Twitter Chats: A Tool for Outreach and Professional Development

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduAre you using Twitter personally and/or professionally to send or receive information? If so, you are not alone. As of March 2016, 310 million people were active users, 83% on mobile phones. Twitter is a micro-blogging site where users post short messages of up to 140 characters called tweets. A key component of tweets is the hashtag (#) symbol, which enables people to search a topic (e.g., credit) or share an experience (e.g., a professional conference).Similar to a face-to-face focus group, Twitter chats provide a synchronous environment for participants to answer a structured series of questions and respond to both the chat facilitator and each other using their Twitter user names (a.k.a.,”handles“). Chat participants gather at a specified time (e.g., Tuesdays at 3 pm ET) to “discuss” certain topics, questions, or issues. The Twitter chat hashtag connects the tweets for everyone to follow the “conversation.”The formatting convention used for Twitter chats is Q1 for Question 1 and A1 for participant responses. There are more than 300 Twitter chats on a wide variety of topics. There is no cost to run a chat except for a sponsor’s time for preparation, marketing, and evaluation and the (optional) cost of incentives (e.g., gift cards) to attract participants.Want to host a Twitter chat for your clients or students? Include the following steps: select a topic, set a date and time, designate a unique Twitter hashtag, welcome participants and moderate the chat conversation, evaluate the impact and outreach of a Twitter chat using online survey links and/or applications such as Hashtracking.com and TweetReach, and write impact reports.It is a good idea to have some pre-typed answers to each question in case initial participant responses are slow. Chats generally last one hour and have 8 to 10 questions. Some chat sponsors offer prizes, such as gift cards, as an incentive for people to participate. Three platforms can be used to monitor the flow of tweets in real time: Twubs (www.twubs.com), Tweetchat (www.tweetchat.com), or Tchat.io (http://www.tchat.io/). Perhaps you’d rather have others handle all the logistics and simply be a Twitter chat participant. Below is a list of popular personal finance Twitter chats that run on a weekly schedule:Wednesday#creditchat is sponsored by credit reporting firm Experian (see @Experian_US and http://www.experian.com) at 12 pm PST every Wednesday (focus on credit and general money management)Thursday#wbchat is run by Wise Bread (see @wisebread and http://www.wisebread.com/) at 12 pm PST every Thursday with prizes drawn at random for those who register (focus on living well on a limited budget) Friday#cashchat is run by Tarra Jackson (a.k.a., Ms. Madam Money) (see @msMadamMoney and madammoney.com) at 12 pm ET every Friday (focus on cash flow management, credit, and debt) #mcchat is run by Money Crashers (see @Money Crashers and http://www.moneycrashers.com/) at 1pm PST every Friday (focus on managing money and savings)Looking for even more Twitter chats? Organizations that organize or participate in personal finance Twitter chats on an occasional basis include the Cooperative Extension System, America Saves, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).last_img read more

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India-US Solar Dispute Heats Up

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Can US Diplomacy Resolve India-China Stand-Off

first_imgIndia and China have been engaged in a stand-off in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since mid-June. The two nations have been at loggerheads after India opposed the construction of a road in the strategically significant Doklam plateau.India has accused China of violating the present agreement between the two nations by sending the construction personnel. In light of the stalemate conditions, the Chinese government recently issued a warning to India to withdraw its troops from the region to “avoid further escalation of the situation.”Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst who is now working with the Brookings Institute — a Washington-based think-tank —has argued that the India-china standoff has enormous consequences for the world and while neither side has asked for American intervention, the American interests are very much at stake. “Washington should have its diplomacy at the ready. We need experienced hands in the State Department South Asia bureau. We need the best possible ambassadors on the scene. Our military ties to India need to be on watch,” Riedel writes in an opinion piece for The Daily Beast.Border Issue Triggers TensionThe Doklam plateau lies at a junction between Bhutan, China and the Indian state of Sikkim. Both India and Bhutan claim that China is trying to extend its border through the construction of roads in Doklam, which China refers to as Donglang.Both China and Bhutan claim Doklam to be theirs, and India opposes China’s claim over it and also disagrees with Bhutan about where their borders meet. But unlike China, India has maintained strong relations with Bhutan. The Indian Army is even involved in the training of Bhutan’s armed forces.China doesn’t have diplomatic ties with Bhutan, and has called India’s involvement in the issue “utterly unjustifiable”.The 1962 Indo-Sino WarHighlighting the American intervention in 1962 Indo-Sino war when Mao Tse Tung’s ‘invaded’ India all along the disputed border, delivering a humiliating defeat to the Indians, Riedel argues that it was Kennedy’s ‘staunch support’ to India that brought a cease-fire.“At the peak of the crisis Nehru asked Kennedy to send 350 American combat aircraft to fight the Chinese. Because of the staunch American support and the impending onset of winter, Mao backed down and announced a unilateral cease fire and withdrawal from China’s conquests in the northeast,” he writes.China’s warnings, India’s resolutenessIndia has taken a hard stance against China in the latest stand-off. The Chinese media is said to have ‘hyped up the situation’, and resorted to ‘warning India’ about the consequences of the previous war and claiming that a second India-China war is on the cards. The state-run Global Times had said that if India does not pull back its troops “with dignity”, it should be “taught a bitter lesson”.Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has, however, asserted that the country can manage the situation. “Having handled such border issues in past, I see no reason that we will not be able to handle this time,” he told the media in June.But Indian analysts believe that China’s warning about the escalation of the situation cannot be ignored. “In general, the Chinese pattern of use of force has been to prepare the ground with adequate statements and warnings. Hence, I think we should not take them lightly or see it as a bluff,” a China expert was quoted as saying by the BBC.War-like situation?Riedel believes that a lot has changed in last 55 years. While India and China have robust armies facing each other at Himalayas, the Indo-American military exercises have built up strong diplomatic ties between the two countries. There is a war like situation between the two countries but the world needs to be prepared.“Our military ties to India need to be on watch. JFK was ready in 1962, we should not be caught off guard today,” he writes hinting upon the need of the diplomatic role of Trump administration. Related ItemsAmerica DiplomacyBhutan India relationsBorder TensionDoklam DisputeIndia-China Stand-offIndia-China war 1962Little Indialast_img read more

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Multiracial Indians

first_imgMost Multiracial Indian Metros MetroIndian populationMultiracial IndiansPercentHilo,HIMicro53135667.00%Kahului-Wailuku,HIMicro51632362.60%Honolulu,HIMetro3497176350.40%Jacksonville,NCMetro33415245.50%Lumberton,NCMicro30413243.40%Truckee-Grass ValleyCAMicro1978442.60%Aguadilla-Isabela,PRMetro2399640.20%Dunn,NCMicro1937237.30%Missoula,MTMetro1646137.20%Bremerton-Silverdale,WAMetro48717636.10%Ponce,PRMetro2769735.10%Crestview-Ft WaltonFLMetro47716434.40%San Juan-CaguasPRMetro4328148834.40%Anchorage,AKMetro119240934.30%Medford,ORMetro32611134.00%Bend,ORMetro2056933.70%Fairbanks,AKMetro2909733.40%Fort SmithAR-OKMetro54718032.90%Ukiah,CAMicro1745732.80%Sierra Vista DouglasAZMicro1765430.70%Goldsboro,NCMetro1905830.50%Sioux CityIA-NE-SDMetro1915830.40%Eugene-Springfield,ORMetro113233729.80%Ogden-Clearfield,UTMetro75822529.70%Eau ClaireWIMetro3079129.60%Eureka-Arcata,CAMicro2888429.20%Gulfport-Biloxi,MSMetro45813228.80%Abilene,TXMetro3329528.60%St. GeorgeUTMetro1795128.50%El CentroCAMetro45312928.50%Wausau,WIMetro3279328.40%Faribault-Northfield,MNMicro1504228.00%Barnstable  TownMAMetro50814127.80%Greeley,COMetro37410327.50%Provo-Orem,UTMetro81822527.50%Lake Havasu CityAZMetro3268927.30%Lewiston-Auburn,MEMetro1584327.20%Rapid City SDMetro2366326.70%Pueblo,COMetro2235926.50%Enterprise-Ozark,ALMicro1604226.30%Roseburg,ORMicro1884926.10%Watertown-Fort DrumNYMicro1794625.70%Manitowoc,WIMicro1523925.70%Lawton, OKOKMetro Area3318425.40%New York Northern New Jersey Long IslandNY-NJ-PAMetro5909926485911.00%Las Angeles-Long Beach- Santa AnaCAMetro1372231732212.60%Chicago-Joliet-Naperville,IL-IN-WIMetro185774138737.50%Washington-Arlington-Alexandria,DC-VA-MD-WVMetro141639136769.70%San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont,CAMetro132939130859.80%Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano BeachFLMetro50510917618.20%Houston-Sugar Land- BaytownTXMetro10012584888.50%Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington,PA-NJ-DE-MDMetro9811478288.00%Dallas-Fort Worth- ArlingtonTXMetro10820478187.20%Atlanta-Sandy Springs- MariettaGAMetro8604270628.20%Boston-Cambridge-Quincy,MA-NHMetro6909164939.40%Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville,CAMetro42231631815.00%Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue,WAMetro5838257309.80%San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCAMetro12332656154.60%Detroit-Warren-Livonia,MIMetro5962145347.60%Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford,FLMetro30447434214.30%Minneapolis- StPaul-Bloomington,MN-WIMetro33716426312.60%Riverside San Bernardino-Ontario,CAMetro27771418415.10%Baltimore-Towson,MDMetro35957376410.50%San Diego-Carlsbad-SanCAMetro27854354812.70%Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale,AZMetro3454933469.70%Tampa St Petersburg-Clearwater,FLMetro26605307911.60%Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro,OR-WAMetro17865274815.40%Denver-Aurora-Broomfield,COMetro15936228714.40%Austin-Round Rock San MarcosTXMetro2579321438.30%Las Vegas- ParadiseNVMetro10591205819.40%  Related Itemslast_img read more

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions

first_imgAhead of the beginning of the H-1B visa filing season on April 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions, which is subject to annual caps, March 20, PTI reported.The H-1B petition filing is for the fiscal year 2019 beginning Oct.1, 2018. While the suspension of premium processing is expected to last till Sept.10 this year, the USCIS said it will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B that are not subjected to the annual fiscal 2019 cap. Suspension only applies to H-1B petitions from for-profit companies.Even when premium processing is suspended, a petitioner can submit a request to expedite an FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petition if it meets the criteria. The criteria for acceptance of an Expedite request is on humanitarian grounds, or emergency, if it is of national interest (i.e Department of Defense), if  the request is made by a non-profit for furthering a cause that is of social or cultural interest to the United States, compelling for the USCIS and if it causes severe financial loss to the company or person.“We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making any other premium processing updates,” the agency said.The premium processing option is used by firms looking to fill the American positions quickly by paying an additional fee of $1,225.The federal agency had discussed the suspension in a teleconference on March 6 with National Stakeholder Engagement, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.According to the agency, the temporary suspension of premium processing will help cut down the overall H-1B processing time. With the temporary suspension, the USCIS said it is free to process the long pending petitions which it couldn’t process due to high volume of the incoming applications, as well as prioritize the H-1B extension status cases which are close to the 240-day mark. The agency said there has been a significant surge in the applications over the past few years.This is not the first time the premium processing has been suspended. In the last fiscal year 2018, USCIS had suspended the premium processing for six months in order to tackle the high volume of applications.The annual cap for H-1B visa is at 65,000 visas each fiscal year, with first 20,000 applications filed on behalf of people with a U.S master’s degree or higher are exempted from the limit. Other applications exempted from the limit are workers who are employed at an institution of higher education or its affiliated or related non-profit entities or a non-profit research organization or a government research organization.The USCIS received 2.2 million H-1B petitions from Indians between 2007 and 2017. China followed India, with 301,000 H-1B petitions in the same period. Related ItemsH-1B visaUnited StatesUSCISlast_img read more

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Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gary Harris scored 17 points for Denver.C.J. McCollum led Portland with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 14. Rookie Zach Collins scored a career-high 10 points, but fouled out after playing 18 minutes.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 shutoutPortland played without Damian Lillard, who strained a hamstring strain in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio. Lillard is the Blazers’ leading scorer at 25.2 points a game.The Blazers, who lost their sixth consecutive home game, heard scattered boos from the crowd during the fourth quarter. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View comments Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Westbrook’s 3-pointer lifts Thunder past Hawks Denver, establishing its offense in the paint, shot nearly 50 percent (42 of 85) from the floor. Portland couldn’t get untracked offensively, particularly from 3-point range, where it was just 5 of 21.The Nuggets led 52-41 at halftime as Jokic scored 18 first-half points. They separated themselves from Portland late in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.Denver continued to punish Portland inside during the third quarter, as Chandler scored eight points and Jokic seven in taking an 80-66 lead. The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points during the third quarter.Portland was unable to get closer than 10 in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, shoots past Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins, left, and forward Ed Davis, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPORTLAND, Oregon — Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Denver Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Jokic hit 12 of 21 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Nuggets ended a nine-game losing streak to the Blazers in Portland. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

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A tale of two Christmas dreams

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting PLAY LIST 03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:29Police 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 MOST READ Niño Canaleta, like Zamar a product of University of the East’s basketball program, nearly ended up a teammate of his schoolmate in Thailand.Having turned 35 and his contract with Blackwater already maxing out its shelf life, Canaleta wanted one more shot at leaving the game on his own terms.“He had a ready offer to play in Thailand,” said agent Danny Espiritu. “But he waited for a chance to still play in the PBA. He was confident he could still get one.”Meralco gave Canaleta that chance. And on Day One, he repaid that confidence.Canaleta went 5-of-8 from threes as Meralco held off Blackwater, 101-95, to win its season opener for the first time in three years. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We had a good preparation,” Canaleta said in Filipino. “I adjusted well with this new team and I didn’t have much difficulty because they were very supportive.”But the challenge for the wiry forward is to keep producing at the same rate, to make sure he doesn’t fade out of the Bolts’ rotation and stay in contract conversations.Zamar, meanwhile, continues to play his heart out for his PBA shot. He is currently averaging 15.57 points, 3.43 rebounds, and 3.43 assists in seven games in the 2018 ABL season.But the hardest test is outside the court.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”Two Christmases, two dreams. One Warrior pushing to extend his, the other pining for his to come true.If there’s a lesson somewhere in there, Zamar’s father Boycie, a former national coach and current assistant with San Miguel Beer in the PBA, knows what it is.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” the older Zamar said. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.” Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues PBA rookies make time for Christmas despite busy schedule View comments The call never came.Worse, Cafe France opted to go on a different direction and Zamar eventually wound up in Thailand. Though not perceptible if measured in kilometers, the only thing farther from home was his PBA dreams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderStill, suiting up for Mono Vampire for the Asean Basketball League gives Zamar a shot at chasing his PBA dream.“I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said. “The PBA is still crowded for us guards. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES On Christmas Day, two basketball dreams take on different paths for two Warriors—whose roads nearly converged far away from home.Paul Zamar had seen his dream get knocked down, just as he thought life could not get any better. In 2016, he was playing D-League MVP levels for Cafe France. He married longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel. The only thing missing was a ringing phone that, on the other end, would be a PBA team needing a backup playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Ball to miss Lakers’ Christmas game with shoulder sprain

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth The rookie guard will be re-evaluated in a week.Ball is averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists. The Lakers are 11-20 and third in the Pacific Division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa AFP FILE PHOTOEL SEGUNDO, California — Lonzo Ball has a sprained left shoulder and will sit out of the Lakers’ game against Minnesota on Christmas night.The team said Sunday (Monday Manila time) an MRI revealed the sprain that Ball sustained in the second quarter against Portland on Saturday night. He played through it and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more

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Slaughter more than ready to play bigger role for Ginebra

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Getting the first win in the bag is a big step for Ginebra, especially for Slaughter who sees this conference as an acid test for his side to prove that it can win titles without the help of a reinforcement.“Last conference, we won the championship with Justin (Brownlee), and that’s great. But now that we’re without him, we’ve got to step up and I’m ready to take on that role,” he said as he and the rest of the Gin Kings seek to build on this victory moving forward.“It’s only our first game and the goal for us is to win the championship. It’s good to get that first win, but we still got a lot of room to improve.”Ginebra will face GlobalPort next on January 7.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Jarencio wants Batang Pier to not rely too much on Pringle, Romeo Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Counted on to be the main man for Ginebra this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, Greg Slaughter is well aware of the larger load he has to carry for the Gin Kings this season.“I understand that I have a big responsibility now. With one conference behind me after my injury, I feel like I’m back feeling comfortable with everything,” Slaughter said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed And in his first Philippine Cup game in two years, the Cebuano giant showed that he’s more than ready to step up to the plate.Slaughter led the assault for Ginebra as he posted 24 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in its season-opening 89-78 victory over Magnolia at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBut for the 29-year-old, his stats are the least of his concerns as he’s glad that the Gin Kings were able to notch the victory to open their campaign this 2017-2018 season.“The most important is we got the win today,” he said. “We’re team-oriented. Even when we won the championships, we pride ourselves on getting high assists. That’s our calling card, sharing the ball, moving the ball, and playing team defense. So I wouldn’t say there’s an individual equalizer.” View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

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Manchester City’s failure to sign Pogba victory for football, says Gianluigi Buffon

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester City’s failure to rope in his teammate Paul Pogba was a victory for modern football.The French forward was one of City’s top targets for this season but despite offering a substantial sum of 60 millions pounds, the English giants could not persuade Pogba to join them.”He (Pogba) made his intentions to stay with Juventus very clear though, and that was important for us, but also important for football. It showed that money doesn’t always win,” Buffon was quoted as saying by the Mirror on Tuesday.”The level that Pogba was playing at last season, there was nobody better in the world, and I include (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo in that,” he added.”Manchester City are one of three or four clubs in the world that can pay what I call crazy money, so it’s only natural they were interested in him.”last_img read more

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AAEON: Box PC for Edge AI and machine vision applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Making robot personal assistants ubiquitousNext FRAMOS launches Embedded Vision Ecosystem of sensor modules and adapters AAEON launches the BOXER-6841M, a box PC built for both edge AI and machine vision applications. The controller is available in six different SKUs, with four AI models featuring PCIe(x16) slots for the installation of Nvidia GPUs, and two machine vision models fitted with a pair of PCIe(x8) slots for frame grabber cards.Different BOXER-6841M models are built to support either Intel Core i desktop or Xeon server grade CPUs, and they all boast up to 32GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC SODIMM memory and two 2.5” drive bays.The four AI models can be fitted with up to 250W GPUs. To support the high power requirements of these GPUs, AAEON has designed the BOXER-6841M with two 12Vdc power inputs. This innovative feature lowers costs and makes the system more stable by reducing the level of wasted heat that would be produced by a single 24V input.ALL BOXER-6841M SKUs feature five GbE LAN ports, four USB3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, dual mSATA slots, and an additional PCIe(x1) slot. The machine vision models can also support up to five COM ports to support legacy devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Corrupt approach reported in T10 League in United Arab Emirates

first_imgThe first instance of an corrupt approach was reported in the second edition of the T10 League that concluded in Sharjah on Sunday. The incident occurred when a member of the support staff of the Bengal Tigers franchise was approached during the second week of the league.”A person claiming to be a potential sponsor approached the support staff. He soon began to seek direct contact with players with a possible agenda of seeking information. The matter was immediately reported to the Anti corruption unit who took care of the case,” a source told India Today.The likes of Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings and Jason Roy are the leading players that play for the Bengal Tigers.The league has the official sanction of the ICC and its anti-corruption wing is involved overseeing the conduct of the league.Another incident involving a different franchise too came under the scanner. “It first appeared as a possible honey trap but after investigations turned out to be a false alarm,” the source added.Earlier, speaking about the anti-corruption measures adopted during the competition, chairman T10 League, Shaji ul Mulk had told India Today, “We have outsourced the entire ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and with each team we have an ICC anti-corruption integrity officer. We strive to make this league where corruption can be checked at every step.”Alex Marshall, the general manager of ICC’s ACU did admit last year that bookmakers target the short format leagues that have proliferated around the world.”My point was not that the Tweny20 attracts corrupters but the explosion of the Twenty20 events, including some private events and some are designed for the whole purpose of corruption, have presented a new opportunity to the corrupts,” Marshall had said.advertisementFormer Sri Lankan all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige stands provisionally suspended after being charged with violation of Emirates Cricket Board during the first edition of the T10 League.Lokuhettige did not play a part in the league but a ‘Team Sri Lanka’ did take part in the competition.The T10 League organizers are hopeful cricket’s governing body will come out impressed with their anti-corruption measures this season. Some of the big names in cricket from Jonny Bairstow to Alex Hales to Chris Gayle as well as retired players like Shahid Afridi, Zaheer Khan and Shane Watson were among the cricketers participating in the tournament.Also Read | 6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs: Mohammad Shahzad sets T10 format on fireAlso Read | Pakistan will be ready for Virat Kohli in 2019 World Cup: Wahab RiazAlso watch –last_img read more

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Di Francesco: Dzeko will continue to be picked

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Dzeko will be continue to be picked – Di Francesco Ryan Benson 01:06 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EdinDzeko - cropped Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Roma Roma v Sampdoria Sampdoria Serie A Premier League Edin Džeko The striker has been linked to a move to the Blues, but his manager at Roma says he’ll continue to feature in Serie A as long as he’s on the team Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco says he will continue to pick Edin Dzeko, despite rumours the striker nears an exit to Chelsea.Chelsea’s desire to bring in a striker in January has seen Dzeko emerge as their primary target following an ankle injury to West Ham’s Andy Carroll.The Premier League champions have been linked with a combined €50 million move for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international and team-mate Emerson Palmieri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Roma have stated a deal is yet to be struck, with Goal reporting they are searching for a replacement for the striker who has scored 39 Serie A goals since the start of last season.Di Francesco will continue to pick both of them until a move materialises, which he hopes does not come this month.”I have complete freedom [to pick anyone], regardless of any talks that may be ongoing, which you all know more of than I do,” he told reporters prior to Roma entertaining Sampdoria on Sunday.”Dzeko and Emerson are two players who are available to me for this game and I’ll continue to use them as and when, if I feel it is right to do so.”Yes, I have complete freedom [to pick who I want], regardless of any talks that may be ongoing. Dzeko and Emerson will play if I think it’s the right thing to do.”#ASRoma #RomaSamp #DiFra https://t.co/LnkKIwHfJX — AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 27, 2018 “It’s only normal to expect that if something like this goes through, it will be dictated by Financial Fair Play regulations.”I asked the club to sign Lionel Messi, but they told me it wasn’t possible. Look, it is not as if myself or Roma want to lose our most important players. If someone does go, it’s obviously not so we can just spend all the money we get in.”But I’m not the one who can answer these questions; it is down to the sporting director [Monchi]. All I can say is that I have Dzeko at my disposal and I hope he remains here for the remainder of the season.”As for anything else, I do my job and try to do it the best I can. There are some clear things that have been said to me, so either you accept those or you go home. I chose to be the coach of Roma, even during difficult times.”last_img read more

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Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019: R Ashwin gets wicket with new and unique bowling action

first_imgTamil Nadu Premier League 2019: R Ashwin gets wicket with new and unique bowling actionTNPL 2019: R Ashwin was bowling the final over of the match with 32 runs to defend. He conceded just two runs in that over and also picked two crucial wickets. Ashwin starred with the ball to return figures of 3 for 16 as Dindigul Dragons thrashed Madurai Panthers by 80 runs.advertisement India Today Web Desk DindigulJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 13:38 IST R Ashwin in action during TNPL match (@TNPremierLeague)HIGHLIGHTSDuring the 100th match of the TNPL Ashwin was seen bowling with his left hand hidden behind his backAshwin conceded just two runs in final over and also picked two crucial wickets in 100th matchEarlier in the year, Ashwin made headlines when he ‘mankaded’ Jos Buttler during the Indian Premier LeagueIndia spinner R Ashwin is a dangerous proposition for batsmen as it is. At the 2019 Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), Ashwin has sought to make the job even tougher for batsmen with a new and unique bowling action that got fans talking and raving about it.R Ashwin, who captains Dindigul Dragons in the TNPL, had bowled with an unusual bowling action in a match against Madurai Panthers on Monday.During the 100th match of the TNPL between Dindigual Dragons and Madurai Panthers, R Ashwin who is known for playing with the batsman’s mind, was seen bowling with his left hand hidden behind his back till the last moment and bowled the delivery in motion that exaggerated flight of the ball which resulted in making batsman losing his wicket in the deep.R Ashwin was bowling the final over of the match with 32 runs to defend. He conceded just two runs in that over and also picked two crucial wickets. Ashwin starred with the ball to return figures of 3 for 16 as Dindigul Dragons thrashed Madurai Panthers by 80 runs.This was not the first time R Ashwin baffled batsmen with his wizardry. Before this, he left the spectators perplexed while playing for the Dindigul Dragons against Chepauk Super Gillies in the season-opener TNPL 2019 on July 19.With Chepauk needing 17 runs off just two balls to win on Friday, Ashwin decided bamboozle the opposition with his skills.R Ashwin delivered the ball without a full action as his non-bowling arm remained unmoved and he completed the run-up by releasing the ball on his left foot.advertisementEarlier in the year, Ashwin made headlines when he ‘mankaded’ Jos Buttler during the Indian Premier League.Here are some Twitter reactions on Ashwin’s unsual action: ABSOLUTE CRIME!!! pic.twitter.com/fOeJQsN3CoSrini Mama (@SriniMaama16) July 22, 2019If ICC rule book had a face pic.twitter.com/uksbPlWRqdGana (@gananaata) July 22, 2019@ashwinravi99 close enough #Respect #TNPL #Cricket pic.twitter.com/L1fR5TlvhLPatric SR (@patrictweets) July 22, 2019For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Tamil Nadu Premier LeagueFollow Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019Follow TNPLlast_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral lowers number of proposed UN Chad force by 1000

A highly mobile peacekeeping force of at least 4,900, about 1,000 less than previously proposed, backed by 18 helicopters, will be needed to replace European troops next year in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people are seeking shelter, according to a United Nations report released today.“Eastern Chad continues to face an acute humanitarian challenge,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report on the nascent UN Mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT).“Over 290,000 Sudanese refugees, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons and a further 700,000 individuals among the host communities are in need of food, water and health care. At present, an estimated 500,000 persons are receiving assistance,” he adds of the region that has suffered from a spill-over from the war in Sudan’s Darfur region, rebel activity and banditry.In his last report in September, Mr. Ban had proposed that the Council consider sending 6,000 UN troops to replace the 3,300-strong European Union force (EUFOR) when its mandate expires on 15 March. However, he now says that refinements to the plan would provide for some 4,900 troops covering a larger operational area and additional responsibilities than EUFOR. In addition to air transports for troop-carrying, military engineering and communications resources would be required. Unlike EUFOR, it is anticipated that the UN force would continue over the next year and beyond, thus requiring enduring logistical support, in particular accommodation, sanitation and water. Despite the complex causes of insecurity in the area, Mr. Ban cites attacks by heavily armed bandits as posing the most immediate and constant threat to the civilian population and humanitarian operations on a day-to-day basis.“The threat is criminal in nature,” he writes, noting that bandit attacks on humanitarian workers continued to seriously undermine their capacity to reach people in need. “It manifests itself, predominately, through the use of military firepower, including heavy weapons. Countering this threat requires more than policing and calls for military deterrence. In cases where this does not succeed, military intervention is required.”The extreme challenges posed by geography, climate and the fluid security situation demand a highly mobile and responsive force that projects deterrence through visibility and presence both on land and in the air, entailing 24 security patrols daily, supported by a battalion-size mobile reserve force able to provide a surge capacity in response to an emerging threat, he adds.“Reports of ongoing recruitment of child soldiers and the existence of arms and armed men in refugee camps and internally displaced person sites in the region are particularly disturbing,” he says.For CAR, he lays out three options: a small military liaison team of some 15 officers based in Chad that will liaise with local authorities and key actors in the Birao airfield area; a 500-strong detachment to protect one consolidated site, project limited longer range patrols, maintain a quick reaction force and undertake airfield maintenance; and 1,000 troops for deterrent and reconnaissance patrols.In light of the technical assessment of prevailing risks, reinforced by EUFOR’s current tasks, he recommends the first option, but if a sustained presence is required or the threat changes the second option is seen as providing the best balance of operational presence, situational awareness and resource allocation.To date 16 countries have indicated a willingness to positively consider contributing to MINURCAT and one indicated the possibility of contributing to the helicopter requirement. A number of other potential contributors have indicated that, while they could provide troops, specific commitments would depend on prior confirmation that the key enablers have been secured.Presenting the report in an open meeting of the Security Council, the UN envoy for CAR and Chad, Victor Angelo, said that in order to ensure the smoothest possible transition, commitments from EUFOR contributors to “re-hat” even for a transitional period need to be confirmed in the coming days.“Beyond the ‘re-hatting’ of troops already on the ground, MINURCAT will require strong support from Member States with regard to force generation, including equipment and enablers. Given the fluid security situation, challenging geography and climate, the UN force must be highly mobile,” he added. 12 December 2008A highly mobile peacekeeping force of at least 4,900, about 1,000 less than previously proposed, backed by 18 helicopters, will be needed to replace European troops next year in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people are seeking shelter, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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