Cartoon: July 30, 2015

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Your Chances Of Being Gored By A Bull In Pamplona Are Getting

Spanish3747301.6 NATIONALITYTOTAL GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF ATTENDANCE IN 2014GORINGS TO ATTENDANCE RATIO Latin Americans4551.0 Other/unidentified1013210.6 British68%4%1.9 I’m sure this data will do little to dissuade my fellow prospective runners from heading to Pamplona one of these years — if anything, it’ll probably be used to argue that the odds are in your favor. But you’ll take the risk knowing that there have been only three days in the past 35 years when no one suffered a major injury. Hey, it’s gotta happen to someone. North Americans1114240.6 French2350.5 Australians or Kiwis810110.9 Another year, another 10 gorings. The annual nine-day running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, drew to a close today, with the inevitable bloody results: None was gored today, but five were hospitalized with major injuries in the last of eight runs.The festival is one of the most jarring examples of just how imperfect a process natural selection is. The tradition began centuries ago as a way to transport bulls from their corrals to the bullfighting ring, and grew as more people decided it would be fun to run in front of the bulls and try not to die. Literally the only point of going is to survive extreme risk (and to slap a bull on the butt, apparently). And yet it seems just as popular on bucket lists now1Mine included. as it was when it shot to worldwide fame in 1926 with its depiction in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The danger is the appeal — but just how dangerous is it to run with the Pamplona bulls?Record keeping on deaths (there have been 15) goes back to 1922, and Navarra — the region of Spain where the festival takes place — has kept track of every major injury that has resulted from the run since 1980. Using their data, I decided to find out for myself what the odds will be of ending up in a Navarra hospital when I inevitably partake in this exercise in idiocy.Although the number of injuries has been volatile from year to year, it’s grown by about 5.1 percent on average each year since 1980.That’s what you might expect if attendance were growing, but it’s not. Pamplona’s City Hall has tracked exact annual headcounts since only 2011 (and hasn’t published numbers for 2015 yet), but the limited available data suggests that attendance is on the decline — 17,126 people participated last year, down from 20,500 in 2011.2Six bulls and six steers run every day, regardless of the number of human participants. (Organizers claim the steers are harmless.) Pamplona blames the decline of the past two years on timing, saying the weekend fell mid-festival rather than at the beginning (coinciding with the big event kickoff), as it did in 2012 and 2011.With injuries going up and attendance going down, each person who runs alongside the bulls has a higher risk of being injured every year. Based on 2014’s data, you’d have a 0.3 percent chance of being injured, which is the same chance of having an unproduced screenplay turned into a feature film.But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and don that pañuelo just yet. The Associated Press has kept detailed reports on how many people were gored — and the countries they hail from — every day of the festival dating to 2005. I used Nexis to determine whether runners from any nationality stood out. Obviously, Spaniards were hit hardest in terms of the raw number of gorings — 37 of the total 78 over the 10-year period. But Brits take home the prize for most disproportionate number of participants gored. They account for about 8 percent of gorings, but just 4 percent of participants.3Breakdown of attendance by nationality is based on 2014 headcounts. read more

Depicting the rich culture of Rajasthan

first_imgRama Theater Natya Vidya (RATNAV) will perform ‘Thakur Zalim’, ‘Sultana’ and ‘Giraftari’ from November 19 till 21 at the Shriram Center.The first play ‘Thakur Jalim Singh’ is a folk story of a cruel, dominating king who was only interested to expand his kingdom through war. But at the end surrenders his empire to a saint for two drops of water, who preaches him about the reality of life. The second drama ‘Sultana’ is a story of Sultana of Rajasthan, where his father was having his marriage with a man of old age, unlike Sultana raised her voice in front of everyone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRegarding the third performance titled, ‘Giraftari’, Rama Pandey, CEO of RATNAV said that this story is an adaptation of the popular novel ‘The Trial’ by 20th-century well-known author Franz Kafka. This is the story of a man of the present time and based in Delhi who is alienated in society. The story is an actual depiction of a common man in Indian society in today’s political scenario. Rama Pandey said that this is a foundation for the preservation of tradition oral arts of India. “We are working to promote, protect and give education through theatre play,” she added. Talking about the intricate elements used in the plays, she elaborated saying, “We are using a fusion of dying Indian oral and folk form in the play and to present the play we are using ‘Keerat’ from Rajasthan and Tasha, Dhol and Nafiri instruments from the street of Delhi.”last_img read more

Amazon rolls out AWS Amplify Console a deployment and hosting service for

first_imgOn day 1 of AWS re:Invent 2018, the team at Amazon released AWS Amplify Console, a continuous deployment and hosting service for mobile web applications. The AWS Amplify Console helps in avoiding downtime during application deployment and simplifies the deployment of the application’s front end and backend. Features of AWS Amplify Console Simplified continuous workflows By connecting AWS Amplify Console to the code repository, the frontend and backend are deployed in a single workflow on every code commit. This lets the web application to get updated only after the deployment is successfully completed by eliminating inconsistencies between the application’s frontend and backend. Easy Access AWS Amplify Console makes the building, deploying, and hosting of mobile web applications easier. It also lets users access the features faster. Easy custom domain setup One can set up custom domains managed in Amazon Route 53 with a single click and also get a free HTTPS certificate. If one manages the domain in Amazon Route 53, the Amplify Console automatically connects the root, subdomains and branch subdomains. Globally available The apps are served via Amazon’s reliable content delivery network with 144 points of presence globally. Atomic deployments In AWS Amplify Console, the atomic deployments eliminate the maintenance windows and the scenarios where files fail to upload properly. Password protection The Amplify Console comes with a password to protect the web app and one easily work on new features without making them publicly accessible. Branch deployments With Amplify Console, one can work on new features without impacting the production. Also, the users can create branch deployments linked to each feature branch. Other features The Amplify Console automatically detects the front end build settings along with any backend functionality provisioned with the Amplify CLI when connected to a code repository. With AWS Amplify Console, users can easily manage the production and staging environments for front-end and backend by connecting new branches. With AWS Amplify Console, one get screenshots of the app, rendered on different mobile devices to highlight layout issues. Users can now set up rewrites and redirects to maintain SEO rankings. Users can build web apps with static and dynamic functionality. One can deploy SSGs (Service Selection Gateway) with free SSL on the AWS Amplify Console. Check out the official announcement to know more about AWS Amplify Console. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Snowball Edge comes with a GPU option and more computing power Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Storelast_img read more

Many march for love in New Zealand as mosques reopen

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