DONEGAL SFC GROUP 3: FOUR MASTERS V ST MICHAEL’S PREVIEW

first_imgGAA: The Donegal SFC returns this weekend after a 12-week break and there are some enthralling fixtures down for decision.In group three the clash of St Michael’s and Four Masters is the meeting of two sides expected to progress from their group. St Michael’s recorded a comfortable win in their opening championship encounter over rivals Cloughaneely while Four Masters edged out Glenfin.St Michael’s are sitting top of Division One and have enjoyed a fine campaign to date under the tutelage of Eddie Harkin.They earned a good win away to Glenswilly on Sunday and did so without the services of Donegal players Martin McElhinney and Daniel McLaughlin.Both McElhinney and McLaughlin are expected to be fit for the clash with Four Masters. Four Masters suffered a very disappointing defeat away to Ardara which now leaves them in the relegation mire as the league reaches nears its conclusion.They had earned an excellent result against St Eunan’s a week previous and were buoyant prior to the clash with relegation rivals Ardara.However, a flat performance ensured Ardara took all two points and it was from ideal preparation for this week’s Donegal SFC clash with St Michael’s.Four Masters will be hoping their star player Karl Lacey will be fit to play against St Michael’s.The 2012 Footballer of the Year was missing last weekend and if Four Masters are to pull off a shock this weekend they’ll need the experience and class of Lacey in the heart of their defence.Four Masters lost Paul Durcan to Ballyboden St Enda’s earlier this season but still have a team laced with quality. On paper it’s hard to look past St Michael’s, but Four Masters have great championship tradition and on their own patch will not make it easy for anyone.Four Masters put St Michael’s out of the Donegal SFC in 2012 after a replay and extra-time so they won’t fear Eddie Harkin’s side.St Michael’s have been in great form all season and are genuine contenders to win the Donegal SFC outright.St Michael’s will probably have too much firepower in the end for Four Masters but it will be a closely fought game. Verdict: St Michael’sDONEGAL SFC GROUP 3: FOUR MASTERS V ST MICHAEL’S PREVIEW was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCGAASportlast_img read more

Giants roster continues to churn, what’s next for team in transition?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants parted ways with veteran catcher Erik Kratz Monday, announcing that they have designated the 38-year-old catcher for assignment.Kratz was the latest veteran to be sent packing, joining Gerardo Parra and Yangervis Solarte, who both signed as minor league free agents this offseason. The club needed to clear a roster spot for recently acquired outfielder Aaron Altherr, and with Buster Posey potentially available to return from the concussion injured list on Wednesday, …last_img read more

Dachis Group Acquires Headshift: Say Hello to a Social Business Consulting Powerhouse

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The Dachis Group, an agency founded by former Razorfish CEO Jeff Dachis and backed by Austin Ventures, has made its first acquisition. Late Tuesday night the company announced it has bought the London-based consultancy Headshift, giving Dachis Group an international reach for the first time. Dachis and Headshift offer large corporations advice on technology strategy, specializing in the social technologies that have taken the consumer Web by storm and are slowly but surely moving into the enterprise. Both agencies have been leaders among a cadre of consultancies advising corporate entities as diverse as the BBC, Intuit and Coca-Cola. Dachis Group is a top consultant group in the U.S. advising companies about social technology adoption, and they’ve served big name corporations in many different verticals. Headshift has been the European counterpart to the Dachis Group (or vice versa, depending on which side of the pond you’re looking from). “Headshift’s street cred matched with Dachis’ vision yields a formidable talent combination,” said IT industry veteran Susan Scrupski, “This acquisition validates a maturing market.”Though various sources have called both groups “social media agencies” at various times (including during news of the acquisition), this is not the kind of social media guru/expert you might have in mind. Headshift consultants aren’t out there acting as company representatives on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Rather than fishing for companies, Dachis and Headshift are teaching them how to fish for themselves. “It is time for companies to move beyond the hype and toward delivering concrete, sustainable, and measurable value from their social media activities,” said Headshift co-founder Livio Hughes in a statement. The pair of consultancies have made a profitable business out of showing corporations and government how to create a collaborative ethic inside their organizations and how to use today’s leading software platforms. Headshift is based in London but also has offices in Sydney, and it operates across Europe and the Pacific. Both Headshift and Dachis Group are privately held, so no financial details of the acquisition were released. According to one source the most recent injection of capital into Dachis was specifically to make purchases of this nature, so look for more news to come. steven wallinglast_img read more

Shaky “Six-Strikes” Copyright Alert System Just Won’t Go Away

first_imgU.S. cable and media companies are still revving up the so-called “six-strikes” Copyright Alert system – even after a prototype model of the system is closing down in France.The Copyright Alert system, also known as the “six strikes” warning system, is designed to create a mechanism where Internet Service Providers will inform subscribers that someone with their IP address appears to be downloading copyrighted material, such as music and movies. After six such notices, subscribers could face sanctions – such as throttling of their Internet connections.The new system was supposed to start in 2011 and then again in August of 2012, but has been delayed by reported deployment issues.Formed as part of an agreement with five major U.S. Internet providers (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the six-strikes system would enable third-party monitoring companies (so-called “media defenders”) to report illegal downloading to the ISP of the offender.At that point, according to Don Bowman of Sandvine, ISPs will “notify their subscribers who have been identified as downloading infringing content on behalf of the media defender, but not to provide the identity of the subscriber to the media defender or attempt to determine what content is potentially being infringed.”The idea is that once subscribers receive one or two of these notifications, which will presumably escalate in tone, they will take action and cease the illegal downloading.Well, that’s the idea.Not-So-Gay ParisIn France this summer, Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti condemned a similar system called Hadopi as being ineffective, particularly in light of how much it cost.“In financial terms, [spending] €12 million and 60 agents – that’s expensive to send a million e-mails,” Filippetti told Le Nouvel Observateur in July.Besides being expensive, Hadopi’s ultimate punishment (which comes after three strikes, not six), exclusion from the Internet for anywhere from three months to one year, was looked upon by French and other European lawmakers as too harsh. Even third-strike Hadopi offenders never had the trigger pulled on this final punishment.In the U.S., the Center For Copyright Information, the coalition that will be responsible for managing the Copyright Alert system, has been very careful to emphasize the educational rather than the punitive aspects of the new system. Executive Director Jill Lesser took great pains to make this point in a recent op-ed on CNN.“Our work at CCI is about educating consumers about how to legally and ethically enjoy the movies and music they love,” Lesser wrote.Is There a Point?My ReadWriteWeb colleague John Paul Titlow has already explained very well why the new Copyright Alert system is toothless. Habitual offenders of copyright violations will hardly care about the new system, when it is put in place.So why bother? After all, even the CCI acknowledges that even though ISPs will not be identifying offenders it notifies, copyright holders and their media defender proxies will still be working to identify copyright offenders the way they used to, by formally requesting the identity of Internet subscribers so legal action can be pursued.There are a couple of reasons why the Copyright Alert system is likely to still move forward, barring an unexpected snafu.Chase Off the Amateurs. This is the big bet that the MPAA and the RIAA are making: scare off the small-time abusers who could comprise most of the violations. A missed episode of TV here, a movie there… the kind of every-so-often casual infringement that keeps the demand for downloaded media high and steady. Reduce the traffic enough, and then maybe the illicit download sites will start to fade from lack of traffic. P2P traffic on BitTorrent, though, should only benefit from fewer leeches downloading files and not seeding them back, but casual Internet users probably aren’t using BitTorrent anyway. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#p2p#web Reconnect the Cord. Remember, the six-strikes system is supposed to be about education. Not only will it try to educate subscribers why downloading content is naughty, but notices will also make a concerted effort to steer them towards legitimate media sources. And what better source than the ISP’s own cable television service? Every one of the participants in the Copyright Alert system has a companion television offering, and this could be the selling point to get the ISPs on board. By offering the appropriate cable service to downloaders trying to get content that’s available on cable TV, there is a chance that cable providers could see a little more revenue coming their way.This is a small side benefit for the ISPs, but they’re likley to look kindly on any opportunity to reduce cord-cutting.For the average user, the new alert system will not seriously affect their Internet habits. If you are predisposed to downloading illegal content, then you’ll still find a way. But as long as the RIAA and MPAA remain committed to stopping piracy through any means necessary, PR-based campaigns like this will continue to be a weapon in their anti-piracy arsenals.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Spot-fixing a threat to cricket: Miandad

first_imgPakistan cricket great Javed Miandad believes spot-fixing is more damaging to the game than match-fixing and urged the recently banned players to assist in purging it from the game.The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal last weekend banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for a minimum of five years for bowling no-balls at predetermined times in a Test against England to fix spot-betting markets.Miandad, a director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the banned trio should now assist the ICC and the PCB to identify those people involved in rigging betting markets, and thereby harming the game. His remark may have an impact on the upcoming cricket World Cup starting on February 19.”If the players identify the bad elements in the game, only then we can fight with this spot-fixing menace,” Miandad said.”It (spot-fixing) can’t be finished if the players do not cooperate.”The tribunal also directed the banned players to participate – under the auspices of the PCB – in a program of anti-corruption education.”It’s a good programme, but it’s the responsibility of the players to be honest because they are the ones who are directly approached by bad guys,” Miandad said.”I’m sure no one has the guts to buy a cricketer without the consent of the player himself.”Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.Miandad was part of Pakistan’s World Cup winning squad in 1992 and holds the record of most Test runs for Pakistan with 8,832 runs from 124 Test matches.He said spot-fixing poses a greater threat to the integrity of the game than match fixing because it provides more opportunity to fix betting markets; there is only one win-loss result per match, but there are vast numbers of bets on events within games.advertisement”In a 50-overs-a-side game players could commit an intentional mistake not once but 600 times,” Miandad said referring to six ball over bowled in a one-day international. “In match-fixing it’s a matter of win or lose, but in this spot-fixing players commit intentional mistakes one after the other.” Miandad said it was difficult to predict about the future of the three players, but termed the tribunal’s decision as a “reasonable verdict.” “It could have been more severe, but it will send a strong message to players all over the world.”last_img read more

Kinship of the golden grapplers

first_imgThere was first the example. And the instant transmission of ambition. The year was 2000, and the extended Phogat household in Bhiwani district’s Balali village was electrified by the news from Sydney. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal, India’s lone prize at the Olympics and the first ever,There was first the example. And the instant transmission of ambition. The year was 2000, and the extended Phogat household in Bhiwani district’s Balali village was electrified by the news from Sydney. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal, India’s lone prize at the Olympics and the first ever for an Indian woman. And to hear it now from 24-year-old Babita Phogat, still to shake off the gold dust from her medal for freestyle wrestling at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is to draw a direct line: from Malleswari’s medal to Mahavir Singh Phogat rounding up all the children in the extended household to hit the fields running to train for their big chance.Mahavir, a former wrestler, coached his daughters, son, nephews, nieces in what he knew best, and how he knew. But even he could not have known what he’d start. His eldest daughter, Geeta, struck gold in the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, and in 2012 became the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. Babita had a silver in Delhi, and upgraded to gold in Glasgow. Cousin Vinesh, not yet 20, too is back home from Glasgow with gold, trying to blink away sleep as she strikes a pose in the family training centre at the edge of their fields. The family is not quite done yet. Younger cousins stray in and out, and count off the cadet or junior level titles they hope to target. Oblivious to the commotion and the hunt for the misplaced Glasgow medals, young Jenny, not yet five, is training away at the machines. Far-off branches of the Phogat family tree are winding back to the Balali homestead to enlist in Uncle Mahavir’s gold quest.advertisementCousins Vinesh (left) and Babita Phogat Glasgow Commonwealth games gold-winners, at their home in Bhiwani, HaryanaLegend has built over time about the social norms the Phogat girls combated-or glided by, depending on the narrator’s inclination. But back home for a victory chakkar of the village, the state capital, Delhi’s television studios, before leaving for training and trials for the Asian Games, Babita and Vinesh wear the struggle lightly on their skin. Yes, there was chatter back then in the early days, says Babita, when they entered the akhara with its mud patch. (The mat came later, with the first stirrings of success.) “What will happen, folks in the village said,” recalls Babita. “We were practising with boys, we talked to them, we wore shorts.” “But we were children then,” Vinesh adds. “What do children know about all this (social convention)?” The medals put a firm lid on such objections anyway.Who would ostracise a champion? But Babita, in the open-faced, large-hearted, cheerful manner of India’s contact sportspersons, concedes the significance of her achievements in India’s, and particularly Haryana’s, context, of their collective edge as examples that defy the systematic exclusion of women, starting with female foeticide. “Don’t kill them,” she pleads. “Look at us. We are also girls. They can get ahead of us.”Perhaps they underplay their defiance of gender stereotype in order to present themselves as role models for their sport and its tradition of lifelong dedication. Babita notes the upsurge of interest locally in wrestling each time they win at a big tournament. “But they want quick results,” she says. “They don’t see that it took us 10-12 years of training to get this far.”Babita’s moment of glory in GlasgowThose bygone days of training are a subject of much nostalgia in the Phogat household, a spark for shared memories to be recounted and, it appears, in each telling, to acquire a more cohesive and dramatic narrative line. “Papa would have us up at 3.30 a.m.,” Babita recalls as much with a faux groan as a wistful yearning for the times back when they were all children (“bachpan ke din”). “We would practise for two/two-and-a-half hours. In the fields Papa had made a ground for running. We would then rest at home for 20 minutes, bathe, eat and go to school. In class, we would often nod off, especially when the teacher was at the blackboard. Sometimes she would just let us sleep. Then home and an hour’s rest. Then train again. On Sundays we would get rest from school, but not from training!” Vinesh, younger and more slightly built than her cousins (she competes in the 48 kg category, Babita and Geeta in 51-55 kg), recalls being reluctant to hit the mud patch with her cousins for fear of getting hurt. “Tauji (Mahavir Phogat) would ask, tu gulab ka phool hai (are you a rose or what)?”Mahavir was a strict taskmaster, and Babita chuckles over the tricks they’d attempt to get out of training. Sometimes he would wander off and return to check them for sweat as proof of training. The children would wet their foreheads with dew from mustard leaves. He had installed an inverter, so power outages would not disrupt training. They’d hook it up to the refrigerator, so that when there really was an outage, the battery was already drained.advertisementNow they don’t need the spectre of punishment to keep them on the mat. But even as they work on their technique and speed, the stories nominate them as mascots for a sport that suddenly needs its women athletes that much more. Wrestling is still recovering from the threat last year of exclusion from the Olympic Games, and making itself more inclusive by increasing the number of categories for women while cutting some for men. Babita’s eyes gleam as she rattles off the new equation: “For men, two medals less, from 7 to 6 each in freestyle and Greco-Roman.For women, two more, from 4 to 6. So it’s even, 6-6-6.” (Women only compete in freestyle.) Wrestling dates back to the ancient Olympics, but to clinch its modern salience it desperately needs to be seen to be doing right by its women, who were admitted to Olympic competition only in 2004 at Athens.The Phogats say they intend to be at the 2016 Rio Olympics in large numbers, but for now are off to Lucknow, for training and trials. The World Championships overlap with the Asian Games, and such is the Japanese and Chinese domination of women’s wrestling that the first placed will head to the Asian meet in Incheon, South Korea. Women before, like mountaineer Santosh Yadav, had started breaking out of the inherited gender mould in Haryana. Wrestlers before, like Delhi’s Sushil Kumar, got 21st century India interested in an ancient calling. The Phogats’ unique role as change agents may be to invite ever more aspirants into their capacious, and flamboyantly told, family saga.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Steph Curry climbs Warriors’ scoring charts in win over Cavs

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after making a 3 point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State took another step toward securing the top seed in the West, yet coach Steve Kerr has some legitimate concerns as the Warriors close in on the postseason.Specifically, Kerr is bothered by the Warriors’ turnovers and rebounding, two issues that cropped up again and turned what looked to be another blowout into a closer-than-needed 120-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess That’s why Kerr seemed so bothered by his team’s breakdowns.“They had about 17 or 18 more possessions than we did,” Kerr said. “That’s kind of our specialty. We like to give other teams an advantage and then have to shoot our way out of it.”Green had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 15 points and eight assists, and Quinn Cook scored 14 to help the Warriors (55-24) inch closer to clinching the Western Conference in their second-to-last regular-season game at Oracle Arena.With 16,283 points, Curry trails only Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) and Rick Barry (16,447) on the Warriors’ career scoring charts.The Warriors need one more win or a loss by Denver to secure the top spot and home court advantage in the West.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSCavaliers: Brandon Knight was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. … Thompson returned to the lineup after getting a day off Thursday in Sacramento. … Matthew Dellavedova remains in concussion protocol.Warriors: Klay Thompson scored 11 points and went 1 of 7 on 3s. … DeMarcus Cousins (load management) and Andre Igoudala (sore left toe) were held out.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host San Antonio on Sunday.Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments Curry is a big reason why Golden State is back on top despite a sometimes tumultuous season. The two-time MVP made 9 of 12 3s and had seven assists in the wire-to-wire win, the Warriors’ ninth consecutive over the Cavaliers.“You knew Steph was going to have a good night because he had a tough night last night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He rarely has an off night two nights in a row. He was great right from the outset tonight.”Collin Sexton scored 27 points, one night after becoming the third rookie in Cavaliers history to reach 1,300 points. Cleveland has lost seven straight.“I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to compete and taking the ball to the basket,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said. “We recognize the fact of where we are and who we are at this particular stage. But again, the most important thing is that we continue to plat at a high level, and we did that tonight.”Golden State led by 21, then had to hold off a late flurry by Cleveland.Larry Nance Jr. scored seven points as part of a 12-4 run. Then, Sexton scored on a 3-pointer and reverse layup to pull the Cavs within three points at 115-112.Curry made his ninth 3-pointer, then added two free throws with 7.4 seconds remaining.GETTING THE GOLDGreen presented Nick Young with his championship ring from last season during a ceremony before the game, but the celebration lasted longer than expected and the Warriors were issued a warning for delay of game before tip-off.“The last two years, we’ve had five or six of those celebrations and it usually spills over,” Curry said. “I wish (the referee) would have just gave it to Nick Young because he was taking his sweet time, as he should have.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Draymond Green understands Kerr’s reasoning, but thinks the two-time defending NBA champs will be just fine once the playoffs begin.Stephen Curry scored 40 points to move into third place on Golden State’s career list, and the Warriors won despite Golden State’s 13 turnovers and getting outrebounded 12-4 by the Cavs on the offensive end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s just a focus thing,” Green said of the Warriors’ inconsistencies. “When you’re playing against teams that don’t quite match up talent-wise and are not really playing for anything, it’s hard to keep that focus. It hasn’t bothered me one bit because we’ve locked in at stretches and we’ve had that focus for stretches, and that’s important.”The game had a lot less hype than previous seasons when the Warriors and Cavaliers squared off in four straight NBA Finals. While Golden State is headed back to the postseason for a possible third consecutive championship, Cleveland is limping to the finish with hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Lakers surprise playoff-bound Clippers DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Breakthrough agreement between Sudan protest leaders military

first_imgSudanese protesters wave the current and former national flags during a rally outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on 27 April. Photo: AFPSudan’s protest leaders and army rulers agreed Saturday to establish a joint civilian-military ruling council, a major breakthrough in talks between the two sides over demonstrators’ demands for a handover to civilian rule.The agreement on the highly disputed issue came as thousands of protesters remain encamped outside the military headquarters since the army ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir on 11 April, demanding that the army rulers step down.”We agreed on a joint council between the civilian and the military,” one of the leaders of the protest campaign, Ahmed al-Rabia, who was involved in the talks, told AFP.”We are now in consultation about what percentage of the council should be represented by civilians and how much by the military.”The agreement between the two sides is a major breakthrough as the current army leaders had refused to hand over power to a civilian administration despite pressure from the street and the international community.”I’m happy with the outcome of the talks. Other protesters too will be happy,” said protester Ahmed Najdi, who has regularly camped outside the army complex over the past weeks.”We are still waiting for the final composition of the joint council.”The new council will be the sovereign ruling body that will then form a transitional civilian administration.The decision to have a joint council came during talks held since Saturday morning by a joint committee representing the current ruling military leadership and protesters.The talks were the first such by the joint committee.’We won’t leave’Bashir was ousted by the army after months of protests against his three-decade rule.Thousands of demonstrators reached the sprawling military headquarters in central Khartoum on 6 April, demanding that the army support those opposing Bashir.Five days later, the army toppled Bashir but then took power into its own hands through a 10-member transitional military council.Another demonstrator Rawan Al-Fateh said those camped out would not leave until their demands were met.”We won’t leave until we have civil rule and laws guaranteeing freedom of expression.”Buses bringing protesters kept arriving Saturday, with hundreds of protesters coming from the eastern province of Kassala, an AFP photographer said.Protest leaders had previously held several rounds of inconclusive talks with the military council since Bashir was ousted.Earlier this week, the two sides agreed to set up the joint committee to chart the way forward.The military council has so far insisted that it has assumed power for a two-year transitional period.Western governments have expressed support for protesters’ demands, but Sudan’s key Gulf Arab lenders have backed the military council, while African states have called for more time for the army to hand over to civilians.Meanwhile the country’s top opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi called for Sudan to join the International Criminal Court which has indicted Bashir.Mahdi, a former prime minister and head of the opposition National Umma Party that has backed the protests, also told reporters that the army’s ouster of Bashir was “not a military coup”.Call to join ICCMahdi also said that “it is possible to agree on a civilian authority with the military council because they did not plan a coup”.But he said his party would not join a civilian transitional government.He insisted Sudan should “immediately” join the Hague-based International Criminal Court where Bashir is wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the conflict in Darfur.Bashir, 75, has consistently denied the charges against him.The war in Darfur erupted in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Khartoum’s Arab-dominated government, accusing it of social and political marginalisation.The United Nations says about 300,000 people have died in the conflict, with another 2.5 million displaced, many of them still living in miserable camps across the western region of the country.Protest group spokesman Amjad Farid told reporters that Bashir and other regime figures could be tried in Sudan.”We are not seeking retaliatory measures against them, but we want to rebuild our justice system to hold them accountable for their crimes,” he said.Mahdi, who was forced from office by Bashir in a 1989 coup, said the president’s regime was clinging on despite the upheaval.”The toppled regime might still try to do a coup,” he said without elaborating.As protesters were pushing the military on civilian rule Saturday, assailants hurled rocks at a meeting of members of the Islamist Popular Congress Party, an ally of Bashir’s, injuring 32 of them.The group leading the protests and the military council condemned the incident.last_img read more

University of Tokyo Expands Second Life Type Games

first_img A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo is in the development stage of presenting an important addition to games like Second Life. The project has not released the details of the work, but Nikkei dot net and Digital World Tokyo have unearthed some fascinating details of the innovation research in progress. The virtual reality prototype allows players to walk around the game environment like explorers examining the various on screen environments. The prototype is a waist mounted camera and a companion specially designed carpet that has fixed points of reference assigned and calibrated for movement in the real world. The apparatus interprets these real world movements into the virtual world either through a headset or big screen display. While neither sources cited which lab or department at the University of Tokyo is working on this almost limitless innovation, there are some likely leaders in the area. An interview by University of Tokyo students with Professor Hirose, Michitaka in 2004 explained the future of “expanded virtual reality,” as it extends to space and time. Professor Hirose, Michitaka is head of the Intelligent Cooperative Systems lab. He explained how going back to the 1990s the virtual world was contained in a box–the computer. His work and others have extended the virtual world to include wearable computers being researched by Ms. Ueoka and virtual experience in ordinary places by Mr. Yamashita. The limitless bounds of virtual reality is the focus of Professor Hirose, Michitaka´s lab.The professor characterized the two schools of virtual reality research. The first is devoted to developing wearable head gear and mobile apparatus The other is devoted to exploring the five senses of human beings. He pointed out that beneath the two there may lay an inner connection. In previous public exhibitions the professor and his collaborators have introduced the CABIN that allowed visitors to step into the huge screens of the display. In addition, another Mayan Civilization display allowed visitors to view a virtual space of information technology and content. The professor is cognizant of the importance of reaching the public at large for promoting the future of virtual reality.In other projects, his team has endeavored to create a 21st century time machine. The Lifelog Project was initially developed to create an oral history of human actions, but has expanded to the ability to predict future actions based upon simulations that can be run through the computer. It is a small wearable device that records human interaction. The complexities of this work defy imagination, but appear to be just another day in the lab for the professor. In a quote from the interview, the professor stated that “the real world is becoming virtualized… and the world of information is free to move forward or backward.” His concern for the future is that while some view the freedom to be a dangerous, “if we free up our imagination, we can develop many interesting things from here.” For further reading on the subject, please see: www.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/res … iles/002/pdf/001.pdf Citation: University of Tokyo Expands Second Life Type Games (2007, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-university-tokyo-life-games.html Second Life Display. Credit: Digital World Tokyo A team of undisclosed researchers at the University of Tokyo have a prototype in development that will bring the public one step closer to entering the Virtual World. Explore further Researcher studies how individuals use technology to engage with their cultures 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.last_img read more

Could solar wind power Earth

first_img Citation: Could solar wind power Earth? (2010, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-solar-power-earth.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com IKAROS unfurls first ever solar sail in space (PhysOrg.com) — As we strive to find sources of alternative energy, a number of researchers continue to look to what we consider the ultimate in renewable energy — the sun. However, on earth creating efficient solar panels remains a challenge. While solar cells have been increasing in efficiency, and while new advances are made in solar technology on earth, there are some looking to harvest solar energy a little bit closer to the source by harvesting energy from the solar wind. The solar wind is a stream of charged particles that heads outward from the sun’s upper atmosphere. They move outward toward Earth and the rest of the planets, and provide the potential to power to the entire Earth, according to some researchers. And, even though we refer to the solar wind as “wind”, it wouldn’t provide energy in the way we see wind turbines act here on earth. Instead, energy from the solar wind would be collected by a gigantic sail deployed in space, between the sun and Earth. One proposal has been offered by scientists at Washington State University. Discovery News reports on the specs of a massive solar sail — and its potential:According to the team’s calculations, 300 meters (984 feet) of copper wire, attached to a two-meter-wide (6.6-foot-wide) receiver and a 10-meter (32.8-foot) sail, would generate enough power for 1,000 homes.A satellite with a 1,000-meter (3,280-foot) cable and a sail 8,400 kilometers (5,220 miles) across, placed at roughly the same orbit, would generate one billion billion gigawatts of power.The real challenge is how to get all that energy back to Earth in order to power the planet. One idea is to use a concentrated laser beam to send the energy back to Earth. Unfortunately, there would be millions of miles between satellite and its earthly target, making it difficult for the laser beam to reach the planet without widening and losing energy. While it is likely that the solar sail could be built and deployed with current technology, beaming the energy it harvests from the solar wind will take a little more time to figure out. Until then, we will have to be content with solar cells on Earth. More information: — Eric Bland, “Solar Or Wind Power? Why Not Both?” Discovery News (September 29, 2010). Available online: news.discovery.com/tech/solar- … nd-energy-power.html– Brooks L. Harrop and Dirk Schulze-Makuch, “The Solar Wind Power Satellite as an alternative to a traditional Dyson Sphere and its implications for remote detection,” International Journal of Astrobiology (2010). Available online: journals.cambridge.org/action/ … Id=S1473550410000066 Image source: plus.maths.org Explore further 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.last_img read more