World’s Largest Intel FPGA China Innovation Center

first_imgAn investment in ecosystem partners to bring cutting-edge, customized, accelerated solutions to drive innovation and growth across data centric markets.It’s no secret that the pace of innovation is accelerating faster than we’ve ever seen before. A new era of data-centric computing innovation is being driven by not only a massive volume of data being created, but also a revolutionary change of data forms and formats which require end-to-end data processing. No single technology can solve every problem at the same time. From CPU and GPU, to FPGA and ASIC, to neuromorphic computing and quantum computing, Intel is planning future end-to-end computing innovation in a comprehensive way to fully unlock the value of data.Across many industries in the data-centric world, one of the most constant aspects is change—changing standards, changing product requirements, changing ways of deriving and adding value. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) help customers maximize performance and keep pace with ever-changing workloads and evolving standards. That’s why developers who are tackling the toughest data-centric challenges are adopting Intel FPGAs. Combined with Intel’s end-to-end computing technology, FPGAs can unlock the power of data and are being used in fields such as artificial intelligence, cloud service, enterprise, 5G, autonomous driving and visual processing applications.More: Programmable Solutions Group NewsThe global tech innovation race has shifted into overdrive with the recent opening of Intel’s FPGA Innovation Center, a strategic project jointly launched by my team at Intel, the Programmable Solutions Group, and Intel China. Located in Chongqing, western China’s emerging Silicon Valley, the Innovation Center has been created to help our ecosystem partners in developing cutting-edge customized accelerated solutions to drive innovation and business growth across cloud, communications and embedded markets.Driving the Next Wave of Tech InnovationLaunched in collaboration with strategic partners including Dell EMC, AW Cloud, Zhi Xin Technology, and Terasic, the Innovation Center serves as an incubation hub for new startups and will help cultivate FPGA talent and application research working with Chinese FPGA research and development professionals from top universities. Housed in over 10,000 square feet of office space, it will also be the launch pad for top industry summits, thought leading training/events/seminars and global innovation competitions.This is truly an exciting time to be a part of Intel and to be working with FPGAs. The recent announcement of the new 10nm Intel® Agilex™ FPGA family is an important step in the continued investment in technology and ecosystem development, driving innovation across cloud, networking, and the intelligent edge. As markets are transforming, our customers are in a race to drive innovative solutions as fast as possible, which in turn is driving the need for fast time to market and highly customized hardware and software solutions—perfect for FPGA and CPU usage and ecosystem development.With the launch of our FPGA innovation center in China, Intel is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology to power the world’s most exciting innovations.Stay tuned for more updates on our progress.last_img read more

IPL has done wonders to Indian cricket, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly praised the BCCI for making the Indian Premier League (IPL) a success, and singled out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star spinner Sunil Narine as “the man” of the IPL.Ahead of this year’s inaugural ceremony at the Salt Lake stadium here on Tuesday, Ganguly observed that the IPL has done “wonders” for Indian cricket.”It’s done wonders for Indian cricket. The BCCI deservers accolades for setting up the tournament and making it successful. You can set up a tournament but to make it successful like this you need special efforts,” said the former captain.Even as he picked quite a few teams as his favourite, Ganguly said KKR will always remain special.”While there are quite a few favourite teams, KKR is special as I captained the side for two years,” said Ganguly, who led the city franchise in 2008 and 2009.Talking about outstanding talents, the former India opener singled out Narine and said he was waiting to see the Kings XI Punjab batting trio of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Virender Sehwag in action.”There have been quite a few outstanding talents over the years. The first year threw up some domestic talents as Rajasthan Royal set the stage out.”But I think Sunil Narine, he has been the man of the IPL. His impact for the last 3-4 seasons has been unbelievable,” Ganguly said about the spinner who has 67 wickets so far from 47 outings in the tournament.”The best thing about the IPL in the last two seasons is that the difference between the teams has not been much and that is why it has been more exciting.advertisement”While Chennai have been consistent, we have the Royal Challengers Bangalore having Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Then there is the Maxwell-Miller-Sehwag factor for the Kings XI,” he said.last_img read more

Lt Col MS Dhoni parajumps from AN-32

first_imgHonorary Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni, who has been undergoing training at the Paratroopers Training School in Agra, successfully completed his maiden jump from an Air Force aircraft on Wednesday.According to a report published in NDTV, the Indian limited overs skipper had jumped off an AN-32 aircraft from a height of 1250 feet at 7 am.MS Dhoni completes his first parachute jump in 70 seconds. (Photo credit: Facebook/MS Dhoni).Dhoni is expected to complete four more jumps in his two-week training. He had said that it was his duty towards the army to sincerely perform, despite an honorary rank. He said that he hoped to complete all five jumps within the fifteen day training period and earn the maroon beret and paratrooper wings for his uniform.Also read: MS Dhoni undergoing two-week Para training in Agra Dhoni’s instructor at the Army Air Transport School said that the cricketer was being treated as a regular military officer and given exactly the same training as was imparted to any officer undergoing paratrooper training.Notably, Dhoni has already entered the army shooting range and undergone complete arms training and hopes to serve the country as a military officer, whenever required to do so by the army.last_img read more

Brisbane International: Grigor Dimitrov stuns Milos Raonic to set up final with Kei Nishikori

first_imgBulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov upset top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International on Saturday to set up a title clash against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.Seventh seed Dimitrov saved a set point in the opener on his way to a 7-6(7) 6-2 win over world number three Raonic in 88 minutes in the second semi-final at the Pat Rafter Arena.World number five Nishikori had an almost identical win against Swiss U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who went down 7-6(3) 6-3 in the first semi-final of the warmup event for this month’s Australian Open.There was little to separate Dimitrov and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Raonic in the first set, both players making the most of their big serves and not offering a single break-point opportunity.Dimitrov managed to nose ahead by edging the first set tiebreak 9-7 before racing away in the second with two breaks of serve to seal the match.”I couldn’t imagine a better scenario for sure,” Dimitrov said in a court-side interview. “I have lot of respect for him and it’s always a pleasure playing against him.”Right now I am just focussed on my performance. In previous matches I wasn’t returning as well. Against Milos, the only chance you have is to get into a rally against him.”Dimitrov has never won against his opponent in Sunday’s final with Nishikori enjoying a 3-0 head-to-head record.”Nishikori is one of the trickiest players out there,” Dimitrov added. “He has a tremendous fighting spirit and has improved his game quite a bit.advertisement”He has quite a few weapons if you think about it. It’s not going to be an easy match for sure. But I am focussed on myself and what I need to improve and what I need to get better for Melbourne.”Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open finalist, won five of the final six points in the tiebreaker to claim the first set. After an early exchange of breaks in the second, the Rio Olympic bronze medallist got the decisive break in the seventh game.”I’m feeling very happy to be in the final tomorrow. I’ve tried many times and this is the first time to get to Sunday in Brisbane,” the 27-year-old said.”Especially beating Stan today, it’s been a good start to the year.”Dimi started playing much better last year, especially at the end of the season. He’s going to be a tough opponent.”last_img read more

Greek football hero helps refugees win battle against boredom

first_imgFootball fans of a certain age may still remember Antonis Nikopolidis for his resemblance to American actor George Clooney and as the goalkeeper who helped Greece become surprise European Champions in 2004.Now the country’s national youth team coach, Nikopolidis is helping refugees stranded in Greece regain a sense of purpose. The football team he helped build, named Hope (Elpida in Greek), is made up of players who fled warzones in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan.Most of Hope’s players live in Skaramangas, an industrial zone west of Athens where metal containers have been turned into shoebox-shaped homes. They compete in an amateur league on Sundays, facing teams made up of lawyers, telecom workers and accountants.Nikopolidis, a soft-spoken 46-year-old whose hair has turned silver in retirement, says team practices and matches provide a welcome distraction for young men facing uncertain futures in the European Union’s slow-moving relocation program.”We’re helping people who are at a difficult moment in their lives,” he said. “They are guests in our country, and we are trying with this team to give them a few hours of happiness.”Football is the main source of entertainment for many of the 60,000 refugees and economic migrants living in camps around Greece while they wait for asylum applications to be processed and a possible move elsewhere in Europe.”You have to spend your time (doing something) because it’s very boring,” Hozaifa Hajdepo, 23, a Hope player from Syria, said. “If you stay in your home and you don’t have work, you will be like – you will die.”advertisementThe Union of European Football Associations, the governing body for soccer in Europe, has awarded grants to assist refugees in 15 countries. Some of the money that went to Greece is being used to sponsor Nikopolidis’ team.Nearly 9,000 refugees have been moved from Greece to other European Union countries, and the coach already has lost several players. But with the pace of relocations still at just over half the target rate, most of the team expects to be in Greece for a while.”It’s a joy for me to do this,” Nikopolidis said. “The main thing is that they enjoy it, that they have fun … We have created a group of friends, with bonds of friendship, a family.”last_img read more

China, Norway resume free-trade talks after diplomatic freeze

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Apr 8 (PTI) China and Norway have signed a pact to resume free-trade negotiations, signaling a restoration of diplomatic ties six years after Beijing froze relations with Oslo over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg yesterday held talks and witnessed the signing of cooperation documents ranging from the resumption of a free trade agreement negotiations, and science and technology, to sports and health.Solbergs visit is the first by a Norwegian Prime Minister since bilateral ties deteriorated after the Oslo-based Nobel Committee conferred the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on convicted Liu Xiaobo who campaigned for civil rights.Liu, 63, a literary critic, writer, professor and human rights activist, had called for political reforms and the end of the one-party rule of the Communist Party of China (CPC).China calls him a criminal. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail on December 25, 2009, after a court in Beijing convicted him of engaging in activities designed to overthrow the government and continued to languish in prison.Till 2012, Nobel Prize was viewed with contempt by China and its official media as it was awarded to the Dalai Lama for his peaceful struggle for the betterment of Tibetans and to Liu.However, Beijing welcomed Nobel Prize for literature to Chinese writer Mo Yan in 2012, saying that Mos “victory reflects the prosperity and progress of Chinese literature, as well as the increasing influence of China”.China and Norway agreed to normalise relations in December after Oslo pledged to respect Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.advertisementReceiving Solberg at the Great Hall of the People yesterday, Li said that China-Norway relations had got back on track, which deserved to be treasured by both sides.Li called on Norway to adhere to the one-China principle and work with China in the spirit of mutual respect, treat each other on an equal footing, and respect each others core interests and major concerns to enhance political trust to reboot the relationship.”China is willing to restart free trade agreement negotiation and political consultation mechanisms with Norway, establish an inter-governmental energy policy dialogue and increase the exchanges between the business community,” Li said.Li said China and Norway could strengthen cooperation in energy and marine projects to explore third markets, enhancing exchanges in various fields including agriculture, fishery, husbandry, science and innovation, and law enforcement.”China is pushing forward a new round of opening-up to make the country the most attractive investment destination. China welcomes Norwegian enterprises and sovereign wealth funds to expand investment in China for win-win outcomes,” he said.Solberg said Norway would follow the guideline of a joint statement on the normalisation of bilateral ties, uphold the one-China policy, respect Chinas core interests and major concerns, and enhance political trust with China.Solberg said Norway hoped for the early resumption of bilateral free trade agreement negotiations and would expand cooperation in areas like agriculture, fishery, environmental protection, finance, investment and winter sports.”Norway supports China to play an active role in the Arctic Council,” Solberg added. PTI KJV CPSlast_img read more

La Liga: Barcelona look to clinch 25th league title at Deportivo

first_imgBarcelona are on the verge of clinching their 25th La Liga title as they prepare to take on Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde has said in February that he was “in a hurry” to wrap up the league title and Barcelona have the chance to do that this Sunday, needing only a draw.In fact, if Real Madrid fail to beat Leganes on Saturday, Barcelona may be the crowned Liga winner of the season even before kick off on Sunday.The Catalans have led from the front this season, topping the table in week two, and no-one can begrudge them a title which they have looked certain to win since they beat Real Madrid 3-0 on Dec. 23, marching 14 points clear of their arch- rivals and nine ahead of Atletico.Barca’s surprise draws against Getafe and Espanyol briefly offered Atletico hope of chasing down Valverde’s side when they closed the gap to five points ahead of a top-of-the-table clash in March, but a superb free kick from Lionel Messi gave Barca a 1-0 win to lift them eight points ahead.They never looked back and are still unbeaten in the league, five games from becoming the first team since Real Madrid in 1932 to finish a La Liga campaign undefeated and the only side to do so since the league was expanded to more than 10 teams.The title win would also complete the club’s seventh double after they hammered Sevilla 5-0 in the King’s Cup final on Saturday, an utterly dominant victory which went some way towards healing the wounds from their shock Champions League elimination by AS Roma.advertisementWhile Barca are preparing for a title party at Riazor, Deportivo might end up feeling like they are at a funeral as the Galicians will be relegated back to Spain’s second tier for the first time since 2014 if they do not beat Barca and Levante win at Sevilla on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

The human touch

first_imgSt Stephen’s, among the three colleges that initially constituted the University of Delhi (DU), started off its educational journey with just five students in a hired house in Chandni Chowk. Started by a Christian mission as a high school, St Stephen’s became a college in 1881 and has grown to,St Stephen’s, among the three colleges that initially constituted the University of Delhi (DU), started off its educational journey with just five students in a hired house in Chandni Chowk. Started by a Christian mission as a high school, St Stephen’s became a college in 1881 and has grown to become India’s premier institution today. Over the years, the college built up its reputation, drawing the best students from all corners of the country.The college began with just seven disciplines including Philosophy, Sanskrit and English. Gradually, the list grew and at present St Stephen’s offers 11 undergraduate degree courses in English, Philosophy, Economics, History, Sanskrit, BA programme, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Science and Computer Science. Passouts, especially from the Arts stream, are more inclined to become civil servants or get into government services or take up sports as their profession. Another set of achievers are those who are placed in globally renowned organisations such as McKinsey and Co.Each day at Stephen’s, morning assembly is held for the first-year students. Entering the vast gates, one realises everything is different here, at least in name. At Stephen’s, the hostel is the residence, the teachers and students are senior members and junior members respectively, the mess is the dining hall and the canteen is the cafe. Not just that, the farewell ceremony for outgoing students is called ‘Dismissal Service’.The college has let Stephanians imbibe a liberal and energetic atmosphere. The annual cultural festival ‘Harmony’ is renowned and one of the oldest fests in Delhi University. The college also has 43 societies and clubs-driven mostly by students’ committees which organise events and raise and collect funds for them. For each subject, there is a society in addition to other academic and cultural ones and the general clubs for social service, debating, dramatics and photography, to name a few. The Shakespeare Society’s annual production and the ‘Intra-Rajpal’ competition staged within the college are the two major events at the institution.advertisementSt Stephen’s houses one of the oldest libraries in the country, containing more than 95,000 books. Their digital collection runs to over 3.6 million titles. In what’s termed as a ‘best and successful practice’, the college has a tutorial system where teachers spend time with small groups of students handling individual queries and problems with text and concepts beyond class hours. When it comes to faculty commitment, Stephen’s undoubtedly stands out-with teachers rarely missing out on classes.The innovations in the college also include not believing in segregation, particularly of the Arts and Science streams. With the e-filing facility developed in-house for paperless communication between the administration and students, the college is also increasingly making an effort to involve digital technology in the campus.The college has a very systematic campus placement cell as well. An online platform has been created to cater to the requirements of the placement procedure, which has been shared with the recruitment agencies as well as the students, to smooth out the processSt Stephen’s has an illustrious alumni list including well-known names such as Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Shashi Tharoor, Kapil Sibal, Amitav Ghosh, Khushwant Singh and Rohit Bal. Stephen’s also provides ample opportunities and facilities to students to develop an integrated personality. With a treasure trove of junior members and top-notch senior members, the college has since its inception always moved on two essential criteria-excellence and service.last_img read more

Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

first_imgHarry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbelief and deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane shot, all eyes followed the ball to the bottom corner of the Real Madrid net.It squirmed agonisingly wide, Keylor Navas having got his fingertips to it and everyone seemed to take a moment to let it all sink in. Kane, who had been the pre-match story because of his explosive form and Real’s interest in him, might have made quite the statement. Topics 1:51 Share on Messenger As it was, Tottenham still made one. Mauricio Pochettino knew this match would be a gauge of the club’s progress. “When you come here, you feel the reality about football,” he said on Monday.The reality was pretty sweet. Real showed their quality and there were periods when Tottenham had to dig in. Pochettino’s 3-5-2 formation was more like 5-3-2 and Real were fluent. They hogged 61% of the possession.Tottenham were grateful that Karim Benzema had an evening when his dead-eyed instincts deserted him while Hugo Lloris bailed them out on a couple of occasions. His second-half saves to keep out Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were the latest illustration of his world-class ability. He was the Tottenham hero.Yet it said plenty about the maturity of the visitors’ performance that they closed out the draw with a measure of comfort and, when it was all over, the 4,000 travelling fans celebrated wildly. They sang their songs at full volume and the result from Nicosia, where Borussia Dortmund had managed only to draw with Apoel, furthered the feel-good factor.Tottenham played with savvy and personality while they also carved Real open on a number of occasions. It would now be a tremendous disappointment if they failed to qualify and nobody could have predicted that with any certainty when the draw was made. Above all, as Pochettino said afterwards, Tottenham showed they belonged at this level.Apart from his one-on-one miss Kane was good and he helped to provide Tottenham with their pinch-me moment. Gloriously from their point of view, they had grown into the tie and the breakthrough goal came at the end of a patch of deep purple. He would point to the spot just before half-time – at the other end – and it was one of those decisions that Aurier allowed the referee to make by going to ground inside the area. The contact with Toni Kroos was a long way from being excessive but it was enough for the Real midfielder to feel it and go down. Ronaldo sent Lloris the wrong way with his kick. Aurier argued that Kroos had fouled him in the build-up.Real had started brightly. Ronaldo hit the post with a header and Benzema fluffed the rebound, with the far corner gaping, while Ronaldo fizzed inches wide of the far post. Isco would also test Lloris. At the other end Tottenham could point to a low blast from Aurier that extended Navas.Real turned the screw at the start of the second half and only Benzema knows how he did not convert Casemiro’s cross from point-blank range. All alone, he planted his header down but Lloris, who was going the other way, stuck out a leg to save. It was a marvellous piece of improvisation but it also went down as a gilt-edged miss.Ronaldo shimmered with menace and Lloris had to react brilliantly to tip over his snapshot. He had gone close moments earlier while, on 65 minutes, he outstripped three Tottenham players before working Lloris. The goalkeeper also scampered across his line to deny Isco.Back came Tottenham and, after Kane’s miss, Llorente ushered in Eriksen only for Navas to save again. Pochettino and his team were left to wonder what might have been but this was a night when the glass was half-full. Champions League Raphael Varane will carry the can and it was the most unfortunate of deflections that sent Serge Aurier’s low cross looping past Navas but Kane had forced the error. The excellent Harry Winks released Aurier and, after Kane had tried and failed to execute a flick, Varane blundered.The goal had been advertised. Kane worked Navas with a powerful downward header in the 19th minute from a Christian Eriksen corner and then there was the penalty controversy.Kane turned away from two white shirts and switched on the power before crossing low for Llorente, whose surprise selection paid off handsomely.Navas got down but Llorente got a second bite and that was when Casemiro chased in and took away his standing leg. Even Spanish radio said that it was a penalty. The referee, Szymon Marciniak, was unmoved. match reports Reuse this content Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Real Madrid Harry Kane relishes Real Madrid spotlight but key moment is elusive Mauricio Pochettino full of praise after Hugo Lloris saves Spurs at Real Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Pochettino ‘so proud’ after Tottenham draw with Real Madrid – video Share via Email Tottenham Hotspur Share on WhatsApp Read more Play Videolast_img read more

England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek will stay at Chelsea but may still go on loan

first_imgShare on LinkedIn news Chelsea will not entertain offers for the permanent transfer of Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, but could consider loaning the midfielder out for another season to maintain his development with regular first-team football. The 22-year-old youth-team graduate made his first World Cup start in Sunday’s 6-1 demolition of Panama having broken into the senior national set-up while enjoying a productive season-long spell at Crystal Palace. Loftus-Cheek made 24 top-flight appearances last season, despite missing three months mid-season with an ankle problem, having made only 22 over the three previous years at Chelsea. He played a major role in Palace finishing 11th after the worst start in Premier League history.The midfielder expects to report back for pre-season training at Cobham late next month after enjoying an extended break post-tournament, but has already made clear he has no intention of reverting to a mere bit-part role at the club whose academy he joined at the age of eight. Palace are among a number of clubs, including West Ham and Everton, who would be interested in securing his services on another 12-month arrangement if Chelsea were willing to sanction the move. Other suitors had even hoped to secure the player permanently but Chelsea, regardless of the identity of their head coach next season, have already decided they will not consider a sale. The hierarchy at Stamford Bridge are convinced Loftus-Cheek has a significant role to play in Chelsea’s long-term future, even if they complete a deal for the Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri this summer, and there is the possibility any loan move could yet be accompanied by a new long-term contract. His current deal expires in 2021. Chelsea Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Read more Maurizio Sarri is still expected to be appointed as Chelsea’s new head coach, succeeding Antonio Conte, ahead of the new campaign and the former Napoli manager would not have long to assess Loftus-Cheek first-hand before making a decision on his future in time for the early closure of the transfer window on 9 August. Yet the player’s focus, at present, is solely on playing a part in England’s challenge at the World Cup. Topics Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Gareth Southgate faces Harry Kane dilemma as Belgium match approaches Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The Story Behind Madeira: An Interview with Brandon Plyler

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker Madeira, a fortified wine made on the island of Madeira, off the coast of Portugal, may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of The United States and its historical drinking culture, but it has a surprising (and well-deserved) place in America’s spirited history. We sat down with Certified Cicerone Brandon Plyler of the Charleston Beer Exchange to learn a little bit more about the beverage and just how important it was to our Founding Fathers.Before we get into the historical aspects of Madeira, can you explain what exactly it is and how best to drink it?[Madeira] is a fortified wine.  [Fortification] is the process of adding a clear distillate, usually un-aged brandy, to not only fortify the strength of the wine but also to halt fermentation leaving not only residual sugar but also an environment not suited for other microorganisms to survive. This helps prevent spoilage.The wine is usually around 19-20% ABV. Small glasses are preferred and it should generally be served at room temperature, although chilling the more acidic styles can be pleasant. These wines can exhibit a world of complex flavors. Everything from citrus, nuttiness, caramel, soft vanilla notes, smoke, dried fruits, dark sugars, maple syrup etc.So, the beverage itself is made across the ocean, but Charleston played an important role in the knowledge about and the consumption of Madeira in the United States. Why is that?Charleston has always been an active port city in North America. Charleston still has reminders of that blossoming (literally) around the city in the form of flowers and spices to this day.  Madeira is a wine that is exposed to both heat and oxygen.  Famously this happened on the trans-Atlantic ocean voyages.  The heat, non-air tight barrels, and rocking motion of the ship would produce a very interesting wine.  Heat and oxygen are generally considered to be the two worst enemies of wine. However, exposing the wine to this treatment, over time, not only gave it a very desirable and peculiar flavor, it also made it virtually indestructible to that same heat and oxygen.Related: The Best of Charleston, South CarolinaOnce it got to our shores, who was drinking Madeira?Madeira was all the rage in colonial America.  Many of the upper class citizens viewed wine as the drink of enlightenment and refinement as opposed to distilled spirits. This stayed in place until the Civil War. Madeira was a wine that could survive the journey here in good shape. In fact, some Madeiras would be sent around the world on trips to “Madeirize,” and sometimes the name of the ship would grace the labels of the wine after it was bottled.I keep mentioning the heat and oxygen thing. If you think about the low country of Charleston, no one really has a cellar that can maintain a low temperature for proper wine storage. We are at sea level, so you really can’t go down much. Barrels of Madeira could be aged in the attics of sweltering Southern homes and actually improve with age. Bottles of Madeira from the 18th century are still good to this day, if you can find them. I recently had a Malmsey from 1908. It’s fascinating to think about what was going on and who was alive when that vintage was growing—1908 still sported Czars and Kaisers.Can Madeira be made in the United States or are the name, location, and beverage tied together?Madeira is a protected appellation and has to be made there. Also, I can’t imagine why someone would try to make it here.  Even on the younger end of Madeira production you are typically looking at 5 years in a barrel minimum, while the more expensive Frasquieras have to be aged a minimum of 20 years in a barrel.  That means that if you aren’t already making them, you have a considerable period of time to get an operation like that started.In addition, Madeira has been out of fashion for a while now—like post-American Civil War a while.Finally, Madeira is a tiny place too. For some of the grape varietals, the amount of ground under vine for some is remarkably small.  Some of the grape varietals don’t even produce every year.  It’s a difficult wine to make and it takes a long time and a very unique process to make.While it may not be the most popular beverage, these days, it is having a revival of sorts as more people are learning about it through events, reading about it, et cetera. Is there a specific type of Madeira that’s found most often today in Charleston and is there a reason for that?This is an interesting question.  I would imagine that historically all sorts of Madeira would have found their way here, especially for your wealthy collector types.  Now, that said, I don’t have any specific sources of info to back up that statement, but it seems completely logical.  The Rare Wine Co. has a line of Historic Madeiras that are blended to mimic the styles that were preferred based on cities that dotted the Atlantic coast.  As you go north towards Boston and New York the richer, sweeter styles appeal to a cooler climate. To juxtapose those, Savannah and Charleston preferred the dryer styles that are higher in acidity.  If you hit up local restaurants here for Madeira you will find the Charleston Sercial bottling often.When in Charleston, where are the best places to find Madeira?Today, The Charleston Grill, McCrady’s, Husk, and Edmund’s Oast are great places to seek out Maderia wines. The Charleston Grill has a Madeira flight of old vintage wines.  Rick Rubel (the Sommelier at Charleston Grill), tries to keep something around 100 years old on that flight. McCrady’s usually has the entire Historic series available by the glass as well as vintage dated wines. Edmund’s Oast also will have some of the Rare Wine Co. bottlings along with vintage dated wines.  One of the pluses for this wine is that it really doesn’t change much after you open it.  You could have an open bottle around for years!(Image: Madeira wine at the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Holger Leue/Getty Images) Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTubelast_img read more

Une plus grande sélection de livres électroniques du Canada atlantique dans les

first_imgLes utilisateurs des bibliothèques publiques qui aiment lire des livres d’auteurs locaux sur leurs dispositifs électroniques ont maintenant des centaines de nouveaux choix à leur disposition. La Bibliothèque publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, les Bibliothèques publiques d’Halifax et l’association Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association ont collaboré pour offrir un plus grand accès aux versions électroniques des livres d’auteurs locaux dans le cadre d’un projet intitulé « Read Local ». « Ce projet novateur permet aux utilisateurs des bibliothèques de la Nouvelle-Écosse d’avoir accès à des centaines d’ouvrages électroniques publiés au Canada atlantique à partir de leurs dispositifs électroniques, affirme Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Il est donc plus facile pour les Néo-Écossais d’emprunter des livres d’auteurs du Canada atlantique partout où l’accès à Internet est disponible. » Douze maisons d’éditions régionales ont conclu une entente avec la Bibliothèque provinciale de la Nouvelle-Écosse et les Bibliothèques publiques d’Halifax afin d’offrir gratuitement les livres électroniques aux utilisateurs des bibliothèques. L’entente permet également aux bibliothèques de faire l’achat de nouveaux ouvrages électroniques et d’établir des liens avec d’autres maisons d’édition. À l’extérieur du Québec, il s’agit de la première entente provinciale de ce genre entre les bibliothèques et les maisons d’édition locales. « Cette collection offre aux Néo-Écossais un accès à une vaste sélection d’excellents livres d’auteurs locaux en format électronique, souligne Heather Bryan, présidente de l’association Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association. Nous nous attendons à ce que les livres soient très en demande, ce qui sera avantageux à la fois pour les maisons d’édition et pour les auteurs. Nous espérons qu’un plus grand nombre de livres électroniques d’auteurs locaux seront offerts dans les bibliothèques locales. » Plus de 600 nouveaux livres électroniques sont maintenant offerts à l’échelle de la province. Il s’agit d’ouvrages de fiction et d’ouvrages documentaires sur une variété de sujets, principalement à l’intention de lecteurs adultes. Des ouvrages à l’intention des jeunes lecteurs, y compris des versions françaises, sont également offerts. « Nous sommes ravis d’offrir au public les meilleurs ouvrages de nos auteurs locaux dans toute la gamme de formats qu’ils utilisent, dit Asa Kachan, bibliothécaire en chef et directrice générale des Bibliothèques publiques d’Halifax. Nous sommes vraiment reconnaissants de l’appui du gouvernement provincial dans la réalisation de ce projet. » Les collections numériques sont de plus en plus en demande dans les bibliothèques publiques depuis les dernières années. La plupart des utilisateurs des bibliothèques ont indiqué qu’ils souhaitent que leurs bibliothèques publiques offrent davantage de contenu numérique canadien. Selon Booknet Canada, environ 17 p. 100 des livres vendus au Canada en 2013 étaient des livres électroniques. Les nouveaux titres, comme tous les autres livres électroniques dans le système des bibliothèques publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse, sont offerts à toute personne ayant une carte de membre d’une bibliothèque publique, disponible gratuitement, et un accès à Internet. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le projet se trouvent au (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Hurricane Hazel McCallion appointed adviser to Premier Doug Ford

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has appointed former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion as a special adviser.McCallion served as mayor of the city west of Toronto from 1978 to 2014. In a release, the provincial government says McCallion will advise Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on a range of municipal issues and will receive up to $150,000 per year.Her appointment comes days after the province announced it was reviewing 82 municipalities, raising the possibility of amalgamations.McCallion endorsed Ford for premier in the 2018 election that vaulted his Progressive Conservatives to power.The former mayor, known as “Hurricane Hazel,” is less than a month away from her 98th birthday.The former Liberal government made Feb. 14 Hazel McCallion Day in honour of her birthday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe CW has finally announced its list of series renewals, and it’s a long one — though there are still a few question marks lingering around the fringes. Long story short: It’s a good time to be a superhero show.The network has confirmed the renewal of Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Supernatural for next season. Non-genre renewals include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin. The network has yet to make a decision on The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

Spring flooding starts in Northern Manitoba

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsThere was a limited evacuation of a Manitoba community on the weekend as snow melt caused two rivers to threaten to spill over the banks.This is added to the more than 300 people that have fled their homes from five southern Manitoba First Nations because of rising waters.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Countries set to hold largestever conference on Palestine refugees – UN

Delegates representing these governments as well as nearly three dozen international organizations will discuss the future of humanitarian assistance to millions of refugees scattered across the Middle East during the two-day gathering which opens on Monday. The UN currently estimates that there are 4.1 million Palestine refugees. One third of them still live in camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The remainder live in the towns and villages of host countries, often close to the camps. UNRWA describes the camps – which began as tent cities – as “crowded urban ghettos, suffering from poor sanitation, dire levels of poverty and very high population densities.”The agency provides basic education, free primary healthcare, relief and social services to assist the refugees. The Geneva conference has been called to increase international support for the refugees, UNRWA said. Workshops will focus on the wellbeing of Palestine refugee children, the camps, socio-economic development and the mobilization of resources. read more

Burundi UN mission official paints grim picture of human rights situation

Ismael Diallo, Chief of the Human Rights Division of the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), told a press conference in Bujumbura that violations, including rape, occur on a daily basis, and no arrests are ever made.Most crimes, he said, are committed by members of the National Defence Forces and also members of the National Liberation Front (FNL), the rebel movement that has refused to join in the transitional government.ONUB was set up in May 2004 to help cement a multi-party, power-sharing government and pave the way to peace in the small nation.Just last weekend, Burundi successfully completed the latest round in a series of national elections. On Monday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Carolyn McAskie, called on the international community to give even more support, so that the people of the war-torn country can see the benefits of democracy and not fall back into the ethnically-fuelled conflict between Hutus and Tutsis. read more

Very significant number of Eritreans joining exodus to Europe – UN Assembly

“That so many people feel the need to flee their birth place in order to live a decent life free from fear is an extraordinary indictment of the government that has controlled Eritrea since independence more than 20 years ago,” Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, told the Third Committee of the General Assembly.Mr. Smith listed factors forcing the “alarming exodus.”“No elections since 1993. No independent press since 2001. Ongoing restrictions of all freedoms: movement, expression, religion, association. Arbitrary arrests with no fair trials or no trials at all. Forced labour; torture,” he said.He also noted that the report of his Inquiry, presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June of this year, “goes a long way to explaining why the number of Eritreans fleeing the country towards Europe has grown steadily since 2001 and has accelerated with a growth of more than 150 per cent between 2013 and 2014.”“The international community, in the form of the Human Rights Council, has responded to the dramatic nature of these findings by reiterating its deep concern at the ongoing reports of grave violations of human rights,” Mr. Smith said.He went on to say that the Council, “in an unprecedented move” for a county not at war has decided to extend the mandate of the commission for another year to investigate “systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in Eritrea with a view ensuring full accountability including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity.” read more

GE Mining successfully trials new underground vehicle battery

first_imgGE has revealed that its breakthrough energy storage technology, the Durathon battery, has successfully powered a mining scoop at Coal River Energy in Alum Creek, West Virginia, USA. This trial is a major milestone for GE Mining. GE Mining and GE’s Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s Invertex underground propulsion system to develop a more advanced and efficient mining scoop.“We’re encouraged by the test at Coal River Energy and see Durathon battery technology as a long-term solution for our mining customers,” said Prescott Logan, General Manager of GE Energy Storage. “With the Invertex underground propulsion system and our state-of-the-art energy storage solution, GE Mining will deliver higher efficiency and productivity to mining customers worldwide while lowering fuel use, emissions and life-cycle cost.”GE’s Durathon battery technology features a number of benefits that make the technology faster, cleaner and better than traditional batteries, including at least 40% more operating range. The battery is 25% smaller and 50% lighter than traditional batteries, enabling more energy to be stored in a smaller space. The battery-powered scoop operates more effectively in extreme temperatures and requires no cooling and minimal maintenance.Additionally, the battery contains no lead acid materials. This eliminates the release of gases when charging, removes explosive fuel sources underground and reduces mineworker exposure to diesel particulate matter – three key safety priorities for the mining industry.“The Durathon battery powered scoop further underscores GE Mining’s progress towards bringing the next generation of superior underground mining equipment to the industry,” said Geoff Knox, CEO of GE Mining. “We are encouraged by this rigorous testing and look forward to the future benefits this technology will bring to our customers.”GE Mining, which continues to drive the industry with breakthrough propulsion system innovations, acquired Fairchild’s underground mining equipment in 2012. Following the acquisition, GE Mining initiated a program to combine the Fairchild underground mining scoop together with GE’s Invertex underground propulsion system and Durathon battery technology into a state-of-the-art underground mining solution.“The scoop performed well and we are eager to see the final product,” said Carl Estep, Maintenance Manager at Coal River Energy. “The lightweight, high density battery’s ability to reduce maintenance and charging time while allowing for easier maneuverability will provide advantages over today’s lead-acid scoops.”GE Mining will continue testing this technology to ensure it meets customer needs. The Durathon battery powered scoop is expected to be available in 2014.last_img read more

It was never about bringing Lance down Emma OReilly to appear on

first_imgEMMA O’REILLY, THE Dublin masseuse who helped to expose Lance Armstrong, says that her decision to speak out was never motivated by a desire to get back at the disgraced cyclist.O’Reilly worked with Armstrong on the United States Postal team but left in acrimonious circumstances and later helped lift the lid on cycling’s systemic culture of doping.The 42-year-old provided key testimony to a United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) investigation which last week described the team as running “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.”“It was never about bringing Lance down,” O’Reilly said in an interview with Craig Doyle which will be broadcast on RTÉ tonight. “It was about cleaning up cycling.”After ending her involvement with US Postal in 2000, O’Reilly contributed to the book L.A. Confidentiel, written by Sunday Times journalist David Walsh. The book presented evidence against Armstrong, who subsequently labelled her a “prostitute” and an “alcoholic”, O’Reilly claims.The RTÉ interview comes a day after a host of Armstrong’s major sponsors, including Nike, distanced themselves from the American. The 41-year-old also stepped down as head of his Livestrong cancer awareness charity on Wednesday.Watch Emma O’Reilly’s interview on the Craig Doyle Show, Thursday at 10.35pm on RTÉ 2 .Lance Armstrong case: Irish masseuse, Emma O’Reilly, claims she worked as ‘drug-runner’ for US Postal team“Now, Emma, you know enough to bring me down”: an Irish aide’s affidavit in the Lance Armstrong investigationlast_img read more