A Man’s Thoughts Before a Journey into the Unknown

first_imgA man’s journey through life at times offers him the opportunity to take a journey into the unknown. He can easily live the rest of his life having not taken this new path, never knowing how far afield it would wend and how changed he might be by the time it rejoins the regular trajectory, or he can step off into the haze and see what he finds.By the time you read these words, I will be thousands of miles from my home — away from family, friends, and anything familiar — and ready to, quite literally, hike up into an unknown world. At least one largely unknown to anyone not born into the indigenous Kogi tribe, a society that is almost culturally the same as in its pre-European contact form. And certainly all but unknown to me, for I have only had one week to research the places and people I’ll encounter in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. How comes it that I’m heading so far afield on such short notice? Well, the best laid plans, as they say…Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta MountainsHere’s a bit of backstory for you:Last autumn, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend “glamping” at Ithaca’s Firelight Camps during a weekend sponsored by Columbia Sportswear. It was a great experience, blending just the right amount of outdoorsy-ness and luxury. (Hike and kayak all day, steakhouse dinner and fireside cocktails by night. Not a bad way to live.) I got to know a few of the folks from Columbia rather well that weekend, and they got the chance to see a bit of my writing over the subsequent months. I guess we all liked each other, because a few weeks back I was contacted by Columbia’s PR team with an offer I gladly accepted. (Well, first I mulled it over, then I talked it over, then I realized that this was one of those occasions when you don’t say “Thanks, but no thanks.” It was an occasion when you only say yes.)The plan was this: a team made up of two spokespeople from Columbia Sportswear, a few Colombian mountaineers, a film and video crew, and a yours truly were headed up Nevado del Huila, a semi-dormant volcano that happens to be the second highest peak in Colombia, standing more than 17,590 feet in elevation. If we made the summit, the non-Colombian contingent of the team would have represented the first foreigners to have ascended the lofty zenith in more than six decades.Alas, the plans to climb Nevado del Huila were scuttled by two factors: landslides and landmines. The former happened recently, the latter were left over many years of civil strife. Discretion being the better part of valor, the trek was delayed indefinitely.Nevado del HuilaBut we still had a team assembled, gear checklists fulfilled, travel plans and logistics in place. So what to do? Simple: head for other mountains.So instead of Huila, I shall be trekking up the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, which are the highest coastal range in the world. Multiple 18,000-plus foot summits loom less than three dozen miles from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and the journey up into the mountains sees the hiker encounter almost every climate zone on earth. We’ll start near sandy beaches, go through largely virgin jungle, hike across rainy, windswept moors, and enter barren, rocky, and finally snow-covered peaks.Unlike the plans for the remote trek up Nevado del Huila, the team won’t be alone, though; not exactly. In fact, for as long as we are in the middle and upper elevations of the Santa Martas, we will be the guests of the indigenous Kogi people. This society can trace its heritage back well over 1,000 years and has lived in its current villages, practicing much the same way of life, since the late 15th Century, when European invaders forced them to flee up into the hills and mountains. In the high country, they were left alone and apart from the rest of the world, and that’s just how they prefer it.The Kogi are far from an uncontacted tribe such as you will occasionally hear about in the depths of the Brazilian Amazon. The Kogi know much about the outside world, and they disapprove. They know that logging, mining, and shipping are damaging the waterways; they know that wanton development of the tourism industry destroys beaches; they know that careless farming ruins forests. And they know the glaciers on their towering mountains are growing smaller every year.Kogi Village in Tayrona National Park, ColombiaThe Kogi have long (as in centuries) considered themselves the stewards of the earth and they devote their lives to mindful care of nature, existing in harmony with what they see as a living earth. But in the few instances during which these people have granted outsiders full exposure to their sacred homeland — there was a BBC documentary in the 1990s and another film made a few years ago, along with just a handful of other interviews granted and short films produced — they do not demand we of the outside world change all of our ways and adopt their form of living, they merely ask that we try to limit our impact on the shared planet. They ask that we go through life trying our best to care for this place; that we give a damn, in other words.Jungle in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, ColombiaThe actual trek will last seven or eight days, and we will likely make it to about 15,500 feet of elevation. There is a chance we’ll go higher, but the Kogi consider the snowfields at the top of the Santa Marta mountains sacred, and may prohibit my team from setting foot there. The journey begins in sweltering heat with some trail blazing (machetes, yes) and soon leads into a cloud forest where it is perpetually raining. Then we enter foothills. Then the upper reaches.I wish I could share more details, but I can’t; I simply have not had enough time to do more than assemble my gear, load my pack, and keep up with the training runs. This truly is a journey into the unknown for me; I’ll tell you all about it when I get back. (After showering. And maybe taking a nap. And spending time with my wife and son. Then I’ll tell you.) 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Finance Minister to Review Unemployment Figures With STATIN

first_img Figures recently released by STATIN show an increased unemployment rate of 16.3 per cent Minister of Finance and Planning, the Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, is to meet with representatives of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) to review the recently released employment figures.Dr. Phillips made the disclosure during an interview on the Jamaica Information Service’s ‘Issues and Answers’ Programme recently.“I am going to be meeting with the STATIN people to see what more they have that can explain. There is a much greater than usual increase in the size of the labour force, a three per cent increase, which is unprecedented, in fact. So what accounts for that is one of the things that we certainly need to get at,” the Finance Minister said.Figures recently released by STATIN show an increased unemployment rate of 16.3 per cent.According to STATIN the incremental increase in the unemployment rate for the April 2013 Labour Force Survey was caused by an additional 38,900 (three per cent) new entrants to the labour force.Of these additional entrants, only 8,700 (0.8 per cent) found employment, with 30,200 (16.3 per cent) remaining unemployed.Dr. Phillips also cited several possible explanations for the increase in the unemployment rate including a greater than normal increase in the size of the labour force.“I note, too, that there are some areas like in your hotels and restaurants subsector, where you had a reduction which was to be expected, given the number of properties that have been pulled out of operation for refurbishing, change of ownership, but which will get back  into operation over the next few months,” Dr. Phillips said.“The extent of the changes have some other elements to it, some easily identifiable. That is, some of the temporary nature of some of the changes in the tourism sector, the changes that have occurred in the agricultural sector which is hurricane Sandy and the drought which is going to see production building up back.  Just last week the Jamaica Producers Group indicated that they were taking on more people because the effects of the hurricane towards the end of last year had an impact on their operations. So we’ll see some of those temporary impacts corrected,” he added.Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips noted that the overall plan is to create the conditions for private sector investment by curbing the appetite for government expenditure.“(It) takes time to develop these investable projects and move forward. So all that we can do is to continue with the programme that reduces the debt which is the heart of the problem,” the Finance Minister said. Several possible explanations for the increase in the unemployment rate including a greater than normal increase in the size of the labour force Overall plan is to create the conditions for private sector investment by curbing the appetite for government expenditure Story Highlightslast_img read more

Norwegian Unveils Plans for New Terminal at PortMiami

first_imgzoom Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has unveiled the design of its new dedicated terminal at PortMiami, which will have the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship.Pending final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018, and is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019, as Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, makes its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.The cruise company, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, said that the terminal represents the continued relationship between Norwegian and Miami, which has been the company’s home since its launch in 1966.“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over fifty years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honored to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.Del Rio informed that the terminal marks the latest step in the company’s efforts to strengthen its presence in strategic home ports around the world.As a result of the continued relationship, Miami-Dade County will invest USD 100 million to build the new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution to PortMiami. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said.last_img read more

Nicholas Butcher found guilty of seconddegree murder of Kristin Johnston

first_imgHALIFAX – A jury has found Nicholas Butcher guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston, rejecting his claim that he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed the Montreal-born yoga instructor to death.The 12-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury delivered its verdict Saturday after five hours of deliberation over two days.Butcher, 36, showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Friends of Johnston could be heard sniffling in the courtroom, as Butcher sat at his lawyer’s bench and looked directly forward.A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. A hearing to determine Butcher’s parole eligibility is scheduled for July 20.Butcher was charged with second-degree murder after police found Johnston’s body next to a steak knife on a blood-soaked bed inside her Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016.Crown lawyer Carla Ball said it’s been a stressful two years for Johnston’s family and friends, but “justice has been done.“Domestic violence is not something that is unusual, unfortunately. We can say that it’s a tragic event for everyone involved,” said Ball, standing alongside fellow prosecutor Tanya Carter.“In this case, the evidence was very clear that Mr. Butcher was responsible.”Butcher, a law school graduate who wasn’t able to find work in his field, was living with Johnston at the time of her death.The jury heard that he called 911 and told the dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He also cut off his right hand with a mitre saw, but it was surgically reattached.The Crown had argued Butcher deliberately killed Johnston, 32, after realizing their relationship was deteriorating.The jury heard that in the weeks, days and hours leading up to her death, Johnston told friends she wanted to break up with Butcher. The Crown suggested that Butcher read some of those messages on the evening of March 25, 2016 when he accessed Johnston’s computer, and realized Johnston wanted to end their relationship.In the early hours of March 26, Johnston was hanging out at an old friend’s apartment when Butcher showed up there unexpectedly.Friends who were also there that night testified that Johnston and Butcher stepped outside together, and she came back in alone, telling them she had broken up with Butcher.Butcher returned to the apartment a second time, and found Johnston kissing her old friend, Michael Belyea.Hours later, Johnston was dead.Ball suggested Butcher stabbed Johnston to death and then tried to kill himself with the same knife before cutting off his right hand with a mitre saw.“This case is about a man who had significant financial challenges. He was highly educated, but underemployed. It caused him significant upsets leading up to March 25, 2016,” said Ball during her closing arguments Thursday, referring to Butcher’s $200,000 debt from law school.“And if that wasn’t enough… he realized that the investment that he put into the relationship with Kristin Johnston deteriorated in a blink of an eye. These factors built up like a constellation until he decided that if he could not have Kristin Johnston, no one else could have her.”Medical examiner Dr. Marnie Wood testified that Johnston’s death was caused by sharp force injuries, and that she had “defensive injuries” on her hands and fingers.But taking the stand in his own defence, Butcher argued that Johnston had attacked him, and that he was acting in self-defence when he killed her.Butcher — the defence’s only witness — testified it was dark and he couldn’t see who it was, but managed to grab the knife and lash out, realizing seconds later he had killed Johnston.“I reached over and I turned on the lamp, and the person that was beneath me was Kristin and she was dead,” said Butcher earlier this month, breaking into tears.“I just killed her by accident, just not even knowing what’s going on.”Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality. Despite her passion, Johnston’s studio shuttered about a month before her death.Friends testified that Johnston wanted to leave her Halifax life behind, and was “ready for a new chapter” in Tofino, B.C., where her sister lived.The defence argued that Johnston was under intense stress following the closing of her business, and snapped on Butcher because he was getting “in the way” of her plan to rekindle a relationship with Belyea.Defence lawyer Peter Planetta said the guilty verdict “was not the outcome (Butcher) was hoping for.” He said it’s too early to say whether Butcher will appeal.The jury heard from 32 witnesses over 14 court days.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Polls monitors dismayed by lack of interest to hold PC polls

CaFFE hopes that Parliamentarians would remember the promises made during this period and take steps to hold the Provincial Council elections as soon as possible. (Colombo Gazette) The final decision on the Provincial Council elections has to be taken by the Parliament and if there are issues with delimitation and other technical aspects, this election can be held according to the proportional representation system.Ahmed stated that some sections who were clamoring for democracy for 56 days since October 26, 2018 have now forgotten the peoples’ right to representative democracy. However there are no preparations to hold Provincial Council elections. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) states that Parliamentarians who clamored to protect Parliamentary Democracy in October and November of 2018, have forgotten the peoples’ right to representative democracy.Acting Executive Director of CaFFE, Manas Ahmed states that the tenure of six out of nine Provincial Councils have expired and that the tenure of other three local councils are to expire within the next few months. Holding elections on time is a hallmark of democracy but the current administration is violating those principal, acting Executive Director of CaFFE, Manas Ahmed said. read more

Nursing students learn in Swaziland

Student Ashley Toye examines a young patient in Swaziland.Brock nursing students took their work international this summer with a trip to Swaziland.Twelve fourth-year nursing students, two faculty members and a teaching assistant travelled to the African Kingdom, embarking on the second Department of Nursing trip to learn about the challenges in delivering health care to Swaziland’s more than one million citizens. The country has more than 200,000 people living with the AIDS virus and more than 70,000 orphaned children.Student Kelsey Foster holds a Swazi infant at a health clinic. The Brock students taught classes on health and first aid. They worked at remote clinics alongside local nurses. They attended nursing lectures at South African Nazarene University and toured local hospitals. They also delivered supplies of knitted blankets, shawls and dolls created by Brock’s own Community Knitters.The students attended lectures and fundraised in Canada before they flew more than 13,5000 kilometres to an orphanage on Bethany Mountan to begin their community nursing course.“Nursing is a universal profession that functions in all countries regardless of their resources,” said Nursing lecturer Melanie Stansfield. “(The students) learned to improvise, to critically assess and to respect a culture much different than their own.”The students conducted in-depth community assessments of specific regions in Swaziland. They gathered data and worked with community members to learn about socio-political, religious and cultural practices there.“I like to think of it as community to community,” lecturer Karyn Taplay said. “It is a humbling experience to see two sisters in their mid 60s break into a song and dance after each receiving a knitted blanket.“Equally as humbling was to assess a young boy of six who had an enlarged heart and give him a knitted lion to help keep him strong. This was possibly the first and definitely the last toy he received. He died five days after our visit.”The trip was May 28 to June 21.• View the Flickr photostream of images from SwazilandRelated stories:• Nursing students learn and share in Swaziland• Lunch-time group knits for charityA shipment of dolls and toys was made by Brock’s own Community Knitters. read more

Honorary doctorate for legendary St Catharines photographer

Edward Burtynsky has gone around the world capturing remarkable images of humanity’s impact on our planet, and he doesn’t like what he sees.His images appear in more than 60 major museums, including the Guggenheim, but Niagara is where the roots of his art were planted. It’s also where a large collection of his photographs can be found hanging in the Rodman Hall Art Centre.Burtynsky was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brock University on Friday, June 8, and told the large group of graduands from the Faculties of Humanities, and Math and Science, that Niagara was where he first became interested in industrial landscapes.“This region has had a profound shaping of my consciousness to go out and do the things that I’ve done,” he said, pointing to the Ontario Street General Motors plant, the Welland Canal and quarries in Port Colborne as having a big impact on his early years.Burtynsky went on to receive a BAA in Photography/Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982 before launching Toronto Image Works. His images have appeared in publications such as National Geographic and the New York Times, as well as in museums around the world.Burtynsky said he wants people to experience his art so that they can understand the impact society is having on the planet.“I’ve spent a great deal of time in these landscapes watching them continue to change and watching us continue to change them,” he said. “Our collective impact is inevitable. As our population booms, so does our need for resources. We’re spending the land and seas like currency and the Earth’s systems are under threat.”Burtynsky encouraged the graduands to do something — big or small.“Our planet is fragile. Now is the time to take responsibility for our actions and our future,” he said.These days, Burtynsky’s work has shifted toward 3D and augmented reality photography, which he calls “Photography 3.0.”“I see it as a new way of expressing my art and a new direction for my photography. It’s a long way from my first darkroom when I was 11 years old,” he said.He also encouraged the grads to take risks, and never accept no for an answer.“In my work, no is always the first thing I hear. But I persevere, and often times no becomes yes. Take no as the starting point,” he said.For more information on the Edward Burtynsky exhibit at Rodman Hall, featuring 40 prints he donated in 2012, visit the RHAC website. read more

Ohio State mens ice hockey gearing up for 201415 campaign

Then-sophomore defender Craig Dalrymple (24) skates past a Bowling Green defender Oct. 29, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Lantern file photoMore than six months after losing the Big Ten Championship in overtime, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set for its first exhibition of the season on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.The Buckeyes’ exhibition against the University of Guelph will mark the first step in their quest for a NCAA tournament berth, something they’ve been denied for five straight years.Junior defenseman and alternate captain Sam Jardine said the sting of missing last season’s tournament was magnified for this year’s seniors — who have endured three years of postseason disappointment.Before last season’s 5-4 overtime loss to Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship, the Buckeyes failed to make the final round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2012 and 2013.“The veterans returning have a real bitter attitude toward the way things finished last year,” Jardine said. “It’s been good motivation.”While OSU has eight seniors on this season’s roster, coach Steve Rohlik said the departure of two upperclassmen has created questions for the Buckeyes’ offense.“We’re going to have to have a lot of guys score eight goals,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to score by committee and we’re going to have to be good at special teams.”Forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel, who combined for 24.5 percent of OSU’s scoring last season, both signed contracts with the Ottawa Senators during the offseason.Senior forward captain Tanner Fritz is the team’s top offensive returner. Fritz finished last season with the third-most points on the team (32) despite battling an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.Even with Fritz, OSU will have to get offensive contributions from all four lines to compensate for its losses, Jardine said.“The best teams do score by committee,” Jardine said. “I’m personally not worried about our team and the ability to score goals.”Freshmen gave the Buckeyes offensive support last season as first-years combined for 23 goals. Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey led OSU rookies in points with 13 goals and 13 assists.Saturday’s exhibition will give Rohlik his first opportunity to see this season’s seven freshmen compete against college-level competition.“I see a lot of guys playing because I think everyone on our roster can contribute right now,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes’ returners have already had an opportunity to see the team’s new crop in practice. Fritz said he’s pleased with the class and has made special note of forwards Nicholas Jones and Matt Weis.“There’s two guys that have a ton of skills and read the game well,” Fritz said.Following a year where OSU had six different goalies on its roster, it will start the season with three goalies on its depth chart.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey joined Fritz, Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig on the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Frey joined OSU midway through last season after playing in the USHL, finishing with a 2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage in 16 games.Rohlik noted that sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis will also compete for the starting role.Rohlik said that senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple has not skated at 100 percent this season due to injury, but added the rest of OSU’s lineup is healthy.Fritz reported that he’d been felt an “aching feeling” in his leg during off-ice workouts, but said he underwent a precautionary MRI this week and the injury was not serious.The Buckeyes are scheduled to drop the puck at 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Italian Serie A the opening of the 201617 season

Italian handball TEXT: MATTEO ALDAMONTEIt will start tomorrow (Saturday), the 2016/17 Serie A season. The opening day will see 28 formations, divided into four groups: Group A, composed of 10 teams, and Group B and C, with 9 teams each.The championship that starts tomorrow – with 13 matches scheduled –is the Regular Season, the first phase of the top series, to which will follow the Poule Play-Off/Demotion, and the Play-Off Championship, with its semi-finals and finals.Junior Fasano is the returning Italian champion, having obtained these condtitle in the history of the team at the end of last season.Group A – Three crucial matches will launch the season, the two derbies Alperia Meran – Loacker-Volksbank Bozen (referees Colombo – Fabbian), and Brixen – Eppan (referees Domenico – Fornasier), and the game that will see Pressano and Metallsider  Mozzocorona facing off (referees Zendali – Riello).  All three matches are scheduled to be played at 19.00.Musile, one of the newly promoted teams to the top series, will debut on home turf against Principe Trieste, starting at 18.30 (referees Laconello – laconello). The last match of the day will be disputed at 20.30 (referees Colasanto – Marcelli), at Pala Tacca, between Cassano Magnago and Malo.Group B – Itwill be a first match played on home ground for both Romagna and Terraquilia Carpi, the two teams that fought to the last match for the first place in Group B during the last two seasons. Both teams will play against two Group B new entries, the newly promoted Chianti Banca Tavarnelle (h 18.30, referees Falvo – Corioni), and Pharmapiù Sport Città Sant’Angelo (h 19.00, referees Nguyen – Lembo), who played in Group C last year.Other two teams will also start the championship on home turf: Bologna United against Cingoli, scheduled at 19.30 (referees Bassan – Bernardelle), and Rapid Nonantola – Metelli Cologne (referees Romana – Romana).Group C – The honor of actually opening the 2016/17 season will fall on the returning champions, who will play the first match of the day: it will be “game on” at 15.00, at Palestra “Zizzi”, against the newly promoted Kelona. The Pala Lo Bello will instead see the opening match for Team network Albatro, facing Noci in front of its own fans, also a newly promoted to the top series (h 18.30, referees Chiarello – Pagaria).The Serie A debut for “Valentino Ferrara” will be on Fondi’s home ground (h 18.30, referees Cardone – Cardone), while Lupo Rocco Gaeta – Benevento is scheduledat 17.00 (referees Simone – Mointillo). ← Previous Story Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrate away win in Schaffhausen Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen win thriller in Leipzig read more

iPad 2 vs Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet specs showdown

first_imgThe Holiday 2011 tablet selection in your local electronics store is going to look much different than it was in 2010. Though few of the non-Apple tablets have managed to gain much traction yet, 2011 saw just about every electronics manufacturer you could think of releasing at least one tablet. You may find it a little surprising then that it’s so very easy to pick out the top choices for the majority of customers. The Apple iPad 2, the Amazon Kindle Fire, and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet are easily going to be the cream of the crop for most people.We’re here to help with your buyer’s dilemma by seeing how the tablets’ specs compare.Design and DimensionsHere we have two nearly identical 7-inch tablets, and one big 9.7-inch tablet. While customers have largely voted with their wallets for the iPad’s larger screen, many also enjoy the smaller and lighter form-factor of the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet. It’s no surprise that the companies whose roots are in selling books would have the more compact size. Smaller tablets are easy to hold in one hand and fit into a bag. The iPad, meanwhile, gives you a much more spacious display that the smaller ones can only dream of.Though the iPad 2 is bigger and heavier than the other two, it is actually considerably thinner. It has a solid, well-built feel to it, as will the Kindle Fire. The Nook Tablet has a plastic bezel that is easy to grasp, but it actually creaks if you squeeze it and can feel a little flimsy next to the constructions of the other two tablets.WeightThe iPad 2 is easily the heaviest of the three, thanks to its larger form and metal materials. The Nook Tablet is the lightest, but the Kindle Fire is only slightly heavier.The two smaller slates will obviously be easier to hold in one hand, though the iPad 2 is also light enough for brief one-handed use.DisplayHere is another category where the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are equals (on paper), as both have identical display size and resolution. The iPad’s larger screen actually has the same vertical resolution as the others, with only a slightly higher horizontal pixel count. That leads to less pixels per inch on Apple’s slate, especially once you factor in the screen size.Yet you don’t hear many complaints about the iPad 2’s resolution. Text and images on all three devices should then be plenty sharp and colorful for most people.ProcessorYou’ll get speedy 1GHz dual-core chips on all three tablets. Nobody is likely to experience lag or have problems playing the latest games on any of the three.RAMThe Nook Tablet doubles the RAM of its competitors. Will that mean that it performs faster and smoother than the other two? Probably not, but we’ll look forward to testing the devices side-by-side.StorageThe Kindle Fire has the least storage without any possibility for expansion. This appears to be a cost-cutting measure that Amazon took, using their cloud services as justification. They offer Amazon Prime for video streaming, Amazon Cloud for documents, and Amazon MP3 (Cloud Player) for music. From that perspective, 8GB should be enough for most people. Just don’t expect to keep ten full Gameloft games installed at once.The Nook Tablet doubles that to 16GB, and also has an SD card slot for expansion. The iPad 2 has no SD, but you can pay more for a 32GB or 64GB model.Battery LifeWhen it comes to battery life, the iPad 2 is in another league altogether. Notice that the estimated times given by Amazon and Barnes & Noble are not only lower than Apple’s, but they are with WiFi turned off. The iPad 2 gets several more hours, with WiFi on. This is a huge difference in battery life, and the iPad 2 is easily the best choice in this area.Only testing will determine the true run time of the new tablets, but the iPad 2 has long been regarded as setting a benchmark for impressive tablet battery life. Most manufacturers are known to give the highest estimate that they can get away with, so don’t expect any dramatic surprises from the Nook or Fire (at least not in a good way).CameraAre two crappy cameras better than none? That’s the question in this category, as the iPad 2 is the only tablet to have cameras. It has front and rear shooters, but both are extremely underwhelming. However, it does make video chat possible, which isn’t an option on either of the smaller tablets.IntangiblesWhile it’s not quite as scientific as the other categories, this could be the most important. What are those extra perks that each piece of hardware brings to the table?The Kindle Fire brings one of the best bonuses you could ask for: an extremely affordable price. At just $200, this is the best tablet bang for your buck. Amazon is selling it either at cost or at a small loss because they know that they will generate extra sales from the digital content that’s prominently featured on the tablet. As long as you don’t mind seeing a lot of Amazon services in your UI, this is a win for everyone. The pricier Nook Tablet is also subsidized by content at $250, and the iPad 2 starts at $500.Another win for the Kindle Fire is Amazon Prime. Purchasers of the Fire get the service free for one month. After that, they can pay $79 for a year’s membership. Along with Netflix-like video streaming, Prime customers also get free book lending and free/discounted shipping on Amazon orders.Finally, the Fire also has the speedy Silk web browser. It integrates with Amazon’s servers to accelerate page loading times, and should make browsing even quicker than it already would be with the dual-core processor.The Nook Tablet is by far the weakest of the three in terms of extras. What fun perks does it bring that the others don’t? It’s cheap, but not as cheap as the Kindle Fire. It has Netflix and Hulu Plus (including some native integration), but so do both other tablets. What’s more, the Nook’s overall app selection is weaker. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the Nook Tablet, but it doesn’t have many unique bonuses.One plus for the Nook Tablet is that it might be a little more hacker-friendly than the Fire. If it can boot from an SD card like the Nook Color, then it will be able to run custom ROMs without even being rooted. More importantly, it has twice the internal storage of the Fire, and the option for more on the SD. If you’re rooting it and installing Cyanogenmod and the Android Market, it might be nice to have that extra space.The iPad 2, meanwhile, is another powerhouse in terms of extras. The App Store is the most obvious advantage, as it provides the best selection of mobile applications. In terms of games, Apple’s library is still well ahead of Android’s. iOS is also a more mature platform than the customized Android that the other two tablets are running. iOS 5’s additions — like notifications, iMessage, and iCloud — only sweeten the pot.One last thing to consider is that the iPad 2 is the only one of these tablets to offer the option of 3G data. You pay an extra $130 for the 3G-capable models, but the option is there. This will make the iPad 2 the only tablet option (at least out of these three) for some people who need to stay connected and don’t want a MiFi or tethered connection.Summing upThe first questions you will want to ask are: whether you want a large or small tablet, and how much you’re willing to pay. If you want the largest display and don’t mind paying more for it, then the iPad it is. If you decide that you do want one of the smaller/cheaper slates, then you’re still left with another decision.The Kindle Fire may still be a better buy than the Nook Tablet. For most customers, the Fire’s superior app selection, free month of Amazon Prime, and $50 discount will cancel out the Nook’s slightly better specs. Content-hoarders, hackers, and B&N faithful will prefer the Nook, but most others would be wise to dive into Amazon’s superior overall ecosystem.Still, we can recommend all we want, but the tablet you buy will ultimately come down to your personal taste. You can view test results, specs, and stats all day long, but each of these three devices offers something a little different. Half the fun is in finding out which feature set is best for you.last_img read more

Barclays has tried to downplay reports of a postBrexit EU headquarters in

first_img Jan 26th 2017, 9:20 PM By Fora Staff Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 9:20 PM Barclays has tried to downplay reports of a post-Brexit EU headquarters in Dublin Several media outlets have said the bank is preparing to expand its operations in Ireland. Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3207729 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share Tweet Email 19 Comments BARCLAYS BANK HAS tried to downplay reports that it plans to open a post-Brexit EU headquarters in Dublin.A number of media outlets, including Bloomberg and Reuters, have reported that the bank is planning to establish a European base in the Irish capital if Brexit negotiations fail to secure continuing passporting rights for British finance firms.The company already employs 120 staff at an office in the Dublin 2 area.A spokesman for Barclays told Fora the company has scouted for office space in the Irish capital, but said its “headquarters will be very much in London”.He suggested the Bloomberg report was based on a “semantic argument” over whether Dublin could be considered the EU headquarters after Britain leaves the bloc.He added that the decision to look at Dublin as a solution to a potential “passporting conundrum” is consistent with what the bank has been saying “more or less since June when we had the referendum”.“We have made clear repeatedly that we will plan for a range of Brexit contingencies, including building greater capacity into our existing operations in Dublin,” he said later in a written statement.“Identifying available office space is a necessary and predictable part of that contingency planning process.”Bloomberg wrote that Barclays is “planning to add about 150 staff” in Dublin. The bank said that, according to chief executive Jes Staley, the number of staff that could be added to the Irish subsidiary will be “very marginal”.RelocationIt has long been speculated that finance companies based in Britain are looking to move their operations to Dublin after Article 50 is triggered and Britain enters its two-year negotiation with the EU. British prime minister Theresa May Source: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire/PA ImagesPrime minister Theresa May indicated that a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ will be enacted at the end of March, which would pull the UK out of the single European market.The chairman of HSBC, Douglas Flint, said earlier this month that it was highly likely that bank will move 1,000 jobs to a base elsewhere in Europe and mentioned Ireland as one of the possible locations.Bloomberg has also previously reported that Standard Chartered was also approached Irish officials about making Dublin its legal base inside the EU.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie 13,538 Views Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

Live greyhound racing is back in Dublin after a fourmonth dispute

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3445530 By Paul Hosford Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 12:11 PM Live greyhound racing is back in Dublin after a four-month dispute Live racing will return to Shelbourne Park from next Tuesday, 20 June. 14,346 Views Jun 15th 2017, 12:11 PM Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Short URL Share53 Tweet Email2 58 Comments LIVE GREYHOUND RACING will return to Dublin after four months.An acrimonious dispute between the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) and breeders, coupled with the €23 million sale of Harold’s Cross stadium, had seen a picket placed on Shelbourne Park since February.Today, the IGB welcomed news that the Dublin Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association (DGOBA), following mediation and a ballot, will support the resumption of live racing.DGOBA along with the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation had been unhappy about the stewardship of the sport, which has seen attendances more than half since 2007.CEO of IGB Dr Sean Brady said the decision marked a new dawn for the sport, which has seen debts of around €20 million accumulate on its governing body.“I believe this marks a new beginning for greyhound racing in Ireland. Once the sale of Harold’s Cross is concluded, a bright future free from crippling debt is within sight for our industry. For the first time in years, we can consider increasing prize money, investing in more marketing and upgrading our stadiums.”The deal will see races previously held at Harold’s Cross now held at Shelbourne Park.Brady thanked DGOBA for their part in settling the dispute and says the sport will now host a forum for stakeholders within a month.“We look forward to welcoming our patrons, Greyhound breeders and owners back to Shelbourne Park next week and to building a successful industry together. The greyhound industry can only ever be successful if we are united together as one team.”Live racing will return to Shelbourne Park from next Tuesday, 20 June. The additional racing and staff from Harold’s Cross will now be accommodated at Shelbourne Park.Read: It just sold a stadium for €23 million – but there are warnings the greyhound industry is ‘in danger’ Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lukaku opens up on the positive vibes in Uniteds squad

first_imgRomelu Lukaku revealed that Manchester United players are enjoying the happy atmosphere in training since the exit of Jose Mourinho.The Belgian forward may not be having more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he admitted the positive vibes in the squad has been a key factor to their success.“It’s different, a lot more positive,” he told Canal+.“People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.”Lukaku further claimed everyone is getting back to their best again after a difficult start to the campaign, with the improved form of Pogba and Rashford a testimony to the assertion.“We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,” Lukaku disclosed via FourFourTwo.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.“You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team. That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.”Up next for Manchester United is a tricky tie against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.Lukaku: “This competitive spirit is coming back out of each player, it has already started in training when we play small-sided matches, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see it the players want to prove themselves to the manager.” #MUFC #GGMU pic.twitter.com/74u1IXB7Jp— UnitedReds.com (@UnitedRedscom) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Report White House Blocking Deal to Raise Spending Caps

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Trump does not want a deal to raise mandatory spending caps, Axios reported Monday.The White House appears to be dug in on the topline numbers in the administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. The request pushes defense spending to $750 billion by putting extra money in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to spending caps.House Democrats and Senate Republicans have hoped to reach a deal to raise the limit on defense and nondefense spending, but the president “really wants to stick to his numbers and doesn’t want a caps deal, because that means more domestic spending,” a source told Axios.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) last week blamed Mick Mulvaney, the White House acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, for derailing bipartisan talks “to use it as leverage,” Hoyer said, as On Base reported.The House Budget Committee will consider legislation to raise the caps at a Wednesday meeting.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburtonlast_img read more

Alaskan appointed to help manage national fisheries

first_imgChris Oliver was appointed assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries on June 19, 2017. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)An Alaskan has been appointed to help manage fisheries nationwide.Listen nowChris Oliver will oversee recreational and commercial fishing at the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is under the umbrella of NOAA.Oliver said one of his goals is to make long-term sustainability a priority for the billion dollar industry.Previously Oliver worked on shrimp fishery management in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1990, he moved to Alaska, and he’s been employed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for the past 27 years.Oliver starts his new job this week at the NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.last_img read more

Pamela invites Macron to French restaurant

first_imgUS actress Pamela Anderson poses during the opening Ceremony of the 57nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival on 16 June, 2017 in Monaco. Photo: AFPPamela Anderson long ago swapped “Baywatch” for animal rights activism-but the actress has now added another string to her bow by opening a French restaurant, with President Emmanuel Macron receiving an open invite.The publicity-friendly former Playboy cover girl is a regular presence on France’s palm-fringed southern coast.She announced Monday that she and French chef Christophe Leroy had teamed up to open “La Table du Marche” (The Market Table), a pop-up restaurant that will serve diners in the glitzy resort of Saint-Tropez for 50 days from July 4.A statement posted on Anderson’s website, featuring photographs of her posing with a large golden retriever dog, promised the restaurant would be “sexy” as well as “100 percent vegan”.In a blog post on Saturday the 49-year-old actress had invited Macron and his wife Brigitte to the restaurant, hoping to convince them to offer asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for five years trying to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faced allegations of rape.Sweden dropped its investigation into Assange last month, but he remains subject to British arrest for skipping bail if he steps out of the embassy.Anderson is a staunch supporter of Assange and his whistleblowing website, describing him as “a man risking so much with such little gratitude”.“As a resident of France, my adopted home, I would like to meet with you and discuss Julian’s situation,” she wrote in a message to Macron.“I am opening a new vegan restaurant in France in July, and I would like to extend my invitation to the new president and his First Lady.“We will sit and eat good food and discuss what can be done for Julian. France could display its strength, and so could you, if you give Julian asylum.”Anderson’s 250-seat pop-up will open in the premises of Leroy’s Moulins de Ramatuelle restaurant, featuring a champagne bar along with its animal-friendly menu.last_img read more

VIDEO Woman with the ugliest golf swing in history somehow smashes 200yard

first_imgGolf swings are as unique as fingerprints, everyone has their own style. Some are beautiful and some can make you sick watching them.PGA Tour Pro Steve Wheatcroft posted a video to his Twitter account of a woman with maybe the ugliest swing in the history of golf swings, but despite her hideous form – she literally takes her eyes completely off the ball in her backswing – she still manages to crush it 200 yards, right down the pipe.This form is so bad it would make Happy Gilmore blush. Everything about this is so wrong, but the end result is so right.There’s pro am swings, and then there’s this. I’m not making fun, I’m amazed. Actually can move it 200+. #awesome #albertsonsboiseopen pic.twitter.com/t4tH4VtBUY— Steve Wheatcroft (@wheatiePGA) September 14, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

Google last again in Android antivirus ranking 2018

first_imgGoogle last again in Android antivirus ranking (2018) by Martin Brinkmann on August 21, 2018 in Google Android – 14 commentsGoogle Play Protect does not protect Android devices against malware attacks very well according to latest test results of German company AV-Test. The result confirms previous tests that AV Test and AV Comparatives conducted to test protective capabilities of Android security solutions.Play Protect is the built-in malware protection for Android that powers more than two billion devices according to Google. The protective functionality is baked into Android and uses machine learning algorithms to improve in real time according to Google. The service scans more than 50 billion apps every day according to Google.You can check “My apps & games” section of the official Google Play application to find out if Play Protect detects security related issues on the device and when it last scanned apps on the device. It is furthermore possible to start scans with a tap on the reload button.Google Play Protect’s bad security rating The latest test results of German antivirus and security testing institute AV-Test suggest that Google Play Protect does not offer adequate protection against malware.The institute checked 21 different mobile security products for Android from renowned companies such as Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, or Kaspersky against a set of 2945 of the latest Android malware threats and a set of 2709 malware samples discovered up to four weeks ago at the time of the testing.Google Play Protect was the only solution that received 0 points in the protection category. It had detection scores of 70.1% and 49.4% against real-time malware and malware of the last 4 weeks. The average for all tested solutions was 97.4% and 96.7% respectively.Only four antivirus solutions received test scores below the maximum score of 6. Google Play Protect was the only solution that did not receive any points; TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security received 2 points, iNetCop’s OnVaccine 3 points, and Ikarus’ Mobile Security 5.5 points.All other solutions got maximum points in the protection category.Google Play Protect fared better in the usability category where it received the maximum number of points. Most mobile security solutions received maximum points in the category as well as only 7 received a score less than the maximum of 6.A high usability score is awarded when apps don’t impact battery life, slow down device usage, or generate excess traffic, and when the number of false positives is low.Solutions that received full points in protection and usability are: AhnLab V2 Mobile Security, Alibaba Mobile Security, Avast Mobile Security, AVG Antivirus Free, Avira Antivirus Security, Bitdefender Mobile Security, G Data Internet Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, Norton Mobile Security, Tencent WeSecure, and TrendMicro Mobile Security.How did Google Play Protect perform in previous months? Not better: the solution kept its 0 rating in the protection category in all four tests AV-Test ran this year.A quick check of the mobile security results for Android on AV Comparatives, another test organization, paints a similar picture. Google came in last with a protection rate of just over 50% at 51.8%. The second worst program had a protection rate of 92.3% and that only because of a bug in the software program.Closing WordsThe main takeaway is that Google Play Protect does not protect well against threats on Android. It reminds me a lot of how Microsoft’s security solutions, Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials, started.Android is plagued by malware campaigns and while some protection is better than none, it is clear that Google Play Protect is not the best when it comes to protecting Android users from malware attacks.Do Android users need another security solution then? It depends on device usage in my opinion; if you install lots of apps from unverified sources you may want to add extra protection to your device. If you use it to check Google Maps, the weather, and for chatting, the risk of being exposed to malware is relatively low.Now You: Anti-malware apps on Android, yes or no?SummaryArticle NameGoogle last again in Android antivirus ranking (2018)DescriptionGoogle Play Protect does not protect Android devices against malware attacks very well according to latest test results of German company AV-Test.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more December 17, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put out a public safety notice asking expectant parents not to use ultrasound systems without a medical need.Fetal ultrasound imaging provides real-time images of the fetus. Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors are hand-held ultrasound devices that let you listen to the heartbeat of the fetus. Both are prescription devices designed for use by trained healthcare professionals. They are not intended for over-the-counter (OTC) sale or use, and the FDA strongly discourages their use for creating fetal keepsake images and videos.”Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained healthcare providers is important,” says Shahram Vaezy, Ph.D., an FDA biomedical engineer. “Ultrasound can heat tissues slightly, and in some cases, it can also produce very small bubbles (cavitation) in some tissues.”The long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are not known. Therefore, ultrasound scans should be done only when there is a medical need, based on a prescription, and performed by appropriately trained operators.Fetal keepsake videos are controversial because there is no medical benefit gained from exposing the fetus to ultrasound. FDA is aware of several enterprises in the United States that are commercializing ultrasonic imaging by making fetal keepsake videos. In some cases, the ultrasound machine may be used for as long as an hour to get a video of the fetus.While FDA recognizes that fetal imaging can promote bonding between the parents and the unborn baby, such opportunities are routinely provided during prenatal care. In creating fetal keepsake videos, there is no control on how long a single imaging session will last, how many sessions will take place, or whether the ultrasound systems will be operated properly. By contrast, Veazy says, “Proper use of ultrasound equipment pursuant to a prescription ensures that pregnant women will receive professional care that contributes to their health and to the health of their babies.”Similar concerns surround the OTC sale and use of Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors. These devices, which are used for listening to the heartbeat of a fetus, are legally marketed as “prescription devices,” and should only be used by, or under the supervision of, a health care professional.For more information: www.fda.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read morelast_img read more

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