LNG Canada approves 937 million in contracts and subcontracts to First Nations

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada has recently announced the value of contractsand subcontracts approved as of December 2018, following the first three months of theconstruction phase of the large-scale LNG export project near Kitimat.In a press release, LNG Canada says they have approved over $937 million CAD in contracts and subcontracts with First Nations enterprises and other businesses across Canada.According to LNG Canada, this includes $175 million to local First Nations businesses and, with the addition of contracts awarded to local Kitimat area businesses, including First Nations businesses, that total increases to $330 million and $530 million with the addition of B.C. businesses outside the local area. In the release, LNG Canada says the economic benefits of the project extend far beyond British Columbia, with nearly $400 million in contracts and subcontracts approved for businesses across Canada. As the project progresses, more contracts will be awarded to benefit Canadian communities.Susannah Pierce, LNG Canada’s Director of External Relations, says this project is providing economic opportunities to First Nation communities.“What these contracts and subcontracts represent, is tremendous opportunity forindividuals to find employment on the LNG Canada project through our contractors andsubcontractors. For First Nations communities, it is delivering on the opportunities we have committed to that will assist the Nations address issues of poverty, unemployment and skills development. For local communities, it is the opportunity for young people to find employment that allows them to remain living in the North.”During the month of October 2018, the first month in the construction phase of the project,249 workers from the local area, including First Nations, were employed by LNG Canadaor one of its contractors.LNG Canada goes on to say that by the end of construction, LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that is needed to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG export facility near Kitimat, expect to employ approximately 10,000 Canadian workers. Coastal GasLink had earlier announced the award of $620 million in contracts to First Nations, with an additional $400 million to be awarded during the remainder of construction.last_img read more

General Assembly President urges partnership to end poverty

Tackling global poverty requires a concerted effort by governments of developed and developing countries supported by the private sector, civic groups, the media and other players on the international scene, United Nations General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has told a gathering on financing for development in Doha.The President said yesterday there is a “desperate need to accelerate progress” toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of anti-poverty targets to be reached by 2015. “Our ability to deliver on our promises – partner and donor countries – is also reflection of our commitment to effective multilateralism, and building greater trust among the global community,” she told the more than 90 participants attending the two-day meeting. She noted that foreign aid dropped from $106 billion in 2005 – a record high due to debt relief operation to Iraq and Nigeria – to $104 billion last year. Excluding debt relief, official development assistance (ODA) fell by 1.8 per cent in real terms, she said. Aid to sub-Saharan Africa, excluding debt relief, was static in 2006.“To meet existing commitments by the 2010 target aid will have to increase substantially in 2007 and 2008,” she said, adding that quality of aid is as important as quantity. “The true test of aid effectiveness is the improvement in people’s lives. And in this area there is much more to be done.” She cited statistics to illustrate the challenges ahead in a world where 270 million children worldwide have no access to health care, 4 million children die each year in the first month of life, more than half a million women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, malaria kills 1 million people, tuberculosis 2 million people and AIDS 3 million people. At the same time, she noted that there has been encouraging progress, evidenced by the increase in life expectancy in the developing world, reduced illiteracy rates and the almost complete eradication of polio.“In partnership, we have made progress in a number of areas,” she said. “The challenge for all of us is to make good on our commitments and work in closer partnership.”She said that civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media and the private sector can all contribute to achieving the MDGs, but stressed that both developing and developed countries must “work to live up to their respective commitments.”“When poverty is so immediate and the suffering so intense, the world has a moral and strategic obligation, to address the concerns of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa,” she said. “Each of us here today has a responsibility for delivering their share of the commitments we have promised, or holding others to account.” 18 June 2007Tackling global poverty requires a concerted effort by governments of developed and developing countries supported by the private sector, civic groups, the media and other players on the international scene, United Nations General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has told a gathering on financing for development in Doha. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Friday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9797Brazil real 0.3924China renminbi 0.1894Euro 1.4692Hong Kong dollar 0.164973India rupee 0.01995Indonesia rupiah 0.000096Japan yen 0.01131Malaysia ringgit 0.2998Mexico peso 0.07111N.Z. dollar 0.9377Norway krone 0.1540Peruvian new sol 0.3964Russia rouble 0.02132Saudi riyal 0.3436Singapore dollar 0.9325South Africa rand 0.09617South Korean won 0.001116Sweden krona 0.1528Switzerland franc 1.3368Taiwanese dollar 0.04217Thailand baht 0.03779Turkey lira 0.3558U.K. pound 1.6603U.S. dollar 1.2887Vietnam dong 0.000057 read more

Football Records dont matter in Ohio State vs Michigan State

The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers. read more

Rape victims dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use mobile phone

Harriet Wistrich, who successfully represented two rape victims in a landmark judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys, told The Telegraph that in some areas police are demanding “almost unlimited” access to the mobile phones of victims and other data before pressing ahead with cases. She said: “There is evidence that there’s a real problem with rape victims, including teenagers, being told to hand over their phones. Rape victims are dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use personal information on their phones against them, the solictor who took on John Worboys has warned. “We are hearing from rape crisis groups that women are refusing… read more

Porter crushed to death by container truck

A porter was killed on Saturday, March 9, 2019, after he attempted to climb onto a moving container truck that he was working on.The accident occurred sometime around 13:00h in the vicinity of the Kara Kara toll booth and the Guyana Forestry Commission at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10.The dead man has been identified as Jomal Anthony.According to an employee at the toll booth, in an effort to avoid paying the full toll fare, porters would usually go to the booth with less money as the trucks drive by, and then run to catch the vehicle.That was the cause of this morning’s accident. It was reported that Anthony handed over the money at the toll booth and ran to catch up the motor lorry GSS 1407 carrying with trailer TMM 2242 which had slowed down for him.However, while on the truck, the porter lost his grip on the gas tank, and he fell off the vehicle and ended up under the wheels.He was pronounced dead on the spot by a doctor attached to the Linden Hospital Complex.The driver of the container truck, a 28-year-old resident of Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) has since been taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPorter killed in Kara Kara accident identified as Plaisance residentMarch 10, 2019In “Crime”Another succumbs in Soesdyke/Linden Highway smash up, death toll now up to 4January 5, 2017In “latest news”Man dead after truck topples on Lethem/Linden trailJuly 4, 2019In “Crime” read more

RK Celje PL win 20th Slovenian Cup trophy

RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko won 20th Cup trophy in Slovenia by easy win over host team of Final4 – RK Maribor Branik 36:28.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RK Maribor Branik   36:28 (18:14)RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 5 saves, Gajič 6 saves; Malus, Babarskas 1, Janc 10, Razgor, Suholežnik, Marguč 3/2, Grošelj 1, Poteko 3, Zarabec 5, Kodrin, Mačkovšek 4, Mlakar 1, Žvižej 7/2, Bećiri 1; trener Branko TamšeRK Maribor Branik: Čudič 1 save, Leben 6/1 saves; Kapular 3, Rožman, Bogadi, Sok 4/2, Tomič, Hrastnik 2, Velkavrh, Fižuleto 2, Špende 7, Verdinek 5, Stopar 1, Čagalj, Štumpfl, Kete 4, trener: Sebastjan Sovič ← Previous Story Sergey Samsonenko “alarmed” by EHF: Why “our friends Gjeding-Hansen? Next Story → Wiede “steals” point for Fuchse in Kassel? read more

EU recession talk ignores effects of government stimulus package

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Commission forecasts that Greece will slide into its first recession since 1993 this year do not reflect the Greek government’s latest efforts to boost the economy, Greek Finance Minister Yannis Papathanasiou said last week. ‘The Commission’s latest forecasts do not take into account the recent measures taken by the government to strengthen economic growth, such as the measures to boost construction, the car market and employment,’ Papathanassiou said. The Commission said in its spring forecast on Monday that Greek GDP may shrink by 0.9 percent this year due to slower private consumption growth and falling investment. That compares to the government’s most recent forecast of a 1.1 percent expansion. ‘As it has already stated, the government will evaluate in June the course of the economy and, if necessary, proceed to the required adjustments to implement the targets set,’ Papathanassiou said.  The Greek government said earlier this month it wants to narrow the budget deficit to 3.7 percent of GDP this year and bring it below a 3-percent threshold for euro zone members by the end of 2010.  Last week, the ministry said it will subsidize loans and increase tax benefits for property buyers in a bid to boost the construction sector after having announced recent cuts in registration tax for new cars. The Karamanlis government has also announced a 2.5-billion-euro program aimed at stemming rising jobless numbers in Greece.last_img read more

Virtually Try On Makeup During YouTube Tutorials

first_img PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target For a makeup novice like me, buying cosmetics can be a bit of a gamble: How do I know if it’s worth spending $30 on a new shade of lipstick I’m not sure suits me?Google may have the answer.Subsidiary YouTube this week introduced AR Beauty Try-On—a new interactive feature that lets viewers virtually test drive makeup while following along with content creators to get tips and product reviews.While a video plays at the top of the screen, users can stream their own face below; simply tap the screen to virtually apply a palette of colors to your lips, cheeks, eyes, etc.Find the perfect pink stain? Click the “shop” button to make your purchase.The feature—available through Google’s in-house branded content program FameBit—is still in the early stages of development. M·A·C Cosmetics is the first brand to launch an AR Beauty Try-On campaign.Google is helping YouTube beauty fans pick their next lipstick (via Google/YouTube)There is no word on what merchandise, specifically, will be available for virtual appraisal.YouTube, however, promised realistic product samples for a variety of skin tones. (How far that spectrum reaches remains unclear.)Augmented reality and makeup go way back; the technology has long been used to create social media makeup filters and promote e-commerce. As TechCrunch pointed out, Sephora, Ulta, L’Oréal, and even Target have all employed this tactic before.The difference, though, is that YouTube’s Beauty Try-On feature is more focused on creating an AR-powered ad campaign than a fun photo.Google continues courting advertisers with its immersive mobile display format Swirl, which makes it easy to rotate a product, zoom in and out, or play an animation.Brands can also tap into the new 3D editor Poly to create display ads with custom backgrounds and realistic reflections.All three tools—including AR Beauty Try-On—will be available this summer.More on Geek.com:Nike Fit App Uses AR to Help You Determine the Right Shoe SizeYouTube Wants to Eliminate Conspiracy Video RecommendationsYouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges, Prankslast_img read more

Café con Tanya welcomes Spanishspeaking parents of children with special needs

first_imgHaving a child diagnosed with a developmental disability such as autism or Down syndrome can be scary for any parent. But if you primarily speak a language other than English, that creates a whole new set of challenges.“A lot of things get lost in translation, and that’s a big obstacle,” said Tanya English, who’s been the part-time Hispanic outreach coordinator at Vancouver-based PEACE, or Parents Empowered and Communities Enhanced, since October. The outreach program was started by Maria Rangel, who now does bilingual outreach for the Northwest Down Syndrome Association in Portland.English provides one-on-one support to Spanish-speaking families who are trying to navigate Individual Education Programs and the Developmental Disabilities and Social Security administrations. It’s common for PEACE to hire interpreters for their larger group trainings, said Executive Director Darla Helt; Spanish is the most requested language. English recently began offering a more intimate education and support group for Spanish speakers, where they can talk about whatever is on their minds. English, who also works as a paraeducator at a blended preschool, heard coordinators around the state were hosting coffee gatherings. “Culturally, when you come in and you invite someone to your home, you offer them something. You offer them coffee, you offer them bread, you offer them whatever that you have,” she said.last_img read more

Earthquake rattles greater Seattle area

first_imgEVERETT — Two earthquakes shook the Puget Sound region in Washington early Friday morning, with the temblors felt into British Columbia and across the Cascade Mountains into the eastern part of the state.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Three Lakes area, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Seattle. That was followed minutes later by a 3.5 magnitude aftershock near the city of Monroe, some 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Seattle.The initial jolt was recorded at 2:51 a.m. Friday.The state Department of Transportation said the agency would be inspecting bridges, but had no reports of damage.The USGS said it received reports of people feeling the shaking from Vancouver to near Wenatchee, Washington.The Northwest is especially prone to earthquakes. The most recent large one to shake the Seattle area occurred in 2001, when a 6.8 magnitude quake happened just north of Olympia, Washington. That quake caused some injuries and widespread damage, including to the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac Airport.Further south along the Pacific coast, a magnitude 4.9 aftershock of last week’s Southern California earthquakes was felt widely in the region on Friday morning. There have been thousands of aftershocks of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4 and the 7.1 quake that occurred the next day.last_img read more

Body recovered from Columbia River identified as Vancouver man

first_imgAuthorities identified a body found in the Columbia River last week as a 25-year-old Vancouver man. Nicholas J. Melum went under the water and did not surface Sunday evening, Sept. 1, at the Vancouver Landing dock near the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. His body was found three days later, floating near the dock. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be an accidental drowning. Melum was reportedly swimming near the dock Sunday when he called for help and went under. Nearby teens jumped in and threw him a life ring, but were not able to rescue him.last_img read more

TCLs topvalue 6 series TV blows up to 75 inches at CES

first_img The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… Now playing: Watch this: Comments TCL So you have your eye on the best TV value of 2018, the TCL 6 series, but want something larger than a 65-inch screen? Here ya go.Today at CES 2019 TCL announced that it’s releasing a 75-inch version of the 6 series. It’s available for preorder at Best Buy starting today at $1,800, and coming to other retailers in the next few weeks. It offers all of the same features we liked so much in the smaller 65-inch size, including the full-array local dimming largely responsible for that set’s impressive image quality. And, as you might expect from a bigger set, it has more dimming zones: 160 compared to 120 on the 65-incher. The 75-inch model also has a true 120Hz refresh rate, while the 55- and 65-inch members of the series are 60Hz. The result should be better motion performance, although as usual the benefits are pretty subtle.The new 75-inch 6 series’ chief competitor is the Vizio P-Series, our previous pick at that size for best picture for the money — and it also costs about $1,800. Based on my comparison between each series 65-inch sets, I slightly prefer the image quality of the TCL, but both are excellent. And of course the TCL’s built-in Roku smart TV system is much better than Vizio’s SmartCast setup.Just like with the smaller versions of the 6 series, the 75-inchers will have two slightly different varieties. The Best Buy version of the set, model 75R615, has a standard infrared Roku TV remote, while the version on sale at other retailers, model 75R617, gets Roku’s voice remote with Wi-Fi that doesn’t need to be aimed at the TV. Pricing on the 75R617 was not announced. The two versions are otherwise identical. Share your voice TCL 6 series is a Roku-powered picture quality monster 43 Photoscenter_img 9 TVs CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags CES 2019 1:48last_img read more

Best iPad Pro deal ever 550 at Best Buy

first_img Best Buy Apple CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! iPad Pro Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul See it Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $747 $799 Amazon See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags See It 8 Apple 2:47 Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?center_img See It • reading • Best iPad Pro deal ever: $550 at Best Buy $674 See It $674 Pencil not included, alas, but the support is there! Sarah Tew/CNET Make no mistake: The iPad Pro is not the tablet for cheapskates. It’s the tablet for people who have specific needs and the budget to accommodate those needs.Of course, everybody likes a deal, am I right? And for a limited time, Best Buy’s got one of the best ones ever: The iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB) for $549.99. That’s a hefty $250 off Apple’s price and the lowest to date. (You can also get it from Amazon for the same price, but it’s backordered for at least a week.)See it at Best BuyIf you’re still working with an older iPad, this may well be a good upgrade option. You get a bigger screen, boatloads of storage, better cameras, a faster processor, Apple Pencil support and so on.Read CNET’s iPad Pro 10.5 review to learn more. The review is a bit out of date now — it dings the tablet for not yet having the cool features afforded by 2017’s iOS 11 — but note that even iOS 12 doesn’t bring iPads up to full laptop-replacement level. Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) The Cheapskate Best Buy Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple Apple’s new iPad Pro takes baby steps towards the future Tablets News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150)last_img read more

Cab driver arrested for Kolkata models murder he bludgeoned her to death

first_imgIANSA model and event planner from Kolkata was murdered in Bengaluru on 31 July and an Ola driver has been arrested for the crime.The victim, Pooja Singh De (32), was discovered near Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. Reports state that the woman was murdered after the Ola driver, identified as HM Nagesh, who was taking her to the airport, tried robbing her. He was not logged onto the app but was working in a professional capacity.The police followed up on their leads and arrested the driver on August 21 in Bengaluru. Upon questioning he confessed to his crimes and is currently in judicial custody.Pooja was returning to Kolkata after an event in Bengaluru when she was murdered. Deccan Herald reports that her body was found by villagers in the locality and they alerted the police. Her body was bludgeoned and she also had multiple stab wounds.She was wearing Jealous21 jeans, Titan watch and a pair of branded sandals. Her bag and wallet were nowhere to be seen, making it difficult for the police to identify her.”We had two clues. The bar codes on her jeans and a watch. We were trying to trace them back to the seller, but drew a blank,” Bheemashankar S Guled, the DCP (North-East) told DH.The police went on to say that they felt that she was from North India by her facial features and her ring design. Teams were sent to Delhi and Kolkata to search through missing persons complaints in case they can find something.”We found a match with a missing person report in Kolkata. The report indicated that the person had gone missing in Bengaluru. The family identified the victim as Pooja Singh Dey, 30, a fashion model-turned-event manager,” Guled had said.On July 30 evening, Pooja had booked a ride on Ola from the Crescent Hotel to another one in Parappana Agrahara. She separately called the driver up later and asked him to pick her up at 4 AM the next morning to take her to the airport to which he agreed.They commenced their journey at 4:15 AM from Hosur Road. During the commute, the driver deviated from the path to a secluded location and demanded money. He began hitting her with a jack rod till she became unconscious, narrated the police about the incident. He then dumped her behind KIA near Kaada Yarappanahalli village. When he went through her belongings, he found only Rs 500.When Pooja became conscious, she tried to escape but the driver hit her repeatedly with a stone and also stabbed her many times to death, said the police.Regarding incidents such as this, the police have advised people to refrain from individually booking trips with drivers they meet through cab aggregators.  [Representational Image]Reuters filelast_img read more

BWF World Championships 2019 PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara in final Preview

first_imgTwitter/GettyWill she be third time lucky? PV Sindhu would make her third appearance in the BWF World Championship final on Sunday, August 25 at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Standing between her and the world title would be the same lady whom she faced in the 2017 World Championship final – Nozomi Okuhara.This is the fourth straight year in which Sindhu has reached the final of the biggest badminton event of the year. In 2016, she lost the Olympic final to Carolina Marin. The Spaniard defeated her again in the 2018 World Championship final. Will Sindhu be able to break the finals jinx this time?PreviewSindhu knows her opponent well. The match they had in the 2017 final was one of the greatest of all time and lasted for nearly two hours. Okuhara is known for her perseverance and stamina. She is capable of playing long rallies and covering a large part of the court. Her retrieving skills have made her special. Nozomi Okuhara is known for her stamina and tenacityWILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty ImagesHowever, the Japanese girl doesn’t only have those qualities. She also has some good winners in her arsenal which she can unleash when required. She plays good lobs, drop shots and is quite efficient in her net play. The trouble for her would be that she played a gruelling semi-final against Ratchanok Intanon while her opponent coasted through an easy match against Chen Yufei.But the semis also showed the fitness of Okuhara. While her opponent Ratchanok looked spent and exhausted by the end of the match, she continued to play with intensity. Just like she did in the 2017 final, she will test Sindhu’s stamina to the hilt.The Indian shuttler, on the other hand, has been in terrific form. After going through a lean patch earlier in the year, she has regained her composure and tenacity. The victory over Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-final was a magnificent performance. The 24-year old fought back after having lost the first game and kept battling hard against Tai’s wizardry until sealing the victory.But Pusarala can expect an even tougher contest. While the challenge against Tai was dealing with her masterful winners, against Nozomi, she would have to remain patient and stay competitive in long rallies. She would have the whole of India supporting her.Schedule and live telecastThe action on the final’s day would begin at 12 PM local time and 3:30 PM IST. Sindhu’s match is second on the list of games to be played and will take place after the women’s doubles final. Hence, her match can be expected to begin around 4:30-5 PM.The live telecast of the match would be on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, as far as television is concerned. The online platform for live coverage would be Hotstar.last_img read more

For The Human Mind Is There Anything Beyond Comprehension

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X The human mind is pretty amazing – the things it can do, the things it can comprehend run circles around its closest competitor. But can it understand everything?For example, take the number ten. Humans understand the concept, but dogs do not. That’s because our brains are larger and are wired differently. So, with that logic, isn’t it possible there are some things that our brains just aren’t big and complex enough to understand?Dr. Andy Boyd attempts, himself, to make sense of that question in his book Beyond Comprehension: A Scientific Look at the Challenge of Knowing Everything. News 88.7 listeners know Boyd from his contributions to Engines of Ingenuity. He’s also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston.He tells Craig Cohen about his book and what he discovered about the limits of human cognitive capabilities. 00:00 /04:36center_img Pixabay Sharelast_img read more

Oracles Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as Google Cloud CEO is

first_imgOn 16th November, CEO of Google Cloud, Diane Greene, announced in a blog post that she will be stepping down from her post after 3 years of running the Google Cloud. The position will now be taken up by Thomas Kurian, who worked at Oracle for the past 22 years. Kurian will be joining Google Cloud on November 26th and transitioning into the Google Cloud leadership role in early 2019, while Diane works as a CEO till end of January 2019. Post that, she will continue as a Director on the Alphabet board. Google Cloud led by Diane Greene Diane Greene has been leading Google’s cloud computing division since early 2016. She has been considered to be Google’s best bet on being the second largest source of revenue while competing with Amazon and Microsoft in providing computing infrastructure for businesses. However, there are speculations that this decision indicates the said project hasn’t gone as well as planned. Although the cloud division has seen notable advances under the leadership of Greene, Amazon and Microsoft have stayed a step ahead in their cloud businesses.  According to Canalys, Amazon has roughly a third of the global cloud market, which contributes more to revenue than its sales on Amazon.com. Microsoft has roughly half of Amazon’s market share, and currently owns 8 percent of the Global market share of cloud infrastructure services. Maribel Lopez, of Lopez Research states “When Diane Greene came in they had a really solid chance of being the No. 2 provider, Microsoft has really closed the gap and is the No. 2 provider for most enterprise customers by a significant margin.” Greene acquired customers such as Twitter, Target, and HSBC for Google cloud. Major Fortune 1000 enterprises depend on Google Cloud for their future on. Under her leadership, Google established a training and professional services organization and Google partner organizations. They have come up with ways to help enterprises adopt AI through their Advanced Solutions Lab. Google’s industry verticals has achieved massive traction in health, financial services, retail, gaming and media, energy and manufacturing, and transportation. Along with the Cloud ML and the Cloud IoT groups, they acquired Apigee, Kaggle, qwiklabs and several promising small startups. She oversaw projects like creating custom chips for machine learning, thus gaining traction for artificial intelligence used on the platform. While the AI- centric approach bought Google in the limelight, Meaghan McGrath, who tracks Google and other cloud providers at Technology Business Research, says that “They’ve been making the right moves and saying the right things, but it just hasn’t shown through in performance financially,” She further stresses on the fact that Google is still hamstrung by a perception that it doesn’t really know how to work with corporate IT departments—an area where Microsoft has made its mark. Kurian to join Google Thomas Kurian worked at Oracle for the past 22 years and since 2015 was the president of product development.  On September 5th, Kurian told employees in an email on Sept. 5 that he was taking “extended time off from Oracle”. The company said in a statement at the time that “we expect him to return soon.” 23 days later, Oracle put out a filing saying that Kurian had resigned “to pursue other opportunities.” Google and Oracle did not have a pleasant history together. The two companies are involved in a eight-year legal battle related to Google’s use of the Java programming language, without a license, in developing its Android operating system for smartphones. Oracle owns the intellectual property behind Java. In March, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling that had favored Google, sending the case back to the lower court to determine damages that it now must pay Oracle. CNBC reports that one former Google employee, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, is not optimistic that Kurian will be well received; since Kurian still has to figure out how to work with Googlers. It would be interesting to see how the face of Google Cloud changes under Kurian’s leadership. You can head over to Google’s blog to read more about this announcement. Read Next Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory available first on Google CloudGoogle Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and more10 useful Google Cloud AI services for your next machine learning project [Tutorial]last_img read more

Multipurpose malinche an attractive and useful ornamental

first_imgRelated posts:Another handy herb for a Costa Rican garden pharmacy Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year Give green in 2015: presents that will live on all year Hydroponic gardening in Costa Rica: How to get started Facebook Comments Here’s another attractive ornamental that’s a favorite Costa Rican backyard patio shrub. You’ll findmalinche (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) growing in just about any barrio in the country. Its unmistakable bright red or yellow flowers resemble those of the giant poinciana trees, and so it’s called dwarf poinciana in English. Other common names include Barbados fence flower and paradise flower. Costa Ricans call it hoja sen or clavelina.Malinche is a native plant of Mesoamerica that is now found around the world in tropical regions. This hardy shrub-like tree grows to no more than three meters, but is usually pruned to maintain a compact shape for border hedges. The leaves are double-pinnate, and the stems usually have small thorns. The beautiful flowers bloom most of the year and attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden.Leading nurseries often carry malinche, but you also can collect seeds from local plants or start cuttings. The seeds can be planted in recycled plastic cups with several holes punched in the bottom and filled with prepared potting soil. It takes about two weeks for the seeds to germinate, and another month or two before the young plants are ready for transplanting to the garden, preferably in full-sun locations. Cuttings can be started in cups and take about the same time. Rooting preparations help stimulate root growth and speed up the process.Malinche grows in poor soils but responds well to additions of organic compost fertilizer for better growth and flowering. As the plants reach about a meter tall, pinch the leading new growth of each stem to form a compact, bush-like shape.Malinche is a hardy ornamental that has no serious insect problems or plant diseases, and it does not need watering in the dry season. These attributes place it high on the list of eco-friendly garden plants. And it has several other beneficial uses. A small handful of the leaves can be used in an infusion of one cup of boiling water as a laxative and to reduce fevers, while the same amount of flowers in an infusion promotes menstruation. The leaves can also be used as a maceration to treat insect bites and skin conditions, such as fungal and bacterial infections or rashes. The roots and seedpods produce a red dye, and the dried flowers soaked in water act as a natural insect repellent.As you can see, malinche offers much more than attractive flowers around the home. It’s a multipurpose plant that has become a beloved friend to many a Costa Rican. Will you, too, invite this new friend into your garden?Originally published on April 14, 2011.Send your gardening comments and questions to me at: thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – and upcoming Sunday workshops, visit Ed’s website or contact him at thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com. last_img read more