ADHM organisers hoping for favourable verdict from HC

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Unfazed by the notice issued by the Delhi High Court on a petition seeking to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon on November 19, the organisers today said they would present their case with “full facts” and hoped the HC would give a verdict in their favour.The HC issued the notice by taking cognisance of a letter written by Indian Medical Association to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, seeking postponement of the marathon as the air quality in the national capital was poor and unsafe.A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event and sought their reply by November 16, the next date of hearing.Head of Procam International, the event organisers, said they were going ahead with the preparations in full swing with the hope that they would be able to convince the court.”We have not received the notice yet, but well present our case with the points and full facts that we have and what we are trying to do. We hope to convince the court the sensitivity that we have and the amount of preparation that has gone into holding this event,” Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam International told PTI.”This is a participatory sport and not a spectator sport. For the last four months we have been preparing for this event and we have made a lot of sacrifices. An athlete would know how much he or she has put into to prepare for this particular race day. To me it is not practical (to postpone),” he added.advertisementThe organisers are also wary that a postponement may result in top stars like world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and womens 10,000m Rio Olympics winner Almaz Ayana skipping the event, which has recently been granted the status of a Gold Label Race by the International Athletics Federation.They said a postponement may disrupt the whole preparation, including raising of funds for charity. This year, Rs 5 crore has so far been raised to be used for philanthropic purposes.”30,000 people have been training for this race. They have stopped intensive training two weeks back, their training has tapered now in preparation of the race. I dont know what will happen to them if the race is postpone or cancelled,” Singh said.”As of now everything is going on full swing. All the international and Indian elite athletes are coming, the event ambassador is coming. There has not been any change from what we have planned. This commitment from the athletes give us the strength to move ahead,” he said.Singh has earlier expressed hope that the air quality would improve before the race day. He had said that the issue of poor air quality was there last year also. He said salt mixed with effluent treated water will wash the course to absorb the particulate matters.Meanwhile, the organisers said the race has till date raised over Rs. 5 crore, thanks to the efforts of the NGOs and support from the philanthropy partners — India Cares Foundation. Currently, 90 teams fielded by 62 corporate entities have registered to run comprising of more than 2500 employees from these companies. 54 Care Champions are raising an average of Rs 2.50 lakh each.Over 300 individuals, children as young as nine year olds and retirees, too, are raising funds for the participating CSOs working in all causes, the organisers said. “India Cares, the events Philanthropy Partner, engaged 24/7 with CSOs, companies, and individuals from as early as July and will continue working weeks after Race Day, to communicate the work and impact of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to the rest of the Society,” the organisers said in a release. “In 2016, over 8817 donors, 71 companies contributed the generous amount of Rs 6.67 Crore via the 90+ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs/ NGOs). It has had direct impact on the quality of 49,943 lives during the year, while the work of the CSOs also touched 35,260 people indirectly, through camps and outreach programmes, besides the families of these 85,000+ individuals.” PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan’s video of son Zoraver cutting birthday cake goes viral

first_imgShikhar Dhawan’s son Zoraver is turning out to be quite a social media star these days as ‘Daddy D’ keeps his followers updated with videos and pictures of the kid.Zoraver turned 3 on Tuesday as Shikhar posted an adorable video of the little kid cutting his birthday cake.”Happy birthday my boy Zoraver. Have a great one. love holding your hand and being a guide for your life and see u growing & blossoming. Thanks to my wife Aesha, for giving me duplicate copy,” Dhawan wrote in his post.Zoraver recently stole the show at Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s reception in New Delhi where he had a gala time dancing with the couple and taking a nap in the Bollywood actor’s lap.Zoraver’s birthday was made even more special by Kohli and Anushka as the couple also hosted their second wedding reception in Mumbai last night and welcomed the Dhawan’s on stage.Kohli also took the little kid in his arms and did a little jig to good-natured laughter and cheer at the St Regis in Lower Parel.The gala event was attended by the who’s who of the cricketing fraternity – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar were among a host of former cricketers who were seen at the reception.Besides, MS Dhoni also attended with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, close friend of Kohli’s looked dapper in their outfits and seemed to have a good time.advertisementThe entire Indian team was also present at the St. Regis hotel, which was the venue of the star-studded wedding reception.Among Kohli’s current team-members, there were the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Kohli and Anushka will now fly to South Africa along with the Indian team for the South Africa tour. The duo will spend New Year’s eve together and then the actor will return to Mumbai for her film commitments.Kohli on the other hand will lead Team India in the three-match Test series starting on January 5 at Newlands. The Test series will be followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.last_img read more

Sterling To Fight Clippers Sale

first_imgNEW YORK -€” Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA’s attempt to oust him, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded “during an inflamed lovers’ quarrel in which he was clearly distraught.”According to the response, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law. He also said he could not have “willfully” damaged the league because he did not know it would be made public.“A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules,” Sterling said in the document, which was first reported by USA Today.Meanwhile, the attorney for Shelly Sterling confirmed that Donald Sterling has given her written permission to sell the team. According to a person who is in contact with a potential bidder, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the process publicly, the Clippers are seeking binding bids before June 4, the day NBA owners are scheduled to meet in New York and vote on whether to strip Sterling of the team.The league said in a statement that if three-quarters of the 30 owners voted to sustain the charge, “the Sterlings’ interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold.”The NBA charged Donald Sterling with damaging the league and its merchandising partners, and the league’s constitution gave him until the end of May 27 to respond. According to a basketball official familiar with the proceedings, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Sterling, the NBA has scheduled a call of its executive committee for 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.Shelly Sterling submitted her own separate response to the NBA’s charges that included a “vigorous response to the attempt by the NBA to blame her for doing nothing wrong,” according to a person with knowledge of the proceedings. The individual wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the response.In his response, Donald Sterling says that next week’s hearing cannot be fair because the owners have already made up their minds, quoting 10 teams who commented on Twitter or elsewhere that they supported the seizure of the team. An AP survey on the day Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s lifetime ban found that half of the teams supported it and no owner was against it.“These procedings will be a spectacle meant to mollify the popular opinion, not a fair and impartial hearing: the outcome of these procedings became a foregone conclusion weeks ago,” the response states.The response also notes the disparity between his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine and previous NBA punishments, including the $100,000 fine levied on Kobe Bryant when he was caught referring to a referee by a homosexual slur, and the 72-game suspension of Ron Artest for punching a fan.The NBA said Sterling is in violation because his racist comments were harmful to the league and its business partners, including the players. Sterling’s response argues that because his comments came in the privacy of his girlfriend’s living room he cannot be considered “taking a position” that damaged the NBA, as required under the league constitution.“Mr. Sterling was not ‘conducting’ the ‘sport of professional basketball’ when he was arguing with Ms. Stiviano in her living room,” the response says. “Not even the Commissioner alleges that Mr. Sterling intended to harm the NBA with his comment. Nor could he. This was an argument between a jealous man and the woman he loved that should never have left the privacy of his living room.”Sterling also noted his history of supporting racial diversity, including five black head coaches and a black general manager, Elgin Baylor, who held the job for 22 years. Baylor eventually unsuccessfully sued Sterling, accusing him of racist behavior. It also notes that he was due to receive his second lifetime achievement award from the NAACP before the recording of his comments was leaked.The response claims that it would cost Sterling $300 million to $500 million in capital gains taxes if he is forced to sell now rather than pass the team to his heirs.(BRIAN MAHONEY and TAMI ABDOLLAH)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tanaka, Hot Yanks Beat Nats, 6-1

first_imgNEW YORK — On a day of prime pitching in the Big Apple, Masahiro Tanaka did more than his part.Tanaka bested Max Scherzer, Stephen Drew hit two solo home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 the night of June 9 for their seventh straight victory.“Obviously, I knew who I was going up against today,” Tanaka said through a translator.The top mound performance in town, however, came about 10 miles away from Yankee Stadium. Over at Citi Field, Giants rookie Chris Heston threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets.“I did hear about that right at the end of the game, so it’s quite an accomplishment for a young pitcher,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.And quite a nice night for pitching in New York, right? “Yes, it was,” he said.A two-out throwing error by shortstop Ian Desmond in the seventh inning broke a 1-all tie. New York went on to match its longest winning streak since 2012.Bryce Harper hit his 20th home run for the Nationals, who have lost nine of 11. Washington fell in its first trip to Yankee Stadium since 2009.Tanaka (4-1) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out six. No one on the Nationals had ever batted against him and it showed with several timid, late swings.Tanaka made his second start since wrist and forearm ailments put him on the disabled list. No ill effects, apparently.“I think he enjoys the stage. I do,” Girardi said. “I think that’s one of the reasons he came to New York too, because I think he likes the competition and the excitement of pitching here.”Scherzer (6-5) kept pace with Tanaka until the seventh. “You always want to face the best,” Scherzer said. “You don’t measure yourself against the worst.”With two outs and runners on first and second, Alex Rodriguez hit a hard grounder in the hole and Desmond made a dive to stop it. Desmond threw from one knee, trying to get a forceout at third, but the toss hit runner Ramon Flores as he neared the bag.The ball caromed into the dugout for a run on the fielder’s choice.“I thought it’s an outstanding baserunning play,” Girardi said. “You tell a guy to read the fielder that’s in front of you and kind of try to get in the way, in a sense, of the throw — like Reggie (Jackson) used to.”Reliever Matt Thornton gave up a two-run single to Brian McCann and an RBI single to Carlos Beltran.Drew’s homer in the third marked his 1,000th career hit, and he homered again in the eighth. He has four multi-homer games lifetime, and also had one June 5th.Drew began the day batting .168. “It is what it is,” he said. “It’s a numbers game and in April I did have some great at-bats and nothing for it.”Harper homered in his first game at Yankee Stadium, hitting a tying drive to center field in the fourth. The shot landed near Monument Park — before batting practice, Harper toured the area, checking out the plaques and tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and other Yankees greats.Leading off the seventh with the score tied, Harper switched up his strategy and tried to bunt on a 1-2 pitch, but fouled it off for strike three.(BEN WALKER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgWater releases from Yankton’s Gavins Point Dam into the Missouri River will remain above normal for the next several months.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s because of higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City.The Corps has increased the service level 15,000 cubic feet per second above full service to facilitate the evacuation of stored flood waters.That means Gavins Point releases may be increased to 42,000 cfs, and possibly higher, as downstream tributary flows recede.John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division, says Gavins Point releases will be adjusted, when needed, in response to basin conditions.The runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 33.2 million acre feet, 131 percent of average according to the Corps.Remus says more than 70 percent of the System’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from the mountain snowmelt and spring and summer rainfall events.Gavins Point Dam releases were increased to 37,000 cfs in early May.last_img read more



Paul Finebaum Predicts What Will Happen Next With Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer at an Ohio State game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes waits for a play on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State remains in doubt, with the Buckeyes’ head coach being placed on paid administrative leave, but ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes he knows what is coming next.The ESPN college football analyst appeared on WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. this morning and spoke about what he thinks is coming next for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.Finebaum says it’s “pretty obvious.”“I think it’s pretty obvious from Ohio State realizing that the moment they put him on administrative leave it telegraphed to everyone ‘he’s done,’ to Urban realizing he had to change the narrative by issuing that statement on Friday afternoon coinciding with Zach Smith’s just purely embarrassing interview with ESPN,” Finebaum said.“And then, today, I think the betting line in Vegas is now shifting back toward Urban Meyer surviving somehow, whether it’s a two-game or four-game suspension; whether it’s a fine; whether it’s Urban Meyer sitting down with Rece (Davis) or Tom Rinaldi and crying on camera while Shelley looks at him and talks about how he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. You guys can spend plenty of time today coming up with the narrative, but I think we’ve all seen the movie before.”Finebaum has been highly critical of Meyer in recent days, calling him an “arrogant fraud” on ESPN.“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said. “And listen, I have always liked him personally, I’ve respected his coaching ability. But you can’t look past the University of Florida. I mean, he left a disaster down there. Oh yeah, he won two national championships — thank you, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and countless other players that have been in the NFL since then — but he left his entire legacy in burned ashes.”Ohio State, meanwhile, announced on Sunday night that its investigation into Urban Meyer should be completed in two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Pakistan violates ceasefire at three places in Poonch

first_imgJammu: The Pakistan army on Tuesday violated the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) at three places in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said, “At about 12.20 p.m. today Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC with firing of small arms in Poonch sector. “Thereafter second ceasefire violation by Pakistan army took place in Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors. “Indian Army is retaliating befittingly”. An Indian army soldier was killed on Monday in Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.last_img

EU court EUCanada passenger data deal breaches privacy

first_imgBRUSSELS – The European Union’s top court says in an advisory opinion that a deal between the EU and Canada on sharing airline passenger data breaches citizens’ privacy and cannot be concluded in its current form.Wednesday’s opinion by the European Union Court of Justice’s Advocate General Yves Bot was a setback to attempts to share airline data in the fight against extremism.It says that transferring passenger data from the EU to Canada and the possibility that the information could be shared with others “entail an interference with the fundamental right to respect for private life.”The EU and Canada signed the agreement in 2014, but the European Parliament subsequently referred it to the court for a ruling on whether it was compatible with EU privacy laws.last_img

Credit ratings agency says 2 railroads might be downgraded if proposed merger

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2015 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Rating agency Moody’s says Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern could face credit downgrades if the two railroads move forward with a proposed merger.Moody’s said Monday that it hasn’t taking any action on the railroads’ ratings yet because it’s not clear Norfolk Southern will agree to Canadian Pacific’s buyout offer.But as the probability of a merger increases, Moody’s says a negative rating action is likely.That’s because Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) would have to borrow significantly more to finance the roughly $27-billion deal, and past railroad mergers have had integration problems.So far Norfolk Southern has rejected Canadian Pacific’s offers to buy the railroad, but it hasn’t responded to CP’s latest bid. Credit ratings agency says 2 railroads might be downgraded if proposed merger goes forward read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse falls to Air Force in ECAC semifinal 147

Ten players from the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team meet at midfield with members of the Michigan men’s lacrosse team prior to the start of the “Showdown in the Shoe” game on April 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won, 15-6.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe No. 22 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost its final game as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.The Buckeyes (6-8, 3-1) fell 14-7 at the hands of Air Force in the first round of the league tournament Thursday.The Buckeyes faced the service academy for the second time in three games — the last contest resulted in an 8-6 OSU victory April 19 in Columbus — but the Falcons’ potent offense overpowered the home team this time.The game was the second of two ECAC Tournament semifinal games that took place at Jesse Owens Memorial Field Thursday.The Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines both saw their seasons end on the same evening after the top-seed No. 16 Fairfield Stags defeated Michigan, 12-5, in the first tourney semifinal game.Captain and senior defenseman Joe Meurer expressed mixed feelings after the game, addressing the defeat but also the season as a whole.“We had this great opportunity at home to capitalize, you know, we kind of squandered it,” Meurer said. “But I think we can take a lot of positives out of this year. And, you know, they (OSU) have got a great team for next year and I’m looking forward to watching them.”Air Force struck first 45 seconds into the game and dominated the time-of-possession battle during the first five minutes of play, keeping OSU on defense.The Falcons also won five straight faceoffs to open the game and took 10 of 12 during the first half.Coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes coming up short in the faceoff battle was a big determinant of why they came up short in the game. He said he strategically opted to get fresh looks at center field to try and spark something when freshman midfielder Jake Withers was struggling early.“You know, it’s a big part of the game. Air Force executed the faceoff and ultimately had a lot of possession time because of it,” Myers said. “Jake’s a freshman who’s done a great job all year for us. You know, some nights just aren’t your night. He was having a hard time getting a good piece of the ball so we went to a second or third option to see if we could make it a little bit more of a, at least a 50-50.”In a tight first quarter, OSU settled in and capitalized on opportunities made available to it.Perhaps an unlikely candidate in sophomore defenseman Robby Haus was the one to finally establish some offensive momentum for the Buckeyes.By scooping a ground ball in transition and sending a shot on goal at Air Force goalkeeper Brett Dadiego, Haus seemed to focus his team, as junior midfielder Jesse King converted moments later after a Falcons turnover.Senior midfielder Michael Italiano generated another turnover soon after and scored quickly to give the Buckeyes the 2-1 lead.Air Force enjoyed two more stints of dominance, however, by holding OSU scoreless for 12 minutes twice, once during the second quarter and again in the third.The third quarter is what proved to be the real dagger for OSU, though, as the Falcons scored five goals during the Buckeye scoring drought.“Hats off to them, they had a great game. Their attack was planned well. Crampton, I know, had a great game,” senior goalie Scott Spencer said, referencing Air Force senior attackman and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Mike Crampton’s five-goal game.“Going into the fourth quarter, (we were) just trying to continue to stay the course and try to pull up stops, get a stop and kind of move the ball back to the offense. That’s really the only thing we were focusing on,” Spencer said.Meurer said this Air Force team looked different to the one OSU faced April 19 – when the Buckeyes won, 8-6.“At the beginning of the game, they were running a new set and I think it took us a little bit too long to adjust, you know, we weren’t establishing a hot guy quick enough. It definitely hurt us at the beginning there,” Meurer said. “I think we eventually adjusted to it but they played faster than us on the offensive end. Give them credit.”On the game, Air Force outgunned OSU in almost every statistical category, as they took more shots on goal, made more saves in goal and procured more ground balls.Perhaps most importantly of all, though, Air Force scored twice out of three extra-man opportunities while OSU came up 0-4.King finished the game with a hat trick and Falcon junior attackman Keith Dreyer scored one goal and tallied four assists.With the loss, the Buckeyes miss an opportunity to compete in Saturday’s championship game to try to secure a return trip to the NCAA tournament. OSU lost in the quarterfinals of the 2013 tournament to Cornell.OSU is set to compete alongside Michigan again next year, as 2015 marks the Big Ten’s inaugural year of sponsoring lacrosse.Correction: A prior version of this story stated OSU’s men’s lacrosse team is a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference. In fact, the team is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. read more

E3 2012 la conférence 3DS laisse la part belle à leShop

first_imgE3 2012 : la conférence 3DS laisse la part belle à l’eShopRien de nouveau n’a été dévoilé pour la 3DS, si ce n’est le mode co-op de New Super Mario Bros 2. Nintendo a surtout fait le point sur son magasin en ligne l’eShop. Après une pré-conférence sur le Gamepad et une conférence sur les jeux de la Wii-U, Nintendo embraye sur un troisième show, cette fois-ci sur les sorties 3DS. Les observateurs ont enchaîné les déceptions depuis le début de cet E3. Mais là, les spécialistes jeux vidéo doivent être au fond du trou, puisque le constructeur japonais s’est juste contenté de rappeler toutes les sorties à venir… qui étaient déjà connues depuis bien longtemps ! Les joueurs ont ainsi la confirmation que sortiront bien Kingdom Hearts 3D le 31 juillet prochain, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate en automne prochain, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon et Paper Mario: Sticker Star d’ici la fin de l’année, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion et Scribblenauts Unlimited en 2013. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Nintendo a néanmoins lâché une petite information qui a retenu l’attention des fans :  NewSuper Mario Bros. 2 sera jouable en intégralité à deux en coopération. Le titre sera disponible en cartouche et en version téléchargeable sur l’eShop, le 17 août prochain. Ce qui fera de lui le premier jeu achetable sous ces deux formes en Europe. La firme japonaise souhaite en effet de faire évoluer son mode de distribution. Elle espère, dans les années à venir, que les jeux sur 3DS soient à la fois disponible sur son magasin en ligne et les revendeurs. Ces derniers pourraient alors proposer des supports physiques ou des codes eShop, histoire de pérenniser les boutiques bien réelles. En parlant d’eShop, Nintendo a profité de cette conférence pour rappeler quelques chiffres concernant ce support. Les utilisateurs de l’eShop achètent 4,7 jeux en moyenne. 70% des possesseurs d’une 3DS sont connectés à Internet aux États-Unis et ont envoyé plus de 58 millions de messages. Les 5 applis téléchargés plus de 1 million de fois s’avèrent Netflix, Swapnote, Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition, Pokédex 3D et Nintendo Vidéo. Cette dernière a permis le visionnage de plus de 60 millions de vidéos.Le 7 juin 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dog Bite Prevention Week Give a thought to letter carriers

first_imgOne of Curt Waser’s favorite movies is “The Sandlot,” but the Vancouver postal service worker came a little too close to re-enacting a scary scene from the 1993 film while working one day in 2017.Waser, 54, was walking back to his van when he heard a dog growling loudly behind a 6-foot fence. Waser, who has worked as a letter carrier for 28 years, knew the house and the dog, and knew it wasn’t usually loose in the yard. While Waser walked to his van, the growling grew louder, and Waser could tell the dog was right up against the other side of the fence. He picked up his pace, looked back and saw the pit bull’s front legs and head dangling over the top of the fence.Waser again picked up his pace, reached his van and slipped inside while shutting the door. He looked back and saw the pit bull darting toward his van.“It had a mission,” Waser said. “I beat it, though.”While Waser was lucky to elude the dog, not all U.S. Postal Service workers are as lucky. There were 6,244 Postal Service employees attacked by dogs in 2017, according to information sent out by the Postal Service, which is more than 500 fewer than in 2016. The service is asking customers to think about the safety of Postal Service employees this week, as Sunday kicked off the service’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week.In Vancouver, one Postal Service employee was attacked by a dog in 2017, down from two in 2016, according to Peter Hass, spokesman for the Postal Service. Houston, Texas, had 71 Postal Service employees attacked by dogs in 2017, the most of any city. Seattle tied for 13th with 28 attacks, and Portland tied for 17th with 24 attacks.last_img read more

US adds solid 224000 jobs Fed rate cut may be less certain

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. Most investors have anticipated a rate cut in July and perhaps one or two additional Fed cuts later in the year. That scenario may be less likely now.Stocks sold off Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down roughly 150 points in late-morning trading, reflecting a view that the Fed might engage in fewer rate hikes. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed to 2.06% from just under 2%.June’s solid job growth followed a tepid gain of 72,000 jobs in May, a result that had fueled concerns about the economy’s health. But with June’s pace of hiring, employers have now added, on average, a solid 171,000 jobs for the past three months. Last month’s burst of hiring suggests that many employers have shrugged off concerns about weaker growth, President Donald Trump’s trade wars and the waning benefits from U.S. tax cuts.“Although there are drags on the economy in 2019, the expansion should continue through this year,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services. “The doom and gloom was overblown.”The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% in June from 3.6% for the previous two months, reflecting an influx of people seeking jobs who were initially counted as unemployed. Average hourly wages rose 3.1% from a year ago.Trump responded to Friday’s jobs report by tweeting, “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” But the strong hiring gains have lessened the case, at least for now, for the Fed to slash rates as Trump has repeatedly and aggressively pressed the central bank to do.“If we had a Fed that would lower interest rates, we’d be like a rocket ship,” the president asserted to reporters in an appearance Friday. “But we’re paying a lot of interest, and it’s unnecessary. But we don’t have a Fed that knows what they’re doing.”Last year, Fed officials raised rates four times, in part to stave off the risk of high inflation and in part to try to ensure that they would have room to cut rates if the economy stumbled.On Friday, the Fed reiterated that it would act as necessary sustain the economic expansion, while noting that most Fed officials have lowered their expectations for the course of rates. The Fed’s statement came in its semiannual report on monetary policy.In Friday’s jobs report for June, the hiring gains were broad. Construction companies added 21,000 workers after having increased their payrolls by only 5,000 in May. Manufacturers hired 17,000, up from just 3,000 in May. Health care and social assistance added 50,500 jobs. Hiring by transportation and warehousing companies increased 23,900.The government sector was a major source of hiring, adding 33,000 jobs in June. Nearly all those gains were at the local level.For Todd Leff, CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the resilience of the U.S. job market has provided both an opportunity and a challenge. With more Americans earning steady paychecks, demand for massages and facials has increased, and the company plans to add 60 locations this year and roughly 1,800 jobs. But the low unemployment rate has also made it hard to find and retain workers.“We could hire 1,000 more employees today — if they were available,” said Leff, whose company has about 430 locations and is based in Trevose, Pennsylvania.Investors have been turning their attention to the Fed, which has expressed concern about threats to the economy, especially the uncertainties from Trump’s trade wars, and about inflation remaining persistently below its 2% target level. A Fed rate cut, whenever it happens, would be its first in more than a decade.Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist for the consultancy MFR, said the likelihood of a Fed rate cut late this month is now slightly lower, though he still estimates that the federal funds rate — what banks charge each other — will be sharply lower by the end of next year.Ryan Wang, U.S. economist at HSBC Bank, suggested that the solid jobs report might create a communications challenge for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell when he testifies Wednesday and Thursday to congressional committees.The financial markets still foresee a rate cut of 25 points this month, Wang said, adding, “It will be important to see if Chair Powell lays out on a strong case for near-term monetary easing in his testimony next week.”The sluggish pace of hiring in May had signaled that employers might have grown more cautious because of global economic weakness and, perhaps, some difficulty in finding enough qualified workers at the wages that companies are willing to pay.The pace of the overall economy is widely thought to be slowing from annual growth that neared a healthy 3% last year. Consumer spending has solidified. Home sales are rebounding. But America’s manufacturing sector is weakening along with construction spending. Growth in the services sector, which includes such varied industries as restaurants, finance and recreation, slowed in June.Overall, though, employers have been adding jobs faster than new workers are flowing into the economy. That suggests that the unemployment rate will remain near its five-decade low and that the economy will keep growing, even if only modestly. AP, Updated: 10:31 AM Posted: July 5, 2019 AP center_img July 5, 2019 US adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

American Soybean Association Unveils Policy and TradeFocused Strategic Plan

first_imgThe board of directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) approved a comprehensive strategic plan that will strengthen the organization’s efforts on policy and trade. The plan, approved by the ASA board at its annual winter meetings in St. Louis this week, will guide the association’s activity to the year 2021.“We are a proud organization with a long history of driving profitability for our farmer members, and this plan will help ensure that we progress in that role over the next five years,” said ASA President Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas. “In 2020, ASA will celebrate 100 years of championing the issues of soybean farmers, and there is no better way to honor that legacy than by making the strategic changes necessary to ensure our organization is strong and agile for years to come.”The strategic plan will make the following changes with the end goal of focusing the ASA mission more centrally on policy and trade benefiting soybean farmers:ASA will add additional policy personnel and resources to the association by shifting resources previously and currently devoted to membership recruitment, partnering with states to invest in ASA’s leadership development programs, and restructuring board representation formulas.ASA will respond to state affiliate requests to provide total flexibility to states to structure and conduct membership how they believe will be most effective in their states by replacing national membership dues with tiered state affiliate investment levels in the national organization.The plan will restructure the ASA Board of Directors and its committees so that the Board spends its time focused on policy and trade issues of importance to soybean farmers.ASA will also revise board meeting formats to accomplish the above objectives.Finally, ASA will establish, in partnership with states, a Soy Regulatory Issues Coalition to provide analysis and actionable information on the growing list of environmental and regulatory issues we must confront at state and national levels.“These changes will strengthen ASA’s advocacy work, and we’ll continue those other focus areas of ASA that allow us to be effective for soybean farmers,” said Cowan. “We’ll continue world-class leadership development programs to train leaders and develop spokespersons to engage influencers, state affiliate partnering and collaboration, communications efforts, corporate partnering to leverage the support of industry, Commodity Classic, and ASA leadership in international marketing and trade issues through USSEC and WISHH.”The plan is the product of nearly two years of discussions by an ASA task force comprised of farmer leaders and state and national soybean staff, led by former association president Steve Wellman, a farmer from Syracuse, Neb.“This plan was something that we needed to get right. It wasn’t quick, and it wasn’t easy, but we believe the end product is a roadmap for advancing our success on behalf of the nation’s soybean farmers,” Wellman said. “We have world-class ideas here at ASA, with farmer-leaders and staff that are motivated and enlightened to bring those ideas to reality. Our strategic plan will help ensure that the nuts and bolts of our association are structured in such a way that enables our strengths to shine through.”A copy of the ASA strategic plan is available by clicking here.last_img read more

Watch Rahul Gandhi leaves student blushing at Chennai college says call me

first_imgRahul Gandhi was interacting with students in Chennai on Wednesday, March 13. The Congress party has partnered with the influential opposition DMK party, formerly led by Karunanidhi, to take on the NDA in Tamil Nadu, which has officially joined the ruling AIADMK. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was responding to a question in Chennai’s Stella Maris college.Twitter/Congress”Can you call me Rahul instead of sir? It makes me more comfortable,” said Congress president Rahul Gandhi while interacting with Chennai’s Stella Maris college students. Gandhi was seen addressing hundreds of students as part of his campaign for next month’s national election. The crowd cheered listening to the words of the Congress president while the student, Azra, from the department of finance, was blushing with her tongue out.#WATCH: Congress President Rahul Gandhi asks a student at Stella Maris College, Chennai, to call him Rahul, when she starts a question with “Hi Sir”. #TamilNadu— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2019″The question I have for you, Rahul, is that the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research faced huge funding problems,” Azra asked.”We are convinced our country is spending less on education, our target is 6 per cent. It is not only about spending money on education, but also independence on education. All our educational institutions should be able to challenge us…I want you all to make me uncomfortable,” replied Rahul Gandhi.Wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans, the Congress president faced a range of questions from the audience about the Congress-led UPA’s plans for economic growth, bringing peace in Jammu and Kashmir, on charges against his brother-in-law Robert Vadra, views about the Modi government and the reason for hugging Modi in Parliament.last_img read more

China sends notice to WTO and EU cheap exports soon to be

first_imgChina has served notice to World Trade Organization member,s including the European Union and the United States that complaints about its cheap exports will need to meet a higher standard from December 2016, a Beijing envoy said at a WTO meeting.Ever since it joined the WTO in 2001, China has frequently attracted complaints that its exports are being “dumped”, or sold at unfairly cheap prices on foreign markets. Under world trade rules, importing countries can slap punitive tariffs on goods that are suspected of being dumped.Normally such claims are based on a comparison with domestic prices in the exporting country.But the terms of China’s membership stated that — because it was not a “market economy” — other countries did not need to use China’s domestic prices to justify their accusations of Chinese dumping, but could use other arguments.China’s representative at a WTO meeting on Tuesday said the practice was “outdated, unfair and discriminatory” and under its membership terms, it would automatically be treated as a “market economy” after 15 years, which meant 11 December, 2016.All WTO members would have to stop using their own calculations from that date, said the Chinese envoy, whose name was not given by a WTO official who spoke to reporters about the meeting.Dumping complaints are a frequent cause of trade disputes at the WTO, and dumping duties are even more frequently levied on Chinese products.In September alone, the WTO said it had been notified of EU anti-dumping actions on 22 categories of Chinese exports, from solar power components to various types of steel products and metals, as well as food ingredients such as aspartame, citric acid and monosodium glutamate. The EU was also slapping duties on Chinese bicycles, ring binder mechanisms and rainbow trout.From the end of next year, such lists would need to be based on China’s domestic prices “to avoid any unnecessary WTO disputes”, the Chinese representative said.More than 20% of the 500 disputes brought to the WTO in its 20 year history have involved dumping, including several between China, the EU and the United States in the last few years.last_img read more

3DS Circle Pad peripheral battery life is 480 hours

first_imgBack in August we heard a rumor that ended up being true, that the 3DS was set to get a right analog stick attachment for around $10. The reason was to support games that benefit from having two sticks. Why Nintendo didn’t ship the 3DS with two sticks as standard we’ll never know.What you may not have realized is the stick peripheral, thought to be called the Circle Pad Pro or Slide Pad, requires power in the form of a single AAA battery. So as well as recharging your 3DS battery, you also need to keep a supply of AAA batteries on hand for the peripheral. The need for another battery isn’t as big of a frustration as it sounds when you hear how long the battery life is for the Circle Pad Pro.The peripheral isn’t meant to hit store shelves in Japan until tomorrow, but a few have been picked up early. According to the manual included in the packaging, the estimated battery life is 480 hours. In other words, it really isn’t going to be a hassle. One pack of AAA batteries may last the lifetime of your 3DS unless you’re a really heavy user.Such a long battery life looks to be a blessing. If you check out the image of the peripheral above, it appears you need a screwdriver in order to get the battery cover open. I’m also a bit taken aback as to how big and clunky the clip-on plastic housing looks. You certainly won’t be fitting your 3DS in a standard case once this is attached.via Andriasanglast_img read more

Intels Perceptual Computing marks neodesktop era

first_img(—Intel wants you to know that voice, face and gesture control will become a familiar feature in computers. The time for a new kind of notebook world is now, for Intel, and computing facets including touch, voice, and visual are seated under Intel’s umbrella term, Perceptual Computing. Intel is promoting this idea as the way people will interact with their computers, and the accent is on the word interact. The keyboard and mouse retreat in the background yielding to gestures and face and speech recognition. Citation: Intel’s Perceptual Computing marks neo-desktop era (2013, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The idea and implementation are not in the so-distant future and Intel wants to get this platform going. Intel is offering developers a Perceptual Computing SDK in beta. As a voice recognition partner, Nuance is partnering with Intel for advanced voice recognition with support for nine languages in 27 countries.Built-in features will include voice assistance for posting news and updates to social networking sites, searching Wikipedia, and controlling video games. The $150 3-D camera peripheral, through an Intel partnership with Creative, will be able to sense gestures from between six to 36 inches. The camera will go on sale some time this year but developers are invited to buy it on the website. Intel is encouraging developers to buy the Creative Interactive Gesture Camera Developer Kit. This refers to a depth-sensor camera for use with the kit for object-tracking. Intel: Ultrabooks will be thin and light but heavy in innovationcenter_img Ballista Perceptual Computing Demo Facial recognition, which Intel is using as part of its plan, is being promoted as a tool for computer security within this vision of Perceptual Computing. Intel believes the capability will enable stronger passwords. The facial recognition component will be able to detect multiple muscular points on a person’s face, lessening the risk of unauthorized access via attempts to get in via a photo or video.Meanwhile, Intel is actively reaching out to enterprising developers who will be key in driving the adoption of this platform. Intel anticipates developers will want to show their coding skills and let their imaginations fly. Intel’s free Perceptual Computing SDK, in all, will allow developers to work with facial analysis, speech recognition, hand and finger tracking, and 2-D/3-D object tracking on Intel’s Ultrabooks. As sources of inspiration, Intel is offering developers a “showcase” of applications created using the SDK. Examples include a rhythm action game for gesture technology platforms. Last month, Intel announced another motivator, the Perceptual Computing Challenge, with cash prizes, as a developer contest running throughout 2013. The Challenge is promoting development of gaming, productivity, multimodal, and creative UI applications using the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK and Creative Interactive Gesture Camera. The Intel shift that the company wants to effect sooner than later strengthens the role of the interface. The Perceptual-Computing model makes use of voice and face recognition which could replace passwords for user authentication; gesture recognition would be another important feature especially fit for gaming and educational activities. Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, recently elaborated on the concept of Perceptual Computing for an audience at the Consumer Electronics Show. More information: … eptual-computing-sdk © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Keeping Passwords Out of the Hands of Hackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Could your business be the next one hit by hackers hungry for passwords?After non-stop news of hacker break-ins at LinkedIn, eHarmony and other online sites resulting in millions of leaked passwords, you may be wondering if your business is any better prepared or protected. It’s a good question, given the risks. Stolen passwords that give intruders access to your systems can lead to costly scams and fraud, wreck your company’s reputation, prompt customer defections and spawn significant cleanup costs.Few companies store passwords properly, even though doing so usually isn’t difficult, security experts say. Most Web developers are not schooled in current best practices and fail to implement sufficiently strong security technologies. Often, they neglect security or plan to add it later, says Aleksandr Yampolskiy, chief technology officer at New York-based Cinchcast, a webcasting startup, and former head of security at Gilt Groupe, a luxury shopping site. “The problem is later almost never comes,” he says.If a weak password system is put in place early in a company’s life, it often remains untouched as the company grows into, say, a social-networking juggernaut. By then, the company’s technology infrastructure has become more complex and costly to retrofit, leading to still more delays.”Hopefully new companies starting out now will take a lesson from LinkedIn, and they’ll build their password storage correctly,” says Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode, a Burlington, Mass., Web security firm.Related: Free Tools for Improving Online SecurityLuckily, being an entrepreneur has advantages if you need to make password storage more secure. The task is “easier for small companies because they have less complex systems, they have less users to worry about,” says Johannes B. Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Technology Institute, a network-security training provider. Startups with a clean slate can accomplish it in five minutes.Here are some precautions you can take to fortify your company against password thieves:Secure your website.Most password thefts begin with an attack on the victim company’s website. Have your site checked by a Web security expert for software vulnerabilities and coding errors that create pathways to your password database, or scan it for flaws yourself and fix anything amiss.Store passwords safely.Should a hacker get into your site, your best defense is passwords that are strongly encrypted so that cracking them would be painfully slow or nearly impossible, Ullrich says. Companies should “hash” passwords using a strong encryption technology, or mash it with an algorithm, and store only the resulting “hashed” version. During that process, they should also add “salt,” or additional random data, to each password to further complicate efforts to crack them. It also helps to require users to set long and complex passwords, which can be significantly more difficult to guess than short or common passwords.Unfortunately, many companies hash passwords using obsolete encryption technologies, such as SHA-1 from the 1970s. (LinkedIn used SHA-1 without salt.) SHA-1, MD5 and other still popular technologies were cracked by hackers long ago and offer little protection, experts say.Related: Three Tech Tools for Keeping Sensitive Business Data SafeCompanies ought to be using encryption methods designed for passwords, such as the free open source Bcrypt, which runs passwords through an encryption algorithm many times so that cracking them can literally take years. While this can be time consuming, it only has to be done when a user creates or changes a password.Consider two-factor authentication. Some people argue that passwords have had their day and simply need to be replaced with something stronger. That something is “two-factor authentication,” which requires something you know (a password) and something you have in your possession. The second factor is often a device that provides a difficult-to-steal, one-time code that users enter along with their password.If your passwords unlock particularly sensitive information, you may want to consider putting two-factor authentication in place, Wysopal says.Thanks to Google, implementing two-factor authentication has gotten a lot easier for small companies in recent years. Google allows businesses to use OpenID to connect to its systems for free for authentication, which can include “2-step verification” with a text message to a smartphone. Or companies could implement this two-factor authentication themselves using the open source Google Authenticator.Related: How to Repair a Damaged Reputation OnlinePut it in writing and verify.When hiring a Web developer, include password security in your requirements so the developer will have to fix any problems. Ullrich suggests going further and requiring your developer to commit to addressing the top 10 Web application security risks identified by the non-profit group OWASP, which include insecure password storage.Also, make sure any third-party software you use, such as Web forms and content management systems, has a secure password arrangement. Hire a security expert, even if for a day, to review your password system and other site security measures and make sure they’re safe and sound. June 18, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more