10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … A great deal of the excitement about Glass is coming from people working in higher education, as well as from students. Ben Foster, a professor at DePaul University, is one of many academics that are eager to augment the teaching experience with Google Glass, pulling up pertinent data without turning his back to students, for example. For students, Google Glass could be transformative. Some are even talking about how Glass could potentially aid those with learning disabilities.  Recording lectures, live streaming them for remote access, audio-note taking and supplementing lectures with related data are just the beginning.  Of course, exactly how Glass is used (and how useful it is) will vary depending on the curriculum.3. Enhancing Less Formal, More Hands-On Learning Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A number of the #ifihadglass contest respondents talked about how the technology could be use by surgeons as virtual assistants in the operating room. Timothy Lee, a surgical resident at New York University, proposes using Glass to record operations for teaching purposes, enable remote assistance via livestream and show the surgeon vitals, CT scan and other pertinent medical information. By tapping into real-time data, reference material and input from live surgeons across the globe, devices like Glass could reduce the number of errors made during surgery. Here’s hoping the voice recognition is spot on.2. Revolutionizing Higher Education  Okay, so Google Glass won’t cure blindness, but the technology can be quite valuable to those with certain visual, auditory and physical handicaps. At the University of New Brunswick Libraries, Jeff Carter wants to use Glass to make things more accessible to the visually impaired via real-time optical character recognition and text-to-speech translation. Navigating the stacks would be a lot easier (for everybody, really) with digital signage overlaying the physical world. Indeed, for the visually impaired, navigating just about anywhere could be made much easier thanks to Glass’s augmented reality maps and voice control. At Shriner’s Hospital For Children in Portland, the assistive technology team is already brainstorming ways that Glass could be used to “unlock their learning potential and access their world.”6. Stargazing  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Google Glass is coming. Sure, the early adopters will be viewed as weirdos and the idea of a tiny head-mounted camera raises all kinds of creepy privacy questions, but Glass is cool. Google’s first iteration may or may not be a slam dunk, but wearable computing is unquestionably the next big thing, and heads-up displays are going to be a part of our future, once everybody gets over the dorky stigma. To get the ideas flowing (and promote its upcoming product launch), Google asked its users to propose use cases for Glass and hashtag them #ifihadglass. The campaign, which wrapped up last week, yielded some snarky — and, of course, some truly dumb — responses, but there are plenty of smart suggestions, each of which lets us envision the type of techno-utopian sci-fi future Sergey Brin dreams about every night.  Yes, it will be awkward the first time one of your friends shows up to the bar wearing a computer on their face. That’s not what Glass is for, at least not initially. In general, people seem to be most excited about what Glass will mean for education, medicine, communicating, gaming and getting around. 1. Enhancing Surgery With Augmented Realitycenter_img This is one of the use cases people seem most excited about. And for good reason: Wearable computing and augmented reality open up new doors when it comes to gaming, which is already huge on smartphones and tablets. With technology like Glass, game developers can overlay gameplay over the real world, and plenty of them are already thinking about how to take their Android games to this new, exciting (or creepy) level. 5. Overcoming Disabilities john paul titlow Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google Glass#mobile Previously the pipe dream of optimistic futurists, real-time language translation is a reality today (even if its accuracy could use a little more polish). Using technology Google already owns (OCR and Google Translate), Glass could translate foreign signs and menus. Even more compelling is the device’s theoretical ability to translate spoken language into real-time subtitles, effectively eliminating any language barrier between two Glass-wearing individuals. Lots of people are thinking about how learning and using sign language could change too. Pretty powerful stuff. No, I don’t mean surreptitiously snapping photos of Nikki Minaj at the grocery store (although I’m sure they’ll be plenty of that sort of thing). Amateur astronomers will be able to look at the sky with a whole new layer of digital insight using tiny, face-mounted computers.  Mobile astronomy apps have been popular on smartphone users for years, and for good reason. It’s pretty neat to hold your phone up to the sky and see information about planets, constellations, galaxies and the like. Now imagine that experience without the smartphone, overlaid directly over what you’re seeing. 7. Healthier Living  While universities and colleges will be among Glass’s earliest adopters, the advantages are not limited to formal education. Just like people post tutorial videos to YouTube, a camera-equipped camera you wear on your face opens up new possibilities for teaching people things from a hands-on, first person perspective. Fixing things, cooking meals, learning to play the guitar. Anything you use your hands for can be taught (and augmented with relevant details) via a Hangout or YouTube video.  4. Augmented Reality Gaming There are all kinds of ideas being thrown around about how Glass could help people better manage their health. First, there’s the somewhat obvious example of porting already-popular fitness tracking apps like RunKeeper over to Glass for a more seamless experience. Many of things runners and fitness buffs use their smartphones for now could be simplified by Glass. If nothing else, displaying real-time stats about your run in front of you as you go could be a serious motivator. Also, the bone conduction audio makes headphones unnecessary and reduces the odds of you getting hit by a truck. If Santa Clara University student Alexander Vincent Molloy has his way, you’ll also be able to return health-related information about foods while you’re cooking or even shopping. Using Google Goggles-style image recognition and search, a Glass app could do exactly that, helping the health-conscious make smarter decisions without fiddling with their phones as much. 8. Reconnecting With History One of the most delightfully nerdy Glass use cases being talked about is augmented reality historical tours and museum exhibits. Again, just imagine some of the work that’s been done with smartphone apps and remove the phone from the equation (or at least the act of taking it out and holding it up). Armed with Glass-supported Android apps, walking through the historical Old City District of Philadelphia or the history-rich parks of Massachusetts could be like taking one of those audio-guided tours on digital steroids. Even if an app is not built specifically to overlay data and imagery on top of historical buildings, the ability to do a quick, relevant voice search without pulling out your phone will make learning about history  more immersive than ever. 9. Augmented Reality Art Like historical tours, the experience of viewing art could be enhanced using augmented reality. Some will undoubtedly balk at the idea of wearing a face computer to the MoMA. Why not just enjoy the art and leave gadgets out of it? Because there’s way more information in the world about a given painting, sculpture or design than could ever fit into an exhibit. It doesn’t have to bound by museum walls, either. European design agency Nuelandherzer says it would use Glass to create an augmented reality experience for viewing and learning about urban street art around the world.10. Real-Time Language Translation last_img read more

Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces imports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Next to him is Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (53.5 SPs), Blackwater’s Greg Smith (52.9 SPs), Phoenix’s Jameel McKay (47.7 SPs), and Alaska’s Cory Jefferson (47.4 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra’s Gavina focuses on positives despite ending campaign with 2-9 card MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Chasing him in second is GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who isn’t far behind with a 33.4 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar sits in third with 32.3 SPs, followed by Fajardo (32.2 SPs), and Batang Pier scorer Terrence Romeo (31.5 SPs).Rounding out the top 10 are Jayson Castro (31.3 SPs), Marcio Lassiter (31.2 SPs), Chris Ross (30.9 SPs), LA Tenorio (30.2 SPs), and Baser Amer (29.6 SPs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, Star’s Ricardo Ratliffe leads the Best Import race with 65.7 SPs.The returning reinforcement averaged 34.7 points, 21.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.0 assists in the three games he played this conference. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA player from San Miguel still owns the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but this time, it’s not June Mar Fajardo, who is leading the statistical race.Alex Cabagnot made a surprise leap to be top local, netting 34.7 statistical points (SPs). He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Gavaskar says Pawar promised him extra payments

first_imgGiving a new twist to his payment row with the BCCI, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it was former BCCI President Sharad Pawar who promised “extra payment” to him for his services as an IPL Governing Council member.Gavaskar had on Tuesday hit out at the Cricket Board for not paying him for his role in the IPL Governing Council, a claim which was promptly refuted by the BCCI.In a fresh revelations, Gavaskar said he is now waiting for Pawar to meet current BCCI head Shashank Manohar to work out the matter.”I am now waiting for Mr Sharad Pawar, the then President of BCCI, to arrange a meeting with the current President of BCCI to help untangle and resolve this ‘demanding’ matter, since it was he who made the offer for the extra payment over and above the original amount given to the former players on the Governing Council and on whose word I agreed to come on board the Governing Council,” Gavaskar said in a statement.Gavaskar has found support from suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who said the former India captain had always been forthright in his dealings and never known to be a liar.”A lot has been said about Sunny. All I can tell you is that in all my dealings with Sunny, I’ve never known him to be a liar or anything. Sunny has been forthright. I’m sure they’ll sort it out,” Modi said in London.Gavaskar, who was controversially omitted from the IPL’s Governing Council in September this year, claimed he had not been paid for the last three years but Board secretary N Srinivasan rubbished it, saying it was not factually correct.advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir furious with assault on Amit Bhandari: Won’t let this slip under the carpet

first_imgFormer Delhi captain and international cricketer Gautam Gambhir expressed his anger over the an incident on Monday where chairman off Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) senior selection committee Amit Bhandari was assaulted by a group of unidentified men during the Under-23 team’s trials at St Stephen’s College ground.Bhandari sustained head and ear injuries and was taken to Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh. The goons fled the spot before the police could reach.Gambhir, who played his last match for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy in December last year, was “disgusted” with the incident and said he would “personally ensure” that this incident is not taken lightly.”Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t.Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection. https://t.co/RpS6fzTcNlGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 11, 2019″To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection,” Gambhir tweeted.Earlier in the day, DDCA president Rajat Sharma told PTI that guilty will not be spared. “We are trying to procure all details of the incident. As far as I have come to know, it is regarding one disgruntled player, who didn’t make it to the probables list for the National U-23 tournament.advertisement”The SHO from the local police station has reached the Stephen’s ground and I have personally spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished. I promise exemplary action against whoever is found involved in this misdeed. We will register an FIR,” Sharma said.Delhi’s senior and U-23 team manager Shankar Saini narrated the incident.”I was having my meal along with a colleague inside the tent and Bhandari along with other selectors and senior team coach Mithun Manhas was watching the probables play a trial match.”A couple of men first came and went up to Bhandari. There were heated exchanges between Bhandari and the two men. They left and before we could gather our thoughts, suddenly some 15 men armed with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains came charging,” Saini said.”When the other boys attending the trials along with us rushed to save Bhandari, they started threatening us and one of them said, “Don’t get into this or else we will shoot you.””They hit Bhandari with hockey sticks and rods and he sustained head injury,” the former Delhi seamer added.When asked who could be behind the attack, Saini said, “I was not there when these two guys came and spoke with Bhandari. He is obviously rattled and once he gives his statement to the police, we will get to know more.”Delhi cricket has always been mired in corruption charges and allegations of dubious selections at the various age-group levels have also surfaced time and again.last_img read more

Asensio will win Ballon d’Or – Vazquez

first_imgReal Madrid Asensio will win Ballon d’Or – Vazquez Dejan Kalinic 08:59 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) MarcoAsensio - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez believes his star team-mate will one day win the game’s biggest individual prize. Marco Asensio will win the Ballon d’Or one day, according to Real Madrid team-mate Lucas Vazquez.Asensio, 21, has starred early in the season, scoring four goals in five games in all competitions, including a brace against Valencia on Sunday.The three-time Spain international was lauded by Vazquez, who joined him in Julen Lopetegui’s squad as a replacement for the injured Vitolo. Article continues below 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 “He is spectacular,” Vazquez told Cadena SER about Asensio.”He is at a very high level and still has to grow. We hope to enjoy him a lot. He is very humble and takes everything with ease.”It’s soon to say about the Ballon d’Or, but I think so.”Madrid are unbeaten to start the season, having won the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana, while they sit fifth in La Liga after being held by Valencia.last_img read more

Altidore, Bradley shake USA boos in TFC win

first_imgMLS Altidore, Bradley shake off USA boos as Toronto FC wins at Red Bull Arena Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 12:30 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jozy Altidore Aaron Long Toronto FC New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta MLS United States New York RB v Toronto New York RB Toronto The U.S. national team veterans heard the jeers after failing to qualify for the World Cup, but they still helped deliver a postseason win HARRISON, N.J. — The boos came early and often.Every single touch, every pass and every dribble. Any time Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore took possession of the ball Monday night, a half-full Red Bull Arena rained down the boos — louder boos than perhaps have ever been aimed at any player in this stadium. And the fouls? Any time Bradley and Altidore committed a foul the boos hit their peak, filling the stadium and even leading to one particularly pointed chant aimed at the striker.”F— you, Jo-zy. F— you Jo-zy.” Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ten minutes later, having not yet found a moment to give Bradley the same treatment, Red Bulls supporters did just that out of the blue.”F— you Brad-ley. F— you, Brad-ley.”The jeers weren’t simply about the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal first leg between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, or even about the fact that Bradley and Altidore began their careers in the Red Bulls organization. No, Monday’s chorus of jeers was about the lingering pain and disappointment caused by the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.It wasn’t the first time the pair faced that sort of treatment, with Atlanta United fans also booing them during the regular season finale.Neither Bradley nor Altidore appeared to let the fans affect their game, as they played a big role in helping TFC leave Red Bull Arena with a 2-1  victory. That result sets up TFC to finish off the series Sunday in Toronto, where the Canadian club posted the best home record in MLS in 2017 (13-1-3).Toronto coach Greg Vanney believes that, if anything, the boos only served to help the visitors get more out of the American stars.”I think it motivated them,” Vanney told Goal. “Each of them dug just a little bit deeper, and each of them pulled out a little bit more.”It was Bradley who forced New York midfielder Felipe into a turnover that sparked a TFC counter early, with Altidore then maneuvering past a defender before sending a dangerous cross into the 6-yard box. Luis Robles parried it away, but the ball fell to Victor Vazquez for the eighth-minute opener.Michael Bradley Daniel Royer Michael Bradley Toronto FCAltidore had a hand in TFC’s second goal as well, winning a 50-50 battle with Aaron Long, overpowering the Red Bulls defender to gain possession and finding Giovinco with a pass. Giovinco proceeded to draw a foul that he promptly turned into his latest free kick masterpiece.”I thought Jozy was outstanding,” Vanney said. “He played big, he played physical. In days where you’re not getting out in transition all that great, you need somebody who you can target, who you can play off of, who can hold the ball up, who can bring people in.”His contribution was huge. It wasn’t on the scoreboard, but I think Jozy is more than that,” Vanney added. “We’ve learned that over the years. Jozy’s the consummate team guy. He’ll do whatever he needs to do on the day, and he doesn’t get too caught up on how many goals he scores. We needed him to be the big guy tonight and he was great.”Started by Jozy. Finished by Vazquez. #NYvTOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cqbwvdT0fw — Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017 Seba. Free kick. 💰 #NYvTOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/VELsGxQfUb — Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2017 Altidore had the last laugh, as he walked off the field when he was subbed out in the 86th minute, taking a moment to clap for the fans of both the club he currently represents and those who once cheered him as one of their own. He kept a straight face for most of the walk off the field but could be seen cracking a smile as he sat down, knowing he and TFC came to New Jersey and did what they needed to do.Toronto’s victory means that the pressure is squarely on the Red Bulls, who must do what only one visiting team in 17 regular season matches was able to do: win a game at BMO Field. The task is made even more difficult by the two away goals TFC banked.After the match, Altidore acknowledged being upset about some of the treatment that came his way considering he began his pro career with the Red Bulls in 2006, where he spent parts of three seasons before being sold to La Liga side Villarreal in a $10 million transfer in 2008.”It’s bittersweet. I had a lot of good memories, I thought, with Red Bull,” Altidore said. “It’s my first club that I played at. It was a bit classless. The World Cup, being disappointed with that, I get, I understand, but the other stuff is a bit disappointing. I was never disrespectful towards these people. It’s my first club, and I have so much admiration for the club, so that part’s disappointing. But the World Cup stuff, I totally understand that.”Altidore was the target of jeers during the match and heckles toward the TFC bench after leaving the match. He made no excuses for his role in the U.S. team’s shocking World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago but made a point to say that missing out on the World Cup was a devastating disappointment for the players as well.”That’s the part that people fail to understand. Nobody suffers, nobody loses more than the players,” Altidore said. “Look, I get fans, they put a lot into it, and we’re nothing without our fans. But at the end of it, the biggest losers are the players and the program, not being able to further so much good work that we’ve done over the past 10 years.”I get it. They’re frustrated. I have no problem with that,” Altidore continued. “I understand, but like I said, I just thought at some points it was a little bit classless (Monday) in a place I gave a lot to. And they gave a lot to me and had some good memories, but it is what it is. There’s no loyalty anymore, so all bets are off.”Jozy Vanney PSBradley didn’t react to the boos, but at one point late in stoppage time, a chorus of “Roma Reject” echoed from the Red Bulls supporters’ section. As play stopped due to an injury, Bradley grabbed a water battle and took drink after drink as he stood near Toronto’s goal, just a few feet away from the chanting. At times, he stared out at the supporters, many of whom were likely in that same section cheering him on just last month when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica.”The people that come are allowed to support their team and try to do whatever they can to make an atmosphere to give their team an advantage,” Bradley said. “How that goes is completely up to them. As players, as competitors, you enjoy playing in big games, you enjoy competing when everything’s on the line. You enjoy playing in big atmospheres. You worry about things you can control, you worry about trying to play in the best possible way, compete in the best possible way, and you let the rest speak for itself.”For Vanney, a former U.S. defender, the boos aimed at Bradley and Altidore are misguided.”I think the whole thing is nonsense,” Vanney said. “It takes a lot more than a couple of guys to not qualify for the World Cup. It takes structural issues and a lot of other things.”The fans have the right to do what they want, but these guys really stepped up and proved a point.”last_img read more

Guardiola surprised by Man City form

first_imgManchester City Manchester City exceeding even Guardiola’s expectations Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 06:44 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) pepguardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth Premier League The City boss claims he is as surprised by his side’s sensational Premier League form as everyone else Manchester City’s record-breaking first half of the 2017-18 Premier League season has taken even manager Pep Guardiola by surprise.City sit atop the league table after 18 matches with an 11-point cushion to fierce rivals Manchester United, the Blues having won 16 games in a row – a Premier League record.Should they extend that run to 20, City would eclipse Guardiola’s previous best from his time with Bayern Munich. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite having had similar success in Germany and with Barcelona in La Liga, Guardiola is still surprised City have been able to dominate their opponents this season.”No [I did not expect this], I don’t know [what a good points total would have been],” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth.”I’m glad to be where we are. I would have liked to be here at the beginning of the season, but I didn’t expect it. I repeat, this is not normal. This is not a situation I am used to.”I expect to lose games and drop more points, but I am glad. We are going to fight to continue to be unbeaten. That is going to happen, we will be beaten. But we are going to fight to be unbeaten. “There is no doubt about it because of the way we play at Leicester, the way we play against Tottenham and Swansea, the players showed me they are still hungry to win another game.”An early Christmas present for you…@21LVA is back pic.twitter.com/iy2zEPR58O— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 22, 2017However, the coach was keen to dampen talk of City strolling to the title as they head into a busy schedule at the end of 2017 and the remainder of the campaign could prove unpredictable.”We will drop points and then after that, we will see how we react,” Guardiola added. “There are still a lot of points to win and games to play. Making a lot of plans for the future is a big mistake because I don’t know how many players we will be fit, how many injuries we will have.”last_img read more

The Glaswegian BMX rider whose redemptive story has hit Hollywood

first_imgExtreme sports Buultjens’ life changed forever when he saw the Steven Spielberg film ET as a 10-year-old. “I was this little Scottish kid sitting in the cinema and I remember seeing these bikes flying. The freedom that it could give you stuck with me for the rest of my life. Even at that age, a bike represented the freedom I craved. You might not be able to fly with ET, but you could go anywhere, anytime you liked. Even now, as an adult, the bike still represents a huge amount of freedom.”Shortly after that visit to the cinema, Eldridge – the man John considers to be his true father – gave him the precious gift of a BMX. “Any chance I got as a teenager, I was riding this bike and dedicating myself to learning every single thing I could. It became almost an extension of myself. It gave me friends, a community and a feeling of self-belief I had never had before.”The stunts he learned on his estate gave him an escape and a foundation for his time as a competitor on the local BMX circuit. “People used to laugh at me in my early adulthood as I was still riding my BMX everywhere. I needed to push myself to a level in competition where I didn’t second guess myself when doing my jumps. I tried to channel this mindset into my normal life. I knew there were dangers, but I knew that, if I was prepared, I could always thrive.” Pinterest What is 2,011km long, lasts 82 days and takes 20,093 shots? Golf’s longest hole Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Twitter Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter Guardian Sport Network Cycling (Life and style) Living near the city of stars, Buultjens met Hollywood producer Ali Afshar, who wanted a rare Haro bike to add to his collection. The pair ended up having a long conversation about Buultjens’ difficult upbringing in Glasgow and how he had found love and redemption through his adoptive family and BMX. Afshar said he would love to turn Buultjens’ story into a film.“It’s the typical thing you hear in Hollywood, isn’t it: ‘I’ll make your life into a movie’,” says Buultjens. “Initially I didn’t really take it seriously. Then things started to become a little more serious and eventually it gained momentum until we heard not only was it getting made, but Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges was going to play my dad.” Ludacris, a rapper-turned-actor who has starred in the Fast and the Furious franchise, took a personal interest in Buultjens’ story. Between takes, the pair would talk about their childhoods and how they followed their passions. The film is called Ride – the name Buultjens gave his autobiography – and Buultjens is playing the role of his biological father. He had dabbled in acting before, starring in Neighbours while living in Australia, but transforming into the man he had reviled as a scared, young boy proved psychologically exhausting. Topics Twitter Sport John Buultjens in his job as global brand manager forHaro Bikes. Photograph: John Buultjens “I like to think I’m a positive person who sees the best in people, but playing that man and channelling that amount of rage and violence – especially when you think it was channelled at me as a young child growing up in terror – that wasn’t easy. When we finished filming the scenes, I was absolutely exhausted – not physically, but mentally. Yet, I was proud of what this film represented: that even from the toughest starts, your dreams can come true.”Buultjens understands how far his BMX has taken him. Life is good in San Diego but he wants his story to inspire young people across the world. “The process of writing the book and doing the film has been emotional but incredibly rewarding because it gives me the opportunity to tell people that there is always hope there. I was a wee racist kid from Glasgow, who was given love and hope by a beautiful family. I never thought that riding around on a bike would give me so much in life, but it has. It gave me the strength to pursue my dreams and live a life I could only dream of as a youngster.”• This article is from Behind the Lines• Follow Jonathan Drennan on Twitter Cédric Anselin: I was ready to take my own life but phoning Clarke Carlisle saved me Support The Guardiancenter_img Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Eventually John was rescued from this nightmare of domestic violence by his foster parents, Marianna Buultjens – a Paisley native – and Eldridge Buultjens, who had immigrated from Sri Lanka. John did not feel comfortable being seen in Glasgow with his adoptive father. “It makes me sick to think about it now but I was ashamed and I used to walk at a distance behind dad. This was a man who did so much for me, and showed me for the first time in my life what love meant, and I was ashamed because he looked different to me.” Share on Facebook Share via Email In his early twenties, armed with a passport and his bike tools, Buultjens moved to Australia to set up a new life and compete in professional events. “I competed purely for the love of what I was doing. There was always a serious risk. I had over serious 20 concussions and fractured my skull badly. I had a friend who carried a sewing kit to sew himself up after injuries. Yet, among this fear, I was able to live in the moment competing and never think about my past. The bike represented freedom.”Realising the limitations in his competitive abilities, Buultjens concentrated on his love of constructing and designing bikes. He earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and passionate designer and was eventually offered the job of as global brand manager for Haro Bikes in San Diego. “I never knew this until this job, but Bob Haro was the main stunt rider for ET. Can you imagine? This little kid who grew up watching this film in a cinema in Glasgow, dreaming of what a bike can do, and then eventually my love of riding a BMX eventually took me from a council estate in Scotland to California.” John Buultjens in his younger years. Photograph: John Buultjens features Cycling (Sport) Share on WhatsApp John and Eldridge Buultjens. Photograph: John Buultjens Pinterest Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… John Buultjens, a Glaswegian who made his name and fame by riding and designing BMX bikes, is standing outside his home in San Diego. The sun is shining and the sea air is clean and fresh. It’s a world away from where he grew. up “One of my earliest memories is the stench of waste in the streets,” he recalls. “It was in the middle of a bin-men’s strike. I remember streets that smelt of rotten rubbish and rats clambering around our feet. It summed up the mood of desperation. My childhood was a study in survival.”Buultjens’ early years do not make for easy listening, even when you know there is a happy ending to come many years later. “When I was three years old, I remember running to see my dad – excited to see him – and he just threw me into a fire. I still remember feeling my flesh on my foot burning. There was always a constant fear at home growing up. Just before Christmas in 1979, when I was seven years old, my dad was beating up my mum and I ran in with a kitchen knife to defend her. I was ready to kill him but ended up getting knocked out cold. That was the end up of my time in that house.” Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squad

first_img Akshay Ramesh MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 17:20 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Vijay Shankar has been backed to be India’s No. 4 at the quadrennial tournament in England and Wales (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar has got the backing to play at No. 4 for India at the World CupIt’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar: MSK PrasadIndia announced a 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in Mumbai on MondayIndia’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Monday explained the rationale behind preferring Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up at the 2019 World Cup. Prasad said Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, the ball and on the field worked in his favour.While most of the squad was expected to pick itself, the major talking point ahead of the India squad selection on Monday centered around the No. 4 spot. India have tried close to 10 batsmen with very little success at the crucial batting position since the 2017 Champions Trophy.The uncertainty around the No. 4 spot was so much so that head coach Ravi Shastri hinted Virat Kohli may drop from No. 3 to No. 4 during the World Cup in England and Wales, starting May 30.However, Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.”After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” MSK Prasad said.Prasad also hinted India may try Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav at the No.4 spot if the need arises while insisting that KL Rahul will be a back-up opener in the initial stages of the tournament.India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 and will play nine matches in the round-robin group stages.”We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar. To begin with KL will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call.”advertisementVijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the hand, Ambati Rayudu had received the backing of Virat Kohli for the middle-order role at the World Cup as early as August 2018 after some impressive performances in a home series vs West Indies.However, his performances in 2019 have dipped. Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87. Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Also Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik includedAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Rishabh PantFollow Virat Kohli 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAfter a series of trial and errors, India have zeroed in on Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot at the 2019 World Cup. Chief selector, MSK Prasad while announcing the squad in Mumbai on Monday, explained the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu who had received captain Virat Kohli’s backing a few months agoadvertisementlast_img read more

Workout Playlist: The Best Songs for Getting Pumped About Pumping Iron

first_img“The Passenger” by Iggy Pop“Life in the Fast Lane” by Eagles“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads“Road Trippin’” (Punch Drunk Dub) by WD4D“Budapest” by George Ezra“Roadtrip” by Bassti Best Workout Songs Barry Lewis/Getty Images.‘Tis the season to hit the gym and atone for the past year’s various and sundry transgressions. The challenge, as always, comes in maintaining that physical fitness regime well past the repentance period that your mind feels your body deserves. This workout playlist has been audio-engineered to get you on that (insert your cardiovascular machine of choice) and keep you keeping on while simultaneously inspiring you to return again at another date. As beats- and bass-driven music lends itself to a heart rate-increasing activity, the mission of this mix is to take you through the journey of your exercise with fitness-related tunes. The intention is to get you going right out the gate, build up the tempo with the intensity of the thump, sustain that thumping stride to help you push through “the wall,” and then slowly let you down gently on the other side by fading ever so peacefully into your post-workout stretch.Workout Playlist “On the Road Again” by Canned Heat“Running On Empty” by Jackson Browne“Range Life” by Pavement“Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross“Take It Easy” by Eagles“Road Trippin’” by Band of Frequencies “Road Trippin’” by Red Hot Chili Peppers“Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat“Put the Message” in the Box by World Party“Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham“Ventura Highway” by America“Road Trip” by Chance Encounter The BreakdownFollowing some motivational deep thoughts by Dr. Gene Griessman, M.A.N.D.Y., and Booka Shade’s classic 2005 track, “Body Language,” Shannon Saunders and Sonny Fedora’s “Over This” gets the blood pumping. This track has a good bouncy groove to help ease you into the shock of aggressively moving your body. Bonus: It also has our first beat dropout (or what I like to call the “think about it” part) around the 3:15 mark. These rhythm-challenged sections, along with breaks between songs, make for good spots to take a breather or a swig of water before gearing back up.Our next highlight comes at the productive hands of the Stanton Warriors. Their hip-hop stomper “Get Up” ramps up the funk with Hollywood Holt and Ruby Gee blazing the way via their track crushing vocals. This tune, which harshly chastises dance floor wallflowers, does an excellent job of inspiring you to keep going and, indeed, get up.A double dose of Ed Solo brings us a pair of dubbed out bangers in the form of “I Feel Like Jumpin (Krafty Kuts & Ed Solo Breaks Remix)” and “When I Was A Yout” (yes, there is no “h” in there). Ed Solo is best known for his work with fellow breakbeat slinger, Deekline, but on these tracks, he bumps up the rump-shaking good times with some thick layers of Jamaican sound system bass, while Marcia Griffiths and Skool of Thought do some top-notch toasting on top. Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Immediately following is a sweet, undulating remix of Sarah Vaughan’s jazz standard “Fever.” U.K. producer and DJ, Adam Freeland, got the keys to the Verve Records vault, allowing him to turn this ode to the soaring temperatures produced from heated intimacy into a superb, movement-inspiring grinder. The track has a near perfect pace for plugging along at the gym, allowing your mind to free up while your body harmonizes with the beat.“Running To The Sea (Pachanga Boys Remix)” by Röyksopp, featuring Susanne Sundfør, begins the wind-down section of the mix. Clocking in at 12:14, this sprawling voyage of a song is intended to help you hit that last stride of your workout (and maybe even get a little lost in it) before slowing down and letting your body ease itself back into more normalized, limited motion. The Pachanga Boys love to create enormous open spaces within their tracks and remixes, which allow the listener (or in this case, the fitness seeker) to drift off into a meditative, trance-like zone. With Sundfør’s soaring vocals and a chorus hovering over this cinematic song, you should feel a gentle decompression overtake your body.On the heels of some quality down-tempo songs (including a unique electro-glitchy cover of Olivia Newton John’s “Physical” by Goldfrapp), we end with the life-affirming tracks “Stretch (You Are All Right)” by Tortoise and “Diet Of Water And Love (Manu Remix)” by Flunk. You’ve put your body through the ringer — gradually slowing down the pace and stretching everything out (as you drink water and feel love) will go a long way in helping you to avoid future injury.Workout InspirationIf you need some workout inspiration, check out fitness tips from celebrity trainer Corey Calliet, former bull rider Alex Fine, pro sports expert Mike Barwis, RUMBLE Boxing co-founder Noah Neiman, gladiator Lee Jimenez, and model Michael Markiewicz.We’ve also got you covered on actual exercises — everything from low-impact training, the best arm workouts, bodyweight exercises perfect for men on the go, simple moves you can practice at your desk, and how to run in the cold. Not everybody is a gym rat. If you’d rather work out at home, you could use a gym-free fitness app. And don’t forget about recovery!May this playlist help you keep your goals. Go get ’em, Tiger!Article originally published January 22, 2018. Last update September 2018 to include more workout inspiration. “Stickshifts and Safetybelts” by Cake“Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and the Wings“Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers“On the Road” by Keep Shelly in Athens“Good to on the Road Back Home” by Cornershop “Middle of the Road” by Pretenders“Go Your OwnWay” by Fleetwood Mac“Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group“Little Red Corvette” by Prince“Six Days on the Road” by Dave Dudley“Midnight Ride” by The Allman Brothers Bandcenter_img The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain “Radar Love” by Golden Earring“Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash“Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors“Roadtrip with the Homies” by Drips Zacheer“Summer Road Trip” by Relajacion y Guitarra Acustica“The High Road” by Broken Bells How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers“All Right Now” by Free“Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf“Roadtrips” by Raiza Biza“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson“Farther on Down the Road” by Taj Mahal The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers “Can’t Get There From Here” by R.E.M.“Interstate Road Trip” by Steve Ronald Ouimette“Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire“Road Trip” by Samwise“King of the Road” by Roger Miller Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

Centre delaying payments for rural job scheme Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the scopes of 100 days work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are gradually shrinking due to some restrictions imposed by the Centre.Banerjee during her speech in the Assembly said the opportunities in 100 days work have been reducing in the state due to the Center’s apathy. She also accused the Narendra Modi government of intentionally delaying the payments under the MGNREGA. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe pointed out that the Bengal government has already converged Panchayats and Rural Development department with various other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment to provide some momentum to the 100 days work in the state and also to ensure that more number of people are brought under the scheme. “The Centre has made some restrictions in some areas as a result of which the scopes of 100 days work have narrowed down in the state. They have a tendency to reduce the opportunities in 100 days work. The people are facing difficulties as there is a delay in the release of funds by the Centre. We have urged the Centre on a number of occasions to clear the dues on time,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe further added: “We have done a convergence between the Panchayats and Rural development department and other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment in such a manner that more number of people get opportunity. More jobs will be created if the Forest department deploys people under the 100 days work or the Fisheries department provides fingerlings to those who dig up ponds under the ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ scheme. We have discussed it during the administrative review meeting on how 100 days work can be implemented through the involvement of various Self-Help Groups.” Banerjee once again reminded the House that the Bengal government has secured first position in the implementation of the 100 days work scheme in the country and also the same position for creating employment. In the construction of rural roads Bengal has topped the list. During a question-answer session, Panchayats minister Subrata Mukherjee in the Assembly said around 33.83 man-days were created by his department in 2018-19 while in the current financial year, 5.73 crore man-days have already been created so far under the MGNREGA.last_img read more

US Japanesebased firms named as prime contractor for BC LNG plant

first_imgVANCOUVER – The international consortium behind plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal on British Columbia’s north coast has awarded the contract to design and build the proposed $40-billion project.A news release from Texas-based Fluor Corp., says it and JGC Corp., based in Japan, have been approved as joint venture contractors for the engineering, procurement and construction of LNG Canada’s planned export facility in Kitimat.The award of the estimated multibillion-dollar contract is conditional on a positive final investment decision from the project partners led by Shell Canada, along with Mitsubishi Corp., Kogas, and PetroChina.A post on LNG Canada’s Facebook page says if the Kitimat terminal moves forward, Fluor and JGC would be responsible for directly hiring the majority of the thousands of skilled workers required during the five-year construction period.Fluor says its team’s design and execution strategy improves the competitiveness and predictability of the Kitimat project and positions LNG Canada for a final investment decision.The final decision was delayed indefinitely by the consortium in 2016 because of a skid in global LNG prices.In addition to construction of the Kitimat terminal, LNG Canada is looking to TransCanada Corp. to build a proposed $4.7-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline to carry LNG from the gas fields of northeastern B.C. to the port for shipment overseas.In March, B.C.’s New Democrat government offered new conditions and tax incentives for the province’s liquefied natural gas projects, including relief from provincial sales taxes, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment.LNG projects would also be subject to new greenhouse gas emission standards and would have to pay general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C., but the framework would repeal an LNG income tax introduced under the B.C. Liberals.Companies in this story: (NYSE: FLR, TSX: SHC)last_img read more

Ban Kimoon pledges to spare no effort to ensure safety of UN

13 December 2007As information continues to emerge about the toll from Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Algiers, which killed a number of United Nations staff members, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured the world body’s staff that he will spare no effort to ensure their safety. “Let me assure all UN staff around the world: I will spare no effort in ensuring we provide adequate security for you, wherever you serve,” Mr. Ban said in his second letter to UN staff since the blasts rocked the Algerian capital. “We will look at all possible ways, with all parts of the system, and with Member States, to ensure that this is done,” he added. At least eleven UN staff members are among the dozens killed in the attacks, and several more are injured and missing. Rescue workers helped to remove several UN staff alive from the rubble, and they are now receiving medical treatment. Mr. Ban has dispatched a team of his top aides to Algiers to visit the injured and the families of those national staff who were lost, and also to report back to him on the overall situation. read more

Somalia UN voices grave concern after more aid workers are killed

15 July 2008The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia today expressed grave concern at the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country after two Somali aid workers were killed on Friday, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that one of its transport agents was shot dead on Sunday. “It is intolerable and incomprehensible that humanitarian workers striving to save lives and alleviate human suffering in one of the most difficult environments in the world are being targeted and killed,” Mark Bowden said in a statement.The two aid workers who died on Friday worked for Somali non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the capital Mogadishu.“It is also very worrying that the general level of violence in large parts of Somalia has been constantly rising this year and has reached unacceptable levels of civilian casualties,” Mr. Bowden said.In Sunday’s incident, militiamen opened fire in the southern town of Buale, killing the WFP transport agent in a local dispute. WFP says that payments are demanded by militiamen for trucks carrying humanitarian assistance to pass the hundreds of checkpoints in South and Central Somalia.So far this year, a total of four WFP-contracted drivers have been killed in Somalia.“We condemn these shootings, and are very concerned that growing insecurity threatens to sabotage the humanitarian response in Somalia,” WFP Country Director Peter Goossens said, adding that violence was rising when more than two million people needed assistance because of drought and high food prices.WFP said today that a plague of kidnappings and attacks on aid workers and members of civil society had broken out in recent weeks. Mr. Goossens warned that all sides to the conflict had to recognize that they would be responsible for the further suffering of innocent people should aid deliveries become impossible.The UN agency said it needed to double the amount of food assistance in Somalia over the rest of the year to feed an average of 2.4 million people per month. WFP says that delivery of food aid by sea is critical and has appealed for naval escorts to ships from piracy. read more

New crossing point opens in UNbacked efforts to reunify Cyprus

“There is hope that the two leaders now can bring this country together and reunite Cyprus,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer said referring to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders whose talks he has been facilitating in an effort to reunify the island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.“That is possible and the success of this project simply demonstrates that point and I think demonstrates it very clearly. It will require a lot of political will, a lot of political courage and the leaders can rest assured that they will get great support, not just from us in the United Nations, but from the broader international community.”The new Limnitis/Yesilirmak crossing in the northwest of the island required upgrading some six kilometres of road and is the seventh such link facilitating movement between the two communities. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban voiced the hope that it will help strengthen “the climate of trust and goodwill necessary for the UN-supported negotiations to achieve a mutually-acceptable and lasting settlement as soon as possible.” For the past two years Mr. Downer has been facilitating the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterparts, first Mehmet Ali Talat and after April elections Dervis Eroglu, in a bid to establish a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.Other issues include the economy, European Union (EU) matters and property.Mr. Downer did not underestimate the difficulties in the process and paid tribute to the leaders and the two communities for completing the new project. “I can remember not all that long ago some people saying that this project would never be complete,” he said. “Others said it was a test of whether it would be possible to reunite Cyprus. “That if it wasn’t even possible to build this crossing and to open it, then it wouldn’t be possible to reunite Cyprus – probably a fair point.“But it was of course the pessimists that were wrong and the determination of the two sides that made this possible. And it does demonstrate a point that none of this work here in Cyprus, bringing the two sides together, is easy work.” 14 October 2010A new road crossing between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities was opened today, a step a senior United Nations official said proved the pessimists wrong and raised hopes that the Mediterranean island can be reunited. read more

Findings of US team confirms UN analysis of Iraqs weapons programme

The latest report to the Security Council by the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) includes an initial analysis of the findings of the Iraq Survey Group, led by Charles Duelfer, on Iraq’s chemical, biological and missile weapons programmes.UNMOVIC does state, however, it had been unaware of some of Iraq’s procurement efforts after 1998 which are highlighted in the Duelfer report.Mr. Duelfer (himself a former UN weapons inspector), the Special Adviser to the United States Director of Central Intelligence for Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, and his team shared their findings with UNMOVIC during a meeting on 8 October in New York.UNMOVIC also notes in its report that the Governments of Jordan and the Netherlands have destroyed, under UN supervision, the Iraqi missile engines which had been found in scrap yards in those countries.The UN inspectors also note the deterioration of two weapons sites inside Iraq: The Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq’s prime chemical weapons facility, and Al Qaa Qaa State Establishment, one of the country’s major weapons-related industrial complexes. read more

World must do more to tackle shadowy mercenary activities undermining stability in

Bolster legal regimes, globally and nationally, including the 1989  International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. “From antiquity to the medieval era to the present-day, those who fight for financial reward or other material compensation have been a near constant on the battlefield”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Council, noting that the shadowy nature of mercenary activities has evolved over the years. “Today they are exploiting and feeding off other ills such as transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism”, he told the meeting, which was convened by Equatorial Guinea, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month.Their activities in Africa require “work across the spectrum”, Mr. Guterres stated, “from prevention to prosecution, and from mitigating the impacts of mercenary activities to addressing the root causes that give rise to them”.He zeroed-in on mercenary activities in the Sahel, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea and emphasized specific actions needed to resist their scourge, including strengthening legal regimes and frameworks. Mr. Guterres vowed that the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa would continue to help advance the African Union’s ‘Silencing the guns by 2020’ agenda.He pointed to the importance of cooperation, such as mixed border commissions, joint border security monitoring mechanisms and intelligence-sharing between national defense forces, highlighting as “vital”, strategic partnership between the UN, African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central Africa States and region countries.He also said it was critical to create opportunities for youth to reduce “the lure of mercenaries and the threat of radicalization” – underscoring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help with this and more.He concluded with the UN’s promise of continued support in “tackling mercenary activities”. African Union Commission Chair calls for bolstered international support to tackle scourge Speaking via teleconference from Addis Ababa, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, recalled since the 1960s, the continent’s history has been “punctuated by the of involvement of mercenaries in activities of destabilization, including coups, interventions in armed conflicts and attempts to seize control of natural resources in the countries concerned” – endangering the harmonious development of African States.While efforts have been made over the years to combat the scourge, mercenaries persist.  UN Photo/Cia PakTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and President of the Security Council for the month of February, chairs the Council meeting on threats to international peace and security.“It is clear that we have to strengthen international instruments as they relate to this phenomenon”, he maintained.Moreover, Mr. Faki Mahamat said he “could not stress enough” the need for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in countries emerging from conflict.He concluded by calling for “increased international support”.,For his part, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, said that after more than 50 years of independence, most African countries have yet to know peace or socioeconomic development, “despite the great economic potential they have in natural resources”.“Africa remains the least developed continent” he attested, calling mercenaries one of “the potential causes of this delay”.Mr. Mbasogo spoke of five different attempts in his own country over the last quarter century, with the last attempt thwarted by Angola, Zimbabwe and Cameroon.Speaking on behalf of Rwandan President Paul Kigami, Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera also underscored Africa’s history of mercenaries, saying they have “presented a grave threat to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Member States”.,UN chief recommends actions to combat mercenaries: Increase bilateral, regional and international cooperation, with a focus on border management to stem the flow of weapons and foreign armed actors throughout Central Africa.  Examine the political, economic, social and psychological factors that promote mercenary activities, such as exclusion, poor governance, inequitable public services and no protection for minorities and other vulnerable groups.,He recounted the 1977 definition of mercenaries, which he said “may no longer be adequate to describe” today’s activities “of the worrying increase of transboundary criminal networks…many connected to global terrorist networks”.Rwanda is no stranger to the scourge.“Today, mercenaries are not only involved in active combat, we now see an increase in cyber attacks and industrial espionage carried out by mercenary groups within the comfort of their own homes”, he said.As they continue to evolve and innovate, he argued: “We should not be static in our response” but update existing legal instruments to meet the unfolding challenges. read more

Homes of elderly should be used to fund social care NHS head

The head of the NHS said lack of social care and delays accessing services were now wiping out swathes of NHS capacity – the equivalent of 36 hospitals on any one day.Latest figures show around 18,000 hospital beds filled by patients stuck in hospital for at least three weeks, often without medical need, he said. “A lot of that is attributable to difficulties getting discharged and the social care support that people needs. That is the equivalent of having 36 of our acute hospitals out of action.” The NHS is seeking solutions to help pay for social care The NHS is seeking solutions to help pay for social careCredit:Chris Ryan/Caiaimage The comments come amid argument about whether any future funding increases for the NHS should come via an ear-marked tax.Mr Stevens signalled some enthusiasm for such a course of action, saying it was important to “connect for the public the money they are paying with the service they’re getting”. Highlighting the £1.5 trillion “accumulated housing wealth” held by those in retirement, he suggested any “sustainable” solution would make use of such assets.Allowing pensioners to keep the value of their homes would be “a difficult argument to win,” he said, particularly if the alternative meant an “unbalanced” increase in taxes for working-age adults. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Where people have got resources then that needs to form part of the funding answer,” he said.  And the NHS chief said schemes of deferred payment – which mean councils fund care, and claim back costs from the estate of the deceased – should be used far more widely to become “part of the answer” to future funding.Mr Stevens comments came during an inquiry by the Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care committees, into long-term funding of adult social care.It comes a month after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Brits will face a cap on “punitive” social care costs. Pensioners’ homes should be used to fund social care instead of major tax rises on those of working age, the head of the NHS has said.Simon Stevens said the “accumulated housing wealth” held by older generations should be used to pay for their care, saying they were in a “relatively advantaged position” compared to younger generations.The comments to MPs are set to spark a fierce political debate about how to tackle a growing crisis in elderly care.Last year Theresa May’s manifesto pledge to make pensioners pay more towards the cost of social care was swiftly dubbed a “dementia tax” because it would hit sufferers living at home while those with other illnesses would receive hospital care.Mr Stevens said on Tuesday afternoon the assets of the elderly – including their homes – should be used to fund their care, backing schemes which allow councils to reclaim care costs from the sale of pensioners’ property.The Government is due to publish a green paper on social care this spring, which will consider how best to fund care for an ageing population. The Prime Minister is also expected to announce a funding increase for the NHS, as part of a long-term funding plan. Mr Stevens told a House of Commons inquiry: “I think there are big questions about intergenerational fairness and what the right way to raise resources is, given the relatively advantaged position of my parents’ generation relative to my children’s generation.” read more

Government of the DRC reports on mining contract review progress

first_imgThe Ministry of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reports “good progress as it undertakes the final phase of the Contracts Review. Negotiations between the key parties to a number of the 61 contracts are approaching conclusion, although the Ministry does report that some of the contract holders have yet to come to the table with anything meaningful.”H.E. Victor Kasongo, Deputy Minister of Mines, commented, “The process does appear to be working and we have made significant progress so far, although as the deadline of 30 September 2008 approaches, there are still some companies who need to come forward and engage and I urge those whose situations are retrievable to do so, our door is open and we are ready to listen”.Two weeks ago Kasongo advised that of the 61 mining companies in the renegotiation process, 14 had already satisfied all the DRC criteria. Others are approaching finalisation and details of these will be made available once negotiations are complete. However, the Government does note that there has been a certain intransigence on the part of some operators to understand that what might constitute a ‘good deal’ for them does not necessarily mean that the contracts are a good deal for the DRC.The review process has revealed the extent to which some contracts are not viable or have in some way failed on feasibility, adherence to the Mining Code, or have otherwise not realised the terms of business agreed upon at the outset.One example is the Sengamines operation, which owned the rights over 794 km2 of potentially diamondiferous concessions in the Mbuji Mayi region of the DRC, including the Tschibwe kimberlite pipe and several other kimberlitic and alluvial prospects, and is one of the companies which has had its licence revoked.The Sengamines Co has experienced a number of challenges including changes in ownership and management, and it has effectively ceased operations for more than three years, violating the Mining Convention signed with the Government. Further audit and official records have identified that only a proportion of the required and contracted investment entered the DRC legitimately, which may shock the shareholders of the operation who assumed in good faith that the management team were executing to plan.Furthermore, the equipment that is in place was not officially imported, and there were a number of failures in corporate governance and reporting which resulted in an overall lack of transparency.Kasongo said, “The Sengamines situation is an unfortunate one for all parties. At its outset there was a sense of optimism and potential, yet the operation was never properly capitalised and started, and for this and a number of other reasons it fell dramatically short of the Mining Code and our own Mining Convention.“We are committed to ensuring that all mining contracts deliver maximum value and ROI for all stakeholders, as well as employment and revenue opportunities for the Congolese people and businesses. When this cannot be identified and realised then we have to follow the letter of the law and revoke the licence concerned.“When mining contracts are awarded, they are intended for active mining, and if no proper activity takes place then nobody benefits other than perhaps some people in the financial markets – we are having to now adopt a firm policy towards the contracts and licences of ‘Use them, or lose them’.”last_img read more

Celebrating 20 years in fine dry milling and air classification

first_imgEstablished in 1992 RSG Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary next month. The company is an equipment manufacturer, specialising in fine dry milling and air classification systems. Its systems are in operation on all five continents, processing industrial minerals, cement, lime, fly ash, clays and numerous other fine and ultrafine dry products. RSG maintains a state of the art pilot plant for air classification, dry ball milling, crushing and ultrafine grinding. With over 200 successful plants in operation throughout the world some of its notable installations are:ACS-300TD – High efficiency classifier for 50 t/h ultrafine hydrated limeMCS-600 classifiers. – World’s largest fly ash beneficiation plant in South Africa1,500 kW mill – Ball mill and classification system for calcined aluminaUfg-200 – Ultrafine grinding mill system for calcium carbonate (shown here).last_img read more