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first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension A successful routine counts as one point, and the team with the most points after a 10-minute round wins.READ: PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takrawPassing should be seamless because it’s a race against time. A failed routine would require the ball to be served—which takes precious time.“So it’s important that you communicate very well with you teammates,” said Bobier.“I think we did well considering we only trained for four months,” he added. “Malaysia has been a team for years. But I think we can still improve and raise our level.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH goal scorer Cubon hurt but will be ready for Indonesia LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments Rhemwil Catana of Philippines. during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Chinlone, the event that broke the Philippines into medal column, requires hand-foot-eye coordination as much as cohesion and team work.Team member Johnjohn Bobier said they may have came up short in skills department — after settling for silver behind gold winner Malaysia — but not in camaraderie.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES For one, Bobier said the team regularly takes a shower together.READ: Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are like family. We shower together. Eat together and dress together,” said the 25-year-old Army First Class.Chinlone, a discipline under the sport of sepak takraw, requires six players in a circle performing a routine of kicking a ball made of wicker one after another. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READlast_img read more

24 10 19

first_img 50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp Story Highlights Approximately 50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates of participation for their involvement in an eight-week summer camp operated by the Family and Parenting Centre (FPC).The presentations were made at a closing ceremony held on Sunday, September 22, at the FPC in Unity Hall.The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training in areas of self awareness, emotional needs, happiness and balance, empathy, managing anger, conflict resolution, choosing a career path, job application and interview, and sexuality management. They also participated in sporting activities.The summer camp, held from July 22 to September 13, was funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp.Founder and administrator at the FPC, Dr. Beverly Scott, said that working with the young people “gave us clearer insight into the culture of the communities and the challenges that they (the youngsters) face, and how they deal with these challenges.  At the outset we got a few demonstrations of how they settle their conflicts.”She stated that by the end of the camp there were more instances of peaceful solutions being brought to the fore when problems arise.Programme Manager of the PRP, Dr. Eleanor Henry, in bringing greetings, underscored the importance of young people in at-risk communities being exposed to social intervention programmes that are “designed to assist in the diversion from crime and violence to gainful activities and occupations”.She extended congratulations to the team at the FPC, “for their vision and most importantly, for expending the efforts to coordinate and implement this (summer camp)”. She described the camp as yet another programme geared towards nation building.Guidance Counsellor at the St. James High School, Radcliff Virgo, who delivered the keynote address, told the young people that there is nothing wrong with their communities, noting that every area has good and bad influences.He said that it is  for the individual to determine, which of the influences he or she will follow.“I implore you to continue to live those positive traits that you have been taught……..each day you should tell yourself that it is a day for me to do better than I did yesterday,” Mr. Virgo urged.He further encouraged them to set their own standards and be happy with their achievements.last_img read more

24 10 19

first_imgNew services have been added at this year’s ‘Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event’, slated for March 15 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.These are insurance, security, tour operation and architectural services.Head of the Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, told JIS News that the aim is to diversify the businesses participating, by having more service-oriented organisations present.She explained that the speed networking event will take the form of breakout sessions and meetings involving local suppliers of products and services, and owners/managers of properties, restaurants, attractions and other tourism-related entities.“It is a 15-minute opportunity for persons to sell their business, meet and introduce themselves to the tourism side to say, ‘I have business for you, so do business with me’,” she pointed out.She informed that the industry players will be seated while the suppliers will move around for quick interactions based on scheduled appointments.The event will be open to businesses that offer products and services ranging from chemicals and cleaning products, cosmetic and spa items, toiletry and guest amenities, craft, furniture, bedding, food and beverage, meat, uniform, printing and packaging, fresh produce, construction, training, information and communications technology (ICT), electrical and entertainment.“It is not a display of goods and services, so there won’t be people showcasing products…persons may bring samples but the intention is not to display goods and services but to present your company or business in the best way in 15 minutes,” Mrs. McDonald-Riley pointed out.She said the overall aim of the event is to forge stronger partnerships, strengthen linkages and increase business between local manufacturers/suppliers and players in the tourism sector.The outcomes of the past four speed networking events have been very encouraging. Last year, some 172 representatives from 98 supplier companies and 79 buyer representatives from 55 tourism entities participated.A survey of participants over the years showed that 97 per cent had their intended objectives realized with strong business leads generated from their participation.The event involves partnership with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other entities.Interested participants are being encouraged to register with the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association before February 23 at 922-8880/3 or via e-mail at jma@jma.com.jm.last_img read more

18 10 19

first_imgCox’s Bazar: A Bangladesh university has suspended a student for being Rohingya, officials said Sunday, as impatience with the refugees grows following a second failed attempt to repatriate them to Myanmar. Some 740,000 of the Muslim minority fled to southeast Bangladesh after a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August 2017, joining 200,000 Rohingya already there. Formal education in Bangladesh is forbidden for refugees. Cox’s Bazar International University said it had suspended Rahima Akter Khushi, 20, and would investigate her case after local media said she hid her Rohingya identity to enrol. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Rohingya can’t be admitted to our university, because they are refugees,” the institution’s head Abul Kashem said. “Foreigners can study here, but they must follow a procedure.” He said the young woman had supplied documents showing she completed high-school studies in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong. Khushi, who was studying law, told AFP the private university’s decision had “mentally shattered” her. “Any other girl may have killed themselves by now. But… I am trying my best to face the situation,” she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe decision follows the latest repatriation attempt by Bangladesh and Myanmar, which failed with not a single refugee volunteering to cross the border back home. Dhaka also recalled or re-assigned senior government officials who allowed some 200,000 Rohingya to take part in a rally to mark the second anniversary of the mass exodus on August 25, several days after the repatriation attempt. Bangladeshi authorities have since ordered operators to shut down mobile phone services in the refugee camps, which have seen an outbreak of violence in recent weeks, while high-speed internet has also been suspended at night. Rights group Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the government to end the communications clampdown, saying it had “made matters worse.” “The authorities should take a level-headed approach instead of overreacting to tensions and protests by isolating Rohingya refugees in camps,” HRW Asia director Brad Adams said in a statement. News website Rohingya Post said Khushi was targeted after a 2018 interview with international news agency Associated Press went viral in Cox’s Bazar, where the camps are. Khushi said her parents arrived in Bangladesh from Rakhine in the 1990s and she was born and raised in Cox’s Bazar. “I wanted to go further. But I don’t know how I would do it,” Khushi told AFP. Brisbane-based Rohingya leader Mojib Ullah said suspending Khushi would do “nothing but kill potential” in the community, who had limited opportunities to study in Rakhine.last_img read more

18 10 19

first_imgPatna: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nearly half a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said here on Wednesday. Deaths were reported from Kaimur, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Gaya, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur, a Bihar State Disaster Department official said. According to officials, five deaths were reported from Kaimur, three from East Champaran and one each in the remaining districts. “The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives,” an official of the Disaster Management Department said. According to the weather office, lightning strikes are usually reported during the June-September monsoon season.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,371.55, up 61.56 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up $2.36, or 19.97 per cent, to $14.18 on 64.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.53, or 10.91 per cent, to $35.90 on 11.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $1.27, or 6.29 per cent, to $21.46 on 6.6 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up $1.93, or 12.85 per cent, to $16.95 on 6.2 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 46 cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $74.17 on 4.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.69 per cent, to $2.91 on 4.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED). Health care. Up $1.98, or 8.20 per cent, to $26.13 on 695,701 shares. The Saskatoon-based company is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., criticizing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price. In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgCALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgTORONTO (660 NEWS) – The Prime Minister has answered questions about Alberta’s energy problems.Justin Trudeau was in studio with Breakfast Television in Toronto where he was asked about what he is doing to help Alberta.Trudeau said he continues to work with the province and the oil and gas industry to help Albertans that are struggling right now.“Yes, we are looking at income supports as well, but the real core of the problem is that there is no access to markets other than the United States for Canadian oil from the oilsands,” said Trudeau.He said that is why the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline.He also laid blame on previous regimes for not getting these projects done.“This is a problem that has gone on for years. For ten years the Conservatives in Ottawa marginalized indigenous voices, ignored the environmental responsibilities, and therefore couldn’t get things built.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hasn’t been built by the Liberal party either, but Trudeau said the work being done right now will ensure that this project will go forward.“We’ve moved significantly on that,” said Trudeau. “The federal court of appeals came back and said ‘you need to do more on indigenous consultations, more on the environment. We are on the right track, but you need to do more.’ We are following their blueprint because we understand these things need to be done in the right way.”last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An aspiring professional chef living in Dawson Creek made the Top 12 on last night’s fifth season premiere of Master Chef Canada.28 year-old Jen Jenkins, who grew up in both Mackenzie and Prince George and now lives in the Mile Zero City, made her first appearance on the show last night, when the Top 21 contestants were whittled down to just 12. The contestants’ first challenge for the panel of three judges was to make a signature dish using an ingredient they had brought from home.The stay-at-home mom had brought eggs with her to the challenge, deciding to wow the judges with her famous (among family and friends) Eggs Benedict. Jenkins explained that she’s worked on her version of the classic brunch dish for the better part of her life, and that it made sense she would open the competition with Eggs Benny. Jen Jenkins’ Eggs Benedict in a potato nest with hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa, which won her a spot in the Top 12 of Master Chef Canada’s fifth season last night. Photo by CTV.“I cook eggs everyday for myself, for my daughter, my husband. I figured why not go with that, and that’s what got me there today. For years and years I worked really hard on trying to create a Hollandaise sauce that was homemade instead of the packaged brand. I was always unhappy with the packaged brand. So I worked really hard on figuring out trying to make it and fixing it when it cracks. We used to have family meals every Sunday and I would do Eggs Benedict every time and everybody loved it. I would just start to put my own spin on it, but I’ve never done like I did last night with the potato nest. That was completely out of left field, I was like ‘I have to make it cooler, I have to make it better.’ And I did.”Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins and Master Chef Canada judge Claudio Aprile. Supplied photoAfter sampling all the dishes, the judges proclaimed that Jenkins was deserving of the white apron, allowing her to make the first cut of the competition. The winner will be walking away with $100,000 and the title of Master Chef Canada. Jenkins said that she’ll be continuing to stay focused during the rest of the competition in order to take home the title.Even if she doesn’t take home the title, Jenkins said that she’s already incredibly happy with qualifying for the show, which she applied for last August. Regardless of how well she does during the TV competition, the amateur chef will be making a big step toward her goal of turning pro: Jenkins said that she and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.Master Chef Canada airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek will be delivering new recycling carts to residents this month.Dawson Creek Council voted in favour of implementing a curbside recycling program in the City earlier this year, making it easier for residents to recycle household items and reduce materials sent to the landfill.“We’ve heard residents ask for curbside recycling, and a majority identified it as a priority during our recent OCP consultation process,” said Mayor Dale Bumstead. “Many Dawson Creek residents are already sorting and recycling their household waste, and the new curbside collection service makes recycling much easier and more convenient, and helps us keep more out of the landfill.” Curbside recycling collection begins the week of September 3rd. Recycling will be picked up every other week, on the same day as garbage collection, which the City says will continue to be picked up every week.The City’s current garbage collection contractor, Waste Management, will also collect curbside recycling.Recyclable materials are placed in the 360-litre recycling cart and set out beside the garbage cart every other week. A printed guide showing accepted materials, how to place carts and a collection calendar is being distributed with the carts.Recyclable materials that are allowed inside the new carts include:household paperhard plastic containers (numbered 1 to 7)foil & metal containersdisposable drink cups & lidsnewspapers & magazinescardboard boxes & boxboardgable top containers & aseptic (“TetraPaks”) cartonsnon-hazardous aerosol cans.Plastic bags, glass and foam packaging are not accepted in recycling carts.In order to save on unnecessary printing, residents are encouraged to download the Dawson Creek app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, and to sign up for schedule reminders on the City’s website. The Waste Wizard app also includes the most up-to-date disposal instructions for hundreds of household materials including items that can be included with curbside garbage and recycling, taken to a recycling depot, or special instructions for hazardous materials. For more information on the recycling program, accepted materials and to find your collection schedule visit www.dawsoncreek.ca/recycle, or download the Dawson Creek app.Missed or problem cart deliveries can be reported to the City of Dawson Creek at 250-784-3600.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA on Friday called for allowing foreign judges and prosecutors to probe the alleged war crimes, a day after the UN Human Rights Council gave Colombo two more years to set up a credible investigation into the country’s brutal civil war. Sri Lankan troops are accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the three-decade long civil war with the LTTE in 2009, according to the UN. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the government figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts including the civil war with Lankan Tamils in the north and east which claimed at least 100,000 lives. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday approved giving two more years to the Sri Lankan government to set up a credible war crimes investigation into the civil war. M A Sumanthiran, the senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman, said that they would urge for “a tribunal which is entirely international”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will take the case to the International Criminal Court,” he said while addressing Parliament. Sumanthiran said the official position taken by Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana on Wednesday in Geneva that foreign judges cannot constitutionally operate in Sri Lanka was false. “It is false to say that constitution does not allow foreign judges to function,” he said. Referring to a case precedent in 2001, Sumanthiran, a lawyer, said that the constitutional provisions do not curtail or restrict the operation of foreign judges in Sri Lanka. He said that the UNHRC resolution adopted in October 2015, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, Colombo is bound to allow an international investigation. Sumanthiran said that when the government of Sri Lanka stands on one side with the militant group which fought for a separate state on the other side, only the foreign judges can ensure the impartiality of investigation. “We Tamils have no alternative but to work towards an international judicial process. We prefer a hybrid judicial mechanism,” he said. In Geneva on Thursday, the UN’s top rights body approved without a vote a resolution to postpone discussing the implementation of an official probe into crimes committed during the civil war.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgMadrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez led Barcelona to a stunning comeback against Villarreal on Tuesday and may have ensured there will be no return for Atletico Madrid in La Liga’s title race. Atletico play Barca at the Camp Nou on Saturday and were given fresh hope of a resurgence when struggling Villarreal, inspired by the brilliant Santi Cazorla, led the Catalans 4-2 going into the final minute. But Messi, who had started on the bench, drove in a free-kick in the 90th and in the 93rd, Suarez fired in a devastating half-volley to earn Barca a 4-4 draw and an unlikely point. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhCombined with Atletico’s earlier 2-0 victory over Girona, the result means the gap at the top is reduced to eight points ahead of this weekend’s top of the table meeting but Ernesto Valverde’s side celebrated Suarez’s goal like it was a winner. “In the end it is only a point but there is a certain feeling after coming back from two goals down in the last minute,” Valverde said. Cazorla, meanwhile, sank to his knees, a chance spurned for Villarreal to pull four points clear of the relegation zone, with Celta Vigo, now only two behind, still to play Huesca on Wednesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThey had come from two down, as Samuel Chukwueze and Karl Toko Ekambi cancelled out early goals from Philippe Coutinho and Malcom. Vicente Iborra and Carlos Bacca looked to have sealed an incredible win, only for Messi and Suarez to intervene. The pair have now scored 51 goals between them in the league this season, just one shy of the total managed by Real Madrid. “The spirit we showed at the end, to refuse to give in, to come back in the last minute – we showed that we want to win this league,” said Suarez. Rested along with Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic, it seemed Barcelona would not need Messi as Coutinho tapped in a pass by Malcom, who then headed in Arturo Vidal’s cross for a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes. But Villarreal sprung into life, revived by Chukwueze, who pulled one back seven minutes later. A sumptuous flick by Iborra launched the counter-attack and Cazorla sent the striker clear.last_img read more

18 09 19

first_imgYoung Boys Coach Gerardo Seoane has revealed he wanted his team face a Juventus team that had Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.The Swiss side is in Turin to face Juve in their second Champions League group game, but CR7 is suspended after being sent off against Valencia.“We’re sad that Ronaldo isn’t there, it’s the same for any injured or suspended the player,” Seoane said in his pre-match Press conference.“It would have been nice for us to face him on the pitch, but if Ronaldo doesn’t play then another champion will because Juventus have good alternatives in every area.“It would have been nice to see him on the pitch though.”Seoane was asked if his side are nervous about taking on one of the favourites to win the competition.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“The team is always focused, every game. We know that every day presents a new challenge and different opponents to face.“The players are very focused and I think the atmosphere can help a lot with that.“It’s a different situation [to Manchester United], we’re away for this one and there’s a big difference.“It’s our first Champions League and we know there isn’t much room for mistakes. We must always perform well, always make the right choices, and be attentive in both attack and defence.“Of course we know that the opponent matters too, so it’ll be a very difficult game.“[Jordan] Lotomba has been injured for some time and is unavailable, and also Kevin Mbabu is out for this game, unfortunately.”last_img read more

17 09 19

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 32-year-old man riding a motorcycle was hospitalized Monday with life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a hit- and-run motorist in the Barrio Logan area, police said.It happened shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Main Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The victim was riding his motorcycle northbound on Main Street when a silver BMW sedan made a left turn out of a parking lot and the victim’s motorcycle collided with the driver’s side of the car, Buttle said.The BMW driver then fled southbound on Main Street, Buttle said.The victim was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Buttle said.Department traffic division officers were investigating the collision. Motorcyclist hospitalized after hit-and-run crash in Barrio Logan KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter September 17, 2018last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img Share Allison Lee/Houston Public MediaThe Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries are one of the locations where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will implement disaster recovery projects.The Office of Governor Greg Abbott informed Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced an initial list of projects to address high-priority needs in states recently impacted by natural disasters, including several in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.A news release from the Governor’s office, detailed that, according to the USACE, the initial allocation of approximately $360 million will be used to address at 32 projects in 12 states.The funding for the projects comes as a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disaster recovery projects will address concerns in a number of local communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and help combat future flood events. https://t.co/ndXttR1B8W— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) May 1, 2018“As Texas continues on the road to recovery, our shipping channels and bayous are among the highest priorities for investment and repair,” said Governor Abbott.The USACE identified the following projects in Texas to begin repair work on: Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries; Corpus Christi Ship Channel; Galveston Harbor and Channel; GIWW, Channel to Victoria; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Houston Ship Channel; Matagorda Ship Channel; Sabine Neches Waterway; and Wallisville Lake.Click here to see a full list of USACE projects.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgKolkata: The campus of Visva Bharati University witnessed fresh unrest on late Saturday afternoon with some undergraduate students staging a sit-in demonstration infront of the Vice-Chancellor’s room in the central office building, demanding introduction of supplementary examinations.Three of the agitating students are on a hunger strike to press for their demand and have threatened to intensify the movement if they are not met. A few days back, the students had put V-C Sabujkali Sen’s office under lock due to the same reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested,” an agitating student said.It may be mentioned that the university follows a semester system at the undergraduate level. Previously, when a student failed to clear a semester, there were facilities for supplementary examinations. However, after a section of teachers and academicians raised concern over the supplementary examinations stating it was affecting the standard of education, a series of meetings were held and the decision of scrapping such examinations was taken. A year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, the authorities had brought out a notification stating there will be no supplementary examinations at the undergraduate level. These students who are agitating in demand of supplementary examination have not been able to clear one or two semesters.A senior VB official said the students’ demand have already been communicated to MHRD but there has not been any response as yet.last_img read more

26 08 19

first_imgGaming – whether board games or games set in the virtual realm – has been a massively popular form of entertainment since time immemorial. In the pursuit of creating more sophisticated, thrilling, and intelligent games, game developers have delved into ML and AI technologies to fuel innovation in the gaming sphere. The gaming domain is the ideal experimentation bed for evolving technologies because not only do they put up complex and challenging problems for ML and AI to solve, they also pose as a ground for creativity – a meeting ground for machine learning and the art of interaction. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Gaming The reliance on AI for gaming is not a recent development. In fact, it dates back to 1949, when the famous cryptographer and mathematician Claude Shannon made his musings public about how a supercomputer could be made to master Chess. Then again, in 1952, a graduate student in the UK developed an AI that could play tic-tac-toe with ultimate perfection. Source : Medium However, it isn’t just ML and AI that are progressing through experimentations on games. Game development, too, has benefited a great deal from these pioneering technologies. AI and ML have helped enhance the gaming experience on many grounds such as gaming design, the interactive quotient, as well as the inner functionalities of games. The above mentioned AI use cases focus on two primary things: one is to impart enhanced realism in virtual gaming environment and the second is to create a more naturalistic interface between the gaming environment and the players. As of now, the focus of game developers, data scientists, and ML researchers lies in two specific categories of the gaming domain – games of perfect information and games of imperfect information. In games of perfect information, a player is aware of all the aspects of the game throughout the playing session, whereas, in games of imperfect information, players are oblivious to specific aspects of the game. When it comes to games of perfect information such as Chess and Go, AI has shown various instances of overpowering human intelligence. Back in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue successfully defeated world Chess champion, Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. In 2016, Google’s AlphaGo emerged as the victor in a Go match scoring 4-1 after defeating South Korean Go champion, Lee Sedol. One of the most advanced chess AIs developed yet, Stockfish, uses a combination of advanced heuristics and brute force to compute numeric values for each and every move in a specific position in Chess. It also effectively eliminates bad moves using the Alpha-beta pruning search algorithm. While the progress and contribution of AI and ML to the field of games of perfect information is laudable, researchers are now intrigued by games of imperfect information. Games of imperfect information offer much more challenging situations that are essentially difficult for machines to learn and master. Thus, the next evolution in the world of gaming will be to create spontaneous gaming environment using AI technology, in which developers will build only the gaming environment and its mechanics instead of creating a game with pre-programmed/scripted plots. In such a scenario, the AI will have to confront and solve spontaneous challenges with personalized scenarios generated on the spot. Games like StarCraft and StarCraft II have stirred up massive interest among game researchers and developers. In these games, the players are only partially aware of the gaming aspects and the game is largely determined not just by the AI moves and the previous state of the game, but also by the moves of other players. Since in these games you will have little knowledge about your rival’s moves, you have to take decisions on the go and your moves have to be spontaneous. The recent win of OpenAI Five over amateur human players in Dota2 is a good case in point. OpenAI Five is a team of five neural networks that leverages an advanced version of Proximal Policy Optimization and uses a separate LSTM to learn identifiable strategies. The progress of OpenAI Five shows that even without human data, reinforcement learning can facilitate long-term planning, thus, allowing us to make further progress in the games of imperfect information. Career in Game Development With ML and AI As ML and AI continue to penetrate the gaming industry, it is creating a huge demand for talented and skilled game developers who are well-versed in these technologies. Today, game development is at a place where it’s no longer necessary to build games using time-consuming manual techniques. ML and AI have made the task of game developers easier as by leveraging these technologies, they can design and build innovative gaming environment, and test them automatically. The integration of AI and ML in the gaming domain is giving birth to new job positions like Gameplay Software Engineer (AI), Gameplay Programmer (AI), and Game Security Data Scientist, to name a few. The salaries of traditional game developers is in stark contrast with that of those having AI/ML skills. While the average salary of game developers is usually around $44,000, it can scale up to and over $1,20,000 if one possesses AI/ML skills. Gameplay Engineer Average salary – $73,000 – $1,16,000 Gameplay engineers are usually part of the core game dev team and are entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing the existing gameplay systems to enrich the player experience. Companies today demand for gameplay engineers who are proficient in C/ C++ and well-versed with AI/ML technologies. Gameplay Programmer Average salary – $98,000 – $1,49,000 Gameplay programmers work in close collaboration with the production and design team to develop cutting edge features in the existing and upcoming gameplay systems. Programming skills are a must and knowledge of AI/ML technologies is an added bonus. Game Security Data Scientist Average salary – $73,000 – $1,06,000 The role of a gameplay security data scientist is to combine both security and data science approaches to detect anomalies and fraudulent behavior in games. This calls for a high degree of expertise in AI, ML, and other statistical methods. With impressive salaries and exciting job opportunities cropping up fast in the game development sphere, the industry is attracting some major talent towards it. Game developers and software developers around the world are choosing the field due to the promises of rapid career growth. If you wish to bag better and more challenging roles in the domain of game development, you should definitely try and upskill your talent and knowledge base by mastering the fields of ML and AI. Packt Publishing is the leading UK provider of Technology eBooks, Coding eBooks, Videos and Blogs; helping IT professionals to put software to work. It offers several books and videos on Game development with AI and machine learning. It’s never too late to learn new disciplines and expand your knowledge base. There are numerous online platforms that offer great artificial intelligent courses. The perk of learning from a registered online platform is that you can learn and grow at your own pace and according to your convenience. So, enroll yourself in one and spice up your career in game development! About Author: Abhinav Rai is the Data Analyst at UpGrad, an online education platform providing industry oriented programs in collaboration with world-class institutes, some of which are MICA, IIIT Bangalore, BITS and various industry leaders which include MakeMyTrip, Ola, Flipkart etc. Read Next: Best game engines for AI game development Implementing Unity game engine and assets for 2D game development [Tutorial] How to use arrays, lists, and dictionaries in Unity for 3D game developmentlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:La Voz de Guanacaste marks holiday with video tribute to beloved northwestern province 17 photos from Nicoya’s annexation festival 5 things you should know before Saturday’s Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festival Police arrest 2 US citizens on cocaine possession charges LIBERIA, Guanacaste — José Luis Villareal knows a thing or two about bulls.His grandfather raised them outside their house in Liberia, and his father became a boyero, the name for the drivers of bulls pulling traditional, colorful oxcarts that pepper Costa Rica. When his father retired, Villareal, better known in Liberia as “Güicho Pizarro,” took over the oxcart, having apprenticed the job since he was 12.Now, at 68, Pizarro has another bullish responsibility: He is the person who supplies the bulls that walk through Liberia escorted by horse-riding cowboys and sabaneros each day of the Civic Fiestas that are currently taking place in that town. This is called a tope and is a big part of the ongoing Liberia celebrations, which will continue through Sunday.The story of Liberia, the bulls, the fiesta, and Güicho are intertwined. To understand it all, we need to go back over 250 years when this part of Guanacaste was only five big haciendas, each individually owned. At the time, the area was part of Nicaragua, and people from all over the North would congregate under the big Guanacaste tree in the center of town with their cavalry: bulls and horses for trading. They met people from San José or Bagaces at the negotiating spot. In this way, the first roads to Liberia were built in what was then called El Poblado de Guanacaste. Sabaneros in traditional white shirt, khakis and soft hats join the bulls in the Liberia tope. (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño)ñThe area went through a plethora of name changes: Villa de Guanacaste five years after the province seceded from Nicaragua, Ciudad de Guanacaste later, and ultimately, Ciudad de Liberia, the provincial capital.The bulls? Yes, back to the bulls. Back in the beginning, the developing zone of commerce was surrounded by five gates leading to the haciendas, with wild bulls kept outside.“One week a year the owners of the haciendas would have this party, and all their sabaneros would come and ride the wildest bulls,” explained Mario Avedaño, a Liberia native who has spent the last three years making a documentary on the history of this tope. “The ladies made food and everyone dressed up. It was the first fiesta in Guanacaste. The whole town came to Calle Real to see the sabaneros meet the bulls.“Tope means ‘to meet,’” Avendaño said. “Now, the fiestas around the country call anything with horses a tope. But the government declared this event in Liberia to be part of our cultural heritage, meaning you can’t change it.”It’s an understatement to say that this local culture is centered around bulls and horse riding. Bull riders are rock stars, with local kids clamoring at their heels as they gather with the sabaneros and cowboys to escort Pizarro’s bulls.Avendaño noted the difference between sabaneros and cowboys. It’s in the clothes, those on the men and women, and those on the horses. You can spot the sabanero by his white shirt, khaki pants, boots and a soft hat. Their horses are well-decorated in layers starting with a fine, handcrafted leather saddle with carved designs, then another layer of suede with the tassels used to motivate the horse. This is all topped with a very detailed cover, usually quilted and decorated with horse hair and more carved designs and woven leather.Cowboys have their own costume as well: a shirt of any color (although you’ll spot a lot of plaid) tucked into jeans with a belt, cowboy boots and a traditional cowboy hat.“Cowboys sit on top on a horse chair,” said Avendaño, about what looks a lot like an abbreviated Western saddle.Güicho doesn’t ride a horse when he’s doing his job leading the bulls in the tope, a job he relishes. He was beside himself with excitement when he got the call 17 years ago from the organizers of the Fiesta Cívica, the Asociación para la Cultura de Liberia. You could say he took the bull by the horns.After all, he was eager to help the community, as he was born in Condega, one of the original neighborhoods where houses are preserved in their old, white colonial style.“I remember the real bulls when I was seven,” he said. “All my life I wanted to be part of this. I got a little scared because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But after the first year, I was able to feel like an important part of the legacy. I am helping our community to preserve our identity.”Avendaño said that Pizarro is “one of the main folkloric symbols of Liberia. All generations look at him as a symbol.”These tope bulls, 10 in all, are not the bucking showstoppers that will eventually be ridden in the ring during the fiesta itself. These walking the street among the people and horses are castrated, domesticated bulls, and Pizarro has never had a problem with any strays or accidents. The bulls begin their trek promptly at 12 p.m. each day of the fiesta, and they don’t seem the least bit bothered by all the horses and their riders, nor the cheering crowds.So, how has the fiesta evolved in all the years that Güicho has been leading his charges throughout Liberia?“Well, the food, the amount of bulls ridden,” he replied. “The bulls in the ring used to be even more wild, but now they are used to people. They still use spurs on them like they did in the beginning.” (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño)Not to be one to be left out, Güicho even rode a bull into the ring once. Of course, everybody applauded him, but he didn’t like it and has never returned to that venue. Perhaps he did not like the taunting of his favorite animals. After all, kids grow up watching the bulls walk the street, and those that buck in the ring; eventually, according to Avendeño, they start teasing the bulls.Lest one think the taunts are cruel, he countered: “There are regulations so that you don’t hurt the bulls. We keep the tradition, which is not to hurt the bulls. The bulls are used to people.”This weekend, on any given day, there will be about 1,000 horses and riders in the tope. Güicho will be leading the bulls, and he said he’ll keep doing it every year until the committee stops calling or God won’t let him continue.After all, he concluded, “The bulls are like I am with my wife, but they understand me more and they don’t get mad or jealous.”For more of Güicho’s daily work as an oxcart driver, check out this fascinating feature from La Voz de Guanacaste. Güicho on the job. (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgDigital TV CEE: Offering bundled services and upselling additional services are priorities for Nicolas Boissin, Co-founder and CEO of BKS Capital Partners and Nej TV in the Czech Republic. Offering mobile services will be a key part of this, and obtaining an MVNO licence – which would be a first for the country – is a key goal, he says.last_img