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first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, walks away from referee Ken Mauer during the first half of Game 5 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road.The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has a bit more cheerleading to do before he gets back on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Durant is likely to miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers while he recovers from a strained right calf. Durant was injured in Game 5 against Houston.“Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff. He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” coach Steve Kerr said Monday, a day before Game 1, noting a more extensive update would come Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGolden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.Curry and Splash Brother Klay Thompson will look to build off strong performances in that final game against the Rockets to lead the top-seeded Warriors. The two-time defending champions are seeking a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess They have reached their first conference final since 2000, when Portland lost in seven games to Kobe Bryant and the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers.“This is arguably the biggest win that we’ve had in the franchise for a long time. To be a part of it, to do it the way we did, I’m thrilled,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I’m really happy for our guys. As a coach, I think you experience the joy of the team, having different guys come in.”Here are some things to watch as the Warriors join the Lakers as the only teams to reach at least five straight Western Conference Finals:LILLARD’S CHANCEOn Dec. 27, in Lillard’s final regular season game at Oracle — about a 15-minute walk from where he grew up — the Blazers star hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points in a 110-109 win.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said.Reaching the NBA Finals might top that.Hold that thought, Thompson said.“Has he had a lot of wins in Oakland?” Thompson cracked Monday. “It’s playoff time. He has had good games. Yeah, he’s a great player. There’s a history between us obviously, the franchises, we’ve seen them a lot the last five years. They’re playing great. They’re on a roll, our antennas are definitely up.”FAMILY AFFAIR PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next REST FACTORGolden State finished off the Rockets in Houston on Friday night, so the Warriors got some rest this time after a quick turnaround following a six-game series in the first round against the Clippers in which they had to play again about 40 hours later.Injured Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins has used the time to continue his rehab from a torn left quadriceps muscle suffered in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers. It’s unclear yet whether he might be able to return this round.TURNOVERS AND REBOUNDINGThe Warriors struggle when they get sloppy — and it’s a fine line of being chaotic when it works so well and when they become careless and it’s costly.Portland took good care of the ball in Game 7 committing just four turnovers.On the rebounding front, Golden State won three games when it outrebounded the Rockets and another — Game 6 — despite a disadvantage on the boards.The Blazers had 55 rebounds in the clincher, with Kanter grabbing five on the offensive glass. Leap of faith: Cavs sign Michigan’s Beilein to 5-year deal View comments Curry texted his little brother over the weekend to let him know they’d see each other soon. Yes, wearing opposite jerseys for the Western Conference Finals.The Currys have played many times, just not on the postseason stage.“He said, ‘I’ll see you Tuesday.’ I’m looking forward to it,” said Seth, who’s in his first season with Portland. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s hard to believe right now. So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference Finals, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd. It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that final. It’s a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well.”Even if a tad bit torn. Their parents will flip a coin, with Dell and Sonya each sporting one son’s gear depending on the result.Their sister, Sydel, posted on Twitter shortly after the Blazers won: “Engage….#NeutralNancy lol.”“I just know watching Seth play I get nervous watching him like on TV and stuff,” Stephen said after practice Monday. “For them, it’s family and parents who supported us all the way through the ranks. Now to be in a situation like this where I guess it’s technically a win-win for them, they’re going to the finals regardless, but it’s kind of crazy to think we’re all on this stage and get to play in front of our family and just the amount of happiness and joy that comes with that is crazy.”FASTING KANTER: An extremely thirsty Enes Kanter loaded up his backpack with five or six bottles of Gatorade after Game 7 — for later.The Trail Blazers center avoids food and drink from sunrise to sunset as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was that way for the last three games of the Denver series and will be that way during the Golden State series.Kanter said he reached out to NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon for advice on performing in the playoffs while fasting during Ramadan.“The game of basketball is mental over physical so I think I’ll be fine for this stretch,” Kanter said. They will face another formidable backcourt with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum when the best-of-seven series begins Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.There are several intriguing storylines in this matchup, too, like Portland star Damian Lillard coming home to Oakland with a chance to shine on the big stage in the final season at Oracle before the Warriors move across the bay to play in San Francisco next season.And how about the Curry brothers? Steph’s little brother, Seth, plays for the Trail Blazers.The Warriors swept the Blazers in the first round two years ago during a remarkable 16-1 postseason run.Lillard missed his first six 3-point tries Sunday then swished one midway through the fourth when Portland needed him most. The Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point deficit on Denver’s home court to outlast the Nuggets for a 100-96 win.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgMeralco import Gani Lawal. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco scored in bunches early and used that cushion to hold off hard-fighting Columbian, 101-92, Friday night in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts went for eight unanswered points to start the game and kept on building on that groove en route to tabbing their first win in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manchester City owner wants to invest in Malaysian club Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco moves on to face crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra this Sunday again at the Big Dome in a bid to get some streak going.“It’s going be interesting,” Black said when asked about Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings’ returning import who denied them a chance at a title twice in the past.“It’s going to be a big test for us. We’ll try to prepare our best game plan and see what happens Sunday.”The scores:Meralco 101 – Lawal 25, Amer 21, Jackson 17, Newsome 12, Hodge 10, Hugnatan 5, Tolomia 4, Pinto 3, De Ocampo 2, Salva 2, Faundo 0, Caram 0, Jamito 0, Quinto 0.Columbian 92 – Barone 26, Perez 22, McCarthy 13, Cahilig 11, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 3, Agovida 3, Reyes 2, Calvo 1, Faundo 0, Camson 0, Celda 0, Escoto 0, Tabi 0.Quarterscores: 23-18, 50-35, 79-71, 101-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “It’s always good to get that first win under your belt. We lost a really tough game last time out,” Meralco coach Norman Black said. “[Tonight] we did a lot better offensively and defensively.”Import Gani Lawal had 25 points and 27 rebounds—both team bests—to help Meralco recover from a conference-opening loss to a young Blackwater side last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think our team worked on our offense. Everybody’s sharing the basketball and everybody’s being a part of the offense—that really helped us in this game. And that’s what we look to continue for our remaining games—which is to spread the wealth, so to say,” Black added.The rest of the Bolts’ starters tossed in 10 or more, with Baser Amer registering 21 to lead the locals. “My locals played very, very well today especially my guards. All three starting guards played well. Good team victory for us today. It’s something we could build on,” Black added.Columbian drew 26 points from import Kyle Barone and 22 from star rookie CJ Perez. Three more added in twin digits in a bid to pull the rug from under Meralco.But that attempt didn’t meet its fruition as Amer emptied eight of his total points in the final frame to help the Bolts move on.Meralco continued to miss newly-acquired Raymond Almazan, who is still recovering from a left ankle sprain.“Maybe another two games at least before he comes back,” Black said of his big man.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_img PaulChau says: October 2, 2018 at 4:53 am Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous New version of MIPI CSI-2 looks (literally) beyond mobile phonesNext A history of microprocessor debug, 1980–2016 September 19, 2018 at 5:59 am 2 thoughts on “Is the surveillance industry ripe for a storage change?” “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha PaulChau says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha Picture this scenario: During the nighttime, there has been a break-in at a company location and the perpetrator has been caught on tape. The recording is stored and reviewed at a later time, only to find that — due to compression — the images of the perpetrator is obscured; also, frames have been dropped because of unstable data recording. This makes identification much harder and the recording might even be inadmissible in court.Now let us tweak this scenario a bit: During the nighttime, a person is picked up by the surveillance cameras. With fast-working data analytics, the system notices that there is someone in the restricted area and simultaneously notifies the appropriate personnel. The infiltrator is quickly apprehended on the premises, and the high quality of the recording helps correctly identify the person. So, what can this example tell us?The thing is that most surveillance systems today use hard disk drives (HDDs) for storage purposes. While this works perfectly well for basic setups, it can be a hindrance for implementing modern surveillance features. The use of solid state drives (SSDs) for data recording is a solid step forward (pun intended) towards fixing this, as it gives the user access to data analytics that enables advanced features such as facial recognition and automated traffic control systems.This raises the question: “What is the reason HDDs are still so commonplace?” In fact, this is partially due to some misconceptions that still linger, such as, “HDDs are more cost efficient and have higher capacities, while SSDs have relatively low capacities and are more prone to failure due to P/E (program-erase) cycle limitations.” As technology advances, however, these “truths” are not nearly as clear-cut anymore. Furthermore, as the relative price gap between HDDS and SSD is closing, SSDs can now provide a cost-efficient alternative to many traditional surveillance setups.Puncturing the low endurance myth Let’s start off with limited P/E cycles. This has been seen as the bane of any SSD in a recording-heavy environment, and — 10 years ago — this by itself would be more than a good enough reason to look elsewhere for a storage solution. But things change, as the slightly informal — yet very extensive — SSD test from The Tech Report clearly shows.The SSDs involved all went through an absurd amount of around-the-clock write and erase cycles, yet — even with some hiccups — they all performed well past their stated limits. By also taking into account advances in technology since the test was started (2013), coupled with the fact that these were all consumer-grade devices, we can safely put the final nail in the myth of limited SSD endurance. With the correct setup, there’s simply no need to worry that an endurance failure will ever happen.Now to be fair, running out of P/E cycles is only one way that an SSD can fail; it can still struggle with faulty ICs, bad batches and so on. So, some SSDs will still fail, never having gotten close to their limits. If we look at the data for SSD and HDD reliability, while SSDs will experience smaller failures, the rate of complete failure is much higher for HDDs. Although this could be seen as comparing apples to oranges, there is certainly little ground to claim that the HDD has any advantage over SSD when it comes to endurance.Quality and analytics Another even more clear advantage for the SSD is speed, which has also been the main selling point ever since this form of storage entered the market. Modern surveillance setups don’t just record and store data, but they are also seeing increasing requirements for data analytics. This means handling on-the-spot operations like facial recognition and then taking immediate action once a hit is made. Thus, the system has to be able to handle demanding simultaneous read/write operations, which HDD technology is — in many cases — poorly equipped to handle.Real-time analytics of this sort is also reliant on high quality recording, and is susceptible to frame loss if the system is unable to sustain stable recording rates. SSDs can, through firmware optimization, more easily fill this role than any HDD, as they are much more adapt at both random and simultaneous read/write operations. The graphs below show just how large an effect optimization can have on video recording stability.Write performance for standard SSD without firmware optimization (Source: Innodisk) Write performance for Innodisk SSD with firmware optimization implemented (Source: Innodisk) Capacity and price But even with the two elements discussed above working in favor of the SSD, there remain two bastions where the HDD still stands strong: namely price and capacity. For those just looking for a simple and affordable system, an HDD-based solution can be a perfectly good fit.This holds true for low-performance HDDs, but once you reach the 10K-15K RPM drives, it’s a different story. These drives have platters that spin up to twice as fast as normal drives and have significantly increased performance. However, prices increase and capacities drop dramatically, even being surpassed by higher-end SSDs.So, if your application needs to perform above that of a basic surveillance setup, instead of moving up the HDD ladder, the easier solution is to just skip this rung altogether and instead opt for an SSD. By also calculating in a higher overall reliability, the total cost of ownership will — in many cases — tip the scales in favor of the SSD solution.Innodisk’s 2.5″ SATA SSD 3MV2-P offers up to 2TB capacity coupled with high speed and stable performance (Source: Innodisk) A technological impasse Another aspect to consider is the underlying technology. Although referred to as drives, SSDs don’t actually have any moving parts. This means that they are naturally more adept at taking a beating both in terms of shock and temperature; it also means less heat created during operation. By comparison, an HDD has a head that flies on a thin layer of air above the platter. Any strong enough vibration or shock will lead to a head crash and data being lost. Thus, for any recording performed onboard vehicles or in hostile environments, an SSD should be the primary choice for storage.HDD components are also more limited by physics itself; you can only go so small before losing mechanical integrity. SSDs, by comparison, are already operating on microscopic levels, fitting staggering quantities of transistors in nanometer spaces. This is clearly evident by the ever-decreasing size of the modules. Thus, if available space is limited, SSDs can save the system integrator a lot of headache.Conclusion Having read this far, one might think one’s choice of storage media is an either-or choice, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a combination of the two storage systems may offer the best solution, where HDDs handle data archiving while SSDs take care of any operations requiring high-speed or high-quality recordings for data-analytics. A solid state device might also be worth considering as an addition to already existing setups as it can drastically increase system performance.While a price gap still exists between the two solutions, SSDs are already more than qualified to enter the market. SSD technology has already shed many of its earlier issues, it can now fulfil the stricter requirements of modern surveillance, and it will expand on what is possible with a well implemented surveillance system.A graduate in the sciences from Taiwan, Mr. C. C. Wu continued his 14-year career with Flash technology and SSD firmware algorithms for embedded applications. Mr. Wu is responsible for the creation and development of Innodisk’s innovative firmware division, and he continues to expand their footprint for Flash solutions. Wearing multiple hats, Mr. Wu worked extensively with the R&D department and sits as the VP of Flash BU and EVP of Innodisk’s Branch Office in the US. 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first_imgNebraska fans play football outside Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)We’re about 30 minutes away from kickoff in Lincoln, Neb., where Nebraska is set to host Troy for its second game of the season. Of course, all eyes are on Huskers’ freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez in warmups.Where do things stand injury-wise with Martinez as we approach kickoff? Here’s the latest.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost just told the Big Ten Network that the Huskers are going to let Martinez warm up. They’ll see how Martinez, who is recovering from a knee injury, looks before kickoff.Then, the Huskers will make a final decision.“We’re going to let him warm up and see where he is, so we haven’t made a final determination yet,” Frost said.”We’re going to let him warm up and see where he is, so we haven’t made a final determination yet.”– @coach_frost on @MartinezTheQB availability in Week 3— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 15, 2018Frost had said earlier in the week that a final decision on Martinez might not be made until a minute or two before kickoff.“Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez ‘2 minutes before kickoff.’ Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be ‘strictly physical,’” Sam McKewon tweeted.Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez “2 minutes before kickoff.” Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be “strictly physical.” #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 13, 2018Martinez is the only scholarship quarterback on the Nebraska roster this season. The Huskers were forced to play a walk-on when he went down against Colorado last weekend.Nebraska and Troy are set to kick off at noon.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The world’s second LNG-powered container ship, known as TOTE 2, is scheduled to be launched at the end of this month, the ship’s builder General Dynamics NASSCO informed on Tuesday.The launching ceremony is scheduled for August 29th at NASSCO’s San Diego yard when the name of the new ship will be revealed.The ship will be christened by Emma Engle, a third-generation shareholder of Saltchuk. TOTE is one of six business units in the Saltchuk family of companies.NASSCO christened and launched the world’s first container ship powered by LNG at its shipyard in San Diego on April 18.The Marlin class vessels, being built for the shipping company TOTE, will reduce sulfur dioxide (SOx) emissions by 98 percent, particulate matter (PM) by 99 percent, nitrous oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 71 percent over TOTE’s ships currently operating in Puerto Rico.The Marlins, which will home port in Jacksonville, Florida, will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom Panama is set to receive its first container terminal designed to handle post-panamax vessels in Colon as the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the Chinese consortium Panama Colon Container Port (PCCP) reached an agreement on the facilities, according to local media.Under the agreement, estimated to be worth around USD 900 million, the Chinese giant China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is expected to build the terminal and the Beijing-based Port Design Institute (PDI) is set to design the piers.The new project will consist of two parts including the construction of a container terminal with a capacity of up to 2.5 million TEUs and the additional private lands with multipurpose possibilities, including LNG facilities or energy projects.Featuring four berths, the Colon container terminal will have a total quay line of 1,200 metres with a draught of 18 metres.The deal for the new terminal was signed on Wednesday during a conference organized by the International Association of Port and Harbors (IAPH).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgTake Our PollThe duo carried Canada’s flag in the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Humphries and Phylicia George claimed bronze in 2018.Humphries dominated international women’s bobsled, winning four overall World Cup titles in a span of six seasons.She also became the first woman to drive an all-female crew against men in a four-man World Cup bobsled race in 2016. Humphries has lobbied for women to get their own four-person races at the Olympic Games.But she did not race for Canada last season after lodging her harassment complaint with BCS in August, 2018.Humphries filed her lawsuit against BCS on Wednesday in Alberta court.In her statement of claim, Humphries says she signed her athlete agreement with BCS for the 2018-19 season and paid her team membership fee, but wasn’t nominated to the team and lost her Sport Canada funding as a result.“It’s been over a year since I made my claim,” Humphries said in the email.“I have given BCS time for the process, and I offered many solutions to return to sport in a safe environment while the investigation takes its course.“My national team athlete funding was removed after I filed my claim. There were punitive damages taken against me for filing the claim, and now I feel they are trying to end my career.”Her former Canadian teammate — 2010 Olympic skeleton champion Jon Montgomery — expressed support for Humphries on social media.“Um-This ain’t right! What can Canada do? I got nothin- but I got mad RESPECT for this woman and I’ve had dealings with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton… She needs help and sliding for the USA is not an option for Canada. But if this plays out the way it’s going, I don’t blame her,” Montgomery said in a Twitter post.Humphries will marry American bobsledder Travis Armbruster on Saturday, which would allow her to represent the U.S. in competition if she is released by Canada, according to The Associated Press.Under international rules, Humphries required the release by Sept. 30 to be able to compete for the U.S. this season, though an appeal is possible.“We look forward to working with Kaillie once she gets her release from Bobsleigh Canada,” USA Bobsled and Skeleton said in a statement Friday to The AP.“Kaillie is a tremendous competitor and has had the respect and admiration of USABS athletes and staff for many years.”— With files from The Associated Press. CALGARY — Kaillie Humphries says Canada’s governing body of bobsled has left her no other option than to compete for another country.The two-time Olympic champion is suing Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton in an effort to obtain her release and race for the United States.“I didn’t choose to leave,” Humphries told The Canadian Press in an email Friday. “I’m being pushed out because I filed a harassment complaint.“They stripped me of funding, support and forced me into this decision.”The 34-year-old Calgarian filed a harassment complaint with BCS last year.In accordance with its harassment policy, the organization brought in an independent third-party to review the complaint and that review is still ongoing.Um-This ain’t right!What can Canada do? I got nothin- but I got mad RESPECT for this woman and I’ve had dealings with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton… She needs help and sliding for the USA is not an option for Canada. But if this plays out the way it’s going, I don’t blame her!— Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty) September 13, 2019Humphries revealed the nature of her complaint Friday saying she was “repeatedly and horribly verbally and mentally abused by the head coach of Bobsleigh Canada.”“I have repeatedly told Bobsleigh Canada, who has done nothing to stop him, protect me, or get a timely resolve so I can be back competing.“I was forced back to working with him multiple times, which resulted in major mental health issues over this past year.”Todd Hays, formerly coach of the U.S. women’s bobsled team from 2011 to 2014, has been Canada’s head coach since 2017.BCS’s response was to refer to a statement issued Thursday night.“Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton abides by its harassment and discrimination policy that has been in place since 2006,” BCS said.“The Alberta litigation matter by Ms. Humphries, the plaintiff, which names Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton as the defendant, is the subject of an open court process.“As for the investigation of Ms. Humphries’ discrimination and harassment complaint made under the policy, we can’t provide any comments since this investigation is strictly private and confidential as provided in the policy. We look forward to the findings of the complaint review.”Humphries piloted Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014 with brakewoman Heather Moyse, making them the first to repeat as Olympic women’s bobsled champions. Will you still cheer for Kaillie Humphries if she competes for Team USA?Yes, she is still a Canadian legendNo, I will cheer for Team CanadaVoteView Resultslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe largest coroner’s inquest in Ontario’s history is into its seventh week in Thunder Bay.The inquest is looking into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died over a decade in the city.APTN’s Wayne Rivers looks at the evidence and testimony so far.And reports that there is a common theme.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA case launched against the Quebec government for handing over land to the Kahnawa’:ke Mohawk Territory is now before the courts.The suit was filed by a number of Quebec municipalities that are angry that the land in question was returned to the Mohawk Territory in 2013 without consulting them.“All that we’ve wanted and all that we’ve said since the beginning is that we’ve want to a part of the process,” said Châteauguay mayor in 2013 “We weren’t part of the of the negotiation, we weren’t part of the consultation concerning those lands which presently fall under the territorial limits of out municipalities.”But Mohawk leadership weren’t having any of that talk.“Municipal governments have no place at that table,” said Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. “It’s a little bit frustrating sitting there listening to the municipalities trying to show how they want to work with us in terms of having an opportunity to sit at the table and be part of the negotiations which they have no business to.”The land is a part of Kahnawà:ke’s Seigneury Sault St-Louis historical land claim. The 283 hectares were returned to Kahnawà:ke as compensation for building a highway through the territory.But an injunction has been in place on any use of the land since the municipalities launched their lawsuit. It prevented Kahnawà:Norton said it prevented Kahnawà:ke’s from any development of the land which runs adjacent to highway 30.As a result, Norton said Kahnawà:ke has lost years of potential economic development over the dispute.“A lot of things that have been planned, major corporations at the table that were prepared to work with us, and suddenly all this stops. It’s very valuable lost time.”Kahnawà:ke has independent intervenor in the three-week trial and will have several members testifying.Norton hopes this particular land battle will be done once and for all at the end.“It’s our territory and our economic future, where our people will live and thrive in the near future.”tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two reopened casinos and half a year of sports betting helped push Atlantic City’s casino revenue up 7.5 per cent in 2018 to nearly $2.86 million, state gambling regulators said Monday.But the news was bad for most of the casinos that existed before the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort casinos opened in June. Of those seven casinos, six won less in 2018 than they had in 2017, the latest of several recent indications that concerns about whether Atlantic City was re-expanding its market to an unsustainable size were valid.Sports betting saw the casinos and two racetracks take in $1.24 billion since the first wagers were taken in June. For the less than six months that sports betting was legal last year, it generated just over $94 million in revenue for casinos and tracks. The state got $10.4 million in sports betting taxes.Ocean Resort is the former Revel, which closed in 2014; Hard Rock is the former Trump Taj Mahal, which closed two years later. Both reopened the same day last year, June 27.After a brutal stretch that saw five casinos shut down between 2014 and 2016, Atlantic City had been doing reasonably well as a slimmed-down market with less competition and a boost from internet gambling. Increased competition from casinos in neighbouring states including Pennsylvania and New York cannibalized Atlantic City’s casino revenue, helping lead to the shut downs.When plans were announced for Hard Rock and Ocean Resort to open, elation about the restored jobs, tax revenue and additional weekend hotel rooms was tempered by concern that Atlantic City might be making the same mistake twice in having more casinos than the market can support.James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, noted that 2018 was the third straight year that Atlantic City’s gambling revenue increased. But he did note the impact on the older casinos from the arrival of the two newcomers.“While the city had a good year, market adjustments from competition occurred and will continue into 2019,” he said in a news release. “The continuing strength of internet gaming plus a growing sports wagering market will provide the industry with tools to compete.”Of Atlantic City’s seven casinos that operated before the two new additions last year, only the Golden Nugget showed a revenue increase for the year. It was up 13.7 per cent to $327.8 million.Even the Borgata, Atlantic City’s perennial market leader, saw its casino revenue decline in 2018. It was down 4 per cent to $771.1 million.Tropicana was down 2.5 per cent to nearly $381 million, but it remained the city’s No. 2 casino in terms of gambling revenue.Resorts was down 3.3 per cent to $184.2 million; Harrah’s was down 8.4 per cent to almost $333 million; Bally’s was down 9.1 per cent to nearly $192 million, and Caesars was down 13.5 per cent to $281.3 million.Hard Rock won $166.7 million from late June through the end of the year, while Ocean Resort won $101.1 million during that same period.Ocean Resort changed hands last week, with an as-yet unannounced company assuming a majority ownership stake in it in return for making a $70 million investment to help keep it running. The ownership change was widely seen as another indication that the market was not ready for the kind of expansion it underwent last summer.Internet gambling took in nearly $300 million last year, an increase of 21.6 per cent over 2017 and one of the true bright spots for New Jersey’s gambling market. Of the two internet-only gambling entities in the state, Resorts Digital was up 76.3 per cent to $75.7 million, and Caesars Interactive-NJ was up 5.9 per cent to $45.5 million. The Golden Nugget won $104 million online last year, about twice what its nearest competitor, the Borgata, did.___Follow Wayne Parry at Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday as a partial U.S. government shutdown continued for a second day with no sign of a resolution to Washington’s political impasse.Traders also worried about how the stalemate between President Barack Obama and some members of the Republican party will impact negotiations over raising the U.S. government’s debt ceiling in mid-October.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 38.37 points to 12,809.07 with the gold sector the only advancer as bullion started to appear attractive as a safe haven investment.The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 96.69 cents US.U.S. indexes were negative as the Dow Jones industrials fell 100.09 points to 15,091.61, the Nasdaq lost 17.88 points to 3,800.1 and the S&P 500 index shed 10.2 points to 1,684.8.Also pressuring indexes was a report from payroll firm ADP that the U.S. private sector created 166,000 jobs last month, lower than the 178,000 that had been expected.That’s likely all the jobs data that traders will get this week as one of the spinoff effects of the government showdown is an absence of government data that usually moves markets. The Labor Department said Tuesday it won’t be issuing its employment report for September on Friday.Market reaction to the partial government shutdown that started Tuesday has been relatively muted on hopes that economic damage from the budgetary impasse wouldn’t be too severe as long as it didn’t last too long.But there is growing dismay that the standoff on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing with some lawmakers in both parties suggesting the shutdown might last for weeks.Adding to the grim mood is a deadline of Oct. 17 when the U.S. hits its debt limit and starts to run out of money to pay bills.“Given the U.S. government shutdown and fast-approaching debt limit deadline, volatility with a negative bias looks the likely mix for markets in days ahead,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.Meanwhile, Italian premier Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote in the Senate after Silvio Berlusconi delivered an about-face and announced he would support the government.The actual voting was anticlimactic after the former premier acknowledged defeat and said he would support Letta after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the government.The tech sector was the biggest percentage decliner, down 0.65 per cent as The Globe and Mail reported that BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) is looking at tapping the value of its extensive real estate holdings in the Waterloo, Ont.-area to raise cash. It said that BlackBerry has asked for ideas to generate the largest possible return from its real estate in as little time as possible, through a confidential process begun last week. Its shares fell 16 cents to $8.03.Commodity prices were mixed and the energy sector was down 0.55 per cent while the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped 40 cents to US$101.64 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 34 cents to C$30.47.The financials sector fell 0.5 per cent as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) gave back 36 cents to $32.76.The base metals sector eased 0.15 per cent with December copper up a cent to US$3.28 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) shed nine cents to C$8.25.The gold sector rose two per cent and December bullion gained $15.10 to US$1,301.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) advanced 47 cents to $19.07.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has acquired two additional solar power facilities in Ontario as part of a multi-year agreement with Canadian Solar Solutions. TransCanada didn’t disclose the cost of the individual plants but Canadian Solar says they’re valued at more than $95 million. TransCanada shares dropped 23 cents to $44.97.European bourses were also lower while the European Central Bank kept its key interest rate at a record low 0.5 per cent, holding off on more stimulus for the economy of the 17-member euro currency union as it monitors the tentative recovery.London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.51 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.37 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was down 0.47 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.6 per cent, reopening after a one-day public holiday while South Korea’s Kospi rose marginally. Markets in mainland China were closed for a public holiday.However, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.2 per cent after the government Tuesday announced it would go ahead with a sales tax increase in April. read more

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) attempts to outrun Minnesota junior defensive back Eric Murray (31) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games left in the regular season, Ohio State has reached one of its goals: competing for championships in November.With a win over Indiana, the Buckeyes will have clinched a spot in their second straight Big Ten Championship Game. But there is another award opportunity that not everyone saw coming. According to, an online gambling site, OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has 15/1 odds of winning the 2014 Heisman Trophy as of Wednesday evening. Those odds currently put Barrett as the third-highest favorite behind Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota (2/5) and Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (9/4). In comparison, Barrett is third in the nation in overall quarterback passer rating, sporting an 87.9 rating, as Mariota holds the top spot with a 90.9 QBR.Barrett has accounted for 38 total touchdowns and 3,127 total yards in 10 games this season. The Buckeyes’ last Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Troy Smith, accounted for 2,746 total yards and 31 total touchdowns during 2006-07 season.OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said Wednesday that his teammate deserves to be in the Heisman discussion. “He is a great leader. First of all, I think he is playing as good as any player in the nation,” Elliott said. “I think he should definitely be in the talks. I think he is right up there.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Elliott’s comments adding that he, along with others close to Barrett, is not surprised by the young quarterback’s success. “I told you guys. I know what kind of guy he is, and what kind of player he is and competitor and a leader,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “I don’t think there are a lot of people (who know him) that are really surprised. He has done a great job. He has worked for that every step of the way. Hats off to him.”With the Buckeyes sitting at 9-1, 6-0, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has previously spoken to his team about handling success. He added that no such conversation is needed when dealing with Barrett. “No. This kid is so grounded. That is once again a credit to his family,” Meyer said Wednesday. “If I saw it (problems with handling pressure), certainly I would jump in the middle of that but I haven’t given it two thoughts.”Barrett said Wednesday that the added attention and Heisman talk has been surreal for him. “It is kind of crazy to think about. That is really never on my mind … but I am grateful that I am on that list,” Barrett said. “But the objective every week is to go out there and win games.”Barrett has broken multiple school records this season, including most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (189) and longest rush by a quarterback (86). Both records were previously held by senior quarterback Braxton Miller, whom Barrett replaced following Miller’s season-ending torn labrum injury. Barrett is also just two touchdown passes away from breaking Smith’s record of passing scores in a season. Meyer said Monday that Barrett has acknowledged there are things he could be doing better despite breaking multiple records.“J.T. is a Heisman candidate that knows that he could have played much better Saturday, and that’s the best thing about coaching these guys right now,” Meyer said about Barrett and the Buckeyes. “I hope it doesn’t change. That’s something we’re watching very closely with guys that are starting to get some notoriety.”Barrett said he has the same goals as his head coach and is doing his best to remain levelheaded. “I hope it doesn’t change me, I hope I stay the same. I will try hard to be the same: working hard, being here on a Wednesday night until probably 9 o’clock,” he said. “I am going to do my best to make sure it doesn’t. I have people here to keep me grounded so it is really unlikely for that to happen.”Despite the Heisman attention, Barrett said the attention remains on the Buckeyes’ next opponent. “Being 1-0 at the end of the week, making sure that is the main focus,” Barrett said. “Not thinking about the Big Ten Championship Game, not thinking about that team up north, but just beat Indiana. That is the objective this week.” The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are scheduled to square off Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium. read more

first_imgThe next time you download a pirate copy of the latest Hollywood flick, chances are you won’t get arrested, but you might receive a nice warning from your Internet service provider. It’s part of a new initiative spearheaded by the US government and ISPs throughout the country.Last year, a new entity called the Center for Copyright Information was formed. The CCI teamed up with what is believed to be every major service provider, including Comcast, to develop a new six-stage system. About 75% of all online users are represented by the ISPs involved. It’s referred to as the “six strikes” program, but officials stress that it isn’t a legislative system.What that means is, even after six so-called “strikes,” it doesn’t automatically mean a user will lose their connection or face prosecution. There are punishments associated with repeat offenders, though, but those details are still being hammered out. It’s unlikely to go far beyond Internet throttling, talking with your ISP, or having some educational documents sent your way.The program, officially called the Copyright Alert Sysem, is being touted as an “educational” platform with the mindset that a lot of online piracy offenders may not realize what they’re doing is illegal, or if they do they might not realize the risk and implications of the process.Every ISP will have the freedom to set up its own method for alerting users when they receive a strike, and for creating the associated penalties. Details beyond that are few and far between, but the CCI affirms that the system will be up and running by the end of the year.via Ars Technicalast_img read more

first_imgDécès du paléoanthropologue sud-africain Phillip TobiasUn communiqué de l’Université Witwatersrand à Johannesburg vient d’annoncer la mort, jeudi 7 juin, de Phillip Tobias, un grand anthropologue et humaniste, connu pour ses travaux sur les hominidés anciens et ses prises de position anti-apartheid.C’est à l’âge de 86 ans que s’est éteint jeudi, à Johannesburg, l’anthropologue Phillip Tobias, après une vie bien remplie. ‘Co-inventeur’, avec Louis Leakey et John Napier, de l’espèce Homo habilis (l’un de nos ancêtres) en 1964, Phillip Tobias  est aussi l’auteur de nombreux travaux sur le célèbre gisement fossile des grottes de Sterkfontein situées au nord-ouest de Johannesburg et classées au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Des oeuvres qui lui ont valu de devenir un grand nom de l’étude des hominidés fossiles.À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuNé à Durban (Afrique du Sud) le 14 octobre 1925, Phillip Tobias a mené des études de médecine avant de s’orienter vers la génétique, d’enseigner la physiologie et l’histoire puis de se spécialiser en anthropologie, génétique humaine, anatomie dentaire et évolution. Sa description de l’Homo habilis notamment mais aussi ses autres travaux lui ont permis d’être pressenti trois fois pour le prix Nobel sans toutefois le recevoir. Il était décrit comme un homme de convictions, apprécié pour ses qualités humaines et ses talents de pédagogue, se mettant même en 2002 à animer une série télévisée à succès en six épisodes consacrée à la génétique, l’anatomie et la primatologie. Outre ces domaines, il s’est également illustré dans la lutte contre le racisme et l’apartheid dans son pays. Un rôle important, reconnu par la fondation Nelson Mandela, qui lui a rendu hommage. Toujours soucieux du respect humain, il avait négocié, en 2002, le rapatriement en Afrique du Sud de la dépouille, détenue par la France, de la “Vénus hottentote”, une femme bushmen amenée en Europe au 19e siècle et considérée comme un ‘objet de curiosité’ ethnologique. Phillip Tobias “aura gardé jusqu’à la fin de sa vie une curiosité intacte et sans limite pour la génétique, l’histoire et la théologie”, précise encore l’université de Witwatersrand à Johannesburg.Le 8 juin 2012 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgComment choisir l’âme sœur ? Demandez à votre subconscientPubliée dans Science, une étude expérimentale américaine suggère que si, au début d’une relation, notre esprit peut se convaincre de la solidité future du couple ainsi formé, notre subconscient, lui, ‘flaire’ l’issue réelle des choses – quelle qu’elle soit – dès le début.Sommes-nous en mesure de déterminer à l’avance le devenir de notre couple lorsque nous faisons la connaissance de notre futur(e) partenaire ? Oui, mais notre inconscient est, à cet égard, beaucoup plus fiable que notre esprit conscient ! Ce dernier peut en effet s’autosuggestionner sans même que nous nous en rendions compte, répondent des chercheurs de l’Université d’état de Floride. Pour donner cette réponse, ces psychologues ont effectué des tests en la matière sur 135 couples de jeunes mariés. Chaque membre du couple devait, d’une part, répondre à un questionnaire censé évaluer ses affinités réelles avec son partenaire. D’autre part, ils devaient se livrer, sur un ordinateur, à un exercice faisant appel aux réflexes : répétitivement, une photo du conjoint était montrée une courte fraction de seconde, immédiatement suivie d’un mot – comme “génial” ou “affreux”, par exemple – qu’il fallait spontanément qualifier de “positif” ou de “négatif”.La pertinence des réponses – les réponses réfléchies faites au questionnaire tout comme les réponses instinctives données lors du test informatisé – a ensuite été évaluée a posteriori. Comment ? Tout simplement en examinant, tous les 6 mois et durant les 4 années suivant les tests et en les comparant à l’état réel des relations dans le couple. Un inconscient plus perspicace Premier constat : les sentiments exprimés par les participants en réponse au questionnaire initial n’ont reflété que médiocrement l’état avéré de la situation ultérieure. Deuxième constat : le test ‘machinal’, lui, a reflété fidèlement la réalité. “Les gens ayant [réellement] des sentiments très positifs envers leur partenaire ont été très rapides pour indiquer que des mots comme ‘génial’ sont positifs, et très lents pour indiquer que des mots comme ‘affreux’ sont négatifs'”, explique le Dr James McNulty, auteur principal de l’étude. A l’inverse, dans les couples moins soudés, les gens répondaient rapidement aux mots négatifs et plus lentement aux mots positifs.Ecouter “ses tripes” À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Tout le monde veut faire un bon mariage. Et au début, beaucoup de gens sont capables de se convaincre du fait que c’est le cas, à un niveau conscient. Mais les réponses automatiques, viscérales, sont moins influencées par ce que les gens veulent penser. Vous ne pouvez pas [dans ce dernier cas] donner une réponse positive en ayant seulement des vœux pieux”, ajoute le Dr McNulty. “Si les gens peuvent sentir que ‘leurs tripes’ leur disent qu’il y a un problème, alors ils peuvent approfondir et peut-être même bénéficier de l’aide d’un conseiller matrimonial”, conclut le Dr McNulty. Le 8 décembre 2013 à 11:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City are not sure youngsters like Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz will leave on loan or not.The young stars started as City began their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Chicago on Saturday.Foden and Diaz have played few games in the last season and could be set for loan spells to gain experience, however, City boss is still unsure.“We will decide on them at the end of pre-season,” said City boss Guardiola quoted in Sky Sports.“As soon as people come back we will know what we need for the games against Chelsea [in the Community Shield] and Arsenal.”City’s 16 World Cup players are still resting from the Mundial tournament and as a result couldn’t feature in their preseason start on Saturday, however, Joe Hart who spent last season on loan at West Ham played half of the match time.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“Despite the decision nobody can doubt Joe’s quality as a goalkeeper or what he has done in the last 10 to 12 years,” said Guardiola.“We have four goalkeepers, we decided today to use Claudio Bravo and Joe Hart. What Joe has done in the past 12 years in undeniable and we know his quality.”“We did many good things,” said Guardiola.“It is really good for the future. We played against one of the best teams in Germany and we did many good things.“We spoke in the week about courage, intensity and a desire to play. The players did very well and I am so satisfied with the performance of these guys.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Queen’s College held a special ‘Sir Durward Knowles Day,’ December 4, with celebrations at the school in honour of the 100th birthday and accomplishments of Queen’s College alumnus, Sir Durward Knowles.The festivities were attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.  In the photo are Sir Durward (centre), his wife, Lady Holly (centre right), Governor General HE Dame Marguerite Pindling (left), Sir Durward’s daughter, Charlotte (right), and Principal of Queen’s College, Andrea Gibson (standing just behind Lady Holly).(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img“To quote an earlier speaker today, this is our time,” said Mike Winkleman, president of Leverage Media and immediate past president of the Custom Content Council. “Five years ago, there were some questionable things. There was only a faith on the part of marketers that people were using it. The diminishing concerns on the part of marketers are the most important part of this research.” Those concerned centered on three things: That custom content programs are too expensive; that there’s no way to measure ROI; and that convincing others internally, within the marketer’s organization, that custom content is viable is a challenge. All of these concerns have diminished, the survey indicates. “That means it’s strategic,” Winkleman said. “It’s an integrated marketing campaign. It’s not tactical anymore.” Joe Pulizzi, executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, agrees. “At the end of 2009-2010, most CMOs stopped asking why we need to do this,” he said. “That’s been answered. They know they need to do it. It needs to be a core part of their marketing strategy today. There’s no executive at a senior brand that I’ve asked in the last two years has questioned that need. Now it’s all about best practices and key performance indicators.” The survey also indicates that marketers are increasingly incorporating custom content into their marketing plans, and that they are shifting funds from traditional advertising campaigns to do it. Eighty-one percent are engaged in custom content, up from 67 percent five years ago, while 59 percent are shifting funds, a number that has increased from 41 percent in 2006. Interestingly, custom magazines are not close to the most common form of custom content. That goes to customized Web content. Magazines rank at number 7, after e-newsletters, print newsletters, social media, video and conferences. White papers, advertorials and Webinars round out the top 10 most common forms of custom content. Ironically, print magazines rank highest in terms of consumer awareness, according to the study. Chief marketing officers’ sense of the value and effectiveness of custom content has increased significantly since 2006, and concerns about custom content are diminishing, according to new research from the Custom Content Council. The survey, conducted this month by Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, was released today at the fourth annual Custom Content Council conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina. Eighty-seven percent of CMOs said they perceive custom content as valuable or very valuable, according to the survey, an increase of 15 percent in the five years since the last survey. Forty percent said it was “very” valuable, compared to just 11 percent in 2006. How do marketers see custom content as valuable? Ninety-four percent of the 100 or so CMOs and top-level marketing executives surveyed indicated that custom content strengthens their bonds with consumers. Eighty-five percent say it makes consumers likely to buy again. And 90 percent said they believe that consumers find custom-content information useful. In each of these three instances, the percentage of CMOs who believe this increased from five years ago. last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersThe minutes from the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers and investors are already fretting over the possibility of more than three rate hikes this year.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. The U.S. central bank has forecast three rate hikes for this year, with the first increase expected at its next policy meeting in March.In their December projections for the dot-plot – used to predict whether Fed is bullish or bearish on rates – only four officials said four or more hikes will be appropriate in 2018.Investors are now watching out for the next Fed meeting on March 20 when the policy makers will for the first time consider the January jobs report that indicated rising wages, and consumer prices that surged faster than forecast last month.A higher number of interest rate hikes will have ramifications for both developed and emerging markets.Here are a few possibilities for Indian stocks and economy:Weak RupeeMore than three rate hikes will likely lead to rupee depreciation, due to the cascading effect on all emerging markets.The Reserve Bank of India is not expected to hike rates at this juncture as the focus is more towards domestic parameters such as inflation and growth.So far this year, the partially convertible rupee has fallen 0.54 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1 billion from local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.Overseas fund outflowOverseas inflows are likely to withdraw from Indian markets in the short term.Improved U.S. bond yields may result in some outflows or limit future portfolio investments to some degree by investors as they might prefer to invest in US market both in debt and equity.Equity selloffIndian equity markets draw a significant chunk of overseas funds so any global development will have a bearing on domestic stocks.The consequent rate hikes would most likely affect the earnings of companies with foreign revenue or debt exposure.Earnings of net importers will be under pressure with a weaker rupee, whereas export-oriented industries such as technology will benefit from favorable foreign exchange gains.last_img read more

first_imgBorn into the family of legendary cricketers, Chirag Patil’s decision to foray into the unpredictable territory of the film industry wasn’t an obvious one. Though he has done a number of notable films in the Marathi and Hindi film industry, he was finding it hard to satisfy his creative hunger.Right on the day he decided to quit the industry, director Kabir Khan called him, asking him to join the director’s most anticipated film of 2020 – ’83. International Business Times, India, got in touch with the actor who is currently shooting in London.You have been a popular face in the Marathi film industry. You have also been a part of several Hindi films. But would you say that in a way, ’83 is your big launch?’83 is definitely a big project. It is one of the most expensive films ever made in India and probably the biggest release of 2020. But I wouldn’t call it a big launch for me as I have done several Hindi and Marathi films. But, yes, it is the biggest project I have done so far.Are you hopeful that you would get more recognition and work in Bollywood after the film?I hope so. But, I don’t think so much about the future and what the outcome may or may not be. At the moment, my only focus is giving my best for this film because the rest is not in my hands. There are several factors responsible for a film to do well and I am just a small part of the puzzle. But, I make sure to give my 200 percent to whatever I get into.Did you audition for the role or was it offered to you? Take us through the experience.Well, there is a funny story behind this. I had made up my mind to quit acting and films altogether. I have been acting for the last ten years but hadn’t worked in anything substantial. I had not got a good break and had several unsuccessful films to my name. Last year, my wife and I started a small resort near Karjat and I was interested in taking it forward full-time.Funny thing is, call it destiny or luck, the day I had decided that I would inform my parents about it and was driving back home, I got a call from Kabir Khan saying that he wants me to audition for this part and he feels I would be perfect for this role. I came home and told my wife about it. I wasn’t sure yet. But my wife motivated me and told me to give acting one last shot with this film and then take a call on whether or not I would want to be in the industry. So yes, now I am here, doing one of the biggest films in Bollywood.There are so many well-known faces in the film. Did you all go through some workshops or training to strengthen the bond or develop friendship?Yes, before we started the shoot we all went through a hard-core training program. For me, it was eight months of preparation. I can’t play cricket at all so had to learn it all from scratch. All the credit goes to Ballu uncle (Balwinder Singh Sandhu), Rajiv Mehta and his team. It was kind of Chandrakant Pandit, who allowed me to practice at his academy where I learnt the basics of cricket. I used to practice cricket for four hours every day and then used to go to the gym and work out. So yes, it was quite tough.Has it been easy or difficult playing your own father in the film?Well, thankfully my batting stance, my gestures, my walking style, talking style, body language is exactly like my dad. And that is something that I have never had to work on, it was just natural and inborn. I also look somewhere like him. The only hard part was getting the cricketing stance and nuances right. And I think, I have pretty much managed to get that right as well.Being the son of Sandip Patil, wasn’t cricket an obvious career choice for you?Well, I have never been interested in cricket. But, because my father and grandfather were cricketers, there was pressure. So, I also decided to join cricket. But, the first time my father saw me playing he told me “You will never play for India, so please don’t waste time. Do something else.” I was so relieved when he said this because I always wanted to be an actor. My parents and my brother, Prateek, they have all supported me throughout my journey. But, my father had told me one thing, that whatever I decide to do he would support me but would never help me. He knows half the film industry but he has never tried to push anyone to feature me or take me in their films. He has always told me to fight my own battles.How has the experience of working with Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh been like?Working with Kabir Khan has been a wonderful experience. He is a dream to work with and is also a very sweet and humble person. I learnt something or the other from Ranveer Singh every day. His hard work and dedication are unmatchable. He is a megastar and totally deserves every bit of it. I am lucky to be working with both of them.last_img read more