first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden yells after a Oklahoma City Thunder turnover during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.ADVERTISEMENT Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The contract extension followed the Rockets’ trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston’s first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.There have been questions about how the two will fit together in Houston after Harden had the finest season of his career while playing point guard in first-year coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. But Harden isn’t worried about that.“I don’t think anybody’s ever seen anything like this before,” he said. “Two guys that can create and facilitate and just do things with the ball that nobody’s done from the one position and the shooting guard position. So it’s going to be fun. I’m excited to be a part of it.”Harden finished second in MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook after ranking second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.“I’ve coached a lot of people and watched a lot of games and the stuff that he did day in and day out was incredible,” D’Antoni said. “Now I’m just so excited that he’s going to be here for a long time.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden’s brilliant season ended with a thud when the Rockets were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in a 39-point loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.That loss still weighs on Harden, who shouldered the blame for the defeat in the hours after the game.“For sure it motivates me,” he said. “Of course it wasn’t how we wanted it to end … but that’s what life is about. You get tested and you go through certain things where things don’t happen your way … you have to sit back, look at how you can be better and go out there and just be better at it. And if you fail, do it again.”Harden is excited about his new deal and humbled to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. However, he insists that all those zeros in his bank account will be hollow if he doesn’t take the Rockets to the next level.“Money is cool … but it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up,” Harden said. “So that’s what we’re working toward. That’s why I’m in the gym every single day and I won’t stop until I get it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, “supermax” extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.“I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship,” Harden said Saturday. “Everything is going to happen in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSince orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.“Some of our decisions are hard. This one’s easy,” Morey said. “We’d do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do.”last_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Kemba Walker scored 33 points and Parker enjoyed a triumphant return to San Antonio as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Spurs 108-93 on Monday night, snapping their seven-game home winning streak.“Draining mentally, emotionally, it was just an awesome night,” Parker said. “Just want to thank the fans. The way they reacted tonight was just unbelievable. Love, and I appreciate everything. It was just a great memory and a great night for me that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsParker had eight points, four assists, three rebounds and no turnovers in his first game back in San Antonio after signing with the Hornets during the offseason.Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Marvin Williams had 11 for Charlotte, which ended a three-game skid. The Hornets also stopped an 11-game slide in San Antonio. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Just as he first did as a 19-year-old rookie with the Spurs, the slippery point guard juked past defenders and drove the paint probing for layups or open teammates. His driving layup put the Hornets up 82-79 with 8:15 remaining.“That was vintage Tony,” Borrego said. “We’ve seen that before many times in this building.”Parker exited shortly after that and did not return until fans demanded it by chanting his name again with 17.6 seconds left. Borrego, a former Spurs assistant, granted their wish and put Parker in amid loud cheers that continued until he came out.“I thought they supported Tony, like I expected,” San Antonio point guard Derrick White said. “He did great things for the organization. It’s well deserved. Definitely good to see him. Wish him the best.”Parker had a long embrace with Popovich following the game as fans cheered.The Spurs’ ideology has stuck with Parker, who jokingly got angry with his teammates after the win.“They wanted it bad,” Parker said. “Before the game they were like, ‘We’re going to do this for you Tony, you deserve it.’ They played so hard that after the game I’m like, ‘Why don’t we play like that every road game? Come on guys.’”The jubilation in the stands came despite a rough night for the hometown team.The Spurs opened the game on an 11-3 run but the Hornets followed with a 25-7 spurt to take their first double-digit lead at 28-18.San Antonio struggled offensively, with two of its top five scorers, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli, both out with injuries. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fil-am guard Joshua Munzon top pick in 2019 PBA D-League draft White finished with 18 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Davis Bertans each had 14 for the Spurs.TIP-INSHornets: The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on Nov. 15, 2006. … Parker and Michael Jordan are the only players to compete against the team they won four championships with. Jordan faced Chicago while with Washington and Charlotte, a franchise he now owns. … Borrego received a warm ovation during pregame introductions. He served on Popovich’s staff from 2003-10 and again from 2015-18 before joining the Hornets.Spurs: Gay missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left wrist and 10th overall due to injury or rest. … Belinelli missed his second game of the season after hyperextending his knee during a 122-112 loss at Oklahoma City on Saturday. He previously sat out with a stiff neck on Dec. 2.WELCOME HOME, TOOParker wasn’t the only one who enjoyed a triumphant return. Borrego defeated his friend and mentor, Popovich.“It was special in many ways,” Borrego said. “Just to see (Popovich) first of all. Just to hear his voice, give him a hug, that was most important. This is a basketball game. We do our best, we compete, but there’s a lot of love here. Just great to see him. He’s been a great encouragement for me. I know he’s happy for us.”UP NEXTHornets: Host the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Spurs: At the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but they could not muster enough energy as Parker made his emotional return.“Just to see him embraced and loved tonight, and he helped us as well,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “A pillar of this community, a pillar of the San Antonio Spurs organization forever. I think it’s a pretty good ending to a fun night.”The Spurs honored Parker before the game with a two-minute video of his career highlights in San Antonio, including being drafted with the 28th pick in 2001 and his four NBA championships with the team. After the video, the Spurs’ retired jerseys appeared on the video monitors and an empty spot in the rafters was shown to signify Parker’s future place among them. The crowd roared in appreciation, chanting “Tony! Tony! Tony!”“I expected nothing less,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who considers Parker like a son. “Tony is a wonderful human being. He was a great player for us and he deserved all the love that he received, that’s for sure.”The cheers continued when Parker entered the game for the first time with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Charlotte Hornets guard, and former San Antonio Spurs player, Tony Parker, left, talks with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge before an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The fans in San Antonio didn’t care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation.Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PBA: Columbian gets back on winning track, clobbers Blackwater Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Filipino-American point guard said he was able to get his release papers and reached out to Alab team owner Charlie Dy to be part of the club for the upcoming 2019-20 season.With defending champions CLS Knights not in the league this season, Brickman said the expectations for Alab is to get their second championship since winning the league title in 2018.“I think the expectation is to win the championship,” said Brickman. “They’ve always been a really good team in this league and I think we have high expectations.”“We set the bar really high and try to win a championship for the Philippines again.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Jason Brickman finally suits up for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—It took some time but Jason Brickman is finally getting a Philippine flag patch on his jersey when he suits up for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.Brickman, who’s made a name for himself as one of the craftiest playmakers in NCAA Division I history, previously played for Westports Malaysia, Mono, and Bangkok City in his first four seasons in the ABLADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers But now, he’s is one of the first Alab Pilipinas players this season as he suits up for coach Jimmy Alapag, regarded as one of the greatest point guards in PBA history.“I’m really excited for the year playing for the Philippines, playing for coach Jimmy,” said Brickman during the league’s season launch Thursday at Conrad Manila. “I think this would be a great season for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I’ve been trying to play with the Philippines for a while now and I think Alab has been in contact with me for a few years, we just haven’t been able to get together and work out a deal.”Brickman, who played for Long Island University in Brooklyn, is just one of four players in Division I history to record 1,000 assists joining Bobby Hurley of Duke, Chris Corchiani of North Carolina State, and Ed Cota of North Carolina This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Becoming his own man Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Philadelphia Eagles can only wonder what might have been this season. They led the NFC East with four games to go and blew it.The New York Giants head into the off-season simply wondering what’s going to happen after missing the playoffs for the third straight year.Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and the Eagles’ special teams scored their seventh TD of the season in a 34-26 victory over the Giants on Dec. 28, in what could have been Tom Coughlin’s final game as New York’s coach.The Eagles (10-6) snapped a three-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention last week.The 10 wins matched their total last season when they won the NFC East, and they had a one-game lead in the division before losses to Seattle, Dallas and Washington made the finale meaningless.“It’s a bittersweet thing because we’re not in the playoffs,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said. “It wasn’t like we had a terrible season: 10-6 is pretty good in the NFL. That’s not the standard we’re trying to hold ourselves to as a playoff team, a Super Bowl team.”Philly broke the game open in the third quarter when backup tight end Trey Burton returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score and a 24-16 lead. The Giants (6-10) got close a couple of times but Nate Allen iced the game with an interception with 2:51 to play.“It’s just a shame we’re still not playing,” coach Chip Kelly said.Odell Beckham Jr. capped a phenomenal rookie season with 12 catches for a career-best 185 yards, including a 63-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got the Giants within 31-26. New York (6-10) had won three straight.Now the question is what happens to Coughlin, who’s led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles in his 11 seasons. If he stays, which players and coaches go?“We’re going to evaluate our team, just like we always do,” Coughlin said. “We’ll present our information of the pro personnel to the owners and if there’s anything else, it’ll be initiated by ownership. I’m going to go about my business until I’m told otherwise.”Coughlin refused to say whether he intends to make changes if he returns after a season that he described as disappointing.“How else do you want me to say it?” the 68-year-old coach said. “Not enough wins, too many losses.”Sanchez was 23 of 36 for 292 yards, including touchdowns of 44 yards to rookie Jordan Matthews and 1 yard to tight end Brent Celek on the Eagles’ first two possessions.Cody Parkey made two field goals, with the last giving the Eagles an eight-point lead after Beckham’s latest dazzling play got New York within five. Chris Polk also scored on a 1-yard run.Allen then sealed the game with his interception and return deep into Giants territory.Eli Manning finished 28-of-53 for 429 yards, with Rueben Randle also having a big day, catching six passes for 158 yards.Rookie Andre Williams scored on a 1-yard run on New York’s first possession, but the Giants struggled in the red zone after that, settling for four field goals by Josh Brown, the longest from 53 yards.The big play for the Eagles was the blocked punt by James Casey, who broke free up the middle. Burton picked up the ball and returned it down the sideline. The Eagles have scored TDs on three returns of blocked punts, two kickoff returns and two punt returns.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgJUPITER, FL— Matt Harvey cruised through four scoreless innings, and the New York Mets pounded Miami pitching in an 11-0 victory that spoiled Giancarlo Stanton’s return to the Marlins’ lineup Sunday.Making his second start of the spring, Harvey felt encouraged that he handled the NL East-rival Marlins, a team that’s traditionally given him trouble.Harvey allowed one hit and walked two while striking out four, with one of them coming on a slider — a pitch he didn’t use much early last year as he returned from Tommy John surgery.The right-hander issued one of his walks to Stanton, who was making his first Grapefruit League appearance in more than a week after experiencing knee soreness.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgDerby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course. The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Story Highlightscenter_img The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course.The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Director of Business Development and Communications at MIND, Marlene Campbell, said the training session targets individuals whose job functions require a high level of social engagement and interaction, and persons who may be interested in becoming knowledgeable and aware of the rules that govern State Protocol and social etiquette.“This course is specifically designed to equip persons with the skill and confidence to express appropriate behaviours and decorum regarding State Protocol and related etiquette,” she said.Areas to be covered include diplomacy, etiquette, protocol on official occasions, national symbols, national crowns and honours, the official table of precedence, flag etiquette, official forms of address, formal invitation letter and styles, and titles in Jamaica.Meanwhile, under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining.Understanding the social dress code will also be one of the features of the course. Areas to be covered include dressing for State and official functions, appropriate dress for business and business-related occasions, colour coordination, accessorising, fabric textures, and dressing for the international business person.According to Mrs. Campbell, the benefit that will redound to the individual is an increased level of confidence and standard of deportment to enable ease of manner and success when interacting on all occasions; organisations will benefit from a more professionally confident and socially adept cadre of executives, who will represent them with distinction at all times.Main presenters at the seminar will be the Chief of State Protocol in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix; former Food and Beverage Manager at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Nancy McLean; and a Certified Professional Facilitator, Trainer and Human Resource Development Practitioner, Sandra Cooper.For additional information, persons can contact MIND’s Client Relations and Marketing Department at 927-1761 or read more

first_imgKolkata: Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya on Saturday said all the primary health sub-centres in the districts are being upgraded to provide better healthcare services to the people. Bhattacharya was speaking at the 3rd Nursing Conclave 2019 organised by the CII at a city hotel. She said that following the instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee steps have been taken to upgrade all the sub-centres. The nurses will be given special training after which they will provide treatment. One of the main objectives is to ensure that better health services reach the remote areas. More number of recruitments in various nursing posts will also take place. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThese sub-centres will provide basic treatment so that patients can be cured at these centres without having been shifted to district or sub-divisional hospitals. According to the sources, there are around 10,300 primary health centres across the state which will soon witness a major facelift with the release of funds. In addition to that, around 1,50,000 health wellness centres would be set up along the length and breadth of the state. The health wellness centres will have better health infrastructure than what is commonly found at the primary health centres. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the vision to serve people. In her drive to achieve the desired success, cooperation is needed from other sectors. Both the public and private sectors should join hands so that the best services can be provided to the people,” Bhattacharya added.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.The commission’s decision says the government tried to charge the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance $4,200 for a sweeping access to information request seeking details on many issues, including plans to make sure private businesses are complying with accessibility laws.The alliance says it tried to get the fee waived and says the government enlisted five lawyers in its fight to uphold the pricey charge.The government’s argument included the assertion that the issues the alliance was seeking information on did not have to do with public health or safety and were therefore not subject to a fee waiver.The commission disagreed, stating compliance with provincial accessibility legislation did have significant health and safety impacts for residents.It ordered the government to provide much of the information in the request free of charge and knocked the fee for the rest down to $750.A spokesman for Ontario’s minister responsible for accessibility said the commission had confirmed that it was appropriate to charge for some of the information requested by the alliance.Alliance chair David Lepofsky welcomed the commission’s ruling, saying the case had raised questions about the government’s commitment both to transparency and to accessibility as a whole.“They’re trying to take as suffocating and narrow and impoverished an approach to openness and freedom of information as possible,” he said. “What have they got to hide?’Lepofsky has previously filed requests under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in a bid to keep tabs on the province’s efforts to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.At the time the law — known as AODA — came into effect in 2005, the government stated it aimed to have the entire province completely accessible by 2025.In June 2015, Ontario announced a renewed focus on accessibility as the law marked its 10th anniversary. Brad Duguid, the minister responsible for the act at the time, conceded the effort had lost momentum and announced a number of ventures aimed at kickstarting it again.The measures included a $9 million project to help businesses become more inclusive, a promise to introduce a third-party certification program to recognize accessible businesses, and a partnership with an undetermined private sector company to at least triple accessibility compliance audits.The day after Duguid announced the various measures, Lepofsky filed a 31-point access to information request seeking details on subjects that included the government’s plans to ramp audits back up, their promised outreach efforts and a number of compliance and enforcement-related statistics.The government provided some of the information immediately and without cost, but estimated the rest would require 140 hours to track down and told Lepofsky to pay $4,200 for the information.He appealed the fee, arguing the government had previously waived charges on similar requests. He also argued that releasing such information was in the public interest and highlighted the potential health and safety benefits of ensuring compliance with accessibility standards.Documents filed by the government in favour of maintaining the fee included a different position on health and safety.“The goal of accessibility programs … while certainly not inconsistent with programs related to public health or safety, is to facilitate the participation of disabled persons in society on an equal footing with those not suffering from disabilities,” it said in its memorandum of argument, noting that details Lepofsky was requesting were in line with accessibility issues, not health and safety concerns.Privacy Commission Adjudicator Diane Smith disagreed.“Dissemination of the information … would benefit public health or safety by disclosing a public health or safety concern about the enforcement or compliance with the AODA or contribute meaningfully to the development of understanding of this important public health or safety issue,” she wrote in her July 27 decision.Smith ordered the government to provide much of the information to Lepofsky free of charge, including its plans and policies for AODA enforcement and details of its spending on education and outreach efforts.The government now has until Aug. 28 to release those documents.last_img read more

first_imgTexas Instruments and its brand ambassador – actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik – are joining 2,000 STEM leaders and visionaries in business, education and government at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference in Austin, from June 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center.Together they will share ideas and solutions to solve the challenge of filling the gap for a competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by preparing today’s students to excel in math and science.TI, a lead sponsor of the conference, will demonstrate how math and science technology, strong professional development for educators and classroom activities that showcase real-world applications of science and math concepts are increasing student achievement in these subjects and preparing them to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields.Bialik, who plays the loveably geeky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will deliver the keynote remarks and present the much-anticipated U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools for STEM rankings at the first general session on Tuesday, June 18. Later that morning, Bialik will teach an interactive science lesson with TI-Nspire CX technology at the TI booth #501 to visiting Texas Gear Up students. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a six-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. She will also spend time later that afternoon meeting with students and answering their questions.In addition to Bialik’s appearances, Director of Human Resources for Texas Instruments Samantha Dwinell will join a panel discussion on developing STEM talent in the high-tech sector on June 18 at 9:45 a.m. The panel will define and discuss programs to create and ensure a STEM-capable workforce. Texas Instruments Education Technology President Melendy Lovett will kick off a panel discussion on helping school districts choose the right technology to further student STEM skills June 19 at 10 a.m.“We are excited to be such a big part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference this year and bring not only Mayim, but the depth of knowledge Texas Instruments as a whole has in helping students reach their highest potential in STEM,” said Lovett.For more about the conference, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Gold stocks push up the Toronto market, Allergan rejects latest Valeant offer by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, boosted by rising gold stocks and despite news that Botox-maker Allergan has rejected the latest takeover offer by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 33.17 points to 14,904.38. The Canadian dollar gained 0.03 of a cent to 91.71 cents US.With nothing in the way of major economic or earnings news for investors to latch onto, the TSX took its guidance from strengthened gold stocks. August gold bullion ended the day up by $6.20 to US$1,260.10 an ounce. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell six cents to US$104.35 a barrel and July copper gained a penny to US$3.05 a pound.Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS, says the TSX is now on a course where it’s a slow “grind up,” with nothing in sight that might derail it.“The easiest path for the markets seems to be up,” he said. “It’s not moving by leaps and bounds, just gradually up. The path of least resistance is up because momentum is with the stock market.”Nakamoto said that despite talk about a correction in the Toronto market, he sees that as unlikely. Instead, Nakamoto said he wouldn’t be that surprised if the TSX surpasses its record close of 15,073, reached on June 18, 2008, just before the recession.On Tuesday, Allergan said it was rejecting Valeant’s latest offer because it still undervalues the California-based company and claimed it creates significant risks and uncertainties for its shareholders.Earlier this month, with the backing of activist shareholder Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management, Valeant (TSX:VRX, NYSE:VRX) raised its stock-and-cash bid to about US$176 per share, valuing Allergan at US$52.7 billion, based on closing share prices TuesdayAllergan repeated its claim that Valeant has an unsustainable business model that relies on “serial” acquisitions and cost reductions. Valeant shares faded $1.25, or nearly one per cent, to C$136.78 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat after reaching near-record highs in the last few sessions. The Dow Jones industrials was up 2.82 points at 16,945.92 and the Nasdaq rose 1.76 points to 4,338, while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.48 of a point to 1,950.79.The U.S. Commerce Department said U.S. wholesale businesses built up their stockpiles of goods in April, a sign that companies expect stronger economic growth in the coming months.Wholesale stockpiles expanded 1.1 per cent in April, following a 1.1 per cent gain in March. The result marks 10 straight months of rising inventories. Sales at the wholesale level climbed 1.3 per cent, led by autos, furniture and pharmaceutical drugs compared with a 1.6 per cent gain in March. Year over year, sales are up 6.7 per cent.Equities markets have been optimistic in recent days amid indications that global economies are faring well and that central banks are poised to pump in stimulus as necessary.Last week, the European Central Bank announced that it was going to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery in the eurozone by cutting its lending rate to 0.15 per cent from 0.25 per cent and dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1 per cent from zero.There have also been positive signs elsewhere, with Japan reporting strong first-quarter growth, China seeing an improvement in exports and the U.S. ushering in a solid jobs report for May.In Canada, a survey by international human resources firm Manpower Inc. suggests about 20 per cent of Canadian companies expect to add to their payrolls in the third quarter.However, when seasonal variations are factored in, along with the four per cent of firms that expected to shed workers in the July-September period, the figure falls to 10 per cent.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

CRTC reviews, rulings in 2017 that could affect your phone, TV and Internet bills by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for their cellphone, Internet and TV services, but those bills could change depending on how Canada’s broadcast regulator handles some major issues it’s expected to decide on next year.The CRTC has several important hearings, reviews and rulings expected in 2017. Here’s a look at four of them:Differential Pricing:In the fall, the CRTC held a weeklong hearing examining differential pricing, which occurs when a company offers customers the same or similar products at different prices. Specifically, the regulator looked at how Internet service providers use differential pricing with their data plans.The review came following complaints that some companies were not including certain music and video streaming services toward customer data plans, thereby acting as gatekeepers, influencing consumption and making it difficult for some providers to enter the marketplace. OpenMedia, a consumer advocacy group, has been calling for the elimination of data caps on home and wireless Internet plans. Others, however, argue the practice gives customers more choice.The CRTC is expected to set out a policy governing differential pricing next year.———Wholesale Internet Rates:The CRTC will set final rates for what Bell, Rogers, Telus, SaskTel, Shaw, Cogeco, MTS and Videotron must charge smaller companies for access to their high-speed networks. The smaller service providers rely on those networks to offer Internet, TV and telephone services.The regulator set interim rates in October that were mostly lower — in some cases by up to 89 per cent — than what many of the incumbents wanted to charge. The CRTC says it’s setting the fees to help foster competition.If the final fees remain close to the interim ones, the smaller companies could pass on the savings to consumers by lowering their prices. That could put pressure on the bigger companies to follow suit.However, some of the incumbents have warned that low fees may slow or halt their broadband network investment — a threat some experts take with a grain of salt.The final rates are expected in the first half of 2017.———Wireless Code Review:In February, the CRTC will hold a hearing to determine whether the wireless code of conduct, which took effect in December 2013, needs to be improved.After hearing from the public, the regulator created the code in part to help consumers understand their plans better, prevent bill shock, shorten contract lengths and lower cancellation fees.The CRTC started gathering feedback on the effectiveness of the code in September and will accept more submissions from the public between Feb. 6 and 14.So far, it has heard complaints about high prices, surprise charges, phone unlocking fees and wireless data limits, among other issues. If the CRTC concludes the code needs to be updated, some of those gripes could be addressed.———Basic Telecommunications Services:Last year, the CRTC launched its review of basic telecommunications services. It sought to determine which ones Canadians need to have to be able to meaningfully participate in the digital economy, as well as what the CRTC’s role is in ensuring all Canadians have affordable service options available to them.OpenMedia argued high-speed Internet access should be redefined as a basic service. Currently, low-speed Internet, individual line touch-tone phone service, a printed copy of the current phone book on request, and a number of phone services, including emergency, fall into that category.It called on the CRTC to give all Canadians access to broadband Internet for $30 monthly, and to provide better, more affordable access to the country’s remote and rural communities where broadband investment has lagged.The review could determine sufficient upload and download speeds, and create funding mechanisms to support the ability to supply modern telecommunications services.A spokeswoman for the CRTC says a decision may come before the end of the year.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Then-sophomore forward Matt Johnson (26) takes a shot during a game against Western Michigan Feb. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorStringing together a full game of consistently good hockey is at the top of the agenda for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team as it prepares for a home-and-home series against Robert Morris this weekend.“Our team’s in a good spot,” said coach Steve Rohlik, who has yet to record his first victory since taking over the team. “I think we’ve played good hockey, but I think our team realizes that we haven’t put together three good periods together in any of these games, and I think if we can come up with three good periods, then we’re going to like the result a lot better.”The Buckeyes (0-3-0) also have to play without starting junior forward Tanner Fritz, who left OSU’s 4-3 loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15 due to an upper-body injury. Junior forward Matt Johnson said Fritz’ shoes will be easily filled because of the team’s “incredible” depth chart, though.“Every game, everybody’s got to step up,” Johnson said. “Look at our depth chart. We have such a good depth chart that everybody’s got to be stepping up every day. Otherwise, you’re not going to be in the lineup.”Rohlik said despite missing a central component of all four lines on the ice, all hope is not lost.“When you lose a guy like that, you have to tweak some things,” Rohlik said. “This is also a positive — it’s going to give other guys opportunities and that’s what you need as a hockey team. We’re not just about one guy. We’re about a team, and this is an opportunity for someone else to step up and be a hero for us.”Rohlik said two areas the team needs to improve are its special teams and power play opportunities, and that improvements will come with discipline, good habits and a competing factor.“Games are won and lost with special teams, and there’s no secret,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to get better in those areas on both sides of it. When we get our opportunities on a power play, we’ve got to come up with some big goals.”The team’s power play will have to be spot-on because Robert Morris (0-2-1) has been one of the top penalty-killing units over the last few years, Rohlik said. That, coupled with their intensity over the course of a game, will be a test for the Buckeyes.“They come in here, they’re ready to play every shift, they’re going to go bell-to-bell,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to match that intensity, and we’ve got to be able to show up, and we’ve got to be the team that goes for all 60 minutes.”Despite the Buckeyes’ three-game losing streak, junior forward Ryan Dzingel said the team’s morale hasn’t taken a dip as it heads into the series with the Colonials.“Our mentality’s always the same thing: work hard and get better every single day,” Dzingel said. “We’re not worried about wins and losses right now. We’re just trying to get better every day, and hopefully that pays off.”The Buckeyes are slated to play the home-and-home series at the Schottenstein Center Friday and in Pittsburgh Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games. read more

first_imgThe man has tweeted that tomorrow he’ll be hiding money in the San Jose area, having moved across the city from museums to beaches to parking meters over the past few days. He’s also said that he plans to do drops in LA and possibly New York.@HiddenCash told KTVU that he already gives a lot of money to charity, and that he’s already heard stories of people forwarding his money on to worthwhile causes, or sharing it with others.viaRead: Eight year old raises over €13k to pay for classmate’s school lunches>13 small events that would make anyone’s day better> A MAN WITH a lot of money to spare in San Francisco is paying it forward by hiding cash in envelopes around the city.The real estate mogul says that he “can afford to give a lot” and that he wants to “put a smile on someone’s face”. All that @HiddenCash asks for in return is that people who find the envelopes tweet a picture and tag him in it. Source: @JuxedPosition He’s set up a city-wide treasure hunt and has been tweeting clues leading people to the envelopes containing the cash. New Drop: @tonyhawk did a 900 on me. Find me under the corner of the outdoor bar table overlooking the water.— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 26, 2014 Source: Hidden Cash/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Hidden Cash/Twitter @HiddenCash has no political, religious, or business agenda. @HiddenCash is about love, kindness, and generosity.— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 27, 2014last_img read more

first_imgThe new iPhone 5 has all the bells and whistles that consumers were clamoring for last year, but has that extra year saved Apple some money? According of a provisional estimate of pricing from UBM TechInsights, the new iPhone has a bill of materials totaling $167.50. That’s not bad when you consider the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% was estimated to cost $188 at launch.This analysis is being done before the device has landed in the hands of anyone reckless enough to take it apart, mind you. UBM used the announced specs and chip branding, along with previous bills of materials to work out what the components are likely to cost. Some of the more pricey parts include the processor ($28), the radios ($25), and the display ($18).When compared to the current cost of building the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is quite a bit more expensive. The 4S bill of materials is down to $132 after a year of price reductions. All these analyses were done assuming a 16GB version of the device by the way.When the device is released, firms like iSupply will surely crack the phone open to get a closer look at the exact chips being used. At that time, we’ll have a more exact estimate of the component cost. The 16GB iPhone 5 is going to be selling for $200 with a new 2-year contract, just like past iPhones have done. However, that’s not the full retail value. Unsubsidized iPhones start at $649.99. Even when you factor in manufacturing costs, that’s still quite a markup.via TechInsightslast_img read more

first_imgIt may look terrifying, but Scott Parenteau’s solar- and wind-powered monstrosity was born of love, rather than Frankenstein madness. Originally envisioned as a vehicle to drive around the Burning Man music festival, this is actually the work of a pair of industrial sheet metal professionals.The crab, viewable in the video below, is hardly a speedster, but it can charge its surprisingly modest power supply with a single top-mounted solar panel and a wind turbine.It’s not technically solar-powered, since the panel can only be used to slowly recharge batteries that were probably first filled thanks to a fossil fuel-powered generator, but the addition does help. Also, since the huge robot only carries a single photovoltaic panel at present, there is clearly room for expansion of its green power generation.The creators showed the robot at Maker Faire 2013, and even in an environment of such inflated expectations, drew significant attention. 12 legs carry the pod forward The sheer scale of the thing is impressive enough, but it’s the small numbers that achieve the greatest impact. It runs roughly 800 watts, or about half that of the average hairdryer. Even more impressive is the fact it can be disassembled and compressed to a pile of metal just over 3 x 3 x 3 feet in size, or less than half the size of the average household refrigerator. The motors that drive its movement are household dishwater gear motors.Theo Jensen’s StrandBeest design was the inspiration for the legs.The actual genesis of the design was apparently the geodesic dome that houses the crab driver’s seat. The vehicular aspect comes thanks to the rightly famous StrandBeest designed by Theo Jensen. Upon seeing the simple, beautiful, and functional leg designs of Jensen’s artistic walker, Parenteau knew he could achieve much the same design in his native medium of sheet metal.The elegance of the design on display here is only half the story, though. To me, the much more interesting part is the fact that the democratization of design, coupled with increasingly approachable means of green power, can empower hobbyists with no more than a keen mind and imagination to realize projects of truly impressive scope.I mean, just look at this thing. It came from a pair of welders with nothing but passion and some fundamental skills. It uses no particularly revolutionary technologies, but rather stands (and walks) as a reminder that when we share information, we are also sharing inspiration.last_img read more

first_imgGrande Bretagne : main basse sur la vie privée des internautes ?Si le parlement britannique donne son accord, tous les FAI anglais devront fournir en temps réel les mails, appels et visites de sites web des internautes du pays. Impossible de ne pas penser à 1984, le fameux roman d’Orwell.Le gouvernement britannique va présenter une loi qui autorisera la police et les services de sécurité à avoir accès à toutes les communications électroniques dans toute la Grande-Bretagne. Jusqu’à présent, seules les personnes faisant l’objet d’une enquête pouvaient faire l’objet d’une surveillance de leurs communications, sur autorisation.Certes, ils n’auront pas accès au contenu des messages, seulement à leur date et heure et à l’émetteur et aux destinataires. En 2009, un projet similaire avait été abandonné grâce à l’opposition des Tories et des Libéraux démocrates. Le terrorisme en est encore une fois la raison  « Il est vital que la police et les services de sécurité soient capables d’obtenir des données de communication dans certaines circonstances, pour mener des enquêtes contre les crimes graves et le terrorisme », a expliqué un porte-parole du Home Office. « Les données de communications incluent l’heure, la durée et les numéros de téléphone d’un appel téléphonique, ou une adresse e-mail. Elles n’incluent pas le contenu d’une conversation téléphonique ou d’un e-mail ».À lire aussiLinkedIn et eHarmony victimes de vol de millions de mots de passeDéjà connue pour sa surabondance de caméras de sécurité, la Grande-Bretagne tente décidément de faire de V pour Vendetta une réalité ! Nick Pickles, le directeur des Big Brother Awards, estime ainsi que : « C’est une attaque absolue contre la vie privée sur Internet et il n’est absolument pas dit que ça va améliorer la sécurité du public ».La balle est désormais dans le camps des Lords !    Le 4 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img WWE star Peyton Royce shares photo from Honeymoon with AEW star Shawn Spears WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Google+ WWE star Randy Orton, who is currently out of action after undergoing surgery on his shoulder back in November, took to his officially Instagram account late Friday night to address reports that he will also be undergoing surgery on his neck.“I see many of you think I need neck surgery. I heard weeks ago that Meltzer stated it as a fact. I don’t keep up with gossip, so I didn’t think anything of it. As far as my shoulder, I was cut on 12/8. Things are ahead of schedule and I’m pumped to get back to work. As far as my neck, and I’m only debunking this ‘fact’ for the sincerely concerned fans, I DONT need neck surgery. Remember, unless you hear about it on, you really should take everything you read online concerning pro wrestling with a grain of salt.” never reported the neck surgery rumors regarding Orton.Source: Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgArsenal forward Danny Welbeck will reportedly join teammate Aaron Ramsey in leaving the club as a free agent in the summerThe England international’s existing contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the season, much like Ramsey’s own predicament.Welbeck has been on a good run of form lately and expressed his hope that manager Unai Emery will hand him more opportunities to play.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But now the Daily Mirror claims that talks between Welbeck’s representatives and Arsenal are nowhere near close to completion and now he seems set to leave the Emirates Stadium next summer.The 27-year-old will be free to sign with a foreign club in January and previously attracted the interest of Turkish giants Galatasaray in August.Welbeck has scored four goals in seven appearances for Arsenal this season, but is yet to start a single game in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgJim Hershey, Executive Director of the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program, was in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday to give an update on the WISHH program to the Ohio Soybean Council.WISHH was founded in 2001 by eight Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs), including Ohio,with a $1 million annual budget. Today the program has grown to an annual budget of over $10 million, mostly with non-checkoff funds. Soybean checkoff funding from QSSBs still makes up approximately $1 million of the budget. The QSSB funding helps leverage matching funds programs from a variety of other sources including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development and other international development organizations.WISHH works on long-term market development and demand building for U.S. soy.”It’s great to see our checkoff dollars pull in outside funding at about a 10 to 1 rate!” said Brett Davis, an ASA Board member from Ohio and member of the WISHH Committee.last_img read more