Thunder get one over Trail Blazers to cut series deficit, 2-1

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Celtics pull away in Game 3, close in on sweep of Pacers Damian Lillard scored 32 points, but he had just three in the fourth quarter after scoring 25 in the third. C.J. McCollum had 21 and Enes Kanter added 19.Oklahoma City closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lillard was held to four points on 2 -or-6 shooting and the Trail Blazers shot 37.5% in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGeorge hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw in the opening minutes of the second half to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 55-43. Westbrook backed down Lillard, hit a bank shot and was fouled. Westbrook brought out his “rock the baby” celebration, then made the free throw to put Oklahoma City up by 15.Lillard scored 23 points the rest of the quarter to help cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-82 at the end of the period. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 89 early in the fourth. Oklahoma City regained control, with Westbrook’s jumper with just over two minutes remaining putting the Thunder up 10. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates with Paul George (13) after a basket during the second half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.Paul George added 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will host Game 4 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Reasonably confident of GST Bill passage in monsoon session:FM

first_imgNew Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Exuding confidence in getting the GST Bill passed in the upcoming monsoon session, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said regional parties, including UPA allies like DMK and NCP, are all making strong noises in support of the tax legislation. Stating that it would be extremely difficult for the Congress to take a contrarian view, he said if there is no consensus, the only alternative is a parliamentary vote. “I am reasonably confident because… every political party, including the Congress, favours the GST. In fact, the Congress should have had the vision to support it more aggressively because they could claim the original authorship of the idea,” Jaitley said when asked if he was confident of passing the Bill in the monsoon session during an interaction with members of IWPC here.”So, whether it is SP or BSP in Uttar Pradesh, JD(U) or RJD in Bihar, the Left in West Bengal and Kerala, the Trinamool in West Bengal, BJD…, each one of the UPA partners from DMK to NCP is making strong noises in support.” He added that he is “reasonably confident” that when it comes to the crunch, “it would be extremely difficult even for the Congress party to take a contrarian view”. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has been approved by the Lok Sabha, is pending in the Rajya Sabha because of stiff resistance by the Congress, the largest party in the House, over a few proposals. “I hope… the Congress party would revisit its position. I certainly would be keeping the discussions with them on. I always said my preference is a consensus must emerge because all state governments across political complexion has to implement it and therefore, consensus is the better way,” Jaitley said. “And I do hope it moves in that direction. If consensus does not emerge, then the only other alternative is the parliamentary process. We will ask the Rajya Sabha and take a view on it.” The minister said the number count of all those that are supporting the GST shows that barring the AIADMK, which has some mixed voices, every other regional party has strong interest in passing the legislation because it helps these states. (MORE) PTI JD DP ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

Rio Games review panel recommends NRAI to make report public

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, heading the five-member review committee to probe the shooters Rio Games debacle, has submitted its report to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and recommended the apex body to “make it public in toto”. The air rifle ace, who had recused himself from questioning the shooters as he was himself a part of the team, said “I handed over the report of the NRAI review committee” to president Raninder Singh. “The committee unanimously has recommended to the NRAI president to make the report public in toto,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle. The 2008 Beijing Games gold medallist and former world champion acknowledged the effort put in by other members of the committee. “Many thanks to all members of the committee for their hard work. We spent more than 70 hours working this,” the 34-year-old added. While the panel wants the observations to be made public, one of conditions laid out by NRAI while forming the panel was that it would remain confidential. The NRAI had said the mandate of the committee “is to examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner” the causes behind shooting not securing any medal at the Rio Olympics. The committee had also been mandated to recommend concrete steps that NRAI must immediately undertake to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics. The order empowered the committee to go into a wide range of factors affecting the performance of the athletes. Bindra retired from the sport after his fourth-place finish in Rio. PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Kult Ambition is a Rs 5,999 smartphone with 3GB RAM, Android Nougat and 13MP camera

first_imgAfter launching Gladiator and Beyond, the Indian smartphone maker Kult has now unveiled another cheap smartphone dubbed Kult Ambition. This is company’s fourth smartphone after Kult 10, Kult Beyond and Kult Gladiator. These are all the budget phones. The Kult Ambition is priced at Rs 5,999 and available on Amazon.in from December 11, 2017.Kult Ambition sports a 5-inch ON-CELL HD IPS, display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The device is powered by a MediaTek MTK6737 SoC paired with 3GB RAM. The smartphone houses 32GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.On the optics front, Kult Ambition sports a 13MP rear AF camera and 5MP selfie camera. The phone is backed by a 2600mAh battery. Other connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an OTG support.”Ambition is our third launch within this quarter and is representative of the buoyant consumer sentiment around the brand Kult. We are dedicated to offer products that promise high reliability and compelling experience at a competitive price, and Kult Ambition is best suited to the needs of Indian youth who is a 24×7 digital native seeking to serve all his personal, entertainment and information needs through his device,” said Nitesh Gupta, director, New Product Development at Kult while commenting on the launch.Also Read: Kult Gladiator 4G smartphone with 5.5-inch display, Android 7.0 Nougat launched at Rs 6,999The Kult Ambition weighs 160 grams and runs on the Android Nougat 7.0 OS. The phone comes with pre-installed apps like Amazon.in app, Amazon Prime Video, Opera mini, Go2pay to recharge/Pay mobile bill.advertisementKult in September launched the Kult Gladiator, a budget smartphone at Rs 6,999. The phone comes with a larger battery size of 4000mAh and is powered by a 64-bit 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with ARM Mali 650 MHz GPU processor.last_img read more

Top 12 mistakes in creating cross-platform UIs, Part 1: Solution architecture

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Mistake #3: Squeezing fully rendered design into embedded devices. To show cool three-dimensional elements on a screen, a 3D design comes from a designer. Designers will often create fully rendered images, amounting to countless polygons (“Hey, it was working on the designer PC just fine. ”). It is left to the developer to try to squeeze the humongous 3D objects into a small device (See Figure 2). It either makes everything really laggy, or adds additional hours of work for the developer, or both.Figure 2: Fully-rendered images from designers lead to overly complex elements for developers (Source: The Qt Company). Also on 2D UIs, developers and designers sometimes use overly complex elements on the UI. The challenge is how to optimize that down, shaving and slimming images, elements and polygons to fit a small screen, while keeping the UX the same. Performance and/or time-to-market are often casualties along the way.Mistake #4: Using one coding language as a one size fits all. Customers often write too much of the application logic in HTML5, Javascript and/or QML. All these are declarative, scripting technologies that will use CPU resources differently from native C++. This typically leads to both performance and maintenance problems.Designing the software architecture from the get-go is important. Put on the UI layer first. Then put on C++ and lower layers (binary execution, native binary execution, possible GPU and CPU power used on those layers). When designing software architecture picking the right parts is important.A well performing Qt application has two major parts: The application logic and heavy lifting is written in C++, and UI and user interaction is written using a higher-level language, such as QML.Mistake #5: Treating updates and security as features. Say you’re working on a project, and you’re about two thirds of the way complete. Your customer then wants to add over-the-air software updates and security features. This is a mistake. Updates and security are NOT features. They are design mindsets and core parts of the overall software architecture.Way too often customers approach updates and security as something that you implement somewhere along the line among other features. They’re not that. Developers must plan and think ahead. What kind of security requirements are there? What parts of the software need regular updates? How do you enact this? How do you verify? It requires a mindset from Day 1. For example, if developers write something on the firmware layer critical for the UI, it may not be possible to update firmware in the same mechanism they can use to update the application layer and the UI.Mistake #6: Neglecting to optimize your “workspace” in your operating system We already discussed above about the optimization of the boot-up-performance (mistake #1), but there is more to it.Reference images for software engineering typically come with a lot of tools and features enabled. They are designed for developers to get an easy start on implementation in their projects. These tools all run simultaneously, but you either use them or you don’t. Start stripping away what you don’t need. Optimize. When this is not done, systems use their limited resources on embedded device to run useless processes in the background. Get rid of those.Many of the embedded projects work on Yocto-based images that are created with Yocto recipes. Unfortunately, those recipes are also notoriously difficult to use, as the level of documentation varies (see Figure 3). There are many vendors, and one needs to understand intimately the workings of hardware drivers, kernel and other parts of the system. This is an area where money spent on professional consultancy services typically pays back in time-to-market and improved performance.click for larger image Figure 3: Many embedded projects work on Yocto-based images created with intricate Yocto recipes are notoriously difficult to use (Source: The Qt Company). Part 2 of this short series on UI design will look at six more common UI development mistakes related to technology selection, user experience, and more. Santtu Ahonen works in The Qt Company as product manager of the Qt for Device Creation. Santtu has over 20 years of experience in product management on various high technology products including Nokia Maemo as Head of Developer Offering Product Management where Qt was essential part of the plan. Santtu joined back in to Qt technology and The Qt Company in spring 2017. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram As today’s devices and their respective user interfaces become more advanced, so does the creation and production of today’s user interfaces as well. Creating a UI for a modern-day device is often complicated enough as it is. However, when you want to make the UI for a specific custom embedded device, it can be a totally different beast to tame.We often see developers fall into various problem buckets, coming across the usual suspects of mistakes. In this short series, we dive into these problem areas and reveal the most common mistakes developers make when creating cross-platform UIs, starting in this article with 6 mistakes related to the application and solution architecture. Area 1: Application and Solution ArchitectureMistake #1: Misunderstanding memory consumption and memory use When a developer loads into graphical memory, some things to consider are what items to cache, in what order to load elements and how to build out the overall UX. Performance issues (often the case in smaller devices) differentiate between actual and perceived performance. For example, for actions that take a lot of time (actual performance), developers can throw a preloaded image on the screen to make the user think that things are happening faster (perceived performance). Qt, for one, has very good tools in solving and understanding that. It requires technical competence and tools in place to address those issues.Take, for example, an embedded Linux stack. Unpolished off the shelf, the underlying operating system alone can easily take 10 seconds to boot, and a vanilla Qt on top of it would take roughly a second (see Figure 1). Factoring in your application itself on top of that, and total bootup time sums up to ~15 seconds. With proper skills, tools and optimization, the bootup should only take a second or two.Figure 1: Time duration of bootup sequences differs greatly between unoptimized and optimized software stacks (Source: The Qt Company). When optimizing, developers need to slice down performance lags and understand where the real bottlenecks and time consumers are. This needs understanding and competence on how the memory is being used, in what order, and how to optimize that. If the solutions take a lot of time to boot, optimization hasn’t been done properly. It then shows businesses don’t value performance, which, I guess in the end is OK, since the customer bought it anyway?Mistake #2: Developing on PC before deploying to target hardware. This is the most common cardinal sin of embedded development. Designers and engineering teams spend way too long developing embedded solutions on PC only. They then deploy to target hardware too late in the project. This issue is often exacerbated further by the fact that the target hardware is typically new and not available for the teams in the early stages of the project.The later the design flaws, performance bottlenecks, errors or issues are discovered in a project, the more exponentially costly they are to fix. When comparing a PC to an embedded device, there is almost an unlimited amount of resources, memory and power in use, among other underlying factors. You may not realize the features you add impact performance, if they run just fine on PC. This results in major issues of rearchitecting and redoing large areas of software. What runs perfectly on PC desktop does not always run nor manage properly on embedded devices. Neglecting this impacts time-to-market, cost of ownership and engineering and maintenance cost.Is there a magic bullet? Yes, start deploying on target device from Day 1. Invest in tools that make this possible. Make sure the whole team, including designers, has access to the target hardware. If you don’t have the target device available, take something which is close to that and start with that from Day 1. Today, there is a good selection of off-the-shelf reference hardware that should get you close enough. If you must develop on PC only, then develop on PC, but plan for the consequences of rewriting and delays.center_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: single channel 16-bit DAC enables high density analog output modules without de-ratingNext Lattice: ultra-low power sensAI enablement of AI in edge deviceslast_img read more

CONE PARK NOW HIRING FOR WINTER OPENING SEASON

first_imgPROGRESS IS CONTINUING ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF CONE PARK IN MORNINGSIDE, AND THE CITY IS NOW LOOKING TO HIRE WORKERS TO STAFF THE PARK THIS WINTER.PARK SPOKESMAN ERIC GRIFFITH SAYS THE CITY IS LOOKING TO FILL OVER 40 PART TIME POSITIONS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CONE-JOBS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………OR MORE A WEEK. :16THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF JOBS, INDOORS AND OUTDOORS, INCLUDING MAKING SNOW:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CONE-JOBS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……CONCESSION STAND. ;06THE PARK IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN AROUND DECEMBER 20TH.ANYONE INTERESTED MAY APPLY ON LINE AT www.sioux-city.org OR BY STOPPING IN TO CITY HALL DOWNTOWN AT 6TH AND DOUGLAS STREETS.last_img read more

Happy Birthday, Anil Kumble! 14 quick facts on ‘Jumbo’

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 17, 2016UPDATED: October 17, 2019 11:45 IST Anil KumbleThe former captain of the Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble, was born on October 17, 1970. Today, the only bowler after Kapil Dev to have captured 400 Test wickets celebrates his birthday.There are not many bowlers to have bowled an overwhelming 72 overs in a test innings and there are not many who have played with a broken jaw. Anil Kumble has done it all. On his birthday, listed here are some facts you surely should not miss about him.Some facts you should definitely know about ‘Jumbo’ Anil Kumble:Kumble has a BE degree from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Mechanical EngineeringHe is nicknamed ‘Jumbo’ because his feet are quite bigKumble joined Young Cricketers club when he was 13Kumble played his first domestic match at the age of 19 for Karnataka, against Hyderabad, in 1989Kumble held the record for being the fastest Indian bowler to reach 50 test wickets (in only 10 test matches) before Ravichandran Ashwin broke the record in 9 testsKumble holds the record for the maximum number of caught and bowled dismissals in testsIn 2004, Kumble became the third spinner in the history of Test cricket after Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan and the second Indian bowler after Kapil Dev to capture 400 Test wicketsKumble is one of the only two bowlers ever to have taken all ten wickets in a Test innings, taking 10 for 74. Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi in February 1999In 2006, he took his 500th Test wicketIn June 2006, Kumble passed Courtney Walsh on 520 Test wickets to take 4th placeAfter returning to India from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, he announced his retirement from ODI Cricket on March 2007Kumble was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995He was announced as the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996The Government of India presented ‘Jumbo’ with the Padma Shri in 2005.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Anil Kumble Happy Birthday, Anil Kumble! 14 quick facts on ‘Jumbo’As Anil Kumble celebrates his birthday today, here are 14 facts about the former Indian cricket you would like to know.advertisementlast_img read more

GPH Inks 30Year Concession for Antigua Cruise Port

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has signed a 30-year concession agreement with Antigua and Barbuda for cruise port operations in Antigua on an exclusive basis.The company said that the deal was agreed following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on November 9, 2018.Under the terms of the concession deal, Global Ports Holding would use its global expertise and operating model to manage the cruise port operations in Antigua. In addition, GPH would finance the completion of the ongoing construction of a new pier which will allow the port to handle Oasis-class ships.Furthermore, the company said it would invest in improving the current retail facilities and designing and financing the construction of new purpose-built retail and F&B facilities.The commencement of the concession is subject to a number of final conditions being satisfied, including the group securing suitable financing. GPH added that it is in advanced discussions with local and international banks in relation to long-term bank financing for the concession.Full financial closure and commencement of the concession is expected to occur in the first half of 2019.The development marks the group’s second expansion step into the Americas, after the signing of a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban company Aries S.A. for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba, in May 2018.last_img read more

IT WAS ELECTRIC — MUSICIANS SHARE THEIR TOP MASSEY HALL MEMORIES BEFORE

first_imgAdvertisement It’s not a farewell, just a happy/sad “see ya soon.” But it’s still going to feel pretty weird when it finally sinks in, after Canada Day, that the beloved Toronto live venue Massey Hall will really, truly not be opening its doors again for at least two years.Sunday’s farewell show will be the last of three sold-out performances by seasoned Massey veteran Gordon Lightfoot, who’s already trod the boards in that storied, 124-year-old concert hall at least 166 times in his 79 years on this planet. After a staff party planned for July 3 — during which Deane Cameron, CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, promises “you can be sure anyone who plays any kind of music will be up on that stage” — the tear-down begins towards a massive “revitalization” project that will include the restoration of 100 stained-glass windows ringing the theatre, the installation of removable seating on the floor, expansion of the downstairs Centuries lounge to create a secondary live venue beneath the main hall, and construction of a seven-storey tower to the south of the original building that will feature yet another 500-capacity live venue on the fourth floor. The plan is to reopen in the fall of 2020.As we prepare to bid temporary adieu to one of the cornerstones of our city’s endlessly lively music scene, the Star asked Canadian musicians who have been fortunate enough to play Massey Hall to share fond memories of the favourite shows they’ve seen and/or played there over the years. Unsurprisingly, we got a lot of enthusiastic responses. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Metro services affected after electricity connection trips

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted on Wednesday morning after electricity connection tripped at the Jatin Das Park Metro Station. Since the disruption occurred during peak hours, passengers had to face immense inconvenience reaching their destinations. Services resumed almost after 17 minutes.According to sources, on Wednesday at around 10:40 am, a Dum Dum-bound non- Air Conditioned (AC) rake came to a halt as power supply to it was cut off due to some unknown reason. The motorman tried to start the rake but in vain. Having no other way, the Metro authority cut off the power also to the Kavi Subhas-bound line for necessary repair works. Passengers were also evacuated in the process. Later, engineers of Metro Railway managed to restore the power but what caused the trip is still unknown. Metro authorities stated that at 10.42 am, a non-AC train was held up at Jatin Das Park Metro Station. Power was restored and the train left at 10.59 am. Earlier on Sunday morning, Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes after water from a sewerage line overflowed and spilt on to the tracks at the Rabindra Sarobar station. According to sources, at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed the Metro authorities at the station about the glitch. Within minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went attended to the problem and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water had overflowed and reached the track. Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power was restored.last_img read more

WestJet pilots vote 62 in favour of forming first union at Canadas

CALGARY — The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement that the airline (TSX:WJA) is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The airline has long opposed unionization and has seen several union votes fail over the years, including a pilot vote in 2015.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Pilots at WestJet have so far been represented by the internal company WestJet Pilots’ Association.More to come…The Canadian Press read more

Indonesian President briefed on developments in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Indonesia share valuable partnerships in regional and international fora including NAM, IORA and are partners in the Indian Ocean affairs, he said.On the bilateral front, recalling the age old connections between the countries and the contemporary relations formalized shortly after independence, the Ambassador observed the need to further invigorate the engagement especially in the political, trade, investment and tourism spheres. Other areas identified for focused cooperation include, marine and fisheries matters, education, commercial agriculture, cooperation between the Legislatures etc also require further invigoration, he said. Ambassador Dharshana Perera expressed his firm commitment to work closely with the Government of Indonesia to ensure that the relationship becomes more robust and mutually rewarding. Ambassador Dharshana M. Perera is a career diplomat recruited to the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1996. He is a graduate (E) from the University of Peradeniya and an old boy of S. Thomas College Mt. Lavinia. This is his first appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been briefed on the latest developments in Sri Lanka following the elections held last year.The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Indonesia, Dharshana M. Perera presented his Credentials to the President of Indonesia at the Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace) in Jakarta yesterday, the Foreign Ministry said today. The event at the Palace included the ceremonial Guard of Honour and the playing of the National Anthem. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Mrs. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, senior officials of the Indonesian President’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among those present at the occasion. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka was among 12 other Ambassadors who presented Credentials to the President of Indonesia yesterday. During the discussion which followed the presentation of credentials, the Ambassador briefed the President on the developments in Sri Lanka following the elections in 2015 relating to the resolute steps taken to strengthen democracy, rule of law and good governance and the strong impetus placed on reinvigorating the economic and development agenda. read more

Bangladesh dressing room damaged after heated Sri Lanka match

A heated exchange between the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi players during the incident saw Shakib Al Hasan calling his team off the field with just a few runs needed for Bangladesh to win the game.The Bangladesh team returned to the field and hit the winning runs to beat Sri Lanka by two wickets. India is already in the final and Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka battled it out for a chance to enter the final. The game got heated when the Bangladesh team felt they had not been awarded no-balls for the height of some deliveries bowled by Sri Lanka in the final over. The dressing room of the Bangladesh cricket team was found damaged following a heated cricket match with Sri Lanka in Colombo.Bangladesh won the match and knocked out Sri Lanka from the final of the tri-nation tournament which also features India. It was reported that even after the match was over tensions flared between some Sri Lankan and Bangladesh players.The dressing room of the Bangladesh team was later found damaged with glass on the floor. (Colombo Gazette)Picture courtesy twitter @AzzamAmeen read more

US factory orders surge record 105 per cent in July but business

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 8:57 am MDT US factory orders surge record 10.5 per cent in July but business investment category slips WASHINGTON – Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.But outside of transportation, orders actually fell slightly during the month although the setback was expected to be temporary.Factory orders rose 10.5 per cent in July, the biggest one-month increase on records going back to 1992, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Orders for civilian jetliners rose four-fold. But excluding transportation, orders edged down 0.8 per cent and a key category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans fell 0.7 per cent.Manufacturing has been a source of strength this year, helped by robust demand for new cars, other consumer items and business equipment. Economists expect that strength to continue.The report showed that durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, were up 22.6 per cent in July, unchanged from the estimate in a preliminary report last week. Orders for nondurable goods such as paper, chemicals and food were down 0.9 per cent in July after a 0.4 per cent increase in June.In addition to the surge in demand for airplanes, orders for motor vehicles and parts rose 7.3 per cent, reflecting continued strong consumer demand for new cars and trucks.But there was slippage in other areas. Orders for primary metals such as steel fell 0.3 per cent, demand for machinery was down 1.2 per cent and orders for computers and other electronics products fell 14.7 per cent.Despite this weakness, most economists expect that manufacturing production will provide solid support for economic growth in the second half of this year.While a key category viewed as a proxy for business investment plans dropped 0.5 per cent in July, the dip followed a sizable 5.4 per cent increase in June. The government reported last month that investment by businesses in new equipment grew at a solid 10.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June period, erasing a decline in the first three months of the year.Factory output rose for a sixth consecutive month in July, increasing by 1 per cent. The gain was led by a jump in production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals.In a sign that momentum in manufacturing was continuing, the Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday that its gauge of manufacturing activity grew in August by the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.The index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.One potential threat to the optimistic outlook for U.S. manufacturing is a slowdown overseas. Turmoil in Ukraine, the lingering problems from Europe’s debt crisis and slower growth in China could all weigh on U.S. exports to key overseas markets. read more

November van and truck market continues upward trend growing 191

UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change on 2010 Trucks4,50321.5%38,33322.5%41,50724.4% Total27,18719.1%280,07118.1%300,33118.6% Vans22,68418.6%241,73817.4%258,82417.7% Van and truck registrations up 19.1% to 27,187 units in November, rolling year up 18.6% to 300,331.Truck registrations up 21.5% to 4,503 in the month, rolling year up 24.4% to 41,507.Van registrations up 18.6% to 22,684 units in November, rolling year up 17.7% to 258,824. “November saw the commercial vehicle market continue on its upward trend with 19.1% more registrations in the month,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Both the van and truck market saw growth, building on the strong market we’ve seen throughout this year. London’s new Low Emission Zone comes into effect on 3 January, requiring drivers of older vans and trucks to upgrade their vehicles, so we expect to see a slight last minute boost to registration levels.”Follow the link to download the full commercial vehicle news release and data tablesClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) November% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change read more

Activision is closing down Bizarre Creations after all

first_imgBack in November, Activision surprised and horrified gamers all across the country when it was rumored that they were in the process of closing down Bizarre Creations, the incredibly talented in-house studio behind the Project Gotham Racing series, Geometry Wars and Blur. Activision quickly clarified matters in the face of consumer outrage, saying that were not closing the studio, but that they were instead trying to sell their recent 2007-era acquisition to another publisher. Gamers heaved a sigh of relief: Bizarre Creations was an incredible dev, and didn’t deserve to die.Well, guess what? A few months later, Activision’s now killing off Bizarre after not being able to find a buyer. They swear they’re not leaving the team out high-and-dry, though:“We of course care about this team. We’re offering the studio as many resources as possible, including counselling, external placement services and external career fairs.” Boy, if you only cared about the team enough to keep them open and give them another chance. If only you put the resources in. What weirdo moon man accounting can possibly explain how a company that made $650MM in a single week on Call of Duty: Black Ops can’t afford to keep open one of their best and most innovative studios?What bull. Gamers have lost an amazing developer today.Read more at Developlast_img read more

Should the Group of Six participate in elections without electoral reform

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAY Should the Group of Six participate in elections without electoral reform?This is the question of the Day. To address this question, we will first review the press release issued by the Gambia Opposition For Electoral Reform (GOFER) and state point by point what their proposals and demands are and then analyse whether fulfillment or non-fulfillment of the demands and proposals will render any participation in elections to be feasible or foolhardy.See Monday issue for the answer to the question.last_img read more

Grenada Minister of Implementation tours Cheshire Hall Medical Centre

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo credit & Press release: InterHealthCanada Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – Minister of Implementation, Honourable Emmalin Pierre of Grenada conducted a tour of Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Wednesday January 18th, 2017 in conjunction with a fact-finding mission on healthcare delivery in Turks and Caicos Islands as Grenada prepares to implement a National Healthcare Programme during the second half of 2017.Honourable Pierre was accompanied by Grenada’s NHI Coordinator, David Phillip. The tour was requested by TCI’s National Health Insurance Board and led by TCI Hospital’s Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant. Minister Pierre also met with other healthcare stakeholders during her visit to Turks and Caicos from January 17th – 19th 2017. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Growing a new kelp industry in Alaska

first_imgAquaculture is not new in Alaska. And now a company in Southeast is hopeful it’s found a new crop to grow in state waters- kelp, or seaweed. But before the state gives the green light to the fledgling industry, it needs answers to some pretty basic questions. From Juneau, Amanda Compton has more.Listen nowlast_img

Authorities Investigate Suspicious Fires at Black Churches

first_imgBy The Associated PressAuthorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of “suspicious” fires at three African- American churches in recent days.During a news conference April 4, Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said it wasn’t clear whether the fires in St. Landry Parish are connected and he declined to get into specifics of what the investigation had yielded so far but described the blazes as “suspicious.”Firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church April 4, 2019, in Opelousas, La. (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)“If you’re going to turn to a house of God, turn to it for resurrection,” he said.State Fire Marshal’s spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigues says all three churches have African-American congregations. She said all possibilities on the cause and potential motives are being investigated.The ATF and the FBI also are involved in the investigation, Browning said. He said that more than 40 people from the marshal’s office are working on the investigation, which he described as “extremely active right now.”The first fire occurred March 26 at the St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and the second happened April 2 when the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas caught fire.Then Thursday morning the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas caught fire.The churches were vacant at the time of the fires, and no one was injured.Pastors from 10 area churches gathered April 4 to discuss the fires and show support for the affected churches, The Advocate newspaper reported.The pastors said each of the churches was well over 100 years old.The Rev. Harry Richard of Greater Union Baptist Church told the newspaper that he doesn’t want people to panic.“I don’t know who’s doing it or why they’re doing it, but I don’t want to be the one to inject race into it,” he said.last_img read more