2nd Test: Pacers fire as New Zealand wrap up West Indies series with 240-run win

first_imgNew Zealand’s bowlers steadily chipped away at the West Indies lineup to record a ruthless 240-run victory shortly before tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday to wrap up a 2-0 series sweep.Mitchell Santner took wickets on successive balls to end the tourists’ second innings on 203 for nine as they tried in vain to chase the 444 runs needed to secure an unlikely drawn series after New Zealand dominated the first Test in Wellington.The hosts did not need to take all 10 wickets after Sunil Ambris retired hurt when a short Neil Wagner delivery broke his arm, as the visitors resumed on 30-2 and were never really able to establish a solid partnership throughout the day.”New Zealand did a great job but when we batted we didn’t produce, especially in the first innings of the first Test,” stand-in West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said. “Tough loss, but we saw on the bouncy pitches that we have to be better with our shot selection and we need to be more incisive.”2-0. A top start to the home summer. Next stop Whangarei and Cobham Oval!??????? | https://t.co/GxbdsHoSh5 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/HM7SnksbcK- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 12, 2017Trent Boult became the sixth New Zealander to claim 200 Test wickets when he had Brathwaite caught in the gully by skipper Kane Williamson for 20 to leave the visitors floundering at 43-3 and they failed to recover from the early blow.”It was great to put two strong performances on the board. Credit to the way we stuck to our plans and executed them well in both games,” Williamson told reporters.advertisement”Both teams fought really hard but it was nice for us to stick to our plans for long periods and get the rewards.”Boult was not the only New Zealander to achieve a significant personal milestone during the game with Ross Taylor joining former mentor Martin Crowe and Williamson on 17 Test centuries, the most by a New Zealander, on Monday.The BLACKCAPS have won the GJ Gardner Homes Test Series 2-0 after completing a 240-run victory over the West Indies on day four of the second Test in Hamilton. #NZvWICard | https://t.co/1gyjN3C3lt pic.twitter.com/7Bh1EsrO4C- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 12, 2017Taylor finished on 107 not out when Williamson declared on 291-8 with about an hour’s play remaining on the third day.Crowe, who died in 2016, has had a major impact on Taylor’s career, helping him transform from a swashbuckling, and at times impetuous, batsman into a player able to dominate attacks.”At the start of my career if you’d told me I’d get 17 Test hundreds, I’ve had said ‘no chance’,” Taylor told reporters after the milestone.”I always thought I’d be just a white-ball player.”(I) had some good nights with ‘Hogan’ (Crowe) over some red wine. Talking about my batting, and lot of it probably not positive.”It came from a good place and I guess that’s why I’m here.”last_img read more

Raptors Eat The Knicks, 118-108

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — The Raptors put a winning punctuation mark on a stretch of games against struggling opponents. Their next six contests will provide a significantly greater challenge.Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry each scored 22 points and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 118-108 on Dec. 21 for their sixth consecutive win, all against Eastern Conference teams with losing records.Toronto, which leads the East at 22-6, visits Chicago on Dec. 22, the first game on a season-high, six-game road trip that finishes with five against Western Conference opponents.“We’re looking forward to this challenge,” Toronto’s Greivis Vasquez said. “Any time you go to the West it’s not easy, but I think we’re good enough to come out with a couple of wins and do our job. We’ve got to remain humble and hungry and continue to work.”With the World Junior Hockey Championships moving into Air Canada Centre over the holidays, the Raptors won’t play at home again until Jan. 8 against Charlotte. After Chicago, they’ll visit the Clippers, Denver, Portland, Golden State and Phoenix.“We should be ready for it because we’ve been preaching it,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.The challenging stretch will be made even more difficult by the ongoing absence of leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, who remains sidelined with a torn tendon in his left groin. Toronto has gone 9-3 without DeRozan, whose return date is unknown.“We’re playing for a lot of different things but mainly we want our franchise player back,” Vasquez said. “We need him. It’s unfair if you’re going to analyze us without our best scorer.”Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross scored 18 for the Raptors, who never trailed in matching their longest winning streak of the season. Toronto also won six straight from Nov. 15 to 26.Carmelo Anthony scored 28 for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and have dropped 15 of 16 overall. Jason Smith had 16 points and Jose Calderon finished with 15 points and 10 assists.Anthony acknowledged finding it hard to fathom that the Knicks are 20 games below .500 at 5-25. “It doesn’t seem real,” he said.New York fell to 2-13 on the road and 1-6 in the second game of back-to-backs. The Knicks lost 99-90 at home to Phoenix on Dec. 20.The Raptors improved to 14-3 in an NBA-high 17 home games. Toronto posted its 14th double-digit victory, matching Golden State and Portland for the league lead.New York’s Samuel Dalembert was thrown out in the third for elbowing Jonas Valanciunas in the face. After a review, the referees ruled it a flagrant-2 foul, which means an automatic ejection.Ross got off to a quick start, scoring 10 of Toronto’s first 15 points. Ross hit two 3-pointers and the Raptors went 5 for 11 from long range while building a 33-25 lead.“They scored and they scored super-fast,” Anthony said. “They exploited a lot of things.”New York trailed 58-51 at halftime, but Williams scored seven points in the third and Valanciunas had six as the Raptors took a 91-75 lead into the fourth.(IAN HARRISON)last_img read more

Olympiacos Players Face Failure Fines

first_imgATHENS – Olympiacos President Evangelos Marinakis, has fined the team 500,000 euros for lackluster performances and said they either have to win the Greek championshipand make a “sacrifice” or face the consequences.Marinakis has been caught up in scandals in the Greek soccer league, which was recently suspended for a week because of relentless violence, including battles between team Presidens and officials.Olympiacos, a power in Greece but a flop in European play for decades, lost 2-0 to lowly-regarded Dnipro of Ukraine and then struggled to a 1-1 tie in the Greek league with the second-division team AEK, infuriating him.“Olympiacos is the largest Greek club and for each of you it is an honor to play for this team. You will have to respect and honor Olympiacos,” Marinakis told the players, Agence France Presse said.“Anyone who has a problem or does not like it here, must have the guts to get up and leave, and that applies to everyone,” he added. He didn’t say how the fines would be portioned out.He added: “As long as you are playing for Olympiacos, you will give everything and sacrifice for this jersey. You will win the league championship and the Greek Cup. Nothing else goes through my mind. Put it well in your minds and do it accordingly.”Olympiacos has been eliminated from the Champions League and Europa League. But it is six points ahead in the domestic Super League with nine matches remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Attention Budget Travelers: Luxury Hostels are Totally a Thing Now

first_imgPhoto by Charles ReaganCrashing in stacked dorm beds, sharing questionable bathrooms, and dealing with ever-present snoring bunkmates are all part of the budget traveling hostel experience. Or, at least, they used to be. Today’s best hostels have evolved to be chic, digital-friendly, and — dare we say — downright luxurious. Here are three standout luxury hostels around the world.Native Hostels (Austin, Texas)The luxury hostel trend is still relatively new to the U.S., but Austin-based Native Hostels is leading the charge. The boutique property is a product of its host city with the unabashed catchphrase, “Curating a culture of fuck yes.” The hostel’s industrial-meets-art-house decor is inspired heavily by its former life as a crashpad for railway workers in the late 19th century. Not surprisingly, it distinctly targets youth and millennial travelers with a bevy of on-site amenities, including a live music stage, a restaurant/bar, and art gallery space. The staff also encourages and organizes plenty of social activities, like DJ nights and local pub crawls. Standard beds start between $49-59 per night; the 10-person Romper Room tops out at $800 per night.Bunk (Istanbul, Turkey)After Asia, Europe boasts the world’s second most heavily trafficked backpacker trail. So, it’s no surprise that many of the continent’s most popular cities are home to some truly innovative boutique hostels. Bunk in Istanbul is a testament to the city’s progressive, creative, and uninhibited youth vibe. The decor is a blend of sleek, clean-lined European furnishings; crisp marble-and-tile bathrooms with overhead rain showers; and bold pops of color throughout. By day, the ground-level cafe — complete with kilim rugs, marble tables, and walnut-encased radios — bustles with a Bohemian vibe over Turkish coffee. Later in the day, the rooftop hot tub and sundeck serve as the social hub. After dark, DJs spin records in the communal space and the entire property — from the street to the hallways to the rooms — evolves into a lively bar scene. Dorm beds start around $12 per night; private rooms can be had for around $30 per night.The Robey Hall (Chicago, Illinois)Tucked into the funky, eclectic (you might say “hipster”) Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown and Wicker Park is The Robey Hall. The hotel sidesteps the term “hostel” altogether —opting instead for a hotel with “multi-bedded rooms” — but it’s a hostel all the same. It just happens to be a rather swanky one that embraces much of the original architecture of the century-old Hollander Fireproof Warehouse building in which it’s housed. Exposed brick and raw steelwork surround custom lighting fixtures and bright birchwood furnishings for a thoroughly contemporary feel. Each of the 20 rooms is bright and intentionally sparse with a distinct, Euro-modern aesthetic. All include thoroughly modern amenities like minibars, smart TVs, free Wi-Fi, and large showers with Beessential bath products. The onsite H!Bar serves as a cafe and co-working space by day, and a bar and live music venue after dark.Off-season rates for a four-person room start around $160/night.Feature image by Charles Reagan. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts last_img read more

Will not implement Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Delhi Jain

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday said his government will not implement central government’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana in the capital. Jain criticised the scheme and said that the ruling BJP needs to better its implementation.”First Central government needs to provide the benefits of Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Around 70 per cent of patients are coming here from Uttar Pradesh. Modi ji did nothing there. We will not differentiate between rich and poor. We will not allow this yojana as government hospitals and medical check-ups are for all,” Jain said while speaking to ANI after his visit to GTB Hospital here. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarLashing out at the Modi-led government for not giving benefits of the Yojana to the needy, Jain said: “They just implement such policies on papers….ground reality is different. If the policy was implemented, people from Uttar Pradesh would have been treated in their state.” “Delhi’s population is 2 crore, it will be applicable on 10 lakh people. There is no need to pick and choose. We will treat every patient in Delhi,” he said. Speaking about free rides for women, Jain said: “People are unable to afford Metro. The population of passengers is getting reduced due to hike in Metro fare. Some are criticising it saying it is people’s money. Arvind Kejriwal did not buy helicopters like other ministers. Instead, he has decided to used the money to give free rides to women in Metro and buses.”last_img read more

Court orders Amazon to end WiFi button purchases in Germany

first_imgBERLIN — A German court has ordered Amazon to stop taking orders from customers using wireless-enabled buttons because they breach e-commerce rules.The Munich regional court ruled Thursday that Amazon’s Dash buttons fail to provide customers with necessary information, such as the price of the product they are purchasing.Amazon allows customers to set up the buttons to buy specific household products and food with a single press.But the court found that Amazon reserves the right to change aspects of the order, such as price, delivery cost and even product brand.The case was brought by a German consumer protection group, which said it had received complaints from Amazon customers.German news agency dpa reported that the Internet retail giant plans to appeal the ruling.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Massive fire at chemical factory in Mundka

first_imgNEW DELHI: A fire broke out at a factory situated at Swaran Park in west Delhi’s Mundka in West Delhi on Monday morning.According to fire officials the fire department received a call at around 11.35 PM and dispatched 20 fire tenders to the spot. Since the fire was huge, senior officers too rushed to the spot. However, the workers of the factory managed to vacate the building just in time. Officials said no casualties has been reported and efforts are on to douse the blaze. The fire officers took several hours to douse the flames. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThick black smoke was seen coming out of the factory. The reason of the fire is being investigated. In another incident, a minor fire broke out at a shop in Govindpuri. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused successfully. No loss of life was reported from Govindpuri either. Last month, at least seventeen people died after a massive fire broke out at a central Delhi’s hotel, Arpit Palace. The hotel is located near the Gurudwara road in Karol Bagh.last_img read more

Moroccan Woman Openly Reveals Her Homosexuality

Rabat – A young Moroccan woman openly revealed her lesbianism through a video that has stirred uproar on social media networks.The video, which lasts 33 seconds, was published by the Moroccan magazine of the Moroccan homosexual community Alkaliyat (minorities) as part of the campaign that is taking place under the theme “Love is a human right” in celebration of Human Rights Day.The young woman in the video, identified as Hajar Motawakil, called for tolerance and love without boundaries. “Love is not a sin or a crime. Love who you want where you want it,” the Moroccan woman stressed.Hajar also explained that she has no problems with Muslims as individuals but stood against them because “they believe they have the right to insult me, hit me and kill me.”In an interview with Al Yaoum 24, the young woman explained that homosexuals “must impose their existence to society because they are part of it and must be respected.”The “Akaliyat Group” launched a wide campaign through social media networks using the hashtag #Love_is_a_human_right.On their official website, the homosexual minorities group published a series of videos from individuals who have openly revealed their sexual orientations, calling for love – without the boundaries of gender – as a human right. read more

California governor to reveal updated spending plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to reveal a revised plan for how the state should spend its more than $200 billion state budget.The Democratic governor’s plan will be announced Thursday and kick off weeks of negotiations with lawmakers, who have until June 15 to pass a budget.His first plan announced in January predicted a $21.5 billion surplus, the state’s largest in 20 years. It could increase after the state received several billion dollars more than predicted in April income taxes.Newsom’s first spending plan included new investments in schools, welfare and housing. But he also preached discipline, setting aside $13.6 billion in reserve.__Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronayne contributed.Adam Beam, The Associated Press read more

WatchInflation hits highest level since 2011 in test for Bank of Canada

OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation rate in July hit its highest level in nearly seven years as gasoline prices and the cost of air transportation pushed prices higher.Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index for last month was up 3.0 per cent on a year-over-year basis, compared with a 2.5 per cent increase in June.Economists had expected a year-over-year inflation rate of 2.5 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The result, the highest reading since September 2011, put inflation at the top end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent.CPPIB head says U.S. inflation a potential risk, but threat of overheated economy anything but imminentHigher interest rates to hit younger, middle-income households, federal analysis revealsWalmart’s size may not be enough to shield it from passing price hikes on to shoppersCIBC economist Andrew Grantham said the reading “at least modestly” increased the odds of a September interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada.“We continue to lean toward an October rate hike rather than September. However, a big upside surprise in Q2 GDP could tip the balance on that,” Grantham wrote in a report. Second-quarter GDP figures are set to be released Aug. 30.The Canadian dollar rose after the latest inflation report was released, reflecting the increased chance of higher interest rates.Earlier this summer, the Bank of Canada predicted inflation to move as high as 2.5 per cent — due to temporary factors like higher gas prices — before it settles back down to two per cent late next year.The Bank of Canada can raise interest rates to help prevent inflation from climbing too high. The central bank raised its trend-setting interest rate to 1.5 per cent earlier this summer. However, the average of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile data like pump prices and are closely watched by the central bank, rose last month to 2.0 per cent compared with 1.96 per cent in June.Benjamin Reitzes, Canadian rates and macro strategist at the Bank of Montreal, said one month did not make a trend and added that core inflation remains stable.“At this point it would take more than one month I think to really change the narrative generally around inflation,” he said.“The overall backdrop for inflation hasn’t changed all that much.”Reitzes noted the Bank of Montreal continues to expect the central bank to keep its key interest rate target on hold at its Sept. 5 announcement, but raise it in October.All eight major components of the consumer price index rose on a year-over-year basis in July with the transportation index being the largest contributor with an 8.1 per cent increase.A 25.4 per cent increase in the price of gasoline and a 28.2 per cent increase in the cost of air transportation compared with a year ago helped push overall prices higher.Food purchased from restaurants also gained 4.4 per cent, while mortgage interest costs rose 5.2 per cent.On the flip side, telephone service costs were down 5.1 per cent and traveller accommodations slipped 4.1 per cent compared with a year ago. I n a separate report, Statistics Canada estimated the direct impact of tariffs on U.S. imports implemented earlier this year on the consumer price index to be up to 0.07 percentage points.“An amount of up to $600 million of tariffs per year may be passed through to consumer prices, which may cause a decimal place increase in the posted CPI change during a limited period of time,” the agency said. read more

G20 ministers likely to try peer pressure to bring Washington to senses

G20 ministers likely to try peer pressure to bring Washington to senses OTTAWA – Following a warning from the IMF, finance ministers from G20 countries will meet in Washington this week in the hopes their unified front may have some sway in bringing U.S. lawmakers to their senses and avoid a credit default later this month.In Canada, an official with the Finance Department told reporters Tuesday the potential crisis from even a technical default, along with the continuing U.S. government shutdown, will dominate International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings that run Wednesday to Sunday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official would not prejudge whether a statement urging quick resolution will be part of the official communique from the ministers, including Canada’s Jim Flaherty.But the G20 could play a role through peer pressure, the official said.Earlier, the IMF downgraded the outlook for the world economy, and warned of further “serious damage” if Congress fails to avert a partial default by refusing the raise America’s debt ceiling.In a statement, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said political gridlock in Washington was “not good” for either the global or Canada economies, although he expressed confidence politicians would reach an agreement.The question of whether the agreement will come in time — some analysts say a default could happen anytime between Oct. 17 and the end of the month — remains open, however, as both sides stake out seemingly irreconcilable positions.At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama said he could not cave to extortion and warned that a default would be as “catastrophic” as it was unprecedented. He pointed out that the mere threat of a default in the summer of 2011 led to a sharp market correction and a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating.But Republicans were downplaying the possible repercussions.Most analysts believe the consequences of even a technical default – where the U.S. pays off bond holders but delays payments on domestic suppliers – will shake confidence, especially if the crisis is not resolved quickly, and could lead to massive disruptions in global markets.The Canadian official said the flow-through to Canada would come via several channels, including lower demand for Canadian exports as the global economy takes a hit and volatility in exchange markets.Market jitters were evident throughout Tuesday, with both the Toronto and New York exchanges trading well below Monday’s close and the Canadian dollar suffering further losses, down half a cent to 96.47 in late afternoon tradingBut the more fundamental issue is that the last thing the world’s economy needed, at a time when the global economy, and Canada’s, has yet to fully recover almost five years after the recession, was new, self-inflicted wounds. by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 3:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Russias ALROSA launches diamond exploration mining operations in Zimbabwe

first_imgALROSA, the world leader in diamond production, has announced the launch of operations in the Republic of Zimbabwe. “With support of the government of Zimbabwe, the company will develop new mining operations in the country. This was announced today during President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to Moscow.”“Today we see opportunities for a new stage of our partnership.. We are ready to develop new joint projects for diamond exploration and extraction. We also seek to support Zimbabwe in the development of its diamond-mining industry in line with industry’s best practices. We are happy to share with our partners a wealth of experience in the field of mineral exploration and diamond mining, including the industry self-regulation and responsible business “, said ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov.Negotiations held in 2018 by ALROSA and the leadership of the Republic of Zimbabwe resulted in a decision to start operations in the country and open ALROSA’s subsidiary. This company will implement projects for exploration and mining operations with a view to establish joint diamond and other ore mining enterprises. In this regard, ALROSA (ZIMBABWE) Ltd established on December 6, 2018 in the city of Harare. Within the next month ALROSA’s experts, including geologists and mining engineers will arrive in the country to start the operations.last_img read more

Two Americans infected with Ebola being evacuated back to US

first_imgTWO AMERICAN CITIZENS who are infected by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are to be evacuated back to the US for care, the State Department said today.“The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern,” said the department’s deputy spokesperson Marie Harf.Harf said that the patients will be taken to medical facilities with “appropriate isolation and treatment capabilities”. Their evacuation is expected within the coming days and will be carried out by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“CDC protocols and equipment are used for these kinds of medical evacuations so that they are carried out safely, thereby protecting the patient and the American public, as has been done with similar medical evacuations in the past,” Harf said in today’s statement.Samaritan’s Purse, a US charity, has said that two of its staff members, doctor Kent Brantly and another American missionary worker, Nancy Writebol, were stricken with the virus in Liberia.Both are in “serious” condition, aid groups said Friday. SIM USA, the Christian group for which Writebol worked, said she was in “serious but stable” condition.“We are so heartened that Nancy is in stable condition and that plans are underway to bring her back to the US,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA.Emory University Hospital, in southern Georgia, has also said that it is preparing to receive “a patient with Ebola virus infection to its special facility containment unit within the next several days.”‘Isolation zone’Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone announced Friday an isolation zone sealing off the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, where the three countries meet.“These areas will be isolated by police and military. The people in these areas being isolated will be provided with material support,” said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc, which groups the West African nations.The CDC yesterday issued a warning to avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa.The organisation’s director, Dr Tom Frieden, said the CDC would be sending additional experts to the affected region to assist efforts to stem the outbreak:This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already. It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has also issued a travel warning for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and anyone travelling from those countries should be vigilant for any signs of Ebola’s symptoms developing.There is no vaccine for the highly contagious virus, which causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. It has killed around 60% of those infect since the current outbreak broke out in March.The World Health Organization earlier warned that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and spreading faster than efforts to control it.- Additional reporting by the AFPRead: World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan >Watch: What exactly is the Ebola virus? >last_img read more

TCI Minister of Education visit to London

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedKingdom, January 26, 2018 – London – Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services, led a delegation to the Education World Forum 2018 held at Park Plaza Hotel in London from January 21 to 23.  The Education World Forum takes place in January each year.  It is the world’s largest gathering of education and skills ministers and their senior advisers representing over two-thirds of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy.The event is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for International Development (DfID), the British Council and the EWF industry partners.The Forum offered three days of insight and inspiration from leading education pioneers, policy makers and education experts, with many of the sessions given by education ministers themselves as part of an honest assessment of countries’ common issues and challenges.The seven (7) pillars of education which underpins the philosophy of education provision outlined in the TCI education policy, along with the eight (8) strategic imperatives and 4 cross cutting issues of the Education Sector Plan, are closely aligned with the theme of this year’s Forum: “Preparing students for success: thinking, doing, well-being and learning – education policy-making in the 4thindustrial revolution.”  While at the forum the Minister embraced opportunities to network with other ministers of education, meet representatives from DfID and the British Council, visit the largest education technology exhibition in the world, and share her vision for leading the transformation of the TCI education system.Hon. Malcolm noted that she is humbled to have had the opportunity to lead a delegation to such a large gathering of education experts.  She stated; “I was able to share ideas and gain an understanding of and a greater appreciation for the challenges and aspirations of education systems around the world and how these systems are evolving in a rapidly changing technological era.  The Turks and Caicos Islands will benefit from some of the work being undertaken in other countries to support our teachers through professional development and improve learning outcomes in mathematics beginning at the primary level.”Hon. Malcolm’s attendance at EWF 2018 marks the third time that the Turks and Caicos Islands has attended the Education World Forum.  While in the London, Hon. Malcolm will host a reception in London where she will address students from the Turks and Caicos on matters of interest concerning them.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Galaxys Philippines plan rejected as Presidents Office confirms no new Boracay casinos

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) will have to find a new home for its US$500 million Philippines integrated resort after the government confirmed on Wednesday that it would not be granting the Macau gaming giant permission to build on Boracay island.Speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters, “There will be no new casino in Boracay,” backing comments by President Rodrigo Duterte stating his opposition to Galaxy’s plan. Load More Duterte said on Monday, “I don’t have plans there for casinos. There are enough, there is too much – casino here, casino there. Consider Boracay a land reform area. I will give it to the farmers first. I will issue a proclamation that all of the land will be agricultural.”The news comes just three weeks after GEG and its Philippines partner Leisure & Resorts World Corporation (LRWC) were granted a provisional gaming license by gaming regulator PAGCOR for their integrated resort. LRWC also purchased a 23-hectare site on Boracay upon which the resort was to be built.Ironically, Roque claimed on Wednesday to be unaware that GEG and LRWC had been granted a provisional license by PAGCOR.“I do not know how this will be resolved but as far Boracay is concerned, [Duterte] wants the people to benefit from Boracay,” Roque added.“Of course, we welcome all investors, but I think the President has already addressed the issue of a new casino in Boracay. There will be no new casino in Boracay.”In a statement released after Roque’s press conference, PAGCOR pointed out that the license it issued was only provisional and didn’t guarantee the granting of a full license.“The provisional license is only the start of a very long and tedious process of compliance that every integrated resort operator must go through before they can be issued by PAGCOR a Notice to Commence Casino Operations and eventually, a regular casino gaming license,” it said. “PAGCOR, being a government entity under the Office of the President, abides by the laws and orders of the land.“As regulator, it ensures that its licensees comply with pertinent laws, rules, regulations and ordinances promulgated by authorities relative to the establishment and operation of casinos.”last_img read more

Severe heatwave hits Pakistans Karachi

first_imgResidents sleep on a building pavement, to escape heat and frequent power outage in their residence area Karachi, Pakistan on 22 May 2018. Photo: ReutersPakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a fresh three-day heatwave alert for Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi starting from on Tuesday to Thursday, as the mercury is expected to hit a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, local Urdu TV channels reported on Tuesday.The weather office said that a new heatwave of moderate to severe intensity would engulf Karachi and its suburbs for three days and day temperatures will remain 40 to 44 degrees Celsius. Sea breeze will remain cut-off, said the department, Xinhua reported.The city’s administration has advised the citizens to stay indoors during the period and take extra precautionary measures for outdoor activities.Local medics advised people to drink plenty of water, eat hydrating foods, avoid direct sunlight and wear light clothes to prevent themselves from the risk of heat stroke.The heatwave in the city coincides with the long hours of load shedding and the month of Ramadan, when millions of Muslims in Pakistan refrain from food and drink from dawn till dusk.Last week, a welfare organisation, the Edhi Foundation, operating morgues and an ambulance service in the country, claimed that it had received over 65 bodies who had died of heat stroke. However, the provincial health authorities denied the claim.A severe heatwave in 2015 killed at least 1,200 people, mostly elderly, sick and homeless mainly in Sindh province.last_img read more

Using phones while shopping may make you buy more

first_imgPeople who use their smartphones for making calls, texting or listening to music while shopping at a store are more likely to make unplanned purchases and forget items they had planned to buy, according to a study. Researchers from the Fairfield University in the US investigated the impact of mobile phone use on in-store shopping behaviour. They found that those who used mobile phones in store for purposes unrelated to shopping, such as making phone calls, texting, checking emails or listening to music, were more likely to make unplanned purchases and forget items they had planned to buy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, observed this effect even when phones were only used for part of the shopping trip, suggesting that in-store mobile phone use may consume attentional resources even after the phone is put away. “Our finding that phone use that is unrelated to shopping negatively affects shopping behaviour was in stark contrast to beliefs held by consumers,” said Michael Sciandra, corresponding author of the study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The vast majority of shoppers we asked thought that mobile phones did not have any negative effect,” Sciandra said. The researchers asked 231 participants to complete a simulated shopping task. While the participants either refrained from using their phone, or used it for an unrelated task either constantly (simulated phone call) or intermittently, they were shown a first person perspective video of someone grocery shopping. The participants were given a shopping list of items and were asked to compare the list to the products the person in the video placed in the cart, or picked up and put down. The participants’ mobile phone dependence was assessed via self-report. The researchers found that consumers who are highly dependent upon mobile phones, characterised by excessive use of and reliance on the device, were the most at risk of deviating from a shopping plan while engaging in shopping-unrelated mobile phone use. “Mobile phones are quickly becoming the principal distractor for many consumers and they offer a unique form of interruption,” Sciandra said. “Our findings may influence consumers’ attitudes towards mobile phone use while shopping and persuade them to reflect on how these devices impact our lives, both positively and negatively,” he said.last_img read more

The Important Lesson Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Apple Computer That Sparked

first_img 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This article originally published on Aug. 8, 2016.Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak designed the first Apple computer for themselves for fun, and because they were broke.To pay for the inaugural machine’s guts, they did what many scrappy entrepreneurs do when they’re just starting out: They hawked their prized possessions for capital. Wozniak sold his fancy HP calculator and Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus. With the cash they ponied up, they were in business — almost.Related: Charitybuzz’s Big Idea: Altruistic Online AuctionsNext, they “liberated some parts” from their employers. Tinkering with lifted bits from Hewlett Packard, Wozniak’s workplace, and from Atari, Jobs’s employer, the Woz rolled up his sleeves and got to work. There, out in the garage at Jobs’s childhood home in Los Altos, Calif., Wozniak “was up ’til four in the morning for many moons” jimmy-rigging the bulky “microcomputer” machine together. When they finally had a working prototype, the Apple 1, Jobs had eyes for selling it. That was back in the summer of 1976.“We had absolutely no idea what people were going to do with these things when we started out,” the late Jobs recalled in 1980, while waxing nostalgic about the birth of Apple Computer Company, now Apple, Inc.This truly is a unique piece of technology. Bid on this #Apple 1 for your chance to own this piece of history!https://t.co/t8nWRWb2J5— Charitybuzz (@charitybuzz) July 29, 2016 Related: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Sweetly Describes How He Fell in Love With Tech in Fun Reddit VideoFlash forward to today, and the most unique, and quite possibly the first, Apple 1 in existence is up for auction on Charitybuzz. Dubbed the “Celebration” Apple 1 by computer historian Corey Cohen, it’s expected to fetch up to $1 million dollars.Cohen, who authenticated the computer for Charitybuzz, tells Entrepreneur that the techie artifact is a one-of-a-kind find. That’s because not only are there believed to be approximately 60 to 70 Apple 1 units still in existence, but also because this pristine-condition collectible features a blank printed circuit board, was never sold to the public and — here’s the kicker — Cohen claims there’s a “high probability” that Jobs himself put his hands on it. (He doesn’t think Wozniak did. The inventor-engineer was likely too busy juggling his day job and writing the BASIC code to make nascent Apple computers function, column by column, by hand on a yellow pad.) “The Apple 1 board is a not just a piece of history, but a piece of art,” Cohen says. “It’s different than every other Apple 1 we’ve ever seen, and its components are actually better quality. It’s Apple’s rookie baseball card, the unicorn in the forest with the biggest horn.”Related: Vintage Apple 1 Computer Auctioned Off for Record-Setting $905,000Another reason Cohen says the “Celebration” Apple 1 is so special: It speaks volumes about Wozniak’s and Jobs’s pennywise entrepreneurial ingenuity and grit. “The RAM chips that are on it are very expensive and the RAM chips on all the other boards to come weren’t, comparatively,” he says. “So it’s as if they were playing with how cheap they could make future models, seeing which substitute components they could use for the cheapest, which would be very in line with something Steve Jobs would’ve done — find the least expensive components he could and scale.”If there’s one lesson that entrepreneurs can extract from the backstory behind this particular Apple 1, according to Cohen, a longtime entrepreneur himself, it is to leverage existing mass-produced technology — and the manufacturing techniques behind it — in the most resourceful, innovative ways. Doing just that could enable you to get your business off the ground fast, and on a shoestring budget.Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs – https://t.co/oD8yfn3Uab #tech #iot #technology pic.twitter.com/ag4WG6UV5q— Tech IoT Today (@TechIotToday) May 20, 2016“Jobs and Wozniak applied an electronics manufacturing technique that was used for other things,” he says, “like radios and Atari machines, stuff from the defense industry, to produce a mostly assembled board so that they didn’t take weeks to build these things. It made them able to deliver their first 50 computers in 30 days with a skeleton crew of two or three guys in a garage. This shows that, once you have an assembled product, you can work on making that assembled product cheaper to maximize your profits and become successful in very little time.”Borrow, modify, invent and reinvent for less. It’s the scrappy startup pattern that enabled Apple to help spark the personal computer revolution and to innovate time and again.Related: ‘Steve Jobs’ Is a Fascinating Exploration of the Complexity of GeniusAnother example of how Jobs tweaked existing technology “designed for something completely different” to improve Apple’s, Cohen says, is when he signed an exclusive contract with glass manufacturing giant Corning. “He went to Corning and he basically said, ‘You know that Gorilla Glass you think is a failure? I want it,’” The result: the first smartphone to feature scratch-resistant glass, was a smashing success, and iPhones are still global top-sellers to this day.  But let’s get back to the now-obsolete technology that paved the way for Apple to mushroom into a multi-billion-dollar corporation — the humble “Celebration” Apple 1 and the race to own the bragging rights to it. If you’re in a position to bid, lucky you, the auction runs until Aug. 25, with 10 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.Three bids are on the books so far. The highest, as of this writing, was $270,000. As for Cohen, he’d rather not know how much money the historic relic, “the quintessential Apple to own if you’re a collector,” reels in.“When there’s an auction like this, I intentionally try not to watch,” he says. “I feel attached to every Apple 1 board that I’ve worked on, but I have to let them go.”Aug. 29, 2016, update: Last week Cohen did let the Apple 1 go, but not for $1 million. The machine sold for $815,000 to Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, founders of Glamglow, a trendy mud mask brand Estée Lauder recently scooped up. The relic joins another rare Apple computer the Los Angeles couple previously purchased. August 29, 2016center_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more