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Is the increasingly assertive Xi the same man Trudeau met last year

first_imgThe setting must have looked familiar to Justin Trudeau as he returned to a gleaming state guesthouse in Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his second visit in 15 months.This time, however, the prime minister found himself sitting across from a far more dominant ruler of the Asian superpower.Xi’s progression since his last meeting with Trudeau has meaningful implications for Canada, experts argue — particularly as Ottawa navigates the risks of closer ties with Xi’s increasingly assertive China.In recent months, the ambitious Xi has significantly tightened his grip on the leadership to become China’s most powerful figure in decades.Xi solidified his position during the ruling Communist Party’s congress in October when his name and policies were formally enshrined into the party’s constitution. The change has elevated him to a status shared only by China’s core Communist leaders, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.Ahead of the congress, The Economist magazine had already dubbed Xi “the world’s most powerful man.”Enter Trudeau, who met with Xi in China for the first time since September 2016. Since then, their governments have been engaged in exploratory talks on a free-trade agreement.On the one hand, Canada sees vast opportunity in forging a deeper business relationship with China, the world’s second-largest economy.On the flip side, Trudeau is constantly under pressure to transmit Canadian concerns to Chinese leaders over the country’s record on human rights and its rule of law. Before Tuesday’s meeting, Trudeau insisted he wouldn’t hesitate to raise Canada’s unease about China directly with Xi.This time, however, experts believe Trudeau’s words have likely had a tougher time getting through.“I do think that Mr. Trudeau is probably meeting a different Xi — a Xi who is much more confident and who is much more dismissive of accommodating the concerns of the West,” said Charles Burton, a political science professor at Brock University and a former Canadian diplomat.Indeed, Burton said he believes Trudeau’s visit this week has already shown signs of China’s self-assured shift.Earlier this week, the two sides announced they were not ready to move beyond the current phase of exploratory trade talks — despite China’s growing impatience to launch formal negotiations with Canada.Trudeau has been pushing for a progressive trade deal with China that would address issues such as gender equality, the environment and labour rights.It’s not yet clear just how unwelcome Canada’s proposed progressive chapters were in Beijing, but experts called it unlikely Xi’s group would consider entertaining them.Hongying Wang, a political science professor from University of Waterloo, said Xi has already left his mark on China’s governance structure, leading it away from the collective approach of the country’s past towards a more autocratic, top-down style.“It’s a matter of principle, I think, for the Canadian government to state its position — I guess the challenge is how do you state your position without completely cutting off any hopes of a good trade relationship? It’s a very hard balance,” Wang said.“I really don’t think he’s someone anyone can press into something he doesn’t want to do.”Diana Fu, an expert in Asian politics from the University of Toronto, said Xi’s emergence means Trudeau will have to continue approaching the Chinese president “carefully and tactfully” because he’s shown he won’t bow to foreign powers.“Any negotiations with the Xi administration will have to consider how to deal with not a rising China, but a risen one — this makes it more difficult than perhaps any other … talks previously,” Fu wrote in an email.“How do you convince the Canadian public that potential economic benefits of free trade offsets concern over diametrically opposing values?”Canada, however, continues to be of interest to Xi’s China.While the two countries have yet to become major trading partners, Canada offers many possibilities, particularly when it comes to agriculture, clean technology and education.“I think Canada is a very desirable partner and certainly a very important ally of the U.S. that China would like to win some support from, because China has always seen the U.S. as this potential rival,” Wang said.“Maybe China doesn’t see Canada as very important yet, (but) the potential is definitely there.”Canada is clearly trying to woo China as well: John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, said he met Xi within 24 hours of presenting his credentials earlier this year.Expecting to meet a “scary” leader, McCallum instead came away with a much different impression, saying he was “taken aback in a positive way” by Xi.Make no mistake, however: on the world stage, Xi is overseeing an expanding Chinese presence, hoping to step into the global void created by a retreating United States under Donald Trump.Xi has also pushed a more aggressive military presence in the South China Sea with the construction of artificial islands over the objections from nearby neighbouring countries. He’s built up China’s navy and has opened the country’s first foreign military base in Djibouti.His most ambitious project is the massive “One Belt, One Road” initiative that will involve spending hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure along a corridor spanning more than 60 countries. The injection of Chinese capital along the route will allow China to buy influence in those countries, numerous analysts have said.last_img read more

Cannabis retail bylaw passes first two readings with tweaks public meeting to

first_imgCORRECTION: A previous version of this article omitted that prior to council considering the proposed zoning amendment bylaw, councillor Trevor Bolin declared himself to be in conflict of interest due to his real estate holdings, and excused himself from the debate and vote.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A proposed zoning amendment bylaw that would dictate which properties in Fort St. John would be allowed to be home to a cannabis retail location passed first two readings at today’s Council meeting – albeit with some amendments.City planners Ashley Murphy and Renee Jamurat gave a presentation at a Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this afternoon about the proposed bylaw, which would have allowed cannabis retail operations in all properties zoned C2, C3, and C4. Properties located within 200 metres of schools, 100 metres from parks, and 100 metres from other cannabis retail locations would not be permitted to operate a cannabis store.  Planner Ashley Murphy and Planning Manager renee Jamurat Presenting the proposed zoning amendment bylaw on cannabis retail locations today. Photo by Chris NewtonIn their report, the planners stated that residents were largely opposed to cannabis retail being located any closer than 200 metres from a school, but were more split on the proposed distance from properties zoned as parks. A slim majority favoured a 200-metre setback from parks, while 48 percent were in favour of a buffer zone of 100 metres or less. “The results indicated that based on a required 200 metre setback from schools, an additional 200 metre setback from parks would prove to limit the number of potential commercial properties that could support such a use to 487, wherein a 200 metre setback from schools coupled with a 100 metre setback from parks would result in 567 commercial properties being potentially able to support such a use, or a difference of 80 properties,” stated Murphy in her report. She added that neither scenario took in to account the additional proposed 100 metre required setback from other cannabis retail locations. Other stakeholders also weighed in, with the RCMP telling the City it preferred cannabis stores be located in the City’s downtown core, while School District #60 said in an email that it preferred cannabis operations to be located on C4 properties – the majority of which are located near the Alaska Highway. When asked, mayor Lori Ackerman stated that the RCMP did not include any reasoning in their preference for cannabis retail to be confined to the downtown core. Prior to the bylaw being brought forward to Council during the regular meeting, councillor Trevor Bolin declared himself to be potentially in conflict of interest due to his real estate holdings, and excused himself from Council Chambers prior to the bylaw being tabled.Mayor Ackerman also said that in speaking with Chamber of Commerce president Nelson Stowe, that he expressed a concern with the proposed setback between individual retail locations. She explained that the reasoning behind Stowe’s opposition was due because the City does not regulate the distance between other retail operations, giving an example of shoe stores.Councillors voted in favour of amending the bylaw to limit cannabis retail locations to zoned C2 downtown commercial properties, and eliminating the minimum distance from other cannabis locations, while keeping the 200 metre setback from schools and 100 metre setback from parks.The City will be holding a public meeting to hear feedback from residents on July 23rd at 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,149.49, down 122.17 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 66 cents, or 7.87 per cent, to $9.05 on 12.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up three cents, or 1.62 per cent, to $1.88 on 12 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 38 cents, or 6.52 per cent, to $5.45 on 11.7 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 71 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $43.54 on 11.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 56 cents, or 2.48 per cent, to $22.04 on 9.9 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Materials. Up 37 cents, or 6.12 per cent, to $6.42 on 7.9 million shares.Companies in the news:Bausch Health Companies Inc. (TSX:BHC). Down $1.56 or 4.9 per cent to $30. Bausch Health Companies Inc. slightly missed earnings estimates in the second quarter even as it nudged up its full-year forecast Tuesday on better results. Chief executive Joseph Papa said he expects Bausch — formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals — will generate between US$8.4 billion and US$8.6 billion in revenue this year, about US$50 million more than its previous outlook. The company said its second-quarter net loss attributable to shareholders was $170 million, reduced from $872 million a year earlier.SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down $1.45 or 8.1 per cent to $16.36. Shares of SNC-Lavalin Inc. plummeted to the lowest level in nearly 15 years Tuesday in reaction to its largest shareholder, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, warning that the embattled engineering firm had to move to emergency mode to improve its project execution. The Montreal-based company’s shares fell to a low of $16.10 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Caisse booked a $700-million loss from its SNC investment during the first six months of the year and CEO Michael Sabia’s impatience was clearly evident.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Down two cents to $9.78. Investment firm Catalyst Capital Group Inc. says it has boosted the number of Hudson’s Bay Co. shares it’s seeking to buy in an effort to oppose a proposal to privatize the retailer. The firm says it is now seeking to buy up to 19.8 million shares at $10.11 each, up from 14.8 million shares, for a total bid value of $200 million. The offer, seeking about 10.75 per cent of outstanding shares, came after an insider group led by board chairman Richard Baker made a bid in June of $9.45 per share to take the retailer private. Catalyst says the Baker-led offer greatly undervalues the company, which owns the Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay, Lord &Taylor and Saks OFF 5th retail brands as well as significant real estate holdings.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Up 66 cents or 7.9 per cent to $9.05. Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares soared briefly before giving up most of their gains Tuesday after the cannabis producer estimated its fourth-quarter production available for sale was at the high end of its previous guidance, or above. The Edmonton-based company’s shares rose as much as 13 per cent to an intraday high of $9.51 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Earlier, Aurora announced its estimated production available for sale was between 25,000 and 30,000 kilograms — above the company’s previous guidance of 25,000 kilograms.Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE). Down 26 cents or 2.5 per cent to $10. Auto parts manufacturer Martinrea International Inc. has reported earnings roughly in line with expectations despite some signs of a slowdown in the industry. The Toronto-based company says it had net earnings of $28.1 million or 34 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with earnings of $55.7 million or 64 cents per share last year. Martinrea says adjusted net earnings came in at $54.6 million, compared with $55.5 million last year. Sales came in at $948.5 million for the quarter, up from $921.7 million for the same quarter last year.The Canadian Press read more

Improving lives of elderly with information technology focus of UN event

Video of press briefing Former United States Congressman Benjamin Gilman told a press briefing that as part of his address, he had encouraged participants to develop a campaign for public diplomacy. In that connection, he recommended that communities form advisory councils, liaise with business and marketing experts, develop good messengers and work with the media.He cautioned that without leadership fostered through public diplomacy, the best goals in the world would be “meaningless.” More than 100 delegates had gathered for the meeting on “Caring Communities for the 21st Century: Imagining the Possible – Age of Connectivity: Harnessing the Generations,” organized by the International Council for Caring Communities in collaboration with several UN bodies, to look at how ICT can be used to deal with the economic, social and cultural challenges brought on by an ageing population worldwide.Joining Mr. Gilman was Alexandre Sidorenko, the UN Focal Point on Ageing, who said the forum had focused on the goals set by two recent international meetings: the 2002 Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, which had the goal of creating a society for all ages; and the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, which aimed to overcome the digital divide and build an all-inclusive information society.The focus of today’s discussion, Mr. Sidorenko said, was how the goals of the two conferences could be achieved. One of the major tasks in achieving targets in the field of ageing and information and communications technology was to have workable public diplomacy.One of the predominant themes had been the lack of political will, particularly in developing countries, to consider the needs and expectations of older persons, Mr. Sidorenko added. To redress this, he said he had stressed the need to mobilize civil society to persuade governments to look at the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. read more

UN condemns Boko Harams depraved act as child suicide bombers attack northern

A statement issued today by his spokesperson in New York said that Mr. Ban is appalled by reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed around the town of Baga, Borno state, near Nigeria’s border with Chad in the past week.“The situation in Nigeria and the region remains at the top of the Secretary-General’s agenda,” said the statement, adding that just yesterday, it was reported that a 10-year old girl was used to detonate a bomb at a market in Maiduguri, also in Borno state, killing at least 19 people.Utterly condemning the “depraved act at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists,” Mr. Ban underscored the readiness of the UN to assist the Nigerian Government and all affected neighboring States in bringing an end to the violence and to alleviate the suffering of civilians with all available means and resources.For his part, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a separate statement: “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.”Deploring the reports that so many innocent children, women and elderly had been massacred in Baga, he noted specifically that young girls had been sent to die with a bomb strapped to their chests in Maiduguri. “And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost,” he added. “Words alone can neither express our outrage nor ease the agony of all those suffering from the constant violence in northern Nigeria,” Mr. Lake declared, underscoring that the images of recent days and all they imply for the future of Nigeria “should galvanize effective action. For this cannot go on.”Just two days ago the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported that the number of Nigerian refugees seeking safety in Chad has almost quadrupled over the past 10 days after attacks by Boko Haram uprooted about 7,300 Nigerians, forcing them into western Chad, where most are staying with local communities in villages around 450 kilometres north-west of the capital, N’Djamena.A spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the 3 January attack on the town of Baga alone caused 3,400 people to flee to Chad. “The Government of Chad has requested international assistance,” said the spokesperson. “The Chadian Government has sent a mission and a medical team to the areas and is providing food assistance and other basic supplies. Humanitarian agencies including OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are currently in the area assessing needs.” read more

Injury does not prevent Ohio States Sam Jardine from skating on

Junior defenseman Sam Jardine (21) fights past a Miami (Ohio) defender during a game on Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternSam Jardine is scarred, not scared. Two seasons after a skate blade nearly cut his hand’s mobility, the Ohio State men’s hockey junior defenseman sees his surgical mark as an indication he’s in the right place.Jardine’s perspective was born after a game on Nov. 10, 2012, when the then-freshman defenseman dived to prevent a scoring chance.Whistled for holding, Jardine immediately broke procedure. Instead of skating to the penalty box, Jardine screamed and pointed to his arm, current-senior forward Tanner Fritz said.“I thought it was broken because the tendons were sliced,” Jardine said. “Then blood started coming and I knew I was in big trouble.”As he turned away from the net, Jardine hunched over and writhed in pain. In an attempt to hurdle Jardine, the opposing forward had landed on Jardine’s exposed left arm between his elbow guard and glove.The closest referee quickly grasped Jardine’s arm and within seconds, OSU’s then-trainer Chris Hite was over the boards with a towel wrapped around the cut, Jardine said.A routine penalty had become a medical emergency. Hite had to stop the bleeding to prevent Jardine from going into shock, he said.The 3-to-4-inch laceration had cut Jardine’s muscles, but stopped within a quarter of a millimeter of severing his radial nerve, Hite said.Had the radial nerve been disconnected, Jardine would have lost mobility in his left hand.“It never crossed my mind that it would be so bad that I wouldn’t be able to play hockey,” Jardine said. “That never became a reality until after the surgery.”From the time of the injury to the conclusion of his emergency surgery, Jardine stayed calm, Hite said, who is now a trainer at Hilliard Darby High School.“He handled it so well,” Hite said. “Not what you’d expect for a kid that had lost as much blood as he had.”The rest of the Buckeyes were rattled. With 14 minutes remaining in the game, the OSU bench was uneasy and struggled to maintain focus, Fritz said.Meanwhile, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Jardine was undergoing surgery to repair his muscle tendons. The surgery marked the beginning of his rehabilitation process.Jardine, who had never missed a game with a hockey-related injury, was jettisoned to the sideline for nine weeks, he said.In order to desensitize his regenerating nerve, Jardine molded Play-Doh and moved his hand through bowls of rice for resistance, Hite said. “We had to pull the reigns on him,” Hite said. “Every day he wanted to do something more, he wanted to do something he wasn’t allowed to do.”For a player used to playing through injuries, the mini exercises weren’t making the cut. “They really wanted to baby the process. I didn’t really allow that to happen,” Jardine said. “I wanted to play (that) next weekend.”At one point, Jardine approached then-associate coach Steve Rohlik about rejoining the Buckeyes and playing with a cast. Rohlik, alongside assistant coach Joe Exter, nixed the idea. When Jardine returned to on-ice workouts, he started to realize benefits of his injury. He took the recovery time to improve his foot speed, pivoting and edges, he said.“That was pretty important toward my development,” Jardine said. “I felt like I was a stronger skater coming back than when I had first got injured.”The Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, native then began to realize a new appreciation for the game, he said. His experience helped him realize that one of the worst imaginable injuries was bearable.“The appreciation of being able to put the skates on every day and go out and compete I think is the one thing he garnered from this whole situation,” Rohlik said. Two seasons after his surgery, Jardine said he still experiences slight difficulty in the afflicted area. His injury has robbed him of full-range of motion and complete feeling in his left hand.“I’m very thankful and very blessed that I just have a scar now and a little bit of sensitivity issues,” Jardine said. “As far as the rest of it goes, I’m 100 percent.”On the OSU bench, trainer Jeff Deits is responsible for keeping Jardine and the rest of the Buckeyes healthy.The training staff undergoes annual emergency action training to ensure it’s prepared for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and lacerations, Deits said. Members of the OSU men’s hockey team are also given cut-proof clothing to ensure their safety. While the NCAA does not mandate its athletes wear cut-proof socks and shirts, many Buckeyes, including Jardine, wear the gear.Jardine, who didn’t like the cut-proof shirts, wears protective socks on his forearms instead. It’s an innovation born of necessity.As he enters his third season with the Buckeyes, Jardine said he doesn’t notice the injury anymore. The sleeve hides the scar, and his performance — like his fearlessness — never waned. read more

Baseballs Kids Are All Right

When Derek Jeter retired last year, the pundits puzzled over who would be the next “Face of Baseball.” Jeter was the guy on the Wheaties box, after all. And more broadly, Jeter’s retirement seemed to close one era of baseball and open another. Without an elder statesman, the game belonged to the kids. But would there be enough excellent, prodigious young players to replace Jeter’s cohort? We already have an answer: The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement1FanGraphs’ version.). For example, the age of an MVP-type player counts for roughly eight2Here, I am contrasting an average MVP-level of performance — about 8 WAR — with a below-average player’s performance — about 1 WAR. times as much as a below-average scrub because he’s eight times better according to WAR. So, if the MVP is young, he’ll pull the weighted average down toward him. By weighting the ages in this way, we get a sense for where in MLB the production comes from — specifically, whether it arises from the grizzled veterans or the youngsters.The youngsters are winning.Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has consistently fallen, hitting its low point (of 27.76) this year. This graph tells us that in recent years, more of the positive value in the league has been coming from younger players.The twin faces of the youth movement are undoubtedly Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, still only 22 and 23, respectively. Despite the best efforts of opposing pitchers, Trout is performing at his now-routine MVP level. Harper seems to have finally discovered consistent success with an overwhelming power stroke. But Harper and Trout have been joined by a generation of super-prospects who are outperforming even the loftiest expectations. Kris Bryant is the most obvious, but others include Joc Pederson, Carlos Correa, Mookie Betts and Addison Russell.There are several ways that baseball’s production could be getting younger, but it turns out that there are two straightforward explanations. One is that the oldest players have become less productive. The second is that the youngest players are on pace to create a tremendous amount of value.Let’s start with the veterans. Players ages 333Roughly the oldest 15 percent of players in MLB. and up have produced only 24 WAR so far this year, on pace for the second-lowest total of the past 25 years. Over a full year, that prorates to 54.8 WAR, which is less than half the total achieved by the equivalent group of players around the turn of the millennium.It’s not clear what is driving older position players down. One possibility is that new pace-of-play rules are making it harder for older hitters to make use of their experience. On the other hand, older position players seem to be getting worse not only at hitting, but also with the glove — and even on the base paths.There could be a connection between the fluctuating pattern of production by older players and the steroid era. Certainly, some of the confirmed steroid users managed to be productive well into their 30s, suggesting that steroids might confer their beneficial effects especially upon older hitters. But in the absence of data on who used what steroids when and how, it’s difficult to pursue this idea beyond a hypothesis. Regardless of the cause, it looks as though the current trend of age and production is more of a return to the norm of the early 1990s than a novelty.At the same time, we are witnessing a historic youth movement. Just as the very old players have gotten worse, the youngest have become much better. Players 24 and younger4Roughly the youngest 15 percent of players in MLB. have produced 48.7 WAR this year, which puts them on pace for about 110 WAR in a full year. If it holds, that would be the most WAR put up by this age group since 2007.That year saw a generation of future stars cement their place in the league. David Wright, at that time 24, had his best season, an MVP-caliber effort. Wright was joined by a host of talent, from Troy Tulowitzki to Jose Reyes to Miguel Cabrera. In total, 13 young hitters put up WAR values greater than 4, in the neighborhood of All-Star-level performance. Many of those players, and even some of the tier below them, have gone on to become superstars.Young players have traditionally relied upon their defense to build their value, and this year is no exception. The 24 and under group typically performs anywhere from 100 to 500 runs below average on offense but makes up for it to some extent with 100 to 200 runs from their defense.5I am also including the FanGraphs positional adjustment here. Less than halfway through this season’s games, young position players have been worth 93 runs defensively. Prorated to a full season, this would be the best defensive performance for that age group since 2001, when the overall value of the youngsters was near its low point.Except today’s kids can do something those 2001 ones couldn’t: rake. With an average mark of 94.6, young hitters are putting up the best Weighted Runs Created+ (wRC+) since that marvelous 2007 class (which was at 99.2). The average wRC+ is set at 100, so the young players are adding decent hitting to their superlative defense. Much of the hitting stems from a power surge: The young hitters are racking up a slugging percentage of .400, slightly better than the league average of .397.6Relative to the league average, this is the second-best number in the past 25 years (second, of course, to 2007).The young players are even providing value with their baserunning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, 24, leads the way, but the group is already up to 27.1 runs of baserunning value (Hamilton alone is responsible for nearly a third of this number). If it holds over a full season, that will be the best mark since 1990.Some of these statistics will not hold up over the length of a full season because of injuries or regression to the mean, of course. And many of the averages will be distorted by September call-ups. But two-thirds of the total WAR in this year’s young group comes from the 10 best players, all of whom are firmly ensconced in starting roles.A wave of young talent has arrived, just as the old veterans are fading into irrelevancy. Whether your preference is for Nolan Arenado’s slick glove work, Harper’s absurd power or Bryant’s eyes, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of future superstars. read more

Tyrann Mathieu Drug Arrest A Strong Wakeup Call

Tyrann Mathieu, the former LSU star cornerback, says his arrest for possession of marijuana in October was a strong wake-up call about his future.“Sitting in that jail cell, it clicked,” Mathieu told ESPN’s Joe Schad this week. “Looking at those people, just staring at me. ‘You don’t belong in here.’ They wanted to come through the jail cell and get me. I’m scared now. Because it’s reality now. I don’t ever want to feel like this again. I’m not going to feel like this again.”Mathieu was arrested along with three other former LSU football players, including former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Before his arrest, Mathieu was dismissed from the team by Tigers coach Les Miles in August for a failed drug test.Mathieu, who was a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, said he became heavily dependent on marijuana after the Tigers 21-0 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in last year’s BCS championship game.Playing the Crimson Tide in his hometown of New Orleans was a little too much for Mathieu to handle.“And it really took me out of my preparation for the game,” Mathieu said. “I didn’t give up a touchdown, but I gave up four or five passes. Passes when I knew they were going to run that route. I mean, I knew they were going to run that route. But I didn’t prepare myself. I was worried about everything outside the game.”But Mathieu admits that if he could re-live that BCS championship period, he would handle things differently. He says that he would have remained in his hotel room and turned off his cell phone.When Mathieu received the news that he had been kicked off the team, he was crushed.“Devastating,” the emotional Mathieu said. “It’s all I had. Football. And to think back on it … for the BCS game, I abused myself.”Mathieu admits that Miles and Tigers head trainer Shelly Mullenix did everything possible to help kick his addiction to marijuana, but he ended up failing them and the school.“I had to accept the responsibility that I was never going to play for LSU again,” Mathieu said. “The only school that believed in me. And I didn’t even believe in them. I felt I was a loyalty person. Looking back, I didn’t know anything about loyalty. I could talk it, but you know, walking it, was a whole different thing. And when you realize you’re not loyal, that’s what hurts the most. When you realize you lied to people, that’s what hurts the most.”Marijuana provided an escape for Mathieu when it came to problems on and off the field.“I’d tell the world I abused myself though marijuana,” Mathieu said. “I abused myself through marijuana. Was I addicted to it? Maybe. Did I form a habit of it? Yes.”After Mathieu was forced to deal with the consequences of drug abuse, he re-enrolled at LSU and paid for his education. People close to Mathieu advised him to transfer and play lower-division football, but he did not.Mathieu is adamant that he has given up marijuana by going to rehab and counseling. He says he has removed the negative influences from his inner circle.He has declared for the 2013 NFL draft and has been training in south Florida with Patrick Peterson, Sr., the father of his former Tiger teammate and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.With difficult questions looming at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, Mathieu understands that he must be on his best behavior.“I know my mistakes throw red flags up. But I want people to trust me. When I get back on that field, I don’t want to get off. I don’t ever want to leave this game again.” read more

Greek air fleet hailed as best of NATO for 2018

first_imgGreek pilots were named the best among those that belong in the NATO-affiliated nations, after a great showing of their capabilities in Albacete of Spain. In fact, this is the second year in a row that Greece has won this award and more specifically the award for the Best Warrior in the World.The competition took place at the Air Base Los Blancos during the 3rd Air Training Series for the 2018 Tactical Leadership Program from 10 September all the way to 4 October.Three hundred and thirty one squads from NATO participated in the program, and completed simulations of missions on the national and NATO levels in order to help all personnel become more accustomed to the procedures, with Greek pilots projecting their exemplary skills. They were voted as Best Warriors by the participating Fighter Operators. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les antidépresseurs boosteraient la production de neurones

first_imgLes antidépresseurs boosteraient la production de neuronesPour la première fois, des chercheurs anglais sont parvenus à identifier le mode de fonctionnement des antidépresseurs. Ils stimuleraient la formation de nouveaux neurones en agissant sur les récepteurs des hormones du stress.Avec plus de 385 millions d’euros remboursés par la Sécurité sociale en 2009, les antidépresseurs font partie des médicaments les plus prescrits et vendus en France. Pourtant jusqu’ici, les scientifiques ignoraient encore leur mode de fonctionnement exact au niveau du cerveau. Aujourd’hui, une équipe de chercheurs du King’s College de Londres semble avoir élucidé le mystère. Selon leurs résultats publiés dans la revue Molecular Psychiatry, ces médicaments agiraient sur la neurogénèse par l’intermédiaire du récepteur aux hormones de stress.À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtContrairement à ce que l’on a longtemps pensé, certaines régions cérébrales continuent à produire des neurones durant toute la vie. Mais chez les patients souffrant de dépression, les scientifiques ont découvert que ce processus de neurogénèse était fortement perturbé. S’ils ignorent encore si cela est un symptôme ou l’origine de la maladie, il paraissait évident que l’un des effets des antidépresseurs était justement de restaurer cette production. Par ailleurs, des études précédentes ont démontré que ces molécules étaient aussi liées aux hormones du stress connues sous le nom de glucocorticoïdes. Pour en savoir plus, Christoph Anacker et ses collègues ont donc décidé de tester si l’antidépresseur Sertraline agissait sur le récepteur des hormones. Ils ont ainsi cultivé en laboratoire des précurseurs de cellules d’hippocampe cérébral avant d’ajouter de la Sertraline. Dix jours plus tard, les scientifiques ont observé dans la culture une augmentation de 25% du nombre de neurones. En bloquant le récepteur aux glucocorticoïdes, ils n’ont constaté en revanche aucune augmentation, indiquant ainsi que ceci serait bien la voie emprunté par les antidépresseurs. “Les hormones glucocorticoïdes et les antidépresseurs agissent tous deux sur le récepteur, mais ils le font de manière différente”, a expliqué Christoph Anacker. Confirmant le rôle du système hormonal du stress, ces résultats pourraient alors permettre aux chercheurs de développer des médicaments contre la dépression plus efficaces et davantage ciblés.Le 19 avril 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ki delighted with Newcastles controlled display

first_imgNewcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung says he’s pleased with their game management after their 2-1 win at Turf Moor on Monday.Newcastle United were already two goals ahead by the 23rd minutes of the game, thanks to an own goal from Ben Mee and a header from stand-in skipper Ciaran Clark.Sam Vokes pulled one back for Burnley just before halftime, but it Newcastle looked the more likely to score again in the second half, going forward and creating many chances.In the closing minutes of the game, Burnley pushed for an equalizer, but the visitors’ ran out 2-1 winners, and Ki believes they could have been out of sight by then by extending their lead.“Yes, for sure. We had some definite chances in the second half,” Ki told the club’s website.“In the first half, I think we were in control. They (Burnley) always (played) the long ball – how they scored, it was a cross and a header.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But we did well to deal with that during the game, controlling the game. It was their home game, so there were a few moments where we were deep and had to defend, but overall I think we did very well.“Especially in an away game, to score early gives the team more confidence and takes off a lot of pressure.“Today, two goals was massive for us. It (allowed) us to control the game. I think we are becoming consistent.“Three wins in a row is not easy to achieve, but I think we dealt with every moment we faced, and then, with the ball, I think we were much better and created a lot more chances.”last_img read more

Missing Delray Beach boy found safe

first_imgDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says a 5-year-old boy who went missing in Delray Beach has been found safe.Officials said Caiden Williamson was last seen along the 3000 block of Angler Drive, Sunday. UPDATE: The Missing Child Alert for Caiden Williamson has been resolved. The child has been found safe. Thank you for sharing! #FLMissingChild— FDLE (@fdlepio) June 3, 2019Authorities said Williamson may have been in the company of 34-year-old Hilda Louis.The boy was found safe early Monday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

VIDEO Watch 2018 Wilmington Highs Senior Athletic Banquet

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its Annual Senior Athletic Banquet on Wednesday, May 30 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall.The event, sponsored by the Wilmington Athletic Alumni & Friends Association, featured an awards presentation; words from Shelia Burns, Jack Cushing, and AD Tim Alberts; and a speech from Dan Vassallo, a WHS alum (Class of 2003) who has had a very successful collegiate and post-collegiate track career. Most recently, Vassallo finished in 10th place in the 2018 Boston Marathon.Congratulations to this year’s award winners:Harold “Ding” Driscoll Award (Most Dedication To Sports)Female: Liz GordonMale: Tyler RobertsLawrence Cushing Award (Demonstrating Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Athletic Ability)Female: Mia O’ConnellMale: AJ McKearneyDr. Gerald Fagan Award (Most Outstanding Wilmington High School Athlete)Female: Dana GouletMale: Dan GraciaWildcat Distinguished Service AwardDon CowdenWatch the banquet, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—(Cover photo credit: Athletic Director Tim Alberts)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… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”PHOTOS: Wilmington High’s Senior Athletic Banquet Award WinnersIn “Photo of the Day”VIDEO: Watch 2017 Wilmington High’s Senior Athletic BanquetIn “Videos”last_img read more

Ashish Vidyarthi to address youths as part of a World Skill

first_imgPatna: Bollywood actor Ashish Vidyarthi will fly down to the city next week for delivering a pep talk to young men and women of Bihar as part of World Skill Youth Day celebrations. Vidyarthi made the announcement to this effect in a short video clip uploaded by Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM), which is organizing a three-day Skills Carnival as part of the celebrations, on its Facebook page. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Set up in 2010 by the Bihar government, the BSDM aims to empower the youth by empowering them with requisite skills to fuel the growth of the state. The mission’s primary roles are to establish a wide network of training centres for the youth and to provide them with employment opportunities. “It was, however, only by 2016 that the Mission gathered momentum as the preceding year saw Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returning to power on the Saat Nishchay (seven resolves) plank – the first one of which was aarthik hal, yuvaon ko bal – aiming at imparting skills to high school dropouts under the age of 25”, Dipak Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, state Labour Resources department, told PTI here. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Vidyarthi is scheduled to address the participants on the inaugural day of the function on July 13. In the nearly two and a half minutes long video clip, Vidyarthi – best remembered for playing a cold-blooded terrorist in Govind Nihalani-directed “Drohkaal” that fetched him a National Award for the Best Supporting Actor – strikes a chatty and informal note. Advertise With Us “When we come face to face, we shall talk of dreams, of ways to make our futures better and try to improve our understanding, our capabilities and our skills”, Vidyarthi says in the video. “The youths of Bihar are second to none when it comes to talent, hard work and perseverance. These traits have to be nurtured and resolute steps taken for onward progress”, the actor says in chaste Hindi. “So, see you all on July 13. Hope you will come. And won’t you treat me to littis (a Bihari delicacy). I badly want to taste these”, signs off Vidyarthi with a mischievous smile.last_img read more

11 sentenced to 20 years jail over attempt to kill Hasina

first_imgFile Photo Eleven persons were awarded 20 years’ imprisonment each for attempting to kill Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1989, reports UNB.Judge of the fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge’s court Md Zahidul Kabir on Sunday delivered the verdict in presence of nine accused out of 12.The court awarded total 20 years’ jail to the eleven persons under two sections (102/B, 307/109) of penal code (10 years each) in a case filed over the attempt on the life of Sheikh Hasina.The eleven convicts are Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam, Md Shahjahan alias Balu, Gazi Imam Hossain, Zafar Ahmed, Humayun Kabir alias Humayun, Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Golam Sarwar Mamun, Joj Miah and Syed Nazmul Maksud Murad.Of them, one accused – Humayun Kabir alias Kabir – was acquitted of the attempt to murder charge.Three of the convicts — Zafar Ahmed, Humayun Kabir Humayun and retired army officer Khandaker Abdur Rashid — have been on the run.According to the case statement, a group of 10-12 Freedom Party men, led by Kajol and Kabir, fired gunshots and hurled grenades at the Sheikh Hasina’s residence at Road-32 in Dhanmondi area of the capital on 10 August 1989.They left the spot chanting the slogan ‘Farukh-Rashid Jindabad’ (Long live Farukh-Rashid).Zahurul Islam, security guard of the residence, filed two cases in this connection with Dhanmondi police station.Four accused of the cases — Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Golam Sarwar Mamun, Joj Miah and Syed Nazmul Maksud Murad — are currently in jail and Humayun Kabir, Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam, Md Shahjahan alias Balu and Gazi Imam Hossain are on bail.last_img read more

Myanmar army uses fake photos to malign Rohingyas Reuters

first_imgA combination of screenshots shows (top) an image taken from Flickr depicting the bodies of Bengalis being retrieved following their massacre in Dhaka in 1971. The same image (bottom) as it appears in the Myanmar army`s recently published book on the Rohingya describing it as the brutal killing of the local ethnic people by Bengalis in Myanmar. Photo: ReutersMyanmar’s army has used a photo of Bangladesh’s liberation war in a new book to cover their ethnic riots in the 1940s, reveals a Reuters exclusive report.The photo of the killing of the Bengalis (Bangladeshis) by the Pakistani forces was claimed to be the image of murder of Buddhists by Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority the Myanmar army refers to as “Bengalis” to imply they are illegal immigrants, according to the report.Reuters’ examination of the photograph shows it was actually taken during the 1971 independence war of Bangladesh, a country that has given shelter to more than one million Rohingyas who fled Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing.Another photo in the book was falsely labeled as depicting Rohingya entering Myanmar from Bangladesh, when in reality it showed migrants leaving the country, Reuters’ investigation found.Such fake photos were “sourced to the military’s “True News” information unit”, reads the Reuters report.In the 117-page “Myanmar Politics and the Tatmadaw: Part I”, the army has tried to establish its own narrative of August 2017 crackdown, when some 700,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine to Bangladesh. Mass killings, rape, and arson were reported later on.The full report of the Reuters, filed with Yongon dateline, is given below:The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar’s army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming tool. “Bengalis killed local ethnics brutally”, reads the caption.The photo appears in a section of the book covering ethnic riots in Myanmar in the 1940s. The text says the image shows Buddhists murdered by Rohingya – members of a Muslim minority the book refers to as “Bengalis” to imply they are illegal immigrants.But a Reuters examination of the photograph shows it was actually taken during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war, when hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis were killed by Pakistani troops.A combination of screenshots shows (top) an image taken from the Pulitzer Prize website depicting the migration of Rwandan Hutu refugees in 1996 following violence in Rwanda. The same image (bottom) appears in the Myanmar armyÕs recently published book on the Rohingya, converted to black-and-white, describing the people as Bengalis entering the country following the British colonial occupation of lower Myanmar. Photo: ReutersIt is one of three images that appear in the book, published in July by the army’s department of public relations and psychological warfare, that have been misrepresented as archival pictures from the western state of Rakhine.In fact, Reuters found that two of the photos originally were taken in Bangladesh and Tanzania. A third was falsely labeled as depicting Rohingya entering Myanmar from Bangladesh, when in reality it showed migrants leaving the country.Government spokesman Zaw Htay and a military spokesman could not be reached for comment on the authenticity of the images. U Myo Myint Maung, permanent secretary at the information ministry, declined to comment, saying he had not read the book.The 117-page “Myanmar Politics and the Tatmadaw: Part I” relates the army’s narrative of August last year, when some 700,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine to Bangladesh, according to United Nations agencies, triggering reports of mass killings, rape, and arson. Tatmadaw is the official name of Myanmar’s military.Much of the content is sourced to the military’s “True News” information unit, which since the start of the crisis has distributed news giving the army’s perspective, mostly via Facebook.The book is on sale at bookstores across the commercial capital of Yangon. A member of staff at Innwa, one of the biggest bookshops in the city, said the 50 copies the store ordered had sold out, but there was no plan to order more. “Not many people came looking for it,” said the bookseller, who declined to be named.On Monday, Facebook banned the army chief and other military officials accused of using the platform to “inflame ethnic and religious tensions”. The same day, UN investigators accused Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of overseeing a campaign with “genocidal intent” and recommended he and other senior officials be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.In its new book, the military denies the allegations of abuses, blaming the violence on “Bengali terrorists” it says were intent on carving out a Rohingya state named “Arkistan”.Attacks allegedly by Rohingya militants calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army preceded the military’s crackdown in August 2017 in Rakhine state, in which the UN investigators say 10,000 people may have been killed. The group denies it has separatist aims.The book also seeks to trace the history of the Rohingya – who regard themselves as native to western Myanmar – casting them as interlopers from Bangladesh.A combination of screenshots shows (top) an image taken from Getty Images depicting Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, who were trying to flee Myanmar, after their boat was seized by MyanmarÕs navy, near Yangon, in 2015. The same image (bottom) appears in the Myanmar armyÕs recently published book on the Rohingya, flipped and converted to black-and-white, describing Bengalis entering Myanmar. Photo: ReutersIn the introduction to the book the writer, listed as Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Oo, says the text was compiled using “documentary photos” with the aim of “revealing the history of Bengalis”.“It can be found that whenever a political change or an ethnic armed conflict occurred in Myanmar those Bengalis take it as an opportunity,” the book reads, arguing that Muslims took advantage of the uncertainty of Myanmar’s nascent democratic transition to ignite “religious clashes”.Reuters was unable to contact Kyaw Kyaw Oo for comment.Reuters examined some of the photographs using Google Reverse Image Search and TinEye, tools commonly used by news organizations and others to identify images that have previously appeared online. Checks were then made with the previously credited publishers to establish the origins of those images.Of the 80 images in the book, most were recent pictures of army chief Min Aung Hlaing meeting foreign dignitaries or local officials visiting Rakhine. Several were screengrabs from videos posted by Rohingya militant group the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Of eight photos presented as historical images, Reuters found the provenance of three to be faked and was unable to determine the provenance of the five others.One faded black-and-white image shows a crowd of men who appear to be on a long march with their backs bent over. “Bengalis intruded into the country after the British Colonialism occupied the lower part of Myanmar,” the caption reads.The photo is apparently intended to depict Rohingya arriving in Myanmar during the colonial era, which ended in 1948. Reuters determined the picture is in fact a distorted version of a color image taken in 1996 of refugees fleeing the genocide in Rwanda. The photographer, Martha Rial, working for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, won the Pulitzer Prize.The newspaper did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the use of its photo.Another picture, also printed in black-and-white, shows men aboard a rickety boat. “Bengalis entered Myanmar via the watercourse,” the caption reads.Actually, the original photo depicts Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants leaving Myanmar in 2015, when tens of thousands fled for Thailand and Malaysia. The original has been rotated and blurred so the photo looks granular. It was sourced from Myanmar’s own information ministry.last_img

Death of Black Security Guard Brings Call for Investigation

first_imgBy DON BABWIN, Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago alderman called Tuesday for Cook County prosecutors to investigate the fatal shooting of a black security guard by a white police officer outside the bar where the guard worked.Authorities have said little about the scene that ended early Sunday with the death of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, who was apparently wearing a hat emblazoned with “security” across the front when he was shot outside Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, a predominantly black community just south of Chicago.This photo provided by Avontea Boose shows her baby Tristan Roberson and the boy’s father Jemel Roberson. A police officer fatally shot Jemel Roberson, an armed security guard who was wearing a hat with “security” emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside the suburban Chicago bar where the guard worked, an attorney for the guard’s family said Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, after filing a federal lawsuit. (Avontea Boose via AP)At the time, according to witnesses and a lawsuit, Roberson was attempting to detain a suspect in a separate shooting that wounded several other people at the tavern.“Here is a security guard who is subduing a suspect,” but the officer “just sees a black man with a gun and kills him,” Alderman Keith Price said.Price said he learned from witnesses that there are security cameras inside and outside the bar. He urged the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to launch an investigation.The Illinois State Police declined to comment on their investigation. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, which is also investigating, said she did not know if there were security cameras at the bar.Another security guard at the tavern said that the officer jumped onto the bar and waved an assault rifle before running outside and fatally shooting the guard, an attorney said Tuesday.Gregory E. Kulis, who on Monday filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and the community where he works, said the surviving guard told him that the officer pointed a gun at him until he screamed at him that he was a security guard.“That’s when he jumped off the bar, waving the gun, and ran outside the door,” said Kulis, who declined to identify the other security guard. The name of the officer, who is from the community of Midlothian, has not been released either.In a statement, Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said only that the officer shot “a subject with a gun.”Though shootings of security guards and off-duty police officers by law enforcement are fairly rare, they have happened.In 2009, an off-duty black New York City police officer wearing street clothes and holding his service weapon, was shot and killed by police as he chased a man who had broken into his car.In that same year, undercover officers in Brooklyn responding to a report of a bar fight shot and killed a 43-year-old security guard who, police said, pointed a gun at them.A year earlier, in White Plains, New York, a black off-duty Mount Vernon officer who was holding an assault suspect at gunpoint was fatally shot by a Westchester County officer.A 73-year-old night watchman at a recycling center was fatally shot by officers in 2012 in Florida after they spotted him carrying a gun when they arrived in response to a call of an intruder. Police later said the man was not wearing anything that identified him as a security guard.And in 2000, an off-duty black police sergeant in Rhode Island was shot and killed by two uniformed colleagues as he tried to break up a fight in a parking lot.Kulis would not say if he thinks race played a role in Chicago-area shooting, but the fact that the officer is white and Roberson was black has prompted some — including a prominent local African-American newspaper columnist — to question the officer’s thinking.“I believe a police officer showing up at a chaotic scene where a white man has a gun would have at least hollered for him to put the gun down before opening fire,” Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote after the shooting. “But too often, black men are not given the benefit of the doubt.”Kulis said he is trying to gather information about the officer, who he said came to the Midlothian department four years ago from another department and is a member of a SWAT team.Footage from surveillance or body cameras could explain whether Roberson was clearly identifiable as a security guard. Audio could determine what, if anything, was said to the officer before the shooting and whether, as witnesses have told the media, they shouted to the officer before he fired that Roberson was a security guard.Such footage could also help investigators determine what kind of charges should be filed against the man who is suspected of firing a gun inside the bar. The man was one of four people who suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.In his $1 million federal lawsuit, Kulis contends that the officer who shot Roberson violated the man’s 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.“The use of force is considered a seizure, and he needed probable cause to use force and he did not have that,” he said.___Associated Press researcher Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

Impressions that linger on

first_imgKorean Culture Centre has organised an exhibition titled Hanji Impression that  introduces ‘hanji’ to India by Korean and Indian artists Park Yeo-Sang and Sharmi Chowdhury that commenced on January 15. Hanji literally means ‘the paper of Korea’. The main material is the fibrous skin of the mulberry.Hanji is not simply paper. It is used in a variety of ways, and has a different name according to its use. Both the artists uses Hanji as the base for their artistic interpretations.  Even with changing times and the dominance of smart phones and digital culture, nothing can completely replace paper. As a medium of expressing emotions, the artists hope that hanji undergoes a transformation at the hands of the artists to become a valuable piece of artist. As a part of exhibition, workshops on Hanji making, Hanji book making and Hanji calendar making also took place. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Taking a look back at the history of mankind, one can say that the invention of paper marked the beginning of civilization. It is on paper that letters and characters were carved and books written and this material has been a source of progress for man. Through the invention of paper, man was able to leave behind wonderful works of art instead of leaving artistic imprints only in caves. Korea’s traditional hanji boasts a history of over a thousand years. The world’s oldest book printed with a metallic printing type was printed on hanji. This book was published in the 14th century and has been preserved for over 600 years in its paper form to exhibit the high preservation quality of hanji. The hanji that is produced traditionally and the type that is machine-produced both have a soft and warm quality. Hanji has the unique feature of being able to transmit the emotive qualities and thus provides attraction to today’s artists.When: On till February 5 Where: Exhibition Hall, Korean Cultural CentreTiming: 10 am – 5 pmlast_img read more

Building a Profitable Wearable Device May Depend on Who You Partner With

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Apple scores big in marketing, channel and brand, and has the best chance to take a product mainstream. Just look at how the iPad overtook a decade’s worth of tablet PCs in less than a year.Google’s open Android platform enables a product to be built on top of its code and offers access to Android apps.Microsoft has the best depth sensor, and its operating systems have already proven themselves in a number of products. What the company currently lacks is the ability to attract experienced and new developers, but by ‘acquhiring’ a tech startup, that problem will be easily solved.Amazon is now the go-to source for product searches, offering access to more than 100 million products — and their potential buyers. It’s more of a partner than a manufacturer of wearables.Facebook brings to the table 850 million people, making it the partner of choice for any wearable that aims to leverage facial recognition or social sharing.Do you think its possible to build a mainstream tech offering in the wearable category without the assistance or partnership of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon or Facebook? Let us know in the comments below.  min readcenter_img Wearable electronic devices have moved beyond the pages of comic strips like Dick Tracy and have appeared in everything from eyeglasses that incorporate GPS to running shoes that pinpoint their wearer’s immediate location and bracelets that tabulate one’s exercise efforts.But wearables are still far from mainstream, and the next round of product engineering will require exploiting the relative strengths of the “big five platforms” — i.e., Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.So says a new report from Forrester Research Inc., adding that without these Blue Chip Companies, wearables — defined as “devices worn on or near the body that sense and relay information” — are just another passing fad.According to the Forrester report, five platforms are the only game in town — each with its own specialty: April 19, 2012 Listen Nowlast_img read more

TrueCrypt alternative CipherShed is not dead

first_imgTrueCrypt alternative CipherShed is not dead by Martin Brinkmann on April 21, 2016 in Security – Last Update: September 14, 2018 – 22 commentsCipherShed was one of a handful of TrueCrypt encryption software alternatives that emerged shortly after the developers of TrueCrypt dropped the software and development like a hot stone.We reviewed the initial version of CipherShed back in 2014 when the development team released a first screenshot of the upcoming interface and revealed its plans.The team released a pre-alpha version at the end of 2014 but no new version afterwards, and it is likely that many users who were interested in the project moved on to other projects such as VeryCrypt which offer similar functionality and are updated frequently.CipherShed, the first non-alpha version of the application, was released in February 2016, more than year after the release of the initial pre-alpha version the team released.Release Date is wrongYou get a rebranded version of TrueCrypt more or less with CipherShed. That’s not the only change though that went into the new build of the encryption software.The team lists the following changes on the official website:Mitigation of various buffer overflowsAddress 100% CPU usage in boot loader (mostly relevant to VMs)Address CVE-2015-7359: Local Elevation of Privilege on Windows caused by incorrect Impersonation Token Handling.Address CVE-2015-7358 (critical): Local Elevation of Privilege on Windows by abusing drive letter handling.Apache 2.0 is now our contributor licenseBuild process is a bit cleanerSignatures are made in both SHA1 and SHA2 for verification on a wider variety of WindowsCode coverage is being implementedCipherShed’s development team fixed several of the security issues that were identified during TrueCrypt’s audit. The roadmap lists this as a short-term audit response, but that is not really the case considering that it took more than 10 months to fix those issues.The program is compatible with TrueCrypt containers and encryption formats, and it can be used as a direct replacement of the software even on systems where data that has been encrypted using TrueCrypt is already present.As far as the future is concerned, one of the next big steps in development will be support for UEFI boat loaders which will enable users on Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows to use full disk encryption without having to switch boot platforms.Plans to audit the source code and replace copyrighted code to allow CipherShed to be included in Linux distributions are other major steps the team plans to take in the future.You can check out the project’s roadmap on the official Wiki.Closing WordsMost users who are still using TrueCrypt to protect their files or have already switched to one of the available alternatives wonder probably whether CipherShed is the right program for them.Probably the main issue here is that it is unclear how fast development will progress from this point onward. While it is possible to use the program as is currently, projects like VeraCrypt are more active currently.Now You: Which encryption software are you using currently?SummaryArticle NameTrueCrypt alternative CipherShed is not deadDescriptionCipherShed, the first non-alpha version of the application, was released in February 2016, more than year after the release of the initial pre-alpha version the team released.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more