I like hardcover books better than soft cover books, eBooks, and audiobooks. A hardcover book reads differently, and the tactile nature of the book radically improves the experience. If I believe a book is important enough to read and study, I always buy it in multiple formats, as each one provides a different experience, and they build upon each other.I read the hardcover book first, mostly because I seem to gain more from the first reading than when I read the Kindle or listen to the audiobook first (even though I sometimes listen to a book before reading it, mostly because I am traveling in a plane or a car, and because I can listen when I am doing something that doesn’t require my full attention). I tend to mark passages with a pencil, with a single dot at the beginning of an important passage, and another to mark the end. This note-taking device is mostly a habit that allowed me to type notes later and refer back to important ideas.When I am far enough into the book, I like to start the audiobook and listen to what I have read, trailing behind my reading of the book. Hearing the concepts again is helpful. Going over the ground a second time deepens my understanding and my retention. I prefer books where the author reads their work, as they are almost always better than when someone else reads for them (with the exception of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, impeccably read by Peter Coyote, whose voices make the content even more powerful).If I am reading to deepen my understanding, I read the book on Kindle or on the Kindle App on the iPad, highlighting and exporting the passages I want to respond to using a system called Zettlekasten, which is sort of like taking notes on index cards, with my notes on single ideas or passages captured electronically. The Kindle app allows you to copy the text directly into another program, in my case, the Ulysses app, which prevents meekest from having to type my notes, something that takes time better spent writing my notes and ideas and responses to what I have read.Why go to all this trouble?As I have written here before, there is no better deal on Earth when it comes to education than a book. For 6 hours and $25, you get access to ideas and insights from someone who invested tens of thousands of hours in attaining them.At one time in my life, I read a book a day. For many years, I read a book a week, but with little to no application and too little retention. Now I prefer depth to breadth, reading widely until I find something worth studying, and then going very deep. If it takes a couple of weeks to draw out the marrow from the bone, the effort is worth the additional time and effort. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders of Punjab were embroiled in a war of words on Tuesday even as the crisis within the party only seems to deepen.Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann lashed out at Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who was recently removed as the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu, accusing them of weakening the party for their personal interests.“Mr. Khaira and Mr. Sandhu are trying to break the party in Punjab and are misguiding the volunteers in the name of ‘Punjabiyat’. I always stood by the people of Punjab, but I want to ask them why this love for Punjab just after the change of the Leader of the Opposition,” said Mr. Mann here.He alleged that Mr. Khaira and Mr. Sandhu’s fight is just to grab power. “When Mr. Khaira was in the Congress, why did he never demand autonomy from the Congress’s central leadership,” he asked.Legal action Rejecting the announcement by the duo to reconstitute the organisation in the State, Mr. Mann warned that the party will take legal action in case Mr. Khaira and Mr. Sandhu continue to violate party guidelines.Mr. Khaira hit back, saying Mr. Mann was acting as a mouthpiece of the Congress and that the national leadership of the AAP had forged a secret alliance with the Congress.He said the allegations levelled by Mr. Mann were not only false but that he was appalled to see the “cheap theatrics by an elected Member of Parliament”.The Khaira camp also announced its eight-member ad hoc political affairs committee for Punjab.“The ad hoc PAC will monitor and supervise the reconstitution of the entire political structure of the party’s State unit, including the appointment of the State president-convener. Once the State unit’s political structure is in place, the ad hoc PAC and ad hoc State executive will stand dissolved. A new executive and PAC would be constituted,” said Mr. Sandhu.
COPLAY, Pa. (AP) — Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night.Hundreds and thousands of miles away, infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, swaying like metronomes marking time in a Beethoven symphony, moving to locations personalized for each batter.All this re-aligning is designed to drive hitters, well, batty. And it’s working: The big-league batting average is at its lowest level since 1972.Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did. The Big Shift is on, and long-held beliefs have burst in this post-steroids era, where hits and runs have become as precious as rare gems.“This is something that has changed in baseball over the last two, three years, and it’s completely different,” said Jed Lowrie, the shortstop of the Houston Astros, easily the shiftiest team in the major leagues last year.Baseball Info Solutions, a high-tech company founded in 2002, provided data to 21 of the 30 major league clubs last year, each craving an advantage. Digital innovations are touted with the intensity of agents trumpeting players.No shift is too radical, no idea too goofy to try if the microcircuits propose it. They don’t always work, but the odds of success precipitated swift adoption.“It may look a little bit funny for people that have been watching baseball through the decades,” said Scott Spatt, a BIS research and development analyst.Last April, the St. Louis Cardinals put all four infielders on the right side for the fourth pitch to the New York Mets’ Lucas Duda.He hit a two-hopper to second baseman Mark Ellis — who was perfectly positioned about 15 feet into right field and threw to first for the easy out. Duda estimates shifts sliced his average about 20 points last season.Shifts may have even changed the World Series. Data from BIS helped persuade San Francisco to position Juan Perez near the left-field line and shallow in Game 7 against Kansas City’s Nori Aoki, a left-handed spray hitter.A ball off the end of Aoki’s bat that at first seemed headed to the corner for a tying fifth-inning double instead became an out. Madison Bumgarner found his dominating form, and the Giants held their 3-2 lead to win their third title in five seasons.“One play, right there — one play is the difference between winning and losing the World Series, because that would have tied the game,” BIS President Ben Jedlovec said. “They might still be playing, for all we know, with how competitive that series was.”Back in 2011, when a large portion of the sport lingered in a Data Dark Age, teams shifted 2,357 times on balls hit in play, according to BIS. Shifts nearly doubled to 4,577 the following year, rose to 8,180 in 2013 and to 13,296 last season.BIS goes through each big league game three times to capture everything in the company’s database: once live, then twice more the next day. Teams can buy customized reports or the raw data to format themselves.And this winter, the company renovated its first floor to add nodes and plans to expand its analysis to the minor leagues with Triple-A games.“There’s no such thing as a groundball hit for a left-handed pull hitter now,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said. “It just doesn’t happen. Everybody’s over there.”With all the moving around, fielders have to get their bearings in atypical locales. Pedro Alvarez, Evan Longoria and Josh Donaldson were among the third basemen who had to turn double plays at second last season.“It’s never really that unusual anymore. It’s kind of becoming a pretty big part of the game,” said Alvarez, who made the pivot for a 4-5-3 double play on Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce last April 21.But for some managers, the statistical shakeup must be measured along with evidence collected the old-fashioned way: through one’s own eyes.“Some of that stuff would tell you to pinch hit for Babe Ruth if you really went by strictly the numbers,” retired great Jim Leyland said. “And obviously you’d be making a fool of yourself.”Shifts have been around since the sport’s early years. The Hall of Fame’s Giamatti Research Center has a New York Clipper article of June 25, 1870, referring to a June 14 game between the Brooklyn Atlantics and Cincinnati Red Stockings, that praises “the style in which the Cincinnati fielders moved about in the field, according as the different batsmen came to the bat, being a model display.”Peter Morris’ A Game of Inches refers to a Louisville Courier Journal article describing how Hartford Manager Bob Ferguson would move his second baseman to the left side of the infield in 1877, the National League’s second year.Shifts for many years were used primarily for left-handed power hitters — nine of the 10 players shifted on most often last year were lefties, led by David Ortiz (505 plate appearances), Ryan Howard (453) and Chris Davis (400).“If we can force David Ortiz to just hit the ball the other way or even try to bunt for a hit, I think that’s a win for the defense,” Lowrie said.Sluggers reject suggestions they should bunt or try to hit to the opposite field. Baseball culture still is of the mindset of the famous 1998 Nike advertisement with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, titled Chicks Dig the Long Ball.“My swing is my swing and I try to not change my swing,” said Albert Pujols, the most-shifted righty batter at 279 plate appearances. “They think they’re forcing you to think about the shift and actually it’s teaching you how they’re going to pitch to you. That helps me out, too, over the long run.”Which leaves teams searching for the next shift. Because as it has for nearly a century and a half, the pendulum in baseball eventually swings the other way as batters and pitchers adjust to innovation.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
With Gartner forecasting 21 billion IoT devices by 2020, and Softbank predicting a coming “Cambrian explosion” of IoT connectivity, the bar has been set high. But there are mountains to be moved before such lofty predictions can be realized.Even a few cents is too much to add connectivity to low-value devices. I’ve come to believe that we must reduce the cost of connectivity far below today’s levels to enable IoT to grow exponentially. This will, in turn, require radical simplicity. Anyone who’s used one of Amazon’s Dash buttons to re-order a consumable will have a sense of how simple connected devices are becoming.A ruthless optimization aimed at stripping out cost leaves us with a minimum viable IoT device that requires just power, connectivity, sensing and cloud. Here’s how I see that:Connectivity should be based on technologies in smartphones in order to use that phone as a gateway and to remove infrastructure costs. It should also have range – a bubble of connectivity – to avoid needing user actions to enable the connectivity. We also expect that a small part of the resources needed for the connectivity would be made available for applications processing.Sensing in a minimum viable IoT device will be simple: Think of sensors such as a trace on a circuit that gets broken or an integrated temperature sensor.For power, we found it hard to get away from a device that is permanently powered. Power is needed for the connectivity and makes the sensing information that can be collected massively more valuable – not just because you can sense the whole time, but because power also allows you to determine when something has happened.It’s clear then that we’re describing a device that isn’t based on RFID or NFC – mainly because we view these as limited by the need for specialist infrastructure, user interaction and incomplete phone adoption.Where are we now? Some of the elements of a radically simple, low cost IoT device have already arrived.First, let’s look at the Bluetooth Beacon formats that have arrived in recent years. Having assessed each of the viable contenders, I’m firmly a supporter of Google’s Eddystone format as an enabler of ultra-low cost IoT. Here’s how it works: data is encrypted in beacon adverts that are heard by phones. If it’s an Android phone it doesn’t even need to have an app installed, only for Google’s nearby services to be enabled. When the phone hears a new advert it forwards it to a resolving service in the cloud that decrypts that payload. This means that the information created by the infrastructure, and the revenue associated with it, are protected. In short then, an architecture such as Eddystone turns all phones into IoT gateways and enables monetization in the cloud.But today’s Beacon implementations will be hampered by price: with cost still related to the area of silicon, the biggest single component cost will be the Bluetooth chip. Designed to reduce that dependency, all-digital radio technology such as our own Pizzicato technology removes all analog components on a silicon radio, enabling the radio to overcome today’s physical barriers. These radio technologies also directly benefit from Moore’s Law’s with further reductions in size, cost and power consumption with each new generation. Pizzicato has enabled us to demonstrate a seven-cent Bluetooth radio – a new benchmark in low cost IoT, but a price point that we believe can and will be further reduced.Going further Having addressed the most expensive component, we then need to look at the whole device in order to further simplify and strip out cost.Complexity is a problem. An increase in the number of parts ripples through manufacturing – increasing assembly costs, the number assembly stages, parts inventories, and so on.Work needs to focus on all the parts that go into a device and why they’re needed. For example, a core stage in stripping out components is achieved by moving from designing the battery into a product to instead designing the product into the battery . For example, we have identified injection moldable plastics that are compatible with proven battery systems: both the major substances and their various by-products (in fact some materials such as polyimides, which can be used to define circuits, are already used within some batteries).This shift means that we can create low cost devices that are made using existing high volume production techniques, but which also reduce the number of assembly steps and consolidate the number of components. The 3D schematic below shows the idea.Here, the battery becomes a void in the primary casing into which the PCB is assembled, while the contacts become areas defined on the PCB. The product casing is the primary electrolyte holder.At this point, this vision of ultra-low cost IoT looks strong, but this approach brings a major problem: Billions of tiny batteries in disposable devices are a chemical pollution disaster, and will the growth of the electric vehicle market grab the world’s supply of Lithium? Is there’s a more organic approach?Perhaps you’ve heard of the researchers that have turned clams into batteries. Cyborg clams may be some way off, but work on bio batteries, or more properly, Enzymatic Fuel Cells is progressing – this work effectively reproduces the reactions taking place in living organisms that generate electricity, and duplicates them outside of the cell. There are many research groups looking at this with several lines of attack, but there’s a trend that gives us cause for optimism.The following graph is the biotech equivalent to Moore’s Law, showing the cost of sequencing DNA.The graph is logarithmic (which is why Moore’s Law appears as a straight line) and whilst all areas of biotech won’t follow this curve, it does give a good feeling for the pace of development. This rapid progress is one of the reasons that we set up our own synthetic biology lab last year.Research groups are reporting shelf lives and operational lives of bio batteries measured in months and heading towards a year. From a cost perspective, there is research suggesting an enzyme cost of six cents for a bio battery.The business model We’ve been taking a ruthless view on reducing cost, which is helpful for reducing the bottom line, but what about the return? This question comes into sharp relief for anyone in the value chain who has previously made money with a margin on components.The key shift in approach is to realize revenue from all touchpoints through the device’s life. I’ve suggested that we imagine a bubble around all connected ‘things’ within which they can use a phone as a gateway. Now, even simple sensing can generate valuable business. Think for example, of an IoT beer bottle, which can be monitored through its life from manufacture, bottling, distribution, retail, consumer and recycling, delivering small packets of value at each stage. This might relate to temperature sensing, anti-tamper through track breaking, liquid level sensing, maximizing recycle rates, and more. In retail, this technology could be used to turn any item of consumer goods into a data platform, and transform the market research industry by solving problems such as limited scalability, sample bias, and reliance on stated rather than observed data. These data feeds would be near real time, allowing business to react quickly to any changing trends.Now, the Amazon Dash-style replenish button is merely one of many stages delivering value in the life of a product.This is just a small insight into our own current work and thoughts for the future. It’s inevitably a mix of the technologies on today’s bleeding edge, and speculations for the future. However, we’re optimistic, seeing a range of technologies just over the horizon that will strip out cost and ensure that IoT really does represent the “Cambrian explosion” of connectivity that the industry seeks. Rob Milner is Head of Connectivity at Cambridge Consultants, a product development firm and the world’s largest independent wireless development group. As the senior technical architect and leader for Cambridge Consultants’ smart systems work, Rob works on connected system development projects that deliver new product and service opportunities for clients. 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Share on Pinterest Adrian Newey Read more Twitter Pinterest Ayrton Senna: F1 photographer Keith Sutton recalls a remarkable journey Reuse this content Ayrton Senna Red Bull Motor sport Read more Facebook As a Pink Floyd-loving public schoolboy in the mid-1970s, Adrian Newey found a clever way around his headmaster’s ban on platform-soled shoes. The relevant rule stipulated that if you could pass a penny on its end between the ground and the sole of the shoe, it was illegal. Newey reacted by glueing a strip of aluminium between the heel and the sole, thus reducing the gap while maintaining the desired height of the shoes. “No prizes for spotting the connection between that and what I do now,” the technical chief of the Red Bull grand prix team writes in his autobiography.What Newey does now is find ways around the most complex set of rules ever devised to control a sport: the Formula One technical regulations. Each time they are rewritten Newey sits down to decide how he can make them work to his advantage, ignoring what the rules were intended to do and concentrating instead on what their wording will allow him to get away with. Adrian Newey, second right, and the Red Bull chief, Christian Horner, right, talk with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, left, at the launch of the team’s 2014 F1 car in Jerez. Photograph: Andrew Hone/Getty Images Since you’re here… Newey’s honesty is balanced by an anarchic sense of fun – well hidden in post-race interviews – which leads him to give witty and acerbic glimpses of the character of the people and organisations with whom he has dealt over the decades. In his first job in F1, with the short-lived Fittipaldi team, he encountered an organisation that “ran on a diet of cigarettes, coffee and beige polyester” (this was the early 1980s). He recalls the big-name French aerodynamicist Max Sardou, whose designs he was assigned to improve, as always wearing a trenchcoat – “even in the middle of summer” – and driving his road car with the wing mirrors turned flat in order to reduce the wind resistance.He remembers Mansell as “an attack dog in the car. When he drove it, you knew it was being bullied into submission. You knew he was giving his best.” Prost, on the other hand, was one of those drivers who would “build up slowly, particularly in testing, never really stretching themselves or the car, so by the end of the day you’d be fretting, thinking: ‘Oh God, this thing’s slow,’ when it was just that Alain wasn’t really extending himself.” There’s not much doubt which approach Newey prefers.In the light of recent events his verdict on Lewis Hamilton, with whom he worked at McLaren, is interesting. “He’s a tremendously friendly guy,” he writes. “True, he’s gone a bit showbiz in recent years but he’s one of the few drivers who will stop and chat, give people the time of day.”Many of those who pick up this book will turn straight to the passages dealing with the early weeks of the 1994 season. They will be looking for fresh information or insights from the man who designed the difficult Williams FW16 that Ayrton Senna drove during his three races with the team. Following the Brazilian’s fatal accident at Imola, Newey was jointly charged with manslaughter before being exonerated by an Italian court. Share on LinkedIn Formula One Share via Email … 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. Support The Guardian blogposts He has interesting things to say about the circumstances surrounding that melancholy weekend, confirming the impression that Senna had his suspicions about the legality of Michael Schumacher’s Benetton. The opposition, he says, were “not playing with a straight bat”. But it was Newey who, in the runup to the tragedy, devised a welded modification to the car’s steering column in answer to Senna’s request for something to stop his knuckles rubbing painfully on the inside of the chassis. A popular theory suggested the Brazilian lost control when the shaft broke at the improvised weld, or that it fractured after the car had started to break away, leaving the driver helpless.Newey agonises over the possibility but eventually discounts it. “What I feel the most guilt about,” he writes, “is the fact that I screwed up the aerodynamics of the car.” He had produced a machine whose inherent instability contributed to the crash. By the time they got to Imola he had figured out what the problem was but solving it required more work, first in the wind tunnel and then in manufacturing new parts. “Time denied us all that chance,” he concludes.This necessarily sombre note falls midway through the tale of a boy who left school with some pretty damning judgments ringing in his ears – “disinterested, slapdash and rather depressing”, “behaviour extremely silly” – but eventually thought, rather than fought, his way to the very top of his sport.Newey is the most successful F1 designer in history but it is three years since one of his cars won a world championship. What we can be sure of is he will have spent the winter examining the regulations all over again, seeking the vital loophole to which he can apply his gift for “disruptive technology” – his term for getting around the rules.He makes no effort to disguise the price paid for that kind of success. “Marigold [one of his former wives] said I was the most selfish person she knew,” he reports, without flinching. This is, after all, a man who estimates he has spent a quarter of his entire life in a wind tunnel and does not appear to regret it.• Richard Williams’s column will appear in Tuesday’s Guardian from next week It is an endless process. Once Newey has spotted the loophole that allows him to produce a faster car than anyone else’s the rule-makers rewrite the regulations in order to foil him and he has to start all over again. All F1 designers are in this business but for the past 20-odd years, while winning 154 grands prix and 10 constructors’ championships with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, Newey has been smarter and more creative in response to the challenge than any of his rivals.The attitude that eventually got him expelled from Repton produced the cars that took Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen and Sebastian Vettel to the drivers’ world championship. Newey is a visionary who approaches the job of designing these phenomenally complex machines standing at an old-fashioned drawing board, making freehand sketches with a propelling pencil, with two assistants on hand to translate the results into digital form. And the job is never far away. On a holiday beach in the Maldives a sudden brainwave has him reaching for paper and pencil.His book, titled How to Build a Car, is designed to look like a workshop manual. It contains diagrams of aerodynamic flow, which is his speciality. But how many workshop manuals include advice on the arrangements a divorced father might make for his children’s visits, or a description of the physical fights that took place when the author’s parents had been drinking? Share on Facebook Topics Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Why Adrian Newey just cannot bear to watch the new Senna movie
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Getting to Zero Coalition, a new alliance that will lead the push for international shipping’s decarbonization, has been launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.The ambition of the Getting to Zero Coalition is said to be closely aligned with the UN International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Initial GHG Strategy.The strategy prescribes that international shipping must reduce its total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% of 2008 levels by 2050, whilst pursuing efforts towards phasing them out as soon as possible in this century. This will ultimately align GHG emissions from international shipping with the Paris Agreement.Specifically, the coalition is committed to making this ambitious target a reality by getting commercially viable deep-sea zero-emission vessels powered by zero-emission fuels into operation by 2030.The new coalition has been founded by the Global Maritime Forum, in collaboration with the Friends of Ocean Action, and the World Economic Forum.It represents more than 70 public and private organizations within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, supported by decision-makers from governments and IGO’s. Some of the members include Maersk, Shell, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Norden and Wärtsilä, among others.“Energy efficiency has been an important tool which has helped us reduce CO2 emissions per container with 41% over the last decade… However, efficiency measures can only keep shipping emissions stable, not eliminate them,” Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller Mærsk, commented.“To take the next big step change towards decarbonization of shipping, a shift in propulsion technologies or a shift to clean fuels is required which implies close collaboration from all parties. The coalition launched today is a crucial vehicle to make this collaboration happen,” he added.“Decarbonizing maritime shipping is a huge task with no simple answer, but it has to be done,” Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said. “We intend to be part of the long-term, zero-carbon, solution by seeking out the most feasible technologies that can work at a global scale. Starting now is essential because ships built today will stay on the water for decades,” van Beurden continued.“We wish to increase the awareness of the need to develop real alternatives that can make the development of vessels with zero emissions possible. We in Norden have already set sail with various initiatives such as biofuel to help the agenda on its way, and we see the establishment of this new coalition as another step,” Jan Rindbo, CEO of Norden, pointed out.As explained, the Getting to Zero Coalition may prove to be a catalyst for the broader energy transition if international shipping becomes a reliable source of demand for zero-emission fuels. This can increase confidence among suppliers and translate into an increased supply of feasible zero-emission fuels and thus be an important point of leverage for change across other hard-to-abate sectors.The demand for zero-emission fuels derived from renewable resources has the potential to drive substantial investment in clean energy projects in developing countries with a large untapped renewable energy potential, the Global Maritime Forum concluded in a statement.Read more:WSC to Propose New IMO Entity for Developing Fuels of the FutureIn Depth: Shipping’s Decarbonization Will Need Major R&D InvestmentABS Outlook: Alternative Fuels Will Be Key to Reaching IMO Low Carbon TargetsMajor Banks Promote Greener Shipping through New PrinciplesMSI: Rapid Decarbonisation to Lead to Radical Transition
Panaji: After reviewing the health scenario in Goa in view of the Nipah outbreak in Kerala, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said there is no need for people in Goa to panic. Till Sunday, seven of the eight patients in Kerala suspected to have been infected by the Nipah virus were tested negative. Rane, who chaired a review meeting at the state Secretariat, said that since authorities are monitoring the situation in Kerala and have contained the virus to two-three areas, Goa should not have any impact of the outbreak. “We do not need to create panic in people. The Union Health Ministry team is in Kerala. They are monitoring the situation. The virus has been contained in two-three areas. There is no fear in Goa,” he told reporters. “The Health Secretary is reviewing the situation. There is no need to worry about it. We are reviewing and following the protocol as directed by the Central government,” he added.
SINGAPORE — Asian shares slipped Wednesday on expectations that a trade dispute between China and the United States would simmer and possibly weigh on growth.With a lull in economic releases closer to home, investors digested President Donald Trump’s comments that the country was “not ready” for a trade deal with China. Trump spoke to reporters in Tokyo on Monday.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gave up 1.2% to 21,003.37. The Kospi in South Korea tumbled 1.3% to 2,023.32 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 0.2% lower at 27,348.03. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 eased 0.7% to 6,440.00.The Shanghai Composite reversed early losses to edge 0.5% higher to 2,923.88. Stocks fell in Taiwan and Singapore but advanced in Indonesia.Earlier this month, China and the U.S. concluded their 11th round of trade talks with no agreement. The U.S. has since raised tariffs on Chinese exports, triggering retaliation from China.The Trump administration has also mounted sanctions on Huawei. But it refrained from labelling China or any other country as a currency manipulator in a report to Congress on Tuesday.“To some extent, the sparing of China as a currency manipulator had been expected but provides some relief for one watching the U.S.-China trade impasse,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a market commentary.She added that China’s official PMI for May, which will be released on Friday, would be watched an indicator of the initial impact of tariffs on growth.Over on Wall Street, stocks closed broadly lower as investors who felt jittery about long-term growth shifted money into bonds. The yield on the benchmark 10 year Treasury fell to 2.26%, its lowest level since September 2017.The broad S&P 500 index slipped 0.8% to 2,802.39 on Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.9% to 25,347.77 and the Nasdaq composite was down 0.4% at 7,607.35. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks retreated 0.7% to 1,504.02.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 73 cents to $58.41 per barrel. The contract rose 51 cents to $59.14 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 63 cents to $68.04 per barrel. It settled 10 cents lower at $68.67 per barrel in the previous session.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 109.21 yen from 109.36 yen late Tuesday. The euro was slightly higher at $1.1162 from $1.1161.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press
He said that the UNP is willing to consider changes to the 13th Amendment but wants to discuss the proposed changes first. Attanayaka said that the UNP will also meet other political parties as well as the Mahanayaka theros to discuss the 13th Amendment as well as the new constitution proposed by the UNP. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it is ready to meet the JHU to discuss the proposed changes to the 13th Amendment to the constitution and the national constitution proposed by the UNP.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the JHU had requested for the meeting with the UNP and the UNP had accepted the invitation. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
He said that overall there are 725 investigations being conducted into members and officials from the former Government.The Foreign Minister also said that relations with China still remain strong adding that historically China and Sri Lanka have maintained a strong relationship. He says the investigations will however take time as there are barricades when attempting to access foreign bank accounts. Samaraweera said that Sri Lanka needs to have discussions with the relevant foreign Governments to gain access to the bank accounts and that process will take time. Over 25 investigations are underway related to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his family members, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament today.The Foreign Minister said that Rajapaksa and his family are also being investigated for money stored in offshore bank accounts. He said that apart from China, the new Sri Lankan government is also maintaining a strong relationship with the United States and India.Samaraweera said that from the day the new Government took office it has improved its foreign policy and established close relationships with several countries.The Foreign Minister said that leaders from the UK and Canada had even sought meetings with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena during a recent visit he undertook to Malta and France for two separate events. (Colombo Gazette)
NEW YORK — Fashion lovers argue that it’s not only a business but also a true art, and Christian Siriano made that argument in a literal way on Saturday by bringing an actual artist to his runway, putting the finishing touches on her paintings as models strutted by.Artist Ashley Longshore went from canvas to canvas, picking up paintbrushes to add colour and detail to paintings of powerful women like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, actress Laverne Cox, supermodel Coco Rocha and others.His runway, as always an inclusive environment featuring models of all shapes, sizes and genders, was filled with colour, notably shimmering greens and yellows. The show ended with a display of rainbow-themed garments, as in a huge belted rainbow coat in metallic lame, with giant balloon sleeves.As always, Siriano did not hold back on the glam factor, with long ruffled trains, billowing sleeves and sequins on dresses, skirts and pants, and even a sprinkling of angel wings.Before the show, Siriano spoke to the inclusivity of his runway.“I have customers from all walks of life, and I think that’s what I try to do in this collection,” he said. “We have something for everyone in a way.” He said his focus was still on glamorous eveningwear — his bread and butter, after all — but added that he also wanted to throw in some “great pieces for someone that wants to go out to dinner.”His front row was packed as usual with famous faces, including ’90s actresses like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lucy Liu and Alicia Silverstone.The ’90s, he said, was “kind of like my coming of age,” a time when he learned about fashion and style. “I’d rather have every actress and musician in my front row that anyone else,” he said.Jill Dobson And Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press
Immunization campaigns were suspended in August 2003 in various northern states of Africa’s most populous country following concerns by public figures regarding the safety of oral polio vaccine (OPV), including rumours that it was contaminated by the HIV virus or that it could sterilize young girls.This led to the spread of the disease to 10 previously polio-free African countries, threatening efforts by the UN-backed Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a 16-year-old mass immunization programme, to totally eliminate the disease. Kano was the last state to lift the suspension in July in this nation of nearly 140 million people.In the new campaign thousands of volunteers and health-workers will go door to door, house to house, village to village from 20 to 23 November, seeking to immunize all children aged five or under, at the same time as 22 other countries in Africa holding synchronized National Immunization Days.”Since 1988 when the eradication initiative was begun, polio held sway in more than 125 countries, paralyzing 1,000 children every day,” UNICEF Representative Ezio Murzi said.”Today, UNICEF, WHO (UN World Health Organization), Rotary International and its national partners such as NPI (Nigeria’s National Programme on Immunization) have slashed polio cases by more than 99 per cent; from 1,000 cases per day to 1,000 cases per year.”Due to the suspensions transmission of the wild poliovirus has significantly increased from 355 cases in 19 Nigerian states in 2003 to 682 cases in 31 states today. Poliovirus can travel from village to village and country to country through un-immunized children. One un-immunized child anywhere puts children at risk everywhere.
“We, the Muslim and Christian leaders, working in the field of HIV/AIDS in the Arab world…face the imminent danger of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and have a great responsibility and duty that demands urgent action,” said the “Cairo Declaration of Religious Leaders in the Arab Region in Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” signed by 80 leaders in Egypt.It also called for the abolition of “all forms of discrimination, isolation, marginalization and stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.”Under the auspices of the League of Arab States, the conference was organized by the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) HIV/AIDS Regional Programme in the Arab States (HARPAS), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and a non-governmental organization (NGO), Family Health International/Impact.The signatories included Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi of Cairo’s al-Azhar University, Egyptian-born Qatari scholar and broadcaster Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Mufti Ali Goma’a of Egypt and Coptic Christian Bishop Yoanas, who signed on behalf of Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria.According to figures published this month by UNAIDS, the Arab region now has 92,000 adults and children newly infected with HIV, and between 230,000 and 1.5 million adults and children living with HIV, while 28,000 adults and children have died due to AIDS.In addition, UNAIDS said, 48 per cent of Arab adults living with HIV are women.
OTTAWA – Canada’s labour force ballooned by 44,400 net jobs last month thanks to a surge in temporary public-administration work likely generated by the federal election, Statistics Canada says.The agency’s latest job-market report also said Friday that the increase helped push October’s unemployment rate down one tenth of a percentage point to seven per cent.The report noted how the reference week for the survey, which registered a gain of 32,000 public-administration jobs, overlapped some of the final days before the Oct. 19 election. The poll was taken between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17.“The increase was seen across all provinces and mostly in temporary work, and coincided with activities related to the recent federal election,” the agency wrote.Historically, Statistics Canada’s jobs report has detected similar, temporary spikes in employment during election and census periods.“But it wasn’t just public administration — it wasn’t just elections,” said Krishen Rangasamy, senior economist for the National Bank.“The nice thing about this report is that you also saw gains in the private sector. Huge gains in private-sector employment, so that’s encouraging.”The October data showed the country added 41,300 positions in the private sector and 30,500 public-sector jobs.The overall net rise in employment last month was higher than economists’ expectations of a 10,000-job increase. It also surpassed the 12,000 positions added in September.The agency also found that 143,400 more people were working compared with a year ago and that the overall employment number eclipsed 18 million last month for the first time.“But not everything was rosy,” said Rangasamy, who noted that the report revealed weaknesses in the construction and natural resources sectors.“So, basically, what that’s telling you is that the economy is still working its way through this oil shock.”The oil sector has struggled since world crude prices plummeted late last year. Oil prices have remained low, which has hurt the resources industries in some parts of the country.The October employment data reflected some of those regional differences, Rangasamy added.Energy-rich Alberta, hit hard by the drop in oil prices, registered a decline in employment, while Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Manitoba added jobs. The other provinces only saw small changes.The Statistics Canada report also showed that the number of part-time positions in the country soared by 35,400, while full-time jobs crept up by just 9,000.It also found that the youth unemployment rate fell to 13.3 per cent, down from 13.5 per cent in September. The economy added 14,100 net positions last month for young workers, aged 15 to 24, compared with the month before.In a note to clients Friday, Leslie Preston of TD Economics wrote that Canada’s labour market has held up well even though real gross domestic product — a common measure of economic growth — contracted over the first two quarters of 2015.Going forward, however, Preston predicted overall employment gains to slow in the months ahead.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2015 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s labour force enjoys temporary spike in jobs, likely election work: Statcan
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, a day after he was named the conference’s top defensive lineman.Bosa — who is already a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award — leads the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this season. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in both categories, and in the top five nationally.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season. Bosa has also totaled 46 tackles this season to go with four forced fumbles and three additional quarterback hits.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in double overtime. He sacked Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the second extra period to seal the win.In addition to his pair of individual awards, Bosa was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote on Monday.He is the first Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since John Simon in 2012. Overall, Bosa is the seventh OSU player to win the award.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
1 2 More than four years after PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies graced our computers and bridged the gap between casual and hardcore gaming audiences, a proper sequel has been released. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time became available in North America before midnight last night, and if the free-to-play, cash shop nature of the game has you on the fence about sinking all of your time into it, we’re here to help you make that decision.After I beat the original PvZ and its more difficult second playthrough on the PC, the game eventually released on every other device ever made. I’d be standing on the train to work, and notice five-year-old boys playing the game on their parents’ phones, while unrelated 60-year-old women would be playing it on their tablets a few seats over. Much like Angry Birds and now Candy Crush Saga, PvZ was truly ubiquitous. It was the video game equivalent of Seinfeld or Lost — you could have a conversation about it with someone who has a completely different taste in games (or no taste for games) than yours. Will PvZ2 reclaim that throne and finally end the saga of smooshing candy?The gameplay is more or less the same as the original. Sun energy falls from the sky and is generated by certain plants, and is used to summon plants with different abilities that mow down zombies walking across your lawn. For the uninitiated, it’s a tower defense at its roots, but in a pruned down style where enemies don’t walk down a winding path, but instead shamble across straight rows toward your base. If a zombie makes it to your base, you lose and have to restart the level. Throughout the game — like in the first — you unlock different plant types with different abilities as you progress; some old, some new.Some areas of the game are new and improved, thankfully, so it’s not just more of the same. This time around, there’s a theme of time travel, as resident insane tutorial character (Crazy Dave) ate a really good taco and wants to eat it again, so we hop in his time machine to travel to the moment just before he started eating it. Like the TARDIS, Crazy Dave’s time machine misunderstands what Dave wants, and drops us off in ancient Egypt — technically a time before Dave fell in love with his now deceased taco. In order to try to get back to our time, we have to collect stars by beating levels that reward them.New to the series are world maps, so rather than being sequentially shoved from level to level, you can now choose which one you want to play, assuming you have unlocked it. The world maps are a nice touch since they give the illusion that we’re in control of our play destiny. However, the maps do seem more like the product of the the game’s new free-to-play model. In fact, the majority of the way the game works is a product of its free-to-play nature.Next page: Does free-to-play make the game less enjoyable?
22,042 Views Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 8:45 PM 27 Comments The Accountant (1720) Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. The AccountantNocturnal AnimalsA Street Cat Named BobNone of themVote Nocturnal Animals (1234) None of them (1575) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A Street Cat Named Bob (440) RottenTomatoes: 5.6/10IMDB: 7.7/10 Nocturnal Animals Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowTom Ford-directed film about a woman who thinks her first husband is out for revenge. He sends her the script of his latest film, and it’s not an easy watch. Also stars Amy Adams and Isla Fisher – but who’s who?What the critics say“It’s a movie with a double-stranded narrative – a story about a fictional story which runs alongside – and it pulls off the considerable trick of making you care about both equally” – The Guardian- “…that’s the most frustrating thing about this picture: There seems to be some nuance here—something that is possibly very meaningful to Ford—that just can’t break through the movie’s glassy surface.”What’s it rated? Share2 Tweet Email What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 4.8/10IMDB: 8.5/10Which one would you go see first? Poll Results: Short URL What’s it rated? Nov 3rd 2016, 8:45 PM By Aoife Barry THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a lookThe Accountant Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowBen Affleck plays Christian Wolff, an accountant (lo!) on the autism spectrum who works for criminal organisations.What the critics say“The action-thriller The Accountant is laughable, but when you’re not laughing at it, you’re laughing with it. It’s enjoyable enough. “ – Variety“What follows is a stilted tale of financial irregularity and bloody revenge, uniting various parties in a desperate but ultimately futile search for dramatic tension.” – Empire http://jrnl.ie/3056760 RottenTomatoes: 7.7/10IMDB: 7.9/10A Street Cat Named Bob Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowFilm based on the autobiography by British musician James Bowen about how a stray cat saved his life, starring Luke Treadaway.What the critics say“It’s not the best film you’ll see this holiday season, but this soft, agreeable adaptation of the man-and-his-cat bestseller has its charms.” – Variety“Impersonating the real Bowen’s slightly nasal, semi-Australian accent, Treadaway projects an air of damaged fragility and skittishness, especially in the first part as the homeless James struggles to find makeshift shelter on the streets of London.” – The Hollywood Reporter
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KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 8, 2019 San Diego Council approves UCSD fire station Updated: 9:51 PM January 8, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted unanimously, 9-0, in favor of building a new fire station at UC San Diego.The fire station is the first on the campus and will serve UCSD students, faculty, staff and the school’s surrounding neighborhoods. The station will be located in the campus’ northwest corner at the intersection of North Torrey Pines Road and Northpoint Driveway.“UC San Diego is pleased that the San Diego City Council has approved a fire station to be built on the campus,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K.Khosla said. “We look forward to working together with the City of San Diego on this vital project. UC San Diego is significantly growing its enrollment to make the university one of the nation’s premier residential campuses and it is critical that we address life safety issues as part of our growth.”More than 36,000 students currently live on UCSD’s campus, with the school planning to add another 20,000 student beds by 2022. According to city officials, the rapid campus growth has led to an increase in incidents in an area that is currently outside the area that existing fire stations can cover.According to UCSD and the city, the new fire station will include three fire apparatus vehicle bays, administrative offices, a kitchen and dining area, a training room, an exercise room and crew quarters. The 10,500-square-feet facility will accommodate 12 San Diego Fire Department crew members once built. KUSI Newsroom