Concerns raised over press freedom and journalist safety in Sri Lanka

Expressing solidarity with its affiliate Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association and all other journalists in Sri Lanka, the IFJ urges the Sri Lankan Government to uphold press freedom, editorial independence and journalists’ rights; ensure the safety of the journalists and union leaders, and those responsible for threats and harassment on them punished according to the law. (Colombo Gazette) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) in expressing serious concerns over the events that threaten press freedom, justice and labor rights movement amid the political crisis after the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksha as Prime Minister in Sri Lanka.IFJ said it is seriously concerned by the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, and the threats and harassment of journalist union leaders for standing up for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalists’ rights. read more

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Draymond Green Is Key For The Warriors In Game 7

Regular season1,06162.056.4+5.6 Source: NBA player tracking data Crunch time in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t subtle. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost the ability to run even basic basketball plays — they had six turnovers in the last five minutes, with four coming in a disastrous two-minute stretch — and Kevin Durant, who has played masterful defense all series, spent the final possessions looking like an overgrown Tim Thomas. Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors with a record-setting 11-for-18 performance from three, and Stephen Curry registered enough of a pulse to get the Warriors over the final hump. But just as important to the Warriors’ Game 6 win as those runs of inept or brilliant play was Draymond Green’s return to form.The Warriors are solid favorites to win Game 7 tonight: -7 at the sports books, 70 percent to win by ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index and 68 percent to win by our CARM-Elo forecast. Plenty of factors will go into tonight’s result, including the reemergence of Curry’s shot and handle and the sustained defense of both teams (the Warriors contested 56 of 58 field goal attempts by Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 6 and forced each to shoot under 40 eFG%, according to player-tracking data). Curry also seemed to begin to solve Durant switching onto him in Game 6. But the Warriors need Green to play in Game 7 like the all-world playmaker of the regular season and Game 6.Green was lively on offense and forceful on defense in Game 6 in ways he wasn’t in Games 3 and 4, both won by the Thunder. He pressured the ball high and made crucial stops in the fourth quarter after the Warriors went to their “Lineup of Death” with about six and a half minutes remaining remaining. And throughout the game, he created shots for the Warriors at a rate and of a quality that was more like his regular season performance, when he was one of the best playmakers in the league.Using player-tracking data from the NBA, we can show Green’s ups and downs as a playmaker. Here’s the qSQ (shot quality expressed as the predicted effective field goal percentage of a shot, as determined by factors like defender location and where the shot came from) and qSI (how much better shooters did than the qSQ prediction) for Green’s passes to shooters in the regular season, and in the Western Conference finals so far. Games 1-44945.953.9-8.0 Draymond Green’s playmaking Game 61471.454.1+17.3 PASSES TO SHOOTEREFG%QSQQSI Game 5856.353.9+2.3 Green’s regular season numbers are outstanding — at +5.6, he ranked fourth in the NBA1Among players who passed to shooters at least 500 times. in qSI (meaning his teammates made shots he created for them more than player-tracking data expected), edging out both Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul (each at 5.2). High qSI numbers stem from having good teammates, but just as much, they come from providing value on shots that still escapes the scope of player-tracking data. Mike Conley, for instance, was No. 1 in the league (+6.7) before he went out to injury, and his Memphis Grizzlies are stocked with guys who couldn’t hit the ocean from an aircraft carrier.You can see in the numbers that Green’s passes weren’t very effective early in the series, but you could see this in the games just as easily, particularly in Games 3 and 4. Partly this was due to Durant playing suffocating defense, but Green wasn’t driving, rolling to the rim or putting pressure on the defense in any of the ways that he typically does. The shot difficulty numbers are broadly the same, but this is a place where the numbers don’t tell the whole story, with many of Green’s passes coming a little mistimed or just slightly out of rhythm. The result was a bunch of possessions that looked like this: Green came to life somewhat in Game 5, but in Game 6 he was outstanding. It’s tempting to look at that massive qSI number and assume that Thompson simply shot the Holy Ghost out of the ball, inflating Green’s numbers. That’s a little true — eight of the 14 shots Green created went to Thompson, who hit four, including three of his threes — but Green also created many of those with pressure and timing. In other words, this wasn’t simply the difference between shooters making and missing shots, but a fundamental change in the quality of the shots, even if player-tracking data doesn’t quite catch it.Consider the fast break in the video below, where Green drives into Durant’s chest before passing off to Andre Iguodala. On a similar play in Game 4 (in the above video), he passed off before putting his body on Durant, allowing KD to recover and break up the play. If Golden State gets more plays like these out of Green in Game 7, the Warriors will be that much closer to regaining their peak form, and likely on their way back to the NBA Finals. read more

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Suspects confess to deadly Corentyne piracy attack

– as MCU cracks another caseTwo of the five suspects in custody for last week’s piracy attack on the Corentyne River which resulted in the death of the captain of a fishing vessel have reportedly confessed to carrying out the attack.INews  was reliably informed that the confession was made after the feared Major Crimes Unit (MCU) of the Guyana Police Force took over the case on Tuesday morning.The suspects reportedly buckled under intense interrogation and confessed to the crime, giving details of the attack and how the now dead captain and his crew were ordered to jump overboard.Dead: Mahadeo Ramdial, called ‘Chico’Police on Saturday were able to recover the stolen boat engine, after one of the suspects provided information to the investigators. The engine was found in a warehouse at Albion.Last Tuesday, three fishermen were attacked by two pirates along the Corentyne River. The captain of a fishing boat, Mahadeo Ramdial, also called “Chico”, age 46, of Lot 146 Kilcoy Squatting Area, Corentyne drowned in the attack.The two survivors – Parmanand Nandan, 21, of Tain, Corentyne and Arjune Permaul, 45, of Kilcoy Squatting Area – reported they were all told to jump overboard. (More details in a subsequent report) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBoat captain feared dead after pirate attack forces him, crew overboardMay 17, 2017In “Crime”UPDATE: One dead, two survive alleged piracy attackMay 17, 2017In “Crime”Alleged ring leader of pirate gang nabbedJune 8, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Flowrox awarded pinch valve project at Husab uranium mine in Namibia

first_imgAhead of the December issue special article on slurry pipelines comes this news from Flowrox. The company is supplying a complete project package to the Husab—the second largest uranium mine in the world—which includes pinch valves and technical training. Flowrox has been contracted to deliver a total of 83 of 550 mm hydraulically-actuated pinch valves to the project’s tailings operation, spread over a 23-km2 area in the desert—a harsh and unforgiving environment.Delivering a complete package for its clients, Flowrox has also conducted theoretical and practical training sessions, ensuring the competence and performance of technical staff through the rigour of mining operations.Flowrox says its pinch valves “are designed for heavy duty applications in flow control industries where the corrosive and abrasive nature of slurries, powders or other coarse substances are continuously testing the limits of human engineering.”The pinch valves for Husab will be operated with unique actuator solution, whenever required, by means of two mobile gasoline-powered hydraulic power packs—and given the demanding conditions of a uranium mine, Flowrox says it “is capable of tailoring its actuators, valve body construction and sleeve material to its process conditions.”Flowrox will supply all the necessary spare parts to allow the Husab staff to perform thorough maintenance and repairs as needed—and it is considering adding service exchange valves to ensure better serviceability.The project is being led by Henlo Blignaut, Managing Director for Flowrox in South Africa. “Husab only partners with the premium product suppliers in this market sector and Flowrox was chosen due to our quality performance and technology. The relationship with the customer is excellent and there will be more project collaboration in the near future,” he stated. “This is of course very good news for us as many new mining project are put on hold and upgrades and operational capital of many companies have also been reduced—we are very optimistic about the future.”Husab mine holds an estimated 280 Mt of uranium ore and is also one of the largest open-pit mines on the African continent. The mine was opened in May 2014 and is majority owned by China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) and is set to make Namibia one of the world’s largest uranium suppliers.Construction of the mine is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, with production then planned to ramp up to 5,770 t/y of uranium by 2017.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino is named as the new Spurs manager

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO HAS been officially named as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager on a five-year contract.The appointment was confirmed by the official club website as the Argentinian takes over from Tim Sherwood, whose reign spanned from last December to a fortnight ago.The decision had been widely-anticipated and sees Pochettino make the move from Southampton.Pochettino guided Southampton to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth place last season. He was credited during his 18-month term at St Mary’s with the development of home-grown players like Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse.Previously Pochettino had been at the helm in La Liga of RCD Espanyol before making the move, after a spell in charge of nearly four years, to the Premier League in November 2012.“In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” remarked club chairman Daniel Levy.“He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Source: Matt Dunham“This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” stated Pochettino.“There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad.“Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team. We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve.”Pochettino is joined by Jesús Pérez (Assistant Head Coach), Miguel D’Agostino (First Team Coach) and Toni Jiménez (Goalkeeper Coach) with whom he previously worked at both Southampton and Espanyol.In his playing career Pochettino made his debut with Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys at the age of 16 and won the Argentine Primera División with them in 1991.Two spells at Espanyol followed from 1994, sandwiched between time with Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. He won two Copa del Rey titles with Espanyol and also earned 20 international caps with Argentina.The man they named ‘the Makelele role’ after has got his first managerial jobReports: Filippo Inzaghi to replace Clarence Seedorf as AC Milan bosslast_img read more

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Invader Zim and Rockos Modern Life TV Movies Bring Nick to Netflix

first_imgStay on target 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesWatch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ As a child of the 90s, I have a lot of loving nostalgia for Nickelodeon cartoons (or Nicktoons, as it were). Invader Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life are two shows I’m especially eager to revisit as an adult, considering that even as a kid I realized that the macabre alien invasion comedy and suburban satire went over my head. So I was pretty stoked when Nickelodeon announced that both shows were coming back as TV movie specials.The only issue is that as an adult I’m not watching much Nickelodeon on actual TV these days. Even as an older teen following the later years of The Legend of Korra, watching commercials targeted at extremely young children was starting to get awkward. And considering the real audience for both of these movies is surely grown-ups, Nickelodeon must’ve seen that was a problem.Fortunately, Nickelodeon is putting these cartoons on a place where Millennials can actually see them: Netflix. Check out new trailers for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling both coming to the streaming TV service next month.In Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus creator Jhonen Vasquez returns to hopefully give some closure to Zim’s constant attempts to conquer the Earth. Either he’ll succeed or be thwarted by his paranoid alien conspiracy buff human nemesis Dib. Dumb robot GIR and floating meme Minimoose are also back. And Justin Roiland has been cast in an undisclosed role, which is great since Rick and Morty has similar sci-fi nihilism energy.Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling also brings back original creator Joe Murray for more skewering of contemporary culture. After missing out on two decades of advancement since his show was cancelled, Rocko struggles to adapt to modern technology while his friends Heffer and Filburt embrace it. It’s like Black Mirror but with a talking Wallaby. What’s the deal with smartphones?Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premieres August 9 while Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus releases a week later on August 16. Hopefully Nickelodeon’s willingness to give these shows to Netflix is a good sign for the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix show. And remember that there’s a live-action Dora The Explorer movie in theaters this August, too! The Nicktoons Cinematic Universe is coming along quite nicely.last_img read more

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Mourinho warns Klopp Trophies matter

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp that “trophies matter” ahead of Sunday’s showdownMourinho has enjoyed a glittering trophy-laden managerial career with the likes of FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now United.While the Portuguese coach hasn’t had the kind of success he’s become accustomed to over the past few seasons, Mourinho did still win a treble in his first campaign in charge of United.Meanwhile, Klopp has yet to win anything at Liverpool upon his arrival in October 2015 after losing three finals.And Mourinho warned his rival that silverware is important.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I think trophies matter, it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy,” said Mourinho, according to Football365.“I think sometimes to just say is not very intelligent, but when you have the potential, you have nothing to hide, you know from day one your potential and your desire has a relation with the potential because to say ‘we want to win’ – everyone can say that but another is to say the potential in a way you have.“But I think Jurgen told already they want to win the Premier League, it is their objective.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield on Sunday.last_img read more

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The benefits on offer at Goodman Masson

first_imgThe workplace benefits on offer at Goodman Masson include:PensionStakeholder pension with a 1% employer and 1% employee contribution.Goodman Masson went through auto-enrolment in 2014.Group riskGroup income protection, employer-paid for some employees.Critical illness insurance, employer-paid for some employees.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance, voluntary basis, employee-paid.Eyecare vouchers, employer-paid for all employees.Personal accident insurance.Sports and social clubs: football team, netball team, running club.Work-life balance and family friendlyMortgage fund.Exotic holiday loan scheme.Home technology loan.Knowledge fund.Student loan fund.Home improvement loan.New parent loan.Reduced-rate babysitting service.Childcare vouchers.25 days’ holiday with the option to buy and sell up to five days per year.Early finish on Fridays.Company carsSalary sacrifice company car scheme.Other benefitsFree cereal daily.Free fruit deliveries.Hot breakfast on Fridays.Charity challenges.Monthly top-performer prizes.last_img read more

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Scott joins Fletchers Solicitors

first_imgTim Scott has joined law firm Fletchers Solicitors as people director.Scott’s new position will see him lead the people team to further develop Fletchers’ employee benefits strategy, its employment practices, and manage its people strategies.Scott has more than 20 years of HR experience across a variety of sectors. He founded The Work Consultancy, and was an associate lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He has also worked as head of people and organisational development at Brook, and as HR manager at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.last_img

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Nikhil Siddhartha campaigns for these 3 Jana Sena Party and TRS candidates

first_imgNikhil Siddhartha Jana Sena MP candidate JD LakshminaraynaTwitterYoung Telugu actor Nikhil Siddhartha is busy campaigning for Jana Sena Party MP candidate JD Lakshminarayna, Vizag MLA candidate Sandeep and TRS MP candidate Talasani Sai Kiran Yadav.Nikhil Siddhartha is one of the young Telugu actors who are quite active on social media. He is often seen voicing his opening on various current affairs. He also creates awareness about social causes. Now, he has gone a step ahead and decided to campaign for some honest political leaders, who can work towards bringing transformation in the society.Nikhil Siddhartha campaigned for Talasani Sai Kiran Yadav in Secunderabad. Later, he tweeted some photos and wrote, “Met and Conveyed my Wishes to Close Family And Friend TRS candidate Talasani Sai for his Journey in Politics. This April 11th irrespective of Parties, Vote for the Local Candidate who is Approachable nd will stand on his word even after the elections #JaiHind @SaiTalasani @KTRTRS.”Talasani Sai Kiran Yadav, who is the son of Talasani Srinivas Yadav, is the Sanathnagar MLA and Minister for Animal Husbandry and Cinematography. He holds an MBA in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. He says, “I’m not here to comment on any political party. But I’m here to make the city better for my people.” Nikhil Siddhartha with Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and his son Talasani Sai Kiran YadavTwitterNikhil Siddhartha tweeted some photos while campaigning for JD Lakshminarayna in Vizag. He also wrote, “”Prathi artist na family” ani kalisinapudu chepparu @PawanKalyan garu.Alanti family member ki support chesthu, tana party Candidate JDLakshminarayna gari tho kalisi Spoke bout his Poll Promise Affidavit & gave my wishes. 1st of its kind which creates accountability 4 Politicians.”JD Lakshminarayana is an IPS officer, who retired as Additional Director General of Police in Mumbai. He recently joined Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party. He has been nominated as the party candidate from Vizag (Visakhapatnam) Lok Sabha constituency.In another post, Nikhil Siddhartha also extended his support to Jana Sena Party MLA candidate Sandeep. He wrote, “Met several Janasainiks yesterday nd also met this Young MLA candidate sandeep in vizag who comes from a Humble background. Bare minimum almost 0 dabbulatho Contest chestunnaru. Dabbulu leni Samanyulu kuda MLA o leka MP avvochu ane Hope inkaa undi.  thanks #PowerStar #JaiHind.” Nikhil Siddhartha with Jana Sena MLA candidate SandeepTwitterIn reply, Dr Sandeep Panchakarla‏ thanked him for his support. Nikhil Siddhartha retweeted, “No need for thanks brother… meeru mee area lo Uddanam and Titli toofan appudu chesina hard work telusu… Zero Money Clean Politics practice chestunnaru.. mee lanti Youth Gelavali… All the best for Tomorrow #Janasena.”Met and Conveyed my Wishes to Close Family And Friend TRS candidate Talasani Sai for his Journey in Politics.This April 11th irrespective of Parties,Vote for the Local Candidate who is Approachable nd will stand on his word even after the elections #JaiHind @SaiTalasani @KTRTRS pic.twitter.com/3quIiXgLX6— Nikhil Siddhartha (@actor_Nikhil) April 9, 2019 “Prathi artist na family” ani kalisinapudu chepparu @PawanKalyan garu.Alanti family member ki support chesthu,tana party Candidate JDLakshminarayna gari tho kalisi Spoke bout his Poll Promise Affidavit & gave my wishes.1st of its kind which creates accountability 4 Politicians?? pic.twitter.com/BiH9UkL7m8— Nikhil Siddhartha (@actor_Nikhil) April 10, 2019 Met several Janasainiks yesterday nd also met this Young MLA candidate sandeep in vizag who comes from a Humble background. Bare minimum almost 0 dabbulatho Contest chestunnaru.Dabbulu leni Samanyulu kuda MLA o leka MP avvochu ane Hope inkaa undi.???? thanks #PowerStar #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/DaTGx3Wwhw— Nikhil Siddhartha (@actor_Nikhil) April 10, 2019last_img read more

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Hajj flights start 4 July HAAB

first_imgHajj flights start 4 July: HAABThis year’s Hajj flights will start from 4 July and continue until 5 August, the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) announced Saturday.The return flights will begin from 17 August, HAAB president Shahadat Hossain told the media at a Dhaka hotel.Last month, Biman general manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier will carry half of this year’s 127,198 pilgrims.Bangladeshi pilgrims can now complete the immigration procedure from Dhaka airport before heading to Saudi Arabia.Earlier, pilgrims were required to wait in the aircraft after landing in Saudi Arabia to complete the procedure – sometimes waiting for up to six hours.last_img

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No 2 Louisville plays at Virginia Tech on Sunday

first_imgStory Links Senior Taylor Emery leads the team and ranks fourth in the ACC with 17.9 points per game. Redshirt senior Regan Magarity leads the league with 12.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 13.8 points, which ranks 20th in the league. Freshman Dara Mabrey is averaging 12.4 points per game, while shooting a league-best 48.7 percent from 3-point range, while knocking down 2.7 3-pointers per game, which ranks third.Series History – UofL is 20-17 all-time against Virginia Tech and 7-10 in Blacksburg, Va. The Cards have won five straight and are 5-0 against the Hokies since joining the ACC, 2-0 at Virginia Tech. When the Cards and Hokies met on Feb. 19, 2015 in Blacksburg (W, 69-49), it marked the first time in 20 years that the two teams had squared off. Last season, UofL beat VT twice. They won 67-56 at the KFC Yum! Center and 73-70 in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Louisville won 88-70 on Feb. 9, 2017 in their last matchup in Blacksburg.Date: Sunday, Feb. 10Time: 12 p.m. ETSite: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. (9,250)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: RSN, Jenn Hildreth, play-by-play; Kelley Deyo, analystLast Meeting: W, 73-70 (March 2, 2018 at ACC Quarters)Series History: 20-17 (9-7 Homes, 7-10 Away, 4-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA TodayFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version Listen The Hokies rank first in the ACC in free throw percentage (.792) and 3-point field goals made (9.5 per game), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.383), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), second in defensive rebound percentage (.747) and fourth in scoring defense (60.5 points per game). Live Stats After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of last eight games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.0 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that eight-game stretch, opponents are averaging 48.9 points per game, while shooting 31.5 percent from the floor and 24.5 percent from 3-point range.ABOUT THE HOKIESVirginia Tech enters Sunday’s game with a 15-7 record, 2-7 in the ACC. They entered conference play with a perfect 13-0 record and moved up as high as No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Hokies then went on to lose their first seven games in ACC play. They got their first ACC win at Pitt (W, 74-58) and backed that up with a win at Boston College (W, 95-86). With the win 76-51 win over No. 15 Syracuse on Thursday, UofL is 5-1 against Associated Press Top 25 teams this season and 14-4 in the last two years. In the last four games, she is averaging 15.8 points, while shooting 16-30 (.533) from 3-point range and dishing out 3.8 assists. She is 16-30 (.533) from deep in the last four games. In the first 19 games this season, she was 14-38 (.368) from beyond the arc.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (22-1, 9-1) looks to extend its eight-game winning streak when it plays at Virginia Tech (15-7, 2-7) on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET. Kylee Shook recorded her third double-double of the year, and sixth of her career, with 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Syracuse. She had 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. UNC and 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. NKU for her other two double-doubles. Game Notes Watch She ranks seventh on the team with 7.6 points per game, while pulling down 6.6 rebounds, which is tied with Sam Fuehring for team-lead. In ACC games, she is averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds. Dana Evans finished with 12 points, on 4-7 shooting from deep, while adding six rebounds, four assists and four steals.last_img read more

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Microsoft Research does CloudOffloaded GPS

first_img © 2012 Phys.org More information: Research paper (PDF) Citation: Microsoft Research does Cloud-Offloaded GPS (2012, December 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-microsoft-cloud-offloaded-gps.html At the same time, energy constraints at different scales can affect battery life “and thus user experiences in embedded devices, and can be a limiting factor for the growth of IT infrastructure,” he said.How to serve up sensing data and at the same time reduce resource consumption has become a research task for Liu and co-workers. His group conducts fundamental and systems research on sensing and energy-efficient computing. Addressing the GPS battery drain, Microsoft Research is using a concept for location services that involves offloading some of the data and calculations to consume far less power. They have offloaded some of the work to the cloud. Their GPS system collects only a few milliseconds of information from satellites. The information is combined with information from public, online databases to calculate the device’s past locations. “We built an experimental platform using WWVB [the station used by radio-controlled clocks in North America to synchronize themselves] time synchronization and a GPS front end,” according to the team. “On this platform, sensing a GPS location takes more than three orders of magnitude less energy than GPS on mobile phones,” they stated. They moved to offload some of the work to the cloud, naming their platform, CLEO (Cultivating the Long tail in Environmental Observations). “Typical GPS receivers, although widely available, consume too much energy to be useful for many applications. Observing that in many sensing scenarios, the location information can be post-processed when the data is uploaded to a server, we design a Cloud-Offloaded GPS (CO-GPS) solution that allows a sensing device to aggressively duty-cycle its GPS receiver and log just enough raw GPS signal for postprocessing.”They said that by leveraging publicly available information such as GNSS satellite ephemeris and an Earth elevation database, a cloud service can derive good-quality GPS locations from a few milliseconds of raw data.They presented their research in Toronto at the ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys). Their paper was titled “Energy Efficient GPS Sensing with Cloud Offloading,” by Jie Liu, Bodhi Priyantha, Ted Hart, Heitor Ramos, Antonio A.F. Loureiro, and Qiang Wang. Their study was awarded Best Paper at the conference.They said the reference platform consists of a GPS receiver (Maxim MAX2769), a microcontroller (TI MCUMSP430F5338), a WWVB receiver module for time synchronization, and a serial flash chip for storage and glue logic. In addition, the platform has a solar cell, a thin-film Micro-Energy cell battery, and a Hi-Jack inspired audio communication port. An 8Mbit flash enables storing up to 1000 GPS sample points. “The goal of the design is to demonstrate the low energy consumption per GPS sample.” Explore further (Phys.org)—GPS reduces battery life in a smartphone or tablet, a problem that has challenged a team led by principal researcher Jie Liu at Microsoft Research. Liu has said in the past that sensing and energy are emerging cross-cutting concerns in computer systems. “The proliferation of embedded and personal devices such as networked sensors and mobile phones gives computer systems increasing capability of gathering data from and adapting to the physical world and personal activities.” Overall results from 6 locations. The shadow is 100m in diameter. Credit: Microsoft Research Low-energy GPS sensing looms large 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.last_img read more

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Ancient Egyptian codex finally deciphered

first_imgAll Giza Pyramids in one shot. Credit: Ricardo Liberato/Wikipedia Citation: Ancient Egyptian codex finally deciphered (2014, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-ancient-egyptian-codex-deciphered.html More information: A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power, www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProd … d=IS-9782503531700-1via LiveScience (Phys.org) —A pair of Australian researchers, Malcolm Choat with Macquarie University and Iain Gardner with the University of Sydney, has after many decades of effort by others, succeeded in deciphering an ancient Egyptian codex. In meeting with members of the press, they revealed that the codex is actually a handbook of a practitioner of rituals and for that reason have published the converted text as “Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power.” No one knows where the codex was found, but most scholars who have studied it believe it was written by someone in pre-Islamic Upper Egypt approximately 1,300 years ago. An antiques dealer came across it in the late 70’s or early 80’s who subsequently sold it to Macquarie University in 1981. Since that time, various researchers have attempted to read the text but none were successful until now. The 20 parchment pages of text were written in Coptic, the researchers note, and offer 27 spells and multiple invocations and drawings. It appears likely, the team reports, that the two types of subjects meant that they were once separate documents that were later combined in the codex.The researchers found love spells, a means for casting out evil spirits and even ideas on how to treat ailments, such as one known as black jaundice. They also found multiple references to Jesus and Sethians—religious groups that identified with Adam and Eve’s third son, and others that identified with a previously unknown character referred to as Baktiotha—a god-like figure. Because of the mix of subjects in the invocations, the two researchers suggest the document was likely a representative of a transition period for the people of that time. They also suggest that the person who wrote or used the text was likely not a priest or monk (there was a large number of Christians living in the area during that time) but more likely was a scholarly type, using the codex as a means of helping people achieve desires or goals. Some examples, included spells to help a person do better in business, or to help them get along with others. One spell could be used to assist one person in subjugating another. © 2014 Phys.org UCSB scholar’s reading of hieroglyphic verb alters understanding of Mayan ritual texts Explore further 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.last_img read more

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Roll up roll up to the county with the worst potholes Binky

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA popular ringmaster who travels up and down the country with his circus troupe has slammed the state of the region’s roads – after paying out more than £1,000 to repair his pothole-damaged Mercedes. Clown Binky Beaumont – real name Ian Welsby – has had to take his car to be fixed on several occasions due to the poor roads in South Cheshire. The 49-year-old travels the length and breadth of the UK with the Ladyboys of Bangkok, Diversity and Gandeys Circus. But he says the roads around his Brereton home and Congleton office have more craters than anywhere else. He said: “I travel around 20,000 miles a year and the only place in the world I’ve had these issues is five minutes away from my home. “In April 2017 I had a blow out on the A50 near Knutsford and around Christmas I hit another pothole on Back Lane near Congleton when I moved to let another car past – that was about eight inches deep. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Punter found hiding in bushes One of the potholes hit by Ian’s car. (Image: Ian Welsby) “I complained to the council and they said get three quotes and they’ll come back to me. But about three weeks ago in Congleton Road I hit another. It broke a spring costing £1,100. “The council says it will get back to me in 70 days, but people can’t afford to have their car off the road that long.” Read MoreThis ‘obnoxious’ yob mocked police during a drunken night out – by singing the Peppa Pig theme tune   Ian has put in a damages claim against Cheshire East Council but it was rejected. He added: “I’ve had hundreds of messages from people in similar situations. It just seems that Cheshire East doesn’t spend money on the roads. “On the first two occasions the pothole was repaired within 24 hours. I then had an email saying it had been done – that’s almost accepting liability.” Cheshire East confirmed Ian has twice had claims rejected by its highways team while one had been passed to neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester. center_img Binky Beaumont with his Mercedes A council spokesman said: “As the particular case referred to is the subject of an ongoing claims investigation, we are unable to comment further on this matter. “Cheshire East Council’s highways team is constantly working to maintain the condition of our roads and the council puts the safety of road users as its highest priority. Read More’There’s more congestion, more delays and more collisions’ – Why 18 months of A500 roadworks ARE needed   “The council regularly undertakes safety inspections and responds to customer enquiries in order to keep the network in a safe condition. In accordance with the highway inspection code of practice, any defects that are identified as requiring intervention are promptly repaired within agreed timeframes.” The council says it will also spend an additional £270 million over the next three years fixing the borough’s road network. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

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AeroMéxico adds daily flight to San José

first_imgBeginning on Nov. 3, AeroMéxico will add a new daily flight from San José, Costa Rica, to Mexico City, bringing to 14 the number of weekly flights between the two countries.AeroMéxico’s Director of Revenue Anko van der Werff said the new flight “responds to growing demand for both leisure and business travelers who fly to Mexico City to connect with 40 cities in that country, or as a stopover for destinations in the U.S., Canada, Europe or Asia.”Flights will depart every day from Mexico at 11:10 a.m. and will arrive in San José at 2:15 p.m. Departures from San José will leave at 3:15 p.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 6:35 p.m.In 2013, nearly 70,000 Mexican travelers entered Costa Rica by air, representing an increase of 8.4 percent compared with 2012 arrivals.Costa Rican Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann called it “very important” to add new flights to Mexico. “Mexico has emerged as the leading source of Latin American tourists entering our country by air,” he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year VECA airlines inaugurates El Salvador-Costa Rica route Travelers beware: Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa New Southwest flights to Costa Rica from Houston, Baltimorelast_img read more

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Hawaiian Airlines earns Fast Travel Platinum Status

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Hawaiian Airlines has attained Platinum status for Fast Travel implementation.Hawaiian is the first airline in the United States to achieve Platinum status, which recognizes carriers that offer four or more Fast Travel compliant solutions to at least 80 per cent of their passengers.The Fast Travel program responds to passenger demand for a more seamless travel experience and more control through six time-saving, self-service initiatives.The initiatives include self-check-in and/or automatic check-in, bags ready-to-go, document check, flight re-booking, self-boarding, and bag recovery.Over 75 per cent of air travellers would prefer to check in online or automatically by receiving a text message or email according to IATA’s 2014 Global Passenger Survey.The industry’s target is to implement Fast Travel projects covering 35 per cent of eligible passengers this year and by 2020, the goal is to have 80 per cent of passengers offered a complete self-service suite based on common industry standards.IATA senior vice president airport, passenger, cargo and security Tom Windmuller, said that it is great that more airlines are reaching this status, and congratulated Hawaiian Airlines for the achievement.“I congratulate Hawaiian Airlines for its leadership in bringing these passenger-pleasing solutions to its customers. Fast Travel is a win-win for passengers and the air transport industry,” Mr Windmuller said.Hawaiian Airlines senior director airport customer service Bret Ranoa, said that the airline is very happy with the accolade, and have put it down to Hawaiian Airlines commitment to passengers.“We are very pleased to have obtained the Platinum level certification and are proud to be the first airline in the United States to do so. Hawaiian is committed to giving our guests technology driven choices and feel that the Fast Travel certification provides a standard so guests receive a consistent level of self-service regardless of what airline they are flying or where they are traveling in the world,” Mr Ranoa said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_imgJuly 17, 2009 This continues the report from 7/15/09. The formwork has been completed for a footing for the next section of the heat duct tunnel. Construction staff, volunteers and workshop participants are mixing concrete for their first pour in this location. [Photo & text: Archive intern Anna Tran, sa] Here we see the initial process of mixing the concrete and using a wheel barrow to transport the liquid material to a chute to be delivered down to the tunnel entrance. [Photo & text: Archive intern Anna Tran] The concrete flowing down the chute was gathered at the bottom into a wheelbarrow to be poured into the formwork. [Photos & text: Archive intern Anna Tran] The liquid material was evenly spread into the form and distributed using rakes and trowels. Three yards of concrete were mixed in nine batches. This report continues next week. [Photos & text: Archive intern Anna Tran]last_img read more

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