Nagaland suspense ends, 22 file papers

first_imgThe suspense surrounding the Nagaland Assembly election ended seven days after its notification, with 22 candidates filing their nomination papers on Tuesday.The remaining aspirants have until 3 pm on Wednesday to submit their papers.A question mark had hung over the polls after a boycott call by the Core committee of the Naga Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations, a conglomeration of tribal and civil groups, seeking final settlement of the peace process with extremist outfits. The committee was dissolved Tuesday afternoon, opening the floodgates for the candidates. 58 in NPF listKuzholuzo Nienu of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) was the first to submit his papers for the Phek Assembly seat. Nicky Kire of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and N. Jacob Zhimomi of the Bharatiya Janata Party followed for Kohima Town and Ghaspani-I seats.“By the end of the stipulated time 22 nominations were filed. We expect all the other candidates to complete the formality tomorrow,” the State’s Deputy Chief Election Commissioner N. Moa Aier told The Hindu from the State capital Kohima.The NPF has announced the largest number of candidates – 58. The NDPP has named 38, while its ally BJP will be fielding 20.The Congress was the last to come out with its list on Tuesday afternoon. The party has decided to contest 23 seats, most of its candidates being first-timers. The Janata Dal-United (11 candidates) and Nationalist Congress Party (6) had announced their lists late on Monday night. Among those in the fray is former bureaucrat Khekiye K. Sema, whose anti-graft organisation, Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation, had opposed the polls. Mr. Sema will be contesting the Ghaspani-II seat.last_img read more

Agricultural Innovation Prize Launched

first_imgAre you a student in the United States with an idea that could improve the global food system? A 2-page business plan, and a presentation with up to 10 slides, could win you the first Agricultural Innovation Prize. The competition was announced in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “We’re hoping that this will turns the heads of people who wouldn’t normally give ag a second thought,” says Molly Jahn, a plant breeder at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who is directing the prize.The new prize stems from a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology about the ability of the United States to cope with agricultural challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change. “The top line was we’re not prepared,” says Jahn, an author. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy came up with the idea of using a cash prize for students to encourage early collaborations between disciplines and highlight the potential of businesses to quickly to improve the food system. The prize is modeled on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clean Energy Prize, founded in 2007, which now awards a total of $310,000 in cash to five winners.Brief proposals must focus on developing a business, which can be a nonprofit, that would have a positive social or environmental impact. The innovations could come from traditional agricultural R&D—better drip irrigation, a new plant variety, or a technique to improve food safety, for example—or they could originate from another discipline, such as computer science or sensor engineering. “My dream with this prize is that we spur crosscutting innovations,” Jahn says. 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A first round of judging will select 25 teams, which will then be matched to mentors from academia, industry, or government to help them expand the pitch. On 25 April, five teams will be awarded prizes ranging from $15,000 to $100,000. A student team will help recruit judges. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has provided $215,000 for the awards in 2014. The Foundation is also making 50 $1000 grants available to students to help promote the competition on campuses.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Jayson Tatum debuts self-lacing sneakers in Celtics’ win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—As the game of basketball further evolves, so too does the shoe that comes with it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Doncic finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists wearing the new self-lacing sneaker.The Nike Adapt BB was the second multipurpose performance shoe to feature power lacing after the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 released in 2016.According to Nike, a custom motor and gear train senses the foot and the shoe itself will adjust to create a snug fit.Using Nike’s FitAdapt tech, the user can now have full control of the shoe through manual touch or by using an app that can adjust both shoes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img With key players out, UST Tigresses still figuring out best lineup for UAAP Season 81 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Boston’s Jayson Tatum debuted the first self-lacing sneaker on an NBA game when the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 117-108 Thursday (Manila time) at TD Garden.Tatum wore the Nike Adapt BB to the tune of 16 points and 10 rebounds in a landmark moment in sneaker history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDallas’s rookie sensation Luka Doncic also wore the sneakers in the Mavericks’ 105-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.READ: #KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Swaraj holds wide-ranging talks with her Bahraini counterpart

first_imgManama, Jul 15 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held wide-ranging talks with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid during which they discussed ways to expand cooperation in a number of fields including tourism, oil and gas, petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training.Swaraj, who is visiting Bahrain for the third time, co-chaired with Shaikh Khalid the second meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission. The first meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in February, 2015.”The wide-ranging discussions were held in a friendly and forward-looking atmosphere, with useful exchanges of views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting.The two sides discussed in detail various aspects of bilateral relations. These included ways and means to expand cooperation in the fields of education, health, housing, renewable energy, space cooperation, tourism, culture, youth and sports, women empowerment, customs, oil and gas and petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training and exchange of expertise, it said.They also discussed ways to enhance the cooperation between universities in both countries and the possible exchange of researchers and faculty members in the fields of food security, cyber space and energy; as well as enhancing cooperation in the field of information sharing within the framework of existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Information Affairs and the Indian news agency, the joint statement said.They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, including recent developments in the Gulf, Middle East, West and South Asia.advertisementThe two sides reiterated condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and called all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries. They also agreed to work together for the early adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations, the statement said.The two sides welcomed the signing of the agreement on exemption from short stay visa for holders of diplomatic and official/special passports. They agreed to consider further liberalization of visa regime for each other’s nationals.Bahrain and India agreed to explore opportunities health care industry and welcomed the signing of an MoU for cooperation in the field of healthcare, which would contribute in expanding the cooperation between the two countries.An MoU for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was signed during Swaraj’s visit, which was welcomed by the two sides as it would encourage and promote bilateral technical cooperation on new and renewable energy on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.The two sides also agreed to strengthen coordination on consular issues taking into consideration humanitarian cases on both sides. They agreed to work towards integration of e-Migrate system with the work permit issuance system of Bahrain.The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of civil aviation and the Bahraini side encouraged Indian companies to participate in the Bahrain International Airshow- prominent airshow in the Region.They agreed to explore collaborative arrangements between National Space Science Agency of Bahrain and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in training, human resource development, use of space technologies and applications for developmental and other purposes and to benefit from the low-cost Indian experience in the operation and launch of satellites and other space areas.The two sides highlighted the importance of the regular meetings of well-established bilateral mechanisms and high-level bilateral visits.Swaraj recalled her visits to Bahrain in September 2014 and January 2016, during which she had an opportunity to meet and discuss range of bilateral and regional matters of mutual interest with the Bahraini top leadership.During the meeting, the two sides underlined their close bilateral ties, deep-rooted in shared history and cultural affinities, sustained and nourished through growing economic linkages, multi-faceted cooperation and close people-to-people contacts.Shaikh Khalid recalled the historical and friendly relations between the two countries and highly appreciated the role and contribution of the Indian expatriate community in Bahrain’s progress and economic development.The Indian community of about 3,50,000-4,00,000 people forms nearly one-fourth of Bahrain’s population.The two sides noted the existing potential for two-way investments and reaffirmed their desire to provide favourable environment for investments, both from public and private sectors, from the two countries, the statement said.Both sides agreed on the importance of regular and timely exchange of information on available investment opportunities.The High Joint Commission was established by a MoU signed between two sides during the historic visit of Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to India in February 2014. 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Liga MX Talking Points: Tigres facing test

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Talking Points: Tigres try to keep up home dominance, Patino states Pumas case Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:27 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre-Pierre Gignac Javier Aquino Tigres Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Tigres UANL Morelia v León Atlas v Tijuana Lobos BUAP v Cruz Azul Querétaro v Santos Laguna Tigres UANL v Toluca Pachuca v Puebla América v Necaxa Pumas v Monterrey Veracruz v Guadalajara Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Atlas Santos Laguna Toluca América Pumas Tigres can top Toluca to move up in the standings, the Pumas interim coach looks for a signature win and more. Goal previews the Liga MX weekend… It’s been a grueling week for nearly every Liga MX team. After the tragic earthquake in the center of the country moved Round 10 between Rounds 13 and 14, teams have been cris-crossing the country and trying to stay fresh while also not losing their spots in the table.After this weekend, teams – especially those no longer involved in Copa MX – will be able to return to the comfortable routine of one match a week. This weekend, only the strongest teams will be able to flex their muscle, while others will fall short of their goals. Let’s look at the slate that awaits us:Match of the Weekend … Tigres vs. TolucaRodrigo Salinas TolucaThird-place Toluca travels to fourth-place Tigres with each team feeling confident enough that they will take part in the Liguilla but still needing to shore up their positions.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Toluca has historically been strong against Tigres, losing just twice in the last 10 meetings. Few teams have gone into El Volcan and come out with a win recently. In fact, no team has done it this tournament with Tigres undefeated in their last dozen home league matches. They’ve outscored teams 31-7 in that time. Toluca needs significant contributions from its attack if the club is going to do anything to end that streak. The good news for Hernan Cristante is that over the past three matches, he’s had six different goalscorers, attack depth that would be the envy of many of the league’s other teams.Tigres haven’t been filling up the net as they often do, failing to capitalize on their chances last week in Leon and scoring just the early goal through Andre-Pierre Gignac in a midweek win over Veracruz. But with Toluca’s back line showing some deficiencies, they’ll have high hopes of again hitting multiple goals. It should be a good contest and one that could repeat itself in the Liguilla if things continue on their current path.It’s a big weekend for … David PatinoDavid Patino PumasDavid Patino has had brief spells in charge of Pumas before but after earning a draw and a victory in his first two matches of this spell as the interim, the coach isn’t being shy about his ambition to hold down the post.”I’m the ideal manager for this project, to be able to capitalize on everything I’ve learned since I’ve was part of the Pumas youth teams, everything I’ve learned from Guillermo Aguilar Alvarez, Miguel Mejia Baron, Memo Vazquez, Hector Sanabria and so many other coaches I’ve had,” Patino said in a news conference.”I hope this can last for a long time. I’m enjoying this,” he told Esto in an interview earlier this week.That enjoyment may only last as long as Pumas are showing good form, which to Patino’s credit they have in both games he’s overseen. Leon was a challenge, but a Monterrey team coming off a loss to Puebla will be a different one. Rayados may have put things in cruise control with their Liguilla spot all but secure, but they are a team whose attack will challenge Pumas’ back line. Patino has whipped that unit into shape, with the defense keeping a clean sheet against both Necaxa and Leon. Rogelio Funes Mori, Aviles Hurtado and Dorlan Pabon are a tougher test to pass.Should Patino’s unbeaten run continue, he’ll have a signature win and more evidence that he’s more than a former great on the field and loyal servant to the team, but also someone who can motivate the current incarnation to reach the heights the club did during his prime. Keep an eye on … Puebla making a push?Puebla MonterreyWhen Puebla hired veteran coach Enrique “Ojitos” Meza it had one victory in the Apertura and had scored just six goals. Now, La Franja have doubled their victory total, beating leader Monterrey 2-0 during the week after a draw in Meza’s debut. They’ve also scored a pair of goals in each encounter. Is Puebla about to be much better? We’ll see. After topping Rayados, Meza was quick to remind his team and the public that it’s just one match.”They look good and I think they’re aware because the large majority of them have important experience, so they know this only was one good victory,” Meza said. “It was an important victory … but we’ve only taken a step.”Will it be one step forward two steps back for Meza’s men when they travel to meet Pachuca this weekend? What would even constitute a resurgence for Puebla? A draw would count as progress. Pachuca has lost just once this Apertura at the Estadio Hidalgo (giving Chivas their only victory of the tournament, oddly enough). If Puebla is able to get all three points, Meza’s status as a miracle worker will be confirmed. More likely, Puebla will grow slowly under the manager – if the club is able to capture the momentum of a strong first week at all.Quote of the WeekNahuel Guzman Tigres “Recently, Tigres is one of the biggest teams in Mexico for the consistency of play, results, international competition, in terms of fans both at home and away. I think if you had to reconsider this list of ‘grandes’ if you wanted you’d have Tigres in the first or second spot.” – Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel GuzmanTigres may not have the heritage of Mexico’s four grandes: Club America, Chivas, Cruz Azul and Pumas. They may not have as much sustained success as those teams can point to in their past. But it’s tough to argue with the Argentine shot-stopper that Tigres have been one of the best teams in the league and boasted one of the largest fan bases in the recent past. They’ll look to top Toluca this weekend to keep padding that resume.last_img read more

Coyote attacks on children dampen fun at Alberta citys Christmas festival

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. — Warning signs have been set up and patrols have been increased in an Airdrie, Alta., park after two children were bitten by a coyote during a Christmas season festival.Officials are also in talks with Alberta Fish and Wildlife about whether the coyotes should be destroyed following attacks that happened days apart at the conclusion of the event’s evening program.They say a boy was bitten on the neck on Monday, but wasn’t seriously hurt because the animal’s teeth could not penetrate the child’s winter clothing.A staff member tagged the coyote with a paintball gun for possible future identification.The other attack happened last Friday when a child was bitten on the leg, but again heavy winter clothing prevented any injury.It’s not known if the same coyote is responsible for both attacks.“It’s a concern,” said Lorne Stevens, Airdrie’s director of community infrastructure.“The Festival of Lights draws a number of families and small children and folks walking their dogs. Nose Creek Park is a central park in our community and the pathways lead into here.”The City of Airdrie said hazing methods have been attempted in recent months in an effort to instill fear of humans in the emboldened coyotes. Workers have fired guns, spread bear urine and baited live traps after several encounters between wild animals and pets.For the remainder of this year’s festival, staff will remain in the park each night until all guests have left.“We want to make sure that visitors to Airdrie who come out to the festival, as well as our residents, are safe and protected from attacks,” said Stevens. (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Veterans Honored At Suzanne DeLaurentiis Gifting Suite

first_imgProducer, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, hosted a gifting suite on February 27th at Dungarees Boutique in Studio City, CA.Eric Roberts with Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector GeneralCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzThe suite was held to benefit her Operation Hollywood Program, which trains and employs returning veterans for careers in the entertainment business. Sergeant First Class Martha Leone, Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble, Assistant Inspector General, were the honored guests at the event, accompanied by Irene Mink, VP of New Day Talk Radio and Media Center.Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector General, Louis Gossett Jr., Suzanne DeLaurentiisCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzMany VIP and celebrity guests attended the suite to show their support including actor, Eric Roberts, and Lou Gossett Jr.Guests were treated to an array of gifts including tanning, teeth whitening, body scrubs, jewelry and hair care products. Gary Friedman, the owner of Dungarees Boutique, was gracious enough to co-host the event, as well as provide a beautiful venue.Some of the gifting sponsors of the event were Dr. Nader Nikman of the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Le’ Beach Club Tanning Resorts, D S Laboratories, Vivian’s Boutique, and Erica’s Organics. The bags that guests received were provided by BLVD Couture.For more information on Operation Hollywood, click here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Saskatchewan chiefs blast Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations winter assembly is underway.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo was at the Dakota Dunes casino on the Whitecap First Nation where the gathering is held.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo reports, Atleo was on the in the line of fire from chiefs.last_img

UNP MPs being purchased

“If the government can win elections from its own popularity why are they taking UNP MPs when an election is near? This shows the bankruptcy of the government. The government feels by taking our MPs and trying to demoralise us temporarily is the only way to try and win an election,” he said. The United National Party (UNP) accused the government of making huge financial offers to make UNP MPs to join the government.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the government is attempting to weaken the UNP by buying over some MPs. Attanayake said that the SLFP and the UNP are the only two political parties that can form a government in Sri Lanka and with the SLFP now governing the country, it wants to make sure the UNP is weakened in order to remain in power. (Colombo Gazette) Attanayake claimed that some members of the government had told him in Parliament last Friday that the government is fast losing popularity.He said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has lost at least 25 percent of its voter base. He said the government will continue to make financial offers and posts to UNP MPs to make them join the government but yet the UNP will remain resolute. read more

PUCSL introduces installment plan for electricity connections

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has introduced a guideline to identify information for an installment payment system for those who are not able to pay the connection charge for a new electricity connection, in terms of Section 27 of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009 as amended.“Sri Lanka has named year 2017 as the year for eradicating poverty in the country. These guidelines will ensure that any person is able to afford to get an electricity connection,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said. According to the new guideline, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) will recover the cost of providing a new connection in reasonable monthly installments along with the tariff and any other charges levied by the distribution licensee as per the standard tariff agreement. In addition, the distribution licensee (CEB or LECO) can also adopt such other criteria fairly and transparently when considering a request from a domestic consumer who does not meet the above criterion. These may include criteria such as pensioners, disabled soldiers, and elderly persons over the age of 55 as well as housing conditions.The guideline which have been already communicated to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) are now in effect. (Colombo Gazette) The guideline says those who are eligible can get the new connection on a monthly installment basis, which should not be more than five percent of the declared household income with the maximum deduction being not more than 1,500 rupees and should be recovered over a period of not less than 24 months. The Divinaguma beneficiaries and households, who get a monthly income, less than 50 percent of the median income of households in Sri Lanka as specified by the Department of Census & Statistics from time to time based on the Household Income & Expenditure Survey (HIES), will be eligible for this criteria where a consumer does not have sufficient means to pay in total at once the expenses incurred by the distribution licensee (CEB or LECO) in providing a supply of electricity.The median income of Sri Lanka is 30,814 rupees per month according to 2012/2013 HIES report. It can be seen that, fifty percent of the median household income per month is reflective of the average income of the poorest forty percent of households. read more

Lucky Jayawardena and J C Alawathuwala get new posts

Two new State Ministers took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today.Lucky Jayawardena took oaths as the State Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply and J. C Alawathuwala as the State Minister of Home Affairs. Lucky Jayawardena earlier served as the State Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development while Mr. J. C Alawathuwala was the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.Secretary to the President Udaya R. Senevirathna was also present on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

In poor States breastfed babies have three times greater chance of survival

In a developing country, a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today at the start of a weeklong commemoration of the most natural way to nourish babies.“World Breastfeeding Week gives us an opportunity to advocate for a very simple way to save children’s lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Though breastfeeding rates are increasing in the developing world, an estimated 63 per cent of children under 6 months of age are still not adequately breastfed. As a result, millions of children start their lives at a disadvantage.”World Breastfeeding Week is observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF and its partners, including the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and the World Health Organization. The aim is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, enabling babies to gain tremendous health benefits, critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases and better growth and development.Continued breast feeding after six months, for up to two years of age or beyond, combined with safe and appropriate complementary feeding, is the optimal approach to child feeding, officials say.In an effort to give children the best possible start to life, UNICEF is working with new mothers around the world to ensure that their babies are properly fed.In Gambia, for example, the agency has assisted in the creation of baby-friendly communities where breastfeeding is protected, encouraged and supported. The programme works with both women and men to educate them on the benefits of proper maternal and infant nutrition.Breastfeeding can save lives in emergency situations where clean water is scarce and children are susceptible to life threatening illness such as diarrhoea. In Jogyakarta Indonesia, the epicentre of the May earthquake, UNICEF is leading an initiative to promote continued breastfeeding for children. One-hundred local women have been trained as breastfeeding counselors, visiting mothers with infants who are particularly vulnerable to disease.World Breastfeeding Week 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. To date, more than 60 governments have enacted all or many of the provisions of the Code as law.The Code aims to protect and promote breastfeeding by prohibiting the advertising and aggressive marketing of breastmilk substitutes, feeding bottles and other artificial supplies. Despite the progress made since the Code was adopted by the World Heath Assembly in 1981, challenges remain, and monitoring of Code violations is weak in some countries.“It is in the developing world, where under-nutrition contributes to about half of all deaths of children under five, where we see the worst consequences of non-compliance of the Code,” Ms. Veneman said. read more

Brock gives back with scholarships for Niagara high school grads

It was a celebration of Niagara’s future.For the fifth year in a row, but in a new format on campus, Brock University handed out more than $125,000 in entrance scholarships to graduating secondary school students from across the region Wednesday night.Selected based on a combination of academic achievements, involvement in school and the community, as well as financial need, the Niagara Principal’s Awards were given to 58 students representing 29 public, Catholic and private schools.Most of the recipients, along with their parents and school principals, were on hand at the University Wednesday to be presented their scholarships.“We moved to a new format for recognizing the scholarship recipients this year, allowing us to celebrate these students and their achievements more fully and among their school and home supporters,” said Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment and Retention for Brock University. “Hosting the event in the new Goodman School of Business Atrium was the perfect setting to illustrate the value and prestige associated with this accomplishment, and to demonstrate Brock’s commitment to partnership and investment in Niagara.”That commitment shows Brock is leading by example, said Westlane Secondary School principal Karen Simpson.“It’s an opportunity that some of these students might not have otherwise had and Brock is presenting that opportunity,” she said. “I think it’s outstanding. It’s important to give back to our community and Brock is doing that for our students. It’s also showing them the importance of giving back.”Since its inception in 2014, Brock has handed out the $2,500 entrance scholarships to nearly 300 students. read more

Ohio StateMiami 5 questions

1. Who will win the quarterback battle? The two are similar in a few ways. Both are dual-threat quarterbacks. Both passed for more than 3,000 yards last year. Both were handed the keys to their respective offenses as underclassmen. “I think [Pryor and Harris] have traveled a similar road,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “They both got put in there at an early point in their freshman year. But in [Pryor’s] case, it was the third or fourth game and he had to kind of get thrown in with an older group and learn their way.” 2. Will either team be able to run the ball effectively? Both defenses will be geared to stuff the run. Miami has a solid cache of defensive linemen, led by a genuine freak-of-nature in 6-foot-3, 287-pound senior Allen Bailey, who is not only a probable first-round pick in next April’s draft, but reportedly killed an alligator with nothing but a shovel a few years ago. As for OSU, the Silver Bullets are usually stout against the run. The OSU defense has ranked in the top five in the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed in three of the last five years. Miami coach Randy Shannon said starting running back Graig Cooper will likely miss the game, although ACC Rookie of the Week Lamar Miller appears to be a capable backup. 3. Can the OSU offensive line protect Pryor? The OSU offensive line did an admirable job last Thursday against Marshall. However, comparing the Marshall defensive line to the Miami front four would be foolish. Tressel isn’t taking the Hurricane pass rushers lightly. “They’re very good. They’re veterans, they’re quick and they’re strong,” Tressel said. “It will be a great challenge for our guys.” Although the Hurricanes have a star in Bailey and a few other solid players, the OSU hog mollies should be equipped to handle the task. 4. Who will win the field position battle? The combination of the crowd, OSU’s ability to force turnovers and Harris’ propensity to throw the football to the other team all favor the Scarlet and Gray. But nearly every one of those characteristics could have been said for the USC game last year and OSU lost that contest, 18-15. On the other hand, if the Buckeyes have the lead heading into the fourth quarter, the game is usually over. Under Tressel, OSU is 86-6 when taking the lead into the final quarter. Disclaimer: OSU led USC, 15-10, heading into the fourth quarter last year. 5. Will an unknown player, coaching decision or (gasp!) referee steal the show? Obviously, all three are impossible to predict. But in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, the game was defined by curious coaching decisions and questionable calls by officials. From official Terry Porter’s infamous pass interference call in the first overtime, to Tressel’s decision to run a fake field goal early in the game to Miami’s downright dubious goal line offense in the second overtime, the game was full of judgments ripe for barroom discussion. As for an unknown player stealing the show, for Miami, sophomore safety Ray Ray Armstrong and Ohio State sophomore running back Jordan Hall could provide the difference. Armstrong is big (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), fast and saw major playing time as a freshman. If he keeps the OSU passing game in front of him and reads Pryor’s eyes, his performance will be two-fold: tackling receiver Dane Sanzenbacher over the middle of the field and intercepting Pryor. The diminutive Hall could make an impact as a punt returner. Think former LSU star Trindon Holliday, the 5-foot, 6-inch speed sprint champion who also specialized as a returner for the Tigers. Hall is capable of making a similar impact for OSU. This could be his breakout game. read more

Blazers Roy to have surgery on both knees

first_imgA visit from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. A 29-point half from Wesley Matthews. Comeback wins and overtime losses. It’s been anything but stagnant on the Blazers front over the past couple weeks, but one thing has been missing — news on Brandon Roy’s knees. Don’t fret. The wait is over. Blazers general manager, Rich Cho, announced Thursday that the shooting guard will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. Team orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Donald Roberts, will perform the procedure next week. There is no timetable for his return. “I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get back on the floor,” said Roy through the release. “We’ve been able to get a number of different opinions and it’s something we’ve decided.” Roy, who has missed 16 games this season including the last 13, has been hampered by knee problems all year and announced last month that he would be sitting out indefinitely.Upon the announcement, Roy asserted that he, doctors and athletic trainers would explore a host of options to determine the best course of action towardlast_img read more

Relay For Life Of The Kenai Peninsula This Friday

first_imgThe opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 1, with a welcome, introductions and recognition of sponsors. Beech: “The luminaria ceremony it’s to remember those we have lost, and then to honor those who have fought cancer or are currently fighting cancer.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Participants in this year’s Relay For Life will gather together at Skyview Middle School to help fund cancer research and cancer patient programs by supporting the annual community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. 7:00 pm – Studio 49 Stomp7:30 pm Results of To Cut or Not to Cut8:00 pm –  ZUMBA9:3o pm – Kenai Lions Club Breakfast11:00 pm – Luminaria Ceremony Johna Beech, lead state volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network: “It’s always interesting how people talk about, the adjectives they use, when referencing to somebody that’s been diagnosed with cancer. You battle it, you fight it, you lose.”  The event will end at midnight. Money raised through Relay For Life events help the American Cancer Society fund  research and patient care programs and provide education and prevention information. Click for the full detailslast_img read more

Newsstand Declines Hitting New Lows Across More Categories

first_img There’s more bad news in the analysis of who’s being affected by the consumer’s growing lack of interest in picking up single copies. MagNet data shows that smaller titles whose newsstand sales had been holding up well against bigger ones are now feeling the squeeze. Whereas the top 25 and 50 titles had been experiencing larger declines, the latest data show that titles in the top 100 and top 1000 have pulled even. The percentage decline in sales is now more similar across all groups of titles through the top 1000, ranging from -1.4 percent for the top 25, to 3.2 percent for the top 1000. MagNet, though, puts a caveat on the comparison; the 2014 numbers may be overestimated both because numbers from Source Interlink Distribution dried up when it went out of business, and Barnes & Noble stopped providing data this year. That even despite publishers responding by paring back the number of hard copies distributed by 40 million over the same time period, but perhaps owing partly to an average 5 percent increase in cover prices. The latter move was factored into a dollar sales efficiency figure of 26.5 percent.  Yet MagNet is confident enough in the numbers to suggest in its narrative on the data that a stabilization of newsstand circ doesn’t appear to be in sight. The decline began eight years ago and sales are approaching an inauspicious milestone. The newsstand tracker’s first-half 2015 numbers are in and they show that the key metric of sales efficiency hit what it says is an all-time low. Only 26.8 percent of the magazines publishers distributed to retail outlets actually sold, down from 31 percent in the first half of 2014. Newsstand performance comparison for U.S. and Canada, first half 2015 versus 2014. (Includes estimates for Barnes & Noble sales) Source: MagNetcenter_img “We estimate that newsstand magazine sales will generate about $2.5 billion in 2015, just about half of what was generated in 2007,” the review reads in part. It’s getting to be old news now. Magazine newsstand sales are declining, according to the latest data from MagNet. But what is new, and worrisome, is that the declines are accelerating and the pain is spreading. MagNet’s outlook for 2015 looks even gloomier looking beyond the first-half numbers that are in the books. It says preliminary July and August numbers are tracking worse than those for the first half. Title rank comparison for U.S. and Canada, first half 2015 versus 2014. (Data does not include Barnes & Noble sales) Source: MagNetlast_img read more

Huge wildfire burns homes in Chile

first_imgA wildfire ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Monday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.At least 19 people were reported hurt after the fire broke out on the outskirts of the historic city, the government said.Television pictures showed thick grey smoke filling the streets in the Laguna Verde district, where the blaze struck, and flames devouring green hillsides.Hundreds of firefighters along with water-dumping airplanes and helicopters were battling the blaze, officials said.“Emergency protocols have been activated,” President Michelle Bachelet said on Twitter.The flames had “damaged 100 homes in an area where there are 500,” deputy interior minister Mahmud Aleuy told a news conference late Monday.He said 19 people were hurt, mostly by breathing in smoke, but there were no fatalities.The flames destroyed 50 hectares (123 acres) of woodland, the National Emergencies Office said in a statement.Fanned by strong winds in hot summer weather, the fire broke out in the hilly region that makes Valparaiso a picturesque tourist destination.Some 200 people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution, the agency added.“The fire was coming from the other side of the hill, down below. We never thought it would spread so far,” said Rosa Gallardo, a woman who lost her home in the fire.“It was hopeless. The smoke was suffocating. It stung my eyes. So we had to evacuate,” said Pablo Luna Flores, another resident who lost his home.Electricity providers said they had cut power to nearly 48,000 customers also as a precaution.The authorities issued a maximum red alert.Located 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, Valparaiso is home to Chile’s national Congress.Laguna Verde lies on the southern outskirts of Valparaiso, a sprawling city built on 40 hills with stunning sea views.Dubbed the “jewel of the Pacific,” the picturesque colonial city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Thousands of tourists come every year to stroll its narrow cobbled streets and ride cable cars up the steep hills.Wildfires killed 15 people in 2014 and destroyed thousands of homes in the area, particularly in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.The wooden structures with their tin roofs, perched on tinder-dry hillsides, were quickly engulfed in that fire.More blazes in March 2015 killed one woman and forced thousands of people from their homes.The city is home to 270,000 people overall, many living in brightly colored houses on the hillsides.In its heyday from the mid-19th century to the early 20th, Valparaiso became famous as a stopover point for ships steaming down to the continent’s southern tip and on to the Atlantic.The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 prompted a spectacular drop in traffic to Valparaiso and an end to the port’s glory days.It now relies heavily on tourism, and living standards are lower than the average in Chile.last_img read more

British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select FirstClass Flights

first_imgStay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Returns This Fall With Interactive VR GameWatch The Trailer For BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ VR Special First Class customers on select British Airways flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK can now pass the time in virtual reality.Through the end of this year, BA is providing a selection of films, documentaries, and travel programs in 2D, 3D, and 360-degree formats.Headsets from VR eyewear specialist SkyLights provide travelers with an immersive experience, whether the seat back is in the upright and locked position or fully reclined.“We are always looking at the latest technology to enhance our customers’ experience on the ground and in the air,” Sajida Ismail, head of inflight product at BA, said in a statement.British Airways is the first UK airline to trial this technology. The company selected a range of therapeutic programs—including guided meditation and sound therapy—geared at those passengers with a fear of flying.A range of therapeutic programs are available for passengers with a fear of flying (via Nick Morrish/British Airways)“Virtual reality has the power to revolutionize in-flight entertainment and we’re really excited to trial these new glasses as they should create a unique and memorable journey for our First [Class] customers,” Ismail said.Top-tier patrons can look for VR headsets on selected BA117 through December 2019.Earlier this year, BA trialled the virtual reality technology at Heathrow Terminal 5, giving premium customers a glimpse of the simulated Club World cabin.These new features come as British Airways celebrates 100 years of air travel with an exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, and a £6.5 billion ($7.9 billion) investment to improve its aircraft.Over the next five years, look for high-quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, updated interiors, and 72 new aircraft.Watch: This Electric Train-Plane Hybrid Is the Best of Both WorldsMore on Airways to Fuel Flights With Household WasteFord Wants to Design Cars With Virtual Reality SketchesArmchair Astronomers Can Now Visit a Black Hole—In Virtual Realitylast_img read more

macOS Catalina Revealed 6 Big Changes Coming to Your Mac

first_imgFor the next version of its Mac operating software, Apple is coming out of the desert and heading to the see. macOS Catalina debuts this fall, and it’s highlighted by the breakup of iTunes into three separate apps and the promise of more iOS apps making their way to the Mac.”We love the Mac, and our customers do too,” CEO Tim Cook told attendees at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today (June 3). Here’s how Apple plans to show that love with macOS Catalina.Farewell, iTunesEven iTunes’ most ardent fans — and surely, there are dozens — would have to admit that Apple’s music player has gotten bloated over the years, adding all sorts of multimedia and device syncing features on top of its original mission of just managing your music.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Apple’s response is to break everything up, with three apps in macOS Catalina taking over for iTunes. The new Music app will focus almost entirely on music playback, with Apple’s Craig Federighi describing the new app as “blazingly fast.” Apple Music subscribers will be able to get personalized recommendations from within the app.As for syncing your device, that now takes lace in the Finder, where your iPhone or iPad will appear as just another drive you’ve plugged into your Mac. Apple envisions the process taking place in the background, but you’ll be able to drag songs, podcasts and other media over from Apple’s apps onto your mobile device.The other remnants of iTunes can be found in the new Podcasts and TV apps, which will work a lot like they do on iOS devices. Podcasts will play back your favorite audio shows, and a new machine-learning powered feature will be able to search for spoken content, so you can search for episodes using words and phrases that appear in the podcasts themselves.As for the new TV app, it will give Mac user access to the Watch Now and Apple Channels features already enjoyed by iOS users on their version of the TV app. Newer Macs will be able to enjoy 4K HDR playback with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.Project CatalystAt last year’s WWDC, Apple announced plans to make it easier for app makers to bring their software over to the Mac, with macOS Mojave showing how it’s done with apps like Apple’s own News offering. The other show dropped at this year’s developer conference, with app makers now gaining access to what Apple calls Project Catalyst.Project Catalyst is aimed at bringing iPad apps over to the Mac, and there are more than 1 million of those, according to Federighi. The feature will be available through Apple’s Xcode developer tools.Apple says that apps like Twitter, Asphalt 9 and Jira Cloud are already taking advantage of Project Catalyst to produce Mac versions.SidecarIf you’re the kind of person who likes dual-display setups to get more work done, macOS Catalina is adding a feature that should interest you, especially if you use one of Apple’s laptops. The updated OS adds a feature called Sidecar that will let you turn your iPad into a second display.With Sidecar, you’ll even be able to use an Apple Pencil on iPad that support that input device to control and interact with apps on your Mac via that secondary screen.AccessibilitymacOS Catalina boosts the accessibility features on the Mac by adding voice control, with similar support coming to iOS devices this fall. In a demo video, Apple executives showed off how voice controls can halde everything from dictation to navigation. The feature will even add numbers to files and photos so that you can select them with your voice.Improved securityWhile macOS Catalina splits up iTunes, it’s combining two other apps — Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. (As with the accessibility improvements, this enhancement is headed to iOS devices as well, with iOS 13.) The new Find My feature will be your one-stop location tracking app for keeping tabs on your friends and assorted Apple devices.One new twist involves the ability to find devices even if they’re offline — particularly important if you’ve lost your MacBook Pro, and it’s asleep. Apple devices will now use secure Bluetooth beacon technology so that they’re detected by other nearby Mac users who are online. That encrypted location data will be anonymously forwarded to you so that you can find that offline laptop. As described by Apple, the process sounds a lot like the technology that leading key trackers use to pinpoint the location of missing items by crowd-sourcing the location information.New Macs with T2 security chips add a new Activation Lock feature in macOS Catalina that require your login information to re-active a stolen or misplaced laptop. That essentially makes your computer useless to a thief, Apple says.Other system app improvementsLook for other apps to gain new features in macOS Catalina, though Apple breezed through the changes during today’s keynote. Photos gets a new browsing experience similar to the one slated for iOS 13, while the Notes app gains a new gallery view. Apple is completely redesigning Reminders for the Mac as well.Another app making the leap from iOS devices to the Mac is Screen Time, which makes its Mac debut in macOS Catalina. Expect the same features like time limits to make their way to the Mac, with those limits enforced across all your Apple devices.macOS Catalina availabilityThe final release of macOS Catalina comes this fall. Developers will be able to get their hands on a beta today, while the public will have to wait until July for their chance to test out the new macOS features.Editors’ Note: This story has been updated to correct information about how syncing will be handled post-iTunes.For all the Apple announcements from today, check out our WWDC 2019 hub page. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more