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If You Want More Time – Episode 20

first_imgYou have the same 24 hours as anyone else. You have the same 7 days in a week, and 365 days in a year. If you want more time, there is a way you can have it. Set your alarm for 5:00 AM.last_img

It’s fetters to letters in Odisha prison

first_imgMany consider going to jail as end of the road, but prison authorities in Odisha don’t think so. As many as 404 convicts and undertrial prisoners lodged in different jails of the State have successfully cleared examinations during the past five years.As Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, is scheduled to announce the annual matriculation results on Wednesday, prison authorities hope the successful list will figure the names of a few convicts and undertrials too.While 194 prisoners registered with National Institute of Open Schooling have passed examinations, 187 jail inmates who had appeared for examinations under the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) came out successful. However, only 23 registered with BSE, Odisha, passed the matriculation examinations. In the year 2015, the number of prison inmates achieving success in different examinations had crossed 100.Special attention“Special attention has been given to the interested prisoners to pursue their studies with the BSE and Odisha universities and through distance education under IGNOU and NIOS. This has been possible due to our emphasis on correctional services,” Arun Kumar Ray, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), told The Hindu on Monday.“A literacy campaign has been launched in all jails. Full-time teachers have been appointed in 22 jails, including four circle jails and nine district jails, to impart primary education,” Mr. Roy said.Vocational trainingHe said vocational training including tailoring, book binding, weaving, candle making, knitting and embroidery and jute mat making had been imparted to inmates. As many as 49 life convicts have been released prematurely in 2017 as per the decision of the Sentence Review Board. Financial support has been provided to children of prisoners for education and their rehabilitation.As many as 15,500 prisoners, including 3,589 convict,s are lodged in 91 jails of Odisha. Sixty-three children have been staying with their parents in scheduled accommodation in jails.last_img read more

Australia Still Lures Indians, Despite Tighter Visa Rules

first_imgCoffee bars serving masala chai, Indian restaurants and grocery stores in abundance, Bollywood movies screened in mainstream cinemas – Indian migrants have certainly made a deep impact on Australian society.Government figures show that India remains the main source of skilled migration to Australia while Indian migrants have contributed significantly to the Australian economy.Read it at News Nation Related Itemslast_img

Outsourcing Billionaires

first_imgFive of the seven billionaires whose principal source of wealth is outsourcing are Indian, according to Forbes magazine.  Wipro’s Azim Premji tops the list with a net worth of $12.7 billion, followed by HCL’s Shiv Nadar with $3.9 billion. The other three Indians are the Infosys co-founders Narayana Murthy ($1.4 billion), Nandan Nilekani ($1.1 billion) and Senapathy Gopalakrishnan ($1 billion).The other two outsource billionaires are Hon Hai’s Terry Gou ($6.1 billion) and Quanta Computer’s Barry Lam ($1.3 billion) of Taiwan.  Related Itemslast_img read more

R Ashwin becomes No. 2 in ICC Test rankings

first_imgPublished on Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test.   –  PTI SHARE Courtesy his 10-wicket haul in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, India off-spinner R Ashwin today gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Rankings and another good performance in the second match in Kolkata will propel him to the coveted top spot.Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test, saw him overtake England’s James Anderson by one point.He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the Rankings for Test Bowlers with 878 points.A strong performance in the Kolkata Test, starting Friday, will potentially see Ashwin top the bowling charts for the second time in 2016 after first claiming the number-one position last year following the Boxing Day Tests.Ashwin also contributed with a useful innings of 40 to consolidate his position at the top of the list of all-rounders. Ashwin has reached a career-best rating of 450, opening up a 66-point gap with second-placed Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.New Zealand captain Williamson has similarly edged England’s Joe Root by one point with innings of 75 and 25 in Kolkata to reach 879 points in the Rankings for Test Batsmen, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points.However, to move ahead or edge even closer to Smith, Williamson will have to produce strong performances in the remaining two Tests.There was not much to cheer for other New Zealand batsmen apart from Williamson, but for India, opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made significant gains.Vijay and Pujara, who became the first Indian pair in 10 years to notch century partnerships in both innings of a Test match, moved up from joint-20th position to joint-16th position.Other Indian batsmen to move up were Lokesh Rahul, who gained five ranks to reach 57th position, and Rohit Sharma, who gained two slots to reach 52nd rank.Victory in its 500th Test means India is now one victory away from reclaiming the ICC Test Championship mace from Pakistan. India had entered the series trailing Pakistan by one point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival.Meanwhile, India’s Ravindra Jadeja, who took six wickets in the Kanpur match and also contributed with the bat in the lower order, gained a place of to be seventh.Ajinkya Rahane dropped out of top-10 after losing three positions to be 11th and India captain Virat Kohli, who struggled to score in both the innings is now at number 20, a, loss of four positions. × September 28, 2016 Good performance in the second Test in Kolkata will propel him to the coveted top spot.center_img Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test.   –  PTI COMMENTS cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTlast_img read more

Shivil Kaushik reprises Paul Adams’ frog-in-blender action

first_imgWhen Paul Adams burst onto the scene with his bizarre way of delivering the ball, many were convinced they would never see anything like it again.Two decades later, India’s Shivil Kaushik has emerged as the proud heir to the South African spinner’s “frog-in-a-blender” action. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Heads, including Kaushik’s own, turned at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium when the left-arm chinaman bowler made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Gujarat Lions on Friday.Pressed into attack in the eighth over, the 20-year-old ambled slightly wide of the crease when a spirit seemed to enter his body as he bent his knees, twisted his torso and sent down the ball rotating his left-arm around his head.Shivil Kaushik. Wow!! Wouldn’t have thought we’d ever see that action again.#Gogga #PaulAdams #FrogInABlender Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) April 29, 2016He was not alone. For many, it brought back memories of Adams’ outrageous action which got him a bagful of wickets, especially in his debut home series against England.Adams, now coaching Cape Cobras, himself appeared amused.Remind you of someone! Wow #Kaushik ! Great to see the art of #Chinaman bowling alive #IPL2016 #RPSvGL pic.twitter.com/6CCBLAvqeJ Paul Adams (@PaulAdams39) April 29, 2016Kaushik thanked all his coaches for not forcing him to dump the action, however weird it maybe.”I was eight-years old when I started playing cricket and the first ball I bowled was this way and I have not changed,” the spinner said after claiming 3-20 against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.advertisement”Batsmen found it a bit difficult because my action was a bit different. I got a lot of support from all my coaches. They’ve not tinkered my action and been backing me.”SPINNER-CONTORTIONISTSeeing him bowl is like watching a contortionist perform — straining every muscle in his torso but the spinner assures his body can cope with it.”It’s something which comes naturally to me so my body doesn’t take much of a load.”Kaushik went wicketless in his IPL debut but bounced back against Punjab, dismissing rival skipper Murali Vijay and the Australian duo of Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell.”The first three balls, I didn’t understand what was happening,” Vijay, who opens for India in tests, said with a smile.”It was very difficult for me to pick whether it’s going in or coming out. I did my video analysis before the game and I saw a bit of his bowling, but it was still difficult.”Maybe the next time I face him, I will be better equipped.”Once the element of surprise wears off, Kaushik will need much more than just an unorthodox bowling action to graduate to international cricket.The youngster is now focussing to get his line and length right and refuses to look too far.”It feels really nice that a lot of people (are) talking about me but I think it’s more important to stay focused and look at our future matches and all I look to do is to contribute to our team.”last_img read more

Blessed to be Deepa Malik’s daughter, says Devika Malik

OD-HICKEY-TIRKEY

first_imgTirkey praises Patnauk initiative to popularize hockeyBhubaneswar, Jun 21 (PTI) Former Indian hockey teamcaptain Dilip Tirkey today appreciated Odisha Chief MinisterNaveen Patnaik’s initiative to officially notify hockey as thenational game of the country.Tirkey’s reaction came a day after Patnaik wrote toPrime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention forissuing a notification to accord national game status tohockey.In his letter to Modi, Patnaik had wondered as to howthere was no official notification declaring hockey as anational game.I appreciate Chief Minister’s work and research whichbring to light that hockey is not yet the national sportofficially. If you check facts, youll realize an RTI filed in2012 had revealed the same. Peoples misconception had thesport taken for granted, when hockey actually brought laurelsto the country in the past,” Tirkey, a former Rajya Sabhamember, said.Tirkey, who too belonged to Patnaik’s BJD, urged thepeople across the country to support Odisha chief minister andpromote hockey in India. “India has got highest Olympic goldmedal in hockey. Therefore, it should be promoted more,” hesaid.He said the state’s hockey players are happy that theOdisha government is sponsoring and promoting the game.”I urge you all to involve yourself in the step takenby CM as hockey needs more recognition, Tirkey added.Tirkey found support from former Indian nationalhockey team player Lazarus Barla, who said: “Like Odisha ChiefMinister, other state CMs should also write to the PrimeMinister and mount pressure to notify hockey as the nationalgame. We appreciate Patnaik’s initiative.”advertisementPatnaik’s letter to the Prime Minister has has alsoreceived widespread support on social media.Patnaik’s letter was posted on his Twitter handlewithin 24 hours. PTI AAMJM JM JMlast_img read more

Honor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: Honor faces tough competition under Rs 15,000

first_imgHonor recently launched three new smartphones in India – Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20i. The first two are premium flagship smartphones that come with punch-hole displays and Kirin 980 processors. The Honor 20i, on the other hand, is an affordable mid-range smartphone that offers a waterdrop display and a Kirin 710 chipset at Rs 14,999.The fact that the Honor 20i is priced under Rs 15,000 instantly puts in the crosshairs of the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) and the Realme 3 Pro (Review), which are currently some of the best phones you can find in this segment. Based on the specs on paper alone (as we are yet to review the Honor 20i), here’s a look at how the Honor phone stands in comparison with the competition.Honor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: Design and displayWhen we talk about the design, one thing is pretty common among all three phones – they all come with waterdrop displays. The Honor 20i sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display and so do the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro. The quality of the panel used may differ, but you’re essentially getting the same size and bezel-free displays across the board.The Honor 20i is notably sleeker and lighter compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro. It measures 7.95mm in thickness and weighs only 164 grams, while the Realme phone is 8.3mm thick and weighs 172 grams and the Redmi device measures 8.1mm in thickness and weighs a hefty 186 grams. The Redmi Note 7 Pro weighs more because it is the only one among the three to offer Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, while the other two sport curved plastic panels. This makes the Redmi phone feel more premium in hand, but all three devices look great in some attractive gradient colours.advertisementThe Honor 20i is available in Midnight Black, Phantom Red, Phantom Blue colours, while the Relame 3 Pro comes in Lightning Purple, Nitro Blue, Carbon Grey colours and the Redmi Note 7 Pro is offered in Neptune Blue, Space Black and Nebula Red colours. All three phones offer rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. Only the Realme 3 Pro offers a triple card slot for dual Nano SIMs and a microSD card, while the Honor 20i and Redmi Note 7 Pro come with hybrid slots. Meanwhile, only the Redmi phone comes with a Type-C port, while the other two offer microUSB ports.Honor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: HardwareThe Honor 20i is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset with a Mali G51 GPU and the phone supports GPU Turbo 2.0 for enhanced gaming performance. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset with Adreno 612 GPU, while the Realme 3 Pro gets a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 710 AIE processor with Adreno 616 GPU. The Honor 20i is available with 4GB of RAM, while you can buy the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro with up to 6GB of RAM. All three phones should offer snappy performance when it comes to running day to day operations, but the Realme 3 Pro does get an edge when it comes to gaming performance thanks to a faster GPU. The Honor 20i should also get some help with GPU Turbo 2.0 while gaming.Honor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: CameraComing to the cameras, the Honor 20i is the only one among the three to sport a triple camera setup. It gets a 24-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. That being said, the dual cameras on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro are among the best you will find in this segment.The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the one to beat with a 48MP Sony IMX 586 main camera that can capture ultra detailed stills. It also gets a 5MP depth camera. The Realme 3 Pro, meanwhile, sports 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a 5MP secondary depth sensing camera. Up front, the Honor 20i gets a higher 32MP selfie camera while the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25MP front-facing sensor and the Redmi Note 7 Pro gets a 13MP sensor. This would suggest that the Honor 20i will capture sharper selfies, but we can only know this for sure after an in-depth review. Notably, all three phones offer dedicated Night modes for brighter low-light shots.Honor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: SoftwareAll three smartphones ship with Android Pie with some heavy custom skins on top. The Honor 20i comes with EMUI 9 which brings a host of preloaded apps ike HiCare, Party Mode, Ride Mode, Honor Club and Vigo Video. Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with MIUI 10 which also brings a tonne of bloatware such as Mi Browser, Daily Hunt and Share Chat. MIUI is also notorious for pushing ads, something Xiaomi seems to be cutting back on. The Realme 3 Pro ships with ColorOS 6.0 with preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music and UC Browser. Suffice it to say that all three phones offer plenty bloatware and heavy customisations.advertisementHonor 20i vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: BatteryThe Honor 20i comes with the smallest battery among the three with a 3,400mAh capacity. It also lacks fast charging support and you get a standard 10W charger with the box. The Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a large 4,000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 4, but the box ships with a standard 10W charger. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 4,045mAh battery, supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and you also get a 20W charging brick with the box.ALSO READ | Honor 20i quick review: Succeeding the Honor 10 Lite with triple rear camerasALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Stylish Redmi with a cool cameraALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypelast_img read more

Wenger: I know winning is essential

first_imgArsenal Wenger defends Arsenal values as fans revolt at AGM Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 21:22 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArseneWenger - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Swansea City Premier League The Frenchman says he understands the need to win titles immediately but insists the club stands for ‘something exceptional’ despite the fans’ anger Arsene Wenger made an impassioned plea for support after Arsenal fans again made their discontent with the club clear at Thursday’s annual general meeting.Wenger addressed those gathered at Emirates Stadium after the majority of fans present voted against chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Josh Kroenke – the son of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke – being re-elected to the Arsenal board.Arsenal 10/11 to beat Swansea to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, who was absent and voted by proxy, cast their ballots in favour of both remaining, meaning Keswick and Kroenke Jr were retained on account of a combined 97 per cent shareholding.However, it amounted to a symbolic show of dissent, being the first time shareholders have voted down a resolution at an Arsenal AGM to prompt a card vote.The significance was not lost on Wenger, who signed a two-year contract extension with the FA Cup winners at the end of last season following months of protests against his long-standing reign.Josh Kroenke breaks out a smile as shareholders vote against his re-election. Another poll vote required. pic.twitter.com/NWM04Odyrz— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) October 26, 2017″It’s an immense privilege to speak here for a 21st time. I dedicate 99 per cent of my life to making you happy. Looking at what happened today, that’s not easy,” Wenger said.”A football club is about the past, the present and the future. In what we see now, the weight of the past and the weight of the future has been kicked out of the game.”The weight of the present has become heavy. It’s the only one thing people want. Win or out. It’s acceptable but I always guided this club with one idea – that the club is always, for me, about values.”When I look at photos of the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s [Arsenal] have not always won but there’s some pride for the sense of belonging to this club.”I will never betray the people who create these values. Arsenal is a highly respected club, not only because we won the last game but because we represent something that is exceptional.”The present for me is about style of play, winning trophies, winning every game. Don’t think I don’t know. It’s essential.This is how Arsenal’s Annual General Meeting came to an end today… pic.twitter.com/nxiotq0LbH— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) October 26, 2017″I just ask you one thing. Be behind the team. We accept the verdict at the end of the season but there’s something special in this team. We have a chance.”Wenger went on to address the concentration of financial power among elite clubs in modern football, with Arsenal having failed to secure a Champions League spot for the first time in his 21-year reign last season.The 68-year-old suggested surprises such as Aston Villa’s European Cup win in 1982 feel impossible nowadays.That drew a heckle of “At least they won it,” from one shareholder, but Wenger still closed by warmly outlining his affinity for the club – winning long applause before a hostile atmosphere returned for addresses by Keswick and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, during which the much-criticised Stan Kroenke was a passive observer on the top table.”My hunger and commitment is bigger than ever. I question myself a lot and I will sit down every year with my board to see where I go from there,” Wenger added.”My hunger is absolutely huge. No matter what happens one day, I will always love this club forever and be a huge fan of this club.”last_img read more

I am a rebel Richa

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-feted Masaan won Richa Chadha wide acclaim but the actor says she does not identify with her character in the film because she is essentially a rebel. In Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan, which completed four years of release on recently, Richa plays Devi, who struggles to shake off the smalltown stigma towards pre-marital sex. Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi played the film’s other protagonists, Deepak and Shalu, who attempt to transcend the restrictions of their casteist society. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I don’t identify with my character in Masaan because I am somewhat a rebel. I have found my way. I have, despite all the challenges in life, fought and created a space for myself. In her own way Devi also fights, but I feel she stumbles a lot more than I ever would. That is where she gets stuck in life,” Richa said. The 32-year-old actor feels had the film released today, it would have received better distribution and promotional facilites. “The true test of a film is when it becomes memorable. That’s why we like old songs.”last_img read more

Handsome Alices feminist show has universal appeal

first_img Facebook Back in 1971, Helen Reddy proudly announced “I am woman, hear me roar” and added “in numbers too big to ignore.”Calgary’s Handsome Alice theatre company has polished up Reddy’s banner for a collaborative project it is calling inVISIBLE.Artistic director Kate Newby calls inVISIBLE  “an intimate slumber party, a joyful gathering of collective energy, a raw, vulnerable, complex and liberating happening.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter This 90-minute happening will take place from Oct. 12 through 21 at the University of Calgary’s Matthews Theatre in Craigie Hall and will feature 13 performers, including Makambe K. Simamba, who has been with the project since its inception in the fall of 2016.Simamba says she was drawn to the project because “Kate Newby is a visionary. She inspires people and I wanted to be part of her vision for this project.”READ MORElast_img read more

‘I want to visit India’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Paul Rudd says he wants to visit India, and hopes to come to the country soon. “Hi India, I really wish I could be here. I want to go to India but until I do so Joe has to do some extra celebrating for me,” Rudd said. “So have fun and see you guys in the theatres,” added Rudd, who essays role of superhero Ant-Man. Rudd expressed his wish through a video message, which was played at a fan-event here recenly. The event was held as part of the promotion activity of Avengers: Endgame in presence of the film’s co-director Joe Russo. It was a moment of loud cheer when Joe revealed about the video messages, which turned out to be ‘Avengers assemble’ time but virtually. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaActor Chris Hemsworth, popular for his role as Thor, expressed his admiration for the country. He said: “Our director Joe Russo have come to the beautiful country. I have come myself. It is one of the best places on the planet. Sorry couldn’t be there. He thinks he can handle some spicy food and I have told him to try some rogan josh and some butter chicken .. see if he can handle the heat. Lot of love guys and hope to see you soon.” Along with superheros, there was a message from super villain Thanos as well.last_img read more

As Blue Jays start Spring training Brock alumni recall exciting playoff run

For 12 unforgettable weeks, from steamy August to a crisp autumn evening in Kansas City, Canadians from coast to coast were spellbound by the Toronto Blue Jays’ thrilling playoff run of 2015.Millions tuned in on TV. The ballpark sold out every night. Despite a heated election, baseball was the only game in town.That excitement is still fresh in the minds of fans as the Jays step up to the plate in grapefruit league action. Spring training in Florida started Monday, Feb. 22.While the ball players prepare for another highly anticipated season, the rush of the recent playoff run is anything but a distant memory.Within the Jays organization is Brock University’s own winning team, a crew of alumni filling various roles. Last season, they had to focus on their jobs amid a buzz of excitement like they’d never experienced.By July it was feeling like another bridesmaid season. Vacillating between wins and losses, the Jays were still “in it” but lacked consistency, and seemed stuck at five games behind the New York Yankees.Then came the remarkable mid-summer trades. Around the league, heads turned. More than bringing in talent, they added leadership, created the kind of chemistry that managers dream of. Every player looked like there was no place they’d rather be. Things felt different.Andrew Tinnish (BRLS ’99 / BSM ’01), Jays Assistant General Manager, remembers when he knew something special was happening. It was Civic Holiday Monday, with Minnesota in town. In his much-anticipated first start as a Blue Jay, star pitcher David Price defused a bases-loaded, none-out jam without giving up a run. At the third out, the stadium erupted.“It was just electric,” says Tinnish. “Huge. That’s when I felt like, OK, now we have an ace. We knew our offence was great, we knew our defence was great. (But) with an ace on the mound you’re just confident that you’re going to win. That’s when I really started to feel it.”The Jays went on a tear, passing the Yankees, clinching the American League East. Come October they won a dramatic divisional playoff and got within two victories of the World Series. Fans were emotionally drained but deeply enamored with these talented, bonded, seemingly ego-free athletes.For Holly Gentemann (BSM ’03) it was something she’ll never forget.“Given this was my 13th season with the club, experiencing meaningful September baseball and then post-season for the first time as an employee was an incredible experience,” she reflects. “We went on the same emotional roller coaster many of our fans did.”Tinnish talks of the scene after their heart-stopping playoff win over Texas. Players partied with fans in the stadium, then went into the clubhouse where it continued raining champagne.“That was probably the best moment for me. I was able to get my wife Trina — who’s also a Brock grad, and a lot smarter than me — down into the clubhouse for the celebration. It was surreal being able to share that moment with her. I’m away so much with the team, she’s the rock of our family. I couldn’t do any of this without her.”Both Tinnish and Gentemann say the Brock bond is strong, that alumni sense it when they cross paths in meeting rooms, hallways or social gatherings. “We are definitely aware of each other,” says Gentemann.Tinnish also keeps in touch with another Brock grad just down the street, having lunch or exchanging texts with Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas.“Kyle is a huge baseball fan, but a Seattle Mariners’ fan. And he loves Joe Madden, manager of the Chicago Cubs.“But I think this year we’ve converted him. That was one of my goals this season.” read more

Brock nursing space doubled with hightech lab expansion

With six simulated patients looking on from their true-to-life hospital beds, Brock University cut the ribbon on its new Nursing Lab Tuesday afternoon.The expanded space in East Academic Building 2 gives the department more than twice the area for hands-on learning in the Department of Nursing.“Our nursing students begin clinical practicums in the first year of the program,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “This is important in that it helps them immediately begin integrating theory into practice.“By placing our students in hospital settings and working with the community throughout the entire nursing program, there is an added level of quality and familiarity, which provides students every opportunity to excel.”The original Nursing Lab had been using one half of Building 2 while Visual Arts used the other half. When the latter moved into the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts downtown, it opened the door to the nursing expansion.Through the financial support of Jean Lean and Brock Plaza Corporation, additional equipment was purchased and the space was renovated to mimic various healthcare settings.There’s a critical care isolation room, a primary health care office, a debriefing room, a community apartment for students to be trained in nursing home visits and a large main clinical lab.Interim President Tom Traves said the equipment and modern nursing labs will immediately help students.“The result is a stream of graduates who not only leave Brock with a well-regarded reputation for excellence, but also have the knowledge and skills to be health care leaders in Niagara and beyond,” he said.Tiidus said the new lab will benefit not only Brock students, but also those from McMaster Medical School and Niagara College. read more

Forget the coffee Japanese cafe will 3Dprint your face in chocolate

first_imgIf you want to give a gift that will really surprise someone for Valentine’s Day this year you might want to look somewhere else. But if you’re looking for something that’s awesome and creepy at the same time, then a new service in Japan might be exactly what you’re looking for.The trendy FabCafe in the Shibuya region of Tokyo is offering a unique opportunity to have custom-printed pieces of chocolate, which are molded specifically to resemble a customer’s face. It’s all done with 3D printing technology.While some people are busy using 3D printing to change the fashion industry or provide a potentially paradigm-shifting way to build endless houses, FabCafe is turning it to the world of confections in a way never seen before.Here’s how it works: Customers have their heads scanned and turned into a digital 3D model. After that process, the model is then printed out in plastic, courtesy of a ProjetHD 3D printer. This model is then turned into a silicon mold, which is filled with melted chocolate. After all is said and done, the end result is a piece of chocolate that is truly personalized.Now, as you might expect, because of the multiple steps in the process, and because of the fact that the face mold is being filled with chocolate rather than a more skin-like substance, the actual product ends up looking a bit off-kilter, though still recognizable.Of course, this isn’t the first time 3D chocolate printing has been brought to the table. And there are also many other ideas for combining 3D printing and food, whether it’s printing your own meat or creating a $300,000 hamburger. Mmmmm… technology.FabCafe (Japanese), via Guardianlast_img read more

Baseball team coming to Ridgefield

first_imgThe West Coast League is expanding to Ridgefield beginning in the spring, the city announced Thursday, which will make it Clark County’s first collegiate wood-bat baseball team since 2007.Approved unanimously by the Ridgefield City Council last week, the team will play at the forthcoming Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, a 53-acre sporting facility that is under construction and set to be complete in September.It will become the third West Coast League team in Portland and Southwest Washington, joining the Portland Pickles and Longview’s Cowlitz Black Bears, and will push the number of West Coast League teams to 12.The WCL is a college developmental league that plays from June until mid-August.“The league was especially interested because obviously Southwest Washington is a great market with Vancouver and the surrounding communities growing as fast as they are,” league commissioner Rob Neyer said.Added Tony Bonacci, the expansion team owner: “(Ridgefield) is right in the middle of our footprint; it’s such a great fit.”Neyer, an author and longtime baseball journalist, began as WCL commissioner May 1 and said the league has been looking to expand. He believes the greater Portland area and Southwest Washington can “easily” support two West Coast League baseball teams — and figures the move will create somewhat of a rivalry.last_img read more

Molecular Testing Labs of Vancouver settles in federal probe for up to

first_imgMolecular Testing Labs, a Vancouver toxicology and genetic testing laboratory, has agreed to pay up to nearly $1.8 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks to obtain referrals from government health care insurance programs, the U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle announced Wednesday.“The False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute are aimed at making sure taxpayers get value for their money,” U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a news release. “Those who try to game the system will be held accountable. This settlement sends a clear message that those doing business with government healthcare programs are being scrutinized to ensure they are not engaging in illegal side deals that harm government healthcare systems.”Molecular Testing Labs disagrees with the government’s findings and admits no wrongdoing but agreed to a settlement to avoid continuing legal fees that had exceeded “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Dave DeLong, Molecular Testing Labs’ head of finance and compliance, said in an interview with The Columbian.“The settlement was a way for us to quit spending so much in legal fees and resources and put it behind us,” DeLong said.DeLong said the company cooperated with the government throughout the course of the three-year investigation, providing documents and access to employees.In a written statement to the newspaper, DeLong said, “Like many health care providers subject to government oversight, Molecular chose to enter into a settlement in an effort to put this matter behind us, to end the uncertainty associated with it, and to stop spending our valuable resources on it.last_img read more

St Joseph Hospital Patient Shot By Police Files Lawsuit

first_img Share Patrick Feller/flickrA St. Joseph Hospital patient who was shot by Houston police on August 27, 2015 has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages.Attorneys for Alan Pean say their client has a history of bipolar disorder and that he drove himself to the hospital to deal with a mental health crisis.During Pean’s admission, hospital staff contacted hospital security and two Houston police officers responded. Houston police said Pean hit one of the officers, which led to a confrontation and the use of force.Pean’s attorneys said Pean was unarmed when one officer shot Pean with a Taser and another officer fired his gun.Pean was arrested on assault charges, but the district attorney later dropped the case.The defendants include the hospital, the city of Houston and four HPD officers.last_img read more

Twitter Boosts User Base in Q1 Beats Earnings Forecasts With Sixth Profitable

first_imgShares of Twitter jumped more than 8% in premarket trading Tuesday on the results. The company’s stock soared more than 17% in morning trading, to a nine-month high of $40.23 per share as of 11:06 a.m. ET. [UPDATE: Twitter shares closed up 15.7% for the day, to $39.77 per share.]Twitter called out particular strength in the U.S., where ad revenue was $363 million for Q1, up 26%. The U.S. results reflect “continued execution across product and sales, coupled with broad-based advertiser demand,” the company said in its investor letter. Overall, video formats for the sixth straight quarter represented more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue.Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, said the company is making progress in combating bad actors on the platform. For example, he said Twitter now removes 2.5 times as many tweets that share personal information since the company last month launched better tools to report such violations. In addition, about 38% of abusive tweets that are taken down each week are being proactively detected by automated systems, according to Dorsey.“We are taking a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter,” Dorsey said in announcing the results. “We are reducing the burden on victims and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported.”Starting with the fourth quarter 2018 earnings, Twitter reported “average monetizable daily active users,” or  “mDAU,” which is the only user metric it will report from here on out. That’s partly because its daily active user base continues to grow, while monthly user counts have stalled or declined, as Twitter continues to purge fake and other suspect accounts.“We want to provide something valuable to people on Twitter every day, and we believe that mDAU, and its related growth, are the best ways to measure our success,” Twitter said in explaining why it will no longer report monthly active user numbers. Twitter Is Going to Let Users Follow Topics Related Twitter turned in another quarter that topped Wall Street earnings estimates and grew its user base on both a daily and monthly basis sequentially — as the company touted success of efforts to thwart abuse on the platform.The social network’s Q1 revenue was $787 million, up 18% year-over-year, and net income was $190.8 million (for adjusted earnings per share of 37 cents), marking its sixth consecutive quarter reporting a profit. Wall Street analysts on average expected revenue of $775.2 million and adjusted EPS of 15 cents. Twitter said the better-than-expected profitability for Q1 stemmed from higher revenue, lower relative costs and a one-time tax benefit of $124 million.Twitter reported average daily active users of 134 million in Q1, up 11% year-over-year and a gain of 8 million versus 126 million in the previous quarter. Average monthly active users — which Twitter will no longer report going forward — were 330 million for Q1, up 9 million from 321 million in the previous quarter but down from 336 million in Q1 2018. For the second quarter of 2019, Twitter projected total revenue to be between $770 million and $830 million and operating income to be between $35 million and $70 million.In announcing earnings, Twitter pointed to its live-streaming video strategy as a further boost to user engagement, citing its recent deal with the NBA and Turner Sports that let fans watch the second half of 20 NBA games this season through a single-player camera feed, focusing on a different player each game as selected by a fan vote.Twitter also called out the recent launch of its first public prototype app, called (twttr), which it’s using as a proof-of-concept testing ground. The initial focus for (twttr), released 30 days ago, is to make Twitter more conversational, “with the end goal of making conversation on Twitter feel faster, more fluid, and more fun,” Dorsey said in the earnings announcement. Twitter last month launched a new camera feature in its app, which lets users access the camera by swiping left from their timeline.On the earnings call with analysts, Dorsey was asked about government regulation of social media. He said Twitter is “completely open to regulation where it makes sense” and said regulations like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “have been a net positive not just for our service, but also for our broader industry in general. It’s added a lot more clarity around privacy and how data is being used to the people that we serve.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Wouldn’t Be President Without Twitter Popular on Variety last_img read more

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