first_imgMore than 2,400 homes and businesses in Letterkenny have suddenly lost power this Halloween night after a major outage.Electricity went out at 8.52pm for properties in Gortlee, Glencar and surrounding areas of the town.ESB crews have been mobilised and are currently working on emergency repairs. It is estimated that supplies will be restored by 12.30am tonight.This is the second major fault in the area this week, as another outage struck on Wednesday morning. Major electricity outage leaves Letterkenny homes in darkness was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-53] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgFounder: Tomorrow TrustWhy is Kim a Community Builder?Kim Feinberg is passionate about empowering South Africa’s next generation, in every way she can.As the founder of Tomorrow Trust – an organisation that helps orphans and vulnerable children become self-sustainable through education – Kim is making a huge impact on the lives of thousands of children, many of whom are without any financial or emotional support.Kim believes that in order to help South African orphans and vulnerable children further their education through colleges and universities, they need financial, emotional and practical support – which is exactly what the trust aims to give them.In the end, Kim and her team hope that education will be the tool that releases these children from the charities they are forced to depend on.In her own words .“My hope and my dream for South Africa is that we all really see how special this country is, and how special our youth is, and if we all work together, we can create a country that is so wonderful to live in.”Fast FactsIt is estimated that by 2010, there will be approximately 25-million Aids orphans in the world.In 2007, South Africa achieved a 65% matric pass rate; matriculants in the Tomorrow Trust programme achieved an 82% pass rate.During the holidays, the children are bussed into the holiday school programmes where they are taught by private school teachers at private schools.In 2006, Tomorrow Trust started off with just over 200 students; today it has close to 1 000.How can I help?The trust is always looking for funding, volunteers, donations and more. To find out more, contact Tomorrow Trust or e-mail [email protected] published on SAinfo on 5 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

first_imgThere is a strong belief in the aviation industry that searchers scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 may find the Boeing 777 in the next four weeks.Last week the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s contracted survey ship the Furgo Discovery resumed the deep sea search in a location identified 11 months ago by a Boeing 777 senior captain as the final resting place of MH370.On December 22 Flightglobal, the world’s oldest and most respected industry magazine, published a mathematical and geometric calculation by Captain Simon Hardy, also a mathematician, which indicated precisely where, according to his calculations, MH370 came down.Captain Hardy’s recent refinements to the aircraft’s final descent profile puts it at S39 22′ 46″ E087 06′ 20″.MH370, with 239 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared on March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and the only trace so far is a small wing flap that was washed up on the Reunion Island earlier this year. Only human input.In his blog Flightglobal’s Consulting Editor David Learmount said that “for those seeking a reason to be optimistic following a discouraging 20 months of searching the ocean without a result, there is definite cause for renewed hope this time.”“The impressive fact about Hardy’s mathematics is that, despite hundreds of thousands of hits on the article containing his calculations, nobody has been able to blow a hole in them,” said Mr Learmount.“By 3 December Fugro Discovery expects to have completed the search of the area containing, according to Hardy’s calculations, the wreck of MH370 and the remains of those who went down with it.”“Captain Hardy says he says he is excited about the next month’s search, having invested more than a year of mental and emotional energy into working out where MH370 flew, and why. He wants it found,” said Mr Learmount.The location identified by Captain Hardy is just outside the initial search area of 60,000sq km but that area of interest was widened in April to 120,000sq km. Captain Hardy’s “location” is also at the extreme edged of the range of the MH370 given its fuel and passenger/cargo load.The search vessels have now covered over 70,000 sq km and with the weather improving the pace of the search is expected to pick uplast_img read more

first_imgA number of our customers want to store very large files in Amazon S3 — scientific or medical data, high resolution video content, backup files, and so forth. Until now, they have had to store and reference the files as separate chunks of 5 gigabytes (GB) or less. So, when a customer wanted to access a large file or share it with others, they would either have to use several URIs in Amazon S3 or stitch the file back together using an intermediate server or within an application.No more.We’ve raised the limit by three orders of magnitude. Individual Amazon S3 objects can now range in size from 1 byte all the way to 5 terabytes (TB). Now customers can store extremely large files as single objects, which greatly simplifies their storage experience. AWS has more competition than it ever has before but it still remains out front and shows no sign of giving up its leadership spot.Windows AzureWindows Azure represents Microsoft’s deep investment in the cloud. It showed this year with Steve Ballmer’s proclamation that the cloud represents Microsoft’s future. It is perhaps the most massive undertaking of any company cloud initiative. It is host to Office applications with Docs.com. It has the compute capabilities to be used for scientific research. It’s an app platform that is language independent. It looks like they got it right. It has an apps marketplace for data that developers can use to build apps. It’s a powerful combination and deserves inclusion in our top 10 list.Google Apps MarketplaceGoogle is achieving something significant with its Google Apps Marketplace. It is serving as an ecosystem for third party SaaS providers. Its success shows in its numbers. It has more than 200 apps and about four million users with access to the service. Services like SherpaTools strengthen the platform: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Heroku’s future looks bright. Its acquisition by Salesforce.com extends the reach for Ruby on Rail applications. Heroku has and will continue to play a significant role in validating the use of Ruby in the enterprise. It’s now a question of how it extends and works with back end systems.Salesforce.comSalesforce.com is now a platform company. This past week is testament to the role Chatter has played in the development of its strategy. Salesforce.com opened itself to a larger developer community by offering Chatter. It’s just a year old but its significance cannot be questioned. That became apparent earlier this year when it formed its alliance with VMware. VMforce is a java platform that integrates with Force.com. That set the company on a trajectory to adopt a platform strategy. Last week, in addition to its announcement about its acquisition of Heroku, Salesforce.com launched Database.com, a database environment for app developers. It’s an affordable environment. The developer does not need to invest in database technology. It is a stand-alone service available via its SOAP and REST APIs to any language on any platform or device – not just Force.com developers. We chose our top 10 services based upon what trends bubbled in 2010 and the companies and organizations that responded or even set the tone for the overall market.We looked at the entire landscape but with a particular focus on platforms.Platforms provide infrastructure and serve as developer ecosystems. Platforms are where apps are created and served. The platform ecosystem is a lot like a coral reef, an analogy we borrow from Dave Winer on occasion. Platforms attract services that cater to developers, enterprise managers and business users. These services include cloud management technologies, code repositories and identity systems.It’s through that lens that we picked our top 10.github The github services is a code repository that has skyrocketed in popularity. It’s a fountain of code, bringing life to websites and snippets of wonder that people spread all over the Web. It’s for professional developers and programming hobbyists. A new generation of developers are represented on github. They are there to stay. What they give to the community is of rich value to the entire cloud ecosystem. OpenStack This year’s new wonder of the open-source community originates from the folks at Rackspace and NASA who teamed up to build an open-source cloud development platform. Launched in July, OpenStack is available under an Apache 2.0 license. It is growing faster than most platforms do in the first year. This has to be in part due to the star power of NASA and the Rackspace presence in the cloud computing community. It has also been a masterful community development effort as illustrated by the number of developers participating. With the backing of dozens of vendors, the service will play a defining role in the evolution of open, cloud service architectures. OpenStack has awesome potential but the pressure is on to attract more partners and further grow the community. It is in the best interest of the cloud community to see this succeed. We need true, open platforms. It’s not enough to solely support open APIs.VMwareVMware defines a trend in the market for virtualized infrastructures as a standard way to access the cloud. These virtualized infrastructures require more than the data center to realize the potential of what cloud computing provides. For example, VMware’s Spring platform is proving to be a valuable way for enterprise developers to build applications based on Java code. It is serving as an app development gateway for enterprise developers who have traditionally built on a Java platform. It is helping lead the way for platforms such as Google App Engine, which has seen a marked increase in activity. Google and VMware formed an alliance earlier this year. VMware also teamed up with Salesforce.com, which in turn has created a way for developers to better launch apps off the Salesforce.com app exchange. This new service brings Salesforce.com into competition with Oracle not just in CRM but in Oracle’s oldest turf: databases. And it gives Salesforce.com a greater chance at extending deeper into the Microsoft installed base. A cloud service provides agility and speed for an enterprise. CEO Marc Benioff is the master in communicating the cloud’s value. Luckily for Benioff, Salesforce.com also has a team of smart developers. That gives Benioff a better opportunity to tell the company story. Look out – 2011 is going to be a big year for Salesforce.comSuccess FactorsSuccess Factors uses activity streams as a universal notifier and contact environment for employee productivity. It’s a different strategy than Chatter, which uses activity streams to enhance its customer relationship platform. Instead, it’s more about establishing a presence for every employee in the enterprise by offering a dashboard view. In October, the company made a big play into the business intelligence market with its acquisition of YouCalc, a SaaS service out of Denmark that does analytics across multiple applications, including Google Analytics, Mailchimp and Salesforce.com.Sucess Factors is a publicly traded company. It has a market share of about $2.5 billion and $200 million in annual revenues. It’s an application provider that provides third-party integrations. That’s not such a bad place to be when the market is turning as it is. Companies are using services to empower their employees. It represents a shift in spending that Success Factors seems primed to exploit.Amazon Web ServicesAWS is the barometer for all cloud service providers. It’s the pioneer in the cloud computing market but also the leader. By constantly optimizing, AWS is able to drop prices and add instances. The Cluster GPU instance, for example, allows companies to do operations for displaying complex graphics at high speed. This past week, AWS followed up on that news by offering more storage capacity for customers: Tags:#2010 in Review#cloud#cloud computing#Features#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams VMware’s next quest is to become a hybrid platform that provides Web services by offering lightweight technologies that work across multiple programing languages and platforms. VFabric is one of six new products that VMware announced at the end of August. VFabric is a set of integrated application services that include a lightweight application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. It’s a cloud platform that fits into other efforts to work with third-party service providers that offer extensions into VMware environments. These extensions means VMware can market itself as a hybrid cloud provider. That’s a good bet; it’s one of the smartest strategies we have seen from any cloud computing company this year. HerokuHeroku is the end-of-year darling of the cloud world after its neat acquisition by Salesforce.com. Neat meaning that Heroku is expected to receive $212 million in cash for its Ruby on Rails platform. The acquisition awaits approval by regulators.That’s a sweet deal for Heroku and Salesforce.com. The value is there. Heroku grew at a fast pace this past year. It is now delivering 105,000 apps from its platform. In November of last year it hosted 40,000 apps. That’s a marked increase and a bottom-line testament to Heroku’s success. It has an app ecosystem that extends through Apigee to the social powerhouses such as Twitter. It is built on the Amazon Web Services platform. Ruby developers are using it for powerful purposes. For example, Flightcaster is a service that checks your flight to see if it is on time. It can predict up to six hours in advance if your flight will be late. The app is on Heroku but uses the AWS Hadoop infrastructure to provide its optimization. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Apps Marketplace provides another example for how marketplaces can help create services that extend what a SaaS can offer. It also shows the strength of the Google apps suite. Cloud app marketplaces are fast emerging. Google Apps Marketplace is helping set the standard by embracing the open Web, OpenID and REST-based APIs. This gives customers ease of use and flexibility. That’s a critical combination that provides companies a level of agility that has in the past been rare to come by.TwilioTwilio is intriguing. It’s an energetic group of people who have embraced telephony in the cloud with more youthful energy compared to most companies we follow. This is a company that has a bounty of case studies for how the platform is applied. We think of it as an idea engine that demonstrates how messaging is becoming a new communications system for people. Messaging can be done through SMS or through apps that trigger information that needs to be presented in a specific context. Twilio also makes money. Its API provides ways for developers to create services that can be charged to the end user. That’s a huge market opportunity. Twilio is right there to take advantage of it.Thanks to everyone for their support in the development of ReadWriteCloud. Our community has grown quite a bit in the past year. We value your continued interest. We look forward to a new year with more coverage and insights to help you get a picture of the market, its technologies and the trends that are fueling significant innovation.last_img read more

first_imgEpisode 1 — The Media PageNobody likes listening to an introduction to a tutorial, but there are two factors that need introduction. The first: I am a certified Resolve trainer, and what I’m teaching you is an incredibly condensed version of what Blackmagic taught me to train new editors on this platform. The second: this is an incredibly condensed crash course; I think it’s disingenuous to say that you will be proficient with Resolve after a 30-minute YouTube series. However, what you will have is the knowledge and the foundation of how things work and how to perform enough tasks to set you on your voyage to becoming a skillful Resolve editor.For example, in episode one, we will be looking at the media page and importing media files. There are going to be several advanced options, such as importing based on EDLs or importing with a source code offset. However, I’m not including these advanced elements in the crash course because it would increase the overall length of the series dramatically.In episode one, we’re going to look at creating a new project, importing media, organizing your media, and the metadata panel.Creating a New ProjectWhen you first load Resolve, you’ll see the project manager. This is where you’ll open, create, import, and export projects. Note: this isn’t where you’ll save projects in a folder-based sense as with Premiere. All of your projects save to a database, but we’ll look at that in our settings episode.To create a new project, you can either hit the untitled project icon or right-click and select “create a new project.” Both methods take you to the same place: the media page. The media page is where you will import and organize all of your media, and with every iteration of Resolve, it’s become more and more user-friendly — to the point where you can now drag a file from your desktop and drop it into your timeline while on the edit page. Way back when, you had to import files from a specified media destination.This is the media page, the first of six, and it was only two years ago that it was only the first of four. First, we’ll head to the media browser in the top left corner of the page.This is where you’ll navigate your media drives to find your footage, music, stills, and so forth. Resolve’s interface is very user-friendly, and you’ll find that if you need extra space to view the panel, 95 percent of the time, you can extend it by either hitting the “panel extension button” here . . .. . . or by dragging the panel edge. To say there aren’t many ways to import your footage would be an understatement, and you may think that it’s a bit ridiculous, but you’ll be surprised at how useful each method is.Importing MediaFirst, let’s import a single media clip. I’ve navigated to my stock footage folder, and I need to import an aerial image of a forest. To find the clip, there are several ways that you can change the way you browse your media to suit your needs. We can increase or decrease the size of the icons, we can rearrange the order in which they display, we can switch to a list view (perhaps if you’re able to tell which file you need from specific metadata), and we can choose which metadata to display by right-clicking on any category titles. Of course, we also have the search bar, which is great if the file has already been named.If you scrub your mouse over the thumbnail, you can see the contents of the clip. However, it’s rather small, right? Well, a recent and fantastic addition is the “live media preview,” which you can activate in the top right of the preview monitor by clicking the ellipsis. As a general rule, you can find these ellipses throughout the different pages, and they will always be tucking away an abundance of options. I’m going to activate the live media preview, and now when we come back to our clip and scrub over the top, you’ll see the clip appear in the preview monitor. You don’t have to click it or import it; you can scrub through the contents by merely activating the live preview function. (If you have a sub-par computer, perhaps leave this function off.)Within the preview monitor, you can also display the audio waveform — either at full length or zoomed in. This is useful when you’re trying to find something specific in your clip that relates to a sound. With my clip selected, I can drag it from the preview monitor into the media pool, or I can right-click and choose “add to media pool.”You can highlight several clips, or you can individually select multiple clips by holding control and then importing them using the previous methods. Browsing from folder to folder doesn’t have to be difficult either. There are going to be situations when it’s impractical to import the entire contents of a folder, but navigating the folder can become tedious because it’s deep within a folder ladder. If you have any folders on your desktop, like After Effects textures, stored in your After Effects folder, in turn stored in your composting folder, in turn stored in your filmmaking folder . . . well, you get the point.You can favorite folders by right-clicking a folder in the media storage browser and selecting “add folder to favorites.” When you’ve done that, the folder will then appear in the favorites section, allowing you to quickly enter the folder without the annoyance of making your way through several folders.And while we’re on the topic of folders, we should note that you can also import an entire folder and its contents by right-clicking on it and selecting “import folder.” And then there’s this option: import folder and sub-folders into bins, which takes us into the next section of the media page — bin management.Media OrganizationThere’s no denying the importance of organized media for your edit. It makes finding content easier, and it will decrease the amount of administrative work you have to do. In Resolve, folders that will store your media clips and timelines are called bins, and you create one by simply right-clicking and selecting “create a new bin.” You can do this in the media pool or the bin panel. Like creating folders on your desktop, you can create an entire hierarchy of bins within your media pool to keep your audio and video clips organized.Have you already gone through the process of organizing a folder hierarchy on your desktop? If so, don’t worry, because you import the folders and create bins at the same time. You right-click on a folder and select “import folder and sub-folder” (create bins). Resolve will then import all of your media and create bins based on the storage of the media files on your desktop or portable drive.The way you can import and organize your media is excellent. Fantastic, for lack of a better word. But we can take it a step further with Resolve’s built-in filtration system: smart bins.My favorite way to describe smart bins is that they are mostly like smart playlists in iTunes. You know the playlists where you could get songs automatically added depending on a number of properties, such as genre or date released? Well, Smart Bins are the same, but more powerful. So to create a smart bin, you right-click in the smart bin panel and, of course, select “smart bin.” The smart bin menu will pop-up, and now you choose what you want to filter from your media pool.You can quite literally use any element associated with media files, from resolution to format to the bit depth. This is great when you’re working with many media files and they’re mixed format but indistinguishably named.MetadataThe final panel on the media page we’re going to look at is the metadata panel. If it’s not visible, you guessed it: hit the metadata panel. And here you will find all the metadata associated with the selected media clip.Now, if Resolve is your first non-linear editor, there may be little reason to open the metadata panel. However, throughout this episode, I’ve pushed a consistent theme: the media page is for organizing your edit. If your clips lack metadata, and most DSLR/mirrorless camera footage does, then here you can add data that will be helpful for when it comes to searching for that content in the edit.At first, you may only see the clip details, which you cannot edit, but to get to all sections of the metadata, just click the icon below, and select “all groups.”This shot was from an Ursa Mini, and I was able to add a few elements of data through the camera itself, such as the location properties and the name of the film. But here in Resolve, I can now add some extra elements, such as “best take but sound issues” — or something along those lines. Then when it comes to the edit, and you start to cut your footage, you’re not going to have to go through the entire clip to see if this was the take with lousy sound.And that’s it: the media page. Now, you should be able to import your media in a variety of different ways and get it ready for your edit.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Color Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveRevive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster ToolsHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer In this first part of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we’ll get you started with . . . well, what you need to get started.DaVinci Resolve is quickly becoming the hottest NLE on the market, which isn’t surprising since you can download a copy for free with access to  90 percent of its features. However, while most free versions of programs like this offer a simplified form of the premium version, DaVinci Resolve does not. As a result, loading up the software for the first time can be very daunting.Enter our editing crash course.To get the full benefits of the course, we recommend you watch the tutorial series. 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first_imgThe traditional analogy between the Chinese and their legendary inscrutability now seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of folklore. The Chinese have, if last fortnight’s events are any confirmation, become absolute masters at the art of the diplomatic about-face, an art that is being practised in Beijing with,The traditional analogy between the Chinese and their legendary inscrutability now seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of folklore. The Chinese have, if last fortnight’s events are any confirmation, become absolute masters at the art of the diplomatic about-face, an art that is being practised in Beijing with unnerving regularity. Till last week, Sino-Indian relations seemed to be rapidly on the mend, symbolised in their most visible form by the tremendous rapport established by the 450-odd Chinese contingent to the New Delhi Asian Games with the watching Indian public.The Arunachal dance performance that China objected to: Puzzling makeThe fact that China had picked on an event as obscure and innocent as a dance troupe performance to make a diplomatic issue of clearly revealed a scant regard for Indian susceptibilities.In fact, it was obvious that even the Asiad organisers were making an extra effort to woo the Chinese delegation which included two deputy ministers. In rather blatant preference, the Chinese contingent was feted at a reception held at the Asiad Village after the Games, and each member was presented with a specially-crafted souvenir watch in appreciation of their “contribution to Sino-lndian friendship”. But by the time the watches, and their wearers, were back on Chinese soil, Sino-lndian friendship once again paled in the public gaze.Unjustified: The provocation, however, was clearly unwarranted and, in retrospect, clumsily conducted. On December 8, four days after the Asian Games wound up and less than a month before India and China were scheduled to hold talks on the border disagreements. China’s official news agency, Xinhua, accused India of “using an international sports meet to spread a discreditable claim to territory along the Sino-lndian border”.advertisementThe event the dispatch referred to was the two dances presented at the closing ceremony by a contingent from Arunachal Pradesh – formerly the North-East Frontier Agency where Chinese soldiers intruded in the 1962 war, and an area claimed by China. Xinhua said the state (Arunachal) was “established by India in 1972 and not recognised by Beijing”.The commentary went on to state that “the presentation of these two dances was therefore not to merely delight the Games participants but a deliberate step to propagate India’s sovereignty over the state and to legalise it…” In diplomatic terms, the Chinese stand was in extremely bad taste and, at first, incomprehensible. It also, understandably, took the Indian Government, and everybody else, by considerable surprise. The Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman refused to comment on the issue in his daily briefing – an indication that the reply and its tone were being carefully crafted in the bowels of South Block.But it was clear that India could hardly take the comments in a reclining position. The fact that China had picked on an event as obscure and innocent as a dance troupe performance to make a diplomatic issue of clearly revealed that any excuse would have done just as well. The fact that it was done just before the two sides were to meet for official talks means that China has scant regard for Indian susceptibilities.Indian Response: In the event, the Indian reply was – in tone and content – the only suitable one that could have been made. In what was one of the most strongly-worded statements to emanate from South Block in a long time, the Indian Government referred to the Xinhua commentary as “perverse” and said that it “runs counter to the spirit guiding the effort to improve relations. We reject the commentary and all its implications.”The statement went on to say that “over 14,000 square miles of Indian territory are under the illegal occupation of China. On the initiative of India, official talks have been undertaken on the boundary question, which has to be resolved for normalisation of relations between the two… countries it is beyond comprehension that an official agency of the Chinese Government should object to such a normal event…”The Chinese comment was not. however. so incomprehensible as it was disturbing. Over the past year, relations between the two countries had slowly been restored to an even keel, and this one event threatened to cancel all the gains in a single stroke. Further, India has never denied that there is a border disagreement and has always taken the stand that it can be resolved by negotiations. The Chinese outburst, on the contrary, implied that Beijing’s territorial claims in Arunachal were definitive and the final word – an attitude that India was hardly likely to accept without protest.Cancelled Trip: The protest, however. was not confined to the verbal. The Chinese Ambassador in New Delhi, Shen Jian, was summoned to the Foreign Office and coldly handed over the official protest.advertisementTwo days later, the Government cancelled the visit of a three-member official delegation to China headed by former Lok Sabha speaker, B.R. Bhagat. The delegation was intending to take part in the Kotnis Memorial functions which started in Beijing last week.Mrs Gandhi and Buta Singh with victorious Chinese gymnasts: Blow hot, blow coldAccording to Subramaniam Swamy, the opposition MP who was meant to be a member of the delegation, the decision to cancel the event was taken for two reasons. “For one, it would have been very awkward for us to have gone there and not raised the subject of the Xinhua commentary. Secondly, we were not quite sure what kind of reception we would get, and the Foreign Ministry felt that to avoid any embarrassment, it would be better if we cancelled the trip.” Swamy, like most observers, feels it was the right decision and described it as a “temporary set-back”.Immature Act: The editorial writers in the national dailies have been unanimous in condemning the Chinese action as immature and unwarranted, but none of them has been able to offer any rational explanation for the move.In diplomatic terms, the Chinese gesture was as puzzling as it was poorly timed. One reason being put forward in some offices in South Block is that China was concerned at India’s sudden emergence as a threat to their regional dominance. The internationally acknowledged success of Asiad and the elevation of India as chairman of the non-aligned club are two instances being cited to underline the point. Historically, however, there are precedents for China’s ill-timed action. Last year, the Chinese Government refused a visa to the speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly. T.L. Rajkumar, who was scheduled to accompany a parliamentary delegation to study China’s family planning programme.In South Block, however, the view at the end of last week was that the Chinese action should not come in the way of any future bridge-building exercises with that country. To make the Chinese side aware of this without losing face, the Government used the rather clever ploy of telephoning their ambassador in Beijing, rather than sending him a coded cable as is usual in cases such as this. The Government knew full well that the Chinese would be eaves dropping on a phone call from the Indian Foreign Office to their man in Beijing.The message sent was that the ambassador should carry on with preparations for the official-level talks next month in Beijing, to be headed by Shankar Bajpai, and inform the Chinese Government that as far as they were concerned, the talks were on and last week’s friction should be no barrier. However, even if the talks do come off, it is clear that each side is currently uncertain and wary of the other’s intentions, and the matter of resolving the border dispute, now in its second decade, will be for future history to record.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLincoln boss Cowley: I tried to sell Chapman to Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLincoln City boss Danny Cowley appreciated the response from Everton rival Marco Silva for yesterday’s FA Cup defeat.Everton managed to edge Lincoln 2-1.”I was trying to sell him Ellis Chapman, our 17-year-old who came on and played that lovely pass, and was seeing if he fancied giving us a couple of million for him,” Cowley said with a smile.”But seriously, he was really positive with everything. He said how well we had defended without the ball and how good our structure and organisation was and that we were as difficult to play against as any Premier League team he’d played against this season, which was really kind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick was delighted with his winning goal against Everton.Hendrick made it two goals in four games as he volleyed the Clarets to a 1-0 victory over the Toffees at a joyous Turf Moor.“We had to dig deep,” Hendrick said. “The sending off did help is a little bit and that’s when we had to be patient, keep the ball and try to wear them out. We looked to set pieces and thankfully I got the goal.“We came back after the last international break and there were four good games there for us.“There are no easy ones and we have to take each one at a time. But we looked at them and thought we could put some vital points on the board, and we’ve done that. We have stepped on and put some great points on the board.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Little-used guard Anton Gill emerged during this year’s NCAA Tournament, helping Louisville top N.C. State with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting and two steals in just 11 minutes of play. That game ended up being the defining one of his brief Louisville career, as the former Top-50 recruit announced that he intended to transfer from the program, where he averaged just 9.4 minutes per game in 2014-15, after the season. While there were initially thoughts that Gill would transfer closer to a school in North Carolina to be closer to home, Gill is actually heading farther west, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.Louisville transfer Anton Gill told ESPN he has committed to Nebraska.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 5, 2015Nebraska had a disappointing 13-18 season in 2014-15, after a breakout 2013-14 in which Tim Miles’ team went 19-13 and made the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps a talent like Gill can help replace the void left by star Terran Petteway, who has declared for the NBA Draft.last_img read more