Price of Virat Kohli’s rift with Anil Kumble: Heavy defeat vs Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

first_imgIndia were woeful in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against Pakistan. After starting off their title defence with a resounding win over their arch-rivals, India were done in by Sri Lanka’s batsmen but they came back strongly against South Africa and then Bangladesh in the semi-final.Yet, right through the campaign, you could not help but notice the body language of the players. Normally charged up and relentless, India’s superstar cricketers looked disoriented. They never had a Plan B against Sri Lanka’s rampaging batsmen and all because probably Virat Kohli, their biggest star, captain and run-machine had issues with the coach over his “head masterly and intimidating” attitude? (India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman slams maiden hundred in only his fourth ODI)The whole rift, even before the start of the campaign, was ridiculous. How can a champion team be expected to perform to its full potential when the captain and coach cannot get along? And they decided they could not get along in just a year? Whose fault was it anyway? Is Kohli beyond all reproach and is the coach, a former captain and a legend, not expected to call a spade a spade?What did the players expect Anil Kumble’s role in the team would be? To banter with the players? Or be their buddy? Kumble was a tough nut to crack in his heydays as an India player and as coach he would have wanted to bring on table the same attitude. (Pakistan pacers and batsmen overwhelm India to clinch maiden ICC Champions Trophy)advertisementWe can only speculate the points of differences between the two but the truth is, despite the many denials by the captain, there was some animosity.And that animosity probably even stopped the team management from selecting the best possible line-up. Whose team was it anyway? The captain and coach are supposed to chalk down the final XI between themselves but did that really happen? (ICC Champions Trophy Final: Virat Kohli’s overconfidence in run chases played into Pakistan’s hands)R Ashwin, a champion bowler in helpful, home conditions, looked listless on English pitches. Ravindra Jadeja, barring a couple of matches, was disappointing and his selfishness in saving his own wicket and letting Hardik Pandya be run out in the dying stages of the Indian innings on Sunday, stood out. (India superstars fail to walk the talk, surrender meekly to Pakistan: Are MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh good enough to play overseas?)Jasprit Bumrah is no rookie and his lack of willingness to learn from his mistakes is hurting the team. Kohli, in the post-match press conference, said it was up to the players to learn from their mistakes but will they really do that?What kind of impact does it have on the players when the skipper and coach do not get along? It’s easy to guess. Was it the best Indian team on the park against Pakistan? Perhaps not. Does MS Dhoni still deserve a place in the playing XI? Can the team afford to operate on emotions? Certainly not.Dhoni has been a great servant for Indian cricket and his achievements will be spoken of in revered tones in the years to come but is his time up? What’s Kohli’s obsession with Yuvraj Singh? He looks like he can barely field anymore – yes he might still play a couple of entertaining innings here and there but are there no young cricketers in the vast pool of the country’s domestic circuit?More importantly, do both Kohli and Kumble believe Dhoni and Yuvraj can pull through to the 2019 World Cup, which will also be played in England?There cannot be any immediate answers but one does hope some of the acrimony is sorted out in the West Indies over the next three weeks.last_img read more

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Premier League braced for chief executive hunt to take until end of year

first_img Read more The Premier League’s attempts to draw deep-pocketed Silicon Valley giants into bidding, to continue to drive rights inflation in the face of a dearth of new competition from traditional TV broadcasters, has not been considered overly successful.The restructuring of the auction to include two live streaming packages, a first for the Premier League, failed to achieve the price it was seeking. In the end Amazon did pick up a package, as part of its wider experiment with exclusive live sport streaming in the UK, with BT eventually adding the other outstanding package to its portfolio.Another factor for candidates to consider is the complex politics of factions within the 20-club Premier League with the big six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – pushing for a bigger share of the rights revenues in recognition of their pulling power.Richard Masters, the league’s managing director, is acting as the interim chief executive. Scudamore stepped down in June, although he retains an advisory role, with a widely criticised £5m golden leaving present over three years signed off by the clubs “in recognition of the outstanding work he has carried out”. Scudamore is estimated to have been paid more than £26m since taking over the role in 1999. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Premier League moves quickly for new chief executive after Dinnage U-turn BBC Susanna Dinnage pulls out of becoming Premier League chief executive With the broadening of the search it is not clear whether Tom Betts, ITV’s director of strategy who was on the original shortlist, is still in the Premier League’s sights or even still interested in the job following the recruitment debacle.The hunt has become embarrassing for the Premier League, albeit not its fault. Dinnage was praised by Buck as the outstanding choice when her appointment was announced in November but she pulled out at the end of December.In broadening the search, industry sources point to potential candidates including Dawn Airey, one of the UK’s most experienced media executives who recently returned to the UK after running Getty Images in New York for three years.Airey built her career on a string of high-profile TV roles – including two stints at Channel 5 where she was famously quoted as saying its strategy was based on the three Fs, “films, football and fucking” – and top roles at ITV and Sky. The 58-year old also spent two years at Yahoo as its top European executive. It is not known if Airey has been approached about the role.Some major Premier League clubs had urged Gavin Patterson, the chief executive of BT who steps down at the end of the month, to step forward but he did not apply for the role. Having not been involved in the process to date the 51-year old is not tainted by the politics of not being the first-choice candidate – offering an elegant solution for the Premier League – if he were persuaded to change his mind about the position. Share on Facebook However, candidates will be aware that following in the footsteps of Scudamore, who ran the Premier League for 20 years, will be a difficult task as the economics of football change in the digital age. The Scudamore era was marked by massive increases in the value of Premier League rights in the UK, and more latterly around the world. When he took over, in 1999, the division earned £25m a year, it now stands at about £1.1bn annually.However, a new chief executive cannot rely on such revenue growth as the value of the multibillion UK rights appears to have peaked, although selling Premier League rights overseas continues to grow by double digit percentages each three-year auction cycle. Last year, Sky paid £3.57bn to retain the lion’s share of the rights for Premier League matches from 2019-2022, a 14% discount per game on its current deal. The deal marked the end of hyperinflation in the UK market with the rivalry between Sky and BT pushing the Premier League’s take up 70% at each of the previous two auctions. The total cost of the rights has rocketed from £1.78bn for 2010-13 to £5.13bn for 2018-19. Share on Pinterest The Premier League are braced for their hunt to find a new chief executive to take until the end of the year after being rebuffed by a second candidate to fill the vacancy left by Richard Scudamore.Tim Davie, the chief executive of BBC Studios, turned down the Premier League’s advances on Wednesday, forcing the governing body to turn once again to their shortlist of candidates. Their first choice, Susanna Dinnage, pulled out of replacing Scudamore at the end of last year just weeks before she was meant to start the job.The five-person recruitment panel chaired by the Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, which is working with the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, has now widened the search and has accepted it could take many months for them to have a new chief executive in place. Premier League Topics news Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Chronology of events in the case of serialkiller nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer

first_imgHere is a chronology of the events in the Elizabeth Wettlaufer case, based on police information, court documents and public obituaries.– June 25, 2007 – Dec. 31, 2007: Wettlaufer injected 87-year-old Clotilde Adriano with insulin at the Caressant Care long-term-care home in Woodstock, Ont., committing what police called an aggravated assault. Adriano died on July 30, 2008, at the age of 88. Police said her death is not attributed to Wettlaufer. Adriano was a widowed mother of two and grandmother to five.– June 25, 2007 – Dec. 31, 2007: Wettlaufer injected Albina Demedeiros with insulin at Caressant Care, committing what police have called an aggravated assault. Demedeiros died in hospital on Feb. 25, 2010, her 91st birthday. Police said her death was not attributed to Wettlaufer. Demedeiros was predeceased by nine of her 10 siblings, including victim Clotilde Adriano.– Aug. 11, 2007: Wettlaufer used insulin to murder James (Jim) Silcox at the Caressant Care home. The 84-year-old was a Second World War veteran of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He was a married father of six.– Dec. 22, 2007 – Dec. 23, 2007: Wettlaufer killed Maurice (Moe) Granat with insulin at the Caressant Care home. The 84-year-old father of two was a longtime mechanic and automotive body man in Tillsonburg, Ont.– Jan. 1, 2008 – Dec. 31, 2009: Wettlaufer injected Caressant Care resident Michael Priddle, 63, with insulin ”with intent to murder.” Priddle died at the home at the age of 64, with his family by his side, at an undisclosed date. Police have said his death is not attributed to Wettlaufer. Priddle was survived by his wife of 41 years as well as two children.– Sept. 1, 2008 – Dec. 31, 2008: Wettlaufer injected Caressant Care resident Wayne Hedges with insulin ”with intent to murder.” The 57-year-old Hedges died at the long-term care home on Jan. 24., 2009. Police say his death is not attributed to Wettlaufer. Hedges was survived by his parents and two siblings and predeceased by a brother.– Oct. 13, 2011 – Oct. 14, 2011: Wettlaufer killed 87-year-old Gladys Millard with insulin at the Caressant Care home. Millard, a widowed mother of two, was originally from Nova Scotia. She was a longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a member of the Rose Rebekah Lodge in Woodstock.– Oct. 25, 2011 – Oct. 26, 2011: Wettlaufer murdered 95-year-old Helen Matheson with insulin at the Caressant Care home. Matheson, a widowed mother of two sons, was a longtime United Church member in Innerkip, Ont.– Nov. 6, 2011 – Nov. 7 , 2011: Wettlaufer used insulin to murder 96-year-old Mary Zurawinski at the Caressant Care home.– July 13, 2013 – July 14, 2013: Wettlaufer murdered 90-year-old Helen Young with insulin at the Caressant Care home.– March 22, 2014 – March 28, 2014: Wettlaufer murdered 79-year-old Maureen Pickering at Caressant Care with insulin. The widow was a former native of Tillsonburg, Ont.– Aug. 23, 2014 – Aug. 31, 2014: Wettlaufer used insulin to kill 75-year-old Arpad Horvath. He lived at a Meadow Park facility in London, Ont. The married father of two was the owner of Central Tool and Die of London and active in the local Hungarian club.– Sept. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2015: Wettlaufer injected 77-year-old Sandra Towler with insulin ”with intent to murder” at the Telfer Place retirement home in Paris, Ont.– Aug. 1, 2016 – Aug. 30, 2016: Wettlaufer injected 68-year-old Beverly Bertram with insulin ”with intent to murder” while the woman was living at a private residence in Ingersol, Ont.– Oct. 25, 2016 – Wettlaufer is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.– Jan. 13, 2017 – Wettlaufer is charged with four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.– June 1, 2017 – Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to all charges she faced.– June 5, 2018 – A public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed Wettlaufer to kill patients in her care begins.– July 31, 2019 – The inquiry says systemic failures in long-term care allowed Wettlaufer to carry out her crimes without raising suspicion. It calls for fundamental changes to prevent such tragedies in the future.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Residential schools fit definition of genocide Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says residential schools meet the definition of genocide.At the opening of the AFN’s health forum, the national chief spoke about the collective indigenous experience of residential schools.He acknowledged the reality of the harm that was done.“I, along with so many of our people, feel if you consider what the term genocide means,” said Atleo. “It references to the killing of people. Our people died in residential schools…the residential school was cultural genocide; the attempt to, over the course of history, to kill the Indian in the child. And that has been the experience of our people.”last_img

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WHO warns of dangers of added sugar in tooth decay and obesity

“This paper gives an important perspective on the influence of sugar on diet and nutrition in the developing world, in a country where both under-nutrition and over-nutrition co-exist,” Pekka Puska, WHO Director of Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said in a news release. “This information strengthens the ability of the public health community to respond to the epidemic of diet-related chronic disease,” added Dr. Puska, who is leading WHO’s development of a Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Published in this month’s WHO Bulletin, the findings cover both rural and urban populations, and add to the growing body of global evidence on the influence of diet on chronic disease. The paper examines the effect of added sugars on a population experiencing both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. The information was compiled as part of an effort by the South African Department of Health to advise on sugar consumption in its dietary guidelines. The researchers recommend that added sugars should form no more than 6 to 10 per cent of total dietary intake. The wording of the guideline, they suggest, should be: “Eat and drink food and drinks containing sugar sparingly and not between meals.” The article suggests that increasing problems with dental caries and obesity alone justify the new guideline. It reports that total tooth loss in adult populations in South Africa reaches up to 35 per cent while obesity affects nearly 20 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of black women. Even in children aged 7 to 9, overweight and obesity affect up to 9 per cent. In April, in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), WHO launched an experts’ report on a healthy diet low in saturated fats, sugars and salt and high in vegetables and fruits, coupled with regular exercise, in order to combat rapidly growing death rates from diseases such as cancer, obesity and diabetes. Calling on all governments to take decisive action, the report – Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases – was backed by statistics showing a rapid increase in chronic diseases, which in 2001 contributed about 59 per cent of the 56.5 million total reported deaths in the world and 46 per cent of the global burden of disease. read more

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China has major role to play in ensuring fair globalization multilateralism –

In the third of his lectures at Asian universities, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Beijing students today that China’s engagement with the United Nations was essential as the world faces the challenges of achieving fair globalization, promoting multilateralism and protecting the human rights of all people in every country on earth.Mr. Annan also stressed that during his current visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, and now China he had noted the deep and multi-layered ties between the three countries and was encouraged by the desire of leaders of all three to have better relations.He suggested that the three pool their efforts on issues of common concern, such as protecting the environment in this part of the world and advancing a Green Revolution in Africa, so as to help pave the way for improved relations, and in doing so help them to realize their immense individual and collective potential.“The UN family looks forward to an ever more engaged partnership with China in the years to come,” he said at Peking University. “Here at home, we are determined to help your great country realize the tremendous promise it holds. And in the international arena, we can provide an essential platform as China continues to go global.”Mr. Annan, who has already addressed university students in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, on his five-nation Asian trip, paid tribute to China’s achievements, from its progress “on a scale that is unprecedented in human history” in reducing poverty to its “pioneering role” in cooperation with other developing countries.“China’s performance will have an increasingly profound effect on the ability of the world as a whole to reach the Millennium Development Goals,” he said, referring to the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash a host of the world’s ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.He noted that China is already on its way to meeting most of the Goals. “Yet huge challenges remain,” he said. “Somehow, the rural poor must be enabled to share in China’s amazing economic growth. Urgent efforts are needed to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. And measures to protect the environment are equally crucial.”He stressed to his young listeners that they will enter a world shaped by globalization: what happens in one country affects others, whether it be epidemics, environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation and terrorism that challenge everyone, or scientific breakthroughs, information technology and economic integration that can benefit all. “The biggest challenge facing your generation is to ensure that globalization becomes a force for good – a force that works not only for the privileged few, but for all humankind,” he said, noting that his talks with Chinese leaders showed the breadth of China’s role in the world and the importance of China’s engagement with the UN.“We discussed the fundamental importance of multilateralism and the irreplaceable role of the UN, as well as the need to deliver concrete reform results on everything from the development agenda and the Millennium Development Goals to peacebuilding, strengthening human rights work, management reform, the mandate review and counter-terrorism,” he added.“On all the issues confronting us, we look forward to working together with young people like you, who represent the future of China,” he concluded. “Your determination will be crucial as you build on the achievements of your leaders. And China’s future is fundamental to the future of the world.”Mr. Annan, who came to Asia from Vienna, where he attended a European Union-Latin American summit, has arrived in Viet Nam and travels from there to Thailand. read more

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Deputy UN envoy for tsunami recovery deplores rising bloodshed in Sri Lanka

In a statement issued by his office in New York, Eric Schwartz said he was “deeply disturbed” by the reports from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission of rising bloodshed in the South Asian country, where some 35,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 others displaced by the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.“In parts of the north and east, the tsunami recovery process has ground to a halt, and significant investments in reconstruction, so generously supported by donors around the world, are now imperilled,” he said in the statement.“More importantly, many thousands of civilians are at grave risk, cut off from regular supplies of food and other assistance.”Mr. Schwartz urged all parties to the conflict between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to ease restrictions on access to the affected civilian population and to end hostilities and resume negotiations.Last month Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and former United States President Bill Clinton and several UN human rights rapporteurs deplored the recent series of attacks. read more

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China ends controls on bank lending rates in move toward marketdriven financial

BEIJING, China – China said Friday it is ending controls on bank lending rates in a move toward creating a market-oriented financial system to support economic growth.Reform advocates see an overhaul of China’s interest rate policy as one of the most important changes required to keep its growth strong. Banks currently lend mostly to state industry rather than the entrepreneurs who create China’s new jobs and wealth. Allowing banks to negotiate their own rates with borrowers could channel more credit to private enterprise.“This is a significant development for China’s financial sector in the direction of having interest rates determined by market forces rather than government fiat,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics in a report.The scrapping of controls on lending rates is the first major economic reform under the government of President Xi Jinping, who took office earlier this year and faces a slowdown in China’s torrid growth. Xi and other leaders have promised an array of changes but until Friday no details had been released.“This reform is to further develop the basic role of market allocation of resources — an important measure to promote financial support for the development of the real economy,” said a central bank statement. The change takes effect Saturday.The end of controls could allow banks to charge lower rates to more credit-worthy borrowers, lowering costs for healthy businesses and spurring growth. Until now, the lower limit on lending rates was set at 0.7 times the state-set benchmark interest rate.Private sector borrowers also might be able to get more access to credit by paying more. That could help to reduce their reliance on a vast, unregulated underground credit market.Regulators allowed that market to flourish over the past decade to support entrepreneurs. But they have tightened controls over the past four years since discovering state banks were putting money into such unsupervised lending and taking on unreported risks.Friday’s move could foreshadow another significant change in the world’s No. 2 economy — raising low rates paid to savers. There was no word on when that might happen.Beijing has long used its banks to subsidize state industry with low-interest loans. Savers who had few alternative places to put their money were paid low rates on deposits that in recent years failed to keep up with inflation, meaning Chinese families lost money by leaving it in the bank.That has suppressed household spending, which is among the lowest in the world as a percentage of the economy, and held back efforts to shift the basis of China’s growth from exports and investment to more self-sustaining domestic consumption.Chinese families looking for a better return on their savings have shifted money into more speculative investments in stocks and real estate, helping to fuel a boom in prices of both. They also have shifted money into “wealth management products,” bundles of credit card and other debt that pay higher returns but that analysts worry might be too risky for household investors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2013 8:14 am MDT China ends controls on bank lending rates in move toward market-driven financial system read more

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Tinted Sheen browser extension blocks all things Sheen

first_imgLet’s face it, even though he thinks he is, Charlie Sheen is not winning. Well, if losing custody of your children, getting fired from “Two and a Half Men,” and becoming a national punchline constitutes winning, then maybe he is.The Sheen craze, which really peaked last week when he set the Guinness World Record for fastest account to get 1 million followers, is starting its swift decline. Although this may seem hard to believe to some people, Charlie Sheen isn’t that exciting of a meme anymore. If anything, he’s just making us sad. And some of us are so over seeing Sheen’s name and photo everywhere that we’re looking for ways to block him out of our daily Web browsing.Enter “Tinted Sheen,” a browser blocker that censors the Internet for you. Created by coder Greg Leuch, and launched today, the plugin applies black bars over Sheen’s name, as well as blackouts over his photos. It also replaces his name with asterisks if it appears in your browser’s tab. And if you’re sick of hearing about “tiger blood” and “winning,” the extension will attempt to block those out, too. You’ll be Sheen-free before you know it!The Seattletimes.com tried the add-on and said some Sheen sightings still occurred, but that it was still effective.Tinted Sheen is available for Firefox and Chrome, and can be downloaded at http://fffff.at. If you decide to do a Sheen-sweep by adding the plugin, let us know how it worked in the comments below.last_img read more

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State of Israel awards three Greeks who helped Jews during WWII

first_imgIn a ceremony marked by great humanity, gratitude, pride and emotion; the state of Israel posthumously bestowed the Righteous Among the Nations Award upon three Orthodox Christian Greeks who risked their lives to help Jews during the Holocaust. Hosted by the Municipality of Veria in northern Greece, the ceremony was attended by Israeli Ambassador Aryeh Mekel, the president of the Israeli Community of Thessaloniki, David Saltiel, and Maurice Magrizos, the president of the Israeli Community of Larissa. Those attending heard the chilling and touching testimony of 82-year-old Simon Danieli, who travelled from Israel to his birthplace in Veria to thank the descendants of the people who helped him and his family escape Nazi persecution during World War II. Danieli was 13 in 1942 when his family – father Joseph, a grain merchant, mother Buena, and nine siblings – fled Veria to escape the increasingly frequent atrocities committed by Nazi forces against the city’s Jews. They ended up in a small nearby village in Sykies, where the family was taken in by Giorgos and Panayiota Lanara, who offered them shelter, food and a hiding place in the woods, helped also by a priest, Nestoras Karamitsopoulos. The Nazis, however, soon stormed Sykies, where around 50 more Jews from Veria had also taken refuge. They questioned the priest about the whereabouts of the Jews, but when Karamitsopoulos refused to answer, they began raiding people’s homes. They found Jews hidden in eight homes, and promptly torched the houses. They also turned their wrath on the priest, torturing him and pulling out his beard, according to Danieli. The Danieli family survived, but when they returned to Veria, the neighborhood where they had lived, the Jewish quarter known today as Barbouta, had been almost completely destroyed, and some 450 of their neighbors were gone, sent off for extermination. The family later moved to Israel. Life, remembers Simon Danieli, was not easy there either. “It was a new state. There was a lot of unemployment and I took work wherever I could find it,” Danieli said. Eventually he was able to start his own business, but he never forgot Veria and often traveled to the northern Greek city to visit his old friends and his old neighborhood. “I was a boy when the Germans came and spread death,” he said at the ceremony. “But I will always have gratitude and love for our three heroes.” The medals awarded to Giorgos and Panayiota Lanara, as well as to Nestoras Karamitsopoulos, were received by their granddaughters. The Righteous Among the Nations Award has been bestowed on a total of 300 Greeks so far, most notably Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Damaskinos and Angelos Evert, who was the head of the Greek police during the Nazi occupation.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google la mise à jour Panda fait déjà des victimes

first_imgGoogle: la mise à jour Panda fait déjà des victimesLa mise à jour de l’algorithme du moteur de recherche américain est déployée en France depuis la semaine dernière. Certains sites souffrent déjà d’une véritable baisse de visibilité, notamment les comparateurs de prix.Grâce à Panda, la mise à jour de son algorithme, Google espère faire chuter dans son classement des sites qu’il estime être de basse qualité. Lancé en février pour les requêtes en anglais, il est disponible depuis la semaine dernière en langue française. Mais quels sont ces sites qualifiés de “basse qualité” ? Il s’agit ici d’éliminer de la tête des recherches les comparateurs de prix ou les agrégateurs de contenus.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Ces sites, grâce à un savant jeu d’optimisation de référencement (SEO, search engine optimization), arrivent à se retrouver en tête des classements, ce qui se traduit par plus de clics de la part des internautes et de meilleurs revenus publicitaires. Mais pour les utilisateurs, l’intérêt est plutôt limité. Toutefois, ces sites ne sont pas les seuls à être grandement impactés.Des baisses importantes de visibilité Ainsi, dès le lancement de Panda, les résultats ont été probants alors que le site Search Metrics a publié la liste des premiers perdants. Dico du net perd ainsi 88% de visibilité, Comment fait-on 81%, Wikio 74%, Acheter facile 53%, 123 people 49%, Twenga 47%, Info du net 44%, Chauffeur de Buzz 41% … Au contraire, les sites dits “de qualité” en profitent. Par exemple, les sites de partage de vidéo sont mieux classés (+52% pour YouTube, 43% pour Dailymotion, 18% pour Wat), ainsi que les réseaux sociaux (+25% pour Twitter, +10% pour Facebook). De leur côté, Wikipedia gagne 8% de visibilité quand service-public.fr 17%. Néanmoins, il reste beaucoup d’effort à faire puisque “cette mise à jour impacte les résultats perçus par les utilisateurs pour en moyenne 6 à 9% des requêtes, tous langages confondus”, explique Google sur son blog. Le 18 août 2011 à 19:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Portland reserve officers defect to sheriff’s office

first_imgPORTLAND — Eighteen Portland police reserve officers defected to the county sheriff’s office last summer when they couldn’t convince the bureau to provide them federal-mandated training given to all other bureau officers.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the volunteer officers – who complete a reserve academy, carry guns, wear the standard police uniform and can make arrests — now back up Multnomah County deputies.The switch came after Portland police in late November 2017 ordered the reserves off the street because their training didn’t meet the higher standard required by the city’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over officers using excessive force against people with mental illness.It’s unclear why it took the Police Bureau until then to recognize that its reserve officers were out-of-compliance.last_img read more

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Reminder of strict Airport Parking Policy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 23, 2017 – Due to a resurgence in unlawful parking, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) wishes to remind the general public that a strict policy of towing vehicles that participate in curbside parking, obstruction of roadways and vehicles that park illegally whilst on airport property remain in full effect.In an effort to meet and maintain international airport landside security standards, the TCIAA must address unauthorized parking.  This established policy assists in alleviating traffic congestion and enhance public safety for all that pass through Providenciales International Airport.  All patrons are asked to park in the designated parking lot to avoid sanctions.Providenciales International Airport is indeed private property and may cause to be towed, any vehicle abandoned, parked in an unlawful or unsafe manner at no expense to the Authority.  TCIAA retains the right to decide whether clamping, towing or criminal prosecution may be levied on serious infringements.Strict measures will be enforced at the entrance road to Rubis TCI and continue throughout the airport property leading to the west.   The front of the terminal shall be used for the purpose of pick up and drop off zones ONLY.Vehicle towing will be carried out by Premier Towing Services owned and managed by Mr Sean Selver as laid out in the Road Traffic Ordinance and as authorized by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.   Owners of towed vehicles will be subject to pay a fee of $175 in addition to daily storage fees.Unauthorized parking and obstruction may also be ticketed at a rate of $250 as specified in the Road Traffic Ordinance.  TCIAA advises that the general public be guided according.Press Release: TCIAA The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Tonights super moon is last one of 2014

first_imgThe final “super moon” of the year will appear tonight above the eastern horizon as a large orange globe after 7:16 p.m.The orange tint is an actual physical effect. The larger-than-usual size of a moon seen near the horizon, however, is mostly the result of a trick your eyes play on you, said Jim Todd of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.It’s called “the moon illusion,” said Todd, OMSI’s director of space science education, and it has puzzled sky watchers for thousands of years.According to NASA’s website, “when you look at the Moon, rays of moonlight converge and form an image about 0.15 mm wide on the retina in the back of your eye. High moons and low moons make the same-sized spot, yet the brain insists one is bigger than the other. Go figure.”The moon’s orange color has a scientific explanation, Todd said. When looking toward the horizon, we are actually looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when looking directly overhead. The atmosphere scatters blue light (the reason the sky looks blue). The thickness of the atmosphere in the direction of a horizon scatters blue light most effectively, but it lets red light pass through. So a moon near the horizon takes on a yellow, orange or reddish hue.The moon may actually appear be a darker shade of reddish-orange because of particles in the upper atmosphere from the summer fires around the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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Myers announces retirement third Walker cabinet change in three weeks

first_imgDownload AudioAlaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers announced Tuesday that he’s retiring.Mark Myers announced Tuesday he will retire as commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources. Myers once served as head of the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. (Public Domain photo from USGS)Myers wrote in an email to department staff members that he’s retiring for personal reasons. His resignation is effective March 1.Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford will serve as acting commissioner.It’s the third change in Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet in three weeks, following changes in the commissioners of corrections and education.Myers had only been commissioner since early 2015, but has a total of 18 years of service in the department.Myers worked as a geologist for the state and for private companies. He was the head of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2006 to 2009. And he was the vice chancellor of research for University of Alaska Fairbanks before Walker named him commissioner.Walker said Myers told him he wanted to retire in October, but Walker gave him time to reconsider.Myers said, “Retiring is not difficult, but leaving DNR is.”A spokeswoman for Walker said the governor hasn’t set a timeline for permanently replacing Myers.last_img read more

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In the Marvel Universe President Trump Is a MODOK

first_imgStay on target One of the reasons that Marvel Comics gained the advantage over D.C. in the 1960s and onwards was that their comics were set in the “real world.” Instead of Metropolis and Gotham, Marvel had New York and Chicago. And when politicians showed up in the pages of Captain America, they were usually real people.Case in point: Barack Obama. The first African-American President actually made the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #583, complete with a story inside where the Chameleon impersonates Barack and tries to take over the White House. Spidey saves the day, of course, and the issue was one of the best sellers of the 2000s, moving 350,000 copies over five printings.Bush and Clinton showed up sporadically throughout their terms as well, and even Tricky Dick Nixon showed up during the 70s to cut funding for Hulkbuster Base. So how will the comics deal with President Trump?Well, before his Presidential aspirations Trump’s been in the comics as a businessman. He showed up in a cameo in New Avengers #47 when Luke Cage moved his limo out of the way of an ambulance. Trump, seeing a Black person, immediately threatened to sue. But that was nothing compared to Spider-Gwen Annual #1 by Jason Latour with art by Chris Visions, Michael Walsh, Chris Brunner and Annapaola Martello.Haven’t been reading Spider-Gwen? Here’s the gist. It’s set in an alternate universe where Gwen Stacy, not Peter Parker, was bitten by the radioactive spider and got powers. She’s got a striking costume, a cool supporting cast, and the book is a lot of fun. Put it on your pull list.The annual is a collection of short pieces, most of which are pretty solid. The one we’re concerned with here stars the Captain America of this alternate earth, Samantha Rogers – a pilot who went through the Super-Soldier process. Instead of being frozen in ice, she was lost in a bizarre alternate dimension and just returned to her home. In the story, she’s reading comics by Steve Rogers (who we know as our Cap, and who has been a cartoonist for his “day job”) and marveling at the weird world they present. One of the stories involves a villain known as “Mental Organism Designed As America’s King,” or “M.O.D.A.A.K.”That’s a portmanteau of M.O.D.O.K, the Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing (originally a Captain America villain who would go on to plague many other heroes) and real estate magnate turned Republican President-Elect Donald J. Trump. How exactly Trump got the big head, tiny limbs and hoverchair of a M.O.D.O.K. isn’t explained, but Cap deals with him swiftly and easily.He only appears for a few pages, but if this is how Marvel plans to treat Trump moving forward, we predict a bunch of really whiny Tweets about the matter.Oddly enough, that’s not even the first villainous Trump in Marvel history. During the 1980s, Daredevil contended with Carlton Sanders; a former stage magician turned crook who went by the alias “Trump.” It’s hard to say with any certainty whether the character was based on the Donald or a reference to playing cards, but he was a D_lister at best.So that’s where Donald J. Trump stands in the Marvel Universe. We’ll see how the company deals with his Presidency moving forward, and if he manages to extract himself from that hoverchair.Check it out for yourself at Amazon. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img read more

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Windows 10 Build 16257 fixes Edge annoyance introduces Eye Control

first_imgWindows 10 Build 16257: fixes Edge annoyance, introduces Eye Control by Martin Brinkmann on August 03, 2017 in Windows – No commentsMicrosoft released Windows 10 Build 16257, a new preview build of the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, yesterday evening.The new version introduces a new Eye Control feature, designed to improve accessibility by adding options to control Windows with eye movement, Microsoft Edge improvements, a color overhaul for the Windows Console, input and Windows Defender Application Guard improvements, and bug fixes.The new build of Windows 10 is available already. Windows Insiders who have set up their device to be on the Fast Ring can run a manual update check in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.It should get picked up automatically, downloaded to the system and installed afterwards.Microsoft Edge improvementsIf you have used Microsoft Edge before you know that it comes with a very, very annoying selection feature when you select text in the address bar.This was the top 3 complaint in my list of Microsoft Edge annoyances that I published back in 2016.This adjustment fixes the issue. When you click in the address bar now, the cursor stays at the position you clicked on and does not shift anymore as “http://” is added to the address.No more issues when selecting text in the address bar for copying, or modifying the URL, as the selection is not changed anymore automatically.Other Edge improvements include a new look inspired by Microsoft’s Fluent Design System, and several fixes for issues.Eye ControlEye Control is a beta feature right now that adds another accessibility option to the Windows 10 operating system.The beta feature requires a specific camera for that right now, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C. Microsoft works on adding support for other cameras that support the functionality — Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEyePlus, EyeMobile Plus, and I-series — soon.Setup requires that you install the Tobii’s Core eye tracking hot fix release 2.10.11.6458 and run calibration after installation. You need to open Windows Update then to check for a new device driver, Tobii Eye Tracker HIDClass Driver, to get it installed. Note that you need to allow driver installations through Windows Update for that.Last but not least, check to make sure that the eye tracker is listed under Settings > Ease of Access > Other Options > Eye Control.Eye Control displays a launchpad on the screen that you can interact with. You can select mouse and keyboard use from the launchpad, and even use shape writing on the keyboard for faster typing.Eye Control supports text to speech on top of that for communication purposes.Other improvementsWindows Console comes with a new color scheme to take into account new display technologies. The classic color scheme was not designed for modern displays, and some colors don’t render well on high-contrast displays as a consequence.  Check out the blog post on the Windows Command Line Tools for Developers blog for more information on the change.The performance of launching the touch keyboard has been improved.Improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard container launch times.Fixed several known issues that were causing system crashes, hangs and other issues.As always, make sure you check the known issues for PC on the official Windows Blog before you run the update. This is still a development build, and some things may not work as expected. In this build for instance, Windows apps may throw the error 80070057 during installation or update.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Build 16257: fixes Edge annoyance, introduces Eye ControlDescriptionMicrosoft released Windows 10 Build 16257, a new preview build of the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, yesterday evening.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgJune 23, 2009 – INFINITT North America reported that 2009 sales volume in the U.S. has exceeded sales volume for any two consecutive quarters to date. INFINITT offers a web-based RIS and PACS solution that supports radiology, cardiology, mammography, advanced visualization and more on a single/common database. The single-database approach, combined with off-the-shelf hardware and virtualization technology, offers extremely advanced performance and functionality at a substantially lower cost than multiple database solutions.The INFINITT RIS/PACS is built on a relational database that eliminates the need for an interface between modules. This should provide for greater cost-efficiency for the user because this solution requires less maintenance and support. This approach is also highly scalable, which makes it ideal in times of uncertainty, when no one knows whether they will continue to expand operations – adding new facilities and services – or split them off. It addresses the needs of the smaller, single-site imaging center as well as the multi-site healthcare enterprise consisting of multiple hospitals, specialty centers and a large referring physician network.For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | June 23, 2009 INFINITT NA Reports Record Sales Volume in Q109 Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more last_img read more

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New leadership for Merit as Merrithew steps down Sproul appointed CEO

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — Merit Travel is transitioning its leadership team as Merit founders Louise de Grandpré and Michael Merrithew have announced their intention to leave the company, effective at the end of July.H.I.S – Merit Travel says Phil Sproul will become CEO effective immediately.Sproul joined Merit Travel Group in January 2016 and was most recently President, Merit Loyalty Services. Sproul is well-known in the industry, with stints including President, Kensington Tours (2012 – 2014), President, TPI (2008 – 2012) and VP, Sales & Customer Experience for ACV (2002 – 2006).“We want to congratulate Louise and Michael for their incredible accomplishment in building an industry leading company over the past 27 years,” said Hideo Hatano, Global Business Development Director, H.I.S “Going forward, the team led by Phil Sproul will drive our growth trajectory across our Loyalty, Corporate and Leisure travel businesses by providing customers with unmatched access to new programs, resources, support and services.”Michael Merrithew added: “It has been an incredible journey for Loulou and myself. We are so very grateful to the hundreds of team members who helped us build a remarkable company and contributed to our shared success. It’s never easy to step away, but this is the right time for the future of the company and its employees. We’ll be taking some well-deserved time off until we move on to the next chapter of our careers.” Thursday, July 19, 2018 Share New leadership for Merit as Merrithew steps down, Sproul appointed CEOcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Departures, Merit Travel Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Costa Rica installed railroad crossings one damaged within hours

first_imgDriving in Costa Rica can be notoriously difficult. Motorcyclists weave in and out of lanes, people pass with reckless abandon on hills and curves, and blocking traffic seems completely acceptable so long as you turn on your four-ways.And don’t get us started on the infrastructure, which has been rendered wholly inadequate by the recent explosion of vehicles in Costa Rica. (Not that unpainted roads that can’t quite fit two lanes of traffic are safe regardless of the amount of traffic.)The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) does have several ongoing — if slow-moving — projects to help improve Costa Rica’s struggling road infrastructure. Among them is a network of grade crossing signals with gates to help prevent collisions between vehicles and trains. MOPT promoted the features of its new railroad crossings on social media. Via MOPT on FacebookMOPT inaugurated the first set of these railroad crossings Monday morning to great fanfare featuring television cameras and an appearance from President Carlos Alvarado.Within six hours, a reckless driver had blown through one of the intersections, knocking over the gate and rendering it inoperable until a MOPT team came to reinstall it promptly. The person in question was fined 52,227 colones (about $85) and will also be billed for repairs.Elsewhere this week, several of the crossings have been impacted or damaged as a result of carelessness and vandalism, according to the President.“The gates are there to save lives and keep us safe,” he wrote. “Let’s take care of them!”A tan solo 3 días de su puesta en funcionamiento varias agujas han sido chocadas o dañadas producto del descuido y vandalismo. Las agujas están ahí para salvar vidas y protegernos.¡Cuidémoslas!— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) December 19, 2018The incidents promoted this public-relations statement from MOPT, which concluded with a bolded plea to drivers:“From MOPT and COSEVI, a call is made to everyone who shares the road with trains to be attentive to these types of devices, placed in order to save lives,” the statement read, “and above all to stop at the crossing when a train approaches, which on average constitutes a wait of just 30 seconds.”From all of us at The Tico Times: Remember that even if you blow through a railroad crossing, you’re bound to hit traffic or a suspension-rattling pothole shortly thereafter anyway. And being 30 seconds later to your destination will put you right on time — a la hora tica. Facebook Comments Related posts:Polls reveal Ticos thoughts on Chinchilla, crime and the environment Hablando paja: What if Jesus had been born in Costa Rica? Government pledges to speed up construction of San Carlos highway President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jamslast_img read more

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