Cartoon: Let’s (All) Make a Deal

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts Writing the caption for this cartoon wasn’t easy for me. Not because the joke needed a particular nuance, or involved any special vocabulary… but because it involves a security keyword.It’s irrational, I know. But I now have a Pavlovian aversion to mentioning anything remotely connected to terrorism or weaponry, because at some semi-conscious level I worry it could get me plopped onto some agency’s list. “Sure, he’s probably kidding about his 500-foot homicidal robot, but just to be safe — (type, type, type, type, enter).”Which, let’s face it, is kind of crazy – yes, that could happen, but I’m frankly a lot more vulnerable to ticking off someone at, say, Facebook who worked very hard on that interface tweak, and doesn’t take kindly to a smartass cartoon from someone who might be quite upset if his profile were to, oh, I don’t know, vanish.Actually, now that I put that in cold hard text, it seems pretty damn terrifying.Next week’s cartoon will be all about kittens. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Take A Tour Of Spaceport America, The Crazy-Efficient Space Hub Of The Future

first_imgThere’s no coincidence in the proximity of Spaceport America to New Mexico’s vast swath of forbidden government testing grounds. Spaceport America coordinates closely with the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range, the largest commercial no-fly zone in the country, in order to share its unpopulated airspace.Below is Virgin Galactic’s hub, designed to blend into its similarly low-profile surroundings. Tags:#Private Spaceflight#science#space#Spaceport America#Spaceport America New Mexico#Spaceport America tour#SpaceX#Virgin Galactic There are a lot of crazy things apparently hidden in the desert expanses of New Mexico, and the world’s first dedicated commercial spaceport is one of them. Spaceport America, which is exactly what it sounds like—an airport for space travel—is the first of its kind.The sprawl of flat, dry land in south central New Mexico is the home to many closed-door projects (think UAV tests, precision missile launches and all of the X-Files-esqueactivities we certainly aren’t privy to), but Spaceport America was kind enough to open its security gates to ReadWrite and let us take a peek.  Spaceport America is more open to the public than at first meets the eye. A joint effort between the state of New Mexico and the booming private commercial spaceflight sector, Spaceport America intends to open its doors to the taxpayers who helped build it with an on-site visitor’s center planned for fall 2014 (and, yes, well-marked road signs too). For a little bit, a tour bus even joined us on the tarmac. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This bay opens up for Virgin Galactic’s various spacecrafts, like SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft that actually takes off from a horizontally-launched aircraft. Christine Anderson, executive director at Spaceport America, gave us a look into mission control, a remarkably scaled-down reality compared to the mass chaos that non-private space missions (and Hollywood) have us expect. All photos by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite taylor hatmakercenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Spaceport America is the functional hub of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s endeavor to send non-astronauts with sufficient funds into suborbital space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX also leases the space, with a few modest trailers on-site. Driving out to the site, our tiny press group followed a truck for 30 miles off the not-so-beaten path from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Roads signs were only occasionally marked with crude drawings of a rocketship, but finding this place without a caravan would have been close to impossible.  Unfortunately, Virgin Galactic’s building didn’t offer the same openness—it’s under construction at the moment anyway, and the Virgin team comes and goes for testing and launches as needed. As Executive Director Christine Anderson explained, Virgin Galactic is Spaceport America’s foremost long-term client—and no landlord (spacelord?) lets strangers wander around when their tenant is out of town. Still, there was plenty to see—from Spaceport America’s tiny, efficient command center, to its 12,000-foot “spaceway,” to the up-close exterior Virgin’s LEED-certified dual hangar/terminal, a structural marvel that fits into the desert landscape functionally and visually almost as well as the wildlife.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How To Establish a Rhythm for Your Business

first_imgThere is a rhythm to business. Understanding that rhythm and working to ensure the proper cadence is critical to growing your sales organization.Here are three meetings, or conversations, you need to have with your sales team (or yourself) every week.Pipeline Review: This is the foundation of a good cadence. Reviewing the pipeline to inspect how many new opportunities you created in the prior week is the activity that ensures you have the ability to reach your goals. Without the right number of opportunities, you throw your future into doubt. The pipeline meeting also allows you to inspect the overall health of the opportunities in your funnel, ensuring that they are progressing smoothly from target to close. Without this meeting, you will always be surprised, and most of those surprises will not be pleasant.Opportunity Review: Opportunity reviews allow you to ensure that the opportunity is real, that you can create value for your dream client, and that you have an effective plan to win. Opportunity reviews allow you to focus on strategy. You can ask questions like “What is compelling this prospect to change?” You can also ask questions like “How are we different, and how does that make a difference for this prospective customer?” Most of the time, pipeline reviews end up being opportunity reviews, and these two activities are different and need to be separated. Otherwise, you’ll lose the focus on prospecting that is necessary for a Pipeline Review.Team Huddles: You need to make sure that you are improving from week to week, from month-to-month, from quarter to quarter. Team huddles provide you the format to deal with the challenges that you are having, or that your sales force is having, in a group setting. It’s a way to share best practices, brainstorm on how to overcome common obstacles, and notch your team up by sharing across the entire sales force. These meetings don’t have to be long. But they do have to provide the people involved with actionable insights that will help them do better immediately. It’s a worthwhile investment of time and energy.I could add more pieces to this cadence, but this is enough to get you started and massively improve your results now. If you are a solo act, you still need to do this work, but you might need an accountability partner to push you.How do you ensure that you are creating the opportunities you need to reach your goals?How do you improve your strategy to ensure you win the opportunities you do create?What do you do to ensure you get better from week to week?last_img read more

Why I Write

first_imgI lifted the title of this newsletter from the writer Joan Didion who stole it from George Orwell.I am a writer, which is to say that it is impossible for me to “not write.” Writing is not something I do, but rather, it is something I am. When I am not writing, I wish I were somewhere with the laptop lid open and the keyboard exposed.I write to understand my world better, to make sense of it, to discern how things work, why they work, and what is broken. The very nature of writing is to explore and capture what you know, what you understand, and to discover what you don’t know or understand. Writing every day for close to ten years has allowed me to wrestle with what I don’t know and understand. Writing is in large part how I have changed my views of so many things over the last decade.I also write to understand myself. Without writing—or some other form of deep introspection—I very much doubt you know what you really believe or how you became infected with those beliefs without any awareness of it occurring. I am frequently surprised by what I learn about myself through writing, like my biases and preferences, my strong reaction to other ideas, and my truths.In almost any genre, writing is the exploration of ideas. It’s a search for the truth, whether you read a biography, non-fiction, a novel, or a humble blog post scratched out in 500 words. Having just moved into a new home, one with no bookshelves, I discovered I have around 1,200 hardcover books, nothing close to Umberto Eco‘s 30,000 volumes, but a relatively large collection (with an equal number on my Kindle). In every volume, there are ideas someone took the time to explore and share. I am interested in ideas because I am interested in the truth.The application I use to write is called Ulysses. It is a plain text editor, which is designed to capture words. The app offers no real tools for making pretty the presentation of words, and sentences, and paragraphs. To style the page, you must know some form of markdown language or use shortcuts I don’t care to learn. Other than the choice of font, there is nothing to get in the way of writing. The app is always open, always at the ready, a faithful companion whose blank page and blinking cursor are there to receive ideas as they appear out of the ether. I have made it a practice not to allow any idea to go unnoticed or escape being captured. Each thought may contain some small truth worth exploring. Or it may be nothing at all. It’s hard to tell without further exploration, conversation, experimentation, or primarily through writing.Ulysses holds 3,000,000 words, the vast majority of which have been published as blog posts. The tiny fraction contained in my three books is a paltry 185,000.My poor typing form has resulted in carpal tunnel syndrome that starts at the tip of the middle finger of my right hand and ends underneath my right shoulder. No part of the aching prevents me from typing. The thirteen-year-old, high school freshman version of me decide that the typing class he was taking wasn’t worth his time. I was asked to drop the class because I wouldn’t stop hunting and pecking, a request I accepted immediately. Who would want to type when there is rock-n-roll?The act of writing is one of organizing words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs. It is also one of organizing your thinking and your arguments.I write because I am a polemicist, a person who engages in a controversial debate. A good deal of what I write is an argument, even if there is no one there with which to argue, just an idea or ideal. Sometimes I am quarreling with myself. In all cases, I am proposing my side, arguing for my truth, and attempting to win you over to my side, my philosophy, my beliefs. The very act of publishing is a subversive act, an attempt to infect others with your beliefs, to convince them, to change them in some way. The act of reading is to open yourself up to being shown a new truth, a new belief, a new way of understanding, and a new way of being in this world.I write because words are how we speak to the future. It’s one of the ways we leave a path for others or a place to stand to find an even greater truth. No matter what one says, those who write and publish do so as a way to achieve some form of immortality, to have some part of their consciousness live forever, to force their argument on the future. Most will not share this secret because it is a secret they hide from themselves.If you have been here for any time, you know I write what I want to write. I write what has captured my attention, as I hope to seize yours. I write what I want to share with you to better learn it myself. I also write what I need to read, believing that someone else, maybe you, might benefit from reading something that provides you with healthier infection than you might have picked up somewhere else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Lady Maroons’ fight came too late, rues coach

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting University of the Philippines’ first set alone was enough for head coach Godfrey Okumu to describe what his team went through against Adamson U in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “If you start in a shaky way, the way we were shaking with our passing, that’s how we get the results.”UP’s inconsistent first ball limited the Lady Maroons to just 26 points off spikes, almost half of Adamson’s 40.Okumu, despite witnessing his team’s poor performance, is still confident that UP will bounce back in the next games.“I’ve said this before, we will fight back. We are coming back.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers UAAP softball: Lady Falcons sweep 1st round MOST READ The Lady Maroons got flat out embarrassed in the first set en route to a 25-9, 27-25, 25-20 blanking from the Lady Falcons Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We did not start well, that’s why the results were not good, we should’ve played better in the first set,” said Okumu as his team slipped to its second straight loss after an opening game win. “We were able to recover in the second and third set but it was a little too late.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Falcons used the Lady Maroons as moving targets in the first set where they unloaded eight of their total 17 service aces.“The first set was really a big deal for me as a coach because that’s how the game started. If you start well, you will play well all throughout,” said Okumu, who is on his first year with UP. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Healthy Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague lead Timberwolves past Clippers

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose, right, eyes the basket on a layup as Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague gave a beleaguered backcourt a needed boost and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory.Rose scored 22 points and Teague added 19 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who played without the ill Andrew Wiggins but beat the Los Angeles Clippers 130-120 on Monday night. Rose and Teague both have missed significant time with injuries recently.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Montrezl Harrell added 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles, part of an 89-point effort from the reserves. The Clippers came in leading the league in bench scoring at 51.6 points per game.Minnesota had lost its previous four games and six of its previous seven while struggling with injuries at the point guard position. On Monday night, the Timberwolves had both Rose and Teague on the court at the same time for the first time since Jan. 20 against the Phoenix Suns.“Obviously we’re not satisfied with one win, but it’s hard to win in this league,” Saunders said.Teague returned to the lineup Friday in New Orleans. He had missed the previous eight games with soreness in his left foot. Rose played Monday after missing six of the previous seven games with soreness in his right ankle.The Timberwolves had played nine games without having both Teague and Rose available.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re veterans,” Rose said. “I think we know how to gauge a game a little bit. Play us at the same time, and I think it will work out.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Dario Saric had 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLou Williams scored a season-high 45 points off the bench for the Clippers, making a season-best 16 free throws while going perfect from the line.“It’s hard to kind of digest that when you lose a game,” Williams said. “Grand scheme of things, career-wise, it’s pretty cool.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Timberwolves: Luol Deng started in Wiggins’ place and scored 12 points in a team-high 37 minutes, 50 seconds. It was Deng’s first start since Oct. 19, 2017, the first game of last season, when he was a member of the Lakers. That was his only appearance of the season. … The Timberwolves were still without F Robert Covington (bone bruise in right knee) and G Tyus Jones (sprained left ankle). … G Isaiah Canaan was signed to a second 10-day contract Sunday.UP NEXTClippers: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.Timberwolves: Host Houston on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia ahead of Tokyo Olympics 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It felt good,” Rose said. “I was just trying to read the situation, take my time and be patient while I was out there.”Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half. The Timberwolves closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 63-55 lead into the locker room. Rose scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, including a difficult layup just before the halftime buzzer. Teague had nine of his 19 points in the first half.“Two guys who can handle the ball and make plays,” Teague said. “He is a tremendous player. He can get to the rack at any time. Having another guy that’s special with that basketball like that makes my job so much easier.”Minnesota then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to open up a double-figure lead. The Timberwolves would go on to lead by as many as 23 points. They held on against a Clippers team that has rallied from 20 or more points down on the road three times this month.“We were awful defensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The game was 48 minutes of single mistakes. We made so many mistakes.”TEAM-FIRST TAJSaunders moved Saric into the starting lineup Monday. His start came at the expense of veteran forward Taj Gibson, who willingly moved into a reserve role. Both Saunders and Saric were full of praise for Gibson, who scored 14 points off the bench while playing both power forward and center.“Lucky for me, I’ve got a guy like Taj Gibson on my team,” Saunders said. “I can’t say enough about him. I brought him the idea. It was actually yesterday. And he was all for it. It just shows his professionalism in the fact that he has 14 points off the bench playing both the 4 and the 5. You can’t say enough about him.”TIP-INSClippers: The 89 bench points were the most in the NBA since the Kansas City Kings scored 90 against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 1, 1982. . Williams scored a team-high 11 points in the first half and made only one field goal. His first nine points came from the free-throw line, where he was 9 for 9. Rivers remains close friends with former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who was fired on Jan. 6. “We talk a lot,” Rivers said. “I tried to get him today a lot to get the scouting report, but he wouldn’t give it to me.” … Los Angeles is currently on a 12-day, six-game road trip that will cover 6,659 miles. It’s the fifth-longest road trip in the NBA this season. … F Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) were sidelined.last_img read more

Is the Caribbean swagger back to dominate world cricket?

first_imgAs Marlon Samuels swaggered into the media conference room at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, still clad in his pads and with a massive gold winner’s medal around his neck, he swung his legs up onto the table and demanded respect from all who had dissed him.As Darren Sammy, West Indies,As Marlon Samuels swaggered into the media conference room at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, still clad in his pads and with a massive gold winner’s medal around his neck, he swung his legs up onto the table and demanded respect from all who had dissed him.As Darren Sammy, West Indies captain, prepared to mount the podium to claim the World T20 trophy for the second time in three editions, he first unleashed a speech that read like a glorious insurrection, accusing the West Indies Cricket Board of deserting his team of champions.As the Windies players cavorted through the stadium-before, during and after the pulsating final, and then long into the night at the team hotel-it was clear we were witnessing the zenith of international cricket’s first T20 dynasty. But was it the beginning of something beautiful or simply the end of an improbable journey?The writer is the UK editor of ESPNCricinfoAll tournament long, the West Indies have danced to their own beat, not that of cricket’s prevailing rhythms -quite literally so in the case of their victory anthem, Champion-and they have, to a man, dedicated their wins to the West Indies people, whose devotion to their sport has been tested beyond measure by the collapse of standards in governance and competence at both regional and international level.And yet, in light of what they have achieved, and as sacrilegious as it may seem, players such as Sammy, Gayle, Samuels and Russell have earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath as Lloyd, Richards, Greenidge and Roberts. The first West Indies team to claim two major one-day trophies in the space of four years, in 1975 and 1979, is also recalled as one of the greatest sporting teams of all time; an outfit with the skill and swagger to explode preconceptions about what their island nations could achieve.advertisementThe second? Not so much. And yet, eight of the players who claimed the spoils in Kolkata were also in the side that beat Sri Lanka in Colombo to seal the 2012 World T20 title. Then, as now, their achievement has flown in the face of all socio-economic assumptions.In 1975, the cricket world wasn’t ready for what West Indies were about to achieve-the sport’s staid, imperial rhythms would be exploded by a raw and testosterone-fuelled aggression, with players like Viv Richards openly hitching the team wagon to the wider cause of Black Power. They were an emancipatory movement as much as a cricketing team, giving voice to their people and fight to the cause. Though hindsight adores the star quality of their legendary fast bowlers and unfettered batsmen, attitudes at the time weren’t anything as enlightened. Editorials during their ‘Blackwash’ Test tours in the mid-1980s railed against their liberal use of the bouncer, in particular.Likewise, the heady cocktail of joy and fury with which the latest Windies campaign has been conducted raises some similarities between the two eras. Partying the pain away has been a staple of the Caribbean tradition-Sunday night, in fact, was Jamaica carnival, and a friend who heard the roar at the moment of Carlos Braithwaite’s fourth six confirmed it was the crowning moment of the night.But the raw emotions that poured out in the moment of victory in Kolkata weren’t those of a league of party animals. They were angry, direct and urgent, as Samuels tore off his shirt and taunted England’s dugout, before reawakening his feud with Shane Warne and reiterating the team’s disgust at being described as “brainless” by commentator Mark Nicholas. “Respect us!” was the crie de coeur, and that message is as timeless as it gets.And so, those who see only the playboy lifestyles of Chris ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle and his cohorts miss the point about West Indies’ current megastars. They have withdrawn their services from the dysfunctional WICB, which did nothing to harness the glories of the Caribbean’s heyday in the ’70s and ’80s and has even less respect for the current generation. For wanting to be paid the going rate for their skills, they are dismissed as mercenaries by the very people who seek to benefit from their achievements. When the exact same thing happened in the ’70s, the entire team pledged allegiance to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket instead.It may be harder to warm to the cause of a group of players whose primary motivations are financial, but the importance of their struggle isn’t remotely diluted by that fact. After all, West Indies’ slide down cricket’s pecking order has been intensified by the region’s overall inability to compete in a globalised world. Any achievement that strikes back at the status quo has surely to be applauded.advertisementWhat it may do to cricket in the Caribbean in the long term is less clear. Though WICB president Dave Cameron responded to Sammy’s comments by finally agreeing to a meeting, he did so through gritted teeth and in the midst of an e-mail titled: ‘WICB President has high praises for World Twenty20 Organisers’. Never mind the fact that both the men’s and women’s team won their respective competitions.The likelier future for West Indies lies in the format with which they have landed such a shattering blow. If the Board was slow to react, then the Caribbean Premier League most certainly was not. Its representatives hailed the achievement of the region’s stars within minutes of the winning hit, and were instantly ramping up local interest in watching their heroes in action when the competition resumes in July.All tournament long, West Indies have played like a franchise team-utterly at home in Indian conditions thanks to their myriad contracts in the Indian Premier League-and utterly unconcerned by the challenge of picking up their dressing-room relationships despite, in some cases, not having played a competitive fixture for West Indies since the end of World Cup 2015.There is no chance whatsoever that this achievement will lead to a grand revival of West Indies across all formats. Test cricket is dead to Gayle & Co, not because they don’t want to play it or are no longer any good at it-Gayle himself has two triple centuries-but rather because the rewards no longer balance out the risks, given that there are million-dollar contracts spread across several 20-over tables, and peanuts for five days of hard yakka.And likewise, the World T20 champions will not be attending next year’s Champions Trophy in England, because they failed to finish among the top eight teams during the qualification window. No situation better highlights the absurd paradoxes currently tearing world cricket apart. So kudos to Sammy and his men, they’ve done it their way. And it’s been a thrill to be able to watch.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Karun Nair, Zaheer Khan star as Delhi stun Pune by seven runs

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant’s wait to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs continued after the visitors went down to a disciplined Delhi Daredevils by seven runs in a league contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla  on Friday.Placed at third in the standings after eight wins from 13 games, Pune will now need to win their final league game against fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab to qualify for the play-offs. Delhi, despite their two back to back wins, are placed sixth and out of the race to the play-offs.Chasing 169, Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary raised the hopes of the visitors with a 45-ball 60, laced with five boundaries and three sixes before finding themselves seven runs short in the end. Skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a stunning start by picking Ajinkya Rahane for a duck off the very first ball of the innings before packing back the in-form Rahul Tripathi (7) in his third over.With the visitors finding themselves at a precarious 36/2, skipper Steve Smith (38) provided some resistance, raising a 38-run third wicket stand with Tiwary.Smith looked in great touch in the middle, slamming Shahbaz Nadeem for three consecutive boundaries, including a flat six before the left-arm spinner trapped him plumb on the first ball after the strategic time-out.Reeling at 74/3, all-rounder Ben Stokes (33) provided some momentum to the chase, adding 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Tiwary, who by now had got two lives, once on 34 when he was dropped by Sanju Samson and then on 40, dropped by Karun Nair.advertisementComing in at the fall of Smith, the Englishman slammed three fours and two massive sixes during his 25-ball stay, which was cut short by pacer Mohammed Shami off a low full toss, which Corey Anderson latched on comfortably. Shami then jolted the visitors with a brilliant direct hit at the bowler’s end to dismiss Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a run-a-ball (5) before trapping Daniel Christian (3) to further dent their hopes.With 25 required off the final over, Tiwary slammed Pat Cummins for two consecutive sixes to bring up his half century before the Australian came back strongly to dismiss the Bengal right-hander in the final ball.Earlier, Nair’s 45-ball (64), laced with nine hits to the fence, helped Delhi recover from a precarious position after the visitors had reduced the home side to 9/2 in three overs. Electing to bat after calling the toss correctly, Daredevils were off to a disastrous start, losing the key wickets of opener Sanju Samson (2) and one down Shreyas Iyer (3) cheaply.Nair and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (36) then steadied the ship with a 74-run third wicket stand as the right-left combo took the attack to the opposition in no time.The first three overs yielded only 11 runs for Delhi before Nair started the onslaught slamming Washington Sundar and Ben Stokes for five boundaries in two overs.Pant wasn’t left too far behind, slapping Sundar for a flat six over midwicket before milking Shardul Thaur for three boundaries as Delhi got back the momentum to yield 62 runs in the next five overs.Later on, West Indian Marlon Samuels (27) added 34 runs for the fifth wicket with Nair before stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni plucked off a stunning catch off Christian to pack back the Caribbean batsman.Despite losing his partners at the other end, Nair, who had faced 37 balls by then completed his half century and together with Amit Mishra (11 not out) added a quickfire 22 for the seventh wicket to help Delhi go past the 150-run mark.last_img read more

CP NewsAlert BC woman wins right to doctorassisted death lawsuit adjourned

first_imgVANCOUVER — A woman with a degenerative and chronic illness has been told she qualifies for a medically assisted death, causing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association to adjourn a lawsuit in her case.Julia Lamb has spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative disease, and has been fighting for the right to medical assistance in dying.The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an appeal in December in a bid to accelerate the 28-year-old woman’s lawsuit.The civil liberties association launched the lawsuit in 2016, arguing the federal government’s law on medically assisted death is too restrictive because it is only available to people whose natural death has become “reasonably forseeable.”But the association says the government of Canada’s expert witness has admitted that Lamb would now qualify for an assisted death if she requests the procedure.Grace Pastine, the association’s litigation director, says the decision is a “huge victory for our client and for the many Canadians like her who might find themselves suffering unbearably with no end in sight.”“The government’s expert evidence provides new clarity to health-care providers. It confirms that Canadians who are seriously ill and face enduring and intolerable suffering have the right to die with dignity, even if they are not at or near the end of life and their deaths are not considered ‘forseeable.’” Earlier this month, Justice Christine Baudouin of the Quebec Superior Court ruled invalid the Criminal Code requirement that a natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” before someone can be eligible for assisted death. She also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life” to receive the procedure.The civil liberties association says if the federal government doesn’t appeal that ruling, reasonable foreseeability will no longer be a barrier to eligibility in Quebec after March 11, 2020.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Report of cougar sighting near Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Conservation Officer Service received a report of a cougar sighting last week near Charlie Lake.North Peace BCCO Sergeant, Shawn Brinsky, says they did receive a report of a cougar sighting on the road within the area of Charlie Lake. Brinsky adds that it is not uncommon to see a cougar in that area.“Last week we received a reported sighting of a cougar crossing the road and in the past, it’s not uncommon to have cougar sightings in and around Charlie Lake and that side of Fort St. John.” Brinsky is reminding residents to keep their pets on a leash and to monitor children when outside to prevent injury or death from a cougar attack.Brinsky says it is also a good idea for parents to remind their children the safety tips of what to do if you encounter a cougar or other wild cat.Brinsky advises the public to stay alert and to report any further sightings to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.Safety tips can be found on the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Brock profs to host oneday symposium on Scottish referendum

“Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” by Paul Hamilton, associate professor of Political Science from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.For more info and a full schedule of the day’s talks, click here.This public symposium is sponsored by the Council on Research in Social Science (CRISS) “Rock Action: Music, Culture and the Pros and Cons of Independence,” by Scott Henderson, associate professor of Communications, Popular Culture and Film, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Professors from Brock University’s departments of history, political science and popular culture are co-organizing a full-day symposium that will examine the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence from many different angles.The symposium – A “good year for a referendum” – takes place Friday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. The event is free and open to the public.Three centuries ago, the parliaments of England and Scotland joined forces as one country, Great Britain. Now, Scotland’s sovereignty movement is looking reclaim its nationhood back from Great Britain. On Sept. 18, four million people, will go to the polls to say “Yes” or “No” to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”David Hutchison, from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, will deliver the day’s keynote address from 3 to 4 p.m. He recently co-edited a book on mass media and the referendum, and his talk is entitled, “The Referendum and the Media: Perilous Voyage on Unknown Seas.”Throughout the day, Brock professors and guests will deliver presentations and answer questions related to the history, popular culture and politics of Scottish identity and independence. Highlights include:“A good year to hold a battle: 1314, the battle of Bannockburn and Scottish Independence,” by Andrew McDonald, professor of History from 9 to 10:30 a.m. read more

Tsunami early warning system moves to centre stage at UN meeting this

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Japanese Meteorological Agency are sponsoring a special session at the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), opening tomorrow in Kobe, Japan, to discuss a blueprint for the early warning system and a framework of effective coordination between the various partners involved in its implementation.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has already laid out plans for such a mechanism, including deep water buoys, tide gauges and a regional tsunami alert centre at a cost of $30 million to be operational for the Indian Ocean by June 2006, expanding worldwide a year later. The system would alert people in coastal regions in a tsunami’s path to evacuate hours before the devastating waves struck. In 1968 UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) initiated a successful International Tsunami Warning System for the Pacific, presently the only one in the world, and this “has undoubtedly saved many lives over the past four decades of its existence,” Mr. Matsuura said, launching the new strategy last week at the Mauritius International Meeting on Small Island Developing States.“We have learned some important lessons and gained much experience in the Pacific, and this will prove invaluable in setting up a new global system,” he added, stressing the need for close cooperation with key institutional partners such as the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), donor countries and national authorities.The 26 December tsunami, which killed at least 160,000 people at latest count, injured more than half a million more and left 5 million others, over 1 million of them children, in need of basic services, is also dominating the work of other agencies. The Executive Board of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) began its 115th session today focusing on the need for early warnings to pre-empt diarrhoeal, respiratory and other deadly diseases that can follow hard on the heels of natural disasters when clean water is in short supply and the jammed conditions of emergency camps favour epidemic outbreaks.“The emergency phase is rapidly shifting to recovery, rehabilitation and self-reliance,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said in his opening statement. “Ultimately we are working towards a situation in which people are less vulnerable, and are protected from health threats by an effective global system of alert and response.“This transition from relief to reconstruction must take place smoothly, with sustained support. Otherwise, as we have seen with other disasters, communities can languish for many years in a state of dependence, with high levels of disease and mortality,” he added.WHO has outlined five key tasks that will be the focus of its work for the coming months: disease surveillance; long-term technical support; assessing and rehabilitating health services; strengthening the health supply chain; and supporting the coordination of medical and other relief staff.The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said today the tsunami’s shocking devastation serves as a compelling wake-up call to the world to fulfil its commitments to the poorest communities through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash in half such ills as extreme poverty, malnutrition and lack of access to health and education by 2015.“Focusing donors on eradicating worldwide poverty is paramount if we are to have any hope of helping people cope with future catastrophes like the one currently being experienced in Asia,” IFAD President Lennart Båge said. “Invariably when natural disasters strike it is the poorest people who suffer the greatest hardships.”It was a view shared by UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, recently named Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s new Chief of Staff. “Clearly the fundamental lesson of natural disasters taken as a whole is [that] the poor suffer most,” he said in an interview in the 17 January issue of Newsweek International.“The sheer scale and timing of it was Biblical in character. We were all caught unaware. I went through the phases of not believing this was initially more than a typical natural disaster, to disbelief, to numbness, before realizing we had a huge natural catastrophe on our hands,” he added.Asked whether the disaster provided a chance for the UN show that it is truly a viable organization, given questions about its relevance during the debate on the Iraq war, he replied: “This is one of the things that even the United Nations’ critics usually acknowledge it’s good at – humanitarian intervention.“We had disaster teams on the ground within a day. We have very strong country offices in all the [affected] countries, who were already at work by the time those disaster teams arrived. We have a network of disaster partners from around the world who were quickly mobilized by this. We do this well.”But, he added, “I don’t think, in terms of the United Nations’ standing, that we’ll slay all the other ghosts we need to have good answers on – what happened with [the scandal-plagued Iraqi] Oil-for-Food [programme], and if there were management failings to address them. The United Nations needs to take a good, hard look at itself and go though a series of management reforms to make ourselves more effective.” read more

Farmers in southern Malawi in urgent need after intense flooding UN agency

“Failure to respond promptly will have lasting consequences,” said Florence Rolle, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative to Malawi. “Flood-hit families risk harvesting nothing or very little this year, leaving them food insecure at the very outset of the agricultural season and undermining much of the progress being made in reducing food insecurity in Malawi.” she said.The Government hopes its plan will help to put affected farmers back on track to plant and harvest food during the agricultural season, and FAO will work closely with them to supply short-cycle varieties of maize, rice, sweet potato, cowpeas, vegetable seeds and cassava cuttings for urgent replanting. The hope is that some fields and crops could be ready by June, mitigating the need to rely on long-term humanitarian programs.At the same time, local families need new livestock to ensure animal protein intake, and irrigation facilities must be restored before the dry season to ensure food production. Untold numbers of goats and chickens have perished where waters rose with unexpected speed, while remaining livestock is at heightened risk of disease outbreaks.Malawi is regularly hit by floods and droughts, requiring emergency responses of varying size each year. This year, flooding has caused displacement of over 170,000 people, while an estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock. In Nsanje district alone, 79 people are confirmed dead with another 153 people still missing.This year’s rains have come ahead of their usual schedule, repeatedly bursting the banks along the Shire and Ruo rivers, and warnings of flash floods remain in place, with more rain forecast for the country’s North. The floods come after last year saw a bumper maize harvest, with overall cereal production rising by 8 per cent, reducing core food prices and cutting by more than half the number of people assessed as food insecure. With 86 per cent of the population living in rural areas and engaged in farming and livestock rearing, long-term watershed management infrastructures are urgently needed so that even intense flooding is less damaging than this year.The FAO has been working closely with the Government and other partners in Malawi to build more resilient livelihoods and reduce exposure to risks such as floods and dry spells. Last year, working alongside the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the FAO piloted an approach to building resilience, which integrates nutrition education, climate smart agricultural practices and disaster risk reduction. read more

Sortie dAbsinthe 20 loccasion den apprendre plus sur le Jailbreak

first_imgSortie d’Absinthe 2.0, l’occasion d’en apprendre plus sur le JailbreakHier Maxiscience annonçait la sortie imminente d’Absinthe 2.0. C’est désormais chose faite. Les utilisateurs d’un iDevice trouveront la dernière mouture du logiciel de Jailbreaking sur le site officiel. Le programme permet le Jailbreak des appareils d’Apple sous l’iOS 5.1.1. Une fois l’opération réalisée, les utilisateurs pourront télécharger des applications qui ne sont pas proposés par l’App Store et auront accès à toute une gamme de personnalisations supplémentaires.Si le Jailbreak ne vous évoque toujours rien, c’est l’occasion d’en apprendre un peu plus en lisant notre dossier sur ce thème. Les connaisseurs pourront, quant à eux, voir une petite démonstration du déverrouillage d’un iPhone 4 sous iOS 5.1.1 en vidéo, sur Maxisciences.Le 22 mai 2012 à 15:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Carters Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies

first_imgCarter’s Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies Updated: 2:07 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img January 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown, who served under President Jimmy Carter, died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, his family announced Saturday.Brown, a nuclear physicist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, died Friday. He was 91.Carter nominated Brown to be defense secretary in 1977, and Brown served throughout the president’s term.As defense secretary, he successfully championed increasing the Pentagon budget and led the charge to develop cutting-edge defense systems, including guided missiles, stealth aircraft and satellite surveillance.His tenure covered a period that included Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis.Previously, in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations, Brown held the posts of director of defense research and engineering and secretary of the Air Force.The man was born in New York City on Sept. 19, 1927, and attended public schools before heading to Columbia University on an accelerated wartime schedule, receiving an undergraduate degree in physics in 1945. He also attended graduate school at Columbia, receiving a doctorate in physics by age 21. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lotus TV named Main Supporting Partner of Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala

first_imgInside Asian Gaming has announced Macau broadcast media company Lotus TV as Main Supporting Partner of the inaugural Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner, to be held in the Ballroom at Studio City, Macau on the evening of 23 November 2018.As Main Supporting Partner, Lotus TV will send a video crew to broadcast a live feed of the event on-site as well as producing a high-quality post-event video. They will also help promote the Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner in the lead-up. RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau First published by IAG in 2008, the Asian Gaming Power 50 has become renowned as the definitive guide to the most influential people in the Asian gaming industry over the preceding 12 months.This year represents the first time IAG has celebrated the Asian Gaming Power 50 with a black tie gala dinner.The Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner will see IAG count down this year’s “Big 50” while guests enjoy a fine five-course meal, lively entertainment and the company of many industry peers and influencers. The list will be announced in a variety of interesting ways by renowned VIPs and government officials.The event will be emceed by Hong Kong duo Yamilette M. Cano and Jose Chan Rodrigues, who earlier this year emceed the highly successful G2E Asia Awards, co-organized by IAG.Following the official announcements, attendees of the Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner will also receive a copy of this year’s December edition of IAG in which the final 50 will be listed alongside detailed explanations of their respective finishing positions, how those positions compared with last year as well as who narrowly missed out and IAG’s “ones to watch” in the future.For sponsorship or ticketing inquiries, please contact Jadeson Ho on +853 6331 5577 or at jh@asgam.com. Details of the sponsorship opportunities available can be found at www.iagpower50.com.last_img read more

NAS Whiting Field Recognized for Collaborating with Neighbors

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla., has been selected for the second year in a row as the Navy’s Southeast Region nominee for the Installation Excellence Award for small bases, the region’s commander announced last week.Much of the reason that Whiting Field, located near the tip of the Florida Panhandle, was recognized was its emphasis on building strong community-military bonds, including:partnering with Santa Rosa County to maintain a “Safe Community” designation for the county;partnering to secure property around the base to prevent incompatible development;incorporating 16 military family life counselors in area schools; andhosting military appreciation events for local military personnel and retirees.“Our county exemplifies an attitude that is unparalleled in maintaining, sustaining and enhancing lives of our military and their families,” Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau said according to a press release. “The cooperative effort between the county and NAS Whiting Field is truly what enables us to stand out among our peers.”NAS Whiting Field will continue on to compete at the Commander Navy Installations Command level against the top bases from other regions worldwide for the Navy-wide award. Those winners will compete with military bases from other services for the Commander in Chief awards. Last year, Whiting Field received the Navy-wide award in the small installation category.last_img read more

Jhenaidah road crash kills man

first_imgRoad accident logoA man was killed after being hit by a vehicle at Aruakandi village in Jhenaidah on Sunday.The deceased is Sirajul Islam, 30, son of Kawsar Mandal of the village, reports UNB.Emdadul Haq Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said the accident took place in the area early in the morning, when a vehicle hit him while crossing the road, leaving him dead on the spot.However, police could not know which or what type of vehicle hit him, the OC added.last_img

Bus driver owner get bail over Akifas death

first_imgRoad accident LogoA Kushtia court on Monday granted bail to bus driver of ‘Ganj-e-raj Paribahan’ and its owner in a case over the death of a baby girl in a road accident in the district town on 28 August, reports UNB.Kushtia senior judicial magistrate MM Morshed passed the order when their lawyers filed separate petitions for their bail before the court.Earlier on Sunday, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive arrested Joynal Abedin , the owner of ‘Ganj-e-raj Paribahan’ bus from his house in Faridpur district town. Later he was sent to jail.Besides, driver Mahid Mia alias Khokon surrendered before the court on Monday morning.Meanwhile, a ten-member probe body, formed by the government, visited the accident spot at Chourhash intersection in Kushita district town at noon.The team also visited the parents of Akifa.Akifa, a one-year-old daughter of Haruur Rashid, who sustained injuries after she fell from her mother Rina Akter’s lap when a bus of ‘Ganj-e-raj Paribahan’ hit the mother in Kushtia on 28 August, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on 30 August.Harunur Rashid, father of the deceased, filed the case against bus driver Khokon, its owner Joynul and supervisor Yunus with Kushita model police station on the same day.The video footage of the incident went viral on the social networking site Facebook, stirring uproar among the people.last_img read more