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Bhutan’s Search for Gross National Happiness

first_imgIn a world that measures a country’s prowess on its gross domestic product (GDP), you have to marvel at a nation with the spunk and spirit to rate itself on its GNH – Gross National Happiness. Monks perform a black hat dance, a dance of ground purification, during the Tsechu festival at Punakha Dzong in the Punkha districtThat’s Bhutan for you, a small Shangri-La of just 634,000 citizens and some 40,000 expatriates.Landlocked between India and China, surrounded by rugged mountains, Bhutan has prospered in isolation, retaining its culture, its Buddhist faith, its pristine environment and its essential nature.In 1907, after several centuries of divided rule by various influential families, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck unified Bhutan under the name of Druk Yul – Land of the Thunder Dragon.It’s hard to believe, but as recently as 1960 there were no roads in Bhutan and all travel had to be done on foot or by horseback! This abode of the Gods with its many stupas and prayer flags is only a three hour flight from New Delhi yet few really know the fairy tale kingdom.Americans got a rare glimpse of contemporary Bhutan at an exhibition of Indian photojournalist Serena Chopra’s black and white images at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Manhattan. Tiger’s Nest Monastery“I first visited Bhutan on a trekking expedition,” says Chopra, who lives in New Delhi. “The Bhutanese people’s struggle to retain their culture and identity made a significant impression on me and I was drawn to return here again and again.”These are evocative images where time seems to have stood still, of silent valleys, of ancient stupas, and a smiling, unspoilt people who live close to the heartbeat of the land: Yak Cham performers with their striking masks, tribesmen, nuns, village families, and monks preparing a thousand butter lamps. Yet the images also show a country in transition: you see huge new hotels being built, a youth culture becoming more aware of western music and discos, of modernity creeping into this ancient civilization.Indeed, the challenge of moving into the new world of the 21st century while retaining its past is at the core of contemporary Bhutan. Writes Chopra about the current King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s efforts in her book, Bhutan: A Certain Modernity: “Over the past 30 years he has opened the doors to his kingdom in slow, barely perceptible, motion. The visionary monarch has chosen not to engage with the hurly burly of modern mediocrity; instead he strides joyfully towards creating a new genre of modern society – a society that matures gently because it remains rooted in its faith, identity and culture. The last independent Himalayan Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan has inadvertently given itself an enormous responsibility: to prove to the world that its citizens’ emotional well-being is the cornerstone of a prosperous society.” Children laugh while telling stories on the floor of their family’s kitchen in ThimpuWhile almost every country is well represented in the immigrant mix in the U.S., Bhutan has virtually no presence in America, and its inhabitants aren’t a part of the teeming, swirling immigrant mass in New York or California, where citizens of every nation seem to be trying to find a toehold. Indeed, there are no Bhutanese businesses or restaurants in New York. A Tibetan restaurant “Tibetan Kitchen” in Manhattan where some dishes are close to Bhutanese cuisine, is the closest you can come to capturing a whiff of the country.Bhutan does not have an embassy or consulate in the United States. It’s highest official representative Ambassador Daw Penjo, permanent representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations, says: “We do not have a large Bhutanese community living in the U.S. Apart from the mission staff and others working for various international organizations including the United Nations, the Bhutanese in the U.S. are mostly students studying in various educational institutions.”As there are no major universities in Bhutan, many students who can afford it come to America to study, but then head back home. One them is Yangchen Wangchuk, who is from the royal family and spent five years at the University of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. She is all set to leave for home, with a degree in systems engineering. Education is the biggest draw for Bhutanese who venture out of their country and interestingly enough, crown prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck graduated from the Cushing Academy and the Wheaton College. He went on to complete his masters at Magdalen College, Oxford University. The current king is abdicating in favor of his son, the crown prince, who will be introducing parliamentary democracy and elections, gingerly taking Bhutan into the modern world.Chopra writes, “My impression of Thimpu in the year 2006 is of a city besieged by construction. Shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, discotheques and now even a movie hall. Every street and corner has at least one building under construction. Traffic in the busy market area has increased manifold and the solitary policeman dances constantly, flinging his arms about to control the ever increasing volume of cars on the road. This is the only capital in the world that does not use traffic lights.” Yak Chem performers in Merak villageBhutan remains veiled from the outer world and it’s not easy to secure permission to travel to the country. It is one of ten bio-diversity hotspots in the world and harbors over 770 species of birds, 50 species of rhododendrons along with rare medical plants and orchids. There are such wonderful species of animal life as blue sheep, golden langurs and snow leopards. To safeguard these treasures tourism is conducted in a controlled setting with tourists only allowed on group tours or customized visits. In 2004 Bhutan allowed only 9,000 tourists into the country; in 2006 the number doubled to 18,000. Slowly, the door is opening to a country where the past is very much a part of the present.In our harried world, who wouldn’t like to take a time out in Bhutan? The official Bhutan website notes, “For the traveler in quest for peace, tranquility, inspiration and enchantment Bhutan is the perfect answer. Here amidst monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, friendly people, pristine scenery, running streams, green valleys, lakes and awe inspiring architecture the traveler wakes up to a deep and pleasant realization that his inward journey has been as much valuable as his outward trip.”But perhaps far tellingly at a time when global warming and environmental chaos are an inconvenient truth, the website goes on to note: “The Bhutanese traditional reverence for nature has delivered the country into the third millennium with its environment – both natural and popular – still richly intact.” A view of ThimpuSays Chopra, “Bhutan is certainly quite accessible for tourists, but perhaps cannot be described as affordable back-packer country. A minimum charge of $200 or more per day applies to tourists, though not for Indians. This makes travel to Bhutan more special and exclusive. Also the pristine environment is better maintained.”Bhutan is one place where the Indian passport enjoys an advantage over American or other nationalities.“Between Bhutan and India there is free movement of people between our two countries,” says Penjo. “We have large number of Indian tourists visiting Bhutan throughout the year. The favorite time of the year is during the summer months when it is much cooler in the mountains.” Indian nationals do not pay the normal $200 daily tourist tariff.2007 marks a century of monarchy in Bhutan, but since it is considered an inauspicious year under the Bhutanese calendar, Bhutan is holding off celebrations until 2008. The crown prince will become the fifth dragon king in 2008. Sonam Wangdi (standing) and members of his family in Sakteng ValleyThe year will be open house in Bhutan, with visitors to Bhutan given an opportunity to experience the real Bhutan through the centenary program of “Meet the Bhutanese.” They will be able to experience places generally closed to tourists and see the people and the policy of “Gross National Happiness” up close.“This ancient land has made a quiet decision to enter the modern age. It has emerged from its chrysalis to spread its wings in new dimensions, to give itself a new kind of freedom,” says Chopra.Will Bhutan retain its balance between ancient and modern and achieve the maximum GNH? Only time will tell.BHUTAN’S CHOICE“As an Indian I have been brought up amid diverse religions. Rites, rituals, ceremonies and ancient traditions thrive in spite of burgeoning modernity. But the colonization of India has undoubtedly impacted her culture; it has guided her priorities and the direction of development. Bhutan, however, was never colonized. In comparison with India, Bhutan is still a wild flower with its roots deeply embedded in its spiritual soul.”Serena Chopra,Bhutan: A Certain Modernity.VISITING THE LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGONTravel and visa details can be found at www.tourism.gov.bt and information on foreign direct investment from the government website at www.mti.gov.bt as well as from the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry www.bcci.org.bt.Bhutan is accessed through internationals airports in Bangkok, Thailand, Delhi and Kolkata in India and Kathmandu, NepalFACT FILEIt’s All About GNHCurrency: Ngultrum National Language: Dzongkha Capital: Thimphu Population: 634,982333,595 males,301,387 females. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Gamboa nips Zark’s

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Taking matters into his own hands, the 38-year-old Avenido rolled back the years to finish with 15 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Coffee Lovers squeaked past fellow newcomer Zark’s Burger, 85-84.Later, Jeron Teng exploded for 33 points as another newcomer, Flying V, stunned Aspirants’ Cup champion Cignal, 86-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Park shoots 68, paces Mondilla by 2 strokes MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Gamboa Coffee Mix playing-coach Leo Avenido saw his team badly needing a lift, after a lethargic start in its PBA D-League Foundation Cup debut on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.But Avenido didn’t need to look far to turn the Coffee Lovers’ fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes View commentslast_img read more

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Lexus may price new compact SUV hybrid NX 300h at Rs 60 L

first_imgMumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Japanese auto major Toyotas luxury arm Lexus today unveiled a compact hybrid SUV, the NX 300h, which is a premium urban sports car and is expected to begin delivery from February.The NX is the fourth offering from Lexus since its entry into the domestic market this March and is pitted against the likes of the locally-assembled GLA Class from Mercedes, the Audi A6 and most models of the Tatas-run JLR.Though Lexus did not disclose the final price of the NX, which will be sold as CBUs, it indicated that it will priced around Rs 60 lakh.The luxury car maker sells three models–RX450H hybrid and the full-size LX 450d (both SUVs) as well as the hybrid sedan ES300H–all as CBUs in the country now.The Lexus NX300h will be available in two variants – the F Sport and Luxury, and caters to the lifestyle needs of young achievers, Lexus India president Akitoshi Takemura said.Company vice-president Arun Nair said the deliveries of the new car could commence from February.The NX comes with 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine, which produces 145 KW max power, and proffers 18.32 km a liter.Nair said they have so far set up four guest experience centres in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Gurgaon besides an equal number of after-sales centres.When asked if the company will follow the rest of the luxe players who all locally assemble most of their models, Nair answered in the negative saying that at present the focus is to establish the brand. PTI IAS BEN BENadvertisementlast_img read more

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Greek Shipping Tycoon Eyes Premier League

first_imgAlan Hubbard – The IndependentLONDON – The shipping tycoon Evangelos Marinakis, President of top Greek side Olympiakos, has renewed his interest in joining the foreign legion of club owners here. Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace could become a target next season if they go down.Sources close to Marinakis say he is again eyeing an opportunity to break into English football, relishing a fresh challenge after turning around the fortunes of Champions League club Olympiakos, and Palace fit the bill.I understand he is being advised by his friend Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal Chief Executive, a South African of Greek origin, and would like a working relationship between Olympiakos and a Championship side.UEFA rules prohibit him owning a Premier League team unless he relinquishes control of Olympiakos, who have won 15 of the last 16 Greek League titles. Ownership of an English club might also see a more philanthropic approach to sponsorship. Rather than the dubious moneylenders and betting firms, his Olympiakos feature the UNICEF logo, with the club aiming to raise €2m from charity events in the next two years for UNICEF’s child immunization program.Big, bearded and flamboyant, Marinakis, 45, turned down offers to buy Glasgow Rangers or a share of Milan. He was also once believed to be interested in West Ham. He has a house in Hampstead and is an ardent Liverpool supporter, providing Olympiakos as the opposition for Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game in August, and personally donating £100,000.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2018: Indian cricketers should approach their legends for advice, says Younis

first_imgFormer captains Younis Khan and Mohammad Azharuddin said that Indian batsmen should approach their legends for tips on their own.Speaking at AajTak Salaam Cricket 2018, the duo spoke about the importance of learning from the greats of the game to improve ones game in challenging conditions.The Indian batsmen struggled in the five-match Test series in England. India failed to chase down modest totals in Edgbaston and Southampton against the home side and surrendered the series to England.India lost the first Test by 31 runs and lost in the fourth Test by 60 runs. Barring Virat Kohli, none of the batsmen could hold their own on a consistent basis in England and the former India and Pakistan captains feel that, they current crop should approach the legends for advice.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”The moment you develop an ego, it does not work. It was a golden opportunity for Indian players to learn from Gavaskar. He will never go to a player and give advice on his own – what if someone says something to him. He is the greatest batsman ever in my book, and to him his pride is important. He has self respect and he won’t like it if someone says something to him.”I think players feel they know everything, it becomes about ego I feel. Sunny bhai won’t ever go to anyone, he’s the best player and senior so it’s very sad that these players don’t go to him,” said Azharuddin.Also read – Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddinadvertisement”Indian batsmen should ask their legends for help…You should go on your own and ask. I had gone to Rahul Dravid myself and asked for five minutes. It was in Birmingham and he came to my room and said ‘Ask me what you want to.’ I asked him a few questions and after 2004-05, my career changed. Even if the legends don’t comment on their own, Indan players should approach them on their own,” added Younis.Azharuddin also said that the bowlers should approach the greats and learn from them.”You can learn from bowlers like Muralitharan also because he can tell how to counter as a batsmen. If players feel they are the best then they can’t be helped and there is no harm in approaching a legend. You should approach to learn, legends will approach very often,” said a disappointed Azharuddin.Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says HarbhajanEarlier, Younis also confessed that he had learnt a lot from Azharuddin and that helpd him score big in England.”My first tour against India was in Sharjah and I have been following Azharuddin since then. We couldn’t play much after that but I have learnt a lot from him and even during my captaincy, I tried to learn from him.Also read – Muralitharan switched to off spin after trying pace and leg break”Two years ago, when I was struggling, Azhar bhai gave me a piece advice and that helped me score 200 against England in my last Test. Back then I got a lot of criticism by the end of my career but Azhar bhai called me and told me that batsmen also use the crease and he asked me to try it in the nets. He did not force me into it but asked me to try and I did and that helped me,” Younis said.last_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India knocked out after losing 0-1 to Bahrain

first_imgAFC Asian Cup 2019: India knocked out after losing 0-1 to BahrainIndia crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup after suffering a 0-1 defeat against Bahrain in their third and final Group A fixture on Monday.advertisement Press Trust of India SharjahJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 00:03 IST India suffered a 0-1 defeat to Bahrain (Photo Credit: AFC Media)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost 0-1 to Bahrain in their third and final Group A fixtureIndia finished with three points from three matchesHosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand advanced to the Round of 16 from Group AIndia crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup with a heartbreaking 0-1 defeat against Bahrain, who scored in the injury time, in their final Group A match in Sharjah on Monday.Bahrain converted a penalty in the 91st minute through Jamal Rashed, who made no mistake after India captain Pronay Halder committed a careless tackle inside the penalty area.India finished outside the top two after the the group’s other game between UAE and Thailand ended in a 1-1 draw. India finished with three points from three matches. Hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand advanced to the Round of 16.We defended like warriors & the defeat is really hard to take. Disappointed seeing how it turned out but we can only go upwards from here. Proud of the boys and we thank the fans for their support: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Nobody expected us to do so well in the @afcasiancup and we showed that we belong here. However, football is a cruel game sometimes: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Entering their final group game following a 4-1 win over Thailand and a 0-2 loss to hosts United Arab Emirates, a determined India held on for 90 minutes before conceding.Thailand progress to the next round of the #AsianCup2019 alongside @uaent2019 and @bfainfo congratulations to the War Elephants pic.twitter.com/I4as5DRnl2#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 14, 2019This was India’s fourth appearance in the continental showpiece, beginning with the 1964 edition, in which only four teams participated.advertisementIn their next Asian Cup in 1984, India were knocked out in the first round and they suffered a similar fate in 2011, when they lost heavily to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain.However, the team under coach Stephen Constantine started the tournament with a demolition of Thailand, sounding a warning that it was not here to make up the numbers.They were a shade unlucky against UAE and went down fighting, but looked determined against Bahrain.The Blue Tigers started off shakily after losing defender Anas Edathodika to injury as early as the second minute, but Sandesh Jhingan and his colleagues managed to stave off the Bahrain strikers until the blunder inside the box.For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cuplast_img read more

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BCJ to Tackle Contemporary Ethical Issues in Journalism

first_img According to the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the BCJ will seek to identify researchers to prepare report for international/regional publication and notify the relevant body of new zones for amendment of licences, so that they are more relevant to the new era. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) is to conduct media campaigns and host seminars to combat contemporary ethical issues in journalism. This is being done as the BCJ endeavours to fulfil its mandate within the strategic objectives of being a responsive and innovative regulator, protecting vulnerable citizens, building internal capacity, and ensuring financial viability and sustainability. Story Highlights The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) is to conduct media campaigns and host seminars to combat contemporary ethical issues in journalism.This is being done as the BCJ endeavours to fulfil its mandate within the strategic objectives of being a responsive and innovative regulator, protecting vulnerable citizens, building internal capacity, and ensuring financial viability and sustainability.According to the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the BCJ will seek to identify researchers to prepare report for international/regional publication and notify the relevant body of new zones for amendment of licences, so that they are more relevant to the new era.The organisation also seeks to implement programmes and establish partnerships with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, as well as parenting groups, in an effort to facilitate youth and adult outreach.The agency will also upgrade and review risk management capabilities and automate 100 per cent of business processes and operations over time, in collaboration with eGov Jamaica and other stakeholders.The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is a statutory body established under the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion (Amendment) Act of 1986. The main function of the BCJ is to monitor and regulate the electronic media industry.In carrying out its functions, the BCJ has responsibility for administering aspects of the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act (1986); Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations (1996); Access to Information Act (2000); and the Children’s Code for Programming (2002).The BCJ also makes recommendations for the granting or cancellation of licences for radio, television and subscriber television (STV) services and provides advice on regulatory issues to the Minister with responsibility for Information.last_img read more

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Sultry morning in city

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites experienced a sultry Monday morning, with humidity levels at 84 per cent, officials said. Cloudy skies with possibility of light rain is forecast for the day. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 36 and 28 respectively, a MeT official said.last_img

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US based Devon Energy says it intends to exit Canadian oilsands sector

first_imgOther foreign companies that have reduced their exposure to the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.Jackfish is south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp.Devon says it is making the move to exit Canada (as well as from the Barnett Shale area in Texas) so that it can complete its “transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business.” CALGARY, A.B. – Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets from its core business, a move that could include an outright sale or creation of a new company to own and operate them.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, with a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen, as well as conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce about 15,000 bpd.last_img read more

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IAEA should return to Iraq as soon as possible Security Council told

“The IAEA should resume its work in Iraq as soon as possible,” Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a statement delivered on his behalf to an informal meeting of the Security Council on the weapons inspections process. During the session, the Council also heard from Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), which was responsible for investigating Iraq’s alleged biological, chemical and ballistic weapons programmes.”The IAEA continues to be the sole organization with legal powers – derived from both the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and successive Security Council resolutions – to verify Iraq’s nuclear disarmament,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “We await the guidance of the Council as to the modalities of our return.”Mr. ElBaradei further informed the Council that the IAEA had advised the coalition about the need for physical protection of the location of Iraq’s declared nuclear material. He said the IAEA had also provided information about the location of radioactive sources, to enable safety and security measures to be taken.Representing Mr. ElBaradei in the Council’s consultations was Gustavo Zlauvinen, head of the IAEA’s New York office, who also briefed the Council on the Agency’s fifteenth report assessing nuclear disarmament in Iraq.The report concludes that, as of 17 March, when IAEA inspectors left Iraq before the onset of military action, the Agency “had found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.” read more

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Michael Beasley Heading Back to Miami Heat

Troubled free agent Michael Beasley might return to the two-time world champion Miami Heat as sources say the franchise is considering the 6-foot-10 forward.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Miami Heat is contemplating returning Beasley to their roster after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns following his arrest in early August for possession of marijuana.Several of the Heat’s key veteran players are supporting the signing of Beasley, who was the second overall pick by the Heat in the 2008 NBA draft.Beasley spent two seasons with the Heat, averaging 14.1 points, before team president Pat Riley traded him to the Timberwolves for draft picks and to clear salary-cap space to bring in LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Though no offers or guarantees have been made, Beasley is reported to have a strong interest in returning to the team. read more

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The Warriors And Rockets Have Reinvented Modern NBA Defense Yes Defense

HOUSTON — The NBA Finals are the crown jewel of the playoffs for obvious reasons, but it’d be hard to argue with anyone who views this vaunted Western Conference finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which opens Monday night, as this year’s main event.The Warriors have two of the best three players in the world in their starting five, have won two of the past three titles and appeared borderline annoyed by having to face questions about whether they’re concerned to be starting a series without home-court advantage for the first time in their recent championship era. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 regular-season games, have likely MVP James Harden and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul in their backcourt and possess a group of sweet-shooting teammates who stretch the floor as if it’s made of Play-Doh.The offensive firepower — Golden State and Houston finished No. 1 and No. 2 in offensive efficiency and virtually averaged the same number of points per 100 possessions — guarantees we’ll hear plenty about how well these teams score. But because of that, something else about the Rockets and Warriors may fly beneath the radar: The NBA’s two best clubs are even further ahead of the curve on defense. In a league that’s more reliant than ever on the pick-and-roll offense, these defenses are unmatched when it comes to their versatility and ability to switch assignments on the fly.Houston defended a screen-and-roll by switching on 1,406 possession chances during the regular season, while Golden State orchestrated 1,075 switches of its own, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. These teams — which more than doubled the switch totals compiled by 20 other squads — were outliers: The Lakers were the only other club that broke 800 switches during the 2017-18 season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/rox.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/rox.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And it isn’t just that the Warriors and Rockets switch a lot. They also use the strategy to fuel their high-octane offenses. Houston forced 3.5 turnovers per 100 switches, while Golden State forced 2.4, the best rates in the league, according to Second Spectrum.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/warriors.mp400:0000:0001:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That ability — having two similarly sized players trade their defensive responsibilities quickly enough during a pick-and-roll that the offense doesn’t gain an edge — speaks to the length and versatility these Western Conference foes have. And it takes on added importance in a matchup like this, in which the Warriors and Rockets use an array of screens (albeit differently1The Warriors use fewer pick-and-roll plays than any other team in basketball, while the Rockets use more direct screens than any team, according to Second Spectrum data. That said, Golden State, seeking to free up Klay Thompson, sets more off-ball screens than any club.) to free up their most lethal shooters beyond the 3-point line.“You have to cover more ground than ever before. It’s amazing: Sometimes I’ll turn on the classic sports channel and find Lakers-Celtics games from the 1980s — some of the best games ever — and the game is played in this tiny little radius. Now it’s way out on the perimeter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Every possession was, you dump it into the post, a double comes, and you might see six or eight threes taken in a game. But everything was different. The rules were different. The talent is different. Very few low-post players anymore. The league’s adapted. Coaches have adapted. Things are ever-changing. And you have to change along with that.”Anyone who’s followed the Warriors’ dominance these past few years knows a huge chunk of that success stems from Golden State’s ability to go small and play Draymond Green — who may not even be the ideal height for a traditional small forward — at center. That alignment, with the addition of Andre Iguodala, gives the Warriors four long-limbed clones who are laterally quick enough and strong enough to cover almost anyone. With that defensive speed, Golden State can gamble a bit more on that end; it knows the opposing offense generally won’t be able to find mismatches, even if a switch has taken place.“At the end of the day, it’s really just another way for us to cut off the other team’s options with our versatility,” said Green, the league’s reigning defensive player of the year, who sometimes calls an audible — and moves a teammate out of the way — before a screen occurs to be in position to thwart the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/dray.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/dray.mp4?_=300:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Houston has also made life difficult for opponents with its versatility on defense. By and large, the Rockets have been far more successful on defense than most would have guessed, jumping to sixth in defensive efficiency this season after ranking 21st in 2015-16 and 18th in 2016-17. Adding the sticky-handed Paul certainly factored into that improvement, but plugging free-agent signings Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker into the lineup likely did even more for the defense.“Their ability to guard 1 through 5 makes it so much easier for us. That’s why we’re so much better on defense this year,” Houston guard Eric Gordon said of the duo, which sometimes shares the frontcourt despite neither standing taller than 6-foot-8. (Nonetheless, the lineup pays dividends: Houston, trailing by 14 heading into the fourth quarter at Portland in December, came back to win by 7 while using Mbah a Moute and Tucker at the 4 and 5 for the entire period.)Mbah a Moute, in particular, has become a vital piece. According to a defensive dashboard created by Nylon Calculus contributor Krishna Narsu, the wing’s versatility was highly unusual. This season, he was one of just seven players to spend at least 15 percent of his time guarding each of the following positions: point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward.Unsurprisingly, the Rockets struggled in his absence during the middle of the campaign, enduring a season-long five-game losing streak. The Rockets’ 101.2 defensive rating with Mbah a Moute on the court this season would have ranked best in the league on a team scale, while their 105.4 rating without him would have had them just slightly above average, at No. 12.Above all else, Mbah a Moute and Tucker carry so much importance because they make Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni — one of the game’s brightest offensive minds who was never really known for switching with his defenses — more comfortable utilizing this style of play.“To even have a chance against a team like Golden State, you have to make a point of not being put into rotations. They’ll kill you that way. So I’m just happy we have a roster full of guys to where it makes sense to be able to switch the way we do,” he said.To be sure: Neither team is breaking from decades of tradition with this strategy on defense, even if they are using it far more often than everyone else. On some level, this is no different from what the LeBron James-era Miami Heat did when it rode small ball to a championship in 2012. (Kerr would be the first to tell you that he never envisioned Green playing the rim-protector role when he took the Warriors job. “We didn’t know Draymond was Draymond yet,” he told me.) Beyond that, it wouldn’t be fair to gloss over how unbelievably dominant these teams are on offense, given how big a role scoring plays in their success.Yet there are reasons to think that creative, well-timed switches will heavily factor into this series as the chess match of hunting for what each team perceives to be mismatches unfolds.The Warriors have made no secret of the fact that they like to post up Kevin Durant when they spot him being guarded by Paul following a screen.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/durant.mp400:0000:0000:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, Harden and the Rockets are even less shy about attacking Stephen Curry; they’ll often run multiple pick-and-rolls until they get him on an island for a 1-on-1 matchup. In fact, they used this tactic six times in a seven-possession span during the final four minutes of the teams’ last regular-season meeting Jan. 20, a 116-108 Houston win.“We’re just gonna watch film and find ways to attack them offensively,” Harden said when I asked about that sequence. “We’ll take our shots, play unselfishly. Pretty simple.”Curry thinks this will mean isolating him in the same way this series. “I hope it’s every single play,” he told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “If you look at the ‘Hamptons Five’ lineup that’s out there, I would probably do the same exact thing if I was coaching against me. You’ve got Klay (Thompson), Andre, Draymond and KD out there. I embrace those opportunities to get stops and try to make it tough in those iso situations … and just do my job.”The likely MVP seeking out a former MVP for a 1-on-1 matchup, for the right to play in the NBA Finals. 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Muckahi Mining System set for underground testing in Q1 Torex Gold

first_imgThe new underground mining concept put forward by Torex Gold’s President and CEO Fred Stanford is gaining some traction at the company’s early-stage Media Luna project in Mexico, with the new technology potentially able to cut upfront capital requirements, reduce operating costs and decrease the time to commercial production.IM reported on the highlights of the latest preliminary economic assessment in an earlier story, which showed the after-tax IRR going from 27% to 46% using the Muckahi Mining System (MMS) concept. But, the filing of the latest technical report has brought out some more details.The report states on MMS: “The system challenges the status quo in many ways with the goal of establishing more efficient and cost effective alternatives to established mining processes.”The MMS requires the use of a one-boom jumbo, service platform, mucking machine and tramming conveyor to create a more continuous mining process that can accelerate return on investment. It also significantly reduces the ventilation needs in underground mines by using conveyors as the main transport solution, playing into the mine electrification theme that is gaining traction.Stanford, who is credited as the originator of the technology, explains the design rationale in the report:“The production system in a mine is effectively a serial set of processes, with the ultimate objective of delivering rock, at specification, to the processing facilities. Each process step will have a primary design objective of either transformation, transport, or storage. In some processes there will also be inadvertent, non-design, transformation. This inadvertent transformation is generally not a desired outcome (ore pass slough, oxidation, etc).“It is quite common for the ‘rates’ or ‘availability’ of processes in a serial set of processes to be out of alignment/coordination with each other. When this is the case, the productive capability of the entire system is reduced.“To increase the productive capability of the system, designers frequently insert storage processes between transformation and/or transport (T&T) processes. These storage processes serve to reduce the inter-dependence between T&T processes and thereby increase throughput. This can be an effective design feature to maximise output, but it is expensive.“In an underground mine these storage facilities, whether they are for rock or supplies, must be excavated and equipped, which consumes capital. They frequently also require re-handling, which consumes operating dollars. A design objective for Muckahi was to eliminate the need for storage processes by finding ways to bring into alignment the rates and availability of the entire set of T&T processes.”He continues: “If the quality (size) of the rock product from the primary blast is not adequate for downstream processes, then a secondary sizing process will need to be added to the ‘set of processes’. Having ore-passes in the mine design will also force a requirement for a secondary sizing process. This is due to the uncontrolled size of the wall rock that, over time, will slough into, and dilute, the ore product.“Secondary sizing processes, particularly underground crushers, are expensive and time consuming to build and expensive to operate. A design objective for Muckahi is to eliminate large size secondary size reduction processes and just deal with minor oversize management with mobile rocker breakers or ‘chunk’ blasting.”To materially reduce the capital, operating cost, and mine build schedule, the MMS design approach sought ways to reduce the number of process steps and make the remaining process steps more efficient.This involved eliminating secondary sizing processes that required ‘constructed’ facilities such as a crusher station – thereby eradicating the need for ore passes – cutting out all storage facilities, and replacing the current logistics model of one-way traffic in large tunnels, with two-way traffic in tunnels half of the size.Stanford said the MMS has been able to achieve all of these requirements on a conceptual level by using five solutions:Blasting rock down to a smaller size – if the rock is to go directly onto a conveyor, then the product of the primary blast must be in the range of 95% passing -400 mm. Achieving this specification is not a challenge for ‘short hole’ primary blasts, such as used in development or cut and fill production mining methods. For ‘long hole’ production methods, it will require much tighter control of drilling procedures, explosives placement, and detonator timing;Twin roof (back) mounted monorails in all tunnels – this technology from the European coal industry solves several of the design challenges. It provides a stable platform for ‘long and skinny’ loads, allows climbs up steep 30° ramps and two-way traffic (one rail for inbound traffic and the other for outbound). SMT Scharf Group and Becker Mining Systems are two companies currently supplying these systems to the mining industry;A new transport concept named a ‘Tramming Conveyor’ (pictured) – this machine deals with the ‘first mile’ from the face/drawpoint, when straight lines for conventional conveyors are not an option. The conveyor is end loaded at the drawpoint until the belt is fully loaded. The belt then stops ‘turning’ and the whole unit drives away on the outbound rail to the discharge point. At the discharge point, the belts starts turning again and discharges its load (conveyor-to-conveyor transfer). The unit then switches to the inbound rail and returns to the drawpoint. While it was away from the drawpoint, other units have been loaded – hence, one of the benefits of two-way traffic;Ramps at 30° instead of the conventional 7.5° – the rubber tyres on conventional equipment lose traction on gradients that are much steeper than 7.5°. The back-mounted monorails remove the need for rubber tyres, hence the ability to steepen the ramps to the 30° gradient that can be handled by the cog drive system;Twin tunnels in waste – the tunnels in a Muckahi mine are half the volume of the tunnels required for a 50 t truck in a conventional mine. Half the volume means less rock to remove, less ground support, fewer holes to drill and load in the face, etc. This means they can be driven much more quickly. In a Muckahi mine, there are also no muck bays to be driven, which reduces metres by approximately 20%. The net effect is that excavation rates in a 4 m x 4 m tunnel should be two to three times faster than in conventional tunnel of 5.5 m x 5.5 m.Torex said the concept is now shifting to the underground testing phase, with manufacturing of the first of the prototype machines underway in partnership with Medatech Engineering Services out of Canada. This could see the first trials underground at the company’s ELG mine in the March quarter.In summary, the key expected benefits of Muckahi are:Continuous muck handling system and the elimination of re-handle and storage;All-electric operation and significant reduction in ventilation requirements;Ability to travel on ±30° (58%) slope and major reduction in both permanent and operating development;Ability for bi-direction travel in 4m x 4m tunnel.last_img read more

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2018 ChickfilA Military Appreciation Night

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 23, 2018 Updated: 10:43 AM Posted: May 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wednesday, May 23rd, Chick-fil-A will give away free food for military families and veterans. Any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military I.D. or proof of service, along with every one of their immediate family members with them, will receive their choice of a free entrée at any of the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Choices include the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, eight-count Nuggets or three-count Chick-n-Strips. The event also will include raffles for the opportunity to win prizes, music entertainment and a visit from the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Kyle Steck, military veteran and franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A Santee. “We hope they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”This will be Chick-fil-A’s 11th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, please visit www.cfasandiego.com. KUSI Newsroom 2018 Chick-fil-A Military Appreciation Nightlast_img read more

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Dog rescued from burning house on citys west side

first_imgFirefighters have rescued a dog from a burning home in the extreme northwest corner of Vancouver. It was the second house fire today on the metro area’s west side.This fire is at 6407 N.W. Cherry St., in the extreme northwest corner of the Vancouver city limits. Fire District 6, which has the closest station, is on the scene along with the Vancouver Fire Department.Here’s what happened, according to firefighters and witnesses at the scene: Two neighbors, one an off-duty Portland firefighter, noticed smoke and flames coming from the electric meter box on the split-level home and called the fire department at 2:11 p.m.Firefighters arrived to find a working electrical fire, with flames damaging the siding of the garage. No one was home except for the dog, who was rescued. Firefighters waited for Clark Public Utilities to disconnect the power, then attacked the fire from inside and outside the garage. It was quickly brought under control.There was obvious damage to some of the siding outside the garage, but the flames apparently did not spread into the living space above the garage. There is smoke damage to the home, firefighters said.last_img read more

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Memorial Chapel JBMHH Gospel Service Black History Month Celebration

first_imgThe Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service will host a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 6 at the Memorial Chapel, 204 Lee Avenue, at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Myrtle Bowen, senior pastor at Contee A.M.E. Zion Church in D.C. Lt. Col. Bowen is with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The event is free and open to the public, however, all attendees must present picture identification when entering the installation.  Early arrival is recommended. For more information, contact Edgar Brookins at 202-320-0939 or edgarb@afro.com.last_img

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10 minutes of Portal 2 from PAX East 2011

first_imgOne of the most widely anticipated games of 2011 is the next entry in the Portal series: Portal 2. Valve have certainly been teasing us with reminders it is coming in the form of a Valentine’s Day gift buyer’s guide last month, and video footage of it being played last year in both single-player and co-op form.The wait is nearly over, though, with the official release date set as April 21. Console gamers as well as PC and Mac owners will all get to play it on the same day. However, PC gamers will have an extra feature in the form of the ability to generate their own content for the game.For now, sit back and enjoy this 10 minute video which shows you the first few minutes of the game and introduces new character Cave Johnson, CEO of Aperture Science who is sure to add something different to the experience.The footage was shown at the recent PAX East 2011 event in Boston. It demonstrates a clear leap forward in the graphics being used in the game, and no doubt has evolved the mechanics beyond what the original offered.I was actually in two minds about watching this, as it does form a bit of a spoiler for the start of the game. But it really doesn’t give too much away and has a very funny moment where you are asked to respond by saying “yes” that is worth watching.Read more at Piki Geeklast_img read more

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Elderly woman dies after falling from multistoreyed building in Ballygunge

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman died after falling down from the roof of a multi-storeyed apartment at Ballygunge on Thursday morning. The deceased, identified as Jamini Desai (64), was a resident of Earle Street who had been living in the apartment for the last five years.The police are investigating to ascertain whether the fall was accidental or suicidal, with the local residents alleging that her family members were late in taking the lady to the hospital even after she fell from the roof. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We were having a cup of tea in the tea stall adjacent to the apartment. Suddenly, we heard the noise of something falling on the ground. We found that the elderly woman was lying in a pool of blood. When we raised an alarm and called her family members, they came down and took her inside the house instead of rushing to the hospital. They did so after ten minutes,” said local resident Budheshwar Das.Das added that the woman was alive after falling from the roof and rushing to the hospital might have saved her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sexagenarian was, however, declared brought dead at a nearby hospital.According to police sources, the victim had gone to the roof of the apartment at around 7 am in the morning for plucking flowers. She loved flowers and there were a number of flower pots with a variety of flowers blossoming on the rooftop garden, which she herself used to water.The woman was accompanied by the domestic help of the Desai family, Prem Mondal. However, when she told him to fetch the ladder, he came downstairs. It was at that time that the woman fell down.Police have come to know that the victim had been suffering from lung ailment for quite some time. Her family members have informed police that she was also suffering from mental depression due to her ill health.”We are exploring all angles,” an officer of Ballygunge police station said.last_img read more

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10 Technologies That Are Changing the World

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Futurists of the 1950s and ’60s predicted that by the 2000s, flying cars and airborne robots would be a part of our everyday lives. Instead, we live in a world dominated by live streaming, smartphones and social networks.Related: Make Innovation Systematic and Never Again Ask ‘Why Didn’t We Think of That?’While those forecasters didn’t quite get the timing right, they got the technology right. Today, we are at the brink of another technological boom. This time, technologies like self-driving vehicles and robot assistants are under development. Soon, these and the other exciting technologies described below will go mainstream, changing the world in the process.1. Voice assistantsIn four years, the majority of American households are expected to own a voice assistant device like an Amazon Echo or an Apple Homepod. Thanks to the power of artificial intelligence (AI), voice assistants will grow increasingly helpful.Even today, Amazon releases regular updates to Echo in order to help owners get more from the technology. The company recently reported seeing larger-than-expected gains from its voice assistant, which is why Amazon is now doubling down on the technology.Voice assistants are making a significant impact in markets across the globe, and some observers expect that in the future we will communicate with technology through voice rather than text.2. CrisprImagine a world where crushing genetic diseases like Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis can be cured. Thanks to crispr, genetic disease may be eliminated.CRISPR Cas-9 (an abbreviation standing for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats”) is a gene-splicing technology capable of finding and removing mutated sections of DNA. Once this material is eliminated, crispr technology can replace the mutated sections with non-mutated variants.As a result, crispr has the power to permanently eliminate certain types of genetic diseases from blood lines. The technology has already been used to eliminate cancer in some patients, and early results show that it may be possible to cure genetically caused blindness as well.3. Robot assistantsCompanies like Boston Dynamics have already developed a wide variety of robot assistants that can be used in factories or on the battlefield. The company originally started as an arm of MIT and has since pioneered the development of intelligent robots that operate effectively in the real world.Knightscope is another company working on a line of robot assistants for security applications. For example, its K5 robot features four cameras and can recognize 300 licenses plates per minute, per camera. It can also detect suspicious networks that may be operated by hackers.Related: How to Innovate for the Next 100 Years4. Augmented and mixed realityJust a few years ago, it was unclear whether augmented or mixed reality would take off. Given the fact that tech giants like Apple are investing billions of dollars in augmented reality hardware, it’s pretty clear that it’s only a matter of time before the tech goes mainstream.For example, Apple’s latest phones are equipped with augmented reality capabilities, and a recent report suggests that the company is working on an AR headset that will replace the iPhone in two to three years.5. Regenerative medicineThough it may sound like science fiction, doctors are already producing made-to-order body parts. To get started, doctors scrape cells off the body part in question and grow them in a petri dish. In time, the body part grows strong enough that it can be implanted inside the patient.One company, Organovo, has developed a printer capable of 3D printing body parts. In time, this new technology will become increasingly mainstream, providing patients with lifesaving organ replacements.6. Driverless vehiclesAutomakers like Tesla, General Motors and Volvo have already developed semi-autonomous vehicles. But self-driving technology is rapidly evolving. General Motors announced that it will launch a car that has no steering wheel or pedals by 2019.Uber, meanwhile, is leading the push for pilotless flying vehicles, and has teamed up with NASA to develop an air-traffic-control system. Uber is also working with aircraft manufacturers to develop prototypes, with the intention of launching a beta program in 2020.7. Reusable rocketsOne of the costliest aspects of space exploration is the building of sophisticated and powerful rockets capable of transporting thousands of pounds of equipment into space. The fact that we have figured out how to land rockets — even the large ones used to launch the Falcon Heavy — will help to reduce the cost of space travel.8. CryptocurrencyAt one point this year, Bitcoin was worth more than $19,000 per coin, and while the value of the cryptocurrency has since declined, a single coin is still worth thousands of dollars.Cryptocurrency may be controversial today, but it has steadily become increasingly mainstream. Some of the largest hedge funds are betting on Bitcoin — which is just the beginning of a cryptocurrency revolution.Platforms like TrustToken are poised to connect the global trading power of blockchains with real-world assets. On the TrustToken platform, the owners of an asset — a home, a small business or gold — would be able to sell factions of those assets, and coordinate the asset’s ownership through unique blockchain-based tokens. As a result, sellers can make illiquid assets liquid, and buyers can gain control of a diverse portfolio of assets.Other crypto platforms like HybridBlock are designed to give crypto enthusiasts greater access to silo-trading markets, helping to expand the industry to a new wave of crypto enthusiasts. By offering mobile-friendly products, HybridBlock is providing the Asia market with a new form of crypto education and the tools to execute crypto trades.9. Quantum computingThe typical computer uses a series of zeros and ones to communicate information. While today’s computers are quite powerful, they still have considerable limitations that make it difficult to process challenging machine-learning problems.Quantum computers rely on quantum bits to carry information. These bits can exist in a state which allow quantum computers to process challenging datasets much better than traditional computers do. As a result, quantum computing can help to produce serious machine-learning breakthroughs that might otherwise be impossible solve.While the technology is still in its early stages, companies like Microsoft and Google are investing billions in developing supercomputers capable of developing highly accurate predictive models. These models can be used in everything from self-driving cars to marketing campaigns.10. Artificial intelligence and automationSome of the world’s biggest brands are increasingly turning to automation in order to better serve customers and to reduce costs. Big-box retailers use automated warehouses to sort and ship products, while social media networks use automation to moderate comments, and credit card companies use automation to detect fraud.For example, Synapse is building a network that gives anyone the ability to contribute his or her data and train automation and machine-learning models. The implications here are massive, because a new AI economy, including decentralized blockchain AI, could change the way businesses operate and learn around the world.Related: How I Established a Culture of Virtual InnovationIndeed, it’s just a matter of time before that happens. 6 min read March 12, 2018 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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DragonFly BSD 541 released with new system compiler in GCC 8 and

first_imgThis Christmas eve, team DragonFly released the 54th version, DragonFly BSD 5.4.1, a free and open-source Unix-like operating system. This version comes with a new system compiler in GCC 8, improved NUMA support, a large number of network and virtual machine driver updates. This release also has significant HAMMER2 improvements and better WLAN interface handling. What’s new in DragonFly BSD 5.4.1 Big-ticket items This release comes with much better support for asymmetric NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) configurations. Both the memory subsystem and the scheduler now understand the functionality of Threadripper 2990WX’s architecture. The team at DragonFly has been working on improving fairness for shared-vs-exclusive lock clashes, reducing cache ping-ponging due to non-contending SMP locks. This release comes with major updates to dports. Concurrency across multiple ttys and ptys have been improved. GCC 8 DragonFly 5.4.1 comes with GCC 8.0, and runs as the default compiler. It is also used for building dports. HAMMER2 This release comes with HAMMER2 which is the default root filesystem in non-clustered mode. It increases bulkfree cache to reduce the number of iterations required. It also fixed numerous bugs. This release comes with improved support on low-memory machines. This release comes with significant pre-work on the XOP API to help support future networked operations. Major changes Security Issues The machdep.spectre_supportsysctl can be now used to probe the spectre support, and machdep.spectre_mitigation sysctl to enable/disable support. The default /root perms has been changed from 755 to 700 in the build template. Delayed FP state has been removed to avoid the known side-channel attack. This release comes with clean FP state on switch to avoid known side-channel attack. There zero user registers on entry into kernel (syscall, interrupt, or exception) to avoid speculative side-channel attacks. Kernel This release comes with updated drm to match Linux kernel 4.7.10 in a number of locations. The radeon driver has been updated; currently matches Linux 3.18. CVE-2018-8897 has been mitigated. This release comes with an added timer support x2apic A private_data field thas been added to struct file for improving application support. SPINLOCK and acpi_timer performance has been improved. A dirty vnode management facility has been added Bottlenecks from the rlimit handling code has been removed. The size of the vm_object hash table has been increased by 4x to reduce collisions. Concurrent tmpfs and allocvnode() has been improved. The namecache performance has been improved. The syscall path has been optimized to improve performance. Driver updates With this release, serial-output-only installs are now possible. This version of DragonFly comes with  virtio_balloon memory driver. With this release, /dev/sndstat can now be opened multiple times by the same device. MosChip PCIe serial communications are now supported. Missing descriptions for usb4bsd C610/X99 controllers have been added. This release comes with an added support for PCIe serial com and console support. Old PCI and ISA serial drivers have been removed. Userland This release comes with an added rc support for ipfw3. Vis(3) and unvis(3) have been updated. With this release, pciconf database has been updated. tcsetsid() has been added to libc. The buildworld concurrency has been improved. Networking With this release, the network tunnel driver, tun(4), has been cleaned up and updated. It’s now clonable for anyone building VPN links. The arp issue in the bridge code has now been fixed. Interface groups are now supported in the kernel and pf(4). The ENA(Elastic Network Adapter) network driver has been added to DragonFly 5.4.1. Package updates With this release, there are a number of options for running a web browser on DragonFly which includes, Chromium, Firefox, Opera, Midori, Palemoon, etc. Users are appreciating the efforts taken for this project and especially, the hammer storage is being appreciated. Though few users are complaining about the speed of the process which is very slow. The HAMMER2 used in this release is BSD licensed so it might have better potential as a Linux kernel module. Read more about this release on DragonFly BSD. Read Next Google employees join hands with Amnesty International urging Google to drop Project Dragonfly Key Takeaways from Sundar Pichai’s Congress hearing over user data, political bias, and Project Dragonfly As Pichai defends Google’s “integrity” ahead of today’s Congress hearing, over 60 NGOs ask him to defend human rights by dropping DragonFlylast_img read more

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