United Kingdom Launches New Visas Open to Indian Scientists, Academics

first_imgThe UK has launched new visas that will be open to overseas scientists and researchers, including Indians, to encourage the growth of the country’s research sector.The new UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme, which is being added to the already existing Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa route, opened from yesterday for researchers, scientists and academics from outside the European Union (EU) to come to the UK for up to two years.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

Julius Randle takes charge as Pelicans beat Bulls without Davis

first_img“Selfishly, I would love to be by him every day like I have been this year,” fellow Chicago product Jahlil Okafor said. “At the end of the day I want him to be happy. If I’m being selfish, of course I’m going to say I want you to be my teammate.”Jrue Holiday insisted it won’t be awkward if Davis isn’t dealt.“Still a professional, still love having him around,” Holiday said. “Again, he’s like a brother to all of us. Having him here would be a joy.”Randle scored 19 in a blistering fourth quarter and finished six points shy of his season high.He hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and shot 10 of 18 overall, helping the Pelicans pick up the win after losing six of seven.ADVERTISEMENT Qatar Asian Cup victory to ‘deepen’ Gulf tensions—analysts LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations UP NEXTPelicans: Host Minnesota on Friday.Bulls: Visit Brooklyn on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Holiday and Cheick Diallo each scored 18, and Chicago product Jahlil Okafor finished with 13 points.The Bulls agreed to trade Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to Washington for Otto Porter Jr. shortly before tipoff. Then, they lost for the 16th time in 18 games.“Everybody’s gotta step up,” Lauri Markkanen said. “I thought the guys that played, they played well. We just adjust. Change is always tough, but next man up. It’s not the first time. I can’t say too much about it.”Markkanen led Chicago with 30 points and 10 rebounds. He tied a season high by nailing 5 of 10 3’s.Zach LaVine scored 28, and Kris Dunn added 18 points and eight assists.“We’ve got to do the little things,” Dunn said. “The little things help us win games, get over the hump, and that’s what we have to do. There’s some great fans. The journey we’ve been going through, it’s a roller-coaster ride, and they keep showing up to the building. We definitely appreciate that.”Randle hit two 3-pointers in a span of just over a minute in the fourth quarter to make it 113-100 with 4:05 left. LaVine drove for a dunk to cut it to 123-118 with 10.9 seconds remaining, but Randle then hit two free throws to make it a seven-point game.TIP-INSPelicans: F Nikola Mirotic (strained right calf) missed his seventh consecutive game. He has not played in Chicago since the Bulls traded him to New Orleans last February. … With Randle leading the way, New Orleans’ reserves outscored Chicago’s 63-27.Bulls: G Denzel Valentine, who had season-ending surgery on his left ankle in November, said he is able to do some resistance work. … Chicago scored 65 in its second-highest scoring first half of the season. … Porter, Parker and Portis will see their former teams when the Wizards visit the Bulls on Saturday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) looks to pass the ball as Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32), guard Shaquille Harrison (3) and center Robin Lopez (42) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Chicago. The Pelicans won 125-120. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — Anthony Davis watched near the end of the bench, looking sharp in a maroon sport coat as he waited to see if the New Orleans Pelicans would grant his wish.The All-Star forward wants to be traded. The Pelicans didn’t need him to beat the struggling Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Julius Randle scored 31 points to lead New Orleans to a 125-120 victory on Wednesday night.Davis was healthy enough to return from a sprained left index finger that has sidelined him since Jan. 18. But the Pelicans opted to hold him out with Thursday’s trade deadline approaching.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe six-time All-Star has made it known he wants out of New Orleans. He was even fined $50,000 by the NBA after his agent went public with that request.Davis’ teammates would hate to see him go. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Anil Kumble’s fighting spirit will rub off on Indian players: Glenn McGrath

first_imgAnil Kumble seems to have started off his head coach assignment on a positive note. After trumping the likes of Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody to grab the coveted post, the legendary leg-spinner has come up with an impressive opening spell.Kumble, who had overseen the preparatory camp for India’s Test players ahead of the West Indies tour, came up with some interesting concepts including the ‘Drum Circle’ bonding session. Apart from getting his hands dirty with the team during the training sessions, Kumble focussed on team bonding activities ahead of the 46-day tour of the Caribbean. (Also read: Love Virat Kohli’s aggression, says Anil Kumble) Not surprisingly, Kumble has won a lot of admirers in his first few weeks. Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath also feels Indian cricket is in the right hands after Kumble took over as coach. (Also Read: Dhoni’s message to Team India – Have fun in life, you will be successful)’A FIGHTER’ McGrath also believes Kumble’s fighting qualities will help the young Indian side. Kumble, India’s most successful bowler, was known for his never-say-die attitude during his hey days. The Karnataka bowler put his hands up whenever the team was in trouble and his spell against the West Indies in 2002 with a broken jaw stands testimony to his fighting spirit. (Also read: Kohli thrilled with Shami in the ranks for West Indies tour) “He has been a fighter. Though I haven’t seen him as a coach, I feel he will approach coaching with the same attitude. You have to be a good man-manager to deal with the board as well as the players. I am sure he will do a good job,” McGrath told The Asian Age.advertisement”I think Indian cricket is in good hands now,” the Australian pacer, who is at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, said.Kumble revealed he was no different from Indian skipper Virat Kohli when it comes to playing with undying aggression. The coach said he would be last person to curb the natural qualities of a player, while interacting with the media in the pre-departure press conference in Bengaluru.With India leaving for the West Indies on Wednesday, Kumble said the focus would be on fighting hard during the four-Test series.’BOWLERS WILL SHINE’ McGrath feels the Indian bowlers will impress in the West Indies, where the tracks have assisted spinners in the recent past.”The wickets in the Caribbean are a little different from what they used to be. They are more like Indian pitches. So the Indians should know how to bowl there. However, the West Indies could still surprise the tourists by producing strips with a bit of life in them,” he said.last_img read more

NBA 2019-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NBA coaches will have a chance to get calls overturned as the league implemented a coach’s challenge on a one-year trial basis. Each team is allowed one per game and can challenge either a foul called on its own team, the call of an out-of-bounds violation, or a goaltending or basket interference violation.WINNING WARRIORSGolden State’s NBA Finals streak is the second-longest in NBA history, behind only the 10 straight trips by the Boston Celtics from 1957-66. The Warriors’ hopes of extending it could depend largely on the play of guard D’Angelo Russell, an All-Star last season in Brooklyn who was acquired when Durant went to the Nets.HAPPY (OR UNHAPPY) RETURNSAmong the games of note in which a player will be returning to his former home:Nov. 7 — Kemba Walker (Boston) to Charlotte.Nov. 15 — Mike Conley (Utah) to Memphis.Nov. 27 — Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn) to Boston, Davis to New Orleans.Dec. 11 — Leonard to Toronto.Jan. 9 — Westbrook to Oklahoma City. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James congratulates forward Anthony Davis during a timeout in the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)For five years the NBA Finals have returned to the same spot, the longest run ever in one Western Conference location.LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to bring them back to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man So do Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.With the Warriors weakened and powerhouse pairs popping up all over the place, the 2019-20 NBA season, unlike many in recent years, is a suspense story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBoth L.A. teams will try to give it a Hollywood ending.When a whirlwind of player movement was finished, the real winner, as James noted, was Staples Center, which is now home to two title contenders in the Lakers (the way it used to be) and Clippers (the way it’s never been.) Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics March 28 — Marc Gasol (Toronto) to Memphis.WHO WINS?The Clippers have never even played in a conference finals, but they’re the favorites of both oddsmakers and NBA general managers. With Leonard and George on the wings, a potent bench and one of the league’s best coaches in Doc Rivers, it’s easy to see why.“It’s not about what people think or what they picked, it’s about the work we do and what our mindset is going to be,” Leonard said. “If we don’t want to win then we’re not going to win. If we want to, then we have a big chance to win.” Pelicans’ Zion Williamson out 6-8 weeks after knee scope “I agree with what Bron said,” George said. “The Staples Center is where you want to be with the team we got and with the team they have.”The finals’ Western Conference headquarters had moved north in recent years, with Golden State building a dynasty in the Bay Area. But Kevin Durant is gone, Klay Thompson is injured, and even Stephen Curry’s sharpest shooting might not be able to keep the run going.It wasn’t good enough last season, when Durant and Thompson were hurt in the finals and Leonard led Toronto to its first championship.Leonard then joined fellow Southern California native George with the Clippers, who have never even gotten out of the second round but are now considered title favorites. Davis was traded to the Lakers, who loaded up quickly after flopping in James’ first season.Those teams meet Tuesday on opening night, when the regular season gets started after a turbulent preseason overshadowed by tension between the NBA and China . The Raptors get their rings in the first game before facing New Orleans, whose heavily hyped rookie Zion Williamson injured his knee late during exhibition play.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Toronto lost two starters to Los Angeles, with Danny Green signing with the Lakers. That could open the door for MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, or the Philadelphia 76ers to seize the East title.The wide-openness of the league this season is a far cry from recent years, when travel plans to the Bay Area in June could be assumed months in advance, or when James’ teams in the East went to eight straight NBA Finals.“You can’t call who the NBA champion is,” Hall of Fame player and TNT analyst Reggie Miller said. “Before you would have three, four teams that were deadlocked. You know they’re going to be there. This year, given no injuries, a team getting hot, chemistry obviously issues, there’s a lot of teams that can go for it. But the Lakers and Clippers being headliners.”They’re hardly alone among the contenders out West. Denver, Portland and Utah all figure to be tough. And don’t count out the Warriors, who’d like their new Chase Center in San Francisco to be the same spring destination that the Oracle Center in Oakland was.This season, that will be harder than ever.“The West is stacked all the way up and down,” Curry said.Some other things to know about the NBA season:REVVED-UP ROCKETSHouston acquired Russell Westbrook to join James Harden, putting two recent MVPs in the same backcourt. Westbrook’s next triple-double will be his 139th and break a tie with Magic Johnson for second on the career list, while Harden will be aiming for a third straight scoring title after averaging 36.1 points last season.COACH’S CHALLENGE This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

David Haye has one last chance to win back fans against Tony Bellew

first_img Since you’re here… Deontay Wilder and his team have put $50m on the table to fight Anthony Joshua. Photograph: Butch Dill/AP Nevertheless, a trawl of social media reveals a lot of fans are sick and tired of Haye. Most of them have forgotten the good nights, the performances that thrilled, the crashing overhand rights that rendered opponents senseless and bewildered.Probably Haye’s last impressive display was stopping Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in five rounds. That was nearly six years ago. He said in his pomp he would retire on his 31st birthday. If fighters share a vice it is staying too long at the party. On Saturday night we’ll see if Haye has anything left to celebrate or is prepared finally to wander into the night.Wilder and WilderThe dance has begun. But the tango boxing wants more than any other, the one that makes most sense and most cents – Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder – remains mired in online noise and baby-level exchanges across the ditch.The latest wheeze is that the American heavyweight who cannot fill a 19,000-seater in Brooklyn has gone straight to his British cash cow, bypassing Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, and put $50m on the table.Joshua – whose last three title defences have drawn more than a quarter of a million punters to Wembley and Cardiff – turns to Hearn, lifts an eyebrow, and the Matchroom boss says: “Leave it AJ, they’re not serious.”So the contest is still in round one: much positioning, the odd jab, nobody risking a big shot. It is like David Haye v Audley Harrison on a never-ending loop. Hearn is in New York pushing his middleweight Daniel Jacobs but reported that Wilder’s people failed to show for scheduled talks. Now he gets one more chance. He has stretched the patience of paying customers and opponents to the limit. At the 02 Arena in London on Saturday night – a few miles from where he grew up – Haye and Bellew go at it again.The Liverpudlian, a couple of years younger, will start a slight favourite, and that will suit Haye, who enjoys the added incentive of proving everyone wrong. He promises: “I’ve got something up my sleeve for Bellew.”He has been uncharacteristically quiet in the build-up this time, almost Zen-like in soaking up Bellew’s barbs. It is as if he is trying to con him into a sense of complacency. That probably will not happen, because he has annoyed Bellew to distraction in the past.Bellew (who has already starred in his own movie) is winning the battle for the gallery. On Twitter at the weekend he summed up the fighter’s code: “This time next week I’ll be punching someone in the face and be getting punched right back in the face! I’m actually excited at the thought of this! suppose what ever floats ya boat eh.” In that, at least, they have something in common. Haye loves a tear-up. Read more Hearn, of course, is loving his name for one of Wilder’s representatives, Shelly Finkel: Shirley Winkle. Lou Di Bella, another of the American’s financial advisers, lashes out from his cot that this is just plain dumb. Meanwhile there is snarling in the cheap seats. Fans want some action.They are sucked into the ritual, believing nothing and everything, so long as the day of the big collision is drawn closer. They will complain that they cannot stand Hearn, or think that Wilder is dodging Joshua, or that no way can Deontay come up with the bucks he is said to have dangled in front of his rival.The only way to cope with the anxiety of such nonsense is to let it run out of steam. Sooner or later Hearn, perhaps with a nudge from his father, will corner the Americans in a hotel room somewhere and thrash out a deal that will make all of them millions they cannot afford to ignore.The problem is not the fighters. They want to get it on. And, understandably, they want to maximise their earnings. But their promoters, managers and lawyers, meanwhile, do not want any spare change leaking to the other side. And that, without exception, is always the story behind the story. Share via Email Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on Pinterest comment Share on Twitter Facebook David Haye Topics Tony Bellew David Haye was once the most exciting heavyweight in the world. He was fast, powerful and smart in the ring, punching considerably above his weight, loud and controversial outside it, a charismatic magnet of controversy.Yet for all that he has achieved – world titles at cruiser and heavyweight and as much celebrity and money as any good-looking working-class south London boy could have asked for – there is little doubt that, at 37, he has fallen short of what he could have achieved in an era of flux.When the Hayemaker finally goaded his way into a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, pulling off a masterpiece of aggressive marketing, he stubbed his toe. A string of injuries banjaxed two fights against Tyson Fury. His achilles gave up on him in the ring against Tony Bellew just over a year ago and he fell down some stairs on the eve of their scheduled rematch just before Christmas. Boxing Share on Messenger Sportblog Reuse this content Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Katie Taylor takes first step towards being the one and only champion Anthony Joshua Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

The Ultimate Supercross Experience Includes a Riding Lesson from Ricky Carmichael

first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 1 of 39 On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Previous Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Next center_img There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Editors’ Recommendations For as long as I can remember, I’ve associated January with a distinctive male voice heard on the radio and television. As my mother drove me to school or during my father’s evening ritual of TV zone-out, a guttural tone — achieved only, I imagine, by speaking with a mouthful of rocks — would instantly grab our attention: “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday,” it would grunt. “Supercross is back at Anaheim 1 with the fastest riders, the biggest jumps, and the best action of the year.”To a Southern California kid, this voice was prophetic. “I need to go see this Supercross stuff,” I’d decide. Alas, my parents lacked sufficient interest in extreme sports to heed my entreaties to go. Instead, they preferred to take me to Europe (the nerve). And so, time marched on. The mystique of Supercross held my attention for a while, but eventually, I too lost interest.Then something remarkable happened: I attended a race.Miles Branman/The ManualAnaheim 1 is both the kickoff to the Supercross season and arguably the most exciting stop on the sport’s U.S. tour. Around 45,000 fans pile into a transformed Angel Stadium to watch the most talented 250cc and 450cc dirt bike riders duke it out. Each year, the course layout changes, assuring new thrills for fans and new challenges for riders. It’s fitting this is the stage —  right in my own backyard — for my first Supercross experience.My itinerary for the event is a bit unusual. True to the iconic announcer’s message, race day is Sunday, but I’m here on a Saturday. Why? Seven-time AMA Supercross champion and five-time AMA Motocross champion, Ricky Carmichael, has agreed to teach a few members of the media how to ride dirt bikes. Not only am I attending the best event of the season; I’m learning to ride from the nicknamed GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). Following the 250SX main event, where Shane McElrath notched his second consecutive win at the Anaheim opener, our small media contingent walks down to field level and on towards the center of the track. Here, a small stage sits in the shadow of the start/finish jump. This VIP trackside suite offers an entirely unique — and infinitely more impressive — view of the action.From this vantage point, I watch each 450SX rider shake out his pre-race jitters, say a quick prayer, or otherwise contain his nerves as he waits for the starting grid gate to descend. When the countdown hits zero, every bike digs into the metal grate (another change for 2018) and rockets towards the first corner. This is the main event and everyone wants the podium.Miles Branman/The ManualFor much of the race, it looks like Eli Tomac will pick up where he left off last season (where he finished just four points down on champ Ryan Dungey) with a victory at Anaheim, but a mistimed jump on the seventh lap bucks him off his bike as a dozen riders pass by. From here, it’s a battle between Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia, and Marvin Musquin.Musquin, following up a million-dollar victory in the Monster Energy Cup, secures the win at Anaheim, but it’s Ken Roczen who impresses me most. It’s been almost a year since his last competition, his arm isn’t fully healed, and he settled into 12th place after the first corner of the race, yet he manages a fourth-place finish.In a way, Roczen’s performance sums up my view on the sport of Supercross. I had completely ruled it out as worthy of my attention, but out of nowhere, it’s blown me away. You can be sure, the next time ol’ gravel-mouth heralds the start of the season, I’ll be ready for more. As I suit up in boots, pants, gloves, goggles, helmet, and jersey, I can’t help but notice the lack of padding in each rider’s uniform. Flying 20-feet off the ground or barreling into a corner surrounded by dozens of competing riders takes guts — even more so without protection. For a case study on what can happen when things go wrong, look at Ken Roczen, the Honda team rider who shattered his arm in a crash last season. In my case, the danger level is rather low. I am, after all, mostly concerned with staying upright.The man who needs no introduction offers a friendly welcome before diving into the basics of dirt bike riding. Carmichael shows us how to operate the bikes before sharing some critical tips for riding on dirt. Balance while cornering, judicious use of the front brake, and smooth throttle input are his emphasized takeaways. Following our riding demo, Carmichael and his helpers let us choose between standard-size 125cc dirt bikes and “pocket” 49cc motos.Given my decade of experience on street bikes, I choose the big boy ride. Sure enough, operating the gears and working the clutch is a cinch. Things get a bit trickier when negotiating corners. Years of riding on tarmac has me somewhat addicted to grip, however dirt bikes operate largely on a sliding scale of no grip to very little.Slowly, I allow the bike to slide more and more, gaining speed and confidence. At this point, Ricky motions for me to pull over. “Your front tire is washing out a bit. Try using more rear brake for better control mid-corner,” he instructs. Dutifully, I follow the legend’s commands, and sure enough, the bike’s rear kicks around nicely to tighten the corner.Thirty minutes later, the session ends. Good thing, too — I’m exhausted. Tomorrow, I’ll see how the pros manage, but for now, I’m feeling rather self-assured.It’s amazing how quickly your perspective can change when faced with overwhelming truth. Yesterday, I thought I had a good grasp of Supercross. Today, watching riders pass each other in mid-air and funnel from 22-wide to a single-file arrangement in corners, my confidence is crumbling.My view of the qualifiers, heats, and finals for 250SX and 450SX classes starts on the third level of Angel Stadium with a clear view of the entire field. From here, I can see battles for position all over the track. Riders are especially tenacious thanks to this year’s elimination of semi-finals racing, thereby refining the number of opportunities for each rider to make it to the main event. Also new this year is the introduction of Triple Crown events, where main event finishes at three venues over the course of the season (Anaheim 1 being the first) determine a victor (separate from the championship title).last_img read more

September 8 is International Literacy Day

first_img Jamaica will join other countries in celebrating this year’s 51st commemoration of International Literacy Day on Friday, September 8 under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’. Story Highlights Jamaica will join other countries in celebrating this year’s 51st commemoration of International Literacy Day on Friday, September 8 under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) promotes the day to underline the significance of literacy in the development and advancement of all nations globally.In keeping with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s mantra – ‘Every Child Can Learn, Every Child Must Learn’, schools are encouraged to use the day as a national initiative to promote reading and literacy across Jamaica.In a bulletin issued by the Ministry, it was noted that all six education regions will be hosting activities to celebrate the day.Regions one and six will jointly host an event with a national focus. This will be held at the Pembroke Hall Primary School auditorium in St. Andrew and will involve the participation of institutions from both regions.The keynote speaker will be Literacy Programme Coordinator in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. Clement Lambert. Other activities by the Ministry include exercises for which students are being encouraged to ‘wear-a-word’ and explore their meanings, synonyms, antonyms, and use them in sentences; students sharing stories and poems with each other from a book, tablet or any other technological device; and youngsters designing posters to raise awareness of literacy and its link to sustaining societies, and displaying these around the school or in their community.Meanwhile, parents, past students and community members are encouraged to visit schools to read to students from their favourite books.Additionally, teachers are urged to assist students in developing an appreciation for the the role of literacy and reading in personal, national and global development.center_img In a bulletin issued by the Ministry, it was noted that all six education regions will be hosting activities to celebrate the day.last_img read more

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

60000 Sudanese Refugees Flee Violence UNHCR

Geneva – About 60,000 people have fled South Sudan since violence escalated over the past three weeks, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said.“They brought to us very disturbing reports, armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a briefing.“Armed groups are looting villages, murdering civilians and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks,” she added. The bulk headed to neighbouring Uganda, doubling the flow over that border over the past 10 days, and the rest to Sudan and Kenya, the agency added.With MAP

New UN initiative launched to recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders

“Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the inauguration of the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative. “It leads to violations of human rights. It erodes public trust in government. It can even kill – for example, when corrupt officials allow medicines to be tampered with, or when they accept bribes that enable terrorist acts to take place.”The proceeds from criminal activities, corruption and tax evasion worldwide is estimated to be between $1 trillion and $1.6 trillion, and one quarter of the gross domestic product of African States – or $148 billion – is lost to corruption yearly. Additionally, public officials from developing and transition countries collectively receive bribes worth between $20 billion and $40 billion every year, which is equivalent to 20 to 40 per cent of flows of official development assistance.“Many developing countries are haemorrhaging money desperately needed to try to support the attack against poverty,” said Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, an independent specialized agency of the UN. “Of course, the development impact of theft on such a massive scale is devastating.”He cited the example of former Nigerian President Sani Abacha, members of his family and accomplices who collectively stole between $3 billion and $5 billion of the country’s public assets in five years. That sum exceeds the federal Government’s 2006 expenditures on education and health, and could also have provided antiretroviral therapy for 2 million to 3 million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS for a decade.UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa underlined the importance of acting quickly to retrieve stolen funds. “Time is crucial. Stolen assets are more likely to be detected during the initial phase and therefore before they disappear in an international money laundromat,” he said, noting that only 10-15 per cent of such funds are recovered a decade or so after the crime has taken place.Mr. Costa pointed out his Office’s experience in Nigeria – where some $5 billion of stolen monies has been recovered – to shrink fraud.To both reclaim stolen funds and to prevent deter such crimes, the World Bank and UNODC believe that developed countries – often the source of bribes, kickbacks and other illegal incomes, as well as the location where stolen funds are kept – and developing countries must work in tandem.The World Bank and UNODC appealed for all countries to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption, which only half of the Group of Eight (G8) developed countries has done. Mr. Costa stressed that one of the Convention’s breakthroughs is that banking secrecy is no longer an obstacle to money-laundering investigations, which could deal a serious blow to efforts to export stolen funds.“Developing countries frequently lack the institutional capacity to locate and repatriate stolen assets, so this initiative will provide financial and technical assistance to strengthen the institutional capacity of government agencies to do so,” Mr. Zoellick said. “And it will also help these countries bring their laws into compliance with the UN Convention against Corruption.”The StAR Initiative will endeavour to ensure that there is no safe haven for the proceeds derived from corruption, as well as to suppress the flow of these funds among countries. 17 September 2007The United Nations today launched a new partnership between the World Bank and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help developing nations to recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders and invest those funds in development programmes. read more

TSX higher at end of positive week

Industrials and financials led the way to a modest advance Friday on the Toronto stock market at the end of a positive week.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 30.79 points to 15,241.83. It is a relatively quiet session with low volumes as U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.05 of a cent to 94.04 cents US.The Toronto market headed for a strong weekly gain, led by mining and financial stocks after U.S. jobs data for June released Thursday came in far higher than expectations. The data also increased optimism that the American economy will rebound significantly after severe winter weather pushed the economy into contraction in the first quarter.The Dow Jones industrials finished the week up 1.28 per cent, and closed above the 17,000-mark for the first time, thanks to the jobs report and solid manufacturing data from the U.S. and China.The strong U.S. jobs data is the latest piece of data to show the world’s biggest economy continues to improve steadily. Also helping stocks are solid corporate earnings and continued support from central banks.Traders are now focused on the start of U.S. second-quarter earnings reports for reassurance about how the American economy performed during the April-June period. Heavyweights reporting next week include resource company Alcoa Inc. and banking giant Wells Fargo.At the same time, analysts note that expectations for the quarter are rather modest.“OK, but not spectacular,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Firms have been lowering expectations so that may bring some of the very strong sentiment down to earth a bit,” Gorman said.On the corporate front, Lassonde Industries Inc. (TSX:LAS.A) is acquiring U.S. branded juice company Apple & Eve for US$150 million. The Quebec-based juice maker says the acquisition will strengthen its presence in the United States. Lassonde shares ran ahead $7.89 or 7.18 per cent to $117.75.The industrials sector was the biggest percentage advancer, up 0.7 per cent. Financials also provided lift, ahead 0.35 per cent.Commodity prices were mixed in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange with August bullion 70 cents higher to US$1,321.30 an ounce. The gold sector gained 0.15 per cent.The base metals sector was the biggest decliner, down 0.4 per cent while September copper was off a penny at US$3.27 a pound.The energy sector was slightly lower as August crude moved 32 cents lower to US$103.74 a barrel.On the economic front, German factory orders sagged in May after a strong increase the previous month, driven down by lower demand inside the country and from outside the euro area. Industrial orders were 1.7 per cent lower than in April, when they rose 3.4 per cent.Orders from inside Germany dropped 2.5 per cent and those from countries outside the eurozone fell 5.2 per cent. However, there was a 5.7 per cent increase in demand from other countries in the 18-nation eurozone. read more

Annan rings Peace Bell marking International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Kofi Annan rang the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to mark the annual International Day of Peace, cautioning that for some, the direst threat to peace was terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, while for others it was poverty, disease, deprivation and civil war.”This year, the International Day of Peace, and the Peace Bell we will ring to mark it, take on added poignancy and purpose. A month ago, almost to the hour, an act of unspeakable brutality struck our friends and colleagues in Baghdad,” Mr. Annan said before striking the bell three times in the West Court Garden on the front lawn of the Secretariat building.”Today, we ring this bell for them, for their families and loved ones,” he added in reference to his top envoy for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the 21 others killed in the terrorist bomb attack of 19 August. “We ring it for the people of Iraq, whom our colleagues were working to assist. We ring it for the people of every nation who need our prayer for peace.” Standing at his side as rang the bell, a gift from Japan cast from the pennies donated by children from 60 nations, were five UN Messengers of Peace: former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali, author and journalist Anna Cataldi, film actor and director Michael Douglas, wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.In a message released ahead of today’s ceremony, Mr. Annan underlined the global scope of peace and its varying ingredients.”In some parts of the world, the dominant threats to peace and security are seen as new and potentially more virulent forms of terrorism, the proliferation of non-conventional weapons, the spread of transnational criminal networks and the ways in which all these things maybe coming together to reinforce one another. But for many others around the globe, poverty, disease, deprivation and civil war remain the highest priorities,” he said.”Our challenge is to ensure we have the rules, instruments and institutions to deal with all these threats – not according to some hierarchy of ‘first order’ and ‘second order’ issues, but as a linked set of global, cross-border challenges that affect, and should concern, all people. The divisions of the past year have raised doubts about the adequacy and effectiveness of those rules and tools,” he added.Speaking at the ceremony the President of the General Assembly, Julian Robert Hunte of St. Lucia, noted the conflicts of war, poverty, deprivation and deadly diseases besetting the world, adding: “We should, however, let nothing cloud our message. We must remain undaunted in our search for lasting peace.”For the first time this year, students participated in a pageantry of flags representing the 191 UN Member States. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Syrian Golan Heights and the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) joined in the Headquarters observance via satellite.Following the ceremony, the annual student observance was held with the five Messengers of Peace sharing experiences with young men and women visiting from Kuwait and Rwanda, and by videoconference from Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.Other ceremonies were held at UN outposts throughout the world, including cultural and sports events in the name of peace. In Somalia the UN called for a suspension of all fighting; in Lebanon, the world body was giving eco-tourism awards to rural and urban planners; in Guatemala, it was to inaugurate a children’s park; in Burundi, local leaders were meeting in round tables on how to reach lasting peace; in Bougainville in the South Pacific weapons were to be destroyed.Video of opening ceremony read more

The highlight of Googles Daydream VR is … its controller

by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The best thing about Google’s new virtual-reality headset isn’t the headset at all.In fact, Daydream View would pale compared with Samsung’s Gear VR headset were it not for Daydream’s controller, a handheld device that responds to gestures and other motion.With Gear VR, I have to move my head to point a cursor at something, then reach for a button on the headset. With Daydream, I can just aim and click the controller in my hand. Sensors in the device tell the headset what I’m trying to do, whether it’s swinging a tennis racket or casting a fishing rod. The headset’s display responds accordingly.The headset and controller are sold together for $79, starting Thursday. No rush in getting one, though, as the virtual experiences built for Daydream are still limited. And for now, it works only with Google’s Pixel phone .___THE MANY FLAVORS OF VIRTUAL REALITYWhile sophisticated systems like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive let you walk around in the virtual world, Daydream View is a sit-down experience in which you use the controller to move yourself around. (You could walk around with the Daydream on if you wanted to, but you won’t go anywhere in virtual space — and you might run into the wall.)But the Rift and the Vive each costs more than $1,500, once you include powerful personal computers they require. Suddenly, $79 sounds like a bargain. Daydream stays cheap by using the display and processing power of your phone, which you insert into the headset at eye level.Gear VR, at $100, takes a similar approach, but it works only with Samsung phones. While Daydream works only with Pixel for now, several other Android makers plan to make compatible phones. Sorry, iPhone users.Those without compatible phones still have Google Cardboard, a $15 contraption you hold up to your face. Using Daydream View, by contrast, is more like wearing goggles. While Gear VR has a better fit, with focusing and a second strap over your head to keep the headset from sliding too low, Daydream is much more comfortable to wear and use than Cardboard.___ALL ABOUT THAT CONTROLLERThose who’ve played Nintendo’s Wii system will find the Daydream controller familiar. It’s about the size and shape of a chocolate bar, and it has motion sensors to track movement.Although I’m not a big gamer, I enjoyed shooting water out of a hose to put out fires. You simply hold a button to spray and move the controller around to douse flames. You can even tilt the controller to control the angle of the hose. Another app lets you explore the universe by using the controller as a laser pointer to bring up more information.The controller makes it easier to navigate menus without making yourself dizzy; just move it around to point at things. And while getting the full 360-degree experience of VR often requires spinning around (a swivel chair helps), some apps in Daydream let you grab the scene with your controller and drag it around you, just as you would with a PC mouse.It’s also handy to have volume controls and a home button in your hand rather than on your head.___NAUSEA FREE?VR can be nauseating, and Daydream is no different. I found that it’s less about the headset, and more about the VR video.The best videos use stationary cameras and let you move your head (or controller) around to explore. The nauseating ones tend to treat VR cameras like regular movie cameras , with a lot of panning in response to a subject’s movements. The viewer, not the subject, should be the one doing the moving.And while I enjoyed watching a woman’s skydive in VR on YouTube, scenes of her preparing to jump felt jarring because the camera was on her shaky arm. I had to remove my headset.___WHAT’S THERE TO DO?You can view 360-degree YouTube videos and any 360-degree photos you store on Google Photos. You can visit other destinations such as the Galapagos Islands in a 360-degree version of Google’s Street View. A few games, museum artworks and The Wall Street Journal’s app were also available to try out prior to Thursday’s launch.A handful more are coming Thursday. Even more are promised by the end of the year, including apps for Netflix and Hulu — though all that does is offer video on a giant screen in a virtual living room.There’s much more available for Cardboard. Unfortunately, app developers will need to make some tweaks first to make them compatible with Daydream. They’ll need to do even more to take advantage of the motion control.Daydream has promise, but until more apps arrive, its potential is still a dream. The highlight of Google’s Daydream VR is … its controller read more

Man dies in freak cinema seat accident after being trapped under electric

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a statement, Vue International said: “Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening.”We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March.”A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing.”Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance.”Birmingham City Council has begun a health and safety investigation. A man has died following a freak accident involving an electronic footrest on a cinema seat.The man was at the Vue Cinema in Birmingham when he apparently dropped his phone between two reclining seats.As he went to retrieve it, a footrest of a seat came down on his head trapping him and he suffered a cardiac arrest, reports said.Although the footrest was eventually broken off, the man, who was there with his partner, sustained serious injuries and he died a week later.A source told the Birmingham Mail: “The Gold Class seats are electric reclining seats. He bent down to look for his phone. At this point the leg-rest was in an upright position.”But as he stuck his head underneath to have a look, the footrest clamped down onto his head.”He was stuck and panicking. His partner and staff tried to free him but couldn’t.”The chair leg-rest was eventually broken free and he managed to get out.”The ambulance had already been called and was at the scene at this time, and took him to hospital.”West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest.Crews managed to restart the man’s heart and he was taken to the city’s Heartlands Hospital.last_img read more

OS X Lion adding support for highresolution Retina displays

first_imgIt turns out that the early version of OS X 10.7 (Lion) that Apple gave out to developers is revealing all sorts of interesting stuff. Earlier we noted how it would bring TRIM support for SSDs, but it might enable access to Retina-type (high resolution / high pixel density) displays as well.Apparently Apple has furthered their resolution independence efforts by building in support for “HiDPI display modes”. What these modes do is allow the software to work with doubled resolution displays by providing doubly large image elements. So while your display might be the same physical size, it will be able to operate twice the resolution that it previously would have and images will still look sharp. This is essentially what happens with iOS and the iPhone 4, so Apple has some experience with the operation. The update to OS X is building in support for this, the hardware has yet to become available. It’s also worth noting that while resolution independence was focused on using any resolutions the user wanted, HiDPI mode seemed to be focus on a more straightforward 2x design.AdChoices广告This is very much a forward-looking technology at this point. A 13-inch or larger display operating at twice the standard resolution is much harder to pull off than a 3.5-inch one, and even if it could be done right now these pixel-packed displays would be extremely expensive. Like processors, displays are subject to Moore’s Law, so we probably won’t see HiDPI-capable displays in any significant quantities for some time. And before we see them landing on laptops or computer displays, you’ll probably have a tablet with one.Read more at Mac Rumors.last_img read more

Conomos and Parthimos team up

first_imgFormer Toyota Australia executive chairman, John Conomos has been appointed chairman of the Melbourne company that owns the miRoamer Internet radio application, which is likely to be installed in millions of General Motors vehicles from next year.Mr Conomos, who headed Toyota Australia for decades and was the first non-Japanese executive to be appointed a managing director of the parent company, will become chairman of Connexion Media, a company attempting to raise between $3 million to $6 million in a small public float ahead of a stock exchange listing.Connexion owns the miRoamer internet radio application which is one of two such applications chosen by General Motors (GM) for use in web-enabled vehicles in the United States and Europe.George Parthimos, who worked for Telstra earlier in his career, is the founding director of Miroamer and will be chief executive of Connexion.GM has already announced it will start selling internet-connected vehicles in North America next year, while in Europe authorities have made it mandatory a built-in SIM card be installed in all vehicles. The giant German Volkswagen Group has also signed an agreement for use of the miRoamer app.The miRoamer application is essentially an in-vehicle infotainment service that allows users to listen to AM and FM radio stations from anywhere in the world, and is integrated into the GM in-car systems.GM is currently running certification and compliance tests on the two Internet radio apps it plans to offer.If car owners approve, the miRoamer platform would be able to amass all sorts of information about the vehicles in which it operates. Insurance companies would be able to analyse driving patterns in particular cities or for particular models and dealers could be alerted if a vehicle needed servicing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Flickr fait appel à léditeur Aviary

first_imgFlickr fait appel à l’éditeur Aviary Acheté par Google en 2010, l’éditeur Picnik va cesser de fournir ses services au site de partage de photos Flickr. Ce dernier a choisi de le remplacer par Aviary, qui dévoilera au cours du mois ses nouveaux outils d’édition.Concentré sur les produits Google, l’éditeur Picnik, racheté par le géant de Montain View en 2010, ne fournira plus ses services à Flickr. Dès le 19 avril, le service de partage de photos en ligne fera alors appel à un autre éditeur. Une nouvelle qu’il vient d’être annoncée sur son blog.À lire aussiFacebook supprime enfin définitivement les photos Flickr a choisi la firme Aviary, dont il utilisera les outils d’édition pour le recadrage des photos, les réglages de luminosité, ou encore les filtres et les effets. Le site de partage de photos promet plus de vitesse et de simplicité, les deux premières attentes des utilisateurs, affirme-t-il. “Nous avons travaillé avec l’équipe d’Aviary pour offrir une expérience rapide et épurée. Vos photos seront chargées et prêtes à être éditées en quelques secondes” se félicite Flickr. Et d’assurer que les outils seront à la fois accessibles aux débutants et suffisamment performants pour les plus exigeants.Le déploiement du nouvel éditeur a déjà été lancé et devrait s’achever d’ici à deux semaines. Les 75 millions d’utilisateurs que compte Flickr devraient découvrir les outils d’Aviray dès le 19 avril prochain.Le 8 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Super Mario Run Jumps to Android in March

first_img Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week Stay on target Super Mario Run made its debut on iOS late last year and broke various download records upon its release. Nintendo announced that it would bring the endless runner to Android, but never specified an exact date. Today, Nintendo has revealed when Android users can get their hands on this mobile game.Super Mario Run will make its way to Android in March. This is an interesting release window considering how a little system called the Nintendo Switch will also launch in March. This announcement comes from Nintendo’s Twitter account. You can see that tweet below.#SuperMarioRun will arrive on Android in March. You can pre-register in Google Play to be notified when it launches! https://t.co/u4H9bxVi9R pic.twitter.com/Hd5uzRcYcK— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017Like with the iOS version, users can play the first three levels of Super Mario Run for free. To unlock the full game, players have to plunk down $10. The full game includes the Kingdom Builder feature, Toad Rally, and Friendly Run mode.When Super Mario Run was launched, many were upset by the game’s price. Considering how the most expensive mobile games usually top out at $5, it’s understandable why some would consider $10 to be an exorbitant price — especially since Super Mario Run is just an endless runner. However, unlike with a lot of mobile games, Super Mario Run doesn’t pester players with microtransactions. $10 is a lot for a mobile game, but that was the most anyone would ever have to pay.Will Super Mario Run be a success on Android? It will probably enjoy success at launch, but considering all of the bad press that it has gotten over the past few weeks, folks may decide that they can spend their money elsewhere.You can pre-register on Google Play and be notified when Super Mario Run launches by following this link.last_img read more

Tijan sends clothesloaded container for donation

first_imgBy Sulayman BahMidfielder Tijan Jaiteh has sent to the Gambia shipment of clothes for donation.The forty-foot loaded container acquisition is as a result of the player’s foundation’s mobilization efforts in Norway where he professionally plies his services. The Tijan Foundation –launched in recent years – seeks support by urging locals most of whom Sandnes’s faithful, the club the Gambian is contracted to, to donate unwanted items for charity beginning from start of the football season.The container, according to the club, contains over 400 t-shirts of Brazil 2014 inscriptions brought within three weeks just before it was sent to the Gambia this past Wednesday.“Sandnes people have been wonderful” says a delighted 25-year-old Tijan Jaiteh.Last year alone, he gave away bicycles and foot wears amongst other items to locals in the Gambia.]]>last_img read more