#KicksStalker: A ‘homecoming’ for the Hyperdunk ’17

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas MOST READ The Hyperdunk 2017 ‘Manila’ (retail: P6,745, Titan BGC and Titan22.com), is the latest in the line of Nike “homecoming” kicks released to satiate the thirst of flag-waving Filipino hoop fans for local-flavored lines.Among the fan-favorite “homecoming” kicks from Nike include the Kobe 9 EM “Philippines,” which features the likeness of flip-flops, another streetball fixture, and the Lebron 14 “Agimat,” which features Filipino words and phrases and was inspired by Gilas Pilipinas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Hyperdunk 2017 Manila is of of six shoes representing different cities with rich basketball culture. The others include American playground haunts New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Chinese hoop hotbed Beijing and Spanish basketball mecca Madrid.The “Tenement” tribute shoe honors the place where every Filipino baller dreamt of playing big-time hoops in front of adoring crowds: The streets. Taking inspiration from the Tenement Court Taguig, the limited edition Hyperdunk 2017 Manila still features its latest cushioning breakthrough, Nike React.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat means players still get the quick bounce reaction that streetball players will find reassuring even during the harshest concrete court battles.Even the aesthetics of the shoe takes from the tenements. It boasts an all-gray upper and concrete-style midsole. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hyperdunk ’17 ‘Tenement’.Another Nike shoe comes home. And this one is a little bit closer to the heart of the Filipino baller.Going straight back to the roots of Filipino hoop dreams, Nike just announced the Hyperdunk 2017 Manila with little fanfare–but expect patriotic local sneakerheads to rave about this latest pair.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Hockey India and IHF in talks for merger

first_imgThe sports ministry has granted Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) more time to consider its proposal of setting up a unified body to run the game in the country, and the two rival associations have been in talks in the last few days to reach a consensus in the matter.The government has proposed to enlarge Hockey India’s executive committee to co-opt members of the IHF, as well as increasing the strength of their working committee for the same purpose.While Hockey India accepted the proposals readily, there was hesitation on IHF’s part as they felt that the suggestions were loaded in their rivals’ favour.HI general secretary Narinder Batra.”We have had a discussion with IHF in the past few days and another round of talks are lined up on Tuesday,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Sunday.”The issue of co-option was discussed by the ministry with both the bodies before making it public. We have accepted them. We don’t know why they raised objections.”You cannot say something in a closed room and something else outside. ( Former IHF president) KPS Gill and ( present chief) RK Shetty were part of Hockey India for our elections, but resigned later.” Hockey India’s executive committee met in Bhopal on Sunday and authorised Batra to take decisions in this regard.Hockey India have also included two associate members – Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Sashastra Seema Bal – under its wing.”More teams have applied for membership and we are looking into it,” Batra said.advertisementThe sponsorship deal with Sahara is also nearing expiry and the Hockey India secretary general said work was on to have a new deal in place soon.”Sahara have the first right of refusal, but we will have to look at our requirements also. If a better offer comes from somewhere else, we will definitely consider it,” he said.The Bhopal Senior Men’s Nationals are the first under the aegis of Hockey India, but the federation has plans to hold agegroup tournaments in months to come.”The junior nationals, for both men and women, are expected to be held in July with Ranchi as the likely venue.”The sub- juniors for men will be held in Hyderabad in September, while Pune will stage the corresponding event for women soon after,” Batra added.last_img read more

Boxing: Errol Spence Jr and Carlos Ocampo make welterweight limit

first_imgAdvertisementSpence comes into the fight as a warm favorite but knows he has to be sharp and on his game, as any slip up would derail what has been a memorable career so far. Spence doesn’t seem like the kind of fighter who needs to guard against overconfidence though.A humble, down to Earth man who is looking to dominate the landscape of 147lbs, which he has gone on record as saying multiple times.Both boxers made the weight at the first time of trying on Friday with Spence weighing in at 146.75lbs and Ocampos coming in at 146.5lbs. The fight will be shown live on Showtime tomorrow night and will mark the second defense of Spence’s title which he won originally from Kell Brook in Sheffield, England. It has been reported that tomorrow night is expected to be a sell out crowd for the fight in Frisco, Texas.Given the relatively low profile of Campos, that’s quite the achievement to be fair, showing just how popular Spence is becoming.https://twitter.com/budcrawford402/status/1007689838525665280As all boxers know, it is not a good idea to overlook your opponent. Therefore, expect Spence to be focused on defending his title and Ocampo to be ready to take it this Saturday! Advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Happy birthday MS Dhoni, Ronaldo humble after Portugal enter Euro final and more

first_imgMS Dhoni, India’s most adored captain, turns 35 todayIndia’s most successful captain and one of the greatest finishers in limited overs cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, turns a year older today.No changes to Africa tour plans but New Zealand monitoring ZimbabweNew Zealand’s cricket team will leave for their tour of Africa as scheduled next Monday despite unrest in Zimbabwe, though they will monitor the situation before deciding whether to continue into the country for two Tests.Portugal not just about me, says RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo equalled Frenchman Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in European Championship finals after scoring his team’s first in the 2-0 win over Wales.Wimbledon: How did Federer get out of that? UnbelievableRoger Federer, a seven-time champion from Switzerland, is 34 and still looking to make history at the All England Club by winning a record eighth title.Andy Murray etching his name among grasscourt greats After winning the Wimbledon quarter-final against Tsonga, Andy Murray became only the second active player to reach a century of grasscourt victories.last_img read more

Petron-F2 for the marbles

first_imgLATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Yulo wants new home for his family; Petecio will use bonus to renovate house The Philippine Superliga’s  heavyweight teams clash for a title for a record seventh time Thursday, with both Petron and F2 raring to end the season hoisting the championship trophy at the expense of the other.It’s going to be just one game—a one-miss-you-die affair— Invitational Cup title between the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers, who have lorded it over the past three years with their big-name stars and corporate backing.ADVERTISEMENT “We are feeling excited, we missed (winning) this (conference) before,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “It’s not easy getting into the finals.”The Blaze Spikers actually swept their way to the championship round, although their last two games saw an alarming trend where they bungled handling multiple match points in winning over Cignal and PLDT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut Delos Santos said they “will grab this opportunity and try our best to prepare for one day.”Petron has won six PSL conference titles but has yet to capture an Invitational crown. Of those championships, four were won at the expense of F2.center_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ View comments Preceding the match is the battle for third place between Cignal and Foton at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers That makes the 6 p.m. decider at Ynares Center in Pasig another interesting chapter in their storied rivalry.As usual, F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus played down their chances. He has won two championship matches over Delos Santos, the most recent was last year’s Invitational.“We are struggling with familiarity, especially with the setter and (Kalei) Mau,” said De Jesus. “So it’s the communication which will be the big factor. Although you can see that her (Mau’s) leadership is still there and she’s giving her 100 percent.’The match is also the last outing for the Japan-bound national team members who will leave Oct. 20 for training in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games.F2 Logistics has four members in Team Philippines, namely team captain Aby Marano, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Mau. On the other hand, Petron has Mika Reyes, Ces Molina and Rhea Dimaculangan.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Rangers Beat Back Sabres, 4-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BUFFALO, N.Y. — Antti Raanta made Henrik Lundqvist’s absence less of an issue on a night the New York Rangers were hardly at their best.Raanta stopped the final 24 shots he faced, and the Rangers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on March 8 after nearly squandering a 3-0 lead.“We didn’t play our best game,” said Mats Zuccarello, who had a goal and two assists. “I think we’re just happy to do what we had to do to win, and Raanta played good. So he’s good to have back there right now.”Making his third consecutive start since Lundqvist was sidelined by neck spasms, Raanta bounced back after allowing five goals on 31 shots in a 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday. And the Rangers didn’t make it easy for him against Buffalo.The Sabres scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the second period, and then put 19 shots on net in the third.“We got a 3-0 lead but then we took the leg off the gas and gave them momentum,” said Raanta, who improved to 8-5-2 this season, and 2-1 since Lundqvist was sidelined. “The third period was a good battle for everybody, and it was nice to come back after the Sunday game and take two points.”On an even brighter note, coach Alain Vigneault said Lundqvist has a chance to return by this weekend, and forward Rick Nash — who has missed 20 games with a bone bruise — might not be far behind after the two skated back home earlier in the day.J.T. Miller sealed the victory with a backhander into an empty net with a minute left. Derrick Brassard and Jesper Fast also scored for New York, which extended its winning streak over Buffalo to nine.The Rangers haven’t lost to the Sabres since a 3-1 decision on March 12, 2013. They improved to 13-2 in their past 15 meetings.Sam Reinhart and Johan Larsson scored for Buffalo. The Sabres were 2-0-2 in their previous four and blew a chance for their first five-game point streak since going 7-0-2 in March 2012.Buffalo was undone by defensive breakdowns and poor goaltending.Brassard opened the scoring with his 24th goal when Zuccarello set him up for a power-play breakaway 7:30 into the game.Sabres starter Robin Lehner was then pulled after giving up goals on consecutive shots 1:27 apart early in the second. Zuccarello beat Lehner from a bad angle by sneaking in a shot through the goalie’s pads. Fast took advantage of teammate Chris Kreider’s screen on Lehner, snapping a shot inside the left post to make it 3-0.Coach Dan Bylsma wasn’t pleased with Lehner giving up the bad-angle goal to Zuccarello, but added he yanked Lehner in favor of Chad Johnson in a bid to provide his team a spark. Captain Brian Gionta said the team got the message.“It was wake-up call for everybody. We all needed to be better,” Gionta said. “We showed a lot by sticking with it, but you give a good team a 3-0 lead and it’s going to be tough.”Johnson stopped all 11 shots he faced.The Rangers continued avoiding slumps. New York improved to 20-10-2 in its past 32, and hasn’t lost consecutive games since losing three straight from Dec. 17-20.“If I look at our process tonight, it wasn’t our best game,” Vigneault said. “But we did find a way to win.”(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more

ST: Sigfox software for STM32 MCUs boosts connectivity choices for IoT-device developers

first_img Continue Reading Previous Maxim: design innovation for industrial, healthcare, IoT and embedded security applicationsNext SECO: a sneak peek at products presented at embedded world STMicroelectronics has extended its STM32 software ecosystem with a Sigfox package that simplifies development and gives extra flexibility to connect Internet-of-Things devices to long-range, low-power wireless networks.The new X-CUBE-SFOX package is ready to use with ST’s B-L072Z-LRWAN1 Discovery Kit, which is already LoRa enabled through I-CUBE-LRWAN embedded software. Developers can now work with either of these established Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies on the same hardware, and create products that can use the two protocols individually or alternatively. The Discovery Kit features the Murata CMWX1ZZABZ-091 module powered by an STM32L072 microcontroller, a sub-GHz radio transceiver SX1276 from Semtech, and is expandable via Arduino headers to add sensors or other IoT-device functions and capabilities.X-CUBE-SFOX contains a complete set of Sigfox libraries and application examples for the STM32L0, and can be ported to other microcontrollers in the STM32 family. With over 700 STM32 variants, from ultra-low-power to high-performance lines, developers can leverage unrivaled flexibility to optimize the performance and features of IoT devices that take advantage of Sigfox services including basic connectivity, radio recognition, and GPS-free location. The software’s low memory footprint and efficient CPU utilization minimize demand for system resources, helping to lower bill-of-materials (BOM) costs and power consumption.The X-CUBE-SFOX software can be downloaded free of charge; the B-L072Z-LRWAN1 Discovery Kit is available now.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Zlatan sticking with LA Galaxy, AC Milan ‘evaluate’ Fabregas

first_imgMILAN, Dec 10 (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be leaving LA Galaxy to return to AC Milan, the Italian club’s sporting director Leonardo said on Sunday, although they are studying the possibility of signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.”Ibrahimovic will not return to Milan,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.”He gave his word to the LA Galaxy that he would renew his contract. We thought about his return and he thought about it too, but he’s keeping his word and will remain in MLS.”He always said from the start that if the LA Galaxy satisfied his conditions, then he would remain. They are doing that and he will stay there.”It would have been a marvellous story and a strong signal, but it will not be possible.” Ibrahimovic played for AC Milan from 2010 to 2012, winning a Serie A title with the club, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain and then Manchester United.The 37-year-old joined LA Galaxy this season and has a contract through the 2019 season with the Major League Soccer side.He was recently named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, defeating record England goalscorer Wayne Rooney among others for the award.Leonardo said Milan were “evaluating the conditions” to sign 31-year-old Spaniard Fabregas, a former Arsenal and Barcelona player.”Unfortunately, with the Financial Fair Play issue it has become a puzzle and a difficult one to work out.”The owners want to invest, but there are parameters to be respected.” Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta arrived in Milan on Sunday ahead of his 35 million euro ($40.4 million) signing and will have his medical on Monday.advertisement”He’ll be a reinforcement, is young and can certainly give us a hand,” added Leonardo of the 21-year-old Flamengo player. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

10 days agoRacing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid future

first_imgRacing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid futureby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacing Santander goalkeeper Luca Zidane says he’s not obsessing over his future with Real Madrid.Zidane is on a season-long loan with the Segunda Division outfit.”We’ll see what happens in a few years,” Zidane said.”I understand that it’s normal to ask me about Real Madrid, but I’m not there.”I see the team in a good state and although the results haven’t been great in the Champions League I trust the squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Meet Up Mondays: Todd Snyder

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know In the race to be the next great American designer, few have been more closely watched by retailers and editors than Todd Snyder. A native of Iowa, Snyder learned how to cut and sew classic menswear at the Des Moines haberdashery Badowers. He later went to Polo Ralph Lauren to hone his hand at outerwear and then Gap where he was the director of menswear. By most accounts, though, Snyder is most fondly remembered at J.Crew for energizing its men’s offerings, introducing formalwear and paving the path for exclusive multi-branded collaborations with the likes of Timex, Red Wing, Alden and Thomas Mason, thereby setting off a menswear retail renaissance. In turn, when Snyder finally launched his own namesake collection in the Fall of 2011, retailers from Bergdorf Goodman to Neiman Marcus didn’t hesitate in the least to stock their shelves with Snyder’s cool, understated and luxurious menswear. Today, the CFDA Swarovski Award nominee, GQ Best New Menswear Designer and 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist remains one of the hottest tickets at New York Fashion Week and continues to expand his brand with savvy collaborations such as last year’s match-up with Champion that culminated in the opening of Snyder’s first store called City Gym. We checked in recently with the designer en route to Italy to learn more about his newest outpost in Tokyo and vision for the brand.Congrats on the new store in Japan! You went big and opened a three-story shop! Tell us what are some of your favorite details of the store and is “big” something we can expect of the New York outpost when it eventually opens?We originally started out looking for 2-3 small shops in Japan to open concept stores, based around the Todd Snyder brand including a tailor shop, shoe cobbler and the Todd Snyder + Champion collaboration. We stumbled upon this three-story building that had the perfect layout and we could include all of our concept shop ideas under one roof. It’s located in Shibuya on a major street right next door to Paul Smith and with the North Face concept store one block away. The store is amazing and I put everything I love into it. I even added a whiskey bar next to the tailor shop on the third floor. I wanted it to feel like a small boutique department store for men. The vibe is a mix of a New York Gramercy townhouse and Jermyn Street in London. We have over 100 styles of shoes ranging from Alden, Trickers, Grenson, Crocket & Jones and Sanders. My favorite part is the staff and the full-time tailor. They know more about me and the brands that we carry than I do. The next store will be in New York, but I don’t think it will be as big as the Tokyo store unless we find the right place.Todd Snyder the brand is definitely having a moment. Do you feel like you’ve “arrived” then or is a designer’s work never done?I don’t think I have arrived, but I have had some good fortune this year. I have a great team and they keep me moving forward. It’s important to evolve each year for our customer. Menswear is having its own moment too. What are your thoughts on the industry now?I think we are in a menswear renaissance of sorts. I feel there is a creative energy around apparel, food, art, music and design right now and men are getting into it. I am shocked at how many 25-year-olds are into Alden shoes and Manhattan cocktails—that’s what my dad wore back in the day. It’s great to see guys getting into wearing ties and suits.What do you think the next revolution might be in menswear then?I think tailoring is the next. I think guys want to look cleaner and more refined.You’ve authored quite a number of successful collaborations from your days at J.Crew to Champion. When do you know if a collaboration is going to work?I know a collaboration will work if it’s the right iconic brand that every man should be wearing. Champion is iconic for athletic apparel and it made sense to bring attention to the item they invented: the sweatshirt. Red Wing was the iconic work boot, so we dug into their archives to bring back the old designs.Who’d be a dream company to collaborate with and why?I have a few things in the works that will be announced in a few months. I would love to do furniture with DWR. I love Eames chairs.Who are some of your greatest mentors in life and in business?My mother and father are and were the best. My mother is an artist and my father was an engineer. They encouraged me to get into design. I started in architecture and finished in fashion design. They taught to me work hard and be nice. It’s the best advice ever. I have also been fortunate to work for the best in design and business, Ralph Lauren and Mickey Drexler. Mickey and I still talk regularly. He’s been the best mentor anyone could ask for.What’s the one maxim you live by?The harder you work, the luckier you get.Where do you see yourself five years from now?Hopefully I will have a store in New York and one in London. That’s the dream.Todd’s portrait by Peter Lindbergh. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable last_img read more

Indias 2nd largest singlesite oil refinery in Jamnagar gets CISF security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: An armed contingent of over 100 CISF commandos has taken over counter-terror security duties at the country’s second largest single-site oil refinery in Gujarat’s coastal district of Jamnagar. The refinery in the Vadinagar area is owned Nayara Energy Ltd (formerly Essar Oil). This is the tenth installation in the private sector of the country to get an armed cover of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary under the Union home ministry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The location of the refinery is strategic considering the high value of investment in the region and proximity to the busiest sea route. “In the light of the threat perception, security of the installation is of utmost importance as this vital installation is contributing to national economy,” CISF spokesperson and Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh said. A squad of over 100 armed commandos, led by an Assistant Commandant-rank officer of the force, has taken over the charge of security on Tuesday, he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNayara Energy Limited, the CISF said, is a private oil company based in Mumbai that encompasses refining, marketing, production and a network of over 5,000 retail fuel outlets in India. The group, on its website said, its facility in Vadinagar in Jamnagar is the second largest single-site refinery of the country. The largest such refinery of Reliance in Jamnagar is also guarded by the CISF. The facility is strategically located on the west coast of India, providing proximity to Middle East and Africa and also facilitate access to high consumption domestic as well as export market, the business group stated in its profile. CISF commandos will provide round-the-clock security in a quick response team (QRT) pattern as part of which they keep vigil from vantage positions using sophisticated assault weapons and use vehicles for swift movement. Regular entry and exit in the facility will be executed by private guards under the overall supervision of CISF personnel and the force will ensure any terror threat is kept at bay and thwarted, a senior official said. The ‘client’ or the contracting company pays for such a CISF security cover, he added. Officials said this is the tenth private sector deployment of the CISF in the country. The force was tasked to extend its armed security cover, exclusively from the existing government sector deployment, to private installations after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which Pakistan-based terrorists targeted five-star hotels and other locations killing over 166 people. The other nine private sector units being guarded by the CISF are: Electronics City in Bengaluru and Infosys campuses in Bengaluru, Mysore and Pune, Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd project executed by the Tata group in Mundra, Tata Steel project based in Odisha’s Kalinganagar, Yoga exponent Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited in Haridwar and the Navi Mumbai-based Reliance Corporate IT Park.last_img read more

UNESCO chief deplores death of French photojournalist in Tunisia

19 January 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the death of a French photojournalist who lost his life on Monday following injuries he sustained while covering demonstrations in Tunisia. “The death of Lucas Mebrouk Dolega is a tragic reminder of the difficult and dangerous situations in which media professionals must often work,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement.Tunisia’s president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, fled the country last week amid growing protests and violence by protesters reportedly angered by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. On Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced renewed concern at the growing violence in Tunisia, and urged that all efforts be taken to restore peace and stability.“Journalists stand as witnesses to the events and actions that shape our lives and societies,” Ms. Bokova said in her statement. “Their work contributes to the development of transparent and accountable decision-making, which is one of the conditions demanded by today’s citizens.”Ms. Bokova added that national authorities everywhere have a responsibility to ensure that the media works in secure conditions, and called for efforts to shed light on the circumstances of Mr. Dolega’s death. Mr. Dolega, 32, was a photographer with the European Press Agency. He reportedly succumbed to injuries sustained when he was hit by a tear gas canister while covering demonstrations in Tunis on 14 January. read more

UN Security Council working on lasting solution to violence in Lebanon

“What is important for the Council is to work on a contribution for a sustainable solution,” Ambassador de la Sablière told reporters following closed consultations of the 15-member body that included briefings by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jane Holl Lute.The Council President stressed that work towards such a lasting solution was much more important than any resolution, press statement or other declaration that could be produced quickly.He explained that, while the Security Council was not “orienting” the Secretariat team, which was operating under the auspices of the good offices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, it was in constant communication with them and was very actively seized with the crisis.“There have been many thoughts and discussions going on and we have to take stock of all these ideas and work on a contribution of the Council towards a sustainable solution,” Ambassador de la Sablière replied to a question about a proposed multi-national force and other possible long-term measures.Also addressing reporters after the meeting, Under-Secretary-General Gambari said he told the Council that the situation had deteriorated to the point of “open war.” He gave an overview of diplomatic developments in the crisis and reiterated Mr. Annan’s call for a cessation of hostilities, stressing the toll the attacks from both sides were taking on civilians.“I made it clear,” he said of his briefing to the Council, “that the deliberate and indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas in northern Israel by Hizbollah, including Haifa, is unacceptable and must be stopped. At the same time, Israel’s targeting of civilian infrastructure must be ended.” read more

Michigan Delegation Presses Case for National Guard to Host Cyber Mission

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Michigan’s congressional delegation is lobbying top defense officials to locate a cyber operations squadron at the 110th Attack Wing at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.The lawmakers cite multiple reasons for the unit to host the squadron including the base’s existing cyber missions, a factor which would save the Air National Guard $2.2 million because much of the needed infrastructure already is in place.They also point to the state’s skilled workforce and universities as assets that would help fill positions created by a new cyber operations squadron. “Michigan has a network of highly skilled IT professionals, qualified DOD personnel, as well as public and private cyber security specialists. We also have 22 colleges and universities that offer degrees in cyber security, including five colleges that have earned NSA Centers of Excellence designations,” according to the delegation’s letter to the heads of DOD, the Air Force, the National Guard Bureau and the Air National Guard.In a separate letter, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) echoes many of the lawmakers’ arguments. Snyder adds that the Michigan Air National Guard has borne a disproportionate amount of past cuts in manpower for the Air National Guard, amounting to 37 percent of Air National Guard reductions since fiscal 2012.  last_img read more

Magnitude 49 aftershock rattles Southcentral

first_img(Screenshot of Alaska Earthquake Center website)A magnitude 4.9 aftershock struck near Anchorage at 5:21 a.m on Thursday — the largest since December 1st. The Alaska Earthquake Center placed the epicenter eight miles northwest of the state’s largest city.The center says the aftershock was one of over 6,000 since the magnitude 7.0 quake on Nov. 30.Natalia Ruppert is a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center. She says a general rule of thumb is that the largest aftershock would be an order of magnitude smaller than the mainshock — the earthquake that caused it — meaning the largest aftershock from the Nov. 30 quake would be a magnitude 6.0.“We haven’t seen it yet. We’ve seen a couple of magnitude 5… 5.2, 5.3, I believe. A bunch of magnitude 4,” Ruppert said. “So this is not unusual; the magnitude 4.9 aftershock is not unusual for a magnitude 7 mainshock.”There have been about 40 aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 since the mainshock. Ruppert says the earthquake center doesn’t anticipate a quake as big as the magnitude 7.0 quake to happen as the area returns to the background level of seismicity. She also says as time goes on, the number and strength of the aftershocks will decrease.“The background level before November 30th in this specific region was maybe ten earthquakes per day,” Ruppert said. “Right now, we’re recording ten earthquakes per hour, at least ten. So it’s still way above the background level.”She says it’s expected to take over a year for the area to return to normal, but aftershocks that people can feel should taper off in a few months.This aftershock happened during the partial federal government shutdown that started last Friday. The US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes, is on furlough during the shutdown. Ruppert says that due to public safety protocol, the USGS is still monitoring earthquakes, but at a reduced capacity.“So they are not able to do maybe any in-depth follow up. I don’t think they will do it,” Ruppert said. “But they are still recording earthquakes and reporting earthquakes. And their website is working.”As of today, there have been just over 51,000 earthquakes in Alaska this year — a record high since the Earthquake Center began recording quakes. A little under 60 have been larger than magnitude 5.last_img read more

Breaking MS Dhoni denied permission to wear Balidaan badge by ICC despite

first_imgAfter intense debates and deliberations and a lot of speculations, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally delivered its verdict and MS Dhoni will not be able to sport the ‘Balidaan’ Indian Army insignia on his gloves during international cricket matches. The ICC has rebuffed BCCI’s request to allow the the veteran cricketer to wear wicketkeeping gloves which sport the dagger symbol.In it’s response, ICC explained that the former Indian captain had breached two clauses of the clothing and equipment regulations: one relating to display of “personal messages” and the other concerning the logo on his gloves.This latest update was followed by a statement by Vinod Rai, chairman of the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators, in which he said that the BCCI will not escalate this matter as the ICC had insisted on following the regulations even though the Indian board requested some “flexibility” on the matter.  MS Dhoni wearing the glove containing the ‘Balidaan Badge’IANSDuring the CoA meeting which took place in Mumbai on Friday, one of the members did inform that approval had been sought so that the former Indian captain can continue to wear the gloves with the Army insignia. “Yes, we are aware of the issue with Dhoni’s badge. But this is not a political or religious sentiment and we have requested the ICC to grant permission to Dhoni to sport the badge on his gloves,” the COA member said.The ICC statementThe ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves.”Balidaan” is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which is a part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidaan” inscribed in Devanagari. This can only be used by the Paramilitary Commandos.last_img read more

Attempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport

first_img File this under “Unexpected items found in airline passengers’ luggage”: Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities this weekend announced the discovery of mummy remains hidden inside speakers at the Cairo International Airport.An X-ray scan tipped customs authorities off to a “foreign object” inside a Belgium-bound package.All related parcels were seized for inspection by a specialized archaeological committee.AdChoices广告Inside the body of a loudspeaker, airport security found six parts of two skeletons—including pieces of two feet, two legs, one hand, one arm, and a torso—with the remains of mummification and resin.Remains belong to two mummies, and consist of six parts: two feet, two legs, the lower part of a left hand, one arm, and part of the torso (via Egypt Ministry of Antiquities)The confiscated components were taken to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo for further inspection and restoration.There is no word on who the smuggler is, or what their punishment will be. But the Arab Republic takes the trafficking of antiquities very seriously, handing out prison terms “with hard labor” and a hefty fine of 5,000 to 50,000 Egyptian pounds.“All archaeological material, ancient art, and artifacts of any kind that are discovered or found within the Republic of Egypt is regulated cultural property,” according to the 1983 Egyptian Law on the Protection of Antiquities.Customs authorities suspected a foreign object inside one of the speakers in a parcel being shipped to Belgium (via Egypt Ministry of Antiquities)For a land so steeped in history, it’s no surprise, really, that ancient remains are often stolen from the country.Just this month, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art returned the gilded Coffin of Nedjemankh to the Egyptian government after learning it was looted in 2011.Led to believe the coffin was exported from Egypt in 1971, the Met purchased it two years ago as the centerpiece of the exhibition Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin.The museum only recently learned it had been duped, and that the relic was in fact stolen from Egypt in 2011.One of 70 works from the collection (seen by more than 448,000 visitors), the coffin has been taken off view and sent back to Egypt.More on Geek.com:3,000-Year-Old Tomb of Egypt’s King Tut Finally Restored After a Decade of WorkEight Ancient Painted Mummies Discovered in EgyptAncient Sarcophagus Contains Cosmetics, Mirror Mummified Mice and Falcons Found in Newly Discovered Egyptian TombMummified Cats, Beetles Discovered in Ancient Egyptian Tombs Stay on targetlast_img read more

Protecting Your Computer Part 2 Firewalls

first_imgby Philip Dunn [ Part 1 ]While rather new to computing in comparison to antivirus programs, in today’s Internet connected world firewalls are actually more important. A firewall is a barrier between your computer and the outside world – be it other computers on a network or the Internet.To communicate with other computers, your software is equipped with thousands of virtual ports. These ports or communications channels allow different programs to communicate with each other. Each program looks for a response on a specific port. For example, port 80 is used by your web browser “see” pages on the Internet. Popular chat programs often use port 1214. Some file sharing programs use port 6385. Each program is different and some are configurable as to which port they use.Understanding these ports exist is more important than knowing which one each program uses, however. Unfirewalled ports are constantly listening for attempts at communications from other computers.Hackers know this and often scan the Internet for computers with listening ports. Once found, they initiate communications and quickly – a matter of milliseconds – gain full access to your computer. This process is completely automated and hackers can scan thousands of computers in less than an hour.Once connected, they can do virtually anything you can – read files, install programs – mostly viruses and worms – and even monitor your keystrokes. Keystroke monitoring is dangerous because it allows them to capture your passwords and credit card numbers. Worms are used to infect other computers.The best defense against this is to block access to these ports. When a hacker scans a firewalled computer, he gets no useful information to carry out an attack. The ports are closed.In response to this defense, hackers have devised clever programs that you must install to get around the firewall. This leads us to the firewalls second role: blocking outgoing communications from your computer.When you install any new program that tries to access the outside world, the firewall will inform you of this activity and ask you what you want to do: allow or deny access.Programs can receive for two types of access: client – outgoing communications only and server – two-way communications. Programs that need to register themselves via Internet often ask for client permission. Chat and file sharing software need server access to work properly. 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. Google launches review after leak of audio conversations Citation: Protecting Your Computer: Part 2 – Firewalls (2006, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-01-firewalls.html Explore further Be very careful about giving server access to any program. This access can allow the software to modify your system, see files on your hard drive and install software. If you’re not sure, deny access to the program. If the program continues to work properly, it does not need internet access. Programs that fail to work require that you adjust the firewall to allow access. Some firewalls, like Norton Internet Security, scan your computer during the install process and give the appropriate permissions automatically. If not, try to discover what privileges the program needs. Does it need to access the Internet? Is two-way communications required? Give the lowest possible permission to allow it to function – you can always adjust it later if needed.One good way to find out what a program is doing is to Google it. If it’s a virus, somebody has discovered it already.Firewalls can be chatty at times, constantly warning you of outside attacks. These messages can be turned off or ignored. Rest assured its doing its job. Most messages are generated by harmless routers and web servers.Remember that firewalls protect you from all other connected computers, not just ones on the Internet. This can cause headaches when connecting your computer to a local area network at you home or office. Good firewalls, like Zone Alarm, normally detect the new networks and ask for permission for access. If you wish to allow print and file sharing, give server permission, if not, give client permission – enough for web browsing, for example.If you are on an organized network at work, you may be protected by a proxy server with a hardware firewall and a proxy server – ask your network administrator.Don’t even think about connecting your computer to the Internet until you are sure a firewall is installed at some point between you and the Internet.Firewalls, like antivirus programs, need to be kept up to date. They normally do this in the background automatically. Still, it’s a good idea to check them and make sure they are loading at startup and updating automatically. Windows XP version 2 has a built-in firewall that, although not the best, is enough to protect you from most common attacks.Experts recommend more. Get a dedicated firewall like Zone Alarm (free at www.zonelabs.com) or Norton Internet Security (www.symantec.com) – which also includes its famous antivirus program.[ Protecting your Computer: Part 3 – AntiVirus ][/Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Scientists watch evolution in action

first_img More information: James Stewart, et al. Journal of Morphology, DOI:10.1002/jmor.10877 © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The yellow-bellied three-toed skink (Saiphos equalis) is one of only three reptiles known to have different methods of reproduction in different places. In the coastal areas of New South Wales (NSW), near Sydney, Australia, the skink lays eggs, while in the northern highlands of NSW, it tends to favor giving birth to live young. Scientists say we are witnessing evolution in action, with the skink half-way in its transformation from an egg-layer to a bearer of live young. Explore further A three-toed skink. Credit: Australian Traveller The skink resembles a small snake, but with miniature legs. It reaches a length of about 18 cm, and is mostly nocturnal, feeding on insects. Biologist James Stewart, of East Tennessee State University, and colleagues in the US and Australia have been studying the skink and have found ‘intermediate’ skinks that retain their eggs internally longer than others. It appears the live-bearers evolved from these.The scientists have also discovered that as they retain their young internally for longer, the thickness of the eggshell is reduced until, for those bearing live young, the shell is merely a thick membrane. Having a thinner shell enables the mother to keep the embryo well fed while the egg is inside her body, but there is less calcium available for the embryo. Stewart and the team found that the uterus in the egg-layers secreted calcium that became incorporated into the embryo. “It’s basically the early stages of the evolution of a placenta in reptiles,” Stewart said.Giving birth to live young is an advantage in colder areas, such as the northern highlands of NSW, since the embryo develops for longer within a warm body. The negative side is that keeping the fetus in the uterus is more physically demanding on the mother. In warmer areas such as coastal regions of NSW, eggs have a better chance of surviving the climate, but the negative is a greater vulnerability to attack from predators.Live birth is known to have evolved 132 times among animals with a backbone, 98 of these in reptiles, which Stewart said suggests that while it seems a complex transition, “it’s looking like it might be much simpler in some cases than we thought.” Two other species of reptiles are known to use both types of reproduction: a European lizard and another species of skink.Stewart’s paper is published in the Journal of Morphology.• PhysOrg.com iPhone / iPad Apps• PhysOrg.com Audio Podcasts / iTunes• PhysOrg.com Android apps (new version available)• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! Lizard reveals cancer secrets Citation: Scientists watch evolution in action (2010, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-scientists-evolution-action.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.last_img read more

Linux gamers rejoice Wine 40 is here

first_imgLinux gamers rejoice: Wine 4.0 is here by Martin Brinkmann on January 23, 2019 in Linux – 58 commentsGaming on Linux picked up some pace in recent years in large parts thanks to Valve Software’s investment in growing gaming on Linux.Mike listed some AAA games on Linux that Steam users could run back in mid-2018; Steam improved Windows games support significantly in the same year on Linux, by introducing a modified version of Wine that Valve Software called Proton.The team behind Wine released a new major version of the software that adds support for many Windows games and applications on non-Windows systems such as those running Linux or Mac OS.Wine 4.0 includes more than 6000 individual changes according to the release announcement; since it is a major version, it introduces support for new features such as Vulkan, Direct3D 12, better Direct3D 10 and 11 support, and a lot more.The Wine 4.0 source is already available; binary packages are being built and will be offered soon on the project’s download page and various Linux distributions.Tip: if you don’t know if Wine supports a particular application or game, check out the Application Database on the Wine website. You find more than 26,000 applications and games listed in the database. It reveals how well various versions run. Note that games or apps that are not listed in the database may still run.Interested users find the release notes here. Check out the short list of important changes below:Initial support for Direct3D 12 (requires a Vulkan-capable video card).Implementation of Direct3D 10 and 11 features such as multi-sample textures and views, depth bias clamping, or support for 1D textures.Direct3D 11 and Direct2D interface updates.Support for more graphics card in the Direct3D graphics cards database.Implementation of a complete Vulkan driver using host Vulkan libraries under X11 and MoltenVK on Mac OS.PNG format icons in 256×256 are supported.Dos binaries can’t be run under Wine anymore. If the user wants to execute DOS binaries, a DOSBox instance is launched.Infrastructure for setting DPI awareness is integrated.File dialog improvements.Support for HID game controllers in the XInput and Raw Input APIs.Windows Media Player interfaces implemented.Internationalization improvements.Users who used Wine before will be able to upgrade to the new version when it comes out. Windows users who consider making the switch to Linux, e.g. when Windows 7 support runs out in January 2020, may also want to check out Wine as they may be able to run their favorite Windows programs and games on Linux machines.Now You: Have you tried Wine? What’s your take?SummaryArticle NameLinux gamers rejoice: Wine 4.0 is hereDescriptionThe team behind Wine released Wine 4.0 that imrpoves support for running Windows games and applications on non-Windows systems.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more