first_imgTouch Football Australia’s National office in Canberra has been blessed for the past 14 years by the guidance and leadership of office manager Lyn Dunn. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and it is with reluctance that TFA bids farewell to Lyn as she finishes up her 14 year tenure with the National body tomorrow and moves on to greener pastures with a position in the real estate industry.Since becoming part of the Touch Football organisation in 1993, Lyn has undertaken myriad roles and responsibilities and assisted the sport through times of change. Lyn has overseen office management, building maintenance, human resources, invoice control, coding and financial processing, the national insurance scheme, affiliate record keeping, licensing and minute keeping at committee and annual general meetings. Those that have had the privilege to work with Lyn provide glowing reports of her professional and personal qualities. Mr. Peter Topp, former National Technical Manager at Touch Football Australia, worked with Lyn for several years and said her ability to work under pressure was outstanding.“Lyn managed the office and the environment; she managed the personnel side of things and the finance side of things in the earlier days before it was as big as it is. She managed all the affiliations, she managed all the insurance, so she did all the stuff that people don’t really like doing. “She did all the jobs that were necessary to keep the office and the organisation operational. She’s going to be a tremendous loss to the organisation. Our loss is someone else’s gain,” Mr. Topp said.  Mr. Bill Ker currently a Director on the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, worked with Lyn for more than 11 years in his former role as the Chief Executive Officer of the National body, and echoed Mr. Topp’s sentiments. Mr. Ker said Lyn’s diligence and dedication were among most impressive attributes. “She had a clock in her office but I don’t think she ever looked at it. You usually had to tell Lyn to go home rather than the other way round. Her integrity and her presence of mind to make sure the job got done were basically irreplaceable in my opinion, and that brushed off onto all the other staff as well,” Ker said. Lyn’s focus on maintaining the appearance of the office environment has been legendary. “We all used to have a heart attack if someone spilled a coffee on the office carpet. You were always trying to move something over the top of it so Lyn wouldn’t see it because she was just so keen to make sure that building looked like it did the day we moved into it. So there was always a joke about that; don’t spill any coffee or Lyn will have your guts for garters,” Mr. Ker said.  Lyn’s presence in the TFA National office will be irreplaceable but her legacy will be the knowledge that she has imparted on the people that have worked with her. Everyone that has been part of the Touch Football community over the past decade would have had contact with Lyn, whether directly or indirectly. She has made an immense contribution to the sport, especially in the field of best practice administration.Former President of the Federation of International Touch, Mr. Cary Thompson who has known and worked with her in various capacities for National and International events, said Lyn’s best qualities were her honesty, reliability, and capacity to care about what was happening within the organisation. “She was pretty efficient in completing tasks that you would ask her to do. If you wanted it done, it was done yesterday, not in a week’s time,” he said.  Touch Football Australia CEO, Mr. Colm Maguire, whilst sad to see the National body’s longest serving employee go, was glowing in his praise for Lyn’s contribution to the sport.“Lyn is held in the highest regard by so many people in the sport nation wide. Her dedication, commitment, and professionalism led the way for the organisation for the last 14 years and it will not be easy to replace a person of Lyn’s calibre. We do know that she will be a tremendous acquisition for her new employers, and we wish her every success and happiness in the next chapter of her life, she will be remembered fondly by the TFA family and the firm friendships she has made will remain, ” Mr. Maguire said.last_img read more

Photo Of “Core Values” Banner In Ohio State’s Locker Room Going Viral After Brett McMurphy’s Report

first_imgOhio State banner shows core values.A bombshell report from former ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy suggests Urban Meyer knew about the the 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith.Meyer’s comments from early last week during Big Ten media days have been called into question following McMurphy’s report. According to the report posted on his Facebook page, McMurphy alleged Meyer knew about the alleged assault of Smith, and made a distinct effort to ignore it.McMurphy then pointed to a set of core values attached to the Ohio State football program.  “…Emblazoned on the wall, are Meyer’s five core values. Among the five – in ALL CAPS – is “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” McMurphy wrote.A photo of the banner has gone viral.Core values must mean something totally different in Ohio (and Florida). Wow! OSU head coach failed to live up to “honesty” while dealing with an assistant coach who didn’t “treat women with respect.” But ESPN will probably spend another day talking about Harbaugh/chicken.— The Michigan Insider (@michiganinsider) August 1, 2018The hypocritical nature of the banner and Urban Meyer’s comments from last week are not lost on Michigan fans. Nor will they be lost on those calling for Urban Meyer’s job in the wake of McMurphy’s report.You can read McMurphy’s full report here.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Snags Teekay Tanker Trio

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a contract to build three shuttle tankers plus an option for one more for a US owner, most probably Teekay Offshore, who recently announced the placing of an identical order at a Korean shipyard. Both SHI and Teekay say in their press releases that the tankers will be used to transport crude oil from offshore oilfields off east Canada.However, the contract values differ, with SHI saying that the three tankers are worth USD 330 million, while Teekay set aside USD 365 million for the newbuilds.The three firm vessels are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017 through the first half of 2018.Teekay recently signed a 15-year contracts plus extension options with Chevron Canada, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating Ltd., Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil and Suncor Energy to provide shuttle tanker services for their East Coast Canada oil production.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Province to Study Supreme Court Ruling

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government will review a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, released today, Dec. 7, in two New Brunswick cases involving three aboriginal men who claimed the right to harvest trees for their own domestic use. The country’s top court ruled that the men, who had been charged under the New Brunswick Crown Lands and Forests Act, have an aboriginal right to harvest trees for domestic use on provincial Crown lands traditionally harvested by the bands involved. But it said this is a communal right that requires the authority of the aboriginal community, and is subject to regulation. It restricts the harvest to domestic use and prohibits the sale, barter or trade of the wood. “This is a New Brunswick case, so we will be reviewing the decision and determine the potential implications for Nova Scotia,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are fortunate to have the Made in Nova Scotia negotiations process to address treaty and aboriginal rights issues.” The process, which involves the Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia and the federal government, began with the signing of the Umbrella Agreement in 2002. This will lead to full negotiations. Forestry is one of the topics that will be covered. Nova Scotia was one of several intervenors in the case, which involved three New Brunswick men — two Maliseet from Woodstock and a Mi’kmaq from the Pabineau Reserve. The 36-page decision was written by Mr. Justice Michel Bastarache of New Brunswick.last_img read more

Restore normalcy in Bhatpara within 72 hours CM to cops

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.last_img read more

MSD turns a year older team a bit wiser

first_imgLeeds: In the grey sideburns lies his cricketing wisdom that Virat Kohli so banks upon and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who turned 38 on Sunday, is all pumped to empty his tank and buy himself the best birthday gift possible — another World Cup triumph. One of the freeze-frame moments of Indian cricket is Sunil Gavaskar raising Kapil Dev’s hands at the Lord’s balcony on June 25, 1983. The best birthday present for Dhoni would certainly be Kohli and Rohit Sharma carrying their ‘skipper’ on a lap of honour at the Mecca of Cricket. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThat is if India make it to the final and then go the distance. Also, that is only if Dhoni sheds off his reluctance to let the emotions flow on what could be the most poignant day of his fascinating career. “We might celebrate his birthday on the bus on our way to Manchester,” Rohit Sharma said when a vernacular journalist kept on funnily ‘probing’ the Indian vice-captain to say something on the legend’s birthday. Skipper Kohli has time and again reiterated that Dhoni remains “his captain”, and it is no different in this whole Indian team set-up where the he enjoys unstinted support. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe team is insulated from all the talk surrounding his waning abilities as a batsman and the players trust their ‘mentor’. He remains the good old banyan tree under which the players find their shade and, at times, a bit of warmth, when professional sport becomes ruthless and lonely. Whether its Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal being tonked by Jonny Bairstow or Angelo Mathews launching into Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they know that someone would sprint those 30 yards from behind the stumps, put an arm around their shoulder, and may be whisper a couple of words. It works like magic on occasions. On occasions, it’s just an assurance with unspoken words, ‘Don’t worry, you belong here’. Mohammed Shami disclosed after his hat-trick against Afghanistan that Dhoni’s suggestion to bowl yorker was spot on.last_img read more

19 rainrelated deaths in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 19 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers are in spate, while in Punjab several villages were inundated on Thursday after Pakistan opened gates of headworks on the Sutlej river.As many as 17 villages of Punjab’s border district Ferozepur were flooded after Pakistan opened gates of headworks on the Sutlej river. Several villages of Ferozepur are already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the river. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”With the opening of gates of headworks (used for regulating water flow) in Kasur area by Pakistan, 17 villages on our side (located near India-Pak border) have been affected,” Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepur Chander Gaind said. “Polluted water of tanneries in Pakistan got mixed with the river water,” he said, adding Army and NDRF teams are carrying out rescue and rehabilitation works in the affected areas. Following recent heavy rains and the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam, the swollen Sutlej river and its tributaries had inundated villages in several areas in Punjab, causing extensive damage to crops, especially paddy, and homes in low-lying areas. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to a Punjab Agriculture department official, floods in the state have already damaged about 4,000 hectares of crops, with the maximum damage witnessed in Rupnagar on the downstream of the Sutlej river. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the Punjab government will take the technical support of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to canalise all rivers in the state. After an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding in Sultanpur Lodhi of Kapurthala and Jalandhar areas, Singh announced a project to realign river streams and courses besides strengthening and widening river embankments. In Uttar Pradesh, at least 19 people have lost their lives since Wednesday while raging waters of major rivers disrupted normal life. Three deaths were reported in Amethi, two each in Raebareli, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur, and one each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Pratapgarh, Fathepur, Basti and, Ayodhya. Also, four persons died in Ballia and Bhadohi, according to an official report. A Central Water Commission report said the Ganga was in spate at different places along its route in the state. It is flowing just below the danger mark at Garh Mukteshwar and Fatehgarh and is crossing the danger mark at Naraora in Bulandshahr, Kachchla Bridge in Badaun and Ballia. Water of the Ganga river has entered some houses in urban areas of Ballia, forcing people to take shelter on rooftops. The Yamuna river in Mathura, Sharda in Palia Kalan and Ghaghra in Barabanki were flowing above the danger mark, the report said.last_img read more

Lanka President Sirisena promises hoteliers maximum financial help to revive tourism

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured hoteliers that the government will give them maximum financial relief to revive the lucrative tourism industry hit by the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday that killed 253 people, including 42 foreigners. Tourism accounts for about five per cent of Sri Lanka’s economy, with India, Britain and China being the main markets. India is the largest source market for Sri Lanka, which received 2.3 million tourists from around the world in 2018. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAround 450,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million in 2019. President Sirisena acknowledged during his meeting on Monday with the country’s hoteliers that the tourism and hotel industries were worst hit after the string of powerful blasts ripped through three churches and as many luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500 others. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe bombs tore through three five-star hotels in Colombo: the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri La and the Kingsbury. Forty two foreigners, including 11 Indian nationals, died in the attacks. Sirisena requested Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to provide “maximum financial relief” immediately to the hoteliers, Sunday Times reported. Hotels Association President Sanath Ukwatte said hoteliers had invested large sums of money in the development of the hotels and requested the government to provide a moratorium or waiver on the capital and interest for a period of at least two years. During the meeting, the hoteliers also asked the government to hire the services of a professional public relations and communications unit to send out one message to the world. President Sirisena agreed to appoint a Cabinet sub-committee to look into the requirements of the hoteliers, the report said.last_img read more

Security Council extends UN force for two weeks as talks on troop

The Security Council today decided to extend the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad for another two weeks, as it continues to examine possible options for a reduction of troops and a revised mandate for the force. The Mission, known as MINURCAT, was set up in 2007 to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Darfur, other displaced persons and humanitarian workers in both countries.In a report issued earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out his proposals for a revised mandate, as well as a major initial reduction of peacekeepers in Chad, whose Government said it wanted to assume full responsibility for protecting civilians in its territory and that the Mission had served its purpose.The Council, in a unanimously adopted resolution, extended the mandate until 26 May, “considering the need to examine thoroughly the recommendations for a revised mandate” included in the Secretary-General’s report. Mr. Ban proposes that the Mission’s military component in Chad be reduced from its current strength of 3,300 troops to 1,400 troops and 500 support elements. MINURCAT, with the support of the Chadian Government, will then ensure the withdrawal of these 1,400 troops by 15 July. The remaining 1,900 troops will be in Chad until 15 October 2010, when they will cease all operations and commence their final withdrawal, subject to approval by the Council.There are at least half a million people still in need of humanitarian assistance in eastern Chad, including some 250,000 refugees from Darfur, 168,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 150,000 people in host villages.Mr. Ban noted that once a decision has been made on a revised mandate for MINURCAT, security tasks related to the protection of refugees, IDPs and humanitarian workers will be carried out by Chadian police forces, primarily the UN-trained Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS). 12 May 2010The Security Council today decided to extend the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad for another two weeks, as it continues to examine possible options for a reduction of troops and a revised mandate for the force. read more

Alberta throttles back crude oil curtailment quotas for September

CALGARY — The Alberta government says it will again ease its crude oil curtailment program for September.In a news release, it says it will allow the maximum amount to be produced by the province’s senior oil companies to rise to 3.76 million barrels per day, an increase of 25,000 barrels per day over the August limit, in recognition of lower oil storage levels and more volumes shipped by rail and pipeline.That’s about 200,000 barrels per day higher than the initial quota allowed under the curtailment program when it began in January.The release makes no mention of a recent call by several producers to ease curtailments for companies that improve export market access from Alberta by adding crude-by-rail capacity.Producers have indicated they would be more interested in buying 120,000 barrels per day of crude-by-rail contracts negotiated by the previous NDP government and put on the block by the current United Conservative government if they were allowed to produce more oil.The first 10,000 barrels per day a company produces are exempt from production limits, meaning they affect only 29 of more than 300 producers in Alberta.The Canadian Press read more

UN official sees signs of progress in global efforts against illicit drugs

As the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs opened its forty-sixth session in Vienna today, Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), introduced a mid-term progress report which examines whether the international community is on track to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.The Commission is the central UN policy-making body dealing with drug-related issues. This year’s session, set to run through 17 April, will feature a ministerial segment, marking the first five-year milestone for Member States to review their achievements and the commitments made in 1998 at the twentieth special session of the General Assembly on the international drug problem. During that summit in New York, more than 150 countries promised to achieve significant and measurable results to reduce the illicit supply and demand for drugs by 2008.Introducing his report to the Commission today, Mr. Costa said that in recent years, efforts to reduce abuse of illicit drugs have shown signs of progress. Based on reports from governments – and for this year’s session, 117 governments have submitted responses to an UNODC biennial questionnaire – the action plans and measures adopted in 1998 served as a catalyst for action in implementation of the international drug control treaties.Mr. Costa said that, in recent years, a large number of governments have incorporated demand reduction into their strategies to deal with drugs, and have also launched information campaigns on drugs. “Now they see their national efforts integrated in – and supported by – the global strategy against illicit drugs,” he said.Citing “encouraging progress towards still distant goals,” Mr. Costa emphasized the positive experiences in four major elements of the international drug policy – overall drug control policies, demand reduction, supply reduction and international cooperation. Here, he urged governments to work together in the fight against drugs, warning, “Otherwise, problems are only pushed around, from one country to another, in a zero-sum game.”During its deliberations, the Commission will also discuss new challenges encountered in recent years, including the dramatic increase in injecting drug use-related HIV/AIDS cases – especially along drug trafficking routes – as well as the worldwide spread of synthetic drugs. read more

Lobésité pourrait être liée au second cerveau

first_imgL’obésité pourrait être liée au “second cerveau”Des chercheurs de l’Inserm ont effectué une étude afin de déterminer s’il existait un lien entre le système nerveux entérique, communément appelé “deuxième cerveau” et l’obésité. Le rôle de ce second cerveau est de gérer le transit intestinal.Le système nerveux entérique dirige le transit intestinal dans l’organisme. Celui-ci est composé de près de 100 millions de neurones et est omniprésent dans le système digestif. Il se charge ainsi de la vidange de l’estomac mais aussi des fonctions de barrière essentielles pour la protection de l’organisme contre des agents pathogènes. Or, des scientifiques de l’Inserm estiment que ce “second cerveau” pourrait jouer un rôle dans la prise de poids excessive liée à l’obésité, devenue aujourd’hui un véritable fléau mondial.  À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Les scientifiques ont ainsi tenté une expérience pour déterminer s’il existait ou non un lien entre la digestion et l’obésité. Pour cela, ils ont nourri des souris en suivant un régime “fastfood” de leur 5ème semaine à la 18ème semaine de leur croissance. Ils ont alors pu observer les conséquences sur le tube digestif et le système nerveux entérique : ils ont découvert qu’un régime trop riche en graisses et en sucres avait un impact sur ce système nerveux, sur la vidange gastrique et le transit intestinal. D’après les données, la vidange gastrique se ferait plus rapidement que la moyenne. Le système nerveux entérique n’aurait donc pas suffisamment de temps pour envoyer les signaux de satiété. Sans ces signaux, l’estomac en redemande, comme s’il n’existait pas de limite. La prise alimentaire augmente donc et la prise de poids devient inévitable. Ces travaux parus dans la revue The Journal of Physiology mettent ainsi en évidence la capacité des nutriments à moduler le fonctionnement de ce “second cerveau” et son rôle dans le développement de l’obésité.Comme le souligne les chercheurs, il s’agit maintenant de voir comment cette découverte pourrait être utilisée. Il pourrait par exemple être possible de “modifier” ou “reprogrammer” ce “second cerveau” si la personne concernée montre des signes d’obésité.Le 25 janvier 2012 à 10:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola wants John Stones in midfield

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering a midfield role for defender John Stones.John Stones made a brief cameo in an advanced midfield role on Sunday as Manchester City defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield match at Wembley.When captain Vincent Kompany came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea, Stones briefly moved up the field.Pep Guardiola was happy with what he saw and hinted at possible playing time in midfield for the Manchester City defender this season. FourFourTwo reports.“John made an excellent World Cup and showed again his personality,” Guardiola said.“I was happy to see him in the last 10 or 15 minutes like a holding midfielder. John maybe can play there. We will see what’s going on in the future.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In the Premier League, there are a huge amount of games and everybody will be involved.”When asked if John Stones will get regular playing time this season, Guardiola said.“John has to know he has to play at a good level because Vincent and Nico [Nicolas Otamendi] are there, and they are going to play.”“Then, they have to play good. In the higher teams in the top tier, when they play in all competitions, you need this kind of competition.”Manchester City remain favourite to win the league. Their league title defence starts away to Arsenal this weekend.last_img read more

Report Worldwide App Revenue To Exceed 15 Billion in 2011

first_imgMobile app downloads will increase 117 percent to 17.7 billion worldwide while mobile application store revenue will grow to more than $15.1 billion in 2011, a 190 percent increase, according to Gartner Inc. In 2010, app stores generated an estimated $5.2 billion from both download sales and advertising revenue. Between 2010 and 2014 Gartner predicts that number will grow more than 1,000 percent to $15.1 billion. Revenue generated by app stores is typically split between storeowners and app developers and the average revenue share continues to be 70/30, with the developer getting the larger cut. However, by 2014, advertising will account for just under a third of the revenue generated by app stores, up from 16 percent in 2001, according to Gartner. Smartphones may have peaked for app usage but downloading apps onto tablets will surge. “While the average number of downloads per device onto a smartphone will remain stable as the market grows, it must be assumed that media tablets will drive more downloads from consumers, boosting the overall average downloads per device,” said Gartner research vice president Carolina Milanesi. “We estimate that Apple’s App Store drove close to nine application downloads out of 10 in 2010 and will remain the best-selling store across our forecast period (through 2014), although to a lesser extent, as other stores manage to gain momentum.”last_img read more

India honours Nepali woman who freed 12000 girls from slavery

first_imgA 67-year-old Nepali woman honoured with one of India’s most prestigious awards for freeing thousands of girls from sexual slavery said on Friday it was the unbearable pain of victims that has motivated her to fight trafficking.Anuradha Koirala, founder of the anti-trafficking charity Maiti Nepal, will be presented the Padma Shri – one of the highest civilian awards – by India’s president at a ceremony in March or April, said a government statement this week.”Rescued and rehabilitated 12,000 sex trafficking victims and prevented over 45,000 from being trafficked,” an infographic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s website read, listing the names and achievements of some of the 89 Padma award winners.The small, frail teacher-turned-activist said she was encouraged by the award, and it would make her work harder to stop girls being bought and sold in the sex trade.”The pain of victims has motivated me to continue my work,” Koirala told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.”When I see their pain – their mental pain as well as physical pain – it is so troubling that I cannot turn myself away. This gives me strength to fight and root this crime out.”South Asia is one of the fastest-growing region for human trafficking in the world, according to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.Anti-slavery activists say thousands of people mostly from poor villages are trafficked from countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh to India by gangs who sell them into bonded labour or hire them out to unscrupulous employers.Many women and girls are sold into brothels. Others end up as domestic workers or labourers in brick kilns, roadside restaurants or small textile and embroidery workshops.India is home to 40 percent of the world’s 46 million slaves, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, produced by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.Koirala left her two-decade-long career as a teacher in 1993 and founded Maiti, which means “Mother’s Home” in Nepali, to support victims rescued from sex trafficking who face social stigma and are ostracised by their families and communities.Over the last 24 years, Maiti has established a shelter in Kathmandu, eleven transit homes along the Nepal-India border, three prevention homes where high-risk girls receive counselling and training in skills such as sewing and candle making, two hospitals and a school which teaches around 1,000 children.The organisation also conducts public awareness campaigns on human trafficking, provides legal support to trafficked and victims, and works with police and government officials to rescue victims and apprehend perpetrators.Koirala, affectionately know as “dijju” which means “elder sister” in Nepali, has won numerous awards from across the world for her work, including from the United Nations. In 2010, she was awarded the CNN Heroes Award.”Unless families treat their sons and daughters equally it is very hard to end trafficking and slavery,” she said.The Padma awards recognise achievements from social work and public affairs to medicine and literature. The recipients are announced on Jan. 25, the eve of India’s Republic Day.last_img read more

The PS4 Pro is pointless

first_imgEarlier today Sony announced that they’d be updating the PlayStation 4 with some fancy new tech. You’ll now be able to play your games in higher resolution, enable High Dynamic Range for better color accuracy in some scenes and… that’s it. And frankly, we should all be a little frustrated with that.The current console generation (namely the Xbox One and PS4) has been among the worst in memory. Not because there’s a dearth of games to make these purchases worth it, but because it demonstrates that the gaming industry has some wonky ideas about what makes video games gorgeous.In college, I studied alongside a friend who specialized in stop-motion animation. I worked night shifts at my dorm, and I’d watch him spend hours painstakingly arranging every shot for a film project. He had special clay models that he’d made that looked mounds of green tentacles with a single, massive eye in the center. Obviously, stop motion has some pretty big limitations, but he leaned into those restrictions and opted for something unusual and unreal.When his short film was complete, it looked incredible. Opting for alien subjects instead of more human-looking ones let him show how weird and creepy his monsters were. He understood the limits of his medium and worked with it instead of trying to ignore the problem.Console makers and game designers don’t get this. Every couple of years, they come through with more promises of better resolutions and stunning visuals, but those improvements are put to waste.Today, when Sony showed off how their upcoming open-world survival game Horizon: Zero Dawn would look on the new PS4 Pro, I couldn’t stop looking at how awkwardly the protagonist’s hair flowed, or how plants would sway in weird directions. And it’s even more jarring because of how beautiful some parts of the game are. As textures continue to sharpen, as particle effects fill your screens, we’re smacking into the uncanny valley once again.Animations mean everything. It’s what allows many low-budget, pixel art indie games to leave such lasting impressions. How smooth an object appears to move can tell its own story. A well-animated gait can express sorrow, a fluttering insect can startle, and flora that sway with shifting winds can give you the sense that your digital playground has a pulse.But making great animations is really hard. They are time-consuming. Shaders and textures are too, but animations require exponentially more work as development progresses. You can’t just show what object looks like, you have to show how it reacts. How it moves. What it does. How the world responds to its presence. And that complexity adds up really fast. It’s why so many of the best indie games take just as long as their big-budget brethren.I get that there’s plenty of data out there that shows higher resolutions and flashy effects actually do help sales — and it’s one of the reasons that most console game makers don’t often care about hitting 60 frames per second — but we deserve better.Rethinking how we talk about the visuals in games and adjusting our expectations from developers is critical. Even if you’re the kind of person who would much rather have something smack you in the face with pretty lights and snazzy textures, this trend isn’t sustainable. Photorealism is impossible for the foreseeable future.The world’s beefiest supercomputers can take hundreds, if not thousands of hours to render the CGI effects in many modern films, and they’re still derided as being obviously fake. But the gaming public somehow expects a $400 console to render a scene with just as much fidelity in real-time. That. Is. Impossible. At least for a couple of decades (more if we consider that technology has fallen well short of Moore’s law the past few years).We deserve better. We deserve games that use animations as part of their narrative palette. We can have games that are much more expressive and vivacious if we simply stop accepting minor bumps in graphics every couple of years are enough. Then again, maybe I’m off my rocker. I slotted in a new, top-end graphics card, booted up The Witcher 3 and thought it looked like hot garbage.last_img read more

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