Kejriwal’s ‘artificial rain’ idea to tackle Delhi smog dreamy, impractical: Experts

first_imgDelhiites are amused by the idea of ‘artificial rain’ to wash down pollutants as suggested by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday when, in view of toxic gases enveloping Delhi post-Diwali, he said the government was “exploring the option of cloud seeding” to precipitate the dirty air which has blanketed Delhi since October 30 almost.Experts said it was a “dreamy idea” and its implementation would be difficult as well as impractical.READ | Delhi smog: Supreme Court to hear plea on alarming air pollution Polash Mukerjee, research associate, clean air and sustainable mobility, at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said: “It is not that cloud seeding has not been done before. However, for Delhi it would be difficult.” According to Mukerjee, Beijing did it in its 2008 Olympics not just to obtain clear blue skies but also avert spoilt sport rains during the ceremony.READ | Delhi continues to reel under cloud of smog for 7th day, CM Kejriwal calls emergency cabinet meet”Singapore has used this technology and United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a pioneer on it being a dry and dusty country lacking rains inspite of being on the coast.”WHAT IS CLOUD SEEDING? Cloud seeding is the process of inducing rainfall by making sure that existing clouds become very heavy. This is done by jets/helicopters spraying them with chemicals like common salt or silver iodide. “But for this, we need moisture-laden clouds in the sky,” Mukerjee said.READ | Environmental agency urges schools in Delhi to declare holidays till smog clearsadvertisementIn this season of autumn, when most clouds would have likely already moved towards Himalayas to cause snowing there, this would be difficult, he said. Delhi skies are pretty dry right now.INDIA’S TRACK OF CLOUD SEEDING Cloud seeding has been tried in India a couple of times as well. In 2015, Maharashtra did a cloud seeding experiment after August to alleviate the severe drought. But it wasn’t very effective as most moisture-laden clouds had moved away by then.Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have also tried it before but failed.READ | A day after Diwali, smog blankets DelhiOn possible side-effects of the nature-altering technology, Mukerjee said, “In my view, there is only one. With so much pollution in the air already, such as toxic Sulphur Dioxide (So2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), if we make it rain right now, it could lead to acid rains.” “Acid rains are highly corrosive and melt anything that it comes into contact with,” he said.last_img read more

Getting married on August 20, hope this ends speculations: Hasan Ali

first_imgEnding speculations surrounding his marriage with an Indian national, Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali on Friday said that he is tying the knot with Shamia Arzoo in Dubai on August 20.The Dubai-based woman is a flight engineer with Emirates Airlines, while her family members are settled in New Delhi.”Our families wanted to keep this a low key affair but since the matter has come out in the media I have decided to make an official announcement to ensure they are no speculations surrounding my marriage,” Hasan told a news conference in his hometown, Gujranwala, where Shamia will reside post marriage.”Our nikah will be solemnized on 20th August while the Rukhsati will take place three months later and we plan to stay in Gujranwala after marriage,” he said.Shamia holds a degree in Aeronautics from Manav Rachna University and has also studied in England.”I will be wearing a black and red sherwani suit while she will be dressed in Indian style,” he added.Hasan said he had met with Shamia one year ago in Dubai and their friendship had grown since that meeting.”I was the one who first expressed my love for her and proposed to her and then our families took over,” he said with a smile.Hasan is the fourth Pakistani cricketer to get hitched with an Indian girl, after Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan and Shoaib Malik.Malik married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza in April 2010 and the couple has a son. Former captain Zaheer Abbas was the first Pakistani player to marry an Indian woman.advertisementAlso Read | ‘Nothing confirmed yet’: Hasan Ali on marriage news with Indian girlAlso Read | Hasan Ali set to marry Indian girl in Dubailast_img read more

Oklahoma State Thriving in PPD Through Two Weeks

first_imgI am one of only about six people in the state of Oklahoma who probably cares about this, but I’m here for the other five of you. I want to take a season-long look at Oklahoma State’s points per drive numbers and its stop rate (defined as number of drives an opposing team does not score divided by the number of total opposing drives).Before the season started, we talked to Glenn Spencer about what statistics matter when it comes to his defense.AdChoices广告“We all want to set goals, we want to look at stats,” said Spencer. “The relevant stats are scoring defense (PPD), turnovers and red zone defense. Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games. My goal boards are less than 1.8.”So where is Oklahoma State at thus far in terms of PPD?DefenseI put together a chart showing how many points per drive Oklahoma State has allowed so far in 2017 after each game. So its yearly total was 1.21 after Game 1 and its yearly total after Game 2 was 0.92 — it should be encouraging that this is trending downward (although that is probably about to change).Interestingly, Oklahoma State has actually scored 0.5 points per drive on defense this year because of a pick-6 and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. So its net PPD is 0.42, which is insane. It should also be noted that OSU’s stop rate is 85 percent which means that on 17 of 20 opponent drives, OSU holds them to zero points (which is the goal).Now let’s look at the offense.OffenseAfter a wicked good start against Tulsa, the numbers dropped a little bit against USA. As we’ll see in a minute, though, anything around 4.0 is historically great. This number is likely to drop as well as the Pokes start to face real defenses.We don’t have any national numbers to compare this to yet, but in the weeks and months to come, those will be added in. What we do have is numbers from previous Oklahoma State seasons. Let’s look at those in comparison to this one.OffenseAgain, it’s early in the year, but this pace for the OSU offense is even better than the famous 2011 O. They won’t keep it up (nobody really hovers around 4.0 PPD), but it’s still fun to look at right now.**It should be noted that if/when the PPD numbers come out on BCF Toys, they remove garbage time drives and non-FBS drives. That’s why our numbers will differ right now. I will switch to using their numbers whenever they are released.DefenseThe crazy part to me is not the 0.92 number for OSU so far this year. The crazy part is that that 2013 team maintained a 1.29 number throughout. That’s something to shoot for, and I’m sure Glenn Spencer would be just fine with something resembling the 2009-2012 era.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

Levani Botia bags double as rampant La Rochelle swat aside Wasps

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Topics Share on Messenger Precedent would suggest that La Rochelle, as first-timers in this competition, will not win the Champions Cup but, swept away on delirium on the Atlantic coast, it is difficult not to proclaim them contenders. Their first three games among Europe’s elite have yielded a maximum 15 points. Wasps are about as far from first-timers as can be imagined – double champions, no less – but they were comprehensively dismantled, notwithstanding the five tries they managed to score themselves.La Rochelle scored six, which may make this sound closer than the 20-point margin of victory suggests, but that margin was more than fair – perhaps even a little flattering to Wasps. They at least emerge from this sobering experience with a bonus point, courtesy of three tries in the final 20 minutes. They will be under no illusion that it represents anything other than a steal.If Exeter represent upward mobility in English rugby, La Rochelle are the French equivalent. They are relatively new to the Top 14, which they top, as they did at the end of the regular season just gone, and their raucous stadium of theirs is already a fortress to compare to France’s most formidable.Like Exeter, they have achieved without recourse to more than the odd superstar. Victor Vito might qualify as such, but otherwise La Rochelle appear to have adopted a responsible approach to recruitment. Levani Botia, the Fijian centre they have converted to a flanker, shone with two tries and a performance of fearsome athleticism, and the team were steered expertly by two stalwarts of the French club game, Brock James and the superb Alexi Bales. Youthful homegrown talent, meanwhile, is represented by Pierre Bougarit, the powerful hooker, and Thomas Jolmes, no less mighty a lock. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Twitter Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Wasps Champions Cup match reports Support The Guardian Wasps have struggled for form this season, after their run to the final of the Premiership last term, and they were quick to subside into uncertainty in the face of the assault to their senses on and off the field, albeit pulling off the odd flash of genius. If this was not quite a humiliation such as those endured by Northampton and Leicester over the weekend, it was a defeat to leave them on the brink of ejection from the tournament.From the off La Rochelle came at them, despite the heavy conditions. Bougarit put a foot on the touchline as he dotted down in the third minute. Thomas Young was sent to the sin-bin in the heat of it all, and La Rochelle went ahead from the penalty. But it was Wasps who scored the first try – and a beauty it was too that Rob Miller, in for the ill Willie le Roux, worked into the corner straight from a scrum.Alas, hopes of a smart victory off the ropes were undone by calamitous errors in the next few minutes. Danny Cipriani was charged down by Pierre Aguillon for La Rochelle’s first, straight from the restart, before Wasps flapped their own lineout into the arms of the rampaging Bougarit, who drove over a couple of phases later. Young returned from the sin-bin to score another smart Wasps try, but La Rochelle responded with 13 points in the second quarter to take a 30-12 lead into the interval, Botia running through Miller for his first after relentless pressure from the home side.Juan de Jongh had seen yellow at the end of the first for a slap-down, and La Rochelle had their bonus point by the time he returned, Bales and Vito going blind to release Vincent Rattez for the first of his two tries. The rain of the previous 24 hours had returned now, but the 35-12 scoreline set us up for the unreal ding-dong of the five-try final quarter, during which Wasps managed to burgle that bonus point.Elliot Daly finished in the corner on the hour, after Young’s flick-on, to spark hopes of that point, but Rattez’s second, a brilliant sweeping move, put paid to any lingering hopes of more than that. Joe Simpson eventually claimed the fourth try in typically quicksilver style, before Will Stuart was driven over with five minutes to go. A second bonus point briefly glimmered as further reward, but Botia slammed the door shut on that with another powerful run to the posts. Emphatic, from both he and his team, as is their maximum haul from three. Europe has some new contenders, indeed.La Rochelle Murimurivalu; Sinzelle, Doumayrou, Aguillon (Ranger, 52), Rattez (Goillot, 65); James (Lamb, 55), Bales; Priso, Bourgarit (Forbes, 62), Atonio (Boughanmi, 62), Eaton (capt), Jolmes (Sazy, 62), Kieft (Gourdon, 55), Botia, Vito.Tries Aguillon, Bougarit, Botia2, Rattez 2. Cons James 3, Lamb 2. Pens James 3.Wasps Miller; Wade (Watson 72), De Jongh (Lovobalavu, 65), Gopperth, Daly; Cipriani, Robson (Simpson, 62); McIntyre (Harris, 71), Johnson (Cruse, 57), Moore (Stuart, 71), Launchbury (capt), Gaskell (Myall, 57), Haskell (Willis, 57), Young, Carr.Sin-bin Young 7, Le Roux 37.Tries Miller, Young, Daly, Simpson, Stuart. Cons Gopperth 2Referee J Lacey (Ire). Attendance 16,033. La Rochelle Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

UNC Alum Danny Green Had Custom Stuart Scott Sneakers Made

first_imgClose-up view of the North Carolina basketball court.CHAPEL HILL, NC – FEBRUARY 17: Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Dean Smith Center on February 17, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The news of SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott’s death hit most of the sports world hard, but it’s fair to say that the folks in Chapel Hill, home of North Carolina, felt it a bit more than the rest. Scott, a UNC alum, was extremely supportive of his school, and frequently repped his Tar Heels pride. It looks like one former Tar Heels is now repaying the favor.Danny Green, a shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs, is paying tribute to Scott this week. Monday, he posted an Instagram photo of a custom pair of kicks he had made in Scott’s honor. They read “STU” and “Booyah” on the sides. Props to Green for finding a cool way to show his appreciation for Scott.last_img read more

BOJ Says Macroeconomic Indicators Continue to Improve

first_imgStory Highlights Meanwhile, Mr. Wynter is projecting modest acceleration in economic growth ranging between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent per quarter over the next two years with inflation expected to remain contained. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says Jamaica’s overall macro-economic indicators continue to improve.Speaking at the bank’s quarterly media briefing at the BOJ Auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Monday (May 21), the Governor pointed out that inflation is low, the net international reserves (NIR) is increasing and the balance of payments, while projected to “widen somewhat” will remain at “sustainable levels”.Additionally, the Governor said market interest rates are at record lows and “still falling”, while fiscal performance remains strong.Meanwhile, Mr. Wynter is projecting modest acceleration in economic growth ranging between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent per quarter over the next two years with inflation expected to remain contained.The expectation is for inflation to remain low and anchored at the lower end of the bank’s target of four to six per cent.Mr. Wynter said the forecast is supported by buoyant conditions in the United States and some of Jamaica’s other major trading partners.Additionally, he said the forecast also anticipates that domestic demand will remain restrained by continuous fiscal consolidation.The Governor noted that the economy continues to show signs of gradual but sluggish recovery, pointing out that the estimated out-turn for the January to March 2018 quarter ranged between one and two per cent.This, he pointed out, is above the 0.1 per cent recorded in March 2017 and above the 1.1 per cent out-turn for December 2017, adding that the March 2018 estimate “reflects some growth in net exports”.Mr. Wynter said improving economic conditions also spurred marked improvement in the labour market.The Governor said that the reduction in unemployment to an all-time 9.6 per cent low in January 2018, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, reflected the generation of an additional 22,000 new jobs.“Along with projected growth in GDP, labour market conditions will continue to improve over the next two years, (but) that may, at some point, support wage-related inflation in Jamaica if labour productivity does not improve,” Mr. Wynter said.The Governor pointed out that against the background of the “benign” outlook for inflation, “the Bank of Jamaica will continue to have an accommodative policy stance, aimed at steering inflation towards the (BOJ’s) target of four to six per cent”. Speaking at the bank’s quarterly media briefing at the BOJ Auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Monday (May 21), the Governor pointed out that inflation is low, the net international reserves (NIR) is increasing and the balance of payments, while projected to “widen somewhat” will remain at “sustainable levels”. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says Jamaica’s overall macro-economic indicators continue to improve.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The MAP supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.Quotes“As our government has affirmed time and again, no relationship is more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. Our commitment to this relationship is all-encompassing, and includes promoting, safeguarding and celebrating the history, art, traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in meaningful and accessible ways. Earlier this summer, I was proud to announce that the Indigenous Languages Act had received Royal Asset. This was a historic milestone on our journey of reconciliation. The investments announced today demonstrate our commitment to continuing on this path. Through museums, exhibits and cultural experiences across British Columbia, we will help communities tell stories, both old and new, that help honour and share Indigenous culture and tradition.”—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“Sharing and understanding our history is a key path to reconciliation. When we celebrate and promote Indigenous heritage, we are celebrating British Columbia.”—The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Quadra)“The Sidney Museum was keen to bring the travelling exhibit Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist to our community, which is situated on the traditional territory of four First Nations. The exhibit includes information on the challenge to establish First Nations’ rights in Canada, the work and advocacy of Chief Dan George, and the culture and history of local Indigenous Peoples. It has had many significant impacts, including plans to include permanent First Nations exhibits within the Sidney Museum, and ongoing work towards reconciliation and repatriation of artifacts. The exhibit has also allowed the museum to build a closer relationship with the four First Nations, a relationship we will continue to nurture and develop after the conclusion of the exhibit. Our ability to host the Chief Dan George exhibit would not have been possible without the incredible support from Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program. Thanks to this funding, hundreds of visitors have learned about and have been involved in the process of reconciliation. It has also been a transformative event for our museum.”—Peter Garnham, Executive Director, Sidney Museum and Archives SocietyQuick FactsThe Museums Assistance Program provides funding through five main components: Access to Heritage, Collections Management, the Exhibition Circulation Fund, Aboriginal Heritage and the Canada–France Agreement.The Access to Heritage component provides funding to heritage organizations for travelling exhibitions in Canada, to promote access to heritage across different geographic regions.The Exhibition Circulation Fund assists museums with the costs related to the hosting of travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution, and the borrowing of artifacts from the Canadian Museum of History or the Canadian War Museum.The Aboriginal Heritage component supports the preservation, presentation and management of Canada’s Indigenous cultural heritage. It also promotes public awareness and understanding of the diverse cultures of Indigenous Peoples.Collections Management provides funding for projects to improve knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.BackgrounderMuseums Assistance ProgramAssociated LinksMuseums Assistance ProgramSidney Museum and Archives Society Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement VANCOUVER, Aug. 28 – The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today announced investments totalling $738,108 for museums, heritage institutions, cultural centres and First Nations throughout British Columbia that are working to preserve, protect, promote and celebrate tangible and intangible Indigenous heritage.Funding has been provided through four components of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP): Aboriginal Heritage, Access to Heritage, Collections Management and the Exhibition Circulation Fund.This support will benefit 11 organizations all across the province, including the British Columbia Museums Association, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council and the U’mista Cultural Society (see the attached backgrounder for more details). The funding includes an investment of $14,300 for the Sidney Museum and Archives on Vancouver Island, which is hosting a travelling exhibit about Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George. The exhibit explores the life and legacy of Chief Dan George, and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and activist. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Football Playoff destiny out of Ohio States hands

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) wait for a snap in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust a few weeks ago, then-No. 6 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) seemed in prime position to slide into one of the four College Football Playoff spots. It had the potential to finish the season with a single loss and a Big Ten championship. No team with that resume has been left out since the playoff was created.Then the Buckeyes played Iowa on Nov. 4, and everything changed. The Hawkeyes blindsided them, decimating Ohio State, 55-24. All playoff talk ended. The discussion turned to how the Buckeyes, a team loaded with a decorated quarterback and a talented corps of players featuring mostly former four-star and five-star recruits, could lose to an Iowa team that lost to Northwestern.But after taking down Michigan State 48-3 Saturday afternoon, the playoff optimism began to seep back into the minds of Ohio State fans. No two-loss team has ever made the playoff. Even last year, a two-loss Penn State — which had a similar resume to Ohio State’s this season — was left out.If the Buckeyes beat Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and defeat Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, they would have a solid crop of victories.But head coach Urban Meyer is determined to quash all playoff discussion.“There will be zero conversation around here, especially when you guys talk to the players,” Meyer said. “There will be zero conversation about what happened before and what’s going to happen in the future. Zero.”Whether Ohio State’s players and coaches discuss the playoff does not matter. They are at the mercy of the teams ahead of them in the rankings. They need certain teams to lose to even have a chance at being chosen for a spot by the selection committee.If, for example, No. 1 Georgia, which lost to Auburn Saturday, defeats No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship game, Miami or Clemson win the ACC championship game and Oklahoma wins the Big 12 championship, a two-loss Ohio State team would likely be left out even if it wins its final two regular-season games and the Big Ten title.Some Ohio State players, including sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa, have let their minds wander about what the season would look like had the team not lost twice, putting the fate of the playoff out of its control.“Yeah, I mean, I sometimes do that, but the older guys tell me to focus on what’s at hand and I know that’s the most important thing,” Bosa said after Saturday’s game. “So we’re focusing on obviously what’s in front of us right now.”For Ohio State, right now, the most important thing is to beat Illinois and Michigan and win the conference championship. Without winning those three games, playoff hopes — which, even now, seem somewhat far-fetched — would finally, mercifully dissipate.Prior to the Michigan State game, Ohio State had a team meeting and addressed the Big Ten standings, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “It was mentioned that if we win this game, we’re two spots ahead in the Big Ten East and that was our focus,” Hubbard said after Saturday’s game. “We needed to win this game and our laser lights were on what we needed to do to win this game.”Now in the driver’s seat of the Big Ten East, the plan is simple: Beat Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, and beat them by as many points as possible. Style points matter to the selection committee, which picks the four best teams, not the four teams with the least losses.Sure, Ohio State needs help with higher-ranked teams losing. But in the meantime it can help itself by winning its final games — including the Big Ten championship — by large margins, just as it did down the stretch of the 2014 season, which ended with the Buckeyes sneaking into the playoff.Meyer might be determined to have zero conversation about the playoff, but it is a good problem to have — and one many people did not think would be happening after the Iowa loss. read more

WCh in Brasil 2011 Scandinavian Girls in battles for the Final

← Previous Story Russian NT coach, Evgeny Trefilov: “Handball is sub-developed sport” Next Story → England: Handball Proves More Popular Than Ever! After France, Denmark and Norway win their quaterfinal battles at the World Championship in Brasil. Denmark had easier job against Angola 28:23 (13:12) in comparation with fantastic Japan two days before. The Best African team was strong opponent to the fourth European squad from the last EHF EURO 2010, but in the last ten minutes (23:21 – 50M), Danish girls were better.STATISTICSCroatia made big job with secured place for the Olympic qualification, but girls coached by Vladimir Canjuga haven’t chances against Norwegian machines. Olympic and European champions were in lead from the first till last second of the match – 30:25 (16:12).STATISTICS read more

iPhone 4S gets Siri voiceactivated personal assistant

first_imgIt turns out Apple decided to keep the name of the company it bought to help build its voice recognition technology. Siri will be the vocal assistant in iOS 5.Scott Forstall took the stage at the Let’s Talk iPhone event today to demonstrate just how slick the iOS voice recognition will be. Not surprisingly, they’re framing it as more of a personal assistant than as a technology.Forstall asks his iPhone 4S “What is the weather like today?” and Siri gives him the weather. He asks for the hourly forecast, and it responds “here is the hourly forecast” with the info again displayed. Scott wondered “do I need a raincoat?” and Siri answered “It looks like rain today.”The demonstration went on to cover alarm setting (“wake me up at 6am tomorrow”), restaurant locating (“find me a Greek restaurant in Palo Alto”), and messages (“read my message,” and reply “I can do Friday’”). He also showed the integration of Siri with Calendar and Reminders, showing the scope of what this can do. It even looked up Wikipedia entries and utilized Wolfram Alpha to answer complex mathematical formulas.Of course Siri also handles standard dictation, which may not be as sexy as turning your iPhone into a personal assistant, but it is likely to come in handy.This looks like it can really change things. Android has had quality voice recognition for ages, and several iOS apps (including the Nuance-powered Dragon Dictation) will do the same, but this takes it to a whole new level of personal interaction. I’ve long believed that when Apple was finally going to bring voice recognition to iOS, it wouldn’t be some half-way effort. This is what many of us have been waiting for. via Engadgetlast_img read more

Eastern European leaders back EU expansion to include Balkan states

first_img 37,831 Views Image: Petr David Josek Thu 9:41 PM Eastern European leaders back EU expansion to include Balkan states The states were meeting in Prague. 81 Comments Short URL By AFPcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share15 Tweet Email2 FOUR EASTERN STATES today backed the accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU, saying North Macedonia and Albania should start talks this year.Visegrad-Four (V4) group leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia made the statement at a summit with counterparts from five western Balkan states in Prague.“The Visegrad-Four group wants to welcome new EU members and it fully endorses the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania this year,” Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini told reporters.In a joint statement, the V4 leaders called on the EU to accelerate ongoing accession talks with Montenegro and Serbia.The V4 also said reforms adopted by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo would bolster the two countries’ hopes of joining the EU. Leaders gathered at the summit. Source: Petr David Josek“The re-unification of Europe cannot be complete unless the entire Western Balkans region joins the European integration process,” said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, whose country currently presides over the V4.“The EU enlargement policy is the most efficient tool to support stability, security, democracy and prosperity in Western Balkans,” he added. “Security in the Balkans also means security in Europe,” Babis said.Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki warned that if the EU fails to “come up with an offer for southern European countries or the Western Balkans, countries like Russia, Turkey or China will be very active there”.Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia attended the Prague summit.“If the EU hadn’t slept on accepting North Macedonia and Serbia as members, there would be fewer illegal migrants in Europe,” Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at the meeting.V4 countries have clashed with western EU members over migration policy, among other issues, with several of them refusing to accept migrants and asylum seekers during Europe’s 2015 migrant crisis.A former Serbian province, Kosovo only sent its ambassador to the summit after Czech President Milos Zeman accused its leaders of being “war criminals”.The pro-Russian, pro-Chinese Zeman also said he would ask the Czech government to reconsider its 2008 recognition of Kosovo’s sovereignty.Babis has ruled this out, saying there was “no reason for the Czech government to change its standpoint”.- © AFP 2019  Prime Ministers of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Republic Andrej Babis, and Hungary Viktor Orban at the summit. Image: Petr David Josek Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 9:40 PM Prime Ministers of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Republic Andrej Babis, and Hungary Viktor Orban at the summit. last_img read more

First longitudinal nationwide study of Australias multicultural youth

first_imgWith Australia’s youth considered to be more mobile and culturally diverse than ever before, the University of Melbourne has launched Multicultural Youth (MY) Australia, the first national platform for current research and resources about multicultural young people.They are now running the first longitudinal nation-wide study of Australia’s multicultural youth, with the online survey open to Australians aged between 15 and 25 years.The data collected will be used to develop an annual report on the status of multicultural youth across the country and will help the community and government better understand the challenges being faced, including discrimination, intergenerational conflict and economic insecurity.By drawing on what is sure to be insightful research, policymakers and organisations who work with young, diverse people will look to develop better policies and programmes to enrich lives and contribute to social cohesion.For more information and to take part in the MY Australia study, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Historic Melbourne Greek precinct building sells for 105 million

first_imgA historic building in Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street Greek precinct has been sold for a sum of $10.15 million.Built in 1891, the three-storey Victorian-era building on a corner block, has long been known as the site of as one of the area’s Greek institutions International Cakes.Owned by a Greek Australian, whose name has been withheld, the deal was brokered by Savills Australia’s Nick Peden, Clinton Baxter and Benson Zhou in conjunction with Burgess Rawson’s Jamie Perlinger on a tight 3.94 per cent yield, at a rate of $53,989 per square metre.According to Mr Peden the strong sale result is large part due to the limited number of properties located centrally on the property on the market.“As a result, there is significant pent-up demand, which is leading to strong sale results,” he said, adding that he expects the sale to set the precedent for the rest of the year.The building was snapped up by a foreign investor based in China, for whom the location and long-term tenants appealed said Mr Zhou.It’s not the first time the building has been put on the market however; in August 2016 it was up for sale with a price tag of $9.9 million and withdrawn.This time around the property had over 100 expressions of interest, and received several offers said Mr Baxter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Espèce menacée WWF appelle les Roumains à sauver les ours des Carpates

first_imgEspèce menacée : WWF appelle les Roumains à sauver les ours des CarpatesRoumanie – L’organisation de défense de l’environnement WWF a lancé en Roumanie une campagne de collecte de fonds au profit de l’ours des Carpates, dont l’habitat est menacé par la déforestation. “Si les ours pouvaient exprimer leurs sentiments, ils diraient leur tristesse de voir leur habitat en danger” déplore Ioana Busila, la coordinatrice du projet de WWF. Et si la déforestation est la plus grande menace qui pèse sur l’espèce, elle n’est pas la seule. Les ours des Carpates souffrent également d’un manque de nourriture, du conflit avec l’homme, comme du braconnage, souligne-t-elle.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airPour sauver les 6.500 ours bruns qui vivent en Roumanie, WWF rappelle aux Roumains qu’ils peuvent bénéficier d’une mesure offerte par la loi fiscale, concernant le transfert de 2% de l’impôt sur leurs revenus vers des organisations non gouvernementales.Alors que les ours des Carpates, à la recherche de nourriture, se rendent de plus en plus souvent en ville pour fouiller les poubelles, provoquant parfois de dramatiques accidents, cette campagne de collecte de fonds est la quatrième que mène WWF en Roumanie. Mais comme l’explique Ioana Busila, c’est la première fois que l’association “fait appel aux sentiments” des Roumains.Le 13 mai 2010 à 10:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Beth Phoenix comments on Evolution PPV, Former TNA star has no interest in Evolution

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Bc I’ve been there twice. I have never been happy there. Life is about happiness. Impact Wrestling is my happiness. It’s not about money sometimes…. people just don’t understand that— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) July 25, 2018 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix answered a tweet addressing the upcoming all-women’s WWE Evolution PPV on October 28 from New York.Phoenix seemed to confirm that she will be part of the event, but isn’t aware of her role.Thank you! I have no idea! #ManyHats— Beth Copeland (@TheBethPhoenix) July 27, 2018Former TNA star has no interest in EvolutionFormer TNA and WWE star Gail Kim expressed on Twitter recently that she has no interest in being part of the upcoming all-women’s Evolution PPV.The event, which was described as featuring women from “then, now and forever”, has yet to officially confirm any names from the past that will be involved.Kim seemed to indicate she will decline an invitation if given one.Happy for the women in the company but if I ever made. Return, it would only be for @IMPACTWRESTLING— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) July 25, 2018 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Veterans Day ceremony salutes Clark Countys military

first_imgVeterans share stories on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s siteCommunity members gathered Monday to thank those who have served, to salute current military personnel and to remember 23 local servicemen who died overseas in the past 10 years.Mark Snyder, retired U.S. Army colonel and keynote speaker at the county’s annual Veterans Day observance, noted the debt of gratitude Americans owe the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who have fought on our behalf.And it’s not just their fellow citizens who should be thanking American veterans, Snyder said at the event at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in east Vancouver.How many nations, other than the United States, did not subjugate the nations they defeated in war? Snyder wondered: Are there any?“Peace and prosperity across much of the globe was only possible through the collective service of each individual veteran,” said Snyder.Snyder retired in June after 30 years of service on active duty and in the Army Reserve. It’s a career that took him to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm two decades ago, as well as more recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, pointed to 23 memorial posters on the wall of the reserve center’s assembly hall, representing the sacrifice of 23 servicemen with local ties who have died in military operations since 2003. They represent family sacrifices, too, she said.last_img read more

DWade poses naked for ESPN The Magazines Body Issue

first_imgIt doesn’t matter if he’s in his Heat uniform or some red carpet outfit, D-Wade is always stylin’ and profilin’. But now he’s not wearing anything!Dwyane is taking it all off for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. In this behind-the-scenes look, he’s telling us why it took so long to show off by taking it all off.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Missing Pembroke Pines endangered man found

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An endangered adult has been found after he walked away from a treatment facility in Pembroke Pines, Thursday.Sixty-year-old Tracy Percival McGee is diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.He also has a history of not taking his medication and running away.He was found in Pembroke Pines.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

North Miami Police honors 11 officers 2 K9s killed on duty

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The North Miami Police Department honored several fallen heroes at a tribute held Sunday morning.The 9463 Foundation for Florida’s Fallen Officers recognized 11 officers and two K9s who died while serving the community this past year.The tribute took place at the department’s headquarters on Northeast Seventh Avenue and 124th Street.“Hopefully, next year, we’re not gonna have anybody that we need to recognize, and we’ll keep everybody safe throughout this year,” said Larry Juriga, who will be sworn in as the department’s chief of police on Tuesday.The foundation sponsors a statewide motorcycle ride that stops at each of the police stations where the fallen officers had worked.The annual memorial ride began back in 2007 after Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Reyka was gunned down during an investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Porsches Taycan EV interior has a whole lot o screen

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s undeniably a Porsche, but it looks just a bit more futuristic than the dashboards of other cars in the lineup, a nod to its electric underpinnings. Porsche Some automakers run teaser campaigns that last so long, there’s barely any fanfare left for the actual debut. Porsche is doing it right with the Taycan, dropping some decently sized nuggets of information from time to time. We sort of know what it looks like on the outside, but now, we’ve got a real good idea what it looks like inside.Porsche on Thursday unveiled a series of sketches and renderings detailing the Taycan’s interior. While the sketches don’t leave much to the imagination, it really hits home in the renderings, which look like true-to-life photographs. First and foremost, it looks pretty darn similar to both the current Porsche 911 and every one before it — one of Porsche’s goals, according to the press release accompanying the images. Whereas the 992-generation 911 still retains some physical gauges and controls, everything on the Taycan is digital. Further maintaining tradition is the power button, which rests to the left of the steering wheel, which is where the key used to go. Just to the right of the wheel is the gear selector, which looks a whole lot like the one in the 918 Spyder.There’s a 16.8-inch screen where the gauge cluster should be, with four modes on offer. The first is a “classic” mode with round gauges and a power meter replacing the tachometer in the center. The next two prioritize navigation, with a map either placed prominently or covering the whole display. Finally, there’s a “pure” mode that keeps it simple, displaying only the speed, traffic signs and a minimalist navigation map. The headlight and adjustable vehicle controls live on the touch-capable edges of the glass.Porsche Taycan InteriorEnlarge ImageThe center console’s screen can also show a charge meter when the vehicle is plugged in. Porsche In the middle is a 10.9-inch infotainment screen and a smaller, optional infotainment screen across from the passenger, blending into the first in a single band of glass. Beneath that is an 8.4-inch screen for climate controls and handwriting recognition. It looks like an adaptation of Audi’s MMI Touch Response system, one we’ve used and loved.Porsche claims all the Taycan’s interfaces have been completely redesigned, because the automaker has gone to great lengths to reduce the amount of physical switchgear in the cabin. What can’t be accessed through a touch panel can likely be called up by use of Porsche’s new digital assistant, which responds to “Hey, Porsche.” If you liked the digitally operated central vent in other new Porsches, you’re going to love this HVAC system, because there’s no way to move the vents with your hands. None. Instead, it’s all done digitally through the climate-control menu. There are two different automatic modes that prioritize direct or indirect heating and cooling, in case you aren’t that picky. Opt for four-zone automatic climate control and rear-seat occupants get a 5.9-inch screen to control their half.Like every other Porsche, the Taycan’s interior customization options are practically endless. But since it’s an electric vehicle, there are some eco-friendlier inclusions here, like a microfiber that uses recycled polyester fibers and requires 80% less carbon dioxide to produce than traditional materials. The floor covering uses recycled fiber, too, some of which is taken from recycled fishing nets. There’s also a whole lot of leather on offer, if tradition is more your speed. Wood, carbon, aluminum and fabric console and door trim is available, too.The Porsche Taycan will be revealed in full in September. Post a comment Tags 6 Photos Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan 5:27 More From Roadshow 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds 0 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in Electric Cars Luxury cars Future Cars Performance Cars Here’s your best look yet at the Porsche Taycan’s interior Share your voice Porsche 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life Now playing: Watch this: Porschelast_img read more