India’s bronze medallists at Commonwealth Games

first_imgIndia has won 38 golds, 27 silvers and 35 bronzes in the Commonwealth Games 2010. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, India had scored 22 golds, 17 silvers and 11 bronzes.Shooting (5)1. Gurpreet Singh – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Singles)2. Suma Shirur & Kavita Yadav – Women’s 10 m Air Rifle (Pairs)3. Manavjit Singh Sandhu – Men’s Trap (Single)4. Tejaswini Sawant & Meena Kumari – Women’s 50 Metre Rifle Prone (Pairs)5. Samresh Jung – Men’s 25m Standard Pistol (Singles)Wrestling (4)1. Sunil Kumar – Men’s Greco-Roman 66 kg2. Dharmender Dalal – Men’s Greco-Roman 120 kg3. Suman Kundu – Women’s Freestyle 63kg4. Anil Kumar – Men’s Freestyle 55 kgWeightlifting (4)1. Sandhya Rani Devi – Women’s 48kg2. VS Rao – Men’s 56kg3. Sudhir Kumar – Men’s 77kg4. Laishram Monika Devi – Women’s 75kgBoxing (4)1. Amandeep Singh – Men’s Light Flyweight 49 kg2. Jai Bhagwan – Men’s Lightweight 60 kg3. Dilbagh Singh – Men’s Welterweight 69 kg4. Vijender Singh – Men’s Welterweight 75 kgArchery (4)1. Bheigyabati Chanu, Jhano Hansdah & Gagandeep Kaur – Women’s compound team2. Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai & Jayanta Talukdar – Men’s recurve team3. Dola Banerjee – Women’s recurve (Singles)4. Jayanta Talukdar – Men’s recurve (Singles)Athletics (7)1. Kavita Raut – Women’s 10,000m2. Harminder Singh – Men’s 20 km walk3. Seema Antil – Women’s Discus Throw4. Geetha Satti, Srabani Nanda, Priya PK & Jyothi Manjunath – Women’s 4?100m (Relay)5. Rahamatulla Molla, Suresh Sathya, Shameer Manzile & Mohd. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi – Men’s 4?100m (Relay)6. Renjith Maheswary – Men’s Triple Jump7. Kashinath Naik – Men’s Javelin ThrowSwimming (1)Prasanta Karmakar – Men’s 50 m freestyle ParaGymnastics (1)Ashish Kumar – Men’s FlooradvertisementTennis (2)Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupati – Men’s DoubleSania Mirza & Rushmi Chakravarthi – Women’s DoublesBadminton (1)Parupalli Kashyap – Men’s SinglesTable Tennis (2)Achanta Sharath Kamal, Arputharaj Anthony & Abhishek Ravichandran – Men’s teamAchanta Sharath Kamal – Men’s singleslast_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wary of big-match player Virat Kohli

first_imgThe stage is set for the big night. After 59 matches this Indian Premier League season, two teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore have prevailed to have a go at each other in the final battle tonight at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (Also read: IPL 2016 Final – Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore favourites against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad)   There is no room for mistakes on a ground where even a miss-hit would travel few rows into the stands. The pressure of playing the big match is inevitable. (RCB’s road to final)  And who better can handle the adrenaline rush in a big night than RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Time and again, the world has witnessed him delivering during high-octane games. His staggering record during run-chases speaks volumes about his ability to soak in pressure. (Also Read: David Warner targets Virat Kohli in IPL final to defuse RCB’s batting)’WORLD CLASS PLAYER IN PRESSURE SITUATIONS’ David Warner, the SRH skipper, is fully aware of Kohli’s special ability. The dashing opener says it’s all about handling pressure tonight.  “As professionals, we try and rise to that occasion. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s supernatural form might jinx Royal Challengers Bangalore in final)  “When it comes to handling pressure, we keep mentioning the same player’s name time and again. Virat is a world-class player in pressure situations, he absorbs it very well. On Sunday, it will be about who handles the pressure better,” Warner said in an exclusive interview to India Today Television. (SRH’s road to final) advertisementLOOKING BEYOND VIRAT, ABD Not just Kohli, but Bangalore have the likes of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson who have it in them to take the game away from the opposition. Warner rules out focussing too much on Kohli-de Villiers duo but says his team needs to fight against 11 RCB players tonight. “Take no credit away from RCB players, they have been playing exceptional cricket. You mentioned two off their players, but they have got Chris Gayle and Shane Watson who can take the game away on their day. “They also have got good youngsters in the likes of Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny. Chahal and Jordan have been bowling really well for them. We have to take on the 11 players as a whole, playing them on skill and not on emotion is important,” he said.’WILL GIVE OUT BEST SHOT’ Warner revealed Sunrisers’ game plan. He said the 11 men in their team have to be at their best to think of outclassing RCB at their own backyard. “To beat this team, we have to play our best cricket. We had some hiccups during the middle stage of the tournament, but we played our A game. We need to bring all that against RCB today and give it our best shot,” he added.  ‘ANYTHING LESS THAN 200 IS BONUS’ Warner was also wary of the small boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He said he isn’t worried too much about the toss and that his team had strategies to combat Kohli & Co regardless of bowling or batting first. “Kohli and ABD are world-class players, they know this venue very well. It’s safe to say 200 is not a competitive total here. Anything less than 200 is a bonus if you’re bowling first. If you’re batting first you need to be focussed and try to get past 200.”MUSTAFIZUR FIT? Warner also shed light on his go-to man Mustafizur Rahman’s fitness status. He said they will have to wait for the assessment and take a call on his availability for the final.  “Mustafizur is again going to be under injury cloud. We have to wait and see if he will play today,” he said.last_img read more

New Delhi: Oct 12, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Patna: Ram Manohar Lohia death anniversary (B) New Delhi: Inaguration of Conference of Governors (B) New Delhi: Shatrughan Sinha at MASCRADE 2017 (B+A) Kolkata: Robby Wells in Kolkata (B+A) Allahabad: Diwali preparations (B) New Delhi: Seminar on Indira Gandhis contribution (B) Mumbai: Anup Jalota at video song launch(B) Bhopal : RSS Nationsl Ececutive meet(B) INTERNATIONAL New York: International Day of the Girl rally(B) Rungis : French President delivers his speech during a meeting (A) Vatican City : Pope Francis speaks during an audience (B) Sochi: The presidents met at the sidelines of a summit of leaders of ex-Soviet nations in Sochi(A) Ypres: New Zealanders perform the traditional Haka dance (B) Santa Rosa: Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California,(A) London: 100 Women in Finance reception and gala dinner in aid of the WellChild charity(A) New York: Pedestrians pass an exhibit titled “Gilded Cage” by Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwe in New York (A) Seoul: File?Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co(B) Wild Iris: Inge Perkins climbs Cowboy King (5.13c) in Wild Iris,(B) Washington : President Donald Trump Canadian PM Justin Trudeau(B) Cape Canaveral : A SpaceX Falcon lifts off from Kennedy Space Center (B) Mararathon: Bette Zirkelbach cleans “Irma,” a baby green sea turtle, with a toothbrush (B) Boston: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Boston (B) Undated: File..Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moonadvertisement (B) SPORTS Motegi: MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix (B) New Delhi: Rathore meets winners of the World Youth archery Championship(B) PTI PHOTO VNA OS DLlast_img read more

Realme X launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything else

first_imgRealme X is now official in India and it comes a couple of months after its debut in China. The Realme X (Review) is the company’s most premium offering yet as it touts a notchless AMOLED display, 48MP dual camera setup, a pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things. The Realme X now slots above the Realme 3 Pro in terms of pricing and specifications.Realme is looking to offer a flagship experience at an affordable price point with the Realme X. It is aimed at consumers who want the biggest trends of 2019 without having to pay an exorbitant amount for it. The Realme X will take on the Redmi K20 in the sub-Rs 20,000. The Realme X will see its first sale soon enough, but before that, take a quick look at what the phone has to offer.Realme X specificationsDisplay: The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.Processor: It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset.RAM: The phone will be available in 4GB and 8GB RAM options.Internal storage: Both 4GB and 8GB RAM options will come with 128GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens.Front camera: The pop-up camera mechanism houses a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera.Software: The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top.Battery: The handset houses a 3,765mAh battery.advertisementRealme X features– One of the big highlights of the Realme X is its notchless AMOLED display. The Realme X does not get a water drop notch or a punch-hole cutout in the display, which means you get no distractions at all. This also means a high screen ratio thanks to minimal bezels all around.– In order to remove the notch, the Realme X offers a pop-up camera mechanism. The camera rises from the top center of the frame when using the selfie mode or for face unlock. The pop-up system houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. — The other big USP is the 48MP dual camera setup on the back. The primary camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 f/1.7 sensor to offer sharp, high resolution photos. There is a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor for bokeh shots. The camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost modes, AI scene detection and 960fps super slo-mo recording.– Like the Realme 3 Pro, the Realme X also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It houses a 3,765mAh battery, which you will be able to charge from zero to 100 per cent in about 80 minutes.– The Realme X is also the company’s first smartphone to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor. Additionally, the phone also supports face unlock.– Powering the Realme X is a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is the same processor powering the Realme 3 Pro as well. The Snapdragon 710 SoC promises to deliver a snappy experience while the embedded Adreno 616 GPU will aim to offer a smooth lag-free gaming performance.– The Realme X comes in two attractive gradient colors – blue and white. The blue variant sees hues of blue and purple while the white option offers a pinkish hue. The company also announced a couple of special edition Onion and Garlic colours as well.Realme X price in India and first sale dateRealme X comes in two variants in India. The base model offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which has been priced at Rs 16,999. The second variant comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage which costs Rs 19,999. The Realme X will go on sale for the first time on July 24 at 12 noon on Flipkart and For customers who pre-ordered the Realme X last week during the blind order sale, Realme is holding a special sale on July 18 at 8pm.Realme also announced he Realme X Master Edition in Onion and Garlic-inspired finishes and the Realme X Spider-Man: Far From Home edition priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 20,999, respectively. These special edition Realme X models will go on sale some time in August.ALSO READ | Realme X review: Offers everything you need under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Realme X, Realme 3i launched in India: Price, specifications and first sale datelast_img read more

Board Completes Hearing

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry in Halifax hasconcluded its hearing into a complaint of employmentdiscrimination. The board was considering Tara Leigh Hazelwood’s complaintagainst the former Taylor Ford Lincoln car dealership. The additional hearing dates scheduled for today, Jan. 26, andThursday, Jan. 27, at the Cambridge Suites Hotel in Halifax willnot take place. -30-last_img

Bolivia keen to tie up with India on Lithium mining

first_imgHyderabad: Bolivia, which has the largest reserves of Lithium, used in making batteries of electric vehicles, laptops and smart phones, is looking to have tie ups with Indian firms for mining the element and also help battery manufacturing, envoy of the south american nation said. Ambassador of Plurinational State of Bolivia to India, JJ Cortez said after the visit of president Ram Nath Kovind to the Latin American country in March, a team of officials from Niti Aayog and representatives of three State-owned companies recently visited that country to explore the possible tie ups between the two countries. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”There was a visit of Niti Aayog team to Bolivia. There were also representatives of three State (owned)companies dealing in aluminum, copper and other materiel. They are checking the possibilities ( for tie up with Bolivia). Together with Nitit Aayog, they are planning to come out with a master plan I suppose. We are expecting them to come ( to Bolivia),” Cortez, who participated in “Electric Vehicle Summit-2019″ said Wednesday. Noting that there were two companies, one from China and the other from Germany producing Lithium in Bolivia currently, he said his country has plans to produce 15,000 tonnes in order to export. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We don’t have everything to manufacture a battery. The technology is really complex. With Lithium supplies from our side and the knowledge of Indian companies can do things together,” he added. On the bilateral trade between India and Bolivia, Cortez said it clocked $850 million in 2019 with about Rs 700 crore worth of exports mostly gold from that country side. “We are in the edge of $850 million in 2019. That is represented by $700 million exports to India. India is buying lot of gold from us. In the coming two to three years we should think about it (touching $one billion),” he said. Bolivia wants to establish “fruitful relationship” with the Telangana government and look for a business model, where both will benefit, the ambassador said.last_img read more

ConocoPhillips fined 180000 for 2016 leak of condensate in northwest Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – Oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips Canada is being fined $180,000 for a 2016 pipeline leak that spilled a light petroleum liquid into a remote area of northwestern Alberta.The leak of 380,000 litres of condensate resulted in 38 observed fatalities to unspecified species of wildlife and hundreds of potential wildlife deaths as it affected nearly three square kilometres of land as well as nearby waterways, the Alberta Energy Regulator said on its website.The AER assessed a $165,000 fine against the Canadian arm of Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co. to account for the 33 days in May and June 2016 that the company failed to report the release to the regulator as it should have.It also fined the company $5,000 each for three counts related to failing to develop and maintain a leak-detection manual for the pipeline, failing to take reasonable measures to remedy and confine the leak and for allowing the release to damage public land.Not noticing the leak when it began and then not reporting it immediately made worse environmental damage that included the loss of all fish spawning output in Webb Creek for the year, said AER director Mark Miller in his decision posted on the website.“The failure to report and take remedial actions as soon as ConocoPhillips ought to have known very likely resulted in a greater degree of adverse effects to the environment that could have been mitigated if dealt with sooner,” said Miller.The company has received the AER’s notice and is reviewing it, said spokeswoman Katherine Springall.She said clean-up activities at the spill site began when it was discovered in 2016 and the company has since worked closely with the AER to mitigate environmental impacts.The asset was included as part of a package sale to Cenovus Energy Inc. in 2017, she added, with responsibility for any remaining remediation transferred along with ownership.The leak took place near ConocoPhillips’ Resthaven gas plant about 65 kilometres northeast of Grande Cache, Alta.Staff noticed lower pressure in the pipeline but couldn’t see a leak right of way because the condensate had travelled underground to a less visible area, Miller said in his decision.They concluded wrongly that the lower pressure resulted from overnight ambient temperature changes and minor leaks from inlet and outlet valves on the pipeline, he noted.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

US Diplomats Husband Sentenced to Prison for Committing Sexual Assault in

Casablanca — For the past three years, Labib Chammas, the husband of U.S. diplomat Judith Chammas, was sexually abusing the cook who worked in their household in Morocco.The U.S. Department of Justice announced, in an official communiqué released Wednesday, that Labib Chammas of McLean, Virginia has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Chammas, who pleaded guilty to a single count of abusive sexual conduct, will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years and pay a $15,000 fine.Labib Chammas’ confession revealed that,he sexually abused a household staff member in U.S. Department-owned housing in Morocco from 2010 to 2013, while his wife Judith Chammas was serving as deputy chief of mission in Morocco. The 53-year old victim was a female cook who had worked in the Rabat household for 16 years. read more

TSX rises amid strong US factory orders vehicle sales

The Toronto stock market registered a modest gain Tuesday as key economic data reinforced the view that the U.S. recovery is still on track, helping to make up for worsening conditions in Europe.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.95 points to 12,713.09, weighed down by declining resource stocks as miners fell alongside copper and gold prices. The other TSX sectors were positive.The Canadian dollar was off early highs but still up 0.14 of a cent at 98.5 cents US.U.S. indexes were positive as the Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 103.79 points to 14,676.64 as traders looked to the February report on U.S. factory orders, which showed a jump of three per cent following decline in January that was revised to one per cent from two per cent.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 26.62 points to 3,265.79 and the S&P 500 index climbed 10.66 points to 1,572.83.Markets also got a lift from strong auto sales figures for the U.S.“I think the trend line is going the right way,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates. “In essence, it says the aspects of manufacturing or auto sales combined with the housing sector and the banking sector, all the elements continue to improve in one of the most critical aspects for the U.S. and that’s the wealth effect that consumers feel.”Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose five per cent in March as the company sold more cars and trucks than in any month since the U.S. went into recession in December 2007 — several months before Canada was dragged into a global downturn. Chrysler sold almost 172,000 cars and trucks in March, led by the Ram pickup with an increase of 25 per cent.GM sales rose 6.4 per cent to 245,950 while Ford sales jumped 5.7 per cent in its best month since May 2007.“American sales have been cruising at a plus-15 million annualized rate for the past four months and show no sign of slowing,” observed BMO Capital Markets senior economist Alex Koustas. “Canadian sales shot out of the gate in Q1 2012, and while they haven’t quite kept up the near-record pace in 2013, they’re still set in the fast lane cruising at a plus-1.7 million annualized rate.”The gold sector led TSX decliners, down 2.2 per cent amid declining gold prices as June bullion declined $18.40 to US$1,582.50 ounce, taking the gold sector down two per cent. The sector is down 25 per cent over the past year as the bottom line for miners has come under increasing pressure from falling prices and higher costs to get the ore out of the ground. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 48 cents to C$29 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) fell 31 cents to $6.91.May copper was a cent lower at US$3.36 a pound after closing Monday at an eight-month low. The base metals sector moved down 0.75 per cent, adding up to an 18 per cent tumble over the past year, reflecting lower demand, particularly from China, amid a slow global economic recovery. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) declined 18 cents to C$9.46.Utilities led advancers, up 0.9 per cent as Atlantic Power (TSX:ATP) gained 29 cents to $5.03.Consumer staples was up 0.8 per cent as convenience store owner Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) rose 70 cents to $55.76.Insurers helped keep the financial sector positive as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) rose 20 cents to $14.94.The energy sector was up 0.45 per cent even as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 70 cents to US$96.37 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 28 cents to C$31.11.The steady recovery in the U.S. has been supporting markets in the face of financial trouble in the 17-country eurozone, where the economy continues to shrink as governments deal with high levels of debt by imposing deep budget cuts. Data released Tuesday showed that unemployment in the single-currency bloc hit a record high in January and February of 12 per cent, the highest since the currency was launched in 1999.The tiny Mediterranean country of Cyprus has also recently deepened concerns about the future of the currency union. The worry in the markets is that the chaos surrounding the country’s bailout may have further dented confidence across the eurozone, which could further depress economic performance.European markets were up sharply despite the glum jobless data as London’s FTSE 100 index rose 1.3 per cent while Frankfurt’s DAX climbed 1.29 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was ahead 1.29 per cent.In corporate news, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shares gained 19 cents to $49.48 as it begins to seek firm commitments for new pipeline capacity to move oil from Western to Eastern Canada. The Energy East Pipeline project will involve 3,000 kilometres of existing natural gas pipeline, converted to carry crude, and 1,400 kilometres of new pipeline that could stretch as far as New Brunswick. TransCanada is seeking binding commitments for delivery points in Montreal, Quebec City and Saint John, N.B. read more

Annan calls for fairer say for developing countries in globalization

The meeting, on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate to be attended by some 100 heads of State or government, was hosted by Presidents Tarja Halonen of Finland and Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania, who co-chaired the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization.In a landmark report, the Commission highlights fair globalization as essential for global prosperity, peace and security. It advocates strengthening the UN multilateral system to ensure coherence among international, economic, social and environmental policies.Addressing participants, the Secretary-General recalled that at the UN’s 2000 Millennium Summit, national leaders from across the planet adopted a declaration pledging to make globalization a positive force for all the world’s people. “I have no doubt that, in next year’s review of the Millennium Declaration, it will be clear that we have a long way to go to meet that goal,” he said.The meeting comes just a year after the collapse of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Cancun, Mexico, where African nations walked out in protest at the refusal of developed countries to open up their agricultural markets by eliminating subsidies and other barriers.Noting the uneven distribution of globalization’s benefit, Mr. Annan said: “Many of its burdens have fallen hardest on those who can least protect themselves. Too many people, particularly in developing countries, feel excluded and threatened by globalization. They feel that they are the servants of markets, when it should be the other way around.”He called for summoning the political will to fulfil pledges made in a range of areas – including trade, financing for development and debt relief. But he also told leaders of developing nations that to harness the benefits of globalization, they must strengthen the rule of law, build democratic political systems, respect human rights, invest in education, health care and infrastructure, and promote social equity.The meeting stressed that global efforts to fulfil the Millennium Declaration and Development Goals by 2015 will fail unless new ways are found to create job opportunities and decent work. “After all, the best anti-poverty programme is employment. And the best road to economic empowerment and social well-being lies in decent work,” Mr. Annan declared.The Declaration and Development Goals seek to restructure the world’s social fabric, from slashing extreme poverty and hunger to curbing infant mortality and major diseases to improving access to education and health care for all – all by 2015.Addressing the gathering, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for eliminating trade barriers used by rich countries to restrict agricultural imports from developing nations.”How many more times will it be necessary to repeat that the most destructive weapon of mass destruction in the world today is poverty?” he asked, stressing that strengthening the UN multilateral system is essential to address the multiple challenges ahead.French President Jacques Chirac said the unprecedented wealth offered by globalization must become a vehicle of integration, not exclusion for those who now have the least.”A globalization which would permit the pillaging and monopolization of its fruits by a minority has no future,” he said. “A globalization which would destroy the social and environmental equilibrium, crush the weakest and deny the rights of man has no future. It is our duty to reject such a deviation.” UN Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia, and Presidents Halonen and Mkapa presided over the meeting. Video of high-level meeting [2hrs] read more

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

2012Ohio34.444.1+9.737.51 3-POINT PERCENTAGE YEARSCHOOLREG. SEASONFIRST 2 TOURN. ROUNDSDIFFERENCEREMAINING TOURN. GAMESNO. REMAINING GAMES Source: Sports Reference 2015UCLA36.851.7+14.923.11 2013Oregon33.348.5+15.235.71 2013Ohio State35.648.5+12.931.62 2013La Salle37.746.2+8.539.02 2014Iowa State35.848.8+13.037.51 2012Xavier35.148.0+12.920.01 Sweet 16 teams that ran hot through the opening weekend 2016Iowa State38.648.810.2—— 2016Villanova35.148.9+13.8—— 2015Xavier35.147.2+12.117.61 2012Louisville31.840.0+8.238.03 2011Wisconsin37.450.0+12.624.11 2013Syracuse33.542.9+9.429.33 2011San Diego State34.945.5+10.631.81 Jay Wright teams shoot a lot of threes. Since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova went to the Elite Eight largely on the strength of Wright’s four-guard lineups, the team has been associated with perimeter offense. So when No. 2-seed Villanova plays No. 3-seed Miami tonight, it’s going to toss bombs. The question, given the team’s season-long shooting slump and its recent hot streak, is how many of them are going to fall.Some years, Wright’s team is very good from deep — last season’s squad made 38.9 percent of its attempts, the second-most for a Wright-coached Nova team. And others Villanova is just a bunch of chuckers — the 2012 team made 31.5 percent of its threes, and four Wildcats shot under 30 percent. But throughout Wright’s decade and a half on the Main Line, the team has dogmatically stuck with its perceived strength and has consistently ranked among the top half of Division I in 3-point attempt rate, or the percentage of field-goal attempts that are threes.This year’s team ranked 24th nationally in 3-point attempt rate, the most of any Big East team. Individually, several Wildcats have taken more than 100 threes a piece. In a lot of ways, this was a culminating season for the Wright-era Wildcats. Just one problem: The team wasn’t very accurate.During non-conference play, 49 percent of the team’s shots were threes, and the Wildcats connected on just 30.9 percent of those attempts. That didn’t get any better during the first month of conference play: 39 percent of Nova’s shots came from deep, and but just 33.5 percent were makes. What helped boost their offensive efficiency ranking, which topped the Big East for all but two weeks of conference play, and why VU could get away with such mediocre shooting and still win 16 games in the conference (and 27 overall) was the squad’s 2-point field goal percentage, which was 55.3 percent throughout league play.In February, a few more threes began to drop — 36 percent — and when Villanova entered March, the team’s offense consisted almost solely of a perimeter barrage. More than 41 percent of its attempts were from beyond the arc, led by Kris Jenkins, a Draymond Green-in-training who, at 6-foot-6, has the size to match up with opposing 4s but is an offensive nightmare because of how he moves around the perimeter. It was helped also by Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s become more and more consistent throughout his four seasons. From March 1, when Villanova played a home game against DePaul, through its annihilation of Iowa last weekend (1.26 points per possession), the team has converted 44.7 percent of its threes.Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, VU led the first two rounds in both 3-point percentage (48.9 percent) and differential between its perimeter shooting during the regular season and March Madness. Considering each Sweet 16 squad since the 2011 tournament, only four made a bigger leap in perimeter shooting than Villanova’s 13.8 percentage point improvement from the regular season to the first two rounds. The table below shows the Sweet 16 teams since 2011 with the most drastic improvement in 3-point percentage from the regular season to the first two rounds; of those, only five moved on to the Elite Eight. On the one hand, this is evidence that teams tend not to sustain out-of-character starts, which is obvious. On the other, two teams — 2013 Syracuse and 2012 Louisville — went on to the Final Four. 2014Virginia36.946.4+9.533.31 On their face, these results are a good reason to disbelieve the Wildcats’ streaky shooting — but the improvement has been steady and recently fueled by crisp ball movement and superb player spatial recognition just as much as it has by sheer coincidence. That’s good, because Villanova will need more than luck against Miami and potentially Kansas (its probable Elite Eight opponent), which are adept at guarding the perimeter and have skilled close-out and ball-screen defenders. 2011Marquette34.943.5+8.612.51 2012South Florida31.640.6+9.013.31 2012Baylor38.347.5+9.231.02 2015North Carolina35.852.9+17.161.51 2013Arizona37.1%56.3%+19.233.3%1 2013Miami (FL)36.244.7+8.530.81 2011Ohio State42.356.0+13.737.51 read more

Taoiseach says Ireland is one of the safest places on the planet

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said the national examination of maternity services in Ireland will help to ensure Ireland keep its reputation as “one of the safest places on the planet” to have a child.It was announced yesterday that a review of these services in the West/North West Hospitals Group has been suspended and it will now form part of the national review. In the Dáil today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin questioned the Taoiseach about the terms of reference for the review, and said the public is “entitled to see them”.He added that some people working in maternity services would say that “immediate intervention now to upgrade staffing levels” is needed, pointing out that it was “not long ago that leading practitioners were saying they are not safe”.In response, Kenny said it is important for women to be confident that they were receiving services “of the highest integrity”. He said this review and improvements made as a result would help to “keep up our reputation as one of the safest countries in the world for childbirth”.He agreed that there should be a public consultation process and that the terms of reference should be published. However he did not give any indication of when this might be done.Read: Review of maternity services shelved in wake of hospital chair’s resignation>Read: Chairman of West/Northwest Hospital Group resigns over ‘conflict of interest’ >More: James Reilly denies there was conflict of interest in maternity services review >last_img read more

How to use Googles search tools to get better results

first_imgGoogle Search is one of the most commonly used online tools. It’s so closely tied to daily web browsing that many people barely think about it. But even though you’ve probably looked at the Google results page more times than you can count, there’s one powerful element of it that you might be missing.On the left sidebar, way down at the bottom, there’s a single line of text that says “Show search tools” — click it, and you’ll find a set of tragically underused options. The The search tools provide greater granularity over your queries, and can be invaluable when you’re trying to find something specific. Much like the humble keyboard shortcut, you’ll never use those options until you understand them, so let’s go down the list.Time rangeLimiting your query to a particular time range may seem simple enough, but it’s a great feature for two reasons. First, it lets you prevent your results from being too focused on recent events. For instance, if you search Microsoft Surface right now, you’ll mostly see posts related to the tablets announced last week. But if what you really wanted was articles about the company’s futuristic “Surface” coffee tables (now renamed Pixelsense) you could use a custom range to filter out all that recent news. The second, and even more powerful, aspect of the time filters is that they can be combined with the other tools — any one of the items below can also be restricted by time.Sites with imagesDon’t be fooled by the name, this tool is much more than just another way to search Google Images. Instead of a page full of pictures, Sites with images returns a list of links that are accompanied by up to 6 thumbnails from each page. It’s a good way to find galleries of a particular subject, or visually confirm that a page is what you’re looking for.Related searchesRelated searches won’t alter the normal set of results, but it will drop in a list of links to other things you might want to search. All in all, it’s probably not as useful as many of the other Search tools, but it could point you in a new direction you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of.Visited/Not yet visitedThe Visited and Not yet visited filters are two of the handiest Search tools. Let’s say you found a really interesting article yesterday, but it was several pages deep in a list of results. Rather than simply checking the same query, then digging through all the links again, the Visited filter would show you only the pages you’ve been to before. If you knew when that article went up online, you could also employ a time filter to narrow it down even further.Not yet visited is the flip side of that coin, ensuring that you won’t have to sift through dozens of results you’ve already seen. It’s a good option to use if you’re looking for new information on a topic you’ve researched before.DictionaryThe Dictionary tool returns a full listing of definitions from various web sources. It’s the same thing you’d get by searching with the “define:” operator and then clicking the “More info” link — which is probably the faster and easier method.Reading levelThe Reading level tool is a bit of an oddball, but sorting results by Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary has it’s uses. The Advanced filter tends to make the biggest difference, bringing the most technical articles to the surface.PersonalIf you’ve got a Google+ account, you’ve probably noticed posts from your circles listed alongside regular search results. This tool lets you search only those personalized items, and nothing else.NearbyAbove the search tool list, you’ll see your auto-detected location; the Nearby option returns results relevant to that place. Take note that you can manually set your location to anywhere, should you want to see results for somewhere else.Translated foreign pagesLike Reading Level, this tool displays a short menu at the top of the page with various languages and how many translated results exist for your query. Click one of the result numbers to see them as search results.VerbatimGoogle Search is always trying to help out with spelling corrections, synonyms, similar terms, and other such improvements. But sometimes you know exactly what you want, and don’t need auto-correction messing with your terms. The Verbatim tool ensures that Google searches exactly what you typed, any nothing else.You may never find uses for all of the items under “Show search tools,” but there are probably at least a couple that can improve your queries from time to time. When doing serious research, a few are even invaluable — Verbatim, Reading Level, and Visited/Not yet visited are the real standouts.last_img read more

PwC Global Launches 21st Global CEO Survey

PwC Global Launches 21st Global CEO Survey

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSwitzerland, 30 January 2018 – Davos – A record-breaking share of CEOs are optimistic about the economic environment worldwide, at least in the short term. That’s one of the key findings of PwC’s 21st survey of almost 1,300 CEOs around the world, launched today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.  Fifty seven percent of business leaders say they believe global economic growth will improve in the next 12 months. It’s almost twice the level of last year (29%) and the largest ever increase since PwC began asking about global growth in 2012.Optimism in global growth has more than doubled in the US (59%) after a period of uncertainty surrounding the election (2017: 24%).   Brazil also saw a large increase in the share of CEOs who are optimistic global growth will improve (+38% to 80%).   And even among the less optimistic countries such as Japan (2018: 38% vs. 2017: 11%) and the UK (2018: 36% vs. 2017: 17%), optimism in global growth has more than doubled since last year.“With the stock markets booming and GDP predicted to grow in most major markets around the world, it’s no surprise CEOs are so bullish,” comments Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC.Nick Haywood, PwC Turks and Caicos Territory Leader, said: “We are hoping that economic prospects as just as positive based on the CEO Survey results, especially after the devastating blows from the recent hurricanes that ripped through the Caribbean and their resulting economic effects,” said Nick Haywood, Territory Leader, PwC Turks & Caicos.   “Rebuilding after the hurricane related disruptions, along with the positive economic outlook for the U.S and North America markets, can affect mended and improved economic activity and national economy over the medium term.” Jobs and digital skills: headcounts to increase; leaders concerned about availability of digital talentConfidence in short-term revenue growth is feeding into jobs growth, with 54% of CEOs planning to increase their headcount in 2018 (2017: 52%).  Only 18% of CEOs expect to reduce their headcount.Healthcare (71%), Technology (70%), Business Services (67%) Communications (60%) and Hospitality and Leisure (59%) are amongst the sectors with the highest demand for new recruits.On digital skills specifically, over a quarter (28%) of CEOs are extremely concerned about their availability within the country they are based, rising to 49% extremely concerned in South Africa, 51% in China and 59% in Brazil.Overall, 22% of CEOs are extremely concerned about the availability of key digital skills in the workforce, 27% in their industry and 23% at the leadership level.Investments in modern working environments, learning and development programmes and partnering with other providers are the top strategies to help them attract and develop the digital talent they need.Threats to growth: CEOs fear wider societal threats they can’t control Despite the optimism in the global economy, anxiety is rising on a much broader range of business, social and economic threats.  CEOs are ‘extremely concerned’ about geopolitical uncertainty (40%), cyber threats (40%), terrorism (41%), availability of key skills (38%) and populism (35%).  These threats outpace familiar concerns about business growth prospects such as exchange rate volatility (29%) and changing consumer behaviour (26%).Underlining the shift, extreme concern about terrorism doubled (2018: 41% vs 2017: 20%) and terrorism enters the top 10 threats to growth.  The threat of over-regulation remains the top concern for CEOs (42% extremely concerned), and over a third (36%) remain concerned about an increasing tax burden.Key skills availability is the top concern for CEOs in China (2018: 64% extremely concerned vs. 2017: 52%).  In the US (63%) and the UK (39%), cyber has become the top threat for CEOs displacing over-regulation.   And in Germany, cyber jumped from being the fifth threat in 2017 to third place (28%) this year.A year after the Paris Agreement was signed by over 190 nations, which saw countries commit to voluntary action on climate change and low carbon investment, CEOs’ concern about the threat of climate change and environmental damage to growth prospects has now doubled to 31% of CEOs (2017: 15%).High-profile extreme weather events and the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement have significantly raised the profile of business action on climate risk, regulation and resilience.  In China, over half (54%) of business leaders are extremely concerned about climate change and environmental damage as a threat to business growth, equal with their levels of concern about geopolitical uncertainty and protectionism. Top countries for growth: Confidence in US continues, reinforcing lead on China CEO confidence in the US market extends overseas, with non-US based CEOs once again voting it the top market for growth in the next 12 months.  This year, the US reinforces its lead on China (46% US vs 33% China, with the US lead over China up 2% compared with 2017).Germany (20%) remains in third place, followed by the UK (15%)n fourth place, while India bumps Japan as the fifth most attractive market in 2018. Impact of technology on employment and skills a concernCEOs say that helping employees retrain, and increasing transparency on how automation and AI could impact jobs is becoming a more important issue for them.Two thirds of CEOs believe they have a responsibility to retrain employees whose roles are replaced by technology, chiefly amongst the Engineering & Construction (73%), Technology (71%) and Communications (77%) sectors. The digital and automation transition is particularly acute in the Financial Services sector. Almost a quarter (24%) of Banking & Capital Markets and Insurance CEOs plan workforce reductions, with 28% of Banking & Capital Markets jobs likely to be lost to a large extent due to technology and automation.Confidence in short-term revenue growth on the riseThis optimism in the economy is feeding into CEOs’ confidence about their own companies’ outlook, even if the uptick is not so large. 42% percent of CEOs said they are “very confident” in their own organisation’s growth prospects over the next 12 months, up from 38% last year.Looking at the results by country, it’s a mixed bag. CEOs’ outlook improved in several key markets including in Australia (up 4% to 46%) and China (up 4% to 40%), where the share of CEOs saying they are “very confident” in their own organisation’s 12-month growth prospects rose.In the US, CEOs’ confidence has recovered. After election nerves last year, the early focus on regulation and tax reform by the new administration has seen confidence in business growth prospects for the year ahead rising significantly – from 39% in 2017 to 52% in 2018.   And North America is the only region where a majority of CEOs are “very confident” about their own 12-month prospects.In the UK, with Brexit negotiations only recently reaching a significant milestone, business leaders’ drop in short-term confidence is unsurprising (2018: 34% vs. 2017: 41%).The top three most confident sectors for their own 12-month prospects this year are Technology (48% “very confident”), Business Services (46%) and Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences (46%) – all exceeding the global “very confident” level of 42%.Strategies for growth remain largely unchanged on last year’s survey – CEOs will rely on organic growth (79%), cost reduction (62%), strategic alliances (49%) and M&As (42%). There was a small increase in interest in partnering with entrepreneurs and start-ups (33% vs 28% last year). Trust and leadership: CEOs divided over whether future economic growth will benefit the many or the fewEchoing the theme of the World Economic Forum this year, CEOs acknowledge that we live in a fractured world.  They are divided over whether future economic growth will benefit the many or the few.  They see the world moving towards new, multifaceted metrics to measure future prosperity.Examining the key challenges to trust for businesses, CEOs admit that delivering results in shorter periods of time (60%) is the main challenge.  However, following this, there is a significant shift with the majority reporting higher levels of pressure to hold individual leaders to account (59%), including for misconduct.  Over a third report more pressure from employees and customers to take political and social stances (38%) in public.In the Banking and Capital Market (65%), Healthcare (65%) and Technology sectors (59%), the profile of leadership accountability was higher than average.  So too were expectations in the US (70%), Brazil (67%), and the UK (63%).   High-profile debates on diversity, immigration, social inclusion and pay equity have raised employees’ expectations of leadership to engage in political and social issues, particularly in the US (51%), China (41%) and the UK (38%). 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HEA Crews Restore Power To Members After Over 10 Hours Without Power

HEA Crews Restore Power To Members After Over 10 Hours Without Power

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to an outage in the Aries Court area of Soldotna that initially affected 82 members, yesterday. According to Shelley, the crew’s first action after identifying the cause was to try to find an alternate way to put as many members back in power prior to restoring the initial cause. Bruce Shelley with HEA: “The outage lasted roughly 10 ½ hours. The cause of the outage was an underground primary line fault. The repairs took extra time due to location, and the need to dig in one of the member’s driveway in order to make repairs.” HEA was able to restore power to 20 plus members by early afternoon, yesterday, but in doing so, crews found another problem and had to make repairs before digging up the faulted underground primary line. Shelley: “Crews worked safely and as timely as possible to restore power to the remaining members.”last_img read more

Patriots Sign 1stRound Draft Pick Isaiah Wynn

Patriots Sign 1stRound Draft Pick Isaiah Wynn

first_imgBy The Associated PressFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed first-round draft pick OL Isaiah Wynn, an offensive lineman from Georgia.Wynn, 22, was selected 23rd overall. At 6-foot-2, 302-pounds, he played both guard and tackle during his college career.New England Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn steps on the field at the start of an NFL football minicamp practice, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)New England lost starting left tackle Nate Solder to the Giants as a free agent, though it’s uncertain where Wynn will play on the line.His contract, under the rookie wage scale, should be worth about $11.4 million over four years, and the Patriots will have a fifth-year option on Wynn.The team has signed all of its draft selections except second-round running back Sony Michel, also of Georgia.___last_img read more

Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your Dreams

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » July 16, 2014center_img 3 min read Wall-E, eat your mechanical heart out. A Boston-based entrepreneur has created a real-life, robotic personal assistant. And it looks pretty cool.The device is called Jibo. It was created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. Jibo is intended to be a “family robot,” able to take photos, remind you of important dates and events and, more importantly, interact with you and learn about you.”The mobile computing revolution has paved the way for social robots to come into the home, both from a technological price/performance perspective and a consumer readiness perspective,” Breazeal tells “People are already talking to their smartphones and computers. They are anticipating that social robots for the home are coming soon.”Related: Get This: A Cooler That Uses Dirt to Keep Your Beers CoolSound a bit creepy? Sure it does. But take a look at the video below to get a better sense of Jibo’s capabilities.Today, Breazeal is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in hopes of generating $100,000 or more to help get Jibo off the ground. Jibo Inc. was founded in late 2012 and has already raised funds from investors including Boston’s Charles River Ventures and others. Related: A Tiny, Whip-Tailed Robot Can Administer Meds Anywhere In the Body”Jibo is a social robot that comes with a core set of skills,” Breazeal says of the sleek-looking contraption, which stands at approximately 11 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds. “Jibo can perform these skills for you through natural and intuitive interaction — speech plus other inputs such as vision and touch. Jibo learns from interacting with you in the context of his skills to personalize them to you. Jibo also can learn who you are by recognizing your face and voice.”So it talks, learns and comes with facial-recognition technology — along with all the usual motors, cameras, microphones and speakers. Tech geeks are sure to rave. Others (those who are already freaked out about spying and the security of their personal information), well, maybe not so much.The consumer version of Jibo will cost $499 and is expected to begin shipping to the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in late 2015. Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Droneslast_img read more

Oregon school principal fired following Bible reading punishment for LGBTQ students

Oregon school principal fired following Bible reading punishment for LGBTQ students

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Oregon school allegedly forced LGBTQ student to read Bible as punishmentAnti-LGBTI bullying and violence on the rise in schoolsOnly 1 in 4 LGBTQ teens in the United States feel safe in schoolRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The ACLU of Oregon reached settlements with a school district in the state following the harassment of LGBTQ students.Two students, Liv Funk and Hailey Smith, originally filed their complaint with the district. When the district failed to do anything, the students appealed to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).center_img ‘It sends a clear message’Mat dos Santos, legal director at the ACLU of Oregon, said: ‘It sends a clear message to everyone at the district: If you break the law by discriminating against LGBTQ students or engaging in religious proselytization at school, there are serious consequences.’‘With Mr. Lucero gone, LGBTQ students can finally come out of the shadows,’ he continued. ‘It’s past time that North Bend High School make way for a more open and accepting administration.’Funk graduates next month and hopes this will have a lasting impact.‘All I want is a safe learning environment for current and incoming students from any and all walks of life.’Neither student requested money damages. However, their settlement did include the school donating $1,000 to a local LGBTQ support group, Q & A of Coos County.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The students alleged they faced numerous instances of discrimination and harassment. In one scenario, a student was forced to read the Bible as punishment.ACLU’s settlements include removing Principal Bill Lucero from North Bend High School. The school district also has to work with the ACLU and develop policies intended to prevent future discrimination. Finally, the ODE will monitor the district for five years.A new police officer is also being assigned to the school.last_img read more