NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says

first_imgFalcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Danny Ainge calls Kyrie Irving “special” and explains his vision of the blockbuster trade that acquired the All-Star point guard. pic.twitter.com/xlwsKvBgNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 5, 2017 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kyrie Irving (2). APThere’s no question that recently acquired Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars.Although his talent on the hardwood is exemplary, pundits are questioning how he’ll fit with coach Brad Stevens’ system, now that he’ll be the No. 1 option on offense each given night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But as as far as Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is concerned, the 25-year-old superstar will fit just right in Beantown and prosper even more under a new system, particularly with his play-making skills.“You’ll see that he’s a better passer,” Ainge said of Kyrie in a video interview for the Celtics social media team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I think people that watch Kyrie play a lot can see his passing and his potential there as a passer. LeBron was pretty much the point guard in Cleveland and Kyrie was a point guard often when LeBron wasn’t on the court. I think that he’s a fantastic passer and I think that defensively he’s got to improve and I think he will in Brad’s system.”In his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving averaged a modest 5.5 assists per game, which the 58-year-old executive believes woill go higher in Boston.Although he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James, Ainge adds that his pick-and-roll prowess will be showcased more with new teammates Al Horford commanding the block and Gordon Hayward manning the wings.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Royals Take Mets Again, 4-3

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New York Mets had to relive their World Series loss to Kansas City on the Kauffman Stadium video boards April 3.Then they watched the Royals beat them the same way they did last fall.In the first opening-day rematch of a World Series in baseball history, Kansas City used some scrappy offense, a brilliant start from Edinson Volquez and a tough-when-it-matters bullpen to squeak out a 4-3 victory over Matt Harvey and Co.“We knew that they put the ball in play, they find holes, they put together terrific at-bats,” Mets third baseman David Wright said. “They get that lead early and you know that bullpen is coming in. That’s their M.O. — good starting pitching, terrific bullpen and a pesky offense. That’s exactly what they did tonight.”The Mets still gave themselves a chance at the end.After Volquez (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings, and Kelvin Herrera worked the seventh, the Mets roughed up Joakim Soria for three runs in the eighth. And they had runners on the corners with one out against Davis in the ninth, only to watch the All-Star reliever strike out Wright and Yoenis Cespedes to end it.That was probably a flashback, too. Davis was on the mound when the Royals clinched the crown at Citi Field in Game 5 last November.“That’s not the ideal way to start the season,” said Harvey (0-1), who allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.Indeed, there was little good about opening night for the NL East champs, still in search of their first championship in three decades.They spent nearly an hour before the first pitch reliving last year’s World Series defeat through a steady stream of highlights on the crown-shaped big screen, then had to watch the raising of the championship banner over the Royals Hall of Fame in left field at Kauffman Stadium.“For them to relive that,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “it’s a little awkward.” Things didn’t get a whole lot better once the game began.Cespedes, the Gold Glove outfielder whose shoddy fielding hurt the Mets in the Series, dropped an easy fly ball in the first inning that ultimately led to the Royals’ opening run.Kansas City then strung together a couple of singles before Kendrys Morales popped a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth, and Alex Gordon and Omar Infante added two-out RBI singles in the sixth.Volquez and the Kansas City defense had things well in hand by that point.The right-hander escaped a jam by getting Travis d’Arnaud to ground out in the second inning, then watched first baseman Eric Hosmer make a nice diving stop to escape a sticky spot in the third. All-Star catcher Salvador Perez threw out Michael Conforto trying to steal second base to end the fourth.The biggest misstep Volquez made may have been fashion-related — he wore his spring training hat with a gold crown over the interlocking “KC” to start the game. He swapped it out for the proper one before taking the field for the second inning.(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9 leaks, sparks debate on fingerprint sensor

first_imgIt’s the season for new flagship smartphones. Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and others are gearing up to unveil their latest flagship smartphones at the MWC 2019. Xiaomi is also a part of the convention, expected to unveil the 5G variant of the Mi Mix 3. However, leaks have shared some information regarding another Xiaomi device. Rumoured to be the Xiaomi Mi 9, the smartphone has been spotted in the wild – one in the prototype stage and another one in Xiaomi’s test labs.Let’s begin with the prototype device. The photo shows the smartphone packed inside plastic cladding bolted shut with screws. However, the leaks give us a fair idea about the placement of the camera and a fingerprint sensor. The Mi 9 prototype shows a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup and a capacitive fingerprint sensor mounted in the centre. While the camera module looks like a triple camera unit, it consists of only two cameras and an LED flash. The other leak, which came up on Weibo, showed another prototype Mi 9 in the hands of Xiaomi’s Product Director, Wang Teng. The post shows the alleged Mi 9 without any casing or protective gear. This leak suggests that the Mi 9 will sport a glass rear panel similar to the previous Xiaomi flagships. However, there are differences when compared to the previous leaks of the Mi 9.The Xiaomi Mi 9 seems to sport a triple camera setup at the rear alongside an LED flash. Apart from that, the device is missing the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This indicates that the Mi 9 could possibly sport an in-display fingerprint scanner or rely on a 3D facial recognition system. The rest of the volume and power buttons are placed as expected.advertisementConsidering the nature of the leaks, it seems that it will be a while before Xiaomi unveils the Mi 9. Going by the past, Xiaomi could unveil the smartphone in April and bring it to other international markets later in the year. The Mi 9 is expected to be launched with the Snapdragon 855 chipset and could possibly support 5G out-of-the-box. Xiaomi could opt for the modern waterdrop notched display or go for a slider display similar to the Mi Mix 3. The Mi 9 could be priced competitively against the OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro, Galaxy S10, Nokia 9 and other top launches: 10 phones that will be unveiled soonALSO READ | New details of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Go India variants revealed ahead of launchALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi CEO reveals Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone is coming this yearlast_img read more

Lucas Moura hits hat-trick as makeshift Spurs make light work of Huddersfield

first_img Lineups (s 85′) Huddersfield 12 Wanyama Match stats 6 Hogg Substitutes Premier League (s 87′) Huddersfield roused themselves in the final 20 minutes. Sissoko had to tear back to put off Karlan Grant; the substitute Steve Mounié missed a gilt-edged header and Hugo Lloris tipped a Juninho Bacuna free-kick against the crossbar and away. But the gulf in class was plain and for much of the game it was difficult to overstate how bad Huddersfield were. Siewert has lost 10 of his 11 matches in charge. Spurs, by contrast, have won three out of three at their new stadium and kept three clean sheets.Spurs’ strength in depth is sometimes questioned but Pochettino could call up players of proven quality, not least Moura, who was in the mood from the outset. He put Spurs in charge with the second goal on 27 minutes and it was a rasping finish, after Sissoko had played him in. Lucas would put Huddersfield to the sword at the end. First, he took Eriksen’s cross and guided a shot past Ben Hamer and then he collected Son’s pass and fired into the far, top corner.Wanyama’s goal was his first for Spurs since a piledriver at Liverpool in February 2018 – and it owed everything to a well-timed burst and an ice-cool walk around Hamer. Fernando Llorente laid it on and his link-up play was a feature of the match. Llorente did everything but score. His best moment came early in the second half when he took a lovely touch from Juan Foyth’s pass and, first time and on the volley, lifted against the crossbar.Huddersfield’s only first-half flicker came when Jon Stankovic fluffed a volley from Bacuna’s corner while Eriksen would hit the post with a deflected shot in the 81st minute. Now for City.• This article was amended on 15 April 2019 because a photo was captioned as showing Jonas Lössl in goal when Victor Wanyama scored; the goalkeeper was actually Ben Hamer. Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Huddersfield Town: Premier League – as it happened 21 Foyth Play Video 15 Lowe (s 82′) Pochettino was without the injured Harry Kane while he did not risk Dele Alli, who broke his hand in the first leg against City and is currently coming to terms with playing in a protective cast. Pochettino said he was unsure whether Alli would be OK for Wednesday. “He needs to feel comfortable and it’s painful,” he said. Also of concern is Harry Winks, who felt his groin in training on Friday. He is a doubt for the second leg.The team news was always going to be a prominent subplot and it was not just that of Spurs that registered with a degree of force. Huddersfield’s stay in the Premier League has proved short-lived and for the manager, Jan Siewert, it is time to test out players for the Championship – and overlook those that could fetch a transfer fee in the summer. Hence, Jonas Lössl, Philip Billing and Mathias Jørgensen are fading from view. Siewert also demoted Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard to the bench. Pochettino could rest easy. The victory was not in doubt from the moment Victor Wanyama sashayed through to score the first goal and it was glossed by a clinical hat-trick from Lucas Moura – the Brazilian’s first since his move to Europe and Paris Saint-Germain in January 2013. He celebrated at full-time by having a kickaround with his little son on the pitch. How the crowd loved that.Pochettino’s decision to rest the majority of his big guns for the City tie was vindicated. The manager indicated on Friday that Son Heung-min was in condition to play but, in the event, he found a way to use him as a late substitute. That way was to revert to a back three and include Jan Vertonghen. Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko were the only other first-choice outfield players to start. Sissoko was excellent, pulling off a crowd-pleasing roulette in the early running and departing to a standing ovation when he was substituted. 25 Jorgensen 2 Trippier Share on Pinterest 21 Pritchard 30 70 4 2 10 11 Facebook Spurs 22 Gazzaniga Read more 33 Hadergjonaj HUD TOT 16 Walker-Peters Huddersfield HUD30TOT70% 33 Davies 23 Eriksen 1:18 18 Llorente 19 Williams 5 Kongolo 3 Rose (s 90′) 6 Sanchez Tottenham believe they have a chance of making history and it has certainly been difficult to keep a lid on the excitement that is building for their Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Manchester City on Wednesday. They lead 1-0 from the first leg.As such, the visit of relegated Huddersfield felt like a distraction; an irritation, even. It added up to a test of Spurs’ mentality, which Mauricio Pochettino has had cause to criticise on a few occasions this season. The points were still imperative to the club’s top-four aspirations. Share via Email 26 Schindler Corners 52 Skipp (s 74′) 27 Lucas Moura ‘Tough period ahead’: Pochettino looks to Spurs top-four fight after win – video 27 Stankovic Topics 1 Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 7 Bacuna 9 Kachunga Twitter (s 69′) 24 Mounie 16 Ahearne-Grant Share on Twitter 2 Smith 10 Mooy match reports Substitutes 17 Sissoko Victor Wanyama skips around Ben Hamer to give Spurs a 1-0 lead. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images Reuse this content 37 Durm 17 Spurs Off target 6 Huddersfield 5 Spurs On target 1 Huddersfield 4 Alderweireld 13 Coleman Fouls Share on Messenger Possession Share on WhatsApp 5 Vertonghen Share on Facebook The Observer Goal attempts Share on LinkedIn 7 Son Pinterest 47 Marsh 12 Hamerlast_img read more

Quit Dilly-Dallying Around and Obtain the Beard You Deserve with Badass Beard Care

first_img The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Copyright: gstockstudio / 123RF Stock PhotoFrom starter kits and gifts, to beard balms, oils, waxes, multivitamins — you name it and the Badass Beard Care has it because, you know, they’re badass.Charlie Moyer’s dreams of Jesus-like facial hair was put on hold for about 10 years when he enlisted in the military, but that didn’t stop him from reaching his beard goals. After a medical discharge from injuries suffered in service, Moyer embarked on his next combat journey: growing a glorious beard.One of the great things about Badass Beard Care is they tend do the work for you, and at a price that’s almost undeniable.His first month was met with complications, though: itchy skin, a rough texture, and a whiff of whatever Moyer scarfed down for lunch were all holding his beard back from reaching its full potential. He gave some cheaper grooming products a go, but those left his face burning or simply didn’t offer any benefits. He found The Art of Shaving to be a cool alternative, but it still out of his price range for a consistent product.But instead of chopping off the whiskers and leaving the beard journey for another decade, Moyer, like the man that he is, took matters into his own hands in order to find the perfect compilation of oils that would work for his beard.After a little word of mouth communication among his peers, the military veteran is now sharing his secret formula with guys like you, offering effective and affordable organic beard care products, backed with detailed knowledge and great customer service.With absolutely no e-commerce or online marketing experience, Moyer has killed it when it comes to business models. For example, one of our favorite aspects of Badass Beard Care is their devotion to finding the right product for you. They succeed in doing this by providing starter and sample kits for some of their products so you know what kind of products and scents you’re getting into before you dive in face first. Hell, they even have a free sample program. (Their sample sizes usually include enough for about a weeks worth of usage, giving you an adequate amount of time for trial and error.)One of the great things about Badass Beard Care is they tend do the work for you, and at a price that’s almost undeniable.Their Badass Beard Essential Kit ($59.99) comes with everything you’ll need to keep up on healthy skin and a flourishing beard. The kit includes a beard oil and beard balm in “The Ladies Man” scent of sweet citrus, as well as a beard comb, beard brush, and a pair of facial hair scissors.Badass Beard Essentials KitIf you’re not going for the ladies man style, they have a diverse collection of beard oils that will soften beards and stubble, hydrate underneath skin to get rid of irritation and dandruff, while also promoting healthy growth.Another crowd-pleaser, the Vikings Badass Beard Oil ($14.99), has a medium-strength white fir, orange, and clove aroma. Team this with the Boars Hair Beard Brush ($12.99) or comb, and maybe a pair of grooming scissors and you’ve got yourself a mad arsenal of tools to take down any hirsute hiccup along your journey to beardtown.Feeling a bit patriotic? Give The Patriot Beard Wax ($19.99) a try. Made by Veterans for people who bleed red, white, and blue, this this conditioning and styling wax boasts a subtle Texas Cedar and Tea Tree scent that screams U.S.A. They also offer this in a gift set, coupled with The Patriot Beard Oil ($31.99)There are also a slew of supplements out there that can aid in your beard building process by correcting vitamin or nutrient deficiencies. Badass Beard Care offers their own formula of supplement vitamins, Chucks Essentials ($19.99). The 30-day supply comes with vitamins and minerals such as Biotin and B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, folic acid, and lycopene, among others that can be utterly beneficial for healthy skin, a softer, healthier beard, as well as promoting faster growth in thin or patchy areas.And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our mustache sporting gentlemen out there. Badass Beard Care offers a stellar honey scented Whisker Wax ($9.99) that is easy to apply and finishes with a medium-strength, natural looking hold. They do state that this is not a great solution for the handlebarred, curled mustache.The easiest and most convenient means of purchasing on the Badass Beard Care website. All of the products and categories are easy to navigate and includes essential information such as pricing and ingredient info.Go forth and grow, bearded brethren! How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Life imprisonment for man who created hijack scare on Jet plane

first_imgAhmedabad: A special NIA court here Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a Mumbai-based businessman and imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on him for leaving a hijack threat note on a Jet Airways plane in October 2017. The court of special NIA judge K M Dave said the fine amount submitted by the convict, businessman Birju Salla, will be distributed among the crew members and passengers on board the affected plane. Salla was accused of creating a hijack scare by planting a threat note written in English and Urdu in the tissue paper box of the aircraft’s toilet on October 30. Also Read – Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally: China After the incident, Salla become the first person to be put under the “national no fly list”, and was also the first to be booked under the stringent Anti Hijacking Act, which had replaced a vintage law of 1982. The NIA had in January last year filed a charge sheet against him under sections 3(1), 3(2)(a) and 4(b) of the Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016. The NIA had said Salla prepared a “threat note” in both English and Urdu language and placed it “intentionally” in the tissue paper box of the toilet near the business class of the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight no.9W339 on October 30, thereby jeopardizing the safety of passengers and crew on board. Also Read – Cultural icons condemn FIR against celebs who wrote to PM He was arrested in October 2017 after the plane made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport. He confessed to the crime and told investigators that he had done it in the hope that it would force Jet Airways to close its Delhi operation and his girlfriend, who worked in the airline’s Delhi office, would come back to Mumbai. The note asked the plane to be flown into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The note ended with the words, Allah is Great.last_img read more

BC RCMPs April Fools joke pounced on by cats purrfect resume

first_imgVANCOUVER — When the British Columbia and Yukon division of the RCMP issued an April Fools’ Day announcement seeking a few good cats, it probably didn’t expect any applicants.But the intervening weeks have been just long enough for at least one to send in a kitty curriculum vitae.RCMP say in an online post that a resume has been received from Penny Cirque, a cat once destined for an acrobatic career with Cirque du Soleil but now interested in law — or claw — enforcement.Her resume letter notes she is small and cuddly but has the tough exterior necessary for police work.Unfortunately, the RCMP says the application came without any contact information.The original job posting for the new cat services unit suggested applicants be aloof, pensive, even moody and “capable of working for almost 15 minutes a day before getting bored.”The RCMP doesn’t say if Penny Cirque’s application will survive the vetting process.“The bad guys could easily be taken in by my charm and I am sure they would tell me all the bad things they have done, especially if I offered to let them stroke me when they had confessed and made amends,” the letter says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals reject most Tory amendments to environmental assessment bill

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is rejecting most of the amendments proposed by Conservative senators to Bill C-69.A senior government official speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said after going through every amendment — there were 187 by one count ­— the government has concluded most of the proposals by Conservative senators were designed to weaken the bill.“The vast majority of conservative proposals are simply unacceptable,” he said.About 90 per cent of the Conservative amendments will not be agreed to, he said, including allowing the new Impact Assessment Agency flexibility to decide whether to take into account a project’s effect on Indigenous rights or climate change.The government is also rejecting amendments that would make it harder to challenge a project approval in court and limit who can participate in review hearings.The official said the government is OK with the Impact Assessment Agency having discretion to decide how the public can meaningfully participate, but legislating away people’s right to be heard was “just flat out not acceptable.”Many of those amendments were heavily criticized by environment groups that said C-69 provided some balance between protecting the environment and economic growth. They blamed the Conservatives for wanting to give full reign to the oil and gas sector to run roughshod over the environment.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna served notice late Tuesday of her intention to table the government’s motion responding to the Senate amendments in the House of Commons after question period Wednesday.Conservative senators, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and five conservative premiers have all said that every single amendment has to be accepted or the bill will be the death knell for Canada’s oil and gas sector.The premiers this week warned Trudeau he was threatening national unity if he didn’t accept all the changes. In turn, he  accused them of irresponsibly playing games with national unity simply because they weren’t getting their way.The legislation overhauls how major national resource and transportation projects, such as pipelines, mines and interprovincial highways, are assessed for their impact on the environment, the economy, and the health and social well-being of Canadians.It fulfills a Liberal election promise to replace a 2012 process brought in by the former Conservative government. That process, used to review both the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, ended up with a federal court overturning the cabinet approval because the review process didn’t adequately consider environmental effects and Indigenous rights.There are many amendments, mostly made by independent senators who were appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since 2016, the government will accept. Those include changes to reduce the discretion of the minister of the environment to interfere in a review process.The government initially wrote the bill so that the minister would be able to intervene to lift time constraints placed on the review process, to appoint the panellists who will review major projects, and, in some cases, to force a proposed project to be assessed under the act even if it isn’t among the list of the types of projects to which the bill is supposed to apply.The changes transfer those authorities from the minister to the head of the new Impact Assessment Agency.Changes that improve the role regional assessments can play to look at proposals will be accepted as the government wants to reduce duplication of reviews at provincial and federal levels. Also, changes that give more clarity to how a new planning and design phase will work are also acceptable to the government.The planning phase is meant to force project proponents to put their cards on the table early so any potential concerns from affected communities can be raised immediately.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yukon fishers take the year off in hopes of saving salmon stocks

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal fishers in the Yukon have put down their nets with the hope of conserving the once plentiful Yukon river Chinook salmon run.It’s a fishery that has sustained families for generations.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports.smclean@aptn.calast_img

58th anniversary of Royal Armed Forces celebrated in Rabat

Rabat – A ceremony was organized, on Wednesday in Rabat, at the headquarters of the general staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of FAR’s inception.After saluting the national flag, the order of the day by King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, to officers, non-commissioned officers and privates was read out.On this occasion, several officers, non-commissioned officers and privates were awarded wissams granted by the sovereign. The ceremony, chaired by General Abdelaziz Bennani, inspector general of the FAR and commander of the southern zone, was marked by the organization of a military parade in which took part the different units and detachments of the headquarters of the Royal Armed Forces’ general staff. read more

Joint Commission to assist voluntary return of Lankan refugees

The 9th Session of the Joint Commission was Co-Chaired by Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Smt. Sushma Swaraj on 5th February 2016.The agreement to establish the Sri Lanka – India Joint Commission was signed in July 1991 in New Delhi to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The Joint Commission is slated to take place annually, alternatively in New Delhi and Colombo. Matters relating to cooperation in the fields of Economic & Trade, Power & Energy, Social Cultural and Education, Science & Technology, Agriculture, Defence, Fisheries and Health were discussed at the 9th Joint Commission. Secretaries and officials of relevant Ministries and line-agencies attended the meeting.The Joint Commission emphasized the importance of private and public sector participation in economic and trade cooperation and reviewed the progress of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA). The need to encourage investors of both countries to pursue joint ventures was also noted.The upward trend in the two-way traffic in the tourism sector was noted with satisfaction and the progress of the proposal to promote the Ramayana Trail and the extension of the Buddhist Circuit Trail was reviewed. The resumption of ferry services at an early stage was emphasized. It was noted that there is an interest in commencing a Cruise Service between Colombo-Cochin-Male. The Joint Commission elaborated on the progress made in the power and energy sector and agreed for closer engagement in these sectors. The Renewable energy sector has been identified for potential investment and collaboration. The Indian Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj visited Sri Lanka on 5-6th February 2016 to attend the 9th Session of the Sri Lanka- India Joint Commission. The Indo-Lanka Joint Commission will look at facilitation of voluntary return and repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees from India, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Foreign Ministry said that this was part of the agreements reached at the Joint Commission talks in Colombo. On the issue with regard to fisheries, Sri Lanka brought to the attention of the Indian side the concerns of Sri Lanka on environmentally destructive methods and the poaching issue. The Joint Commission highlighted the need to identify innovative solutions on this important matter.In order to strengthen links between the elected representatives of both countries, Sri Lanka welcomed the invitation from the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training of India for a visit by Sri Lankan Parliamentarians to India in March 2016.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka accepted the invitation extended by the Indian Minister of External Affairs to visit India in February 2017 for the next Joint Commission meeting to be held in New Delhi, for which convenient dates could be mutually worked out through diplomatic channels.The Agreed Minutes of the 9th Sri Lanka-India Joint Commission were signed by the two Ministers at the end of the discussions.Memoranda of Understanding for two projects under grant assistance by the Indian Government, for the renovation of 27 Schools in the Northern Province and the construction of a Surgical Unit and supply of necessary medical equipment to the Teaching Hospital in Batticaloa, were signed following the Joint Commission discussions.The Indian Minister also attended the exhibition “Rise of Digital India” held at the BMICH on 6th February.The 9th Joint Commission and the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister to Sri Lanka is another milestone in the bilateral relations that would further strengthen the close ties between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) Discussions also focused on railways, development assistance in housing, healthcare and services, education, university infrastructure, livelihood, rehabilitation and resettlement and agreed to pursue closer collaboration in these segments. Sri Lanka made a request to India to consider new projects under the Small Development Project (SDP) model.Matters pertaining to Education and Science and Technology were discussed and the two sides agreed to maintain closer links in these sectors. Capacity building through training opportunities, sharing of expertise, transfer of technology and research studies including in Nano-technology and Space Sciences were identified for further collaboration.The Joint Commission will look at facilitation of voluntary return and repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees from India. During the visit the Indian Minister called on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and held discussions on issues of bilateral interests. read more

Food price index starts 2016 dropping to nearly 7year low – UN

FAO’s Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices for five key commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat and sugar. It averaged 150.4 points in January, down 16 per cent from a year earlier and registering its lowest level since April 2009.The main factors underlying the lingering decline in basic food commodity prices are the generally ample agricultural supply conditions, a slowing global economy, and the strengthening of the United States dollar, the UN agency noted in a news article.This month, FAO also raised its forecast for worldwide cereal stocks in 2016, as a result of lowering its projected consumption and raising 2015 production prospects.The FAO Sugar Price Index fell 4.1 per cent from December, its first drop in four months, as crop conditions improved in Brazil, by far the world’s leading sugar producer and exporter. The Dairy Price Index dropped by 3.0 per cent on the back of large supplies, in both the European Union (EU) and New Zealand, and torpid world import demand.FAO’s Cereal Price Index declined 1.7 per cent (to 149.1 points) amid ample global supplies and increased competition for export markets, especially for wheat and maize, as well as a strong US dollar.The Vegetable Oil Price Index dropped 1.7 per cent, mainly because of a decline in soy oil prices reflecting expectations of ample global soybean supplies.Finally, the Meat Price Index moved 1.1 per cent lower than its revised December value, with prices of all meat categories falling, except pig meat, which was sustained by the opening of private storage aid in the EU.Meanwhile, weather patterns associated with El Niño are sending mixed signals about the early prospects for cereal crops in 2016, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, according to FAO’s Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also released today.It notes that 2016 crop prospects have been “severely weakened” in Southern Africa, and a 25 per cent cut in wheat production in South Africa now appears likely. Conditions for the crop are generally favourable in the Russian Federation and the EU, but winter plantings declined in the United States and Ukraine. The area under wheat is also expected to be cut in India, following a poor monsoon and below average rains since October.The 2016 outlook for rice along and south of the Equator is “dim” due, at times, to insufficient water and, at others, to excessive rains.As for the 2015 season, FAO modestly raised its forecast for world cereal production to 2,531 million tonnes, up slightly from that released in December.Wheat output in Canada and Russia and maize output in China, Canada and Paraguay drove the upward revision. FAO also slightly raised its expectation regarding 2015 world rice production, mostly on account of higher forecasts for China, Viet Nam and the United States. At the same time, FAO lowered its forecast for world cereal utilization in the 2015/16 season to 2,527 million tonnes, which remains 0.8 per cent above that of the previous year. This reflects a 2.0 per cent increase for wheat, largely on account of higher livestock feed use in developed countries and a 0.3 per cent increase in maize. World rice utilization is projected to expand by 1.1 per cent, keeping world per-capita consumption stable.As a result of the upgraded production and downgraded consumption forecasts, world cereal stocks are set to end the 2016 seasons at 642 million tonnes, higher than they began. That level implies a steady and comfortable global cereal stock-to-use ratio of around 25 per cent. However, the inventory build-up varies geographically and depending on the crop.Notable increases in wheat inventories are forecast for the US, EU and China whereas some reductions are likely in Canada, India and Iran. On the other hand, world rice stocks would need to be drawn down to bridge the expected gap between world production and consumption, with much of the release likely to concern India and Thailand, the two leading rice exporters. read more

Black Friday the new king of retail but allure of Boxing Day is

Boxing Day has long been a massive money-maker for retailers, with slashed prices enticing consumers into both in-store and online shopping. But one expert warns that Boxing Day sales could take a hit this year with the increase of Black Friday sales that have expanded into several days of deals.Eric Dolansky, Associate Professor of Marketing at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, teaches courses on marketing communications and pricing strategy and researches consumer estimations of value.Eric Dolansky“I don’t think Boxing Day is as important as it once was, partially because of the expansion of Black Friday in Canada, which was not really established until a few years ago,” says Dolansky.“While it’s likely that consumers are spending more overall between the two days, having two major sales days within a month of one another will make each less successful as households only have so much money to spend.”But we can still expect to see crowds of Boxing Day bargain hunters as part of an annual tradition.“It’s a time when families are together,” says Dolansky. “A holiday has just occurred and now they can go out and shop together. There is the same sense of having a story behind your purchase, such as, ‘I lined up at 4 a.m.,’ or, ‘I tried to get on the website for an hour before successfully getting through.’”Another factor could be nostalgia or history.“Boxing Day is just something that some families always do, often going to the same stores year after year,” he says. read more

Scottish wildcat nicknamed the beast may be largest ever seen

first_imgPaul O’Donoghue said he had never seen anything like itCredit:Wildcat Haven An “enormous” wildcat that could be the largest specimen recorded anywhere in the world has been caught on camera in Aberdeenshire.It was recorded by a camera trap in Clashindarroch Forest and is estimated to measure 4ft from nose to tail, making it around one foot larger than an average Scottish wildcat.The footage was caught as part of a conservation project run by Wildcat Haven, which puts out food to attract animals to hidden camera sites. The large predator has since been nicknamed the “Clashindarroch Beast”.Kev Bell, a field worker for the organisation, said: “I’ve been fortunate to get footage of quite a few of these ghost cats; there’s about 10 to 15 of them here in the Clashindarroch. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this cat, he is enormous, a magnificent animal.””The cameras give us amazing insight to this priceless group of wildcats which have somehow survived here and avoided hybridisation. wildcat “Some people say that the wildcat doesn’t exist anymore but we know different and wildcats like ‘The Beast’ prove it.”Steve Sleigh, another fieldworker with Wildcat Haven, added: “These cats are a vital part of Scotland’s wild nature and ecology, and they must be protected wherever they live; they are one of the rarest animals in the world.” wild cat The project involves the neutering of all feral and domestic cats across more than 1,000 square miles of the Highlands to prevent inter-breeding with wildcats. Fears have been expressed previously that there may be no genetically pure wildcats left in Scotland but Dr Paul O’Donoghue, chief scientific adviser on the project, said they believe there is a population of around 13 pure wildcats in the area.He said the large cat caught on camera was in excellent condition and he had never seen anything approaching its size in the past.The organisation is also monitoring wildcat populations in Caithness and Lochaber. A Scottish wildcat in the Cairngorms National ParkCredit:Barcroft Media Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Sevenyearold boy threatened to stab pregnant teacher in stomach  as union warns

Scott McGimpsey, on the executive in Scotland, added: “We have seen pupils say or do pretty much whatever they want.”Emma Thomas, county secretary in Huntingdonshire, told the conference of a case where a pupil pushed a member of staff “with enough force that his arm went through a double glazed window”.She said that violence is “getting out of control, not because of the way the students are but because way back somebody hasn’t dealt with the way they behaved.” The number of “refusal to teach” ballots has doubled in the past five years, from four in 2013 to eight in 2017 Alfredo Gualda, a teacher from Doncaster, said that families need to be held accountable for their children’s behaviour, explaining: “If your child is constantly disruptive, if they are violent, if they are abusive, I think it’s about time that schools and teachers question the parenting of those children. Because it does not happen”.Teachers passed a motion that criticised some headteachers’  “unacceptable” attitude that violence is “part of the job” for teachers and even blame them for misbehaving pupils.The motion called on the union to defend them from threats of violence “through all legitimate means, up to and including industrial action” when their health, safety and welfare is at risk.Figures released by NASUWT earlier this year revealed that school staff are increasingly refusing to teach unruly children,  amid incidents of violence and sexual assault. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A seven-year-old boy threatened to stab a pregnant teacher in the stomach over a literacy lesson, it emerges as a union warns of a rise in children who do not respond to any form of punishment.Pupil indiscipline and violence is a “significant and worsening problem” in schools, according to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).Addressing the delegates at the union’s annual conference in Belfast, David Baxter, a member of the union’s executive in Northern Ireland, said teachers need to find a way to deal with “Teflon kids – the ones that no sanction seems to stick to”.John Devlin, another member from Northern Ireland, described some of the shocking examples of aggressive and violent threats teachers have been subjected to. One pregnant teacher was told by a seven-year-old boy who did not want to do literacy “I’m going to stab you in your pregnant belly”, he said.Meanwhile, another teacher  was left with a bleeding neck from a pupil attack and a third was punched in the face by a ten-year-old boy.Russ Walters, the union’s honorary treasurer, said: “We cannot continue to put up with this lack of dignity, this absolute prostitution of our professionalism.” The number of “refusal to teach” ballots has doubled in the past five years, from four in 2013 to eight in 2017.Under a “refusal to teach” ballot, staff in a particular school can take industrial action as a last resort, to protest against the behaviour of a particular pupil. They can also take action short of a strike, which could involve refusing to cover lessons for colleagues or take on voluntary duties.Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, has previously said that bad behaviour in classrooms is being fuelled by fashionable “restorative justice” schemes.Some schools are interpreting restorative justice as merely having a conversation with a pupil about the incident, without any sanctions being applied, she said.Poor implementation of the policy can lead to teachers becoming “disempowered” and discipline getting worse. The number of “refusal to teach” ballots has doubled in the past five years, from four in 2013 to eight in 2017 read more

How are the pension reforms impacting employers

first_imgTake part in exclusive pensions research to see how your organisation’s pensions strategy compares with other employers and industry peers.The Employee Benefits/Close Brothers pensions research 2015 is designed to help benchmark your firm’s pensions approach.We want to hear your experiences and opinions on the pension reforms and how they have shaped your organisation’s pensions strategy. Have financial education schemes for staff been introduced or adapted? Does the financial wellness of employees have a place in your organisation’s health and wellbeing provision?The research findings will be available online in November and will be sent to subscribers with the November 2015 issue of Employee Benefits magazine.The quick online survey will remain open until Friday 25 September 2015.As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. Simply fill in your details at the end of the survey to be in with a chance to win.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

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Varian Displaying LEO Radiographic Housing at RSNA 2015

first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Related Content September 29, 2015 — Varian’s new LEO radiographic housing is designed for 3-inch rotating anode inserts. The technology allows customers to take full advantage of high heat load, high throughput and quiet operation.  The Leo comes in one standard configuration, which allows for a significant cost reduction.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more center_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | X-Ray | September 29, 2015 Varian Displaying LEO Radiographic Housing at RSNA 2015 Component offers high heat load and throughput with quiet operation for 3-inch rotating anode insertslast_img read more

Gradle 49 released

first_imgTeam Gradle has released a new version of their tool and that’s Gradle 4.9. Gradle is a build tool for build automation with multi-language development. It offers excellent flexibility to the complete development lifecycle. As per the team, one of the quickest ways to update one’s build to use the new version is by updating the build wrapper properties as follows: ./gradlew wrapper –gradle-version=4.9 However, the standalone downloads are available at gradle.org/install What’s new in the Gradle 4.9 Command line arguments are now supported by JavaExec One can now pass command line arguments to JavaExec using –args. This means if one wants to launch their application using the command line arguments foo –bar, hardcoding it into the build script is not required. One just has to simply run gradle run –args ‘foo –bar. An improved dependency insight report This version features an improved dependency insight report including build scans.  The report helps in easy diagnosis of dependency management problems, locally. Some improvements in this report include: All participants of conflict resolution are shown All custom reasons for a component selection are shown Modules rejected by a rule are displayed Modules which didn’t match the version selector but were considered in the selection are shown This report also solves the readability resolution failures by restricting the report to one path with each dependency. Native ecosystem continues The Gradle Native project stays steady in order to improve and evolve the native ecosystem support for Gradle. Checkout builds are now fast and clean This version now stores more states in the Gradle user home instead of the project directory. This results in clean and faster checkout builds on CI as long as the user home is preserved. Java and Groovy compilers are now leak-proof file descriptors By default, the Java and Groovy compilers both leak file descriptors during the run in-process. This, in turn, can lead to “cannot delete file” exceptions on Windows and “too many open file descriptors” on Unix. In the Gradle 4.9, these leaks have been fixed. Users who had switched to forking mode because of this problem, can now safely switch back to in-process compilation. Experimental new task API Gradle 4.9 includes a new task API which allows builds to avoid the cost of creating and configuring tasks for the ones that will never be executed. By upgrading to this new API, one can experience slightly faster configuration times. The benefits will keep improving as more plugins adopt this API. Note that this API is in incubation and may change before Gradle 5.0. The promoted features are now stable This version includes some promoted features which were in incubation during the previous release. The promoted features which include a stable dependency insight report and the tooling API types and methods are now supported and stable. These two features are also subject to backward compatibility. Potential breaking changes in Gradle 4.9 EclipseProject tasks defined for gradle eclipse are allowed to run in Buildship. Two tasks from the EclipseProject, namely the EclipseClasspath and EclipseProject are now executed by the gradle. Use of Groovy GPath expression with the method, tasks.withType() would get a runtime exception. The easiest fix is to explicitly use the spread operator. As per my past research on Gradle and observing its past release trends, it looks like we can expect Gradle 5.0 in August or September. Read more about the other fixed issues and deprecations in the Gradle 4.9 release notes. Read Next Gradle with the Java Plugin Speeding up Gradle builds for Android Working with Gradlelast_img read more