Cignal rips CEU, takes 1-0 lead

first_imgAlso sizzling for the Hawkeyes were Byron Villarias, who shot 6-of-8 from the field for a team-high 17 points, and Mark Bringas, who posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went the Hawkeyes’ way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, in the second quarter, they quickly stifled the rally and cruised the rest of the way. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Star itching to stretch Govs’ Cup win streak LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Perkins caught fire right in the first period to help the Hawkeyes erect an early 24-6 lead in Game 1 of the best-of-three title series.Perkins dropped half of his 16 points in the opening frame and also finished with 11 rebounds as the former La Salle standout’s hot start set the tone of the lopsided match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team,” said Fernandez. “It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us.”The Hawkeyes will try to wrap up their bid for back-to-back crowns in Game 2 on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was little to worry, after all, as Cignal HD bucked the absence of a key cog and dismantled Centro Escolar University, 78-56, to move within a win of a championship in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.“We know that the challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players today, especially Jason (Perkins),” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who was concerned over Raymar Jose’s absence as the big man left for Kuala Lumpur to suit up for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img View comments MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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‘Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation’

first_imgThe Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. Mullah Musharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk to come forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation,The Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. MullahMusharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk tocome forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation (“At Your Service, Sir”, October 1). He can blow intensely hot and frigidly cold in the same breath. Yet he is walking on the sharp edge of a sword-a momentary loss of balance and he tumbles down, consigned to the dustbin of history, hated and reviled by the same people who are singing paeans in his honour.- Santosh Kapoor, NoidaMusharraf has always adopted a dual role: that of a rigid fundamentalist at home and an extreme liberal abroad, but it is time to take a decisive stand on one. However, he is right in asking India to “lay off”. After all, of what use is India when he and his fellow hypocrites are adequate to destroy Pakistan?- Premchand Beura, on e-mailMusharraf’s present predicament is symptomatic of the age-old saying: “Men fall into the ditches they dig for others.”- A.U.S. Lal, KolkataThe Pakistani general cannot soar with eagles while working with turkeys. He is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea and it is only a matter of time before he is forced to step down or is thrown out in a coup.- A.S. Raj, on e-mail  Changing Colours The issue of the nurses’ uniform has nothing to do with male ego or aboutthe army being a male bastion (“Nursing a Uniform Grouse”, October 1).Instead, it is about nurses trying to be something they are not – armyofficers. The fact that all nurses are females has been exploited. Hadit been about male vanity alone, there would have been strong objections to the female doctors in the army and hundreds of other women officers. – Flt-lieutenant Manisha Rao, Hyderabad advertisementMembers of the military nursing service who were wearing a white uniform since 1943 said that they didn’t like “western-styles” likeskirts and requested the army authorities for a change of uniform. Aneasy answer would have been an Indian dress but by a series ofmanipulations they tricked the authorities into allowing them the olivegreen uniform – the exclusive privilege of officers who are subject tothe Army Act. Nurses are part of the auxiliary service. It’s clear thatthey simply wanted the uniform of the officers of the armed forces.- Brigadier R.S. Randhawa, DelhiUnholy Anomaly Terrorism should be treated as a social problem (“Jehad Against the World”, September 24). Associating a religion with terrorism is objectionable. Terrorism, in whatever form, is a criminal act and no particular religion or its followers should be targeted for a condemnable act of a few insane minds.- Mohd. Amir Idrees, LucknowWhatever action US President George W Bush opts for in retaliation, his presidency will go down in history as a period of enlightenment on two counts: one, it exposed the weakness of the “world’s most dynamic democracy” in handling tightly fought elections because of the inability to count votes properly. Secondly, it showed that the world’s superpower could be flummoxed by a few well-wielded scalpels.- Devraj Sambasivan, AllappuzhaThe way India and Pakistan are going all out to offer support to the US is indicative of the fact that America is a superpower without an iota of doubt. Sadly, our Government does not possess the same capability. We allow our people to be killed in our country and do nothing about it, except go on the defensive and launch monologues. Yet we go out of the way to extend logistical support to a foreign country. I wonder if Pakistan would have pledged similar support to India in case of such a strike here.- Prateek Kaul, PuneWhat about America’s own involvement in various terrorist activities in other countries conducted without fear of a backlash from the oppressed (“Fusion Reaction”, September 24)? It is like a pot calling the kettle black. This attack, although condemnable, has demonstrated that it is brain power, rather than money power, that reigns supreme.- Sophia Ajaz, DelhiPotent Supplement Sri Lanka’s win shows how planning and preparation remain the bedrock of success in sports (“The Will to Win”, September 17). The free hand that administrators in the island nation have given coach Dave What-more has already led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win. We remain oblivious of the fact that tactics must supplement talent for success to be achieved in today’s competitive sporting world.- Ranjan Sahay, Cooch BeharWith the growing frustration of cricket lovers in India, it may be pertinent to apprise the national selectors and Sourav Ganguly of an old Arab proverb: “A n army of sheep led by a lion will defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” An apt obituary of Indian cricket.- Rathnakar Rai, on e-mail  An Uncertain Future Thecontroversy surrounding the status of astrology as a science isunwarranted (“Science or Sham?”, September 17). After all, it is not asthough the UGC promotes only science subjects. Besides, all art subjects use some degree of interpretation. Does that render them irrelevant? – Sharada Kumaraswamy, on e-mail advertisementWhile science is an attempt to explain the unknown in terms ofthe known, astrology is a subject that gives indications of what thefuture holds. Thus in a certain way astrology can also be studied as ascience. It follows the methodology of science and clearly states thatwhatever predictions may be made on the basis of its data are mereindications. – K. Parameswaran, Thiruvananthapuram The damnation of vedic astrology stems from the fact that while anythingborrowed from the us becomes globalisation, our indigenous heritage isperceived as saffronisation.- Abhinandan Singh Rathor, on e-mail  Ugly Encore There are striking similarities in the bureaucratic and political response to starvation deaths in two events almost 70 years apart (“Lethal Diet”, September 10). In Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had written about the 1943 Bengal famine: “Up to the last moment, the famine was denied. When it became impossible to deny, each group in authority blamed some other group.” His words ring true in the Orissa famine as well. The Government blames the starvation deaths on poisonous mushrooms and contaminated mango kernels. And all the while the Central Government washes its hands off, saying that the Public Distribution System is a state subject.- Dr B.N.S. Walia, on e-mail  Not Worth Emulating Your cover story on the Arjuna Awards overlooks two important facts (“Prize and Prejudice”, September 3). First, Dronacharya is a model of what a teacher should not be. He sacrificed his best student to ensure political patronage. Secondly, Arjuna never won any contest without subterfuge. By naming our national awards after these two, these base principles have been propagated.- Dr A.K. Basu, Ranchi  Negative Publicity Your story on the Uttaranchal chief minister appears to be a deliberate attempt to defame Nityanand Swami (“The Swamy of Inertia”, September 3). The statement that he has never won a popular election and has instead preferred the safe route through the Dehradun-Hardwar graduate constituency seat is mischievous. Swami was elected an MLA as a Jan Sangh candidate from the Dehradun constituency in 1969. Moreover, none of his aides is either an architect or an RSS full-timer. And Swami, as chief minister, has more achievements than putting up traffic lights in Dehradun. The worst insinuation is that Swami was nowhere around when the agitation for Uttaranchal was at its peak. As chairman of the Vidhan Parishad, he represented the hill state’s case in Lucknow as well as in Delhi.- Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director and Under Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dehradunadvertisementlast_img read more

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Traveler’s diarrhea diet

first_imgDefinitionTravelers diarrhea is loose, watery stools. People can get travelers diarrhea when they visit places where the water is not clean or the food is not handled safely. This can include third-world or developing countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.This article tells you what you should eat or drink if you have travelers diarrhea.Alternative NamesDiet – travelers diarrhea; Diarrhea – travelers – dietFunctionBacteria and other substances in the water and food can cause travelers diarrhea. People who live these areas dont often get sick because their bodies are used to the bacteria.You can lower your risk for getting travelers diarrhea by avoiding water, ice, and food that may be contaminated. The goal of the travelers diarrhea diet is to make your symptoms better and prevent you from getting dehydrated.Side EffectsTravelers diarrhea is rarely dangerous in adults. It can be more serious in children.RecommendationsHow to prevent travelers diarrhea:WATER AND OTHER DRINKSDo not use tap water to drink or brush your teeth.Do not use ice made from tap water.Use only boiled water (boiled for at least 5 minutes) for mixing baby formula.For infants, breastfeeding is the best and safest food source. However, the stress of traveling may reduce the amount of milk you make.Drink only pasteurized milk.Drink bottled drinks if the seal on the bottle hasnt been broken.Sodas and hot drinks are usually safe.FOODDo not eat raw fruits and vegetables unless you peel them. Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them.Do not eat raw leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce, spinach, cabbage) because they are hard to clean.Do not eat raw or rare meats.Avoid shellfish.Do not buy food from street vendors.Eat hot, well-cooked foods. Heat kills the bacteria. But do not eat hot foods that have been sitting around for a long time.WASHINGadvertisementWash hands often.Watch children carefully so they do not put things in their mouths or touch dirty items and then put their hands in their mouths.If possible, keep infants from crawling on dirty floors.Check to see that utensils and dishes are clean.There is no vaccine against travelers diarrhea.Your doctor may recommend medicines to help lower your chances of getting sick.Taking two tablets of Pepto-Bismol four times a day before you travel and while you are traveling can help prevent diarrhea. Do not take Pepto-Bismol for more than 3 weeks.Most people do not need to take antibiotics every day to prevent diarrhea while traveling.People who are at risk for more dangerous infections (because chronic bowel diseases, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, or HIV) should talk to their doctor before traveling.A prescription medicine called rifaximin can also help prevent travelers diarrhea. Ask your doctor if this medicine is right for you.If you have diarrhea, follow these tips to help you feel better:Drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids every day. Water or an oral rehydration solution is best.Drink at least 1 cup of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement.Eat small meals every few hours instead of three big meals.Eat some salty foods, such as pretzels, soup, and sports drinks.Eat foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and fruit juices.Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. It is a very big problem for children or people who are in a hot climate. Signs of severe dehydration include:Decreased urine (fewer wet diapers in infants)Dry mouthSunken eyesFew tears when cryingGive your child fluids for the first 4 – 6 hours. At first, try 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of fluid every 30 to 60 minutes.You can use an over-the-counter drink, such as Pedialyte or Infalyte. Do not add water to these drinks.You can also try Pedialyte popsicles.Fruit juice or broth with water added to it may also help. These drinks can give your child important minerals that are being lost in the diarrhea.If you are breastfeeding your infant, keep doing it. If you are using formula, use it at half-strength for two to three feedings after the diarrhea starts. Then you can begin regular formula feedings.In developing countries, many health agencies stock packets of salts to mix with water. If these fluids are not available, you can make an emergency solution by mixing:1/2 teaspoon of salt2 tablespoons sugar or rice powder1/4 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)1/2 teaspoon trisodium citrate (can be replaced with baking soda)1 liter of clean waterGet medical help right away if you or your child has symptoms of severe dehydration, or if you have a fever or bloody stools.advertisementReferencesArguin P. Approach to the patient before and after travel. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 294.Basnyat B, Ericsson CD. Travel medicine. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2011:chap 84.Review Date:2/9/2014Reviewed By:Daniel Levy, MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases, Lutherville Personal Physicians, Lutherville, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Jets Buzz Dolphins, 38-20

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ryan Fitzpatrick was razor sharp while lifting the New York Jets to their best offensive showing of the season.Beard trims and big performances certainly seem to go together for the veteran quarterback.Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes, two to Brandon Marshall, and the Jets routed the Miami Dolphins 38-20 Nov. 29 to gain traction in the AFC wild-card race. It came a few days after Fitzpatrick had his bushy facial hair neatly cropped for his 33rd birthday on Nov. 24.“It was just a little long,” Fitzpatrick said. “I need it to grow in a little more. I kind of miss it.” Not so fast.Last year, Fitzpatrick got a similar shave for his 32nd birthday — and followed it up with the best game of his career while with Houston: 358 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-21 victory over Tennessee.“The beard should never, ever come back,” declared Marshall, who had nine catches for 131 yards.Added wide receiver Eric Decker: “We’ll pitch in for a weekly trim.”Whatever it was, it worked for the Jets (6-5), who had lost four of their last five. That slump had New York go from early season sensations after a 4-1 start to a team that was watching its postseason hopes fading fast.“I think we are a playoff team,” Marshall said. “You’re seeing a lot of ups and downs, but we also know that we’re capable of getting the job done.”Fitzpatrick, in his 100th career start, went 22 of 37 for 277 yards and also connected for TDs with Devin Smith, the rookie’s first NFL touchdown, and Decker in New York’s fourth win in the last five meetings with the Dolphins (4-7).“We needed to right the ship,” Fitzpatrick said. “This was an important one for us.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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HCC Embedded introduces SafeexFAT file system solution for failsafe data storage

first_imgHCC Embedded has introduced SafeexFAT, its failsafe, RTOS-independent exFAT file system implementation that provides an easy integration for device manufacturers who demand the utmost in storage reliability for their deeply embedded applications. This is particularly important for manufacturers of devices where loss of data could be detrimental, such as in automotive, industrial, and medical applications. HCC is an official Microsoft exFAT partner, with rights to license both HCC and Microsoft exFAT IP. Together with HCC’s proven failsafe file system expertise, this enables HCC to provide a complete solution directly to device manufacturers.The enhanced SafeexFAT version is designed and tested to be failsafe, ensuring that customers will not lose any data, or worse, lose their complete file system. Because HCC designed SafeexFat with integration and target verification in mind, the customer can prove that the product behaves correctly when integrated with their product using the included comprehensive test suite. To validate the failsafety on the target system, a test driver enables customers to verify the correctness of the implementation by injecting errors at the media driver level.HCC has extensive project experience in MCU-based solutions with RTOS abstractions for more than 20 RTOSes, as well as no-RTOS and Linux-based systems. Because of this expertise, HCC offers a proven library of drivers covering most media driver controllers. HCC’s SafeexFAT enables reliable integration with almost any customer target platform, so that device manufacturers using a range of RTOSes can use the same code on all their designs and be assured of the same high-quality results. In addition, the code is fully MISRA 2012 compliant.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Electric vehicle success depends on better batteries, smarter chargingNext IBASE: 9th/8th gen Intel Xeon / Core processors based PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU cardlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s warm-up ton a good omen for India’s chances at World Cup 2019

first_imgMS Dhoni’s warm-up ton a good omen for India’s chances at World Cup 2019A vintage MS Dhoni was on display against Bangladesh in the 2nd warm-up game where he blasted a century, just like he had done during another practice game ahead of the 2011 World Cupadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 15:19 IST MS Dhoni, the lucky charm Virat Kohli needs. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni came to bat when India was in a spot with 102/4, and smashed a 78-ball 113, with 7 sixesDhoni helped his team win the warm-up game with a gigantic 359/7Dhoni shared a crucial 164-run partnership with KL Rahul (108)It was a vintage Dhoni on display against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game as he scored a brilliant hundred and helped India register a morale-boosting 95-run win at the Sophia Gardens before the World Cup opener.On Tuesday, Dhoni, who came into bat when India was in a spot with 102/4, smashed a 78-ball 113, which contained seven sixes and helped his team post a gigantic 359/7. It was only poetic justice that he brought up his 100 with a six in the 49th over of the innings as skipper Kohli cheered on from the dressing room with teammates for company.The 37-year-old also shared a crucial 164-run partnership with K.L. Rahul (108) and made sure that the Men in Blue did not suffer from yet another embarrassing batting collapse as they did against New Zealand.However, Dhoni’s century in Cardiff might prove to be the lucky charm which Virat Kohli needs to win the coveted World Cup trophy.In 2011, Dhoni, who was captaining the side in the World Cup, had scored a century in the warm-up game against New Zealand. He had scored 108* off just 64 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes) and helped India post 360/5 on February 16 in Chennai. The Men in Blue had won that match by 117 runs and eventually raised the Cup defeating Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede in Mumbai.MS Dhoni’s 100s in World Cup warm-ups…- 108* (64b, 11f, 3s) v New Zealand at Chennai on 16 Feb 2011 (India 360/5)- 113 (78b, 8f, 7s) v Bangladesh at Cardiff on 28 May 2019 (India 359/7)And we all know what happened in 2011.#CWC19#INDvBANadvertisementMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 29, 2019So, Kohli and all the Indian fans would be desperately hoping that Dhoni’s warm-up ton proves to be as auspicious it was for the team in 2011 and they lift the prestigious trophy at the iconic Lord’s Stadium in London on July 14.Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Highlights, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | World Cup 2003: Unstoppable Australia successfully defend their World Cup trophyAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Mahendra Singh DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow K.L. RahulFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

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SOFTimpact Lemur Partner Up on Cyber Security Solutions

first_imgzoom Cyprus-based maritime IT solutions provider SOFTimpact has signed a strategic partnership agreement with newly established maritime management services company Lemur Maritime located in Piraeus to deliver cyber security solutions to the Greek shipping sector.As informed, SOFTimpact and Lemur will work together with their clients to address cyber threats being faced on a daily basis. Services will include risk assessments, cyber defense planning, phishing simulation, penetration testing and cyber education.In addition, the partnership is expected to help oil tanker managers and owners address the newly introduced element 13 and cyber security related KPIs in TMSA 3.“With Greece being a short hop across the water and having the majority of our workforce being Greek speaking, this partnership will allow those companies in Greece struggling to understand and address the cyber threats access to our services already delivered internationally for some time,” Markus Schmitz, Managing Director at SOFTimpact, commented.“We believe the implementing maritime cyber risk management through ISPS, ISM and TMSA Element 13 requires strategic partnerships that have contributed to the final text of the recently issued guidelines by BIMCO,” Kostas Sismanidis, Managing Director at Lemur, added.Earlier this month, a joint maritime industry group comprised of industry bodies has issued the second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, which includes practical advice on how to combat cyber attacks.The document includes information on insurance issues and how to effectively segregate networks, as well as new practical advice on managing the ship to shore interface, and how to handle cyber security during port calls and when communicating with the shore side.last_img read more

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Top Carriers Combined Capacity Hits New Record

first_imgzoom Driven by a spate of recent shipping industry consolidation moves, the combined capacity share operated by the Top 10 carriers reached a new record in 2017, according to Alphaliner.Increased market concentration has led to a rise in the major carriers’ combined capacity share, which stood at a record high of 77% at the end of the year.The consolidation spree was capped by the completion of the Hapag-Lloyd acquisition of UASC in May and Maersk’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd at the end of November.Alphaliner said that this figure is set to continue rising to reach 82% with the impending absorption of OOCL by COSCO and the merger of K Line, MOL and NYK to form Ocean Network Express (ONE).The top three carrier postitions in the global operator rankings are still being held by Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM.However, COSCO and Hapag-Lloyd have closed the gap through consolidation moves in the last two years. Following the completion of acquisition of OOCL, COSCO is expected to leap into the number three spot, Alphaliner commented.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Gets Rave Reviews at Toronto Nautical Festival

first_imgMore than 40,000 visitors at the Toronto Nautical Festival last weekend had an opportunity to experience what Nova Scotia has to offer. With 100 Nova Scotia industry representatives, entertainers, animators and suppliers, the festival allowed tourism operators to present their products and services to consumers, travel media and tour operators from across Ontario. The event also gave the public the opportunity to stroll the deck of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, Bluenose II. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks said the promotion was successful and productive by all measures. “The response from festival-goers to Nova Scotia’s presence was incredible,” said Mr. Dooks. “This event, along with the presence of Bluenose II, provided an excellent opportunity to promote Nova Scotia and what we have to offer.” This was the festival’s inaugural celebration and Nova Scotia was the presenting sponsor. The Nova Scotia pavilion included dory building, rope making and a Taste of Nova Scotia demonstration on how to properly prepare Nova Scotia seafood. Nova Scotia representatives included Pier 21, Destination Cape Breton, Sherbrooke Village, Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourism Association, Bay Ferries, the 78th Highlanders and Ambassatours Gray Line. “With Bluenose II and the CN Tower in the background, and being in downtown Toronto, this event was incredible and I have never seen anything like it,” said Gary Powell, vice-president of Ambassatours Gray Line. “The attendance and interest in our products exceeded my expectations and will translate into more visitors coming to Nova Scotia as a result of this spectacular event.” Festival visitors were entertained by popular Nova Scotia artists such as the Barra MacNeils, Grand Derangement, Trevor Gould and Eastern Star, Jeremiah Sparks, Shahba Lee, Pam Levy and David Myles.last_img read more

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NDTVs Ravish Kumar wins Magsaysay

first_imgManila: Indian journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize. Kumar, 44, who is NDTV India’s senior executive editor is one of India’s most influential TV journalists, the award citation said. He is among five individuals who were declared winners of the award. “Kumar’s “Prime Time” programme deals with “real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people”, it added. “If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” the citation added. The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea. Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour.last_img read more

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Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgOne after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics. Members of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tmV6mrnQ7q— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018last_img read more

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China suspends export permits from two Canadian pork plants says Ottawa

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — The federal government says it has been notified that China has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters.A spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a formal notice of the suspension was received Wednesday after Customs China posted the information on its website.Kate Hawkins says it believes the cause of the action is administrative.Canadian pork producer Olymel LP says its plant in Red Deer, Alta., is one of two affected by the suspension. The other pork producer has yet to be identified.Spokesman Richard Vigneault says the Quebec-based company is assessing the situation, but so far there is no impact on production at the plant.The suspension comes as relations between the two countries have become tense following last December’s arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. China has since arrested two Canadians and halted canola imports from two Canadian companies.last_img read more

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ICBC launches telematics pilot for new drivers

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilotlast_img read more

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Pinstripe Bowl Matchup

Miami (7-5, ACC) vs. Wisconsin (7-5, Big Ten), Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).LOCATION: New York.TOP PLAYERSMiami: Junior LB Shaq Quarterman had 76 tackles, 13 for a loss, and was picked for the All-ACC first team, while junior RB back Travis Homer had 969 yards rushing, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.Wisconsin: Sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor is the nation’s leading rusher with 1,989 yards and 16 TDs.NOTABLEMiami: The Hurricanes were ranked No. 8 in the preseason but lost four straight before finishing the season with an impressive 24-3 win over the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh.Wisconsin: The Badgers were ranked fourth by The AP in the preseason but were hurt by a head injury to QB Alex Hornibrook that limited him to nine games and Wisconsin ended the regular season with a loss to Minnesota, its first to the Golden Gophers since 2003.LAST TIMEWisconsin is 2-0 against Miami in the post-season, including a 34-24 victory in last year’s Orange Bowl. The Badgers lead the all-time series 3-2.BOWL HISTORYMiami: The Hurricanes are 19-20 in bowl games and have lost twice in the Sun Bowl, to Washington State in 2015 and Notre Dame in 2010.Wisconsin: The Badgers will be making their 17th straight bowl appearance and are 15-14 overall in the post-season. They defeated UCLA by one point in the 2000 Sun Bowl.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Diet drinks are not healthy and could trigger weight gain say researchers

first_imgProfessor Susan Jebb said diet drinks were a good place to start for people who were trying to cut back on calories  Sugar-free and diet drinks are not helpful for weight loss and could even cause people to pile on the pounds, researchers at Imperial College have claimed.A review of dozens of studies dating back 30 years found that there is no solid evidence that sugar-free alternatives prevent weight gain, type 2 diabetes or help maintain a healthy Body Mass Index. (BMI)Although artificially-sweetened beverages contain fewer calories than sugary versions, researchers say they still trigger sweet receptors in the brain, which may make people crave food. Coupled with the fact that most people view diet drinks as healthier, it could lead to over-consumption, the researchers argue. “ Artificially sweetened drinks are a step in the right direction to cut calories.”Prof Tom Sanders, Professor emeritus of Nutrition and Dietetics, at King’s College London, added: “The conclusion that reduced sugar or sugar free drinks should not be promoted or seen as part of a healthy diet seems unwarranted and likely to add to public confusion.”Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said swapping to low or no sugar drinks “goes some way to managing calorie intake and weight”, especially for young people.”However, maintaining a healthy weight takes more than just swapping one product for another,” she added. “Calories consumed should match calories used, so looking at the whole diet is very important.”The review was published in the journal PLOS One.  Professor Susan Jebb  Drinking water rather than diet drinks is advised for people trying to lose weight  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Drinking water rather than diet drinks is advised for people trying to lose weight center_img The authors claim that previous studies which found diet drinks were helpful should be discounted because they were funded by the drinks industry.However the British Soft Drinks Association said that it was wrong to target sugar-free drinks, because they helped people maintain a low calorie diet. Artificially-sweetened beverages should not be promoted as part of a healthy dietProf Christopher Millett, Imperial College Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “At a time when we are trying to encourage people to reduce their overall calorie intake it is extremely unhelpful that products which contain no sugar, let alone calories, are demonised without evidence.“It’s worth bearing in mind that the UK soft drinks sector is the only category in which sugar intake is consistently falling year on year – over 17 per cent since 2012.” “A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar, they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full sugar versions,” said Professor Christopher Millett, senior investigator from Imperial’s School of Public Health.“However we found no solid evidence to support this. Far from helping to solve the global obesity crisis, artificially-sweetened beverages may be contributing to the problem and should not be promoted as part of a healthy diet.” Professor Susan Jebb, the government’s advisor on obesity, said that sugar was a major risk factor for obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay and said switching to artificially sweetened drinks was ‘a step in the right direction.’“For people seeking to manage their weight tap water is without question the best drink to choose, for health and the environment, but for many people who are used to drinking sugary drinks this will be too hard a change to make,” said Prof Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at the University of Oxford.last_img read more

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Phone records critical to war on terrorism says White House

first_imgUS INTELLIGENCE AGENCY collection of people’s telephone records is a critical tool to fight terrorism, the White House said Thursday in response to news reports of wide scale monitoring of this type.A senior official in the administration of President Barack Obama did not explicitly confirm a reported court order allowing the practice, but seemed to acknowledge such monitoring is in fact going on.The Guardian reported that mobile carrier Verizon is required to provide the National Security Agency daily with information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the United States and between the US and other countries.The newspaper cited a top-secret court order issued in April, and said it had obtained a copy, which it reproduced online.“The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” the report said.The Washington Post quoted two former US officials as saying the order as reproduced by the Guardian looks authentic.Critical toolThe Obama administration official, while apparently avoiding confirming specifically that such activity is going on, said information of the sort described in the article is a “critical tool” to protect America from terrorist threats.The official said such information “allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.”Under the order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had “granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19,” the paper reported.The information was classed as metadata, it added.George W. BushThe administration official, which noted that FISA court orders are classified, said the Guardian discusses “what purports to be an order issued by” that court.The official said that “on its face, the order reprinted in the article does not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls.”The NSA, as part of a program secretly authorised by former president George W. Bush in October 2001, implemented a bulk collection of US telephone, Internet and email records.In 2006, USA Today shocked many when it reported that the NSA had “been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.”It had been “using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity,” that paper reported.“Until now, there has been no indication that the Obama administration implemented a similar program,” the Guardian notes today.Read: Top secret: US government continues with Bush-era phone monitoring >Read: 900 gardaí to help keep the peace at the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh >last_img read more

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European Court rules that travel time is work

first_imgThe European Court of Justice has ruled that travel between an employee’s home and the first and last job of the day at a client’s location constitutes working time for staff without a fixed or habitual place of work.The court considered this time spent travelling as working time, with the employee at the employer’s disposal during the journey.The ruling confirms the opinion given by the Advocate General in June 2015 in the case of Federación de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and others.Security systems firm Tyco closed its regional offices in Spain in 2011, reassigning all staff to its central office in Madrid. Technicians at the organisation install and maintain security equipment at clients’ homes, industrial and commercial premises within the regions to which they are assigned.Employees are provided with a company vehicle and mobile phone to carry out their duties, which can involve driving distances of more than 100km.Prior to closing its regional offices, Tyco considered the daily working time of its staff to begin from the point of arrival at the office to pick up the vehicles used for appointments, and ending when the vehicles were returned to the site in the evening. Following the closures, the time employees spent travelling between their home and the client’s premises was deemed to be a rest period rather than working time.The European Court of Justice took the view that workers in this situation are fulfilling their job duties for the duration of these journeys, and that to consider them as rest periods rather than working time would contravene the health and safety objectives of the Working Time Directive, which necessitates the guarantee of minimum rest periods for workers.The Court also highlighted the fact that employees begin and finish their work journeys at home is a result of Tyco’s decision to close its regional offices, rather than a desire from the employees themselves.Wider implications of the rulingThe ruling could have implications across the EU for employees that do not have a fixed or regular workplace and travel to customer locations to fulfil their job duties, as well as for the organisations that employ such staff.It could also affect compliance with the Working Time Directive, which states that employees cannot work more than 48 hours a week on average, although British business can choose to opt out of this limit.Catrina Smith, partner at legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright, said: “This means employers which have mobile workers with no fixed or habitual place of work should check whether the time spent travelling at the beginning and end of the day amounts to working time.“If so, they will need to check that the employees are having sufficient rest periods and not breaching the maximum weekly working hours. They will also need to consider whether they wish to make any changes to remuneration structures to prevent increases in costs.“For well-paid employees there may be some flexibility, although issues may arise in agreeing any changes to the employee’s terms and conditions.”For employees paid the national minimum wage to whom this may apply, employers will have less flexibility to change remuneration levels.”Suzanne Horne, partner and employment lawyer at law firm Paul Hastings, added: “The decision has immediate application and employers have no choice but to comply. This will create a serious burden for [organisations] at a time when there is already pressure to foot the increasing salary bill resulting from case law on holiday pay, increased national minimum wage and next year’s new national living wage.“Aside from the salary costs, there are additional questions about how this impacts an employee’s entitlement to daily rest breaks and the 48 hour maximum working week, as well as other employer liabilities, such as travel expenses.”last_img read more

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Hole left in Fort Lauderdale garage ceiling after tow truck nearly falls

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A hole was left behind in a Fort Lauderdale parking garage after a tow truck almost fell through the floor above.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the garage in the area of Northeast 28th Street and Ocean Boulevard on Thursday morning to find the tow truck’s fire poking down from the second level.The flatbed tow truck’s front wheel fell through the floor of the two-story garage, leaving the hole seen in pictures taken by fire rescue.Investigators believe there was no danger of structural damage to the garage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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PM Hasina says budget to benefit everyone

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday described the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 as people-friendly, development-oriented and balanced one, saying that everyone will be benefitted by the budget as it will help continue the pace of ongoing development.“Everyone will be benefitted by the budget,–this budget will help us to go forward with continuing the pace of ongoing development to build a happy, developed and prosperous country,” she said while winding up the general discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament.Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “Bangladesh is going ahead and it’s my commitment to build a happy, prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ free from hunger and poverty dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”The government has achieved the quality of upgrading Bangladesh into a middle-income country by successfully implementing the ‘Vision 2021 and it is heading forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and build a developed country by 2041, she said.The premier said that the proposed budget of Tk 5,231.90 billion (Tk 523,190 crore) is the 11th straight budget of the Awami League government and the first one of this government.“We are now being praised in home and abroad for unprecedented development (of the country) in the last 10 years during the tenure of our government,” she said.The GDP growth is going to reach 8.13 per cent in the current FY 2018- 19 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted of 8 per cent GDP growth and according to ADB, it’s the highest in the Asia, she said.Sheikh Hasina said, “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the 20th countries which are going to contribute the highest in the GDP”Bangladesh has set a target to achieve 8.20 per cent growth in the GDP in the FY 2019-20 and double digit in the FY 2023-2024, the premier continued.The prime minister on Saturday also moved the Finance Bill, 2019 in the House on behalf of the finance minister as he is still sick.last_img read more

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