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first_imgNew Delhi: 28 Aug, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL New Delhi: Ahmed Patel takes the oath of office as RS MP (A) New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra oath ceremony (A+B) Rohtak: Security at Rohak (A+B) Rohtak: Navdeep Singh Virk, I .G. Rohtak Range talks to media (A) Mumbai: Ganpati festival celebrations (A+B) Kolkata: Railway workers inspect a train car to restore overhead Railway wires (B) Patna: Pappu Yadav addressing a press conference (B) Kolkata: Goat market in Kolkata (B) Naranag (J & K ): Gangabal Yatra (A+B) New Delhi: New Biking Queens calling on Prime Minister Modi (B) Sirsa: Rams followers returning to theirhomes / tight security (A+B) Moradabad: Passing-out parade of Sub-inspectors (B+A) Bengaluru: Yeduyurappa having food with Dalit (B) New Delhi: Airtel Symantec partnership (B) New Delhi: UNGA president-elect calling on PM Modi (B) Hubbali: Nomadic people migrate (A) INTERNATIOAL Friendswood/ Sugar Land : Texas residents stranded by flooding (B) SPORTS Dhaka: Bangladesh vs Australian cricket test match (B) Kuala Lumpur: 29th South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur (B) New Delhi: Launch of National Sports Talent Search Portal(B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA DL DLlast_img read more

Cracking art: the Vietnam craftsman making World Cup mascots from eggshells

first_img\R Ho Chi Minh City, Jun 23 (AFP) Football scarves, shirts and… eggshell art? World Cup swag has taken a quirky turn in Vietnam where a retired schoolteacher is making mascot memorabilia from hollowed-out eggs, meticulously crafted by hand. Nguyen Thanh Tam, 67, spends hours every day making the models, driven by his football fanaticism — a passion shared by millions across Vietnam glued to the World Cup since the tournament kicked off in Russia earlier this month. Most of his tiny statues are of tournament mascot Zabivaka, a wolf in sports goggles kicking a football, and he has models of football heroes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the works. “Over the past few years, I have been spending my time making football mascots with eggshells as a way for me to show my love for football,” Tam told AFP, speaking before a basket of eggs in his Ho Chi Minh City home. Though not widespread in Vietnam, using eggshells in art is not unheard of: traditional lacquer works often feature inlaid eggshell in lieu of white paint.Tam says working with the fragile shells requires sharp focus. “I love this work because it requires me to be creative, observant, meticulous and relaxed,” Tam added. He first developed the unique hobby around Christmas in 2002, when he was looking for the right material to make a Santa statue with his 13-year-old students. Tam decided that an eggshell perfectly captured Saint Nick’s rotund belly.He eventually married his passion for crafts and football and started making World Cup mascots during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.advertisement Now he has about 1,000 of the small figurines scattered throughout his apartment, some commemorating the 2016 Rio Olympics and Euro 2016 in France. Others are of celebrities — Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama, and Gangnam Style’s PSY all feature in his collection — or birds and animals, like his porcine series to mark the Year of the Pig in 2019. Tam says the biggest challenge is finding the right egg shape to fit the creation, so he has expanded beyond chicken eggs to include ostrich and quail.He has also widened his repertoire of egg recipes to use up all the yolks and whites he discards to make his art. Tam doesn’t sell the delicate dolls, preferring instead to keep them on display to wow his visitors. “I make eggshell art to satisfy my passion, not for commercial purposes,” he said. He has already received a nod from Vietnam’s record centre for the most eggshell art created — believed to be a niche category — though he has global ambitions. “I hope one day my eggshell art will be recognised as a world record,” he said with a smile. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Restless fretting about cricket’s health could be its great strength

first_imgCricket’s been going on so long that there’s nothing new left under the sun The Spin Read more Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Last week the ICC held a seminar in Dubai to talk over its global strategy. It presented a “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” analysis. It was a provocative document, designed as a starting point for the discussion. It listed the “time it takes to complete the game” as one of the weaknesses, flagged up T10 cricket as both a threat and an opportunity. It even went as far as to ask “Why does cricket exist – what’s its primary purpose in society?” Which sounds less like a threat, and more like an existential crisis.Maybe cricket’s restless fretting about its own status is one of the game’s great strengths, a quality that has caused it to adapt and evolve, the reason we’re still playing and watching it all these years later. Certainly it seems to have been the backdrop to every other English summer since the sport started. We worry away at it until the sun comes out again. They say it will be shining when the first Test starts at Lord’s on Thursday. The crowds will be out, the international season under way, and all of a sudden, for those precious few hours, everything will seem right with the game.• This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions. features All this is just another reminder that cricket has always had a morbid obsession with its own death. As if this thanatophobia is a natural consequence of following the game, the inevitable upshot of a sport that leaves you so much time to stew, is so closely yoked to the coming and going of summer, and so dependent on the vagaries of the weather. The anxiety gets to be infectious. I suffer from it myself. It comes on stronger with age, perhaps because we never care for the sport so much as we did when we first came to it, so, looking back, it always seems less to us now than it did then.Even in 1906, the administrators and journalists were fussing and fretting over it, rethinking it and tinkering with the regulations to try to make it more appealing. In 1900 the MCC changed the length of an over, in 1904 there was a proposal to launch a new knockout competition for the counties, in 1905 they considered scrapping the toss, and in 1906 WG Grace argued the championship should be split into two divisions. There were running debates right through the decade about how many Test matches should be played, and how long they should last. Topics Sign up here for The Spin, our the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. Cricket County cricket talking points: One-Day Cup spoils the plot for the season Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Summer came late in 1906, and the spring, harried by a keen north-east wind, hardly stopped at all. May was cold and grey, frosty till the third Sunday. It was dismal weather for cricket. The season started on Wednesday the 2nd, but no one came to watch. Lord’s was empty. The Oval was empty. Old Trafford was empty. The press began to fret. On 27 May the Observer published a leader called The Necessity for Cricket Reform. It asked if the game had outlived its popularity. “Matches are being finished, but the crowds do not come,” the editorial read. “Cricket seems to have grown too old fashioned for these go-ahead times.”The Observer wasn’t the only one worrying. The next year’s Wisden recalled “all sorts of gloomy forebodings”. Until “the sun came out and all was well”. By the far side of the summer, England was in the middle of a long, late heatwave. George Hirst did the double-double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets, but Yorkshire were still pipped by Kent, who won 11 championship matches in a row, thanks in part to their brilliant young all-rounder Frank Woolley. It was one of the great seasons of the Golden Age, and when it was over, “no more was heard as to cricket being on the wane”. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Which are all ideas we’re still turning over now, a century later. In the these last few weeks, the International Cricket Council has said that it is considering whether or not to scrap the toss in the new Test championship, there has been a push from within English cricket to get rid of the County Championship’s two divisions and replace them with regional conferences, and the England and Wales Cricket Board has, of course, announced it wants to change the length of an over so it can launch a new domestic competition. South Africa have already played a four-day Test. Cricket has been going on so long that there’s nothing new left under the sun.This lingering suspicion that the game is an anachronism is not entirely unique to cricket. It runs through its cousin game of baseball, too. The writer Susan Jacoby has just published a book about it, Why Baseball Matters. Just like cricket, baseball is worried that it’s losing the young audience; it has the oldest, whitest crowd of any major US sport. Nearly six out of 10 fans for nationally televised baseball games are white men over 55. Compare that with YouGov’s sketch of the English cricket fan, who, compared to similar groups, is particularly likely to be a rightwing male, over 55, and well-to-do.The MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, tells Jacoby he is convinced that the “three-hour-plus length of the average baseball game” is “a major problem for young fans”. Jacoby believes that “the aging of baseball’s audience is largely attributable to the profound dissonance between a culture saturated with devices that offer instant gratification and a sport that requires intense, sustained concentration”. Baseball’s problem, she argues, is that “it derives much of its enduring appeal from a style of play and adherence to tradition very much at odds with our current culture”. It is, as the Observer put it in 1906, “too old-fashioned for these go-ahead times”. Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Court Pushes Deadline for Hanjins Rehabilitation Plan

first_imgzoom South Korean Hanjin Shipping has received a deadline extension from Seoul Central District Court to submit its rehabilitation plan, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The court moved the date of the first meeting to discuss the future of Hanjin Shipping to December 9, almost a month after the initial date of November 11.After the first meeting, the company is expected to submit a new rehabilitation plan.Hanjin Shipping decided to file for court receivership on August 31 as it succumbed to the prolonged depression in the shipping market.Following the company’s move, Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) said that the government “will promote sales of Hanjin Shipping’s core assets to Hyundai Merchant Marine in a bid to maintain competitiveness of the shipping industry.”The decision to file for court receivership was made after the company’s creditors, led by Korea Development Bank (KDB), said they would not provide additional financial support to Hanjin starting from September 4.Alphaliner earlier said that the poor handling of Hanjin Shipping’s collapse has done irreparable damage to the Korean carrier’s reputation, and it is improbable that Hanjin Shipping can be revived as it was despite the Seoul district court’s approval for rehabilitation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the Alberta Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2018-11-15 11:28 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:An approaching low-pressure system will cause snow to fall over portions of western and central Alberta today and tonight. Snow will begin near the BC border this morning and spread southeastward through the day.By the time snow ends Friday morning, 10 to 15 cm of snow is expected, although isolated pockets of 20 cm are possible.Snowfall warnings are issued when 10 cm of snow or more is expected to fall within 12 hours or less.Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ABStorm.More details on the alert are available here. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Alberta Peace.  Total accumulations could be anywhere from 10 to 20 cm.The snow will start Thursday morning near the B.C. Alberta border and will spread throughout the day.  In the B.C. Peace total snowfall will only be 2 to 4 cm.The warning says by the time snow ends Friday morning, 10 to 15 cm of snow is expected, although isolated pockets of 20 cm are possible.last_img read more

Top UN official urges pause in fighting in Libya to allow aid

Civilians continue to be attacked during the conflict in Libya despite repeated requests from the international community that parties to the conflict refrain from targeting non-combatants, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today, calling for a halt in fighting to allow the delivery of aid.“The Security Council must continue to insist that all parties to this conflict respect international humanitarian law and ensure civilians are spared,” said Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a statement to the Council on the situation in the North African country.“The reported use of cluster bombs, sea and landmines, as well as deaths and injuries caused by aerial bombing, show a callous disregard for the physical and psychological well-being of civilians,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the Emergency Relief Coordinator.She said there were reports of sexual violence, including rape, amid concerns that children could be recruited and used as combatants. Disappearances and abductions had also been reported.Ms. Amos said that the shelling of the port in the besieged city of Misrata had prevented ships carrying much-needed humanitarian aid from docking there.“All parties need to agree a temporary pause in the conflict in Misrata and other areas. This would provide respite from violence for the civilian population, and enable those who wish to leave to do so,” said Ms. Amos.A pause in the fighting could also allow an independent assessment of the humanitarian situation and enable delivery of essential medical supplies and other relief items, as well as the evacuation of third-country nationals, the wounded, and others who require emergency medical assistance, she said.Ms. Amos said that the implementation of the UN sanctions against Libya is causing serious delays in the arrival of commercial goods, even as the conflict has led to a severe disruption of supply lines within the country, resulting in shortages of fuel, and difficulties in obtaining commodities, including food, medicines, and other essential goods. Severe cash shortages throughout the country have also been reported.“The impact is being felt nationwide and in all sectors. I am particularly concerned about the effect on the health sector. In Tripoli, the Libyan Ministry of Health has reported that only 45 per cent of medical staff are working and thousands of foreign nurses and doctors left the country at the start of the crisis.“Essential medicines, supplies and vaccines will not be replenished when they run out. Even if imported medicines do enter the country, they cannot be distributed to health facilities due to fuel shortages and disruption of supply lines,” said Ms. Amos.Schools remain closed and school buildings have been damaged or are sheltering displaced people. School-age children have been traumatized by the violence, she added.Ms. Amos told the Council that food stocks are being depleted in a country which imports between 75 and 90 per cent of all consumed cereals.“The current situation will contribute to a continued need for humanitarian assistance in Libya in the months ahead. These structural vulnerabilities need to be addressed to ensure that the adverse affects on the civilian population are minimized,” she said.She stressed that delivery of humanitarian assistance in Libya must remain distinct from the military activities of all parties to the conflict.“Every possible effort is being made to deliver assistance and evacuate the injured and third-country nationals, using only civilian resources. Only as a last resort will the military assets that have been generously offered by some Member States be mobilized. We have not yet reached this point,” said Ms. Amos.She reported that humanitarian agencies had received $144 million, or 46 per cent, of the funds requested to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Libya. The appeal is being revised because additional resources are needed, she said.The conflict in Libya erupted earlier this year following peaceful protests that echoed the popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East, which have led to the toppling of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. 9 May 2011Civilians continue to be attacked during the conflict in Libya despite repeated requests from the international community that parties to the conflict refrain from targeting non-combatants, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today, calling fo read more

SEC blesses public crowdfunding for startups but will keep watchful eye on

WASHINGTON – A new form of crowdfunding is coming soon that will allow startups to raise money by selling stock to Main Street investors.The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday adopted rules implementing a 2012 law that opened the door to securities crowdfunding. The vote was 3-1 at a public meeting.For years, artists, charities and entrepreneurs have used the power of the Internet to generate money for projects. Starting in mid-2016, businesses will be able to offer investors a piece of their company by legally selling stock online.For investors, it’s a chance to make a small profit and possibly get in early on the next Twitter, Instagram or Uber.But it also entails high risk, given that a majority of startups fail. About half of all small businesses shut down within the first five years. Some critics also warn that investment crowdfunding is ripe for fraud.The new SEC rules won’t prevent the types of fraud that can arise in conventional online scams, said Mercer Bullard, a law professor at the University of Mississippi who is a mutual-fund investor advocate.“You can embezzle someone’s money in the guise of making a securities offering,” Bullard said in a telephone interview.With an eye to protecting investors, the crowdfunding securities offerings can only be made through brokerage firms or new Internet funding portals that must be registered with the SEC. The portals will be expected to provide investors with materials explaining the process, investment limits and resale restrictions. To reduce fraud risks, the portals are charged with vetting the companies and the prospective investors.SEC Chair Mary Jo White said before the vote that agency staff “will begin immediately to keep a watchful eye on how this market develops.”They will assess what kinds of companies use the new crowdfunding offerings, how closely they follow the rules and whether the new practice promotes the raising of capital while also protecting investors.The SEC proposed the crowdfunding rules two years ago. Waiting at the starting gate for the final rules to take effect: legions of startups in areas such as packaged food, medical and biotechnology, restaurants and real estate.Lisa Fetterman, the founder and CEO of cooking equipment startup Nomiku, sees a potential opportunity — “because banks aren’t going to give you money,” she said. The company sells machines for sous-vide cooking, a sort of vacuum method meant to cook evenly and seal in moisture, to both home cooks and restaurants.Nomiku has raised about $1.3 million in the past few years through conventional crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Now with SEC rule change, Fetterman sees about a 50-50 chance her company will plunge into investment crowdfunding. Key factors are the quality of funding portals and the extent to which they can vet investors, she said.Under the new rules, people with annual income or net worth less than $100,000 will be allowed to invest a maximum of 5 per cent of their yearly income or net worth, or $2,000 if that is greater. Those with higher incomes can invest up to 10 per cent. An individual can’t invest a total of more than $100,000 in all crowdfunding offerings during a 12-month period.Investors generally couldn’t resell their crowdfunding securities for one year.Under current rules, only “accredited investors” who meet certain wealth thresholds can fund startups. They must either have a net worth of $1 million, excluding the value of their primary home, or have generated income of $200,000 or more in each of the last two years.For their part, companies will be allowed to raise a maximum of $1 million a year from individual investors without registering with the SEC. Companies will have to provide information to investors about their business plan and how they will use the money they raise, as well as a list of their officers, directors and those who own at least 20 per cent of the company.Raising money for startups “is like fishing in a pond. You have more pond to fish in now,” said Hitomi Kimura, a co-founder of DinersCode, which sends customers to Manhattan restaurants by offering free drinks, perks and discounts for frequent diners. Kimura also will be looking into the new crowdfunding.Indiegogo, a titan of conventional crowdfunding along with Kickstarter, may branch out and get into the securities crowdfunding game.“All of us at Indiegogo are excited that the SEC is formally expanding the way in which everyone will be able participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the amazing power of crowdfunding,” CEO Slava Rubin said in a statement. “We’re now exploring how equity crowdfunding may play a role in Indiegogo’s business model.”The goal of the 2012 law was to help entrepreneurs raise money quickly when they couldn’t attract attention from venture capitalists or traditional deep-pocketed investors.At the same time, the law eased the SEC’s regulatory reach by giving the startups an exemption from filing rules. The rationale was that new businesses in a hurry to raise money would be hampered by having to submit paperwork. It was an about-face for Congress after expanding the SEC’s powers only two years earlier in response to the 2008 financial crisis. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2015 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEC blesses public crowdfunding for startups, but will keep ‘watchful eye’ on potential risks read more

The 2019 NBA Draft Class Is Short By Basketball Standards

Neil Paine contributed research. It isn’t that bigs are no longer effective in the pace-and-space modern NBA. As we previously noted, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP two seasons ago stood 6-foot-10 or taller, a high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. This season, it was up to 26 players.In a league that seemingly gets longer by the minute, it’s telling that switchability — rather than height — is expected to dominate this year’s draft. This year’s NBA Finals pitted 6-foot-7 Draymond Green against 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, and although the latter won the championship, the incoming archetype more closely mirrors the former. If things play out as ESPN’s latest mock draft suspects, this year’s lottery will feature a bevy of oversized guards, guys capable of being slotted at either guard or wing, bigs with the lateral quickness necessary in modern NBA defense … and one 7-footer.No longer can bigs be immobile. They must now move laterally at a high rate, tread water against guards on pick-and-roll sets and defend multiple positions on the interior. Positional flexibility is here to stay — look no further than Thursday night’s draft. A year after an NBA draft dominated by very large human beings, the draft class to be announced Thursday night should look a lot … shorter. Big men are obviously still alive and well in the NBA, but this class illustrates that the league now focuses on positional flexibility and finds itself firmly rooted in a style of play that prioritizes shooting, spacing and length over height.According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, there isn’t a single player taller than 6-foot-7 projected to be taken in the first five picks and just one 7-footer forecast for the lottery. The average height of the projected Top 10 selections is 78.8 inches, or nearly 6-foot-7. While that may be well above the national average, by NBA beanstalk standards this would be the fifth-shortest Top 10 of any draft since 1985. It’s also a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when 7-foot-1 DeAndre Ayton went No. 1 overall, five of the first seven selections were bigs,1That list doesn’t include 6-foot-7 Luka Doncic, who is among the league’s tallest point guards. and six lottery picks were at least 6-foot-10. This season, only one projected lottery pick exceeds 82 inches.But just because this year’s draft has downsized doesn’t mean the incoming crop is all Lilliputian guards. The class is full of versatile wings, and surefire top selection Zion Williamson is an athletic marvel unlike anyone in recent memory. In fact, this draft class is perhaps the clearest encapsulation of the league’s transition away from the lumbering frontcourt.Take Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, for example, who is 6-foot-8 and among 20 players invited to sit in the green room. Last season, coach Mark Few tasked him with protecting the rim. Clarke proceeded to set the single-season blocks record and was the backline of the most dominant shot-blocking unit Few has had in his 20 years in Spokane. “I’m not 7 foot,” Clarke told FiveThirtyEight, “but I have really, really good timing by the basket. Even though I’m 6-8, I feel like I play like I’m much taller.”Juxtapose that with Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 skyscraper who will likely become the tallest player in the NBA since Yao Ming.2The son of Manute Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, is not the tallest person in this draft class. Bol Bol is only 7-foot-3. He’s coming off one of the most efficient scoring careers in the history of college basketball, but there’s a fairly good chance that he won’t be drafted Thursday night, a notion that would stun front office execs of yesteryear.Indeed, there was a time when the most coveted player in an NBA draft was a 7-foot, back-to-the-basket force, capable of controlling the game on both ends of the floor. From 1980 to 1992, nine of the top overall selections were at least 6-foot-10, with seven3Joe Barry Carroll in 1980, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, Patrick Ewing in 1985, Brad Daugherty in 1986, David Robinson in 1987 and Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. checking in at 7 feet. But the NBA has changed in myriad ways since the draft was first televised in 1980. Nowadays, even the positions are different, as the 1-5 designation has largely be replaced by three options: guard, wing, big. As such, the coveted prototype for each classification has changed dramatically.“Most high school and college coaches would tell a big to stay back and protect the rim,” said Justin Zormelo, a personal trainer who specializes in analytics and has trained NBA All-Stars. “As you can see in the NBA, you can’t do that anymore.”Slow and plodding — like Roy Hibbert — is out. Quick, long and athletic — like Giannis Antetokounmpo — is in. It’s no coincidence that most of the players in the top half of this draft have been lauded for their ability to switch on defense or play multiple positions on the floor.“Being able to move laterally is important,” Zormelo said. “Understanding your length. Being able to play in different areas of the floor rather than just setting up in front of the basket. Developing a shooting touch. This is now critical.”Let’s look at the Top 5 frontcourt selections in this year’s draft: Williamson, De’Andre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya, Jaxson Hayes and Rui Hachimura. Their average height: 80.8 inches. Compare that to previous years, and there’s a clear disparity. read more

Fire at Met Office leaves forecaster struggling to provide weather updates

first_imgThe Met Office supercomputer – the Cray XC40 – is used for all its calculations and is one of the most powerful in the world. Our meteorologist are working hard getting forecasts out after a very small electrical fire overnight caused some service disruption.— Met Office (@metoffice) January 23, 2018 The Met Office supercomputer the Cray XC40 It was fully installed in December 2016 and consists of three main systems capable of over 14,000 trillion arithmetic operations per second.The incident left companies struggling to access up to date forecasts, while many people reported problems using weather apps.One angry oil rigger currently stranded at sea, wrote on the Met Office’s Twitter feed: “Sort your system out. I’m stuck on an oil rig because the helicopters won’t fly unless you sort your system out.”This is stopping people going home to their families after spending weeks in the middle of the sea.”I’ve got a flight booked this afternoon. If I miss I hold you responsible.”The outage occurred as Britain prepared for torrential rain and gale force winds in the early hours of Wednesday morning from Storm Georgiana which was named by the Irish Meteorological Service yesterday afternoon.The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for wind and rain across the northwest of England, and said that full forecasting services would not resume before Wednesday. “On arrival at the scene crew confirmed slight smoke logging in a switch room crews investigating.”Smouldering cables were identified as causing the smoke logging, the cables were exposed and the supply was isolated by the crew.”A BBC Spokesperson said: “This had a minor impact online and the majority of our services are working normally with minimal disruption to users.”The Met Office moved to a new purpose-built, £80million headquarters in Exeter in September 2003, re-locating from Bracknell just short of its 150th anniversary. The Met Office supercomputer the Cray XC40Credit:The Met Office  The Met Office was left struggling to provide weather forecasts on Tuesday following a fire at its headquarters which prevented automated systems sending out updates.Staff were forced to ring round organisations and personally give predictions following the electrical blaze in Exeter which happened in the same IT hall as the £97 million supercomputer.Although the supercomputer itself was undamaged the room in which it is housed was left smoke logged and firefighters had to cut the power while they tackled overheating cables, meaning forecasts could not be broadcast.The Met Office said there had been ‘some disruption’ to services while the BBC said its weather team had not received the usual data and information that it needed to give its usual updates.“There has been a fire related incident in our of our IT halls overnight which was quickly brought under control,” said a spokesman for The Met Office.“No one was hurt and we are now recovering affected systems and bringing them back online and keeping our customers informed.“Our meteorologists are working hard getting forecasts out. Nationally critical services to customers such defence and aviation were maintained through contingency services and are now fully back up and running.”  Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the Met Office HQ in Exeter just after 2.30am.An spokesman said: “One appliance from Ottery St Mary which was covering the area was mobilised following a report to the Fire Service Control Room of a fire alarm sounding at the above location. 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

Allardyce insisted that he has fans support

first_imgSam Allardyce managed to avoid the relegation troubles after coming to Everton to replace Ronald Koeman in the first half of the season but his position has been doubted despite that.The former England national team has had a difficult position as it has been said that the majority of fans wants him to leave after the season and be replaced with someone younger and more perspective – but the coach doesn’t agree.The experienced Englishman spoke about his future as he said, according to Sports Mole:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t really talk about my prudential or non-prudential outside of the fact that I do the job to do the best of my ability.”“Listening to what’s happening outside has a detrimental effect on you, good or bad, and my job is to accept what people think I am and who I am and I can’t change that because it’s happened over a long period of time.”“There are sceptical fans everywhere and there are very few of them at the moment. You’re talking about the minority instead of the majority.”last_img read more

Dimarco Scoring against Inter was destiny

first_imgParma defender Federico Dimarco reflects on scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Inter Milan at San Siro.Federico Dimarco came through the Inter academy and they still have an option to buy him. He was the hero on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a shock 1-0 victory for Parma at Inter Milan.Despite Inter dominating majority of the game, it was Dimarco who in the 79th minute scored a stunner to decide the game.“I think we deserved the victory because we fought hard as a group to the bitter end,” he told Sky Sports Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Reporters were quick to compare his goal that of Roberto Carlos.“Let’s lot exaggerate with comparisons. I scored a goal and I’m happy. I dedicate this goal to my daughter, who will be born in a month.” Dimarco said.“I anticipated Matteo Politano and then saw a gap, so I hit it. It went well. I am a little sad that I scored it against Inter because I am an Interista at heart, but it’s an important goal for the present and the future.”last_img read more

Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night

first_img April 20, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres will conduct Autism Awareness Night at today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in an effort to raise awareness and support individuals and their families who are affected by autism.Representatives from various autism awareness and sensory inclusive groups will participate in a baseline ceremony and a representative will ring the Mission Bell.A ticket package including a donation to the autism organization Autism Speaks is available at Speaks seeks to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.Autism Awareness Night comes during World Autism Month. In connection with Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks began a public awareness campaign April 2 encouraging parents to have children screened for autism early and seek a diagnosis if necessary.“We are committed to creating a more inclusive world for people with autism, and that starts with early screening and timely intervention so that people with autism can live their fullest lives,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “There is considerable work to be done in overcoming obstacles that may delay a diagnosis — the first step toward improved future outcomes. With this new campaign, we hope to give families the tools they need to identify early signs, feel empowered to get their children screened and seek support if they need it.”The campaign includes the websites and, which have resources for parents.According to an April 2018 report from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children at the age of 8 were identified with autism spectrum disorder.A report from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention released April 11 found a growing number of 4-year-olds were identified with autism spectrum disorder, increasing from one in 75 in 2010 to one in 59 in 2014, the most recent year studied.“The CDC data for 4-year-olds are an important addition to our understanding of autism prevalence,” said Tom Frazier, Autism Speaks chief science officer. “The estimated prevalence of ASD in 4-year-olds is an underestimate, with many children without an intellectual disability being identified later. These findings suggest that ASD is even more common than indicated by the mostrecent CDC prevalence report for 8-year-olds.”In his proclamation declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, President Donald Trump declared “we must continue to support Americans with ASD” and “the safety of all Americans with ASD is a priority of my administration.”The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed into law by Trump on March 23, 2018, included Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2018, which expands the existing federal emergency alert program to include people with ASD and other cognitive disorders who wander from safety.The law also authorizes funding for tracking technologies and specialized training for caregivers to help prevent and respond to instances of wandering.The law was named for two boys diagnosed with autism who wandered away from supervised settings and drowned.“I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by individuals with autism and find ways to support those with autism and their families,” Trump wrote in his proclamation. KUSI Newsroom, Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night Posted: April 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Media in a lather over Vancouver schools chiefs shower

first_imgThis shower was installed in the bathroom near Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb’s office at a cost of about $4,000. News that Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb had a private shower installed in the bathroom near his office generated plenty of media attention Tuesday.The first television news van arrived at the district office at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Tom Hagley, Jr., the district’s chief of staff.“To the best of our knowledge, VPS has not received any calls or email messages today from parents or community members expressing concern about the shower installation in the restroom adjacent to the superintendent’s office,” Hagley wrote in an email late Tuesday afternoon. “The only contacts we have received on this topic today were from media organizations, beginning at approximately 6:15 a.m. and continuing to the present time.” The 3-foot-by-3-foot fiberglass shower was installed over the summer at a cost of about $4,000, said Todd Horenstein, the district’s assistant superintendent for facilities. Webb works long hours and often attends evening meetings.School board members were not aware the shower was being installed. School board President Dale Q. Rice said the board had no prior knowledge of the administrative shower installation. It was part of upgrades made over the summer to the administration building.last_img read more

Baby sitter charged in DUI crash that killed child and injured 2

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A babysitter has been charged after causing a fatal crash while under the influence.Shirley Coto was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI. The 39-year-old is now behind bars at the Broward County jail without bond.According to police, this happened in May of 2015, when Coto was driving drunk with four kids she was baby-sitting and collided with another car at West Hillsboro Boulevard, near Southwest 32nd Avenue in Deerfield Beach.A 6-year-old girl did not survive, while two other kids, ages 4 and 6, were hospitalized for weeks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

With Budget Shortfalls Looming Questions Raised About Knik Bridge Finances

first_imgA bill authorizing the state to build a billion-dollar bridge across the Knik Arm is back for consideration.Download AudioThe legislation was shelved for a year, after an audit found traffic estimates for the project were “unreasonably optimistic.” During a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, the bill sponsor dismissed skepticism that the project would pencil out. Rep. Mark Neuman, a Republican from Big Lake, said he “absolutely” believed there would be enough traffic to serve a two-mile long bridge connecting Port Mackenzie to Anchorage, so long as a Mat-Su population boom continues.“If the Knik Area were a city, it would be one of the fastest – one of the top 50 fastest growing cities – in America,” said Neuman.The current iteration of the bill scraps the idea of using a public-private partnership to build the toll bridge. Instead, the project would be funded through a mix of federal grants, federal loans, and state revenue bonds. Those loans and bonds would then be paid off using toll revenue from the bridge.But rural legislators who heard the bill expressed doubt that the tolls would be enough to cover those costs. Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, noted that the state would be responsible for making up the difference if there isn’t enough bridge traffic. He said if it were clear the bridge would pay for itself, there would be “broad support” for the project across the state.“I think that was the crux of the concern: that the State of Alaska would be on the hook,” said Hoffman. “It was always portrayed that this was going to be a toll bridge, and that would adequately address the construction.”Sen. Donny Olson, a Democrat from Golovin, worries that the cost of the project — and the risk that comes with it — is too high, given that the state is looking at a period of serious budget shortfalls.“It’s a public policy issue I’ve got a problem with where we’re dealing with state revenues going down,” said Olson. “And certainly we’ve got an excellent bond rating, but in five years when all our savings are spent and we’ve maxed up to the hilt with bonding and indebtedness that’s out there, that’s where I’ve got problems.”To keep the project moving, the Legislature would have to appropriate $10 million for the bridge in the next fiscal year.The Senate Finance Committee will continue discussion of the bill Wednesday morning. The House passed the bill last session.last_img read more

APPSC Group II mains exam on August 2930

first_imgTirupati: In a statement, RDO Kanaka Narsa Reddy said the APPSC Group II mains examination would be held in Tirupati on Thursday and Friday (August 29,30). A total of 352 candidates are expected to attend the exam at Ion Digital center near Zoo park road here in the city. The exam will be conducted in three sessions. On Thursday, from 9.30 am to 12 pm, Friday from 9.30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 5.30 pm. Candidates are advised to reach the center before half an hour. The officials have made clear that the latecomers and mobile phones will not be allowed into the center. Candidates have to carry any identification card along with the hall ticket. Section 144 will be in force from morning 7:30 am at the examination center.last_img read more

Bengaluru Bikeborne assailants stab and rob techie offers him spare shirt

first_imgRepresentational image of theft.PixabayA software engineer working in Bengaluru was brutally stabbed multiple times by four bike-borne assailants near the city suburbs while committing robbery on Tuesday (May 14).A 34-year-old Kinkar Kumar Thakur was attacked by the miscreants near the Laksmikanta temple in Attibele as he returning from work and was waiting for an auto rickshaw to ride back home. The victim was robbed of his gold ornaments, wallet and ATM cards.According to the police, the assailants forcefully took Thakur on their bike to an isolated area and assaulted him. They stabbed the victim on his head, hand, thigh and other parts of the body. Following which they took his wallet and pieces of jewellery.According to the reports, the quartet took the victim, who was bleeding excessively after the attack to a nearby ATM to loot him of the money, but the kiosk was out of cash. Fearing the situation going out of control and gaining attention by the people the gang quickly changed Thakur’s blood-soaked shirt and made him wear another one.The criminals then took him to an isolated road near Anekal and dumped him there. The injured Thakur somehow found the strength to go back to his flat in Janadhar Shobha Apartment complex in Attibele. After seeing him severely injured his neighbours quickly took him to the hospital.The police have registered a case under IPC section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) against the four unidentified miscreants who attacked Thakur after receiving a memo from the hospital on the medico-legal case.The police said that they will nab the criminals soon as they have taken the surveillance footage of the ATM and have clues about the gang. The police have also taken the victims statement on Thursday.last_img read more

Promoter principle Swearing by staying power

first_imgReutersThis particular sound byte for the public space is simply not true, protested Infosys. No, the founders were not exiting their entire 12.75 percent stake worth Rs 28,000 crore in the company; and of course not, such rumours were absolutely unnecessary and speculative when future growth is the true imperative — and more on similar lines.A media report earlier in the day, which swore that the stake sale plan was most definitely underway, would also attest in the same breath that Infosys founder Narayana Murthy had denied anything of the sort. Murthy, along with his family, is the largest shareholder in Infosys with a 3.44 percent stake.There has been a reasonable amount of discontent over the company’s primary co-founder and de facto potentate during its growth years expressing worries in recent times over high CEO and COO pay, and lack of transparency on directorial imperatives and tenures under the new management, among others. But a lot of praise came in from shareholders as well. Parsimony and integrity are brand values which draw extreme reactions when projected as bywords of a company.Understandably, the founder cohort, especially Murthy, have been described as churlish and mean-spirited by commentators and investment analysts for not being open to many of the new directions signposted by Sikka and supported by company chairman R Seshasayee and directors like Microsoft alumnus Ravi Venkatesan and D N Prahlad. But it stands to their credit that they have spoken up about key issues regarding transparency, CEO and COO pay, as well as trying to ensure accountability from directors on key deliverables and what they bring to the company.Redrawing InfosysSikka has been prudent enough to request anybody around to not shift focus from Infosys’s growth plans and the evolutionary mindset which he has worked hard to din into every Infosys employee since he took over. The mindset, Sikka believes, should evolve out of strong employee focus on the new technological order of business which Sikka has taken pains to outline – greater focus on total business transformation through automation, cloud evangelisation, innovation and holistic business strategy solutions. Sikka has reiterated that his new focus will be crucial to taking the company ahead against the economic and political headwinds it has been facing since 2011.It was always apparent that the management team revamps Sikka effected towards this end are trusted by a majority of Infosys shareholders – who at the same time, have been mostly appreciative of Murthy’s lengthy, paternal critiques of the management, being a key founder of the company.Sikka has been voluble enough on strategy, while apparently downplaying Murthy’s concerns on senior executive pay and transparency issues. But what has largely escaped the notice of most is that he has, in recent weeks, also moved to partly address Murthy’s concerns regarding board accountability as well executive compensation. Sikka is proceeding to plan, while also cutting flab on the company’s benches, through a series of much criticised performance appraisals and “releases” of employees who are not relevant to its evolving strategic imperatives.Rs 7,500 crore was shaved off Infosys’ market cap, and this was to be expected for a company capitalised at Rs 2,15,832 crore. The 3.45 per cent share price drop — their lowest since May 5 –, at outset of market trading, does not cause surprise, for most Infosys investors, as opposed to the analyst and larger business community, are on the same page as the founders on management concerns voiced by Murthy.While addressing Murthy’s concerns about the $11 million plus perks salary he (Sikka) draws, an incidental mea culpa emerged, when the company’s much touted $20-billion revenue target for 2020 all but evaporated from its executive briefings as well as a recently released annual report.Sikka had not reckoned for the fact that Infosys was punching above its weight, but noted the perils of unrealistic growth targets which had already dented the company’s return on equity with investors as well as clients. The deletion of the unrealistic growth target also pared down Sikka’s pay levels to more realistic proportions, one that would assuage Murthy’s socialist and corporate concerns in equal measure.Shareholder angstAll talk of Murthy and the rest of the founder combine exiting the company through a stake sale, would therefore, be taken by the general public with a pinch of salt. But the market wouldn’t agree, of course. In the first three hours of morning trade on June 9, investors shaved off approximately Rs 7,500 from Infosys’ market capitalisation of Rs 2,15,832 crore. Investor fears over what they read as negative announcements from the company and lower earnings margins over the last few quarters have dragged the stock down to the Rs 940-Rs 1,100 range in the last three months.Friday’s 3.5 per cent share price drop — their lowest since May 5 –, at the outset of market trading, does not cause surprise in the least, for most Infosys investors, as opposed to the analyst and larger business community, are on the same page as the co-founders on various management concerns vocalised by Murthy and former executives of the company.Even though Infosys blamed the economy for slackening growth under past CEO and co-founder S D Shibulal, it was also clear that much of the company’s problems at that point in time were internal. Company shareholders were quick to recognise this fact and supported the move to bring in fresh talent from outside. And, also pulled their weight behind Murthy on issues which concern every Infosys employee.A holistic approach towards delivering IT solutions in line with client business goals has been the hallmark of Sikka’s tenure. The revamp steered by the Stanford University alumnus has focussed on people development through innovation in emerging areas for IT services providers — Big Data warehousing, artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, automation in a variety of spaces ranging from agriculture to manufacturing and utilities. These new imperatives would be implemented to manage the client’s strategic business imperatives, and not just point solutions delivered to run its IT infrastructure alone.Behind the scenes, Infosys founders like Murthy and Kris Gopalakrishnan have worked with Sikka on smoothing out the vision ahead, and even brainstorming on tackling the challenges to its established business order. The family business interests of each founder has counterpointed their strong growth stance and support for a fresh vision for Infosys to emerge as a technology-driven company, beyond its ‘services vendor’ roots. It is vital for Indian IT that their optimism is justified. VOLUBLE ELOQUENCE: Sikka holds forth on strategy at a company quarterly results announcement. Reuterslast_img read more

Baltimore Black Pride

first_img2015 Cultural Affair Committee Members – From left to right- Kim H. Walker, Carrie Hiers, Letori Robinson, Anthony McCarthy, and Carlton R. Smith.Baltimore Black Pride, in conjunction with The Center for Black Equity Baltimore, held its 13th Annual Cultural Event on Oct. 10 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center in Baltimore, Maryland.The event was an awards celebration designed to recognize the many outstanding community members and supporters. The AFRO American Newspaper was the major media sponsor of the event. Speakers included Carl Stokes, Baltimore City 12th District Councilman, Merrick Moise, Center for Black Equity, and Carlton R. Smith, 2015 Cultural Affair Committee.last_img read more

VIDEO Williamsport locals built their own scaffolding bleachers to watch the Little

first_img Advertisement America was built on the foundation that nothing is impossible and no dream is too big. Some Williamsport, Pennsylvania locals that live behind the stadium proved that the American Dream is still alive and well when they built their own cheap seats out of some scaffolding to take in the Little League Classic MLB game between the Mets and Phillies.After completing their contracting project and clearing out some of the overhanging brush, these American heroes kicked back and enjoyed a few cold ones while watching the Mets take down the Phillies 8-2.Watch ‘Merica at work.Don’t have seats to the game? Make your own. 😂 #LittleLeagueClassic— MLB (@MLB) August 20, 2018last_img read more