Warriors pull away in 3rd, quiet Beal to win in Washington

first_imgRead Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The Wizards were again without All-Star point guard John Wall, who sat out his 14th game in a row after surgery on his left knee, but they trailed only 58-56 after two quarters Wednesday. Washington was playing on the second half of a back-to-back after winning at Milwaukee on Tuesday night, and a bit of lethargy showed early on while falling into a 16-point deficit in the second quarter.“We came out a little lackadaisical, a little sluggish,” Beal said.The Warriors, meanwhile, were well-rested after getting Tuesday off. They dispensed with the reigning NBA champs’ traditional White House visit while in town, opting to spend the day touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with students from Durant’s nearby hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.“We left it up to the players — what they decided to do, what they wanted to do. And this is what they decided to do, and it was a wonderful day yesterday,” Kerr said. “I think everybody enjoyed it.”In September, Curry said he would not visit the White House if invited; Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”TIP-INSWarriors: 21-3 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, 12-1 on the road. … Entered the day tied with the Rockets for the most wins in the NBA this season with 47.Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. led Washington with 29 points and 10 rebounds. … Washington has scored at least 100 points in 15 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the East.TURN, TURN, TURNThe Wizards helped create an early deficit with five turnovers that led to 11 points for the Warriors, including a Curry-to-Durant alley-oop dunk that put Golden State up 32-21. Washington finished with 18 turnovers, which translated to 26 points. “Unfortunately for us,” Brooks said, “that’s been sneaking up on us.”UP NEXT: Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Asked for the secret to such success at the outset of the second half, Kerr couldn’t help but respond with a joke.“Mainly fiery halftime speeches from the coach — Knute Rockne style, ‘win one for (assistant) Ron Adams’ type speeches,” Kerr said with a chuckle. “No, it’s not about adjustments. It’s about our guys, I think, just wanting to make a push coming out of the break. I can’t really explain it other than throwing that at you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn his team’s previous game, a win Monday at the New York Knicks, the Warriors held a 39-18 edge in the third quarter, the seventh time this season they outscored an opponent by at least 20 points.This time, it was 27-14. Wizards coach Scott Brooks’ take on the Warriors’ dominance right after halftime? John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Warriors: At Atlanta on Friday.Wizards: Host East-leading Toronto on Friday. AFP official booed out of forum “You could probably easily start off with saying they have four All-Stars. That’s a pretty good start. They should have a pretty good ‘every’ quarter,” Brooks said.Beal came in averaging a team-leading 23.7 points but he missed his first nine shots and had zero points at halftime. His first basket came with under 5½ minutes left in the third quarter.“They took a lot of my shots away. They doubled. They switched,” Beal said. “Their main objective was to take the ball out of my hands.”A lot of the credit goes to Thompson.“Klay did a really good job,” Kerr said. “We assign Klay with the most difficult job night after night.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rockets start fast, turn back Clippers for 14th straight Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington. The Warriors won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors allowed a 16-point lead shrink to two at halftime against the Washington Wizards. Nothing that a typically dominant third quarter by the Warriors couldn’t solve.Using a 16-4 run out of halftime, Golden State won for the seventh time in eight games by beating the Wizards 109-101 as Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 25, and Klay Thompson helped limit Bradley Beal to eight Wednesday night, a day after the Warriors took schoolkids to a museum instead of visiting President Donald Trump at the White House.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Mantalos goal brings AEK on top in play-offs

first_imgAEK has climbed to the top of the play-off mini-league after beating Panionios 1-0 on Friday for the second round of games, in the process that will determine which club will follow Olympiakos to the Champions League qualifiers.The recently crowned Cup winners needed a Petros Mantalos goal on the 57th minute to beat the strong Panionios defense at the Olympic Stadium of Athens.Before the game AEK paraded the Cup’s trophy to the thousands of AEK fans who rushed to cheer on the players for beating Olympiakos in Tuesday’s final behind closed doors at the same venue.AEK is now on five points, Panathinaikos and PAOK have four, and Panionios has one.On Monday AEK visits Panathinaikos and Panionios hosts PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

T10 cricket! Can we take it?

first_imgThere were only Test matches once. Then came One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of 60 overs each, which got reduced to 50 overs (the form that we see it in today). After several decades of one-day cricket, came another format which captured the imagination of the cricket globe – T20!The ICC World T20, the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League – T20 cricket is hot property today.And now, nearly 11 years after the first edition of IPL took cricket by storm, comes the T10 format.Just 10 overs of cricket for each team – it does not sound too appealing, I mean how much of cricket are you actually going to even see in that less time? But isn’t this what everybody thought of T20 back in time.T10 has the same ingredients as T20 cricket – Imagine this! 6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs – this is how Afghanistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad gave a fiery start to the second edition of the T20 league in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Who can now say that T10 will never catch up and won’t find takers?TERBULENT TAKE OFF…”You can take it to the moon, to the Amazon jungles,” Rameez Raja tells T10 league CEO, Colonel Arvinder Singh in commentary in typical self-aggrandizement of the league. Col. Singh signs off with a sheepish thank you.Singh, who has previously served as CEO of Kings X1 Punjab and Gujarat Lions in the IPL, knows that things were not so rosy only a month ago. He took over the T10 league responsibilities in October with the credibility of the experimental 10 overs league at stake following resignation of some management members and then title sponsors under investigation for Ponzi schemes.advertisementRiding on the back of ICC sanction, insiders who flirted with the idea of a four-day T10 league last year say, it turned out to be nothing better than a celebrity league. One account says there was also an instance when the team that reached the ground early was allowed to play before the scheduled match, with the other teams waiting for their turn.”There were a lot of things that did not appear in line with how they should be in a professional league. We have now tried to change a lot of them this time,” Col. Singh says.This second edition of the 12-day league worked under structures including the supervision of the ICC anti-corruption unit and attracted participation from some of the best T20 cricketers around the world. A lot of established power hitters from Shahid Afridi to Chris Gayle and Alex Hales did their gig.NEW BALLS PLEASE…’New balls please’ most commonly heard at Wimbledon, came into fashion in cricket too. Two or three balls a day being dispatched out of the Sharjah cricket stadium became so common, Danny Morrison had a field day with the mike. Michael Slater who has now switched to India-Australia Test commentary was giving Morrison a complex in Sharjah, screaming out as loud as he could. In a format where runs, wickets, nothing seemed in excess, the commentators too choose to use hyperbole liberally.Morrison and Rameez Raja later switched to New Zealand vs Pakistan Test broadcast, unsurprisingly watched by a few hundred spectators. But even the T10 league took time for spectators to warm up to the action. In the first week, the slam dam cricket buzz was nowhere enough to fill the 15,000 capacity Sharjah cricket stadium.By the second week of the 12-day league though, there were packed houses as the popular Pakhtoon franchise led by Shahid Afridi, a big draw with the Emirates based Pakistani crowd, got going.T10 ENHANCES T20 SKILLS…Easy to dismiss and fashionable to malign, T10 is yet to be taken seriously by pundits and seasoned cricket viewers. Some who have just begun to live with and enjoy T20 action, more than a decade after its inception, fail to buy the radical 10 overs concept. “It’s a valid question. But that’s what people said about T20 cricket too. I have been with IPL for all these years and I can tell you that people don’t have time any more. I was speaking to some players and they were saying, T20 cricket too becomes predictable between 7th and 16th over. All the IPL stars are playing here,” the league CEO says.Former Australian all rounder Shane Watson argues 10 overs action will help cricketers enhance their T20 skills. “Every ball is an event from bowling point of view. As a batsman too, you can’t get your eye in. It’s a great challenge and it’s only going to improve T20 skills because people realize what’s really possible now,” he observes.advertisementThe obvious argument also going for T10 is its length. 10 overs a side packaged over a period of 90 minutes a’ la football is seen by many as cricket’s window to Olympics. Former India pacer Zaheer Khan who too rolled his arm over advocates this school of thought. “With only 10 overs, there is that much less time and more pressure on batsmen to go quicker and bowler to innovate. You can create pressure on opposition by only having one or two big players in the side too. It’s a very fast format and if you want to globalise the sport, T10 can be most useful,” he opines.It’s unusual for a bowler to back a format that leaves no room for seam, swing and reverse swing. But Zaheer argues, a good bowler will still find a way. “You have to find the right mindset to create an impact even in this format. A good bowler will always have value,” he says.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy makes a telling statement why bowlers should stay engaged. “Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments. That’s true of T10 as well,” he says.One of the tricks that T10 encourages and is already best employed by smart T20 captains is match ups; of using the right batsmen against weak bowlers and vice versa. In the T10 league for instance, in form batsmen like Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow often took advantage against retired or off-colour bowlers.CAN T10 EAT INTO ODI PIE?The most seasoned of IPL coaches Stephan Fleming and Daniel Vettori worked as coaches in the league and took notes. “Stephan Fleming was telling me 10 overs cricket may not affect Test cricket but might affect ODI cricket over a period of time,” former India physio John Gloster said.Fleming’s views hold strength. With the history and character of Test cricket so well defined, result oriented Test contests still find takers. A lot of cricketers who have played T10 cricket say it will boost T20 cricket skills. But with even multiple rule changes failing to keep viewers engaged through a 50-overs contest, ODI games could come under pressure if T10 takes root.Many bowlers are not enjoying the 10 overs blitz though. With a maximum of 2 overs to bowl against batsmen in overdrive mode, the long acquired skills of setting up a wicket become ill-suited to the format.Former India pacer RP Singh shares the bowlers’s sentiment. “I remember when someone hit you for a six in Test cricket, you would remember it for the rest of the year. Here you are hit for a six off the first ball so there is an acceptance that people come for entertainment. If you are hit for 20 runs in an over; as a bowler you think… at least I didn’t go for 25.”SUSCEPTIBLE TO CORRUPTIONFive years back the biggest blot on the most successful IPL brand was the spot-fixing scandal that eventually saw BCCI administration being handed over to court-appointed administrators.advertisementWith short format leagues easy prey for trouble makers, T10 cricket played in UAE with its tainted history could be susceptible.Speaking about the anti-corruption measures adopted during the competition, chairman of T10 league Shaji-ul Mulk said, “We outsourced the entire ICC anti-corruption unit and there was a ICC integrity officer with each team. We want to make it a league where corruption can be checked at every step.”One instance of a corrupt approach from an outsider to a member of a franchise support staff did take place during the league. It was reported on time and handled by the anti-corruption unit.Also Read | Corrupt approach reported in T10 League in United Arab EmiratesAlso Read | Watch what happens when Rashid Khan tries to emulate MS Dhoni’s helicopter shotlast_img read more

Ranking the difficulty of OSU’s remaining schedule

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State has one of the nation's toughest schedules the rest of the way (USATSI)Oklahoma State has one of the nation’s toughest schedules the rest of the way (USATSI)First and foremost, I should start by saying last weekend was pure insanity in college football. Big games, upsets, goal posts being torn down by massive crowds of Red Bull infused students… it was amazing.As for myself, I watched everything unfold with a group of friends I was visiting in Dallas. There’s really no substitute for watching big games in unfamiliar territories with fans of different teams.As you can imagine, the bar I was in/the state of Texas was pretty stoked when TCU pulled off the upset against OU. As a lifelong Okie, I should probably be less excited when the Sooners lose…but I was right there celebrating with strangers in Horned Frog t-shirts. It was during this activity that I was shaken to my core.At a table across the bar sat an older couple—probably both in their 60s, just taking in the excitement of a massive win. I approached this seemingly harmless duo with a smile on my face, excitedly telling them, “I went to Oklahoma State and I just want to say thank you for what just happened!” I was sincere in my appreciation, yet entirely unprepared for what followed.Without skipping a beat, the older gentlemen looked me in the eye and said, “Talk to me in two weeks and let’s see how you feel about us then.”I’m serious. He said that to me.I pride myself on my wit, okay? I’m typically ready for just about anything. But in this moment, in a random bar in Dallas, an old man in a purple shirt caught me completely off guard and ruined me. Took me to the old school and gave me an education. I returned to Oklahoma a broken man.But with his advice in mind, I began thinking about the seven games left on our schedule and decided to rank them based on the expected difficulty level.While I only wish I could revisit that situation (I’ve come up with 8,348 comebacks I should have said), the only level of revenge I can have here is knowing I’m not most worried about TCU.So take that.7. Kansas: This weekend at KansasKansas is 2-3 so far and strikes about as much fear into my heart as a kitten. I refuse to fear a team with Montell Cozart at QB. (Don’t make me regret such a strong stance, Cowboys)6: Texas: Nov. 15 at BPSVince Young’s not walking through that door. Colt McCoy’s not walking through that door. Mack Brown’s not walking through that door…5. West Virginia: Oct. 25 at BPSThis is clearly one of those games we should start worrying about, as West Virginia played OU and Alabama incredibly well. Really just glad this game is at home, and hopefully the team is still upset about last season.Because I am.4. Kansas State: Nov. 1 at Kansas StateWe’ve jumped them in the polls, but this is a terrifying game to play in Manhattan. Looked all over for a silver lining…luckily found this one: They only beat Iowa State by four points. Take what you can get.3. TCU: Oct. 18 at TCUI don’t know if I actually fear TCU more than K-State, or if the old man is still in my head. Regardless, this is a top 10 team and Trevone Boykin is apparently the real deal. Worried about what he can do with his feet against the Cowboy defense.2. Baylor: Nov. 22 at BaylorThings I don’t want to do: Go to the dentist, go grocery shopping, go to Waco to play the Bears. Something tells me they’re still upset about last season…but last season gives me hope, as well.1. OU: Dec. 6 at OUI get that OU lost to TCU and now everyone knows it’s possible…but this is a really good OU football team. To make matters worse, we have to travel to Norman to attempt the upset bid.I’m putting my eggs in the “Have Boone Pickens offer Katy Perry a large amount of money to ruin Trevor Knight’s life” basket. But we could also beat them straight up, sure.That works too.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

Jeremy Seaton is Not Happy with the All Big 12 Preseason Snub of Blake Jarwin

first_imgReturning All-Big 12 performer Blake Jarwin, coming off a monster 2015 campaign, seemed to be a clear-cut choice for preseason All-Big 12 selection at the same position.But, as life would have it, some things just don’t make a ton of sense. And Jarwin was snubbed by the media over Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews.His former position partner, Jeremy Seaton, was not pleased with the snub.Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 6.55.06 PMKind of hard to disagree.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ESPN Releases Big Ten Power Rankings After Week 1

first_imgJames Franklin walking onto the field with his Penn State players.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, and several of the Power Five conferences came out of it pretty rough. Over in the Big Ten, we saw plenty of preseason questions finally get answered.ESPN just released its power rankings within all of the major conferences. In the Big Ten, there remains some pretty significant questions about who’s best, but one team certainly set the tone at the top.Despite speculation that the changes at head coach and quarterback would make things difficult for Ohio State, the king remains the king. The Buckeyes came in at No. 1 on the list after a sensational debut for Justin Fields.In the West, Nebraska had trouble against South Alabama while Wisconsin seemed like a force to be reckoned with on the road against USF. As a result, the Badgers got No. 2 while Nebraska was relegated to No. 7 behind Iowa. Here is the full Big Ten rankings, as published by ESPN:Ohio StateWisconsinMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateIowaNebraskaNorthwesternMarylandPurdueIllinoisMinnesotaIndianaRutgersIt seems pretty clear that the usual suspects in the Big Ten title race are all at the top. Meanwhile, Rutgers, Indiana, and Illinois are still at or near the bottom of the totem pole.But it does speak volumes about the respect shown for Purdue that the Boilermakers could lose to Nevada – the only Big Ten loss – and still be ranked higher than four other schools.You can view ESPN’s full conference power rankings here.last_img read more

Analyst Releases New Heisman Trophy Top 5 After Week 2

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Heisman Trophy picture has updated following the second full weekend of the 2019 college football season.A new quarterback appears to have entered the race. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had a dominant performance at Texas on Saturday night. Burrow and the 2-0 Tigers are looking like serious College Football Playoff contenders. The former Ohio State QB should be a Heisman frontrunner, too.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, continues to put up dominant stats leading the Sooners. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence looked good in the Tigers’ big win over Texas A&M, too.College football analyst Barrett Sallee has released a new Heisman Trophy top five following Week 2. The college football writer for CBS Sports has Burrow leading the race:My Heisman top five right now:1. Joe Burrow2. Jalen Hurts3. Tua Tagovailoa4. Justin Fields5. Trevor LawrenceOutside looking in: Jonathan Taylor, Jake Fromm— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 8, 2019It’s tough to argue with that top five right now. No one has a better win than LSU and no one has a better individual performance on a big stage than Burrow in that contest.There’s a long way to go, though.The Heisman Trophy picture should change a lot between now and December.last_img read more

Global Collaboration to Reduce Cybercrimes Urged

first_imgStory Highlights The Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cyber-crimes. State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cyber-crimes.He made the call while speaking at the just concluded international cyber crime conference in Seoul, South Korea.Making his contribution, on the topic: “Beyond Digital Divide towards Global Prosperity”, Mr. Robinson noted existing disparities between developed and developing countries in terms of the necessary interventions to effectively counter cyber crimes.“While the divide between developed and developing countries has narrowed significantly in the (general) area of legislation (enactment), it remains with respect to the ability of some countries to respond to cyber incidents and threats, through Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs),” he said.In stressing that the importance of legislation in the fight against cyber crimes “cannot and should not be overstated”, the State Minister said the work programme for both the Organisation of American States (OAS) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) identifies the need for the implementation of legislative measures aimed at enabling investigation and prosecution.“Itis not sufficient, however, to simply promulgate legislation. Countries, developed and developing alike, have to continuously review their legislation to ensure that it appropriately addresses new and emerging cyber threats,” he underscored.In this regard, Mr. Robinson said the Jamaican Government has moved proactively to this end.He informed that in addition to the Cybercrimes Act, several other pieces of legislation are utilised in Jamaica to prosecute cyber crimes. These include: the Larceny Act; Interception of Communications Act; and Child Pornography Act.The State Minister added that accompanying legislation, in the form of the Electronic Transactions Act, has also been promulgated to promote and support legitimate engagements.In relation to the Cybercrimes Act, Mr. Robinson advised that a provision was incorporated into the legislation mandating a review by a Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Parliament, two years after the legislation’s implementation. He explained that this was done to ensure that the Act’s provisions remain consistent with and relevant to international best practices.As regards Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs), the Minister pointed out that any quest to establish such an entity must be supported by an effective training regime for the personnel involved, in order for it to be successful.He pointed out that of over 18 established CIRTs currently, only two are in the Caribbean,In this regard, the State Minister disclosed that Jamaica has begun to develop a cadre of professionals with the technical expertise to identify, determine, and respond to cyber and other technology-related crimes. He, however, noted that the complement of personnel is “not yet sufficient.”“The Jamaica Constabulary Force, for example, has a specific unit within its Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) with responsibility for investigating cyber crime. With support from our international and bilateral partners, the unit would be able to collaborate and, otherwise, share its resources and know-how with other Caribbean countries,” he indicated.Mr. Robinson also disclosed that a specialized unit also exists within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), which is responsible for prosecuting cyber crime incidents and liaising with and supervising police investigations.The State Minister emphasized the need for increased cross-border collaboration and training. This, he said, would be particularly beneficial to officers and stakeholders attached to or utilizing Jamaica’s Resident Magistrates Courts, where most cybercrimes are prosecuted, but proceedings are often delayed. This, he explained, is consequent on court personnel’s unfamiliarity with the intricacies associated with cybercrimes.In this regard, he stressed the need for these officers to be sensitized accordingly in order to facilitate smooth and timely disposal of matters.“As we grapple with this increasing problem of cybercrime, it is imperative that we continue to co-operate at the (local), regional, and international levels, with a view to reducing its impact on the prosperity of our citizens and our economies. Our efforts certainly can be enhanced when we find common means to tackle this increasingly problematic issue,” Mr. Robinson contended.The two-day conference, themed “Global Prosperity through an Open and Secure Cyberspace: Opportunities, Threats and Cooperation”, was organised by the South Korean Foreign Ministry and staged at Seoul’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (COEX).It brought together more than 1,600 government officials, civil leaders, and cyberspace security experts from 87 countries around the world. The State Minister also emphasized the need for increased cross-border collaboration and training. There are existing disparities between developed and developing countries in terms of the necessary interventions to effectively counter cyber crimes.last_img read more

PIOJ at Halfway Point in Phase Two of Climate Change Project

first_img Implementation of the SPCR project is expected to span four years. Story Highlights The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is currently midway through implementing Phase II of a US$25 million Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR).The programme, being implemented as a pilot (Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), aims to boost government-led efforts to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to withstand the often damaging effects of risks associated with climate-related occurrences such as hurricanes, storms, and droughts, on the island’s infrastructure and other assets, and the resulting costs.The SPCR is expected to demonstrate the measures to achieve these strengthened capacities and how they can be incorporated into the implementation of core development policies and planning.Implementation of the SPCR is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 job creation and economic growth strategic priority, focusing on facilitating protection of the natural environment.The PPCR/SCPR’s roll out is deemed timely as Jamaica has, over time, sustained significant dislocation due to the impact of climate-related hazards. This has been most evident over the last 12 years, during which the island incurred damage and losses, estimated at some $150 billion, resulting from the passage of some 11 storms or hurricanes.Frequent extreme, unusual, and irregular weather patterns associated with climate change, have been attributed to global warming. The latter occurrence is defined as a rise in the average atmospheric or oceanic temperature resulting from increased presence of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.This, to a great extent, is caused by activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, like petroleum products, and deforestation. Research determines that these factors influence weather patterns resulting in hurricanes, storms, heavy rainfall or even drought. In several instances, countries are also under the threat of rising sea levels.When activities such as inappropriate farming practices and construction, particularly of houses in areas not deemed ideal for this undertaking, are factored in, they can and often lead to devastating occurrences such as flooding and landslides or slippages.In recognition of the long-term risks these pose for Jamaica, government-led efforts are being undertaken to strengthen the country’s ability to, as best as possible, withstand the effects of these situations. These include implementation of the PPCR/SPCR.Jamaica is one of six Caribbean countries invited by a regional PPCR/SPCR sub-committee to participate in the undertaking. The committee comprises representatives of the project’s main multilateral funding partners – the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).They are financing the undertaking through a Climate Investment Fund (CIF) facility, established for this purpose. The other countries involved are: Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Haiti.Jamaica’s programme is being financed at a cost of US$25 million by the World Bank and IDB, comprising US$15 million in grant funding, and a US$10 million concessionary loan.Manager for Sustainable Development and Regional Planning at the PIOJ, Hopeton Peterson, tells JIS News that the PPCR/SPCR is being implemented in two phases. The first, he informs, entailed design development for and preparation of three investment projects, as well as several scheduled technical studies being undertaken to support climate change adaptation in Jamaica.He explains that Investment Project I (IP I), for which US6.8 million in grant funding was allocated, deals with improving climate data and information management, which he describes as “very important” because “we need data to facilitate good planning.”Investment Project II (IP II), funded through a US$7.7 million grant, relates to the application of adaptation measures in a specified watershed identified, in this case, the Rio Minho River basin and watershed in Clarendon.Mr. Peterson informs that a loan of US$3.6 million is being also been allocated for this component to boost the National Meteorological Service’s operational capacity, which entailed, among other things, acquisition of a radar.A total of US$6.4 million in loan funds was earmarked for Investment Project III (IP III) which he says, will finance adaptation initiatives for community-based organizations, and micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs).Phase II of the PPCR/SPCR, Mr Peterson outlines will entail implementation of the activities to be undertaken during the latter part of the 2013/14 financial year.Mr. Peterson points to several benefits, which will arise from this undertaking. The technical reports, he explains, will assist national efforts in mainstreaming climate change in priority sectors, such as tourism, agriculture, and water resources, among others, and support the design of attendant adaptation measures.Additionally, the studies will help to build and strengthen sectoral capacity for planning and forecasting, as well as support climate change education and awareness.“The direct beneficiary is the country, because the entire population will be impacted by whatever decisions are made with the use of these data,” he outlines.For the second project, Mr. Peterson says residents of communities, especially farmers in the Upper Rio Minho watershed area, will benefit. Other beneficiary districts include Bog Hole, Kellits, and adjoining areas.He explains that the Rio Minho was selected as a pilot, primarily because “it is one of the most highly degraded watersheds in Jamaica.” This has been attributed mainly to factors such as improper land use, less than ideal cultivation practices, and deforestation.“It’s a farming area and most vulnerable to the effects of both climate change and climate variability. One of the critical issues relates to water adequacy to do their farming; so the project is also looking at ways of improving water storage for these communities to better deal with (factors such as) drought,” he informs.Mr. Peterson points out that the project’s implementation is “based on community participation”. He says prior to commencing the project design, PIOJ representatives visited targeted communities to find out how climate change/variations were affecting the residents and the solutions they have been exploring for implementation.“We made some proposals; but communities also came forward with ideas and strategies of their own. Some of the things that they are doing include planting crops that are more resistant to drought, and storing water, using tanks. They are also changing their planting periods to fit with the changes in rainfall cycle, for example. These are some of the practical measures that they have been putting in place,” he discloses.Having completed work in phase one of the PPCR/SPCR, Mr. Peterson advises that a project report and proposals are being prepared for submission to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for their consideration.In addition to the initial amount allocated in the SPCR, Jamaica has received a further US$5 million in grant funding through the Climate Investments Fund (CIF) to continue the project undertaking.“It (submission) will go through their (IDB) approval process; therefore, once it is approved, we will have disbursement of funds and we can then start with the implementation, which we anticipate will start in 2014,” Mr. Peterson informs.Implementation of the SPCR project, he tells JIS News, is expected to span four years, adding that once the projects are successfully executed, “we would have partially achieved our objectives as the real test is to see whether or not the activities can be sustained.”“We expect to have climate change mainstreamed in government and private sector operations and anticipate, as well, that we would have some adaptation strategies in the Rio Minho watershed. We also anticipate that we would have the climate resilience of communities strengthened by implementing climate change adaptation projects, and also MSMEs strengthened and becoming more resilient to climate change,” Mr. Peterson informs.He points out that once these targets have been attained and the strengths and weaknesses assessed to determine which project(s) can be implemented elsewhere, then, “we would move onto doing that.”“We have sustainability measures built into the programme. So if the projects are successfully implemented, then we look to scale those up, in which case we would need to get additional funding. So we would have to try and leverage additional funds to continue the implementation of the successful activities,” Mr. Peterson adds. The PIOJ is currently midway through implementing Phase II of a US$25m Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). Implementation of the SPCR is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 job creation and economic growth strategic priority.last_img read more

Health Ministry to Step Up Public Education Campaign on HPV Vaccine

first_img The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be ramping up its public education campaign on its initiative to prevent cervical cancer, through the introduction of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme.In a Statement to the House of Representatives today (October 3), Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said experts from the Ministry have been on the airwaves explaining the vaccination campaign and will continue to facilitate any opportunity to enlighten the public.“The MOH, through the regional health authorities and the local health departments, will continue to engage the parents through the parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and the schools’ administration to ensure the dissemination of information, education and communication material,” Dr. Tufton said.He said the Ministry is aware that there are lingering concerns in the public and that such members can call the Ministry’s toll-free line 1-888-ONE LOVE or 1-888-663-5683 to clarify those concerns.The vaccine is being offered to girls in grade seven, between the age of nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection.To date, more than 300 students in four schools have received the vaccine, while 20 opted out of the process. The four schools are Oberlin and Papine High in Kingston and St. Andrew, and Titchfield and Happy Grove in Portland.Various stakeholder sensitisation sessions have been conducted, including sessions with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; public-sector healthcare workers; the Paediatric Association of Jamaica; Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; National Parenting Support Commission; Jamaica Council of Churches; Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches; school nurses; guidance counsellors; and Health and Family Life Education coordinators.Dr. Tufton informed that “Dear Parent” letters and accompanying fact sheets were distributed to schools for inclusion in the grade-seven school packages at the end of the last academic year to sensitise parents/guardians to the planned vaccine introduction.Six Focus Group discussions with parents and girls were conducted in Kingston, Montego Bay and Clarendon and parent/student sensitisation sessions were done in Westmoreland, St. James, St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, Portland and St. Ann. A Media Sensitisation Forum was held on September 29.Media Interviews are ongoing with the Jamaica Information Service, IRIE FM, Nationwide 90 FM, News Talk 93 FM, RJR Group of Companies, and CVM Television. Print Placement of HPV information is ongoing and radio and television commercials will be placed.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton highlighted that the HPV vaccines are safe, noting that more than 200 million doses have been given around the world with no major side effects.He said the most common side effects of the vaccine include redness, swelling and tenderness to the injection site. Other less-common effects include fever, nausea and upset stomach. The vaccine is being offered to girls in grade seven, between the age of nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection. In a Statement to the House of Representatives today (October 3), Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said experts from the Ministry have been on the airwaves explaining the vaccination campaign and will continue to facilitate any opportunity to enlighten the public. Story Highlightscenter_img The Minister further informed that the HPV vaccine was included in the national schedules of France (2007), the United Kingdom (2008), the Netherlands (2009), Canada (2007-2009), Mexico (2012), Panama (2008), USA and Puerto Rico (2006), Bermuda (2008), St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago (2013), and Barbados (2015), to name a few.“The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has carefully monitored the safety of the HPV vaccine and thoroughly investigated reported cases of adverse effects supposedly attributed to the HPV vaccine,” Dr. Tufton said.The World Health Organization (WHO) Committee on Vaccine Safety has confirmed that none of the conditions investigated were due to the HPV vaccine, and in December 2015 issued the following statement: “To date, GACVS has not found any safety issue that would alter its recommendations for the use of the vaccine.” he added.Dr. Tufton said that cervical cancer is a major public health problem in Jamaica, as almost 50 per cent of the women who are diagnosed each year will die from this preventable disease.He said the MOH has, therefore, introduced the HPV vaccine to provide 90-100 per cent protection against HPV types 16 and 18.The Minister noted that the HPV vaccine has been available in the private sector for several years now and is, therefore, not a new vaccine to the population.In addition, Dr. Tufton said the MOH has employed a school-based strategy for implementation to facilitate greater access to the population, as parents will not have to miss work or students school in order to benefit.He also informed that prior to immunisation, education sessions are held with the girls to be vaccinated. A brief medical history is conducted to ascertain the girls’ fitness and eligibility for vaccination.“As is customary with all outreach and school vaccination programmes, safety measures are in place to treat emergencies. Additionally, the surveillance mechanism monitors and investigates all events supposedly attributable to vaccination or immunisation,” the Health Minister said.A budget was crafted for approximately $100 million for year one of the HPV vaccine introduction, which includes social mobilisation and communication; cold chain equipment; training and sensitisation; and procurement of vaccines and vaccination supplies. The estimated annual cost after introduction is $73 million.A total of 48,000 doses of bivalent vaccine were ordered for 2017, through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Expanded Programme on Immunization Revolving Fund, at a cost of US$7.80 per dose.Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Jamaica and remains a significant public health concern. Current estimates indicate that every year, 392 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer; 185 die from the disease, with the majority of deaths occurring in women between 40 and 64 years of age.For further information, the public can email the Ministry at: hpvinfo@moh.gov.jm. Additional information is available at www.moh.gov.jm. The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be ramping up its public education campaign on its initiative to prevent cervical cancer, through the introduction of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme.last_img read more

Only 10 per cent of Haitians crossing illegally getting refugee status so

first_imgOTTAWA – The majority of asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Canada so far this year were Haitian and so far, only 10 per cent of their claims have been accepted, newly released data showed Wednesday.Since February, the Immigration and Refugee Board has received 14,467 claims in total from what they call irregular border crossers, and the overall acceptance rate sits at 60 per cent.The fact that the number of successful Haitian claims is “very low” should serve as a cautionary tale for those still contemplating crossing into Canada illegally from the U.S. to seek asylum, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.“Coming to Canada first of all has to be done through regular channels, and secondly the asylum system is only for people who are in genuine need of protection,” Hussen said.“It’s not for everyone.”People have been crossing into Canada between official checkpoints in increasing numbers since the start of the year, but the summer months saw a major surge after the U.S. government notified those who hold temporary protected status in that country that their status would be under review.Just under 60,000 Haitians are covered by the policy that protects against deportation. In the weeks after the Trump administration’s initial announcement, some began making the trek north to Canada to try and seek asylum here, propelled in part by misinformation online suggesting Canada has special programs for those affected by the policy.At one point in late July and early August, the number surged to upwards of 250 a day. The rate has since fallen dramatically, but fears it could spike again ramped up this week as the U.S. announced it is in fact ending the policy for Haitians, known as TPS, as of July 2019.“We’re continuing to plan ahead,” Hussen said Wednesday.That includes a meeting scheduled Thursday with federal and provincial officials overseeing the asylum issue at the border. Among other things, they’ll review the statistics from the IRB, which break down the claims by country of alleged persecution.Haiti is at the top with 6,304 claims in total. Only 298 have been finalized, 29 accepted. Next is Nigeria, with 1,911 claims overall, and after that is Turkey at 631.Those whose claims are rejected do have avenues of appeal, and if those fail, they face deportation.Hussen said he didn’t know how many border crossers were pursuing appeals, nor how many — if any — had been removed from Canada. He said people often choose to leave voluntarily, but didn’t know whether that was the case for any members of the summer cohort.After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Canada had temporarily paused deportation to the country. But Canada resumed deportations this year.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said she’s troubled by the fact that only a fraction of the claims received by the IRB have been heard. Of the over 14,000 they’ve received, they’ve only finalized 1,572.“The IRB is so backlogged, it will get out into the community — you can enter the country illegally, and not have your case heard for a significant period of time while still being able to access social support services,” Rempel said.“To me, the government is going to have to get on top of that quickly.”last_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins Signs Trike For Charity Auction

first_imgHere’s something for the young cyclist in your life.Galt Trike Signed By Bradley WigginsSir Bradley Wiggins has signed a Galt trike for a charity auction raising money for TheTOYProject.Bradley Wiggins – or Wiggo, as he is more affectionately known – sped into the public’s conscience in 2012 following a mesmerising display in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Yet to those who had been following his career in the years before, Wiggins had been a huge success in bike racing across the world for a long time.TheTOYProject provides basic support tools for children across the UK who have lost a family member or friend. These could be toys to use in play therapy to help children open up about their feelings or simply a teddy bear to comfort them at night. In addition to their work with bereaved children they provide toys to children in hospices and hospitals.The auction runs until April 6, and can be accessed via Sellebrity.org.uk.last_img read more

Speaker to inform Elections Commission on Geethas MP seat

As a result of the court ruling Kumarasinghe will not lose all her Parliament privileges, the Speaker’s office added. (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is to inform the Elections Commission on Geetha Kumarasinghe’s Parliament seat.The Speaker’s office said that the Speaker has received the court ruling on Kumarasinghe being found unsuitable to hold a seat in Parliament as she is a dual citizen.

Visitation for Bernie Morelli

Bernie Morelli was first elected to his East Hamilton seat in 1991, but mourners at his visitation say he was well known long before that.“He used to work at Dofasco, then city hall. He’d do anything for people, he’s a wonderful man,” says Mike Agro. For about 15 years Morelli also sat on the Police Services Board, mostly as chair, including when now-retired Brian Mullan was promoted Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police.“It wasn’t unusual for bernie and I to hop into cars and go on patrol, so to speak. He loved to visit places in his constituency. when there were trouble areas he’d say let’s go for a ride, and we’d survey the area and see how we could help.”“Rage, rage, against the dying of the light, do not go gentle into that good night. That was Bernie. He went from the hospital to city hall to meet and chair meetings. Right up until that last moment. Isn’t that a wonderful legacy of commitment? That was Bernie,” says former Hamilton mayor Larry Di Ianni There will be another visitation service for Bernie Morelli on Sunday from 1:00pm-9:00pm, again at the PX Dermody Funeral Home on King St. East. His funeral will be Monday at 10:30am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. read more

Presidents Annual Dinner speech – 26 November 2013

This is part of the role of the SMMT.  To ensure the industry, and those affected by it, are as successful as possible. The following is the speech of the SMMT President, Tim Abbott (Managing Director, BMW Group UK) at the SMMT Annual Dinner in London on 26 November 2013. Typical of this is the partnership between the Department for Transport and some major brands that will see a communications campaign next year to encourage motorists to consider ultra-low emission cars. They ensure we have all the data we need, (whether we like our market share or not); they get a whole lobby of politicians to support our sector (which is no mean feat and I can assure you is all above board.) and generally present the industry in the best possible light.One area of the SMMT’s work I should also like to highlight is with an organisation called the Foyer Federation.  Earlier today, the SMMT Executive and I met with a group of young people, who would normally be described as being at the edges of society. I have spent a fair amount of time at SMMT’s Great Peter Street offices and I am always so impressed at the passion, determination and expertise of all the staff. It’s an honour for me to be the President of the SMMT and I will continue to put all my passion into the job. The market is up by 10%.  Growth that, we believe, is sustainable.  But we do not want a market artificially stimulated by over-stretched credit.  Consumers are becoming more confident but it is a cautious optimism, borne of a painful crash. Innovation is key to this recovery.  Innovations in safety, entertainment and, of course, fuel economy are attracting people back into the market.  Buyers realise that they can save pounds at the fuel pump by investing in a new vehicle. On behalf of the industry, I would like to thank the many people here this evening who have invested considerable amounts of time in creating the strategy, not least the Automotive Council, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and countless individuals.  I am convinced this strategy can deliver the global competitiveness essential for our success. We will reflect your views and ensure the government, media and the electorate understand that we operate in a global industry and that Europe is fundamental to our businesses. I am pleased to say that the market is recovering slowly. Europe provides a salutary reminder of the challenge.  The EU market remains depressed with car sales down 5% this year. Inevitably, this will impact on production levels here but we are hopeful that some signs of recovery are slowly emerging.Closer to home, the signs are more positive. With the full impact of many of the recent investment announcements yet to be realised, the UK is set for record volumes.  Not many would have bet on that over the last couple of decades. And customers do not suddenly decide to embrace new technologies.  We will get there, but we ask regulators to ensure the European industry can maintain its competiveness for current, and future, challenges. But there remain challenges.  The biggest of which is Skills; making sure the UK has the necessary skillset to meet the challenge of competition in this global industry. But seriously, that worry didn’t materialise and we’ve had the best footfall through our dealerships for many years.  New car registrations have exceeded forecasts and September was the best month for five years. But the good news goes much deeper.  Brose, for instance, which makes window regulators and seat adjusters, is investing £15 million in its Coventry facility, taking its workforce to 250 employees.  ElringKlinger, which makes engine components, announced a £7m expansion in Redcar. Our industry has changed more than we dared to imagine.  Just 10 years ago today, Concorde, flew for the last time.  For many, it was a symbol of British pride in engineering, design and innovation.  Its passing felt like the end of an era, the UK just couldn’t cut it any more.However, as stated by a senior industry CEO recently, vehicle technologies have the potential to push the motor industry further forward in the next five years than in the past 100. There is greater confidence and business cycles are turning in our favour with new smaller CVs increasing sales.  At the other end of the market, the impending ‘Euro 6’ legislation is helping the recovery in larger truck sales. The same can be said of our engine plants.  BMW has been investing in its Hams Hall engine site; the new JLR engine developments will be online in the next few years; and Ford continues to make the UK its focus for engine production. Both are relatively small investments which fail to make the headline news, but their success is just as important to the long term success of the UK industry. Minister, my Lords, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.  And that’s just the people sat at my table, all the great and good are here tonight!It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the 97th SMMT Annual Dinner, here at the Grosvenor House Hotel.  In those 97 Annual Dinners, an estimated 211 tons of food and 4,850 gallons of alcohol will have been consumed.  Again, that’s just the people sat at my table! These initiatives reflect the strong collaborative relationship between industry and government. The political agenda will be set by the European elections and the subsequent debate about the UK’s role in Europe.  We must participate in the debate and the SMMT will be undertaking some work to highlight the importance of Europe to our business. I think it’s a good thing. I am proud that our sector is leading this challenge, with trailblazing apprenticeships and pioneering initiatives such as ‘See Inside Manufacturing’. Earlier this year we celebrated 100 years of manufacturing in Oxford and I wonder just what William Morris would make of our industry if he was here tonight.   We have seen an impressive array of investments, from Nissan and BMW to Bentley and JLR which continues to invest to make the UK its production and technological home. But the need for more young people and women in our industry is just one of the challenges we must meet.  There are more; rising costs, regulation, increase competition.  All these and more threaten the competitiveness of the UK industry. Let me end by looking to the future.The latest SMMT forecasts suggest 2014 will see a continuation of the recovery.  We expect modest growth in both registrations and manufacturing as the big investments and model cycles crank up the pace. I was delighted, however, that we were able to recruit a very able successor in Mike Hawes, who joined in September. And our focus now has to be on delivery. As an industry, we must make speedy progress on the Advanced Propulsion Centre; we must create more apprenticeships and graduate positions, and we must create and deliver the new technologies that will make the UK a leader in automotive innovation and market take-up. So it was with huge enthusiasm that the government and industry launched an Automotive Sector Strategy in July.  This forms part of a cross-government Industrial Policy for Growth. Fundamental to the UK sector’s future, is R&D.  We want jobs; we want growth.  But we also want innovation; high tech jobs that make the most of our knowledge economy. Mike Baunton served as interim Chief Executive of the SMMT after Paul’s departure.  He kept a firm hand on the tiller and so on behalf of the Society, and on behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank him for his service this year. The new Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, is with us tonight and I know is aware of this issue. I would like to place on record our determination to work with him and our Agency colleagues to find appropriate solutions. We agree that it’s not perfect but we cannot abdicate our role in shaping that market and the regulations that govern our products. The retail market too is changing.  Online has its place, and the customer is more informed than ever before.  We have to respond; making the experience transparent, engaging and responsive to individual needs and desires. I know we have representatives from various government departments here this evening as well as the Department for Transport.  I would like to thank them all for their efforts to safeguard the UK industry’s interests. A general election is only 18 months away.  Over the next year parties will be positioning themselves, identifying the issues that strike a chord with the electorate.  The SMMT will ensure the automotive industry and its interests are fundamental to all parties’ agenda. Low emission vehicles are part of a wider objective to meet CO2 emissions targets set by the EU.  Every manufacturer is committed to achieving these targets, but, we are also mindful of the need to maintain competitiveness.  Breakthroughs do not come every year. It can also help us attract yet more investment.  I was delighted to see the appointment of Joe Greenwell, a former SMMT President, as CEO of the newly formed Automotive Investment Organisation.  I cannot think of a better man to represent the industry and he has the full support of the SMMT. These so-called “NEETS” – not in education, employment or training – have, over the last six months, been working within our industry. Of course, there have been changes.  Just after our dinner last year, Paul Everitt announced he was to leave and join the aerospace industry.  He went with our best wishes given the instrumental role he played in modernising the SMMT. Because buying a car should always be about satisfying that desire. The priority now is to ensure this confidence translates into a strong UK automotive supply chain.  There are billions of pounds worth of opportunities arising from the recent OEM investments. The SMMT is doing what it can to break down the barriers including funding constraints, so that the UK supply chain can prosper at home and abroad. After dinner, the Autocar/Courland ‘Next Generation Award’ winner will be announced and I know the calibre of entrants has been extremely high.  It’s great to have young people who really aspire to be the best. It was a proud moment seeing the positive influence we can have on young people.  If we can harness their talent, their enthusiasm, their creativity, it will be them sitting here at SMMT dinners in the years to come. I am pleased to say the SMMT is in good health.  Membership levels are strong with over 100 new members signed up this year.  And it is a diverse, extensive and active membership. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much and I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening. Whilst we should recognise the loss of the Southampton Transit site last year, we have seen a modest increase in overall vehicle production, with bus and coach production bouncing back too. Nowhere were the effects of the crash felt more than in the commercial vehicle market.  Hit hard by businesses reining in spending, CV sales fell dramatically with no scrappage scheme to alleviate the fall. So the SMMT is doing some fantastic work on behalf of you all, including the organisation of tonight’s dinner so, on behalf of all the industry, I would like thank them for their work. In a few minutes, we will announce the winner of the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation.  I will not spoil the surprise but let me say the competition was tough, it was challenging and it was inspiring.  The variety and expertise of innovation coming from these shores augurs well for our future. I am pleased that BMW is part of that consortium and am confident we will see more motorists considering electric and ultra-low carbon vehicles in the future. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Make sure it is your voice too. So please, engage with us – The SMMT is the voice of the motor industry. Today represents some well-known anniversaries; in 1922, Howard Carter and his team first opened the doors of Tutankhamen’s tomb, which had been sealed for over 3,000 years.  Walking in here just a few minutes ago, I know how they must have felt….huge excitement, some trepidation, but they knew there was a great story to tell. But the SMMT is not just about the CEO.  It has a great team beavering away on behalf of the industry. He has considerable experience of the industry and has already spent a lot of his time out there meeting industry, politicians, other organisations and I am convinced he will be a great leader of the organisation. However, I must also raise with them an issue affecting many in this room.  We all want efficient and effective public services. Modernisation is central to that ambition.  But dealers, manufacturers and consumers are all suffering from costly and unnecessary delays from the modernisation of DVLA, VOSA and VCA. Yet who would have predicted such a short time ago that tonight our industry would be celebrating significant growth, investment and global success. It is helping create thousands of new jobs, safeguarding many more and rebalancing the UK economy.  Because when the UK automotive sector does well, the UK economy does well.We started the year a little worried; a new 13 plate; would it be unlucky? read more

Ireland donates €15 million to South Sudan famine prevention fund

first_imgDEVELOPMENT MINISTER SEÁN Sherlock has announced the allocation of €1.5 million to the UN Common Humanitarian Fund for South Sudan to fight the threat of famine in the world’s youngest country.Sherlock said he is “gravely concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation” in South Sudan:Eight months into the current crisis nearly 2 million people have been displaced from their homes. Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise with almost 4 million people facing food insecurity.The latest allocation brings Ireland’s contribution to the UN fund to €6.5 million to date.The junior minister said this money would go towards providing food, clean water, healthcare, shelter, sanitation, hygiene and protection for those affected by the crisis in South Sudan.Sherlock also expressed condolences on behalf of the Irish people to the families, friends and colleagues of the six South Sudanese aid workers killed this week:Ireland condemns in the strongest possible terms attacks on humanitarian personnel as they seek to deliver lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable populations and calls for unhindered access to affected areas where they carry out their vital work.The United Nations Mission in South Sudan accused a militia group of killing the civilian aid workers based on their ethnicity.Peacekeepers have been sent to protect UN staff, aid workers and civilians in the area where the aid workers were killed in Upper Nile State.‘Overwhelming’During a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in South Sudan, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet warned that the country is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.Despite the scale of the humanitarian effort inside South Sudan, funding for these operations is falling “far short in the face of overwhelming needs”.Mulet said that this is “a man-made crisis and those responsible for it have been far too slow in resolving it” and “continue to believe they can achieve more through the pursuit of a military option”.Medécins Sans Frontieres said that the ongoing conflict in South Sudan is having “disastrous consequences for the country’s people”. Emergency MSF medical teams are operating in the capital Juba, Awerial in Lakes State and Malakal in Upper Nile State to treat the wounded and to provide medical support to people internally displaced by the fighting. MSF’s map of its emergency response operations amid the violence in South Sudan. Source: MSFKnightley: ‘What I saw and heard was worse than I could have ever imagined’ >last_img read more

Epson releases Moverio worlds first seethrough 3D headmounted display

first_imgChildren of the late ’80’s will remember the old “virtual-reality” headsets that were in malls across America, promising a total immersion experience into various souped-up 8-bit games.Akin to putting something the size of a small child on one’s head, the old virtual-reality helmets were cumbersome to the say the least. Even though virtual-reality went the way of the Dodo bird, head-mounted display technology has continued to develop, becoming more svelte and evolving into personal theaters of sorts.The latest offering in this category is the Epson Moverio, the world’s first see-through 3D head-mounted display unit (HMD). Announced today, the Moverio allows a user to watch media content while still being able to see the real world around them.Epson’s new HMD gives the user the illusion that they are watching an 80-inch display that sits about 16 feet away from them. The Moverio uses Android 2.2 for its operating system, and has a tethered controller for a user interface. The unit comes with 1GB of on-board storage, and has a MicroSD slot for expansion. Using WiFi, the HMD can connect directly to YouTube for video content and can use a browser to display web pages. Weighing in at only a half-pound the Moverio is a definite improvement over the virtual-reality headsets of old.The Moverio can play local content that is encoded using  MPEG-4/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 containers, and supports a resolution of 960×540. Not bad for displays that are actually only about a half-inch across.There is no word on augmented-reality applications right now, but one would assume the reason for creating a see-through 3D display would be to support such things. The Moverio is going to retail at about $799, but there are no plans to bring the unit States-side at this time. Releasing soon in Japan, Epson is hoping to sell 10,000 at launch.To see how the Moverio looks on a humanoid when worn, check out the video below.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

How to make your escape room tourist attraction stand out Build it

first_imgHow to make your ‘escape room’ tourist attraction stand out? Build it in a boat Its backers have spent months sourcing props for the new ship-based attraction, they say. http://jrnl.ie/3189680 Our first room is based on a 1920s ship. There’s going to be a lot of action on it, there’s going to be water – things that other rooms haven’t used yet.What are escape rooms? A relatively new phenomenon, escape rooms first emerged in Japan around a decade ago, and have been gaining popularity in Europe more recently.Themes vary, and can feature anything from straightforward puzzles to a mocked up zombie apocalypse. The basic principle is the same in each one, however: participants are locked in a room and must finish their task within a time limit to escape. Fans try the “The Call of Duty: Black Ops III” Zombies Escape room challenge at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2015. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHere at home, companies offering escape room-type attractions have popped up in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Waterford in recent years. In the US, the craze is also gathering pace: President Barack Obama and his daughters even paid a visit to one as they holidayed in Hawaii over Christmas.In Europe, according to Brady, Budapest has become the escape room capital – with nearly 70 such attractions now operating in the Hungarian capital.The standards of them are amazing around Europe – some of them you’d do, you’d just be blown away.Brady travelled to the Netherlands three times to try and locate an appropriate vessel for their escape room idea, he said. 17,451 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter Jan 17th 2017, 6:45 AM He eventually found the Zorg Ella – a 21 metre barge originally used to transport potatoes – in the east of the country. It had been in the same family since its construction, back in 1916.Shipped over to Dublin by ferry in recent days, the vessel was launched on Ocean Pier at the port yesterday, and was being sailed upriver last evening to be berthed temporarily near the Jeanie Johnston tall ship.Sam Field Corbett, whose company also refitted well-known floating pub-restaurant the Cill Airne on the Dublin quays, will oversee the re-fit, and it’s hoped the first rooms will open on board the Dutch barge in April.Brady said that once the project was opened they planned to add other rooms to their offering nearby, at other venues. Amongst other ideas, he said, they’re looking at opening one “in a tank”.- Video editing by Nicky Ryan Read: Why has the Irish language been removed as a requirement for NUIG’s President? >Read: SuperValu wins the Christmas supermarket war > Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube INITIALLY AN ASIAN craze, the ‘escape room’ business in Ireland appears to be booming at the moment.The latest addition to the sector was launched in Dublin yesterday afternoon – and its backers are hoping to stand out from their competitors by offering something a little different: Ireland’s first ‘escape boat’.“We’ve done a lot of research on escape rooms,” Ronan Brady of escapeboats.ie told TheJournal.ie at Dublin Port as he watched the soon-to-be-refitted Zorg Ella barge being lowered into the Liffey.I’ve travelled around Europe doing a lot of them and we’ve done all the ones in Dublin – and we think there’s room for huge improvement.Brady, who has teamed up with Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication for the new venture, hopes to have the attraction up and running on Grand Canal Quay, near the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, by spring.They’ve spent months sourcing props for the 101-year old ship and thinking of ideas for the different rooms on board, he said.We spent quite a while over in Holland in salvage yards finding a lot of antiquated stuff to add to the design and we’ve got a whole lot of huge, amazing props. Subscribe for more videos This is just about to be launched. .. Dublin ‘s first planned floating ‘escape room’ pic.twitter.com/H7mUXv07Ib— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) January 16, 2017 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 6:45 AM 10 Comments Share83 Tweet Email2 By Daragh Brophylast_img read more

Lalcool nous aidetil à mieux apprendre et se souvenir

first_imgL’alcool nous aide-t-il à mieux apprendre et se souvenir ?Si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude menée par l’Université du Texas, l’alcool pourrait nous aider à mieux créer les souvenirs et à stimuler le cerveau, et cela notamment grâce à l’éthanol qui agirait sur une zone clé du cerveau.Plusieurs chercheurs de l’Université du Texas se sont penchés sur les effets de l’alcool sur la mémoire, et ont publié une étude dans le Journal of Neuroscience. D’après leurs conclusions, l’éthanol contenu dans l’alcool pourrait nous aider à développer une mémoire subconsciente. Ainsi, l’alcool ne serait pas bénéfique pour l’apprentissage et la mémoire “consciente” mais favoriserait une autre partie de la mémoire, notamment responsable de la dépendance. Hitoshi Morikawa, neurobiologiste, explique : “Habituellement, lorsqu’on parle de l’apprentissage et de la mémoire, nous parlons de la mémoire consciente. L’alcool diminue notre capacité à conserver des éléments d’information comme le nom d’un collègue, ou la définition d’un mot, ou où l’on a garé la voiture ce matin. Mais notre subconscient apprend et mémorise aussi et l’alcool peut accroître sa capacité à apprendre ou du moins sa propension à apprendre”. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cela serait dû à l’éthanol qui aurait comme effet d’augmenter la plasticité synaptique d’une zone du cerveau en charge notamment de la mémoire et de l’apprentissage, rapporte l’étude. Celle-ci confirmerait donc ce que beaucoup de scientifiques expliquent déjà depuis plusieurs années, à savoir que la dépendance à l’alcool ou aux drogues serait en fait un trouble de l’apprentissage et de la mémoire. Ainsi, l’étude tend à prouver que l’éthanol apprendrait à notre cerveau à consommer plus, et cela de façon subconsciente. La consommation d’alcool est également liée à une libération de dopamine dans le cerveau. Or, Hitoshi Morikawa précise : “Les gens voient souvent la dopamine comme un émetteur de bonheur ou de plaisir mais c’est, plus précisément un émetteur d’apprentissage. La libération de dopamine renforce l’activité des synapses”. Cette étude pourrait bientôt ouvrir la voie à de nouveaux traitements contre la dépendance, en maitrisant l’impact de l’alcool sur le cerveau.Le 23 avril 2011 à 17:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vapium Summit The Vape for the Great Outdoors

first_imgStay on target Lots of people like being outdoors. Not geeks, usually (hyuck hyuck), but a lot of people. And, unfortunately for, presumably, some of those folks, there aren’t too many solid portable vaporizers that could take a hit if you dropped it. The Firefly 2 I reviewed, for instance, had a chip in the glass after I dropped it five inches once, and I doubt it’d survive a bigger drop.Enter the Vapium Summit Plus, a rough-and-tumble portable vape that you’d feel safe taking on a camping trip. It’s thick, hard shell, is a tough polycarbonate material that feels sturdy enough to tank some serious hits. Making something durable is easy, though, what matters is if it works — and the Vapium Summit is a surprisingly capable machine.Everything about the Summit is impressive. It’s not going to come coated with aluminum or with snazzy, fancy leds all over like the Davinci or PAX. It’s simple, and direct. Pop off the cover to load the bowl, hit the power button once and wait for it to heat up — then you’re ready to go. I could just knock-off there and say the experience is great all the way through and leave it there, but there’s a bit of cleverness and care put into just about every step of that process.If you happen to be worried about losing your bowl cover (as I am wont to do), the Summit’s got you covered with a little string that links it to the frame of the unit. If you’re worried that a ding will make it impossible to attach some critical component — don’t be. Almost everything is held on with the magic of magnets — usually, a feature reserved from top-end portable vaporizers.There’s not too many bells and whistles beyond that, and there doesn’t really need to be. The Summit offers a simple, direct experience. The buttons don’t do anything fancy; you won’t find smoking profiles or other largely unnecessary features. You just have power and temperature settings. Three buttons. Simple, even for *ahem* experienced *ahem* folks. Plus, if you’re genuinely out using this in the wild, there’s an appeal to cresting a literal summit and being able to work a vape with one hand as you gaze out over creation.via vapium.comAnd man is this thing ready to go with you basically anywhere. With an IP54 rating, it’s a lot more rugged than its colleagues, and capable of handling a good deal of water and dust. Even better is that it comes with a dry bag to keep the rest of your gear safe. Vapium doesn’t just care about your vape, they care about your phone, too. The Summit works in basically any temperature you’ll find naturally on Earth, too (for now, anyway). So, as long as you’re where you can breathe, you can probably vape with this in tow.Smoking isn’t quite indulgent here, as it might be with some higher-end models, but even here, it’s clear that corners weren’t cut just to make this the thing a bit more rugged. Chamber heating is a bit slow, but even, and I rarely had to stir my material to keep going. The monstrous 3300 mAh battery holds its charge pretty damned well, too, so you’ll get plenty of hits before needing to charge up. And even then, the Summit uses a standard micro USB, unlike most of its brethren, which means you could plug this into a portable battery bank and be good to go in short order, without having to fiddle with any other attachments, adapters or stands.Vapium’s Summit Plus is a smartly designed masterpiece for the masses. It’s cheap, simple, effective, easy, and it just works.ProsToughLongevitySimple to UsePriceCompact SizeConsCan get uncomfortably warmBottom-line:The Vapium Summit Plus is a great companion for your latest smoking adventure, even if it’s not amidst the reeds of a lake or on the face of a craggy mountain.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… last_img read more