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Italy Offers Ranieri Coach’s Job

first_imgROME — Claudio Ranieri has an open invitation to coach the Italian national team. Just don’t expect him to take up the role for the next World Cup.With Ranieri in Rome on May 9 to accept the Enzo Bearzot award for best Italian coach of the season, soccer federation President Carlo Tavecchio said he would like to see Ranieri guide the Azzurri to a World Cup title.“I’m talking in an abstract manner, not about the next World Cups. Claudio is young and he has time,” Tavecchio said. “In his second sports homeland he still has a lot to achieve. And I don’t think it would be easy to deprive him of that opportunity.”After a long career without any major titles, the 64-year-old Ranieri coached unsung Leicester to the Premier League title this season. He intends to stay and coach Leicester in the Champions League next season.“Of all the titles won by Italians, Claudio’s achievement is something unparalleled,” Tavecchio said.Tavecchio is looking for a replacement for Italy coach Antonio Conte, who is leaving after the European Championship for Chelsea.“Antonio is doing a great job,” Ranieri said. “I’m upset he’s leaving the national team but I’m pleased he’s coming to join me in England.”Before signing with Leicester, Ranieri had an embarrassingly short reign as the coach of Greece, and was fired following a loss at home to the Faeroe Islands.Hundreds of local schoolchildren attended the ceremony at the Italian Olympic Committee’s headquarters, in a room dominated by a huge mural of Benito Mussolini.“My message to the kids is to always believe in yourself,” Ranieri said. “As a player I was cut twice by Roma before Helenio Herrera took me in. I had a decent career and then I decided to do something I never thought I would: become a coach. One day I woke up and said, ‘Why not?’“I’m still learning. I’m still the same coach who was fired by Greece,” Ranieri added. “After that I went on a tour of Europe to see how other coaches operate. Don’t think of sports as an avenue to make money. Think of it for its social values.”The award was founded in 2011 to honor Bearzot, the 1982 World Cup-winning coach who died in 2010. “I never met Bearzot but I’ve been told by people that they see his spirit in me and that fills me with pride,” Ranieri said.Previous winners were Cesare Prandelli (2011), Walter Mazzarri (2012), Vincenzo Montella (2013), Carlo Ancelotti (2014) and Massimiliano Allegri (2015).A jury including Tavecchio and the directors of Italian sports media outlets selected the winner last month — several weeks before Leicester clinched.“Honestly, I still haven’t realized what we’ve accomplished,” Ranieri said of Leicester’s triumph. “We started off just trying to avoid relegation and you saw what happened.“It’s not easy to win the title in England but I won my first title (Serie C1 in 1989) with Cagliari and I haven’t forgotten that,” added Ranieri, who was born and raised in Rome.Also attending the ceremony was Dino Zoff, Italy’s 1982 World Cup-winning captain. “Bearzot really cared about behavior so considering the way Ranieri carries himself he really deserves this award,” Zoff said.Former Ferrari President and Rome Olympic bid leader Luca Cordero di Montezemolo sat next to Ranieri, who is known for driving a black Ferrari.“He’s been a Ferrari fan and client for many, many years. So that’s the most important thing,” Montezmolo said jokingly.Montezemolo then invited Ranieri to become an ambassador for Rome’s 2024 bid “for three reasons: “He was born in Rome, he’s a great sportsman and third, he is a great example of a winning Italian.”(ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Readers’ choice: The top 10 articles of 2018

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Design Methods, IoT “uyffk” 1 thought on “Readers’ choice: The top 10 articles of 2018” Joana says: As we typically do at year’s end, we recall the most-read articles of the year. 2018’s list reflects the industry’s continued interest in security and growing fascination with artificial intelligence, but demonstrates how core topics such as RTOS features and embedded design lead the way. So here are the top 10 articles as determined by readership. If one of your favs is missing, tells us in the comments below.Event flag groups: utility services and data structuresColin continues his RTOS Revealed series with more on event flag groups and their use in an RTOS.Flash 101: NAND flash vs NOR flashEmbedded system designers must take into account many considerations when selecting a Flash memory for their systems. This article series discusses these considerations, beginning in this article with the differences between NOR Flash and NAND Flash.Applying machine learning in embedded systemsMachine learning has evolved to become a practical engineering method if approached with a suitable appreciation of its associated requirements and current limitations — and it’s more accessible than you might think.A peek inside amazon FreeRTOSAmazon FreeRTOS simplifies cloud integration but the documentation doesn’t provide a clear picture on what is going on. In this post, we take a peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS to see what we can expect from this Amazon Web Services offering.You think your software works? prove it!Formal methods have been quietly moving from the research lab into mainstream software development, especially in high-assurance systems. Using these methods isn’t an “all or nothing” choice: Developers can use them at various levels, introduce them incrementally into an existing project, and combine them with code written in languages such as C or C++.The hacker’s nightmare cipherHere’s a devilish lightweight encryption method for “hex” coded programs that almost makes us feel sorry for the hacker.A fresh look at embedding a web serverAs an embedded engineer, chances are that you have already worked on an embedded web server and have an understanding of the HTTP protocol or even AJAX and REST protocols. Still, traditional methods for transferring data between the browser and device may not be the best option.How embedded projects run into trouble: jack’s top ten – number tenDavid Letterman had his top ten list that he ran through each night. I, too, have a top ten list, but it is a compendium of how embedded projects go wrong. I’ll tease you, gentle readers, by going through it one item per week.Achieving memory safety without compromiseA new generation of safe programming languages is leaving garbage collectors and runtimes behind, delivering memory safety and control.Machines can see, hear and analyze thanks to embedded neural networksThe emergence of specialized processors and software opens up the possibility of developing embedded systems that are AI capable and moving more of the power of AI from the cloud to edge. Continue Reading Previous ROHM: ultra-compact contactless current sensor featuring minimum power lossNext CAT scans show lithium-ion battery thermal runaway Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply January 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm last_img read more

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DMCA, NTA Discuss Improvement of Marine Inspection Services

first_imgzoom The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has held a joint meeting with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to reveal a new initiative aimed at enhancing existing services provided to ship-owners in Dubai.The meeting, which was held at the DMCA headquarters in the presence of owners of commercial vessels and their representatives, discussed current challenges and the best ways to improve marine inspection services.The forum shed light on marine inspection strategies that focus on matching the highest standards of maritime and navigational safety and operational efficiency of crafts across the Dubai coastline. Such strategies implement best practices and ensure coordination between industry-related government authorities and entities in Dubai and the UAE.DMCA and NTA officials emphasized the importance of strengthening their joint cooperation in order to promote investment opportunities in the maritime sector and to provide the best services that meet the aspirations and needs of Dubai’s maritime sector stakeholders.Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “We are highly committed to promoting cooperation with our strategic partners from government and stakeholders of the Dubai maritime sector. Together, we can achieve our shared aspirations of boosting Dubai’s competitiveness at the regional and international levels and positioning Dubai among the world’s leading developed maritime centers.”“We intend to meet all the needs of owners of commercial vessels who are playing a vital role in the growth of Dubai’s economic landscape. We will also work closely to launch joint initiatives that embody the ambitious vision of enhancing the investment environment in order to attract maritime leaders from all over the world and uplift Dubai’s status as a world-class maritime hub,” concluded Ali.Press Release, June 24, 2014last_img read more

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Office of Gaelic Affairs Celebrates Official Opening

first_imgMinister of Gaelic Affairs Angus MacIsaac officially opened the Office of Gaelic Affairs at a reception today, Nov. 2, in Antigonish. Addressing more than 200 guests, Mr. MacIsaac said Gaelic is enjoying a revival in Nova Scotia with more interest being shown in the language and culture than at any other time. “The Office of Gaelic Affairs is successfully building on the important work of organizations such as the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia and many years of grassroot community efforts to preserve and develop this language, which is customary to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Over the past year, more people across the province have been exposed to Gaelic and have participated in cultural and language learning opportunities.” CEO of the Office of Gaelic Affairs Lewis MacKinnon said through partnerships and co-operation with government departments and community groups, the province has developed English-Gaelic boundary signs, Gaelic promotional materials and an interactive website, and announced $200,000 towards Gaelic programs in schools. “We work closely with the Gaelic community throughout the province on the direction Gaelic language development should take,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “The next step is developing a Gaelic-language plan for the province.” Mr. MacKinnon said Nova Scotia also continues to strengthen its partnerships with Gaelic communities in Ireland and Scotland. Established by the province in December 2006, the Office of Gaelic Affairs’ mandate is to develop greater awareness and appreciation for Gaelic language and culture, consult with communities on ongoing community-based Gaelic language programs, and develop a Gaelic-language plan and policy directions for the province. More information is available at www.gov.ns.ca/oga .last_img read more

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IT dept running amok to meet Indias revenue shortfall Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at the Modi government, alleging that the Income Tax Department is “running amok” in a bid to meet India’s revenue shortfall. “The FM (Nirmala Sitharaman) said in her budget speech that an elephant should take just 2 pounds of rice & not trample the entire paddy field,” Gandhi said in a tweet. “Meanwhile, the IT dept elephant is running amok in a bid to meet India’s revenue shortfall,” he said. Gandhi also shared media reports alleging that “tax terrorism” was hurting India’s growth.last_img read more

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National centre increased police powers to tackle murdered missing women cases

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–The federal government announced Friday it was launching a “multi-pronged” approach to combat violence against Aboriginal women.Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose said the government was putting $10 million over two years toward the creation of a national centre for missing persons and other pilot projects, along with introducing amendments to the Criminal Code to make the investigation of missing and murdered women cases easier for police.“As minister of status of women I am very concerned with the pattern of violence against Aboriginal women and the impact it has on families who suffer as a result,” said Ambrose.Ambrose said she found the “nearly 600 cases” of murdered and missing women “and the details of each” to be “distressing and shocking.”Ambrose also said that Aboriginal women faced more violence and death than non-Aboriginal women in Canada. She said Aboriginal women were also more likely to face domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women.The federal government had set aside $10 million toward developing a national strategy to deal with murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases in the last federal budget.Ambrose said the funding would go toward the creation of a national police support centre for missing persons which would provide coordination and specialized support on missing persons cases.Ambrose also said the existing police database that contains missing persons information would be enhanced to include additional data.A new website will also be created where people can provide tips on missing persons cases.Ambrose said the government would also be introducing amendments to the Criminal Code to allow police to obtain multiple warrants for a criminal investigation on a single application to a judge.Ambrose said funding would also go toward improving “culturally appropriate” victim services, enhancing community safety plans along with school and community-based pilot projects “to help break the intergenerational cycles” of violence and abuse.“This is an important day in the safety of women, particularly the safety and security of Aboriginal women,” said Ambrose.last_img read more

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Toronto police accused of racial profiling assaulting homeless First Nations

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsGabriel Jacobs spends most of his day bumming for change downtown Toronto on Yonge St.He hopes to get enough to buy a bottle of sherry.It was while he was panhandling during the 2010 G20 summit he was arrested trying to pick up a cigarette butt.Police said they thought the paraplegic was trying to pop a tire.“They put me in that cage which is not that big for 30 hours. They took my wheelchair. I had to lay there on the floor, shit and piss on myself, because they wouldn’t give me my wheelchair, they wouldn’t give me my medication,” recalled Jacobs recently in an interview with APTN National News.Jacobs is Ojibway from northern Ontario.He was later released without charge.After he filed a human rights complaint, Toronto police came to a financial settlement with him.The amount is confidential.While in jail he tried to reach one person.Doug Johnson Hatlem is a former street pastor in Toronto who said what happened to Jacobs isn’t uncommon.Especially to First Nations people.“I was just walking through (a park) one time following an officer who had just ticketed two First Nations people in a row and had walked right by similarly situated white people sitting down on a bench drinking and all he ticketed were people who were First Nation,” said Johnston Hatlem. “I called him out on it and I said ‘what is this Ticket-A-Native-Day?’They argued for a bit.“Finally he said to me well you know who you need to lobby is Queen’s Park and get these people more beer money I can’t do anything about this,” said Hatlem who for seven years worked at Sanctuary, a homeless day shelter in Toronto.But Hatlem said he’s noticed more than just discriminant ticketing.He claimed he’s tallied dozens of assaults on homeless people by police over the last seven years.He said the majority of them are First Nations.APTN spoke to nearly a dozen First Nations men who call the streets home.All said the Toronto police have a bad reputation.For being bullies.And racist.“Some are known to hit. Some are known to spit, kick, punch. Some are known to just throw you in the back of the car and arrest you for stuff you didn’t do,” said Peter Burrill, a homeless First Nations man.“They really like to pick on Native people here in the city,” said Greg “Iggy” Spoon. “If they can get away with it, give you a shot in the head, they will give you a shot in the head.”Johnson Hatlem encourages everyone who is harassed by police to file a complaint.He said not everyone receives a settlement like Gabriel Jacobs.In fact, many complaints don’t go anywhere.“Over time the system responded to wide spread complaints that the complaints system was ineffective by coming up with the new system called the Office of the Independent Police Review Director,” he said. “Now it’s supposedly independent but you send a case to them and nine-and-half-times out of 10 it goes right back to the same division where filed the complaint against.”Inside the offices of the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto social workers and lawyers workers hear a lot of these stories.The ALST is a not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.“As a lawyer I don’t expect every case that walks in the door with someone alleging misconduct is necessarily going to support that finding after an investigation, but what I find troubling is that none of them do,” said Emily Hill of ALST.The complaints range from racial profiling to assaults committed by police.“We hear concerns of racial profiling and being stopped on the street and questioned repeatedly for no reason,” said Hill. “We hear those concerns. Then we hear the concerns of excessive force and of violence and assaults.”Some say the assaults and insults just come with living on the streets of Toronto.Hatlam said there can be change.But that change will have to come without him.He’s moved to Chicago with his family.“We need to work at the roots of what’s causing the poverty and the racism and the things that are putting First Nations people out on the streets here, and allowing people who have terrible attitudes about people in that position, to be the ones carrying around guns,” said Johnson Hatlem.The homeless said they’ll miss him.As for police, APTN contacted the Toronto police on a number of occasions over several weeks to comment.No one was available.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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France Algerian Man Gets 6 months for shouting Long Live the

Taroudante- The Court of Strasbourg, in northeastern France, sentenced a man to six months in prison for “direct and public apology of an act of terrorism.”According to Le Figaro, Abdelhafid Ayadi, a 54-year-old Algerian native, on Monday expressed his anger at the premises of the Family Allowances Fund of Strasbourg, principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France, after learning that his rights had been scaled down.The same source said that the Algerian immigrant, son of a “Harki” (generic term for Muslim Algerian loyalists who served as Auxiliaries in the French Army during the Algerian War from 1954 to 1962), shouted “Long live the Islamic State!” at the headquarters of the the Family Allowances Fund. “Every time a Frenchman is beheaded, I feel happy,” he added.Before copiously insulting  the employee of Family Allowances Fund who handled his case, the angry man threatened to come back with “a weapon in the name of Islam.”At his hearing, Ayadi burst into in tears, and said he regretted his act. “They are not Muslims, they are dogs,” he said about the jihadists of the Islamic State. The prosecutor said “this is not someone who would be likely to go to Syria.”According to the same source, the man has a record of  “provocations.”In the past, he was convicted for contempt, after insulting Urban Community of Strasbourg officials, who were trying to find him an apartment, the same source said.Contacted by Le Figaro, his lawyer describes him as “a sensitive person, not a dangerous person, despite a record that can worsen his case.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Algeria Reacts to Moroccos Dialogue Offer Calls for Meeting of Maghreb

Rabat – In a press release quoted by Algeria’s state-run news agency APS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it has “officially contacted the general secretary” of the AMU to convene a meeting of the Union’s Foreign Affairs Ministers Council.The statement is the most direct response Algeria has given to Morocco’s dialogue offer announced by King Mohammed VI during his Green March speech on November 6.The foreign ministry said it had informed Maghreb countries of the meeting. The ministry emphasized the need to re-launch the “building of the whole Maghreb.”Analysts say the Algerian move seeks to divert attention from Morocco’s offer, which called for a direct dialogue between Rabat and Algiers.Read Also: Independence Day: Algeria ‘Determined’ to Improve Ties with MoroccoThe Moroccan position is based on the premise that any multilateral initiative to relaunch the Maghreb would be doomed to failure as long as two key countries of the region, Morocco and Algeria, have not decided to open a new chapter in their bilateral relations. In his speech, King Mohammed VI called on Morocco’s eastern neighbor to engage in a “frank and direct” dialogue to break the stalemate between the two countries.He also called for a mechanism to normalize diplomatic ties between the two countries.In his offer the monarch said: “I should like to refer to the division and lack of unity in the Maghreb. This unreasonable situation is utterly inconsistent with the brotherly bonds uniting our peoples, who share the same religion, language, history and destiny.”King Mohammed VI’s offer received nods from international powers, including the UK, US, France, and the UAE. The United Nations and the African Union also welcomed Morocco’s initiative dialogue with Algeria.Read Also: US: Morocco-Algeria Diplomatic Normalization Will Improve SecurityFollowing the speech, the secretary general of the AMU also commended the King’s initiative.The secretary general of the AMUsaid that the proposal would ensure integration in the Maghreb.The secretary general also called on Algeria to accept Morocco’s offer. Since November 6, Algeria has not issued any official statement in response to Morocco’s offer. However, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a congratulatory message to King Mohammed VI for Independence Day that his country has “firm determination” to reinforce the ties of fraternity and solidarity uniting the two peoples.Besides Bouteflika’s formal congratulatory cable, Algerian media also quoted an anonymous diplomat and an authorized source, who said that Algeria might accept Morocco’s dialogue initiative with conditions. read more

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King Mohammed VI to Host Religious Evening Commemorating Hassan II

Rabat – A religious evening is scheduled for Monday at the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, according to a statement by the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellery. It will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of King Mohammed VI’s father, King Hassan II.The religious evening will be broadcast live on national radio and television stations after the maghreb (sunset) prayer.Several officials from the government, along with political, military, and religious figures, will participate in the vigil, and verses from the Qur’an will be recited. read more

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UN chief meets with Rwandas President Kagame to discuss security in the

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Rwandan President Paul Kagame met today to discuss the newly signed United Nations-backed accord aimed at stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the context of bringing peace to the Great Lakes region. President Kagame is one of the eleven African leaders who signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region on 24 February. The UN acts as a guarantor, along with the African Union, the 11-country International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC). The meeting was the first since the Secretary-General selected Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy to support the signatories in implementing the Framework. According to his spokesperson, the Secretary-General and President Kagame agreed on the importance of working closely with Mrs. Robinson. Today’s meeting also touched on matters concerning the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Ban underlined the need for all States of the region to cooperate with the ICC, and welcomed the surrender of Bosco Ntaganda to the US Embassy in Kigali. The Congolese rebel leader is accused of being responsible for the use of children in armed conflict and acts of murder, rape and sexual slavery.As a founding member of the M23 rebel movement, Mr. Ntaganda is believed to have recruited and used children as bodyguards, porters and for other purposes in last year’s rebellion in North Kivu province. These grave violations committed against children resulted in Security Council sanctions against him, including a travel ban and asset freeze. read more

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Heron Resources kicks off commissioning at Woodlawn zinccopper mine

first_imgHeron Resources has started commissioning at the Woodlawn zinc-copper-lead project in New South Wales, Australia, paving the way for first production in the March quarter.The ASX-listed company said the owners and contractor commissioning teams for the combined underground mine and tailing retreatment project were now in place, while the hydraulic tailings retreatment preparations had started with infrastructure energised and water testing underway.In addition, the process plant commissioning had started with testing of the plant control circuits. Heron noted commissioning of the water treatment plant was well advanced.Heron said: “The hydraulic mining operation, alongside the underground operations that commenced in September 2018, will provide a second ore source to be processed through the new processing plant.”The hydraulic mining operation covers the recently arrived hydraulic monitors and the associated high-pressure water, reclaim and slurry transfer pumps, with commissioning activities involving the functional testing of equipment in the circuit (including the commissioning of the trash screen and transfer pumps at the transfer station).Commissioning is expected to ramp up over a four-to-eight-week period and will include the hydraulic excavation of the main channels in preparation for ore commissioning of the process plant with progression to full production rates, Heron said.“The EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor has commenced its commissioning activities in the main process plant, with low voltage and control circuit testing underway,” Heron said.“These activities (dry, wet and ore commissioning) will continue through stages into quarter one, 2019, when first production is expected. As at the end of November, the EPC contractor reported commissioning at 5% complete.”“In conjunction with the commissioning preparation-related activities that have been occurring over the past few months, the Woodlawn site team have also been progressing production readiness preparation.”This has led to the first fill consumables orders being placed, in addition to the operation being bulked out with enough personnel for initial commissioning.Woodlawn is envisaged as a 1.5 Mt/y operation able to produce 40,000 t/y of zinc, 10,000 t/y of copper and 12,000 t/y of lead at steady-state production over a 9.3-year mine life. This is based on a reserve base of 2.8 Mt at 14% ZnEq from underground and 9.5 Mt at 6% ZnEq from reprocessed tailings.Underground mining, being carried out by contractor Pybar, kicked off in October.last_img read more

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Opinion Surviving in the wild can benefit every part of your life

first_imgIncreasingly dependent on technologyWe have become somewhat soft in recent years, becoming increasingly dependent on technology and comfort. In some ways it’s unnatural for us as our instincts are to eat off the land and use problem-solving skills to keep ourselves alive. The great outdoors with challenging hikes and exploration can put us back in touch with those instincts again. When you dig deep and challenge yourself, the skills you are reminded of can help you in everyday situations – including your social and work life – and give you an edge over others. It’s what got me hooked on adventure holidays.Many people out there enjoy going away from the tourist trails when they go on holiday, discovering the real country they’re in by going off the beaten track. This is a centre point of adventure holidays as you discover new areas you previously thought were inaccessible. They might have remained inaccessible had you not learned how to zip line or abseil along the way. And, when you reach your destination, you will be able to enjoy surrounds few others have seen.You and your environmentWith exploration and adventure comes great responsibility, particularly for our environment. The Irish countryside is there to be enjoyed by us all, but it also needs to be protected and cared for. ‘No Trace’ hiking is important to conserve the natural beauty of the countryside and to protect the environment.Similarly, while I encourage everyone to go forth and discover what our great country has to offer, I would implore you to learn basic skills from somebody that knows what they’re doing – do not put yourself in danger. Once you have learned the basics then you are free to go where you want, when you want and there’s no greater freedom for human beings than that.Keith McDonnell is CEO with Extreme Ireland Adventures. Extreme Ireland Adventures offers a variety of walking tours – soft adventure tours – day tours, adventure courses and international adventures.  For more information on Extreme Ireland tours including the top secret mission with Irish Army Special Forces at a classified island location please click here.Watch: Two daredevils BASE jump off the tallest building in the worldOpinion: I became a long-distance walker at 70 and have now covered thousands of miles WHEN I TALK to most people and mention my love for the great outdoors – the freedom to ramble through the Irish countryside, the thrill of being close to nature and enjoying spectacular views after a bracing hill climb – 99% of them nod in agreement. They express their mutual approval of such endeavours. But when I invite them to come and join me they sometimes change their tune to one of reluctance.I can understand why; while the rewards for a hill climb or a trek can be enjoyed by everyone, people may think that the travelling to get there in the first place would be too much for them. However, that’s where the fun lies for me; challenging terrain, using your wits to reach your destination, exploring new areas that not many people know about and relying on your resources to see just how self-sufficient you can be. The all important exercise and confidence-building are added bonuses!In my work with Extreme Ireland, I have seen characters grow over our tours where we challenge the participants to use their own survival skills to get through challenging situations. We run tours with Irish Army Special Forces operatives who teach participants self sufficiency skills and show them just how tough a person they can really be. We’ve had companies attend our trips in the name of team building and have seen confidence and resourcefulness flow through them by the end of the tour. There are plenty of laughs along the way, too.last_img read more

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Samsung prototype laptop challenges the Retina display with 2560×1440 panel

first_imgThe IFA convention has made for a surprisingly interesting technology week, especially for late August. If you thought the excitement had ended with the Galaxy Note 2 or the reveal of the Ativ S Windows Phone 8 handset, it turns out that you were quite wrong. Also on display in Berlin this week is a prototype of Samsung’s Series 9 ultrabook running a 2560×1440 display. That’s not quite the 2880×1800 that the Retina display MacBook Pro runs on its 15-inch panel, but it is WQHD and it’s downright impressive.As you might recall, the Samsung Series 9Best Price at Amazon is an existing laptop that is ultrabook-approved, quite thin, and a reasonable 3.6 pounds. It’s a 15-inch laptop, just like the new, slimmed down MacBook Pro%displayPrice% at %seller%, though there is a 13-inch variety as well. The current model has a resolution of 1600×900, which is pretty good for an ultrabook but not even close to 2560×1440. In fact, 2560×1440 is a resolution that is most often found on 27-inch desktop displays.The prototype Series 9 panel is a display lover’s dream-come-true for another reason: it’s matte. While matte laptop displays have been going the way of the 4:3 LCD, and Apple does not offer a matte option with the Retina display, Samsung went that route with the Series 9. This might cut slightly into the clarity of that high pixel density display, but it’ll bring great readability in well-lit environments and ease of use when you are near a window.There is a video of the laptop in action here:The quality of the display doesn’t quite come though, but we do get good look at the Series 9 laptop.That’s all we know or for now, but Geek.com should be getting more pictures and possibly some video before the weekend is out. You can bet there will be more information on this laptop well ahead of the holiday buying season.via Engadget. For more IFA coverage check out PCMag.comlast_img read more

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16yearold gets 15year term for Lacey driveby

first_imgOLYMPIA — A 16-year-old has been given a 15-year sentence for his role in a drive-by shooting that wounded another teen in Lacey for what prosecutors called a “schoolyard beef.’Victor Torres pleaded guilty Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court to assault charges.The Olympian reports that he’ll remain in the county juvenile jail until he’s 18 and then be transferred to a state prison.Prosecutors say he had been fighting with a 15-year-old and enlisted a friend with a gun to “hunt” the victim who was wounded in January in a leg.The 18-year-old who is accused of firing the shot, Terrell Fox, is scheduled for trial later this year on assault charges.last_img read more

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Navy Utility Reach Deal to Build Solar Array at Georgia Marine Corps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy signed a real estate outgrant with Georgia Power to develop a 31-megawatt (alternating current) solar generation facility on 150 acres at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, officials announced this week.The $75 million project, which will consist of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, will deliver energy to the utility’s grid. Groundbreaking is expected this spring; the company plans to bring the facility online in less than a year, according to a news release.The array underscores the southwestern Georgia installation’s commitment to energy security, said Marine Corps Col. James Carroll III, commanding officer of MCLB Albany. The installation currently is slated to become a net zero energy installation with the construction of a biomass plant expected to start this summer.“Through our recent adoption of cutting-edge technologies, to include landfill gas-to-electric generators and ground source heat pumps, and our current effort to construct a biomass steam-fed electric generator, we are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the secretary of the Navy mandate,” Carroll said. “This project with Georgia Power will add to the base’s energy security and diversify the area’s power supply, making the grid and all who rely on it more resilient,” he said.The project represents Georgia Power’s second at a Navy base; the utility broke ground last year on a 30-megawatt solar plant at Submarine Base Kings Bay.last_img read more

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NASA astronauts surreal ISS view would make van Gogh proud

first_img Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space 0 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $60 at Best Buy Comments See It Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sci-Tech Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the Rylo camera preview Koch has a lot of time to contemplate the wonders of orbiting Earth. She’s on an extended stay on the ISS that will eventually earn her the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. She’s scheduled to return to the planet in February 2020 after 328 days in space.We’ve seen some heart-stopping views from the ISS, including glowing auroras and dancing moonsets, but Koch’s composite is a dynamic way to witness what the astronauts see. It captures time, light and movement in a single image. Van Gogh would have liked it. $999 See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Enlarge ImageNASA astronaut Christina Koch shared this psychedelic view from the ISS. NASA Vincent van Gogh was onto something when he envisioned the landscape and the heavens pulled into taffy swirls of light. NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared her own artful view of a starry night with a composite image captured from the International Space Station.”City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares. A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window,” Koch tweeted on Wednesday. Originally published July 11, 8:39 a.m. PT.  15 Photos Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags $999 City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares–A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window. pic.twitter.com/goDma6dkkP— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) July 10, 2019 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Turo NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo 7 Boost Mobile Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 28

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(July 28, 2016) We’ll continue our reports from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, with thoughts on President Obama’s speech and a preview of Hillary Clinton’s historic acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president. Guest host, political strategist Catalina Byrd leads the conversation with our experts.
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The Memorial Foundation Hosts 7th Annual Wreath Laying Day of Reflection Reconciliation

first_imgThe Memorial Foundation, which was responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, located at 1964 Independence Ave., SW, on the National Mall, is pleased to present an inspiring day of reflection and reconciliation at the memorial on Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. The holiday honoring Dr. King will mark the seventh anniversary of the foundation’s tribute to the civil rights activist through prayer and the wreath laying ceremony. Speakers for this year’s event include: Ryan Zinke, secretary of interior; Christopher A. Wray, eighth director of the FBI;  and Martin Luther King, III, co-founder, The Drum Major Institute.  Eugene Scott, a reporter with the Washington Post will serve as the master of ceremony. Musical selections will be provided by The People’s Community Baptist Church Men’s Choir. The commemoration is free and open to the public.last_img read more

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HalfLife 3 appears on Gamescom list launching this week

first_imgGamescom, a popular video games conference held in Cologne, begins tomorrow and it’s sure to offer a glimpse of a few new games we’ll all be wanting to play this coming holiday season. And one of those games might be Half-Life 3.Yes, we’re all sick of Half-Life 3 rumors and then subsequent non-appearance of the game for years, but this time I feel safe in getting my hopes up.Gamescom produces its own, official list of all the titles that will be on display for the six days that it runs. The list is 3 pages long and includes well over 100 games, but there’s one name on there I doubt anyone expected to see. On page three, six places from the bottom, is listed “Half-Life 3.”Let’s just reiterate here that this is the official product list for the Gamescom show. It’s available on the official site in PDF form, which you can view for yourself. If this is a mistake it’s one either Valve has made for telling the organizers they would be there to show it off, or someone at Gamescom is misinformed and added it by accident or as a (bad) joke.I’m hoping it’s neither, and Valve fully intend to demonstrate and launch Half-Life 3 before the week is over.As for other notable new games we can expect to see during Gamescom, there are plenty. A few standout titles worth mentioning include BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6, Crysis 3, and top of many a gamer’s list, Dragon Age 3.via Xperience Gaminglast_img read more

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