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Goa Congress moves to remove Speaker

first_imgCongress MLAs in Goa on Friday submitted a 14-day notice to the Goa State Legislature Secretary, preparatory to moving a motion for the removal of the Speaker, Pramod Sawant.The notice comes while the House is not in session.The move by the opposition party is seen as a bid to mount pressure on the BJP-led coalition government in Goa with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and two other senior Ministers incapacitated due to ill health.The Congress Legislative Party has already submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha earlier this week claiming that the BJP-led government was in a minority and that it should be asked to take a floor test in the House.Friday’s notice, which was signed by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and other MLAs, was filed under rule 243 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly said: “We the undersigned MLAs of Goa do hereby propose to move the following motion for removal of Dr. Pramod Sawant as Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Goa on expiry of 14-day notice period”. The notice moved by the Congress to remove the Speaker would facilitate a motion for floor test, but will come into operation only after the House is summoned. An Assembly session to facilitate the floor test can only be summoned by the Governor on the advice of the Cabinet. Following Mr. Parrikar’s hospitalisation last week, the BJP’s allies — the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) and three Independent legislators — have stepped up pressure for more power sharing.last_img read more

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Boxing: Superstar Anthony Joshua re-signs 3-year promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing

first_imgAdvertisementUnified IBF, WBO, and WBA world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) has reportedly signed a three year deal with Matchroom boxing for a staggering £100m.Joshua has an upcoming fight against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22.He also has a tentative date set for April 13, 2019. As one of the top earners in boxing, this keeps Matchroom among the top promotional companies in the sport. There had long been an expectation within boxing circles that Joshua would eventually sign for an American promoter – traditionally the most lucrative and influential – but his agreement with Matchroom is a further demonstration of British boxing’s growing power.Further, this boosts the profile of their recently launched DAZN boxing app.Though expected, Joshua’s ongoing commitment to Matchroom and Sky Sports will likely prove problematic when the time comes to negotiate terms for a domestic fight with Tyson Fury, who is signed to Frank Warren and BT Sport.“I am delighted to extend our promotional agreement with Anthony and also extend his relationship with Sky Sports,” said Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prakash Padukone has a solution to increase India’s medal tally at Olympics

first_imgAfter bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone.P.V. Sindhu’s silver medal in the badminton women’s singles and a bronze from wrestler Sakshi Malik at the Rio Games was considered a sorry return for a nation of 1.3 billion people. (Rio miss will hurt me for the rest of my life: Sushil Kumar to India Today)India have won a total of 28 medals since first competing at the Olympics in 1900 but a government think tank has come up with a strategy it hopes will help the country to 50 medals in 2024, including prioritising 10 sports.Padukone, an outlier who emerged from India’s backwaters to win the All England in 1980, 12 years before badminton made its debut as a medal sport at the Barcelona Games, thinks funding should be channelled into fewer sports. (India target to win 50 medals in 2024 Olympic Games)”There are only five or six sports where we can get a medal,” he told Reuters at his badminton academy in Bangalore. “We have chances in archery, boxing, badminton, wrestling, shooting and in team sport, hockey.””Basically, we need to identify these sports and focus right now and provide as much funds. And then may be someone like gymnast, Dipa Karmakar, because she’s an exceptional talent.” (PV Sindhu strikes Gold after Rio Silver)Padukone said India should follow the United States’ and Britain’s approach by starting preparations at least four or five years ahead of an Olympics.advertisement”The preparation for the Tokyo Games should start from yesterday. I think we should be realistic and aim for 10 medals, nothing more than that,” he said.MAJOR FLAWSPadukone added that success depended on having the right coaching and suggested bringing in foreign expertise.”One of the major flaws which we need to address is to coach our coaches,” Padukone said. “In those sports where we don’t have the expertise, we should hire top coaches in the world. (India need to focus on athletes and stop faux pas at world events)”In one year, these foreign coaches can train 100 coaches. We need to create a separate institute for coaches where they are provided every possible facility in terms of theoretical knowledge, practical training and scientific support.”There also needed to be change at the top with the Indian Olympic Association and sports federations, Padukone said.”What India lacks is professionalism in sports federations. We need to have right people,” he added.”They need not know anything about sports, but should be willing to learn. The Indian Institute of Management guys who know finance, marketing, etc. are the right people.”Padukone said India could learn from the England badminton association. (‘Want to make India a boxing superpower’)”They have a CEO and then they have different departments like marketing, development, sponsorship, coaching, etc,” he said.”Each department is headed by somebody and every year they have a target to meet.”Sindhu’s silver medal and K. Srikanth’s appearance in the men’s singles quarter-finals in Rio have boosted Indian hopes of multiple badminton medals in Tokyo.”It’s difficult to predict, but it’s possible to get medals in men’s singles and ladies singles, or maybe two in men’s singles or two in ladies singles,” said the former world number one.”There’s more possibility in men’s singles than in ladies singles as we have six or eight players among the top 10 to 40 but again I’m not taking anything away from women’s players.”last_img read more

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Hockey India name 28-member Jr. womens core group

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Hockey India today named a 28-member core group for the junior womens national camp, which will begin on September 3 in Bhopal to prepare the team for the Australian Hockey League. The core group will be trained by Baljeet Singh Saini, the coach of junior womens squad during the 20-day camp. The players will report to the camp at Sports Authority of India, Bhopal. The players were picked after an intense selection trials conducted under the watchful eyes of David John, Director High Performance, Hockey India. The group has seven defenders, nine mid-fielders and as many forwards apart from three goalkeepers. “This group of talented players were selected based on their performance in the 7th Hockey India National Hockey Championship 2017 (Women). The Group was further assessed during the previous national camp in SAI, Bengaluru where the group was selected basis their speed, agility, skill and basic understanding of the game,” a Hockey India release stated. While the vision is to qualify for the prestigious 2020 Junior Womens World Cup, the upcoming camp will train for the forthcoming Australian Hockey League which will see a combination of senior and junior players represent the Indian team, the release added further. “This core group will be put through a 20-day camp before we finalise the team for the Australian Hockey League (AHL) which saw participation from the Indian junior mens team last year. This year we will have India A team for women too taking part in the AHL and I believe it will be great exposure for the young players to compete against teams such as Victoria and New South Wales in the early rounds,” Saini said. “The team will be a combination of newcomers and players with international exposure who are Under-23 years of age.” Core Group: Goalkeepers: Divya Thepe, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Kushboo. Defenders: Neelu Dadiya, Ashmita Barla, Priyanka, Suman devi Thoudam, Salima Tete, Ritu, Manisha Chauhan. Midfielders: Udita, Ishika Choudhary, Mahima Choudhary, Gagandeep Kaur, Nilanjali Rai, Mariana Kujur, Baljeet Kaur, Reet and Sadhna Senger. Forwards: Preeti Dubey, Sangita Kumari, Jyoti, Navpreet Kaur, Mumtaz Khan, Karishma Singh, Deepika Soreng, Amrinder Kaur and Lalrindinki. PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Pakistan hockey captain lashes out at team management

first_imgKarachi, Dec 20 (PTI) Pakistan captain Muhammad Rizwan senior has lashed out at the team management and authorities, saying it is unfair to blame senior players for the national team’s debacle at the men’s hockey World Cup in India. “The people in the management are now trying to blame six or seven of the senior players for what happened in the World Cup which is totally unfair,” Rizwan said. “The fact is that we have to stop these ad-hoc arrangements of appointing local coaches and management for short term periods. We need to have a foreign coach and qualified staff from one World Cup to the next if we want to get good results,” he said. Pakistan had crashed out of the hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar after suffering a devastating defeat at the hands of Belgium. Rizwan said that whenever foreign coaches had been brought in they had tried to improve the system and structure of hockey in the team and performance of players had improved. “Unfortunately they come for short periods and so we don’t get required results. The coach of the Holland team has been with them for four years now. Similar is scenario with coaches of other teams,” he said. The Pakistan Hockey Federation was unable to stop Dutch coach, Roelant Oltmans from leaving his coaching assignment with the Pakistan team after just five months before the World Cup over financial issues. While in 2012 also it replaced another Dutch coach, Van Den, weeks before the London Olympic Games after Pakistan won the Asian Games gold under his coaching.advertisement Rizwan said it was very easy to blame the players for the World Cup debacle but in Pakistan the captain was not even consulted on the selection of team. “They don’t even bother to talk to the captain and take his opinion. Till last moment I was not sure I would be captain for the World Cup,” said Rizwan, who sustained a injury after two matches and was ruled out of the competition where Pakistan finished at 12th position in 16 teams. The fall-out from the World Cup has already seen chief coach Tauqir Dar, manager Hasan Sardar and coaches Rehan Butt and Danish Kaleem resign while pressure is also increasing on the government to change the PHF top leadership. Prime Minister, Imran Khan is patron in chief of both the Pakistan Cricket Board and PHF. The PHF President, Brigadier (retd) Khalid Khokar has appointed a probe committee to look into the causes for the poor show in the World Cup but interestingly, its head, Abdul Rasheed junior has already said that bad administrative decisions was a primary reason for the debacle. Sources said some former top Olympians have been in touch with the Prime Minister’s secretariat and sports minister and changes in the PHF could also be on the way soon. Pakistan’s next international assignment is in Argentina in February in the FIH league. PTI Cor ATKATKlast_img read more

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10 months agoSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeat

first_imgSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says there were no excuses for defeat to Leicester City.The Foxes won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s winner.“I felt we were too nervous and anxious, and there is no reason,” said Silva.“Of course, we are playing a lot of games in a row and we have no time to prepare, but it’s not an excuse when you miss some simple things.“When you play in this way, with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that’s what happened with the goal we conceded. We gave them the chance to do what they came to do.“After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more so. After that, we didn’t play with enough quality to change the score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Anthony Anderson To Host StarStudded Andrew J Young International Leadership Awards

first_imgOn June 3, 2017, The Andrew J. Young Foundation will present the second biennial Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards and welcome the city of Atlanta and guests from around the world to celebrate the 85th birthday of its founder and chair, Ambassador Andrew Young.The gala event will be held at the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta.ABC’s “Black-ish” star, Anthony Anderson will emcee the ceremony that will pay tribute to Ambassador Young for his civic service and contributions to global communities. It will also honor the next generation of leaders from around the world who, in the tradition of Young, are committed to civil and human rights for all.“We are thrilled to host the awards program and convene some of today’s most inspiring leaders whose work is having a positive impact on people and communities worldwide” said Carolyn McClain Young, wife of Ambassador Young and vice chair of the Foundation. “My husband’s life shows us how much of a difference a committed individual can make and reminds us we can accomplish great things when we strive together in a noble cause.”Honorees for the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards will be announced in early May. Award recipients of the inaugural Leadership Awards in 2015 included: Ava DuVernay, Strive Masiyiwa, Alana Shepherd, Lucien Ebata and Warner Williams.The celebratory affair will feature tribute performances from singer, songwriter and actor, Usher; singer, songwriter, poet and actress, Jill Scott; rapper, musician and actor Wyclef Jean; singer, songwriter Estelle, renowned gospel singer and musician, Anthony Brown and many more world-class artists.The theme for this year’s event is “Lead Young.” It bridges Young’s leadership path beginning at an early age to his commitment to inspire and develop the next generation of young leaders.All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s current programs to preserve civil and human rights and help support and sustain future initiatives.For additional information and updates, please visit www.ajylead.com.last_img read more

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Cardiac care for Niagara

A collaboration by heart specialists in Hamilton and St. Catharines has created a new centre to benefit the people of Niagara.It brings expert cardiac care closer to home.Maria Hayes has the story…00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Liberals NDP gang up on government over mounting fears about meat safety

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2012 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberals, NDP gang up on government over mounting fears about meat safety OTTAWA – The Liberals and the NDP tore a strip off the Conservative government Monday over the safety of Canada’s meat supply.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and acting Liberal counterpart Bob Rae took jabs during question period, saying the governing Conservatives failed to alert Canadians about meat from an Alberta packing plant that’s tainted with E. coli.Mulcair conjured memories of the Maple Leaf Foods listeriosis outbreak of 2008, which was blamed for the deaths of 23 people and happened under the watch of current Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.The Listeria scare was undoubtedly a low point in the political career of Ritz, who faced calls for his resignation after The Canadian Press reported he was making jokes during a conference call with scientists, bureaucrats and political staff.Ritz later apologized for the remarks, which included describing the political dangers of the crisis as “death by a thousand … cold cuts” and expressing the hope that one of the victims of the outbreak would turn out to be Liberal MP Wayne Easter.“It was not funny then, and it is not funny now,” Mulcair said. “Is this the best they have to offer Canadians who are worried whether the food they are giving their kids is safe?”Defence Minister Peter MacKay — standing in for Prime Minister Stephen Harper — responded by insisting Ritz, who was not in the House for question period, is “working very hard and is working sincerely to ensure that this issue is dealt with appropriately.”MacKay said the Conservatives have introduced new legislation to improve food safety and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s ability to respond quickly to problems, but blamed the NDP for standing in their way.“When we have tried to do this, made new investments, brought new legislation forward to improve safety for Canadians, that leader and that party have opposed it all the way.”Some 700 food inspectors, 170 of them “specific to the subject of meat inspection,” have been added to the government rolls since 2006, MacKay added.Rae, meanwhile, demanded to know why it took more than two weeks for the federal government to notify Canadians about the risk of meat from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta.The plant had its licence temporarily suspended last week amid a broadening ground-beef recall throughout Canada and eight U.S. states. Since Sept. 16, the CFIA has issued at least seven recall alerts for ground beef from the plant over E. coli concerns. There are no reported cases of people getting sick from eating the ground beef.MacKay chose to ignore Rae’s specific question, instead insisting that Ritz was on the job and “has held officials accountable” on the XL Foods issue.“We have more legislation now,” he said. “We have more investment directly into the issue of having more inspectors.”“We have increased the CFIA’s budget by $156 million during our time in government. There is more front-line workers and more safety for Canadians.”Pierre Lemieux, Ritz’s parliamentary secretary, said there were 46 federal inspectors on the job at the XL Foods plant at the centre of the outbreak — a 20 per cent increase over the last three years.Lemieux was responding to Malcolm Allen, the New Democrat MP from Welland, Ont., who said 12 separate recall notices have resulted in the disposal of more than 860 metric tonnes — some 1.9 million pounds — of beef.“It is the government’s cuts and policies of self-regulation that have failed,” Allen said. “In this case, XL failed to protect food safety. By the time the CFIA inspectors got involved, the contamination had spun out of control.”Rae drew a direct line between the XL Foods problem and several Canadian cases of E. coli poisoning, including that of a nine-year-old girl who suffered kidney failure as a result.“Our thoughts are certainly with anyone affected by this issue and I know that is where the minister is concerned first and foremost,” MacKay said.“That is why we have continued to put consumers first when it comes to the priority of food safety. That is why we have invested more money when it comes to the subject of food safety: more money, more inspectors and more attention to detail. I know that the minister will continue to have his attention on this file.”E. coli O157:H7 is potentially deadly. Health officials say it can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. read more

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Hungary Hardfought victory for Pick Szeged in Orosháza

ancsinbajuszbaldabaloghdukiclarholmmazicoroshazapribanicSzeged Only a few days after top match against MKB Veszprém, Pick Szeged had to face Orosháza who are trying to flee from relegation. It was difficult for the players to ‘get in the mood’ after losing on wednesday.The home team (among others) consisted of talented right wing from Szeged, Ákos Balda an the best Pick Szeged left back of the last 50 years, living legend Sándor Bajusz, who is near the end of his active career. Pick’s job was also made difficult by the fact that Hungarian international right-back Gábor Ancsin was unable to play due to injury.As expected the highly motivated home team cheered by their enthusiastic supporters started the match at a fast pace, while Szeged players seemed tired and were unable to find the right rhythm.  Pick made far too many mistakes in defence which is why the match was a draw at half-time (16-16). The home team lead by 1-2 goals even in the 40th minute. After that Pick switched to higher gear and immediately took the initiative and the difference began to grow. The match ended 31-35. The local team’s coach was satisfied with his team’s performance and the best scorer of the match Ákos Balda. In Pick less-frequently used players had the chance to prove themselves.Best scorers: Balda (8), Dukic, Mazic (6-6) / Balogh, Pribanic (7-7), Larholm (6)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: www.szeged.hu ← Previous Story Slovenia: Celje PL wins 16th Cup trophy! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 23): THW Kiel blasts SC Magdeburg to become “tabellenführer” read more

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Heineken Cup frustration part of the learning curve for Ronan OGara

first_img“I think it’s part of a work in progress. Obviously, there’s lots of different playing cultures here, the language barrier and it’s a new team. It’s probably just a little bit slower than we would have thought as a management team. It’s constant work and we’re just trying to find a bit of rhythm in our play.”Two rounds of European action in the next two weeks provide Racing with an opportunity to do exactly that, but O’Gara freely admits that their sights are already set on the resumption of the Top 14. Lying eight in the table, but just nine points off second-placed Stade Français, league targets are the real concern now.“Essentially the focus now is on the Top 14, so whoever plays well in the next two games is going to be playing against Toulouse.”O’Gara is a pitch-side presence at every Racing game. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.That clash with Guy Novès’ side on the 25th of January has taken on a sudden and genuine importance for the entire set-up at Racing, from reserve players right up to multi-millionaire president Jacky Lorenzetti. The fixture against the team from the ‘real’ home of French rugby in the southwest is seen as a potential turning point in Racing’s season.There are 10 games left in the regular schedule of the Top 14, with five of those coming at home for Racing [Toulouse, Bayonne, Castres, Biarritz and Clermont]. On the road, fixtures in Perpignan, Bordeaux and Grenoble will also be targeted. A Parisian derby against Stade Français in March could be crucial.The point is that Racing can still save this season. Presently just three points off the play-off spots [and qualification for the Heineken Cup next season], there is much to be played for if the form can be turned around. For O’Gara, that successful league run could actually be sparked against the Scarlets tomorrow night.I think it’s the case of it being a home game; we need to win this home game. We need to find some way of achieving more consistency in our performances and I think the best way of preparing for the Toulouse game is by winning the next two games.“We just need to try and play in the Top 14 games with more intensity, although weather conditions are difficult at the minute.”You wouldn’t expect it any other way, but O’Gara believes Racing can salvage their campaign. Castres showed last season that any team in the play-offs can emerge as Top 14 champions, no matter how little they are fancied.O’Gara is maintaining the faith, as ever.“Absolutely, that’s the realistic goal – to get into the top six. Then everything is open. That’s the reality; if you get into the top six, it’s all to play for. If you don’t, it’s going to be hugely depressing.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Toby Flood omitted from England’s Six Nations squadMontpellier name second-string team for Ulster visit As a coach, all your work is done Monday to Friday,” the Cork native said. “Saturday is game day, it’s player time. You see where they are, you have a little window at half time to change things, but you have all your preparation and work done really. “Hopefully the players take on board what’s gone on during the week and it comes to fruition on the pitch.”Unfortunately, it hasn’t been apparent at times this season that the Racing players have adopted the ideas of O’Gara and head coaching duo Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers. The back-to-back losses to Harlequins in Pool 4 featured a very poor performance at home, although there was some improvement at the Stoop.Back-to-back defeats to Harlequins have cost Racing Métro dearly in Europe. ©INPHO/Andrew Fosker.The fact that the domestic league is held in such high regard in France means that for many supporters, the Heineken Cup is merely a sideshow, sometimes even an annoyance. However, O’Gara rejects the idea that this attitude sometimes extends to the French coaches and players.The all-time leading Heineken Cup points scorer [1,365] admits that the Top 14 is king in French eyes, but points out that Racing made a determined start in Europe this season.“It is yeah, but I think to be fair they do [care about the Heineken Cup]. At the start, we beat Clermont at home and then had a draw with Scarlets away. The goal was to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup for this first time in Racing’s history.“That unfortunately is gone, so it’s a case now of making sure we get into the top six in the Top 14.”O’Gara, speaking from Paris, stresses that one of the true reasons for the club’s unconvincing displays in Europe has been the difficulty in stepping up from the French league. The Top 14 is a dour, turgid affair much of the time in the winter months, and the 36-year-old feels that has played a role.When you go from the Top 14, which is a slow game, to the European Cup it’s hard sometimes. I think the pace of the games shocked some of our players. We couldn’t deal with it in the first game against Harlequins, although the performance away wasn’t too bad. So it’s a case now of trying to deal with the speed of the European game.center_img FOR A MAN who became a legend in the Heineken Cup, this season’s version of the marquee European club competition has been an utter frustration.Now working as an assistant coach at Racing Métro, Ronan O’Gara has seen his side win just once in their four pool games to date. As a result, the Paris-based club have little to play for heading into the closing two rounds of group games against the Scarlets and Clermont.Ahead of the clash with the Welsh region tomorrow night at Stade Yves du Manoir, the former Munster and Ireland out-half admitted to the TheScore.ie that it has been difficult watching Racing play their way out of the Heineken Cup.“Of course, yeah but sure it’s equally as frustrating for the players. So, it’s a collective effort. We’re just not a cohesive unit at the minute and players and management are trying to achieve that. It is frustrating, but that’s sport.”O’Gara knows a thing or two about sport, having amassed 128 caps for Ireland as well as winning two Heineken Cups with Munster. In his first season as a coach, the adaptation process has been testing for such a determined character.Dealing with frustration as a player was easier; simply get onto the pitch on match day and leave everything out there. There was a satisfying physical aspect to ending a bad run of form; be that slotting a place kick or releasing an outside back to score. O’Gara has had to accept that he simply doesn’t have that outlet anymore.last_img read more

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Wait what is a leap year

first_imgThere are all sorts of geeks — electronics geeks, mobile geeks, math geeks, so I guess it makes sense that there are calendar geeks as well. Of course to be a calendar expert you have to be a history and math geek too, but there is nothing wrong with some multidisciplinary geekiness.So, back to February 29th. The biggest question most people will have concerns its mere existence. Any child could tell you that the calendar year is composed of 365 days, each of which are 24 hours long, so the most basic of logic would tell you that the time it takes the Earth to go around the Sun isn’t exactly 8760 hours. What does this mean in real life? After one year our calendar is off by a few minutes, after a few years it’s off by a few days, and after enough time we’d be skiing in July and going to the beach in January.The video explains all this, and reveals the single most important fact concerning the entire situation: the 24-hour day/night cycle is not related to what we’re talking about here, the Earth’s yearly cycle. So the 24 hours it takes for the planet to rotate on its axis is an easy to measure period for us, thanks to our circadian rhythms and our diurnal nature, but that rotation has no bearing on the Earth making its way around our star. Basically: 24 hours does not a day make.So, as it turns out, a year is 365.x days long. So long as that x is a non-trivial number then over a certain amount of time we’re going to have to add time to the calendar to catch up. Since it doesn’t make sense to make a certain month an hour longer or any hour a few minutes longer, we add a day every four years. But that is too much, so we need to pull back some time — 1 day every 100 years to be precise. So 1900 was not a leap year, it was just a boring old, “common” year.Interestingly that isn’t accurate enough for our beloved calendar geeks: every year that is divisible by 400, such as 2000, is a leap year. Of course this isn’t perfect either, so the resulting calendar is off one day every 8000 (or so) years, but that’s a long enough span of time that even the most curmudgeonly of calendar geeks isn’t worried about it.So, that’s the leap year for you, but you probably already knew that.via stellarlast_img read more

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Next generation 5 Australian banknote enters circulation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s new $5 banknote enters circulation today with issuance being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features.“The new $5 banknote has a range of security features that have not previously been used on an Australian banknote and that will help to keep our banknotes secure against counterfeiting into the future,” the Governor, Glenn Stevens, said. “New features include a world-first clear top-to-bottom window and a number of dynamic features that change as the banknote is tilted. The new banknotes are the culmination of many years of research and trial and extensive consultation with subject-matter experts and the cash-handling industry, as well as qualitative research involving focus groups.”The $5 banknote is the first in a new series and other denominations will be upgraded over coming years. Key design aspects of the existing series, such as the colour, size and people portrayed on each denomination, have been maintained to help the public recognise the new banknotes as they come into circulation. The existing $5 banknote will be progressively withdrawn from circulation but can continue to be used as usual but remains legal tender as it will take some time for the new banknotes to be widely circulated.Meanwhile, each banknote in the series will incorporate the same security features. Additionally, they will each feature a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of distinctive elements. The new $5 banknote features the Prickly Moses wattle and the Eastern Spinebill.The new series also includes a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between different banknote denominations. The tactile feature on the $5 banknote is one raised bump on each of the long edges of the banknote next to the top-to-bottom window.Further information on the new banknote, including a video explaining the new features, can be found at www.banknotes.rba.gov.au.last_img read more

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SPOILERS 125 WWE Tribute to the Troops tapings in San Diego

first_img Xavier Woods Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia The following WWE Tribute to the Troops tapings were held at Naval Base San Diego.12/5 WWE Tribute to the Troops tapings:These tapings will air next Thursday (December 14) on the USA Network.* JBL returned joining Michael Cole and Byron Saxton on commentary.* The Shield def. Sheamus, Cesaro and Samoa Joe.* Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose def. Bayley, Sasha Banks and Mickie James.* Charlotte Flair def. Ruby Riott.* The New Day and The Usos def. Shelton Benjamin, Chad Gable, Rusev and Aiden English.* AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Jinder Mahal.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With InjuryVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 1.80%0:00Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsAppcenter_img Sasha Banks Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Now Playing Up Next WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Now Playing Up Next Facebook Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Pinterest SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Google+last_img read more

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DMV responds to criticism addresses website

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCALIFORNIA (KUSI) – In another bid to shore up sinking public confidence, the Department of Motor Vehicles is making some changes.The DMV is under fire for inefficiency and long wait times, but improvements are being addressed- starting with its website.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has the story.RELATED: More customers upset as long DMV wait times persist August 21, 2018 DMV responds to criticism, addresses website Sasha Foo, Posted: August 21, 2018 Sasha Foo Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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New Years Eve stabbing in El Cajon 3 wounded

first_imgNew Year’s Eve stabbing in El Cajon, 3 wounded Posted: January 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 2:35 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img January 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police today were investigating a New Year’s Eve stabbing that sent three people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred about 10:15 p.m. outside the Rodeway Inn & Suites at 1250 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon Police Lt. Eric Taylor said.“Officers responding to a report of a stabbing found the victim, a man in his late 20s, who had moderate injuries from a beating,” Taylor said.“The initial investigation showed he was jumped by at least three other subjects. He used a knife to defend himself.”Taylor said the victim, and two of his assailants, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor wounds.No arrests have been made. The investigation was continuing. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Apps Served Hot

first_imgUsing a database service called Nearby Now and GPS technology, brick-and-mortar shoppers can browse ad and editorial content on Lucky’s mobile site, select a shoe, color, size, and—after Nearby Now’s call center contacts local retailers—receive a text message identifying its availability at nearby stores. Alternatively, Lucky shoppers can buy online at the service’s Web site.A combined 240,000 shoppers have either downloaded the iPhone application or shopped online since the service was launched, Lucky says. (It was also featured in the Top 10 lifestyle applications at the iTunes Store.)Metrics Are Basic But MonetizableAnalytics are in the early stages, but engagement can be measured using familiar metrics specific to what users are viewing on the app. Variety averages about 500 users per day. Glosser says metrics revolve around how many downloads and number of users, as well as ads served. The Style.com app has served up 5 million ads, which come in three flavors: A logo unit that appears on the app’s “home page,” a bumper that appears before a new section loads, and a “10-pack” ad format that’s popular in slideshows where an ad appears on every tenth slide. “We can sell advertisers an ad on the site and extend that to the iPhone app,” says Glosser.App SponsorshipsAnother way publishers have been able to monetize applications is through sponsorships. Variety has a sponsor-based ad model for now, which includes a banner-style display that appears at the bottom of the screen.Last month, Forbes.com launched an “Intelligent Investing” application, offering iPhone and iTouch users access to content from Forbes.com.The app—developed by a cloud services company called Xignite—includes exclusive video content, too: “Intelligent Investing with Steve Forbes” is a series of one-on-one interviews with its CEO and various financial industry luminaries. There’s even something called “the Daily Steve,” a feature Forbes developed with the “shake function” that uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to generate a random quote from Mr. Forbes himself.To subsidize it all, Forbes sold a launch sponsorship to the Zurich Financial Services Group, a global insurance company with offices in Europe. In the grand scheme of things, iPhone applications are a relatively new phenomenon (the iTunes Store began offering them just 10 months ago) but their popularity has skyrocketed of late. In May, Apple said it passed the one billion download mark for its apps. And a recent estimate put the number of applications offered by the iTunes Store at 35,000, up from just 15,000 in January.For Abe Burns, Variety’s director of online marketing, numbers like this prove the “honeymoon period” for print-to-online platform expansion has long since passed. Much like the Web site, Variety’s app has news, reviews, photos and video coverage of the entertainment industry. Content buckets for the app are pulled in according to what is most popular on the site. More than 7,000 downloads were recorded in the first week and have since grown to 20,000.In terms of branding, some are having promising results. Condé Nast is building applications for the iPhone—available for free at iPhone’s App Store—for Style.com, Wired.com and other brands. The Style.com app, which allows access to photos, videos and reviews of fashion shows, has been downloaded 200,000 times in the last seven months. (The application has gone through three updates.) “It’s a great utility for the audience of Style.com,” says Richard Glosser, executive director, emerging media, Condé Nast Digital.  Servicing ReadersWhile some magazines are leveraging the iPhone as yet another platform to show off their print brands, others are utilizing the technology to its fullest innovative potential. In February, Lucky magazine launched a mobile application—“Lucky at Your Service”—which acts as a concierge service for its shoe-buying readers. last_img read more

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Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change

first_imgSome Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state’s power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised.Download AudioAlaska Environmental Power, which harnesses wind energy, filed a petition with the RCA in August of 2013, asking for changes in current regulations that would facilitate independent producers’ access to the electrical grid. Right now, the price of independent power is too high, and that is blocking the growth of independent power companies, according to Teresa Clemmer, an attorney representing AEP. Clemmer says Alaska ‘s current regulations are discouraging private investment in alternative energy.“Independent power producers are looking for a fair opportunity to compete. That’s all they want is an ability to sell their power at a competitive price and to increase the development of renewable energy by tapping the market forces that are willing to invest lots of money in Alaska.”Part of the problem is the costs utilities face in purchasing alternative energy and integrating it into the power grid.Clemmer says state regulations need to harmonize with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] rules when it comes to allowing emerging energy producers to use existing power infrastructure. A 1980s era federal law  encourages traditional electric companies to purchase power from non-traditional producers. Federal regulations require utilities to pay competitive prices for independently produced power under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act. PURPA says utilities must purchase lower-priced althernative power whenever possible. Clemmer says, only 3 percent of Alaska’s energy comes from renewable sources, compared with almost 38 percent in the Lower 48, because state regulations have not kept up with the times.“We just wanted to bring the state law in line with what the rest of the country is doing.”In 1982, the then Alaska Public Utilities Commission adopted PURPA, which set guidelines for rates and conditions for purchase and interconnection of alternatively produced power by the established utilities. But those guidelines are not enforced, according to Duff Mitchell, executive director of Alaska Independent Power Producers. Mitchell says AEP’s petition to RCA doesn’t go far enough.“It makes some progress, but it doesn’t remove the barriers to connecting to the grid. The RCA  docket is relatively narrow in scope, and it is asking our state to come away from the dark ages, or pre-PURPA era into a current period where we treat IPP’s and avoided costs and integration costs on the same parity which is already the rule of the land in the lower 48.”Mitchell is working on a privately funded hydro power project intended to provide power for Juneau when it is complete. He says it’ll connect with the grid at the Snettisham power line eight miles away. Mitchell says Alaska’s system now forces independents to pay multiple fees before their power even reaches consumers, because of each of the six major electric utilities owns a portion of the transmission lines linking Homer and Fairbanks.“And so it makes it very difficult for an independent power which has inexpensive power to offer, and wants to do a phase two project, and maybe the current utility right next door to them doesn’t need the power, but somebody else further away, let’s say in Fairbanks, does, and yet you have to wheel that power between three other utilities, and so they pancake it, or they extract fees and costs, so that that power is no longer economical.”Mitchell says, in Alaska, utilities own both generation and transmission of power.. which is counter to FERC rules. He favors a legislative fix to the independent’s problems.  A bill now before the state legislature, HB 78, would seek to address some of Mitchell’s concerns.Anchorage’s Chugach Electric has filed comments on the independent producers’  RCA docket, indicating that “individual utility boards… are in the best position to decide whether a particular project offers value to its customers.” Chugach spokesman Phil Steyer says that Chugach already buys power generated by Cook Inlet Regional’s Fire Island wind project. Steyer says his company is backing a different, but related, approach to the problem : unifying the six segments of the grid.“A unified system operator for the railbelt could establish common rules of the road to include reliability standards and interconnection standards and it could collect through a universal tariff, the cost of operating, maintaining and expanding the existing regional grid.”Steyer says, under the present system, it is difficult for the management of  electric cooperatives to see beyond their own service areas.  But Mitchell says the transmission lines are mostly state- funded, and should be open to all users. The RCA has accepted Alaska Environmental Power’s petition and Clemmer says at its most recent meeting, [Feb.11] RCA staffers presented language proposing the changes alternative energy producers want. She says the next step is an RCA draft rule and public comment. She says it is likely the RCA will make a decision on the issue by this summer.last_img read more

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Nvidia recreates the lunar landing to prove it wasnt fake

first_imgHumanity first set foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969. There is mission data, video, and photos of the event, but a startling number of people still subscribe to the conspiracy theory that we never went to the moon at all. They insist it was all done on a soundstage, and the proof is right there in the video. This claim has been debunked many times over the years, but now Nvidia is thumping the conspiracy theorists one more time in order to show off the power of its new Maxwell GPU.Maxwell is Nvidia’s latest and greatest graphics architecture powering the blisteringly fast GTX 980 and GTX 970. One of the technologies Nvidia is particularly proud of is called Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI). It’s an advanced computation algorithm that allows the Maxwell GPU core to accurately render global illumination with indirect lighting. It is this technology that Nvidia used to build a complete mockup of the Apollo 11 landing site in the Unreal 4 game engine.One of the photos conspiracy theorists point to as proof that man did not go to the moon is a rather famous image of Buzz Aldrin coming down the lunar lander ladder, which was taken by Neil Armstrong. Because Aldrin is on the shadowy side of the lander, the moon landing deniers claim he should not be illuminated as he appears to be. That means more than one light source (the sun), and thus it could not have been taken on the moon. Nvidia’s simulation is yet more evidence of just how wrong that claim is.Most people have a general conception of light as a beam that hits an object and then bounces off at a certain angle, but that’s not how it works. Light is scattered in all directions, and can bounce off a few objects with high enough reflectivity. Nvidia had to generate realistic values for the reflectivity (or albedo) of all the element in its simulated moon landing site. The lunar soil, the rover, the space suits–everything. When all this was input and VXGI was set loose, the scene looked pretty good, but it wasn’t perfect. There wasn’t enough light on Aldrin.Nvidia scoured the footage of that moment looking for another reflective object, and then they realized–it was Armstrong. Space suits have very high albedo, so Armstrong himself was acting like a mirror bouncing more light at Aldrin when he took the picture. The addition of this made the scene perfect. It’s a startlingly good match for the original and a testament to how well Maxwell can simulate light. Nvidia also showed how the starscape was blotted out in photos by the bright foreground light (another conspiracy theorist favorite).Global illumination has been used in CGI for movies over the years, which is why a high-end film always looks more real than even the best video games. The difference being the movie is pre-rendered and a game is rendered as you play it. Maxwell makes it possible to generate indirect lighting in real time using a voxel map, or approximation of the scene. Even with the simplified voxel surfaces, the footage Nvidia is showing off looks amazing.last_img read more

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Airbnb signs 2nd major partnership deal in the Caribbean

first_img Wednesday, December 14, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> KINGSTON — Following news last month that Airbnb signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Aruba Tourism Authority, the homestay accommodations leader has once again made headlines for signing a similar deal with the Jamaica Tourist Board.The agreement, made on Dec. 13, will promote tourism to the island and position Airbnb for continued growth in the destination.“Jamaica has so much to offer travelers seeking authentic experiences due to the diversity of our tourism product. With this partnership with Airbnb, we will be able to offer a renewed focus on community-based tourism which highlights our biggest asset – our people,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Mr. Paul Pennicook. “We foresee a great partnership with Airbnb and look forward to exceeding their client’s expectations in the Home of All Right.”Added Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Public Policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean: “Whether you come to Jamaica for the beaches, the country’s fascinating history and culture, amazing food or warm people, Jamaica has something to offer everyone. We look forward to continuing our work with everyone involved in promoting Jamaica as a top travel destination. Airbnb travelers seek unique and authentic travel experiences and Jamaica offers just that.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThere are 4,000 listings in Jamaica and the average earnings for a host on the island is US$2,500 per year. Posted by Airbnb signs 2nd major partnership deal in the Caribbeancenter_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Airbnb, Jamaicalast_img read more