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Raptors coach Nick Nurse sizes up the NBA’s Eastern Conference

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson still going strong MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIEScenter_img Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse says a handful of deals at the trade deadline could tip the NBA’s balance of power to the already-tough Eastern Conference.Toronto added Marc Gasol to counter moves sending Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee and Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. But because of the schedule, the Raptors won’t face either team again until the playoffs — which could mean adjusting on the fly.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Hopefully, we’re versatile enough . to play a lot of different lineups and put some of our guys in different positions,” he told PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. “But that’s been the goal all season.”Also in the episode: AP’s Andrew Dampf weighs in from skiing’s World Cup in Are, Sweden, on the just-retired and almost- unbreakable Lindsey Vonn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges View commentslast_img read more

JLR volume surges 49% at 3,954 units in 2017

first_imgMumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India, the British marquee owned by the Tatas, today reported a robust 49 per cent volume growth in 2017 at 3,954 units.”We have reported a sterling performance in 2017, buoyed by a new and competitively priced model range, world-class retailer footprint and enhanced service and brand experience programmes,” JLR, which is the fourth largest luxury carmaker in the country after the three German brands- Merc, BMW and Audi, said in a statement today.The company attributed the exceptional growth to almost all model lines, starting with the XE at Rs 35.85 lakh, followed by the XF, F-Pace, Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque which proved to be the most popular with customers.Yesterday, the once-number-one brand Audi had reported a muted two per cent volume growth for the year at 7,876 units. This was the first time in three years that the German company announced its numbers.The largest two players Mercedes and BMW are yet to announce their numbers for the year.”With 7,876 deliveries to customers in 2017, we have increased our sales by two per cent while earning a profitable growth for our dealer partners,” Audi India head Rahil Ansari had said in the statement.In comparison Merc, the countrys largest luxury carmaker, reported its best-ever volume growth with a 20 per cent jump at 11,869 units during the first nine months of 2017, which was 90 per cent of its 2016 volume, while the No 2 player, BMW recorded 17 percent spike in sales at 7,138.JLR said it saw huge demand for the all-new Discovery, the top-of-the-line Range Rover Sport and the flagship the Range Rover from the Land Rover stable, the company.advertisementRohit Suri, president and managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India said, “the increasing popularity of our products is a great testimony to our focus on building a highly capable and customer friendly sales and service infrastructure to support these aspirational brands.””We intend to sustain this momentum in 2018 with the launch of some exciting new products, the new Range Rover Velar being the first off the blocks this months,” Suri said.The Jaguar range includes the XE (Rs 35.85 lakh), the XF (Rs 46.46 lakh), F-Pace (Rs 60.02 lakh), the XJ (Rs 100.80 lakh) and F-Type (starting at Rs 134.33 lakh).The Land Rover range includes the Discovery Sport (Rs 42.48 lakh), the Range Rover Evoque (Rs 44.44 lakh), the new Discovery (Rs 71.38 lakh), the Range Rover Velar (Rs 78.83 lakh), Range Rover Sport (Rs ? 93.82 lakh) and the Range Rover (Rs 166.42 lakh).All these models are available at the 26 authorised outlets in 24 cities. PTI BEN DSK DSKlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Away Woes Continue in 3-1 Loss to Wolves, Sokratis Scores

first_imgWOLVERHAMPTON, England — Wolverhampton Wanderers handed Arsenal another away loss in the Premier League on Wednesday, beating the Gunners 3-1 to deal a big blow to the visitors’ hopes of a top-four finish.Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes to score three first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery’s side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday. The team also lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at home this past Sunday, ending a 10-game winning streak in all competitions at home.Losing at Wolves has been a common occurrence for the top-six clubs this season, as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been beaten at Molineux. But after a confident start to the match, Arsenal fell without putting up much of a fight once Neves put the hosts ahead through a perfectly struck free kick in the 28th minute.Wolves doubled the lead in the 37th minute when goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to deal with a cross and Doherty was allowed to head into an empty net.Arsenal struggled to create any chances of note and was limited to long-range efforts from Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a desperate attempt to get back into the match.However, Wolves struck again when Arsenal lost possession in first-half stoppage time, Jota skipped past Sokratis and into the penalty area where his low shot was too hard for Leno and squirmed beneath the goalkeeper and into the net.Arsenal looked short of ideas but managed a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining when Sokratis headed in Xhaka’s corner at the far post.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rueful Magnus Carlsen ‘way too soft’ in Game 7 draw with Fabiano Caruana

first_img Since you’re here… The playersNorway’s Magnus Carlsen is defending the world chess championship against Fabiano Caruana of the United States. The best-of-12-games match is taking place at the College in Holborn between 9 and 28 November, with the winner earning a 60% share of the €1m ($1.14m) prize fund if the match ends in regulation (or 55% if it’s decided by tie-break games).Carlsen, 27, has been ranked No 1 for eight straight years and was considered the world’s best player even before he defeated Viswanathan Anand for the title in 2013. Caruana, 26, is ranked No 2, having earned his place at the table by winning the candidates tournament in March. No American-born player has won or even competed for the world title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. It marks the first title match between the world’s top two players since 1990, when Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov faced off for a fifth and final time.  The Norwegian champion, playing with the white pieces, kicked off with the same Queen’s Gambit as the second game (1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3) and the parallel lines extended for the first nine moves (2. … d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5) before Caruana deviated with the incredibly rare 10. … Qd8!?, a queen retreat that left Carlsen with no shortage of responses. Hide Quick guide World Chess Championship 2018 Show “I knew that the move existed, I just didn’t expect it,” Carlsen said afterward. “It wasn’t too much of an unpleasant surprise since I felt like there should be many safe options for white. There must have been chances to play for something, but what I did was just way too soft.”Carlsen opted for 11. Nb3 after nearly 10 minutes and Caruana took care before answering with another novelty in 11. … Bb6. He continued to opt for simple development (12. Be2 Qe7 13. Bg5 dxc4 14. Nd2 Ne5), but afterward bemoaned the missed chance to be more aggressive in the second of two successive games as white, the opportunity to strike he’d confessed days earlier he’d been looking forward to since the start of the match. US sports Read more Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Thank you for your feedback. Game 7 was a draw after 40 moves and three and a half hours. Chess Share on Messenger Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana remain deadlocked after taut Game 7 – as it happenedcenter_img Support The Guardian Share on Facebook A rueful Magnus Carlsen lamented his gun-shy, conservative play after Sunday’s draw in the seventh game of his world championship title defense against Fabiano Caruana in London, which left the best-of-12-games match in 3½-all deadlock. Share on Twitter Topics Was this helpful? World Chess Championship 2018 Fabiano Caruana The formatThe match will consist of 12 classical games with each player awarded one point for a win and a half-point for a draw. Whoever reaches six and a half points first will be declared the champion.The time control for each game is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. Players cannot agree to a draw before Black’s 30th move. If the match is tied after 12 games, tie-breaks will be played on the final day in the following order:  • Best of four rapid games with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.  • If still tied, they will play up to five mini-matches of two blitz games (five minutes for each player with a three-second increment). • If all five mini-matches are drawn, one sudden-death ‘Armegeddon’ match will be played where White receives five minutes and Black receives four minutes. Both players will receive a three-second increment after the 60th move. In the case of a draw, Black will be declared the winner. Share on Pinterest “I had one chance to play actively but I didn’t entirely believe in it,” said Carlsen, referring to his choice to castle (15. O-O) instead of Nce4. “Castling is essentially just an admission that the position is equal. I was also looking at f4, which is interesting but probably nonsensical.”Carlsen next deployed his bishop to chase away black’s knight to capture a c-pawn without an exchange (14. … Ne5 15. O-O Bd7 16. Bf4 Ng6 17. Bg3 Bc6 18. Nxc4 Bc7). The players each brought their rooks into the mix with 19. Rfd1 Rfd8 before exchanging them with 20. Rxd8+ Rxd8. A second rook trade (21. … Rxd1+ 22. Qxd1 Nd5) and the further simplifications that followed (23. Qd4 Nxc3 24. Qxc3 Bxg3 25. hxg3 Qd7) steered the proceedings toward a draw that only a blunder might have derailed. “We both make mistakes,” the 27-year-old champion said. “But they’re small and they’re quite hard to exploit.”Winning chances over the final hour were practically non-existent with either side avoiding inaccuracies and a peaceful result was agreed upon with a repetition just before the three-and-a-half-hour mark (37. Ke3 Bf1 38. Kf2 Ba6 39. Ke3 Bf1 40. Kf2), keeping the €1m ($1.14m) match on level terms with five games to go.“After the last game it kind of felt like I got away with murder,” said Carlsen, who extended a career-high streak of 12 straight draws stretching back to last month’s European Club Cup in Porto Carras, Greece. “In that sense it’s easier to be calm about a draw today. I’m not loving it, but I’m not in any sort of panic mode either. It could have been worse. The match is still equal and with black, it’s been going OK.”Last week, the world No 1 had offered a glib response to a reporter who asked if he had a favorite player from history: “Probably myself like three or four years ago”.The punch line brought the house down, yet Carlsen’s suggestion that he is diminished player relative to the dizzying heights of his mid-decade peak informed it with a certain pathos and the champion revisited the theme in more sober tones amid Sunday’s aftermath.“I feel like I could possibly have gotten something today but I don’t really know how, I just knew that there were many possibilities,” he said. “I didn’t know what to go for. I don’t feel like I missed something huge. Maybe on another day in another year, I could have found some way.”Caruana, the world No 2, didn’t take the bait when asked whether Carlsen’s alleged loss of edge and inability to win from positions he might have converted years ago influenced or altered his approach to the most important match of his life.“I mean, what can I say?” the 26-year-old challenger said. “If I get a chance then I’ll try to take it but I’m not thinking about (Carlsen’s form) like that exactly. I had some kind of chance in the previous game and I did my best to make the most of it, but I’m also not going to go crazy or anything.”He added: “After the first game, the games have been pretty tight. We haven’t really given many chances to one another, so it’s kind of natural that a lot of the games will end peacefully. Things could have happened in (Game 6) and the first game. There could have been decisive results, but none so far.”The unfolding saga at the College in Holborn bears an uncanny resemblance to Carlsen’s last world title defense against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin two years ago in New York, which also opened with seven consecutive draws amid the champion’s mounting frustrations.In that match, Carlsen’s gamble for a win with white in the eighth game backfired and he was made to resign under time pressure, only to hit back with a six-and-a-half-hour grind on Thanksgiving Day that forced the tie-breaker where he retained his title for a second time.Whether a decisive result is in the offing when Monday’s eighth game kicks off with Caruana as white remains to be seen, but it’s become clear Carlsen will need to elevate his level if he expects to see off another unruffled and well-drilled challenger in regulation play.“I’m not at all thrilled about my play today,” he said. Magnus Carlsen The scheduleThu 8 Nov – Opening ceremony Fri 9 Nov – Game 1 Sat 10 Nov – Game 2 Sun 11 Nov – Rest day Mon 12 Nov – Game 3 Tue 13 Nov – Game 4 Wed 14 Nov – Rest day Thu 15 Nov – Game 5 Fri 16 Nov – Game 6 Sat 17 Nov – Rest day Sun 18 Nov – Game 7 Mon 19 Nov – Game 8 Tue 20 Nov – Rest day Wed 21 Nov – Game 9 Thu 22 Nov – Game 10 Fri 23 Nov – Rest day Sat 24 Nov – Game 11 Sun 25 Nov – Rest day Mon 26 Nov – Game 12 Tue 27 Nov – Rest day Wed 28 Nov – Tie-break games/Awards and closingThe games commence each day at 3pm in London. Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_img188 Teams will make the annual pilgrimage to Tuffins Lane in Port Macquarie 1-3 December 2006 for the 30th New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) State Cup. The 2006 NSWTA State Cup will be contested across 15 divisions with entries received from 53 affiliates State wide.This year sees the Men’s and Women’s 20 Years Divisions return to the tournament schedule.A Division Two section in the respective Men’s and Women’s Open will be contested for the first time in the 30 year history of the esteemed event which combines the best of competitive and social atmospheres the sport has to offer. Over 230 Referees will be travelling to Port Macquarie to officiate in 552 games over three days of fast and furious action.The showcase event has a rich and proud history and is Australia’s biggest and most popular adult Touch tournament of its kind.To ensure the tournament runs smoothly, NSWTA Staff  will be supported by the Port Macquarie Volunteers Organisation, and additional NSW Touch volunteers.Pool games commence at 9.00am on Friday 1 December and recommence at 8.00am on Saturday 2 December, with Quarter finals commencing on Sunday 3 December at 8.35am. The Tournament will culminate with the State Cup Grand Finals across all divisions on Sunday afternoon.The premier Women’s Open Division final is at 3.25pm, whilst the Men’s Finalists will tap off on field one at 4.10pm to battle it out for the State Cup crown.For further information and contact details please click on the link to NSWTA website www.nswtouch.com.au and follow the links to the State Cup.last_img read more

5 days agoArsenal defender Holding: Wenger ‘apology’ my motivation

first_imgArsenal defender Holding: Wenger ‘apology’ my motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Rob Holding says he uses Arsene Wenger’s “apology” about him as motivation at Arsenal.Holding moved to north London from Bolton for around £2million in the 2016 summer transfer window – having only previously played in the Championship.”Unfortunately no one speaks about the performance of Rob Holding,” Wenger said at the time. “You should be happy, he is English and 20 years old.”I am sorry he didn’t cost £55 million, so he can’t be good. We don’t speak about the performances anymore and I think that is not right.”In a Reddit AMA, Holding revealed: “I enjoyed his response and I do use it as motivation that I am who I am and hard work will get me where I want to be.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Locusts could infest Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal areas this

23 February 2007Locust numbers have continued to increase along the northern coast of Eritrea and adjacent coastal areas of Sudan and other Red Sea and Gulf of Aden countries could face important infestations of the crop-devouring insects this winter due to unusually good rains and favourable ecological conditions, the United Nations warned today. “Vigilance is critical, particularly on the Red Sea coastal plains where a Desert Locust outbreak developed in Eritrea in December,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, raising the alert level in the Red Sea area to “caution.” “When vegetation begins to dry out, these locusts may form hopper bands and swarms that could move to neighbouring countries,” FAO expert Keith Cressman added. Small-scale breeding is in progress in coastal areas of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and FAO has received reports of locust concentrations on the northwest coast of Somalia. In Eritrea and Sudan a second generation of breeding is underway that could cause locusts to rapidly increase in number. The agency is closely monitoring the situation as continuing rains could lead to further deterioration and greater threat to the countries around the Red Sea in April/May. Control operations against locusts are continuing on the Eritrean coast where Eritrean ground teams have treated more than 15,000 hectares of hoppers and adults that were forming small groups. Most of the control has been carried out in millet crops on the coast near Shelshela and Sheib. The governments of Sudan and Yemen have mobilized additional locust teams to monitor their coastal plains and control any infestations that may endanger crops. A spray aircraft has been deployed on standby on the Sudanese coast. The FAO recommends the use of bio-pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. They help to fight pests while minimizing risks to human health and the environment. The potential of the biopesticide Green Muscle® as a method to combat Desert Locust has been demonstrated in several field trials in Africa and the FAO will conduct field trials on the Red Sea coastal plains in Sudan in collaboration with the national Locust Control Centre and the international research institution, ICIPE, in the next month. read more

Hard and soft threats must be tackled Fréchette tells civil society leaders

Speaking in New York to the Peace and Security Funders Group, which represents civil society organizations from around the world, Ms. Fréchette said the war in Iraq had undermined international consensus behind a vision for peace and security.She said that while some countries saw terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and criminal networks as the biggest threats to security – the so-called “hard threats” – most saw civil wars, diseases such as AIDS, poverty and environmental degradation as the key problems.”Our central challenge is to ensure we have the rules, instruments and institutions to deal with all these threats and issues – how to deal with the hard threats without neglecting the soft threats. After all, they are closely linked,” she said.Ms. Fréchette reminded the civil society leaders that a panel is expected to report early next year on the nature and scope of participation by civil society groups with the UN.She said that civil society groups would continue to play an important role in the international debate over how peace and security can best be achieved. read more

Bilateral deportation agreements undermine international human rights law – UN expert

Manfred Nowak, the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, voiced concern that some countries are using diplomatic assurances and memoranda of understanding to circumvent the absolute prohibition of refoulement – or forcible return – to countries where there is a risk of torture or ill-treatment.He stressed that these bilateral agreements run counter to the Convention against Torture and undermine the multilateral protection and monitoring system provided by UN treaty bodies. “The fact that diplomatic assurances are requested from other countries is already an indicator of the systematic practice of torture in the requested States” he explained. “In a way they are saying that those few people should be monitored but we are not taking up the issue of systematic practice of torture in this very country.”The Special Rapporteur also discussed the issue of corporal punishment, stating it is illegal in all circumstances under international human rights law. He called on all governments that still practice corporal punishment to abolish this practice without further delay.”Today we can say that all forms of corporal punishment constitute a violation of the absolute prohibition of torture, cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment and punishment,” he declared. read more

Oil rises above US103 a barrel after fall in supplies at key

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil rises above US$103 a barrel after fall in supplies at key trading hub by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2014 3:57 pm MDT The price of oil rose above US$103 barrel Thursday on a drop in supplies at the main U.S. oil trading hub and signs of growing gasoline demand in the United States.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 86 cents to close at US$103.58 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract dropped $1.39 to close at US$102.72.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil used by many U.S. refineries, rose 16 cents to close at US$109.97 a barrel in London.The Energy Department said Thursday that U.S. supplies fell by 1.5 million barrels last week in Cushing, Okla., where U.S. benchmark crude is priced, although overall U.S. inventories rose by 1.7 million barrels.Gasoline supplies fell by 1.8 million barrels, suggesting demand for fuel is strong and refiners will need to buy more oil to keep up.Internationally, prices were still supported by the crisis in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia rebels shot down a government military helicopter, killing 14 soldiers. Ukraine is a main transit route for Russian energy shipments to Europe.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was rose 0.8 of a cent to close at US$2.996 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell a penny to close at US$2.920 a gallon and natural gas fell 5.6 cents to close at US$4.559 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

Manufacturing sales up 06 per cent in June to 52 billion Statistics

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 6:49 am MDT Manufacturing sales up 0.6 per cent in June to $52 billion: Statistics Canada OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 0.6 per cent in June to $52 billion — the fifth increase in six months.The agency says the gain resulted from a 3.0 per cent increase in non-durable goods sales, notably by chemical, petroleum and coal products and the food industries.Statistics Canada says constant dollar sales rose 0.2 per cent in June.The agency says higher chemical sales led the gains, while there were lower sales in the motor vehicle industry.The agency says there were higher sales in six provinces, led by Alberta and Quebec, while Ontario had lower sales.Inventories rose 0.5 per cent to $72.2 billion in June, Statistics Canada says, the fifth increase in six months. read more

Tanzania banks on gemstones Nigeria means business

first_imgLast week was a busy week one in mining across the African continent, Mining Indaba reports. In Tanzania, the government is going all out to increase the mining sector’s contribution to the economy, but not all moves appear to be well-informed. Recent calls by the country’s president for more gold smelters to be built has been ascribed to a lack of understanding of how the industry works, by Ami Mpungwe, Chairman of Tanzania’s Chamber of Energy and Minerals. Apparently, more than 99% of gold mined in Tanzania is already processed there. Attention has also been drawn to new regulations in the country, which make it mandatory for companies holding special mining licences to offload at least 30% of their shares at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange and now government is reportedly looking to include tanzanite gemstones as part of its national foreign reserves at Tanzania’s central bank.On the upside, the Zambian government and the mining industry have agreed to resolve the case of electricity tariffs out of court. Then there is also Nigeria, which plans to review the royalty rates to reflect current commodity prices and also review mineral licensing fees to discourage mineral title speculation. In addition, the Nigerian ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development has revoked non-performing mineral titles to make the area financially and technically viable for investors and the country’s proposed N30 billion intervention fund for Solid Minerals development has been approved.last_img read more

The End is Nigh is A More Brainy Brutal Platformer

first_img When I reviewed Gonner on Nintendo Switch a few months ago I called it “Tim Burton’s Super Meat Boy.” And while I stand by that comparison, I may have spoken a little too soon. The End is Nigh is also a super tight and tough 2D platformer with a creepy cute cartoon art style. But it was also co-developed by Edmund McMillen (along with Tyler Glaiel), one of the actual creators of Super Meat Boy. Regardless of whether or not it deserves my dumb analogy, The End is Nigh adds a cool cerebral edge to breakneck brutal platforming.If Super Meat Boy was a cheery snarky cartoon for the real-life Bart Simpsons of the world, The End is Nigh goes fully into the M-rated teenage nihilism end of the Newgrounds spectrum. You play as a tumorous little blob named Ash (voiced by Red Letter Media’s Rich Evans of all hilarious people) scouring his blighted post-apocalyptic world for friends and video game cartridges to entertain himself.The different environments feel distinct, from oceans of acid urine to harsh deserts. But they are united by a magnificently miserable monochrome art style, like all the joy has been sucked away along with the color. It’s great for anyone who wishes Limbo’s haunting silhouettes were more unapologetically vulgar. In a way, it feels like the missing link between Super Meat Boy and McMillen’s other smash scatalogical hit The Binding of Isaac.AdChoices广告That applies to the gameplay as well. Meat Boy would constantly die because he, and the player, loved flinging himself at danger to succeed, and then always trying again when he failed. It was a mark of pride to see all of your previous deaths play out at once before a victory. There’s a slight philosophical shift in The End is Nigh. Here you constantly die because that’s just the nature of your awful world. You should expect it, you shouldn’t be afraid of it, but maybe you should think a little more about how to avoid it.The End is Nigh gives you pitch-perfect precise platforming physics and fluid controls, so it expects you to use them. Angling yourself just the right amount in the air can mean the difference between a safe landing and death by spikes. Unlike Meat Boy, you can’t scale walls forever by jumping. Instead, you have to look out for carefully placed hooks to hold onto. It’s just one way the gameplay is more about methodically observing patterns and solving the jump puzzles rather than winning through sheer skillful acrobatics. Hop on enemy heads to cross a chasm. Wait in the poison cloud for just the right amount of time. Navigate towers as they collapse.The game even features some light exploratory backtracking. Levels are largely single-screen obstacle courses but they all exist in a linear interconnected world. And if you go out through the entrance of one level you appear at the end of the previous level. Working your way backwards like this is the only way to grab some especially tricky collectibles.Unfortunately, there’s no way to individually select levels. You have to go through the entire world. And if you warp back to an earlier world without finishing the one you started, you have to tediously start back at the beginning. Levels are short and fun enough to replay, especially on the go with Nintendo Switch, but this is a very frustrating choice/oversight for a game this challenging.And honestly, as deviously clever and mechanically satisfying as The End is Nigh can be, it just made me want to go back and revisit the raw platforming thrills of Super Meat Boy. It made me wish the Switch version of that game, or its upcoming sequel, was out right now. Think of The End is Nigh as a cool B-side of a game from McMillen.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The End is Nigh is a new brutal 2D platformer for one of the creators of Super Meat Boy.2. Jump through magnificently miserable monochrome worlds.3. Challenges are typically more puzzle-focused, forcing you to pay attention to the environment and patterns.4. Levels are also interconnected, allowing you to backtrack for secrets.5. Still, we prefer the raw platforming thrills of Super Meat Boy compared to this B-side.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

Recess monitor fired for violating boundary invasion policy

first_imgBattle Ground Public Schools fired a playground monitor after he was seen on a security camera grabbing girls around the waist and chest.Brian Higgins, a part-time recess monitor at Pleasant Valley Primary School, was fired in May after violating the district’s boundary invasion policy. Records obtained by The Columbian show Higgins was placed on paid administrative leave on March 29 stemming from the incident, then fired on May 28. The annual salary for his part-time job was about $16,700, according to data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Higgins was employed with the school district for four years.District staff met with Higgins on March 29 to review security footage showing him interacting with fourth-grade female students on the Pleasant Valley playground. Video footage showed Higgins touching students’ shoulders and bodies, and at one point wrapping his arms around a student from behind.Higgins said he was playing with students, but district staff told him that touching students is inappropriate and a potential liability to the school district. District human resources staff further contacted Higgins on six separate occasions, but were unable to set up additional appointments with him.The school board approved the termination of his employment on May 28.Records suggest this wasn’t the first time Higgins inappropriately intruded on a child’s personal space. On June 3, 2018, Craig Pearson, who at the time was an administrative intern at Pleasant Valley, wrote to Higgins describing three different instances during an afternoon recess where “physical space and boundaries were intruded upon in a manner that was beyond your professional duties.”The letter does not specify what that entailed, but directed Higgins not to initiate physical contact with students.“Singling out a particular student or students for personal attention beyond the professional staff-student relationship shows lack of good judgment and common sense,” Pearson wrote, warning that further incidents could lead to his termination.The Columbian attempted to call multiple numbers associated with Higgins. All went to voicemail, and none were returned.last_img read more

Agency OKs preparation for oil terminal trial

first_imgThe state agency that reviews major energy projects agreed Tuesday to launch preliminary meetings that will help set the stage for a courtlike trial of a proposal to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council voted unanimously to kick off preparations for the trial of the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to receive an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day at the port. Those legal preparations could include identifying which parties will intervene, which expert witnesses will provide testimony and when site visits will be held.It’s unclear when those and other pretrial matters will be settled. However, the evaluation council’s administrative law judge, Cassandra Noble, could issue an order that begins the oil terminal’s initial legal proceedings by the end of this month. Tuesday’s action came despite concerns raised by project opponents that the council was rushing the proposal’s legal and environmental review. They opposed launching any legal proceedings until the draft analysis of the oil terminal’s environmental impacts is released for public review and comment.Understanding what’s in the draft analysis, expected to be released in May, would enable the parties involved to prepare for the trial, opponents argued. Otherwise, the value of any pretrial hearings would be limited, they say.last_img read more

Mystery of life after death Man claims to have seen Good Fairy

first_imgPixabayScience considers death as the end of everything, but spiritualists have a different point of view, and they believe that humans will start their eternal journey after their final breath. Religious books including the Bible, Quran and Gita also claim the same, and it has made many people believe that life after death is a reality. Now, a man named Greg has sensationally claimed to have seen ‘Good Fairy’ during a near-death experience (NDE).Greg made these remarks on an NDE testimonial shared on the NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation) website. As per Greg, he climbed a beautiful stairway made of translucent pink marble, and he was guided by a compassionate female whom he calls the ‘Good Fairy’.”At about age 3, I remembered walking up a beautiful stairway made of translucent pink marble. I was wearing those child pajamas with the plastic foot pads and elastic around the ankles, which I can still ‘feel.’ I was walking up a beautiful, curved stairway with a compassionate and caring female who reminded me of the ‘Good Fairy’ to my child’s mind. She wore a light blue, shimmering and diaphanous gown with a belt around the waist. She didn’t have wings, was not earthly, and was very kind. I remember feeling secure around her although no words were spoken,” wrote Greg on his NDE testimonial.After some time, Greg apparently saw another female whom he believes to be an angel. The NDE victim also claims that he had talked to this angel for a very brief time.”We slowly ascended to a landing where another female angel/good fairy sat waiting. We paused, and this female ‘spoke’ to me. Even at such a young age, I sensed she was more ‘important.’ It was a brief exchange,” added Greg.This is not the first time that a person is sharing mind-blowing near-death experiences that suggest the possibility of life after death. A few days back, Eva, a woman from the United Kingdom, claimed that she felt euphoria during a near-death experience. The woman also revealed that the experience she felt was really pleasant.Even though spiritualists consider these experiences a solid proof of an afterlife, experts have dismissed these claims and they reveal that it is the survival technique of the human brain during life-threatening events which cause these visual hallucinations.last_img read more

Siddiqur being sent to Chennai

first_imgSiddiqur RahmanThe government is sending Titumir college student Siddiqur Rahman, who sustained injuries in his eyes in police’s teargas shells, to India’s Chennai for better treatment.The health and family affairs ministry confirmed the government decision in a press release on Monday afternoon.The ministry said it has taken the decision to bear all the expenses of Siddiqur’s treatment on the instruction of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.Read more: How Siddiqur suffered injury a big question: AsaduzzamanThe press release read: “Titumir college student Siddiqur Rahman who was injured during the student demonstrations in the capital’s Shahbagh is being taken to Chennai, India for advanced treatment. The health and family affairs minister has taken all necessary steps in this regard.”Titumir College student Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when the police charged tear shells on agitating students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, at Shahbagh in the city.Siddiqur Rahman was undergoing treatment in the capital’s National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital where surgery took place on both of his eyes on Saturday.Associate professor of the hospital Iftekhar Munir on Monday said that the condition of his right eye has remained static. “That means he has no vision in his right eye, while the left one sometimes has vision and sometimes not.”After visiting Siddiqur Monday noon, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said Siddiqur Rahman would be sent abroad for his eye treatment if necessary.Read more: Siddiqur loses vision in right eyeThe students of Dhaka College, Eden Women’s College, Begum Badrunnessa College, Titumir College, Kazi Nazrul College, Shaheed Suhrawardy College and Government Bangla College staged the demonstrations demanding that their exam dates and routine be announced in time. The police fired tear gas to disperse the students. Siddiqur Rahman was injured by a tear gas shell and is now at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital. A case was filed with Shahbagh police station on Thursday against some 1,200 unidentified students. Concerning the injury to Siddiqur, 23, the police alleged that his eyes were injured when he was hit with a flowerpot hurled by the agitating students. However, video footage shows the students had taken position with a banner at the road facing Katabon, when the police came up and snatched their banner. One of the policemen came closer and shot a tear gas shell at the students, immediately after which Siddiqur fell on the road. The student demonstrators gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the authorities to meet their seven-point demand, including Siddiqur’s treatment.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more November 18, 2011 — PACSgear announced it will introduce its PACSgear Enterprise Imaging Platform at RSNA 2011. The EIP is a suite of solutions designed to capture, cache, stream and integrate photographic images and medical videos throughout the enterprise.The company will demonstrate MDR 7.0, an MPEG2/MPEG4-compliant video capture solution, and the PACSgear Media Server for video caching and streaming. The platform supports the company’s recently announced PACS 2.0 initiative, the evolution of medical image connectivity to include integration with electronic health records (EHRs).“With EHRs coming online, hospitals are quickly finding that some image documentation, such as thermal paper-based images and videotape is not compatible with digital workflow,” said Eli Rapaich, PACSgear’s CEO. “In other cases, digital camera images from dermatology or endoscopic video clips from surgery circulate locally, but cannot be viewed outside their respective departments. By introducing the PACSgear Enterprise Imaging Platform, facilities can easily and affordably capture, cache, stream and integrate high resolution video and other images in a way that complements their existing PACS and EHR investments.”The platform will be highlighted at the company’s booth during RSNA 2011.For more information: www.pacsgear.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more center_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Technology | November 18, 2011 PACSgear to Introduce Enterprise Imaging Platform at RSNA 2011 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more last_img read more

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents has commenced the roll

first_imgMTA – Mobile Travel Agents has commenced the roll out of its 2019 regional ‘2019 And Beyond Forums’ at The Langham Sydney, which was attended by over 80 MTA advisors.The Sydney event is the first of four, with the others to be held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth during April. The Forum focuses on Advisor development, and introduces MTA’s formal mentoring and workplace assistance programs.In Sydney, online retail, recruitment and social media expert, Stuart Atkins, was a presenter; and in Perth, Australian world champion disabled swimmer and nine times Paralympic gold medallist, Priya Cooper, will deliver a motivational address.“Continuing to provide business development learning opportunities in support of our Advisors remains a key focus for the company,” said MTA CEO, Don Beattie.Mr Beattie also spoke in Sydney about MTA’s 12-month mentoring program which will see mentors and mentees ‘paired’ based on the development requirements of the mentee and the skills of mentors supported by an MTA-created program.“In essence this program has been designed to support the professional development of MTA Advisors and help them develop the skills required to be successful in their MTA business.“These forums present us with an excellent opportunity to provide and update the Advisors on the developments taking place as we approach our 20th anniversary in early 2020.“They also provide a platform from which the Advisors can voice their opinions and provide valuable feedback which we see as essential as we continue to work in support of our expert travel Advisors.” agentsMTA-Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 11 Comments   Share   Top Stories Three-time Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby is testing the free agent market and recently visited with the Buffalo Bills, reports ESPN’s Field Yates.Buffalo has hosted a handful of linebackers as it prepared to replace the departed Preston Brown, and Dansby proved himself as a solid option by leading Arizona with 95 tackles in 2017.The 36-year-old also recorded a sack, a fumble recovery and his 20th career interception last season.center_img Arizona has taken hits to its front seven this free agency period, having lost tackle Xavier Williams to the Chiefs, plus outside linebacker Kareem Martin to the Giants. The Cardinals also cut defensive end Josh Mauro, who joined Martin and former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher with the Giants.Related LinksArizona Cardinals re-sign linebacker Josh BynesIs there anything left on the WR free agent market for the Cardinals?If they lose Dansby, the Cardinals have options at middle and inside linebacker with Haason Reddick thriving when he played as a rookie last season and unheralded Josh Bynes returning.Arizona drafted Dansby in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he played in Arizona from 2004-09. A three-year stint in Miami bridged that time with his second go-around with the Cardinals in 2013.Dansby played for the Cleveland Browns from 2014-15 and Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 before returning to Arizona last season.The veteran linebacker wasn’t the only Cardinals free agent who continues feeling out the market.Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert recently met with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.It would appear Gabbert is not likely to return to Arizona with the team signing quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in free agency. Gabbert completed 55.6 percent of his 171 passes in five games last season for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more