AI Learning Algorithms Find Your New Target Groups

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Although artificial intelligence does not replace human marketing teams, it does support employees in controlling campaigns or even in content marketing. In the future, AI could increasingly displace a popular means of expressing branding: emotions.The AI threat is becoming a different game. Companies have decided to restructure a number of processes to protect against this perceived menace. One change will be to localize marketing measures, even more, pushing to make the distribution of content production decentralized; accompanying this action by an organic reduction in personnel. Eventually, however, algorithms will replace only part of the marketing efforts.Although the news about AI has far less impact than previously thought, AI will dramatically change marketing. A recent McKinsey study shows that regarding the various business functions in companies, there is the most significant potential of AI in marketing. It is believed that there will be close to $6 trillion in value-added potential. Interestingly, at present, there’s a minimal number of successful AI applications in marketing.Artificial intelligence is an entirely autonomous, self-learning system. Some believe that AI is still not a practical reality. Still, there are impressive examples like Google’s Alphago — a program for the board game Go. The program was able to beat multiple professional Go players, supposedly showing the increased potential of AI. These AI programs are still based on a rather mechanical approach that “learns” diligently from large amounts of data. There are still some laboratory situations that have little to do with corporate reality. The analogy of neural networks such as occur in the human brain is also misleading. We are quantitatively miles away from the neuron quantity frameworks and relationships of the human mind. We still do not know how the human brain works — but we think that we can build it? Even though the AI approaches seem to pretend to be quasi-intelligent, they can sustainably support and change marketing strategy. From a business perspective, the dimensions of automation and augmentation ultimately matter. AI must be able to automate the marketing processes well, and AI must also be able to support and optimize all marketing decisions.The AI marketing matrix.A marketing matrix is the majority of AI applications, relate to the automation of marketing functions and processes. In this context, systems also make their own simple decisions. These decisions are usually about the substitution of human activities by artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve cost and efficiency benefits. There are many automation applications that already have a high level of maturity and practical application today. These include, for example, marketing automation or real-time bidding. In contrast, augmentation applications are particularly concerned with the intellectual support and enrichment of complex and creative marketing tasks, which are currently performed by people. Intelligent support allows AI to analyze competitors, audiences, and trends automatically. Marketers can use these insights to develop or adapt their strategy. These insights enrich decision-making processes with relevant information. The actual decision is not automated and depends on the operator’s choice. AI can also help marketers manage the increasing complexity of channels and touchpoints regarding augmentation. Thus, both the value contribution of a channel and the necessary interaction of the channels to optimize the conversion can be calculated. Based on extensive customer journey data, the optimal media budget allocation can be determined over time. The final media plan including the organizational division of roles is then — at least today — created and evaluated by people. Due to the greater complexity and creativity of these tasks, both the degree of maturity and the spread are significantly less pronounced compared to the automation examples by AI.However, there are also applications that, despite their high degree of ripeness, are still used comparatively little in practice today. One area of application to which this phenomenon applies is the principle of lookalikes, which can be used to identify and profile audiences. Collecting content on an analytical level.Artificial intelligence can gather over about 10,000 data points on the Web about companies or consumers. Besides this massive amount of data, AI can determine and profile new target groups via deep learning algorithms. In the B2C area, for example, this can be implemented well with Facebook custom audiences. AI is also playing an increasingly important role in content marketing. Algorithms help to semantic conceptualize content. For example, the word-to-vec algorithm automatically forms content as vectors that formalize the actual content abstractly. This representation is much more potent than the typical index of content. On this basis, automatically similar or complementary content can be found on an analytical level. So-called “long-short-term-memory-recurrent-neural-networks” can also produce new content by predicting the nearest words and phrases, starting from words, considering the temporal context. One example of these “neural networks” is the AI-supported creation of an issue of British marketing magazine The Drum. Thousands of copies were printed from the issue, with the AI selecting images as well as adapting texts and designing the pages. The AI was fed with data from the winners of the Golden Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It was not just about creating the magazine, but also creating artificial intelligence that appeals to the taste of the lifestyle audience. Based on such procedures, so-called robot journalism is becoming increasingly creative. Algorithms are capable of automatically searching the web for information, bringing it together and making it a readable piece of content. Data-based reports in the field of sports, weather or finance are often created automatically today.In the area of newsletter marketing, AI can also help to derive the correct subject lines and headings in emails and newsletters. Using this intelligence — AI can generate text modules that have the highest conversion probability for the respective target group. There are also solutions that automatically create and test visuals for campaigns according to the target group. In addition to the described content creation, AI will also increasingly adopt content curating and distribution when it comes to combining and promoting. AI will automatically publish and distribute content on various platforms.The “de-emotionalizing” of marketing.Another marketing trend fueled by artificial intelligence is (chat) bots. The topic of bots is not new but is experiencing a unique quality and significance in the last two years.This rise in popularity is due to the rapid development of AI, platforms, communication devices, and speech recognition. Network communication is increasingly shifting into the messenger and chatbot world of Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and Wechat. The onliners leave the digital public and are therefore difficult to reach for brands. They move in the “invisible” part of the digital world for others. For example, they no longer share the content via Facebook news feed with everyone but limit themselves to sharing their content via messenger with a manageable circle of friends. Thanks to voice assistants, users can ask Siri or Google Assistant for the current weather, switch on the lights via Alexa, play music or read a message aloud. The access of Apple to the Smart Assistant market with the Homepod will bring new usage scenarios and target groups armed with this knowledge base.In addition to these simple everyday tasks, the systems are increasingly developing into a digital assistant and a virtual representation of the consumer. A digital assistant has an impact on customer communication and interaction. If the consumer selects his favorites from the hit lists on a Google search or an Amazon product search, the bot recommendation usually includes product or information. The bot sovereignty thus replaces the active evaluation by the consumer. While the current communication is still between consumer and corporate bot, it will be increased next year. Therefore, marketing activities have to be adapted to the bot channels. SEO and SMM will also have to rethink things. The so-called “Bot Engine Optimization,” or BEO for short, transforms the guideline “Rule the First Page on Google” into “Rule the first Bot Answer.” The focus is on personalized one-to-one campaigns from bot to customer.One consequence of the increasing use of these systems in marketing could be that emotional brand engagement loses its relevance and marketing becomes objectified. “Boo-hoo,” the marketers exclaim. But, the objectified customer occurs because purchase decision processes are now made more rational than before. The logical immunity to emotion and empathy.The development of smart homes or smart products leads to rational purchasing decisions — bots now increasingly represent “the people.” The refrigerator “decides” when milk should be bought. A digital representation of the customer is logically immune to emotional and empathic advertising, thereby losing its meaning. The ideological brand value is becoming irrelevant.The ideological value of the brand is irrelevant to the customer bot, who in the optimal case acts objectively through the digital signature of the customer, acting as his deputy in e-commerce. Thus, the companies and customers access to the platform becomes more important than the brand itself.ConclusionBig Data provides the fuel for artificial intelligence, which can be used successfully in marketing and communication in particular. AI can capitalize data from online interactions, social media or other digital sources in an automatable and scalable way. Such a powerful weapon always includes the potential of abuse; the discussions show the market power of the so-called GAFA economy (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple). The algorithms allow for a never possible personalization of communication. On the other hand — the new AI algorithms also allow, and possibly make — the risk of targeted and manipulative disinformation. Corresponding regulations and ethical standards as well as increasing the media and judgmental competence of sovereign consumers are required here. And these former giants of social conscious may be woefully unprepared or inadequately prepared for monitoring something as formidable as AI.Overall, increasingly data-driven and analytical marketing will have to answer the question of the right balance between automation and personal interaction. Besides, the corresponding implications for the consumer should be considered. Will appropriate bot-power strengthen the consumer in the form of digital assistants who know and represent his actual preferences? Or, more likely, will AI become more of a match for a perfectly designed data and analytic ecosystem of digital behemoths? Max BabychCEO Max serial entrepreneur and IT professional. Owner https://spdload.com/His focus optimizes business process and increases KPIs. Expert in Growth Hacking, Lean Methodology, Customer Development approach. Tags:#AI#AI trend report#automatization#bot optimization#Growth Hacking#marketing#marketing-matrix Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more

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Only 5% People of Indigenous or Non-European Origin Hold Top Ranks in Australia

first_imgAustralians with non-European or indigenous backgrounds account for only five per cent of senior leadership positions despite being 24 per cent of the population, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission report released on April 11. The report, which said that 97 per cent of Australia’s chief executives have Anglo-Celtic and European backgrounds, has led to calls for diversity in leadership positions, SBS reported.The findings challenge Australia’s egalitarian self-image, according to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. “The general Australian population has about 24 per cent of people who have non-European and Indigenous background. What we’re seeing then, is a significant under-representation of cultural diversity in senior leadership,” he told SBS News.“This challenges us as Australians to ask whether what we’re seeing reflects the kind of multicultural nation that we are,” he added.Diversity is particularly low within the senior leadership of Australian government departments and in universities. “It has got to happen not only in our workplaces and government institutions, it’s also got to happen in our homes,” Soutphommasane said.The recent report is a revision of the 2016 Leading for Change initiative, which aims to boost cultural diversity in high-ranking leadership positions.People of culturally diverse backgrounds perform well in school, university and graduate work, Lisa Annese, the CEO of Diversity Council Australia, told SBS News, adding that her agency research shows that they are, however, not moving to senior levels of management due to a structural bias.“Organizations [need to] firstly identify that there is an issue or problem. They can make an assessment of their own workplaces to see just how diverse their leadership teams are – and see whether they reflect their market [and] their customers – and then they can work on implicit and explicit bias,” Annese said. “Until they do that, you’re always going to be hiring the same type of people and grooming them for those kinds of leadership positions.”Meanwhile, the country’s immigration cap has become a point of debate, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton releasing contradictory statements during the week.While Turnbull denied any discussion on the immigration cap to be set at 20,000 lower and asked the journalist who broke the story to check the veracity of their sources on April 10, Dutton said that he “canvassed different options” for changing Australia’s immigration rate. He, however, maintained that he supports the current 190,000 annual cap on permanent visas.“But as I say, as immigration minister, as Scott Morrison did, as Chris Bowen did, Philip Ruddock, whoever you like to nominate … of course there are discussions of what the figures should be, the benefits of different aspects of migration, there is obviously a debate about congestion and about housing affordability and the government is alive to all of those concerns, about geographic placement of people out to the regions, they are all issues that we considered,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters “no such proposal” was ever formally taken to the Cabinet or the government’s national security committee, SBS reported.Australia’s rate of permanent migration has been capped at 190,000 since 2011, which covers permanent visas for workers, families and refugees. In the most recent 2016-17 financial year, the intake dipped to 183,000. Related ItemsAustraliaMalcolm TurnbullPeter Duttonlast_img read more

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May Day Rallies Come Down Heavily on U.S. Immigration Policies

first_imgRallies organized in several U.S. cities on May 1  came down heavily on the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants, along with the traditional May Day themes of protecting worker rights, Reuters reported. The marchers, although less in number than last year when Trump first took office, ranged from organized labor unions to other activists.The biggest march was held in Los Angeles, where activists were seen carrying pro-union and pro-immigration banners and chanting slogans such as “Union power” and “This is what democracy looks like.” The protesters also asked for more voters to show up at the mid-term Congressional elections in November.“No rain, no clouds, no hate, no division is going to keep workers from celebrating with immigrants, with refugees … with the LGBT community, with the criminal justice reform community, with the environmental justice community,” Union leader Laphonza Butler, who heads the Service Employees International Union Local 2015, said to the crowd, according to reports. Butler’s organization heads around 380,000 long-term healthcare workers statewide and is one of the largest collective bargaining units in the nation.Several hundreds activists in New York City marched from Broadway to Wall Street, Patch reported. They were led by Bushwick-based nonprofit, Make the Road New York. The morning marches were aimed at protesting against the complicity of major financial institutions in the “mass incarceration and family separation being advanced by the Trump Administration,” the event organizers announced on Facebook.“The struggles for immigrant rights and worker rights are inextricably joined together, which is why we must stand arm-in-arm at the frontlines for justice. Today we speak as one voice to call on fellow voters to elect representatives that will protect and uplift all New Yorkers,” Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said in a statement.Marches taken out in the evening by coalition of immigrant rights groups brought attention to the administration’s policies that are “hostile to the environment, racial and ethnic minorities, women and to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”May Day marches across American cities were peaceful, save for one arrest in Seattle. The common theme was the Trump administration’s policies. Its decision to end temporary protected status for thousands of immigrants from several countries hurt by natural disasters or conflict, such as Nepal, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador and Sudan, over the recent months was criticized.Protesters also talked about the status of an estimated 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and are now facing possible deportation after the scrapping of the Obama-era program, Deferred Action Childhood Arrival, that protected them. The protesters said that the administration’s policies were hard on undocumented workers in low wage, non-unionized sectors such as fast-food, hospitality, child care and agriculture.May Day’s history, according to Industrial Workers of the World union, can be traced to 1886 when around 300,000 workers across the United States staged a walkout to demand better conditions, including an eight-hour work day. Related ItemsDACAMay DayUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Foreign Legal Firms, Lawyers Cannot Practice in India, Says Supreme Court

first_imgForeign law firms cannot set up their offices in India, the Supreme Court ruled on March 13. However, they were permitted to fly in lawyers on a temporary basis to advise clients, the court said, adding a stipulation that such visits must not amount to advocacy under the Act.The apex court also allowed foreign lawyers to conduct international arbitrations in India while asking the government and the Bar Council of India (BCI) to frame rules for foreign lawyers’ entry into India. Foreign firms did not have an absolute right to participate in arbitration involving foreign laws, it said, adding that they can do so only under permitted rules.Only advocates enrolled with BCI are entitled to practice law in India, the Supreme Court said. The others lawyers would have to take the permission of court, authority or person before whom proceedings are pending in order to undertake legal practice.  Practice of law includes litigation as well as non-litigation activities, it said, noting that, “practicing of law includes not only appearance in courts but also giving of opinion, drafting of instruments, participation in conferences involving legal discussion. These are parts of non-litigation practice which is part of practice of law.”The court also allowed BPOs and LPOs to operate in India if their activities did not amount to “practice of law” and said that “this is a matter which may have to be dealt with on case to case basis having regard to a fact situation.”The bench of justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and UU Lalit upheld Madras High Court judgment dated Feb. 21, 2012, in AK Balaji v Bar Council of India (BCI) & Ors.The court said that foreign lawyers may visit India for a temporary period on a fly in and fly out basis, for the purpose of giving legal advice to their clients in India regarding foreign law, and that foreign lawyers cannot be debarred to come to India and conduct international commercial arbitration proceedings.“The rules are needed. We want foreign lawyers to come so as to not deny the Indian advocates of the same privilege in other countries. If the BCI does not frame the rules, the Central government would take it upon itself to stipulate the rules,” the Centre, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, had said while calling upon the BCI to exercise its power under section 49(1)(e) of the Act of 1961 and frame the rules governing the practice of law in India by foreign lawyers and law firms, failing which the Central government would undertake to lay down the same under section 49A of the Act.The Advocates Act applied to individuals, groups of individuals, companies or firms, the ruling specified. Related ItemsLawSupreme Courtlast_img read more

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Kev Dhaliwal Develops Camera to See Through Human Body

first_imgIndian-origin scientist Kev Dhaliwal and his team members have created a medical camera that can see through human body. The team, which took part in a research study named Proteus, comprised members from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.Adios to Expensive X-ray TechnologyThe camera does not use the expensive X-ray technology. It instead detects sources of light within the body, which makes the device very affordable, according to the research report published in Biomedical Optics Express.“It has immense potential for diverse applications such as the one described in this work,” Dhaliwal, who works as a professor of molecular imaging and healthcare technology at the University of Edinburgh, said, the Metro reported. “The ability to see a device’s location is crucial for many applications in healthcare, as we move forwards with minimally invasive approaches to treating disease,” he added.How It WorksThis camera is expected to help doctors in tracking endoscopes, which are primarily used to investigate various internal conditions. Until now, X-rays and other expensive methods were adopted to track endoscopes so that they can be moved to the target region inside the body. Even though the endoscopic light can pass through our body, it usually gets scattered off when it makes contact with the internal organs.This newly-invented prototype device has the capability to track a point light source through 20 centimeters of the tissue, thereby detecting individual particles called photons. This camera is built in a very sophisticated manner and just like a digital camera, thousands of single photon detectors have been embedded on a single silicon chip.“My favorite element of this work was the ability to work with clinicians to understand a practical healthcare challenge, then tailor advanced technologies and principles that would not normally make it out of a physics lab to solve real problems. I hope we can continue this interdisciplinary approach to make a real difference in healthcare technology,” Micheal Tanner of the Heriot-Watt University told the Metro.Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, this new invention from the Proteas team is expected to bring about several positive results in the healthcare sector. Related ItemsBiomedical Optics ExpressHeriot-Watt UniversityKev Dhaliwalmedical cameraProteusUniversity of Edinburghlast_img read more

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LeBron, Cavs win 12th straight at home, 115-112 over Bulls

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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. Bulls: Bulls: G Zach LaVine (left knee) and G Cameron Payne (right foot) have yet to play this season and remain out. … Dropped to 3-13 on the road. … Valentine, who has stepped up his game lately, made three consecutive 3-pointers early in the third. … Chicago attempted just one free throw in the first half.Cavaliers: Cleveland has made at least 10 3-pointers in a franchise-record 22 straight games. … James became the first player to appear in 800 games for Cleveland. … Smith’s knee flared up following the morning shootaround and he was kept out as a precaution. … G Derrick Rose still isn’t ready to return to the floor after being sidelined with an ankle injury that had him evaluating his future. Lue said Rose is doing some light workouts, but “nothing too fast right now as far as on the court. But his spirits are great, great having him back. Just the most important part, just getting him back healthy.”UP NEXTBulls: Continue three-game trip at Boston on Saturday. Chicago beat the Celtics 108-85 at home on Dec. 11.Cavaliers: Visit Golden State on Christmas in a holiday rematch of the last three NBA Finals. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cavs coach Tyronn Lue missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Assistant coach Larry Drew filled in for Lue, who conducted his usual media session about 90 minutes before tip-off and was in Cleveland’s locker room before the team announced he was sick.That wasn’t the only news during a hectic pregame for the Cavs as starting guard J.R. Smith was a late scratch with a sore left knee and Thomas took the floor dressed in his uniform and participated in pregame warmups with his teammates for the first time since arriving in Cleveland.Earlier in the day, Thomas was assigned to the Cavs’ Canton G-League affiliate so he could practice and take part in a full-court scrimmage. There’s still no definitive date for Thomas to make his debut with Cleveland, but he’s closer than ever.Lue did rule Thomas out of Monday’s Christmas Day marquee matchup with Golden State, but it’s possible the 28-year-old All-Star, who was acquired this summer in a blockbuster trade with Boston, could play next week when the team plays at Sacramento and Utah.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (24), from Finland, durign the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight home game, 115-112 over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night as injured point guard Isaiah Thomas moved even closer to his return.James had 11 points in the fourth quarter and dropped a pair of free throws with 11.1 seconds left as the Cavs won for the 19th time in 21 games and ended Chicago’s seven-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers assign Isaiah Thomas to G-League team to practice With Cleveland’s Jae Crowder guarding him closely, Chicago’s Denzel Valentine was short with a tying 3-pointer in the final second.Dwyane Wade had three steals and two blocks in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which improved to 3-0 against the Bulls this season.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 shutoutRookie Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points, Valentine had 18 and Nikola Mirotic 15 for the Bulls, who lost for the first time since Dec. 6. Chicago’s win streak followed a 10-game losing skid.The Bulls battled back from a 10-point deficit early in the fourth and were within four at 111-107 when James, who has been so clutch in the fourth quarter all season, sank a fadeaway baseline jumper. Chicago pulled to 113-112 on Valentine’s layup before James made his two free throws and Cleveland got the key defensive stop to end it. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq He hit two free throws with 53 seconds left after Philadelphia’s Robert Covington missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt, and then two more with 6.4 seconds left put it away.DeRozan finished 13 of 15 from the line to best the 43 points he scored against Boston last season. The Sixers only took 14 free throws as a team.“That’s been my career the past few years, getting to the free throw line,” DeRozan said. “Being able to close out the game and me understanding to slow the game down. Get the momentum going our way and try to kill them at the free-throw line.”Kyle Lowry added 23 points to help the Raptors to their 11th win in 12 games.“Sometimes you’re going to have games where you let your All-Star, your superstar, take over,” Lowry said of DeRozan.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Tokyo cuts estimated tab for 2020 Olympics to $12 billion Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) gets the ball away from Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half on an NBA basketball game. APPHILADELPHIA (AP) — With DeMar DeRozan knocking down 3-pointers early, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey thought he was back in Seattle.Down the stretch, Casey watched DeRozan do what’s made him a three-time All-Star: get to the foul line.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Simmons scored 20 points but had seven of the Sixers’ 23 turnovers in their fourth straight loss. Covington added 19 points and Dario Saric had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.Philadelphia, which blew a 16-point lead Tuesday night in a loss to Sacramento, fell to 1-7 without Embiid.“We need to come and play dirty, play tough,” Saric said.It was another day of uncertainty and false hope for the Sixers regarding their oft-injured franchise center, who went from questionable to probable to out in eight hours.Embiid missed two games with back tightness after logging a career-high 49 minutes in a triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City last Friday. But the big man participated in shootaround and coach Brett Brown said less than two hours before tipoff that Embiid was “probable” and would play barring a setback in warmups.Embiid didn’t show any discomfort during pregame drills, but was ruled out about 30 minutes before tipoff.“He felt OK in the morning and then half an hour before the game, we learned he didn’t feel comfortable playing.” Brown said. “So we decided to rest him again.”The Sixers were also without starting shooting guard JJ Redick (right hamstring), but used Covington’s 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range to race ahead by 22.Things quickly fell apart. Lowry and Delon Wright (12 points) got hot in a 22-2 run that included bad passes and poor shots by the Sixers.“We’re going to get healthy,” Brown said. “We’re going to get better.” DeRozan combined the two to score a career-high 45 points and the Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers 114-109 on Thursday (Friday Manila time).DeRozan, a career 28 percent shooter from 3-point range, set a career high with six 3s in nine attempts in Toronto’s fifth straight win.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 shutout“I thought he was a young Ray Allen,” Casey said about DeRozan’s 4-of-4 first-quarter shooting from 3, reminiscing of his days as an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics in the early 2000s. “That’s what we need from him. It opens up the floor, especially on nights when we just didn’t have it. We were playing in mud in the first half.”DeRozan became more conventional in the fourth quarter. His jumper with 4:13 left put the Raptors ahead to stay after they trailed 76-54 early in the third quarter. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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On Christmas, NBA shows off its best — and who’s got next

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It’s a star-studded slate, with the NBA Finals rematch standing out among the top teams and power players.The league is driven by star power, and the NBA is going all-in this year. The schedule is about the best players, not all the best teams.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 shutoutAnd with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Kristaps Porzingis starting the day, and Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Karl-Anthony Towns finishing it, this year’s showcase is as much about the guys who got next on the marquee as the ones on top already.“They’re doing it for talent. You have the talent and the marketable players, so I understand why they’re picking those teams,” said Sacramento veteran Vince Carter. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durant leads Warriors past Lakers for 11th straight win In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. The NBA is driven by star power and its Christmas Day lineup is about the league’s best players, not all the best teams. Yes, the NBA will roll out LeBron James and Kevin Durant, toss in some Russell Westbrook and James Harden under the mistletoe. APNEW YORK — There’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Golden State against Cleveland, for fans wanting more of the NBA’s reigning rivalry.For those preferring something new, the league’s Christmas Day schedule has that, too.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ All of them but the Spurs are in action Monday (Tuesday Manila time).As it often is with the NBA, Christmas is about the players more than the teams.Carter was that kind of player who NBA fans couldn’t get enough of early in his career, before every game was on League Pass and highlights all over the internet. He’d have been the perfect player to get on Christmas but the league only played two or three games back then, and his Toronto Raptors were only shown once.“We were fun to watch,” Carter said. “We wanted that opportunity.”Now this is the 10th straight year of five games on Christmas, and with a third of the league playing, room is there for just about everybody fans want to pile in front of their TVs to watch.Well, almost everybody.Van Gundy was hoping for the Milwaukee Bucks and their gravity-ignoring Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.“They should just film a scrimmage of theirs then, because Giannis is so good that he deserves to have publicity on Christmas Day,” Van Gundy said.Maybe next year.As for this year, the holiday hoops smorgasbord includes something old, something new and a little something blue: Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img A tantalizing twosome that could’ve been a Big Three. Embiid and Simmons have the Sixers on the rise in their first year together, but imagine if Porzingis was there with them. The Knicks took the 7-foot-3 forward with the No. 4 pick in 2015, immediately after Philadelphia passed for the since-traded Jahlil Okafor.LeBron & KD — Enough said.Peace on Christmas? Maybe not in Boston, where the Celtics and Wizards renew a heated rivalry that only grew hotter after they went seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toss in Kyrie Irving going against John Wall, and the plot thickens.Westbrook vs. Harden alone would have been a good gift, but it’s even better after Chris Paul joined Harden in Houston, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony surrounded Westbrook in Oklahoma City.Christmas is for kids, and the Lakers have Ball and Brandon Ingram, the last two No. 2 picks, and the lesser-known Kuzma who might become the best of the bunch. The Wolves have their own youngsters in Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but it’s the acquisition of Jimmy Butler that could finally end the postseason drought that dates to 2004.Teams win titles but stars are the stories on Christmas, as the Celtics know.Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had just departed when Brad Stevens arrived, and the NBA didn’t want the league’s most storied franchise without its superstars. So Boston was ignored for three years before finally getting back on the schedule last year, and now Irving, Jayson Tatum and these Celtics make history as the first to be home for the holiday.“I understand that it’s probably not everybody’s favorite event, people that bust their tail and work in the arenas and are there all the time, and maybe media and everybody else,” Stevens said. “But to be a player or coach on Christmas Day, it’s pretty special and I think it’s something that having not been there, our first couple of years, I don’t take for granted that we’re on that schedule, for sure.” The schedule:New York hosts Philadelphia, getting its first Christmas game since 2001.The Warriors welcome the Cavaliers back to the place where they finished them off in Game 5 in June for their second championship in three years.Washington at Boston in the Celtics’ first home game on Christmas.Oklahoma City against Houston, a matchup of MVP Russell Westbrook and runner-up James Harden.Minnesota visiting the Lakers, two non-playoff teams who have acquired some of the best young talent in the league in recent drafts.Christmas was once a kickoff of sorts for the NBA, the first time a national audience paid attention to basketball with the football season winding down. ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who will work the Cavs-Warriors game, was among those who had said the NBA should consider starting its season at Christmas to get out from under the NFL’s shadow.Now it’s a celebration of the success the league is already enjoying. Combined viewership on ESPN and TNT is up 21 percent this season, with games averaging 1.9 million viewers, even before what figures to be the biggest numbers of the season.ESPN said its audience is the second-highest it’s ever had at this point behind 2010-11, James’ first season in Miami, and Van Gundy said he’s even a little surprised.“I don’t know what it speaks to, but we do have a bunch of really good, young players,” Van Gundy said. “We have a dynasty in the making in Golden State, we have a team trying to challenge them in their own conference, or a couple teams in San Antonio and Houston, and LeBron is still rolling.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img read more

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Not quite there yet

first_imgRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police 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 Against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics last Thursday, Michael Beasley came up with a huge game—32 points and 12 rebounds—that had the Madison Square Garden crowd serenading the well-traveled former No. 2 pick with “MVP!” chants. Beasley dismissed the cheers, saying they were most likely for star Kristaps Porzingis, who was returning from an injury-forced break.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBut it’s not like Beasley did not revel in being the man of the moment.Pressed by reporters, he said he knew he had a hot hand way before his third quarter breakout that rescued the Knicks. In fact, he knew he was going to have a good scoring night 28 years ago. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments “January 9, 1989,” said Beasley, referring to his birth date, as if to remind everyone that he always had faith in his scoring abilities long before he helped New York to a 102-93 victory over Boston.Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek did not need the reminder.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball. He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.“If KP’s out he obviously gets the bigger minutes. I thought he played great in filling in for him. He really helped us get some points on the board. Defensively, I liked what he was doing. He’s definitely a rotation guy for us. We have still Tim (Hardaway Jr.) out. That enables us to put Lance (Thomas) in there a little bit more so Mike’s still going to get that rotation,” added Hornacek.Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his early days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks. He has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only nonstarting Knick to have ever scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pompoms.”It was perfect timing, too. Porzingis struggled in his return, missing all 11 shots from the field.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said.“Thanks to me the game was closer and I kept it close,” joked the Latvian superstar. “Kobe [Bryant] says you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Today I missed all hundred.”There was laughter. It was a good night. There was one more match to deal with before their Christmas Day game—their 52nd in NBA history, a league record.But just as it looked like the Knicks would ride into that match on a one-horse open sleigh, they got Grinched on Friday night, losing to the Detroit Pistons, 104-101. Ironically, Porzingis had 29 points in that game, although he missed a desperation three that could have saved New York.Just the Knicks being the Knicks. Maybe a little Christmas spirit can help them get going. And going, a little bit more consistently. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH seeks revenge against powered-up SEA squad MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley (8) celebrates after scoring a three point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—The Knicks are headed into the Christmas Day game in the manner that best describes their season so far: On the verge of something positive but also on the edge of failure. The ambivalence can be seen in their record. At 17-15, they look like a team that could make a playoff run but still fall into losses that lead critics to say they should tank the season.They have won five of their last seven matches, but the last two matches show just how much the Knicks lack the kind of consistency to be legitimate playoff contenders—but then can be fun to watch when they hit their stride.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth

first_imgUnited States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. APABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Serena Williams is returning to competition with an exhibition match Saturday (Sunday Manila time) in Abu Dhabi against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Williams has not competed since winning the Australian Open last January while she was pregnant. She will face Latvia’s Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the first year that women will be taking part, tournament organizers announced Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Australian Open starts Jan. 15. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Crowd-favorite Ginebra opens a season of promise with showdown against ‘Clasico’ rival Magnoliacenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” the 36-year-old Williams said in a statement.Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era. She is expected to compete for her 24th at the Australian Open, the first major of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderWilliams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event,” Williams said. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Prakash Nanjappa: Comeback story from Bell’s palsy to CWG medal!

first_imgPrakash Nanjappa has scripted a spectacular comeback story with a silver medal finish at the CWG The silver medal finish of Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa has turned out to be a spectacular comeback story in the ongoing Glasgow Commonwealth Games.The 38-year-old marksman secured a silver medal in the 10m air pistol shooting event to extend India’s tally of medals to 11 at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.Nanjappa scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.His top performance comes almost a year after he suffered a facial paralysis during the World Cup in Granda, Spain. He flew back to his home in Bangalore following his treatment in Spain.Nanjappa was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy(a form of facial paralysis), but he made quick recovery and went back to training in a mere one-and-a-half months’ time.In a span of just three months from his paralytic attack, Nanjappa clinched a silver medal in the Men’s 50m free pistol shooting event at the Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran.Though he was not affected by partial paralysis, Nanjappa has to use eye drops frequently due to dry syndrome.last_img read more

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Talking Horses: top tips for a day of jumps action at Newbury and beyond

first_imgTalking Horses Show Reuse this content Read more Quick guide Greg Wood’s tips for Thursday 8 November Ladbrokes may be forced to pay out on hundreds of ‘cancelled bets’ Hide Newbury 12.40 New Quay 1.15 Bold Plan 1.50 Lostintranslation 2.25 Posh Trish 2.55 Ready And Able (nap) 3.30 Siruh Du Lac (nb) 4.00 Genius Market Rasen 12.55 Idilico 1.30 Festival Dawn 2.05 Drinks Interval 2.35 Some Chaos 3.10 Heavenly Promise 3.40 Stonecoldsoba Sedgefield 1.05 Millie The Minx 1.40 Kovera 2.15 Informateur 2.45 Grow Nasa Grow 3.20 Calin Du Brizais 3.50 I’m To Blame Chelmsford City 5.15 Dubai Warrior 5.45 Chitra 6.15 Brasca 6.45 Glendevon 7.15 Los Camachos 7.45 Breathtaking Look 8.15 Princess Keira 8.45 Wotadoll Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Marginal preference is for Lostintranslation (1.50), who was within a length of the winner when second behind Black Op – who was among the five-day entries for this race – in the Grade One Mersey Novice Hurdle at Aintree last season. He has the build to make up into a fine chaser and could well be one of the leading lights in Colin Tizzard’s novice chasing team over the winter. The Pertemps Hurdle qualifier later on in the afternoon is also interesting, not least because the favourite Ready And Able (2.55) carries the purple and white colours of Derrick Smith, far more familiar in Group One races on the Flat. Ready And Able notched up two wins in May and June before returning from from a break to win at Aintree last month, and since his latest win was in a conditionals’ event, he gets in off the same mark here. Kapcorse is an obvious favourite for the Dawnus Handicap Chase following a successful chase debut at Bangor in April, but he looks short enough in the betting given that his last start was seven months ago and he is now 12lb higher in the ratings. Siruh Du Lac (3.30) also has an absence to overcome but that is built into his price at around 8-1 and a repeat of the form of either of his wins around this time last year would definitely put him in the mix. Millie The Minx (1.05) should go well in the opener at Sedgefield, while Princess Keira (8.15) and Wotadoll (8.45) could be worth waiting for in the final two races at Chelmsford City. Horse racing tips Was this helpful? Topicscenter_img Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The National Hunt season at Newbury gets under way with a relatively low-key card before the big Winter Carnival fixture in three weeks’ time, but there is still plenty to grab the attention of jumps fans and the beginners’ chase at 1.50 has several runners with the potential to go a long way over fences.This race ended up as a match 12 months ago and Strong Pursuit, the winner, has not been seen since. The previous year’s winner, though, was Bigbadjohn, who went on to win the Reynoldstown at Ascot later on in the campaign and this field includes Lostintranslation, La Bague Au Roi and Thomas Campbell, who were all useful over hurdles while looking likely to be as good, if not better, going chasing. Horse racing features Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Top Uncommitted Recruit, Zach Harrison, Announces Commitment

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Zacxh Harrison is the No. 1 recruit from the state of Ohio and he just so happens to be the top uncommitted recruit left on the board. The five-star defensive end, an Olentangy Orange product, is the No. 4 overall recruit in the country and seen as one of the premier pass rushers at the high school level.The five-star prospect was expected to make his announcement on Wednesday afternoon. According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, Michigan was the favorite to steal to top Ohio recruit just last week, but that changed leading up to the Early Signing Period.Leading into today, Ohio State jumped out as the favorite to lock up the nation’s No. 4 overall recruit.On Wednesday afternoon, he made it official.Five-star defensive end Zach Harrison has committed to Ohio State. The No. 1 ranked prospect in Ohio chose the Buckeyes over Michigan and Penn State.Harrison gives Ohio State nine ESPN 300 commits in the class.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 19, 2018The addition of Harrison is huge for new incoming head coach Ryan Day who takes over for Urban Meyer after the Rose Bowl against Washington in just under two weeks.last_img read more

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Jamaican Artist on Show at Embassy in Washington

first_imgThe brilliant hues of Jamaican artist, Cheery Stewart Josephs, adorn the halls of the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, which is hosting her 64-piece collection.The exhibition, part of activities to mark the country’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, captures the sights, colours and sounds of Jamaica in vivid colours as well as in black and white.It includes pieces depicting slices of Jamaican life, including scenery, flora and fauna, as well as Bob Marley’s childhood house in St. Ann, and some abstract paintings. Among the titles are: ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Walk Through’, and ‘Togetherness.’Ambassador Professor Stephen Vasciannie, who opened the collection on Thursday, April 18, commended the artist for “this special exhibition”, noting that the beauty of the art has transformed the Embassy building.Mrs. Stewart Joseph, in providing insight into the pieces she produced for the display, said the aim was to “bring people together with the work of art”.“It says it all on the canvas – love, peace, joy, togetherness and that is what I’m sharing in the canvas,” she stated.With some three decades of experience, the self-taught artist, now based in Brooklyn, New York, briefly attended the Edna Manley School of Art and was one of the original Trafalgar Artists. The group of practising artists had a roadside gallery from early in the 1970s on Trafalgar Road, Kingston.The exhibition is an eloquent narrative of the life and experience of the artist, from her first exhibition “on the roadside” to now showing at top-notch venues including Washington’s celebrated Flower Mart last year, where Jamaica won special awards and honours.She gives credit to husband Hugh Josephs, an established Jamaican abstract artist, for inspiring and pushing her to remember that she did not “become” but was “born” an artist.Art Curator, historian and poet, Margaret Bernal, said Mrs. Stewart Josephs, whom she has known for many years, “has that spirit of daring, and she has the work ethic, to which people will respond.”She noted that the word love is resonating in many of the titles and the moods of the paintings.Ms. Bernal, in relating the story of the artist’s beginnings, applauded how “this wonderful daughter of Knockpatrick (Manchester)” was determined to “not take what the world dished out to her, but to change it.”In recalling the struggles of Mrs. Stewart Josephs and the other Trafalgar Artists, she noted that: “they didn’t have a gallery, they didn’t have lighting, they didn’t have a curator, they didn’t have a catalogue – but guess what they had? They had heart, they had talent, and they had a passion that believed in the Jamaican heritage and in Jamaican young people and they wanted to make that message accessible.”“That kind of ‘go to it’ spirit… it’s that example that we all have in us as Jamaicans…who can tell a story of peace and love, and of landscape,” she stated.Contact: Derrick A. Scott Embassy of Jamaica Washingtonlast_img read more

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Province Awards Contract for Dartmouth General Hospital Parking

first_imgConstruction of the Dartmouth General Hospital’s parking lot expansion begins this month, as part of the QEII New Generation project. A contract was awarded to Avondale Construction Ltd. today, April 10, to knock down part of a provincially owned warehouse at 10 Acadia St. adjacent to Dartmouth General Hospital. This project will create more spaces for hospital parking. Currently, the hospital has about 350 parking spaces. Once complete, there will be about 500 parking spaces. The cost of the contract is $1.4 million. Along with the Dartmouth General’s expansion and renovations, the QEII New Generation project includes a new cancer centre, outpatient centre, inpatient centre and research and innovation centre at the Halifax Infirmary site. It also includes the construction of a new community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake and one new and one renovated operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor that has been completed. The redevelopment project will allow services to be moved out of the Centennial and Victoria buildings on the Victoria General site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre supporting their eventual closure. For updates on the QEII New Generation project, visit https://healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/ .last_img read more

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Judge denies Hawaii’s move to get Airbnb host records

HONOLULU — A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii’s move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.Hawaii First Circuit Court Judge James Ashford said the state did not sufficiently show that Airbnb users may have failed to comply with tax laws.In addition, the state did not establish that the information wasn’t available from other sources, he said. Hawaii wants the records to find out which hosts have not been paying taxes involving their vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast listings.Many Hawaii vacation rentals are operated illegally, making tax collection more challenging. In Hawaii, the necessary permits for short-term rentals are issued by counties which have varying regulations. Honolulu, the most populous county, has not issued new permits since 1989. It’s estimated to have 800 legal vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast units and about 10 times as many illegal ones.Airbnb has argued the subpoena amounts to an unprecedented, “massive intrusion” into the private data of 16,000 hosts. Subpoenaing the records would violate state and federal law, the company said.Hawaii is the latest state to tangle with Airbnb. In New York City, a U.S. judge last month shelved a city law that would have required home-sharing platforms to reveal hosts’ names and other information.New York City adopted the law so it could crack down on illegal listings and impose fines.In that case, a U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled that forcing home-sharing platforms to reveal a “breathtaking” amount of information about their businesses seemed unconstitutional. He issued a preliminary injunction halting implementation of the law.Hawaii said in court filings that Airbnb acknowledged in the past its hosts have not all paid taxes. It pointed to legislation Airbnb proposed in previous years that would have allowed it to register as a Hawaii tax collection agent to ensure its hosts do pay their taxes. A court filing from Hawaii’s attorney general said such legislation would not be necessary if hosts were tax compliant.But Ashford said he did not see where Airbnb had made such an admission. He told the state to be careful with the language it uses and “do not exaggerate.”He said the state successfully established that some Airbnb hosts might have violated tax laws, but the question was how many.Kristen Sakamoto, state deputy attorney general, told Ashford that not all hosts would need to have violated tax laws for the state to subpoena the records.Jacob Sommer, Airbnb’s attorney, countered that the standard must be higher.“If you’ve going to ask for 16,000 people’s records, I think you’ve got to show that most have violated the law,” he said.Sakamoto told Ashford the state attempted to narrow its subpoena by talking with Airbnb but found the company unco-operative. She said the state did not know how many hosts the company had in Hawaii until last week when Airbnb filed a response to its subpoena request.“It’s a bit unfair that they hold all the information and are unwilling to work with (the state Department of Taxation) in trying to find a subpoena with a scope that would address the issue of identifying the unknown taxpayers,” she said.Hawaii wants to ensure owners pay transient accommodation taxes imposed on rooms or homes rented for less than six months. It also wants to collect the general excise tax — a levy similar to a sales tax — from rental operators.The state needed the court’s permission to serve the subpoena because its investigation targets a group of taxpayers and not specific individuals.The Honolulu City Council and mayor have been unable to agree on more effective regulations despite several attempts over the years.Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press read more

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Annan hails launch of new publication series on UNs intellectual history

“With the publication of this first volume in the United Nations Intellectual History Project, a significant gap in 20th century scholarship begins to be filled,” the Secretary-General said on Thursday evening at the launch of Ahead of the Curve? UN Ideas and Global Challenges. Urging others to emulate the example of the project’s organizers, Mr. Annan expressed hope that the series “will help raise public awareness about the work of the United Nations.” According to its web page, the project aims to analyze the evolution of key concepts about international economic and social development born or nurtured under UN auspices. The motivations behind these ideas as well as their relevance, influence, and impact will be assessed against the backdrop of the socio-economic situations of individual countries, the global economy, and major international developments. The project is supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It has also received contributions from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York. read more

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More than half of Yemens population now food insecure – UN

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis confirms that over half the country’s population is living in ‘emergency’ or ‘crisis’ levels of food insecurity, with some governorates seeing as much as 70 per cent of their population struggling to feed themselves.At least seven million people, a quarter of the population, are living under ‘emergency’ levels of food insecurity, or ‘phase 4’ on the five-tier IPC scale. This reflects a 15-per cent increase since June 2015. Another 7.1 million people are in a state of ‘crisis,’ or ‘phase 3.’“The IPC results clearly show the huge magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “This is one of the worst crises in the world and is continuing to get worse.”Drivers of food insecurityFuel shortages and import restrictions have reduced availability of essential food commodities in the country, which imports some 90 per cent of its staple foods. Food and fuel imports in March 2016 were the lowest since October 2015. Fuel imports satisfied only 12 per cent of the country’s needs.Shortages of seeds and fertilizers have crippled crop production across Yemen, where around 50 per cent of the labour force earns their living from the agriculture sector and related activities.Two cyclones in November 2015, plus flash floods and locust swarms in April 2016 further plagued already struggling communities, limiting their ability to produce and access food. Food distribution in Yemen. Photo: WFP “Ongoing conflict, displacement and limited access to farmland and fishing sites continue to cause significant losses to agriculture and threaten farmers’ livelihoods,” said Salah El Hajj Hassan, Yemen Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stressing that it is now essential to help communities feed themselves through back-yard farming and small poultry production, among other interventions.“With the fluidity of the situation and until a political solution is in place, we will continue to see an increase in the number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families and further deterioration in food security across Yemen,” said Purnima Kashyap, Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), urging parties to ensure unrestricted access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected people. MalnutritionSome three million children under the age of five, and pregnant or nursing women, require services to treat or prevent acute malnutrition, the report said, citing data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) is at an alarming stage in most of the country’s governorates, reaching levels of 25.1 per cent in Taiz Lowland and 21.7 in Al Hodeidah.The same areas have seen a significant decrease in traditional fishing – by about 75 per cent in Taiz and Al Hodeidah. In other governorates fishing operations have halved compared with 2014.Under these circumstances, both food and agricultural assistance are critical to saving lives and livelihoods across Yemen.“From January to 30 April 2016, about 3.6 million people received emergency food assistance, but the overall response is significantly underfunded,” said Mr. McGoldrick, urging donors to increase humanitarian funding. read more

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Rally at Herrera Beutlers Vancouver office draws crowd

first_imgAcross the nation, Republicans returning home from Congress are facing angry constituents demanding answers on a range of issues from the future of health care to what’s happening at the Environmental Protection Agency.On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, well over a hundred people gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office. Some were hoping the congresswoman would emerge and address their questions directly. Others arrived knowing it was unlikely they would see Herrera Beutler.Several people carried a cardboard sign picturing the congresswoman sporting a “Where’s Waldo?” striped shirt and hat with the words, “Where’s Jaime?”Locally, the pressure on Herrera Beutler to host more town hall-style meetings has increased in the past couple of weeks.Herrera Beutler doesn’t have any town halls scheduled during the congressional recess. She has speeches planned in Skamania County on economic development and a handful of meetings, according to her spokeswoman. Last month she hosted a town hall meeting in Vancouver that was punctuated with people interrupting and shouting over the congresswoman.Kathy Funk, 64, of Hockinson, held a sign at the protest reading, “Have you seen Jaime? Please let her know that her constituents miss her and want to meet with her at her earliest convenience. Preferably before the 2018 mid-term election.”last_img read more

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