Examine monstrous allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women NDP

Examine monstrous allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women NDP

17 October 0

first_imgOTTAWA — NDP reconciliation critic Romeo Saganash wants the federal government to get the provinces to examine “monstrous” allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women.Saganash, who is planning to raise the issue in the House of Commons, says coerced sterilization clearly breaches human-rights standards that Canada must fight to uphold.He also he doesn’t believe anyone should stand for allegations of forced sterilization in their country, and Ottawa must examine solutions as victims share their stories.The issue will be raised at the UN Committee Against Torture this week, when Amnesty International Canada and a national law firm call for accountability on the practice.Maurice Law is leading a proposed class-action lawsuit, launched in 2017 by two women from the Saskatoon Health Region, against the federal government, the government of Saskatchewan, all its health authorities, and individual medical professionals.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott recently called allegations of forced sterilizations a serious violation of human rights and said Canada must look at policies, education and awareness-raising to ensure the practice stops.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Russian S400s delivery may be earlier than planned Turkey

Russian S400s delivery may be earlier than planned Turkey

12 October 0

first_imgAnkara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the delivery of Turkey’s disputed Russian S-400 missile defence systems could be earlier than initially planned, Hurriyet daily reported on Wednesday. Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s risks US sanctions and has further strained already tense relations with Washington. US officials are concerned over the incompatibility of the S-400s with NATO military hardware as well as Ankara’s increasingly close relationship with Russia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The S-400 missile defence system was to be delivered in July, maybe we will bring this forward,” Erdogan told Turkish journalists on board his plane after a Russia visit, the newspaper said. Erdogan was in Moscow on Monday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the S-400 purchase and joint coordination in Syria on the agenda. “This step that we have taken for our country’s security neither targets a third country nor does it give our sovereign rights over to a third country,” Erdogan said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn a bid to stop Turkey purchasing the S-400s, the US has offered to sell the US Patriot system but Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said this was not guaranteed. “If the United States does not want to sell the Patriot, tomorrow we can buy a second S-400, or another defence system,” he said during an interview with NTV broadcaster. He said Turkey did not only need the S-400s but also “other defence systems”. Last week, Washington put a freeze on its joint F-35 fighter jet programme with Turkey in protest over the S-400 deal. Turkey planned to buy 100 F-35A fighter jets, with pilots already training in the US.last_img read more

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FM Meets in Paris with President of French Constitutional Council

FM Meets in Paris with President of French Constitutional Council

12 October 0

Paris – Foreign minister, president of the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP22), Salaheddine Mezouar, met, on Friday in Paris, with president of the French Constitutional Council and former president of (COP21) Laurent Fabius.The meeting, which was attended by minister delegate for environment and special envoy for COP22 mobilization Hakima El Haite and Morocco’s ambassador to France Chakib Benmoussa, helped to share viewpoints and experiences concerning the two countries’ constitutional achievements and the COP22 slated on Nov. 7-18 in Marrakech.In a statement to the press after the meeting, Fabius said that the talks were an occasion to tackle the issue of climate in view of the COP22 and underlined the excellent bilateral ties, including between the French Constitutional Council and its Moroccan counterpart. He also noted a similarity between the two countries’ achievements at the constitutional level, voicing his conviction that these relations will grow stronger.For her part, El Haite said that the meeting was marked by sharing ideas on the COP’s strategic road map, notably the issue of funding projects, highlighting Fabius’ experience as former president of this international conference.This meeting follows the coordination meeting held with COP21 president Ségolène Royal which enabled to validate proposals for COP22’s road map, she added.With MAP read more

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IMF Concerned over Afghanistan Refugee Influx

IMF Concerned over Afghanistan Refugee Influx

12 October 0

Rabat – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern over Afghanistan’s ability to cope with the massive number of refugees returning home to the war-torn country.More than 700,000 Afghans returned home in 2016, the second largest refugee group after Syrians, the Washington-based organisation said in a report.An additional 2.5 million refugees and internally displaced people are expected to follow over the next year and a half, which would increase the country’s population by 10%, according to the report. “This is seriously aggravating the government’s capacity to absorb refugees in an already difficult environment of high unemployment and internally displaced people after decades of conflict,” it said.With daily battles between government forces and Taliban insurgents, the number of people who have fled their homes for safer parts of Afghanistan has hit a record high.According to a recent UN report, more than half a million Afghans were internally displaced by fighting last year. The United Nations last week launched a $550m humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan saying about a third of the population was in need of assistance this year, a 13% jump from last year. read more

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UN committed to ridding world of landmine threat Annan tells treaty meeting

UN committed to ridding world of landmine threat Annan tells treaty meeting

06 October 0

The Ottawa Convention, as the treaty is commonly known, completely outlaws the possession and use of anti-personnel landmines, and also contains rules for landmine clearance, the destruction of landmine stockpiles, and assistance to victims of landmines.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that the Convention now had 122 States Parties, while three more countries have submitted their ratification instruments.Despite these achievements, serious challenges lay ahead, he said in a message to the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on their Destruction”Many countries have not joined the Convention,” said the message, which was delivered on Mr. Annan’s behalf by Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Others that have joined will face serious difficulties in meeting their four-year deadline for stockpile destruction or their mine-clearance commitments. And even if every anti-personnel landmine were cleared from the planet, the need for assistance to victims would remain.”The Secretary-General pledged that the UN would continue doing its part to turn the Convention into a truly universal prohibition on anti-personnel landmines.Last Friday, Afghanistan, which has about 150 to 300 injured or killed by mines every month, became the latest country to complete accession to the treaty. The country has committed to destroying stockpiled mines within four years, and those in the ground within 10 years.The UN Mine Action Programme has allocated $50million for Afghanistan this year, and is employing over 6,000 Afghan nationals to carry out the task. read more

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Mariano Riveras Unanimous Induction Shows An Evolving Cooperstown

29 September 0

Mariano Rivera100.0%100.0%0.0% Todd Helton16.519.53.0 Larry Walker54.662.27.6 Mike Mussina76.774.5-2.2 Roy Halladay85.491.25.8 Miguel Tejada1.20.8-0.4 Barry Bonds59.161.82.7 Edgar Martinez85.482.3-3.1 Roger Clemens59.563.33.8 Fred McGriff39.843.43.6 The Hall of Fame has four new membersActual results of the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election vs. our finalpre-announcement projection Andy Pettitte9.95.9-4.0 Curt Schilling60.961.10.2 Manny Ramirez22.825.02.2 Roy Oswalt0.90.90.0 Sammy Sosa8.58.90.4 Gary Sheffield13.614.40.8 Lance Berkman1.21.0-0.2 Andruw Jones7.510.42.9 PlayerActual ResultFinal Model Projection*Error The Mussina miss notwithstanding, our projections were pretty accurate, with an average error of 2.1 percentage points; only the totals of Halladay and Larry Walker were off by more than 4 points.3Shoutout to Jason Sardell, whose alternative model did even better, with an average error of 0.9 points.Appearing fifth, sixth and seventh in the actual voting were Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Schilling jumped to 60.9 percent from 51.2 percent last year. He has three years of eligibility remaining on the BBWAA ballot. Meanwhile, Bonds and Clemens, whose careers were tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, could only inch up on a crowded field. Clemens received 59.5 percent, up from 57.3 percent last year. Bonds received 59.1 percent of the vote, up from 56.4 percent in 2018. Their glacial rate of improvement means they will be hard-pressed to hit the required 75 percent in their three remaining years on the ballot; they appear to have hit a plateau. Scott Rolen17.219.52.3 Jeff Kent18.118.20.1 Michael Young2.11.3-0.8 The only question about Mariano Rivera’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame was whether he would be the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which serves as the primary gatekeeper for entry to the Hall. On Tuesday, the great New York Yankees pitcher became the first player to appear on 100 percent of writers’ ballots, with all 425 voters finally agreeing on something: that Rivera should be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.With his ballot sweep, the fearsome closer did something unmatched by even the greatest of his starting pitcher brethren, including Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson — all of whom topped 97 percent. Three years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to complete consensus when he received 99.32 percent of the vote — just three ballots short.Rivera, eligible for the first time this year, was joined by three other inductees — the late Roy Halladay (85.4 percent of ballots), longtime Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez (85.4 percent) and former Oriole and Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina (76.7 percent).1Voters are limited to 10 names per ballot. Based on ballots that had been made public before the announcement, we were expecting that Rivera, Halladay and Martinez would gain entry to the Hall. As of our last model run,2Conducted just a few minutes before the announcement, when 232 ballots had been revealed. we thought Mussina was just a borderline case. Billy Wagner16.717.60.9 *With 232 public ballots known.Sources: Baseball Writers’ Association of America, RYAN THIBODAUX’S BASEBALL HALL OF FAME VOTE TRACKER Omar Vizquel42.841.9-0.9 Walker, however, is rapidly trending toward Cooperstown: He ranked eighth in voting percentage (54.6 percent), making a substantial leap from 34.1 percent last year. Next year will be his final year of eligibility, and he’s still 20 points short of election — usually an impossible task. But this year proved that Walker is capable of such a massive gain, so his candidacy is likely to provide genuine suspense next year.But Tuesday was headlined by Rivera making history.Anyone familiar with baseball knows of Rivera’s excellence. There is a strong case to be made that he is the greatest reliever in history. The 13-time All-Star is the sport’s all-time saves leader with 652. He was a part of five World Series championship teams in New York. In addition to his regular-season dominance, he has the lowest career postseason ERA (0.70) and most playoff saves (42) in MLB history.And when using advanced measures to evaluate performance, Rivera stands out not just as a great relief pitcher — only Dennis Eckersley ranks higher among relievers in the JAWS metric that combines career and peak performance to evaluate Hall candidates — but as an all-time great pitcher regardless of role.His ERA+ — which adjusts a pitcher’s earned run average for ballpark and run environment, enabling comparison between eras — ranks No. 1 all-time among all pitchers (minimum 1,000 innings).Traditional statistics like wins and saves are increasingly viewed as poor measures to evaluate performance because they award or penalize pitchers for many factors out of their control. But even the most common new-age measure to evaluate performance, wins above replacement, is inadequate to measure reliever performance because it is in part volume-based, and relievers pitch fewer innings than starters. Better measures to evaluate the performance of relief pitchers are statistics like win probability added, which tallies the change in win expectancy between plate appearance, and a context-neutral version of win probability added (WPA/leverage index).For instance, Rivera is 77th all-time in Baseball-Reference.com pitching WAR. But he ranks fifth all-time in WPA (56.6), trailing only Clemens, Lefty Grove, Maddux and Warren Spahn. In other words, he’s among the elite of the elite.Of course, relievers face a greater proportion of high-leverage situations than starting pitchers do; protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning is more critical than pitching with a one-run lead in, say, the second. But even when employing a context-neutral win probability (WPA/leverage index), Rivera still ranks as the 21st-most win-adding pitcher of all time and is 13 spots higher than the next reliever (Hoyt Wilhelm at No. 34).Rivera combined elite command with an almost unhittable pitch: his cut fastball. Though just a portion of his career took place during the pitch-tracking era, he ranks second to Dodgers stopper Kenley Jansen in the run value of his cutter.Rivera is just the eighth pitcher to work primarily as reliever to be enshrined. The others are Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Eckersley, Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith. Three have joined the Hall since last year — Rivera, Smith (veterans committee, 2019) and Hoffman (BBWAA vote, 2018) — and the number of relievers figures to grow over time as bullpens are used in an ever-greater share of innings. Last season, relievers accounted for a record 40.1 percent of innings.The only position group with fewer players in the Hall than relief pitchers is the designated hitter group. Despite not playing a position in the field for much of his career, Martinez’s bat was so dominant that he made it to the Hall in his final year on the ballot.Martinez’s career OPS+4OPS+ considers a hitter’s overall ability but adjusts to account for ballpark and run-scoring environment. An OPS+ of 100 is league average. of 147 is tied for the 42nd-best mark of all time. Martinez joins Frank Thomas and Harold Baines — another 2019 veterans committee selection5Baines, a controversial pick in December, had a career OPS+ of 121, tied for 340th place. — as the only players in the Hall to play more than half their games at DH. Thomas ranks 52nd all time in batting WAR (73.9), while Martinez ranks 80th (68.4).Halladay, who died in a 2017 plane crash, tied with Bob Feller for 41st in all-time pitching WAR (65.5). He tied for 37th in all-time ERA+ (131). The two-time Cy Young Award winner was the ultimate workhorse for his era, leading his league in innings pitched four times and exceeding 230 innings six times. He’s also the only player other than Don Larsen to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.Mussina pitched in hitter-favorable ballparks and during the high scoring “steroid era” of the late 1990s to early 2000s. While his traditional stats might not seem elite, his career WAR (83.0) and JAWS (63.8) totals rank ahead of the average (73.4 WAR, 61.8 JAWS) for Hall of Fame pitchers.A few years ago, it was hard to imagine pitchers like Mussina, with a 3.68 ERA before adjustments, or Halladay, with barely 200 wins, getting into the Hall of Fame. And it was probably unthinkable that anyone — let alone a relief pitcher — would be elected unanimously. But the Hall of Fame electorate is changing, and that seems to be increasing both the quality and quantity of the players being elected. read more

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Gilmore will not censure Labour members who campaign for a No

Gilmore will not censure Labour members who campaign for a No

22 September 0

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has indicated that there will be no censure for Labour members who go against the party line in campaigning for the retention of the Seanad.Speaking at the official launch of Labour’s referendum campaign, Gilmore said that in a referendum people are asked a question as citizens and that the party would respect that in the case of members.“In all parties there are individual public representatives and members who take a a view different to the official view of a party, ” he said.This is something we’ve had before. I recall during  the course of European referenda, some public representatives took a view different to the official party position and there was no consequences in those cases. Labour senators John Whelan and John Kelly were today planning to join former Fianna Fáil minister Mary O’Rourke in Athlone to canvass to keep the Seanad. Other Labour senators including Denis Landy and Ivana Bacik are also believed to be considering getting involved with the Democracy Matters group who want to keep the Seanad. Flanked by deputy leader Joan Burton and director of elections Alex White in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Gilmore said that there is ‘simply is no longer any case for having two parliaments’.He said that one parliamentary body is sufficient for a country of Ireland’s size and added that there are two primary reasons why some countries have a secondary chamber. The first he said is in the case of countries who previously have an aristocracy and cited the UK as an example.  The second he said is in the case of very large countries who have diverse regional differences, Gilmore cited the US and Germany as examples.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said that the Seanad is ‘surplus to requirements’ and a ‘reformed single chamber’ is what is needed.Much of the debate coming from the ‘No’ side, including Fianna Fáil, has focused on the need for a reformed functioning Seanad as opposed to it’s abolition, but Minister Burton said years of arguments on this have produced nothing:We have had, like everybody else in the political process, as a political party, long discussions down the years about the Seanad. I know a lot of people talk about reforming the Seanad but having sat through lots of detailed proposals about it’s reform, I really think the correct choice is being put to the people here to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.Read: Fine Gael councillor erects posters calling for No vote in Seanad referendum >Read: Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is ‘transparently ridiculous’, but Fine Gael disagrees >last_img read more

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You Can Finally Optout Of Getting The Yellow Pages

You Can Finally Optout Of Getting The Yellow Pages

21 September 0

first_imgWhen was the last time you actually used your Yellow Pages book. With the incredible amount of information freely accessible online, chances are it’s been a while. Yet you still get one every year. But, thankfully, you’ll now be able to opt-out of getting the big yellow book delivered to your doorstep.“With this site, you go in, (enter a ZIP Code) and you can easily identify, with very clear instructions, how to navigate through the site,” Yellow Pages Association president Neg Norton told Treehugger. “The consumer gets a transcript of what they’ve transacted, and information that impacts publishers goes to them nightly — If we do this right, we have less product in the market, but our publishers save on printing and distribution, with no diminishment to our clients. All it does is save us a little bit of money and keep the environmental a little healthier.”You can opt-out at the website here, which also provides plenty of other green tidbits, including the Yellow Pages’ sustainability report and tips on how to recycle your phone book.last_img read more

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Woman 37 in critical condition after serious assault in Limerick

Woman 37 in critical condition after serious assault in Limerick

21 September 0

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3104940 Nov 27th 2016, 9:24 AM GARDAÍ IN LIMERICK city are investigating a serious assault on a woman overnight.Gardaí received a report of a disturbance at a property at Hassett’s Villas, Thomondgate, at about 12.40am.When they entered the property they found a woman (37) with serious injuries to her body, possibly stab wounds.An ambulance was called and the woman was taken to University Hospital Limerick. Her condition is described as critical but stable.A man (28) was arrested and is being detained at Henry St Garda station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Mayorstone Garda station on 061 456 980, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read:  Crewe Alexandra FC to launch independent review into sexual abuse claims Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie Share41 Tweet Email Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 9:24 AM Short URLcenter_img By Órla Ryan 5 Comments 17,253 Views File photo Woman (37) in critical condition after serious assault in Limerick A 28-year-old man has been arrested. File photo Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a

I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a

21 September 0

first_img Feb 28th 2019, 10:36 PM 21,643 Views https://the42.ie/4516742 Short URL 2 Comments THERE’S NOT MUCH of a twang despite Bill Irwin having lived in the United States for over 40 years now. The Northern lilt is still pretty unshakeable even after bouncing around various cities during his playing career. There were stints in Washington, Dallas, San Jose and Minnesota but it’s fitting that the very first place he visited in America has ended up being home for over three decades.“Willie Anderson, who had been at Man United, was a team-mate of mine at Cardiff,” says the former goalkeeper. “He went over to Portland in the mid-70s and played for the local side, the Timbers, under Vic Crowe, who’d been his boss at Aston Villa. Though he came back to Cardiff afterwards, he ended up falling out with our gaffer so he re-joined Portland in ’77. He asked me to come over for a holiday so I spent a couple of weeks there and enjoyed it. While I was there, I met the woman who would go on to be my wife for the last 40 years. But I told her, ‘I might never get to the US ever again’ because I headed back to Cardiff for preseason. She’d come to visit me and then she’d return the US and we’d communicate via letter and phone. I’d call her from a phone-box with a bunch of 10p pieces! Then I had a falling out with the gaffer, Jimmy Andrews, and told him I wanted a transfer. He said, ‘Where are you going to go?’ And I told him, ‘Anywhere to get away from you’. And then the Washington Diplomats came in for me. But it was a comedy of errors, really. One day the deal was on, the next it was off. Eventually it went through and the boss said, ‘Don’t tell anyone what you’re getting’. But I made the move, ended up getting married and everything took off.”The team had been around since 1974 but had failed to really ignite in the North American Soccer League. As Pele and the New York Cosmos grabbed the spotlight, others battled for supporting slots. Tampa Bay Rowdies, Fort Lauderdale and the LA Aztecs all carried a degree of razzmatazz but everyone else was playing catch-up.  The Dips hired ex-Cosmos boss Gordon Bradley in ’78, the same year Irwin arrived. The team also boasted two stars of Southampton’s famous FA Cup win over Manchester United two years earlier: Jim Steele, who was named Man of the Match at Wembley, and Bobby Stokes who’d grabbed the game winner. “As was customary at the time, the FA gave Stokesy a Golden Boot award for his winning goal,” Irwin says.  Bobby Stokes, right, kisses the FA Cup after grabbing the winner in the 1976 final for Southampton against Manchester United. He’d sign for the Washington Diplomats two years later and become a team-mate of Bill Irwin. Source: PA Photos“He kept that in the bank but still wore the cup medal around his neck! What players him and Steeley were – incredible. But there were more strong English lads like Paul Cannell and Mike Dillon and some young American and Canadian guys too. But then Bradley started to bring in some Dutch players – Guus Hiddink, Wim Jansen, Thomas Rongen. And all of a sudden, Cruyff showed up.”After seeing much of his fortune evaporate owing to a misguided partnership with friend Michel Georges Basilevich (which included an infamous investment in a pig farm), the icon was broke and was forced into scrambling together a new plan. The old one – retirement – didn’t seem fiscally responsible anymore so, when the LA Aztecs called and offered him $500,000 per year, he gladly signed up.Unsurprisingly, he flourished under his old club and country boss Rinus Michels and his debut was a sign of things to come. Despite being jet lagged, Cruyff scored twice in the first seven minutes. He’d finish the campaign with 14 goals, 16 assists and lead the side to the conference semi-finals. And, just for good measure, he was voted the league’s MVP.But the Aztecs changed owners and they cared little for Cruyff’s salary. Meanwhile, Washington had come into some new investment and lingered. They paid a million dollars to sign him and also kept him on the same wages.And that’s how Bill Irwin from the Ards Peninsula in County Down ended up playing alongside Johan Cruyff.   “You were pinching yourself, playing alongside guys who had been at World Cups,” he says.   Cruyff had been with the LA Aztecs but newly-minted Washington signed him in 1980. Source: Peter Robinson“And then you were facing Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto, Johan Neeskens, George Best, Rodney Marsh…I mean, Jesus! I’d been playing in the Second Division in England with some very good players and I’d played against the great Leeds team a few times – Giles, Bremner, Sprake, Charlton. But, I don’t think playing consistently against that calibre of talent would have happened if I stayed in England. I have several jerseys probably tucked away in a box. My kids find them every once in a while. I have a few Cruyff shirts and one from Willie Donachie, who played with the Timbers alongside me. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 10:36 PM ‘I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a privilege to be on the same field’: Cruyff and the Irishman How Bill Irwin from the Ards Peninsula in County Down ended up playing with and against football’s biggest stars. By Eoin O’Callaghan Share17 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It was a phenomenal six years: 1978 to 1984. After games you’d sit there and think, ‘Shit, I just played against guys that won the World Cup’. And even somebody like Bestie was just unbelievable. He always knew who I was and would always have time to sit and talk. I have a couple of pictures of me and him together. Sometimes people will post stuff online and I’ll watch it back, like the clip of him against Fort Lauderdale and weaving past all those defenders. And there are all the stories of fellas saying, ‘I bet you can’t beat everybody in the 5-a-side and score’ and he’d go and do it. But he was such a down to earth person and I’m just sorry he didn’t fulfil his greatest potential, like Cruyff and Beckenbauer did. To be honest, I don’t think MLS gives the NASL enough credit for what it did in terms of breaking ground for soccer in North America. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great players right now but we had Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and they helped paved the way for where soccer is today.”There are many stories about Cruyff’s disruptive behaviour during his brief spell in Washington, particularly the tension that arose between him and Bradley, an old-fashioned coaching mind. “After a team talk, Johan would walk to the blackboard and erase all Bradley’s formation and notes,” Thomas Rongen said later.‘’We’ll be doing this very differently, of course’, he (Cruyff) would tell us. And then he’d tell us how we’d actually be playing.”The atmosphere at the Dips wasn’t exactly a secret either as Cruyff’s team-mates would chat openly to beat reporters about their grievances. Stokes gave some memorable copy about the superstar and what he was like as a team-mate. “When the board bought Cruyff they should have gotten a few bales of cotton too – to stick in our ears,” he told a local journalist. Irwin admits Cruyff didn’t get on with everyone but says that’s just commonplace in football dressing rooms: some personalities will always clash.“There were times when there were arguments at half-time but I think that was natural,” Irwin says.   Cruyff divided opinion in the Washington Diplomats’ dressing room. Source: Peter Robinson“He wanted to play football. He wanted to win. He was approachable and you could talk to him but with some players and him it was like oil and water. He had his ideas and they had theirs. Johan knew who was the boss but he had his ideas and Gordon had his. Were there arguments? Of course. But he respected the manager. I remember in one game and I’d made a save. He’d come back and was in the box, maybe even on the six yard line. And he just said, ‘Give me the ball’. I said, ‘No’. And he went, ‘Just give me the ball’. So I gave it to him and said, ‘Just don’t lose it’ and off he went. At RFK Stadium, our field was beautiful and he always wanted to play. But another time we were in Tulsa and the pitch was the old astro-turf – basically a ragged carpet – and was not a nice surface. And he came to me and said, ‘Kick the ball as far as you can up the other end’ because that’s what the conditions warranted.”We went on an Asian tour at one stage and I was sitting with him. I asked him, ‘What do you think is your best attribute?’ and he said his vision. And it was phenomenal. He’d be on one side of the field and he’d smack it with the outside of his boot into space where somebody was supposed to be. If they weren’t he’d be screaming at them ‘ ‘Why weren’t you there?’ He was the quickest thing I ever saw over five yards and I learned a lot from him because he’d tell you what he was looking for from a goalkeeper. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, I never thought of that’. How he’d look to beat a goalkeeper, what’s going through an attacker’s mind and it was great to get a forward’s perspective, especially somebody who could do phenomenal things with a ball. But after that tour, the club folded so there was no team to come back to. His locker was full of boots so all the boys were in getting souvenirs. He had them specially made by Puma so I’m sure many of them have little Cruyff mementoes.”For Cruyff’s only campaign with the Dips in 1980, he struck 10 goals and registered 20 assists but his time there was still classed as a failure. It was a harsh judgement, especially considering he’d subsequently return to the Eredivise and win three league titles and two Dutch Cups with Ajax and Feyenoord.  Cruyff only stayed in Washington for one season but he left a lasting impact on Irwin. Source: Peter RobinsonIn Irwin’s three seasons with the Dips, they reached the play-offs every time and he still struggled to properly get to grips with the cultural transition. “All of sudden you were getting on a plane to fly from the coast to coast,” he says. Back in the UK, you would’ve been on a bus or a train going from Cardiff to London. That was the era and how it was done. But then I landed in DC and thought, ‘What the hell am I doing here, in the capital of one of the most powerful countries in the world?’ It was a culture shock. When I was in digs in Cardiff, I had to go to a pay phone to call my parents because the digs I lived in they didn’t have one. We had a black and white TV. But in DC, you had all the luxuries. Everyone had phones in their houses. We were given cars to drive, an apartment to live in. We had tremendous gates too. At RFK, we sold out against the Cosmos. I’m not sure what the capacity was, maybe 56,000? I think in one game against them – which was live on ABC, Cruyff scored with his head – maybe the only one he ever got – but the referee disallowed it and we ended up being beaten in a shootout.” “Now, you got the impression that the switch could’ve been flicked at any stage because the contracts we were given weren’t worth the paper they were written on. In DC, I think I had a two-year deal which could’ve expired at any minute, really! But, I’d gone from Bangor to Cardiff and spent eight years there and loved every minute of it. I was an apprentice down the shipyard, which I didn’t like, and then suddenly you’re playing full-time, which is every young boy’s dream. It’s the nature of the beast that you sign with a club and then move on. In the US, I didn’t really think about playing with and against all these incredible players and then you went home and saw your buddies and they’d be pestering you with questions.”   Irwin (seventh from the right in the back row) with his Washington Diplomats team-mates in 1979. Source: NASLIrwin enjoyed stints with the likes of Dallas Tornado and Golden Bay Earthquakes before the league eventually crashed and burned in 1984. He did return to the UK and trialled with Bournemouth and Tranmere before deciding the better move was to remain in America and build a permanent home in Portland, with whom he spent a season with in 1982.After retiring from playing, he was a long-time and highly-regarded coach at the city university and has also been heavily involved with underage US teams, including the men’s and women’s sides. He still gets back to Ireland pretty regularly and there’s even a trip planned for April.But the US has given him plenty and he remains grateful for that decision he made way, way back.  “When I was with the Dips, I used to play in the Irish League at the end of every season because it was Christmas time,” he says. “I had somewhere to stay with my wife and did that three times for a couple of months. But, to be honest, as soon as I came here, met my wife and all of that, I felt that was it. I’ve got two kids and three grandchildren so everyone’s here in the States now. This is home.”“My Dad went to a lot of my games and came across to Cardiff quite a bit. I used to send the press cuttings to my Mum when I was there and after I moved to Washington and she kept scrapbooks of all the interviews and match reports. When they both passed away, I took them back and they’re here in the house somewhere, probably in a cupboard. I’d say the paper is bright orange by this stage. It might be time to take them somewhere and get them digitised!” But, I have to say, being on the same team as Cruyff, Jansen, Hiddink, Jim Steele, Bobby Stokes…You look back on your career and realise just how lucky you’ve been. I feel privileged to have been on the same field as those guys. I enjoyed every minute of my career. I’m a guy from Donaghadee and when I look at what I’ve got and what I’ve done…it hasn’t been too bad.”“It’s given me a good life.”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.last_img read more

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Social media fitness empire

Social media fitness empire

21 September 0

first_imgGreek Australian Kayla Itsines began her journey towards internet fame back in 2008. After finishing a personal training course at the Australian Institute of Fitness, she started working at a ‘women’s only’ personal training centre in Adelaide, only to realise that the methods she was instructing her clients to follow weren’t suitable for every woman and took up a lot of time. The 23-year-old Greek Australian beauty started changing her own fitness routine and slowly changed the lives of her clients. When she created her Instagram account, she could not have possibly imagined that from being a social media rookie, she would build a fitness empire.She began to upload before and after photos of the women she was training and her profile blew up, reaching more than 2.6 million followers, including Victoria’s Secret models and Hollywood stars.Kayla decided to publish a 12-week bikini body e-book plan for women sharing her fitness and eating secrets, which has since helped thousands of women from all walks of life across the globe get the body of their dreams. “I feel extremely lucky to have such amazing online followers, who I am able to chat to on a daily basis! It’s definitely one of the best parts of my job,” Kayla Itsines says. “My training concept in the Bikini Body Guide is about getting the most out of a limited amount of time. In today’s society most people are time poor so I wanted to help them burn as much fat as fast as possible in as little time as possible without sacrificing quality of training.”She overcame that difficulty by applying science-based concepts to her particular style of training, getting the outcomes that girls wanted, such as flat stomachs, toned thighs, and strong, slim arms.“The only thing I changed was the fact that you didn’t have to kill yourself at the gym every single day,” Kayla Itsines says.“While the workouts are only 28 minutes, they are high-intensity and repetitive.“A lot of women lose motivation because they think ‘I have to workout for an hour and a half every single day, five days a week’, and when they start not doing that, they think ‘Well, stuff it, I’ve stuffed it now, I’m not going to do it anymore’.”Kayla strongly believes hard work pays off and can soon become a habit, as working out daily improves not only physical health but makes you feel happier. Her non-pretentious approach made her even more popular online, gaining her a vast worldwide audience.“I think that’s what people love about my program – I’ve taught them you don’t need to kill yourself at the gym. It’s 28 minutes, it’s high intensity and then you’re done.”“You repeat the exercises for seven minutes straight, and it’s up to you to push your body as hard as you want to. If you have the right mindset you will be absolutely stuffed.“It makes you think ‘I can just push on a little bit more’ and then you do it again, and again and again.”Kayla has many times made it clear that getting into perfect shape isn’t a walk in the park. Apart from working out, it takes a very balanced, low-fat but nutritional diet and a good sleep pattern to get a healthy physique. Preserving such a large following isn’t a piece of cake either. Kayla started to interact with her fans and offer advice. She was soon getting requests to host boot-camps and train people all over the world. The personal trainer had advertising companies approaching her, magazines and even fitness tycoons offer her deals to put her signature to their product lines.“I was trying to be nice and helpful so I was like ‘Let me make an eBook’, then everything was crashing and everyone was freaking out,” she says.“It was just me, answering thousands of emails, crying and thinking ‘it’s too hard’.”Which is where her boyfriend came along. Tobi started up Pearce and Co., a digital marketing agency behind the thriving Itsines empire.‘Less = more’ is Kayla’s motto, which advises people not to try and go too hard, too fast. “The biggest causes are too much training, restricting calories too far or even not resting enough. This typically results in an overload of stress that can heavily prevent weight loss.“If your body is comfortable and not stressed it will act the way you want,” she insists.“Basically, if you overwork your body and treat it poorly it won’t do what you want.”Kayla also follows the Mediterranean diet, and not a day goes by without a bowl of Greek yoghurt.“Mornings are the busiest time for me. I get up at around 5.30 am and go for a walk,” she says.“Between getting myself ready to train my clients and looking after my puppy (Ace) I always make sure I have enough time to make a good breakfast. “My favourite is toast with poached eggs, avocado, and tomato. Plus a cup of herbal tea. I love berry tea in the mornings,” she adds.According to Kayla, having a good serve of protein, carbs and fats in the morning is a balanced way to start your day. It will give you lots of energy and strength to get you through work for the day.“Dinner is my favourite meal of the day. I get to relax at home with my boyfriend and puppy.“My favourite winter dish is a fluffy lemon and rice soup with chicken, relatively easy to make – avgolemono,” she explains. “I’m Greek also, so it’s tradition for me.”*For more information and inspiration, visit www.kaylaitsines.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pharmacists feel betrayed by Tsipras

Pharmacists feel betrayed by Tsipras

21 September 0

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the most tightly controlled and regulated sectors in Greece is up to undergo a significant and long-stalled overhaul. During last week’s parliamentary work, a last-minute amendment, presented as a rider to an unrelated justice ministry bill, included legislation to open up pharmacies, repealing a series of restrictions that prevent new entrepreneurs from entering the field. The current legislation specifically regulates all aspects of operation, from working hours, to the kind of products sold, to the distance that should exist between chemist shops operating in the same neighbourhood. More importantly, it specifically states that only qualified pharmacists can be owners of pharmacies. All these regulations has prevented the industry from operating the way it happens in most advanced countries. Opening up the sector has long been a demand by the country’s creditors, as well as a repeated and high-profile recommendation by intergovernmental organizations, such as the OECD and the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras seems to concede to the pressure, within the recent negotiations to conclude the third review of ongoing bailout. This is reportedly what caused the health ministry to re-table a new draft amendment liberalizing the pharmacy ownership sector. The draft bill sees that the sector to entrepreneurs that are not pharmacists, and possibly retailers, allowing for the sell of drugs at super markets, something that was met with fierce opposition by the chemist’s union. Last week, the head of the greater Athens area pharmacies’ association, Andreas Lourantos, took to the airwaves to claim that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had broken his promises over the issue. Tsipras had promised that non-pharmacists would continue to be barred from owning and operating – with trained pharmacists as employees – such businesses. “Not one (chance) in a million,” was the phrase he claimed Tsipras used.The draf bill sees that a presidential decree must be issued to define the criteria for the opening of pharmacies Greece, taking into consideration a recent High Court decision on the matter, ruling in favour of pharmacies, but only in that the disregulation would have to be passed by law of Parliament, or by presidential decree, and not as a ministerial decision, like the previous government had attempted to do. last_img read more

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Alibaba buys Greek startup for €90 million

Alibaba buys Greek startup for €90 million

21 September 0

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek entrepreneur Kostas Tzoumas founded digital company data Artisans GmbH in 2014, specialising in date analysis, fraud detection and optimising direct communications with client base.The revolutionary software Tzoumas created has attracted conglomerate clients the likes of Netflix, Uber, IMG and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.data Artisans GmbH is Berlin-based even though its founder is an Athens’ Metsovio Polytechnic University graduate, one of the many that migrated during the crisis.Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, Tzoumas said that his company had established a good relationship with Alibaba, that has been a customer since 2016.Even though the Greek entrepreneur was not the one to disclose the price the company fetched, several German publications estimated the sale at around €90 million.The start-up, named by the Greek graduate of , is the first German-based start-up firm to be bought in its entirety by a Chinese company.According to local newspaper Handelsblatt, Alibaba bought ‘Data Artisans’ to help optimise ‘Apache Flikn’, Alibaba’s own open-source software which is able to process large volumes of data and expand into more areas.Here’s a video of Tzoumas explaining the through process behind data Artisans GmbH:last_img read more

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Robertson praises Liverpool teammate Fabinho as different class

18 September 0

first_imgLiverpool full-back Andy Robertson was impressed with Fabinho’s performance as a centre-back in their 1-0 win at Brighton on SaturdayManager Jurgen Klopp made the decision to move Fabinho from his midfield role to the backline in light of Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez being sidelined with injuries.And the Brazilian didn’t disappoint with an assured display alongside Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool made a welcome return to winning ways.“For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson told the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.“I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was a different class.”The Reds will next face Crystal Palace at Anfield this Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Accenture and Transport for London recognised as top workplaces for maternity leave

15 September 0

first_imgManagement consultants Accenture (pictured), Transport for London and investment firm M&G rank within the top 10 workplaces for women and maternity leave, according to research by price comparison organisation Money Guru.Its analysis saw Accenture, which offers female employees 36 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, top the list. Transport for London (TFL) came second for providing mothers with 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, 13 weeks of leave at statutory maternity pay and a further 13 weeks of unpaid leave. This is awarded to all TFL employees regardless of length of service.Other organisations recognised for their maternity leave policy include insurance organisation Aviva, media business Netflix and technology firm Microsoft.Money Guru also ranked the top 10 organisations for both paternity leave and shared parental leave.In terms of paternity leave, financial services firm American Express took first place; it offers male staff 20 weeks of paid parental leave. Other organisations on the list include Lenovo, with a policy for eight weeks of paid paternity leave and ongoing flexible leave for family emergencies, music downloading business Spotify, which provides six months of parental leave, childcare subsidy and emergency support, and social media organisation Twitter that provides 20 weeks of paid parental leave as well as its Twitter Parents scheme, which offers discounts on goods and services.American Express also came first in the top 10 workplaces for shared parental leave and working families list. Barclays is second for offering 26 weeks of leave at full pay, followed by 13 weeks of leave at statutory pay, while the Crown Prosecution Service ranked third for providing staff with 26 weeks of maternity leave, two weeks of paternity leave, 26 weeks of adoption leave and 52 weeks of shared parental leave.The top 10 workplaces for women and maternity leave are:AccentureTransport for LondonM&GEtsyAvivaUKFastVodafoneNetflixMicrosoftCivil ServiceThe top 10 workplaces for men and paternity leave are:American ExpressLenovoSpotifyEtsyTwitterIBMNetflixDeloitteLyftPintrestThe top 10 workplaces for shared parental leave and working families are:American ExpressBarclays BankCrown Prosecution ServiceDeloitteIndependent Living Fund ScotlandIntellectual Property OfficeLloyds Banking GroupPinsent MasonsRoyal Bank of ScotlandSouthdown HousingDr Carole Easton OBE, chief executive officer at The Young Women’s Trust, said: “It’s not just employers [that] need to stop treating women as second-class citizens; society as a whole should support men to take an equal role in childcare. Until that happens, women will continue to face discrimination at work.”Rachel Hard, registered psychologist, added: “There are a number of reasons why men might not be taking parental leave; these include accessibility and equality of paternity leave opportunities, as well as cultural norms and social expectations.“In some cases, there are still differences in terminology [among] businesses, or the way that people use language to describe the period of time taken off work after having a new baby, [for example] maternity leave versus parental leave. The title ‘maternity leave’ gives a gendered role or expectation of who can [or] should take leave to care for a new baby. The traditional male and female roles are often still in play despite social sanctions to establish equality.”last_img read more

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Tribes to get 100 million back pay

Tribes to get 100 million back pay

09 September 0

first_imgA federal court has approved payment of almost a billion dollars by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to 700 tribes across the nation. The settlement is for decades of underpayment by the BIA to tribes for education, road construction, and other contracts.On Wednesday, New Mexico federal judge James Parker approved negotiated settlement of 940-million dollars. Of that, a little over 100-million dollars will be coming to Alaska Native tribes. Payments to individual Alaska tribes range from 8-thousand for a few tribes to 15-point-6-million dollars for the regional non-profit Kawerak.An attorney representing several tribes, Lloyd Miller of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, and Miller in Anchorage, says the payments are expected to come through this summer. The suit was initially filed in 1990 by the Ramah Navaho. It was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in the tribes’ favor in 2012.last_img read more

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Girl kills boy over love affairs

03 September 0

first_imgThe members of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) recovered the body of a youth, who went missing four and half months ago, from a paddy field of Shibpur village in Badarganj upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The victim was identified as Zakirul Islam, 22, a local tailor by profession, son of Azad Ali of Pachim Shympur Bazar area in the upazila.Hossain Ali, inspector of PBI quoting the family members said Zakirul had an affair with a girl of Haripur area of the upazila and he went out the house after an altercation with her on the night of 19 March and ever since he was missing.The victim’s elder brother Zarejul Islam on 23 March filed a complaint with Badarganj police station against three people including the girl and her father Zakir Hossain and Uncle Taharur Islam.Later PBI arrested the trio on Thursday.During the interrogation they confessed their involvement in the killing and kept the body inside the land.Getting information from the members of PBI recovered the body after digging a paddy field.The body was sent to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

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Lomax Legacy Son Releases Album Of His Father Singing His Favorite Folk

02 September 0

first_imgThe Lomax Family is well known for its connections to — and documentation of — American folk music. And the family has plenty of connections to Houston. And, now, one family member has released some recordings that shed some light on a lesser-known member of the family.Plenty of people will know the name John Avery Lomax. He and his son, Alan Lomax, are well known for traveling the South and recording songs and interviews with musicians for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.John Avery Lomax had another son — John Avery Lomax, Jr., and he grew up hearing his father sing much of the music he recorded and documented in his work. And while John Jr. himself isn’t as well known as his father and his brother, he still had a connection to music and some pretty interesting figures from musical history. For example, he founded the Houston Folklore Society, frequently performed folk songs solo onstage — without any musical accompaniment — and even managed legendary Houston bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins for a time.All that exposure to folk music made John Jr. sit down and record some of the dozens of folk songs he knew. Eventually, his son, John Lomax III, inherited the tapes, and now he’s released a CD of his father singing a few of those songs as an album called, simply, “Folk.”Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with John Lomax III to learn more about his father and to hear some of his recordings.– / 4 Sharelast_img read more

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The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A

02 September 0

first_img Share Jenn Liv for NPRIn 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.First is the man often called “the father of the Internet,” Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early ’80s, he led a team of scientists supported by research from the Defense Department.Initially, Cerf was trying to create an Internet through which scientists and academics from all over the world could share data and research.Then, one day in 1988, Cerf says he went to a conference for commercial vendors where they were selling products for the Internet.“I just stood there thinking, ‘My God! Somebody thinks they’re going to make money out of the Internet.’ ” Cerf was surprised and happy. “I was a big proponent of that. My friends in the community thought I was nuts. ‘Why would you let the unwashed masses get access to the Internet?’ And I said, ‘Because I want everybody to take advantage of its capability.’ “Clearly, Cerf is an optimist. That is what allowed him to dream big. But, in retrospect, some of the decisions his team made seem hopelessly naive, especially for a bunch of geniuses.They made it possible to surf the Internet anonymously — unlike a telephone, you don’t have a unique number that announces who you are. We know how that turned out. People with less lofty ambitions than Cerf used that loophole for cybercrime, international espionage and online harassment.Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty ImagesVint Cerf, now a Google vice president, is often called the “father of the Internet.” He admits that when he and his team created the Internet, he never imagined how it would turn out.Cerf admits all that dark stuff never crossed his mind. “And we have to cope with that — I mean, welcome to the real world,” he says.And in a way, why would Cerf have imagined all this? He was a scientist deeply engaged in solving a great technical problem.While Cerf and his colleagues were busy inventing, the young aspiring science fiction writer William Gibson was looking for a place to set his first novel. Gibson was living in Seattle, and he had friends who worked in the budding tech industry. They told him about computers and the Internet, “and I was sitting with a yellow legal pad trying to come up with trippy names for a new arena in which science fiction could be staged.”The name Gibson came up with: cyberspace. And for a guy who had never seen it, he did a great job describing it in that 1984 book, Neuromancer: “A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.”Somehow Gibson was able to imagine the potential scale of it — all those computers connected together.But, it isn’t just the Internet that Gibson saw coming. In Neuromancer, the Internet has become dominated by huge multinational corporations fighting off hackers. The main character is a washed-up criminal hacker who goes to work for an ex-military officer to regain his glory. And get this: The ex-military guy is deeply involved in cyber-espionage between the U.S. and Russia.Gibson says he didn’t need to try a computer or see the Internet to imagine this future. “The first people to embrace a technology are the first to lose the ability to see it objectively,” he says.He says he’s more interested in how people behave around new technologies. He likes to tell a story about how TV changed New York City neighborhoods in the 1940s.“Fewer people sat out on the stoops at night and talked to their neighbors, and it was because everyone was inside watching television,” he says. “No one really noticed it at the time as a kind of epochal event, which I think it was.”After years of covering Silicon Valley and speaking with brilliant inventors, I found Gibson’s point a revelation. Our tech entrepreneurs are focused almost exclusively on how their devices will be used by individuals — not how those devices will change society. They want to make things that are addictive and entertaining. That is why I’ve started to take science fiction more seriously.Among the sci-fi artists looking at today’s latest technologies is Charlie Brooker, the creator and writer of the Netflix show Black Mirror.Brooker has a certain amount of frustration with the leaders in tech. “It’s felt like tech companies have for years just put this stuff out there,” he says. “And they distance themselves from the effects of their product effectively by saying, ‘Oh, we’re just offering a service.’ “Brooker sees each new technology more like an untested drug waiting to launch us on a very bad trip. Each episode of Black Mirror is like its own laboratory testing a technology that is already out, but pushing it by mixing in common human behaviors and desires.In one episode, everyone ranks one another on how well they interact socially in real time. It’s like Yelp on steroids. The result is a nightmare society — every smile is forced; it’s impossible to be honest with anyone.In another episode, a grieving women hires a service that scans social media and other accounts of her deceased lover. It uses the information to bring him back as a humanoid robot. He speaks and responds almost exactly like the man she lost. And in case you’re wondering: Such technology is already in the works.Brooker says he does admire inventors. He knows he could never be one.“I could scarcely have invented the shoe,” Brooker says. “I’d be worrying that that would restrict your feet.”There is a kind of optimism that it takes to be an inventor. But the father of the Internet thinks inventors need the artists.“It’s the mind-stretching practice of trying to think what the implications of technology will be that makes me enjoy science fiction,” Cerf says. “It teaches me that when you’re inventing something you should try to think about what the consequences might be.”The artists are the ones who recognize a fundamental truth: Human nature hasn’t changed much since Shakespeare’s time, no matter what fancy new tools you give us.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Uncharted 4s ingame graphic filters give the game 13 very different looks

Uncharted 4s ingame graphic filters give the game 13 very different looks

01 September 0

first_img <> Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will boast some of the best graphics seen on the PlayStation 4 when it releases next week. Naughty Dog are veritable masters in this field and I’m sure gamers from around the world will be astonished by the visual feast that is in store for them.As great as Uncharted 4 will look, Naughty Dog has decided to include over a dozen graphic filters that will give the game an entirely different look and feel. Some of these are more interesting than others, but they’re all neat in their own way.Leaked images of Uncharted 4‘s graphical filters and various other screenshots have been posted online via NeoGAF by some of its contributors, most notably industry insider shinobi602.The available filters include:Cel-shadedASCII MosaicNegative LandChalk DustTri-ColorRainbow Fun Land8-BitClassyBlorangeVibrantVintageWarmBlack & WhiteOne can play the entire single-player campaign with one of these filters turned on. Even in-game cutscenes will have whichever filter is selected applied. You can check out the cel-shaded filter in action by viewing the animated GIF posted by VeryNicePerson. Out of all of these, the one I could actually see myself using for the whole game is the cel-shaded filter. Some of the other ones such as 8-bit, Rainbow Fun Land, and Negative Land–while cool in their own way–seem to be more distracting than anything. Even if one doesn’t play the game using every single one of these filters, it is still nice of Naughty Dog to include them in the game for those who want to play it with a slight twist.Uncharted 4 will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on May 10.last_img read more

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