Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu crashes out, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma enter quarters

first_imgPV Sindhu suffered a shock loss in the second round but Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advanced to the quarterfinals to keep India’s flag flying at the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Thursday.Sindhu, who is ranked 4 in the world and seeded third for the tournament, was shown the door by Hyun Ji Sung of South Korea 24-26 20-22 in fighting 59 minute duel.With Sindhu’s exit, India’s challenge ended in the women’s singles after Saina Nehwal had made a first round exit.But India’s men’s singles shuttlers had a good day in office with Srikanth and Sameer progressing to the last eight round, albeit with contrasting results.Fourth seeded Srikanth, who had claimed a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games, had to dig deep in his reservoir to outwit fellow Indian H S Prannoy 18-21 30-29 21-18 in a thrilling match, clocking an hour and seven minutes. Srikanth will face either Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto or Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Sameer, however, qualified for the quarterfinals after his formidable opponent, Olympic champion Chen Long pulled out of the competition due to injury. He will face either Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or local hope Lee Cheuk Yiu on Friday.However, mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 17-21 11-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Hsu Ya Ching to bow out of the tournament.Men’s doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri also failed to clear the second round hurdle, losing to Chinese Taipei combination of Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee 16-21 15-21.advertisementEarlier, the match between the two trainees of the Pulella Gopichand Academy turned out to be a pulsating contest as former world no 1 Srikanth did the catch up act with Prannoy enjoying the early spoils.Prannoy, who had defeated Srikanth at the Senior National final last year, moved neck-and-neck till 9-9 before the former jumped to a 14-10 lead.Srikanth clawed back at 15-15 before Prannoy again moved ahead to secure the opening game.The second game was a cliffhanger as the duo played out of their skin, giving nothing away. After a close-battle, Srikanth grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at the break, which evaporated soon as Prannoy took a 15-12 lead.Srikanth again drew parity at 16-16 and moved to 19-17. However, Prannoy took two points to make it 19-19.After that, there was nothing to separate the two as both kept taking points alternatively before Srikanth managed to grab the upper limit of 30 points first to pocket the game and roar back into the contest.In the decider, Srikanth continued his momentum surging to a 11-4 lead at the interval. Prannoy caught up at 16-16 before Srikanth again moved ahead to seal the contest.(With inputs from PTI)Also watchlast_img read more

Photo Of This Fan At The Oregon-Stanford Game Is Going Viral

first_imgOregon hosts Washington at Autzen Stadium.EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)A photo of a fan at tonight’s Oregon-Stanford game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. is going viral on social media. It’s easy to see why.Oregon, a home underdog against No. 7 Stanford tonight, played brilliantly for about three quarters. The Ducks gave some points away late, but appeared to be in line for a huge victory with less than a minute to go.The No. 20-ranked Ducks had the ball with under a minute left and needed to just run a couple of plays to run the clock out. Oregon’s running back fumbled, though, and the Cardinal recovered.Stanford went on to drive the ball into Oregon’s territory. A game-tying field goal was made as time expired in the fourth quarter.Now we’re tied, 31-31, heading into overtime.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

Alternative Spring Break Destinations for the Adventurous Traveler

first_img 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Slamming buckets of watered-down mango margaritas at Señor Frogs probably isn’t your ideal spring break getaway. Well, not anymore.Thankfully, spring break no longer needs to revolve around waking up face-down on the beach each morning wondering where the key to your hotel room is. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path (literally and figuratively) this season, here are a few of our favorite alternative spring break destinations for adventurous travelers.Mountain Bike a Volcano in Cotopaxi (Ecuador)Aside from the Galapagos Islands, Cotopaxi National Park is Ecuador’s most stunning natural treasure. The breathtaking Cotopaxi Volcano and Limpiopungo Lake are ripe for exploration, whether by foot or on two wheels. Adventure Life offers guided multi-day tours of the region for travelers looking to explore some of its best attractions and don’t mind working hard in the process. Their Cotopaxi Mountain Biking itinerary is a whirlwind four-day hike-and-bike tour that starts in Quito and goes on to explore the El Tambo trail (including Andean lakes and ancient Incan ruins) and the Condor Machay waterfall. Lodging is included in traditional haciendas nightly, and riders wrap up the tour with an exhilarating track down the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano.Master Your Surf Game (Dominican Republic)Surf novices can seriously up their wave-riding game at the Dominican Republic’s Swell Surf Camp. The purpose-built, Cabarete-area retreat hosts week-long surf/stay packages where guests spend several hours a day perfecting their skills. ISA-qualified instructors teach everything from kitesurfing to “old school” surfing to yoga, and class sizes are intentionally small to ensure personal attention. Additional on-site activities include stand-up paddleboarding, horseback riding, canyoning, and mountain biking. The boutique rooms are modern and luxurious, but not pretentious. Packages start well under $1,000 (USD) and include just about everything you’ll need for a week-long stay: lodging, daily classes, gear, and ground transportation. The on-site kitchen also serves fresh, carefully cultivated organic meals daily.Get Pumped About Foliage (New Zealand)There’s hardly a bad time to visit New Zealand, but a spring break trip to capture the country’s fall foliage is particularly spectacular. We’re not talking about a six-hour, grandparent-friendly shuttle bus tour to snap leaf photos with your first generation iPad. Instead, make your first stop in Shotover Canyon, a dramatic craggy gorge topped with beautiful deciduous trees. Be sure to head inside the canyon for a jet-boating ride. The nearby area of Arthurs Point in Queenstown is ground zero for some of NZ’s best outdoor adventures including skydiving, paragliding, and bungee jumping. Don’t miss out on the burgeoning beer scene too!Explore 10,000 Years of History (Ireland)Once you find your way out of tourist-centric Dublin to the countryside, it’s easy to make any trip to Ireland a spiritual one. Exodus Travels’ Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way puts hikers on the country’s longest trail for some quality self-reflection time. The eight-day, self-guided trek covers 130 miles amid some of the Emerald Isle’s most breathtaking scenery. Hikers explore a veritable 10,000-year timeline of the country’s rich history. Stops include Killarney National Park (Ireland’s oldest wilderness reservation with its only herd of wild red deer), quaint mountain villages, stunning beaches, and pristine lakes throughout the southwestern corridor.Hike and Paddle the Grand Canyon (American Southwest)It’s hard to argue the Grand Canyon is the greatest natural wonder in the entire United States. Problem is: It’s also a magnet for tourists. Book a hike/paddle trip in April to avoid the peak-season maddening crowds. Arizona River Runners has been guiding multi-day trips in and around the canyon for almost 50 years. Their Nine-Day Oar Hiker’s Special provides the best of both worlds for adventure travelers. It starts with a challenging eight-mile hike down to the Colorado River to meet the trek’s expert guides. Travelers then spend the next week rafting the canyon’s infamous whitewater runs and exploring its many waterfalls and side canyons on foot.Spot the Northern Lights (Iceland)Don’t believe the too-cool-for-the-room tourist mags that say it’s overrun with tourists. There’s plenty of room in Iceland for everyone, and it makes the perfect “alternative” spring break destination. It’s already one of the best places in the world to catch the Northern Lights, but the long dark days from fall through spring ensure that even visiting as late as mid-April gives visitors a good chance of catching the phenomenon. Just keep a close eye on the weather forecast, and be sure not to go during a full moon. Time your arrival for about five days ahead of the next new moon. You’ll be all but guaranteed a week of dark skies afterward. Don’t forget to toast with a spot of Brennivín ! If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

St Mary Residents Welcome Adoption of Enfield Clinic

first_imgStory Highlights This provision is part of an initial $5 million, which the group generated from fundraising events to support the five clinics they have selected for assistance. The others include Mount Pleasant Health Centre, Portland; Elderslie Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Lambs River Health Centre, Westmoreland; and Cascade Health Centre, Hanover. Residents of Enfield, St. Mary, have welcomed the adoption of their community’s health centre by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group in the United Kingdom (UK), under the Government’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative. Residents of Enfield, St. Mary, have welcomed the adoption of their community’s health centre by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group in the United Kingdom (UK), under the Government’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative.The organisation, comprising members of the Jamaican diaspora community in the UK, has provided $1 million to assist with improvements at the clinic in response to the Administration’s invitation for stakeholder support for the overall endeavour.This provision is part of an initial $5 million, which the group generated from fundraising events to support the five clinics they have selected for assistance.The others include Mount Pleasant Health Centre, Portland; Elderslie Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Lambs River Health Centre, Westmoreland; and Cascade Health Centre, Hanover.They are among the 100 shortlisted under the government initiative, out of approximately 320 clinics islandwide, of which Enfield is the first to be adopted.The Group presented Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, with a cheque for $5 million during his recent visit to London earlier this year.He, in turn, handed over a cheque in the sum of $1 million to the management of the Enfield Health Centre during a recent ceremony at the clinic to formally launch the partnership with the Jamaica 55 Charities Group.It is expected that the funds will be used to undertake renovations, and to install much needed equipment and tools.Based on the initiative’s objectives and the Charities Group’s gesture, residents of Enfield, numbering approximately 2,400, anticipate significant benefits redounding to them.Senior citizen, Cyril Thomas, is optimistic the partnership will result in improved healthcare delivery at the Enfield Clinic.“What has been said (about the proposed improvements)… we appreciate that very much. We appreciate this clinic very much… because (without it being here), I would have to travel far to get healthcare. But, because it is right here in the community, we are able to come in a short space of time when we feel sick, and get treatment,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Thomas also has high praises for the Centre’s staff, particularly the nurses and doctors, whom he describes as “courteous and nice”.“We (find no) fault with them. They are quite okay and they keep the compound very nice and clean. We greatly appreciate what has been said… and look forward to great things to come for the clinic,” he adds.Fellow senior citizen, Venus Mendez, is equally elated and tells JIS News that “I am feeling really happy because of what was announced”.Mrs. Mendez, who indicates that she has accessed healthcare at the Enfield clinic for all except 10 years of her life when she pursued engagements outside the community, says she, too, anticipates great benefits.“Yes I do. Sometimes when I come, I encounter a little delay in being attended to by a doctor or nurse… but I have never had to turn back. Although I have had to wait, I have always gotten through at all times. So, I know and do believe that the additional support that will be coming through the adopt-a-clinic programme will be very beneficial, and for that we are extremely grateful,” she adds.Her daughter, Carol Mendez, is also very upbeat about the anticipated outcomes of the arrangement.Recounting memories of her childhood involving the Centre, Ms. Mendez tells JIS News that “whenever we, as children of the community, got even a bruise, cut or scrape, we could always run to the nurse here and get it dressed”.Ms. Mendez says staff members were also keen on promoting proper dental hygiene and, as such, took steps to ensure that toothbrushes and toothpaste were available to the citizens, particularly the youngsters.The Adopt-A-Clinic initiative, which was launched in 2017, forms part of the Government’s undertaking to boost primary healthcare delivery, and is consistent with the Administration’s 2017/18 social protection policy priority.Its administration is spearheaded by the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation.Speaking at the ceremony in Enfield, Dr. Tufton said the initiative provides a vehicle through which persons and organisations in Jamaica and overseas can contribute to further developing the health sector, especially in the communities from which they originated, “in a very organised way where we will ensure that what you are giving has real impact”.He said the Government’s implementation of the initiative is indicative of its priority focus on strengthening primary healthcare delivery.“Very often, we overlook and underestimate the importance and contribution of community healthcare delivery to the wellness of individuals and, by extension, the country. We have to stop (thinking like) that because the health of our country starts at the primary level,” the Minister argued.Against this background, Dr. Tufton said the Enfield Clinic “is giving birth to an initiative which we believe is important (to) community healthcare”.“I am told that last year, between 1,500 and 1,700 patients were seen at this facility. That is significant, because what it is doing is responding to the needs of this community,” he added.“Adopt-A-Clinic is an appeal to (local and international) community stakeholder partnership to give back to public health in a way that enhances the health and wellness of communities across Jamaica,” the Minister underscoredDr. Tufton also indicated that the Ministry has received expressions of interest for the adoption of about 50 clinics from other organisations, including several local corporate entities.last_img read more

Crazy Rich Asians draws immigrant parents to the movies

first_imgWhen “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another surprising feat: It put Asians of a certain age in theatre seats.Younger Asian-Americans have been flocking with their parents to see the first movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast.For many older, first-generation Asian immigrants, going to the movies doesn’t rank high among hobbies and interests. The crowds, the language barrier and ticket prices are often turnoffs.But the appeal of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the story of a culture clash that erupts when an Asian-American woman from New York meets her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, has bridged a real-life generation gap.Earning more than $40 million since its Aug. 15 release, the film already has a sequel in development.An adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, the rom-com is poised to hit the $100 million mark due to its popularity and a lack of strong competition in the next month, comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.“The over-performance of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shows the power of a great movie with universal themes to draw all audiences and also to break down preconceived notions of what can constitute a box office hit,” Dergarabedian said.Broken down by ethnicity, Asians made up nearly 40 per cent of the film’s audience during its opening weekend, Warner Bros said. By comparison, Asian/Pacific Islanders comprised just 10 per cent of the audience in the opening days of last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” according to an analysis done by comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak.The jump can be partly credited to enthusiastic Asian-Americans who wanted their parents to be part of what the film’s star, Constance Wu, has called a “movement.”Lie Shia Ong-Sintzel, 36, of Seattle talked her parents into coming along the second time she saw the movie. It was the first time in five years the couple — Chinese immigrants from Indonesia — had been to the cinema.“They don’t really go to movies in the theatre. I usually have to drag them,” Ong-Sintzel said. “I felt like this was a big occasion — a movie with an all-Asian cast.”Looking at her parents, she cried because everything from the acting to the food seemed to resonate more. She wasn’t the only one.“I looked over again, my dad was wiping tears from his eyes,” Ong-Sintzel said.In Temple City, California, Catherine Fanchiang, 27, who is Taiwanese-American, went to see the film a third time to keep her parents company.Fanchiang’s mother, Kao Han Fan, also wanted to see the movie because she recognized Michelle Yeoh, who plays a wary matriarch. But it was Wu’s character who touched the 64-year-old the most. Fan said she liked how the story depicted an “ABC,” (American-born Chinese) who showed Asian cultural values such as putting family first.“When you grow up in an Asian family … it will be in your mind when you do something, you will always think about other people,” Fan said. “You are not really, really selfish, thinking about yourself.”Fanchiang enjoyed watching her parents see an American film with Asians that wasn’t a period piece.“It was just a regular movie that just happens to have Asian people in it. It’s not like we’re ninjas or we’re good at fighting. It’s Asians existing in the modern world,” Fanchiang said.The stars and director Jon M. Chu have said they wanted the film to showcase Asians who weren’t stereotypes or little-used side-players.In the case of Alice Sue and her daughter, Audrey Sue-Matsumoto, the 67-year-old mother saw the movie first. She went a second time Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Daly City with her daughter. Sue, who is Chinese, doesn’t go to the movies much but knew she had to see this one.“It’s talking about Asian culture. It’s real Asians mixed with American-born Asians,” Sue said. “And I want to support the Asian movies.”Sue-Matsumoto, 35, said there probably wasn’t a more fitting film for the two to see together.“It was good to watch it with my mom because I feel like it was very relatable in our situation,” Sue-Matsumoto said. “She’s an immigrant, and I’m American-born. That movie has that generational distinction.”For Mark Gadia, 36, of Chula Vista, California, the movie led to him learning more about his parents’ courtship in the Philippines. His parents related to Wu and Henry Golding’s star-crossed couple because of how his mother was treated by her future in-laws.“She apparently wasn’t good enough for my dad. It took this movie to make this revelation of how they met,” Gadia said.He did not expect to come away having enjoyed seeing the film alongside his parents as much as he did.“As sappy as this sounds, it’s something I’ll always remember,” Gadia said. “It’s kind of sad it took 25 years, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to have this experience as an adult.”___Follow Terry Tang on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ttangAPlast_img read more

BC Wildfire reminds industry to remain cautious when open air burning

first_imgAnyone planning to conduct an open burn in the Southeast Fire Centre must check the local venting index before starting to burn. The Venting Index must be “good” on the day the fire is lit and “good” or “fair” on the following day.The index is available online; CLICK HEREFor more information, CLICK HERE CASTLEGAR, B.C. – Industry partners are being asked to use caution when carrying out industrial and high-risk activities by BC Wildfire Service.With the Southeast Fire Centre experiencing a heightened number of Category 3 incidents.According to BC Wildfire Service, since April 1, 2019, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 158 wildfires, about 32% of which have been human-caused. The fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is predominantly “low.” However, anyone conducting an open burn must stay vigilant and burn responsibly while following all burn regulations.last_img read more

INTERPOL to assist in Matale probe

The Magistrate also ordered that public notices be issued in all three languages to ensure than anyone who has more information or wants to give evidence in the case comes forward. The international police INTERPOL has been asked to assist in the investigations into the Matale mass grave, the Matale Magistrate said today.The Magistrate said this when the case into the mass grave found at Matale last year was taken up for hearing once again today. Meanwhile another 22 petitions were filed today in relation to the case.Over 150 skeletal remains and human bones have been unearthed from the mass grave in Matale. Forensics had determined that the remains were of those killed sometime in the late 1980′s and the area has now been marked as a crime scene. The Magistrate said that INTERPOL assistance had been sought and once that is obtained then DNA tests will be carried out on the skeletal remains found at the grave site. At least 10 skeletal remains were first found from the site near the Matale hospital in November last year by construction workers when land near the hospital was being dug-up to construct a new building. Following police investigations excavation work began to look for skeletal remains at the site and more remains were found.The JVP had demanded that the government carry out investigations on the mass grave following fears the remains maybe that of JVP members or supporters killed during a 1987-89 insurgency.The UNP, which was in power during the 1987-89 period, said it will back an independent investigation into the mass grave. The UN had also been called to assist in the investigations into the mass grave. In a written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, ahead of the 22nd session last March, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a nongovernmental organization, had said that the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances should, through their experts, study the situation and the conduct of inquiries relating to the remains of the 200 or more persons found in Matale and assist the Sri Lankan government to ensure that these inquiries meet international standards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN oversight body faults decisionmaking at world bodys drug control office

In a report released today at UN Headquarters, the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) concludes that the major weaknesses of ODCCP “stem from over-centralized and heavily personalized decision-making and the absence of institutional mechanisms to ensure that programmes are properly conceived and efficiently executed and the results are assessed.” Introducing the report at a news conference in New York, the head of the oversight office, Under-Secretary-General Dileep Nair, said the “committed, resourceful and talented staff” working at ODCCP suffered from low morale. “The common view held was that there was no transparency in executive decisions, especially concerning personnel matters,” he said. “While within some units structured dialogue on work matters was maintained, overall staff-management consultation or communication unfortunately was dysfunctional.” The report’s findings were presented to ODCCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi by OIOS officials who “made it clear that the management situation at the Office cannot be allowed to continue,” Mr. Nair said. “OIOS urged the Executive Director and his senior management to institute drastic and immediate change.””I must say that OIOS took note of the self-critical reaction of the Executive Director to the inspection’s findings and recommendations and his assurance that remedial actions would be expeditiously executed,” the Under-Secretary-General observed. Mr. Nair emphasized that any corrective measures would only succeed “under one key condition – that is, the competence, professionalism and integrity of top management must be transparent, collegiate and must enjoy the trust of the staff.” The OIOS report was transmitted to the General Assembly by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In a cover letter accompanying the report, Mr. Annan says he “concurs with its recommendations and notes that measures are being taken to correct the issues addressed in the review.” read more

Statement of Intent BA Adult EducationPostSecondary Instruction

The Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO) has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to introduce a new undergraduate program.As part of the approval process outlined in the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP), the Statement is being made available for the information of the University community, to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step in the internal quality assurance process.Please view the Statement of Intent here. The posting will remain in place for 21 days — until 4:30 p.m. on April 4, 2018.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by April 4, 2018 by email to the addresses provided below. In submitting your response, please include the new program title in the subject line.Please send comments to the Academic Review Committee via Vice-Chair Greg Finn, and the Director of CAECO Robert McGray. read more

Thesis defences — April 8 to 12

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from April 8 to 12.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD thesis defencesDavid Awde, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:15 a.m. in WH147.His thesis is titled “Environmental and genetic influences on eusocial caste behaviour.”His examination committee members are Heather Gordon, Chair; Patrick Abbot, External Examiner (Vanderbilt University); Martin Lemaire, Internal Examiner; Miriam Richards, Supervisor; Graham Thompson, Co-Supervisor; and Robert Carlone and Adonis Skandalis, Committee Members.—Iryna Alshakova, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 10 at noon in WH147.Her thesis is titled “New Pyrazole-Based Ligands and Their Complexes for Application in Transfer Hydrogenation and Hydrosilylation.”Her examination committee members are Heather Gordon, Chair; Datong Song, External Examiner (University of Toronto); Thad Harroun, Internal Examiner; Georgii Nikonov, Supervisor; and Costa Metallinos and Travis Dudding, Committee Members.—Minh Tho Nguyen, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. in PL600F.Her thesis is titled “Synthesis and Reactivity of Main Group Complexes for Applications in Small Molecular Activation.”Her examination committee members are Jens Coorssen, Chair; Kim Baines, External Examiner (Western University); Alan Castle, Internal Examiner; Georgii Nikonov, Supervisor; and Feng Li and Jeffrey Atkinson, Committee Members. read more

NASA gives Cypriot dialect names to rocks on Mars surface

first_imgTwo small pieces of rock on the surface of Mars were named after words of the Cypriot dialect, ‘zavos (i.e. ’tiltedl/ not straight’) and ‘mutti’ (i.e. peak, highest point).The two rocks are adjacent to the stationary InSight lander and are to be documented, analyzed and featured in articles and conferences. They were given their names by Dr Konstantinos Charalambous, one of the scientists who take part in NASA’s InSight mission. The 33-year-old Cypriot scientist, who holds a PhD in Planetary Sciences from London’s Imperieal College, suggested the names, in a least featuring other Cypriot word and their meanings.“So, somewhere there on the planet Mars there is a small piece of our Cyprus,” Dr Charalambous said, talking to the Cyprus News Agency.[source: Cyprus News Agency] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Local lawmakers split on Supreme Courts role in education funding

first_imgOn the same day students across Clark County returned to the classroom, the state’s top court and Legislature faced off in Olympia over the future of public school funding. The hearing in the Temple of Justice on Wednesday was the latest showdown stemming from the 2012 McCleary decision where the court declared the level of public school funding unconstitutional. The Supreme Court justices wanted to know why state lawmakers shouldn’t be held in contempt for not coming up with a detailed plan — as ordered by the court — to adequately fund public schools across the state.In keeping with custom, justices did not make a ruling from the bench. But local lawmakers had a wide-ranging reaction to the latest showdown. Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said it’s time for the court to take a bold step. He said holding lawmakers in contempt could add the extra pressure the Legislature needs to find a solution.“They could shut down all the school districts in a more radical ruling,” he said. ‘I think it’s dangerous’Across the aisle and in the upper chamber, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said justices are treading into dangerous territory and leading the state toward a constitutional crisis.last_img read more

Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Released Today

first_imgBonnier’s head of IT development, Tore Fjaertoft says, “We have adopted the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite as an integral part of our News+ platform. Leveraging the abilities to product and distribute digital editions of our daily newspapers using the Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element of the success of the News+ platform.” The Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite is available as of today. Pricing is available via a custom quote through Adobe’s website. In other tablet news, Apple announced last week its newest version of the tablet, the iPad 2, at an event in San Francisco. The latest model of the iPad is lighter and thinner, and features front and rear end cameras. The tablet is available in black and white. Adobe announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite today. Already used by companies like Conde Nast, Dennis Publishing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and National Geographic for Android technologies, the Enterprise Edition will also be adaptable for the RIM PlayBook and iOS tablets. The Enterprise Edition includes technology that will allow users to “create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.” The Suite incorporates a viewer builder service, an e-commerce service and a Folio Producer service, which will enable users to support content directly from Adobe InDesign CS5 software. The Digital Publishing Suite also allows direct entitlement with third party subscription fulfillment service providers. This gives publishers the ability to leverage current print accounts, increase digital subscription numbers and to create digital-print bundles as well as merchandising options. last_img read more

Jessore man kills self over conjugal dispute

first_img-A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00 pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

Alexa on Windows 10 HandsOn Useful with 1 Big Catch

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Welp, Cortana’s out of luck. Amazon has released an app that allows you to use Alexa on any Windows 10 PC.Previously, you could use Amazon’s voice assistant on Windows 10 PCs through Microsoft’s built-in voice assistant, Cortana. This app is full-on Alexa, however — no Cortana necessary.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/alexa-windows-10-hands-on?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Alexa on a Razer Blade 15 was easy to set up, and intuitive to use. Alexa on Windows 10 can read you the news, tell you a joke, play music and perform most of the other things that Alexa can do on an Echo device. (It can’t yet make calls or control Spotify or Pandora).But there’s one difference that fundamentally changes the experience. When you’re using an Echo device, you just need to say “Alexa” to trigger the voice assistant. However, this functionality is available only on “supported” PCs.MORE: The One Alexa Feature You Need to Turn OffI haven’t been able to find a list of supported devices, but the Razer Blade 15 and the Surface Book 2 (which I also tried) do not support it. (And some reviews indicate that even supported devices aren’t yet responding to the wake word). I could control Alexa only by clicking a button in the app.Call me a traditionalist, but this feels unnatural to me. The most compelling aspect of Alexa has always been that I could issue instructions hands-free, without leaving my couch or bed, or pausing my cooking.To use Alexa on a PC, however, I have to be sitting at my computer with the app open already. At that point, why click a button to ask Alexa to play music, when I can click another button to play the music myself? For many tasks, it seems like a needless middleman.It might also be difficult for Alexa veterans to get used to. I repeatedly found myself barking “Alexa, stop,” before remembering that my voice command wouldn’t work until I pressed a button.There’s one potential benefit I can think of to this setup: visuals on the screen. Unfortunately, Alexa didn’t make much use of these on my computer.When I asked for the weather, the app displayed an array of black-and-white icons (minus a blue outline along the rain clouds) to accompany the forecast. The Echo Show and Echo Spot both display much prettier visuals.MORE: How To Use Cortana on Amazon Alexa DevicesAnd PC Alexa, while playing music, displayed only a small soundbar on the bottom of the app window for pausing or changing the song, and a small picture of the album cover. The Echo Show and Echo Spot, by contrast, usually display album artwork alongside the song they play, and sometimes even the song’s lyrics.I also couldn’t get Alexa to pull up YouTube videos, the way it can on the new Echo Show. But again, I can do all these things on my computer already. So why would I need Alexa for it?I’d love to start using the PC version of Alexa when it takes full advantage of the computer screen, when it can control specific Windows 10 features, and when more computers support hands-free use. Until then, it doesn’t add much to my life.Credit: Laptop MagBest Amazon Alexa Skills – Top 50 Cool and Useful Things15 Alexa Speakers, Ranked from Best to WorstShould Alexa Be Your Child’s Friend?last_img read more

January 2 2012

first_imgJanuary 2, 2012 [photo by Ivan Pintar] HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!This is an Aerial view of Arcosanti in 1972. The South Vault was the first structure built. West of the Vault the scaffolding for the shell of the Ceramics Apse is visible above the footings for the Foundry Apse.last_img

Rep Holly Hughes introduces good government legislation

first_img Bill drafted in response to a constituent inquiryState Representative Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has introduced legislation in response to a situation a constituent brought to her attention. Rep. Hughes has described the bill as “good government legislation.”The constituent who contacted Rep. Hughes office for assistance described a situation where she was asked to respond to a state agency within 60 days. She postmarked and sent the response on the 56th day, yet the agency did not actually open the correspondence until the 61st day.  Although the agency in question acknowledges the postmark date, it has taken the position that its internal policy doesn’t consider something received until it is physically opened by staff, and because the correspondence was opened after the 60th day, the constituent’s response was not received timely, and her request was denied.House Bill 4844 would stipulate that in any correspondence with a state department, the postmark date is the date of receipt, unless otherwise provided for by law.“It is unfortunate that this bill is even necessary, however, I am happy that the constituent contacted my office and I am able to sponsor this bill on her behalf, as well as the countless other taxpayers across our state who have experienced similar situations,” Rep. Hughes said.  “Once a taxpayer puts their letter in the mailbox, what happens to it is out of their control.  For a state agency to penalize our hard-working taxpayers because their correspondence was delayed in arriving or delayed in being opened just doesn’t seem reasonable, and certainly doesn’t provide the level of service that we should expect from our taxpayer-supported state government.”HB 4844 will be referred to the House Government Operations Committee.##### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News Tags: #SB, HD91, House Bill 4844, Hughes center_img 20Aug Rep. Holly Hughes introduces ‘good government’ legislationlast_img read more

House adopts Slagh resolution on Omphalocele awareness

first_img25Jan House adopts Slagh resolution on Omphalocele awareness Photo Information: Rep. Bradley Slagh is joined by Ellie Hopke of Zeeland (left) and Brianna Steffen of Chesterfield Township (right) for the adoption of his resolution.A resolution introduced by Rep. Bradley Slagh, of Zeeland, to recognize families affected by an abdominal birth defect received unanimous support on the House floor this week.House Resolution 12 declares Jan. 31, 2019 as Omphalocele Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. An omphalocele is a birth defect that prevents the baby’s abdominal wall from closing properly during the course of a pregnancy, which allows for organs to partially or completely protrude outside of the baby’s body.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth defect occurs in roughly one of every 5,000 live births. After meeting with a young lady from his district, Ellie Hopke, Rep. Slagh said “Ellie’s story of overcoming obstacles is inspiring, and by tirelessly raising awareness, she gives hope and support to affected families who also need to overcome the physical challenges of this condition.”Ellie was able to visit the state Capitol to witness the House pass Rep. Slagh’s resolution. “I’m most proud to be helping create this awareness day because I know how uncommon and scary this whole process can be,” Ellie said. “I think it’s important to embrace our differences and not hide behind them.” She was joined by her mother Mindy Hopke, of Zeeland. This will be the eighth observance of Omphalocele Awareness Day.For more information, contact Rep. Slagh by calling (517) 373-0830 or emailing bradleyslagh@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Slagh Newslast_img read more

Rep Miller sets local office hours for March

first_img Categories: Miller News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced two upcoming dates where he will hold in-district office hours for the month of March.“Transparency and openness are essential to both good government and effective representation,” Miller said. “I encourage anyone with a question to attend and I look forward to our discussion.”Rep. Miller will be available Saturday, March 23 at the following time and location:7 to 9 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market, 375 Eleanor Drive in Centreville.Rep. Miller will also be available Monday, March 25 at the following times and locations:7 to 8:30 a.m. at Shell, 465 W. Main St. in Mendon;9 to 10:30 a.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café, 105 E. State St. in Colon; and11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Five Lakes in Meijer, 408 W. South St. in Sturgis.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.### 15Mar Rep. Miller sets local office hours for Marchlast_img read more

Papal Address Contains Much on Poverty and Income Inequality

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares neneo / Shutterstock.comJanuary 1, 2014; PBS NewsHourThe Pope’s New Year’s address had as its theme “fraternity,” but his interpretation of that focused on inequality and human rights violations as violence. I will leave it to much more learned people to interpret the speech, but here are some excerpts.“In many parts of the world, there seems to be no end to grave offenses against fundamental human rights, especially the right to life and the right to religious freedom. The tragic phenomenon of human trafficking, in which the unscrupulous prey on the lives and the desperation of others, is but one unsettling example of this. Alongside overt armed conflicts are the less visible but no less cruel wars fought in the economic and financial sectors with means, which are equally destructive of lives, families and businesses.Globalization, as Benedict XVI pointed out, makes us neighbors, but does not make us brothers. The many situations of inequality, poverty and injustice, are signs not only of a profound lack of fraternity, but also of the absence of a culture of solidarity. New ideologies, characterized by rampant individualism, egocentrism and materialistic consumerism, weaken social bonds, fuelling that ‘throwaway’ mentality which leads to contempt for, and the abandonment of, the weakest and those considered ‘useless.’ In this way human coexistence increasingly tends to resemble a mere do ut des, which is both pragmatic and selfish.”And on income inequality:“One also sees the need for policies which can lighten an excessive imbalance between incomes. We must not forget the Church’s teaching on the so-called social mortgage, which holds that although it is lawful, as Saint Thomas Aquinas says, and indeed necessary ‘that people have ownership of goods,’ insofar as their use is concerned, ‘they possess them as not just their own, but common to others as well, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as themselves.’”The Pope also decried our tolerance of such stuff as war and human trafficking.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more