Current Indian Test team has potential to succeed abroad: Rahul Dravid

first_imgBatting legend Rahul Dravid said that a settled middle order can ensure Indian Test team’s success abroad.”I am very impressed with the batting talent we have and they are growing, developing as a team, they still are figuring their way out. I hope by the time India tours abroad, we will have a settled batting line up, a sort of confident and successful middle order in place,” Dravid said at an event.”If you have a set middle order and the guys know and are secured in their position, I think it will give us the best chances to succeed. The potential is there to succeed in all conditions,” said the former captain. (Also read: Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now)Dravid was in conversation with Link Group MD John McMurtie at the ‘Link Lecture Series’ which was launched on Thursday.”The (current) guys (players), the way they are performing, I think it’s a very good talent. It’s nice thing that they have a lot of these home Test matches over the next few months,” said Dravid.”(Cheteshwar) Pujara has been exceptional at number 3 after I have left. He has batted beautifully, he has played well in this series (against England). He is a terrific Test player. I hope we are going to see his best years ahead. Ajinkya Rahane has been exceptional as well. Virat (Kohli) is absolutely sensational,” he said. (Also read: Cheteshwar Pujara the man for India at No.3: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)advertisementTalking about his generation full of match-winners, Dravid said, “It was great in my generation, the sort of five players who were settled and established. There was Virender Sehwag, myself, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav and Laxman. We were a settled line up, Gambhir for a period of time as well.”On the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee, Dravid said, “It’s a matter that’s pending in the Supreme Court, it’s upto the BCCI to figure out how it works. At the end of the day, respect the decision whatever the Supreme Court decides.”I guess the Board will have to work and see, how and what of it can be implemented and how quickly it can be implemented and what can be done. Again it’s something best left to the Board and people who are in administration to figure out of a way.”last_img read more

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler leave IPL to train ahead of ICC Champions Trophy: ‘Absolutely pathetic,’ says Kevin Pietersen

first_imgKevin Pietersen has slammed his Test teammate Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for their decision to leave the Indian Premier League mid way and join the England national team’s training session in Spain.Stokes was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiant for a record fee of 14.50 crore in the IPL 2017 auction, making him the costliest-ever foreign player in the IPL.Stokes was instrumental in guiding the Steve Smith-led Pune franchise to the IPL 2017 playoffs with his all-round performance.Stokes played 12 matches in this season, scoring 316 runs at an average of 31.60 and with a highest score of 103 not out. The 25-year-old also bagged 12 wickets.However, Stokes left India soon after Pune qualified for the playoffs following their victory over Kings XI Punjab in their last league game.Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have also lost the services of Buttler, who along with Stokes, had to report for England’s training camp in Spain for the series against South Africa, which begins May 24.A HUGE thank you to everyone involved with @mipaltan. @IPL has again been an amazing experience. Good luck tonight boys! #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/qJgMhxo8Zo- Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) May 13, 2017Their early departures attracted an angry response from former England captain Pietersen, who lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board.advertisementAbsolutely PATHETIC that @benstokes38 & @josbuttler have to go drink a few beers in Spain instead of playing IPL finals!- KP (@KP24) May 14, 2017″I think it’s pathetic. An absolute shambles,” Pietersen said on Sky Sports.”Stokes should be playing in the semi-final and the final. The last week of the IPL is a huge occasion. What are they going to Spain for? To field a couple of balls? He should be playing in the IPL. Just speak to him, speak to Jos Buttler, they’ll talk about how much it has helped their development being out there.””I’m going to be in Mumbai for the semi-final on Tuesday and I’m excited by that as a commentator – that stadium is electric. It’s only going to be benefiting English cricket for that bloke to be playing on Tuesday, getting his team to a final on Sunday, and then possibly lifting the trophy. He is the kind of player that could do that,” He added.”He has had the most brilliant campaign. I think everybody knew he was going to play well. He went for a big number but the big number didn’t affect him.”Cash is one thing, and I know in this country they like to talk cash, cash, cash with IPL, but for his development – have a look at the tweet that Buttler put out last night, how much he loved the experience – playing with those players, coached by Mahela Jayawardene.”It’s just incredible for your learning and your development as a player to play in these conditions. I promise you, you can learn a heck of a lot from playing in India.”The one thing that all international players learn from is the ability to go to India, to have success in India, to have friends in India, which makes (it easier) travelling the sub-continent – which are big, big tours because the BCCI is where the money is at,” Pietersen further said.Both Stokes and Buttler will be vital cogs for England as they host the ICC Champions Trophy for the second successive time from June 1.Pietersen’s history with the England and Wales Cricket Board is well documented. The South Africa-born Pietersen scored over 8000 runs in 104 Tests for England at an average of nearly 48 including 23 hundreds. He also helped England win the 2010 World T20 in the Caribbean – still their only major international limited overs trophy.The mercurial batsman quit limited-overs cricket in 2012 saying he wants to let the younger generation come through but he stressed on the fact that he will keep on playing Test cricket. However, after a decent start to the South Africa tour the same year, he fell apart with then captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower. Following that he was dropped from the Test squad.He made a comeback in 2013 against New Zealand. However, a knee injury forced him to miss the return series in May. After that Pietersen played the 2013-14 Ashes, where England were whitewashed. He finished with 294 runs but he again fell out with the coach and team management and was dropped again. Since then Pietersen has not represented England in any of the formats.advertisementMeanwhile, the Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians will clash off on Tuesday in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL. There is a lot at stake as the winning team goes straight into the final to be played in Hyderabad on May 21, while the losing side gets another chance in the second qualifier, to be played on May 19 in Bengaluru.Pune will desperately miss the services of their costliest buy this season, Stokes, who has proved his worth this season, both with the bat and ball whenever the situation demanded.Pune skipper Smith said other players would have to step up in Stokes’s absence.”We have a couple of options to replace Stokes. He has been magnificent and will be a big loss. Hopefully, the other guys will stand up for us,” he had said.last_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea ease to 3-1 win over Huddersfield

first_imgChelsea eased to a 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday with goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro while substitute Laurent Depoitre netted a consolation goal for the hosts.The win helped the Blues climb up to second with 35 points and level Manchester United. They are now 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, with both Manchester clubs playing on Wednesday.Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro put Chelsea 3-0 ahead after 50 minutes before Huddersfield got a late consolation through Depoitre.After losing to West Ham United on Saturday, Chelsea needed to quickly get back on track and David Wagner’s promoted Huddersfield side provided little resistance.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte left regular skipper Gary Cahill on the bench and in the absence of the injured Alvaro Morata played with Eden Hazard as the central striker with Willian and Pedro providing the attacking width.Huddersfield had beaten Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium but Wagner’s gameplan, from the outset, was for his team to defend deep and try to frustrate the champions.That gave Chelsea space and time on the ball in midfield which they accepted gleefully and took a firm grip on the game.POOR CLEARANCEAfter an early Pedro effort was rightly ruled out for offside, Chelsea went in front after 23 minutes when a poor clearance from Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl put the home defence under pressure. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian who found Bakayoko who fired home confidently.Chelsea doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Marcos Alonso’s fine cross from the left was met by Willian at the back post, the Brazilian powering his header past Lossl.advertisementIt was hard to see a way back into the game for the Yorkshire side, who lacked the dynamism and drive they have shown in other home games, and any lingering hope of a fightback vanished five minutes after restart.Willian kept his marker at bay to lay-off an Alonso cross to Pedro who superbly curled a side-foot shot into the far corner.Pedro went close again in the 68th minute, the Spaniard driving wide at the end of a swift counter-attack after he was cleverly set-up by a delightful touch from Hazard.The Belgian was then taken off, with Michy Batshuayi filling his place in the Chelsea attack.Huddersfield, who are 12th on 18 points, got an added time consolation through substitute Depoitre’s fine glancing header.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

The rain apathy for NEROCA FC in Imphal

first_imgThings have changed too quickly for NEROCA FC in a space of two years. From dwelling in the second division of the I-league in 2016 to missing on the domestic crown by a mere three points on the final day, the Manipuri club itself is quite surprised at what it has achieved in such short period.No wonder, with such swift change, the club has struggled or say lacked resources to be on par with other clubs in terms of infrastructure.That’s why their new Spanish coach Manuel Retamero Fraile, who came hoping to manage a team that missed on lifting the league by a whisker last season, was left astounded at the lack of facilities at the club for his players. One of them was the club’s mandate of not using the newly-acquired training ground while it rained in Imphal.”Naye coach ne phle to aa kar foreign waale nakhre kie (the new coach threw his foreign tantrums at the beginning). He didn’t know that we don’t train at the training ground if it rains. The pitch will get destroyed if we practice on it when it’s wet. Slowly he started to understand how things work at NEROCA and is now adopting accordingly,” said skipper Lalit Thapa, who came up from the youth ranks of the club.It does strongly reflect on their pre-season result as the club has won all their matches convincingly including ISL side ATK.The goalkeeper, who is having his second stint at the club in the past three years, fondly remembers the time when the entire team only did running on the eve of a crucial match as the pitch wasn’t available.advertisement”Training pitch issue was chronic last season, we usually trained at a makeshift ground in a village nearby and was instructed not to train on it when it’s wet for the same reason. So (former) coach Gift Raikhan, who had this amazing ability to adapt to any situation, asked us to practice without the ball. He said football daud ne ka khel hai, tum sab daudo (football is all about running, so we only run today),” the 34-year-old goalkeeper chuckled.The club, under their president Arunkumar Thangjam, has eked out all the resources they had to keep the club at the level it was last season and made a major singing in Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa.For Lalit, the challenge personally lies in adapting to the role of modern sweeper-goalkeeper role under the new coach, that too with a big competition in newly-signed Italian goalkeeper Mauro Borechio.”This a learning curve for me, coach ordered don’t just use your hands, start using your feet too. And I know I have no choice but to excel at it. If I don’t do well then the new Italian goalkeeper will take my spot,” he laughed.NEROCA will start their league campaign against title contenders East Bengal at home ground Khuman Lampak Stadium on 27th October.last_img read more

Here’s how bad things have gotten for Mike Yurcich

first_imgUSATSI_8143173_154512258_lowresHere’s how bad it’s gotten for Mike Yurcich — OSU fans are saying that Travis Ford (Travis Ford!) is more likely to sign another contract at Oklahoma State than Yurcich is.The poll results from last week’s question about whether Ford or Yurcich was more likely to ever ink his name on another contract co-signed by Mike Holder:Ford: 55 percentYurcich: 45 percentThis is just because we’re in football season, right? If I asked the same question in February the numbers would be reversed — if Mike Yurcich is still employed in February, that is.Personally, I think I agree with the majority. The likelihood of either re-signing with OSU is roughly the same as OSU signing me to run its social media platforms but there’s at least a scenario in which Travis Ford takes one of the next two or three teams to the Sweet 16 and then backdoors an Elite 8 at some point and we re-sign him eventually, right?Mike Yurcich isn’t getting re-signed this offseason. He’s just not. I hate that for him because he seems like a good dude but there’s always a fall guy.I’m not the only one who thinks this, am I?Here were the best of the comments:Ryan: “Ford is absolutely not getting another contract, I think we can probably all agree on that one. Given his results, and the talent he has had, the only reason he is still here is because of the ludicrous contract extension. It is not a certainty that Yurcich won’t be back.”Voeg: “There’s absolutely no way Yurcich comes back. He just leaves you scratching your head wondering ‘did that just happen’. While i think Ford should be gone as well, at least Ford has been a pretty good recruiter (not great). He brought in some talent that elevated the program. That is the reason i think he has a better chance than Yurcich.”James: “There is no way Yurich is back, unless Gundy’s ego is the size of Saturn so…..never mind Yurich is more likely to come back.”Fred: “I refuse to vote.”[1. Walk-off.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

From retirement thoughts to World Cup spot, New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham on the up and up

first_img Reuters WellingtonApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 16:25 IST Jimmy Neesham was picked by New Zealand for the 2019 ICC World Cup (Getty Images)Less than 18 months ago, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had become so disaffected with cricket he would open the curtains on match day and hope it was raining.A timely chat with Heath Mills, the head of the New Zealand players’ union, however, ended his thoughts about retirement and ultimately propelled him back into the national side and then on Wednesday into the country’s World Cup squad.”Opening the shades and hoping it was raining is not the ideal way to begin a day of cricket,” Neesham told reporters on Thursday, the day after he was named in the squad for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England. “I think I needed to just have a full overhaul in the way I was approaching the game.”I actually called Heath Mills 18 months ago and told him I was going to retire. He convinced me to take a little break.”Luckily I took his advice … and obviously since then it’s been on the up and up.”With his ability to bat in the top order and bowl fast-medium pace, Neesham was once considered to be the answer to New Zealand’s search for an all-rounder when he made the side in late 2012.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019The early stages of his career were hampered by injury, however, and in 2017 a decline with the ball saw him dropped from the national side.The following year he was removed from the central contracts list, with the message from selector Gavin Larsen that he needed to “demand our attention again”.advertisementThe power-hitting left-hander tried to respond by pushing himself to score more runs, but only piled more pressure on himself.”I wanted to dominate and score hundreds every game and once that starts going in a downward spiral and you’re not going well, you put more pressure on yourself,” he said.”When I was the most driven, I played my worst. Trying too hard doesn’t seem to help as a cricketer.”Once I got over those feelings and began to enjoy myself again then that’s when things started to get better.”Part of that process involved leaving Otago, where he had spent seven years, and move to Wellington where coach Bruce Edgar, captain Michael Bracewell and former New Zealand pace bowler Hamish Bennett all helped him regain his confidence.Since being recalled to the national side in January, the 28-year-old has played eight one-day internationals in his comeback and scored 204 runs at an average of 68, while taking 10 wickets at 22.90, enough to convince selectors he should be on the plane for England.”It was a long road back, but once I got back to scoring runs and taking wickets I knew I wasn’t too far away if I put a good couple of months together,” he added.”But to get the call, it’s pretty surreal.”Also Read | New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jimmy NeeshamFollow retirementFollow New ZealandFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow World Cup squad From retirement thoughts to World Cup spot, New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham on the up and upJimmy Neesham said that “It was a long road back” after being selected as part of the New Zealand 2019 ICC World Cup squad. The hard-hitting all-rounder was contemplating giving up cricket just 18 months ago.advertisementlast_img read more

Budget Highlights for Fiscal Year 201415

first_img Help 300 more seniors each year stay in their homes through a $1.5-million increase in the Senior Citizens Assistance Program (for a total investment of $4.15 million) Develop a three-year sexual assault strategy focused on prevention and victim services ($2 million) Invest in public transit in the Halifax Regional Municipality ($2 million) and public and community-based transit outside the capital region ($1 million) Invest in the Community Transportation Assistance Program to help Nova Scotians in communities without bus service stay mobile ($500,000) Help Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, and access a wider range of sustainable transportation options ($2 million) Recognizing the current economic and fiscal challenges the province faces, the 2014-15 budget keeps the government’s commitment to provide a transparent representation of the province’s finances and its promises to Nova Scotians. The budget also encourages private-sector economic growth fueled by a healthy and well-educated workforce. BUDGET OVERVIEWIn 2014-2015, the province lays the foundation for: Attract investment in the offshore through the Offshore Growth Strategy, which will make geoscience information available to the industry and directly market our offshore to the world ($2.8 million) Enhance the Access to Business, or A2B, and Access for Citizens, A4C, web portals to reduce red tape and provide businesses and Nova Scotians with quicker, easier access to services and programs ($7.4 million capital cost) Align immigrants with our areas of greatest need and improve their ability to settle and join our workforce through the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream ($1.3 million) Promote Nova Scotia lobster nationally and internationally ($250,000) Invest in research and innovation in the mink industry, one of our fastest growing and globally competitive exports ($500,000) Help the apple industry grow more world-class products ($200,000) Market Nova Scotia throughout the Northeastern United States to attract more visitors ($1.5 million) TAXES AND OTHER MEASURESGovernment has undertaken a comprehensive review of taxes, fees and regulations based on the principles of fairness, sustainability, simplicity and competitiveness. The review will be delivered in fall 2014 and will determine how Nova Scotia taxes, regulations and fees can better support private-sector growth. GRADUATE RETENTION REBATEEffective Jan. 1, 2014, the Graduate Retention Rebate will be eliminated. Graduates are still able to receive the rebate for the 2013 tax year. GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT The Guaranteed Income Supplement and non-refundable Age Amount tax credit, which exempt low-income seniors from paying provincial income tax, will continue. HARMONIZED SALES TAXBudget 2014-15 will maintain the Harmonized Sales Tax at 15 per cent. EFFICIENCY FEE On Jan. 1, 2015, the efficiency fee will come off all power bills resulting in energy savings for all Nova Scotians. CHILD TAX BENEFITEligibility for the Child Tax Benefit will be expanded to 1,300 more children from low-income families ($450,000). a more aggressive approach to our population and workforce issues a comprehensive review of all our taxes, fees and regulations a fresh perspective on economic development transformative changes to the education system a clear focus on front-line patient care Move forward with a provincial approach to health-care delivery and reduce the number of district health authorities from 10 to 2 to put more focus on front-line care Continue to support programs to train, recruit and hire physicians, with a particular emphasis on rural and remote areas ($10.6 million) Work to meet the national standard for hip and knee replacement wait times ($4.2 million) Continue to support home-care services, allowing older Nova Scotians to stay in their homes longer ($32.6 million) Improve access to cancer drugs and other drugs including Lucentis and Avastin ($1.9 million) Increase the age of eligibility of the children’s dental program to 14 ($525,000) POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION Budget 2014-15 will reflect the value of our post-secondary institutions and their graduates to our economy by increasing support and offering incentives to live, work and start a family in our province. Reduce wait lists for community-based Early Intervention Programs ($1.3 million) Cap class sizes for grades primary to 2 to give students the attention they need to succeed when they most need it ($7.2 million). The Grade 3 cap also remains Help communities tailor school programming to local needs, enrich the educational experience and reduce pressure to fundraise through increases to Student Support Grants ($2.2 million in total: $5,000/school plus $1/student) Re-introduce Reading Recovery for Grade 1 students as part of suite of support for children in grades primary to 3 comprising an Early Literacy Framework ($3.5 million) Help students succeed in math by providing supports for teachers and a bridging program to ensure students complete math in Grade 10 ($2.4 million) Open the door to new opportunities for Nova Scotia students, especially those in small rural schools, by providing a wide variety of courses via Virtual Schools ($1.2 million)center_img Eliminate the interest on the provincial portion of student loans for eligible students who have entered repayment on their provincial loans on or after November 1, 2007 ($1.6 million) Provide tuition relief to encourage more medical graduates ($750,000) Provide new graduate scholarships for innovation and research ($1.85 million) Help new graduates start their careers here by defraying the cost employers incur in the first year of hiring through the Graduate to Opportunities program ($1.6 million) Modernize the Apprenticeship Program to give apprentices the experience they need to access good jobs ($2.6 million) Help high-value businesses recruit and provide meaningful work experiences to university and community college students by expanding the Strategic Co-operative Education Incentive program to a total of 425 funded private and non-profit positions each year ($500,000) Expand the Student Career Skills Development Program to support another 250 not-for-profit summer jobs in high unemployment areas for a total of 750 jobs for post-secondary students looking for career-specific experience ($1 million) HEALTH AND WELLNESS Budget 2014-15 will place the focus firmly on patients and families. Our funding will be focused on front-line care so that more of our health-care dollars can be spent on shorter wait times and improved health outcomes for those with chronic disease. We will invest more to attract and keep physicians and encourage new medical graduates to remain in our province, bringing us closer to the goal of ensuring every Nova Scotian has a family doctor. EDUCATIONBudget 2014-15 will support a new direction for our education system. The first full education review in 25 years will lay out a plan to improve learning outcomes and better prepare the next generation for success in the workplace. Limits on how many children can be in a single class will give teachers the time they need to help students individually and provide extra support to those with special needs. Wait times for early intervention programs will be reduced, reading recovery will be re-introduced, new approaches to math and literacy will be taken, and more support for students with special needs will be provided to ensure that children get the help they need when it makes the greatest difference. FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIESBudget 2014-15 will support families and communities through investments that will allow more seniors to stay in their homes, give children and parents access to more resources and ensure that survivors of sexual assault receive compassionate support. NOTE: A social media version of this year’s budget release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2014-04-03-Budget-2014/ . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event. For the complete budget address and other budget documents, visit www.novascotia.ca . Budget 2014-15 includes $9.6 billion in revenues, $9.9 billion in total spending, and a $279 million deficit. ECONOMYBudget 2014-15 makes private-sector economic growth a priority and sets the stage for businesses to invest, produce, compete and grow. Government will help more of our graduates, tradespeople and immigrants connect with opportunities that allow them to build their careers here and contribute to the economy. The potential of our primary industries and tourism sector will be leveraged to attract visitors and investments, and increase exports.last_img read more

Canadian golfers on LPGA PGA Tours show support for victims of Humboldt

first_imgCanadian golfers and their caddies are wearing green and gold ribbons at the LPGA’s Lotte Championship this week to honour the victims of the deadly bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.Hamilton’s Alena Sharp posted a picture on Twitter of one of the ribbons pinned to the side of her hat.She says all the other Canadians at the Hawaiian tournament were similarly showing support.Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., are the other Canadians at the Lotte Championship, which began Wednesday at Ko Olina Golf Club.Canadians on other golf tours also showed their support, with PGA golfer Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., offering to donate money for every hole under par at this week’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina, while the Canadian golfers at last week’s Symetra Tour event pinned green ribbons on their hats.Sixteen people were killed when the Broncos’ bus collided with a semi truck Friday in northern Saskatchewan. Thirteen other people were injured.last_img read more

Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 01 per cent in January

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 0.1 per cent to $63.3 billion in January, helped by the food, beverage and tobacco subsector and the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector.The agency says sales were up in four of seven subsectors, accounting for 66 per cent of total wholesale sales.Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 3.1 per cent to $12.3 billion in January, following a 1.8 per decline in December.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 1.6 per cent to $13.1 billion.Offsetting the gains, the building material and supplies subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $8.9 billion, the first drop since August 2017.Motor vehicle and parts fell 1.6 per cent to $11.6 billion, the lowest level since June 2017.last_img read more

Pacific Rim nations prepare for UNbacked tsunami preparedness test

Most tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean and connected seas, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three tsunamis have struck that region recently – Samoa in 2009, Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011.The test scheduled for 9 and 10 November, known as PacWave11, is organized under the aegis of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and will be carried out in two phases.In its first phase, the exercise will consist of nine different scenarios to allow each participating country to respond to a regional or local source tsunami based on powerful earthquake events generated off the shores of the Philippines, Vanuatu, Tonga, Ecuador, Central America or Japan’s Ryukyu Islands.Countries engaged in the test will choose one of these scenarios and opt for a region or local event to which they would have to react.In the second phase, which will be carried out simultaneously after receipt of warning messages, the authorities will test all the necessary steps to respond to a warning prior to alerting the public.Simulated warnings will be sent out to national focal points by the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Centre (Japan), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (United States) and the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (US).The Commission set up the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific in 1965, following the major tsunami of 1960 that hit the coast of Chile and claimed close to 5,000 lives.The purpose of the Group is to coordinate the ongoing development and enhancement of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems and to promote the establishment of national risk assessments, alert and response programmes. 4 November 2011Some 30 Pacific Rim countries are to take part next week in a United Nations-backed tsunami warning exercise to improve their ability to respond to an alert and enhance regional coordination in the event of a disaster. read more

How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perrys Miracle Bass

In late 2009, two men walked into a room somewhere in Japan and found a fisherman hooked up to a polygraph. His name was Manabu Kurita, and he was there to answer some questions. The 32-year-old fishing guide had claimed to have caught a bass that weighed just under 22 pounds, 5 ounces — a weight that would make it co-world-record holder in the all-tackle weight category for largemouth bass, the most hallowed class in all of fishing. The other men in the room were representatives from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and, with the polygraph running, they asked Kurita about the precise position of his boat on Japan’s Lake Biwa and the tackle he used to haul in his catch. His answers from the hourlong session evidently passed muster; six months after he hauled the fish in, the catch was certified as the IGFA’s co-world-record holder.The fish Kurita tied is known simply as George Perry’s miracle bass. For almost 80 years, anglers have been chasing that record, and with the help of environmental planners and biologists, they finally equalled it. Or Kurita did. But to understand why it took so long, it’s worth starting at the beginning, on a boat with George Perry, somewhere in rural Georgia.In 1932, Perry, then a 20-year-old farmer playing hooky from the fields, pulled a huge-bellied beast with eyes the size of Ping-Pong balls out of a small oxbow lake in Georgia. He knew his fish was huge, but he had no idea it could be a world record. In fact, there were no official world records at the time. But because he stopped by the post office to weigh it before he took it home for dinner (it took his six-person family two nights to eat the whole fish), there was documentation when he submitted his entry to the big fish contest in Field & Stream later that year. When the magazine started certifying world records two years later, they realized that at 22 pounds, 4 ounces,1Kurita’s fish outweighs Perry’s by almost an ounce, but for fish under 25 pounds, the IGFA rules require fishermen to break a standing record by at least two ounces to take over the top spot. So the two fish are co-record holders. Kurita claims he doesn’t mind sharing, since Perry’s record is what motivated so many anglers in the first place. Perry’s fish far outweighed any other largemouth bass ever caught.For a long time, it looked like Perry’s fish was a unique specimen. For the next half century, no angler got within a pound and a half of his mark. “A lot of us didn’t believe a 22-pound bass could live naturally,” says Jon Storm, the former editor of BassFan.com. “A fish that size was off the map; it wasn’t even part of the cluster.”But in 1980, Raymond Easley caught a 21-pounder in a manmade reservoir near Santa Barbara, Calif., called Lake Casitas. Over the next three decades, as Monte Burke describes in his book “Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass,” modern-day Ahabs fixated on the record, many of them devoting incredible amounts of time and money in monomaniacal pursuit.As the anglers’ mania increased, the sport’s popularity rose. During the 1980s, the fledgling Bassmasters professional tour grew into an ESPN-owned and corporate-branded behemoth.2ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight as well. Winners of its two-day classic — the Super Bowl of bass fishing — won half a million dollars at its peak in 2006. (In 2011, ESPN sold the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, which owns the tour, but it still televises the event.)And while uniformed pros in hundred-thousand-dollar boats outfitted with the latest fish-catching technology competed against each other in timed events on television, amateurs everywhere headed out to their local lakes to try to haul in a goliath. “Not only is the largemouth easily accessible, the tackle required to catch it is pretty straightforward,” says Jack Vitek, the world records coordinator for the IGFA. “It’s open to all demographics.”Over the next 30 years, every one of the IGFA’s records for largemouth bass — save for the all-tackle one owned by Perry — was rewritten by anglers using all sorts of lines and rods. For a while, it looked like Perry’s record would fall any day. One fish — known as Dottie for the prominent black mark near her gills — weighed close to 22 pounds when she was caught and released in 2003. When she was caught again in 2006, she weighed even more than Perry’s fish — but she wasn’t eligible for the record because Mac Weakley had set his hook in her side, not her mouth.Dottie, along with 15 of those 20 new record fish, was caught in one of just a few reservoirs within a hundred miles of Los Angeles. Something was going on in Southern California, and that something was a potent brew of favorable conditions for super fish.Dottie — along with all the other monster fish caught recently — is a Florida bass, which biologists recognize as a different species from the other largemouth bass that populate Alabama, Louisiana and the rest of the fish’s natural habitat. “The Florida bass is genetically and behaviorally different from the largemouth bass,” said Mike Allen, a professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida who specializes in bass. And while Florida bass and other largemouth bass usually grow to about the same size, only Florida bass have the potential to get truly huge. (Allen speculates that Perry’s fish was a hybrid, based on its location between the ranges of the Florida bass and the largemouth bass.)Big fish attract more fishermen, which is why fishery managers have introduced Florida largemouths not just to California, but also to lakes all over the world, including Mexico, South Africa and — yes — Japan. The Florida transplants have often found that their new environments offer access to a new, highly caloric food source: rainbow trout. While the two fish do not usually coexist in the same areas, the 12-inch trout stocked in these lakes (also to entice fishermen) have proven to be a perfect food for the mega-bass, which pack on weight far more quickly than they would hunting other prey. Bass introduced into new environments overseas have also found new prey to be good eating — in Lake Biwa, Japan, for example, the bass have taken to gorging themselves on carp.The Southern California environment — newly formed reservoirs in a mild climate — also helped with the record bass growth. Cold-blooded animals don’t have to spend as much energy metabolizing in stable temperatures, and Allen says the sweet spots for the stable-temperature zone are in Southern California and Japan.The role the reservoirs play, though, remains somewhat mysterious. “Lakes go through a natural aging process,” says Allen, who explains that trophy fish usually appear relatively soon after lakes have been formed. Perhaps that explains why far fewer giant bass have been caught in Southern California since the early 2000s.While Lake Biwa, the place Kurita nabbed his record bass, has been around for millions of years, Kurita thinks a change in management practices in Japan led to a window for world-record bass that may now be closing as well. “Old days of Lake Biwa fishing, I could catch a lot, but could not get over 10 pounds,” he said. Then, around 2001, Japanese authorities started to treat bass less as a trophy fish and more as a foreign organism to exterminate, he said. As their numbers dropped, the size of the bass Kurita caught grew — for a time. Since 2010, new extermination strategies, including electrification of spawning bass, has made all sizes of bass harder to find, he says.Fishing records are different from human athletic records. While people will almost surely continue to get bigger, faster and stronger, a record fish requires discovery. After years where a confluence of factors produced a run of huge fish, Perry’s record still stands. Almost everyone I spoke to for this article, though, thinks that there is a record fish still out there. Kurita claims he’s seen a 25-pounder paddling through Lake Biwa. Burke says a few monsters may lurk in the lakes of Cuba, where they have been off-limits to many record-focused bass fishermen for dozens of years. Allen thinks there might be a title contender in Zimbabwe, where recently introduced bass are growing freakishly fat. And in parts of the American South, officials have started aggressive management policies — like draining and repopulating lakes with Florida bass — in an effort to bring the record back home. read more

Dublin Bus drivers vote on new company plan

first_imgTHE BALLOT RESULT for Dublin Bus drivers on proposals set out in a recent report on the future of the company are expected later today.A spokesperson for SIPTU said that the bus drivers have been voting on the proposals set out in the report conducted by Noel Dowling since yesterday and said that the result of the ballot is due out this afternoon or this evening.Strike actionLast week, Dublin Bus endorsed an independent report into Dublin Bus’ future which warned against future strike action.The 22-page report was carried out by former union official Noel Dowling and management consultant Ultan Courtney.ReccomendationsThe Irish Congress of Trade Unions and employers body Ibec asked them to look at the Labour Court recommendations about cost-saving proposals for Dublin Bus, which have been rejected by bus workers.Dublin Bus backed the new plan to cut costs, but approval of the new plan is being put to the bus drivers.Last week, the author of the report said he was very worried about the situation in Dublin Bus and said he couldn’t overestimate the seriousness of the situation, adding that if the measures are not approved, “we could end up in a Dublin, without a Dublin Bus”.Read: “The outlook for Dublin Bus is stark if this effort does not succeed” – Varadkar and Kelly>Read: ‘We could end up in a Dublin, without a Dublin Bus’ says former union official>last_img read more

ASA Welcomes President Obamas Commitment to Trade Infrastructure in State of the

first_imgAs President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday evening, the American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes the president’s comments on multiple ASA priorities. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., releases the following statement on tonight’s address:”As we move into the second month of the 113th Congress and of the Obama Administration, ASA welcomes President Obama’s comments this evening on issues vital to soybean farmers, the larger agriculture community and our nation as a whole.”First on the president’s agenda tonight was our nation’s fiscal situation, and the need to address our collective budgetary responsibilities. Soybean farmers remain committed, along with the entire agriculture community, to bearing our share of the budgetary responsibility, provided that cuts to agricultural programs are proportionate to those programs benefiting other industries. We remind the president that the agriculture community came together to propose more than $23 billion in voluntary cuts within a comprehensive, five-year farm bill, which was passed by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees as well as the full Senate, yet did not see an opportunity for a vote on the House floor.”The president touched multiple times on our nation’s reduced dependence on foreign oil, mentioning specifically that Americans are purchasing less of it today than at any point in the last 20 years. The success of renewable fuels like soy-based biodiesel is part and parcel to that success. More than half of all biodiesel produced in the U.S.—more than a billion gallons worth last year alone—is produced from soy grown by American farmers in communities nationwide.”Fuel, however, is only one part of the formula that keeps our country moving, and the president’s proposed improvements in infrastructure are vital to soybean farmers who grow our nation’s largest and most valuable agricultural export commodity. As part of his “Fix-It-First” program, President Obama proposed much-needed repairs to our transportation infrastructure, including the ports we need to ship our soybeans to our trading partners around the world. We would encourage the president to remember, however, that our waterways infrastructure including our locks and dams on the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri Rivers are also in critical need of repairs, while the channel depth issues on the Mississippi River continue to threaten that waterway’s continued viability as a commercial route. These waterways serve as a vital artery for the movement of soybeans and other essential commodities, and investments in maintaining that infrastructure have immediate benefits in creating jobs and restoring market confidence, and the long-term benefits of maintaining and improving global economic competitiveness of soybeans and other major U.S. commodities and products.”Also encouraging are President Obama’s comments on growing our valuable trade relationships. ASA applauds the president’s commitment to completing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is a key priority for American soybean farmers, who ship their product to many of the countries in the TPP. Additionally, ASA welcomes the president’s announcement of talks on a potential trade agreement with the European Union. We hope that these talks will take into account the unique nature of agricultural trade and provide solutions to many of the barriers that soybeans and other American agricultural exports face in the European marketplace.”While the president did mention many priorities for soybean farmers, we believe that an opportunity was missed to recognize the contributions of the agriculture community to so many of these issues. Our farmers contribute to innovative renewable energy solutions, expanded and robust trade partnership and more than 23 million jobs in a time when they are sorely needed.”Finally, President Obama touched on the need to continue fostering a national culture in which hard work is rewarded. Our industry is that effort personified. Every day, soybean farmers showcase that hard work in everything they do. They reflect our nation’s shared values of dedication, innovation, resolve and commitment, and they set an example not only for their families and those in their communities, but for all Americans.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

KPD Offers Vacation House Checks

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department is offering citizens a “vacation house check” service during the holiday season. Thefts and break-ins may increase during the holidays, since many families travel during the holiday season potentially leaving their homes unattended. KPD Sergeant Paul Cushman: “They will pull up in the driveway and sometimes do a walk around to make sure there are not tracks in the snow, or anything that appears out of the ordinary.”  If officers find any suspicious vehicles or activity they will directly contact the homeowner. The vacation house check will entail an officer checking on your home while you are out of town, and officers will check the perimeter for any signs of a break-in.center_img Call KPD at 283-7879 in order to have a home added to the KPD checklist- officers will make regular checks of the residents homes on the list. Cushman: “There is not limit. as long as your on the list we will continue to do those checks.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-KPD-winter-home-checks.mp3VmJennifer-on-KPD-winter-home-checks.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Facebook and Twitter face Senate over accusations of tech censorship

first_img Comments The tech giants denied accusations that they’re pushing a political agenda.”Suppressing content on the basis of political viewpoint, or preventing people from seeing what matters most to them, is directly contrary to Facebook’s mission,” said Neil Potts, Facebook’s public policy director. “We want Facebook to be a place where people can discover a greater diversity of news and information than they could otherwise.”Twitter said it had performed a statistical analysis of Congress members’ tweets, in preparation for the hearing. The company tracked tweets over a five-week period, and the social network found “no statistically significant difference” between the reach of tweets by Democrats versus Republicans, said Carlos Monje Jr., Twitter’s director of public policy and philanthropy for the US and Canada. 7:49 13:29 Sen. Ted Cruz, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Getty Images Facebook and Twitter are once again under fire from Congress for allegedly suppressing the views of conservatives. The tech giants faced accusations from the Senate on Wednesday, a day after Facebook and Google attended another high-profile hearing over the spread of white nationalism on their platforms. “Not only does big tech have the power to silence voices with which they disagree, but big tech has the power to collate a person’s feed in a way that agrees with their political agenda,” Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, said in his opening statement. “What makes the threat of political censorship so problematic is the lack of transparency.” What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Tags Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Digital Media 2 Facebook Google Twitter YouTube As Republican senators chided the tech companies, Democrats criticized the topic of the hearing. “For decades, Republicans have bashed the supposedly liberal mainstream media in an effort to work the refs,” said Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii. “This is politics.”Google was also initially set to testify. The search giant had offered to send Max Pappas, its head of conservative outreach, but a source familiar with the situation said the committee rejected that idea. During the hearing, Cruz said the committee would hold a separate hearing specifically focused on Google and political bias. This isn’t the first time tech platforms have been accused of anti-conservative bias. Last September, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were questioned by GOP lawmakers about a perceived left-leaning agenda. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was also invited to appear, but he declined the invitation. When Pichai did finally testify in December, he too was accused of stifling conservative voices. President Donald Trump has also criticized the tech giants for political bias. Last August, he complained that Google was suppressing his message by not promoting his State of the Union speech (which turned out to be untrue). He also said that search results for news associated with him was “rigged.” “Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory,” Trump said. “And they have to be careful.”Ahead of the hearing, advocacy groups shot down the idea that tech platforms treat conservative content unfairly. “While we certainly agree that online platforms have created content moderation systems that remove speech, we don’t see evidence of systemic political bias against conservatives,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a blog post. The Senate hearing comes a day after Facebook and Google testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the spread of white nationalism online. As if to illustrate the scope of the problem, the YouTube livestream of the hearing was flooded with hateful comments, so the Google-owned site shut down the comments section of the stream.On Tuesday, Cruz livestreamed the hearing on his Facebook page. Unlike with Monday’s stream, comments on the broadcast on Cruz’s page were civil. Originally published at 1:13 p.m. PTUpdate, 2:52 p.m. PT: Adds more details from the hearing.last_img read more

AIIMS doctors call off strike after meeting with health

first_imgNew Delhi : Resident doctors of AIIMS called off their strike and resumed duties on Sunday after Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured them that their concerns over the NMC Bill will be duly addressed. In a communique to the AIIMS director, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) said that during a meeting, the Union minister assured them of addressing their concerns while drafting the regulations of the National Medical Commission (NMC). Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The minister also told them that the representatives of the AIIMS RDA and students’ union will be consulted while drafting the regulations of the commission. Vardhan met the delegation of resident doctors associations of AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital and hoped that they will end their strike in view of problems faced by patients. However, the Safdarjung resident doctors are yet to resume non essential services. According to sources, the resident doctors of the hospital are likely to take a decision on the strike at a governing body meeting. “Agitating doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have called off their strike. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “The health minister explained the objectives of bringing NMC bill 2019 at length and assured us that the apprehensions… will be duly addressed while drafting the regulations by the NMC once it is constituted,” the AIIMS RDA said in the communique. It referred to section 14 (1) para (2), admissions into undergraduate courses at AIIMS New Delhi, section 15(5) admissions into AIIMS New Delhi vide Exit Test and section 32 (Community Health Providers). Advertise With Us “We were also assured by the minister that representatives of RDA and students unions AIIMS (New Delhi) will be consulted before framing of regulations of the NMC bill under section 57 of the bill,” the AIIMS RDA said. After a governing body meeting of the RDA AIIMS, the executive committee decided to withdraw the strike and resume all services with immediate effect. They said the AIIMS administration also assured them that the strike period, August 1 to 3, would be considered as “on duty”. The NMC bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of the MCI for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. Doctors are demanding certain amendments in the bill. According to them, if not amended, the bill will lead to deterioration of medical education and degradation of healthcare services. The fraternity is opposing section 32(1), (2) and (3) of the bill saying it will encourage quackery by providing licence to practice modern medicine as community health providers for persons other than those possessing MBBS degrees. The doctors say there was no clarity over the introduction of NEXT and scrapping the NEET-PG. They are also opposing decreasing the percentage of seats under controlled fees structure in private medical colleges and deemed universities from 85 to 50 per cent, reducing the representation of elected members from 75 per cent in MCI to 20 per cent in National Medical Commission and autonomous boards constituted there-under.last_img read more

Black Friday Deals for Streaming Devices and Smart Speakers Fire TV Roku

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Got a cord cutter or Netfix lover on your holiday shopping list? Or maybe you want to treat yourself with a smart display for your kitchen?Whether it’s for others or yourself, this year’s Black Friday deals once again include many bargains for streaming devices and internet-connected audio gear. Here are some of the best deals of this year’s biggest shopping event:Streaming DevicesRoku Streaming Stick. Roku and participating retailers are offering this entry-level streamer for $29.99, $20 off its regular price (offer available currently).Roku Ultra. Roku’s premium streamer is half off, priced $49.99, at Roku.com and participating retailers. And Walmart is even selling it for $48 (starting 11/22).Roku SE. Walmart is selling this entry-level, limited edition device for $20 (starting 11/22). Lenovo Smart Display. Best Buy is selling the 8″ version of Lenovo’s Google Assistant-based smart display for $99 (down from $199) in store as well as online (11/20-11/23). Lenovo is selling the 8″ version of the display at at the same price, as well as the 10″ version for $199 (down from $249.99) on Lenovo.com. (11/22-11/26). Costco is selling the 10″ display to members for $150 (11/21-11/26).Apple HomePod. Best Buy is selling Apple’s smart speaker for $250, down from $350, in stores (starting 5 p.m. 11/22).Roku TV Wireless Speakers. Roku’s new speakers are $50 off on Roku.com, selling for $149.99 (11/16 – 11/26).Cord Cutting AccessoriesFire TV Recast. The two-tuner model of Amazon’s new DVR is $50 off, retailing for $179.99. Its four-tuner sibling is $60 off, and now costs $219.99. Both offers are available via Amazon.com (available all week).Tablo Lite DVR. Tablo’s DVR for cord cutters is $40 off, retailing for $99.99, at Best Buy and on Bestbuy.com (available already).HDHomeRun Connect Duo. HDHomeRun’s entry-level connected TV tuner is selling for $69.99, down from $99.99, at participating retailers including Best Buy, B&H, Electronics Expo, Fry’s and MicroCenter as well as the websites of Amazon, Lowes, NewEgg and WalMart.HDHomeRun Connect Quatro. HDHomeRun’s four-tuner connected TV device is selling for $99.99, down from $149.99, at participating retailers including Best Buy, B&H, Electronics Expo, Fry’s and MicroCenter as well as the websites of Amazon, Lowes, NewEgg and WalMart.HDHomeRun Extend. HDHomeRun’s advanced connected TV tuner is selling for $149.99, down from $179.99, at participating retailers including Best Buy, B&H, Electronics Expo, Fry’s and MicroCenter as well as the websites of Amazon, Lowes, NewEgg and WalMart.AirTV Player + Adapter. Sling TV is selling its AirTV Player with over-the-air broadcast TV adapter for $50, down from $129.99, to anyone who subscribes to 3 months of its service. Other bundled offers include a free RCA HDTV Indoor Antenna as well as an AirTV Player, over-the-air adapter and antenna for $70 (offers already available).center_img Chromecast. Google is selling the latest model of its Chromecast streaming adapter for $25 via the Google Store, down from $35. The company is also bundling a Chromecast with a Google Home Mini for a total of $45, down from $84 (starting 11/22).Chromecast Ultra. Google’s 4K video streaming adapter is discounted to $49, down from $69, on the Google Store (starting 11/22).Fire TV Stick. Amazon’s entry-level streaming stick sells for $24.99, down from $39.99, via Amazon.com (available all week).Fire TV Stick 4K. Amazon’s 4K streamer sells for $34.99, down from $49.99, via Amazon.com (available all week).Fire TV Cube. Amazon’s streamer with built-in far-field voice control sells for $59.99, down from $119.99, via Amazon.com (available all week).Shield TV. Nvidia’s Android TV streamer is $40 off, retailing for $140, at at Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Fry’s, Microcenter, Newegg, Target and Wal-Mart (11/19-11/26).Smart Speakers & DisplaysEcho Dot. Amazon’s small speaker is selling for $24, down from $49.99, via Amazon.com (starting 11/22).Echo. The new version of Amazon’s original smart speaker is selling for $69, down from $99.99, via Amazon.com (starting 11/22).Echo Plus. This bigger, better-sounding Echo speaker is selling for $110, down from $149.99, via Amazon.com (starting 11/22).Sonos One. The Sonos entry-level smart speaker is $25 off, retailing for $174, on Sonos.com and at participating retailers (11/22-11/26).Sonos Beam. Sonos’ smart sound bar is $50 off, retailing for $349, on Sonos.com and at participating retailers (11/22-11/26).Sonos Sub. Sonos’ subwoofer is $100 off, retailing for $599, on Sonos.com and at participating retailers (11/22-11/26).Google Home Max. Google is selling its premium smart speaker for $349, down from $399, on the Google Store (starting 11/22).Google Home. Google’s original smart speaker is off $50, selling for just $79, on the Google Store (starting 11/22).Google Home Mini. Google’s smallest smart speaker sells for $25, down from $49, on the Google Store (starting 11/22).Google Home Hub. Google is selling its new smart display for $99, down from $149, on the Google Store (starting 11/22). We’ll update this post as new deals become available, so make sure to check back frequently.last_img read more

Unemployment reduced by 40 percent in Bengal says Central report

first_imgKolkata: With a series of steps taken by the Mamata Banerjee government, unemployment has reduced by 40 percent in the state, as per a report of the Centre.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in the state Assembly on Thursday: “As per the report of the Central government, unemployment in the state has gone down by around 40 percent.” In the past seven years, a series of steps starting from setting up of ITIs to developing infrastructure for more investment were taken, which helped in generation of job opportunities. Moreover, many have become self-dependent as well. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister said: “Three hundreds ITIs were set up in the state.” It may be mentioned that setting up of the ITIs has ensured skill development training for a large section of job aspirants. The Chief Minister further said: “Utkarsh Bangla has been introduced in a bid to ensure a better skill development programme. A committee was also formed with Amit Mitra, the state Finance minister, as its chairman and every year, around 6 lakh students undertake training.” It may be mentioned that Utkarsh Bangla is a placement-linked skill development initiative. Moreover, an e-governance portal of Utkarsh Bangla, which is a flagship scheme of skill development in the state, was introduced for various purposes, including candidate registration, empanelment of training partners, etc. The portal also assists in maintaining transparency and at the same time, ensures better accessibility in reaching out to the unemployed youth in every part of the state. It will also act as a medium for various companies and organisations to search for skilled youths, as per their requirement. Utkarsh Bangla is making youths “industry-ready” and increasing their opportunities to bag a job. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile replying to a question in the state Assembly, Technical Education and Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Basu said the process of getting admission in ITIs has been made simpler for the benefit of the youths who are interested in undertaking training. He also informed the House that steps have been taken for better functioning of around 22 ITIs and tenders have been floated for the same. The process will get completed soon and the 22 ITIs will again start functioning properly.last_img read more

Student helps to try and stop illegal dumping in Ladysmith

first_imgAshleigh Ramphal, who is a university student, is currently working on a project to help clean up areas affected by illegal dumping.The project aims to keep the environment clean…Together with DA councillor Valentino Murugan, she and her team of activists recently worked together and did their bit by cleaning up a large area of land that has been hit by illegal dumping.Ashleigh and her team have submitted a list of ideas to Public Safety, detailing measures to prevent dumping from taking place.Also read: Illegal dumping in Shepstone Road, Ladysmith, not a good sight for residentsThey suggested measures such as having more lighting in certain places as a deterrent. Also on their list is a suggestion to have more mobile bins placed in the affected zones in the hopes that individuals will use them and not the open ground.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Zillow Expands Database of Homes

first_img Agents & Brokers Company News Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Valuation Zillow 2011-06-15 Carrie Bay The real estate information marketplace “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com has expanded its database of homes, leveraging user-submitted data to add more than 25 million new home valuations generated from the company’s proprietary Zestimate algorithms, which are Zillow’s own market value estimates based on various details available about individual properties. [IMAGE]The Seattle-based company says it now has data, Zestimates, and Rent Zestimates on more than three-quarters of all homes in the United States.Zillow notes that it has also improved “”Zestimate accuracy””:http://www.zillow.com/howto/DataCoverageZestimateAccuracy.htm nationwide. In the past five years, Zillow users have submitted information on more than 28 million homes, adding updates, such as remodel or home fact information, that are not reflected in public records. Zillow explained that this interexchange gives the company “”an inimitable database of nearly every home in the country, and creates unique home profiles that allow[COLUMN_BREAK]Zillow to calculate more accurate Zestimates on more homes.””The company says the Zestimate median margin of error is now 8.5 percent nationwide, and below 6 percent in major metropolitan areas such as Denver, San Diego, and Washington D.C.In addition, the expansion brings Zestimates to homeowners, buyers, and sellers in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where Zestimates were not widely available. “”We’ve spent six years cultivating our database of nearly all homes, creating a unique and living entity that combines public record data with information submitted by Zillow users,”” said Stan Humphries, Zillow chief economist. “”By expanding the Zestimate algorithm to include more data points and new modeling approaches, we have been able to expand Zillow’s footprint and improve accuracy.””Zillow launched Zillow.com in 2006, with Zestimates on approximately 40 million U.S. homes. Since then, Zillow has more than doubled Zestimate coverage nationwide and added 100 million Rent Zestimates.The company explained that Zestimates are a starting point in determining a home’s value. That, taken together with a home’s value range, comparable recent sales, and current listings, Zillow says its information, which is available for free, helps consumers gain an edge in real estate and make more informed decisions.Zestimates and other home information can be found on “”Zillow.com””:http://www.zillow.com and on Zillow Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. in Technology Zillow Expands Database of Homescenter_img June 15, 2011 478 Views Sharelast_img read more