first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas continued its sporting excellence after nabbing the UAAP Season 81 general championship, marking the third straight year that it won the accolade.Rev. Fr. Jannel Abogado OP, the director of UST’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics, and Gilda Kamuz, the department secretary, received the trophy during the closing ceremonies of Season 81 Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Tigers tallied seven golds, six silvers, and four bronzes during the whole season and it was their second-place finishes that set them apart from the whole league.Ateneo and National University also had seven gold medals apiece but lagged in the other podium finishes, while La Salle had four golds.The Blue Eagles had three silvers and four bronzes while the Bulldogs had two second place finishes and a single third place finish.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Tigers amassed a total of 279 points to claim the title for the 43rd time.UST also took its fifth general championship in the juniors’ division and 20th overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDe La Salle was at second in the general championship race while Ateneo was at third.UST’s 43 titles in the seniors’ division and 20 in the juinors’ division are the record in the UAAP. Beermen Kelly Nabong, Ronald Tubid fined, suspended over ‘Spider Man’ incident Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

first_imghockey SHARE COMMENT October 21, 2017 Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL A dominant India continued their unbeaten run in the tournament and thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 to sail into the final of the 10th men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament here today.The sixth ranked India, who just needed a draw to seal a place in tomorrow’s summit clash, produced a superlative performance after the change of ends to pump in four goals — three field strikes and one through penalty corner.Satbir Singh (39th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (51st), Lalit Upadhyay (52nd) and Gurjant Singh (57th) were the scorers for India.By virtue of this win, India not only topped the Super 4 stage with seven points, but also continued their domination over Pakistan.It was India’s fourth win over Pakistan this year, having beaten them twice in the Hockey World League Semi-finals in London and once in the pool stages here.The defeat knocked Pakistan out of the final race and India will now play either Korea or Malaysia, who play later in the day, in the final.Contrary to the result, the Indians were slow to get off the blocks, while Pakistan were the better side in terms of possession in the first two quarters.Pakistan had three chances via penalty corners to take the lead in the first quarter, but wasted all.The Indians secured the first penalty corner in the final minute of the opening quarter, but Harmanpreet messed up the opportunity.After Ramandeep Singh’s shot was saved by Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali in the 23rd minute, India defended well to deny their rivals from another short corner.Minutes later, Harmanpreet hit the cross bar from India’s second penalty corner as both the teams failed to break the deadlock at half time.But India looked more organised after the change of ends and dominated the proceedings in the final two quarters.Satbir gave India the lead in the 39th minute after receiving a fine back stick pass from Lalit.Minutes later, Harmanpreet’s effort from India’s third set piece was saved by Amjad Ali.The Indians created chances in the final few minutes of the third quarter but Pakistan custodian Amjad Ali was upto the mark to keep Pakistan in the hunt.India wasted two more penalty corners in a span of two minutes as Amjad Ali made multiple saves to deny their opponents.India pressed on the gas in the final 10 minutes and scored three goals in a span of six minutes to run away with the game.While Harmanpreet Singh scored his seventh goal of the tournament from India’s sixth penalty corner, Lalit made it 3—0 a minute later by pouncing on a loose ball inside the D.India added salt to Pakistan’s wounds when Gurjant slotted home three minutes from the final hooter after receiving a precision pass from Akshdeep Singh from the right flank. COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times)Day 2 marked a typical day of test cricket for India, as the hosts piled more misery to a weak West Indies side who looked completely out of sorts.Captain Kohli and Jadeja reached their respective centuries while Rishabh Pant shined with a blazing knock of 92 to declare India’s innings at 649-9. Stumps saw West Indies reeling at 94-6, after Shami along with the spinners wrecked havoc.Continuing from where they left off on the previous day, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant scored at a brisk pace to put a firm grip on the game. In the process, Virat reached his 24th test ton and once again crossed the 1000 run landmark in tests for the 3rd year running.At lunch, India stood at 506-5 after they had lost Rishabh Pant late in the session on 92, who missed out a deserving century. Post lunch saw the hosts lose Kohli and Ashwin in quick successions. Jadeja then stitched crucial partnerships with the late order to reach his maiden century following which the declaration came in.West Indies who then came out to bat, potentially needing to play out of their skins to save the game, got off to the worst possible start. Shami removed both the openers, Brathwaite and Powell in a matter of 5 balls to leave them in a fix.The visitors couldn’t get their score moving along as they kept losing wickets in regular intervals as Jadeja produced a super all round performance on the field. At 94-6, West Indies headed to stumps on day 2 clearly knowing that they need a miracle to save the game.India on the other hand will look to enforce the follow-on tomorrow and take steps to wrap up the game in clinical precision.Brief Scores: West Indies 94 for 6 (Shami 2-11) trail India 649 for 9 decl. (Kohli 139, Shaw 134, Jadeja 100*, Pant 92) by 555 runs.Also Read:India beats Bangladesh in yet another close Asia Cup encounter, but it’s the U-19s this time Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jun 27 (PTI) Former multiple-title winning Real Madrid and Spanish international Michel Salgado has signed a three-year deal to play in Premier Futsal, becoming the latest global star to confirm participation in the worlds first-ever multi-national futsal league ahead of its inaugural season. Salgado, part of Real Madrids star-studded Galacticos line-up that included Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham, has won four La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League crowns and an Inter-Continental Cup during his career. The defender, who after a decade at Real Madrid moved to Blackburn Rovers for a three-year stint in the English Premier League, made 53 appearances for Spain in various international tournaments. His signing marks a major coup for Premier Futsal, a private and semi-professional league promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group, with former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, FC Porto and Barcelona Champions League winner Anderson Lus de Souza ? better known as Deco ? and global futsal legend Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcao, already confirmed. Michel Salgado said, “Futsal is an extremely underrated sport. It has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest names in football the world over and Im glad Premier Futsal in India is creating a platform that can showcase the sport and give it its due. I think the talent the league has managed to draw is fantastic with not just futsallers like Falcao but also career football players like Paul Scholes and Deco taking part. “Its almost nostalgic in a way to go up against these players again and Im really looking forward to reliving the old days and reigniting those old rivalries, this time on the futsal court.” Premier Futsal is the first league in the world to feature a multi-national line-up combining the legends of football and futsal. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTantalising the red carpet, the couple leading the marriage bandwagon in 2018, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone arrived in black dominance at the star-studded Star Screen Awards 2018 red carpet on Sunday night in Mumbai.The newlyweds were seen in colour-coordinated outfits, walking hand-in-hand and smiling at the shutterbugs, making the glamour quotient palpable.Deepika was draped in lush black Anamika Khanna separates, with her hair tied in a bun along with kohled eyes. However, Ranveer, in sync with his flamboyance, was seen dressed in a printed tuxedo in maroon, blue and black.Styled by Shaleena Nathani, Deepika accentuated her look with a cape and a layered diamond neckpiece, while Ranveer sported his signature transparent glasses along with his hair crisp in a slick side partition.The couple, who later walked till the photo op booth, galvanised the event with their presence, as the incessant clicking of cameras couldn’t stop.Deepika and Ranveer tied the knot on November 14 and 15 this year in a fairytale ceremony in Italy’s Lake Como.ALSO SEE: Isha Ambani wedding reception: Hema Malini to Farooq Abdullah, celebs light up Jio GardenALSO SEE: Will Deepika stop kissing on screen after marrying Ranveer? Here is her responseALSO WATCH: Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

first_imgACC basketball logo.Twitter@ACCNationCollege football is just a day away, which is a monumental moment for most fan bases, but there are some that are more focused on the return of basketball in a few months. The ACC, perhaps the top college basketball conference with powerhouses like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, and Syracuse in the ranks, dropped its full men’s hoops schedule this afternoon. Here are the various schedules by team.The 2015-16 schedule is out! Most times/TV designati ns still TBD, but mark your calendars! #BCEagles pic.twitter.com/COI3lKczyM— BC Men’s Basketball (@BCHoopNews) September 2, 2015JUST ANNOUNCED —> #Clemson learns its 2015-16 #ACC schedule. Excited by our home slate! http://t.co/htyCGcC9D3 pic.twitter.com/pDJzwlnCUm— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) September 2, 2015Our full 2015-16 schedule is live! Check it out here and make sure to download the ECAL: http://t.co/2A8huTe9YB pic.twitter.com/rqWCz7CkCR— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) September 2, 2015HERE IT IS- Your 1st look at the #Noles 2015-16 Schedule- introduced by the team. #FanUp https://t.co/yCxzHyIerF pic.twitter.com/PzZhm50l7p— FSU Men’s Basketball (@FSU_MBasketball) September 2, 2015.@GTMBK schedule is set! #TogetherWeSwarm Full details: http://t.co/T15olblgA0 pic.twitter.com/yNFPoblQ52— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 2, 2015MBB: Take a look at the 2015-16 #UofL men’s basketball schedule NOW! A full release to come shortly. pic.twitter.com/6HjuGEQyI6— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 2, 2015OFFICIAL: #Canes @accmbb announced! Full release here: http://t.co/7l3u2Byt2G #TogetherWeWill #GoCanes pic.twitter.com/0D8KA4KDlT— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 Tar Heel men’s basketball schedule out now: http://t.co/d4uqHiQrZe #UNCBBall pic.twitter.com/0jnhE3jQCU— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 2, 2015#WPN our @ACCMBB schedule is ready! Some big-time home games this season at @PNCArena ! READ: http://t.co/GolwUR5fyx pic.twitter.com/h9NxbcWizZ— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) September 2, 2015HOT OFF THE PRESS! When will you see the next generation of Irish student-athletes? Check out our 2015-16 schedule. pic.twitter.com/I8AEdfph8b— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) September 2, 2015Full 2015-16 Pitt men’s basketball schedule is now available. http://t.co/lNuutYU347 pic.twitter.com/9xKiv3pYBS— Pitt Basketball (@HailToPittHoops) September 2, 2015Here it is, our 2015-16 @accmbb schedule! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/bizZAxqPT6— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) September 2, 2015ACC Releases Virginia’s 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule http://t.co/wudZ06dV8f #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/nZCxuqsXJz— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 #Hokies men’s basketball schedule released. http://t.co/BydFBaiLf6 pic.twitter.com/7vEs9BeJAF— VT Men’s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) September 2, 2015The 2015-16 schedule has been released. Seven NCAA teams to visit the LJVM. #GoDeacs STORY: http://t.co/DTB8B2ILpH pic.twitter.com/3qGg9TOwTX— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) September 2, 2015Which games are you most looking forward to, ACC hoops fans?last_img read more

first_imgdoug pederson is upset at the mediaThe two coaches at the top of the NFL and college football – Nick Saban and Doug Pederson – have more in common than just that. They also really don’t like answering questions about their quarterbacks.Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, voiced his frustration with the media during a press conference this morning. He’s refusing to name a starting quarterback for Week 1.“I’m not going to discuss it,” Pederson said.Pederson said he was upset with the media for “putting words in his mouth.” He then had a heated back-and-forth with members of the press.Check it out:Well….this is going swimmingly. pic.twitter.com/k3pcbF3QFr— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) September 2, 2018NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that the Eagles were planning on starting Nick Foles against the Falcons on Thursday night.“The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise,” he tweeted.The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018Pederson, though, has yet to officially reveal anything.“We’re trying to win a football game,” Pederson said. “I don’t want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read it and teams can scheme. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”OK then.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan will square off on Saturday, and the winner will take the Big Ten East and earn a spot in the league’s title game next week against Northwestern. A College Football Playoff spot could be on the line too – maybe.Michigan currently holds the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and many believe that if the Wolverines win out, they’ll stay there. But FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor model doesn’t see it that way.In fact, FiveThirtyEight projects that both the Wolverines and Buckeyes would need help – even if they won out.If Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Michigan win out, the Wolverines have the lowest odds of getting in. Ditto if you replace Michigan with Ohio State.Michigan's odds on 538.Ohio State's odds on 538.FiveThirtyEight isn’t affiliated with selection committee, but their model has been pretty accurate in the past.Essentially, it’s predicting that even if Michigan wins out, Oklahoma will pass it in the rankings. The Sooners will play Texas in the Big 12 title game next week.If that did happen, you could expect Michigan fans to riot. There’s no way they think that a 12-1 Wolverines squad that won the Big Ten and knocked off Ohio State should be left out.It’s going to be an interesting two weeks.last_img read more

first_imgNick Saban stares on the sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program has a bunch of NFL talent every season. This year’s team might be special in that department, though.One NFL insider has revealed how many of the Crimson Tide’s players have a real chance at getting picked in the 2019 NFL Draft.The number: 17.“I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes,” NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted.I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 28, 2018Ohio State set the NFL Draft record for most players taken in one draft with 14 in 2004.It’s early, but it looks like Alabama could seriously challenge that record come spring 2019.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will continue to take steps for further simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), President Ram Nath Kovind said Thursday. Addressing the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, the president said the indirect tax system is being made simple and effective. “With the implementation of GST, the concept of ‘One country, One tax, One market’ has become a reality. Efforts to further simplify the GST will continue,” he said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe GST, which subsumed over a dozen local taxes, was rolled out on July 1, 2017. He said that keeping in mind the interest of traders, accident insurance of up to Rs 10 lakh will also be provided to all traders registered under GST. Kovind also said for small traders, the government will soon constitute the National Traders Welfare Board and formulate a National Retail Trade Policy to promote retail business. The taxation regime, he noted, plays an important role in accelerating economic development. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Along with continuous reform, simplification of taxation system is also being emphasised. Exemption to persons earning up to Rs 5 lakh from payment of income tax is an important step in this direction,” he added. Terming infrastructure as pivotal in propelling prosperity and growth, President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday said the government’s endeavour is to build 35,000 km of highways, besides expressways, by 2022 and to lay a strong foundation for urban infrastructure that will encourage employment generation. Addressing the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, the President said massive work to create infrastructure is underway, and electric vehicles (EVs) are being promoted to reduce pollution. “Under the ‘Bharatmala Project’, construction or upgradation of about 35,000 kilometres of national highways is to be undertaken by 2022. In addition, under the the ‘Sagarmala Project’, a network of good-quality roads is being constructed in coastal areas and areas adjoining ports,” he said. Along with the highways, the government is also working extensively in areas such as railways, airways and inland waterways. Under the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme, air connectivity to smaller towns is being expanded rapidly, he said. “On this path of a New India, infrastructure for the 21st century will be built and all resources for creation of a powerful India will be mobilised… Infrastructure will play an important role in ushering in a prosperous India,” he said. The President said the current government’s continuous endeavour has been to build infrastructure in an eco-friendly manner. Along with concrete, greenery has been made an integral part of the highway and expressway projects. For supply of electricity, optimal utilisation of solar energy is being stressed, he said adding that household and industrial wastes are also being used in road construction. The President said that in the 21st-century economy, the pace and spread of urbanisation will continue to increase and there is need to develop urban infrastructure. He said urban transport infrastructure is being created to cater to the current and future requirements.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Union Bank of India Tuesday said its net loss widened to Rs 3,370 crore in the fourth quarter of 2018-19, mainly on account of higher provisioning. The company had registered a net loss of Rs 2,583.38 crore in the same quarter of the preceding fiscal. However, the bank had posted a net profit of Rs 153.21 crore in the third quarter of 2018-19. Total income in three months to March grew to Rs 9,621.01 crore, as against Rs 9,596.86 crore in the same period of 2017-18. For entire 2018-19, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 2,922.35 crore on a consolidated basis, as against Rs 5,212.47 crore loss in 2017-18. Income during the year stood at Rs 39,355.38 crore, up from Rs 38,413.65 crore a year earlier. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe asset quality of the bank remained poor with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) standing at 14.98 per cent of gross advances at March-end 2019 against 15.73 per cent as of March 31, 2018. Net NPAs came down to 6.85 per cent from 8.42 per cent. The high level of bad asset ratio compelled the bank to make higher provisioning of Rs 5,783.09 crore for March quarter, compared to Rs 5,638.57 crore in the year-ago period. The bank’s provision coverage ratio as on March 31, 2019 stood at 66.24 per cent, as against 57.16 per cent a year ago. As part of the risk based supervision as per RBI directive, the bank has reported divergence in gross NPAs of Rs 867 crore in 2017-18; divergence in net NPA of (-) Rs 1,414 crore and divergence in provisioning stood at Rs 2,281 crore.last_img read more

27 March 2008The Azerbaijani composer and pianist Franghiz Ali-Zadeh has become the latest performer to be nominated to represent the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, announced yesterday that Ms. Ali-Zadeh will be formally designated to the post of Artist for Peace for the next two years at a ceremony in Paris, headquarters of the UN agency, on 3 April.The designation will focus on Ms. Ali-Zadeh’s efforts “to raise public awareness on musical education for orphans and children in need, her contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”A trained pianist, Ms. Ali-Zadeh composes works that combine the traditional music of her country – especially a genre known as the mugham – with modern music, and her compositions have been played at concerts and festivals worldwide.Earlier this month the Portuguese actress and film director Maria de Medeiros was nominated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of her commitment to arts education and to furthering the ideals of the UN agency.The Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO at a separate ceremony in Bali earlier this month, with the nomination citing her efforts to raise awareness about the plight of teachers in Indonesia.Other UNESCO Artists for Peace include the Korean soprano Sumi Jo, the Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil, the Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez and the Russian conductor Valery Guerguiev. The agency’s ranks of Goodwill Ambassadors include the former South African president Nelson Mandela, the actress Claudia Cardinale and Princess Firyal of Jordan. read more

The Brock community is being offered during the month of May.The Shaw promotion lets faculty and staff purchase $39 tickets for all May performances of Major Barbara, Our Betters, Lady Windermere’s Fan, or Peace In Our Time: A Comedy. Seats for the musical Guys and Dolls are $49 each. Prices do not include HST. Normal prices range from $50 to $75.Each ticket includes a free wine-tasting voucher for Peller Estates and Trius Winery at Hillebrand, a $28 value per couple.Some conditions apply. For full information or to book tickets, call 1-800-511-7429 and quote code 13247. View the flyer.

Launching a report entitled “Hoping and Coping: The Capacity Challenge of HIV/AIDS in Least Developed Countries,” the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), Anwarul K. Chowdhury, called for urgent, immediate action against the continuing threat to “human resource, which has been devastated by this pandemic.”“To challenge the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Least Developed Countries, three factors must be dealt with: the issue of debt burden, which is as high as 30 per cent and has become unsustainable, leadership in tangibly dealing with the disease, and the active participation of people at the community level,” he said.The report on the 50 least developed countries (LDCs) was prepared by UN-OHRLLS and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It focused primarily on the LDCs because the international community have largely marginalized them as they face multi-faceted challenges and constraints, Mr. Chowdhury said. The problems posed by having 11 million people living with HIV and AIDS in the LDCs have been magnified by because of natural disasters and the economic fragility of these countries, UNDP Associate Administrator Zéphirin Diabré said.According to the report, the life expectancy in the LDCs, which had been increasing, has now dropped as low as 39 years in some countries. read more

first_imgSBS is conducting public consultation on the criteria proposed for its Radio Services Review with intention to help guide language programming.Running until 11 December, audiences, communities and stakeholders will have the chance to offer input on the audio and language content; a process expected to receive broad community feedback.SBS has committed to reviewing and updating its radio schedule every five years and is currently supporting up to 74 languages.The selection criteria is due to be finalised in March 2017, with the new schedule to launch before the end of 2017. Said criteria are going to be used with the 2016 census data to be released next year to determine which languages are provided by SBS Radio Services.Content manager Mark Cummins says programming must evolve to ensure SBS reflects the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the country.“Because SBS is often the gateway for many of the new communities to engage with Australian society, it has to be reflective and at the forefront of communicating with those communities. And particularly if it wants to communicate with young people, who constitute, really, the largest proportion of new arrivals, as in young under-30, under-40, you have to be utilising digital platforms as well,” he said.Emphasising SBS’ role as a well-recognised vehicle to help with integration, Cumming argued that reaching a broader audience, including younger listeners, is pivotal in helping the broader community move into the Australian society while at the same time preserving cultural identities. SBS will run both English and translated recorded notifications to inform audiences of the SBS Radio Services Review and the public-consultation process.Feedback can be left via sbs.com.au/consultation Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img we said take away the mechs and you gave us ZOMBIES !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??????!?!?— gfuel | colbeyyy (@colbeyyy) August 14, 2019 VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE VAULT BRUTE— The Fortnite Guy (@The_FortniteGuy) August 14, 2019 Tags Originally published on Aug. 14.Update, Aug. 16: Adds Epic’s response.  Gaming Share your voice Literally no one asked for this. We said to vault the mechs and you added zombies LOL— FaZe Thiefs (@Thiefs) August 14, 2019 Comment Fortnite 1 The Fortnite Brute is still around, and players aren’t happy.  Epic Games It seems some Fortnite fans are still brutalizing the Brute. Developer Epic Games released an update to Fortnite on Wednesday, hoping to address complaints about the recently introduced “mech,” or robot, that some Fortniters say is way too powerful. But critics say that the changes aren’t enough and that they won’t be satisfied until the Brute goes bye-bye. Epic responded to calls to #RemoveTheMech, saying the mech is meant for players who may not have the skill to win a game. In a Thursday post titled “Fortnite and the Brute,” Epic explained its philosophy for the battle royale game, saying that it’s for players of all skill levels. Adding the giant robot in Fortnite season 10 gave players who were struggling a “shot at that first elimination or Victory Royale,” Epic said. The developer said it’s happy with the changes it made to the mech and that Brute eliminations make up a small number of the total eliminations in a match. However, Epic’s response hasn’t stopped some Fortnite players from continuing to call for the removal for the mech. One point brought up multiple times is that the Brute should be removed from competitive matches. With the Fortnite Champion Series starting Saturday, it’s likely the mech will play a big role in the tournament. Wednesday’s update to season 10 equipped the Brute with a targeting laser — first touted last week — that gives players a heads-up when the robot is preparing to fire at them with its devastating missile launcher. It also changed the Brute’s spawn rates: The chance for the mech to spawn will now decline significantly throughout the match, meaning there’ll be fewer robots for players to find. And Epic fixed various exploits that made the Brute move faster than intended. Still, some players remain unsatisfied, and they took to social media to air their thoughts about the update.The v10.10 thread on Reddit contained hundreds of comments criticizing the decision to not “vault” the mech — or remove it entirely. The top comment simply says, “My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.”Twitter users had a similar sentiment. Prominent Fortnite players criticized Epic for adding new foes in v10.10 — the zombie-like Fiends — instead of getting rid of the Brute. last_img read more

first_imgLast week, 14 educators from around the state met at Sitka High School to learn how to make shop and engineering classes more engaging. Supported by a grant from the Alaska Department of Education, the group had a few days to build and wire their very own electric guitars.Download AudioCasey Evens is a sophomore at Petersburg High School.Right now I’m just cutting out the head of my guitar into the shape that I want, or the basic shape that I want then I’m going to go in and sand it down to make it exactly how it’s supposed to turn out,” Evens said.Evens is joined by teachers in learning how to make an electric guitar from scratch.Evens is fascinated by computer aided design software. His teacher sent him to Sitka for the workshop so he could bring these skills back to the classroom.Before Casey started taking industrial arts classes, he thought he would go into a field where he could use his hands, like diesel mechanics, he says.But digital fabrication introduced him to other possible careers.“It kind of opened the possibilities to engineering or design or manufacturing or stuff like that,” said Evens.The classes are hands – and brains —on.Retired Sitka High School career and technical education coordinator Randy Hughey secured the state grant, which funded the professional development course. Teachers from the Lower 48, one whose class helped design a custom Seahwaks guitar for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, flew up to teach it.Hughey says in CAD classes 20 years ago, students used technology to draft blueprints of houses.  His students were mostly disinterested because it was something intangible to them.Only when he started having his classes design their own logos for stickers did his students become more engaged.“My enrollment tripled in one year because they were suddenly doing something that was tactile and they were interested in having,” Hughey said.Expanding on that idea, Hughey thought students would be excited to apply design concepts to building their own electric guitars. But before they could get into the fab lab,  teachers needed to learn how to do it first. Karl Jordan is the woodshop teacher at Blatchely Middle School.“We’re doing electrical, we’re soldering stuff,” said Jordan. “There’s a bunch of parts and pieces that I don’t even know what they’re called because I’m learning how to do it as we go. It goes from simple to complicated in one project.”He says the students also learn about tools, wood properties, electromagnetism, basic safety skills and other manufacturing ideas with the project.Sitka High shop teacher Mike Vieira uses his class as just the runway for design ideas and the electric guitar is one he hopes that will take off.“I’ve got students who are making keepsake wood prom tickets on the razor cutter,” Vieira said.Josh Arnold, who works at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, was as pumped as a teenager would be about his guitar, which he tricked out with a laser-cut logo of a Brave, the school’s mascot. He hopes to eventually paint it the school’s colors of cardinal and yellow.“We get excited about anything that we can show the kids,” said Arnold. “Hey if you can think it we can design it on a computer with CAD , with computer aided design and then the equipment exists in the world for you to make a real model, in this case we’re going to end up with a guitar that really plays.”In the end, after some trial and error, the group had fully functional instruments that they were excited to bring back to their classrooms. Now they just need to learn how to play them.last_img read more

first_imgISLAMABAD: A leading Pakistani news channel was abruptly stopped from airing an interview of jailed former president Asif Ali Zardari, triggering widespread condemnation by journalists who accused the Imran Khan government of suppressing the press freedom. Zardari, 63, who is in the custody of the anti-corruption body National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for corruption cases, gave the interview to senior journalist Hamid Mir of Geo News while being allowed to attend Parliament session by the National Assembly Secretariat. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us On Monday night, Mir was hosting his daily eight o’clock Capital Talk show and the channel started airing Zardari’s interview. However, the interview was abruptly pulled off air within five minutes and the channel started showing other news. Later, the channel announced that the interview was not being shown. Mir expressed anguish and outrage on Twitter where the opinion was divided on the issue. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “I can only say sorry to my viewers that an interview was started and stopped on Geo New[s] I will share the details soon but it’s easy to understand who stopped it? We are not living in a free country,” he wrote. “I am getting calls from all over the world people asking what happened? State of Pakistan giving bad name to this country we don’t need enemies,” Mir said in another tweet. Advertise With Us However, Mir was also criticised for resorting to interview Zardari who is in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau and was allowed to attend the session of Parliament where he gave interview to Mir. “No offences please but nowhere a top accused of money laundering, frauds and fake accounts is allowed one hour air time to justify his crimes. It only happens in Pakistan where an accused in custody of the NAB on physical remand, appears on tv to give us lecture on democracy and transparency,” journalist Rauf Klasra tweeted. Others supported Mir and termed the stopping of interview mid-air as censorship. “Stopping Hamid Mir’s interview with former President Asif Zardari is shameful manifestation of the fact that we live in quasi martial law with no feeedom of press. The figleaf of democracy is burnt and the real face of #Selected #ShamDemocracy is revealed,” journalist Murtza Solangi wrote on Twitter. Media watchdogs condemned the press censorship. The Asia Desk of the Committee to Protect Journalists said it was an “outrageous infringement on freedom of the press!” The government has not responded and it was not clear who ordered to take the interview off air. Normally, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority is empowered to take such actions. The co-chairman of the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party and husband of the country’s first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is in the NAB custody till July 2 in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were arrested last month and both have denied the charges.last_img read more