Minister instigated looting: Tripura villagers

first_imgAbout 300 people of West Tripura district, who had fled the area after their homes were torched and looted over the alleged molestation of a girl, said on Saturday that they were scared to return.They alleged that the looting and ransacking of their houses in Lalit Bazaar locality under the Ranir Bazaar police station limit was instigated by Revenue Minister and prominent tribal leader N.C. Debbarma.Mr. Debbarma, president of the Indigenous People’s Front Tripura (IPFT), declined to comment on the charge. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC was promulgated in the area for 48 hours from 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sub-divisional Magistrate Subhasish Bandopaddhyaya said.A group of tribal youths started torching and looting houses only after the Minister’s visit on Friday, said the villagers who have taken shelter in a school. “The ransacking and looting of our houses started only after N.C. Debbarma visited the spot. He came here at 9 a.m. and looting of our houses started around an hour later,” 50-year-old Samena Khatun alleged.Scared to returnSulekha Khatun, aged 45, said, “My house was set ablaze, my belongings looted. I do not want to return. Let the police shoot me dead. I will not return.” The conflict began when a girl, along with her boyfriend, had come to Ranir Bazaar area on Thursday from a nearby locality to see Durga idols there and four youths allegedly molested her and snatched her phone. The girl and boy went back to their locality and returned with a large group of people who tried to attack the houses of those who reportedly molested the girl. The four accused were arrested on Friday but the attack on the village continued. A large contingent of police has been deployed in the area.last_img read more

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US Open Tests Retract Roof

first_imgNEW YORK — For once, U.S. Open organizers were hoping for more rain.With the retractable roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium set to be ready in 2016, they planned to use last year’s tournament as a rehearsal, analyzing the forecasts then discussing whether they would or wouldn’t cover up at a particular moment.Then there was only one day of significant rain.“I wish we’d have had worse weather so we’d be better ready for this year,” Gordon Smith, the U.S. Tennis Association’s executive director, said with a chuckle.USTA officials gave an update on construction Feb. 29 at Flushing Meadows, where the second half of the Ashe roof and the new Grandstand will be completed in time for the first matches Aug. 29.Wimbledon and the Australian Open already have retractable roofs over their main stadiums, with plans in place for the French Open to add one.Smith said organizers in London and Melbourne have passed along advice on how to decide when to close up.The U.S. Open expects to use the roof only for rain, unlike the Aussie Open, which also does so in cases of extreme heat.A meteorological crew on site should be able to accurately predict rain within about 20-30 minutes, Smith said.What he doesn’t want to see is an overly cautious approach where the roof closes frequently when rain isn’t likely.“We want this to be an outdoor tournament; we want to keep the roof open if at all possible,” he said. “We will run a little risk of getting some rain on the court in order to keep this an outdoor event, to keep the competition fair for everybody.”If the court gets wet before the roof closes, the delay will be about 30 minutes, said Danny Zausner, the Chief Operating Officer of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.The stoppage will be more like 15 minutes if it closes before the rain starts. The roof’s two retractable panels take about seven minutes to slide shut.The fabric stretched across the roof provides the added benefit of shade for many spectators at Ashe. More shade also comes from other parts of the project — from canopies above many seats of the new Grandstand, which is on the opposite corner of the complex from the old one and increases capacity from 6,000 to 8,000, and from additional trees dotting the walkways of the tennis center.The old Grandstand, the Open’s third-largest venue, will sit empty during this year’s tournament, then will be demolished afterward. Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second-biggest facility, will also be torn down at that time.The new Armstrong won’t be ready until the 2018 tournament, with capacity increasing from 10,000 to 14,000.For the 2017 Open, a temporary stadium that can seat 8,500 will be erected in the parking lot adjacent to the old Grandstand.The new Armstrong will also have a retractable roof. Unlike Ashe, it will not be climate-controlled: Ventilation panels will allow air to flow through.The demolition of the old Grandstand will open up more space for spectators, with construction on the south side of the complex also creating more room.Ten outer courts were torn up and repositioned, widening a walkway from 10 to 40 feet. A new food court will also be added there.(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Figueiras joins Olympiakos from Sevilla

first_imgPortuguese defender Diogo Figueiras has joined Greek champions Olympiakos, the Piraeus team announced on Wednesday.“Olympiakos announces the acquisition of Diogo Figueiras from Sevilla,” said a brief statement from the club.Greek media reported that the 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract with an annual wage of 500,000 euros.Olympiakos reportedly paid the Spanish side a fee of 1.5 million euros.Figueiras played for Italian club Genoa last season on loan from Sevilla.He made 78 appearances from 2013 to 2015 for Sevilla and has also played for Portuguese teams Moreirense, Pacos de Ferreira and Pinhalnovense.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Weeden Stats Update

first_img Photo Attribution: KT KingBefore the season started I made some predictions about how the Cowboys would fare this year, and specifically how prolific Brandon Weeden would perform in his senior campaign.I looked like a fool coming out of the gate after he looked average against Louisiana but everything came together last weekend in College Station for, surely, the most spectacular half of quarterbacking OSU has ever had.Let’s take a look at where we are with some of those predictions I made as well as a few other Weeden superlatives through four games.I said Brandon Weeden…Would throw more TDs than he did last year (34) – On pace for 32.5, easily within reach.Would break the completion percentage record he set last year of .669 – Currently at an absurd 74.3%Would be in New York City on December 10 – I’m going to be the conductor of this train until it happens or we careen off the tracks.Would become OSU’s all-time leading passer – Needs to average 243 the rest of the way. I’m pretty confident that’s going to happen.Would set the career TDs thrown record this year – Needs 18 more to tie Zac. That’s definitely hanging in the balance, but I say he gets it. Hell, he might throw for 7 or 8 against KU and Baylor.Weeden currently has more passing yards than 71 other teams have total yards.He leads the nation in attempts per game (48) and is on pace to throw 621 times this year which would break the school record he set last year by 110 throws. BJ Symons says, “so?”He leads the nation in completions per game (36) and is on pace to complete 462 passes which would break his school record by 120 completions.Only eleven other QBs have completed more passes in an entire year than Weeden has through four games.On Sunday Pat Jones said this about Weeden:This guy might be Barry Sanders playing quarterback.Pat is confused and sounds like he’s just trying to spew hyperbole because to compare someone, statistically or otherwise, to Barry Sanders is not a good basis for any argument.The point remains though, that the aged gunslinger from Edmond is conjuring up historical comparisons the likes of which we’ve never seen come through Stillwater. I hope you’re enjoying the ride.This post is part of a season-long series on the Heisman hopes of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Click here to read more.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Nagelsmann expects Wagner deal with Bayern soon

first_imgTransfers Nagelsmann expects Wagner deal with Bayern in ‘next week or two’ Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 06:13 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sandro Wagner, Germany Getty Transfers Bayern München Hoffenheim Bundesliga The striker has been sounded out by the Bavarians as a backup for Robert Lewandowski, meaning a move back to his first club at the age of 30 Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann said he expects striker Sandro Wagner to seal a move to Bayern Munich in the “next week or two.”The 30-year-old has expressed a desire to return to Bayern, where he came up through the academy before moving on in a career that has seen stops at several different German clubs. Bayern have been in the market for a second striker to help support Robert Lewandowski, and negotiations for Wagner have been ongoing since last month.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Nagelsmann has now admitted those talks are close to wrapping up, with Wagner set for a return to the Bavarians. “We don’t have to lie about it. I’m expecting this will happen in the next week or two,” Nagelsmann said after a 1-1 draw against Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday.The draw meant Hoffenheim were eliminated from the Europa League after the group stage. Wagner made his debut for Germany in 2017 after scoring 11 Bundesliga goals in the 2016-17 campaign. This season the striker has six goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

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NASA satellite uncovers first nearby superEarth

first_imgWashington: Scientists have characterised the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system located about 31 light-years away. The super-Earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was discovered in early 2019 owing to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to comb the heavens for exoplanets, according to the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “This is exciting, as this is humanity’s first nearby super-Earth that could harbour life — uncovered with help from TESS, our small, mighty mission with a huge reach,” said Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy at Cornell University in the US and a member of the TESS science team. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The exoplanet is more massive than our own blue planet, and Kaltenegger said the discovery will provide insight into Earth’s heavyweight planetary cousins. “With a thick atmosphere, the planet GJ 357 d could maintain liquid water on its surface like Earth, and we could pick out signs of life with telescopes that will soon be online,” she said. Astronomers from the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, both in Spain, announced the discovery of the GJ 357 system in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They showed that the distant solar system — with a diminutive M-type dwarf sun, about one-third the size of our own sun — harbours three planets, with one of those in that system’s habitable zone: GJ 357 d. Last February, the TESS satellite observed that the dwarf sun GJ 357 dimmed very slightly every 3.9 days, evidence of a transiting planet moving across the star’s face. That planet was GJ 357 b, a so-called “hot Earth” about 22 per cent larger than Earth, according to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, which guides TESS. Follow-up observations from the ground led to the discovery of two more exoplanetary siblings: GJ 357 c and GJ 357 d. The international team of scientists collected Earth-based telescopic data going back two decades — to reveal the newly found exoplanets’ tiny gravitational tugs on its host star, according to NASA. Exoplanet GJ 357 c sizzles at 127 degrees Celsius and has at least 3.4 times Earth’s mass. However, the system’s outermost known sibling planet — GJ 357 d, a super-Earth — could provide Earth-like conditions and orbits the dwarf star every 55.7 days at a distance about one-fifth of Earth’s distance from the sun. It is not yet known if this planet transits its sun. Kaltenegger, doctoral candidate Jack Madden and undergraduate student Zifan Lin simulated light fingerprints, climates and remotely detectable spectra for a planet that could range from a rocky composition to a water world. “We built the first models of what this new world could be like. Just knowing that liquid water can exist on the surface of this planet motivates scientists to find ways of detecting signs of life,” Madden said. “If GJ 357 d were to show signs of life, it would be at the top of everyone’s travel list — and we could answer a 1,000-year-old question on whether we are alone in the cosmos,” Kaltenegger said.last_img read more

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The characters in Idomeneus have been through war and so have the

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Michelle Monteith, left, Frank Cox-O’Connell, right, and Jakob Ehman, front, with the Idomeneus Chorus in Soulpepper’s Idomeneus. (JOSE JOHN) Advertisement They’ve been through the wars.Ten actors in the Soulpepper Theatre company face the audience, standing on black gravel against a stained concrete back wall. The black box of the theatre that surrounds them is also mottled and dirty (set design is by Lorenzo Savoini). They’re wearing shades of grey: contemporary clothes designed by Gillian Gallow, covered in what looks like paint, dirt, maybe bird dung. It clings to their faces and hair, too. They look exhausted but determined, and they stare at the audience for an uncomfortably long time. This is the opening image of Alan Dilworth’s striking production of Idomeneus, a poetic drama that retells the story of the titular Cretan king’s return from the Trojan War. While Homer’s Iliad tells a happy version of this tale, other versions narrate his fate and that of his country very differently. The preoccupation of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is this narrative instability: over 70 minutes various versions of his story stop, start and layer over each other.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Damian Lillard Hit A SeriesEnding GameWinner For The Ages

With how lopsided many of these first-round NBA playoff series have been, it would have been understandable to want the Thunder-Blazers matchup to continue beyond Tuesday, both because of its star power and because of the sheer back-and-forth competitiveness it displayed.But if the series had to end quickly, at least it went out with a bang: with Damian Lillard finishing not only with 50 points, but also with one of the greatest, most cold-blooded buzzer-beaters in NBA history — perhaps the most difficult one to ever end a playoff series, all things considered.This wasn’t Lillard’s first game-winner to end a series. He hit a more conventional one, coming off a screen for a lightning-quick catch-and-shoot opportunity, to knock out the Houston Rockets in 2014.But with Tuesday’s dagger, the Portland star finished off former MVP Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City club, literally waving goodbye to the visiting Thunder after nailing a shot just to the right of the Blazers’ half-court logo, a full 37 feet away from the basket. A shot from that distance would be difficult enough to knock down wide-open, let alone with an All-NBA defender like 6-foot-9 Paul George contesting it.“That’s a bad shot, I don’t care what anybody says. That’s a bad shot,” a defiant George told reporters after Oklahoma City fell, 118-115, putting an end to the five-game gentleman’s sweep.But in a way, that’s what made it such a spectacular one. Lillard wanted to take that shot. He had more than 10 seconds to make something else happen — to drive to the hoop for a closer look, or to potentially call a teammate over for a screen to get more space — and chose not to. Instead, he opted to let the clock run down to the final two seconds, took a side-step to his right and let it fly from 37. Ballgame.And despite George’s proclamation, that Lillard’s game-winner was a “bad shot” that went down anyway, consider this: Lillard had been doing stuff like this all series long. In fact, the buzzer-beater made Lillard an unthinkable 9-of-15 for the series from 30 feet and beyond, according to Second Spectrum. It’s part of the reason Lillard has been the most valuable player this postseason thus far.We’ve been critical of the Blazers and their roster construction at times in the past. A team built mostly around Lillard and CJ McCollum seems flawed, both because of the tough shots the guards rely on (especially when playing longer-wing defenders like Jrue Holiday last year) and because of the duo’s shortcomings on D. There have been some redeeming qualities present in their teamwide defense — the Blazers have been elite for years at limiting quality looks on that end of the floor. Still, the club’s calculus figured to get a lot tougher without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who somehow had avoided serious injury in the past but then succumbed to a season-ending one just weeks before the playoffs began. And it didn’t help that the club entered this postseason having lost 10 playoff games in a row.Yet if Lillard can play anywhere close to this level going forward, it requires at least a brief reevaluation of everything. He had 34 points in the first half alone on Tuesday and hit three of his four attempts from 30-plus feet, including the one that sent the Thunder packing.Lillard’s ability to sink those shots — paired with Oklahoma City’s surprise that he’d even have the audacity to try them in some cases — was one of the key reasons Portland ran away with the series 4-1. The Thunder allowed him too much cushion, largely because defenders haven’t adjusted to the realization that Lillard, with nearly limitless range on his off-dribble jumpers, has arguably become the closest thing we have to Golden State’s Stephen Curry.Curry, Lillard and Atlanta rookie Trae Young were the only three players in the NBA to take more than 40 3-point attempts from 30 feet and beyond this past regular season, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Curry shot an impressive 31.1 percent, while Lillard hit 30.6 percent of his tries from that distance. (Young, promisingly, made 34.6 percent of his.)After the game, Lillard told reporters that his trainer, Phil Beckner, had him work on longer-than-usual 3-point attempts — closer to half-court — while working out in Oklahoma City earlier in the series. “I’m telling you, you’re gonna hit one of these,” he recalled Beckner saying.And unfortunately for the Thunder, that one — which might have been a bad shot for just about anybody other than Lillard — was enough to end their season in the most brutal way possible. read more

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West Coast Berbice man allegedly commits suicide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice pensioner succumbs to injuries after being struck by lorryMarch 27, 2018In “Crime”ROAD CARNAGE CONTINUES: 21-yr-old killed in Berbice accidentMay 17, 2016In “latest news”Berbice man who allegedly stabbed wife to death arrested on ECSeptember 28, 2018In “Crime” A 20-year-old West Coast Berbice resident who is also attached to the Guyana Police Force, allegedly took the decision to end his life on Sunday evening after reportedly being “harassed” about his sexuality.Dead: Shivraj HarilallDead is Shivraj Harilall also known as Peter of West Coast Berbice and Georgetown. He reportedly hung himself.While details remain sketchy, INews was informed by friends of the now dead man that he took his life on Sunday evening, after a night of imbibing with a group of people.Harilall, in his inebriated state reportedly disclosed to his friends his intentions to end his life after he was reportedly being harassed about a photo which was leaked onsocial media, of him allegedly kissing another man.However, they reportedly took him home, after thinking they had “talked him out of it.”An investigation has been launched. read more

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Donlin Creek battle continues in Alaska

first_imgNovaGold’s Donlin Creek project is one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold deposits, in a joint venture with Barrick Gold (NovaGold 70%, Barrick 30%). As current manager of the project, Barrick has budgeted $87 million for the project for 2007, which includes a 70,000 m in-fill drill program and further development work. Barrick has indicated it plans to complete a first feasibility study for the project, which would be the basis for converting the Measured and Indicated resources to Proven and Probable Reserves. Barrick also plans to complete the work necessary to submit a draft Environmental Impact document next year to start the environmental assessment process. NovaGold says it continues to believe that Barrick cannot meet the back-in milestones required to earn an additional 40% interest in the Donlin Creek project. “By November 13, 2007, Barrick must complete a final, bankable feasibility study and make a Board decision to construct a mine producing not less than 600,000 oz of gold annually. NovaGold believes Barrick cannot deliver a meaningful construction decision, plan or budget without completing the environmental assessment process. NovaGold’s lawsuit against Barrick on Breach of Contractual Obligations and Breach of Fiduciary Responsibility is currently before US Federal Court in Alaska.last_img read more

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Alexco Environmental partners to cleanup legacy uranium mining and processing sites in

first_imgAlexco Resource Corp’s wholly-owned US subsidiary, Alexco Water and Environment (AWE) has entered into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Colorado Legacy Land LLC (CLL) to become the Operator of Responsible Charge for the Schwartzwalder mine and the former Cañon City uranium mill reclamation and clean-up projects located approximately 45 miles northwest and 115 miles south of Denver, respectively. The two projects comprise a total of approximately 3,300 acres of freehold land which are subject to a mine reclamation permit and radiation materials licenses.As part of the MSA, AWE, on a fee-for-service basis, will be responsible for all work to complete the reclamation obligations assumed by CLL associated with the regulatory closure, environmental compliance, investigation and clean-up for the Schwartzwalder and Cañon City properties.  The scope of services to be performed by AWE will be jointly developed by CLL and AWE through annual work plans to meet regulatory and clean-up requirements under the Schwartzwalder mining reclamation permit and radiation materials licenses, and the clean-up plan that is being developed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process for the former Canon City mill site. AWE will be responsible for the implementation and execution of all the components within those work plans.Paul Newman, Managing Director of CLL, commented “Alexco’s experience in mine closure, water treatment, radiation management and clean-up services, and brownfields remediation provides CLL with a partner that can achieve the best remediation outcomes for these sites, and support the best possible reuses that will benefit our neighbouring communities. We are pleased to have this expertise to energize these clean-up and reuse projects.”Clynt Nauman, Alexco CEO and Chairman commented, “We are very pleased to be working with CLL to actively clean up these long standing and relatively high profile contaminated areas.  This long-term agreement is expected to take more than ten years to complete and generate revenue in excess of $20 million for AWE while underpinning the ongoing growth of our US environmental group. We remain committed to growing our environmental business by providing a range and quality of services to clients across North America, which is complementary to our mining business and clean up of legacy environmental issues at our Keno Hill Silver District in Yukon, Canada.”With ongoing growth in both its environmental and mine-related business units, Alexco has strengthened its management structure through the appointment of James Harrington to the position of President of Alexco Environmental Group (AEG) where he will be responsible for executive, strategic and technical leadership of AEG and its various subsidiaries. In a related management change, Linda Broughton, currently Vice President, Projects for AEG, will be appointed Vice President, Technical Services for Alexco in support of mining operations at the Keno Hill Silver District. Ms. Broughton will also be appointed to the position of President of Alexco’s subsidiary, Elsa Reclamation and Development Company, where she will lead the implementation of the reclamation and closure plan for the legacy environmental liabilities in the Keno Hill Silver District.last_img read more

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The origin of the species Dragons

first_imgWelcome back to Geek.com’s Origin of the Species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction or horror races or species, going in-depth exploring their origins in fiction, mythology and etymology. Check out our previous installments on the history of orcs, zombies, and robots!Thanks to Game of Thrones, we are currently in the midst of what is, quite possibly, the most dragon-saturated period in pop culture history. Not that we’re complaining though! As even the youngest children can tell you, dragons absolutely rule. They’re like big, magical, fire-breathing dinosaurs. What’s not to like? But while you may very well be familiar with the Targaryens’ pets, devious old Smaug from the Hobbit, or even the difference between metallic and chromatic dragons in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons… we’re guessing you might not be as familiar with the creatures’ deeper origins.When discussing dragons and their place in pop culture, literature, and mythology, the first thing you need to understand is that there are two competing dragon traditions. Though they have, in more recent years, heavily impacted one another, cross-pollinating many different ideas about the beasties. They are an example of parallel evolution, arising, as best we can tell, completely independently of one another. Though the terms aren’t entirely, unimpeachably accurate, for the ease of discussion, we’ll be referring to these as European and Chinese dragons.The European dragon is, understandably given the Euro-centric focus that America has had for most of its history, the more popular of the two, at least on this continent. European dragons are generally seen as big winged lizards, typically capable of breathing fire and, more often than not, in possession of a horde of gold or other treasure. They have not only four legs, but also a completely separate set of wings sprouting out of their back. Big lizard monsters with two legs and a pair of wings? Those would be wyverns, which might be a shocking revelation to those who mostly know of dragons from Game of Thrones.But the most important facet of the European dragon, the thing that separates it most distinctly from its Chinese cousin, is the fact that they are, traditionally, and typically evil. While more recent fictional explorations of dragons depict the creatures having a variety of alignments (in Dungeons & Dragons, chromatic dragons are generally evil, while metallic ones are good), going all the way back into antiquity, the European dragon has been seen as a terrible threat, one to be overcome and vanquished by a brave hero. It’s the knight/dragon dynamic that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever heard a fairy tale or two.But it’s the origins of this dynamic, however, that make the European dragon so fascinating. While we refer to the beast as European, once examining where the concept came from, we learn that it’s a bit of a misnomer, as this particular interpretation of the dragon has its origins in the Ancient Near East. Canaanite, Hittite, and Mesopotamian mythologies all feature an important clash between a hero, representing the forces of order, and a dragon-like creature, representing those of chaos. This is a foundational bit of human myth-building, and it spread like wildfire not only through the Middle East, but in Europe and Northern Africa as well.This trope, referred to by the German name Chaoskampf, meaning “struggle against chaos,” can be seen in Thor’s fight against the Midgard Serpent, Zeus vs Typhon, the Egyptian chaos god Apep and, perhaps most notably, numerous times within the Judeo-Christian tradition. While dragons today are most frequently depicted as giant lizards, originally they were more serpentine in nature. Understanding this fact will lead you to see dragons practically everywhere in the Bible and Christian tradition, including Adam’s run-in with the devil in the Garden of Eden, the archangel Michael’s fight against a dragon in the Book of Revelation, and even Saint George’s legendary slaying of a draconic beast. These stories were all influenced and inspired by this much older mythological trope, and they, in turn, went on to inspire countless stories of European dragons as vicious, cruel antagonists.This depiction is contrasted sharply with that of the Chinese dragon. While it is also serpentine in nature, perhaps even more so as it has resisted the evolution that the European dragon has and typically does not even possess wings, the Chinese tradition sees the dragon as a benevolent creature. They are normally depicted as wise and capable of human speech, with some traditions even crediting them with teaching language to humanity.The Chinese dragon, like Chinese characters and that culture’s take on Buddhism, spread throughout East Asia, most notably in Japan and Korea, where the predominant view of the creature is in keeping with that of their neighbors. The dragon is seen as a sign of good luck, and is closely connected with the Chinese emperor, with multiple myths, tales, and even proverbs and expressions prominently featuring the creature in a warm fashion.The Chinese term for a dragon, long, should be familiar to anyone who is a fan of the Dragon Ball series, which prominently features Shenlong, a take on a specific dragon from Chinese mythology. This difference in depiction explains why the Shenlong is so far removed in both aspect, behavior, and motivation from most dragons in the European tradition.Which form of dragon do you prefer? Do you have favorite dragons from pop culture, fiction or mythology? Make sure to tell us about them in the comments below.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. There are no dragons in there as of yet, but you never know… Find Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

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Worlds First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019

first_imgStay on target Jetpack racing will soon be a thing. After 12 months test flying to determine whether its jetpacks can be flown safely in close proximity to each other, JetPack Aviation (JPA) has announced the launch of its racing league for 2019.In a video released last week, JetPack Aviation had two of its pilots fly together in formation. It’s the first time in history two jetpacks have flown together.“We are all really excited about this, it is the first time in history that two jetpacks have flown together, we’ve done a huge amount of testing and now it’s time to get racing,” JPA CEO and chief pilot David Mayman said in a press release.JPA will invite qualified teams to participate in trials during 2019. The JPA jetpacks used in the racing league are capable of flying at over 200 mph, according to the company.“We are also in discussions with inventors of other VTOL aircraft to determine whether their aircraft are appropriate for the league,” said Mayman. “We love turbine VTOL technology and want to see the league become a place where other companies can also demonstrate their contribution to the future of transportation.”Mayman told New Atlas that the races would “initially be held over water for safety’s sake, with a plan to go over land within a couple of years.”Teams will need at least three jetpacks – or similar devices – to participate in the racing league, said Mayman. They will need to either buy or lease the equipment from JPA if they don’t have their own gear. JPA in that case would provide pilot training and maintenance of the jetpacks.JPA expects the sport of jetpack racing to grow rapidly.“It’s possible for trained and skilled pilots to fly within inches of each other while doing incredible speeds,” said JPA Operations Manager and JetPack pilot Boris Jarry. “It’s an extraordinary thrill for the pilot and the audience will love the sight and sound – we sound like a group of fighter jets going past.”More on Geek.com:$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersThis 21-Year-Old 3D Printed a Working Underwater JetpackWatch a Tesla Model 3 Get Assembled from Start to Finish You Can Now Preorder the World’s First Flying Motorcycle for $380,000This 21-Year-Old 3D Printed a Working Underwater Jetpack last_img read more

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Samir will remain at Udinese until 2023

first_imgThere is an official statement from Udinese that the Brazilian international playing for them, Samir Caetano de Souza Santos has extended his contract with the club until 2023.Samir, the Brazilian center-back had joined Udeinese from Flamengo, and has since become a significant feature for the club after he had spent a period of loan at Verona an also Italian club. He has supported the defense of Udinese after he picked up a steady role from them after his return from being loaned to Verona.“Samir and Udinese go forward together,” a statement on the club website stated, according to Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“General manager Franco Collavino and technical director Daniele Pradè announced the extension of the Brazilian defender Samir, who has reached 56 appearances with the Bianconeri.”This means that Samir’s contract has moved on to 2023. He will stay on with Udinese until the time to contribute his ability to their side in the Serie A.last_img read more

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Deputy Speaker of House Labour Case Awaits Verdict

first_img JENGTEN AWARDED $13,000 IN LABOUR DISPUTE Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Related Items:belonger, josephine connelly, labour tribunal, nicola jentgen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2014 – The Labour Tribunal will likely set an important precedent when it reveals its ruling in the case of Tropical Auto and Nicola Jentgen; a high profile labour matter as it involves the country’s Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Josephine Connolly. Jentgen, who is from Jamaica told Manetic Media she did not file the complaint to get her job back… she wants to paid compensation of seven month’s salary and accrued vacation after a sudden termination in January which she believes was motivated by something other than denial of a worker’s permit. In a final submission, attorney for Tropical Auto, Joe Connolly explained that what Jentgen was asking of his company would have been in contravention to the law, and actually exposes that the Immigration Ordinance and the Labour Ordinance clash. While Miss Jentgen, who represented herself, is under the strong impression that her labour clearance also meant she had legal status in the country, when I checked in at the Labour Department it was explained that a labour clearance does not do that… in fact, I was shown documentation that employers are in writing informed: “You are advised that the issue of a Labour Clearance does not in any way constitute approval to commence employment.” Mr Connolly said Tropical Auto was instructed to find a Belonger to fill the post and with the denial of Jentgen’s work permit, that is what they did. Nicola had been working at Tropical Auto eight years. Presentations on the matter concluded yesterday at the Tribunal. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Art Forbes continues as Labour court judge Recommended for youlast_img read more

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CW Business Earns Fortinet Platinum Partner Recognition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Feb 2016 – MIAMI, FL, February 22, 2016 – C&W Business, part of Cable & Wireless Communications, Plc (CWC), today announces it has been recognized as a Fortinet Platinum Partner. To receive Platinum status, C&W Business demonstrated that it had successfully achieved all Fortinet certification requirements and training programmes needed to deliver the highest levels of partnership, performance and commitment. As a certified Platinum partner, C&W Business are experts in delivering Fortinet’s superior, next generation multi-threat security solutions to their customers across the Caribbean and Latin American region. C&W Business has a proven track record of delivering managed security services over a vast range of advanced security technologies, such as Web Application Firewall, Email Security, DDOS protection, Advanced Persistent Threat protection, among others. C&W Business offers unparalleled skills in the region, with local resources across 26 countries and experts with the highest certification levels across the board. C&W Business has successfully deployed complex security solutions, using Fortinet’s technology, in large and medium companies from a number of different sectors –including Banking, Retail, Government and BPO.“This recognition as a Platinum Partner highlights our dedication to be the most complete ICT Solutions provider in the Caribbean and Latin American region. Security is a topic that is high in CIO’s minds and we take that very seriously,” said Daniel Peiretti, SVP Product Development, C&W Business. “We have focused in hiring and certifying security experts and giving them the tools necessary to ensure our customers enjoy peace of mind with their network”, added Peiretti. Security threats are on the rise so corporations and government agencies alike must do everything to protect their networks and their data. C&W Business employs security experts in their Security Operation Centers (SOC) throughout the region to monitor their network 24X7X365.“We are excited to recognize C&W Business as a Platinum Partner, based on their strong commitment to delivering innovative solutions that drive customer success,” said Pedro Paixao, General Manager, Latin America, at Fortinet. “C&W Business plays an important role in transforming customers, across multiple industries, into more agile, connected and secure companies that can rest assured their most important assets and the assets of their end-users are protected.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cable & wireless communications, Platinum Partnerlast_img read more

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Coconut Creek car crash injures 2

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A collision between two cars left two people injured in Coconut Creek, Sunday.The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department responded to the scene at Sample and Lyons Road, at around 5 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found two victims with minor injuries and one vehicle on fire.Crews extinguished the fire while paramedics treated the victims.The two patients were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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River otter sanctuary opens in Flamingo Gardens

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some adorable creatures are calling a new South Florida sanctuary home sweet home.The River Otter Breed and Release Program officially opened its new North American habitat in Flamingo Gardens, Saturday. The new North American River Otter Habitat officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Stop by the new… https://t.co/AR6xFdlPXn— Flamingo Gardens (@FlamingoGardens) December 2, 2016Thirty-nine pups have been born in the sanctuary since 1989, one of the most successful programs in the world. “We’re actually one of the most prolific breeders of river otters in the nation,” said Michael Ruggieri, Director of Wildlife for Flamingo Gardens. “Right now we house about eight river otters, and we’ve been raising money for the last 10 years to build this new exhibit. We’re all really excited about the otters getting a new home, and they seem like they love it.”The new habitat is twice as large as the old one, with an underwater viewing area, larger pond, several areas to build dens and a unique cypress tree slide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Governor Walker Talks Optimism In State Of The State Address

first_imgOne of the Governor’s other key priorities this year is to permanently change the way work is done in the Capitol by enacting his proposed budgetary reforms and transparency measures – including his legislation that would enact pay freezes if they ever push the state to the brink of a government shutdown again. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker, gave his fourth State of the State Address, on Thursday evening. During the address Governor Walker called on lawmakers to enable Alaska to control its own destiny by resolving our fiscal challenges during the legislative session that is now currently under way. Walker: “We make nothing on oil discovered but left in the ground. Access and production are key. We are now working to develop toll roads so exploration can take place 12 months a year rather than just in the winter months.” This year, the state saw the highest dollar bids on North Slope lease sales in over 20 years. Governor Walker also highlighted some highlights for the upcoming year including the AK LNG project. The State leads the project for the first time, and the Joint Development Agreement – signed with the presidents of the U.S. and China at the table – puts the project the closest to reality it’s ever been. Governor Walker: “Even with the challenges ahead, I remain the eternal optimist, and there is good reason for optimism. We have all the tools to control our own destiny and build a safer, smarter, stronger Alaska.” According to Walker one key primary focus of the legislature this year is to provide the infrastructure to develop our resources. “This is the customary role of government.” Governor Walker: “Passing a budget on time is not complicated. Other states do it on time. So can we.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp3VmJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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SpinMedia Buys Vibe

first_imgPeter Kafka at All Things D adds that the deal was done with equity, not cash.When SpinMedia bought Spin, then-CEO Tyler Goldman was initially circumspect about the print magazine’s future, but this time around Steve Hansen, who replaced Goldman as CEO in late 2012, says Vibe the print magazine will likely be shut down by the end of the year.Vibe, launched in 1993 by Quincy Jones, was most recently owned by The Yucaipa Johnson Fund,  a partnership between Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson. In early 2012 Vibe and Uptown brands were merged with BlackBook Media.  SpinMedia, a network of music and pop culture sites, has purchased Vibe magazine and reports are indicating that the brand will get the digital-only treatment Spin magazine received shortly after SpinMedia, then called BuzzMedia, bought it in mid-2012.According to The New York Times, SpinMedia has acquired the rights to the print magazine,Vibe.com and Vibevixen.com. More on this topic Vibe Kills Its Magazine (Again) Uptown, InterMedia Partners Acquire Vibe Say Media’s Troy Young Jumps to Hearst As New Digital Media Head Vibe Enlists Eminem to Boost Traffic, Users National Magazines Enter Local Content Market with Tech Platform Quincy Jones Wants Vibe BackJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

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