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Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight win

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a furious rally from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 97-93 stunner Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at EAC Gym in Ermita.Jaycee Marcelino uncorked 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, none bigger than his swipe against Francis Munsayac with 7.0 seconds to spare as he cruised to the game-clinching fastbreak to preserve the Pirates’ 7-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis LYCEUM 97 – Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 20, Nzeusseu 17, Jv. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 5, Ibanez 5, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Marata 2, Pretta 0.EAC 93 – Munsayac 26, Garcia 19, Bautista 11, Diego 11, Bugarin 10, Onwubere 6, Pascua 5, Neri 3, I. Mendoza 2, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Guzman 0.Quarters: 27-24, 52-49, 77-71, 97-93. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gamescenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We need games like this to sharpen us, for the players to know that even though we’re undefeated, we should remain grounded,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who took charge of the team after coach Topex Robinson was ejected after incurring two technical fouls midway through the second period.CJ Perez also scattered 20 markers, three boards, and five assists, while Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double in the tune of his 17 points, 19 rebounds, and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Pirates shrugged off the distraction and controlled the tempo in the second half as they  grabbed a 91-84 lead in the final four minutes. But the home team refused to roll that easily, with Juju Bautista keeping the Generals in the game before Rustan Bugarin knocked down the undergoal stab with 54.4 seconds to play. Bugarin also denied Perez’ drive in the ensuing possession, but EAC couldn’t make the most of its chances as Munsayac bobbled the rock and allowed Marcelino to snuff the ball out of his grips for the dagger layup.The loss spoiled an emotional day for EAC as the team dedicated the game to its Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou, who was ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL on his right knee.Munsayac also saw his career-best 26 points go down the drain, while also collecting four assists and two rebounds in the defeat.Jerome Garcia had 19 markers and five boards for the Generals, which saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell down to an even 3-3 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Proud Indian’ PV Sindhu Dedicates BWF World Championships Gold to Mother on Birthday

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Moments after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win the World Championships, shuttler PV Sindhu dedicated the historic triumph to her mother, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday, and the country.In a final that lasted just 38 minutes, Sindhu demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7. “This means a lot, it is a big win. I had lost in the finals in the last two editions,” said Sindhu in an on court interview after the match.Highlights | @Pvsindhu1 🇮🇳 fulfills a perfect week in Basel securing the first world title of her career 🏸 Follow LIVE: #Basel2019— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 25, 2019 “I won for my country, I am really very proud to be an Indian,” said an emotional Sindhu wearing a satisfied smile on her face. “I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom!” she added.P. Vijaya, mother of #PVSindhu in Hyderabad: We are very happy, we were waiting for that gold medal. She trained hard for this. #Telangana— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019 This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in 2018.Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year. She is the reigning BWF World Tour Finals champion. The ace shuttler is also a silver medallist at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.’I REALLY WANTED THE TITLE’Newly crowned world champion Sindhu said on Sunday that she treated the final just like her semifinal or quarterfinal contests and that she was “prepared for everything.””I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old told reporters after the match.Watch 👀 the 2019 #WorldChampion as she speaks about – how she is feeling after the historic win at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 and what made her feel more special!Watch it here👇!@Media_SAI @IndiaSports @RijijuOffice #IndiaontheRise #bwfworldchampionship2019 #sindhu— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2019 “Since the start of the match, I was dominating. It was very important for me to remain alert because of the long rallies that (Okuhara) tends to play. I had to be prepared for everything, whether attack or defence. Every point mattered and I could not give away any easy ones. “I was feeling upset whenever I gave an easy point, like a mid-court smash into the net, even though her score was really low. I was just thinking that no matter what the lead may be, I just have to finish it off,” Sindhu said.Sindhu also said that the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin did not make much of a difference to her run. “The top 1-15 players are of the same standard. It’s all about who gives their best on a given day,” she said.Sindhu said that after missing out on the previous two occasions, she was desperate to win the title this year.”It’s a very important win for me because after two bronze and two silver medals, I really wanted the title. I was expecting this for a long time and now finally it has happened. So, I’m really happy,” she said.Sunday’s gold is Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014. Related StoriesNothing Short of Masterclass: Twitter Celebrates PV Sindhu’s History World Championships WinPV Sindhu Makes India Proud Again: PM Modi Praises the World Champion badmintonbwf world championshipsIndiaPV Sindhu First Published: August 25, 2019, 8:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton on record pace in Austrian GP practice

first_imgLewis Hamilton, triple world champion, smashed his Red Bull Ring lap record twice in Austrian Grand Prix practice on Friday, with Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel close behind his Mercedes rival.The two, separated at the top by 14 points after eight races, got back down to business after calming a ‘road rage’ controversy that has dominated Formula One since the previous race in Azerbaijan last month.Hamilton, the only driver on the current grid to have won in Austria following the retirement of 2016 champion and team mate Nico Rosberg, swiftly demolished the lap record he set last year.The Briton then lowered his morning time by another half second in the afternoon to end the day with a best time of one minute 05.483 seconds.In changeable conditions in the scenic Styrian hills, with bright sunshine mixed in with the occasional rain shower, four times world champion Vettel was second on the timesheets with a lap 0.147 slower than Hamilton’s.Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen had been second in the morning, when Vettel was only fourth and half a second off the pace.Mercedes have won every year since Austria returned to the calendar in 2014, after being absent for a decade, with Hamilton triumphant in 2016.The Briton and his Ferrari rival have been closely matched on race pace, with each winning three grands prix so far this season.Vettel will be happy to have the focus back on the racing after making a public apology to Hamilton for the Baku furore last month and his comments afterwards.advertisementThe German had driven into the back of Hamilton’s car, while the race leader was waiting for the safety car to pit, and had pulled alongside to remonstrate. He ultimately finished fourth, a place ahead of Hamilton. He then accused Hamilton of “brake-testing” him, words he retracted this week.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest in both sessions, with Verstappen dropping back to fourth in the afternoon after being sidelined early in the session with a brake problem.Red Bull’s Azerbaijan race winner Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen were fifth and sixth in both.Ricciardo injected some Australian humour into the build-up when he jokingly told Sky Sports television, while struggling to keep a straight face, that Baku had changed everything.”I always said I want to win five races and retire so I’m probably not going to compete this weekend,” he smiled. “I think I’m done. So it’s changed pretty dramatically my position in the sport.”He then reassured “people at home who don’t understand my silly sense of humour” not to worry.last_img read more

Nuno, Yanks, Blank Bosox, 6-0

first_imgNEW YORK — John Farrell is getting tired, tired of watching the Boston Red Sox waste opportunity after opportunity.The World Series champions failed each of the four times it had runners in scoring position, eking out just two hits while facing No. 5 starter Vidal Nuno and three relievers in an 6-0 loss to the New York Yankees on the night of June 27.“Again, the base hit with the guy in scoring position has been elusive,” Farrell said.The Red Sox put runners on in each of the first three innings against Nuno (2-4), who gave up 13 runs in 9 1-3 innings over his last two starts, but came up empty in the sixth loss in eight games against New York this season.Boston is hitting .227 with RISP, a big part of the reason they are just 36-44.The Red Sox scored three runs or fewer for the 11th time in 13 games and losing for the sixth time in eight games. Fourth in the rugged AL East, Boston trails the Yankees, who entered the night in third, by six games.“I think we’ve got the right guys in here, guys who have been around and know what they have to do,” Brock Holt said. “It’s just a matter of going out and doing it.”Brandon Workman (1-1) pitched seven adequate innings but allowed a sacrifice fly to Mark Teixeira and consecutive homers to Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner. Workman allowed four runs, seven hits and two walks. He struck out five.“Little bit of a grind the whole time,” Workman said. “I was constantly pitching with guys on.”Brian McCann added a two-run homer off Craig Breslow in the eighth.In his first at-bat as a 40-year-old, Derek Jeter fisted a single to right field with one out in the first. His birthday was on June 26, the Yankees’ final day off before playing 17 straight going into the All-Star break.After Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, Jeter scored on Teixeira’s sacrifice fly for the early lead. The Yankees captain also singled in the fourth for hit No. 3,390 and went 2-for-4 in New York’s second win in six games.New York Manager Joe Girardi could have skipped the struggling Nuno and given the ball to rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka because of the extra day of rest but, in a feisty pregame Q&A with media, Girardi insisted he was interested in protecting his entire staff, not just the Japanese sensation.Nuno rewarded Girardi with 5 2-3 impressive innings. He yielded a leadoff single to Jonny Gomes in the second and a one-out double in the third to Holt. Nuno then retired 10 straight before walking David Ortiz, his last batter.“I’ve had confidence in him but we’re in a situation where these are the five guys that we have,” Girardi said. “He’s pitched some good games for us. … He seems to always bounce back and give us a good outing.”Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Matt Thornton finished the three-hitter.Holt possibly saved a run in the second when he made a leaping catch above the wall on Brian Roberts’ fly to right field. But he could only watch as Johnson’s two-run homer in the fourth went deep into the bleachers in right field, his first home run in 85 at-bats.“It was a good feeling,” Johnson said, “to drive a ball like that but also to give us some more breathing room.” Gardner connected six pitches later, giving New York a 4-0 lead.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Arsenal will be like the Harlem Globetrotters!’

first_imgArsenal getting deals for David Luiz and Kieran Tierney over the line will make them akin to the Harlem Globetrotters in 2019-20, says Perry Grove, with the Gunners having their best transfer window for “10 or 15 years”.Suggestions at the end of last season that a quiet summer lay in store for those at Emirates Stadium have been blown out of the water.Talk of a £40 million ($48m) budget has been rubbished in style, with a club-record £72m ($87m) deal done for highly-rated forward Nicolas Pepe . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Arsenal have also acquired talented teenager Gabriel Martinelli , while taking Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and landing Willian Saliba with one eye on the future.It could be that the deadline passes with Luiz and Tierney also in north London, with the Gunners closing in on two more agreements , and Groves believes the former will prove to be a shrewd addition despite concerns over the Brazilian’s flamboyant playing style.He told talkSPORT : “I’ve watched David Luiz many times when I’ve done co-commentary, and I’ve always said I love watching him play, but wouldn’t want him in my team, because he’s always got a mistake in him.“But now he’s coming to the Gooners, I’m actually really excited because he’s better than any of the centre-halves we’ve got and he will bring massive personality to Arsenal.“He’ll also bring leadership, he’ll take responsibility and he’s a winner. He’s won a title in every country he’s played in, in Portugal, England and France, he’s won the Champions League, Europa League and Confederations Cup.“His concentration levels have got better and I think he’ll be a lot better if you put someone disciplined in front of him, like [N’golo] Kante and Jorginho at Chelsea.“I agree he’s got mistakes in him, but Unai Emery wants his centre-backs to play out from the back and what David Luiz brings is an unbelievable passing range.“He can ping 60 or 70 yard balls, so if you’ve got the pace of [Nicolas] Pepe, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, he can pick them out.”Luiz Tierney Arsenal GFXGroves added, with the Gunners looking to hand Unai Emery a star-studded squad for the upcoming campaign: “If I read out an Arsenal team which could start the first game of the season: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka, Torreira; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.“That’s going to be like watching the Harlem Globetrotters!“I can’t help but be excited. There was all that doom and gloom about Arsenal not having any money and how are we going to compete, but if all these transfers come off, that means Arsenal would have spent £138m – that’s not bad for a club that is supposed to be skint!“As a fan, and I reckon the Arsenal supporters will be thinking this as well, this is the best transfer window they’ve had for a good 10 or 15 years“It’s our most exciting transfer window by a long, long way.”last_img read more

—Premier Offers Condolences on Death of Former Alberta Leader

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter was saddened to hear of the death of former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, who passed away today, March 29, at the age of 70. “Ralph Klein was a premier who knew how to not take himself too seriously, even while he treated the challenges his province faced with a seriousness of focus,” said Premier Dexter. “He was a dedicated leader who left his mark on Alberta. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the people of Alberta on this difficult day.” Mr. Klein’s political career began in 1980 when he was elected Mayor of Calgary. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1986 before deciding to run provincially in 1989. He won the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party in 1992 and held the position until 2006. During that time Mr. Klein presided over four consecutive majority governments.last_img read more

21 killed in Punjab firecracker unit blast

first_imgBatala: Twenty-one people were killed while 27 injured in a blast at a firecracker factory in Batala of Gurdaspur district on Wednesday, an official said. Several people were feared trapped under the debris, police said, adding that the rescue operation was underway.The blast took place around 4 pm at the factory located in a residential area, Inspector General (Border Range) SPS Parmar said. Batala senior Medical Officer Sanjiv Bhalla said, “A total of 21 people have died in the blast.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsEarlier, Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal said 19 people had died in the blast and 27 sustained injuries. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Batala) had been asked to conduct the inquiry into the tragic incident, an official release said. Amarinder Singh also directed Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to immediately rush to the spot and oversee the relief and rescue operations. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAn ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the each deceased and Rs 50,000 for the each of the seven severely injured, who were referred to the Amritsar medical college, was announced. The government also announced Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries. Punjab CM directed both the civil and police administration to extend all possible help to the victims’ families in this hour of grief. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for the rescue operation.last_img read more

Two teens from Burundi reported missing in the US seen crossing into

first_imgWASHINGTON – Two of six Burundi teenagers who went missing after an international robotics competition in the United States have been seen crossing the border into Canada, U.S. authorities said Thursday.The search for the teens is ongoing, but police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance, said Aquita Brown, a spokeswoman for police in Washington, D.C.Canadian officials would not say if the two students reported to have been seen crossing the border — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — had made refugee claims.Canada Border Services Agency said in an email Thursday that it is not its practice to confirm or deny the entry of any person into Canada. The RCMP said it was not in a position to comment on the matter.American authorities tweeted missing person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the six teens, who had last been seen in the U.S. at the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday’s final matches. The missing team members include two 17-year-old girls and four male students ranging in age from 16 to 18.The competition in the U.S. capital, which is designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science, attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. A squad of girls from Afghanistan drew the most attention after they were twice rejected for U.S. visas and President Donald Trump intervened.Organizers learned Tuesday night that the Burundi team’s mentor couldn’t find the six students who participated in the competition and FIRST Global president Joe Sestak made the initial call to police, a FIRST Global Challenge statement said.The mentor said the teens travelled from Burundi for the competition and have one-year visas, U.S. police reports say. The mentor said they disappeared after the competition, but he doesn’t know where they went. The reports say police tried to contact one missing teen’s uncle but got no response.The competition’s webpage about Team Burundi shows the six team members posing with a flag and says team members were selected from schools in Bujumbura, the capital city.Alastair Clarke, a Canadian immigration lawyer based out of Winnipeg, said one of the most common reasons asylum-seekers choose Canada over the U.S. is because of a “general fear of the Trump administration.”“I have heard it on numerous occasions that individuals have chosen Canada because they don’t feel that the U.S. government is supportive of refugees,” said Clarke, who has worked on several cases involving Burudi refugees claimants.He said many refugees claimants in the U.S. are detained while their asylum claims are in process and many have heard that they will receive more legal support and support from established communities in Canada.“I’ve had clients who have gone through the U.S. system and they have been detained for four, six, 12 or 18 months while their refugee claim is in process,” Clarke said. “This has been a huge detriment to their application — they have not had access to counsel, they have not had access to get proper documents.”Clarke added that Burundi — an East African nation of about 10 million people who speak the local Kirundi language and French — is on a list of countries at the Refugee Protection Division for expedited processing.Henry Chang, a Toronto-based lawyer for Blaney McMurtry, who is not involved in the situation, said the one-year visas issued to the students by the U.S. government mean they would likely fall under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.The agreement requires people to apply for asylum in the first country where they arrive, unless an immediate family member lives in the other country.The Canadian government has faced pressure to repeal the agreement, with many arguing it is the reason asylum-seekers have crossed the border on foot, to bypass border points so they could make their refugee claims once already in the country.“There is a clear perception … that Canada is more inclined to grant them refugee status if they come here,” Chang said. “That’s why you’ve seen this influx of people — who aren’t even illegal, they are in legal status — but they don’t think there is any hope for them in the U.S., so they make the trek across the border like everyone else is doing right now.”— With files from Daniela Germano at The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the two Burundi teens would not fall under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement because they were issued one-year visas in the U.S.last_img read more

Commentary Even without game could be deciding weekend for Ohio State football

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff (1) dives for the end zone during a game against Washington Oct. 12 at Husky Stadium. Oregon won, 45-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs we head into the 11th week of the college football season, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State football team is facing what is perhaps the most important weekend of its season — despite the fact that the Buckeyes aren’t even playing.Next weekend, OSU will aim to get healthy and stay refreshed for the home stretch of the season with just three regular season games remaining.But although making sure players like sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant are fully healthy is vital to the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of the year, that isn’t what makes this weekend so important.In week 11, there are two top-10 matchups, and another game that might be arguably more intriguing.Thursday No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0) is set to host No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Later that night, No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is set to travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on the No. 5 Cardinal (7-1, 5-1).Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is set to take on No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 8 p.m.If the Buckeyes want to have any shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, they have to hope one or more of the undefeated teams fall this weekend.At the moment, OSU is waiting to see if two of the top three teams will fall by the end of the year in hopes of making a push for the title.Each of these three marquee matchups will prove a test for the higher ranked teams involved.Baylor, historically, struggles mightily against the Sooners, only having one win to their name in 22 tries. The one win did come the last time that Oklahoma visited Waco, Texas, in 2011, but that was when the Bears had eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to lead the way.The Crimson Tide, who have already beaten two ranked teams this year, have also struggled in recent years against their opponent this weekend. Since 2003, Alabama is 4-7 against LSU, including going 1-4 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where this year’s game will be played.Although the Tide have won the previous two matchups with the Tigers, including a 21-0 victory in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, it remains to be seen if they can rise above their struggles against LSU.Then there’s Oregon.In 2012, the then-No. 2 Ducks were 10-0 in early November and looked to be on their way to a shot at the national championship. However, Stanford had different plans, with the then-No. 13 Cardinal beating the Ducks, 17-14, in overtime and dashing any title hopes Oregon had.It is always said November is the most important month in college football, with many teams facing the meat of their conference schedule. Last season alone, three of the teams that were ranked in the top five in the BCS standings entering week 11 lost, including both Alabama and Oregon.This weekend is vital to the Buckeyes national title aspirations. OSU has been doing its part by winning all of its games so far, but unless something can happen in the next couple of weekends, the Buckeyes will be on the outside looking in for the national championship.So if a few top teams fall this weekend, the Buckeyes could come out big winners ­— even on a weekend in which they don’t play. read more

Jo Cox The Great Get Together what events are taking place this

first_imgJo Cox Brendan Cox, the MP’s husband, said his wife’s killing “aimed to divide communities but has instead brought them together”.He added: “Her killing by a far-right extremist shocked the country and unleashed a wave of compassion and kindness that has comforted us ever since and for which we are extremely grateful.“At a time when extremists of all types are trying to divide our communities there is a huge ground swell of people who just want to focus on the things that unite us, who want to draw closer to their neighbours and communities. Mr Cox said he was “awed by the scale of the reaction” to The Great Together.“We hope these events give us all a moment – as Jo talked about in her maiden speech – to focus on the things we have in common,” he said.“I also hope they are fun, full of energy and laughter. That’s what Jo would have wanted.”What else is going on?Yorkshire’s two regional TV news programmes will put aside 50 years of rivalry when they broadcast jointly for the initiative.  The editors of The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph have also published an opinion piece under a joint byline to support The Great Get Together.People taking part have also been sharing photos using the hashtag #moreincommon Yes – anyone can take part and it’s still not too late to register your interest online in The Great Get Together.“Arrange something with your neighbours, find an event taking place near you or join in online. Whatever you decide, you’ll be part of a huge national celebration,” organisers say. #JoCox as I’ll always remember her; smiling. Thinking of @MrBrendanCox & all Jo’s family today. Hoping everyone will enjoy @great_together— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) June 16, 2017 People all across the UK will come together to enjoy picnics, street parties and concerts for The Great Get Together, marking the first anniversary of her death.Mrs Cox’s constituency will be the focal point of the event, with schoolchildren taking part in special assemblies, the renaming of a conference centre in Mrs Cox’s honour, moments of reflection in Birstall, where she was killed, and church services.You can search for your nearest event online.Can anyone take part? The Great Get Together, described as “the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties”, will run from 16 – 18 June.Where is it? Mrs Cox’s family and friends came up with the initiative.“We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance,” they say.“As the Prime Minister said, when she remarked on Jo’s death in her New Year’s message: 2017 represents an opportunity to move forward and ‘bring this country together, as never before’.”What has the reaction been? #JoCox as I’ll always remember her; smiling. Thinking of @MrBrendanCox & all Jo’s family today. Hoping everyone will enjoy @great_together— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) June 16, 2017 Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo CoxCredit:PA Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo Cox “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common.“It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”The organisers said they expect people to take part “for many different reasons”.Inspired by Jo Cox Tomorrow thousands of schools will be holding assemblies& Great Get Togethers – focussing on the things that bind us together. #moreincommon— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 15, 2017 “I think people are sick of the narrative of hatred and division that neither represents who they are nor our great country.” What is The Great Get Together?The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was shot and stabbed to death in her Batley and Spen constituency, in Yorkshire, on June 16 last year. Jo Cox on her wedding day Credit:The Jo Cox foundation  Neighbourhood celebrations are taking place up and down the country to bring communities together, with more than 110,000 events organised.When is it? The Horror of what unfolded a year ago will live with me forever. Thinking of my brilliant, talented & wonderful friend #JoCox #MoreInCommon— Chris Elmore MP (@CPJElmore) June 16, 2017 Exactly a year ago, Jo Cox was killed. Today let’s keep her words alive. A powerful way you can help is by sharing Jo’s words #MoreInCommon— Great Get Together (@great_together) June 16, 2017 Today, as we remember Jo Cox, her work, her life, & legacy, let’s remember that we do, & always will, have #MoreInCommon— Steven Atkins (@StevenAtkinsUK) June 16, 2017 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.last_img read more

Back to business Brian Cody to stay on with Kilkenny

first_imgHE HASN’T GONE away you know.While the country prepares for a replay between Cork and Clare to top a wide-open summer of hurling, Kilkenny have been quietly regrouping.The Noresiders tonight ratified iconic manager Brian Cody for 2014 at a specially-convened county board meeting. Next season will be his 16th in charge of the county.Interestingly, Cody will be joined in the Nowlan Park backroom by Michael Dempsey, James McGarry and Derek Lyng while Martin Fogarty stands aside.McGarry played in goal in the 1999 All-Ireland final defeat to Cork, the win over the Rebels in 2006 and was subsequently an understudy to PJ Ryan; he has a half dozen all-Ireland titles. He made an emotional cameo appearance in the championship decider of 2008 against Waterford, after the death of his wife, Vanessa.Derek Lyng, meanwhile, is a two-time all Star and also has six Celtic Crosses.What do you think?5 Talking Points – John Allen steps down as Limerick bossGAA to stick with 5pm time for All-Ireland hurling final replaylast_img read more

Singer arrested for hiring hitman to kill wife

first_imgTHE LEAD SINGER of metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested, with authorities saying he tried to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.Tim Lambesis, 32, was arrested yesterday at a retail business in Oceanside, southern California, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.The statement said detectives received information Thursday that Lambesis had solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife, who lives in nearby Encinitas. A task force from several law enforcement agencies quickly launched an investigation that led to the arrest.The department would give no further details on the investigation.As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and have released six albums including 2007′s An Ocean Between Us, which reached No 8 in the US charts. A track from the album was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.It was not clear whether Lambesis had hired an attorney, and a phone message seeking comment left at a number listed in his name was not immediately returned.According to the As I Lay Dying website, the band are scheduled to tour the country with several other metal acts starting later this month.‘Trailblazing’ Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies of liver failure>Full metal jumper: Christmas present for the music fan in your life>last_img read more

Spanish inspiration Antieviction movement heats up with bill to end loopholes used

first_imgThere is a gulf between what ordinary people want done and what the establishment is willing to do. They don’t believe there is a housing emergency, while the majority of the population do. 14,992 Views By Christina Finn Monday 16 Jan 2017, 8:16 AM Jan 16th 2017, 8:16 AM 105 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article center_img Short URL It’s now necessary to cut off loopholes allowing legal eviction.She claims it is becoming common for landlords to use ‘sale of property’ or ‘moving in a family member’ to evict tenants. She maintains it is a ruse to evict a tenant to get higher rents with a new tenant.Where properties are actually being sold by landlords, banks or vulture funds, we propose the tenant be protected from eviction and kept in situ. In the case of family member, we propose compensation equivalent to six months’ rent must be paid to the tenant. This is the case in Holland when tenants are moved.While there was much debate surrounding Apollo House, one aspect many questioned was why Nama-owned buildings were left vacant.The issue of empty buildings owned by banks also came to head in Spain last year. Spanish police officers scuffle with anti-housing eviction activists during the eviction of Francia Bussi Solano, 24, in Madrid. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn November, a council in Barcelona fined three Spanish banks more than one million euros in total for allowing apartments to remain empty for more than two years.An anti-evictions law was also passed in October.Speaking at the launch of the AAA-PBP bill, which is due to be voted on this Thursday, Father Peter McVerry said:While the current focus is on housing those who are homeless, the most urgent issue is preventing more and more people, and families, from becoming homeless. Otherwise, trying to house those currently homeless is like trying to empty the bath with the taps on full.He said many people are evicted because their home is being repossessed by the financial institutions. Funke Tobun spokeswoman for Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group. Source: RollingNews.ieFunke Tobun, spokeswoman for Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group, who received a notice to vacate along with 40 other tenants in February last year, criticised the so-called ‘Tyrrelstown Amendment’.While Housing Minister Simon Coveney claims the amendment offers protection to tenants and prevents large-scale evictions. Tobun said it doesn’t protect tenants from vulture funds.Under that amendment a landlord can evict up to ten tenants at a time.We are supporting this Bill because it would mean that a tenant would be unaffected if their home is sold. Ten months after a vulture fund tried to evict us, we are still in limbo. The stress and pressure is so great. We need real action now.Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown TD Richard Boyd Barrett said:If Simon Coveney is serious about dealing with the current crisis and protecting tenants he will let this bill pass.How to fix Ireland’s rent crisis? We put your questions to Minister Simon Coveney live>Read: ‘Out of the blue, we got a letter to say our loans had been sold to a vulture fund’ THE IRISH ANTI-eviction movement is following in the footsteps of Spain with AAA-PBP kicking off the first day of the Dáil session tomorrow with its Anti-Evictions Bill.Homeless campaigner Father Peter McVerry said the homeless situation is going to get much worse in 2017 if banks and vulture funds continue to evict tenants.He previously predicted at least 25,000 people could face eviction this year, something Taoiseach Enda Kenny later refuted.“It should be made illegal to evict people and families into homelessness, except in exceptional circumstances. The right to a home is one of the most fundamental human rights and to take away that right, because people are too poor to be able to pay for their own accommodation, is totally unjust,” said McVerry. Father Peter McVerry, Richard Boyd Barrett and Ruth Coppinger TD as Anti-Austerity Alliance launch Anti-Evictions Bill. Source: RollingNews.ieEviction cases such as those in Tyrrelstown in west Dublin captured the attention of the public and forced the government to introduce an amendment to legislation – dubbed the Tyrrelstown amendment (which many are still unhappy with).Last week, a similar case hit the headlines in Limerick where residents of The Strand apartments were told to vacate their apartments when the property was sold to a vulture fund. After much media coverage, local protests, over 2,000 people putting their name to a petition, and the Housing Minister Simon Coveney getting involved, the eviction notices were withdrawn on Friday. Campaigners have called it a success for “people power”.It’s also worth mentioning the groundswell of support around Apollo House.It appears the anti-evictions movement is heating up in Ireland – and it could be going down the same road as Spain.500 evictions a day As the recession set in in Spain, people who were unable to meet their mortgage repayments were evicted in huge numbers, with The Guardian reporting a peak of an average of 500 people a day being evicted in 2012.A citizen’s movement began whereby people took to the streets and mobilised to prevent evictions.A big win for campaigners came in 2013, when the European Court of Justice (EDJ) ruled that Spanish legislation breached a EU consumer rights directive by preventing courts from halting evictions based on “unfair” mortgage agreements. Share495 Tweet Email A protest against a proposed new security law in Madrid that includes stiff fines for people who attempt to stop evictions. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTD Ruth Coppinger said now is the time to take action, stating that people are becoming impatient waiting for radical action on housing in Ireland. Spanish inspiration? Anti-eviction movement heats up with bill to end loopholes used to evict tenants AAA-PBP is kicking off the first day of the Dáil session tomorrow with its Anti-Eviction Bill. last_img read more

Chief Brand Officer Others Out as Hachette Moves Cycle World Under Jumpstart

first_imgFollowing a management reorganization of its Cycle World Brand Group last fall, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. is now moving Cycle World under its Jumpstart Automotive Group, which will oversee the magazine’s print and digital advertising sales, as well as overall operations. As a result of the change, chief brand officer Larry Little—who took the job last August—will be leaving the company.Senior-level marketing executive Andrew Leisner will take over Little’s responsibilities as vice president of integrated sales and marketing. In this new role, Hachette says Leisner will oversee all sales and revenue strategies across Cycle World’s print and digital media platforms.According to Nick Matarazzo, who returned to Hachette this spring as CEO of the Jumpstart Automotive Group, it “makes perfect sense that Cycle World’s robust motorcycle information and services be added to Jumpstart’s broad and diverse network of vehicle shopping and enthusiast properties. We’re excited about this latest addition and we look forward to broadening the Cycle World brand and establishing new partnerships under Andrew Leisner’s leadership.” Other related personnel changes include: Libby Hartung has been promoted to Western sales director, Dennis Scully was promoted to Eastern sales director and Katie Kovaleff will assume responsibility for the aftermarket category. Corey Eastman, Cycle World’s vice president of brand development, will retain his role as will Mark Hoyer, editor-in-chief and vice president of brand content.Vice president and brand publisher Paul Labella, and others, are said to be leaving the company as a result of the reorganization.The Jumpstart group is now made up of 13 brands, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Consumer Guide Automotive and JD Power Autos.last_img read more

Tuesdays top deals Nintendo Switch cordless vacuum truewireless earphones and more

first_img Headphones Consoles Small Appliances Vacuum Cleaners Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Amazon $299 $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Best Buy See It Walmart How to save money on nearly everything you buy online Nintendo Switch CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! $299 See It Tags Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details 2:10 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Why pay $159 when you could pay $38? Sarah Tew/CNET Good morning, cheeps! Today my deal cup runneth over, so let’s get right to it. I’ve got sweet savings on an AirPod alternative, a cordless two-in-one vacuum cleaner, an 8-quart pressure cooker, the Nintendo Switch and a couple cool tools for creative and small-biz types.AirPod alternative: The TaoTronics TT-BH053 true wireless earbuds for $38 (save $7 — or $121, depending on how you look at it)At last count, there were roughly 37 million true wireless earbuds for sale — most of them priced well below Apple’s infamous $159 AirPods.Ah, but are any of these alternatives any good? CNET’s David Carnoy just reviewed the TaoTronics TT-BH053, which normally sell for $45. Verdict: “Among the better sub-$50 true wireless earphones.”How about sub-$40? For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can score the TaoTronics TT-BH053 true wireless earphones for $37.99.See it at AmazonI haven’t tried these myself, but at first glance they look like black AirPods that employ noise-isolating silicone tips — meaning they’re sure to deliver better bass. That inner-ear seal might be difficult to maintain, however, if you get really sweaty while exercising.Read Carnoy’s review to learn more. I’m a firm believer that you need different headphones and earphones for different situations — and that you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy solid audio quality.Read more: The best earphones for 2019Nintendo Switch: $263.49 (save $36.50)Because it’s neither Black Friday nor Prime Day (yet), Nintendo Switch deals are hard to come by. nintendo-switch-blue-red-in-box Nintendo But not impossible: Ending today, and while supplies last, GamerCandy via Rakuten has the Nintendo Switch (32GB blue/red) for $263.49 shipped. That’s after applying promo code SAVE15 at checkout. It’s not the best deal ever, but it’s a decent one.  See it at RakutenQuick note: That code — which expires today — is good for 15% off sitewide. Alas, many vendors artificially inflate their prices during these sales, which is why the Switch has a starting price of $310 and not $300. Anyway, be sure to check out the 26 best games for the Switch and 9 tips and tricks for getting started with the system.  If you’re more of an old-school gamer, you might find this interesting as well: GamerCandy also has the Arcade1Up Deluxe Edition 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet with riser for $272 (again with promo code SAVE15).Cook all the things in this 8-quart Instant Pot alternative: $40 (save $80)insignia-8-quart-pressure-cooker Insignia The well-known (and hugely popular) Instant Pot starts at around $70, but here’s a cheaper — and bigger — alternative: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Insignia 8-quart pressure-cooker for $39.99 shipped (plus tax). It normally sells for $120.  See it at Best BuyThis mammoth model, great if you’re cooking for a crowd, features 12 one-touch presets for things like chicken, steak, cake (!) and slow cooking.Thinking you’re better off with an actual Instant Pot? I dunno… Best Buy’s house-brand pot has a 4.7-star average rating from over 550 buyers. That’s a pretty solid endorsement.2-in-1 cordless vacuum: $97 (save $33)Time to cut the cord — the vacuum cord. Trust me when I say that once you try a cordless upright, you’ll never again be willing to stay tethered to an outlet.comfyer-2-in-1-vacuumIt’s a hand-vac and an upright vac, and it runs on a rechargeable battery. Look, ma, no cords! Comfyer And here’s a deal on one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Cheapskate readers can get the Comfyer two-in-one bagless 8 kPa stick vacuum for $96.99 with promo code CNETCFYR. It normally sells for $129.99.See it at AmazonI own one of these. It’s admirably lightweight but also powerful enough to suck up typical household debris. Its 8-kilopascal suction rating means it’s just a little more powerful than many other vacuums in this price range, which manage only 6-7 kPa.Comfyer says the battery is good for up to 45 minutes of eco-mode suction and 24 minutes in high-power mode. Either should be more than enough, as the battery stays topped off in its wall-mount charger anyway.It’s a little tricky to remove the top portion for hand-vac duties, and the three included attachments have nowhere to attach on the vacuum itself, so they’re easily misplaced. Those complaints aside, this is a really nice light-duty vacuum that’s blessedly free of cords.Read more: The best vacuum cleaners for 2019Spruce up your creative content with 3 years of access to StockUnlimited for $49 (save $120)Whether you’re running a small business, creating slide decks for presentations or just cranking out the weekly church newsletter, you can’t have enough stock media. I’m talking photos, fonts, icons, graphics, backgrounds, audio clips and so on.stockunlimitedGet a lot of stock media — like, a lot — for a very low price. StockUnlimited As a former small-biz owner, I can tell you firsthand that this stuff can get expensive in a hurry — but not today. For a limited time, AppSumo has a 3-year StockUnlimited subscription for $49. That would normally run you $169 if purchased from StockUnlimited proper.See it at AppSumoThe subscription affords unlimited access to a library of over 1 million royalty-free images and other content (pretty much everything listed above, and more). Alas, video clips aren’t part of that library — though it’s pretty rare to find a stock-media collection at this price that does include video.Particularly impressive, AppSumo offers a 60-day money-back guarantee — something you almost never see with subscriptions like this. So you really have nothing to lose by giving it a try. Me, I wish I’d had access to a library like this when I was marketing my escape-room biz. At $49, I’d have snapped it up in a heartbeat.Blaze through important business books with a 1-year subscription for $23readitformeConsume all the important points of popular business books in just 12 minutes apiece. Speaking of business, there’s a ton of great help and how-to advice out there — but who has time to consume it all? That’s the idea behind, which distills hundreds of business books into 12-minute summaries.The service normally runs $19 per month, but Cheapskate readers can get a 1-year subscription for just $23.20 with promo code CNETREAD20. That code will also knock 20% off the 5-year and lifetime options, bringing them down to $79.20 and $159.20, respectively.See it at ZDNet AcademyI love stuff like this, because it not only boosts your business acumen but also saves you time (and, in this case, money).You can check out the current list of summaries here. Some of the noteworthy books in the collection include Think and Grow Rich, The Tipping Point and First, Break All the Rules. 6 See it Share your voice Comments How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 $289 The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Nintendolast_img read more

Apple iPhone Sales in India Accelerated by EMI Schemes and Discounts

first_imgRecent statistics show that India has become an important market for Apple Inc. The tech company’s strategy of introducing equal monthly installments (EMI) and cash back schemes are behind the soaring sales of its smartphones which have risen by 300% to 400%.The Economic Times, quoting research analyst Sunil Thirumalai, reported that EMI schemes have helped raise the iPhone sale figure from what was previously just 70,000-80,000 smartphones a year.”From Our channel checks we believe that iPhone sales are nearing 400,000 units per month in India- that is nearly 3% share of a single top-end product in a market that has long been dominated by low-end feaure phones”, said the research analyst from Credit Suisse.According to publishing and conference company Informa, smartphone subscription in India rises by 52% year-on-year, a figure surpassed by Taiwan, and it is predicted to have 67 million smartphone subscribers by the end of the year. This growth pace will enable it to become the fifth major smartphone market after China, US, Japan and Brazil.A few months ago, the Cupertino-based Company rolled out its EMI scheme, by which potential iPhone customers could make partial payment and claim their iPhone 4 and 4S models and later remit the rest of the amount in six to 12 months, without any interest.  “The 4-9% implicit discount coupled with the option of easy EMIs spread over 6-12 months became popular. Within a few months, our discussions with handset retailers indicated that iPhone sales went up 3-4x, forcing companies to respond,” said Thirumalai.Apple actually lowered the price of its premier product category for customers in India, adding an 18% discount by April on top of the earlier offer (nearly doing away with the down-payment), resulting in almost 23-27% discount on its product. Earlier in May, it started offering students an discount of $134 (₹7,777) on some of its iPhone models.Companies like Samsung, Nokia and Blackberry have also followed suit, exploring and stretching the Indian smartphone markets to the maximum.For its retail strategy, Apple had partnered with telecom operators in India, mainly Bharati Airtel and Aircel.last_img read more

Youth held for raping third grader

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice early Tuesday arrested a young man on allegation of raping a minor girl in Joybhoga Madhyapara village in Bogura’s Gabtali upazila on 19 April, reports UNB.The arrested is Uzzal Mia, 30, son of a certain Rafiqul Islam of the village.The arrest was made after a case was filed on Monday in connection with the incident, said Gabtali police station officer-in-charge Md Zakir Hossain.As per the case statement, Uzzal took the victim to an under-construction building in the area on 19 April and raped her there.Victim’s family members found her there but Uzzal managed to flee the scene.The victim alleged that Uzzal had been stalking her for long and raped her three months earlier.last_img

Political Roundup National Emergency Declaration And More Presidential Candidates

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen From the latest implications of Pres. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over border security, to Bernie Sanders announcing another run for president, to developments in the Texas Legislature and the Houston City Council, the Houston Matters experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, Craig Cohen discusses those and other stories with Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder.Also, News 88.7 politics and government reporter, Andrew Schneider updates us on new developments about pay parity lawsuits, and HUD funding from the city council meeting this morning.  00:00 /18:45last_img read more

Why You Should Revolt Against the Robot Uprising

first_img In October, when Apple announced its redesigned Mac Pro, the company boasted that it would be assembled in the U.S. This was a curious about-face for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant whose success has been inextricably linked to shoulder-to-shoulder assembly lines in China. In addition, as the New York Times reported, at a private dinner in February 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told President Obama, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”Indeed, they haven’t. And they won’t.According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry lost 2.3 million jobs in the most recent recession. Since then, factories have only regained 526,000 jobs, a sad sign of Jobs’ visionary nature. A promotional video on the Mac Pro’s assembly clearly shows what led Apple to produce the new computers in the U.S.: robots, not people. An ambidextrous Fanuc M-710iC swings the Mac Pro’s machined aluminum casing from station to station. The metal is polished by Guyson Corporation’s blast-finishing robots. And components are placed on the circuit boards by Jot Automation machines.Of course there are humans milling about, but not nearly as many as at Foxconn in China. When contacted, Apple declined to comment.The growing use of robots in the workforce isn’t just happening at Apple. From Kiva Systems droids fulfilling Amazon warehouse orders, to telepresence robots zipping through offices and conference halls, robots are suddenly everywhere. Though they weren’t necessarily programmed to destroy jobs, some experts believe machine-caused mass unemployment is possible. According to a Sept. 2013 Oxford University study, computerization puts 47 percent of total U.S. employment at risk of termination.Related: Google Gets Serious About RobotsNot to sound like a paranoid android, but it’s 2014. Shouldn’t John Connor be all over this by now, in an epic battle like in the Terminator movies?Perhaps small businesses will take up the fight this year. Since the recession, small firms have accounted for 67 percent of net new jobs, and have created more than 12 million positions in the past 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While on a day-to-day basis, small firms undoubtedly view themselves as making widgets, brewing beverages, cooking meals or building software, but the reality is these organizations are also in the business of creating employment. Sure, larger companies like Apple and Amazon put people to work, but they are also programmed to meet investors’ expectations. One of the most effective ways to increase profit is to reduce overhead. And wages are among companies’ largest expenses, which makes eliminating personnel an efficient way to cut costs. That’s why corporations started outsourcing labor to foreign countries a decade ago, and while they’ll begin in-sourcing work to robots over the next 10 years. Long term, the savings of shifting from human to robot labor will allow them to attain their growth goals. Meanwhile, small businesses will scramble to keep up. But instead of joining the robot workforce, entrepreneurs can firewall their operations by cyborg-proofing their companies. According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.” So the key to defeating robots — in the movies and in real life — is doing what they can’t. The Oxford study discusses how robots are unable to compete with humans in areas of perception and manipulation, creativity and social intelligence. In recent years, workarounds have helped robots make headway in perception. For example, Kiva robots can navigate Amazon’s warehouse by sensing stickers on the floor. But it’s difficult for them to make adjustments. If a package is dropped on the warehouse floor, for instance, the droid can’t pick it up. Meanwhile, social intelligence — especially tasks involving negotiation, persuasion and care — hasn’t evolved yet, either, as anyone who has ever screamed at Siri can attest. Related: Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like HumansTo survive the robot invasion, small businesses need to maximize consumer reliance on these innate human abilities, as well as highlight them within their company’s products and services. According to the Oxford research, companies that ply in fine arts, originality, negotiation, persuasion, social perceptiveness and assisting or caring for others are in the least danger of being overtaken by Schwarzenegger-like T-800 cybernetic organisms. Unfortunately, those with cramped work spaces or that deal in manual/finger dexterity are most likely to be assimilated by the borg.But one thing the Terminator franchise has shown is that whatever people do to fight the future, robots always have a way of saying, “I’ll be back.” As a result, smart entrepreneurs shouldn’t blindly rage against the machines. Instead, they should position their businesses to make sure that technology is working for — not against — their companies. Robots can be great for working in hard-to-reach locales, like the ocean floor, or under dangerous conditions, like bomb defusing. But placing them in easy-to-find settings like coffee shops to perform humanistic jobs like being a barista is counter-intuitive. Sure, the beverage might cost $4.75, but the smiles are free and have much more potential to keep customers coming back for more.  In fact, in its quest to make the perfect cup of coffee, Briggo is developing an automated coffee shop — a concept so efficient, you’d think Starbucks would have already invented it. No way says Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz: “I cannot envision a time at Starbucks where we would have machines of any kind that would replace the people who are engaging with our customers.” If you don’t believe him, just check out the Starbucks app. While you can pay via smartphone, you still have to order in person.Unfortunately, not everyone is as interested in giving their company a human touch. The Economist reported as far back as 2011 that Foxconn had planned to “hire” 1 million robots for it factory floors. But the Chinese company has also invested in a manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, Pa., upping the staff from 30 to 500 people. Located near Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, the factory is building — you guessed it — more robots.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » January 20, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min readlast_img read more

Can you guess which Canadian city made Frommers list of top vacation

first_img NEW YORK — If your clients are fresh out of ideas on where to travel to in 2017, Frommer’s – which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year – has revealed its annual list of the best places to travel.A team of award-winning editors and writers around the world has compiled an honour roll list of top vacation places. Whether these destinations are enjoying a resurgence, honouring a milestone or anniversary, or simply because the moment is ripe for wider appreciation, they’re all primed and ready for travellers to visit in 2017.The 17 honourees are (in no particular order):•   Montréal, Quebec, for the confluence of celebrations surrounding its 375th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Canada•   Karasjok, Norway, the best place in the world for Northern Lights during a peak year for that phenomenon•   Bermuda, amidst a boom in development of its luxury tourism amenities and expecting the America’s Cup in May and June•   The Pantanal, South America’s massive and wondrous inland tropical wetlandsMore news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates•   The Mississippi River, long called “the Spine of America,” bursting with a fast-growing cruise industry•   Paris, France, because its tourism has dropped in the past year, but it remains as magical as ever•   Sulawesi, Indonesia, an under-appreciated island of tiny monkeys, vibrantly colored birds, and astonishing cultural rituals•   San Francisco and the Bay Area, which marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Summer of Love with a bounty of events•   Fátima, Portugal, commemorating the centenary of its miracle and vibrant with history, architecture and beaches•   Nashville, Tennessee, for its food, whip-smart population, music, and ideal location for viewing the August 21 solar eclipse•   The Panama Canal, newly expanded with a more-than-$5 billion set of locks•   Nan Madol, Micronesia, because its ancient black basalt temples and palaces are in danger of imminent destruction by natural forces•   Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, the only region where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild, and where tourism is transforming lifeMore news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea•   Martin Luther’s Germany which will spend the year mounting concerts and events for the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s world-changing deed•   Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine, 87,000 pristine acres of forests and streams just inscribed as a National Monument•   Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, a recent holiday spot for Prince William and Kate, for its unique wilderness and centuries old cultural links•   Doha, Qatar, which is challenging its flashier neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi with new attractions, flights, and hotelsThere is one bonus destination that Frommer’s felt compelled to include – Cuba. Frommer’s is not confident Cuba will remain an option for Americans. Donald J. Trump is threatening to restrict Americans’ right to travel there, hotel rates are ballooning, flights are being cut, and the death of Fidel Castro raises new uncertainties. For those reasons, Frommer’s inscribed it—with hope that travel remains open and growing—as its 18th top destination. Share Travelweek Group Monday, December 12, 2016 Tags: Frommers, Montrealcenter_img Can you guess which Canadian city made Frommer’s list of top vacation spots? Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more