Baleka Mbete appointed Speaker of Parliament

first_img22 May 2014African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Baleka Mbete was elected Speaker of Parliament, replacing Max Sisulu, during the the first sitting of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.Mbete was elected Members of Parliament after beating Nosimo Bhalendlela, who was nominated by the Democratic Alliance, in a secret ballot, winning 260 votes to Bhalendlela’s 80.The house broke out into ululations when the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng made the announcement.Mbete was the Speaker from 2005 to 2008. She also served for a while as the country’s Deputy President after the recall of Thabo Mbeki in 2008. She is described by MPs who have worked with her as strong, capable and effective.Mbete said she was humbled by her appointment and would carry out her tasks conscious of the Constitution. “Your trust in me has not been misplaced,” she said.Mbete welcomed new members to the house, saying more than half had not served in the previous Parliament. She reminded them of their mandate to serve the people who had voted for them.“After 20 years of democracy, we dare not fail our people. Let us further entrench the spirit of democracy. Let each one of us represent our people with dignity and honour.”Earlier in Wednesday’s proceedings, Chief Justice Mogoeng presided over the swearing in ceremony of the 400 new Members of Parliament, representing 13 political parties.In batches of 10, the new MPS took an oath affirming their faithfulness to the Republic and obedience to the Constitution.The first group included President Jacob Zuma, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and current Cabinet ministers Malusi Gigaba, Naledi Pandor, Jeff Radebe, Fikile Mbalula, Blade Nzimande, Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and Collins Chabane.Approximately 42 percent of South Africa’s new MPs are women. In terms of age, the oldest is 85 and the youngest 22. The average age of the representatives is 50.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Computer History Museum Goes High-Tech

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Computer History Museum debuted its updated version last week. Improvements ran to $19 million and included a permanent space for the institution in Mountain View, California. It also included a push to upload the rest of the museum’s collections and exhibits online by March of this year. The museum focuses on the development of not just computers but computing – including languages, theory and philosophy of computing. The museum has fellows, capturing the most elusive and important material in computing and its ultimate inspiration, the human mind. Fellows include Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton Cerf, Grace Murray Hopper, Steve Wozniak and Linus Torvalds. The physical aspects of the museum illustrate, among other things, the miniaturization of computers, from great, barking, basement-filling things to stamp-sized iPods. Current physical exhibits and events at the museum include the following. Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing on “the history of modern computing, everything from the abacus to the smart phone”Lecture series that features “(l)eading innovators, industry giants, engineers and scientists (sharing) their personal insights and stories about developments and discoveries that have shaped our world”Tours and programs for students and educatorsCurrent online exhibits include the following.The Babbage Engine on the 19th century theoretical mechanical precursor to the electronic computerSelling the Computer on the history of marketing the devices to business and consumers through brochuresPDP-1 Restoration on the restoration of a ground-breaking 1959 computerInternet History on the major milestones in its development from 1962 to 1992The move from spare space at Silicon Graphics’ headquarters to the dedicated 120,000 square foot museum has doubled the exhibit space to 25,000 square feet and allowed the opening of both a gift shop and café.Other sources: New York Times Related Posts center_img Tags:#Real World#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Northeast Cleans Up Its Heating Oil

first_imgWith a few holdouts, fuel oil dealers in the Northeast U.S. have completed a  transition to ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULHO), a move that will bring a variety of environmental and practical benefits to both consumers and the industry. Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont this year are completing a switch to fuel oil that contains no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur, wrapping up a transition that began in 2012 in New York State. The effort now includes every state in the region with the exception of Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to S&P Global. Fuel oil is largely a regional fuel. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 20% of Northeast households heat with fuel oil, representing 80% of U.S. consumers who do. In some states, the percentage of households using oil for heat is much higher. In Maine, for example, two-thirds of all households use oil as their primary source of heat, higher than in any other state, the EIA said.RELATED ARTICLESHeating with Oil or Gas: What’s to Like?What’s the Greenest Option for Home Heating?The Effect of Low Oil Prices on Climate EmissionsWind Energy Is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions In 2016, 3.1 billion gallons of home heating fuel were sold to residential users in the Northeast. The 15 ppm sulfur content is equal to that in ultra-low-sulfur diesel used in some vehicles. Conventional heating oil has a sulfur content of 4,000 ppm. Adoption has been on a state-by-state basis after a multi-state air quality compact called the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union embraced the idea a decade ago. Some states lowered limits on sulfur in stages. Massachusetts, for example, went to 500 ppm sulfur in 2014 and didn’t fully adopt ULHO until this year. Maryland and Pennsylvania, the number two consumer in the region, still permit heating oil containing 500 ppm sulfur. The change promises a number of environmental improvements, according to Clean Oil Heat NH, a trade group representing dealers in New Hampshire. They include reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and particulates, less ground-level ozone smog, and improved air and water quality. Heating equipment will stay cleaner and last longer on a diet of ULHO, the group said, and as a result should operate more efficiently. Movement started to benefit local dealers The change to ULHO began as an effort to make life simpler for local oil retailers rather than as an environmental initiative, according to John Huber, president of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, an industry research group funded by a fee on wholesale oil sales. In a telephone call, Huber said that in 1993 the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection developed low-sulfur requirements for on-road trucks, but opted not to include heating oil in the regulation. That, Huber said, made it impossible for oil dealers to use the same trucks to deliver both diesel for on-road vehicles and home heating oil. If the heating oil were delivered first and the truck refilled with diesel, there would be enough residual sulfur in the tank to contaminate the load of diesel, rendering it unsalable. “There has been a desire on the part of retailers to realign the products so they are the same again,” Huber said. The industry also saw a number of other advantages in the switch. Heating oil with a high sulfur content was causing some degradation in chimneys, and it has a tendency to gum up the heat exchanger in boilers and furnaces. Technicians, already in short supply, had to spend more time taking appliances apart to scrape out the gunk, and the sulfur is thought to lower the efficiency of appliances that burn it — on the order of 1% to 3% per year. Finally, heating oil with lots of sulfur produced sulfuric acid in the secondary heat exchangers in high-efficiency condensing furnaces that were growing increasingly common. Huber said that the specialty steels that manufacturers were forced to use to protect the exchanger from the chemical could add as much as $2,000 to the cost of a single furnace. Costs for consumers are probably a wash ULHO is harder to produce than conventional heating oil, Huber said, because it has a “tighter spec” at the refinery, but it makes the equipment that uses it easier to make. Although Huber cautioned that oil pricing is dynamic throughout the year, and as a result somewhat “not decipherable,” consumers in the end should stand to gain. “So maybe you pay 2 or 3 cents more a gallon to get it,” Huber said, “and you save 4 to 6 cents in higher efficiency appliances in your home. It’s kind of a wash, probably a benefit to the consumer. He’s paying a little more but he’s getting better quality, and he’s probably going to be using a little less.” It isn’t clear why Maryland and Pennsylvania haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. The 500 ppm sulfur heating oil allowed in those states is much cleaner than what used to be on the market, but still a far cry from the 15 ppm oil being used elsewhere in the region. Emails to environmental officials in both states were not answered. However, Ted Harris, the director of marketing for the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, which represents oil dealers in the state, said by phone that 15 ppm heating oil would become the standard next year, as it will be in Maryland. ULHO is already being marketed in Philadelphia, a major metro area and the largest city in the state. Why Philadelphia and not the rest of the state? “Without going into the full story, there’s just been some legislative matters that have not gotten us to that level,” Harris said. “With that being said, we are on pace to be at 15 ppm by July 1, 2019.”last_img read more

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What to Consider When Upgrading to the Pocket Cinema 6K

first_imgPocket 4K vs. Pocket 6K? This article discusses the relevancy of both — as well as the price points and specs related to each.Prices are rapidly dropping, panic is running amok, and conspiracies are rife. No, it’s not the next recession; it’s the Pocket 4K community growing frantic over the imminent arrival of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The camera has drawn a lot of excitement and an equal measure of unease. Many Pocket 4K users are wondering if they should upgrade, or if they’ve been cheated out of their 4K investment.While I can’t speak for the entirety of the Pocket 4K community, I do want to evaluate some of the concerns about the Pocket 4K now that the new model has seemingly replaced it (which it hasn’t).(Note: this is not a critique of the Pocket 6K. The specs alone are mind-boggling.)Don’t Undervalue the Pocket 4K’s Resale PriceLook, we’re not going to tell you what to do with your equipment—or how to sell it—but don’t devalue the camera just to get a quick sale. As Grant Petty said in last week’s live-demonstration, there have been a few setbacks with the electrical’s market, which has meant a delay in getting these cameras to retailers. Therefore, you have to consider that the Pocket 4K isn’t readily available to everyone. B&H continually dip in and out of stock, it feels like my UK retailer has never been in stock, and as a result, the camera is still in demand on the aftermarket. And until Blackmagic stops producing this camera, the Pocket 4K is far from obsolete.Looking at recent eBay sales, the Pocket 4K has sold at $150 above the current RRP. However, in the camera’s social media groups, many are offloading this camera for as low as $750. Of course, there are various factors that justify a discounted price—hours used, cosmetic wear, missing original accessories, and so on. But still, so early into the life cycle of the model, there’s no real reason to undercut yourself when stores themselves can’t even fulfill orders.Data and Battery LifeRecently I published a YouTube video titled How Much Does the BMPCC4K Actually Cost? The video breaks down the various factors that contribute to the overall cost of the camera. The 6K model is undoubtedly going to increase the price point, with expanded data storage and power options.At the highest constant bit rate encoding option—3:1—the Pocket 4K clocks in with a storage rate of 135 MB/s. The Pocket 6K, however, will be bringing in 3:1 footage at a colossal 323 MB/s. Roughly, you’re looking at just under 19GB a minute. That 256GB CFast 2.0 card you have suddenly only stores fourteen minutes of footage when shooting at a max constant bit rate. However, I would imagine that with such high resolution, even shooting at 12:1 6K would still bring in favorable shots. And this reels in at 81 MB/s, which would give you sixty-five minutes with 6K recording.Therefore, you have to acknowledge that, along with an extra $1000 for the new camera, you’re more than likely going to be buying more recording media, and more offline storage.(Side note, there are currently no SSD cards on the market that can capture 6K 50fps, as retailer CVP points out in the following video.)One thing does concern me, that’s the 50p data rate. So, if my math is correct, using Blackmagic’s data on the website, 6K 3:1 at 50fps would be 538 MB/s, and QO (their variable bit rate option) could go as high as 805 MB/s a second. Currently, you won’t be able to record that.The fastest CFast 2.0 on the market taps out at around 500 MB/s. And while using the USB-C 3.1 port, you can connect an SSD that can reach 800 MB/s, the Pocket 6K uses a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, which taps out at 625 MB/s.Likewise, if there was one constant issue that appeared in every review and every discussion video when the Pocket 4K first came out, it was the abysmal battery life. Since the release, we have had a firmware update, which increases the longevity of a single LP-E6 battery by fifteen to twenty minutes. However, with the new build, we’re back down to a forty to forty-five minute run time for a single LP-E6. Meaning (and I recommend not using LP-E6s anyway) that you’re going to have to grab a few more to err on the side of caution.How Important Is the “Full Frame” Factor?I would argue that the super 35mm sensor is more of a selling point for this camera than either the EF mount or the 6K resolution. Blackmagic’s Super 35mm (-ish) sensor is closer to 35mm film than the 4K’s MFT sensor; therefore, similar visual attributes, such as focal lengths, will be the same as 35mm film.The issue with crop factor is that for cinema, Super 35mm is a standard. Whereas for stills, which bleed into digital video, full-frame is the standard, and anything smaller yields a crop factor. Meaning a 50mm on one camera may capture images at a focal length equivalent to 67mm on a full-frame sensor. As the photo and video world has seemingly blended into one another and borrowed terms, sometimes principles fall into a gray area of confusion. As with the Pocket 6K, you have a 1.558 crop factor. But again, that’s in comparison to a full-frame stills sensor, when in regards to Super 35mm film, there isn’t a crop factor.That said, many do factor the crop factor as a detriment, and would prefer to be shooting as close to full-frame as possible. If that’s something you want to do, then although the Pocket 4K has a crop factor of 1.89, with the newly released Metabones Speed Booster specifically engineered for the BMPCC4K, you can reduce the crop factor to 1.43 with the Ultra 0.71x model — or with the XL 0.64x version, you can decrease the crop factor even further to 1.29. Therefore, if you want to capture as much of the frame as possible, the Pocket 4K and Metabones Speed Booster combo provide a better option.There are, of course, many benefits to the 6K model. We can’t speak to all of them just yet, as we’ve yet to review the camera, the 6K resolution, the increased FPS, the anamorphic mode, the EF mount, and so on. But these new features don’t suddenly make the Pocket 4K model obsolete. You’re still getting 4K RAW for $1250—or $1000, if you remove the Resolve Studio license—and that, in itself, is crazy when just a decade ago 4K for $4K seemed like a dream.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more articles on film and video gear? Check these out.The Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for Filmmakers5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Budgets.How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-MBMPCC4K Tips: The Difference Between Constant Bitrate and Constant QualityAputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern Attachmentlast_img read more

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Terror attacks: Congress reels under BJP onslaught

first_imgThe government is increasingly looking vulnerable in the face of a concerted attack by the principal Opposition party that painted the ruling alliance as being in a state of “war with itself”. The BJP’s frontline leaders, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, mounted a strong offensive against home minister P. Chidambaram’s inability to beef up the security apparatus and solve terror cases, a charge that Chidambaram refuted later. They also accused the Congress of blaming its allies for every ill that plagues the government.Swaraj pointed at the contradictions, not just between the Congress and its allies in the government but also the differences between the party and the government.”We have witnessed these contradictions on several occasions most prominent among which was their conduct during the Anna Hazare movement. Some in the government wanted a solution while others didn’t want to give an inch. There was a garam dal aur naram dal within the party as well. It reflected in the Congress general secretary (Rahul Gandhi) dismissing the entire movement by coming up with the unexpected suggestion that Lokpal should be a Constitutional body. The same contradiction was evident when the minister of state for sports pushed a Bill that no one in the Cabinet agreed with,” Swaraj said.Jaitley said the contradictions some times suggest that the government has lost control and at other times, it seems as if it is part of the “good cop-bad cop” strategy they play.The end result of this “drift” in the government, Jaitley said, is that ” revulsion” has set in among people. He referred to the incident where Rahul was heckled by grieving relatives of the victims of the terror attack at the Delhi High Court.advertisement”The scenes at RML hospital where Congress office- bearers and their general secretary were heckled, point to the fact that a revulsion has set in,” Jaitley said, adding, “The government seems to be at war with itself.” In another statement perceived by the Congress as the BJP’s strategy to create a wedge between the main ruling party and its allies, Swaraj said an ally has been blamed for every problem.”For 2G, A. Raja is blamed while Chidambaram and the Prime Minister are not even mentioned. For price rise, it is Sharad Pawar who is responsible. And now we have the mess in Air India for which Praful Patel is being blamed even though the decision was taken by a group of ministers,” Swaraj said.Both Swaraj and Jaitley parried questions about L. K. Advani’s yatra, a project that he sprung upon the BJP while raising the cash- for- votes issue on Thursday.Exasperated by the repeated queries about whether it is Advani’s bid to project himself as the next PM candidate while sidelining the entire GenNext, Swaraj said: “How is it alienating us? Let us not make up stories. If Advani ji goes on a yatra, how can we remain unattached? We will also be a part of it.”last_img read more

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Yet another round of platitudes

first_imgFor those cynical about the dialogue process with Pakistan, the lack of substance in the joint statement issued after the latest round of Foreign Secretary level talks (July 4-5) confirms our neighbour’s unwillingness to fundamentally revise its thinking on core bilateral differences.For those who remain hopeful about normalising relations with Pakistan despite decades of bitter experience, the platitudinous joint statement offers no peg on which to hang their optimism.The talks were held in the same “frank and constructive atmosphere” prevailing in all past encounters, without, however, yielding much result. While we are committed to a “dialogue process”, the Pakistanis insist it should be “purposeful and resultoriented”- which, decoded, means India should make concessions. We accommodate Pakistan’s preferred but, in effect, harmless phraseology.TalksThe issue of Peace and Security, including CBMs, has been discussed in the same “comprehensive manner” as before, but without comprehensive outcomes. Both sides have “emphasised the need to promote greater trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue”, repeating piously the hope expressed many times earlier. This trust and understanding refuses to materialise despite repeated “constructive” dialogues.The issue of Nuclear and Conventional CBMs is complicated because India attaches importance to nuclear CBMs while Pakistan favours conventional CBMs. Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal and delivery capability with single-minded determination, even in a situation of mounting internal instability and financial stringency. It seeks to introduce tactical nuclear weapons as a counter to India’s “Cold Start” doctrine which it has studiously hyped.Whether it talks of a conventional balance of forces or a strategic balance after both countries became nuclear, Pakistan omits from the equation India’s need to factor in the superior Chinese nuclear and conventional capability it must contend with. Pakistan, as China’s closest strategic partner, naturally refuses to take cognisance of this compulsion in India’s defence preparedness. India’s interest in Nuclear CBMs is to make Pakistan accept a nofirst-use agreement in order to raise Pakistan’s low threshold of nuclear weapon use. Pakistan, which has employed state terrorism against India under cover of its nuclear capability, is hardly likely to agree to a no-first use agreement until it decides to genuinely bury the hatchet with India. In that case India’s larger conventional strength, commensurate with its geographical size, large coast line and China’s menace, would pose no threat to it.advertisementThe source of conflict between India and Pakistan, it needs remembering, is its territorial claims on India and the use of jihadi terrorism to back them, and not any terror-backed Indian claims, territorial, water-related or religious on Pakistan.On the issue of terrorism we have eschewed, to our credit, the absurd formulation conceded earlier that both countries are victims of terrorism, elevating Pakistan thus from a perpetrator of terrorism against us to a partner in arms against it.Some equivalence has been conceded though in the formulation that both countries “affirmed the strong commitment…to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations”, but having lost ground massively earlier it is not possible now to retrieve it diplomatically. Pakistan’s prevarications on the Mumbai terror attack, its give-me-more-and-more-evidence-which-I-will-ignore approach, its unwillingness to act against Hafiz Saeed and suppress the jihadi groups, and dismissal of Abu Jundal’s testimony as an “insinuation” hardly supports the above affirmation.The formulation on Jammu and Kashmir is neutrally worded, with both sides prepared to “continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences”.SnubGiven Pakistan’s claims about the centrality of the Kashmir issue and its reversion to its traditional position of resolving it on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, as confirmed in its parliamentary resolution earlier this year, this exercise of “narrowing differences and building convergences” is more an effort at verbal crafting than any serious political commitment.Unsurprisingly, the Pakistani Prime Minister has, after the talks, promptly reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the Kashmiri cause till the UN resolutions are implemented.The emphasis on cross LOC CBMs reflects our desire to win over public sentiment in the valley and Pakistan’s hope that these will eventually erode India’s sovereignty and give it a say in J&K affairs.Pakistan, had in any case, made up for the tempered J&K formulation in the joint statement by its Foreign Secretary repeating the affront his Foreign Minister administered to us when he, like her, met the separatist Kashmiri leaders even before he held official discussions. Our displeasure conveyed to her then, which she dismissed with hauteur, has gone unheeded.advertisementNeedIt is unacceptable that even Pakistani bureaucrats should be meeting Indian separatists in India’s capital, but we cannot now easily extricate ourselves from the web of our past mistakes. A right riposte would be to openly meet dissidents from J&K’s Northern Areas either in India or in third countries as Pakistan will not allow us to meet them in Islamabad. The intention to promote more people to people, media and sports contacts, parliamentary exchanges etc is to be welcomed, even if the delay in signing the finalised revised bilateral Visa Agreement which would facilitate this remains unexplained.The joint statement reflects the stalemate in ties- neither conspicuously improving nor notably deteriorating. Its ritual phraseology gives the text length but not any depth. Just as well, as we clutch at straws of peace with Pakistan as if we are drowning and end in making one-sided concessions to make the dialogue look meaningful. We should wait for drowning Pakistan to clutch at opportunities of peace with India.last_img read more

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Sushil Kumar to be the Indian flag-bearer at London Olympics

first_imgEnding days of speculation, the Indian Olympic Association(IOA) on Sunday announced that wrestler Sushil Kumar, a bronze medallist at the Beijing Games, will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the upcoming London Olympics.The names of top boxer Vijender Singh, tennis legend Leander Paes and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra were also doing the rounds for the honour.Vijender, Sushil and Bindra had all returned with medals from the last edition of the Games in Beijing in 2008.IOA acting President V K Malhotra announced that Sushil will be India’s flag-bearer.Bindra, the country’s first individual gold medallist at the Olympics, was reportedly the preferred candidate of the IOA but since his 10m air rifle event is scheduled three days after the opening ceremony on July 30, the shooter wanted to focus on his preparations.Similarly, Vijender’s weigh-in is scheduled for July 28 so it was tough for him to do the honours.Paes had led the contingent in 2000 Sydney Games and IOA decided Sushil should do the honours this time.last_img read more

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Ryan Sessegnon guides Fulham past Derby into Championship play-off final

first_imgChampionship Wenger gone, goal frenzies and Tranmere Rovers’ return – Football Weekly Read more Derby County Facebook Fulham had never won a play-off match before, failing on seven occasions against the likes of Grimsby Town and Bristol Rovers. They came into this game having missed automatic promotion at the last and with a 1-0 deficit to overturn. It requires a certain strength of character to flip that kind of record around, and Sessegnon has it. He turns 18 on Friday.Slavisa Jokanovic has been forced to talk about Sessegnon many times already this season, such has been the teenager’s form, with 15 league goals and a place on the PFA young player of the year shortlist already under his belt. The Fulham manager was made to do so again after this match and he put it like this: “He is 17 and he is special. I can’t explain him. I remember what I was like when I was 17, and the level he is at at this age is fantastic. He knows very well what this profession is about; it’s focus and concentration,and he made a great job for us.”Quick to shift the focus away from a player who will surely be linked with every club under the sun this summer and may yet have an outside chance of an England call-up, Jokanovic praised the defensive resolution of his side on the night, observing quite accurately that they stymied any Derby hopes on the counterattack. But this performance was more a vindication of his side’s capabilities on the ball, which Jokanovic has been stressing throughout these past two weeks of relative stress.Making one change from the team that lost on Friday night, with the muscular Aboubakar Kamara for Floyd Ayité, Fulham dominated the ball from start to finish, just as they had at Pride Park. Sessegnon might have opened the scoring within eight minutes, only to see his lofted effort turned over the bar by Scott Carson. The former England keeper was outstanding and made his best save of the game at the very end of the opening period, turning a point-blank Alexander Mitrovic header over the bar with his right hand as he dived to his left. Fulham Share on Pinterest Fulham 2-0 Derby (agg: 2-1): Championship play-off semi-final – as it happened Reuse this content The match was scoreless at half-time but it didn’t feel like Derby were going to leave with a clean sheet and, within two minutes of the restart, Sessegnon made sure they wouldn’t. It came from a Matt Targett cross, the Southampton loanee finding Stefan Johansen in the box. The Norwegian got up and chested down to Sessegnon, who was mystifyingly unmarked. With one touch on his chest and the second with that dynamite left boot of his, the ball was soon lashing the roof of the net. Twenty minutes later, Sessegnon curled a corner to the front post and Odoi arced a wonderful header beyond Carson to give Fulham a leader they never looked like surrendering.Gary Rowett was generous enough to admit his side had had it coming. “It’s a difficult enough task to come here and get a clean sheet‚“ he said, “Never mind to stop them scoring for a second game.” The Derby manager criticised his team for what he saw as succumbing to the pressure of such a high-stakes tie. They struggled to create a chance of note in the match, though the absence of their top scorer Matej Vydra who was left out of the starting XI by Rowett, might have factored into that equation. Topics Share on Messenger Denis Odoi rises above the Derby defenders to flick a brilliant header into the far corner and send Fulham to Wembley. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Only time will tell if this highly-charged encounter will help take Fulham back to the promised land of the Premier League. But judging by the electricity that crackled round the old stands of Craven Cottage, there is momentum behind the Cottagers. And they also have Ryan Sessegnon.The teenager scored the first goal of this match and set up the second for Denis Odoi. Kept quiet for much of the game, when his moment arrived in the second minute of the second half, Sessegnon buried it. For Derby that is now three play-off defeats in five years and Rowett has a tricky summer ahead working out how to take his experienced and expensive team that one extra step. For Fulham however, the dream is still alive. Craven Cottage was bouncing throughout the match, quite literally in the case of small crowds balanced precariously on balconies in the corners. The noise was not quite what you’d expect from one of the Football League’s more scenic stadiums, but maybe they felt something special was happening.“If I can find some kind of benefits the I start to be interested in statistics” said Jokanovic who had spent the past fortnight denying their significance. “I know that we haven’t played for 43 years at Wembley.“So we are really satisfied and proud. We know how important it is to get there, but it’s more important to show our quality in the final. Now we must clear our minds, rest our bodies and prepare.” Listen Pinterest match reports Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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National Dialogue On Corporal Punishment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 7 (JIS): Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a national dialogue will have to take place before the country can make a decision on the issue of corporal punishment.Miss Hanna was addressing an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, at the Ministry on March 6, which she convened to begin preliminary discussions on corporal punishment. “I could not take a decision on behalf of an entire country on what Jamaica is going to do without a national dialogue, before coming up with any concrete solutions as to the way forward,” the Minister told the meeting.She was making reference to a call from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Jamaican Government to pass a law to ban corporal punishment. Miss Hanna, who chaired the meeting, said that studies have been done on corporal punishment by other countries; however, she noted that it is important “to look at how our population (think).” “So, what Switzerland does, what Dubai does is sometimes very different as to how we operate as a culture,” she said.Discussions also focused on issues pertaining to the Child Diversion Policy and the safety and protection of children.During the meeting, Professor of Child Health and Child Development and Behaviour, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, presented findings of a research done on corporal punishment.Among those attending the meeting were: Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey; Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Diahann Gordon Harrison; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Justice and National Security. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, lisa hanna, national dialogue Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Discord Slack for gamers tops 250 million registered users

first_img Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a commentcenter_img Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. direct-message-screenDiscord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities.  Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort.  Tagslast_img read more

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