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Normalcy returns to riot-hit Baduria

first_imgLife returned to normal in riot-hit Baduria town and adjacent areas of North 24 Parganas district today after communal violence broke out over a Facebook post early this week.“Everything is normal now in Baduria, Swarupnagar, Deganga and Basirhat. There has been no problem anywhere in the district for the last 36 hours or more. People are trying to resume normal life and we are keeping everything under watch,” a senior police officer said.Though Internet services remained suspended in and around the area, locals came out to the streets to resume normal life as shops, market places opened on a sunny Sunday.Large number of state police and central paramilitary forces were posted in the area to keep close watch on “every proceedings”, the senior police officer told PTI.There was no report of any untoward incident from Baduria and nearby areas in Basirhat sub-division of North 24 Parganas district.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday announced a judicial inquiry into the communal violence that rocked Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district.Ms. Banerjee had also accused the Modi government and the BJP of trying to “disturb peace” and “destroy” the federal structure by allowing people from across the border to enter the state and vitiate the atmosphere.The West Bengal government had on Saturday transferred the Superintendent of Police of North 24 Parganas district and the Inspector General of Police (South Bengal).last_img read more

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PBA: Magnolia bounces back with rout of NorthPort

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia used a massive second quarter and used it as cushion the rest of the way to overpower NorthPort, 96-80, and get its title-retention bid back on track in the nightcap of Friday’s PBA Governors’ Cup games at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Magnolia’s return to winning form gives the blue-collar squad and their foes an identical 1-1 card.The reigning conference champions take on Rain or Shine next, while NorthPort seeks to bounce back against Columbian in matches both slated for next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ian Sangalang delivered 28 big points off the bench to lead the charge, while import  Romeo Travis added 17 and Mark Barroca 16 points in the Hotshots’ entry into the Governors’ Cup win column.“We just learned a lot from our first game,” Magnolia mentor Chito Victolero told reporters, lauding his charges’ steady performance that began in the second frame where they broke away for 22 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Whatever we experienced in the [conference-opener], we brought to tonight’s game,” he added.Mychal Ammons and Kevin Ferrer both had 18 points for the BatangPier, but couldn’t get help the team regain their bearings when it mattered most. Chris Ross blessed to be part of SEA Games pool, hopes to live up to expectations View commentslast_img read more

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PVL: PetroGazz nears outright semis after easy win over Chef’s Classic

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man MOST READ LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Angels also took a step closer to outright semi-finals berth with their seventh straight victory for a second-running 8-2 record.The Red Titans, here for the experience of San Beda’s collegiate core, absorbed their 14th defeat in as many matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect MANILA, Philippines–Cherry Nunag erupted with 10 points as PetroGazz picked up an easy 25-21, 25-14, 25-12 win over Chef’s Classics late Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 With ‘big fighting heart,’ PH volleyball team vows to go all out Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Yoga fever grips China ahead of UN International Yoga Day

first_imgBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 18 (PTI) Yoga fever has gripped China ahead of the third UN International Day of Yoga as thousands of Chinese would participate in scores of events organised across the Communist nation, which officials say will make it the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after India.Though yoga, which originated in India, has become immensely popular over the years in China vying with ancient indigenous physical fitness martial art form Tai Chi, it got an official sanction when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in 2015 at a joint event during the latters visit.China also backed Indias move in the UN to make June 21 as International Yoga Day, giving a fillip to hundreds of yoga clubs and organisations.Beijings iconic Great Wall as well as numerous parks, lakes and resorts across China have become venues for the both official and unofficial yoga events being held with active support of Chinese government bodies.A first yoga college has come up outside India with joint collaboration of India and China in Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University in Kunming, which has also lined up several yoga events.”Since UN declared yoga day June 21 has become a yoga festival day in all big and small cities in China,” Manmohan Singh Bhandari, an Indian yoga expert who along with his Chinese wife Yin Yan runs yoga training school Yogi Yoga, told PTI here.Yoga now has become a trend with people practicing in parks. During this time of the year, yoga is being taught free all over China, said Bhandari who hails from Rishikesh.advertisementHis Yoga Yogi school has centres all over the country.The Indian Embassy here which has a yoga specialist Umesh Babu besides Indian Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou are organising dozens of events which would be attended by Chinese officials.The main event will be held at the Great Wall on June 20.”In terms of the quality of participation of Yoga practitioners from India, the number of events at different locations in China and the expected outreach to Chinese Yoga lovers, the series of events planned for this year are poised to reach new heights,” the embassy said.For the first time ever, the Embassy, in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) has invited a group of 20 young Yoga ambassadors with expertise in performing advanced routines in Hatha Yoga.These young Yoga ambassadors – 10 girls and 10 boys between 22 and 30 years of age ? will capture the imagination of Chinese Yoga lovers with their dexterity and poise in demonstrating advance Yoga techniques. The young Yoga ambassadors will also enable a direct connect with the younger population in China attracted to Yoga, the embassy said in a statement.They will also hold a special demonstration of Yoga at the Opening Ceremony of BRICS Sports Meet in Guangzhou.Already few thousand people have taken part in the curtain raiser events Eastern China Region organised by the Indian Consulate in Shanghai.It plans to hold 12 events in 12 cities, total estimated participants 20,000 enthusiasts.Officials said that compared to last year participation has doubled with youngsters showing more enthusiasm.The Indian Consulate in Guangzhou is organising two big yoga festivals with Yoga Gurus from India. Other events included a five-day camp in Chengdu, India-China Yoga College, cities of Dongguan, Zhongshan and Foshan. PTI KJV UZM ZH AKJ ZHlast_img read more

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes headed Down Under but not for Ashes

first_imgLocal cricket authorities say they’re open-minded about New Zealand-born England star Ben Stokes turning out for Canterbury province while under suspension for the Ashes series in Australia.Speculation about Stokes’ intentions arose when he was reportedly spotted at London’s Heathrow Airport with his cricket gear, with photos spreading quickly on social media.Initial reports suggested the all-rounder may be heading to Adelaide to join the England squad ahead of the second Test against Australia starting Saturday, but that was quickly quashed by the England Cricket Board.British media then reported that Stokes is traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand to visit his parents Barbara and Gerard Stokes. A report in the Telegraph newspaper said Christchurch-born Stokes hoped to play for Canterbury province during his stay.Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jez Curwin didn’t rule it out as a possibility, telling reporters “we’d be delighted to have him come and play for us if we ever got to that stage.””But,” he added, “At the moment it’s just wishful thinking from a variety of people that have put two and two together and come up with five.”New Zealand Cricket spokesman Richard Boock said his organization “has yet to receive a formal request regarding Ben Stokes. However, we understand he and his representatives have been in discussions with Canterbury.”NZC has an open mind on the issue and will await further information before making a decision.”The England Cricket Board was quick to issue a statement confirming that Stokes was not heading for Australia to reinforce the squad that lost the first Ashes Test by 10 wickets in Brisbane.advertisement”The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family,” the ECB said in a statement. “His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB.”He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the English setup.”By being in Christchurch, though, Stokes is only a comparatively short flight away from Australia and could quickly join the England team if police in Britain decide not to press charges after investigating his involvement in an incident outside a night club last September.Stokes was arrested after video footage purportedly showed England’s Test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight after a night out celebrating England’s win over the West Indies in a limited-overs international.He was released by police while the investigation continues. He has not played cricket since then, and the ECB has confirmed Stokes will not join the Ashes tour until the police investigation is complete.last_img read more

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Messi, Suarez Lead Barca Past 10-Man Atletico to Boost Lead

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday.“We know that that we have taken not one, but two steps (toward the title),” Suarez said.Second-placed Atletico played one man down for more than an hour after Diego Costa earned a direct red card in the 28th minute, when the referee said the Spain striker insulted him with expletives for not calling an alleged foul.Suarez finally beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a curling shot from outside the area that went in off the post in the 85th minute. Messi added a second goal a minute later.Messi and Suarez have fueled Barcelona’s quest to defend its league title all season long. Messi leads the competition with 33 goals, followed by Suarez with 20. Both also scored late goals on Tuesday to salvage a 4-4 draw at Villarreal.Barcelona, which has also reached the final of the Copa del Rey, increased its chances of a domestic double with seven rounds remaining. Atletico needed a win to realistically keep alive its title chances in the league and salvage a disappointing season.Atletico forward Diego Costa passes his coach Diego Simeone, right, as walks off the pitch after receiving a red card for insulting referee Jesus Gil Manzano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched the match in person, before the Spanish club visits Old Trafford on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.Other than a shot by Jordi Alba that hit the post and a superb save from Oblak to deny Philippe Coutinho, the first half was all about Costa’s temper.Costa vehemently protested after being tackled by Alba, and charged toward referee Gil Manzano who didn’t hesitate to show a red card.Atletico coach Diego Simeone complained that other players weren’t also penalized for using similar language on the field but said he understood the referee’s decision on Costa.“If the referee interpreted that there was an insult, then he was correct in sending him off,” Simeone said.To make it even tougher for Atletico, center backs Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez and midfielder Thomas Partey all ended the first half saddled with yellow cards.Barcelona, however, had a difficult time in making good on its extra man.Needing a win, Simeone sent on forward Angel Correa for defender Santiago Arias. Simeone also added more firepower with a little more than half an hour left by adding Alvaro Morata in substitution of defender Filipe Luis.And Oblak kept Atletico in the match as long as he could, even as Messi started to find holes in Atletico’s undermanned side.“We improved in the second half. We were threatening their area but their goalie Oblak was incredible,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverede said. “Even on the shot by Luis, it looked like he was going to reach it. He got better as the match went on, but at the end we were finally able to score.”Suarez stunned Oblak with his long-range strike, and Messi capped the win on the break with a demoralized Atletico trying to answer Suarez’s goal.___By JOSEPH WILSON Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Celebrity Groomer, Amy Komorowski Can Fix Your Hair

first_imgCelebrity men’s groomer, Amy Komorowski knows hair. The sharpest leading men, rock stars and athletes call on her when they need to look their very best. She has styled many of Hollywood’s elite including Eddie Redmayne, Adam Driver, Jason Segel and James McAvoy. If those guys can trust her, you can too. Amy has made it her mission to educate guys on just how easy it is to achieve a clean, effortless look from head to toe. We caught up with her just before this weekend’s Golden Globes for some award winning hair tips.TM: What do you think THE men’s haircut of 2016 will be?AK: I think we are still going to see lots of fades and undercuts but the trend of longer hair will gain more momentum too. Look for more cheekbone/chin length hairstyles as well.TM: When it comes to product is there one universal paste, clay or pomade that works best on most hair types? Which is the easiest to work with?AK: I would say any product that moves through hair easiest is the best product to use. Usually a paste such as AXE Messy Look: Flexible Paste is the most universal because of its medium to light hold and it works for most hair types. It’s what I tend to reach for first when I’m working and if I need a stronger hold I can always mix in a product like a fiber or pomade for a stronger hold.TM: Most guys know to use their fingertips to work the product into their hair. Where should they start and should they use more product on the ends?AK:  I like to start where most of the product is needed, usually the front/longest part of the hairstyle. Then use the excess product on the rest of the hair to finish up.TM: How often should guys wash their hair? And is conditioner really necessary?AK: I’d say the best rule of thumb is for guys to wash their hair every day; I hate to give guys a pass and let their hair go dirtier than needed. That being said some guys with thicker or curlier hair might want to wash every other day or just use a conditioner so hair doesn’t get too big or poufy. Hair that is “too” clean or soft can actually be harder to style.TM: What is the best way for a guy to tame a curlier mane?AK: (Above) Apply more conditioner than shampoo and use a sea salt spray to define and tame the curls. A cream like AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream is also a great product to use if you have longer wavy to curly hair. Rake through, shake your head once or twice or tousle hair with hands and let it air dry. As with shorter curlier hair, define the curls with your fingers and let it be, don’t separate or disturb the curls too much, that’ll just make your hair frizzy.TM: You’re the woman behind a lot of handsome guys on the red carpet, have you picked up any pointers from your clients over the years?AK: I learn from my clients all the time. Being a woman, we do different things to our hair and usually want a different aesthetic or outcome for our hair than men. The “hat trick” putting on a knit hat or baseball cap for a couple minutes after styling hair can oddly be the magic touch. The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style last_img read more

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BAM Gets New Aqaba Port Done

first_imgzoom BAM International and its local partner MAG  have successfully completed the construction of the new port in Aqaba, Jordan, for Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), a second port in line with the country’s economic master plan.Together with its Jordanian joint venture partner MAG, BAM was responsible for the design and construction of four new berths (in total approximately 800 metres quay wall), revetment works, a breakwater, marine services, pontoons and a slip way.Furthermore, land reclamation and dredging works (800,000 m3), as well as the construction of two intake pipes and one outfall pipe were included in this $88.6 million contract.Last year BAM completed the container terminal for ADC en APMT in Aqaba and the company is currently building the Aqaba New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal, eighteen kilometres south of Aqaba for ADC. The LNG Terminal forms a part of ADC’s plan for developing Aqaba’s Energy Ports.The Government has tasked ADC to develop Jordan’s energy intake capabilities to ensure a consistent supply of energy fuels such as oil, LNG and LPG.June 3, 2014last_img read more

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Bridgit Mendler Takes On Save The Childrens World Marathon Challenge

first_imgOn the high desert plains of Yucca Valley, California, actress and recording artist Bridgit Mendler and 67 elementary school students last week took on Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge.Bridgit Mendler Takes On The Save the Children’s World Marathon ChallengeCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenThe World Marathon Challenge is a relay race where teams of kids try to run a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles in less time than Wilson Kipsang’s world marathon record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds. The worldwide race, to be held in 21 U.S. states this month, aims to raise awareness and funds for programs focused on child survival and well-being.Bridgit Mendler In The Yucca Valley With Save The ChildrenCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenAddressing an enthusiastic crowd of youngsters outside the Onaga Elementary School in Yucca Valley before the start of the race on Oct. 16, Bridgit Mendler said, “I am really excited to be here today to kick off Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge for such a great cause. We have come together to have fun, and also to help kids in the U.S. and around the globe get a better and healthier start in life.”Bridgit Mendler Races In The Yucca ValleyCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenMendler ran the first lap of the race and then cheered kids on as they passed the baton to their teammates and crossed the finish line. “Whether you break the world record or not, you are all champions. I am so proud of you,” said Mendler.Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge will take place in 67 countries, including the United States, throughout October. More than 50,000 kids, including 12,000 U.S. kids, signed up to participate in the race.To learn more about the World Marathon Challenge and how you can help, go to WMC.SavetheChildren.org or follow #WMC2013.last_img read more

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General Assembly supports Ban Kimoons reform proposals for stronger UN

The Assembly supported these plans in two separate “framework” resolutions whose consensus adoption was accompanied by applause. Both texts requested the Secretary-General to provide more details in reports to be submitted to the 192-member body.“Today, I see the adoption of these two resolutions as a good beginning to our work together,” Mr. Ban told the Assembly. “Now, we can embark on a reform initiative with one voice – a collaboration based on mutual trust,” he added, pledging to continue to consult Member States “in a spirit of openness and transparency.”In its resolution on strengthening the UN’s peacekeeping capacity, the Assembly supported the restructuring of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), including the establishment of a new Department of Field Support.Last month, in a letter to the General Assembly Mr. Ban said change was required in the face of growing demand. “The number of peace operations is at an all-time high with almost 100,000 personnel in the field. It appears that the figure will rise still further in 2007,” he said, noting that reforms in 2000 had aimed to equip DPKO with sufficient capability to launch one new multidisciplinary mission per year.“Yet, the past 36 months alone have seen the start-up or expansion of nine field missions, with three additional missions currently in active start-up. Over the course of the next year, the number of personnel in UN peace operations could increase by as much as 40 per cent,” he added.Under the plan, the new Department of Peace Operations would consolidate all factors dealing with strategy, planning and deployment while the Department of Field Support would take on the responsibility of the current “impossibly overstretched” management.“Taken together, these measures would bolster and improve the assistance that Headquarters provides to field missions and to field personnel contributed by Member States,” Mr. Ban wrote.Prior to the adoption of the text, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said it would ensure that DPKO’s restructuring would be “decided by the Membership through the established procedures of the General Assembly and its intergovernmental, technical, administrative and budgetary subsidiary organs.”By its resolution on advancing the UN’s disarmament agenda, the Assembly supported the establishment of an Office for Disarmament Affairs, “while maintaining the budgetary autonomy and the integrity of the existing structures and functions of the current Department of Disarmament Affairs.” The new Office will be led by a High Representative at the rank of Under-Secretary-General, the same held by the current head of the Department.Assembly President Sheikha Haya said this measure would “provide the Secretary-General with the political support needed for him to discharge his duties in a flexible and effective manner, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UN Charter.”In his letter, Mr. Ban said the need for a new approach to disarmament was evidenced by the failure of the 2005 review conference of Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the deadlock in the Conference on Disarmament and the need for new impetus for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. “This deeply alarming situation makes clear the need to revitalize the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda through a more focused effort,” he wrote. Representatives of over a dozen countries took the floor to welcome the adoption of the resolutions, with many calling this action a vote of confidence in Mr. Ban’s reform proposals.In his address to the Assembly today, Mr. Ban voiced confidence that a cooperative spirit would pave the way ahead. “The road ahead will not be without its challenges. But I look forward to working hand in hand with you as we advance together. I look with confidence to our collective journey, and I promise, for my part, to make it as free as possible of unnecessary obstacles and detours.”Speaking to reporters following the meeting, he expressed gratitude for the support of the Member States and repeated his pledge to move forward in concert with them. “This consensus adoption of two framework resolutions on very important areas of management structure reforms is a clear sign that Member States have given me full confidence and trust in my leadership. And with this, I can continue my remaining reform measures.” 15 March 2007The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the major reform proposals put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon upon taking office earlier this year, including the designation of a High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and the restructuring of peacekeeping functions to provide better planning, faster deployment and a more responsive process. read more

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Climate factors international cooperation key to saving Aral Sea Ban says

Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the drying up of the Aral threatens livelihoods and national prosperity in Central Asia, Mr. Ban told the Summit of the Member States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a message delivered by his Special Representative for Central Asia, Miroslav Jenca. Adding to the problem, the mountain glaciers of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that feed the lake are melting at an alarming rate. By 2050, water flow in the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya rivers could diminish by up to 40 and 30 per cent each.Mr. Ban said he was heartened that, despite the serious global economic crisis, the decision-makers of the Central Asian region have agreed, at the highest level, to discuss ecological issues of common concern, including those of the Aral Sea basin.The region comprises Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.For his part, Mr. Jenca strongly welcomed the commitment of the leaders of the five Central Asian nations to discuss the challenge of managing shared water resources. He pledged assistance in those efforts through the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), which he heads.In a related development, the first part of Mr. Ban’s report on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, which aims to facilitate discussions among Member States on issues that have arisen in the implementation of the related UN convention, was released today. It describes the development of a consultative process to deal with matters ranging from piracy to the production of nautical charts and international standards for seafarers and fishers.Other reports on the Law of the Sea, marine biodiversity, fishery management and related issues will be issued before the General Assembly meets on those topics, Mr. Ban said. 28 April 2009Any solution to the disappearance of Central Asia’s Aral Sea, which has shrunk by 70 per cent in recent decades, must recognize the importance of regional cooperation and the struggle against climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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Oil rise above US96 a barrel closes at 4month high on global

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2013 3:37 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil closed at a four-month high Tuesday as global economic reports pointed to improving conditions.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose 68 cents to US$96.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has risen nearly $3 a barrel over the last four trading sessions.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was up 71 cents at $112.42 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.A U.S. government report showed that last year was the best year for U.S. home sales since 2007 and analysts expect further improvement this year.Meanwhile, German investor confidence saw an unexpectedly large jump in a new survey. The Bank of Japan’s announcement of more bond purchases next year also buoyed oil prices.But it’s unclear if oil can rise much higher in the near-term. Supplies of oil and gasoline are ample and there remains some uncertainty about the outcome of negotiations in Washington on the U.S. debt limit. Though Republican lawmakers are expected to accept a temporary increase in the borrowing limit, a final deal is still not in sight.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients that recent support from bullish economic reports “could be wearing thin.”He also cautioned that economic gains in the U.S. and China might not “be translating to appreciable increases in global oil demand.”In other energy futures trading in New York, natural gas fell about one cent to US$3.55 per 1,000 cubic feet, wholesale gasoline advanced three cents to US$2.83 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose two cents to US$3.07 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil rise above US$96 a barrel, closes at 4-month high on global economic news read more

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Louisville Shouldve Been a No 1 Seed But It Might Play Like

TeamYearSeedAvgGames wonExpected winsOver-performance Pittsburgh2013870%00.67-0.67 Utah St.20051477%00.09-0.09 Miss. Valley St.20081626%00.000.00 Louisville2014470%TBD1.48TBD Louisville is FiveThirtyEight’s pick to win the NCAA tournament even though it’s a No. 4 seed. That doesn’t reflect a bluegrass bias, or a weak draw, or a bug in the model (we hope). Instead, it reflects how massively underseeded the Cardinals are. According to our calculations, Louisville is the seventh-most underseeded team in the past 12 tournaments, and the most aggrieved this year.That’s the good news for Cardinals fans, whose team has a 15 percent chance of winning the title, according to our model. Louisville is also the plurality pick for Midwest Region champion of ESPN, Yahoo and CBS readers who picked brackets. It even has the backing of President Obama, who has the defending champion Cardinals returning to the final (though losing to Michigan State).Now here’s the bad news: Although teams that receive rough treatment from the selection committee outperform their seed on average, there are plenty of exceptions. The most underseeded team among top-four seeds since 2003 — Memphis in 2009, a No. 2 seed rated by some analysts as the strongest team in the country — lost in the Sweet Sixteen.We can place Louisville’s No. 4 seed in historical context in several ways, none ideal. I chose to calculate, for each team in the tournament since 20031As far back as our data set goes., its expected winning percentage against the other teams that received that seed during that period, using ratings from college basketball analyst Ken Pomeroy. So, I’m pitting Louisville against the other 47 teams that got No. 4 seeds since 2003, in a hypothetical mini-season, to see how much stronger the Cardinals are than their peers.2To make it easier to compare teams across different years’ tournaments, I used Pomeroy’s Pythagorean rating for a team: his estimate of that team’s winning percentage if it played a schedule full of average teams. He bases it on teams’ schedules and their offensive and defensive efficiency — how many points per possession they score and allow. (Pomeroy provided, at my request, his Selection Sunday ratings for each year going back to 2003.)We can get win probability for a game using a relatively simple calculation involving the teams’ Pythagorean ratings, outlined here. Teams in different seasons aren’t usually compared in this way, because each season’s ratings are benchmarked to that season’s average team. In our case, we’re looking for a team’s strength relative to its peers in a given season — compared, in turn, to the strength relative to its peers of another team that got the same seed. So the calculation is appropriate.Comparing teams to just the other teams with their seeds in the same season produces similar results. Louisville would have won 70.6 percent of games in a hypothetical season against the other three No. 4 seeds this year: Michigan State, San Diego State and UCLA.Other ratings also take into account similar factors to Pomeroy’s; ESPN’s Basketball Power Index adds the feature of accounting for injuries but goes back just three seasons. Some other possession-based ratings rank Louisville even higher than Pomeroy does. That is reflected in FiveThirtyEight’s model, which gives Louisville a 15 percent chance of winning the title, compared to 12.3 percent by Pomeroy. So another rating might show Louisville to be even more underseeded than Pomeroy’s does.According to these calculations, Louisville would have won 69.8 percent of games against other No. 4 seeds, assuming strength in each season was the same. That’s the highest winning percentage relative to seed since 2003 for a No. 4 seed. At the other end of the spectrum, Vanderbilt, in 2008, would have beaten just 29.6 percent of fellow No. 4 seeds — the lowest of the group.These calculations don’t necessarily mean the selection committee hasn’t done its job when seedings don’t perfectly reflect team strength. Some years, the gap between the four best teams and the next four — or eight or 12 — is greater than it is in other years. Also, sometimes rules such as preventing early meetings between conference rivals can force the committee’s hand. This season, the committee mostly got things right. Only one team other than Louisville is badly underseeded: Tennessee, the No. 11 seed in the Midwest.However, the selection committee chairman, Ron Wellman, said that his panel continues to use Rating Percentage Index to evaluate whether brackets are balanced. RPI’s continued influence, despite its well-known drawbacks, suggests that some teams do get bad breaks.One reason the committee might not feel it needs to change its seeding practices: Teams like Louisville haven’t always soared. Despite being stronger than their seeds suggest, many underseeded teams underperform.Five of the six teams that were more underseeded than Louisville fell flat. Four lost their first games. (One of those, Lamar in 2012, lost a play-in game.) Memphis, in 2009, fell in the round of 16 despite its impressive stats. Only Florida last year, as a strong No. 3 seed, exceeded expectations, falling in the Elite Eight.Outperformance of seed is a tricky concept. The simplest way to evaluate how teams should do is to assume they should beat all lower seeds, but that supposes that all No. 1 seeds will always make the Final Four, which is far from automatic. So for each team since 2003, I started with the number of games it won — from the round of 64 on — and subtracted from that the average number of wins for all other teams in that period with that seed.3This is known as “performance against seed expectation” and has been calculated going back to the start of the current tournament format.  So, for instance, the average No. 2 seed since 2003, excluding Memphis in 2009, won 2.4 games. Memphis won two. So it underperformed by four-tenths of a game.There’s a small, positive correlation4R=0.12 between a team’s hypothetical winning percentage against teams with the same seed and a team’s wins relative to expected wins for its seed. So, on balance, teams that are underseeded do prove the selection committee wrong. But the effect is so minor, and clouded by so many exceptions, that they hardly add up to a compelling case against controversial seeding decisions. There are too many examples like Memphis in 2009 to set against cases such as Davidson in 2008, a No. 10 seed that would win two-thirds of games against other 10 seeds and that made the Final Four. Virginia2007430%11.49-0.49 Vanderbilt2008430%01.51-1.51 Memphis2009270%22.40-0.40 Belmont20111371%00.30-0.30 Florida2013370%32.160.84 UNC Asheville20031627%00.000.00 Gonzaga2006330%22.19-0.19 Louisville can search its own media guide for examples of teams that should have done better than their seeds but didn’t. In 2004, the Cardinals were heavily underseeded at No. 10. That suggested they were between the 37th- and 40th-strongest team in the tournament, despite being ranked 16th in Pomeroy’s ratings. Louisville drew a Xavier team that was ranked lower by Pomeroy but that lost by 10. In 2011, like this year, Louisville got a No. 4 seed it could have complained about, because Pomeroy rated the Cardinals 11th and five teams rated lower got better seeds. Yet the Cardinals lost their first tournament game.The potential for upsets that makes the NCAA tournament so exciting could also reduce the Cardinals quickly from title favorite to disappointment, which would end any debate over whether they were underseeded. Anyone lobbying the selection committee to reconsider its decisions should beware of staking the case on any one team, even one as strong and as underseeded as Louisville is. After all, even our model anointing it the favorite gives Louisville an 85 percent chance of not repeating as champions. read more

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Sullinger returns helps OSU outlast South CarolinaUpstate

Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger is back. Sullinger scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of play off the bench as the No. 2 Buckeyes defeated South Carolina-Upstate, 82-58. It was Sullinger’s first game action since suffering back spasms during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke. Following the victory, Sullinger declared himself “back to health” and 100-percent recovered from the discomfort that caused him to miss the Buckeyes’ last two games. Sullinger, who was cleared after a morning workout, said he wasn’t limited during the game, but added that he was fatigued as a result of missing time. “I was tired,” he said. “Two weeks off is a killer. I did a lot of work on the treadmill these last few days, but I was still very out of shape tonight.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he was satisfied with Sullinger’s output. “(Sullinger) did a decent job for not playing since the Duke game,” Matta said. “He knew he was going to be winded. Hopefully now this gives him confidence to get back out there and go to work.” Wednesday marked the first time Sullinger has come off the bench in his career. The decision to leave him out of the starting lineup was made earlier in the day after Sullinger asked Matta to start junior forward Evan Ravenel, who had started in Sullinger’s place for the last two games. “It was my decision (not to start),” Sullinger said. “(Ravenel) has worked so hard these last few weeks and I felt he deserved a shot to start. He’s earned it.” Despite Sullinger’s return, Upstate had a major upset on its mind early. The Spartans held a four-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half before the Buckeyes went on a 20-7 run over the final eight minutes of the half to build a nine-point halftime advantage. Ravenel, who scored the first five points of the game for the Buckeyes, dunked in the closing seconds of the first half to put OSU up, 37-28. The Buckeyes didn’t look back. Ravenel finished with nine points in 12 minutes while sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas led OSU with 23 points, one shy of tying his career-high. Thomas has scored double-digit points in nine of OSU’s 10 games this season. Thomas said that he is starting to hit his stride as an offensive contributor. “As a player you have got to have a mindset each and every game, have your mind ready to play,” Thomas said. “I think I’m growing off of that.” Matta agreed with Thomas. “I think the biggest thing I’ve seen in (Thomas) is just the maturity of his mental approach to games,” Matta said. “…Everyone thinks this game is just about being out there playing but the mental side of things is just as important in my mind. And DeShaun is starting to grasp that.” Matta said the Buckeyes lacked intensity in the first half, but was happy with the way his team responded and finished the game. “We beat a very good basketball team tonight,” Matta said. OSU (9-1) continues non-conference play with a Saturday road game against South Carolina at noon. read more

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Guyanese wins 2456M US Powerball Lottery

Overseas based Guyanese carpenter, Nandlall MangalIt’s goodbye, Staten Island, aloha, Hawaii, for this $245.6 million Powerball winner. “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii,” newly minted multimillionaire Nandlall Mangal said Thursday.But other than that, he has no plans. “I’m sure my life is gonna change a lot,” he told reporters.“It’s a lot of money,” Mangal said. “I have no idea what’s going to happen,” aside from that trip to the tropics. And this: When he actually sees the money, “I’ll probably pass out.”Mangal, 42, bought a $6 Quick Pick ticket on Aug. 11 while picking up groceries at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Hylan Boulevard.The Guyanese immigrant, a carpenter who lives with his wife in a humble ranch home in New Dorp, remembers putting away his groceries and tossing aside the ticket. He didn’t learn he was filthy rich for days, after he heard no one had claimed the winnings and he figured he should look at his ticket before throwing it out.“The ticket sat on my kitchen table for a week because I was out of town,” on vacation in Ocean City, Md., he said. “I really don’t check the ticket that often,” Mangal said of the few times he has bought one, generally when the jackpot goes north of $100 million.“Who’s going to think they won the lotto?” The lump-sum payout, which Mangal is assigning to a trust he named “Sea & Sand,” totals $99,321,975 after withholdings.“I like sea and sand,” he explained.Next-door neighbor Alex Zub, 20, told The Post that Mangal and his wife live alone in their three-bedroom home. (Taken from New York Post) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$US760M lottery winner: ‘I want to hide in bed’August 25, 2017In “latest news”President of local Lumber Company charged with FraudDecember 17, 2014In “Crime”President’s oil Advisor says 2% royalty too lowFebruary 8, 2018In “Business” read more

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Struggle with confidence in work Our expert has the answers to your

first_imgStruggle with confidence in work? Our expert has the answers to your questions Do you have questions about growing your confidence at work? We want to hear them. 15,610 Views Monday 11 Jun 2018, 3:20 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfour Short URL By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/4064621 LOW CONFIDENCE AT work can stop people from reaching their full potential, but even if you know it’s an issue, growing that confidence isn’t always easy.Often people with low confidence can feel that those with less knowledge and experience, but with more confidence, can get ahead quicker.We’re hosting a Facebook Live at 2pm tomorrow afternoon with career coach Sophie Rowan who will answer your questions about confidence in the workplace.So whether you’re wondering how to speak up in meetings, or build your relationship with your boss, now’s your chance to ask the real expert.While we will be taking questions live from our Facebook participants on the day, we also want to hear from you in advance.Send any questions you have to hannah@thejournal.ie, or simply leave them in the comments below! Jun 11th 2018, 3:20 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfour 3 Comments Share11 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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InsectLike Robot Learns to Adjust Its Walk On the Fly

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Robots already walk like insects. Soon they’ll be able to think like them, too.A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is teaching a six-legged android to improvise and adapt—just like bugs.“Perhaps the most exciting moment in the research was when we observed the robot exhibit phenomena and gaits which we neither designed nor expected, and later found out also exist in biological insects,” lead study author Ludovico Minati, said in a statement.Scientists could, in theory, program a super complicated artificial pattern generator to respond instantly to various situations. But, if a pea-brained creepy-crawly can seamlessly adapt to new situations, why can’t robots?Enter the two-level controller, deployed to control a hexapod robot.Views of the circuit board implementing the controller (top) and of the robot (bottom) (via Tokyo Institute of Technology)The device relies on a central pattern generator to produce a master signal, interpreted by field-programmable analog arrays (FPAAs) and sent to oscillators that move the legs.“An important aspect of the controller is that it condenses so much complexity into only a small number of parameters,” according to Yasuharu Koike, a professor at Tokyo Tech’s Institute of Innovative Research (IIR). “These can be considered high-level parameters, in that they explicitly set the gait, speed, posture, etc.“Because they can be changed dynamically, in the future it should be easy to vary them in real time using a brain-computer interface, allowing the control of complex kinematics otherwise impossible to dominate with current approaches,” he continued.”“This takes us so much closer to the way biology works,” Minati added.Moving forward, the team hopes its controller will help robots more easily adapt to their surroundings in unfamiliar terrain.“As the controller responds gradually and embodies a biologically plausible approach to pattern generation, we think that it may be more seamless to drive compared to systems which decode discrete commands,” IIR associate professor Natsue Yoshimura said. “This may have practical implications, and our lab has substantial know-how in this area.”The full study was published this week in the journal IEEE Access.last_img read more

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Victims mother reacts to Gov Newsoms new death penalty order

first_imgVictim’s mother reacts to Gov. Newsom’s new death penalty order Sasha Foo, March 14, 2019 Updated: 10:05 PM Sasha Foo center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s more reaction following Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to order a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. Danielle Van Dam, the mother of the 7 year old Sabre Springs girl who was abducted and killed in 2002 said she was frustrated and confused by the Governor’s decision.A jury convicted David Alan Westerfield of murder and sentenced him to the death penalty.In an exclusive interview with KUSI, Brenda Van Dam said she did not understand the Governor’s executive order.In 2012 and again in 2016, California voters rejected ballot propositions that would have abolished the death penalty. Van Dam said the Governor needs to listen to the voters.“He says it goes against ‘bedrock values’. Well the voters have voted and they told you what we want. Those are our values,” Van Dam said.She said she does not think her views of the death penalty would change, although she said she’s torn when she considers the impact on taxpayers, “because it’s very expensive for the taxpayers, although it is reserved for the worst of the worse. And there’s nothing really happening in that system anyway. So, in my eyes, it’s a huge waste of money. Why are we wasting time trying these people for the death penalty, give them their appeals, if we’re not going to follow through on the process?”Westerfield is locked up in the prison at San Quentin and Van Dam said she’s certain that’s where her daughter’s killer will die.The State of California has not put any inmates to death since 2006, because of legal challenges to the state’s method of execution through lethal injection.“Honestly, I feel the longer he’s in his box, he’s being tortured. I hate to say this as a person, but whatever is worse for him is better for me,” Van Dam said.The Governor’s executive order is a temporary reprieve which will expire when he leaves office.The question of whether the death penalty should be abolished permanently in California could resurface shortly. State lawmakers are working on another ballot proposition that may go to the voters in 2020.Three other states have imposed moratorium on the death penalty; Colorado, Oregon and Pennsylvania.Related stories:Gov. Newsom signs executive order that stops the use of the death penaltyJan Goldsmith: Gov. Newsom uses executive order to stop death penalty Posted: March 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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STEM to Grow to STEAM under Air Force Partnership Initiative

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an initiative aimed at improving recruiting and education in public schools, Air Force installations will send airmen to local schools and host students on base. The effort will help the service compete with industry for new recruits while showing a commitment to local education, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Air Force leaders hope to launch the “flying classroom” this spring, which will provide an opportunity for students to observe training exercises and fly in C-130s. Airmen will begin to visit schools in the fall. The effort will focus on “STEAM” — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — and be rolled out at a number of bases across the nation. An installation’s gates “can be imposing to individuals,” said Col. Chris Karns, director of public affairs for Air Mobility Command. “We want community members to see a place for themselves on the base.”last_img read more

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