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‘Orange’ alert for Andaman due to cyclone ‘Pabuk’

first_imgThe Centre has sounded an “Orange” alert for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is facing a cyclonic storm, officials said on Sunday.Cyclonic storm “Pabuk” is approaching the archipelago and currently hovering over the Andaman sea and the neighbourhood, they added.An “Orange” warning had been issued for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a home ministry official said, quoting from a weather bulletin. An “orange” weather warning means people should “be prepared” and there is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.“Pabuk” is now over the Andaman sea and its neighbourhood and it has moved north-northwestwards at a speed of 20 kmph in the last six hours. It lays centred near latitude 11.0degrees North and longitude 95.5degrees East, about 310 km east-southeast of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cyclonic storm is very likely to continue to move north-northwestwards and cross the Andaman islands by Sunday night with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph, the official said. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve north-eastwards, towards the Myanmar coast, and weaken gradually thereafter, he added, quoting from the bulletin.last_img read more

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Tough love from mom lights fire under Mike DiGregorio

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Giant killer: Blackwater drops upset axe on San Miguel Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “This one is for her. I appreciate her a lot because I came in today with the right mindset,” he said, thanking his mom for lighting a fire under him.“I really wanted to prove to everybody and remind everybody, more importantly myself of what kind of player I am.”DiGregorio, however, knows better not to be too satisfied with this one-game explosion as he acknowledges the load of work Blackwater needs to make a belated run in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We got to be consistent. It feels good to win, obviously, because we really needed this one. But we really need to have a sense of urgency going to our games against Kia, Phoenix, and NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice “She’s a big basketball junkie and my harshest critic. She calls me after every game and she really let me have it,” he said.Things didn’t get better after DiGregorio’s two-point outing in the Elite’s 72-78 defeat to Magnolia last Friday, with the matriarch making sure that Mike knows what he did terribly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She told me I wasn’t playing aggressive enough and I didn’t look like myself in the last game. She really let me have it. She’s really blunt and straightforward,” he said.Knowing that there’s another tongue-lashing from his along the way if he didn’t get his act straight, DiGregorio made sure to make his momma proud, lighting up for 26 points on a red-hot 5-of-9 shooting from three to anchor Blackwater to a confidence-boosting 106-96 upset win over San Miguel on Friday.center_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESPractices haven’t been  fun for Blackwater through the course of its four-game losing slide, admitted Mike DiGregorio.What made things tougher for DiGregorio was the frustrations reaching home, with his mom always at his ears amid their slump.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Southampton’s Sadio Mane hat-trick leaves Manchester City reeling

first_imgSadio Mane bagged a hat-trick in a vibrant display of attacking football from Southampton that swept aside Manchester City 4-2 and left the visitors facing a scramble to secure Champions League qualification.The defeat three days before their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid left City manager Manuel Pellegini admitting he felt very frustrated.”I didn’t expect that performance, especially in defence,” he said.”The best way to prepare is to win but we couldn’t do it.”The result was never in doubt from the moment Southampton forward Shane Long capitalised on a Dusan Tadic assist in the 25th-minute.The Serb also set up two of the goals for Senegalese striker Mane who pounced after 28, 57 and 68 minutes to complete his second hat-trick of a prolific season which has yielded 14 goals.Although City countered with a brace from Kelechi Iheanacho in the 44th and 78th minutes, Saints never let their grip slip on a victory that kept them in the hunt for a Europa League place.Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was delighted after his team had climbed to seventh in the table, two points behind West Ham United.”We fight for Europe and that’s what we like,” he said. “Two games to go and we’re still fighting for something.”Fourth-placed City lead Manchester United by just four points and their neighbours have a game in hand.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni records second-slowest fifty for India in ODIs

first_imgMS Dhoni recorded India’s second-slowest ODI fifty when he took a 108 balls to reach the mark against West Indies in the 4th ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.Sadagoppan Ramesh has scored the slowest half century for India against Kenya in 1999 while former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third on the list for his 105-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2005.On a pitch that Virat Kohli called two-paced, Dhoni showed immense patience to reach the half century but his effort went in vain as West Indies stunned India by 11 runs on Sunday.Indian bowlers had done an excellent job to restrict West Indies to a mere 190 with Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picking 3 wickets each even as Kuldeep Yadav continued to impress by pitching in with 2 wickets.In reply to that, India had a shaky start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early on and Dinesh Karthik failed on his comeback but Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni showed grit and determination to play the balls patiently and stay put.Rahane fell to Devendra Bishoo at 60 and Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav were unable to stitch a partnership with Dhoni as they lost their wickets for 10 and 20 respectively.When Jadeja came on the crease, the situation was pretty much in control with almost a-run-a-ball needed but Jadeja played an irresponsible shot to throw his wicket away and when Dhoni got out in attempt of a big shot in the 49th over, it was all over for India.advertisementWest Indies captain Jason Holder lead from the front and grabbed his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs.India lead the series 2-1 and the fifth ODI will be played in Jamaica on July 6.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni more popular than Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in India

first_imgMS Dhoni might have recently been booed at Lord’s, several experts might be concerned about his form with the bat in limited-overs cricket and his striking abilities might well be on the wane but the World Cup winning captain remains as popular as ever in India.In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni was the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 per cent.Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 per cent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.READ – Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsDhoni, Tendulkar (6.80 per cent) and Kohli (4.10 per cent) are the only three sports stars in the top-10. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles. The Ranchi-born superstar is still an ace wicketkeeper and his handling of India’s young bowling attack, especially the spinners, has made life much easier for Kohli in the shorter formats.READ – Kohli’s mission is to make India the best: Sourav GangulyEarier in the year, Dhoni retured as Chennai Super Kings captain and led the team to their third IPL triumph. Besides, he was in outstanding form, scoring 455 runs off 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66.advertisementInterestingly, Tendulkar, almost five years after retiring from international cricket, continues to be more popular than Kohli, the world’s best batsman across formats.READ – Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting groundsKohli is in the form of his life. In South Africa this year, he smashed 871 runs across formats including a record-shattering 558 from six ODIs.With a fan base of 23.2 million followers on Instagram, brands have to shell out USD 120,000 for each of Kohli’s sponsored posts which is more than what the world’s highest-paid sportsperson, Floyd Mayweather, gets through his posts on the social media website.READ – Kohli above Floyd Mayweather, Stephen Curry on Instagram rich listMeanwhile, badminton star PV Sindhu, with an admiration score of (6.90 per cent) is ranked third in the list for most popular women in India.Kiran Bedi tops the list followed by singer Lata Mangeshkar at second.Deepika Padukone ranks fourth below Sindhu followed by Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Sushma Swaraj, Aishwarya Rai. Priyanka Chopra, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama.last_img read more

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ABVP releases manifesto for DUSU polls

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday released its manifesto for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls with the promise that over 50 per cent of the union’s budget will be spent on women and social justice related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.The DUSU polls are scheduled for September 12.ABVP national general secretary Ashish Chauhan said, “The name ABVP itself includes the whole manifesto — ‘A’ stands for ‘academic, sports and co-curricular reforms’, ‘B’ for ‘Bharat first’, ‘V’ for ‘vision for world-class infrastructure, transportation and facilities’ and ‘P’ for ‘pledge for women’s safety, security and gender sensitisation’.”The RSS-affiliated students’ union’s presidential candidate for the polls, Ankiv Basoya, said the ABVP-led DUSU was committed to spending more than 50 per cent of its budget on women and social justice related activities.He added that if elected to power, they would pay special attention to sports-related activities.Basoya also mentioned issues like remedial classes for SC, ST, OBC and economically backward students, a 24×7 reading room on the university campus and one-course-one-fee for all the post-graduate courses.He also batted for internship opportunities for students in different ministries and government institutions.ABVP candidate for the post of joint secretary Jyoti Chaudhary talked about her commitment to make the campus safe for women. She also assured that sanitary napkin vending machines will be installed in all the DU colleges.ABVP state secretary Bharat Khatana said they had prepared a “student-centric” manifesto.advertisementThe ABVP said they would be releasing a separate “sports manifesto” in the next couple of days. PTI SLB RClast_img read more

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Mou: Man Utd medics said Herrera was 100% fit!

first_imgManchester United ‘They told me he was 100 per cent’ – Mourinho questions medical staff after Herrera injury Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:54 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The Spain international was an early casualty against Sevilla, and his boss was annoyed having apparently been given guarantees over his fitness Jose Mourinho openly questioned the conclusions of his medical staff after midfielder Ander Herrera was forced off with a “bad injury” despite apparently being deemed “100 per cent ready”.Herrera had missed several weeks of action ahead of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla with a muscular problem, before being thrown straight into the action at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The Spain international lasted just 17 minutes before appearing to suffer a recurrence of the issue and Mourinho was quick to point the finger at his medical team for saying Herrera was match fit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think it is a bad injury,” said the United boss. “He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. We didn’t play him to give him more work and protection, but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.”The medical department gave him fully fit on Saturday. He trained Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and he looked fit.”The way he was playing during the time on the pitch he showed that intensity that is only possible when fit, when you feel fit.”He was pressing a lot, pressing really high. We started game by not giving one inch to [Ever] Banega, pressing really high and Ander was one of them, Scott [McTominay] the other, and you only do that when you feel good.”Then there was the back-heel and that causes a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have to prove that he was not 100 per cent fit.”Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was upbeat at full-time, praising the character and performance of his side, though he was left ruing their wasteful finishing.”We had 10 shots on target and 10 corners in the first half,” he said. “We were superior on the pitch, but football is like this.”Not conceding at this stage is crucial. Now we need to score at Old Trafford and I am confident we will.@VMontella: “It has been an incredible night that could have been even better”https://t.co/ZghTBQNWsM#vamosmisevilla #UCL #ThisIsSevilla pic.twitter.com/an6CQw6N2S— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018″I am proud because the team has shown both quality and character. We had to win, and because of this, we are disappointed for the fans that have been incredible tonight.”It has been a great night that could have been even better, but it’s all to play for now.”last_img read more

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Brazil president standing by Neymar amid rape allegations

first_imgBrazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has offered his support to Neymar as the Paris Saint-Germain forward faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that the player strenuously denies.Sao Paulo police recently confirmed to Goal that there has been a complaint made against the player from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris.The police would not discuss details of the ongoing case, which was filed by a woman on May 31. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the accusations and claim statements made to authorities are being kept confidential.Neymar’s camp maintains the 27-year-old’s innocence, stating that he was the target of a blackmail attempt.In addition, the player’s father believes WhatsApp messages sent to his son’s phone from the alleged victim will be used to help clear his name.Bolsonaro, a controversial figure, has also positioned himself on the side of Neymar, stating that he hopes to embrace the Selecao striker on Wednesday evening and offer his support.“I hope to give Neymar a hug before the match,” Bolsonaro said at a farmers’ event in Goais state, not far from where Brazil will face Qatar in a pre-Copa America friendly on Wednesday. “He’s a boy. He’s in a difficult moment but I believe him.”The president also singled out one of Brazil’s most popular news outlets, Folha de S.Paulo, for their coverage of the allegations levelled at Neymar, accusing the publication of reaching conclusions before knowing all of the facts involved.“You [Folha de S.Paulo reporter] are judging Neymar, Folha de S.Paulo is already judging Neymar as it has always judged me all this time. The woman crosses the continent, many things happen and then she came back to Brazil.“Tonight we are all together to score two goals at the Mane Garrincha [Stadium].”Neymar himself spoke ahead of the match, thanking fans for their support ahead of what he described as potentially the most difficult match of his life.“I just want to thank God, my family, my friends and all those who sent positive messages so that I could stay balanced and focused,” he wrote on Instagram. “I never felt so loved by you all, thank you. “Today I have one of the most difficult matches of my career, if not the most (given the circumstances). ‘The joy of the lord is our strength’.”Brazil’s national team set-up will be keen to move on from the allegations quickly with the Copa America starting next week.The former Barcelona star is part of a Brazil team that will be hoping to triumph in a tournament they have failed to even reach the semi-finals for since 2007, which they won under Dunga.last_img read more

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Major Update On Justin Fields’ Potential Eligibility At Ohio State In 2019

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Ohio State will be without the services of star quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the 2019 season and beyond after he announced he’s entering the NFL draft. No worry for Buckeyes fans though, as the team landed former five-star quarterback recruit Justin Fields over the weekend.Fields transferred from Georgia after sitting behind starter Jake Fromm for the 2018 season. Fromm will likely hold down the starting spot again in 2019, so Fields took the opportunity to transfer to Ohio State – though a starting spot isn’t guaranteed with Tate Martell in competition.First things first, Fields is seeking immediate eligibility at Ohio State, despite transferring this year. Fields’ attorney, Tom Mars – who helped Shea Patterson gain eligibility at Michigan – expects to know whether or not Fields will be eligible by February, per the Toledo Blade.“Unlike the situation with the Ole Miss transfers, the process of obtaining a waiver for Justin isn’t going to drag on for months,” Mars told The Blade, adding he believes a decision by the NCAA will be made by February.It will be an interesting month for Ohio State fans awaiting the decision. If Fields is eligible, he’ll enter a battle with Tate Martell to earn the starting quarterback job.last_img read more

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At this years Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival three shows will change how

first_imgAdvertisement Moyra Davey, Of Jane (detail), 2014, 38 C-prints, tape, postage, ink; in seven groupings. Collection Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien [mumok], Vienna The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has always been about more than pretty pictures.The largest festival of its kind in the world, CONTACT puts on display ground-breaking and thought-provoking work by more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists, showing in more than 200 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Featuring both established and emerging artists, the festival allows viewers to see the world through many different lenses.The 23rd edition will be on display in major art institutions, in galleries, on billboards and even across the sides of buildings, bringing inspiring, relevant and memorable work to the city between May 1 and May 31. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here are three headlining exhibitions everyone must see at this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra DaveyPutting together the career-spanning exhibition and Steidl book publication that come with winning the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award has helped artist Moyra Davey see her own work in a new light. “You notice things you wouldn’t have noticed, when you do a show like this, when you juxtapose works that were made at different times of your career,” says Davey. Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Peace Holdings Inc releases Findings Report on senior housing in Fort St

first_imgThe Report also says that within that population increase, the senior population in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 124 percent.Peace Holdings says our area is facing housing challenges when it comes to senior housing and this is an issue that the Government should be focusing on.“The Fort St. John area is facing housing challenges in that it has an aging stock and limited options that can accommodate seniors’ evolving needs. This is certainly a hot button topic in other Northern B.C. communities and beyond, as housing affordability continues to be a hurdle faced by many. The aging population in Fort St. John presents a particular challenge, in that the issue of affordability is compounded with the unique needs of the aging population.”According to a recent report from Save Our Northern Seniors, it says there are 346 people living in Senior Housing, with 256 currently on the waitlist.In order to face this issue, Peace Holdings is in the process of designing a community in Fort St. John that is specifically designed for seniors.Through a series of open houses, Peace Holdings had the opportunity to listen to concerns from members of the public on what they feel is important when it comes to the need in senior housing. Assisted and supportive living was found to be the most important need that should be included in future planning.Source Peace Holdings Inc.Peace Holdings says they will continue to engage community members, and work with stakeholders and the Government in order to ensure we are changing and adapting as needed throughout the process.For more information on this Report and senior housing in Fort St. John, you can contact Peace Holdings at 778-580-7122 or by email info@peaceenterprises.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Holdings Inc. has released its Findings Report on Senior Housing in Fort St. John.Within the Findings Report, it focuses on the need, the opportunities, and the concept for senior housing.According to the Report, seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the area. They say the population of people in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 47 percent, from 34,513 to 50,893 by the year 2041.last_img read more

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Transport department to ply AC trams between Nonapukur and Shyambazar

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has decided to ply AC trams between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala on a regular basis shortly.The department has already introduced two AC trams with modern facilities in the city, which are currently used as joyrides. The initiative aims to promote tourism and revive the 130-year-old tram system in the city. Local residents will be happy to see the new avatar of trams once they hit the streets. AC buses, introduced by the state transport department, are also hit with the commuters. The introduction of AC trams will give a boost to the transport system in the state. “People, who commute by trams on a regular basis, will be extremely happy on the introduction of AC trams on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route,” a senior official of the transport department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are plans to introduce a few more AC trams on certain routes. Some new AC trams will also be built at Nonapukur workshop of the state transport department. The department is also trying to enhance the speed of trams, said a source. The AC trams would ply at a stretch of 8.44 km between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala. The trial run of these trams has already been conducted on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route. Altogether, there would be six trips on the route and there are around 24 seats in each tram. According to a source, the fare of AC trams has been fixed at Rs 20 upto 5 km and Rs 25 if the distance exceeds 5 km. About 40 to 45 trams are being run by the Transport department on various routes in the city. A month ago, the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari launched the two AC trams. The trams have been built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh each. The exterior of the trams was built at the Nonapukur workshop. The trams are fitted with 5.5-tonne ACs each.last_img read more

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Moroccan Committee Warns that Google and Facebook Sell Moroccans Data

Taroudant – The National Committee for Monitoring the Protection of Personal Data (CNDP) warned Moroccan Internet users that social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are tricking people into giving up their personal data.The CNDP called on Moroccans to be careful with the data they share online, which may be sold to “third parties for spying purposes.”Said Ihray, the Chairman of the National Committee, warned that “personal data have become a treasure for organizations that are active in the field of telecommunications, banks and insurance companies, which gain huge profits by selling people’s info to media agencies and intelligence services throughout the world.” During the seminar organized by the CNDP on Saturday under the title “The Role Of Civil Society in the Protection of Privacy and Personal Data,” Ihray said that Morocco must establish a private legal framework for the protection of personal data and give citizens the “right” to protect their personal data.Last year, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., said that many of his biggest competitors, like Facebook and Google, are selling users’ personal data.While he didn’t explicitly name of any of Apple’s competitors, Cook said, “Some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information.”Cook alleged that these companies store all possible information about Internet users and attempt to monetize the data.According to Business Insider, citing a report by Dell SecureWorks, personal information is sold on the “dark web” for sums that vary from $12 for a single U.S. credit card with track data to bank credentials that may sell for $1,000. read more

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Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor but wires arent erased to

TOKYO – At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.The effort with “4K” technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel.Experts say the chemical reactions used to make old movies stored far greater detail than was visible with the limited projection technology of the era, as well as with subsequent digital updates.If all the hidden information of a reel-to-reel is ever brought out, quality would approximate 8K, they say.Only one minute from the original film and from each of the sequels has been turned into 4K so far but the results are stunning enough.Faded, blurry, yellowing footage of the radiation-breathing creature that emerged from the Pacific after atomic-bomb testing turns sharp, clear and vivid. It almost looks like state-of-the-art animation.It’s better than the original, said Toshifumi Shimizu of Tokyo Laboratory Co., the studio that undertook the painstaking effort.“You can feel the impact of the bodies banging into each other under the suits,” he said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.He said many scenes are more real and emotionally moving than what is achieved by today’s computer-graphics manipulation, widespread in Hollywood blockbusters.The details of the cityscape models, the bumpy skin of Godzilla and the metallic shine of the robots are revealed as they once were.The craftsmen at the lab made a point to keep visible the wires from which the flying monsters hung. The goal was to stay true to the intention of the original.In turning Godzilla films into 4K, each frame of the reel-to-reel is scanned by a special machine. Each frame is then examined for blotches and other damage that has crept in over the last 60 years. Any problems with a frame are fixed on a computer, one by one, by a film-processing specialist.Shoko Ideriha, one of the specialists, said the team pieced together the best segments, working with the only three copies left of the 1954 Godzilla. She compared fixing film to being a doctor treating a patient.The big catch is that 4K, also known as ultra-high definition, or Ultra HD, can’t be seen in most homes or theatres yet.For one, you would need a 4K TV, which is not cheap. Sony’s 85-inch model sells for $25,000, although prices are gradually coming down overall.More crucial still, 4K broadcasting is virtually non-existent. In Japan, it’s available only in limited test programming.But believers swear that it will become the standard of the not-so-distant future. Other movie classics, such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gone With the Wind,” have turned 4K.What 4K promises for movie classics is astounding, said Takashi Sawa, of Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Corp., which aired all 28 Toho Godzilla classics for the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s birth, which fell this year and marked the debut of Gareth Edwards’ Hollywood Godzilla.Nihon Eiga also aired a special program on the 4K Godzilla project on its cable network, which broadcasts to 7.5 million households in Japan.Restoring movie classics into 4K might do wonders for the chicken-and-egg dilemma for new technology, which generally won’t take off until there is content people want to watch.“TV drama shows shot in digital cannot be restored as 4K,” he said. “But Godzilla can become 4K.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2014 3:41 am MDT Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor, but wires aren’t erased to stay true to original read more

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Aluminium market to start recovery in second half of 2010 – The

first_imgChina dominates the global aluminium industry accounting for one third of both world production and world consumption of primary aluminium, according to analysis group Roskill Information Services’ The Economics of Aluminium (9th Edition 2009) publication. The report shows that while China is self sufficient in aluminium metal and approaching self sufficiency in alumina, dependence on imported bauxite remains high despite rising output. However, power supply issues and high costs of production could result in declining production in the longer term and the possibility that China will become a net importer of primary aluminium. Russia, Canada, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Norway and India are the principal producing countries after China. These countries, together, account for about three quarters of world output of primary aluminium. Although some 200 smelters, half of which are in China, produce primary aluminium, 14 companies operating about 100 plants controlled over 60% of output in 2007.The report states that “world aluminium output rose by between 0.15 and 12.2%/y between 1994 and 2008, averaging 5%/y. Growth averaged around 7%/y after 2001 mainly due to explosive expansion in production in China. Output began to contract in the second half of 2008 and this accelerated in 2009, meaning that world aluminium production is likely to decline for the first time in fifteen years and by as much as 5%.“In 2009, almost fifty aluminium smelter projects, with a total capacity of 20 Mt/y, were at various stages of development, but only 10, with a total capacity of 2.8 Mt/y, were already under construction. For most of these projects, no decision with regard to timing had been finalised and the timetables of the others are under review. At the same time, most of the major producers are idling high cost and inefficient capacity in response to low demand and prices. The earliest major project to come online will probably be Qatalum in Qatar, which is likely to be a very low cost producer. During 2008, a new 300,000 t/y smelter started operations in Oman and UC Rusal restarted output in Nigeria.“Reported production (which excludes as much as 2 Mt in China) of refined secondary aluminium and aluminium alloy amounted to about 8.8 Mt/y in 2007, mainly in the USA, Japan, Germany and Italy. A further 3 to 3.5 Mt/y of secondary aluminium is recovered directly into end-uses. US-based Aleris International, owned by Texas Pacific and, formed in 2004 by the merger of IMCO Recycling and Commonwealth Industries, is probably the world’s largest aluminium recycling company. Novelis, which acquired Alcan’s secondary facilities in the USA, and Hydro Aluminium North America are [also] major aluminium recyclers.”Roskill’s report shows that between 1998 and 2007, world primary aluminium consumption grew by a year-on-year average of 5.6% to reach 37.2 Mt. After a fall of 5.3% in 2001, aluminium consumption increased by an average of 7.8%/y up to 2007, largely driven by Chinese consumption, which increased by an average of 23.7%/y over the same period. Chinese aluminium consumption is, by a sizeable margin, the largest in the world, having overtaken the USA in 2004. Japan is the third largest consuming country.Total use of aluminium including all forms of secondary metal, amounted to about 51 Mt/y in 2007, and the report sees little change coming from 2008 figures. Consumption was divided regionally into about 44% in Asia and 27% each in Europe and the Americas, while the major markets for aluminium were transportation (14% of demand), construction (11%) and packaging (6%).The Chinese market (almost 30% of the world total in 2007 and 2008) expanded by about 27% in 2007; Antaike estimates that it increased by about 8% in 2008 and will increase by 3% in 2009. Roskill’s report predicts that “in Europe, North America and Japan, demand will almost certainly fall in 2009 and will either level out or show minimal growth in 2010. The market will start to recover in the second half of 2010, and global growth of 4 to 5%, led by China, is likely in 2011. Average growth in the global aluminium market to 2013 will probably be about 2.6%/y resulting in total demand of about 58 Mt.”The LME monthly average cash price for high grade aluminium fell from a record high of $3,070/t in July 2008 to $1,329/t in February as LME stocks increased from 1.1 Mt to 3.2 Mt. There were signs that prices had bottomed out in March/April 2009, and had stabilised in a range between $1,400 and $1,500/t. The report comments that “lower production and the end of ‘destocking’ is expected to stop or reverse the increase in inventories and push prices up to between $1,500 and $1,700/t by September or October 2009, and they may reach $1,800 t by year-end. In 2009, aluminium prices will probably average $1,400 to $1,450/t. The large stocks are expected to overhang the market until the slide in global demand is reversed, which most analysts expect to happen in early 2010.”In the early and mid 2000s, cash production costs for primary aluminium rose steeply to a global average of almost $2,000/t, mainly because of increased alumina and power costs. Alumina prices have fallen with those of aluminium, but power costs remain high, and prices in early 2009 were less than the costs of many producers.Electrical power and alumina are the most costly inputs in the production of primary aluminium. “A secure, low cost and proximal supply of power is a more important factor than either nearby raw materials or markets, when deciding on a location for an aluminium smelter. The presence of large smelters in Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, South Africa, Mozambique and Iceland is evidence of this. Countries such as Canada and Norway take advantage of both plentiful hydroelectricity and nearby markets. New smelters are under construction in Abu Dhabi and Qatar to take advantage of gas resources.”More information on The Economics of Aluminium (9th Edition 2009) can be found at www.roskill.com/reports/aluminiumlast_img read more

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Nikola Karabatic given 6 matches ban Karabatic will appeal the ban

← Previous Story Gyor wants new right back – Dalby or Bulatovic? Next Story → Enid Tahirovic: “I refused PSG” gajichonrubiakarabaticLNHprosttej The betting scandal that shook French scandal is having its final epilogue. Nikola Karabatic has been given the maximum suspension the regulations allow. That means he will be sidelined for 6 matches if the suspension is confirmed, in case the announced appeal of the suspension does not go through for Karabatic and his club Aix. He can continue playing as long as the appeal is underway.Six games suspension was also given to Mladen Bojinovic, Dragan Gajic, Samuel Honrubia,  Luka Karabatic, Primoz Prost and Issam Tej, all found guilty of “behaviour which does not conform with the principles and rules of handball and a manifest infringement of the values held by the LNH”. read more

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VIDEO PSG Handballs victory over Dunkerque

← Previous Story Chekhovski Medvedi wins Russian Super Cup Next Story → IHF SUPER GLOBE 2014: Barca and Flensburg win the groups! DunkerquePSG Handballtrophee des champions PSG Handball won the 2014 edition of the Trophee des Champions in France with a relatively easy victory over the reigning league champion – Dunkerque. The most important and best moments in the game can be seen in this short video compiled by PSG handball. Enjoy!

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100 new jobs announced for Alltech in Dunboyne

first_imgONE HUNDRED NEW jobs have been announced for Dunboyne.The 100 jobs are being created at Alltech’s European headquarters in Dunboyne, doubling its workforce. The company develops and manufactures natural feed supplements for the agricultural sector.The news was welcomed by Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, who described it as “a great vote of confidence in the local workforce”.This facility in Dunboyne has gone from strength to strength since it first opened. Specifically, the newly expanded Bioscience Centre has trebled the capacity of the facility.She explained that as the centre for Alltech’s European operations, the new facility will play a major role in research, marketing and quality control.“The company has invested more than €10 million in this expanded venture, which illustrates its commitment to this Dunboyne location,” said Doherty, who added that she hopes the new jobs will have a positive knock on impact on other businesses in Dunboyne.Read: Consulting engineering practice creates 25 new jobs>last_img read more

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This Greek town marks the start of Lent with a flour war

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Monday residents and visitors of Galaxidi marked the end of the carnival season and the start of the Lenten fast with a ‘flour war’. The seaside town, located 200 kilometres west of Athens, came alive with participants running wild and showering one another with bags of brightly dyed flour. The event takes place for a few hours annually every Clean Monday along the coastal road that lines the town’s old harbour, attracting visitors from across Greece and abroad. Traditionally it kicks off with the ringing of cow bells, giving participants the go ahead to commence the parade and try to cover one another in as much flour as possible.To protect themselves and their homes, locals cover buildings in plastic sheeting and also wear plastic suits and goggles. Meanwhile those who wish to partake purely as spectators observe the shenanigans from afar, across the village quay. While an initiation of the Orthodox Christian holiday of Clean Monday, the ‘flour war’ also marks the end of carnival season, referred to as apokries, which dates back to Greece’s pre-Christian era.last_img read more

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CamasWashougal Fire Department lifts recreational burn ban

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Fire Department has lifted the recreational burn ban put in place for its coverage area several months ago.The ban was lifted Thursday morning, the fire department said in a news release. The rural Clark County fire department issued the ban in late July due to the region’s protracted heat wave. At the time, it was joining the rest of the county fire departments, which had already imposed restrictions on recreational fires.It’s been an exceptionally hot summer in the area. Vancouver broke its all-time record for the most 90-degree days in one year last month. On Aug. 21, the city recorded a high of 94 degrees, making it the 28th day of 90 degrees or higher in 2018. The next day, the high was 90.Things have cooled down. Forecasters say there are chances of rain through Sunday night. The week’s high temperatures are in the upper 60s, with nighttime lows dipping down to nearly 50 degrees.And the colder weather is creating patchy fog at night and in the mornings.The National Weather Service issued a short-term forecast early Thursday, warning residents that fog was developing across the Portland-Vancouver area.last_img read more