Indian Embassies Issue Advisory Against Fake Calls

first_imgIndian embassies in Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal have issued public notices against fraud calls that display their landline number. The callers usually asked people who have legally migrated to the country to transfer a sum of money citing some reason or the other.The Indian embassy in Canada issued the notice five days ago, after Canadian resident Vinod Kuruvilla was told by a caller that he must transfer $1,000 immediately to a bank account as his immigration papers were not in order, the Hindustan Times reported. Kuruvilla, 40, told the publication that he recognized the number as that of the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, Canada.The engineer from India who had moved to Canada six months ago then called the high commission, where an official told him that the call he received was one of the many cases of cyber fraud in which people are asked to transfer a sum for some reason. “The embassy officials told me to approach local police and advised me against giving out bank details or money,” he told HT.These calls are not isolated as four other embassies — France, Italy, Spain, Portugal — have sent out similar notices.“The high commission in Ottawa has taken up the matter with the Canadian government and we too have put out a public notice,” an Indian official was quoted as saying in the report.The notice from the Canadian embassy said: “Protect yourself from a telephone scam that relates to security deposits. We’ll never ask you for any sort of security deposit or payment over the telephone.” The notice added that scamsters can use telephone scams to steal people’s money or identity and asked people to be careful of such calls. “You should be very careful of scams asking for details like your credit card, bank account or passport numbers, and any other types of personal information. If you get a suspicious call, hang up right away and contact your local police to report it. You can also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre,” said the notice.The notice from the Indian embassy in France said: “Beware of fraudulent/hoax calls purportedly from telephone number 0140505070/71 belonging to Indian embassy asking for Indian students/diaspora transfer money, embassy of India never asks for such transfers.”These are not the only countries where people are vexed with fraudulent calls. Such fake calls also plagued Indian communities in Australia and Germany last year, with the Indian embassy in Berlin issuing at least four notices about fraudulent calls.Canada has over 1.2 million persons of Indian origin, almost 90 per cent of whom live in metropolitan areas and other major cities.According to the Indian embassy estimates, 106,000 Indians live in France. Related ItemsFraudlast_img read more

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2019-12-02

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U-19 World Cup: India beat Pakistan by 203 runs to enter finals

first_imgIndia enters quarterfinals of U-19 World Cup cricket India reaffirmed their supremacy in age-group cricket as they walloped arch-rivals Pakistan by an incredible 203 runs to make it to their sixth ICC U-19 cricket World Cup final here today. This is India’s biggest win against Pakistan at the age group level as the gulf in standard was way too visible.India have won the tournament in 2000 (under Mohammed Kaif), 2008 (Virat Kohli), 2012 (Unmukt Chand) while losing two finals in 2006 (Cheteshwar Pujara) and 2016 (Ishan Kishan).The immensely talented Shubhman Gill hit classy unbeaten 102 off 94 balls to guide India to 272 for 9 after winning the toss and then seamer Ishan Porel (4/17 in 6 overs) scythed through the Pakistan top-order with a terrific opening spell to help them bowl out for a mere 69 in 29.3 overs.“It was an outstanding performance from the bowlers as well as the batsmen. I am very satisfied with the performance. I am expecting an exciting contest against Australia in the final. I would also like to thank the crowd for their support,” skipper Prithvi Shaw said after the match.The concerns whether multi crore IPL deals will be a distraction proved to be unfounded as ‘Boys in Blue’ followed their guru Rahul Dravid’s instructions to the ‘T’ — that World Cup semifinals is once in a lifetime opportunity while auctions happen every year.Also read: IPL auction: Franchiees bet big on uncapped playersDravid’s boys will now take on Australia in the summit clash on February 3 in what will be a repeat of the 2012 edition which India won in Australia. Under Dravid, the team has now reached back-to-back U-19 World Cup final.The gameIndia literally outclassed their bitter rivals as it turned out to be a no-contest in the end. Batting first, openers Prithvi Shaw (41 from 42 balls) and Manjot Kalra (47 from 70 balls) again laid the foundation with 89-run opening stand during which the skipper was the aggressor and Kalra the anchor. But both were out in quick succession after which Gill took over to flay the Pakistani bowling attack with stylish strokeplay.With the pitch on the slower side, Gill got enough time to play the pull shot both in front and square of the wicket off pacers Arshad Iqbal, Shaheen Afridi and Musa Khan. There were flowing on-drives, the cheeky ramp shot as he worked on the extra bounce. He also played a slog sweep of left-arm spinner Mohammed Taha.“I rate this innings very highly as it was against Pakistan. The pitch was on the slower side and it was not easy for strokeplay. I am happy to have got the Man of the Match award,” Gill said after the match. Having bagged a Rs 1.8 crore deal from Kolkata Knight Riders, Gill was asked about his preferred format. “I would like to play all three formats as adaptability is the key,” said the player from Firozpur in Punjab.While defending the total, it was a walk in the park for the Indians as the Pakistanis once again found Shivam Mavi (4 -3-6-0) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s (5-1-7-0) pace too hot to handle. The pressure created by then enabled Porel to get four quick wickets with skipper Shaw taking a couple of brilliant catches at gully.Once Pakistan were 28 for 4, the Indian slow bowlers came into the act with left-arm spinner Shiva Singh (2/20 in 8 overs) and off-break bowler Riyan Das (2/6 in 4 overs) blowing away the opposition lower order to win the match in no time. January 30, 2018 COMMENT Shubman Gill reacts as he celebrates his century during the U-19 World Cup semi finals against Pakistan.   –  @BCCI RELATED × Will now take on Australia in the summit clash on February 3 in what will be a repeat of the 2012 editioncenter_img U19 World Cup: India record 100-run win over Australia SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE COMMENTS accomplishment Shubman Gill reacts as he celebrates his century during the U-19 World Cup semi finals against Pakistan.   –  @BCCIlast_img read more

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2019-11-26

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Kumari pitches for passage of womens reservation bill

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Women rights activist Ranjana Kumari today pitched for the passage of womens reservation bill, which proposes allotting 33 per cent of seats in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies to the fair sex, asserting that there is no “logical” reason behind the delay.”We have fought for 20 years and we have created a generation who will fight for another 20 years. We request the government that the bill be presented in the Lok Sabha so that it can be passed soon. There is no logical reason behind putting it off,” she said at an event here.The womens reservation bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but it lapsed subsequently after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha. PTI VAG GJS SMNlast_img read more

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2019-11-22

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Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo at the OCC-Athens (Video)

first_imgGiannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo at the Onassis Cultural Centre: they will not talk so much about basketball, but about the importance of the journey, about what it means to be “Greek”, and about all that it takes in order to succeed. Hosted by Afroditi Panagiotakou, Director of Culture, Onassis Foundation.TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – In what seems to be an unexpected partnership, the Onassis Foundation welcomes at the Onassis Cultural Centre two young men who have made Greece proud, Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. They will discuss with Afroditi Panagiotakou about the difficulties they encountered during their early beginning, the many obstacles, their achievements, and the opportunities they had. It is an important collaboration and encounter of a symbolic character. For more, come at the Onassis Cultural Centre on Saturday, 24 June. last_img read more

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2019-11-18

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Everyone Eats Well At Everytable

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The delicious, nutritious, affordable food of Everytable in South Los Angeles, with menus by a world-class chef, has come from an unlikely source: former Wall Street barons. The only return on investment they want? Healthy, happy Angelenos.A whopping 78.6 million adult Americans are considered obese, according to the CDC, which in, 2008, created an estimated annual medical cost of $147 billion dollars. Obesity can also translate to less education, less earning potential, and higher rates of mortality. It benefits the entire country to have a healthy populace. And while eating healthy has certainly become trendy, it is often financially prohibitive.Sam PolkSam Polk has seen every financial strata of America; his youth was spent helping his mother at the homeless medical clinics she ran in LA’s Skid Row. He then rose to become a wildly successful hedge fund manager at one of Wall Street’s top firms. All by the tender age of 30. He had money, power, and status. But one day he looked in the mirror and realized he’d lost himself. So, he did what most people wouldn’t do. He left that life and started using his business acumen to help people. Specifically, to help people eat better.“Solving issues around food is a personal passion of mine, as I’ve experienced my own struggles with food throughout my entire life.” Polk explains. “I was a teased, bullied, overweight kid growing up and my family was overweight as well. I have a deep understanding of how the consequences of obesity are not just financial and health-related, but also emotional and spiritual – especially in kids.” So he started his first nonprofit called Groceryships, which helps low-income families with nutritional education, providing access to fresh produce, and emotional support for dealing with food addictions.It was a start, but didn’t quite solve the whole issue. “Through Groceryships, we kept hearing from moms in the program that between taking care of their kids and working multiple jobs, they simply didn’t have time to cook.” Polk says. “Although they were grateful for the fresh produce we were providing them, they often had no choice but to buy meals on-the-go, which in South LA, means unhealthy and processed fast food.”That’s when Everytable was born. Through Groceryships, he struck up a friendship with aDavid Fostervolunteer named David Foster–another young finance titan with a social conscious. Foster’s career was in private equity and investment banking, but he soon signed on as a full-time staff member of Groceryships. He and Polk listened to these mothers’ need for fast meals and in 2014, they found a solution: Everytable.The idea is simple, yet radical. They would create essentially a fast food-style restaurant, where people can get a quick bite, but the food would be healthy, balanced, and most importantly, priced at a level the neighborhood could afford. Foster explains: “We…took into consideration the incomes in the neighborhoods where we’d be opening locations in order to make sure our meals would be affordable for people in each community. For example, in South LA, the average per capita income is $13K and our meals average $4 or less. In our downtown LA location opening next, those exact same meals will average $8, which is still competitive in that market.”BBQ Picnic BowlThey don’t serve your average grub either. Polk and Foster teamed up with Chef Craig Hopson to design menus that are healthy, flavorful, and respectful of the cultures and tastes they’re feeding. “Along with Culinary Director Johnny Yoo, Chef Hopson has done an extraordinary job creating a menu that celebrates and is rooted in the local cultures, cuisines and flavors of the South LA neighborhood.” Foster tells us. “The diverse, flavorful and nutritious dishes – from the Puebla Chicken Tinga, to the Vietnamese Chicken Salad and the BBQ Picnic Bowl – offer something that will appeal to everyone.” Menus are rotated seasonally to ensure no one gets bored and that only the best ingredients are used. Detailed nutritional information is available for each meal, all of which are made fresh daily. Calories are generally below 500 a serving.The staff is another way Polk and Foster are nurturing Everytable communities. According to Polk: “…we’re also focusing on offering jobs to individuals who have been left out. That’s why, in addition to hiring from the local communities we serve, we also try to hire folks that may otherwise have a tough time finding jobs. We’ve hired from places like The RightWay Foundation, which supports foster kids aging out of the system. We are also working with Homeboy Industries, an organization that helps former gang members re-enter society, to find qualified candidates.” Everytable nourishes mind, body, and soul.Everytable is a hit with the residents of South LA. While still collecting hard numbers on the number of repeat customers, remember, these are finance guys, Foster and Polk are pleased by the enthusiasm with which Everytable has been embraced. Within their first two weeks, they tracked several hundred people who were repeat customers, often stocking up on meals for their families. “We’ve been really excited to see these trends as it validates some assumptions about the incredible convenience offered by Everytable’s model,” Foster says. Because at the end of the day, people want to eat well.“We’re thrilled by the excitement and reaction from the community so far,” Polk tells us. “It’s certainly a testament to how much of a need there was for a healthy and affordable eatery in the South LA neighborhood. It’s wonderful to see so many familiar friendly faces, as well as new customers, come through our door.”The benefits of Everytable will no doubt be felt across generations and other communities as general health increases, positive eating habits are learned and passed along from parent to child, friend to friend, education and work opportunities increase. As Foster says, they’re “…working together to democratize nutritious food.” Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

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2019-10-24

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New Adventure Savings for UnCruise Clients in Alaska

first_imgSave up to $1,200 per week on 2019 small ship adventure cruises   SEATTLE, March 1, 2019 – Travel sellers with clients interested in an Alaska adventurethis summer, have a new savings offer to sweeten the deal on a small ship adventure cruise. Beginning March 1, UnCruise Adventures, an award-winning small ship cruise line, offers up to $1,200 in savings per week on select Alaska adventure cruises. “We are heading into our longest Alaska sailing season ever with cruises operating for six months,” said Tim Jacox, UnCruise Adventures’ president and COO. “Whether your clients have time to travel in spring or summer, we have an adventure ready and an offer for you to close the sale.” Save $1,200 per weekClients can save $1,200 per couple, per week on commander category cabins aboard the 86-guest Safari Endeavour and 90-guest Legacy. Departure dates are available from April through September. Mention code AK2019COMM to receive the savings. Rates begin at $4,695 per person before savings. Save $600 per weekA savings offer of $600 per couple, per week is good for select sailings on three wilderness ships in Alaska – 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Departure dates are available from April through July and the offer is good for trailblazer, pathfinder and explorer category cabins. Mention code AK2019WILD. Rates begin at $2,995 per person before savings. Solo travelers saveSingles traveling aboard the Legacy in Alaska in 2019 will save money with a single supplement waiver on commander category cabins on a space available basis. Departure dates are available from April through August.  Mention code AK2019SOLO. Offers are valid on new reservations booked between March 1 and April 19, 2019 for 2019 departures. Two week cruises receive double the savings. Ships carrying 22-90 guests sail adventure cruises with included activities and a focus on nature and wildlife.  Guests spend time exploring outside—kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and wildlife searches. With ships carrying less than 100 guests and few port calls, guests choose from a variety of activity levels and partake in multiple activities each day in remote, scenic areas of Alaska. UnCruise adventures are inclusive featuring fresh, innovative meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities and transfers day of cruise.  Port taxes and fees are additional. The offers are combinable with UnCruise’s Loyalty, Referral and Family Discoveries savings programs. To book or to request additional information, contact UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com.  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-90 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panamá. In 2018, UnCruise was picked as the top small ship cruise line in Alaska by Cruise Critic members. Travel & Leisure also named UnCruise to its list of top 10 small ship ocean cruise lines in its 2018 World’s Best Awards.last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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French Restaurant Refuses Table to Muslim Family

Rabat – A restaurant in the French town of Etretat, Normandy, refused a Muslim family a table on the grounds that the mother of the family was wearing a veil and of the Muslim faith, reports the regional newspaper Paris-Normandy.The father of the family, Mohsen Zemni, told the news organization that a waiter denied their entrance to the terrace of the restaurant La Belle Epoque, who instead proposed they sit at the bottom of the establishment.“I asked him if it was the veil of my wife that was problematic,” Zemni told 76actu news site. “He just reiterated that for us it was at the back of the room.” According to Zemni, other guests were sitting on the terrace at the time of his family’s denial and the refusal was based on Islamophobia. In response, the day after the incident, Zemni filed a complaint online and wrote the mayor of Etretat, Catherine Millet.“I will inquire with the institution because I have only one version of the facts. But if its the truth, it’s intolerable,” Millet said. “Of course, I will answer Mr. Zemni and I will try to reach the restaurant, but so far the communication is very difficult. We have only trade through registered letters.”According to Millet, La Belle Epoque is currently in a dispute with the municipality for illegally constructing a covered terrace in an already narrow street.The restaurant did not immediately respond to Morocco World News’ request for comment. read more

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2019-10-12

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African States need to move faster on development Uganda tells UN debate

23 September 2009The countries of sub-Saharan Africa have spent too long “wandering in the desert of under-development” and need to take faster steps towards building infrastructure and modernizing their economies, the President of Uganda told the opening of the General Assembly’s high-level debate today. Yoweri Museveni said the low levels of electrification across Africa were “shameful” and the high transport costs as a result of dilapidated or non-existent railways and road networks were obstructing the continent’s progress.“The whole of Africa needs to wake up on this issue and cooperate to find a solution,” Mr. Museveni during his address to world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters in New York.The Ugandan President contrasted the record of Africa and many Asian countries over the past 40 years, noting that the likes of Singapore, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Malaysia and China “did not similarly” struggle with under-development.“Fortunately, in the last 15 to 20 years, Africans have also got the grasp of the development compass. We have started doing what we had left undone for a long time and the ‘truth’ is now beginning to be ‘seen in us’.”Citing his own country’s record of relatively steady economic growth during the past two decades, Mr. Museveni said it was vital for poor countries to deal with bottlenecks in development and infrastructure.He warned of the danger of States such as Uganda exporting raw materials to richer nations and receiving only 10 per cent of the value of the final processed products.“In Uganda we are also transforming traditional subsistence agriculture into modern agriculture… This involves using improved seeds, fertilizers, tractors, irrigation, improved breeding stock and improved agro-practices.” read more

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2019-10-11

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Ravis lawyers write to commission on Shanil Nethicumara

Premier Legal Consultants, writing to the commission on behalf of Karunanayake, said that Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, who made the allegations during the commission hearings, had failed to investigate the claims before making the pronouncements last month. Karunanayake’s lawyers insist that their client is not related to Shanil Nethicumara. Premier Legal Consultants also noted that the allegations had been made in writing to the commission earlier yet Kodagoda repeated the claims at a public sitting in front of the media, knowing that the media will report on it.As a result Premier Legal Consultants said that their client, Karunanayake, is of the view that the allegations were made just to gain media attention both locally and internationally. Premier Legal Consultants also noted that at the time the matter was raised at the commission, Anika Wijesuriya had not filed a complaint with the Police.Karunanayake’s lawyers also alleged that while Anika Wijesuriya had left the country claiming she was facing threats, she had visited the country at least on one occasion.Premier Legal Consultants said that the irresponsible actions of Yasantha Kodagoda has caused pain of mind and damage to their client as some newspaper had given the impression that Karunanayake was behind the alleged threats made to Anika Wijesuriya. Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s lawyers have written to the Presidential commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam with regards to the allegations made by Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, linking Shanil Nethicumara with the former Minister.Nethicumara was accused of threatening the family of Anika Wijesuriya for giving evidence at the Bond Commission against Karunanayake. While denying Karunanayake had anything to do with the threats, Premier Legal Consultants has requested the commission to look into the matter and take appropriate action. read more

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2019-10-08

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TalaimannarColombo train services to be limited to Medawachchiya

Train services between Talaimannar and Colombo will be limited to Medawachchiya from tomorrow.The Railway Department said that the service will be limited till November 16 due to repairs to be carried out on a bridge. (Colombo Gazette)

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2019-10-08

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Tsai completes purchase of Nets arena hires Levy as CEO

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO.Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Sports President David Levy to oversee both.Tsai’s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NBA’s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise.He already had purchased 49% of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021, but pushed up that timeline for full ownership of the team.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsBrian Mahoney, The Associated Press read more

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2019-10-07

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The WNBA Wont Be The Same This Year Without Breanna Stewart

The worst fears of the WNBA and its fans were officially confirmed Wednesday: Reigning league and finals MVP Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm tore her right Achilles tendon — an injury that will sideline her for the season and at least temporarily shift the WNBA’s balance of power.She sustained the rupture over the weekend when she rose for a jump shot and landed on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner during the EuroLeague championship game. Stewart and scores of other American players use their offseasons to play in leagues overseas while the WNBA is off, as those opportunities often pay far more than their salaries here in the states. This injury is likely to intensify the debate over WNBA pay.But for the Storm, the loss of the 24-year-old is devastating, and it figures to totally alter the WNBA’s landscape for the time being.1It’s also worth noting that fellow WNBA star Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx has said she plans to sit out this upcoming season to focus on ministry work. At 26-8 last season, the Storm finished with the league’s best record and went on to sweep the Washington Mystics in three games for the championship — with Stewart a catalyst of both efforts.The former UConn star made her presence felt on offense (she led the league in total points and offensive win shares and ranked as the most-efficient offensive player in the league on a per-possession basis, per Synergy Sports) and on defense (second in defensive win shares). Her game had expanded considerably in her third year, in which she streamlined her shot profile and became a more prolific 3-point shooter while also developing into one of the WNBA’s three most-efficient offensive players in the post. (Star scorer Liz Cambage and Griner are the others, according to data from Synergy Sports.)2Among players who get at least two post-ups per game There’s almost certainly no way the Storm can replace Stewart’s all-around impact — something that few players in the world, if any, can make on a night-to-night basis. She was averaging almost 22 points (shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc) and eight rebounds while collecting more than two assists, one block and one steal per game. But the Storm does still have a talented roster without Stewart.Even at 38, as the WNBA’s oldest player, point guard Sue Bird has shown that she may have plenty left in the tank. In 2018, she logged career-best marks in virtually all her shooting metrics, while also assisting at the best rate she ever has. Fellow guard Jewell Loyd, a former No. 1 overall pick, is more aggressive and finished second on the team in scoring, with almost 16 points per game. She attacks the basket regularly and gets frequent trips to the line as a result. Natasha Howard was far and away the team’s best offensive rebounder — a skill that, without Stewart’s stellar shooting, will become even more important.Yet the team’s best bet offensively without Stewart may be to use more of an up-tempo style. The Storm were the WNBA’s most efficient team in transition last season, with players like Loyd and Jordin Canada in particular excelling when they played with improved pace. Playing faster might be a bit tough at times on the aging Bird. But the alternative — playing more slowly and being more deliberate about finding shot attempts — may not work all that well. Seattle was solid when the shot clock ticked under the four-second mark last year (ranking second in efficiency when that was the case, per Synergy). But Stewart was a primary reason for that, scoring on 43 percent of her plays that went late into the clock.3Stewart had 47 such plays, or about 1.4 per game.Assuming that the Storm take a considerable step back, the door figures to open for the semifinalist Phoenix Mercury — led by Diana Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner and Griner — to win their first title since 2014, when they set a record for wins in a season.Last season, Phoenix pushed Seattle to a fifth and deciding game for the right to play in the WNBA Finals, even entering the fourth quarter with the lead, despite being on the road in front of a raucous Storm crowd. It took arguably the best showing of Bird’s life in that last period to eliminate the Mercury.But now, without a superstar like Stewart, several Herculean efforts from a number of her teammates may be necessary to get Seattle anywhere close to the promised land again this year. read more

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2019-09-29

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Insights from Mining Indaba 2016

first_imgEarlier this month, Clareo Managing Partner Peter Bryant (a judge for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame) addressed a special session at Mining Indaba in Africa where he discussed the future of mining in Africa and how the Development Partner approach could positively impact the industry. He also moderated a panel on the subject that included the CEO of Anglo American, the Anglican archbishop for central Africa, the international head of Oxfam, and Hatch Goba’s head of sustainability for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In this update, he provides his takeaways from this year’s conference and offers insight into the conversations affecting the industry. “The dominant mood at Indaba 2016 was sombre. Nevertheless, I picked up on an underlying optimism from many speakers and participants about a brighter future, if major and fundamental change could be achieved through innovation – something in which the industry had massively underinvested through the super cycle. There was a growing realization that the old ways would no longer serve the industry in the future.“This innovation imperative should be focused upon technology that radically reduces production costs, increases productivity and reduces negative impacts. It must enable the development of otherwise uneconomic resources and provide a new way to engage with communities and other stakeholders to drive better outcomes for all, both during and after the life of the mine.“I was impressed with the range of new thinking that came from an ever growing and influential minority. Robert Friedland gave an impassioned address around the new disruptive technology possibilities, while Mark Cutifani advocated the Development Partner approach. This model, co-created with a multi-stakeholder group under the auspices of the Kellogg Innovation Network, drives a new way to engage with communities and other stakeholders, and is already being adopted at Anglo American.“This transformation must be accompanied by innovative new investment models for projects and associated multi-use infrastructures, such as those advocated by the Milken Institute and Anglo Pacific’s Julian Treger in his panel comments. These innovations require a policy and regulatory environment that encourages this transformation and provides stability.“This is a pivotal moment for South Africa. As a major resource country, it can either hold on to the old ways and see only diminishing returns, or embrace the future by taking an active role in the transformation. This will take a bold vision, courage from leaders in public and private sectors, and a fundamental shift in mindset. These factors combined promise a brighter future for South Africa, with the benefits of its resource endowment being more equally shared among all stakeholders, especially surrounding communities, and the development of a more diverse economic base that will result in a more competitive country and improved social and environmental outcomes.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Geekcom is hiring writers

first_imgGeek.com is looking to expand its roster! If you think you have what it takes to put your writing in front of millions of technophiles a month, then this could be your big chance.We’re looking to make both full-time and part-time hires — if you’re the right person we want to get you writing for us. So if you are sitting in front of a workstation waiting for something to render and you have a few hours that you’d rather spend productively than trying to beat your Angry Birds high scores, we want you to reach out. Basically, if you live and breathe technology, you were personally offended when your iPhone 4S started to say “4G” at the top when you upgraded to iOS 5.1, and you hate it when people confuse megabits and megabytes, then we should talk.We’re really looking for experienced tech writers for the full-time positions, but we’ll consider your blog, comments, and any other other smart stuff you’ve written. We expect that applicants will have reasonable control of the English language, know the basics of grammar and punctuation, and that you really, really know your tech. Obviously we’re looking for geeks too, so don’t try to fake it and tell us you watched Avatar, we’ll see right through that.Ziff Davis is an equal opportunity employer — We will hire both Star Wars and Star Trek fans.Still interested? Email sal@geek.com with “Geek Job” as the subject. Include your name, resume (inline or attached as plain text), and then a little about yourself. Make sure to explain why you think you’d be a good fit and whether you’d want to write full- or part-time. Please note – we need the full-timer to be located in or around NYC.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Stunning Waterford Plaza open for business

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The newly renovated Waterford Plaza was officially opened last Sunday, giving Perth a new shopping experience. The two-year, two-stage development that cost $80 million was completed by owners George Atzemis and Con Berbatis. The plaza will now be the largest shopping complex in South Perth. The shopping centre was officially opened by the City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty, and Father Emmanuel Stamatiou. The plaza, located on the corner of Manning Road and Kent Street opposite Curtin University, will house 65 operators and two national supermarket chains: Coles and Supa IGA. Lease Equity managing director Jim Tsagalis, who was responsible for the leasing of the development, told Perth Now that “the overall tenancy mix [he was] able to secure is very strong with an excellent array of national and international retailers, mixed with some local favourites, offering great appeal to the surrounding catchment”.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Intelligence animale des lézards aussi doués que des oiseaux

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2019-09-20

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Les Nokia Lumia 610 900 et 808 arrivent en France

first_imgLes Nokia Lumia 610, 900 et 808 arrivent en FranceSacré innovation de l’année au MWC 2012, le Nokia Lumia 808 PureView arrive au mois de juin en France. Par la même occasion, Nokia a annoncé la sortie prochaine de deux autres modèles de la gamme, le 610 et le 900.Les derniers smartphones Nokia arrivent en France. Déjà présent au MWC 2012, les trois smartphones Nokia Lumia 610, 900 et 808 Pureview devrait arriver vers le mois de juin.Nokia Lumia 610À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Ce smartphone représente l’entrée de gamme de la marque. Il propose un écran WVGA de 3,7 pouces, un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon cadencé à 800 MHz. Il embarque un appareil photo 5 mégapixels et tournera sous Windows 7.5. Pour le Lumia 610, Nokia reste dans l’idée d’un smartphone plutôt petit et fin avec des dimensions de 12 x 62,2x 119,2 mm. Mais la firme mise surtout sur un prix attractif de 249 euros pour attirer le public.Nokia Lumia 900Petit frère du Lumia 800, le Nokia Lumia 900 possède un écrant AMOLED ClearBack de 4,3 pouces, embarque un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon mono-coeur cadencé à 1,,4 GHz et tournera lui aussi sous Windows 7.5. Il conserve son appareil photo de 8 megapixels et se dote d’un APN supplémentaire de 1,3 mégapixel. Il sera disponible au mois de juin au prix de 600 euros.Nokia 808 PureViewGrand gagnant du MWC 2012, le Nokia Lumia 808 PureView arrive lui aussi au mois de juin. Ce qui fait la force de ce téléphone, c’est son appareil photo de 41 mégapixels, du jamais vu sur les autres smartphones. Pour le reste, il propose un écran AMOLED de 4 pouces et embarque un processeur ARM 11 cadencé à 1,3 GHz. Contrairement aux deux autres, il tournera sous le système d’exploitation développé par Nokia, Nokia Belle. Disponible en exclusivité chez The Phone House, il sera vendu au prix de 600 euros.Le 29 mai 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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2019-09-20

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Working in Clark County Billy Joe Snook scuba instructor

first_imgBilly Snook, owner of Seven Seas Scuba, tells a story about diving in Browning Pass, north of Vancouver Island, when a giant octopus slithered familiarly onto his lap. Snook’s diving apparatus, a closed-circuit rebreather, allows close encounters like this because it emits no disturbing bubbles and allows longer dives. Since Snook was able to stay still longer and adapt to the creature’s surroundings, he made a new deep-down friend.It’s these types of experiences Snook enjoys while teaching his advanced diving students; the thrill of becoming one with the underwater environment, seeing the beauty of the ocean floor, and enjoying sea life displaying more natural, undisturbed behavior.Name: Billy Joe Snook.Business name: Seven Seas Scuba (owner), 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 216, Vancouver.Residence city/neighborhood: Sifton.Age: 52.Educational/professional background: I’m originally from upstate New York and was a Navy kid, so we moved 15 times before I got out of high school. I graduated from Columbia River High and then took some vocational training at Clark College.I was working in homebuilding and metal fabrication, and became certified in diving in Maui. While it was a hobby, I was hoping eventually to become an instructor. When the recession hit, I did what I could to make money diving here and in Florida and California.How — and when — you got started in your business: I have been fascinated by the ocean for as long as I can remember. I watched Jacques Cousteau as a youngster and always wanted to learn to dive. I started diving in 1995, became certified and started Seven Seas Scuba in 2004. Now I generally focus my instruction on closed-circuit rebreather diving.last_img read more

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2019-09-19

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Bahamas PM Minnis Officially Welcomes SLS Brand to The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night.   SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.  Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.   The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas.   The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar.   On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort.   I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities.   Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges.   New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products.   The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017.  From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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TCI Ongoing Roadwork – Paradise Road West

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, January 29, 2018 – Providenciales – Please be advised that Paradise Road West is scheduled to be paved beginning by 8:00am on Monday, January 29th.  Paving activities will last a full day.During this time, Paradise Road West will serve as a one-way road.  It will be closed to incoming from Winward Road and Paradise East, however, it will remain open to incoming traffic from Cooper Jack Bay Road as displayed above.If you are a resident of this street, your property access may be temporarily blocked with equipment as paving progresses.  We ask that you please make appropriate arrangements to depart and/or return to your residence prior to paving commencing.  Similarly, please do not plan to depart or return while paving operations are taking place immediately in front of your property.Traffic controllers will be present to give necessary directions to motorists thereby ensuring safe and efficient operations.  We apologize in advance for any disruptions caused by this work.  Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the roads in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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