Making mountains her life, one peak at a time

first_imgMumbai: Kanamo in the Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, is no stroll in the park. At 5,970 m, it is a tough climb even for an experienced trekker. To scale this peak in just two days is exceptional. Last year, in July, Ishani Sawant, 25, did just that. What’s more she did it solo, carrying all her food, climbing gear, tent and high altitude clothing.“It was intimidating,” she admits. “I hadn’t been there before. The trail to the summit was not visible, as it had snowed heavily for previous two days. But it was an amazing experience. I had to find my way, navigate in the fresh snowfall. But it was an out-of-this-world feeling, to be alone, on the top, to talk to no one for two days, just you.”Love at first sightThe Pune resident fell in love with the mountains on a trip to the Himalayas when she was 13. She remembers being awestruck by their grandeur. “I kept clicking pictures of the mountains.” She knew then that she wanted to make the mountains her life. While it wasn’t easy to convince her parents to let her pursue her passion — “I hail from a middle class family where mountaineering as a profession is unheard of” — her mother quickly became very supportive. “She always believed in me and this kept me going.”Ms. Sawant is a qualified lawyer, with an LLB from ILS Law College, Pune, which she followed with a Diploma in Forensic Science. But she knew that adventure was her real calling. “While studying law and going to court, I used to go for adventure events on weekends. That made me so happy and it was so contrasting to the court atmosphere. I decided to become a professional alpinist.”So, while she was getting her more conventional qualifications, she also worked on her mountaineering. When she was 18, she enrolled in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. She graduated with A grades in both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses from two of India’s top mountaineering schools, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (in 2009) and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (in 2013). She has also taken courses in rock climbing and water kayaking in 2015, completed a Trip Leader India Course in 2016 from the National Outdoor Leadership School, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder from the Hanifl Center in Mussoorie.First climbHer first professional climb was in June 2013, when she, part of a team of four mountaineers, crossed the Parang La pass (5570m) in Ladakh and trekked to Tso Moriri, climbing Alpine style, which means climbing in a self-sufficient manner, carrying everything one needs, rather than setting up fully stocked camps on the mountain.Looking back, she says it was difficult at first to find acceptance from the mostly male mountaineering community. “Initially guys didn’t want to climb on my belay,” she says. (A belay is where one mountaineer holds a climbing rope secure, giving a climbing partner an additional element of safety.) “I had to keep proving myself again and again. I used to train with them and then wait after every one was gone to train more, do more pull ups and abs. It has been a very tough journey but I love the entire process. Now as I go climbing, my mates are confident about me, which has in turn upped my own courage.”Invisible slopesLearning the skills and acquiring the expertise was tough, but things got tougher after that.Climbing as a profession is not an easy one to follow in India. There is a huge difference in infrastructure, she says, which she only realised when she went to the U.K. in 2016 — as one of only 20 women from all over the world selected — for the International Trad Climbing Meet organised by British Mountaineering Council. “It was there I realised that there is no dearth of talent in our country. However, the reason why upcoming athletes switch to regular professions is lack of facilities. All good equipment and shoes we have to import from abroad, which makes mountaineering super expensive. We do not have sports physiotherapists to handle rock climbing injuries on the field or in the gym. There are not many trained coaches to teach us the latest methods and workouts. Most importantly, we do not have the mindset that rock climbing and mountaineering is also a profession. It is only a handful who rise above this all and still have that madness to pursue it.”Money crunchThe expense, and the fact that mountaineering is just not a viable profession in India means that getting funds is all uphill. “Mountaineering is an expensive sport, so I am finding it difficult to fund my adventures. I hardly go to Himalayas considering the huge costs involved in travel and equipment rent.”Ms. Sawant has not managed to find sponsors yet, so she spends her weekends teaching at adventure events to fund her own training. She uses her web site to share her adventure experiences and all the things she does to earn money for her adventures.This is in addition to her day job. In 2017, she added to her qualifications by completing a Distance Masters in Sports Management from the Institute of Sports Science and Technology, Pune, to help her learn about business. She is an entrepreneur, and her firm ProEdge conducts customised adventure events, including trekking, bike rides, rappelling, rafting, paragliding and camping. “I am internationally certified, not only in mountaineering and rock climbing, but also as a First Responder. So I am well equipped to handle wilderness emergencies and skilled to run these extreme sports events smoothly.” She also works with people with disabilities, running adventure programs for Adventures Beyond Barriers, and conducting rappelling and tandem cycling events for visually challenged people to take part in, along with sighted people, to promote inclusivity. She also trains cadets at the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune, and has constructed a climbing wall for the academy.Conquering oneselfHow does she fit all this in? “I have realised that when you push your limit, your limits push back. So we should constantly endeavour to keep pushing towards our dream. No matter in which field you are, learning happens when you step out of your comfort zone and so something that you felt you couldn’t.”Her relative youth is also a handicap when it comes to being taken seriously as a mountaineer, and she is determined to change perceptions on that front too. “It really does not matter whether you are young or old, a man or a woman, an able-bodied or handicapped: the mountains are there for all. They do not become smaller if you are a kid or a woman or a handicapped. Mountains do not differentiate, then why should we? I live by this philosophy and hence been able to come this far.”For Ishani Sawant, life is all uphill; and that’s the way she likes itlast_img read more

Three-hundred-million-year-old fossil fish still has traces of eye tissue

first_imgResearchers have unearthed a fossil fish so well preserved, it still has traces of eye tissues. What’s more, these fossil tissues reveal that the 300-million-year-old fish called Acanthodes bridgei (pictured), like its living relatives, possessed two types of photoreceptors called rods and cones—cells that make vision possible. This is the first time that mineralized rods and cones have been found conserved in a vertebrate fossil, the team reports online today in Nature Communications, as soft tissues of the eye normally begin to disintegrate within days of death. The discovery of cones, which help the eye see colors, is suggestive of the presence of color vision in fish for at least 300 million years. In addition to rods and cones, the researchers detected a dark brown melanin pigment in the fish eyes. All three would have aided daylight and twilight vision in the fish that once thrived in shallow brackish waters. The fossilized fish, which was dug out from an ancient estuarine deposit near Hamilton in Kansas, is similar in size to its distant relative Rhinogobius, a small 4.5-cm-long streamline-bodied goby fish kept as an aquarium pet. According to the researchers, the fossil is so well preserved because the fish would have been buried in oxygen-low sediment soon after dying, preventing bacteria from fully breaking down its tissues.last_img read more

TNT posts 3rd straight win, beats Star

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESTNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80 Then, Racela was called for a technical foul allowing Paul Lee to cut the deficit to six, 91-85, from as high as 16.Star was called for its first foul after Jio Jalalon hit Jayson Castro with 4:07 to go.Despite the foul situation, TNT managed to hold on to win with Rice hitting a dagger of a jumper with 26 seconds remaining that gave the KaTropa a 102-96 lead.Rice finished with a game-high 43 points to go along with 19 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy each had 12 points.Kristofer Acox led the Hotshots with 18 points and 18 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img TNT head coach Nash Racela liked that his team was able to play through calls that didn’t go their way.“We’ve been going through ups and downs but I think the more important thing is us finding ways to win and that’s exactly the same message I had for Glen (Rice Jr.) during one of our timeouts because he was complaining about the non-calls,” said Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just reminded them the refs won’t adjust for sure and the only we can do is find ways to win.”Rice had three quick fouls in a span of 10 seconds early in the fourth quarter. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

India’s best homestay, boutique hotel, destination, and more, according to you

first_imgFrom relaxing in houseboat to enjoying a nature camp to submerging oneself in the cultural richness of a place, India is full of possibilities for every type of traveller.Today, the Indian traveller is driving tourism within the country like never before, and travel community portal HolidayIQ’s first-ever Better Holiday Awards acknowledged just that by recognising the best accommodations, attractions and destinations across the country.The awards celebrated the best across several interesting categories such as homestay options, holiday cottages and farm stay as well as conventional ones like spiritual attractions, heritage destinations and hill stations.Also Read: Travel trends of 2016  “All the winners are purely chosen on the basis of ratings and reviews shared by millions of Indian travellers on the HolidayIQ platform,” said HolidayIQ’s founder and CEO, Hari Nair, explaining the selection process for the awards. The platform currently boasts of a community of 12 million travellers.While Jammu & Kashmir got the travellers’ stamp of approval as India’s best state for tourism, Maharashtra won the spot of the most popular state for holidays. Additionally, the Better Holiday Awards named Odisha as the country’s emerging state for tourism.Here is a complete list of winners.Top 10 holiday accommodations in IndiaMumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace was named as India’s favourite city hotel. Picture courtesy: Reuters Houseboat- Moonvalley Houseboat, SrinagarHomestay- Dhangiri Homestay, VythriHoliday cottage- Tree Hill Cottage, ManaliBoutique hotel- Old Harbour Hotel, KochiHoliday camp- Winds Desert Camp, JaisalmerFarm stay- Jungle Retreat, WayanadHotel- Oberoi Cecil, ShimlaCity hotel- Taj Mahal Palace, MumbaiResort- Mayfair Gangtok Resort & Spa, GangtokApartment hotel- Oakwood Premier, PuneTop tourist attractions in IndiaadvertisementTravellers have chosen the Nathu La Pass as their favourite adventure attraction. Picture courtesy: Reuters Adventure attraction- Nathu La Pass, GangtokBeach- Radhanagar Beach, Havelock IslandUrban attraction- Ramoji Film City, HyderabadHill attraction- Triund, McleodganjHistorical attraction- Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurNatural attraction- Somnath Temple, SomnathWaterfall- Dhuandhar Falls, JabalpurTop tourist destinations in IndiaVaishno Devi is India’s favourite pilgrimage destination. Picture courtesy: Reuters Adventure sports- Auli, UttarakhandSea-side- Tarkali, MaharashtraCity- ChandigarhHill Station- Shillong, MeghalayaHeritage- Khajuraho, Madhya PradeshWildlife- Dandeli, KarnatakaPilgrimage- Vaishno Devi, Jammu & KashmirWaterfront- Alappuzha, Keralalast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Paraguay beat New Zealand to enter knockout stage

first_imgAnibal Vega struck twice as Paraguay booked a ticket into the knockout stages with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in their Group B match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday.Vega (75th, 78th) scored in quick succession late in the second half to boost Paraguay after a disciplined and physically tough New Zealand made the South Americans sweat for most of the game.Paraguay are now at the top of the group with six points from two wins and even a defeat in their last group game against Turkey will not be able to stop them from going into the Round of 16.The Kiwis remain on one point after a draw and a defeat. They will need to win big against Mali in their last group game in order to edge out the Africans on goal difference.It seemed that Paraguay were in for an easy day in office when Alan Rodriguez bulged the New Zealand net in the second minute.But Paraguay captain Alexis Duarte endured the worst nightmare of his fledgling career when the defender conceded two own goals in the 20th and 34th minutes.Stunned by the reverse, the South Americans continued to soldier on and their domination bore fruit when Vega scored twice over a three-minute period late in the second half.Armoa struck the fourth goal with a nice finish off from a speculative long ball a minute into injury time.last_img read more

Australia into Davis Cup Finals in Madrid

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia won its Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 to secure a spot in this year’s 18-team final in Madrid.The Australian doubles pair of John Peers and Jordan Thompson defeated Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday on hard courts at Memorial Drive to give the home side an unbeatable 3-0 lead.Alexei Popyrin, in his Davis Cup debut, followed with a 6-1 7-6 (2) victory over Nerman Fatic. The fifth match was not played.On Friday’s opening day, John Millman and Alex de Minaur gave Australia its 2-0 lead. Millman defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-2 and de Minaur followed with a 6-3, 7-6 (0) victory over Basic.Under the new Davis Cup format, the best-of-three matches were played over two days.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arrested Portuguese hacker is Football Leaks whistleblower, say lawyers

first_imgA Portuguese man arrested in Hungary on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations hacked football bodies’ documents – which later appeared on the Football Leaks website – because he was “outraged” by criminality in the sport, his lawyers said.The man, named by his lawyers as 30-year-old Rui Pinto, was detained in Hungary on Wednesday on a European arrest warrant filed by Portuguese police who want to extradite him. His lawyers said they would oppose this.Speaking to Reuters, the lawyers said Pinto, whom they described as a “whistleblower”, would remain under house arrest in Hungary until a decision on his extradition had been made.Portuguese police said a national had been detained on Wednesday on a European arrest warrant. The individual was suspected of qualified extortion, violation of secrecy and illegally accessing information, the police said.Asked by Reuters if the arrested man was Rui Pinto, Carlos Cabreiro, the Portuguese police’s head of cyber crime, said he could not comment.He also declined to comment on the lawyers’ intention to oppose Pinto’s extradition.The Football Leaks website includes emails, contracts and presentations relating to football clubs.German magazine Der Spiegel, which shared access to the documents with Reuters and more than a dozen other media outlets in cooperation with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) reporting project, said the material came from a source who identified himself as a Portuguese man named “John”.Reuters could not determine if Pinto was the source mentioned by Spiegel. Spiegel and EIC said in a statement that they do not comment on the identity of sources.advertisementReuters was also unable to determine what information the arrest warrant related to or whether it was linked to reporting by the consortium.His lawyers, William Bourdon and Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said in a statement to the media that Pinto was not a criminal.”(He) was outraged with practices in the sport (football), which he believes do not dignify the players and damage their image,” they wrote.Pinto, they said, became an “important European whistleblower for Football Leaks” and his revelations have “enabled numerous European judicial authorities to gain knowledge of criminal practices in the world of football”.The EIC started releasing information based on Football Leaks in late 2016, prompting the European Parliament to question representatives of football bodies.According to Pinto’s lawyers, Doyen Sports, a Malta-based investment company providing funds to football clubs, filed a criminal complaint against Pinto in Portugal in 2015. The lawyers declined to give details of the complaint, which Reuters hasn’t viewed.A Doyen spokesman, Francisco Empis, told Reuters the company had initially contacted the Portuguese police in 2015 after receiving an email from an “unknown user” who threatened to leak confidential documents, including players’ contracts, unless the company paid a “generous donation”.Empis said the case had been on hold until emails from Portugal’s biggest football team, Benfica, were leaked in 2017, prompting Portuguese police to act.Portuguese police said they could not comment on investigations related to the Benfica emails leak, citing laws that prevent them from disclosing any details of an ongoing investigation.Also Watch:last_img read more

PHOTOS: JIS Heritage Tour 2018

first_img Prev 1of39 Next                                Annotto Bay High School, St Mary  Prev 1of19 Next Prev 1of5 Next Prev 1of7 Next                               Westphalia All Age School, St. Andrew                                   Red Hills Primary, Clarendon Prev 1of3 Next Prev 1of26 Next Prev 1of27 Next Prev 1of6 Next                               Falmouth Infant School, Falmouth                       New Broughton Primary School, Manchester  Prev 1of8 Next                     Corinaldi Avenue Primary, St. James  Prev 1of14 Next Prev 1of38 Next Prev 1of33 Next                        Lucea Primary School, Hanover                      Providence Heights Infant, St. James  Prev 1of4 Next Cedric Titus High School, Trelawny Prev 1of5 Next Prev 1of10 Next                              Scott’s Hall Primary School, St Mary  Prev 1of6 Next                                     Waterford Primary School, St. Catherine                            Convent of Mercy ALPHA, Kingston                              McIntosh Memorial Primary School, Manchester  Prev 1of10 Nextcenter_img                              Trinityville Primary School, St. Thomas Prev 1of41 Next                           Woodlands Primary and Infant, Manchester  Prev 1of6 Next                       Avondale Preparatory School, Kingston                     Catherine Hall Primary and Infant, St. James                           Holy Trinity High School, Kingston  Prev 1of11 Next                       Port Royal Primary School, Kingston                                Bryant’s Hill Basic School, Clarendon                        Franklyn Town Primary School, Kingston  Prev 1of17 Next                    Barracks Road Primary, St. James                              Rose Hill Primary and Infant, St. Elizabeth                                 Ferris Primary, Westmorland                                   Park Mountain Primary School, St. Elizabeth                                  St. Ann’s Bay Primary School, St. Ann                         Mt. Zion Primary and Infant, St. James Prev 1of15 Next Prev 1of67 Next                     Herbert Morrison Technical, St. James Prev 1of14 Next                                Orange Bay Primary School, Portland Prev 1of5 Next Prev 1of10 Next Prev 1of37 Next Prev 1of8 Next Prev 1of14 Nextlast_img read more

Foxconn Wisconsin governor say project is moving ahead

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ administration and Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday that a massive project planned for the state was moving forward, and disputed Republicans who blamed the new Democratic governor for a change in direction away from manufacturing to more research jobs.Foxconn said Wednesday that it was shifting the focus of the Wisconsin project away from making high-tech flat panel screens for televisions and other products in favour of a research and development hub. While the company insisted it would still employ up to 13,000 people, they would primarily be scientists and developers, not blue collar assembly line workers as originally promised.President Donald Trump, who heralded the Foxconn project as the “eighth wonder of the world” at its groundbreaking last summer, had pointed to it as a sign of a manufacturing resurgence in America.In response to Foxconn’s change in direction, the White House on Wednesday pointed to Trump’s work to improve the U.S. business climate. An administration official, who asked not to be identified to discuss internal thinking, said the White House would be “disappointed” if the promised initial investment did not pan out.Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, has not said this week whether it will invest the $10 billion in Wisconsin as originally promised. Local Wisconsin government and economic development officials said they were assured by Foxconn that remained the goal.Foxconn’s shift away from manufacturing LCD panels led Republican legislative leaders to lay blame on Evers, who had been critical of the project and its potential $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies during his campaign with then-Gov. Scott Walker. Evers has also proposed capping a manufacturing tax credit program that is not a part of the contract with Foxconn.Still, Republicans said Evers’ desire to all-but eliminate that credit was part of an “anti-jobs agenda.” Foxconn’s move away from manufacturing shows it is “reacting to the wave of economic uncertainty that the new governor has brought with his administration,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said.But both Foxconn and Mark Hogan, head of the state’s economic development agency under Walker and Evers, disputed the GOP claims on Thursday. Hogan, CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, also disputed a report from Nikkei Asian Review, citing anonymous sources, that said Evers was attempting to renegotiate side deals with the company.“I have been involved with the Foxconn project from day one and there never have been any side deals and the contract stands on its own,” Hogan said in a statement. “In addition, there have been no attempts by either the company or the Evers’ or Walker administrations to renegotiate WEDC’s contract.”Hogan said Evers and his administration “have done a very good job of reaching out to company officials and developing a relationship that will protect our taxpayers’ interests and at the same time, give Foxconn the ability to be successful in Wisconsin.”Foxconn issued its own statement Thursday, saying “All interactions to date with Governor Evers and his team have been constructive and we look forward to further discussions” about continuing the project.Foxconn repeated its assurances from Wednesday that the project is moving forward and it plans to employ up to 13,000 people. It said over the next 18 months Foxconn plans to build a packaging plant, a moulding factory, an assembly facility, a prototyping centre, a research and development centre a high-performance data centre and a “town centre” to support people working on the sprawling campus near Racine.Vos and Fitzgerald did not immediately return messages seeking comment in reaction to the Foxconn and Hogan statements.The Foxconn deal was negotiated by Hogan for Walker, who along with Trump touted it as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to bolster manufacturing in the United States.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter: Bauer, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State field hockey prepares for Penn State

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (3) goes for the ball during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerOhio State field hockey is set to take on the two-time defending Big Ten champions, Penn State, coming off a loss.The Buckeyes and the No. 10 Nittany Lions are set to face-off Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at 1 p.m.OSU (3-5) lost to then-No. 11 Louisville (7-1) on Tuesday afternoon, a game in which senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner scored two goals. The game marked the third time OSU taken a late loss against a ranked opponent.Wagner said Wednesday that she believes the team is on the verge of a breakthrough.“It will be a battle for us,” she said via email of OSU’s showdown with Penn State (6-2). “But I think mentally and physically we are getting stronger and will hopefully be prepared for a win.“The will and heart is there. We just need to have strong defense and strong finishes.”The Nittany Lions are coming off a 5-1 defeat of Lock Haven University on Tuesday, and they’re looking to rebound after losing their Big Ten opener to Michigan on Sept. 19 at home.Penn State’s leading scorer, senior forward Taylor Herold, found the back of the net twice against Lock Haven to bring her season total to eight goals.Herold is four points away from 100 in her career, tallying 42 goals and 12 assists in 72 games. “What worries me about PSU is their fast forwards and quick passing,” Wagner said. “They are a team that is always aggressive and strong.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s happy with her team’s aggression right now, but they have to protect the net against Penn State’s high-powered offense.“We have very good balance on our attack right now,” Wilkinson said. “But we will need to limit the amount of shots we are currently giving up, especially against a team like PSU.”  In its three games against ranked opponents — Syracuse, Michigan State and Louisville — this season, OSU allowed an average of 13 shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro said, despite the pressure she carries in front of the net, she is confident her team can get it done against the defending conference champions.“Every game is a challenge. It does not matter what title the team has,” Tamburro said. “It is about who shows up to play. I have confidence that we will rise to the occasion and give it all we’ve got.”Penn State leads the all-time series with OSU, 34-10-2, dating back to 1977. The Nittany Lions have won the last two meetings, including a 6-1 victory in State College, Pa., in 2013.OSU has three days off to get ready for Sunday’s showdown, while Penn State travels to East Lansing, Mich., Friday afternoon to face Michigan State. read more

Latest Minesight release great news for shortterm planners

first_imgMintec’s latest release of MineSight 3D (MS3D) will be welcome news for short-term planners already using MineSight Interactive Planner (MSIP). Version 6.6 of MS3D has significant implications for users of MSIP-Material Manager. “It is burgeoning with rich new tools and sets a foundation for some great new functionality coming towards the end of the year and early 2012,” said Glenn Wylde, Mintec Vice-President Technical.“It will surely make MSIP a killer application for any short-term planner.”Among the coming features will be a calendar approach to scheduling, plus Gantt and resource scheduling.The following is what’s new today in MSIP-MM for Version 6.6:A new user interface features a more workbench approach with customisable viewsNew advanced reporting and charting, including super easy drag and drop pivot tables and chartsUser templates for reports and chartsPython logic for user attributes calculationsNew mapping by production sourceProcess point calculations. Python logic to a point in the material process path, great for wash plant logic, etc.last_img read more

British MP unable to go home because of death threats over Brexit

first_img Share3631 Tweet Email By Ceimin Burke Image: Kirsty O’Connor We are tired of being called traitors. When people use that language the next thing that happens is that I get an email that says ‘Traitors get beheaded, that’s what should happen to you’.Several other MPs raised safety concerns following May’s comments. Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle told Sky News that he was confronted on a street in his constituency.“When I said he was an MP he then started to get rather irate, called me a traitor, saying that I was one of the ones trying to stop the will of the people,” he said.  BRITISH MP ANNA Soubry says that she can’t go home to her constituency this weekend because of the seriousness of Brexit related death threats that she has received.The Independent Group member revealed that the police told her husband that they are “frightened” for her safety.Soubry, who quit the Conservative Party last month, made the remarks a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May criticised MPs for failing to implement the result of the Brexit referendum in a scathing TV statement.The politician took issue with May’s comments revealing that she was facing “very, very serious death threats, especially when people know your home address”. 42 Comments Friday 22 Mar 2019, 12:12 AM 52,882 Views Mar 22nd 2019, 12:12 AM British MP unable to go home because of death threats over Brexit Several MPs have raised concerns following severe criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May.center_img Short URL Independent Group MPs Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna. He lunged for my face, grabbed my glasses then I grabbed his hand and pulled him close to me, one so he didn’t run away with my glasses and two so he couldn’t then hit me.In the days before the referendum in June 2016 Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by Thomas Mair, a white supremacist.Speaking in Brussels tonight Theresa May declined to apologise for her comments but she did take a softer approach with MPs.“There are passionately held views on all sides of this argument. And yes, as I said, last night I expressed frustration but I know MPs are frustrated too,” she said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Independent Group MPs Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna. Image: Kirsty O’Connor As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: I can’t go home this weekend, I’m not able to go home this weekend, I am not safe.“When a senior police officer tells your partner that if it was his wife in the situation that I am in he would say ‘I am frightened for her safety’ I think that tells you everything.”Soubry, who supports remaining in the EU, added that many other MPs have also received threats including her TIG colleague Chuka Umunna. last_img read more

Greece could return to debt market in late 2014 Stournaras says

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece could return to debt markets to test the water in the second half of 2014 if his country returns to growth in the first half of next year and manages a primary surplus, its finance minister said in a German media interview out on Monday.“That would be a great success which would allow us to test the marketwith a new bond issue in the second half of 2014,” Yannis Stournaras told business daily Handelsblatt. “Initially with a small amount, to test the market.”Asked if it could be in the range of three to five billion euros, the minister answered: “Perhaps even less.”Stournaras said Greece did not need a second debt haircut because it could reduce its debt burden by other means such as easier terms on its current international rescue packages. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Space X teste un prototype Dragon habitable

first_imgSpace X teste un prototype Dragon habitable La société Space X vient d’achever une étape importante dans l’évaluation d’un de ses engins, un prototype de capsule Dragon destiné à transporter des astronautes.Si le secteur spatial est encore dans l’attente du lancement de la capsule Dragon qui pourrait avoir lieu le 19 mai, cela n’empêche pas Space X de poursuivre également ces autres projets. En effet, comme l’explique la NASA, la société américaine vient tout juste de procéder à des tests d’évaluation sur un autre de ses engins : un prototype Dragon habitable.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLe principal objectif de ces essais était de déterminer si la disposition actuelle permettrait aux membres de l’équipage de manoeuvrer le véhicule sans difficulté et de manière efficace. Pour cela, ont participé aux tests plusieurs vétérans ayant déjà voyagé dans les navettes spatiales de la NASA mais aussi des ingénieurs de l’agence et de la société américaine. Sur la photo, on peut ainsi voir en haut, de gauche à droite : Dustin Gohmert membre de la Crew Survival Engineering Team de la NASA, les astronautes Tony Antonelli et Eric Boe, et l’ingénieur de Space X Laura Crabtree. En bas : une autre ingénieur de Space X Brenda Hernandez et les astronautes Rex Walheim et Tim Kopra.Au total, les tests ont duré pas moins de deux jours et les résultats vont permettre aux concepteurs du vaisseau habitable de revoir si nécessaire, la disposition et les installations à l’intérieur de l’engin. Néanmoins, alors que la capsule Dragon non habité doit encore décoller, celle-ci ne verra pas l’espace avant plusieurs années. Le lancement du 19 mai constituera toutefois un pas majeur de franchi pour Space X et l’arrivée du secteur privé dans le domaine du spatial.Le 12 mai 2012 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

These Attack on Titan Bags Are Just Like The Anime Version But

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you’re a fan of Attack on Titan, then you know the characters always have their “3D Maneuver Gear” to help them save the day. It’s an interesting piece of tech that wouldn’t work in the real world, obviously (it could, but we don’t have the technology just yet) and it’s integral to fighting the Titans wandering about the landscape. It’s instantly recognizable and a must for each cosplayer who takes him or herself seriously in terms of the art. You can purchase replicas of the gear if you want to look the part, but they’re hardly functional. That is, until now.The Vertical Maneuvering Equipment Bag from Tokyo Otaku Mode is the bag Attack on Titan fans have been waiting for, serving four different ways to get your stuff from point A to point B: a backpack, sling backpack, waist bag, and a duffel bag. The bags themselves measure about 13 inches in length, and you can keep it against your back with shoulder straps or worn around your waist. This gives it the authentic look and feel of the Attack on Titan way, especially if you carry it with you everywhere you go.Source: Tokyo Otaku ModeThere are multiple pockets and compartments on the inside to help you carry your things, a mesh pouch on one end, and there’s even a place for you to stow your earphone cords so you can listen to music while on the go, just in case you haven’t upgraded to Bluetooth just yet for your listening experience. Take a look at the little zipper pull and you’ll notice it’s even shaped like the same sword the characters in the show use to put Titans to death. It’s a very cool little detail.You can order your favorite division’s branding, too so if you’re into the Military Police, Survey Corps, or your own personal favorite group from the show you can choose that badging if you’d like so you can swap things out. The bag will run you $105 for the standard bag, or a bundle that comes with a bag and all the different logos. Don’t expect it to show up until February, but it’s certainly worth waiting for. The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hon Dr Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama Press Remarks

first_img Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOn December 24th, 2015 Mr. Kevin Tomlinson, the Founder and Director of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, while performing at Memories Resort, was abruptly asked to leave the resort property by the General Manager, Mr. Gabriel Varella.Memories Resort is on the island of Grand Bahama. The resort has a total work force of Four Hundred and Sixty-Five (465) employees, in addition to approximately One Hundred and Fifty (150) employees who are not directly employed by the resort, but provide Housekeeping and Services via an Outsource Contract.Following that incident, we received a number of reports via print and electronic media, alleging abusive and disrespectful treatment of employees by Mr. Gabriel Varela.As a result of these allegations, my Ministry issued a press statement advising that the Government of The Bahamas would initiate an investigation to ascertain merits of the allegations and take the appropriate action. A team from the Department of Labour flew to Freeport to lodge an investigation into these alleged matters. The labour report has been concluded, and we are in possession of it, and currently reviewing the contents.We are also in talks with executives in the Corporate Office of Memories Resort, and we will meet shortly after the New Year, and issue a statement on the way forward.In my initial statement, I underscored the fact that I, as Minister for Grand Bahama, and by extension this Government, take claims of this nature very seriously. We remain resolute in our commitment to fight for Bahamians. We are servants of the public, and our commitment to our people remains steadfast. Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopens Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Related Items:dr. michael darville, grand bahamalast_img read more

PMH Emergency Contact Numbers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 5, 2016 – The Princess Margaret Hospital wishes to advise the general public that it will maintain ALL emergency-related services for its patients and the general public during Hurricane Matthew. For ALL Medical Emergencies contact the Accident & Emergency 24 hour hotline at 1-242-326-7014.  The PMH Command Center numbers are 1 (242) 502-7890 / 322-1010 / 356-5322 / 356-0315. Please “Like” our page on Facebook (Princess Margaret Hospital) and listen to the radio for further updates. Related Items:last_img read more

Program aims to change course of US math education

first_imgIt’s tough enough launching a business, even one as traditional in its structure as the EinsteinWise after-school tutoring program.But trying to change the course of American math education — that’s a bit like trying to swim the length of the Columbia River, upstream.Sudhakar Kudva and Sang Park say they created EinsteinWise to play a small part in helping raise U.S. math standards to the level of our nation’s economic competitors. It’s a grand ambition for a small after-school tutoring program, but the two men intend to continue their research as their program evolves. Meanwhile, Kudva has become active in discussions with local educators and legislators about how to improve math education statewide.Improvements in math and science are desperately needed in order to better prepare students for today’s jobs, education and policy leaders agree. At a symposium this fall, the Washington State Academy of Sciences focused its attention on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education. Earll Murman, an emeritus professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is the academy’s president, says Washington’s math and science education isn’t keeping up with the needs of the state’s large high-tech sector. “We end up being a large importer of people with math and science degrees,” said Murman, who lives in Port Townsend. The reasons for inadequate math and science education abound, he says: inadequate teacher preparation; a focus on testing outcomes rather than broad concepts; a perception by students that they don’t need math skills; and inadequate home support for math and science education. Each of the symposium’s three speakers emphasized a key challenge for those working to improve math education, Murman said. “The biggest problem we have as a citizenry is that we don’t admit we have a problem,” he said.last_img read more

Group aims to mend a ripped safety net

first_imgo What: Three Creeks Community Partners organizational meeting.o When: 6:30 p.m. Monday.o Where: iQ Credit Union, 305 N.E. 81st St.o Information: If attending, email, senior citizens and the 78th Street Heritage Farm are important elements of urban, unincorporated Clark County that aren’t getting their due.That’s according to Three Creeks Community Partners, a new nonprofit organization that intends to fill in some of the human-service funding gaps that Clark County government can’t cover.Its target area is the Three Creeks Special Planning District that was designated in 2007 by the Board of Clark County Commissioners: Hazel Dell, Felida, Lake Shore, Salmon Creek and the Clark County Fairgrounds.Because these areas are highly urbanized but outside the boundary of any city, proponents argue, they never have received their fair share of funding from Olympia. Now add all the budget cuts that are eating into everything from public transit and Medicare for seniors to recreation opportunities for children to basic health services for the poor.“The purpose of the organization is to provide monetary support for children’s and senior services, public projects, and events that enhance safety and the quality of life for citizens,” says a statement on the group’s website,“Through meetings with local agencies, we have started to examine how we may be able to provide financial assistance to the elderly, in their own homes and in assisted living facilities, who are having difficulty paying for their prescriptions after Medicare and Medicaid cuts,” says a statement emailed from the group last week.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jackie Champoux Named To Deans List At Sacred Heart University

first_imgFAIRFIELD, CT – Jackie Champoux, of Wilmington, was named to the Dean’s List of Sacred Heart University for the Fall 2018 semester.About Sacred Heart UniversitySacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,000 students attend the University’s five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides Best 379 Colleges – 2015 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 296 Business Schools – 2015 Edition. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master’s universities in the North in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” publication. SHU fields 32 division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Sacred Heart University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At QuinnipiacIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Adam Riekstins Named To Dean’s List At Belmont UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more