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The Professional and the Amateur

first_imgThe professional never stops studying their craft. They never stop training, and they never stop trying to make the distinctions that allow them to improve their performance.The amateur stops learning as soon as they achieve some basic level of competence. They stop training , and they don’t focus on learning more, even when it will improve their performance.The professional is open to new ideas. They don’t criticize the way other people do things. Instead, they try to understand why someone else does it different, what that person sees, and how it might sometimes be useful.The amateur isn’t open to new ideas. Because they are full of fear, they criticize and belittle new ideas and people who do things differently. They never look deep enough into something new or how it might benefit them.The professional prepares. The professional has rituals that they have built and refined over time. This preparation allows them to deliver exceptional results.To the amateur, preparation looks boring and unnecessary. They refuse to invest the time and energy into preparation, and because they are unprepared, they produce shoddy and haphazard results (when they produce any results).The professional focuses on the fundamentals. They are never bored practicing something they have rehearsed and executed a thousand times before. It’s their mastery of the fundamentals that make them professional.The amateur seeks novelty. They are easily bored and float from one thing to the next, believing that the results they seek will be found in the next big thing.The professional doesn’t need anything more the fundamental tools of her trade. She knows that it isn’t the tools that make the performance.The amateur looks the part. They have all of the latest and greatest tools, none of which improves their performance.The professional doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t take shortcuts. He takes his time and pours himself into his work.The amateur believes that their lack of results are someone else’s fault, someone else’s responsibility. He takes shortcuts. He does as little work as necessary.Each of us makes a choice as to how we approach our work. You can choose the more difficult path of the professional and do work that makes a difference. Or you can dabble with the amateurs and try to scrape by. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

ScienceShot: How to Save Your Scroll

first_imgUnlike books, curling up with a good scroll is a bad thing. Long-term storage of bound scrolls can cause the edges of the paper to twist outward, potentially tearing fibers and fading ink. Curators have traditionally blamed the deformation, known in Chinese as Qi-Wa, on humidity and imperfections in the scroll’s construction, but the biggest culprit is the flexible backing layer that the ornate top layer is mounted on, according to a mathematical formula reported this month in Physical Review Letters. When a scroll is rolled, the backing layer stretches to accommodate bending while the decorated top layer compresses, creating a difference in elasticity over time. Once unfurled, the backing layer’s resting length is now longer than that of the top layer. Because the two layers are attached together, the bottom layer pushes outward while the top layer pulls inward, causing the scroll’s sides to deform and curl up. The researchers inspected the curling on the ancient Chinese scroll Along the River During the Qingming Festival (pictured), which illustrates the daily lives of different social classes during the 11th and 12th centuries. The team went on to test its theories on cheaper and less historically significant sheets of plain copy paper and plastic film. Because art restorers often replace the scroll backing as part of restoration, the scientists recommend aligning the paper fibers in the backing along the scroll’s long edge, increasing the rigidness and reducing the amount of stretching when rolled. Alternatively, using a stiff brush to loosen the fibers along the middle section of the backing—like a meat tenderizer softens meat—will reduce the horizontal pull that causes curling. The team saw similar results when testing their techniques on their plastic film, suggesting that the methods could be used on flexible electronic paper displays, which also curl when rolled.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

NBA Recap, 20/10/2018 – Warriors clinch late win in thriller

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, drives around Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)AdvertisementThe Golden State Warriors played out an incredible game against the Utah Jazz which ended in a 124-123 scoreline. Jonas Jerebko grabbed a late putback for the Warriors, which put away a gutsy Jazz side.Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry together scored 69 points, which meant that Joe Ingles’ shooting night and Utah’s team performance was in vain. JONAS JEREBKO WINS IT FOR THE WARRIORS! #DubNation pic.twitter.com/LuIWFd2BiJ— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 20, 2018The Orlando Magic scored just 31 points in the first half and the Charlotte Hornets defeated them 120-88 with relative ease. Caris LeVert scored the game-winning bucket as the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 107-105.In Minnesota, the Timberwolves handed a 131-123 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was their second consecutive one. The Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101, which was a clash among arguably the two best sides in the Eastern Conference.Kyle x Kawhi! 👀#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/nvKiyk5hmy— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 20, 2018A high scoring game in Memphis saw the Grizzlies grab a 131-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The New Orleans Pelicans scored a mammoth 149 points to the Sacramento Kings’ 129 in a game where Nikola Mirotic scored a career-high 36 points.JRUE X AD 🚨💥#DoItBig pic.twitter.com/Ud84biYDWP— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 20, 2018The Milwaukee Bucks got their second consecutive win, courtesy of a 118-101 result over the Indiana Pacers. In Los Angeles, the Clippers won their first game of the season, where they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-92 who were still without Russell Westbrook.Advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT RESULS FOUR

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Big Wong HR, Cards Beat Giants, 5-4

first_imgST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong ended Game 2 of the NL Championship Series with a big swing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Now, they can only hope the season isn’t over for Yadier Molina.Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Oct. 12, tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece with their latest postseason power show.The Cardinals came back after losing Molina to a strained oblique muscle in the sixth. The All-Star catcher was getting further tests and Manager Mike Matheny said it “didn’t look real good.”“We’ll wait and see and right now we’ll just go ahead and keep celebrating a very tough, hard-fought win. I am real proud at how these guys kept coming,” Matheny said.St. Louis didn’t stay down too long, getting a home run each of the final three innings in a back-and-forth game.The series resumes Oct. 14 in San Francisco with John Lackey going for St. Louis and Tim Hudson starting for the Giants.“It was tough to see our backstop go down like that,” Matt Adams said. “We just kept grinding it the rest of the game.”Rookie pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras connected in the seventh to tie it, and Adams homered in the eighth for a 4-3 lead. San Francisco tied it in the ninth on a wild pitch by closer Trevor Rosenthal.St. Louis, last in the NL with 105 home runs during the regular season, has hit 11 homers in six playoff games — seven in the seventh inning or later. Earlier, Matt Carpenter connected for the fourth time this postseason.“It kind of got overshadowed there at the end, but man that was an exciting game,” Carpenter said. “That was a must-win for us, to do that in that fashion especially after giving up the lead in the ninth.”After the Giants tied it, Wong lined a pitch from Sergio Romo for his second big home run this postseason. The rookie’s seventh-inning drive was the decisive blow in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.It was a rare postseason failure for the reliable San Francisco bullpen.“They are the reason we’re in this situation, and you give (the Cardinals) credit,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “They threw out some good at-bats and we made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of them.”The Giants made it 4-all when pinch-runner Matt Duffy dashed home from second base on a two-out wild pitch in the ninth. San Francisco wound up losing for just the second time in its last 14 postseason games.“It’s not a tough loss at all. I feel it was a great loss,” said Gregor Blanco, who had a tiebreaking hit in the seventh. “We battled to the last out, so I think it was a great win.”Seth Maness retired Pablo Sandoval on a comebacker with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, and got the win.Maness came on after Rosenthal couldn’t hold a one-run lead. Rosenthal’s pitch bounced off the glove off backup catcher Tony Cruz and Duffy, running on a full count, never broke stride and slid home with the tying run.Adams, whose three-run shot off Clayton Kershaw put St. Louis in front for good in its clinching playoff win over Dodgers, homered off Hunter Strickland.Blanco’s fourth postseason hit in 31 at-bats put the Giants up 3-2 in the seventh, but Taveras re-tied it in the bottom half with a homer off Jean Machi just inside the right-field foul pole.Carpenter hit a solo shot off Jake Peavy in the third. Randal Grichuk singled with the bases loaded in the fourth to make it 2-0.Peavy was taken out for a pinch hitter in the fifth and the Giants scored a run off Lance Lynn, then Hunter Pence’s single tied it in the sixth.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cadence: LPDDR4/4X memory IP subsystem achieves ISO 26262 ASIL C certification

first_img Continue Reading Previous The vital role of the voltage reference in precision measurement systemsNext HCC Embedded extends distributor network in Europe Cadence Design Systems announced that the Cadence LPDDR4/4X memory IP subsystem, utilizing TSMC’s 16nm FinFET Compact (16FFC) technology, has achieved ISO 26262 ASIL C certification from SGS-TÜV Saar. The certification confirms that the Cadence IP is complete and ready for use by customers creating advanced systems-on-chip (SoCs) for advanced driver assistance systems and L3/L4 autonomous driving applications.Both established and new entrants into the automotive market—start-ups, OEMs and internet companies—have to cope with meeting stringent functional safety requirements. To ease the delivery of safety-critical applications, design teams need access to proven, ISO 26262 ASIL C-ready IP such as the Cadence LPDDR4/4X memory subsystem, which includes the leading-edge Cadence 4266 speed grade LPDDR4/4X DDR PHY, controller IP, and Cadence VIP.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Richarlison dilemma for Marco Silva in bid for balance in Everton’s attack

first_img Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Everton v Brighton: match preview Richarlison struggled with his back to goal in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last Sunday but Silva admits that problem is not confined to the Brazilian. He said: “It is something we are working on with him but not just with him, even with Cenk and Dominic. It is not that they are the type of players who are really strong in this moment of the match as well, so it is something we are working on with them.” news Read more Share via Email Silva has deployed Richarlison as the focal point of Everton’s attack in recent weeks but, having scored three goals in his first two games from the left wing, the £40m summer signing has scored only once in six appearances since being sent off at Bournemouth in August.“You can lose some things but you can also gain things as well,” said Silva on switching Richarlison from the wing. “He is a player who always arrives in the box. It is normal you can win some things and lose some things in this situation because it is two completely different positions. He gives us good things as a striker and as a winger. Yes in the first matches he scored three times as a winger but after that he had games as a winger and didn’t score. When he plays as a striker it is not just about scoring.” Share on Facebook Topicscenter_img The Everton manager has stood by his claim that Anthony Martial dived to win a penalty at Old Trafford despite an FA panel ruling out retrospective action against the United striker for deceiving the referee.“I accept their decision,” he said. “They are there to decide. I gave my thoughts after the match, what my feeling was about that moment and how important it was for the match. For me it is clear that it wasn’t a penalty.” Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Marco Silva has said Richarlison remains an effective striking option for Everton but he wants to improve the hold-up play of the Brazil international, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.The Everton manager is still searching for the right balance in attack and said Ademola Lookman is “pushing Theo Walcott and Bernard” for a starting role against Brighton on Saturday. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Everton Reuse this contentlast_img read more

2011 Australian Masters Games

first_imgThe teams will compete over four days across five divisions; Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and 45’s, Men’s 50’s and 55’s, Women’s 30’s and 40’s and Mixed 30’s. Touch Football is one of 52 sports to be played at the 13th Australian Masters Games, with approximately 8,500 participants taking part across the 10 day event. Round games will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at City Touch, with finals to be played on Sunday at the following times:Men’s 50’s and 55’s – 10.20amMixed 30’s – 12.50pmMen’s 40’s and 45’s – 1.40pm Men’s 30’s and 40’s – 2.30pmMen’s 30’s – 3.20pm To keep up-to-date with all of the latest results from the Touch Football component of the 13th Australian Masters Games, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the event, please visit the Australian Masters Games website:www.australianmastersgames.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoFonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.” last_img

Seattle’s Beyond Clothing has Layering and Survival Down to a Science

first_img How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts For the Seattle-based apparel company, Beyond Clothing, knowing how to properly layer your clothing is more than just throwing a raincoat over a sweatshirt. It’s about “survival.” Considering Beyond’s biggest clients are United States’ special ops teams, it doesn’t just throw the term survival around to give the brand an edge; it’s the backbone of the company’s existence. What’s more is each product manufactured by Beyond is Berry Compliant, meaning each thread, fiber, shirt, or otherwise, is American-made and American-built. Simply put, its product line is, without a doubt, the most durable, high-quality line of apparel you’ll find anywhere.A purveyor of custom clothing for the past twenty years, Beyond Clothing has only been in the layering system industry for the better part of the past three years. Purchased in 2012 by 5.11 Tactical, the company wooed former Army Ranger Rick Elder from Smith Optics and appointed him as the lead to head up Beyond’s new direction. Born from this partnership was the innovative new layering philosophy known simply as the AXIOS layering system. However, until recently, few outside of military circles had actually heard of Beyond and those who did essentially viewed it as a “Big & Tall” shop for outerwear.“Last year (2015) was a big year of growth for us,” Beyond Clothing’s Jay Neely tells The Manual. “We always had a cult following from the tactical crowd, but we’ve been trying to make our systems more palatable for everyday people.”Beyond Clothing achieved this wide sweeping interest by making its innovative layering system about more than just the clothing itself by offering training and future-use concepts. The way Neely sees it, it’s one thing to sell something, but incredibly more valuable to offer a resource for information. In this vision, Beyond becomes a viable source of knowledge even if someone doesn’t purchase an item from its product line. While this opens Beyond up to a wider customer base (even if some of those customers aren’t actually spending any money), it’s the actual system itself where the company shines brightest.“For a long time, people would see our system and say ‘I don’t need to know how to put my underwear on,’” Neely adds. “But after actually testing and using the apparel, they’d come back and say, ‘Holy shit, maybe I do.’”Self-described as “the most complete, technical survival system ever developed,” the AXIOS system is made up of a seven layer arrangement: base-layers, mid-weight base-layers, active insulation, wind protection, softshells, rain protection, and static insulation. Based on your preferred location of adventure, Beyond Clothing’s System Builder clearly lays out what layers work best for what temperatures.Live in the typically rainy Pacific Northwest? Opt for the Cold/Wet setup that excels for temperatures between 32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and focuses on keeping you dry. What if you live in a frigid area like upstate Alaska? Beyond’s Extreme Cold system protects for temperatures as lows as negative 40 (this has been tested, too) and against harsh wind.Related: Truce makes the last backpack you’ll ever want to ownFor added comfort, Beyond Clothing also offers Active or Static layers designed specifically to work in conjunction with one another. Meant for those times the wearer intends to exert a bit of energy while on an expedition (i.e. breaking a sweat), Active layer setups are designed to wick and evaporate moisture while offering a high level of breathability.On the other hand, Static layer arrangements are manufactured to trap body heat and keep any outside moisture from getting in — i.e. those times at the end of a long hiking day where energy output is minimal. As one would reasonably expect, being based in Seattle is tremendous for Beyond because it offers the perfect proving ground for the company to put its system setups to good use.“Seattle is huge for Beyond. It’s incredibly advantageous for us to test our gear here,” says Neely. “Our photo locations are inspired by the area and it’s really the image of our brand. The Olympic peninsula is incredibly close; we’re near beaches and mountains. Washington is really unique.”While Neely acknowledges the uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest is important to the company, the dynamic, American-made manufacturing process, innovative layering system, and ongoing support resource really allow Beyond to stand out among its peers. Sure, Columbia Sportswear or Mountain Hardwear make an abundance of heavy-duty outdoor gear — at cheaper price points, no less — but the quality of both the product and information Beyond Clothing offers is matched by no one.It’s not just about learning how to properly put on a pair of its durable underwear, it’s about “survival.” Editors’ Recommendations Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

Storm Updates

first_imgSome provincial government offices in Nova Scotia are now closed, today, Feb. 13, due to weather conditions. For a list of closures visit https://novascotia.ca/stormupdates/ . Please continue to check that website for updates and call ahead before going to an appointment. For the latest information, follow @NSGOV, and @NS_TIR for road conditions. Information on road conditions is also available by calling 511 or checking the Nova Scotia highway cameras at https://novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/all.asp . -30-last_img

Leaving Indian English writings notches ahead

first_imgThe literary circles of India mourn the demise of Kiran Nagarkar, the recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Sahitya Akademi Award for English Writers among others. Known for being both bawdy and lyrical, Nagarkar’s writings were pronouncedly both political yet irreverent. He is specially credited for contributing singularly to modern English fiction from India which were particularly marked by depth. One of the leading lights of modern Indian literature, acclaimed for eight novels in English and Marathi, Nagarkar, at 77, breathed his last in Mumbai on Thursday. Apart from works for children and his accomplishments as an academic, a journalist, a screenplay writer, and in the advertising industry, The Arsonist, published in 2019, was his latest work of fiction. Indian writing in English has had a brief history so far but one that is marked with significant range and variety. It is said to be in 1793, that Sake Dean Mahomed wrote what is believed to be the first book by an Indian in English: The Travels of Dean Mahomed. Most early Indian writing in English was non-fictional and were primarily biographies and political essays. The late 19th century witnessed a change in this trend as (now) famous Indian authors wrote and published works in their mother tongue. Rabindranath Tagore was one who began translating his works from Bengali to English and this could be said to be a beginning of Indian writing in English by way of articulating subjective expressions sans the confinements of genres. RK Narayanan was another iconic Indian English writer whose stories were essentially about the common people in simple places, his Malgudi Days remains a classic. Authors like Kiran Nagarkar have brought Indian writing in English a long way since then. Bringing ‘Indianness’ to Indian English literature, contemporary authors like Nagarkar were said to be path-breaking. He will be best remembered for not just his vast body of work but also for his enthusiasm for life. And, for adding new dimensions to modern Indian writings in a foreign language that is only more Indian.last_img read more

UNs Kosovo envoy voices concern at apparent attack on monastery

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province’s Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority.On Friday afternoon, a grenade launcher was found on the hillside overlooking the monastery, and a rocket engine was discovered lodged in one of its outer walls, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). This follows reports of two explosive noises heard by the monks on Friday.The Police and KFOR international forces “are investigating what exactly happened yesterday,” said Joachim Rücker, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo.“Violence, especially directed at minority communities, is intolerable and impermissible and has no place in Kosovo,” he declared.“The Deæani monastery is a place of immense spiritual importance for the Kosovo Serb community and a treasure for the people of Kosovo and beyond. I expect quick results from the ongoing investigation.”The province has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid fighting and ethnic abuses. A UN envoy on Kosovo’s status, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented a report to the Security Council which says that independence is the only option that will foster a politically stable and economically viable Kosovo. 31 March 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province’s Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks rise modestly led by tech

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street Friday, led by health care and technology companies.There was little corporate news moving markets. Many companies are finishing up their third quarters and will report earnings starting in the middle of October.Drug maker Pfizer gained 1.9% and Apple rose 0.5%.Among the laggards, Netflix fell 2.6% and Halliburton dropped 1.4%.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 27,135.The S&P 500 gained 7 points, or 0.2%, to 3,014 and is within 12 points of its all-time high. The Nasdaq rose 16 points, or 0.2%, to 8,198. The major indexes are little changed for the week so far.The yield on the 10-year Treasury was flat at 1.77%.The Associated Press read more

Fiddles at the ready The worlds biggest trad music session kicksoff in

first_imgIt’s 20 years since the Fleadh was held in Sligo and chairperson of this years festival Bartley Gavin has hailed the “wonderful work of the Sligo people” in preparation.“It will enable us to welcome with open arms the thousands of visitors that plan to make Sligo their home for the coming week,” he says.The Fleadh’s website has details of everything that’s going on each day of the festival and also has information on getting and staying there.Iarnród Éireann have added additional services between Dublin and Sligo for the duration of the Fleadh.Read: Fleadh Cheoil organisers to ‘respectfully’ return Shell funding after public outcry > Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann/YouTubeTHE ANNUAL Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann begins in Sligo today with President Michael D Higgins set to launch the week long festival of traditional music.There are over 250 events being held over the course of the eight days in what organisers describe as the world’s biggest trad music session.The Fleadh gets underway with a number of events happening this morning but today’s main event is the Colmcille Pageant from 3pm. It’s set to include drummers and dancers parading through the centre of the town before finishing on Stephen’s Street.President Higgins, a long-time supporter of the Fleadh, will officially open the event at 5pm and will also open and sign a peace book that marks a  series of peace building events throughout the week of the Fleadh.Today’s festivities are expected to create a carnival atmosphere in the town and the pedestrianised streets will play host to one of the the many sessions over the next eight days.last_img read more

Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier Short URL 9 Comments Feb 16th 2017, 2:19 PM http://jrnl.ie/3243197 Share Tweet Email1 The scene was declared safe at 10:10am.The Army encounters call-outs to deal with historic munitions “from time to time,” the statement said.Should members of the public find such munitions they are advised to maintain a safe distance, inform An Garda Síochána, who in turn will request Defence Forces assistance.Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921, and in World War Two.They were patented and developed by the British Army in 1915 and continued to be manufactured up until the 1980s.Read: Topshop removes display barriers from Irish stores after boy (10) dies from head injuries in UK > Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921. A 36 Mills Grenade. Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier A HAND GRENADE, possibly from the War of Independence era, has been made safe by an Army bomb squad in Co Laois.The device, a Mills 36 grenade, was discovered by a member of the public carrying out home renovations in Stradbally this morning.According to a statement from the Defence Forces:“The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 9am, where they carried out an initial assessment of the grenade before proceeding to make it safe.“The grenade was subsequently moved a short distance and disposed of. 14,789 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 2:19 PM By Daragh Brophy A 36 Mills Grenade. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

HandsOn Hitman 2 Keeps the Stealth Game Genre Alive

first_imgStay on target The stealth genre isn’t doing so great these days. With Metal Gear Solid becoming nearly unrecognizable and Splinter Cell taking an extended vacation, there’s very few options when it comes to playing AAA sneaking games. Thankfully, we have the Hitman series to fill that void. 2016 saw the franchise return in a big with with the episodic Hitman. Now, Warner Bros is preparing to release the appropriately named Hitman 2. Based on what I played at E3, I can safely say this is the best stealth game released since the last Hitman.Hitman 2 isn’t episodic. You get the full game at launch. Despite that, the game’s structure is still episodic in nature. It has six self-contained missions. While the stories are largely unrelated, there’s an overarching plot tying everything together. This is exactly how the previous game was structured, and it certainly works here. As before, every mission offers a variety of ways to kill targets. A single episode contains countless hours of replayability given all of the different ways to complete objectives.The mission I played involved Agent 47 having to take out a race car driver named Sierra Knox. For this demo, I could take her out either with a sniper rifle or with explosives. I went with the latter option since it seemed more fun and involved. After making my way through the packed crowd of the F1 racing event in Florida, I went to a bathroom to find the explosives. Like the last Hitman, this game seamlessly renders large crowds. I expected things to slow down at any moment given the amount of characters on screen but it never happened. After obtaining my tools of destruction, I needed to get to Knox’s car.To get to Knox’s vehicle, I had to disguise myself as a mechanic. I couldn’t do that without getting into the backrooms of the event. In order to proceed, I had to get a less conspicuous disguise — a flamingo mascot outfit. I found a mascot near one of the bathrooms downstairs. Interestingly enough, I heard him talking to someone about taking out Knox. I had no idea what this was about, so I proceeded to sneak behind the mascot and choke him unconscious. After taking him into the bathroom and stealing his costume, I proceeded to the VIP lounge to find a mechanic.I found my target at the bar. He kept leaving his drink unattended at a table whenever he went to check out the race at a nearby window. This provided a perfect opportunity to poison his drink. I went into the kitchen and found rat poison. A bartender noticed me and followed. I then knocked him out and took his clothes. This gave me a chance to get near the mechanic’s drink without anyone becoming suspicious. After downing his toxic tonic, the mechanic went to the nearest bathroom. As I did with other characters, I knocked him out and stole his clothing. Now dressed as a mechanic, I could make my way to Knox’s car.Upon planting the explosive device on Knox’s vehicle, I went back upstairs to watch the race from the stands. When Knox’ car passed in front of me, I pressed the detonation button and sent her on a one-way trip to Hell. Typically, I would have to find the extraction point after assassinating a target, but this is where my demo ended.This was by far one of my favorite E3 demos. Like the previous Hitman, the variety of ways to assassinate targets is mind-boggling. The only reason I completed my mission so fast and efficiently is because of the helpful WB handler beside me. In the final game, this mission will have more ways to bring down not only Knox, but her arms-dealer father. Just thinking about the possibilities makes me very excited to play the full game.I know there are a ton of games dropping this fall, but you shouldn’t miss Hitman 2 when it releases on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on November 9. Also, it’s single-handedly keeping AAA stealth games alive, which is to be commended.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img read more

Singing Justin Klumps praises

first_imgJustin Klump has played many stages and many rooms, but one of his most meaningful gigs ever was in pre-op.A buddy of Klump’s was headed for brain surgery to remove a tumor, and one possible outcome was memory loss. The way he tested his memory after surgery was by singing all the words to Klump’s song about finding joy while traveling down the “bitter road” of life, called “Sticks and Stones.”“When I heard that was how he was going to make sure his memory still worked, it really touched me,” Klump said.Four years later, Klump, visiting family in Vancouver, was invited into the prep room to sing the same song, live, as his friend got ready to endure the latest in a string of brain surgeries.“I was just a few feet away from him and he sang the background harmonies,” Klump said. “What really amazed me was how he and his wife were providing each other support and strength, through this incredibly challenging, scary, unknown time.”Back in Vancouver, at his grandparents’ piano, Klump started composing. What came out in a couple of hours was “The Other Side,” a song he said was about “sticking with loved ones and having faith even when you don’t know what the future holds.”Klump’s friend, by the way, is doing well. And so is Klump, a Vancouver native who studied classical guitar, fell under the folk-pop songwriting spell of Dave Matthews, and eventually moved to Nashville to get busy as a singer-songwriter and producer. He’s got his own studio in Nashville, where he records himself and others. Critics have hailed his sweet songwriting style and heartfelt, introspective lyrics that seem to probe life’s subtle shades and challenges.last_img read more

Huawei will reveal foldable phone with 5G in February

first_img See All See it CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.MWC 2019 is happening in Barcelona from Feb. 25 to 28. As always, CNET will be reporting from the show.Samsung — which Huawei reportedly hopes to overtake as the world’s No. 1 smartphone seller by the end of 2020 — may reveal its first foldable phone at its Feb. 20 Unpacked event. Yu said the device will run on Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor (also found in its Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20) and will include the new 5G-enabling Balong 5000 modem.He had previously confirmed Huawei’s 5G foldable phone at a launch event for its Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro phones, a report said in October, following on from rumors in April. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3 We’ll be seeing Huawei’s foldable phone in February. For the moment, imagine this building is folding. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Huawei’s CEO has confirmed that we’ll see a foldable 5G phone from the company at Mobile World Congress in February.Richard Yu, the Chinese company’s boss, announced the launch in the closing moments of a pre-MWC 2019 briefing in Beijing.”We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphone with foldable screen,” he said.Foldable phones are poised to become the next big thing in the wireless world. Much of the attention has gone to Samsung, which has promised a bendable device for the first half of 2019, after briefly teasing it in November. And just this week, Xiaomi showed off a “double folding” phone.Huawei may have raised the stakes somewhat by teasing 5G capabilities for its phone. This year will mark the first big deployment of the high-speed, next-generation networking technology, and phones designed for it. Mentioned Above Huawei Mate 20 Pro Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Now playing: Watch this: Tags Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Share your voice Mobile World Congress 2019center_img 30 Photos • Phones Mobile Huawei Mate 20 Pro Preview • Huawei Mate 20 Pro is outrageously innovative Review • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: An elite phone with the looks to match Huawei Mobile World Congress 2019 Foldables, 5G and the future of the iPhone in 2019 Comments reading • Huawei will reveal foldable phone with 5G in February $1,016 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 6:02last_img read more