View comments Holding a 12-1 record, the Red Lions can become the second team after Lyceum that will be armed with an advantage in the Final Four with a victory in the 4 p.m. clash.After disputing the title last season, both San Beda and Arellano have gone on opposite directions this season with the Chiefs in the lower half of the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith a 5-8 record, the Chiefs are in danger of missing out on the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.But Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera hopes his team was able to gather momentum from the 84-79 conquest of Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday. Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Cañete exploded for a season-high 27 points to lead the Chiefs past the Generals and Codiñera is hoping for more of the same from the power forward.“He has to be aggressive,” said Codiñera.The Lions are actually gunning for a 12th straight victory that will put them closer to the Pirates. But while the Lions overcame Jose Rizal U, 65-60, last Friday, coach Boyet Fernandez remains concerned over his team’s turnover total in the last two games.“We have to learn to take good care of our basketball so that one way or another we’ll have a good chance to be consistent in our game,” said Fernandez, whose team has committed 50 turnovers in the last two games.Bottom teams St. Benilde and Mapua clash at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Defending champion San Beda shoots for the second twice-to-beat bonus when it clashes with Arellano University on Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT
New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) With Sri Lanka all set to turn hosts for the upcoming bilateral series between India and Pakistan next month, the venue has come as a relief for the Pakistan Cricket Board as it also solved the broadcasting rights issue, which could have been a problem. While sources in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that they are gearing up for the marquee series, they would only come out with a statement once PCB taskforce chairman Giles Clarke makes an official statement. The Dubai-based broadcasters Ten Sports will be broadcasting the series in India and Pakistan, which will also mean that PCB will not need to compromise on their revenue, which is highly dependant on a series with India. “Had the series been in India, the broadcasting rights would have gone to Star Sports as they have exclusive rights of covering Indias home series. Even if you would have termed it as Pakistans home series in India, there could have been legal ramifications,” a senior BCCI official said today. “Ten Sports has broadcasting rights of international cricket matches held in Sri Lanka as they are rights holder for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. While Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has just started in Bangladesh, it was the island nation that was most convenient option for the PCB top brass,” the source added. It is no secret that PCBs multi-million deal with their broadcasters hinges largely on the fact that an India series will be held. “If India does not play Pakistan in this period than atleast 60 percent of the total bid amount will be reduced by the successful broadcasters,” a PCB source said. So it was no wonder that PCBs last throw of dice was a series in Sri Lanka which would enable Ten Sports to broadcast the series. The source also said that the undisclosed amount for broadcast rights that PCB had bagged was mainly due to the fact that its international calendar for next five-years included two home series against India on neutral venue. India has not played a full bilateral Test series against Pakistan since 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Since than although Pakistan toured India for a short one-day series in the winter of 2012-13, the PCB didnt earn anything from it. PTI KHS MRM MRMadvertisement
Delhi Daredevils succumbed to a 13-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday.Skipper Shreyas Iyer, who was leading DD for only the second time, was disappointed with the loss, but refused to be disheartened.”Too many runs on the board,” he said at the post match presentation.”We got really close and it is a positive going into the next match. We need to win 6 in the remaining 6 matches and that is the only motivation going forward,” he added.Shane Watson was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 40-ball 78, and MS Dhoni raced to his second-fastest IPL fifty to help CSK post 211/4 from their 20 overs.Watson though got a lucky break off the first delivery of the match.Watson was trapped LBW by Trent Boult but the on-field umpire turned down a loud appeal by Delhi Daredevils. Skipper Iyer immediately called for a review and it looked like the ball had hit the pad first before hitting the bat. However, for some reason, the TV umpire upheld the on-field umpire’s call.”I would like to complain about the first ball wicket (smiles). It did not go our way and that could have made a massive impact in the match. The way Watson started it totally changed the game,” Iyer said.”Not only me, the whole dressing room and obviously you also think the same – that ball hit the pad first and then the bat (laughs),” the DD skipper said.advertisementAfter posting 211/4, Chennai returned with the ball to restrict Delhi to 198/5 in their allotted 20 overs.Middle-order batsman Rishabh Pant (79 runs off 45 balls;) and Vijay Shankar (54 not out) were the only players who faced the Chennai bowlers valiantly but their innings went in vain as no other batter rose to the occasion and went back cheaply.Big names Colin Munro (26), skipper Iyer (13), who played a huge role in Delhi’s last win and Glenn Maxwell (6) failed to score which resulted in their loss.”We need to point out the mistakes we have done and we will try to bounce back strong. We will be having a meeting with management regarding the team changes. If we try to keep the team stable, we will do well in the upcoming matches,” Iyer said.Delhi Daredevils next face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday at home.
This is in addition to the $307-million school construction and renovation program that was unveiled on Tuesday, April 14. Under the program, the province will build eight new schools and renovate 41 others. School boards across Nova Scotia will get $44.8 million more in funding this year, the Department of Education announced today, April 16. “Our eight school boards advocated strongly for a significant funding increase in 2009-10, and we are providing it,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “These additional funds will allow boards to maintain programming and pay their bills during tough economic times. We value their partnership as we move forward in challenging times.” This year’s increase in funding includes $15.9 million in salary costs incurred by boards last year and added to their base, plus an additional $28.9 million to meet salary and operational requirements for 2009-10. “This increase is being given in a difficult economy and during a period of significant enrolment decline. It shows government’s commitment to a high-quality education system,” said Ms. Streatch. The Department of Education provided school boards with funding details at a meeting of superintendents on April 9. As promised by Premier Rodney MacDonald, the eight boards are receiving funding notification before the provincial budget is tabled. The House resumes on April 30, and a budget is expected in early May. This allows boards to make staffing decisions for the next school year before the end of April. “We said we would give the boards this information in time for them to plan for the coming school year,” Ms. Streatch said. “That is why we have taken this extraordinary step.” The Nova Scotia School Boards Association welcomed the funding increase. “We are pleased that government has recognized the importance of continuing to invest in our education system, given all indications that this will be a tough budget year,” said Ron Marks, president of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association. “And while school boards will continue to be challenged to balance their budgets, having this information early enough to plan is very helpful.” The province also announced today it will: EDUCATION-School Board Funding Increases in 2009-10 purchase 68 new buses for school boards at a cost of $5.5 million add $2.4 million to the teachers’ pension plan pay $3.9 million in medical insurance premiums for teachers hold in reserve, funds to pay for unsettled union contracts
Assam: The retired Army subedar, who was declared a “foreigner” and is currently lodged in a detention camp in Assam, has been granted bail. Md Sanaullah’s appeal against the Foreigners Tribunal order, however, continues at the Gauhati High Court, his lawyer told The Indian Express.On May 23, Sanaullah was declared a foreigner by Foreigners’ Tribunal No 2 Kamrup (Rural). The 52-year-old retired as a subedar with the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of the Indian Army in August 2017, after serving in insurgency-affected areas of Jammu-Kashmir and the Northeast. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He had joined the army on May 21, 1987 and in 2014 awarded the President’s Certificate. After the retirement, he joined the Border wing of the Assam police as a sub-inspector in Kamrup (rural) district—a special wing that deals with the detection of illegal migrants in the state— after qualifying the requisite tests. His family members and lawyer maintain that Sanaullah’s Indian citizenship can be proved easily with the documents of his ancestors, and of that of his employment with the Indian Army. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Sunday conducted an aerial survey of the Amarnath yatra route to gain a first-hand view of the existing snow accumulation levels, an official said. Malik was accompanied by his advisor K Vijay Kumar and chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, the official added. The Governor surveyed the entire Amarnath yatra route, along the Baltal-Domel-Sangam-Panjtarni-Sheshnag-Chandanwari-Pahalgam axis, the official said. Malik expressed satisfaction upon the pace of ongoing snow clearing work and restoration of the tracks, he said. The Governor also impressed upon the concerned authorities to ensure that the tracks are repaired and cleared and all facilities required for the smooth conduct of the yatra put in place before its commencement on July 1, the spokesman said.
Playing games in virtual reality (VR) may help treat people with neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, a study claims. The technology, described in the journal Scientific Reports, could help the patients shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently. “The ability to estimate the passage of time with precision is fundamental to our ability to interact with the world,” said Seamas Weech, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”For some individuals, however, the internal clock is maladjusted, causing timing deficiencies that affect perception and action,” Weech said in a statement. The study will help researchers to understand how these deficiencies might be acquired, and how to recalibrate time perception in the brain. It involved 18 females and 13 males with normal vision and no sensory, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders. The researchers used a virtual reality game, Robo Recall, to create a natural setting in which to encourage re-calibration of time perception. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe researchers coupled the speed and duration of visual events to the participant’s body movements. They measured participants’ time perception abilities before and after they were exposed to the dynamic VR task. Some participants also completed non-VR time-perception tasks, such as throwing a ball, to use as a control comparison. The team measured the actual and perceived durations of a moving probe in the time perception tasks. The researchers found that the virtual reality manipulation was associated with significant reductions in the participants’ estimates of time, by around 15 per cent. “This study adds valuable proof that the perception of time is flexible, and that VR offers a potentially valuable tool for recalibrating time in the brain,” Weech further added.
Rabat – Security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested a South African and a Namibian with 3.7 kilograms of cocaine inside their stomachs.The two passengers were arrested on December 24 at Mohammed V airport when they arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Casablanca police department said in a statement on Tuesday.The passengers carried a total of 187 capsules of cocaine concealed inside their stomachs: 101 capsules in the South African and 86 in the Namibian. Police transported the two passengers to Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center in Casablanca to remove the cocaine from their stomachs. They are currently in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office.Read Also: Morocco’s BCIJ Seizes Colombian Cocaine Network’s Drug-Trafficking BoatThe arrests came a week after security services at the Mohammed V International Airport had arrested a sub-Saharan passenger with nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine inside her stomach.The arrested passenger had also arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo.On December 19, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) seized a boat loaded with cocaine in El Jadida, near Casablanca.On December 15, the BCIJ also found a farm in Boujdour, a city in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, used by a drug network for cocaine trafficking and storage.The operation followed the arrest of seven individuals in possession of one ton of cocaine earlier this month.The criminal network attempted to smuggle cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe.In 2018, police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis.
12 July 2010Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed a request by Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to have the war crimes case against him dropped. Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed a request by Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to have the war crimes case against him dropped. Mr. Katanga, a senior commander from the group known as the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI), faces three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes for a deadly assault on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Hundreds of people were killed in the February 2003 attack and many women forced into sexual slavery. He is on trial with another Congolese rebel leader, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, a former commander of the National Integrationalist Front (FNI), who faces three counts of crimes against humanity and six of war crimes, and is alleged to have played a key role in designing and carrying out the Bogoro attack. Mr. Katanga filed a motion on 30 June 2009 requesting that his detention be declared unlawful and a stay of proceedings against him for his alleged unlawful arrest and detention in the DRC prior to his surrender to the Court. In November 2009, the Court’s Trial Chamber rejected that motion, finding that it was submitted seven months too late. In today’s decision, the Appeals Chamber found that the November 2009 decision of the Trial Chamber “did not infringe Mr Katanga’s right to a fair hearing and that he had been given adequate notice and opportunity to raise the issue of his alleged unlawful pre-surrender arrest and detention.”Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) convenor Sanjeewa Bandara was freed on conditional bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.The Magistrate banned Bandara from entering the premises of any local university as part of the condition to give him bail. Bandara was remanded on July 8 by the Fort Magistrate for violating his earlier bail conditions.Bandara was ordered to appear in Court after he was out on conditional bail over another case. When he appeared in Court the Fort Magistrate ordered that he be remanded as he had violated his bail conditions.
The numbers were released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which found that ground fighting between Pro-Government Forces and Anti-Government Elements caused 521 civilian casualties – that is 136 civilians killed and 385 injured. Most of the casualties are caused by ‘Anti-Government Elements’ (73 per cent), with ‘Pro-Government Forces’ responsible for just under a quarter (14 per cent). Following the release of the latest figures, UN officials in the country called on all parties but especially the Taliban to “cease attacks against people who are not taking a direct part in hostilities.” “The parties in particular should refrain from using mortars and rockets in any areas populated by civilians,” Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, urged in a statement to the press.Between 1 January and 31 March, UNAMA documented 266 civilian casualties (62 deaths and 204 injured) from mortars and rockets, up 43 per cent from the same period last year and accounting for half of civilian casualties from ground engagements.Calling the spike in casualties a “seasonal resumption of higher levels of conflict-related violence,” Mr. Haysom, along with his colleagues at the Mission, expressed concern over the impact on civilians of further conflict-related operations between Government and Anti-Government forces in the next several months.“With all signs pointing to increased ground conflict in the coming months, with devastating consequences for civilians, parties must act urgently on the commitments they’ve made to prevent harm to civilians, especially women and children,” Georgette Gagnon, Director of Human Rights for UNAMA, said today.Ms. Gagnon also pointed out that women and child casualties have surpassed the unprecedented levels recorded in 2014. Women casualties increased 15 per cent compared to the first three months of 2014. Conflict-related violence killed 55 women and injured 117 and 123 children and injured 307. “The consequences of the conflict go far beyond the horrific loss of life and injury to civilians. Conflict-related violence also devastates Afghan families through displacement, loss of livelihood, destruction of homes and other losses,” she said. After ground engagements, Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs were the second leading cause of civilian casualties in the first quarter of 2015, with 155 deaths and 275 injured. Targeted killings, the third cause, increased by 34 per cent in the first three months of 2015, with UNAMA documenting 309 civilian casualties. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for 48 incidents of targeted killings, including deliberate killings of tribal elders, judges, prosecutors and civilian Government workers. “The UN notes that direct attacks on civilians are strictly prohibited under international law which binds all parties to the conflict and may amount to war crimes,” said Ms. Gagnon. Casualties caused by suicide attacks remained on par with 2014 levels with 55 deaths and 213 injuries. Civilian casualties from aerial operations by international military forces declined 42 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2014, with seven civilian deaths and eight injuries.Total civilian deaths and injuries in the first quarter of 2015 followed the record high levels of 2014. Between 1 January and 31 March, UNAMA documented 655 deaths and 1,155 injuries.
Google is the master of cloud-based services with a track record most would envy for uptime, user numbers, and speed of access. But yesterday a chink in the armor appeared as 500,000 or so Gmail accounts went offline.Not having access to your account for a few hours may seem like a minor inconvenience, but the extent of the problem seems to be much worse. When access was returned to some accounts they were empty. All traces of e-mails, attachments, chat logs, and contacts were gone. Some users even got the “Welcome to Gmail” message as if they were new to the service.Google is working on the issue, but as of yet there has been no solution. The last status update on the Apps Status Dashboard for Gmail read:Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by February 28, 2011 11:00:00 AM UTC with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience. This is the second issue to happen with one of the Google Apps recently. Last Wednesday Google Calendar suddenly lost all its events for some users. At the time Google quoted 0.125% of users were affected, although it seemed like a lot more from the mounting complaints that day. This time round 0.29% of Gmail users are having issues. It’s also interesting to note that when Calendar events disappeared Gmail was also having issues and blocking some users’ access. Could this be related to that problem?If an example were needed as to why you should backup your data regularly for cloud-based services, this is surely it.Read more at Engadget
140 Comments No (1765) Image: Brian Lawless Short URL YesNoI don’t knowVote Image: Brian Lawless https://jrnl.ie/3238615 By Paul Hosford Yes (11653) Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:25 AM Feb 14th 2017, 8:25 AM 23,614 Views Poll Results: I don’t know (432) Poll: Should there be a public inquiry into the Maurice McCabe scandal? What do you think? GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe last night released a statement saying that he and his wife would oppose a private investigation into an alleged attempt to smear him.The statement said the couple felt there was “no reason to have any secret or private inquiry”.This morning, the Cabinet will discuss whether or not to hold a public tribunal on scandal. McCabe feels that a private inquiry would be less transparent. However, critics of the process say that they are lengthy, costly and have no real power.We’re asking: Should there be a public inquiry into the Maurice McCabe scandal? Share377 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
40 Comments Mar 1st 2019, 5:19 PM Schmidt’s Ireland feel the benefit of high-intensity U20s hit-out 21 senior players involved as Ireland’s three-day Belfast camp ends with open session. Subscribe By Ryan Bailey 25,596 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL Jacob Stockdale with fans after today’s session. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOLeinster’s Harry Byrne looked very comfortable throughout the run-out, confidently whipping passes off both sides and exhibiting his smart kicking game, while scrum-half Craig Casey, Aaron O’Sullivan and Jonathan Wren all saw plenty of the ball.“If you look at the last two or three years and some of the guys who have come through from the 20s, the James Ryans, the Andrew Porters, the Jordan Larmours, those quality players,” Schmidt continued.“Even going back to guys like Garry Ringrose who has been an established player with us for quite some time, he was training with the 20s against us in these sessions.“It is a great way to get a volume of work done, it means we both have a slightly smaller squad. They had a bit of a bigger squad than us and it was a fresh team on, a fresh team off each time which was a really good challenge for our guys because they had to work hard.“The 20s are always pretty fit and enthusiastic, we enjoy those sessions. It’s not a match weekend for us so it was important we did get a bit of volume of work done.”The open sessions during the Six Nations period always prove to be popular among supporters and there was another healthy turnout here as plenty of local schoolchildren were given the morning off school to attend.Ulster second row Henderson, whose wife and young daughter were among those in attendance, “I think all of us from here who have been at the camp have been excited to have the lads up,” he said of the past few days. “And chuffed not to have to drive down to Cork or wherever. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Friday 1 Mar 2019, 5:27 PM I think in general the lads have enjoyed it, we’ve been training at the PEC [Queen’s Physical Education Centre], the gym there is brilliant, we got out for a black taxi tour, out for a nice dinner, even out for a few drinks in Belfast.“These weeks with no game — I was going to say down week but as you saw there it’s definitely not a down week — it gives you the opportunity to come together as a squad, to have a bit of craic and enjoy time with each other.“As a squad that really tightens you and brings cohesion to the squad, it just makes you feel more comfortable in the environment which in turn makes you play better.”Back to Carton on Tuesday for the start of the serious business.Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey to discuss the backlash to World Rugby’s league proposal, captaincy styles, sports psychology and more in The42 Rugby Weekly. https://the42.ie/4520031 Ryan Bailey reports from Queen’s University, BelfastA DOWN WEEK this may have been in name, but the levels of intensity never let up throughout Ireland’s open training session in Belfast this morning, as Joe Schmidt’s side concluded a three-day camp with a high-energy blowout. Noel McNamara’s U20s side provided the opposition during a typically full-on session which lasted a little over an hour and was played out in front of a large Friday morning crowd basking in glorious spring sunshine. Ireland seniors and U20s shake hands. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIt was a useful workout for Schmidt’s Ireland at the end of their three-day get-together up north, and certainly the energy and enthusiasm of the U20s — who are three from three in their Six Nations campaign — provided a stern challenge for the seniors.Johnny Sexton and Joey Carbery trained away from the main group, getting through agility and light running drills under the supervision of one of Schmidt’s backroom staff at one end of the pitch, while many of the watching eyes were fixed on the other end. There was nothing light about the semi-contact training match on the main pitch of Queen’s University’s impressive sports complex, as 21 senior players earned their weekend off.Among those involved were CJ Stander, Garry Ringrose, Iain Henderson, Jordan Larmour and Tadhg Beirne, who are all back fit and firing after recent injuries, while Dan Leavy was in attendance, although confined to a watching brief. From last weekend’s victory over Italy in Rome, captain Rory Best, Cian Healy, Jack Conan and James Ryan were also back on duty but Robbie Henshaw was not there, although Schmidt confirmed he had trained separately with Leavy earlier on Friday. Stander’s recovery from a suspected fractured cheek boosts the squad ahead of the visit of France and although the Munster number eight withdrew from the session at one stage after ‘being poked in the eye’, he is straining at the leash to play again.For Schmidt and his coaching team, who have had time to reflect on Ireland’s three substandard performances and find the answers required ahead of round four, the 68-minute session against a hungry U20s opposition was a good morning’s work.“It’s great for us and it’s great for the 20s,’ the head coach said.“I love having the 20s mixed in with our guys. We have lunch together now so the 20s get to know the senior players, they get to chat to them. Those small chats can help give confidence, help give a bit of direction and at the same time, it’s great for them because we get to know who they are as well.”Mixing with the senior team in training drills before lining up against them in a short game where the focus is on building up a volume of work, the experience is invaluable for McNamara’s group, who themselves are preparing for a big game against France in Cork next week. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target One of the hottest new gifts of the past few years is actually a very old piece of technology. Nintendo made waves (and lots of cash) with the NES Classic, a little retro game console emulating 30 classic games from the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System like Mario, Zelda, and Castlevania. After whipping consumers into a frenzy with its initial infamously limited stock, the NES Classic recently returned to shelves. So if you want one there’s a chance now you can actually get once, even if it is just a chance.But what if if you want to celebrate your love of the classic Nintendo console without the stress of hunting down a NES Classic, or the stress of actually playing the notoriously difficult games of the 8-bit era? If that’s the case, just rest your pretty little head on the Nintendo Famicom Retro Controller Plush ($35) from ThinkGeek.This 20-inch long plush controller is actually based on the Nintendo Famicom (Family Computer), the Japanese counterpart to the NES. That’s why it’s red and gold instead of grey. Paint job or not though, the faux gamepad maintains the familiar rectangular shape, iconic D-pad, and face buttons for A, B, Start, and Select.Just don’t expect any of those buttons to actually work because this is a plush pillow. You can mash out the Konami code all day and the only thing that will happen is you getting to feel the soft polyester exterior. For a now-adult gamer who grew up with the NES, this plush is a little too small to work as an actual pillow. But your kids could rest comfortably on it. Place it on a chair and it also provides some soothing lower-back relief during marathon gaming sessions on the NES Classic or otherwise.We recently saw this plush at the Nintendo NYC store in New York because that’s only appropriate. But you can get the Nintendo Famicom Retro Controller Plush from the comfort of your own home on ThinkGeek.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Jesse Oxfeld, former Gawker scribe and current senior editor at New York magazine, gives a great oral history of Time Inc.’s once-lavish expense accounts.Take, for instance, former staff writer Joel Stein’s (via the Daily Beast):“I somehow got them to pay for my Rainbow Room membership. Free breakfast every day over at the top of 30 Rock. I think I just sort of snuck it in. I don’t think there was a rationale at all. And then my Friar’s Club membership I also expensed. There was some rule that may have been true, or we have made up, that it was OK to expense lunch if we took each other out. Not every day, but often. It would be, ‘Not anything good in the cafeteria? Let’s go out and have a ‘business discussion’ and expense it. It was outrageous. When I left the staff, I was sad to say goodbye to all my friends there, but the really hard thing was giving up that AmEx card. I gave it a little funeral, and I was crying over it.” Read the whole thing here …
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Citation: iRobot proposes 3-D printing with less human intervention (2013, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-irobot-d-human-intervention.html The Robotic Fabricator, as their patent is called, presents methods in which an all in one automated fabricator would make things and put them together too. The patent filing makes note of tools toward this end. The system would include a tool-head for manufacturing, and manipulators. “In traditional 3D printing,” said the iRobot filers, “designs must still be divided into parts for production, and a trained individual assembles the fabricated parts into the final product after printing.”The human involvement in traditional 3-D printing creates increased factory safety risks. As important, they argue that the automated system that they are recommending reduces the risk of failure of the end product. “Connectors, fasteners, seams, and similar interfaces are frequently a source of failure in the end product. A fabrication device that reduces the number of connectors, fasteners, seams, and similar component interfaces increases the quality of the end product and reduces product failure.”Included in their patent discussion is how fabrication could be centered around a six-axis industrial robotic manipulator (primary manipulator) that handles the product from seed component to mature product. “The primary manipulator positions the product for manufacturing operations such as additive and subtractive manufacturing (3D printing, milling and drilling). A secondary manipulator handles component pick-and-place and secondary manufacturing operations such as wire placement and hardware testing.” As an option, they suggest that the system could include high-precision sensors to measure parameters and characteristics of the device while the process is taking place. The feedback from the sensors would allow the system to estimate product qualities, such as tolerances, dimensions, and mass.The processes described in the patent, including Robocasting, would allow for products composed of materials including but not limited to ABS, polycarbonate, silicone rubbers, urethane rubbers, and plastics, low melting temperature metals, and combinations of these materials.Reactions to news of the patent filing for a full printing and finishing device have been favorable, as a means of taking the 3-D printing process up higher, to a level that can handle the connectors, seams, and fasteners that lock the parts together. (Phys.org)—iRobot Corporation, the Bedford, Massachusetts-based makers of Roomba, have a wish list for 3-D printing that goes something like this: Cut out the human labor, automate everything, and the result is reduced manufacturing costs and higher product quality. Putting their efforts into action, iRobot filed a patent last year for just that reason. Their patent calls for a 3-D printer that produces completely finished products without the need for humans to assemble or finish the object. Explore further Printing soil science © 2013 Phys.org Credit: USPTO More information: Patent applicationvia 3ders This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
iCloud is baffling — even for Apple fans. You might want to also go to iCloud.com and poke around in the account and settings menus there, too.3. Have your closest friends and loved ones delete and re-add your phone number from their contact lists.Yes, it’s laborious. But this is one of the pieces of advice Apple is giving. The problem here is that even if you start receiving texts from those iPhone users again, you may not be receiving texts from anyone else who had you as an iMessage contact until they do the same thing. Other customers have also said they should delete your text history from their phones, too! (To test whether this works, you might want to have one iPhone friend delete you and another do nothing in order to test whether you can get texts from both.)4. Ask your friends to hit “send as text message.”If your iPhone friends text you and it doesn’t go through, make them hit the “i” information button next to the failed text and, when prompted, resend the text as a text message and not an iMessage. Completely impossible in most situations, obviously, but there it is. The message will turn from blue to green.5. Wait 45 days before dumping your iPhone for a new non-Apple phone.Once iMessage is deactivated and you’re sure your phone number has been deleted from all your Apple equipment you can buy a new phone. But keep the old one in case there’s a problem. We hear that the problem often fixes itself after 45 days.6. Rest your Apple ID Password and then on your new Android phone, text STOP to 48369.We’re not kidding. This super-simple and mostly secret solution really exists. You can read about it here on Tech Republic. Several readers emailed us separately with this solution and we’ve also seen a transcript of a chat with an Apple Support employee in which the same solution is offered. Now switch off iMessage. Move the green slider button into the off position so it turns white, like this: Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Now go through all these buttons and menus, hunting for any mention of your phone number. “Account Details” is the most important. Your number is likely associated with your iCloud account if you have one. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Now check that you’re getting texts the regular SMS way and not via iMessage any longer. iMessages are blue, non-iMessage texts are green: This story originally appeared on Business Insider 5 min read May 23, 2014 Apple was sued last week by a former customer who claims she could no longer receive texts on her new Samsung phone because texts to her phone number get held hostage in Apple’s iMessage system.We’ve heard from hundreds of former Apple users that the same thing happened them: They traded up from old versions of the iPhone to shiny new Android or Windows phone devices and then … none of their iPhone friends could reach them.Apple has a help page here with some advice for people who can’t receive texts from iPhone users.However, after combing through hundreds reader accounts of working with Apple to resolve this issue, we’ve put together this guide for anyone considering switching their iPhone for a non-iPhone brand.Here’s what you’re actually trying to doThe technical problem revolves around the fact that iPhone uses iMessage to send texts. It is not using the regular SMS text message system that most phones use for basic messaging. So you have to disable iMessage BEFORE you switch phones — otherwise other iPhones will continue delivering messages to your iMessage account and not to your actual phone.Disabling iMessage sounds easy, but according to users who have contacted us it is at best a multi-step process and at worst — say if your phone broke or your traded it in before killing iMessage — can permanently disable you from receiving texts from iPhone users.So the overall goal here is it to completely shut down iMessage AND to obliterate your phone number from any other piece of Apple equipment or software — including iCloud — several weeks before you make the switch to a new phone. Yes, several weeks — Apple’s tech support people have told Business Insider’s readers that their servers can take up to 45 days to refresh and clear phone number and iMessage data from their systems.Here we go!1. Switch off iMessage on your iPhone.Go to the settings section of your iPhone and tap on Messages: Sign in to iCloud. In theory, you’re all done!In practice, however, you’re going to want to go to extremes to make sure that your phone number is no longer associated with iMessage. Remember, iMessage works across the entire Apple ecosystem, so that texts can be delivered to your MacBook or your iPad. And your phone number is also associated with your iCloud account — so you’re going to want to remove it from all those things too. As the folks at iMore put it, if you want to fully deactivate iMessage from Apple’s servers:Unfortunately, there isn’t a list of steps you can perform on your own. Instead, you need to call 1-800-MY-APPLE in order to have Apple manually de-register your phone number from the Apple servers.2. Take your phone number out of iCloud.Go to iCloud in the settings of your MacBook. Register Now »