Venkaiah for liberal leadership

first_imgVice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said there is a need for men and women who would listen patiently to different voices, and called for nourishing of institutional structures put in place by the Constitution makers through a farsighted and liberal leadership. He was speaking on the occasion of 104th birth anniversary of former Supreme Court Judge Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer in New Delhi on Tuesday. Justice Iyer had also served as a Cabinet Minister in the first Communist government led by E.M.S Namboodiripad in Kerala. “We need men and women who are sensitive to the complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural and political realities of contemporary India. We need women and men who have the patience to listen to different voices and who have the wisdom to sift the grain from the chaff and those who have the courage of conviction to stand for constitutional values,” Mr. Naidu said.Democratic functioning Referring to the clear demarcation of the roles and responsibilities of the executive, judiciary and legislature for smooth functioning of democracy, Mr. Naidu spoke against any confrontation among this troika. To prevent erosion of public confidence, he urged the judiciary, legislature and the executive to be guided by a deep compassion for every Indian, especially those whose voice is too feeble to be heard, and a firm commitment to the broad vision of the Constitution.Mr. Naidu hailed Justice Krishna Iyer for opening up new vistas in Indian jurisprudence through his landmark judgments and for ensuring the access of justice to the poor and vulnerable people besides laying the foundation for legal aid system in the country.last_img read more

Legislator Blasts NASA’s Explanation for Excluding Chinese Students From Meeting

first_imgThe chair of a congressional spending panel that funds NASA has ramped up his attack on NASA’s Ames Research Center, calling it “a rat’s nest of inappropriate and possibly illegal activities.” The latest salvo from Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) criticizes the center’s rationale for excluding six Chinese students from an upcoming scientific meeting, a step that has prompted some scientists to call for a boycott of the 4 to 8 November meeting at Ames, located in Mountain View, California.The rejections were first reported over the weekend by The Guardian, a British newspaper. The article cites an e-mail from Ames’s Mark Messersmith to Yale University astrophysicist Debra Fischer explaining why one of her postdocs, Ji Wang, would not be allowed to attend the Kepler II conference. Wang was planning to present a poster based on data collected by the now-moribund NASA spacecraft.“Unfortunately, federal legislation … passed last March forbids us from hosting any citizens of the People’s Republic of China,” Messersmith wrote to Fischer in an exchange obtained by ScienceInsider. In an earlier e-mail to Wang rejecting his registration, Messersmith says “I apologize in advance for the inconvenience.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Writing today to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Wolf asks Bolden to “quickly correct the record” on why the students were excluded. Wolf says that the legislation to which Messersmith refers—language Wolf inserted into a 2011 spending bill—“primarily restricts bilateral … meetings and activities with the Communist Chinese government or Chinese-owned companies. It places no restrictions on activities involving individual Chinese nationals unless those nationals are acting as official representatives of the Chinese government.”“As such,” Wolf tells Bolden, “the email from NASA Ames mischaracterizes the law and is inaccurate. … NASA headquarters needs to send updated guidance to both the conference attendees and to the press to correct this misconception.”The application process for Kepler II isn’t the only thing that is sticking in Wolf’s craw. His seven-page letter to Bolden devotes considerable space to Wolf’s ongoing concern that NASA and other federal agencies aren’t doing enough to protect military and economic secrets from foreign countries bent on stealing them. And topping Wolf’s list of threats is the Chinese government.“There is good reason Congress is concerned about providing the Communist Chinese government with additional opportunities to work with the U.S. on space given their continued cyberattacks, espionage campaigns and development of space weapons to use against the U.S.,” Wolf tells Bolden. “[T]he misrepresentation of NASA policy quoted in the Guardian article is the latest in a series of questionable actions taken by the Ames center leadership. … I believe the center has become a rat’s nest of inappropriate and possibly illegal activities that appear to have occurred with the concurrence of the center’s leadership.”    Officials at Ames and at NASA headquarters were not available to comment because of the current government-wide shutdown.Meanwhile, conference organizers are struggling to cope with NASA’s decision, which they see as a reaction to the language crafted by Wolf. In a letter to all registrants, the organizers say they “strongly object” to the ban and “are pursuing other options that will allow participation by all interested scientists either in person or remotely. We are also considering ways that attendees can express their concerns about the impact of this legislation.”The ban isn’t the first obstacle that organizers have faced. The Kepler meeting was one of the few large conferences that NASA didn’t cancel as a result of budget cuts stemming from this year’s sequester.last_img read more

Sterling Resorts told to refund customer for deficiency in service

first_imgTaking cognisance of a family’s agony, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in Pune recently directed Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited refund ₹1,13,900 to them and pay them ₹50,000 for deficiency in service.Balbir Singh Sabharwal, the complainant, was interested in a holiday in Kerala in December 2016. He came in contact with the executives of Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, who agreed readily to arrange for the holiday. The company had introduced a new 25-year membership plan at a cost of ₹4,53,550 and the executives promised to arrange a complimentary holiday in its resorts.Mr. Sabharwal made several requests to the company for arranging holidays for his family in Goa and Kerala, but it failed to do so. He sent the company a legal notice for cancellation of his membership, but Sterling failed to refund the money. The advocate for the complainants stated that this caused the family great stress.Mr. Sabharwal filed a complaint seeking a compensation of ₹2,03,000 for deficiency in service along with the refund of ₹1,13,900 paid towards membership. The Forum, comprising president Anil Khadse, and members Kshitija Kulkarni and Sangita Deshmukh, said the complaint was backed with documents and other evidence. The complainant had taken membership only after the executives had assured him that they would arrange for complimentary holidays and other additional benefits.Sterling acknowledged that Mr. Sabharwal had made a payment of ₹1,13,900. However, the advocate for the company contented that cancellation of membership could only be made within 10 days. The Forum said this opposition does not hold ground as the entire case was based upon deficiency in service on part of the resort company.The Forum passed an order directing Sterling Holiday Resorts to refund Mr. Sabharwal ₹1,13,900 with interest at 9% from the date of complaint. The company was also directed to pay ₹50,000 as compensation for the complainant’s mental and physical agony.last_img read more

Kang claims AFI told him to drop out of World Cships

first_img(Eds: Repeating after adding two paras after 11th) New Delhi, Aug 16 (PTI) Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang has claimed that Athletics Federation of India asked him to drop out of the recently-concluded World Championships as he was facing doping charges but the AFI dismissed it as a non issue, saying it had done so to save the country from shame. Kang, who became the first Indian javelin thrower to reach the final round of a World Championships last week in London, returned positive for marijuana in an in-competition test conducted by NADA during the Indian Grand Prix in May 15. He was not handed a provisional suspension as it was not mandatory under WADA rules. “The day I was to leave for London, I was told by an AFI official to drop out of World Championships. He said the IAAF will conduct test and I will be banned. In London also, just hours before the qualification round, I was told not to compete on the same ground that I can be banned by the IAAF,” Kang told PTI in London. “I did not know what to do. I cried at my room but after taking advice from some people I decided to compete in the qualification round and I became the first Indian javelin thrower to qualify for the final round,” he added. AFI, however, dismissed Kangs claim with the president Adille Sumiriwalla saying that the federation was within its powers to ask him to drop out. He said the AFI did it to save the country from dope shame at the international stage. “He (Kang) tested for metabolites of marijuana. It did not attract mandatory suspension and it was optional to be exercised by the athlete. NADA informed us to ensure that he appears before the NADA panel for hearing,” Sumariwalla said. “We requested him (Kang) to exercise the option of provisional suspension and we have the power to do that under the rules. Moreover, we thought it is better for him to remain within the purview of NADA.” The AFI chief said Kang was included in the team despite his doping case and he was requested to drop out exercising the option of provisional suspension. “He was picked in the team despite his doping case but we made a request to him. I dont know this claim of mental torture, harassment etc. He failed a dope test and we simply requested him to drop out by exercising the option of provisional suspension,” he said. “He (Kang) will be tested by the IAAF and in that case we cannot do anything. If it again returns positive, it will bring shame to the country at the international stage,” he added. Another AFI official, who did not want to be named, said that that the sports ministry wanted Kang to be dropped from the Indian team. “The sports ministry did not want him in the team but we included him,” the official said. Kang also admitted that he had taken some medicine mixed with bhang prepared by local quakes and that could be the reason of his urine sample returning positive for marijuana. “I was having a lot of bleeding and my body temperature was extremely high. I used allopathic as well as local medicines prepared by quakes. But the problem persisted. Then at last my friend gave me some another local medicine. I did not know that it was mixed with bhang,” he said. “But I have been told that marijuana does not enhance performance. I did not take it intentionally and moreover it (marijuana) does not enhance performance. But it has been made out as if I have murdered somebody.” Kang said that he took advice from shot putter Inderjeet Singh who is facing a NADA Disciplinary Penal hearing for a dope offence. “I took advice from athletes from outside the country through Facebook. I also took advice from Inderjeet Singh. He (Inderjeet) told me not to drop out. He said nothing will happen,” said Kang. “I have been in WADA list in the last two years, I have been giving dope samples many times and all of them have been negative. I have been tested at the national camp, every time I won national level medals I have given tests. This one happened due to mistake. I committed mistake but I did this without knowing.” PTI PDS ATK PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Giannis Drops 30-plus Again to Lead Bucks Past Bulls 124-115

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night.Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 points and eight assists, and the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago rookie Coby White to beat the Bulls 124-115.The Bucks have won seven straight against Chicago dating to 2017.White shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games. The 19-year-old first-round pick hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night — the most in a quarter ever by a rookie. White finished Thursday with 26 points, including six 3s.“He was terrific,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of White. “I thought a lot of our players played well. That’s a tough team.”Antetokounmpo had at least 30 points for the seventh game this season for the Bucks, who played without Khris Middleton. The All-Star forward is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a thigh bruise.Donte DiVincenzo, who made his first career start in place of Middleton, had four points and five rebounds.“I think the team realized in order to win tonight, we got to drive the ball into the paint and get some paint points,” Antetokounmpo said.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks made just six 3s while Chicago hit 18 from long range. But Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 70-32 inside. That marked a season high in the paint for Milwaukee. Bledsoe was a perfect 12 for 12 inside the arc.“I was just getting some easy looks, man,” said Bledsoe, who has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games. “My teammates do a great job of spacing the court. The way they shot the ball leaves gaps for me to drive and it’s up to me to make those shots.”The Bucks missed Middleton early, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Milwaukee struggled to create and make shots, shooting an anemic 4 of 18 from 3 in the first half and trailed 66-65 at halftime.Things switched in the second half when Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk that tied it at 82-82 with 6:37 to play in the third, prompting Boylen to call a timeout. The play ignited the crowd and jumpstarted the Bucks.Wesley Matthews scored 10 of his 15 points from the foul line for Milwaukee. Matthews had just three free-throw attempts coming into the night but had 13 Thursday.“This offense is kind of predicated on spacing and ball movement, so everybody can be in any spot,” Matthews said. “We already can be kind of interchangeable. We’re definitely going to miss (Middleton’s) production on the offensive end.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to pass around Chicago Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)“This team is built with a lot of depth and tonight we put up 124. The offense wasn’t the problem. We have to stop people. We’ve got to find ways to do that.”Zach LaVine had 25 points and seven assists before fouling out for Chicago. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds. He also fouled out.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago had six players score in double figures (White, LaVine, Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, 11; Thaddeus Young, 11; and Tomas Satoransky, 10).Bucks: Center Robin Lopez finished with six points and three rebounds. Lopez spent the previous three seasons with the Bulls, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 219 games.“RoLo is a hyper-competitive dude,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He likes to win. He likes to win a practice game. He likes to win a 1-on-1 game, a shooting game. I like that competitive spirit that he has.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Nets on Saturday.Bucks: At the Pacers on Saturday.TweetPinShare2626 Shareslast_img read more

BCCI under RTI: Office-bearers want to challenge CIC verdict, COA says all for transparency

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar (Eds: Updating with COA Chairman Vinod Rai’s statement) New Delhi, Oct 2 (PTI) The BCCI is likely to challenge the Central Information Commission’s ruling that the cricket board be brought under the RTI act with a top official accusing the Committee of Administrators (COA) of “wilful negligence” in dealing with the matter. The CIC verdict would effectively mean that the BCCI become a National Sports Federation (NSF). The BCCI, which has resented coming under the Right to Information (RTI) act claiming to be an autonomous entity, feels the COA is to be blamed for the setback which hit the Board on Monday evening. “I believe there has been wilful negligence on part of the COA in botching up BCCI’s right to legal representation,” a senior BCCI official, while talking about the legal ramifications of the CIC order, told PTI Tuesday. The CIC has directed the BCCI to put in place, within 15 days, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act. “There was a CIC hearing on July 10 when it was asked as to why BCCI shouldn’t come under the RTI? The BCCI didn’t even file a reply and sat on the show-cause notice. Now the only way is to challenge the order in High Court and take it from there on,” the official said. Another BCCI official said the COA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, might just “tie the albatross of RTI” around the Board’s neck before announcing elections. “We hear that BCCI wants to partially come under the RTI and not reveal things like team selection and all? Is it a joke? If BCCI challenges, there won’t be any half measures. It will be all or nothing,” he said. He then went on to give a few sample questions that will be asked first up if the BCCI comes under the RTI.advertisement “It could be about team selection processes and whether IPL franchises are having a role in it. The share-holding patterns, the investments made,” he said. “The second question will be about personal conduct of certain officials and issues like harassment of women at workplace,” he added. “The third question will be even more telling. Is there a case that a junior cricketer in the Indian team is getting a long rope because of his tie-up with certain management firm of a senior player that has landed them multi crore endorsement with a particular sports brand??” The official said: “I am not sure if the COA is ready to answer these tough questions. More so it is the office-bearers who should be given powers to take legal recourse. It is unfortunate that honourable Supreme Court’s orders are being misused by COA.” When pointed out that even the Law Commission has recommended bringing the BCCI under the RTI, he explained: “Law Commission’s recommendation is not binding. Secondly, the premise of their recommendations is based on certain conjectures which are debatable.” Rai, on his part, said the COA is committed to ensuring transparency in the Board but steered clear of any direct comment on the CIC order. “In continuance of the CIC order, we would like to convey that we wholeheartedly support transparency and have created a robust platform in the form of the website. Through this medium, we have been putting our processes and decisions out in public domain,” he said in a statement. “Our website is becoming more vibrant with increased emphasis on openness and accountability. The COA is committed to probity and openness in the BCCI and have introduced good governance with professional administration. “Lastly, I am passionate and totally dedicated to set up an edifice of good governance which will be premised on probity, transparency and ethical standards,” he added. Another senior office-bearer close to COA said lawyers will be studying the CIC judgement and appropriate legal recourse will be taken. PTI KHS PM PMPMlast_img read more

‘Messi presence a privilege not a nuisance for Argentina’

first_imgLionel Messi’s presence for Argentina is a privilege not a nuisance, team-mate Giovani Lo Celso insisted ahead of the nation’s decisive Copa America clash against Qatar.Messi and Argentina are in danger of a Copa group-stage elimination as La Albiceleste prepare to face guests Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday.After a 2-0 loss to Colombia and a 1-1 draw against Paraguay from two Group B matches, pressure is on Argentina, with captain Messi firmly in the spotlight. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Messi – the country’s all-time leading scorer – is yet to win a senior trophy with Argentina following back-to-back Copa finals in 2015 and 2016 and a runners-up appearance at the 2014 World Cup.When asked if Messi’s presence is more a nuisance than an opportunity for young players as Argentina eye their first major title since 1993, Lo Celso hauled the 31-year-old superstar.”I think not, I see the opposite,” Lo Celso told reporters. “Having Leo as a partner and playing with him is a privilege. On the contrary, it always solves everything.”In that sense, of course we try to take advantage of it. So having him in training, like in games is a privilege. These are things that do not happen every day, sharing trainings and matches with him.”When I’m young, I try to observe, to learn a lot. Because it does not always happen and for me it’s a privilege and try to learn as much as I can alongside it.”Argentina are bottom of Group B, below Qatar on goal difference, though a win and finishing third could be enough to tee Lionel Scaloni’s side progress.”From a mental and psychological perspective, we’re in good shape because we have the possibility of progressing and if we win we’re in the next round,” Scaloni said.Scaloni added: “These young people need support, it’s too much pressure on them from life or death. It’s a football match, we have to win and that’s enough.”I believe they need this support, we know what is happening, but they are young people who need this support and positive thinking to give the best and to make the climate the best possible.”Scaloni tinkered with his line-up against Paraguay – dropping Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria to the bench – and he could make more changes for the Qatar clash.Asked if Paulo Dybala could play alongside Messi given their similarities, Scaloni responded: “They can play together, they’re two top-level players and they need to work together, which they haven’t done much, but with compromise they could do it.”last_img read more

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo says he hopes to have dinner date with Lionel Messi in future

first_img India Today Web Desk MonacoAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 17:54 IST Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during soccer ceremony (Photo: @ChampionsLeague)HIGHLIGHTSTwo of the greatest football rivals sat next to each other in a soccer ceremony in MonacoRonaldo and Messi were also in the running for the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year awardLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk won the prestigious awardPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his desire to join Argentina legend Lionel Messi for dinner.Two of the greatest football rivals sat next to each other in a soccer ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Thursday. When asked about his rivalry with Lionel Messi in a candid conversation, the Portugal forward said it was not easy to share the stage for 15 years and he also told the presenter that they both share a good bond.Ronaldo and Messi were also in the running for the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award but Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk won the prestigious award and was also awarded the Defender of the Season.”We share the stage for 15 years, me and him. I don’t know if that’s ever happened in football; the same two guys on the same stage all the time. It’s not easy, as you know. And, of course, we have a good relationship. We’ve not had a dinner together yet, but I hope in the future [we will],” Ronaldo said.Ronaldo: “We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future!” @Cristiano & Messi at the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/KOFY8680tUUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019Ronaldo, who has scored 7 goals in his last 8 European games, said he misses playing in Spain and the rivalry with Messi.”Of course, I miss playing in Spain. We’ve had that battle for the last 15 years, which is good he pushed me and I pushed him as well. So, it’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and, of course, he is there as well,” Ronaldo said, which clearly stated the mutual respect the duo share for each other.advertisement”He’s (Messi) two years younger than me, but I think I look good for my age,” Ronaldo said. “I hope to be here next year and then in two years and three years. So the people that don’t like me, they’re going to see me here.””With Cristiano, it was a beautiful rivalry,” he said.”It’s nice to score goals. The goal is always to try to do things to win, before scoring. But if you can win and score, then [it’s] better.”Also Read | Virgil van Dijk beats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to pick up UEFA Men’s Player of the Year awardAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Lionel Messi Next Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo says he hopes to have dinner date with Lionel Messi in futureCristiano Ronaldo said he misses playing in Spain and the rivalry with Lionel Messi. He also said that he shared good bond with Messi.advertisementlast_img read more

PM Says Gov’t Committed to Strengthening International Co-Operation

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government is committed to strengthening international co-operation, even as it continues to work towards national development. “Guided by our commitment to multilateralism as the cornerstone for peace and development, we will continue to engage with all countries, to explore opportunities for foreign direct investment, tourism growth, expanded trade and technical and cultural co-operation,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps at Jamaica House, on February 5, as part of activities to observe Diplomatic Week. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that Jamaica’s foreign policy has always been characterised by mutual respect and territorial integrity. “In our external affairs, Jamaica has forged, enhanced and advanced cordial and fruitful relations with our traditional partners as well as with emerging economies,” she said. “We are a sovereign nation that seeks to expand opportunity for our people and foster respectful relations with any State that wishes to partner with us in our quest for growth and development, with job creation,” the Prime Minister added. Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Jamaica will continue to strengthen its ties with traditional partners in the East and West, as well as in North America and Europe, even as it explores opportunities in the Latin American region. In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the country also remains committed to multilateral engagement and action on a number of globally relevant issues, such as: global warming; achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and controlling the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, “which continue to have a destabilising negative impact on societies like ours.”On the matter of human rights, the Prime Minister informed that of particular concern is the issue of the rights of children.“Here in Jamaica, we are addressing the matter through legislation; improved management of, and service delivery to those in the care of the State; and initiatives to encourage greater parental responsibility,” she said.Diplomatic Week 2013 is being celebrated from February 3 to February 8. The week’s activities began with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Swallowfield Chapel, in Kingston, on Sunday, February 3, while on Monday, February 4, Jamaica’s cultural heritage was highlighted at a special cultural evening, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.On Wednesday, February 6, the diplomats will be addressed by Ministers of Finance and Planning; National Security; Science, Technology, Energy and Mining – Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Hon. Peter Bunting, and Hon. Phillip Paulwell, respectively.The highlight of the week will be the black tie reception and diplomatic dinner hosted by their Excellencies, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen on Thursday, February 7, at King’s House.The week culminates on Friday, February 8, with a tour of the National Gallery in downtown Kingston and an excursion to Maiden Cay, a small uninhabited island located off the coast of Port Royal.last_img read more

COSCO Cuts Loss, Approves Shipping Deal with Vale

first_imgzoom China COSCO Holdings managed to slash its quarterly annual loss by 45.3%, and is trying to move forward with the previously announced ore transportation agreement with Brazil’s mining corporation Vale.China COSCO ended the first three months of 2015 with a RMB 1.03 billion (USD 166 million) loss, a RMB 877 million improvement compared to the same period a year earlier.China COSCO says that it managed to reduce the loss by disposing of 22 older vessels, which was the main reason behind the group’s 65.5% dip in non-operating expenses.The quarterly revenue was RMB 14.83bn, up 4.4% compared to the same period the year beforeCOSCO’s container shipping arm handled 2,344,629 TEUs in the quarter, representing an increase of12.8% as compared to the corresponding period of last year.The total throughput of the group’s container terminal business was 16,471,466 TEUs, representing an increase of 6.6% as compared to the same quarter of last year.However, the group’s dry bulk shipping business completed shipment volume of 39,456,789 tons, representing a decrease of 6.07% year-on-year.COSCO plans to improve the results in the dry bulk sector by approving the implementation of a framework agreement signed with Vale back in September 2014.According to the agreement, COSCO Bulk and Vale will enter into a 25-year contracts of affreightment. COSCO Bulk also committed to build and operate ten new very large ore carriers, as well as to purchase four existing very large ore carriers owned by Vale International.China COSCO also authorized the management of a company to negotiate the four very large ore carriers owned by Vale International and its corresponding transportation agreement.last_img read more

Volunteer Fire Service Recognition Day

first_imgNova Scotians can take the time to recognize the contributions of volunteer firefighters on Sunday, Oct. 15, Volunteer Fire Service Recognition Day. “The role of volunteer firefighters is forever expanding. As problems such as natural and man-made disasters become more frequent, volunteer firefighters are vital to the protection of all Nova Scotians,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. In Nova Scotia, volunteer firefighters are not only first responders in emergency situations, they organize community events and functions, and teach citizens fire prevention techniques. “As Nova Scotia celebrates Volunteer Fire Service Recognition Day, I thank all the men and women who give of themselves for their community,” said Mr. Parent. “Your commitment and dedication go a long way in creating a safe and healthy Nova Scotia.” There are 314 fire departments across the province and 307 of them are volunteer-only departments. Currently, there are 8,000 Nova Scotians who volunteer in fire service.last_img read more

CBS All Access likely to offer a limited Canadian menu

TORONTO — While its name suggests a world of entertainment free of limitations, CBS All Access will come with some familiar restrictions when it arrives in Canada next year.Even though the U.S. streaming platform is known for a roster of exclusive TV series, including the upcoming sci-fi adventure “Star Trek: Discovery,” viewers won’t find any of those buzzworthy shows on the Canadian version of the service.That’s because CBS All Access has already licensed some of its biggest projects to Canadian broadcasters as part of a high-stakes battle for TV content.In the case of “Star Trek,” the rights belong to Bell Media, which plans to debut the series on CTV on Sept. 24 before running episodes on Space and Z, its French cable channel. The show will eventually turn up on CraveTV, the company’s streaming service.Meanwhile, “The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight” is owned by Corus and airs on the W Network, while Global broadcasts CBS’ “Big Brother” reality series.Without “Star Trek” or its other big titles, the CBS All Access service faces a tougher sell to Canadians when it arrives in the first half of 2018.“This is the problem with all this stuff — it doesn’t translate to Canada in the same way as it exists in the States,” says Brahm Eiley, president of Convergence Research Group.“Expect it to not be the full menu.”Popular prime-time CBS hits such as “Big Bang Theory,” “Madam Secretary” and “NCIS” usually stream on CBS All Access a day after they’re broadcast, but it’s unclear whether existing contracts with Canadian broadcasters will strip fresh episodes off the service here as well. A representative for CBS declined to offer further details.Streaming video blockades are a familiar experience for many Canadians who have severed ties with their cable provider only to find few legal alternatives to watch their favourite TV shows.In the U.S., viewers can pay US$14.99 per month to subscribe to the streaming service HBO Now without a cable package, which offers access to “Game of Thrones” and the network’s other hit series.In Canada, access to HBO costs $20 a month — but only in tandem with a TV package, it cannot be legally purchased independently.That’s driven some fans to borrow streaming logins from friends with cable, or scour the internet for pirated copies of the latest episodes.Eiley says the announcement by CBS All Access to explore international markets could be a negotiation tactic to drive up the value of its TV series. Canadian broadcasters want big-budget shows with familiar names to fill their prime-time lineups and will pay top dollar.Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive of CBS Corp., told investors on Monday that he plans to sell future CBS series — as well as content from its CW network and Showtime cable channel — under the stipulation that CBS could still offer the content through its own streaming platform.“As time progresses, there will be more and more available content that we’ll be able to put on CBS All Access internationally,” he said in a transcript of a conference call.“We’re pretty smart about content monetization. We figure out each property and how to best monetize it and that will continue in the international marketplace.”Last week, CBS All Access announced three new projects, including “Strange Angel” from executive producer Ridley Scott, and “No Activity,” produced by Will Ferrell. It’ll be up to CBS to decide how to deal with Canadian broadcasters that take a hard-line and insist on exclusivity for streaming.Ultimately, CBS All Access will need more than a few scant new offerings to be a formible streaming competitor.A monthly subscription to CBS All Access costs US$5.99 per month in the U.S., while users can pay $9.99 for a commercial-free version. Prices for Canada haven’t been announced.In the U.S., the service also houses a vast library of classic TV series like “Cheers,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Taxi.” Kaan Yigit, a technology analyst at Solutions Research Group, questions whether those older titles would be enough to convince Canadians to pay for the service.“I suppose there is some value in catalogue but I’m uncertain about market potential,” he said.“But (it’s) of course important symbolically as it indicates where the video market is going — subscription-based streaming.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

Hamilton man charged with sexual assault in Milton

A 27-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with sexual assault, assault, robbery, uttering threats and fraud under $5000.On Thursday June 6 around 11 p.m., police were called to the area of Nipissing Rd. near Childs Dr. in Milton for a disturbance. Police say they found a victim who had been sexually assaulted. The suspect fled in a 4 door silver sedan.On June 10, members of the Halton child abuse and sexual assault unit arrested Benjamin Novikov in Hamilton.Police say Novikov used a number of different profile names on the website LeoList, including “Thor Odinson”, “CandyBen” and “Champion”.Halton police are reminding the public to be vigilant when contacting people online.Any witnesses are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Newcombe at 905-465-8965 or Detective Joe Barr at 905-465-8969. read more

Security Council must not lose sight of urgent need for solution to

The Secretary-General’s report, issued to the Security Council ahead of its meeting on Liberia on Monday, draws on the recent mission to the region by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the observations of the UN Office in Liberia and the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), among others.”Whatever decision the Council may take in response to the present report,” Mr. Annan writes, “it must not lose sight of the urgent need to find an early solution to the conflict in Liberia, whose deleterious effect is fast spreading throughout an already troubled sub-region.”Voicing serious concern, the Secretary-General says that Liberia’s dire and volatile security situation has made it extremely difficult to reach internally displaced persons and third-country refugees who have fallen victim to abductions, conscriptions and various gross violations of human rights.Among other observations, ECOWAS reports that its mediation and verification mission dispatched to Liberia in early April had been told by sources on the ground that some 60 per cent of the territory was now under rebel control. That mission confirmed the grave situation of refugees and noted that there was now no safe have for internally displaced persons who were constantly under attack by rebel groups and government security agents. Amid a “fragile” political climate, characterized by threats to government opponents and widespread human rights abuses, ECOWAS says sanctions were being blamed for everything and used as a pretext for the government to not meet its responsibilities to the people. ECOWAS recommends that an international force should be brought in to maintain peace and security, particularly in light of the impending presidential and legislative elections, Mr. Annan says. While stressing the urgent need for a solution, the Secretary-General, for his part, notes that there is a “glimmer of hope for the search for peace.” He says he is encouraged by the decision of the Security Council to visit Liberia and its neighbours next month.He urges that every effort be made to persuade Liberia and the rebel movement Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) to listen to the pleas of the Liberian people, renounce violence and give peace a chance. read more

The Yankees Snapped Up This Offseasons Best Pitcher

But although the Yankees like elite fastballs and Paxton has a good one, New York ranked just 16th in four-seam fastball usage last year. The team often uses velocity to set up breaking balls and changeups, which tend to get more swings and misses than fastballs do. And with this strategy, the 2018 Yankees became just the third staff ever to strike out more than 10 batters per nine innings (10.10), joining the 2017 Cleveland Indians (10.08) and 2018 Astros (10.44).So it won’t be a surprise if the Yankees help Paxton by getting him to rely on his fastball less. Paxton threw it 55.6 percent of the time last season, ranking 26th in usage in the majors.Paxton’s cutter ranked second in the majors, behind Trevor Bauer, in whiffs per swing, at 37.2 percent. The New York Yankees tried to trade last winter for Gerrit Cole, arguably the top starting pitcher available. They were not willing to to meet the Pittsburgh Pirates’ asking price. Cole landed in Houston. Who knows how he might have changed the Yankees’ 2018 season.This offseason, the Yankees again targeted the top pitcher available. This time, they got him.The Yankees acquired left-handed pitcher James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners on Monday evening for a package of three prospects. While he might not be a household name outside the Pacific Northwest, he offers the Yankees the potential for a second legit ace alongside Luis Severino.Paxton ranks near the top of the leaderboard in nearly every rate statistic that indicates pitcher dominance. Since his breakout 2017 season, Paxton ranks sixth in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (11.1) among pitchers who have thrown at least 150 innings, sixth in strikeout percentage minus walk percentage (23.8 percent) and eighth in wins above replacement per 200 innings (5.7) — a rough measure of what a healthy starting pitcher might provide over a full season — trailing starters Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Corey Kluber, Noah Syndergaard and Severino, plus reliever Blake Treinen, who got a lot of work in last year. In other words, the elite of the elite. He ranks seventh since 2017 in fielding-independent pitching (2.95), which is scaled like ERA but factors out how the defense affects pitchers’ stats, and 34th by a more traditional measure, ERA (3.40).Is it enough to close the gap with the reigning World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox?Yankees GM Brian Cashman said adding Paxton may be just a start.“We’ve got one in the fold,” Cashman said. “And at the very worst we’re looking to add another.”And the same way Cole improved with the Astros last season, the Yankees might also be acquiring a pitcher who could get better in his new home. Even a home as hitter-friendly as Yankee Stadium.The Yankees prize velocity. They led the majors with an average fastball of 95.3 mph last season, and the three hardest-throwing staffs of the pitch-tracking era (since 2007) have played in pinstripes. Paxton’s fastball averaged 95.9 mph last season, ranking 15th among pitchers that had thrown at least 100 innings (Severino was second at 97.9 mph).Paxton has one of the game’s top whiff rates (26.1 percent on pitches that drew a swing) on his fastball and he also allows some of the weakest contact in the game. The average exit velocity of balls batters made contact with against him (89.4 mph) ranked in the lowest 4 percent. Here’s an elevated 97 mph fastball that Paxton threw for his 15th strikeout in a May game against the Oakland A’s: He could benefit from using those offspeed and breaking pitches more often, and he might have a fourth pitch if he keeps to his plan to incorporate a changeup.“Oh, I’ve seen it,” Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc told The Athletic in September. “If he were to throw that pitch in games, it would be the best [changeup] on the team.”The problem with Paxton is less quality than quantity. The ace, who is under club control through 2020, doesn’t always contribute volume, as he’s often on the disabled list.He has never thrown 200 innings in major league season, and his 160.1 innings last season were a career high. He’s dealt with an assortment of injuries, including a forearm bruise this past season. So for the Yankees, he’s not without risk, but the asking price wasn’t as steep as it was Cole.The Yankees did part with left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, their No. 1-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America and FanGraphs. Sheffield was acquired in the 2016 midsummer trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to Cleveland.But Sheffield isn’t the same quality of prospect that Yankees infielders Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar were a year ago, according to some analysts, when the Pittsburgh Pirates demanded one of them in exchange for Cole. Some evaluators believe Sheffield might end up becoming a bullpen arm. Others see him as a mid-rotation starter. Sheffield has talent but his command issues continued in 2018. The Mariners might see more potential to work with in Sheffield, and the team also received powerful righty Erik Swanson and outfielder Don Thompson-Williams.After selling his most valuable asset, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto told reporters that the team plans to take a “step back” in 2019 and then take “two steps forward” later, with a focus on 2020 and 2021.That’s an optimistic assessment.The Mariners faded from playoff contention last season, and their average hitter last year was 29.8 years old, tying them with the San Francisco Giants for the oldest position players in the majors. (Their pitching staff was the 10th oldest at 29.0 years). By some measures, they have the game’s weakest farm system. The Mariners depleted their farm in recent years to upgrade the major league roster, but they have not advanced to the postseason since 2001, the longest drought in the majors. They might be waiting a while longer. As for the Yankees, who won 100 games last season but finished eight games behind Boston, a healthy Paxton will help them close the gap in the AL East.The Yankees starters were fifth in WAR last season and tied for ninth in ERA-, which accounts for park effects and the league run environment. Paxton provides a massive upgrade from New York’s weakest link in Sonny Gray (5.26 ERA). The Yankees’ staff was already good, and now it might be great. Opponents hit .145 versus Paxton’s cutter and .235 against his curveball, including this whiff against Josh Donaldson during a no-hitter Paxton threw against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada, where he grew up: read more

New Zealand beached whale crisis over say rescuers

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 7:18 AM By AFP New Zealand beached whale crisis ‘over’ say rescuers Many volunteers gathered on the shoreline broke down in tears on hearing the latest strandings appeared to be over. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3235709 5 Comments Share103 Tweet Email 10,357 Views Image: Tim Cuff/PA Feb 12th 2017, 7:18 AM Image: Tim Cuff/PA WHALE RESCUERS WERE cautiously optimistic that the current wave of mass beachings in New Zealand was over, after hundreds of the creatures died after being stranded ashore.The crisis began early on Friday when a pod of 416 whales were found stranded on the 26-kilometre Farewell Spit, with hundreds more following them over the weekend.The shallow, sweeping spit is believed to interfere with the whales’ navigation systems and is a regular scene of mass strandings.As low tide approached early Sunday evening, around 300 pilot whales were heading out of Golden Bay in the northwest of the South Island and swimming towards the deep-water safety of Cook Strait.“It’s good news. The pod is swimming well away,” Department of Conservation regional conservation manager Andrew Lamason told AFP.“They’re the exact words,” he added, when asked if he was cautiously optimistic the crisis was over. “We’ve pulled our boats out of the water.”The news came as a relief for the hundreds of exhausted volunteers, who had spent three days comforting the stranded animals and keeping them cool while waiting to refloat them on the high tide.Late Saturday afternoon, when rescuers believed the situation to be under control, about 240 whales moved around a small flotilla of boats and a human chain of rescuers standing in the water trying to herd them away. Volunteers made a human chain to guide the pod back to sea. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThey beached themselves about three kilometres from the Friday stranding.By this morning most had managed to refloat themselves and at high tide volunteer workers were able to get the remaining animals back into the water where boats were used to guide them towards the other survivors.Many volunteers gathered on the shoreline broke down in tears on hearing the latest strandings appeared to be over.‘Emotionally drained’Louisa Hawkes, from the environmental group Project Jonah which has been assisting with the rescue, told them it was only natural they would feel emotionally drained.“The stranding might be winding down but the emotions are still quite close to the surface. There have been some really hard moments,” she said.Lamason estimated 666 whales beached themselves “but that will get the conspiracy theorists going”, he added, referring to the figure which is the reputed Biblical reference to the devil.There were references on social media in New Zealand suggesting the strandings and a 5.2-magnitude earthquake near Kaikoura, which was severely damaged by a 7.8 earthquake in November, may have been linked.Similar questions were raised in 2011 when 107 pilot whales beached themselves on Stewart Island off the coast of the New Zealand mainland, just two days before 185 people were killed in the Christchurch earthquake.However, scientists have dismissed this theory.“There’s no strong evidence that strandings are linked to earthquake events. For marine mammals these events are mostly inconsequential to them,” Auckland University marine biologist Rochelle Constantine told the New Zealand Herald.“I think these whales just make a mistake.”© – AFP, 2017Read: This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folk-artist called Maud >Read: Bad weather is making the price of some vegetables soar >last_img read more

Blizzard Launches Overwatch Discipline Tracker for Players

first_imgStay on target Overwatch is keeping an eye on rule-breaking players with a new disciplinary initiative.On Friday, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., the company that developed Overwatch, announced a new discipline tracker for pros in a press release.Starting next year, Overwatch League will keep track of a list of players who are disciplined for disobeying the Overwatch League rules of competition and code of conduct. According to Blizzard, seven Overwatch players were already penalized for their misconduct.When players join the Overwatch League,  the league office reviews their conduct record, and will discipline those that break the rules. The league will review each case individually, and key factors for discipline level include the time and severity of the violations.Blizzard published the names of disciplined players in the press release. Infractions and actions taken were also listed, including game suspensions for account boosting and fines for account sharing.The list didn’t include players who are not under contract with an Overwatch League team and might receive fines or suspensions if they return to the league. Blizzard said players who previously served penalties while playing in Contenders (high-level Overwatch tournaments) are usually not subject to additional discipline when they join the Overwatch League.Blizzard said Overwatch League will continue to monitor player misconduct and take disciplinary action as needed.More on Geek.com:5 Reasons to Stick With ‘Overwatch’Players Discover a Weird Glitch in ‘Overwatch’s’ Oasis MapLego Overwatch Sets Leak on Target App ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… last_img read more

Netflix raised prices because you all are signing up like crazy

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Netflix’s price hikes are coming quick 1:41 Last month, the company said Bird Box, its post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock, was watched by 45 million accounts in the first seven days it was available, the best viewership for one of its original movies yet. And Tuesday, Netflix announced price hikes. The prospect of a higher monthly bill wasn’t welcome news for consumers, but investors reacted with glee, and analysts interpreted it as Netflix flexing its muscles in the middle of a hot streak. Netflix doubled down on viewership disclosures Thursday. Bird Box has now been watched by more than 80 million member households in four weeks, the company said, adding that the movie was getting “high repeat viewing.” Looking ahead, Netflix expects You — a thriller series about a bookish stalker, which struggled to find an audience when it aired on Lifetime — to surpass 40 million households in its first four weeks, and it predicts Sex Education, a British series that Netflix is distributing globally, to reach more than 40 million in the first four weeks too. y1-bookstore-12102017-bs-904-1You, a thriller about a stalker played by Penn Badgley, struggled to find its audience on Lifetime, the network where it premiered.  Netflix The eternal caveat about Netflix numbers like these? They’re not independently verified. Nielsen offers some ratings for Netflix programs, which it figures with its own system of measurement that leaves out any viewing on mobile devices and doesn’t count people watching outside the US. Nielsen’s initial Bird Box numbers supported the general case that the movie was widely popular, though.And Netflix’s definition of a view carries different meaning for a movie versus a show. Netflix counts a movie as viewed once an account watches 70 percent of the total runtime, including credits. But for shows, Netflix credits the title with a view if an account gets through 70 percent of the total runtime of a single episode. But Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, defended the worth of the stats Thursday. “These are less financial metrics as they are cultural metrics,” he said. “For part of your Netflix subscription, you’re in the zeitgeist. You’re watching the programming that the rest of the world is loving at the same time.”The company also relished a competitive jab at YouTube, Google’s massive video site that Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings routinely admits envying for the 1.9 billion people who use it every month. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time,” the company said Thursday.Netflix shares fell Thursday, after they spiked two days earlier on news of the price increase. Shares were down 2.6 percent at $344 in after-hours trading. In its latest results, Netflix’s international subscriber base increased by 7.3 million paid members to 80.77 million, beating the 6.1 million additions the company predicted. In the US, Netflix added 1.53 million paid streaming customers, for a total of 58.49 million, slightly topping its 1.5 million guidance.Netflix is switching focus on how it reports its subscribers this year. While investors previously kept watch on Netflix’s number of total streaming members, which includes trial memberships, this year the company will make predictions only about paid memberships. By directing focus away from figures that include free trials, Netflix hopes its subscriber numbers won’t seem as lumpy as they have in the past. Looking ahead, Netflix expects to add 1.6 million paid streaming members in the US and 7.3 million internationally in the current quarter. Netflix also predicted 56 cents per share in earnings. On average, Wall Street analysts who track Netflix expected 83 cents.Overall, Netflix reported a profit of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with $185.5 million, or 41 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27 percent to $4.19 billion.Analysts on average expected per-share profit of 24 cents — a penny higher than Netflix’s forecast — and $4.21 billion in revenue.First published Jan. 17, 1:11 p.m. PT. Updates at 1:20, 1:25, 1:45 and 4:41 p.m. PT: Adds more details from report and executive call. Now playing: Watch this: Netflix’s Bird Box was watched by 45 million accounts in its first week on the streaming service.  Saeed Adyani/Netflix If you want to blame anyone for Netflix raising prices, look to all the newbs who are signing up in droves. The streaming video service reported that more people signed up in the last three months of 2018 than any other quarter ever, and it predicted even more new members in the first quarter of 2019. The company added 8.84 million new paid members, according to its end-of-year financial report Thursday. That’s better than the 7.6 million it’d predicted in October.Netflix tends to end every year on an upswing, as people on holiday breaks spend extra time streaming and those who received new gadgets as gifts start setting them up by adding services like Netflix. But this time, Netflix had already issued a couple of particularly positive signals about how business was faring.center_img 26 Comments Tags Earnings Netflix Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming?last_img read more

Spooky Bridge not safe for Ladysmith pedestrians

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We are awaiting comment from the municipality regarding this matter…The broken barrier across the bridgePeople fear being attacked and thrown from the bridgeIt is a long way downDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Many pedestrians fear for their lives while crossing the Cemetery Road pedestrian bridge every day, as they go to work and return to their homes.Known by many as the “Spooky Bridge”, people’s fear of crossing it stems not only from the fact that it is right next to the graveyard and flanked by scary-looking trees.Some of the barrier poles on the bridge are not there at all, while others are broken and dangling off the structure.The Ladysmith Gazette ran a story about the state of the bridge on April 9, 2015, but up until now, nothing has been done to sort out this problem.“It’s also very dangerous at night, as a criminal could easily attack and throw someone off,” said a terrified pedestrian.last_img read more

Brain Imaging Predicts Language Learning in Deaf Children

first_img January 23, 2018 – In a new international collaborative study between The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, researchers created a machine learning algorithm that uses brain scans to predict language ability in deaf children after they receive a cochlear implant. This study’s novel use of artificial intelligence to understand brain structure underlying language development has broad-reaching implications for children with developmental challenges. It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.”The ability to predict language development is important because it allows clinicians and educators to intervene with therapy to maximize language learning for the child,” said co-senior author Patrick C. M. Wong, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist, professor and director of the Brain and Mind Institute at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. “Since the brain underlies all human ability, the methods we have applied to children with hearing loss could have widespread use in predicting function and improving the lives of children with a broad range of disabilities,” said Wong.A cochlear implant is the most effective treatment for children born with significant hearing loss when hearing aids are not enough for the child to develop age-appropriate listening and language ability. Decades of research have shown that early cochlear implantation is critical. Although a cochlear implant enables many children with hearing loss to understand and develop speech, some children lag behind their normal-hearing peers despite receiving an implant as an infant or toddler. Helping these children achieve the language and literacy of hearing children is important and the focus of much research, as these skills are critical to academic success, social and emotional well-being and employment opportunities.”So far, we have not had a reliable way to predict which children are at risk to develop poorer language. Our study is the first to provide clinicians and caregivers with concrete information about how much language improvement can be expected given the child’s brain development immediately before surgery,” said co-senior author Nancy M. Young, M.D., Medical Director, Audiology and Cochlear Implant Programs at Lurie Children’s, a surgeon and professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The ability to forecast children at risk is the critical first step to improving their outcome. It will lay the groundwork for future development and testing of customized therapies.””A one-size-fits-all intensive therapy approach is impractical and may not adequately address the needs of those children most at risk to fall behind,” added Wong.Erin Ingvalson, assistant professor at Florida State University who began work on the project as a post-doctoral student at Northwestern University, said “our goal is to eliminate the gap in language outcomes often found when children with hearing loss are compared to those with normal hearing.””The ability to optimize therapy for each child with hearing loss will transform many lives,” said Ingvalson.Successful hearing and spoken language development depends on both the ear and the brain. Hearing loss early in life deprives the auditory areas of the brain of stimulation, which causes abnormal patterns of brain development.”We used MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] to capture these abnormal patterns before cochlear implant surgery and constructed a machine-learning algorithm for predicting language development with a relatively high degree of accuracy, specificity and sensitivity,” Wong explained. “Although the current algorithm is built for children with hearing impairment, research is being conducted to also predict language development in other pediatric populations.”For more information: www.pnas.org News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 23, 2018 Brain Imaging Predicts Language Learning in Deaf Children Study shows that early cochlear implantation is critical to language development in deaf children  Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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