US Tops Czechs, 5-2, Canada Next

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 on Feb. 19, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.On Feb. 21, the U.S. will play Canada — a rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game — for a shot to become an Olympic champion. The Canadians held off Latvia 2-1, and they beat the Americans in overtime four years ago.“It’s a great opportunity,” American forward Max Pacioretty said. “They’re obviously the favorite coming into the tournament, and we’ve opened up a lot of eyes with our play, but we have more in the tank to give and to show. “We keep getting better every game and hopefully we’ll keep getting better after this one.”James van Riemsdyk gave the Americans a lead 1:39 into the game.They lost it a few minutes later when one of their defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, tried to clear the puck away from the front of the crease and it went off the left skate of Ryan Suter and got past Jonathan Quick.The Czechs were not as successful scoring on their own against Quick, who started ahead of 2010 silver-medal winning goaltender Ryan Miller and had 21 saves.Ales Hemsky was credited with a goal that two Americans touched after he did. Hemsky legitimately scored his second one, skating to the slot and snapping off a wrist shot that got past Quick’s blocker with 7 minutes left in the game.Brown put the U.S. up 2-1 at the 14:38 mark of the first, and David Backes made it 3-1 with 1.8 seconds in the period.Zach Parise piled on, pushing the Americans’ lead to 4-1 midway through the second period to chase goalie Ondrej Pavelec after he made just eight saves. He was replaced by Alexander Salak.The Americans shaped their roster with players who skate fast, hit hard, share the puck and score.“It starts off the ice,” Pacioretty said. “Everyone on this team realizes you have to play for the team and check your ego at the door. All of us are the top players on our team back home and you come here and you’re asked to play different roles.“You see everyone in the room, willing to go to the dirty areas, block shots, make hits. It’s nice to see when you see a guy like Patty Kane backchecking as hard as he can across the ice. It kind of puts things in perspective.”The U.S. has been tested only once in a 3-2, eight-round shootout against the host Russians in the preliminary round. The Americans have crushed the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia by a combined score of 17-4.While the Czechs had to play for a second straight day because they had to beat Slovakia in the qualification round just to reach the quarterfinals, the rested Americans were ready to roll after having two days off.The U.S. seemed to take advantage of having fresh legs, beating the Czech Republic to loose pucks all night long. “They had more energy,” Pavelec said. “It’s not an excuse, it’s just the way it is.”(Larry Lage, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FortisTCI Providenciales Outage Report

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 23, 2016 – On Thursday, September 22, 2016, FortisTCI (the Company) notified its customers on Providenciales of an outage affecting several customers.  The interruption in service lasted for approximately four hours and was the result of a failed component in the control system of one of the engines that affected the entire Leeward Highway generation station. The engine control component in question is important to the operation of the engines and the synchronization of the plant.System Control Operators recorded the initial outage affecting approximately five thousand customers throughout Providenciales at 7:53 a.m. Crews immediately began troubleshooting efforts.  At 8:44 a.m., a plant shutdown was required to perform testing and to locate the issue, which was later determined to be the faulty component in the control system of one of the engines. FortisTCI Engineers restored service to some customers at approximately 8:56 a.m. At the peak of the outage, approximately eight thousand customers experienced an interruption in service.  The team isolated the problem at 11:10 a.m. Shortly thereafter, at approximately 11:28 a.m., restoration of service to customers began. Service was restored by 11:50 a.m. to all customers.   North and Middle Caicos customers, served by an underwater cable from Providenciales, experienced a shorter outage time of approximately forty-five minutes before transfer to local backup generation occurred.As FortisTCI continues to invest and modernize the electricity grid, system outages will continue to become less frequent, but will be more complex in nature and may require more time to resolve. This will also prove true in the future, as the Company and the Country introduce distributed generation and renewable energy, which will affect the way in which the grid is managed. Over the last several years, the Company has significantly reduced outage occurrences by heavily investing in human resources and equipment, resulting in minimal interruptions that are routine in nature.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “I wish to thank all technical operations staff involved in the troubleshooting efforts and work carried out to restore services to our customers as quickly as possible, as well as the supporting customer service team. I also want to thank our customers for their patience. At FortisTCI, we are committed to ensuring that the Country continues to have world-class electricity service.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Questioning facebook freedom through art

first_imgArtist Puja Kshatriya is presenting her work Facebook of Reclaimed Identities, her new series of small formatted paintings soon at the India Habitat Centre. Her works are done on canvas with oil and  acrylic. She has also used the scratching technique where one adds scratches with blade to add effects to the strokes. Compared to Puja’s earlier works her recent paintings are small in size. Most of these works not more than three feet in size resemble the that of the frame of a computer screen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The images are those of flowers and faces of children. The irony that Puja wants to build up in this series becomes palpable when one comes to know that these faces belong to those children who do not have any access to Facebook or related activities. They may be featured in Facebook through somebody’s agency and in fact without their knowledge. The image infested realm of Facebook often uses and abuses the identity of people who are randomly photographed without consent, credit or remuneration. Seen against this context of Facebook abuse, Puja’s works speak of the realms and identities that are incapacitated by the overuse of the medium. Hence, Puja’s works open up a critical body of paintings that suggestively questions the so called Facebook freedom. Inversely, the artist acknowledges the medium’s power to give a face to those people who otherwise will never have a face in the world of internet. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFacebook for Puja Kshatriya is an operative metaphor in her works. She portrays faces and events through emblematic registrations. Pursuing her passion for the arts over the last forty years, Puja has earned great admiration and accolades for her work, with exhibitions in Dubai, Jakarta, London and Singapore amongst others.Departing from the traditional style of painting, along with acrylics, Puja uses the blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers of oil colours are applied and then the blade is used to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied. This technique gives a sculptural effect to the figures.last_img read more

New App Turns Your Mobile Keyboard Into a GIF Library

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global I’m writing this post in an email, and want to show how I’m feeling. Why? Because a new, interesting product came out this morning. And how exactly does it make me feel? Well, like THIS:How did I add that so easily? Well, like this:This is Giphy Keys. It’s available for iOS (with Android coming later), and turns your keyboard into a GIF-search and creation machine. One installed, pulling it up is simple: Any time you’re using your normal keyboard, just hold the globe to the left of the keyboard and then pick Giphy’s.From there, you can use Giphy Keys’ many functions — searching for GIFs by keyword or through various menus, like emotions (OMG, LOL, etc.) and subjects (animals, cartoons, etc.). Or, tap the eight-ball icon to bring up a few GIF-making tools — an animation of whatever words you type, or a silly GIF that displays the weather. Choose the GIF you want, and easily plop it into your text, email, or anything else.Related: 8 Free Mobile Apps College Students Should Download ASAPIt’s a fun, quick tool. But here’s why it’s so intriguing: Giphy Keys essentially replaces some of the reasons that people would use Giphy’s pre-existing tools. (Giphy is the Internet’s biggest GIF company, and the reason you’re able to pull up GIFs inside Twitter, Facebook Messenger and hundreds of other apps. Read more about them here.) Take, for example, Giphy’s first app, which is a mobile search engine for GIFs. That app also finds GIFs and makes them easy to text or email — but the process wasn’t seamless. If I were texting a friend, I’d first have to close the text app, open Giphy’s app, and then find the GIF I wanted. Giphy Keys lets me skip Giphy’s app entirely.And Giphy? They’re not concerned about that.”The thing is, we’re not a keyboard company, we’re not a mobile app company, and we’re not just a search engine,” says Julie Logan, director of brand strategy. “Giphy is a lot of things, so we’re not concerned about cannibalizing our other products. We want to be everywhere where you want to have GIFs. There’s no one silver bullet that we have. Being everywhere is our thing.”In fact, this cannibalization is part of Giphy’s strategy. When I was on my laptop and wanted to email a GIF to a friend, I used to go to Giphy.com, search for the right GIF, then paste it into my email. Then I discovered Giphy’s Gmail plugin, which creates a little icon on the bottom of my email window. If I tap it, up pops a miniature GIF search engine. That’s way easier for me — I no longer have to go to Giphy.com. So, now I don’t.Some companies may be hesitant to release products like this. After all, Giphy’s Gmail plugin means that Giphy gets less web traffic from me. And Giphy Keys means that I’ll spend less time inside Giphy’s own app. But Giphy says that’s just because I’m a particular kind of user, with very particular needs. “We definitely are interested to see how users respond to it,” Jillian Fischer, the company’s director of mobile products, tells me. “You’re saying you’d just use the Giphy app when you wanted to find a GIF. There are other users who just browse through it for entertainment and discovering things, and then they say, ‘Oh, cool, I want to share this,’ and they share it.”Related: Everything You Need to Know About SnapchatIn other words, one product doesn’t fully cannibalize another. It just splits users up into groups, giving each group the tool they prefer. Now do you see why I’m so intrigued? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img May 3, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more