No one trusts Nitish Kumar now: Tejashwi Yadav

first_imgFormer Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, who been handling the affairs of his party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, since his father Lalu Prasad was sent to jail in December last year, has proved his mettle with the party winning the byelections in Jokihat and Araria. He speaks about the current political scenario and Opposition unity. Excerpts:RLSP leader and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha skipped the NDA dinner in Patna on Thursday. Is there any space for him in the RJD-Congress alliance?If you were to look at Upendra Kushwaha’s ideology, he should not be in the NDA at all. His place is here in our camp. He formed a human chain to protest against the education system in Bihar. We too feel strongly about it and we supported him. Mr. Kushwaha backs reservation, while BJP Minister Anant Hegde and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have publicly spoken against it. If he comes we will sit and talk. He has to take the first step.Do Nitish Kumar’s recent statements on demoneti-sation indicate that he is uncomfortable in the alliance with the BJP?He is very uncomfortable! This is his style to communicate his discomfort. The BJP does not include him in the decision-making process. There are many things the BJP does not like about Nitishji and that he doesn’t like about them. They are very selfish people. This is just a contrived arrangement that they arrived at to put the RJD out of power.If Nitish Kumar does walk out of the NDA, will you keep the door open for him?Why should we keep the door open for him? And what is the surety that even if somehow he does join our alliance that he won’t go back to the BJP? Look at his record. In the last four years, he has had four governments allying with all the major parties. He does not have a vote bank. People say inke chehre ka kamaal hai [his face pulls in the votes], but the bypolls prove this theory wrong. We were very sure that he would not go back to the BJP when we formed the mahagatbandhan, but he did. No one trusts him now. Even his own MLAs can never be sure on what his next move is going to be.Most of your tweets and statements are directed at Nitish Kumar? So who is the primary political enemy, the JD(U) or the BJP in Bihar?Nitish Kumar does not have any credibility. I only react to him when he says anything to me. The main problem in Bihar and all over the country is the BJP! If the BJP comes to power again in 2019, they will ruin our Constitution. If there is no peace, there can be no prosperity. With the BJP in power, there can be no peace. On the one hand, they create the Ambedkar Museum to say that they are with the BJP but when it comes to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, they strategically got it diluted. They don’t believe in Gandhi or Ambedkar, they only believe in Godse and Golwalkar.We have been hearing about a greater Opposition alliance against the BJP, but who will be the face of such an alliance?When UPA-I was formed were the voters told who will be the face? No! Why are these questions being asked right now? When the BJP can have alliance with 40 parties what is the harm in the Opposition parties coming together to counter it.And more importantly, none of the senior leaders are angling for the lead position. Yes, Rahul Gandhi, has said that if the Congress emerges as the single largest party, he is ready to take the Prime Minister’s position. It is but natural! Whichever party manages to be the single largest party would want its man to be the Prime Minister. The Congress is the largest Opposition party. It will be fighting pan-India. Now can the RJD fight beyond Bihar and Jharkhand? Or can Mamata Banerjee fight beyond West Bengal? Or Chandrababu Naidu beyond Andhra Pradesh? It is only practical that the Prime Minister should belong to the single largest party. The Congress in fact, has more responsibility, being the largest Opposition party. It needs to take everyone together.So can Rahul Gandhi lead such an alliance?Rahul Gandhi has now been a Parliamentarian for many terms. He has been vice-president and now the president of the country’s oldest party. Under his leadership the Congress gave a good fight in the BJP’s stronghold in Gujarat and more recently in Karnataka.Every alliance needs a person who acts as a pivot keeping everyone together. Like Comrade Surjeet was for UPA-I, who is playing that role now?Did anyone think that Mayawati and Akhilesh will come together? My father Lalu Prasad Yadav even before last year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections had advised everyone that Bihar’s mahagatbandhan should be repeated not just in U.P. but nationally. He spoke to both Mayawati ji and Akhilesh ji to convince them to come together. We are very happy to see that they did eventually come together for Phulpur, Gorakpur and Kairana bypolls. The BJP can only be defeated with Lalu-ism. My father’s dream of mahagatbandhan is now happening nationally. The BJP sees him as a threat and that is why it unleashed its alliance partners, the CBI, ED and IT departments, against our family.You were in government with Nitish Kumar when the prohibition law came. In retrospect do you feel it was a wrong decision?I agree that prohibition should be extended to the entire nation for the good of the people. In Bihar the implementation went awry. You are arresting the poor, but what about those who are smuggling in the liquor or the officers who are facilitating the smuggling. They are going scot-free! So many people who have been arrested under prohibition laws are poor and do not even have money for bail. At one point, Nitish ji was holding rallies in every State campaigning for prohibition. Now that he is in the NDA, why doesn’t he ask the neighbouring States, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, to impose it.last_img read more

Challenges have been an integral part of my life right from childhood: Manoj Tiwary

first_imgHaving acquitted himself well in the limited opportunities he has got at the international level, one would expect Manoj Tiwary to get more chances in the playing XI. But that hasn’t been the case.While the team management has kept him out of the playing XI on many an occasion, Tiwary has learnt to be patient.After scoring 93 for India A against the touring England team, the Bengal batsman said it is his belief and self-confidence that has seen him through every challenge thrown at him.”I have always strived to give my best in whatever I do and cricket is no different. My journey has never been easy. Challenges have been an integral part of my life right from childhood. I have seen my father struggle when I was growing up and the tough times we faced have really helped me.”The virtue of patience was never lost on me. No matter how long I have to wait for my opportunity -be it on the field or in various aspects of life off it -my selfbelief and confidence help me out.”In sports, you don’t always get what you want. Challenging situations are bound to come and the best performers are those who stick at it during the tough times and then cash in when the going is good,” he told Mail Today. Known to be a flamboyant batsman, Tiwary has mellowed down as was evident even on Tuesday.”I have often been criticised for throwing my wicket away by playing a rash shot after settling down. So I have decided that I must score big hundreds if I have to stake a claim for selection in the Indian team. I try to balance my game and play according to the situation.”Even today, we were under a little pressure when I came in to bat and I felt I needed to give myself time to settle down and then go on the offensive. The fewer risks you take early in the innings, the better chances you have of scoring big centuries,” he said.With the Indian middle-order looking unsettled post the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Tiwary feels he is ready for the responsibility -especially since he seems to be in sublime form.”Hundreds are just milestones. It’s more about the mindset that a cricketer is in and I feel if I can keep this mindset, I can definitely score runs at the highest level, even in the longer format. I think I am ready for Test cricket. But it is up to the selectors to decide,” the 26-year-old said.Tiwary didn’t really set the stands on fire during the recent Champions League T20 in South Africa, but feels it is difficult for middle-order batsmen to score big in T20s.It’s more about contributing to the team’s cause.”Be it for my country or my franchise -Kolkata Knight Riders -I have always tried to play according to the demands of the team. And this time too, I had no one to stick it out with me in the first game against Delhi Daredevils. Against Titans I was unbeaten and going in at the end overs, I tried to score as many runs as I could. If you ask me, I flopped in just the match against Auckland,” he said.Commenting about the opening day’s play against England, Tiwary said: “I was middling the ball and it felt good. Although not getting a hundred did hurt, looking back I must say I enjoyed myself. The England side is known to have a good attack and to help the team reach a respectable position gives me satisfaction.” advertisementlast_img read more

4-Star Arizona State Commit Chad Johnson Jr. Says Texas Would Be His ‘Dream Offer’

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns football stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Chad Johnson Jr., son of the mercurial Cincinnati Bengals great, is shaping up to be an impressive wide receiver in his own right. Johnson is a four-star in the class of 2020.He didn’t take long to come to a decision on his recruitment. Johnson Jr. gave his pledge to Arizona State in December.Of course, he can’t sign with the Sun Devils until December. It is unclear to what extent he is still considering other programs.He isn’t afraid to share his excitement about at least one, though. Responding to news that he was being evaluated by Texas, Chad Johnson Jr. said it would be a “dream offer.”It does not appear that he has been offered quite yet. The article he is quote tweeting is behind 247’s paywall.Dream Offer 👀 https://t.co/LoFaqdegCN— Chad Johnson Jr. (@ChadYoloJ) March 5, 2019As of now, Johnson claims offers from ASU, Lane Kiffin and FAU, and his father’s alma mater, Oregon State.The Cathedral High School star is ranked No. 297 overall, per 247‘s composite rankings.He is the No. 57 wide receiver in the class, and the No. 27 recruit in California for the class of 2020.It should be noted that Johnson followed the Texas tweet with a retweet of one supporting ASU head coach Herm Edwards, so the Sun Devils may still be in decent shape. They may want to watch out if Tom Herman comes calling though.last_img read more

Supreme Court adjourns hearing on BCCI operations to May 2

first_imgSupreme Court adjourns hearing on BCCI operations to May 2The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on BCCI operations as the apex court has numerous interim applications pending.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 15:15 IST The BCCI matter will next be heard on May 2 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAmicus curiae P.S. Narasimha had met officials from the state cricket bodies along with the CoA membersThe state cricket bodies met to discuss the objections of the state associations to certain proposals of the Lodha panelThe amicus curiae had asked state associations to register their constitution in accordance to the the Lodha Panel recommendationsThe Supreme Court bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre is expected to hear the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) matter on Thursday, has adjourned the hearing for May 2.With numerous interim applications pending before the apex court, amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha met officials from the state cricket bodies along with the three Committee of Administrators (CoA) members on Wednesday to discuss the objections of the state associations to certain proposals of the Lodha panel.The amicus curiae had told the state associations that they will have to register their constitution in toto with the proposals of the Lodha Panel to get their grant.Speaking to IANS, a senior state official had said on Wednesday that the meeting with Narasimha was aimed to ensure that the genuine issues faced by the state associations were paid heed to and a solution was reached.”Today the amicus met a number of state associations along with the CoA to try and arrive at a solution to the applications filed by the associations in the Supreme Court. It was felt that over a period of time, the CoA had gathered a lot of acrimony vis-a-vis the state cricket associations and that had resulted in not only a deadlock, but also the inclusion of certain restrictions with regard to administration of cricket,” the official had said.While the amicus looked at the basic areas that needed amendment, the more serious issues will be addressed by the court, including those which affect the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India.advertisementAlso Read | BCCI state bodies look at Supreme Court with hope, hearing on ThursdayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Supreme CourtFollow BCCIFollow Committee of AdministratorsFollow COAFollow state cricket associationslast_img read more

Keel Laid for Silversea Cruises Second Muse

first_imgThe keel laying ceremony of Silver Moon, the second of three new ultra-luxury Muse cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Silversea Cruises, took place at the Ancona yard on February 14.Silver Moon will be a sister ship of Silver Muse, which took the sea in 2017, and of Silver Dawn due to delivery in 2021.The 40,700 gross ton cruise ship, which will have a capacity to accommodate 596 passengers on board, is expected to enter the ship owner’s fleet in 2020.Silver Moon, which will be the 10th ship in Silversea’s fleet, was assigned the ‘Green star 3 Design’ voluntary notations, meaning that the unit would be designed, built and equipped in order to prevent air and water pollution.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img

US adds Canada to priority watch list on intellectual property

first_imgThe United States on Friday added Canada to a priority watch list of countries that it says have failed to enforce intellectual property rights, citing concerns over poor border control and pharmaceutical practices.The Office of the United States Trade Representative moved Canada from its watch list to its priority watch list, which includes 11 other countries including China, India and Russia.In a news release, the office criticized Canada for “failing to make progress on overcoming important IP enforcement challenges” such as border enforcement, particularly when it comes to inspecting or detaining counterfeit or pirated goods shipped through Canada.It also cited procedures related to pharmaceuticals, copyright protection, and inadequate transparency regarding the protection of indications of origin.The office’s priority watch list includes countries that the U.S. deems to have failed to protect or enforce intellectual property rights or otherwise denied market access to American creators.The news release said the countries on the list would be the subject of what it called “intense bilateral engagement” during the coming year.“This report sends a clear signal to our trading partners that the protection of Americans’ intellectual property rights is a top priority of the Trump Administration,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.The report comes as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been engaged in heated talks over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A Canadian close to those talks has said intellectual property is one of several issues that remain unresolved, along with dispute settlement and the U.S. push for a sunset clause.The Canadian government unveiled its long-awaited intellectual property strategy on Thursday, after committing $85 million over five years towards the initiative in its most recent budget.In launching the measures, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called intellectual property the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.The government’s plan includes amending laws to eliminate barriers surrounding intellectual property, as well as better tools to expand its use.Ottawa also hopes to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Bains did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Canada’s placement on the priority watch list.last_img read more

Who was the mystery veteran who left these medals on a train

first_imgVETERAN’S MEDALSAwarded for service in Korea, Cyprus, Suez & is believed the owner is in their 80s@Hull_Trainshttps://t.co/ZG63ERTq1fRT pic.twitter.com/YR48pnYsr2— Lostbox-Lost & Found (@LostboxUK) October 10, 2016 @LostboxUK @pastafa @Hull_Trains I do hope they find their way back to their rightful owner.— CaitlinGreyOfficial (@GreyCaitlin) October 10, 2016 An appeal has been launched to reunite an unknown veteran with five war medals that were left on a train.Five medals were found on the Hull Trains service from King’s Cross to Hull earlier this year and they are currently being held in lost property.The owner of the medals is believed to be a National Service veteran in his 80s. The lost medals are for service in Korea, Cyprus and Suez. Hull Trains have launched the appeal to try and reunite the veteran with their medals.“We often find items on board that customers have left behind and we make every effort to return them to their owners,” Debbie Birch, Head of HR at Hull Trains, told the Hull Daily Mail.“To help with this, we have recently installed CCTV on all our units which, as well as improving security, has also helped us enormously in identifying people that have misplaced or forgotten items.“We are particularly keen to reunite these medals with their owner as we’re sure they are of sentimental value and deserve to be reclaimed.”Meanwhile, mystery surrounds this heartbreaking photo of a veteran marching alone at a Victory Parade. Earlier this year, this US veteran penned a brilliant response to a misogynistic note left on her car. center_img LostBox, an online lost and found service, which has reunited more than 35,000 lost items, shared a photo of the medals on Twitter.“The medals are a United Nations Service Medal for Korea, a General Service Medal with Cyprus and Canal,” they posted.“Zone (Suez) bars, a Hong Kong Service medal, an RAF National Service Medal and a National Service Medal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

ZEISS launches automated mineralogy solution for mining industry

first_imgJena, Germany-based ZEISS has launched the Mineralogic Mining solution to deliver automated quantitative petrological analysis. It will provide “fully quantitative evaluation during mineral exploration, ore characterisation, process optimisation and tailings-control processes. The new solution will enable the mining industry to maximise the recovery of natural resources in the most environmentally sustainable manner.” ZEISS Mineralogic Mining combines a mineral analysis engine with a scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive spectrometers to provide automated analysis, rapid reports and high resolution EDS maps.ZEISS Mineralogic Mining also brings to the natural resources market a unique ability to tailor sample analysis workflows. “The accuracy of mineral classifications are second-to-none thanks to the ability to choose between four different mineral classification techniques.” A full suite of image processing functions are also available to enable better discrimination between elements with similar average atomic weight such as coal and iron ore.High productivity and throughput are essential for the mining industry and ZEISS states that using Mineralogic Mining sample runs are quick and easy to setup and minerals are measured and classified in real-time with no need for post processing of data. Chemical assay data is measured, not inferred, allowing improved assay reconciliation and elemental deportment quantification. Dr Ben Tordoff, Mining Segment Manager for ZEISS explains: “The launch of ZEISS Mineralogic Mining marks an important return to the mining sector for ZEISS. This sophisticated tool brings new technology to mining which requires minimal user input to generate exactly the information that is needed to make the right process decisions.”ZEISS offers a wide range of solutions to the natural resources market, from light microscopy for morphological analysis to focused ion beam and X-ray microscopy for 3D imaging of volumes. The latest technology to be added to the portfolio, ZEISS Mineralogic Mining, is offered on conventional, field emission and focused ion beam electron microscopes with the option to correlate data with optical and X-ray datasets.last_img read more

Wreck slows traffic on I5 Bridge

first_imgA two-car collision in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 5 Bridge has traffic backed up to 39th Street in Vancouver. The cause of the wreck and the extent of any injuries is unclear. What is clear: A trip across the bridge is likely to be slow.Traffic appears to be moving somewhat smoothly in the northbound lanes, according to traffic cameras on the Oregon Department of Transportation website. At least one southbound lane was temporarily closed while emergency crews tended to the wreck. All lanes reopened shortly after 3 p.m.last_img

New Findings Suggest Vlad the Impaler was Imprisoned Beneath this Castle

first_imgAttempting to imprison Vlad the Impaler might seem an awfully risky move, but in the 15th century that is exactly what one Hungarian leader is believed to have done, keeping Vlad in the chambers beneath his palace. Or at least that’s what new research using radar scans of the ground beneath Castelul Corvinilor suggest.The scan findings were presented on December 12th at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.Ambras Castle portrait of Vlad III (c. 1560), reputedly a copy of an original made during his lifetime.Castelul Corvinilor — also called Corvin Castle as well as Hunedoara Castle and Hunyadi Castle — began as an outpost built in what was then Transylvania, now Romania.The structure’s oldest mill fortifications date to the 14th century, and a shift from outpost to palace was taking place in the 15th century, according to lead researcher Isabel Morris, a doctoral claimant with a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.Illustration of a John Hunyadi, Hatzeg Castle, Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania.Corvin Castle is now considered one of the seven wonders of Romania and one of the largest castles in Europe.In the 15th century, Vlad III, king of Wallachia, aka Vlad the Impaler, was reportedly detained in Castle Corvin by a leading Hungarian noble, John Hunyadi (Ioan de Hunedoara). The powerful Hungarian had tangled with Vlad’s family. Vlad’s father and eldest brother were murdered after Hunyadi, regent-governor of Hungary, invaded Wallachia in 1447.During this time Hunyadi installed Vlad’s second cousin, Vladislav II, as the new ruler. It is thought probable that Vlad was held in the castle’s underground chambers, and there is even a legend that he went insane while captive. (He was also a hostage in Turkey while he was young.)Little is known about Vlad III’s whereabouts between 1448 and 1456, and this could have been the time when he was held underground in the castle.Hunedoara, Romania – June 1, 2014: Towers of the Hunedoara Castle in Romania.Later Vlad was freed from the castle and was able to hold control of his father’s domains; he had many people murdered who he believed were his enemies. He was also a fierce opponent of the Ottoman sultan. His actions would be called genocide, or war crimes, by today’s standards.Vlad the Impaler is sometimes referred to as the real-life inspiration for Count Dracula, invented by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel and depicted countless times since.Hunedoara, Transylvania/Romania – October 02 2018: Corvin Castle or Corvinilor or Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara, town in beautiful Transylvania, Romania.The connection between Vlad and Dracula comes from the word “dracul.” Vlad’s father was inducted into a knightly order, the Order of the Dragon. This designation earned him a new surname: Dracul. The name came from the old Romanian word for dragon, “drac.”His son, Vlad III the Impaler, would later be known as the “son of Dracul,” or in old Romanian, Drăculea, hence Dracula. In modern Romanian, the word “drac” refers to the devil too.Hunyad or Corvin Castle seen at the golden hour, in Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania. Photo taken on October 20, 2018.It is possible that Vlad’s first wife was the illegitimate daughter of the man who imprisoned him, John Hunyadi.Bram Stoker never explicitly said that his vampire creation was Vlad the Impaler, only that he was from an old noble family. The connection was made more directly in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dracula and in such novels as Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.Because of centuries of rebuilding and additions, archaeologists weren’t certain where Corvin Castle’s substructure was located. Radar scans have helped them pinpoint rooms that were in use during that time. Hard evidence of Vlad’s presence is lacking, however.Read another story from us: New Findings Reveal the Books that Inspired Bram Stoker’s Creation of Dracula“The research has uncovered a previously unknown torture chamber but no evidence – physical or paranormal – of whether Vlad spent time there in it during an alleged 7-year imprisonment at the castle in the 1400s,” according to Mysterious Universe.Vlad III died in battle in 1476 or 1477. His body was cut into pieces and his head was sent to Mehmed II, the Ottoman sultan.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

The mythology behind Game of Thrones White Walkers

first_imgThe eighth and last season of Game of Thrones appears poised for a final showdown among not only the main characters of the show — Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister, and the surviving Stark siblings — but between the living and the dead: the White Walkers. In the fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin, the White Walkers are an ancient race of humanoid ice creatures who come from the Far North of Westeros. Some 8,000 years before the books begin, the longest winter in history descended and lasted an entire generation. It was only after a terrible war that humans ended the Long Winter.Season 8: Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke. Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOThe Wall and the Night Watch brothers were created to guard men from the return of the White Walkers. At Winterfell, the farthest north of the seven kingdoms, the Starks take the threat far more seriously than anyone else, as do those who serve them. “Winter Is Coming” is an apocalyptic warning.Nan, the Starks’ oldest servant, tells Bran Stark in Season One, “Fear is for the long night when the sun hides for years, and the children are born and live and die in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little lord, when the White Walkers move through the woods. Thousands of years ago there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles same as the shepherds in their huts.”Isaac Hempstead Wrigh as Bran Stark. Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOFor those GOT fans who remember the HBO series’ beginning, the terrifying beings north of The Wall posed a threat since Episode One. In it, three Night’s Watch rangers discovered a group of dead north-of-the-wall humans called wildlings.Two of the rangers were ripped to pieces by the White Walkers who had killed the wildings, and the third fled south of The Wall — which led to his execution for desertion by Ned Stark (Sean Bean), the star of the first season.Some Game of Thrones insiders say the end of the series brings meaning to all of the many mysteries of Martin’s world.Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, told The Wrap last July that “all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle. I mean, when I read it — I’ve spent so many years working on this and been guessing and trying to figure out how this will end — and when I read it, some of the parts of it I’d get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising.”Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOWhile there has been much written about the medieval origins of Game of Thrones, and how Martin made use of the Wars of the Roses to write the battle for power among the various families, the inspiration for the White Walkers is less certain.There is a strong zombie element to their creation since the dead are reanimated as foot soldiers for the White Walker army.But also Martin may have drawn on Celtic, Scandinavian, and Germanic myths to form this aspect of Game of Thrones. It is one of his strongest fantasy elements.Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOIn one of his few comments on the White Walkers, Martin said, “They are strange, beautiful … think of Sidhe made of ice, something like that … a different sort of life … inhuman, elegant, dangerous.”Picking up on this clue, Sidhe are an ancient supernatural race similar to fairies and elves that appear in Irish and Scottish mythology. “The belief in the Sidhe is part of the pre-Christian religion which survived for thousands of years and has never been completely wiped out from the minds of the people,” said The Celtic Society.According to the site Winter Is Coming, “The Sidhe are said to live in unknown lands across the sea, underground in fairy mounds (‘aos si’ means ‘people of the mounds’ in Irish) or an alternate world connected by various means to the world of humans. Martin’s White Walkers are similar in their distant origins (far North) and their movement between regular space and time, as when the Night King interacted with Bran Stark in the latter’s greensight visions.”Bran communicates with the Night King. Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOIn Scottish mythology (where they are called the daoine sith), these folk are described as natural spirits but also as ancestors and gods.Some observers see elements of the Wild Hunt in the White Walkers, a motif appearing in much European folklore. It is a stormy procession of ghostly or supernatural huntsmen passing across the winter sky in pursuit of game.The leader (generally referred to as “The Hunter”) is believed to be associated with the Norse god Odin, the Devil, or a number of other mythological figures.“The Wild Horde appears in the deepest, darkest and coldest reaches of midwinter, and its single leader, like the Night King, has great supernatural powers,” says Winter Is Coming.Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOIn other mythology, riding down from the heavens, the Old Norse Valkyrie (from the Old Norse valkyrja for “chooser of the slain”) are a host of female warriors who descend to earth to resurrect half the dead human warriors from the battlefield and carry them to Valhalla. The fairest Valkyrie has white skin.No matter their origins, the White Walkers have a fearsome leader in the Night King. In the previous season, he killed one of Danny’s dragons, turning it into a zombie battle creature after its corpse was dredged from a deep lake. (And leading to dozens of memes asking how in a battlefield resembling Antarctica they managed to find the chains.)The Night King. Photo Courtesy of Helen Sloane/HBOThe theories about the White Walkers have become frenzied in the last several months, with speculation that the Stark family is connected by bloodline to the Night King. Bran Stark is a particular focus of this theory.Read another story from us: Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding is based on Scotland’s Black Dinner in 1440 and Glencoe Massacre of 1692Perhaps the wildest theory is that ultimately it will be revealed that the White Walkers are the good guys, which makes the humans … the bad guys.Game of Thrones’ eighth season premieres on April 14th.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more March 5, 2013 – Bayer Healthcare is expanding its global distribution network for the Medrad Intego positron emission tomography (PET) Infusion System through a new distribution agreement with Comecer SPA. Through this agreement, Bayer and Comecer are providing customers with an integrated nuclear medicine solution – combining the clinical administration capabilities of Intego with the Comecer’s protection technologies for PET/computed tomography (CT) centers around the world.According to Doug Descalzi, Bayer Healthcare’s senior director of molecular imaging devices, this distribution agreement capitalizes on the strength of both companies. “This arrangement creates an end-to-end solution for customers, from isotope production to radiopharmaceutical infusion. We’re pleased to be working with Comecer to not only provide greater patient access to Intego but also to provide comprehensive product solutions to nuclear medicine suites around the world.”Intego is a worldwide market leader in PET/CT, and the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared system for administration of 18F-FDG and 18F-NaF. Intego infuses doses on-demand, providing clinicians with greater flexibility, enhanced workflow, added protection and more accurate, repeatable, patient-specific dosing. Now, through distribution with Comecer, clinicians in Europe and other markets will have easier access to this radiation dose reducing technology.For more information: www.comecer.com, www.healthcare.bayer.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | March 05, 2013 Bayer Enters Agreement to Expand Markets for Medrad Intego PET Infusion System News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

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first_imgAdobe has entered the augmented reality space with Adobe Aero, a new AR authoring tool, and multi-platform system. This system will provide means to both developers and creatives to build simple AR scenes and experiences leveraging Apple’s ARKit. Adobe sees Aero as the first step to outfit creative professionals with the tools they need to create immersive experiences that will transform the world. Announced as an early preview at Apple’s WWDC 2018, Adobe Aero will provide a means for designers to create immersive AR experiences from familiar creative tools such as Photoshop CC and Dimension CC. Adobe also plans to add usdz support to Adobe Creative Cloud apps and services in collaboration with Apple and Pixar. USDZ is described by its co-creator Pixar as a “zero-compression, unencrypted zip archive” of the USD (Universal Scene Description) format used for creating AR experiences. .usdz is now supported by Apple, Adobe, Pixar, and many others. Creative Cloud’s support of the usdz format will help speed up the development of new AR content and allow users to seamlessly move from one application to another. This immersive content can then be brought into Xcode for further refinement and development. Adobe Aero will also feature deep integration with Sensei, Adobe’s machine learning platform, to take care of the technical complexity so designers can focus on creative work alone. Adobe also plans to include the glTF file format, currently supported by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Adobe, and other industry leaders. AR projects created with Adobe Aero will be displayed at The Festival of the Impossible, a 3-day large-scale immersive art exhibition celebrating artwork by 15 talented artists. “This is just the beginning of our journey to extend digital experiences beyond the screen and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead,” says Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis. “We’ll have much more to share at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference later this fall.” Developers and designers may request early access for Aero with a new form provided by Adobe. Read Next Adobe is going to acquire Magento for $1.68 BillionAmazon open sources Amazon Sumerian, its popular AR/VR app toolkitMicrosoft introduces SharePoint Spaces, adds virtual reality support to SharePointlast_img read more

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