ICC could fine PCB if Pakistan pulls out of WT20: Khan

first_imgKarachi, Feb 17 (PTI) Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan today admitted that if the national team was unable to participate in next months World Twenty20 in India, the body could be fined by the ICC.Khan told the media in Lahore that in case Pakistan pulls out of the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would have to pay a penalty to the world governing body of the sport, the International Cricket Council.”I just spoke to the Prime Ministers secretariat today and until the government has not given clearance to send the team to India for the World T20,” Khan said.”All these stories about the ICC threatening us with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct.”We have sought advice and clearance from the government to send our team to the World event. The Prime Ministers secretariat has said they are reviewing the situation and will let us know soon,” he added.”If we pull out our team from the World T20 then we will have to pay a penalty to the ICC,” the PCB chief said without disclosing what the amount could be.But a reliable source in the PCB told PTI that the government was likely to clear the tour to India.”It is a routine protocol that the PCB is following but all the vibes from the government quarters is that prime minister Nawaz Sharif will give clearance for the team to go to India,” the source said.advertisementKhan said the Pakistan Super League had created the expected hype and given the interest it created at its launch, it is here to stay.On Monday, the countrys Cricket Board said it is not under any pressure from the ICC to send its team and a final decision remains solely dependent on government clearance. PTI CORR SAIlast_img read more

Outfit demands Soundarya Rajinikanths resignation from AWBI

first_imgChennai, Sept 20 (PTI) A pro-jallikattu outfit today protested against the appointment of Soundarya Rajinikanth as brand ambassador of Animal Welfare Board of India, saying AWBI was responsible for a ban against the bull taming sport. The “Tamizhar Veera Vilayattu Meetpu Kazhagam” staged a protest in Tiruchirappalli, where pictures of Soundarya, daughter of Rajinikanth, were also burnt. Soundaryas appointment as AWBI ambassador last week was “regrettable”, chief convener of the outfit, T Rajesh said. “It is condemnable that she has joined AWBI, which was responsible for the ban against jallikattu,” he said. He said that Soundaryas father and actor Rajinikanth had gained immense popularity among Tamil people by acting in a famous bull taming scene in the super hit movie “Murattu Kaalai”. “Therefore, Rajinikanth should intervene in this matter and ask Soundarya to quit as AWBI ambassador,” he said. Rajesh also warned of intensifying protests against the “Kochadayaan” director if she did not step down. Meanwhile, Soundaryas office issued a clarification in Chennai, saying her job as AWBI ambassador include ensuring safety of animals used in films.”She will ensure the safety of animals used in the films. She will also monitor the use of graphics in the film and will say whether the makers have used graphics or shot with real life animals,” her office said in a release. This was completely apt for her because she has in-depth knowledge in animation after directing her father in the animation film. Soundarya became a member of AWBI recently, besides being appointed as its Ambassador to the film fraternity. Chennai-headquartered Animal Welfare of Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. PTI SA APR BK DKadvertisementlast_img read more

Nervy Man United Stumbles into Europa League Final

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United survived a late scare against Celta Vigo to stumble into the Europa League final on Thursday, keeping alive its hopes of winning the only major trophy missing from the English club’s collection.United drew the second leg of their tension-filled semifinal 1-1 to advance 2-1 on aggregate, but only after Celta squandered two chances in the final seconds to snatch the biggest win in its history.In the game’s last attack and with Celta needing one goal to go through on away goals, Claudio Beauvue chose to cross the ball instead of shooting from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat. Even then, it landed at the feet of John Guidetti, who couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball with a goal at his mercy.The final whistle was blown moments later and Celta’s players slumped to the ground, some of them holding their heads in their hands and others in tears.“I feel really, really sorry for them,” said United manager Jose Mourinho, whose first reaction at fulltime was to console rival manager Eduardo Berizzo rather than celebrate with his players or United fans.Not for the first time this season, Mourinho was left to praise the battling qualities of his players, who will play Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24 after the Dutch club ousted Lyon 5-4 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-1.Mourinho could end his first season at United with two trophies — he has already won the League Cup — and a place in the Champions League, which is guaranteed for the winner of the Europa League.This was too close for comfort, though. Mourinho looked racked with nerves throughout the second half even though United was holding a two-goal cushion.Protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg, United doubled the advantage when Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross in the 17th minute.Celta dominated the second half as United dropped deep, and Facundo Roncaglia headed home in the 85th minute to set up a nervy finish.Roncaglia and United defender Eric Bailly were both red-carded in the 87th minute for separate incidents in a mass melee, meaning Bailly will miss the final through suspension.Sustained late pressure by Celta, playing in its first European semifinal, couldn’t produce the winning goal.“They’re obviously hurting very much in the dressing room,” Berizzo said. “They’re solid, good footballers. They played the game really well, responded well to the atmosphere and I’ve told them they will get another chance.”United has won the European Cup or Champions League three times, and the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup once. Now the team gets a chance to complete the set of European trophies.STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olly Murphy shows ambition in his pursuit of Cheltenham riders

first_imgReuse this content Topics Read more Murphy has attracted a lot of attention with his 42 winners this season and Hunters Call provided easily the most significant of those when landing the hotly contested Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle at Ascot two days before Christmas. It was the horse’s first and, to date, only start for Murphy, having moved from John Neilan’s Galway yard. His new trainer conceded there had been great temptation to run the horse again in the past two months but he has resisted, with the Festival as his target.“I’ve had guidance off a few people and hopefully I’m doing the right thing,” Murphy said. “Maybe it’ll seem in two weeks that I wasn’t. He’s in good form, his preparations have gone well and, off his Ascot run, he looks good fresh.”Hunters Call needs 21 of those weighted above him to drop out over the next fortnight if he is to get a run in the County. He is also entered in the Coral Cup and the Martin Pipe but needs even more withdrawals to get into those.Of his ambitious jockey bookings, Murphy said: “With a bit of luck, I’ll sweet-talk Gordon Elliott [his former employer] and hopefully Jack will be able to keep the ride on Hunters Call. I don’t think Richard Johnson has a ride in the Fred Winter, so I imagine he’ll be free to ride for me.”As Murphy and other trainers spoke, repeated flurries of snow descended on Cheltenham but none of it settled and the track remains raceable. That is likely to change by Saturday, with up to six inches of snow expected, but Cheltenham’s veteran clerk, Simon Claisse, says there is no frost in the forecast after Monday and he thinks the course will be clear again by Wednesday.Indeed, Claisse is grateful for the snow, which will bring some necessary moisture to the track. After two dryish weeks, the course is good to soft, good in places, the least soggy description it has had since October. Horse racing Quick guide Horse racing tips for Thursday 1 March Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Newcastle 1.50 Indian Red 2.20 Desert Ruler 2.55 Natch 3.30 Archipeligo 4.05 Made Of Honour (nap) 4.40 Deansgate 5.15 Oriental Lilly Kempton 5.55 Fiery Breath 6.30 Higgy’s Heartbeat 7.00 White Desert 7.30 Fortune’s Pearl 8.00 Arsenio Lupin 8.30 World Of Good (nb) 9.00 Freddy With A Y– Tips by Chris Cook. Share on Facebook news Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hide Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Olly Murphy has not yet broken into the top echelon of jumps trainers but you would not know it from the quality of rider the rookie hopes to employ at the Cheltenham Festival a fortnight from now. The 26-year-old said on Wednesday that he expects Jack Kennedy to be aboard Hunters Call in the County Hurdle, for which the horse is second favourite, and the trainer has his eye on Richard Johnson for his other fancied runner, Oxford Blu in the Fred Winter.The Warwickshire-based Murphy, who had his first runners in July, has a handful of other Festival entries but, perhaps counterintuitively, wants to restrict the number of horses he sends to jump racing’s biggest show. “I’m going to try not to bring social runners here if I can help it,” Murphy told a pre-Festival press conference at the racecourse. “I imagine I’ll just have two or three runners.“Winners are what young trainers need and I’m hopeful of having a couple of horses with good each-way chances and we’ll leave the rest at home. Hopefully we’ll be a little bit busier next year.” Show Horse racing tips Sizing John recovers from mystery flop for Cheltenham Gold Cup bidlast_img read more

The Club Every Scotch Lover Should Be a Part of: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

first_img How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail Editors’ Recommendations Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less center_img Once you make it through your first year, there is a $70 renewal fee, which, when you think about it, is less than most good bottles of Scotch.But Wait, There’s More!Membership grants you other benefits, such as being able to visit SMWS venues in Edinburgh (28 Queen Street), Leith (The Vaults), and London (19 Greville Street).If you’re not planning a trip over to the United Kingdom anytime soon, SMWS also has a number of partner bars in the states where you can go to sample Society whiskies. Partner bars are located in cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, and more. A full list can be found here.So, at this point, if you’re still reading, you should stop and go find your wallet. Really. We’ll wait.Okay, ready? Click here to sign up now for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and get ready to be part of one of the coolest whisky clubs ever. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand.This article could be one sentence long: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society exists, and you need to be a part of it. Seriously, it could. Do you need more key words than Scotch, malt, whisky, and society? You don’t, but we want to make sure you’re making an informed choice before you join a new club, so check out everything you need to know about SMWS below.The HistoryThe Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s roots date back to the 1970s and a man named Pip Hills, who drove from his home in Edinburgh to a distillery in order to purchase a cask of single malt whisky. Hills ended up sharing that cask with his friends who then collectively decided to buy another cask the next year, and so on. The whisky sharing allowed Hills and his friends to engage in a shared passion while drinking the really good stuff. That ethos has continued through the years as the SMWS has grown. And while it has grown significantly, every bottle that goes through the SMWS is still only sourced from single casks. Speaking of the Whisky…Each whisky that becomes part of the SMWS is rigorously tested by the Society’s secret tasting panel before it is put in the signature green bottle that all SMWS whiskies are stored in. The panel selects whiskies according to quality and interest and without any information relating to age, cask, or origin. Even when bottled, the distillery is not mentioned by name but by number, a nod to the fact that single cask whiskies often are not representative of the region that they hail from.To JoinBasic membership will cost you $129 for your first full year. By joining, you get:Access to purchase exclusive single cask whiskies which are only available through SMWS.A quarterly subscription to Unfiltered– THE must-read whisky magazine if you are serious about single malt whisky.Access to Members’ Rooms in the UK – Edinburgh, Leith, and London.Invitations to tastings and events near you.If you want a more involved experience, you can opt for the membership with tasting kit, which will run you $229 for the first year. This membership entitles you to all of the above with the addition of a:New membership welcome kit, complete with three 100ml bottles of Society whisky, a membership handbook, and a copper Society lapel pin.last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 34.74 points to 15,816.90, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 47.85 points to 23,109.75. The S&P 500 index was down 5.32 points to 2,555.94 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 37.13 points to 6,587.09.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.25 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 80.09 cents US.The December crude contract was down 43 cents to US$51.83 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down four cents at US$2.81 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $6.70 to US$1,289.70 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.17 a pound. read more

Moore loss fuels faint hope that reluctant Republicans might support NAFTA

OTTAWA — The scandal-tinged defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election is raising faint hopes that it might embolden some decidedly reluctant Republicans to speak out in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Notwithstanding a series of explosive sexual misconduct allegations, Moore had the strong backing of Donald Trump, but still lost to Democrat Doug Jones — the first time that party won a seat in Alabama in a quarter century.Despite Moore’s obvious flaws, his defeat has also been widely seen as a repudiation of Trump’s agenda, which includes tearing up NAFTA if he can’t wring concessions out of Canada and Mexico.The Trudeau Liberals have been mounting a full-court press to win support for NAFTA in the U.S., not just in Congress but among businesses as well as state and local governments.U.S. business groups, including its Chamber of Commerce, have loudly defended NAFTA and urged Trump not to announce a U.S. withdrawal next year.But the response from American lawmakers has been tepid at best. Capitol Hill is seized with tax reform, and some Republicans don’t want to ignite a war with their hair-trigger, Twitter-friendly president or risk offending Trump supporters in their core base.Perrin Beatty, the president of Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday the defeat of Moore resonated in meetings he had Tuesday in New York City with his American business counterparts.“I’m hopeful that it will mean moderates will be emboldened and will be saying, ‘Look … we have to do what’s good for jobs and focus on these bread and butter issues,”‘ Beatty said in a telephone interview from New York, where he was trying to raise NAFTA’s profile as part of a tour that also included a stop in Philadelphia.“I’m not under any illusions that the Republicans lost because of NAFTA, but this certainly does demonstrate it’s important for the party to represent much more than a fringe.”Sarah Goldfeder, a former U.S. diplomat in Mexico and Canada who is following the trade negotiations at Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa, said Moore’s defeat is “going to fuel the traditional Republican core” and has the potential to moderate the right-wing influence that has taken hold.“Those people are going to push for a back-to-basics Republican party,” she said. “That trade is good, business in good, jobs are good, unions bad — it’s that party.”Trade lawyers in Canada and the U.S. were less optimistic that the Alabama result would make it easier to talk about NAFTA.Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright, said when he initially heard the news about Moore’s defeat the first question he asked was: what does this mean for NAFTA?After thinking about it, he concluded: not much.“Roy Moore was a fundamentally flawed candidate,” he said. “I don’t know how much we can extrapolate out from Alabama to a repudiation of the Trump agenda.”He said a few more Republican senators might be inclined to go public with their support of NAFTA, but most of its champions have already stepped forward.The trade deal remains unpopular in the northern rust belt states of Ohio and Michigan, where Trump won support in the election, he said.“There’s no political upside for them to come out in favour of NAFTA right now.”Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer with Herman and Associates, said it difficult link Moore’s defeat with Trump’s agenda.“Given the dispersal of influence and pressure points in the bizarre U.S. system of governance, whether the Moore loss has an impact on NAFTA negotiations is hard to say,” he said.“(It) probably doesn’t help the White House in its full-steam ahead approach, however, and that could well be of benefit to those in Congress that want to maintain the treaty intact.” read more

New Maldives President takes oaths

The Maldives Foreign Ministry said that high level dignitaries from forty six countries were expected to attend the ceremony at the National Stadium in Male’ today. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and delegates from China and several other countries attended the event. New Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took oaths at a ceremony held in the Maldives capital Male’ today.Speaking at the ceremony after taking oaths, Solih said that he will strengthen bilateral relations with India and other neighboring countries and will work to ensure stability in the Indian Ocean. During their visit, several dignitaries were to paying Courtesy Calls on the President and are expected to attend an Official Reception, to be held in Kurumba Maldives. (Colombo Gazette) Among those who were to attend the event were Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism as Special Envoy of the President of China, Wataru Takeshita, Member of House of Representatives of Japan as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mounia Boucetta, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as Special Envoy of the King of Morocco, Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Service, Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.In addition, several Ambassadors, senior government officials and business leaders from different countries were expected to attend the ceremony. read more

Significant Digits For Friday April 10 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe. Seriously, clicking on things in order to read them? Yawn. Subscribe.7 playersSeven University of Kentucky players declared themselves eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. [Cincinnati.com] 20,000That’s a very nice, clean, round number, right? The Nikkei, Japan’s stock exchange, briefly broke this nice, clean, round number on Thursday, but promptly dipped below the nice, clean, round number. This type of financial news happens whenever a financial thing becomes a multiple of a power of ten. [Bloomberg Business]$76,000For the first time in a long time, former Rep. Aaron Schock will have to pick up a check. Marshall County, Illinois, is charging the disgraced former congressman — who resigned after allegations he pocketed reimbursements for mileage he didn’t drive — for the costs of the special election to replace him. [Peoria Journal Star]$25 millionAT&T call center employees sold customer information to outside parties on at least 3 occasions — leaking the information of as many as 279,000 customers. The telecom giant will now pay a $25 million fine. [The Washington Post]$91,541,053Hedge fund zillionaire Bill Ackman flipped a 13,500-square-foot penthouse apartment at One57, an enviable Manhattan address, for $91.5 million, the city’s second-highest condo sale ever. In related news, a local lifestyle reporter had an hour-and-a-half commute home to Jersey City’s Heights district due to Lincoln Tunnel traffic, and local reports indicate that yeah, screw it, Hot Pockets don’t really go bad, right? [6sqft]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. Also, subscribe. 20 minutesNew York City mayor Bill De Blasio took the subway to work, riding an R train for 20 minutes to promote a push for transit money. The mayor was joined by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who presumably was just tagging along since he technically works in Washington, D.C., a quaint Amtrak stopover and tourist attraction located somewhere south of Philadelphia. [The New York Times via Gothamist]92.1 percentPercentage of software developers who are men, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer’s survey. [Fusion]$429Cost of a roundtrip flight to Cuba from Orlando International, flying Island Travel & Tours, which will offer service starting in July. [Orlando Sentinel] 500 pot shopsTwo years ago, residents of Los Angeles voted to cap the number of stores allowed to sell cannabis at 130. Clearly the free market was not alerted of this limitation: The city announced on Thursday it had closed 500 medical marijuana dispensaries. [Reuters]1,000-foot water slideDetroit is getting a temporary water slide, which I guess is what passes for an infrastructure improvement these days. A single ride goes for $15, unlimited pass for $50. [Curbed] read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos An Angry Birds Cake Long Stabby Things

first_img5 Year Old Needs A Job Before Getting Married I had no idea Australian news was so interesting! In the USA, the anchors would have probably stuck to the script and moved on to the news long before this conversation played out, but thankfully we get to see the whole thing. In reaction to a spate of home invasions, these anchors each discuss the ways they choose to keep their homes safe in the event of an intrusion. Warning: tons of innuendo ahead. How Far Away is the Moon? (The Scale of the Universe) This little girl has some serious talent. So much so that Lady Gaga herself tweeted about the video when she stumbled onto it – which says a lot, considering the little girl is covering her song. The girl in the video, Maria, has racked up well over 12 million views now. Someone get that kid a record deal – at the very least, she can do a duet with Lady Gaga at her next concert. Long, Stabby Thing Playable Angry Birds Birthday Cake Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Cover) Some of this week’s best YouTube videos featured children doing things that many adults wish they could do: in one case, it’s a little girl being honest about wanting a career before she gets married, in another case it’s a little girl singing a Lady Gaga tune better than Lady Gaga (in my opinion, anyway.) Who says kids don’t have talent? Also this week: an Angry Birds cake – and not just any Angry Birds cake, a playable Angry Birds cake. You know, just in case you want to smash some pigs before the wedding ceremony. Some aussie newscasters discuss the best home defense techniques, and more. This quick little educational video illustrates the real distance between the Earth and the Moon – assuming the Earth is a basketball and the Moon is a tennis ball, that is. They’re actually much farther apart than you might think, especially based on their size in the sky or the way they tend to be portrayed in diagrams and artists’ renderings. This hilarious little girl has her priorities in order. She wants a job and a career before she gets married – and she’s clearly not afraid to tell any potential suitors the order in which she’d like to accomplish her personal goals. It’s only 46 seconds, but that’s more than enough time for her to make her position clear.  We’ve seen an Angry Birds cake before, but this – *sunglasses* – takes the cake. In the post about the other Angry Birds cake, Brian mentioned that it’s almost enough to make you put the game down – with this playable Angry Birds cake, you don’t have to put the game down, just shift it over to the cake itself. You’ll find yourself hurling birds (made of cake) at structures (also made of cake) that house pigs hiding inside (yes, made of cake.) Bring the walls and the pigs toppling down, and then devour them. Yum.last_img read more

Government finalising guidelines for tattooing and body piercing in Ireland

first_imgGovernment finalising guidelines for tattooing and body piercing in Ireland Currently there are no basic training requirements for staff and no age of consent required. By Christina Finn Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has ruled out any new law to regulate the tattooing and body piercing industry in Ireland.Proposed legislation was introduced in the Dáil last year by Fianna Fáil’s public health spokesperson Mary Butler to ban tattoos and intimate piercings for people under the age of 18.With the Bill currently only at second stage, Harris has confirmed that no plans are afoot to  introduce further regulation or legislation in the area of tattooing and body piercing.In a recent answer to a parliamentary question the minister added that there is no licensing or regulation of the tattooing or body piercing industries in Ireland. In the absence of any statutory framework being in place, Harris said his department and the Health Service Executive are working together to develop guidelines in relation to tattooing and body piercing businesses. These guidelines are currently in the process of being finalised, he said.The minister said it is anticipated that the publication of the guidance document “will promote and enhance evidence based best practice in hygiene standards and infection control”.He said discussions will be held shortly with the HSE in relation to the publication, dissemination and support following publication of the guidance document.“Given the absence of a clear statutory framework and the need to obtain expert views in relation to the area, some delays arose in relation to finalising the final text of the guidelines – however, it is expected that they will be published shortly,” he added.Long delays The issuing of guidelines was first discussed as far back as 2014, when the then health minister James Reilly said an ongoing review by the Department of Health on a set of guidelines was being drawn up.In 2015, it was then announced that a consultation process was beginning with submissions to be published in 2016. But three years on, there has been little or no movement. The HSE states clearly on its website that no regulation of such businesses in Ireland.“There are no registration requirements, no minimum structural or operational standards to be attained before opening such a business, no basic training requirements for staff and no age of consent/ medical history requirements for those availing of such services.“Consequently these premises are not included in any inspection programme by Environmental Health Officers and receive no regular or routine visits from any statutory inspectorate.”The HSE states that the while there is no specific legislation governing the sector, Environmental Health Officers do follow-up and investigate confirmed cases of infectious disease linked to such businesses.Harris said that once the guidance document is published, it will set out a standard of practice in relation to infection prevention and control which the minister said all operators should adhere to.“This will help to drive up standards and provide a safe environment for clients and practitioners,” he added.  Aug 26th 2019, 6:01 AM 20,376 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share11 Tweet Email1 17 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4778224 Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo Short URL Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:00 AMlast_img read more

Goodbye 2018 Lionel Messis on top of La Liga

first_imgThe Argentinean superstar is the Spanish League top scorer so far this season with 15 goals; last season he scored 34 to win the “Pichichi” awardIn the 2017-2018 season, and after 38 matches, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi ended up winning the “Pichichi” award for being the most lethal player in La Liga.The award is given to the top scorer and the Argentinean scorer 34 goals in 38 matches for the Blaugrana.His closest follower that season was former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to get only 26 goals.And this year, without Ronaldo in the picture, things seem like they will go the same way for Messi.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Argentinean footballer is currently in first place of the top goalscorers with 15 goals.He is followed closely by teammate Luis Suarez from Uruguay with 11.Meanwhile, Christian Stuani closes the Top 3 with 11 goals for Girona so far.Do you think Messi will become La Liga’s top goalscorer again at the end of the season?last_img read more

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first_imgCase Study | January 04, 2010 Radiology and MRI of Bethlehem Implements Radiology, Mammography ImageGrid PACS at Fraction of Cost of Competing So Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The CustomerRadiology and MRI of Bethlehem (RMRI) brings together the experience and pioneering visions of two of the finest medical imaging practices in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania: Radiology Associates, founded in 1950, and MRI of Bethlehem, founded in 1987.While both practices were always guided by the same group of expert radiologists, a drive to improve efficiency and deliver a higher level of patient care led the two groups to form Radiology and MRI of Bethlehem, Inc.Today, RMRI stands as a full service imaging center providing the most up-to-date services in MRI, CT, ultrasound, radiography, mammography, nuclear medicine, bone density measurement and fluoroscopy. While offering high quality imaging in a convenient private office may seem like a recent trend, our organization has known this is the best way to serve the community for over fifty years. “If your desire is to implement an inexpensive, transparent, scalable, low maintenance and robust PACS system, then Candelis is the right choice,” said John Brase, director at RMRI. RMRI’s experienced Radiologists and staff continue the proud tradition begun in the 1950’s. RMRI is committed to providing patients and physicians in the community with timely high quality medical imaging, delivering exceptional care in a personal and convenient environment.The ChallengeGiven the growing volume and complexity of studies, RMRI was faced with significant challenges in archiving and managing patient’s studies. The implementation a feature-rich, scalable, reliable and yet cost-effective PACS was a significant and time-sensitive requirement. In addition, with the impending addition of a Siemens Novation for Digital Mammography, RMRI needed to implement a PACS that could provide a fully integrated and seamless workflow for both General Radiology and Mammography. Brase was given the task of identifying vendors and developing a short list for consideration by the radiologists. Mr. Brase knew that a Web-enabled solution would streamline the operations of RMRI and provide the radiologists with ability to read studies quickly from anywhere and provide reports in a timely manner. In addition, in order to grow the practice, he needed to vastly improve report distribution with referring physicians and provide them with the ability to view studies and reports very easily. In talking to various vendors, Mr. Brase realized that radiology/mammography PACS solutions could cost anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000. In addition, annual maintenance contracts were in the $30,000 to $50,000 range and the complexity of these systems meant that the practice had to factor in additional costs for an on-site IT resource. Many of the other PACS vendors were also going to charge RMRI extra fees if they exceeded certain number of studies per year. Making the right PACS decision was going to be critical to the long term prospects of Radiology and MRI of Bethlehem.The SolutionMr. Brase came across Candelis, Inc. and was quickly impressed with the highly cost-effective and yet feature-rich ImageGrid PACS appliance. Mr. Brase and Dr. Ned Enea received a demonstration of the solution and also had an opportunity to talk to several existing customers of Candelis. The ImageGrid’s price point was a fraction of other solutions and its “appliance” architecture meant that the solution could be implemented and maintained with minimal IT supervision. With the ImageGrid PACS solution, Mr. Brase and RMRI were able to quantify the total cost of ownership for a PACS system and better plan for the growth of their imaging practice. RMRI was also pleased that with ImageGrid PACS there are no additional fees to connect new modalities or workstations, which was an important consideration given their plans for adding modalities.RMRI decided to implement an ImageGrid PACS with 9TB in raw capacity in a RAID 5 configuration. In addition, the ImageGrid’s Web-enabled FDA 510(k) cleared radiology and mammography viewers provided all four radiologists easy and seamless access to all studies. ImageGrid PACS was implemented within a day and all modalities were easily configured to send studies to it. ImageGrid Referring Physician Viewer was configured to provide easy Web-enabled viewing of patient studies to the center’s referral base, with log-in capability directly from RMRI’s Web site. In order to comply with HIPAA requirements, RMRI is backing up all patient data on their ImageGrid PACS to a fully integrated tape library solution using the ImageGrid ILM (information lifecycle management) software module. The tape library can also be used as part of an ILM strategy, whereby aged studies can be solely maintained on tape.The ResultsThe ImageGrid PACS Appliance was installed within a single day with no interruptions to workflow and the RMRI’s daily operations. RMRI’s staff were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to work with ImageGrid PACS and how it immediately started to automate their workflow.“We implemented the Candelis PACS for a fraction of what we had been quoted from other vendors. The entire implementation and transition was seamless and Candelis’ support as been excellent,” said Mr. Brase. ImageGrid’s inherent cost advantages meant that RMRI will realize a significant return-on-investment (ROI), giving it the ability and the flexibility to devote precious financial resources to invest in the latest modalities for better patient care. “Candelis has enabled me to better compete with far larger institutions at a fraction of the cost of other vendor offerings. Today, we are able to profitably provide timely imaging services to patients and referring physicians,” said Mr. Brase. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more PreviousNext RMRI offers services for MRI, CT, ultrasound, radiography, mammography, nuclear medicine, bone density measurement and fluoroscopy. News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more RMRI offers services for MRI, CT, ultrasound, radiography, mammography, nuclear medicine, bone density measurement and fluoroscopy. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more ImageGrid Referring Physician Viewer was configured to provide easy Web-enabled viewing of patient studies to the centers referral base. News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more last_img read more

Best Machine Learning Datasets for beginners

first_img“It’s not who has the best algorithm that wins. It’s who has the most data” ~ Andrew Ng If you would look at the way algorithms were trained in Machine Learning, five or ten years ago, you would notice one huge difference. Training algorithms in Machine Learning are much better and efficient today than it used to be a few years ago. All credit goes to the hefty amount of data that is available to us today. But, how does Machine Learning make use of this data? Let’s have a look at the definition of Machine Learning. “Machine Learning provides computers or machines the ability to automatically learn from experience without being explicitly programmed”. Machines “learn from experience” when they’re trained, this is where data comes into the picture. How’re they trained? Datasets! This is why it is so crucial that you feed these machines with the right data for whatever problem it is that you want these machines to solve. Why datasets matter in Machine Learning? The simple answer is because Machines too like humans are capable of learning once they see relevant data. But where they vary from humans is the amount of data they need to learn from. You need to feed your machines with enough data in order for them to do anything useful for you. This why Machines are trained using massive datasets. We can think of machine learning data like a survey data, meaning the larger and more complete your sample data size is, the more reliable your conclusions will be. If the data sample isn’t large enough then it won’t be able to capture all the variations making your machine reach inaccurate conclusions, learn patterns that don’t really exist, or not recognize patterns that do. Datasets help bring the data to you. Datasets train the model for performing various actions. They model the algorithms to uncover relationships, detect patterns, understand complex problems as well as make decisions. Apart from using datasets, it is equally important to make sure that you are using the right dataset, which is in a useful format and comprises all the meaningful features, and variations. After all, the system will ultimately do what it learns from the data. Feeding right data into your machines also assures that the machine will work effectively and produce accurate results without any human interference required. For instance, training a speech recognition system with a textbook English dataset will result in your machine struggling to understand anything but textbook English. So, any loose grammar, foreign accents, or speech disorders would get missed out. For such a system, using a dataset comprising all the infinite variations in a spoken language among speakers of different genders, ages, and dialects would be a right option. So keep in mind that it is important that the quality, variety, and quantity of your training data is not compromised as all these factors help determine the success of your machine learning models. Top Machine Learning Datasets for Beginners Now, there are a lot of datasets available today for use in your ML applications. It can be confusing, especially for a beginner to determine which dataset is the right one for your project. It is better to use a dataset which can be downloaded quickly and doesn’t take much to adapt to the models. Further, always use standard datasets that are well understood and widely used. This lets you compare your results with others who have used the same dataset to see if you are making progress. You can pick the dataset you want to use depending on the type of your Machine Learning application. Here’s a rundown of easy and the most commonly used datasets available for training Machine Learning applications across popular problem areas from image processing to video analysis to text recognition to autonomous systems. Image Processing There are many image datasets to choose from depending on what it is that you want your application to do. Image processing in Machine Learning is used to train the Machine to process the images to extract useful information from it. For instance, if you’re working on a basic facial recognition application then you can train it using a dataset that has thousands of images of human faces. This is how Facebook knows people in group pictures. This is also how image search works in Google and in other visual search based product sites. Dataset Name Brief Description 10k US Adult Faces Database This database consists of 10,168 natural face photographs and several measures for 2,222 of the faces, including memorability scores, computer vision, and psychological attributes. The face images are JPEGs with 72 pixels/in resolution and 256-pixel height. Google’s Open Images Open Images is a dataset of 9 million URLs to images which have been annotated with labels spanning over 6000 categories. These labels cover more real-life entities and the images are listed as having a Creative Commons Attribution license. Visual Genome This is a dataset of over 100k images densely annotated with numerous region descriptions ( girl feeding elephant), objects (elephants), attributes(large), and relationships (feeding). Labeled Faces in the Wild This database comprises more than 13,000 images of faces collected from the web. Each face is labeled with the name of the person pictured. Fun and easy ML application ideas for beginners using image datasets: Cat vs Dogs: Using Cat and Stanford Dogs dataset to classify whether an image contains a dog or a cat. Iris Flower classification: You can build an ML project using Iris flower dataset where you classify the flowers in any of the three species. What you learn from this toy project will help you learn to classify physical attributes based content to build some fun real-world projects like fraud detection, criminal identification, pain management ( eg; ePAT which detects facial hints of pain using facial recognition technology), and so on. Hot dog – Not hot dog: Use the Food 101 dataset, to distinguish different food types as a hot dog or not. Who knows, you could end up becoming the next Emmy award nominee! Sentiment Analysis As a beginner, you can create some really fun applications using Sentiment Analysis dataset. Sentiment Analysis in Machine Learning applications is used to train machines to analyze and predict the emotion or sentiment associated with a sentence, word, or a piece of text. This is used in movie or product reviews often. If you are creative enough, you could even identify topics that will generate the most discussions using sentiment analysis as a key tool. Dataset Name Brief Description Sentiment140 A popular dataset, which uses 160,000 tweets with emoticons pre-removed Yelp Reviews An open dataset released by Yelp, contains more than 5 million reviews on Restaurants, Shopping, Nightlife, Food, Entertainment, etc. Twitter US Airline Sentiment Twitter data on US airlines starting from February 2015, labeled as positive, negative, and neutral tweets. Amazon reviews This dataset contains over 35 million reviews from Amazon spanning 18 years. Data include information on products, user ratings, and the plaintext review. Easy and Fun Application ideas using Sentiment Analysis Dataset: Positive or Negative: Using Sentiment140 dataset in a model to classify whether given tweets are negative or positive. Happy or unhappy: Using Yelp Reviews dataset in your project to help machine figure out whether the person posting the review is happy or unhappy. Good or Bad: Using Amazon Reviews dataset, you can train a machine to figure out whether a given review is good or bad. Natural Language Processing Natural language processing deals with training machines to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data. This is how search engines like Google know what you are looking for when you type in your search query. Use these datasets to make a basic and fun NLP application in Machine Learning: Dataset Name Brief Description Speech Accent Archive This dataset comprises 2140 speech samples from different talkers reading the same reading passage. These Talkers come from 177 countries and have 214 different native languages. Each talker is speaking in English. Wikipedia Links data This dataset consists of almost 1.9 billion words from more than 4 million articles. Search is possible by word, phrase or part of a paragraph itself. Blogger Corpus A dataset comprising 681,288 blog posts gathered from blogger.com. Each blog consists of minimum 200 occurrences of commonly used English words. Fun Application ideas using NLP datasets: Spam or not: Using Spambase dataset, you can enable your application to figure out whether a given email is spam or not. Video Processing Video Processing datasets are used to teach machines to analyze and detect different settings, objects, emotions, or actions and interactions in videos. You’ll have to feed your machine with a lot of data on different actions, objects, and activities. Dataset Name Brief Description UCF101 – Action Recognition Data Set This dataset comes with 13,320 videos from 101 action categories. Youtube 8M YouTube-8M is a large-scale labeled video dataset. It contains millions of YouTube video IDs, with high-quality machine-generated annotations from a diverse vocabulary of 3,800+ visual entities. Fun Application ideas using video processing dataset: Action detection: Using UCF101 – Action Recognition DataSet, or Youtube 8M, you can train your application to detect the actions such as walking, running etc, in a video. Speech Recognition Speech recognition is the ability of a machine to analyze or identify words and phrases in a spoken language. Feed your machine with the right and good amount of data, and it will help it in the process of recognizing speech. Combine speech recognition with natural language processing, and get Alexa who knows what you need. Dataset Name Brief Description Gender Recognition by Voice and speech analysis This database identifies a voice as male or female, depending on the acoustic properties of voice and speech. The dataset contains 3,168 recorded voice samples, collected from male and female speakers. Human Activity Recognition w/Smartphone Human Activity Recognition database consists of recordings of 30 subjects performing activities of daily living (ADL) while carrying a smartphone ( Samsung Galaxy S2 ) on the waist. TIMIT TIMIT provides speech data for acoustic-phonetic studies and for the development of automatic speech recognition systems. It comprises broadband recordings of 630 speakers of eight major dialects of American English, each reading ten phonetically rich sentences, phonetic and word transcriptions. Speech Accent Archive This dataset contains 2140 speech samples, each from a different talker reading the same reading passage. Talkers come from 177 countries and have 214 different native languages. Each talker is speaking in English. Fun Application ideas using Speech Recognition dataset: Accent detection: Use Speech Accent Archive dataset, to make your application identify different accents from a given sample of accents. Identify the activity: Use Human Activity Recognition w/Smartphone dataset to help your application detect the human activity. Natural Language Generation Natural Language generation refers to the ability of machines to simulate the human speech. It can be used to translate written information into aural information or assist the vision-impaired by reading out aloud the contents of a display screen. This is how Alexa or Siri respond to you. Dataset Name Brief Description Common Voice by Mozilla Common Voice dataset contains speech data read by users on the Common Voice website from a number of public sources like user-submitted blog posts, old books, movies, etc. LibriSpeech This dataset consists of nearly 500 hours of clean speech of various audiobooks read by multiple speakers, organized by chapters of the book with both the text and the speech. Fun Application ideas using Natural Language Generation dataset: Converting text into Audio: Using Blogger Corpus dataset, you can train your application to read out loud the posts on blogger. Autonomous Driving Build some basic self-driving Machine Learning Applications. These Self-driving datasets will help you train your machine to sense its environment and navigate accordingly without any human interference. Autonomous cars, drones, warehouse robots, and others use these algorithms to navigate correctly and safely in the real world. Datasets are even more important here as the stakes are higher and the cost of a mistake could be a human life. Dataset Name Brief Description Berkeley DeepDrive BDD100k This is one of the largest datasets for self-driving AI currently. It comprises over 100,000 videos of over 1,100-hour driving experiences across different times of the day and weather conditions. Baidu Apolloscapes Large dataset consisting of 26 different semantic items such as cars, bicycles, pedestrians, buildings, street lights, etc. Comma.ai This dataset consists of more than 7 hours of highway driving. It includes details on car’s speed, acceleration, steering angle, and GPS coordinates. Cityscape Dataset This is a large dataset that contains recordings of urban street scenes in 50 different cities. nuScenes This dataset consists of more than 1000 scenes with around 1.4 million image, 400,000 sweeps of lidars (laser-based systems that detect the distance between objects), and 1.1 million 3D bounding boxes ( detects objects with a combination of RGB cameras, radar, and lidar). Fun Application ideas using Autonomous Driving dataset: A basic self-driving application: Use any of the self-driving datasets mentioned above to train your application with different driving experiences for different times and weather conditions. IoT Machine Learning in building IoT applications is on the rise these days. Now, as a beginner in Machine Learning, you may not have advanced knowledge on how to build these high-performance IoT applications using Machine Learning, but you certainly can start off with some basic datasets to explore this exciting space. Dataset Name Brief Description Wayfinding, Path Planning, and Navigation Dataset This dataset consists of samples of trajectories in an indoor building (Waldo Library at Western Michigan University) for navigation and wayfinding applications. ARAS Human Activity Dataset This dataset is a Human activity recognition Dataset collected from two real houses. It involves over 26 millions of sensor readings and over 3000 activity occurrences. Fun Application ideas using IoT dataset: Wearable device to track human activity: Use the ARAS Human Activity Dataset to train a wearable device to identify human activity. Read Also: 25 Datasets for Deep Learning in IoT Once you’re done going through this list, it’s important to not feel restricted. These are not the only datasets which you can use in your Machine Learning Applications. You can find a lot many online which might work best for the type of Machine Learning Project that you’re working on. Some popular sources of a wide range of datasets are Kaggle, UCI Machine Learning Repository, KDnuggets, Awesome Public Datasets, and Reddit Datasets Subreddit. With all this information, it is now time to use these datasets in your project. In case you’re completely new to Machine Learning, you will find reading, ‘A nonprogrammer’s guide to learning Machine learning’quite helpful. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or not, always remember to pick a dataset which is widely used, and can be downloaded quickly from a reliable source. Read Next How to create and prepare your first dataset in Salesforce Einstein Google launches a Dataset Search Engine for finding Datasets on the Internet Why learn machine learning as a non-techie?last_img read more

US Navy ship fires on boat off Dubai killing 1

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories A U.S. consular official told The Associated Press that one person was killed and three wounded in the shooting.The official gave no other details, but it appeared that Navy personnel could have seen the boat _ mistakenly or not _ as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran’s maritime boundaries. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the incident between the two allies.Tariq Ahmed al-Haidan, political affairs assistant to the UAE Foreign Minister, confirmed the number of dead and injured.He said in a brief statement to the UAE’s official news agency WAM that all were Indian citizens, and they were on board a fishing boat when they came under fire. Emirati authorities are investigating the incident, he added.The white-hulled boat was inspected by dozens of police officers and other Emirati officials after the incident in a small Dubai harbor used by fishermen and recreational sailors.The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and powered by three outboard motors. It had no obvious military markings.Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf. Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on. Officials moved the boat from the harbor shortly afterward.The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi had no immediate comment, referring all questions to the Navy.U.S. military vessels routinely cross paths with Iranian ships in international waters in the Gulf without incident, but speed boats from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have passed close to U.S. ships in incidents that have raised alarm in Washington.In early 2008, then President Bush accused Iran of a “provocative act” after five small Iranian craft buzzed around the destroyer USS Hopper.Theodore Karasik, a security expert at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, did not rule out Iranian involvement in Monday’s shooting.“There are certain factions within the Iranian political universe who are seeking a fight. And this is one way in which to do it,” he said.Karasik noted there have been no known attacks so close to Jebel Ali, which is seen as a secure port in the region. He suggested that the incident might have been a way for Iranian forces to test U.S. defenses, though he acknowledged it was too early to know for sure. Top Stories Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – U.S. Navy gunners aboard a refueling ship opened fire on a small boat racing toward them in broad daylight Monday near the Gulf city of Dubai, killing one person and injuring three.The rare shooting not far from approaches to the Strait of Hormuz comes at a period of heightened tensions between the United States and nearby Iran.A UAE official said the vessel was a fishing boat. It was unclear why it might have veered so close to an armed American vessel. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Tensions are elevated in the Gulf after Iran last week renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz _ the route for one-fifth of the world’s oil _ in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.The U.S. recently boosted its naval presence in the Gulf with additional minesweepers and other warships. The Pentagon said Monday it is sending another aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to ensure it has two carriers continuously in the region.___Additional reporting by Associated Press writer Brian Murphy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona There was no immediate sign of Iranian involvement, or any indication that the incident was a reprise of al-Qaida’s 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. But the incident will likely focus further attention on the risks American vessels face in the Gulf even as the Navy beefs up its presence in the region.Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said a security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock issued a series of warnings before resorting to lethal force about 10 miles (15 kilometers) off the coast of Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.“The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun,” he said.Raelson said the incident, which happened at 2:50 p.m. local time, is under investigation.The Rappahannock is an oiler used to fuel other Navy ships while they are at sea.The United Arab Emirates, which includes the commercial hub of Dubai and the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, is a key American ally in the Gulf. American warships frequently visit Jebel Ali port, a popular rest stop among U.S. sailors. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Two Banks Fall Under Raising National Tally to Nine

first_imgTwo Banks Fall Under, Raising National Tally to Nine State and federal regulators closed banks in Indiana and Illinois Friday, raising the national tally for failures to nine for 2012.[IMAGE]Shelbyville, Indiana-based SCB Bank fell dark with about $182.6 million in total assets and $171.6 million in total deposits. The “”Office of the Comptroller of the Currency””:http://www.occ.treas.gov/ (OCC)[COLUMN_BREAK]closed the institution and appointed the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ to carry out responsibilities as receiver.Muncie, Indiana-based “”First Merchants Bank””:http://www.firstmerchants.com/ sopped up $117 million in loans and $136 million in deposits from SCB. It also acquired four branches set to reopen Saturday.””We’re excited to be in Shelby County,”” Michael Rechin, president and CEO of First Merchants Bank, said in a statement.The OCC also closed Charter National Bank and Trust in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The bank went under with $93.9 million in total assets and $89.5 million in total deposits, which Hoffman Estates Community Bank, a branch of “”Barrington Bank & Trust Company””:http://www.barringtonbank.com/, assumed in an agreement.The acquiring institution also rebranded two branches from Charter National on Saturday.The total cost to the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund: $51.3 million. The new failures raise the national tally so far to nine, following 92 in 2011 and 157 in 2010. February 10, 2012 424 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Service Providers 2012-02-10 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Top Stories Some people are tickled. Country music star Blake Shelton hilariously threatened general manager Steve Keim on Twitter, saying he would “personally wrap my guitar around your neck” if Keim left Murray on the board.Related LinksCardinals’ potential Josh Rosen trade partners snap up QBs in draftNew Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s career timeline: By the numbersArizona Cardinals pick QB Kyler Murray 1st in 2019 NFL DraftRaiders blow up 2019 NFL Draft, make questionable decision againSome people are angry. Murray encountered a Cardinals fan in Nashville who was less than tickled with the Cardinals’ newest first-round pick.“There was a guy out there in the crowd, waving at me, saying they don’t want me, they want Nick (Bosa),” Murray said. “It is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy, but at the same time, I hope to make them happy with my play.”When Murray showed up for his official press conference, the walls had come down. He smiled frequently. He showed real charisma. By then, the game was over, the game had been won and it was as if Murray was finally free to be himself.After a few private moments with Murray, I can attest that he’s taller than I thought, much bigger than he looks on television. That’s reassuring. It’s also clear he ended up with the franchise of his choice.“It’s a surreal feeling for me,” Murray said. “I’m (most) glad that I’m going to the Cardinals, honestly. That’s where I wanted to go play.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NASHVILLE – The underdog wears pink. He calls himself the consummate winner without reservation or whiff of humility. He shows zero sympathy for the quarterback he just displaced in Arizona.Welcome to the new world, Kyler Murray, where you will inspire a new generation of undersized quarterbacks to reach for the stars.And welcome to Arizona, where you will find a house divided. At least until you beat the Seahawks, and then everyone will be on board. Just like their newest quarterback.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 – / 52center_img 167 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As for what kind of person Arizona is getting?“Great guy. I try to do the right things on and off the field. Try to do right by everybody. Once they get to know me, I think they’ll see it.”It’s easy to feel bad for Josh Rosen, the quarterback who made the best of a horrible situation in 2018. He endeared himself to teammates for absorbing a beating and never once pointed fingers. He showed great physical and mental toughness. But this was the right play for Arizona.Their rookie head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, needed a quarterback to call his own. Now he can pour all his energy into developing the player he recruited out of high school, and when Murray shines, so will Kingsbury. The quarterback will give the unseasoned head coach his best shot at credibility.Murray needed Kingsbury. He needed a head coach who recognizes the quarterback’s stunning gifts and not his deficiencies. A head coach who doesn’t hold any preconceived notions about height requirements in the NFL.Together, they represent a bold declaration and a new direction for a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2015.“Knowing he’ll let me play and be me is probably the biggest thing,” Murray said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Murray’s familiarity with Kingsbury and his system make it realistic that he can succeed as a rookie starter in the NFL. There are high-profile games against Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, Sean McVay’s Rams and Bruce Arians’ Bucs. With one draft pick, the Cardinals have morphed from one of the most irrelevant NFL outfits to one of the most compelling.Maybe that energy will help heal a team dealing with the collateral damage of a one-and-done head coach (Steve Wilks) and a star cornerback (Patrick Peterson) who is once again unhappy with the organization.“I know they were very fond of me,” Murray said. “But I’m the type of guy that I wasn’t going to believe anything until I got that phone call. Finally getting to play for coach Kingsbury is something we’ve been talking about for a long time.”Skeptics will wonder if the Cardinals selected Murray to sell tickets. Rosen fans have reason to be angry with how the incumbent quarterback has been treated during this process. But this the NFL, and it’s no place for the weak. And the easy thing for the Cardinals would’ve been to pass on Murray, aware that his size is an easy alibi.They went the other route. They authored one of the riskiest picks in NFL history, especially since there was no real public pressure in the Valley to draft Murray. But fortune favors the bold, and the Cardinals showed great conviction on Thursday.last_img read more

South Norwalk CT – Virgin Atlantic Airways one

first_imgSouth Norwalk, CT – Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the world’s leading long haul airlines, has launched new round-the-world service with limited time fares starting as low as $2,939 (including all taxes and fees).With the new inaugural flight of V Australia, which begins service between Los Angeles and Sydney on February 27, Virgin now completes its missing link in global service.Passengers will be offered two ticket options for their round-the-world trip – ‘Virgin Global East’ and ‘Virgin Global West’. The ‘Virgin Global East’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, continuing to Hong Kong and Sydney with Virgin Atlantic, and then from Sydney to Los Angeles with V Australia. The ‘Virgin Global West’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to Sydney with V Australia, then onto Hong Kong, London, and back to Los Angeles with Virgin Atlantic.The launch of the new fares coincide with Sir Richard Branson’s ‘Round the World in 8 Days’ tour, celebrating the 25th birthday of Virgin Atlantic and the launch of V Australia.Speaking in Sydney, Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: “Passengers now have a fantastic choice to make – which way to go around the world with Virgin! The combination of Virgin Atlantic and V Australia offers travelers huge flexibility in their global planning and some of the best value round the world fares available. The destinations are also some of the most exciting in the world.”The special round-the-world launch fare of $2,939 (including all taxes and fees) is available for sale only through March 6, 2009, and is valid for departures throughout the year.www.virgin.com/atlanticlast_img read more

by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Jan

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 9:56 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Noel Edison is shown in a handout photo. Edison didn’t expect to rub shoulders with Lady Gaga when he attended the Grammy Awards for the first time, but the chorus master at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir couldn’t resist the opportunity when it arose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Symphony Orchestra Grammy-nominated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir leader recalls brush with Lady Gagacenter_img TORONTO – Noel Edison didn’t expect to rub shoulders with Lady Gaga when he attended the Grammy Awards for the first time, but the chorus master at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir couldn’t resist the opportunity when it arose.At the glitzy celebration for the 2010 awards in Los Angeles, Edison found himself standing near the “Bad Romance” singer. So he stuck out his hand and introduced himself.“(I) said, ‘Look, I want to congratulate you — I think you’ve got a unique sound and a unique approach to this modern-day popular culture,’” he recalls.“We had a nice chat with her big thugs standing around. We had a little vodka together, so that was fun.”Edison didn’t win the Grammy that year, but he’ll have another chance on Sunday as he vies for best choral performance with his choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.The Toronto performers share a nomination with British conductor Sir Andrew Davis for his daring take on Handel’s “Messiah,” which throws in new elements that elevate the composition’s theatrical flair.Edison said he was intrigued by the changes Davis brought to his version of George Frideric Handel’s 1741 biblical epic, known through generations for its rousing “Hallelujah!” crescendo.“He brought it into a modern setting with a lot more instruments,” Edison explained.“He thickens it up, makes it bigger and more opulent in its colouring.”Recorded at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in December 2015, the Grammy-nominated project was a risky proposition when Davis envisioned it years earlier, the conductor said.He felt purists might balk at his decision to add instruments like the English horn, oboe and piccolo. Even punching up the presence of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir could be seen as taboo.But now that he holds his third Grammy nomination, Davis feels a sense of accomplishment in finding new grandiosity within the age-old baroque composition.“People (at the Grammys) have recognized, I think, that it’s not some gimmicky attempt to dress the piece up in colours that aren’t appropriate,” Davis said.“I’ve introduced, in a way, a bit of a sense of fantasy.”Before he recorded the album, Davis tinkered with the elements of his version, adding percussion he later restrained. By the time he stepped onto the Toronto stage for the five performances that comprise the album version, his “Messiah” was more focused in shape.“What I’ve done is perhaps underscore some of the drama in the piece,” he said.Edison said recording with a chorus of over 120 singers in Toronto seemed especially appropriate, since the city has an unusual fascination with “Messiah.”“I can’t to this day quite figure out why it’s got such popularity in Toronto,” Edison said. “The performances that go on (here) … there are hundreds of them.”Neither Davis nor Edison will be in New York to claim their Grammy, if they win on Sunday. They have packed schedules that put them on both sides of the pond — Davis in a Manchester recording studio and Edison performing with his choir.“I don’t live my life for these recognitions,” Edison explained.“I just do my job, do the best that I can, and if somebody likes it — great. It’s that good old Canadian: ‘Thank You.’”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.Note to readers: REMOVES reference to chorus of more than 100 professional singerslast_img read more

Economic sentiment worsens in May University of Cyprus says

first_imgThe economic sentiment index fell in May by 2.9 points, to 116.1, in a month on worsening confidence in the sectors of services, industry, and among consumers, the University of Cyprus said.The decline in confidence in services last month resulted from the interviewed companies’ assessments of business conditions over the past three months combined with a downward revision of expected demand, the Economic Research Centre (ERC) of the university said in a statement on Friday. Companies in the industrial sector cited their inventories of finished products for the declining confidence and a downward revision in expected output.On the other hand, retail trade companies said their assessment of stock volumes improved and expected more sales in May compared to the month before, the ERC said. Construction companies were also upbeat on more favourable assessment of their order book.Consumer confidence fell marginally as households expected their future financial conditions and Cyprus’s economic situation to worsen, it said.You May LikeMoguldomSupreme Court To Hear Comcast Appeal In $20 Billion Byron Allen LawsuitMoguldomUndoHealevateBrothers Dig Up Cursed Treasure On Oak Island, Then This HappensHealevateUndoKelley Blue Book10 Best-Selling Cars of 2018… So FarKelley Blue BookUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more