How to Fail Your Way to Success

first_imgRelated Posts Owen O’Brien Tags:#business model#Business plans#Entrepreneurs#entrepreneurship#fail to succeed#failure#Fear of Failure#success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … “Failure is success in progress” ― Albert EinsteinEntrepreneurs are enthusiastic and serial failers.Entrepreneurs seem to be constantly looking for solutions and alternative ways  of doing everything. And crucially, they don’t give a damn about failure, because they know that failure is, in fact, discovery. Some have declared, “The only way I will know if something works is by doing it and that means doing what seems impossible or unlikely.”Entrepreneurs are comfortable with failure, almost enjoying it.This is because every experience, positive or negative tells you something. If you are working in a specific area of expertise, which you are likely to be, tech, law, medicine, marketing, for example, your experiences of doing will become a rich mixture of interconnected successes and failures.The very act of doing will develop, over time, a focussed and overall understanding of your area which will be unrivalled by those simply thinking about it, or, dare I say it, studying it.The learning gleaned from action is called tacit knowledge.As Michael Polanyi (1967: 4) wrote in The Tacit Dimension, we should start from the fact that “we can know more than we can tell.”For that reason, I am skeptical about business plans.These plans are mostly not worth the paper they are written on. On the one hand a business plan seems to be leading people down a deceptive path of fantasy and disaster. Yet, on the other hand, business plans can be very dangerous, stopping people from doing anything at all.The business plan is a blueprint for the financials and can give basic indications of whether what you are thinking of is even worth doing at all. The problem is that these business plans often stop you from employing the basic trial and error methodology adopted by most the most successful entrepreneurs and stable businesses. The tradition business plan rarely reflects reality, particularly in a start-up situations.We don’t always do what we say we will, in fact, we often don’t do that at all. We reach for convenient existing theories of business to explain things and business plans are usually formulaic and poor imaginings for the needed action: go talk to the customer stupid. Get a mentor; learn more about your subject.There is a tendency to direct start-ups in developed countries into incubation centers.These centers are usually run by state enterprises whom, with the best of intentions, actually cosset the fledgling enterprise from the realities of the commercial world, and in doing so, prevent the very essential learning that is so necessary to develop a real sustainable and gritty business model.There is a toughness and street-wise element to successful enterprise. These successes will not be created in comfortable shiny offices with too many people sitting around chatting in the cafeteria, at the water cooler or even in meetings, wondering where the customers are.Enterprisers with the experience of — learning by doing — will often say that your mistakes cost you money, and that ensures you don’t make them twice. Richard Branson advises you to “pick yourself up, brush yourself off, don’t let your ego get the better of you.” In other words: get over it — and quickly.Go ahead, feel bad for failing. You should feel lousy, and that bad feeling is good for your business. Studies now show that you will be less likely to repeat the same error twice.In a recent study, Dr Selin Malkoc from Ohio State University said, “All the advice tells you not to dwell on your mistakes, to not feel bad. But we found the opposite.”“When faced with a failure, it is better to focus on one’s emotions – when people concentrate on how bad they feel and how they don’t want to experience these feelings again, they are more likely to try harder the next time.”Failure has been acknowledged by successful people from Steve Jobs to Bill Gates for helping them achieve their final success.Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is quoted as saying, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again.”It is probably worth seeing yourself as an “experimenter” in the business world. Consider that the enterprises you undertake or take on as a business are often experiments to see if your ideas are correct when faced with reality. In some ways the pioneers of electric cars and autonomous vehicles are yet to see whether their enormous experiments will work when the market decides.In business, failure is the customer telling you to go back to the shed and iterate one more time.Vitally, the secret is surviving the various events that make up success. Therefore it is important to minimize the downside. If you are going to get it wrong, make sure that you won’t fall too far and that you can pick yourself up and get on with it, one more time. Don’t over-commit to a line of action that will destroy your future financial freedom to change, or iterate again on your idea. Refrain from committing yourself personally to long lease contracts, for instance.James Dyson is definitely the king of failure – 5,126 of them to be exact. That is the number of prototypes he developed over the course of 10 to 15 years before releasing his iconic bag-less vacuum in 1993. The upright domestic model, DC01, used the patented “Dual Cyclone” technology. Dyson says his willingness to fail is the reason for his success.Dyson said, “The failure is the starting point, because when something fails, you understand why it fails. Then you start to think of ideas as to the ways you can overcome that failure. The moral of the tale is keep on failing – It works.”So go on then and fail away all you like. Keep in mind that your failures are only lessons, after all, and crucially, it is the only way you are ever going to find out. After many failures, when you finally find out you’ve got it right, you will have failed your way to success. Owen is an entrepreneur, teacher, songwriter, and general ideas man and has run several businesses over the past 30 years. Working as a barman, and then a sales representative, he decided to go out on his own when he found that he has no difficulty selling and making deals for other companies. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Leg pain

first_imgDefinitionLeg pain is a common problem. It can be due to a cramp, injury, or other cause.Alternative NamesPain – leg; Aches – leg; Cramps – legCausesLeg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include:Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the bloodMedicines (such as diuretics and statins)Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position for a long timeAn injury can also cause leg pain from:A torn or overstretched muscle (strain)Hairline crack in the bone (stress fracture)Inflamed tendon (tendinitis)Shin splints (pain in the front of the leg from overuse)Other common causes of leg pain include:Atherosclerosis that blocks blood flow in the arteries (this type of pain, called claudication, is generally felt when exercising or walking and is relieved by rest)Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) from long-term bed restInfection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or skin and soft tissue (cellulitis)Inflammation of the leg joints caused by arthritis or goutNerve damage common in people with diabetes, smokers, and alcoholicsVaricose veinsLess common causes include:Cancerous bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma)Legg-Calve-Perthes disease — poor blood flow to the hip that may stop or slow the normal growth of the legNoncancerous (benign) tumors or cysts of the femur or tibia (osteoid osteoma)Sciatic nerve pain (radiating pain down the leg) caused by a slipped disk in the backSlipped capital femoral epiphysis — usually seen in boys and overweight children between ages 11 and 15Home CareadvertisementIf you have leg pain from cramps or overuse, take these steps first:Rest as much as possible.Elevate your leg.Apply ice for up to 15 minutes. Do this 4 times per day, more often for the first few days.Gently stretch and massage cramping muscles.Take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.Other homecare will depend on the cause of your leg pain.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:The painful leg is swollen or red.You have a fever.Your pain gets worse when you walk or exercise and improves with rest.The leg is black and blue.The leg is cold and pale.You are taking medicines that may be causing leg pain. DO NOT stop taking or change any of your medicines without talking to your health care provider.Self-care steps do not help.What to Expect at Your Office VisitYour health care provider will perform a physical and look at your legs, feet, thighs, hips, back, knees, and ankles.Your health care provider may ask questions such as:Where on the leg is the pain? Is the pain in one or both legs?Is the pain dull and aching or sharp and stabbing? Is the pain severe? Is worse at any time of day?What makes the pain feel worse? Does anything make your pain feel better?Do you have any other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, back pain, or fever?Your health care provider may recommend physical therapy for some causes of leg pain.ReferencesSilverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Bederka B, Amendola A. Leg pain and exertional compartment syndromes. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 24. Section B.Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 428.Shy ME. Peripheral neuropathies. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 428.White CJ. Atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 79.Review Date:8/19/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

WHO promoting use of traditional medicine

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) The WHO is promoting the use of traditional medicine by regulating and, where appropriate, integrating it into national health systems, the global health body said today on the eve of the International Day for Yoga.The World Health Organisations South East Asian Region, of which India is a part, reports an estimated 8.5 million deaths annually from non-communicable diseases.Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South East Asia stressed on developing community initiatives that promote physical activity in all forms.It suggested that physical activity–including yoga–be built into classroom lessons while some form of physical activity be incorporated in workplaces, and green public spaces such as parks and sports fields be developed to promote recreational and organised sports.According to the WHO, an alarming 70 per cent of boys and 80 per cent of girls in the region report insufficient physical activity.”Beyond the critical importance of physical activity, the International Day of Yoga speaks of another public health imperative: harnessing the full potential of traditional knowledge systems.”Across the South East Asia Region, the WHO is promoting the safe and effective use of traditional medicine by regulating, researching and where appropriate, integrating it into national health systems,” Singh said. PTI PLB AARlast_img read more

Apacer: latest CFexpress card performance leaps forwards as PCIe and 3D NAND flash integrate

first_imgApacer has launched the world’s fastest memory card, CFexpress. Ideal for 4K or 8K UHD image processing and recognition applications, this CFexpress card is the latest addition to Apacer’s high-speed PCIe SSD product line. In fact, Apacer currently has the industry’s most complete PCIe product line. The combination of PCIe with 3D TLC NAND flash memory is ideal for companies who are pivoting to high-performance computing, AI, deep learning and intelligent image analysis.Compliant with the CFA industrial CFexpress 1.0 specification, the world’s smallest and fastest memory card, CFexpress Type B, adopts industrial-grade 3D TLC NAND flash memory and -40°C~85°C industrial-grade wide-temperature ICs from original manufacturers. Thanks to its top-of-the-line PCIe NVMe Gen3x2 interface, it offers transfer speeds up to three to four times higher than SDXC and CFast2.0, giving it theoretical transmission performance of up to 2GB/s. The high-performance, compact and removable features of CFexpress fully meet the requirements of high-definition image processing and recognition applications, which can be expected to play an important role in PCIe SSD solutions.Apacer’s PCIe SSD solutions use multiple firmware technologies to achieve full-channel data protection. For example, through End-to-End Data Protection technology, Apacer SSDs can detect and correct erroneous data in real time, ensure the integrity and correctness of data transmission between the host and the NAND storage area, and greatly improve data reliability.Mindful of the potential overheating issue due to high-speed processing, the distance between the thermal sensor, the NAND flash and the controller is also carefully constructed to monitor the temperature of the system precisely. Moreover, Apacer’s thermal throttling technology uses intelligent frequency modulation to ensure data stability and integrity is not threatened by higher temperatures.Apacer’s PCIe Gen3x2 high-speed SSD solution meets the next-generation NVMe 1.3 specification for optimal access performance. IOPS read/write and continuous read/write speeds can reach 240,000/180,000 and 1,600/1,000 MB/s, meaning massive amounts of data processing at high speeds. Apacer currently offers M.2 2280, M.2 2242 and high-speed memory card CFX options. Customers in the IoT, high-performance computer, gaming, AI and deep learning fields are already adopting Apacer’s latest product line. Even virtual host applications such as Citrix Key, VMWare and Hyper-V are benefiting from Apacer technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: low power CompactPCI Serial CPU board suitable as stand-alone solutionNext Lanner: rugged industrial box PC with 4G/LTE configurationlast_img read more

North, South Korea win heritage status with joint wrestling bid: UNESCO

first_imgParis, Nov 26 (AFP) North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted their joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as part of the world’s cultural heritage. The two Koreas had originally filed separate applications for their traditional form of wrestling to be recognised on the UN cultural agency’s world heritage list. “The fact that both Koreas accepted to join their respective applications is unprecedented,” UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. “This inscription, through a joint application, constitutes a historic first step on the road to inter-Korean reconciliation.” The bid was approved by UNESCO’s committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at a meeting in Mauritius. Known as Ssirum for North Korea and Sssireum for the South — each uses a different system to render the language into English — wrestling has been practised at village festivals for centuries. Nationwide competitions are still held every Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival, on either side of the border. The sport has some similarities to Japanese sumo but begins with two wrestlers facing each other on their knees in a pit, holding onto a cloth sash tied around the waist and using their strength and technique to knock their opponent to the ground. In the South, wrestlers are topless and only wear tight shorts, while in the North they don sleeveless jackets. Southern matches are held on sand while the North uses a round mattress. There has only been one inter-Korean wrestling competition, on the South’s Jeju island, in 2003.advertisement Until now, North and South Korea have always submitted separate bids for inclusion on UNESCO’S list of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. South Korea added its tradition of making kimchi — a fermented cabbage dish widely enjoyed across the peninsula — in 2013, prompting the North to seek the same status for its own version, granted in 2015. The Korean folk song “Arirang” has a similar story — the South’s was recognised in 2012, followed by the North’s two years later. For wrestling, the South applied in 2016, a year after the North. But at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Paris last month, Azoulay suggested the requests be combined, and the idea was also taken up with North Korean oficials. The joint bid was made possible by a rapid diplomatic thaw between the two Koreas with three summits this year between Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, sealing the division of the peninsula with an impenetrable border. This border, a four-kilometre-wide by 248 kilometre-long area known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), has become something of a nature reserve due to the lack of human activity. UNESCO has suggested it could be designated as a special natural biosphere under a similar joint initative. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

Golar Keeps On Selling

first_imgzoom Golar LNG Limited  has agreed to sell its ownership interests in the companies that will own and operate the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Golar Eskimo to Golar LNG Partners L.P. for a price of USD 390 million. The transaction is expected to be finalized in January 2015.The deal is financed with cash on hand, the proceeds of aUSD 220 million loan from Golar LNG Limited and the assumption of outstanding bank debt in respect of the Golar Eskimo on the closing date of the acquisition (approximately USD 162.8 million).Part of the agreement with Golar Partners is for Golar LNG to retain the right to use the FSRU and to charter the vessel to a third party starting in January 2015 and ending in June 2015, with hires received during this period belonging to Golar LNG. In return for this, the company will pay Golar Partners USD 22 million to be paid in equal monthly instalments starting in January 2015.This transaction is the sixth dropdown of assets to Golar Partners since its IPO in April 2011.Back in August 2013, Golar LNG Limited agreed to charter Golar Eskimo to the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The FSRU Golar Eskimo will be moored at a purpose built structure that is to be constructed by the Aqaba Development Corporation off the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Capable of storing 160,000 cubic metres of LNG and delivering up to 500 MMSCFD with a peaking capacity of 750 MMSCFD, the FSRU will connect to the Jordan Gas Transmission Pipeline that delivers natural gas to power plants throughout the Kingdom.Earnings under the ten year contract are due to commence during the first quarter of 2015.The Jordan government has the option to terminate the time charter after year five, subject to payment of an early termination fee.last_img read more

WILLIAM SHATNER ON HIS BLUNDERING GUEST ROLE DOING GOOD DEEDS AND SHRUGGING

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment William Shatner stars with Jason Priestly and Cindy Sampson in Private Eyes. CORUS A wide-eyed William Shatner is being pressed against the wall, held up by his lapels on a Toronto sound stage. The actor is being interrogated by an angry Jason Priestley.The confrontation is over someone “cooking the books” and Priestley’s character isn’t happy about it. But Shatner is giving as good as he gets. “Speaking as a regular, the chocolate pastry is to die for,” he snorts.The scene is perfect, except someone flushes a Porta Potty and the sound is caught on tape. The actors laugh. They do another take.last_img read more

The journey of Nishiyuu making tracks to Ottawa

first_imgBy Annette Francis APTN National NewsArmed with walking sticks and fighting blistered feet, a group of walkers is slowly making tracks to Ottawa.It’s a journey that started months ago when David Kawapit, 18, heard about Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s fast and the Idle No More movement.“I started thinking about how I can help out instead of waiting for someone else to start something, so I decided to go with something from grassroots,” he said. “I decided to go on a journey.”So Kawapit and six others began to walk starting from the frozen shores of Hudson Bay and 1,500 kilometres to Ottawa.It hasn’t been easy, but the group is determined to spread the message and bring their concerns to Parliament Hill.The group didn’t stay small for long. Now, after over 50 days of walking, more than 150 young people from Cree communities along the way have joined them.They’re now in Algonquin territory and are expected to reach Ottawa in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, erasing some of the market’s gains from a day earlier.Technology stocks fell more than the rest of the market in early trading Friday.Chipmaker Nvidia plunged 19 per cent after saying it had a large number of unsold chips because of a big drop in mining of cryptocurrencies.Troubled California power provider PG&E surged 37 per cent after the president of the utility’s state regulator said it was essential for a power company to have the financial strength to operate.The S&P 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,716.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 101 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,189. The Nasdaq composite lost 77 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,181.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City of Dawson Creek signs historic fiveyear hosting agreement with Hockey Canada

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek and Spectra Venue Management, which runs the Encana Events Centre, will be entering into a five-year hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. The partnership, the first of its kind for Hockey Canada, will create a long-term certainty in a location for Hockey Canada and their events. The City says that the agreement will be a great benefit for both the City and the Peace as a whole, bringing positive economic and social impacts to the region. “Hockey Canada has identified Dawson Creek as a great partner community to pilot the concept of a long-term hosting agreement whereby the community and Hockey Canada mutually benefit through long term financial legacy but equally important the social, infrastructure and community hockey legacy” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Events and Properties.The partnership is a new model and approach for Hockey Canada towards hosting events. This historic partnership will identify diversity in events with approximately one event being hosted at the Encana Events Centre every 18-24 months. McIntosh said that those events may include the World Parahockey Tournament, the World Junior A Challenge, pre-competition opportunities, training camps, and another as-yet undetermined event.Hockey Canada said that the City of Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre have both proven themselves on a number of occasions that the community can host local, national, and international events that can create a positive economic impact to the region. “This is the first agreement of its kind in Canada with an arena and Hockey Canada and we are excited for this partnership,” said Ryan MacIvor, General Manager of the Encana Events Centre. “Hockey Canada will be a primary tenant now until 2024.”At today’s announcement of the partnership, Hockey Canada also announced that Dawson Creek will be hosting the Canadian Women’s National Camp at the Encana Events Centre taking place September 10th-16th. During the week-long camp, both the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and the Fort St. John Huskies will be playing exhibition games against Canada’s national Women’s team.last_img read more

One killed, two injured in clashes between students in Fez University…

Rabat – One person was killed and two others were injured in clashes, on Thursday in the Fez-Dher Mehrez college campus, between students from two opposite factions: Attajdid Tollabi and Annahj democrati Al Qaidi, the Wilaya of Fez announced on Friday. The student Abderrahim El Hasnaoui succumbed to his wounds, on Friday, after he was transported to the intensive care unit at the Hassan II University Hospital for the necessary health care, said the statement.The public prosecutor at the Fez Court of Appeal ordered the opening of a probe, said the same source, adding that four suspects have been arrested, on Thursday night, for their involvement in this incident. Investigations are still going on to bring the accused to justice. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes lower traders balance Syrian worries with jobs data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Friday amid nervousness about possible military intervention in the Syrian civil war and speculation about what the Federal Reserve might do about a key stimulus program in the wake of the latest employment data.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 24.14 points to 12,820.92 and the Canadian dollar surged almost a full US cent.The loonie found some support from a Canadian jobs report, which beat expectations. The currency was off the session highs but still ahead 0.89 of a cent to 96.07 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 59,000 positions last month.But the growth was mainly for part-time employment as the unemployment rate fell to 7.1% in August from 7.2% the previous month. The consensus had called for the Canadian economy to have created about 20,000 jobs in August.The Canadian currency was also lifted by an American dollar that backed off after the U.S. Labor Department reported jobs growth of 169,000 last month, narrowly missing expectations of about 175,000 jobs. The U.S. jobless rate was 7.3%, down from 7.4%.U.S. indexes were lacklustre following comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, that his country would continue to “assist” Syria even if it is attacked.The Dow Jones industrials lost as much as 148 points before recovering somewhat to slip 14.98 points to 14,922.5, the Nasdaq rose 1.23 points to 3,660.01 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.09 of a point to 1,655.17.President Barack Obama says he will address Americans about Syria on Tuesday while he seeks public support and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as punishment for an alleged chemical attack against civilians in suburban Damascus last month.Syrian has cast a shadow over trading ever since the alleged chemical attack Aug. 21 but some analysts think sentiment could well improve after it is known just what the U.S. will decide to do.“At the end of the day, when it’s resolved, it will be more of a relief than anything,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“Remember, when they actually went into the Big One in Iraq (in 2003), a couple of days beforehand markets turned around markedly and this was even before they crossed into the country.”The U.S. labour data was a mild disappointment as the consensus had called for the American economy to have cranked out about 175,000 jobs in August.The Fed has indicated it could start winding up its US$85 billion of bond purchases as early as this month if the economy shows sufficient strength. The prospect of the Fed tapering those asset purchases has unnerved some investors as the stimulus has kept rates low and channelled lots of money into equity markets around the globe.Tech stocks led declines, off 1.2% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 31 cents to $11.29 after three days of strong gains, partly fuelled by reports that the smartphone maker wants to launch an auction process for its assets sooner rather than later.Telecoms continued to shed gains racked up earlier in the week after U.S. telco giant Verizon said earlier in the week it wouldn’t be entering the Canadian wireless market. The group backed off 1.12% and Telus (TSX:T) shed 94 cents to $33.31.Commodity prices were higher and December copper rose two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The base metals group rose 1.07% and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) advanced 28 cents to C$7.60.The gold sector rose 0.87% as bullion prices advanced after the release of the jobs data with the December contract up $13.50 to US$1,386.50 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by six cents to C$6.20.The energy sector was up 0.13%, as worries about supply disruptions from the Mideast helped push the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $2.16 to US$110.53 a barrel, its highest close since May, 2011. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 42 cents to C$36.68.The Toronto market ended last week with a respectable 1.32% advance, with gains seen across all sectors except for gold producers.The Canadian Press read more

Column Irelands political system must embrace diversity to foster justice

first_imgRECENT EVENTS HAVE highlighted the inability of a largely monolithic and unrepresentative legislature to take decisions that are in the interest of people who are other than them. The overwhelmingly white, male Dáil, with its members predominantly selected from a narrow spectrum of dynastic families and professions, has proven itself to be incapable of acting justly toward all those historically excluded and marginalised. We have witnessed spectacular political blunders and injustices, for instance, in the handling of the Savita Halappanavar death and subsequent establishment of inquiries; in the refusal to introduce abortion legislation as mandated by the Irish people; in the treatment of Magdalene survivors; and in economic policy measures disproportionately disadvantaging women.While individual representatives sometimes try to constructively deal with issues predominantly affecting women, it is doubtful whether political institutions so explicitly eschewing diversity can adequately deal with such issues. Thankfully, as research from other jurisdictions shows, we can be hopeful that this may change somewhat in the future, given the introduction of gender quotas at the next general election.‘We accept systemic poverty in our society’What of those marginalised groups, though, who have been historically disadvantaged owing to other factors, such as race, ethnicity, or class? Incidences of racial hate crimes are rarely treated as a political priority, and we accept, as a matter of course, systemic economic inequality and poverty in our society. Added to this is the fact that people often have complex identities, which means they may be subject to multiple, perhaps reinforcing, disadvantages. The sociologist, Patricia Hill Collins, describes such people as being subject to “interlocking systems of oppression”, as their lives are marked by “intersectionality”, that is, they are disadvantaged by virtue of their gender, race, and class, for instance.Examples of the negative impact of intersectionality and mutually reinforcing oppressive structures are easy to find in Ireland. The issue of abortion, for example, is instructive. Many women who need abortions are unable to travel to the UK due to immigration or asylum status, meaning that race/ethnicity and gender intersect in ways that distinctly disadvantage migrant women, ultimately resulting in a denial of their reproductive rights. Similarly, there is ample evidence to suggest that people who were placed in Magdalene institutions were put there because they were poor. The ideology of ‘fallen women’, coupled with a disdain for poor people, thus resulted in women, and in some instances girls, being incarcerated by virtue of their gender and their class.A homogenous legislature has not served us wellWhen understood like this, it becomes clear that intersectionality can be a powerful tool in drawing out the complexities involved in injustices committed against people who have been and continue to be marginalised. It is essential that political decisions are made with regard to such complexities. What better way to do so than by actually including those people in political decision-making, whose lived experience is intersectional, and who therefore have first-hand knowledge of the many ways in which disadvantage functions with regard to gender, race, or class, for instance?As the examples of abortion and the containment of women in Magdalene laundries highlight, a homogenous legislature has not served us well, given that we are living with the legacies of injustices committed for several decades. If we wish to not repeat the mistakes of the past, then we need to include historically marginalised populations in political decision-making, paying particular attention to intersectionality, and the specific inequalities and injustices that can arise there from. As a country coming to terms with widespread, systemic injustices committed against young people, women, working class people, and the various intersectional identities of these and many others, we must ensure that diversity takes centre-stage in the political institutions and processes governing our lives.Prof Patricia Hill Collins will be speaking on intersectionality and social justice in a public lecture organised by UCD Women’s Studies on 20 March. Dr Clara Fischer is a co-ordinator of the Irish Feminist Network.last_img read more

The night before I put the penalty in a different place I

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Fennessy Short URL “It was tense. It was high pressure. It was a case of what might have been really. Things might have been different if Roy had been there. If you get past Spain and what you’ve got next [South Korea], anything could happen. “It’s tinged [with disappointment] because maybe it didn’t go the way you wanted. But I guess when you get older [you realise] it’s life really. It’s Rovers of the Rovers and then there’s a bit of realism there. You’re up against really good players. It’s the best of the best. But I thought the team did brilliantly. It’s a lovely thing to be a part of. But obviously, I should have put the penalty away.”Without wanting to delve too deeply into the discussed-to-death Saipan debate, I ask Connolly more generally about his most famous, and most infamous team-mate.“Roy can be brilliant company. He’s got very high standards and all the stuff that we know Roy for. I got on great with Roy. I just put my head down. You had to when you’re with so many good players. You can’t afford to slacken off to keep up with these players. I had to be at it every day. I made sure I was practising, practising in the gym.With Roy, he was good as gold with me. I didn’t treat Roy any different to anyone else or he to me. He signed me [at Sunderland] and I did quite well — that was a good period for him as a manager too. You could have the best days of your life with Roy and it could obviously go the other way too. I enjoyed my time with him a lot — he was a top, top player.”Connolly was also one of the few Irish players to visit Keane to say goodbye once it became apparent that he would not be competing in the World Cup and was going home.“He was only staying in the next room down. You don’t really want him to go. You don’t know the ins and outs of it. Whether that was the right or the wrong thing [to do], I don’t know.“He’d often borrow a couple of DVDs off me. It probably would’ve been odd if I hadn’t gone to see him. I don’t know if I had an argument like that, would I want someone to come see me. Maybe not, or maybe I wouldn’t really care. But anyway, I was a bit young. It is what it is.”And does he remember which DVDs Keane borrowed?“No, jeez I don’t. I don’t think it was ‘Friends,’ or anything like that.” Connolly (third left) pictured with Roy Keane and team-mates during his Sunderland days. Source: Craig Connor/INPHOConnolly in particular and arguably Ireland in general would never again reach the same heights at international level that they managed in that Spain game.With Saipan still fresh in people’s mind, McCarthy left not long after the World Cup, departing following a first competitive home loss against the Swiss.Brian Kerr took over and Ireland still retained an outside chance of qualifying for Euro 2004 right up until the final group game, which was once again against Switzerland.It was a disappointing performance from the team ultimately. Keane and Connolly started up front, with the latter replaced by Clinton Morrison after 58 minutes amid an anti-climactic 2-0 loss. He describes it as “probably one of my worst games ever” on a day where little went right for the Irish team, after Hakan Yakin gave their opponents the lead just six minutes into the match at St Jakob Park.It proved to be the last time Connolly would wear a green jersey. He was ignored for the duration of Steve Staunton’s tenure, despite finishing the season as Sunderland’s top scorer and helping them get promoted to the Premier League under Roy Keane.“That was fine,” he says. “When new people come in, they make their mark. There was no [animosity]. Sometimes you might agree or disagree, but you learn to keep your counsel and get on with it.”Connolly would go on to play for Southampton, Portsmouth, Oxford and AFC Wimbledon, before retiring in 2015 at the age of 37.“Giovanni Trapattoni selected me [for his first Ireland squad], but I was injured and had a lot of operations at Sunderland. I was struggling for fitness for a season or two.  So I didn’t get that call back. But I can’t complain really, I ended up with more than I thought I would.”Perhaps the most controversial moment in Connolly’s Irish career was a high-profile falling out with Don Givens, the caretaker boss in between the McCarthy and Kerr eras. Givens publicly criticised Connolly, with the manager suggesting the player turned down a call-up. However, reflecting on it now, Connolly feels he was unfairly treated.I don’t lose any sleep over it. I thought it was ridiculous. Everything was done in a terrible manner. It wasn’t done via the club. It was just amateur. That was the biggest frustration, because really the player shouldn’t be in the middle of all that. The Irish manager should be talking to the club about the player. The player’s called up and you don’t have any real relationship with that person, you shouldn’t even be talking to him. It should be done via the official channels. I don’t want to be talking to the manager, getting his opinion on a Saturday night — he should have just talked to my club and they’d deal with it.”For the most part though, Connolly has fond memories of his Irish career and football in general.“You’ve definitely got to persevere,” he adds. “When I was playing at Ruislip Gaelic Grounds, there were much better football players than me and they were at the Tottenhams and Arsenals of this world. I was at little Watford.“You’re told you’re too small, you’re not this, not that. Just persevere. Have a bit of resilience. You might have a couple of setbacks along the way. You’ve just got to keep going, have a bit of determination and really love it. If you want to do it, you’ve got to really love it. If you love it, they say you never work a day, and it’s kind of true.”- Originally published at 15.00 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘The night before I put the penalty in a different place. I changed my mind against Spain’ David Connolly on the good and bad times he experienced playing for Ireland. OF ALL THE teams Ireland have endured bad fortune against over the years, Switzerland must be among the standouts.The Irish management careers of both Mick McCarthy (in his first spell) and Brian Kerr ended with disappointing results against the Swiss in games that either killed off qualifying hopes or made the prospect of reaching a major tournament very difficult.At the weekend, The42 spoke to Thomas Butler, whose short-lived international career ended with a game against Switzerland.Similarly, David Connolly would also win the last of his 41 caps against the side known as the ‘Rossocrociati’ (Red Crosses), albeit in a different game to Butler.In those previous 40 caps though, there was no shortage of highs and lows, with nine goals enough to put Connolly on the all-time top scorers list, level with Roy Keane, Liam Brady, Clinton Morrison and Kevin Sheedy, and just behind James McClean’s 10.Before international recognition though, he grew up a normal kid who happened to be obsessed with football.In a YouTube interview from a few years back, Connolly recalled how André Hoekstra, a coach he worked with at Excelsior, urged him to “fly a kite” or engage in some kind of hobby outside of football.“I struggled with my time off,” he recalled. “What do I do with my spare time apart from football?“I enjoy my football and never take it for granted. I’ve never been a drinker of alcohol or late-night parties, whatever it may be.[André] could be right. Maybe I did need to learn to fly a kite. But I never did.”Born in England and growing up in Willesden, his parents went to Britain in search of work, but Connolly always considered himself Irish.“I was the first one born in England, as happens, when there was no real work at home. Dad was one of many brothers. Only one of them needed to work the farm, so the rest came to England to find their way. https://the42.ie/4796098 22,209 Views Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 3:00 PM Sep 5th 2019, 9:01 AM Follow us: the42.ie Image: INPHO Share1 Tweet Email I was probably playing and watching more Gaelic than I was football when I was a child. My dad played in minor All-Irelands — him and his brothers are big into hurling and Gaelic [football].“I started playing football at the same time. I didn’t really think about anything else. You were living in England, but everything else was kind of Irish. I lived in a very Irish place. It was the norm. You went to Irish pubs. That was just how it worked really.”And did he ever consider seriously pursuing GAA?“No, but I played it all the time. I was watching my dad down in Ruislip, which was the main GAA ground. “Even now, I played Gaelic with my sons today, just after school, they love it. It’s a great sport.“It was just part and parcel [of growing up], you’d always have a hurling stick in the car or wherever.” As a youngster, Connolly wrote to Ireland and Liverpool player Jim Beglin. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOA big Liverpool fan on account of their Irish players, such as Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton among others, Connolly wrote to Jim Beglin as a kid and ended up getting two tickets for a game.“I’ve never really said it to him. He sent back two tickets, which was incredible. I went up to Anfield with my dad, I went to the game. I didn’t ask for the tickets, but it was absolutely fantastic. I still remember opening the envelopes.”Aged 18, Connolly made his Ireland debut on 29 May 1996. It was Mick McCarthy’s third game game in charge and third successive defeat, as the Boys in Green lost 1-0 to Portugal in a friendly at Lansdowne Road.“In the youth age groups, I played with Watford and we played Millwall quite a lot. They had Ben Thatcher, Mark Kennedy — quite a good youth team.We’d always give them a good game, but [then-Millwall manager] Mick McCarthy, as often happens with manager of clubs, they’d often watch the youth teams, then manage the [first-team] game. So he was obviously watching when we played Millwall. I think I did quite well and scored a few.    “A year later, I was in the first team at Watford scoring goals and then Mick called me up.”A few days after his Portugal bow, Connolly featured in another friendly, as Ireland were defeated 3-1 by Netherlands in Feijenoord Stadion. Little did he know at the time that he would soon end up playing there regularly.The young striker subsequently started scoring for Ireland — twice in the 1996 US Cup against USA and Mexico, and a hat-trick the following May in McCarthy’s first competitive game in charge against Liechtenstein.Connolly had played three seasons at senior level for Watford, scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances, but his contract was due to expire. Suddenly, he went from England’s third-tier to the Eredivisie. His team-mates now included Henrik Larsson, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Jerzy Dudek. To this day, he is still remembered in Holland, particularly for one game. Aged just 23 and up against footballers of the calibre of Christian Chivu and Rafael van der Vaart, he scored twice in a 4-3 victory — the first time Feyenoord had beaten their arch-rivals away from home in 26 years. At the final whistle, the young Irish international was carried off the pitch on Dudek’s shoulders.“They were looking for a forward who was on a free,” he recalls. “I had a couple of offers in England or whatever. I took [Feyenoord], because when you played in the stadium, it was incredible. “They were playing Champions League football and I never played it again. They had amazing players like Larsson. It was just a completely different world to what I’d come from, you’d be mad [to turn it down]. But I probably wasn’t ready for it then. At the time, they were playing in the Champions League and the year I left, they won the Uefa Cup.” Source: Feyenoord • Eredivisie Archief/YouTubeConnolly would technically spend four years on the books at Feyenoord, though he ultimately made just 25 league appearances in that time, scoring seven goals. In between there was a season on loan at Wolves, and a particularly prolific loan spell with Excelsior in the Dutch second tier, where he managed a remarkable tally of 42 goals in 48 appearances. Former Netherlands international Adrie Koster, his manager there, who went on to coach a number of other Dutch clubs, including Ajax, still describes the former star as the best striker he ever worked with.The Irish international was not the only talented striker who found himself out of favour at Feyenoord. Following a contract dispute, the club would ultimately sell the disillusioned Henrik Larsson to Celtic for £650,000.“They didn’t want him there and they weren’t getting on. I remember talking to him. He was training, but he was never involved. It was just: ‘Oh you know, me and the club have just fallen out.’”Irish and British players often find life difficult further afield, with homesickness often an issue among young players. However, Connolly says it was never a problem for him, with a number of team-mates perennially making him feel at home.They were great lads. George Boateng was brilliant, great company. Giovanni van Bronkhurst and his wife would bring me round to dinner and look after me.“It’s a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming. I still talk to people I met there 20-odd years ago. They couldn’t have done anymore.“I take my kids there [now], go there for holidays, it’s a great place.”Connolly, meanwhile, says he always enjoyed a good relationship with McCarthy, who visited him during the striker’s Dutch spell.“He’s honest and hard working as the day is long. He tells it as it is, which I like. He cuts out all the rubbish. You know exactly where you stand and I really enjoyed playing for him. You could argue with him and stuff, but he’d never really hold anything against you.“Mick came to stay with me in Holland once. He came to watch me play. I think he had a hotel for the night, but he said: ‘Is there any space at yours?’ ‘Yeah there is, alright.’ I ended up with my national team manager staying on the top floor of my house, which was a bit weird and surreal at the time. But that’s what Mick was like. He wouldn’t stay in a highfalutin hotel or whatever. He gets on well with people.”With the emergence of exceptional young attackers in Robbie Keane and Damien Duff, Connolly’s starting spot was rarely guaranteed at international level, despite beginning with such a flourish. However, he did feature in all three of Ireland’s crucial play-off ties under McCarthy. He came off the bench and was sent off in defeat to Belgium that ended the team’s hopes of qualifying for the ’98 World Cup. He again featured as a substitute in the first leg and started the second in the absence of the suspended Keane, as Ireland agonisingly went out against Turkey on away goals. And he also completed 90 minutes of the second leg against Iran, when the Boys in Green finally qualified for a major tournament under McCarthy, losing 1-0 on the night but progressing 2-1 on aggregate.Yet despite this memorable moment, Connolly still feels a degree of regret that they didn’t achieve more.“We should have got to at least one more tournament at a minimum,” he says.Ahead of the tournament, Connolly was enjoying the best spell of his career, at least in terms of goals. He had been offered a new contract by Feyenoord, but still got the impression the club weren’t especially keen on him sticking around. Initially, he was set to sign for another Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar. But a phone call from Irish team-mate Kenny Cunningham persuaded him to instead return to English football and join Wimbledon.His first season at the club in England’s second tier in the lead up to the 2002 World Cup was a success, as he registered 18 goals in 35 appearances, while the following campaign, he would manage 24 in 28. Still though, Connolly knew he was unlikely to start ahead of Duff and Keane at the tournament in Korea and Japan.We begin discussing that World Cup generally, and unprompted, Connolly brings up what is probably both the best and worst moment in his career.Having played the Iran match, the attacker was an unused sub in Ireland’s three group games. In the last 16, against a Spanish side that included the world-class likes of Iker Casillas, Gaizka Mendieta, Carles Puyol, Raul and Fernando Morientes, Connolly replaced Ian Harte in the 82nd minute with McCarthy’s men trailing 1-0 and desperately needing a goal. A last-gasp Keane penalty brought the game to extra-time and Connolly went desperately close to finding a winner thereafter, as his effort from 20 yards out just went the wrong side of the post.Ultimately though, Spain prevailed 3-2 on penalties, with Connolly one of three Irish players to miss a spot kick.When it comes to penalties, it’s just whoever fancies it.“I wouldn’t say there were loads and loads of people who were putting their hand up to take it, but you live and learn really. The night before I put the penalty in a different place. I changed my mind, over-thought it, and that’s probably the disappointing thing.” Connolly is consoled by Niall Quinn during the 2002 World Cup penalty shootout with Spain. Source: INPHODoes he deserve credit though, for at least being willing to volunteer to take a spot kick in such a huge game?“Yes and no. We played Romania in ’97. I got brought down for a penalty. Steve Staunton was on penalties and he sort of said ‘I don’t fancy it.’ I thought: ‘Maybe I’ll have a go at this.’ Then Roy took the ball and he had his kick saved. I remember thinking: ‘That’s someone who’s been at Liverpool and Villa that doesn’t really fancy it.’ Then there’s no shame in that.“I felt okay to take the penalty [against Spain], but if you miss, you suffer the consequences. It wasn’t a great pen. The night before I banged it in — no ‘keeper would have saved it. But it’s a little bit different when you’re doing it in front of everyone. David Connolly scored nine goals in 41 caps for Ireland. David Connolly scored nine goals in 41 caps for Ireland. Image: INPHO 6 Comments last_img read more

Mandela buried in rolling hills of South Africa

first_imgQUNU, South Africa — His flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey — one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance and reconciliation in the fight against South Africa’s racist rule.Artillery boomed and military aircraft roared through a cloud-studded sky, as the simple and the celebrated gathered to pay their final respects in Mandela’s native village of Qunu at a state funeral that blended ancient tribal rituals with a display of the might of the new, integrated South Africa.“Yours was truly a long walk to freedom and now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of your maker,” Brig. Gen. Monwabisi Jamangile, chaplain-general of the South African military, said as Mandela’s casket was lowered into the ground at the family gravesite. “Rest in peace.”“I realized that the old man is no more, no more with us,” said Bayanda Nyengule, head of a local museum about Mandela, his voice cracking as he described the burial attended by several hundred mourners after a larger funeral ceremony during which some 4,500 people, including heads of state, royalty and celebrities, paid their last respects.The burial ended a 10-day mourning period that began with Mandela’s death on Dec. 5 at 95, and included a Johannesburg memorial attended by nearly 100 world leaders and three days during which tens of thousands of South Africans of all races and backgrounds filed past Mandela’s casket in the capital, Pretoria.last_img read more

En Vogue TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration AfterParty

first_img Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Twitter Read more H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage GRAMMY-winning jazz singer Elling won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman. He is currently nominated in the same category this year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, for his album The Questions. In 2000, Los Angeles-based DJ Pesce transitioned from a successful career in public relations with a mentoring assist from DJ Spinderella of GRAMMY-winning group Salt-N-Pepa. In addition to keeping dance floors hot, Pesce has made appearances on television dramas as herself and entertained GRAMMY Celebration partygoers for several years running.”We look forward to our annual GRAMMY Celebration honoring the winners and nominees of Music’s Biggest Night,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “It’s an evening and rare opportunity for all of us in the music community to celebrate triumphs and milestones together, complemented by a handcrafted menu and even more unforgettable performances featuring some of our most esteemed talent following the GRAMMY Awards telecast.”The culinary choices continue the Renaissance masquerade-ball theme with modern twists on traditional dishes and deserts provided by chef Joe Flamm of Chicago’s Michelin-starred restaurant Spiaggia.”Each year we diligently work to produce one of the largest awards show celebrations, and we’re thrilled to bring the annual event back to Los Angeles with a modern baroque-inspired theme to complement the elegance of the evening,” said Branden Chapman, Executive in Charge of Production & Chief Business Development Officer of the Recording Academy. Don’t forget to tune into the 2019 GRAMMYs this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. live on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards Prev Next Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Email 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images The Recording Academy’s official 2019 GRAMMYs closing event will also feature sets by jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and DJ Michelle PescePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 12:42 pm After the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sun. Feb. 10, more than 5,000 members of the music industry community will head for the Renaissance-themed official after-party celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will be headlined by R&B greats En Vogue and TLC.The private, ticketed event’s festivities also feature jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and a set by DJ Michelle Pesce, as well as gourmet cuisine and dancing.The ladies of GRAMMY-nominated group En Vogue stirred up the ’90s R&B scene with hits including “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Don’t Let Go (Love),” which was nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal at the 39th GRAMMY Awards.The women of GRAMMY-winning group TLC also made huge waves in ’90s (and early-2000s) R&B. At the 38th GRAMMY Awards, their sophomore album CrazySexyCool won Best R&B Album and its single “Creep” won Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. At the 42nd GRAMMY Awards, the group won both categories again with their follow-up album Fanmail and its hit “No Scrubs.” Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimagecenter_img Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? News Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Facebook Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs En Vogue & TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration After-Party Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 11:40 am TLC Win Best R&B Album Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? En Vogue & TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration en-vogue-tlc-headline-2019-grammy-celebration-after-party Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYslast_img read more

Amazon reportedly uses boxing machines to replace people

first_img Now playing: Watch this: What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for you Internet Services “We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement.”We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”The company looked into putting two of these $1 million machines into dozens more warehouses, Reuters reported, which would replace at least 24 human workers at each one.Back in 2017, Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation, argued that automation and hiring go “hand in hand” for the company, and the increased efficiency benefits everyone.First published at 5:45 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:04 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 19 0:55 Tags Comments 50 surprising things people are buying on Amazon right now Amazon is reportedly taking a step towards replacing some of its workers with machines. Getty Images Amazon is apparently starting to replace people with machines.The e-commerce giant is adding machines for packing people’s orders to some of its warehouses, Reuters reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources who worked on the project.These Italian-made CartonWrap machines apparently scan items as they move along a conveyor belt and pack them in custom-built boxes. They can pack 600 to 700 boxes per hour — four to five times the speed of a human, Reuters noted. 50 Photos Share your voice Amazonlast_img read more

Rohingya trawler capsize death toll hits 20

first_imgThe bodies of three more Rohingya people, including two children and a woman were recovered from Patiatek in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Friday, reports UNB.They had gone missing after a trawler capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the upazila on Thursday. The newly recovered bodies raised the death toll to 20.Read more: Death toll in Rohingya trawler capsize rises to 17″The bodies of 20 Rohingya people, including that of 12 children, have so far been recovered,” said Ukhia-Teknaf circle assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Chailau Chakma.On Thursday, at least 17 people died as a trawler carrying around Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar, sank in the Bay around 3:30pm in bad weather.Besides, 10 people suffered injuries in the incident. They were admitted to Cox’s Bazar sadar Hospital.Read more: 14 Rohingyas die in trawler capsize in Baylast_img read more

Police Shootings Stir Outrage Among Some But Not The Supreme Court

first_imgElaine Thompson/APSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at a civics event in January in Seattle. Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent about police shootings Monday.The U.S. Supreme Court has again stepped into the bitter public turmoil over police shootings of civilians, ruling Monday that an Arizona police officer is shielded from being sued for shooting a woman in her own front yard.The court said the officer acted reasonably, given that the woman, Amy Hughes, was carrying a large kitchen knife, that she was standing within striking distance of a woman who the officer did not know was Hughes’ roommate, and that Hughes failed to drop the knife when ordered to do so.Police were called to the scene after a 911 call reported a woman hacking at a tree with a knife. Hughes fit the description of the woman. So when police spotted her with the knife in her hand, and within striking distance of another woman, all three officers on the scene drew their guns.Three officers draw guns, but only one shootsThey said Hughes appeared calm, but when she failed to acknowledge the officers’ presence or their twice repeated order to drop the knife, one of the three officers opened fire.Hughes, who sued for $150,000 in damages, is one of thousands of people shot by police who survive.The government relies on media for police shooting statsThere are so few reliable statistics about police shootings, however, that in 2015 then-FBI Director James Comey called the situation “embarrassing and ridiculous.”The Washington Post has compiled the most complete database on fatal police shootings, reporting that in 2015, there were 995 fatal shootings, in 2016, 963, and in 2017, 987. In each of these years, roughly 1 in 10 of the fatal shootings involved a person who was unarmed or not known to have had a weapon.Nobody knows how many police shootings wound but don’t killAs to those who survive police shootings, again, there is no official count by any government agency. And no comprehensive count by news organizations either.VICE News has done a data analysis of the nation’s 47 largest police departments. Although the data are not comprehensive, they cover 148,000 police officers in 47 police departments that serve 54 million people, and it is the best count to date of those who were shot by police and survived.According to the data, 2,720 people were shot by police and survived from 2010-2016. Of these, 20 percent were unarmed, and in an additional 8 percent of the cases, the departments didn’t say whether the subject was unarmed.About half the shootings took place when police encountered a subject with a gun, and an additional 20 percent involved subjects with a knife or some other weapon — subjects like Hughes, the woman whose lawsuit was tossed out by the Supreme Court on Monday.The court’s decision came without ordering full briefing or argument, a rare step indicating that the majority thought the case easy to decide.The unsigned, eight-page opinion said that under clearly established law, “the reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the vision of 20/20 hindsight,” and the court reiterated that the “calculus of reasonableness” must allow for “the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments — in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving …”Even if the shooting in the Hughes case did amount to excessive force — “a proposition that is not at all evident on these facts,” the court said — the officer who shot Hughes would still not be liable. Under the court’s “qualified immunity” doctrine, said the court majority, the officer would be immune from any lawsuit because his conduct did not violate “any clearly established statutory or constitutional right” that “a reasonable person could have known” about.Just two dissenters, but they level quite a blastJustice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for herself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, strenuously dissented. Noting that two of the three officers on the scene thought it “unnecessary to use deadly force,” the dissenters observed that Hughes was “nowhere near the officers, had committed no illegal act, was suspected of no crime, and did not raise the knife in the direction of the other woman or anyone else.”This is not the kind of case that the Supreme Court normally disposes of without briefing or argument, contended Sotomayor. “The relevant facts are hotly disputed” and the question of immunity in these circumstances is, “at the very best, a close call.” Yet, instead of letting the case go to a jury, the court has “intervened prematurely, purporting to correct an error that is not at all clear.”The court’s “unwarranted” overturning of the lower court’s decision in this case, she said, is “symptomatic” of a “disturbing” and “one-sided” approach to excessive force cases, where police are almost always protected and the victims of excessive force have little to no recourse.In the hands of the current court, she charged, the doctrine of limited immunity for police is being transformed into “an absolute shield for law enforcement officers.”The court, she concluded, is not only “wrong on the law”; it is sending “an alarming signal” to police and the public alike. It tells police they “can shoot first and think later,” and it tells the public that “palpably unreasonable conduct will go unpunished.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Through a nanopore ionically Graphene quantum transistor for nextgeneration DNA sensing

first_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Prof. Jean-Pierre Leburton briefed Phys.org on the research he and his colleagues – Anuj Girdhar, Chaitanya Sathe and Klaus Schulten – conducted. “Simulations are presently leading experimental efforts on this specific topic – but transport models based on density functional theory cannot handle a large number of atoms due to limited computational resources,” Leburton tells Phys.org, recounting some of the challenges the scientists faced. (Density functional theory, or DFT, is a quantum mechanical modeling method used in physics and chemistry to investigate the electronic structure of many-body systems.)”In addition,” Leburton continues, “these models are restricted to solid-state systems, while we’re dealing with a hybrid solid-liquid system. For this reason, very simplistic and idealistic physical conditions are assumed on graphene nanoribbons.” Such assumptions include uniform GNR widths with perfect armchair or zigzag edges, the nanopore being placed in the center of the graphene nanoribbon, and an absence of electrostatic perturbations from either the electrolytic solution or the dielectric supporting the graphene nanoribbon.”In our approach, we use a multiorbital tight-binding (TB) technique that can handle a much larger number of atoms than DFT to account for the non-uniform GNR width, its irregular edges, and various sizes and positions of the nanopore,” Leburton explains. (The TB technique uses a superposition of wave functions of isolated atoms located at each atomic site to calculate the electronic band structure of solids.)”The electronic spectrum obtained from the tight binding model is then fed into a transport model based on a non-equilibrium Green function technique to compute the electrical conductance in general GNR configurations.” A non-equilibrium Green (aka Green’s) function, or NEGF, can be used to solve an inhomogeneous differential equation with boundary conditions in a way that is roughly analogous to the use of Fourier series in the solution of ordinary differential equations. Over the last decade, NEGF techniques have become widely used in corporate, engineering, government, and academic laboratories for modeling high-bias, quantum electron and hole transport in a wide variety of materials and devices. Explore further (A) Schematic of an AT DNA strand translocating through a pore. (B) Potential maps in the graphene plane due to the DNA molecule at eight successive snapshots throughout one full rotation of the DNA strand. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 Citation: Through a nanopore, ionically: Graphene quantum transistor for next-generation DNA sensing (2013, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-nanopore-ionically-graphene-quantum-transistor.html Another consequence of the system being multi-phase (liquid-solid), with the DNA target in the liquid phase, and the detector is in solid phase, was detecting the rotational and positional conformation of a DNA strand inside the nanopore. “From a computational viewpoint, Leburton notes, “the interface between the two phases is extremely challenging, because on the one hand, software is specific to either of these matter phases, while on the other hand, in the case of bi-phase systems, they are, as mentioned, restricted to a very small number – a few hundred – of atoms.”In showing that a graphene membrane with quantum point contact geometry exhibits greater electrical sensitivity than a uniform armchair geometry, Leburton says that the main challenge resides in the capability of simulating arbitrary GNR shapes at atomic resolution, which – again due to traditional density functional theory methods being limited to only a few hundred atoms – leads to the inability to assess long-range effects induced by GNR geometry.In summary, the team addressed all of these computational challenges by using:a tight-binding approach that can handle larger number of atoms, which is necessary to assess the conductance changes in GNRs of non-uniform shape induced by external chargesa multi-scale approach to handle the hybrid bi-phase system, where the GNR and DNA are modeled by atomistic software, while the electrolyte and surrounding materials are treated with self-consistent semiconductor devices equations within the Boltzmann-Poisson formalism (a differential equation that describes electrostatic interactions between molecules in ionic solutions)Leburton expands on the paper’s proposed membrane design containing an electrical gate in a configuration similar to a field-effect transistor for a graphene-based DNA sensing device. “The presence of a gate on or underneath the membrane will enable tuning of the GNR conductance in the optimum electrical sensitivity regime, which otherwise will be entirely determined by two factors: the GNR irregular edges introducing uncontrollable quantum mechanical boundary conditions on the transverse wave functions of charge carriers that produce undesirable scattering affecting the conductance; and the GNR’s inherent and uncontrollable p-type doping resulting from exposure to water, and the parasitic negative charge in the dielectric supporting or insulating the GNR.”Moving forward, Leburton says that to control the electrostatic landscape within the nanopore, the membrane could incorporate additional graphene layers, or other two-dimensional materials, connected to voltage sources. These additional electrodes will have the dual purpose of controlling the lateral and vertical motion of the DNA molecule during its translocation through the nanopore. By so doing, the scientists expect to reduce the jitter and flossing due to thermal motion of water molecules and ions in the solution, and thereby improve the identification of each nucleotide when it passes in front of the detecting graphene layer.”One of the major features of our model was to assume that the DNA passes through the nanopore rigidly,” Leburton continues. “Aside from improving our multi-scale approach, the next steps in our research will consist of implementing our computational model by including the thermal motion of the DNA through molecular dynamic simulation; the proximity effects of dielectrics sandwiching the detecting graphene layer; the effect of the gate on the GNR conductance for enhanced detection performances; the electrostatic effects of additional controlling electrodes on the DNA molecular dynamics; and determining the optimum membrane design for high sequencing performances.”Regarding other areas beyond genomics that might benefit from their study, Leburton says, their research will also contribute to the development of novel miniaturized bioelectronic devices with broad range of applications in personal medicine. “Indeed,” he illustrates, “if solid-state membranes can be energized electronically, one can imagine them performing similar functions as biocells, but with electrical stimulation, control and detection. This would open the door to new practices in portable in situ bioanalysis without the need for costly and time-consuming lab analysis. In a more general context,” he concludes, “the interaction of biology and nanoelectronics at the molecular level – with the possibility of manipulating biological information by nanoscale electronic devices – opens new horizons in information processing technology by taking advantage of the biological capability of storing huge amount of information, on the one hand, and the ability of semiconductor technology to process it quickly, reliably and at low cost, on the other.” Schematic diagram of a prototypical solid-state, multilayer device containing a GNR layer (black) with a nanopore, sandwiched between two oxides (transparent) atop a heavily doped Si back gate, VG (green). The DNA is translocated through the pore, and the current is measured with the source and drain leads, VS and VD (gold). (See SI Methods for a cross-sectional schematic diagram.) Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 More information: Graphene quantum point contact transistor for DNA sensing, PNAS October 15, 2013 vol. 110 no. 42 16748-16753, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 New system to improve DNA sequencing This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —In the ongoing quest to devise faster, lower-cost methods for sequencing the human genome, scientists at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have developed a novel approach: DNA molecules are sensed by passing them through a layer of constricted graphene embedded in a solid-state membrane containing a nanopore (a small hole with a roughly 1 nm internal diameter), located in a graphene nanoribbon (GNR). A critical feature of the new paradigm is that graphene’s electrical properties allow the layer to be tuned in several distinct ways – namely, altering the shape of its edge, carrier concentration and nanopore location – thereby modulating both electrical conductance and external charge sensitivity. The researchers found that their novel technique can detect the DNA strand’s rotational and positional conformation, and demonstrated that a graphene membrane with quantum point contact geometry exhibits greater electrical sensitivity than on with so-called uniform armchair geometry. The team has proposed a graphene-based field-effect transistor-like device for DNA sensing. “One of the major challenges in computing GNR sensitivity to external charges arises from the latter’s different natures and origins,” Leburton points out. “Specifically, these are the static charge in the dielectric materials supporting, or sandwiching, the GNR, and – most importantly – the dynamical ionic charge in the electrolyte containing the DNA, which is in liquid phase.” To address this, the researchers used a multi-scale technique, where the GNR and DNA are simulated atomistically (with a tight-binding technique and molecular dynamics, respectively) while the electrolyte and dielectric are treated as continuum media. “The former is simulated as an intrinsic semiconductor with large dielectric constant and a pseudo-band gap in the presence of a self-consistent potential, and the dielectric charge is modeled by assuming a static fix distribution,” Leburton adds. “The induced potential variations on the GNR and nanopore edges are obtained self-consistently by solving the Poisson equation, and fed into the NEGF code to compute the resulting conductance variation in the GNR.”last_img read more