Team USA among No. 1 seeds for FIBA World Cup in China

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FIBA announced the eight top seeds Tuesday, based on the latest world rankings that were updated following the end of qualifying for the World Cup. China got a No. 1 seed as the host nation. The other No. 1 seeds will be Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece.Each of those eight nations will lead a four-team pod when the World Cup begins Aug. 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe U.S. remains No. 1 in the world rankings, with Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and Russia rounding out the top 10.Neither Slovenia nor Croatia qualified for the World Cup. No. 51 Tunisia and No. 64 Ivory Coast were the lowest-ranked nations to earn a spot in the 32-team World Cup field. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief The United States will have a No. 1 seed for the FIBA World Cup this summer in China.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jordan Clarkson fuels Gilas Pilipinas’ #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamor ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The World Cup draw is March 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/L82ic7yaSD— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

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Kochs warm to Trump policies not behaviour

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. – For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it.Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement’s moneyed elite worried aloud this weekend that the Republican president’s undisciplined behaviour is clouding his achievements — and making it harder for the GOP to protect its grip on Congress heading into the 2018 midterms.“President Trump is not helping get many Republicans elected,” said Tom Shepherd, a Cincinnati-based businessman who joined roughly 550 Koch donors at a private retreat in the California desert this weekend. “I think he’s doing more harm than good because he’s distracting people from the good work which is happening, which is either happening because of him or in spite of him.”The frustration with the unorthodox president comes as the Kochs begin to implement their strategy to protect Republican majorities in the House and Senate this fall.The GOP has no more powerful ally than the vast political and policy network assembled by the Midwestern industrialist icons, long demonized by the left and revered by the right for their short- and long-term efforts to reshape American politics and culture.The Koch network’s chief lieutenants renewed their vow this weekend to spend up to $400 million on politics and policy to shape November’s midterm elections nationwide.That’s more than the combined resources spent by the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 election cycle.They outlined plans on Monday to spend big on political advertising now through the end of July on as many as 14 key Senate races and 15 gubernatorial elections. Their goal: Flood the airwaves with political messaging early to help shape voters’ opinions long before the election season’s final months.“We need to be on offence starting now,” said Emily Seidel, CEO of the Kochs’ political arm, Americans for Prosperity.She said the network has already decided to play in Senate contests in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — all seats held by vulnerable Democrats. They expect to be active in many more. And on governor’s races, they’re targeting Nevada, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Florida to start.The investment includes $20 million to help sell the recently adopted tax overhaul to a skeptical American public through a series of public rallies, phone banking and paid advertising.Despite the extraordinary investment, the men and women who filled the luxury resort outside Palm Springs for a three-day retreat that ended Monday acknowledged a difficult road ahead.Some blamed history more than the regular distractions from Trump. The party in the White House traditionally struggles in the first midterm election of a new presidency.“It’s a challenge regardless of the president,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.But the donors who pledged at least $100,000 this year to the Koch network — there were an estimated 550 on hand this weekend — were less cautious when asked about the president’s leadershipMany opposed his candidacy before the 2016 election. The Kochs refused to endorse Trump, fearing that his style and policies might undermine conservative priorities.“I didn’t support him,” said Frank Baxter, a retired investment banker from California who served as the ambassador to Uruguay under former President George W. Bush. “The results are kind of changing my mind.”Like others, he praised the tax overhaul, Trump’s judicial appointments and regulatory cuts. He added, “I still don’t like what he says or does.”Gary Lynch, whose Iowa livestock business employs roughly 700 people, said he and his business have benefited from the Republican tax overhaul. He said, however, that Trump’s behaviour “doesn’t help” his party promote the benefits of the plan.“He hasn’t got it down yet,” Lynch said of the president, noting that he doesn’t mind Trump’s style personally.Another former Trump critic, North Carolina-based donor Art Pope, said he’s warming to the president as well.“The policies of this administration have really benefited the American people,” Pope said. He’s still worried about the political climate heading into the midterms: “It’s going to be a tough election.”Democrats need to pick up at least 24 seats nationwide this fall to claim the House majority for the last two years of Trump’s first term. Recent Democratic wins in Alabama and Virginia, backed by Trump’s low approval ratings, suggest the GOP is in trouble.When asked about his party’s 2018 prospects, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., among a handful of elected officials who attended the Koch conference, acknowledged that the House majority is at risk.“I can make the case for losing 18 seats and no more. I can make the case for 28 seats,” he said. “It’s a long ways off. It depends what we do between now and November.”As the White House and Republicans nationwide work to highlight the strong U.S. economy, Trump intensified a weekend feud with the rapper Jay-Z on Twitter.The musician said over the weekend the president’s recent vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful.”Trump punched back on Twitter, urging his followers to inform Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”Back at the Koch retreat, prominent Trump donor Doug Deason said he enjoyed the president’s social media habits, which allow him to speak directly to the American people.“I don’t think it helps. I don’t think it hurts,” Deason said.He noted that the Koch network would “spend a lot of money” to ensure the benefits of the tax overhaul aren’t overshadowed by any distractions.“Who gives a crap about Jay-Z?” Deason asked. “I don’t.”last_img read more

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BJP begins backchannel talks to gain Jagans nod

first_imgHyderabad: Gearing up for the post-poll scenario, where it may need support from non-NDA parties, BJP has begun backchannel talks with YSR Congress Party, which may emerge as a kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is said to have begun backchannel talks with Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is likely to bag majority of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. According to sources, the talks are on over Jagan’s charter of demands with Special Category Status (SCS) to the state topping the list. Other demands could include number of ministries for YSRCP and the financial and other assistance the state would get from Delhi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh However, there was no confirmation from YSRCP leadership about the backchannel talks. Party leaders said they were not aware of any talks between Jagan and Shah. The final four phases of the poll, started on April 29, is described as the real election for BJP. Out of 240 seats that are at stake in these phases, BJP had bagged more than 160 in 2014 polls. If things do not move its way in these crucial phases, the BJP may have to look for support from others, especially someone like Jagan, given the number of seats his party is predicted to win. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The BJP leaders, however, feel that some of the demands put forth by Jagan as a precondition for support were outlandish. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on YSRCP leader and industrialist K. Raghu Rama Krishna Raju in an alleged Rs 947 crore bank loan default case on Tuesday assumed significance in this backdrop. The BJP apparently wanted to send a message to Jagan. It is an open secret that BJP and YSRCP have had good relations, especially after Telugu Desam Party (TDP) walked out of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its refusal to accord SCS to Andhra Pradesh. In fact, one of the reasons Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu cited for severing ties with BJP was the latter cosying up to his rival Jagan Mohan Reddy. Frequent appointments given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jagan and his other party leaders had angered Naidu. In the run-up to the elections and during the campaign, Naidu repeatedly targeted Jagan for what he called his secret understanding with the BJP and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. The TDP chief claimed that the YSRCP leader bartered the state’s interests to save himself in the corruption cases he was facing. Jagan defended the friendship with KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). “What is wrong if I am with TRS as they are supporting our demand for special category status,” the young leader said at one of the election rallies. There was no such defence for friendship with BJP for fear of losing the votes of minorities. The YSRCP chief, however, praised Modi even while complaining that NDA has not done justice to the state by denying SCS. Realising that their party is already on a weak turf in Andhra, both Modi and Shah during the couple of rallies they addressed trained guns on Naidu but avoided criticizing Jagan. The YSRCP leader also kept everyone guessing with often repeated stand that he wants to see a hung Parliament so that the state can get a better deal from the Centre. He stated on many occasions that his party will extend support to whoever agrees to accord special status to the state. In 2014, YSRCP had bagged eight Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh while TDP had won 15 and its then ally BJP two. This time, Jagan’s party is confident of winning 20-22 seats and this could be a big number in the event of polls throwing up a hung House.last_img read more

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Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball in the second quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his seven-touchdown performance in No. 6 Ohio State’s win against Nebraska, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning.Barrett has been named conference player of the week on eight occasions, the third-most ever. If he wins it again, he will tie former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most career times being honored with the award.The redshirt senior completed 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns, adding 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory. He tied the school record — which he set in last year’s game against Bowling Green — for most touchdowns accounted for in a single game with seven scores.Barrett picked up his 32nd career win Saturday which gave him sole possession of the second-most victories by a Buckeye quarterback.Barrett and Ohio State do not play this weekend, but return to action against No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Report Chelsea make their move for Higuain

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Gonzalo Higuain this month after personal terms were agreed onManager Maurizio Sarri has decided to pursue Higuain once more after failing to reunite with his former Napoli star last summer.Tuesday’s 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Tottenham exposed Chelsea’s lack of sharpness up front with a host of chances to equalise going to waste.Current forwards Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have both struggled to deliver the goals on a regular basis, which has forced Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Now Marca reports that Chelsea are close to sealing a move for Higuain, who has fell below expectations in his loan spell at AC Milan.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…The Rossoneri are allegedly keen on cancelling Higuain’s loan deal from Juventus due to his €8m per season salary along with the €40m buy option for next season.On the other hand, Chelsea would be willing to take on the same deal that the Argentine striker has at Milan.Should a deal for Higuain go through, then it could pave the way for Morata to leave Stamford Bridge on loan at Sevilla.Higuain has scored six goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Milan this season.last_img read more

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Garry Cook Man City held talks with John Terry in 2009

first_imgFormer chief executive Garry Cook confirmed that Manchester City held talks with John Terry over summer transfer from Chelsea in 2009Under new billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour who had taken control 12 months earlier, the big-spending City approached Chelsea over a move for their captain.The Blues permitted City to begin talks with Terry and a five-year contract with a weekly wage of £200,000 was offered to the centre-back, which he eventually turned down.“We went through the process [of signing Terry],” Cook told Sky Sports.“[Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon was there at the time and we had conversations with him, saying we’d like to do it and we’d like to have a conversation.“I think he was probably more confident that he [Terry] wasn’t going anywhere.“We had conversations with John and he decided to stay where he was, and quite rightly so.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But there was never a document ready to sign.”Later on, Terry confessed he had used City’s interest as a bargaining chip in order to earn himself a new contract with Chelsea – which doesn’t surprise Cook.“There were players out there who were using us as a stalking horse and that’s the game,” he added.“If you want to get a better contract in your renewal with the club you’re with, then you’ve got to try and raise a market, and that’s what agents would do.“The reality is, would we have liked a lot of them to come? Yes. But the truth is, some of them were a little bit smoke and mirrors.”Terry made 717 appearances for Chelsea in a 19-year stay and won five Premier Leagues and FA cups along with titles like the Champions League and Europa League.After spending last season at Aston Villa, Terry announced his retirement from football during the summer and now plans to embark on a managerial career.last_img read more

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Environment Minister Dorsett visits oil spill site at Clifton Pier

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp October 4th, 2014Hon. Kenred DorsettMinister of the Environment and Housing RE: Oil Spill In Waters of New ProvidenceThe Government is aware of an oil spill in waters on the south western end of New Providence, near to Stuarts Cove and Albany. Government officials were on site at Stuarts Cove and Albany to assess the extent of the oil spill and its impact. I want to assure the general public that the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the Ministry of Environment and Housing, the Department of Environmental Health Services, the BEST Commission and all other relevant agencies have been advised of this incident and dispatched. In addition, the Government has retained international consultants who are expected to arrive in the Capitol on Monday to assist in:1. investigating and confirming the source (s) of the oil spill;2. assess the impact of the oil spill;3. address the mitigation of this spill,4. advise on the preparation of an environmental management plan for the area5. make remediation recommendations.The Clifton area has been plagued with oil spills for many for decades. This Government is resolved and committed to address this vexing problem. END Related Items:albany, bahamas, clifton, dorsett, oil spill, stuarts cove Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoscenter_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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3 killed in AL factional clashes

first_imgMap of NarsingdiThree people were killed and 100 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Nilakkha union of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Sohagh Miah and Maram Ali, local residents.Zakir Hasan, additional superintendent of police, said former union parishad chairman and former Raipura upazila AL vice-president Abdul Haque and present union parishad chairman and union AL president Tajul Islam had long been at loggerheads over controlling the locality.As a sequel of the previous enmity, the supporters of both the AL leaders locked into a clash around 3pm.Equipped with firearms and fishing spears (teta), they attacked each, leaving three people dead on the spot and 100 others injured.On information, police rushed in and tried to bring the situation under control.However, sporadic clashes continued till filing of this report around 8pm.The injured were taken to different hospitals, said Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Raipur police station.He also said additional policemen were called in to bring the situation under control.Earlier, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two AL groups at Bashgari of the upazila in the early hours.The deceased is Tofazzal Hossain Rana, son of local Abdullah Fakir.The OC said supporters of former Bashgari union parishad chairman and ex-union AL president Shahed Sarkar and current chairman Sirajul Haque, also an AL leader, attacked each other and exchanged gunfire from around 9pm till midnight on Thursday.After a short interval, they again exchanged gunfire early Friday.Tofazzel, who came out of his home to respond to the natural call, sustained bullet injuries to the head around 6am during the gunfight.Later, he died on the way to Narsingdi hospital.last_img read more

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NASA Probe Will Try To High Five a NearEarth Asteroid

first_img Share The primary goal of the OSIRIS-REx mission is to retrieve a few pounds of gravel and dust from Bennu, an asteroid whose orbit brings it near Earth every six years.If successful, the asteroid samples will be the largest amount of extraterrestrial material brought back to Earth since the Apollo-era trips to the moon.The asteroid, called Bennu after an ancient Egyptian bird god, was discovered in 1999.Bennu was a good target because it’s relatively close to Earth, and also big enough for a visit, according to Dante Lauretta, the lead scientist for the mission, and a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona. Bennu measures 495 meters in diameter (about a third of a mile).“We needed something that was relatively large, because when asteroids get to be around 200 meters in diameter or smaller, they tend to rotate very rapidly, sometimes as often as once every minute, and that would likely fling any of that gravel off the surface,” Lauretta said.The asteroid’s gravel could contain carbon-rich material that is 4.5 billion years old, almost as old as the solar system itself.“These asteroids could contain organic molecules, volatiles and amino acids that may have been the precursors to life on Earth or elsewhere in our solar system,” said Christina Richey, a NASA scientist involved in the mission.The probe will take two years to reach Bennu. Once there, the probe will go into orbit around Bennu, and spend another two years studying and mapping the asteroid’s surface from afar.Finally, the probe will approach the asteroid, unfold an 11-foot arm, and pick up some rock and dust.Richey says the arm will only touch the surface for about five seconds, to minimize the chance of the probe being damaged. She likened it to a cosmic “high five.” “Our priority is to bring back at least 60 grams of pristine material,” Richey said. “So once we have that, we’re not going to try to touch that again. We’ve got it. It’s getting stowed, it’s getting ready to come home.”After flying back to Earth, the probe will eject a small capsule containing the samples. The capsule will fall through the atmosphere and land in Utah in September, 2023.The samples will be brought to Johnson Space Center for storage. Scientists will get to examine and study 25 percent of the sample, but 75 percent will be stored for future scientists who may come up with better ideas and testing techniques than current technology allows.last_img read more

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MARYLAND ZOO WELCOMES AMUR LEOPARD

first_imgSofiya, a 6-year-old Amur leopard. BALTIMORE, MD-– The Maryland Zoo today welcomed Sofiya, an Amur leopard, one of the rarest cat species in the world.  Sofiya is a 6-year-old Amur leopard born at the St Louis Zoological Park, in Missouri. Over the course of her life she lived at The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, before being moved to The Maryland Zoo in mid-November at the request of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Amur Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). “She spent the last 30 days in quarantine and is doing very well,” said Carey Ricciardone, mammal collection and conservation manager. “She has moved to the leopard exhibit and we hope she decides to take her first steps outside soon.  The December cold is perfect weather for an Amur leopard.”The natural range of the Amur leopard previously encompassed the Amur River basin in the mountains of northeastern China and the Korean peninsula. Today, it survives only in one isolated population in the Russian Far East, although there may be a few individual in the Jilin Province of northeast China. “They are the most critically endangered leopard subspecies — it is estimated that there are less than 40 living in the wild,” continued Ricciardone. “We are very excited to be working with her and hope she brings an awareness about her species to our zoo visitors.”    Amur leopards are noted for their particularly pale coat compared to most other subspecies, featuring large rosettes with unbroken rings and darkened centers.Sofiya, a 6-year-old Amur leopard.The Amur leopard is a subspecies of leopard that the Maryland Zoo has not worked with in the past. “Due to their critically endangered status, we have decided to focus efforts on saving this amazing subspecies in our ongoing efforts to positively impact the conservation of leopards, lions and cheetahs,” stated Mike McClure, general curator. “There are less than 200 Amur leopards in zoos worldwide, and we hope to make a constructive contribution to the health and welfare of the population over time.” About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research.  More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo.  Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.  For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

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CityCenter DC Holiday Tree Lighting

first_imgCityCenterDC is scheduled to kick off the holiday season with an exciting evening of performances from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. and the inspirational viral sensation Cardinal Shehan School Choir from Baltimore. The event is scheduled to be held on Nov. 25 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m at The Park at CityCenter, 10th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW. Washingtonians will be treated to joyful holiday music and an official lighting ceremony and countdown emceed by NBC4’s Eun Yang. Families will be entertained with balloon artists, face painters, holiday activities and more. 2017 CityCenter D.C. Holiday Tree Lightinglast_img read more

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Cardinals Fall to Georgia Tech

first_imgStory Links  Singles competition1. Kenya Jones (GT) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-0, 7-52. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) vs. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished3. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) vs. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unfinished4. Raven Neely (LOU) vs. Victoria Flores (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 4-2, unfinished5. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-7, 6-06. Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3 Photo Gallery Tennis Match ResultsGeorgia Tech vs Louisville3/10/2018 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass Rudd Tennis Center)  Doubles competition1. Valeriya Deminova/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 7-62. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-43. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Aleksandra Mally/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2center_img Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.The Cardinals (10-7, 2-5) pushed the Yellow Jackets to three sets on four courts. Georgia Tech (6-6, 3-2) claimed the doubles point with two down-to-the-wire finishes. Junior Raven Neely and sophomore Diana Wong won 6-4, turning all eyes to court one.Senior Sena Suswam and freshman Dina Chaika pushed Georgia Tech’s Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores to a tie break, but the Jackets won 7-6 (4-0).Head coach Mark Beckham said the doubles point determined how the rest of the match was played.”If we get that, it creates scoreboard pressure. Then the players on Georgia Tech are playing slightly different in singles,” Beckham said.Suswam faced No. 11-ranked Kenya Jones in singles, almost pushing of the nation’s top players to a third set before falling 6-0, 7-5.Neely and redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally weren’t able to finish their matches, but were both up late in the third set. Neely has a team-best 13 singles wins this season.Freshman Chloe Hamlin nearly secured her ninth win of the season. The Tennessee native fell 7-5 in the first set and battled back to win 7-6 (4-0) in the second set before dropping the third 6-0.Louisville’s road doesn’t get any easier as they welcome No. 3 Duke on Friday, March 22 and No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday, March 24. Beckham noted the talent of both teams, but remained focused in house.”I want to see us play our level. When we do that, I don’t have any issues,” Beckham said. Georgia Tech 4, Louisville 0 Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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West Bengal Khadi Village Industries Board to develop cotton khadi in state

first_imgKolkata: Buoyed by the success of project Muslin, the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) is taking up a project for the development of cotton khadi in Bengal. The project will encompass 14 of the 23 states in Bengal.”Our main objective is to train artisans in churning out products as per the present market demand. We will provide them with infrastructure and most importantly, create a platform for marketing their products,” said Mrityunjoy Bandyopadhyay, CEO of WBKVIB. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe 14 districts that have been earmarked for the project are Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, East and West Burdwan, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Howrah, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Nadia, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur. Around 4,950 artisans will get the training and the project cost will be to the tune of Rs 16.52 crore. It may be mentioned that there are about 115 Khadi institutions and societies working in the area of cotton khadi production in Bengal at present. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe artisans are now mostly producing traditional items of white khadi and conventional items of cotton khadi. “At present, there is a huge demand for cotton khadi, both in domestic and international markets, mainly due to its eco-friendly nature. We will assist them in integrating modern design, equip them in order to cater to the demands and bridge the gap between supply and demand.” a senior official of WBKVIB said. Hand-spun and hand woven cotton khadi fabric bear a unique feeling and make consumers very comfortable as the fabric feels warm during winters and cool during summers. According to a senior official of WBKVIB, some of the challenges that are affecting the sector include: stiff competition with power loom products as the cost of production in khadi sector is high. “We will take adequate steps to overcome the challenges, such as lack of storage facility, lack of quality control and testing facility, absence of branding etc,” the official maintained. It may be mentioned that production of khadi played an important role in the Indian Freedom Movement to discourage the Indians from wearing foreign clothes.last_img read more

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The Big Trends From Google IO 2017

first_img 8 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 22, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » It’s very easy to dismiss Google I/O as just an opportunity to show off new toys and to throw a big party. Given the appearance of LCD Soundsystem at this year’s closing concert, the impression is understandable. But I/O 2017 was when Google’s efforts in big data, search and device ubiquity bore fruit as it transitions toward a new focus on AI and machine learning.Everything old is finally here.Google I/O 2016 is etched in my mind for two reasons. First, it was deadly hot, dampening the fun of an outdoor conference with sweat. Second, nothing announced was actually released.In retrospect, 2016 was a building year for Google. Products announced last year, including Google Assistant and Google Home, have now been in the wild — some, like Android Wear 2, for just a few months. This year, we heard about improvements and Google opened them to developers.Developers can now work on Android, Chrome, the Google Assistant and Google Home through the Actions API. Instant Apps are also now available, taking away the primary friction point of downloading and using apps. The omnipresence of the Google Assistant also means Actions developed for it will filter into many new platforms, including the iPhone.In fact, the iPhone was mentioned with such frequency, it began to feel less like a competitor and more like another platform ripe for development. The fact that the Google Assistant will be moving into Siri territory made this abundantly clear.This is particularly notable because Android has always been the centerpiece of the Google developer experience. True, not every attendee is an app developer, but Android has always loomed large. This year, the presence of Android wasn’t necessarily diminished, but it was just one of many platforms under the Google umbrella.Taking the reins.As a developer conference, I/O is an opportunity to not only encourage developers to adopt new tools and new platforms, but to offer some useful feedback as well. That’s not unusual, but there was some tension in the discussions this year.At the developer keynote, Android luminaries explained how new restrictions on data, processing power and battery power for apps are not meant to be punitive but to make Android better for everyone, including users. That’s a sensible viewpoint — it might even be correct — but it felt decidedly more prescriptive than past Google sessions.That’s just a few of the new ways Google is reclaiming Android. Project Treble, described in the Android security panel, divides Android into three segments. Google will maintain control of the core OS segment, hopefully allowing for bigger, broader updates with less meddling from device manufacturers and carriers.There are also new rules about user identifiers. Developers and advertisers use these to track users on and off their devices and serve up targeted ads. Restricting them is a privacy win for consumers, and probably a data win for Google, which controls most of the means of identifying users.The turning point in Android O.Another innovation in Android O comes in the notification center. Google designers and developers have paid particular attention to notifications and icons over the last few iterations of the OS. They rightly understand this is a major area of interest for consumers, and a primary area of interaction.”Channels” is the internal term Google applies to new categories of notifications. In O, developers will group their notifications together into different types, letting users change how those notifications appear, or if they appear at all. Google’s leadership says this is a feature requested by users and developers, and the benefits for both are clear. Users get more control over how their phone works — a key Android concept. Developers have more ways to communicate with users, and users will be less likely to simply uninstall apps that generate unwanted notifications. Instead, those notifications can simply be silenced.That all comes with a catch: Once developers target Android version 26 (or Android O, to its friends), they must use notification channels. If they don’t, their app’s notifications will be dropped and simply not appear. This, of course, will have limited impact in the Android user community, given the low adoption rates for new Android OSes. But O will be a turning point for the platform and all developers.Also during the session on notifications, the Googlers on stage took the unusual step of asking developers not to abuse the ability to change colors on notifications — a new feature in Android O. This warning was included in the developer documentation (and I noted it in my review of the pre-release of O), but it was strange to hear it on stage. It was also strange to hear Googlers say they were “giving a lot of trust” to developers, and promising to take away these privileges if they felt colorful notifications were being abused. It was odd, partly because of the paternalistic tone, but also because the vast majority of Android developers were not in the room or at I/O.VR and AR, unleashed.There are only two major tech companies with fully functional AR experiences: Microsoft through HoloLens and Google with Project Tango. Tango has been my perennial favorite at Google I/O in part because it is so radically different from other Google efforts, and also because it has felt ready for primetime since 2014 at least.Tango had a big coming out this past year with the announcement of the first commercial phone to support it, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.This year, we got word of an entirely new device with a thinner body and brighter screen. Lowe’s has also agreed to let Google map 400 of its stores to provide in-store navigation via Tango devices that can take you directly to items on your shopping list.From my conversations with the Project Tango team, the main focus right now is improving the overall experience and supporting the rollout of consumer applications for what was once a lab experiment. But we did get some hints. A session specifically on Tango showed off future efforts to identify discrete objects within the room, software that can map a room and then clear all the furniture from it and an app to automatically generate 2D floorplans. One of the most exciting applications was an autonomous aerial drone using Tango technology to navigate obstacles at top speed.The biggest VR announcement of Google I/O was, without a doubt, standalone VR devices. Google was short on details, but it’s a marked departure from previous VR efforts. Google dipped its toe into the world of VR with the Cardboard, a $20 frame for a smartphone that provided a surprisingly immersive and low-cost VR experience. The company doubled down with Daydream, which used only high-end phones and a specialized headset, but still cost dramatically less than any other VR experience.A standalone VR device effectively removes the hurdle of Google itself. It’s a huge boon to Google and for the developers who want to try this new platform. With a standalone device, Google can offer VR to anyone willing to purchase such a device. You won’t need a specialized Android phone; it will all be one package.Daydream is very impressive in its own right, and I’m excited for a standalone device that will allow iPhone users and others to enjoy Daydream apps. Hopefully it will cost far, far less than the Vive and the Oculus Rift. But I worry about moving too far from the humble Cardboard. Part of what impressed me about it was its DIY efficiency and remarkably low barrier for entry. As the price of Google’s VR experience goes up, the number of people who can enjoy it will go down.Going forward.In 2016, it wasn’t clear what the AI revolution actually meant for Google. While machine learning was certainly at the forefront, there wasn’t any tangible evidence of how this would work for Google. It could all have easily been dismissed as a fad, or just a nice way to encapsulate a sector of Google’s progress that had flown under the radar.This year, we finally saw what being “AI first” really means. It means Google in more places, it means developers being able to interact in new ways (and on new devices). And most importantly, it shows Google with far more focus than ever before. It seems very likely to me that this year specifically will mark a major turning point not just for Google, but for the entire industry. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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Hospital registers fewer child abuse cases

first_imgNational Children’s Hospital officials announced this week that cases of child abuse showed a slight decrease in the first quarter of 2012, although they emphasized that more needs to be done to combat the problem.Rodolfo Hernández, director of the medical center, explained that last year that hospital received an average of seven cases of child abuse per day, a number that had decreased to 5.8 in the first three months of 2012.Hernández noted that in 2011, the National Children’s Hospital launched a campaign against abuse that was supported by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the Bank of Costa Rica and private sector firms.According to Social Security System statistics, child abuse cases registered at the hospital include – in order of prevelance – negligence, psychological abuse, lack of attention and sexual assault. In most cases victims are children under 6 years old, and aggression occurs mostly in their own homes.Hernández said that this is caused by numerous factors including poverty, low education levels and lack of employment opportunities. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Flames focuses spotlight on tropical north

first_imgSource = Flames of the Forest –SPICE Best Venue Finalist, Second Year Running-For the second year running, Port Douglas and the Tropical North is represented in this year’s prestigious 2010 Australian Event Awards that were announced this week with Flames of the Forest named one of three finalists in the SPICE Best Venue category.Natalie Johnson, Flames of the Forest Sales Manager for Business, Events and Leisure said the team was thrilled to learn the good news.“I feel that we have already won! To be selected for the second year running and be vying for the title against such amazing venues as Doltone House Darling Island Wharf and Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre speaks volumes.“In 2008 Flames of the Forest moved to a much bigger and more versatile rainforest venue – add to this the hard work and dedication of our team and news like this pays everyone back in spades.”Natalie and owner, Amelia Hannaford will attend the national awards in Sydney on October 7.Building on the high calibre of winners and finalists from 2009, the co-chairs of the judges Johnny Allen and Sandy Hollway said that the quality and creativity of entries was outstanding and that events were particularly rewarded for innovation in event techniques, ideas and practices across all categories.Flames of the Forest is continually evolving and improving it’s ‘experience’ and operation and earlier this year, announced it had established a reduced carbon footprint.According to Natalie, the stunning events and dining venue had introduced environmentally friendly LED lights to further enhance the special effects of an evening of entertainment in the Tropical North Queensland rainforest.“State-of-the-art lights have been installed in the black silk-lined ceiling allowing the creation of a range of looks to suit client requirements.The new system uses 30 per cent less power and is included in the venue hire so there are no extra charges for lighting,” she said.“Seven new custom-made crystal bud light and glowing orb chandeliers complement the lighting, creating an unmatched elegance in off-site events.Combined with thousands of twinkling bud lights these create a look reminiscent of the night sky with planets and stars.”Ms Johnson said Flames was also delighted to introduce three custom designed and locally manufactured bi-ethanol flaming vessels which were clean burning with no fumes.“This renewable fuel has allowed us to bring the flames closer to the marquee to enhance the magic of the rainforest, at the same time lowering our carbon footprint,” she said.“Combined with the roll-out of low voltage lighting to the surrounding rainforest, a solar hot water system for the kitchens and our continuing commitment to the One Person, One Tree, One World tree planting program, Flames of the Forest offers a true environmentally positive experience to clients.”Tucked away in a fairytale pocket of rainforest, Flames of the Forest has a banquet seating capacity of 900 with all the infrastructure and comfort clients need, but with the magic only an off-site event can provide.Since 2003, Flames of the Forest has gained an international reputation for its rainforest experience which combines a magnificent six course banquet dinner in a spectacular candlelit setting with a traditional and authentic Aboriginal performance featuring story telling, music and song from brothers who spent their childhood in the surrounding valley.Flames of the Forest has won awards for its innovation and cuisine including being a finalist in the 2009 Australian Event Awards and recently was listed in Australian Traveller Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Things to do in Australia….that you’ve never heard of!’Flames of the Forest is an enchanting and dramatic venue for group entertaining including weddings and corporate groups. Every event is different but features the same stunning rainforest setting as its backdrop. Recent clients have included Toyota, which featured Flames of the Forest with the addition of a performance by Leo Sayer as the finale event of its new Landcruiser launch.Just 15 minutes from Port Douglas, 40 minutes from Palm Cove and one hour from Cairns, Flames of the Forest is a world away from the everyday.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Travel management comp

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Travel management company Travel Beyond Group (TBG) has announced a joint venture with inbound travel company, Exclusive Travel Group – a specialist in upmarket travel in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific – to bring a new luxury brand to the Australian market.The partnership sees Exclusive Travel Group’s local operations now positioned as a brand under TBG in Australia, joining its established units, Sport and Entertainment Travel Management, Corporate Travel Management, Events Beyond and Escape Beyond.Travel Beyond Group’s Managing Director Tim Lane told LATTE the JV gives Exclusive Travel Group “the opportunity to market, promote and use the resources and infrastructure of TBG, and now staff to drive high-end inbound into the Australian market”.TBG, which is a member of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as an outpost in New Zealand’s commercial gateway city, Auckland.Exclusive Travel Group has branches in Sydney and New Zealand.“We will continue to develop and strengthen the partnerships within Australia’s luxury travel market,” Lane said of the deal.“We will work with TMC’s globally to help manage their high-end customers needing the ultimate experience in Australia and also have a direct channel for long-standing repeat and referral customers. For TBG it continues our strategy of being agile and boutique enough to ensure customer experience and service is maintained. A joint venture with an already established brand makes that happen.”Established in 2001, the privately owned TMC is growing and diversifying its business “to remain relevant for our partners and customers,” Lane said. Through the joint venture with ETB, Travel Beyond Group will now span 48 staff across five brands and four offices around Australia and New Zealand, with a total transaction value (TTV) of $75 million.“Our company ethos is centred around working with people who have a passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences and service. Rob, Stephen and the team at ETG do exactly that.”Exclusive Travel Group’s Managing Director Rob Young said his company was “excited” to enter into the partnership with the TBG. “It gives our business the resources and infrastructure to further expand into the Australian market,” Young said.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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And note that I am making no comment here on the q

first_img And note that I am making no comment here on the quality of government spending – you can make that determination for yourself – I am merely stating its cost. You’ll have to decide what you think about this. If you’re unsure, look up the numbers and run them for yourself. That will give you a better understanding. The Non-Monetary Value of Life Human lives, of course, have far more than simple monetary value. The most important things in life are not measured in dollars. That, however, only makes the damage worse. Why worse? Because we are limited, physical beings. When we’re sick, or sleeping, or far away, or falling-down tired, those “more valuable than money” things seldom show up. When people are forced to work double shifts to pay the government, their energy for the things that transcend monetary value is sucked away. Most working Americans go from morning till night. Even when they go on vacation, they are really only recovering from their workload – getting back to even. That means that most of the super-monetary value of their lives is lost; they have no time and energy left over to do the more important things. Leviathan Has a Cost Governments always present themselves to people as saviors, but everything they do is paid for with money. And the ultimate source of all that money is the people who are supposedly being saved. In order to pay that price in the United States (others are similar), the entire earnings of several million lives are required every year. No, three million people are not beheaded in the town square, but that many lives are spent every year – by people paying half their life, every year, for their entire working lives. Leviathan eats several million lives per year, and no matter how we spin it, the numbers remain. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Total US government spending: $3.55 trillion So, dividing total government spending by average lifetime earnings, we arrive at the following: Government spending consumes the lives of 2.27 million people, annually. Properly, we should say, “The US government consumes the entire life earnings of 2.27 million people, every year.” It may seem a bit dramatic to express the numbers this way, but these are real numbers, and they reflect the situation accurately. These figures, of course, are only for the national government. State and municipal governments consume plenty as well. In all likelihood, total government consumption in the US is somewhere between 3 and 5 million lives per year. If these numbers seem impossible to you, run them yourself. It’s not hard. The plain truth is that, every year, government in the United States consumes the entire lifetime efforts of several million human beings. Talk of so-many trillions, percentages of GDP, quintiles, and age brackets are confusing. This is the simple truth: Several million lives are sacrificed every year to feed the US Leviathan. Perhaps a motivated statistician could find some fault with my numbers, but still, there they are. And if my amateurish calculations are off by 10%, should we really feel better, knowing that only 2.043 million of us are sacrificed to Leviathan every year? The next time you hear confusing talk from a politician, think of these numbers. Millions of lives are being drained dry – cradle to grave – every year, to keep their beast fed. That cannot honestly be denied. What Does This Mean? It is for you to decide what this means. I suspect that you’re rather horrified, which sets you up for a classic choice on how to deal with this new idea: I like to look at things from an outsider’s viewpoint – to notice things that most people pass over. And I usually find these things more or less by accident. For example, take a quick look at this formula: This looks like physics or economics, but I actually ran across it in a legal case. As it turns out, this is the formula to determine the monetary value of your life. That may sound crazy, but it’s absolutely true. Officially termed “the monetary value of human capital,” this calculation is used every day in courts of law to help determine various awards – typically when someone is injured and prevented from working. What struck me as interesting is that this formula could also be used in other ways… like for government for example. Government is the biggest business on the planet – by far. (We examined how in FMP #32.) And government functions with money. So, I decided to use arithmetic to determine the cost of government – not measured in dollars, but in human lives. Think of this as a currency conversion: dollars-to-lives, rather than the usual dollars-to-euros or dollars-to-yen. And, again, this is not a new trick; it’s done every day in courtrooms across the globe. The Numbers The figures I’m using come from the US government (mostly the Census), between the years 2008 and 2010. (Spending is for 2010.) Everything shown below is plain old math, not fancy statistical analysis. Here are the necessary figures: Average per capita income: $39,138 Per capita lifetime income (income times years) = $1.5655 million Fight (“That’s wrong!”),center_img Flight/Evasion (“That’s a conspiracy theory!”), or Average number of working years: 40 Freeze (“I don’t understand”).last_img read more

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