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Adam Silver reveals advice he’s given to Zion Williamson

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Raptors lead at halftime of Game 2 vs Warriors Williamson is likely to go No. 1 overall to New Orleans. David Griffin has taken over as the executive in charge of the basketball operation for the Pelicans, and Silver says his sense is that “Griff is the right guy at the right time” for that franchise — one that may have to decide whether to trade star center Anthony Davis in the coming weeks or months.Silver also discusses the FIBA World Cup that will be held in China this summer, the fascination with free agency and the excitement level in Toronto for the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlso on the program: Raptors coach Nick Nurse talks about Canada’s excitement level, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tells how he missed a game-winner once in Toronto’s baseball stadium, and Reynolds and fellow AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney realize they have no idea how to properly pronounce the name of the city that has played host to Games 1 and 2 of the title series. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he has already offered presumed No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson advice on enjoying the process of entering the league.Silver, who appears on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds, also says he sees no reason to intervene with the drama that has surrounded the Los Angeles Lakers in recent weeks. He says he’s monitoring matters, but adds that it’s his understanding that owner Jeanie Buss and former team president Magic Johnson have simply decided they’re better off as friends and not business partners.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

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People leaving Cong because of leadership vacuum: Venkaiah

first_imgPune, Jun 18 (PTI) Calling Congress a “sinking ship”, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said people were leaving it because of the absence of leadership.”Congress is losing states one by one and now it has existence in only six per cent of the states in the country. As there is an absence of leadership in the Congress, the party is becoming a sinking ship,” said Naidu, addressing Maharashtra BJPs executive meeting here.The parties which lecture on secularism did not give any representation to the minority communities in the Rajya Sabha, he said, adding, “Whereas we gave two representatives from minority community, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and noted journalist M J Akbar.””Since they (Congress) are not being able to digest the mandate the Modi government received in 2014, they are now carrying out a false propaganda … it is the responsibility of the party workers to give an assertive but polite response to this propaganda,” Naidu said.”As we do not own any newspaper and channels, you have to become newspaper and media to showcase the work which Modi and his government are doing,” he said to the workers.Naidu also said that he was a proud RSS worker, and the RSS taught him nationalism and patriotism. “However, there are people in the country who are violent (in criticism) on RSS and silent on ISIS,” he quipped.Because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indias stature in the world had grown, which was recently seen when the PM got standing ovation in the US Congress, he said. PTI SPK KRK IKAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sam Allardyce sacking not our issue, says Wayne Rooney

first_imgCaptain Wayne Rooney wearily flat-batted questions about the dismissal of Sam Allardyce and seemed equally unconcerned about the arrival of stand-in boss Gareth Southgate on Tuesday as he discussed England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.”It’s not something we can be concerned about,” Rooney told reporters when asked about Allardyce’s sacking last week after one game in charge following a newspaper sting. (Sam Allardyce contrite after being sacked as England manager)”As a group we need to stick together and concentrate on the football and I am sure there will be no problem doing that. The other side is not our issue,” Rooney added.”I’m sure it’s been a tough couple of weeks for the FA but the players have concentrated on club football and we have to focus on the games and training.”When pressed for his thoughts on Allardyce, Rooney said: “It’s a shame. I think everyone could see how excited Sam was for the job and he showed that to the players. I am sure he deeply regrets it but that was a decision for the FA to take.” (Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting)Gareth Southgate has been put in charge for the next four games, including Saturday’s home match against Malta and the away game against Slovenia on Tuesday.Southgate, like Allardyce, has said that Rooney will continue as captain, describing him as the “outstanding leader in the group” despite him losing his place in the Manchester United starting team.Rooney returned the compliment.advertisement”He’s done a very good job with the Under-21s, he’s worked with a lot of the players and he’s been given the opportunity to show what he can do at senior level,” he said of his new boss.”We have to buy into his ways and try to take his ideas on board and put them into action on the pitch.”I’m not sure if it’s starting again, we need to build on the three points in the last game,” he added of the 1-0 win in Slovakia in Allardyce’s sole match last month.Rooney, who once again looked as if he would rather be anywhere in the world than sitting at a podium facing the media, was clearly unimpressed about being asked what position he might take having bounced from forward to midfield in recent months.”It’s getting a bit tired the questions about where I’m going to play,” he said.”I’ve answered it many times and it’s the same answer – I play where the manager wants me to play – I don’t pick myself.”last_img read more

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The well-lit path to the IoT

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology There is a lot of talk about the IoT and plenty of experimentation, but as yet nothing has arisen that will serve as the “killer app” that skyrockets in demand, driving down prices to enable a cascade of applications. But a case can be made that connected lighting might be such an app, strange as it might seem. A commonplace technology that has remained essentially unchanged for a century may be the first to jumpstart the IoT revolution.Depending on to whom you listen, the IoT is expected to comprise 20-50 billion devices by 2020. The belief is that the IoT will be everywhere, affecting virtually all aspects of modern life. But as yet IoT applications, while they have been intriguing, they have not been compelling enough to explode in the market the way pundits have predicted. There are just not enough use cases with a demonstrable economic benefit to initiate self-reinforcing market growth.Enter connected lighting.The industry is making progress on lowering the cost of connectivity, but not fast enough for the chain-reaction of rising demand and corresponding volume production pricing reductions to really take off. The tens of billions of predicted devices serve such a wide range of applications that the individual solutions fail to reach the volumes needed to build significant production cost efficiencies. What is needed is a single application that, in itself, has the potential to require billions of devices.Artificial lighting has been in use for thousands of years, with electric lighting in use since 1880. Today, every continent, every nation, and virtually every city, town, and village on Earth has some form of electrical lighting. But the power demand for traditional incandescent lighting is high, and energy costs have steadily risen, prompting industry and governments alike to seek lower-power alternatives. Compact fluorescent bulbs were the first effort, but LEDs have proven themselves the logical successor.But what Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager for IoT products at Silicon Labs, pointed out to me in an interview, however, is that the growing success of LED lighting is setting the stage for connected lighting to follow closely on its heels. The key, he noted, is that with LEDs manufacturers have already had to learn how to build electronic components into lightbulbs, and how to drive down the cost. “Once you have those,” Cooley said, “it’s easier to add more chips, and create a smart, cost-effective electronic product that also generates light.”The business model for adding IoT connectivity to lighting already has positive return on investment, Cooley added.  Continue Reading Previous ESC Boston: You should have been there!Next Thinking of using voice authentication? Think again!center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Selling Goods and Services to Government

first_imgThe province is helping Guysborough-area businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards, and health authorities will meet with local business operators at a trade show on Tuesday, June 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 10628 Hwy. 16, Guysborough. The show will help vendors learn how to increase sales by selling to government. Vendors can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the most innovative products and services in the world,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The province is pleased to provide a forum for public-sector purchasers to discover these products and to help local enterprises expand their markets.” Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Department of Economic Development and the Guysborough County Regional Development Authority. “We are pleased that the provincial government has taken the initiative to come to our area to help local businesses sell their products and services to the public sector,” said regional development authority executive director Dan Gillis. “Our businesses are confident that this trade show will open up new opportunities and experiences for them.” The province’s supplier development program encourages Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small-business operators learn how to bid on government tenders and provides outreach services and community workshops on how to access business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment.last_img read more

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Cops seek undertaking from Zomato customer

first_imgJabalpur (MP): The Jabalpur police in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday sought an undertaking from Zomato customer and local resident Amit Shukla that he would not spread religious hatred. Shukla had tweeted about cancelling an order placed on Zomato, a food agreegator firm, as the person who was assigned for delivering his order was a “non-Hindu”. “We took suo motu (on their own) action against Shukla,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Singh said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A notice was issued to Shukla demanding a written undertaking that he would not spread hatred which may disturb social and religious harmony, the officer said. The police has also put him under surveillance, he said. Shukla violated constitutional provisions where there is no place for any kind of untouchability and acts disturbing religious harmony, the SP said. The notice was issued under section 107 (security for keeping peace) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), he said. Under this provision, police or magistrate can ask a person to execute a bond if he or she is likely to commit any act that may breach “peace and public tranquility”. The matter was referred to Garha police station under whose limits Shukla’s address falls, the SP said. On Tuesday night, Shukla tweeted about cancelling his order as the designated rider (delivery person) of Zomato was “non-Hindu”.last_img read more

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Unemployment drives MBA graduate to commit thefts

first_imgNew Delhi: A 31-year-old MBA graduate was arrested from Nand Nagri area. Police said that the accused was involved in theft cases and 72 stolen mobiles were recovered from him.Police identified the accused as Mohammad Sajid. After not getting a decent job, he started night burglary in mobile shops with his associate Lucky. “He also used to give English tuition to the students in his area. When he was apprehended, he tried to influence the police team speaking in the English language,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said that one head constable Gurcharan had received a youtube video of a burglar March 26 being circulated on social media in which two burglars stole mobiles from two shops located in Karawal Nagar and Loni area. HC Gurcharan identified one burglar Sajid. “Sajid disclosed that his associate is Pankaj used the specially modified iron road to break the lock and shutter of closed shops during the nights and within minutes, they used to steal the mobile phones from there as mobile phones can be sold easily in the markets,” said DCP Crime. Then, they use to sell mobiles in markets or to innocent persons after small discounts. His associate is still absconding.last_img read more

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US home prices outpaced income growth in 2018

WASHINGTON — Home prices in 2018 climbed 4.5%, while incomes grew 3.2%, according to CoreLogic real estate figures and government wage data released Friday.The gap suggests that affordability is worsening. Still, this gap appears to be narrowing relative in much of the country as gains in average hourly earnings have risen as the unemployment rate has fallen. Meanwhile, a slowdown in homebuying since 2018 has limited price gains in real estate and improved affordability.Across the country, there are significant variations in this trend as some markets are seeing affordability worsen and others have seen it stabilize after rapid growth.Home prices in the Boise, Idaho area jumped 16.3%, significantly higher than the 3.7% gain in incomes. The Florida retirement community known as The Villages saw a similar trend as incomes rose 3.1% while home values increased 7.7%.Places such as New York, Seattle and San Francisco are already pricing out residents, forcing many to stay as renters or move to cheaper cities. But in the past year, rising incomes in these areas and slowing growth in home prices has improved affordability slightly. This doesn’t mean that middle-class workers can suddenly afford to buy in these communities, so much as the squeeze isn’t as great as it was at the start of 2018.A few major metro areas have seen homes prices and incomes grow roughly in sync such that there have been minimal changes in affordability, including Atlanta, Louisville and Birmingham, Alabama.Josh Boak, The Associated Press read more

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BoC should keep interest rates on hold for another year CD Howe

TORONTO — The C.D. Howe Institute’s monetary policy council is recommending the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate on hold for the next year.The institute’s monetary policy council is urging the central bank to not only keep the target at one per cent at its next announcement on March 6, but also hold it there through to March 2014.The Bank of Canada has kept its key interest rate to one per cent since September 2010.The central bank is widely expected by economists to keep rates on hold when it makes its next announcement, but just when it will next raise rates is less clear.Earlier this year, governor Mark Carney declared that the need to raise borrowing costs was “less imminent” and the bank shaved its projections for economic growth.However, Carney has said he believes the next move by the bank, when it comes, will be to raise rates. read more

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Over 800 Burundians flee to Rwanda fearing new violence UN agency reports

More than 800 Burundians, mainly ethnic Tutsis, have fled to neighbouring Rwanda in the last two weeks, citing threats and fears of violence surrounding a recent referendum in the central African country that has been plagued by ethnic massacres for decades, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.“Better they die from hunger in an unknown country than die under machetes,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) quoted one mother’s explanation for sending her children into exile from Burundi, which is attempting to cement a fragile peace accord. A 15-year-old refugee told the agency a neighbour’s child had said anyone who did not flee would be killed.Both Burundi and Rwanda have long suffered from waves of ethnic violence between majority Hutus and minority Tutsis, most notably in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, when Hutu extremists killed up to 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates.“UNHCR is concerned that the worsening food shortage and reported rise in tensions in northern Burundi may negatively affect the return home of many Burundians,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva of the new refugees, made up of some 600 Tutsis and a group of Batwa pygmy people.He noted that UNHCR repatriated more than 90,000 exiles last year to Burundi, where a UN mission is helping to consolidate a power-sharing accord, and expects to help 150,000 more return home from Tanzania this year. There are at least 400,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania, 250,000 of them in camps.The new arrivals fled Ngozi, Kirundo and Muyinga provinces in northern Burundi, a region suffering from a severe food shortage due to lack of rain and a poor harvest.A number were in very poor health and severely malnourished, but they said they did not flee from hunger but out of fear after hearing rumours of violence over last month’s referendum on a constitution, which gives Hutus 60 per cent and Tutsis 40 per cent of seats in the national assembly and paves the way for general elections later this year. read more

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Greek finance minister resigns after decisive referendum against bailout

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives to meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos after the results of the referendum at the Presidential Palace in Athens, early Monday, July 6, 2015. Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece – Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece’s decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country’s other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers’ meetings.Varoufakis said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had judged that his resignation “might help achieve a deal” and that he was leaving the finance ministry for that reason.“I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride,” Varoufakis said in his announcement.Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject creditors’ proposal of more austerity measures in return for rescue loans, in the country’s first referendum in 41 years Sunday.The referendum “will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage,” Varoufakis said.With his brash style and fondness for frequent media appearances at the start of his tenure at the ministry when the new government was formed in January, Varoufakis had visibly annoyed many of the eurozone’s finance ministers during Greece’s debt negotiations.There was no immediate announcement of his replacement.Tsipras was elected on promises to repeal the austerity demanded in return for a bailout from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund, and negotiations broke down late last month after dragging on unsuccessfully for five months.With his hight-stakes gamble to call a referendum on creditor proposals with just a week’s notice, Tsipras aimed to show creditors that Greeks, whose economy has been shattered and who face spiralling unemployment and poverty, have had enough and that the austerity prescribed isn’t working.But everything will hinge on the reaction by his European partners. A eurozone summit was hastily called for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation.Greeks awoke Monday to the stark reality of the country’s accelerating crisis – shuttered banks and ATMs with little cash.The referendum results — 61 per cent voted “no” and 39 per cent “yes” — left the bankrupt country’s future in the European Union and its euro currency uncertain.The margin of victory for “no” was far wider than expected. But as celebrations died down early Monday, Greece entered a second week of severe restrictions on financial transactions and faced even limited amounts of cash drying out, with no prospect of an immediate infusion. Greece imposed the restrictions to stem a bank run after the vote was called and its bailout program expired.Besieged by a prolonged recession, high unemployment and banks dangerously low on capital, Greece defaulted on an IMF loan repayment last week, becoming the first developed nation to do so. Now some analysts wonder if Greece is so starved of cash that it could be forced to start issuing its own currency and become the first country to leave the 19-member eurozone, established in 1999.Asian markets mostly fell Monday, as economists said the markets were not expecting such a decisive “no” vote.The European Central Bank’s governing council was not expected to provide more liquidity assistance to Greek banks Monday. The assistance, now at about 90 billion euros, has been maintained but not increased in past days, leaving the country’s financial system in a stranglehold. Without an increase, Greeks might not be able to withdraw even the meagre 60 euros ($67) allocated per day.That will make it difficult for Tsipras to keep his pledge, expressed on TV and on his Twitter account, that Greece’s “immediate priority is to restore our banking system’s functioning & economic stability” or for banks to re-open Tuesday, as scheduled.Negotiations on a financial rescue package broke off with Greece’s creditors after Tsipras called for the referendum. It is unclear when they could restart, but the government has said it believes a deal with creditors could be reached within 48 hours of the vote.Leaders of six of the seven parties represented in Parliament were meeting Monday morning in the presidential palace. Tsipras requested the meeting to share his negotiating strategy and call for support.The main opposition party, New Democracy, was sending an interim chief, after its leader – former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras — resigned Sunday as “no” votes poured in.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke to each other Sunday night and agreed “that the vote of the Greek people must be respected,” Merkel’s office said.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Eurogroup head, said Sunday’s referendum result was “very regrettable for the future of Greece.”The Dutch finance minister had been a steadfast opponent of Greece as it sought better conditions during five months of bailout negotiations. “For recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable,” he said. “We will now wait for the initiatives of the Greek authorities.”Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor and economic minister, told a German newspaper the Greek government was leading its people “onto a path of bitter austerity and hopelessness.”Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt was somewhat softer in his approach, saying a “no” result “complicates matters,” but that the door remained open to resume talks immediately.“What we certainly don’t want to do is to take decisions that will threaten the monetary union,” he told Belgium’s VRT. “Within that framework we can start talks again with the Greek government, literally, within hours.”Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said in a statement that Canada continues to monitor the situation closely.“I am confident in the capacity and commitment of the European authorities to maintain the stability of the Eurozone as a whole,” Oliver said.“We encourage the Greek government and its European partners to re-engage as quickly as possible to find a constructive resolution to this crisis.”___Derek Gatopoulos, Costas Kantouris and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Athens, Raf Casert in Brussels, Frank Jordans in Berlin and Carlo Piovano in London contributed to this report. by Elena Becatoros And Demetris Nellas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2015 11:16 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 1:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek finance minister resigns after decisive referendum against bailout read more

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My 911 — A brush with history

This month the world marks the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In this memoir, Political Science associate professor Charles Burton recounts his experience in those chaotic days.—On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was driven plenty early to Logan Airport in Boston to catch a U.S. Airways flight back to Toronto. My first lecture of the new Brock University term was scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening.Charles BurtonI never made that class, or any of the others that week.The airport was bustling that September morning, the “secure” area crowded with well-wishers as I pushed my way to gate. Sept. 11, 2001 was the last day anyone would simply walk through to the boarding gate at an American airport with no boarding pass or ID check. Family and friends waved goodbye as passengers walked down the ramp onto the airplane. It was all very cheerful.My airplane taxied out to the runway and we were all set to go, but then we stopped dead and the plane sat on the tarmac for a good long time. Eventually we circled back to the gate and, after sitting in the plane by the gate for a while, we were told the flight was cancelled due to “flight control issues.” We were to return to the ticket counter and process another boarding card for a flight at 2:20 p.m.Standing in line at the ticket counter, I could see TV screens in a bar near the departure lounge. Just as I reached the ticket agent, I saw video of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center in a ball of fire.“My God, did you see that?!” I said. “Thousands of people must work in that building!”The agent simply said, “I wouldn’t know. I am just working here, Sir.”At the time I thought it must have been some sort of horrendous accident, perhaps connected to the “flight control issues.”Not long after, I settled in with my book to wait four hours until I would board a second time. An announcement was made that my flight was further delayed until 6:10 p.m., and we should line up for new boarding passes yet again.I realized I would not be making the 7 p.m. class. I tried to phone Brock to ask my department admin assistant to have a “class cancelled” note put on the door of the lecture hall, but the mobile phone network was overloaded and I could not call out.While we were lined up again for a third boarding pass, it was announced that the airport was being evacuated immediately, and we were directed to luggage carousels where we could recover checked-in bags. I had quite a lot of luggage. There was no possibility of a taxi. Cell phones were still not working. So I humped my bags to the subway and returned to Cambridge.By this time I realized that something momentous had happened. I heaved my bags across Harvard Yard. The day was sunny and cool. Students full of anticipation for the new term were clearly unaware that anything was amiss as they played Frisbee and chattered to one another. I was wondering if, at that very moment, famous sites all over the USA were being destroyed by hijacked airplanes and bombs being set off.I returned to the large house on Francis Avenue where I had been lodging. Nobody was home but the front door was unlocked. I sat down on the sofa to catch my breath, turned on the TV and saw footage of the first tower collapsing, and then the second tower collapsing, and then news of the other two planes.I called Brock from the landline in the house to cancel the class. Not long after, Don Newman of CBC Newsworld interviewed me live by telephone. After learning that two of the planes had originated at Logan Airport, I began having flashbacks of my morning there. Which of the people that I had seen rushing to their flights had died in the planes that had been crashed? Had the hijackers themselves brushed by me as I drank my Starbucks after checking in? The airport had seemed so bustling and normal, I had felt so relaxed and blissfully unaware of anything amiss.Over and over, my memory kept playing the faces of the people I had been with.I tried calling the Red Cross to find out about donating blood but could not get through. I walked out to a blood donor clinic. I saw lines at gas stations and people in shops buying up water and food to hoard, but it was not really a situation of general panic. The Red Cross had more blood than they could manage so I was turned away and walked home.The next day it seemed that anybody who owned an American flag had it displayed. Red, white and blue everywhere. I called US Airways to try and re-book my flight home, but the border was closed and, anyway, no flights were going out anywhere from Boston. It was a beautiful bright cool fall day in Cambridge. I settled into a chair in the back garden and read a manuscript on Chinese student movements that I had been asked to review for publication.The next few days were strangely contented ones. I unexpectedly had no program, and spent most of my time sitting outside reading in the sunny coolness of the Massachusetts fall. (I determined to my regret that I would have to recommend that the manuscript be rejected by the publisher.)Eventually I realized that Logan Airport might be closed for some time. I asked my host to drive me to the bus station the next day.I arrived at the Greyhound Terminal a couple of hours before the bus to Buffalo was to depart, and joined a long and unruly lineup. The place was a state of relative bedlam. By the time the bus arrived only about half of us were able to board. People were angry and upset, and there were even minor scuffles over people cutting into line. The bus schedule was in disarray.We lurched off while I was still making my way to an empty seat, the bus barreling along with as little delay as possible at intervening stops. Passengers were not allowed to get out for a smoke or a snack. We were told sternly that anyone who disembarked would not be let on again.As a veteran of long-distance bus travel, I had an ample supply of sandwiches and a thermos of sweet milky coffee in my rucksack. But most of my fellow passengers were evidently first-time Greyhound riders. I got the impression a number of them were expecting a steward with wheeled cart to come down the aisle handing out bags of nuts and taking drink orders.As the trip went on, passengers got more and more grumpy. After some seven hours of continuous travel with no food, a minor insurrection occurred and the bus driver, protesting vociferously and resentfully over the unscheduled stop, was made to turn into a McDonald’s near Rochester, N.Y. The sweaty and chubby passengers piled out to buy a hamburger. I stayed on the bus, afraid the nonplussed driver might suddenly take off for Buffalo without them. But he didn’t.That night I managed to buy a ticket for a bus to Toronto that made a stop in St. Catharines. It left 90 minutes ahead of schedule, which suited me fine. U.S. Customs, in bullet-proof vests and carrying automatic rifles, came on to the bus before we crossed the Peace Bridge and started to very roughly interrogate a Middle Eastern woman sitting in the back row. I considered asking them to let her be, but was too spooked to speak up and just sat still, eyes forward.At the border, the Canadian immigration people looked panicked and exhausted. The confused and fragmentary questioning of me went on for about 10 long minutes. I was asked three times if I had anything to declare; three times I told them I had some children’s toys, and that was about it.The final leg of the trip up the QEW, in the dark late night, was peaceful and quiet.I felt I had been away for a long time. I felt happy to be finally home again. read more

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Cadbury produces new flavour of Creme Egg

first_imgThe company told the New Zealand Herald: “Cadbury Oreo Easter eggs are ideal for Cadbury Oreo chocolate lovers who can now treat themselves in the lead-up to Easter””While they share a similar eating occasion, that’s where the similarities end. Cadbury Creme Eggs and Cadbury Oreo Easter eggs are two very different tasting eggs.” It has been confirmed the company has rolled out Oreo Eggs, and small versions are already available in UK stores.A spokesperson for Cadbury has asked we include that the confections are “not Creme Eggs, or a new flavour of Creme Egg”, but that they are “Oreo Eggs”. However, they are being colloquially referred to as Creme Eggs and are very similar to the famous product, so we feel it is fair to refer to them as a “new flavour of Creme Egg”.A spokesperson for Cadbury told The Metro: “We are always innovating our product ranges and there are lots of exciting things to come from the Cadbury brand this year and beyond.”As part of our Easter range this year we have launched new Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo, which will be available alongside our existing Oreo Easter products including the Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Shell Egg and the Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Easter Egg Sharing Bag.” Instead of gloopy icing sugar, the eggs are packed with Oreo cream and crushed up biscuit.The packaging is different too; instead of the purple, red and yellow foil wrap Creme Eggs pleasingly nestle in during Easter, the Oreo version is packaged in a blue plastic cup to protect the egg from cracks or damage.Cadbury intend Easter snackers to purchase both, and have promised a different eating experience with the Oreo Creme Egg. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Christmas is over, which means retailers are already getting ready for Easter.Whereas some prefer to have a few high-end chocolates to savour, others prefer the headache-inducing sweetness of the humble Creme Egg.These little treats have been the topic of controversy of late, with some angry they changed the recipe to no longer feature Dairy Milk chocolate.However, some boycotting the sweet treat may soon stop now the new flavour has been released.last_img read more

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RIM faces possible BlackBerry sales ban as Nokia files patent suits

first_imgIt’s only been a few days since analysts announced that they think RIM will be the tech industry’s comeback kid of the year in 2013, and already someone is raining on the parade. Nokia has filed suit against the BlackBerry maker in the US, Canada, and the UK alleging RIM willfully infringed upon patents related to Wi-Fi.In recent times, Nokia has been in the same boat as RIM. Hardware sales figures have been steadily sliding since the rise of the iPhone and Android, and it’s becoming more and more imperative to stabilize finances with residual income whenever possible. Patent licensing deals are one good way to pad the stats.And they’re nothing new to Nokia. In fact, this whole kerfuffle can be traced back to a nine-year-old FRAND deal between the two companies. In the spring of 2011, RIM went to the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to get the agreement extended to include the contentious wireless technology. It clearly didn’t go according to plan, and now RIM could find itself in a tight spot.BlackBerry 10 devices are due out early next year, and the OS launch has been penciled in for January 30th. Thorsten Heins has said that it’s not going to slide again, so it appears as though Nokia’s timing is worthy of a Mr. Burns-style “excellent,” and the requisite finger tapping.A sales ban would throw a serious wrench into the works, and even the threat of one should provide ample motivation for RIM to get the situation sorted out as quickly as possible. Imagine the company’s horror if Nokia were to be successful in Canada… and prevent RIM from showing off its latest and greatest on its home soil.More at The Globe and Maillast_img read more

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Facebook en images quel business se cache derrière le site aux 500

first_imgFacebook en images : quel business se cache derrière le site aux 500 millions de membres ? États-Unis – Créé en février 2004 par Mark Zuckerberg, alors étudiant à Harvard, Facebook était au départ un simple réseau de campus universitaire. Aujourd’hui estimé à 20 milliards de dollars, il regroupe 500 millions de membres à travers la planète, et cache un business juteux auquel sont associés de nombreux autres géants du web. Initialement baptisé, “The Facebook”, la plateforme mise au point par Mark Zuckerberg et ses colocataires était simplement destinée aux étudiants d’Harvard. Moins d’un mois après sa création, le réseau regroupait déjà près de la moitié des étudiants du campus. Ce succès ne passe pas inaperçu, notamment aux yeux de Peter Thiel puisque le cofondateur de Paypal investit, à l’été 2004, 500.000 dollars dans le projet Facebook. En moins d’un an, diverses entreprises investissent à leur tour dans le réseau social, pour un total de 12,7 millions de dollars. La cerise sur le gâteau viendra en 2006, avec les 240 millions de dollars d’investissement fournis par Microsoft, désireux de devenir le distributeur exclusif de bannières publicitaires du site. En janvier 2010, Facebook limitera la présence publicitaire de Microsoft sur ses pages, pour se tourner vers des annonces plus interactives, permettant d’aimer ou de devenir fan d’un annonceur. Au printemps 2010, Facebook devient le site internet le plus visité aux États-Unis, devançant même Google. Ses revenus sont générés par la publicité, les applications et les crédits (une monnaie virtuelle permettant aux internautes d’acheter des cadeaux en ligne ou des jeux, ndlr), tandis que les jeux en ligne génèrent un vrai business. Pour preuve, une compagnie japonaise investit 150 millions de dollars dans Zynga, la société qui développe les hits Farmville (83 millions d’utilisateurs actifs en février 2010) ou Mafia Wars (25 millions). En réponse, le géant Disney achète le rival de Zynga, Playdom, pour la bagatelle de 760 millions de dollars. À lire aussiSéisme, Google et chargeur, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 juinEn 2009, Facebook aurait ainsi généré 600 à 700 millions de dollars. Publicitaires et responsables marketing se délectent des informations qu’ils dégottent sur le site, enrichissant leurs fichiers clients et ciblant toujours plus efficacement les internautes. En juillet 2010, Facebook s’associe ainsi à Amazon pour des recommandations d’achats en ligne. On estime que le site génèrera 1 à 1,1 milliard cette année, tandis que plane toujours, depuis 2007, la rumeur d’une introduction en bourse. Pour citer Mark Zuckerberg, celle-ci devrait avoir lieu “quand elle aura un sens”. Reste à savoir comment interpréter une telle déclaration. Pour retrouver ces différentes étapes en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/facebook/le-business-de-facebook-en-images_art8678.htmlLe 10 août 2010 à 13:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Dozens march in Vancouver for Dream Act

first_imgDozens of people marched in Vancouver on Saturday afternoon to press Congress to pass the Dream Act, legislation to allow children brought illegally into the United States by their parents to remain in the country and achieve citizenship.According to KATU, The Columbian’s news partner, marchers wanted to send a message to U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground. They marched from her office to Esther Short Park.The march, co-sponsored by the CAPACES Leadership Institute and LULAC of Southwest Washington, came two days before protection for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA, is set to expire.last_img read more

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Aquilani becomes the President of Montesacro

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has bought Spes Montesacro 1908 the club where he started his career.Aquilani, 34, fondly known as “Il Principino” came through the Giallorossi youth system, but he was first spotted while playing for a local amateur side.Now the former Liverpool star has decided to purchase 100 percent of the shares in Spes Montesacro.“My journey started here, on a dirt pitch in Montesacro, my footballing house is Spes,” Aquilani wrote on Instagram.“From there I started a long journey, one of sacrifice and commitment which led me to wear different glorious shirts in important stadiums.“I achieved a lot of satisfaction, but I never forgot my first time on a football pitch. I return with a wealth of experience to be transmitted to small dreamers.“This will be a new challenge for me, but thanks to the values and teachings of my family I’m sure I can commit to the continuity and excellence of Spes.“A new journey begins here… ours.”last_img read more

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Esquire Turns Print Mag Interactive This Month

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story originally appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.com Esquire’s December issue will help launch a new mobile app tool that can augment, clip or share every page of the magazine. Blending techniques of augmented reality and image recognition, the new Netpage app for iOS can be aimed at any page of the issue, which appears on newsstands Nov. 20, to activate an action. Every article, image or ad in the magazine can be clipped to the cloud for reference on devices or desktops later. Or it can be shared immediately via email, text, Facebook or Twitter. Some pages of the December issue will also pop into the app multimedia enhancements of the page, which also can be shared. Every page of the magazine allows for some sort of digital interaction via the app, which does not require any mobile 2D code or watermark to work.There will be m-commerce activations on some items as well. Enhancing its issue theme of “American made” by activating the Great American Things Collection of curated items. Readers can use the app to buy any of these American-made gifts directly from the Made Collection, which partnered with Esquire and Netpage on the project.Lexus will be the first advertiser to use the interactive magazine technology to enhance an ad. The two-page spread in this issue advertises the 2013 LS F Sport snaps into an animated form on the app and then delivers the TV spot for the car’s campaign.Esquire says that going forward every issue will be enabled for Netpage interactivity, and other unspecified magazines in the Hearst line will be adopting the technology in 2013. The magazine has a long history of experimenting with merging technologies in its pages. It has featured augmented reality in previous issues, innovative fold-out covers and signature video covers of its digital editions for tablets.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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Red States Across The Country Are Rethinking Medicaid Expansion But Will Texas

first_imgPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY TODD WISEMANAfter the failure of the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, there’s a new political landscape, and states across the country with Republican-led legislatures are weighing their options when it comes to Medicaid expansion. Conservative states – most recently Kansas — see an opening to extend health care to more low-income adults. But it’s unclear whether Texas – a state that has more uninsured people than any other state in the country – is willing to hop on the bandwagon.Though, even under the Affordable Care Act, some Texans still haven’t been able to get insurance. Amber Keith, who lives in Texarkana, is one of those Texans.Keith’s family earns a little over $47,000 a year, and they can’t afford private health insurance. She qualifies for a subsidy to help pay for her premiums, if she buys a plan through the federal marketplace, but she says the coverage isn’t enough.Keith has a large family with seven people and she just can’t make that work. While they would qualify for Medicaid, Texas hasn’t expanded the program.“I live in the northeast part of Texas, which is on the border with Arkansas,” Keith says. “If I lived just two miles from my current location and I lived in Arkansas, we would have qualified for Medicaid under Arkansas’ expansion.”The number of states joining Arkansas – and other conservative states neighboring Texas – has been slowly growing.That’s due, in part, to that new political landscape: There’s a Republican in the White House now, and attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare proved harder than congressional Republicans previously thought. That’s why a few more Republican states are toying with the idea of expanding their Medicaid programs to low-income adults like Keith. Anne Dunkelberg with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities argues Texas should be one of those states.“There is absolutely an opportunity to do some kind of coverage program that would incorporate pieces that would probably never have been approved under the Obama administration,” Dunkelberg says.She argues Texas could expand Medicaid now and officials could include things in the program like work requirements, higher premiums and copayments – conservative ideas that were less likely to get past the Obama administration.Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman, who has tried to get Texas to expand Medicaid in the past, says he doesn’t think that will be enough.“I see Texas sticking with our status quo,” the Houston Democrat says. “That we don’t like Medicaid, we don’t like anything that has to do with Obamacare, we don’t like people getting health care on the government dollars.”Meanwhile, conservatives in Texas are hoping the federal government brokers a deal with the state.Doctor Deane Waldman with the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation says he envisions Texas getting billions of Medicaid dollars over the next few years – without any of the usual strings attached.“We want and I think we will get a total release of all those mandates,” Waldman says.That way, he says, Texas could control costs and access to care instead of fixating on expanding insurance coverage.KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsCopyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more