first_imgArriving in Ayodhya ahead of a planned VHP rally for a Ram temple, Shiv Sena Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the Narendra Modi government on November 24 to spell out the date when it would be constructed.Day, months, years and generations have passed, he said. “Mandir wahin banayenge, par date nahin batayenge [You say you will make the temple there, but won’t tell the date],” he said. “First say when will you construct the temple, the rest we will talk later,” he said in what sounded like a dare to the Bharatiya Janata Party–led government ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.Mr. Thackeray arrived in Ayodhya for a two-day visit, which he claimed was not a political one. Ayodhya has been turned into fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones in view of the Dharam Sabha organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on November 25.Upon arrival, the Sena chief, along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya, were greeted with slogans of “Jai Shri Ram”.The Sena, which has demanded that the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya be expedited by promulgating an ordinance to the effect, is believed to have sent some 3,000 Shiv Sena supporters by two trains from Maharashtra.The cadres, who arrived in Ayodhya before Mr. Thackeray, took a dip in the Saryu river and then prayed at Ram Lalla and Hanuman Garhi, Sena sources said.The Shiv Sena chief is reported to have brought a pot full of soil from Pune’s Shivneri Fort, which will be handed over to the priest at the Ram janmabhoomi site when he meets him later.This is Mr. Thackeray’s first visit to Ayodhya and party leaders, including MP Sanjay Raut and others, had been camping here for the last few days to make preparations for the visit.On the morning of November 25, Mr. Thackeray will visit the Ram Lalla temple, interact with the media and later with the public, party sources said.Ayodhya turns into fortressThe temple town will also witness another major congregation of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists on November 25, who will be taking part in a Dharam Sabha. Security has been tightened at the disputed site with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel keeping a watch over the sensitive place. Ayodhya has been turned into fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones.On the security arrangements in Ayodhya, Additional Director-General, Law and Order, Anand Kumar said the Supreme Court guidelines would be maintained in and around the disputed site.Ayodhya has been divided in 16 sectors and a security scheme is under force, according to Mr. Kumar, adding that additional force has been deployed for maintaining law and order and efforts are on to ensure that the events pass off peacefully.Barriers have been erected to regulate the surging crowd in the temple town and magistrates have been posted there.Everyone will have to adhere to the Supreme Court guidelines, Mr. Kumar said, adding that necessary steps had been taken to deal with all circumstances.When contacted, Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay told PTI that adequate security arrangements were made by the police and district administration in the town, located 120 km from State capital, Lucknow.“As many as 13 parking slots have been provided for the event. No permission was given to the Shiv Sena by the government to hold a rally,” the Mayor said. Despite a slight chill in the air, the temple town seems to be reeling under the political heat generated by the Dharam Sabha, being held to call for the construction of a grand temple for Lord Ram.A pamphlet recently released by VHP raises the pitch for its construction. It reads “Saugandh Ram ki khaate hai, hum mandir bhavya banayenge [We pledge in the name of Lord Ram that we will build a grand temple for him]”, and urges devotees to be a part of the movement.VHP was founded on August 29, 1964 on the auspicious day of Shri Krishna Janmasthami. Its objective is to organise, consolidate the Hindu society and serve, protect the Hindu Dharma.The organisers of the Dharam Sabha claim that more than 3 lakh devotees of Lord Ram were likely to arrive for the programme on November 25.VHP media-in-charge Ambuj Ojha said, “After staying in a taat (tent), Lord Ram is expecting a revival of bravado among his devotees. The moment has come. The temple must be built where Ram Lalla is currently seated. Also, there should not be any mosque in the cultural boundary of Ayodhya.”On November 18, VHP had organised a motorcycle rally in different parts of Lucknow in this regard.Praant Sangathan mantra (Awadh) of VHP, Bholendra, in a written statement said this was the final Dharam Sabha for construction of Ram temple. “After this, no more Dharam Sabhas will be held and the construction of the temple will commence,” he said.The Supreme Court on November 12 had declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.K. Kaul said it already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.Earlier, a three-judge Bench refused, by a 2:1 majority, to refer to a five-judge Constitution Bench the issue of reconsideration of observations in its 1994 judgement of the Allahabad High Court that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.last_img read more


first_imgAfter returning to winning ways with a hard-fought triumph over Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders will be hungry for more when they take on a formidable Kings XI Punjab at home in their Indian Premier League clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.The win meant that the Knight Riders are at number two – ahead of Chennai Super Kings – at the midway stage of the Twenty20 tournament and as Gautam Gambhir pointed out on Thursday, it was morale-boosting. It remains to be seen whether Gambhir leads the pack, often in news for all the wrong reasons, to the pinnacle.As Knight Riders launch their mission to the next stage after completing half of their league phase, it is all about maintaining the momentum from hereafter.With three more home matches lined up – Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – it is crucial for the Knight Riders not to lose the grip of it.At the slow Eden strip on Saturday, Gambhir will certainly give a thought about bringing in Bangladeshi skipper and left arm spinner Shakib al Hasan in the fourforeigner line-up. That English southpaw Eoin Morgan is yet to hit purple patch may give Gambhir an option.In Shakib and Iqbal Abdulla the Knight Riders should not worry about their bowling. Kings XI on their part might be lying low on seventh but the Kings are not in a much disadvantageous position considering that they have played only five matches compared to Kolkata’s seven. It’s a situation much like that of Kolkata a couple of matches ago.advertisementAfter three superb wins under their belt, Delhi outgunned Punjab in a run-fest in their previous match. In second leading run-getter Paul Valthaty, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, Kings XI have a threatening top-order. With David Hussey and Dinesh Karthik to follow, Kings XI have a formidable batting line-up and they will hope that the bowlers led by Praveen Kumar and World Cup winning leg-spinner Piyush Chawla do their job meticulously.last_img read more


first_img Some 1,046 criminal records were expunged from a total of 1,915 applications received during the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 21.“The Ministry of Justice continues to offer expungement services to persons who have made a sincere and successful attempt at becoming law-abiding citizens, so that they are given the opportunity to start afresh without being haunted by their past mistakes,” he said.Mr. Chuck also informed that he will be submitting a proposal to Cabinet for amendment of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, so that more deserving persons can benefit from expungement of their criminal records. Story Highlights Some 1,046 criminal records were expunged from a total of 1,915 applications received during the 2018/19 fiscal year. “The Ministry of Justice continues to offer expungement services to persons who have made a sincere and successful attempt at becoming law-abiding citizens, so that they are given the opportunity to start afresh without being haunted by their past mistakes,” he said. This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 21.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC which exited the India market in July last year, on Wednesday launched “Wildfire X” with InOne Smart Technology, the local licensee partner of HTC Corporation, in the country. The 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM configuration smartphone comes at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The 4GB RAM+128 ROM variant will cost Rs 12,999. Both the variants are priced under a limited period offer and would be available on Flipkart, starting August 22. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “The HTC ‘Wildfire X’ coupled with our six months no-questions-asked accidental and liquid damage protection, sleek look, 8X hybrid zoom and large storage will help create a distinctive positioning for the smartphone amid target customers,” Charles Huang, Vice President of HTC APAC, said in a statement. “We are also restructuring our market penetration plans along with InOne, our local licensing partner,” he added. There’s a triple rear camera with 12MP+8MP+5MP lenses and a Big Pixel main camera. The device sports a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS waterdrop display with 88.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary truck driver wants to express his gratitude to two strangers who helped save his life following a brutal crash on a remote stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in frigid temperatures.Mike Kelly is recovering at the Foothills Medical Centre after his legs, an ankle and jaw were shattered in the wreck outside Brooks, Alta., on Dec. 30.He remembers slamming into a big truck that had stopped in the fast lane on the snowy highway.“All of a sudden, there’s a tractor trailer in front of me and it’s not moving,” Kelly said Friday. “I hit him, spun into the ditch.”“The steering wheel and foot pedals came back and pinned my legs.”Kelly, 52, said when he regained consciousness he was positioned awkwardly within the toppled rig as blood poured from his wounds.He remembers the wind blowing into the cab and the -30 C temperature.Then hope. A man was trying to open the door of his damaged rig and finally made it inside.“He tried the passenger side and saw that I was alive and awake and told someone to call 911 and to get him some blankets,” Kelly recalled.“He climbed in, sat on the dash, wrapped me in blankets (and) stopped the bleeding.”Kelly said a second man then appeared with more blankets and climbed into the cab.The men placed Kelly’s toque on his head and his gloves on his hands and the two supported the weight of the injured truck driver.The Good Samaritans stayed with Kelly, asking him questions to keep him alert until emergency crews arrived.He was then rushed to hospital by ambulance.Kelly said he is in constant pain and will remain in hospital until he recovers from his numerous injuries.But he wants to find out more about the two strangers who helped him and hopes they will come forward.“Thank you,” said Kelly. “I want to say it in person.” (CTV Calgary)last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old biker died Thursday midnight after a metal wire broke off from the Signature Bridge and pierced through his chest in north Delhi, police said on Friday. A passerby informed the police at 12.15 a.m. on Thursday night when he found Pranav Mishra lying near the divider. Mishra was returning to his home in Wazirabad. “We have registered a case of death due to negligence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police A.K. Thakur said. The wire could have become loose due to the ongoing construction work on one of the pillars of the bridge, he added.last_img read more


On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek language centre is offering the Federal Government a new solution to the problems and future challenges that surround the teaching of Modern Greek in Australia; that is to pool many services together and create a comprehensive online teaching program. Last Tuesday, the Federal Minister of Tertiary Education Chris Evans met with the LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture Centre – based at Flinders University – to discuss plans they had to enhance the survival of community languages in Australia. The program will be able to educate all students wanting to learn Greek in Australia. This could be more beneficial in particular for programs that are struggling to survive. Online teaching could also provide an excellent opportunity for students outside the big metropolitan areas to study Modern Greek. At the meeting – which was also attended by Steve Georganas MP; Professor Richard Maltby, Executive Dean, Education, Humanities and Law; Associate Professor Diana Glenn, Dean of Humanities; and Cecily Wright, Education Designer, Department of Languages, Modern Greek – they discussed LOGOS’ involvement in the development and research of this online program, which has the potential to revolutionise the way languages are taught at a tertiary level. Modern Greek and other similar languages are existing under stress in Australia and logistically it is very hard for any Government to finance all “small” programs. As it stands, there are more than 200 community languages being taught in Australia, and if this program gets legs, it could act as a prototype for many others. There are already few similar programs in Australia, doing an excellent job, but none for Modern Greek. “We are talking about a real, interactive, synchronous/asynchronous online program, not just material on a web site. In order to develop a similar program a team of staff and experts should work together for at least four years,” Professor Michael Tsianikas, director of LOGOS, told Neos Kosmos. “We were very fortunate when the Government of SA decided last year to support LOGOS with a grant of $600,000 for scholarships and to develop a dynamic online program” he said. For 2012 LOGOS will create an online program for first and second year beginners and cultural topics in English. Already many students from Adelaide, Darwin and other areas of Australia are using the new program. The program will be finalised in 2015. Professor Tsianikas said urgent action needed to occur in order to secure the future of Modern Greek in Australia. He believes that the Greek community’s solution to teaching Modern Greek at a tertiary level by raising money and funding a program for a year or two, is not sustainable, as when the money runs dry, the program fails. He also said that regarding Modern Greek in Australia, over the last 40 years, this history is repeating itself again and again. “We are investing very badly and spasmodically in the sector of education,” he says. “There is time now to sit down and discuss real investment for the future and I believe there is one.” The solution to Professor Tsianikas is clear and that is to develop centres in Australia that will support these online programs so all students in Australia wanting to learn Modern Greek at a tertiary level are able to. He believes the government will support these programs as the centres – such as LOGOS – are offering solutions and not just pressuring the government to make decisions or putting last minute unproductive expectations on various schools or tertiary institutions. Governments will only act decisively if there is a strategically endorsed program from the Greek Community and it is more urgent than ever for such an undertaking. Greek communities should source outstanding leadership in this area now. The meeting with the Minister and LOGOS went for 45 minutes where they discussed the creation of LOGOS and the programs it offers, but mainly centred on the new online teaching program they have been developing. Professor Tsianikas said that discussing this online program with the minister gave him “food for thought”. “The majority of many Modern Greek institutions, tragically, have collapsed; in the early 90s there were more than 40 lectures teaching Modern Greek at various departments around Australia. Today there is less than 10; two centres in Melbourne collapsed, there are just a few programs left and some are struggling with staffing issues and other issues,” he says, “but there is still time to do something about it.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A colossal task is finally complete: the Dardalis Archives have been sorted, listed, digitised and are now available online for everyone to ‘leaf through’. What matters now is that the massive archives, which for years were stored in boxes, be put to use, displayed and exhibited for the benefit of the public. The archival process was a commitment made by LaTrobe University, which took over the task, housing the archives within a now defunct school in its campus. The archives are spread in 18 rooms, and are still, in their better part, stored in boxes, due to lack of space. Some of the material is already displayed in the corridor; it comprises traditional costumes and small samples of the collections donated by members of the community, such as the late Alfred Kouris and Stathi Raftopoulos. In a room calling out for renovations, there is another display of photographs, part of which appears in our pages. A priceless collection of books is still stored, meticulously listed and sorted out, away from the public’s reach; one could reasonably ask why the books are not on the shelves, to which the answer is that there are no shelves, nor proper room for them; however, they are available at moments notice for researchers who wish to gain access to them. THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVATION LaTrobe University had committed to fund a program, spanning three years, to create an inventory, evaluate and post the material online, so that it can be accessible not only to researchers, but to anyone interested. This commitment was the result of a judicial process, led by Tasos Revis, chairman of the Society of Hellenic Studies, who undertook the cost. “It has always been, and remains my belief, that it would be a tragic, if not unpardonable, mistake to remain still and leave things to their fate after the Univesity shut down its National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, in December 2008. I would personally consider it a major defeat if we didn’t take action. I was willing to rescue them at whatever cost. Now that all this material is online, I feel satisfied and, in a way, vindicated. The fight that we put, along with Nikos Katris, Spiros Robotis, George Pagalis, George Papadopoulos, all the members of the committee, was not in vain,” he says. As to how he evaluates the challenge ahead, which is to put the material to use, he believes that “great caution” should be implemented.“We need to estimate our potential, what we can do as a community, what to demand and what we’re willing to contribute ourselves. One thing is for certain; we should not stand still. We need to show that the community is interested in the future of the Dardalis Archives. That we are willing to effectively contribute to put the material to use. From its part, the University went on to preserve, organise and post the archives; they are also committed to preserving it indefinitely, under certain conditions. It is understandable that they now request the community’s contributions in order to go forward. For the time being it is being used by researchers, but in my opinion, we need to establish a closer and broader collaboration with the Hellenic Studies Program. I reckon that the Dardalis Archives can be valuable as a tool to study language, but also culture and mainly the history of the Greek Australians”, states Mr Revis.AFTER THE MARATHON A few days ago, we had a brief meeting with the Dardalis Archives team: professor Christopher Mackie, librarian Eva Finch, Leonidas Veikos and Michael Protopapas, who took us on a guided tour of the archives’ new home, and realise what it means to win such a ‘marathon race’. “The archives are here and are alive,” Professor Mackie responds, when we ask ‘what now’. They are at the disposal of researchers, who already use this material in their relevant fields of study. “But, in order to do more, we need input from the Greek community and its organisations, and we’ve yet to see any expression of interest on their part. Only this way could we proceed in really ambitious projects, such as an exhibition in the premises of one of the many Greek organisations. We’re already planning a thematic exhibition, focusing on Greek football.” For her part, Eva Finch, the librarian in charge of the process of sorting out and posting material online, insists on the material’s vitality. “It is relatively easy for the material to travel, and we’re open to suggestions,” she says. “We have a lot to learn from other centres possessing similar material, such as the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; during a recent trip there, I met with some of its members and we exchanged ideas on future collaborations.” ADDITIONS TO THE ARCHIVES One of the key issues for the future of the archives is that of possible additions to the material, something that is of interest for the Society of Hellenic Studies. “I know that there is a treasure hidden in the homes of our fellow community members, and some of this material could be added to what is already established,” says Mr. Revis. “I would say that the archives could play a major role as the ark of the Hellenic diaspora. We’re already discussing potential collaborations with other centres of the diaspora.” This may prove to be difficult, as Mr Mackie all but dismisses the idea of additions made to the specific collection, due to lack of space. “What can be done,” he says, “is working with organisations such as the Greek Community of Melbourne, which is in possession of relevant material. We have the know-how and we’re more than happy to provide it.” George Pagalis, after all, represents the GCM in the Committee of Hellenic Studies and the Community’s president, Bill Papastergiadis, has often expressed his support to this project, deeming it “an integral part of the community’s core, showcasing not only its traditions, but also its achievements in Australia”. The GCM and its current board recently got to organising their own archives, commissioning Juliana Harpantidou to research and write the organisation’s history. “The Dardalis Archives are a real treasure,” she says. “I never anticipated coming across all this wealth of material, a real treat for anyone doing research on the presence of Greek migrants in Australia.” ACCESSIBILITY IS THE KEY We asked Dr Maria Herodotou, head of the Greek Studies Department at LaTrobe University, to offer her insight on ways that the program could use the archives. “Historically, the Greek Studies Department preceded the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research,” she says. “The latter’s creation led to different entities; on one hand the Greek Studies Program had a strictly academic and research role, as well as offering post-graduate studies, while the centre was doing the research and collection of archival material and collaborating with universities and community organisations. It is wrong to assume that the two entities did not collaborate; in fact they did collaborate as members of the faculty they took part in the centre’s committees, while the centre’s director was also teaching and supervising MA and PhD papers for the program. “What we are mostly concerned about at the moment is how to further develop the Greek Studies Program and then, how to use the Dardalis Archives. This could create the potential for further research and further development of post-graduate programs, which should be one of the basic objectives. This should exceed the Greek boundaries. The material should be made known and accessible to all universities, in Australia and abroad, studying the issue of migration, diaspora, multiculturalism etc. “This is why accessibility is important, and why digitisation is important, as it allows for everyone to have direct access. So far, the archives have often been used by students and members of the faculty of the Greek Studies Program, as a basis for diatribes and scientific announcements. This could be enhanced. “Furthermore, the archives can be instrumental in the promotion of Greek Studies. This can be achieved through establishing relationships with community and state schools, organised visits to campuses, exhibitions and conferences. But first, the university needs to decide whether it will permanently house the archives, and whether they’re going to hire the experienced staff needed. That’s why it all starts with accessibility.”Professor Mackie has some further insight: “At the moment, we’re considering merging the Greek Studies Program with the archives and hire the academic and other staff needed,” he says, stating this as the ideal solution. “I am not in a position to go into specifics as yet, given that we’re still in discussions. For the time being, the archives are part of the library, but that will stop at the end of the year.” One more reason to act fast and reach the right decisions, bearing in mind the future of the archives, as well as the further development of the Greek Studies Program.last_img read more


first_imgL’Apple eMate vendu à un montant record sur eBay !Un prototype d’ordinateur Apple a dépassé de 10 fois son prix de vente aux enchères sur le site eBay. Il s’agit bien évidemment d’un produit collector…Avis aux collectionneurs ! Un prototype d’ordinateur Apple se trouve en vente sur le site d’enchères en ligne eBay. Le eMate 300 était doté d’un boîtier vert sombre qui a équipé six modèles seulement en 1997.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au départ, il était un dispositif low cost, au tarif de 800 dollars tout de même, et son design a inspiré plus tard les lignes des ordinateurs portables iBook. Aujourd’hui, bien que daté, son prix de vente est dix fois plus cher qu’à l’origine et a atteint les 8.500 dollars aux enchères ! Un montant qui pourrait encore grimper…Cela fait très très cher, même pour un produit Apple ! Visez bien les caractéristiques techniques de cet appareil afin de surenchérir : le eMate 300 était pourvu d’un processeur RISC 25MHz, de 3 Mo de mémoire vive plus de 2MB de mémoire flash. Voilà qui ne fait sans doute pas rire celui qui a placé l’enchère la plus haute !Le 18 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_img Welp, it happened. Nintendo put out a dang smartphone game, and Mario himself is that star. Super Mario Run has arrived on iOS, and despite what some dopey shareholders think, it seems like a pretty big hit. As a game, the Mushroom Kingdom auto-runner isn’t half bad. You can watch us play it in this archived video of our holiday live show. You can also read these tips about how to get better at beating Bowser with one hand. But Super Mario Run isn’t just a game; it’s a sign of Nintendo’s evolving place in the video game industry. So what’s next?Super Mario Run is part of a five-game deal Nintendo made last year with Japanese mobile game magnate DeNA. The first result of this partnership was the social messaging app Miitomo from earlier this year. Super Mario Run is the second game. We already know mobile versions of pastoral life-sim Animal Crossing and fantasy tactical-RPG Fire Emblem are on the horizon. Pokemon Go doesn’t not count due to the Pokemon Company’s autonomy, another fact too complicated for shareholders to grasp. So that still leaves one game left to reveal.What could this next Nintendo mobile game be? Let’s try to make an educated guess. First, it has to be a game that makes sense on smartphones. For as much as Miitomo and Super Mario Run feel like software only Nintendo could make, they also don’t feel radically different from other smartphone apps. They’re a social messaging app and a runner game, respectively. Those are two extremely common types of apps. Imagining mobile versions of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem isn’t too hard. Now you can hand over your paychecks to Tom Nook or pair off your future wizard and Pegasus knight children while text messaging.This is good because it means Nintendo is keeping up with the competition. But for every negative aspect of mobile game design they toss out, they keep another. It’s great that, unlike most mobile games, Super Mario Run costs a set amount with no free-to-play elements. It’s not so great that, like most mobile games, this single-player game pitched as perfect for train rides needs a constant internet connection. So for better or worse, Nintendo is making games that work well on mobile using franchises that work well on mobile.We also suspect we’ll see games based on franchises Nintendo is especially interested in keeping relevant. Nintendo hasn’t been shy about saying the ultimate goal of these mobile games is to expose a larger audience to these characters and hopefully get them to buy more substantial Nintendo games that require Nintendo hardware. That means every Nintendo mobile game will probably be from a franchise popular enough to also warrant some kind of Nintendo Switch counterpart. Sorry, Sin & Punishment, Custom Robo, and Joy Mech Fight fans.With those considerations, here are some Nintendo franchises we think might be coming soon to mobile.The Legend of ZeldaZelda games are some of the longest, deepest, richest, most complicated games Nintendo develops, so it makes no sense on mobile. But it’s also one of the most beloved and well-known Nintendo properties, so, of course, it’s coming to mobile. Watching Nintendo reconciles these issues should be fascinating. We think looking to more casual, multiplayer Zelda games like Four Swords Adventures or Tri-Force Heroes for inspiration might be the answer.PikminAfter a lengthy break between Pikmin 2 and 3, Pikmin is on a bit of an upswing. In addition to the short films produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, we’re getting a Pikmin for 3DS and most likely a Pikmin 4 for Nintendo Switch. Pikmin’s relaxed strategic romps through nature controlling colorful alien ants with your finger would be a great fit for mobile.Mario KartMario’s kart racing spin-off is arguably more popular than the mainline platformers at this point. Mario Kart Wii sold like 35 million copies. Mario Kart on mobile could theoretically use a smartphone’s gyro controls to provide Wii-like motion steering. It worked pretty well for Angry Birds. Let’s just hope the Luigi death stare makes a reappearance.Mario RPGNoticing a theme? Mario is huge, Mickey Mouse huge, and Nintendo would be foolish to limit his presence on mobile to just Super Mario Run. Since they don’t require fast, responsive controls, RPGs work just fine on mobile. Just look at those Final Fantasy ports. Between Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario and the Mario & Luigi series, Mario has a long RPG history. That history should continue onto mobile.YoshiThere are two ways we see Yoshi coming to mobile. The Yoshi’s Island series has the dinosaur carrying vulnerable baby Mario while throwing eggs at enemies. Early DS game Yoshi’s Touch & Go proved that egg-throwing and touch screens go great together. Meanwhile, Yoshi’s Cookie is a classic puzzle game, and puzzle games are also a premier mobile game genre. So take your pick!Even if none of these franchises are Nintendo’s fifth mobile game, they could still come to mobile later on. If this first batch of five is successful, you better believe Nintendo and DeNA will develop some more smartphone games. I just hope that all those millions of people enjoying mobile Nintendo games realize the Nintendo Switch is where the real action will be. Stay on target Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week last_img read more


first_imgStay on target The closest most of us will ever come to visiting space is the cinematic experience of watching Interstellar or Gravity.Until now.Google and NASA have partnered to bring the International Space Station to armchair explorers everywhere via Street View (Outer Space View?).For 16 years, astronauts have been living and working in low Earth orbit aboard the habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit.Joint Airlock Quest (via Google)“The ISS acts as a base for space exploration—and gives us a unique perspective of Earth itself,” Thomas Pesquet, French aerospace engineer, pilot, and European Space Agency astronaut, wrote in a guest Google blog post.Pesquet’s six-month mission (he returned to Earth in June) boasts a number of “firsts”—most notably Peggy Whitson, who, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space, and the first female to command two expeditions.But, for Google, it stands out as the first time Street View imagery was captured “beyond planet Earth,” Pesquet said.This is also the first time annotations were added to the imagery, allowing users to explore the ISS with “helpful little notes that pop up,” providing insights into life in zero gravity.Snapping images inside the floating base, however, was not quite as simple as, say, driving down the street or hiking to the top of a mountain. Instead, the Google Street View team had to get creative.“We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View,” the astronaut wrote. “There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.”Working with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the crew designed a gravity-free method of capturing photos using DSLR cameras and equipment already available on board.US Laboratory Module (via Google)“I collected still photos in space that were sent down to Earth where they were stitched together to create panoramic 360-degree imagery of the ISS,” Pesquet explained.Check out his photography skills in Google Maps. And click on those grey dots highlighted throughout to learn more about what you’re looking at.Also, watch the video above (it’s long, but worthwhile) for a behind-the-scenes look at how this incredible experience came together.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more


first_imgMacau’s leading junket operator, Suncity Group, has held a soft opening of its newly expanded VIP Club at StarWorld on the Macau peninsula.The “grand expansion” of StarWorld Suncity VIP Club has seen seven gaming tables in six rooms added to a newly developed space on the 6th floor of StarWorld. Upgrading the VIP Club’s 5th floor facilities is still in progress with a grand opening set to be held later in the year once expansion is complete.Suncity operates a total of 18 VIP Clubs in Macau and 31 across the Asia-Pacific region.last_img read more


first_imgGraphic content: Indian residents and rescue workers gather at the site of a bus accident in the Kishtwar region in Jammu and Kashmir state on 1 July 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 35 people were killed Monday when an overcrowded bus plunged into a gorge in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.It was the second deadly crash in less than a week in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, renowned for its mountainous terrain and abysmal road safety record.The bus skidded off a road in the remote Kishtwar region and fell into a deep, narrow valley, senior police official M. K. Sinha said.Thirty-five people died in the accident and 17 were injured, local official Angrez Singh Rana said.Seven of the injured were in critical condition and were evacuated to a nearby hospital, he said.Map of Indian-administered Kashmir locating Kishtwar, where a bus crashed Monday leaving 35 people dead. Photo: AFPA separate crash on Monday in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh state killed three school students and their driver, the Press Trust of India reported.Last week, 11 students on their way to a picnic were killed when their bus fell into a gorge in Shopian district of Kashmir, officials said.Some 150,000 people die in road accidents on average each year in India, according to official figures.last_img read more


first_imgThe Chuck Brown Band is scheduled to perform at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue Jan. 29.  R&B artist Bilal is also scheduled to perform Jan. 30. Both shows are set to begin at 8 p.m.  Tickets cost: $25 – $45. For more information or to purchase tickets for either show, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.last_img


first_imgShe also took issue with recent changes to YouTube’s partner program, which require users to have at least 1,000 subscribers as well as 4,000 video viewing hours per year to qualify for ad-revenue sharing.Most of Aghdam’s social-media profiles were taken offline soon after her identity was revealed Tuesday evening, but videos reviewed by Variety included an odd mix of clips labeled as parodies, vegan cooking advice and dance performances, most of which featured Aghdam stoically staring into the camera.NBC reported Wednesday that a Turkish YouTube star made a supercut of her videos two years ago, calling it “enough nightmare fuel for years.” Popular on Variety The woman who injured three before killing herself at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., Tuesday never entered the office building of the streaming service, the company said in an update posted on Twitter late Wednesday. YouTube nevertheless vowed to increase security at its facilities around the world.The shooter, who has since been identified by authorities as Nasim Aghdam, was able to enter the outside courtyard behind YouTube’s main office via the facility’s parking garage, according to the update. “Within two minutes of our 911 call, San Bruno Police arrived on the scene,” the video service detailed Wednesday. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube is letting employees take time off this week or work from home. “We are also revisiting this incident in detail and will be increasing the security at all of our offices worldwide to make them more secure not only in the near term, but long-term,” the statement reads.Aghdam had at one point been an avid YouTuber, posting dozens of clips ranging from vegan recipes to workout videos on the site. However, she had more recently posted more content in Farsi and Turkish, and complained on her website that views for her videos had gone down, leading her to accuse YouTube of censorship.last_img read more


first_imgHigh calorie food may be unavoidable, but you can outsmart the temptation by indulging your sweet tooth with a different and healthier form of sugar, suggest experts. Nutritionists give some handy shortcuts to reduce sugar intake: Sugar, not fat: Not all sweets are born equal. Some, like rasgullah, are high on sugar while others like gulab jamun are high in sugar and fat. While it’s best to control sweets of all kinds, if you must, indulge in only-sweet-based desserts like dark chocolate, plain sandesh, mishti doi, rasgullah, jellies and custards to reduce the impact on your health post season. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThere are several options available in the market today – sugar free, gluten free, organic, dry fruit and more. You can pick up these desserts which are based on natural sweeteners like stevia or use stevia to make your favourite desserts at home – it gives your desserts a 100 per cent sweetness without the calories. Low fat does not mean low calorie: Just because something is low fat, doesn’t mean that it is low calorie. A sweet is a sweet and should be treated as such, unless it is sweetened with healthier alternative sweeteners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDry fruit bears fruit: If you have the option, choose the offered dry fruit instead – although try and give cashews a miss entirely if you can. Moderate amounts of dry fruit (say, a small handful a day) contains loads of good fats and are good for you. Exercise: Step up the workouts this season, because your body will thank you for it in the New Year. Fight the instinct to stay curled up in the comfort of your inertia. Hydrate: With water, that is. And lots of it (about 2-3 litre per day). Your hunger and thirst centres are set very close together and sometimes we eat because we’re thirsty. And while we’re here, don’t forget that alcohol adds tons of liquid calories, so a glass of wine once or twice a week is really the healthiest way to drink your calories. If drinking water straight up gets a bit boring, you could alternatively make some infused water by adding some fruit to it like strawberry or orange with a pinch of a natural sugar substitute. Get your eight hours of sleep: Best for health and weight management, don’t underestimate the power of a good sleep. It has proven benefits for weight loss and health management. In other words, you can snooze to lose. Experts say controlling your own environment is vital. If you’re having guests over, you can do healthy versions of your favourite desserts. Use dates to sweeten your sweets instead of sugar or use a natural sugar substitutes. Try loading them with a lot of dry and natural fruits. Roast your dish rather than deep frying it. Use natural sweeteners. Also, you don’t have to eat everything you’ve been gifted. Donate, and sweeten someone else’s life.last_img read more


first_imgTags: Cuba Share TORONTO — For the sixth year running Cuba has welcomed its one millionth Canadian visitor before the year is out, reaffirming Canada’s undisputed status as the number one source market to Cuba by a considerable margin.Cuba also welcomed its three millionth visitor internationally this month, another milestone, and 74 days earlier of when Cuba achieved the same feat two years ago. For 2017, the goal is four million visitors.Everyone knows Cuba’s tourism industry is in expansion mode. What they may not know is that even with the slow-but-sure arrival of the American market (and increasing service standards, and new and better facilities), Canadians “shouldn’t be concerned” about grand-scale changes to one of their favourite destinations, says Eloy Govea, Director of Cuba Tourism Office, Canada.“Cuba is a country with great pride and character; and will never give up its principles, its traditions, its values and its identity,” says Govea.Cuba has always been and will always be thankful to its friends, those who gave the country a hand when it needed it the most, he added, noting that the number of Canadians going to Cuba in one month is bigger than the number of Americans going to Cuba in a whole year. With the embargo still in place, Americans are still prohibited by their government to travel freely to Cuba. And “99% of Canadians go to beach destinations, which Americans cannot visit as tourists due to the travel regulations they need to comply with”.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Plus, culture in Cuba is a big deal. Even in the most difficult times, culture has been the number one priority. “With so much heritage, so much beauty, so much charm, this is the country that inspires writers, plastic artists, photographers, filmmakers. On top of that, its safe streets, unspoiled nature and welcoming well-educated people, complete an ideal environment for memorable vacations.”This winter Havana, Varadero and Cayo Guillermo are adding new properties to be managed by Kempinsky, Iberostar and Muthu respectively, while Cayo Las Brujas will be adding two properties to be run by Sercotel and Banyan Tree, as well as a tourist plaza.Pullman Cayo Coco is also adding new sections of rooms. That means 3,000+ more hotel rooms will open through April 2017.Through 2030, 100,000 new hotel rooms, 20+ golf course projects and 20+ marina projects will be added to Cuba’s portfolio.As a result, seven brand new destinations will emerge: Peninsula de Ramón in Holguín, and the keys Sabinal (north of Camaguey), and Paredón Grande and Romano (North of Ciego de Avila); along with the Golf Destinations Punta Colorada (Pinar del Río), El Salado (Artemisa) and Carboneras (Matanzas).More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesGovea says it’s also important to note the substantial increase in the private-owned tourism-related businesses that come as a “perfect complement” to the tourist infrastructure outside the hotels: Cuba now has more than 2,000 restaurants and more than 16,000 B&Bs.All of our Cuba’s main tourist areas (with the only exception of Baracoa) are reporting business as usual after Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.Govea also let agents know that the Cuba Tourism Office is in the process of refurbishing and improving its website. “It will be more informative, more interactive, more navigation-friendly and more mobile device-friendly. It will also feature an interactive map, which users will be able to download to access offline.” Thursday, October 20, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Numbers to rise but for now Cuba gets more Canadians/month than Americans/year << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – The party of recently elected Senegalese President Macky Sall secured 119 seats in the country’s 150-seat parliament in last Sunday’s election, according to provisional results.Judge Demba Kandji, president of the national vote counting commission, said that other parties secured only 31 seats. Just 12 deputies are from the party of recently ousted President Abdoulaye Wade, who ruled Senegal for the past 12 years. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Participation in Sunday’s poll was low at 36.7 percent. The resounding victory for Sall’s party is further evidence of the extent of dissatisfaction in Senegal with the previous regime, which was accused of rampant corruption.The fact that the 86-year-old Wade accepted defeat and stepped down has been held up as proof of Senegal’s democratic maturity in a region of Africa where coups remain common.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more