Sow early maturing paddy varieties: PAU

first_imgWhile the farmer outfits in Punjab have been demanding from the State government to let them transplant paddy before June 20, the Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has suggested that they sow early maturing varieties which are immune to humidity.With an aim to preserve water and check the fast depleting groundwater table in the State, the Punjab government had this year instructed farmers to start paddy transplantation not before June 20.“Farmers should adopt PAU’s early maturing paddy varieties such as PR121, PR122, PR124, PR126, PR127. The sowing time of these varieties can be aligned with the onset of monsoon in the region that normally hits Punjab by June end, therefore its water requirementcan be achieved through seasonal rainfall,” said PAU Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon.Pointing out that these varieties mature in about 93 to 110 days after transplanting and are immune to humidity at the time of marketing of the harvested crop, Mr. Dhillon said that transplanting paddy after the recommended date would also cut down expenditure on pesticides.As a step towards conserving depleting water level, Punjab government had issued an ordinance in 2008, declaring June 8 as the initiation date for sowing of paddy. Later, in 2014, this date was extended to June 15.last_img read more

London Olympics: Ivan Ukhov wins gold in high jump

first_imgRussian high jumper Ivan Ukhov soared to Olympic gold on Tuesday, clearing 2.38 metres to pip Erik Kynard of the US to the title. Ukhov entered the competition as hot favourite after posting a world-leading 2.39 in Cheboksary, Russia, in March, and justified the tag by clearing five consecutive heights with just one fail.Kynard cleared 2.33 before knocking the bar over at 2.36, 2.38 and 2.40.Derek Drouin of Canada and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar shared the bronze with 2.29.last_img

James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming

first_imgSerena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) congratulates guard Austin Rivers (25) after Rivers’ three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch.He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAnd after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center.Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position.The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers.Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month.“You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.”That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start.After facing Golden State on Monday, it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.”Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November.___ “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.“Tell him to keep going.”NEW YEAR, OLD HOMEKawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home.The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained.The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back.Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now.While the game Thursday is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK:Orlando at Charlotte, Monday. Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons.Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday. Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home.Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday. Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better.Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday. The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him.AYTON IN ACTION Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A50, A30, A10 launched in India, take on Xiaomi phones with price starting Rs 8,490

first_imgSamsung has been playing it quite aggressively in the Indian market recently with the Galaxy M series. After announcing the Galaxy M30 yesterday at a cheaper price, Samsung has launched the new Galaxy A series in India. The 2019 A series consists of three models for the moment – Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A10 is priced at Rs 8,490 for 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Galaxy A30 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, starting at Rs 16,990. The Galaxy A50 is the flagship model in the 2019 A series and starts at Rs 19,990 for the variant with 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage and goes up to Rs 22,990 for the variant 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.The Samsung Galaxy A50 focuses primarily on a premium camera experience. The Infinity-U display is the other major feature that brings in an AMOLED panel. The Galaxy A50 sports a large 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with a U-shaped notch on the top. The display also houses an optical in-screen fingerprint sensor. The A50 takes advantage of a “3D Glasstic” material, which is essentially a highly polished plastic material with premium glass-like glossy surface and gradients.The Galaxy A50 is powered by a new Exynos 9610 chipset with four 2.3GHz performance cores and four 1.7GHz power efficient cores. The A50 will come in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. For the cameras, Galaxy A50 gets a triple camera setup – 25-megapixel primary sensor with F1.7 lens + 5-megapixel F2.2 depth sensor + 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. The front-facing camera also gets a 25-megapixel sensor, but with F2.0 aperture. A 4000mAh battery keeps the handset alive.advertisementThe Galaxy A30 is a toned down version of the A50. Instead of the Exynos 9610, the A30 uses the older Exynos 7885 with two Cortex-A73 cores and six Cortex-A53 cores. Instead of the triple camera setup at the rear, the Galaxy A30 gets a dual 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel wide-angle setup, the second having a wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera with a brighter aperture. The Galaxy A30 will come with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. The Galaxy A30 also ditches the in-screen fingerprint sensor and goes for a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.The Galaxy A10 is the cheapest of the lot and is a watered down version of the Galaxy A30. The A10 goes for an Infinity-V Super AMOLED HD+ display. The A10 runs on a 1.6GHz Exynos 7884 chipset. For cameras, there’s a single 13-megapixel camera at the back with F1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera at the front for selfies. The Galaxy A10 doesn’t get a fingerprint scanner but gets a face unlock feature.last_img read more

Communities in Highland Region Get Sport Recreation Investment

first_imgPeople in the Highland region will soon have more opportunities and places to be physically active thanks to a $327,000 investment from the province’s recreation facility development program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced the investments today, June 12, for community groups, not-for-profit organizations and associations in the Highland region. “Providing children, families, and seniors with accessible places to participate in sport and recreation is a key part of our plan to build safer, healthier communities,” said Mr. Barnet. “These groups have worked hard to improve their communities and we are proud to support them with these investments.” The grants will be used to develop trail systems, build and renovate community centres, construct squash courts, and build outdoor sport facilities. Recreation facility development is a $3-million program that helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities. Community groups develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. They work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to plan projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “These announcements represent another positive step toward reaching that goal.” Recreation facility development is one part of the province’s commitments to invest $68 million in sport and recreation infrastructure by the year 2017.last_img read more

Film Productions Announced

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced four newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 14. Documentary TV series, Psychic Kelley Season 2, produced by Beyond3 Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $386,315 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,207,235. Documentary TV series, Slainte Season 2, produced by Winter Light Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $227,200 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $710,000. Feature film, Night Blooms, produced by Midnight Blue Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $140,717 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $485,231. Television series, Locke and Key Season 1, produced by 3324021 Nova Scotia Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $520,690 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,082,759. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30- Quick facts:center_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIlast_img read more

IT Ministry may back storage curbs for critical sensitive data not for

first_imgNew Delhi: The IT Ministry is likely to propose that personal information which neither qualifies as ‘critical’ nor ‘sensitive’ should be allowed to be stored and processed anywhere, while data classified as ‘critical’ should be kept only in India under the draft Personal Data Protection Bill. The proposal is significant as it marks a departure from the original draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill, which had recommended that copy of all personal data should be stored in the country. The tweaking of this provision, if accepted, will spell a relief for companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe draft Data Protection Bill submitted by Justice B N Srikrishna committee last year had also suggested that personal data that is of ‘critical’ nature should mandatorily be stored only in India, a stance that will be backed by the IT Ministry. According to a government official, the IT Ministry is, however, of the view that not all personal data needs to be stored in India, and only critical and sensitive data should be kept here. While ‘critical’ personal data should be mandatorily stored only in India, ‘sensitive’ personal information should be stored and processed in India but permitted to be transferred outside the country, the official pointed out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe IT ministry feels that there are adequate safeguards in the proposed Bill and even if a copy of all personal data is not stored in India, such information will anyway be governed by the stringent provisions of the data protection law, including penalty in event of a breach. After the Justice Srikrishna panel submitted its draft version of the Bill, the IT Ministry had sought public feedback on the provisions, and fine-tune the proposed document. The draft legislation will now be placed before the Cabinet, after which it will be introduced in Parliament. The official said the change in the clause pertaining to all kinds of personal data was primarily driven by industry feedback – both Indian and global companies – which argued that maintaining one copy of all information may become cumbersome, expensive and increase compliance burden on firms. “Most important change is that the original draft said that a copy of all personal data should be stored in India…ultimately, the Cabinet will take a call on the matter…IT Ministry is proposing that with regard to personal data only such data which is to be categorised as sensitive or critical needs to be stored in India,” the official said. Justice Srikrishna panel – which submitted its report on data protection as well as the draft Personal Data Protection Bill in July 2018 – had recommended that “every data fiduciary shall ensure the storage, on a server or data centre located in India, of at least one serving copy of personal data to which this Act applies”. The original draft had also stated that central government should notify categories of personal data as ‘critical’ that shall only be processed in a server or data centre located in India. The committee left it to the government to define critical personal data. The IT ministry is learnt to be of the view that Data Protection Authority of India – envisaged in the Bill – in consultation with the sector regulators and industry should recommend to the government what kind of personal information qualifies as critical data. The original version defines ‘Sensitive Personal Data’ as personal information related to passwords, financial data, health data, sex life, sexual orientation, biometric data, genetic data, transgender status, and caste or tribe, religious or political affiliation; or other category of data specified by the authority.last_img read more

Toll in AP boat tragedy rises to 12 search on for 21

first_imgAmaravati: The toll in the boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh rose to 12 with the recovery of four more bodies including that of an infant, on Monday morning, official sources said. With 21 more people missing, extensive search operations were being carried out by Indian Navy, NDRF, SDRF and state authorities. While bodies of eight passengers were recovered from the river till Sunday night, another four were retrieved at the accident spot at Kachhuluru in East Godavari district on Monday morning, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority here said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One helicopter of the Indian Navy and another of the ONGC have been pressed into service while eight boats were being used by NDRF and SDRF personnel to search for the people feared drowned. Crest gates of the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram have been shut to prevent the possibility of the bodies from getting washed away downstream. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the accident spot. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The boat ‘Royal Vasishta’ was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident, apparently on colliding with a large rock formation, at Kachchuluru, about 200 km from here. As many as 27 people survived the tragedy and were rescued by villagers of Tutugunta. The survivors were taken to the area hospital in Rampachodavaram and government general hospital in Rajamahendravaram for treatment. Most of the tourists were from Hyderabad and Warangal in neighbouring Telangana and state chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the bereaved families from his state and deputed ministers to coordinate in the relief works and help the injured.last_img read more

LS polls Modi Kejriwal to campaign in Goa next week

first_imgPanaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address a public meeting in Goa on April 12, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday. “The venue of the public meeting is yet to be finalised, but it would be in North Goa Lok Sabha constituency,” he said. Besides, Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal will address a rally in South Goa constituency on April 13, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. The election for the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and bypolls in three Assembly seats – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on April 23. The BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Shripad Naik from North Goa and Narendra Sawaikar from South Goa. Both the candidates have already filed their nominations. The AAP has named Gomes as its South Goa candidate and Pradeep Padgaonkar from North Goa.last_img read more

Boosting yields not area of farmland key to increased food production –

25 September 2009Producing enough food to feed the surging global population will require increasing crop yields, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for a sharp upswing in public investment in research of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties. Producing enough food to feed the surging global population will require increasing crop yields, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for a sharp upswing in public investment in research of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties.In a new paper issued today, the agency predicted that global agricultural production must grow by 70 per cent by 2050 to feed an additional 2.3 billion people.Most gains in production, it forecasted, will come about through accelerating yield growth instead of increasing the amount of land brought under agricultural production.This necessitates “pushing the agricultural technology frontier outwards” on several fronts, according to the new study.Climate change is one of the factors driving the need to increase crop yields. If temperature rise exceeds 2 degrees Centrigrade, global food production potential is expected to plummet, with yields to drop by 20-40 per cent in Africa, Asia and Latin America if effective adaptation measures are not introduced.The new paper will provide discussion topics for the High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050, to be held next month at FAO’s Headquarters in Rome. read more

Around the world UN peacekeepers honour their own during annual event

This year’s commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is observed annually on 29 May, is a particularly sombre one due to the heavy loss of life of peacekeepers in the tragic earthquake in Haiti in January, as well as attacks in Darfur and an assault on UN staff at a guest house in Kabul. Over the course of 2009 and in the first few months of this year, 218 peacekeepers lost their lives in the service of the Organization – 96 in Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January alone.Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony in New York for fallen colleagues, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted that the Day is an occasion to celebrate the remarkable contributions of peacekeepers, who do so much more than keeping the peace. “They build bridges… they earn trust… they help societies heal the wounds of war,” she said.“But today we also remember the terrible price they pay for their critical but dangerous work,” she added.The activities of UN personnel serving in peace operations ranges from promoting reconciliation, clearing landmines and delivering humanitarian aid to helping refugees, demobilizing combatants and supporting free and fair elections.“It’s important because we get an opportunity to let the rest of the world know what we are doing as peacekeepers all over the world,” said Emmanuel Mollel, who serves with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview with UN Radio about the International Day.“It gives us a time to look back and even reflect on our colleagues who have lost their lives in the cause of peace throughout the world,” added Mr. Mollel, the chief of water and environment protection at the mission.Earlier this month two Egyptian peacekeepers serving with UNAMID were killed and three others seriously wounded when their patrol was attacked in South Darfur state. The deaths brought to 24 the number of UNAMID personnel killed as a result of hostile actions since the mission was established in the strife-torn Sudanese region two years ago. “I think the major challenge is that in a normal, traditional peacekeeping mission, the peacekeepers normally go into an area where there is a peace agreement that has been signed,” noted Mr. Mollel, adding that, unfortunately, that is not the case for UNAMID. The mission is marking the International Day on Sunday with a wreath-laying ceremony and the lowering of flags of the UN and the AU, as well as cultural activities, parades and photo exhibits.Meanwhile, a multimedia exhibit entitled Ayiti Kanpe – ‘Haiti Standing’ – which documents and recounts the loss suffered in the 12 January earthquake is on display at UN Headquarters in New York and available online. Of the 101 fatalities suffered by the UN as a result of the quake, 96 were from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the biggest single loss of life in the history of UN peacekeeping.The exhibit is an effort to acknowledge the tremendous loss suffered by the Haitian people and the UN family after the quake, to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to pay tribute to those who work to help the country move forward.“Haiti tested us to the limit and we showed we have learned from experience and were able to deliver,” Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, told a news conference in New York. “It was the best way to pay tribute to the ones we lost,” she added.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is also marking the Day with a showing of photographs of peacekeepers at work in Haiti and in Cyprus. The UN force has been on the Mediterranean island since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence.At a memorial service in Monrovia for fallen colleagues, the top UN envoy to Liberia staff to continue their work to bring peace, stability, dignity and prosperity to a world in need. “Let us not allow their sacrifice to be in vain; let us continue their legacy around the world and here in Liberia to wholeheartedly labour towards consolidating peace.” The Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) shared similar sentiments at a wreath-laying ceremony held at its headquarters in Naqoura to mark the Day.“I think that this commemoration is also an appropriate occasion to reiterate our determination to make every effort to contribute to the achievement of peace and stability in southern Lebanon,” said Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas.This year’s commemoration comes at a time when the demand for UN peacekeeping is in greater demand than ever, with over 124,000 peacekeepers serving in 16 operations on four continents. 28 May 2010Peace and SecurityWith the laying of wreaths, cultural activities, parades and photo exhibitions, United Nations personnel serving across the globe are honouring those peacekeepers who have fallen and those who continue to serve in the cause of peace. read more

Annan congratulates Karzai as first democratically elected Afghan president

“This election and the recently adopted Constitution the President swore to uphold today are two key milestones in the building of a strong democratic state in that country,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman.”The Secretary-General wishes President Karzai and the people of Afghanistan success as they take on the multiple tasks of stabilization and reconstruction, including the preparation of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” the statement added. “He is gratified by the contribution that the United Nations has been able to make to the process of transition so far.”The world body helped organize the elections and other reconstruction efforts after sponsoring talks in December 2001, in Bonn, Germany, which set up provisional arrangements pending establishment of a permanent government following the ouster of the Taliban regime by United States-led forces the previous month. read more

Harvard Professor apologizes for remarks made about Keynes sexual orientation at conference

Harvard Professor apologizes for remarks made about Keynes’ sexual orientation at conference NEW YORK, N.Y. – Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor and author, apologized on Saturday for saying economist John Maynard Keynes was less invested in the future because he was gay and had no children.Ferguson said his remarks at an earlier conference were “as stupid as they were insensitive.”During a question-and-answer session after a prepared speech at the Altegris Strategic Investment conference in Carlsbad, Calif. on Thursday, Ferguson was asked to comment about Keynes, an influential 20thcentury British economist who advocated government spending as a way to make up for lagging demand in a down economy.Ferguson suggested that Keynes philosophy was shaped by his homosexuality. Keynes, therefore, had no children so he wasn’t as invested in future generations as others might be, Ferguson said.The remarks were reported by the website of Financial Advisor magazine and other online publications.On Saturday Ferguson acknowledged the remarks and said he “deeply and unreservedly” apologized.“I should not have suggested – in an off-the-cuff response that was not part of my presentation – that Keynes was indifferent to the long run because he had no children, nor that he had no children because he was gay,” he said in a statement in response to an emailed query.“It is obvious that people who do not have children also care about future generations,” he added. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2013 2:36 pm MDT read more

Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

Buckeye bound Top quarterback recruit Braxton Miller commits to OSU

Ohio State landed what some may consider its best recruit in recent memory.Braxton Miller, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the country, chose OSU Thursday out of a group of the NCAA’s top football programs that were all hoping to add him to their squad next year.Unlike current starter Terrelle Pryor, Miller was recruited not for his athleticism, but his pure talent at the quarterback position. Miller has made a name for himself in the passing game during his career at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.According to Kevin Noon of BuckeyeGrove.com, coming out of a larger school like Wayne should better prepare him for his career at OSU.“He comes out of a strong program and that will give him somewhat of an advantage when he gets to the collegiate level,” Noon said. “Sometimes you have players who come out of systems that are not geared toward the next level, but that is not the case with Miller.”The junior stands at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he has made up for on the field.Landing the state’s top quarterback will hopefully lead to a domino-effect for the Buckeyes, bringing in other solid wide receivers and players for the 2011 recruiting class.The next target for OSU will likely be Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest, a familiar face for Miller.“They have been friends for a long time and despite playing at different high schools, the lure of playing at the same college could play a factor in DePriest’s decision,” Noon said.With a commitment from Miller, OSU fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for the future of their team when Pryor is no longer a Buckeye. read more

2 dead 1 injured in accident after car ends up in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCollision at Bee Hive leaves 2 dead after car plunges into trenchJuly 30, 2018In “Crime”4-yr-old girl killed, sister and mother criticalAugust 21, 2016In “latest news”Berbice accident leaves one dead, four others injuredApril 29, 2018In “latest news” The submerged vehicle (N.Logan photo)Two people including a 17-year-old are dead while another is seriously injured after the car in which they were travelling hit a culvert and ended up in a trench at Zeeland Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.Dead are the driver of the motorcar, Michael Ross of Skeldon, Corentyne Berbice and Jennifer Parks, 17, of Manchester Village, Corentyne Berbice.The injured woman has been identified as Judy Parks, the sister of the now dead teen while another occupant of the car, Kevin Madray escaped unhurt. Parks is presently receiving medical attention at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital.Based on reports received, the motorcar was heading to Berbice when the driver of the car lost control while negotiating a turn and slammed into a culvert, toppled several times and ended up in a trench where it submerged.Dead: Michael Ross (N.Logan photo)The injured Judy Parks was pulled from the wreckage.Ross and Jennifer Parks remained submerged, but by the time they were pulled it was too late.They were pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital. read more

U 17 Womens ECh – Poland 2013 Gdansk and Gdynia waiting for

← Previous Story First pre-season defeat for Kielce in Hannover Next Story → Danish TMS Ringsted sign Serbian playmaker Savo Mester Just about two weeks before the regular club season throws off again, the focus of the European handball scene will shift to the Polish cities of Gdansk and Gdynia which will host the Women’s 17 EHF EURO.The 16-nation tournament for players born in 1996 and younger throws off on 15 August and will conclude ten days later on 25 August.Hosts, Poland, were the only team that was directly qualified. The remaining 15 made their way to the final tournament through qualication tournaments which were played in March 2013.Two years ago, at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO in 2011, Russia placed first ahead of Denmark and Norway. All three nations have qualified again.Group A (including hosts Poland) and Group B (including 2011 silver medallists Denmark) will be played in Gdynia. Group C (including defending champions Russia) and Group D (including 2011 bronze medallists Norway) will be played in Gdansk.The top two ranked teams of each group qualify for the two main round groups which will consist of four teams each.The first two teams of the two main round groups then make up the semi-finalists.All matches can be followed via a live stream.More information is also available on the event’s official website (in Polish and English).The 2013 Women’s 17 EHF EURO is the first event that Poland host in the lead up to the Men’s EHF EURO 2016, the European Handball Federation’s flagship event.Next year, in 2014, the country will welcome national teams for the Men’s 18 EHF European Championship.ARTICLE: EHF read more

Summit Ascent Deputy Chairman John Wang steps down

first_img VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 Summit Ascent to raise almost HK$300 million for Russian IR expansion via share placement The Deputy Chairman of Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd, John Wang, has resigned from the board, the company announced on Thursday.Wang, who first joined Summit Ascent in March 2011 and took on the Deputy Chairman’s role in 2013, has cited “other business engagements” for his departure, which is effective immediately. He has immediately ceased to act as an authorized representative of the company with that duty taken up instead by Suncity Group executive director Andrew Lo. Summit Ascent completes HK$297 million fundraising exercise for Russian IR expansion Load More RelatedPosts Lo joined the Summit Ascent board in December 2018 after Suncity Group purchased a 3.29% stake in the company.The departure of Wang, who previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Melco International Development Ltd and as a non-executive director of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd, also follows Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho’s speedy exit in January 2018 following the sale of his entire 17.37% stake.Summit Ascent, which owns Russian integrated resort Tigre de Cristal in the Primorye gaming zone near Vladivostok, announced earlier this month that its largest single shareholder, Taiwan’s First Steamship, was also considering an offer to sell its 19.21% stake.last_img read more

Dominos Comeback Hits Its Stride

first_imgIn terms of scale, Brenner admits that the brand doesn’t have lofty goals of expanding its reach to pre-recession totals. “This is a whole different strategy,” she says. “Bigger isn’t necessarily better. We don’t have to go more than double from where we’re at now.”What she means is the approach is more targeted now, and to a degree, more premium. The commerce model showcases shelter products, which requires no physical inventory. The print component is a quasi-hybrid magazine, meaning it has the look, feel and higher price point of a SIP, but with ad-supported pagination you’d find in most regular issues.Brenner feels that for the time being there aren’t any natural competitors in Domino’s space. But she can foresee other publishers adapting a similar model–one rooted in advertising and commerce. However, she also makes it clear that it’s not something a brand can develop on a whim. “I think we had an advantage of starting over,” she says. “It can be hard to have something and add on to it. It’s not always a benefit to be first, but it’s [e-commerce] a game changer.”Looking ahead, Brenner is candid on how she sees the future of digital ad dollars, which is why she thinks print is still such an important component. “I don’t think CPMs will improve,” she says. “Print is an art and digital is about analytics and measurement.” Nevertheless, she confesses she sees a lot of promise in native advertising and its ability to organically blend editorial and advertorial content. Still, she isn’t counting on that avenue alone, which is why Domino has been discussing branded product opportunities. Domino magazine was one of the unfortunate victims of “The Great Recession,” but the brand returned in 2013 with a new model and a new strategy. That is, now it’s mixing traditional and emerging strategies like print advertising and e-commerce while targeting a niche audience. Although Condé Nast essentially shuttered the title in 2009, it kept the brand alive through quarterly SIPs. Today, Condé Nast has a minority stake, and Domino Media is operating independently. When Domino relaunched last year it introduced its audience to a robust e-commerce site with more than 30,000 products. And its first quarterly print issue was a single sponsor promotion with Target, which was a carryover partnership from when the dormant brand was producing SIPs. Beth Brenner, publisher and chief revenue officer, suggests that the commerce model is strong and growing, but more than that, the brand retooled its print strategy and locked in 36 advertisers for its April issue. “That was our strategy from the beginning,” she says. “Advertising is definitely important because we are a commerce company rooted in advertising.”last_img read more

CRPF officer superannuation ceremony held

first_imgBarkas: On the retirement of Special DG, CRPF South Zone, Rajesh Pratap Singh, a farewell ceremonial was held at parade grounds in Barkas on Sunday. Rajesh Pratap Singh is 1985 batch and he has served for 34 years. M R Naik, IG SS and other officers of Southern Zone and their families attended the parade.M S Shaikawath (DIG), Ragu Ram (DIG), P P Pole (DIG), Darshan Lal (DIG), Amar Singh (Commandant IG), Sundaram (RAF), Arvind Singh and other were also present.last_img