LeBron: Smith comments a shot at Phil Jackson, not Ntilikina

first_imgUN urges countries to stop conflicts during 2018 Winter Olympics QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort James said Saturday after playing in Dallas that Smith should be a Knick. New York took Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in the June draft, one spot before the Mavericks selected Smith.James said he’s known Smith since the former North Carolina State point guard was 13 or 14 years old and that they had trained together. He knows only a little about Ntilikina, a teenager from France who had played overseas with one of James’ friends from Ohio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast offseason, Jackson had said the Knicks needed a point guard, either through the draft or free agency, and James figured they could do no better than taking Smith to play with Kristaps Porzingis. He compared his comments to his thoughts that the Cleveland Browns should have drafted quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 1 pick, saying that doesn’t mean Myles Garrett won’t become a top defensive player.“Like I said, it’s no shade at Frank. I don’t even know the kid,” James said at the Cavaliers’ shootaround before their game against the Knicks. “I wasn’t even thinking about the kid when I was talking about Dennis Smith. I was thinking about the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time and Dennis Smith’s talent and Porzingis.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)NEW YORK — LeBron James says his belief that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. wasn’t meant to slight Frank Ntilikina, though it was intended as a swipe at Phil Jackson.“Oh yeah, it was definitely a shot at him,” James said Monday. “That’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jackson selected Ntilikina, but that was about the last thing he did as team president, as he and the organization parted ways at the end of June. He had angered James during his three years running the Knicks when he referred to James’ friends and business partners as a “posse.”“I’m not a Phil Jackson fan, I think you guys already know that,” James said. “That’s the past. He’s not even here anymore.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

Racism Costs Olympiakos Its Fans

first_imgThe Olympiakos soccer team that has advanced to the quarter-finals of the European Champions League that determine the best professional team in the region will play its next game in a partially closed stadium because of its fans racist behavior, UEFA has declared.The same penalty was put on the Russian Zenit club of St. Petersburg as UEFA struggles to rein in racism in the game and in the stands. The Greek side will have to close the lower tier of the north stand of its stadium in the first leg match against Manchester United on Feb. 25 and has also been fined 30,000 euros.UEFA said the sanctions were imposed for “the racist conduct of supporters, insufficient organization, the setting-off of fireworks and the use of a laser” during the group stage match at home to Anderlecht on Dec. 10.Zenit was sanctioned for incidents during its 4-1 defeat at Austria Vienna and will have to close the area of the stadium which usually houses its ultras when it hosts Borussia Dortmund, also on February 25.UEFA said the Russian club had been punished for “the racist behavior of fans – namely the displaying of a banner – the setting-off and throwing of fireworks and crowd disturbances.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Irakllis holds Panathinaikos in Greek Cup

first_imgThe midweek’s first round of games for the Greek Cup’s group stage produced little excitement and hardly any surprises, with the exception of Iraklis holding Panathinaikos to a goalless draw in Athens on Thursday.Just like in the 1-1 draw at Veria on Monday for the Super League, Panathinaikos wasted a great number of chances and drew 0-0 with a spirited Iraklis at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. The Greens will now need to beat the other two sides in the group, second-division teams Apollon Smyrnis and OFI, to be sure of advancing to the knock-out stages. Apollon tops the group after downing OFI 1-0 in Athens.Olympiakos strolled against Platanias on Wednesday winning 3-0, with Felipe Pardo scoring twice and Omar Elabdellaoui once, as Sparti saw off Hania 4-0 in the same group.PAOK defeated Larissa 2-0, goals coming from Yiannis Mystakidis and Facundo Pereyra. In the same pool Trikala thrashed Panelefsiniakos 5-0 away.On Tuesday AEK put four past visiting Kerkyra (4-0) thanks to goals by Rodrigo Galo, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Tomas Pekhart, plus an own goal by Jordao Diogo. Lamia overcame Anagennisi Karditsas with a 1-0 score.In other groups it was PAS Giannina 1 Xanthi 0, Kalloni Lesvou 1 Agrotikos Asteras 2, Aiginiakos 0 Aris 3, Asteras Tripolis 1 Veria 0, Atromitos 1 Panetolikos 0, Panthrakikos 3 Kallithea 0, Panionios 0 Levadiakos 0, and Panserraikos 0 Kissamikos 2.The second round of games in the group stage is scheduled for November 29-December 1. The top two teams from each group of four advance to the next round.Source: kathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AAEON: new DIN rail mount Box PC

first_imgAAEON releases the BOXER-6750, a DIN rail-mount-designed box PC with a rich I/O interface. The compact BOXER-6750 measures only 69 x 183 x 155mm and is fitted with the Intel Core i3-6100U or, for customers with lower performance demands, the Intel Celeron 3955U. The system also features a DDR4 SODIMM slot for up to 16GB of memory, a 2.5” SATA drive bay, and an optional mSATA slot.The high-performance PC is perfect for SCADA applications, and with four USB3.0 ports, two LAN ports, and four COM ports, it can easily be connected to a range of peripheral devices. VGA and HDMI ports also enable dual display output. AAEON can also work with customers to customize the system, giving it up to six USB3.0 ports and six COM ports.The BOXER-6750 is also suitable for factory automation solutions and was designed to handle harsh, factory environments. It has an operating temperature range of -20 to 60 °C and a 9 to 30V power input range.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Mouser Electronics and Sigfox announce global distribution agreementNext Bosch provides customized IoT and Industry 4.0 solutionslast_img read more

De Grandhomme, Tom Bruce hand New Zealand T20I series win over Sri Lanka

first_img Next Associated Press KandySeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 23:48 IST Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSColin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicketNew Zealand won the first match by six wickets, with the last match due to be played in the same venueSri Lanka and New Zealand will next lock horns in the final T20I of the three-match series on September 6Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicket Tuesday to help New Zealand to a tense four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 match and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga elected to bat first after winning the toss and his team scored a competitive 161-9 in 20 overs, but New Zealand chased it down with two balls to spare in a tense final over.Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya put his team on top early by dismissing opener Colin Munro (13) with the score on 19 in the second over. Munro attempted to loft the ball over long-on and was caught by Wanindu Hasaranga.Dananjaya struck twice in the space of two balls in the fourth over, trapping Scott Kuggelejin (8) and Tim Seifert (15) lbw, leaving New Zealand three down for 38.Bruce joined de Grandhomme at that stage and the pair stayed together for 88 deliveries, taking the Black Caps to a winning position.De Grandhomme scored his second half-century in Twenty20 internationals and was out for 59, caught by Avishka Fernando off left-arm seamer Isuru Udana. He was out when New Zealand had to score 15 runs to win in 10 deliveries, having hit three sixes and two boundaries off 46 deliveries.Malinga handed the ball to Hasaranga to bowl the last over during which Sri Lanka nearly snatched the game away from New Zealand, who needed only seven runs to win.New batsman Daryl Mitchell hit a ball straight back to the bowler Hasaranga, who flung it quickly to the wicket at the non-striker’s end where Bruce was found short of his crease.advertisementBruce made 53 of 46 deliveries including three boundaries.Mitchell was out in the next ball when he was caught in the deep by substitute fielder Lahiru Madushanka, leaving New Zealand to score seven off four deliveries.Mitchell Santner hit the next ball for a six when Shehan Jayasuriya took the ball well on the full but hit the boundary rope after colliding with teammate Kusal Mendis.Both fielders had to leave the field before Santner hit the fourth ball for a boundary to complete for the win.New Zealand won the first match by six wickets, with the last match due to be played in the same venue on Friday.Dananjaya took three wickets for 36 runs for Sri Lanka.Earlier Niroshan Dickwella (39) and Fernando (37) shared 68 runs for the third wicket after Sri Lanka had lost two wickets for 40 runs.Mendis gave Sri Lanka a flashy start by scoring 26 runs off 24 deliveries, hitting two sixes and two boundaries. Jayasuriya made a useful 20 runs off 13 deliveries.New Zealand’s Seth Rance took three wickets for 33 runs while fellow seamers Tim Southee and Kuggelejin took two wickets each.Also Read | Ben Stokes has worst music taste of anyone I know: Mark WoodAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow New Zealand vs Sri Lanka De Grandhomme, Tom Bruce hand New Zealand T20I series win over Sri LankaNew Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets to take 2-0 unassailable lead in T20I series. Sri Lanka and New Zealand will next lock horns in the final T20I of the three-match series on September 6.advertisementlast_img read more

10 Cool Board Games for Cold Nights

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute How to Cure Prosciutto at Home For most people, winter means a lot more quality time spent indoors. But after enough time spent in the confines of your home, even the internet can grow tiresome — and that’s the perfect time to invite some pals over and bust out a good old-fashioned board game. To help you chase away winter boredom and flex your strategizing skills, we’ve gathered up 10 cool board and card games.RISKRisk is a longtime classic and it still holds its own in the modern board gaming landscape. As “the game of strategic conquest,” Risk pits brother against brother and friend against friend as you and up to four other players basically battle for world domination. The game is pure strategy, with your empire reigning or crumbling by the way you choose to place your troops, upgrade your soldiers, and storm your opponents’ territories at just the right moment. At the same time, the basic gameplay is easy to learn, even for players who have never played similar games. The pressure of global warfare has the potential to build into truly epic and memorable play sessions in which players form and/or betray alliances to gain the upper hand. The game is available in several skins (including themes like Star Wars and Game of Thrones), so you can wage war in your favorite fictional universe in addition to the classic Risk world map.PlayLuxury MonopolyMonopoly is another undeniable classic, so much so that it’s essentially its own brand at this point. Most people have played Monopoly at least once, whether at an ill-fated family game night or at gatherings with friends, so it’s rather accessible even in largely non-gamer groups. The property-trading game has a unique ability to bring out the competitive streak in even the most nonchalant of players, which makes for play sessions where everyone feels equally invested. Monopoly is available with too many themes to count, but if you really want to feel like a wealthy mogul, there’s a luxury edition that features gold foil, faux leather, a wooden game cabinet, and die-cast metal tokens.PlayPandemic Legacy: Season 1Pandemic came onto to the board game scene in 2008 and quickly solidified itself as a smash hit. Since then, there have been three expansions, five spinoff games, an updated 2013 edition, and a whole host of downloadable scenarios that change the base game for endless replay-ability. The most unique (and impressive) undertaking in the Pandemic universe, however, is 2015’s Pandemic Legacy: Season 1. Unlike other board games, where a streak of bad luck can be quickly wiped out with a reset, Pandemic Legacy is one long-form journey where players’ actions permanently transform the game as play proceeds. Each chapter of the game represents one month, and players work as a team to stop four diseases from evolving into unstoppable global pandemics. New game elements — which can include anything from new pieces to revised rules to the literal destruction of certain cards — are introduced as players progress through all twelve months of the year, slowly transforming the story in a tense but addictive race to save the globe. There are two editions of the game (a blue edition and a red edition), each with different twists so you can experience the game twice without repetition. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 was released in late 2017, so once you’ve played through Season 1 you can continue the story.PlayLegendary: A Marvel Deck Building GameFor our money, deck-builders are some of the best bang-for-your-buck games available. The format lends itself easily to a vast array of themes, and since players create new decks in each playthrough, deck-builders feel almost endlessly replayable. Legendary is one of the most popular deck-building games on the market, and once you get your hands on it, it’s easy to understand why. The concept is simple: players recruit cards from a pool of familiar Marvel universe heroes, working to create hero decks powerful enough to defeat one of several mastermind villains. Defeat the villain and the good guys live to fight another day; fail, and the villain’s evil plans succeed. The game pulls from everywhere across the Marvel universe, giving players the freedom to finally assemble their superhero dream team. If you’ve ever wanted to see The Avengers team up with the X-Men, this is your chance. There are also several expansions to the game, each one with its own unique set of characters that can be seamlessly integrated into the base game.PlaySettlers of CatanNo board game list could call itself complete without the inclusion of Settlers of Catan, the Eurogame that has become so wildly popular that it has won 10 different awards and been dubbed “the board game of our time.” Players take on the titular role of the settlers, working to gather resources, build settlements, and bargain with one another in order to be the first person to reach a certain point total. The game is deeply strategic without being overwhelming, and it contains a healthy dose of risk-taking that at times can make or break entire settlements. Even so, it’s relatively simple for newbies to learn, which makes it a great way to introduce non-gamer friends to something besides the old standard family game night classics. Its massive worldwide popularity means that Catan also has a huge variety of expansions and re-skins.PlayTicket to RideTicket to Ride is a beautifully simple game with a solid balance of luck and strategy that makes it a perfect fit for any game night, whether you’re playing with your buddies or your extended family. Players collect cards and place train cars on the board, working to claim railway routes that connect specific cities across North America. While it doesn’t take more than one round to get the hang of the way the game works, there is still enough strategy to keep players intently invested as they take calculated risks to complete their routes before other players block their path and work towards bonus achievements. There is also a gorgeous iOS app version of Ticket to Ride, but there’s something genuinely lovely and satisfying about playing with the physical board and brightly colored miniature train cars. The physical game also has several more expansions than the app, allowing you to branch out into maps like Europe, Asia, Africa, New York, and even to travel backward or forward in time.PlayCoupCoup is a delightful, quick-playing card game in which players deal in deception in order to grift their way to power. Each player begins the game with two coins and two characters which are kept hidden from the other players. The game features five characters total, each with their own unique ability that can be used to earn more money or destroy other characters. On their turn, a player can choose to use their character’s ability truthfully or lie about which card they’re holding and use a different character’s ability, at which point they run the risk of being called out by a fellow player and having their character summarily assassinated. With the right group of players — where everyone is fully invested in the game’s mischievous nature — honesty can become just as powerful a weapon as deception, as players try to lure each other into risky traps in a battle to be the last card standing.PlayConceptConcept is one of the most unique games we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing and it still manages to stay accessible by playing on familiar classics like Charades and Pictionary. The basic premise of Concept is that one player chooses a topic (a “concept” that can be anything from a book or movie title to a person or a profession) and must then give clues to the other players in hopes of getting them to guess the topic before time runs out. The twist that sets Concept apart from other similar party games is that the player giving the clues cannot speak. At all. Instead, the clue-giving player is equipped with a board filled with icons representing concepts like colors, textures, environments, characteristics, and more. Clue-givers use color-coded game pieces to help the guessing players connect certain icons and ideas that will lead them to the chosen concept. There can be a slight learning curve for brand new players, but everything begins to click after a couple of rounds and it becomes nearly impossible not to be completely engrossed in this uniquely challenging guessing game.PlaySherlock Holmes: Consulting DetectiveSherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is incredibly unique, with a mixture of mechanics that feels part-novel, part-murder-mystery-dinner, and part-board-game. Each volume of the game includes 10 cases, each with its own story and casebook. Players must combine their powers of deduction to solve each mystery by interviewing suspects, scouring daily newspapers for clues, finding and following leads, and sleuthing their way through the streets of London. The game’s different volumes, which include themes like The Thames Murders and Jack the Ripper, can be played in any order and can also be played with only one player, so they’re a versatile addition to any game collection.PlayCards Against HumanityCards Against Humanity hardly needs an introduction, but in case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a quick breakdown of the game: players are dealt a hand of cards with words or phrases printed on them and must use those cards to complete fill-in-the-blank statements. The player whose completed statement is deemed best by the judge (a different player each round) gains a point. What makes Cards Against Humanity a stand-out experience, however, are the raunchy, risqué, offensive, and even disgusting words and phrases that are printed on the cards. Instead of creating the cutest pun or the most logical sentence structure, players are battling to create the most cringe-worthy, nervous-laughter-inducing statements they possibly can in order to gain points. The result is a quick, simple card game that encourages players to give in to the politically incorrect in a battle of social bravery that is guaranteed to have players gasping in horror just as much as they’re doubling over in laughter.PlayKeep the fun going with LEGO and NERF. 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started last_img read more

Golar Seals Ghana Deal for Its FSRU Newbuild

first_imgzoom Golar LNG Limited has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) services to support their LNG import operations in Ghana.The contract is for the provision of the 170,000cbm newbuild FSRU Golar Tundra, which will be delivered to Golar from Samsung during November 2015.The FSRU will be moored inside the port of Tema, on the coast of Ghana West Africa, at a new jetty being built by WAGL, within a joint venture project aimed at developing an LNG import project at the port with a planned start up in Q2 2016.Golar Tundra will be deliver to WAGL in Ghana following some minor modifications to the vessel in Singapore. The EBITDA expected in the first full year of operation is approximately USD 44 million, Golar said.As informed, the contract will be for an initial period of 5 years with the option for WAGL to extend for a further 5 years.Golar LNG’s CEO, Gary Smith said “Ghana represents an exciting new business opportunity for Golar. West Africa is becoming an increasingly important region for our business and we are proud to be jointly developing Sub Saharan Africa’s first FSRU in partnership with WAGL.” “This landmark achievement is the first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa and strategically positions Ghana to be an Energy Hub. By contracting with the best-in-class companies like Golar LNG, WAGL has set clear standards of the highest order and reaffirmed its belief in the sub region as a stable environment for doing business,“said Umar Ajiya, Manager Director of WAGL.WAGL is jointly owned by subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with 60% and Sahara Energy Resource Ltd (Sahara) with 40%.last_img read more

Colourful booklet to highlight fire fighting measures

first_imgKolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department has undertaken a unique approach to create awareness among school students in connection with fire safety and security. The department has come up with a booklet containing colourful pictorial illustrations regarding a series of precautionary measures that can be followed to curb fire accidents.”We feel that awareness through children can create wonders when it comes to maintenance of safety measures to check fire. We will soon start distributing these attractive booklets among school and college students and they will take up the responsibility of educating their respective family members about some basic steps that can curb incidents of fire,” said Sujit Bose, state Fire and Emergency Services minister. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe booklet begins with the picture of a mother educating her children about the steps that should be taken if a fire suddenly breaks out in a building. Switching off all electric lights and gadgets, opening up all doors and windows of the house, then vacating the building using the staircase preferably covering the face and nose with a piece of cloth are among the steps mentioned. This should be followed by an immediate call to the fire brigade. The book highlights rules to be followed in the kitchen including using the cooking gas carefully, having a proper instrument and not a piece of cloth to bring down something hot from the oven, opening the doors and windows immediately if there is any gaseous smell, avoid pouring kerosene when the stove is in burning condition etc. “The fire incidents in households occur mostly from the kitchen room and the use of cooking gas,” a senior official in the Fire department pointed out. The other precautionary messages include keeping matchsticks away from reach of children, avoiding smoking while lying down on the bed, putting off switches of lights in case of a power cut, not to use too many electric gadgets through a single plug point etc. “All the messages in the book are short yet concise and illustrated with pictures so that curiosity to read it will arise automatically,” the official added. It also tells elders to keep a close watch on their children when they celebrate Diwali and dial toll-free number 101 in case of an emergency. “Awareness is the key to fire fighting. If we all follow certain safety measures, we can keep ourselves protected. This is the main objective behind this approach,” the minister added.last_img read more

General Motors product development chief named president

first_imgDETROIT — General Motors has promoted product development chief Mark Reuss (Royce) to company president.The longtime GM engineer replaces Dan Ammann, who is now CEO of GM’s autonomous vehicle unit called Cruise Automation.Reuss will continue to lead product development and the Cadillac luxury brand, which he took on last year. In his new job, he’ll also head the company’s quality organization.Reuss has been with the company for his entire career starting as an intern in 1983. In the past he has run operations in North America and Australia as well as GM’s engineering unit.GM says he has been leading a transformation of the company’s product development workforce to improve quality and speed up bringing new vehicles to market.The Associated Presslast_img read more

DR Congo UN peacekeeping on offensive after defeat of M23 says senior

“We will go on with this fight against all armed groups,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, Martin Kobler said, referring to the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC (MONUSCO) which he heads.“I brought a message of hope to the Security Council. I think the situation is different now in the DRC after the end of the fight against the M23,” he told journalists after the briefing, but cautioned that military successes much be backed by civilian determination and access to services such as health care and education otherwise “we will go back to square one.”The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups, has clashed repeatedly with the FARDC. At various times, UN officials have also deplored the activities of other armed groups in the region, including Mayi Mayi, the FDLR, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.Around 1,500 to 1,800 combatants are estimated to be members of the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), one of the groups MONUSCO is focusing on, along with ADF in the north.Mr. Kobler described a “wave of surrenders” among rebels, 70 per cent of whom are below the age of 30, and who are eager to return to civilian life. He noted, however, that unlike the M23, the FDLR is a smaller group that continues to live among civilian populations making the offensive more difficult. “The operation started on 27 November, and yesterday and the day before, progress was made to clear areas and streets of FDLR positions,” Mr. Kobler said.Among recent successes, he said for the first time in years, MONUSCO forces were able to reopen a street from Pinga in the North Kivu towards the provincial capital of Goma: “From yesterday on, people can bring their vegetables to the Goma market, they can visit their families outside the area after a two-year paralysis.”After a failure last month between the M23 and the Government to sign an official political agreement, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, said it is hoped that the document will be cosigned tomorrow by Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Malawi’s Joyce Banda, who is also the chairperson for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The agreement is part of ongoing talks between the M23 and the Government, held in Kampala, Uganda, under the auspices of Mr. Museveni as mediator and Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), as well as Ugandan Defence Minister and Facilitator, Crispus Kiyonga.The Special Envoy also stressed the importance of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has dubbed a “framework of hope.”“It’s time for the people of the region to feel that the framework is making a difference in their lives through a peace dividend,” Mrs. Robinson told journalists in New York. Also speaking to the press, Ambassador Gerard Araud of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for December said today’s briefing by Mr. Kobler and Mrs. Robinson was “the most positive … of the year.”“Let’s not see the world in a rosy manner but this has been a positive development,” he said. “When you look where we had been eight months ago, beginning of 2013, I think it’s quite a feat to see where we are right now.”Today’s briefing comes a week after the UN launched its first-ever unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the interest of better protecting civilians, in the eastern part of DRC. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, who was in Goma at the time and also participated in today’s briefing, said that the deployment of the unarmed aircraft, authorized by the Security Council last spring, is still evolving, but is starting with two UAVs. The goal is to have the craft up around the clock and adequately cover all the terrain in the relevant DRC provinces. read more

BrockU 4U offers increased support for students

The message is simple: Brock University is here for you.A new campaign, BrockU 4U, was launched this week to offer comprehensive support to students both on and off campus.The campaign’s first initiative will be a series of ‘Ask Me’ booths that will be set up in high-traffic areas on campus beginning Sunday during the annual Move-In Day event. Manned with trained student ambassadors ready to answer any and all questions, the booths will continue to appear in a variety of locations throughout September and January as new students transition to Brock.Trained student ambassadors wearing ‘Ask Me’ buttons will be seen around campus beginning Sunday, Sept. 3. They are trained to answer a variety of common questions asked by students.“The ‘Ask Me’ booths are the first exciting component in a series of BrockU 4U retention initiatives aimed at strengthening the culture of caring at Brock and demonstrating to our students that, as a campus, we are here to support them,” said Tanya Bradley, Manager of Student and Community Experience. “They will also provide the opportunity to encourage new and returning students to get involved, engaged and to access available resources.” The campaign includes the launch of a new website, brocku.ca/bu4u, which includes a comprehensive list of student resources organized by six main categories: academics, campus safety, finances, wellness, getting involved and life at Brock. The website is mobile friendly and will be easily accessible through the new Brock mobile app, set launch later in September.The site will be regularly updated with more resources as feedback is gathered from the Brock community.The various BrockU 4U initiatives provide an avenue to “reach out to students and share important supports and resources,” said Brad Clarke, Director, Student Life and Community Experience. The efforts are also about helping students to “develop a strong sense of belonging and connectedness to their Brock community,” he said.The BrockU 4U campaign aims to provide additional support to students both on and off campus. Its initiatives will include the following logo, which students can keep an eye out for on campus.“BrockU 4U supports current students in a way we haven’t before,” said Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education. Combining the app, website and trained student ambassadors, who will be on the lookout for people to assist, the campaign will bring Brock’s customer service to another level, she said.“It’s about going beyond the basic answer and providing the most thorough and helpful response possible,” Howe said, while also “trying to identify and address the questions students may be hesitant to bring forward.“We hope students stay on campus through to graduation because they’ve gotten consistent responses and support across the University.” read more

Teach children about fake news to stop them becoming extremists OECD says

first_imgHe will announce the OECD’s plans to test young people’s attitudes to global issues and different cultures, their analytical and critical skills and abilities to interact with others.”In the past, when you needed information, you went to an encyclopaedia, you looked it up, and you could trust that information to be true,” Mr Schleicher said.He added that today, anyone using social media or even news sites has to be able to assess, evaluate and reflect on the information they are given.”Distinguishing what is true from what is not true is a critical skill today,” he said. “Exposing fake news, even being aware that there is something like fake news, that there is something that is written that is not necessarily true, that you have to question, think critically. That is very important. This is something that we believe schools can do something about.”Pupils can learn about the world, how to analyse what they see and hear around them and engage in debate in lessons.”Schools can do a lot to equip students with the kind of cognitive ability to access and analyse meaning, culture, practice, things like this,” he said.He added that it is not a matter of schools teaching a new subject, but building these skills into all lessons, from science to history.The new computer-based “global competencies” tests will be taken by 15-year-olds around the world alongside the OECD’s current reading, maths and science assessments which are conducted every three years.The results of these assessments – and the rankings of around 70 countries and economies based on the results – are seen as important by governments worldwide, including the UK. Children must be taught about fake news in schools to stop them from turning to extremism, a major international think-tank has said. Under new plans unveiled on Saturday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will add a new category to its global tests called “global competency”, which will assess youngsters on how well they can think critically about information diseminated on social media, and detect dubious claims. The shake-up to the OECD’s global test is aimed at preventing students from being brainwashed into believing, for example, that they should travel to Syria to fight for the so-called Islamic State. The move, due to be announced this weekend at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, is significant because governments around the world often use these test results to inform policy. The tests are due to be taken next year, with the results published in 2019.Mr Schleicher said: “This assessment is about the capacity of young people to see the world through different perspectives, appreciate different ideas, be open to different cultures, which is an increasingly important dimension in a more interconnected world – both economically and socially.” Distinguishing what is true from what is not true is a critical skill todayAndreas Schleicher, OECDcenter_img Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director of education and skills, suggested that social media creates an “echo-chamber” in which users only hear from viewpoints similar to their own. He argued that schools have a role to play in making sure that young people have a chance to debate different views and opinions.”Social media is designed to create an echo chamber. We are likely to talk with people who are like us. Who think similarly to us. And that’s precisely, almost the antithesis, to global competency.”One example, he said, is young people from Europe going to fight for Islamic State, turning “the multi-religious, multi-ethnic powerhouses of the Middle East back to a kind of mono-culture”.”That’s really I think an outcome of the thinking that there is only one truth and there’s only one way to live.”I think that social media can reinforce that. The algorithms under-pinning them tend to relate people to people who are similar, rather than creating spaces for people to discuss debate and find common ground.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

ABB secures Serra Azul GMD contract

first_imgABB has recently been contracted to supply gearless mill drive (GMD) systems for two 38 ft SAG mills at the Serra Azul iron ore mine in Brazil. The Serra Azul mine unit, owned by MMX Mineração e Metálicos, an EBX Group company, is located in the iron quadrangle of Minas Gerais near Belo Horizonte. The Tico-Tico and Ipê mines form this unit with a current production capacity of 8.7 Mt/y of iron ore. ABB’s scope of supply includes two GMD systems for 38 ft 23 MW SAG mills comprising transformers, ring motors and complete containerised electrical houses (e-houses).The variable speed drive solution allows for optimisation of the grinding processes for ores with varying properties and different mill loads. The GMD eliminates the need of critical high maintenance mechanical equipment such as gearbox, ring gear and pinion. It enables operational optimisation, energy and costs savings, high system efficiency and availability while reducing maintenance needs at the same time. This order is ABB’s first GMD reference in iron ore processing. ABB believes that a ombination of its “strong presence in Latin America and its state-of-the-art grinding solutions” helped to secure the contract. TheSerra Azul order will be ABB’s 7th installed unit in Brazil and the 48th in Latin America. The order was part of a multi billion dollar mine expansion, projected to increase annual iron-ore processing capacity to over 24 Mt by 2015, allowing MMX to triple its output at Serra Azul. The expansion involves construction of an iron ore enriching plant and a railroad terminal. MMX Mineração e Metálicos, established in 2005 as part of the EBX Group, operates and owns high quality iron ore mines in Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. In addition, MMX plans to expand its operations to Chile, where it currently also holds mining rights.last_img read more

THAT IS FAIR PLAY Kielce finish 1010 in Ukraine after 9 on

TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 4. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9306228:238(-10)6 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye10307283:284(-1)6 6. Kadetten Schaffhausen9225239:268(-29)6 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce101000312:271(41)20 5. Aalborg Handball9225233:246(-13)6 2. MOL-Pick Szeged9603253:241(12)12 Vive Tauron Kielce beat Motor Zaporozhye 28:27 and finished group phase with 10 victories.For the Polish team this game couldn’t change anything, they already had the first place secured, while for Motor a victory was a chance to qualify for the Last 16. The circumstances were better than ever because Kielce were still very short-handed.And in the first half hosts seemed to use it perfectly. Poles, in their experimental squad, had problems in both attack and defence. Motor took the lead and kept making the gap bigger and bigger. After 30 minutes they were better by 9 goals (19:10) and were pretty close to getting their 2 precious points.In the second half Kielce took the better start and tried to reduce the gap. It took them 10 minutes to make 5 goals up (21:17) but they couldn’t get much more closer for the next 10 minutes. However, despite a few misses, good performance of Šego and unsuccessful attempts of Ukrainian team allowed Kielce to come from behind. Having missed opportunities to draw, Poles managed to equalized not before 60. minute (27:27). Zaporozhye had 30 seconds to score a winning goal but they didn’t even get to try because Mateusz Jachlewski stole the ball and made use of fastbreak scoring for 27:28.STANDING: Vive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story DRAMMEN CALLING: Kristian Kjelling goes home after 14 years abroad! Next Story → Dmitri Torgovanov is new Russian head-coach! read more

Google adds 5 new themes for Gmail

first_imgTree Tops ThemeThis is a theme for those of you who want to relax and look at some trees, some relaxing tree tops in fact. Android ThemeIf you love your Android smartphone then this is the theme for you, using the same color scheme as the mobile operating system. Marker ThemeFinally there’s the marker theme which gives Gmail a handmade look. Not to everyone’s tastes, but Google needs to cater for its millions of users so I’m sure some will welcome this one.Read more at The Official Gmail Blog Basic Black and Basic White ThemeGoogle has stripped the Gmail interface to its barebones offering us something “dead simple” in either black or white color options.AdChoices广告 If you’re not happy with the standard look of your Gmail page then Google has you covered with a range of theme options. Now those themes have expanded by another five giving you even more choice. The new options are detailed below:last_img read more

Le plateau de Gizeh se visite désormais en 3D

first_imgLe plateau de Gizeh se visite désormais en 3DIl est désormais possible de visiter depuis chez soi certains trésors de l’Egypte antique, tels que les pyramides de Khéops et de Mykérinos. Une reconstitution virtuelle en trois dimensions a en effet été réalisée et mise en ligne par le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston et la société française Dassault Systèmes. En partenariat avec le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston, l’entreprise française Dassault Systèmes, spécialiste de la 3D, a développé un site Internet qui nous plonge en un clic, sans sortir de chez soi, au coeur des vestiges de l’Egypte antique du célèbre site archéologique de Gizeh.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Avec un simple ordinateur domestique, le grand public peut découvrir les merveilles de l’Egypte ancienne. Avec un écran télé 3D, les utilisateurs peuvent faire l’expérience d’une immersion stéréoscopique plus fascinante encore”, se félicite Mehdi Tayoubi, responsable de la stratégie et du marketing interactif chez Dassault Systèmes cité par Francesoir.fr.Depuis son salon, l’internaute peut visiter les pyramides de Khéops et de Mykérinos, découvrir la nécropole et admirer les premiers objets découverts sur le site et aujourd’hui exposés dans des musées aux quatre coins du monde. De nombreuses photos, des carnets de fouille, des cartes et toutes sortes de données récoltées par les archéologues sont également accessibles de façon virtuelle aux visiteurs du monde entier.Baptisé Giza 3D, ce site a aussi pour but d’enrichir les collections des musées afin de leur permettre de créer des expositionsimmergeantleursvisiteursaucoeurdel’Egypteantique. Le projet, qui pour l’heure a permis de reconstituer 10% du site de Gizeh, est également destiné aux chercheurs et aux étudiants de l’université de Harvard. Il vise à rendre le célèbre plateau égyptien accessible au plus grand nombre tout en le préservant de la dégradation engendrée par les visites. Le 11 mai 2012 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye Bid farewell to deep freeze as rain returns

first_imgThe sun has finally broken through the freezing fog that shrouded the region. It coated the roadways and trees early Wednesday with a layer of rime ice, creating a winter wonderland once again.We should be done with freezing temperatures beginning later today. And instead of warmer air aloft, it will be colder up above and warmer down here, where we live. So we actually got out of this arctic deep freeze without too much of a hassle or damage.Rain begins today and there’s a risk of showers through the weekend but everything will be on the light side. Not your typical winter rain, that’s for sure. We should be above freezing before the rain begins, except the typical areas near and in the Columbia River Gorge.We did manage another nighttime low in the 20s Tuesday night in Vancouver, which if you count Wednesday night’s low, makes it ten days in a row below freezing. We had five days with highs below freezing. Remarkable, yes,and good for a quick note on the Christmas card back home to relatives.I mean really now, most folks in the rest of the country think we are wimps who just chatter about the rain.Just for fun, for the first 11 days of the month, we have had a high of 57 degrees on December 1, and a low of 9 on Dec. 8. Our average mean temperature for the month as of Wednesday afternoon was only 29.5 degrees, 12.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation was only a paltry .83 of an inch, 1.19 inches below average.last_img read more

Working in Clark County Dave Montei Tire Store Owner

first_imgWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Dave Montei was a tire store manager but he wanted to own the company. By age 28 he was the owner but didn’t know much about running a business. “I made tremendous mistakes, financial mistakes … Probably the single biggest mistake I have made was not accepting an invitation to become part of a regional dealership.”Name: Dave Montei. Job/employer: Owns Richey’s Tire Factory, 10512 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.Age: 63.Education/professional background: I grew up in Tokyo where my folks were missionary school teachers. We left Japan after I graduated from high school.Milt Richey had opened a tire store in Vancouver in 1954. My parents were friends of the Richey family, and in 1969 I got a summer job at the store and attended Clark College part time for a year-and-a-half. I worked for Richey for 10 years, last as a manager, but I wanted more. I walked into Richey’s office one day and said “I want to sit in your chair.” He said OK. He was ready to do something else. About 45 days later, on Jan. 1, 1979, I owned the business. I was 28 and was responsible for two stores and didn’t really know how to run a business. Richey and I went to Hawaii to celebrate my buying the store. He had a heart attack and died on the trip. He was 41. I had to learn to run the company by myself and I made tremendous mistakes. Financial mistakes. I am fortunate to still be in business.last_img read more

Klukwan Takshanuk Watershed Council unite for baseline water quality testing

first_imgThe Palmer mineral deposit is contained within the ridge in the left foreground. Viewpoint is looking northeast, up the Klehini River Valley and across the Canadian border. (Photo courtesy of Takshanuk Watershed Council, Photo by Connor Gallagher)The Takshanuk Watershed Council and the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan have been working together to collect baseline water quality data in Glacier Creek and the Klehini River, which flow into the Chilkat River.Listen nowThe project is in response to ongoing mineral exploration in the area and the need to record baseline conditions in the waters before a large-scale mine is developed.Ensuring that the Chilkat River, the traditional subsistence fishing grounds for her people, remains pristine, is a top priority for her community, Kimberly Strong, tribal president of Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, said.Klukwan partnered with local conservation organization Takshanuk Watershed Council to carry out baseline water quality testing.“Since there was no baseline testing being done by DEC, there is baseline testing done by the mining company or the exploration company, we felt that there should be some testing done by non-mining interests,” Strong said.The State of Alaska and the Bureau of Land Management does not collect baseline water quality data during mineral exploration.Canadian mining company Constantine Metal Resources has been exploring at the nearby Palmer Project, a potential hard-rock underground mine for years and is collecting data for its own uses, but treats the information as proprietary, and has so far refused to make the data fully available to the public.Klukwan wants to ensure ensuring that their traditional subsistence fishery remains strong as well as the regional economies of commercial fishing and tourism, Strong said.“We need help protecting the Chilkat River,” Strong said. “And, though we have been doing the water testing for the last year and a half, it is still not apparent to everybody who lives in our Valley the importance of the Chilkat River as a renewable, sustainable resource and the economic base that it brings to our fishermen.”Takshanuk Watershed Council science director Derek Poinsette coordinates the water quality testing partnership with Klukwan’s environmental department.The water quality project began in 2016 and a final plan was approved and filed with the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of the year.Water quality sampling started in December 2017.“The plan now is to try to go out four times a year and to try to get the whole range of weather and flow conditions represented in those samples, and we need to go for five years to get a good solid set of data that then would be useful,” Poinsette said.Three sites are being sampled: Lower Glacier Creek, the Klehini River upstream of Glacier Creek, and the Klehini River downstream of Glacier Creek at the 26-Mile bridge.Parameters being recorded include both a dissolved and total metals analysis of 27 elements, including copper, silver, lead, zinc and mercury; also hydrocarbons (petroleum), sulfates, total organic carbon, total suspended solids and basic water quality parameters such as conductivity, pH, alkalinity, hardness, turbidity and dissolved oxygen.Poinsette said gathering the baseline water quality data now is critical.“Now is the time that we need to be out there getting the information before the impacts get too great,” Pointsette said.All information will be shared publicly via EPA and DEC online databases.Should industrial development occur, baseline water quality data could be used to set discharge permit limits, provide guidance in monitoring standards and practices, and it would provide a point of reference that can guide cleanup and restoration efforts in the event of a tailings spill or other accident.The water quality testing will cost around $10,000 per year in lab fee alone.In order to fund the endeavor, Takshanuk Watershed Council and Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan are soliciting donations from the public.last_img read more

Neighbor Who Attacked Sen Rand Paul Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

first_img Share The neighbor who attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, breaking six of his ribs, was sentenced to 30 days in prison by a federal court on Friday.It was a November day in the city of Bowling Green when Rene Boucher, a physician, says he lost his temper over debris that had piled up near the property line between his home and Paul’s. When he saw the Republican senator outside, he tackled him — resulting in broken ribs and bouts of pneumonia.Boucher was released on a $7,500 bond after spending nearly a day at the county jail, NPR’s Bill Chappell reported. In March, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress.The prosecutor told the court on Friday that the Paul family is still feeling the repercussions of the attack. Just standing in their yard makes them feel “apprehensive,” the prosecutor said, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.Boucher apologized in court for his behavior. “What I did was wrong and I’m sincerely sorry for what I did,” the newspaper reported that he said. “It’s not something I’m proud of, I’m embarrassed and I hope (Paul) and his family will one day be able to accept my apology, if possible.”He received a 30-day sentence, in addition to a $10,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and a year of supervised release, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.Federal prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of 21 months.U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani called the attack an “isolated incident” that was not spurred by politics, The Associated Press reported.“I know it’s a heavy burden to be a convicted felon, but I hope you can forgive yourself and go on with your life,” Battani reportedly told him. “I hope the Pauls can forgive you, but ultimately, that you can forgive yourself.”Paul did not attend the sentencing.In an emailed statement the lawmaker said:“No one deserves to be violently assaulted. A felony conviction with jail time is appropriate and hopefully will deter the attacker from further violence. I commend the FBI and Department of Justice for treating this violent, pre-meditated assault with the seriousness it deserves.”But as for Boucher’s prison sentence of 30 days, Paul said, “The original 21-month sentence requested would have been the appropriate punishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more