Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Pakistan squad

first_imgThis is probably the worst phase that Pakistan cricket is going through as they are still busy emerging from the damaging ‘spot-fixing’ scandal. A few wins under his belt will certainly help skipper Shahid Afridi and boost his players confidence.Pakistan would be missing senior batsman Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, who were by the ICC suspended following their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.On the brighter side they have batting powerhouse Muhammad Yousuf and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in their ranks, not to forget that Afridi himself can bail the team out from demanding situations.Squad: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Rains dash India’s hopes in Chester-le-Street

first_imgIt seems Team India’s fortunes have hit rock bottom. For this was the least that Dhoni & Co would have expected during the first ODI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, England, on Saturday. Score | PhotosAfter posting a competitive 274 runs of board, thanks to an impressive 95-run innings by opener Parthiv Patel, India had scalped two England wickets early and were poised for a fine finish when rains dashed their hopes.England were 27/2 with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell at the crease when heavy rains forced the covers on. Once on, the covers remained put as the showers continued to lash the Riverside Ground till the final cut off time. Meanwhile, India’s injury list increased with Rohit Sharma fracturing his finger in the match.England won the toss and elected to bowl andmuch to the delight of the India fans India openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkaya Rahane got off to a cautious start but gradually upped the tempo scoring boundaries and quick singles.Parthiv and Rahane were opening as regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were unavailable. While Sehwag, who has yet to recover from his long-standing shoulder injury, opted out citing labyrinthithis of the left ear (sic) and Tendulkar was out with a persistent toe-injury.However, the two didn’t let the loss have an effect on the run rate and continued to bat at ease even as the scoreboard kept ticking.Soon India score crossed 80. But England were not undone and Stuart Broad came around to get rid of Rahane on 40. A short ball from Broad that was pulled by Rahane failed to clear the boundary and Samit Patel took a good catch in the fine-leg region. India lost their first wicket on 82 in the 16th over. advertisementBut Broad wasn’t finished yet. He came around to get rid of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid cheaply. The ball took a thin edge off his bat to land in wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter’s gloves. He fell for two and India lost their second wicket on 87. However, the decision was a controversial one as the Hot Spot did not pick the edge and the third umpire decided on the basis of sound.Post that wicket, Parthiv Patel batted steadily at the Riverside Ground and he had Virat Kohli by his side to assist him in his efforts. He crossed his fifty without much effort and then went on for his ton. Unfortunately, he fell five runs short of his century.A James Anderson ball that was pitched wide from around the stumps invited a faint nick from Parthiv and keeper Kieswetter did the rest. India lost their third wicket on 190. His 95 runs were punctuated by 12 fours. He and Kohli put on 103 runs for the third wicket.Post Parthiv’s fall, Kohli too could not stay for long and an inside edge off Samit Patel crashed into his stumps dislodging his bails. He fell for 55 and India lost their fourth wicket on 206.Post that Rohit Sharma came down to bat but returned after the very first ball that he faced. He got hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.Later, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni batted on to increase the figures on the scoreboard, but at death Raina lost his wicket to Jade Dernbach on 38 when the team total was 266.Skipper Dhoni and tail-ender R Ashwin fell in the last over of the innings as India posted a competitive 274/7 on board.In reply England lost their opener Alastair Cook early with a Praveen Kumar ball taking the inside edge of his bat and crashing into his stumps when the total was just six.Praveen struck again to get rid of Craig Kieswetter, trapping him leg-before when the England score was 21.Soon enough the players were seen walking off and the pitch being covered to ward off the showers. Finally, the match was called off when the England total was 27/2 with Trott and Bell in the middle.last_img read more

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HP notifies Patwari recruitment at 1,120 posts: Apply now!

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh State Government has invited applications for filling up the post of Patwari. The eligible candidates should apply in a prescribed format latest by June 4. Vacancy details:Total posts: 1,120Name of the post: PatwariName of districts:Bilaspur: 60 Chamba: 75 Hamirpur: 67Kangra: 204 Kinnaur: 15 Kullu: 54 L-Spiti: 36 Mandi: 168 Shimla: 220 Solan: 76 Sirmour: 75 Una: 70 Candidates can check the educational qualification and other details below:Educational qualification:The candidates should have passed class 12 from a recognised university or institute.Age limit:The candidates’ age should be between 18 and 45 years. Age relaxation would be provided to the candidates as per the government rules.Application fee:The general and SC/ST candidates are required to make the payment of Rs 200 and Rs 100 respectively, through demand draft drawn in favour of Deputy Commissioner. How to apply:The eligible candidates should submit the application form in a prescribed format to ‘The Concerned Deputy Commissioner’ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date to apply: June 4 For more details, candidates are required to visit the official website.READ: University of Calcutta Admissions 2016: Apply before June 14 READ: Planning to do M.Tech? Apply now at IIIT, Delhi Click here to get latest updates on government jobs in India.last_img read more

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‘PARTY HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NTL’

first_imgFlying outside the Greenhouse Tavern is a giant sign; `Australian Touch, Party Headquarters’, is what it reads. The Greenhouse Tavern is one of Coffs Harbour’s major sponsors for the NTL’s, being held in Coffs Harbour until Sunday the 21st. The Greenhouse has been supporting the NTL tournament since it first began at Coffs Harbour in 1997. For owner Tony Haslam and his staff, the support is not just financial but the provision of a well-run, safe, convenient and quality venue for the tournament. This includes the parties, functions, dinners for referees and officials and general facilities for the participants to use. “The very first function we held for touch was pretty disappointing, only about 30 or 40 people showed up”, he says. “But at the second function that year, we were absolutely inundated with about 500 people, since then it’s been great every year.” With recent exploits of sporting teams well publicised in our local and national media, Tony is quick to praise the behaviour of the touch players visiting Coffs Harbour. “The touch people have always been great, they’ve never given us any problems”, he says. “If they had brought us grief in any way, we would not have continued our support of them.” The site for the next three NTL’s is currently being considered, with Coffs Harbour one of five applicants to host the tournament. Tony admits that losing the NTL tournament would be very disappointing for the Coffs Community. “Not only would we be losing a great sporting event, but we would also lose a big two weeks of business”, he says. “It’s not just us, but also our suppliers and companies that provide us with stock, as well as the resorts, motels, local shops and restaurants.” Tony believes it is important for local businesses to support sporting events that visit Coffs Harbour, so when other events consider Coffs as a venue, they know they will be well received and local business will continue to grow. “We want to be seen as pro-active in looking after sporting events, so when new ones come we will be approached to also support them”, he says. The NTL tournament is in its second phase, with the Open and 20 years divisions already completed. The Senior divisions are well underway and will conclude with the play-offs and grand finals on Sunday 21st at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium. With grand finals to be contested in eight divisions, they begin at 11:00am and conclude at 6:00pm on Sunday. Rachel Moylelast_img
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Hat Trick for Dutch Port Infrastructure

first_imgzoom The Netherlands has the best port infrastructure in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s “The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015”.This is the third time in succession that the Netherlands has occupied the top spot. Singapore remains in second place, like last year, with the United Arab Emirates forcing Hong Kong out of third position. Belgium stays at number six and Germany has dropped from ninth to fourteenth.According to the Rotterdam port Authority, the current standard of the infrastructure is due mainly to the large investment projects in Rotterdam between 2000 and 2014.Billions were, and are being, spent on road and rail expansions (A15, port railway line/Betuwe Route), the construction of Maasvlakte 2, bridges, tunnels, quays, terminals (laying out of both Maasvlaktes), the refinery/chemicals sector, tank storage (incl. Shell, Vopak, Huntsman, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, VTTI, BTT), biofuels and energy (electricity, LNG).Accprdong to the Port Authority, in the coming years, investments will remain high, due to, among other things, the completion of the capacity increase of the 45 kilometre motorway corridor between Maasvlakte and the hinterland and the start of phase 2 of the construction/laying out of Maasvlakte 2.“The Port of Rotterdam Authority is also investing hundreds of millions in modernising the older port areas Botlek, Waalhaven/Eemhaven and the port of Dordrecht. In addition, the Port Authority is assuming that, in the coming years, something will be done about the Caland Bridge line and that the Blankenburg Tunnel will be built,” the Authority said in a release.Full report is available here. Press Release, September 05, 2014;Image: DAAlast_img read more

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Economic activity clearly losing traction RBI Guv

first_imgMumbai: The Indian economy has been clearly losing traction and needs a decisive monetary policy to promote growth, said Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das while voting for a 25 basis points (bps) rate cut along with other five members at the MPC meet earlier this month. Das, as per the minutes of the June 3-6 Monetary Policy Committee, said that since the last meeting of the rate-setting panel in April 2019, greater clarity has emerged about the evolving macroeconomic situation. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe RBI released the minutes of the meeting Thursday. Overall, there is clear evidence of economic activity “losing traction” with the GDP growth in the fourth quarter of the last financial year slowing to 5.8 per cent, he said. “In sum, growth impulses have clearly weakened, while the headline inflation trajectory is projected to remain below 4.0 per cent throughout 2019-20 even after considering the expected transmission of the past two policy rate cuts. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Keeping in view the evolving growth inflation dynamics, there is a need for decisive monetary policy action. Hence, my vote is to reduce the policy repo rate by 25 basis points,” he said. He also favoured shifting the stance of monetary policy from neutral to accommodative to send a clear signal, indicating that more measures could be taken in the near future to boost growth. It was for the third time in a row that the RBI cut the key lending rate (repo) by 25 bps. MPC member and RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said the mixed picture on economic growth has morphed into one where at least some aspects have weakened considerably over the past two quarters. He also flagged some upside risks, including deficiency in monsoon and volatality in crude oil prices, to inflation. “In spite of my dilemma, I vote albeit with some hesitation to frontload the policy rate cut from 6 per cent to 5.75 per cent…” the minutes quoted him as saying. Another member and Executive Director Michael Debabrata Patra said the risks to the primary target of monetary policy are distinctly on the ebb. Inflation expectations, he said, are also better anchored than before. “In fact, if one were to step back a little in time, it is evident that if the 2019-20 projections materialise, the MPC would have steered inflation at or below target on average for four years in a row in its five-year term of office,” he said. Other three members of the MPC — Ravindra H Dholakia, Pami Dua, and Chetan Ghate — also voted in favour of reducing the key lending rate. Das also said quite a sizable part of loan portfolio of banks continues at the base rate, which impedes monetary transmission. Interest rates on small savings are also higher than the prescribed formula, he said. The transmission of the cumulative reduction of 50 basis points in the policy repo rate in February and April 2019 to fresh rupee loans has been 21 basis points. However, the weighted average lending rate on outstanding loans has increased by 4 basis points. “Going forward, the transmission is expected to improve, given the lags with which banks adjust their deposit and lending rates in response to changes in the policy rate,” the RBI governor said.last_img read more

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Free speech press freedom crucial for democracy Ban tells Kyrgyz leaders

“For the UN, the protection of human rights is a bedrock principle if a country is to prosper,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the Kyrgyz Parliament, adding that “recent events have been troubling, including the last few days.”Media reports have noted restrictions on the freedom of expression and press freedom in the country, including the recent shutting down of an opposition newspaper and the closure of other media outlets.Mr. Ban also raised the issue when he met earlier in the day with President Kurmanbek Bakiev and Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov in the capital, Bishkek.“As I told the President, all human rights must be protected. That includes free speech and freedom of the media,” he said during a joint press conference with Mr. Usenov.Mr. Ban said he urged the President to orient his policies to further promote the democratic achievements of Kyrgyzstan, including its free press. “Media independence, tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity and a robust civil society are all fundamental to modernization. They are essential to creating growth, prosperity and opportunity,” he stated.In addition, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to fulfil all obligations under international human rights law and the many treaties to which it is a signatory, and also discussed Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council and the expectations of the international community with regard to visits by independent rights experts. “I encouraged the President to further develop policies for advancing social health and well-being, fighting against corruption at all levels of society and strengthening the rule of law,” Mr. Ban added. Along with human rights, the UN chief’s address to Parliament also touched on a range of issues and opportunities for Kyrgyzstan and the UN to work together, including in achieving the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and tackling climate change. “People in Central Asia know the danger of climate change, of neglect of the environment, not by reading about it, but by suffering from it,” noted the Secretary-General, adding that growing pressure on resources, particularly water, underscores the need for quality management and cooperation.Mr. Ban will have an opportunity to see first hand the effects of ecological deterioration on the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest lake, when he travels to Uzbekistan, the next stop on a Central Asia tour that also includes Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.While in Bishkek, he also attended a ceremony during which the President signed and committed himself to the Secretary-General’s “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” campaign, which calls for nations to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventative measures, data collection and systematic measures to address sexual violence in conflict situations.“If you give a woman power and respect, she will take decisions that benefit her family, and society as a whole,” Mr. Ban said at the ceremony. “But we all know that women are all too often subjected to horrific abuse and violence, around the world. No country is immune. “We must UNiTE to end crimes against women, including domestic violence, sex trafficking, and early or forced marriage,” he added. 3 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his visit to Central Asia on Saturday with a stop in Kyrgyzstan, where he stressed the need to protect all human rights, including free speech and press freedom. read more

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Urgent steps needed to curb rising food and other commodity prices UN

31 January 2011Senior United Nations officials today called for urgent steps to rein in the rising prices for basic farm produce, petroleum and raw industrial materials whose volatility hits the world’s poorest people the hardest. Senior United Nations officials today called for urgent steps to rein in the rising prices for basic farm produce, petroleum and raw industrial materials whose volatility hits the world’s poorest people the hardest.    “Such volatility has huge negative impacts on vulnerable groups, such as low-income households in developing countries, for whom food expenditure can account for up to 80 per cent of household budgets,” UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told his agency’s second Global Commodities Forum in Geneva.The forum brings together Government ministers, heads of leading commodity exchanges, representatives of major banks and commodity producing and trading companies, and providers of commodity trade support services, such as insurance, logistics and advisory services.The meeting, whose theme this year is “Volatility in international commodity markets,” comes as prices for such basic products are edging upward toward the limits reached during the 2008 food and energy crises, when the UN organized an emergency summit in Rome to boost food production and revitalize agriculture to ensure long-term food security.Over 850 million people around the globe were short of food even before the 2008 crisis, and that number ballooned with an estimated additional 100 million as a result, with the poorest of the poor hit the hardest.Mr. Supachai, whose agency promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy, urged greater efforts to “identify the policy levers that can rein in excessive volatility and maintain prices within a reasonable band,” and called on commodity-dependent developing countries to continue efforts to diversify their economies so that they are less vulnerable to shifts in the market.“There are serious concerns about the way in which commodity markets have been evolving in recent years. Since mid-2010, commodities have, for the second time in three years, been experiencing extremely high price volatility,” he said, warning of “speculative distortions that complicate the economic management of commodities production and trade.”Natural events such as floods in Pakistan and fires in Russia, which may be linked to global warming, have spurred upward pressure on prices for agricultural goods such as wheat and cotton. Copper prices have risen 35 per cent since last summer. All this comes on top of basic increases in demand fuelled by fast-growing economies such as China.For billions of people, the cost of meeting daily food needs takes up a significant proportion of family incomes, UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré told the forum. “We must therefore work together to ensure the long-term sustainability of the production and marketing of commodities,” he said, calling careful monitoring of the markets “vital.” Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), said the world’s advanced economies are recovering only slowly from the global recession, with unemployment distressingly high and recent rises in commodity prices possibly contributing unwelcome inflationary pressure.It is important to limit such prices to the forces of “supply and demand alone” and reduce any influence coming from financial speculation in such goods, he added. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which maintains strong ties with UN agencies, warned that 2011 will see the prices of most commodities rise since the rise in global gross domestic product (GDP) bolsters demand, led by emerging economies. Global GDP is set to grow by 4 per cent this year, with over 70 per cent of the growth coming from commodity-intensive emerging markets such as China, India and Latin America. “Volatility is at its worst in tight and closed markets. It eases in open and, hence, deeper markets,” Mr. Lamy said, stressing that completion of the so-called Doha Round of trade liberalizing talks could calm the picture. “In fact, were this round to be completed, least developed countries would get almost entirely duty-free, quota-free access to developed world markets.”The two-day forum will discuss a series of topics, including the state of energy markets; commodity market volatility; overcoming excessive market volatility through better regulation, data, and transparency;  and commodity price challenges for oil- and gas-producing countries. read more

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Some 32 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea Liberia and

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will call for continued solidarity with the three West African countries most impacted by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak at tomorrow’s International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will seek to raise $3.2 billion over the next two years so that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can fully rebound from the crisis.On the eve of the high-level segment of the Conference, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters, Dr. David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, told reporters about “remarkable progress [that] has been made through the outstanding efforts of the people and governments of the affected countries.”“Most of the affected region is now free of Ebola,” Dr. Nabarro said of the epidemic that began last year and has affected some 27,600 people, including more than 11,000 deaths, mostly in West Africa.”The numbers of transmission chains have reduced in the last few weeks. There are some new cases, but when they do a merge they can easily be traced back to existing transmission chains,” he said.But at the same time, he stressed that the recent discovery of new cases in Liberia is “a reminder of the absolute importance of remaining vigilant until the very end of the outbreak and responding quickly to any new flare-ups when they occur […] and I’m delighted to say that the response to the Liberian recent flare-up has been rapid and effective.”But, he said, there is no need to wait to get to ‘zero cases’ before the recovery process begins, noting that the response and recovery phases of the outbreak are “intertwined” in order to get schools open and running safely and ensuring that health care services are in place and resilient.Dr. Nabarro said Secretary-General Ban, who convened the conference, will stand alongside the leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as of the African Union and the Mano River Union, the West African regional organization, and “call for continued solidarity as the affected countries and their people put in place their recovery strategies.”At the same press conference, Sunil Saigal, Principal Coordinator of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Response to the Ebola Outbreak, spoke about the need to build resilience in these countries to lift themselves up and return to the state of the development they were in before the Ebola crisis.Mr. Saigal said the technical consultations started today, led by the three impacted countries, which focused on discussions on the recovery process such as health, governance, and sanitation.Finance ministers, as well as other senior representatives of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, made their presentation of their 24-month recovery plans. In addition, the Mano River Union presented a regional recovery plan.He said the current funding gap identified by the three countries to help rebuild sustainable structures and systems over the next 24 month is $3.2 billion.“The commitments and resources mobilized by this Conference will ensure that the building blocks of sustainable recovery are put in place,” according to UNDP. The presidents of the affected countries, as well as Robert Mugabe, current Chair of the African Union, and high-level representatives from the African Development Bank, the European Union, the Islamic Development Bank and other partner organizations in the response are expected to participate in the morning portion of tomorrow’s conference.The pledging segment in the afternoon will be chaired by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. Also present will be Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and other UN agency representatives who will give updates on the response.The conference tomorrow is scheduled to be followed by an AU event to take stock in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 20 July. read more

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Rise of the rushed supper as increasing numbers of restaurants put 90minute

As part of the new trend to get diners in and out quickly The Telegraph found that when attempting to reserve a table at some of the most sought-after restaurants in London, most offered a maximum of 90 minutes per sitting. Restaurants such as Novikov, Sushisamba, and Aqua Shard, where a meal can cost upwards of £100 a head, all impose a time limit on tables, regardless of how much is spent on the meal. 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. The days of leisurely eating an evening meal are over as a growing number of top restaurants have started rushing suppers as they put time limits on tables.   Ryan Simpson, the chef and owner of Orwells in Henley-on-Thames, who formerly held a Michelin star, told The Telegraph he thought it was…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

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Long and Keane to lead the line for Ireland against England

first_imgGIOVANNI TRAPATTONI HAS tasked Robbie Keane and Shane Long with firing Ireland to a famous win at Wembley tomorrow night.Ireland face Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions in a much-anticipated international friendly in London.Jon Walters will likely feature on the wing while James McCarthy partners Glenn Whelan in the centre of midfield.Like in-form skipper Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady trained with the squad for the first time today but the Spartak Moscow winger did enough to earn a jersey.Ireland XI: Forde; Coleman, O’Shea, St Ledger, Kelly; Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady; Long, Keane.What do you think?Awww, can we keep him?: Palace keen on Zaha loan dealRoberto Martinez leaves Wigan, set for Everton talkslast_img read more

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iPad 3 will reportedly have 8MP rear camera HD Facetime

first_imgAs we rapidly approach Apple’s iPad 3 announcement (likely within the next two to three months), it’s expected that the rumor mill will heat up. Some will be accurate, many will be off, and others will be on the opposite side of the universe. Only hindsight will tell us which are which, so let the guessing games commence. The latest story has the next-gen tablet getting cameras that match the iPhone 4S’s 8MP shooter.Such a camera upgrade would be an enormous improvement. Apple went cheap with the iPad 2’s cameras, and it shows. The sub-1MP rear shooter harkens back to the days of 2005 camera flip phones, which you would only dream of using if it were the only camera in sight. The iPad 3’s front camera would also supposedly get an upgrade. It’s said to shoot HD video, allowing for much crisper-looking Facetime calls (particularly for recipients on large-screen devices).The story, however, didn’t stop with cameras. It says that the next iPad will get an A6 processor (no surprise), a Retina display (also expected), and would be slightly thicker than the iPad 2 to help power that Retina display. Its curves would also be slightly more rounded to compensate for the minor added thickness. The story also says that the previous rumor of the iPad 3 arriving in January (on Steve Jobs’s birthday) is bogus, as this would peeve holiday shoppers who just threw down for an iPad 2. We can expect the iPad 3 at about the same time that we saw the iPad 2 last year (March 11).One last detail is that the price of the iPad 2 will allegedly be dropping — perhaps to $400 — in order to help combat budget tablets like the Kindle Fire. As this is the same strategy that Apple has used for the last several years with iPhones, this would hardly be a surprise. The iPad 2 would still be $200 more than the Fire, but it creeps just close enough to help sway some cost-cutting customers.Does this report have legs? Only time will tell. What we can guarantee is that we’ll be hearing many more of these rumors during the next couple of months.via iLoungelast_img read more

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CARICOM Ambassador Irwin Larocque on the Manchester Bombing

first_img Related Items:#IrwinLarocqueon, #ManchesterBombing, CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGuyana, May 23, 2017 – Georgetown –The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening.  The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more heart-rending.The compassionate and helpful reaction by the citizens of Manchester to those in distress after the carnage, exemplifies the qualities of empathy and resilience of the people of the United Kingdom.CARICOM extends its deepest sympathy to the families who lost loved ones and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured.  The Community stands in solidarity with the Government and People of the United Kingdom as they confront this latest assault on their nation.#CARICOM#ManchesterBombing#IrwinLarocqueon Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notelast_img read more

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Here are the top car stories at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Reimagining the cockpit Ten years ago, CES’ automotive hall was all about speakers and stereos, but 2019 sees automakers and media providers completely reimagining what entertainment in car looks like. Audi collaborated with Disney on a project called Holoride, a VR experience for passengers that brings games and movies along for the ride. Meanwhile, Intel and WB’s AR cockpit is an augmented reality autonomous car experience that takes riders on a virtual tour of Batman’s Gotham City. Intel and Warner Bros. immersive entertainmentEntertainment might get a whole lot more immersive in future autonomous vehicles. Intel Speaking of augmented reality, suppliers like WayRay and Valeo are busy working on ways to bring AR tech to the cars of today. Valeo’s XtraVue invisible towing system uses cameras to make a towed trailer appear transparent when viewed through an in-car display. Meanwhile, WayRay’s massive head-up display tech enables AR data to be overlaid on to a vehicle’s windshield. A different side of autonomous tech The lion’s share of CES 2019’s car-related news fell to autonomous and semiautonomous technologies that aim to make tomorrow’s vehicles safer. The flashiest was BMW’s self-riding motorbike, which was able to steer itself around the convention center’s lot without falling over. We also saw how autonomy will affect the trucking and logistics industries. Freightliner showed off a Level 2 semiautonomous trailer cab that brings many of the modern advanced driver aid features from passenger cars to semi trucks. 0 CES 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2:25 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The concepts of tomorrow Forward-looking CES had no shortage of interesting concept cars, a few of which we’ve already seen before. Mercedes-Benz’s Vision Urbanetic concept made its North American debut on the Las Vegas Strip. Roadshow was there to take it for a spin — or rather, be taken for a spin in this autonomous car. Uber talked quite a bit about its plans for flying taxis at its Elevate conference series in 2018. CES 2019 gave many their first in-person look at what to expect from that with the Bell Nexus flying taxi concept. It looks a bit like a big ol’ drone with seating for four passengers and a pilot and it could be taking to the air for test flights in early 2020. I’ve saved the “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” reference for perhaps the weirdest concept at the show. Hyundai’s Elevate concept is an electric emergency response vehicle with legs between its body and wheels. Able to transition between driving and walking modes, it’s a crazy future ambulance that can scramble over rocky terrain like some kind of lizard car. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. TVs of CES: Huge 8K screens and insane roll-up OLEDs. 10 life-changing things I learned at CES 2019 At a smaller scale, startup Udelv debuted its second-generation autonomous delivery truck. The Udelv Newton has a longer range and is more flexible than the Udelv’s previous truck and will be hitting the road this year as part of pilot delivery programs with Walmart in Arizona and XL Parts in Texas. And that’s just scratching the surface. There’s so much more to discover in our coverage of CES 2019 and more to come as we wrap up our coverage of the big show and roll straight into the Detroit Auto Show next week. BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin…center_img 56 Photos Though many come for the insane TV tech, smart appliances and cute robots, CES 2019 is also the first major car show of the year. Transportation and mobility steals a little bit more of the show every year with more vehicle debuts, more crazy concepts and more tech finding its way into the cars. To bring you up to speed, here’s a quick roundup of the best automotive news we’ve seen here in Las Vegas. New vehicle debuts CES saw the debut of the long-awaited, long-range version of Nissan’s Leaf EV. The 2019 Leaf E+ tweaks the world’s best-selling electric car formula with a larger battery pack that bumps its range to about 226 miles, a significant boost over the current model. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz debuted its coupe-y, swoopy 2020 CLA-Class in Las Vegas this week. The compact sedan is packed with style, but bursting at the seams with tech, including Benz’s MBUX connected infotainment system and a healthy dose of driver aid technologies. (A bit of a power bump over the A-Class doesn’t hurt, either.) Byton Electric car startup Byton only debuted part of the production version of its M-Byte electric SUV, but it’s arguably the most exciting and contentious part. The M-Byte production cockpit features a massive 48-inch screen — that’s as large as seven iPads — and a touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel. We expect to see the rest of the car later this year. CES 2019: We take a ride in the Mercedes-Benz Vision… Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 1:30 All the cool car stuff at CES 2019 11 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Auto Tech Concept Cars Intel Mercedes-Benz Nissan Self-driving carslast_img read more

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Can dark energy be explained by symmetrons

first_img Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. “Since GR is very accurate in the laboratory and the solar system (regions in which the density is much higher than the cosmic mean), any fifth force must be ‘screened’ at high densities. The symmetron mechanism is one way to screen fifth forces.”In theory, a symmetron field will mediate a fifth force when its symmetry is broken, which requires a low-density vacuum. In this broken-symmetry phase, the symmetron couples to matter with a certain matter coupling energy. Here, Upadhye investigated the scenario where the matter coupling energy is 1 TeV and the symmetron mass is 10-3 eV. Then he solved the symmetron equations of motion to estimate constraints on the symmetron. Mathematicians offer unified theory of dark matter, dark energy, altering Einstein field equations This symmetron field regime, where the matter coupling energy is 1 TeV, is not only of interest due to its potential to be tested. This energy is also possibly associated with physics beyond the standard model. If this is true, experiments may reveal new effects that indicate new physics. One such experiment is the Eöt-Wash torsion pendulum experiment being carried out by scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upadhye’s calculations allowed him to predict the torque signal that the symmetron would produce in an Eöt-Wash experiment.”It turns out that Eöt-Wash just happens to probe an interesting range of parameters because they have targeted the experiment at the right range of distances,” he said. “Fifth force screening mechanisms are not perfect, so there are residual fifth forces which can be detected by sufficiently sensitive experiments probing the right distances. My paper approximated these residual fifth forces and showed that Eöt-Wash excludes a substantial portion of them.”In this experiment, the presence of a fifth force would cause a metal disk to rotate in such a way as to align with a second metal disk.”Eöt-Wash uses a pair of metal disks with the same pattern of holes in each one,” Upadhye said. “The upper disk is suspended from a wire, allowing it to rotate freely, while the lower disk is rotated at a uniform rate. Fifth forces would cause the upper disk to rotate so as to align its pattern of holes with that on the lower disk. So, by looking for small torques on the upper disk leading to torsional oscillation, Eöt-Wash can search for fifth forces. The experiment can be repeated over a range of separations between upper and lower disks, allowing them to determine the rate at which fifth forces decrease with distance. Since this experiment has been designed to study distances as low as 50 microns, it is very useful for testing fifth forces due to dark energy.”Last December, Upadhye visited the Eöt-Wash group, and the researchers were very interested in testing new dark energy theories. Currently they are designing a new torsion pendulum experiment which should be substantially more sensitive to fifth forces. Upadhye plans to work further on his calculations to allow for more accurate testing.”An approximate treatment such as that in my symmetrons paper is useful for forecasting constraints, but in order to analyze the real data from the upcoming Eöt-Wash experiment, I plan to do more accurate computations of these fifth forces,” Upadhye said. “Several years ago I did such a computation for chameleon fifth forces. I plan to speed up that calculation as well as extend it to symmetron fifth forces. Using the extensive computational resources available here at Argonne, I will analyze Eöt-Wash data and test these dark energy theories.” The Eöt-Wash experiment may test for Upadhye’s predicted torque signal due to the symmetron field. A fifth force could be measured in the submillimeter distance between the two disks. (Left) An illustration of an older model and (right) a photo of a newer instrument. Credit: The Eöt-Wash Group at the University of Washington (Phys.org)—A field that permeates the universe and gives rise to a new force, or “fifth force,” between massive objects may be a candidate for dark energy and an explanation for why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This field, called the symmetron field, is so named because it has a symmetry in regions of high density, while in regions of low density, such as a vacuum, the symmetry is broken and the field mediates the new force. More information: Amol Upadhye. “Symmetron Dark Energy in Laboratory Experiments.” PRL 110, 031301 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.031301center_img Citation: Can dark energy be explained by symmetrons? (2013, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-dark-energy-symmetrons.html Explore further Estimated constraints on symmetron dark energy, a new model in which fifth forces between massive objects play a role in accelerating the universe’s expansion. Credit: Upadhye. ©2012 American Physical Society Currently, the symmetron concept is purely theoretical. But in a new study, physicist Amol Upadhye at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, has calculated that a previously unexplored symmetron regime near the dark energy scale will give rise to a fifth force at submillimeter distances. He proposes that short-range gravity experiments can search for the fifth force at these distances and possibly reveal if dark energy is in fact a symmetron field.”Much of my work has focused on chameleon dark energy theories, and I really only started thinking about symmetrons last summer,” Upadhye told Phys.org. “Modern experimental techniques and technologies have advanced enough to search for new physics at distances of interest for dark energy theories.”As Upadhye explained, a symmetron field could fulfill the role of dark energy by acting as a negative pressure.”Dark energy in general can be described by a constant (or slowly varying) vacuum energy density, such as that due to a field whose potential is minimized at a small, positive value,” he said. “In the presence of such an energy density, Einstein’s equation of General Relativity (GR) predicts that the universe will expand at an accelerating rate. In GR, pressure gravitates; positive pressures contribute to the decelerating expansion of the universe. Dark energy acts as a negative pressure which leads to an accelerating expansion.”The simplest model of a dark energy is Einstein’s cosmological constant, a constant vacuum energy density which explains all available data. The big question in cosmology is whether or not the dark energy is just a cosmological constant. Alternative theories predict that the vacuum energy density evolves with time, or that new (‘fifth’) forces exist between known particles. 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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Kalighat makeover report on anvil

first_imgKolkata: Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday said a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared soon to take up the beatification drive in and around Kalighat temple.During his speech at the Assembly, Hakim said that a beautification drive would be undertaken at Kalighat temple. The detailed project report is yet to be chalked out in this regard. The area around the temple would be revamped to give it a complete new look. A skywalk will be constructed at Kalighat temple on the lines of Dakshineswar. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation has been doing a survey on the underground utilities in Kalighat area before taking up the construction of the skywalk that will resemble the one at Dakshineswar. During a question answer-session in the Assembly, Trinamool Congress MLA Jyotirmoy Kar wanted to know from the minister what steps have been taken for the beautification of various temples and the adjoining areas. It may be mentioned here that Hakim in May this year held meeting with the representatives of Kalighat temple committee to expedite the beautification drive. The civil engineering department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation constructed rows of stalls outside the temple complex where the hawkers would be shifted from inside the temple complex. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe civic body will start the beautification work after the hawkers are shifted. They will return to their original places after the completion of beatification drive. He had asked the temple committee to ensure shifting of the stalls by end of June so that the beautification work could be started from early July. He also held a meeting with hawker union leaders of Kalighat area for a smooth construction of skywalk in the area that will connect Kalighat temple. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier announced that a skywalk would be set up at Kalighat to ease the congestion like the Dakshineswar temple. She also directed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to take steps in this regard. The Chief Minister had also announced that there would be no changes in the basic structure of Kalighat. She made it clear that no one will be evicted from the place. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, the government had taken several steps to ensure that devotees do not face any trouble while visiting Kalighat Temple. Speaking on the occasion, Hakim said that Rs 63 crore was spent for constructing the skywalk at Dakshineswar along with some more beatification works. Around Rs 5.92 crore was spent for the beatification of Tarakeswar, Rs 4.77 crore was spent for the development of Tarakeswar complex and Rs 4.39 crore was spent for city planning.last_img read more

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How to disable Twitters new interface and get the old design back

first_imgHow to disable Twitter’s new interface and get the old design back by Ashwin on June 26, 2019 in Tutorials – Last Update: July 26, 2019 – 28 commentsWhen websites that you have grown accustomed to for years suddenly change their design, it often gets confusing. You have to re-learn how to use it which is quite a chore. Twitter, unfortunately is doing something, which is going to annoy a lot of users.Update: it appears that Twitter started to remove options discussed below. You may still try them but may want to check out our follow-up guide on reverting Twitter’s new design here that offers methods that work 100%. End Over the past few months, the micro-blogging service has been testing a new interface, or “re-design” as some may call it. One of my accounts had the new design enabled today (it was already logged in), while an older account did not. Some of my friends told me that their account had the new UI enabled when they logged in today too. This does suggest that Twitter is getting ready to roll out the new UI on a larger scale.It isn’t a functionally improved interface which would warrant a re-design, it’s more of a “let’s re-arrange stuff on the screen pointlessly” sort of design. Just look at it, the entire left side is full of large buttons. Are you going to access your profile everyday? There is a large trends section on the right, next to which is a gear-cog icon. Is that the settings for your profile? No, its to tweak the trends. The Settings is now hidden under the “More” section on the left. The Tweet button which used to be on the top right, is now on the bottom left of the sidebar. Genius, right?You could argue that these options are available even when you scroll down the feed, well, they used to be visible on the old design too, which in my opinion is much more accessible.How to disable Twitter’s new interface1. Login to Twitter.com on your desktop browser. 2. Click on the More option on the left side-bar. 3. Select the option which says, “Switch to legacy Twitter”.The page should reload, and hopefully you will get the old design back. Yay! It’s still good on desktops, and works just fine.If that didn’t work…..However, some users on reddit’s r/Twitter say they don’t have this option at all. If you find yourself to be in the same boat, try visiting https://twitter.com/i/optout in your browser. This should force the website to use the old design.We don’t know how long the options to revert to the old design may be available, but they should help, until Twitter decides to makes the new design the only option.Twitter old interface vs new interfaceThe new Twitter interface looks and feels mobile-ish to me. Maybe they want it to look similar on all devices, but it doesn’t look good on PC. It’s almost as bad as reddit’s re-design, which is all scaled up and looks weird. Visiting a list page used to have all the other lists on the left side, easy to access. They are gone now, you have to click on Lists which loads like a Timeline, and then use it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I wonder if Twitter has ever heard of that.SummaryArticle NameHow to disable Twitter’s new interface and get the old design backDescriptionHow to disable Twitter’s new interface in 2 simple steps. This will help you get the good ol’ design back.Author AshwinPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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20000 call on UK to revoke invitation for antigay Uganda president

first_imgWikipediaUgandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act last year. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Thousands are calling for the UK to revoke an invitation to the homophobic president of Uganda.Over 20,000 people have signed the petition. It was handed into the Home Office yesterday (8 April).Godfrey Kawalya, originally from Uganda and now living in the UK, launched the campaign.He believes President Yoweri Museveni should not be allowde to sit with the heads of government at the next Commonwealth meeting held in London in mid-April.‘As a gay man who faced persecution in my motherland due to my sexuality under the homophobic leadership of the current President, I believe that he should not be allowed to share a platform with the Commonwealth,’ Kawalya told Gay Star News.He said he believes the Commonwealth represents individuals of all diverse backgrounds. And therefore, inviting President Museveni is hypocritical.Back in Uganda, Kawalya suffered ‘psychological torture’ after being rejected by his family for being gay.He suffers PTSD from from being attacked by mobs and interrogated by police.‘There was an incident that happened when the President came to the UK sometime in 2016.‘There was a pro-LGBT protest outside his hotel at St. James and during this time, his security detail tried to stop us but the UK police told them that we had the right to protest. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The President’s press crew captured our pictures and these appeared in the press with titles like “Museveni’s Hotel Besieged”.‘So when you know that the leader of the country has a bad attitude towards the LGBT community and says that “gay people are disgusting”, this brings constant fear’.He added: ‘It is very tormenting seeing a leader of a country that does not respect the rights of a certain section of the community (LGBTI).‘But then again, if I don’t stand up and fight for my own rights in this respect LGBT rights, then no one else shall.’The Commonwealth Heads of CoGovernment meeting is set to be a hot button topic for LGBTI rights.It is hoped the UK will pressure states to decriminalize homosexuality.Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the 37 Commonwealth countries to decriminalize gay sex.The 37 out of 53 member countries account for half of the world’s nations where homosexuality is illegal.At least nine have a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for same-sex acts. Gay people can be killed in northern Nigeria and rural Pakistan.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Uganda president Yoweri Museveni wants to ban oral sexTheresa May will bring up LGBTI rights at Commonwealth leader summitBritish Prime Minister: Anti-gay laws across Commonwealth are ‘wrong’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/20000-call-uk-revoke-invitation-anti-gay-uganda-president/last_img read more

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