FD WEBINAR: What Is Trauma & Why Must We Address It? Part 2

first_imgPart 2: Implications for Work With ChildrenWe hope you join us for Part 2 of our MFLN Family Development series on trauma-informed-care. Here are the details!Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014Time: 11am-1pm EasternLocation: What Is Trauma & Why Must We Address It? (Part 2: Implications for Work With Children)Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director of the SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, & Brian R. Sims, M.D., a Forensic Psychiatrist, National and International Consultant on the Fundamentals of Trauma Informed Care, will be presenting on various types of trauma that impact children. The presenters will also highlight benefits in utilizing a trauma-informed treatment approach for prevention and intervention work.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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Obama Invokes Mahatma Gandhi During Nelson Mandela Lecture

first_imgFormer U.S. President Barack Obama invoked Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr during a speech he made in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on July 17. In an address marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela, Obama also spoke in favor of democracy and against the rising “strongman politics” in the world.“Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King, and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.“And I believe that a world governed by such principles is possible and that it can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuits of a common good. That’s what I believe,” Obama said at the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture.In one of his most significant appearances and incisive political comments since he left office in 2017, Obama launched a veiled attack on U.S. President Donald Trump. Without naming the Republican American leader, Obama said, “We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. It used to be that if you caught them lying, they’d be like, oh man — now they just keep on lying.”Obama’s speech, titled “Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world,” also highlighted the increase in fake news, suppression of freedom of press and increasing rejection of the concept of objective truth. “People just make stuff up. We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda, we see it in internet-driven fabrications, in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment,” he said.The former U.S. President has not spoken openly about the current political climate in the United States, and the controversial policies launched by the Trump administration. He, however, said during the speech, “Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly, whereby elections and some pretence of democracy are maintained – the form of it – but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”He urged people to resist cynicism. “Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90s, people now are talking about the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. But we need to resist that cynicism.”Obama also pointed out that some far-right parties in the West have a “barely hidden racial nationalism.” Speaking about structures of privilege and power around the world, he said, “Caste differences still impact the life chances of people on the Indian subcontinent. Ethnic and religious differences still determine who gets opportunity from the Central Europe to the Gulf. It is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa.”Obama, who became the first black President of the United States in 2009, has been influenced a lot by Mahatma Gandhi. He had a picture of Gandhi on the wall of his Senate office and also cited him during his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, PTI reported. Related ItemsBarack ObamaMahatma GandhiSouth Africalast_img read more

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QNA

first_imgNo it’s not a crystal ball, but it comes close to one in predicting whether a movie will be a hit or a miss. It’s called “Movie Forecast Guru” and is the brainchild of two Oklahoma State University professors, Ramesh Sharda and Dursun Delen. This neural network based model takes movie attributes, like star power, technical effects, the genre of the movie, the month of release, number of screens and puts them together into a nonlinear model, which tries to forecast the success of the movie in one of nine categories. The lowest category is super flop and the top super success. It can predict exactly how much revenue the movie will generate 37 percent of the time and provides accurate predictions 75 percent of the time! Ramesh Sharda chats with Little India. Q: What is the Movie Forecast Guru?A: It’s a computer program that learns from past behavior and it uses this technology known as neural networks, which is used for many other forecasting problems. It just happens we are probably one of the first ones to use neural networks for forecasting box office performance. Otherwise neural networks have been used for forecasting the failure of corporations. My earlier research was on the likelihood of firms going bankrupt. Based on its historical performance, we could predict quite successfully whether a firm would be around next year. That idea is used in all our credit mortgage loan approvals. Q: Was this totally a fun project for you?A: Yes, it was a fun project. I’ve used neural networks for many serious problems like business decision problems. Q: Do you have to actually sit through all the movies?A: No, our data is gathered from movie databases, publicly available data sources which we feed to the model. We use it to train the model and then a different set of movies, which it has not seen before, is fed into it to test whether it’s learnt anything. Q: Are you thinking of patenting this?A: We are trying to figure out what is the best way of commercializing it . Our primary approach will be to work with studios to refine the model because the studios have access to many more parameters and we want to see if we can improve the performance of the model even further by incorporating more details about the movie. So it’s just a research step at this time.Q: Are you yourself a movie fan?A: Yes, of course. We see a Hindi movie every week and an English movie every couple of weeks.Q: So Bollywood will be very grateful to you if this takes off?A: Interestingly, while major Hollywood studios have contacted us, so far I haven’t heard from anyone in Bollywood, although the story was carried in major Indian newspapers. There would have to be clearly additional variables that would have to be incorporated for Bollywood films – such as the number of songs and the number of costume changes! Related Itemslast_img read more

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World’s Oldest Mom?

first_imgA 70-year-old Indian woman has become the oldest woman in the world to give birth to a child. According to Dr. Anurag Bishnoi of the National Fertility Center in northern Haryana, Rajo Devi delivered a baby girl, conceived through in vitro fertilization. Devi claims to be 70 years old while her husband is 72; birth records for the couple are not available. She displaces Carmela Bousada of Spain who in 2006 delivered twin boys at age 66 and Romanian Adriana Iliescu, also 66, who gave birth to a baby girl in 2005.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian-American Belize Envoy

first_imgRemember to eat your curry.A diet of Indian curry two or three times a week lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to researchers.Murali Doraiswamy, a researcher at Duke University, attributes the effects to curcumin, a component of turmeric, which resists amyloid protein plaques that are linked to dementia. Researchers are testing to see whether higher doses might enhance the effect.  Related Itemslast_img

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Naked Yoga Anyone

first_imgIn a recent episode of What Happens At The Abby’s, a new reality series on E! Online, the cast of the show is seen going for a session of nude yoga. The series showcases a clothing optional yoga studio in Los Angeles, where the instructors teach yoga to participants without any clothes on. This new, “naturist” form of yoga, which seems to be growing in popularity in the West currently, even left some of the stars of the reality series, known for its bold and unapologetic approach, shocked beyond words.Notwithstanding the surprise, however, naked yoga is gaining mainstream traction in the United States.Naked Yoga, presumably derived from the ancient Indian principles of Nagna Yoga, performed by Hindu yogis, is a branch of yoga practiced by ascetics. It was recommended as a tool to tame desires and to feel at one with nature.But as nudity and naturist movement gain strength across Western societies and are deployed as a form of protest (reflected in the “free-the-nipple movement” or dining in the nude eatery in London), there has been a spurt in interest in naked yoga too.A handful of studios in New York and Los Angeles promote nude yoga. Scores of naked yoga studios are listed on Yelp, ranging from Bold & Naked and Stripxpertease in New York to Naked Yoga in San Francisco. Several naked yoga meet-up groups can be found from Boston to Texas.A private naked yoga studio in New York, Bold & Naked, run by yoga teachers and authors Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner, offers programs on Naked Yoga and Tantric Yogassage. For those intimidated by performing yoga in the buff in a group setting, the center also offers clothed or naked private yoga sessions. Its website describes the sessions as: “A unique opportunity for you to explore your interests and enhance your practice with the intimacy of personal attention. Privates are great if you are a beginner who wants to be introduced to yoga without the intimidation of a group setting or if you have already experience and want a deeper understanding and enhancement of your personal practice.”Another yoga studio in Venice, Calif, Naked Yoga Los Angeles, offers coed nude yoga classes as well as private nude 1-on-1 training. The classes offered both for beginners as well as at advance levels, begin while participants are fully clothed and they are encouraged to takeoff or leave on whatever one feels most comfortable in. As the class progresses, people often undress completely as they get more comfortable with the idea. Within this tight-lipped community, specialized programs are available too, like ones offered at Naked Yoga West Los Angeles, which describes itself as a community of “gay, bi and straight men on our journey to become better yogis.” The Naked Yoga West LA website cautions that it is not a sex club or a dating service.Despite the professed claims by the centers of the efficacy of nude yoga to promote positive body image as well as to let go of deep-seated insecurities, perhaps the fear of being judged makes most yoga practitioners cagey about openly discussing the practice. Little India contacted several of the studios, but virtually all were unwilling to go on the record.Several months ago, a nude yoga practitioner, who goes by the Instagram name Nude Yoga Girl, became an Internet sensation after she began posting nude photos in various yoga poses, such as Lotus and Namaste. With nearly 620,000 followers (at the time of going to print), she describes herself on social media as a model and photographer and chooses to remain anonymous. However, in an email interview to New York Magazine’s The Cut she said: “My biggest issue in the past was that I saw faults in my body all the time, and that made it impossible for me to love myself fully…. The way you look doesn’t matter — anybody can see faults and have that feeling of not liking themselves. With my account, I want to inspire people to realize that everybody is very beautiful and capable of (doing) amazing things with their bodies.”She added: “Nowadays people can easily get a very false idea of ideal beauty and what nudity truly means, because it’s shown mostly in a sexual and unrealistic way.”Promoting confidence in loving their bodies seems to be a common sentiment shared by naked yoga practitioners. In a telephonic interview with Little India, naked yoga teacher, Mark Craig of Naked Yoga Los Angeles, talked about his introduction to naked yoga and how he thinks it encourages a deeper understanding of one’s self: “I have been a yoga teacher for many years and I had heard about the origin of naked yoga in ancient India. However I was not confident of practicing it.”He recalls an incident in Germany a few years ago: “I was at a spa in Germany and at the steam and shower section I saw people taking a shower in the nude in front of each other. There was also a bar attached and everyone seemed so confident in his or her nudity. It was almost as if it’s not a thing. I was extremely conscious of being seen in the nude, but I did it and I felt so naked being naked.”Craig decided to take the next step: “I wanted to attain that equilibrium and feel at peace with my body, so I started practicing yoga in the nude alone. I then joined a group and when they needed an instructor here in LA, I was the one who took up the responsibility.”Craig admits that people judge or scorn the practices without understanding them: “We get a lot of queries about naked yoga, but I tell people that it is yoga and it is nude and that’s all to it. There’s nothing more or special. It’s the same yoga just without any clothes on.”While Western yogis take inspiration for naked yoga from ancient Indian practices, in India naked yoga is performed by naga sadhus in the wilderness and is far from becoming mainstream.Craig says: “The yogis in India perform it in loin clothes, which allows air to enter your body and let’s your skin breathe the environs.”He says that naked yoga may not be popular in the country of its origin given the tolerance levels of the culture: “Every society has its own measure of what can be commonly accepted. For instance in Germany, the idea of nudity is more acceptable than in America.”On the comfort level of people who come to his sessions, Craig says: “Naked yoga is a process that aims to make you comfortable with your body. There is no compulsion to follow a strict rule.”He adds: “There have been times when a young girl chose to be a part of the group, but decided to practice with her underwear on. We let it be till the time she felt okay to shed all her inhibitions.”But on the important question of how instructors ensure that participants do not get excited during the sessions, Craig explains: “Yoga, if done right, is a strenuous activity where you are stretching or bending yourself, while at the same time concentrating all your energies. It makes you so focused that you are unaware of anybody, nude or clothed, in your vicinity. The question of excitement does not arise, if yoga is done right.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Consul General’s House Robbed in Durban: Report

first_imgThe house of Indian Consul General Dr Shashank Vikram in Durban, South Africa, was robbed on Nov. 16 while his family was held at gunpoint, according to reports. Dr Vikram’s 5-year-old son was held hostage while the robbers did away with jewelry and cash, local media reported.Dr. Vikram’s whereabouts at the time of the incident were not clear, although Times Live said that the gang of armed men barged into the house and held him and his son at gunpoint. According to IOL, however, Dr. Vikram’s wife, Dr. Megha Singh, his two children and a domestic help were at home when the incident took place.“A 36-year-old victim and his son were at their place of residence when unidentified suspects entered. The victims activated a panic button and locked themselves in the bedroom,” Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24.Zwane was quoted as saying by IOL: “Vikram’s 5-year-old son was reportedly held by one of the robbers while the men ransacked the house and threatened Vikram’s family with a gun. Jewelry was taken and the suspects fled. No arrests have been made at this stage.”One of the guns used was stolen from a security guard stationed at the house.“Using a bakkie‚ they stopped at the front gate of the premises they derailed the gate. They gained entry and they held the guard at gunpoint after they disarmed him. They demanded cash and jewelry and after taking some stuff they left,” Zwane said, according to Times Live. The publication added that department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman Clayson Monyela condemned the incident, saying, “This is highly unfortunate that a diplomat became a victim of crime while on our soil. We will leave this in the hands of the police and we are confident that the police will bring those responsible to book.”On the same day, another break-in and robbery was carried out in an “upmarket” locality where another child was held hostage. Multiple break-in and robberies in daylight have been reported in Durban during the past week. Related ItemsDurbanRobberySouth Africalast_img read more

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India’s Top Court Upholds World’s Largest Biometric ID Program, Within Limits

first_imgIndia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a giant and controversial government program to collect and store the biometric data of its billion-plus citizens, but placed new limits on how the data can be used and stored.A five-judge bench ruled that while the government’s flagship Aadhaar program had huge benefits in delivering welfare efficiently, biometric data can no longer be used by private entities such as banks or mobile phone operators for authentication purposes, curbing the program’s ambitious scope as a universal ID.“Aadhaar empowers the marginalized section of the society and gives them an identity,” said Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri delivering the 1,448-page verdict.Aadhaar – meaning foundation in Hindi – provides each citizen with a unique 12-digit number, linked to their iris scans and fingerprints. Started under the previous administration and expanded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Aadhaar program was hailed by the government as a tool to bring India into the digital age, and help restructure its tax and welfare system as part of the “Digital India” program.The original idea for the government was to be able to easily identify people fraudulently claiming government benefits, like food or fuel rations.But over the years, it has morphed from a welfare delivery tool to a near-necessity for everyday life in India. Citizens have been asked for their Aadhaar cards to access a host of government and private services including new bank accounts, school enrollment, booking flight tickets.The Supreme Court’s order will restrict the program’s usage to government services only – Aadhaar will be necessary for collecting food rations, or fuel subsidies, but no longer for opening a bank account or getting a new mobile SIM card. Children, upon reaching adulthood, can now opt out of the program, should they no longer need welfare services from the state, the court said.“The majority has upheld the goal of Aadhaar and said that it pursues a legitimate state aim,” said Zoheb Hossain, a government lawyer, adding that the state could still pass legislation to allow private organizations to use Aadhaar.Prasanna S., a lawyer representing petitioners, said the court had delivered a “body blow” to the “vision of the Aadhaar project as a universal and ubiquitous ID” and the order “effectively makes Aadhaar voluntary, not mandatory.”Over the past decade, more than a billion citizens were enrolled in the government’s database. To reach the remote corners of the country, officials went to tribal villages, setting up pop-up registration centers at schools or going door-to-door to enter records of more than two billion Indian eyeballs and ten billion fingerprints into a government database. Records of citizens’ bank accounts, addresses, income tax filings, and other digital data were compiled and linked together.But the program’s flaws were evident. Critics argue that some of India’s neediest were denied their food rations and other welfare entitlements because of authentication errors or Internet connectivity problems.Media outlets and online activists also reported vulnerabilities in the technology and the way in which the data is collected – a report by the Center for Internet and Society said that government websites may have accidentally leaked details of 135 million citizens.The Tribune reported that private operators contracted to enroll people offered to sell access to the database for $11, and the HuffPost reported that hackers were using a patch to disable security features of the enrollment software and could easily create fraudulent identities.In 2012, a retired high court judge from the southern Indian city of Bangalore filed the first petition against the program to the Supreme Court saying that Aadhaar had no statutory basis and violated the right to privacy.K. Puttaswamy, now 92, was worried that the program could be abused by illegal immigrants from neighboring countries, who might have used their biometric ID cards to claim citizenship.As the government’s program expanded, the retired judge’s original petition swelled into a movement centered around privacy, security, and denials of welfare entitlements due to authentication problems. More than two dozen petitioners raised problems with Aadhaar, including a retired army general, and the scientist who helped create eLocutor – Stephen Hawking’s single-button electronic voice machine.They argued that Aadhaar was a dangerous “Big Brother” program, and could be used to keep tabs on how citizens spent money, where they traveled and who they called. “As the Snowden revelations show, if the state has the power, there is always a temptation,” said Nachiket Udupa, one of the petitioners, referring to the former National Security Agency agent who leaked details of the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance program.Government lawyers disputed claims that privacy was at stake, arguing that the data was kept in “silos” – so a bank would never know if you had claimed your monthly ration or filed your taxes.They filed reports demonstrating how huge fraud – double dipping, ghost beneficiaries and counterfeit identities – added enormous strain on the country’s stretched welfare system. Trillions of rupees were allocated by the government for the welfare program, and more than half of it never reached beneficiaries, attorney general K. K. Venugopal argued.This was the heart of the dilemma facing the five-judge bench: the state’s duty to provide welfare services to India’s huge population so it can have a dignified existence, versus individual citizens’ right to privacy.Though the program will continue, Apar Gupta, a lawyer for the petitioners said the verdict was an “incremental victory” for privacy activists. “The court only commented on constitutionality, but during this hearing the public policy benefits of Aadhaar have also been called into question.”© 2018 Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

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Amazon Tried to Lure Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, But He Chose Bing

first_imgIf Jeff Bezos’ efforts had worked, Satya Nadella, the reigning CEO of Microsoft, would have been an employee of Amazon more than a decade ago. The revelation was made by Doug Burgum, who was Nadella’s manager at Microsoft at the time. Burgum left Microsoft in 2007, and he now serves as the Governor of North Dakota.Satya Nadella Showed Commitment Towards MicrosoftHyderabad-born Nadella has spent most of his career in Microsoft, working at various top ranks. It was around a decade back that the Amazon founder tried to bring him on board his company.“Early on, Jeff Bezos was trying to recruit him. It was my job to re-recruit him,” Burgum told Fast Company magazine.Burgum convinced Bezos, saying that Microsoft is offering wider opportunities than Amazon, which was at that time just an online bookseller. In the course of time, Amazon expanded its presence, and emerged as the world leader in the e-commerce industry. With technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, the company is now one of the top names in the technology industry.“I was wrong about my characterization of Amazon. But I was right about convincing Satya to stay,” said Burgum.Nadella was being groomed as Burgum’s protege, but Steve Ballmer, the then CEO of Microsoft, had different plans. Ballmer wanted Nadella to run Microsoft’s search engine Bing, Fast Company reported.“Steve was very clear. He just said, ‘Look, this is the most important challenge I have. I don’t think this is maybe even a smart decision for you, but I want you to do it. Think wisely, and choose. And by the way, if you fail, there’s no parachute. It’s not like I’m going to come and rescue you and put you back into your old job’,” Nadella said to the magazine.Nadella readily took up the challenge, and it was lucky for Microsoft that he did. He succeeded Burgum in 2007 as the leader of the company’s former Microsoft Business Solutions group, and later worked as the head of Microsoft’s Server & Tools group. Nadella replaced Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft in 2014.Taking Microsoft to New HeightsMicrosoft was ranked at No. 25 in the 2017 Change the World List brought out by Fortune Magazine earlier this month. The list includes corporates that work towards the betterment of society, rather than solely aiming for profit in their tally sheet.“Two years ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed a new mission statement to employees. Their job, he wrote, is ‘to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more’,” Fortune stated, explaining Microsoft’s inclusion in the list.“That empowerment mission includes lobbying the government to free up broadcast spectrum to bring Internet access to the 24 million Americans who don’t have it. The endgame: Microsoft wants more people to benefit from the software (including its own) that’s out of reach if they can’t access the cloud,” it added.In 2016, under the leadership of Nadella, Microsoft Corporation made a revenue of $85.3 billion.“We generated $85.3 billion in revenue, $52.5 billion in gross margin, and $20.2 billion in operating income this past fiscal year. Adjusting for Windows 10 revenue deferrals and impairment, integration and restructuring expenses, revenue was $92.0 billion with $27.9 billion in operating income. Even as we invested in innovation and expanded geographically, we maintained our commitment to shareholder return and increased our total cash return to $26.1 billion, up 12 percent from last fiscal year,” Microsoft said in its 2016 annual report.Book on Microsoft JourneyNadella is now considered one of the most affluent Indians in the world of technology. He recently wrote the inside story of his journey of becoming the CEO of the software giant. The book, Hit Refresh, offers insight into his personal and professional life.Nadella revealed this news on LinkedIn, saying that revenue generated through sale of the book will be used for Microsoft’s philanthropic endeavors. The book will go on sale globally on Sept. 26. Related ItemsAmazon MicrosoftAmazon.com Jeff BezosLittle IndiaMicrosoft RevenueNadella AmazonNadella BezosNadella MicrosoftSatya Nadellalast_img read more

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Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss

first_imgRead Next Anthony Davis added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points for New Orleans, which had given up 108 points or more in 12 straight games, including eight losses.“When we defend, it gives us a chance to get out and run,” Davis said. “When guys get looks in rhythm, they get easy looks at the rim. If we defend, nine times out of ten we’re going to have a great game offensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss was the seventh straight for the Magic, who have not led at any point in their last three games.Jonathon Simmons led the Magic with 22 points. Nikola Vucevic added 21, and Elfrid Payton had 18 points and six assists. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The Pelicans (16-16) shot 50 percent and had a 48-40 rebounding advantage.Playing without three of their top six scorers, the Magic shot 4-for-20 from 3-point range.“We don’t have a lot of good shooters in our lineup, so our shooters have to hit shots,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “They didn’t tonight.”Davis made 9 of 11 shots and scored 18 points while leading New Orleans to a 60-50 lead at the end of a first half in which the Magic were called for four technical fouls.Holiday and E’Twaun Moore hit 3-pointers as the Pelicans opened the game with a 9-0 run, and they led by 18 early in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Drummond’s double-double leads Pistons over Knicks Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Simmons’ layup early in the second half reduced New Orleans’ lead to seven, but Holiday and Cousins answered with 3-pointers and the Pelicans pulled away to a lead that reached 27 in the fourth quarter.“Some of our best players are out, but we have to find a way to compete and stay close in games,” Vucevic said.Marreese Speights, who came off the bench with six 3-pointers in Orlando’s victory at New Orleans on Oct. 30, got his first start for the Magic (11-22). He scored seven points in 17 foul-plagued minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, dunks between Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4), guard Shelvin Mack (7) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APORLANDO, Florida — The New Orleans Pelicans were encouraged by holding an opponent under 100 points, even though it was the struggling Orlando Magic.DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Pelicans never trailed Friday (Saturday Manila time) in a 111-97 win over Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View commentslast_img read more

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Oladipo scores 38, Pacers rally to beat Nets in OT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Hornets storm back from 18 down, trounce Bucks 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next “For whatever reason, it was tough for us in the first half,” Oladipo said. “In the second half, things started going our way. We picked it up and played at a high level on both ends.”Myles Turner had 23 points and nine rebounds and tied his career high with six blocks, and Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 17 points and six rebounds for the Pacers (19-14), who came back from down 19 to take an 85-84 lead on Lance Stephenson’s free throw with 8:29 remaining in regulation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpencer Dinwiddle led the Nets (12-20) and tied his career high with 26 points. He made three free throws with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 111 and force overtime.DeMarre Carroll finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds and made a 3-pointer to tie it at 119 with 45 seconds left in overtime. Oladipo made four free throws in two trips to the line in the final 29 seconds to seal the win. The Pacers are having little trouble with Brooklyn, though. Indiana has won six straight against the Nets, including three this season. The two teams meet for the final game of the four-game regular-season series on Feb. 14 in Brooklyn. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots in front of Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo dug the Indiana Pacers out of a hole again.He scored 38 points and was perfect from the free-throw line, helping the Indiana Pacers escape with a 123-119 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “Oladipo, gotta give the guy credit,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He is playing elite, elite basketball. He’s one of the best players in the league right now. (And) they were just the more aggressive team to start the third quarter.”An 11-2 run in the second quarter put the Nets ahead by 19 — their largest lead of the game — and Brooklyn led 57-41 by halftime.Indiana went on an 11-0 run to open the second half. Later, Darren Collison made a 3-pointer to cap off a 10-0 run and put the Pacers ahead for the first time since early in the first quarter.Indiana’s slow starts and struggles at home have become a trend. The win snapped a three-game losing streak at home, where the Pacers are 11-7 this season.“We’ve got to figure it out,” Oladipo said. “We’ve just got to do a better job at home. We’re less comfortable at home than we are on the road, honestly. This team’s not perfect and we’ve got a lot of room to grow. But we’re figuring it out. It’s a long season.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

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Barcelona takes 14-point lead over Real Madrid after 3-0 win

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Messi also set up substitute Aleix Vidal to round off the commanding win in stoppage time.Despite the current situation, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and his players aren’t excluding a Madrid comeback.“We took another step forward in the league,” said Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta. “But I don’t rule out Madrid. This is a long-distance race. Madrid is a very good team and they are not out of the title race.”But Barcelona is undoubtedly performing like a champion-in-waiting.It extended its unbeaten streak to 25 matches across all competitions since losing to Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT Madrid has a game in hand, but the gap already looks too big as La Liga approaches its midway point.“It is a loss that hurts,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. “It is a very, very difficult match for us. But this is not over. It might look like it, but we can never give up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBarcelona increased its lead to nine points over second-place Atletico Madrid, which lost at Espanyol on Friday. Valencia trails by 11 points before playing Villarreal later.Suarez struck in the 54th minute of the “clasico” and Messi added a penalty 10 minutes later after Madrid’s Dani Carvajal received a direct red for stopping a goal-bound header by Paulinho. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring the second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. APMADRID — Barcelona has almost ended Real Madrid’s defense of its Spanish league title, and there’s still half a season to go.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez left Madrid staring at a 14-point deficit after leading Barcelona to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq That all seemed light years away on Saturday with Barcelona resisting an early push by the hosts before imposing its will.“There is a long way to go, but it is true that we are ahead and with significant leads over our rivals, but nothing is decided. The season is not even halfway over,” Valverde said. “They were better when we played in the preseason, we won today. Football takes those twists and turns.”The match was a contrast in tempos: Madrid wanted a frantic, up-and-down shootout, with Cristiano Ronaldo having space to roam, while Barcelona wanted to hold the ball and let Messi pick his moments.Ronaldo beat Messi for the Ballon d’Or earlier this month but the Portuguese failed to make a decisive impact on Saturday as Messi took his “clasico” record to 25 goals in 37 matches and his season-leading tally to 15 in the league.Zidane left Spain midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon on the bench in a surprise move. Instead, he gave Mateo Kovacic his first league start of the season, hoping to repeat his success from the Spanish Super Cup when the Croatian was charged with man-marking Messi.After Barcelona shook off Madrid’s early intense pressure, helped by the more physical Kovacic, the Catalan club made Madrid look clueless.Zidane defended his choice after the stinging loss.“I am here to take decisions. Nothing is going to change what I think,” Zidane said.Ronaldo had an early goal disallowed for offside before the Madrid star completely missed making contact with Toni Kroos’ pass in his best chance to score in the 10th.Barcelona went close to scoring when Messi found Paulinho with a forward lob, only for goalkeeper Keylor Navas to tip his strike over the bar in the 30th. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES It was then Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s turn to get his foot on Ronaldo’s strike to turn it past the post.Paulinho tested Navas again with a header from another pass by Messi to culminate Barcelona’s attack with one-touch passes. Madrid responded by again attacking through left back Marcelo, whose cross Karim Benzema headed off the post in the 42nd.Suarez forced a save from Navas before the Uruguay striker scored the opener.Sergio Busquets cued Barcelona with a forward pass for Ivan Rakitic, who pushed down the middle before playing Sergi Roberto wide. The right back’s one-touch pass found Suarez arriving from the left to drill his shot under Navas.Madrid collapsed after falling behind, losing ball after ball to Barcelona.Messi seized the moment by playing Suarez clear. After Suarez hit the post, Carvajal blatantly used his arm to stop Paulinho’s header from going in — a decision that earned him a direct red card and sent Messi to the penalty spot to fire his strike into the corner of the net.Trying to spark a comeback, Zidane sent on forwards Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale, who drew a save from Ter Stegen.But it was Messi who reached the endline before finding Vidal to cap the win, as Barcelona won a third straight league visit at Madrid for the first time in their long rivalry.“We will start 2018 in a difficult position,” said Madrid defender Raphael Varane.The game came only two days after separatist political parties in Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, won a majority of seats in the regional parliament. View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-CLIMBING-WC 2 LT(SPB2)

first_img“We were expecting some good amount of public funds, “We were expecting some good amount of public funds, but are stuck in bureaucratic knots. So we are breaking up our financial target into smaller amounts and reaching out to a wider range of people,” an organiser said, adding, services of a professional marketing agency Meraki Sport & Entertainment, have also been sought.Even as talks with government agencies and corporates continue, they are now approaching the public to raise the required funds for the event.Apart from launching campaigns on a dedicated crowd funding site, volunteers have fanned out across the country to ensure that the right amount of funds get collected. Their simple mantra — Lets get the wall home.And it seems to be working. Mountaineers, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts from across the country have signed up as campaigners on the crowdfunding platform.”Were thrilled with how many non-climbers are donating to the cause, just to support the passion and determination to bring the cup to the country,” say the organisers.The expenses — including mandatory fees to be paid to the International Federation of Sports Climbing, travel and accommodation of technical delegates, prize money etc — happen in a staggered fashion and for now, the first lot of commitments have been met, they said.But more is required and the sense of urgency to raise the resources is evident when one meets the team, which is managing to put the show together along with their day jobs.”We know it is a daunting task but were getting close to the finish line. Every penny counts. Just a little help from everyone and well be through! Just imagine, it will be a world cup being held in our country, funded mainly by the passionate people! Has that ever happened in sporting history before?” the organisers wonder aloud. PTI AA BEN ARS SSC SSC RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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SUPERPHONES THREE LAST

first_imgAbout LeEco: About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering Internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications andplatforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran aaronsamuel@le.com +91-9686100143 Sr. Public Relation & Marcom Executive LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN AKN AKNlast_img read more

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Celebrate dahi handi fest while adhering to SC guidelines: CM

first_imgMumbai, Jun 20 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today called for celebrating the forthcoming dahi handi and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals with traditional fervour but in accordance with the guidelines laid down by Supreme Court.”Celebrate upcoming festivals of dahi handi and Ganesh Chaturthi with gusto but at the same time follow the guidelines given by the apex court,” Fadnavis told reporters at Mantralaya here.He said the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) officials will assist the police in monitoring the noise levels during the festival.Meanwhile, Mumbai unit BJP president Ashish Shelar said that Govindas in the age group of 12-18 years should also be allowed to participate in the festival and that the restriction on the height of human pyramids should go.Those who participate in the festival are called as Govindas.Dahi Handi festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Srikrishna. The celebration involves forming a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pitcher filled with buttermilk which is tied to rope at a height.”The task of monitoring the decibel levels during the festivals rests with the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB),” Shelar said in a statement issued today.”The Bombay High Court in its 2014 judgement had set the age limit of 18 years and above for the Govindas and also restricted the height of human pyramids at 20 feet while suggesting an amendment in section 143 (B) of Mumbai Police Act,” he stated.Claiming that the apex court in its order had relaxed the norms set by the HC, Shelar stated that the Chief Minister has also taken a favourable stand on these demands.advertisementThe state government had recently sought to give dahi handi festival the status of “adventure sports”.In its order in 2014, the Supreme Court had put on hold the HCs order which barred participation of children under 18 years in the festival.The apex court had also said that state authorities should ensure that the festival be allowed subject to the condition that the organisers follow all guidelines containing safety measures, recommended by Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, are followed. PTI MM NSK IKA JMFlast_img read more

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Updated 2015 Big 12 Tournament Bracket

first_imgBig 12 tournament bracket updated.Update 2: We have a more updated version of the bracket here.Update: Midway through Thursday, we’ve got two more games in the books. Baylor held off West Virginia in the early contest, while Kansas avoided disaster by hanging on against TCU in the second tilt. Here’s the updated bracket heading into tonight’s games, via the Big 12.Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 6.18.24 PMEarlier: The 2015 Big 12 Tournament got underway yesterday in Kansas City with a pair of preliminary round games. No. 9 seed TCU dispatched eighth-seeded Kansas State 67-65 while Texas, the No. 7 entry, defeated No. 10 seed Texas Tech 65-53.The quarterfinal round tips off today at 12:30 PM EST, with No. 5 Baylor squaring off against No. 4 West Virginia. TCU will face top-seeded Kansas at approximately 2:30 PM EST. After a brief respite, the tournament reconvenes at 7:00 PM EST with the seventh-seeded Longhorns playing No. 2 Iowa State. The final game of the night features a pair of in-state rivals, No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 seed Oklahoma State.Here’s the entire updated bracket, courtesy of the Big 12. big12Check in throughout the day for live updates on the Big 12 post-season.last_img read more

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New LNG Carrier for NYK Tokyo Gas Named at JMU Shipyard

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Energy Glory, a new LNG carrier for NYK and Tokyo Gas, has been named at the Tsu shipyard, part of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), in Japan.NYK and Tokyo LNG Tanker, a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas, have a long-term charter contract for this vessel.The 122,800-ton Energy Glory is the third ship to be jointly owned by NYK (30%) and Tokyo LNG Tanker (70%).Following its delivery, the newbuilding will be mainly used over the next 20 years for LNG transportation from the Cove Point LNG project in the United States.This new carrier is equipped with an SPB design that allows for robust propulsion and reduced fuel consumption and comes with a tri-fuel diesel electric propulsion system that can use low-sulfur fuel oil. The ship will thus be able to mitigate environmental burdens.With a cargo tank capacity of 165,000 cubic meters, Energy Glory features a length of 299.9 meters and a width of 48.9 meters. Currently, it has a market value of USD 189.01 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

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Dust storm light rain likely today

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites can expect some relief from sweltering heat on Sunday as the weatherman has forecast dust storm and light rain.On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. Humidity was recorded at 36 per cent. The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies and dust-laden winds in the later half of the day. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 43 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast the possibility of a dust storm and light rain on Sunday. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figure for the city, recorded a high of 43.7 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.6 degrees Celsius on Friday.last_img read more

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Maya justifies construction of statues in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgNew Delhi: BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday defended in the Supreme Court the construction of life-size statues of herself in Uttar Pradesh, saying they represent the “will of the people”.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, said the memorials and statues of herself and other leaders were “intended to promote values and ideals of various sants, gurus, social reformers and leaders among the public and not intended to promote the symbol of BSP or to glorify” her. Mayawati said in her affidavit that her statues came into being “as the will of the state legislature to represent the will of the people”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’She said funds for construction of the memorial and installation of statues were sanctioned through budgetary allocations after approval of the budget by the state legislature. Mayawati also sought the dismissal of a plea, which alleged that pubic funds were misused in the construction of memorials and statues, saying it is politically motivated and a gross abuse of process of court of law. On February 8, the apex court had said that the BSP chief should deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol, at public places in Uttar Pradesh to the state exchequer. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Ms Mayawati, pay all the money back. We are of the view that Mayawati should reimburse all the money she spent. “We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer,” the bench had said. The top court was hearing a petition filed in 2009 by an advocate who had alleged that about Rs 2,000 crore was used from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10, when Mayawati was the CM of UP, for stalling her statues and BSP’s symbol at different places. It was contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party. On May 29, 2009 the court had issued show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Mayawati for using the public money for installing her statues and party’s symbol at parks in Lucknow and Noida, adjacent to the national capital.last_img read more

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MLS announces new online Canada store as part of Fanatics agreement

TORONTO — Major League Soccer is partnering with Fanatics in a deal that will mean a unique merchandising portal for Canada.Under a longterm global agreement that begins in 2019, Fanatics gains worldwide rights to produce MLS fan gear apparel, headwear and other goods across all retail and wholesale channels.Its Canada store will open in 2018, however.“We took a ‘Fan-First’ approach to our expanded partnership with Fanatics,” Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, MLS’ commercial arm, said in a statement. “We spoke to our supporters in Canada. Their passion and commitment is what makes MLS so special. We listened to their feedback.“They want more selection and a wider assortment of fan gear for Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Starting next season, that’s what you’ll see with this new deal.”Canadian teams currently offer a limited amount of merchandise with the bulk of products only available from the league’s U.S. online store. Under the new deal, there will be a merchandise division in Canada shipping local product.The Canadian website will be in both English and French.Fanatics will run the official MLS online store, MLSstore.com, which encompasses all 23 MLS clubs.Fanatics is also the official in-venue retail provider for Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps.They want more selection and a wider assortment of fan gear for Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FCCarter Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL MLS, NASCAR, PGA as well as more than 200 collegiate and pro teams.The company, which recently acquired the apparel brand Majestic, specializes in producing event-related gear — such as celebrating a champion being crowned or a record player performance — overnight.“Our philosophy of faster speed-to-market of merchandise will ensure fans can celebrate the players and teams they love in real-time, including special items for championship moments, record-breaking feats and breakthrough performances,” Gary Gertzog, Fanatics president of business affairs, said in a statement.Adidas continues as the MLS official uniform sponsor. Fanatics will hold the rights to all other merchandise.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter read more

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