Alas rues missed target but still confident of Phoenix’s chances

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Louie Alas rued the missed opportunity to move up the rankings following the Fuel Masters’ slim 90-92 loss to Meralco on Wednesday.The defeat pulled the Fuel Masters down to seventh place and put them in a precarious position in the homestretch of the elimination phase of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Alas, though, is still keeping his hopes up as the Fuel Masters eye a sweep in their remaining games against Blackwater and GlobalPort.“We still have a chance. We still have control on our fortunes,” he said. “All we can control is to win so that we can get to the quarters.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US, Canada meet in early Olympic showdown among world’s best Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next “Before the game, we already told the players that with a win, one foot will be inside the quarters, but one loss may bring us in the bottom of the standings,” he said.Alas had targeted finishing in the middle of the pack, which could give Phoenix a much bigger chance to proceed deep into the playoffs than entering the quarterfinals with a twice-to-win disadvantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis loss, however, may have dashed those hopes.“With this defeat, my aim to finish three to six-spots is no longer on our hands. It looks like we don’t have control of our situation because there are teams above us who have also beaten us. If there will be any ties, we will fall at the seventh or eighth spots,” he remarked. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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AAP demands probe over CAG report on irregularities in MP govt

first_imgBhopal, May 10 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh government was not responding to over 5,000 cases of irregularities involving a sum of Rs 36,000 crore pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Aam Aadmi Party said today and demanded a judicial probe into the matter.”CAG in its latest March 2015 report (for the last 10 years) has pointed out 5,613 cases of financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 36,000 crore in various departments. But the government has not looked into it yet,” AAP state convener Alok Agarwal said.Among other things, the report points out irregularities of Rs 9,765 crore and Rs 9,722 crore in the Public Works Department (PWD) and the water resources department, respectively, he said in a release.According to the procedure, the state government should clarify and put forth its view before the CAG on these alleged irregularities within a month, Agarwal said.The government had not done this, and it showed that it did not have the courage to respond to the CAG, he said, demanding a probe by a retired high court judge. PTI LAL MAS KRK KISlast_img read more

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New Zealand eyes double digit growth in visitors from India

first_imgMumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) New Zealand, a country known for its volcanoes, lakes, glaciers and adventure sports, is looking to continue with double digit growth in tourist arrivals from India in the current fiscal.”We hosted 47,664 visitors from India in 2015-16 (June-May fiscal)and this financial year also we are expecting to continue with the double digit growth.”To aid this, we have begun 100 per cent brand campaign, including working with our global partners for presence in social media, partnerships with key trade partners among others,” Tourism New Zealand Regional Manager – South and South East Asia – Steven Dixon told PTI here.He said India is important for New Zealand and ranks among the top 10 source markets globally.”New Zealand is becoming a popular destination as we are seeing double digit growth from all our source markets, including from India. Our top source markets are Australia, China, United States, United Kingdom and Germany,” Dixon added.According to him, New Zealand has been positioned as an aspirational destination mainly for a target audience between 25-54 years independent professionals living in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad among others.”We are mainly looking to attract independent professionals mainly based in the big cities in India falling between 25-54 years. However, we are also trying to reach out to a similar audience in tier II and III cities through social media campaigns,” he added.New Zealand, which is mainly popular as an adventure destination, is also promoting self-drive, its food, Maori culture and glaciers.advertisement”Indians are by default attracted to adventure, so that is not going to change. But besides adventure, we also have so much more to offer. We have best scenic routes that can be covered by self-driving, glaciers, our cuisines and culture,” Dixon added. PTI SM NRB BSAlast_img read more

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MLB Reaches Out to Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — Some of Major League Baseball’s biggest Cuban-born stars put dozens of boys through batting, pitching and catching drills in a sunny Havana ballpark, part of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between the U.S. league and this baseball-mad nation.Among the teachers at the Dec. 16 baseball clinic were Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu — defectors who were once reviled by Cuban officials for abandoning the Communist-run country but who have returned in triumph following last year’s historic detente between the Cold War foes.“We’re going to give our best on this visit and we appreciate the opportunity we’ve been given,” said Puig, who left Cuba illegally in 2012. “Everything else we leave to God and destiny.”The return of the defectors was a landmark in the new relationship between Cuba and the United States and a dramatic manifestation of Cuba’s shifting attitude toward the hundreds of players who fled the country that trained them.Joined by pitcher Pedro Luis Lazo and other Cuban baseball players who have stayed on the island, the major league stars divided the 10- and 11-year-old youths into five groups and ran them through calisthenics and drills, offering them advice.Eleven-year-old Yassel Veranes grinned widely as he waited for the clinic to begin. “It’s my dream to be here to see them,” said the boy, who was brought to Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium by his father.The visit is possible thanks to last December’s announcement by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that their countries were restoring diplomatic ties, opening the door for better baseball relations. The two nations have always shared a love for the game despite their differences.From the Negro Leagues to the current crop of Cuban stars, the island and the U.S. are linked by century-old baseball ties.During their current trip, Major League Baseball Players Association executives planned to talk business with their Cuban counterparts, saying they were optimistic about sealing a deal by early next year for the Tampa Bay Rays to play two spring training games in Cuba. They also hope to make progress toward creating a legal route for Cuban players to make their way to the major leagues.“There’s some hurdles to negotiate, there’s no question, and hopefully this trip of goodwill will make the conversations work better,” said Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre.When they weren’t getting tips or training, the boys asked their idols to sign baseball, or have their photograph taken together.Pena, dressed in his St. Louis team jersey, said he was happy “to come back to see my family, to share with them.”The player said he also enjoyed meeting with his young fans in Havana. Another clinic was planned Thursday in Matanzas, east of the capital.Traditionally, Cuban state television has avoided airing games featuring defectors but fans watch their idols’ performances on pirated recordings distributed on computer USB drives.U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Castro’s revolution but none appeared here from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles faced Cuba’s national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since.Under Castro, a passionate baseball fan who saw sports as an expression of national glory, defectors were banished from official memory, never mentioned on Cuban television even as they made headlines on U.S. sports pages.Castro’s brother and successor, President Raul Castro, has eased the treatment of players who leave as part of a broader relaxing of social controls. That included the 2013 removal of a required exit permit for all Cubans, except those considered essential to the country.(ANDREA RODRIGUEZ)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson named Player of the Tournament

first_imgOne of the most exciting games of cricket ever ended as England were crowned the new world champions at Lord’s on Sunday. It ended England’s 44-year-long wait for the sport’s biggest prize as their opponents New Zealand fell agonizingly short after the scores were tied even after the Super Over.Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, however, had some reason to rejoice as he was adjudged the Player of the tournament for scoring 578 runs and his outstanding leadership that led the Kiwis to their 2nd successive World Cup final. He was handed the award by Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.Williamson said that even though ‘it’s devastating’ England deserve accolades on a fantastic campaign. He also felt that there were a number of times when the game could have gone either way, but perhaps ‘wasn’t meant to be’ for his team.”Look, it certainly wasn’t just one extra run. So many small parts in that match that could have gone either way as we saw. Congratulations to England on a fantastic campaign. It’s been challenging, the pitches have been a little different to what we expected. Lots of talk of 300-plus scores, but we haven’t seen many of those. I’d like to thank the New Zealand team for the fight they showed to keep us in the tournament and get us this far. A tie in the final. So many parts to it. The players are shattered at the moment. Obviously, it’s devastating. They’ve performed at such a high level through the tournament.advertisement5 7 8 runsCaptain Fantastic#KaneWilliamson is the #CWC19 Player of the Tournament! pic.twitter.com/k6ragoJZ9YCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019″We were weighing up the overheads versus the pitch, it was on the drier side. runs on the board, as it proved, was going to be challenging. We would have liked another 20, but in a World Cup final, we’ll take 240-250. Both sides showed a lot of heart, a lot of fight. For it to go to the last ball, and the last ball of the next match, it was pretty hard. That [the Stokes deflection] was a bit of a shame, wasn’t it? You just hope it doesn’t happen in moments like that. You can nitpick, but perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be for us. It is perhaps tough to review the match and such small margins,” said a heartbroken Williamson.New Zealand have now joined England (1987, 1992) and Sri Lanka (2007, 2011) as the only teams to have lost successive World Cup finals.Also Read | Why England won the World Cup 2019 even after Super Over tie?Also Read | England win World Cup 2019 despite tied Super Over vs New Zealandlast_img read more

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HHI Sets Up a New Record

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder and one of the world’s biggest, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has set a new daily naming ceremony record.The ceremony was attended by Mr. Nikolas Lemos, Chairman of Enesel, Mr. Kim Oi-hyun, President & CEO of Hyundai Heavy Industries, as well as other 130 participants at HHI’s yard in Ulsan, South Korea.The sponsors including Mrs. Irini N. Lemos, wife of Mr. Nikolas Lemos and four other ladies, named three 10,500TEU containerships and two 13,800TEU containerships for Enesel, a ship-management company based in Athens, Greece. March 10, 2014 The large boxships are scheduled to be delivered from March 20 to early June this year.Last year, HHI held 45 naming ceremonies for 55 ships. Hyundai Heavy Industries’ naming ceremony record stands at 12 ships per month and 10 ships per week set on October 2008 and June 2010 respectively.last_img read more

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Heroin worth Rs 600 cr seized two Afghan nationals arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: A suspicious movement of fleet of luxury cars with foreigners in the lanes and bylanes of South East Delhi’s Zakir Nagar, the vigilant spotters of Delhi Police’s Special Cell and the active trailing of the mysterious cars led the Department to bust an industrial set up for processing fine quality Afghan heroin that has been smuggled into India.The Police operation that took months to uncover the clandestine operations resulted in the seizure of 150 kilograms of fine quality heroin worth Rs 600 crore in the International market. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticFive persons have been arrested including two Afgan nationals by the Cell. Jute bags soaked in heroin solution and transported to India with spices from Afghanistan and later the bags were collected and the heroin reconstituted in the Industrial set up in Delhi. Cops grew suspicious when they saw high-end cars uncharacteristic of local demography and socio-economic profiles making rounds in Zakir Nagar at regular intervals. Soon, it emerged that this group of persons, including some foreign nationals, was in fact in the final stages of assembling some kind of industrial set-up in a very densely populated area of Zakir Nagar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFurther watch and surveillance revealed that the syndicate was using a fleet of luxury sedans which moved in convoys which would leave Delhi in late night-early morning hours and would not stop before it reached interior Punjab and other neighbouring states. On July 17, near Ashram Flyover, two persons Dheeraj and Raes Khan, travelling in two separate cars, were apprehended. On a careful search of their respective vehicles, a total of 60 kilograms fine quality contraband, suspected to be Heroin, parcelled in packets weighing approximately 1 kg. “They were working for the drug syndicate to give the initial impetus and to iron out the teething issues which come with the establishment of a clandestine narcotics processing unit in Zakir Nagar. From this site, a total of another 60 kilograms of processed Afghan Heroin was recovered, another 30 kg of heroin was recovered from another arrested man vakeel,” said Manishi Chandra, DCP Special Cell. Akhtar Mohammad Shinwari and Shinwari Rehmant Gul two Afgan nationals from Jalalabad were deployed in India to oversee the operation in India who have been arrested.last_img read more

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UP to build 1tn economy with help from IIMLucknow Yogi

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that with the help of IIM-Lucknow, he planned to achieve the goal of a $1 trillion economy for the state. He was speaking at the second edition of ‘Manthan’– a leadership development programme conducted by the senior faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here for the Chief Minister, his ministerial colleagues and senior bureaucrats. “I am confident that when institutions like the IIM join hands with the government and take forward the programmes, we will be able to deliver good results,” Adityanath said at the programme. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Through this programme, we will be able to deliver development and good governance to people of Uttar Pradesh and also reach the figure of $1 trillion economy. This is team work and this initiative will tell us how we can work as a team for the development of the state, give results and achieve targets. I feel it will help in achieving the targets of development and good governance for the state.” For the second consecutive Sunday, Chief Minister Adityanath, all ministers of his government and IAS officer of the Secretary rank attended a day-long session on leadership development in IIM Lucknow. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K This was the second of the three-part programme that the ministers and bureaucrats are attending to learn management skills. Adityanath said that such lessons were part of the leadership development programme ‘Manthan’ to prepare a road map for development and good governance in the state. Talking about the first edition of the programme which was organised here on September 8, he said his ministerial colleagues had prepared a road map for good governance and development of the state. “In the third phase, this team will sit with IIM-Lucknow and deliberate how to implement the roadmap for the holistic development of UP, to move forward on the work plan which we have prepared for the concrete development of the state,” he said. During the nine-hour long training session, the ministers gave a presentation of their respective departments and took feedback from senior faculty members to develop innovative ideas and implement them in a progressive manner. Earlier, on the request of the UP government, three special sessions were planned to be organised at the IIM classrooms where ministers and officers were groomed for better management skills. The first session took place on September 8 where it was only attended by ministers, including the Chief Minister but in the second session, bureaucrats were also present along with politicians. According to an Information Department official, about 70 ministers and officers attended the session. The official said that “Sunday’s course includes sessions on the process of policy formulation, mapping and stakeholder expectations to make the right trade-offs, policy implementation, project management and organisation, setting accountabilities, and project monitoring and control system”.last_img read more

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Boardwalk Empire Star Stands Up To Cancer In London

first_imgBoardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham took part in Stand Up To Cancer UK’s London 3 Peaks challenge over the weekend.Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham Takes Part In London 3 PeaksTaking place on Sunday 5 October, London 3 Peaks provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for hardcore supporters to take on the capital’s first endurance and adrenaline event of its kind.Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham Takes Part In London 3 Peaks For SU2CThe event combines challenging tower runs up three of London’s tallest buildings, a 5K run between locations, and a terrifying abseil off the third tower as the ultimate finale. Over 350 participants firstly conquered 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), moving to Salesforce Tower London (formerly known as Heron Tower) and finishing at 200 Aldersgate, to take on the 185ft abseil off the 12th floor of the building.With a combination of over 2,000 steps to climb, challengers needed stamina, courage, but most of all the determination to Stand Up To Cancer and join the UK in making the ultimate stand against such a devastating disease.Stand Up To Cancer is the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raising funds to accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives. Watch the live Channel 4 show on Friday 17th October and for more info on how to join the frontline against cancer visit Standuptocancer.org.uk.last_img read more

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Canadas banks officially launch SecureKeys VerifiedMe digital identity network

Companies in this story: (TSX:CM, TSX:RY, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:BMO, TSX:NA, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:SLF)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s biggest banks marked the official launch of the Verified.Me digital identity network on Wednesday, following years of development and testing with their partner SecureKey Technologies Inc. The banks see Verified.Me as the beginning of a more secure Canadian identity ecosystem for a world where technology is making it easier for criminals to steal personal data and use it to create false identities.“We think solving this problem — about proving it’s me and making it harder for the bad guy to (pretend to) be me — is a problem of our age that we have to solve,” SecureKey chief executive Greg Wolfond said in an interview.The Toronto-based company is building on the success of its SecureKey Concierge service, in use since 2012, that allows consumers to use their banking credentials to gain easier online access to Canada Revenue Agency services.Verified.Me goes a step further by making it easier for individuals to provide proof of their identity, using the information they’ve already provided to their financial institutions.In essence, the Verified.Me smartphone app connects with participating financial institutions and removes many of the steps that are currently required to establish a person’s identity.The platform also promises to give the users control over what information their banks will share with third parties that use Verified.Me to transact business with consumers. In the long run, that could include applying for a mortgage, renting an apartment or obtaining a driver’s licence.But currently only a limited number of financial products or services are available through Verified.Me.“The current capabilities … on Day 1 are registering their insurance with Sun Life, for example, and checking their credit score with Equifax,” said Greg Elcich, CIBC vice-president for enterprise innovation.“But this is about building out an ecosystem around identity,” he said. “This service will save Canadians time with everyday tasks that they do…That’s the real vision here.”CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD said they’d have Verified.Me running effective Wednesday while BMO Bank of Montreal and National Bank of Canada said they will join the network in the near future.Investors in the Verified.Me consortium include the banks and the Desjardins co-operative, the Telus and Rogers communications companies, the Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit card businesses, and Intel, the semiconductor giant.Rami Thabet, RBC’s vice-president for digital products, said the financial institutions want to build a Canadian digital identity ecosystem.“There are quite a few nuances to how Canadians are accessing digital properties and accessing financial services digitally (that were) a key aspect of the design of the platform and to ensure that it met client needs in the future.”He said Canada’s financial institutions invest heavily in cybersecurity to protect consumer data and privacy.“This has been a core underpinning of the (Verified.Me) platform, where it’s been designed with privacy and security in mind from the get-go,” Thabet said.Andrew McFarlane, managing director of Accenture Financial Services, said the lack of a consumer-friendly identity authentication service has delayed European take-up of newer ways to make payments with electronic devices.“Unless it’s easier and more convenient than using your card, people will continue to use the same payment methods that they have today,” McFarlane said.But the challenge, he added, is to “get the authentication requirements right while still keeping an eye on fraud and making sure you’re still safe and secure.” read more

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Funding shortfall threatens food for 120000 Congolese refugees UN warns

In the last six months the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received only 15 per cent of the funds needed and its stocks will run out by November, WFP spokesperson Gaelle Sévenier told a news briefing in Geneva, appealing for $6 million to feed the refugees, the vast majority of them women and children, until the end of 2011. After a joint assessment mission in October 2010 by WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency had begun providing refugees with three-quarter rations to build their resilience as they prepared to return home. Some $33 million was needed to feed the refugees over a two-year period. The refugees began fleeing across the Oubangi river into the Republic of Congo in October 2009 when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area of Equateur province in the DRC. Tensions then expanded to most parts of the province. 14 October 2011Some 120,000 refugees who fled ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC) two years ago to seek shelter in the neighbouring Republic of Congo, will go without food as of next month if no new funding is found, the United Nations warned today. read more

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Odds of Bank of Canada rate hike close to 90 on decision

OTTAWA — All eyes will be on the Bank of Canada this morning as it makes its latest scheduled interest-rate announcement.Economists widely believe that based on the economic environment, it’s likely that governor Stephen Poloz will raise the central bank’s benchmark interest rate today for a third time since last summer.Market odds of a rate  hike are now close to 90 per cent.Many note that Poloz has indicated that interest rate decisions will be data dependent.In addition to a stronger-than-expected jobs report released earlier this month, the central bank’s Business Outlook Survey revealed that sentiment remained positive during the final quarter of 2017.But many economists say a rate hike today doesn’t mean the Bank of Canada is poised to start a rapid tightening cycle.Given high household debt levels, the unknown impact of tighter stress tests for uninsured mortgages that came into effect this year and uncertainty surrounding NAFTA renegotiations, the bank must be cautious about how quickly it raises rates in order to avoid derailing the economy.Scotiabank Economics is forecasting 75 basis points of gradual tightening this year spread out throughout 2018, while TD Economics expects a gradual pace of tightening over the next two years of about 25 basis points every six months.RBC Economics Research says it expects the Bank of Canada to raise the overnight rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 per cent today. read more

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FAO extends support to Sri Lankas war on fall armyworm

In the absence of natural control or good management, the FAW can cause significant damage to crops and affect the livelihoods of farmers. Once established in a new area, FAW cannot be practically eradicated. It becomes one more pest that farmers need to learn about and manage. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has extended assistance to Sri Lanka to contain the spread of the Fall Armyworm (FAW).The fall armyworm or Spodoptera frugiperda has been reported in all major maize growing areas in Sri Lanka and is also affecting sugarcane cultivation. There is a growing concern that it may affect other crops, including rice. Native to the Americas, FAW was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and quickly spread across virtually all of Sub-Saharan Africa. In July 2018, it was confirmed in India in Karnataka state and since then it has been found in seven other States including in Tamil Nadu. FAW was also detected in Yemen in 2018 and has now reached Sri Lanka. Raising awareness about the FAW and understanding lessons learned from other parts of the world, including available management options are essential first steps in responding adequately to the situation in Sri Lanka. In this regard, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has shared background information with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture on the biology and ecology of the FAW, on how to scout the pest, and on management strategies. The information includes a range of options available that don’t use hazardous pesticides, minimize the use of chemical pesticides, and educate policy makers and farmers about agro-ecological approaches used by small-holder farmers in Latin America and being tested by small-holders in Africa and India as well.Field guides and Guidance Notes about FAW Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies developed by responding to the outbreak in Africa, particularly by implementing Farmer Field Schools, have been disseminated to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture in Sri Lanka. Tools such as the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) mobile app developed by FAO to collect information on FAW population levels by field scouting and/or use of pheromone traps have been shared. FAMEWS supports all stages of FAW management: to identify the pest, monitor the level of infestation to map its spread to make decisions, as well as to learn about the important natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it.FAO remains committed to supporting the concerned national authorities to manage the pest and to protect the Sri Lankan farmer community’s livelihoods. The Organization will continue to monitor the situation in Sri Lanka and provide any technical assistance/expertise requested by the Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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US government reports budget deficit down 376 per cent through first 10

US government reports budget deficit down 37.6 per cent through first 10 months of budget year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The government on Monday reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years.July’s figure raises the deficit so far for the 2013 budget year to $607.4 billion, the government says. That’s 37.6 per cent below the $973.8 billion deficit for the first 10 months of the 2012 budget year.The Congressional Budget Office has forecast that the annual deficit will be $670 billion when the budget year ends Sept. 30, far below last year’s $1.09 trillion. It would mark the first year that the gap between spending and revenue has been below $1 trillion since 2008.Steady economic growth, higher taxes, lower government spending and increased dividends from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped shrink the deficit.Still, looming budget fights in Congress are complicating the picture. When lawmakers return from their recess in September, they will need to increase the government’s borrowing limit. They will also have to approve a spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on both measures.Republicans want President Barack Obama to accept deeper cuts in domestic government programs and in expensive benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Obama has argued that Republicans must be willing to accept higher taxes on the highest-earning Americans.Conservative House Republicans have signalled a willingness to force a partial government shutdown as a way of defunding Obama’s universal health care law, which they oppose.A possible compromise would be to approve a stopgap budget to keep the government operating after Oct. 1 while both sides seek a permanent solution.Obama has vowed not to negotiate with Congress over raising the borrowing limit as he did in 2011. But some Republicans want to test the president’s resolve even if it rattles financial markets. Investors fear a doomsday scenario in which the country would default on its debt, which it has never done.Through July, the government collected $2.29 trillion in revenue, up 13.9 per cent from the same 10 months last year. Government spending during this period totalled $2.89 trillion, down 2.9 per cent from a year ago. That decline reflects, in part, automatic government spending cuts that began taking effect March 1.Collectively, the government’s deficits increase the national debt, now at $16.7 trillion. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2013 2:00 pm MDT read more

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Scenes from Berbice Mash 2018

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Oakleigh mum searches for lost phone

first_imgGrieving mother Hellen Callinicos is desperately searching for the missing mobile phone of her 41-year-old son ­Gabriel, who died in a road traffic accident in Moorabbin last month after suffering a heart attack.Mrs Callinicos has appealed for anyone who may have found the black Nokia 310 near the site of the crash – in Rowans Road near Barbara Street – to come forward.The distraught Oakleigh mother expected the phone to be returned to her along with her son’s personal effects found at the scene after police had cleared the car, but the mobile was not among them.Moorabbin Highway Patrol Senior Constable Antony Tannenbaum, who attended the crash, said that police had not found the phone on Mr Callinicos or in his car during their investigation, and suggested it may have been ejected from the vehicle during the impact of the crash.Mrs Callinicos believes the mobile – full of photos and messages – may have been picked up by someone who is not aware of the tragic circumstances around its loss.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mrs Callinicos said that friends of the family had searched the crash site and that the phone had been rung several times – all to no avail.“It was the only piece missing, close friends have had a look, I just wish I knew where it was,” she said.Mrs Callinicos has appealed for anyone who might have found it – or know who might have it in their possession – to help her retrieve it.“Please return it to me, it’s some form of comfort and closure,” she saidAnyone with information should call John on 0422 147424. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Leeds City College recruits therapy dog

first_imgImage credit: Leeds City CollegeSomething for the weekend: Embracing a diverse workforce demographic is a key agenda item for many organisations, however Leeds City College provides a shining example of its inclusive workplace culture by hiring 12-week-old puppy Jeffrey (pictured).Cockerpoo Jeffrey has been hired as a pet therapy animal for the college’s schools of health sciences, childhood and education and public services in order to help support exam-frazzled and stressed students.However, Jeffrey will also be rolemodelling positive employee behaviours and revealing insights about working at the college with his very own blog. Jeffrey will also use the blog to showcase his learning and development opportunities as well as demonstrate his day-to-day tasks.As part of his new role, Jeffrey has been attending Puppy School on a weekly basis to train to become a fully accredited therapy dog, although the four-legged employee has already been testing out his new skills.Shelia Lucciarini, head of childcare and public services at Leeds City College, said: “Once Jeffrey is fully trained, we will register with UK animal charity, Pets as Therapy (PAT) to get approval for him to become a PAT visiting dog. We’ll then be able to visit care and educational settings to support others.“Studies suggest that pets play an effective role in supporting the young and elderly and we’ll be conducting research into the impact Jeffrey has on our most vulnerable students and their achievement levels, especially those with autism and additional needs.“We’ll be teaching our students the benefits therapy dogs have on those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s not uncommon to watch someone transition from emotionless to joyful when a pet enters the room. Dogs can also support cognitive behaviour to work with phobias and fears, along with counselling and mental health support for depression, anger management, behavioural issues, self-harm and eating disorders.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love the idea of having a pet therapy animal in the office, especially one as cute as Jeffrey. We feel he would be a great asset to any team, although it would be brilliant if he could manage the coffee run too…last_img read more

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Inside HMPs Pivot from Print Publisher to MultiChannel Events Business

first_img Jeff Hennessy: In 2010, we made a strong decision to pivot toward live events. We wanted to diversify revenue. The print business has been relatively stable, but we wanted to reduce it as a percentage of our revenue. Jeff Hennessy We had a core competency in events. For example, we are the organizers of the largest wound care meeting in the world, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, the spring edition of which will mark its 30th year in 2017.  Hennessy: I think a lot of that has to do with the healthcare community. Physicians and other healthcare professionals still like to read their stories, their more clinical stuff, in print. It’s been more of an evolution than a revolution. Hennessy: In 2010, we were probably somewhere in the neighborhood of about 60 percent print. Today, we’re more in the range of 30 percent print. Fifty percent of our business is live events, 30 percent is print and about 20 percent is digital, so that’s been a major shift for us. Hennessy: That’s the way we look at it. It still has a role, but there’s no question it’s a reduced role. Hennessy: About 10 percent of our busines is what I call user-paid content, either attendee fees or on-demand revenue where people pay to see our content. We also have controlled circulation for our print publications. The model around the rest of our business is advertising and promotional based, as well as custom content. We knew that was an area in which we could survive and thrive. The event business is a wonderful business. It’s proven, well-established, and it’s got its own ecosystem. It’s wonderfully diversified when you think about attendee revenue, sponsorship revenue, advertising revenue, exhibitor revenue — and, in the education business, you also have grant support. Overall, it fit very well with our core competency. We made a strong pivot towards an events-first focus. Folio: How has that shift been borne out? Folio: So it’s really a matter of print, as a medium, taking on a different role? Folio: How did you go about shifting the revenue mix so drastically in just six years? Hennessy: It’s the peer-to-peer influence and contact. The ability to access key opinion leaders on a face-to-face basis is truly unique. It’s something that the digital world hasn’t necessarily displaced. Digital is really a great asset to the live-event world. We are still very much a multimedia company, and we leverage our over 20 different digital assets to help us grow the event business. Hennessy: Data becomes more of a presence in our event meetings and our marketing meetings every week. What we’re trying to understand of our customers is what they want to see, as opposed to just a “one-size-fits-all” strategy. If we can provide content they want every day, and take away what they don’t want, we become more valuable to our customers. Hennessy: We have 15 print publications and 20 digital sites, all of which are content-driven. We are producing high-quality educational content for all healthcare professionals across a number of different therapeutic areas. The ultimate mission of the company is that we’re trying to improve patient care. We deliver that content in print, digitally, and through our live events, and the three work very synergistically together. Print is still a viable source of communication and one of the most effective marketing tools we have when you look at the data points of what helps to drive attendees to our meetings. People respond when they see a print brochure. It’s a great merchandiser of the event. It shows you that print is still viable, even though it’s competing with a lot of other sources of information. HMP Communications Holdings, a B2B media, events, and education provider to the healthcare industry, has been dedicated to improving patient care in the therapuetic markets it serves since its founding in 1986. Folio: We’ve heard a lot about the rise of data as a marketing or audience acquisition tool. Is there anything you’re doing in that space? Over the past several years, however, the company has undergone a period of rapid growth and transformation, beginning most notably with the 2008 acquisition of Princeton Media Associates, a “game-changing acquisition,” says chairman and CEO, Jeff Hennessy, which doubled the company’s size. Folio: How do you identify the markets you want to expand into? Is it a matter of recognizing areas into which you’re already well suited to expand, or seeing voids in the marketplace? Folio: What are some of the ways you’re doing that? Folio: caught up with Hennessy to learn more about the company’s transition, reducing its dependence on print, and why now is such an exciting time to be a media company in the healthcare industry. Folio: Why is the events business immune to those same concerns about print as a dominant revenue source? Folio: Tell us a little bit more about HMP’s strategy behind its recent evolution. Folio: Why has HMP’s print business remained steady? What’s gone right? Hennessy: It’s a combination of both. As it relates to something like neurology, we recognize the synergistic relationship with what we do in psychiatry and our ability to step into that space. Then there are other areas, like oncology, which is a large growing market with a tremendous need for education. There’s a lot of dynamic things going on in oncology right now, and we felt like it was an area we could get into to service that marketplace. Folio: You mentioned that events are attractive because of the diversity in revenue sources. What about on the media side of things? Hennessy: Our mission is to grow both organically and through acquisitions. We look at our therapeutic categories and we look to make sure that we have a multimedia presence there. Where we don’t have a strong meeting, we look to either launch one or acquire one. That depends on the marketplace and a number of other factors.  Folio: What have been some of the biggest shifts you’ve seen in the business since joining HMP in 2008? Hennessy: The growth in digital has obviously been the major shift in media. In the healthcare business, one of the major transformations has been the move in the last three-to-five years toward value-based decision making and precision medicine, which is a new science. There’s really cool stuff going on in the healthcare industry that is effectively combining clinical effectiveness with cost efficiency. It’s really exciting. It’s what makes it fun to be in media and communications in the healthcare business. It’s really a revolutionary time.More on this topic New Thinking for New Events Case Study: Garden & Gun Aims to Expand Live Events Vendome Group Acquires Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference Event Organizers Often Fall Short on Group Accommodations, External Activities Embracing Events as a Powerful Brand Extension HMP Acquires Another Events BusinessJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered bylast_img read more

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You can now retrieve your ad revenue from Brave browser

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Computers Mobile 0 Advertising Brave browser Brave has started testing a two-way wallet.  Stephen Shankland/CNET With the Brave browser, advertisers can put money into a digital wallet when you see their ads. Now you can start getting that money out again, too. But you’ll have to get used to Brave’s cryptocurrency-like payment system and sign up with the Uphold cryptocurrency exchange to retrieve those payments.If you sign up for it, Brave’s ad system gives you 70% of the revenue those ads generate. Those payments are made in the form of Brave’s basic attention token (BAT), which uses cryptocurrency technology to send payments among publishers, advertisers, Brave users and Brave itself.Don’t expect to get rich off Brave ads — I’ve been paid 84 BAT in recent months, worth about $20 at today’s exchange rate. But the funding idea still could be a carrot to help attract people to the browser and its system for showing ads without infringing privacy the way conventional ads often do.Seeing ads in Brave can generate payments, and now the browser lets you retrieve those funds. By default, if you opt into the system, Brave sends the payments back to publishers.Enlarge ImageSeeing ads in Brave can generate payments, and now the browser lets you retrieve those funds. By default, if you opt into the system, Brave sends the payments back to publishers. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Until now, Brave’s BAT payments either accumulated in a wallet stored in the browser or, by default, were sent to websites, YouTubers and Twitch video game streamers you see. The idea is to support those publishing on the internet. On Wednesday, Brave started testing the two-way wallet from which you can retrieve your BAT, the company said in a forum post. It should arrive this week in version 0.69 of the Brave Nightly version, a rapidly changing, less stable test version of the browser, Brave spokeswoman Catherine Corre said.To extract the BAT, you’ll need an account at Uphold, a business partner Brave already uses for website publishers and others who want to retrieve BAT payments. That means you’ll have to identify yourself to Uphold, though Brave itself won’t know your personal data.With the two-way wallet now in testing, there are some problems Brave plans to fix. One is that if you tip content creators — something you can do with Brave Nightly if you want to send BAT to Twitter or Reddit users — those creators will know your Uphold username.Targeted adsBrave’s ad technology — if you opt in — can target ads toward your interests. The browser itself guesses those interests but doesn’t share the information with anyone. The current system strips out conventional website ads then shows its own ads as operating system notifications on Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android.For Brave-supplied ads today, you get 70% of the ad revenue and Brave gets 30%. An update to the system scheduled for release later in 2019 will place ads on partners’ websites and give those partners 70% of the revenue, with you and Brave each getting 15%.If Brave can convince enough people to sign up, its system is potentially disruptive — at least for conventional advertising companies like Google and Facebook that keep tabs on your online activity.If you enable the Brave Rewards system — and the browser suggests you join after you install it — Brave by default sends your accumulated BAT to websites and content producers you visit online. The more you visit a particular site, the larger the proportion of BAT the browser sends there, but recipients must sign up for the system to collect their BAT. You can also set a specific percentage for specific sites and exclude sites from payments.If you sign up for Brave Rewards, the browser contributes accumulated BAT to websites, YouTubers and Twitch videogame streamers monthly.If you sign up for Brave Rewards, the browser contributes accumulated BAT to websites, YouTubers and Twitch videogame streamers monthly. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET If you don’t enable the advertising, you can still purchase BAT directly to contribute to sites or receive periodic grants of BAT from Brave. However, the startup plans to gradually phase out the user grants as its ad system matures.Brave is co-founded and led by former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich.Disclosure: I transferred some bitcoin into my Brave wallet for testing when Brave launched its payments system in 2016. That later was converted into BAT. After that initial purchase, Brave’s grants, BAT from ads I’ve seen and BAT Brave has transferred to websites and other publishers, I now have a BAT balance worth $30.91. I have received no bitcoin or BAT from Brave.First published July 25.Update, July 26: Adds more details about Brave Rewards system and timing of the 0.69 Brave Nightly release with the BAT extraction ability. Tagslast_img read more

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Electrify America and Stable Auto are testing robotic EV chargers for selfdriving

first_imgEnlarge ImageAs far as robot arms are concerned, this one is sorta friendly-lookin’. Electrify America Electric vehicle charging points are great to see popping up in all corners of the globe, but when it comes to future autonomous vehicles, they’re sort of incompatible. After all, who will be there to plug the vehicle into the charger? Electrify America is working on a solution.Electrify America announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Stable Auto, a San Francisco-based EV fleet charging company, to create automated charging solutions for future self-driving vehicles. The program will run at a pilot site in downtown San Francisco, which seems like as good a place as any to deploy tech for AVs.The two companies anticipate opening the station in early 2020. It’ll use Electrify America’s 150-kilowatt charger, and Stable will contribute its scheduling software and the underlying robotic technology that actually attaches the chargers to the vehicles in question. The companies will take what they learn from this pilot and apply it to larger-scale endeavors in the future. After all, it’ll be quite some time before autonomous vehicles truly show up.electrify-america-robot-arm-002Enlarge ImageThis is what Electrify America and Stable envision the first robotic EV charging spaces to look like. Pull up, get charged, drive away. Easy peasy. Electrify America It should be pretty straightforward, with a car sliding into a parking spot while the arm extends to make the connection. The robotic arm doesn’t look much different than the types of robots you might see in, say, a car assembly facility. Heck, you probably don’t even need an autonomous vehicle to take advantage of this system — just show up, park the car, walk away and let the robots do the rest.”Autonomous vehicles will play an important role in the future of driving, particularly with fleets, and tailored charging options for self-driving EVs will be critical to develop that effort,” said Wayne Killen, director of infrastructure planning and business development at Electrify America, in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Stable to be at the forefront of learning more and developing those charging solutions.” Electrify America and Stable aren’t the first companies to play with the idea of automated charging. Way back in 2015, Tesla created a properly creepy robotic charging arm that can seek out and connect its charger to a Tesla vehicle. While Tesla owners can open their charge ports through the app and in other ways, this robotic arm has yet to see the light of day. Maybe once Skynet gains sentience. 0 More From Roadshow Electric Cars Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Future Cars Auto Tech 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Share your voice Audi AI:Me concept is an autonomous city car of the future 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 66 Photos Self-driving carslast_img read more

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