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Swag mera desi: Dance + showcases many hats of Remo D’Souza

first_imgAce choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’Souza, who will be seen as a super judge in the forthcoming dance reality show Dance + will sport a hat throughout the season in all the episodes.Remo, who loves wearing hats, has travelled to a lot of cities in India and has handpicked new hats that he will wear on the show.Apart from that, he’ll also be seen wearing different headgears and requested the costume management to arrange costumes keeping in mind his hats in every episode.”Just when we locked the show, I thought of this idea and while I was travelling for ABCD 2, I was preparing for my look in Dance + also. This show is very close to my heart and I have taken to personal level to customise things for this show. These hats are in small way to promote my new look for the show,” Remo said in a statement.Dance +, which will be aired on Star Plus starting July 26, will feature dancers Dharmesh Yelande, Shakti Mohan and Sumeet Nagdev as the three judges.last_img read more

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Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis challenge underway

first_img“Since 2016, the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge has seen the talent of many junior tennis players, producing rising tennis stars like Alex Eala who recently made her debut at the US Open. My hope for these young girls is that they prove their mettle through this tournament and give the Philippines something to be proud of in the WTA Future Stars tourney,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.Competing in the 14-under category are Alexa Milliam of Bacolod City; Marielle Alexi Jarata of La Union; Tiffany Claire Nocos, and Khymberly Jhane Mckenzie of Cebu; Jufe-Ann Cocoy of Alabang, Muntinlupa; Mica Ella Emana of Manila; Angel Denopol of Lanao Del Norte; and Corazon Lambonao of Ormoc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelBattling for top spot in the 16-under category are Jenaila Rose Prulla of Bulacan; Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta, and Julia Asaliah Ignacio of Lucena City; Justine Hannah Maneja of Quezon City; Sydney Enriquez of Zamboanga Del Norte; Kristine Guia Margarette Bandolis of Lanao del Norte; Maria Judy Ann Padilla of Ozamis City; and Althea Fay Ong of Olongapo City.The Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge is sanctioned by Unified Tennis Philippines and supported by AXA Philippines, Standard Insurance, Dunlop, and the Makati Sports Club. Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw MOST READ Tennis tips from Andy Murray’s former coach PLAY LIST 01:53Tennis tips from Andy Murray’s former coach00:54Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million00:35Tennis legend Moya marvels at Manila crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Some of the most promising and youngest tennis players in the local scene will battle it out in the upcoming Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge set to commence on September 13, 2019, at the Makati Sports Club. Winners in the Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament will represent the country in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Future Stars happening in China in October 2019.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Abe to kick off ‘rugby diplomacy’ with Pacific leaders Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast ADVTSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature View commentslast_img read more

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How to Get More from Your Story

first_imgIt’s no secret that powerful stories are the root of the most successful fundraising appeals. In December, a compelling story will likely be the difference between a message that gets results and one that falls flat.How do you get the most out of your stories for your year-end fundraising campaigns? Keep these principles in mind.Identify your core message.An effective campaign will include a series of communications that connect to one central theme and message. What is the most important thing you want donors to know this year? All of your outreach, visuals, stories, and conversations should create a consistent drumbeat around this key point. This will reinforce your message and build excitement and urgency. Once you’ve identified your core message, print it out and constantly check everything you do against it. Do all of the elements of your campaign stay true to your core message? If not, rework them.Illustrate your story.To bring your story to life, go beyond the basic text. Your online audience is more likely to engage with and remember a photo or video vs. straight text. These elements can highlight important points, make your message stand out, and help your work become real for your readers. Keep this in mind: your photos and videos don’t need to be expensive or have a high production value to be effective. Authenticity trumps slick when it comes to inspiring action.Invite your community to speak.Your stories must be authentic and relatable, and these are often the stories that come directly from your community of beneficiaries, donors, and volunteers. Tap your supporters and the people you serve (when possible) to help you tell your stories this year. Testimonials and first-person accounts are powerful ways to command attention and inspire action. By adding these to your appeals, you connect your supporters more directly to the impact they canhave.Include a strong opening.What good is your story if no one bothers to read it? An intriguing intro will command attention and draw readers into your message. Your opening may include envelope copy and email subject lines, as well as the first line of your appeal. Create a curiosity gap that forces your readers to continue, and then seal the deal with a clear call to action.Want help writing an effective appeal that brings in more donations?Download the archived webinar all about crafting a winning fundraising appeal with a strong story. In this session, I was joined by Rachel Brown of Cultural Data Project, who will help you take your story to the next level and combine it with program data to create a compelling case for giving that you can use in grant applications, funding requests, and more. Get the slides and the recording now!last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma 264, Sri Lanka 251: On this day in 2014, Hitman creates history

first_imgOn November 13, 2014, Rohit Sharma shattered the record books when he blasted his way to the highest-ever individual score in one day internationals.During the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Rohit struck 264 off 173 balls. The knock was studded with 33 fours and nine maximums.Rohit also broke compatriot Virender Sehwag’s earlier world record of 219 runs, which he scored against West Indies in Indore, in 2011.Rohit also became the only batsman to register two double centuries in ODIs and holds the record for the highest number of boundaries during his innings.BCCI PhotoSachin Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he hit 200 not out against South Africa in 2010. Sehwag was second with his 219 and Rohit was third when he scored 209. Chris Gayle (215) and Martin Guptill (237 not out) are the only other players to hammer a double century each in the 50-overs format.Rohit, who opened the innings with Ajinkya Rahane, was dropped at the start of the innings when he was on 4. Thisara Perera put down an easy catch at the third man off Shaminda Eranga in the fifth over.However, Rohit, who is a cautious starter, held his nerves to reach his fifty off 72 balls and gradually picked up momentum as the innings progressed.He then raced to his century off 100 deliveries before he took the attack back to the Sri Lankan bowlers.Rohit was also involved in a 202-run stand with Virat Kohli, who scored 66 before being run out.advertisementEven though India lost wickets at the other end, Rohit continued to destroy the bowling attack and reached the epic milestone off 151 balls.225 minutes, 173 balls, 33 fours, 9 sixes.2??6??4?? runs! #OnThisDay in 2014, @ImRo45 made the highest ODI score ever, singlehandedly outscoring Sri Lanka as India won by 153 runs in Kolkata! pic.twitter.com/4r1qOvAg8M- ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2017The 30-year-old kept the onslaught going but was eventually dismissed on the final delivery of the Indian innings for 264 off 173 balls. It was absolute carnage at the Eden Gardens as Rohit’s blistering knock powered India to 404/5.In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out of 251 thus losing the match by 153 runs.last_img read more

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All that glitters is not gold, PSG learn it the hard way in Champions League

first_imgParis St Germain’s early exit from the Champions League again showed the club’s inability to deliver on the biggest stage despite their expensively assembled team.PSG were knocked out in the last 16 by Real Madrid 5-2 on aggregate, losing 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, never threatening a comeback following their 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Spain.Without Neymar, who is recovering from ankle surgery, Unai Emery’s side failed to create space against the defending champions.Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane celebrate Real Madrid’s victory”All that for this,” wrote French sports daily L’Equipe on their front page.”PSG disappeared without leaving a trace,” the paper wrote in a column.Since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) took over in 2011, PSG have never reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, being eliminated in the last 16 twice in a row after four consecutive quarter-final exits.Spending 400 million euros ($497 million) on Neymar and France international Kylian Mbappe did not help as the Brazilian played poorly in the first leg and his striking partner was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday.In Ligue 1, PSG lead the standings by a massive 14 points after 28 games and it could be said that they lack the competitiveness of a bigger league to prepare them for the Champions League knockout stage.Former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi, however, believes the club founded in 1970 have to build their identity.”PSG is just a group of players,” he told Italian TV.”You cannot buy ideas. The club should always come first. I thought I would see players with the bit between their teeth. I think PSG need to become an institution.”advertisementPSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said he was “disappointed by a few players,” among which should feature midfielder Marco Verratti, who picked up a second yellow card for arguing with referee Felix Brych.It was Verratti’s third dismissal in the Champions League, and it appeared to seal his team’s fate as they already were 1-0 down after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener.Al-Khelaifi, however, is convinced the club’s method is the right one.”I don’t think it’s a mindset problem. The players believed in it and we were ready,” he said.”We will not change our investment strategy. We will continue with our project notably with those two players (Neymar and Mbappe) because they are the future of the club.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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Oklahoma QB Austin Kendall Visiting Major SEC Program Today

first_imgOklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Austin Kendall #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The quarterback transfer carousel is still spinning at a fast rate of speed. Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall is one of the players on the ride.Kendall has entered his name in the transfer portal, and is looking to transfer somewhere as a graduate transfer. That means he would be eligible immediately.Kendall has two seasons of eligibility remaining, so he’s an even more valuable commodity to a potential suitor. One of the schools that he’s been linked to is Auburn.According to Kendall’s Instagram story, he appears to be on a visit to Auburn now.Transferring Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall appears to be in Auburn, per his Instagram story.https://t.co/BS5k6BN1Ne pic.twitter.com/ecQ869aXEp— Justin Lee (@ByJustinLee) January 14, 2019Auburn is losing starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham to the NFL, and the Tigers missed out on Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant. There’s a clear opening for Kendall there.However, if Oklahoma doesn’t land Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts, Kendall could still have a shot at starting in Norman. In that case, perhaps he’ll elect to stay put and compete with prized incoming freshman Spencer Rattler.Kendall has thrown for 265 yards and three touchdowns in his OU career.last_img read more

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The 3 Top 25 Teams On “Upset Alert” In Week 4

first_img The Gators will be starting backup Kyle Trask in this one, as starter Feleipe Franks is out for the season with a brutal injury. Trask played well in the win at Kentucky, leading Florida back for a come-from-behind win.Tennessee has been highly disappointing this season, but the Vols should get up for this one, and Florida really hasn’t looked like a top 10 team all year.No. 15 UCF at PittsburghBetting line: UCF -12.5The Knights might be one of the country’s most-underrated teams right now. That’s what Kirk Herbstreit thinks, anyway.“I’m surprised — what are they, 17? They should be [ranked] in that 9, 10 range, personally. I think that because we’ve now seen this brand and they’ve been able to beat some high-profile teams and they’ve been able to compete with some high-profile teams in bowl games. That’s how you build it. That’s how Boise State built it,” he said. “And now when you beat a Stanford, and the way they beat them, they need to be taken more seriously. They need to get more respect. And I think this team in 2019 is the beneficiary of what they’ve done in ’17 and ’18 and now people need to start to kind of say, ‘Uh oh.’”We don’t really disagree with any of that, though road games are tough and Pittsburgh, despite being 1-2, looked strong against Penn State last week.Perhaps UCF is due for a letdown following the big win over Stanford.No. 16 Oregon at StanfordBetting line: Oregon -10.0The Ducks have played well since their Week 1 loss against Auburn. Oregon could be on the way toward a Pac-12 championship if the strong play continues.Stanford, meanwhile, is coming off a tough loss against UCF. The Cardinal have traditionally given the Ducks problems, though, and David Shaw certainly knows what it takes to pull off an upset.***What upsets are you picking in Week 4? A closeup of a Florida Gators cheerleader.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 03: A Florida Gators cheerleader performs during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2019 college football season featured a couple of notable upsets, with Maryland falling to Temple, Michigan State losing to Arizona State and USC getting beaten by BYU.What upsets will Week 4 bring?Here are the three top 25 teams we have on “Upset Alert” heading into the fourth weekend of the regular season.No. 9 Florida vs. TennesseeBetting line: Florida -14.0last_img read more

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Feel Good Friday: Vodka for Dog People

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Master Distiller Tito Beveridge incorporated Tito’s Handmade Vodka in 1995, and started distilling vodka in a 998 square-foot shack in Austin, TX. At first, it was just Tito and his yellow lab, DogGio. As the business grew, so did the number of dog-loving employees. Over the years, Tito’s distillery doubled as a dog shelter, taking in local strays, cleaning them up, and making sure they got adopted. Many members of Tito’s crew — including Tito himself — brought these dogs into their homes. Related: How to Set Up an Intoxicating Home BarFor help with spaying, neutering, and other veterinary services, the Tito’s team took their dogs to Emancipet — a local organization dedicated to making pet health care affordable for everyone. Given Tito’s office dog culture and Emancipet’s dedication to affordable pet health, it was only a matter of time before the two formed a partnership.  Today, Tito’s is helping spread awareness of Emancipet’s mission so they may increase the number of low-cost clinics in Texas and beyond. Tito’s is also helping raise money for Emancipet with their line of t-shirts, leashes, chew toys, and other items. All proceeds of said items go directly to Emancipet. Oh yeah, we should mention that Tito’s also sells delicious, affordable vodka that’s made from 100% American corn. The vodka has received excellent reviews across the board, including a 5-star review from VodkaBuzz.com. As Tito puts it, “I make a filet mignon at a pot roast price.”If you’re looking for a way to treat your dog, don’t spike his water bowl; instead, get him a dog toy from Tito’s. Doing so will help make preventative veterinary services more affordable for pet owners. And while you’re doling out treats, you might as well treat yourself to a bottle of Tito’s.   Browse Tito’s dog-related products on their website. Click the link to find out how to get involved in Emancipet’s mission. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagscenter_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Most people would agree that vodka for dogs is a terrible idea. Hilarious? Probably. Ethical? Absolutely not. How then, can vodka and dog lovers combine their passions? Well, Tito’s Handmade Vodka offers an answer by virtue of their partnership with a community veterinary organization called Emancipet. Read on, and you’ll learn why Tito’s is known as “Vodka for Dog People.” Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Daughter searching for answers in dads disappearance

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo years ago this week.That’s when William Betthale was canoeing near the Northwest Territories and British Columbia border when he vanished.His daughter is still searching for answers.She wants to know what happened to her dad.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this story.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

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India to take up with Pakistan pro-Khalistan leader’s presence on Kartarpur panel

first_imgNew Delhi: India is going “with high expectations” for the Kartarpur corridor meeting on Sunday and is expected to raise with the Pakistani side several issues, including the presence of pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla on a panel associated with the project. The first round of talks was held on March 14 on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border and the second round is scheduled for July 14 (Sunday) at Wagah, on the Pakistani side. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe second round of talks was originally scheduled on April 2 but India raised objections to pro-Khalistani leader Chawla being linked to the Kartarpur project. According to sources, India is well on its way to completing the project by October 31. It will be thrown open to pilgrims in November to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. So far, India has completed 60 per cent of a four-lane highway that will connect the Zero point of the Kartarpur corridor to the national highway, while the foundation work of a state-of-the art passenger terminal is nearing completion and the terminal will be ready by October end. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The corridor will allow pilgrims to travel from Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev. The Kartarpur gurdwara is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur. According to sources, the facilities India has made are meant to cater to 10,000 pilgrims a day on religious occasions, like Guru Purab, and 5,000 pilgrims a day on other days. However, going by the size of the facilities being constructed by Pakistan, a question mark remains on whether it will be able to cater to the volume of traffic, said sources. According to sources, the issues to be discussed at the Sunday meeting would include who can visit the Kartarpur shrine, how they can move across the corridor, the documentation required — will it be visa free, and what are the facilities to ensure the movement is smooth, safe and unhindered. The other issues to be taken up would be how the pilgrims are required to travel, in groups or individually, and the choice of transport — whether by foot or bus. “We are going for the meeting with high expectations. Our side of the corridor will be ready and we hope the other side is coming up with matching response,” the sources said.last_img read more

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Activist investor Sandell pushes for changes at TransCanada

An activist investor is urging pipeline and power giant TransCanada Corp. to make big changes to its corporate structure in order to boost its share price.In a letter released Monday, Sandell Asset Management Corp. said the Calgary-based company hasn’t made the most of its master limited partnership, TC Pipelines LP — a publicly traded vehicle with tax benefits into which TransCanada has been transferring some of its U.S. assets.It also wants TransCanada — the company behind the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposal — to spin off its power business and do a better job communicating its cash flow metrics in its financial reporting.TransCanada dismissed the proposal, noting that the shareholder’s analysis was “flawed”.“TransCanada appreciates constructive input from shareholders and we actively engage in open dialogue with them to discuss all aspects of our operations and corporate strategy,” the company said in a statement. “We received materials from Sandell a few months ago containing a very similar and flawed analysis to the one that was published today. After careful review, and ongoing discussions with our other shareholders, TransCanada firmly believes that our current strategy best positions us to deliver long-term value to investors.”Sandell believes if TransCanada follows its recommendations, its share price can reach $75. The stock was at around $57.31 in Monday afternoon trading, up about 2.7% from Friday’s close.“Despite our enthusiasm for TRP and its prospects, we are disappointed that the company has been slow to evolve,” CEO Thomas Sandell wrote in his letter to TransCanada’s board of directors.Sandell said the company’s peers — including Enbridge Inc., Spectra Energy Corp., Oneok Inc. and Williams Companies — have “unlocked substantial value” from their master limited partnerships, whereas TransCanada has shown a “surprising indifference” toward its own.Sandell also believes it’s not necessary for TransCanada’s massive North American oil and gas pipeline business be under the same corporate umbrella as its power business, which includes renewable and natural gas-fired power generation and an interest in the Bruce Power nuclear plant in Ontario.“In a separation, we believe the energy business will be able to attract world-class management to manage upcoming opportunities and challenges and attract dedicated shareholders and sell-side analysts who can best analyze the underlying drivers of the business,” Sandell wrote.“Furthermore, as a standalone entity, TRP’s stable pipeline business will be insulated from energy’s more volatile cash flows and exposure to uncertainties in the Alberta power market, yielding a higher, more industry-comparable multiple for the pipeline business.”Sandell also said TransCanada should emphasize its measures of cash flow, rather than earnings per share, in order to highlight for investors the company’s “ample tax assets, low maintenance capital requirements and capacity for dividend payment.”Sandell, which has offices in New York and London, released its letter and accompanying “white paper” two days ahead of TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto.A representative from TransCanada did not immediately reply to a request for comment.According to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Sandell held 713,508 shares in TransCanada at Sept. 30. The investment was worth about $40.8-million based on TransCanada’s share price Monday.With a file from Financial Post Staff read more

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Citing security concerns UN refugee agency to close 13 Afghan border camps

“We have to be more assertive, more clear on the need to end, close down certain camps,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers told a news conference in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad yesterday at the end of a nine-day tour of the region. Mr. Lubbers left for Geneva today after also visiting Afghanistan and Iran. The 13 affected sites are the so-called “new” camps set up set up near the border inside Pakistan to receive people fleeing the war in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001, attacks on the United States. Mr. Lubbers said there was a danger forces opposed to the current government in Afghanistan, both from the ousted Taliban regime and the Al-Qaida terror organization, could find sanctuary and recruit people from the border camps. “We think it’s really not good to continue the situation there, it’s not good for the people who are living there, it’s not good for Pakistan, it’s not good for Afghanistan,” he said. There are up to another 1 million Afghans, who fled during 25 years of civil conflict, now living in some 200 “old” camps in Pakistan. Unknown numbers are living elsewhere in Pakistan, for example in urban areas. Nearly 2 million Afghans have returned from Pakistan since UNHCR started its voluntary repatriation programme in March 2002. This includes some 60,000 who have gone back in the last seven weeks. Returnees receive a travel grant ranging from $3 to $30 depending on their final destination, and an extra $8 instead of food and other assistance provided in previous years. In all, UNHCR expects about a million Afghans to return home this year, mostly from Pakistan and Iran, but also thousands residing in other states, as well as up to 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

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SMMT supports platform technology event

SMMT is supporting the Platform Technology for Military Vehicles event to be held on 2 and 3 December 2009 at the Bristol Marriott and has negotiated discount rates for SMMT members.The two-day networking event, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), will examine developments in the technology, manufacture and design of modern military vehicles.The conference will also seek to determine the latest challenges and solutions facing engineers as they work to meet requirements in efficiency, usability and advancements such as hybrid technology. Throughout both days, key presentations by leading military platform manufacturers and military technology companies will provide a comprehensive guide to the recent developments in engineering and technology in the sector.The event is specifically targeted towards international government and ministry procurers, technology manufacturers and consultants, senior executives from research and development organisations, electronics and software manufacturers, prime contractors and subcontractors.For more information on the event or to book online, click hereClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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How The Web Is Predicting Baseballs Hall Of Fame Voting

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce this year’s voting results Tuesday afternoon, but clever denizens of the Web have a head start on the process. For the past few years, the analytically inclined corner of the sports world (spearheaded by Baseball Think Factory and other sites) have counted the votes from media members who announced their ballots ahead of time — a contingent that includes more than a third of all voters as of Tuesday morning. The most recent projections can be found here.Since the Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker project began in 2009, the early returns have corresponded remarkably well with the voting results:There are some inconsistencies, however. For example, the subset of voters who release their ballots ahead of time tends to align more closely with progressive baseball philosophies, such as the use of advanced metrics and the acceptance of players implicated for using performance-enhancing drugs.That’s why a player such as Mike Piazza, whose legacy has been clouded by vague PED rumors, may fall short of the 75 percent vote threshold needed for induction despite the exit polling listing him near 76 percent Tuesday morning. Or why Tim Raines, who stakes a not-insignificant portion of his claim to the hall on the basis of a strong wins above replacement (WAR) tally, probably won’t exceed the 65 percent mark being predicted by the HoF Tracker.Interestingly, after controlling for WAR and steroid allegations, the voters who fail to make their preferences known ahead of time also have been biased against players whose hall case is unusually tied up in the Hall of Fame Standards metric, which measures career longevity and milestone accumulation. This means non-disclosing voters tend to weigh a player’s peak contributions more heavily than his overall body of work.But even among the known ballots, there are some interesting hints as to how the nonpublic voting will shake out. Noting a rather visually arresting bifurcation among voters, sabermetric impresario Tom Tango has suggested this clustering effect is due to voters being highly polarized on a few hot-button issues. For instance, voters who selected Barry Bonds were very likely to also select Roger Clemens; meanwhile, voting for Fred McGriff or Lee Smith was strongly associated with not putting Bonds or Clemens on a ballot.Those numbers reflect generational differences between voters that will take center stage when we compare the HoF Tracker’s predictions to the voting results.UPDATE (Jan. 6, 3:59 p.m.): On Tuesday afternoon, the Hall of Fame announced that four players had been inducted: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. The players with the biggest deviations between actual voting percentage and the HoF Tracker’s predictions were Curt Schilling (whose actual share was 12.3 percentage points lower than his predicted share), Mike Mussina (11 percent), Raines (9.9 percent) and Lee Smith (whose actual voting percentage was 9.4 points higher than expected). As expected, Piazza also lost too many votes once the private ballots were accounted for; his voting percentage dropped from 76.2 percent in the final pre-announcement data to 69.9 percent in the overall tally. read more

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Man dies trying to rescue his dog from a river

first_imgA MAN HAS died in the UK while trying to rescue his dog from a fast-flowing river.The 46-year-old entered the River Lemon at Newton Abbot in Devon at about 11.15am today.The Fire Service and paramedics were called to the scene but the victim had been swept away by the water.He was spotted a little while later some distance downstream by two police officers who managed to recover him from the river. CPR procedures were carried out until the air ambulance took him to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival.The dog escaped from the water unharmed.Read: Dún Laoghaire RNLI pay tribute to lives lost at sealast_img read more

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Man remains in critical condition after Waterford attack

first_imgUpdated 09.46 AMONE MAN IS still being held by gardaí in Waterford after a man was seriously assaulted in the early hours of yesterday morning.The male, aged 22, was assaulted shortly after midnight yesterday in the Wlliamstown area of Waterford City and remains in a critical condition.The injured male was brought to Waterford General Hospital in an unconscious state and he was later taken to Cork University Hospital.ArrestGardaí investigating the serious assault arrested two males, aged 22 and 20, at around lunchtime yesterday.One male was arrested in Portlaoise and the other in Kilcormac, County Offaly.The 20-year-old has now been released without charge and gardaí are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The second man is being detained in Waterford Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.Gardaí in Waterford are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them in Waterford on 051 305300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Man arrested after protest outside RTÉ over Dobson ‘idiots’ comment>Read: Man and teenager arrested over damage of valuable paintings at Shelbourne Hotel>last_img read more

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Two dead after van and motorbike collide on N80 in Laois

first_imgTHE N80 ROAD near Arles is closed this morning after a collision that killed two people.The crash took place at around 6am on the Portlaoise to Carlow Road at Arles Village when a motorbike and van collided.Two men, the driver and passenger of the motorcycle, believed to be in their late 20s or 30s, were fatally injured in the collision. The van driver was taken to The Midland regional Hospital Portlaoise but is not thought to be seriously injured.Gardaí say that the road is closed after the collision and diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone who was on the N80 between 5.30am and 6am to contact them at Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100.last_img read more

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EU to consider Growth and Stability Plan

first_imgThe Finance Ministry will submit a draft copy of the Growth and Stability Plan to the European Commission today (Monday) which it hopes will help convince investors and officials in Brussels that it can successfully get on top of its growing fiscal problems.News that Greece’s budget deficit in 2009 will reach 12.7 percent of gross domestic product, some four times higher than January estimates, along with figures showing public debt reaching 300 billion euros have fueled concerns over whether Greece will be the first eurozone member to go bankrupt.European Union and European Central Bank (ECB) officials are expected to visit Athens this Wednesday to look over details of the growth program with the Greek Finance Ministry and change any details they disagree with.Prime Minister George Papandreou told reporters last week he is confident the EU and ECB will give Greece the green light on the way it plans to tackle swelling debt and deficit figures.Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou has said Greece will reduce the deficit to 8.7 percent of GDP this year but senior government sources have clarified that the targeted deficit cut could be steeper in the final version of the growth plan.The government will face its first test in capital markets for 2010 in the first half of January. Greece will need to sell almost 5 billion euros of bonds to refinance expiring treasury bills in an auction that will indicate investor sentiment toward Greek state debt after recent downgrades to the country’s ratings by all three major agencies.On the growth front, the government expects the economy to start expanding in 2011 after two consecutive years of recession, sources added.The Greek economy, worth about 250 billion euros, is tipped by the stability pact to shrink by 0.3 percent year-on-year in 2010, according to sources.The job market remained gloomy with jobless figures expected to rise to over 11 percent in 2011 from 10.5 percent this year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Angelina quand lIA se prend au jeu

first_imgAngelina, quand l’IA se prend au jeu…Michael Cook vient de créer une intelligence artificielle, capable de concevoir, d’elle-même, un jeu vidéo. Si on vous dit Angelina et jeux vidéos, vous pensez plutôt à Tomb Raider…Et bien non! Baptisée Angelina, l’entité artificielle peut, à partir de composants de base, concevoir tous les différents aspects d’un jeu vidéo.Du design des décors au comportement des ennemis, Angelina fait tout, toute seule, comme une grande. Selon Scientigeek, elle créé chaque partie individuellement, puis elle les combine de manière aléatoire jusqu’à obtenir un niveau jouable. Une fois l’assemblage terminé, elle passe à la phase test. Pour cela, elle simule une partie et détermine quelques sont les meilleurs moyens pour terminer un niveau, explique Tom’s Guide.Pour l’instant, les jeux sont codés en 8bits et pour un peu, on se croirait de retour dans les années 80 ! Et toute la partie graphique et sonore doit être effectuée manuellement par Michael Cook, étudiant à l’Imperial College de Londres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Déjà très impressionnant, le concept pourrait même aller encore plus loin et s’améliorer pour finalement proposer des niveaux entiers de haut niveau.Quelques jeux développés par Angelina, comme Santa Needs Help ou Space Station Invaders, sont d’ores et déjà disponibles. Le 18 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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