Giannis, Bucks Beat Celtics 116-91 to Advance to East Final

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Boston Celtics 116-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.The top-seeded Bucks placed seven players in double figures in their fourth straight win after dropping the series opener. Khris Middleton had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points.Next up for the Bucks is the winner of the Philadelphia-Toronto series. The Raptors are up 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Thursday night.It’s the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001.The MVP led the way to the series WIN: 20 PTS | 8 REB | 8 AST | 2 BLK | 2 STL | 57% FG #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/Fr3BPQs6Sp— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 9, 2019Kyrie Irving scored 15 points for Boston, which shot 31.2% from the field. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 14.The Celtics clamped down on Antetokounmpo for most of the game, but Middleton, Bledsoe, George Hill and Nikola Mirotic picked up the scoring to help rob the game of any drama in the final minutes.Hill finished with 16 points, and Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon also had 10 points in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis.Antetokounmpo picked up his third foul when Jaylen Brown drove to the hoop early in the second half, but he stayed in the game. He stole an Irving pass and slammed it home to make it 65-52 with 6:45 left in the third quarter.Antetokounmpo, one of the front-runners for NBA MVP, closed out the period with consecutive baskets, including a finger-roll layup that gave the Bucks an 80-62 lead.Irving went 6 for 21 from the field in what might have been his final game with Boston. He is eligible for free agency in the offseason, and his future is one of the major questions facing the Celtics this summer.Irving’s only 3-pointer of the night trimmed Milwaukee’s lead to 38-32 with 2:51 left in the second quarter. But Brogdon and Mirotic each connected from long range to help the Bucks to a 52-39 lead at the break.Brogdon hadn’t played since March 15. He also had four assists and three rebounds.TIP-INSCeltics: Marcus Smart was shaken up after Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez fell on his legs after blocking his shot. Both exchanged pats on the back after Smart got up.Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points. Pat Connaughton finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.UP NEXTMilwaukee gets some rest before the start of the Eastern Conference final.By: Joe Tortoraitis, Associated PressTweetPinShare3737 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup: ‘Morocco have to be as good as possible to stop Ronaldo’

first_imgMorocco coach Herve Renard wants his side to do its best when it faces Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in the Group B game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow on Wednesday.The coach is wary of Ronaldo threat and admits any plans to stop the Portugal talisman in particular may backfire as Morocco look to avoid an early exit from the tournament.Morocco had suffered a defeat in the first match and another loss may virtually end their campaign in Russia.Morocco are looking for an upset win over the European champions at the Luzhniki Stadium to realistically keep alive their interest in the tournament but mindful that the genius of the Portugal captain could send them towards an early exit.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGERonaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening 3-3 draw with Spain, while Morocco lost 1-0 to Iran who top the group.”Even if you conjure up the best plans to halt Ronaldo, he will find a way to break free. He always makes the difference, at the minimum to put his side on the right track and at best to win the game for them,” the French-born coach said on Tuesday.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”He’s absolutely outstanding, exceptional and we might not be good enough to keep him out. But we have to do our utmost to make him less exceptional tomorrow,” Renard added at a pre-match news conference on Tuesday.The Morocco coach might consider taking a leaf out of Iceland’s play book after they had up to three players at times harrying Lionel Messi and restricting his ability to play.advertisementIt was a ploy that played a large part in the surprise 1-1 Group D draw that Iceland forced against Argentina on Saturday.”Well if you have three players watching Ronaldo, what about looking after their other players?” asked Renard.”They have so many attacking players, we are playing against European champions tomorrow. Don’t forget in the final of Euro 2016 against France, Ronaldo went off early in the game through injury and his teammates were still able to take the title.”Obviously he’s a major player and, together with Messi, the biggest star in this tournament.”What we need to do, is get a good night’s sleep and if this is the last time in our careers that we play against Ronaldo, we need to be as good as possible,” Renard said.Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain on Friday underlined his superstar status and sparked the tournament into life.Morocco, who conceded a stoppage time own goal to lose against Iran in their opener, cannot afford a second defeat.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman have to choose between CAC, IPL roles: BCCI Ethics Officer

first_imgBCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain Thursday has ruled Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman holding twin jobs of being Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors with IPL franchises amounts to conflict of interest and the two former players will have to make a choice.While Laxman is a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ganguly holds the same position with the Delhi Daredevils franchise besides being the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. The order on Laxman came Thursday while the one on Ganguly was passed earlier.”One person one post is the soul of Lodha committee recommendations. I have just tried to bring it out. In Sachin’s (Tendulkar), the conflict of interest did not arise as he had withdrawn from CAC. But it does in Ganguly and Laxman’s case and they need to decide how they would like to serve Indian cricket going forward,” Jain told PTI.Tendulkar is a mentor for another IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. All the three legendary cricketers had contested the allegation of conflict of interest and Laxman had even offered to step down from the CAC during his deposition.”I have not done anything extraordinary while passing the order on Ganguly and Laxman,” Jain said.Jain, who was appointed by the Supreme Court in February, also touched on the subject of active players such as Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan doing commentary at the ongoing World Cup.He said going purely by the spirit of Lodha recommendations, this too could be considered a conflict of interest.advertisement”Based on this order there could be complaints against active players also. They can now apply their mind and be ready for that situation. I have not barred anybody (from commentating). I have only decided what Conflict of Interest means as per the BCCI constitution.”It is for the players to think whether it applies to them or not. It is the first time I have examined the rules and have given my interpretation (in the order), I don’t know if it would be accepted by the Board. If someone wants to challenge it he can challenge it,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfallAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh backs Vijay Shankar ahead of Rishabh Pant for Afghanistan matchAlso Seelast_img read more

Mamata calls for return to ballots

first_imgKolkata: Giving a clarion call to bring back transparency in the voting process, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee proposed to hold elections in the Panchayats and civic bodies using ballot papers, replacing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).She was addressing the largest rally till date to commemorate Martyrs’ Day, at Esplanade on Sunday afternoon. Police had gunned down 13 Youth Congress supporters who took part in a rally demanding “No ID card no vote” on July 21, 1993. Trinamool has been observing the day as Martyrs’ Day since the inception of the party on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We will request the Election Commission to conduct elections in Panchayats, municipalities and corporations in ballot papers,” she said, adding: “BJP’s victory in 2019 Lok Sabha poll is a mystery and not history. USA and all the European countries have discarded EVMs and so our demand is justified. We will show the path.” It may be recalled that in the rallies before the general elections, Banerjee had repeatedly been vocal about the manipulation of EVMs. Many Opposition parties had echoed her voice but none had actually carried out any movement regarding the same. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayReferring to the cut money issue, she said: “BJP has misinterpreted what I had told my party men on the issue.” Coming down heavily on the saffron party, she raised the slogan ‘Return black money’ and instructed Trinamool workers to launch movements up to the block level, urging BJP to return black money. “I have evidence that BJP leaders had taken money for providing Ujala connections. Go back to your areas and launch movement urging BJP leaders to return the money which they had taken,” Banerjee said. She said Trinamool will organise rallies throughout the state, demanding that BJP should disclose the foreign funds which it had received before the general elections. “Indira Jaisingh’s residence was raided for receiving foreign funds worth Rs 90 lakh. But BJP has made law in such a way that it will not have to disclose the amount of foreign money it has received. Is it justified?” Banerjee questioned and added: “We have not received Rs 15 lakh in our accounts. We want BJP to return the black money it has received from different sources.” Referring to the deterioration of law and order situation in Bhatpara, she said: “This is the result of voting for BJP. There had not been any problem in Bhatpara in the past eight years. BJP is creating trouble everywhere. CPI(M)’s hoodlums who have joined BJP are now creating trouble in Khejuri and Keshpur.” Speaking about the “double standard” of BJP, the Trinamool supremo said: “In Uttar Pradesh Piyanka Gandhi and the Trinamool delegation led by Derek O’ Brien were not allowed to meet the family of the dalits who got killed a few days ago. In Assam, the Trinamool delegation which had gone to meet those whose names had been dropped from the NRC list, were not allowed to go out of the airport. However, a BJP delegation came from Delhi and met people in Bhatpara, flouting the prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC.” Banerjee alleged that BJP is involved in horse trading in Bengal as well. “I was talking to one of our MLAS from North Bengal and he told me that BJP had proposed to give him Rs 2 crore and a petrol pump,” she said, adding: “People will shun them who will join BJP after taking money.” Cheering up the party workers assembled at the rally, she said: “There is nothing to worry. We have increased our vote percentage. Work seriously in your locality and build contacts with local people. Have faith in Trinamool and face any situation courageously and do not run away in case any trouble crops up.” “BJP will try out all means to scare us and harass us. But under no circumstance will we bow down to the party that has vitiated society,” she added. Meanwhile, she urged CPI(M) and Congress “not to take up self-destructive methods” and launch movement against BJP. “You do not have to support us. Put up a serious fight against the BJP,” she stated. Banerjee also announced the programmes which the party will undertake in the next few months.last_img read more

HOW BIG SHINY TUNES LEFT A MASSIVE CULTURAL IMPRINT ON CANADA

first_img“Big Shiny Tunes left a massive cultural imprint on Canada,” claims Mark Teo in his new book, SHINE: How a MuchMusic Compilation Came to Define Canadian Alternative Music and Sell a Zillion Copies. While Teo provides extensive interviews, examples and criticism to prove this point, all any Canadian of a certain age needs do to confirm his assertion is reflect back on the period of time when the ’90s were “the ’90s,” and the 2000s were, too.In this excerpt from the book, Teo writes about the alternative music compilation’s success, not just in terms of sales, but in the strange sentimentality Canadians feel for the first record in the series, today. He suggests that the album’s centrality to a very specific audience has helped make it an unlikely Canadian cultural cornerstone.— Dustin Parkes, arts editor The very first Big Shiny Tunes – MuchMusic Login/Register With: Advertisement When most of us think about Big Shiny Tunes — if we do at all — it’s through the dual lens of sepia-toned nostalgia and bashful Canadiana. Like Modrobes flood pants, Prözzak, or Rick the Temp, the series belongs to the post-grunge ’90s (never mind the fact that the 14th, and final, iteration of Big Shiny Tunes landed in 2009). Like Due South-era Paul Gross, the bits of Kids in the Hall that hold up terribly and pre-scandal Jian Ghomeshi, it’s a cultural cornerstone countless Canadians have partaken in, if somewhat sheepishly. And the combination of these factors has led to a cheese-curd-and-gravy-slathered nostalgia bomb.Buzzfeed Canada, the de-facto hawkers of misty-eyed, maple-scented viralism, have written two pieces about the compilation, both released in 2015 (“How Well Do You Remember Big Shiny Tunes 2?” and the aforementioned “It’s Time to Decide Which Big Shiny Tunes Album is Best”). Prior to that, Vice released a track-by-track review called “Does Big Shiny Tunes 2 Hold Up in 2013?” CBC Canada also wrote a so-called definitive ranking of the entire series in 2014.And that’s only the media. Musicians, too, have gotten in on the act. In Ontario, the Big Shiny Tunes Squad is a cover band whose mandate, according to their Facebook page, is to play “your favourite hits from the golden years, 1995-2005.” And in Calgary, the Sled Island Music Festival teamed up with CJSW-FM to create the aforementioned Big Shiny Tunes-themed Halloween event featuring, among others, Pakistani R&B duo Shaani Cage covering Matchbox 20 and Kris Ellestad taking on “Paranoid Android.” Everyone, of course, knew the words. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Minister Anything could happen if Brexit deal rejected

first_imgLONDON — A senior British Cabinet minister has said that a second referendum or a so-called “Norway-plus” deal could be in the cards if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers’ approval for her Brexit deal.Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is the first minister to discuss a “Plan B” should May be defeated in a key parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday.Rudd, who backs May’s Brexit deal, said “anything could happen” if the government is defeated in Parliament, and predicted a chaotic period.She told the Times on Saturday that while none of the possible alternatives is better than the current Brexit deal, she would prefer a model similar to Norway, which is not an EU member but is part of the European Economic Area.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Japan rebounds Asia jumps on US data as trade talks begin

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data lifted indexes on Wall Street. All eyes are on trade talks in Beijing, where American and Chinese officials are trying to resolve a trade dispute that threatens to worsen an economic slowdown and put a drag on the global economy.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark, bouncing back from steep losses last week, started the day trading over 3 per cent higher. The Nikkei 225 index gained 2.4 per cent to 20,038.97, while South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.4 per cent to 2,037.49. Australia’s S&P-ASX 200 added 1.1 per cent to 5,683.20. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.7 per cent to 25,814.40 and the Shanghai Composite index gained 0.6 per cent to 2,529.21. Shares rallied in Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: U.S. indexes soared on Friday after the Labor Department announced that employers added a better-than-expected 312,000 jobs in December. While the unemployment rate rose slightly, it was taken as a good sign that more people were looking for jobs. Gains were also supported by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell saying that the central bank will be flexible in deciding if and when it raises interest rates. The broad S&P 500 index advanced 3.4 per cent to 2,531.94. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.3 per cent to 23,433.16 and the Nasdaq composite was up 4.3 per cent at 6,738.86. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks surged 3.8 per cent to 1,380.75. Around 90 per cent of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange closed higher.U.S.-CHINA TALKS: A U.S. delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish sat down for two days of talks with Chinese officials starting Monday. The Commerce Ministry did not give further details on who was leading Chinese negotiators or on the meeting’s agenda. No agreement was expected, but any progress on ending a dispute that has resulted in both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ of each other’s exports would be welcomed. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that negotiations were going “very well” and investors are keen to see what comes next. Last month, Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days, to resolve a range of issues stemming from Beijing’s technology policy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The potential of movement on China-U.S. trade means a moderation of extreme bearishness around the outlook for global growth,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney, said in an interview. “Stronger U.S. jobs and wage data on Friday night are key fundamental contributors to the rally,” he added.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil added 74 cents to $48.70 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 1.8 per cent to $47.96 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 75 cents to $57.81 per barrel. It gained 2 per cent to $57.06 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 108.22 yen from 108.52 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1427 from $1.1362.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Government raising fines for semis that dont chain up among new winter

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced several improvements to make B.C. highways safer and more reliable during the winter months following what has been a colder- and snowier-than-average winter.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena announced today that several changes will be going into effect for the next winter driving season, including increasing fines for commercial vehicles that don’t carry chains or don’t chain-up when required, extending winter tire requirements on certain routes prone to late season snowfall, and increasing road-maintenance contractor requirements.“I have heard from people and communities throughout the province that we need to take action to improve safety on our highways. With that in mind, our government is moving quickly to implement changes that will ensure people are able to get where they need to go more safely through the winter months.”Stricter commercial vehicle chain-up requirements are the first priority named by the government, and the the ministry says it will enforce higher fines for commercial vehicle operators not carrying chains, or who don’t chain up when mandatory. Currently, the fine in B.C. is $121, while in other North American jurisdictions the fine is up to $1,200 for similar violations, ten times higher. The exact fine amounts are yet to be determined. The government will also roll out a pilot program limiting which lanes commercial vehicles can use on certain corridors, which will reduce the risk of collisions, and blockages due to spun-out trucks. On key three-lane highway sections during winter, commercial vehicles will be restricted from using the far left lane, to ensure more reliable and safe access for the traveling public. When all lanes are blocked, the ability for emergency crews and maintenance equipment to move along the highway is eliminated, compounding the closure.Ministry staff will also be expanding monitoring and auditing of road-maintenance contractors, including 24/7 compliance checks during winter storms. Snowplows will also be getting GPS tracking.The current regulations requiring drivers to fit winter tires or chains from October 1st to March 31 will also be extended in certain areas of B.C. The ministry will expand the date range through to April 30th on select highways and mountain passes to account for potential early spring snowfall events which occur regularly in the Northern regions of the province. The exact routes where the winter tire rules will be extended has not yet been determined.Another small change announced today that could have a big impact in this part of B.C. is a reduction in the highway abrasive standard size. The government said that the standard size of grit used on roads will be decreased from 12.5 to 9.5 millimetres to reduce potential windshield damage. Across the entire province, road crews apply 750,000 tonnes of winter abrasives over 1.2-million kilometres on average every winter.Trevena is also making a trip to visit Fort St. John on Thursday, where she’ll be speaking with members from local governments in the area.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon names Ibrahim Gambari to continue diplomatic initiatives on Myanmar

“In the discharge of his functions, Mr. Gambari will work in coordination with relevant parts of the UN system in order to support Myanmar’s efforts in implementing relevant General Assembly resolutions,” according to a statement by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas.Mr. Ban also “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights” in the South-East Asian country, she added.Mr. Gambari’s appointment is effective immediately.He has been serving as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Political Issues since early March, and, prior to that, was chief of the Political Affairs Department in July, 2005. He was also the Special Adviser on Africa and headed the UN Mission in Angola. He was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the world body from 1999 to 2002. 22 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated senior adviser Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria as his representative in carrying out the diplomatic brief given to him by the General Assembly on Myanmar. read more

Dutch diplomat Ad Melkert named to senior post at UN Development Programme

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Ad Melkert of the Netherlands to serve as Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Mr. Melkert, who will begin work on 1 March 2006, has represented the Dutch constituency as an Executive Director of the World Bank.Previously, Mr. Melkert was active in the international and European youth movements and worked for Novib, a Dutch non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on development issues.He served as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, and in Parliament was a member of the Standing Committees for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation. As Minister, responsible for his country’s Department of Equal Opportunities, he led the Dutch delegations to the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) and the annual meetings of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).Before that, Mr. Melkert had a prominent political career in the Dutch Labour Party, where he was one of the youngest members of the Lower House of Parliament. He became his party’s parliamentary leader in 1998. In 2001, he was elected party leader, succeeding then-Prime Minister Wim Kok.As Associate Administrator, Mr. Melkert will oversee the UNDP’s programme operations, as well as take on other leadership responsibilities in the organization.UNDP focuses on helping developing countries build capacity in the areas of democratic governance, conflict prevention and recovery, poverty reduction, energy and environment, and HIV/AIDS.Mr. Melkert, who was born on 12 February 1956, holds a master’s degree in political sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He is married to Chilean painter Mónica León Borquez and has two daughters. In addition to Dutch, he speaks English, German, French and Spanish. read more

Obama claws back as race heads to wire analysts

first_imgIt was a morale booster for the Democrats, and Republicans will find things to cheer too, but Obama needed the morale booster a lot more. We’ll see if this moves the polls at all.Several national surveys and polls in key political battlegrounds showed Romney wiping away his deficit in recent weeks, with some having him wresting the lead away from Obama.But flash polls of debate watchers taken by three networks in the hour after Tuesday’s encounter at New York’s Hofstra University were unanimous in giving the president the advantage.PollA CBS News poll showed 37 percent of respondents felt Obama won the debate, compared to 30 percent for Romney.Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said that while there was no clear winner, “Obama is back in the game.”The subject matter bounced from the economy to taxes and from energy to China, but women’s issues loomed larger than in the first debate.Support among women has been a mainstay for Obama, but it plunged in the aftermath of the first debate, according to several key polls.Jennifer Lawless, head of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, said Obama would likely win women back after the debate, in which he offered them “the same fair deal as men.”I wouldn’t be surprised that following what happened tonight… we don’t see the gender gap start to reemerge quite substantially.The dispute over Libya, where US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed last month during an assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, gave Obama a chance to rebuke Romney over his continued criticism of White House’s handling of the attack:The suggestion that anybody on my team, whether it’s a secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team, would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. I think the Republicans will be disappointed that Romney didn’t put him away, and the Democrats will be reassured that the president is in full press now.Political science professor Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University said the two candidates “really went at each other on oil and gas and energy,” as well as tax policy.But even as Obama called out Romney over his lack of specifics on how he would pay for his 20 percent tax cut, Schmidt said there was no stand-out winner.“No independent undecided voters were probably moved to support either of them,” Schmidt said. “We need another debate to get this all straightened out.”Obama and Romney meet for their third and final showdown on October 22, 15 days before the election.Read: As it happened: US Presidential Election Debate> BARACK OBAMA CLAWED his way back into the US presidential race with an aggressive performance in his second debate against Mitt Romney, as the election seemed set to go down to the wire.With just one more debate to go, and the president performing noticeably better than he did in the opening face-off in Denver, Colorado, the race is essentially up for grabs just three weeks before election day on November 6.Close“I think the president had a much better night than he had in Denver,” John Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College, told AFP.“It was close, but I have to give the edge to Obama.”Nearly all analysts said Romney mopped the floor with a dull and unfocused president two weeks ago, and Americans agreed; the challenger had been on the ropes after his controversial comments disparaging 47 percent of the electorate as government-dependent freeloaders, but he soared in post-debate polls.But Obama, knowing he had to raise his game to have any hope of winning a second term, charged hard out of the gate in the 90-minute town-hall showdown, attacking Romney on his economic recovery plan and delivering a fiery retort to criticism of his handling of last month’s Libya attack.Said Pitney:center_img That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president.Pitney said Obama’s response on the Libya issue crackled with passion and presidential mettle.“The problem for the president is, he had a good moment on Libya, but Libya is not a good issue for the president,” he said, referring to the conflicting accounts of the attack given by US officials in the days after it took place.Linda Fowler, a professor of government at Dartmouth College, said there was no outright winner or loser at the Hofstra debate.They each did things they had to do, and this has been a close race and it will continue to be a close race.last_img read more

Pokemon Gray domain name has been registered

first_imgThe 3DS did not have a great launch, and if the latest peripheral is anything to go by, it seems as if Nintendo forgot to include a second thumbstick as standard on the device. But such oversights and mistakes can be forgiven if the games everyone wants are available to play.Nintendo has been slow in bringing those games to the 3DS, but that is changing. We’ve already got Star Fox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time 3D to play, and next month sees the release of Super Mario 3D Land followed by Mario Kart 7 in December. There’s one huge title still missing though: Pokemon.While a Pokemon game does arrive in a few days, it is Pokemon Rumble Blast 3DS. What everyone wants is the follow up to Pokemon Black/White, and Nintendo may have just tipped its hat to that next game being in development.When Pokemon Black/White were in development, Nintendo used Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services to register the associated domain. Now that same registrar has just been used to claim PokemonGray.com. Is it someone grabbing the domain hoping to make some quick cash? Possibly, but it probably is Nintendo getting ready for the Pokemon Gray 3DS game launch that is sure to sell millions of copies.The name Pokemon Gray also fits because of previous title color selections. Yellow followed Red and Blue, and Crystal followed Silver and Gold. Gray would therefore follow Black and White.The only piece of information that brings this registration and game development into question is developer Gamefreak who earlier this year said that Gray wasn’t being developed. That was back in February though, and a lot can change in 7 months.via Nintendo Buzz and VG24/7last_img read more

Goussis acquitted of murder

first_imgUzbek born Greek-Australian Evangelos Goussis has been found not guilty for the murder of vampire gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott.Goussis, 46, and his co-accused Mark Perry, 46, and Warren Shea, 42, were cleared by the jury after four days of deliberations.Prosecutors were pushing for a finding of murder, or the alternative charge of manslaughter.Shane Chartres-Abbott, a self-proclaimed vampire gigolo, was shot dead outside his Reservoir home, in Melbourne’s north, in 2003. The prosecution relied on a statement by the triggerman (who cannot be named for legal purposes) who shot dead Chartres-Abbott, and then turned on the three men. It claimed that the killing was committed as revenge for the rape and torture of Perry’s former girlfriend, who was a Thai stripper that had paid Chartres-Abbott for sex.It was alleged that Goussis accompanied the triggerman on the night of the killing. All three men pleaded not guilty to and claimed to have been set up by the self-confessed triggerman. Chartres-Abbott’s home address was allegedly disclosed to the hit man by corrupt police who were never charged. Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

City speaks of fireworks compromise

first_imgNikii Davis, from Portland, packs a year’s supply of fireworks at Blackjack Fireworks, on the first day of sales in Washington, Saturday, June 28, 2008. She spent $130.00. (The Columbian/ Steven Lane) As Independence Day draws close, folks across Vancouver get ready to draw their battle lines over what’s become one of the community’s most incendiary topics: fireworks.Some look at it as a day to batten down the hatches, get Fido some tranquilizers and keep the garden hose at the ready to extinguish wayward missiles. Others stock up at local stands, toasting their freedoms with awe-inducing displays and parties with friends.Either way, the day’s rituals have become tradition.But those traditions could change, if the Vancouver City Council approves a new ordinance that would ban many types of fireworks and instead move to a “safe-and-sane” policy that would permit only the type of fireworks sold in Portland and the rest of Oregon. The council is expected to take up the topic Monday, and again for a public hearing on June 18.Roman candles and mortars would be banned, as would anything that travels more than 12 inches vertically from the source of ignition or more than 15 feet horizontally. Sparklers, base and cone fountains, ground blooms and smoke devices will remain kosher.The change would affect only activities within city limits; the Clark County commissioners have not indicated they are interested in a change. The change would also not take effect until 2013.last_img read more

Pickupboat accident injures Portland woman

first_imgA Portland woman was injured after the pickup she was driving struck a boat and trailer on state Highway 14 in Camas on Sunday.The Washington State Patrol said Mark A. Carter, 54, of Vancouver was pulling a boat on a trailer with a 1994 GMC pickup. He was westbound at the Camas slough bridge about noon.The patrol said the boat trailer disconnected and went into the eastbound lane, where the 2003 Ford F250 pickup hit the boat and trailer. Driver Ioan Galofteanu, 68, of Portland was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for facial, neck and back injuries, the patrol said. The hospital did not have a record of her on Sunday night.The boat and trailer were totaled, as was Galofteanu’s pickup, the patrol said.Carter was cited for failure to secure a load.last_img read more

Immersive Tlingit language program begins at UAF

first_imgThe first Tlingit language immersion program has ended after a week of activities in Sitka.The Sitka Sentinel reports that things wrapped up Saturday for the 63 language speakers that traveled from across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 to attend the workshops.Program organizer Heather Powell says there are only about 100 Tlingit speakers total.Participants made traditional drums, performed plays and puppet shows of Tlingit legends and discussed correct pronunciation, vocabulary and structure.Most activities were in the Mt. Edgecumbe High School student union building. Language teachers were paired with learners for most activities. The group played bingo entirely in the Tlingit language on Thursday.The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage and Sitka Native Education Program have helped create the immersion program.last_img read more

RCom fears DoT bank guarantee push can scupper assets sale deal with

first_imgAnil Ambani’s debt-ridden Reliance Communications has told the Supreme Court that the government’s insistence on a Rs 2,940-crore bank guarantee to allow the spectrum transfer to Reliance Jio Infocomm could scupper a vital deal to prevent the company from sinking.The court is hearing an appeal that department of telecommunications (DoT) filed seeking to a Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal order allowing the spectrum transfer, according to media reports.DoT is of the view that it cannot allow transfer of the spectrum to Mukesh Ambani’s company to go through unless either of the parties came up the bank guarantee of Rs 2,940 crore.RCom contended on Monday that its asset sale to Reliance Jio would stall if the approvals did not happen by mid-December, Bloomberg news agency reported.The situation could affect the company’s debt repayment plan. The company owes creditors Rs 46,000 crore, of which the company hoped to raise Rs 18,000 crore by asset sales. Repayments amounting to Rs 700 crore fell due in March, according to sources.RCom told the court it had given as collateral security land worth nearly Rs 1,400 crore in lieu of the government’s dues but was not in a position to raise further bank guarantee.The government was refusing to accept the land as security and wanted a bank guarantee.Debt reductionRCom had approached the tribunal challenging DoT’s demand seeking the bank guarantee.As part of its debt reductions efforts, RCom signed Rs 25,000-crore deal with Reliance Jio in December 2017. The brothers have signed several deals, including one involving transmission nodes. The deal between the companies that the Ambani siblings own include the sale of assets held by several banks in mortgage to stall insolvency proceedings.On NSE, RCom shares closed on Monday at the one-year low of Rs10, having lost 64 per cent this year. The share touched its one-year high of Rs36.15 on December 29, 2017.RCom obtained 3G spectrum in three cities for Rs 5,864 crore in 2010 but wound up its GSM operations last year after a deal it sought with Maxis Aircel fell through last year after the talks had progressed much. RCom entered into the deal with Reliance Jio after the Maxis Aircel setback.Anil Ambani announced at a shareholders’ meeting on September 18 that the cash-strapped Reliance Communications would completely exit the telecom business to focus on real estate.last_img read more

Trump widens G7 divide as leaders meet

first_imgLeaders of the G7 nations spent Friday hunting for a face saving formula to mask the deep rift inflicted on the Western alliance by US president Donald Trump’s assault on global trade rules.Senior figures, including Trump, suggested that some kind of joint statement on the need to jointly re-examine commercial relationships might be found before their summit ends on Saturday.But no consensus document will conceal the damage inflicted by the US leader’s aggressive imposition of tariffs on what had been some of Washington’s closest allies.Summit host Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau sided with his European and Japanese colleagues against the US leader and his “illegal” levies on steel and aluminium imports. Apparently revelling in a rift that threatens to spiral into a trade war, Trump stirred the pot by declaring before the talks began that he would like to see Russia re-admitted to the club.But this apparently spontaneous suggestion-rejected out of hand by the other allies-did not make it to the summit table, where instead the leaders confronted Trump’s assault on the world trade system.“We’ve made a lot of progress today. We’ll see how it all works out, but we’ve made a lot of progress,” Trump said, sitting by Trudeau after talks that an official said were marked by “strong disagreement” but “not heated.”France’s President Emmanuel Macron also put a brave face on the encounter.“I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we’ve always had this kind of discussion. And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether,” he said, speaking in English.Trump has invoked a US national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminium, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions.European leaders met separately Friday ahead of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, a golf resort north of Quebec City, and presented Trump with a united front “backed by facts and figures” to counter his charge, officials said.Trump said he hoped a final summit communique would be agreed, and officials were to work late into the night, while the leaders enjoyed a campfire chat and circus acts.Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump’s stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former US friends into a damaging trade war.European leaders warned Trump’s stance on trade, climate, Iran and-now-Russia was setting him apart, and Canada firmly rejected the tariffs threat and threatened retaliation.Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said that Trump’s determination to bait his allies over trade and diplomatic engagements “would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist.”Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariffs, even on imports from close US allies.“We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States,” she said.“So this an illegal act. It is absolutely unjustified. We have already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate,” she warned.Fundamental freedomsTrump was the last G7 leader to arrive and will probably be the first to leave on Saturday when he sets off for his nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore.With unmistakable symbolism, the fractious Western democracies were meeting on the same day that China’s President Xi Jinping welcomed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Beijing.And at the same time as western nations are at loggerheads, the US president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington’s traditional allies.Flag burningThe summit is being held at a luxury resort more than two hours’ drive from the provincial capital, where more than 400 protesters faced off Thursday and Friday against police.Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to US flags and those of other G7 nations.last_img read more

Help find Docs missing pets

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A desperate cry for help has been issued by Dr Altie Poggenpoel to help find two dogs that went missing on the family farm in Swinburne.The two dogs, both family pets, wandered off and disappeared on Saturday afternoon.All attempts by the Poggenpoels to locate the dogs have failed.“The dogs only visit the farm once a week, so they are not used to the area,” explained the doctor.If you know the whereabouts of the dogs or spot them wandering around, please contact Dr Poggenpoel on 0366311702 (work) or on her cell 0828002757 .The dogs answer to the names Spook and Boelie. Both are collared.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Related Content News | May 17, 2013 White Paper Outlines Safety Recommendations for Medical Imaging Departments Subcommittee develops guidelines in three key areas. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. May 17, 2013 — Facilitating collaboration between radiologic technologists and radiologists to improve patient care, communication and quality improvement is one of the key safety recommendations outlined in a new white paper from the ASRT Foundation.Developed by a subcommittee of the Foundation’s Health Care Industry Advisory Council, “Patient Safety and Quality in Medical Imaging: The Radiologic Technologists’ Role” highlights best practices and recommendations focused on three areas in the medical imaging environment: workplace staffing, technology gaps and workplace culture. The information provides medical imaging departments with practical steps they can take to ensure radiologic technologists have the tools and support they need to perform their jobs. In the workplace staffing category, the subcommittee identified scheduling adequate time for radiologic technologists to learn about new and upgraded equipment installations and decreased personal interaction between radiologic technologists and radiologists as two areas that need improvement. In addition to improving collaboration between radiologic technologists and radiologists, the subcommittee recommended developing department staffing policies and procedures to facilitate safe patient care.Gaps in understanding new technology also garnered attention. For example, the committee identified computer literacy, basic principles of imaging with digital equipment, comfort level with technology and equipment manufacturers’ lack of consistent equipment terminology as prime issues that challenge departments. As a result, the white paper recommends that medical imaging departments provide effective and efficient applications training for new and upgraded medical imaging equipment.For more information: www.asrtfoundation.org Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read morelast_img read more