There are two ways to spot Sunita Rani, winner of the 1,500 m gold, in a giant athletic stadium. In a bunch, she’s the one with the swinging plait and quirky hip-hop running style. At the finish, she’s the lone figure ahead, face contorted, pushing herself at a pace that leaves,There are two ways to spot Sunita Rani, winner of the 1,500 m gold, in a giant athletic stadium. In a bunch, she’s the one with the swinging plait and quirky hip-hop running style. At the finish, she’s the lone figure ahead, face contorted, pushing herself at a pace that leaves her rival a good distance behind.In Busan, she burnt up the field and beat the silver-medallist by almost seven seconds, set a new Asian Games record and announced her return to top-flight athletics. But athlete No. 669 who ran a regal race on a triumphant Thursday afternoon for India almost didn’t make it to Busan. Her selection to the Busan squad was deferred – even though she was the only athlete to have met the Asian Games qualifying standards. It smelt of a personal spat between her coach and AAFI brass. Sunita, afflicted by a stomach bug, left a camp in Patiala for her home in nearby Sunam without intimidating the national coach. It annoyed AAFI which delayed her inclusion for Busan, citing that it was not aware of her whereabouts. But Sunita had tackled too many hurdles to quit.In the 1998 Asian Games, her brave battling silver and bronze medal runs behind Jyotirmoyee Sikdar should have heralded the start of a great career in Indian athletics. But shoddy treatment to a hip injury cost her a chance to compete in the 2000 Olympics and almost wrecked her career. But goaded by her ever-persistent coach Renu Kohli, 25-year-old Sunita kept at her calling. She was sent to Ukraine for a training camp in the middle of the year and returned in the August line-up for the 1,500 m at the Circuit Meet in Delhi.Her return after two years off from injury has been dramatic. She clocked 4:08.6 in the Federation Cup meet in Chennai and topped the Asian timings this season. In the light of her timings, the medal may have been expected but it was no less sweet.advertisement
A cranky bee can really ruin an #IVotedToday selfie, especially if it completes the photobomb with a prick on your proudly inked finger. Polling officers in Jalore, a district in Rajasthan, seem to have weighed such risks. They want one homeowner to get rid of an entire hive.Curious? Here, according to PTI, is why Malaram Mali, the man concerned, is in a bit of a fix: His house, beehive included, is next to the Bhalni polling station. And polling officers want the apian dwelling gone — lest its occupants attack and interrupt voters busy deciding the government’s fate on polling day.Mali got an notice. He was given three days to get ride of the hive. At his own expense. If he didn’t, the notice said, he would need to take responsibility for any mishap and would be dealt with accordingly.Mali was shocked.The poor man says he’s unable to remove the hive — and that it’s too big for him to handle. “The administration can do so at its own level, if it wants to,” he said.If the bees end up staying, voters may consider withholding postpoll selfies till they are safely in their cars, and the windows are up.Inputs from PTIALSO READ | The mighty bees: From insane learning abilities to playing sportsALSO WATCH | Political Stock Exchange: 48% voters want change of guard in Rajasthan
Wim Fissette spoke from grim experience when he declared “you never play names or rankings” after the 2016 champion, Angelique Kerber, flirted with defeat before beating the world No 88, Hsieh Su-wei, on day eight of the Australian Open.Fissette remembers Hsieh only too well; he was in Johanna Konta’s box at Roland Garros last summer when the doubles specialist, then ranked 100 in the world, put Britain’s best out in the first round. Australian Open Since you’re here… Here on Monday, her quirky magic almost did the same for Fissette’s new client, the only slam champion left in the draw. Kerber, who will hope for a quieter time in her quarter-final on Wednesday against Madison Keys, took two hours and eight minutes to beat the Taiwanese veteran (the oldest player in the women’s draw at 32) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. But it must have seemed much longer.Against all odds, Hsieh was hanging on, at 2-5 in the third, and nobody in the arena wanted it to end – except, perhaps, Kerber. With a cushion of two match points, she put away a finishing forehand down the line, and the 30-year-old German has rarely looked more relieved.“I felt I was running from the first point until the last,” she said. “The key at the end was that I could run forever. She’s a really talented player, and had answers for every single shot I made in the first two sets.”Kerber needed all her energy – and some untapped ingenuity – to take the sting out of Hsieh’s lazy genius, notably with a round-the-post winner at four-all in the second that brought the crowd to their feet. “I was so happy because I never played a shot like that before,” she said.Her challenge was considerable. Who, for instance, plays a drop shot on match point – then smacks a first ace for deuce, after two hours and three minutes, before casually letting a Kerber forehand slide long? No one plays tennis like Hsieh.That her legs gave up on her in the end was no surprise, but she did not complain about the heat or the result. 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It is not true that only the best players beat her, but, on her day she is more than capable of beating them.Kerber quickly turns her attention now to Keys. “I know what to expect. I know she’s a hard hitter and has a great serve.”She refused to elaborate, and was not keen either to compare her form now to that of two years ago, when she beat Serena Williams in the final. “I don’t know [if I’m a better player]. It’s just the beginning of the year still. I’m fit – physically, mentally. I’m feeling really confident. But let’s see what the year will bring. I just want to enjoy my tennis again.”If she could enjoy her tennis as much as Hsieh does, Kerber would be in a very good place indeed.Keys had a far easier time of it beating the eighth seed Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 in 68 minutes. She said of Kerber: “She has an ability to cover the court and anticipate like no one else does. I know she’s going to make three more balls than other girls may be able to get to.”Kerber or Keys will meet the winner of Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova. The world No 1 dispatched Naomi Osaka 6–3, 6–2, while Pliskova came through against fellow Czech Barbora Strycova after losing the first set. Australian Open 2018 Read more Australia sport Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Topics Support The Guardian ‘I smile a lot more’: Jelena Dokic finds strength after adversity Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Tennis Reuse this content
Manchester United Young waiting on Man Utd contract but has no desire to leave Chris Burton 08:54 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils have yet to trigger a 12-month extension in the 32-year-old’s deal, but he is still hoping to see out his career at Old Trafford Ashley Young is hoping to be given the chance to retire as a Manchester United player despite being yet to see his contract extended.The 32-year-old’s current deal includes the option for a 12-month extension, but the Red Devils have not triggered that clause.There is no rush on that front and Young is not overly concerned about having to wait his turn when it comes to future talks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has been around long enough to know that these things take time and that exit talk is inevitable, but he is eager to stick around at Old Trafford after becoming a valuable asset under Jose Mourinho.“It’s reported every year that I am about to leave but I’ve always wanted to be here,” Young told the Daily Mail.“And for as long as I can, I’d like to finish my career at United. I’ve got that mentality to keep going and change people’s minds.“I know how to play the game, I’ve got a football brain, and feel as fit and healthy as I did when I was younger. I’d be able to give the 23-year-old me a race.”Young added: “My legs might take a bit longer to recover after games but other than that, I feel as fit as ever.“The manager has high standards he wants to keep. He enjoys a joke but when it’s time to get down to serious work, you need to be serious. As players you don’t have to be told.“You will see people come back disappointed if they’ve lost a game in training. It’s that Man United mentality. There is no better feeling than success at this club.”It is that mindset which Young has bought into since joining United from Aston Villa in 2011.He acknowledges that he is on the books at a global superpower and that for as long as that adventure continues, he needs to embrace all that comes with it.“I think United is the biggest club in the world,” said the England international, who has enjoyed a new lease of life after being dropped back into a defensive role by Mourinho.“I got a sense of it from my first pre-season tour to America. It was a long flight, I was tired and ready to go to my hotel room when we arrived. Then I saw the amount of fans outside the hotel, and they didn’t leave the whole time we were there.“I’m a private person and like to keep away from things when I’m not playing. But I understand as a United footballer, you’ll be recognised nearly everywhere and people want to have things signed or pictures taken. It’s part of the territory and you have to embrace it.”
ulstein, March 18, 2014 zoom Pacific Radiance Group has exercised options for two additional ULSTEIN’s PSV designs.In September 2013, Pacific Radiance Group announced the order for two platform supply vessels of the ULSTEIN PX121 design for construction at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and Offshore Co., Ltd. (SWS Offshore).The contract included options for two more vessels, and the options are now declared.In addition to PSV duties, the vessels for Pacific Radiance Group are also prepared with increased accommodation and provisions for crane and ROV installation, which give the vessels the opportunity to trade in the IMR market.The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2015.
Mecca: Five-star hotels with views of Islam’s holiest site and luxury hajj pilgrimage packages are attracting a super-wealthy clientele and establishing Mecca as the capital of premium religious tourism. Mecca’s finest hotels are lavishly appointed with shimmering marble, fine wood panelling and vast chandeliers, serving super-wealthy pilgrims from around the world. At one of the high-end establishments, the main selling point is clear according to a representative: “We have three prayer rooms overlooking the Kaaba.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Kaaba is a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam, draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth, towards which Muslims around the world pray. “Guests dream of seeing the Kaaba 24-hours a day,” added the hotelier. In a room on the 29th floor, male worshippers gathered to pray their eyes fixed on the holy site below as the hajj was in full swing. Some 2.5 million faithful have travelled to Mecca from across the world to take part in this year’s pilgrimage — one of the five pillars of Islam — which began on August 9 and ends on Wednesday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAt another similarly prestigious hotel, guests are offered a “pilgrimage area” complete with a view “of Islam’s holiest site… allowing (them) to lift their spirits”. Luxury accommodation has mushroomed in Mecca in recent years with a proliferation of high-end skyscraper hotels in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque — often with “panoramic” views. The premium properties were fully booked for the duration of this year’s hajj and next year’s pilgrimage, but also for a dozen days before and after. Room rates are more than 1,000 per night in the high season. Mecca’s most opulent hotels are located within the vast Abraj al-Bait (Kaaba Towers) skyscraper complex which opened to guests in 2012, or near it.
27 July 2007Montenegro, the United Nations’ youngest member, has launched a new demilitarization initiative, ultimately aiming to slash nearly 12 thousand tons of heavy weaponry to 2,000 tonnes and cut the number of ammunition depots from 10 to three under a project co-sponsored by the world body. As a first step, battle tanks used by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) in the Balkan wars in Bosnia and Croatia in the early 1990s are being melted down for scrap under the Montenegro Demilitarization Programme (MONDEM), a joint project of the Montenegrin Ministry of Defence, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “The Government of Montenegro is to be applauded for this gesture of peace and reconciliation destroying weaponry of the former JNA,” UN Interagency Focal Point Garret Tankosic Kelly said. “Congratulations also to the Ministry of Defence for recognizing that these tanks can better serve Montenegro’s development by being melted down and recycled for new and more peaceful purposes.”Supported by the OSCE and UNDP, similar projects were realized in Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Lessons learned from these processes will be integrated into the MONDEM programme with the technical support of the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons. “By ridding itself of these weapons, Montenegro is taking a crucial step in the reform of its defence forces into an efficient, modern and professional armed force to defend the country as part of a collective defence system,” Montenegrin Defence Minister Boro Vucinic said.The small Balkan country became the UN’s 192nd member last year after voting to become independent from Serbia in what was the last unified remnant of Yugoslavia, the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
18 August 2011Dutch authorities today handed over to the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia a key witness cited for contempt for refusing to testify in the trial of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on charges of crimes against humanity. Shefqet Kabashi, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), refused to testify in 2007 at the first trial of Mr. Haradinaj, KLA commander during its conflict with Serb forces in 1998-99. He will be detained on remand until further order.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, Netherlands, acquitted Mr. Haradinaj in 2008 of charges of murder, rape, torture, abduction, cruel treatment, imprisonment and the forced deportation of ethnic Serbian and Kosovar Roma civilians.But ICTY appeals judges partially quashed the acquittal last year, ruling that a re-trial was necessary because the trial chamber had not done more to ensure the testimony of certain witnesses given “serious witness intimidation,” thus depriving the prosecution of vital support for its case. The original trial had heard how many witnesses felt unsafe.In a statement today, the tribunal said Mr. Kabashi’s testimony was relevant to the re-trial as it related to the alleged responsibility of Mr, Haradinaj and two co-accused, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, on six counts of torture and murder of prisoners for crimes committed at the KLA headquarters and the prison in Jablanica/Jabllanicë.
A visiting European Parliament delegation told Sri Lanka it needs to show “tangible progress” in improving human rights conditions to win back the GSP Plus trade deal giving duty free access to the European Union.The four-member delegation, led by Jean Lambert, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia, also urged Sri Lanka to “seize the moment” for national reconciliation. Progress included the issuing of circulars to military and police about the need to respect the rights of detainees and suspects, improvements in freedom of media, absence of censorship and the ability of civil society to operate more freely.But they said Sri Lanka needs “deeper and faster progress” in areas such as normalisation of life in the former war zone of the North and East and the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act with legislation in line with Sri Lanka’s international human rights commitments. The Members of the European Parliament said they were “pleased and impressed” with the progress that has been made in Sri Lanka on human rights and national reconciliation. The delegation had discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, as well as different civil society organisations. (Courtesy Economy Next) They had meetings in the last two days with representatives of the government, parliament and civil society, an EU statement released at a news conference said. “On GSP+, MEPs stressed that the decision on Sri Lanka’s application will also need the approval of the European Parliament, and that the application’s success is dependent on tangible progress by Sri Lanka in areas of concern,” the statement said.This includes ensuring the Code of Criminal Procedure includes the rights of detainees in keeping with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.“This agreement has real opportunities open up for Sri Lanka, therefore we urge the government to do its best to seize this moment and to make sure that they meet the criteria,” the Chair of the delegation, Jean Lambert, stressed during the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
TORONTO – After a record-breaking year in 2015, Canadian auto sales continued to roar ahead in the first month of this year.DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says overall car and light truck sales rose to 108,553 in January, up 9.6 per cent from 99,051 in January 2015 and just shy of the month’s all-time record of 110,266 set in 2002.The consultancy firm says 11 different brands saw double-digit growth, led by Honda, where sales jumped 36.8 per cent to 8,963 vehicles.Only four companies saw declines, with Volkswagen turning in the worst performance, down 17.6 per cent to 3,408 as the company grapples with the fallout of a scandal involving emissions-cheating software in its vehicles.Fiat Chrysler was the sales leader, up 0.6 per cent at 18,156, followed by Ford, up 14.1 per cent at 16,637 and General Motors at 14,395, although its sales were up a whopping 24.3 per cent.DesRosiers says passenger car sales were down 3.8 per cent at 33,826, but that was more than offset by a 17 per cent increase in sales of light trucks — which includes SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks — to 74,727.All that was good news for the industry amid concerns buyer interest might falter after record-breaking sales last year of 1.898 million new vehicles. No sign of slowdown in Canadian auto sales; January numbers accelerate 9.6% by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“There is no other viable option. However, for that to happen there is a clear need for exercising leadership, to stand up to challenges” even if there are “short-term political costs,” said Zahir Tanin, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), addressing the Security Council on Monday.“A new focus by Brussels [the European Union] at all levels provides a mutually beneficial opportunity for Pristina and Belgrade to leave the current difficult moment behind and to take the dialogue to the next stage of real progress,” he added.In his quarterly briefing to the 15-member Council on the situation in Kosovo and the work of the UN Mission, Mr. Tanin said that UNMIK continues to focus on creating an atmosphere which allows for compromise in good-faith.“Our efforts are aimed at sustaining peace, ensuring we remain at the forefront of monitoring and analysing the situation and reinforcing strategic coordination with members of all UN entities, as well as international partners” alongside the authorities in Kosovo, he said.There is no other viable option. However, for that to happen there is a clear need for exercising leadership, to stand up to challenges – Zahir Tanin, head of UNMIKHe described the recent Kosovo Trust-Building Forum, which brought together UNMIK, the European Union Rule of Law Mission, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and more than 100 community leaders, to discuss ways of building a positive path for the future.“Multiple focus groups worked to strengthen understanding across community divides. The resulting outcomes identified by participants provided a roadmap for objectives to be implemented in Kosovo,” recalled Mr. Tanin of the Forum, urging all leaders in Kosovo to move forward with more trust, compassion, understanding, and clarity.Turning to Kosovo’s relations with the rest of Europe, Mr. Tanin, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo, said a number of steps must be taken, including a security agreement with Montenegro and strengthening the rule of law and human rights portfolios. In that vein, he noted the approval of a new draft of the Kosovo criminal code, introducing stricter penalties for offences related to corruption and misuse of official duty.Concerning the protection of cultural heritage, he described progress in the so-called “special protected zones” and said the world was watching how the Government was handling construction near the Visoki Dečani Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in western Kosovo.
OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) takes a swing during a game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 28.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State baseball team overpowered the Seton Hall Pirates 9-3 on Friday behind another offensive explosion from right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic.The 6-foot-5 redshirt junior went 4-for-5 at the plate, including his Big Ten-leading fifth home run, three doubles and three RBIs.In a video posted to the team’s Twitter account, Bosiokovic said his big hitting day can be attributed to his ability to stay patient, identify pitches and capitalize on fastballs.“It’s a great feeling to be able string together good at-bats and help out the team,” he said. The win moves the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 6-2-1, while the loss drops Seton Hall’s to 4-6.OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release that the Buckeyes got off to a slow start to begin the weekend due to the early start time of 11 a.m. in Port Charlotte, Florida, yet he was still happy with the outcome of the game. “(Junior starting pitcher) Tanner Tully wasn’t as sharp as he normally is but (he) did a good job of competing and kept us in the ball game,” Beals said. “He gave our offense a chance to catch up and that was the story of the game — the back half of the ball game we swung the bat extremely well. (Bosiokovic) got us started with the home run and followed it up with several doubles.”OSU redshirt sophomore reliever Austin Woodby (2-0) picked up his second win of the season, pitching one inning of scoreless baseball. Junior relief pitcher Zach Prendergast (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the Pirates. Tully, OSU’s starter for the game, earned a no-decision in the contest. On the day, Tully allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work for the Buckeyes. Despite the victory, one negative came out of the day as OSU junior center fielder Troy Montgomery’s on-base streak was snapped at 37 games after going 0-for-5. This was Montgomery’s first game back after missing three games last weekend due to a head injury. OSU senior infielder Nick Sergakis went 1-for-5 in the win, stretching his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer is set to be on the bump Saturday for the Buckeyes as they now turn their attention to the Illinois State Redbirds. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Game 2 of the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte.
Many people were disappointed when they discovered that the iPad 2 wouldn’t feature a retina display – the kind of high-resolution display that makes the screen on the iPhone 4 so attractive. Now, Samsung has unveiled a brand new 10.1-inch display that supports a maximum of 2560×1600 pixel resolution that could be ripe for next generation tablets, including the inevitable iPad 3.Samsung’s new display is more of a tech demo than anything else at this stage. While it looks impressive, it’s not quite ready for broad production. It does, however, prove that high pixel density and high-resolution tablet displays are possible without unreasonable power requirements coming along in the process. Samsung may choose to use the new display in its own tablets before manufacturing displays for other companies, but we may not have to wait very long before we see them on the markets.Its unlikely that Apple will want to use this specific Samsung model for the iPad 3. Aside from the fact that Samsung’s prototype is the wrong size for the iPad’s form factor (the iPad uses a 9.7-inch display,) Samsung’s PenTile technology for its displays differs significantly from the IPS displays that Apple prefers for its devices. However other tablet manufacturers, including Samsung, Motorola, and Acer have no such reservations when it comes to their own tablets.The prototype may pave the way for future tablets that have high-resolution displays with reasonable battery lives. Samsung’s PenTile displays reportedly require 40% less power than standard LCD displays, and keep their brightness even when viewed in direct sunlight.The new display will be at the SID Display Week 2011 trade show next week in Los Angeles. Samsung isn’t saying when or where we’ll see the new displays in production, but its unlikely that they’ll sit on such potentially profitable technology for very long.Read more at BusinessWire via TUAW and ExtremeTech
You’ve probably heard the song dozens of times. You know all the cues, all the tempo changes — so you know when they’re coming. In Symphony, a malevolent intelligence is corrupting your music and sending its minions against you. As you vaporize one after another, you’ll notice something bizarre; it’s all happening perfectly in time with the music.Symphony is a game that takes your music, and morphs it into a 2D shooter with wonderful visuals and a really engaging upgrade system. This is a new independent title that was just added to the catalog on Good Old Games, Desura, Impulse, Origin, and Steam. Can it stand up to the big name developers?GameplaySymphony allows you to filter your music by artist or album. The selected track will be analyzed, which only takes a few seconds, then you have to choose a difficulty level. The easier difficulty levels are all you get at first, but they’re still fairly challenging.At its most basic, Symphony is a top-down shooter. There is a glowing equalizer at the top of the screen that reflects the music you’ve chosen. The enemies flow in from all sides, sometimes moving quickly back out of play, and other times diving right at you. You can really get a feel for when the enemy craft will appear from the tempo and beat of the song. A faster tempo means the enemy will be maneuvering faster, and a faster beat means there will be more of them. There are plenty of games that tailor the experience to a song, but Symphony does it better than any that I’ve ever seen.Your ship is controlled with mouse movements, which is just like dragging a cursor. Weapons are fired by holding the left or right mouse buttons (depending on your settings). Some enemy units are more powerful than others, and you’ll quickly figure out which are the greatest threats so you can concentrate your fire. As you blow them out of the sky, each vanquished foe will drop a glowing yellow music note. These notes will raise your “inspiration” score.Symphony is very clever in how it makes use of the inspiration pick ups. The notes are dropped all over the screen, and in addition to giving you points, they repair your ship. When a baddie collides with you, or hits you with a projectile, your ship is damaged. Your weapons will begin to go offline as you take damage, so you have to be aggressive about moving around and getting those notes if you want to stay in the game.Each time you are killed, it takes about five seconds to come back. While there is no limit to the number of lives, each failure means you miss out on inspiration points and you take an additional point penalty. Enemies also drop firepower upgrades on occasion, and death erases those. You just won’t be able to hit your goals if you die too often. I like this approach because you can actually play the whole song even if you stink. Presumably it’s a song you like, so why not hear the whole thing?You gain access to the higher difficulties by defeating “Demons.” Every few songs, the glowing eyes of the mysterious evil will make an appearance to taunt you before unleashing a mini-boss Demon. The Demons are apparently the enslaved souls of composers, and defeating them completes part of the “Symphony of Souls.” This is the only part of the game that I feel deserves a little bit of an eye roll. It’s basically a glorified progress meter.Upgrades and unlockablesSo, the gameplay is good. It’s a fun shooter, but it would get old like so many other games were it not for the weapon and upgrade system. When you complete a song, you get the opportunity to unlock a new weapon. Some are going to be mediocre, but some others are rare and incredibly powerful. Each item requires both inspiration and the kudos obtained by reaching inspiration goals.Your ship has four weapon mounting points, and you can attach whichever ones you like. Most are controlled by either right or left mouse clicks, but some fire automatically based on the music. For example, the subwoofer weapon fires a powerful blast each time the bass goes off. This is another example of Symphony’s fabulous integration with your music.The weapons you unlock can be upgraded with additional points, and you’re going to need to do that as you tackle the higher difficulty levels. This upgrade system lets you play the game however you want. Just blast everything with a barrage of gunfire, or map groups of weapons to different mouse buttons and be precise. It’s up to you.GraphicsThe way Symphony works is great, but the graphics are the cherry on top. All the objects in Symphony are made from glowing polygons, and the lighting effects are amazing. The ships that fly into frame are luminous little wedges of death, spewing bright energy projectiles at you. Some of the bigger craft are impressively detailed, too.The game is a little busy, but that’s part of the appeal. You feel like you’re really doing battle with your music as you peer through shimmering explosions to avoid return fire. The overall color scheme of the game will shift based on the tempo of the music. Blue is for the slower parts, but the color heats up as the action does. When you hit those fast choruses, the backdrop will be red and the enemy ships will be coming on fast.Symphony is a wonderful game that’s part Galaga and part Guitar Hero. The controls are simple, the gameplay is intense, and the graphics are beautiful. If you have a big music library, this game is the gateway to accessible fun in large quantities. Symphony runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. You can pick it up for just $10 at Good Old Games or any of the alternative outlets — and you should.
Read: Donald Trump is using his Twitter account to take on China >Read: ‘They were crying on the bus home’: Students upset after being cut from TV3 Toy Show > Source: Sandra Mackenzie/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article This year’s Olympics was also mired in controversy and shock defeats, especially when it came to our boxers.Katie Taylor’s loss coupled with Michael Conlan’s furious tirade following his contentious defeat meant we were up in arms tweeting our disbelief at what we were watching. Source: Irish News Sport/Twitter 8,179 Views http://jrnl.ie/3120773 WHILE 2016 MAY be remembered for its seemingly endless amount of celebrity deaths, we were flat-out tweeting about the things which made us proud to call Ireland home.#Rio2016 and #Euro2016 were unsurprisingly some of the most popular hashtags for Irish users of the social media platform.Robbie Brady’s now iconic goal against Italy to seal qualification to the Round of 16 was one of the most tweeted about moments of the year and for good reason. Lol @mickconlan11 have you seen this #Rio2016 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/BCaX74oKJS— Sandra Mackenzie (@sandrajforde) August 22, 2016 Source: Declan Pierce/Twitter Irish boxing chief says sport damaged by “shocking” @mickconlan11 decision and other #Rio2016 controversieshttps://t.co/aVM6NojxCM pic.twitter.com/ZxGdhWBlbF— Irish News Sport (@irishnewssport) September 27, 2016 From Ireland at the Euros to Donald Trump: Here’s what got us talking in 2016 Sporting glories and controversies mixed with political shocks made sure we always had something to talk about. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Goodnight everyone! Robbie Brady crying … That is all 😭❤️🇮🇪 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/yITcRDwZ65— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) June 22, 2016 Here are the top trending topics in Ireland for 2016:Throughout the year, there were sensational moments in the sporting sphere that saw surges of activity among Irish users taking to Twitter.The most tweeted abut events included:Ireland’s victory over Italy at #Euro2016Iceland defeat England at #Euro2016Ireland meets France at #Euro2016Ireland meets Sweden at #Euro2016History is made at Soldier Field, Chicago as Ireland defeats New Zealand All Blacks for the first timeBut it wasn’t just the sporting action which got us tweeting this year. Politics at home and abroad with #GE2016, #Brexit and #Trump made for debate. By Garreth MacNamee Best bit of the Euros was Robbie Brady’s goal v Italy ! #EURO2016— Matt McGlynn ©™ (@Matt_McGlynn73) July 6, 2016 2 Comments Share4 Tweet Email Image: Michel Spingler Image: Michel Spingler Source: Matt McGlynn ©™/Twitter Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 6:20 AM Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 6:20 AM
Gliese 1214 b, une exoplanète à l’atmosphère riche en eau ?Des chercheurs japonais viennent de mettre en évidence la présence d’eau dans l’atmosphère de l’exoplanète GJ 1214 b, située à environ 40 années-lumière du Soleil, dans la constellation d’Ophiuchus.Découverte en 2009, Gliese 1214 b (ou GJ 1214 b) est une super-terre située à un peu plus de 40 années-lumières de nous. Les scientifiques avaient déjà émis l’hypothèse que cette planète était riche en eau, voire même recouverte d’un gigantesque océan de glace. Mais aucune donnée n’avait permis de l’affirmer, du moins jusqu’ici. Grâce à une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue The Astrophysical Journal, des scientifiques japonais viennent de démontrer que l’atmosphère de la planète contient bel et bien de l’eau.Les super-terres sont des exoplanètes rocheuses, à l’instar de la Terre, mais beaucoup plus massives. Ainsi, Gliese 1214 b a un diamètre 2,6 fois plus important que notre planète et une masse 5,5 à 7,5 fois supérieure. Pour en savoir plus sur elle, les scientifiques japonais ont utilisé deux caméras optiques équipant le télescope Subaru afin d’analyser la composition de son atmosphère. Pour cela, les scientifiques attendent que la planète passe devant son étoile puis analyse la lumière qui a traversé l’atmosphère.Une atmosphère riche en eau ou chargée de nuages ? Dans le cas présent, les chercheurs se sont servis du phénomène de diffusion Rayleigh. Cette dispersion de la lumière se produit lorsque les particules lumineuses se dispersent dans un milieu sans qu’il y ait de changement dans la longueur d’onde. Grâce à ce phénomène, les astronomes sont en mesure de déterminer de quoi est composé l’atmosphère traversé par la lumière. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour GJ 1214 b, ils ont installé un filtre bleu sur les caméras du télescope, afin de déterminer l’intensité de la diffusion Rayleigh. La planète s’est alors révélée présenter une faible diffusion, indiquant une atmosphère riche en eau. Néanmoins, il existe une autre possibilité expliquant un tel résultat : que l’atmosphère dominée par de l’hydrogène soit très nuageuse. Les astronomes prévoient donc d’autres mesures pour savoir exactement ce qu’il en est.Peu propice à la vieEn tout cas, il est peu probable que l’exoplanète abrite de la vie telle qu’on la connait. En effet, elle orbite extrêmement près de son étoile, une naine rouge, sa température de surface atteint ainsi les 200°C, et son épaisse atmosphère, de même que la pression atmosphérique énorme qui y règne, font que toute son eau est probablement sous forme de glace à haute pression. Pas vraiment une destination de rêve donc.(Crédit photo : NAOJ)Le 6 septembre 2013 à 18:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHC), which owns Taj Hotels worldwide, is optimistic about the prospects of the tourism and travel sector in India this fiscal, notwithstanding a challenging 2015-16.”The long term outlook for the Indian hospitality business continues to be positive, both for the business as well as the leisure segments with potential for economic growth,” the company said in its annual report for 2015-16.The Tata Group company feels that a combination of upbeat growth in India and forecast of an increase in global tourist arrivals will have a beneficial impact on the industry this year also, after decent growth last year.IHC â€” which has 133 Taj Group of Hotels with a capacity of 16,592 rooms, in addition to budget hotels under the brand name Ginger â€” reported better profit and revenue figures for the financial year 2015-16, aided by higher realisation per room, or average room revenue (ARR), enabling it to narrow consolidated loss to Rs. 61 crore from Rs. 378 crore in the preceding year. Consolidated revenues rose to Rs. 4,706 crore from Rs. 4,287 crore in the preceding financial year.The year also saw the company restructure its international investments to drive efficiency and raise fund-raising capability, by incorporating a holding company for its overseas assets.IHOCO BV, the 100 % offshore subsidiary Company has since become the Company’s apex offshore investment holding Company. Holdings in the, USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Maldives hotels and the two London restaurants have been shifted to IHOCO BV. Thus, eight owned hotels (1584 rooms) and two UK restaurants are now being held through IHOCO BV,” the company said in its annual report for 2015-16.The company will be holding its 115th annual general meeting on Aug. 23, 2016.Shares of IHC were trading about 1 percent higher at Rs. 136.45 apiece on the BSE on Thursday at around 11.55 a.m. In the past one year, the share price has risen 45 percent from its July 29, 2015 closing of Rs. 93.70 on the BSE.Highlights of the annual report:2015 proved to be a successful year for the travel & tourism sector, off the back of a modestly stronger economic environment. As per the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), it is estimated that international tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent in 2015 reaching a total of 1.18 billion.International tourism receipts were estimated to be US$1,232 billion (UNWTO world tourism barometer). In addition to income generated from international passenger transport, total receipts stood at US$ 1.4 trillion.Demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations in the Americas (+5 percent), Asia and the Pacific (+5 percent) while the increase in Europe (+5 percent) and the Middle East (+4 percent) was at a slightly more modest pace.The total contribution of travel and tourism to GDP is expected to be around 3.7 percent and the forecast is that it would rise to 3.8 percent per annum by 2025. It is estimated that the travel and tourism industry generated about 107 million jobs which is 2 percent more than last year. The number of jobs added is forecast to grow at 2 percent annually till 2025. (Source: World Travel & Tourism Council).India is expected to be a driving force for the global economy in the foreseeable future. It also makes it a ripe market for travel and tourism.The key drivers for international travel demand growth to India include the easier e-visa regime, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Make in India and other similar initiatives which are expected to build a positive global image for the country and will thus have a long term impact for the travel and tourism industry.It is expected that continued weakness in the INR would favourably impact the inbound foreign tourist arrivals in 2016, in addition to the ‘E-Visa’ scheme, which has gathered traction since 2015 and the ‘Visa-on-arrival’ benefit being extended to a larger list of countries.Domestic travel is strong and remains the demand bedrock of the industry; leisure and Meetings, Incentives, Convention, Exhibition (MICE) travel will grow rapidly, spreading over many cities and towns.Consumers are shopping on multiple platforms and there is an ever increasing transparency in rates and guest reviews driven by booking brands such as Expedia, Priceline, Booking.com, Make My Trip and Trip Advisor. Consumer behaviour has seen a change which is demonstrated in shorter booking windows and consumers seeking unique experiences which in real time are shared on multiple social media platforms.The foreign visitor shall continue to drive the demand and it is expected that an increase in foreign tourists going forward would result in enhanced foreign visitor spend, which is currently low due to the limited number of foreign tourist arrivals, when compared to other global destinations.