2 Dec
2019

This Indian Chef is Now a Guest Judge on MasterChef Australia

first_imgIf you’re a MasterChef Australia fan — and I’ll just go ahead and assume that you are — you know that the most nerve-racking part of the globally-popular cooking reality show is its pressure test. The clock ticks, the judges hover, and your future in the show rests on how you handle an unfamiliar, complicated dish or cuisine.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

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30 Nov
2019

Pacio’s road back to title shot starts vs compatriot Doliguez

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipJoshua Pacio was just 20-years-old when he faced Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE world strawweight title, and even though he lost the bout the diminutive striker remains hell-bent on securing another shot at the gold.Standing in his way though is the battle-hardened Roy Doliguez.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Irving’s big 2nd half leads Celtics past Thunder 101-94 ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The 35-year-old Doliguez amassed an 18-19-9 record during his days as a professional boxer and is 7-4 in his MMA career.“Obviously, Roy Doliguez has a ton of experience in the ring and cage,” said Pacio (9-2). “He is strong and very fierce. I will do my best and really show what I have.”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 will put my best foot forward because I have trained very hard for this fight.”Pacio will take on Doliguez in the ONE: Legends of the World card on Friday Nov. 11 at Mall of Asia Arena.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacio also looks to erase his painful loss to Hayato Suzuki back in August at Cotai Arena in Macau.“That’s the hard part of losing because I have to start over again. A win over Hayato Suzuki could have given me a rematch for the belt, but it is what it is. I just have to move on and work my way up the rankings once more,” said Pacio. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Australian Open: Defending champion Serena Williams pulls out of season-opening Grand Slam

first_imgSerena Williams unwillingly pulled out of this year’s Australian Open, saying that the she is close to regaining full fitness but not at the top of her game and defend her title.After Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, Serena is the third big name to pull out of the season opening Grand Slam, starting later this month.The 36-year-old was eight weeks pregnant last year when she triumphed for a seventh time at Melbourne Park to claim an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title. However, following that she stayed away from the game for the rest of the year before giving birth to a baby girl.WATCHSince then, she has just played once in Abu Dhhabi last week, where she lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. She remained hopeful of making a return to Australia and defend her title but admitted that it’s a tough task and therefore, decided to walk out.”My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time,” Williams said in a statement.Full story �?�️ https://t.co/PFyI9eaWXK pic.twitter.com/h4iTY6oV98- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 5, 2018Williams had told Vogue magazine last August about her “outrageous plan” to defend her title but the short turnaround after giving birth has proven too much for even the greatest player of her generation.advertisementSerena also said that she was disappointed to withdraw but looked forward to returning in the future.”After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams added.”With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”Tournament director Craig Tiley called Williams’ efforts to try and be ready for a title defence at the Australian Open “Herculean” and said she transcended the sport.With Serena out of the #AusOpen, we’re going to have a new champ.Who’s it gonna be? pic.twitter.com/Bgcdch9dIy- Tennismash (@tennismash) January 5, 2018″It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete, she wants to give herself the best chance to win,” Tiley said.”I’ve been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the eleventh hour to make her final decision.”There is also uncertainty over whether former champions Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal, the latter of which arrived in Melbourne earlier on Friday, will be fit to take to the court.The event will be played from January 15-28 at Melbourne Park.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussion

first_imgArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is set to miss two weeks of action after suffering a head injury against Nottingham Forest.Manager Unai Emery said after the 5-0 win that Smith Rowe’s collision with Forest skipper Jack Robinson wasn’t serious.The 19-year-old has suffered concussion and will not return to action for at least six days due to FIFA protocol.The Daily Mail adds that Arsenal will likely extend that break to two weeks given Smith Rowe’s age.It was the youngster’s first appearance this Eason after covering from injury. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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23 Oct
2019

Fifth MossType LNG Carrier Joins MISC Group

first_imgMalaysian shipowner MISC Group has taken delivery of Seri Cemara, the final of five MOSS-type liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The 150,200 CBM LNG carrier joins its sister vessels Seri Camellia, Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Cempaka and Seri Camar on long-term charter to Petronas, Malaysia’s oil and gas corporation.The new generation of Seri C Class LNG carriers have the capability to call at all major LNG terminals worldwide as well as loading capability at floating LNG (FLNG) units, MISC said. “Petronas is committed to deliver a safe and reliable supply of energy. It is therefore of utmost importance that we have access to the most reliable, safe and operationally efficient fleet of LNG carriers to serve the needs of our customers worldwide,” Petronas President & Group CEO, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, said at the naming ceremony.“The new generation of carriers is highly significant for MISC as we forge ahead in fulfilling our vision to consistently provide better energy-related maritime solutions and services. This project is especially meaningful as it represents our commitment to exceed the expectation of our customers, conducting our business in a responsible and sustainable manner, as well as in ensuring optimum value creation over time,” Chairman of MISC Dato’ Ab Halim said.The MOSS Type vessels have been built with an Integrated Hull Structure (IHS) which provides a continuous cover enclosure and shields four separate spherical tanks.The vessels are installed with pre-swirl duct and Propeller Boss Cap Fin (PBCF) that are able to provide around 4 percent energy savings at design draft, along with an X-twister rudder for improved maneuvering performance, according to MISC.Other green technology features of the vessel include the installation of the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for the diesel generator to comply with the latest IMO Tier III requirement and the Ozone Ballast Water Treatment System. They will be powered by an Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plant.The vessels, to be designated with ECO Notation, can operate entirely on LNG for full compliance with existing and impending Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) regulations.The delivery of Seri Cemara brings the current number of MISC’s LNG fleet to 29 vessels.Image Courtesy: MISClast_img read more

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22 Oct
2019

Discussion Paper Released on Adult Protection Legislation

first_imgNova Scotians are being asked to comment on proposed changes tolegislation that protects adult Nova Scotians who cannot protector care for themselves. “Nova Scotians have a valuable role to play in shaping changes tolegislation that will enhance services available to adult NovaScotians who need help and are unable to help themselves,” saidHealth Minister Angus MacIsaac. About 1,300 new cases are investigated each year under adultprotection legislation. About 75 per cent of referrals involveself-neglect; the remainder involve caregiver neglect or abuse.Although the adult protection legislation applies to people whoare 16 years of age and older, the majority of cases involveseniors. With an increasingly aging population, the number ofadults requiring long-term interventions is likely to increase. “The abuse and neglect of older persons is a serious socialproblem that deserves a great deal of public discussion anddialogue in Nova Scotia, particularly given the rapid aging ofour population and the projected increased incidence of elderabuse,” said Valerie White, executive director, Senior Citizens’Secretariat. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to review theproposed changes to the Adult Protection Act. Your insight andopinions are important in ensuring that abused and neglected NovaScotians are supported in a way that we all would like to betreated.” In addition to the call for public input, the discussion paper isbeing sent to groups and agencies that have particular concernsregarding adult protection, including the Senior Citizens’Secretariat, Disabled Persons Commission, Canadian PensionersConcerned, physicians and the judiciary. The process will alsoinclude research and a review of similar legislation in otherprovinces. “Nova Scotia has the highest rate of disability in Canada, withmore than 20 per cent of adult Nova Scotians reporting adisability, and this rate will grow as our population ages,” saidCharlie Macdonald, executive director, Disabled Persons’Commission. “I welcome this opportunity for persons withdisabilities and their advocates to participate in this veryworthwhile review.” Nova Scotia’s Adult Protection Act was established nearly 20years ago and much has changed in the way services areadministered and delivered. This review takes into considerationthe changes in society as well as changes requested by variousgroups involved in adult protection. The discussion paper is available on the Department of Health’swebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/health or by phoning 424-0934 inHalifax, 1-800-387-6665 outside Halifax. Nova Scotians have until Friday, Oct. 15, to submit theircomments on possible changes to adult protection legislation asoutlined in the discussion paper. Comments may be addressed to:Provincial Co-ordinator, Adult Protection Services, ContinuingCare Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Health, P.O. Box 488,Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2R8. They may also be sent by fax to902-424-0558 or by e-mail to apact@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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22 Oct
2019

Nova Scotia Come to life Gets Celebrity Endorsement

first_imgFifty-eight businesses and associations plus two of Nova Scotia’s most popular entertainers have become ambassadors for the province with Nova Scotia “Come to life.” Singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro and comedian Ron James signed up as “Come to life” charter members at an event in Antigonish today, May 16. “I am proud of where I come from and I tell the Nova Scotia story, no matter where I go,” said Mr. Guthro. “We have much to be proud of and I am happy to stand with the rest of the Nova Scotia ‘Come to life’ charter members to sing Nova Scotia’s praises.” More than 400 business and community leaders attended the dinner, Celebration of Business Success in Nova Scotia. It was organized by the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce, the Nova Scotia Association of Chambers, and Nova Scotia “Come to life.” Premier Rodney MacDonald welcomed the new charter members. “We have all the ingredients in this province for a thriving business and a balanced life,” said Premier MacDonald. “Our new charter members represent the many successes that are happening in Nova Scotia and they are standing up and telling the world about the advantages of living, working, learning and investing in Nova Scotia.” The dinner was an opportunity for business and community leaders to come together, network and celebrate their accomplishments. Nova Scotia “Come to life” is now represented by 149 charter members who are helping tell the Nova Scotia story to the world. More private sector partners will join Nova Scotia “Come to life” next month at charter signing events in Halifax and Truro. More information about the Nova Scotia “Come to life” initiative and its charter members can be found at www.novascotialife.com .last_img read more

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20 Oct
2019

Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile screen plans in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Video streaming company Netflix will roll out a cheaper mobile-only plan in India as it looks to woo viewers amid growing competition from Amazon Prime Videos and other local players. The premium content platform also believes that growth in the Indian market is a marathon; and that it is witnessing steady progress here. After several months of testing, the company has decided to roll out a lower-priced mobile-screen plan in India to complement existing plans, Netflix said in a statement. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We believe this plan, which will launch in Q3, will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is low (below USD 5),” it added. Netflix had been testing a Rs 250 monthly subscription for mobile devices in India. Its current plans are available for Rs 500 onwards. The company has over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries. It doesn’t disclose country-specific subscriber numbers. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepOnline content consumption in India has seen massive growth with data plans becoming more affordable. Data rates in India are among the cheapest globally. Netflix Chief Product Officer Greg Peters said the company sees an opportunity to broaden access to its service in India. “So that is clearly the motivator behind adding this mobile tier offering… We think we need to have a lower price offering to improve the accessibility… one that complements the existing tiering structure that we have,” he said at the company’s investor call. Peters said the company is also working on partnerships in the Indian market. “We are also working on the partnerships we have in the market because we think there are specific opportunities to improve accessibility via those partnerships as well,” he said. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos referred growth in India as a “marathon”. “We are in it for the long haul and we are seeing nice steady progress,” he said, adding that the company is also scaling up its library for the Indian market. Netflix said its paid membership grew by 2.7 million in the second quarter, less than the 5.5 million in the year-ago period and its own forecast of 5 million for the June 2019 quarter. In the third quarter, Netflix said it expects to grow by 7 million paid memberships (0.8 million in the US and 6.2 million internationally) compared to an addition of 6.1 million subscribers in the year-ago period. While Netflix plays in the premium content streaming space, it competes with the likes of Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar and even YouTube, along with other local players in the Indian market.last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan arrives in Canada lawyer

first_imgA lawyer representing a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan says she has arrived in Canada.“She is finally free from all ordeals,” Saif-ul Malook told The Canadian Press in an interview from Lahore, Pakistan.Malook did not meet his client, Aasia Bibi, or talk to her before she left for Canada, but said she arrived Tuesday morning.“Her daughters are in Ottawa. They landed in December last year so naturally she must have been joining them,” he said. Malook said Bibi, who is in her mid-50s, was looking forward to coming to Canada.“If you’re in hell and somebody would say you’re soon to be in paradise there is no question to ask,” he said.When Bibi was in prison, he said he’d sit with his client and spend “many, many hours and I’d tell her when you are released the American president will send his plane for you and she used to laugh.” Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 after a quarrel with a fellow farmworker. The Supreme Court overturned her conviction last year, and she had been in protective custody since then.Islamic extremists have rioted over the case and threatened to kill her. The same radical Islamists, many of whom have been jailed for their threats, also urged the overthrow of the government following Bibi’s acquittal.Malook said his safety is in jeopardy for helping Bibi, but there are people who need him.He hopes she will be left alone in Canada.“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced that the allegation against her for blasphemy was false,” he said. “Please don’t follow her. Let her lead the rest of her life in peace.”Wilson Chawdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he received a text message from a British diplomat saying “Aasia is out.” A close friend of Bibi also confirmed that she had left the country, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.Officials at Pakistan’s interior and foreign ministries also confirmed her departure, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.Global Affairs Canada said Wednesday it “has no comment on this matter.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly said last November that Canada was then in talks with the Pakistani government about Bibi.The friend, who last spoke to her on Tuesday, said Bibi and her husband Ashiq Masih had spent the last several weeks getting their documents in order. He said she was longing to see her daughters, with whom she talked to almost daily from her secure location, protected by Pakistani security forces.Chawdhry said he had been in regular contact with Bibi’s husband throughout the ordeal as well as with several diplomats involved in international efforts to free her and get her to safety.The case has brought international attention to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which carries an automatic death penalty. The mere suspicion of blasphemy against Islam is enough to ignite mob lynchings in the country. The accusation of blasphemy has also been used to intimidate religious minorities and to settle scores.Radical Islamists have made the punishment of blasphemy a major rallying cry, bringing tens of thousands into the streets and paralyzing major cities.Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot and killed by one of his guards in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticizing the misuse of the blasphemy law. The assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, has been celebrated as a martyr by hard-liners since he was hanged for the killing, with millions visiting a shrine set up for him near Islamabad. Pakistan’s minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated later that year after demanding justice for Bibi.Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed not to be intimidated by the rioters, saying the rule of law would decide Bibi’s fate. But she was denied permission to leave the country for several months until sentiments cooled.A three-judge Supreme Court panel in January cleared Bibi’s final legal hurdle when they ruled there was no compelling reason to overturn the court’s earlier acquittal. The judges accused those who charged Bibi with blasphemy of committing perjury, but said they would not be tried because of the sensitivity of the case. The judges upheld the blasphemy law.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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8 Oct
2019

CPC shuts refinery for two weeks

Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) will shut Sri Lanka’s sole 50,000 barrels-per-day oil (bpd) refinery for two weeks on Friday after exhausting its supply of mainly Iranian crude oil, a company official said.The company has enough crude to last until Friday and will receive its next crude oil shipment from Dubai on Nov. 8 or Nov. 9 when the refinery will restart, Ceypetco general manager Susantha Silva told Reuters. “This does not mean we are going to close down the refinery permanently. This will be a temporary closure,” said Silva. The refinery will also undergo maintenance during the shutdown, he added.The refinery is configured to run on Iranian crude and has been scrambling to fill a shortfall after it was unable to bring in Iranian crude because of Western sanctions. “We are getting one crude parcel from Dubai on Nov. 8 or 9 and one from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 13. Another one scheduled (from Abu Dhabi) in December. So we have lined up crude for refining.”Exports from Iran, which is grappling with tough Western sanctions targeting its energy and petrochemical sectors, have fallen sharply as consumers struggle both to pay for the oil and to secure insurance cover for tankers to ship the crude. Ceypetco has been having problems running the refinery at full capacity as alternative crudes like Arabian light are not able to give the refinery the proper yield, Silva said earlier.Sri Lanka, which is dependent on Iranian crude oil, has reduced its Iranian crude imports by 20 percent this year, but disagrees with Western sanctions that are punishing countries that depend on its oil, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris said earlier this week.The country is now in talks with Iran to find suitable payment method for its crude, as banks dealing with Iran have also been targeted by western sanctions. Iran has not offered any discounts on its crude, Peiris said.  (Reuters) read more

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6 Oct
2019

Annans special representative for Western Sahara starts tour of region

A plan for lasting peace between Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) formulated by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker, is being considered by all parties involved. They include Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania.Mr. de Soto is expected to meet subsequently with the leadership of the Frente POLISARIO in Rabouni, with Algerian officials in Algiers and with Mauritanian officials in Nouakchott, the spokesman added.

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29 Sep
2019

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

Related: Hot Takedown It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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21 Sep
2019

International Womens Day conference explores 106 years of struggle

first_imgOn March 8, 1857, the women workers in the New York Textiles and Tailors industry went on strike and demonstrations. They called for a reduction in working hours and a wage equalization between men and women. The strikers and demonstrators were struck by police and ended in bloodshed. It is these women and the ones that followed that are being honoured by an event organised by the Women’s Committee of Democritus on the occasion of International Women’s Day at 2pm on 10 March.The event, titled “Women’s equality – Which equality? What is our future? What are we struggling for? What is our aim?”, brings many women to the fore. These include journalist/radio producer Rena Frangioudakis, former mayor of Whittlesea Kris Pavlidis, special projects consultant Stella Papas and others.The conference invites all women and men of the community to look at the “women’s issue”, 106 years after 8 March was established as International Women’s Day at the 2nd International Conference of Women Socialists on a proposal by Clara Tsetkin during a meeting in Copenhagen in 1910.The Greek Democritus Workers League stands in solidarity to the struggles of the international women’s movement for equality and liberation of women from class exploitation and oppression.The event takes place at the Cultural Centre (583 High Street, Northcote). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

LAssurance maladie refuse la proposition des laboratoires Servier

first_imgL’Assurance maladie refuse la proposition des laboratoires ServierFrédéric Van Roekeghem, directeur général de l’Assurance maladie, a fait savoir ce matin au micro d’Europe 1 que l’institution refusait la proposition des laboratoires Servier consistant à indemniser les victimes du Mediator qui renonceraient à une action judiciaire.Nouvelle polémique dans l’affaire du Mediator. Alors que le laboratoire Servier avait fait savoir plusieurs fois qu’il était prêt à indemniser les victimes de son médicament, il a expliqué hier qu’il était toujours prêt à offrir de l’argent mais uniquement si les victimes renonçaient aux poursuites judiciaires. Une déclaration qui a provoqué l’indignation des associations de soutien aux victimes et de consommateurs. Frédéric Van Roekeghem s’est exprimé sur le sujet au micro d’Europe 1. Il a ainsi fait savoir qu’il refusait la proposition des laboratoires Servier. Le directeur général de l’Assurance maladie a expliqué : “Nous considérons en terme économique que le coût le plus important, c’est celui d’avoir maintenu le Mediator pendant une durée que l’Igas a estimé beaucoup trop longue. Notre démarche est de demander à la justice de faire la transparence pour savoir si les laboratoires Servier ont masqué les qualités essentielles du produit afin de maintenir les autorisations de commercialisation”. Le scandale du Mediator n’est donc pas prêt de se terminer.Le 11 mars 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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12 Sep
2019

What To Expect When Youre Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement

first_img Email What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement Twitter Read more News center_img Many will enter. Few will win. We look ahead at next week’s exciting announcement of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominationsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:40 pm UPDATE: See the full list of 61st GRAMMY NominationsOn Dec. 7, the 2019 GRAMMY nominations will be announced, making dreams come true for artists and music creators across many genres, locations, ages, and walks of life. And while nominees will have to wait until the 61st GRAMMY Awards air on CBS Feb. 10, 2019 for the final results, being nominated brings that lifelong dream of winning GRAMMYs one huge step closer. For fans, the fun is in finding out if their favorite artists will get the chance to attach their names to the legacy of GRAMMY winners.But how does one get a GRAMMY nomination? Well, for starters artists and music creators  spend their whole lives honing their craft and developing their talent. The stories behind the music we love are as varied as the artists who create it. Each year, artists, producers and record labels enter their work for consideration and Recording Academy members weigh in on who deserves GRAMMY gold for their efforts. For a quick look at how the submission and voting process works, head over to GRAMMY101.com to get yourself educated.In terms of awards, there are four general categories that mark some of the most highly anticipated: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The other 80 awards are broken into various fields based on genre—such as Pop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc…, or format, such as Composing/Arranging, Music For Visual Media, Package, Surround Sound, and Music Video/Film.Read More: What’s The Difference? GRAMMY Record Of The Year Vs. Song Of The YearTo make sure the process reflects the vast diversity within the music community, every year the Recording Academy looks at how the GRAMMY Awards can improve and adapt to changes in the industry. This year’s changes include expanding the aforementioned general four categories from five nominees to eight in order to better reflect the many entries in those categories. The Academy also recently announced it will implement a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model.The desired end of the whole process, is winning the coveted GRAMMY Award. For those special GRAMMY-winning artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and craftspeople, the award represents a career pinnacle. For a look at these recent life-changing, peruse the full list of last year’s winners, led by Bruno Mars, who won a total of six for his 24K Magic. And think about it: the Recording Academy has been honoring excellence in music for over six decades now. Can you guess who has won the most GRAMMYs of all-time?Get ready for the big reveal of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominees on Friday, Dec 7, and check back with us for category breakdown, artist exclusives and more. You can also follow us on social to keep up with artist reactions throughout the day in real time. Good luck to everyone!Janelle Monáe On Choosing “Freedom Over Fear” & Creating ‘Dirty Computer’ Facebook What To Expect: 2019 GRAMMY Nominations what-expect-when-youre-expecting-2019-grammy-nominations-announcementlast_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

How sleep apnea robs you of a good nights rest

first_img 1 Now playing: Watch this: How to improve sleep using tech 1:04 Comment How to get better sleep in 2019 Tags Causes and risk factors of sleep apneaAn “apnea” is a temporary pause in breathing. In most cases, it’s caused by tissue collapsing in the back of the throat (obstructive sleep apnea). When you fall asleep, the muscles of your upper airway relax. This narrows your airway, making it hard for oxygen to reach your lungs. If you sleep on your back, gravity can exacerbate this narrowing, because your tongue relaxes backward toward your throat. Central sleep apnea is usually linked to other medical conditions, such as heart disorders and brain damage.As far as risk factors, many things can influence your likelihood to develop sleep apnea, the most common and significant being excess body weight. Common risk factors for sleep apnea include:Excess weight: If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, your risk for sleep apnea increases.Large neck circumference: Your risk for sleep apnea is higher if your neck measures 17 inches or more for men, or 16 inches or more for women. This is because a larger neck has more tissue that’s liable to collapse during sleep. Age: Sleep apnea can affect people of any age, but it becomes more common when people reach young adulthood and middle age. Gender: More men get sleep apnea than women. For women, the risk of sleep apnea increases as they approach and go through menopause. High blood pressure: Hypertension and sleep apnea commonly coexist.Family history: If a family member has sleep apnea, your risk is higher, because sleep apnea can be inherited. Alcohol use: Drinking alcohol before bed can cause your throat muscles to relax even further.Smoking: Smoking can increase inflammation in your airways. POLYSOMNOGRAPHYTo be diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might undergo a polysomnography test. AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP / Getty Images How do you get diagnosed with sleep apnea?In most cases, doctors diagnose sleep apnea based on a careful physical exam, sleep evaluation and sleep history. You may not be able to provide a sleep history by yourself, but you can enlist the help of someone who shares your bed or room.A sleep evaluation usually involves overnight monitoring at a sleep center, where machines measure your breathing and other body functions, such as your pulse, while you sleep. Sometimes, at-home sleep tests are an option. Tests that detect sleep apnea include:Nocturnal polysomnography: During this test, equipment measures the activity of your heart, lungs and brain, as well as your breathing and movement patterns and blood oxygen levels while you sleep.Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT): An MSLT tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day. It’s often used to diagnose narcolepsy.  Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT): An MWT measures your ability to stay awake during the day by finding your sleep latency, or how long it takes you to fall asleep. Sleep latencies of less than eight minutes during the day are considered abnormal.Home sleep tests: At-home tests are usually simplified versions of nocturnal polysomnography that measure your heart rate, airflow, breathing patterns and blood oxygen levels.In some cases, doctors refer patients to sleep specialist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose and throat or ENT doctor) for further evaluation, which can include a nasal airflow test and an examination to rule out any blockages in your nose or ears.Your doctor might also refer you to a cardiologist or neurologist to look for causes of central sleep apnea. A neurologist may conduct an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain waves and test for central sleep apnea, while a cardiologist can use an electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out or confirm any heart complications. Man in his 30s with sleep apnea sleeping using CPAPCPAP masks are one of the most common way to treat sleep apnea. Alina Solovyova-Vincent / Getty Images How to treat sleep apneaYou can treat sleep apnea a few ways, and many people go through a series of trial treatments to find out what works best for their sleep apnea. Sometimes, it takes takes a series of trials to find the best treatment, and most people end up using a combination of common equipment, machines and therapies to get relief. Treatment options for sleep apnea include: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): Most people who seek treatment for sleep apnea start with CPAP. You choose a CPAP mask, which sends a pressurized airflow through your throat to open your airways while you sleep. If you use a CPAP, make sure to keep it clean. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP):  Similar to a CPAP, a BiPAP also provides a pressurized flow of air. The key difference is that it provides two different streams — one as you breathe in, and one as you breathe out.Chinstrap: Usually used in conjunction with a CPAP, chinstraps help you to stop breathing through your mouth. Oral appliances: If you don’t have severe sleep apnea, you could try custom-fitted oral devices that help keep your airway open. Just make sure to get one from a qualified dentist or orthodontist, not a one-size-fits-all appliance from the internet.Usually, your doctor won’t recommend surgery unless all other options have failed to treat and improve your sleep apnea. Most doctors suggest at least a three-month trial of other options before recommending surgery, which can include nasal reconstruction (such as to fix a deviated septum) or removal of adenoids — the soft tissue in the back of your throat. Symptoms of sleep apneaThe most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, but snoring on its own isn’t always indicative of sleep apnea. Snoring followed by silent pauses, gasping or choking sounds is likely a sign of sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea wakes you up frequently throughout the night (even if you don’t notice it), you can suffer from symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, unintentional napping and irritability or mood swings. Other symptoms include:Feeling tired, even when you thought you had a full night’s sleepInsomnia or trouble falling asleepHeadaches and migrainesLoss of memory Decreased sex driveNocturia (waking up at night to use the bathroom) Complications of sleep apneaWhen you have sleep apnea, your body is consistently deprived of oxygen throughout the night. This lack of oxygen can have negative long-term effects on your health. Sleep apnea has been associated with:Hypertension (high blood pressure) Cardiovascular disease StrokeDiabetes Depression Metabolic syndrome Liver problems Read more: This one tip will help you sleep better tonight 29 Photos Share your voice Sleep Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty You know the consequences of not getting enough sleep: mood swings, crabbiness, cravings, difficulty focusing and sluggishness. And when you don’t know why you can’t get enough sleep, the symptoms become even more frustrating. The culprits behind sleepless nights range from blue light to parasites — but you might be dealing with something more serious: sleep apnea.An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to momentarily stop breathing while you’re asleep. With sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked when your body relaxes during sleep, limiting your lungs to little air flow.Characterized by loud snoring and often choking noises, sleep apnea causes your brain and body to become oxygen-deprived, often leading to frequent awakenings throughout the night. Depending on the case, it could happen a few times per night or hundreds of times each night.This guide goes over the different types of sleep apnea, causes, risk factors and symptoms to help you understand sleep apnea. You’ll also learn how to go about seeking a diagnosis and treatment options if you think you may have sleep apnea.Read more: What’s the difference between REM and deep sleep?Different types of sleep apneaThere are three types of sleep apnea, and the way they manifest in your body is different. But the end result is the same — all three deprive your body of oxygen.Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form of sleep apnea that occurs when your throat muscles relax, blocking your lungs from receiving oxygen.Central sleep apnea is less common, and it occurs when your brain doesn’t properly signal the muscles in your body that control breathing.Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is the least common of all three. This occurs when someone exhibits signs of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

NY Times is the new sponsor of a rockpaperscissors supercomputer

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors may lead to new species This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. So simple that you need a supercomputer to win it. The New York Times has created a “You vs. The Computer” game of Rock-Paper-Scissors that pits your ability to play the game versus the supercomputer.The computer has two different modes: The novice mode and the veteran mode. On the novice mode the system has no access to the data about previously stored games. It simply adapts to your style of game play and it makes a set of educated guesses about what you are going to do next. Then it takes its best guess and declares what it thinks will be the winning move. When you play on the the veteran mode, the system has not only your own play style data to work from, but it also has access to data from thousands of games that it has played against other real people. That data is used in a process of recall and comparison to determine what its next move should be. If you want to get an idea of how the system makes these determinations just click on the “See what the computer is thinking” and you will be able to see what the common responses are.For the record, this reporter beat it first time out, in a set of 20, on the veteran level, and I’ll tell you how to do it too. Since the system makes its prediction based on your past moves, and data on other strategy, the best way to beat it is to be unpredictable. Throw strategy out the window and indulge your random side for a while. Citation: NY Times is the new sponsor of a rock-paper-scissors supercomputer (2011, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ny-sponsor-rock-paper-scissors-super.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — You probably played at least a few games of Rock-Paper-Scissors as a kid. In this game you pretty much have three options, and each of them has both an item to beat, and an item lose to lose to. Rock beats scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers rock. All you have to due is choose and see how it falls out. It all seems so simple.last_img read more

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19 Aug
2019

Grand jury declines to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson

first_imgRelated posts:Riot after US jury fails to indict Ferguson policeman Following Ferguson, US police use of military gear to be reviewed US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence Costa Rican coastal community grieves colleague killed in US church massacre For more than three months, the grand jury — made up of seven men and five women, nine white and three black — heard evidence into the shooting. They met 25 times and heard from 60 witnesses, McCulloch said.A trove of evidence from the proceedings was released late Monday night, but beforehand McCulloch tried to describe the encounter between Wilson and Brown. He said that during the incident, Wilson angled his vehicle to block the path of Brown and friend Dorian Johnson. Two shots were fired while Wilson still sat in the car, and Brown’s blood was found inside the vehicle. McCulloch said, referencing witnesses, that some kind of “tussling” or “tug of war” took place.Brown then ran east on Canfield, and Wilson gave chase. “Less than 90 seconds passed” during the entire encounter, McCulloch said. Ten shots were fired after Brown fled, and Brown was hit seven or eight times.“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the Brown family said in a statement released Monday night. This undated handout photograph released November 24, 2014 by the St. Louis County’s Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown. AFP/St. Louis County Prosecutor’s OfficeAmong the documents released Monday, one showed Wilson in the hospital — presumably right after the shooting — standing and looking head-on at the camera. One of his cheeks was red, but not heavily bruised, in contrast with rumors after the shooting that suggested he had a broken or cracked orbital socket.Officials had discussed emergency plans in the event of a violent reaction, while protest organizers and community leaders mapped out their response in the hopes of avoiding the unrest that exploded after Brown was killed. Brown’s family had asked for 4.5 minutes of silence after a grand jury decision was announced — symbolic of the 4.5 hours Brown’s body remained on the street after the shooting.Hundreds had gathered on South Florissant Road, a main area of commerce in Ferguson. The windows of a law firm and a video store were smashed. Fuel fed fire in a garbage can, and protesters were wiping their faces of what they said was tear gas. The Ferguson police department, where Wilson worked, is also on South Florissant.“I know how outraged and upset people are, but where’s the justice in this?” said Rosalind Hagedorn, a homemaker who came out to join the demonstration in front of police headquarters, pointing at a Beauty World shop with smashed windows. She said she has lived here for more than 30 years and shopped at that store. “I understand the emotion, but these people did nothing,” she said.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday night called Brown’s death a “tragedy” that has “sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve.”Download and read officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony here Another undated handout photograph released November 24, 2014 by the St. Louis County’s Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough showing police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown. AFP/St. Louis County Prosecutor’s OfficeThe grand jurors convened in mid-August, days after the shooting, and spent weeks considering the case. Discussions could have stretched on even longer; the panel had been granted an extension through early January.Impatience and pressure for a decision have been building among residents and business owners, as well as police officers, who have been working 12-hour shifts with all leave time canceled since Saturday, said Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association. That schedule will continue through the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision.The closed-door grand jury process, much like the initial investigation, has been controversial throughout. In early October, for example, allegations of misconduct arose after a Twitter user wrote that a friend sat on the panel and did not think there was enough evidence to arrest the officer. (The woman later said she had been hacked.)In recent weeks, the most vocal protesters and local organizers have insisted that they never believed Wilson would face charges.See also: Suburban US ghettos like Ferguson are ticking time bombs Protestors kneel with their hands up during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFPThe Justice Department’s civil rights investigation was announced days after the shooting, with Holder traveling to Ferguson, where National Guard troops had been deployed amid the increasingly chaotic aftermath. In early September, Holder announced that his agency also would review the Ferguson Police Department, investigating claims that officers may have engaged in a pattern of racial profiling or excessive force.“Anecdotal accounts underscore the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson,” Holder said then. “As a result of this history, and following an extensive review of documented allegations and other available data, we have determined that there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation.”After the fatal shooting, protesters responded by gathering in the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice in the Brown case and broad reform on a municipal level. Hundreds spent their August nights following grainy live-stream feeds from West Florissant Avenue, as activists and residents were hit with tear gas and police in riot gear flooded the streets. Many who were arrested later claimed they had done nothing to prompt police action and questioned law enforcement’s response to the unrest.Authorities defended their actions, saying they were trying to keep order while respecting the public’s right to protest.Early on, there were calls for McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, to step down from the case. Activists, troubled by McCulloch’s personal and professional ties to law enforcement, demanded a special prosecutor. But Nixon would not ask McCulloch to recuse himself, and McCulloch declined to step aside.“As I have stated repeatedly,” McCulloch said in a statement. “I have no intention of walking away from the responsibilities and duties entrusted to me by the people of this community.”Washington Post staff writers Sarah Larimer and Jerry Markon in Washington contributed to this report.Read all our coverage of the Michael Brown case here© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments FERGUSON, Missouri — A grand jury on Monday declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, resolving a secretive, months-long legal saga and reigniting powerful frustrations about the United States’ policing of African Americans.The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges for the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. It also set off a show of fury on streets near where Brown was shot, a reflection of emotions that register in this riven city as either out of control or justifiable.Yellow and orange ribbons from a burning police car lit up a block. Police fired tear-gas canisters to contain the crowds. Not far from Christmas lights in downtown Ferguson that read “Seasons Greetings,” people looted liquor and convenience stores, a response that ran counter to the peace that Missouri authorities, President Barack Obama and Brown’s family had requested.As St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the decision, National Guard troops fanned out across the city. Though there was calm and silence in the streets of Ferguson for a half-beat after the announcement, but anger erupted shortly thereafter, and just after midnight county police reported hearing automatic-weapon fire.In a sign of the way that the events from Ferguson have both compelled and startled a nation, protesters also gathered in front of the White House and in several other major cities, with sporadic reports of police cars being attacked. A police car is set ablaze during clashes with protesters following a grand jury’s decision in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. Jewel Samad/AFPThough many in St. Louis expected that Wilson would not be indicted, officials here faced a challenge in trying to provide rationale for that decision. McCulloch, during a news conference, emphasized that testimony varied sharply among eyewitnesses and made it difficult to have a clear account of what unfolded during the 90-second confrontation between Wilson and Brown on Canfield Drive.“Hands up, don’t shoot” has become a rallying cry in recent month for protesters, but McCulloch said that even the image of Brown’s surrender may have been a fiction.“Some witnesses maintained their original statement that Mr. Brown had his hands in the air and was not moving toward the officer when he was shot,” McCulloch said. “Several witnesses said Mr. Brown did not raise his hands at all or that he raised them briefly and then dropped them and then turned toward Officer Wilson, who then fired several rounds.”A statement from Wilson’s attorneys released shortly after the grand jury announcement said that officers must sometimes make “split-second and difficult decisions” and that Wilson “followed his training and followed the law.”Obama, speaking after the grand jury announcement, urged peace in St. Louis, as did many authorities in the region. The president also asked officers in Ferguson to show restraint. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, warned that “if people are violent or threatening property, then resources will be used.”center_img Watch President Obama’s statement on the #Ferguson grand jury decision. http://t.co/PMkjKQTol3— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 25, 2014last_img read more

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