WELCOME to the Server Room!

first_imgHi all!I’m Trevor Lawless, community manager for the Server Room, and manager of Performance Benchmarking within Intel’s Server Platforms Group. Because we regularly visit with IT, I am excited to bring a Server-specific forum to Intel’s communities website. My desire here is to share the expertise of some of our key team members, and make the Server Room a knowledge center for you, the IT manager.In the first few weeks of the Server Room we will be covering a number of topics via discussions and blogs from our experts. We are starting this week with discussions around Intel’s new 45nm Hi-k metal gate processor-based platforms, and why we think they are “Optimized for you”. You will see Intel experts sharing their opinions on Platform performance, power benefits, and our push to be Eco-friendly. Check out Shannon Poulin’s blog here. In addition, on the schedule in the coming weeks are additional topics such as “Optimized for HPC”: Intel’s next generation CPU and chipset combination; “Optimized for Datacenter”: Future Datacenter, Power benefits at datacenter scale; Virtualization “Where Silicon and Software Meet”; “Performance Optimized for Workstations”, the future workstation.I look forward to these discussions, and your comments, in the coming weeks. Happy blogging!-Trevorlast_img read more

NIH Launches Effort to Boost Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce

first_imgThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it will pour up to $500 million over 10 years into an initiative to encourage more minority scientists to pursue research as a career and to bolster their chances of winning a grant. The agency is responding to a study published in Science in 2011 that found that African American researchers are much less likely to receive grant funding from NIH than are white scientists with a similar research record. In June, a working group of NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) responded to the study by urging steps to get more minority students into the training pipeline, improve mentoring, and address possible bias in peer review. To do that, NIH plans to launch a program of undergraduate scholarships and research experiences called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD). It will give about 150 new undergraduate students per year (for total of 600 students) up to 2-year tuition scholarships, research experiences in summer and after college, and possibly graduate loan repayment, NIH deputy director Lawrence Tabak explained yesterday to ACD. 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BUILD, which will run alongside those programs, is more “holistic,” Tabak says. The program’s “primary sites” will be institutions with less than $7.5 million a year in NIH research funding and a significant number of students on Pell grants, need-based federal scholarships. These institutions will form partnerships with research institutions at which the students can get lab experience. “The idea is to try to reach out to groups that traditionally don’t have this opportunity,” for example at community colleges, said NIH Director Francis Collins. NIH will also launch a national mentoring network for young minority researchers. The agency will work to ensure fairness in peer review, for instance by exploring whether reviewers have unconscious racial biases and by pilot testing reviews of anonymized applications. NIH expects that the total costs, most of which will go to BUILD, will average roughly $50 million a year over 10 years and be funded from NIH’s cross-institute Common Fund. Reed Tuckson, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs of UnitedHealth Group who co-chaired the ACD working group on diversity with Tabak, praised NIH’s response to “a heavy, laden issue” at time when the agency faces budget cuts. “There are some people who will perhaps say [the plan] didn’t go far enough, … but this is a lot of money on the table at a time of unprecedented challenges for the NIH,” Tuckson said.last_img read more

Klopp hails Jadon Sancho, addressing him as “one of the best”

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/PAAdvertisementFollowing the 3-2 defeat against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has highly praised the German side’s winger Jadon Sancho, exemplifying him of exceptional talent.Image Courtesy: Getty/PAKlopp experienced the 19-year old’s raw prowess firsthand, as the Dortmund No. 7 put up a brilliant show in South Bend.The German was interested in signing the English teenager back in 2017, but the winger departed Manchester City’s youth team for Klopp’s former club to have a chance at some senior Bundesliga action.Under Lucian Favre, the English starlet grew really well, and had a creditable last season with BVB- 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.In the post match interview, the Reds boss was full of praise for Sancho, but hinted at other young English talents with drawn comparisons.“He’s an exceptional talent but he’s not the only one in England at the moment” the 52-year old said.“That age group has already a few—Rhian Brewster is the same age. Raheem Sterling, for example.”“I don’t want to forget any wingers, but there are a lot of talents; young and very, very promising players in England.”“There is no doubt about the potential of Jadon Sancho. His speed and body control at the highest speed is his main strength.Although Klopp put up his reserves against the heavyweight Germans, but was impressed at Yasser Larouci, the Egypt-born French teenager who was right on par in dealing against Sancho on field.“Yasser, our 18-year-old left-back, played against one of the biggest talents in world football and did pretty well the whole night.” he added.Advertisementlast_img read more

Christen Press: how did a World Cup winner end up at a club she didn’t want to join?

first_imgWomen’s football Christen Press is one of the world’s best footballers: she has a nose for goal and the skill to take on defenders. So how did she end up at a club she refuses to play for?The situation seemed typical at first: the Houston Dash acquired her from the Chicago Red Stars in a trade involving Carli Lloyd, the sort of swap that happens all the time in American sports. But it quickly emerged something was amiss. She did not acknowledge the trade on social media and the Dash didn’t immediately make her the face of the club.As it turned out, Press had no interest in playing for Houston and she was willing to stand her ground, something the Dash only learned after the trade was executed in January. Instead, the 29-year-old continues the standoff by refusing to report to the Dash’s preseason camp in hopes of prompting a trade elsewhere. USA women’s football team Now the Dash, who have lost a superstar in Lloyd with nothing to show for it, and Press, who needs regular minutes ahead of Women’s World Cup qualifying this fall, are stuck in limbo. Neither side appears willing to budge, but the start of the NWSL season on 24 March rapidly approaches. Neither Press nor the Dash have publicly commented on the unresolved ordeal, but several sources confirmed the details of the unusual stalemate to the Guardian.The saga of the unwanted trade highlights the complicated balancing act between the fledging National Women’s Soccer League and the US national team, which is the source of much of the league’s star power. For many stars, lucrative paychecks await at Europe’s powerhouse teams – but both the players union and US Soccer have made a concerted effort to grow the NWSL, now in its sixth year, by keeping their talent in the league.That’s why after the 2017 season, US internationals were invited to list their preferences if they wanted to be traded within the NWSL, according to multiple knowledgeable sources. Many players got exactly what they wanted this offseason.Lloyd wanted a move out of Houston and landed in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband. Crystal Dunn would only leave Chelsea for the NWSL if the Washington Spirit traded her league rights so she could head to North Carolina. Sydney Leroux joined Orlando, where her husband, Dom Dwyer, plays for the same club. Allie Long went to Seattle while Kelley O’Hara landed with the new Utah Royals franchise.But Press, who sought a move to the west coast, was traded to Houston in a surprise twist. Houston apparently thought they couldn’t contact Press beforehand due to anti-tampering rules, but a league source says Houston could have asked for and received permission to contact her, which they didn’t. At the time, Press did not have a dedicated agent the Dash could contact and sources in Houston insist they sought assurances from others close to Press.Though player-side and Houston sources say they feel Chicago may have been misleading in trade talks about her willingness to play in Houston, Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler flatly denies that and says Chicago were upfront and forthright. What is clear is that the Dash knew Houston wasn’t on Press’s list of preferred destinations, which included Seattle, Portland and later Utah. Despite a post-trade visit with Press and the front office in Houston that included a tour of the Dash facilities, Press’s mind remains unchanged and she has not joined Dash preseason camp. While player moves in Europe come in the form of transfers for money and players have final say in where they end up, player trades are popular in American sports. The trades can be bundled with other mechanisms that help teams acquire players, such as draft picks or international roster spots, which would allow teams to carry more than the NWSL maximum of four non-Americans. Top-tier players often negotiate no-trade clauses in contracts to avoid being uprooted, but that isn’t the case in the NWSL.Trades also often happen abruptly without the player knowing anything about it beforehand. Press was traded to Houston in a three-way trade involving Chicago and New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC – it gave Lloyd the move she requested, but Press said it came as a surprise, which isn’t unusual.The Dash have little recourse other than to hope Press changes her mind or try to trade her for assets within the NWSL. Allocated players whose salaries are subsidized by US Soccer – which includes every national team regular – do not sign contracts with individual clubs. The Dash only have Press’s NWSL rights, meaning she is free to play in another league. Most European transfer windows are closed, but Sweden, where she played until 2014, remains open. It is time for female footballers to be treated as equals Share on WhatsApp The Dash have received trade offers from other NWSL clubs for Press, but none have been able to match the star power and quality Houston would give up in Press. They also have enough attacking depth on their roster that they can afford to hold firm. Less than two weeks from the start of the season, the standoff has shown little progress.It not unheard of for players to make demands about where they want to be – consider Dimitri Payet’s refusal to play for West Ham last year or Lee Nguyen’s ongoing campaign to leave the New England Revolution after years with the team. But female soccer players often have fewer viable options and paychecks a fraction of the size than they are for men, who may put up with less ideal circumstances for the lucrative compensation involved. For Press, who may have sacrificed better-paying options to stay in the NWSL, it’s apparently an issue worth standing her ground on – but it is not without risk. If she can’t be traded out of Houston and refuses to play, she could end up with few good options until the summer transfer windows open back up in Europe. With the Women’s World Cup next year, Press will want regular minutes to prove she belongs in USA manager Jill Ellis’s plans since roster competition is fierce.For now, though, the NWSL regular season inches closer to opening day without Press. Until either the Dash or Press flinch first, the standoff continues. 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7,200 Students to Sit GNAT May 10

first_imgSome 7,200 students attending All-Age and Primary and Junior High Schools are scheduled to sit the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT) on Friday, May 10.The GNAT will be carried out in 205 centres across the island and students will be tested on the subjects of Mathematics and Language Arts. Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Dorrett Campbell, told JIS News that all is in place to administer the examination. She explained that for students to be eligible for entry to High and Technical High Schools, they must not be older than 16 years of age or younger than 14 years of age on January 1, 2013. That is, candidates should have been born between January 1, 1997 and September 1, 1999, both dates inclusive.To be eligible for entry to Sydney Pagon Agricultural School or Knockalva Agricultural School, candidates must not be older than 17 years of age or younger than 15 years of age on September 1, 2013. Candidates should have been born between September 1, 1996 and September 1,1998, both dates inclusive.Special accommodation will be made for all special needs students sitting the examination, Ms. Campbell said. The GNAT is used to place All-Age and Primary and Junior High School students in Grade 10 of High and Technical High schools. All students registered in Grade 9 for school year 2012/2013 are to sit the examination. They will sit the examination in their own schools, unless otherwise instructed by the Regional Education Officer for the respective schools.By Judith A. Hunter, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

New Book Celebrates Nova Scotia as One of the Most Successful Democracies

first_imgA new book commemorating the 250th anniversary of representative government in Nova Scotia and the birth of parliamentary democracy in Canada was launched at Province House. The Peaceful Revolution: 250 Years of Democracy in Nova Scotia, with colourful stories, photos and illustrations, was written by Nova Scotian author and historian John Boileau and co-published by Nimbus Publishing and Democracy 250. The Peaceful Revolution describes how Nova Scotia helped shape the course of history in Canada, North America and beyond. It provides detailed accounts of the see-sawing battles between England and France for control of key North American footholds, as well as recounting Nova Scotia’s pioneering role in establishing freedom of the press and Canada’s first representative and responsible governments. The forward to the book, written by Democracy 250 co-chairs Russell MacLellan and John Hamm, refers to it as “perhaps the most complete version of Nova Scotia’s long, sometimes painful, but ultimately proud and peaceful, journeys towards democracy. A truthful story, replete with the good and the bad, it fills the gaps other historical accounts leave empty.” Mr. MacLellan said the book doesn’t gloss over the injustices of the past. “It openly acknowledges the sad chapters in Nova Scotia’s history, including the expulsion of the Acadians and how European settlement almost wiped out the ancestors of today’s Mi’kmaq.” John Hamm described The Peaceful Revolution as a wonderful resource for educators and anyone who loves history. “It provides insight into many events that are not widely known and many Nova Scotian characters whose influence on Canadian history was significant, but not widely shared. The book will help more people become familiar with the important role Nova Scotia played in shaping Canada’s democratic institutions.” Nimbus Publishing general manager Dan Soucoup, said: “Nimbus Publishing is extremely pleased to have collaborated with author John Boileau and Democracy 250 in chronicling Nova Scotia’s rich history during this special year of celebration. The Peaceful Revolution will be lasting legacy of the celebrations which mark an important milestone in Nova Scotia’s, and Canada’s, history.” The Peaceful Revolution: 250 Years of Democracy in Nova Scotia is available in bookstores across the country.last_img read more

OBC reservation in local bodies will not come down Maha CM

first_imgNagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday sought to ally the concerns arising out of an ordinance passed by the state government over the proportion of OBC reservation in the Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis. According to the provisions of the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Act, 1961, offices of the sarpanch, chairperson of the panchayat samiti and the president of the zilla parishad are reserved for the SCs and STs based on the proportion of their population. There is a flat 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The government recently issued an ordinance on the OBC quota in local bodies in the wake of a petition filed in the Bombay High Court objecting to the violation of 50 per cent quota ceiling in these bodies. “In some districts, the number of seats for OBCs was reduced due to the 50 per cent quota limit. By introducing the ordinance, we have restored those affected seats. The reservation will not come down till this government is in power,” the CM told reporters.last_img read more

UN chief urges all sides to commit to political solution to end

Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East. In a telephone call on Wednesday, Mr. Ban told Libyan Prime Minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, that he was “very troubled” that there had been an absolute lack of progress in the efforts to find a politically negotiated solution to the crisis, despite the efforts of his Special Envoy, Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib. The Secretary-General said all sides must commit to a political process, and urged the Prime Minister to respond constructively to the Special Envoy’s ideas, according to a read out provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Separately, Mr. Ban today voiced his deep concern over reports of unacceptably large number of civilian casualties in the conflict. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed his sincere sympathies and solidarity with the Libyan people, particularly those who have lost loved ones in recent attacks. “The Secretary-General calls on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life,” said the statement. He reiterated his strongly held view that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis, and called for a ceasefire linked to a political process which would meet the aspirations of the Libyan people, saying that such a truce was the only viable means of achieving peace and security. Mr. Ban urge all parties to the conflict to immediately engage with Mr. Khatib, and respond “concretely and positively” to the ideas presented to them. The two sides to the conflict remain divided on how to reach a political solution to the crisis, which has caused an estimated 630,000 people to flee Libya since February and displaced another 200,000 within the country. In his conversation with the Prime Minister, the Secretary-General, who is currently on an official visit to the Republic of Korea, also voiced concern over the lack of medical supplies and fuel, which had added urgency to the need to address the humanitarian needs. Contrary to one Libyan media report, however, the Secretary-General did not say he would invite the Security Council to convene a special session, the read-out added. 11 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call on all sides in Libya to commit to a political process, lamenting the lack of progress in efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict. read more

Philippines UN officials mourn victims of storm tragedy

19 December 2011United Nations officials today sent their sympathies to the people of the Philippines after a tropical storm slammed the south of the country at the weekend, causing devastating floods that left more than 500 people dead and hundreds of others missing. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his condolences to the affected families, the people and the Government of the Philippines, saying that the UN and partners stand ready to support the national authorities in responding to the disaster.Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, said in her message of sympathy that there are lessons to be learned from tropical storm Washi, also known locally as Sendong.“The first is that more must be done to ensure early warning systems are effective in an age when climate change is intensifying the impact of typhoons,” said Ms. Wahlström. “More must be done to educate people on disasters and climate change so they understand the risk they run when they refuse to heed warnings and do not evacuate on time.”She noted that the storm was identified two days before flash floods and landslides swept through the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on the island of Mindanao.“The second is to understand the deadly cocktail of exposure and vulnerability created by poverty, rapid urbanization and deforestation which results in huge loss of life, homes and hard-won development gains when a storm of this magnitude strikes. The proportion of the world’s population exposed to typhoons and cyclones has almost tripled in the last 30 years and disaster management is not keeping pace,” she added.Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines, who is also a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), called on local authorities throughout the country to invest in flood infrastructure, including river embankments, pumping stations, flood walls, drainage systems, storm drains, canals and flood retention areas.“We have to take note that the high number of casualties caused by Typhoon Sendong could be due to lack of awareness of the risk and proper action of residents in affected areas, as they have not experienced floods of such magnitude in the past,” said Ms. Legarda.“Thus, information dissemination and community disaster preparedness is also a crucial part in this effort, because an educated populace would be prepared and know what to do in times of disaster.” read more

India allocates Rs 125 crore for Sri Lanka in 2017 budget

However, the allocation for Nepal has been increased from Rs 300 crore to Rs 375 crore in the Budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament today. India has allocated Rs 125 crore for Sri Lanka in the 2017 budget which was presented today.The Indian External Affairs Ministry has been given Rs 14,798 crore in the Union Budget, an increase of mere Rs 135 crore compared to last year with a major decline in allocation for projects in Afghanistan from Rs 520 crore to Rs 350 crore, the Press Trust of India reported. An amount of Rs 150 crore has also been allocated for Chabahar Port, a strategic oceanic port situated in Iran. While no allocation was made for the project in 2016-17 budget, an amount of Rs 100 crore was given under revised budget. As per revised estimate, Rs 13,426 crore was given to the Ministry in 2016-17, a decline of Rs 1236.66 crore from the budgetary allocation given that fiscal.In total, Rs 6479.13 crore has been earmarked under “total-aid to countries” which included Bhutan (Rs 3714 crore), African countries (Rs 330 crore) and Bangladesh (Rs 125 crore), Sri Lanka (Rs 125 crore).Separately, Rs 14798.55 crore has been earmarked for other expenditures like those relating to pilgrimages abroad (Rs 3.50 crore), Nalanda university (Rs 253.88), maintenance cost of Aircraft of Air India for VVIP travel (Rs 215 crore) and ‘Special Diplomatic Expenditure’ (Rs 2200.01 crore). (Colombo Gazette) read more

Premiers call on Ottawa to grant them more control over immigration

Premiers call on Ottawa to grant them more control over immigration by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2012 6:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – The premiers are calling on Ottawa to give them more control over the number of immigrants they can recruit and the kinds of services they can provide to them.The provincial and territorial leaders concluded a meeting Friday on the economy in Halifax, where they said their governments — and not Ottawa — are best positioned to deliver settlement services and address their labour market needs through immigration.“In a nutshell, we want greater flexibility,” said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, attending his final gathering with his counterparts.“We want to become masters of our own destiny when it comes to the immigration file. Nobody better understands our needs and our capacity to accommodate and our capacity to develop new Canadians so they can develop to their fullest.“Give us more space. Let us run with this.”Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia echoed that message.“We want more space to be able to make our decisions about which immigrants will come to our provinces, where they will be settled and how many we’ll get,” Clark said.“It’s provincial governments that drive economies in every part of the world. Immigration is one of the single most important economic levers that any jurisdiction has and the provinces … don’t control it.”They are pushing the federal Immigration Department to raise the number of people they can accept through immigrant nominee programs. Clark wants Ottawa to allow it to take in 6,500 people through its program next year — up from 3,500.In Ontario’s case, McGuinty wants that to be hiked to 5,000 from 1,000.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he has long been lobbying to increase its annual immigration nominee program cap to 6,000 from 4,000.“If the answer is zero that will be difficult to understand,” said Wall in Regina.“We’re asking for not another dime. In fact, we’ve said to them if for whatever we are asking causes some federal costs, we’ll pay for them. That’s how important it is for us.”Wall didn’t attend the meeting but joined the premiers by teleconference, saying he didn’t travel to Halifax because he wanted to save taxpayers’ money.Alexis Pavlich, a spokeswoman for federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said in an email that Ottawa is already working on a system that would allow employers and provinces to select additional immigrants from a pool of highly trained workers.Pavlich also said the government has expanded provincial nominee programs, with plans next year to bring 42,000 to 45,000 people into the country, representing a seven-fold increase since 2004.But she added that the programs have had problems in the past that Ottawa is trying to address with the provinces, referring to the tendency for some immigrants to leave the provinces that recruited them.Robert Vineberg, a research fellow with the Canada West Foundation, said if Ottawa allows immigration to rise from about 250,000 people a year to about 300,000, it would likely meet the provinces’ demands without having to relinquish control.“If the overall immigration levels were increased at a reasonable rate over the next five years or so, the provinces will probably be satisfied with the numbers available to them,” he said.As for the premiers seeking more authority over settlement programs, Vineberg said the provinces should be prepared to pay for taking that on, adding that some of them spend little on helping immigrants find work.“Ottawa spends close to a billion dollars a year on this,” said Vineberg, a former executive with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.“In terms of settlement, he who pays the piper calls the tune.”The idea for a discussion between premiers about the economy came up during their last meeting in July, when they agreed to try to find ways on how they could protect their provinces from a global economy in flux.The premiers invited Prime Minister Stephen Harper but he declined, saying he has met regularly with the premiers individually and will continue to do so in the future.McGuinty said he would’ve preferred Harper attend the meeting, but added that it’s time for the provinces to move on and do what they can on their own.“It’s not a matter of ‘Waiting for Godot,’” McGuinty said, referring to Samuel Beckett’s existentialist play about two men who wait endlessly for another character who never arrives.“It’s a matter of seizing opportunities.”Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, who hosted the conference, said the provinces want Harper to come to the table and start renegotiating funding agreements in skills development and training before they expire in 2014.Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, attending her first premiers’ conference, used the occasion to hold separate talks Thursday with Alberta Premier Alison Redford. They agreed to study the economic opportunities and environmental issues associated with bringing Alberta oil to eastern Canada.Marois said she will continue coming to the meetings, even though she represents a government that aims to separate Quebec from Canada.“All premiers of Quebec since Jean Lesage have never kept a chair empty in these kinds of institutions,” Marois said.“This is the new institution to ensure the premiers have a place to exchange and discuss.” read more

Commentary Bengals Lions need to spread ball around to have success

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals look to win their second straight road game Sunday when they travel to Detroit to face the Lions in what will be a matchup of two teams with a great deal of similarities.The Bengals (4-2) have not won a playoff game in 22 years. The Lions (4-2), hold the second lost playoff drought, having not won in the postseason in 21 years.Both teams feature two of the top receivers in the league. Calvin Johnson (24 receptions, 337 yards, four touchdowns) of the Lions is widely considered the best pass catcher in football while the Bengals’ A.J. Green (37 receptions, 464 yards, four touchdowns) is a budding star closing in on Johnson’s heels.The two defenses are charged by rare athletes on the defensive line. Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh (2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, four stuffed runs) is a rare talent while Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins (four sacks) is one of the strongest, most gifted interior defensive linemen in the game.And both squads feature quarterbacks who are strongly reliant upon their respective star receivers. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford struggled when Johnson sat out of their game against Green Bay earlier this season, and the team team failed to score a touchdown. The Bengals’ Andy Dalton, meanwhile, has only had two strong games this season, both games in which Green topped 100 yards receiving (week one and week six). While it is only natural for a passer to look towards a supremely gifted player of the caliber of Johnson or Green, both signal callers must learn to spread the ball around. After all, some of the league’s best passers, such as New England’s Tom Brady and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, have been more consistent with far less talent at wide receiver.While the Lions have struggled against the run this year (surrendering 124.8 yards a game), the Bengals will most likely have to air it out on Sunday in order to keep up with Detroit’s offense, which is averaging 27 points a game. On defense, while it is not clear how healthy Johnson is at this point, as he has been recovering from a minor knee injury, a fully-recovered Johnson may just have a wildly successful day against a Cincinnati secondary that has struggled on the road. The week seven matchup between two up-and-coming teams should be a high scoring affair that will allow the winner to remain atop its division. read more

Lick This Blog

first_imgPeople magazine is running an ad this month from Welch’s 100% grape juice which encourages readers to lick it. It tastes, I’m told, like Welch’s 100% grape juice.It’s an historic acid test—the ad represents the final frontier of sensory marketing in magazines to be attempted by Madison Avenue.We’ve seen ‘em try sight (remember the ad embedding LEDs a couple years back), sound (People once accepted an ad that played Elvis’ “Hound Dog” to annoying effect), touch and, of course, smell (see “Scent Strips Stink,” a post by FOLIO:’s resident perfume critic, John Brady). How long before we see these in magazines ads? My guess—they’re already on their way.What I’d really like to see, though, is a magazine’s editorial team embrace the available sensory technology. For example, what if you were, say, reading a 29-page Vanity Fair article on, say, the war in Iraq in which you could open a flap and actually smell Baghdad? Or how about lathering Sports Illustrated’s baseball preview in pine tar? Or … what do you think? [NOTE: Leave your best idea for an editorial sensory project in the comments section below.]last_img read more

Homeocare International launches free mega medical camp in

first_imgNizamabad: Nizamabad MLA Bigala Ganesh Gupta and city Mayor Akula Sujatha have inaugurated a medical camp organised by Homeocare |International at their Nizamabad clinic on Tuesday.Homeocare International, the fastest growing chain of world-class super specialty homeopathy clinics, launched a free mega medical camp to provide constitutional homeopathic medicines for the people of Nizamabad district June 25th to 30th. Also Read – Government striving hard to give brand image to Bathukamma sarees Advertise With Us Homeocare International’s Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Srikant Morlawar presided over the camp along with a team of doctors. Doctors and the staff were deputed at the camp to provide medical treatment for diabetes, arthritis, thyroid problems, infertility, hormone imbalances and many more. Besides free medical facility, the camp also aimed at educating local public on unique constitutional homeopathic treatment of Homeocare and its many benefits such as zero side effects, treatments without surgery for incurable diseases. Homeocare International is now present across four States and in one Union Territory-Puducherry of South India, with more than 50 clinics and has a team of over 300 specialised and expert Homeopathy doctors.last_img read more

Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud inspects drainage works

first_imgAllwyn Colony: Local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud asserted that besides taking up development works, efforts are being made to find a permanent solution to the underground drainage (UGD) issue. He was speaking after inspecting the underground drainage works in Shamshiguda and Mahankalinagar. Goud made some suggestions with regard to the works to both officials and the contractor, and stressed the need for early completion. The Corporator was accompanied by AE Subhash, Works Inspector Brahmam, TRS leader Shivraj Goud and local residents.last_img

Pakistani officials turn away 100 guests invited at Indian High Commissions Iftar

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:07Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Wikimedia CommonsThe guests attending an Iftar party at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, were stopped by Pakistani officials outside Hotel Serena and turned away on Saturday (June 1) evening.The Pakistan officials outside the hotel had allegedly interrogated guests and also had turned away more than a hundred guests from the venue.”Before that, they called invitees from unknown numbers and threatened them with consequences if they attended the Iftar party hosted by the Indian High Commission,” sources told India Today.”We apologise to all our guests who were aggressively turned away from our Iftar yesterday. Such intimidatory tactics are deeply disappointing,” Ajay Bisaria, the Indian High Commission to Pakistan was quoted as saying by NDTV.He added, “They not only violate basic norms of diplomatic conduct and civilised behaviour, but they are also counter-productive for our bilateral relations.” This incident comes days after the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi held an Iftar party and Pakistan Today reported that the Indian envoy had turned away guests, harassed them and “unnecessarily interrogated” them when they arrived at the venue.The report went on to say that after interrogation, many guests were not allowed to enter the venue in Delhi and Pakistan officials decided to launch a protest against it.Jammu and Kashmir NC leader Omar Abdullah said, “Stupid tit for tat diplomacy. It was stupid when we did it outside the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi and it’s stupid when it’s done outside our’s in Islamabad. Now that it’s 1-1 perhaps it’s time to move on & stop this nonsense.”center_img Indian Army organises iftar party in Poonchlast_img read more

From eating veggies to playing volleyball heres what Prabhas did to get

first_imgTwitterSince the first day of shoot of Baahubali 1 to the last day of promotions for Baahubali 2 and even after the release of the film, Prabhas was weighing around 99 kg. Well, he literally was the Baahubali and lived up to his role. But he wanted to sport a leaner look for Saaho and decided to do all the possible things to get back into shape to play an undercover cop.Sujeeth had asked Prabhas to not become very lean but reduce his weight by around 10 to 15 kg.  For Prabhas, going to the gym and working out is like a stress buster. So losing weight is definitely not a difficult task for this macho man.One of the close sources associated with Prabhas said: “There were times when shoot used to be wrapped up at 12 am. Regardless how intense the action sequences were, he would still be ready to get trained. He never said he is too tired to work out.”So the actor used to take part in various sessions of swimming, cycling or playing volleyball or even hour-long cardio. Prabhas’ dashing looks from Psycho SaiyaanPR Handout”Prabhas loves to play volleyball and all kinds of sports. Wherever we used to go, we would carry dumbbells, weights and resistance bands with us. If we didn’t find a gym, we would train in the normal rooms only,” said Laxman Reddy, Prabhas’s personal trainer, during an interview he had given to a leading news portal.On those days when the accessories were not available, they would manage to execute 100 free squats and walking lunges over hour-long training sessions and never get tired.While promoting Saaho, Prabhas had said the team took a lot of care and made sure that he eats well. Talking about his diet, he said, “I was eating a lot of veggies and fat food, along with some chicken and some portions of rice, bread and egg whites. Nuts are also a part of my diet.”For his height, it is pretty much necessary that the actor maintains the perfect weight. Well, otherwise too, he’s, of course, the macho man.last_img read more

Houston Texans Founder And Owner Bob McNair Dies At 81

first_img Share Richard Drew/AP FileIn this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans NFL football team owner Robert “Bob” McNair arrives for meetings at the league headquarters in New York. McNair, billionaire founder and owner of the Texans, has died. He was 81.Robert “Bob” McNair, billionaire founder and owner of the Houston Texans, has died. He was 81.The Texans announced McNair’s passing through their Twitter account.It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side. pic.twitter.com/7J9PWoxKZv— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 23, 2018One of the NFL’s most influential owners, McNair had battled both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma in recent years before dying in Houston on Friday. The team did not immediately release a cause of death, but said he died peacefully with his wife Janice and his family by his side.“He was a very caring, thoughtful and passionate individual,” coach Bill O’Brien said in a statement. “As much as he cared about winning, I think the thing I will remember most about Mr. McNair is the way he cared about the players.”When Houston lost the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1996 season, McNair made it his mission to return the NFL to the city. He formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998, and on Oct. 6, 1999 he was awarded the 32nd NFL franchise. The Texans began play in 2002.“He was the reason professional football returned to Houston and he (led) our franchise with a laser focus on honesty, integrity and high character,” team president Jamey Rootes said in a statement. “He was an amazing champion for Houston and worked hard to make sure our city received maximum value from the presence of the Texans and the NFL.”A powerful force in the NFLA powerful force in the NFL, McNair served as chairman of the league’s finance committee and as a member of the audit committee.In August 2014 he spoke candidly about his battle with cancer, and outlined the many procedures and treatments he endured to recover.“In the past, if you mentioned cancer, people thought it’s a death sentence,” McNair said at that time. “That’s just not nearly the case.”It was then he revealed he’d dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years.He also noted then that he’d remain in charge of the team, but would work on delegating responsibilities to other members of his staff.“We’re in terrific shape,” McNair said. “I’ll continue being the CEO and continue doing everything I can to put together a winning football team; that’s what we’re all about. We’ve won this other battle, and now we’ve got to win the battle of football.“I go to all the games and I’ll plan on continuing doing that,” McNair added. “I think I will enjoy it more and leave it to other people in the organization to worry more. I’ll skip the worrying and take the enjoyment.”He continued to attend many games after that pronouncement and was often seen at practice under the shade of a golf cart or talking with various staff members around the facility.“During his nearly two decades as an NFL owner, Bob McNair left a lasting mark on his city and our league,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season and are again contending for a place in the postseason.“He cared deeply about the league and was generous with his time and willingness to share his insights as an exceptional businessman. But above all, Bob was a family man. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Janice, their family, the Texans, and the entire Houston community.”After several difficult building years as an expansion team, the Texans won their first AFC South title and first playoff berth in 2011. They also won the division title a year later when they went a franchise-best 12-4. Both years they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs.McNair made the agonizing decision to fire longtime friend and coach Gary Kubiak late in the following season as the Texans limped to 2-14, tying a franchise record for losses. He hired O’Brien in 2014 and the team improved to 9-7 in his first year, but missed the postseason.Houston put up an identical record in 2015, but this time in a weak AFC South it was enough to reach the postseason for the third time. That season ended with an embarrassing 30-0 wild-card loss to Kansas City.In March 2016, McNair beamed as he sat next to quarterback Brock Osweiler on the day the team introduced him in Houston, and seemed unfazed by the staggering $72 million, four-year contract they gave Osweiler to lure him from Denver.“We just want to get better every day,” McNair said. “Certainly this is a day when we got a lot better.”Not exactly. Osweiler struggled and his name was added to a long list of quarterbacks who couldn’t help the owner get the title he so longed for. Osweiler was benched late in the 2016 season before getting his job back (through injury to his replacement) in time for the playoffs. But he threw three interceptions in a loss to New England in the divisional round, and Houston had seen enough and shipped him to Cleveland a few months later.The Texans drafted Deshaun Watson in the first round in 2017 to replace Osweiler, but he sustained a season-ending knee injury in a year when star defensive end J.J. Watt also missed most of the season with a broken leg. Houston went 4-12 in the last full season McNair would see.McNair came under fire in 2017 when he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of the NFL owners about players who protest social and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. McNair issued two apologies after the remarks became public, calling it a “very regretful comment.”In response, almost all of the Texans kneeled during the anthem before their game against the Seahawks on Oct. 29, 2017 after no one on the team had kneeled before.McNair was born in Tampa and graduated from South Carolina in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree. He received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from South Carolina in 1999, and in 2010 was given an honorary doctor of humanities in medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine.Moving to Houston in 1960He and Janice moved to Houston in 1960 and he made his fortune as the founder of Cogen Technologies, an energy company which was sold to Enron in 1999 for $1.5 billion.The couple has been committed to charity in the city, and he was the chairman of The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation in Forest City, North Carolina, and the Houston Texans Foundation. Through these efforts the McNairs have given more than $500 million to scientific, religious, educational and literary organizations.He also founded the AdvoCare Texas Bowl, which has provided more than $700,000 in funds to the DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston.Along with his wife, McNair is survived by four children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_Nlast_img read more

Little ones go on a funwalk

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The learners at Little Egerton went for a walk around the block on Friday morning.Parents were welcome to join their children on the walk.They started from the Little Egerton grounds, went along Rawlinson Street, turned down Woodgate Road and then it was back to school via Ava Lane.The little ones were full of energy and kept going strong all the way.The fun-walk was a prelude to the school’s Fun Day which they will be holding next week.Public Safety officers were present to ensure that everyone had a safe walk.last_img read more