Vietnamese troops in a bomb and mine detection and clearance activity. PANO – The first conference of the Experts Working Group on Humanitarian Mine Action under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) will take place in Vietnam in mid-2014. The General Department of Politics instructs its units to popularize, ensure security and order, and prepare artistic performances for the event. Earlier, an initiative to form an ADMM+ expert working group on humanitarian mine action to overcome the aftermath of bombs and mines left by wars and conflicts, put forward by Vietnam, was adopted by the second ADMM+ in August 2013 in Brunei. Of which, Vietnam and India are the first co-chairs of the group. Accordingly, the two countries built an action plan for the group in the 2014-2017 period, which was discussed in the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials' Meeting Working Group (ADSOM WG) and will be approved in the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials' Meeting-Plus (ADSOM+) at … [Read more...] about Experts on humanitarian mine action to gather in mid-2014
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Well, another Apple keynote has come and gone. In the absence of any big hardware announcements, chief executive Tim Cook's biggest news on Monday was iOS 8, due in the autumn. Here are five other key takeaways from Cook's keynote address at the company's Worldwide Developer conference. New 'health kit' relies on old hardware iOS 8, which will be released in the autumn, will include a "Health kit" to organise data from fitness and health devices in a single place; it will also let you control connected smart home gear such as garage doors, smart light bulbs and door locks, and other internet-connected devices that comply with an Apple specification. Noticeably, Apple didn't announce any new hardware – no new computers, no new phones (though those weren't expected; it releases those towards the end of the year, when people spend more), no "iWatch", no wearable fitness band, no new version of the Apple TV and nothing to do with Beats – apart from a phone call to Dr Dre by … [Read more...] about WWDC 2014: five key points from Apple’s address
Serena Williams rescued her season with a lopsided victory over Caroline Wozniacki to win her 18th grand slam title in a final that flirted with towering mediocrity, was restored to passable competence and finished with merciful speed in a dribble of errors. On a day of records, major and minor, the 32-year-old American ended what for her constituted a drought – a year without a major – winning 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and a quarter. She stands alongside Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova now, and four behind Steffi Graf as major winners in the Open era, but still trailing Helen Wills Moody (19) and Margaret Court (24) in the history of the game. The last time she played in all four majors and went winless she was 19 years old. This was a good save, at least – but it might have been the poorest contest of the tournament. It is a wonder the net did not collapse, so many times was it bashed. There is no papering over the cruel statistics. Wozniacki, the former world No1 … [Read more...] about US Open: Serena Williams powers past Caroline Wozniacki for sixth title
A graphic novel which draws a bleak vision of a future Scotland beset by rising tides has been assembled by a team of award-winning authors and artists including Irvine Welsh. IDP: 2043, which will be launched in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is the the Trainspotting author's first writing for comics, working with graphic artist Dan McDaid on his part of the story. The project was overseen by Scottish crime writer and graphic novelist Denise Mina, after starting life as part of the Stripped programme of graphic novels at the 2013 festival. "It was a bit of a shot in the dark – it could have not worked," said Mina. "I used to hate collective books – there used to be a fashion for them, with everyone taking one chapter, and what actually happened was that everyone fell out with each other, or people didn't hand stuff in. I tried to shape the story so nothing was contingent on anything else, but actually it all worked out." As well as Welsh, the graphic … [Read more...] about Irvine Welsh joins team writing dystopian graphic novel
Brendan Rodgers has committed his long-term future to Leicester City, ending speculation linking him with the vacant Arsenal manager's job. The Northern Irishman moved to Leicester from Celtic in February after winning seven trophies in just under three years in charge in Scotland.The 46-year-old has taken Leicester to second in the Premier League behind Liverpool, with 11 wins from 15 matches this season.Leicester, the 2015/16 Premier League champions, have won their past seven league games to equal their top-flight record for consecutive victories.Close Rodgers' success at the King Power Stadium saw him linked heavily with the Arsenal manager's job after the sacking last week of Unai Emery. related news EPL: Tottenham Hotspur must fix leaky defence and stop cheap goals says Mourinho EPL: Watford name Pearson as head coach until end of season EPL: Manchester City flex financial muscle to leave neighbours United lagging behind "When I made the decision to come to Leicester … [Read more...] about EPL: Brendon Rodgers signs new Leicester deal, putting an end to Arsenal link
Theories in behavioral economics and psychology have identified a number of biases with respect to our memory of experiences, our prediction of experiences, as well as the change of actual subjective experience over time. For example, when we try to predict how we will feel in the future, we may overestimate the intensity of our emotions. The level of happiness that I expect to feel during my next vacation may be higher than how I will rate it during the actual experience. There are different explanations for this error, including how we remember past events. My memory of a past vacation is likely to be non-representative of the vacation overall, and I may evaluate it based on the most pleasurable points and its end, for example, rather than the average of every moment of the experience (the peak-end-rule). In addition, as my vacation days go by, I will simply get used to it and my happiness will level out. According to the concept of hedonic adaptation, changes in experiences tend … [Read more...] about Adapt or Perish?