first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Filipino MMA champs to be feted at PSA Awards Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Ateneo also drew a near double-double effort from William Navarro, who posted nine points and 15 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It’s a tough game, good game,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “Enderun got the jump in the beginning. But our defense kicked in after first quarter. Offensively, we don’t ask a lot right now, but Tyler did a good job, Ange pulled some boards, and Will Navarro did a good job for our guys. I’m happy that we got the win.”The sweet-shooting Tio went 6-of-9 from the 3-point line and also dished out five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTio teamed up with Angelo Kouame to give Ateneo a lethal inside and out game.Kouame imposed his presence on both ends to finish with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Tyler Tio. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines — Tyler Tio waxed hot in the fourth quarter to shoot Cignal-Ateneo past Family Mart-Enderun, 82-68, in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.Tio fired 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter where the Blue Eagles pulled away.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has stood firmly alongside embattled RTE workers with a badge showing his support.The Kincasslagh singer was seen wearing a badge with the Irish slogan “RTE, sabhail e” which means ‘Save RTE.”The image has been shared by the National Union of Journalist’s Dublin Broadcasting branch. RTE is in a state of change and is planning to cut more than 200 jobs as well as freezing salaries and cutting salaries.The organisation is hoping to save €60M over three years.The station’s top earners including Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy are facing up to 15% pay cuts as Donnybrook bosses try to balance the books.Daniel backs embattled RTE workers was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalRTEsolidaritylast_img read more

first_imgQPR entertain Cardiff City in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday evening and are 23/20 to win their first home game of the campaign.Boss Chris Ramsey will have been delighted with the win at Yeovil in midweek after a disappointing result at Charlton on the opening day.A late Craig Noone strike gave Cardiff a point at home to Fulham last weekend but Ramsey’s scout is unlikely to have suggested to him that the Welsh side are anything out of the ordinary.This is a game the R’s should win – and I think they will.Incidentally, they are out to 20/1 for the Championship after the Charlton reverse. They must make Loftus Road a fortress.Fulham entertain Brighton earlier in the day and are 31/20 against a Seagulls side (19/10) who have won both their matches so far this term.Albion are invariably tough to break down and in Lewis Dunk they have one of the best defenders in the division – but for how long?This is another game where I expect to see a narrow home win and Matt Smith looks overpriced at 15/2 with BetVictor to grab the opener at the Cottage.Having come from 2-0 down in stoppage time to rescue a point against a good Ipswich side last weekend, Brentford went down 4-0 to League Two Oxford United in the Capital One Cup.The Bees are 13/8 to pick up all three points at Ashton Gate on Saturday with Bristol City 7/4 and the draw 5/2.That one looks too close to call. I think Brentford will have to settle for another draw and recommend the 6/1 for a 1-1 draw .For all the latest football oods, check out Betvictor.com.Be lucky.CharlieFollow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMotivation comes from different sources for different people. For instance, the 1981 49ers who came off a 6-10 season and won the franchise’s first Super Bowl reveled in the historic, unaccountable, euphoric journey they were on.“Every dog has its day,” offensive lineman Randy Cross said back then, “and right now it’s high noon for us.”Richard Sherman comes for a different place. After the 49ers upset the defending conference champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sherman pleaded for …last_img read more

first_imgThe largest flying bird is the California Condor with a wingspan of 2.9 meters.  The largest flightless bird is the ostrich, up to 1.7 to 2.8 meters tall.  These are shrimps compared to extinct birds that lived with dinosaurs.  A fossil jaw from a Cretaceous bird has been found in Kazakhstan.  The BBC News said, “If flightless, the bird would have been 2-3m tall; if it flew, it may have had a wingspan of 4m.”  The find raises questions about what scientists know about the age of dinosaurs. According to the BBC News, this jawbone, nearly twice as long as that of an ostrich, “is further evidence that giant birds roamed – or flew above – the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.”  Not only that, it shows that large birds lived when pterosaurs flew, and possibly shared airspace.  “I think the really interesting thing is that they’re living alongside the big dinosaurs we know were around at the time: big tyrannosaurs, long-necked sauropods, duck-billed dinosaurs,” said Dr. Darren Naish of the University of Portsmouth.  “That opens up loads of questions about ecological interactions that we can only speculate about.” This shows that prior speculations have been wrong.  Even now, little can be said about this bird from just its jaw.  They don’t know if it flew, and they don’t know what it looked like.  It just shows that large birds existed alongside T. rex and other Cretaceous dinosaurs.  Since soft tissue is available from the former, we can expect that it could be available from bird fossils, and that both are not tens of millions of years old.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgCathay Pacific is increasing its Airbus A350 services to Australia from late October with Perth to see the fuel-efficient jet on a scheduled service for the first time and Melbourne to get a second flight.Cathay will introduce the A350 on its daily CX170/171 Perth service from October 29 while Melbourne will get its second service (CX163/178) on the same date.The new jet, featuring Cathay’s latest product, began serving Melbourne in February and will next week start daily flights into Brisbane.The A350 is the main rival to Boeing’s 787 and Cathay ordered 22 A350 -900s, in addition to 26 of the bigger A350-1000s. A new wing design combines with other aerodynamic and system improvements as well as a carbon fibre fuselage and fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines to deliver a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn. Along with reduced maintenance requirements, this means a plane that is significantly cheaper to operate.Features include vertical walls and larger windows make the 280-seat plane, already touted as the widest in its class, seem even bigger than it is. here are also outsize luggage bins big enough to take roller bags on their side and Airbus says the cabin is 50 per cent quieter than older aircraft in terms of perceived noise.A lower cabin altitude of 6,000ft, compared to as much as 8000ft in some other planes, helps fight jetlag and LED lighting helps set the mood.The A350 offers 38 seats in business class, 28 in premium economy and 214 in economy class. Cathay says that moving from the Airbus A330 to an A350 equates to more than 406 additional seats per week. “We’ve been flying into Perth since 1970 and we’re thrilled to be introducing our newest aircraft on our direct services to and from Hong Kong,’’ said Cathay general manager Southwest Pacific Nelson Chin.“It not only means a bigger aircraft, it also offers more comfortable cabins and more seats using our very latest designs. “We’re also delighted to see a second A350 on our Melbourne services – which will make two out of three daily services on the A350, with the third served by a Boeing 777. ‘’last_img read more

first_imgThe United States does less to conserve energy than most of the world’s largest economies and is putting itself at a competitive disadvantage because of it, a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says.The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard measured efficiency efforts in the world’s 16 largest economies that together account for 81% of global gross domestic product and 71% of the global consumption of electricity.The U.S. was ranked 13th, with a total of 42 of a possible 100 points — better than Russia, Brazil, and Mexico but behind the rest of the world. The U.S. scored 23 fewer points than top-ranked Germany.“A country that uses less energy to achieve the same or better results reduces its costs and pollution, creating a strong, more competitive economy,” the report from the nonprofit group said. “While energy efficiency has played a role in the economies of developing nations for decades, cost-effective energy efficiency remains a massively underutilized energy resource.” Scorecard measures efforts in 31 areasThe authors used 31 separate metrics in four broad categories: transportation, buildings, industry, and national policy. Roughly half of the score is based on policies and half on quantifiable performance.The authors looked at such things as fuel economy standards for vehicles, efficiency standards for appliances, whether there was a national energy savings target, average miles per gallon for passenger vehicles, and the energy consumed per square foot of residential floor space.Germany had the highest individual score. Top-scoring countries in individual categories were China (buildings), Germany (industry), Italy (transportation), and France, Italy and the European Union (tied, in national efforts).“For every metric, at least one country (and often several) received full points,” the report says. “However, every country also has serious weaknesses, and the average score was just 50 points.”The authors said that the U.S. has made progress toward greater efficiency in recent years in such things as building codes, appliance standards, fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, and in voluntary partnerships between government and industry. “However,” they added, “the overall story is disappointing.”Progress here has been slow since the last scorecard was issued in 2012, they wrote, while efforts in Germany, Japan, China and other countries “are surging ahead.”“The inefficiency in the U.S. economy means a tremendous waste of energy resources and money,” the report says. Countries with higher scores — such as Canada, Australia, India, and South Korea — have a competitive advantage over the U.S. because it takes less energy there to produce and distribute the same goods.The report questions how the U.S. can compete globally if it “continues to waste money and energy that other industrialized nations save and can reinvest.”Among the report’s recommendations:Congress should pass a national energy savings target.National building codes should be stronger.The federal government should do more for education and training in manufacturing and industrial sectors.More should be done to promote energy efficient modes of transportation for both people and freight.last_img read more

first_imgAt Dogpatch Studios, an event space in San Francisco, Google executive Sundar Pichai unveiled new devices Wednesday morning.Android, Google’s mobile operating system, has conquered smartphones, neatly trouncing Apple in worldwide market share. But now it has set its sights on tablets.Pichai pointed out that tablets were set to overtake sales of consumer PCs this year, largely taking over the once-thriving market for netbooks and other low-end notebook PCs. (Just yesterday, Apple reported that its iPad sales fell 14% in the quarter that ended June 29.)The Next Nexus 7“Nexus 7 has been a big hit, and we’re going to try to follow up,” said Google executive Hugo Barra, who joined Pichai on stage and unveiled a new version of the 7-inch tablet. “It’s the power of Google in your hand.”See also: New Nexus 7 Leaked By Best BuyThe original Nexus 7 had a great form factor for watching video. Its exterior, however, was marred by a cheap plastic back and a general lack of fit and finish that made it unpleasant to hold.The new one is even more optimized for watching clips, with a faster processor and 1080p video. Tellingly, a representative from Netflix is in the audience, and Netflix is releasing a new Android app that supports the Nexus 7’s video features.See also: Google Play Store Boasts More Than 1M AppsModels range from $229 to $349, with higher-end models having support for LTE wireless networking. They go on sale July 30 in the United States and in other countries “in the coming weeks,” Barra said.Android 4.3 UnveiledThe new tablet is the first to ship with Google’s Android 4.3 operating system.Android 4.3 has some family-friendly features, like “restricted profiles” for children, which should make it easier to share a tablet at home, where most are used.See also: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: What You Need To KnowBarra also showed off OpenGL ES3—a graphics technology which got a lot of talk at Google’s recent I/O conference for developers—delivering what he called “a new level of photorealism” for games and other apps. But the strength of the device, as highlighted by Barra, was less in the hardware and operating system than in Google’s own portfolio of apps, like Google Maps and Google Hangouts, the new video-chat service that’s rolling up Google’s fragmented chat and messaging products.Tablets Getting More PlayGoogle’s also emphasizing third-party apps designed for tablets, making it easier to browse its Google Play store for tablet-optimized apps. Google is both automatically categorizing apps specifically designed for tablets and creating hand-selected lists of the best tablet-friendly apps.For games, Google now has a Google Play Games app, similar to its broken-out versions of the Google Play store for books, magazines, and movies and TV shows.And textbooks are likewise getting a category-specific app, with digital textbooks available to rent or buy starting in August. Chromecasting TVThe new Nexus 7, like its predecessor, happens to be a great device for watching video. And Google, of course, owns YouTube, the world’s largest video site.Only 15 percent of households have figured out how to get online videos on their TV, Pichai said.Google’s solution is a tiny, 2-inch fob called Chromecast, which runs a version of Google’s ChromeOS. It plugs into any TV with an HDMI input.Google’s YouTube apps—on Android and other operating systems—are getting a new “cast” button, which allows them to serve as a remote control for the TV. That sidesteps a massive problem most online-video-to-TV solutions have, which is dealing with clunky TV remote controls.Google already has similar solutions in place with some digital-TV services, like Verizon’s FIOS, through its YouTube Pair service. In fact, it works very similarly to YouTube Pair. But Chromecast doesn’t require Google to do deals with TV service providers.Chromecast also works with video apps like Netflix and music apps like Pandora. And a new feature, still being tested, will display any tab from Google’s Chrome Web browser onto a television.It’s retailing for $35, and Netflix is offering three months of free service with purchase for a limited time.What It MeansThe takeaway: Google is aggressively pricing its hardware to push its services, especially video. And in the wake of a recent reorganization that brought together its Chrome and Android teams under Pichai, its showing how its mobile and desktop operating systems are growing ever more closely linked. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Chrome#chromecast#ChromeOS#Google#Hugo Barra#Sundar Pichai#tablet#YouTube owen thomascenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Add the Skycontroller, and the Bebop can fly as far as 2 kilometers (or about 1.2 miles) away from the user, thanks to an extended Wi-Fi signal. The controller also puts an HDMI port into the mix, so users can watch the drone footage in high definition.As for safety, the product designers included an automatic kill switch, which kicks in upon contact to stop the propellers. And if that somehow fails, those propellers are fabricated from a softer plastic, to mitigate any damage.Parrot may be a forerunner in the consumer drone market, but its latest still isn’t a perfect product. It takes more than two hours to charge Bebop’s battery, after which, you only get 12 minutes of flight. And once again, its most interesting feature—virtual flight via Oculus Rift—isn’t actually available to consumers yet. Still, it’s a peep at a rather futuristic scenario, and it offers a glimmer of what people are creating with emerging technologies. Such immersive experiences could do a lot of good in the right hands. I imagine farmers using this in the field, to more accurately assess their crops, or emergency workers literally looking around a dangerous site to spot the injured.Of course, anything that puts a high-definition camera in the skies has a potential creep factor, and Oculus-powered “vision” could up that factor. But it looks like we’ll have some time to think that through before any sort of Paroculus goes mainstream. At the press event Thursday, Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux called the Bebop a “flying camera,” so it’s no surprise the company would pack a powerful one in there. The copter comes with a 1080p HD video camera that offers finer detail than previous versions. And customers can still take advantage of that roomy field of view to make the camera pan and zoom (though they’ll be viewing the action on a mobile screen). Improvements to the software also boost stability for photos and video captured during flight.The quadcopter offers 8GB of built-in flash storage, and with the integrated GPS, the drone can complete a pre-designated flight plan, or come running home at the push of a button. Tags:#drones#Oculus Rift#parrot 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Parrot’s AR drones have been a darling in the tech world for the past few years. The small, lightweight smartphone-controlled rigs are like souped-up toys for your inner child, but powered by very grown-up technology.Now the French gadget maker has announced a new high-flying machine, the Bebop, which is designed to work with another very buzzwordy technology, the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. This virtual-reality-to-actual-reality combination gives people an immersive way to see and experience “firsthand” what the drone sees while it’s in flight. It’s practically like soaring and hovering yourself, without strapping on wings.Brandon Stark, eat your heart out.The Closest You Can Get To FlyingLike the youngest Stark’s “warg” sight on Game of Thrones, Oculus wearers can survey things from the literal bird’s eye view of this drone.Thank the company’s other new gadget—an all-new optional Skycontroller. It connects the VR goggles to the system and to the 14 megapixel, full-HD video camera with fish-eye lens. The latter offers an exceptional 180-degree field of view, so Oculus-donning users can simply look around to control pitch, panning and tilt as the copter hovers or flies. adriana lee The Paris-based company knows how to crank things up a few notches and attract interest. Too bad it can’t overcome the fact that Oculus isn’t actually a commercial consumer product yet, so everyday customers wouldn’t be able to experience this kind of flight. And Parrot only works with version 1 of the VR goggles for now (though work on version 2 support has already begun).Not that this should stop Bebop hopefuls from claiming their quadcopter anyway. Because even without the warg sight, this model is impressive in its own right.Drone On, Fly High 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The Bebop will be available in Q4 2014, alone or as part of a bundle with the Skycontroller. No information on Bebop or Skycontroller pricing was announced at press time. Oculus Rift, version 2, is not currently available for purchase. Pre-orders for developer versions are being taken here for $350. Mobile view image courtesy of Parrot; all other images by Adriana Lee for ReadWritelast_img read more

first_imgPadma Shri-awardee Dhrupad vocalist Ramakant Gundecha was cremated in Bhopal on Saturday, a day after he died of a heart attack in the city. The younger among the famous Gundecha brothers (Umakant-Ramakant), the 57-year-old vocalist suffered a heart attack while waiting for a train for Pune at Habibganj railway station here. “Ramakant Gundecha died on his way to hospital,” his brother Umakant Gundecha said. His last rites were performed at Bhadbhada cremation ground in the city. The deceased maestro is survived by his wife and a son.last_img read more

first_imgThe Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in,The Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in the shape of the 120,000-seat stadium being constructed in the eastern suburb of Salt Lake for the past five years, a major controversy has been kicked up. Embroiled in it is no less an organisation than the one entrusted with its construction, namely, the Society for Sports and Stadium (SSS). The society has on its committee the chief minister and several other ministers of the Left Front. The controversy it has created centres round the wide-scale media campaign it started recently, aimed at flushing out huge sums of money from businessmen.In return they were promised rewards of “golden cards”, which would not only enable them to watch all matches at the new stadium as life members but would also ensure a seat during the cricket Tests at the Eden Gardens. The advertisements offered such privileges to individuals who paid Rs 10,000 and commercial institutions which paid Rs 25,000.The society obviously felt that this was the best way of raising funds to complete the Rs 16-crore project as the state Government would clearly contribute no more than the Rs 4 crore that it has done so far. In fact the very idea of forming the society developed from the realisation that the stadium could not be completed without donations from business houses which it would not be possible for the Government to accept.advertisementHowever, as the ads appeared, the extra sensitive sections within the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and other constituent parties began raising questions about the wisdom of accepting ‘tainted’ money from the business community.Poor Response: More than this, what has been more disquieting for the society is the continuing poor response for golden cards largely because of the uncertainty that has cropped up about availability of the cricket tickets. This follows the stiff attitude taken by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which organises Test matches and has naturally looked on the promise of seats reserved as an encroachment on its own territory.Matters were further complicated when the SSS Secretary, Kamal Basu, a solicitor by profession, told a press conference that the state Government had promised the society 10,000 seats. He added: “We do not know how the Government will arrange that with the CAB. It is a matter to be settled between the two.”So far the two parties have not been able to work out any solution. At an informal meeting with the CAB president, former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was reported to have suggested that the additional block of seats to be given to the CAB would be constructed by the Government at its own cost. Ray’s counter-proposal was that the seats be constructed by the CAB itself and “the Government can use these for its purpose”, provided it agreed to grant the Eden Gardens to the cab on a long lease. As Ray later said: “cab would like to assert its right over the Eden Gardens.” Protracted Negotiations: At the meeting, Ray also expressed the CAB’S unhappiness at a third party’s promising seats at the Gardens. However, he was assured by the chief minister that he would tell the society, of which he is also a member, that nothing final should be done as matters were still under discussion. The negotiations are likely to be protracted with West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakravarti making it clear that “the Government does not want a confrontation with the CAB.” Nevertheless, pending finalisation of this important issue, the SSS continued to invite applications for golden cards. Said a spokesman: “We are not enrolling members and only applications are being accepted.”It will, however, be a pity if work on the stadium is further delayed, projected by the organisers to be the largest in Asia; there are also claims that it will be bigger than the ones at Wembley, Moscow and Barcelona. The sports complex will cover an 80-acre area and apart from the main football stadium, there will be a tartan track for athletics, a 20,000 capacity astroturf hockey stadium, a velodrome for cycling and an indoor swimming pool. But right now discussion on the chances of completion of the complex have receded in the face of the current controversy.last_img read more