Tablets on Campus: Productive, Secure Tools for Students and Staff

first_imgImagine learning and working alongside hundreds of collaborators with ease in a space where technology is a platform to build great ideas. It sounds like every professional’s dream, and the technology team at Grove City College in Pennsylvania is making it a reality for students and staff.By supplying every student and staff member with a state-of-the-art tablet computer, the IT team at Grove City has enabled amazing productivity and performance while keeping valuable information (and the computers themselves) highly secure. Take a look at the progress the school has made, and imagine what taking the leap to mobile computing could do for your small business.Productivity Gets FlexibleEach fall, Grove City’s IT team selects a new tablet to supply to each incoming freshman student. The most recent selection was an HP EliteBook Revolve 810. These thin, lightweight tablets, equipped with Intel Core i7 vPro processors, combine a touch screen with a full keyboard so users can easily switch from a tablet to a laptop experience. No matter where they are, students and teachers can complete work and collaborate with each other using their tablets. Long battery life, Intel Wireless Display, and fast booting all contribute to powerful productivity.Performance AdvantagesThe Intel Core-based tablets utilize the Intel Solid-State 500 Series Drives to maximize performance, allowing students to multitask and instructors to run large programs simultaneously. “The Intel Core i7 vPro processors and Intel SSDs give students and faculty the performance they need to run complex engineering simulations during class time, provide interactive classroom presentations, conduct video conferencing, and more,” says Vincent DiStasi, chief information officer and associate professor of chemistry at Grove City College.Using Intel processors and SSDs also keeps the tablets relevant for a full four years, so each student can continue using the same machine throughout his or her time at school. “By selecting tablets with these Intel technologies, we gain the headroom for new applications and needs that might emerge,” DiStasi says.Low Maintenance, High SecurityWhen Grove City College’s IT team used traditional hard drives, they spent the summer installing software on new machines. Today, using Intel SSDs, it takes less than a week for the team to prep approximately 800 tablets for the start of each school year. In addition, the Intel Core i7 vPro processors come with Intel security technologies, which lock down a stolen device and pinpoint its location to speed recovery. Intel securities help keep important information secure, and since they have been widely publicized on campus, thieves are no longer trying, says DiStasi. “We have gone from more than 10 tablet thefts in a single year to zero.”For a full look into Grove City College’s use of Intel technologies, read the full case study.How would your business — and your IT team — benefit from a new tablet integration? Explore Intel’s small business resources for details. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for more small business best practices.last_img read more

Turning Tumors into Therapy

first_imgA team of researchers has immunized mice with proteins derived from their own cancer cells. The treatment, reported in tomorrow’s Science*, dramatically slowed the spread of several types of cancer.A group of researchers from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington made the vaccine by purifying heat shock proteins (HSP), which are released by stressed cells and alert the immune system to destroy them. To test the vaccine’s ability to halt the spread of cancer, the researchers injected cancerous lung cells into the footpads of mice. The tumors were removed once they were 5 millimeters wide, and half the mice received weekly doses of heat shock proteins purified from the same type of cancer cells that had been injected. Control mice that were given saline solution all died within 45 days from cancer that had spread from tiny remnants of the tumor. But 80% of the vaccinated mice survived free of cancerous lesions for 250 days. The team had similar success with colon cancer and melanoma.”We’ve proved the HSP vaccines can be used as a general strategy to treat a variety of tumors in mice,” says Ping Peng, an immunologist with the team. The research is a milestone, says Hans Schreiber, an immunologist and cancer researcher at the University of Chicago. By purifying heat shock proteins from cancers, “you can get individualized therapies,” he says. “That is a major breakthrough.”*For more information, Science Online subscribers can link to the full text of the Report.last_img read more

‘Franken-Tadpoles’ See With Eyes on Their Backs

first_imgIn the swamp of the blind, the frog with one eye surgically attached to its back is king. Researchers have found a way to transplant an eyeball onto a blind tadpole’s spine that confers some degree of vision—the first evidence that functional sight can occur so far from the brain. Such research promises to give scientists a better understanding of how transplanted tissue connects to the nervous system, paving the way for improved regenerative therapies in humans. Scientists have moved frog eyes around before. In 2003, researchers transplanted them at various points around the head. The out-of-place organs extended information-transmitting nerve fibers known as axons into the animal’s brain. But scientists haven’t been able to determine whether such transplanted eyes are fully functional. Now, developmental biologists from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, have created a novel way to test whether transplanted eyes see as well as to determine how far away from the brain visual ability can extend. The study’s lead author, Michael Levin, and his colleague Douglas Blackiston took tadpoles of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) whose eyes had been surgically removed and transplanted “donor” eyeballs—one per tadpole—along various points on the back. In total, the researchers operated on 230 tadpoles and compared their performance in a light reaction test with similar numbers of intact tadpoles and blinded tadpoles without transplants. 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While under red light, the tadpoles were docile and swam slowly. Under blue light, though, they moved much more rapidly. Here, the researchers found something strange. The blind tadpoles with no eyes still reacted when the light changed. “You have a flashlight and you shine it on the [blind] tadpoles and they take off, they zoom around the dish,” Levin says. Eyes, it seemed, were unnecessary for responding to light. Because changing the light’s color couldn’t indicate whether the tadpoles’ transplanted eyes were functional, the researchers turned to a more sophisticated experiment. They made the petri dishes half red and half blue. Tadpoles that ventured into the red portion received a mild electric shock, and Levin and Blackiston recorded which animals eventually learned to avoid the red side. Although they could react to changes in light, the blind tadpoles never learned to avoid being shocked. For them, Levin thinks “there’s a kind of twitchy program going on” in which photosensitive cells—the researchers aren’t sure which ones—bypass the brain and directly spur the muscles into movement. Thus, these automatic impulses can’t help blind animals learn. In contrast, about 10% of tadpoles with transplanted eyes were able to learn to avoid the red side of the petri dish, compared with about 40% of the tadpoles with intact eyes. Looking closer at the transplant recipients, Levin and Blackiston noticed differences in the ways the eyes formed axonal connections. When new tissue is introduced, Levin explains, it sends out axons to make connections with host tissue. In these tadpoles, the eyes’ axons almost universally connected with either the spinal cord or the gut. Only tadpoles whose transplanted eyes formed connections with their spinal cord managed to learn ; eyes that instead connected to the gut were apparently useless. The researchers report their findings online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Levin says the research is an important step in scientists’ understanding of what makes a transplanted organ functional and how information flows between these organs and the nervous system, including the brain. There are obvious differences between a human’s spinal cord and a frog’s, he says, but “there are no fundamental differences, meaning I don’t see any reason [similar experiments] would not eventually work [in humans],” Levin says. Humans might not want spare eyeballs on their backs, but the same technique could be useful for growing new organs to replace damaged ones, or for developing therapies to repair damaged nerve connections. Levin’s and Blackiston’s findings are important because they demonstrate for the first time that animals can learn from sensory information provided by an organ transplanted to a non-native position, says Karen Echeverri, a developmental biologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who primarily studies limb regeneration in salamanders. “That the animals do show a learned response is very interesting,” she says. “It’s pretty convincing.” William Harris, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, adds in an e-mail that through studies like this one, scientists “can learn to understand weird inputs,” which is critical to building technologies like bionic hands.last_img read more

U.S. groups urge restraint in investigating academic espionage by China

first_imgiStock.com/Trifonenko The United States should not emulate China in applying surveillance against certain ethnic minorities as part of an effort to thwart academic espionage, a coalition of Asian and higher education organizations write in an open letter issued today.The letter cites a recent story by NPR describing meetings at which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has urged university officials to monitor the activities of Chinese students and Chinese-born researchers on their campuses. The groups, which range from the American Association of University Professors to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, point to “the mounting global reach of Beijing’s tech-enabled authoritarianism” and the Chinese government’s “aggressive use of surveillance.” But the U.S. response “must not mimic the very tactics it professes to reject,” the letter warns. “This is an area where the government must tread carefully.”Jonathan Friedman of PEN America, a New York City–based nonprofit that organized the letter, says: “We are worried about what can happen if you encourage people to be on the lookout without making clear what criteria they should use. It’s not that the government doesn’t have the right to track illegal activity. But we are trying to be the voice of restraint in defending due process and academic freedom.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Jeffrey MervisAug. 12, 2019 , 9:55 AM U.S. groups urge restraint in investigating academic espionage by China Senator Mark Warner (D–VA) has spent the past year bringing together law enforcement and higher education officials to discuss how to protect federally funded research from foreign threats. He thinks there’s a way to improve security without violating core academic principles.“I have been in close touch with our universities over the very real challenge of the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] targeting our institutions in order to access specific technologies,” Warner said in a statement to ScienceInsider. “The CCP is using creative ways to access and steal our technologies, using its authoritarian model to pressure academics and researchers to act on behalf of China’s national interests via coercion and financial incentives. But as the U.S. counters their strategy, it makes no sense to engage in racial profiling, and law enforcement must be careful to ensure that they do not fall into that counterproductive method.”last_img read more

A Bharat Ratna for Chikni Chameli?

first_imgIf Time magazine can make the ‘protester’ its person of the year, can the ‘common man’ get the Bharat Ratna? The sentiment in Twitterverse seems to be in favour of the proposition. “Every common man deserves a Bharat Ratna,” said a tweeter, “for what we brave every single day from corruption, traffic, inflation to pollution.”Of course, the clamour was growing for a Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar, now that the government has modified the criteria for the highest civilian award to allow sportspersons. The handle # BharatRatna was trending on Twitter this weekend and most TV news channels had come up with their lists of who deserved the award. Twitter had two clear favourites – Tendulkar and the hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand.Katrina KaifDhyan Chand seemed to be the unanimous choice and there were some uncharitable remarks directed at him. Sample this: “I think Bharat Ratna must be given in each category like the Nobel Prize. Sachin has done nothing for society to get Bharat Ratna.” You may disagree but the tweeter has a point.Of course, smart alecks had a field day taking potshots at politicians. “Bharat Ratna is now open for sports … Hope people won’t recommend Sharad Pawar’s name for winning the World Cup instead of Tendulkar,” said one. Said another: “Diggy should be given Bharat Ratna (at least fake one) for his exemplary coaching service to the # idiotprince. This might boost his morale!” And there was one tweeter who seemed to be fed up of the constant adjournments of Parliament. “If sports is included in Bharat Ratna, politicians stand a chance! They play kabaddi in Parliament.” # Bharat Ratna was serious stuff, but Katrina Kaif’s item number for Karan Johar’s Agneepath remake has also set the microblogging site on fire, though many were confused why # Chikni Chameli was trending. An inspired techie tweeted: “Munni badnaam hui, Sheila ki jawani and now Chikni Chameli … well, we indians can’t produce iPod or iPhone right … but definitely iTems!!”advertisementBut there are tweeters who aren’t impressed with Kat’s moves. “Chikni Chameli is not a patch on Munni or Sheila. The melody is poor and lyrics are lost in Katrina’s enthusiastic gyration. Looks exhausting.” You must give it to her. Kat does get people talking.last_img read more

WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comFilipino pro dunker David Carlos gave the crowd a dazzling show and emerged as the dunk king in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Sunday at Global Center in Chengdu, China.A first timer in the 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest, the 28-year-old showcased his 41-inch vertical leap as he jumped over a volunteer and nailed a reverse slam for his title-clinching jam to amass 73 points in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Carlos edged four-time World Tour Dunk champ Rafel Linpinski of Poland in the championship round after the latter missed the second of his three dunk attempts and could only muster 54 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was nervous because I was going up against one of the best in the planet in Lipek. But I just gave it my best,” he said in a report from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ website.Carlos took home the $2,000 cash prize for winning the competition. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran Hometown bet Jiang Wenjian of China was the other participant in the contest but was booted after the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

UST formally welcomes Aldin Ayo as new head coach

first_imgUST welcomes Coach Aldin Ayo as the Head Coach of the Growling Tigers! pic.twitter.com/w8I9wALAcA— IPEA (@ust_ipea) January 8, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas officially welcomed Aldin Ayo as the new head coach of its men’s basketball team.“As the university moves forward in preparation for the next season, the Thomasian community welcomes the new head coach of the UST Growling Tigers, coach Aldin Ayo,” the school wrote in a statement released on Monday through the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics’ Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The school showed excitement over what the future holds for the team with Ayo in charge.“We look forward with much hope and gratitude as we remain one with the entire UST community and alumni in our commitment to the formation of well-rounded Thomasian student-athletes through excellent sports program.”UST reportedly inked Ayo to a six-year deal. He is set to be formally introduced on Thursday. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives The statement also is well aware of Ayo’s situation with La Salle. His contract expired at the end of last year that led to UST pursuing the services of the 40-year-old mentor, who won championships in his stops in Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in the UAAP. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The school also raised two key points which led to it deciding to go with the Sorsogon-native Ayo.“First, the basketball program that he espouses is based on discipline that gives primary importance to the academic life of the student-athletes, believing that athletes who are hardworking in their studies are likewise those who are able to handle themselves properly both on and off the court. This is the same ideal that UST has constantly advocated since the inception of its athletic program,” it said.“Second, coach Ayo is a well-accomplished coach who is likewise more than willing to accommodate the university’s modest salary scheme, thus demonstrating his desire to provide guidance to his players in this educative process outweighs all else.”UST brass expressed confidence that Ayo can turn the Growling Tigers’ fortunes around after the team missed the UAAP Final Four for the last two seasons, including a humiliating 1-13 slate, under Boy Sablan in Season 80.“Indeed, as a Dominican institution of higher learning, we in UST actively collaborate with individuals who can help us fulfill our vision to form student-athletes to become not only competitive in their chosen fields, but more importantly respectful of their competitors,” it read. “We believe that such thrust concurs with the convictions of coach Ayo, who is himself a product of Dominican education, and whose basketball program supports the image that we in UST wish to draw in the canvass of our student-athletes.”ADVERTISEMENT Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

33-member core group named for Indian women’s hockey camp,33-member core group named for Indian women’s hockey camp

first_imgNovember 10, 2018 Hockey India on Saturday named a 33-member core group for the women’s national camp beginning in Bengaluru on Monday.The camp, to be conducted under the watchful eyes of chief coach Sjoerd Marijne, will conclude on November 30. “The core group continues to remain the same while we have brought in a few younger players who have shown good performances in the domestic events. We also have women who have done well at the Youth Olympic Games,” said Marijne.“It is encouraging to have a strong pool of players who are pushing each other for a place in the team. During this camp, we will focus more on strength and conditioning, agility and emphasis on keeping up the fitness levels,” he added.Core Group: Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Sonal Minj Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha, Salima Tete. Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Jyoti, Anuja Singh, Shyama Tidgam, Sonika, Karishma Yadav.Forwards: Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Reena Khokhar, Leelavathy Mallamada. SHARE COMMENT Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL hockey COMMENTSlast_img read more

WCG rink football: St Blaise enter semis

first_imgMSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world St Blaise ‘A’ (Amboli) beat Our Lady of Salvation ‘B’ 3-2 in a men’s open quarter-final of the WCG inter-parish five-a-side rink football tourney recently. Jason Miranda, Kirsten Gonsalves and Danzel Fernandes scored for St Blaise while Troy D’Souza and Craig D’Souza scored for the Dadar side. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updatesRelated Newscenter_img Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img

World’s eyes on Russia ahead of planet’s biggest sporting extravaganza

first_imgFor the next one month, whatever may be the time zone, the clocks all over the world are going to be synchronised.The 2018 FIFA World Cup is all set to begin on Thursday with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium. While the biggest sporting spectacle of the world will begin with much fanfare in Moscow, the two biggies Italy and Netherlands will thoroughly be missed.Not just that, the World Cup is sure to miss the iconic figures of Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gianluigi Buffon and Philipp Lahm.Even as the world misses these huge stars, there will be some stars to look forward to while some may become bigger stars through the course of the tournament.While the world will have its eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, this is an opportunity for Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Marco Asensio and a few others to become much bigger stars.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEHosting a World Cup is a matter of pride for any nation, as Brazil will tell but it may not be the best thing for the economy of a nation, again Brazil will vouch for that. 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy (Reuters Photo)However, when the country is Russia, the problem is not of the economy but of the behaviour. Despite assurances from Russia that they will curb incidents of racism and violence, there is widespread fear that this World Cup will see regular such occurrences. Experts have asked travelling fans to be careful and always be attentive to any violent occurring around them.advertisementInterestingly, even as the executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) anti-discrimination network Piara Powar told Reuters “I think it is a difficult environment but the World Cup we are sure will pass peacefully, we hope”, FIFA has already put safety measures into place.In a first of its kind, matches can be abandoned over crowd discrimination. Apart from the acts of racism, Russia’s non-acceptance of the LGBTQ committee and anti-gay chants have also been troublesome, so much that FARE has warned the travelling LGBTQ supporters to not hold hands in public and just be careful in general.On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA for keeping politics out of the sport of football, perhaps hitting out at experts who have said that Russia hosting the World Cup in a political event, like it or not.THE FOOTBALLLeaving behind all the political and societal issues that the Russia World Cup is expected to bring with it, the football at display is what the fans are truly excited about.32 teams are all set to battle for glory with hosts Russia in for a tussle themselves.Russia’s form ahead of the World Cup has been woeful. Over the past five matches, Russia have recorded two draws and three defeats. Among the three defeats, two have come against Austria and Turkey, both of whom have not made it to the World Cup.When Russia take the pitch against Saudi Arabia on June 14, they will have a point to prove. On top of that, they will be harbouring the pressure of entertaining their home fans and surely, there will be thousands flocking to the stadium for the same.Apart from the hosts Russia, the second worst form ahead of the World Cup is that of the holders Germany. In the last five matches, Germany have not recorded a single win and in fact managed to lose 2-1 to Austria on Sunday.However, Germany is a team for big tournaments and come the football carnival, one can expect fireworks. With big names like Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan and many more, Germany are likely to be the horse for the long race.Despite their struggles ahead of the World Cup, they are surely one of the contenders to lift the trophy once again.Along with Germany, Brazil are the other genuine contenders for the Jules Rimet Trophy.The haunting images of the 7-1 loss against Germany in the semi-final of 2014 World Cup is still fresh in the minds of the public. However, like Neymar said, it’s time Team Brazil get over it.Brazil have looked a completely different team from the 2014 World Cup after Tite took over as coach. Even as they surely look a more creative team with Neymar on their side, they are not crippled without him. Supporters of the Egyptian national soccer team (Reuters Photo)With the feared quartet of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian, Brazil are set to kick the past away.advertisementSpain, France, Belgium and Argentina also have a shot at the title.While Spain have a brilliant mix of experience and fresh blood, France are a youthful but extremely talented team. Belgium’s golden generation wants to finally perform to their potential while Lionel Messi and Argentina will look to put the ghost of the 2014 World Cup final behind.While the fans are all set to back their favourite teams to the hilt, there is one team that will surely have the empathy to a huge amount of people and that team is Egypt.Mohamed Salah, who has had an exceptional season with Liverpool, is a rage and interestingly, even Belgium’s Eden Hazard said he would support Egypt only for Salah.Russia will kickstart the World Cup with an opening ceremony to get the musical senses of the world going and will hope that is able to set the tone for the carnival to come.last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli president De Laurentiis: This team has stars – don’t say it doesn’t

first_imgNapoli president De Laurentiis: This team has stars – don’t say it doesn’tby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits he gets upset over criticism of the lack of gold dust amongst the current team.De Laurentiis is adamant Napoli boast stars.He said, “When we had Gonzalo Higuain who scored all those goals with Rafa Benitez and Sarri, even though he missed some penalties and skipped the Champions League for a season, we had top players.“When I hear lies like ‘there are no top players at Napoli,’ it drives me crazy. Was Edinson Cavani not a top player? Signing a second striker like Dries Mertens into a centre-forward who scores 30 goals, getting a talent like Arkadiusz Milik who had two serious injuries and still performs at the highest level… it means we Neapolitans like to complain.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lonely path despite giving Roger Federer a fight: Sumit Nagal disappointed with lack of support

first_img Next Press Trust of India Buenos AiresSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 15:42 IST Sumit Nagal won the ATP Challenger tournament in Buenos Aires on Sunday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal has achieved a career-high ATP ranking of 135Nagal had taken a set vs Roger Federer before his 1st round exit at the US Open 2019Nagal’s disappointment was echoed by the legendary Mahesh BhupathiWith his fearless approach, Sumit Nagal impressed iconic Roger Federer at the US Open and then took it forward by making two finals on the Challenger circuit, but the youngster is flabbergasted that people are just “walking away” when he needs support.The 22-year-old won the Buenos Aires Challenger on Sunday night and jumped to a career-best rank of 135. The 26-place jump has consolidated his status as India’s number two singles player behind Prajnesh Gunneswaran (84).However, the paucity of funds meant that neither he had his coach by his side nor the physio, who could help him recover from the gruelling matches on red dirt in the Argentinian city.”I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buones Aires.”The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added.Nagal figured in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), receiving financial support for some time but was later dropped.The scheme offers a monthly financial aid of Rs 50,000 to athletes who are medal prospects at the Olympics.As of now, only doubles specialists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan is getting support through TOPS and none of the country’s singles tennis players are a beneficiary.advertisementMultiple Grand Slam title winner Mahesh Bhupathi, who mentored Nagal after hand-picking him from a tennis clinic, said if a player of the caliber of Nagal can’t get enough support, then it’s the failure of the system.”Sumit is obviously a special talent and it shows with what he has done in the last six months. When you see talent like him who are not nutured and supported keeping in mind the coming Olympics or the next one, I consider it a colossal failure of the system,” Bhupathi fumed.”Then no one has the right to ask later why India doesn’t produce champions,” Bhupathi, who won eight Grand Slam trophies, added.Nagal gets support from Virat Kohli Foundation but it does not cover all expenses that a tennis player needs.”They are providing a good amount but as you can see in tennis you need a team like all the top 100 players have , coach, fitness , physio etc which adds up,” said Bhupathi.The estimated required annual budget for Nagal is around 220,000 euros (Rs 1.5 crore).The Jhajjar-born Nagal said he is surprised that despite zooming up close to top-100, support has not swelled enough.”I still have the exact budget which I had in 2018 when I was ranked 350. It’s that when I needed the most which is right now, I see people turning around and walking away.Bhupathi is well-connected and has been trying hard to get sponsors on board. But with corporate support not coming, he had decided to knock the doors of those who know something about creating champions.”Well only an athlete can understand talent in my opinion. So now I am trying to route it through Gopi (Gopichand) and Malav and hopefully they can advise the best way forward,” he said.Nagal said people only make promises but when the time comes, they look the other side.”I am still stuck. I have to find a way to get my coach on tour to help me. Most of the tournaments I did in summer was by myself. It’s funny how they say if you need any help let us know and when you actually ask them or write an email they don’t even bother replying to you,” he said.Also Read | Buenos Aires ATP Challenger winner Sumit Nagal jumps 26 places to career-best ATP rankingAlso Read | Sumit Nagal defeats Argentine Facundo Bognis to clinch ATP Challenger tournamentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sumit NagalFollow Roger FedererFollow Mahesh BhupathiFollow ATP rankings Lonely path despite giving Roger Federer a fight: Sumit Nagal disappointed with lack of supportIndian tennis sensation Sumit Nagal who won his 2nd ATP Challenger title in Buenos Aires on Sunday rued the lack of funds and support which meant he didn’t have the services of his coach or the physio in Argentina.advertisementlast_img read more

Two New Cranes at Seaboard’s PortMiami Terminal

first_imgzoom As a part of a broad strategy to improve both productivity and capacity at its PortMiami facility, Seaboard Marine has added two more new Liebherr-built LHM550 cranes to its terminal operations.These two mobile harbor cranes, the largest of their type based at PortMiami, each have an outreach of 177 feet and a maximum capacity of 158 short tons. They are well equipped to handle the Miami-based vessels in Seaboard Marine’s fleet, which are steadily growing larger.Built in Germany for Post Panamax-sized vessels, the LHM550 can handle, if needed, up to 18 cargo containers across, depending upon the configuration. One of the largest mobile harbor cranes made by Liebherr, the LHM550, can be used for different types of cargoes: containers, bulk products and product loading. In the case of Seaboard Marine’s PortMiami operations, they will be principally used for loading containers. Since these cranes travel on tires, they can safely go any direction and the logical ergonomic design allow for ease of operation.These two new mobile harbor cranes join four other Liebherr mobile harbor cranes currently at Seaboard’s PortMiami facility. In addition, Seaboard has dedicated access to three PortMiami gantry cranes for its ships. With a total of nine reliable cranes always at its disposal, Seaboard is able to promptly load and discharge several vessels at one time.Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine’s President, said “We have owned Liebherr cranes for over a decade and are extremely pleased with their reliability. By now having six Liebherr mobile harbor cranes at our PortMiami facility, we will be able to increase our terminal and vessel productivity. The versatility to our operations by having multiple mobile harbor cranes as well as several gantry cranes will result in improved cargo turnaround. These new cranes complement the infrastructure and berthing improvements that PortMiami is making port-wide, as well as specifically at the Seaboard terminal, and will create a tremendous benefit to our customers.”Seaboard Marine, February 28, 2014last_img read more

Diana Finds Work for Two Panamaxes

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk owner and operator Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for two of its Panamax dry bulkers, M/V Naias and M/V Artemis. The contracts, signed with Geneva-based Bunge S.A., include a gross charter rate of USD 5,000 per day for M/V Naias and USD 5,350 per day for M/V Artemis.The 73,546 dwt Panamax Naias was chartered out for a period of about five to seven months, and commenced its charter yesterday.Diana’s 76,942 dwt Artemis was hired for a period of minimum ten to thirteen months.The 2006-built vessel is expected to start work on its charter on June 6, 2016.Diana Shipping said that the employments of Naias and Artemis should generate USD 2.3 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.After it took delivery of the 75,403 dwt M/V Maera (formerly Manzoni), a Panamax dry bulker bought in February 2016, the company’s fleet consists of 46 dry bulk vessels.Diana expects to take delivery of three newbuildings by the end of 2016, namely two Newcastlemax dry bulkers and one Kamsarmax.last_img read more

Stena Bulk Sets Up New Tanker JV with Bay Crest Management

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has partnered up with Singapore-based Bay Crest Management in an effort to expand its presence in Asia.Namely, Golden-Agri Stena, a joint venture between Stena Bulk and Golden Agri-Resources, and Bay Crest Management have formed a new joint venture, GSB Tankers.Set to commence operation on January 1, 2019, the new company was established to undertake the operation and commercial management of chemical tankers. Apart from its headquarters in Singapore, GSB Tankers will have offices in both Dubai and Japan.The joint venture will initially manage eighteen chemical tankers with the aim of managing thirty chemical tankers within the next two years.“After six very successful years operating and managing intermediate-sized chemical tankers, Golden-Agri Stena aspires to enhance its involvement in the chemicals cargo trade through operating and managing stainless steel tankers. Bay Crest offers excellent experience and network for us to jointly attain the aspiration,” Björn Stignor, Managing Director of Golden-Agri Stena.last_img read more

CarbonCure Technologies Expansion Creates New Jobs

first_imgThe expansion of an award-winning clean technology company will create dozens of new highly skilled jobs in Nova Scotia. CarbonCure Technologies, based in Halifax, is growing its workforce by 24 jobs to expand its innovative and green concrete-curing process into new markets. The estimated average salary, in a range of positions, will be $60,000 including benefits. “The province remains committed to helping companies like CarbonCure as they pursue new markets,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Innovation and entrepreneurship is an essential part of growing our economy.” CarbonCure developed a process for curing concrete that uses waste carbon dioxide in the production process to make better and stronger concrete. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas widely credited as being the largest contributor to climate change. CarbonCure plans to fill a range of positions including engineering, research, sales and marketing. The 24 new people working at CarbonCure will earn almost $4.8 million, including benefits, over five-years, money that can go into growing the province’s economy. The job creation over the five-year period would generate an estimated $660,000 in direct tax revenue for the province. In return for creating and maintaining these jobs, CarbonCure will earn up to $336,000 over five years from an incentive from the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Overall, the province will earn almost $324,000 through its investment. “Nova Scotia has been a great place to grow our business, and we continue to appreciate all of NSBI’s and the province’s support,” says Robert Niven, CarbonCure’s CEO and founder. “This will help us expand into international markets where demand for green building products is enormous.” With the cement industry being the second largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter, next to power generation, CarbonCure’s technology is being adopted across North America by leading concrete producers to meet green construction demand. “CarbonCure is gaining national and international attention for its innovative technology and is becoming a leader in this sector,” said Stephen Lund, NSBI president and CEO. “Our work with CarbonCure demonstrates how NSBI and the province can help the company strengthen its client base in global markets.” CarbonCure’s technology has captured the attention of international green building leaders, including B+H Architects, the firm which is the lead consultant of the Planning, Design and Compliance team for many of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games’ construction projects. “We at B+H Architects are so impressed with the environmental sustainability of CarbonCure’s technology that we have decided to exclusively specify CarbonCure concrete products on all new projects by incorporating it in our master specification,” said Matthew Roberts, director of specifications for B+H Architects. Recently, BuildingGreen.com announced that CarbonCure’s CO2-absorbed concrete masonry unit (CMU) won its widely recognized “Top 10 Building Products” 2013 award. CarbonCure was also recently named one of the top 10 emerging Canadian cleantech companies by Corporate Knights Magazine. The annual Corporate Knights report highlights the 10 most promising cleantech companies publicly traded on a Canadian exchange, and the 10 most promising cleantech start-ups. Halifax, Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is a materials science innovator deploying carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration solutions to concrete products manufacturers. Concrete is the second most widely used material globally and is responsible for ~5% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The Company’s proprietary technology is an intuitive, elegant method of repurposing waste CO2 to strengthen concrete, accelerate curing, and make concrete less carbon-intensive. End concrete products range from sustainable blocks to pavers and segmented retaining walls. CarbonCure is commercializing its concrete products technology with market leaders in California (Basalite Concrete Products), Ontario (Atlas Block) and Nova Scotia (Shaw Group). These manufacturers offer architects attractive and affordable design options with simply better concrete for green building masonry projects. Find out more at www.carboncure.com . NSBI is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca .last_img read more

Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families on Day of Mourning

first_imgNova Scotians will honour workers killed or injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province today, April 28. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray mining disaster. Allen Martin’s brother, Glenn, was one of the 26 men who died. “Think, live and preach safety, as there is no job in the world worth your life. If it doesn’t look safe or feel safe it’s not – get out of there,” said Mr. Martin. “All Glenn and those other young men wanted was to go to work, collect a paycheque and come home.” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean will attend a ceremony at Province House. “It’s important to remember and pay tribute to those who were injured or lost their lives on the job,” said Ms. Regan. “This day reminds us all of the importance of safety, and helps build on efforts across the province to make our workplaces safer. We all have the right to come home safely at the end of the day.” The ceremony is being organized by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy. “Ceremonies like this have been held across Canada since 1984,” said Danny Cavanaugh, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “The grim reality of workplace death and injury never changes, but our resolve grows stronger in our commitment to keeping each other safe.” In 2016, 20 Nova Scotian workers lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions. For more information on the Day of Mourning, and to hear Glenn Martin’s story, visit http://dayofmourning.ns.ca. FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotians will pay tribute to workers killed or injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province today (April 28th). Government and industry representatives will join family and friends of those killed or injured at work at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the day reminds us all of the importance of safety, and helps reinvigorate efforts across the province to make our workplaces safer. Ceremonies to mark the Day of Mourning are also being held in Kentville, Lunenburg, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, and Yarmouth. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray mining disaster. -30-last_img read more

Celebs Support Greenpeace Forest Campaign In Indonesia

first_imgA number of celebs are helping Greenpeace with their Forest Campaign in Indonesia.Kellan Lutz Tweets His SupportIn Indonesia unsustainable palm oil is destroying forests and pushing tigers to the edge of extinction – there are as few as 400 Sumatran Tigers left; they are the most endangered tiger subspecies and Greenpeace is campaigning to save the last home of the Sumatran tiger.Kellan Lutz recently tweeted the exciting good news that Wilmar, the world’s biggest palm oil company, has committed to a No Deforestation Policy.Other stars who have tweeted their support include Gillian Anderson, Kristin Bauer, Mark Ruffalo and Julie Estelle.last_img

UNbacked repatriation programme for Afghan refugees in Iran extended

Representatives of the Governments of Iran, Afghanistan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Agency reached agreement on the extension until March 2007 at a meeting in Mashad in north-eastern Iran. More than 7 million Afghans are estimated to have fled their homeland after nearly three decades of Soviet occupation and subsequent civil wars. “By extending the Tripartite Agreement the parties reaffirmed their commitment to the voluntary and gradual nature of repatriation,” UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing today in Kabul, the Afghan capital.“The parties also expressed their hopes that the international community’s continuing commitment to the reconstruction of Afghanistan, as seen in the Afghanistan Compact (signed in London earlier this year), would improve the prospects for the return and reintegration of Afghan refugees in Iran,” he added. Last week UNHCR began the fifth, and as of now final, year of its voluntary repatriation programme from Pakistan under the current tripartite agreement with Afghanistan’s southern neighbour, aiming for some 400,000 returns this year. The agreement was set to expire in March but was extended till December and UNHCR is negotiating with the two governments on new return arrangements beyond 2006, possibly shifting from individual travel assistance to area-based reintegration assistance. More than 2.7 million Afghans have returned from Pakistan under the operation since 2002, while 2.6 million are believed to remain in the country. read more