Vizag Test: Virat Kohli approaches rare milestone, could become first Indian to score three double hundreds in a year

first_imgStats by Rajneesh GuptaIndia’s captain Virat Kohli made his 50th Test, being played in Vizag special by staying unbeaten on 151 at the close of the first day. The year of 2016 has been spectacular for the run-machine who got his first double hundred in West Indies, followed by another in Indore against New Zealand last month.The batsman from Delhi needs 49 more runs to complete his third double ton. If he manages to achieve this feat, he will become the first Indian to ever do so in a calendar year.(AP image)This is Virat’s brilliant performance since his debut:Virat has now scored 21 number of hundreds in first-class cricket.He has scored 14 number of Test hundreds. Only Sunil Gavaskar scored 14 hundreds in fewer Tests (40) for India than Virat’s 50. For the record, Virender Sehwag did so in 54 Tests, Sachin Tendulkar in 58 Tests and Rahul Dravid in 65 Tests.He made 5 hundreds in 22 Tests at home.He got 2 centuries against England.He made 3 hundreds this year. The other two were both double hundreds! 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July and 211 vs New Zealand at Indore in October.He has scored 7 hundreds as captain, equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s tally. Now Only Sunil Gavaskar(11) and Mohammad Azharuddin (9) have scored more hundreds than Viratwhile leading India.He has taken 4.28 average innings to score a hundred as captain – fewest for India. Sachin Tendulkar scored a hundred every 6.14 innings as India’s captain.He scored 151*, highest by an Indian captain against England since Mohammad Azharuddin’s 182 at Kolkata in 1993.Virat’s average as captain is 60.57. Among all players who have aggregated 1000 runs as captain for theirrespective sides, only three – Don Bradman (101.51), Steve Smith (69.66) and Kumar Sangakkara (69.60) average more than Virat.Virat is now one of the 6 Indian players to score a hundred in their 50th Tests. Virat now joins Polly Umrigar, Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman. advertisement(Reuters image)APPROACHING MILESTONES:Virat will become first Indian to score three double hundreds in a calendar year if he manages to score 49 more runs.Mahela Jayawardene has scored three double hundreds- most by a captain from the subcontinent. Virat will equal his record if he scores another 49 runs. Virat already holds the Indian record of most hundreds as a captain.203* is the highest score by an Indian captain against England (Tiger Pataudi at Delhi in 1963-64). Virat needs 52 more runs to beat that record.211 is Virat’s highest score in Test cricket (vs New Zealand at Indore in October this year). Virat needs 60 more runs to beat that record.224 is the highest score by any Indian against England (Vinod Kambli at Wankhede in 1992-93). Virat needs 73 more runs to beat that record.224 is also the highest score by an Indian captain in Tests (MS Dhoni vs Australia in Chennai in 2012-13). Virat needs 73 more runs to beat that record.last_img read more

Film Productions Announced

first_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing when the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts:center_img Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Dec. 13. Television series Eyes For The Job, produced by Fence Post Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $147,944 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $493,146. Feature film Black Cop, produced by Blac Op Films Incorporated, has been approved for a funding commitment of $60,840 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $209,794. To learn more about the productions above, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. last_img read more

Former Sierra Leonean rebel leader indicted war criminal Foday Sankoh dies

Former rebel leader Foday Sankoh, indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes committed during 10 years of brutal conflict, atrocities and human rights violations in the West African country, died last night, the court registrar announced today. Mr. Sankoh, leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), whose indictment in March was welcomed by the court prosecutor as an end to “the dark days of the rule of the gun,” died in Choithram Hospital in Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, where he had been receiving medical treatment and was under 24 hour observation. He was 66. He had been experiencing major health problems after a stroke in August last year. He was taken into the custody on 10 March this year and subsequently transferred from the detention facility to the hospital on 29 March. At the time, Chief Prosecutor David M. Crane said his indictment and that of six others heralded “a new dawn” for Sierra Leone and all of West Africa, and he read out a wide-ranging list of charges that included murder, sexual slavery and rape, forced conscription of children and attacks on UN peacekeepers. The Court President, Justice Geoffrey Robertson, has ordered the registrar to conduct an inquiry and present a report to the Court on the circumstances surrounding Mr. Sankoh’s death. A post mortem will be held to establish the precise cause of death and a further announcement made in due course. At UN Headquarters in New York, when asked about Mr. Sankoh’s death, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: “One should not speak ill of the dead. May Foday Sankoh’s soul rest in peace. This is a man who terrorized his people and almost destroyed Sierra Leone. In the end, he died an indicted war criminal, a lonely and a broken man.” read more

Sudan Annan UN envoy reiterate calls for calm following Garangs death

Speaking to the press for the first time since the tragic helicopter crash that killed Mr. Garang over the weekend, Jan Pronk, head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said that in these tense, early days, many people “are angry and frustrated…but there is no need for rioting and the riots should stop.” In a statement issued by his spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated appeals for calm and calls on all Sudanese to refrain from actions which may lead to tension during this time of mourning.For more than two decades, Mr. Garang headed the southern-based Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). He signed a power-sharing peace deal with the Khartoum Government in January, which ended Africa’s longest civil war and led to his swearing in as Sudan’s first Vice-President only three weeks ago. News of his sudden death sparked riots and looting in the streets of Khartoum and the city is now under night-time curfew.Mr. Pronk said that the UN has offered its assistance in the expected investigation into the helicopter crash, but reiterated that there is no reason to suggest or believe that the crash was anything but a tragic accident. “No reason whatsoever to believe it was sabotage or a shooting [down],” he said. He added that what had happened on 9 July with decision to form a Government of National Unity was not a one-day occurrence; rather, it was the beginning of a new era and that era had not faded away with the death of one leader. Asked by reporters if he had been informed by the Government of Sudan of any intention to delay the formation of the Government of National Unity, Mr. Pronk said there is no reason to assume a structural delay in the formation of the new Government and that he understood that all relevant parties want to keep to the 9 August inauguration date. Asked if the incidents of the last few days would hamper the Mission’s deployment plans, Mr. Pronk said the Government’s curfew applied to UN staff as well as others, and the Mission’s activities would be limited because of it. UNMIS national staff have been asked to remain home until Saturday and only international staff who are deemed essential are reporting for duty, he said. read more

Lebanon UN Rights Council report condemns flagrant Israeli violations in summer war

Israel violated obligations of international and humanitarian law and it disregarded its international and individual responsibility, according to the report of the High-Level Commission of Inquiry set up by the Council in August to probe “systematic targeting and killings of civilians by Israel,” which was presented to the 47-member body in Geneva on Friday. Israel, speaking as a concerned country, said the report accurately reflected the one-sided mandate assigned to the Commission, ignoring both factual realities and legal obligations and producing a report rife with imbalances and misrepresentation. Israel launched its operation after Hizbollah attacked across the border and kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. The report’s silence on the responsibility of the Lebanese Government for acts of hostility prepared and perpetrated within its territory was in contrast with UN Security Council resolutions calling for Hizbollah’s disarmament and full Government control over its territory, Israeli representative Itzhak Levanon said. While the report sought to be guided by international law obligations, it failed to make any reference to Lebanon’s obligations to prevent the use of its territory for hostile acts, and to disarm and disband Hizbollah, he added. The Human Rights Council resolution mandated the Commission “(a) to investigate the systematic targeting and killings of civilians by Israel in Lebanon; (b) to examine the types of weapons used by Israel and their conformity with international law; and (c) to assess the extent and deadly impact of Israeli attacks on human life, property, critical infrastructure and the environment.” Lebanon, speaking as a concerned country, said that besides the abhorrent facts of Israeli atrocities the report provided a sound and well grounded legal analysis and conclusion about serious Israeli violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws. The report emerges as a unique document in the legal annals about the quick evolvement of Israel’s military actions in Lebanon “from a riposte to a boarder incident into a general attack against the entire Lebanese territory,” which “could qualify as serious violations of laws and customs of war and war crimes,” Lebanese representative Gebran Soufan said. The Commission had examined, with extreme scrutiny, the devastating effects of the Israeli military campaign on Lebanon, which would be felt for many years, he added.A number of other speakers commended the report for its timely presentation and for highlighting the impact of the conflict while other delegations said it lacked impartiality and was one-sided. Commission member Stelios Perrakis of Greece, Director of the European Centre for Research and Training on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, told the Council the 34-day conflict exacted a heavy human toll on Lebanon, with 1,191 people reported dead, 4,409 injured, and 900,000 others fleeing their homes. Roads, factories, water sources, cultural and economic infrastructure and homes were affected, it would take a long time before Lebanon could rebuild the country and the help of the international community would be required for this, he said. Basic humanitarian principles were absent throughout the conflict, and there had been indiscriminate use of force against Lebanese civilians. Human rights had not been respected. Mr. Perrakis added that cluster munitions were mainly fired during the last 72 hours of the conflict. The report recommended that the Council promote initiatives and called for the mobilization of the international community to assist Lebanon’s reconstruction, from within both the various UN agencies and international financial bodies, including technical expertise in buildings, bridges and cleaning of areas affected by cluster bombs as well as tending to child victims of the armed conflict. read more

In Tech Instagram video series billionuser club Fitbit

FILE – This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, shows WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. WhatsApp, the Internet messaging service owned by Facebook, announced in February 2016 that it now has 1 billion users worldwide. That’s both a milestone and a potential turning point: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he thinks Internet services are ready to become money-making businesses when they hit that mark. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) If a half-hour comedy is too long, how about a 15-second thriller?A group of independent filmmakers from Britain are rolling out a daily, 28-episode series on Instagram.“Shield 5” is about the hunt for John Swift, who after three episodes appears to be a security worker who ends up bloodied and wanted for murder after having an affair with his female superior.Director Anthony Wilcox says the roughly $21,500 production isn’t meant to make money. Rather, it’s an experiment in gathering an audience in a new medium and a showcase for his work. As of Wednesday, the account had 13,500 followers.He hopes the series gets the attention of a producer who might turn it into a feature film. “My motivation was always what ‘Shield 5’ could become,” Wilcox says.— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer___The billion-user club used to be exclusive, but it keeps growing.WhatsApp, the Internet messaging service owned by Facebook, announced this week that it now has 1 billion users worldwide.That’s both a milestone and a potential turning point: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he thinks Internet services are ready to become money-making businesses when they hit that mark. WhatsApp recently announced it’s suspending the nominal fee it charged some users, but it’s exploring new ways that other businesses can use WhatsApp to reach their customers.Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said this week that the popular Gmail service now has 1 billion users, too. Gmail, which is supported by advertising, joins other Google services with 1 billion or more users — including Search, Android, YouTube, Maps and Chrome.Not to be left out, Apple announced last week that there are 1 billion “active devices” in its ecosystem, which it defines as iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch devices that have used the company’s online services in the previous 90 days.Facebook joined the billion-user club in 2012 and now claims 1.59 billion active users a month. Facebook’s Messenger service is getting close, with 800 million active users at the end of December, while Facebook’s Instagram lags at 400 million.As for Twitter, it’s still struggling with slower growth. The micro-blogging service reports 320 million active users.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer___Fitbit wants its latest entry-level fitness tracker to be fashionable, as it offers bands made with leather or stainless steel, rather than traditional, rubber-like material.The fancier styles for the new Fitbit Alta will cost extra — $60 for leather and $100 for stainless steel, for instance. The base model, with standard material, will cost $130.New features include reminders to move if you’ve been sitting down too long. Many competing fitness devices already have this feature, but the Fitbit hasn’t had it until now.The Alta follows last month’s unveiling of the Blaze, a mid-level model. Unlike the Blaze, the Alta won’t have a heart-rate monitor or a colour screen. The Alta and Blaze will both start shipping next month. The Blaze is expected to get the move reminders in a future software update.Fitbit is the market leader in fitness-tracking devices, though it’s still an emerging business, with questions about how long people actively use devices once they get them. Competitors include smartwatches from Apple and others.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 12:54 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In Tech: Instagram video series, billion-user club, Fitbit read more

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 profit and revenue down adjusted earnings up

TORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI) reported a drop in its first-quarter profits compared with a year ago as it was hit fair value adjustments related to foreign currency embedded derivatives in some of its customer contracts.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollar, says it earned US$262 million attributable to common shareholders or 34 cents per diluted share.That compared with a profit attributable to common shareholders of $305 million or 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue for the quarter slipped to $2.79 billion compared with $2.82 billion in the first three months of 2015.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $367 million or 48 cents per diluted share for the quarter compared with $308 million or 39 cents per diluted share a year ago.Thomson Reuters chief executive Jim Smith said the results were in line with expectations.“It is encouraging to see the continued positive trajectory of our business, despite a somewhat volatile and challenging period in external markets during the first quarter,” Smith said in a statement. Thomson Reuters reports Q1 profit and revenue down, adjusted earnings up by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 5:03 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

DR Congo Attack on peacekeeping helicopter unacceptable says UN envoy

The United Nations Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region has condemned the armed rebel attack on a UN helicopter in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) calling the act “unacceptable.”“I learned with deep concern that a MONUSCO [United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC]] helicopter came under direct fire from positions held by the M23 rebel movement in the Rumangabo region,” Mary Robinson said in a statement.“I strongly condemn this serious incident that threatens the security of MONUSCO personnel.”In the past year, clashes have continued sporadically throughout the DRC’s eastern region, with rebels briefly occupying the main city, Goma, in November 2012. The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.“I wish to remind the M23 leadership that any act aimed at obstructing MONUSCO in the exercise of its mandate, as stipulated by the United Nations Security Council resolution 2098, is unacceptable,” Ms. Robinson said. MONUSCO is tasked with the protection of civilians in the DRC. In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the Mission to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.Yesterday, the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, condemned the attack and reiterated the Mission’s determination to continue its operations. read more

Column What do the results of the German election mean for Ireland

first_imgANGELA MERKEL’S PARTY, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, CSU, emerged as the big winners of last Sunday’s federal election. The Union, as the two parties are commonly referred, won 41.8 per cent or 311 seats out of a total of 630 according to the Federal returning officer. The result leaves the Union 19 seats short of an absolute majority in the Bundestag.The main opposition party, the Social Democratic Party, SPD, on the other hand had a disappointing night. The SPD increased their vote by just 3 per cent, leaving them 16.2 per cent behind the CDU. The party now has 192 seats.The ‘coalition king makers’ of German politicsThe big losers were the preferred coalition partners of the Union and the SPD. The liberal Free Democratic Party, FDP, who were in coalition with the Union, failed to make the 5 per cent threshold required to enter the Bundestag. The party, once the coalition king makers of German politics, no longer has any national parliamentarians. A startling result when one considers that the FDP has spent more time in power than any other party in post war Germany.The Greens, Die Grünen, who the SPD have formed a coalition at the federal level on two occasions, also suffered. The party dropped by 2.3 points to 8.4 per cent. That leaves the party with 63 seats, one behind the left or Die Linke, who with 64 seats, are now the third biggest party in the Bundestag.Forming the next German governmentDespite the media commentary on possible coalition options there is only one real scenario: a grand coalition between the Union and the SPD. Though the SPD will likely to extract a high price for going into coalition with the Union, the SPD will give Merkel a commanding majority in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, the second chamber in Germany’s bicameral parliamentary system. With such a majority, Merkel will be secure for four more years.While the SPD, Die Grünen and Die Linke would have the numbers to form a coalition government, the SPD has consistently ruled out governing with the Die Linke for ideological reasons. However the real reason for not going into power with the Die Linke is the threat that the Die Linke poses to the SPDs base. The SPD is hardly going to allow its main competition on the left to increase its profile at the national level by sharing power with it.Likewise the Union and Die Grünen would have enough seats to form a government. However the CDU and the Die Grünen have only ever formed two governments at Länder level and both governments were short-lived. The collapse of those governments saw the CDU lose power in Hamburg and forced to seek a grand coalition in Saarland. Thus while the Union’s dominance would be greater over the Die Grünen than the SPD, a Union/Die Grünen coalition could bring about great political instability and/or an early end of Merkel’s chancellorship.The Union would also be wary of going sharing power with a party that promised to increase taxes, campaigned to ban meat from work canteens one day a week and that is mired in a paedophile scandal. Again a Union/Die Linke coalition would have the numbers, but the ideological difference is so great between the parties that this will not be considered by Merkel.Finally, while the Union is 19 seats short of an absolute majority, a Union minority government is not feasible. Though a minority government could win the support of opposition parties in the Bundestag, the price for such support would be too high. Such a scenario would allow the SPD or Die Grünen to effectively dictate domestic and European policy, which would leave Merkel a lame duck chancellor.What would a grand coalition mean for Ireland and Europe?Some have argued that a grand coalition would present the best chance of changing Germany’s policy in the euro area. While on the face of it the addition of a left party like the SPD might bring about change, I cannot foresee this happening.The SPD in the 17th Bundestag supported Merkel’s policy towards distressed Eurozone economics like Ireland’s. True, the SPD in opposition argued against the policy of austerity that Ireland had to push through and the party even floated the possibility of Eurobonds. In reality the SPD supported the Union/ FDP government in all of the major votes that were held on Germany’s eurozone policy during the 17th Bundestag.In exchange for its support, the SPD have managed to extract only minor concessions such as the pledge to introduce the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) at a European level. Whether the FTT will ever see the light of day is highly debatable. The SPD were just as impotent when in government. In Merkel’s first government, a grand coalition, the SPD failed to make their voices heard when Merkel was pressing ahead with her approach in tackling the 2008 financial crisis in European.The support for Merkel’ eurozoneThis impotence will continue in any future grand coalition. Do not expect the SPD to be able to push Merkel towards a Francois Hollande style approach to the eurozone crisis. The SPD are hampered in this regard by the support of the majority of Germans towards Merkel’s eurozone. Even if the SPD wanted greater flexibility in dealing with the eurozone crisis, its hands may be tied by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.The Constitutional Court will rule next month on the legality of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) bond-buying programme. While the Court is expected to rule that the ECB programme is not illegal, it is likely to make the implementation of such policy quite difficult.It would not be surprising if the Court made the same decision regarding the use of money from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in the recapitalising of Ireland’s legacy bank debts. Thus except the SPD to continue to support Merkel’s eurozone policy into the future.For Ireland, a grand coalition will not ease the difficult choices that will have to be made in this budget or any other budgets going forward. Nor will a grand coalition agree to reduce any conditions that Ireland would be required to implement for any future financial support.The thorny issue of corporation taxIreland should also not bank on its economic recovery been aided by the grand coalition changing Germany’s eurozone policy to one that encourages more growth. However there may be movement, and not to Ireland’s benefit, on the issue of corporation tax. The SPD may push for an examination of corporation tax across the European Union as a way to raise revenue to tackle the eurozone crisis. Such a scenario is highly probable when one considers the legal difficulties of implementing the FTT and the negative view that many in the SPD have towards Ireland’s low corporation tax.Ireland will therefore have to use every tool in its diplomatic armoury in Brussels and Berlin to ensure that Irelands corporation tax remains a core Irish competency rather than a Brussels one. Never have the results of a German federal election mattered so much.David Moloney is currently a tutor of Comparative European Politics and Issues of European Integration at the University of Limerick. David will be beginning his PhD at the University in January 2014 after having been awarded a scholarship; his PhD will explore the impact of Ireland as a bargaining actor in the Council of Ministers of the European Union during the financial crisis. David is a former employee of the European Parliament.last_img read more

Easter celebrations go awry around Greece with rocket wars and fireworks

first_imgGreek Easter was celebrated with family, feasting and fireworks around the world. For some, however, the celebrations were marred by injury and death.The Greek fireworks tradition after the midnight mass dates from the 19th century and causes frequent accidents, such as the death of a 54-year-old cameraman filming the fireworks in Kalamata, Peloponnese.The practice is illegal without an official permit, however locals flout the ban with homemade explosives.READ MORE: Holy Week traditions and the symbolism behind themFootage from the central Athens district of Neos Kosmos showed locals throwing petrol bombs to mark Christ’s resurrection. The ‘Easter War’ takes place every year following the service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Agent MilinkovicSavic is a happy man at Lazio

first_imgSergej Milinkovic-Savic’s agent claims the player is enjoying life at Lazio suggesting he won’t be leaving the club in the January transfer window.Milinkovic-Savic has been a subject of transfer speculation with both Milan clubs keen on his services despite renewing his Lazio contract.“Sergej is really, really happy at Lazio,” the former Chelsea striker told Football Italia via lalaziosiamonoi.it.“He showed how much he loves the club and fans by choosing to stay, despite having many offers.“All young players have ups and downs. He had a tough start to the season, but game by game he’s improved, getting back to his usual levels in the last month.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“People often forget that he’s not a striker. His job isn’t to score. He does a lot for the team during a game.“He won’t leave Lazio this month, that’s 100 percent certain. It’s not right to talk about him possibly moving away every time.“He has a long contract with the Biancocelesti, he’s happy with them and above all, he’s not for sale this month.“We must respect Lotito as the President. Lazio are also a great club, with all due respect for other sides.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS ParkerEdgecombe Extols Virtues of ICTs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the engine that is driving global developments in the 21st Century, changing the way countries, businesses and individual citizens communicate, execute business and interact socially, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said.Addressing the Opening Session of the URCA/Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s (CTU) ‘ICT Week’ on Tuesday evening (November 28, 2017) at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe, who has responsibility for Information and Communications, told delegates that the region “must embrace these changing technological dynamics which are influencing the evolution of every sector of global society,” in order to keep pace.“We must always keep in mind that our global competitiveness depends on our ability to understand and effectively respond to the changing dynamics of the 21st Century world; technology is an integral part of that response,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe told participants.“Doing business in the world today requires Small Island Developing States (SIDS) — like most of CTU’s membership in the Caribbean – to work collaboratively through opportunities like ICT Week to explore how we can more affectively address the challenges we face in the changing global environment.“During this session, we have an opportunity to evaluate our progress as individual nations and as a region, discuss global standards and best practices, and to help determine our level of compliance with such.   We must also be open to exploring new options to empower our individual nations and the region.   The single ICT space initiative, the Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project, and the ICT Collaboration Forum, are examples of the kind of collaborative ICT development drive that will position our small nations to compete on the global stage,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe added.Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the Government of The Bahamas understands the “intrinsic value of technology” and the need for regional and global collaboration.“These changing dynamics are indeed fundamental in ensuring transparency and accountability within government, and [are] fully embraced by this new Administration, led by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.“We also realize the importance of consultation and need to merge with Bahamian, regional and international expertise to build on existing foundations, while charting a course of the nation’s future.   Our active and participatory membership in organizations such as the CTU demonstrates our commitment to this regional and global technological revolution that has changed, and continues to change, the way we communicate, execute business and interact socially,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe added.Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said less than three weeks ago, The Bahamas welcomed leading technology experts from around the world, including Silicon Valley, for a major Technology Expo in Freeport, Grand Bahama.“We are optimistic that this initial attempt to expose the international ICT community to possible investment opportunities in The Bahamas, together with the introduction of the appropriate laws and policies, will facilitate the establishment of an industry that will create new opportunities for Bahamians.“We were encouraged by the number of companies and experts that demonstrated an interest in our country through their presence at the Expo.”Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe urged ICT policymakers and experts to commit to finding ways to more effectively utilize technology to bridge the geographical gap “that is often used as a divisive force.”“Let us ensure that we embark on meaningful, realistic and mutually beneficial discussions on this proposed single ICT space,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

Fletcher believes Pogba can be Uniteds matchwinner under Solksjaer

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Paul Pogba can rediscover his best form at Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.The Stoke City midfielder believes Pogba remains “a match-winner” and has backed the midfielder to flourish if given a free role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Juventus star has struggled to justify the £89 million price tag since the Red Devils paid for him in the summer of 2016. Part of the problem Pogba had was finding his role in Jose Mourinho’s system. Fletcher hopes that things would change for the 25-year-old now that Solskjaer has been appointed an interim manager for Manchester United.“When I was out ill I worked for six months with the reserves with Warren Joyce, and that’s what we did. We gave him a free role. We said to him, go and play, get on the ball and make things happen.” Fletcher told talkSPORT.“Obviously he worked hard as well, that was asked of him.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But we didn’t play him as a central midfielder, somebody who was controlling the game, we played him higher up the pitch as a number ten, he could go left, he could go right.”“We let him be a free spirit and he was a match-winner.”“He could win games, he could create chances and he loved getting on the ball and trying things, but at least he was doing in the attacking third.”“So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he’s matured now and I’ve seen him do it for France, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it for Man United.”last_img read more

Martyr of 1857 revolt paid glowing tributes

first_imgKoti: Rich tributes were paid to Syed Allauddin, also known as maulvi, at a symposium jointly organized by the Telangana Council for Historical Research (TCHR) and department of History, University College for Women, Koti today.Allauddin attacked the British Residency which presently houses the college precisely on this day in the year 1857 to get the release of havildar Chidda Khan who rebelled against the British Army that he was serving and was kept in captivity by the British Resident at Hyderabad. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Allauddin was deeply distressed by the events and elicited support of about 300 persons and led the attack against the British Resident. In the gun battle that ensued six died and Maulvi was captured, tried and sent to Port Blair jail. During his incarceration he became physically weak and eventually died. Speakers at the symposium recalled the valour and patriotism of Maulvi and stressed the need for study of history and the reiterated the axiom that history teaches us lessons provided we are prepared to learn. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us T Vivek, former member of TS Public Service Commission, observed that history was a continuum and called upon historians to bring to light the events and the individuals who impacted the course of history. He felt that history had been unkind to the martyr Maulvi whose valour and heroism had not received attention of the historian. Captain L Panduranga Reddy, a member of Royal Historical Society, London, dwelt at length on the schools of interpretation in history and shared the trials and tribulations he faced during the course of gathering information about maulvi from the jail authorities of Port Blair. Advertise With Us He demanded that the government name one of the gates of the college after the maulvi and re-name the road junction near the college as Allauddin chowk. Prof Adapa Satyanarayana emphasised the need for writing Telangana history by including those who impacted the course of history cutting across class, creed and caste hierarchies and make history an inclusive discipline. Dr G Venakat Ram Reddy, a retired civil servant and president of TCHR presided over the function and gave details of the life and heroism of Maulvi. Dr. Aruna Pariti proposed a vote of thanks. Prof A Roja Rani, principal of the college, was present.last_img read more

Guaido challenges Maduro through humanitarian aid in Venezuela

first_imgSimplified world map showing countries that support Nicolas Maduro and those that have recognised Juan Guido. Photo: AFPBoosted by the backing of 19 European Union countries, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido is ploughing on with his bid to bring humanitarian aid into the country despite president Nicolas Maduro’s vow to block it.Venezuela’s National Assembly, headed by self-proclaimed acting president Guaido, was to discuss the process of gathering badly-needed food and medicines in neighbouring countries before bringing it in.Guaido has pleaded with the military, the key power behind Maudro’s authority, not to block the aid, claiming that up to 300,000 people face death without it.”Here in Venezuela nothing will enter, not one invading soldier,” said Maduro, who claims humanitarian aid would be a precursor to a US-led invasion.Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States of being behind an attempted coup by Guaido, who declared himself acting president on 23 January.The US, which has not ruled out a military intervention in crisis-wracked Venezuela, was the first to recognise his claims followed by a dozen Latin American countries.Britain, France and Spain were among 19 EU nations to side with Guaido on Monday after Maduro ignored a deadline they had set for him to announce new presidential elections.InterferenceGuaido is trying to force Maduro from power, set up a transitional government and hold a new presidential poll.He thanked each EU country in turn on Twitter “for supporting all Venezuelans in this struggle we undertake to rescue our nation’s democracy, freedom and justice.”But key Maduro ally Russia slammed what it called interference in the oil-rich but now poor Latin American country, saying it was an attempt to “legitimise usurped power.”Guaido, 35, claims his legitimacy from the constitution and has been ramping up pressure on Maduro by calling his supporters out into the streets.The next mass demonstration is due for 12 February.Guaido and Maduro led rival rallies in Caracas on Saturday that brought tens of thousands of people into the streets.Guaido must still find a way to bring in the humanitarian aid given the military’s loyalty to Maduro.The young lawmaker accused the military on Monday of planning to divert aid being stockpiled in Colombia, Brazil and an unidentified Caribbean island, in order to distribute it through the socialist government’s subsidised food programme for its own supporters.Guaido appealed to the military’s “conscience” to let the aid reach those most in need.Guaido knows he also needs the armed forces on his side to dislodge Maduro, although he was boosted on Saturday by the defection of a top air force general.His fledgling alternative administration will also hold talks in Washington 14 February on responding to “the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history.”‘Confrontation’Analysts Eurasia Group say the humanitarian crisis “represents a lose-lose gambit for Maduro as he will either have to allow the goods to enter the country, further bolstering Guaido, or force the military to block their entry, which would likely lead to more blowback in the streets.”Maduro, though, remains steadfast.”They want to send two little trucks with four casseroles. Venezuela doesn’t have to beg to anyone,” he said.”If they want to help then end the blockade and the sanctions.”The US has stepped up the pressure on Maduro’s regime by imposing sanctions on state oil company PDVSA in a bid to starve the administration of its funding.But on Monday, Guaido accused Maduro of trying to illicitly transfer up to $1.2 billion from public coffers to a bank in Uruguay, urging the Montevideo government “not to lend itself to stealing.”Under Maduro’s stewardship, oil-dependent Venezuela has plunged into an economic crisis, suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine.Eurasia said US oil sanctions are “set to have a broad impact” with the government facing “the prospect of running out of gasoline, which could serve as another social catalyst.”Maduro won’t caveGuaido branded Maduro illegitimate over his re-election in May, which the opposition boycotted after several of its leaders were either jailed, barred or forced into exile.The US and EU dismissed the elections as a fraud.Maduro has flatly rejected demands for new elections, telling Spanish television he would not “cave in to pressure.”He has supported plans for a meeting of Latin American and EU states in a “Contact Group” in Montevideo on Thursday, though, saying it would lead to “dialogue.”The United Nations said 40 people were killed in clashes with security forces in a week of protests last month, coinciding with Guaido’s self-proclamation as acting leader. Local NGO Foro Penal said almost 1,000 people were detained between 21 and 31 January.last_img read more

Baltimore Fashion Week

first_imgThe 9th annual Baltimore Fashion Week is Aug. 12– 14. The event will be held at 101 North Gay Street in Baltimore City. For more information go to baltimore-fashionweek.com.last_img

Study of zebrafish skin patterns shows cells chasing other cells around w

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Zebrafish, unsurprisingly, have striped bodies, reminiscent of zebras. But how does its biology decide to create the stripped patterns, and how does it make it come about? Research by the team in Japan, may be about to provide an answer.Scientists have wondered about how animals get their stripes or spots for years. Are they hard-coded in DNA, the same way that an organism is able to produce an arm or leg, or is there some other mechanism at work? Oddly, Alan Turing, the famous math and computer visionary asked himself this very question back in the 1950’s, and it turns out his theory may turn out to be closer than anyone expected. He came up with a mathematical model that described the interactions between two molecules—one that causes a pattern to appear and one that attempts to stop it. In this new research, it’s not molecules, but whole cells that appear to be doing something similar.To find out what’s going on with the zebrafish’s stripes, the researchers placed a single yellow pigment cell (xanthophore) in a Petri dish and watched it wander around aimlessly. They did the same with a black pigment cell (melanophore) and found it behaved in much the same way. But when they placed both in a Petri dish, they discovered the yellow cell (using finger-like projections) actually chased the black cell around. They noted the black cells were able to move slightly faster, which meant there was a constant game of near catch and run. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Computer simulation explains why zebras have stripes PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Study of zebrafish skin patterns shows cells chasing other cells around (w/ video) (2014, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-zebrafish-skin-patterns-cells-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 The researchers can’t prove it, at least not yet, but they suspect the game of catch and run exhibited by the two cells is what results in the stripes seen on a whole fish. If there were hundreds, or thousands of such cells all playing catch and run with each other, they suggest, it’s possible that the end result would be a corralling of the black cells, resulting in a shape that to us looks like long black stripes. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: “In vitro analysis suggests that difference in cell movement during direct interaction can generate various pigment patterns in vivo,” by Hiroaki Yamanaka and Shigeru Kondo. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan has discovered that one type of zebrafish pigment cell chases another around in a Petri dish possibly explaining how they fish gets its stripes. The team has published its findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Much more work will have to be done in this area, of course, but for now, it appears possible that some animals at least, get their coloring as the result of physical actions taken by cells, rather than genetic imprinting.last_img read more

Narwhal tusk length linked to testes mass suggesting its purpose is for

first_img The narwhal tusk has inspired a lot of theories regarding its reason for existing (for use as a weapon, water tester or even as a means of conjuring magic) but thus far, most remain just that because of the lack of study done on the whales in their native environment. In this latest effort the research team set out to learn more about both narwhal and beluga whales, specifically their mating practices, because they would like to better understand how both whales might react to global warming.To learn more about the whales, the researchers obtained data collected between the years 1997 to 2008 by Inuits who are allowed to hunt the whales. The data consisted mainly of measurements, which included the reproductive tracts of every whale caught, and the length and girth of narwhal tusks. In studying the measurements, the team found what appears to be a very clear correlation between testes mass in narwhals, and tusk length—the more massive the testes, the longer the tusk. This, the team claims, indicates that the tusk is used by the males to attract females, or conversely, it’s a sign females use to determine which males will likely be the most fertile.The team also reports that they found no significant differences between narwhal and beluga reproductive tract length for males or females, though the beluga whale had much larger testes relative to body size than narwhals, suggesting that beluga males have more female sexual partners.Thus far the research group doesn’t appear to have found any evidence to suggest how either whale species might respond to global warming (which will mean warming sea temperatures), but they do conclude that because of the different mating strategies used by the whales, they likely will respond differently to climate change. More information: Mating ecology of beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) and narwhal (Monodon monoceros) as estimated by reproductive tract metrics, Marine Mammal Science, 2014. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12165AbstractNarwhal and beluga whales are important species to Arctic ecosystems, including subsistence hunting by Inuit, and little is understood about their mating ecology. Reproductive tract metrics vary across species in relation to mating strategy, and have been used to infer mating ecology. Reproductive tracts from beluga and narwhal were collected between 1997 and 2008 from five beluga stocks and two narwhal stocks across the Canadian Arctic. Tract length for males and females, relative testes mass for males, and tusk length for male narwhal were measured. We assessed variation relative to species, body size, stock, maturity, and season. Significant variation was found in testes mass across month and stock for beluga, and no significant difference between stock or date of harvest for narwhal. Beluga had significantly larger testes relative to body size than narwhal, suggesting they were more promiscuous than narwhal. A significant relationship was found between narwhal tusk length and testes mass, indicating the tusk may be important in female mate choice. No significant differences were found between narwhal and beluga reproductive tract length for males or females. The mating systems suggested for narwhal and belugas by our results mean the two species may respond differently to climate change. Narwhales. Credit: Glenn Williams, public domain Citation: Narwhal tusk length linked to testes mass suggesting its purpose is for attracting females (2014, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-narwhal-tusk-length-linked-mass.html Journal information: Marine Mammal Science (Phys.org) —A team of researchers studying narwhal and beluga whales in their native Arctic ecosystem has found what appears to be a correlation between testes mass and tusk length in narwhals—suggesting the horn-like appendage exists as a means for males to attract females. In their paper published in Marine Mammal Science, the team describes how they obtained narwhal anatomy measurements and why they believe the tusk serves mostly as a fertility draw.center_img Explore further Unicorn-like narwhal studied for sensory use of tusks © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Value of Australias Cruise industry soars past 5 billion dollars

first_imgThe Value of Australia’s Cruise Industry soars past $5 billionValue of Australia’s Cruise industry soars past 5 billion dollarsA record number of ships making a record number of visits to ports around Australia has seen the value of the cruise industry surge past $5 billion for the first time, but sluggish growth for New South Wales spells crunch time for the nation’s gateway port, Sydney.A new report has revealed that the Australian cruise industry’s national economic output surged by 15.4 per cent in 2016-17 to reach $5.3 billion, up from $4.6 billion in 2015-16.Commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, the independent report revealed that cruise line expenditure exceeded $1.5 billion, up 12 per cent on the previous financial year, while direct passenger expenditure rose 19.8 per cent to almost $1.2 billion.The indirect and induced contribution of cruise tourism made up the rest of the figure with the industry’s suppliers and their employees contributing a further $2.6 billion, up 15 per cent on 2015-16.With a record 58 cruise ships sailing local waters in 2016-17, and more than half offering local itineraries, there was a 19 per cent increase in cruise ship visit days to 1401 in total. Ship visit days for homeported vessels increased by 14.5 per cent while transit ship visit days jumped 23 per cent.Highlighting the value of homeported ships, the report found that passengers spent on average $527 a day in a port before or after their cruise, compared to $153 during a transit day, adding up to a total of $976 million, or 85 per cent of total passenger expenditure.While just about every area of the report showed positive signs, the international cruise industry has warned that infrastructure constraints in Sydney threatens further growth of the industry, resulting in economic benefits not being fully realised for Australia.According to the report, New South Wales remains the dominant cruise state, accounting for 58 per cent of the industry’s economic contribution, but its 6 per cent growth last financial year means its share has dropped 10 per cent in just two years due to Sydney reaching capacity.NSW’ sluggish growth had positive flow on effects for other states with Queensland up 14 per cent to now represent a fifth (21 per cent) of the national economic contribution or more than $1.1 billion, and Victoria experiencing a 12 per cent increase to take a 7 per cent share of the national contribution.Meanwhile increased ship deployments to Western Australia and Tasmania in 2016-17, saw both these states experience substantial growth. A 104 per cent increase to Western Australia’s coffers brought the State’s share of the national contribution in line with that of Victoria at 7 per cent, while Tasmania grew 138 per cent in total output growth to up its share to almost 3 per cent as Hobart and Port Arthur saw a spike in ship visit days.Releasing the “Cruise Tourism’s Contribution to the Australian Economy 2016-17” report in Sydney, CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell said the findings provided compelling evidence of the value of the cruise industry and how crucial its continued growth was to the economy.Managing Director of CLIA Australasia, Joel Katz, said “The latest Australian Cruise Industry Economic Impact Analysis reveals an industry with strong growth potential that generates significant national and regional economic activity. CLIA’s economic report not only quantifies our economic output and contribution, it also provides a vital insight into what’s driving the growth in our economic value from creating thousands of jobs to the economic benefits that flow to businesses and communities far beyond our ships and ports,”“The industry is now contributing more than $5 billion to Australia’s economy but it could be much more. With the nation’s cruise gateway at crisis point, the challenge is to ensure strong economic growth for years to come and the only way to make that happen is to find a solution to Sydney’s capacity constraints. Australia is one of the world’s most appealing cruise destinations for global cruise lines but Sydney is a big drawcard and if Sydney is full, this discourages more cruise ships from heading to our shores.”The report also found:A 15 per cent increase in full time equivalent jobs, meaning the cruise industry now employs 21,000 Australians each year, directly and indirectlyCombined passenger and crew visit days increased by 21 per cent to 3.4million daysThe industry carried around 200,000 international inbound cruise passengers – the equivalent of France and Italy’s inbound visitor numbers to Australia combined.Domestic cruise passengers spent $758 million in Australian port cities, with international passengers spending $392 millionAccommodation, transport, food and beverage, and shore excursions, accounted for 79 per cent of total passenger onshore expenditures, more than $900 millionCrew spent $39.5 million at Australian cruise ports with an average expenditure of $95 per crew visit ashore.Operating expenses accounted for 91 per cent of cruise line expenditure with port charges, food and beverages, fuel, and travel agent commissions accounting for most (63 per cent) costsThe economic contribution of cruise tourism was concentrated in four states, NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, which accounted for 94 per cent of economic outputNew South Wales contributed $3.1 billion to the national economic contribution, followed by Queensland with $1.1 billion and Victoria and Western Australia both benefited from a contribution of $387 million eachFor more information and a copy of the executive summary visit www.cruising.org.auSource = Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)last_img read more