SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze

first_imgMalaysia’s Wong Siew Cheer launched a throw of 65.90m, which shattered the 65.63-m meet record of the Filipino-American Stuart, who ruled the meet two years ago in Singapore.Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan posted 65.49m to take the silver medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Ferreira, who won the SEAG gold in the event in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been serving as coach for national team.He said he had no choice but fill in for Caleb, who reportedly got a job back in the United States. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments LATEST STORIES Caleb reportedly got a call from the athletics body to play in the national open, but he didn’t respond. MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension KUALA LUMPUR—Former champion Arniel Ferrera nailed a bronze medal in men’s hammer throw amid a very tough field that saw the winner posting a new Southeast Asian Games record Wednesday here at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.A last-minute stand-in for original bet Caleb Stuart, Ferrera heaved 55.94 meters on his sixth attempt to secure a place on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

What We Learned From Oklahoma State-Central Michigan

first_imgAgain, this will be posted earlier in the week normally but holidays and such … anyway, Kyle Boone and Kyle Porter will bring you a few notes on what we (probably maybe sort of) learned from OSU’s last game. Let’s get to it.BooneDarrion Daniels Can PlayJust a month ago, Gundy hinted that Daniels was close to redshirting but his opportunity to play as a freshman would be evaluated later. So far, it looks like choosing to let Daniels play this season may pay dividends.“Physically, he’s a little further ahead than players we’ve had in the past here,” Gundy said at his weekly news conference. Although his first game was against what should be considered lesser competition, Daniels displayed excellent push and was able to record his first career sack. The defensive tackle position looks a little less vulnerable after one game thanks in part to his contributions.Chris Carson is a feature backI was all but convinced that the running back position would be more committee based, but anyone who watched the game knows that simply isn’t true. Or it certainly wasn’t the case Thursday night.I was very impressed with Childs when he was in the game. Yet he only carried five times for 36 yards, compared to Carson’s 21 carries. If that’s any indication, Carson is the feature back and we may not see the committee approach until Big 12 play.PorterMarcell Ateman was without a TDI legitimately didn’t know Ateman had never caught a TD. I figured 6’5 wideouts who were extremely hyped every season would have lucked into one every now and then. I’m not disappointed that No. 1 came in a good spot on the road, just surprised that it hadn’t been done before.OSU didn’t take CMU that seriouslyKevin Peterson was held out. Brandon Sheperd was limited. The playbook was more conservative than a Cruz-Huckabee 2016 presidential ticket. I’m not saying OSU was looking past CMU, but it wasn’t exactly pretending like they posed the kind of threat fans sort of felt like they posed. OSU was simply waiting to wear them out.“We were a little more open in our attack and had a more vertical passing game,” Mike Gundy said about the second half. “I thought we blocked better. I think, because of the numbers, that we wore them down a bit later on in the game.”J.W. is going to play more than I thoughtGranted, I didn’t think he was going to play that much. But Gundy seems intent on going full Ohio State and swapping them out fluidly. He even mentioned after the game that he wanted to get J.W. out there more but he forgot the way the game played out didn’t allow it. I wrote on Friday that OSU used Walsh perfectly. I just hope they don’t use him too much.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

IPL 2019: Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spot

first_imgIPL 2019: Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spotShikhar Dhawan, his wife Ayesha and pacer Ishant Sharma led the Delhi Capitals celebration on Sunday after the team clinched their third straight win of IPL 2019 and moved to the second spot on the points table. DC beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs in Hyderabad.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 10:06 IST Delhi Capitals made a stunning comeback to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday (@ishant.sharma29 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals won their third successive match on Sunday in Hyderabad vs SunrisersDelhi Capitals have climbed to the second spot on IPL 2019 points table with 10 points from 8 matchesShikhar Dhawan, his wife Ayesha and Ishant Sharma set the dance floor on fire after Delhi Capitals’ big winDelhi Capitals have certainly turned it around in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The perennial underachievers have shown signs of resurgence in the ongoing season with some collective performances so far.On Sunday, the Delhi Capitals laid down a marker by beating former champions and IPL powerhouses, Sunrisers Hyderabad at their own backyard.And the spirits are certainly high in the Delhi Capitals camp. Following their big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, senior campaigners from the team led the celebrations at the team hotel as Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma set the dance floor on fire.In a video available on the Delhi Capitals’ social media, Dhawan and Ishant can be seen flaunting their dancing skills. The two senior cricketers, who returned to Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019, can be seen shaking their legs to what is seemingly a high-energy Punjabi number.Shikhar Dhawan’s wife Ayesha also joins the two crickets as the Delhi Capitals partied well past the midnight after the win in Hyderabad.Delhi Capitals are now at the second spot of the eight-team IPL points table with five wins from 8 matches.On Sunday, Delhi Capitals were restricted to 155 in 20 overs with Colin Munro, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant making valuable contributions. Sunrisers Hyderabad were cruising towards a win as usual suspects David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched another strong opening stand for the hosts.However, Delhi Capitals made a strong comeback, picking up Sunrisers’ last eight wickets for just 15 runs. Barring Warner and Bairstow, none of the other SRH batsmen managed to get a double-digit score on Sunday.advertisementKagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Keemo Paul were the stars with the ball for Delhi Capitals as the pace bowling trio picked up all 10 wickets between it.Also Read | Ziva Dhoni wins hearts at Eden Gardens after Chennai Super Kings thrash KKR. WatchAlso Read | Kedar Jadhav feeds MS Dhoni from his plate after CSK win 7th matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

Two German Shipping Firms Join Hanseatic Unity Chartering

first_imgzoom Leonhardt & Blumberg and Asiatic/Atlantic Lloyd, two German-based shipping companies, have joined Hanseatic Unity Chartering (HU), a joint chartering and marketing platform of Borealis Maritime, Bernhard Schulte and Reederei NORD.The duo officially joined HU on July 1.As informed, Leonhardt & Blumberg are bringing 55 container vessels into the joint chartering activities and Asiatic/Atlantic Lloyd a fleet of 27 boxships and two bulk carriers.The chartering personnel of the two companies will move into the offices of HU, located in Hamburg and Singapore.HU has now a fleet of a total of 233 vessels for worldwide trading, comprising 206 containerships ranging from 700 TEU to 9,400 TEU and 27 bulkers from 33,000 dwt to 93,000 dwt.“It is the aim to continue the successful path of Hanseatic Unity Chartering offering better services … in form of “one stop marketing” for a diversified fleet … This shall also lead to a more efficient utilization of the vessels and thereby increased energy savings,” HU said in a statement.The accession of the two new partners has been reported to the competition authorities in Germany.last_img read more

Small communities grapple with huge challenge of opioid crisis

first_imgOTTAWA — In the small town of Arnprior, nestled into the Ottawa Valley, at least five suspected opioid overdoses in the span of week prompted police to issue a public warning.Access to extremely dangerous opioids is not limited to larger cities, said the Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, and the drugs have “infiltrated every corner of our province in some form or another.”“When you are purchasing drugs illegally, you actually don’t know exactly what is in those drugs,” said OPP Const. Tina Hunt, a community safety officer with the detachment. “Even though you think you’re buying one drug, it could be laced with another type of drug.”The problem plaguing Arnprior — a town of 9,000 — is shared by small communities across Canada, according to 2017 data presented late last year by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), indicating they in fact have hospitalization rates for opioid poisonings more than double those in Canada’s largest cities.In its public release, Renfrew OPP also warned of something known as “purp” or purple heroin, typically a combination of heroin and its more-potent cousins fentanyl or carfentanil.Fentanyl is 40 times more powerful than heroin and carfentanil (which was developed as a veterinary painkiller for very large animals) is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, figures that illuminate the challenges of tackling what experts say is increasingly a toxic drug supply.The synthetic opioids are comparatively easy to manufacture and transport. They can be cut with fillers and sold as heroin or pressed into pills that can be indistinguishable from pharmaceuticals that come from legitimate manufacturers. But a tiny excess in the dose can be deadly.The data from CIHI indicated that although hospitalization rates for overdoses varied across the provinces and territories, communities of 50,000 to 100,000 people saw some of the highest rates of opioid poisonings. Brantford, Ont., had an opioid-poisoning hospitalization rate more than 3.5 times the Ontario average. Kelowna, B.C. had one of the highest rates of opioid-poisoning hospitalizations in Canada in 2017. Each has about 100,000 people.Helen Jennens, who lives in Kelowna and lost both her sons, Rian and Tyler, to opioids, said Monday that resources in her community have been improving but said appropriate supports were not in place in her family’s darkest hours.Larger communities offer more places for people to go to find help, she said. “There’s more outreach centres; the access to help is just better.”Both Rian and Tyler had become addicted to opioids after being prescribed painkillers for injuries.Donald MacPherson, the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said Monday that smaller communities are “incredibly underserved” by some basic types of programs such as harm-reduction services, adding that reduced capacity, funding issues and higher costs create challenges outside urban centres. The group promotes more liberal drug policies, arguing that the war on drugs does more harm than good.There has been an effort in British Columbia to create community action teams to try to address the need for more on-the-ground services, MacPherson said, noting an enormous problem remains “because the drug market doesn’t discriminate.”“It exists everywhere, from the smallest places to the largest places,” he said. “I think in many places they are left behind … The rural-urban divide when it comes to the basics of life-saving services is immense.”Canada’s Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan has witnessed some of the impacts in her own community.Jordan, who represents the Nova Scotia riding of South Shore-St. Margaret’s, said anyone who think the opioid crisis is an urban issue is wrong.“We are seeing it right across the country, in small communities, in rural communities,” she said in a recent roundtable interview with The Canadian Press. “It is a huge, huge challenge; there is no question.”She said she has discussed the issue with the health minister.“This isn’t just happening in Vancouver, in Toronto, in Montreal,” she said. This is happening right across the country.”In a statement, a spokesperson for Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor pointed to commitments the Liberals made in their most recent budget.It proposed additional funding of $30.5 million over 5 years, beginning in 2019-20, with $1 million a year committed after that, for targeted measures to address persistent gaps in harm reduction and treatment.“We will continue to do all we can to save lives, because this crisis continues to be one of the most serious public-health issues in Canada’s recent history,” said Petitpas Taylor’s press secretary Thierry Belair.MacPerson said the federal government could accelerate rural innovation in overdose prevention and harm-reduction.“I think there should be a rural strategy developed that the federal government could fund and co-fund maybe with the provinces,” he said.“This epidemic is presenting a huge challenge and if one good thing comes out of this disaster, is that we begin to do things differently. So the opportunity is to seize that moment and really be serious about changing the way we operate.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgThere’s no confirmation yet as to what the clowns will get up to when they appear, but we hear Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as some other special guests, are involved with this special appearance.This festive fair is a holiday event you don’t want to miss.Holiday Fair in the SquareWhere: Nathan Phillips SquareWhen: December 1 to 23, closed MondaysHours: Tuesday to Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday – Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm Visitors can grab something delicious from one of Toronto’s best food trucks, enjoy their snack in the Fireside Lounge or stop by Jackson-Triggs Polar Point, the outdoor bar serving mulled wine and other seasonal favourites.There are also plenty of activities to look forward to. Check out our performers like the Balkan Society Brass, The Festive Cheer Carollers, Fire Guy, Silver Elvis, Stilt Guys, and more.And starting at noon on opening day, you’ll have the free chance to visit with Santa, and you can leave a donation for Epilepsy Toronto, too.Holiday Fair in the Square Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Holiday Fair in the Square, in support of Epilepsy Toronto, is back and bigger than ever and the fair will be running from December 1 to 23 at Nathan Phillips Square.Now in its third year, Holiday Fair includes an open-air artisan village.There will be over 50 talented vendors selling gifts and special treats, just in time for you to cross off your list.Carla’s Cookiebox Also new this year, the largest Lego Mystery Mural ever to be built in the western hemisphere will be live at holiday fair starting on December 4.In celebration of the diversity and playfulness of Canada, the LEGO Group has set out to build the largest mural in the western hemisphere – over forty feet tall and using approximately 663,552 bricks.Holiday Fair in the SquareAnd on December 5, the world-famous Slava Snowshow’s clowns will make a special appearance.The international theatre sensation is coming to Toronto to celebrate their 25th anniversary, and will make a brief appearance in Nathan Phillips Square before hitting the stage.Holiday Fair in the Square Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Arjun Singh’s son to contest from Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Pawan Singh will contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara seat. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, MLA from Bhatpara, joined the BJP and is contesting from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat where election will be held on May 6. Pawan is Arjun Singh’s son. The Trinamool Congress has fielded Madan Mitra, former state Transport minister, to fight the Assembly by-poll. Mitra was the MLA from Kamarharti. He has good contacts in North 24-Parganas and because of this, the TMC supremo has nominated him from Bhatpara.last_img

Cholera in southern Africa could be linked to Zimbabwe says UN health

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it believes the outbreak of cholera in South Africa – and possibly those in Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia – is linked to Zimbabwe, where the disease has already claimed over 3,500 lives and is still not under control. Countries bordering Zimbabwe have all reported cholera cases, WHO’s Fadela Chaib told a news conference in Geneva, noting that South Africa has reported some 4,800 cases and 34 deaths between 15 November 2008 and 20 January 2009. Mozambique is experiencing an outbreak in 10 out of its 11 provinces, with a total of some 3,600 cases and 25 deaths reported. Three of Angola’s provinces are affected with 273 cases and one death reported so far, while some 3,000 cases and 43 deaths have been reported in Zambia between 10 September 2008 and 27 January 2009. But it is hard to say whether all cases are linked to the Zimbabwe outbreak, as Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and parts of South Africa are endemic for the water-borne disease, Ms. Chaib noted. Botswana, which is not endemic for cholera, has eight cases.Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, some 73,000 cholera cases have been reported since the outbreak began last August, and the death toll now stands at 3,524.These figures show that the country’s worst-ever cholera outbreak “is still not under control,” said Ms. Chaib.She added that efforts are continuing to help tackle the crisis, including the opening of more treatment centres across the country. There are currently some 360 treatment centres. At the same time, she noted that the lack of food and transportation and the fact that health workers are underpaid are posing challenges for the humanitarian community. In addition, possible flooding linked to the current rainy season can make areas difficult to access.A humanitarian mission, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will visit the southern African nation from 21 to 25 February. The team will also include the participation of WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). 13 February 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it believes the outbreak of cholera in South Africa – and possibly those in Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia – is linked to Zimbabwe, where the disease has already claimed over 3,500 lives and is still not under control. read more

Alleged cab thief drives to Hamilton Police headquarters

An alleged cab thief drove right to Hamilton Police headquarters in the stolen vehicle.A Blue Line cab was reported stolen just before 11 p.m. Sunday.Hamilton Police say the vehicle was stolen by a customer after a physical exchange with the cab driver.The car was spotted driven dangerously from the area of Fennel Ave. and Governors Blvd.It received several traffic complaints, nearly hitting several parked vehicles on way to the station.The vehicle came to a stop at the Hamilton Police Central station on King William and narrowly missing hitting the Hamilton Police sign.A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and four counts of breach of probation.There were no injuries during this incident.

UN committee approves international declaration against human cloning

The “Sixth Committee” voted 71 in favor to 35 against – with 43 abstentions – to pass the text along to the General Assembly for formal adoption. The declaration calls for countries to prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning was approved after earlier efforts failed to elaborate a binding international treaty on the practice. In its resolution, the Sixth Committee also called for the adoption of all measures necessary to protect human life in the application of life sciences, and to prohibit the application of genetic engineering techniques that may be contrary to human dignity.While there was widespread agreement over the need to ban human reproductive cloning, the issue was hotly debated. Friday’s vote was no exception.Countries were sharply divided over the controversial practice, with some representatives arguing that it should be subject to a total international ban and others voicing support for therapeutic applications of the science.Belgium, which had argued in favor of allowing therapeutic cloning, said it would not be bound by a text approved by such a narrow vote. Finland also voiced regret that there had been no consensus decision. The Organization of Islamic States also said the Committee should have acted by consensus.Singapore said the debate had been hijacked by those bent on banning even therapeutic cloning.Others, including Costa Rica, hailed the vote as an ethical step forward while Committee Chairman Mohamed Bennouna of Morocco welcomed the text, “with its weaknesses and strengths.” read more

Human Rights Council calls for an end to violations in Darfur

Continuing its second session in Geneva, the 47-member body agreed – by a vote of 25 to 11, with 10 abstentions – as part of the same decision to press all groups which have not yet done so to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), and to ensure full and unfettered access to the monitors of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The opposing countries – Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom – had earlier sought amendments to the text which would have underscored the responsibility of the Khartoum Government to protect all Sudanese against violations, and mentioned the need to end impunity. Those amendments were rejected by a vote of 20 in favour to 22 against with four abstentions.In another action, earlier today the Council adopted a resolution, without a vote, encouraging the OHCHR to undertake a study on reforming the treaty body system, consulting the views of individual States and others in the process.Two draft texts on impunity and freedom of opinion and expression were postponed to a future session.Yesterday afternoon the Council adopted a resolution – by a vote of 45 to one (Canada), with one abstention (Cameroon) – calling on Israel to cooperate with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 and to reverse its settlement policy in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan.Speaking to reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council had focused too much on the actions of Israel since it began work earlier this year – replacing the discredited Commission on Human Rights – and needed to expand its scope to consider other crisis situations as well.“I think they should be encouraged to look at their mandate much more critically,” he said.The Council also took decisions yesterday on: encouraging greater cooperation between OHCHR and Afghanistan and Nepal; human rights and arbitrary deprivation of nationality; and persons deprived of liberty in the context of counter-terrorism measures.When the Council resumes sitting tomorrow, it is expected to formally conclude its second session and begin work on its third session. read more

High court wont hear appeal over dancing baby video

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal in a long-running copyright dispute over a YouTube video that shows a baby dancing to Prince’s song, “Let’s Go Crazy.”The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that cleared the way for a trial in a lawsuit filed by the baby’s mother against Universal Music.Universal had sent a notice demanding that YouTube take the video down. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that copyright holders can’t demand that videos be taken down without determining whether they constitute “fair use.”But the court said the mother must show Universal had actual knowledge it was misrepresenting the law when it ordered the video removed. She said that standard allows copyright holders that abuse the law off the hook. High court won’t hear appeal over dancing baby video by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 7:47 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

On first field visit to Darfur UN official flags need to do

In this regard, the so-called Global Field Support Strategy will play a key role, the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, Ameerah Haq, said while in the Sudanese region of Darfur, where she was visiting the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission there, known by the acronym UNAMID.The Global Field Support Strategy was designed to consolidate support for UN peace operations in global and regional service centres, with the first such regional centre being in the city of Entebbe in Uganda. Ms. Haq said the Strategy would help missions such as UNAMID operate more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner.“My immediate focus is to ensure that Regional Service Centre Entebbe realizes the vision of a truly integrated hub of transactional support for the missions under its jurisdiction,” she said. “This approach is more cost-effective and beneficial, and it will liberate mission leadership from the burden of mission support matters, helping them to focus on fulfilling their mandate.”The UN Department of Field Support (DFS), which Ms. Haq heads, provides support to political and peacekeeping missions around the world, with a focus in the areas of finance, logistics, communication and technology and human resources, amongst others. Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate. In addition, the Mission is tasked, in addition to other responsibilities, with facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and assisting with an inclusive peace process in Darfur, where fighting broke out nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.With the aim of assessing UNAMID’s support to ensure it can meet the expectations of its mandate, the Under-Secretary-General spent the past three days in Sudan, including its capital Khartoum, as well as the western region of Darfur. She met with Sudanese officials, and representatives of the UN Country Team and UNAMID. She also visited a UNAMID hospital in Kabkabiya, in North Darfur, which has provided healthcare services to more than 10,000 Darfuri patients.“The purpose of this visit to Sudan is to hear from all stakeholders and the Mission leadership on their pressing issues and to work together to make sure those issues are resolved,” Ms. Haq said.“Although there is some progress in the peace process, there are some limitations, such as access restrictions,” she added. “I have raised these issues with the Government to ensure smooth operation of the Mission, and in this regard I have received assurances of the Government’s cooperation.”Ms. Haq took up her post as the head of DFS on 11 June this year. read more

What Makes Markelle Fultz An NBA Draft Favorite

If early reports turn out to be accurate, Markelle Fultz is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers traded the third pick in this year’s draft and a protected first round pick in either the 2018 or 2019 draft to the Boston Celtics. It’s a mammoth deal for both teams, and it has ramifications for the long-term outlooks of both. But lost in the commotion of assets changing hands and the deal’s implications on other big-ticket trades are the particulars about the player at the heart of the deal: Fultz himself.Playing in the Pacific Northwest on a nontournament team (and missing a chunk of time because of injury) made Fultz one of the most anonymous presumptive No. 1 picks in living memory. Just about every argument about the Washington Huskies guard is phrased in the subjunctive — a theoretical commodity more than a concrete set of skills. But dig down into what actually makes his game so good and it becomes obvious in a hurry that Fultz is a monster.Fultz has been billed as a pick-and-roll playmaker, which is true but vague. He doesn’t sit up high and find long, surprising passing lanes like James Harden does, nor does he feint and jab on a defense until it cedes ground like Chris Paul does. Fultz’s game is built around his jumper and his handle. He’s a strong shooter off the dribble and a strong enough dribbler to operate in tight spaces and get to the rim, where he’s an excellent finisher. This means defenses have to crowd him wherever he is on the floor, whether it’s 25 feet from the rim or having turned the corner on a pick and roll. And if a defense sends help, he’s a willing passer to the open man, even if that means a 40-foot, cross-court pass.The Huskies scored 109 points per 100 plays1Per Synergy Sports Technology when Fultz passed out the pick-and-roll, including 115 points per 100 on passes to spot-up shooters. To get a sense of how much the team relied on Fultz, consider those numbers in their full context. On spot-up jumpers that weren’t set up by a Fultz pick-and-roll or taken by Fultz himself (101 points per 100 plays), the Huskies managed just 82 points per 100 plays. That’s dreadful. That would have ranked 333rd out of 351 D-I schools. But Fultz was able to draw so much attention and create such good shots for his teammates that they went from one of the worst-shooting teams in the country to one of the best when he set them up.Not just any player commands the sort of defensive attention Fultz saw — even when he is by far the best player on his team. And what makes Fultz special is how good he is shooting off the dribble in traffic. On all pull-up jumpers, he scored 102 points per 100 plays, which is already very good. But when he was working out of the pick and roll, that number shot up to 118 points per 100 plays, as Fultz took advantage of the little bit of daylight created by the screen to get a slightly better look or to a better spot on the floor.Having a god-tier pull-up jumper is an increasingly critical skill for NBA guards, but so is finishing at the rim. Being a genuine threat on the drive is the reason the pick-and-roll offense works — it’s what makes James Harden and Russell Westbrook nightmares for opponents and what powers the LeBron Offense in Cleveland. And Fultz scored 130 points per 100 plays when going to the rim out of pick-and-roll plays. He has a tight (though not exactly dazzling) handle — aided by a nice little hesitation/head-fake move that freezes defenders who have to respect that pullup — and he uses it to get into the lane at will.All that said, the most spectacular offense in the league can’t do much for you if you’re giving up points at the other end. The Huskies were abysmal on the defensive end — they ranked 250th of 351 D-I men’s teams in defensive SRS — and Fultz’s personal numbers aren’t much better. He ranked in the bottom third of all D-I men’s players while defending all but one shot type, according to Synergy. But the defense Fultz plays in the NBA will be much different, mainly because the Huskies spent a lot of time in zone, and that asks players to do very different things to contest shots and deny space than pro-style defenses. But defense should still be a concern. Fultz has good physical tools — he averaged 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game — and he was actually quite good the few times he was isolated in man-on-man situations, but his attention away from the ball will need the same improvements as most rookies.Fultz is a top overall prospect because he’s very, very good at things that are fundamental to the pro game — pick-and-roll playmaking, pull-up shooting, finishing at the rim. He has fewer jaw-dropping highlights as fellow prospects Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox do (though he does have a few); but he has fewer holes in his game, as well. If there’s one thing that could unravel his game as a pro, it would be his shot not translating. It’s not exactly the same species of skepticism as the concern trolling over Ball’s shooting form, but there’s at least some reason to wonder if Fultz will be as lights-out from deep in the NBA. His range doesn’t extend far beyond the college line, and his release is on the slow side. Just as concerning, he shot 64.9 percent on foul shots, which ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton pointed out is a slightly better predictor of NBA 3-point shooting ability than college 3-point percentage on its own — and Fultz wasn’t overwhelming enough from 3 (41.3 percent) to make up for the free throws.But the way Fultz had to manufacture his offense should also be taken into account: He practically never had an open shot he didn’t create himself. He scored 116 points per 100 plays coming off of screens, but that was largely because of the same things that make him good in pick and rolls, not effective screens. Fultz’s Washington teammates didn’t set great screens, but this is an area where he needs to improve as well. If Fultz is going to play off the ball in the NBA he’ll have to improve his feel for how to angle his runs to get the screener between the defender and the spot where he wants to catch the ball.This of course leads back to the question of how Fultz will fit in with the Sixers. Given that early reports suggest forward Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, will play a de facto point guard role for Philadelphia, an ideal fit for Fultz might be as a sort of über-Bradley Beal. John Wall handles the majority of playmaking for Washington, and Beal runs off of flare screens and other off-ball actions to free himself up for jumpers. But when Wall doesn’t have the ball, Beal runs a fair bit of pick and roll himself (despite being a weak dribbler) and generally controls the offense. A similar division of labor between Simmons and Fultz would make a lot of sense for Philly.But that’s deeper into specifics than we need to go for now. Teams tend to find ways to make things work with players who can dribble, pass and shoot. For now, Fultz is a perfect fit for a Philly roster that needs ballhandling and shooting, and just as important, a perfect fit for the directions the NBA game is headed. read more

Councillors vote to name street in honour of Savita Halappanavar but its

first_img Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:03 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AT LAST NIGHT’S meeting of Dublin City Council (DCC), councillors voted in favour of naming a street in honour of Savita Halappanavar but it is unlikely that any will be renamed any time soon.The vote passed by 35 to 10 with four abstentions, but renaming a street just five years after a person’s death would not be possible under current DCC rules.Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on 21 October 2012.She died one week later on 28 October after miscarrying and going into septic shock due to E coli in her bloodstream.“Dignity and meaning”The motion voted upon reads:To honour the memory of Savita Halappanavar, who tragically lost her life as a consequence of the Irish State’s barbaric and antiquated attitudes to women’s reproductive rights, that a street in our capital city be named in her memory.The proposal was put forward by Solidarity-PBP councillor Tina MacVeigh. She said that while “Savita’s life had dignity and meaning, her death had neither”.“Naming a street in her memory,” she said, “would be a gesture not only to honour her life but would also make a strong statement about the legacy of how women in Ireland have been treated. It is also a gesture that will mean a great deal to her parents and family in India.”A number of councillors objected at the meeting, and it is unclear which street would be renamed in her honour as residents of that road or area would usually make an application.Change the rulesHowever, for the street to be named after Halappanavar, current rules would need to be changed.The guidelines state that nominations to have aspects of the city named after them will have to have died “at least 20 years previously”.The guidelines state:Nominees will have to have died at least 20 years previously or have passed the centenary of their birth whichever is earlier. A lesser period may be considered by the Committee in very exceptional cases with subsequent agreement by the City Council.Chair of the committee Sinn Féin councillor Micheál Mac Donncha told last November that renaming a street after Halappanavar would most likely not be possible under the current guidelines.“Under the current guidelines a person has to be dead for at least 20 years before they can be nominated,” Mac Donncha said.“Personally I think Savita should be honoured in the most appropriate way.But under the current rules that we have that wouldn’t be possible without those being changed.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Renaming a street after Savita Halappanavar “wouldn’t be possible” under current rulesRead: Praveen Halappanavar settles medical negligence case over death of his wife Savita Councillors vote to name street in honour of Savita Halappanavar but it’s unlikely to go ahead soon Current Dublin City Council rules prevent a street being renamed until 20 years after a person’s death. File photo Jun 13th 2017, 8:03 AM File photo Image: AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img Share369 Tweet Email 12,579 Views 74 Comments Short URL Image: AP/Press Association Images By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Abbott Better arrangements for Greeks to work in Australia

first_imgThe Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, promised that he will facilitate better arrangements for Greeks to work in Australia if he gains power. “I can well imagine that a lot of Greeks at the moment want to come for working holidays to Australia given the situation in Greece and it is important that we give people from Greece every opportunity to make a contribution to Australia and I’d like to be as facilitating as I can be,” he added during an ethnic media conference in Melbourne this week. His commitment to further the negotiations with the Greek government for the agreement on Work and Holiday Visa to be finalised, was followed by a short but hopeful announcement for skilled overseas workers who hope to be sponsored from an Australian employer and work here. “Currently the unions dictate parts of Australia’s migration policy. We want the 457 system to be at least as user friendly in the future as it was under the Howard Government,” Mr Abbot told Neos Kosmos. Asked if rethinking of the current regime means a more flexible approach to the whole process, he said that his government will look carefully into the current arrangements and will take away a number of hurdles that make the whole process of applying for a 457 subclass visa a difficult one. He added that the migration coalition policy will be announced soon. Another issue Mr Abbot covered during the Press Conference was of competition arising between the public broadcaster SBS – which was initially established as an ad free service – and the struggling private ethnic media who compete with a public owned but privately seeking funds organisation. While acknowledging SBS provides a valuable service to the community and is a major player in the ethnic broadcasting landscape of Australia, Mr Abbot expressed that it is not an entirely level playing field between SBS and other privately owned ethnic media companies. However, Mr Abbott did not divulge details of any change of policy for the future of SBS but mentioned that there are going to be some changes in order to allow a fairer go for the privately owned ethic media. “I am not proposing any significant change but I do think that we need to be conscious of the fact that it isn’t an entirely level playing field. I give you this undertaking though that the advertising policy of a future Coalition government will certainly include plenty of space for community and ethnic media,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Anorexie mentale un pacemaker dans le cerveau pour traiter la maladie

first_imgAnorexie mentale : un “pacemaker” dans le cerveau pour traiter la maladieSelon une étude publiée jeudi, implanter des électrodes dans le cerveau de personnes souffrant d’anorexie mentale grave pourrait permettre d’améliorer leur état.L’anorexie mentale est un trouble complexe qui se manifeste par une lutte continuelle contre la faim. Les personnes qui en souffrent refusent de s’alimenter ou font en sorte d’éliminer tout ce qu’elles ont ingéré. Ceci conduit à une perte de poids dramatique qui peut aller dans les cas les plus graves, jusqu’à la mort. L’origine de ce trouble psychopathologique reste particulièrement confuse. Il est donc d’autant plus difficile de le traiter et de le prendre en charge. Actuellement, près de 20% des patients répondent mal aux traitements ou développent une résistance chronique. Et le taux de mortalité, due à la restriction alimentaire ou une infection, de l’anorexie mentale se maintient aux alentours de 15%. Un constat qui pousse les chercheurs à trouver d’autres méthodes pour traiter ce trouble. Une étude publiée jeudi dans la revue The Lancet propose ainsi un nouveau type de traitement : la stimulation cérébrale profonde. Ceci consiste à implanter des électrodes dans le cerveau lors d’une petite intervention chirurgicale et de se servir de ce dispositif comme une sorte de pacemaker. Cette technique est déjà utilisée pour différentes troubles telles que la maladie de Parkinson, les douleurs chroniques ou les troubles obsessionnels compulsifs (TOC), mais n’avait pas été testée chez des patients anorexiques. Une amélioration de l’humeur et un gain de poids Partis de là, les chercheurs américains et canadiens ont recruté six femmes âgées de 24 à 57 ans, souffrant toute d’anorexie mentale depuis 4 à 37 ans. Toutes avaient fini par ne plus répondre aux traitements, avaient connu des complications et avaient déjà été hospitalisées.  Au cours de leurs travaux, l’équipe a implanté des électrodes dans le cerveau de chaque sujet, plus précisément dans une zone liée à l’humeur et à la dépression.Puis ils ont relié ces électrodes à un petit générateur installé sous la peau juste au-dessus de la clavicule. Ceci a permis de stimuler à des intervalles et à une fréquence bien précis la zone cérébrale en question. Au bout de trois mois, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que cinq patientes avaient commencé à maintenir un poids constant voire à en gagner. Après neuf mois, trois d’entre elles maintenaient un poids supérieur à celui qu’elles avaient au début de la procédure. C’était pour elles la plus longue période de gain de poids depuis qu’elles étaient tombées malades. Quatre des six patients ont également montré des améliorations au niveau de l’humeur, de l’anxiété, du contrôle sur les réponses émotionnelles et de certains symptômes comme l’obsession ou la compulsion. “Cette amélioration de l’humeur et de l’anxiété chez des patientes affichant un poids insuffisant est particulièrement frappante, alors que ces malades répondent généralement mal aux thérapies médicamenteuses ou aux psychothérapies”, a relevé le Dr Andres Lozano du Krembil Neuroscience Centre de Toronto, cité par le Telegraph.Mieux comprendre le rôle du cerveau pour traiter les troubles mentaux Comme le soulignent les auteurs dans l’étude, la technique est particulièrement prometteuse parce qu’elle n’a pas servi qu’à faire grossir les patientes. Elle leur a aussi permis de se sentir mieux. “Il y a une nécessité urgente de trouver des thérapies supplémentaires pour aider ceux qui souffrent d’anorexie sévère. Les troubles du comportement alimentaire ont le taux de mortalité le plus élevé de tous les désordres mentaux et de plus en plus de femmes meurent d’anorexie”, a commenté le Professeur Blake Woodside, co-auteur de l’université de Toronto. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Tout traitement qui pourrait potentiellement changer le cours naturel de la maladie n’offre pas seulement de l’espoir mais peut sauver les vies de ceux qui souffrent d’une forme extrême de ce trouble”, a t-il estimé. Mais si elle reste encore à expérimenter davantage, cette nouvelle application de la stimulation cérébrale profonde sur l’anorexie mentale pourrait ne pas bénéficier qu’aux seuls patients qui en souffrent. “Nous nous conduisons réellement vers une nouvelle ère de compréhension du cerveau et du rôle qu’il peut jouer dans certains désordres neurologiques. En mettant en évidence et en corrigeant les circuits précis du cerveau associés aux symptômes de certains de ces troubles, nous trouvons des options supplémentaires pour traiter les maladies”, a ajouté le Dr Lozano, principal auteur de l’étude.Le 8 mars 2013 à 15:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Critical Elements of Online Media Companies A QA With Jim Bankoff

first_imgA week from today, Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, will take the stage at FOLIO:’s premiere annual conference: The MediaNext Show. As keynote speaker and head of one of the largest and fastest growing independent online media companies, Bankoff will connect the magazine publishing industry’s traditional identity with the new realities of a fast-paced, multimedia landscape.Here, FOLIO: catches up with Bankoff [pictured] to explore the critical elements of running an online media company and where the new disrupters lie for the digital content market.FOLIO: Describe, in the context of Vox, the core, most critical elements of an online media company—from the way you produce your content to the way it’s promoted and consumed by your audience. Jim Bankoff: The core, critical elements of an online media company are giving audiences quality content and quality advertising that they can consume and enjoy in any setting and on any platform. We believe we’re doing that across the board at Vox. As I noted in LinkedIn, “Web consumers and advertisers crave a higher value journalism and storytelling, and it’s our challenge as publishers and creators to meet that demand.Vox believes fulfilling this demand for quality at scale is an enormous business opportunity. We publish three flagship brands all of which are committed to reinventing quality storytelling and journalism in a manner that is native to the Web. SB Nation (and its 300+ sports communities), The Verge and Polygon are producing magazine-caliber content in sports, tech/culture and gaming on an everyday basis, around the clock—merging old fashioned principles like integrity, design, research and creativity with the new palette of digital media: multimedia, mobility, community and real-time updates. We have even developed our own technology platform, Chorus, to empower the voices of Web-native storytellers and their audiences and advertisers with cutting-edge tools for their craft.”We’ve built on great editorial content with a great design and development team and have embraced responsive design so that consuming Vox is always a satisfying experience no matter what platform you’re on.FOLIO: What are the key revenue trends you’re seeing in the online publishing market? And how are you positioning your brands accordingly for the year ahead?Bankoff: The online advertising market is experiencing two opposing trends: commoditization of inventory sold to direct marketers via programmatic exchanges and native advertising/custom integration bought by premium brand advertisers. Our business is squarely in the latter camp with marketers seeking a customized experience that fits their brand and their message. We’ve been doing that at Vox Media for several years, starting with our first property SB Nation where we have featured sponsored editorial content since 2006. FOLIO: Tactically, how are you driving community interaction and engagement with your brands?Bankoff: Our brands have always had loyal and engaged readers. In 2012 alone, we saw readers consume 820MM+ minutes of our content. They’re interested in our writing and reporting, but also our video content and the places we allow them to interact with each other like our forums, comment section, social pages and areas for user-generated content. The key to our success is our underlying proprietary media stack, called Chorus, which enables our creative teams, our audiences and our advertisers to engage with one another in the context of professional and user generated story telling. By being a technology-driven media company, we can iterate quickly and respond to the ever-evolving needs of brands and consumers.FOLIO: What are the new “disrupters” for the digital content market? What is compelling you to re-examine your operation?Bankoff: The new disrupter for the digital content market is the idea that there’s no such thing as a single homepage anymore. The days when media experiences were linked via big portals and their email screens is gone. We discover great content via social recommendations, expert curators, search algorithms and a variety of other sources. Consumers are grabbing content from all over, and it’s crucial that publishers be everywhere. At Vox we have social feeds, partnerships with other media organizations and presences on apps like Flipboard. We want to be everywhere consumers are.The MediaNext Show will be held January 8-10 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. For more information on the show and to register click here.last_img read more

Revenge After Amitabh Bachchans Twitter account hack Indian hackers put actors image

first_imgIndian hackers take revenge of Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account hackVarinder ChawlaAfter Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked by Turkish hackers called Ayyildiz Tim, a group of Indian hackers apparently took revenge by hacking one Turkish website on Tuesday.A Twitter handle named Indian Cyber Soldiers, which claims to be a group of Indian hackers tweeted out a screenshot of a website page that shows Bachchan holding the national flag. The image also has “Feel the power of India” and “Hindustan Zindabad” written on it.The group claims to have hacked the Turkish website and replaced the official page with the picture showing Big B. Although it is not clear if it was actually a Turkish website, and if at all it was hacked by the group, many Indians have shared screenshot congratulating the Indian hackers for the revenge. The same Twitter page has a few other old tweets, claiming to have hacked Bangladeshi and Pakistani websites in the past.Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday night, by which, the hackers replaced the actor’s display picture with that of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Turkish hackers Ayyildiz Tim had claimed to have done that in the tweets made from Bachchan’s handle.The hackers had made some pro-Pakistan and anti-India tweets from the hacked account. The first tweet that was made from it read, “This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyıldız Tim Turkish Cyber Army +++”.”The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age! Indian Muslims are entrusted to us by Abdulhamid,” this was the second tweet made by the hackers.While this incident remained a major topic on social media on Tuesday, Bachchan’s Twitter account was soon restored.last_img read more