PH triathletes dominate SEA Games tilt in impressive showing

first_imgBelga keeps his emotions in check, helps Rain or Shine win over TNT It was dominating performance by the Philippine team, surpassing its showing Singapore two years ago when Huelgas and Adorna won the gold and Mangrobang silver.READ: Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We came here confident that we can win, because all of this is part of our long-term program that will culminate in the Tokyo 2020,” said Triathlon Association of the Philippines secretary general Tom Carrasco.“If you look at the split times, you will see that they beat the third places by a big margin,” he added. Huelgas, the 2015 edition champion, trailed for a few seconds Clement Cheng Ren of Singapore who was first out of water. Chicano was full minute behind them.But by the cycling and running phase, the two Filipino male runners were all by themselves around Water Sports Center in Presint 6 in Putrajaya.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonHuelgas finished in one hour, 59 minutes and two seconds, while Chicano turned in a time of 2:01:27. Ren checked in one full minute after Chicano did.The same story in women’s when Mangrobang even overlapped the fourth placer in the running phase which went through four loops.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ “I think in running I really pulled away,” said the 25-year-old Mangrobang, a former fashion design student who is now full-time triathlete.She clocked 2:11:14, while Adorna, the 2015 champion, finished in 2:18:58. Adorna is reportedly nursing a injury but her time was enough to beat out Irene Chong of Malaysia who timed 2:25:44.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ overwhelming, propulsive force toward triathlon glory came from a long, painstaking program.Nikko Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang copped the golds in Southeast Asian Games men’s and women’s event Monday while teammates John Leerams Chicano and Ma. Claire Adorna took the silver medals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Out of the Box

first_imgTAKE US HOMEHambantota, where Pakistan played Kenya on February 23, is a gruelling six hours drive from Colombo on treacherous roads with haphazard traffic. While the commentators had to take the road, the Sri Lankan and Pakistani teams were flown in by special helicopters. No one knew about Kenya. They may have been looking for a ride back to Nairobi after losing to Pakistan by 205 runs.Walk on the wild sideWasim Akram, instead of getting bored in the hotel room in Hambantota, went for a run along the countryside but had to cut short his exercise because of an wild encounter. He went off the beaten track and was confronted by an inquisitive crocodile. Since Akram wasn’t keen on making friends with this long-jawed reptile, he broke his own career-best one-mile record with a hasty sprint back to the hotel.Cycle rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka were unhappy that only a handful were lucky enough to ferry the 14 captains around the Bangabandhu National Stadium during the World Cup opening ceremony. They threatened to clog the entrance by dumping their vehicles. The riot police cleared the mess with a mild cane charge.Were Zimbabwe’s first two matches deliberately held in Ahmedabad? The connection, joked some in Dhaka, was apparent. Gujarat’s diamond merchants are keen to take over the Marange mines and get diamonds for the big, fat Indian wedding market.That’s why local fans cheered for the boys from Harare.At the opening ceremony in Dhaka, Christy Simpson, the ESPN reporter,was interviewing cricketers before the fireworks display when suddenly,someone jumped at him throwing him to the ground.Simpson was angry, until five seconds later, when a rocket went off from the spot where he had been standing.advertisementlast_img read more

Points of view

first_imgDipen Gada, Founder and Principal Designer, Dipen Gada & Associates, Vadodara www.dipengada.comThis 12,000 sq ft penthouse spanning the ninth and tenth floors of a building offers refuge from the chaos of Rajkot city. Unlike other penthouses, here you find a wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor space. The home affords,Dipen Gada, Founder and Principal Designer, Dipen Gada & Associates, Vadodara www.dipengada.comThis 12,000 sq ft penthouse spanning the ninth and tenth floors of a building offers refuge from the chaos of Rajkot city. Unlike other penthouses, here you find a wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor space. The home affords stunning views of the city and its skyline and gets ample natural light as well, making it a comfortable space to inhabit.The master bedroom opens into this spacious balcony. Picture courtesy:India Today Home Crafting the spaceAs you enter the penthouse, an impressive, spacious foyer with an attached roof top terrace greets you. The high quality, light beige Italian marble decorating the floor and the travertine-finish backdrop wall in the living area add to the richness of the modern home. The double volume foyer is in fact the centre of the penthouse. The furnishings and accessories in the living area are done up using red and shades of grey and are in sharp contrast to the pale, beige floor. A customised swing in the centre of this space adds an additional dimension to it, giving it a lived-in look. The flat has been designed in such a way that it facilitates cross ventilation, with multiple balconies that run the length of the room. On one side of the floor there are two guest bedrooms with private balconies that sport lavish dressers and a smart bathing area.Italian marble floor and travertine finished backdrop wall in the living area. Picture courtesy: India Today Home advertisementThe master bedroom with a private balcony. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Designed for dramaThe other end of the home is made up of the indoor-outdoor dining area and kitchen with its support service space. The subtle herringbone design on the bison panel and tiles creates a calm setting and adds to the beauty of the space. The randomly arranged light fixtures on the bison panel set the mood at night as well. As for the kitchen, it has been planned such that it is open and as clutter-free as possible. It also has good Italian marble floor and travertine finished backdrop wall in the living area The master bedroom opens into this spacious balcony ventilation to support Indian-style cooking. Moreover, the modular kitchen is fully equipped with the latest gadgets that include a silent chimney, microwave oven, and soft closing drawers. The adjoining area has the prayer room and master bedroom. The interiors of this space reflect calm through the use of a beige and walnut, muted colour scheme that works well.A guest bedroom. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Subtle herringbone pattern on the bison panel and the blasting in the tiles gives the terrace a distinguished feel. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Creating a private paradiseA staircase leads to the first floor passage that is lined with family photos. This opens into a luxurious master suite, which includes a splendid sitting space with a study area, separate bedroom, giant dresser and bespoke bathroom. The furniture and furnishings are in tones of walnut and pink. In the bathroom, beige Italian marble floors and walls blend with walnut-finished furniture. The huge private balcony has a garden with a natural stone floor, planters and a traditionally designed gazebo. On the other side of this floor, lies the home theatre and the children’s bedroom. The marble flooring, customised furniture and tailored upholstery celebrate beauty and craftsmanship in this truly original home.last_img read more

Apple iPhones in future to come with battery-hungry upgraded 3D sensing and AR features

first_imgKGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo certainly has a lot to say about Apple’s plans for its iPhone lineup in 2018. Earlier this month, Kuo predicted that Apple is planning to add bigger batteries in all three iPhones expected to launch next year. While this may mean longer lasting batteries, a new report suggests the larger capacity will be needed to handle upgraded power-hungry 3D sensing and AR-related features.Kuo in his latest investment note said that the upcoming features will consume more battery, which means Apple will need to add a larger capacity to balance the distribution, 9to5Mac reports. The Cupertino giant has long been criticised for not improving the battery technology in its iPhones. Earlier this month, Kuo noted that at least two of the iPhones next year (likely the OLED ones) will sport an L-shape battery design like the one that was revealed inside the iPhone X. The L-shape design allowed Apple to fit two batteries instead of one to make up a larger capacity.Interestingly, despite fitting a larger battery inside the iPhone X, Apple managed to keep the thickness minimal as the company was able to minimise other internals components to create a larger space for the battery. Kuo this week added that Apple will go with rigid-flex PCB rather than flex PCB for iPhone batteries.Also Read: Apple makes old iPhones slow: Controversy, truth & what iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 users can doTo roundup Kuo’s predictions, Apple is expected to launch three iPhones next year, two of which will sport an iPhone X-like design with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays, while one with go with the traditional look and a 6.1-inch LCD display. All three are expected to sport bigger batteries and at least one of them is expected to support dual-SIM cards.advertisementKuo’s latest prediction comes at an interesting time as Apple this week confirmed reports that it was slowing down performance of older iPhone models including iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 through software updates. The company in a statement admitted that it added a power management feature last year that smooths out peak power draw that would affect older lithium-ion batteries, which would cause unexpected shutdowns.last_img read more

England cruise to 3-0 win over USA in Wayne Rooney farewell match

first_imgThere was no farewell goal but plenty of pride and appreciation as Wayne Rooney made his 120th and final appearance for England in a 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday.England’s all-time top scorer Rooney came on as a 58th-minute substitute, to roars from the crowd, with the team 2-0 up thanks to excellent first-half strikes from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his first goal for his country.The game, played in front of a well-below capacity crowd of 68,155, had been billed as a tribute match to Rooney and he was given a guard of honour by both sets of players and received a presentation from the Football Association before kick-off.READ: Wayne Rooney returns for international farewell, ticket sales soarRooney retired from England duty in August, 2017 but the FA decided to turn the friendly into a tribute game for the Liverpool-born player.The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Everton forward, who now plays in the U.S. for Major League Soccer team D.C. United, did not have a major impact on the game but forced goalkeeper Brad Guzan into a save in stoppage time.READ – Wayne Rooney calls time on 14-year international career with EnglandA 54th goal for England would have been the perfect way to bow out but it was typical of Rooney’s modest approach to the match that he never tried to create chances for himself, instead showcasing, for a final time at Wembley, his passing ability.advertisement”Tonight was great, a great way to finish my international career, I thought the lads played great. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a goal but I’ll remember it for a long time,” Rooney said.READ – Wayne Rooney to come out of international retirement for charity game vs USA”I’ve had my time, I can sit back and watch them now and it’s my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week”.Callum Wilson, the Bournemouth striker making his England debut, made it 3-0 in the 77th minute to complete a fine night for the debut starters.IMPRESSIVE SANCHOA great end to @WayneRooney’s @England career. Lots of money raised for charity and a solid win. A good night. #England #ThreeLions #ENGUSA Kane (@HKane) November 15, 2018Jadon Sancho, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger, was impressive in his first start, setting up Alexander-Arnold with a well-timed weighted pass for the Liverpool full-back, who drilled home with a fine low shot.Lingard, one of the few England regulars to start, put in a good performance and his 25th minute goal, a perfect curling shot into the top corner, was a carbon copy of his strike against Panama at this year’s World Cup.England, who face Croatia in a winner-takes-all shootout in the Nations League at Wembley on Sunday, rested a number of regular starters such as striker Harry Kane.England can top Group 1 in League A with a victory over the Croatians that would take them above Spain into top spot and secure a place in the four-team final tournament next June.England manager Gareth Southgate said he was pleased with his team’s display and with the send-off for Rooney.”From our point of view, we are talking about respecting the shirt and those who have gone before and all of the players did that this week. We gave Wayne a week that he deserved.”It would have been perfect for him to score but we saw some moments of real quality from him.”Also Watch: It’s one of weakest teams vs one of strongest, says Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

Enhancements for Peggys Cove

first_imgA new visitor information centre at Peggy’s Cove is one of several enhancements that have given the Nova Scotia tourism icon a fresh new look. The centre, a series of new interpretive panels and signs, and an expanded parking lot were officially opened today, June 26. “Peggy’s Cove is one of our greatest tourism assets, drawing more than 600,000 visitors a year to enjoy the stunning scenery and crashing waves,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “These upgrades enhance the quality of our visitors’ experience, making their Nova Scotia vacation special and memorable.” The provincial government invested more than $1 million in the upgrades. The expanded visitor information centre has more space and a better layout for travel counsellors to help tourists learn about Peggy’s Cove, pick up brochures about other tourist opportunities, and plan excursions to destinations around the province. The parking lot was expanded to provide additional spaces, and redesigned to provide a turn-around area for larger vehicles, such as recreational vehicles and motorcoaches. The St. Margaret’s Bay Regional Tourism Development Association oversaw the development of interpretive panels, signs and brochures that explain the natural and cultural history of Peggy’s Cove. The association is also responsible for enhancements to visitor services, including signs for the preservation area and community, benches, information services and kiosks. “The interpretive component of this project was a very special collaboration between the department, our tourism organization and resource specialists from the broader community,” said Shelley Webb, chair of the tourism development association. “More than 30 people contributed to the overall success of this project. It was a wonderful learning experience and we were privileged to be a part of it.” The upgrades were recommended in the 2004 Peggy’s Cove Assessment Study, which addressed capacity issues and potential tourism opportunities in the area. It was supported by the Peggy’s Cove Commission, the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Society and local residents. The Department of Transportation and Public Works managed the infrastructure improvements and the Department of Natural Resources provided geological information for the interpretive panels and brochures.last_img read more

Province Welcomes Strengthened Tidal Program

first_img One committee will provide advice around environmental effects monitoring and the second will serve as a liaison between people involved in the project and the surrounding communities. “Tidal technology can play a role in protecting our environment and sustaining our communities,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “These committees will help ensure that role is open and transparent, right from the start.” The Environmental Monitoring Advisory Committee will provide independent scientific traditional ecological knowledge to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). Anna Redden, director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research at Acadia University, and Donald Gordon, emeritus scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will co-chair the committee. “The role of the committee will be to review the environmental effects monitoring programs and available data and make recommendations for monitoring the environmental effects of tidal power technologies in Minas Passage,” said Ms. Redden. The Community Liaison Committee will link local organizations, community, and FORCE participants, providing a forum to discuss tidal project-related issues and share information as the project proceeds. The committee is co-chaired by Lois Smith, Parrsboro municipal councillor, and Joe Kozak, FORCE representative. “This is about keeping everyone in the conversation,” said Ms. Smith. “FORCE has international significance, but it’s also a local project, and this committee will serve to keep the community actively involved.” Both committees will have representation from the fishing sector, Mi’kmaq, government, technology developers, and FORCE. The environmental monitoring advisory committee will also include members of the academic community. The community liaison committee will include members of the general public. “We are all in this tidal project together,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Every Nova Scotian is making a contribution, from public dollars for research to local expertise from the fishing sector in Digby, academics in Wolfville and engineers in Dartmouth. This project is a small-scale experiment to see if this new technology can work, and everyone will be watching very carefully.” “FORCE has an important public purpose and everyone can benefit from the advice of scientists, the fishing sector, residents and First Nations people,” said chair John Woods said. “The work of the committees will help us direct the project and serve as an important link to the communities that surround the Bay of Fundy.” Initial appointments to both committees were made by FORCE, a partnership between developers and the province. —————————————————————Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks welcomed appointments to two new committees today, Oct. 26, that will help guide the work of the tidal demonstration project in the Minas Passage. ENERGY–Province Welcomes Strengthened Tidal Programlast_img read more

Rising old age security spending dampened by CPP increases Report

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government’s largest seniors benefit program is on course for all-time highs in spending over the coming years with waves of baby boomer retirements — spending levels that could be even higher if not for changes to the public pension program.The figures in the chief actuary’s report on old age security provides the first glimpse into how seniors spending will be influenced by a decades-long expansion of the Canada Pension Plan.Spending on old age security is forecast to hit about $247 billion by 2060, an almost five-fold increase from planned spending this year, as more Canadians hit retirement and live longer, meaning more beneficiaries drawing payments for longer periods of time.The extra money to be doled out through CPP, funded by an increase in premiums, is expected to reduce the number of low-income seniors — meaning $3 billion less in spending on the guaranteed income supplement in 2060 — and reduce overall spending on old age security benefits, which are scaled back above $75,000 in annual income.The chief actuary’s report says assumed investments in tax-free savings accounts would lessen the decline in the number of retirees eligible for the income supplement and the clawback because TFSA withdrawals don’t count as income.Angella MacEwen, a senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress, said senior poverty rates have increased since the 1990s, requiring legislators to think of new ways to direct funding to retirees most in need and prevent further increases in senior poverty rates.The most recent census figures showed the ranks of seniors grew by the fastest rate in 70 years, with Statistics Canada projecting there could be 12 million seniors by 2061, as well as fewer young people to replace them in the workforce and less income tax flowing into federal coffers that fund old age security.The previous Conservative government raised the age of eligibility for old age security to 67 from 65 to save on costs and prod people to work longer. The Liberals reversed the decision in their first budget.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the reversal ensured that 100,000 seniors weren’t thrust into poverty.A February presentation to a group of deputy ministers said if the retirement age remains at 65 and Canadians live longer, “younger generations may be required to pay higher taxes” to cover a shortfall between tax revenues and old age security spending.“This could create disincentives to work and for firms to invest, and in turn lead to a fall in growth and productivity,” reads one slide, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The parliamentary budget officer has said old age security is sustainable in the long-term. The actuarial report suggests as much by noting that spending as a percentage of the overall economy would rise by 2030 and fall through to 2060 as economic growth and resulting tax revenues offset rising costs.The chief actuary says costs could go higher than forecast if people live longer than expected, or if benefits were tied to wages instead of inflation, the former usually growing faster than the latter.Bernard Dussault, a former chief actuary, said further expanding CPP would further drive down old age security costs and increase retirement security.Paul Kershaw, an associate professor in the school of population and public health at the University of British Columbia, said ever larger shares of economic growth going to fund old age security would leave less for other priorities, like helping younger generations.“Problem is, we are not showing that same level of urgency to adapt for younger generations, which is why spending increases on the national housing strategy, or child care, or parental leave are paltry by comparison,” said Kershaw, founder of the group Generation Squeeze, which seeks to engage young people in politics.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

India issues démarche to Lanka

The official said the Consulate-General of India in Jaffna has been providing them with basic necessities and medical attention whenever required. It was also pointed out that the delay in their release not only deprives them of their livelihood but also causes anxiety to their family members. Currently there are 114 Indian fishermen and 21 fishing boats in Sri Lankan custody. An official source pointed out that the demarche follows the issue being previously raised with Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa during his visit to New Delhi in July and by National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon during his Sri Lanka visit the same month. And while the démarche was being served in New Delhi, Indian High Commissioner Yash Sinha raised the matter formally with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry in Colombo on Wednesday. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam was summoned to the South Block today (Wednesday) and a formal démarche made against the large number of Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan custody for periods up to two months, the Hindu reported.The démarche reflected India’s exasperation over the absence of any movement on the release of the fishermen despite several high-level interventions. read more

Fishermen deny smuggler met President

“ We will sue the paper which published the story in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday. The source of the story is dubious because the allegation is not attributed to any identifiable source. On May 23, we are planning a massive agitation on the issue,” Jesuraja said. “We did not go to Lanka as Kalla Thonis (illegal immigrants). We went with the full knowledge of the governments of Tamil Nadu, India and Lanka, and with valid visas. Even the TN Q Branch was briefed,” he told Express over phone. He regretted that in the current hullaballoo, the achievements of the delegation have been forgotten. “We got the Lankan President to release 37 of our fishermen and agree to hold the fourth round of talks between the fishermen’s associations of the two countries,” he said.S.P.Anthonymuthu, Advisor to the Colombo-based Indo-Lanka Fishermen’s Welfare Forum, who arranged the meeting with Sirisena, said that it was for the first time in history that an unofficial meeting with the Lankan President had resulted in the release of TN fishermen. He attributed the allegation to “jealously and rivalry between media houses in TN.” Members of the delegation of Tamil Nadu fishermen who met President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo on May 12 have denied the charge that one of the members of their team was a smuggler, the New Indian Express reported.“Do you think the fishermen’s delegation could have met the President of Sri Lanka without the members’ antecedents being thoroughly checked by his security staff?” asked delegation member B. Jesuraja, Ramanathapuram District Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Mechanized Boat Fishermen’s Association. “We will not participate in meetings in which such leaders participate,” he said. M.Ilango of the Puducherry-based National Fish Workers Forum said that he disapproved of non-traditional fishermen heading fishermen’s associations. Some of the members of the delegation were not from the traditional fishing community, he pointed out.“I have asked for an investigation into the media allegation to clear the name of genuine fishermen,” he said.K.Rajachandran, President of Ambal Fishermen’s Cooperative, Karainagar, Jaffna, said that non-fishermen leaders of fishermen’s associations play a “double game”. read more

Facebook and Googles multibillion dollar digital ad businesses expected to keep growing

Concerns over privacy and regulation aren’t hurting Facebook Inc. and Google where it matters — their multibillion dollar advertising businesses.As the internet giants prepare to report fourth-quarter earnings, most industry analysts say growing consumer spending and the continued march from in-store to online commerce will keep digital advertising growing. That’s something investors are keen to see after a year of damaging headlines, congressional hearings and a painful share sell-off.The big political and social questions surrounding Big Tech aren’t going away. But advertisers from consumer goods giants to mom-and pop-businesses still see Google and Facebook as essential tools for reaching customers. Amazon knows what you buy, and it’s built a $125-billion dollar ad business off it that’s a marketer’s dream Facebook may be slapped with a record-setting fine from U.S. regulators over privacy violations Instagram’s digital ad share to double despite Facebook issues “Facebook is definitely the one that’s caught the most blow-back,” said Andy Taylor, associate director of research at online advertising agency Merkle. “But we really haven’t seen a shift in advertiser attitude toward the platform.”Facebook’s Instagram is doing particularly well. In the fourth quarter, ad dollars on Instagram surged 120 per cent from the same period in 2017, according to Kenshoo Ltd., which coordinates digital marketing spending for other companies.“Our advertisers that have been on Instagram more than doubled their spend year over year,” Merkle’s Taylor said. “Instagram could prop up Facebook growth for quite a while.”Equity analysts estimate Facebook and Google will post record revenue in the fourth quarter, which encompasses the holiday season and e-commerce bonanza of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More than half of marketing dollars spent in the U.S. last year went to digital ads, which Google and Facebook continue to dominate, Eric Sheridan, an analyst at UBS wrote in a recent note.Facebook, which reports on Wednesday, will see sales surge 26 per cent to US$16.39 billion. Google parent Alphabet Inc. releases results Feb. 4 and is expected to expand revenue by 21 per cent to US$31.29 billion, according to analysts’ estimate data compiled by Bloomberg.“Broad-based global economic strength is producing very solid demand across all major digital ad platforms,” Sheridan said.Another winner will be Inc., which got into digital advertising much later than Facebook and Google but has been growing rapidly in the last two years. Amazon reports results on Thursday. Fourth-quarter revenue is expected to be US$71.93 billion, up 19 per cent from a year earlier.“Advertising will undoubtedly continue to be the fastest growing and highest-margin business for Amazon for the foreseeable future,” Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie, said in a recent note. Amazon’s “Other” division, which includes advertising, will see revenue jump 60 per cent to US$16 billion in 2019, Schachter estimates.That won’t necessarily come at the expense of Google and Facebook though, said Merkle’s Taylor. Instead, Amazon is luring marketing dollars away from more traditional media formats, as well as online comparison-shopping services that lost traction in recent years, he said.Twitter is also expected to keep growing revenue at a solid clip as it gets better at selling video ads and advertisers see it as a viable place to diversify some of their spending. The average analyst estimate has the company reporting US$869.1 million in revenue, up 19 per cent from a year earlier.The big online ad platforms aren’t completely out of the woods yet. User growth for Facebook’s core app in the lucrative U.S. and European markets plateaued last year, and the company warned investors in July to expect slowing revenue growth and thinner margins, leading to a 20 per cent drop in market value that the company still hasn’t recovered from.Google has been able defy gravity by keeping ad growth above 20 per cent for years, but once it slips below that, the stock will take a hit, Macquarie’s Schachter said. The internet giant will inevitably find itself competing against Amazon for only search dollars, he said.“The rivalry between these two tech giants will continue to ramp throughout the year,” Schachter read more

Accused human trafficker makes first court appearance

Daniel Khet, 26 Daniel Khet made his first appearance at Regina Provincial Court on Wednesday afternoon on nine charges, among them human trafficking, receiving a material benefit from human trafficking, withholding or destroying documents pertaining to human trafficking, procuring sexual services, advertising sexual services, assault, uttering threats and unlawful confinement.The appearance was brief, defence lawyer Robert Skinner appearing with Khet and waiving reading of the charges. Skinner asked the matter be set over to Sept. 11.Crown prosecutor Alexandra Findlay advised the court the Crown is proceeding by indictment, which is the more serious way of treating a charge.According to the Regina Police Service, the charges stem from an investigation into offences alleged to have occurred in the province between the end of March and beginning of April this year. Khet was arrested in Montreal on a Canada-wide warrant and was returned to Regina this week. A 26-year-old man accused of human trafficking will remain in custody for now, the Crown having opposed his release from custody. read more

Security Council discusses UNs role in national reconciliation after war

At the end of the meeting, the Council adopted a statement, read out by Maria Soledad Alvear Valenzuela, Foreign Minister of Chile, which holds the rotating Presidency for January, saying Member States would examine further how to harness the UN’s expertise on the issue so that the world learns from lessons from the past.Ms. Valenzuela opened the debate by reading a message from South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who said the path of revenge post-conflict “is how we tend to behave – but it is not inevitable nor invariably the case.”Archbishop Tutu cited South Africa and Timor-Leste as recent positive examples where leaders chose to build up their nations instead of engaging in retribution, which, he said, “leads only to the most awful cul de sac because there is no future without forgiveness.”UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown told the debate that a safe and stable transfer to democracy is not possible unless the underlying causes of the conflict are resolved. Without that, deeper divisions could develop between the parties to the war, he said.Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh said it is up to individual countries to decide what form their national reconciliation should take and what measures they should use – such as war crimes tribunals or truth and reconciliation commissions. But he added that whatever the path chosen, “there are some crimes that are so heinous that they require that justice be done.”Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie stressed the importance of the international community providing financial and other support to countries undergoing post-conflict reconciliation – to ensure that poverty and deprivation do not foster grievances.A number of the several dozen delegates who addressed the meeting stressed the need for the UN and its various parts, including the Security Council, to cooperate more closely to help countries go through the process of reconciliation. Video of meeting – Morning session [3hrs] – Afternoon session [4hr 20mins] read more

Staff shortages leave 30000 pregnant women with mental health problems without proper

first_imgAround 30,000 new mothers with mental health conditions are being left to fend for themselves after giving birth because of a gaping shortage in properly trained staff, NHS figures reveal.Currently just 15 per cent of areas provide the recommended level of post-birth community care, while 40 per cent offer no service at all.The data emerged as NHS England announced it was making available the first tranche of a £365 million fund to provide better support for mothers with existing mental illnesses, as well as those with birth-induced conditions such as postpartum psychosis. Many new mothers do not understand what they are sufferingCredit:Anna Gowthorpe “We absolutely need to ensure that all women have the access to high quality perinatal mental health care and are committed to addressing current issues and variation,” he said.“If left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on the woman affected and her family.”Dr Berrisford said that while mothers with mental health conditions will often have access to traditional psychiatric services, particularly if they remain in hospital, what women really need is psychiatric staff who understand both the psychology and physiology of pregnancy.Around one in five women suffer mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after birth, according to the health service.This can range from anxiety post-natal depression, which affects up to 15 per cent of new mothers, to postpartum depression, where mothers suffer hallucinations.Suicide, of which there were 101 from 2009 to 2013, is the second leading cause of maternal death after cardiovascular disease.NHS England said the cost of perinatal mental ill health to society is an estimated £8.1 billion for each annual cohort of births, or almost £10,000 per birth. Woman in dark room We need to ensure that all women have the access to high quality perinatal mental health careDr Giles Berrisford, NHS England Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The announcement comes in the aftermath of a 2015 review by the University of Oxford and NHS England, which found that half of all suicides by women while pregnant or after giving birth could be prevented by better standards of care.From today, local providers will be able to apply for grants from a £5 million fund to provide specialist training for existing staff, and to employ new specialists, in order to support new mothers with serious psychiatric conditions.A further £15 million will become available next year and another £40 million in 2018.Dr Giles Berrisford, the association national clinical director for perinatal mental health, said the UK was “miles ahead” of most other countries, but conceded that there was a significant shortage in adequately trained staff.last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_imgSullyBleed For ThisMoanaNone of themVote Share11 Tweet Email1 None of them (746) Poll Results: 19 Comments 16,406 Views RottenTomatoes: 7.9/10IMDB: 8.3/10Which one would you go see first? By Aoife Barry THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Sully: Miracle on the Hudson Source: Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTubeWhat we know Tom Hanks stars in this true story of a pilot who had to land his plane on the Hudson river. Directed by Clint Eastwood.What the critics say“Here, a few minutes open one man’s life, revealing layers of consciousness that, in turn, lay bare that life’s moral center.” – NY Times“Ripped from the headlines, “Sully” offers a rare example of a movie inspired by good news — the best news, as one character points out, that New York has heard in a long time, ‘especially with an airplane in it.’”- Variety RottenTomatoes: 6.1/10IMDB: 6.8/10Moana Source: Fresh Movie Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowDisney’s latest animated flick, set in the south Pacific and starring the voice talents of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Carvalho. Plus, music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. A young girl sets out during a time of peril to find a demi-god named Maui.What the critics say“The 16-year-old titular heroine is proportioned like an actual adolescent female, rather than a saucer-eyed, wasp-waisted Barbie. And you can scan the ocean horizon in every direction without spotting anything that remotely resembles a love interest.” – The Atlantic“The movie takes care to show her charged with actual administrative responsibilities on the island beyond behaving herself and respecting her elders, and it’s touching to see her wrestle with the fact that she’s good at being an island princess; she just wants to go further.” – AV Club Short URL Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowBased on another true story, that of World Champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who is seriously injured in a car crash and fears he may never walk again. Stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart.What the critics say“You know the formula: the underdog hero; the “Rocky”-esque training montage; the setback on the way to victory. Bleed for This has all of that and not much more, save for a stellar performance by Aaron Eckhart as Kevin Rooney, the paunchy, balding boxing coach who once trained Mike Tyson” – Washington Post“In Miles Teller’s Vinny ‘Paz’ Pazienza, it has at its core an amiable pugilist with strong echoes of Rocky Balboa, portrayed by an actor with all the physical dedication of De Niro in Raging Bull. ” – Empire What’s it rated?center_img What’s it rated? Sully (1896) RottenTomatoes: 4.1/5IMDB: 7.7/10Bleed for This Dec 1st 2016, 8:30 PM Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? Bleed For This (305) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Moana (742) Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.last_img read more

Man suspected in Vancouver stabbing now faces murder allegation

first_imgA man accused of stabbing an acquaintance early Sunday morning at a Vancouver AM/PM is now facing a murder allegation after the victim succumbed to his injuries.The victim is identified in court records as 27-year-old Lukas Pison. Medical staff at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center determined Pison was “brain dead” when he arrived, as a result of a stab wound to the side of his head; he died at the hospital nearly 16 hours later, court records state.Pison’s nephew, Kastro Pison, 19, was struck in the head with a tire iron during the altercation. He suffered a laceration above his right eye that required sutures.On Monday morning, Charson Lotius, 24, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder and second-degree assault.Lotius appeared wearing a suicide-prevention smock, given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing. He spoke through a Chuukese interpreter.last_img read more

Car left charred after catching fire in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car in Northwest Miami-Dade has been left completely charred after it caught fire.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene along the 11800 block of Northwest 36th Avenue just after 10:30 a.m., Wednesday.Crime scene investigators could be seen taking pictures of the vehicle.It remains unclear if there were any victims involved.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Centre spent over Rs 3800 crore on publicity of government

first_imgNEW DELHI: The central government has spent over Rs 3,800 crore on the publicity of government schemes in the last three years, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said Bureau of Outreach and Communication, a media unit under the ministry, uses print, electronic and outdoor media as well as direct communication through printed materials for publicising policies and programmes of the government to create awareness among the people. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Javadekar also gave the details of expenditure incurred on creating awareness for the schemes — Rs 1,280.07 crore in 2016-17, Rs 1328.06 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 1195.94 crore in 2018-19. The minister also gave a year-wise break-up of the expenditure on publicity through different media. In 2016-17, Rs 468.53 crore was spent on publicity through print media, Rs 609.14 crore on audio-visual, Rs 186.59 crore on outdoor publicity and Rs 15.81 crore on printed publicity, he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In 2017-18, Rs 636.09 crore was spent on print media, Rs 468.93 crore on audiovisual, Rs 208.55 crore on outdoor publicity and Rs 14.49 crore on printed publicity, he said. In 2018-19, Rs 429.55 crore was spent on print media, Rs 514.29 on audiovisual, Rs 235.33 crore on outdoor publicity and 16.77 crore on printed publicity, Javadekar said.last_img read more

Free workshop on thesis writing conducted

first_imgAbids: Prsashas Research Consulting Company organised a free thesis-writing workshop here on Monday. Professor DK Lal Das and Dr G Ashirvadam shared their expertise and knowledge on the subject.Speaking on the occasion, Professor DH Lal Das said that most of the researchers have been adopting ‘copy writing’ methods rather than focusing on their research. Most of the researchers blindly follow the recommendations of their guides. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us As a result, they do not focus on their research but engage in plagiarism. He hoped that the workshop would guide research scholars to focus on the research instead of engaging in plagiarism. Plagiarism should be eliminated in order to produce good PhD and M Phil scholars, he said. Among those who participated in the workshop were D Kulakarni, Dr S Rajyalakshmi and others.last_img read more