Recycling all that crap

first_imgThe latest data on rural sanitation from the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has said that more than 99 per cent of India’s rural households have been covered by toilets. The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey of 2018-19 points out that around 38 per cent of the toilets are attached to some kind of septic tank. Officials from MDWS say the septic tank is the most popular option for people, who have a tendency to move towards it as an option for on-site sanitation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis raises a concern — what will happen to the huge of amount of faecal sludge sucked out of these tanks? Subhash Kirpal, a resident of Linga gram panchayat of Nagpur district in Maharashtra says communities that are well-off prefer septic tanks. In Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj district, the toilets in the Umrada block constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission are attached to box-like containment structures wrongly termed as “septic tanks”. Kirpal explains that faecal sludge in the septic tank (or the box in some cases) is emptied by honey suckers and dumped in agricultural fields. The villagers struggle with the raw faecal sludge in the fields. There have been studies to show that dry faecal sludge can be mixed with organic wastes and used for crop production successfully. Countries like India and Bangladesh have implemented some of these projects. Also Read – Insider threat managementAccording to Olufunke Cofie, International Water Management Institute, Africa Regional Office, Ghana, inorganic fertiliser is not sufficient to add nutrients to the soil for crop production. Cofie says that excreta contains valuable nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and organic matter. Municipal solid wastes (MSW), which are also dumped without planning, contain phosphorous, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and carbon. Co-composting of faecal sludge and MSW complement each other and provide missing components to each other as per Cofie. The microbial population in the final product is reduced enormously says a 2009 study by Cofie. The study says that the final product complies with the 2006 standards of the World Health Organization for the safe reuse of faecal sludge. A study published in 2017 in the International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture shows that de-watered faecal sludge mixed with agricultural wastes like oil palm, empty fruit bunches or cocoa pod husks is a good fertiliser. An experiment had been carried out at the University of Ghana at the Forest and Horticultural Crops Research Centre. The researchers point out that Ghana produces around 3.5 million tonnes of human excreta based on the average production of 400 grams per capita per day. Similarly, the country also produces 3,135,000 tonnes of empty fruit bunches and 550,750 tonnes of dry cocoa husks. This leaves a lot of human and agricultural wastes in the environment, which are dumped in landfills. According to the authors, co-composting of dried faecal sludge and agricultural wastes can be used as an alternative option for managing these wastes and to produce a suitable soil amendment. The Rural Development Organisation Trust, a Tamil Nadu-based non-profit that has been working in the Nilgiris since 1980, has put up three faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTP). The compost from here is blended with kitchen waste compost. About two tonnes of co-compost is produced every day, says Raj Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of the plant. Kumar explains the Ketty Town Panchayat in the Nilgiris has developed an FSTP a year-and-a-half ago. There are 68 villages here, with 40 to 50 households in each village. The toilets are either connected to leach pits or septic tanks. The tanks are emptied by honey suckers and brought to the plant. The Town Panchayat has a resource recovery park and the FSTP has been developed as a part of this. The manure is tested at a laboratory in Chennai every month before being distributed to farmers at a subsidised price of Rs 5 per kilogram. The revenue is collected by the Town Panchayat. According to Kumar, the cost of the FSTP comes to Rs 50,000 per kilolitre per day. (The author is the Programme Manager, Water Programme. She is a geologist by training and works on the policy related issues of water management and sanitation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

BMW sees strong sales increase in Asia N America while Europe is

by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 5:58 am MDT BMW sees strong sales increase in Asia, N. America, while Europe is flat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – Booming sales in China and new versions of key models pushed automaker BMW AG’s earnings higher by 18 per cent in the first quarter to €1.35 billion ($1.77 billion).Sales were flat in Europe where the economy is slack, but the Munich-based maker of luxury cars and SUVs saw a 36 per cent jump in deliveries in China, where it now sells more vehicles than it does in the United States.Revenue rose 14 per cent to €18.29 billion, the company said Thursday.Sales worldwide rose 11 per cent to 425, 528. Top performers were new versions of the 1-series compact and the X3 smaller SUV. The larger X5 SUV and the large 7-series sedan, both of which reap big profit margins, also saw better sales.Sales in China outpaced those in the United States, 80,218 to 75,931. But deliveries in Europe, which is struggling with a slow economy and a crisis over too much government debt, only edged up 0.5 per cent.Analyst Max Warburton said a strong product mix emphasizing expensive vehicles with high profit margins helped alongside the higher sales numbers. He said more profitable vehicles, defined as the mid-size 5-series sedan and up, represented 50 per cent of sales.“BMW’s sales mix, pricing and profitability remain superb,” Warburton said.BMW’s profit margins — measured as earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales — came in at 11.6 per cent, down slightly from 11.9 per cent but ahead of 11.4 per cent posted by Volkswagen unit Audi AG and 8.4 per cent for Daimler AG’s Mercedes brand.Germany’s luxury carmakers are making fat profits, much of it on export sales to emerging markets and the United States, while Europe’s mass-market carmakers such as GM’s Adam Opel AG and Fiat are struggling with tough competition and weak sales and pricing.BMW’s workforce grew by 5.4 per cent over the past year and it employed 101,260 people at the end of the quarter. Part of the increase came from the acquisition of the ICL Group car leasing unit, but the company said that “skilled workers and engineers continue to be recruited in order to keep pace with persistently strong demand for BMW Group vehicles, to push innovations and to focus on the development of new technologies.”BMW makes cars under the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. It also sells BMW and Husqvarna motorcycles. read more

Key issues on Keystone pipeline as Senate vote nears on the Canadian

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 3:13 pm MDT Key issues on Keystone pipeline as Senate vote nears on the Canadian project Reporters seek comment from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, as he arrives for a procedural vote on the long-stalled legislation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The pipeline would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast but has been opposed by environmental groups and President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if passed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – The United States Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline this week.But the fate of the $8 billion Canadian project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., the pipeline’s developer. TransCanada has been waiting more than six years for approval of the pipeline.The odds of building seem to change almost daily.A lawsuit is tossed out, then some others filed. The Republican-controlled Congress is poised to approve a bill authorizing construction, despite a White House promise of a veto. The State Department, after stalling its review because of a Nebraska court case, gives federal agencies a new deadline to weigh in.The US $8-billion pipeline would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of oilsands bitumen from Canada into the United States, connecting with existing pipelines leading to Gulf Coast refineries.For environmentalists, approval would prove catastrophic for the global climate and erode efforts by President Barack Obama to rein in heat-trapping emissions.For Republicans, who have made it their first order of business in the new Congress they control, the pipeline is critical to supplying the country with jobs and with oil from a friendly neighbour, rather than the Middle East.A look at the major players and where they stand:U.S. CONGRESSThe House of Representatives this month passed legislation approving, for the 10th time, the pipeline’s construction. Identical legislation cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, where a 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, but not enough to override a veto.The Senate is expected to vote to wrap up debate, after weighing in on more than a dozen amendments. Republicans and Democrats have so far only agreed to a few additions to the bill, including a 98-1 vote backing a measure saying climate change is not a hoax and real. But Republicans failed to back two other measures saying human beings played a role in global warming, even though the scientific consensus is that the burning fossil fuels is to blame. Late last week, the Senate backed a non-binding measure saying that oil sands should be subjected to a tax used to pay for oil spill cleanups.___THE WHITE HOUSEThe White House explained the veto threat by saying it had to wait for the outcome of a Nebraska court case and the State Department review to play out.Obama’s remarks about the pipeline have gotten increasingly negative in recent months, emboldening environmental groups who have called on him to reject the pipeline outright. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama urged Congress to “set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.”___THE COURTSOpponents in Nebraska reignited the legal fight last week, filing two new suits over its proposed route.They came from seven landowners in Holt and York counties who have received written warnings that TransCanada plans to file eminent domain papers to gain access to their land.The landowners’ lawyer, Dave Domina, said TransCanada’s written warnings give the plaintiffs a clear legal basis to challenge the project. That’s a key issue, because the Nebraska Supreme Court tossed an earlier, similar suit, with three judges saying those plaintiffs failed to meet the threshold. The judges’ decision removed an obstacle to the project and was a major reason the White House threatened a veto.___THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENTThe department has given federal agencies until Feb. 2 to weigh in on whether the pipeline serves the national interest, a determination required for all border-crossing pipelines. That gives agencies specializing in the environment, commerce and other matters just weeks to file their opinions.The department didn’t set a timeline for when it would make its long-awaited judgment on whether the pipeline was in the U.S. national interest.___TRANSCANADAWith the state court removing a legal barrier, Calgary-based TransCanada has filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to the remaining land that’s needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline.By law, TransCanada can use the courts to force landowners to sell access to their land. Company officials say they still need to acquire 12 per cent of the total land easements from landowners who have not yet reached a deal. Some holdouts have said they won’t negotiate.The route still faces legal challenges in Nebraska, where two new suits have been filed. read more

More than 2200 Iraqis killed injured in May – UN confirms

The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported yesterday that at least 799 Iraqis have been killed and an estimated 1,409 people have been injured in May alone due to acts of terrorism and violence. “I strongly deplore the sustained level of violence and terrorist acts that continues rocking the country,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov. At least 603 of the 799 people killed were civilians, and an additional 144 were civilian police.The overall toll is higher than UN estimates, which do not include casualties from Anbar, where the Iraqi army has been fighting tribal groups. An estimated 195 people were killed there in May and an additional 499 injured, according to figures obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar.Briefing the Security Council in March, Mr. Mladenov, who is also the head of UNAMI, said the crisis in Anbar province posed the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State.Since the start of the year, more than 66,000 families were displaced by the fighting, and more families were displaced in the months prior by attacks carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants.“In all meetings, I have stressed that while the United Nations will support Iraq’s fight against terrorism, the challenges facing the people of Iraq cannot be resolved without dialogue, and concessions,” Mr. Mladenov had told the Security Council.“While a security response is necessary to tackle the threat of armed groups and terrorists, a range of strategies are needed to successfully address the conditions that enable terrorist activity,” he stated. “The protection and advancement of human rights, equality before the law and the inclusion of those who feel marginalized will become central in any political resolution in the future.” read more

Nepal UN continues to support sustainable postdisaster earthquake recovery

“As health facilities are being reconstructed, there is an opportunity to build better, and put more risk reduction measures in place,” she added. She stressed that stronger policies will be needed for ensuring that disaster risk reduction measures are implemented and emergency preparedness and response capacities are built at all levels, with all cadres of health staff trained. “Strengthening emergency preparedness and response capacity should be an ongoing process in Nepal and in all other countries. With WHO South-East Asia Region prone to natural calamities, the lessons learnt from the Nepal earthquake are important for the entire region to prepare better to respond to emergencies,” Ms. Khetrapal Singh concluded. “As the reconstruction effort continues, UNEP will promote a green, resource-efficient and sustainable reconstruction process in the country, focused on environmental recovery, restoration of life- and livelihood-supporting ecosystems, and promoting resource efficiency,” said Isabelle Louis, Regional Director and Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in a press release. “The aim is to ensure that the rebuilding results in enhanced environmental resilience of the people of Nepal and its ecosystems,” she added. The 25 April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks killed more than 8,700 people, injured more than 22,000, and destroyed and damaged more than 250,000 houses. While 8.1 million people were directly affected, millions across the mainly rural nation were exposed to increased landslides. Major life-supporting ecosystems were also severely damaged. UNEP said that a rapid environmental assessment undertaken by the Government of Nepal following the earthquake revealed significant destruction of forests and protected areas as well as damage to ecotourism infrastructure such as nature trails, trekking routes and camping sites. The earthquake also destroyed renewable rural energy technology solutions such as improved cooking and biogas stoves. Water sources shifted in some areas, with reduced or no flows in places, and new sources starting to flow in others. Amod Dixit of the Nepal Society for Earthquake Technology talks about the opportunity to make Nepal safer for the next big one. Credit: United NationsFreshwater ecosystems were also affected by increased sedimentation and some rivers were temporarily blocked by landslides. The economic cost of loss of ecosystems services from landslides has been estimated at nearly $328 million, according to the agency. Following the earthquake, UNEP worked with the Government of Nepal to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts of the disaster. This included the development of a comprehensive waste management strategy at national and sub-national levels to manage the estimated 3.9 million tons of earthquake debris, which included hazardous material. With landslides becoming three times more frequent following the earthquake, UNEP facilitated the sharing of best global practices on landslide management. Working with the Government and development partners, UNEP also identified opportunities to green the reconstruction process. “We must learn from the Nepal earthquake, just as we did from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Applying lessons learned from such events can help strengthen our efforts for preventing emergencies from becoming disasters,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia.Ms. Khetrapal Singh was addressing a two-day conference organized by the Ministry of Health, Nepal and WHO, in Kathmandu on 20-21 April. Priority lessons identified in the meeting will be consolidated into a road map for further action. Among the key lessons highlighted at the conference was the need for extending emergency preparedness and response measures beyond the national capital, to the districts. As more than 80 per cent of health facilities in the affected districts were either damaged or destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, the injured had to be rushed to hospitals in Kathmandu, which remained functional as they had been retrofitted, their staff trained in mass casualty management and they had emergency plans in place that were immediately activated. “The preparations that were done in Kathmandu hospitals helped saved many lives. Similar preparations need to be put in place at all other levels too, so that in the event of an emergency, everyone throughout the health system is prepared and knows what to do,” said Ms. Khetrapal Singh. A group of pregnant women and mothers sit outside the Primary health centre of Gorkha District, the epicenter district of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: UNICEF/Narendra Shrestha UN calls for more investment in resilient infrastructureIn related news, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal this past year with a call for greater investment in resilient infrastructure if the death toll from future earthquakes is to be reduced.“The Nepal Earthquake was long forecast and worse could happen in the future,” Mr. Glasser said. “As the rebuilding effort is now set to get under way in earnest, every support must be extended to the 3 million or more people who lost their homes a year ago so they build back better to earthquake-resistant standards.” Mr. Glasser said that UN Member States have recognized that reducing earthquake risk is a priority given that about 750,000 people have died in earthquakes and tsunamis over the past 20 years. Nepal and recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan are a reminder of the urgent need to invest in disaster-resilient infrastructure as agreed in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. A major part of urban resilience is ensuring compliance with building codes and planning laws.“Building back better cannot be done overnight,” Mr. Glasser stressed. “Nepal is a textbook example of how difficult and long drawn out the process can become when risk governance is complicated by the overall political context, including major gaps at the level of local government. The socio-economic impact of this disaster is enormous and it will have a long-term impact on the country’s development and the welfare of its people,” he added.Health sector partners review earthquake response Along those lines, health sector partners recently reviewed lessons learned from the earthquake, and recommended strengthening and expanding emergency preparedness and response capacities beyond the national capital, and testing them periodically, to prepare better for future emergencies. The Asia and Pacific region accounts for nearly half of the world’s natural disasters. The five biggest disasters to strike Asia Pacific in 2013 caused some $100 billion in economic loss and killed more than 19,000 people. read more

World off track to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger food

According to the study, Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania – excluding Australia and New Zealand – registered the lowest levels of investment in the agricultural sector, which includes fisheries and forests.Key findings from the study that covers some 230 countries include data that more than 820 million people are going hungry around the world.That number has been rising for three years in a row “and is back to levels seen in 2010-2011”, FAO says.The percentage of hungry people has also slightly increased between 2015 and 2018, to 10.8 per cent.Six in 10 livestock breeds ‘at risk of extinction’Among the report’s other findings is the warning that 60 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction in the 70 countries for which information is available.This means that out of more than 7,000 breeds that are found in only one country, almost 2,000 are threatened, FAO says.Examples include Fogera cattle from Ethiopia or Bali’s Gembrong goat, according to FAO.It notes too that there has been “no progress” in conserving the animal DNA that would be needed to create new herds in case of extinction, with less one per cent of their genetic blueprint currently stored, with ongoing efforts to preserve these resources proving to be “inadequate”.Plant conservation more successfulWhile there has been more success in conserving the genetic material of plants, with global stocks held in 99 countries and 17 regional and international centres totalling 5.3 million samples, FAO cautioned nonetheless that crop diversity is still too limited.“Efforts to secure crop diversity continues to be insufficient,” the report states, “particularly for crop wild relatives, wild food plants and neglected and underutilized crop species.”Investing in sustainable fisheries ‘is worth $32 billion annually’Highlighting the need to invest in sustainable fishing, the report also warns that one-third of marine stocks are overfished today, compared with 10 per cent in 1974.“Despite some recent improvements in fisheries management and stock status in developed countries, the proportion of stocks fished within biologically sustainable levels has decreased significantly in developing countries,” the UN agency says.Around 30 per cent of countries still have a relatively low implementation record of key international instruments designed to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, FAO maintains.All countries should “urgently” implement transformational changes in fishery management and governance, FAO recommends, as rebuilding overfished stocks could increase annual fishery production by 16.5 million tonnes and annual revenues from fishing by $32 billion. All continents face water stress, forest clearance ongoingAmong the report’s other findings are that water stress affects countries in every continent. Nonetheless, the majority of countries that have registered high water stress since 2000, are mainly in Northern Africa, Western Asia and Central and Southern Asia.In addition, between 2000 and 2015, the world lost an area of forest the size of Madagascar, owing mainly to agricultural use. Most of this loss was in the tropics of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.On a more positive note, the rate of forest loss slowed down globally from 2010-2015, the FAO report notes, and this loss was partly compensated by the increase forest in Asia, North America and Europe. Four years since the international community agreed to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – whose objectives include tackling food insecurity and poor nutrition – FAO says that a lack of progress “is the norm”.In a new report focusing on Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water And Sanitation), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life On Land), the agency also warns of unsuccessful efforts to make farming sustainable, as well as the long-term management of land and ocean-based resources.The world is off-track to meet most of the Sustainable Development Goal targets linked to hunger, food security and nutrition.🔖 New FAO report 👉 https://t.co/6V4wyNaVpR#HLPF #ZeroHunger #SDGs #Agenda2030 #GlobalGoals pic.twitter.com/5EYSL4ZSHP— FAO (@FAO) July 18, 2019 read more

Mumbai to play Chennai Super Kings in IPL season opener

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL to begin on April 7January 22, 2018In “latest news”IPL 2017 Qualifier 1 : Advantage Mumbai as Rising Pune miss key playersMay 15, 2017In “Sports”Heavy downpour forces postponement of IPL QualifierMay 27, 2014In “Sports” Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL opener on April 7 in Mumbai. Super Kings will also play the last match of the league phase, which ends on May 20, against Kings XI Punjab. The IPL has also decided not to alter the tournament’s regular match timings with afternoon matches scheduled for a 4pm IST start and the evening matches commencing at 8pm.In a welcome change, all the double headers – 13 in total – will be played over Saturday and Sunday. In the final schedule released by the IPL on Wednesday, 44 matches during the league phase will be played in the evening, while the remaining 12 games will be start in the afternoon.In addition to the home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the ninth venue, playing host to the home games of Kings XI. Apart from the tournament opener and the final, Mumbai will also host the first qualifier.Incidentally the venue for the other two play-offs – the eliminator and the second qualifier – remains unnannounced. The main reason behind that was because the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) sent a letter to IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, demanding the two play-off matches be played in Pune, home of last year’s runner-up Rising Pune Supergiant.In the letter, MCA president Abhay Apte told Shukla that he was merely asking the IPL to stick to the norm and allot the Eliminator and second qualifier to the home base of last season’s runner-up. A final decision on the issue is likely to be taken by the IPL Governing Council at its next meeting.Meanwhile, the IPL acquiesced to the franchises’ demand of sticking to the original match timings and not alter it. In January, the Governing Council had approved the proposal – worked out with the host broadcaster Star – that afternoon matches would begin at 5.30 pm, and evening games would commence at 7pm. The immediate repercussion of that move, the franchises argued, was the second innings of the first match and the first innings of the second would overlap on double-header days.According to an IPL official, one solution was to start the day match at 3.30pm to “avoid” the overlap. That, however, was not a feasible solution considering the IPL is played during peak summer and the franchises did not want the players to suffer in India’s unforgiving heat. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Former Green TD turned musician Paul Gogarty gains council seat

first_imgI discussed it with friends and family and it was a bit of debate, I don’t want to say that that was the primary reason for my choice but when we weighed it up it came to about 85 per cent that that was the way to go.He added that, having been involved in his local Palmerstown community for 27 years, “I never got votes for being Green.”Read: Guess which former Green TD turned pop singer is back in politics?Read: Election 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happen Source: Damien Mulley/YouTubeSpeaking to TheJournal.ie earlier this year, Gogarty said he had considered running again as a Green candidate and discussed it with a number of members, including former leader John Gormley but ultimately decided to go it alone. THE FORMER GREEN Party TD Paul Gogarty is back in politics as of this morning.He’s claimed seat on South Dublin County Council for the Lucan area.The two-term Green TD has long-since left the party fold after his membership lapsed.In the years since departing Leinster House amid the Greens wipe-out in the 2011 General Election, Gogarty’s pursued a career as a musician under the name ‘His Sweet Surprise’ .His efforts included this not-so-subtle anti-drugs track, ‘Molly is a Liar’… Source: HisSweetSurprise/YouTubeGogarty (of course) gained international attention when this clip of his “most unparliamentary language” from 2009 went viral, and was picked up by news sites all over the world…last_img read more

Were Big Fans of Cliff Bleszinski and Heres Why You Should Be

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseFinally, Dave Bautista Is In ‘Gears of War’ Video game developers aren’t like actors or musicians. For the most part, the developers that make the games you play are rarely seen or heard. One huge exception to this rule is none other than Cliff Bleszinski. Unlike most of his peers, the Gears of War creator delights in being the center of attention. Although he could come off as such, he isn’t just a showboat. He’s a smart and well-articulated man who knows how to sell a video game and how to convey the power of interactive entertainment to the world. Bleszinski is, in fact, a great ambassador for the gaming industry.Since Cliff Bleszinski is such an interesting person to talk about, we decided to spotlight some of his greatest moments. As you’ll see, our old pal Cliffy B is in a class all by himself.Making Games Before the Age of 18Cliff was making games at an age when others would simply be playing them. He developed his first non-commercial title at the tender age of 11. He made his first commercial game, The Palace of Deceit: Dragon’s Plight, when he was only 17. This was released in 1991 through his own company, Game Syndicate Productions. Cliff sent a copy of the game to Tim Sweeny, who is the founder of Epic Games. Sweeny was so impressed that he hired Bleszinski to work at Epic (then known as Epic MegaGames).Dude HugeBesides Cliffy B, Bleszinski’s most popular moniker is “Dude Huge.” But how did he get that name? It’s all because of a simple typo. When writing a piece about Bleszinski, Kotaku author Brian Ashcraft wrote “dude huge” instead of “dude hugs.” Cliff loved the name so much that he decided to use it. As we’ve learned from the “covfefe” meme, typos are the gift that keep on giving.Jazz The JackrabbitPeople these days know Cliff from his work on the Unreal and Gears of War franchises. While those two series would go on to define him, they weren’t his first success. Old-school PC gamers may remember a quirky platforming title by the name of Jazz Jackrabbit. The game was such a success that it received a sequel. While he would go on to bigger and better things, Jazz Jackrabbit proved Bleszinski had what it takes to create hit games.Gears of WarThe title that made Cliffy B a household name, Gears of War is not only the dev’s most notable work, but a genre and generation-defining title. Gears of War is one of the manliest games ever created. It’s basically the handshake scene from Predator in video game form. Part of what made Gears of War fun was seeing Cliff promote it. Brandishing a real-life chainsaw bayonet along with his in-your-face attitude, Cliff was as grandiose and over the top as his signature creation. Though he left the franchise years ago, Cliff and Gears of War will always be synonymous with one another.Mario MasterCliff’s unofficial entry into the gaming industry was appearing in the very first issue of Nintendo Power magazine. As a kid, he managed to score 9,999,950 points in Super Mario Bros. When Nintendo Power was canceled in 2012, Bleszinski spoke to Kotaku about this experience and how he was a huge fan of the influential gaming magazine.Late Night TV StarCliff Bleszinski announced Gears of War 3 live on the Jimmy Fallon show back in 2010. This was the first time a late night show unveiled a new video game, thus making it a pretty big deal. Cliff is the consummate showman, so he was the perfect person to present the last game in the storied franchise to the world. Gears of War 3 may have been the first game to show up on late night television, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. We have Cliff Bleszinski to thank for breaking this particular boundary for the games industry.LawBreakersI’m kind of cheating with this one since the game isn’t out yet — but I wanted to include LawBreakers in this post. After a two-year hiatus, Cliff is back with a new title produced by his own studio, Boss Key Productions. Truth be told, LawBreakers seems to be another one of those arena shooters we keep seeing pop up nearly every week. But since it has Cliff’s name attached to it, people are obviously excited to play it.Many Faces of CliffAnd now for the real reason, you’re reading this article.One of the fun things about old-school Cliffy B is how he never seemed to sport the same hairstyle twice. Whenever he would appear, he’d also have a new ‘do. Cliff stopped rocking multiple hairstyles around the time he asked folks to call him Cliff Bleszinski instead of “Cliffy B.” But nothing ever goes away on the internet. A such, we’ve put together this image featuring several of Cliff’s many hairstyles.Keep on being awesome, Cliff! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Amazon Employees Join Sept 20 Global Climate Walkout

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsReport: Amazon Testing Hand-Scanning Payment Method We want Amazon to commit to zero emissions by 2030 and pilot electric vehicles first in communities most impacted by pollution. We should be leaders reaching zero first, not sliding in at the last moment. Pledge to walk out with us: https://t.co/Ubcm6G2XWQ pic.twitter.com/vGmLIs9rnY— Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) September 9, 2019Last year, Amazon teamed with Procter & Gamble and Hasbro to reinvent boxes, reduce waste, and simplify packaging. It also boasts a network of solar and wind farms, as well as solar fulfillment center rooftops.And in February, the firm announced a new initiative to reach 50 percent carbon neutral shipments by 2030.That’s not good enough, though, for many employees, who claim Amazon pollutes communities with fossil fuels, bolsters the petroleum industry, and funds climate deniers.Bezos & Co. “must demonstrate real climate leadership,” the group said, by committing to:Zero emissions within a decade (and pilot electric vehicles in communities most impacted by pollution)Zero custom Amazon Web Services contracts for fossil fuel firms accelerating oil and gas extractionZero funding for anyone who dismisses climate change“Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” the blog post said.Climate science suggests that the world needs to reach net zero emissions by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.Next Friday’s strike marks the first time Amazon workers at corporate offices are walking out; it is also the tech industry’s first revolt over the climate crisis.“I’m proud that Amazon is one of the most innovative companies, and that means we can be a leader on climate,” Roshni Naidu, senior technical product manager at the Seattle headquarters, said in a statement. “As a leader, we need to reach zero first and not be a company who slides in at the last possible deadline.“This walkout is about telling our business and political leaders that we demand urgent action at the scale of the crisis,” she added.Employees will leave work to join youth-led, city-wide actions in their respective locations.Seattle-based staffers are set to walk out at 11:30 a.m., gathering with other tech workers for climate-related activities before marching to join youth groups and the community at City Hall for a rally.Microsoft workers, meanwhile, will also be joining millions of folks around the globe by participating in the Sept. 20 strike.More on Geek.com:Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow AirportEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate ChangeClimate Change + Human Excrement = Death of Coral Reefscenter_img More than 1,000 Amazon employees plan to walk out of work on Sept. 20 in support of a global climate strike.For more than a year, teen activist Greta Thunberg has been leading students and young people in weekly school climate strikes.Now, they want adults to join the fight.“As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following,” Amazon Employees For Climate Justice wrote in a Monday blog post.The group, whose aim is to “ensure our business models don’t contribute to the climate crisis,” has invited workers across the world to band together next Friday in hopes of appealing to company CEO Jeff Bezos.last_img read more

Jagielka wants to have a positive end of the season

first_imgThis season hasn’t been an easy one for Everton but it seems like they have finally reached the safe places and can focus just on ending the season positively – which is what Phil Jagielka wants.The Toffees are about to face Manchester City in their upcoming game and the experienced defender believes that with a possible win, they can end the season on a positive note despite it hasn’t been that successful.The former England international spoke about his side’s remaining games, according to evertonfc.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We want to be pushing on. Since the new manager came in, results wise it has been a steady incline and it is putting us back on a steady footing.”“Our league position is not too bad and there is a chance – if we go on a run – we can finish not too far off where people may have expected us to finish, having had a positive season. That is what we need to look for from now until the end of the season.”“They’ve [City] gone to a new level this year. Their movement is brilliant at times but there are chinks in the armour, it has been proven this season and is up to us to look at those. I expect a busy day off the ball but on the ball, we must make sure we put them under as much pressure as possible.”last_img read more

Nomination period for 2019 G2E Asia Awards extended to 19 April

first_imgReed ExhibitionsVera Ng+86 755 2383 4581vera.ng@reedexpo.com.hkInside Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 2959jh@asgam.com SJM’s Daisy Ho to deliver keynote address as G2E Asia gets underway today Load More Melco boss Lawrence Ho hails G2E Asia Awards success The co-organizers of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards – Reed Exhibitions, the American Gaming Association and Inside Asian Gaming – have announced that the public nomination period for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards has been extended due to popular demand.With a flurry of nominations having been received over the past week, the nomination period will now run until Friday 19 April 2019. Any member of the public may submit nominations by visiting G2EAsiaAwards.com. Companies are welcome to nominate themselves.center_img RelatedPosts The G2E Asia Awards judging panel, currently comprised of 32 judges, is still growing and will be finalized later this month. A select committee of the panel will narrow down the public nominations to a shortlist of official award nominees after the nomination period has closed. Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019.The 12 categories for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards include:Best IR Non-Gaming AttractionBest B2B Digital Product SolutionBest Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)Best Table Game SolutionBest Industry InnovationBest Gaming FloorBest Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners)Best Corporate Social Responsibility ContributionBest VIP Gaming PromoterBest Industry SupplierBest Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)Best Integrated ResortSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at G2EAsiaAwards.com. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available. For more information on writing a compelling nomination, download the G2E Asia Awards’ information guide.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact: Galaxy Macau named Best Integrated Resort for second year running at G2E Asia Awardslast_img read more

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

first_img“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down, or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” Marvin J. Ashton When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.” Mahatma GandhiWhen my friends Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley invited me to join them for dinner at Carson’s Creekside 1110 Beech Drive in Middle River, I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to a new restaurant. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful sunset painting a magnificent landscape on the water. The restaurant is an ideal place to dock your boat or eat on the deck among the ducks that wander about the grounds. The fried oysters were delicious and padded to perfection and the servers were prompt and courteous. This is definitely on my return list.Dr. Marie Washington, her daughter Jackie Washington, Rainier Harvey and I were in Prince George’s County for an event honoring Maryland’s Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford hosted by Dr. Wilbur Wilson. We decided to look for a restaurant in Prince George’s county. The young people know what to do, Jackie googled a restaurant called “SoBe Restaurant and Lounge” in Lanham. Our server William Redd had the charm of a southern gentleman, very knowledgeable in assisting us in our menu selections. I ordered the shrimp, corn and crab bisque and lamb chops, others ordered southern fried chicken and crab cakes. The ambience was excellent, the food superb and the service was top-notch. They also feature live jazz. For more information go to www.soberestaurantandlouge.com or contact the GM Chris at chris@sobedc.com“Chances are ’cause I wear a silly grin the moment you come into view. Chances are you think that I’m in love with you… Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me; and if you think you could, then chances are your chances are awfully good.” Johnny MathisSending a bouquet of pink and green flowers of love to newlyweds Diosa and Rhonda Cylburn on their wedding day.“Three little words oh, what I’d give for that wonderful phrase to hear those three little words… Three little words, eight little letters which simply mean I love you.” Nat King ColeSending “love and happiness” to Beverly and John Carter, Latonya and Charles Queen and a special anniversary wish to Darlene and Robert Williams celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary “cruisin” the Mediterranean Sea.“He is like a man, which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Luke 6:48Happy fourth anniversary to Pastor Purcell Wylie and the Carpenter’s House as they continue to be servants unto God.We’re singing, happy birthday to my sister Karen Johnson, Chase, my grandsons Damien Richard Lee and Gregory Warren Packer Jr, Colin Daniels, Keith Pennick, Donna Briscoe, Aloha McCullough, Janet Jones, Dana Petersen Moore, Karen Hill, Beatrice Williams, Steward Beckham, Dyra Johnson, Rod Womack,  Deenen Fassett, Cletis Parker, Delegate Bilal Ali, Annie Hall, Judy Rainey, Sabrina Tapp-Harper, Joe Ann Otis, Sophia Blake, Dorothy Marshall, James “Dickey” Harris and Wendell Rawlings.Sending bouquets of violets to Dr. Marian Davis Foster, Maxine Gaskins, Dr. Ann Emery, Dr. Lavenia Fitzpatrick and my neighbor Ernestine Jolivet.“…and, like a horse unbroken, when first he feels the rein, the furious river struggled hard, and tossed his tawny mane, and burst the curb, and bounded, rejoicing to be free…” Thomas Babington McAulay The death of three of my young friends within 24 hours of each other reminded me of the poem “Horatio at the Bridge,” a story of a young soldier tasked to protect the bridge during wartime despite many obstacles he was victorious in his determination to win that even his opponents cheered for him. I’ve known each one and their families for 30 to 40 plus years, watching them become outstanding citizens in their community.Christopher Byrd (Brother Musab Musharif), son of Dr. Eugene and Laura Byrd fought and won a great health battle over a year ago that changed the eating and health attitudes of his family and friends. He single handedly made us conscious of our bodies by encouraging good health and exercise decisions. His matter of fact demeanor was so encouraging to others especially his nephews and sister Cimmon.Marie “Mimi” Geddie, daughter of Elaine Morton and the late Neal Morton, the wife of Anthony and the mother of two teen-agers, fought a strong battle until the end. Her award winning smile and awesome spirit remained intact despite her illness and discomfort as she fought the dreaded disease that was consuming her body.Troy Madison Belton son of Gloria and the late Darrell Belton died 11 years to the date of his father’s death. Troy was a veteran and committed family man, who courageously fought the disease that consumed his body. His calm demeanor and his shy, but warm spirit embraced everyone he encountered.“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:8I loved and mourn them as if they were my own. Their spirit shall live on through eternity. My regret is they are “gone too soon”Keep Nathan and Joanne Rollins in your prayers on the death of Nathan’s mother Ann Elizabeth Rollins.Breast Cancer awareness month!last_img read more

RSNA 2018 Tuesday — Real Meets Virtual and AI

first_img Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 For medical practice to advance, efforts to make this practice more efficient must not come at the expense of accuracy. Patterns otherwise not apparent may stand out when data are examined using artificial intelligence (AI), just as they assume a more real appearance in physical modeling. Developers of AI and modeling software demonstrate new ways to illustrate data at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA 2018), just as a simplified means for handling biopsied breast tissue promises to ensure quality and reduce errors. Stratasys Ups Ante In Enterprise ImagingWondering if 3-D printing might add new “dimension” to enterprise imaging? (GE Healthcare is exploring the value of 3-D printing in patient care, as evidenced by its Monday announcement at RSNA 2018 of a partnership with the Veterans Administration.)Meanwhile, Stratasys is demonstrating at its South Hall booth (1968L) in the 3-D Printing and Advanced Visualization Showcase how 3-D printed models can help plan surgeries and assist in making complex diagnoses. This raises the possibility that these models might come in handy for patient care teams.The printing process for Stratasys begins when users create and save virtual 3-D models. These reconstructions can be transmitted to Stratasys for printing. (Users of Philips’ IntelliSpace can design, order and produce 3-D printed anatomical structures on-demand from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, according to Philips, under a collaborative agreement signed by the two companies.) Stratasys prints 3-D models using polyJet-based full-color materials that form physical data reconstructions that are realistic in both soft and hard tissues. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more One of several 3-D printed models at Stratasys booth during RSNA 2018. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems ONRAD Goes ImmersiveBest known as a supplier of contrast media, Guerbet is shining a multivariate light on digital solutions. One source of illumination is coming from in-house work; others from Imalogix and IBM Watson Health.  In its booth in South Hall (2558), Guerbet is demonstrating three technologies. One is the latest version of its Contrast & Care software, which is designed to improve productivity and traceability of Guerbet contrast media. A second is from Imalogix, the vendor-neutral Radiation Dose Solution, which tracks patient exposure to ionizing radiation, using deep learning to mine data and compare dosing at a customer’s facility to that of other facilities. The third is an AI tool developed by IBM Watson Health, a tool called Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis, which summarizes patient information into single-view reports. Guerbet is demonstrating the tool, which it plans to distribute under a reseller agreement, as it continues working jointly with IBM Watson Health to develop AI software to support liver cancer diagnosis and care. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. GE’s New Brand Edison Embraces AINewly branded Edison helps accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and, according to GE Healthcare, “empower providers to deliver faster, more precise care.” GE’s clinical partners are supposed to use Edison to develop algorithms, particularly ones in artificial intelligence, according to the company, clearing a path for them to work with GE to bring advances in data processing to Edison applications and smart devices.At its RSNA booth in the North Hall (7334), GE is showing what may soon become the first Edison-branded AI algorithm, one designed for use in X-ray, from this process, as well as an experimental, not-yet-FDA cleared AI-based workflow tool for MRI brain scanning. The X-ray based algorithm, designed to be embedded in a GE portable X-ray machine, is part of GE’s Critical Care Suite. This suite may one day include a bevy of AI algorithms that check for signs of pathology. The algorithm now nearing the market detects the signs of pneumothorax – a collapsed lung – on chest radiographs made using the company’s Optima XR240amx portable X-ray machine. Embedded in the X-ray machine, the AI algorithm – which is pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance – is designed to flag chest radiographs that indicate pneumothorax; the images are then to be sent for priority interpretation by radiologists.The objective of the AI-based algorithm for brain MRI is to increase consistency and productivity. Called AIRx, this algorithm leverages deep learning in its training on a database of more than 36,000 clinical images to identify anatomical structures in the brain. It is being groomed to automatically streamline the choice of brain slices in scans so as to help reduce manual effort and reduce or eliminate redundancies. The idea is to make brain MR scans less dependent on the skills of technologists, thereby leading to fewer recalls due to incorrect slice placement.GE is also developing “CT Smart” algorithms to examine CT images for signs of pathology, such as intracranial hemorrhage and stroke, optimized cardiac function assessments, and to confirm patient radiation dose levels. In ultrasound, the company is grooming AI algorithms to reduce the repetitive exams typically done to segment and measure lesions. News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. MammoPort Draws Radiology and Pathology TogetherShoddy handling of biopsied tissue is an often unseen problem of breast cancer diagnosis, one that passes as a standard operating procedure yet can endanger the diagnosis and ultimately the life of a woman being examined for a suspicious breast lesion, according to Darwin Asa, Ph.D., senior product manager for tissue acquisition solutions at Leica Biosystems. Many radiology sites do not properly preserve biopsied tissue before it is sent to pathology, often placing biopsied tissue, Asa says, into jars of the preservative formalin with little consideration given to the integrity of the tissue. But Leica has come up with a solution – a specimen containment and transportation system called MammoPort.The new product, released commercially in September and shown at the Mammotome booth in South Hall (3129) – (Mammotome is owned by Leica) – eliminates much of the handling of biopsied tissue by radiology technologists. In so doing MammoPort could bring pathology one step closer to enterprise-wide imaging, as it tightens the connection between radiology and pathology, and helps standardize the process of transferring breast biopsy tissue from the radiology suite to the pathology lab.Rather than being placed haphazardly into a jar of formalin, the tissue is placed after needle extraction into tiny trays that can be X-rayed, placed in a plastic box that is then closed, immersed in formalin, and sent to pathology. This standardized tissue transfer from radiology to pathology promises to ensure quality and reduce errors. Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | RSNA| November 27, 2018 | Greg Freiherr RSNA 2018 Tuesday — Real Meets Virtual and AI Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related RSNA 2018 Coverage:RSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not ReplacingRSNA 2018 Monday — AI and Enterprise Imaging Gain TractionVIDEO: RSNA President Says Artificial Intelligence is Hottest Tech Advancement in Radiology. PODCAST Hear and Now: What You Need to Know About Enterprise ImagingPODCAST Hear and Now: Intervention RisingPODCAST: What You Need To Know About Enterprise Imaging Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Nicaraguan war hero accused of terrorism

first_imgEx-colonel Carlos Brenes was a guerrilla fighter and high-ranking military man in Nicaragua’s two wars. He’s a friend of Camilo Ortega and well-respected in the army.There are several framed black-and-white photographs in retired colonel Carlos Brenes’s house. In some he’s seen in ceremonial uniform receiving an award from the army, he’s standing firm in others, and there are also some portraits that he has kept for years with the lonely face of Camilo Ortega Saavedra, brother of the president designated by the Supreme Electoral Council, Daniel Ortega.During the last few days one of his photographs went viral on social media. He appears alongside no more and no less than a group of high-level guerrilla commanders of the Sandinista Front. Pictured are Germán Pomares, founder of the party; Joaquín Cuadra, retired General of the army; Óscar Pérez Cassar, martyr of the revolution; Francisco Rivera, legendary leader of Estelí; and Daniel Ortega, current president, with his hand resting on Carlos Brenes’ shoulder, who appears shirtless. Ex-Colonel Carlos Brenes. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)More than forty years later there are photos showing Carlos Brenes imprisoned in a patrol car. Click. Standing, hands tied behind his back. Click. Sitting in front of a judge reading his charges. Click. Two steps ahead of two hooded policemen presenting him to the press as the vilest of criminals. Click.Respected in Sandinista circles, among former guerrilla fighters and in the ranks of the army, Carlos Brenes is currently being accused of terrorism, after allegedly directing the “main terrorist groups in the department of Carazo and Masaya.”He is one of six Sandinista ex-military and ex-combatants who, for criticizing Ortega, have gone from being guerrilla liberators to persecuted and captured “terrorists.”ChargesCarlos Ramón Brenes Sánchez was charged with terrorism, organized crime, obstruction of public services, and damages to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and Nicaraguan society.According to the charges, from April to July, Brenes Sánchez directed the main terrorist groups in the department of Carazo. “He executed and planned with other criminals: murders, kidnappings, torture, assaults, rapes, fires in homes and institutions, creating terror and anxiety.” On Thursday Carlos Brenes was charged with terrorism. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)He’s being held responsible for carrying out attacks on the police delegation of Jinotepe and the theft of two fuel tanks installed at the entrance of the Jinotepe delegation. “He was also involved in the murder of two policemen on July 8, when they restored public order, to free settlers and international cargo transporters who were kidnapped in Jinotepe.”According to the indictment, there are photos that prove these retired soldiers held meetings. However, the relatives of Carlos Brenes and Tomás Maldonado – a retired major held captive – assure that both do not know each other so there can be no links between them.OriginCarlos Ramón Brenes Sánchez is the grandson of a Nicaraguan president, the liberal politician Carlos Brenes Jarquín, appointed president by the Nicaraguan Congress between June 1936 and January 1937, after Juan Bautista Sacasa left power due to pressure by Anastasio Somoza García.Brenes Jarquín was a doctor and surgeon, a graduate of the University of San Carlos Borromeo in Guatemala. He was born into a wealthy and conservative family in Masaya. This is the photo of historic guerrillas fighters that went viral on social media. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)In one of Brenes Jarquín’s estates, Juanita Escobar, a native of Monimbó, worked as a maid and was impregnated by the president. Fernando Brenes, father of Carlos Brenes, was born from that union.As a form of compensation for the pregnancy, Juanita received a house from Brenes Jarquín’s sister, where Fernando Brenes still lives, at the age of 86. It’s also the place where Colonel Carlos Brenes was born 63 years ago. It is a house that years ago used to be a workshop to repair shoes.Fernando Brenes, Carlos’s father, was a shoemaker and taught the craft to his son since his childhood. Juana Sánchez, the colonel’s mother, was a vendor at the Masaya market. Carlos got into the Sandinista Front and left Monimbó just when he finished high school. He would only return a few years later to accompany Camilo Ortega in the Masaya insurrection.That’s where his veneration for Camilo Ortega was born. In all the houses that Carlos has lived in, he has hung up a picture of him and said that “he was the best of the three Ortegas.” He named the first of his children Carlos, and his daughter Thelma Segovia. The first name for his ex-wife and the second he chose for being the place where Augusto C. Sandino started the fight. He always said that he would have liked to have another son to call him Camilo.Message to former combatantsIn addition to Brenes, Daniel Ortega’s government has captured the retired army major, Tomás Maldonado, who was kidnapped for 23 days by a group of paramilitaries and recently appeared accused of terrorism, allegedly part of a criminal group formed by three ex-military and three former members of the extinct Interior Ministry. Humberto Ortega (in the center of the photo), Carlos Brenes (behind the table) y Manuel Salvatierra (with glasses) playing billiards. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)The retired soldiers are Carlos Brenes and Tomás Maldonado, both captured, and the retired major Roberto Samcam, a critic against the government, who is in exile. The members of the former Interior Ministry are Leonel Rojas Medrano, Álvaro Campos Chávez, and Rodolfo Rojas Cordero.FarmerCarlos Brenes left the National Army with just severance pay for the years he worked there. He was entitled to it, but received nor asked for a military pension. He and his family have always been told: “You are foolish because you were left with nothing.”The only thing left to Brenes was a ten-block farm, located between Masatepe and Jinotepe, where he grows grains to support himself. His current wife, Salvadora del Socorro Martínez, says that he bought the farm with a loan from the bank, because he says he never received his severance from the army. In his house with Joaquín Cuadra, former leader of the Nicaragua army. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)In the land located in Los Llanos, Carlos Brenes is dedicated to cultivating coffee, avocado and fruit trees. According to his wife, Salvadora Martínez, he stayed there during the four months of the political crisis.On Tuesday, Aug. 29, he left his house at 3 a.m. to go to Costa Rica to visit his son, who is a doctor and gives him check-ups and medication every year. At 11 a.m., Martínez’s house was raided by policemen commanded by Commissioner Ramón Avellán, according to the witnesses.The only “weapons” the police found in the place were two machetes, used to work the land, says Martínez. The photo of Brenes being captured was taken by a journalist who denounced the colonel’s detention at the border with Costa Rica at 1 p.m.Critical voiceSince 1991, when he retired from the army, Carlos Brenes became a critical voice against the Sandinista Front. He was one of those who pointed out the “piñata,” the process of destruction of the Sandinista party in the 90s, the pact of Daniel Ortega with Arnoldo Alemán, and the abuses of power in the 11 years of Ortega’s presidency.Hugo Torres, a retired general, said that Carlos Brenes has a clean and neat file, both in the rebellious fight and in the military life. “He was a serious boss, demanding, but respected and loved by the troops,” adds Torres.After the triumph of 1979, he was granted the rank of commander and assigned to the Fifth Military Region on the Caribbean Coast between 1981 and 1982. He was later transferred to Managua as the second head of the political leadership. At the hand of Daniel Ortega, current president. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)Torres says that Brenes was the head of the tank brigade and of the Second Military Region of the West. During the rebellion, he led the departments of Masaya and Chinandega, he operated covertly in Sutiaba, León, and was also part of the North Front, next to Commander Dora María Téllez.“A completely upright person, a military leader and guerrilla fighter, who has been given a lot of respect. He is an example of a leader and military head of an army that evolved to be a professional and that today is being questioned,” said Dora María Téllez.For Torres, the photo of Carlos Brenes that has gone viral in the recent days, which he believes was taken in Panama prior to the 1979 triumph, sums up the quality of the revolutionary cadre. “He is a man totally consistent with himself, since he joined the fight against Somoza, who has not turned away from that path. That is why he is now in prison, because he has not withdrawn and has criticized this new dictatorship,” said Téllez.Since his retirement from the army, he was part of a group of ex-military men who demanded basic rights. With this group, he was part of the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD). And it was on behalf of them, and at the request of his brother Fernando Brenes – another retired military man now exiled in Costa Rica – that he read a declaration at the beginning of May at Monimbó square, where he asked Ortega to stop the repression and abandon the presidency.“That is the reason why [Ortega] has been raging against him. Because he recognizes an honest leader. And because he needs to send a message of punishment to all the Sandinistas who have turned to the blue and white fight and who have opted for the defense of democracy,” said Téllez.DiseaseCarlos Brenes’s first wedding, when he married Thelma López, was attended by Manuel Salvatierra, the retired army general, and Joaquín Cuadra, ex-army chief.There are several pictures in his house of Brenes playing billiards with Humberto Ortega, brother of the president and former head of the army, and with him hugging Joaquín Cuadra and Manuel Salvatierra. We reached out to Cuadra for comment about the detention of Brenes – his old friend and fighting partner – but until the closing of this edition, he has not responded.Humberto Ortega and Manuel Salvatierra have not spoken publicly either. With military uniform during the 80s. Carlos Brenes is the third person from the left. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA / O. Navarrete)On Thursday afternoon, while Salvadora Martínez, his wife for 15 years, left him food in El Chipote, Ortega fans who stay outside pressuring the relatives of the detainees, shouted “to pay for their crimes,” and “rebel killers,” while they danced the cumbia of “Daniel se queda.”Salvadora delivered a packet of food and two bags of medicine to El Chipote policemen. Carlos Brenes has been diabetic, hypertensive and insulin-dependent for the last 30 years. He has to inject two types of insulin three times a day.According to his wife, he was deprived of medical attention at the Military Hospital for being critical of the current government, and that’s why he traveled to Costa Rica for his son’s medical care.“I’m afraid that they’re not giving him insulin. If Carlos doesn’t get insulin, I’m afraid they’re going to kill him,” said Martínez, who also adds that Brenes suffers from bad circulation, high blood pressure and heart disease. Military certificate of Carlos Brenes in Cuba. (Photo courtesy of LA PRENSA)Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on Sep. 2 2018.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Comments Related posts:“I was rotting in El Chipote,” university student Bayardo Siles talks about his days in jail Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua The Tico Times partners with La Prensa to bring more coverage from Nicaragua Álvaro Conrado, the young martyr of Nicaragua’s protestslast_img read more

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first_imgBiometric self-boarding gates – Domestic stands at T5Travel of the future?British Airways is the first UK airline to use biometric technology to board flights from the USMore than a quarter of a million British Airways customers have now successfully used their face as their identity on flights from the USMore than 3m customers have used the tech on UK domestic flights – international flights from the UK are on the wayMore than 250,000 British Airways customers have experienced a glimpse of the journey of the future by using their face as their identity to board a flight from the US in the last 18 months.The introduction of new biometric facial recognition technology has transformed the airport experience for customers travelling from Orlando, Los Angeles and New York, JFK by streamlining the boarding process and halving the amount of time it takes to board an aircraft.The technology means that customers no longer need to present their passport or boarding pass at the departure gate – only when they check in and go through Security. Instead travellers simply look into a camera prior to boarding, wait for their biometric data to be verified and then walk onto the aircraft.The commitment to this technology is part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers. British Airways was the first UK airline to use biometric technology to board flights from the US, working in close partnership with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement the technology, which has enabled the airline to hugely speed up its boarding process.At Orlando, British Airways is boarding almost 240 customers in 10 minutes – becoming the first carrier to set up permanent facial recognition gates at the airport.HeathrowBritish Airways was also the first UK airline to use the technology on domestic (UK) flights. More than three million customers have boarded an aircraft this way – with all domestic departures from the airline’s home hub at Heathrow Terminal 5 now boarded biometrically.For international flights, self-service boarding gates have now been installed at the terminal, allowing customers to scan their own boarding cards to gain access to their flight. It’s the first step towards biometric boarding on international flights from the UK.Investment in technologyRaoul Cooper, British Airways’ Senior Digital Design Manager, said:“We are continuing to pioneer the use of technology and automation to enhance the airport experience and ensure that our customers’ flights depart on time.“The airport of the future will be built upon biometric technology, from check-in and baggage drops to security checks and boarding. These days, automation is a part of everyday life, as is biometric technology via our mobile phones. We’re working with our technology partners and the US government to explore how we can use this technology in new and innovative ways to give our customers the stress-free, easy airport experience they tell us they want, while ensuring security is always our top priority.”Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

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first_imgInstead, the Cardinals moved down, acquired an extra third-round pick and picked Bucannon out of Washington State. I do like this pick because it fills a need, and Bucannon is a good football player. But the thing that stood out to me when I watched Washington State play was the physical aggression with which Bucannon played. There were plenty of questionable hits and personal foul calls during his four years in Pullman. I asked Cardinals GM Steve Keim, who himself described Bucannon as a headhunter, if that was a concern. He said it wasn’t. I asked Bucannon during a phone interview if that subject came up in his discussions with the Cardinals. He said it hadn’t. He also talked during his press conference about learning what he can and can’t get away with in the NFL.In reviewing Bucannon’s performance in 2013, I was able to document only two personal foul penalties specifically against him, and one of those was declined.Maybe he has learned. If he has, I like this pick a lot more.2nd round, 52nd overall – Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame Notre Dame has become “Tight End U” — there have been seven Fighting Irish tight ends selected in the first two rounds of the draft since 1992, the most in football. Again, not a sexy pick, but Stinson should add rotational depth on the Cardinals’ D-line immediately.6th round, 196th overall – Walt Powell, WR, Murray State 2014 marked the fifth straight year the Cardinals have drafted at least one wide receiver — and this year they got two. Powell had 66 catches for 837 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Racers in 2013 and finished 17th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.Powell can beat you in a number of ways — he also returned kicks and punts for Murray State, and took one of each back for a touchdown in 2013. His presence in the return game could take pressure off of Patrick Peterson, who will see his workload in that area lessened this season.OverallI’ve never been a fan of handing out grades to teams’ drafts immediately after the fact. I like to see how the picks adapt to the pro game before handing out too much judgment.You can certainly gauge a draft by the buzz it creates. Mike Mayock of NFL Network described the Cardinals’ haul as “not sexy, but solid.” I think that’s a good way to put it. The problem is, the other teams in the NFC West had what you would call “sexy” drafts. The St. Louis Rams had a great Thursday, bringing in the top offensive lineman and the top defensive tackle available in Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. Then they added Florida State’s LaMarcus Joyner and Auburn’s Tre Mason on Day 2 and made the biggest news of Day 3 by picking Missouri’s Michael Sam, the first openly gay draft prospect, in the seventh round. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Tight end was also a need for the Cardinals, but less of one since the emergence of Jake Ballard late in 2013 and the free-agent signing of John Carlson (another Notre Dame product) in the offseason.Niklas started out his career in South Bend as a linebacker, so he’s not the most experienced tight end out there. But he did have 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns last season. ASU fans remember the nice grab he made in front of Alden Darby in the end zone during the Irish’s win over the Sun Devils last October.Mel Kiper of ESPN is reminded of Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers when he sees Niklas. I think all Cardinals fans would be happy with that. Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins were already off the board, so the Cards responded by getting the next best tight end available. Solid pick.3rd round, 84th overall – Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina NFL.com had Martin rated similarly to Auburn’s Dee Ford, Missouri’s Kony Ealy and Oregon State’s Scott Crichton, who were all long gone by the time the Cardinals were on the clock at No. 84.Martin can get after the passer — he had 19.5 sacks over his last three seasons at UNC and 11.5 last year, which ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He took a huge step back in 2012, completing only 51 percent of his passes, and had a similar year last season. In fact, Thomas’ performance in the season opener against Alabama was one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time. He completed just 5-of-26 passes for 59 yards and a pick that was returned for a touchdown by Vinnie Sunseri in a 35-10 Crimson Tide win.You might say “yeah, Alabama’s defense made a lot of quarterbacks look bad,” and you’d be right. But just two weeks later, ol’ what’s-his-name from Texas A&M riddled ‘Bama for 562 total yards and five touchdown passes.I just think that with Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger still on the board, the pick of a player termed as “a project” was a reach. 5th round, 160th overall – Ed Stinson, DL, Alabama I like Stinson’s size (6-foot-3, 286), but what I like even more is the fact that he started for two years on Alabama’s fearsome defense.Stinson didn’t put up huge numbers — in fact, he had only 1.5 sacks in 2013. One of those came against Thomas and Virginia Tech in the season opener in Atlanta. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories San Francisco added 12 new players, including Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, USC center Marcus Martin and Wisconsin tackling machine Chris Borland.Seattle, the defending Super Bowl champs, traded out of the first round and nabbed Colorado receiver Paul Richardson in the 2nd round, a pick I absolutely loved.Things didn’t get any easier for the Cardinals; such is life in the NFC West. But I think overall Steve Keim, Bruce Arians and Co. had a pretty good three days as they gear up for the second year of their regime. – / 7 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s all over.Over three days, 256 players ranging from South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney to Memphis’ Lonnie Ballentine, became professional football players via the 2014 NFL Draft.The Arizona Cardinals fortified their roster by selecting seven players over the course of the draft.Here are my quick thoughts on each:1st round, 27th overall – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington StateWith the Cardinals sitting at No. 20 and that quarterback from Texas A&M — man, I forget his name — still sitting on the board, I’d be lying if I didn’t think about bringing that circus to Phoenix. Getting Martin at No. 84 wasn’t a splashy pick, but a good one for the Cardinals.3rd round, 91st overall – John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State Common name. Uncommon speed.Brown, a three-year starter for the Gorillas of Pitt State, was one of the fastest players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this year, running a 4.34 40. Only Kent State’s Dri Archer (4.26) and Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (4.33) were faster.The Cardinals will try to exploit that speed, something they lacked severely at the WR position in 2013. They tried both Brittan Golden and Teddy Williams in that role, but the duo combined for only five catches.Considering Brown’s size (5-foot-10, 179 pounds) and his small-school background, this could have been a reach in the third round.4th round, 120th overall – Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech When I first saw Logan Thomas play quarterback for the Hokies, my first thought was “Frank Beamer’s lost his mind, he’s got a defensive end running the offense.”Thomas is enormous and scarily athletic for his size. What I didn’t see from Thomas during his three years as a starter in Blacksburg was improvement. His best season was in 2011, when as a sophomore, he completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards and 19 touchdowns for an 11-3 Hokies team that went to the Sugar Bowl.last_img read more

7 Orlando USA Family fun is the order of the day

first_img7. Orlando, USAFamily fun is the order of the day every day at Orlando‘s famous theme parks, but Halloween is extra fun. Seaworld, Legoland and Universal Studios all put on special events, while Walt Disney World has one of its biggest days in the calendar. If Space Mountain wasn’t scary enough, the big-eared mouse throws Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, while there’s always the brilliant Haunted Mansion that scares and entertains 365 days a year. More: World’s 13 greatest graveyards: in pictures RelatedSkyscanner Uncloaks Five Freakish Halloween HangoutsSkyscanner looks at five of the scariest Halloween destinations!6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 spook-tacular Halloween holidaysSix super-scary places to take a frightfully fang-tastic haunted holiday this Halloween. 5. Edinburgh, ScotlandBeneath the cobbles of genteel Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is The Real Mary King’s Close, a system of secret streets where the good folk of the Auld Reekie once passed their time, and passed away, of all sorts of horrible things like the plague. You can take a guided tour led by a one-time Mary King resident to see what it was like to live underground. There’ll be plenty of scary goings-on in Close Fest, which launches on Halloween. 6. Patzcuaro, MexicoThe Mexicans really go to town for Halloween. In fact, it’s not Halloween but Days of the Dead. On Los Dias de los Muertos the living pay respect to the dead by building shrines in their honour and inviting them round for tea. This festival reaches its zenith in the magical 14th century town of Patzcuaro, where kids mark the occasion by running round nicking vegetables from rooftops. 2. Transylvania, RomaniaHow about a romantic getaway in an atmospheric old castle? Fang-tastic! Bram Stoker’s Dracula hug his hat in Transylvania, which is not ficitional but a real-life region of Romania. Mr D isn’t the only bloodthirsty character to knock about in these parts – so did the notorious Vlad the Impaler, who hung his victims out to decompose at picturesque Bran Castle, a couple of hours north of Romanian capital Bucharest. SPOOK-TACULAR! Ghost your way to our pick of seven of the scariest places to go and downright silly things to do on All Hallow’s Eve.1. Berlin, GermanyWitches, warlocks and whatever else are welcome aboard the good ghost ship that sets sail on the River Spree for ‘The Boat of Horror‘ – one of Berlin’s craziest parties. And being Berlin, there are quite a few crazy parties from which to choose. Entry is 28 euros in costume, 39 not, so it pays to dress up, not that you wouldn’t. Once you’ve partied like a particularly devilish imp, head on to Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg for their huge Halloween hoedown. 3. Paris, FranceAh, Paris, city famed for high fashion, high culture, cheesy selfies beside world-famous attractions.. and horror! Yes, the ‘City of Light’ has a hidden dark side, and no, we don’t mean the fleshpots of Pigalle. Under streets paved with romance is an uneartly domain. Les Catacombes are a vast network of tunnels in which are stored the remains of a staggering six million people. It’s best to take a guided tour to explore this underworld safely. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Kawasaki, JapanIf you want to flaunt your costume in public, in daylight, there are Halloween parades taking place in many cities around the world. One of the biggest is in Kawasaki, Japan on 26 October, involving 2500 people, being entertained by star Japanese DJs. Entry is only allowed if you are in costume, the wackier the better – there’s a prize for best-dressed.last_img read more

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first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSpring is in the air, and in its honor, one of London’s best outdoor dining venues, The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate, reopens just in time for the much-anticipated royal wedding. Toast the newlyweds at this delightful spot adjoining 51 Buckingham Gate, the private enclave of 86 luxurious residential-style suites from Taj Hotels.To celebrate the property’s 10th anniversary this season, The Courtyard is featuring special festive menus and musical events throughout the summer. The Courtyard has also teamed up with Tanqueray No. 10 Gin to create an exclusive anniversary drink, The 51 Cocktail.Tucked away in a private landscaped space with a beautiful fountain just steps from Buckingham Palace, The Courtyard at 51 offers dishes inspired by the best in cuisine and wine from the Middle East and North Africa, such as Lokoz Meshwi (fillet of sea bass with almond chermoula) and Djaj Shaw (chicken marinated in onions, garlic and saffron).At The Courtyard, you’ll also enjoy a musical menu for all tastes throughout the summer. Viva Live Music will bring Opera to the Courtyard over two weekends in July. Guests will enjoy opera classics such as La Traviata’s Brindisi, Don Giovanni’s La ci darem and Lakme’s Flower duet. The Courtyard will also open its gates to the best of the West End, with classic musical hits from productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, provided by Cantible’s London Quartet; and contemporary favorites including Mamma Mia, Wicked and Grease delivered by Soprano Bella Entertainment.www.51-buckinghamgate.comlast_img read more

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