Solider killed in blast near LoC in Kupwara

first_imgOne soldier was killed and another injured in twin landmine explosions near the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier district of Kupwara on Saturday. Rifleman Nihal Gurang was hit by the blast near the LoC in the Keran Sector during a patrol on Friday night. He was airlifted to the 92 Base Hospital Badamibagh here, but died of his injuries. In another incident, a police official said soldier Abishekh Chhetri suffered multiple splinter injuries after a landmine exploded in the Gogal Dar area on Friday night.last_img read more

Odisha House passes 33% reservation for women

first_imgThe Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution by unanimous voice vote for providing 33% reservation for women in Legislative Assemblies and Parliament. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had initiated discussion on the motion.Mr. Patnaik termed the motion as “historic”. The move is being viewed as a masterstroke to woo the women voters ahead of the forthcoming elections. There are 12 women legislators in the 147-member State Assembly at present.Mr. Patnaik, known for initiating women-focussed programmes, said that no household, no society, no State, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women. He appealed to the legislators to extend their support and adopt the resolution unanimously.Stating that the principle of gender equality is enshrined in our constitution, Mr. Patnaik said Biju Babu was the true champion of women’s empowerment. “In 1992, he brought women to the realm of political decision-making by providing 33% reservation for women in local bodies.”Mr. Patnaik, whose government has enhanced reservation for women in local bodies to 50%, said that the real number was much more than 50% in the State at present. “From Malkangiri to Sundargarh, we witness the new Odisha. An Odisha with lakhs of Mamata Padhiamis and Jayanti Ekkas,” said Mr. Patnaik, while citing the examples of Mamata Padhiami, a girl from Malkangiri and Jayanti Ekka, a grassroots entrepreneur from Sundargarh.last_img read more

India eases into Mars orbit

first_imgBANGALORE, INDIA—Scientists here at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s mission control center erupted in thunderous applause this morning when a transmission from the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) confirmed that the probe had reached Mars. Also on hand was India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, a self-professed space buff. “Mars and MOM have been united,” he declared in a speech broadcast nationwide.India made it to Mars on its first try—a feat no other country had managed. And they did it on the cheap: With a price tag of $67 million, MOM, also known as Mangalyaan, is the least expensive interplanetary mission ever undertaken. Modi, decked out in a jacket matching the color of the Red Planet, noted that the mission cost less than the roughly $100 million spent making the blockbuster movie Gravity. During its planned 6-month lifespan, MOM, alongside the United States’ MAVEN mission, will seek to unravel how Mars lost its water and much of its atmosphere. MOM will also look for signatures of methane gas, an indicator of carbon-based life.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

Shabana Azmi

first_imgShabana Azmi has built successful careers both in mainstream and parallel art cinema in India. Daughter of the idealist poet Kaifi Azmi, whose political passions made the family live in a communist commune and colored the fabric of her life just a shade of red, and a fiery mother, the actress Shaukat Azmi, she says: “I’m very predictable when it comes to activism. As the daughter of Kaifi and Shaukat Azmi, I will say it as it is, and speak up when I see injustice of any kind.” Recipient of the International Gandhi Peace Prize (an honor bestowed on Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu) and winner of five national awards, Azmi talks about her life, films (“it’s all neurotic business be it Hollywood or elsewhere!”) and the fatwa on her head in an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber. Theatre personalities Nadira Babbar, Dinesh Thakur, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi at a rally organised by a forum of artists against the humilation of Habib Tanvir by the Madhya pradesh GovernmentSatyajit Ray said as a dramatic actress you had no peer.Well actually my acting career started and didn’t quite take off at the age of three! I was enacting the nursery rhyme “Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle/ the cow went over the Moon.” I was playing the cow. Alas. instead of going over the moon I fell on the moon, who was another three-year-old girl. She got up and gave me a tight slap. I slapped her in return and the curtains had to be brought down hastily!Ankur, your very first film, netted you a national award. Director Shyam Benegal told me you were his fourth choice after Waheeda Rehman, Sharada, and Aparna Sen. What memories do you have of the film?Shyam Benegal was brilliant. When I went on the sets, I found that I was the only girl in a male dominated unit, but they made me feel very safe and secure. I remember that when we started shooting I could not sit on my haunches, which was very important for this village girl character. Shyam banished me from the dining table and said I was to eat my foot in a corner sitting on my haunches to get into the skin of the character. A few days later a group of students came to see the shooting. They saw me in the corner and said where’s the heroine? I said, “She’s unwell and couldn’t come.” They asked, “What role are you playing?” I said, “I’m playing the ayah.” They said okay and went away most disinterested in me. Shyam overheard that and said, “Today you have earned your place back on the dining table because you really look the part!”This was also the first time I had gone into a real village. The village women would laugh at seeing me struggle with the grindstone and how to grind things the right way. They became friends and guides though they never stopped saying, “What’s the use being so educated when you don’t know how to handle a grindstone and a pestle!” I think the scene that stands out in my mind is when my husband comes home, to find me pregnant. He doesn’t know it’s from another man and seeing his innocence and joy I burst into tears. Somehow I just froze and couldn’t emote. Instead of saying, “Don’t worry, it will be okay, you’ll do fine,” which probably would have made me more tense, Shyam just asked the sets be made ready, made me sit down and started talking quietly about this woman he had met after the Bangladesh famine who had lost everything and was looking around anxiously for her lost daughter. The poignance of that story just made an impact, I found myself relaxing and a sudden moisture and sensitivity to the story coursed through me. Shyam saw the tears in my eyes and said, “She is ready now. Take her before the camera.” That went on to become the most memorable scene in the film.Which brings me to Smita Patil and constant comparisons between the two of you. Benegal said “Smita had an instinct that worked for her. She was a very intuitive actress and she never consciously worked on her part. Shabana is a very thinking person so she works out her roles… as a dramatic actress of course Shabana has no peers.”Look I’m a professionally trained actor. I have always watched my mother doing a lot of homework for all her roles and I do the same. When I read a script, more than what the character is saying, I look for what the silences are saying. You have to try and find out all those things that are not necessarily in the script. However when you are finally before the camera, the technique should not be visible. It should only take you to the point where your character is supported by it while you present its truth. I get a little impatient with actors who are called instinctive actors. They may be talented and lucky, but I consider them very lazy. If they did their homework, they would enhance that talent so much more. Amitabh Bachchan is a prime example of what I’m talking about. I remember working with him in Main Azad Hoon and after every scene he would fret wondering if he could have done it this way or that way. I’d tell him, “Amit stop fretting and forget about all the variations.” The camera has already changed its angle, but in spite of being such a hugely successful actor he has never let up on doing his homework and came ready to enact each scene a 100 different ways. Shabana Azmi with her husband, lyricist Javed Akhtar at a screening of ‘Mistress Of Spices’ in MumbaiPhoto: Tushar Mane/FotocorpMandi, a black comedy about a group of prostitutes, had you play Rukmini Bai the Madam of the brothel. You were pretty young then, You actually visited three different types of brothels in three different cities-Bombay, Delhi and Hyderabad.That is right. In Bombay the prostitutes all adored the actress Rekha and wanted to be like her. In Delhi they had a certain language and courtesan-like culture that they adhered to, but I couldn’t get over Hyderabad. We met this young girl who was dressed simply in a nylon sari and had no make up on. She was supporting a family of eight. She performed to a song I had enacted in the film Fakira, a sweet romantic number, dil mein tujhe chupa ke, kar loongi main band ankhen pooja karoongi teri (I will hide you in my heart, close my eyes and worship you). This girl did the most lewd gestures that left nothing to the imagination about the kind of worshipping she was planning to do.I also found that most women were pretty comfortable with their lifestyle. In fact some of them said, “When you talk of rehabilitating us what do you mean by that? We don’t want to wash utensils at Rs 150 a month.” Again for Lekh Tandon’s Doosri Dulhan I talked to about 10-12 streetwalkers about their lives. When you research these kinds of stories, you also become accountable to these people. You can’t just extract their experiences from them and walk away. I learnt so much during preparation for both films. After they were released, each time my car crossed Juhu beach, these street walkers would come running saying “Shabana didi, Shabana didi.” People must be wondering at the company I was keeping! Fire was a movie that evoked a lot of criticism. Many lesbians felt that to portray two women who were disenchanted with their marriage turn to a sexual and emotional relationship was wrong. That homosexuality is a biological thing and not brought about by dysfunctional relationships.I agree with what this section of lesbians is saying, but frankly this movie is about these two women and not everyone who is gay in the world. This is much more than a story of two women in a lesbian relationship. It was two women struggling against the stranglehold of the structure of marriage that was not working for them. The message here is that if you can stop condemning people just because they are different from you, and accept these two women who were “the other” and empathize with them then may be you will take that second step in accepting and empathizing with other nationalities, ethnic groups, gender, race and religions, all of which is really important to pursue in today’s increasingly intolerant world order. In fact there was also a huge section of the gay and lesbian community who thanked us profusely for making a movie like this because finally this issue was pulled out from under the carpet and more than that it was dealt with extreme sensitivity.You shaved off your head and then the next thing we knew you were out of Water, as was Nandita Das. I heard rumors that you didn’t want to do it anymore. That is not true. I very much wanted to do it, but the distributors said they would not touch the film if it had Deepa, Nandita and me together. In fact when Deepa wrote me an email explaining her predicament and wanting me to be released from the film, I wrote her back saying I understood and that for me it was more important that the film get made. And then I added, “No ! I’m lying! I really want to do the part really, really badly and I challenge you to find a better actress. You’ll never find a better actress than me to do this part!” She laughed when she read that. But today I’m really glad that it is receiving so much acclaim though I really wished I had been part of the film. I think after the Fire controversy the Deepa-Nandita-Shabana trio together literally became too hot to handle.I have always been struck by the fact that in spite of being an exotically beautiful woman, your looks never came in the way of your acting, like they did the case of Hema Malini and now Aishwarya Rai, who have been considered mediocre actresses and all looks in spite of having done some good work.Thank you, but for the longest time I was considered a plain Jane by the Indian media. They would say incessantly – bechari ki shakal toh aise hi hai (poor thing her looks are very average). I was very self conscious about my buck teeth and would keep covering my mouth when I smiled. I’d tell my mom, if only I had perfect teeth, I would be a much better actress. It was the same thing with Mithun Chakravarty. He was so self conscious about his buck teeth until everyone started raving about his dazzling smile. It was Mahesh Bhatt who told me to stop covering my mouth – that a smile had everything to do with the eyes and not the mouth. Then I would step out of India and would be called a ravishing beauty at Cannes and Berlin and other film festivals and would keep looking over my shoulder wondering who they were hreferring to. For the longest time even in commercial cinema I would try to be the stereotypical mainstream heroine dressing up that way until I realized it was just not me. I think the change came when I started getting comfortable in my own skin and realized beauty has nothing to do with the way you look, but the way you are from within.You have been a strong political and social activist. You have had a fatwa on your head for locking horns with Imam Bukhari. A certain section of Hindus have accused your husband Javed Akhtar and you for not being warmer toward Hindus even though you call yourselves secular Muslims. And yet you are fearless. Would it have been better to have a party backing instead of being a lone woman crusader against so many causes. I think the resource base for activism is life itself, so when you involve yourself in social issues you enrich yourself as a person and deepen your understanding of life. This in turn enriches the characters I play, giving depth and complexities to them, which I may not have had if I had not been an activist. While not having a party backing can be a disadvantage, it also frees me to speak the whole truth. If I had a party behind me then there would have been a danger for my truth to become selective truth. Of course, fortunately being an actress gives me visibility people do hear me out in spite of not having a party to back me up.Javed and I have been the favorite targets for both Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists for a long time now. The fact remains that the fight is not between Hindus and Muslims, it’s between ideologies of extremism and ideologies of tolerance and moderation. When secular liberals start establishing their credibility and occupying center stage then the extremists on both sides start attacking them. When I spoke about the hijab, Imam Bukhari instantly said who is she to comment? She is not even a Muslim. She has no right to speak about the hijab. When he said all Indian Muslims should join the jihad in Afghanistan and I said to him on live TV that I would arrange for him to be dropped to Kandahar, his problem will be solved and so will ours, he said, “I don’t listen to a nachne gane wali tawaif (I don’t listen to a singing dancing nautch girl).” The TV bleeped out the tawaif part, but what was most interesting was that I received a huge amount of mail from Muslims saying thank you for standing up to him, he is not our leader. And I’m being accused of being a Hindu beater?There are no two ways about it. You have to oppose fundamentalism of all hues. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a majority or minority, they are mirror images of each other. I’m glad that Javed’s organizations Muslims for Secular Democracy and Citizens for Justice and Peace are doing a lot of good work in that direction.One of the issues closest to your heart has been the fate of slum dwellers.I have been working with an organization called Nivara Hakk for the past 20 years on the issue of slum dwellers. We have been able to influence policy by making them understand that razing slums won’t solve the problems, They will rebuild them elsewhere. Today we have the largest single project in all of Asia of rehabilitating slum dwellers, where we have created 13,000 tenements for slum dwellers and are ready to hand over the first 5,000 homes to them.So what will it take for an Indian film win at the Oscars?They have to cut down the length first and foremost. I do have to admit that I’m not so hung up on some Indian film winning at the Oscar as being the biggest deal. Our self esteem as filmmakers should never depend on that one thing.If you were to change anything about your life what would it be?I think I have been at the right place at the right time and have lived a very rich life, but if I could do it all over again, I would learn to cook and play the piano. I regret not having learnt a musical instrument. Related Itemslast_img read more

Team India leaves for West Indies, Anil Kumble stays back for ICC meet

first_imgIndia head coach Anil Kumble did not accompany the cricket team, which left on Tuesday for West Indies for the limited-overs series.It was reported that Kumble didn’t board the flight from England to West Indies, where India will be playing five ODIs and one T20 international beginning June 23.However, a BCCI source later confirmed that Kumble has stayed back in London to attend the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting scheduled to be held in London and will later join the team in West Indies.It is also reported that the entire Indian team, barring Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, have left for the Caribbean Islands.Earlier on Monday, reports claimed that skipper Virat Kohli has conveyed “strong reservations” over Kumble continuing as coach to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).It is reported that the three-member CAC, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, is willing to retain the incumbent legendary leg-spinner for the post.last_img read more

Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput has long-term vision for Test cricket

first_imgWhile Afghanistan celebrate their lofty status as a Test-playing nation, far away in Mumbai, head coach Lalchand Rajput is busy plotting how to instill a five-day temperament into a team more attuned to the hard-hitting nature of limited-overs cricket.In a historic decision on Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) granted Afghanistan and Ireland full membership, putting them in an elite group of 12 sides permitted to compete in the longest form of the game.Cricket gained popularity in Afghanistan when refugees residing in Pakistan after fleeing a homeland ravaged by the Soviet-Afghan War took the sport home with them in the 1990s.They first played among the sport’s minnows until gaining one-day international status seven years ago, and in June 2013, the ICC granted Afghanistan associate membership, the second tier behind the Test-playing countries.”It’s a great achievement for them. Every country would like to be called as a Test-playing country,” former India cricketer Rajput told Reuters in an interview.”They have been working hard for the last couple of years. And this is the reward which they got after consistently performing, especially the last year has been very good.”We started beating Test sides, we beat Zimbabwe, we beat Ireland. It’s a big thing for the sport in Afghanistan and its people. They are so passionate about cricket there.”A former Mumbai batsman with a first-class average of close to 50, Rajput was manager of the India team that won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.In June last year, he was named head coach of Afghanistan, replacing former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.advertisement”Everybody was keenly waiting for this ICC meeting to happen,” Rajput, who played two Tests and four ODIs for India, said on Friday.”They were all very excited that now they will all be called Test players. Every cricketer’s dream is to be a Test cricketer, that’s the real test. This is a big, big thing for them.”Having already played in multiple World Twenty20 events, the Asian side made a stellar debut in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.They have also been impressive in the Intercontinental Cup, a first-class competition for associate members.BIG HUNDREDS”This is a big challenge. Being from Mumbai, we know this attitude of ‘khadoos’ (stubbornness) in the region’s cricketers and that has to be imbibed in the Afghanistan players,” the 55-year-old Rajput added.”Because you have to have a price on your wicket, you can’t throw your wicket easily. Plus the temperamental aspect, the mental toughness you know. And playing big innings, that’s very, very important.”Rajput feels the Afghan players are natural hard hitters of the ball and his job is to make them understand the need to spend more time in the middle instead of chasing quick runs.”In the Intercontinental Cup we used to get out early, the maximum score used to be 250-300. But this year, we played against Ireland and you will be surprised we got over 500 runs for eight wickets declared,” he said.”The captain (Asghar Stanikzai) got 145 and another guy got a hundred. So they are getting into the mode of scoring big hundreds. Slowly and steadily we will be there, we will improve.”I can’t change it overnight, it will take some time. But we are going in that direction.”Turning to matters with the ball, 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan looks a real prospect and he recently took 7/18 in a one-dayer against West Indies after a strong showing in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament.Former captain and off-spinner Mohammad Nabi also gained exposure to the world’s top batsmen as Rashid’s team mate at the IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.”We have the bowling. But yes, we have to look at options as well because in Test cricket you require people to take 20 wickets,” the coach added.”In one-day cricket you have to bowl tight. So the mindset has to be to take wickets rather than bowling tight.”We have got one more left-arm wrist-spinner. I watched him playing for the under-19s and said ‘I want him’.”Slowly I will make him play four-day games and give him confidence so that he gets better and plays the one-day format consistently. Just like Rashid, he is also a wicket-taking bowler.”last_img read more

Evening newswrap August 2, 2017

first_imgNo troop withdrawal at Doklam, says India as it rejects China’s claims Government sources said the Indian forces continue to stand, as earlier, against the Chinese troops.Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘son of a b***h’ over nuclear ambitionsPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘son of a b***h’ over nuclear ambitionsImtiaz Ali on his first meeting with Shah Rukh: He had a drunk girl hanging on to himImtiaz Ali recalled his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan in London in an interview.Dhawan or Mukund will have to make way for KL Rahul: KohliIndia and Sri Lanka will square off in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo from Thursday.last_img read more

L-3 SAM Electronics to Supply Turnkey Equipment for …

first_imgzoom L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a major contract to provide complete electrical packages, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for Ceona Amazon, the 199-meter offshore construction and pipelaying vessel to be delivered this coming October to Ceona, a London-based subsea contracting organisation.The turnkey supply work, which also includes all cabling installation, is to be carried out under contract to the vessel’s principal outfitter, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG, Germany, which subcontracted the steel work to Crist S.A.’s shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.Due to enter service in January 2015, Ceona’s multifunctional Amazon vessel is capable of operating in multiple pipelay modes, installing both rigid/flexible pipe and umbilicals. It is equipped for heavy lifting, with two 400-ton deepwater cranes, and has the capacity to carry more than 9,000 tons of rigid pipe.“Following the successful recent completion of similar installations, the highly complex project for the Ceona Amazon represents a major undertaking that we are well-positioned to accomplish,” said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 Marine Systems International. “This latest award demonstrates L-3’s continuing presence as a leading supplier of a wide range of specialized systems and expertise in support of the global offshore shipping and platform industries.”L-3’s vessel control system consists of a NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system, featuring standardized workstations with multipurpose displays, and an MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system capable of processing approximately 4,500 input and output signals controlled by 10 processing stations. Supplementary support facilities comprise a full range of internal communications systems as well as a comprehensive range of GMDSS equipment. Power will be available for seven asynchronous thruster drives generated by a series of six diesel alternators supplying three medium-voltage switchboards. Other associated equipment includes six-pulse and 12-pulse PWM converter drives in addition to 16 medium-voltage propulsion and distribution transformers.The Ceona Amazon contract is the latest in a series of major turnkey projects undertaken by L-3 SAM Electronics on behalf of leading operators of next-generation offshore construction support craft. Other recent ventures include comparable outfitting of the heavy-lift jack-up crane vessels, Innovation and Vidar.L-3 SAM Electronics, February 27, 2014last_img read more

Federal and provincial leaders to march in Montreals Pride parade

first_imgMONTREAL — A number of federal and provincial leaders are expected in Montreal today to march in the city’s annual Pride parade.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Francois Legault will be in attendance, as will NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.Trudeau, Singh and May also walked together in Vancouver’s Pride parade earlier this month.Organizers are expecting thousands to attend the 36th edition of the parade, which kicks off around 1 p.m.The parade caps off an 11-day festival that included drag shows, concerts, panels, and tours of Montreal’s Gay Village neighbourhood.But Montreal Pride president Eric Pineault says the event is about more than celebration, noting the organization received a record number of transphobic and homophobic messages on its social media platforms this year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

At UN Assembly President calls for end to anachronistic burden of divided

“What is also needed is the demonstration of genuine good will by our compatriots to negotiate in good faith,” Mr. Anastasiades told the United Nations 69th General Assembly on the third day of its General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.Noting that the current status quo is to no one’s benefit, Mr. Anastasiades said that his packet of Confidence Building Measures would create a win-win for everyone concerned, helping to build mutual understanding, confidence and good will would spur ongoing negotiations. He added a call for the Government of Turkey “to contribute constructively to the efforts to reach a settlement, not only in theory and rhetoric, but through practical and substantial actions.”These first steps are part of Mr. Anastasiades’s ultimate visions to relieve all Cypriots, particularly the younger generations, “from the anachronistic burden of living in a divided country in which they are forcibly prevented from enjoying the freedoms that is the birthright of every citizen in the world.” The United Nations works through the good offices of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assist in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem. The UN also maintains a peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, which was deployed in 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted on the Mediterranean island.Among other issues noted in his speech, Mr. Anastasiades conveyed his deep concern about regional and global insecurity brought on by terrorism, annexation of territories via illegal use of force, religious fundamentalism, and forcible displacement of people. His address is one of some 196 scheduled in the course of the annual high-level debate which will last through next week. read more

Google shores up Chromes vulnerabilities before telling hackers to bring it on

first_imgGoogle has been trying to make a name for Chrome as the most secure browser out there, but they’ve just put their money where their mouth is by paying nine researchers a total of $14,000 for finding vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser to shore it up for next week’s annual Pwn2Own hacking contest. About a month ago, google offered a bounty of about $20,000 to anyone who could escape the Chrome sandbox and compromise a user’s system. Chrome’s sandbox keeps browser code from interacting with a user’s operating system, and Google’s justly proud of it, but the only way they can make sure it is working is by having hackers bang on it.AdChoices广告Bang on it, hackers did. They never did manage to find a way to get out of Chrome’s sandbox, but they did find several lesser security vulnerabilities, including one in WebGL, the hardware accelerated 3D graphics API that Google debuted in Chrome back in early February. A vulnerability in WebGL makes sense, as it’s one of Chrome’s newest features, but there were others identified as well, including one in Chrome’s SVG — or scalable vector graphics — rendering and animation, and even one in Chrome’s address bar. The most vulnerabilities by far were found in Chrome’s memory allocation code, which accounted for nearly 25% of all vulnerabilities spotted. All in all, the outside researchers found fifteen bugs, with Google themselves identifying four more. 16 of these bugs were rated as of high importance, while three were rated medium. None were critical.Google, always quick when it comes to patching Chrome, managed to shore up the foundations and issued a fixed patch on Monday. With Pwn2Own starting next week in Vancouver, though, and Google’s $20,000 offer to any hacker who can escape their sandbox, my guess is we’ll be seeing more vulnerabilities patched soon enough.Read more at Computerworldlast_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce de crotale découverte en Asie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de crotale découverte en Asie Des scientifiques britanniques ont identifié une nouvelle espèce de serpent dans le sud-est de l’Asie. Ce “crotale vert aux yeux rubis” a été retrouvé dans les forêts et collines du Vietnam, ainsi qu’au Cambodge.Aussi venimeux que ses congénères, ce nouveau serpent a été découvert à l’issue de recherches qui ont duré plus de 4 ans. Entre 1999 et 2003, les scientifiques de l’Université de Bangor au Royaume-Uni ont collecté des spécimens de crotales verts en Thaïlande, au Laos, au Vietnam et au Cambodge. En laboratoire, ils les ont ensuite attentivement examinés en prenant en compte les caractéristiques physiques et génétiques. Une étude publiée en janvier dernier dans la revue Zootaxa qui leur a permis de faire la fameuse découverte.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasBaptisé Cryptelytrops rubeus, la nouvelle espèce appartient à la famille des crotales et se caractérise notamment par ses yeux rouges perçants. “Nous connaissons ces espèces grâce à très peu de spécimens, et très peu de personnes dans le monde ont vu ce serpent. Pour être honnête, nous savons encore très peu de choses sur lui”, a expliqué Anita Malhotra, écologiste moléculaire et co-auteur de l’étude. Côté régime alimentaire, les chercheurs n’en savent pas beaucoup plus. S’ils ont vu l’animal s’attaquer à une grenouille, ils ont émis l’hypothèse qu’il pouvait, comme certains de ses congénères, se nourrir de petits mammifères. “Il est très difficile de trouver des informations sur ce que ces animaux mangent. Les serpents digèrent tellement bien que ce qui reste dans leur fécès, si l’on parvient à en collecter, ne sont que quelques bouts difficiles à digérer, tels que des cheveux de mammifères, des écailles ou des griffes de reptiles”, a indiqué A. Malhotra. Ce “crotale vert aux yeux rubis” a été retrouvé enlacé sur des branches dans les forêts et collines proches d’Ho Chi Minh City au Vietnam. Mais les chercheurs ne savent pas encore si l’espèce doit être considérée comme menacée, au vu de son habitat assez restreint. Une seconde espèce de crotale, cette fois-ci aux yeux jaunes, a également été découverte et baptisée Cryptelytrops cardamomensis.Découvrez les photos du très rare crotale vert aux yeux rubis en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 5 avril 2011 à 10:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Food Drink Koi Pond pairs wine Italian fare at bistro

first_img Michelle and Wes Parker of Koi Pond Cellars in Ridgefield recently opened a bistro and tasting room in downtown Vancouver (in the space formerly occupied by Veraison) that feels like a visit to their former home, Sonoma County. The primary focus here is the wine. Koi Pond Cellars’ wine is available in six ounce pours or as part of a five-glass wine tasting flight served in a unique wine glass tower (which Michelle Parker found on The flights are not only eye-catching and Instagram-friendly, but a good way to taste a variety of wines made by this Ridgefield winery.This is a place for wine aficionados as well as wine novices. The Parkers are interested in making wine less intimidating. Michelle Parker told me, “Sometimes I break it down to what kind of food they like. That will break it down to what kinds of wines they’ll like. We talk about do you tend to like sweet foods or salty foods.” She added, “I’ve had countless tasters apologizing to me because they don’t understand what they’re tasting. You taste what you taste, you like what you like. If you don’t like something, there’s no judgment. Trying to strip that negative snootiness out of it is a mission of mine. People are intimidated — they think wine is such an elevated experience.”In addition to wine, Michelle serves food that she describes as Italian bistro-style. She explained, “A lot of the things here are very simple. I think people overcompensate by adding too many things. If you start out with good ingredients and put them together thoughtfully, it’s going to be amazing all the time.”The tasting room and bistro is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and happy hour is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. I showed up for lunch and ordered (they offer counter service). The lunch menu included panini sandwiches, pita pizzas, antipastos — small plates of wine-friendly bites. The specials menu, which had a roast beef panini and a pear and prosciutto panini. I tried the charcuterie plate, the bruschetta, and the pear and prosciutto panini. The tomatoes in the bruschetta tasted as if they had just been picked. The charcuterie plate offered a nice mix of high-quality salty treats (salami, prosciutto, capicola, havarti, mozzarella, marinated olives and pickled asparagus). I especially liked the crisp, sour pickled asparagus. The pear and prosciutto panini had a tantalizing blend of sweet and salty flavors. Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

Cards Upend Notre Dame 53 in Series Finale

first_imgNext Game: INDIANA 3/26/2019 | 5:00 p.m. A two-out solo home run by Cait Brooks in the fifth pulled the Irish within a run. Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Irish (18-10, 3-3) got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Katie Marino led off with a hit and eventually crossed the plate on Melissa Rochford’s single. Quinn Biggio’s RBI hit brought Rochford home to make the score 4-2. SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Notre Dame 5-3 Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium in the teams’ ACC series finale. The Irish threatened in the sixth when a single, a walk and a fly out placed a pair of runners in scoring position, but reliever Danielle Watson got a fly out to Butler in left field to end the inning. In the seventh, a leadoff hit by Ali Wester brought the tying run to the plate, but back-to-back fielder’s choices prevented a runner from getting into scoring positon and a groundout to Maddy Newman at second secured the win. Caitlin Ferguson had two hits, scored twice and a registered pair of stolen bases and Kyra Snyder collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Megan Hensley (8-1) notched the win and Danielle Watson picked up her first save of the season. Previewcenter_img Snyder’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth as the Cards extended their lead to 4-0. Hensley got the inning started with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe, who took second on Rebecca Chung’s sacrifice bunt. Ferguson reached safely on an infield hit to put runners on the corners and proceeded to steal second. Snyder’s hit plated both runners and she would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Cardinals (20-10, 3-3 ACC) will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to No. 20/22 Indiana at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Hensley picked up her team-best eighth win of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings. She also registered one of Louisville’s eight hits in the game. The Cards tallied six stolen bases in the contest with Butler registering career-high three stolen bases, Ferguson had two and Melton swiped her team-best 15th of the season. Matchup History The Cards pushed their lead back to two runs in the sixth. Freshman Charley Butler delivered a two-out single, stole second and third and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit, bringing the score to 5-3.  Louisville struck first with a run in the second inning. Ferguson led off the frame with a single, stole second and crossed the plate on senior Madison Cousineau’s double to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Alexis Holloway (8-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more