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Openers drive Sri Lanka to 93-0 at lunch in 2nd Test

first_img\R Colombo, Jul 20 (AFP) Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka reach 93 for no loss at lunch on day one of the second Test against South Africa in Colombo on Friday.Gunathilaka, on 44, and Karunaratne, on 42, were at the crease after the hosts elected to bat first in their bid to clinch the two-match series.Sri Lanka, who won the opening game in Galle last week, are eyeing their first series win against the number-two ranked Proteas since 2006.Gunathilaka and Karunaratne mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to keep the South African bowling attack at sea on a pitch that promises to offer considerable turn as the match progresses.Paceman Dale Steyn will probably have to wait for another session to get past former teammate Shaun Pollock to become the country’s leading wicket taker in Tests. He is tied with Pollock’s 421 wickets.South Africa’s only regular spinner in the XI, Keshav Maharaj also failed to break through the denfences of the two left-handed openers at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.South Africa are without a second specialist spinner for this match, choosing to bolster their batting by bringing in 25-year-old Theunis de Bruyn, in place of left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who had played in Galle.Sri Lanka decided to go with three frontline spinners in their XI, though they did exchange the left-arm wrist spin of Lakshan Sandakan for the offspin of Akila Dananjaya.The hosts are without regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, who is suspended for the series due to a breach of the spirit of cricket. (AFP) APAAPAadvertisementlast_img read more

Kieron Pollard likely to take over West Indies captaincy in ODIs and T20Is

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 10:07 IST Kieron Pollard has been out of the West Indies ODI squad for three years (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies finished 9th in the 10-team World Cup in AugustWI failed to register a single win in the 2 Tests, 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is vs India at home last monthWI will next play vs Afghanistan in their away tour set to be played in Dehradun from November 5Following a disappointing performance at the World Cup and thereafter a complete whitewash against India, Cricket West Indies (CWI) have reportedly decided to sack Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as skippers of ODI and T20I teams and have named Kieron Pollard as captain in limited-overs cricket.According to a report in Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, the decision was taken by CWI Board of Directors on Saturday, the first day of their two-day regular quarterly meeting in Port of Spain.According to the report, Pollard was the player proposed by the selection committee and when the vote was taken, he got the support from six directors while the other six abstained.The 32-year-old last played an ODI in 2016. He was kept in the reserves for the 2019 World Cup and then featured in the T20Is against India.The big-hitting all-rounder has so far played 101 ODIs, in which he has scored 2,289 runs at an average of 25.71 with three centuries and nine fifties. He has also scalped 50 wickets in this format. In T20Is, he has played 62 matches, scoring 903 runs at an average of 21.50 and has snared 23 wickets.West Indies finished ninth in the 10-team World Cup tournament held in England and Wales. They managed to register just two wins out of the nine matches they played in the showpiece event and finished just above Afghanistan.Against India, Windies failed to register even a single win in the three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches. The only match that the West Indies did not lose in the latest home series against the Men in Blue was an abandoned ODI.advertisementWest Indies will next play against Afghanistan in their away tour set to be played in Dehradun from November 5. The tour will see both the sides compete in three T20Is, three ODIs and one Test.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kieron PollardFollow Jason HolderFollow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Cricket West Indies Next Kieron Pollard likely to take over West Indies captaincy in ODIs and T20Is32-year-old Kieron Pollard last played an ODI in 2016. He was kept in the reserves for the 2019 World Cup and then featured in the T20Is against India.advertisementlast_img read more

More Jamaicans Seeking Healthcare at Clinics

More Jamaicans are seeking healthcare at clinics, with statistics showing an increase in visits to such facilities last year while hospital visits decreased. More Jamaicans are seeking healthcare at clinics, with statistics showing an increase in visits to such facilities last year while hospital visits decreased.Of the 2,971,271 visits made to public health facilities between January and December 2017, a total of 1,724,859 were made to public health centres, representing a 10 per cent increase over 2016.This is according to information in the ‘Vitals: A Quarterly Report of the Ministry of Health’, tabled in the House of Representatives on June 5 by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.The report indicates that some 620,058 persons went to the accident and emergency/casualty departments of hospitals, which was a seven per cent decrease in visits compared to January to December 2016.Almost half (45 per cent) of the visits to the accident and emergency/casualty departments were for complications related to hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and renal disease.Paediatric cases and surgical cases accounted for 14 per cent and eight per cent of visits, respectively.The document also noted that 626,354 persons went to the hospital speciality outpatient departments. This represented a four per cent decrease in visitors compared to January to December 2017.“The increase in visits to health centres and the decrease in visits to accident and emergency/casualty department was a desirable change and is believed to be partially attributable to the reduced waiting time initiative, which was implemented in September 2016,” the report stated.Overall, visits to public health facilities between January and December 2017, increased by three per cent over the same period in 2016. This is according to information in the ‘Vitals: A Quarterly Report of the Ministry of Health’, tabled in the House of Representatives on June 5 by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton. Of the 2,971,271 visits made to public health facilities between January and December 2017, a total of 1,724,859 were made to public health centres, representing a 10 per cent increase over 2016. Story Highlights read more

Steven Tyler To Perform At Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Benefit

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation (LAPMF) will hold a special benefit concert on Tuesday March 6 at Avalon Hollywood.The evening will begin with a performance by LA-based rock musicians Heaven & Earth. Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will close the evening out.“While participating in the Memorial Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament I had the opportunity to get to know families that lost a loved one,” says Stuart Smith, Heaven & Earth. He continues “They lost a spouse or a parent over something so stupid as a traffic stop. My heart went out to them. I am very proud to be able to help out the men and women of the LAPD that do this every day for so little and are generally very unappreciated. Steven Tyler also wanted to do more to help,” said Smith.Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members who have been afflicted by a tragedy including being injured or killed in the line of duty. The Foundation takes care of the widows and orphans of Officers when they may not have any other means. The Foundation helps ensure the children of Officers killed have the funds available to go to college, and helps with medical costs and other life necessities. Since it’s inception in 1972, the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation has granted over $18 million without any direct taxpayer money.For over forty-five years, LAPMF has held star-studded fundraising events with a diversity of celebrities coming together to support LAPD Officers and their families who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances including illness, injury and death. After the benefit concert, the foundation will continue the tradition with a celebrity golf tournament in June and a celebrity poker tournament in October 2018.Celebrities that have supported LAPMF throughout the years include: Jack Nicholson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Wahlberg, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis Quaid, Larry King, Kelsey Grammer, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris O’Donnell, George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Ray Romano, Betty White, Andy Garcia, Luke Wilson, Gene Simmons, Don Cheadle, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Marlon Wayans, Backstreet Boys, Paula Abdul, David Hasselhoff, James Gandolfiini, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Telly Savalas, Johnny Grant, and many more.Tickets: LAPMFBenefitConcert.eventbrite.com.Further information about the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation: 
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North and South Korean leaders meet again at border

Pyongyang and Seoul also pledged to formally end the state of war between the two, which has been ongoing since a 1953 ceasefire agreement that brought to a halt large-scale hostilities.The office of the South Korean president said the outcome of Saturday’s surprise meeting will be announced on Sunday.Reporting from South Korea’s capital, Seoul, Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas said it was “symbolically important” that the talks were held on the north side of Panmunjom. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in April in what was only the third meeting between the leaders of the two states. He has since said he is open to reinstating the talks. Less than a month after their historic summit, the leaders of North and South Korea have met again at a border village amid hopes that the on-again-off-again talks between Pyongyang and Washington will actually happen.US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the cancellation of his planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” from North Korea. “This is the first time that a South Korean leader has crossed over into the North for substantial talks in 11 years,” he said. “After Trump cancelled the summit in Singapore, there was a lot of damage here in South Korea to [Moon’s] political capital, because it was seen that he was actually not holding so much influence over what was happening.“He’s certainly done his job to correct this perception.”The meeting on Saturday is the latest chapter in a long-running diplomatic effort to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.Concerns grew earlier this month after North Korea responded to the US calling for the denuclearisation of the peninsula and a complete dismantling of the nuclear programme by threatening to pull out of the summit unless Washington offered something in return.Following Trump’s cancellation of the summit, North Korea issued a statement declaring it was still open to talks.“It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump said at the White House.“We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it,” he added. “We’ll see what happens – it (the summit) could even be the 12th [of June].”Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Trump said on Saturday that a White House team is still heading to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for the Trump-Kim summit, in case the meeting is reset.Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the “pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place”.  (Courtesy Al Jazeera) “In the context of the on-again-off-again-maybe-on-again US-North Korea summit, it looks as though Moon has wasted no time. He’s hit the ground running and he’s doing everything he can to get that summit back on track.”Se-Woong Koo, publisher of the online magazine, Korea Expose, said he was “astonished” the surprise meeting took place.“It shows very clearly that the two Koreas are committed to engaging with each other and also with the US in hopes of bringing about peace here on the peninsula,” he told Al Jazeera. On Saturday, they spoke for two hours on the North Korean side of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone and discussed how to implement their declaration following their April 27 meeting, as well as the proposed talks between Kim and Trump.“There is no reason why we should fight each other – we are one nation,” Kim said in a joint statement with Moon after that meeting. read more

At UN meeting countries agree on steps to promote sustainable fishing

The recommendations call on States to take greater steps to crack down on illegal fishing, to eliminate subsidies that contribute to overfishing, to cut down the size of fishing fleets, and to increase efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks through regional fisheries management organizations. The concluding document also recognized that significant steps were needed to assist developing countries in implementing the 1995 Agreement on the Conservation and Management of Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks.The review noted that the pact had helped, but that those engaged in illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing have managed to find ways to escape detection or avoid compliance.The recommendations contained in the document could play a major role in setting the agenda for countries and for the regional fisheries management organizations, according the Conference’s Chair, David Balton of the United States.“The status of fish stocks is not where we want it to be and more needs to be done,” Mr. Balton said. “For the industry, for consumers and for the marine environment, this meeting brings us a step closer to achieving sustainable fisheries worldwide.”Mr. Balton added that he was hopeful that countries that had not yet joined the treaty had received reassurances during the one-week conference that could pave the way toward their ratification.“The treaty is quite good; what the treaty lacks is implementation,” he said. “There is a need to translate the Agreement into action.” So far 57 countries have ratified the 1995 Agreement, which entered into force in 2001, and the Chairman said 14 other countries had indicated during the Conference that they expected to do so soon. The head of the group that drafted the concluding document, Fernando Curcio Ruigomez of Spain, said the agreement reached would help regional fisheries management organizations – the main instruments for conserving and managing fishery resources. Strengthening the regional fisheries management organizations, which are central to the implementation of the Agreement, figured prominently in the consensus, with countries calling for improved conservation and management measures, better communications among organizations, more equitable and transparent criteria for allocating fishing quotas, and efforts to promote the participation of non-members in fisheries organizations.Countries agreed on a number of measures to target illegal fishing, which according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN) is worth up to $9.5 billion and makes up about 14 per cent of the value of marine catch globally. Up to 30 per cent of this fishing occurs on the high seas where there are fewer controls.“Some of those most interested in cracking down on illegal fishing are the legal fishers,” Mr. Balton said. “They don’t like such competition.”The measures recommended at the Conference include equipping all fishing vessels with satellite tracking devices, greater use of observers aboard fishing vessels to monitor catches, and steps that countries can take when fishing vessels come to port to make sure the catch has been take in accordance with international rules. There was also agreement that flag States should improve controls on vessels flying their flag on the high seas and that greater efforts have to be taken to deal with the problem of flags of convenience.The consensus reached today also calls for establishing new regional fisheries management organizations in areas that are not presently regulated, eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and improving data on catches.Mr. Balton said that while countries agreed that the size of the world’s fishing fleet should be reduced, it had to be done equitably, and that the needs of developing countries must be considered. “It is in the interest of all to give greater assistance to developing countries,” he said.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported that about 30 per cent of tuna, more than 50 per cent of oceanic sharks and nearly two thirds of other ocean-going species are either overexploited or depleted. read more

Unemployment rates fell in 29 US states in February as hiring picks

Unemployment rates fell in 29 US states in February as hiring picks up by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2014 8:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 29 states, rose in 10 and was unchanged in the remaining 11. Meanwhile, hiring rose in 33 states and fell in 17.The rate declines occurred even though unemployment rose nationwide, to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent. That increase occurred partly for a good reason: more Americans began looking for work, though most weren’t immediately hired. But the fact that they started looking suggests they were optimistic about their prospects.Employers added 175,000 jobs nationwide in February, close to the average monthly gains of the past two years. read more

Affordable Housing Solutions for Southeastern Utah

By Jeff, CAS INCThe Southeastern Utah Economic Development District (SEUEDD) recently completed its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southeastern Utah. The SEUEDD represents the counties of Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan. The CEDS report for 2019-2023 accurately states that there are several vacant homes in these four counties. However, this can be good news for all when considering the urgent need for affordable housing.Rehabilitating this inventory of residential properties to provide lower priced housing will create jobs, diversify the economy, increase property values and improve the appearance of the community. But, most importantly, it will exponentially improve the quality of life in rural Utah.CAS INC worked closely with Marilyn Vogrinec, SEUALG, USDA and RCAC, during 2011-2017 in developing the “Self-Help Housing Rehab Program” to provide affordable housing. This hybrid program included construction training and oversight to homeowners rehabilitating their homes. We restored 16 vacant homes using owner participation to create “sweat-equity.” This program not only works, but was duplicated by other state and national agencies; however, increased and diverse funding is still needed.CAS INC is working with private lenders to create affordable housing using vacant homes. This is in support of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for SE Utah, which CAS INC contributed to. Local lending institutions who develop financing programs in support of this diverse approach can strengthen their community and portfolio by improving lending ratios and reducing consumer debt.CAS INC has already purchased and restored several vacant properties in Carbon County. All aspects of construction are completed under the oversight of a 35-year licensed, bonded and insured general contractor. Permits are purchased to ensure that the homes are not only functional and attractive, but also inspected for safety.CAS INC provides a full range of construction services to support your home improvement needs. If you wish to participate in your own project, we are developing an increased capacity for that by reaching out to local lenders. We are also fully equipped and qualified to provide affordable “turn-key” housing as we have for the past 35 years. Before – North Price Before – South Price Before – Spring Glen After – North Price Before – North Price Before – Price Before – Price After – South Price After – Spring Glen Before – North Price read more

Michael Owen announces decision to retire at the end of the season

first_imgSTOKE CITY STRIKER Michael Owen has announced that he is to retire at the end of the season, calling time on a career which lasted 16 years.“I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career,” said Owen, 33, who has been limited to seven appearances for the Potters this season.“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.”Owen, one of only four English players to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, first burst onto the scene as a teenager with Liverpool in 1997 before moving on to spells with Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke.He made his senior England debut against Chile in February 1998 and went on to star at the World Cup in France later that summer, grabbing global headlines with a sensational solo goal against Argentina in the second round.YouTube Credit: Mr99mxAfter helping Liverpool to three trophies in 2000/2001 he collected the Ballon d’Or, beating Raul and German goalkeeper Oliver Khan to the prize.He signed a big-money move to Real Madrid’s Galacticos in 2004 but returned to England a season later when he agreed a move to Newcastle.The latter years of his career — which included an unforgettable late winner for Manchester United against rivals Manchester City — have been hampered by injury and a lack of first-team football.YouTube Credit: stani2829In a short statement issued through his website, Owen thanked those who have worked with him throughout his career and paid a very special tribute to his father.“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors.”He added: “Last but not least, my Dad. We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the World on the biggest stages of all. I couldn’t have done it without you.”The forecast says -10°C, but Forde won’t be caught cold in sub-zero Swedenlast_img read more

Meet Baxter the friendly factory robot

first_imgBaxter is the name of a robotics project from startup company Rethink Robotics. Less like Roomba and more like Rosie from The Jetsons, Baxter rolls around on four wheels, has humanoid arms, and comes with a display used for programming him. As a bonus, when you aren’t actively tweaking his controls, the screen displays a pair of cartoon eyes to give Baxter a face. His main purpose is to work on a factory floor alongside human workers.The cost for owning a Baxter model is set to be around $22,000, so about the same as a mid-range car. Rethink points out that after a couple years, that turns out to be the equivalent of having an employee who works for around $4 per hour. In other words, you could have two of them for the price of one human employee.To be sure, Baxter is not designed for high-capacity manufacturing purposes. He probably wouldn’t be able to handle high-speed intensive tasks any better than Lucille Ball. He is instead built for small businesses that have smaller and more varied processes. In addition, companies don’t have to spend an arm and a leg getting Baxter up and running.Rethink  says that Baxter can be programmed in a very user-friendly way. You don’t need to be an engineer from MIT to get Baxter to do what you need him to do as can be seen in the video above. And what he can do are basic tasks like picking up and moving items from one location to another.Baxter is gaining a lot of interest from the robotics community because he is not just a concept. Rethink plans to begin selling him in October.via NY Timeslast_img read more

Governors Response on recent Police Allegations

first_img Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Oct 2014 – The Police have recently been in the headlines… and not always as the officers arresting suspects of crime, but actually being suspects charged for the crime. As many as four cases of alleged brutality, one which led to the suspension of officer Chovell McPhee; and the other for five counts of arson also suspended an officer; Mikhail Hinson allegedly committing that unbelievable act which destroyed a police cruiser. Some say that alleged arson came as an offshoot of internal problems between police. Then with two teenagers near Clement Howell High School; where a 17 year old is charged with striking a police officer and is alleging to himself have been beaten up by the police… with a 15 year old shouting expletives in a concerning demonstration of disrespect for these authorities. We asked the Governor, who is not only the Queen’s man on the ground, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister responsible for National Security; what is going on? He said, QUOTE. Some of these cases are under review at the moment, so it’s not appropriate fro me to comment on the specific details. Obviously, it’s worrying and I hope that the people in charge of the police force, the commissioner, whom I have confidence with, will get to the bottom of it and his senior team will be able to resolve these issues. QUOTE.He says he will not micromanage… and we asked him about training; tactical and emotional training for these members who in some views seem ill-equipped. He said, QUOTE. I think they are, in any organization of any size, 200 to 300, sometimes you are going to get a problem, in terms of training. QUOTE. More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:governor peter beckingham, police brutality, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

Global Market Advisors and Clarion Events form strategic partnership

first_imgGaming consultancy company Global Market Advisors has announced an exclusive strategic partnership with events firm Clarion Gaming which it says will provide both organizations with a collaborative vehicle to educate and grow the industries through Clarion’s extensive lineup of events and GMA’s operational and regulatory expertise.“We appreciate the great insight, knowledge and innovation that GMA continues to demonstrate in the gaming and hospitality sectors,” said Kate Chambers, Managing Director at Clarion Gaming. “GMA’s contributions and thought leadership will be invaluable as we both seek to grow our organizations and the industry globally.” Cambodia Rising New research brief claims Japan unlikely to realize first IRs until 2026 RelatedPosts Japan’s 5-year IR license term looms as biggest financing concern for IR operators In its announcement, GMA said the partnership “memorializes years of collaboration between Clarion and GMA and develops a fluid framework for both organizations to utilize their respective knowledge, expertise and industry marketing across all events, media, and other creative avenues.“As this strategic partnership grows, both groups expect to make further announcements on their collaborative efforts to grow the industry, bring stakeholders together, and educate them across all verticals.” Load Morelast_img read more

SR College celebrates Graduation Day

first_imgWarangal: Joy was writ large on the faces of the SR College of Engineering students on occasion of Graduation Day celebrations at its Anantasagar campus on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, principal V Mahesh listed out various achievements of the college during the academic year 2018-19. “The autonomous college has secured NAAC A grade due to relentless efforts of the management, faculty and students. This apart, all UG programmes of the college were accredited by NBA Tier,” he said. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Chief Guest Shanthikumar Chilumula, Director, Workforce Planning and Management at EPAM Systems, stressed on the importance of education and how one could serve society. “I want you all to practice three skills in life – patience, smartness and communication,” he said. Guest of honour, Prof K V Jayakumar of National Institute of Technology advised the students to be global citizens contributing their technical knowledge for the betterment of society and to be visionary and committed to the task they endeavor upon, maintain the ethics in their future life and career. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us College chairman A Varada Reddy said they believe in quality education and has steered S R Engineering College to be one of the prestigious institutions in the field of technical education. The programme was coordinated by R Archana Reddy, Dean-Academics, A Harshavardhan, G Sunil Reddy. The students on the occasion shared their experiences on the campus with audience. A total of 351 engineering and management students participated in the graduation ceremony. Ravula Shireesha (CSE) was declared as the best outstanding student.last_img read more

Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez On The Future Of USCuban Relations

first_img 00:00 /11:28 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Andrew SchneiderJosé Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United StatesLast September, José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez was appointed Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years. He paid his first official visit to Houston on Tuesday. News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider spoke with the ambassador just before an address at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Interview Highlights:What are the next major steps going forward in normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba?“First, think about…what you call (the) embargo, we call (the) blockade, or we can call it (the) sanctions regime, which is still in place. Although (the Obama) administration has introduced many new regulations to open up, a little bit, travel, for example, we cannot talk, legally, still about tourism…Some regulations relating (to) banking services have been relaxed, but still, no major bank is involved in business with Cuba…We have other issues like claims…you have claims on your side, we do have claims as well. And just mention another subject…Guantanamo Bay. I mean, it’s a part of our territory…We have to exert sovereignty over the whole territory of our island.”One of the restrictions Cuba still has in place is on Cuban-born American citizens being able to travel to Cuba by sea. Do you see those restrictions as being loosened or dropped anytime in the near future?“Well, that restriction is not legislation. It’s a practice that we have had over the years…As close as last February, Cuba was finally removed from that list of those places where your authorities didn’t consider our ports as safe for the visits of cruises to happen….I (will) meet the people from Carnival and other companies who will have the permission to travel soon, and we are addressing those issues, and certainly we will find some flexibility in the future.”President Obama and President Raúl Castro held a joint press conference during Obama’s recent visit to Cuba. At the press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Castro why the Cuban government was holding political prisoners, to which Castro said, ‘Show me a list, and if there are any political prisoners, they will be released.’ Afterwards, several organizations did produce such lists. Has the Cuban government reviewed them, and if so, will it be releasing political prisoners?“First, the guy that asked the question, and I know him personally, he didn’t have a list at all…The couple of lists I have seen later on…one list had 47 names, and the other one had 101, I think. When you are talking a population of 11 million people, that’s nothing, and we can compare with other countries in the region. But on one of those lists…there were 14 people from Central America who participated in terrorist acts in Cuba, and they are imprisoned for that reason…We haven’t received any official lists from U.S. authorities. Those are organizations that…have been in the business of producing lists and…presenting complaints about what is happening in Cuba, but nothing that is actually serious.”What do you see as the potential role for Houston, or for Texas more broadly, in terms of the future of U.S.-Cuban relations?“Probably, you are aware about the Mariel deepwater container  terminal and the economic zone around it. I have got a lot of interest…in the Port of Houston Authority in that regard, because…we will have a new dynamic in regional trade very soon, when the Panamanians finish…the expansion of the Panama Canal…And at some point I hope — don’t ask me when, but at some point I hope — Cuba will have a consular office in Houston, as we have many Cuban-Americans living in this area as well.”See the Baker Institute’s Director’s Lecture Series: The Future of US-Cuba Relations featuring José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez below: Listenlast_img read more

JSPL starts Indias largest billet caster plant in Odisha

first_imgJindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on Wednesday commissioned the country’s largest billet caster plant at Angul in Odisha.The billet caster plant, which would cast molten steel into semis of various sizes and shapes, would help the company to produce various long products used in construction sector. “We have commissioned India’s largest capacity billet caster plant in Angul within a record time of one year; setting yet another benchmark in the country,” JSPL’s Managing Director and Group CEO Ravi Uppal said in a statement.JSPL has a 2.5 mtpa steel making capacity at Angul and the company plans to raise it to six mtpa.Commissioning of the billet caster plant would enable JSPL to produce long products in addition to flat products already produced at the Angul plant.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 03, 2009 | Ken Compton, Medical QC Images Color LCDs, A Brighter Shade of Gray If monochrome and color displays differ by just three hues, why not try color? Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Photo courtesy of Barco Ever wonder where engineers get their ideas for designing a new product? In many cases, it is nature leading the way with form-fit-function. For example, a color display has three sub pixels of red, green and blue (RGB) that when combined in a ratio of 20, 70 and 10 are seen as white or some shade of gray. The human eye has “cone” receptors predominantly in the fovea and they can be divided into three groups based on wavelength sensitivity – red, green and blue – color and monochrome LCD displays use the same CCF lamps as the luminance source with the liquid crystal material acting as the light value. CCF lamps produce three distinctive wavelengths, again red, green and blue. The only difference between a monochrome and color display is how the three hues exit, either combined or separated. They are still integrated at the fovea for a seamless image. What makes today’s color LCDs viable for diagnostic reads of CR/DR images is a combination of higher peak luminance and small pixels (pixel pitch) that are below the eye’s ability to detect the mechanical row/column structure of the LCD. The new 3 Megapixel (MP) color cores are very difficult to distinguish from a monochrome when setup at the same peak luminance and luminance ratio. The history of color displays restricted their use to low-end images associated with ultrasound, nuclear imaging and similar modalities. High spatial content such as CR/DR required a monochrome solution to provide the luminance with small pixels to render fine detail. Color going back to CRTs had large pixels with limited pixel density no greater than 1,600 by 1,200 and half the luminance of a monochrome. Color CRTs also had poor contrast due to pixel overlap, in other words, a single pixel command would excite three or more surrounding pixels. Color LCD displays not only removed the pixel density limits with formats of 3MP and up but equaled their monochrome counterparts for contrast modulation (the ability to put an off pixel between two 100 percent on pixels and see the gap). In early 2008, a number of vendors introduced improved color displays at 3MP that could sustain 400-450cd/m2, the optimum luminance range for a reading room and meet AAPM suggested minimums. First generation 3MP color LCDs topped out at 350cd/m2 before calibration, which left minimal long term compensation capacity to meet AAPM. Another argument against color is that three sub-pixels of RGB are utilized to produce a net hue, which for a Kodak moment is fine, but to produce a grayscale image the balance of the RGB is 20 percent, 70 percent and 10 percent. As such, the green pixel provides the majority of the luminance, while the red and blue control the grayscale appearance. For those who are early implementers of PACS, the best color CRTs were 21-inch at 1,600 by 1,200 pixels and by virtue of the technology, the individual sub-pixels (RGB) were visible on close inspection. Active Matrix – LCDs present a much sharper definition of an individual pixel with more than twice the contrast modulation of the CRT.Viewing distance is a factor in workstation setup that makes color and monochrome 3MP displays appear equal. A radiologist’s optimum reading distance is 0.66 mm, at which distance the eye is capable of detecting 2.5 cycles/mm of a standard target or approximately a 0.20 mm target. Put another way at the same distance, two on pixels need to be separated by 0.18 mm (off pixel) for the eye to see them as distinct. The color content of the menu bar should be your only clue that it is a color display. Color LCDs with their color filters are less efficient than their monochrome counterparts without filters and this puts them at a disadvantage for peak luminance. But filters also reduce the black level by blocking light leakage indicative of all LCDs. In low ambient reading conditions, the color LCD can provide better contrast at the lowest grayscale levels wherein a monochrome LCD would have measurable light leakage. As noted previously, if a color and monochrome LCD are setup the same, they will appear equal to the eye. Being the same means setting the black level to no less than 1.5 times the ambient (4 times is ideal) to prevent data loss at the darkest regions and matching the luminance ratio (aka, contrast ratio for old school). For a radiology workstation in today’s world of increasing color content and enhancement, there is no reason left to not have a pair of color 3MPs for all modalities – except mammography – including CR/DR.Ken Compton, Medical QC Images, LLC., Weatherford, TX, 76087; Phone: (817) 701-6772. 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Japan proposes a spamusement park because…why not

first_imgTags: Japan, LOL, Theme Parks & Attractions Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Posted bycenter_img TOKYO — The Japanese are known for their quirky and innovative inventions, but this may very well take the cake.A video has been posted to YouTube of a proposed ‘spamusement’ park, where visitors can combine a day at the spa with the thrills and attractions of a traditional amusement park. Think rollercoaster baths and hot tub carousels and you’ve pretty much got the gist of it.The park would be based in the city of Beppu, known for its hot springs and luxury spas. Rides are based on traditional spa amenities and would incorporate plenty of water. Visitors, so it seems, aren’t required to wear clothing – a simple towel would suffice at this out-of-the-box park.Makers of the video had the goal of reaching one million views – they hit that mark in just a few days. As such, the mayor of Beppu has confirmed the city plans to begin development of the park, though no completion date has been set.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedWould you pay a visit to the world’s first spamusement park? Loading… Share Japan proposes a ‘spamusement’ park because…why not?last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Palestinians display weapons of protest

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain All concealed their identities with checkered kaffiyehs, black masks or, in one case, a balaclava printed with a Palestinian flag and the words “Popular Resistance” in Arabic. The images provide a rare look at the Palestinian stone throwers normally seen in the streets in action against Israeli soldiers.While they are viewed as symbols of resistance and even heroes by many Palestinians, stones can kill, and the Israeli army notes that hundreds of soldiers have been injured by Palestinian stone throwers. Over the years, many stone throwers also have been wounded or killed in fighting with Israeli troops.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? (AP) – One clutched stones behind his back, another extended a sling shot. A third man appeared wrapped in a Palestinian flag. All were masked.The seven Palestinians gathered in a home in the West Bank village of Bilin displayed their improvised weapons of protest as Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Oded Balilty snapped their portraits against a black backdrop.One muscled young man hoisted a tire like those burned in hastily thrown-up roadblocks. Another covered his face with a plastic bag like those worn by protesters for protection against tear gas. A third wore a gas mask.last_img read more

Trade Partners celebrate Carnival Cruise Lines Five Years

first_imgTrade Partners celebrate Carnival Cruise Line’s Five YearsTrade Partners celebrate Carnival Cruise Line’s Five YearsCarnival Cruise Line hosted some of their key trade partners at a private luncheon in Nouveau Restaurant onboard Carnival Spirit to celebrate the first five years sailing out of Australia on Tuesday 17 October.After an impromptu Conga on the top decks and setting the world record for the longest conga line at sea with over 1,500 guests, travel agents enjoyed a special three-course meal, complete with birthday cake, to celebrate the milestone!For more information and bookings call 13 31 94 or visit www.carnival.com.auAbout Carnival Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world with more than four and a half million guests travelling every year. The cruise line has two ships deployed in Australia, Carnival Spirit – the largest and newest cruise ship to be based in Sydney year-round – and sister ship Carnival Legend, sailing from Sydney each summer. With 45 activities to enjoy each day, both ships offer fun-loving families and couples memorable and great value holidays.Source = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals missed out on Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd, and have shown little inclination to try and coax Randy Moss out of retirement.If at some point the team decides that they’ll need more at the wide receiver position, options will be available.“What about Lee Evans with the Buffalo Bills,” Dave Burns suggested on Sports 620 KTAR’s Burns and Gambo show.Evans, 30, wouldn’t be a bad option for the Cardinals. He’s played all seven of his NFL seasons with the Bills, tallying 377 catches and 43 touchdowns. 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Evans is known for his speed and, quite frankly, for being a victim of poor surroundings.“He’s been beaten down by so many bad years in Buffalo,” John Gambadoro said on the show. Evans reaching the free agent market would mean he was cut by Buffalo, since the former Wisconsin Badger is still under contract. So, while they may plan on parting with the former first-round pick, the team may explore a trade first.Would the Cardinals be willing to part with more draft picks — the likely cost for Evans — after giving up a 2nd round pick to get Kevin Kolb?“Lee Evans is more of a stretch the field, down-field burner kind of a guy,” Burns said. “He would add that dimension that you would want.”The question for Burns was if, at 30, Evans’ best years are behind him. He had a career-low 37 receptions last year and scored just four touchdowns.“You’re in your prime at 30,” Gambadoro said. “Wide receiver, you touch the ball six times a game. How much slower is Lee Evans now than he was five years ago?”That may be the question the Cardinals find themselves asking over the next couple of weeks. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more