Thursday, June 27th, 2019 join at The Healing Place, 10045-100th Avenue from 10 am to 2 pm to be tested for HIV, HCV and Syphilis. The community is welcomed to participate, ask questions and be tested.On the same day, a community BBQ will take place at the green space on 100th Street and 100th Avenue from 11.30am to 1 pm with a community health fair and loads of relevant information.last_img read more

The United Nations atomic watchdog agency today reported that Japan”s nuclear safety body has informed it of an explosion at one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was affected by yesterday”s massive earthquake, and that an assessment is under way.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Japanese authorities have extended the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a 20-kilometre radius from the previous 10 kilometres, according to information provided to IAEA by Japan”s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA.)The explosion occurred outside the reactor’s primary containment vessel, whose integrity remains intact. Japanese authorities reported that four workers were injured in the explosion.At the nearby Fukushima Daini plant, the evacuation zone has been extended to a 10-kilometre radius from the previous three kilometres.Japanese authorities also reported that they are making preparations to distribute iodine tablets to residents in the area of both the plants. Iodine can be used to help protect the body from radioactive exposure.The IAEA has reiterated its offer of technical assistance to Japan, should the Government request it. The agency said it will continue to liaise with the Japanese authorities, and is in full response mode to monitor the situation closely.The earthquake, which struck at 2:46 p.m. local time yesterday, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre was undersea, about 400 kilometres northeast of the Japanese capital, Tokyo.The subsequent tsunami inundated towns, villages and farmland along the coast.Media reports indicate that at least 1,000 people were killed, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. Hundreds more people are missing. 12 March 2011The United Nations atomic watchdog agency today reported that Japan”s nuclear safety body has informed it of an explosion at one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was affected by yesterday”s massive earthquake, and that an assessment is under way. read more

TORONTO — Target will seek court approval this week to allow a group of liquidation companies to sell off the contents of its Canadian stores.The U.S.-based retailer announced last month that it will be closing all 133 of its Canadian stores and laying off more than 17,000 staff, just two years after its highly anticipated launch north of the border.According to court documents, the retailer will ask the court on Wednesday to issue an order allowing the liquidation. In exchange for their services, the liquidation companies will receive a percentage of the sales.The liquidation sales could begin as early as Thursday, depending on when the court order is granted.In addition to inventory, furniture and equipment will be sold off as well. Court files specify that the liquidation companies are not to advertise the sales as “bankruptcy” or “going out of business” sales. read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a modest gain, as Canadian pharmacare giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced its CEO is leaving the company.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 64.02 points to 13,561.09, with the health-care and utilities sectors the biggest gainers.Shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) rose after the embattled drug company disclosed a shakeup to its corporate structure, which included the upcoming departure of chief executive Michael Pearson and the appointment of activist investor Bill Ackman to its board of directors. Its stock gained more than eight per cent, or $2.97, to $37.90.Valeant looks for new CEO, names activist Bill Ackman to board in major shakeupChina-based Geo-Jade Petroleum Corp offers $575 million cash to take over Bankers Petroleum LtdThe Canadian dollar shed 0.28 of a U.S. cent to 76.42 cents US.In New York, markets were also up modestly amid some major corporate deal making and a disappointing report on housing sales. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 21.57 points to 17,623.87, while the broader S&P 500 added 2.02 points to 2,051.60 and the Nasdaq rose 13.22 points to 4,808.87.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude oil rose 38 cents to US$41.52 a barrel, while April natural gas contract plunged eight cents to US$1.83 per mmBtu. April gold lost $10.10 to US$1,244.20 a troy ounce and May copper contract added a penny to US$2.29 a pound. read more

The Ohio State football team held an offense-versus-defense jersey scrimmage on Saturday following its annual kick scrimmage to give coaches another look at which players will start the season in place of the players who were suspended. The focus is on quarterback and running back, with seniors Terrelle Pryor and Dan Herron missing the first five games for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits in 2009. The offense won the jersey scrimmage, 56-45, behind touchdown passes from senior quarterback Joe Bauserman and redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Graham. The highlight of the day came from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who spun out of a sack and ran 14 yards up the middle before diving into the end zone for a touchdown. Each quarterback, including redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton, got reps with the first-team offense, and each could have the opportunity of starting for the Buckeyes during Pryor’s suspension. “I think they’re getting it,” senior linebacker Andrew Sweat said. “I think Joe is obviously better, and Kenny. They’ve obviously been in the system longer, but I think Braxton and Taylor are both doing a great job as well.” Miller, a highly touted recruit from Huber Heights, Ohio, enrolled at OSU early in order to get experience this spring before his freshman season, and has impressed his teammates at practice. “I think Braxton does a lot of things great, but obviously his mobile ability like Terrelle,” Sweat said. “He’s throwing a lot better than I expected. I think he’s throwing the ball well, and he’s understanding the concepts and he’s doing a good job.” During the scrimmage, Pryor was on the field helping Miller during every one of his plays, and senior offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts said all the veterans have been helping Miller get used to college football. “Everyone’s really helping Braxton a lot,” Shugarts said. “He’s really poised out there, especially someone straight out of high school. He’s not missing a beat at all.” Although Herron will miss the first five games, Shugarts said the Buckeyes should not have trouble getting production out of the running back position. “We’ve got a stable of backs. We’ve got some horses,” Shugarts said. “We can really go out there and move the ball.” Herron saw little work during Saturday’s scrimmage, but sophomore Jaamal Berry and redshirt freshman Rod Smith both had impressive days running the ball. Herron, however, said each running back has the chance to have a breakout season. “To be honest, all of them are doing great,” Herron said. “There’s not just one guy I can really point out because, I mean, they all have been doing an excellent job.” Junior Jordan Hall and sophomore Carlos Hyde also are in the mix for the Buckeyes at running back this season. The 6-foot-3 Smith has become one of the favorites to replace Herron during the suspension following impressive practices prior to the Sugar Bowl. Herron said Smith has been working hard and has all the tools to be successful. “He’s a big guy that can move pretty good. Whenever you can get a big guy moving the way he moves and just being flexible and learning the playbook as well as he can, that’s always a plus,” Herron said. Shugarts said Pryor is enjoying being a coach for the quarterbacks, and Herron said he will look to help out the running backs. “Any player, if you truly love the game, you love coaching people, and you love seeing people you coached progress on the field,” Shugarts said. “It just makes you feel better about the whole situation.” The Buckeyes also will be missing coach Jim Tressel, who was suspended for the first five games of the season for not reporting the NCAA infractions of Pryor, Herron and three other players. OSU will continue spring practice and will hold its spring game on April 23 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone during the team’s 24-17 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. With only Kyle Boller and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was selected by the Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft on Aug. 22, on their roster, Oakland completed a Tuesday trade that brought former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the team. Pryor, Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback, may have a chance to lead the Raiders offense as a result of Campbell’s injury, but not this season. After being suspended for first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, Pryor departed OSU on June 7 to pursue a professional career, and was selected by Oakland in the third round of supplemental draft. Pryor was suspended from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, and was not on the Raiders’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Though Pryor will join the Raiders’ active roster this week for Oakland’s game against Kansas City, Vittorio Tafur, a Raiders beat writer for the San Fransisco Chronicle, said Pryor won’t be seeing the field any time soon. In addition to dropping on the team’s depth chart as a result of the trade for Palmer, Tafur said Pryor was nowhere close to being ready to play. “Palmer is going to come in and be the starter,” Tafur said. “Pryor missed five weeks on suspension with no practice time, so he probably goes back to being a project.” Tafur added that Pryor, who would be the third-string quarterback behind Palmer and Kyle Boller, will benefit from watching from the sideline. “That will give (Pryor) plenty of time to learn going into training camp next year,” he said. “I think this is probably good for (Pryor).” Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com, agreed with Tafur. “At this point I don’t see Pryor being a very viable option,” Noon said. “Could (Pryor) go in there and do a little something here or a little something there for a set or something? Sure, but the NFL game is not built the way the college game is.” Pryor quarterbacked for three seasons at OSU, though his entire junior season, which included a victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, was vacated. Pryor, along with five other players, received improper benefits in the form of tattoos for selling OSU football memorabilia. Former coach Jim Tressel also failed to self-report the violations and knowingly fielded a team with ineligible players. Tafur said the Raiders won’t attempt to experiment with Pryor at other positions. “It’s been clear that the plan, as of now, is definitely quarterback (for Pryor),” Tafur said. “I think they’ll definitely give him a full training camp before they decide to alter that plan. I’m sure in the back of their minds, there’s always the possibility. As of now, Pryor is strictly a quarterback.” Noon added that there are no certainties, given Pryor’s employer. “But we are talking about the Oakland Raiders,” Noon said. “If there’s ever a team to sit there and kind of do things sideways, it would be the Raiders.” read more

The leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, today (Friday), during his 2018 Budget presentation said his party is satisfied with the leadership of the APNU/AFC Coalition and will fight to defend its legacy at anytime.Government MP, Raphael Trotman“The coalition is not without its challenges…the coalition is strong and the government of this country is strong. The Alliance for Change is comfortable and happy with the leadership of David Arthur Granger and we will fight to defend the legacy of the APNU and AFC Government despite all the attacks that are levelled against this government,” Minister Trotman was quoted by DPI as saying during the fifth and final  day of debates on the 2018 Budget.According to DPI, the Minister noted that while the year has been challenging and testing for the Administration, they have made tremendous strides. “We can say proudly that we have been embattled but we have not withered. We are fighting a good fight. We will finish this race and at the end, we will have kept the faith,” he said.Minister Trotman said Budget 2018 was deliberately designed “to allow us to rise to the challenges that have been encountered and to foster the conditions for the creation of opportunities for the renewal and expansion of the economy in order to secure the ‘good life’ that lies ahead in the future,” DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC might contest Local Government Elections alone- TrotmanJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”President yet to engage AFC on LGE even though APNU consultations have startedApril 11, 2018In “latest news”No decision made on recalling Roopnaraine, Trotman from Govt posts yetMarch 23, 2018In “Local News” read more

first_imgWe’re back with another installment of Geek.com’s Electronics mini-series! Our last time-lapse video covered the most basic operation available: lighting up a single LED. This time that single LED was replaced with a series of LEDs which were then turned on and off with with a variety of switches. Sure, it’s simple stuff, but that’s what makes it so much fun!For the electronics components–the LEDs, the breadboard, the regulators, the resistors, and so on, I used the Sparkle Labs’ Discover Electronics Kit. It does all the component selection for you and includes easy to understand instructions that take some of the questions out of electronics. It’s great for beginners, kids, and anyone who wants to tinker without keeping a textbook at their side.AdChoices广告The time-lapse was taken with a Canon Rebel XTi, a basic intervalometer, and the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The clock running on the right will give you some idea of how long something like this takes (of course, for a time-lapse, longer is usually better). It took about an hour total, during which 631 frames were shot.For best results click over to our YouTube channel and watch it in HD, or at least try it out in fullscreen mode.last_img read more

first_img“The ad-lib nature of stand-up does not allow for the vetting of content. If I inadvertently offended anyone, then I apologise.Stand up comedyFollowing on from Monday’s events, a number of comedians have come forward to speak out about the experience of women and others in the Irish comedy scene.“I have a very strong belief that the Irish comedy scene is a toxic environment to many people and think that this behaviour has to be called out in the strongest terms possible,” said Francis Breen, an Irish comedian, who wasn’t at Monday night’s event.Another person who came forward spoke about the current comedy scene in Ireland as run by older people despite a wealth of young talent coming up.But that despite this “the comedy is still being run by old men”.Other comedians spoke of a culture where people don’t speak out of things that have offended them in case they are not booked for gigs in the future.Show Me the Funny The Show Me The Funny stand-up comedy competition has been held each year since 2011 in the King’s Head.The event is sponsored by Bulmers. Past winners have included Niamh Marron, with Al Porter being a finalist in 2015.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Bulmers said that it sponsored a number of shows around the country and was “disappointed to learn” about the language used at the event.“Bulmers sponsors a number of local music and comedy events around the country including Show Me The Funny,” the company said.“We were disappointed to learn that inappropriate and unacceptable language and terms were used by the MC at a recent show.They are not terms that are acceptable or that we want our brand associated with in any way. Short URL 48,347 Views Complaints after MC says ‘n****r’ and ‘f*g’ at Galway comedy gig Audience members at the Show Me The Funny comedy event in Galway took issue with some of the language used. However, we do take this issue very seriously and will take steps, such as closer collaboration with the organisers and the selection of acts, to help ensure that offensive or inflammatory language is not used at future events that we sponsor.The Electric Picnic festival organisers did not issue a comment.Read: ‘When I told people I had cancer, because I’m a comedian I had to say I wasn’t joking’Read: “Every show has its time”: Republic of Telly to go after eight years of comedy Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 12:01 AM Gerry Mallon at the King’s Head on Monday http://jrnl.ie/3227432 center_img 109 Comments A NUMBER OF people have come forward with complaints about remarks made by the MC of a stand up comedy competition that was held in Galway on Monday night.During the Show Me The Funny stand-up comedy event, which was being held at well-known pub The King’s Head in Galway, the MC and event organiser Gerry Mallon made a number of remarks in relation to contestants, audience members and while he talked in between acts.The event is a competition which runs heats each week for five weeks with comedians competing for a place in the final.It is sponsored by Bulmers and is run in conjunction with Electric Picnic, with the eventual winner of the entire competition being rewarded with a performance in the Comedy Tent at the festival in Stradbally.Mallon is long-time regular on the Irish comedy circuit and has also been involved with running the comedy tents at a number of Irish festivals in the past.A number of audience members who were present at the show contacted TheJournal.ie after the event, complaining about the language used by Mallon.In one instance near the end of the event, Mallon was introducing the final contestant when he referenced a piece of paper and told a separate story which ended with him saying:The last act is a ni**er.The final contestant was not black. Audience members said that Mallon was referring to another story as he introduced the contestant, and so was not referring to him.“I don’t know what he was going for,” said one audience members, who requested anonymity.It was even uncalled for it was just… genuinely shockingIn another instance, Mallon is said to have referred to a female contestant’s breasts as she left the stage, saying “nice tits”.The third example involved Mallon interacting with a member of the crowd. During the interaction, audience members said he referred to hockey as a “f*g sport”.In response to queries from TheJournal.ie, Mallon defended the language he used and apologised if he had “inadvertently offended anyone”.“Everyone has an opinion on what can or cannot be said in a live comedy situation,” he said.“But everything has to be put into the context in which it was said. I’d be here all day trying to explain the different ‘sentences’ that offended the person in question.Sure a sentence in cold print outside of a comedy situation will not read well if it’s not put into the context in which it was said. Comedy is a subjective thing, but context is everything, in my and most people’s opinion. Gerry Mallon at the King’s Head on Monday By Cormac Fitzgerald Feb 9th 2017, 12:01 AM Share108 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later So we all know DNA stores the code that makes us… well… possible, right? Those Gs, Ts, Cs and As might not seem like much, but they’re effectively the same as computer code. Plus, unlike computers, DNA works at the molecular scale — meaning that you can pack a metric crapload of information into a really, really tiny space. With the rise of HD, constant streaming, and mega media consumption, storing staggering amounts of data in molecular form might just be a necessity.Scientists have already been working on DNA-based computer storage for a few years now. Harvard geneticist George Church has been the technology’s standard bearer since 2011, and it’s already made some big leaps. So far we’ve managed to translate hundreds of megabytes holding everything from a computer virus to an Amazon Gift Card into DNA. But that’s small-time. In the next few years, Microsoft believes it can bring a DNA-based storage solution online in a commercial data center by 2020.That’s… a little ambitious, but it’s not without reason. On top of being tiny, DNA is easy for us to read — and as long as life is around, we’ll probably keep some technology that can read and interpret DNA on hand. Plus, while the molecule isn’t super stable in the long-term (anything past 10,000 years gets rough really quick, unlike some other media which can last for up to a few million years), you can use the same enzymes that we need to reproduce and make literally millions of copies in a few hours. Sure, each will have some mistakes in the code, but with error correction and other techniques, you could have an easily reproducible archive that would be almost impossible to destroy conventionally.That’s amazing for everyone from researchers and archivists to universities. Plus, these sorts of applications all but eliminate DNA’s biggest problem when it comes to storing data — it’s not easily searchable. Once the enzymes get going, you can do a lot quickly, but if we’re storing massive amounts of data in these strands, finding specific bits of code might be tough. When used as archival solution, however, there’s little concern.The next big hurdle will be sequencing. Reading the DNA is expensive — even today — and still costs well into the hundreds. For most applications, that’s far too much for daily use. Still, Microsoft clearly thinks the idea is worth the investment. It’ll be cool to see how this pans out. Maybe, one day, we’ll all have personal archives with all the data we’ve ever used or needed, carried around on a small disk inside which sits self-replicating DNA. Maybe that’s really what the Matrix is — not some dumbass battery, but using humans as computer data dumping sacs. It’d make a helluva lot more sense, at least.In all seriousness, the amount of data our society is producing has increased and is continuing to increase exponentially. We won’t have long at all before this becomes a critical problem, and DNA is one very convenient, albeit slow and expensive, solution.last_img read more

CEO of the Airports Authority John Smith clears up the rumor mill

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppClearing the air again about rumors surrounding the work on the Providenciales airport that it has fall short of funds to the get the job done, CEO of the Airports Authority, John Smith told media that work on the country’s main air gateway is right on schedule and on budget. The work which is estimated at $10 million is expected to expand the airport almost 2 times its original size, stretching it from 51, 000sq. ft to 91,000sq.ft. The expansion is announced for completion by Winter 2014.last_img read more

first_imgTake the surveyThe 500,000 Voices of Southwest Washington survey is at www.500kvoices.orgWhat do you care about the most? What kind of future do you want for this region?The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, The Columbian and a host of other community partners want to know. And they want to make sure to include everyone — especially the folks who aren’t used to being asked, or typically get missed.“We want to empower those voices that, all too often, go unheard in our region,” said Community Foundation President Jennifer Rhoads. “These voices — of immigrant, impoverished and disengaged residents — represent a majority of Southwest Washington and should be included in shaping the shared future of this region.”A new, comprehensive “500,000 Voices” regional study of values and beliefs was just launched by the group, which also includes charitable agencies like the Northwest Health Foundation and the United Way of Columbia-Willamette, broadcast media and marketing companies like Oregon Public Broadcasting and AHA!, consultant DHM Research, and local schools Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College.The target area is all of Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties, with a combined population of approximately 500,000. If you’re at least 18 years old, the foundation hopes you’ll devote 15 minutes to an online survey that zeroes in on general values as well as pressing issues like health, jobs, the economy and the environment. Maury Harris, spokesman for the Community Foundation, said DHM Research has already wrapped up an intensive telephone outreach campaign via both cell phones and land lines that was aimed particularly at younger and lower-income people. It was partially successful, he said.last_img read more

2 in custody after altercation prompts heavy police response at South Broward

first_imgOfficials said the subjects were located near a mural that read “Little Broward Learning Lab.”A student at the school became emotional when addressing the incident.“It’s terrible. Why do they have to do this?” she said as she fought back tears. “Like, please. I want to learn. I don’t want to be scared.”“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, it’s something that we deal with a lot, and it makes me so mad. It makes me angry,” said South Broward High School’s Magnet Coordinator Debbie Hixon.Her husband, Chris Hixon, was one of the victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.“It does change your life significantly, and you don’t realize it until something happens, how much it hits you,” said Hixon.Parent Alcia Rhein said she learned officers searched the building. #Video: Hollywood Police carrying long guns inside a South Broward High School classroom, responding to a threat on campus which ended in the arrest of two and the collecting of a BB gun. Nobody was hurt and the code red lockdown was lifted. ⁦@wsvn⁩ pic.twitter.com/cIihadVgkX— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) May 21, 2019 The sight of officers in tactical gear carrying long guns frightened some students.“Everyone started running,” said a student.“SWAT team came in with guns, and they were like, ‘Put your hands up.’ I was freaking out,” said another student.A photo captured the subjects in handcuffs sitting on the floor of a hallway on campus.“All I can say is that this is crazy, man,” said Phil Peterson, a custodian at the school.Peterson said he was the one who opened the school gates to let officers into the campus.“My heart was pounding and everything, but thank God it’s over,” he said. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police took two young men into custody at South Broward High School after the school was placed on a code red lockdown due to a reported threat.Hollywood Police officers responded with guns drawn to reports of someone with a gun at the school, located near Harding Street and North Federal Highway, just before 2 p.m., Tuesday.Investigators said this all started with an altercation between two people on campus. A student witnessed what they thought was a weapon and told their parents, who called the school. School officials then called police.Cellphone video captured an officer in tactical gear asking students in a classroom to walk toward him with their hands on top of their head. “They’re sweeping the school, floor by floor, room by room to find the kid that they’re looking for,” she said. “My child told me that he tried to run, and they snatched him in the back and put him in the library.”Officers found a BB gun inside one of the subjects’ backpacks. No other guns were found, and no one was hurt.“Even if it’s a BB gun, no one would know that. Just think of what would’ve happened if they would have pulled that out and someone else had a real gun,”said Hixon.Broward County Public Schools officials said the lockdown was lifted as of 3:15 p.m.center_img UPDATE: Two suspect’s detained. No injuries. No shots fired.— HollywoodFL Police (@HollywoodFLPD) May 21, 20197News cameras captured police in tactical gear walking the subjects out of the building and putting them in squad cars. Officers were seen carrying their backpacks, apparently collecting them as evidence. “At this point, detectives are questioning the suspects, talking to them, actively investigating this,” said Hollywood Police spokesperson Miranda Grossman.Students have since been dismissed, and parents have been able to pick them up outside of the school’s property waiting.Veronica Real said she came to pick up her niece.“I’m worried about my niece. She’s a ninth-grader,” said Veronica Real.When asked how the lockdown made her feel, Real replied, “Worried, scared, nervous.”Officials have not disclosed the subjects’ ages. They said one of them is a student at South Broward High, but it remains unclear whether or not the other one is enrolled at the school as well.Out of the two subjects detained, one 17-year-old student will be charged with disrupting a school function. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: No. Collider/Marvel Once upon a time a report claimed Tom Cruise wanted to play Iron Man. What a very different Marvel Cinematic Universe that would have been. Now, thanks to Collider and the frightening deepfake video manipulation software, we can see what a Tom Cruise “I am Iron Man” line delivery would have been like.See below. 7:07 It doesn’t quite work, does it?Cruise’s head sits on Robert Downey Jr.’s shoulders like a bobblehead. His voice, an imitation by Evan Ferrante, comes off as less self-knowing and sarcastic, more hopeful and square-shooting.There’ve been much smoother deepfakes in the past. A deepfake of Bill Hader telling a story on David Letterman has him morph into the likes of Cruise and Seth Rogen. Malicious deepfakes, targeting celebrity, politician and average person alike, can frighteningly make a person appear to be doing or saying things they never did.While research into detecting deepfakes is underway — using mice of all things — its use to stir political chaos carves a grim horizon. See this sophisticated Barack Obama deepfake from a year ago. Tags 4 Comments Share your voice We’re not ready for the deepfake revolution Iron Manlast_img read more

YLP threatened me to join BJP alleges Buddha

first_imgVijayawada: TDP MLC Buddha Venkanna said that AP Hindi Academy chairman and former Rajya Sabha member Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad (YLP) asked him to quit the TDP and join the BJP.Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, he said that Lakshmi Prasad called him on Thursday night from Rajya Sabha member Sujana Chowdary’s house and suggested to him to join BJP. Also Read – Bharat Gourav award to Margani Bharat Ram Advertise With Us He alleged that the former Rajya Sabha member threatened him that he would face cases and other problems if he does not join the BJP. Venkanna said that he would lodge a complaint with the Director General of Police (DGP) against Lakshmi Prasad’s warning. He requested the police to conduct an inquiry and take action in this regard. He also said that he would not be scared by the warning of Lakshmi Prasad. He said that he did not commit any mistakes and anybody could conduct probe into his activities. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us He criticised the four TDP Rajya Sabha members who joined the BJP for cheating the party leadership and also displayed a photograph of Sujana Chowdary and CM Ramesh having dinner with YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy at the same table. Venkanna pointed out that the TDP workers were protecting the interests of the party and even sacrificing their lives. But the leaders were behaving against the spirit of the party, he said. Advertise With Us “The TDP leaders were being forced to join the BJP by threatening them with raids by investigative agencies and other illegal methods,” he said and added that the four MPs joined the BJP to protect their own interests. Telugu Yuvatha State president Devineni Avinash said that they would fight to protect the TDP workers. No one can touch the party workers, he said and added that the party leadership would protect them at any cost. TDP leaders Varla Ramaiah, Kadiyala Buchibabu and several other leaders were present.last_img read more