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MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been patchy after a strong start to the IPL 2019 and finished their league engagements with a six-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday. But CSK will be happy to return to their den to take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI), probably their biggest IPL rival, to decide which team seals the first spot in the May 12 final.CSK boast of a tremendous record at home this season, winning 6 of their 7 games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and tonight, it will act as a big advantage for the hosts. Billed as the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL, we are certain to witness another blockbuster clash tonight at the Chepauk.Here are a few stats that matter as the teams head for the all important Qualifier 1 in Chennai:- Saying that the Chepauk is CSK’s fortress isn’t an overstatement. In their last 23 matches at home, CSK have won 19!- But CSK will be vary of MI as they are the only team to have a positive head-to-head record against CSK in the history of IPL – 15:11- 3 of CSK’s last 4 defeats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have come against Rohit Sharma’s side. In fact, Chennai haven’t beaten Mumbai Indians at home since 2010!- But CSK can take solace from the fact that they have performed better in the playoffs. Of the 7 times these two teams have met in a playoffs, CSK have won 4 to Mumbai’s 3- If CSK win tonight’s high-octane clash, it will be their 100th win in the IPL. Also, it will be Ravindra Jadeja’s 100th IPL match for Chennai Super Kingsadvertisement- CSK have a 3-1 win-loss record in the 1st Qualifiers while MI trail behind with a poor 1-2- Karn Sharma, who has played just one match for CSK this year, has a curious record to his name, which if taken seriously might prompt the side to slot him into the playing XI. Not only has he been part of an IPL winning team for the past 3 seasons now (Sunrisers Hyderabad 2016, Kolkata Knight Riders 2017, CSK 2018), but his record in 5 playoff matches speaks for itself as he has picked up 7 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 6.6(With PTI inputs)Also Read | IPL 2019 Qualifier 1, MI vs CSK: Mumbai eye ticket to final at happy hunting groundAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019
Aston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Tammy Abraham to stay and fire them into the Premier League.Smith talked face-to-face with the 21-year-old on-loan Chelsea striker to find out if he was still keen on a temporary switch to Wolves.“Monday was an agreed day off for Tammy,” said Smith. “He came back in on Tuesday. I spoke to him then about his attitude, and it’s been spot-on since then.”He’s been happy here. I asked if he was looking to go elsewhere and he reiterated he was happy to be at Villa , was enjoying playing here and enjoying scoring goals — and nothing more was really said to him. I’ve said right from the outset I couldn’t see him going anywhere, and I’d have been amazed if he had.“The way I look at it, he’s scored 23 goals in this league before with Bristol City. He’s got 16 now. He’s got 20 games to go, if he scores another ten he’s never playing in the Championship again. He’s a Premier League player who’s here, playing in the Championship with us. We’re hoping he can score the goals to take us to the Premier League.”On the prospect of Wolves taking Abraham on-loan, Smith added: “I don’t believe a recall to send him on loan again would have made sense. He’s been on loan three times already. He’s enjoying his football here and long may that continue.“I think everyone knew there was a release clause if Chelsea wanted to pull him back. But my understanding is that if they had activated it it would be for him to play for them, because they had no intention of selling him.“His state of mind is fine. This has been going on for two or three weeks now and he’s scored goals in that time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces and territories in endorsing a Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the Council of Canadian Ministers of Environment, or CCME, in Whitehorse, Yukon that ended on Tuesday, Feb. 17. “The department looks forward to collaborating with municipalities, and the federal government, to implement the wastewater strategy in Nova Scotia,” said David Morse, Minister of Environment. The strategy sets out a framework to be followed by all participating jurisdictions to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada. There are 128 in Nova Scotia. Many facilities in Canada need repair and upgrading. The unified approach to improvements will increase protection of human health and the environment. “I was also pleased to bring Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan to the CCME table, to help find common areas of interest with the other jurisdictions so we can work together to combat climate change,” said Mr. Morse. The plan’s 68 actions include a commitment that Nova Scotia participate in national and international discussions on clean air and climate change, including those taking a North American approach. The provincial, territorial, and federal environment ministers agreed to discuss a unified approach in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, and in future Canada-U.S. discussions on climate change. Mr. Morse and the other ministers also went over strategies to keep more commercial products, packaging and other wastes out of landfills. Nova Scotia is a recognized leader in recycling and solid-waste management. The ministers were also briefed on plans for a collaborative approach to manage air quality in Canada.
HALIFAX – Construction workers in Halifax created a stir on social media when they uncovered a piece of infrastructure dating back to the 1800s, stoking speculation they had finally found a fabled underground tunnel network.Archaeologist Laura de Boer and her crew were working on a downtown streetscape project when someone unearthed the structure, took a photo of it and said it was part of a tunnel.The discovery on Argyle Street fuelled excited conversation online that it was the entrance to a fabled underground tunnel network, an idea that has tantalized Nova Scotians for decades.In the end, the structure turned out to be a manhole estimated to be built in the late 19th century and used to access storm water and a sewer line.An excavator dredged up the line and tiny pieces of artifacts were discovered, including a Wedgewood saucer thought to be made sometime between 1854 and 1860.All of those items are being donated to the Nova Scotia Museum.“It’s a very cool story. We would love to find a tunnel, as a student I was very hopeful,” de Boer said.“It looks very much like a tunnel entrance from away but as soon as you walk closer to it and you look in, you can clearly see that it’s just providing access to a tunnel,” de Boer said.De Boer said smaller hatchways have been discovered in the city that were used by businesses for the delivery of goods.“We do have some short length tunnels that certain businesses would have used historically to get goods in. There would be like a hatch in the sidewalk to bring it in underground,” de Boer said.(Global News)
Arrow‘s Thanksgiving episode will include a major ode to the Piano Man himself.When Cayden James (Michael Emerson) plans to wreak havoc on the holiday, he sets his sights on blowing up a concert venue. The concert in question? Billy Joel, who will appear in the hour via actual concert footage thanks to a request from executive producer Marc Guggenheim.“For the Thanksgiving episode of Arrow, we wanted Cayden James to threaten a major event at Star City,” Guggenheim says. “A variety of ideas were discussed, but when we settled on a rock concert, I knew it had to be Billy Joel.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
APTN National NewsEleven Yukoners have died while interacting with the RCMP.Those deaths have prompted a British Columbia woman to start a police watchdog group in Whitehorse.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.
Darrell StrangerAPTN NewsThe Metis National Council (MNC) has adopted a resolution to put the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) on a one year probation following the organization grandfathering in non Metis citizens and six Metis communities where the Metis National Council only recognizes one.“So we’re at the stage it’s up to the Metis Nation leadership in Ontario to comply if they can meet the conditions then there’s no issue,” said MNC President Clement Chartier.“If they can’t it’s not an issue for us.”Some of the resolutions include, a committee of the MNC board of governors is going to be established to organize a registry review of all MNO members, and the MNO rescind its declaration of the six new historic Metis communities.The MNO has one year to adopt the re-admission resolutions.MNO President Margaret Froh said she doesn’t see a problem with meeting these requirements, but she isn’t happy about it.“I think in particular when making this kind of decision I would prefer our assembly had all the information and had the time to be able to really consider properly,” she said. “That being said the will of the assembly has been essentially the Metis nation of Ontario was being provided with a year to provide some clarity around some of the points they’ve raised.”The MNC said if the MNO doesn’t meet the deadlines and requirements, it will be email@example.com@darrellstranger
Herat (Afghanistan): Afghanistan’s women are demanding a seat at the table in negotiations over the country’s future, determined to prevent the gains they have made since the 2001 fall of the Taliban from being bargained away. But already, they are meeting resistance to having a strong voice in the talks. Women’s rights activists are not just concerned about the Taliban, who were notorious for their repression of women during their rule. They are just as worried that religious conservatives, warlords and strongmen who dominate Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed leadership and whose attitudes toward women often differ little from the Taliban will trade away their rights to reach a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPressure is on for a peace accord as the United States seeks to end its long military presence in Afghanistan. For women, the stakes are high. The advances they have made are important for example, women are now members of parliament, and their rights are enshrined in the constitution, including the right to education. But the gains are fragile and limited, and nearly 18 years after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban, Afghan women still live under a crushing weight of discrimination. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWhat laws that do exist are little enforced, activists say, giving male relatives and tribal councils almost complete say over women’s and girls’ lives. That leaves them vulnerable to violence, early marriage and exclusion from work and education. The 2018 Women, Peace and Security Index rated Afghanistan as the second worst place in the world to be a woman, after Syria. Strong participation in talks is “not a gift, it is our right,” said Suraya Pakzad, an activist. “We, the women of Afghanistan, are suffering, fighting to bring peace in Afghanistan, to change Afghanistan.” “We will not allow anyone to push us, to force us to go back,” she said. “We know how to raise our voices.” Activists are pressing for at least a third of participants in any negotiations to be women. But so far, the door has been largely closed to them. President Ashraf Ghani appointed only five women to a 37-member council created to shepherd negotiations.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Thursday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Thu Wed 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2339 1.2273 1.3310 1.3107 British Pound 1.6715 1.6623 1.6864 1.7094 Japanese Yen 0.0110 0.0110 0.0119 0.0130 Euro in U.S. 1.1928 1.1975 1.1149 1.1187 Euro in Cdn 1.4718 1.4697 1.4839 1.4663Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
EDMONTON — Jon Gott still gets jacked up to face the Calgary Stampeders even after all these years.The colourful offensive lineman began his CFL career with Calgary in 2009 before being dealt to the expansion Ottawa Redblacks prior to their inaugural season in 2014. On Sunday, Ottawa will make its third Grey Cup appearance in four years and face the Stampeders for the second time in three seasons for the league championship.And while he doesn’t yet know if he’ll be on the field for the championship game, time has done little to quell the excitement the Edmonton native feels whenever his team faces the Stampeders.“It’s your former team,” Gott said Thursday during the Redblacks’ media day session. “You always get that extra motivation to beat them.“It’s fun to play against them. It was tough to leave Calgary because I was there for five years and I’m from Alberta, but it was a new opportunity and I jumped on the chance and it’s been great.”The six-foot-three, 297-pound Gott, who resembles ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons with his long, bushy beard, simply loves playing football. And the sporting world was witness to that on Nov. 2 during Ottawa’s 24-9 regular-season finale home win over the Toronto Argonauts.Following Ottawa’s final TD of the game, Gott, 33, took the league’s liberal touchdown celebration policy to a new level. He ran into the end-zone stands, grabbed a beer from his girlfriend and started chugging it through his facemask.When he was finished, Gott crushed the can against his helmet. Gott’s celebration was widely circulated all over social media in Canada and the U.S.ESPN’s tweet of the video with the caption: “They celebrate TDs a little differently in the Canadian Football League,” had over two million views and been retweeted more than 18,000 times by the following day.Gott reiterated Thursday he’d thought about chugging a beer for a couple of years but patiently waited for the right time. And with help from his girlfriend, Gott said the regular-season finale presented the best opportunity.“I had my girlfriend in the right spot, she had the beer and it just worked out perfectly,” he said. “It was a fun time.”Fortunately for Gott, he wasn’t fined by the CFL. But the league did amend its touchdown celebration policy to prohibit “the use of alcohol or drugs and the mimicking of the use of alcohol or drug.”Gott, unsurprisingly, doesn’t regret his celebration.“No, it was a good time,” he said with a broad smile. “I got a rule named after it now so that’s cool.”Gott, who played collegiately at Boise State, has enjoyed a solid run with Ottawa. Twice he’s been named a CFL all-star (2015-16) and was the East Division’s top lineman in 2016.And then there was the Redblacks’ stunning 39-33 overtime win over Calgary in the 2016 Grey Cup. A heady rise for a franchise that posted a 2-16 record in 2014, its first season of operation.“It’s pretty unbelievable when you think about it,” Gott said. “They have the right people in the right places and we just built on it.“Now we have a foundation, a core, of guys that know what to do and they lead the team . . . it’s pretty impressive what we’ve done. (In 2016), no one gave us a chance and they came back and fought back but in the end we pulled it out and it was great.”Gott said he didn’t head to Ottawa with his head hung low because quarterback Henry Burris was also among the veterans to join the Redblacks. Burris and Gott were teammates in Calgary and it was Burris who, despite suffering a knee injury during the pre-game warmup, who led the Redblacks to their stunning Grey Cup win over the Stamps.“It was something new, it was a new challenge,” Gott said. “We had a new stadium, it was something new so everything was pretty cool.“And the fans are awesome in Ottawa. That first game was unbelievable when we got that win (18-17 over Toronto) and they’ve been great ever since.”For the second time in three years, Gott has an opportunity to end a season celebrating a championship win over his former team. But there’s some question whether Gott will play Sunday because he didn’t dress for Ottawa’s 46-27 East Division final win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.And the Redblacks haven’t yet released their Grey Cup roster.“It would be great if I was playing,” Gott said. “I’ve been in the league 10 years now and to not play this game would be pretty tough.“But I’ll do what I can, I’ll help the guys out on the sidelines.”Gott is scheduled to become a free agent in February and isn’t ready to call it quits just yet.“No because I still feel I can play at the high level that I expect myself to play at,” he said. “I’ll go to free agency and see what happens.“The CFL has been awesome to me. I’ve been playing 10 years, not many guys can say that. It’s great, I love playing football.”Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
When the Scarlet and Gray teams face off in the Spring Game Saturday, the passing and blocking advantages give the Scarlet Team the edge for securing victory.The coaching staff was divided into Scarlet and Gray teams, which in turn drafted rosters to play against each other Saturday. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman will lead Scarlet along with assistant coaches Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, and Tim Hinton. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will coach Gray, with Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton and Zach Smith assisting him.Braxton Miller, the rising sophomore starting quarterback of the Buckeyes, was drafted to the Scarlet roster. The quarterbacks for the Gray roster will be rising redshirt junior Kenny Guiton and incoming freshman Cardale Jones.As a true freshman, Miller showed his ability to be a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. While Miller had his ups and downs last season, this will be his first opportunity to take the field and show his progression with Herman leading the offense.Guiton had a strong Spring Game performance last season, completing 11 of 21 pass attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns. That said, he is not the true playmaker that Miller is, and having him gives Scarlet a big advantage in the game.Additionally, the Scarlet team has a much more experienced offensive line. Four of this year’s five expected starters – rising redshirt junior Jack Mewhort, rising redshirt junior Corey Linsley, rising senior Reid Fragel and rising redshirt junior Marcus Hall – are on the Scarlet roster. The Gray roster includes rising junior guard Andrew Norwell, a returning starter from last season, but rising sophomore Antonio Underwood is the only other offensive lineman on their roster with any playing experience.Gray has an edge at the offensive skill positions. The top five returning receivers from last season – rising sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, rising redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, rising junior wide receiver Corey Brown, rising redshirt sophomore wide receiver Verlon Reed, and rising senior running back Jordan Hall – are all on the Gray roster. That said, their success as receivers will rely upon Guiton’s ability to pass the ball, and Miller is the much more talented passer. Rising junior running back Carlos Hyde and redshirt junior Chris Fields highlight the skill position talent on the Scarlet roster.Scarlet is also loaded with much of OSU’s top defensive talent.The roster is led by rising junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, a massive, athletic defensive tackle who emerged as a star last season with 10 tackles for loss. Their roster also features possibly the most talented linebacker on the roster, rising sophomore Ryan Shazier, who played tremendously when he earned time in the starting lineup late last season. The Scarlet roster also features three of last year’s four starters from the secondary: rising redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, junior safety Christian Bryant and rising senior cornerback Travis Howard.Rising senior defensive end John Simon, who was a third-team AP All-American last season, will lead the Gray defense up front. Rising redshirt junior Adam Bellamy and rising redshirt senior Garrett Goebel are returning starters on the Gray defensive line, and the wild card for them up front could be senior Nathan Williams, a talented pass-rusher who missed the entire 2011 season with injury.However, while Gray might have an edge in comparing defensive lines, Scarlet has the edge among linebackers and defensive backs. The Gray roster only has two returning starters among the defensive back seven: rising redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino and rising redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby.Additionally, the Scarlet roster will have a clear edge in kicking field goals with rising junior Drew Basil. Rising senior punter Ben Buchanan will give Gray an edge in the field position battle, but Miller showed last season that he has the ability to drive the team to points from poor field position.As OSU is still learning the offense, I expect their defensive talent to have the better success in this game. That said, I expect Miller to lead the Scarlet offense to more breakthroughs, and therefore a Spring Game victory.Score Prediction: Scarlet 20, Gray 14
Sandvik Load and Haul says it has developed a Proximity Detection System Interface for its underground LHDs and dump trucks.The feature allows installation of a third-party proximity detection system (PDS) to a Sandvik underground loader or dump truck to meet legal requirements and improve safety in underground operations.“PDSs help to improve safety at mine and construction sites where risks of collision may occur,” Sandvik said. “The PDS is generally designed to slow down and/or eventually stop the equipment in case the system detects a person or an object carrying a tag inside a predefined zone. The exact operation of the PDS always depends on the selected system and the local conditions, which vary from site to site.”Marjut Seppälä, Product Safety Manager, Load and Haul, said: “A PDS is a legal obligation in South Africa, which is an important market area for Sandvik. We have developed the interface to meet these requirements and, at the same time, to improve safety on our customer sites. As we want to provide the same opportunity for all our customers, regardless of the market area, the interface now becomes globally available for our loaders and trucks.”She continued: “But even though PDSs help to improve safety, they shall never be used to replace normal safe and sound operating practices.”The PDS interface comes together with another safety enhancing feature, Speed Brake Interlock, which is used to prevent excessive speed during driving. When the Speed Brake Interlock functionality is in use, it monitors the equipment speed and guides the operator to slow down by means of visual and audible messages on the system display.
Teenagers do some pretty stupid things. Be they dares, a sudden lack of common sense, or curiosity getting the better of them. This has to be one of the more stupid we have witnessed recently.Microwaves are what many of us rely on to cook all or part of our meals everyday. Yet their makeup is quite complex and some of their components quite dangerous. What you don’t want to do is put metal objects inside them or set them on fire. An even worse idea is to pierce a microwave with a metal object while it’s burning.This kid does just that twice, and gets engulfed in flames and who knows what chemicals for a couple of seconds. He seems to come out the other side unscathed, but we’d like to see him in a few months just to check for any long-term damage.If you’re wondering how they set it alight, I spotted a power lead lying in the dirt near the kids’ feet. We have to assume they put something flammable or metallic inside to get things going.via Break
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The construction of a barbed-wire fence along the Greek-Turkish border in the Evros region to deter immigrants entering is one of the government’s top priorities, Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Manolis Othonas said last week. Speaking on a visit to border police station at Ferres, he said it will be ready in five months. The 12.5km fence on the western stretch of the Evros River, opposite the Turkish city of Edirne, is aimed at limiting the number of migrants trying to cross into the country. It will be modeled on a similar barrier around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the north African coast of Morocco. Othonos also announced the creation of temporary reception centres near the Greek-Turkish border. According to Frontex, the European Union’s border security organisation, some 113,000 illegal crossings at EU borders were recorded in the first nine months of 2011. The vast majority were from north Africa.
(Photo by John S. Hagen)Haines seems like a quintessential Southeast Alaska town. There are eagles, bears, salmon, big mountains and rough water. It’s a picture-book no stoplight, no movie theater, low crime type of community. But there’s a seedier and eclectic side of Haines that emerged late this winter: the underground puppet scene.Download AudioWe aren’t talking about Muppets. Those fuzzy, funny and googly-eyed characters are not the same as puppets. Not in Haines, Alaska.Here, there are at least three puppet troupes, dozens of self-taught puppeteers and puppet makers and one artist who has traveled to Europe to explore the history of puppetry, Byrne Power.“What I saw was a puppet troupe who was doing a show – it looked like stuff from their backyards, stuff you’d find at the Salvation Army, rusting metal, old toys – and I said ‘We could do that,’” Power said, at the Sheldon Museum in Haines where he helped curate the puppet exhibit Strung Up and Reconfigured.Power is sort of the father of puppetry in Haines. Almost 10 years ago he gathered a group of artists and formed a puppet troupe. Here’s artist Debi Knight-Kennedy explaining how she fell into the puppet scene.“Byrne came up to me one day before I knew him very well and he said ‘So, you’re a doll maker.’ And I said, ‘No, I make figurative sculpture.’ And he said ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever. So you can make your dolls talk. I’m starting a puppet troupe.’ And that was it. It was all over for me,” Knight-Kennedy said.After a few years, Power stayed with traditional puppetry, while some in the group wandered in a different direction. Now the group is called Geppetto’s Junkyard and consists of more than a dozen people including a plumber, a yogi, a boat builder, retired teacher, jujitsu instructor and others.(Photo by John S. Hagen)This winter, they created a show called “Space Lust.” It was described on posters as a cross between steam punk, space cowboy and puppet space opera. It was wild scene of live music, special effects, acting and of course, puppets.The puppets are all hand-made and usually assembled from found objects, like bicycle parts, kitchen gadgets, vacuum hoses and carved wood.Knight-Kennedy’s husband, Gene Kennedy is also in the troupe. He’s a handyman and plumber, but is drawn to creating puppets, like the carved wooden horse he made, with multiple moving parts.“It’s all wooden cut out plywood,” Kennedy said. “Basically there are four parts to the body and two levers that work in tandem. And the head swings on its own and it’s counterweighted with lead weights so it always comes back to the same place.”Geppetto’s Junkyard has their fans. They pack in the sporadic shows. But no one – especially the puppeteers and actors, pretend they are traditionalists. Power is more so. Back at the museum he says he doesn’t think anyone in Haines is true to traditional puppetry.“There are some puppet styles for instance that take real skill to manipulate. It’s not as simple as you stick your hand up and wiggle it around,” Power said. “You learn very definite things about how to move your hand and it takes months and months of training, years, to be good.”(Photo by John S. Hagen)Of the more than 100 puppets in the exhibit, about two-thirds were made locally. There was even one that might be local from several generations ago. It’s a bone, shell and sinew Tlingit puppet on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Puppets, Power said, cross all cultures.In Haines this winter, puppets were everywhere. Besides the museum exhibit and Geppetto’s Junkyard show, Power also put on a show. Students at the Haines School created their own puppets. There was even a visit from Carlton Smith of Juneau who performs Tlinigt ventriloquism with his puppet, Charlie.Power says he’s drawn to puppets because they still surprise people. He says when he goes on the road with a show, he’s not pigeon-holed because puppets are still edgy and intriguing enough to cross all ages and interests.“Because if you have a music group, you say to someone, ‘Oh what kind of music do you have?’ and they say whatever style of music it is and you say ‘Oh, then you play here.’ But if you have a puppet troupe, the first question is ‘Is it for children?’ and I say, ‘Well, not really.’ And they look kind of blank and say ‘OK’ and you can play for anybody.”And maybe that’s why puppets and Haines go together. For puppeteers like Melina Shields with Geppetos Junkyard, it makes perfect sense.“I think that there’s just something inherently creative that happens by taking these found objects and letting the puppets be born into whoever they are,” Shields said. “And it’s just magic.”
Security personnel stop an auto-rickshaw for questioning at a roadblock during a lockdown in Srinagar on 12 August 2019. Photo: AFPIndia’s government said Tuesday it is easing its lockdown in Kashmir in a “phased manner” after cutting phone and internet access for over a week to prevent protests over its decision to end the Himalayan region’s autonomy.Fearing unrest, India cut communications and imposed a curfew in the sector of Kashmir it controls on 4 August, a day before its surprise presidential decree to strip the Muslim-majority region of its special status.An Indian home ministry spokesperson said on Twitter that the restrictions “are being eased out in a phased manner” in the tinderbox Kashmir Valley.Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region “has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities”, the spokesperson added.There was no independent confirmation of the easing of restrictions. On Tuesday afternoon people in Kashmir could still not be reached by phone and the internet still appeared to be inaccessible.The spokesperson said that medical services are being provided “without any hindrance” and the availability of medicines has “been ensured” in every hospital in the valley.Security personnel stand guard a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on 12 August 2019. Photo: AFPA main highway through the region “continues to function normally”, with 100 heavy vehicles “plying daily” carrying fuel and other essentials.Earlier, attorney general KK Venugopal told India’s Supreme Court security appeared to be improving in Kashmir.”The situation in J&K (Jammu & Kashmir) is being reviewed every day and there are signs of improvement,” Venugopal said, as the court heard a plea by a political activist against the lockdown.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947.Rebel groups have for decades fought against Indian soldiers deployed in the part of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi, seeking the territory’s merger with Pakistan or outright independence.The conflict has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.
As soon as LCD monitors became affordable I jumped at the chance to run multiple monitors connected to my PC. I have never looked back, starting with two displays, but soon moving to three. I now sit looking at three Dell 24-inch monitors all day. It’s great.Dell understand that having multiple screens hooked up is beneficial and desirable for a lot of geeks, especially in certain industries such as software development and the financial trading sector. But extra displays take up space and can lead to a cabling nightmare, so Dell has come up with an alternative: one giant 43-inch monitor that’s out-the-box ready to be used as if it’s four 1080p displays.The Dell 43 Multi-Client Monitor (P4317Q) is an impressive and massive display. It sports a resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz with a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and brightness of 350cd/m2. Combine that with a response time of 8ms, viewing angles of 178 degrees, and connectivity options including HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort 1.2, and VGA. To top it off, Dell has embedded two 8-watt speakers and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub. <> Now, you are free to use the P4317Q as a single display, but Dell has included its Enhanced Display Manager software meaning you have the ability to split the monitor into four. By doing so you instantly get quad 1920 x 1080 displays side-by-side and without any borders. There’s also nothing to stop each of those 1080p outputs coming from different PCs hooked up to the monitor.As you’ve probably guessed, the P4317Q is not cheap at $1,350, but it does come with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service, 3-year Limited Hardware Warranty, and a Premium Panel Guarantee that kicks in if just a single bright pixel is found. It’s also available to purchase immediately.I instantly want two for an 8-display configuration.
A system of interdependent networks is characterized by the structure (dimension) of the single networks as well as by the coupling between the networks. In random networks with no space restrictions, such as Erdös–Rényi and RR, the connectivity links (blue lines) do not have a deﬁned length. In contrast, in spatially embedded networks nodes are connected only to nodes in their geometrical neighbourhood creating a 2D network, modelled here as a square lattice. The red arrows represent directed dependency relations between nodes in different networks, which can be of different types. a, Coupled lattices. b, A coupled lattice–random network. c, Coupled random networks. d, A real-world spatial network coupled with a random network. Models b and d belong to the same universality class. Credit: Nature Physics (2013) doi:10.1038/nphys2727 New Finnish solution shortens power cuts during storms (Phys.org) —A team of physicists from Israel and the U.S. has discovered that mathematical modeling suggests modern electrical networks may be more vulnerable to cascading collapse than has been previously thought. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the researchers found that previous models that showed such networks to be robust were based on more randomness than is typically found in real-world networks such as the Internet and electrical systems. Modern electrical networks such as those used in the United States have demonstrated a vulnerability to cascading collapse—most famously by the widespread outage that occurred a decade ago taking out power to millions in the northeast and Midwest parts of the country (and parts of Canada). That outage was traced to a series of mistakes that occurred after a software bug caused problems in an alarm system (following some tress falling on power lines) in a single control room. After one small part of the network went down, other parts soon followed, resulting in the largest blackout in U.S. history. Utility representatives insist that technological advances and improvements to the infrastructure have been made which have resulted in a network that is today very unlikely to experience such an outage again. In this new effort, the physicists disagree.The problem with mathematical models that are used to demonstrate how a network might continue working when failures occur, or when they don’t, the team writes, is that they are used to describe networks with nodes randomly spaced. The Internet, they note, and electrical systems are not randomly spaced because of population density differences, geography, etc.—taking out randomness results in orderly lattices that lead to more critical nodes. That in turn, of course, leads to less stable networks.A mathematical model can’t fully describe a real-world electrical grid, of course, and it’s entirely possible that components have been put in place that are able to counteract the lack of randomness in the system currently in use. On the other hand, it’s also possible that such measures have vulnerabilities as well. The researchers suggest utilities add long lines to connect critical nodes to bring the system as a whole back to a more random state to make it more robust. Citation: Physicists suggest electrical networks more at risk of cascading failure than thought (2013, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-physicists-electrical-networks-cascading-failure.html More information: The extreme vulnerability of interdependent spatially embedded networks, Nature Physics (2013) DOI: 10.1038/nphys2727AbstractRecent studies show that in interdependent networks a very small failure in one network may lead to catastrophic consequences. Above a critical fraction of interdependent nodes, even a single node failure can invoke cascading failures that may abruptly fragment the system, whereas below this critical dependency a failure of a few nodes leads only to a small amount of damage to the system. So far, research has focused on interdependent random networks without space limitations. However, many real systems, such as power grids and the Internet, are not random but are spatially embedded. Here we analytically and numerically study the stability of interdependent spatially embedded networks modelled as lattice networks. Surprisingly, we find that in lattice systems, in contrast to non-embedded systems, there is no critical dependency and any small fraction of interdependent nodes leads to an abrupt collapse. We show that this extreme vulnerability of very weakly coupled lattices is a consequence of the critical exponent describing the percolation transition of a single lattice. Journal information: Nature Physics © 2013 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Skull tower and skull rack offer evidence of Aztec human sacrifice in early Mexico City (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-skull-tower-rack-evidence-aztec.html A team of researchers has uncovered what they describe as a skull rack—a basketball court length wall of skulls with poles passed through them—in Mexico City. Lizzie Wade, with ScienceMag, outlines the work being done by a team from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Science Mexico finds ‘main’ skull rack at Aztec temple complex More information: Lizzie Wade. Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5404 Explore further Three years ago, the researchers uncovered what has been described as a skull tower—a circular tower built using skulls held together with mortar. The tower was found to be part of a trophy rack area that more recently, the researchers found, includes a skull rack.The skull rack was found to be approximately 35 meters in length and approximately five meters high. It once consisted of wood posts at either end with smaller posts spaced every few meters between them. Wooden poles stretched horizontally between the posts. It would have looked like a high wooden fence. But it was used instead to hold human skulls—each had holes bored on either side to allow for sliding them onto a pole, like beads on an abacus. The wood was decayed, of course, but evidence found at the site allowed the team to piece together the original structure, along with the skulls. The researchers note that such a rack was believed to exist due to writings by Spanish explorers—they called it the tzompantli.The researchers believe both the tower and rack were part of human sacrifice rituals, carried out to preserve the Aztec way of life. The dig site is located at Tenochtitlan, the center of an Aztec civilization, in a part of what is now modern Mexico City. The Mexica people lived there from approximately the 14th to the 16th centuries. When Spanish explorers arrived, they found the native people and their practices barbaric and knocked down many of their structures and covered over others. Credit: 1587 Aztec Manuscript, The Codex Tovar/Wikimedia Commons As the excavations have continued, the team has been finding clues regarding the makeup of the entire area, which is believed to have been a temple. They now believe that the skull tower has a twin nearby, but have yet to find it. They plan to continue excavating and to further study the skulls and other artifacts to learn more about the culture of the people who lived there, including those who were sacrificed.