Pyeongchang organizers looking into ‘possible attack’ on internet, Wi-Fi


first_imgThe games are being held about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since an armistice in 1953.An International Olympic Committee spokesman said drones that were scheduled to be used in the opening ceremony were not deployed. Spokesman Mark Adams called it an “impromptu logistical change” and did not say whether it was related to the Wi-Fi and internet outage. Global opens AFC Cup bid vs Thanh Hoa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City People arrive at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.Organizing committee spokeswoman Nancy Park said the defense ministry and a cybersecurity team were investigating the outage that occurred Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It didn’t affect the opening ceremony,” Park said. “It went as planned. We just had some issue with our internal system.”Park said Saturday that the systems had been “normalized” without giving details. She earlier declined to speculate on the cause and said she did not want to call it a cyberattack.In a statement, organizers issued an apology “to all those affected. These have not disrupted any events.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSouth Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website.The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea’s ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Also on hand was U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12


first_imgGilas Pilipinas will be without naturalized center Andray Blatche for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon this August.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games READ: Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over IranRounding up the roster are Raymond Almazan and Fil-German big man ChristianStandhardinger, who took Blatche’s place.In an earlier report from the Inquirer, Blatche was reluctant in joining the team because of the peace and order situation in Beirut, Lebanon.Gilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the continental championships, with Australia and New Zealand participating for the first time, from August 8 to 20.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Embattled Olympic boxing body picks Russia for 2019 worlds FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster Tuesday night with just two weeks left before the Philippines shoots for the Asian title after years of finishing with the silver medal.READ: Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVeterans June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar banner the team together with returning defender Gabe Norwood.Rookies Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy were also retained in the roster along with cadet Carl Bryan Cruz.center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3


first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Curry scored 47 points—a playoff career-high for the three-time champion—but the Warriors still find themselves in some postseason trouble. Missing Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney with injuries, the Warriors fell 123-109 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night and now trail these NBA Finals 2-1.“Steph was incredible,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The stuff he does is, he does things that honestly I don’t think anybody has ever done before. The way he plays the game, the way he shoots it and the combination of his ball handling and shooting skills, it’s incredible to watch. He was amazing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThough it’s no consolation to Curry, his 47 points were the second-most ever by a player in a finals game loss. The only time someone scored more and wasn’t on the winning team that night was LeBron James, who scored 51 points on this same Oracle Arena floor in Game 1 of last year’s title series. Golden State wound up sweeping Cleveland.Thompson didn’t play because of his strained left hamstring, Looney’s season is over because of an upper-body injury sustained in Game 2 and Durant sat out for the eighth consecutive game with a calf injury. Game 4 of this series is Friday, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Durant and Thompson back in the lineup for the two-time defending NBA champions. Thompson was lobbying to play Wednesday, and Durant has been ramping up toward a return. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors need them.Or else their reign might end, no matter how great Curry is the rest of the way.“The moment is now,” Curry said. “You’ve got to try to have a next-man-up mentality, like we always say, and just go out and fight. We did that tonight. We can play better, obviously better on the defensive end. But I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay.”It was evident from the outset that if the Warriors were going to somehow win without both Thompson and Durant in the lineup, it would be Curry carrying the load.He darn near made it happen.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Not that he’s not amazing pretty often,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said, “but tonight was a special performance by him.”Curry scored Golden State’s first five field goals. He had 25 points and eight rebounds by halftime, the first time in his 803-game career that he put up those numbers in the first 24 minutes of a game. Midway through the third quarter, he was outscoring all of his teammates combined. He had his entire arsenal working — 3-pointers, layups, free throws. He was diving for loose balls. He even won a jump ball.He conceded nothing.Curry just didn’t have enough help. Or, maybe more accurately, the Raptors had too many answers.“We tried to up our presence on him a little bit with some double teams, but it doesn’t really matter,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “All that matters is … my dad used to tell me the stats don’t matter, just the final score. So we’ll just take the win and be thankful for that.”All five Toronto starters scored somewhere between 17 and 30 points. The Raptors made 17 3-pointers, Fred VanVleet’s desperation 3 with just under 2 minutes left put Toronto up by 13, and that’s when Kerr decided to empty the bench.Curry’s night ended there, with the eighth-highest single-game scoring performance in NBA Finals history. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists, ending with a stat line that only James has done in a finals game.“We fought, but we lost,” Curry said. “So we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and just recalibrate for Game 4.” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry did all he could to lead the injury-depleted Golden State Warriors.It wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

This hilarious parody will make you love your desi roots even more


first_imgFor centuries the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent have been assumed to be a bunch of samosa-eating-yoga-loving-henna-sporting individuals.While there is no denying the fact that these stereotypes exist for a reason, and are even true to some extent (samosas are fantastic and yoga is downright wonderful) but to limit our existence to just these stereotypes is plain unfair. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.We’re, in fact, talking about two LA-based YouTubers, Krishna Kumar and Kausar Mohammad, whose latest video has them embracing their ‘desi-ness’ like it’s nobody’s business!Titled Namaste, the video has them crooning to Beyonce’s recent and extremely badass track, Formation. From arranged marriages and threaded eyebrows to the Kamasutra and Priyanka Chopra, Krishna and Kausar’s track makes it a point to mention all the stereotypes the residents of the Indian subcontinent are associated with.Also Read: Meet the daddy of all 50 Shades of Grey parodies And what happens when you throw in some Beyonce-inspired steps in a video about being desi? Sheer brilliance, of course. With lyrics like, “I’m so reckless when I rock my handmade sari dress/Parents so possessive trying to arrange marriages” and “I got hot samosas in my bag, swag” the track is packed with witty and hilarious one-liners.But to just think of this video as a hilarious parody would be trivialising its existence because in actuality, it’s so much more than that.Also Read: We left swipe the new Tinder ad, and here’s why you probably will too advertisementOnly recently the internet went berserk when rapper Azealia Banks accused Zayn Malik of copying one of her music videos and hurling homophobic and racist abuses at him.Malik, who has Pakistani roots, was addressed by Banks as a “curry scented b***h” and was ‘threatened’ with sentences such as: “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b**ch” over a rather hostile Twitter exchange.The incident sent the social media world into a frenzy and led to people from across India and Pakistan uploading their pictures using the hashtag #curryscentedbi*ch–which now seems like a mere trailer for Krishna and Kausar’s Namaste.Watch the video here.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: India beat Kyrgyz Republic courtesy Sunil Chhetri’s lone strike


first_imgSunil-Chhetri led India defeated Kyrgyz Republic 1-0 to go top of the Group A table of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier with six points and registered their eighth win on the trot on Tuesday.Thanks to a brilliant goal by captain Chhetri in the 69th minute, India scooped the match despite Kyrgyz Republic giving them a hard time.India had a nervous start where goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu came off his line in the 3rd minute and fouled opposition’s Anton Zemlianukhin who has to be stretched off.Despite early pressure by Kyrgystan, India began to find their feet 15 minutes into the game and started looking for spaces in the Kyrgyz defence.Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jackichand Singh and Chhetri all showed their mettle and created various chances but failed to find the net.In the 55th minute, Kyrgyz Republic missed a brilliant chance after their attempt hit the woodwork. It wasn’t only luck because the Indian defence showed excellent spirit and resilience in some close shaves with Kyrgystan. In the 59th minute, Sandesh Jhinghan pulled off a stunning goalline clearance to keep India alive in the match.Soon in the 69th minute, Chhetri collected the ball in his own half, ran through the defenders to pass the ball to Jeje who returned the ball to the captain with a beautiful chip only for India’s leading goalscorer to give a perfect finish to the move.From there on, India kept a compact defence and looked for chances to go forward.In the 91st minute, Robin Singh had a brilliant chance to kill the game as he timed his run perfectly to a clever pass from Chhetri only to send the ball flying over.advertisementWith a crucial save in the 93rd minute by Gurpreet, India capped the game, held their nerves and grabbed those crucial three points.India will next travel to Macau for their third and final group game of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on September 5, though India’s advancement to the next stage is all but done.last_img read more

HC asks Sports Ministry Secy to review selection process for Taekwondo in Asian Games


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today appointed the secretary of Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as one-man panel for reviewing the selection of sports persons to represent India in Taekwondo in the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the decision of the secretary on the selection process shall be considered final and would not be contested. The court also asked the secretary to consider the case of six Taekwondo players, who have moved the court, and other sports persons who might approach him.Two women and four men Taekwondo players have approached the high court seeking direction to the Union Ministry of Sports and other authorities to include their names in the list of players who would represent India in the Asian Games.The petitions claimed that selection of the sports persons has not been conducted in a manner it should have been done, and the concerned National Sports Federation has been suspended and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has not held any trials.They sought direction to the Sports Authority of India to conduct the selection trials for Taekwondo players, and to the Sports Ministry to allow the selected players to participate and represent the country in the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2.Advocate Saurabh Jain, appearing for two women players Purva Dattatray Dixit and Kashish Malik, said there was no representation from India for Taekwondo (Kyurogi) in all categories and since the two women were the top ranking players in their respective categories, they should be sent to represent the country in the Asian Games.advertisementThe court noted it was apparent that there were several other players placed higher in the ranking in Taekwondo and have not been considered,and it appeared that it was not feasible to now conduct any trials. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya said the secretary of Sports ministry shall examine the averments in the petitions and the process adopted for selection of the Indian contingent, and take a comprehensive view. The court said, “Accordingly, the secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is appointed by this court to act as a one-man committee for reviewing the selection of the sports persons to represent India in the sport of Taekwondo”. It said the secretary shall consider the matter expeditiously within two days and granted liberty to the players to appear before him tomorrow. The court clarified that this order was passed in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the cases as the necessary process for selection has not been carried out, and the IOA has also failed to select the requisite number of participants. It said the order was passed in the “larger interest of the nation to ensure that the best team represent this country in the sport of Taekwondo”. When the counsel for IOA objected to the secretary deciding the matter, the judge said the contention was “wholly unmerited” and it was clear that the IOA had failed in its function to ensure that proper selection was made and must bear the responsibility of its failure.The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 30.According to the petition, 24-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for ‘under 49 kg’ in senior category (female) and has participated in various national and international events since 2010, and has secured several medals, including four gold medals in international events.Eighteen-year-old Malik is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for ‘under 57 kg’ in senior category (female) and has participated in various national and international events since 2015 and bagged several medals, including two gold and a silver in international events, the petition added. PTI SKV HMP SRY SRYlast_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur reveals why Mithali Raj was left out of India’s T20I match vs New Zealand


first_imgIndia women’s team Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur defended her decision to leave out Mithali Raj from the playing XI in the first T20I against New Zealand women in Wellington on Wednesday.India were playing a T20 for the first time since their Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final exit in November last year. India suffered a 23-run defeat to New Zealand, who take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Smriti Mandhana struck a fifty off just 24 deliveries to record the fastest half-century in the shortest format by an Indian woman. Chasing 160 for a win, Mandhana hit her seventh T20I fifty but lacked support from other batters and India were bundled ou for 136.Mithali Raj was left out of the playing XI in the semi-final against England at the World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Mithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42″We are looking to give chance to the young girls. We only have these 3 overseas games and then we are playing more in Indian conditions. That’s the reason we are giving chances to the young girls,” Kaur said after the match.Mithali’s place in the T20 side has been under the scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped from the World T20 semi-final.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.advertisementPowar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Meanwhile, Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England. However, she will continue to play the 50-overs format where she is still the captain of the side.Also Watch:last_img read more

18 days agoJuventus goalscorer Higuain: We won with great character and determination


first_imgJuventus goalscorer Higuain: We won with great character and determinationby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain was delighted with the manner of victory over Inter Milan.The Argentine came off the bench to score the winner in the 2-1 triumph.“It was a great game from Juve. Inter were the most solid side in the league, they had won six out of six,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“We played with great character and determination. I am glad we took it home.“This is a great start to the season, but it’s still early and we want to fight on all fronts.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Virat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winners


first_imgVirat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winnersICC Awards: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson bagged the ICC Spirit of Cricket award while Kumar Dharmasena was adjudged Umpire of the Year.advertisement Reuters DubaiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 15:45 IST Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are the only two players who feature in the Test and ODI teams of the year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAaron Finch’s 76-ball 172 vs Zimbabwe was adjudged T20I Performance of the YearScotland’s Calum Macleod was named Associate Cricketer of the YearEmerging Cricketer of the Year award went to Rishabh PantIndian captain Virat Kohli capped a memorable 2018 season by becoming the first to win the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricketer, Test and ODI player of the year awards, the ICC said on Tuesday.Kohli, the top scorer in both Tests and one-dayers in 2018, was also named captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.The 30-year-old top-order batsman scored 1,322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 55.08, and scored 1,202 runs in 14 ODIs at an average of 133.55, notching up 11 centuries across the formats.”It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year,” Kohli said in a statement.”To be rewarded in this manner… is a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances.”ICC Men’s Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the YearCaptain of ICC Test Team of the YearCaptain of ICC Men’s ODI Team of the YearLet’s hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44nICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Kohli, who won cricketer and ODI player of the year in 2017, was the unanimous choice for the former award in 2018, with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada finishing runner-up, the ICC said.With 48% of the vote, India’s triumph in New Zealand to claim their fourth #U19CWC title was voted by you as the ICC Fans’ Moment of the Year 2018!https://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/ocdH9KrdhTadvertisementICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Rabada also finished second in the Test player category, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner-up to Kohli for the ODI award.Full list of award winners:ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!@Tomlatham2@IamDimuthKane Williamson@imVkohli (c)@HenryNicholls27@RishabPant777@Jaseholder98@KagisoRabada25@NathLyon421@Jaspritbumrah93@Mohmmadabbas111https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmmICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017-18: Rohit Sharma (IND), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper) (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mustafizur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Jasprit Bumrah (IND).Presenting the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@ImRo45@jbairstow21@imVkohli (c)@root66@RossLTaylor@josbuttler (wk)@benstokes38@Mustafiz90@rashidkhan_19@imkuldeep18@Jaspritbumrah93https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Rishabh Pant (India)Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/s5yQBuwWlvICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year – Calum Macleod (Scotland)His two ODI centuries of 2018 fired @CricketScotland to victory against Afghanistan at #CWCQ and a famous win against England at The Grange in June.@calummacleod640 is the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year 2018!https://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/ePq1kBoNTTICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Men’s T20I Performance of the Year – Aaron Finch (172 off 76 balls v Zimbabwe)(Australia)Umpire of the Year – Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)Spirit of Cricket – Kane Williamson (New Zealand)The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2018 goes to Kane Williamson, for continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the fieldhttps://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#SpiritofCricket #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/sB5VpweYhIICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Also Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 seasonAlso Read | Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIsFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ICC awardsFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Rishabh PantFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Kumar Dharmasenalast_img read more

Bernier says abortion gender identity not on Peoples Party of Canada platform


first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier says the policies of his new political party will not include anything to do with abortion or gender identity.Bernier is defending the appointment of former Christian talk show host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson to be the first candidate for the People’s Party of Canada, which he founded after parting ways with the Conservative party in August.Tyler Thompson will run in the Burnaby South byelection in British Columbia next month, with the party’s candidates for other February byelections in Ontario and Quebec likely to be named next week.Tyler Thompson has in the last two years become a vocal critic of B.C.’s curriculum on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, calling it her “hill to die on” in a column she wrote last July.Bernier has marched in pride parades and is known to be pro-choice but would not say where he specifically stands on the issue of teaching gender identity in schools, calling it a matter under provincial jurisdiction.He says only that Tyler Thompson is entitled to her opinions but she knows social-conservative issues will not be part of the party platform for the 2019 election.last_img read more

19 years after her murder in India husband still haunted by wifes


first_imgVANCOUVER — The last words Sukhwinder Singh Mithu remembers from his wife were a plea to her killers.“Don’t hurt my Mithu. Don’t hit him,” he recalls Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu uttering.On that warm June evening nearly 19 years ago, Mithu and Sidhu were returning home on a scooter in the village of Narike in Punjab after an evening out.Sidhu, who was from Maple Ridge, B.C., had secretly married Mithu — a poor rickshaw driver — a year earlier against her mother’s wishes, Indian police have said.Mithu’s voice broke in a recent interview as he recalled the attack on June 8, 2000, for which his wife’s mother and uncle have been extradited from Canada to India, where they face charges of conspiracy to murder.A lawyer for the mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha, says he is confident his clients will be found not guilty and allowed to return to Canada.“They want to spend the rest of their life in Canada,” said Simrandeep Singh Sandhu.Mithu said he is relieved that they will at last face trial, but the past two decades have been hard on him.The couple was crossing a bridge when they saw a white car, he said in Punjabi from India. He saw four people get out of the car.They ran at the pair armed with sticks and swords, said Mithu, 42.When one of their attackers tried to hit him with a sword, Mithu said he ducked and the weapon hit his wife.“She screamed and fell off the scooter,” he said, his voice breakingHe remembers jumping off his scooter and running to her.“I asked them why they were hitting her. I asked them why they were hitting us. I tried to defend her.”His wife’s screams haunt him: “She was shouting for help. She was asking ‘Are you OK, Mithu?’ “That’s when he lost consciousness.For the next few weeks he remained unconscious in hospital. It would be nearly a month before he could see again.He said no one told him of his 25-year-old wife’s death for three months because his family wanted to wait until they thought he was well enough to handle the news.Her body was found the day following the attack at the edge of a lake. Court documents say a post-mortem showed the cause of death was “shock and hemorrhage as a result of injury to the vital organs.”Sidhu’s mother and uncle believed the marriage brought dishonour to the family, Indian police have said. They have also alleged that death threats were issued to the couple and phone calls were made from Badesha’s home in B.C. to some of the perpetrators around the time of the attack.Sidhu and Mithu met in December 1994 when they both got on a three-wheeler going to a village in Punjab. Sidhu lived close to Mithu’s house and they soon started meeting.Over the next five years, they spoke on the phone between Canada and India, and exchanged more than 200 letters.“Her Punjabi was not very good. I don’t know English,” Mithu said. “But we wrote letters and talked on the phone. Our love story was before Whatsapp and smartphones.”Mithu’s lawyer, Ashwani Chaudhary, said Sidhu’s mother allegedly had her daughter sign a letter that was sent by fax to police in Punjab saying she had been kidnapped and forced into marriage by Mithu.Chaudhary alleges that Jassi Sidhu was made to believe the document — written in Punjabi, which she didn’t properly understand — was part of an application to get Mithu permanent residency in Canada.An Indian court document says when she learned about the letter in early 2000, Sidhu went back to India to give a statement to the police that she loved Mithu and married him “out of her free will” and that the marriage was “not to the liking of her parents and maternal uncle.” In 2013, Jody Wright, who worked with Sidhu at a Coquitlam beauty salon, testified at an extradition hearing in B.C. that her colleague was forced to sign a document seeking an annulment from her husband after threats were made against their lives.Sidhu and Badesha were extradited to India in January, ending a long legal battle in Canada. They were arrested on Jan. 6, 2012 — almost 12 years after Jassi Sidhu’s body was found.In a unanimous decision in 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that stopped the proceedings over concerns the mother and uncle would be poorly treated or even tortured in India.Sandeep Garg, the senior superintendent of police in the Sangrur district, said officers are finalizing their case and it will soon be presented to a court. Mithu said he is relieved the case is moving forward.“It took a very long time to get a hearing,” he said.Supt. Swaran Singh Khanna of the Bathinda police force took over the case 12 days after Sidhu’s body was found and says he was struck by the brutality of the crime.“Mithu has had to face a lot. This is a very sad case. There are no words to describe this case,” he said in Hindi. “Imagine if you had to undergo something like this.”A Supreme Court of India document says the trial court convicted seven out of 11 people who were accused of carrying out the attack, including a police officer, and acquitted four of them. India’s High Court later acquitted three more.In 2015, the court acquitted Darshan Singh Sidhu, who was accused of arranging the killing in India on behalf of the family in Canada, giving him “the benefit of doubt.”Sandhu, the lawyer for Sidhu and Badesha, said with Darshan Singh Sidhu being acquitted the rest of the evidence in his clients’ case is circumstantial.“The apex court of the country has found no constructive evidence against him and they let him go. Right now there’s nothing against them — there’s no money transaction, there’s nothing.”The case is “more of a media trial,” he said.Mithu said he clings to memories of his wife.“We would have had kids,” he said, his voice trailing off.“She used to tell me that she can die for me and can never leave me.” Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Latin America and Caribbean falling off zero hunger path towards 2030 –


“The region has taken a significant step backwards in a fight that it was winning,” Julio Berdegué, Regional Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said Thursday. “We cannot tolerate the current levels of hunger and obesity, as they will paralyze an entire generation.”Hunger rates have declined in 21 of the 27 countries of the region in recent years, but the absolute number of people suffering from hunger increased, according to the report published by FAO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).In 2016, some 42.5 million people in the region did not have enough food for their daily caloric needs, a six per cent increase, or 2.4 million additional undernourished people.“It will be very difficult for the region to reach Sustainable Development Goal 2 on eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030” if this trend does not change, said Mr. Berdegué.Only a few decades ago, governments of the region joined forces to fight against acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. Today they must also fight against overweight and obesity.“The region faces a double burden of malnutrition,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne.Overweight and obesity continue to affect all age groupsOverweight and obesity is a public health problem in all countries of the Americas, affecting all age groups.Some 7.5 per cent of those under the age of five in South America, or 2.5 million children, suffer from overweight and obesity, as do six per cent of the children in Central America and 6.9 per cent of those in the Caribbean. The rate increases with age, affecting a third of the adolescents and two thirds of the adults in the region, with women being the most affected.The problem is growing in scale to catch up with the region’s 11 per cent rate of child stunting due to chronic malnutrition. read more

New mothers should not be shamed into breastfeeding


Gill Walton, chief executive of the RCM said: “Evidence clearly shows that breastfeeding in line with WHO guidance brings optimum benefits for the health of both mother and baby. However the reality is that often some women for a variety of reasons struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding.” Midwives should promote “informed choice,” she said.“If, after being given appropriate information, advice and support on breastfeeding, a woman chooses not to do so, or to give formula as well as breastfeeding, her choice must be respected,” the senior midwife said.Britain’s rates of breastfeeding are the lowest in the developed world, with just one per cent of new mothers feeding their children purely by breast by the age of six months.The professional body said women should  not be made to feel “guilty or embarassed” about how they feed their children. We recognise that some women cannot or do not wish to breastfeed and rely on formula milkGill Walton, RCM Midwives should stop trying to shame new mothers into breastfeeding, and respect their choices, according to new advice from the Royal College of Midwives.The shift in position is a marked softening from previous guidance, which emphasised the “risks” of formula feeding while spelling out the benefits of feeding by breast.The new advice still says that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their life, in line with advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO).But it says that new mothers should be given information, advice and support – whatever choice they make.And the advice says women who want to bottle-feed their children should be given help to do so safety, and support to encourage the bonding process. But rates of breastfeeding in the UK are the lowest in the world.One third of children in the UK are breastfed at six months, with just one per cent only receiving breast-milk by this stage.The new stance by the RCM follows a long debate about the best way to encourage mothers to breastfeed.Some mothers have argued that messages such as “breast is best” are counterproductive, and mean women are more likely to give up breastfeeding if they are struggling to do so.Abi Wood, Head of Campaigns at the National Childbirth Trust, said: “We believe that parents need information and support for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding and it’s up to them to decide how to feed their babies, so we wholeheartedly support the RCM’s new statement which tallies with our position.”She said women who want decide to breastfeed needed more support.“We think that women who decide to breastfeed need support to do so and our breastfeeding counsellors supported around 20,000 women last year. We also train around 300 breastfeeding peer support workers a year, who voluntarily help mums across the UK. However more peer support schemes need to be funded as services are so inconsistent,” she said. We believe that parents need information and support for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding and it’s up to them to decide how to feed their babiesNational Childbirth Trust “We recognise that some women cannot or do not wish to breastfeed and rely on formula milk. They must be given all the advice and support they need on safe preparation of bottles and responsive feeding to develop a close and loving bond with their baby,” Ms Walton said.She said women who chose to breastfeed also needed more support.“Women should not feel guilty or embarrassed about breastfeeding in public and as a society we must continue to develop a culture of positive support for women who wish to breastfeed and educating the public is key to this,” she said.Research has found that breastfed babies have fewer health problems, such as chest infections, and are less likely to develop health problems such as diabetes, or become obese, when they are older.The NHS recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies during the first six months, continuing to do as children are weaned on to solid foods. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Gotham Prepares For the Finale by Taking Cues From Batman Comics


first_img After Jim Gordon’s run-in with Jeremiah’s bomb last week, he’s missing and feared dead. Bullock puts about as much stock in that as we do. He’s chewing out the rest of the cops for standing around, mourning. He knows just as well as we do that Gordon is going to walk in sooner rather than later. It’s nice to see Bullock take on the lead again. He falls into the role so naturally, you almost forget how bad things went the last time he was in this position. The rest of the cops haven’t, though. They aren’t too keen on taking orders from the man that got them slaughtered by the Pyg earlier this season.They don’t really have a choice, though. Jeremiah shows up outside the department with a warning. More bombs are planted all over the city, and they’ll go off in six hours. That’s the amount of time he has to evacuate everyone. And just to show he’s serious, Jerome blows up the clock tower. It’s that kind of massive setpiece action that lets you know we’re in the final two episodes of the season. A massive city-destroying threat like this should bring all of Gotham City together, and that’s what this episode is trying to do. All these previously unconnected stories are uniting to either save the city or take advantage of the chaos.Donal Logue (Cr: FOX)With Gordon seemingly out of the picture for much of the episode, Bruce Wayne is forced to take matters into his own hands. He tries offering his services to Bullock, admitting that Wayne Enterprises funded Jeremiah’s generators. He can give the schematics to Lucius Fox in hopes that he might be able to disable them. While that is exactly what happens, Bullock does it without Bruce’s help. With Gordon gone, Bullock tells Bruce to get to safety, to be with Alfred. There’s just one problem. Jerome’s goons kidnapped Alfred last episode. We all knew the show would eventually get back to that plot, but it’s still a little weird that such a major plot point of this episode was given half a scene’s worth of time in the last one.The show puts it all together really well. It’s one of those rare episodes where every storyline and subplot is important. Ever piece is important to the outcome. Lucius figures out that (the increasingly DiCaprio-esque) Jeremiah uses a main relay to trigger the bombs. Meanwhile, Penguin and Butch have found out the same thing. Their method just involved a lot more torture. They, Barbara, and Tabitha find the relay, and threaten to blow it up so they can extort Jeremiah for $50 million. Unfortunately for them, Jeremiah has a backup plan. He blows up the relay himself, and says he’ll use a direct sequence instead. Only now his terms have changed. Rather than the six hours he promised, he’ll blow up the city as soon as he gets clear.Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: FOX)Penguin and crew survive the ensuing henchmen attack, and make a call to the GCPD. They want to own the city, not see it blown up after all. On hearing the words “direct sequence,” Lucius comes up with a new plan. All they have to do is disarm the first bomb in the sequence, and the rest can’t blow up. Now if only they knew where the bombs were. That’s where Jim Gordon comes in. It’s one of those moments of perfect timing that makes me let out a delighted squeal. This episode was filled with moments like these, and was so much fun for it.See, while all this was going on, Gordon woke up in Lee’s makeshift hospital in the Narrows. Since she still has him on painkillers, he can’t run off to the GCPD just yet. He has to enlist the help of The Riddler and Lee to figure out what the schematics he stole from Jeremiah’s maze mean. There’s a great scene where the Riddler tries to puzzle together Jeremiah’s plan. It’s like watching these two iconic villains pit their skills against each other. Last year in the Batman comics, there was an arc where the Riddler and the Joker faced off, and it was a fantastic run. This scene reminded me of that. Together, Gordon and Nygma figure out that Jeremiah is targeting specific buildings in Gotham. He’s turning the city into a maze, like the one he spent his entire life in.Donal Logue, Chris Chalk and Ben McKenzie (Cr: FOX)Gordon rushes off to the GCPD to give Lucius the information he needs. Oh, and there’s some drama with whether or not Lee actually likes The Riddler or if she’s just using him. Because of course there is. Honestly, with as much fun as the rest of this story was, I just can’t care about this relationship drama. What’s important is, the one bomb is disarmed right as Jerome pushes the detonator. Because that’s just how things work on this show. When the explosions don’t happen, his gang turns on him. That’s when Jeremiah decides he’d rather work alone and incinerates all of them. He may not have the joker laugh or smile, but he certainly has the tactics down.Speaking of which, Bruce tracks Alfred to a warehouse, and this is where Jeremiah really starts to feel like the Joker. His lack of laughter or a permanent twisted smile is a little disappointing, I’ll admit. His obsession with projecting sanity makes him a little less like the clown prince of crime than his brother was. But here, with the elaborate torture maze that forces Bruce to watch Alfred in agony, Jeremiah really comes into his own. This is a Killing Joke-level trap right here. Which is certainly intentional, as the episode is called “One Bad Day.” And you know? Without the ’80s comics industry misogyny and almost-permanent sidelining of an important female character for no reason… this is better than The Killing Joke. (Even Alan Moore never liked the story. It’s bad. Fight me.)Erin Richards, Drew Powell and Jessica Lucas (Cr: FOX)This one ends in a much scarier image too. Bruce finds Alfred strapped to a chair, the entire maze filled with scarecrow’s fear toxin. Alfred takes a razor and cuts a smile into his face. He tries to do the same to Bruce. It’s a legitimately scary scene, and for a second it had me fooled. The Selena finds the real Alfred. It turns out it was Bruce, not Alfred, under the influence of fear toxin. He just saw a random person with grey hair cut his face up. Still disturbing, but not as bad as if it had really been Alfred.Last night’s Gotham was really well put together, and might be the most the show has ever felt like the Batman comics it’s based on. For better and for worse, really. It’s only in the episode’s final moments that it started not to work for me. First, while contemplating his next move, Jeremiah is contacted by Ra’s Al Ghul. Because we can’t just be done with him already. Maybe this new partnership will finally make this version of Ra’s work? I hope? Ra’s Al Ghul sets Jeremiah after Bruce Wayne, and that’s where this episode completes its adaptation of The Killing Joke. The worst part of The Killing Joke. As Bruce and Selina talk over everything that happend (and kiss! Awww!), Jeremiah shows up and shoots Selina in the stomach. Did we really need to repeat this part of Batman history? We can only take comfort in the fact that they’re probably not going to paralyze Catwoman. At least not for long. And we can be reasonably sure that nobody at DC looked at this plot point and said, “cripple the bitch,” as Alan Moore recalls Len Wein did when he brought up the idea for The Killing Joke. I guess there’s some comfort in that. We’ll have to see how they handle it in next week’s season finale. No matter what, this episode set us up for a spectacle.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Q: What helped to improve the adoption?  A: Good tools are important to improving adoption. For example, giving the radiologist the ability to flag something by keyword or click a few checkboxes and move on to the next study. This is possible in the peer review solution provided by McKesson. The system assigns the radiologist a certain number of cases and allows him or her to both view a prior exam and, on the fly, complete peer review work. They can make a comment right away and take care of some peer review as part of their normal workflow.  Another important aspect that improved adoption was illustrating some of the prime benefits of the quality and workflow activities. At OSF these new workflow processes helped to improve communication between clinicians and ultimately provide better care to those we serve. The workflow solution helps ensure that messages are not just sent and received, but also documented.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Case Study | June 04, 2015 | Sponsored by McKesson How Technology is Helping the Transition to Value-based Care at OSF HealthCare Keeping an eye on the transition and care quality while reducing costs News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Q: What is one of the biggest challenges faced when implementing these new quality workflow processes?  A: Not long ago, the OSF radiology and cardiology departments were bogged down in manual processes. As we moved to an automated and paperless environment, one challenge we faced was the fairly low tolerance our imaging professionals had for anything that takes too much time in their workflow. In the new processes, each step must be easy to do and be a part of the workflow or your adoption of new workflow processes will be low. You have to meet them in their environment and give them good workflow tools. Flying over the main campus at OSF.OSF HealthCare, an 11-hospital, 52-site, 138-year-old Catholic system based in Peoria, Ill., is recognized among Medicare’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations. As such they are constantly looking to improve care quality while reducing costs – all with an eye on transitioning, as all U.S. healthcare providers must, from volume-based to value-based care. In this case study, Steve Kastelein, manager of diagnostic imaging applications for OSF HealthCare, discusses some of the overarching challenges they are facing. Q: In the past four years, what technology changes have occurred at OSF in support of your quality initiatives? A: In the past four years; I have been responsible for and lead four key quality initiatives: •  Installed McKesson’s quality workflow and communications solutions, allowing the OSF radiologists to manage their peer-review work;•  Implemented critical and noncritical results reporting workspaces within the solution to help document and manage those communications; •  Integrated the solution’s ER Discrepancy Reporting workflow with their Epic EHR to allow data to flow to and from various care settings; and •  Configured the technologists’ quality control workspaces to make the most of opportunities for physician-to-tech quality improvement.  Related Contentcenter_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Q: How is technology helping in this transition? A: We have been working with our PACS/CPACS vendor to consolidate the physical footprint of those applications and also improve the data integration between those foundational imaging applications. With cardiology and radiology now on the same archive platform and the same storage platform, we are beginning the process of layering additional technology that will service the enterprise imaging needs of the health system. These technologies could include a zero-footprint viewer, additional worklist functionality, image exchange with our HIE or retention management. Because the imaging systems are integrated, I don’t have to do things two or three different times. I am planning those connecting technologies for one consolidated infrastructure that we have within the McKesson platform.Q: What do you expect from your IT vendor during this transition to value-based care? A: In our overarching IT strategy we value our vendor’s ability to provide us with a broad array of services. We don’t take a best-of-breed approach. For example, as we evaluated the technical needs for a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) solution, we worked with McKesson for a VNA-type product that we can use in our specific environment.We feel we have a vendor partner that gives us the breadth and depth of products and services that allow us to stay within that single relationship and implement a lot of the strategies that we want to implement – not just now but into the future and as we transition to value-based care. McKesson is acquainted with our challenges and opportunities, and is aligned with OSF strategies. Case study supplied by McKesson. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Q: How important is cost management in the transition to value-based care? A: I can’t overemphasize the importance of cost management in this transition. We’re looking at solutions to help get in front of the ordering workflow and provide better information to physicians on the appropriate use of imaging exams. Benchmarking is an integral part of looking for opportunities for cost savings. In our diagnostic imaging area, the departments analyze how well its costs compare with those of other institutions’ departments. The OSF leadership wants to know when there are substantial differences and what causes those differences. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more last_img read more

KDevelop 53 released with new analyzer plugin and improved language support


first_img20 years after KDevelop’s first release, KDevelop 5.3 is now released with features like a new analyzer and improved support for some languages. A new type of analyzer plugin in KDevelop 5.3 In version 5.1 KDevelop got a menu entry Analyzer which provides a set of actions to work with analyzer-like plugins. With version 5.2, a runtime analyzer called Heaptrack and a static analyzer called cppcheck were added. In the development phase of KDevelop 5.3, another analyzer plugin was added which is available with the current release. The new analyzer named Clazy is a clang analyzer plugin specialized for Qt-using code. It can now also be run from within KDevelop by default displaying the issues inline. The KDevelop plugin for Clang-Tidy support will be released as part of KDevelop starting with version 5.4. It is released independently as of now. Internal changes in KDevelop 5.3 KDevelop’s own codebase has been subject for using analyzers. A lot of code has been optimized and also stabilized in places indicated by the analyzers. There is also modernization to the new standards of languages like C++ and Qt5 with the aid of analyzers. Improved support for C++ Lot of work was done in KDevelop 5.3 on stabilizing and improving KDevelop’s clang-based language support for C++. The notable fixes include: In clang tooltips were included, range check was fixed. The path to the builtin clang compiler headers can now be overridden. Now the clang builtin headers are always used for the libclang version used. Requests are completed in a group and only the last one is handled. The template for Class/function signatures in Clang Code Completion is fixed. A workaround for constructor argument hints to find declarations. In clang, argument hint code completion is improved. Improved support for PHP With the help of Heinz Wiesinger, there are improvements for PHP support in KDevelop 5.3. There is much-improved support for PHP Namespaces. Support for Generators and Generator delegation is added. The integrated documentation of PHP internals has been updated and expanded. Support for context-sensitive lexer of PHP 7. Installing the parser as a library so other projects can use them. The type detection of object properties is improved. Support is added for the object typehint. ClassNameReferences is better supported. Improvements to expression syntax support particularly around ‘print’. Optional function parameters are allowed before non-optional ones. Support for magic constants: __DIR__ and __TRAIT__ are added. Improved Python language support The focus is on fixing bugs, which have been added to the 5.2 series. A couple of improved features in 5.3 are: Environment profile variables are injected into debug process environment. The support for ‘with’ statements is improved. There is also experimental, but maintainer-seeking support for macOS and port for Haiku. For more details, visit the KDevelop website. Read next Neuron: An all-inclusive data science extension for Visual Studio The LLVM project is ditching SVN for GitHub. The migration to Github has begun. Microsoft announces .NET standard 2.1last_img read more

Gold Haiti hopes ore find will spur mining boom


first_imgUntil now, few Haitians have known about this buried treasure. Mining camps are unmarked, and the work is being done miles up dirt roads near remote villages, on the opposite side of the country from the capital. But U.S. and Canadian investors have spent more than $30 million in recent years on everything from exploratory drilling to camps for workers, new roads, offices and laboratory studies of samples. Actual mining could be under way in five years.“When I first heard whispers of this I said, `Gold mines? There could be gold mines in Haiti?’” said Michel Lamarre, a Haitian engineer whose firm, SOMINE, is leading the exploration. “I truly believe this is our answer to taking care of ourselves instead of constantly living on donations.”On a rugged, steep Haitian ridge far above the Atlantic, brilliant boulders coated with blue-green oxidized copper jut from the hills, while colorful pebbles litter the soil, strong indicators that precious metals lie below.“Just look down,” said geologist John Watkins. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”Nearby, 8-year-old Whiskey Pierre and his barefoot buddies stared at a team of sweat-drenched men driving a narrow, shrieking diamond bit 900 feet into the ground. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “The eyes of the world will not allow the government to fool around,” he said.Three firms are considering mining in Haiti, but so far only SOMINE has full concessions to take the metals out of the mountains. Those permits, for 50 square kilometers (31 square miles), were negotiated in 1996 under President Rene Preval and require the firm to hire Haitians whenever possible.In exchange for minimal permit fees, SOMINE committed to spend $2.25 million in the first two years. In addition, it will pay $1.8 million after a feasibility study, according to the contract.Bottom line: Haitians should get $1 out of every $2 of profits, compared with about $1 out of $3 that most countries get from mining firms.Discoveries of rich resources, whether diamonds, oil or gold, often prompt great economic booms but come with great risk of environmental, health and social problems. Chile, one of the wealthiest nations in Latin America, is the world’s largest copper exporter, deriving a third of its income from the metal. Peru, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has privatized most of its mines in recent years, and now gets about 20 percent of its total revenues from the industry. “That is a drill!” shouted Whiskey, bouncing on his toes. “The man drill to get gold!”The workers periodically pulled up samples and knocked them into boxes. The first 40 feet yielded loose rocks and gravel. About 160 feet down, cylinders of rock came back peppered with gold. At 1,000 feet down, rocks were heavily streaked with copper.Geologists extrapolating from depth and strike reports estimate at least 1 million ounces of gold at two sites. In April, prospectors found the first significant silver ever reported in Haiti: between 20 million and 30 million ounces. And in the end, it may be copper that is the most lucrative: geologists suspect that more than 1 million tons lay in just one of many areas under exploration.The prices of precious metals have been volatile in recent years, with copper selling for about $8,000 per ton, silver at $30 an ounce, and gold at $1,600 per ounce.“Ultimately, I think mining is going to dwarf anything else in Haiti,” says Michael Fulp, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based geologist who visited the drill sites. “Usually you’ve got about a one-in-1,000 chance of making a mine from the exploratory stage, but those odds are much better in Haiti because of the lack of any previous modern-day exploration and very, very promising samples.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist But mostly they talked about gold.“Of all the places we work in the world,” said Mashburn, whose company has operations in eight countries on five continents, “it would be really most satisfying to have success here. Haiti has great mineral wealth, and they surely could use it.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Gold was last gathered in Haiti in the 1500s, after Christopher Columbus ran the Santa Maria onto a Haitian reef. Spaniards enslaved the Arawak Indians to dig for gold, killing them off with harsh conditions and infectious diseases. When the Spaniards learned of even more lucrative deposits in Mexico, they moved on.In the 1970s, United Nations geologists documented significant pockets of gold and copper, but foreigners weren’t willing to risk their cash in a country where corruption and instability has long discouraged outside investment.Ironically, it was only after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that investors saw real opportunity. Fifteen days after a seismic jolt brought down much of Port-au- Prince, a Canadian exploration firm acquired all of the shares of the only Haitian firm holding full permits for a promising chunk of land in the northeast.“Investors want to get in at the bottom,” said Dan Hachey, president of Majescor Resources, the Canadian company, “and I figured after that earthquake, Haiti was as low as it could get.”Hachey was also betting that the $10 billion in foreign assistance promised for earthquake recovery would force change and accountability. Sponsored Stories Though the contractual terms are generous for Haiti, there is plenty to be cautious about. Haiti’s government is repeatedly rated as one of the most corrupt in the world. The mines would ostensibly be regulated by government officials responsible for enforcing environmental, mining and corporate laws, but at this point those officials don’t exist and there are neither plans nor budgets to hire them.Further, open pit mines, common around the world, are crater-like holes made up of a series of massive terraced steps that drop thousands of feet into the ground. When the resources are exhausted, usually after about 25 years, the pits can be refilled or converted into reservoirs. In many cases, the mines leave serious problems _ environmental contamination, displaced communities and mountaintops torn asunder.From Papua New Guinea to the Philippines to Brazil, mining accidents have allowed tons of waste to be spilled into rivers and lakes, creating environmental disasters.“In low-income countries, the dangers are substantial,” said UCLA political science professor Michael Ross. “The great irony of mineral wealth is that those countries that most desperately need infusions of mineral revenue _ low-income countries with weak governments _ are also least likely to manage these resources wisely, for the benefit of the country. Already, the hundreds of jobs, the new roads and the community investment in a country where two out of three people have no formal employment is much appreciated.Stone cutter Joseph Bernard, 47, says that before he got a job slicing rock samples, his family was going hungry. They had one cow. Their peanut and bean fields had gone to dust after months without rain.Today, his wife has launched a business selling seeds, and his son and two daughters have started school.“I found a job, but many didn’t,” he said, wiping a trickle of sweat from his deeply lined cheeks after a recent shift. “If more companies come, more people will work.”In a sleepy exploration camp at sunset, Hachey and his competitor, Daven Mashburn of Newmont Mining Corp., met to talk business over bottles of Haiti’s Prestige beer, bumping fists in the low-germ “cholera handshake” that has replaced the traditional palm grip after last year’s deadly epidemic.The men talked labor _ Newmont got 10,000 applications for 100 jobs when one project started up last month. They talked logistics _ core samples are sliced in half, bagged, and flown to Santiago, Chile, where it takes 21 days to find out how much gold, silver or copper they contain. They talked hurricanes, cholera, political unrest and, yes, the earthquake _ Mashburn spent four hours buried under piles of rock in Port-au- Prince, eventually pulled out with fractures from head to toe. In neighboring Dominican Republic, workers are poised to start mining the other side of this seam later this year in one of the world’s largest gold deposits: 23 million ounces worth about $40 billion.The Haitian government’s annual budget is $1 billion, more than half provided by foreign assistance. The largest single source of foreign investment, $2 billion, came from Haitians working abroad last year. A windfall of locally produced wealth could pay for roads, schools, clean water and sewage systems for the nation’s 10 million people, most of whom live on as little as $1.25 a day.“If the mining companies are honest and if Haiti has a good government, then here is a way for this country to move forward,” said Bureau of Mines Director Dieuseul Anglade.In a parking lot outside Anglade’s marble-floored office, more than 100 families have been living in tents since the earthquake. “The gold in the mountains belongs to the people of Haiti,” he said, gesturing out his window. “And they need it.”Haiti’s geological vulnerability is also its promise. Massive tectonic plates squeeze the island with horrifying consequences, but deep cracks between them form convenient veins for gold, silver and copper pushed up from the hot innards of the planet. Prospectors from California to Chile know earthquake faults often have, quite literally, a golden lining. Associated Press WriterTROU DU NORD, Haiti (AP) – Its capital is blighted with earthquake rubble. Its countryside is shorn of trees, chopped down for fuel. And yet, Haiti’s land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidden in its hills _ and silver and copper, too.A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion deep below the tropical ridges in the country’s northeastern mountains. Now, a mining company is drilling around the clock to determine how to get those metals out.last_img

April 23 2004 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialo


first_imgApril 23, 2004SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa]SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa] Moderator Jim Huth [middle, next to Paolo], prepares and reads topic papers, and adds a sparkle of humor to the conversation. [Photo & Text: sa] Paolo Soleri, at 84, is still very fond of philosophical discussion. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]center_img Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]last_img read more