• Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers: The NBA Game That May Bring Donald Trump to India Next Month

    first_imgNew Delhi: Waking up at the break of dawn, or not sleeping at all, to not miss out on National Basketball Association action has been the reality for most fans in India. That will change come October 4 and 5 as for the first time, NBA will come to India with Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers facing off twice in two days at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.The matches, part of the official preseason schedule, is an attempt by the NBA to expand the game’s reach in India. In addition to the games, a talent search will be one of several initiatives in India along with Jr. NBA events and community outreach efforts benefiting fans of all ages, NBA had said earlier when announcing the dates for the games. Apart from the game and the other promotional activities surrounding the two-day extravaganza, fans may have something more to look forward to – a visit from United States President Donald Trump.Addressing nearly 50,000 Indian Americans in Houston at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in an appearance with PM Narendra Modi, Trump on Sunday teased he would like to attend a game in Mumbai.”…Very soon, India will have access to another world class American product- NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good. Next week, thousands of people will gather in Mumbai to watch the first-ever, NBA basketball game in India,” Trump said.”Am I invited Mr Prime Minister? I may come, be careful, I may come,” he said laughingly as Prime Minster Modi was seen smiling. Later, PM Modi also invited Trump to visit India with his family.Though there has been no official confirmation, organisers of the event remained tight-lipped on the development, awaiting further confirmation.Trump’s comments, serious or not, could help the NBA tap the serious basketball potential in the country as it brings more interest to the two matches. The game has already enjoyed a surge in popularity in China, which has become the biggest foreign market for NBA, helped by the emergence of emergence of Yao Ming.Although there is no Indian star to drive the attention to the game in India, there are a few Indian connections to the teams – Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings.Sacramento Kings’ current co-owner and franchise chairman is Vivek Ranadive, an Indian-American businessman who bought the NBA franchise as part of a group in 2013, after he sold his stake in the Golden State Warriors. The Kings also have Roy Rana as one of their three assistant coaches.Sim Bhullar had become the first player of Indian-descent to play an NBA game, representing the Sacramento Kings in 2015. Since then, Satnam Singh has made history by becoming the first Indian player to be selected in the NBA Draft, as he was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Draft. The likes of Palpreet Singh, Amjyot Singh have also made their mark in basketball on American soil. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. basketballdonald trumphoustonHowdy Modi First Published: September 23, 2019, 1:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Photos – The Aly Raisman Story

    first_imgAdvertisementAlexandra Rose Raisman (born May 25, 1994) is a retired American gymnast and two-time Olympian.She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams which won their respective team competitions.Raisman is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor silver medalist.At the 2012 Olympics in London, she won gold medals in the team and floor competitions, as well as the bronze medal on the balance beam, making her the most decorated American gymnast at the Games.At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won a gold medal in the team event, making her and teammate Gabby Douglas the only Americans with back-to-back team gold medals.Raisman also won silver medals in the individual all-around and for floor exercise.Raisman was also a member of the gold-winning American teams at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships.Raisman was born on May 25, 1994, in Needham, Massachusetts, to Lynn, a former high school gymnast, and Rick Raisman. She has three younger siblings: Brett, Chloe, and Madison.Raisman began gymnastics when she was two years old.She attributes her initial love for the sport to the “Magnificent Seven”, the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s team at the 1996 Summer Olympics, whose performances she watched on VHS.She trained at Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing through Level 8, when she moved to Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club under coaches Mihai and Silvia Brestyan.Raisman graduated from Needham High School in 2012, after completing her senior year via online classes while training for the Olympics.Picture courtesy – Aly Raisman (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Yanks Swept by O’s, Like Mets, Still Chasing Home Field Advantage

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees still may host the AL wild-card game.Wherever they play it, they will have to execute better to reach the next round of the playoffs.New York failed to clinch home field twice Saturday, getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles 9-2 and 4-3 in a day-night doubleheader.With the Yankees needing one win to host Tuesday’s one-game playoff against Houston, the Los Angeles Angels or Texas, reliever Dellin Betances allowed the go-ahead run in the second game on his second wild pitch of the eighth inning. The Orioles roughed up Ivan Nova in the opener.“I was trying to go up with that fastball, and I just yanked it,” said Betances, who allowed an earned run for the first time in 39 road appearances.New York (87-74) has lost five of six and is one game ahead of Houston (86-75) for home field. If the Astros end up tied, Houston holds the tiebreaker and the game would be played at Minute Maid Park.“I think you’d have to have your head in the sand not to know what you need to do,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We need to win.”After Betances’ 15th appearance since Sept. 1, Girardi said he may not use the setup man on Sunday, though the right-hander said he’d be ready.“If they want me to go, why not?” said Betances (6-4), who has thrown 84 innings in 74 appearances.Paul Janish led off the eighth with a flared single, reached second on a wild pitch, took third on Gerardo Parra’s bunt singleand scored on the second wild pitch.T.J. McFarland (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for Baltimore, and Zach Britton got his 36th save after picking off pinch-runner Rico Noel at first.Manny Machado hit his 35th home run, connecting for a fourth consecutive game, and Nolan Reimold hit the first leadoff homer of his big league career.“We’re just trying to finish the season strong,” Machado said of the Orioles, who moved to 80-81. “That’s the way we’ve played all season and we’re not going to stop now.”Despite splitting his regulars between two starting lineups on a cold and crisp day, Girardi insisted when Saturday began that home field remained important.“Obviously you want to play in front of your home fans,” said Girardi, whose team is 8-10 over its last two homestands. “Our club is built for that ballpark. You get to sleep in your own bed. You don’t have to travel as much. I think it means a lot.”He added that also wanted to protect his team’s health in the kind of weather that can lead to injuries.New York then went 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position in the doubleheader.In the first game, Nova (6-11) allowed eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, walked three and hit a batter. He had a 5.07 ERA in his first season since Tommy John surgery.Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen (11-8) allowed two runs in six-plus innings in what may have been his final start as an Oriole. Chen, who is eligible for free agency, Chen struck out three while allowing four hits and three walks to finish his fourth major league season with a 3.34 ERA.“I will be happy if I get given the chance to come back here,” Chen said through a translator. “But sometimes as a professional player, sometimes it’s inevitable that you have to change team and adapt to a new environment.”NOEL BREAKS THROUGHNoel reached on an infield single in his first big league plate appearance, a month after he came within moments of reaching the plate at Fenway Park.A September callup who has been used primarily as a pinch runner with New York, Noel was on deck Sept. 2 when Girardi sent up Jose Pirela to pinch hit for him. The Yankees led 12-5 in the eighth inning.On Saturday, Noel batted for Pirela leading off the ninth and hit a 60-foot bouncer to third off Oliver Drake, reaching first without a throw.“I’ve been waiting for it for a long time,” the 26-year-old Noel said.STRUGGLING SHREVEIn the first game, reliever Chasen Shreve allowed two runs while getting just one out as he continues his late-season struggles. He’s allowed nine runs in six innings (13.50 ERA) since Sept. 1, raising his overall ERA more than a run in that stretch to 3.09.“I’m going to put him back out there tomorrow if the situation presents itself,” said Girardi, who added he is not sure whether Shreve could make New York’s wild-card roster.TRAINERS ROOMYankees: 3B Chase Headley (back stiffness) was in the lineup for Saturday’s first game. … OF Jacoby Ellsbury (back stiffness) played the second.Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop will have a follow-up exam later Saturday on his bruised right hand. “He’s getting a fluoroscope – I don’t know if that’s the right word, but it’s a sort of next-step X-ray,” said manager Buck Showalter.UP NEXTYankees RHP Michael Pineda (12-9, 4.24) looks for his third win in four starts Sunday against Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (10-11, 5.05), who last finished a season with an ERA of five or higher in 2011.IAN QUILLEN, Associated Presslast_img read more

  • AEK Returns from 2 Goals, But Semedo’s Goal Gives Benfica 3-2 Win

    first_imgATHENS (AP) — Substitute Alfa Semedo rescued 10-man Benfica with a late goal to secure a 3-2 win over AEK Athens on Tuesday as the Greek champion was punished for chaotic defending with a second straight Champions League defeat.AEK had come from two goals down to level the match after Ruben Dias was sent off just before the break. But Semedo was left unchallenged and ran through the static AEK defense to fire past goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas in the 74th minute at Athens’ Olympic Stadium.“I came on to help the team and I’m so happy to get that goal,” Semedo said. “The coach (Rui Vitoria) told me to support the counterattacks.”Benfica looked to have wrapped up the Group E match early, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes.Haris Seferovic tapped in the opener in the sixth minute after AEK goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas blocked a shot from Gedson Fernandez. The Portuguese side looked threatening on every push forward and added another nine minutes later when the unmarked Alex Grimaldo headed in a free kick from Pizzi.Benfica’s Alfa Semedo, right, tries to score his sides third goal during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Benfica at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)But the visitors lost control after Dias received a second booking for a foul on Ezequiel Ponce.Viktor Klonaridis scored twice in the second half but missed a clear chance for the winner moments before Semedo’s goal.“I wanted to get a third goal,” Klonaridis said. “The truth is when you score that boosts your confidence to score more. But I made the wrong decision at that moment.”AEK lost its opening game 3-0 at Ajax, and showed little imagination before the break, while center-back duo Marios Oikonomou and Dmytro Chygrynskiy struggled to contain Benfica’s three forwards.“We started out looking scared and there’s no real explanation for that,” AEK coach Marinos Ouzounidis said. “When they went down to 10 men, we reacted well and should have won it. That third goal came after we had worked so hard. It was very unfortunate,”Bayern and Ajax drew 1-1 in the group’s other game on Tuesday.—By DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressAEK’s Viktor Klonaridis, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal next to his teammate during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Benfica at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas lays on the pitch while he tries to stop the ball as Benfica scores it’s third goal during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Benfica at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Benfica won 3-2.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Benfica players claps hands towards their team’s fans after the end of a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Benfica at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Benfica won 3-2.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Photo: Jim Harbaugh Wearing A Kobe Bryant Shirt During Camp In Los Angeles

    first_imgJim Harbaugh winces as he looks on from the sideline.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour has him out on the West Coast this morning, and as you’d expect, he has the wardrobe to match. For today’s camp in Los Angeles, Harbaugh went with a Kobe Bryant Lakers t-shirt. It’s almost impossible to find a more popular athlete in the city than the future NBA Hall of Famer, so it’s a pretty strong choice.Jim Harbaugh is repping Kobe Bryant at the LA camp this morning. pic.twitter.com/GoOEneOQ5E— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) June 25, 2016 We’re a bit disappointed he didn’t go with the actual jersey, but not everyone can pull off wearing one of those. Harbaugh went with the safe choice here.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

  • Video: Launching of MT Traviata at Tersan Shipyard

    first_imgzoom M/T Traviata, the third dublex stainless steel chemical tanker that is under construction at Tersan Shipyard for Gefo Shipping Group has been launched.The launching ceremony took place in Tersan’s Yalova premises on the 28th of April with the attendance of the owners.Three 5,700 dwt  chemical tankers from the series are all scheduled to be delivered within 2014.Tersan Shipyard, May 5, 2014last_img

  • UN agencies step up efforts as Pakistani floods affect nearly a million

    30 July 2010The number of people affected by severe floods following torrential monsoon rains in north-western Pakistan during the past three days has risen to nearly a million, with hundreds dead and most of the stricken areas cut off, limiting access and relief efforts, the United Nations reported today. The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, is more than 290 and several hundred others have been injured, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated, quoting figures provided by national disaster management officials.The floods have caused major damage to infrastructure, including roads and at least 45 bridges, as wells as thousands of homes. Search and rescue is the current priority, but authorities have also requested assistance in emergency shelter and food, as well as drinking water and sanitation facilities.The Pakistani Government is leading the relief efforts, with support from the armed forces and authorities in affected provinces.An important humanitarian hub and warehouse complex in Pirpai was flooded, making it difficult to move relief supplies to affected areas. In Swat district, the Swat River has washed away most of the bridges along with shops, hotels and private homes.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported it stands ready to provide additional food rations once the access to its hub is secured. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) provided medical kits to the Department of Health, and has established an emergency health response unit in Peshawar.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have set up nine medical camps in Swat and are providing medicines, water treatment tablets and jerry cans. The agency is also supporting the local authorities in providing clean drinking water.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has dispatched the first consignment of relief items to assist flood-affected districts in Baluchistan, particularly Sibi, where a more detailed assessment is planned over the weekend. read more

  • Alumni learn dining etiquette follow the lead of your host

    On Tues. April 12, more than 60 Brock alumni from the Burlington and surrounding area gathered together at beautiful Paletta Lakefront Park and Mansion for an etiquette dinner. The first of its kind to be hosted by the Burlington Brock Alumni Network, the event brought together alumni of all ages, encouraging unique and eclectic conversation.Terry Cockerline (BA ’97), manager of Brock Alumni Relations, played the role of wine and dining coach. Cockerline began his presentation by explaining that many business transactions are discussed over a meal, and dining etiquette should be a concern for all professionals.“Etiquette is a visual sign of your professional manner,” said Cockerline. “It speaks volumes about your demeanor as an employee, colleague, or client.”Cockerline entertained the group with a few dining etiquette horror stories and offered some useful tips.“Although ordering lobster, drinking alcohol and bringing home doggie bags may be something you do in your everyday life, you likely shouldn’t practice this during a professional business meal,” he said.Cockerline suggests following the lead of your host. For example, is she ordering an $8 salad or a $30 steak? Is she drinking alcohol? If you don’t know what to order, ask your host for suggestions.Cockerline also cautioned that you should avoid inappropriate conversation topics, but should not remain quiet. “You’re invited for a reason”, he said. “So, try to give your host your full attention, contribute to the conversation and look like you’re engaged.”For more information on upcoming Brock Alumni Network events, please visit brockpeople.ca read more

  • UN commission on womens equal rights expresses concern about Iraq

    Iraq has been a State party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women since 1986 and CEDAW previously has expressed concern about the situation of Iraqi women and called on the interim Government to ensure equal participation of women in reconstruction and full compliance with the Convention, CEDAW said in a statement late last week.The 23-member CEDAW emphasized again the urgent need to rehabilitate and reintegrate the Iraqi women and children who are victims of the conflict.The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said last week that a draft of the constitution showed that factors in ensuring women’s equality with men and issues addressed by international laws and treaties would all be subordinated to Islamic law, or Sharia, and the progressive Personal Status Law governing marriage, divorce and inheritance would be replaced by the law as practised by a family’s own religion or sect.Some 200 men and women staged a protest against the draft last Tuesday at Baghdad’s Firdaws Square, but the sit-in ended when news came that two Sunni members of the drafting committee had been assassinated, UNIFEM said. read more

  • Students benefit from CanadianChinese association partnership

    International MBA co-op students at Brock should consider themselves part of a very select group.For the past two years, they have been invited to participate in a mentorship program offered by the Canadian-Chinese Finance Association (CCFA).The CCFA is a not-for-profit organization founded by Chinese professionals in Canada’s financial service and education institutions. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and Schulich School of Business at York University are the only other business schools involved in the CCFA mentoring partnership.Fourteen Brock students participated in the program in 2008 while 13 students are involved this year.Julia Zhu of the Co-op Programs Office assists with the program and says it provides an invaluable experience to international students who are eager to understand Canada’s business culture.Many CCFA members who volunteer for this program are recognized as leading business professionals from Toronto’s Bay Street.“Finance students in particular regard Bay Street as a dream job – this is an opportunity for them to make a connection to Canada’s finance capital,” says Zhu. “The CCFA professionals share their vast business knowledge and experiences to give students insight into Canadian business practices and operations. As well, the mentors offer information and advice that contributes to a student’s career development and network connections.”Recent MBA graduate Yamil Salomon, of Venezuela, was among the first group from Brock to benefit from this one-to-one mentorship relationship. Salomon says that thanks to his mentor, a finance professional from RBC, he had the unique experience as a business student to be on the trading floor of one of Canada’s major banks.“My experience with the Canadian-Chinese Finance Association mentorship program has had a tremendous impact in providing me with important insights of the financial markets,” says Salomon, who is now working full time for CIBC. “At the end, one of the most important lessons was learning how two different cultures have successfully managed the common goal of improving economic efficiency.”Ti Wang, CCFA president, says the association and the mentors value the program.“Working with students, CCFA mentors can also learn from students and build up friendships with future business professionals,” says Wang who is also the director, Fixed Income Derivatives at RBC Capital Markets. “CCFA can benefit from such programs in the sense that we care about our community and we like to share. It is our belief that we can achieve more if we all work together.” read more

  • Youth WCh 2013 Denmark is world champion

    22.Angola All Star Team:Best Goalkeeper: Sebastian L. Frandsen (DEN)Best Left Wing: Lovro Mihic (CRO)Best Pivot: Ingacio Plaza Jiminez (ESP)Best Right Wing: Sebastian Karlsson (SWE)Best Left Back: Marko Mamic (CRO)Best Centre Back: Tim Suton (GER)Best Right Back: Niklas Kirlokke (DEN)Most valuable player: Simon Hald Jensen (DEN) 13.France 1.Denmark 4.Spain 5.Norway 21.South Korea 14.Egypt 17.Japan 6.Sweden 23.Gabon Denmark wins the Youth World Championship for the third time in the history after 2007 and 2011 which made the Danish handball the most succesful in the history of this competition. Danish generation 1994 beat Croatia 32:26 (25:25, 12:12) after extra-time and win the gold medal with all nine victories at the tournament in two Hungarian cities of Erd and Budaors.The third place and bronze medal won Germany by win over Spain 29:23.Final Ranking Danish youth handballDenmark HandballHandball tournamentsHandball World ChampionshipsYouth handball 11.Romania 20.Venezuela 10.Hungary 16.Austria 2.Croatia 18.Argentina 24.Chile ← Previous Story HSV Handball will play at VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2014! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014 open: Kiel, Flensburg and Lowen with the first points! 19.Tunisia 9.Brazil 12.Belarus 15.Qatar 8.Slovenia 7.Serbia 3.Germany read more

  • Geek deals Save big on Steamcrate subscriptions

    first_imgAlways on the lookout for new games? Want to play a bunch of PC games on the cheap? Check out Steamcrate. You’ll get 10 games every month, and it’s currently being discounted by a whopping 78%.• Steamcrate subscriptions for up to 78% offWant some examples of previous games included in Steamcrate? Batman: Arkham Origins, Mortal Kombat X, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Bioshock Infinite have all been included in earlier crates, so know that there’s always a real chance of getting a big AAA game.At the same time, half the fun is playing smaller games that you might have missed. There are so many indie games on Steam, it’s impossible to keep up with them. Having a selection simply show up every month is really convenient — no more fighting with the Steam storefront to find new games.It should go without saying that not every single game will resonate with you, but that’s why having a huge selection of games is so important. With ten new games every month, some of them are bound to scratch your particular itch.Normally, three months of Steamcrate lists for $94.99, but StackSocial is selling it for just $19.99 — less than $1 per game. And if you’re interested in going even longer, you can get six months of Steamcrate for $39.99, or 12 months for just $79.99. 120 games in one year? That’s a great value.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

  • Vancouver man killed in Portland singlevehicle crash

    first_imgA Vancouver man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Portland early Thursday morning.Justin Thomas Hauser, 33, was identified as the driver in the fatal crash in Portland’s Lloyd District, according to the Portland Police Bureau.Officers were called to a crash where a vehicle had struck a pole near the intersection of North Broadway and North Benton Avenue at 12:48 a.m. Thursday, police reported.Fire and medical personnel extracted the driver from the vehicle and rendered him medical aid, however he died at the scene, Portland police said.Investigators reported that speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, however, the agency’s major crash team is continuing its investigation.last_img

  • San Diego Park system among top 20 best in US per new

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego has one of the 20 best park systems in the country, according to rankings released Wednesday by the Trust for Public Land.San Diego’s park system ranked 16th, unchanged from last year’s rankings, while Chula Vista’s park system vaulted two spots, to 76th. San Diego’s ranking was based on above-average park acreage, access and investment, according to the Trust for Public Land.The nonprofit organization’s eighth annual ParkScore index ranks the country’s 100 most populous cities on the percentage of residents who are within a 10-minute walk of a park, a city’s median park size, park spending per resident and the availability of amenities such as basketball hoops, dog parks, playgrounds and restrooms.“Mayors and city park directors across the United States recognize that quality, close-to-home parks are essential to communities,” said Trust for Public Land President and CEO Diane Regas. “Parks are proven to improve physical and mental health and get children and adults to put down their phones and enjoy the outdoors.”San Diego was the second-highest-ranked city in California, trailing seventh-place San Francisco, one of only two cities with every resident living within 10 minutes of a park. The Trust for Public Land ranked Washington, D.C., at the top this year, unseating Minneapolis, Minnesota, the top-ranked city for the previous three years.Oklahoma City ranked last among the most populous cities, due in part to only 38% of residents living within 10 minutes of a park. The national average of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park is 54%, according to the Trust for Public Land.Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana, declined to participate in this year’s ParkScore index ranking, while Gilbert, Arizona lacked the necessary data, according to the organization. As a result, only 97 cities received rankings.“As few as 8,300 new parks in places where they are needed most would close the gap in park access in our 100 largest cities,” said Breece Robertson, the organization’s chief research and innovation officer. “But, because we now know exactly where to site the parks, we know the first 1,500 could solve the problem for nearly five million people. That shows us the way forward, and we owe it to our children to rise to the challenge.” KUSI Newsroom San Diego Park system among top 20 best in U.S. per new rankings May 22, 2019last_img read more

  • Hearst Tries On Voice Assistant Tech With Esquire Wisdom

    first_imgLast week, Esquire, Hearst’s men’s lifestyle brand, announced the launch of “Esquire Wisdom,” a conversational app on Amazon Alexa.The app, also available on Google Assistant, offers users on-demand “tips” and guidelines from the Esquire team, spanning lifestyle topics such as food, fashion, and relationships.Sheel Shah, executive director, growth & innovation at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, tells Folio: the Esquire team chose voice-assistant technology as the platform for Esquire Wisdom in an effort to engage consumers in a medium where they are spending their time.“One of our goals is to get our content in as many homes as possible and Amazon’s progress with Alexa helps us do that, especially through its Echo, Dot, and Show products,” says Shah. “We will see how much of an overlap there is in the coming months, but we also view this as an opportunity to engage new consumers.” Shah says that Esquire Wisdom features tips written by the Esquire team over the past few decades, as well as new tips written exclusively for the app. Examples of tips include “yes, you can wear sneakers with a suit – just make sure they’re clean and minimal,” and “never cook with wine you wouldn’t want to drink.”Esquire Wisdom is currently not sponsored, but Shah tells Folio: the team is looking to explore opportunities to integrate marketing partners in the future, noting that the current goal is to gain insight for the brand moving forward.“In addition to entertaining fans of the Esquire brand, we hope to gather insights that will help develop the Esquire Wisdom app further,” Shah adds. “We can also use these insights as we think of new interactions for our other brands.”Prior to Esquire Wisdom, Good Housekeeping and Elle, two of Hearst’s other brands, have expanded content to Amazon’s voice-assistant technology.last_img read more

  • Family Planning Empowering People Developing Nations

    first_img-Zobayeda is bright, cheerful, maybe a little shy, but you wouldn’t guess her life story the first time you meet her. She is 24, married and mother of a young boy. What she has had to go through to become the strong person she is today is very unusual. The young woman from Moulvibazar, got married when she was only 16, and as is customary in many parts of Bangladesh wasn’t able to access information, let alone services for family planning. The consequence: Zobayeda lost her first baby and developed obstetric fistula. Today she runs her own successful small business sewing cement bags. Zobayeda’s story has a happy ending, in part because now she and her husband are aware of the choices they have and can access their preferred method of contraception. Zobayeda is one of millions of women who have proven that investing in family planning is investing in the health and rights of women and couples. As is the case for Zobayeda, investments yield economic and other gains. But first and foremost a person’s ability to plan the timing and size of his or her family is a human right.Bangladesh is hailed as one of the world’s family planning success stories. At a time when the country was fresh out of war, riddled with poverty, with sparse infrastructure and an already dense and growing population, few could have foreseen the great strides it was about to make in population control. Bangladesh has successfully reduced Total Fertility Rate from 6.3 births per woman in 1975 to 3.4 in 1994 and to 2.3 in 2011.But the enormous progress made in enabling women and men to make an informed decision has come to a standstill over the last few years.  Today, Bangladesh’s family planning program is facing considerable challenges at various fronts. In 2012 the Government of Bangladesh committed to the global FP2020 initiative, setting targets to be achieved by 2020. This July a summit in London will re-examine the progress made so far, as well as looking at the following challenges, which could prevent not just the attainment of the FP2020 targets, but even the much larger Sustainable Development Goals. .FP2020 targets for Bangladesh>>Reduce total fertility rate to 2.0>>Increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 62% to 75%>>Increase the share of LAPM from 8.1% to 20%>>Reduce unmet need for FP from 12% to 10%>>Reduce the discontinuation rate from 30% to 20%. .Young and adolescent married females, just like Zobayeda, remain an underserved group. Currently 51% of 15-19 years old use a family planning method, which is much lower than the national average of 62%. Unmet family planning needs is highest among married adolescent girls at 17% compared to the national average of 12%.There is a need for a strong sexual and reproductive health literacy component as part of the family planning program within the education system..Another greatly underserved group are women who have recently given birth (post-partum).44% of women who gave birth in the precedingtwo years have an unmet need for family planning.  This is almost four times higher than the national average of 12% and is even more astounding when one considers the fact that these women are usually in touch with health care providers following the birth of their babies. .The share of men who use a family planning method is strikingly low. The male to female ratio of modern family planning methods is 1:6 (male: 7.6%, female: 46.5%). Historically, Bangladesh’s model of using female FP field workers to provide contraceptive services to females’ homes is what made it successful. But paradoxically, this model also entertained the already entrenched gendered norms of lack of female mobility and also placed the entire burden of family control primarily on women by accentuating female only methods and failing to incorporate men into the family planning dialogue..There are huge geographic inequalities in contraception.  Eastern regions (Sylhet and Chittagong) have a high demand for children and less accessibility to services leading to higher fertility rates and fewer users of family planning. In contrast, western divisions such as Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur have been successful in reducing fertility to replacement level or below. It is critical to examine and address underlying factors that are hindering the success of family planning interventions in these regions. .A majority of users rely on short term methods, rather than long-term or permanent methods of contraception. Only 8% of women use long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods, and this accounts for 13% of all contraceptive use. This is a critical issue since the average women in Bangladesh will reach her desired family size by age 25, and spend her remaining reproductive years avoiding pregnancy. The reliance on short-term methods, if not used accurately or discontinued can also be seen as contributing to the high number of unwanted pregnancies, approximately 1.3 million each year. .The two-pronged system of a Directorate General for Family Planning and a Directorate General for Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is contributing to underutilization of family planning services.   A lack of coordination between the two departments can mean that even though a large number of women deliver babies in DGHS facilities the opportunity to provide post-partum family planning is missed. Moreover a large proportion of service-delivery posts remain vacant or personnel are absent from their posts. It is crucial that UHFWCs task-shift from doctors to female paramedics in providing various long-acting or permanent methods to improve availability of services and ease of access..Absence of a structured FP program in the urban sector creates a huge gap in family planning services for the urban population, especially slum dwellers. Providing urban health care delivery is the mandate of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MOLGRDC). They provide primary health care and FP services in a few urban slums through NGOs; but these remain largely underused. There is a huge need for free FP services among slum dwellers.To ensure that the country is able to reach its targets, family planning has to be restructured to address the challenges of its time. The whole family planning service delivery mechanism has to be improved with trained, skilled, highly efficient workers at all managerial and service-delivery levels. Greater monitoring, reporting and supervisory activities have to be put in place with more focus on quality improvement. Key populations (such as adolescents, women in postpartum stages and populations in the eastern region) with high unmet need have to be identified and the underlying factors driving this unmet need have to be understood before intervening to maximise the output that can be gained from FP interventions. Additional focus on procurement and supply chain management is required. Focus should also be given in designing national level policies and strategies that provide a conducive environment for a high functioning FP program to bring about a new era of FP success for the country.last_img read more

  • Comey to confirm Trump pressured him on Flynn investigation CNN

    first_imgA combination photo shows US President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey in Washington. Reuters file photoFormer FBI Director James Comey plans to confirm reports that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia in congressional testimony, CNN said on Wednesday, citing an unidentified source close to the issue.The Senate Intelligence Committee said on May 19 that Comey, who was fired by Trump 10 days earlier, would testify before the panel publicly at some point after Monday’s Memorial Day holiday. CNN said the testimony could come as early as next week.Representatives of the committee would not comment on the report.After Comey’s dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn probe during a February meeting in the Oval Office the day after Flynn was fired for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador.The account, first reported by the New York Times, was based on a memo Comey wrote after the meeting.The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation.CNN reported that Comey has discussed the parameters of his congressional testimony with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has taken over the criminal investigation.It said Comey planned to meet with Mueller, a longtime colleague at the Justice Department and also a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for a formal interview after his public testimony.“The Committee welcomes the testimony of former Director Comey, but does not have an announcement to make at this time,” said Rebecca Glover, spokeswoman for Republican committee Chairman Richard Burr.last_img read more

  • Emina Ekic Earns AllAmerican Honors

    first_img List of 2018 All-Americans Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Louisville sophomore Emina Ekic was named a second team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches association.  Ekic is one of 50 players named to the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s All-America Teams announced on Thursday night, the eve of the College Cup semifinals in Cary, N.C. “Emina is one of the best players in the country and I’m thrilled that she has been named an All- American,” said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes.  “She is a special player who works tirelessly on being the best she can be. She is absolutely one of the best players I have ever had the privilege to coach and I’m excited that she has two more years of eligibility. Emina is not only a fantastic soccer player but she is truly a wonderful person as well.  She is loyal, humble, hard-working and an amazing teammate. I know her teammates will be super excited for her!”Earlier this week Ekic was named a first team all-region selection after an impressive sophomore campaign.  Following the regular season she earned first team All-ACC honors. In the preseason, Ekic was named preseason All-ACC and was on the Hermann Trophy Watch List.  Coming off an injury from last season, she was outstanding in ACC play this season.  Ekic, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. She helped the Cardinals score in five of the last six matches, including two game-winning goals.  She led the team with 47 shots and 22 shots on goal. Ekic becomes the seventh All-American in school history.  She is the first Cardinal to earn All-American honors since Christine Exeter was named a third team All-American in 2011.  She is the first Louisville player to earn second team honors, with the previous six selections earned third and fourth team honors.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

  • How kids perceptions on truth lies change with age

    first_imgChildren have no difficulty and can easily distinguish between truth and lies, regardless of age. However, as they age, they get confused around particular kinds of truths and lies, a study has found.Younger children see things more starkly. For them, truths are good and lies are bad. But, by the time the children are 10-12 years old, they become more aware that truth and lies are less binary. “Children get a lot of messages from their parents saying that lying is always bad, but at the same time they see their parents telling ‘white’ lies to make life easier. Depending on their age, this is likely to be a bit confusing for children,” said Victoria Talwar from the McGill University in Quebec, Canada.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs children get older, their moral evaluations of both lies and truths increasingly gets influenced by whether they think this behaviour will cause harm to either others or themselves.Younger children saw false confessions to help someone else as being more negative than older ones did. Younger children are less concerned by truth-telling that had negative consequences for someone else, whereas older children were more conflicted about tattling. “The older they are, the more interested children are in the consequences of these actions. They are also more able to start looking at the intentions behind the speech,” added Shanna Mary Williams, doctoral student at the McGill University.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFurther, the study showed that both young and old children had different views when it came to the skill of deciding which behaviours to reward or condemn. While younger children may be reflecting what is taught by parents and caregivers when it comes to tattling (ie that honesty in all forms is virtuous), the older children may be less likely to reward tattling because they are concerned with how their peers will perceive this behaviour, the researchers observed.  In both cases, parents and teachers need to have a much more involved conversation about truth-telling or lie-telling with children starting as early as the age six, the researchers suggested. For the study, the team assessed how a child’s moral understanding develops. They studied the behaviour of close to 100 children, aged six to 12.“Looking at how children see honesty and deceit is a way of gaining insight into different stages of moral and social development,” Talwar said. The study was published in the journal International Review of Pragmatics.last_img read more

  • Fannie Mae Posts 101B Quarterly Profit

    first_imgFannie Mae Posts $10.1B Quarterly Profit in Secondary Market August 8, 2013 425 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2013-08-08 Tory Barringercenter_img “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html second-quarter profits nearly doubled year-over-year, the GSE reported.[IMAGE]The company reported Thursday net income of $10.1 billion in Q2 2013 compared to $5.1 billion for Q2 2012. It was the sixth consecutive quarter of profit for Fannie Mae.Comprehensive income totaled $10.3 billion, again nearly double that of the same quarter last year ($5.4 billion).According to the enterprise’s earnings report, the second-quarter’s strong numbers were “”driven primarily by continued stable revenues and boosted by a significant increase in home prices in the quarter, which resulted in a reduction in the company’s loss reserves.””The yearly improvement was also helped primarily by gains on the company’s assets recorded at fair value (due to increases in interest rates) and an increase in credit-related income.As of June 30, Fannie Mae’s net worth was reported at $13.2 billion–$10.2 billion of which will go to Treasury as dividends, bringing aggregate dividends payments to approximately $105 billion. Under the terms of the GSEs’ bailout, each must maintain a reserve of $3.0 billion, with any amount over that threshold going to the government. Fannie Mae’s report came one day after Freddie Mac released “”its own earnings””:https://themreport.com/articles/freddie-mac-reports-5b-profit-in-q2-2013-08-07, revealing a profit of $5.0 billion–the second largest in its history. Sharelast_img read more