Playoff Berth Gives Rest of NBA Glimpse into Bucks’ Future

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Steel beams and giant cranes tower over a lot next to the Bradley Center, a busy construction site that will turn into the next home of the Milwaukee Bucks.A new downtown arena offers the most visible sign of progress for a franchise in transition.From the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as an NBA All-Star to a return to the playoffs, this has been an important season for the Bucks. They return home on Thursday to host the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of a first-round series tied at 1-1.“In a very real sense, we’re in the process of fulfilling the commitment we made … building the arena and building in downtown Milwaukee,” co-owner Wes Edens said. “Every time you go out there, you can see the arena rising before your eyes.”Edens was part of an ownership group that bought the franchise from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 2014. The goals seemed lofty back then: turning a 15-win team back into a winner while also building a new arena that would keep the Bucks in town.While the road to reaching both targets hasn’t always been smooth, the Bucks are brimming with optimism.On the court, Antetokounmpo blossomed into the team’s first All-Star since 2004, and first All-Star starter since 1986. He’s now in the top 10 of NBA jersey sales, the first Bucks player on that list since Gary Payton’s brief tenure with the team in 2003.A 6-foot-11 forward with freakish athleticism, Antetokounmpo is a triple-double threat every night.“His length is unbelievable,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “He plays so hard, the kid plays so hard. He has a heart as big as this table.”A first-round draft pick in 2013, the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo is part of a young group for the Bucks at similar points in their development, including fifth-year forward-guard Khris Middleton and third-year forward Jabari Parker. Middleton returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the season’s first 50 games on Feb. 8, the same night that Parker was lost with a season-ending left knee injury.The Bucks still made the playoffs and finished above .500 for the first time since 2009-10 on the strength of tougher defense and winning close games in a 14-victory March.“One of the things that I’ve learned is that no one feels sorry for you. At one point (we were) 22-30 and struggling,” Edens said. “It starts with the very high play of Giannis. … Khris came back and he’s such a good basketball player, you see him down the stretch being so effective.“Look at the record in close games, were much better down the stretch. More broadly, the team is a very deep team,” Edens added.After the new ownership group took over, the Bucks began using the slogan “Own the Future.” They’ve tweaked that slogan on a highway billboard in recent days to read “Come See the Future,” a nod to the playoffs and the arena project.“We have a two- to four-year plan to be an extremely successful, sustainable NBA franchise,” team President Peter Feigin said. “You tell the promise and then you deliver on it.”The $524 million project is expected to be completed before the 2018-19 season. A public financing plan covered $250 million toward construction, with current and former team owners having committed $250 million and expected to cover any cost overruns.The Bucks are scheduled to move into a new 60,000 square-foot practice facility across the street from the new arena this summer, what the team says will be a state-of-the-art space that will be among the best in the league. It promises to be a big upgrade over the current facility just outside Milwaukee.The new downtown project would be the centerpiece of a multi-purpose entertainment district on what was 30 acres of mostly vacant land or parking lots. The goal is to turn the area into “a vibrant neighborhood activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses,” the team has said.A playoff berth for the Bucks allows the rest of the NBA to also get a glimpse of the team’s future.“It means a lot for the franchise and the city of Milwaukee,” Middleton said. “We’ve come a long way.”GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Spain find massive support among Asian football fans

first_imgFootball rules million of hearts and it’s no different in Asia, where the game enjoys unparalleled popularity. However, the 2018 World Cup has only five participants from the continent. The highest ranked Asian side at the quadrennial event is Australia at 36, which strictly speaking is not even an Asian country.In the absence of their teams at the World Cup, Asian football fans have often supported European nations. The phenomenon could be a result of the popularity of the European domestic leagues in the Asian countries.La Liga competes hard with the English Premier League in Asian markets, where the quality of local competitions can be modest and their national teams’ hopes of qualifying for the World Cup remote.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESpain in particular have found massive support among the Asian fans. The likes of Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Isco are hugely admired by Asian football fans, many of whom have flocked to the World Cup to follow the 2010 champions to unlikely destinations across the huge Russian heartland.Chinese fans are particularly smitten by Spanish football, while being dismissive of the stodgier local product showcased at home.Chinese football fan Diego Wang would prefer to see the national team play at the World Cup, but in their absence, his heart belongs to Spain and the superstars he has long revered on television.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIt was a big commitment for Wang to fly his parents and girlfriend from their Ecuador home base to Russia to see the Iberians, but a chance not to be spurned.advertisement”We’re quite into Spain because we actually studied there so we have some sentiment about the place,” Beijing-born Wang told Reuters in Kazan on Tuesday, on the eve of the Group B match against Iran.”We like the style of Spanish football, and this is the last chance to see this generation of Spanish players so we wanted to come see them,” added Wang.Wang Wei, a lawyer from Yantai in the eastern province of Shandong, had tickets for the Spain-Iran match at Kazan Arena for he and his friend Deng Mengtao, a Russia-based Chinese.Also read – Fighters from the frozen north: Iceland had also stunned Portugal in 2016″This team Spain, because its a highly skilled team, that’s why we like them,” Wang said, while out sightseeing at Kazan’s Kremlin, the city’s most popular tourist sight.”Then there is the La Liga competition, Barcelona, then Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, we all like them. They give us young people more passion and inspiration.”Dressed in a Spain shirt, Bangkok-based Kirana Chontweenut and her Thai friend Kornkarun Wattaninwong arrived in Kazan after a long train journey.Also read – World Cup: Saudi Arabia players safe after plane engine catches fireInitially nervous about travelling in Russia, they were pleasantly surprised by the local hospitality.”I’ve supported Spain for about 10 years and I love their tactics and when they play together its the best for me,” chemicals industry worker Kirana told Reuters.”I like Raul Gonzalez (before) and now it’s Sergio Ramos.”I can’t explain how much Im excited about tomorrow night. It was my dream. It’s like a dream come true.”Her friend Kornkarun added: “Because we’ll be able to see the players as someone you can watching from the screen, the TV screen for years and now were seeing them for the very first time in our life, basically, so it’s very, very exciting.”A Thailand tourism worker, Kornkarun was also wearing red but it was a Bayern Munich shirt.She admitted her first allegiance was to defending champions Germany, and showed off her fingernails painted in the yellow, black and red of the country’s flag.”Tomorrow (they’re) going to be Spain red and yellow,” she laughed.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCB

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin blamed the poor fielding as the reason behind his team’s defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Saturday. The win was Bangalore’s first this season after seven matches.Bangalore rode on half-centuries from captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to chase down 174 at the IS Bindra stadium. Punjab’s poor fielding made matters worse for them as their seven-match unbeaten streak at home came to an end.”We tried with wrist spinners and even I came to bowl, but they were smart enough to knock around and not take any chances. We let ourselves down in the field. We drooped catches and let a lot of balls go through us. The dew helped the wicket on.”It was really dry in the first half. It gets better to bat in the second half. With 38 needed off 3 overs, I had to back my best bowlers to do the job, didn’t quite work out today,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation.Virat Kohli (67) in the company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run-chase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season.With everything moving in Bangalore’s way on Saturday, Mohammed Shami bought some relief to the Punjab camp after picking the crucial wicket of Kohli in the 16th over with the visitors’ score reading 128 for 2.advertisementThe Punjab bowlers however, were denied to make any further inroads in the Bangalore batting line-up as de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis (28 not out) joined hands and played sensibly before fetching 14 runs in the second last over off Shami.In the final over, Ashwin handed the ball to former Bangalore player Sarfaraz Khan to defend six runs. However, there was no stopping the Bangalore pair as Stoinis hammered a four in the first ball before picking the required couple of runs in the next to hand a comfortable victory to his side.When asked why Sarfraz Khan was chosen to bowl the final over, Ashwin said,”There was only 6 runs to go and the ball was sliding on nicely. I thought the best way against AB and Stoinis was to try and go with a leggie, not that Sam can’t defend.”Kings XI Punjab remain in fifth position with 8 points from 8 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore are still languishing in last place with 2 points from 7 matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s losing streakAlso Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers thrilled after RCB finally win one this yearAlso See:last_img read more

YouTube TV has some nifty features – and some big drawbacks

first_img___ Login/Register With: But they also come with some serious drawbacks. While these services are typically cheaper than traditional cable or satellite services, people haven’t been signing up in droves. Google is targeting viewers who have never subscribed to cable or satellite TV and are just as happy to get all their video from the internet; getting them to cough up $35 a month could be a hard sell. WHAT YOU GET … AND WHAT YOU DON’T Since most channel numbers and names are meaningless in a digital world, YouTube TV arranges live channels by topic, starting with broadcast networks, sports, youth-oriented channels, then everything else. Subscriptions are initially limited to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area — all locations where YouTube could get rights to local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations. Google aims to lure subscribers with more sophisticated program search, personalized recommendations and a more fully featured online DVR than rival services offer. But it faces many of the limitations its rivals have. Unfortunately, it’s still a work in progress. A search for “nerd comedy” brings up “The Big Bang Theory,” but “comedy about nerds” does not. And a search for “Modern Family episode on basketball” doesn’t bring up the episode titled “Basketball.” Advertisement Don’t confuse the YouTube service, which debuts Wednesday, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming offerings. Like similar efforts from Sony, Dish and AT&T’s DirecTV , YouTube TV primarily aims to let you channel surf over the internet, not to stream from an online library of shows and movies. So these internet-cable services can offer live programming, especially sports. YouTube TV, for instance, features staples such as ESPN and major broadcast networks, but lacks key networks such as PBS, CNN and Comedy Central. And it will initially be only available in a handful of major U.S. cities because media rights are still stuck in the 20th century .___ YouTube could also stand to take a cue from TiVo recorders and let you automatically record all programs featuring, say, Jennifer Lawrence, including her talk-show appearances. You can search for Jennifer Lawrence, but you need to go through the results and choose shows to record individually — too much work for a service that promises simplicity. SEARCH PARTY ___ YouTube TV offers plenty of live sports, one of the chief reasons people stick with cable. Pick a team, and the service automatically records all the televised games it can find. Available channels include ESPN, Big Ten and sports networks from Comcast, Fox and CBS — but not Turner networks such as TBS and others that aired the bulk of March Madness. New York Mets fans won’t get baseball games on SNY.YouTube also has the youth-oriented Freeform and CW networks; its rivals lack The CW. AMC is coming in a few weeks, so you’ll have to wait to catch up on the just-ended season of “The Walking Dead.”center_img ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY This being Google, your viewing and search histories might be mined for targeted advertising. You can suspend tracking in the settings, though that will hinder personalized recommendations. (It’s too early to tell if that’s a loss or not, though some of the early recommendations have been spot on.) YouTube TV works on phones, tablets and laptop browsers. Watching on an actual TV requires Google’s Chromecast, an inexpensive streaming stick you control with your phone. (Early subscribers get one for free.) Advertisement As you’d expect from Google, search is one of YouTube’s big selling points. Its rivals already offer search by shows and sometimes by actors; YouTube adds topical searches, such as “aliens” or “road trips.” Twitter You can share your subscription with five friends or relatives in your household, with three simultaneous streams allowed. No need to share passwords; they sign in with their own Google accounts. Recordings and recommendations are kept separate, so your roommates can’t make fun of you for bingeing “The Real Housewives.”By: Anick Jesdanun LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement YouTube TV, Google’s new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry’s latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection. Facebook One big plus: YouTube’s unlimited DVR will store recordings for nine months, long enough for entire seasons of network shows. Sony’s PlayStation Vue — the only similar service offering an unlimited online DVR — offers only 28 days of storage, nowhere near enough for binge-watching.last_img read more

Colombia UN calls for urgent action against alleged extrajudicial executions

29 September 2008The United Nations human rights office in Colombia has called on the authorities to take urgent measures to stop a wave of apparent extrajudicial executions after 25 bodies were found in the north of the country. The dead, many of them young, have been identified as residents of southern Bogota, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The Office said it had already officially informed the authorities of other disappearances and deaths of young people from other cities who, according to various accounts, have been promised work in the provinces, only to be reported as killed in fighting with the army a couple of days later. Since February at least 35 such bodies have been reported.“The Office calls on all relevant authorities to coordinate their efforts to clarify and end the practices and patterns of apparent judicial executions, adopting urgent measures to prevent, investigate, punish and publicize the material and intellectual authors of such acts,” it added.“Should the responsibility of members of public (security) force be established, either directly or through tolerance, acquiescence, complicity or support for this type of action, it would constitute grave violations of human rights,” it added, calling for the immediate dismantling of such networks. read more

Ban presses for continued support for poverty reduction in Central African Republic

16 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the need for international organizations to continue supporting the poverty reduction efforts of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest nations. The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Development Bank are among the participants at a two-day round-table meeting starting today in Brussels. In a statement marking the roundtable’s opening, a UN spokesperson said: “The Secretary-General appeals to partners to continue to support the Central African Republic in the implementation of its comprehensive poverty reduction strategy towards addressing its peacebuilding and socio-economic development challenges.” The roundtable was called after CAR completed legislative and presidential elections in January and March and follows by a few days the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Government and the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), the only armed group not to have signed the June 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The CAR poverty reduction strategy concentrates on security, peace, governance, the rule of law, economic revival, regional integration, and essential social services. read more

TSX inches up on US GDP growth Fed relief BlackBerry posts huge

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 7:39 am MDT TSX inches up on U.S. GDP growth, Fed relief, BlackBerry posts huge loss TORONTO – The Toronto stock market gave up a strong triple-digit runup to close Friday little changed amid data showing the U.S. economy performed much better than expected during the third quarter.The S&P/TSX composite index came off a 112-point jump to edge up 7.4 points to 13,399.6, while traders took some profits from a positive week.Traders also focused on BlackBerry (TSX:BB)(Nasdaq:BBRY), which posted a quarterly loss of US$4.4 billion or $8.37 a share, down from a profit of $9 million or two cents a share a year ago.Poor sales of its new BlackBerry 10 devices sent revenue tumbling 56 per cent from a year ago to US$1.2 billion, which was $400 million lower than expected. Adjusted losses from continuing operations were US$354 million, or 67 cents per share — 23 cents below analyst estimates.Despite the weak financial report, BlackBerry shares were up sharply, jumping $1.07 or 16.04 per cent to C$7.74 on the TSX and ahead 97 cents or 15.52 per cent to US$7.22 in New York.The stock rally was likely fuelled by a five-year manufacturing partnership with Foxconn, optimistic comments from new chairman and interim CEO John Chen and short covering, as traders who bet against the stock — or shorted the security — had to buy back the borrowed shares. The stock is still down from a 52-week high in Toronto of $18.49.The Canadian dollar closed up 0.15 of a cent at 93.91 cents US.The U.S. Commerce Department said that the economy grew at a solid 4.1 per cent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed. Much of the upward revision came from stronger consumer spending.The final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 per cent.“It’s a very substantial revision,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“And the key is that economic data is revised constantly but all the data is pointing in the same direction at this stage and… it points to the pickup in economic growth that we felt was coming.”New York indexes also finished off session highs but also found lift from the Fed announcement Wednesday where it ended months of speculation and announced it will start to end its latest asset-purchase program.The Dow Jones industrials were up 42.06 points to 16,221.14, the Nasdaq gained 46.61 points to 4,104.74 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 8.72 points to 1,818.32.Policymakers have decided to cut $10 billion from the Fed’s monthly purchases of U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities starting in January. It also said it “will likely reduce the pace of asset purchases in further measured steps at future meetings.”The Fed also emphasized that its main interest rate would remain low until U.S. unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. It’s now seven per cent.The base metals segment led advancers, up 1.1 per cent while March copper gained one cent to US$3.31 a pound and the base metals component rose per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 65 cents to $26.31.The interest rate sensitive utilities sector, which has lost ground amid rising bond yields, had a positive session, rising 0.6 per cent. Emera (TSX:EMA) was up 83 cents to $30.73.The energy sector was slightly lower as February crude on the Nymex gained 28 cents to US$99.32 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 28 cents to C$35.30.The TSX gold sector gave up early gains to move down about 0.2 per cent while bullion prices ticked higher after plunging over $40 on Thursday to three-year lows. The February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $10.10 to US$1,203.70 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) lost four cents to C$3.43.Quantitative easing had supported gold prices because of inflationary fears. But inflation is tame in many countries and data out earlier this week showed the consumer price index rising at an annual rate of only 1.2 per cent, significantly below the Fed’s inflation target of two per cent.Gold prices are down 29 per cent so far this year while the TSX Global Gold sector has tumbled about 50 per cent.The Fed move to taper asset purchases and stronger than expected U.S. economic growth in the third quarter left the TSX up 2.1 per cent for the week while the Dow gained 2.95 per cent. The showing left the Toronto market up 7.8 per cent for the year while the Dow has charged ahead 23.8 per cent. read more

Security Council extends UN GuineaBissau office for three months

UNIOGBIS’ mandate was extended for a period of three months, beginning on 1 December 2014 until 28 February 2015. This past May, the Council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until 30 November.Specifically, UNIOGBIS will focus on, among other tasks, supporting an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation process to facilitate democratic governance, and assisting in strengthening democratic institutions and enhancing the capacity of State organs to function effectively and constitutionally.The Office will also continue to provide strategic and technical advice and support for the establishment of effective and efficient law enforcement and criminal justice and penitentiary systems, as well as advice and support to implement the reform of the national security sector.In its resolution, the Council reiterated concern about reports of continuing violations and abuses of human rights, and called on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to conduct “transparent and credible” investigations into all alleged human rights violations and abuses, and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.The Council also reiterated its deep concern at the threat to stability posed by drug trafficking, emphasizing the need to tackle the problem in the countries of origin, transit and final destination.Among other measures, the Council called upon the authorities of Guinea-Bissau to review, adopt and implement national legislations and mechanisms to more effectively combat transnational organized crime.In addition, in the resolution the Council also requested that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Miguel Trovoada, increase efforts to achieve “greater coherence, coordination and efficiency” among relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes in Guinea-Bissau to maximize their collective effectiveness towards combating drug trafficking.Earlier this year, the West African nation concluded a second round of presidential elections, which are widely seen as essential to restoring constitutional order, economic growth and development following a 2012 military coup. read more

James Neesham marks return with five sixes in an over

James Neesham drives down the ground Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo– In his first international match since June 2017, allrounder James Neesham blitzed Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera for five sixes in an over. He couldn’t make it six in a row, but his unbeaten 47 off 13 balls launched New Zealand to 371 for 7 in Mount Maunganui. Having started the penultimate over with figures of 9-0-46-2, Thisara came away with 10-0-80-2. Neesham nearly broke the record for the fastest ODI fifty, but New Zealand ran out of balls in the end. Here’s how our ball-by-ball commentator Saurabh Somani recorded Neesham’s breathtaking assault.48.1 NLTC Perera to Neesham, SIX runs, in the slot and bang, a rare bad ball by Thisara, perfectly in Neesham’s arc. He picks it up from off and sends it flat over cow corner48.2 NLTC Perera to Neesham, SIX runs, similar ball, same result, he’s losing his length and line against the left-hander, been so good to the right-handers. In the slot again and Neesham sends it exactly over the same spot at cow corner for another six48.3 NLTC Perera to Neesham, SIX runs, Neesham’s on fire Thisara goes straighter, but still doesn’t get the line right. Too full, and Neesham clears his leg to swat it back over the bowler’s head and into the sight-screen48.4 NLTC Perera to Neesham, SIX runs, ho ho ho, who says Christmas is over Thisara is losing the plot. Full toss outside off that time and Neesham clobbers it over cow corner once again.48.5 NLTC Perera to Neesham, (no ball) 2 runs, full toss and no-ball for being above waist height There’s a free hit coming up, and New Zealand have 27 runs off the first four balls! That was outside off, and Neesham swung hard at it, but it went only to mid-off48.5 NLTC Perera to Neesham, SIX runs, good god, someone give Thisara some brandy or something to recover too full again and Neesham can’t put a foot wrong. That’s gone on the roof. I miss Tony Greig on air, who would have done justice to a ball going on the roof and a fifth six off five legal balls in the over. Amazing. IncredibleLong discussion between Malinga, and the bowler. Can he prevent a sixth six?48.6 NLTC Perera to Neesham, 1 run, no six sixes. managed to not get it quite as that full ‘in the arc, out of the park’ length. Neesham still smashed it, but didn’t get the elevation. sends it flat to midwicket, but the good news is, he’s retained the strike Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Zealand dominates second day of first Test against WIJune 10, 2014In “Sports”New Zealand beats West Indies in rainy first T20July 6, 2014In “Sports”Windies bowl NZ out for 293 in day 1 of Third TestJune 27, 2014In “Sports” read more

Greek pupils top in OECD in extracurricular reading

first_imgAlthough not exceptionally studious, Greek pupils are ‘champions’ in extra-curricular reading, according to the OECD’s recent PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study released this week.According to the survey, 82.5 per cent of 15-year-old Greek pupils state that they read for personal pleasure, holding top place among the 35 OECD member countries, with Turkish pupils holding the second place spot in the 2009 report. The proportion of Greek pupils who read for their own personal enjoyment presented a substantial increase – 4.5 percentage points against base year 2000. The OECD average fell from 68.8 per cent to 63.8 per cent in over the same period of time.Girls appear to have a better relationship with extra-curricular reading than boys, with a 12 percentage point difference. A total of 86.4 per cent of girls in Greece read for their own pleasure, against 74.4 per cent of boys. “The fact that a proportion of more than 80 per cent of 15 year-old pupils read for their own enjoyment is definitely encouraging,” Pavlos Haramis, a teacher and director of the Federation of Secondary School Teachers’ (OLME) Center for Research and Documentation told ANA-MPA. But she said there are questions regarding what and how much young people in Greece actually read. Indeed, in Greece as in the other OECD member countries, 15 year-olds read mostly magazines in their free time, with 60.5 per cent stating that they read magazines on their own initiative “several times” a month or week, followed by newspapers (42.8 per cent), comics (24.7 per cent), literature (21.5 per cent) and dissertations (7.2 per cent).The OECD study also turned up interesting conclusions on the relationship between reading and the internet, with the survey indicating that, in all member countries, online reading is linked with higher performance in understanding of texts. “Pupils who are acquainted with activities such as reading messages in e-mails, forum discussions, online news and online encyclopedias or seek out information on the web generally have a better reading and understanding ability,” according to the report. PISA is an internationally standardised assessment that was jointly developed by participating economies and administered to 15-year-olds in schools.Source: ANA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Georganas do not knock register rejected

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Labor MP Steve Georganas proposal for a ‘do not knock’ register has been rejected by Federal Parliament. Mr Georganas criticised the Federal Parliament’s decision to reject the ‘do not knock’ register – that prevents salespeople approaching households – saying that vulnerable Australians would “continue to be ripped off”. The register was rejected by Federal Parliament with a House of Representatives committee noting that the costs of setting up a “do not knock” register was a concern. The scheme would have seen households able to put their addresses on a confidential database – similar to the “do not call” register – to stop salespeople entering their properties. Mr Georganas said current protections were not good enough, highlighted by the consumer watchdog ACCC testing the effectiveness of “do not knock” stickers in court. “The ‘do not knock’ stickers are great when salespeople respect them, but too often they don’t,” he said. He said the success of the “do not call” register – which has 7.6 million numbers registered – showed people wanted help. Mr Georganas said the committee’s position that people could wait until a 2015 review of the laws was wrong. “If you can opt out of sales calls on the phone there’s absolutely no good reason you shouldn’t be able to do the same for door-to-door sales.”last_img read more

What were the attitudes to disability in ancient Greece

first_imgA new book is exploring the taboo of disability and helping to shine line on the role of people with disabilities through history around the world.Titled The Routledge History of Disability, the book starts from ancient Greece and travels through to the modern day looking at 20 countries across four continents and covering 28 periods throughout history.“I think it’s important to recognise that people with disabilities have always been present throughout history and that we have always been active, vital members of society and not simply passive recipients of care,” said co-editor Nancy Hansen on CBC Radio’s Weekend Morning Show. Hansen, who is also the director of the interdisciplinary master’s program in disability studies at the University of Manitoba, knows firsthand what it is like to live with a disability, having cerebral palsy and using crutches. For her, co-editing the book was quite personal and important in helping her to better understand her place in history.She found that while in some cultures people are uncomfortable around disability, others such as the Ottoman Empire were quite progressive.“They were actively involved in employment [and] education, and people were expected to participate fully in society,” she said.“At the same time, those with difficulties were looked after by various agencies in the state.”Meanwhile, when it comes to the current day, Hansen says that her country of origin Canada, while taking some positive steps forward, does not have a favourable history with disability. “There was eugenics legislation in British Colombia and Alberta until the 1970s, but contrast that to today, where there are processes for the development of federal accessibility legislations,” she said.“There have been really positive instances and progress is being made.”Hansen hopes the book will help lead to a more positive future for people with disabilities.“Hopefully this book will give people a better understanding of disability and disabled people from a more positive perspective,” she said. “Seeing that we have lives that are active, vital and fully of quality, texture and depth.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Its prime time today Another mathematical oddity

first_imgAre you feeling it?Something… special in the air?Turns out July 26, 2011 is another standout date in the numbers-obsessed world of Inan Aziz, University of Portland electrical engineering professor, who gets mighty fired up about these things.Ignore our lackluster, gray July morning (sigh). Forget, for a moment, the numbing spin of digits on the national debt clock and such.Nope, this particular Tuesday is actually one prime, prime… and prime, day.We’ll let Aziz spell it out:“…The single full date of July 26, 2011 is extremely rare since 7262011 = 191 x 193 x 197, i.e., the product of three consecutive prime numbers! There are only 2 such dates in this (3rd) millennium and both happen to be in this (21st) century!”OK. Feel better now?Of course, Prof. Aziz has much more to say. Read on, for entertainment’s sake (Aziz readily concedes there’s no larger meaning to his calendar-centric hobby). Or don’t — but, at least, acknowledge the enthusiasm here(!!)=====================“The single full date number of July 26, 2011 expressed in the month/day/year date format is 7262011 and guess what, this number equals the product of three consecutive prime numbers, i.e., 7262011 = 191 x 193 x 197!! (Interestingly enough, the reverse of this date number 1102627 also equals the product of three prime numbers (but not consecutive), that is, 1102627 = 19 x 131 x 443! Fascinating!!)Based on my calculations, the last time this type of date happened was in 1933 on August 7 (since 871933 = 89 x 97 x 101!). (Before this, it occurred in 1833 on August 27 since 8271833 = 197 x 199 x 211!)last_img read more

United Way volunteers bring large mural to life in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and brought a massive mural to life in Northwest Miami-Dade, Saturday morning.Some of South Florida’s youngest philanthropists lent a helping hand to complete the art project, sponsored by the United Way, at Dorsey Technical College, located at 7100 N.W. 17th Ave. #YoungLeadersMiami and @RyderSystemInc building a brighter, #StrongerMiami at @DADorseyTC @MDCPS 🎨🖌💪 pic.twitter.com/MNat8pM1i1— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) February 11, 2017“I feel like, to whom much is given, much is required, and Miami is such a strong community,” said one volunteer. “We have so many people here, that it’s up to us to give back and make it a better place,” he said.The mural was designed by Miami-based artist Michael Halley.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Qiantu K50 is a Chinese EV with 430 hp and a wild

first_imgWhile the New York Auto Show features many debuts from well-known, established automakers, it’s also great to see the newcomers enter the fray. Take, for instance, the Qiantu K50, which debuted at the New York show.The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be sold in the US as well. While some companies may roll into auto shows with trillion-horsepower moon shots, the K50 is a relatively tame car with a modest output that should position its price tag in a way that won’t scare people away. We’ll start with the looks. It sort of looks like Dr. Moreau attempted to merge a BMW i8 with a fish, at least up front — the hood is low, long and curvy, and beneath that is a set of thin headlights and a strip of trim that would be a grille if it weren’t an electric car. My favorite part of the front end has to be the area below the headlights, which is covered in this wild flourish that hides a set of radiators. Carbon-fiber trim starts from that spot on the bumper and continues unimpeded to an intake on the door. Out back, I see a bit of McLaren in the way the taillights blend with the rear bumper.Enlarge ImageCredit where it’s due, there’s nothing else quite like it. Steven Pham/Roadshow While only some of the carbon fiber is shown, there’s a lot here. There are 29 carbon-fiber components on the body, weighing only about 103 pounds. The rest of the body is made of sheet metal, while the frame underneath is made of aluminum. A double-wishbone suspension at each corner means it should handle pretty darn well. Brembo brakes and a set of sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires with a unique tread pattern will help everything come to a stop.The real clever bits are all under that skin. The K50 uses two electric motors, one at each axle, granting the vehicle all-wheel drive. Output is approximately 400 horsepower when putting around town, but there’s an “overclocking” mode that briefly boosts output to about 430 hp. The electric motors feature torque vectoring, assuring there’s traction at the specific wheel that needs it. Qiantu didn’t make any mention of battery capacity or range, but Chinese models get a 78kWh battery, and the range from that unit is estimated at 230 miles by Chinese NEDC standards. There’s also a solar-powered HVAC system that engages when the interior temperature exceeds 77 degrees Fahrenheit.That all sounds pretty cool, but there’s still plenty we don’t know, like its estimated range in the US, or — perhaps most importantly — its price. But the car won’t be on sale until 2020, so we still have some time for that information to arrive. When it comes to US manufacturing, that responsibility will be left to Mullen Technologies, based in California. Share your voice New York Auto Show 2019 Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint reading • Qiantu K50 is a Chinese EV with 430 hp and a wild sports car design Qiantu’s K50 electric sports car should arrive in the US in 2020 Originally published April 16 at 4 p.m. ET.Update April 18: Adds new photos from the show floor. 40 Photos See All Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • More From Roadshow Electric Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Coupes 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Tags New York Auto Show 2019 May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value BMWlast_img read more

Morgan Stanley Downgrades Indias Telecom Sector Reliance Communications Idea Shares Fall

first_imgIndia’s telecom industry suffered a blow on Tuesday, with Global firm Morgan Stanley downgrading its outlook on two of the nation’s telecom companies.The international brokerage slashed its ratings for the companies from “attractive” to “in-line”. It gave Reliance Communications  an “underweight” from “equalweight” view, and Idea Cellular an “equalweight” from a previous “overweight” outlook.Morgan Stanley said that the downgrade for Reliance Communications was on account of a weak balance sheet and the high regulatory risk the company is enduring. The Investment bank cut back its target price to 51 rupees from the earlier 109 rupees.On the other hand, Idea Cellular’s target price was cut down to 87 rupees from 134, with Morgan Stanley citing “regulatory risks, smaller balance sheet and a 32 percent outperformance in the last 12 months” as reasons for the downgrade, the bank said according to the Economic Times.Bharti Airtel also had its target price reduced to Rs 366 from Rs 488, but has retained the “overweight’ rating on account of increased cash flows and a better balance sheet.”Increased interest outgo led by huge debt levels continued to impact these companies’ performance despite an incremental topline and operating profits. However, on the operational parameters these companies performed well with strong volume growth on their networks,” analyst Nitin Prakash Daga of Microsec Capital said according to the publication.”With the regulatory environment staying uncertain, the performance of the stocks in the sector may remain under pressure in near term,” Daga added.Companies’ shares dropped low on Tuesday morning’s trade. Reliance Communication was trading 1.1 percent lower at Rs 66.60, while Bharti Airtel was trading 0.6 percent lower at Rs 300.40 with Idea Cellular at Rs 78.50, down by 1 percent.   Meanwhile, the  Empowered Group of Ministers on June 5 will take a call on the base price of the spectrum to be auctioned off. Sectoral regulator Trai suggested a starting price of Rs. 3,622.18 for one megahertz, which is about 10 times the base price of the basic band airwaves that was allocated in 2008, Press Trust of India said.”Telecom regulators are suggesting too high a price for future spectrum, we believe. TRAI’s current recommendation is 9x higher for 1800MHz than the global average of $79 million and 18x higher for 900MHz. This could equate to $63 billion for the industry, more than twice the current wireless revenues,” the Economic Times quoted the report of the investment bank.last_img read more

Indian Stocks End Higher Consumer Durables Banking Shares Surge

first_imgIndian stock markets ended higher for the fourth straight session on Tuesday, led by gains from consumer durables, realty and banking sector shares.The benchmark BSE Sensex gained 0.71 percent or 143.01 points to 20,302.13. The 50 share NSE Nifty advanced 0.76 percent or 46 points to 6,077.80.The markets opened on a firm note on the back of positive cues from Asian markets as sentiment was buoyed after China Premier Li Keqiang said that growth in the world’ second largest economy will not slip below 7 percent while disappointing U.S. housing data eased fears that the Federal Reserve will begin to scale back its massive asset-purchase program in the coming months.”Tapering is less of a threat to the market than many had feared a few months ago,” Shane Oliver, Sydney-based head of investment strategy at AMP Capital Investors Ltd., which has about $130 billion under management, told Bloomberg. “By year-end, we’ll be looking at indexes being quite a bit higher than they are at the moment.”Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 2.23 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite surged 1.95 percent while South Korea’s KOSPI advanced 1.27 percent and Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.82 percent.Meanwhile, the Reserve bank of India’s (RBI) fresh restrictions on gold imports to reduce the current account deficit also added to the sentiment.All the 13 BSE sectoral indices ended with gains. Consumer durable goods sector climbed 4.07 percent and realty sector gained 1.31 percent.Banking sector gained 1.19 percent to 12,816.61, led by BOB, Yes bank and SBI. BOB rallied 5.21 percent and Yes bank surged 3.52 percent while SBI advanced 1.98 percent. In the Midcap space, PC Jeweller climbed 19.97 percent and Shoppers Stop jumped 8.75 percent while Financial Tech surged 7.19 percent.The overall market breadth is neutral with 1150 advances against 1150 declines on the BSE.last_img read more

Samsung to invest in 100 startups in big India push

first_imgREUTERS/Kim Hong-JiThe Samsung Group is funding four Indian start-ups in its first round of investments in the country. It has plans to fund 100 new and growth-seeking ventures within a few years.The Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC) has already invested about $8.5 million in the four companies. Samsung aims to invest in low-value start-ups to maximise profits through growth, reported Economic Times.The conglomerate started its investments in India by funding start-ups like Indus OS (system application maker), Gnani.ai (speech analytics and voice assistant), Internet of Things firm Silvan Innovation Labs. It has also funded an undisclosed firm working in the field of AI and computer vision space. Samsung has also identified other companies in which it will be investing gradually.  Start-up (Representational Image)      CC0 LicenceThe Korean major is planning to invest in verticals such as software and services by understanding the start-up ecosystem and considering the growth potential of the sectors in the developing country. “We’re looking to back start-ups in broadly two categories — core technologies such as AI, IoT, VR, and services such as content, ed-tech, and med-tech,” said Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and CTO of Samsung R&D Institute to Economic Times.The company has been keen on investing in start-ups that have the potential globally. Samsung’s R&D centre hosts many start-ups and provides them better platforms through business engagements to bring in new innovations. The motto behind its investments in India is to augment the capabilities of innovators to build services for the Indian market.last_img read more

Leopard shuts down Nepal airport

first_imgNepal had to close its only international airport for around half an hour on Monday after a leopard was spotted close to the runway.A spokesman for the airport in Kathmandu said wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a pilot.“We closed the airport for about 30 minutes after the incident was reported but we haven’t found the leopard yet,” Prem Nath Thakur told AFP.One international flight was delayed but no other flight was scheduled during the closure.Kathmandu is close to forested hills and leopards are occasionally known to stray into the city.In the past birds have posed serious safety problems at the single-runway airport, although stray cattle and dogs have also been known to disrupt flights.In 2016, a plane with nine passengers was forced to make an emergency landing when a bird struck its right wing.Nineteen people were killed in 2012 when an aircraft hit a bird and crashed shortly after taking off from the airport.last_img read more

India wont interfere in Bangladesh polls Shringla

first_imgHarsh Vardhan ShringlaIndian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Friday said his country will not interfere in polls and internal affairs of Bangladesh.”Massive changes are taking place in different spheres of Bangladesh’s development. As a friendly nation, India will stand by Bangladesh,” the high commissioner told a function in Chandpur.Shringla inaugurated India-funded Mahatma Ghandhi Auditorium at Chandpur Farkkabad Degree College on the day.The college’s founder and Awami League central relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi presided over the programme which was addressed by, among others, member of parliament (MP) Shamsul Haque Bhuian and Chandpur municipality mayor and district unit AL president Nasir Uddin Ahmed.AL joint general secretary Dipu Moni was also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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