KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A member of the Afghan government’s peace negotiating team is warning the Taliban that if they don’t resume peace talks in Qatar soon, the government could recall the team before a deal is reached. Government negotiator Rasul Talib said in a press conference the team is waiting for the return of the Taliban leadership to Doha, Qatar, where a second round of peace talks began this month but has made little progress. He asked the Taliban to “stop spreading baseless remarks” and return to the negotiating table. There was no immediate response from the Taliban.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton to Land in Germany & the NetherlandsThe world is wide enough for Hamilton! Stage Entertainment is working on German and Dutch versions of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit. According to Volkskrant, it will however, be at least three years before the Tony-winning musical reaches the stage in the two countries. The first international production of Hamilton is scheduled to begin performances at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre next year.Party With Mel B on New Year’s EveWhoopee! Mel B begins performances as Roxie in Chicago on December 28, but you’ll also be able to ring in the New Year with her. Scary Spice will be spicing up co-hosting NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly in Times Square; the broadcast is set to feature special performances from musical superstars Alicia Keys, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton.Condola Rashad to Star Opposite Chiwetel EjioforTony nominee Condola Rashad, who will next be seen on Broadway in A Doll’s House, Part 2, has boarded the cast of Netflix’s Come Sunday, Deadline writes. The film, headlined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, follows the true story of a well-known evangelical minister in Tulsa, who reveals that hell doesn’t exist.Bryce Pinkham Gets FancyHoliday Inn’s Bryce Pinkham and Lucas Caleb Rooney will co-host Zara Aina’s fourth annual Big Ol’ Fancy Pants Benefit on December 12. The pair founded the organization to help at-risk children in Madagascar expand their capacity for achievement through theatrical performance and storytelling. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theater and include performances by Pinkham and more; you can buy tickets here.Comet Scribe’s Second New York ShowThe Great Comet’s mastermind, Dave Malloy, will soon have another tuner playing in New York. Beardo, with book and lyrics by Jason Craig, music by Malloy and directed by Ellie Heyman, is set to make its Big Apple premiere at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. The Russian indie rock musical, which examines royalty, peasantry, sex, dirt, grandeur and hemophilia, is scheduled to play a limited engagement February 3, 2017 through February 26. Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments
Information Session for Sports-Related BusinessesTo Preview All Sports, Recreation & Fitness ExpoRegistration Deadline Nears for Vermonts New Sports ShowBusinesses that provide sports, recreation, fitness or wellness products or services are invited to attend a preview meeting on Aug. 15 or 16 for the All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo which will be held October 20-21 at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.Whether you would like to exhibit, demonstrate, entertain or lecture or all of the above at the All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo, we encourage interested businesses to attend our event preview for this new show, said Tom Oddy, Director of Special Events at Champlain Valley Exposition.Well have representatives from all our partners in the show to talk about the costs and outreach opportunities designed for the education and entertainment of active Vermont families, couples and individuals, he said.All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo is endorsed by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau and the Vermont Sports & Events Council, Vermont Sports Magazine, with gold medal sponsorship by the Green Mountain Glades, the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) and The Soccer Center.The first informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Montpelier Room at Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. The second will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 am in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at Champlain Valley Exposition.There will also be more than 60 seminars and demonstrations by experts in the sports, recreation and fitness industry at the October show. The Expo will be supported by an aggressive advertising, promotion and public relations campaign to bring quality, active and focused consumers to the Expo, Oddy said. Exhibitors who sign up by Sept. 1 will be listed in the printed program for All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo.During this all encompassing two-day show, Oddy explained, exhibitors will display and provide information on the latest equipment, services, venues, leagues, teams, associations and related supplies for sports, recreation and fitness enthusiasts. In the three seminar rooms, on the indoor field turf, climbing walls and even on the plastic ice surface a variety of demonstrations and seminars covering literally every aspect of the sports, recreation and fitness world including martial arts, hiking, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, fitness, football, stretching, ultimate frisbee, rugby, kayaking, rock climbing, sports psychology, sports medicine/training, sports nutrition, action sports, extreme sports, Pilates, yoga, snow sports, skating, golf, skateboarding and more!Organizers say this will be one of New Englands largest sports, recreation and fitness educational events & consumer-trade shows and will provide a venue for industry professionals and consumers to come together to highlight opportunities and impact for our active lifestyles in the region and State of Vermont. A sampling of current exhibitors include Vermont Lake Monsters, Vermont Outdoor Guides Association, 100 on 100 Heart of Vermont Relay, American Red Cross, Best Western Waterbury Stowe, Best Western Windjammer Hotel and Conference Center, Catamount Trail Association, Curves, Eddie’s Energy Bars, Extreme Adventures of Vermont, Fitness Options, Vermont Frost Heaves, SG Fitness, Sports & Fitness Edge & Physical Therapy, Green Mountain Glades, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, RehabGYM, Vermont Eye Laser, Vermont Chapter of American Physical Therapists and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.For more information about registering for The All Sports, Recreation & Fitness Expo on Oct. 20-21, contact Suzie Petrie at Champlain Valley Exposition, (802) 878-5545 or by email, [email protected](link sends e-mail).
Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Creamline kept its title aspirations alive after turning back Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town The Cool Smashers pulled out all the stops and tied the three-game series at 1-1.From a close 8-6 affair in the start of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers upped the ante and built a 16-10 lead courtesy of Kuttika Kaewpin’s back-to-back crosscourt kills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMichele Gumabao pushed the envelope further later in the fourth set scoring two consecutive points for Creamline for the 23-15 lead.“I think it was shown in today’s game that everyone really wanted this win,” said Creamline captain Alyssa Valdez. “Everyone who played, our teammates in the bench, even the coaching staff wanted to win.” Risa Sato put the Cool Smashers to the 24-15 match point off Jia Morado’s perfectly timed set and Kaewpin finished things off with an off-the-block kill.Gumabao put up a game-high 18 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Valdez had 15 points.Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt also finished in double figures for Creamline with 14 and 10 points, respectively.Madeline Palmer and Myla Pablo had 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Lady Warriors.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
Whatever happened to survival of the fittest? Our ancestors were much stronger, says the author of a new book on anthropology. PhysOrg reported on a book by Peter McAllister that says today’s males don’t measure up physically to their counterparts even a century ago, let alone those in the Roman empire and earlier. “According to McAllister humans have lost 40 percent of the shafts of the long bones because they are no longer subjected to the kind of muscular loads that were normal before the industrial revolution,” the article said. “Even our elite athletes are not exposed to anywhere near the challenges and loads that were part of everyday life for pre-industrial people.” Cro-Magnon men were taller, more fit and had bigger brains than the average man of today. Neanderthal women could have easily whipped Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle, he claims. Records show that even in recorded history men had better overall fitness on average. Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male blames our inadequacies on our sedentary lifestyles. It’s a good thing we are not competing against ancient people in the Olympics. McAllister says Greek rowers in their trireme ships could outperform today’s world-class rowers. He wrote of “Roman soldiers who completed the equivalent of one and a half marathons a day, carrying equipment weighing half their body weight, and Australian Aborigines who could throw a spear over 10 meters further than the current javelin world record.” Even a century ago Rwandan men and Australian natives could have eclipsed modern track and field records. Today’s champions merely outcompete one another in a bad lot. “Even our elite athletes are not exposed to anywhere near the challenges and loads that were part of everyday life for pre-industrial people.” McAllister claims modern weaknesses are reversible with the right kind of diet and exercise. The benefits can accrue to individuals as well as populations.There are still ethnic groups today who show what humans are capable of. Remember the sherpas in the 06/17/2005 entry? (see also 10/31/2007, bullet 4). It’s understandably hard to live optimally with today’s hectic urban lifestyles that subject both men and women to mental stress in a sitting position (e.g., sitting in traffic hurrying to get somewhere, working at a computer all day). Each individual needs to assess their fitness level and improve as opportunity allows. We suggest vigorous walks in nature, up and down hills, carrying a load when possible. Whatever McAllister’s book shows (and it is undoubtedly oversimplified), it is not showing that evolutionary progress is occurring. Read the Old Testament and study ancient civilizations for amazing feats of strength and endurance. It’s startling to think of the extreme ancient monuments around the world that were built without petroleum and electromagnetic power. Darwinian anthropology creates a mindset that we are evolving upward from the apes. That runs diametrically opposed to the Biblical worldview that says creation was perfect at the beginning, but was cursed and is running downhill. Old testament people lived for centuries. It is more credible to think that mutational load over millennia of exposure to cosmic rays and other mutagens is taking its toll. Scientific and engineering knowledge can accumulate to counter these trends, but that’s intelligent design, not evolution. We’d better take care of what we have left.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The enterprise is potentially months away from a significant crisis, a slow-moving malaise that will weaken the efficiency of accessing a company’s data and intellectual property. In the worst case scenario, companies could lose information forever. And yet few enterprise IT vendors are paying any attention.The problem is that employees are busily stashing data all over the place, in all sorts of cloud services, which is leading to what Huddle CEO Alastair Mitchell calls a “fracturing of the enterprise brain.”“This is my massive prediction for 12 months from now,” Mitchell says. “When employees are storing stuff in the cloud, and using something like 15 different cloud storage tools to do it, their corporate knowledge, their brain, is destroyed.”To be sure, Mitchell has some skin in the game, since Huddle is an enterprise content-collaboration platform that leverages content to provide collaboration and storage services. It’s doing pretty well at it, it seems, landing some big enterprise customers and demonstrating enough security to add the UK Ministry of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the user rolls.Despite the self-interest, though, Mitchell raises some good points. The problem he highlights is very real.Who Knows What?Employees are the keepers of knowledge within a company. Want to run the monthly payroll? The 20-year-veteran in accounting knows how to manage that. Building the new company logo? The superstar designer down in the art department is your gal. When such employees leave the company, it can be a bumpy transition, but usually not impossible, because the data they’ve been using lies on the corporate file server and can be used to piece together the work that’s been done.Of course, that’s based on the premise that, for the past couple of decades or so, data has essentially been stored in one of two places: on the file servers or the employee’s local computer.Today, though, people store data in a variety of places, not all of it under the direct control of IT. Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive or a company’s cloud on Amazon Web Services… all ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous services that make it all too easy for an employee to stick the data for that Q4 fiscal report out in the cloud. Or leave the travel expense report from HR attached to the original email message so you can find it later.But what happens a couple of years later, when an employee has left and a company audit needs those Q4 2012 report data files? That data is out of IT’s reach. A quick call may be able to get that data back, but what happened to that data when it was sitting out in some storage account for those two years? And what if the former employee is unreachable?The Daily Time-SuckThe problem crops up even without employees leaving the enterprise. On a day-to-day basis, workers themselves increasingly struggle with the problems of finding data. Where did I put that latest template for the expense report? My document folder? In the project folder? In Dropbox? Oh well, I’ll just email HR for another copy.Time wasted, again, and redundant effort from the worker and the people that have to help workers replace data they already have. Yes, this might take just five minutes, but how many times does this happen every day?Services like Huddle, or on-premise cloud storage services like ownCloud, attempt to avoid the problem by enabling IT to set up easy-to-use storage and collaboration that enterprise IT can keep tabs on at all times. Microsoft SharePoint and Alfresco also offer centralized storage and collaboration, but enterprise social can have problems of its own.But here’s the rub: With the introduction of every new separate social, collaborative or storage service, the problem actually gets worse, because it sets up yet another location for data to live. Without a truly universal service-bridging search tool or the potential to integrate these services, the fracturing of the enterprise brain will only continue.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Amazon Web Services#cloud storage#Dropbox#Huddle#ownCloud IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
The ruling Congress on Wednesday won eight seats in the by-elections to 17 wards of 15 urban local bodies held in a total of 11 districts of Rajasthan on June 10. While independent candidates supported by the Congress won two seats, the BJP registered victory in five wards.By-elections were held to fill the vacant positions in certain wards of municipalities and municipal councils in Jaipur, Alwar, Bhilwara, Sri Ganganagar, Bharatpur, Churu, Karauli, Hanumangarh, Bundi, Dholpur and Sirohi districts. A total of 14 municipality and three municipal council wards were contested in these districts.The Congress candidates won in Behror, Khairthal, Jahazpur, Indragarh, Sujangarh, Nohar, Shahpura and Hindon local bodies, while candidates supported by the party won at Gajsinghpur and Rawatsar.Rajasthan Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said the bypoll results were an indication of people’s faith in the State government’s welfare policies launched after the December 2018 Assembly elections. However, the Congress lost all the 25 seats in the State to the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.We won more seats: BJPBJP spokesperson Satish Punia said the number of seats won by the party had increased as the BJP earlier held only three of the 17 wards where by-elections were held. He alleged that the Congress government had “misused the resources” to win the bypolls after its failure on the law and order, agricultural loan waiver and water and power supply fronts.
APTN National NewsIt’s a disease becoming more prevelant in Aboriginal communities.And it’s time to start talking about cancer so First Nations are teaming up to do just that.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.