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Locals dominate the all-Big West awards

first_imgMany athletes with local ties took all the top honors when Big West basketball honors were announced Monday. Former San Bernardino Valley College standout Aaron Nixon has been named player of the year on the men’s side while former Cal State San Bernardino coach Larry Reynolds, rounding out his fifth year at Long Beach State, is the coach of the year. Sophomore forward Toni Thomas (Miller HS) of Cal State Fullerton was named to the first team. She averaged a conference-high 17.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. SCIAC HONORS Senior Amir Mazarei of the University of Redlands and sophomore Trenecca Jones of La Verne were the SCIAC Athletes of the week for their play the final week of the regular season. Jones, a sophomore forward from Ontario, led the conference in scoring (17.6 ppg),rebounding (10.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.524). She had 37 points and 14 rebounds against Occidental and tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds against Pomona-Pitzer the last week of the season. Mazarei helped the Bulldogs to a tie for second in the conference, the best finish by the school since 1992. He chalked up 37 points against Whittier, highlighted by nine 3-pointers, and closed out the season with 20 points, six steals, four rebounds and two assists against Caltech. SBVC-CHAFFEY BASEBALL San Bernardino Valley College has been using Fiscalini Field for its home games this year. But Saturday’s noon doubleheader against Chaffey will be held at the University of Redlands. The teams kick off the series with a 2 p.m. game Thursday at Chaffey. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nixon and Reynolds propelled the 49ers to a 22-7 record and a first-place regular-season finish for just the second time since 1977. Reynolds is 40-19 over the last two years. Nixon, a senior guard, averaged 18.4 points and 3.1 assists per game. He scored 20 or more nine times with a career-high of 35 coming against UC Santa Barbara. He also had two last-second, game-winning 3-pointers, one against Santa Barbara and the other against Loyola Marymount. center_img Teammate Kevin Houston (San Gorgonio HS) was named to the second team. The senior point guard averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists. Forward Henrik Thomsen of UC Riverside was selected freshman of the year. UC Riverside was well represented on the women’s side, with John Margaritis getting coach of the year and junior forward Kemie Nkele earning player of the year honors. Nkele averaged 16 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in helping UCR to a conference title. The Highlanders were also represented by honorable mention selections Amber Cox, Roney Friend and Seyram Gbewonyo. Guard Brittany Waddell (Hesperia HS) earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. She averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 rebounds off the bench with a team-high 48 3-pointers. last_img read more

Turkana Boy Causes Museum Ruckus

first_imgChristians want the boy arrested and locked up.  Scientists want to put him on stage.  The stage is Kenya’s National Museum, and the boy is Turkana boy, a fossil classified by evolutionists as Homo erectus and claimed to be 1.6 million years old.  CNN reported that the museum is showcasing the fossil, the most complete hominid skeleton ever found, for the first time.  It will take center stage of a new exhibit on the theme of evolution.    The exhibit has caused protests from evangelical Christians in Kenya.  According to CNN, they have demanded the skeleton be relegated to a back room “along with some kind of notice saying evolution is not a fact but merely one of a number of theories.”  Bishop Boniface Adoyo, head of Kenya’s 35 evangelical denominations with 10 million constituents, protested that “I did not evolve from Turkana Boy or anything like it.  These sorts of silly views are killing our faith.”    Evolutionists are responding with equally entrenched positions.  “Whether the bishop likes it or not, Turkana Boy is a distant relation of his,” retorted Richard Leakey, discoverer of “Lucy” and founder of the museum’s prehistory department.  “The bishop is descended from the apes and these fossils tell how he evolved.”    The news item ends by claiming that the head of paleontology at the museum, Dr. Emma Mbua, is a Protestant who sees no problem with evolution.  “Evolution is a fact,” she said.  “Turkana Boy is our jewel.  For the first time, we will be taking him out of the strong room and showing our heritage to the world.”    Nevertheless, concerns over security have made the museum take out millions of dollars of insurance on the exhibit and protect it with a glass screen, closed circuit TV and security guards.  The museum gets about 100,000 visitors a year.    CNN says the museum renovation features additional hominid fossils and exhibits of extinct animals that “provide the clearest and unrivaled record yet of evolution and the origins of man,” according to unnamed scientists.  The $10.5 million renovation was paid for by the European Union.  By contrast, the entire Creation Museum being opened this year by Answers in Genesis, including property, buildings, and all exhibits, is $27 million.As usual, this story creates a false dichotomy between religion and science, between faith and knowledge.  We don’t have the complete story on Bishop Adoyo’s efforts, but have a suggestion on the way these sorts of disagreements should be handled.  Demanding that the exhibit be censored or relegated to a back room is counterproductive, because it reinforces the stereotype that Christians are afraid of hearing scientific evidence that contradicts their faith.    The shoe is really on the other foot.  Evolutionists want no debate, no public hearing on the evidence.  They want to promote a very sanitized, visualized, propagandized version of their Myth of the Mystical Tree (see 02/01/2007).  Bones exist – that’s the truth part.  Yes, there are skeletons of odd-looking humans, elephants and giraffes that have gone the way of all the world.  What do they mean?  That’s where if you don’t have all the facts on display, you can be misled (e.g., 08/09/2005)..    So let’s learn about Turkana Boy.  Actually, creationists have written up a lot about him and exposed some embarrassments the evolutionists aren’t telling you about.  Look, for instance, at the critiques of this fossil on CMI Creation Ministries Intl. (also this article), where you will learn that:The brain capacity of the skull is within the range of modern man.The height of the skeleton for its age is within the range of modern humans.This fossil shows that it is no longer possible to describe Homo erectus as a “large-brained pongid.”M. Wolpoff described the postcranium of this fossil as “mostly modern.”Wolpoff and Thorne cannot find any consistent anatomical markers which separate erectus from sapiens.The limb proportions resemble those of modern humans.The more robust bones of Homo erectus could be a reflection of routine heavy physical exertion than of primitive characteristics; if anything, thinner bones on modern humans seem a disadvantage.Opinions differ widely on the status of these and almost every other alleged human ancestor.Indeed, “To have such a tall erectus individual with a modern postcranium appear at such an early stage in the alleged evolutionary history of erectus is a problem for evolutionists,” CMI claims.  “If evolution was true, then a more intermediate postcranial skeleton would be expected, one reflecting more of a mid-way stage between the australopithecines and modern humans, not one already at the modern human stage.”    On top of that, Apologetics Press quotes Ian Tatersall (an evolutionist) saying that “the whole classification of Homo erectus has become a kind of dumping ground for strange and out-of-place fossils.”  Jeffrey Schwartz made the same complaint in the 07/03/2004 entry, calling the designation “mythical.”  Some taxonomists split hairs over whether this skeleton should be classified in another mythical group, Homo ergaster, when there is really no reason other than evolutionary presuppositions to consider them non-human (see also this article from A.P. and the 01/01/2005 entry here).  Brain size is no guarantee of an evolutionary sequence (see 08/05/2006).  Need we also remind our readers how many bitter fights there have been between evolutionary paleoanthropologists themselves about human evolution (e.g., 12/21/2004, 09/23/2004, 03/28/2003, 04/27/2006, 06/14/2006).  These fights, though entertaining, don’t matter because human evolution has already been falsified anyway (08/22/2005, 12/30/2004).    In other words, the evolutionists are hiding key parts of the story by exhibiting Turkana Boy as a primitive human ancestor.  They’re lying to the public!  A half truth can sometimes be more deceptive and dangerous than a big lie.  This is the basis on which Christians need to go on the offense with the Kenya museum charlatans.  They are spinning a myth around selective evidence.  We all have the same objective evidence to look at, but the evolutionists are avoiding the problems with their interpretations.  They are not being scientific (objective, rational, honest) about the issues!  This is an intellectual crime that deserves the approbation of the entire public, not just the evangelical Christians.To add insult to injury, Leakey committed a hate crime: “The bishop is descended from the apes,” he said.  How can Leakey, a white Englishman, get away with that kind of insult to a respectable African person of color?  Only against Christians is it possible to speak words of racism and bigotry.  But apart from that, let’s do a little logic here and turn Leakey’s statement back on himself.  Ask him, “Are you, Richard Leakey, a descendent of the apes too?”  He will have no choice but to answer yes.  Great; follow up with, “Then how can you know anything is true, including the proposition that you are descended from apes?    Drive the point home, because he has no answer.  “In a worldview of constant change and evolution, how can you have any assurance that there are unchanging truths beyond matter in motion?  In a world where fitness and survival are the highest virtues (whatever ‘virtue’ means), how can you prove to me you are not lying so as to defeat me in the fitness race?  How can you be sure of anything, even science, without first justifying the philosophical belief that human rationality connects with experience?”    So here’s our advice.  This is an important lesson for anyone having to deal with the Darwin propaganda, whether in museums, textbooks, or in the media.  Don’t whimper about how this exhibit is “killing our faith” (because that reinforces their stereotype about “people of faith” as opposed to “science”).  Don’t reinforce their prejudice that all criticisms of evolution are theologically motivated.  And obviously, don’t threaten violence (although there was no indication at all in the CNN article whether the fears of the museum staff were grounded in anything but their own guilty consciences).  Instead, appeal to the honesty and intellectual integrity of the scientists and museum staff.  Convince them that they are not being honest and scientifically sound to hide the incriminating evidence and alternative views on Turkana Boy.  Show them the quotes by Wolpoff and Tatersall and other evolutionists who dispute the views about this and other fossils.  Should only one view among evolutionists be presented, let alone the views of critics of evolution?  Why should this contrary scientific evidence be hidden from the public?  We don’t want to relegate Turkana Boy and other evidence to the back room; we want to bring all the evidence the evolutionists are hiding in the back room and take it up front into the light.  We want to make it part of the showcase!  Along with balanced evidence, let’s bring out a few more things from Darwin’s back room to put on display:An exhibit on how Piltdown Man fooled the entire evolutionary scientific community for 40 years.A wastebin filled with all the bones once thought to represent human ancestors.A reminder of how evolutionists exhibited Ota Benga, an African pygmy, in a zoo.A copy of Ernst Haeckl’s racist chart of how blacks were closer to Apes than to European whites.A description of how the iconic “descent of man” chart perpetuates the myth of progress.A list of cusswords that disagreeing paleoanthropologists have called each other.A chart of the warring groups of paleoanthropologists and their tactics of ruining each other’s reputations.An exhibit on the dark history of eugenics.An illustration of all the massacres and genocides committed in the name of evolutionary racism: say, a pile of marbles with each marble representing a human life quenched by Darwinist dictatorships.  How high would a tower of 148 million marbles reach?For the kids, you could have replicas of modern human skulls from around the world and see if they can arrange them into an evolutionary sequence.  As a second exercise, see if they can sort them into human and non-human bins.  Throw in some skulls deformed by disease or post-burial stresses to trip them up.  After they are convinced they have an evolutionary tree, show them pictures of the modern people groups they represent.  Describe the languages, cultures and philosophies of the intelligent persons they just assumed were primitive ancestors.  As a third game, see if they can similarly organize garage tools or toy cars into an evolutionary phylogeny as a lesson on how similarities do not necessarily prove ancestral relationships.  For adults, how about some scholarly lectures on philosophy of science?  Questions could be discussed about the ability of finite human minds to interpret unseen past events, especially if human brains are assumed to be products of unguided material processes.  Describe how the same data can be reinterpreted in other ways without the Darwinian worldview.    Left to themselves, the Darwinists will turn the Kenya museum into a whitewashed sepulcher, beautiful on the outside, but on the inside full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness of ideas.  Evangelicals should be in favor of turning on the lights and letting in fresh air.  Give the public all the facts and let them use their minds to decide who has the best case.  That’s fair.  That’s honest.  And that’s exactly what the evolutionists do NOT want (see 02/27/2006).  The Kenya museum should be a well-rounded, thought-provoking center of ideas and concepts on these important issues instead of a Darwinist shrine.  Help them out, evangelicals.  Get the dirty laundry on display instead of starched and bleached and ironed white shirts.  Tell them you want to teach more about Darwinism than the Darwinists dare to reveal.  If they resist, smile and remind them that honesty is the best policy.  Watch them squirm over that proverb.    To pursue this kind of winning strategy will require study.  You have to research the facts and know the best arguments on both sides.  But in the end, it will pay off: it will demonstrate to all the world that the real censors, the real people of frothy faith, are the Mbuas and Leakeys and other dogmatists who shout “evolution is a fact!”  A little study of these pages will provide many examples of Darwin-worshippers trying to shove their religion down the throats of the public without debate.  The Master Strategist advised his followers, “Be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  This implies that the other side is the converse.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Microsoft Begins Restoring ‘Invisible’ Windows Phone Apps

first_imgTags:#apps#Microsoft#music#Windows Phone#Windows Phone 8 On Friday, when I tried to push Slacker from the Windows Phone website to the phone, the process failed. (Pushing an app from the website to the phone requires the user to turn on the Find My Phone feature.) If that process fails, Microsoft sends a link to the app via email. The update process failed with an error code, 805a0194, a Marketplace error message. But the process worked fine on Monday. The only glitch I noticed was that my “history” of songs didn’t connect to those songs, but to “radio” stations auto-generated by the artist.A Microsoft spokeswoman denied that Microsoft may have been tempted to cut out competition to its newly-launched Xbox Music app, which launched a short time ago. Both Spotify and Slacker offer a la carte searches and radio-style streaming, as Microsoft’s services does.Overall, the number of “invisible” apps was small, and shrunk with the Monday updates. But music remains an integral part of the mobile experience, and app discovery is key to Microsoft’s future, as its Mimvi purchase shows. More than its competitors, Microsoft needs to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Related Posts markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Customers purchasing the new HTC Windows Phone 8X – the first to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 – may have faced an odd lack of some popular music apps, issues which Microsoft addressed on Monday.On Friday, Spotify, Slacker, TuneIn and podcast app 8Tracks didn’t show up on the version of Windows Phone that’s built into the phone itself. But they did appear on the Web-based version of the store – which, most likely, a new customer would never bother visiting if they couldn’t find the app on the store itself.The problems could be tied to be a few possibilities: First, the HTC 8X devices given to members of the press at the recent Windows Phone launch to test were labeled as pre-production hardware, even though the final 8Xes shipped Friday. Another possibility is that Windows Phone isn’t showing apps it deems incompatible with Windows Phone 8, even though, in some cases, the app is compatible. There’s also the possibility that it’s a holdover from a digital certificate glitch that Microsoft discovered and supposedly fixed in mid-August, that prevented apps from being published for a short time. The most likely reason, according to Ryan Polivka, the director of marketing for TuneIn, is that Windows Phone 8 hasn’t transferred all of the other apps over to the new mobile operating system. “The reason we’re not in the Marketplace right now for W8 is because the ingestion engine hasn’t completed making all WP7 apps available on W8,” he wrote in an email Monday. “Apparently this should be resolved within a few days.”Whatever the reason, however, these “invisible” apps only exacerbate one of the perceived problems with the Windows Phone platform: a lack of apps.Playing Catch-UpKevin McLaughlin, a Web developer with Level 3 Communications, first highlighted the issue for me in the comments section of ReadWrite’s hands-on with Windows Phone 8, where I noticed that streaming-radio app Slacker didn’t appear to be available for Windows phone, based on the on-phone search. “These have been in the store for some time but no one can find them for some reason even though a simple search with the name brings them up,” McLaughlin wrote of Slacker and Rovio’s Angry Birds. “I have found this with multiple apps people say are not in the store.”He was right. As of Friday, listings for Slacker, TuneIn and 8Tracks appeared on the Web page, but not on the phone. Gas Buddy was also in the same camp, although most of the invisible apps seem, apparently coincidentally, to be clustered around music.After ReadWrite contacted Microsoft on Friday, however, some of the apps began resolving. Slacker was restored as of Monday morning, and now appears within the Windows Store. Spotify, an app that lacked even a Web page, also appeared on the phone, but with a note that it wasn’t downloadable due to the 480×800 resolution that the HTC 8X uses.It’s likely that an app like Gas Buddy doesn’t show up because, unlike Android, some apps written for earlier versions of the Windows Phone aren’t compatible with Windows Phone 8. It’s one of the unfortunate legacies of the Windows Phone 7 platform that will isolate apps designed for Windows Phone’s early adopters – which some have dubbed a “sucker punch” against Windows Phone fans. If GasBuddy.com doesn’t update the app, it will fade away, trapped in the shrinking puddle of Windows Phone 7 devices.Quantity vs. Quality?Android, which counts more than 400,000 “regular” apps, according to AppBrain (plus 150,000 of what AppBrain deems “low-quality” apps), still holds a commanding lead over Windows Phone. But Google recently told Bloomberg that the number of apps is 700,000, the same number Apple claims to have. Microsoft executives said at the Windows Phone 8 launch that Microsoft’s Windows Phone app ecosytem now includes 120,000 apps across 191 countries, including 46 of the top 50 most heavily used apps on other platforms. Microsoft appears to want to match the other two platforms in quality, rather than quantity.Part of Android’s advantage, however, is that even creaky, ancient Android apps still maintain compatibility with newer versions of the OS: Air Attack for Android, for example, was designed for Android 1.5, which debuted in April 2009. That allows it to remain in the Google Play Store, and keep selling.But a spokeswoman for TuneIn said that the listing on the Windows Phone Web site, where the app was listed for Windows Phone 7, was a mistake. Polivka confirmed that the app was Windows 8 compatible. “The TuneIn website being out-of-date shouldn’t impact store discoverability,” a TuneIn representative added in an email. “But again, they are looking into this.”Spotify, whose headquarters are in New York City and without power, couldn’t be reached. But interestingly, the company’s listing on the Windows Phone website has been eliminated. But on Spotify’s Web page, the company’s Windows Phone app supports several Windows Phones, including all Windows Phone 7.5 or “Mango” devices, although only for Spotify’s “Premium” tier of service. WMPowerUser claims that Microsoft revoked the “sideloaded” Spotify app earlier this month, although users have also posted an outraged 20-page thread detailing the app’s numerous bugs and calling for updates.More Popular Apps Coming To Windows PhoneMicrosoft representatives said late Friday that new, optimized Windows 8 apps will begin rolling out soon. “The Windows Phone 8 platform was designed to run existing 7x apps, but some may require a degree of optimization given the new hardware and software capabilities,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are working with popular developers like Spotify and encouraging all developers to test their apps with our new SDK to help ensure that apps and games run great and take full advantage of new features. We expect the catalog of existing app titles on new devices to grow steadily over the coming weeks and months, and a Spotify client for Windows Phone 8 is in development and will be available in Q1 2013.”In early August, Microsoft revealed a technical issue in early August that shut down app publishing for a short time. “Some customers who try to download a new app may see an error message,” Microsoft’s Todd Brix wrote. “If they’re attempting to update an existing app, they might repeatedly be prompted to retry the update.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Alliance talks with Congress a downer: BSP

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Neymar completes world record PSG move

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich “The club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case,” continued the Barca statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ READ: Neymar’s long road to football transfer historyPSG said that Neymar will be unveiled at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 file photo, Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates at the end of the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. Barcelona responded shortly after his announcement Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 with a statement saying the Brazil striker’s 222 million euro ($262 million) release clause must be paid in full, a scenario which until recently seemed beyond the reach of any rival. AP FILEPARIS—Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was completed Thursday when the French club confirmed the Brazilian superstar had signed a five year-deal, earning him an estimated 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.The deal was signed just hours after the 25-year-old paid off his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 222 million euro deal for Neymar ‘not expensive’, says Mourinho“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG’s Qatari-backed project having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Neymar to PSG — the transfer of the century”, splashed Le Parisien’s front page on Thursday with the first five pages devoted to his impending arrival.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes.Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.‘State signing’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”But whilst La Liga protests at losing one of its biggest stars, Barca’s players have continued to wish their now former teammate well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Earlier Thursday, Spain’s football league threatened to stall the saga by initially refusing to accept the check presented by Neymar’s representatives at its Madrid headquarters.La Liga president Javier Tebas had accused the French club of breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules.Clubs can be sanctioned by European football’s governing body for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.However, UEFA insisted the move will not automatically trigger a failure to comply with FFP regulations.“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club’s finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount,” UEFA said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.Barca added that they will aid UEFA in any future enquiry into whether the French side fell foul of regulations. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Neymar.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.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 stars“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveXherdan Shaqiri has become Liverpool’s game-changer, according to his teammate Virgil van Dijk.The Swiss came off the bench to score two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.”You can concede and it happened,” van Dijk told the club’s website. “The thing then was to bounce back and make sure we kept pushing, putting the pressure on them and being patient.”That’s what we did and in the end, big Shaq came on and did the job for us.”He is a fantastic player. He showed it since the first game against Manchester United in America [in pre-season]. He is something different and sometimes that’s a game-changer.” last_img read more

Suncor Energy says driverless trucks will eliminate a net 400 positions

first_imgCALGARY – About 400 jobs are expected to disappear at Suncor Energy Inc.’s oilsands mines in northern Alberta as it deploys driverless ore-hauling trucks to replace the ones humans operate now.“We have about 500 roles that will get eliminated through this and we’re going to add about 100. So the net change in our workforce is about 400 positions,” chief operating officer Mark Little said in an interview Wednesday.The company has been testing the 400-tonne capacity Komatsu trucks for about four years and has nine now. It announced Tuesday it will gradually build a fleet of more than 150 driverless trucks over the next six years, starting with the North Steepbank mine at its Base Camp north of Fort McMurray.Suncor is the first oilsands mining operation to adopt the technology.Tokyo-based Komatsu Ltd. this week celebrated the 10th anniversary of deployment of its first autonomous truck at a Codelco copper mine in Chile, noting that more than 100 trucks now operate at four Rio Tinto Ltd. iron ore mines in Australia, the mine in Chile and at Suncor.On Tuesday, Melbourne-based Rio Tinto announced its autonomous haul trucks had achieved the milestone of having moved a total of one billion tonnes of material without being involved in any injury accidents. In December, it announced it would expand its fleet of about 80 trucks to 140 by the end of 2019.Suncor’s plan to test the autonomous truck systems was initially criticized by the Unifor union local because of job losses. But Little says Suncor is working with the union to minimize job impacts by retraining workers whose jobs will disappear.The company has been preparing for the switch by hiring its truck drivers, including those at its just-opened Fort Hills mine, on a temporary basis, he added. Suncor said the earliest there will be a decrease in heavy equipment operator positions at Base Plant operations is 2019.Little said the company will replace trucks that have reached the end of their useful life with new Komatsu trucks. He said they cost about $5 million each, not including the obstacle detection systems and computer gear needed for autonomy.Some of Suncor’s newer existing trucks will be retrofitted, he added.He said the autonomous trucks are so efficient — because they operate 24 hours a day and stop only for fuel — the company will need fewer trucks in the future than it employs now.Komatsu says tires on its autonomous trucks last 40 per cent longer because the trucks avoid sudden acceleration and abrupt steering.Rio Tinto’s trucks are controlled remotely from its operations centre in Perth, about 1,500 kilometres from the mines, but Little said Suncor is initially going to operate the trucks from control rooms at each mine site.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Lay Charges Following Fraud Investigation

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a fraud from a local post-secondary institution on February 7, 2019.According to RCMP, the investigation revealed discrepancies in documents of a value over $5,000.00 suspected to be from a former employee at the institution.47-year-old Kristina Van De Walle of Clairmont, Alberta is facing the following charges: Fraud over $5,000.00Uttering a forged document x 4Forgery x 4Van De Walle is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.last_img

Power tariff was higher during Cong regime CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief and former CM Sheila Dikshit said that statehood is not possible, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Congress regime of Delhi. He said that in Congress time every year the price of electricity used to rise and the Delhiites used to complain about the high price where the citizens are now happy. “Earlier whenever I went to people they used to complain about high electricity price but now everyone is happy. In Delhi, AAP-government gives the cheapest electricity in the country,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also talked about the popularity of Mohallah Clinics across the city. “Greater Kailash is an area where rich people live but when I visited the place some days back the residents asked me to build two Mohallah Clinics there. Rich people are also coming to these clinics because the government provides the best healthcare,” he said. The Chief Minister also slammed the BJP over the issue of sealing. “I could not stop sealing because Delhi is not a full state. But if we get the full statehood then I will pass an ordinance which the BJP did not pass in the Center, and stop the sealing,” said the CM. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised.last_img read more

Man involved in over 150 robberies and chain snatching incidents nabbed

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested a wanted criminal who was involved in around 150 cases of theft and robbery of mobile phone and chain in Delhi-NCR region, said police officials. Cops added that the arrest was made by a team of Indirapuram police station.According to police, the accused has been identified as Arbaaz (28), a native of Usmanpur area in Delhi. “Police have recovered 10 mobile phones of different brands, one country made pistol along with few cases of live ammunition, a stolen motorcycle from the possession of accused,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCops said that the arrest was made on Wednesday morning from EDM mall in Kaushambi area of Ghaziabad. “Acting on a tip-off, the arrest was made from near EDM mall of Ghaziabad. During sustained interrogations, the accused confessed to have committed over 150 robberies and theft along with his accomplices,” said Aparna Gautam, Circle Officer of Indirapuram. The officer further said that the gang was active since 2015 and were involved in several robbery and chain snatching incidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The gang used to target people especially in the dark and rob them at gunpoint. Most of the robberies and chain snatching incidents were committed near the posh residential areas of Ghaziabad including Indirapuram, Vaishali, Mohan Nagar road and Kaushambi area. They also open fire on the people if they try to resist the robbery attempt,” added Gautam. Police are now trying to interrogate the accused further to trace other gang members as well.last_img read more

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