Second Egyptian dies of bird flu; H5 virus found in mink

first_imgMar 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A second Egyptian has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and the virus may have infected a mink in Sweden, according to recent reports.The Egyptian victim, Fatma Mahmoud Youssef Sabra, 30, lived in the Qaliubiya governorate north of Cairo, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Egyptian authorities confirmed that she died of H5N1 infection, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement. The agency said she became ill on Mar 12 after slaughtering chickens at home; she was admitted to a hospital Mar 16 and died Mar 27.The first human case in Egypt involved another 30-year-old woman from the same governorate, who died Mar 17.As previously reported, tests by the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) confirmed three other human cases in Egypt, for five total cases to date. The WHO listed the patients as a 32-year-old man who worked on a farm where poultry were culled shortly before he fell ill on Mar 16, a 17-year-old boy from a poultry farm in the Nile Delta who fell ill Mar 18, and an 18-year-old girl from the Kafr-El-Sheikh governorate who fell ill after butchering sick poultry. She has been hospitalized since Mar 25, but the man and the teen-ager have recovered, WHO said.The WHO has postponed adding these cases to its case count until confirmatory testing is completed, the agency said today. The current tally is 186 human cases, including 105 deaths.Conflicting reports on the status of avian flu in Iraq have emerged in the past 3 days. A WHO spokeswoman told Reuters news service on Mar 27 that avian flu was under control in Iraq, in comments that appeared focused on the virus’ spread in poultry.Today Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that birds in a district of Baghdad have tested positive for H5N1 flu, while a man elsewhere in the city has been hospitalized with signs and symptoms consistent with avian flu. Tests on birds from the Kamamaliya district were positive for H5N1, said Ibtisam Aziz, a spokeswoman for the Iraqi government’s avian flu committee. The tests were conducted after a man who died earlier this week was suspected of having avian flu, AFP reported. A relative of the man had similar symptoms but has since recovered, Aziz said.Reports did not say when test results for those three suspected human cases were expected.Mink had H5 flu virusIn Europe this week, an H5 virus has been confirmed in a new species, a mink found in Sweden. There have been no confirmed reports of H5N1 avian flu in mink, according to a species list maintained by the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center.The mink had an aggressive H5 virus and was euthanized, the National Veterinary Institute in Sweden said, as reported by Reuters Mar 27. The animal was found in the Blekinge region of southern Sweden, where several infected birds have been found.The institute said the mink was thought to have contracted the virus by consuming infected wild birds, the suspected mode of transmission to felines as well.Bird cases continue to spreadThe H5N1 virus has now been confirmed in twomore European countries where it was suspected of killing wild birds, news services reported. A dead swan found last week in southwestern Czech Republic had the virus, and confirmatory tests are under way at the European Union reference lab in England, AFP reported today.The English lab has confirmed H5N1 in a buzzard that was found in Denmark, south of Copenhagen, AFP reported in a separate story today. Denmark has now reported a dozen cases of the virus in birds.In western India, the culling of a quarter-million chickens began today, following newly confirmed cases of H5N1 in several villages, AFP reported. Four hundred cullers began the culling, which was expected to last 5 days and span 1,500 square kilometers in two states, said Bijay Kumar, animal husbandry commissioner in Maharashtra state.Meanwhile, concerns have arisen over the handling of samples from poultry in India. Spoiled samples have hampered efforts to identify new outbreaks, according to AFP. Only one lab in India is testing for H5N1, and it has been handling as many as 5,000 samples a week. However, conditions outside the lab in Bhopal are posing problems, said H.K. Pradhan, head of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Madhya Pradesh, in an AFP interview.”The samples are coming from far-off places and the cold chain is not maintained properly so the virus dies,” Pradhan said. “In some areas ice is not readily available” to preserve poultry carcasses, he added. “The state authorities need to take more care.”In Israel, authorities in Jerusalem ordered culling of poultry at Kibbutz Ma’aleh Hahamisha today after H5N1 was found there yesterday, The Jerusalem Post reported online today. Israel earlier had culled 1.2 million poultry from 53 farms in 14 communities in only 9 days, the agriculture minister was quoted as saying.See alsoMar 29 WHO update on situation in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_29/en/index.htmlUS Geological Survey list of species affected by H5N1 avian fluhttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/affected_species_chart.jsplast_img read more

Eurostat: Camping statistics in the EU

first_imgSome time ago, Eurostat (European Statistical Office) published the report “Tourism Statistics – Annual Results of the Accommodation Sector” for 2015, which is interesting because it has a separate camping sector.Tourist accommodation capacity in 2016Regarding the capacity of the camps, Croatia can accommodate 250.456 people in the camps.In the Mediterranean, France can accommodate 2.840.256 people in camps, Italy 1.174.821, Spain 777.308 people, Portugal 203.580 and Greece 83.577 people. It is interesting to note that in Europe, France has 2,9 times more capacity in campsites than the total accommodation capacity of the Republic of Croatia, Italy has 1,2 times more capacity, and the United Kingdom has 1,4 times more capacity in campsites than the total accommodation capacity. capacity of the Republic of Croatia.In Croatia, campsites spend 22,5% of overnight stays, with Denmark (34,7%), Luxembourg (32,8%), France (27,7%) and Sweden (27,3%) having a higher share. In Italy, camps cover 13,5% of overnight stays, while in Spain 8,1%.Percentage share of type of accommodationCoastal and continental tourismThe full report of the European Statistical Office with the main indicators can be downloaded HERE12th Congress of Croatian Camping from 12-14.11.2018.This year’s 12th Congress of Croatian Camping will be held from Monday 12.11. until Wednesday, November 14.11.2018, XNUMX, in the continental part of our country.The Croatian Camping Association has not yet revealed the exact location, but they say that at the Croatian Camping Congress they will be able to find out what is happening in camping in Croatia and Europe, look at the latest MH models and various camping equipment and take the opportunity to meet friends and colleagues from others. camps, and announce that they will soon publish more information about the program as well as the final location of the 12th KHK,Like most tourist destinations in Croatia, camps are growing in the first six months of this year. Thus, in 2018, from the beginning of the year to June 14.6, a total of 566.649 arrivals and 2.797.238 overnight stays were realized in our camps, which represents an increase in arrivals by 10% and overnight stays by 13%. At the annual level, all counties are in the black in terms of the number of overnight stays (the largest increase in coastal counties is in the Split-Dalmatia County with + 28,0%), while only three counties are in the red with -5,5%, Šibenik-Knin County with -3,2% and Zagrebačka with -1,7%).last_img read more

Chinese seen staying close to home for first major holiday since coronavirus

first_imgBut hotels and major travel operators said they were optimistic about presale figures, with Marriott International saying many companies were promoting “staycations”.”It’s encouraging to see signs of recovery after a long, cold winter,” said Jolyon Bulley, chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group Greater China, who told Reuters May Day bookings were showing some positive signs.Many people were planning to visit places in home provinces or nearby cities, Trip.com said, citing ticket sales.Half of its presold rooms were for five-star hotels, indicating travellers were seeking better quality accommodation due to epidemic concerns, it said. Topics : They are also taking advantage of cheap domestic flights and hotel deals being offered by airlines and hotel chains eager to get people travelling again.Prices for popular routes such as Beijing to Sanya, on the southern holiday island of Hainan, have been slashed by up to 90%, with booking on average 30% down, according to Alibaba Group’s travel booking platform Fliggy.In the financial hub of Shanghai, Marriott is offering guests a 2,202 yuan ($310) package that includes a one-night stay at its upscale W Hotel, a cocktail and tapas dinner and spa treatments.Jiang Qin, a 38-year-old Beijing office worker, said she was going away but not too far. She aimed to take her 2-year-old daughter to the nearby city of Tianjin, having scrapped a plan to go to Hainan because of Beijing’s quarantine requirements.”Tianjin is not the best alternative, but I just want to travel. Anywhere is better than nowhere,” she said.Lingering uncertainties However, industry executives warn that it too soon to say how robust the recovery in holiday travel will be given concern about a second wave of the coronavirus.International travel remains out of the question for most, due to border restrictions imposed by other countries, a lack of flights and two weeks of quarantine that await people coming back to China.Major tourism sites and some restaurants have and been told to limit occupancy to as low as 30% of normal levels, capping any recovery.The China Tourist Attractions Association estimates that destinations will see an 80% drop in revenue in the first quarter.”The uncertainties are not completely gone, and no one would be able to tell exactly what will happen,” said Bulley.”Recovery will continue to come in phases in China, and what we can do is to be fully prepared under the new norm.”Some small hotels and travel agencies have been forced to shut as the lockdown choked off revenue. Among the most high-profile casualties was Baicheng Travel Agency, which counts deep-pocketed tech giant Alibaba as an investor.Boutique hotel Fun Deluxe in the Moganshan hill area, a three-hour drive from Shanghai, told Reuters the May Day holiday was giving it some hope of survival, with all of its 29 rooms, which cost up to 2,000 yuan a night, booked.The hotel had to close in February because of the outbreak and has on average had only one room occupied a night since it reopened on March 6 – “not enough to pay our cleaning staff”, said the hotel’s service manager who gave her surname as Zhu.”The income during May Day is vital,” Zhu said.”We really hope business will get back to normal after May Day.”center_img China’s tourists are set to stick close to home and take advantage of discounts as they take time off for the first major holiday since the easing of coronavirus lockdowns, offering a glimpse of what travel may look like after the epidemic.A five-day Labour Day holiday from May 1 is being seen as a test for the tourism industry, one of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus, which emerged in central China late last year and triggered shutdowns of up to three months.Travel operator Trip.com estimates about 90 million people will go on holiday for the May Day break, less than half the number who went last year.last_img read more

New chief financial officer joins Jersey Oil & Gas

first_imgUK-based Jersey Oil & Gas has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) with immediate effect.Jersey said on Wednesday that Vicary Gibbs was named as the new chief financial officer.Gibbs has over 20 years of experience as a corporate financier advising oil and gas corporates on M&A, capital raising and restructuring transactions. He previously worked at BMO Capital Markets as a managing director of investment banking.Since April 2017, Gibbs has acted as an independent oil and gas consultant, providing advice to Jersey Oil & Gas and others. Before this, he worked at Canaccord Genuity Hawkpoint, Bank of America, and Deutsche Bank AG.Accordingly, Scott Richardson Brown has stepped down from the CFO role to focus on other directorships and business interests. He agreed to assist Gibbs and the company in achieving a smooth handover of his responsibilities over the next four weeks.Marcus Stanton, chairman of Jersey Oil & Gas, said: “I am delighted to welcome Vicary to the board and look forward to working with him in the years ahead, leveraging off his considerable experience as we look to grow the business organically with our core Verbier asset as well as continuing to evaluate and pursue accretive North Sea-focused acquisition opportunities.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott for his contribution to the company’s development, as we transitioned through the restructuring of Trap Oil into Jersey Oil & Gas […].  I, and the entire Jersey Oil & Gas team, wish Scott all the best with his future endeavors.”last_img read more

Uzoho ready for new Cypriot First Division season

first_imgRead Also: ‘You can’t compare Lewandowski and Messi‘Last month, the 21-year-old completed his move to the Cypriot outfit on a three-year deal from Spanish second division club Deportivo La Coruna.The Super Eagles goalkeeper, who has spent the last 18 months in Cyprus, penned a permanent contract that will keep him with the Legend until May 2023.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist Super Eagles and APOEL Nicosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho continues his road to recovery ahead of the 2020/2021 Cypriot First Division season scheduled to start on August 21st, Sportinglife.ng reports. The Nigeria international recently returned to training after suffering a ligament injury back in October during Super Eagles’ international friendly outing against five-time world champions Brazil in Singapore. He had since been sidelined from action after undergoing successful surgery. The former Elche goalkeeper uploaded a picture from his training sesseion on his verified Instagram account with the caption, “Eyes on the ball. IN CHRIST ALONE”.Advertisement APOEL will begin their campaign in the league by hosting Karmiotissa Pano Polemidion at the Neo GSP and Uzoho will be hoping to be available in the early stages of the season. APOEL will also be participating in the 2020-21 Europa League first qualifying round after they finished third on the league table before the Cypriot First Division was declared null and void because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

NUJ suspends SWAN national elections, says parallel congresses should be put on hold

first_imgRelatedPosts NUJ orders boycott of Fani-Kayode’s press briefing, activities Eid-el-Kabir: Lagos SWAN felicitates with Muslim faithful SWAN condemns suspension of Osun United, Osun Babes players’ salaries The Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday in Abuja again waded into the growing crisis in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria by suspending the body’s upcoming national elections.The NUJ, which is the association’s mother union, in suspending the elections, asked the two electoral bodies now in place for the elections to stay action “forthwith and indefinitely”.In a letter by the union’s National Secretary, Shuaibu Leman, the NUJ said the Port-Harcourt and Abuja congresses of SWAN, which would have accompanied the elections, should also be put on hold.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the letter was addressed to Honour Sirawoo, SWAN National Chairman, and copied the two electoral bodies presently in place.“The NUJ President has directed that you should suspend this election forthwith and indefinitely, pending when all contentious issues raised in petitions to NUJ National Secretariat are resolved amicably,” Leman stated in the letter.The NUJ also invited Sirawoo to its National Secretariat “for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the way forward”.NAN reports that crisis had been brewing in SWAN since Sirawoo made attempts to review the Association’s Statutes with only few days to the end of its National Executive Committee (NEC) tenure.Sirawoo’s three-year tenure was to have ended on July 13, having been elected on July 13, 2016 in Ilorin.This unfortunate situation led to the emergence of a group: “Concerned SWAN Members,” as well as one presidential election aspirant, Ahmed Aigbona, who had through a series of petitions alerted the NUJ to the undemocratic ongoings.The NUJ was then forced to ask Sirawoo to halt the Statutes Review.But he had then gone on to constitute an electoral committee which issued election guidelines that sought to stop the real members of the Association from being involved in the electoral process.The situation had led to the resignation of the committee’s Chairman, Yusuf Isah, as well as the factionalisation of SWAN, leading to the formation of another electoral committee by the new faction.NAN reports that the crisis in SWAN has seen the Association’s National Chairman writing a petition to the Department of State Services against some of his members without recourse to laid-down guidelines.His action has even led to the security body inviting him to explain why he had to petition it on matters seen to be political.Tags: Nigerian Union of JournalistsSWANlast_img read more

Vintage Tour de France heading for thrilling finale

first_imgBy Julien PretotNIMES, France (Reuters) – With only five days of actual racing left, there is still no clear front runner in this year’s Tour de France, making it the most open and exciting competition in 30 years.In 1989, Laurent Fignon was left distraught as he missed out on the title by eight seconds, with American Greg Lemond pulling off the narrowest margin of victory in the Tour’s history.Julian Alaphilippe holds a 1:35 minute lead going into the final week but with the Frenchman fading, the yellow jersey appears to be slipping off his back as the finishing line gets closer.With the riders placed between second and sixth separated by just 39 seconds, Alaphilippe knows that the chasing pack led by defending champion Geraint Thomas will be a constant threat to his hopes of ending France’s 34-year wait for a home-grown champion. It has been a frustrating race for Team Ineos as they have not been able to take control in the absence of Chris Froome, the four-time champion who is missing the race following a horror crash last month.Apart from Thomas, the main challengers are his Ineos team mate Egan Bernal, Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk, German Emanuel Buchmann and Thibaut Pinot, who is also carrying the hopes of the home nation.EYE OF THE TIGERWhile Alaphilippe outclassed his rivals during the first two weeks on short, punchy climbs, hanging on in the Pyrenees and by upsetting Thomas in the time trial, Pinot is closing in on the lead fast.It took the 29-year-old two stages to write off the 1:40 minutes he lost due to a positioning error in the crosswinds on a flat stage last week. Following that, he emerged as the best climber as he won stage 14 and also gained time over all his rivals on Sunday. With three gruelling stages in the Alps likely to decide the race, Pinot is the bookmakers’ favourite as he trails Thomas by 15 seconds.“It’s the first time I’ve seen a tiger on his bike. The look in his eyes says he wants to eat everyone,” Cyrille Guimard, who was the sports director of Bernard Hinault’s La Vie Claire team when he was the last French winner of the Tour in 1985, said.“I’m in the game but I’m clear-headed and I keep my feet on the ground. The momentum can switch at every stage,” Pinot, who has stage wins on all three grand tours and won the ‘Monument’ classic Giro di Lombardia last October, said. In Sunday’s final climb up to the Prat d’Albis, Pinot first dropped Kruijswijk and Thomas, then Buchmann and Bernal, showing his superiority for the second day in a row.TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Without Froome, Ineos have not been able to suffocate the competition as they did to win six of the last seven editions when they were known as Team Sky.The British outfit, however, may have a tactical advantage as they have two riders in position to win the race, although it could also play against them as they have not yet named a clear leader.They are confident the race will go their way, with Thomas banking on his consistency. “Alaphilippe still has a nice lead and he has a few days now to recover and obviously Pinot is climbing very well but the main thing about grand tours is being consistent and strong all the way through it and how you deal with any sort of bad day you get,” the Welshman said.Asked what he thought about potentially facing two Frenchmen on their home soil for the overall win, he replied: “I’d love it. I’d relish it. Bring it on.”With a new heatwave expected to sweep across France this week, riders can expect extremely challenging conditions before they enter Friday’s 19th stage. During their 2,770 metres climb to Col de l’Iseran, thunderstorms are forecast, which just happens to be Pinot’s favourite weather.last_img read more

Serena battles through tension-filled U.S. Open fourth round

first_imgNEW YORK, NY (Reuters) – Serena Williams NYSE:WMB) advanced to the U.S. Open quarter-finals after a gritty, tension-soaked 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 win over Greece’s Maria Sakkari yesterday.The 23-time Grand Slam winner came up short in the second-set tiebreak, with her power serve abandoning her when she needed it most.Sakkari carried the momentum into the third set as she started the decider with a break.But the 38-year-old American once again showed the battling instincts that have made her one of the all-time greats. She broke back to level for 2-2 as Sakkari’s forehand started to misfire.The six-time Flushing Meadows champion marked her 100th win on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a roar that could be heard all around the grounds.“I just kept fighting,” said Williams, who lost to Sakkari two weeks ago in the Western & Southern Open.“She was doing so well; she was being so aggressive.“I knew I needed to do the same thing.”last_img read more

Reflections on the Career of F1 Great, Schumacher as He Turns…

first_imgMichael Schumacher turns 50 on January 3, but his physical condition remains a mystery to those outside his personal circle, following the skiing accident which left him with severe brain injuries in December 2013. He has not been seen in public since.But the memory of what Schumacher achieved in Formula 1 over a career that totalled more than 18 seasons and spanned 21 years is indelible.On Thursday, Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes, the final team for which Schumacher drove, paid tribute to the “tremendous impact” the German had on the sport. Beyond the records of seven world titles and 91 wins, Wolff pointed out, Schumacher “also shaped and changed the sport forever. As a driver, Michael took Formula 1 to a whole new level with his attention to detail and his technical knowledge”. He could have added physical preparation to the list as well.Wolff’s remarks took one’s mind back to October 2012, when Schumacher announced his retirement at the Japanese Grand Prix. He did not always have the warmest of relations with the media – he was too controversial for that – but as he finished his prepared statement in the Mercedes area that day he was given a round of applause.It was a mark of the respect in which Schumacher was held, regardless of some of the darker mome   nts of his career.Sadly for someone who achieved so much, Schumacher’s career fizzled out. He had returned to F1 in 2010 with Mercedes, hoping to add to his records. Instead, with an uncompetitive car, he managed just one podium, and was generally out-performed by team-mate Nico Rosberg.It was a discombobulating experience during those three years to watch a man who had dominated the sport for so long look like just another driver. In that way, the Schumacher who returned to F1 was quite different from the one who finished his first career with Ferrari in 2006. The new Schumacher was more human, more open and more likeable. But he was also nowhere near as good.As he put it himself that day in Japan: “In the past six years I have learned a lot about myself. For example that you can open yourself without losing focus, that losing can be both more difficult and more instructive than winning. Sometimes I lost this out of sight in the earlier years.”It was not a remark you could have imagined him making in his first career, when self-doubt was something that simply did not appear to be part of his make-up.A final pole for prideThere was one big high point in that final season of 2012. Schumacher took pole in Monaco, beating all the new generation of drivers who had taken his place – Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel et al.In normal circumstances, that would almost have guaranteed he went on to add a 92nd win the following day. But the achievement of being the fastest man of all one final time was only for pride, and a fleeting reminder of what he had once been. Schumacher had a five-place grid penalty, which demoted him from pole position to sixth on the grid. He retired from the race.That penalty was given to Schumacher for an accident he caused at the previous race in Spain, when he rammed into the back of Williams driver Bruno Senna having misjudged his rival’s actions.That was only one of four similar incidents in a span of 18 months that crystallised the impression that the time was approaching where Schumacher should call it a day.The impression was not lost on Schumacher. For months that summer, he vacillated on his future and in the end his hand was forced. Mercedes, then run by Schumacher’s long-time collaborator Ross Brawn, signed Lewis Hamilton and Schumacher was left with the decision of trying to get a drive with a lesser team or quitting. He made the right call.Questions – and records – remainThe struggles during his return had an unfortunate effect on Schumacher’s legacy while he was competing in those final three years of his career. People within F1 – people with the highest regard for his achievements – began to question what had gone before.There had always been question marks over his first title with Benetton in 1994, given the highly controversial nature of that year. Illegal driver aids were found in the car, but Benetton were not punished because governing body the FIA said they could find no proof they had been used.But during his comeback, people began to look back at the dominant Ferrari era of the early 2000s, when Schumacher won five titles in a row, and started to wonder aloud just how much of an advantage he had.It was the richest team, they had unlimited testing and bespoke tyres. Did this, people have said, mean Schumacher was not as good as he had looked?If you had watched him during his first career, though, you knew how ridiculous an assertion this was. Schumacher in his pomp was something truly special, a man who was routinely, on every lap, able to dance on a limit accessible to almost no-one else.Sure, the competition in his heyday was not as deep as it was when he made his return, but Schumacher performed miracles with a racing car that stand comparison with the greatest drives of any era.Victories such as his wet-weather domination of Spain in 1996, his incredible fightback in Hungary in 1998, his on-the-limit battle with Mika Hakkinen at Suzuka that clinched his first title in 2000 were tours de force. And there were many more among that astonishing total of 91 victories.A darker or more human side?So too, as has been well documented, there was a dark side to Schumacher, and it was never far away through his first career.Notoriously, he won his first world title after driving into Damon Hill’s Williams. He failed to pull off a similar stunt in 1997 with Jacques Villeneuve. And perhaps most pernicious of all, he deliberately parked his car in Monaco qualifying in 2006 to stop Fernando Alonso taking pole position from him.Those were just the most extreme examples of a modus operandi in which Schumacher seemed often to act without morals, a man who was prepared to do literally anything to win, the sporting personification of Machiavelli’s prince, for whom the ends justified the means.People who worked with him say these were aberrations at odds with a man who, to those in his inner circle, was warm, honest, humble and generous to a fault. But those acts continued to haunt Schumacher to the end of his career, and he always refused to discuss them, never entertained the prospect of saying sorry.“We are all humans and we all make mistakes,” he said at Suzuka that Thursday. “And with hindsight you would probably do it differently if you had a second opportunity, but that’s life.”He was given a second opportunity at F1, and he took it because in three years he had found nothing to replace it in his life.His self-belief persuaded him that he could come back as good as he had been when he went away, but he learnt that time stands still for no man.As memories of that ill-fated return have faded, though, the ‘real’ Schumacher has come back into focus. A human machine, a force of nature, a sportsman who raised the bar in his chosen arena and carved himself a place in sporting immortality. The complexity of the legacy just makes him all the more interesting.Six years later, Hamilton looks capable of threatening records that not that long ago appeared impregnable.But whether Schumacher’s records are broken or not, whether or not he recovers from his accident sufficiently to re-enter public life, he will forever remain one of the very greatest F1 drivers there has ever been.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC professor wins Gödel Prize in computer science

first_imgSeeley G. Mudd Professor for Computer Science Shang-Hua Teng was chosen as a recipient of the Gödel Prize with Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University for their work in smoothing of graph algorithms. Teng and Spielman were announced as the prize recipients by the Association for Computing Machinery on May 27.The Gödel Prize — named after Kurt Gödel, one of the pioneers of scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century — is awarded annually by the Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science for major contributions to mathematical logic and computer scienceThe coming of age of social media and handheld devices has brought forth many complex problems. Technology users are now generating mountains of data and navigating and sifting through that data swiftly and efficiently. This became a focal point for Teng and Spielman’s work.“We need to develop faster algorithms because you can’t wait forever for your Google searches and social media searches. Linear time is the benchmark for modern day databases,” Teng said.Efficiency of searching and sorting algorithms is key to modern day computing, and that is where Teng and Spielman have helped develop powerful algorithms. These algorithms are used to produce faster results for complex search problems with the same amount of computing power at their disposal.“Graph algorithms have interested me since my days as a Ph.D. scholar, not just because they are central to a lot of modern day computing problems, but also because of their interdisciplinary nature,” Teng said.During the course of his career, Teng has worked at a number of organizations such as IBM and Intel. At NASA, Teng helped develop pioneering computer software that uses finite element techniques to simulate aerodynamic models.Teng spoke fondly about his co-recipient of the award, Spielman, with whom he shares a friendship that goes back many years, describing him as a man of great intellect.The two first met when Teng was a Ph.D. student and common interests allowed them to collaborate on several occasions. This is the second time that they have been awarded the Gödel Prize. The previous was in 2008.On being asked if he sometimes wishes for more computing power, Teng said that he’s learned to deal with it as more of a constraint.“Greater computing power is something that has allowed us to solve and look at problems of greater complexity,” Teng said. “The scale of the problems change drastically. The two always go hand in hand.”The award will be presented to Teng at the ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing, June 14-17 in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more