SAI, Procam organises high altitude training session in Kenya

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) In a bid to promote middle and long distance running at the grassroots, Sports Authority of India (SAI), Procam International and Global Sports Communication had organised a five-week high altitude training session in Iten, Kenya. Six athletes were selected from over thousand men and women aged between 16 and 23 across India in trials conducted by SAI across its seven nodal centers. Abhishek Pal, Phoolan Pal, Harshad Mhatre, Murli Gavit, Priti Lamba and Sangeeta Yadav came back here following training session under the supervision of head coach Hugo Van Den Broek. “We had a wonderful training session in Kenya. The runners learnt many new techniques and this will help them to boost their performance in future. The environment was also favourable for the runners to undergo a very tough training session,” said SAI coach Surinder Paul, who accompanied them to Kenya. Asked about the trainning session, Sangeeta Yadav (19) said,”The training was very difficult initially for two to three days as it was at a high altitude. The tracks were up and down. We find it tough to relax at the earliest.” It was during their training, they realised that the locals were far more fit and energetic then them because of their food habits, climate and more importantly their hard work, love for endurance sport which has led to so many middle and long distance champions emerging from the African nation. “While their budding athletes can run 3000m in sub-10 minute timing, it has taken me two years of training to achieve that timing,” she said. 20-year-old Harshad Mhatre said,”Coach Hugo is very strict during the training. We were training for five to six hours daily. He also gave us some better technique like knowing your body capacity and to increase through practise. “But it totally depends on the hard work ,practise and also the food habits of the athlete,” he added. PTI RSD KHS PMadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at home

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at homeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid star Casemiro had his house broken into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one of the most exlusive zones in Madrid.Alvaro Morata, Zinedine Zidane, Isco and Lucas Vazquez have also been hit in the Spanish capital. In Barcelona Arthur, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have suffered similar problems.Casemiro and Madrid drew 0-0 at Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, staying top of La Liga. last_img

16 Indigenous movers and shakers to watch in 2016

first_imgCara Currie-Hall-Political ActivistOne of the co-founders of Rock the Indigenous Vote stormed onto the Canadian political activism scene just weeks prior to the 2015 federal election.Currie-Hall, originally from Montana Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alta., and now living in North Dakota, helped, in her own way, in getting Barack Obama elected as President by helping to create a block vote throughout Indian Country in the United States.Cara Currie-HallShe took her passion and expertise back home this past fall and toured the prairies urging Canada’s Indigenous Peoples to get out and Rock the Indigenous vote. She called Canada’s Indigenous community a “force to be reckoned with” and the strategy was to “Indigenize” the election to make the political parties “talk to us, on our terms.”On the heels of a Liberal majority elected to government last October Currie Hall continues to stay engaged with the Canadian political scene.Her efforts have impressed Indigenous leaders enough to appoint her to sit on the International Oversight Committee on Treaty Enforcement and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples committee.Currie-Hall (left) with Justin Trudeau during the 2015 federal election Christi Belcourt-ArtistChristi is a Metis artist originally from Lac Ste. Anne Alberta, but now lives near the shores of Lake Huron, ON. Her work has been popping up on the runways of the international fashion scene since the Valentino empire partnered with Belcourt in their 2016 Resort collection.Artist Christi BelcourtThe couture fashion pieces feature stunning, flowery, elegant patterns based upon Belcourts ‘Water Song’ painting found in the National Gallery of Canada.Belcourt uses her art to create awareness on social issues which flows into her advocacy work with missing and murdered Indigenous Women. She is involved with the Walking With Our Sisters travelling exhibit and says the fashion designs help to portray women in a broader light.Water Song by Christi BelcourtCelebrities like Jennifer Lopez and up and coming Yellowknife actress of The Revenant, Melaw Nakehk’o have been spotted wearing Belcourt’s designs.Expect to see more of the influence from this gifted artist in main stream trends in the months to come. Perry Bellegarde-National Chief, Assembly of First NationsJust over a year into leading the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde is at the forefront of talks of establishing a new relationship with First Nations and the newly elected Liberal government.Bellegarde has the unprecedented task of working alongside the Trudeau government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, conduct a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, carry out the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and solve the clean drinking water crisis being among the top priorities of both governments.Bellegarde (at the podium) introduces Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the AFN’s Special Chief’s Assembly in Dec. 2015Bellegarde is keeping pressure on Trudeau to hold true to his commitments to First Nations and is expecting to see big investments announced in the upcoming federal budget.Bellegarde (back left) with the Canadian delegation to the Paris climate talks in Nov. 2015First Nations Perry Bellegarde is at the forefront of “closing the gap” between First Nations and the Canadian government.                                             Robert-Falcon Ouellette-Politician The 38 year old Metis was elected as the Liberal Minister of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre in October. Robert Falcon-Ouellette had first gained national recognition during his run for mayor of Winnipeg in 2014, which he ended up coming in third. It was considered an impressive feat given he was a newcomer to the political arena.Falcon Ouellette campaign with Justin Trudeau in WinnipegHe is a married father of five, has a PhD as well as two masters degrees and served for 19 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.Falcon-Ouellette channels a magnetic personality through to his new leadership role in the House of Commons.He is often seen wearing flowered embroidery and beaded attire to proudly express his Cree heritage.Falcon Ouellette on the campaign trail in Winnipeg CentreSince taking office Falcon-Ouellette has brought Indigenous issues to the forefront and called them one of the most important issues on his agenda to tackle in 2016. Marilyn Jensen- Dance troupe manager, teacher of First Nation governanceMarilyn Jensen is Inland Tlingit and Tagish Khwáan from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation; belonging to the Dakhl’aweidí Clan under the Tagish Keét Hít (Killer whale House)  Killer whale crest in the Southern Yukon Territory.Marilyn JensenJensen is leading a revival in North West coastal traditions, ceremony, dance and songs. She is the founder, manager and dance group leader of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers who have performed across Turtle Island with the goal of sharing traditional Indigenous culture with the world.Jensen is passionate about her work to sustain her Indigenous roots teaching First Nation Governance to students, Indigenous and government organizations throughout the Yukon Territory.The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers that Jensen managesShe is also the vice-president of the Yukon First Nation Cultural Tourism Association and a member of the Indigenous Programs Council for The Banff Centre.Expect big things from Jensen who is pursuing a Ph’d in Indigenous leadership in 2016. Tanya Tagaq-ArtistThe Polaris prize winner from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut has been touring the world showcasing her unique talents and giving exposure to the culture of the people of the north.Tagaq, a throat singer, a traditional way of expressing song that her ancestors have practiced for time immemorial, is much more than that.Tanya TagaqShe is an activist, determined to expose hard truths about systemic racism in governments, missing and murdered Indigenous women and proudly supporting the practices and preservation of her culture such as seal hunting.Her bold, fierce approach spills out into her artistry that has garnered her praise for a one of a kind talent that channels the spirit of her Indigenous roots into the attention of main stream audiences.Watch for Tagaq to continue breaking new ground and challenging music industry boundaries in 2016. Jody Wilson-Raybould-PoliticianShe is currently one of the most powerful politicians in Canada. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Kwakwaka’wakw Liberal Member of Parliament is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.From Vancouver, BC Wilson-Raybould is no new comer to the world of politics. She is the former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Crown prosecutor and advocate for Indigenous rights.Wilson-Raybould being sworn in as Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada at Rideau Hall in NovemberWorking alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould will play an integral role in reconciliation initiatives and the establishment of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Politics runs in her family. Wilson-Raybould’s father Bill Wilson helped fight for Aboriginal reform in Canada’s constitution.This is the first time a First Nations person has held the title of Justice Minister in Canada and Wilson-Raybould will be carving out her mark in the nation’s political history in 2016. Althea Guiboche-ActivistAlthea Guiboche, aka the Bannock Lady, feeds the homeless in Winnipeg and has become a well-known advocate for the struggles they face. The feisty, driven, single mother of seven, currently lives on income support but is breaking stereotypical views about those who receive welfare.Althea GuibocheShe uses the influence gained by her charity work to speak out against racism and other issues related to First Nations.Guiboche (centre) at an event in the north end of Winnipeg.Now, she has her sights set on the Manitoba legislature. In December Guiboche announced her bid to run as the Liberal candidate in her neighbourhood of Point Douglas in inner city Winnipeg. Whether or not she wins, we expect to see a lot more from Guiboche going forward. Melina Laboucan-Massimo-Environmental ActivistLaboucan-Massimo is a First Nations environmentalist who is no stranger to the activism scene. For several years, Laboucan-Massimo has been at the forefront of environmental causes and her work continues to stand out. She is a climate and energy campaigner with Green Peace Canada and her endeavours often have the backing of Hollywood celebrities.Laboucan-Massimo addressing a Congressional hearing in Washington, 2012In the summer of 2015, Laboucan-Massimo lead the construction and installation of a solar power panel project in her tiny home community of Little Buffalo in northern Alberta.Little Buffalo sits near the heart of the Alberta tar sands and has experienced devastation to its lands from oil spills.The solar project was significant considering it cost thousands of dollars, the majority of which was raised through private donors and fundraising initiatives undertaken by Laboucan-Massimo.Additionally, Laboucan-Massimo is an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her own sister Bella Laboucan-Mclean died mysteriously after falling from a condo balcony in Toronto in the summer of 2013.Laboucan-Massimo (centre) with actors Jane Fonda (left) and Rachel McAdams at a Greenpeace event in BCLaboucan-Massimo completed her Master of Indigenous governance in December 2015 and is ready to incorporate her training with her environmental work.She is reaching out to First Nations communities to help create renewable energy solutions and supporting Indigenous initiatives to transition to renewables in 2016. Look for this powerhouse of a Nehiyaw woman to continue taking over the country in the name of Indigenous rights in the year to come. Grace Dove-ActressShe is only in her early twenties, but her acting career has been greatly boosted thanks to The Revenant.With a name as pretty as it connotates, Grace Dove impressed Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu enough with her artistic talents that he cast her as Leonardo Dicpario’s wife. Dove said the experience was a dream come true.Grace DoveThe Vancouver based First Nations actress had a whirlwind of a year in 2015. She travelled across Turtle Island to film in Argentina the epic scenes opposite Dicaprio, to recently attend the movie premiere in Hollywood, all the while balancing her APTN sports action show Under Exposed.Dove (right) and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from The RevenantOn her sudden shot to international fame and with a bright 2016 on the horizon Dove had this to say via her Instagram account:“Coming from Prince George, being First Nations, and Canadian everyone is so impressed. I just think I had the vision and this dream and I didn’t let anyone tell me it’s not possible.”center_img Cory Nicotine-ActivistWinner of the prestigious, 2015 Everyday Political Citizen award by Toronto based organization Samara Canada, Cory Nicotine.Nicotine, originally from Saddlelake Cree Nation in northern Alberta is a passionate advocate for youth.Cory Nicotine. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNDuring a trip to Africa in 2012 Nicotine said he was intrigued after witnessing a mesh of cultural and religious backgrounds living harmoniously. Meanwhile back at home, the Idle No More movement was exploding across Canada.These events sparked the inspiration for Nicotine to establish Knowledge is Pow Wow. The program, run out of the iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton helps create understanding and breaks down barriers in Edmonton’s diverse, multi-cultural community while encouraging youth to become engaged with politics. The city recently recognized Nicotine for his work and committed to funding Knowledge is Pow Wow in 2016. Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsIt takes a lot of people to make the world go around. Some people are putting their best foot forward to make sure it moves in the right direction. 2016 promises to be a big year for First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit peoples across the country.APTN National News created a list of Indigenous movers and shakers that we predict will be doing big things in the coming year. Here is the list of exceptional up and comers in alphabetical order: Mike Scott- Motivational SpeakerMike Scott has a social media following in the thousands. He is a First Nations motivational speaker from Saskatoon, Sask., who is using his story of adversity to inspire youth from across the country. Leaving behind a life of addictions, Scott began a journey of healing and started the Sober is Sexi motto.Mike ScottFor the past four years, Scott has traveled across Canada and the U.S. sharing his story and encouraging youth to find their purpose and to live a life of sobriety.He also creates and posts hilarious video skits on social media, one of the most recent being a parody of the romantic pottery scene from the movie Ghost. The video, shared thousands of times boasting over a million views is giving wide exposure to the charismatic, down to earth and genuinely “neechie” personality that is Mike Scott.Scott tours schools talking about the advantages of sobrietyHe is a hit among native youth and old alike and his rising popularity is sure to open the doors to further opportunities in 2016. Cowboy Smithx-Actor, directorAt the age of just 34 Cowboy Smithx juggles the roles of actor, director and creator/curator of the newly launched Redx Talks speaker series.Birthed from the desire to share the stories of the ancestors, Smithx who is Blackfoot from Piikani and Kainai in Southern Alberta, is embarking on a journey of “dispelling myths, transferring culture and dropping knowledge bombs.”Cowboy SmithxFollowing the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its recommendations, Smithx is hoping to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.Redx Talks launched last October, bringing in top Indigenous influencers with plans to take the show on tour across Turtle Island.Smithx is also promoting his film Elder in the Making inspired by the work of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society-a group of artists, musicians, playwrights, elders and technicians working to bring the stories of Aboriginal and settler relationships to the mainstream.Keep on the lookout for a Redx Talks event or a screening of Elder in the Making to come to a city near you in 2016. Ashley Callingbull-Mrs. UniverseCallingbull made international news headlines after winning the Mrs. Universe title in Belarus last August, the first Canadian and First Nations woman to ever claim the crown. The stunning Enoch Cree Nation model and actress used the sudden notoriety to give voice to the plight of First Nations in Canada and called for the ousting of then Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Ashley CallingbullSoon after, Callingbull joined David Suzuki and other celebrities to launch the Leap Manifesto to urge citizens and governments alike to care for the climate and transition away from fossil fuels. She also raises awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women, poverty, inequality and racism.Callingbull with the Butterflies in Spirit performers after the Fashion Speaks event to raise awareness about MMIW in B.C. last fall.While gracing the cover of countless fashion magazines and travelling the world, Callingbull keeps a hectic schedule of public appearances and media engagements. Duane Howard-ActorIf you’re planning to watch one of the hottest movies to come out of Hollywood as of late, keep an eye out for Chief Elk Dog in The Revenant. He’s played by Vancouver based First Nations actor Duane Howard who portrays the stoic leader of the Arikara tribe alongside Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy.Duane HowardSome of the backdrop scenery in The Revenant runs in Howard’s blood who originally hails from the Nuu-chah-nulth territory in British Columbia which means “along the mountains and sea.”Howard’s story of triumph over struggle is remarkable. After growing up in an alcoholic family, he hit the streets of Vancouver to wrestle with the demons from his childhood and eventually found solace through acting. Starting as a stuntman in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts and Artic Air.Howard at the premiere of The Revenant in CaliforniaSince landing his biggest role yet in The Revenant, Howard has walked the red carpet in tinsel town with the biggest names in the industry.Many industry professionals are predicting The Revenant to clean house at the upcoming Oscar awards.  With this type of colossal exposure we predict there are also big things brewing for Howard in the coming year. Sheila North-Wilson-Grand Chief, Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakShe is the first woman to ever be elected to lead the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). Chief Sheila North-Wilson beat out incumbent David Harper with promises of ushering in big changes and reinstating integrity to the organization that represents 30 First Nations.Sheila North WilsonThe married, mother of two has big aspirations to make her mark during her tenure as MKO grand chief.Originally from the Bunibonibee Cree Nation North-Wilson is accustomed to the lime light. A former spokesperson for the Manitoba Assembly of First Nations and former journalist with CTV Winnipeg, she has temporarily put her TV career on hold.Chatelaine magazine recently named North-Wilson as one of its 30 women of the year.She is often at the center of media headlines speaking out about various First Nations issues like missing and murdered Indigenous women, child welfare and, most recently, publicly denouncing racism after being followed under suspicion of theft in a Winnipeg department store.With a national inquiry into MMIW underway and the Trudeau government’s ambitious goals to build new relationships with Indigenous peoples, North-Wilson has her work cut out for her.Yet 2016 could be the year that sees her leadership skills take full form.last_img read more

Morocco’s First Female Royal Advisor, Zoulikha Nasri, Dies

Rabat – Morocco’s first female royal adviser passed away on Wednesday in Rabat.Born in Oujda in 1935, Zoulikha Nasri was the first female royal advisor in the history of Morocco. She was appointed in this position by the late King Hassan II in 1998 and was tasked with social and economic affairs.The deceased held different high ranking positions, including Director of Insurance Department at the Ministry of Finance. She was one of four women ministers in the Government of Abdellatif Filali, inaugurated in August 13, 1997. She was appointed head of Mohammed V foundation in 1999, and the Head of Mohammed VI foundation for the reintegration of prisoners in 2002. Zoulikha Nasri was a holder of a PhD in private law at the Institute of Insurance in Lyon, France. She obtained a Masters’ degree in law at the university of Mohammed V in Rabat and holds a diploma from l’école national d’administration in 1967 in Rabat.She will be buried after the Al Asr prayer at Shouhada cemetery in, Rabat. read more

UN war crimes tribunal ends case involving late Bosnian Muslim army chief

30 June 2010The United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia terminated appellate proceedings today against the former head of Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, who had died in April. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia terminated appellate proceedings today against the former head of Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, who had died in April. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Rasim Delić in 2008 to three years’ imprisonment for failing to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent or punish the crimes committed by his subordinates in July and August 1995, in Livade and also the Kamenica Camp. Mr. Delić had appealed the sentence and was granted provisional release in May 2009 while the proceedings were reviewed. After Mr. Delic’s death, his son filed a request that the appeal process continue. The appeals chamber ruled that it is not legally possible to continue appellate proceedings in circumstances where the appellant has died before the rendering of an appeal judgement, and the case should be terminated due to lack of jurisdiction. In its decision, the appeals chamber wrote that it “cannot discern any prevalent approach, let alone identify any rules of customary international law that would be directly applicable to the situation at hand.” As a consequence, “nothing can undermine the finality of the trial judgement” and ruled that the record of the case remain intact. This case represents the first time at either the ICTY or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) where an appellant has died before the appeals judgment is delivered. read more

Sport is a vital tool for peacebuilding and development Ban says

11 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the inclusion of sport in development, peacebuilding and peacekeeping initiatives, emphasizing the tremendous capacity for games to educate, create positive role models and reach out to the poorest and most troubled areas in the world. “Sport has become a world language, a common denominator that breaks down all the walls, all the barriers,” Mr. Ban told the 2nd International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development in Geneva.“It is a worldwide industry whose practices can have widespread impact. Most of all, it is a powerful tool for progress and for development,” he said, urging governments to integrate sport in development assistance programmes and in national development projects.A resolution at the end of the Forum recommended that the UN include access to sport and physical education as an indicator in its human development indexes, and called for common evaluation tools to monitor the impact of sport on social and economic development.Other recommendations include a request that governments increase their support for the development of quality physical educations and sports for all, and an encouragement to international sports federations to organise sports events in developing and emerging economies to contribute to the building of a legacy of sustainable development.“The recommendations agreed upon today are the latest in a series of steps we have taken with the UN to promote peace and development through sport in proactive, concrete ways,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “It is not a question of whether sport contributes to the betterment of society; we are all in agreement that it does. The real question is how to make it contribute in more impactful, tangible ways,” he added.The Secretary-General said “mega” sporting events, such as the Olympics, the cricket and soccer World Cup or the football Super Bowl in the United States, can help spread information about major issues of global concern, including protecting the environment and putting into consideration the needs of people with disabilities.“Let us make London the greenest games yet, as the United Kingdom has pledged to do. Let us make Sochi accessible to all people with disabilities, as the Russian Federation intends to do,” said Mr. Ban, referring to the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics respectively.He urged the sporting community to explore how it can support the transformations that are under way in North Africa and the Middle East, noting the that UN has used sport in many troubled societies – from the Balkans to Cyprus to Africa – to promote reconciliation and help children learn positive social values.“We all know that children and youth are often those who suffer most from conflicts. Sports programmes can help give them a second chance – a chance to learn skills and regain confidence,” he added.Mr. Ban cautioned that sport can also bring out the worst in human emotions and behaviour – intolerance, corruption and a mindset that seeks to win at any cost.“I am counting on you to guard against such behaviours – and to join together so that sport can do its part to reach out to our shared goal of a healthier, more peaceful and more prosperous world,” he said.He urged governments, the sporting world, and other partners to support the work of Wilfried Lemke, his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, saying Mr. Lemke’s office can be can be a catalyst for deepening partnerships. read more

UNP to call for debate on abductions

(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda) The UNP MP said that the government will face more pressure internationally if it fails to address the abduction issue. He also said that the UNP parliamentary group will raise the issue with Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa soon. He also warned that the Resolution taken up against the government in Geneva will get a boost if abductions continue. The United National Party (UNP) is to call for a debate in Parliament on the increasing abductions in the country.UNP MP John Amaratunga said that the UNP will call for the debate when Parliament convenes next month.

Trimble machine control systems offer increased productivity and optimised dozer performance

first_imgTrimble has introduced a new version of its Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System with performance improvements for dozers. GCS900 version 12.7 features GradeMax™ Plus, new technology that increases the overall performance of dozers by allowing the operator to grade faster and more consistently with tighter accuracy. The system uses the Trimble GS420 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor to detect the current rate of acceleration and changes in orientation. Trimble has also increased the rate at which the GCS900 system drives the valves on the dozer for smoother, more consistent control and rapid recovery of the dozer blade so operators can grade higher quality surfaces at even faster speeds. With GradeMax Plus, operators can grade a wider range of complex surfaces without constraints. For example, operators have the freedom to rotate the dozer blade during operation on steep slopes while maintaining constant grading speeds.“With the release of the latest version of the system we are taking machine control to a new level,” said Ryan Kunisch, Marketing Director for Trimble Heavy Civil Construction. “GradeMax Plus technology allows contractors to grade between 35 and 40% faster on average, depending on the dozer type and the material being used.”last_img read more

How to watch the NASA Curiosity landing on Mars

first_imgAnother chapter in our greater understanding of the universe is about to take place as the NASA rover Curiosity comes closer and closer to landing on Mars. This rover will be capable of significantly more than the previous machines that have been sent to Mars, due mostly to the overall size and the more modern electronics that are onboard.The adventure for Curiosity will start with a unique and dangerous landing sequence, with the hope that a successful landing will earn us a much greater understanding of Mars. For many, this is an event that is worth losing sleep and watching live.There’s no shortage of places to watch the landing. NASA has setup several Ustream accounts for the NASA JPL and what can be seen from Curiosity. Curiosity herself has a Twitter account, and the SETI institute will be doing a Google+ hangout for the landing. If you would like to watch the landing on your television, Microsoft will have the Curiosity landing available to watch via Xbox Live, as well as the free Kinect Mars Rover simulator game to keep you busy until the landing. Curiosity is expected to land at about 1:30am EDT, but be sure to check this time map for when it will be landing in your timezone.The previous rovers that we have sent to Mars were, compared to Curiosity, assembled using parts from Radio Shack. Curiosity is a bold new step to gain as much information about the history of the planet, and whether or not the planet ever sustained life. Aside from being significantly larger than the previous models, Curiosity is equipped with several high definition cameras. Two of these cameras are capable of a 1600 x 1200 resolution, while others will be able to record in 720p at up to 10fps. Curiosity herself is powered by a plutonium fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generator, and altogether weighs as much as an SUV.Take a look at some of the shots from PCMag’s Meredith Popolo’s recent visit to the NASA JPL.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlast_img read more

Vancouver Lake paddle cleanup scheduled

first_imgVancouver – The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is hosting an end-of-summer event at Vancouver Lake from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 23.The Saturday event will include a canoe paddle on the lake, litter pickup on the beach, nature activities for kids and a free lunch for volunteers and paddlers.Each litter pickup event lasts an hour. Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.Paddlers can also sign up for a trip in one of two 29-foot stable canoes. Trips are led by Estuary Partnership outdoor educators. No experience is necessary.Volunteers and paddlers should register at

Anil Ambani Group firms hog limelight on lacklustre trading day

first_imgWeak global cues and disappointing wholesale price inflation data ensured a lacklustre trading on Wednesday, with the benchmark BSE Sensex ending with a gain of about 19 points at 28,372. The NSE Nifty closed at 8,727, up 11 points. Two Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) firms — Reliance Communications and Reliance Capital — hogged the limelight on an otherwise muted day of trading.The day was marked by the Central government releasing data for August wholesale price index (WPI) inflation, which rose to a two-year-high of 3.74 percent from as against 3.55 percent in the preceding month. It came days after retail inflation slowed down to 5.05 percent for last month from 6.07 percent in July.Top Sensex losers were Coal India,TCS, ONGC and Hindustan Unilever, while index stocks that bucked the trend included Adani Ports, State Bank of India and Hero Motocorp. Coal India dropped 1.97 percent to close at Rs. 324.20 in response to fall in net profit and sales for the first quarter ended June 30, 2016.ADAG company Reliance Communications gained 2.72 percent to close at Rs. 51.05 on the BSE. The company announced merger of its wireless business with rival Aircel, which is likely to create an entity with assets of over Rs. 65,000 crore, Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges.The news comes even as Anil Ambani’s brother Mukesh Ambani announced of its grand foray into mobile telephony in India by formally launching Reliance Jio from Sept. 5. Reliance Jio Infocomm is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited.Earlier, Reliance Capital announced hiving off its home loan business into a separate entity and list it on the stock exchanges.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs. 477.33 crore on Wednesday, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Is There Any Way For Schools To Prevent Shootings

first_img Share – / 12 Could anyone have stopped this? That’s one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured.While the U.S. remains a global outlier by far when it comes to mass shootings, and owns 42 percent of the world’s guns, the fact is that most schools in the country have taken steps to prepare for this kind of threat.Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, schools have changed the way they respond to both potential threats and actual attacks. And they’ve done so even without coordinated federal oversight or much in the way of dedicated resources, either for training, safety or broader prevention.Warning signsThere is no one profile of a school shooter, other than the fact that there has never been a female school shooter. In addition, no federal law requires K-12 schools to report violent crimes, which means there is no central repository of such reports. (There is such a law for colleges and universities).The National School Safety Center, a nonprofit, has compiled a list of the following pattern of behaviors from published reports of students and former students who have caused violent school deaths, which include:Violent temperHas brought a weapon to schoolSerious disciplinary problemsFringe of his peer groupBullies peers or is an abusive partnerPreoccupied with weaponsHas been expelled from schoolCruelty to animalsLack of family supervisionPrefers violent themes in mediaDepressed or suicidalFrom what we know about the alleged perpetrator in Florida, so far, he satisfies almost every one of these. And of course these indicators often show up on social media these days. As they did here.Schools’ ability to respond What we also know so far in Florida is that the school seemed to take this student’s behaviors very seriously. He was expelled for disciplinary reasons.Not every young person who displays these behaviors is an imminent threat to the public. There is no 1-to-1 correlation between any mental health issue and criminal behavior. In fact, people struggling with mental health issues are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of violence.However, what each of these red flags has in common are clear indicators of someone who needs mental health intervention and support. But there is a dearth of resources for that.One in 5 K-12 students in the United States has a mental health problem, as we’ve reported. But 4 in 5 of those problems go untreated.In part that may be because, on average nationwide, each school counselor is responsible for nearly 500 students. And there is just one school psychologist for every 1,400 students.Incidents preventedThey don’t always make the headlines, but in at least 21 cases since 2001, family members, classmates or school authorities have reported young people who seem to be planning school attacks. The details of these cases are eerily similar: a stockpile of weapons, maps, a threat written in a school assignment or posted on social media. The reports have led to charges as serious as attempted murder.Just this week, in Everett, Wash., a grandmother reported her 18-year-old grandson to police. She showed the officers a journal that allegedly included detailed plans of different weapons.And exactly 17 years before Parkland, on Valentine’s Day, 2001, an 18-year-old was arrested at school in Elmira, NY. According to The New York Times:[A] senior at Southside High School, passed a disturbing note to another student. That student gave the note to a teacher, who alerted school administrators. A police officer was dispatched …The officer found him in the school cafeteria, armed with a .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic, the police said. Beside him was a duffel bag crammed with 14 pipe bombs, 3 carbon dioxide cartridge bombs filled with gunpowder, one propane bomb and a sawed-off shotgun with several rounds of pellets.Policy changesPrevention can be looked at through a broader lens too. There’s a growing awareness that schools do have a responsibility over their social and emotional climate, and that successful interventions can save lives in multiple ways.The new federal education law requires states to report data related to school climate and safety. Things like: how safe students feel at school, the prevalence of fights, and even suicidal thoughts.And researchers say that, when this data is reported, it can help target whole-school interventions.There is solid evidence backing approaches like restorative justice, social and emotional curricula, wraparound mental health services and networks of referrals. These big-picture public health approaches can reduce bullying, suicidal ideas and discrimination as well as, potentially, school violence. But it all takes money and training to do well.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Staging struggles of Arthur

first_imgThe Potter heads among us will surely remember the magical words of Dumbledore when he says, ‘Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.’ The play ‘Arthur’ delves upon this issue of non-communication through the lens of otherisation of a Northeast Indian youth in the city of Delhi, which they always claim is of ‘Dilwalon’ ki, but rarely one gets to see its caring nature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHeld on December 20, 6 pm, at Muktadhara Auditorium, New Delhi, the play was presented by the enthusiastic students from an NGO. After taking workshops for almost a year, this play was the first opportunity for them to showcase their learnings and talent. Coming back to the plot – like most of us, it is much more difficult for the reticent and introvert protagonist Arthur to feel the warmth of Delhi. But is the fault only of the city, or its dwellers? Or is there an interplay of multiple issues that are normally brushed under the carpet, but however need to be confronted, and dealt with? The answers are multifold, and the play tries to deal with these uncomfortable questions and answers. It is the first time that writer and director Janani Ray dealt with an issue which perhaps is close to her heart. Accompanied by a motley group of youngsters, whom she helps provide basic computer and English classes through her NGO AICURD, Ray enthralled the audience in the Capital with the capitavating performance and story.last_img read more

How to Pause Windows 10 Updates for Up to 35 Days

first_img Get to the Advanced Startup Options Menu How to Stop Windows 10 for Automatically RestartingIn order to finish installing many updates, Windows wants to reboot and will sometimes do so on its own if you don’t change the settings.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:5200:52Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  Disable Internet Explorer More Tips by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Pause Windows Updates for Up to 35 Days Save Netflix Videos for Offline Viewing Newer Windows 10 builds allow users to press pause updates for up to 35 days. Of course, that’s not to say you should actually use it. Most updates are security fixes that patch holes and remove vulnerabilities from your system. Pausing the updates means you’re running vulnerable software, which obviously isn’t ideal. So generally, you should either allow automatic update or update Windows 10 manually. There are occasions, however, (like vacations), that you don’t really have the time to update, and pausing makes sense.Here’s how to pause Windows 10 updates; use the information wisely.1. Open the Start Menu.2. Select Settings.3. Click Update & Security.Advertisement4. Choose Advanced options under Windows Update.5. Toggle the Pause button to On. Set Compatibility Mode for Apps All Windows 10 Tips Next Tip »» Clear the Run Command’s History Uninstall and Restore Built-in Apps ✖ Save Netflix Videos for Offline Viewing Windows 10 Annoyances and Problems Disable Password Prompt on Wake Stop Skype’s Annoying Auto Updates Worst Windows 10 Annoyances «« Previous Tip Disable Internet Explorer Use Battery Saver Use Battery Saver Roll Back Windows 10 to an Earlier Versioncenter_img Next Tips »» Turn Off App Notifications Fix a ‘Boot Configuration Data File is Missing’ Error All Windows 10 Tips Restart without Rebooting Use Battery Saver Windows 10 Annoyances and Problems Disable Automatic Driver Downloads Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your PC Delete a Locked File Repair Windows 10 Downgrade to Windows 10 S Fix a Boot Configuration File Error Downgrade to Windows 10 S Disable or Enable Grayscale Mode Fix a Slow-Opening Windows Downloads Folder Disable Personalized Ads on Microsoft Sites and Apps Restore a Missing Battery Icon Remove the Lock Screen Access the BIOS on a Windows 10 PC Disable Cortana Pause Windows Updates for Up to 35 Dayslast_img read more

Young bisexual men are finding it the hardest to come out new

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Wikipedia5.5% of American women and 2% of men identify as bisexual. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Lack of role models’ for bisexual men2015 San Francisco Pride Parade: Bisexual contingentBisexual men have agreed that it can be harder for them to come out.Corry Wiseman told GSN: ‘Bi men struggle to come out because they worry about not being accepted by either community. There is the near-constant battle against bi erasure.‘I can’t lie and say these problems completely disappear if you’re “out”. However, the freedom of living without having to hide any part of yourself more than makes up for that.’William Shillibier, a journalist, wrote a column for Gay Star News about his coming out.He wrote: ‘It just feels like as a man, all the stereotypical negative responses to someone being bisexual – it’s a phase, it’s a stepping stone to being gay, you can’t like both, which one do you prefer – are amplified.‘It’s also quite difficult to put your own bisexuality into words sometimes and even something as simple as that can rattle around inside your head and make it seem like you’re doubting yourself.’Read moreThe Bi+ Manifesto Would Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?Study reveals different masturbation habits of gay and straight peopleWhy do bisexual people hide their sexuality more than gay people?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Young bisexual men are finding it the hardest to come out compared to their female and their gay and trans peers.A survey of 11,000 people aged 18 to 29 has found gay men are twice as likely to have come out.The survey also found women are twice as likely to identify as LGBTI and be open.Bisexual men are finding it hard to come outBisexual flag. | mary / FlickrJulia Taylor, from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, led the study.‘Research shows there are certain issues that are present for gay and lesbian people as well as bisexual people,’ she told Hack.‘But there are particular protective factors for gay and lesbian people that bisexual people aren’t privy to.‘If gay and lesbian people come out and things don’t go so well for them… they do have a big vocal community to find support and that’s something bisexual people don’t have.’‘More and more so bisexual women are depicted in television and literature… although it’s still minimal,’ she added.‘But for bisexual men it’s completely invisible… there’s a lack of role models.‘When you’re deciding something as difficult and personal as coming out, looking up to people who have lived through it is a really important thing. When there’s no role models for bisexual men, that’s a real hindrance to the coming out journey.’last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 02, 2013 Civco’s Protura and Varian Integration Display Motion Management Systems at ASTRO 2013 October 2, 2013 — Civco Medical Solutions demonstrated the integration between the Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System and Varian’s Clinac iX and Trilogy medical linear accelerators via the Varian Motion Management Interface at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting. Civco’s Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System remotely repositions patients with robotic six degrees of freedom giving Varian Linac users the ability to achieve sub-millimeter positioning accuracy from outside the treatment room. Protura’s integration with Varian treatment technology automatically opens the relevant patient information in Protura software, drawing it from Varian’s 4DTC System, which automatically loads patient shift data to match Varian’s On-Board Imager (OBI) kV imaging system, and imports the Varian pedestal location.  Combined with Civco’s comprehensive motion management solutions, Protura is optimized to handle the rigors of a busy clinic while improving efficiency and throughput.Civco’s team of motion management experts demonstrated additional treatment solutions and how they simplify the clinician’s workday and improve workflow and efficiency between imaging and treatment. These solutions for head, neck, breast, lung, abdomen and prostate were featured at ASTRO:Universal Couchtop Long Extension (UCT LE): provides seamless imaging and treatment planning with dosimetrically matched couchtops that feature a large, junction-free and artifact-free treatment area. The unique profile of the UCT LE allows Civco’s SBRT Body Pro-Lok bridges to attach directly to the couchtop, enabling a seamlessly integrated SBRT immobilization platform. trUpoint ARCH SRS/SRT System: provides non-invasive, rigid and secure immobilization of the head.  Multiple immobilization methods are used, allowing the clinician to customize each setup based on the patient and clinical protocols.Body Pro-Lok SBRT Immobilization: allows for customized setups utilizing bridges that secure directly to the couchtop, eliminating the need for overlays and ensuring equivalent setups between CT and treatment. The Body Pro-Lok System provides a simple, modular and reproducible foundation for any high-precision SBRT program, adapting to any department’s needs.FreedomView Thermoplastic Mask: provides pre-cut eye and mouth holes allowing the patient to see clearly and breathe easier.  Rigid immobilization is maintained through the use of reinforced strips and smooth edges provide comfort around eye and mouth holes. The unique open pattern, balanced with a traditional rigid mask design, creates the stability that head and neck treatments demand.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Tiger expected to fly from Avalon

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Avalon Airport will reportedly be Tiger Airways’ new hub, the carrier expected to shift its Melbourne operation from Tullamarine to the airport.While it hasn’t been officially announced, The Age cited senior airline industry sources saying the low cost carrier would make an announcement of the move within the next week.The industry insiders said around five to seven of Tiger’s domestic daily flights were likely to operate out of Avalon to leisure market destinations such as the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Perth.However, it is believed the board of the carrier is yet to sign off on the deal with the airport.Tiger Airways Australia spokeswoman Vanessa Regan would not confirm the move but said the budget carrier was currently “talking to a number of airports around the country, including Avalon” about its future growth plans.last_img read more

Jet Airways Aeromexico sign codeshare MoU to promote travel between India and

first_imgJet Airways and Aeromexico has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines cooperation in the areas of enabling codeshare flights and frequent flyer programs. The MoU was signed by Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways and Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico, on the sidelines of the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cancun, Mexico.As part of the arrangement, both carriers will code on each other’s services between India and Mexico via common gates in Europe (London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam). To begin with, Jet Airways will place its marketing code ‘9W’ on Aeromexico flights from London Heathrow to Mexico City. In turn, Aeromexico will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ direct services from London Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi.Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, said, “We are confident that this new codeshare partnership will stimulate the demand for business and tourist travel between India and Mexico. The new relationship between Jet Airways and Aeromexico illustrates our commitment as well as strategic efforts to continuously strengthen our network, connecting India with the rest of the world as well as providing opportunity and convenience to our guests who can now connect to Mexico from India via our European gateways and vice versa.”Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, added, “It is a great pleasure for us to settle this code share partnership with Jet Airways that will build new bridges and connect Mexico to India more easily. This achievement is a manifest of our will to continuously offer new flight destinations to our passengers. Also, by connecting with an important country as India, Aeromexico creates new cultural bonds and tourism exchange between both nations.”This comprehensive MoU signed between the two carriers, also includes cooperation in the area of reciprocal Frequent Flyer benefits for members.last_img read more

The Cardinals had no semblance of a running game

first_imgThe Cardinals had no semblance of a running game, gaining just 29 yards on 15 carries. Arians admitted after the game that they should have run more, but Lindley didn’t want to use that as a crutch.“I wouldn’t put anything on that, or use that as an excuse,” he said. “I think part of the reason for that is when you’re in the second half and you’re down a couple of scores, you have to pass the ball a little bit. You can’t sit on it.”After trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Cardinals threw 29 times in the second half and ran the ball on only six occasions.It’s unknown if Lindley will get another start in next week’s regular-season finale on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. The hope is that Stanton, who was inactive for Sunday’s game, will be healthy enough to play. But if Lindley gets the call, he’ll be ready to go.“At the end of the day, there’s another opportunity next week. We’ll get after it,” he said. “Like (Coach Arians) said to us today, we’re in the playoffs. It’s not like this is the end of the road or this is the end-all, be-all for us. “We have another opportunity next week to get better and we’ll see who we play, given what happens around the league, who we play a week after that.” The Cardinals had a golden opportunity midway through the second quarter. On a third-and-goal from the 4-yard line, guard Ted Larsen committed a false start penalty. From the 9-yard line, Lindley’s pass to John Brown was incomplete and Arizona settled for a 27-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro. They had the lead, yes, but a touchdown may have changed the complexion of the game.“We had a shot,” Lindley said. “We had that one nice drive where we got down there. We’ll look on film to know for sure, we’ve just got to punch it in. “That’s going to fall on my shoulders; getting the ball in the right place and the other guys getting the ball in the end zone.”Head coach Bruce Arians didn’t pin the offensive struggles on his inexperienced quarterback. “I think he needed some more help. He put us in position sometimes,” he said. “He didn’t jump offside on third-and-goal from the four, that’s for sure. Points were going to be at a premium for us.“But, overall, he did about as well as I expected. He threw one bad ball there at the end for the interception, but that’s it.” – / 17 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s almost cruel to have a home game this important only to have to go into it with a third-string quarterback making only his fifth NFL start.That’s the scenario the Arizona Cardinals found themselves in Sunday night when they hosted the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks with a chance to clinch the NFC West crown and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. With Carson Palmer out for the season and Drew Stanton unavailable with knee injuries, Ryan Lindley — who spent a good portion of the season on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad — got the call to start. It didn’t go well against a Seattle defense that is playing at a championship level. Lindley completed 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception in a 35-6 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. While the Cardinals weren’t very good in any area of the game, the third-year pro out of San Diego State took the bulk of the responsibility.“We’ll look at the film and see where specifically we can make more plays, but the buck starts and stops here,” Lindley said. “For me, that’s not how I wanted to go out and play and I know we’ll get better going forward.”Seattle’s defense dominated the game, holding the Cardinals to two field goals, 216 total yards and just 20 percent (3-of-15) on third-down conversions. They also intercepted a pass and sacked Lindley four times.“That’s a good group. They’re the No. 1 ranked defense in the National Football League, so they’re the cream of the crop,” Lindley said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to go out and you’ve got to execute. This is a job and you’ve got to be a professional.“The coaches set up a good game plan for us to succeed and there were some things, starting with myself, that we didn’t execute.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineVisit London, the official visitor organization for Britain’s beloved capital city, brought the tradition of afternoon tea stateside today.Hosted at New York’s Time Warner Center from 9am to 5pm, members of the public were invited to join Visit London for complimentary tea and biscuits—and to start planning their next trip across the pond. The event is part of the organization’s “Only in London” campaign, now in its second year, which celebrates the unique experiences that only London can offer.Perfect for spring, the vibrant, interactive space was filled with delicate floral arrangements that promised to add a bit of London panache to every guest’s day. In addition, travelers and shoppers who stopped by for a spot of tea were entered to win a trip to London—and a chance to experience the real thing for themselves.For more information, go to read more