Argentina’s hooligans: the endless cycle of football

first_imgBuenos Aires, Nov 27 (AFP) The embarrassing postponement of the Copa Libertadores final thrust Argentina’s hooligan problem back into the spotlight, as well as society’s acceptance that it is part of football fan culture, analysts say. Argentina President Mauricio Macri admitted there had been a “security failure” on Saturday when Boca Juniors’ team bus came under attack from River Plate fans hurling pepper spray, stones and sticks. Windows on the bus were shattered with players suffering cuts and breathing difficulties from the pepper spray. The presidents of both clubs insist the violence was caused by just “10 or 15 misfits,” but for sociologist Diego Murzi, hooligans — or barra bravas — are deeply entrenched in the country’s football-related activities. “In Argentina there is a football culture in which violence is legitimate, and not just by the ‘barras’ but by everyone who takes part,” said Murzi, a researcher at the University of San Martin. It was a weekend of shame for Argentine football that unfolded after authorities failed to protect Boca’s players on their bus trip across town to River’s Monumental stadium. Argentina prides itself on its feverish football fans while Boca and River are lauded for what many acknowledge as the greatest derby rivalry in the world. But it has reached the point where behavior otherwise considered unacceptable in society is even celebrated, such as xenophobic chanting, insults and threats to murder rivals. The violence is fueled by a belief that football is not “a clean game with legitimate results,” experts say. “If fans feel that the matches are won through deals amongst club bosses more than on the field, this feeling of injustice provides fertile ground for the hooligans’ violence,” Murzi, a student of football violence, told AFP.advertisement – ‘Police and political collusion’ – ==================================== Off the pitch, hooligans run mafia empires around Argentine football “in collusion with the police, clubs and political authorities,” according to Monica Nizzardo, the founder of the Salvemos Al Futbol (Let’s Save Football) charity. It says 305 people have been killed in Argentina in football related violence in the last 50 years. Because of this, Argentine football authorities barred away fans from grounds in 2013, but it has made little difference. Four people this year have been killed and 137 in the last 20 years. The barra bravas were born out of a culture that viewed fighting against rivals as an expression of passion towards one’s own team. The term barra brava — which literally means violent (brava) groups (barra) — was coined in the 1940s by the press to describe hooligans. But those street brawlers mutated into organized criminals laundering millions in dirty money, experts say. “In the 1980s they started to acquire a profile linked to crime and in the 1990s they got a commercial edge, using their knowledge of football related violence to their own benefit,” said Murzi. Hence, in collusion with first the clubs and then police, they took control of ticketing resales and then parking around the stadium, as well as food trucks and other businesses that offer attractive profits. But they have continued to expand their horizons to “activities outside the football world, like participation in political, union and criminal acts,” adds Murzi. – ‘Erroneous solutions’ – ========================= “The authorities’ approach is always the same: to think that the problem is due to a group of savages, but that’s an overly simplified perspective that leads to erroneous solutions,” said Murzi. Several times authorities have targeted the leadership of the barra bravas, jailing notorious chieftains such as the late Jose “the Grandfather” Barrita, chief of “The Dozen” hooligans from the Boca neighbourhood in Bueno Aires, or Alan Schlenker, the head honcho of River’s hooligans, currently serving life in prison. However, that didn’t prevent the hooliganism networks surviving with new leaders. “The problem is that no-one wants to put an end to criminal business in football, least of all club bosses,” says Nizzardo. Murzi says there’s no magic solution but that “investigating the collusion between hooligans and the police would be a good starting point.” “They work together. The police contribute more to the problem than to the solution.” Clubs pay for the police to provide security at matches and that’s an important source of revenue that pays police salaries. “All the police know the hooligans and it suits them for the hooligans to exist,” says Murzi, who also blames the press and politicians for feeding the beast. “If the press… says it’s a final to kill or die for and the president (Macri) says the losers will have to leave the country from embarrassment, the fans feel they have a reputation to uphold.advertisement “It would have been a surprise if nothing had happened. Argentina is a long way from being a country in which there is respect for one’s opponent, not just at the sporting level but politically too.” (AFP) AHlast_img read more

3 more teams cleared club licensing hurdle

first_imgSuper League Four teams confirm eligibility for 2018 Super League season Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 12:02 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Darren Lok, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Malaysia Cup, 18/07/2017 Johor Southern Tigers Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim Pahang PKNS Selangor JDT now have Pahang, Selangor and PKNS for company as the only four teams with approved club licensing that allow their to be in the 2018 MSL The 2018 M-League season will less than five months time but at this point in time, only four teams have met the conditions required to participate in next season’s Super League campaign.Rules dictate that from the 2018 season onwards, any teams or clubs that are competing in the Super League requires an approved club licensing certification. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The four teams are Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) who had their license renewed while Selangor, Pahang and PKNS FC have all successfully met the requirements for the certification.The club licensing rule requires adherence of many factors including infrastructure, administrative, legal and financial criteria.The certification goes on a yearly basis which means that even those approved clubs will have to ensure that they maintain those criteria throughout the years.Of course there’s still time for the others to make the grade and join these four teams in the Super League next season but the clock is definitely ticking on them.last_img read more

Ben Arfa rep: PSG violating rules

first_imgPSG PSG in violation of player rights, Ben Arfa’s lawyer claims Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:10 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Hatem Ben Arfa PSG Getty Images PSG Metz v PSG Metz Ligue 1 The club’s exiling of the player is a breach of league rules, according to the former France international’s lawyer Hatem Ben-Arfa’s lawyer has accused Paris Saint-Germain of violating France’s professional football charter in its treatment of the 30-year-old outcast.The former Les Bleus star rejected the chance to leave during the transfer window and was subsequently demoted to PSG’s reserve side, which competes in the fourth-tier Championnat National 2.PSG 13/2 to beat Metz 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Ben Arfa’s lawyer, labelled the move a contravention of Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) rules which prevent clubs from denying professionally-contracted players access to certain training standards.Bertrand intends to appeal to the LFP’s legal commission if the former Newcastle United and Nice playmaker is not restored to first-team training by Friday.”Legally, I think the club is violating the Professional Football Charter,” Bertrand told AFP .”I informed the club by e-mail and advised that we do not accept the situation.”Depending on the response, we will seek action from the league’s disciplinary committee.”@KMbappe : “I want to play and progress at the highest level, and PSG meets all my expectations.” #BienvenueKylian — PSG English (@PSG_English) September 6, 2017 Speaking on the day of Kylian Mbappe’s unveiling, PSG boss Unai Emery responded by saying the club had informed Ben Arfa of the situation at the beginning of pre-season and that he may still be recalled to first-team training.However, Bertrand labelled the comments “comical”.”Half of the team are with their national teams and [other] players have been called up from the reserves to complete the group. Obviously it is not a problem of overstaffing,” Ben Arfa’s representative said.The 15-time France international has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and was left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League group stage.last_img read more

Funky Buddha Brewery Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Here at the Manual, we’re total advocates of having breakfast any time of the day, in anything. There’s the famous Secret Breakfast ice cream, which is made with bourbon, caramelized corn flakes at Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco; hamburgers with bacon and eggs and Funky Buddha Brewery’s latest special release, the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Here’s what the folks over at this Oakland Park, Florida brewery say about it:“Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth from the glass. The mouth feel is luxuriously creamy, with layers of sweet malt, toffee, and roast giving way to waves of smoke, coffee, and salted chocolate. It finishes sticky, rich, and sweet, with the flavor of maple syrup lingering pleasantly on the tongue.”Hints of bacon, coffee and maple in a smooth porter? Sounds amazing to us. It’s everything we love about the first meal of the day rolled up in to one delicious beer, so we can enjoy it during happy hour, or while watching the game, or to unwind after a long day at the office. And if you’re curious about Funky Buddha Brewery’s other special releases, so are we. They include names like Don’t Tell Reece Peanut Butter Cup Brown Ale, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Porter, Bonita Applebum, Blueberry Cobbler Ale, Dubbel Dragon and Actchung, Daddy! Berlinerweiss. Now doesn’t that sound interesting? For more information, visit 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weatherlast_img read more

BC Supreme Court jury finds man guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to

first_imgVANCOUVER – A prosecutor says a man accused of bringing hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada illegally in a dilapidated cargo ship nearly seven years ago has been found guilty.Crown counsel Charles Hough says a B.C. Supreme Court jury found Kunarobinson Christhurajah guilty Saturday of human smuggling 10 or more persons.It was a retrial for the Sri Lankan national over his involvement in the voyage of the MV Sun Sea that travelled from Thailand to British Columbia’s coast in 2010.The vessel, which was considered unseaworthy in the open ocean, crossed the Pacific without a formal crew, carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils who intended to claim refugee status.A previous trial heard Christhurajah was an asylum seeker and travelled on the Sun Sea with his wife, while Rajaratnam’s mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and two cousins were on board.The trial which ended in January acquitted three other men who had been accused human smuggling in the case, but the jury at the time was left undecided on Christhurajah.Christhurajah served more than six years in jail before being granted bail in February.Hough wouldn’t comment further on the case and Christhurajah’s lawyer Casey Leggett also declined to comment.Justice Catherine Wedge did not schedule a sentencing hearing, and Hough says Christhurajah remains free on bail.last_img read more

New wave of telemedicine uses mobile phone video to link patients doctors

Stick out your smartphone and say AHHHHH.Although it’s early days for a new wave of telemedicine, some Canadians can now avoid trips to the doctor’s office by using their mobile phone’s video camera.In March, Telus Health launched a new video link between patients and select doctors in British Columbia, the only province with a billing code to pay doctors for such visits.Other companies are experimenting with similar services but Telus has hopes of becoming the main player in Canada’s burgeoning market for consumer-oriented medical technology. “I think we are far ahead of any competitors in this space in Canada,” Telus vice-president Juggy Sihota said in an interview from Vancouver.Over the past decade, the owner of the Telus and Koodo wireless networks has spent $2.5 billion to build a national medical records business.Telus Health estimates that more than 50 per cent of general practice doctors offices in Canada use the electronic medical records software at their office; more than 60 per cent of pharmacies use its pharmacy management software.It’s now adding Babylon by Telus Health, which including video visits by smartphone, to its lineup.“This is a key strategic priority for our organization and a key personal priority for (Telus CEO Darren Entwistle),” said Sihota, Telus’s vice-president of consumer health.Telus is the Canadian partner of London-based Babylon Health — one of many companies that have developed smartphone apps that aim to help consumers diagnose their own symptoms.What’s distinctive about the new Babylon by Telus service is its ability to connect by interactive video with doctors covered by B.C.’s health services payment system.“It is as though you went into a walk-in clinic and see the doctor that’s there,” according to Sihota.Patients aren’t required to use a Telus wireless phone and they won’t be charged for video doctor visits.Eventually, Telus hopes to generate revenue by selling a technology platform to general practice doctors and other health professionals. Dr. Ed Brown, who is chief executive officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network, said forms of video doctor visits have been around for many years.“For example, a patient living in a small town could go into a hospital and see a specialist that’s many, many miles away without having the make the trip.”But Brown agrees that what Telus is doing “is a little bit different.”For one thing, it’s using widely available mobile technology that patients can use anywhere there’s a fast enough wireless service. Babylon by Telus also connects with general practitioners, rather than specialists.Brown said that Ontario’s health system doesn’t have a billing code to pay doctors for their telemedicine services, but OTN is working to overcome that barrier.“We want to really make this part of mainstream health care,” Brown said OTN is funding a pilot program with 277 physicians and 30,000 patients in five of Ontario’s 14 health care regions.He said that seeing a new doctor each visit “is OK for some things but, for the most part, we also like people to have direct access to their own doctor.”OTN — a provincially funded not-for-profit organization — is working with Novari Health and Think Research on a mobile phone connection between Ontario doctors and their patients.“Patients are able to text their own doctor, and that can be escalated to a video or audio call if that’s required,” Brown said.He said only a small percentage of patients in the pilot project use the video feature, relying mostly on text messages.“Babylon may have some differentiating features that may give them an edge, here and there, but I think there’s a lot of competition in this space.” Brown said.From Sihota’s point of view, video consultations offer big advantages over traditional visits to the doctor’s office.For example, she said, patients can replay the virtual consultations with the Babylon doctor either for themselves, a trusted family member or personal doctor.And if a general practice doctor refers a patient to a specialist, the service provides notifications along each step of the process and gives the patient opportunities to ask questions along the way.Telus won’t be selling data collected by its Babylon service, and it’s taking significant precautions to protect privacy.Sihota said consumers of their private health plans have to pay for other types of services when they are added.“We’ll have mental health professionals. We’ll have dieticians, nutritionists and other allied health professionals,” Sihota predicts. “But for the family doctor service that we’re talking about today . . . there’s no charge for consumers.”David Paddon, The Canadian Press read more

UN in Nepal concerned at reports that Maoists retain arms fighters outside

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin, the head of UNMIN, met the Maoist leadership on Tuesday to discuss these reports, and was told they were incorrect. UNMIN is seeking further clarification from the Maoists, the Mission said in a press statement, adding that it calls on the group to fulfil its commitment to report all unregistered arms.UNMIN and the Joint Monitoring Coordinating Committee (JMCC) will investigate any reports of unregistered Maoist Army weapons outside these agreed cantonment sites, and treat them as a “violation of existing agreements and… illegal.”The Mission stressed it was essential that all unlicensed firearms in the community, whether held by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) or other groups and individuals, be handed over to police control ahead of the planned June elections.Last week UNMIN made public the conclusions of a JMCC report on the first phase of the world body’s registration of Maoist arms and fighters, while Mr. Martin said it was essential to reach an agreement regarding security for the group’s leaders.The report by the JMCC, made up of representatives from the UN, the Maoist Army and the Nepal Army, concluded that nearly 3,500 weapons were registered as well as more than 31,000 Maoist combatants during this first phase of the process.According to the report’s conclusion, the Nepal Army is to store arms in equal numbers to that of the Maoist Army, and discussions on this are ongoing within the JMCC.The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to the peace deal and also to support this year’s planned elections in the impoverished Himalayan country where 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others. 14 March 2007The United Nations Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has expressed concern over media reports quoting the chairman of the country’s Maoists as saying the group retains weapons and combatants outside specified cantonment sites, actions that would breach agreements signed under last year’s historic peace deal that ended a decade of civil war in the country. read more

GL questioned by CID on statement over explosives

The suicide jacket and explosives were recovered from the house based on information received by the police.The police said that three parcels found in the house contained 12kg of TNT explosives. A suicide jacket and explosives were recovered from a house in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna this week. The joint opposition said that instead of investigating the source of the explosives recovered in the North the Government was investigating opposition members who had made statements on the discovery of the explosives. Former Foreign Minister, professor G L Peiris was questioned by the CID today on a statement he made over the explosives recovered in Chavakachcheri this week.Peiris had claimed that the explosives were to be taken to Welawatta and this prompted the CID to question the former Minister on the authenticity of his claims. The police also recovered 100 bullets and batteries used to trigger explosives.The police said that it is believed the explosives were hidden in the house during the war which ended in 2009. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Markets Right Now Dow Jones industrials breach 20000

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 20,000 points for the first time, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.It’s been two months since the Dow crossed 19,000 points. Other major U.S. indexes also closed at all-time highs Wednesday.Banks and other financial companies posted the biggest gains. Wells Fargo jumped 3.7 per cent.Industrial companies also rose sharply. Boeing surged 4.2 per cent, the biggest gain in the Dow.The Dow, which tracks 30 major industrial companies, surged 155 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 20,068.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 18 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,298. The Nasdaq composite rose 55 points, or 1 per cent, to 5,656.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.52 per cent.___11:45 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average has crossed through 20,000 points for the first time, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.The other major U.S. stock indexes were also moving higher in midday trading Wednesday, led by banks and other financial companies.Strong earnings from Boeing and other big companies drove the rally, extending gains from the day before. Boeing jumped 4.6 per cent, the biggest gain in the Dow.The Dow, which tracks 30 major industrial companies, was up 136 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 20,049.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,293. The Nasdaq composite rose 40 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 5,641.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.50 per cent.___9:35 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average is trading over 20,000 points for the first time, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.The market has been marching steadily higher since bottoming out in March 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The rally continued after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president last fall.The Dow was up 102 points, or 0.56 per cent, to 20,018.The Nasdaq rose 48 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 5,600. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,290.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.51 per cent. Markets Right Now: Dow Jones industrials breach 20,000 read more

BUSU launches new website for new term

Chris Green, Manager of Marketing and Communications for BUSU, shows off the student union’s new website.Brock University’s Student Union’s website has a new look and a more user-friendly interface.BUSU launched the new site last week in time to announce this year’s O-Week theme of Brockchella and big-ticket concert headliner 3LAU.Chris Green, Manager of Marketing and Communications for BUSU, said the website re-design focuses on “the core of what we do.”Governance, involvement, services and businesses are the four key areas of the site. Under these tabs, students can find out anything they need to know about how the student union works, how it advocates for them and where to go to find resources.“It gives students a snapshot of everything we do,” said BUSU Creative Media Manager Jordan Hallawell.He said the new site responds to technology and works well across all platforms.“We wanted it to be fully responsive. It will be a seamless response on any device,” he said.Visit the new website at read more

Nvidia confirms quadcore Tegra 3 chip in tablets by August

first_imgLast month a rumor was sparked by a comment made by Nvidia’s Tegra platform manager that hinted at a Tegra 3 announcement during the Mobile World Congress. That rumor turns out to be true as Nvidia has indeed just announced a quad-core Tegra 3 chip.The latest iteration of the system-on-a-chip (SoC) is known internally at Nvidia as Kal-El. Samples of Tegra 3 are also thought to be shipping out already.To demonstrate that Tegra 3 is a real product ready to go, demos were shown of the new chip running in a prototype Android tablet. The first demo sees a 2560 x 1440 stream decoded and played in real-time on the tablet and can be seen in the video above. A second demo aimed to show off the new 12-core GPU capabilities with 650 enemies running around in Great Battles Medieval without the hardware breaking a sweat. That same demo is seen stuttering on an equivalent Tegra 2 tablet.If you thought Tegra 2 was great, expect double the processing performance from Tegra 3 and triple the GPU performance. Nvidia also did a couple of its own benchmarks away from the MWC show floor demonstrating just how fast Kal-El is both in terms of processor performanc and web browsing using all four cores. That extra performance does not come at the cost of battery life according the Nvidia. The company states a typical Tegra 3 tablet will still be able to manage 12 hours of HD video playback. Nvidia also took the opportunity to share its roadmap for the Tegra platform over the next 3 years. After Kal-El we will see Wayne, Logan and then Stark projects come to fruition. If Nvidia stick with this roadmap then in 2014 the Stark chip will be offering a 75x performance improvement over Tegra 2. If true, we can only imagine what tablets will be capable of doing by then.If you want Tegra 3 in a tablet then you only need wait until August when Nvidia state consumer products will ship. Smartphones won’t get it until the end of the year.Read more at the Nvidia Blog and Engadgetlast_img read more

Apple considering ARM chips for future MacBooks

first_imgAt the moment Apple splits its processor usage between an ARM solution for portable gadgets and Intel solution for desktops and laptops. But SemiAccurate has been told that may change in the future with Apple considering moving its laptops over to an ARM processor, which inevitably leads to the question of whether desktops will follow too?Such a move would be a blow for Intel, but could benefit Apple due to the very low power requirements of ARM chips. That in turn would allow for a gain in battery life while a performance comparison with Intel chips would have to wait until such a laptop appeared on the market.If this is going to happen, then it’s not expected until very late 2012 or early 2013 when ARM chips are going to get full 64-bit cores. At that point we will be a few generations on in both the iPhone and iPad categories, and Apple will have a few new AX chips under their belts.Whether SemiAccurate’s source is correct or not, we won’t know for sure until Apple decides to talk about it, which is usually at the launch of a new product.Read more at SemiAccurateMatthew’s Opinion18-20 months is a very long time in the chip industry, and what holds true today may be very different come 2013. By then we will have a version of Windows on the market that supports ARM processors. That also means we will have hardware on the market running Windows on ARM such as netbooks and possibly laptops. So in that respect an ARM-powered Apple laptop is not unlikely in 2013.Intel isn’t standing still though, and its recently announced Tri-Gate 3D transistor could be a significant turning point in the future of processor design. Intel is promising bold performance gains and more than 50% power savings in Core processors arriving by the end of this year using Tri-Gate. Further development of those chips will happen by 2013 potentially putting Intel in a very desirable position next to ARM in the low-power, high-performance category.Apple will ultimately select the best processor at the time they wish to release an update. This growing battle between ARM and Intel in the mobile sector, and soon in the desktop sector too, is going to benefit Apple in the long run. It might even be a difficult choice come mid-2012 when a final decision to go with ARM or Intel will most likely be made.last_img read more

LightBeam un Pico projecteur affichant sur des objets du quotidien

first_imgLightBeam : un Pico projecteur affichant sur des objets du quotidienDes scientifiques allemands et américains travaillent sur un Picoprojecteur permettent de projeter une image (ou une source multimédia) sur des objets du quotidien.Les Picoprojecteurs permettent de projeter une image (ou une source multimédia) sur un support de petite taille. 5 scientifiques allemands et américains (Jochen Huber, Jürgen Steimle, Chunyuan Liao, Qiong Liu, Max Mühlhäuser) ont donc eu comme idée d’utiliser des objets du quotidien comme surface de projection. Cela donne le LightBeam. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus difficile à mettre au point que dans le cas d’un projecteur de grande taille, les chercheurs ont tout de même bien avancé dans la mise au point de leur Picoprojecteur, même si la technique d’interaction n’en est qu’à ses débuts. Le Pico projecteur”nomade”a recours àune webcampour suivre etréorienter l’affichage (un peu à la manière du Kinect) en fonction de la surfacequi l’accueille. Cette surface peut aussi bien être une feuille de papier que vous tendez, lacouverture d’un livre,oule cadre d’une photo… Cette invention sera présentée dans le cadre d’une conférence au Texas en mai 2012.Retrouvez le Lightbeam en action, en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 23 février 2012 à 18:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watch Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown shave her head to become

first_imgThe day I first shaved my head on the set of @Stranger_Things!! #ElevenIsBorn #StrangerThings— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) August 14, 2016“It was the best decision I’ve ever, ever made.” Brown said. The show’s success seems to indicate it as such, as she’s clearly the breakout star.Stranger Things is now available to stream on Netflix, as if you didn’t know that already. A second season is reportedly in the works. Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has just shared a video documenting the moment in which she had her long hair shaved down to complete her transformation into the show’s psychically enhanced protagonist Eleven.As you can imagine, completely shaving off her hair wasn’t the easiest decision for the 12-year-old. The video is shown in time-lapse so you don’t get her full reaction to the life-changing haircut, but you can see from her face that her new look was a bit shocking.In fact, it took her a little bit to be convinced that this was a good idea at all. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer didn’t tell Brown until her final audition that they needed to shave her head for the role of Eleven. This understandably upset her mother who probably was also worried about future acting roles, but Brown was ok with it.“My mum’s reaction was like, ‘Oh my God, nooooo!’” Brown explained “I don’t want you to do it! Please don’t do it!’ And me and my dad were like, ‘Mum, it’s okay! It’s just my head!’”To convince her that the drastic new look was perfect for the role, the Duffers showed pictures of her and Charlize Theron’s shaved look as Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road side by side to point out the resemblance. After all, how better to convince a young actress that her role will be amazing than by showing her one of the more badass female characters in recent years?last_img read more

TT CAL to fill void left by ferries

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Trinidad&Tobago, March 13, 2018 – Caribbean Airlines advises that effective March 13, the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has agreed in the interest of customer service, to reduce the hours of closure of the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport to 1.30 a.m. – 5. 45 a.m.Further, the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) has advised that there will be no passenger ferry sailings until March 22. Caribbean Airlines is working closely with the Port Authority to ensure that the 2,922 persons holding confirmed ferry tickets for the initial period March 13-March 22 will be accommodated on Caribbean Airlines services at no additional cost to the passenger.The airline is also finalizing arrangements to obtain an additional aircraft specifically dedicated to the air bridge which will provide 1088 extra seats daily. An update on this will be sent in a separate media release.There is a process in place for customers with confirmed ferry tickets to access air travel, specifically:Travelers with no vehicles, may go direct to the airports and present their confirmed tickets for possible acceptance for travel on Caribbean AirlinesPersons will only be placed on flights for the specific date listed on their confirmed ferry tickePassengers with vehicles must first check in at the Ports and after check-in will be shuttled via PTSC to the Piarco International Airport and the ANR International Airport, at no additional cost.If persons wish to travel on a date that is different to the date on their confirmed ferry ticket, they may go to the Port and change the ferry ticket date there or purchase a Same Day Standby ticket from Caribbean Airlines.Caribbean Airlines thanks all inter-island commuters for adhering to this process to ensure a seamless travel experience and re-affirms its commitment to providing consistent and reliable service to its valued customers.Release: Government of the Republic of Trinidad Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Crews work to remove lifeguard stands from Dania Beach shore

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As Hurricane Dorian continues on it’s course toward Florida, crews in Dania Beach are taking precautions to ensure the lifeguard stands stay intact.7SkyForce HD flew over the shoreline near the pier on Saturday morning, where a crane could be seen preparing to lift a lifeguard stand.Crews could also be seen digging into the sand around the post’s foundation.Forklifts are also being used to relocate the lifeguard posts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Aboard the Friendship bandwagon

first_img“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.last_img read more

Tensorflow 19 now officially supports Raspberry Pi bringing machine learning to DIY

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi board developers can now make use of the latest TensorFlow 1.9 features to build their board projects. Most developers use Raspberry Pi for shaping their innovative DIY projects. The Pi also acts as a pathway to introduce people to programming with an added benefit of coding in Python. The main objective of blending TensorFlow with the Raspberry Pi board is to let people explore the capabilities of machine learning on cost-effective and flexible devices. Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi project, says, “It is vital that a modern computing education covers both fundamentals and forward-looking topics. With this in mind, we’re very excited to be working with Google to bring TensorFlow machine learning to the Raspberry Pi platform. We’re looking forward to seeing what fun applications kids (of all ages) create with it.” By being able to use TensorFlow features, existing users, as well as new users, can try their hand on live machine learning projects. Here are few real-life examples of Tensorflow on Raspberry Pi: DonkeyCar platform DonkeyCar, a platform to build DIY Robocars, uses TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi to create self-driving toy cars. Object Recognition Robot The Tensorflow framework is useful for recognizing objects. This robot uses a library, a camera, and a Raspberry Pi, using which one can detect up to 20,000 different objects. Waste sorting robot This robot is capable of sorting every piece of garbage with the same precision as a human. This robot is able to recognize at least four types of waste. To identify the category to which it belongs, the system uses TensorFlow and OpenCV. One can easily install Tensorflow from the pre-built binaries using Python pip package system from the pre-built binaries. One can also install it by simply running these commands on the Raspbian 9 (stretch) terminal: sudo apt install libatlas-base-devpip3 install tensorflow Read more about this project on GitHub page Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build your first Raspberry Pi project How to mine bitcoin with your Raspberry Pilast_img read more

Consumers rejoice Metropolitan water rates set to decrease on July 1

first_imgIn a couple days, customers of the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) – which services the San José Greater Metropolitan Area – will see a decrease in their monthly water bills thanks to a 26 percent decrease in tap water rates and a 13 percent drop in sewage service rates that will take effect on Wednesday, July 1.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Monday dismissed an AyA request to postpone the rate decrease until 2016, as studies found that AyA currently has enough funds to meet this year’s planned expenditures.The reduced rates were authorized in July 2014 and initially were scheduled to take effect last January. However, ARESEP in December postponed the measures until July.AyA in April filed a request to suspend the rate reduction until next year arguing that it would negate ₡16 billion ($30 million) in projected income for this year.Following Monday’s decision ARESEP’s water services manager, Carlos Herrera Amighetti, asked AyA to justify each rate change request starting now. Those requests must be based on the agency’s investment plan for the next five years and on goals set to meet customers’ needs.The new rates only affect residents in the San José Greater Metropolitan Area who are serviced by AyA. Facebook Comments Related posts:Regulatory agency proposes reduction in water rates Electricity rates for ICE customers to increase in October Fuel, public transportation likely to see a hike in prices in coming weeks Electricity rates to rise 19 percent in Januarylast_img read more

September 12 2006 New York Ground Zero Theologi

first_imgSeptember 12, 2006 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 There were no more than 12000 crusaders that, in July 1099, after a three-year campaign, got to camp under the walls of Jerusalem. Their emotion in sighting the sacred city changed into surprise when the presiding Muslim garrison declared to be ready for an armistice. That garrison wasn’t Turkish but Arab, because the previous year Jerusalem had been retaken from the Selgiuchi by the Fatimidi, who had never confronted the Franchi. But they didn’t accept the offer, perhaps because they thought a non-violent negotiation would have ruined their triumph. Therefore they demanded unconditional surrender. The defenders, about 1000 men, resisted for 40 days. Then they surrendered. “Then,” a witness present, Raimondo de Agiles, famous for his zeal and his piety said, “one saw marvelous (meravigliose) things. The Muslims were beheaded or killed by harrow or thrown from the towers. Others were tortured for days and days and then torched. The streets were strewn with heads, chopped hands and feet.” Those “marvelous” things lasted until the total consummation of the 70,000 citizens of Jerusalem, including the Jews. They were crowded and burned inside the synagogues. Then the crusaders gathered in the grotto of the Santa Sepolcro that had hosted the remains of Christ, who had come into the world to preach misericordia and there they cried joyfully, finally feeling worthy of him.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: selected by Paolo Soleri] The Secular Cathedral A transnational structure aiming at a (distant) more equitable consumerism. A habitat for remembering, living, working, learning and divertimento. Part of the divertimento is the battery of slides evacuating the cathedral in 20 minutes or so (20,000 people?). The mantle generated by the 40 or so slides defines an umbrella-parasol of about 400 meters diameter covering a multi-story urban life that the citizens of New York would think about and the designer-builder would try to satisfy (the analogy with the Piero della Francesca generous mantle of mother sheltering the flock of her children). The circular pond is the speed breaker for the people evacuating the cathedral from most of its stories. The evacuation is pure gravity effect descent, with no mechanical equipment, no energy use, in fact no need of leg use. It is a very large combination of children’s playground and swimming pool slide, of roller coaster rides and of emergency slides in air passenger planes.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri] Time: for instance from floor 30 one can reach a restaurant or a shop on Barclay St., West St., Liberty St., etc. in less than one minute. This is part of the appeal to visitors and employees offered by the multi-level grounds of the cathedral. Magnetic levitation propulsion is suggested for the power driven ascent conveyances. Besides escalators and elevators, gondolas could be propelled on wider slides Functions: the first 4-5 floors are of the “N.Y., N.Y.” format. The typical busybody going about of the Manhattan people. Those floors ring the area and also serve as entrance to the inner-urban celebratory spaces where business, cultural gatherings, concerts, theater let the visitors commingle, enjoy and learn. This is a multi-story inner space under the cover of the slides umbrella-parasol. A simulacra made of some of the structural segments of the towers might be afloat where the two centers of the towers used to be. The remaining floors, 40 to 50, are for the transnational activities in financial, economic, environmental, social equity fields of endeavor.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri]last_img read more