Why We’ll Have Robots In The Workplace Before Robots At Home

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#Beam#PR2#robotics#robots#ROS#Suitable Technologies#Willow Garage Two technology companies have decided that the world needs a robot that can help you telecommute more than it needs a robot that can deliver beer.Suitable Technologies announced Wednesday that it will be hiring the majority of employees at another robotics company, Willow Garage. As a result, far more manpower will be put into Suitable’s robotics research, and it appears that Willow Garage is essentially ceasing further development of its main product, the PR2 robot.Suitable Technologies and Willow Garage are both started by the same founder, Scott Hassan. Suitable Technologies is best known for Beam, a remote presence robot. Beam began as Willow Garage’s Project Texai, but became such an intense project that Hassan created a separate company around it. Beam competes with several existing robot product lines that help employees “attend” company events remotely while they’re physically still at home. See also: Can’t Make The Meeting? Send Your Robot InsteadWillow Garage, on the other hand, is best known for its sophisticated personal robot, the PR2. Operating on open-source robotics technology, PR2 can flip pancakes, deliver beer to employees, and even plug itself in when it senses its battery getting low. See also: How An Open Source Operating System Jumpstarted Robotics ResearchNow that Suitable Technologies will be retaining Willow Garage employees, don’t expect to see any new developments with the PR2. Intricate but bulky, and priced at $400,000, the PR2 is sophisticated but not revolutionary.Its legacy may actually be more in software than hardware. When DARPA needed to choose a standard on which to base its global robotics contest, it picked ROS, the robotics operating system Willow Garage developed with PR2 in mind, but not the PR2 itself. For the physical robot model, it chose Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot instead. Meanwhile, Beam is priced at $16,000 (which is still pretty steep when you realize there are remote-presence robots on the market for as low as $2,000.) And the PR2 requires extensive programming for practical use. In other words, the PR2 simply isn’t as close to being ready for mainstream manufacturing as Beam is. It makes sense that Hassan is more interested in putting his focus into Beam.According to a company press release, customer support for the PR2 will still continue. However, Willow Garage will be selling its “remaining stock” of PR2 models, which makes it sound like it won’t build new models. I’ve reached out to Suitable Technologies for more information on just what innovations we can expect to see soon with Beam.Photo courtesy of Suitable Technologiescenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

ATP Paris Masters: Defending Champion Karen Khachanov Dumped Out, Denis Shapovalov Through

first_imgParis: Karen Khachanov’s Paris Masters title defence ended at the first hurdle on Tuesday as the Russian lost 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-5 to German Jan-Lennard Struff.Khachanov beat four top-10 players, including Novak Djokovic in the final, to win the 2018 tournament, but was knocked out after an indifferent second-round display this time around. The early exit ends the world number eight’s slim hopes of qualifying for next month’s ATP Tour Finals in London.Struff, ranked 36th, will next face either former Bercy winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Italian tenth seed Matteo Berrettini in the last 16.The defeat brings a close to an up-and-down season on the ATP Tour for Khachanov.The 23-year-old has broken into the world’s top 10 for the first time, although he is now likely to drop out next week, and also reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in June at the French Open.But he has failed to reach an ATP final in 2019, despite making the last eight at tournaments seven times.Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov booked his spot in the second round for the first time when his opponent Gilles Simon retired injured with the opening set level at 2-2 in their match.The 20-year-old Shapovalov, who won his maiden ATP title in Stockholm a fortnight ago, will play Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini in round two.Lucky loser Corentin Moutet became the fifth Frenchman to reach the last 32 this week with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic to set up a tie with world number one Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.”I don’t want to say that I’m impressed by him or any other player,” Moutet said of Djokovic.”But I have a lot of respect for his career because he’s been number one for many years … I will try not to be unworthy and to be better than him.”Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund ended an eight-match losing streak by beating Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3 to boost his hopes of being selected for Britain’s Davis Cup finals squad.Australian youngster Alex de Minaur, who lost to Roger Federer in the Basel final on Sunday, saw off Laslo Djere 6-1, 6-4, while Taylor Fritz won an all-American clash with Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4. atpATP Paris MastersDenis ShapovalovGilles Simon First Published: October 29, 2019, 10:44 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Shuttler B. Sai Praneeth clinches title at Thailand Open Grand Prix

first_imgIndian shuttler B Sai Praneeth lifted his maiden Grand Prix gold title by posting a come- from-behind victory over Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles final of the USD 1,20,000 Thailand Open here on Sunday.The third seeded Indian prevailed 17-21 21-18 21-19 over the fourth seeded Indonesian in a contest that lasted an hour and 11 minutes.This is Praneeth’s second consecutive title win, following the Singapore Open victory. He had reached the finals of Syed Modi International in January at Hyderabad, where he lost to Sameer Verma.Praneeth, ranked 24 in the world, did not have an ideal start in the final as he went down in the opening game.Podium tunggal putra #ThailandGPGPhoto : badmintonthaitoday pic.twitter.com/tuWbyyGCM5- Indonesia Badminton (@INA_Bminton) June 4, 2017″I was just focusing on the rallies. It was a difficult match. The rallies were going too long. But I tried to slowly and slowly build up and I am happy I could win. I thank everyone who supported me,” said Praneeth after the match.The Indonesian opened up a 3-0 lead but Praneeth soon caught up with him at 4-4 and it was a close battle till 7-7 before Christie broke free to maintain a slender edge.At one stage, the Indonesian shuttler was leading 14-11 but Praneeth kept breathing down his neck and made it 14-14 with three straight points.After another couple of close points, Christie found himself 18-17 up and quickly sealed off the opening game with three points on the trot.Making a brilliant comeback in the second game, Praneeth surged ahead 5-0 and then 9-3 but failed to maintain his huge lead as his opponent won six successive points to make it 9-9.Thereafter, it was a neck-and-neck battle till 15-15 before the Indian took a slight two-point lead at 17-15.Leading 17-16, Praneeth managed to bag three more points to move ahead 20-16. Although he wasted two game points, he eventually won it 21-18.In the decider, Christie broke away at 2-2 to open up a 7-2 lead and then to 8-3. However, the Indian slowly made his way up with five consecutive points to reduce the margin to 7 -8.Finally Praneeth caught up with him at 9-9 and what followed was a keenly contested affair with none of the shuttlers sparing an inch to each other.At 17-17, Praneeth won two crucial points to take a 19-17 lead but only to concede the advantage.Christie bagged the next two points to tie at 19-19.However, the Indian held on to his nerves to reel off two quick points to wrap up the match and the title in his favour.advertisementlast_img read more

eFPGA custom blocks supercharge data acceleration systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous Will China and Baidu’s Apollo accelerate autonomous transportation?Next Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017 Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA I’ve long been interested in the technology coming out of Achronix. They first caught my interest circa 2004/2005 with their asynchronous FPGA fabric. Eventually, this managed to reach speeds equivalent to a synchronous FPGA being clocked at 2 GHz (if there were such a beast), but it was only applicable to a limited number of algorithmic and dataflow applications.In 2013, Achronix launched a family of high-performance, high-density standalone FPGAs called Speedster, which were focused on targeted applications. The Achronix product portfolio was augmented in 2016 by Speedcore, which is a high-performance, embedded FPGA (eFPGA).FPGAs are ideal for accelerating data-intensive artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML), 5G wireless, automotive ADAS, datacenter, and networking applications. One solution is to use a standalone FPGA, like a Speedster, in conjunction with a standalone processor or a System-on-Chip (SoC). However, much higher performance, coupled with significantly lower power consumption, can be achieved by embedding the core FPGA fabric — the eFPGA — in the SoC itself.(Source: Achronix) In the case of Speedcore, SoC developers have access to a library of pre-defined blocks for Logic, DSP, BRAM, and LRAM.Speedcore blocks (Source: Achronix) These blocks are presented in columns. Furthermore, the developers can specify the desired “height” (number of blocks in a column), “width” (number of columns), and “mix” (types of columns). Some projects may benefit from more logic and less DSP, for example, while others may require more DSP and memory.Developers can specify the “mix” of the Speedcore fabric (Source: Achronix) Now, those who live in the software side of the world are used to profiling their code to identify any bottleneck functions, which they then fine-tune to achieve the highest possible performance. Well, Achronix now offers the same ability for those of us who hang out on the hardware side of the fence.For those developers who demand the highest possible performance, Achronix now provides the capability to create Speedcore custom blocks. These custom blocks are defined collaboratively by Achronix with its customers through a detailed architecture analysis of acceleration workloads. Repeated functions that are performance and/or area bottlenecks provide ideal candidates to be hardened into Speedcore custom blocks.As one example, consider a YOLO (“you only look once”) object recognition function used in an advanced, real-time object detection and identification system. In this case, creating and deploying Speedcore custom blocks that optimized DSP and memory blocks for matrix multiplication resulted in significant die size reduction.Die size reduction of an AI convolutional network (Source: Achronix) Achronix ACE design tools fully support Speedcore custom blocks from design capture to bitstream generation and system debug in the same way as memories and DSP blocks. Achronix creates a unique GUI for each Speedcore custom block that manages all configuration rules. ACE contains full timing details for all configurations of the Speedcore custom blocks, which allows it to complete timing-based place-and-route for designs. Last but certainly not least, developers can also use ACE’s powerful SnapShot embedded logic analyzer to create complex triggers and show run-time signals within Speedcore devices.For more information on Speedster, Speedcore, and Speedcore custom blocks, please visit the Achronix website.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


first_imgAs most people will be aware TFA have recently introduced a new logo. As a result of this, TFA has stocks of uniforms with the old logo still sitting on our shelves.We will be selling this old logo gear at a reduced price….if you’re after stuff for just you or for your association, check out the deals below:* REFEREE RED & BLUE SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS: Size Small, 3XL and 4XL are available in the old logo. These are on sale for $32 rather than the $35.75 for a new logo shirt.* REFEREE GREEN & GOLD SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS: All sizes available. These are $32 rather than $35.75 as usual.* REFEREE RED & BLUE SHORTS and GREEN & GOLD SHORTS: All sizes available (some are limited though, so please check with TFA staff.) These are on sale for $25 each, rather than $29.90* REFEREE RED & BLUE LONG SOCKS and RED & BLUE SPORTS LENGTH SOCKS: Only size 3-7 in the long socks and all sizes in the sports length available. Stock is limited. These are on sale for $6.00 per pair and are usually $7.70* REFEREE GREEN & GOLD LONG SOCKS and REFEREE GREEN & GOLD SPORTS LENGTH SOCKS: All sizes available, although long length is limited. These are on sale for $6.00 per pair rather than the usual $7.70* REFEREE RED & BLUE GEARBAG and REFEREE GREEN & GOLD GEARBAG: These are normally $40 but are on sale for $30These items are all available with the new logo as well. If you’re after other referees gear with the new logo, there are also drink bottles, caps and surf hats all available with the new TFA logo and the word `referee’ embroidered or printed on the products. To order any of these items please contact Rachel Grant at TFA on (02) 6285 2703 or media@austouch.com.au or fill in the attached form REFEREES SALE- GEAR ORDER FORM and return it via email or fax to (02) 6285 2820.Stock is limited so get it quickly!last_img

Christening of LNG Hybrid Barge Set for SMM

first_img“We have developed special drive systems for this and are happy to be presenting our LNG Hybrid Barge at SMM,” said Henning Kuhlmann, Becker Marine Systems’ Managing Director.” Focus of the exhibition will be economically priced and green systems”It works like a floating power station and can supply energy to cruise ships in an environmentally-friendly way.“After a 1,500 kilometre trip from it’s manufacturing site along the Danube in the Komárno, Slovakia, the LNG Hybrid Barge will be arriving at the Port of Hamburg and will be transferring energy to a cruise ship for the first time in October,” said Kuhlmann. The barge will be christened during the SMM exhibition.In addition, Becker Marine Systems will be presenting the LNG PowerPac, an LNG-powered generator for ships in port operations, Mewis Duct®, Becker Twisted Fin® among its innovative solutions and products.“We want to establish LNG as a fuel for ship propulsion systems. That’s why, for example, we have initiated projects with a variety of suppliers, shipping companies and ports for LNG storage, the least expensive way to rebuild engines and the provision of gas-related logistics,” said Dirk Lehmann, Becker Marine Systems Managing Director.“This is about us showing our competence in new technical systems and concepts,” he added.Becker Marine Systems has already sold more than 800 of its Becker Mewis Duct® – the 750th duct will be displayed in gold at the SMM. The million tonne CO2 mark is projected to be hit by the end of 2014.The company would also like to encourage the wide-spread use of grease-free rudder systems, to prevent grease from ships getting into the sea.It is also possible to retrofit existing systems inexpensively.Becker Marine Systems is forecast to increase sales by about 20 per cent in the current business year.Press Release, July 25, 2014 zoom Visitors of this year’s SMM trade fair in Hamburg will be given a special treat, as an LNG Hybrid Barge is scheduled to be christened during the fair, Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems announced.last_img read more

Tallink Eyes LNG-Powered Car-Passenger Ferry

first_imgzoom AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy inked a Letter of Intent for the construction of an environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry. The ship will cost around 230 million euros and will be built at Turku shipyard, with expected delivery slated for the beginning of 2017.The project will provide approximately 2000 man-years employment for the shipyard.The new ferry will be about 212 metres in length with a gross tonnage of 49 000. The ship is intended for operation on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn and she is planned to carry 2800 passengers.The ship uses LNG as fuel and she complies with the new and stricter emission regulations for the ECA areas including the Baltic Sea.“A series of six ferries between years 2002-2009 has been delivered to Tallink and this ship will be the 7th newbuilding for the same shipowner. This new ferry prototype gives us an excellent opportunity to apply improved design & building methods. For all these reasons this Letter of Intent signed today is very important to Meyer Turku and to the entire Finnish shipbuilding cluster,” says Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy.Over the next few months Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku plan to work towards signing of the shipbuilding contract and financing arrangements.last_img read more

Safe Bulkers Eagle Bulk Added to Russell 3000 Index

first_imgzoom Dry bulk shipping companies Safe Bulkers and Eagle Bulk Shipping have been added to the Russell 3000 Index as part of Russell indexes annual reconstitution.“We are very pleased to be included in the Russell 3000 Index as it provides us with increased visibility within the investment community,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.Membership in the Russell 3000® Index means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.The Russell US Indexes are designed as the building blocks of a broad range of financial products, such as index tracking funds, derivatives and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), as well as being performance benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately USD 8.5 trillion in assets are benchmarked to Russell’s US indexes.last_img read more

Gas Prices Affected By More Than Regulation

first_imgThe debate over gasoline regulation has been ongoing for years. No matter what side of the debate you are on one thing hasn’t changed: for the last 20 years the price of gasoline has risen steadily during the summer driving season (from Victoria Day to Labour Day). These price increases are often compounded by outside forces that also drive the cost of oil. War in the Middle East, weather-related events and galloping economic growth in China — all affect the price of gasoline here in Nova Scotia. Consumers may not realize it, but over the last month the price of gasoline in Nova Scotia has actually been below the competitive global market price. That is because the New York Harbor price has continued to increase even after the regulated price has been set — eating up the margins that retailers need to operate. And hard-hit retailers — many of them small business operators who are key employers in our communities — are not the only local link in the supply chain. The interests of wholesalers and refiners and transportation costs must also be considered. Commuters also rely on the revenues generated by gas taxes to maintain and improve the ferries, bridges, and highways we all travel on. Still, the largest factor in the price of gas is the growing global demand, especially in North America. As our demands increase, the costs for manufacturing, heating and cooling our homes, or gas for our cars has skyrocketed. That’s happening again in 2006 and no government or law — including regulation — can change that. What government can try to do is provide more stability and predictability for consumers and retailers. Consumers have told us they want stability so prices don’t jump up and down every second day, sometimes for seemingly no reason at all. Consumers want to know they are being treated fairly and that the price — even if they don’t like it — is justified. Many of us also continue to want convenience. The idea of driving 20 kilometres to buy gas isn’t acceptable for a senior citizen, or in winter driving conditions. This means making sure retailers get a deal that makes it worthwhile for them to keep operating. Taking all these factors into account, and recognizing there is no end in sight to the volatility of gas pricing, Nova Scotia has opted for greater stability through regulation. No policy can magically deliver lower prices or guarantee that gas stations will be able to operate if consumers pass them by. That is why the province has committed to a review of the regulation system in six months. Like all good policies, regulation is designed to balance many competing public needs, including price stability, convenience and consumer confidence. They all have a value and a cost. None of us likes the price of gasoline, but Nova Scotia can’t isolate itself from global events or the economic realities of supply and demand. Even without regulation there is no question that the cost of gas would have gone up over the last two weeks. Oil companies would have increased pump prices to recover losses from a rising market just as they did in the past. Because of regulation, consumers have not been subjected to price fluctuations within the industry and there has been no daily scramble for the cheapest price at the gas pumps. Under regulation, retailers also have better protection from the losses from rising markets, about four cents-per-litre over the last month, that put many small operators at risk of going out of businesses. Long-term trends will determine if regulation has provided stability for consumers and a fair return for retailers. Whether it’s a new car, or the cost of the gasoline you put in the tank, it usually takes more than 30 days to decide if something new is working the way it should. -30-last_img read more

Snoopy joining Sony Electronics maker buying Peanuts stake

first_imgTOKYO – Snoopy may be joining Sony.Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. said Monday that it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown.Sony Music Entertainment signed a deal with DHX Media, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to acquire 49 per cent of the 80 per cent stake DHX holds in Peanuts.Under the deal, Sony Music will own 39 per cent and DHX 41 per cent. The family members of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, will continue to own 20 per cent of Peanuts. The parties hope to complete the acquisition on or about June 30, according to Tokyo-based Sony.Sony said it sees Peanuts as “world class,” and hopes to use its character business expertise to strengthen the brand and push the business to grow. Snoopy and other Peanuts characters are extremely popular in Japan, featured in a variety of everyday goods from T-shirts to plastic chopsticks.The comic series was translated into Japanese decades ago, becoming an instant hit.DHX is a leading children’s content and brand company, known for Strawberry Shortcake as well as producing children’s shows, in addition to Peanuts.Sony has a range of characters under its wings, including those from its PlayStation video games. Its film division makes the Spider-man movie series.Peanuts began as a comic, first published in American newspapers in 1950. It’s now carried in 2,200 newspapers around the world in 21 languages. In 2020, it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Schultz, who used to say that all he wanted to do was to “draw funny pictures,” died in 2000.The popularity of Peanuts stems partly from its ability to connect with a wide audience through its poetic portrayal of a children’s world, exploring with sensitivity and humour themes such as failure, heartbreak and pursuit of music.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

Woman found dead in Keshtopur flat

first_imgKolkata: A woman aged about 28 years was found hanging inside her room at a flat in Keshtopur on Friday morning. According to sources, her both hands were tied and the mouth was covered with an adhesive tape.According to locals, on Friday morning, one Vivek Kumar, a resident of flat 304 of AC 166 at Prafulla Kanan (East), saw her wife Khusbu Kumari hanging from ceiling of her room. The door was closed from outside and the key was hanging on the hash bolt of the door. Immediately, Baguiati police station was informed. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy examination.Sources informed that Khusbu was from Jharkhand and was married to Kumar approximately 10 months ago. There was no problem between the couple but there was some problems regarding a loan which Khusbu had taken for some purpose. When police brought down the body, they found that she was hanging from ceiling with a piece of cloth. Her hands were tied in front with another piece of cloth. Cops suspect it to be a case of murder. The police have detained Kumar and questioned him. Also, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death. Though Khusbu was found hanged, but no ligature mark on her neck could be seen. But some ligature marks could be seen apparently on the body. News of her death has been conveyed to her family members. Primarily, an Unnatural Death (UD) has been registered at the Baguiati police station. “Probe is on. There are some ifs and buts. We are investigating the case from all possible angles. But, we have to wait till the autopsy report comes. There might be some possibility of foul play,” said a senior police official.last_img read more

Ban calls for enhanced funding and resources for UN mediation role

23 September 2008Stressing the importance of mediation in both resolving and avoiding conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for proper funding and requisite resources to build up the United Nations’ capacity to carry out this vital role. Addressing a high-level Security Council debate on mediation and the settlement of disputes, Mr. Ban noted that while a small Mediation Support Unit (MSU) was set up in 2005 after the UN World Summit, only two positions are funded by the regular budget.“Today, I would like to call upon the Council, and indeed all Member States, to invest up-front in our mediation capacity so that we can do more of this quiet diplomacy – and less often cross that Rubicon to where vast suffering and huge peacekeeping expenditures become inevitable,” he said.“Without prejudging the role of the General Assembly in deciding budgetary matters, I urge the Council to ensure that mediation efforts have the requisite resources.”Mr. Ban said past experience suggested that effective and coordinated mediation efforts throughout a conflict cycle are necessary for effective peacekeeping and peacebuilding.“It is thus critical that the Security Council provide the same support to enhance the structures, processes, tools and resources required for mediation as it does for peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities,” he added.He underlined the important role mediation plays when quiet diplomacy has enabled the parties to step back from the brink of conflict before it erupts, thereby saving the world untold lives, troops and money, as well as when peacekeepers have to be deployed quickly to save lives before a peace is reached, thus avoiding further bloodshed.On settling disputes, Mr. Ban said the Council’s most positive contributions come when the 15-member body agrees on common principles for resolving a conflict and when it is prepared to use leverage, such as the use of targeted sanctions that “greatly supported” mediation efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Angola.In a presidential statement underlining the important contribution of regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and other stakeholders, the Council resolved to strengthen UN support for mediation efforts through improved cooperation, in particular in Africa.Noting that women have an important role to play in the settlement of disputes, the Council stressed the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and called on the Secretary-General and heads of regional and sub-regional organizations to take into account the gender aspect during mediators selection processes. Many members at today’s meeting were represented by their foreign ministers, who are in New York for the high-level debate of the 63rd UN General Assembly, while Panama’s delegation was headed by its President, Martin Torrijos. read more

Over 4000 deserters return to obtain legal discharge

According to Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna, two officers and 424 sailors of the Navy and sixteen officer and 195 airmen have also reported to their respective services during this period. A large number of tri-forces personnel who were considered as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) have reported to their respective services to obtain their legal discharge during this month, the Ministry of Defnec said today.A one month long General Amnesty period was announced by the Ministry of Defence beginning from the 01st of this month (December) for tri-forces deserters to obtain their legal discharge. The Ministry of Defence says tough measures will be taken against deserters who fail to report during the amnesty period. (Colombo Gazette) With the General Amnesty ending on 31st December all deserters who have yet to report are encouraged to utilize this period to get their legal discharge without delay.This is the second amnesty period announced during this year. The first one was in effect from June 13th to July 12th. So far (as of 26th December) seven officers and 4658 other ranks of the army have made themselves present to the authorities in order to obtain their legal discharge. read more

Without The Princes Trust I might not be here Meet Charlotte Elizabeth

first_img 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. Just a few years ago Charlotte Elizabeth Jones was paralysed by life-threatening illnesses, but the thought of starting her own handbag company pushed her through her “dark” years. After seeking help from the Prince’s Trust, Charlotte’s business flourished and demand for her Bloomsbury handbags soared. last_img

Presidents of Cuba Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meeting

The thirty-ninth Regular Heads of Government conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will welcome the Presidents of Chile and Cuba during the three-day meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica.CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueThe meeting opens on July 4 and concludes on July 6 and is being chaired by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, briefed media on the agenda of the conference on Monday.The Heads of Government (HOG) will dedicate Thursday and Friday to work through pressing issues on the agenda.Thursday’s discussions will focus on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly the Golding Commission Report which is a review of the CSME which was chaired by former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.In June CARICOM facilitated stakeholder discussions in Georgetown on implementing an effective CSME.  The issue of affordable intra-regional travel and travel requirements for Haitians is also expected to be addressed under the CSME umbrella.The Heads of Government will also address disaster management and recovery, Ambassador LaRocque noted.Building a climate resilient Community is a top priority for those states in the hurricane belt. The Community was devasted last season by hurricanes Irma and Maria.Ambassador LaRocque noted he remains positive following a recent meeting in Barbados where discussions focused on the pledges and resources from development donors.During the conference, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will facilitate a series of meetings on building resilience in Montego Bay. The engagements began today and will be reported to the Heads when they meet.Thursday and Friday’s working sessions will also include discussions with the Presidents of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel. CARICOM has long-standing relations with the Central American countries.Ambassador LaRocque noted the meeting with Cuba is significant since it is the Community’s second interaction with the new president. CARICOM and Cuba are currently in discussions on climate change and science and technology, however, it is unlikely any agreements will be signed during the conference.Heads of Government are also expected to hear the “far-reaching recommendations” of the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana. Ambassador LaRocque noted the Commission is recommending the decriminalization of marijuana.“They are recommending that … the legislation be put in place to allow for research of medical marijuana,” Ambassador LaRocque said. The report also addresses the concerns of abuse of the herb.During the conference, the new President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be sworn in by the Governor-General.Vincentian Adrian Saunders will replace Sir Dennis Byron. The swearing in will be held on Wednesday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMember States need to inform their citizens of the benefits of CARICOM- LaRocqueJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM heads to be briefed on CSME reviewFebruary 13, 2017In “Regional”Regional Stakeholders Consultation on CSME opens tomorrow in GuyanaJune 7, 2018In “latest news” read more

Man claims to have gone 60 years without bathing

first_imgAN IRANIAN MAN that claims to have not bathed in 60 years has apparently broken a record for his efforts.The Islamic Republic News Agency and the Tehran Times both report that the man, Amou Haji, last washed himself when he was just 20 years old.See more of the unbelievable pictures here.The reasoning behind the rather extreme lifestyle choice is that he believes that clean skin only brings on illness. The Times says he is a recluse living in the countryside after ‘emotional setbacks’ in his youth.But his controversial lifestyle doesn’t end there. Haji also eats rotten meat, drinks dirty water and smokes a pipe filled with animal feces, according to the newspaper.His home is a “hole in the ground resembling a grave” and he also has an open brick shack built by “those who felt sorry for him”.The Tehran Times, however, feel he’s better off than most. His roof is the starred sky, his little shack is paid in full without worrying about monthly mortgages, his pillow and quilt is the soft cushion of the earth embracing him every time.Haji surely trumps the man found in 2011 in India. Kailash Singh is said to have gone 38 years without washing and was considered the world’s smelliest man despite Guinness refusing to award anyone in the category.Irish radio station ‘amazed’ at inclusion in international Scientology video>Drinking game Neknominate slammed after 6-year-old appears in video>last_img read more

I admire Trumps insight Fifthgeneration rancher yearns for wall along Mexican border

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3051797 Source: Brian SkoloffTO MANY, DONALD Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico border is unrealistic. But for Jim Chilton, it’s the only way he’ll get a good night’s sleep.The 77-year-old, a fifth-generation rancher on the Arizona border with Mexico, says he has grown weary of seeing drug smugglers – rather than just cattle – on his ranch and a wall is the answer to his troubles.“I really admire Trump for having the insight and the knowledge to know what’s wrong with the current border system,” he said, as he surveyed the sprawling desert plains of his 75-square-mile ranch that stretches to the Mexican border.“We need a wall. I’ve been saying that for 10 years… and we need roads along the boundary and the border patrol to be deployed there and not let anybody in,” he added. 64 Comments Short URL Jim Chilton shows off what are known as ‘carpet shoes’. Source: Brian SkoloffChilton – who keeps a gun holstered on his hip, a rifle by his front door and a pistol by his bedside – added that he and other ranchers are also in favour of beefed up security in remote border areas as extremist groups like Islamic State (IS) may be using them to slip operatives into the United States.“We have no idea on this porous international boundary how many people from IS are actually coming in,” he said, standing by the four-strand barbed wire fence on his ranch.“It could be awful, it could be horrible.This is the international boundary and it’s outrageous that it’s open for 25 miles of fence just like this.Although several US politicians have claimed that members of the jihadist group were present in Mexico and had crossed into the US through the southern border, authorities have said there was no actual evidence of that.Humanitarian and security issueBut beyond the drug cartels and threat of terrorism, Chilton insists that Trump’s wall is all the more necessary for humanitarian reasons.“It’s just outrageous for me to find a dead body on my ranch. It’s outrageous for the border patrol to find a dead body and it’s outrageous for my cowboys,” he said, referring to migrants who often die making the crossing into the US through the brutal desert.This is as big a humanitarian issue as it is a national security issue.He said he always carries at least 10 gallons of water in his pick-up truck in the event he runs into desperate migrants, but in recent years their numbers have dwindled as drug cartels took control of the border area.According to the US Border Patrol, nearly 2,600 bodies have been recovered since 1998 from the desert in the Tucson, Arizona sector which covers 262 miles of the border.But groups that work closely with migrant issues in that area say they doubt the number of casualties will decline if a wall is built.They point to the 652 miles of fencing and related infrastructure that already exist along the US-Mexico border as an example of why a barrier – however tall and solid – will not deter people from trying to illegally enter the US.“A fence by itself will do absolutely nothing if you don’t have somebody watching it all the time,” said Mike Kreyche, a member of Tucson Samaritans, a humanitarian group that drops water and food along migrant trails in the desert.“I think the biggest thing missing from this conversation about migrants is looking into the root causes,” he added.As someone said, ‘Show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.’- © AFP, 2016Read: Mike Pence’s plane slides off runway in New York >Read: Philippines president who called Pope a “son of a b****” has promised God he won’t curse again > 27,411 Views It would make my life so much better and I’d feel more secure.The Republican US presidential candidate has made building a wall along the southern border a staple of his campaign and has said the structure would cost $8-12 billion, with Mexico footing the bill.He has also pledged to deport some 11 million people who are in the country illegally.Chilton, who admits that Trump was not his first choice among the Republican candidates for the White House, says building a barrier to secure the 3,200 km US-Mexico frontier not only makes sense but is also a question of national security.Occupied land “I live in a no-man’s land. I live in a land that is occupied by the Sinaloa drug cartel,” he sighed, pointing to mountains on his ranch where he said scouts equipped with sophisticated equipment are posted as lookouts for smugglers.“I have seen cartel scouts on these two mountains before … and even in my front yard,” he said.I wave at them and they often yell ‘hola’ and wave back. By AFP ‘I admire Trump’s insight’: Fifth-generation rancher yearns for wall along Mexican border “We need a wall. I’ve been saying that for 10 years… It would make my life so much better and I’d feel more secure.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share7 Tweet Email Oct 29th 2016, 8:30 PM Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 8:30 PMlast_img read more

Woman arrested in connection with murder of Gareth Hutch

first_imgWoman arrested in connection with murder of Gareth Hutch The 39-year-old woman was arrested this morning in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie By Paul Hosford Jun 10th 2017, 11:06 AM 19,331 Views No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3437099 Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 11:06 AMcenter_img Short URL Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Share Tweet Email A WOMAN HAS been arrested in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch last year.The 39-year-old woman was arrested this morning in Dublin.She is being detained at Mountjoy Garda Station and is expected to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice later this morning.Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was gunned down outside Avondale House flats, where he lived, on North Cumberland Street.Two men approached him in the car park of the complex as he was entering his car.A number of shots were fired and the men attempted to leave the scene in a BMW but soon after got out and made their escape on foot.A man has previously been charged with the murder.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts. Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Irish teenager stars as Bournemouth stun 9man Spurs

first_img May 4th 2019, 2:27 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake (centre right) scores. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 37 Comments Subscribe A LATE NATHAN Ake goal saw Bournemouth beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League today.Spurs finished the game with nine men, as both Son Heung-Man and Juan Foyth were sent off either side of half time.19-year-old Irish goalkeeper Mark Travers made a string of impressive saves on his debut.The result meant Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for Champions League football was rocked in a game where a win would have seen them secure a top-four spot.South Korea forward Son was sent off for a needless push in the closing moments of the first half and Argentine defender Foyth saw red for a studs-up lunge soon after the interval, barely two minutes after entering the field as a half-time substitute.Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked like they would hold on for a point as the match entered stoppage-time, but Bournemouth defender Ake ended third-placed Tottenham’s stubborn resistence to delay their attempt to guarantee a place in the Premier League’s top four.Fourth-placed Chelsea will now go above Spurs if they defeat Watford and Arsenal, currently fifth, will move to within one point of their north London rivals if they beat Brighton.Tottenham’s ninth defeat in their last 15 games in all competitions means they need to wait for Sunday’s results to see if they need to win their final Premier League game of the season at home to Everton on 12 May.It was the worst possible preparation for their bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax on Wednesday. Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers celebrates victory. Source: Mark KertonPochettino didn’t rest any of his key players ahead of the trip to Amsterdam, with Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura all starting, although Jan Vertonghen was absent after his head injury in midweek.Lucas Moura tried to catch out Travers with an audacious effort from the halfway line.Travers was way off his line, but went unpunished as the Tottenham forward’s shot went just wide.The 19-year-old was fortunate on that occasion, but he proved he had banished any nerves when he dived to his right to save Dele Alli’s long-range strike.- Ugly tackle -Lucas tried again from more conventional range when the Brazilian burst clear for a shot from the edge of the area that Travers did well to tip over the bar.Shining in his personal duel with Lucas, Travers foiled the Tottenham star for a third time, quickly rushing off his line to save with his legs.At 19 years and 351 days, Travers, who has already received a Republic of Ireland call-up, was the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in October 2006.Travers’ last game of senior club football was during his loan spell with non-league Weymouth at Gosport Borough on New Year’s Day 2018 in front of a crowd of just 418.He showed no signs of stage-fright on this much bigger occasion and produced another superb save to keep out Alli’s header.Tottenham finished the half down to 10 men as Son earned an out-of-character dismissal.Frustrated by a heated battle for possession with Ryan Fraser, Son responded to Jefferson Lerma’s presence by shoving the Bournemouth midfielder to the turf, leaving Craig Pawson no option but to flash the red card.Tottenham’s disciplinary woes weren’t finished yet and Pochettino was left shell-shocked after his half-time substitute Foyth was the second player to be sent off following an ugly tackle that smashed into Jack Simpson’s leg in the 48th minute.To Pochettino’s credit, Tottenham reorganised effectively enough to keep Bournemouth at bay until the final minutes.Yet they couldn’t hold out and Ake headed home from Fraser’s corner in the 91st minute.In a dramatic finale, Tottenham felt they should have had a penalty with the last kick when Alli was bundled over by Wilson, but Pawson ignored their protests.© – AFP 2019Additional reporting by Paul FennessyGavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to discuss all the week’s rugby news.: Short URL 39,970 Views center_img Saturday 4 May 2019, 2:27 PM Image: Mark Kerton By AFP Irish teenager stars as Bournemouth stun 9-man Spurs Tottenham have still yet to guarantee Champions League football next season. Share22 Tweet Email https://the42.ie/4619978 Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake (centre right) scores. Image: Mark Kertonlast_img read more

Greek CocaCola billionaire arrested in Carribean for possession of 13m worth of

first_imgGreek US-based billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested on the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts after a search of his private jet uncovered more than 5,000 cannabis plants worth $1.3 million. The heir to the Coca-Cola fortune was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport and charged with the intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of controlled drugs. The St Christopher and Nevis Police Force confirmed the charges with the Daily Express.The Vancouver Sun reported that the Anti-Narcotics Unit found the plants along with seeds and a variety of other cannabis products. David claimed that the products on  board were related to a new business venture to start a legal cannabis business in the region.David and Chase Ergen, the heir to the satellite fortune, had announced in April that they would create a consortium to operate in the Eastern Caribbean around St Kitts Nevis, Dominica and Antigua. The venture, modelled after the ones in Switzerland, would create thousands of jobs and there have also been meetings with business and government leaders in the region. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more