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MS Dhoni was impressive from day one, wish he was in my 2003 World Cup team: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgIn his autobiography — ‘A Century is Not Enough’, Sourav Ganguly has revealed what all he has gone through as a player, his life as a cricketer and more. In one such revelation, Ganguly, one of India’s best captains said he wished he had Dhoni in the 2003 World Cup team which ended as runners-up after losing the final against Australia in Johannesburg.”I had over the years constantly looked out for players who remain steady under pressure and possess the capability to change the course of the match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who came to my notice in 2004, was a natural progression of this thought. I was impressed with MS Dhoni from day one,” Ganguly wrote in his autobiography.”I wish I’d Dhoni in my 2003 World Cup team. I was told that when we were playing the 2003 World Cup final he was still a ticket collector with Indian Railways. Unbelievable! Today I am happy that my assessment was proven right. It is amazing how he broke through the ranks to become what he is today,” added Ganguly.Dhoni made his India debut under Ganguly in an ODI against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.Ganguly believed in giving chance to youngsters and he even gave up his batting positions to fit in a player. After a few poor performances, Dhoni was promoted to bat at No.3 and he proved his worth with a thunderous 148 against Pakistan and then a few months later blasted his way to 183 against Sri Lanka.Even in the Dhoni’s bipoic — MS Dhoni: The Untold Story — there is a mention how Ganguly backed Dhoni and the wicketkeeper-batsman was included in the Indian team.advertisementDhoni was later named as India captain for the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa. He guided a young Indian side to the title after India defeated Pakistan by five runs in the final.Almost four years later, Dhoni played one of the memorable knocks of his life scoring 91 not out off 78 balls as India created history by winning their second World Cup in 2011. Hosts India started the 2011 World Cup as favourites and suffered just one defeat as they set up a final date with Sri Lanka. An out-of-form Dhoni, who had scores of 31, 34, 19*, 12*, 22, 7 and 25, promoted himself ahead of an in-form Yuvraj Singh after India were reduced to 114 for 3 in 21.4 overs chasing a stiff 275 for victory.Dhoni had stitched together a match-winning 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Gautam Gambhir (97) and then was involved in an unbeaten 54-run stand with Yuvraj to guide India to their second World Cup triumph. (Don’t indulge in adventures in Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf once told Ganguly)In 2013, India started the ICC Champions Trophy as favourites in England in 2013. Dhoni guided his troops as India ended the tournament unbeaten.Dhoni is the only captain in cricket’s rich history to win all the ICC trophies.last_img read more

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Punjab issues debt waiver certificates of Rs 485 cr to 73,748 farmers

first_imgRampura (Sangrur), Apr 12 (PTI) The Punjab government today distributed debt relief certificates worth Rs 485.69 crore to 73,748 farmers of six districts at a major event here. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal handed over debt waiver certificates to 14 farmers, as a token gesture, in the presence of his cabinet colleagues, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister Razia Sultana and Forests and Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. Gurdaspur MP and PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, former Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were also present at the event, which Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was forced to give a miss due to a last-minute glitch in his chopper. Following the change in plan, the Chief Minister tweeted his regrets at not being personally present on the occasion, and reiterated his personal commitment to upholding the interests of the farming community. While Bajwa announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the upgradation of Rampura Sports Stadium, Manpreet said the Chief Minister had personally directed him to examine all the demands raised by local MLA Vijay Inder Singla, including that for a Trauma Centre at Bhawanigarh Hospital and a Medical College for Sangrur. Farmers from the districts of Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar and Rupnagar were the beneficiaries in this phase of the implementation of the farm debt waiver scheme. Addressing the gathering, Manpreet Singh Badal lashed out at the Akali leadership for allegedly trying to tarnish the image of the Congress government through false propaganda after failing to do anything for the farmers during their 10-year rule. PTI CHS TR MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Fast Track Climate Finance: Do the Numbers Add Up?

first_imgThis piece originally appeared on the World Bank Climate Change Blog.The Copenhagen Accord commits developed countries to collectively “provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching US$ 30 billion for the period 2010 – 2012.” This fast-start finance is critical to building trust among countries in the global climate regime and to lay the groundwork for the post-2012 climate finance architecture.In the six months since the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, a number of developed countries have publicly announced their individual pledges to help meet this target. The World Resources Institute (WRI) tracks and monitors these so-called fast-start pledges.$30 Billion — But Is It New and Additional?According to our research, pledges put forward so far total US$ 31.32 billion. [[!!]Note:[/!!] This number has since been updated. Please see our new interactive table for the latest.] However, many questions remain regarding the nature of the pledged funds. Some of the funds have yet to go through national budget appropriations processes. A number of pledges are often restated or renamed commitments made in the past, but with some added resources. For example, Japan’s Hatoyama Initiative resembles the previously announced Japanese Cool Earth Partnership, and countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States are counting previous commitments to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) as part of their fast-start finance pledge.Since countries report in varying ways, the information provided is insufficient to determine whether these pledges can be considered “new and additional.” The use of the term “new and additional” in the international climate negotiations reflects the need to ensure (1) that there is an increase in overall ambition to respond to climate change, and accordingly, an increase in funds relative to allocations from previous years (i.e., ‘new’ funds) and (2) that delivery of climate funds does not result in the diversion of funds from other important objectives such as development (i.e., funds additional to development aid). To date, Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have yet to achieve consensus on a clear and specific definition of additionality that can be applied uniformly to developed country financial pledges. As a result, countries have proposed various methods for defining additionality of their fast-start finance.Developing a Common Reporting SystemTracking and monitoring climate finance is difficult in the absence of a common reporting system. Current reporting systems of the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the UNFCCC, and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee are decentralized. The UNFCCC can play a role in helping to revise current reporting guidelines, building on these existing reporting systems, and coordinating synergies to maximize efficiency of reporting and review. The immediate next step is to secure a decision at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico that mandates a relevant body under the Convention to formulate draft guidelines for reporting financial information in a comparable, transparent, complete, accurate and efficient way.Balanced Allocation Between Adaptation and MitigationThe Copenhagen Accord states that these fast-start funds should have a “balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation”. While there is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes a “balanced allocation,” some countries specify the objectives of their fast-start funds. The European Union, for example, states that 63% of their EUR2.39 billion in 2010 will support mitigation while 37% will support adaptation. The portion of funding that will support REDD plus has been specified by several countries, particularly by those involved in the Paris-Oslo process. Obviously, many of the smaller, vulnerable countries such as Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries are concerned that the current balance is tilted towards mitigation, including REDD. The need for greater attention to adaptation fast-start funds should be addressed if we want a strong focus on building institutional and technical capacity in national-level decision-making processes that are inclusive, transparent, and accountable and ensure participation.Choosing the Channeling Institutions and MechanismsFinally, there is the issue of channeling institutions and mechanisms. As emphasized in my earlier blog post, the institutions chosen to govern the funds have implications for the effectiveness and perceived legitimacy of the overall climate finance architecture. Our summary of pledges indicates that a significant portion of the fast-start funds will flow through bilateral channels. As a matter of donors’ historical preferences, the primary multilateral channels of choice are the MDBs, the CIFs, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). However, civil society and developing countries’ are concerned over the effectiveness and approach to equity of these existing institutions. Those tasked with the governance of fast-start climate funds must ensure country ownership, strive for effective use of resources, and maximize impact while also ensuring funding for the most vulnerable countries and communities.last_img read more

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Huddersfield staying up is Premier League’s greatest survival story

first_img Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email The “Ich bin ein Terrier” T-shirts, adorned with David Wagner’s smiling face, rapidly sold out of Huddersfield Town’s megastore at the start of this season, testament to the devotion the German manager has inspired at the Yorkshire club since joining as a relative unknown two and a half years ago. The reverence is sure to have deepened after Wednesday’s draw at Stamford Bridge, which enabled Huddersfield to complete the most remarkable survival of the Premier League era.Wagner suggested at that start of this season that Huddersfield were the biggest outsiders in the history of England’s rebranded top flight and bookmakers agreed, installing them, as soon as they won promotion via last season’s Championship play-offs, as odds-on favourites to finish bottom. It was a logical forecast, as Huddersfield had risen despite finishing with a negative goal difference in the Championship and failing to find the net in the play-off semi-finals or final until shootouts. And Huddersfield’s resources were paltry even by Championship standards so it was easy for anyone not paying attention to their manager’s special rallying power to view their elevation to the Premier League as an aberration that would soon be rectified. Easy and wrong. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn ‘We did it on our own’: Wagner hails Huddersfield heroes after Chelsea draw Huddersfield Huddersfield will certainly need to become sharper up front – improving creativity and goalscoring is surely the next stage of their development – but the unity with which they have fought has been uplifting to watch even when flair has been absent. They have made far more tackles (715, with the next most prolific on 657) than any other team in the league.Summer signings such as the goalkeeper Jonas Lössl, centre-back Mathias “Zanka” Jørgensen and the right-back Florent Hadergjonaj have fitted in well alongside players such as the underrated midfield dynamo Jonathan Hogg and the understated defensive colossus Christopher Schindler. They were tipped to be thrashed every week but, excluding the top five, only one team (Watford) have allowed opponents fewer shots on goal than Huddersfield.It is a tribute to the can-do culture that Wagner has created, and to his ability to make small tactical adjustments, that every time it looked as if Huddersfield had slipped into a downward spiral like the one that ensnared Hull in 2009, they pulled out a momentous result. They had not won for seven matches before beating Manchester United in October; they had lost five away games in a row before trouncing Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road in December; they shook off a post‑Christmas slump by gaining back-to-back league wins over Bournemouth and West Brom in February; and they defied prophesies of doom for the run-in by earning draws at Manchester City and Chelsea.Sunday will be a day of celebration at the John Smith Stadium, of Arsène Wenger’s last match with Arsenal and of Huddersfield’s exceptional achievement. The next big challenge that Huddersfield may have to face is fending off approaches for their manager. Arsenal, for one, could do a lot worse than ask Wagner to uplift them. Not that he is looking to leave a club where he and everyone else seem happy. That started from the top, as the decision by the chairman, Dean Hoyle, to keep season ticket prices low despite joining the aristocracy of the Premier League helped retain a rousing atmosphere at the John Smith Stadium throughout the campaign. Hoyle’s announcement before the start of the season that he would not contemplate sacking Wagner even if Huddersfield fell to the bottom of the Premier League also helped to preserve focus.Of course, Hoyle made that commitment because he knew he had an outstanding manager. Wagner had demonstrated, after taking over in November 2015 when the club were 18th in the Championship, that he is a leader of rare charisma and intelligence. To gain promotion he forged a method and generated an indomitable spirit that enabled his team to transcend their limitations, and he has done the same this season. The players he brought in last summer had the attributes and character to deepen the squad’s quality without diluting its spirit. Share on Pinterest features Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Topics Other clubs of comparable means have been exposed as impostors in the Premier League. Swindon excelled to reach the top flight in 1993 but were bundled straight back whence they came, finishing 10 points adrift at the bottom after conceding 100 goals. Blackpool made a better fist of it in 2010-11 and played with endearing brio but ultimately failed to last more than a season, Ian Holloway’s gallant side ending in 19th place. Sean Dyche has exceeded all reasonable expectation at Burnley but Phil Brown’s Hull are the only underdogs of comparable pedigree to this Huddersfield team to have survived. They did so thanks to a whirlwind start to the 2008-09 season, their first in the top flight. But that achievement, laudable though it was, has been surpassed.Hull collapsed over the line in 2009, surviving with 35 points after running out of steam and winning just one of their last 22 matches. They stayed up but were clearly heading down. They duly sank the following season. Huddersfield have survived by showing qualities that suggest they could endure among the elite for the first time in more than half a century. That is some going given the ground they have had to make up on rivals with far stronger bases and much bigger spending power.Huddersfield spent nearly £40m bolstering their squad for the Premier League last summer, and added Alex Pritchard for £11m in January, but that outlay amounted to about the same that Manchester City spent on one full-back and less than Everton forked out for Gylfi Sigurdsson. None of their players cost as much as, say, the £18m that Stoke spent on Kevin Wimmer, and their wage bill is the lowest in the league, with no one in Huddersfield’s squad earning even close to the amount that West Brom pay Grzegorz Krychowiak, for instance. But Huddersfield have invested shrewdly and worked in a way that has shown money is not everything. Share on Twitter Facebook Premier League Share on WhatsApp Pinterest David Wagner is thrown in the air by his players at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuterslast_img read more

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Philly Shipyard Sees Higher Income

first_imgzoom 2016 has brought better financial fortunes for US-based shipbuilder Philly Shipyard, whose profit rose to USD 38.7 million from USD 17.4 million seen in 2015. In 2016, the company’s operating revenues stood at USD 233.6 million, against USD 307 million in 2015.Revenues and other income were primarily driven by the delivery of American Endurance, the first of four 50,000 dwt product tankers being built for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, and by the progress on the Philly-Crowley and Matson projects.Philly Shipyard’s EBITDA for 2016 was USD 70.4 million, compared to EBITDA of USD 42.7 million in 2015.As of 31 December 2016, Philly Shipyard had an order backlog of approximately USD 784 million, with three APT’s medium range 2 (MR2) tankers and two Matson’s Panamax containerships under construction.The shipbuilder revealed its plans to focus on securing new contracts for large containerships in 2017.“Although no firm orders are in place, Philly Shipyard has commenced preliminary design work to build Hulls 031 and 032 as container vessels,” the shipbuilder said.In addition, Philly Shipyard intends to explore potential new construction projects in other areas of the Jones Act market, with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion being a consideration for potential owners.last_img read more

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Kolkata Police mulling new signal lights in bid to boost visibility

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police is mulling to introduce new signal lights in a bid to boost their visibility to drivers and pedestrians. As an experiment in this regard, Kolkata Traffic Police has recently installed a ‘T’ shaped signal post at Deshapriya Park crossing, with LED strips along the entire post.If the step is found to be successful and approved by the drivers, other major signal posts across the city will be set up in the same manner. Since the last few months, senior traffic police officials have been mulling steps to stop signal violation by the drivers as well as violation of the road norms by pedestrians. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt has been observed that several drivers, when caught for violating traffic signals, stated that he/she failed to notice the signal lights as a big vehicle such as a bus or truck was in front of them. In many cases, drivers have also failed to identify the signal lights from far. While crossing the road, pedestrians often don’t follow the signals either, owing to low visibility from all angles. According to Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Pandey Santosh, the ‘T’ shaped signal post has been wrapped with LED lights along with the conventional signal lights and both are connected with the same signal control. As a result, when the conventional signal light changes colour, the whole LED wrapped post changes colour with it. “This step has been taken up on an experimental basis. Our aim is to increase traffic signal visibility to the drivers and pedestrians. Using this method, they can be seen from a distance despite obstructions like hoardings or trees,” said Pandey. Sources informed that several other crossings have also been marked, which may soon receive a similar treatment.last_img read more

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After hiking twice theres no predetermined path for rates from here Poloz

first_imgOTTAWA – There is no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, governor Stephen Poloz insisted Wednesday as he signalled the bank would be taking a more cautious approach to any future increases.The central bank raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year.Moving forward, however, Poloz said bank officials will carefully assess a long list of lingering unknowns and external risks to their outlook. The goal is to update their understanding of the economy “in real time,” he said.“There is no predetermined path for interest rates from here,” Poloz said in a speech to the local board of trade in St. John’s.“Although we are confident that the economy has made significant progress, we simply can’t be certain of exactly how far there is left to go.”Poloz’s speech comes after the sizzling Canadian economy spurred the bank to raise the rate twice — first in July and then again earlier this month.Poloz shared several “unusual” unknowns now under close watch by the bank as it considers future moves. They include elevated levels of household debt, downward pressure of technological breakthroughs on inflation and slower-than-expected wage growth.He also noted how the period since the financial crisis has brought in a protracted period of slow economic growth and extremely low interest rates.“The fact is, nobody really knows,” Poloz said in response to a question about where rates could go from here.“We’re in uncharted territory.”In his address, Poloz warned that more surprises could lie ahead — in “either direction.”The speech pointed out that the bank’s decisions have become “particularly” data-dependent due to uncertainties such as geopolitical developments and protectionist sentiments in some parts of the world.He also offered details about the bank’s decision to raise the rate a second time following a run of unexpectedly strong economic numbers.Poloz noted, however, that he doesn’t expect the economy to maintain the torrid pace it set in the first half of 2017.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.Some analysts took issue with the fact the bank did not provide any public remarks for them to scrutinize for hints during the eight-week period between the July and September rate decisions.A few days after the second hike, the bank publicly defended its communications strategy, saying about half the market had priced it in.“I think we’ve spilled enough ink on that earlier issue already,” Poloz said in response to a question on the bank’s messaging style.“And I’d just point out that an awful lot of people were not surprised by that interest-rate decision — how’d that happen?”Communications, and thinking about new ways to go about them, are always the subject of an “active discussion” at the bank, he added.The bank’s next scheduled rate announcement is scheduled for Oct. 25.Before his speech, most analysts had been expecting the central bank to raise the benchmark rate a few more times over the coming year.Poloz’s message led some to reconsider their projections on the timing of the bank’s next rate move.“It seems like these are really going to be last-minute decisions,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, who had been expecting the bank to hike rates again at next month’s meeting.Jean now expects a lot of uncertainty and volatility in the marketplace ahead of rate decisions unless there’s more direction from the bank about the approach it plans to take.Benjamin Reitzes, a strategist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note to clients that the speech showed Poloz is in no hurry to raise the rate.“The (Bank of Canada’s) bias is, of course, to push rates higher, but the data will determine how quickly they move.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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De Gea will start at Huddersfield Solskjaer

first_imgManchester: Under-fire Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will start at Huddersfield on Sunday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. After a string of underwhelming performances, De Gea’s position under the bar was under the scanner, but an injury to No. 2 keeper Sergio Romero in training removed a potential selection headache for Solskjaer. “He [De Gea] will play,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday as quoted by ESPNFC. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Sergio was injured [on Thursday] so didn’t train, tweaked his knee, and David has been training well this week. “David is confident and looking forward to the next two games. He wants to prove how good a goalkeeper he is. He has got all my confidence,” Solskjaer added. Spain goalkeeper De Gea, rated as one of the best in the world, made mistakes in his last five games, including a high-profile gaffe during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.last_img read more

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Western premiers talking diversification in light of low oil prices

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2015 1:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Canada’s western premiers discussed ways to diversify their economies in light of plunging oil prices during a teleconference call Monday.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was host on the call that was a substitute for the annual western premiers meeting to save time and money.Both he and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark noted that their provinces are heavily reliant on resource revenue, but have had to find other ways to bring in cash with the downturn in energy prices.“We’re talking about oil obviously. It’s gone up and down, and I remember in 2009 it touched under $40 at the time and the province continued to grow. We’re pretty fortunate in Saskatchewan. We’ve been lucky to have a more diversified economy in terms of other resources,” Wall said in the call.“We need to make sure that with respect to falling commodity prices that other parts of the economy are functioning well, that we can access other markets.”Clark said other markets has been a boon for B.C., which is seeing significant growth in the Pacific Rim and especially China.She suggested that isn’t anything new since western provinces have been at the whim of fluctuating commodity prices for years.“It’s lessons learned. Not just in the wake of the oil price crash,0 which had less impact on British Columbia, but in the wake of some of the other changes that we’ve seen in the natural gas market.“By now I think most Canadians know that we do need to have diversified economies to protect against it.”Wall said agriculture and potash are helping to pay the bills in his province, while Clark said forestry and liquefied natural gas will help make ends meet in B.C.The provincial and territorial leaders also expressed strong support for federal efforts to encourage the United States to act on a recent World Trade Organization ruling to bring an end to country-of-origin labelling of meat products.Wall said the call was attended by everyone except Alberta’s new Premier Rachel Notley, who miscalculated how long it would take for the swearing-in of her new government in Edmonton.“We had Alberta officials certainly on the call and I understand what’s happening in Alberta is some significant change,” said Wall.“We had arranged for the time to accommodate everybody, but apparently the swearing-in ceremony was going to be a little bit later than they thought.”There was also a detailed discussion on aboriginal children in care, as well as on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.“We’re very much interested in learning from other jurisdictions … as to what they’re doing and sometime the benefits of these kind of conferences — and the conversation that flows from them — is the chance to share best practices and bring them to our own jurisdiction.”By Bill Graveland in CalgaryFollow @BillGraveland on Twitter Western premiers talking diversification in light of low oil prices read more

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Urgent funding needed to ensure full food rations for refugees in Tanzania

“Without an immediate response from donors, further ration cuts will be necessary as food stocks are simply running out,” said Michael Dunford, WFP Tanzania Country Representative. Five food commodities – maize meal, pulses, Super Cereal, vegetable oil and salt – are provided by WFP to refugees in Mtendeli, Nduta and Nyarugusu camps, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, food portions were reduced in August due to funding cuts, which might lead to long-term, life-changing consequences, such as acute malnutrition and rising vulnerability to disease. Meanwhile, the UN agency also has hot meals for refugees upon arrival and supplemental rations for pregnant and nursing women and food assistance to hospital in-patients and people living with HIV/AIDS. “While WFP appreciates the support received so far, we are urgently appealing to donors to quickly come to the aid of the refugees and provide additional funding,” said Mr. Dunford, stressing that it will be critical to prevent future prolonged negative impacts. read more

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The Pirate Bay launches PirateBrowser to circumvent web censorship

first_imgThere’s seems to be a growing trend at the moment of governments and media industry organizations forcing ISPs to block certain destinations on the Internet for our own good/safety. This has seen access to The Pirate Bay blocked completely in certain regions of the world, and in the UK plans are underway to automatically block access to pornography unless you opt-out.The Pirate Bay has decided enough is enough, and on its 10th anniversary has released its own web browser in a bid to remove censorship from the equation completely. It’s called PirateBrowser, and is actually a bundle of software that includes the Firefox portable browser complete with foxyproxy add-on and Tor client Vidalia.PirateBrowser’s main purpose is to circumvent any censorship put in place, but it does not allow you to surf the Internet anonymously. The Pirate Bay also insists nothing else has been added to the package, so it is free of adware, trojans, toolbars, or any other undesirable installations. The browser is there to enable you to surf more freely, nothing more.As it’s the portable version of Firefox, PirateBrowser is downloaded and extracted to a folder, not installed. You then just click “Start PirateBrowser.exe” and the browser will start and connect to the Tor network automatically. You then have a browser loaded that should bypass any censorship that has been put in place in your region of the world.Apparently this is just the start of The Pirate Bay’s efforts to offer a solution for web censorship. A future web browser package will take advantage of Bittorrent to allow you to store and distribute The Pirate Bay yourself. At the same time, PirateBrowser is actively in development, with Mac and Linux versions expected to appear alongside the Windows executable before long.last_img read more

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Des grands requins blancs photographiés sur le vif en Afrique du Sud

first_imgDes grands requins blancs photographiés sur le vif en Afrique du SudChris Fallows, photographe animalier, et son épouse Monique, observent les grands requins blancs et autres prédateurs en Afrique depuis plusieurs années. Ils ont réussi à capturer ces instants incroyables lors desquels les squales émergent de la surface de l’eau pour se nourrir. Leur élan les transporte bien au-delà des flots. Les clichés réalisés par le couple sont extraordinaires.Chris Fallows a toujours rêvé de pouvoir travailler avec de tels monstres et raconte son expérience hors du commun auprès des prédateurs que sont les grands requins blancs, sur le site du National Geographic. Le photographe animalier est d’abord impressionné par les méthodes de chasse des squales, “presque parfaites”.Son aventure a commencé en 1996 à False Bay, en Afrique du Sud. Alors qu’il se trouvait sur des rochers avec un collègue, il aperçoit un grand requin blanc jaillir des flots dans une incroyable rafale, de manière athlétique. A ce moment là “je savais que j’avais trouvé ma vocation”, écrit-il. L’endroit, qui se trouve à 35 minutes du Cap, abrite environ 64.000 phoques et un important groupe de grands requins blancs, affirme Chris Fallows. Le naturaliste assure avoir assisté à la chasse de ces prédateurs à plus de 6.400 occasions ces 15 dernières années, qui se déroule surtout d’avril à septembre. Il a alors songé à prendre ces scènes de vie animale exceptionnelles en photo.Chris Fallows explique que chaque partie de chasse est unique ainsi que chaque émotion exprimée par le prédateur ou sa proie lors des luttes désespérées. En moyenne, les grands requins blancs qu’il rencontre au large de l’Afrique du sud font 3,5 mètres de long et sont capables de sauts étonnants hors de l’eau. Ils peuvent s’élever à trois mètres au-dessus des flots, affirme-t-il, et les chasses avec un phoque peuvent durer plus de cinq minutes. Chris Fallows admet ressentir, lors de chaque observation, des montagnes russes émotionnelles. “Vous pouvez pas ne pas être envoûté”, écrit-il.”L’action est brève, puissante et imprévisible” À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Pour photographier les prédateurs en pleine action, au-dessus de l’océan, cela demande énormément de temps. Il a fallu acquérir beaucoup d’expérience pour anticiper les événements, et aussi de la planification. “Savoir quand et où exactement un requin attaque un phoque est difficile”, confie-t-il. “L’action est brève, puissante et imprévisible. Des réflexes rapides, une bonne concentration et un minimum de chance sont nécessaires pour obtenir L’image”. Il ajoute : “Loin au large, l’eau est généralement bleu encre, chaude et dispose d’une visibilité fantastique, alors quand on voit les chasseurs sous l’eau on a un bon aperçu”. L’homme, qui a déjà plongé parmi les grands requins blancs et possède son entreprise d’éco-tourisme, est littéralement fasciné par ces animaux, qu’il trouve magnifiques. “Loin d’être un tueur sans esprit, chaque requin blanc a sa propre personnalité”.Chris Fallows aimerait que plus d’efforts soient déployés pour les protéger. “Près de 40.000 personnes viennent à l’Afrique du Sud chaque année avec l’objectif principal d’essayer de voir un grand requin blanc vivant dans son habitat naturel. Avec ce genre d’afflux de touristes, on peut seulement espérer que davantage de personnes et d’organisations mettront la pression sur les autorités locales pour faire leur travail correctement et prendre soin de ces prédateurs importants dans la chaîne alimentaire marine”.Voir les incroyables photographies de grands requins blancs prises par Chris Fallows, sur Maxisciences.Le 28 juin 2011 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Samsung un nouveau dock audio compatible avec les terminaux iOS

first_imgSamsung : un nouveau dock audio compatible avec les terminaux iOSPrésenté lors du CES de Las Vegas, il y a quelques mois, le nouveau dock audio haut de gamme de Samsung est désormais disponible au États-Unis. Cette station vendue 800 dollars (600 euros), est compatible avec les téléphones Samsung Galaxy, mais aussi avec les terminaux iOS.Dévoilée au début de l’année par Samsung, la station d’accueil DA-E750 pour smartphones vient d’être lancée sur le marché américain. Ce système d’amplification hybride, présentée comme “une innovation absolue au niveau mondial”, a le grand avantage d’être compatible avec les terminaux de la gamme Galaxy du constructeur coréen, mais aussi grâce à ses divers adaptateurs avec les produits iOS d’Apple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’iPad, l’iPhone et l’iPod, le dock permet de communiquer en mode sans fil, tandis que les autres appareils peuvent bénéficier d’une connexion via Bluetooth. La station de Samsung peut également recevoir de la musique soit mode analogique soit à partir d’une clé ou d’un disque dur externe via un port USB.Doté d’un amplificateur à tubes, le DA-E750 offre “unsonchaudetclair” promet Samsung. Constitué de deux enceintes et d’un caisson de graves intégré, il délivre une puissance de 100 watts avec un système de sonorisation 2.1. Une qualité sonore alliée à l’esthétique grâce à ses haut-parleurs en fibre de verre et sa surface en bois. Sans surprise, cette station haut de gamme est proposée à un prix très élevé. Les mélomanes devront débourser 800 dollars, soit 600 euros, pour se l’offrir.Le 1 avril 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Russian woman dies after doctors put formaldehyde instead of saline into IV

first_img(WSVN) – A 27-year-old woman died in a Russian hospital after her family says doctors accidentally put a solution containing formaldehyde in her IV instead of saline.Ekaterina Fedyaeva was put on the IV drip following a surgery to remove ovarian cysts at a hospital in Ulyanovsk, The Washington Post reports. Doctors intended to put her on a saline drip, but instead reportedly hooked her up to a formalin solution, which contains formaldehyde and is injected into the veins of corpses to prevent decomposition.“This is pure murder,” Galina Baryshnikova, the woman’s mother, told reporters. “[It] was simply eroding her body from inside.”Baryshnikova said her daughter suffered immensely from being “embalmed alive” before ending up in a coma due to the hospital’s error.“Her legs were moving, she had convulsions, her whole body was shaking,” Baryshnikova told RT, the Russian government’s television network. “For 14 hours after surgery she was living with this formalin and they did nothing.”The Ulyanovsk region’s minister of health, Rashid Abdullov, said hospital staff “did not read the name on the vial,” RT reported.The victim’s mother said doctors initially kept the family in the dark about why the woman’s condition was deteriorating, Newsweek reports. She said it was only when she overheard a group of physicians discussing how to break the news to the family that they admitted to making a mistake. According to Russian news agency TASS, Fedyaeva was flown to Moscow’s A.I. Burnazyan Federal Medical and Biophysical Center for emergency care but ended up dying of multiple organ failure.Abdullov said workers who made the mistake have been “dismissed” following an internal investigation. A criminal investigation into the cause of her death is now underway, according to Fox News.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Mysterious beak deformities may be caused by virus

first_imgNormally, beak deformities occur in less than 1 percent of wild birds. But in Alaska, researchers have found so-called “twisted beaks” in over 6 percent of black-capped chickadees and 17 percent of northwestern crows.(Photo courtesy of Colleen Handel)It’s been almost 20 years since large numbers of birds with unusually long beaks first appeared in Alaska.The birds, whose beaks grow at twice the normal rate, often die from starvation because they can’t feed themselves. Researchers now believe a virus may be causing the beak deformities.Listen NowHomer resident Michael Craig first noticed a deformed bird at his feeder about six years ago. It was a black-capped chickadee, and he knew right away that something wasn’t right.“I watched it over a period of perhaps three months,” Craig said. “I watched the bill growing longer and longer and watched it having more and more trouble getting sunflower seeds.”Each day, the chickadee returned to Craig’s bird feeder. As he watched, its beak grew almost two inches long – about four times longer than normal. Over time, it began to look a little scruffy.“Where normally their feathers are smooth, it was just rough. I mean, it was little feathers sticking up all over the place. And at the time, we had not a clue what was going on,” Craig said.Normally, beak deformities occur in less than 1 percent of wild birds. But in Alaska, researchers have found so-called “twisted beaks” in over 6 percent of black-capped chickadees and 17 percent of northwestern crows.Wildlife biologist Colleen Handel works at the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage.She’s been investigating this issue for nearly 20 years.Handel said beak deformities can be debilitating for birds, because they can’t pick up seeds or crack them open. Birds with deformed beaks also have trouble grooming themselves.“Their feathers will get dirty and matted,” Handel said. “A lot of them look like they have a mohawk. They just can’t keep their feathers clean. Essentially they lose their little down jacket in the wintertime and they can’t stay warm enough to stay alive.”Handel and her colleagues think they may have finally pinned down the cause of the beak deformities: a virus.“In 100 percent of the birds with the beak deformities that we tested, 100 percent of those birds had this virus present,” Handel said.But what virus was it?Every organism has a unique genetic code – like a fingerprint. To identify the virus, Handel and her colleagues used a computer library of known genetic sequences and looked for a match.“What we found was there was no perfect match for this virus,” Handel said.Scientists have never seen this particular virus before, but it’s related to a family of viruses that affect ducks, chickens and other domesticated birds.Handel points out that just because birds with deformed beaks have this virus, we can’t assume it causes the deformity. The next step is to test whether birds experimentally infected with the virus develop beak deformities.“This new discovery of the virus is the strongest lead we’ve had thus far,” Handel said. “We’re really excited that we’ve actually found the cause, so now the fun begins in terms of designing an experiment to demonstrate whether or not it actually is causing them.”She’s dedicated years of her career to solving the mystery of beak deformities in Alaska’s birds, but Handel said that’s the just the nature of science.“It does tell the story of how long sometimes scientific research takes to unfold the answers and part of it is persistence,” Handel said. “Part of it is also technological advances. These techniques that we’re using now for genetic screening, we didn’t have those 20 years ago.”Her research team isn’t wasting any time. They’re already planning their next study to determine whether the newly-discovered virus causes beak deformities in birds.If you see a bird with a deformed beak, you can report it online to researchers at the USGS Alaska Science Center.last_img read more

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These Super Mario Wedding Registration Forms are Perfect for Tying the Knot

first_img There’s no better way to tell your significant other they’re super than these Mario-themed wedding registration forms. While Mario and Peach have always had a semi-platonic relationship, there may not be a more iconic couple in video gaming.Unfortunately, these documents are completely in Japanese, as if we needed more proof that the best licensed Nintendo items don’t make it to the States. The forms feature an adorable image of Peach giving Mario a big kiss on the cheek, which is typically his reward for braving entire continents of creatures out to kill him.If you happen to be in Japan, you can grab the wedding registration forms in this month’s issue of Zexy Kaigai Wedding. This magazine focuses on overseas venues and is a spinoff of Zexy, the most popular wedding-planning magazine in Japan.via Zexy Kaigai WeddingThis magazine also contains a few other Mario-themed goodies this month. You can get a wedding welcome card that says, “Welcome to our Wedding in Hawaii,” and features Mario and Peach in wedding costume. Not a very versatile card, but they get an A+ for effort.The third item you get with the magazine is arguably the most useful: a waterproof case featuring Mario, Peach, and some Toads. I like me some waterproof stuff, so that’s a neat thing. It wouldn’t do very well for you to have all these pieces of paper that could potentially get wet, would it?If you’re in Japan, and you’re getting married, I highly recommend hitting up these up. After all, the best way to a girl’s heart is through knick-knacks from her favorite video games, or with a special piece of paper with her favorite characters all over them. So when are we getting some different games on these certificates, huh? Can we get some Gitaroo Man registrations up in here? I think it’s high time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine last_img read more

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Scientists doing basic studies of human brain win longer reprieve from clinical

first_img The agency has not backed down from classifying many basic research studies with humans as clinical trials. “But it seems to essentially be saying that NIH knows that relabeling basic research as clinical trials won’t work,” says Sarah Brookhart, executive director of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. “My hope is they are now willing to work with the community to figure out the best ways to achieve our shared goal of providing access to the research in question,” she says. Read the whole story: Science … U.S. scientists who challenged a new rule that would require them to register their basic studies of the human brain and behavior in a federal database of clinical trials have won another reprieve. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, says it now understands why some of that kind of research won’t easily fit the format of ClinicalTrials.gov, and the agency has delayed for the reporting requirements for another 2 years. last_img read more

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MediCat DVD bootable toolkit with Windows 10 WinPE

first_imgMediCat DVD: bootable toolkit with Windows 10 WinPE by Martin Brinkmann on January 19, 2017 in Software – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 22 commentsMediCat DVD is a bootable troubleshooting environment that ships with Linux and Windows boot environments, and troubleshooting tools.The author of MediCat DVD designed the bootable toolkit as an unofficial successor to the popular Hiren’s Boot CD boot environment.Hiren’s Boot Cd has last been updated in 2012, and while it works in many cases, at least some of the software it ships with is outdated and requires updating.It is still mighty useful, as it allows you to edit the Windows Registry without booting the system, reset Windows passwords, and do other things without booting into the operating system.MediCat DVDMediCat DVD comes in four different flavors; that’s confusing at first, especially since you don’t get good descriptions of the four options.MediCat DVD — This is the name giving distribution. It includes the PortableApps Suite, Linux boot environments and a full working mini Windows 10 WinPE Boot Environment.MediaCat DVD Naked — Like MediCat DVD, but without the PortableApps Suite.Mini Windows 10 x64 — Windows 10 WinPE Boot Environment, and PortableApps Suite.Mini Windows 10 x64 Naked — Like the one above, but without the PortableApps Suite.The main distribution, MediCat DVD as a size of 7.5 Gigabytes currently. The naked variant a size of 5.05 GB, the Windows 10 x64 distribution one of 3.94 GB, and the naked Windows 10 distribution one of 1.47 Gigabyte.Downloads are provided as multiple archive files. You need to extract the files once you have downloaded them all using 7-Zip or a compatible archiving program. This places an ISO image on your disk that you can burn, copy to USB to create a bootable USB drive, or boot using a virtual environment.The main menu displays various options to you. You can start one of the bootable operating systems included with the distribution, or access diagnostic, repair and troubleshooting tools instead that MediCat ships with.The menu lists the following options in this regard:64-Bit windows Recovery: Choice of Microsoft or Easy Recovery options for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.Hard Disk Tools: includes currently Acronis TrueImage 2017, GParted, Norton Ghost 11.5, Paragon Hard Disk Manager, PloP Boot Manager, SpinRite, SuperGrubDisk, Darik’s Boot and Nuke.Diagnostic Utilities: includes currently Hardware Detection Tool Memtest86+, TestDisk / PhotoRec / LiliPad, Ultimate Boot Cd.Scan for Viruses: this launches Comodo Rescue Disk currently only.Remove User Account Passwords: Active Password Changer, Daossoft Windows Password Rescuer, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, PCUnlocker, Boot Kon-Boot CD.You may boot in any of the available operating systems. If you pick Windows 10 for instance, you get the following screen once the operating system is booted.You get to access all sorts of programs right there, and even more if you are using a version of the toolkit that came with PortableApps included. This include many tools that help you troubleshoot issues on a PC; to name a few: EaseUS Partition Master, HDDExpert, NTFS Permissions Tool, backup tools, Dead Pixel tester, CPU-Z, RegAlyzer, Dr.Web CureIt, Kaspersky TDSSKiller, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and Autoruns.The author updates the ISO images every six months following new releases of Lubuntu. If you copy the bootable toolkit to USB, you may update PortableApps manually, and even add other tools that you require to it.Closing WordsMediCat DVD has a lot to offer. You get four different versions and can pick the one that you want to use. If you are unsure, I suggest you pick one that includes the PortableApps suite, as it adds several tools to the troubleshooting environment that you can make good use of.The downside is the fairly large download, and that you have to use a program like Rufus to create a bootable USB drive.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 27 votes Software Name MediCat DVDSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://gbatemp.net/threads/medicat-dvd-a-multiboot-linux-dvd.361577/ Advertisementlast_img read more