John Legend To Perform At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gala

first_imgOscar- and Grammy-Award Winning Singer and Songwriter, John Legend will perform at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.The evening’s Courage and Commitment honoree is Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, and the Wiesel Family. Mr. Wiesel is a renowned author and the President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He has been awarded more than 100 honorary degrees, and is the recipient of the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Peace. Acceptance remarks will be delivered by Mr. Wiesel’s son, Elisha Wiesel.Karen E. Andrews, MMRF Co-Founder and a current member of the MMRF Board of Directors, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award. Ms. Andrews has been a steadfast champion of accelerating cancer research and has helped the MMRF to become one of the leading research foundations in the nation, if not the world. A Greenwich, CT resident, Ms. Andrews also serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the March Of Dimes.Both awards are the highest accolade presented by the Foundation in recognition of extraordinary contributions by the honorees to inspire hope through his or her life’s work.The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies is Bonnie Hunt, Actress, Director, Producer and Writer and MMRF Honorary Board of Directors. Presenting sponsors include: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the groundbreaking cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest charity event in Fairfield County, CT and is attended by over 1,200 of the nation’s most prominent celebrities, business executives and health care professionals. For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, please visit: www.themmrf.org/FallGalaTickets. To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email mmrf@benefitoffice.org or call 888-584-5463.last_img read more

Comcast drops Fox bid paving way for sale to Disney

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the U.S.The moves come as the media landscape is shifting dramatically. Cable and telecom companies are buying content makers to compete with popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. AT&T bought Time Warner last month for $81 billion.Comcast had been dueling with Disney for Twenty-First Century Fox, but Comcast said Thursday that it would not raise its $66 billion offer for Fox. The Walt Disney Co. had topped Comcast’s bid by offering $71 billion.The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Disney’s bid as long as Disney, which owns the national sports network ESPN, sells Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Fox shareholders are set to vote on Disney’s offer July 27.Disney CEO Bob Iger said he was “extremely pleased” with Comcast’s announcement.“Our focus now is on completing the regulatory process and ultimately moving toward integrating our businesses,” he said in a statement.If the deal closes, Disney would get a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu and Twentieth Century Fox film and TV studios. Disney owns Marvel Studios, but some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox. A sale means the X-Men and the Avengers could reunite in future movies. With Fox, Disney would also have a larger library of movies and shows for a streaming service set to debut next year.“This was the final chapter in this soap opera,” GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives said.Ives said Comcast’s focus now is on getting Sky “to build a strong beachhead content strategy in Europe.”Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox has been trying to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The idea was to sell Sky to Disney as part of the broader deal. Last week, Comcast made a bid that values Sky at $34 billion, compared with $32.5 billion in Fox’s offer.Disney said in a regulatory filing last week that Fox might not raise its bid to compete with Comcast’s offer, meaning Comcast is likely to end up with Sky and Disney the rest of Fox that’s up for sale. That includes other international properties, including the Star India satellite service. Some Fox businesses, including Fox News Channel and the Fox television network, will remain with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches NewGeneration RAM Airplanes in Rabat

Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched the first aircraft from the new generation of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) aircraft, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on Wednesday at the Rabat-Sale airport.Longer than the Boeing 787-8, the 787-9 can carry 302 passengers, 28 more than the 787-8, for up to 14,140 kilometers.The added capacity will allow RAM to expand its reach and make its flights more profitable. RAM will officially join Oneworld, an airline alliance, in mid-2020.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc to Become Oneworld Alliance’s First African Full MemberThe Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is built with composite materials, which significantly reduces the airplane’s weight, fuel consumption, and carbon emissions by as much as 25 percent compared to other long-haul aircraft.The King also laid the foundation stone for a new terminal at Rabat-Sale airport.The project will increase the airport’s annual capacity to 4 million passengers instead of the current 1.5 million and is part of the tourism program “Rabat, City of Lights and Capital of Culture.” The airport currently hosts 10-20 flights per day. read more

Encana spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd surges in Toronto Stock Exchange debut

CALGARY – Encana Corp. spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK) made an impressive debut Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with its shares surging about 32 per cent over their initial public offering price.PrairieSky’s stock closed at $37 on Thursday and was the most actively traded issue on the exchange. The IPO of 52 million shares was priced at $28, itself an increase from an earlier expected range of between $23 and $26.50.As part of a sweeping new strategy unveiled last fall, Calgary-based energy producer Encana (TSX:ECA) decided to separate a big chunk of its royalty lands into a new publicly traded company. It aims to bring in revenues by allowing other energy companies to develop oil and gas on its land, which spans 5.2 million acres in southern and central Alberta.“This is an exciting day for our company, marking the creation of PrairieSky, owner of one of the largest and most concentrated independently owned, fee simple mineral title positions in Canada,” said Andrew Phillips, PrairieSky’s president and CEO.“It gives me great satisfaction to announce that PrairieSky is officially open for business.”As of the IPO’s closing on Thursday, Encana had a 60 per cent stake in PrairieSky and had raised $1.46 billion.The offering’s underwriters, led by TD Securities and CIBC, have been granted the option to buy 7.8 million shares, which would increase Encana’s proceeds to $1.67 billion if exercised in full and would leave Encana with a 54 per cent stake.“The successful launch of the PrairieSky IPO marks the achievement of a major objective in our 2014 plan that was laid out at the time of our strategy announcement in November 2013. The creation of PrairieSky has unlocked value from our royalty business, which is a great example of the quality assets in our portfolio,” said Encana CEO Doug Suttles, who took the helm nearly a year ago.“I am confident that PrairieSky’s strong leadership team will capture the full potential of this unique asset base.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter Encana spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. surges in Toronto Stock Exchange debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2014 9:02 am MDT read more

Rishabh Pant returns home for final World Cup examination

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies stun India in low-scoring thrillerJuly 2, 2017In “Sports”Dhoni not part of T20I squad to face West Indies and AustraliaOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Will India test their bench strength?July 1, 2017In “Sports” Rishabh Pant attempts a switch hit (Getty Images)If you’re Rishabh Pant, every step you take, every stumping you miss, every run you score, every catch you take and every move you make has the potential to be scrutinised, even more so now with India in their final stretch of World Cup preparation.Pant was handed an opportunity in the fourth ODI after MS Dhoni was rested for the final two games. He showed his boundary-clearing ability during his 24-ball 36 – no worries as far as the batting goes – but Pant, the keeper, struggled to collect the ball cleanly.His two missed stumpings – when Ashton Turner was on 38 and 41 – elicited chants of “Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!” from the Mohali crowd. A cheeky attempt to underarm flick the ball onto the stumps resulted in an overthrow.Earlier, he had missed a more difficult stumping chance via a deflection off Peter Handscomb’s pads when left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav drew the batsman out of the crease. Handscomb was on 105 at that point. He added 12 more to his tally before being dismissed, but Turner made India pay dearly, blasting 84 off 43 balls to tip the chase of 359 Australia’s way.Clearly, it wasn’t his night. Turner announced himself in style, in just his second ODI, to win the match and give Australia World Cup selection headaches. What about Pant, who is also trying to make that flight to the UK?It can be intimidating for a 21-year old, but Pant is now into his third year of international cricket. Having become an IPL star and a Test regular, he must be familiar with such pressure, but there’s no doubt the spotlight will be on his wicketkeeping. However, both Shikhar Dhawan and bowling coach Bharat Arun defended Pant’s wicketkeeping ability.Not too long ago, Dinesh Karthik was India’s finisher and he even said that this version of him relished high-pressure situations. In the past two years in ODIs, Karthik has been unbeaten in seven out of ten matches India have won while chasing. Only Joe Root (nine), Virat Kohli (eight) and Dhoni (eight) have been better in this period.While Karthik has had a fairly extended run since the Champions Trophy – he had played 17 ODI innings – Pant has got only three innings in this period. Yet, he has been deemed good enough to earn a Category A central contract, the the second-most lucrative retainer. The team management is impressed with his six-hitting ability and is prepared to be patient despite his limitations as a wicketkeeper and outfielder.The reason why they’re heavily invested in him is for the six-hitting prowess he brings to the middle order, a factor that could be crucial if Hardik Pandya isn’t available. But now, he’ll return to his home ground with the series on his line. Among the existing options, Vijay Shankar doesn’t bring such raw power: he is more a technically correct batsman who provides a few tight overs with the ball. Can Pant capitalise?Virat Kohli insists the IPL will have no impact on World Cup selection, effectively meaning Wednesday presents Pant one last chance before the World Cup. Karthik has already shown the management what he’s capable of, and by the time Pant was fumbling behind the stumps in Mohali, Karthik was having fun at his good friend and Tamil Nadu team-mate Abhinav Mukund’s wedding. Who’ll have fun at the World Cup: Karthik or Pant? (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Boart Longyear celebrates two years LTI free at Northparkes

first_imgA “safety first” approach has made it two safe years and counting for Boart Longyear’s team at Northparkes Mines in New South Wales, Australia. The crew has not had a lost-time injury (LTI) since its arrival onsite at Northparkes as a drilling contractor, recently passing the milestone of two years LTI-free. Boart Longyear says its safety first approach to drilling focuses on keeping people safe with zero injuries, zero illnesses and protecting the environment with zero environmental incidents.“Safety is the most important aspect of a job site for Boart Longyear,” said Harry Mostert, Territory Manager – Eastern Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific. “Our safety culture is about accepting a personal and shared responsibility for ourselves, our fellow employees, our contractors, our customers and our shareholders to proactively work on improving safety on site. We are extremely proud of what our team at Northparkes has accomplished.” Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located approximately 360 km west of Sydney. It is now a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%). In addition to its safety performance, the Boart Longyear crew won the site’s Zero Harm award for workplace improvements, including elevated platforms on diamond drill rigs, water control systems and above-ground sumps for both reverse circulation and diamond drilling.Celebrating its 125th year anniversary in 2015, Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling. The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 30 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in over 100 countries.last_img read more

Hangovers actually get better later in life

first_img Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide NO-ONE ENJOYS the headaches, nausea, and sluggishness of a hangover. There seems to be a general perception that as people get older, their drinking stamina decreases.However, a new study shows that older binge drinkers report less-frequent and less-severe hangovers.Research on hangovers is usually centred around young people — college-aged partiers likely to consume more alcohol more often than older people.The new study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, analysed the hangovers of close to 52,000 participants of legal drinking age. The oldest participant was 94.Participants in the survey were asked their typical alcohol consumption per week, of beer, wine, fortified wine, and spirits, and how often they took part in binge drinking, ranging from never to more than once a week.The symptomsIn regards to hangovers, participants were asked how often they experienced thirst, exhaustion, headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting after an episode of binge drinking. They found that older people drank less, but when they did binge drink they experienced fewer hangover symptoms.You’d think the reason would be obvious: Older people drink less, so of course they experience fewer and less-severe hangovers. But the results were the same, even after accounting for the frequency of binge drinking, drinking with or without a meal, and drinking while smoking.“While it is true that older individuals on average binge-drink less often than younger individuals, we did not find in our data that results were due to differences in drinking patterns,” study researcher Janne Tolstrup, of the University of Southern Denmark, said in a press release.So, why then?The scientists discussed four possible explanations for their results.1. Binge drinking intensity decreases with age.In a survey, 18- to 24-year-olds defined binge drinking as nine drinks. Those who are 65 years old and up defined binge drinking as only six drinks. This suggests that binge drinking intensity decreases with age. The study only examined the frequency of binge drinking, not the intensity.2. Increased alcohol tolerance.Research shows that people can build up a tolerance for alcohol, so older drinkers can handle more drinks before they start feeling a hangover the next day.3. Trial and error.Some people swear a Bloody Mary cures their hangover, for others it may be as simple as drinking a big glass of water before bed or popping an aspirin. As people age, many develop their own personal hangover prevention or morning-after cure, and this could be a possible explanation for why older people have an easier time after binge drinking — they know what works to feel better the morning after.4. Natural selection.The scientists acknowledge that it may be possible that people who experience more severe hangovers simply give up and quit binge drinking as they grow older — essentially pruning the drinking tree.There’s still a lot of work to do to understand hangovers.“While there have been tens of thousands of studies on the more direct effects of alcohol, there have only been fewer than 200 published papers on the hangover,” Tolstrup said in a press release.- Kelly DickersonSee what your alcohol intake could do to your face>Average Irish intake over age of 15 is 700 times more than advised> 10 things in tech you need to know today Trump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet last_img read more

Astronomers believe they are observing a planet forming for the first time

first_imgWe know what it takes for planets to form — the right mix of cosmic elements all coming together at the right time, and in the right place. However, we have never really gotten a good look at a planet that is currently in its formation stage. Now, though, astronomers using the European Space Agency’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed what appears to be a planet forming in the middle of a disc of gas and dust. If confirmed, this would be the first time a forming planet has been directly observed.The (probably) forming planet is located just 335 lightyears from Earth — relatively close in a galactic sense — and looks like it would end up forming as a gas giant. The forming planet is estimated to be located around 70 times farther from its star — HD 100546 — than the Earth is from the Sun. Normally, gas giants aren’t located so far from their stars, so if this forming planet is indeed a gas giant, it would’ve either had to be moved out that distance due to something like a gravitational effect, or astronomers just learned something new about gas giants.In the above image, the left half shows the light from the forming planet’s star. When that light is blocked out, the right half of the image — the red blob — became visible, which is the disc of gas and dust surrounding the planet. It is, however, possible that the light that is thought to be a forming planet is actually light from another, unidentified source further away, but astronomers say that is unlikely, though technically possible.If we already know how a planet forms, why would observing the process matter? Well, for one, we’ve never done that before — you can learn a lot about seeing something actually happen, rather than hearing or hypothesizing about it. Secondly, it would prove that the formation process can happen with a significantly large empty gap between the planet and star.While astronomers say the red blob is likely a forming planet, further observations are necessary to confirm. Until then, we can just  sit back and be amazed that new planets are forming all over the universe. That’s a thing that is happening right now.last_img read more

Portland teachers union authorizes strike

first_imgPORTLAND — Teacher strikes drew closer Wednesday in two Oregon school districts, including the largest in the state.Portland Public Schools’ teachers voted to authorize a strike and set a walkout date of Feb. 20.In the southern Oregon city of Medford, teachers said they will walk out at 6 a.m. Thursday if no contract agreement is reached by then.On Wednesday night, a handful of Medford teachers and their union president announced their “utter disappointment” in the day’s negotiations, the Medford Mail Tribune reported. Bargaining resumed Wednesday after daylong talks Tuesday in which a state mediator shuttled between the two sides.Medford Education Association President Cheryl Lashley said bargaining teams would keep trying until a minute before the scheduled strike.Superintendent Phil Long has announced that schools will be closed Thursday.The district’s strike plan calls for classes to be closed through Monday in the event of a walkout. It would then plan to staff the schools with substitute teachers and security officers. All extracurricular activities except high school sports would be canceled.A Medford walkout could involve as many as 600 teachers. Issues include health insurance, retirement benefits, working conditions and salaries.An even larger strike was a possibility in the state’s largest district, Portland, where the teachers union represents 2,900 teachers. The district has nearly 48,000 students.It would be the first such strike in Portland, The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/KH82XN).last_img read more

BSE closes points 781 up on Dec 30

first_imgBSE closes points 7.81 up on Dec 304.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 7.81 up on Dec 304.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 7.81 points up to stand at 27,403.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 1.95 points up to stand at 8,248.25. ADANI PORTS and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.92% and 7.53% along with NATCO PHARMA LTD. and ABB with an increase of 6.59% and 6.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.93% along with UNITECH and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. with a decrease of 4.79% and 4.03% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 61.93 points at 18,670.54 while the banking sector is up 143.37 points at 21,365.09 and the reality sector is down 3.11 points at 1,540.13. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.43 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 7.81 points up to stand at 27,403.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 1.95 points up to stand at 8,248.25. ADANI PORTS and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.92% and 7.53% along with NATCO PHARMA LTD. and ABB with an increase of 6.59% and 6.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.93% along with UNITECH and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. with a decrease of 4.79% and 4.03% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 61.93 points at 18,670.54 while the banking sector is up 143.37 points at 21,365.09 and the reality sector is down 3.11 points at 1,540.13. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.43 per dollar.last_img read more

Nawshaba denied bail admitted to DMCH

first_imgQuazi Nawshaba AhmedRejecting the bail petition of actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed, a Dhaka court on Monday ordered the concerned authorities to admit her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment, reports UNB.Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after Nawshaba’s lawyer Shamol Kanti Dhar filed the petition seeking bail for the actress upon completion of her six-day remand in two phases in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Earlier, Nawshaba was taken to DMCH as she fell sick at Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in the afternoon.Alimuzzaman, deputy commissioner under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said Nawshaba was produced before a Dhaka CMM court on Monday as her two days’ fresh remand expired on Sunday.“When she was produced before the court, she fell sick. Later, she was taken to the DMCH for treatment,” said Alimuzzaman.DMCH officials said the DB police brought Nawshaba to the hospital around 3:45pm and took back after treatment at the medicine department of the hospital at 4:40pm. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury on Friday put actress Nawshaba on a two-day fresh remand in the case when Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, a CTTC unit inspector and the investigation officer of the case, produced Nawshaba before his court on expiry of her four-day remand and sought a 10-day fresh remand.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on 4 August over spreading rumours on Facebook over the attack on protesting students.In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jhigatola intersection.In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.last_img read more

IKEA shows interest in Bengal MSME sector likely to benefit

first_imgKolkata: Swedish multinational IKEA, which operates in 50 countries, has expressed interest in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from Bengal, giving an impetus to the state’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.The group that recently opened its first store in the country in Hyderabad, has a plan of investing Rs 2,000 crore in the current financial year, to procure natural fibre and bamboo. There are possibilities of investment of a major part of it in Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWith the expression of interest in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from the state, the company, with a global presence, is going to leave its footprint in Bengal. According to senior officials of the state MSME and Textiles department, this is an indicator of further investment in Bengal.IKEA’s top official on Tuesday attended the third plenary session in the State MSME Conclave on Rural Entrepreneurship Hub (REH), that was coordinated by the former president of Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ambarish Dasgupta. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe IKEA official explained the company’s role in exports of products made by artisans and the MSME sector. At the same time, he has shown keenness in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from Bengal. There will be proper quality stipulations as well.Sources said that there have also been discussions of the IKEA authorities with the top brass of the Bengal government, in connection with opening of a store in the state.It has been learnt that they want to open store at a location close to a Metro station, as they want people from all strata to visit their store and buy goods. The state Finance minister Amit Mitra, who is also the MSME and Textiles minister, said in the Concluding Session of the conclave that the artisans and MSME entrepreneurs have started receiving huge orders from abroad as well.”In such a situation, it is important to meet the deadlines by delivering the ordered objects on time. So, there is a need of a supply chain management system and the West Bengal State Export Promotion Society will help the MSME entrepreneurs in meeting their deadlines,” Mitra said.It may be mentioned that certificate of registration as a rural entrepreneurship hub has been given to three MSME entrepreneurs. 300 such entrepreneurs will be getting the same. There were thorough discussions in the three other plenary sessions – Lean Manufacturing, SME Listing and Export Orientation.last_img read more

The Strange Medieval Sword Technique of Actually Holding the Blade to Strike

first_imgThe German word Mordhau translates roughly as “murder stroke” or “murder strike”. It represents a particular move in German medieval swordsmanship where the fighter holds the blade of his sword with both hands and essentially uses the weapon more like a mace or war hammer to hit his opponent. Besides thinking that this sounds very painful, one could reasonably wonder why this should be of interest to modern folk, who don’t generally go around getting into sword fights. The answer to that is that there are plenty of modern folks who do.Letting your inner knight out to play has actually become a recognized sport, and people are taking to the sword again. Some people have been turning to medieval martial arts as an alternative form of fitness or are drawn to the sport because of its historical connections. There are even two different international groups that revolve around the medieval military traditions, each with their own, slightly different, take on the sport.Page of the Codex Wallerstein showing a half-sword thrust against a Mordhau move (Plate 214)One of those groups calls itself Historical Medieval Battles. According to gizmodo.com, HMB was founded in 2009, and it has an annual international event called the Battle of Nations, held in a different European country every year.The Battlefield attracts teams from more than 30 countries with each team having a minimum of eight members and a maximum of 50. The event draws about 25,000 people every year, who don real armor and use real weaponry.Mordhau technique in 1467Events can include everything from one-on-one duels with a variety of weapons to mass battles on a truly epic scale. The group has its own international association, and the HMBIA has strict regulations about weapons standards, dress, protocol, and a host of other issues.Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert BarnettThe second large organization who’s drawn to all things medieval military is HEMA, or Historical European Martial Arts. The organization’s website notes that, unlike the Eastern sword fighting traditions which survived by being passed from master to master through generations, there wasn’t the same sort of continuity in the west.Many of the European sword military traditions either died out or devolved into sports like fencing, boxing, or wrestling. HEMA is working to resurrect those traditions by way of researching manuals written by medieval masters, sometimes encoded as poetry, and using those works to teach modern generations those lost arts.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert BarnettBoth groups put an emphasis on authenticity in training and technique, stressing that the sport isn’t about just hitting each with swords. Their styles are a bit different, though. HEMA puts its focus on rigorous research of period combat manuals, translating appropriate source material. HMB is also about correctness of technique but is more focused on the extreme sports angle.Both groups have a host of events on local, national, and international scales. Both use some very modern methods of getting the word out about their very old-fashioned activities, using Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms as a means of keeping members informed about events and the community.Check out some surprising facts about Gladiators you probably didn’t know:The UK Federation for Full-Contact Medieval Combat likens the difference between the two to the experiential difference between playing football (soccer) and rugby. HEMA is all flowing attacks and precision, HMB is more outright warlike.Two knights do mock battle at a medieval fair in Southern SpainThe interest in resurrecting medieval fighting techniques began in the 1960s, according to one history of the HEMA movement. In the mid-‘60s several well received texts were published on the subject, and the Society for Creative Anachronisms, a group devoted to recreating the Middle Ages as they “should have been”, was just starting to gain traction on college campuses and elsewhere.Re-enactors and classical fencers had a lot to do with carrying the sport through the ‘70s, as did stage-combat people and fighters in the SCA. In the 1990s, the fledgling internet began to knit small, disparate groups together into larger communities, with the momentum really starting to grow through the first decade of the 21st century, spawning a variety of events and standardizing practices and regulations along the way.Read another story from us: A Golden Age? Life During the Pax RomanaToday, both groups are well-grounded and have sizable memberships. People can get into the sport through small, local sword fighting groups, and even some speciality gyms teach sword fighting skills, such as Mordhau Historical Combat in Arizona.Both HEMA and HMB have resources on their sites to help connect those who are interested in taking part with the closest clubs and groups in their areas, making it possible for more people to “go medieval”.last_img read more

VIDEO Bill Belichick pumps the brakes on comparing Khalil Mack to Lawrence

first_imgBill Belichick is notoriously tight lipped during in-season press conferences, but he didn’t have a problem opening up during today’s pregame presser when a reporter brought up comparisons of  dominant Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack to Lawrence Taylor, whom Bill coached with the Giants.In response, Belichick plainly said, “We’re talking about Lawrence Taylor, now,” and added he ranks LT in his own class and everyone else is fighting for second place when it comes to all-time pass rusher rankings.Bill doesn’t say much to the press, but he felt he needed to shut down this hot take topic.last_img

Apples Big Event Is a Week Away Heres What to Expect

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 4 min read If you’ve been hoping to upgrade that iPhone in your pocket, you might not have to wait much longer.Apple officially announced its annual fall event will be held Sept. 9 in San Francisco. The event is traditionally where the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant reveals updates to its iPhone line. It’s also the same event where the company showcased the Apple Watch last year.We don’t expect a new Apple Watch at this year’s event, but we do have a few ideas of what the company might have in store.The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S PlusSeptember is typically when Apple announces updates to its iPhone line, and we suspect this year will be no different. Rumor has it Apple will be announcing updates to both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the event. Called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the phones will offer small incremental upgrades from last year’s models.Related: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Apple CEO Tim CookExpect both phones to come packing new Qualcomm wireless chips and faster A9 processors, leading to improved LTE speeds and battery life on the phone. The camera on the iPhone 6S is expected to also see some improvements. Rumors point to a new 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video support as well as a new, improved forward-facing camera for video calls and selfies.Both phones are expected to get force-touch displays, which will add a new layer of functionality. Similar to the feature on the Apple Watch, you would be able to press down on the screen to perform functions in addition to the phone’s traditional controls. The iPhone will also reportedly now come in a rose-gold option.There likely won’t be an iPhone 6C announced to replace the low-cost iPhone 5C.Related: Steve Jobs: An Extraordinary CareerA new Apple TVIt’s still not ready to announce that long-rumored television, but Apple is expected to announce an update to its set-top box at the Sept. 9 event. The 4th generation of the popular device is anticipated to offer a number of new features including Siri support and an updated remote control. The device is also rumored to get a new App Store, along with an SDK for developers who want to create an app for the box. With new apps like games, the Apple TV could start to become a competitor for gaming systems such as Xbox and PlayStation.Those apps will reportedly be exclusive to the new Apple TV, which will likely be priced somewhere between $149 and $199. Apple is thought to be keeping its current $69 Apple TV around as a low-price alternative to the new version, and as a competitor for things like Roku and Google’s Chromecast. However, the older version of the TV likely won’t be able to use the new App Store.Related: 5 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual ProductsThe MaybesApple has been long-rumored to be working on a larger, 12.9-inch version of the iPad. We could potentially see the tablet at September’s event, but don’t hold your breath. Chance are, Apple will hold off on announcing this one until October.Recent rumors also point to Apple launching a new streaming service this year to compete with cable companies, as well as a new ‘smart band’ for the Apple Watch to add new functionality to the device. While both are still likely to happen this year, don’t expect either to come at this month’s event.Of course, no one but Tim Cook knows for sure what Apple has in store for Sept. 9. Be sure to check back here then for a full report on everything that is announced.Related: 5 Things I Learned About Successful Startups From Steve Jobs September 2, 2015last_img read more

Become a Programming Wizard with Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle

first_imgPython is widely considered one of the best first programming languages to learn because of its general-purpose nature and its relatively simple syntax and readability. This bundle will introduce you to the newest version of Python, Python 3, and teach you how to utilize this important language through hands-on examples. Use in-browser programming exercises to fortify your Python programming knowledge in this hands-on course designed for programmers. Head over to Wccftech Deals for more details and avail the limited time special price drop on Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle.Get Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle for $41Following courses and tutorials are included in the newest Bootcamp Bundle.1- Learn Python 3 from Beginner to AdvancedGet Your Hands Dirty Learning One of the Most Important Programming LanguagesAccess 73 lectures & 8 hours of content 24/7Install Python & set up sublime text to build PythonUnderstand the various data types & variables in PythonDifferentiate between comments, expressions, & stringsExplore branching, loops, functions, exception handling, & moreLearn how to write programs with real-life applications2- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to DjangoBoot Up This Web Framework Written In Python & Develop Websites FastAccess 66 lectures & 7 hours of content 24/7Learn how to start a new project & create apps within a projectRun a project in a virtual environment using VirtualenvUnderstand how to work with templates & debugExplore authentication & user accountsBuild 3 websites using Django3- Python for ProgrammersLearn Python Quickly In This Accelerated CourseAccess 83 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7Set up Python & start codingGet an introduction to If StatementsUnderstand user input, functions, lists, loops, & moreBuild multiple projects to master PythonExplore dictionaries & classes4- Python ScrapyScrape Web Data Using PythonAccess 9 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7Install Scrapy on your systemUnderstand what Scrapy is used for & how to use it5- Python ScipySimplify Computational Functions with This Open-Source LibraryAccess 8 lectures & 1 hours of content 24/7Learn what Scipy is & how to use itInstall the Scipy libraryPerform simple mathematical computations & move on to more advanced ones6- Python NumpyLearn Scientific Computing with PythonAccess 11 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7Express fully why Numpy should be usedInstall Numpy on your systemUnderstand how to use Numpy to perform computations7- Learn iPythonAccelerate Your Python Development with iPython’s Full IDEAccess 11 lectures & 1.5 hours of content 24/7Learn how to enter in code, markdown for comments & rearrange & edit code as neededExplore Airplane Factory & Graphics in iPython8- Python BeautifulSoupExtract Data From Web Pages Efficiently & SafelyAccess 8 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7Learn how to identify data within the HTML treeBuild a parsing rule to extract data using BeautifulSoupUnderstand the code needed to execute an extract using specific examples9- Python Object Oriented Programming FundamentalsCreate Python Applications Using the Most Up to Date Programming TechniquesAccess 48 lectures & 4 hours of content 24/7Download & install the required softwareCreate new Python applications that use Object-Oriented ProgrammingUnderstand essential Object-Oriented Programming constructsCreate a Python object & obtain its attributesExplore the constructor & destructor magic methodsDiscover class inheritanceOriginal value: $810 | Wccftech Deals: $49 | Special Price Drop: $41 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Qatar Airways flies to Adelaide with 228 extra jobs

first_imgIn a massive boost to South Australia’s visitor economy, “the world’s five-star airline” Qatar Airways has announced it will fly direct into Adelaide from May next year.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the announcement by the 2015 Best Airline in the World was a global vote of confidence in Adelaide and South Australia.The daily flights are estimated to generate an additional AU$41 million into visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state.“In this year’s State Budget our government injected a record AU$35 million into the tourism portfolio to attract additional major events and conventions and to market SA,” Mr Bignell said.“Qatar Airways will be flying the most modern plane in the world to Adelaide – the Airbus A350-900.“Qatar Airways flies to more than 140 destinations around the world and will provide Adelaide with flights from the Middle East, Europe, India and the east coast of the United States.“Qatar is the richest country in the world per capita and this relationship will help boost our trade opportunities.“Adelaide is famous for its premium food and wine and the daily Qatar flight will mean more people from right around the world will be able to fly here to experience our magnificent wildlife and natural beauty.“The state’s seafood industry will also be a big winner with departing flights carrying the world’s finest lobster and other seafood as fresh cargo to Qatar and beyond.”Mr Bignell thanked Adelaide Airport and the South Australian Tourism Commission for their hard work on securing the new flights.Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the decision was excellent news for both our tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad.“The Qatar Airways Doha-Adelaide service opens up a brand new link with the Middle East, and provides excellent connections further afield such as with Europe and the UK.“Qatar Airways will be flying the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft which made its inaugural commercial flight just this year, so we’re getting one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.” Qatar AirwaysSource = South Australia Governmentlast_img read more

Emirates has launched its Spring into Europe cam

first_imgEmirates has launched its ‘Spring into Europe’ campaign, with return fares starting at $1571* to 38 destinations across Europe.“Spring is a great time to visit Europe as the days start to get longer and the northern sunshine showcases the continent in its best light. Being just off peak, great accommodation deals can often be found and the key attractions are not quite as busy as the peak summer months,” said Rob Gurney, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia.“By planning in advance, Australian travellers will be able to lock in fantastic fares to some of our key destinations including London, Paris and Rome as well as our newer destinations that are growing in popularity amongst Australians such as Copenhagen and Oslo,” added Gurney.As well as the special fare, Emirates also provides 30kg of checked luggage per passenger in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class.Return Economy Class flights from Australia begin from*:$1571 to Oslo$1588 to Copenhagen$1672 to Dublin$1709 to Rome$1733 to Paris$1736 to London$1777 to FrankfurtBusiness Class return flights from Australia begin from*:$7536 to Dublin$7538 to Oslo$7555 to Copenhagen$7524 to Rome$7642 to Frankfurt$7658 to Paris$7846 to LondonEmirates is also offering special fares to Bologna, its newest Italian gateway set to launch on 3 November 2015. Return Economy Class flights from Australia to Bologna begin from $1585 and return Business Class is $7550.Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 14 August 2015. Some blackout periods apply for dates of travel.www.emirates.com/au.*Departing from Perth.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAshford Castle, Ireland’s most historic five-star castle hotel, was recently honored with the Gold Medal for Environmental Management at the Green Hospitality Award ceremony, held in Galway, Ireland. Ashford Castle was one of 16 hotels throughout Ireland to win an accolade, and one of six to receive a top honors with a Gold Medal.The Green Hospitality Award (GHA) is considered the standard for environmental management within the hospitality industry of Ireland and is recognized as the most successful environmental management program in Europe. GHA is the only Irish environmental program recognized internationally, and currently has 165 members throughout Ireland. Positive results of the organization’s efforts include reducing waste in landfills by 50%, reducing water consumption by 50% and reducing energy consumption by up to 30%.“This is an honor for the entire team at Ashford Castle,” says Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle. “Our staff is dedicated to providing the best in service and hospitality while simultaneously caring for our surrounding environment. We want to enjoy the beauty of Ashford Castle…of Ireland…of the world, and be able share this with generation after generation, and we are dedicated to doing all in our power to make sure this is the case.”www.ashford.ielast_img read more

Share of taxtoGDP revenue rises to 336 in 2016

first_imgThe share of government revenue from taxation and in the form of social contributions rose to 33.6 per cent last year from 33.2 per cent in 2015, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Despite the increase, the share of tax to economic output in Cyprus was the seventh lowest in the EU together with that of Malta last year, right behind Spain’s 34.1 per cent and ahead of Slovakia’s 32.4 per cent, Eurostat said in a statement on its website. The EU average was 40 per cent and that in the euro area was 41.3 per cent.France topped the list last year with 47.6 per cent followed by Denmark with 47.3 per cent and Belgium with 46.8 per cent, Eurostat said. The lowest ratio of tax to gross domestic product (GDP) was that of Ireland with 23.8 per cent followed by Romania and Bulgaria with 26 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.Taxes on production and imports accounted last year in Cyprus 15.4 per cent of economic output which included value added tax revenue with 9.2 per cent, Eurostat said. Revenue from taxes on income was 9.7 per cent of the economy, broken down to 2.9 per cent on taxes on individuals or household income and 5.8 per cent on profits of corporations, including taxes on holding gains. The share of net social contributions was 8.5 per cent.The ratio of revenue from corporate taxation of Cyprus, which often faces criticism over its comparably low corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, was the second-highest in the EU, right behind Malta’s 6.5 per cent, Eurostat said.In the EU, the share of taxes on production and imports was on average 13.6 per cent last year compared to 13.2 per cent in the euro area, Eurostat said.Taxes on income and wealth were 13 per cent of the EU’s GDP and 12.6 per cent of that of the euro area. Lastly, taxes on individual or household income was 9.3 per cent and 9.2 per cent of the EU’s and the euro area’s economy respectively while revenue from taxes on company income was in both cases 2.6 per cent.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more