SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Keeping the ice frozen isn’t easy in Malaysia, a steamy, winterless country where snow is unheard of, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees C (68 F) and humidity hovers at 80 percent.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Asia is not known for ice games but I think this is a great milestone to develop this even further in the future.”He added: “It’s a beautiful rink compared to what we have in Indonesia, so we don’t want to complain about the wet or anything.”Tan, Indonesia’s coach, also brushed off any concerns about the surface, saying a few puddles were “normal” in Asia.“I’m happy for the development of the sport of ice hockey. It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey Read Nextcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters In this photo taken with a tilt and shift lens, Indonesia’s players warm-up before their ice hockey match against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANPuddles on the rink didn’t dampen enthusiasm as ice hockey made its Southeast Asian Games debut in tropical Malaysia, a country with no winter months but with ambitions in winter sports.As the hosts beat Indonesia 10-3 in the first SEA Games ice hockey game, marshalls with squeegees had to mop up water after the ice started to melt in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. View commentslast_img read more

Atletico Nacional want Club World Cup win for Chapecoense

first_imgAtletico Nacional want to win the Club World Cup as a tribute to tragedy-struck Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, midfielder Jhon Mosquera said on Monday.Most of the Chapecoense team perished in a plane crash that killed all but six of the 77 people on board as they approached Medellin airport late last month to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico. (Privilege to play Barcelona: Chapecoense)The Copa Libertadores and Colombian champions arrived in Osaka on Saturday still reeling from the shock of the tragedy but must shift their focus to Wednesday’s semi-final against local side Kashima Antlers.”The team (Chapecoense) is always in our hearts and our minds,” Mosquera was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. (CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense )”Every time we play and we win, it is a homage to their team. I think the entire world soccer community has been affected by this tragedy and everyone will remember them forever.””We are all happy to be here because it’s a dream to be participating in this tournament,” Mosquera added. (Chelsea’s Brazilians lead tributes to Chapecoense victims)”We want to do whatever we can to get to the final.””We’ve always watched the games and we think it’s an amazing tournament. It gets a lot of attention because the world’s best teams are here and we have a great opportunity here. We have plenty of motivation to win.”last_img read more

We need to be challenging Liverpool and City next season, says Solskjær

first_imgShare via Email West Ham United Read more Manchester United Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjær needs to be more than just not-Mourinho at Manchester United newscenter_img Topics Herrera is believed to be a target for Paris Saint-Germain when his deal expires at the end of the season, and the player has so far resisted Manchester United’s offer of an extension.“Maybe his future has been a worry for him and maybe that’s part of the reason he picked up another injury,” Solskjær said.“All I know is that he’s been working really hard to get back fit again after the injury he sustained against Liverpool. I can’t really comment on how far we are down the line with his contract talks, we’ve been letting him focus on his fitness. He’s not happy at the moment because he cannot help his teammates. He loves to play, he would always give his all whether he has five weeks or five years left on his contract. I would have no problem playing him either but he will not be ready for West Ham, hopefully we might see him against Manchester City or Chelsea.”Despite a downturn in results Solskjær is sticking to his original targets of 15 points from the last six league games and a top-three finish. “If we get 15 points I think we’ll make the top three because hopefully we’ll beat Chelsea at home,” he said. “We want top three. Top four is fine too, but we should aim for 15 points.” Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted he has some difficult decisions to make in the summer to return Manchester United to what he considers their rightful place. At the moment the manager is still confident his side can reach third or fourth place to guarantee Champions League football for next season, though he is aware that is not enough.“We need to be challenging again. Liverpool and Manchester City are too far ahead of us at present,” Solskjær said. “I’m under no illusions. This is going to be hard work, not plain sailing.“Over the summer we need to be looking for the players who are capable of taking us forward, and we’ll have some tough decisions to make. We have a certain standard here, we want to see players step up like Fred and Scott [McTominay] did the other day against Barcelona. That’s what we expect, players who are not afraid of a challenge, because we are not always going to be winning 5-0, it’s not always going to be easy.”One decision that appears to have been made already is that Mike Phelan will be staying in his capacity as assistant, not taking up a new role as technical director. “I want Mick to carry on doing the job he’s doing,” Solskjær said. “He’s already more than an assistant manager, he’s a fantastic guy to have around.”Solskjær has confirmed Ander Herrera will miss the game against West Ham on Saturday with an injury picked up in training, while claiming the midfielder’s continued absence has nothing to do with stalled talks on a new contract. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.last_img read more

Former Ohio State Assistant Tom Herman Asked About Urban Meyer, Zach Smith

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who’s now the head coach at Texas, was asked today about what he knew about Urban Meyer, Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, following the news that surfaced on Wednesday.Herman, 43, was an assistant at Ohio State from 2012-14. Smith had been on the Buckeyes’ staff since 2015.The former Ohio State assistant coach left the Buckeyes to take over Houston’s program following the 2014 season.Herman told reporters today that he didn’t feel comfortable commenting on the situation, when the new allegations that surfaced against Smith took place in 2015 after he had left.“I really don’t think it’d be fair or appropriate, to be honest with you, to comment on a situation at another program that happened while I wasn’t there,” Herman told reporters.Herman asked about he, Tim Beck, and Stan Drayton’s ties to the Ohio State program: “I really don’t think it’d be fair or appropriate, to be honest with you, to comment on a situation at another program that happened while I wasn’t there.” #HookEm— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) August 2, 2018Other major college football coaches that’ve been asked about Urban Meyer and Ohio State have said similar things.Florida head coach Dan Mullen, who coached under Meyer, said he sent a text message to the Ohio State coach on Wednesday night, telling him he was thinking of him.Nick Saban said he believes Ohio State will handle the situation well, but didn’t want to comment any further.Urban Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave. Ohio State opens its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

Scott Moe wins on fifth ballot to replace Wall as Saskatchewan premier

first_imgSASKATOON – Immediately after he was chosen as the next premier of Saskatchewan Saturday night, Scott Moe threw down the gauntlet on the threat of a federal carbon tax by using a line from the prime minister’s late father.“We will not impose a carbon tax on the good people of this province,” Moe said after winning the Saskatchewan Party leadership.“And Justin Trudeau, if you are wondering how far I will go — just watch me.”It took five ballots in the preferential system for the former advanced education and environment minister to take the party’s top job. He beat out three other provincial cabinet ministers and a senior civil servant to win the leadership.As a former environment minister, Moe, who is 44, has been a central figure in Saskatchewan’s battle to resist the federal government’s insistence that provinces put a price on carbon. As the lone holdout among the provinces, Saskatchewan has said it will take the matter to the courts if necessary.The “just watch me” line was used by Trudeau’s father, Pierre, during the October Crisis in 1970, when he was asked by a reporter how far he was prepared to go to maintain law and order in Quebec.Moe was raised on a farm in the Shellbrook area, about 140 kilometres north of Saskatoon, where he still lives with his wife Krista. The couple has two children. Moe has a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and was first elected as a member of the legislature in the 2011 provincial election.Twenty years ago, he was involved in a car crash that left one person dead. He was given a ticket for driving without due care and attention, and he has since said the crash has shaped who he is as a person today.Moe takes over from Brad Wall, who has consistently ranked as one of the country’s most popular and well-known premiers.Wall surprised many in August when he announced he was calling it quits, as public anger lingered over an austerity budget that both raised taxes and made deep spending cuts.Wall pitched his departure as an opportunity for renewal within the Saskatchewan Party, which has been in power since 2007.Moe will lead a province in a very different fiscal and political position than the one Wall enjoyed for much of his tenure.Low resource prices have led to large public deficits, despite a recent increase to the provincial sales tax and deep program cuts.An investigation into a government land deal is in the hands of out-of-province prosecutors and could lead to charges.Moe has promised a plan to balance the Saskatchewan budget by 2019. He’s also promised to add 400 educational assistants and other educational professionals to classrooms across the province.While Moe won the leadership, it was Wall who gave one of the most fiery addresses of the night.On his way out after 10 years as premier, Wall delivered a final podium-pounding speech, taking aim at the Opposition NDP in his province and the governing New Democrats next door in Alberta.“It’s like their ideology has become an orthodoxy,” Wall said. “It’s like a church. You can picture it, can’t you, this church — thick orange shag rug in the aisle and lava lamps at the altar.”He blasted Alberta’s government for running a $10 billion deficit with no immediate plan to pay it back, and he warned the NDP in Saskatchewan would do the same.“Look next door,” Wall said. “They’ll add $30 billion to the debt of future Albertans in just three years, with no path to balance … at least none in the life of the current government.”At the same time, Wall heralded his government’s achievements around economic development and population growth, as well as its steadfast resistance to a carbon tax called for by the federal Liberal government.He also took a shot at the federal NDP and its anti-fossil fuel “Leap Manifesto.”“This thing could not be any more anti-Saskatchewan if it were called the ‘We Hate Bunny Hugs, Perogies and Vi-Co Manifesto,’” he said, referring to the uniquely Saskatchewan terms for hoodie and chocolate milk.The next provincial election in Saskatchewan is set for 2020.The Saskatchewan NDP, which will pick its own new leader later this year, congratulated Moe on his win, then went on the attack.“For the people of Saskatchewan, it’s going to be the same bad management and cruel and heartless cuts,” interim leader Nicole Sarauer said in a statement.Moe was remarkably low-key when speaking to reporters after his victory speech Saturday.“This is me being excited,” he insisted.“Obviously I am really, really excited … but to have the faith of the people of the province to go through a process like this, I feel very humbled — but I also feel very personally rewarded.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

‘Full House’ to big house in college scheme? Experts differ

BOSTON — Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? Experts say it may go either way.Some lawyers say a number of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law.Others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and co-operate.The parents arrested last week include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) as well as prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields.They face a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get far less than that.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press read more

Barrick Gold to talk with Tanzania on gold exports ban and US190M

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) said in its quarterly results that it will start discussions with the Tanzania government next week on a precious-metal export ban and other issues impacting its majority-owned Acacia Mining company.News of the talks come after Tanzania handed London-based Acacia a US$190-billion tax bill on Monday, alleging the 63.9-per-cent Barrick-owned company owes that much in back-taxes and penalties. Acacia disputes the assessment.Tanzania also imposed a export ban on concentrated gold and silver in March, which could impact about six per cent of Barrick’s estimated 5.3 million to 5.6 million ounces of gold production for the year through Acacia’s mines. But Barrick said it’s waiting until Acacia revises its guidance before changing its full-year production outlook.The Toronto-based miner reported a jump in net earnings to US$1.08 billion for the quarter ending June 30, up from US$138 million a year ago thanks to big gains from selling interests in the Veladero mine and Cerro Casale project.Adjusted net earnings for the quarter came in at US$261 million or US$0.22 per share, up from US$158 million or US$0.14 per share for the same quarter last year after higher gold production and lower costs.Cash flow for the period was US$43 million, down significantly from the US$274 million in the same quarter last year due to higher taxes paid, an increase in working capital and a planned increase in spending for future growth. read more

MR claims Government to collect Rs 2077 billion as taxes

“This increase in debt has been incurred for no other purpose than paying for the cost of inducing people to vote for the yahapalana Government. These enormous borrowings were not spent on any development work. When Government salaries are increased, and various other concessions given, it may give the recipient the feeling that he has got something. But very soon, he finds that whatever is given by this Government with one hand is taken away by the other. Due mainly to excessive taxation and currency depreciation, any salary increase given by this Government disappears almost immediately,” he said. The Government hopes to collect Rs. 2,077 billion as taxes in 2019, twice the amount that was collected 2014, Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.He said that all that money is to be wrung out of the public in a context where the annual growth rate has declined to 5% in 2015, 4.5% in 2016, 3.1% in 2017 and it is expected to be around 3% in 2018. Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka is now caught up in a vicious cycle of increasing Government spending for the electioneering needs of the incumbent Government, heavy borrowing to finance that expenditure and increased taxation of the public to service those loans. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the total outstanding Government debt increased from Rs.7,391 billion in 2014 to more than Rs. 11,859 billion by the end of 2018 – an increase of 62%. read more

Troubles murder trial soldier cites IRA shoutout in his defence

Mr Hutchings, who is suffering heart and kidney failure and undergoing dialysis, has been charged with the attempted murder of John Patrick Cunningham who was shot and killed as he ran from soldiers on patrol in June 1974. Mr Hutchings, who served in the Life Guards Regiment, is facing a judge-only trial in Northern Ireland… Revealing for the first time a key part of their defence strategy, lawyers said it was out of character for Dennis Hutchings to have fired the bullet that killed a civilian 45 years ago at the height of The Troubles. Lawyers for a 78-year-old former soldier say his peaceful arrest of an IRA terror cell shows he could not have shot and killed a Northern Irish man a day later.

Record number of patients admitted to AE with malnutrition amid growing social

In 2017/18 there were 8,537 such admissions, compared with 2,893 in 2008/9. Record numbers of pensioners are being admitted to hospital suffering malnutrition amid a growing social care crisis. Charities said the figures were “shocking,” with vulnerable people being left to starve for want of help at home or in care homes. The statistics from NHS Digital show a tripling in adult hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition in the past decade. Charities said pensioners had been found “living… Experts said the vast majority of such cases involve elderly patients, with malnutrition only diagnosed after they were admitted to hospital for other reasons, such as a fall.

Batman is Now Telltales Best Franchise

first_imgStay on target I’ll always appreciate what Telltale has done for the adventure game genre. Classics like Grim Fandango and Maniac Mansion have some of the funniest writing and thoughtful storytelling in a video game landscape more obsessed with dumb action. But they ruined their own flow and fun with frustrating arbitrary puzzles. Even a loving throwback to that era, Thimbleweed Park, was smart enough to make that design much smoother. But Telltale was brave enough to completely rethink the form.Founded by former LucasArts employees, Telltale Games initially made adventure games that followed in the old-school tradition. But its true breakout title, the 2012 debut season of the landmark episodic adventure game based on The Walking Dead, elegantly streamlined the genre into something enjoyable without qualifications.Not only it is the best piece of art based on the shambling zombie corpse of The Walking Dead franchise, but the way it turned narrative elements like dialogue choice and managing character relationships and branching storyline outcomes into gripping gameplay mechanics in their own right was revolutionary. It’s great for couples, too.However, even after adopting this rock-solid framework as its new path forward, Telltale’s post-Walking Dead output became shockingly spotty. Follow-up Walking Dead seasons failed to capture the original spark, especially since the main creatives left to form Campo Santo and develop Firewatch. Folks seem to generally like The Wolf of Among Us and Tales From the Borderlands, but games based on huge #brands like Minecraft and Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy seemed more interested in said #brands than in being good games.Imagine my surprise then that a modern Telltale game based on one of the biggest #brands around has now become the team’s strongest work since, well, Walking Dead season one. I’ve already talked at length about how the first season of Telltale’s take on Batman is great Caped Crusader comfort food. But The Walking Dead started strong as well, before running out of gas. However, now that I’ve finished the second season, Batman: The Enemy Within, it feels safe to say that Batman is now Telltale’s best franchise.Like the first season, Enemy Within takes advantage of just how much stellar stuff there is in the Batman mythos for storytellers to play with. Amanda Waller (voiced here by Debra Wilson) and the Suicide Squad. Lucius Fox’s whole family of tech geniuses. Catwoman’s ambiguity. Mr. Freeze’s tragedy. Jim Gordon and the less-than-stellar cops he has to work with. Alfred! Batman’s criminal alias Match Malone! (Even if he isn’t called that) Recent botched adaptations have made us forget this, but the core of Batman’s world is just so good from the start. One chef’s kiss of a dialogue prompt lets you to choose to passive aggressively grapple away instead of responding to the feds.The Enemy Within also somehow finds an original and compelling take on that most overexposed part of Bat-lore: The Joker. Following up on the first season, freed Arkham inmate and proto-Joker John Doe develops a creepy yet endearing friendship with both Batman and Bruce Wayne. But his needy yet violent nature leaves him torn between his obsession with Bruce and infatuation with a refreshingly take-charge version of Harley Quinn. And fulfilling the promise of Telltale’s branching narrative design ethos, the story can go in all sorts of directions subverting expectations of folks familiar with the comics and movies. The finale has two completely different potential takes on the Joker, villain or vigilante, even if bragging that the combined script is longer than the whole Dark Knight trilogy is a little much. Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time center_img Batman: The Enemy Within even manages to look and run way better than a typical Telltale game. The company gets a lot of flack for relying on increasingly old and broken and technology. The breakneck episodic release schedule makes it tough to re-examine something as fundamental as the underlying engine. But at least on PC where I played it, Enemy Within features significant visual upgrades compared to its predecessor released just a year previously.I’m still not entirely sure about the future of Telltale. After rapid expansion, late last year the developer laid off a significant amount of staff. Next up on the release calendar is the final season of The Walking Dead and sophomore seasons of Game of Thrones and The Wolf Among Us. But these two seasons of Batman, and teases for more (Justice League???), have reignited my interest in both this developer as well as this style of story-driven adventure game. Batman really is one of the World’s Finest.Purchase Batman: Telltale Series Season 1Purchase Batman: The Enemy WithinLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Startup bigwigs to attend PMs Startup India event on 16 January

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s Start-up India event, to be held on 16 January, will be attended by some big names in the start-up space, such as Japanese SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son, taxi-hailing firm Uber’s founder Travis Kalanick and collaborative workspace provider WeWork’s founder Adam Neumann.At the event, Modi will announce an action plan to support early-stage companies in the country.Search giant Google Inc will carry out a session titled “Launchpad Accelerator”, where early-stage start-ups can win $50,000 in non-equity investment by making “live pitches” to investors.Participants can interact with SoftBank president and chief operating officer Nikesh Arora on various issues related to fund-raising. Secretaries of major government departments will also answer queries on how the government will “create an enabling ecosystem for start-ups”.Taking into account the significance of the event in promoting start-up culture in the country, it will be telecast live in all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and central universities, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant told reporters.The live telecast will also be available for youth groups in over 350 districts of the country, according to Kant.Nearly 40 innovators, venture capitalists and angel investors from Silicon Valley, along with 1,500 founders of start-ups, will attend the event.Currently, India is home to 18,000 start-ups employing 3 lakh people, according to former director of Infosys TV Mohandas Pai. Pai expects the number of start-ups to increase to 1 lakh, creating 35 lakh jobs in the next 10 years.Modi, on his “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme’s telecast on 27 December last year, had announced the government would launch the action plan for “Start-up India, Stand-up India” on 16 January, 2016.”The action plan shall highlight initiatives and schemes being undertaken by the government to address various aspects relating to developing a conducive start-up ecosystem in the country,” Kant added.The formulation of the action plan is in its final stage, a government official who was a part of the drafting of the policy told Mint.”We have sent the policy to the Prime Minister’s Office. It is likely to be finalised by 10 January,” he said, requesting anonymity.The event will also witness workshops and panel discussions on topics including “Unleashing entrepreneurship and innovation: What do Indian start-ups need to grow and prosper”, “Celebrating women: Stories of innovative women entrepreneurs”, “How digitisation will change India’s future”, “Making Indian healthcare leapfrog”, “Financial inclusion is within reach” and “Show me the money: How do we capitalize entrepreneurship?””The objective is to reinforce commitment of the government towards creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of start-ups,” a DIPP statement said.last_img read more

43 abducted Malaysiabound Rohingyas rescued

first_imgRescued Rohingya refugees pose for photographs at the Border Guard Bangladesh camp in Teknaf on 8 February 2019. Bangladeshi border guards have rescued 30 Rohingya refugees from a coastal town who were waiting to board on boats which would “take them to Malaysia”, an official said on 8 February. Photo: AFPPolice have stopped 43 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat with a dozen women claiming they were abducted by traffickers, officials said Thursday.Acting on tip-offs, police found the refugees at two separate places in the southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar, raising the number of Rohingya being rescued from the traffickers to more than 100 in less than a week.About 740,000 of the Muslim minority fled Myanmar for Bangladesh after a military clampdown in the Buddhist-majority nation in August 2017.They have joined another 300,000 Rohingya who have already been living in overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar following previous bouts of violence.Officials fear many may end up being exploited by an internationally organised human smuggling racket who have previously sent thousands of Rohingya to Malaysia by boats until the authorities launched a crackdown in 2015 following the discovery of mass graves of refugees in Thailand.Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police unit, said they rescued 12 women—mostly in their 20s—from a residential room in Cox’s Bazar city early Thursday morning and arrested two alleged traffickers for “abducting” them.“The young women from the refugee camps were lured by the traffickers. They were promised they would be sent to Malaysia. They were then brought to Cox’s Bazar and kept in a house,” RAB spokesman Mashkur Rahman told AFP.Rahman said they were treating it as a case of abduction after the women claimed they were confined in a room without consent.In another drive late Wednesday, Cox’s Bazar police rescued another 31 Rohingya from the southern island of Maheshkhali, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) away from the overcrowded Kutupalong refugee camp.Local police chief Provash Chandra said the 14 women, 11 men and six children were hiding in a coastal forest at Maheskhali waiting to board a Malaysian-bound boat.“They paid some 20,000 taka ($240) each to the traffickers for the journey,” he said.He said they arrested a woman trafficker and were “searching for others”.Dangerous sign -An analyst said the latest discovery of Malaysia-bound Rohingya was a “dangerous” sign and shows the desperation at more than 30 refugee camps where the Rohingya live in bamboo and tarpaulin made shanties in squalid conditions.“It is very natural for the desperate refugees to attempt the risk to search for a better future,” Tasneem Siddiqui, who heads a Bangladeshi think tank on migration issues, told AFP.“They know the way is full of obstacles, yet many think this is their only way out,” she said.Authorities fear that more Rohingya will try to take boats to Malaysia while the Bay of Bengal remains calm before the arrival of monsoons at the end of March.last_img read more

Intel acquires Vertexai to join it under their artificial intelligence unit

first_imgAfter acquiring Nervana, Mobileye, and Movidius, Intel has now bought Vertex. ai and is merging it with their artificial intelligence group. Vertex. ai is a Seattle based startup unicorn with the vision to develop deep learning for every platform with their PlaidML deep learning engine. The terms of the deal are undisclosed but the 7-person Vertex.ai team including founders Choong Ng, Jeremy Bruestle, and Brian Retford will become a part of Movidius in Intel’s Artificial Intelligence Products Group. Vertex.ai was founded in 2015 and initially funded by Curious Capital and Creative Destruction Lab, among others. Intel said in a statement “With this acquisition, Intel gained an experienced team and IP (intellectual property) to further enable flexible deep learning at the edge.” The chipmaker does intend to continue developing PlaidML as an open source project. They will shortly transition it to the Apache 2.0 license from the existing AGPLv3 license. The priority for PlaidML will continue to be an engine that supports a variety of hardware with an Intel nGraph backend. “There’s a large gap between the capabilities neural networks show in research and the practical challenges in actually getting them to run on the platforms where most applications run,” Ng stated on Vertex.ai’s launch in 2016. “Making these algorithms work in your app requires fast enough hardware paired with precisely tuned software compatible with your platform and language. Efficient plus compatible plus portable is a huge challenge—we can help.” Intel is among many other giants in the tech industry making heavy investments in AI. Their AI chip business is currently at $1B a year. Their PC/chip business makes $8.8B while their data-centric business makes $7.2 billion. “After 50 years, this is the biggest opportunity for the company,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president said at Intel’s 2018 Data Centric Innovation Summit this year. “We have 20 percent of this market today…Our strategy is to drive a new era of data center technology.” The official announcement is stated in the Vertex.ai website. Read next Intel acquires eASIC, a custom chip (FPGA) maker for IoT, cloud and 5G environments Intel’s Spectre variant 4 patch impacts CPU performance SingularityNET and Mindfire unite talents to explore artificial intelligencelast_img read more

Silversea has been busy developing a fabulous wine

first_imgSilversea has been busy developing a fabulous wine program, with every major wine region in the world represented in the complimentary range, as well as every major wine grape. Approximately 160 different wines populate Silversea’s wine selection, which have been selected by the cruise line’s expert Wine Ambassador, Lawrence d’Almeida. Lauded by wine experts, it includes one of the largest and broadest choices of complimentary wines aboard any cruise ship, with roughly 70 different labels. Italian wines are particularly well represented in homage to the cruise line’s heritage. In correlation with Silversea vessels’ ports of call, local wines are added to Silversea’s wine selection to reflect the stunning destinations visited on an itinerary, which enables guests to travel deeper, sampling fine wines from across the world.Designed with wine-related destinations in mind, and hosted either by Lawrence, Silversea’s Wine Ambassador, or by qualified master sommeliers, the cruise line’s range of themed wine voyages unlock a number of unique oenological experiences across the world, from onboard lectures and tastings to shore-based excursions. These themed voyages enable guests to sample an exceptional range of wines and expand their knowledge, while visiting spectacular destinations and enjoying authentic experiences.Departing 18 October 2018 and arriving 31 October 2018, Silversea’s Silver Whisper will cruise between Lisbon and Fort Lauderdale during Silversea’s next wine voyage, for which the cruise line has partnered with Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia and the American Fine Wine Competition. The cruise will introduce guests to both ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ wines, in line with the ship’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.Guests will sample approximately 33 different varieties of sought-after Italian wines, which will be provided by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, a celebrated committee that unites the top Italian wineries. Subsequently, an additional 19 varieties of America’s best wines will be available, thanks to Silversea’s partnership with the American Fine Wine Competition.Co-founders of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), Monty and Sara Preiser of Napa and Florida will join the voyage as instructors/hosts and will present AFWC’s Double Gold Medal-winning wines and/or bottles from wineries named as ‘Winery of the Year’ to guests of the voyage. Illustrious members of the ASPI sommelier association, Giuseppe Vaccarini and Gennaro Buono, former best sommelier in the world and the best sommelier in Italy respectively, will each join a segment of the trans-Atlantic voyage – to the great benefit of the guests: Vaccarini will accompany guests on various wine-related shore excursions, while Buono will host an accredited propaedeutic sommelier course, meaning participating guests will disembark Silver Whisper with a recognised sommelier qualification.Silversea Wine Voyages can be found HERE. cruiseSilverseawinelast_img read more

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first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2018 7:43 am PDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2018 at 8:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 10, 2018 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. Now you don’t even have to go to Broadway to hear Springsteen’s sold-out show. Columbia Records said Friday, Nov. 2 the official two-disc soundtrack of “Springsteen on Broadway” will be released Dec. 14. A few days later, on Dec. 16, a filmed version of the show debuts on Netflix. “Springsteen on Broadway” has been extended three times. He had previously planned to end in February, then pushed it to June 30, then pushed that to Dec. 15. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Now you don’t even have to go to Broadway to hear Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out show.Columbia Records said Friday the official two-disc soundtrack of “Springsteen on Broadway” will be released Dec. 14. A few days later, on Dec. 16, a filmed version of the show debuts on Netflix.“Springsteen on Broadway” has been extended three times. He had previously planned to end in February, then pushed it to June 30, then pushed that to Dec. 15.In the show, Springsteen performs more than a dozen songs and tells stories about growing up in New Jersey. Tickets for the show at the Walter Kerr Theatre have been reselling for more than $1,000.___Online: http://brucespringsteen.net/broadway___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitscenter_img Soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is cominglast_img read more

Cyprus joins EU ban on Boeings

first_imgCyprus said Tuesday it has suspended all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes inside its airspace.The ban came to force at 9pm.The island said it was complying with an EU-wide suspension issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency after the accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same type.EASA has also suspended all commercial flights involving the models performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoJob Postings I Search AdsNeed To Make More? Start Your Job Search. Search Multiple Job PostingsJob Postings I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue BookConsidering a Hyundai Genesis? Start Here at Kelley Blue BookKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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