Mary’s next mission: Buying chocolates and gifts for her children

first_imgShe’s done the country proud by winning India’s first women’s boxing medal. But now Mary Kom is on a different mission.Magnificent Mary has three days to find gifts and presents for her near and dear ones. But priority number one are her twins.While talking to us, Mary revealed that she’s been bombarded with requests. “After winning the bronze medal, when I spoke to my sons, they were more interested in finding out what I’m bringing for them in terms of gifts,” she said.Mary further added: “Before my competition started, I was training in Liverpool and managed to do a bit of shopping. Now I’m going to buy lots of chocolates for my sons and other kids in the family. I feel they will really enjoy the chocolates.”Mary is flying back to India on Monday and will land in New Delhi early Tuesday morning.last_img read more

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Nita Ambani Wishes to Take Indian Super League to Middle East

first_img footballindian footballindian super leagueIndian Super League 2019-20 First Published: October 20, 2019, 12:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Nita Ambani, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Founder Chairperson, Reliance Foundation, has expressed desire to host Indian Super League (ISL) games in the Middle East and has urged major European clubs and brands to invest in the competition to benefit from the access it offers to an increasingly diverse sports market.In an interview with Sportcal, she said: “I think it’s (opportunities) for everyone. When we started the Indian Super League for football in 2014, we attracted international football players and we continue to have five of them in each team. We have a thriving sports goods industry, which exports nearly 60 per cent of its produce, so that is another interesting opportunity. The ISL has received a boost as the Asian Football Confederation helped broker an agreement under which the competition will replace the I-League as the country’s top tier from the start of the 2019-20 season.FIFA, the AFC and other soccer stakeholders see the subcontinent as a potential major growth market for the sport, and Ambani claimed the ISL has “ignited India’s love for football” and presented opportunities for potential partners domestically and from abroad.Until now, ISL matches have only been plaed in India, but Ambani believes there is potential to go outside the country in order to accelerate growth.She said: “I do want to take it (the ISL) abroad, at least play one or two football games in the Middle East, in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and then see how we can expand. We are a young league, just five years into the business, and we’re looking forward to taking Indian football to the world. However, at this moment, my focus is to encourage and promote sports in India.”The task of exploring these options and increasing the value of the league is set to fall to Martin Bain, formerly of Scottish soccer’s Glasgow Rangers and English lower-league side Sunderland after he was appointed chief executive of the ISL this week.Under the AFC’s proposed changes to the football structure in India, the ISL champions will now represent India in the AFC Champions League, Asia’s top clubs competition, via the play-off round.For the development of the players in the league, Ambani is keen for top European clubs to partner with ISL teams through technical and strategic partnerships.She said: “We have had technical tie-ups so far, but I really hope that I can get some of the great football teams from around the world to come and experience the India opportunity and partner with Indian teams. I’d love to have the English Premier League teams come and invest in India.”However, she added: “We’re open to all teams. I would like to see many more global partnerships coming into Indian football.”The 2019-20 ISL season starts this Sunday, and runs until March 8. last_img read more

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CHINA-LD PARRIKAR 2LAST

first_imgOn establishing hotline, Parrikar said that China hasOn establishing hotline, Parrikar said that China has responded to Indias memorandum on the technicalities and progress was expected to be made in this regard in the next few months. It was agreed during Prime Minister Modis visit.”A lot of issues were discussed. We have generally agreed to enhance the bilateral exchanges at military level and at ministry level,” he said.Border management was one of the issues discussed and discussions focused on steps to improve the conditions on the ground, the minister said.Currently, both sides opened five border points for interactions with the troops and talks are on to open more such points, he said.Asked about China?s Maritime Silk Road initiative specially in the Indian Ocean over which India has reservations, Parrikar said the issue of peace and stability of the Indian Ocean was raised.He said the Chinese officials also raised the issue of South China Sea where China is in maritime dispute with a number of south east Asian countries.He reiterated Indias policy that restraint should be exercised in dealing with it.Commenting on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajs meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow today and the forthcoming visit of Doval, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang saidthe meetings show that mutual political trust between China and India have increased, and bilateral exchanges and cooperation are advancing.Although China and India have some differences, both sides are willing to effectively control and solve the issues through friendly negotiations and consultations, Lu said.advertisementIn fact, China and India have always maintained close high-level contacts, he told the media here.The development of China-India relations is not only in line with their interests but also conducive to regional and global peace and stability, Lu stressed, noting China and India are the two biggest developing countries, important emerging economies and major powers in a multi-polar world.”We are ready to work with India to constantly make new progress on building the China-India Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity,” he said. PTI KJV ZHlast_img read more

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Antonio Conte a master tactician: Pep Guardiola

first_imgManchester City head coach Pep Guardiola on Friday praised Antonio Conte who will be at the helm of Chelsea this football season, saying the Italian is a “master tactician”.The English Premier League (EPL) this year will also witness Jose Mourinho commanding the Manchester United team.”Conte is a master tactician,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by football-italia.net. “It’s a very good signing. It’s going to be very interesting competing against him and other top coaches.”Conte’s compatriot Roberto Mancini, who is presently in charge of Inter Milan wants to rope in Yaya Toure from City but Guardiola doesn’t intend to part ways with him.”I know Yaya. He did very well for Barcelona and here as well. He’s a huge talent, but all the players here now are counting on me. I’m counting on them all, including Yaya,” he said.last_img read more

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ONE: Unfazed Kingad looks to exploit holes in Johnson’s defense

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Andy Murray wins 2nd singles match since return from hip surgery This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “It doesn’t matter who the underdog or the favorite is, because I believe all of us athletes train well with the goal of winning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “I think his defenses can be attacked. He’s a very technical fighter with incredible stamina, and he usually gets his way in matches – which lead to unanimous decisions favoring him,” Kingad said.“Even if he has never been stopped, he lost matches when he wasn’t able to assert his dominance.”Kingad has long-expected this showdown with arguably the greatest athlete in mixed martial arts history, and he is excited to get the opportunity to conquer the flyweight division for the longest time. The 24-year-old might be coming in as the underdog, but he knows when the Circle door closes it is going to be even footing from there.“Ever since he came over to join ONE Championship, I knew that I would have to face him one day, so I’ve always trained hard to prepare for this day,” Kingad said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The 24-year-old prodigy out of Team Lakay, however, insists he is ready if this match goes into deep waters. “I’m always ready no matter how many rounds we go. Our training isn’t just for three or five rounds, it’s for 10. We always train for more rounds than we’re scheduled for,” Kingad said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I will be able to show the result of training at high altitude, the unconventional training that we do, and our routine runs where we improve our cardio,” he added. “I hope to show everyone that Baguio is a world-class destination to train.”The Sadanga, Mountain Province native knows Johnson has been nearly untouchable in his illustrious, hall-of-fame worthy career. But the Filipino is confident he can exploit the gaps in the American athlete’s game.  Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Danny Kingad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDanny “The King” Kingad  is ready to mix up the flyweight division rankings when he takes on 12-time flyweight world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the historic ONE: Century. The pair tangle in a three-round contest in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final on October 13 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: US Anti-Doping Agency urge FIFA to test Russian team

first_imgRussia are riding high on two opening game victories, against Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and have already qualified for the round of 16. But, the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) CEO Travis Tygart has called on FIFA to test the Russian national football team for doping following their opening victories at the World Cup.”Russia must be aggressively tested to safeguard public confidence in the integrity of the World Cup,” Tygart was quoted as saying by The Telegraph on Thursday night, adding that “extraordinary performances demand additional tests.”However, FIFA refused to reveal the number of doping tests conducted on Russia’s World Cup squad saying that they could not comment on such tests.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia qualified for the round of 16 for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union after thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament on June 14 and beating Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLERussian players will face Uruguay in their final group A game on Monday. The hosts will then play Spain, Portugal or Iran in the round of 16.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia. RUSSIA COACH WINS GRAFFITI HONOURStanislav Cherchesov is getting the big graffiti treatment in Russia after coaching the home team to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.After Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Egypt in St. Petersburg, his familiar moustachioed features appeared at a city intersection, spray-painted across a wall.advertisement”We just had to do it,” said local artist Artyom Burzh, who started the painting after watching the match.”He’s just a beauty,” he said of the burly and balding 54-year-old former Spartak Moscow goalkeeper. “He’s just cosmic,” he added, quoting a line from a song which adorns the mural.Cherchesov has forced Russians to adjust their opinions of a national team most had expected to fail miserably. But as one passer-by, who gave his name also as Artyom, that may not last:”They had to do this today,” he said.”Next week, who knows.”(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)last_img read more

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Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at tournament

first_imgMiami, Aug 27 (AFP) Two people were killed and 11 others wounded when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said.Sheriff Mike Williams named the suspect of the shooting at a Madden 19 American football eSports tournament on Sunday as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland.”There were three deceased individuals at the scene, one of those being the suspect, who took his own life,” Williams told reporters.He said local fire and rescue transported nine victims — seven of whom had gunshot wounds — to local hospitals, while another two people who were shot took their own transportation to hospital.Williams said Katz was a competitor in the eSports tournament and used “at least one handgun” to carry out the shooting.Madden is a hugely popular multi-player video game based on the National Football League, which in a statement said it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy.”The tournament at The Landing entertainment and shopping complex — a regional qualifier for finals in Las Vegas with a USD 25,000 prize — took place at the GLHF Game Bar.Sheriff Williams said the shooting occurred inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant in the complex around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT).Earlier on Twitter, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had urged people hiding in locked areas of The Landing to stay in place and call 911 to make their location known.In disturbing footage apparently captured as part of a livestream on video gaming website Twitch, several gunshots could be heard in the background, before the stream disconnected.advertisementTwitch removed the video, but it remained available on social media. Police said they were in possession of footage capturing the incident.”This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved,” Madden’s creator, EA Sports, said in a statement.CompLexity Gaming, one of the gaming teams, said its player Drini Gjoka was grazed on the hand.”We’re obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon’s events. Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym,” director Jason Lake told AFP.Gjoka tweeted: “I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.” Another player, “DubDotDUBBY,” said a bullet had grazed his head.”I feel fine, just a scratch on my head. Traumatized and devastated,” he tweeted.Germany-based SK Gaming also confirmed their player known by the handle “JoelCP_” was safe.”Our thoughts are with everyone that had to be part of such a horrendous event,” it said.The professional gamer known as “oLARRY2K,” of Bucks Gaming, was said to have been shot in the chest, according to several social media users, including one describing herself as his mother.Survivors of February’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, expressed sorrow at news of another mass shooting in the state.”Once again, my heart hurts and all of me is so angry. We cannot accept this as our reality,” said Delaney Tarr, one of the organizers of the student-led March for Our Lives movement.Florida has suffered multiple shootings in recent years: 49 were killed in a June 2016 attack on a gay nightclub, while 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year.Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating Sunday’s shooting.Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had offered state support in the aftermath, and that President Donald Trump had offered “any federal resources needed.” (AFP) ZHZHlast_img read more

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15 days agoKoeman explains role in plans to buy Wycombe Wanderers

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Koeman explains role in plans to buy Wycombe Wanderersby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman has spoken of his role in plans to buy League One side Wycombe Wanderers.Reports said the trio of Dennis Bergkamp, Henrik Larsson and Dirk Kuyt put in a bid for the club earlier this year but the Adams Park board opted to go in another direction.Koeman told reporters: “I don’t know how close that is.“I’m in the background, let me put it like that. I’m an advisor. If they want it I’m available for advice but I’m not the one who is going to invest, I’m not the one to decide how the process will continue.“They have the dream to buy a club and they’re working on that but I’m not directly involved and I didn’t want that.“I’ve been asked if they want some advice and if they think I can provide them with good advice I’m available. But I’m not really the one to talk about that a lot.” last_img read more

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Praise for Steve Smith, Pat Cummins goes one louder after retaining Ashes

first_imgPraise for Steve Smith, Pat Cummins goes one louder after retaining AshesPacer Pat Cummins finished with match figures of 7-103, while Steve Smith scored 293 runs at Old Trafford as Australia sealed the Ashes series with a 185-run win in 4th Test.advertisement Next Reuters ManchesterSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 12:02 IST Steve Smith scored 293 runs at Old Trafford as Australia defeated England by 185 runs in 4th Ashes Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2011Steve Smith is in form of his lifetime as he amassed 671 runs in 5 innings thus farPacer Pat Cummins finished with 7/103 to avoid a draw in 4th Ashes TestAustralia’s media turned the praise up to 11 as they basked in Tim Paine’s side retaining the Ashes in Manchester on Sunday, which also closed 18 months of introspection and abuse following a ball-tampering scandal that tore the team apart.Fast bowler Pat Cummins finished with match figures of 7-103, while former captain Steve Smith scored 293 runs at Old Trafford as they sealed an 185-run win that ensured they retained the sport’s oldest trophy with a match to spare.The tourists lead the series 2-1 with just the final game starting on Thursday at The Oval remaining, ensuring that Paine would be the first Australian captain to bring the Ashes home from England since Steve Waugh in 2001.Australia looked manifold, unified, overwhelming, and almost purified by their victory and perhaps, to an extent, they were, Gideon Haigh wrote in The Australian on Monday.After the sorrows and setbacks of the last 18 months, the country’s cricket has something to celebrate at last.The Australians were thrown into turmoil 18-months ago when Smith, his vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.The scandal had far-reaching consequences for the sport in Australia with two independent reviews, a promise to overhaul the side’s win-at-all-costs’ mentality and culture, and a clean-out of high-profile administrators.Paine, who replaced Smith, was praised for his ability to unify the team and change the culture in tandem with coach Justin Langer, with former fast bowler Jason Gillespie tweeting a picture of the wicketkeeper with the one word Leadership.advertisementBANNED, BOOED, MOCKED”As a man and sportsman, he may never redeem himself to universal satisfaction; as a batsman, he has moved into elite company, maybe even the most elite,” Haigh wrote.Such has been Smith’s impact throughout the series, Fox Sports’ Jacob Kuriype, channelling mockumentary’ comedy film Spinal Tap, gave Smith an 11/10 in his player ratings.”There’s an inevitability about Smith,” Kuriype wrote. It doesn’t matter what you do, he’s going to score runs.””It says everything that 82 is his lowest score of the series so far. A perfect 10 isn’t enough in this instance, so we’ll turn this one up to 11.”The Age’s Greg Baum also acknowledged Smith’s contribution with the bat and praised the bowling attack for ensuring that his efforts were not wasted.”The attack had honoured the titanic performance of Steve Smith,” Baum wrote. “The job was done. The Ashes were going home with them.””These will be forever Smith’s Ashes.”Cummins, whose 24 wickets at 17.41 have elevated him to the top of the test rankings, was also singled out after he took two wickets in two balls late on the fourth day that effectively ended England’s chances of chasing a victory target of 383 runs.”In the end that final innings should be viewed as Cummins work, the key precipitant in breaking an Ashes drought,” the Guardian’s Geoff Lemon wrote.”Just another entry on his list of accomplishments, and looking good while doing it.”The worst part is, he’s so bloody likable that you can’t even hate him for being perfect.Also Read | Watch: Australia players sing John Williamson’s True Blue after retaining Ashes UrnAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith was the difference, says Joe Root after losing 4th Test vs AustraliaFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow The AshesFollow Steve Smithlast_img read more

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Jamaica to Host Bamboo Symposium from November 27-28

first_img Cabinet has given approval for the hosting of the first Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 27 and 28, 2018. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement during the post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House on Wednesday (August 29). Cabinet has given approval for the hosting of the first Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 27 and 28, 2018.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement during the post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House on Wednesday (August 29).He stated that Cabinet has taken note that bamboo, one of the world’s fastest growing plants and a rapidly renewing source of fibre, is recognised as a multiple-purpose non-timber forest resource and is observed as supportive of value chains across the world, worth approximately US$60 million per year.Mr. Reid informed that Jamaica and Suriname are members of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to promoting the benefits to users and producers of bamboo and rattan within the context of a sustainable resource base.He said Jamaica became Chair of the INBAR council of 43 member states in 2015 and, subsequently, under Jamaica’s leadership, INBAR began formulating a proposal to host this regional symposium to initiate a region-wide programme for bamboo in the Caribbean.“This is noted as a timely meeting to explore packaging means, especially in light of recent conversations to ban styrofoam and plastic,” Senator Reid added.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Partners Grow Tourism in Region

first_imgThe world’s highest tides on the Fundy coast, the Cape Forchu lighthouse, in Yarmouth County, and Lunenburg’s picturesque waterfront — the southwestern region of Nova Scotia has experiences for every visitor and more power to market them through a growing partnership of tourism operators. Destination South West Nova Scotia is what’s known in the tourism industry as a destination marketing organization. It is headed by Doug Fawthrop, innkeeper and managing director of White Point Beach Resort. “Tourism operators are joining forces through Destination Southwest Nova Scotia to work at developing and promoting this area together,” says Doug. “Our primary goal is to bring visitors to this whole region. Once they’re here, we can help each other by spreading the business around.” Operators in the area have a history of working in partnership. The Yarmouth County, Evangeline Trail and South Shore tourism associations have been collaborating on marketing initiatives for the past 10 years. Individually, these regional tourism industry associations are small. They do not have the resources to be full-scale destination marketing organizations. “Today’s tourists are looking for lifestyle experiences,” Doug says. “Individual operators can’t meet their expectations on their own, and we’re even limited if we only work through small organizations. We need to market this entire region together.” To gain the necessary critical mass, Doug and some of his fellow tourism operators started Destination Southwest Nova Scotia three years ago. The industry has been quick to embrace the opportunity with 700 operators already signed up as members. Recently, the existing associations decided to amalgamate under the new organization. “Our new mantra is partners, not competitors,” says Doug. “As partners, we have one united voice to draw tourists to the region, and we help each other by creating the products that tourists want. When we work together packaging experiences with accommodations and restaurants, we bring business to many operators in this region.” One example is vacation itineraries that Doug creates for his guests based on visitors’ interests, such as golf, birding or museums. The itinerary can bring visitors to several different locations throughout the region where they enjoy experiences and spend time in communities. Destination Southwest Nova Scotia has developed numerous marketing products featuring tourism businesses and attractions throughout the region. They include vacation and experience guides, a direct mail campaign and a website at www.destinationsouthwestnova.com . Supporting the development of destination marketing organizations is part of Nova Scotia’s vision for tourism. The Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council has produced a resource kit to help members of the industry develop tourism destination areas. The vision was developed by a team of government and industry representatives from the council, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. More information is available on the website at www.nstpc.com . Tourism is a $1.29 billion industry in Nova Scotia employing 33,000 people. -30-last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Saturday, July 31. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 -30-last_img

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Flights cancelled in Nova Scotia New Brunswick ahead of intense winter storm

first_imgHALIFAX – Airlines have already cancelled flights ahead of an intense winter storm that’s expected to bring heavy snow, high winds and pounding surf to Atlantic Canada.Environment Canada has issued a slew of warnings for the Maritime provinces, with up to 25 centimetres of snow expected in some areas starting late Tuesday afternoon and persisting into Wednesday.The national weather forecaster was also predicting potentially damaging high winds that could gust up to 110 kilometres an hour in Nova Scotia.Higher than normal water levels and pounding surf could also cause flooding in coastal areas during high tide.Cancellations at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Fredericton International Airport were already piling up Tuesday morning, hours before the first snowflake fell.The Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick to P.E.I. also warned of possible restrictions on traffic later Tuesday.Nova Scotia Power had set up an emergency operations centre on Monday evening, warning customers to prepare for power outages.The centre is used to co-ordinate power outage restoration and to liaise with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.The utility says powerline crews and forestry teams have been positioned across the province.The storm is the third winter wallop to hit the Maritimes in as many days.Environment Canada was also calling for high winds gusting up to 100 kilometres an hour in Newfoundland on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Angela Bassett And LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Be Honored At LadyLike Foundation

first_imgActress/Philanthropist Angela Bassett, Actress/Philanthropist Pauletta Pearson Washington, BET Networks Chair and CEO Debra Lee and Actress/Philanthropist LaTanya Richardson Jackson will be honored at the 10th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, it was announced by LadyLike Foundation’s President and CEO, Leah Pump.LadyLike Foundation will confer the honors on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom. Holly Robinson-Peete serves as the luncheon’s emcee. The event is expected to raise a half million dollars for the nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and inspire young girls living in underprivileged communities around the Greater Los Angeles area. Funds raised at the luncheon enable LadyLike Foundation to provide five scholarships to college bound young ladies from the inner city of Los Angeles.“We are thrilled to honor Angela Bassett,” says Leah Pump. “Her excellence as an actress, wife, mother and philanthropist, is an inspiration to so many of the young ladies our organization serves. Angela Bassett is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, who stars in blockbuster films, yet one of the most gratifying moments of her career was merging her faith and talent, giving voice to various characters in the all-time best selling audiobook, THE BIBLE EXPERIENCE. Ms. Bassett truly embodies the Woman of Excellence.”Broadway, film and television actress Pauletta Pearson Washington will be honored for “her Excellence as an actress, wife and mother and for being one of the kindest and most philanthropic women I know,” says Ms. Pump.As BET Networks Chairman and CEO, Debra L. Lee is one of the most powerful and influential people in entertainment. “Throughout her career, Ms. Lee has set patterns of excellence with BET Networks’ programming and corporate philanthropy. She is a trailblazer who has inspired so many young ladies, especially African-American girls, to aspire to a career as top executives in corporate entertainment, a field once so heavily dominated by men. Ms. Lee truly shattered the glass ceiling with her monumental achievements. We are excited to honor her as a Woman of Excellence,” says Ms. Pump.“Tony Award-nominated actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson is a true inspiration to young women, that even with tremendous career success, one should always find time to give back,” says Ms. Pump. “She and her husband, Samuel L. Jackson established the Samuel L. & LaTanya R. Jackson Foundation to carry out their commitment to a range of philanthropic issues in the United States and Africa. LaTanya has received a number of awards for her philanthropic work including The United Negro College Fund, and the N.Y. Keeper of the Dream Award. We feel privileged to honor her as a Woman of Excellence.”The LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. The organization’s Women of Excellence Luncheon is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation.last_img read more

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National Arts Centre Orchestras Life Reflected honours four women

first_img Facebook Advertisement As a component of its True North Festival celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday, the CPO is hosting the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a single-night special concert entitled Life Reflected. The concert takes the form of a multimedia event that present portraits of four significant contemporary Canadian women: writer Alice Munro, anti-bullying advocate Amanda Todd, astronaut Roberta Bondar and the Indigenous poet Rita Joe.Each section of this work has been composed by a different Canadian composer, and each section is approached in a different way. Together they provide a composite picture of important Canadian women, each of whom has contributed significantly to how contemporary Canada understands itself at this juncture in its history.About the entire work, newly appointed conductor of the NAC, Alexander Shelley, commented: “What inspired me was looking at these four women who have found their voices, through difference sacrifices and challenges.” Shelley approached four prominent Canadian composers to be part of the project: Zosha Di Castri, John Estacio, Nicole Lizee and Jocelyn Morlock. They all have collaborated with Donna Feore to create a multimedia work that, in the words of the Ottawa Citizen: “transcends biography to embrace universal themes of pain, forgiveness, beauty and hope.” READ MORE Twitter The National Arts Centre Orchestra is touring a show called Life Reflected. It celebrates the stories of four Canadian women — author Alice Munro, teen Amanda Todd, astronaut Roberta Bondar, and Mi’kmaw poet and elder Rita Joe —through music, film, photography, graphic design, and the written word.The national tour comes to the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary Oct. 26. Photo, Fred Cattroll, Canadian Press Fred Cattroll / Calgary Herald center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case

NORMAN, Okla. — One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma’s lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million.Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter both announced the settlement Sunday in separate statements. Teva, its related affiliates and Johnson & Johnson and several of its subsidiaries were set to go to trial Tuesday in Norman.Hunter said the case against Johnson & Johnson will proceed on schedule.He also said the funds from the settlement with Teva will be used to fight the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.Teva did not admit any wrongdoing under the settlement.Earlier this year, Oklahoma settled with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma for $270 million.The Associated Press read more

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6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications

Slattery_network-1206.jpg VoIP SLAs: Can You Measure How Your Carrier Is Doing? Gary Audin June 14, 2019 Startup PhoneSentry tackles complex voice monitoring and alerting Log in or register to post comments Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. See All in Monitoring & Management » 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. In Part 1 of this series, I covered tips that can help you diagnose a slow application. You should start by learning how the application works. What protocols does it use? What are the packet flow characteristics? Is QoS required? What is the processing environment? And finally, what are the network’s characteristics?Also in Part 1, I identified two main groups of problems:Client-side processing — things that happen on the client endpointNetwork transport — factors that impact applications on the networkIn this article, I’ll look at two more main problem groups:Server-side architecture — application architecture and implementation factorsMultifunction interactions — interactions between multiple groups that degrade applicationsServer-Side ArchitectureThe server-side architecture of an application can have a significant impact on how well the application performs. I’ve seen examples where an application server had to make queries against a database on the other side of the country (i.e., many milliseconds away). This type of system design impacts application resilience as well as performance.1. Chatty applications — Applications are sometimes designed for high interactivity between components (e.g., between client and server or between an app server and a database server). Application performance suffers as the latency between the components increases. Think about an application that performs hundreds of data exchanges internally before sending a response to the client. The response to the client can be significantly delayed.2. Database-related problems — A similar problem exists when an application is designed to return a significant volume of data for the client to filter. This is tempting to do with some of the user interface JavaScript libraries for Web-based applications. Re-architecting the application to return smaller amounts of pre-filtered data reduces the CPU required to process the data as well as network bandwidth required to send it. My storybook example is about an application that returned 15MB of data to a client. It took many seconds for four workstations to download the data over a shared 802.11b Wi-Fi link, which also impacted other applications on Wi-Fi. The vendor improved the server architecture, eliminating the problem.Another database-related problem is application scalability as the number of clients increases. I’ve seen an application run fine in development with one or two clients, but collapse when the client count increased as it went into production. Database locking is often the reason for poor application performance as it scales up.3. Servers that are far apart — an application that is distributed between a main and backup data center. A leaf-spine data center design works well for making sure that the latency between servers in the same fabric doesn’t fluctuate. I’ve seen several cases where part of an application was hosted in one data center while another part of the same application was hosted in another data center. The ability to easily migrate parts of an application between data centers is not necessarily a good thing when taken to the extreme. This is a good example of the old axiom, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”Multi-Function InteractionsThe interaction among multiple functions can cause poor application performance, at least from the perspective of the application’s customer. I’m not talking about interactions between multiple applications, as I covered in Part 1. Functions required for correct application operation may not be performing correctly, causing overall application performance problems.4. Domain Name System (DNS) problems — A misconfigured client could be sending a DNS request to a former, now decommissioned, DNS server. The client may have a long DNS request timeout, making the application startup seem very slow. But once the client switches to another DNS server, the requests are quickly resolved. The main symptom is that the application is slow to start, but then runs fine for some time.5. Incorrect codec selection — A client configured to use a high-bandwidth G.711 voice codec over a low-bandwidth connection (e.g., a slow WAN link or a connection over a congested Wi-Fi link) may suffer intermittent periods of high packet loss and high jitter. You should configure the voice/video systems to report calls that have poor characteristics and the codec in use.6. Competition for bandwidth — The network path may be sufficient for the desired business applications, but additional applications are starting to demand network bandwidth. A good example is entertainment traffic that competes with business traffic. One customer of ours had a remote site that had plenty of bandwidth for the business application, but over time the employees started using audio streaming applications (music applications) and movie downloads. These created problems for the business applications. As a solution, we applied QoS and adjusted buffering to prioritize the business application traffic above the non-business applications.Helpful ToolsApplication performance management (APM) tools, available from vendors such as Cisco, New Relic, and Riverbed, are helpful. A good APM tool can tell the difference between a client system processing a transaction and a human “think time” on that same client. With the right data feeds, the APM tool can identify back-end application database servers that are creating processing bottlenecks. These tools are great for identifying whether “it’s a network problem” or “it’s an application problem,” and allow IT staff to focus on applying the correct fix. You can achieve the equivalent functionality with packet-capture analysis tools like the open-source Wireshark, but expect it to take much longer.SummaryYou may have to assemble a multifunctional team to understand an application and why it’s performing slowly. Ideally, you would employ a so-called full-stack application developer to help with the analysis. In the worst case, you may need to re-architect the application. The challenge is doing this in a production environment.If you have a lot of applications (some organizations have hundreds), pick the most important or those that trigger the biggest support effort. You may find fixing common causes of slow applications (like a network link that’s not performing correctly) helps many applications. 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Hydrogenfuelled cars back on the horizon as technology improves costs drop

A Hydrogenics installed hydrogen fuelling station at the Los Angeles campus of California State University is shown in this undated handout image. It became the first station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public. Hydrogenics has installed 50 fuelling stations globally and is in discussions to build ones in Toronto and Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Hydrogen-fuelled cars back on the horizon as technology improves, costs drop by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Automakers and fuel cell developers say the hydrogen-powered age is almost here — again.Hyundai now has a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle available in Canada, and Toyota wants to introduce theirs here too, while Canadian fuel cell developers that include Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogenics have been busy putting their product in everything from trains to buses and forklifts.A fuel cell produces electricity through a chemical reaction, but without combustion. It converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, and in doing so, creates electricity.“There has been a big change, particularly in the past year,” said Eric Denhoff, president of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.But this is hardly the first time proponents have been excited about the technology.Back in the late ’90s, the world’s carmakers made big promises that they would soon mass-produce cars that would emit nothing more than water vapour as exhaust.Vancouver’s Ballard and Mississauga’s Hydrogenics rode that wave of excitement, with their stock prices climbing into the hundreds of dollars.Those lofty expectations of the world’s cars running on Canadian fuel cells, however, came crashing down, along with the companies’ share prices, as the cars failed to materialize.“In the auto industry, we’re really good at selling visions of the future,” said Stephen Beatty, vice president, corporate at Toyota Canada.He said two forces conspired against the hopes of automakers — the technology wasn’t perfected, and consumers were unwilling to pay the high prices, putting the move towards hydrogen-fuelled vehicles on hold for years.But he said advancements in on-board computers, electric motors, higher-pressure systems and general cost-cutting have made fuel cell cars ready for commercial production.“I think we’re at that stage where we’re able to offer consumers a reliable and very conventional-feeling piece of technology,” said Beatty.Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell car is currently selling in California for US$57,500, has a range of over 500 kilometres on a full tank, and fuels up in three to five minutes.The company is betting on fuel cells as the long-term solution to an emissions-free vehicle because they offer more range, faster refuelling, better performance in the cold and overall lower costs than battery-powered cars, said Beatty.But while the company wants to bring the car to Canada, a lack of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure is an issue, he said.Hyundai has taken a different approach, last year bringing six of its Tucson SUVs to drivers living near a single hydrogen refuelling station in Surrey, B.C.And earlier this month the company, which is leasing the vehicles for $599 a month including fuel, found their first Ontario customer when Hydrogenics’ chief technology officer signed on for one.Daryl Wilson, chief executive of Hydrogenics, said the fact that someone at the company is driving to work in a fuel cell vehicle shows their time has come.And while the technology has helped make that possible, he said more environmental awareness is also helping make the shift.“Our values as a society are moving away from fossil fuels; there’s broader recognition of the impact of climate change,” said Wilson.He said Canada’s fuel cell industry has been in and out of the news as it goes through growing pains, but is emerging with global contracts and customers.“There’s been a constant steady drive to overcome the remaining obstacles to make all of this possible,” said Wilson.“Ballard and Hydrogenics have managed to go through that valley-of-death challenging experience of pioneering new technology, and today we’re, both of us, supporting customers all over the world,” he said.The fuel association’s Denhoff says that while the industry employs some 2,000 people in Canada and produces about $200 million a year in goods, almost all of it is exported.“It’s funny, we don’t use our own products,” said Denhoff. “Almost all of that is exported to the U.S., Europe and Asia.”That could change with the recent federal budget setting aside $62.5 million for alternative fuelling infrastructure, including hydrogen refuelling stations.Hydrogenics has already built 50 hydrogen fuelling stations globally, and Wilson says he’s in talks to install stations in Vancouver and Toronto.But while there are some green shoots of momentum in fuel cells, auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers says consumers have been skeptical of the alternative fuelling options.“The most popular vehicle to this day, and is going to remain that way for decades, is conventional gasoline-fuelled vehicles,” said DesRosiers.He said the most straightforward way for people to reduce emissions is to buy a new car, since the industry has been increasing fuel efficiency by about two per cent a year, and there’s still a lot of room for improvement.“The industry was challenged to increase fuel efficiency and they’re doing it; they’re doing it with technology that consumers will buy,” said DesRosiers.———Follow @ibickis on Twitter read more

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Ohio State womens track and field competes the Wright way

Ohio State sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright led the OSU women’s track and field team to its first-ever outdoor championship title last weekend. “We wanted to show everyone that Ohio State women’s track team was not going to just be an over-the-night, one-time winning team,” Wright said. “We wanted to show people exactly how my coach and the team have changed the culture.” Less than three months ago, on Feb. 27, Wright helped the team clinch its first indoor Big Ten championship. When Wright arrived at OSU, the team finished 10th in the conference in the indoor season and fifth in the conference in the outdoor season. On top of helping to overcome the team’s struggles, Wright needed to grow personally. “I definitely had to grow mentally strong,” Wright said. “I knew sports were vigorous, but not to the level of college. … There are 20 of you who can do one race great — now who’s stronger mentally?” With a strenuous workout regimen and a strict diet, Wright faced a daunting lifestyle as an athlete at OSU. As she always had done when times were hard, Wright turned to her mother and sister. “They’ve always supported me in anything I do,” Wright said. “The days I’m a little upset about how I ran or how I’ve practiced landing, they’ve been there to listen to me and just tell me, you know, it gets better, just keep focus and know why you’re there.” Besides her family, Wright relied on support from her high school coach and many other people from her hometown of Baltimore, who helped guide her to her current level of success. “When I got into college, they all still root me on,” she said. “Every week, they tell me they’re proud of me. … They’ve been there.” Wright has taken the entire experience in stride. In her time at OSU, Wright has won two individual Big Ten titles as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team, set the 100 meter hurdles record at the Drake Relays and was selected All-Big Ten six times. But Wright is humble; she’d rather deflect the spotlight onto her teammates. “I’ve been successful as an individual because of the team,” Wright said. “We are surrounded by a lot of girls who want to do good and are motivated.” Wright’s love for her teammates doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. “Tish is very humble,” said Christina Manning, a junior teammate. “Our coach spoke on that right before the day of finals and she pointed out how it seems as though Tish doesn’t know how good she is. … She doesn’t care so much about winning, but more about the team.” Wright even gives a lot of credit to all of her competitors. The better the competitors do, Wright said, the better she performs. Her positive attitude, especially with her opponents, sometimes can get her into trouble. “Sometimes my coach says I’m a little too nice in the field,” she said. Coach Karen Dennis said she knows how rare of an athlete Wright is, both as a competitor and as a person. Although Dennis appreciates Wright’s humility, she said, she wouldn’t mind seeing Wright take charge. “Sometimes I wish Letecia were a little more selfish,” Dennis said. It’s Wright’s optimism in the toughest of situations that makes her who she is. She knows the grueling workouts and the tireless effort she has put forth have helped her rise to the top of the Big Ten. But it’s not the Big Ten titles or the All-Big Ten selections that she wants to define her career at OSU. Instead, it’s the growth she’s shared with her team. “My last four years here have been really great,” Wright said. “I’ve learned a lot of things. It’s just excellent to watch the whole team change and become a stronger team.” Dennis said she likes to think of Letecia as a role player on a basketball team. She’s the special kind of athlete who not only puts up big numbers but also inspires those around her to compete at a higher level. “Great players make people around them better,” Dennis said. “She is a great athlete and she has made everybody around her better.” An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Letecia Wright. Correction: May 18, 2011 read more

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Passport fee set to increase for some American citizens US Embassy

Come April 2, 2018, some American citizens in Guyana and abroad will see a fee increase the next time they apply for their American passports.According to a release from the Unites States (US) Embassy in Guyana, the “passport execution” fee will increase US$10, from US$25 to the new fee of US$35.“The new $35 fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. American citizens who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase” said the local Embassy.According to the Embassy, “to make an appointment to renew their passport in Georgetown, American citizens should contact the Consular Section via the Embassy’s website http://gy.usembassy.gov/.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS Embassy announces ‘notable change to immigrant visa process’April 14, 2016In “Internet”T&T minister says no US travel ban on citizensMarch 9, 2017In “latest news”U.S. Embassy announces new U.S. Visa Service via DHLDecember 5, 2015In “Business” read more

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