It’s a Bowler’s Cup

first_imgIan BishopEveryone loves to see his or her home team win the World Cup and I’m no exception. Having said that, I can’t say for sure that current West Indies team has the potential to become the 2011 champion. If they fancy their chances, they will have to bowl really well. Their bowling lacks the firepower.Of course, the team can boast of some world class batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. But the problem is these players are not consistent enough. Chanderpaul is an experienced player but his form is a worry. That Dwayne Bravo is now out of the tournament because of his knee injury is a huge blow to the team.Among bowlers, Kemar Roach has the potential to penetrate into any batting line-up. Though his hat-trick came against the Netherlands, it shows his ability. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn can prove useful on sub-continent tracks.Darren BravoIt’s sad to see the slide of the West Indies team which was once the most formidable side in the world. The team was full of superstars in the 1980s. It’s not that the current players are not talented. But they have not been nurtured the way they should have been. It makes no sense to play blame game now; we all are responsible for this collapse. We must put a good structure in place immediately and do our best for uplift of the game in our country.If I have to pick four game changers in the current West Indies team, they are Gayle, Darren Bravo, Roach and Sarwan. The three teams that have a real chance to win the Cup are India, South Africa and Australia. South Africa have a strong bowling unit and their batting is very experienced. I did not pick Australia at the start of the tournament, but now I can see potential in their bowling. India have to win the Cup on their batting prowess. I love to watch Virender Sehwag play as much as I enjoy Darren Bravo’s batting.advertisementHaving played my last World Cup in India, I can say that any team with a decent batting line-up will put up a good score here, but only the teams with a penetrating bowling attack will be successful in this tournament.Ian Bishop is a former West Indian fast bowler. He spoke to Kaushik Deka. PITCH REPORTIrish LegendWhen Ireland beat Pakistan at Kingston in 2007, many smelt a rat. But on March 2, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore the crowd rose to applaud Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century-fastest in the World Cup history. Ireland were floundering at 106 for 4 when he came out to bat, but O’Brien, 27, clobbered 13 fours and six sixes to help his team successfully chase England’s mammoth total of 327.”Just had a lovely lunch with Siddharth Mallya and Deepika Padukone. Thanks for picking up the bill Deepika…”Kevin Pietersen, England batsmanCapital PunishmentICC CEO Haroon Logart got a taste of Delhi police’s hospitality when he came to watch the South Africa vs West Indies match on February 24. Logart was not allowed in to the Kotla ground for 40 minutes. He came without his accreditation card and the policemen did not recognise him. He was made to wait with the crowd. Logart threatened to take away the remaining games from Delhi. He has not kept his word though.last_img read more

Malaysia’s oldest sprinter ready to challenge younger rivals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Republic Kyrgyz sprinter Bulanova Anna (left) with Malaysian sprinter Siti Fatimah Mohamad (centre) and Komalam Shally Selveratnam (right) in action on 100m for women category during the 1st Malaysian Athletics Grand Prix at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday. MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The StarKUALA LUMPUR–For Malaysia’s Siti Fatimah Mohamed, age is not a barrier.The 33-year-old, who will be the oldest sprinter in the women’s 100m at the Philippines SEA Games, believes she can spring a surprise at the biennial Games.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Siti has featured in three SEA Games and won two bronze medals in the 4x100m in 2007 in Korat and 2015 in Singapore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Siti will face a strong challenge from defending champion Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam, Veronica Shanti Pereira of Singapore, Supawan Thipat of Thailand and teammate Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli.She will also compete in the 4x100m relay together with Zaidatul, S. Komalam Shally and Nurul Faizah Asma Mazlan.At the India Open in Ranchi last month, the quartet clocked 45.97 to win a silver.Siti said that they are not only eyeing a medal in the relay but also want to set a new national record.“We hold the national record of 45.18 (set at the Asian Championships in 2017) and I strongly feel we can break it, ” added Siti, who has represented Malaysia since 2004. Asked whether this will be her last SEA Games, Siti said: “God willing, if I’m still in good condition then I will compete in 2021.”ADVERTISEMENT UST can’t afford to make mistakes against Ateneo, says Chabi Yo Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games The army lance corporal feels that she can give the younger rivals a run for their money.“I have faith in myself and with the experience and the preparations that I went through, I can finish on the podium, ” said Siti, who clocked a season-best 11.93 to win bronze at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Bukit Jalil in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceShe has never won a medal in the sprint at the SEA Games and her best outing was a fifth place at the Kuala Lumpur Games two years ago.Siti, who has a personal best of 11.53, added that anything is possible in a competition.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to make Real Madrid return against Villarreal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will return to action for Real Madrid’s La Liga game with Villarreal on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.Ronaldo, Real’s all-time top scorer, missed Sunday’s 2-0 win at Espanyol with a sore throat while record signing Bale was out with a hip injury sustained in the Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon.”They are both well, they trained normally and are both 100 percent,” Zidane told a news conference on Tuesday ahead of game with Villarreal, who are unbeaten this season having won two and drawn two of their four games.The return of Bale and Ronaldo means Zidane will be able to start with his first choice front three – Bale, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema – for the first time in a league game this season.Veteran defender Pepe, however, will miss out after finishing the Espanyol game injured and goalkeeper Keylor Navas has still not recovered from surgery on his Achilles.Real are top of La Liga and are the only team in the top flight to have won all four of their opening games.Despite equalling a La Liga record of 16 consecutive wins last Sunday in beating Espanyol, however, Zidane’s side have been criticised by Spanish media for their uninspiring performances.The European champions needed an 89th-minute equaliser and a stoppage-time winner to beat Sporting last week in the Champions League, and had nervous moments against Espanyol before Benzema sealed the points.Zidane, however, shrugged off the negative comments.”Criticism is expected here, you know when you are a player or coach here that you will face greater demands than anywhere else, you know that when you sign for Real Madrid,” he said.advertisement”You can always improve whether you’re a player or a coach but we are doing pretty well,” the Frenchman added.”We’re going to try and improve our play and keep a clean sheet. But we know we’ll have a very difficult game at home, against a very good side who are unbeaten, so we’ll have to prepare for the game well.”last_img read more


first_imgThe enthusiastic television pitchman who told viewers they could “save big money” at Menards has died.Ray Szmanda, “The Menards Guy.” was 91.His son, Charles Szmanda, says his father died Sunday in home hospice care in Antigo, Wisconsin, of congestive heart failure.Ray Szmanda was featured in advertising for Eau Claire-based Menard Inc. starting in 1976 until his retirement in 1998.Menards said Szmanda’s “friendly, enthusiastic and fun loving personality have made a lasting impression” on the family-owned company and its customers.Menards has stores in 14 states including Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.last_img

Giroud billed as world’s best target man

first_imgOlivier Giroud ‘Giroud is world’s best target man’ – Belhanda talks up Arsenal striker’s talents Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Olivier Giroud Arsenal Getty Images Olivier Giroud Arsenal Premier League There is no one better than the Gunners forward in that role, according to a former Montpellier team-mate that won the title with the Frenchman Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is the world’s best target man, according to his former Montpellier team-mate Younes Belhanda.The 31-year-old has not always been a guaranteed starter throughout his time at Emirates Stadium, but his contribution remains without question.Arsenal 6/1 to win EL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. His physical presence offers a useful alternative in the final third for Arsene Wenger, while he recently became just the 19th player in Gunners history to reach 100 goals for the club.Giroud also boasts 27 goals in 66 appearances for France, with Belhanda among those happy to talk up his value and standing in the global game.The Galatasaray defender, who won the Ligue 1 title alongside Giroud in 2011-12, told RMC Sport: “For me, Olivier is one of the best forwards in his role.“He’s someone who keeps the ball up really well, who knows how to make his number 10 or his wingers play because he has a target man game few strikers have.“There isn’t a striker in the world who’s better than him as a target man. Especially with the France team, he scores, so you can’t hold anything against him. “At club level, he doesn’t play that much, but when you have a player in the national team who scores and helps the team win, you can’t say anything.”Younes Belhanda Olivier Giroud Arsenal world's best target manGiroud is yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season, with the summer arrival of countryman Alexandre Lacazette presenting him with added competition.He has, however, made seven appearances off the bench, while also figuring in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.Two goals have been netted in his 10 outings to date, with the most recent of those – against BATE – seeing him to a century of strikes for the Gunners.That landmark has been reached in 237 appearances, with Giroud having passed double figures in each of his five full seasons in north London – breaking the 20-goal barrier on two occasions.His next opportunity to add to his tally at club level could come on October 14, when Arsenal return to domestic action with a trip to Watford.last_img read more

New Training Funding for African Nova Scotians

first_imgAfrican Nova Scotians looking to return to school to get training for good jobs now have access to a new funding program. The Skills Up program is open to African Nova Scotians who have been out of school for more than a year and are having trouble finding work because of missing skills. “For many people, getting the right skills for a good job takes a considerable commitment in time and money,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “This new program will help cover many of the costs associated with going back to school and allow participants to get the training they need.” If eligible, funding will be provided to help cover tuition, living allowance, training costs, child care and travel. “Skills Up will help open the door for many African Nova Scotians to tap into their potential and find satisfying careers,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Not only will it help individuals and families, it will strengthen our communities and grow our economy, which is what jobsHere is all about.” Interested people can visit any provincial employment assistance service provider to learn how to apply. “This is a program that is much needed in the province,” said Randy Fells, executive director, Yarmouth and Shelburne Black Employment Resource Centers. “This is a positive step in helping people put a foot forward in the right direction on their career paths.” For more information on this program and others, visit . Skills Up is funded under the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement that will transfer an estimated $85 million to Nova Scotia between 2008 and 2014 to help low-skilled workers, people who are not for eligible Employment Insurance benefits and groups who are under-represented in the workplace.last_img read more

Courts fail both CBI Rajeev Kumar agency steps up hunt

first_imgNew Delhi: The courts in West Bengal failed both the Central Bureau of Investigation and Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday, as the agency failed to get a non-bailable warrant (NBW) for Kumar’s arrest in the Saradha case and the former Kolkata Police Commissioner failed to get anticipatory bail.The Barasat District court, where both the CBI and Kumar had put in their pleas for an NBW and anticipatory bail respectively, said that the pleas were not maintainable and that these matters are beyond the jurisdiction of the District Judge of North 24 Parganas. The court disposed the pleas, asking both parties to approach the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier in the day, both parties were disappointed with the Special court in Barasat as well, as the trial court had said the same thing about their pleas, directing them to approach the District and Sessions court, as it was a court for MPs and MLAs. Meanwhile, the CBI has stepped up its hunt for Kumar, who has not been seen since the Calcutta High Court had lifted his protection from arrest, noting that he was still only a witness in the case and not an accused, despite which the CBI pressed for an arrest warrant. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, the central probe agency’s grounds for seeking an arrest warrant was “evasion of summons”, with CBI sources saying that Kumar had failed to appear before them despite three summons issued to him in the last three days. “This shows that he is evading the process of investigation by not joining the probe,” an official said. Officials added that special teams have also been constituted to locate the former Kolkata top cop, who is now posted as the ADGP (CID) of West Bengal. Sources in the know had earlier said that CBI had sent a letter to Kumar’s lawyer on Monday, asking his client to appear before agency officials at 10 am on Tuesday. The agency had then approached the trial court for an arrest warrant against him. Officials also said that they had sent a letter to the chief secretary, home secretary and the DGP of West Bengal, looking to know more about Kumar’s location and telling them to ask him to join the probe. The top officials of the state had said that they had communicated the agency’s notice to Kumar, but he is yet to join the probe. After the Calcutta High Court had lifted Kumar’s arrest shield, the CBI had issued a summons to him, following which he had sent a communique asking for one months’ time before joining the probe. In fact, the CBI had taken the matter to the Supreme Court of India once again, when it filed a caveat on the same day, to prevent Kumar from challenging the High Court order in the Apex Court.last_img read more

Vice Admiral Sinniah assumes duties as Navy Commander

Prior to his appointment as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sinniah held the post of Commander Eastern Naval Area.Vice Admiral Sinniah is married to Mrs. Thiruni Sinniah and has a son Taarun (24) and a daughter Enakshi (21). (Colombo Gazette) In a symbolic gesture of handing over command, the outgoing Commander of the Navy Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne presented him the Admiral’s Sword at a function held at the Naval Headquarters today. Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah assumed duties today as the 21st Commander of the Navy.President Maithripala Sirisena, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces had earlier appointed Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and promoted him to the 3-star rank of Vice Admiral with effect from 22nd August 2017. Thereafter, he assumed duties in his new appointment amidst religious blessings. His wife as well as Area Commanders, the Vice Chancellor of the KDU, the Director General of the Coast Guard, the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet and Director Generals of the Navy, were also present on the occasion to convey their best wishes to the new Navy Commander.Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah was educated at the Trinity College, Kandy and St. Joseph’s College, Trincomalee. He joined the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, as an Officer Cadet in 1982, and graduated in 1984. He was provided a scholarship at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, from which he graduated in1986. Vice Admiral Sinniah was accorded a Guard of Honour upon his official arrival, having taken over command as the new Commander of the Navy. read more

Annan requests extension and expansion of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

In a report to the Security Council on the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Mr. Annan says: “This progress remains fragile, however, and key challenges lie ahead as the transition enters a crucial phase,” with elections to end the transition scheduled for later this year and a new Government to take over soon thereafter.He proposes raising the military component of MINUSTAH, whose mandate was scheduled to expire on the first day of next month, to 7,500 troops from the 6,700 authorized and the 6,211 on the ground as of 9 May.The new police ceiling should be raised to 1,897 from 1,622 authorized, but 1,413 on the ground, he says, welcoming the efforts of the Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie (IOF), former President Abdou Diouf of Senegal, to recruit more French-speaking police officers for the mission.Mr. Annan calls once more on donors who pledged funds for strengthening national programmes to disarm illegal groups and build civil society to accelerate what has been a very slow disbursement process and, thereby, to send a message to the Haitian people “that democracy can have tangible benefits in their daily lives.”The Transitional Government, with international assistance, needs to do a great deal more to prepare the Haitian people for the next steps, he says.”Further outreach by the Transitional Government is essential to obtain the confidence and support of the population. Likewise, strong and coordinated support by the international community is essential,” he says.The Transitional Government needs to secure broad participation in the newly launched national dialogue, as well as in the electoral process, to consolidate democracy, Mr. Annan says, and he welcomes an offer from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to provide technical assistance for the electoral process.With the State’s justice institutions remaining weak, he also appeals to the Transitional Government “to set an example by promptly initiating an investigation into those human rights violations allegedly committed by national police officers” and by calling on the international community to “provide immediate assistance to expedite some of the most sensitive cases.”The visit of a Security Council delegation and the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti in April “represented an important demonstration of commitment to addressing the needs of Haiti,” he says. read more

Univisions parent company pairs with filmmaker Rodriguez on El Rey network

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Univision Communications said Tuesday that it is pairing with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on the English-language El Rey television network that is geared to young viewers and scheduled to debut this December.Rodriguez is a filmmaker whose projects include “From Dusk Till Dawn.” The first scripted series for El Rey will be an expansion of that movie, with the extra time allowing him to expand the story and explore richer Aztec mythology, he said.The company that runs Univision, the most-popular Spanish-language network in the country, said Tuesday it has invested in El Rey. Terms were not disclosed. It is set to begin in December with a national distribution agreement with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company.The network is expected to have a mix of reality, scripted, music and sports programming, along with movies.“El Rey Network will serve as a launching pad to satisfy the tastes of young adults looking for exciting, cinematic, action-packed content,” Rodriguez said.Univision has expanded over the past two years, creating several new networks. One partnership with ABC is called Fusion, an English-language news network geared toward a Latino audience.The Univision network said it will premiere two new telenovelas during the next season. “La Tempestad” will star William Levy and Ximena Navarrete, a former Miss Universe. “Mentir para Vivir” will star David Zepeda and Mayrin Vilanueva.Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., told advertisers Tuesday that the company is at the intersection of two big growth opportunities: the Latino market and digital. Univision’s parent company pairs with filmmaker Rodriguez on El Rey network by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 3:13 pm MDT read more

Nepal must strike law on possible amnesty for serious rights violations –

“Such amnesties would not only violate core principles under international law but would also weaken the foundation for a genuine and lasting peace in Nepal,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The 2006 peace accord that ended the conflict in Nepal had agreed to establish a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate human rights violations that occurred from 1996 to 2006, during which at least 13,000 people were killed and 1,300 went missing.While there had been an agreement to establish such a commission, no law had been passed to do so until last week – part of a package to break a long-standing political deadlock and move the country towards fresh elections.“An amnesty for those who committed serious human rights violations will deny the right of thousands of Nepalese to truth and justice. This will not provide a sustainable road to peace,” Ms. Pillay said.The High Commissioner added that she was particularly disturbed that the text of the decree was developed and passed in a secretive manner, without consultations with civil society, victims, families of the victims or national human rights institutions.“Past experiences elsewhere in the world have shown that without the active involvement and support of these key affected groups, mechanisms of this type may lead to further divisions and disagreements, so producing the opposite result to that intended,” she said.The commission will also have the power to conduct reconciliation processes without the consent of the parties involved, and Ms. Pillay warned that the Government must not force people to reconcile.“I am also concerned that the ordinance may be used to avoid or delay criminal investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related cases. Criminal justice should be reinforced, not replaced by other transitional justice processes such as truth and reconciliation commissions,” she added, noting that Nepal should address gaps in its law that adequately deal with violations such as torture and enforced disappearances. Ms. Pillay stressed that her office (OHCHR) stands ready to provide support and advice to the Government to amend the decree so that it complies with international laws and principles, and called for open and broad-based consultation as the process continues. read more

Feepaying students more likely to go straight to college

first_imgNEW RESEARCH PUBLISHED by the Department of Education shows that students from fee-charging secondary schools are more likely to go directly to higher education.The research shows that 66 per cent of students who attended fee-charging schools progressed directly to higher education compared to 47 per cent from the non-fee charging secondary sector.It also shows that 42 per cent of students from comprehensive schools, 38 per cent from community schools and 34 per from the vocational sector went directly to higher education.ResearchOverall, the study found that over half of students who were enrolled in the final year of senior cycle in a Department of Education & Skills-supported post-primary school in 2010 went directly to higher education.A further 28 per cent progressed to further education, training or continued second-level education and 10 per cent took up employment, while 7 per cent had Social Welfare claims.For students attending DEIS schools, 24 per cent went onto higher education compared to 49 per cent overall from non-DEIS status schools. Over 57 per cent of pupils attending all-Irish schools also enrolled in higher education courses.Early leaversThe Department also tracked early leavers who left department-supported post-primary schools between the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 academic years.The Early Leavers – What Next? report shows that 57 per cent of the 7,713 early school leavers left after the Junior Certificate cycle or enrolment in Transition Year.Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, said that the research will enhance the information used by the Department to plan for the future education needs of school leavers.It found that 55 per cent of these early leavers went on to further education or training or continued in second-level education in Ireland.Female early school leavers left at an earlier stage than their male classmates – over 20 per cent left after the first or second year of the Junior Certificate or JCSP cycle, compared to less than 20 per cent of males. Another 25 per cent of females left after year three of Junior Certificate/JCSP, compared to 21 per cent of males.A further 14 per cent of the early leavers were enrolled in education or training outside of the State and amongst the early leavers, 6.6 per cent had Social Welfare claims. Another 6 per cent had joined the workforce during 2010.School Completers – What’s Next? found that of the 54,824 school leavers that year, 44 per cent went on to study for a Higher Education course in a HEA funded Institution.Another 20 per cent enrolled in PLC courses and 5 per cent repeated the Leaving Certificate. An estimated 4 per cent enrolled in colleges abroad, predominantly in the UK, including Northern Ireland.Some 55 per cent of early leavers went on to further education or training or continued second-level education in Ireland, while a further 13.9 per cent were enrolled in education or training outside of the State.Of those early leavers who did not continue in the education sector, 6.6 per cent had social welfare activity at the end of December 2010. Meanwhile, of the remainder, 6.1 per cent found employment during 2010.Read: Students lash out at plans to change law on universities>last_img read more

Amazing Science Ideas Solutions at FortisTCI Science Fair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2016 – The students of the Turks and Caicos Islands made a major impression on each other and the adults in the community at the 7th Annual National Science Fair sponsored by FortisTCI. The opportunity for the schools in both primary and high school divisions to delve into the potentials of science in the islands has again spawned brilliant ideas and solutions; beauty products from Neem and Aloe, studies on water which rate safest, give ideas of handling sewerage and alternative energy ideas for power and fire, stunning art from aluminum, hot health recommendations – like eating more peppers as a means of losing weight – edible party supplies made of Jello and a garbage collecting robot were among the concepts on display at the exhibition laid out at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. Up to news production time, the winners had not yet been named… hundreds were drawn to the gym for the finale of three days dedicated to culture, heritage and science during this Education Week. FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:education week, fortis tci, science fair Recommended for youlast_img read more

Rescuers free woman wedged between 2 buildings

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell and became stuck in a narrow opening between two buildings Wednesday morning.The woman spent about four hours in a space 8 to 10 inches wide. Local and national cable news broadcast footage of the rescue effort and showed the woman emerging from the space at about 7:30 a.m.The woman raised her face, clenched her fists and shouted, “Oh, my God.”Firefighters said they hadn’t gotten a clear explanation of how the woman got into the predicament. Lt. Rich Chatman of the Portland Fire Department said she had been seen smoking or walking on the roof of a two-story building before she fell about 10 to 12 feet.The woman was wedged about four feet above the ground before rescuers installed braces to support her. Firefighters turned on a portable heater to keep her warm in near-freezing temperatures while they dropped an air bag into the opening to slightly spread the walls.“She was in good spirits,” Chatman said. “We just tried to reassure her … we weren’t going home without her.”After rescuers cut a window-size opening in the concrete wall, Chatman climbed in to help apply the soapy substance. The woman then wiggled toward the hole as the rescue team tugged on her.last_img read more

Conde Nast Partners With Flipboard for Brand Advertising Model

first_imgThe ads in Flipboard are full-page, and will appear “approximately every three swipes in the article view,” according to Stinchcomb. In this space, advertisers have the ability to link out of the advertisement to other sources on the Web. “We’re going to market by selling a small number of advertisers per month, looking for one to four ad partners per brand per month,” says Stinchcomb. As for advertisement development, partners will have to match ads with specific Flipboard spec requirements. Stinchcomb points out that since several advertisers already have ads in rotation through Conde’s paid digital edition apps, many of those can be easily converted for the Flipboard space. For the creation of advertisements in the Flipboard app, Stinchcomb says, “Ultimately, it’s up to the advertiser – whether they want to take their print creative and tweak it a little bit for something totally new. I imagine as this space grows, so will the customization of this advertising.” Today, Conde Nast announced a new way for advertisers to reach consumers: through Flipboard, the “social magazine” app that aggregates Web content based on users’ social media interests on Twitter, Facebook and through custom RSS feeds.Currently, Conde Web edit teams are working with Flipboard staff to create customized feeds of online content specifically for the app; The New Yorker, WIRED, Bon Appetit and Glamour each have editorial partnerships. This new ad framework allows for Conde advertising partners to develop a Flipboard presence as well.With advertisements from American Express featured in the New Yorker’s customized feed, Josh Stinchcomb, VP of digital sales with Conde Nast, says that Lexus is slated to begin advertising with Flipboard through Bon Appetit, The New Yorker and WIRED. According to a press statement, Lexus ads will run with October content.center_img Since Conde Nast will be selling the advertising (and sales are based on Conde Nast created content), Stinchcomb says the publisher will keep the majority of the ad revenue and give a percentage share to the Flipboard platform.Conde is also taking this opportunity to promote their own digital editions, with marketing for the paid digital apps available through iTunes embedded directly in the articles featured on Flipboard. On partnering with Flipboard in both editorial and advertising, Stinchcomb says, “We’ve got a larger strategy to create great content experiences, wherever consumers want them. We saw in Flipboard a quickly growing consumer base that is hungry for our brands and for our content. This immediately became a place of interest – can we offer a content experience up to our standards, and offer an advertisement experience up to our standards as well? In Flipboard’s case, we were able to figure out both, and that’s what makes it worth our partnership.”last_img read more

After months of negotiations SEARHC takes over Wrangell Medical Center

first_imgWrangell Medical Center is being transferred to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium this week. As of today, the hospital will be run by SEARHC.That’s following Wrangell voters overwhelmingly approving the transfer of the city-run complex to the tribal health organization in the October election. The deal was recently inked by the Wrangell Assembly and SEARHC’s board of directors.SEARHC spokeswoman Stacy Smith says hospital staff have been gearing up for this transition. The community shouldn’t expect change overnight. It’s still the same place with the same people.“So they’re not going to feel like it’s foreign, and they don’t know anyone and the procedures are different,” Smith said. “Everything’s going to feel familiar as it was the day before.”That’s largely because staff will be retained as SEARHC employees.The health consortium said there will be eventual changes. But only as needed.SEARHC is working to build a new critical-access hospital with long-term care. It’s scheduled to be complete by 2021. It’s unclear what will happen to the original hospital once the new complex is up and running.last_img read more

Chinas Internet Bigger Younger Smarter Says Study

first_imgChina is also using tech to pioneer social credit systems. “China’s social credit system relies on a series of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large. In reality, there is no central scoring system but a patchwork of different schemes and apps with differing criteria across provinces, cities and villages,” the report said.Punishments, however, are already real. The report said that to the end of March authorities had labelled 13.5 million individuals as untrustworthy; had refused the sale of more than 20 million plane tickets, and 5.7 million train tickets as punishment of people who owed money or exhibited other “untrustworthy” behavior.Further evidence of the growth of Chinese Internet companies came from the booming number of tech firm IPOs. The report counted 28 Chinese tech firms that last year listed on U.S. stock exchanges, and a further 28 which listed in Hong Kong. Those firms have a combined market capitalization of $222 billion. China Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Roars to Top With $101 Million Debut Popular on Variety Related YouTube Yanks 210 Channels for Spreading Propaganda Against Hong Kong Protestscenter_img The report largely sticks to demographics, tech trends and finance, without dwelling on policy. Though, presenting the report at the Rise tech convention in Hong Kong, co-author Ravi Hirand said that China is “vast, but isolated (reflecting) the ‘Great Firewall’ and government policy.” China’s president Xi Jinping advocates a policy of cyber-sovereignty, under which each national government is free to set its own rules for the Internet, within its own borders.The report described the mainland government as “the visible hand.” It said that fintech, gaming, and content-driven Internet companies continue to face tight restrictions by government authorities. These include an enforced halving of online lenders, the 9-month suspension of new licenses in the gaming sector, and the deletion of 7 million web items, and 9,300 apps that no longer had approval.Chinese companies such as WeChat, Alipay and Meituan have enjoyed success with the super-app business model. That model is now being followed by Facebook, Line and Go-Jek, which are attempting to add content, payments and other functionality to their platforms. Mixing social media and e-commerce is the forte of Taobao, Pinduoduo, and Mogu and is now being emulated by Amazon Live, Checkout with Instagram and YouTube Shopping. China’s TikTok and Kuaishou are enjoying global success with short form video, rivalling Snapchat and Facebook Lasso.The report said that China’s three telecoms leaders are rolling out super-fast 5G Internet in 12 mainland cities with a population of 167 million. China also leads the world in 5G patents.A.I., notably facial recognition and machine learning, is being used in China for access control and customized recommendations. Examples include hotel check-ins, subway fares, content recommendation, and virtual fitting of physical goods such as clothes.Chinese authorities are also increasingly using A.I. for surveillance and control. This includes crowd control, enforcement of traffic laws, and catching criminals. A.I is also allowing the accelerated development of smart cities. China’s Internet ecosystem is becoming younger and smarter, while also becoming larger — and more isolated.According to the second annual “China Internet Report” published by research firm Abacus and the Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post newspaper, China added 57 million Internet users, to give a 2019 online population of 829 million. That is roughly 60% of the country’s population.The vast majority, 817 million, are mobile Internet users. And with the number who use mobile payments reaching 583 million, the cashless society is being established rapidly.The report identifies four key trends: Chinese Internet firms are no longer followers, but are increasingly becoming tech pioneers which are likely to be copied; China is racing ahead with implementation of 5G; artificial intelligence (AI) is already being used on a massive scale; and social credit schemes are being powered by the near ubiquity of the Internet in China. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Cyprus wins bronze medal in All Round Artistic Gymnastics

first_imgAfter a dramatic final in the Men’s Individual All-Around Artistic Gymnastics, Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou clinched the bronze medal, the first of the Cypriot team in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.England’s Nile Wilson won his second gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the men`s all-around final and his team-mate James Hall took the silver medal.According to the EAK correspondent, Mikaelo Papadakis, this is the fifth medal in gymnastics for Cyprus in the history of the Commonwealth Games.Georgiou was a surprise contender for the title after a series of falls in the qualification round, but all three nailed their high bar routines in a tense finale that saw Georgiou ahead in the beginning.He started off the ground with 13,600 points he was behind Wilson and ahead of Hall. In a unique Fair Play moment, Georgiou applauded Wilson at the end of the programme, which eventually changed the colour of Georgiou’s medal from silver to bronzeIn statements after the ceremony, Georgiou said he was very happy as he has achieved the goal he had set before the Games. “I do not feel any disappointment for losing the gold in the last two instruments since the goal was to win a medal”.CNAYou May LikeCar Insurance | Search AdsCar Insurance in Rowland Heights May be Cheaper Than You ThinkCar Insurance | Search AdsUndogethsemanefellowshipministry.orgGethsemane Baptist Church – Striving for Spiritual Excellencegethsemanefellowshipministry.orgUndoadviceher.com7 Foods that Burn Fat Fastadviceher.comUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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