Stars Support Earth Hour 2016

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first_imgOn Saturday, as WWF’s Earth Hour rolled across the world from Samoa to Santiago, millions came together to shine a light on the climate action our planet needs.The tenth edition of the movement’s signature lights out event saw individuals, communities, organizations and landmarks in an unprecedented 178 countries and territories switch off in solidarity with global efforts to change climate change.Taking place months after the historic climate summit in Paris, Earth Hour 2016 was celebrated across seven continents, aboard the International Space Station and served as a strong visual reminder of the globe’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet. As more than 400 iconic landmarks dimmed their lights, a collective hope that our actions today can create promise for the planet and future generations shined through.A number of stars showed their support, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele Bundchen, Ian Somerhalder, Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson, Richard Branson, Forest Whitaker, Jack Johnson and William Shatner.“The past 24 hours have shown us yet again the impact we can achieve when we unite for a cause,” said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. “Every light switch turned off represents a call to switch on our collective power and be the first line of defence for our planet as we form the frontlines of climate change.”While the Earth Hour movement has grown from a one-city event in Sydney in 2007 to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, the need for climate action has also accelerated. This year, WWF and Earth Hour teams used the Earth Hour movement to engage people in critical climate conversations and solutions.As buildings in Singapore’s central business district turned off their lights, people at the WWF-Singapore event came forward to ‘plant a forest’ in Sumatra, Indonesia which lost 2 million hectares of forest to burning between September and October 2015.Across the globe, in the World Heritage site of the Galápagos Islands, where Earth Hour has previously helped achieve a ban on disposable plastic bags and expanded polystyrene packaging, the WWF-Ecuador team centred its Earth Hour event on the theme of locally-grown produce. As an island, access to food is a key issue for the Galápagos Islands and WWF-Ecuador is also partnering with restaurants and the hospitality sector in mainland Ecuador to create awareness on sustainable food.In Tanzania, as the world switched off, WWF-Tanzania’s Earth Hour campaign brought people together to install a solar-powered water pump to serve a primary school and local dispensary in the Temeke Municipality.“As new climate records are broken month after month, the record-breaking participation of Earth Hour reminds us that we are also witnessing mounting momentum to change climate change. The grassroots are meeting the governments in their ambition for strong climate action, sparking hope for the future we can shape for generations to come,” added Das.These words were echoed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a video statement recorded for the movement in which he states that Earth Hour 2016 comes at a pivotal moment when the road ahead requires commitment and ambition and we all have a role to play.To date in 2016, WWF’s Earth Hour has been the force behind more than 1.23 million individual actions taken to help change climate change including participating in on-the-ground activities for reforestation and recycling, digital petitions for climate-friendly policy and online campaigns to promote climate awareness and action.As part of the “Donate Your Social Power” campaign, supporters around the world also donated their social feeds to WWF and Earth Hour to shine a light on climate action. With automated posts and custom Earth Hour profile pictures appearing in personal newsfeeds worldwide, supporters helped spread awareness and action on climate across a potential social reach surpassing 18.7 million people.“As the world stands at a climate crossroads, Earth Hour has ensured that the demand for climate action echoes across the globe, from glass skylines to digital timelines,” said Das.Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.last_img read more

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ONGC arrests fall in oil output from onshore wells posts higher growth

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first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has arrested a declining crude oil production trend in its onshore fields and registered a 1.25 per cent rise in output in the fiscal year ended March 2019, top company officials said. ONGC produced 6.141 million tonnes of crude oil from its onshore fields despite majority of them being more than 50 years old and facing a natural decline. The company has been able to make a production turnaround through a slew of initiatives, they said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIndia’s largest oil and gas producer has in recent times faced immense pressure from the government, which has blamed it for the continuing decline in the country’s output. ONGC raising output is critical to meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of cutting oil imports by 10 per cent by 2022. ONGC has already reversed years of decline in natural gas output, posting a record 6.5 per cent jump in production to 25.9 billion cubic metres in 2018-19. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHowever, oil production from offshore fields continues to be on a decline and will only reverse next year when Krishna Godavari basin field KG-DWN-98/2 comes onstream. Officials said ONGC has monetised five out of the total 13 discoveries during 2018-19 on a fast-track mode which helped contribute to the growth in production from onshore fields. In order to sustain production and achieve higher onshore growth, ONGC drilled 303 wells during the last fiscal, which is the highest since 2014-15. The company has also engaged reputed international oil and gas consulting firm Gaffney Cline & Associates for high level review of two major fields of largest onshore producing asset, Mehsana in Gujarat and a few other onshore fields for enhancement of production. The company has invested about Rs 5,000 crore in the last fiscal in its onshore operations on a number of projects and has a similar investment plan for the financial year 2019-20, officials said. Talking about the performance, ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker said: “The growth in onshore production has been achieved beating enormous challenges which cropped up due to ageing of the fields. This has come at a time when fields with similar vintage are facing a sharp decline internationally.” “The onshore fields, which are mostly five-decade old, are faced with increased level of water-cut (the water which comes with oil during production),” he said, adding “while disposing of produced water is a critical issue, the stringent environmental laws and complex land acquisition process make the challenges in onshore quite difficult to surmount.” Shanker said a well-wise focused approach and deploying state-of-the-technology for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) have started paying a rich dividend in not only arresting the decline in production trend but also to grow. ONGC Director (Onshore) S K Moitra said the company continues to take up various initiatives on the EOR front and as many as six EOR projects have been either implemented or are on the verge of implementation.last_img read more

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Egyptian President Put up For Sale on eBay

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By Jonathan WalshRabat – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi has been put up for sale on the e-commerce website eBay, after comments he made while outlining his economic plans for the country.One sharp- witted eBay user created the auction in reaction to the speech made by El-Sissi on Wednesday in which he commented that “if I could sell myself [to benefit the nation], I would have done it.” Egypt’s largely tourist-reliant economy is currently suffering a dip in reaction to recent terrorist attacks in the country.“For sale on eBay, Field Marshal, Doctor of Philosophy with a military background, decent condition, used by the previous owners (Gulf royal families)” read the description.“The field marshal himself stated that if selling himself will help, he will not hesitate to do it. So, we are doing it for him, for us and for the humanity.”Within a few hours of the auctions creation, bids of up to $100,000 had been lodged. More than a 100 people reacted to the bid. The auction to purchase El Sissi has been removed from the site.This isn’t the first time El-Sissi has been ridiculed for his bizarre declarations. Last year, he claimed that he was a God-sent doctor who would “diagnose the problems [Egypt faces], he made me like this so I could see and understand the true state of affairs. It’s a blessing from God.”Despite this claim, the reality is that since el-Sissi took power after the other throwing of former leader Hosni Moubarak, human rights issues have been prevalent.“The el-Sissi government is acting as though to restore stability Egypt needs a dose of repression the likes of which it hasn’t seen for decades, but its treatment is killing the patient” according to Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East and North Africa director. read more

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Business Highlights

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___IPWhoa: What to know before joining this year’s IPO paradeNEW YORK (AP) — A parade of well-known technology companies will make their stocks available to everyone for purchase, not just big pension funds and wealthy people, this year. But it’s important to remember that the mantra of “invest in what you know” means to invest in companies whose business you understand, more so than to invest in what apps you use all the time.___Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie finalize divorceNEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has finalized his divorce with wife MacKenzie, giving her a separate stake in the online shopping giant. MacKenzie Bezos will get 4% of Amazon — worth more than $35 billion — when the divorce is approved, which is expected to happen in about 90 days. Before the separation, Jeff Bezos had a 16% stake in Amazon worth more than $140 billion, making him one of the world’s richest people.___Ethiopian report says faulty sensor data led to jet crashADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet suffered from faulty readings by a key sensor, and pilots followed Boeing’s recommended procedures when the plane started to nose dive but could not avoid crashing, according to a preliminary report released Thursday by the Ethiopian government. The findings draw the strongest link yet between the March 10 crash in Ethiopia and an October crash off the coast of Indonesia, which both involved Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners. All 346 people on the two planes were killed.___Nissan’s Ghosn arrested again in financial misconduct caseTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo prosecutors have defended their decision to re-arrest former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. They say the arrest, Ghosn’s fourth since Nov. 19, is a new, separate case involving different motives and people. They say Ghosn had to be detained because of flight risk and concerns he might destroy evidence. Prosecutors allege he diverted $5 million from funds sent by a Nissan subsidiary to an overseas dealership. Ghosn and his lawyers have vigorously protested the arrest.___Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends contempt-of-court hearingNEW YORK (AP) — With Tesla CEO Elon Musk watching, a federal judge in New York began hearing oral arguments over whether Musk is in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. An SEC lawyer says he has disregarded his deal when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval. Meanwhile, shares fell 9% as trading opened after Tesla reported that production and deliveries slowed in the first quarter.___Streaming to subscriptions: Video games enter new frontiersNEW YORK (AP) — The video game industry is evolving. Rather than buy consoles and physical copies, gamers will have the choice of subscribing, playing for free or possibly just streaming games over the internet. Google has announced a game streaming service and Apple is offering a subscription service for games. It’s a new world of experimentation in an industry that hasn’t changed much since Nintendo launched its home gaming console in the U.S. in 1986 or when mobile gaming surged in popularity a decade ago.___Trump says Herman Cain ‘the man’ for Fed boardWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s recommended Herman Cain, a political ally and former presidential candidate, for a seat on the Federal Reserve board. Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination but dropped out after allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. The president has already said he plans to nominate another conservative ally, Stephen Moore, for a separate vacancy on the board.___Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising productsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends to play together. Snap Inc. also unveiled at Los Angeles event new products to help companies advertise on its service, including Snapchat Ad Kit and Snapchat Audience Network. The tools let businesses send ads both to Snapchat users and people who don’t use the service, within other apps. The setup is similar to what Facebook does with its own ad service.___Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year lowWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since late 1969, a sign that employers are holding onto their workers despite signs of a slowing economy. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000.___US stock indexes finish mostly higher after a wobbly dayNEW YORK (AP) — Another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with modest gains, nudging the market’s winning streak to a sixth straight day. Banks, big retailers and communication services companies accounted for much of the gains as a late-afternoon flurry of buying drove stocks higher. Technology and health care stocks lagged the most. Markets have been wobbly throughout the week as investors wait for the government’s jobs report on Friday.___The S&P 500 index rose 5.99 points, or 0.2%, to 2,879.39. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 166.50 points, or 0.6%, to 26,384.63. The Nasdaq fell 3.77 points, or 0.1%, to 7,891.78. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 6.58 points, or 0.4%, to 1,567.49.The Associated Press read more

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Trump UK should be ready to leave EU without a deal

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LONDON — President Donald Trump has waded into the most controversial issue in British politics by urging the U.K. government to leave the European Union without a deal if it can’t get better terms from EU leaders.Trump told the Sunday Times in an interview published Sunday that Britain should “walk away” from talks and refuse to pay a 39 billion pound ($49 billion) divorce bill if it doesn’t get better terms from the EU.The president also says Brexit party leader Nigel Farage should be given a role in the negotiations.The comments come just before Trump begins a state visit Monday to Britain, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.Trump has also taken the unusual step of saying that Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” leader for the U.K.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council expresses concern over fragile situation in GuineaBissau

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“It is the Council’s expectation that candidates as well as political parties will not be subjected to violence and intimidation, and that the presence of international observers at these elections will be acceptable to all parties,” the Council President for June, Russian Ambassador Sergey Lavrov, said in a statement read out at a formal meeting.The 15-member body – set to send a mission to Guinea-Bissau and the rest of West Africa next week – appealed to the country’s President and Government to ensure elections are conducted in a transparent, fair and credible manner, in accordance with the Constitution and the electoral law.Stressing the importance of free speech and press, the Council said it was concerned over the human rights and civil liberties situation, and urged the Government to take the necessary measures to improve this situation. “The Council also expresses the hope that following the successful conduct of the elections, the Government will embark on additional concrete measures to show further proof of its commitment to democracy and the rule of law,” the statement added.The Council appealed to the donor community to financially contribute to the implementation of the political and economical process in Guinea-Bissau, including necessary support for the legislative elections. read more

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Senior UN counterterrorism official holds talks with officials in Pakistan

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Assistant Secretary-General Javier Rupérez, who heads the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), met with a broad spectrum of officials from the Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry, Secretary of Finance, Director General Inter Services Intelligence on their efforts in counter terrorism. Speaking to reporters, he said the dialogue has been productive and useful. He said Pakistan has contributed significantly to the fight against terrorism, but the country also recognizes that it has a long way to go before terrorism is rooted out from its society.Mr. Rupérez said in discussions with Pakistani officials, he encouraged them to promote passage of an anti-money laundering bill that has been sitting in Parliament for a long time and would significantly boost the country’s fight against the financing of terrorism. Madrassa reform is another very important area, Mr. Rupérez said, noting that Pakistan has embarked on an exercise to register all the madrassas in the country and revise their curricula in order to bring them into the educational mainstream. Pakistan had made promising efforts in preventing madrassas form becoming breeding grounds for hate and intolerance, said Mr. Rupérez, who also visited India during his trip to the region.In reply to a question on claims by Afghan officials that terrorists are being trained in Pakistan, he stressed that the CTED is not an intelligence agency but rather looks at performances of a country in the context of UN resolutions and its mandate. Mr. Rupérez’s delegation included representatives from the World Bank, Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), based in Vienna.On Friday, the delegation will submit provisional conclusions on all aspects of future cooperation to the Pakistani Government. These separate teams are focusing on refugee issues, aspects of border control, financial regulations, customs and port security, among other issues.The visit follows the recent adoption by the General Assembly of a global counter-terrorism strategy for the UN. The plan underscores the important role of the CTED in strengthening dialogue between the UN and countries and relevant international and regional organizations in counter-terrorism matters.The purpose of country visits is to monitor, on location and in practice, how Member States implement the obligations of Security Council resolution 1373, a landmark text adopted in 2001 in the wake of the September 11th attacks, as well as to evaluate the nature and level of assistance that a particular country may need in order to fulfil those obligations.The resolution – which also established the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee – calls on countries to implement a number of measures to enhance their legal and institutional capacity to be in a better position to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.The mission to Pakistan is the eighth so far this year, coming after visits to Tanzania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Jordan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mali and India. read more

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UN chief stresses need to support Central African Republics peacebuilding strategy

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Secretary General Antonio Guterres and President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary General Antonio Guterres and President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic at a wreath-laying Ceremony at ‘Monument des Martyrs.’ UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In the Central African Republic, Secretary General Antonio Guterres meeting with Religious Platform and Human Rights Leaders. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Military and police components of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) meet with Secretary-General António Guterres (not pictured). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a large-scale meeting with the military and police components of MINUSCA at the UN Military Contingent Base in Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “There must be resources available for this country to have the solidarity it deserves to ensure its citizens a dignified life, and to ensure that government projects turn into a reality of peace, stability and prosperity,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in the nation’s capital, Bangui, following a meeting on the country’s plan regarding disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants and the security sector reform. The Secretary-General saluted President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and his Government’s efforts to consolidate peace in the country and pledged the UN’s support to the extension of national institutions. The UN chief highlighted the four linked components – security, State-building, national reconciliation and development – that shape the country’s vision for peacebuilding and recovery. On the security front, Mr. Guterres noted that the UN Security Council has been asked to strengthen the capacity of its peacekeeping mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, and its operational capacity to better protect civilians in the CAR. Also in the other areas, the UN supports the Government’s projects, he said, stressing the importance of national ownership of those programmes. The Secretary-General also called on armed groups to lay down their weapons so that they can participate in the political process of the country. Noting that almost all religious conflicts he knows are caused by political manipulation, Mr. Guterres urged political, community and religious leaders in CAR to work towards true national reconciliation. “Central African religious communities – Christians, Muslims and others – have always lived together,” he said. “It is imperative that political leaders, leaders of armed groups and community religious leaders call for genuine reconciliation, mutual respect, and the understanding that everyone must live together to build the new Central African Republic.” In that regard, the international community must play its role. “We cannot leave the Central Africans abandoned. Everyone needs to be mobilized to help this country build a future that Central Africans deserve,” he emphasized. ‹ › Secretary-General meets African Union officials, local Central African leaders Among other activities, the UN chief met with ambassadors from the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States, at the UN Mission headquarters. He then had a separate meeting with local religious leaders and civil society leaders, telling them how much the CAR needs a strong and vibrant civil society. Mr. Guterres also reiterated his zero-tolerance for any sexual abuse or exploitation by UN personnel as he outlined his new approach, including a closer partnership with troop-contributing countries. He also introduced to them Jane Connors, the new Victims’ Rights Advocate, who is accompanying him. The Secretary-General then met with representatives of political parties. He told them that the current situation in the country can only be solved with a political solution, which cannot be imposed from the outside. Mr. Guterres was then briefed by the European Union on its training mission of the armed forces of the CAR. He also held a meeting with over 100 members of the UN military and police contingents at M’poko airport. In his discussion, the Secretary-General told them of his pride of being their colleague and for the work they are doing for the people of CAR. He also stressed that the UN’s conduct in the country must be exemplary and that as UN staff need to protect vulnerable populations and their human rights. read more

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Government funds support researchers digital teaching and learning centre

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A Brock Canada Research Chair whose work looks at 21st-century learning and the use of technology in classrooms has received government funding to support her research.Jennifer Rowsell, Faculty of Education, has received $47,005 for the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies she oversees at the University. The funding is part of yesterday’s Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) national announcement of awards under the Leaders Opportunity Fund.Jennifer RowsellThe Leaders Opportunity Fund helps universities attract and retain top researchers. With this program, universities put together competitive packages of research support that are essential to attract today’s best research talent. This funding enables the Brock centre to become one of the first specialized hubs of its kind in Canada.“These funds will help to establish Brock as a leading university for the study of digital teaching and learning,” Rowsell said. “The funds will be used to renovate the centre to equip it to carry out research on the effects of new technologies in the classroom.”This includes: a digital reading centrelaptops for a digital writing laba video game centre to study thinking and learning patterns of gamersan interactive white board to investigate new teaching and learning strategies.There will also be a suite of iPads and iTouch technologies to research the impact of tablets and mobile devices on learner processes while communicating, reading and writing. There will also be space for graduate and post-doctoral students, visiting scholars, and a video-conferencing room.Yesterday’s CFI funding announcement saw more than $53-million handed out to support 207 projects at 42 institutions across Canada.As for Brock, it “continues to lead the way in innovative projects that attract the best and brightest to our community,” said Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines.The CFI invests in facilities and equipment at universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit institutions to build Canada’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development. read more

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Aaron Craft Shannon Scott set the floor on fire for Ohio State

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The anxiety level on the court seems to heighten. If the opposing team’s players weren’t in fear of the defense in front of them before, they almost surely are now. This is what happens when Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott play together, two quick defensive-minded guards that give ball handlers more trouble than they usually can manage. It’s been occurring more often lately, too, and it’s a major reason for Ohio State’s surge into the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes, a No. 2 seed in the West Region, take on No. 15 seed Iona Friday in Dayton. Last season, it was the combination of two-time all-American Jared Sullinger and then-sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas that OSU rode to the Final Four. This March, the Buckeyes most potent duo might be that of Craft, a junior guard, and Scott, a sophomore. They don’t score or rebound at the rate Sullinger and Thomas did; their effect on the game comes largely on the opposite end of the floor. During OSU’s three-game run to the Big Ten Tournament title in Chicago last weekend, Craft and Scott combined for 13 steals. In the Buckeyes’ two biggest wins down the stretch in the regular season, Michigan State on Feb. 24 and at Indiana on March 5, Craft and Scott totaled 11 steals. “We held a lot of teams to less points than they usually have. The defense we played was great for us,” Scott said. Craft has been, OSU coach Thad Matta said, the best defender in the country, “no question,” for the past two seasons. Scott’s ascension to defensive lore has taken some time to develop. “I think he has grown into it,” Matta said. “I think in essence what changed was his mentality. I give Shannon a ton of credit, being perceptive enough to understand what (he) has to do to help this basketball team.” Before Scott arrived in Columbus for his freshman season in 2011, he was hardly the defensive presence he is now. “He and I joke, ‘You didn’t have to play very hard in high school, did you?’ I joked with him, ‘How many charges did you take?’ He said, ‘I’ve never taken a charge,’” Matta said. One of Matta’s biggest selling points to Scott during the Georgia native’s recruitment was that he would get to play against Craft every day in practice. Now, they’ve been going head-to-head for nearly two years. It’s made them both better players. “I can pressure him, he can pressure me, and it kind of pushes us that way,” Craft said. “It’s made both of them better players,” Matta said. “You look at the growth of both guys, when Shannon got here, I said if you go against him every day, there’s no one in college basketball that can guard like him.” The two play at such a high level in practice, OSU’s coaching staff has to bottle them up at times. “The thing we have to watch at times is those two take such a beating with all the ball screens. We have to give them a break every time we can,” Matta said. Of the duo, Craft gets most of the credit. He’s the one on the cover of all the magazines, the one fans swoon over. But this season, Scott has been just as good, if not better, statistically, when it comes to defense. Scott has the best defensive rating of any player in the Big Ten, a statistic used to measure a player’s capability to prevent the other team from scoring. He was third in the conference in steals behind Craft, despite playing 13 minutes less per game. Scott led the conference in steal percentage, taking the ball away on 5.7 percent of an opposing team’s possessions while on the floor. Craft said Scott makes himself unforgettable while playing defense. “He’s very pesky. He does a really good job of not quitting on plays,” Craft said of his counterpart. “Even if you get by him, or you think he’s set by a screen, he’s right by you right away. You really have to be careful with the ball. You just can’t forget about him.” Craft’s no slouch, either, checking in at second in the Big Ten in steals per game and fourth in steal percentage. The two have benefited offensively by playing together as well. When they are on the floor together, Craft slides off the ball with Scott taking the point. This allows Scott to push the ball in transition and Craft to focus more on scoring. “You see things a little differently,” Craft said of playing with Scott on offense. “You don’t have to worry about taking care of the ball as much. You can sit back and read the defense a little more. It’s just really helped out as a whole.” The duo has been a critical aspect of OSU’s “small” lineup that also features Thomas and sophomore forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson. That quintet was on the floor in the closing minutes of the Buckeyes’ game against Wisconsin Sunday, in which OSU won its fourth Big Ten Tournament championship, 50-43. “It really helps us space the floor out … with LaQuinton and Deshaun’s ability to guard multiple positions, it gives us a lot of mismatches on the offensive end,” Craft said. He and Scott will be pushed Friday. The Gaels are the second in the country in scoring at 80.7 points per contest. Iona senior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones averages 23.0 points per game. Jones’ running mate, junior guard Sean Armand, pours in 16.6. “They have a couple guys on their team that really like to score the ball,” Craft said. “They can really get out and score the ball in a variety of ways. It’s going to be a big team defensive effort this week and that’s what we’re trying to work on.” With Craft and Scott at the helm of OSU’s defensive attack, the Gaels likely have a lot to prepare for, too. OSU and Iona are set to tip off at the University of Dayton Arena at 7:15 p.m. Friday. If OSU wins, it will play the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday. read more

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Mens Basketball Kam Williams will play Thursday against Penn State

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Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams (15) looks to drive in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will receive a boost to its bench when redshirt senior guard Kam Williams returns from his suspension Thursday against Penn State.Williams had missed the past three games for Ohio State. A reason was never provided as to why Williams was sitting out, but Holtmann said he did not travel for the Purdue game because he had to attend class and finish a project.“Kam is expected to play,” Holtmann said. “We had conversations and meetings that I’ll kind of leave private but he fulfilled those and I don’t know if I can necessarily be certain on what it’ll look like in terms of his role because we’ve played well here in this last stretch and he’ll have to earn his way back to whatever role gives our team the best chance of winning.”Despite Williams returning to the team, he is not expected to regain his starting spot with sophomore forward Andre Wesson projected to maintain the starting spot. In three starts in the lineup, Wesson has averaged 30.7 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Overall on the season, he averages 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.Williams is the fifth-leading scorer on the team, averaging 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Though Williams has been the more prolific offensive producer than Wesson this season, Wesson has received praise for his defensive ability and gives Ohio State a better defender in the starting five.The move of Williams to the bench gives the team a source of points on the bench, given that the sixth-best scorer on the team is sophomore center Micah Potter, who averages just 4.3 points per game.Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania, for a rematch with the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. Thursday. Penn State gave Ohio State its only conference loss of the season on Jan. 25. read more

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Windies fail to retain ICC Under19 World Cup

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(Sportsmax) The Windies have failed in their bid to defend the ICC Under-19 World Cup following a 76 run loss to South Africa at the Bay Oval, in Tauranga New Zealand on Wednesday.The defeat was the second in a row for the regional team following an 8 wicket loss to New Zealand on Saturday.  New Zealand, who also defeated Kenya, along with South Africa will now advance to the Super League after two successive wins in Group A.  The Windies and Kenya, following back-to-back defeats, will feature in the Plate Championship.On Wednesday, South Africa’s triumph was set up on the back of wicket keeper batsman Wandile Makwetu’s run-a-ball 99 not out and fast bowler Hermann Rolfes who took four wickets.  Sent in to bat South Africa got a solid 56-0 start from openers Jiveshan Pillay (47) and Matthew Breetzke (18).  The team, however, found itself in trouble at 112-5 before Makwetu’s effort with the bat carried the unit to 282-8.In pursuit, the Windies slipped from 177-4 in the 38th over to be bowled out for 206 in 45.3 overs.  Alick Athanage who added 76 off 100 and Kirstan Kallicharan (44) were the star Windies batsmen as they put on 90 runs for the fifth wicket. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric opening match for Windies U19s at Youth World CupAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Windies U-19 wallop KenyaJanuary 20, 2018In “Sports”World champs Windies crash to third in ICC rankingsMay 5, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Autonomous floating datacenter robot is fully prepared for Waterworld

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first_imgThe first step towards the machine uprising is making computers that are capable of running without help from people. Liquid Robotics doesn’t seem too concerned about it, and the company’s new Wave Glider SV3 will likely be one of the cooler things you seen today.Liquid Robotics, as you might gather from the name, wants to put computers in the water and let them collect information. What makes the Wave Glider series so special is how they are able to keep hardware powered during the long months these machines are sent out to collect information on the open ocean. The robots combine solar panels on the top with fins that use the motion of the ocean to store power. As long as there’s a sun in the sky and just a little bit of movement on the surface, these bots are good to go.What sets the SV3 apart from the rest is the updated hardware on board. Previous models were capable of collecting and storing data, which could be offloaded either wirelessly or by going and scooping up your robot. The new model has the processing power to make the raw data useful, by analyzing and organizing the information. Liquid Robotics calls this their “datacenter@sea” system, and offers new power collection and storage options to make the hardware last even longer, no matter the conditions.To complete the autonomous experience, a datacenter@sea can receive software updates remotely, and can communicate with other members of a fleet. These robots can be custom configured to handle computing across the fleet, giving the end user the ability to build a network of complex real-time computing operations. If it were possible to have reliable high speed mobile broadband in the middle of the ocean, you could theoretically host a website in the middle of the ocean, though I suspect the likely candidates for this hardware will be doing something much cooler. (Satellite internet would be an option of course, but it’s slow, power hungry, and rather expensive).It’s not immediately clear how much one of these robots would cost to produce, a number which would likely be greatly increased by maintenance and monitoring. It doesn’t seem like these surfboard-sized robots are quite ready to start taking over mankind, but they will no doubt make long-term, automated data collect much easier.last_img read more

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FidgetlyCTRL is a Smart Fidget Spinner For Your Dumb Hands

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first_imgStay on target Design a Fidget Spinner in Just 5 Minutes Using Fusion 360Factories Demand ‘Bags of Cash’ For Fidget Spinner Supplies Fidget spinners. In 2017, we just can’t seem to get enough of them. We want them making music; we made them out of Game Boy cartridges, we want them in our porn, we demand ransoms for their supplies. We don’t even care about their intended therapeutic purposes, we just want the hot toy for all ages.In 2017, we also want all of our devices to be smart and connected. So it was only a matter of time before some enterprising company decided fidget spinners should join the Internet of Things. At the Play NYC gaming conference I got to compulsively put my hands on the FidgetlyCTRL, the “first-ever Bluetooth connected, gaming fidget spinner.”Fun fact, before this I had never personally touched a fidget spinner. I prefer to absent-mindedly tear my fingers apart as a relaxation tactic instead. So even before seeing the smart functionality of FidgetlyCTRL in action, I just enjoyed the novelty of spinning the thing.However, along with the simple joys of spinning, the FidgetlyCTRL gives you features other fidget spinners cannot. By connecting the spinner to the mobile app, users can track various spinner data and compare stats against friends. They can also learn new tricks. Look forward to competitive fidget spinning coming soon to ESPN 8: The Ocho.More interesting are the FidgetlyCTRL’s 360 degree motion-sensing capabilities. The accelerometer and gyroscope allow for all sorts of wacky spinning control schemes. I used it play “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, slowing the spinning down to slow down the song and reversing it to reverse the track while LED lights pulsed. This along with Google’s recent hip hop doodle have me so bummed out that DJ Hero is dead.Speaking of video games, my other FidgetlyCTRL demo had me carefully spinning to guide a helicopter in a Flappy Bird-esque mobile game. The fine and precise movements required reminded me of using an arcade trackball. Video games are already great distractions for needy hands, so combining them with fidget spinners also makes sense.Developers can use the FidgetlyCTRL SDK to easily create apps and games for the device with engines like Unity. The game I played was actually quickly put together by another indie developer at the show to demonstrate the versatility of the tools.I have no idea what a fidget spinner should cost, especially now during the height of the fad, but the $40 price point of the FidgetlyCTRL didn’t strike me as too ridiculous. It ships this September, so until then you’ll just have to keep distracting yourself with a regular old dumb fidget spinner.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Vancouvers North Bank Artists Gallery to close

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first_imgFor well over a decade now, the most spacious, central and visible node for artists and art lovers on the north bank has been North Bank.But the North Bank Artists Gallery at 1005 Main St. in downtown Vancouver has announced its upcoming closure. May 31 will be its last day. The nonprofit’s board of directors has been struggling to avoid this for several years, but in the end, rising rents in a downtown recovering from economic recession simply priced North Bank out of its prime location.“It feels like an uphill battle, with market rents rising in downtown Vancouver,” said longtime board member Maureen Montague. “The owners of the building have every right to ask for market rate for their investment. I know they have mortgage payments to make.”The owner of the property, and many others on that block, is Kiggins Properties LLC, the family business of Kiggins Theatre owner Dan Wyatt. Montague said that Wyatt will continue to rent, on a monthly basis, the property’s basement studio spaces to working artists who want to stay. But the gallery itself will close.It’s a painful decision for North Bank and a worrisome one for the whole downtown arts scene, Montague said. Even after devoting “hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours and staff time to exploring other possibilities, and developing schematics, and negotiating with private property owners,” no viable plan to relocate ever penciled out, she said.last_img read more

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Three wanted in apartment robbery

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first_imgDetectives are on the lookout for three suspects who forced their way into an apartment overnight Saturday and displayed a gun before fleeing with cash and other items.A man watching TV inside an apartment in the 900 block of Southeast 136th Avenue answered a knock at the door at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday. Police allege three suspects, two men and a woman, seized on the opening and rushed inside. At least one of them was armed with a gun that discharged. There were no injuries, however, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman. The alleged robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and other items.The victims, a man and a woman, told police they did not know the suspected robbers.The suspects were described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5-feet, 10-inches and 170 pounds; a black male with dreadlocks; and a Hispanic female, 5 feet tall and weighing 100 pounds.The Hispanic male was also believed to have been wearing a bandana. “We don’t have any further suspect description,” Kapp said.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.last_img read more

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FHP Man tased arrested after jumping on hood of car on Palmetto

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first_imgMIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida driver jumped onto the hood of a car with a knife between his teeth on the Palmetto Expressway after his car broke down, Tuesday night, authorities said.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper was forced to use a Taser on the knife-wielding man, near Northwest 67th Avenue. He was then placed under arrest.Troopers said the man’s vehicle had become disabled, so he pulled over on the side of the highway, near Northwest 67th Avenue. Troopers said he tried to flag down other motorists, but no one stopped to help him.Then, at around 9:20 p.m., investigators said, the man put a knife between his teeth and jumped on the hood of the white Mercedes-Benz sedan heading eastbound. Troopers said the driver, Gloria Allen, was able to drive about a mile while the man held onto the hood.Near Northwest 57th Avenue, Allen spotted a trooper and alerted him. “[The trooper] got him off the hood, and there was an altercation between both of them,” said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez, “and the trooper tased the subject. The subject was arrested, and right now he’s [being] transported to the hospital, where he’s being Baker Acted.”Officials believe the man was on a hallucinogenic drug when he attempted to break out of police custody and reach for his knife.Minutes before backup arrived, the man was seen on camera throwing what officials said was a watch underneath the Mercedes-Benz. A 7News viewer captured the dramatic end of the altercation on cell phone video.The Florida Highway Patrol temporarily shut down all eastbound lanes on the Palmetto Expressway, just west of Northwest 57th Avenue, while they investigated the bizarre incident. They were later reopened to traffic.No one was hurt.Police said they expect the man to undergo mental evaluations.Authorities are investigating. They have not yet released the man’s name.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Habitat Broward kicks off 11th Women Build in Pompano Beach

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first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Talk about sweat equity. Committed South Floridians, mostly women, were hard at work in Pompano Beach this weekend to build forever homes for families.Kicking off the new year, Habitat for Humanity of Broward held its 11th Women Build at a Rick Case Habitat community near North Dixie Highway and Northwest 15th Street, Saturday morning.The first roof trusses went up on some of the 77 planned homes.More than 100 women and men from all walks of life in Broward County showed up and got to work.“Everything is going great. There’s always so much energy, and it’s so much fun,” said Nancy Daly, co-chair of the Women Build organization.Daly said they’re currently building 10 homes. It’s the largest build they’ve undertaken at once.“I think that Women Build is important because it empowers women to do something that people don’t usually think of as a female job,” she said, “yet they get to come out and learn some new skills, and they’re providing a home for a family. It’s a really good-feel opportunity.” WSVN is a proud community sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. For more information, check out the links below:Habitat for Humanity of Broward954-396-3030www.habitatbroward.orgHabitat for Humanity of Greater Miami305-634-3628www.miamihabitat.orgCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Women Build specializes in building safe and decent homes mostly headed by single women.First-time homeowner Theo Lyons praised the women volunteers who came out to help build his home.“Having women build here is a phenomenal thing. They’re great; they come out here, and they’re just as hard workers as the men are,” said Lyons. “It’s great to have them here.”7News has partnered with several other individuals and organizations to sponsor builds like this one, including the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Rick Case Automotive Group.Lyons’ home is WSVN’s 20th sponsored home in Broward.The new homeowner said this experience has given him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.“It’s just a great opportunity for my family, and I to get a home the ‘un-traditional’ way, with the great philanthropists and people like that who help out,” he said, “so my family and I and all the other families that are coming to this community are really, really appreciative of it, and we’re so happy and overjoyed to have this opportunity.” last_img read more

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Publishing Revenue Slips 32 Percent for MSLO in Second Quarter

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first_imgIn May, MSLO tapped Oxygen Media co-founder Lisa Gersh as president and COO, with a plan for making Gersh CEO within 12 to 20 months of her hire. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. reported revenue of $54.9 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $55.3 million during the same period last year. MSLO publishing revenue was $34.1 million, down 3.2 percent from the same period last year. Merchandising revenue jumped 34 percent to $8.5 million. Due to increased production and editorial expenses and the time of circulation expenses, MSLO’s adjusted EBITDA was at a loss of $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to a $2.4 million gain during the same period last year. “While we’re seeing choppiness across key categories in print advertising, we’re also seeing robust consumer engagement across our print and web properties,” said executive chairman and principal executive officer Charles Koppleman. “Subscription revenue remains strong, and digital ad revenue is up 5 percent, tracking continued growth in our Internet user metrics.”Unique visitors across MSLO’s websites increased 32 percent and page views were up 26 percent in the second quarter. The company introduced a redesigned version of Martha’s Everyday Food app for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as two new apps: Martha Stewart Cocktails and Whole Living Smoothies apps. last_img read more

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People Adds Value to Subs With New App

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first_imgIn an attempt to add value for existing subscribers, People has launched an integrated news and social app, CelebWatch.The app itself is a customizable mix of People.com content and celebrity Twitter accounts. Users can pick and choose which personalities they’d like to receive news, photos, commentary and push messaging about.More importantly, it’s a way to add a “mobile anchor” for People subscribers, says Liz White, GM of People Digital. “We’re expanding the value proposition of their subscriptions,” she says.Already paying over $100 a year for the print-digital package-along with access to digital editions via mobile device-the app is available to subscribers for free. Non-subscribers can purchase it on iOS or Android operating systems for 99 cents per month or $9.99 for the year.”We wanted to make sure that this new product is an added value to our existing subscribers, so the value that we put on it of $10 per year feels like a great addition to their subscription,” says Kim Miller, VP of consumer marketing for People. “We also wanted to make sure it was a palatable entry price, so we felt like 99 cents per month was a reasonable entry fee.”While luring new users is part the launch, converting them into full subscribers is not a focus right now, White and Miller admit. Their top marketing priority is building awareness of the app. An earlier version of the app, People Celebrity News Tracker, is no longer for sale, but will continue to be supported with content and advertising while People transitions users to the new platform. No date has been set for when the earlier version of the app will be officially dropped.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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