first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Incentive prizes are awarded to teams that qualify to play in the regional championships, and to teams that advance to compete in the National Championship games usually held in Manila. The team that wins the national title is engraved in the M. V. Pangilinan Perpetual Bronze Sculpture, “Abutin ang Tagumpay”, symbol of collegiate basketball supremacy, and the school keeps the sculpture until the next national champion emerges. The following teams are listed in the perpetual bronze sculpture: Far Eastern University, San Beda College, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, San Sebastian College, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East.This 2017, PCCL is expanding collegiate basketball competitions to include 3 on 3 basketball in addition to the regular National Collegiate (5-man team) championship. This initiative supports the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program to promote and develop 3 on 3 basketball, the newly included game in the Olympics starting 2020.The 3 on 3 national championships will have five regional competitions involving a total of fifty (50) collegiate teams. The five regions are North/Central Luzon, South Luzon/Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region. The regional champions shall advance to the Grand Finals and compete for the title of 3 on 3 national collegiate champion.Philippine Collegiate Champions League is a non-profit corporate entity and revenues PCCL realize from sponsorships are utilized to cover operational expenses involved in organizing and managing the nationwide tournaments. PCCL also assists deserving school teams by providing prizes in terms of transportation and accommodation subsidies, sports equipment and gift certificates for players and coaches. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League The Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) organized the National Collegiate Championship, a nationwide multi-level collegiate basketball competition that recognizes regional champions and the overall national champion that emerge during the games.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The National Collegiate Championship answers the need for more competitive exposure extending beyond local mother league competitions.The aim of PCCL is to broaden the sports program of schools, particularly collegiate basketball, by providing more competitive activities that would benefit student-player development.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFrom the initial six leagues, there are now 35 leagues sending their best team to participate in the PCCL games. PCCL was able to expand its coverage by continuously touching base with active leagues all over the country and assisting them in improving the basketball programs of their respective member schools. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh says national selectors are “in a quandary” over their team’s form slump and may be best to give incumbent players the chance to redeem themselves the Ashes series against England.Waugh was a member of the last Australian team to lose an Ashes series on home soil, 23 years ago, and said it will be difficult for the present lineup to swing the momentum of the current series after England took a 1-0 lead.He said while it would not be easy for Australia to come back from its demoralizing innings and 71-run loss to England in the second test at Adelaide, stable selection might eventually work in its favor.”I don’t know what the selectors are going to do, because they have chopped and changed I think probably too much in the last 12 months,” Waugh said.”You just look at the bowling. They’ve got through so many bowlers…Clint McKay, Peter George, then we’ve got (Ben) Hilfenhaus and (Mitchell) Johnson. Where do you go if you’ve just discarded these guys?” he added.Waugh said the best policy may be to back current players to recover their best form.”This is a situation similar to back in ’85-’86 when the selectors sat down and thought, ‘this is a group of cricketers we’re going to stick with through thick and thin and let’s back them,'” he said. “They are almost at the point now where they’ve got to identify players and say ‘righto, we’re going to stick with them.'”advertisementWaugh averaged 58 runs per innings in tests against England, losing only eight of the 48 Ashes matches he played. He said Australia was used to “doing a demolition job” on the English but now had to adjust to a situation in which England held the upper hand.”It’s going to be difficult. It’s almost like the shoe is on the other foot, we’ve reversed roles,” Waugh said. “… I know how hard England found it to come back from that situation, so it won’t be easy for Australia to come back.”last_img read more


first_imgMushfiqur Rahim struck his second double century in Test as Bangladesh declared their first innings at 522/7 on the second day of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Monday.Mushfiqur hit 219 not out, the highest individual score by a Bangladesh batsman, to guide the hosts into a position of dominance.Mushfiqur, the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two double centuries in Test cricket, helped Bangladesh declare the first innings for their highest score and take a firm grip on the Test by reducing the visitors to 25/1.No batsman from Bangladesh has ever hit more than one double century, with Tamim Iqbal (206) and Shakib Al Hasan (217) their other two double centurions.”I honestly did not know or remember,” Mushfiqur said. “All that I thought of was that I had to score 200, and then as much as possible.”To be honest, I wanted to score at least 250 so that we could reach an even better position. At the same time, I think we also have to give the bowlers enough time as the wicket has not deteriorated that much.”After his record 266-run fourth-wicket partnership with Mominul Haque (161) on the first day, Mushfiqur made two important partnerships on day two to slowly bat out Zimbabwe.He and skipper Mahmudullah combined for 73 runs for the sixth wicket before sharing a 144-run partnership with Mehidy Hasan in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand.Bangladesh mustered 105 runs in the second session at the expense of two wickets after accumulating only 62 runs in the opening session of day two, resuming the day on 303/5.advertisement”Spinners will get a lot of help (later),” Rahim said. “Our plan was to bat so big in the first innings that we don’t need the second innings. Mominul batted really well while (Hasan) supported me with his runs. I am thankful to them.”TENDAI CHATARA STRETCHERED OFFAfter a wicketless session, fast bowler Kyle Jarvis (5/71) gave Zimbabwe their first breakthrough just after lunch, removing Mahmudullah for 36.Two overs later, Jarvis completed his third five-wicket haul, getting the better of Ariful Haque (4) with a short-pitched delivery.But that was Zimbabwe’s last success on the frustrating day as they were one bowler short after fast bowler Tendai Chatara strained his left quadriceps, ruling him out from the match after he delivered only two balls in the morning session.Zimbabwe fielding coach Shepherd Makunura said Chatara was set to undergo medical exams on Monday night.”Obviously, in such a state, you wouldn’t want to lose one of your strike bowlers,” Makunura said. “I think the game is still evenly poised, although Bangladesh batted quite well. If we can negotiate the first session, we can make life a little easier for ourselves. It’s going to take a lot of batting for us.”In an otherwise a chanceless innings, Mushfiqur dominated the bowlers completely, hitting 18 fours and one six in an innings of 421 balls.Mehidy Hasan helped him however with 68 not out, smashing five fours and one six.Aiming to win its first Test series since 2011, Zimbabwe began cautiously before left-arm spinner Taijul Islam broke through with the wicket of captain Hamilton Maskadza, who pushed a turning delivery to first slip for 14.Brian Chari and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano were batting on 10 and 0 before the end of the day.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more


first_imgUEFA Champions League Bartra out of Dortmund’s Tottenham clash Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 19:16 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bartra - Cropped Bongarts UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Tottenham Hotspur The defender has not made the trip to London for his club’s key Champions League clash against Spurs Borussia Dortmund will be without Marc Bartra for their Champions League match against Tottenham.The 26-year-old defender has not travelled to London for Wednesday’s Group H opener at Wembley.Over 3.5 goals 8/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Bartra had been substituted in the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 Bundesliga draw at Freiburg due to an adductor injury and has not recovered in time to play.Confirmation of his absence comes after Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury suffered in the same game.Next up! #UCL #thfcbvb pic.twitter.com/Lu1CJlkzjW— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 12, 2017Bartra, formerly of Barcelona, has started all three of Dortmund’s league matches this season, helping them to the top of the table.Fellow defender Neven Subotic (illness) was the other player not to make the journey to London.last_img read more


first_imgFreiburg Bayern consider Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United also monitoring Share on WhatsApp The court specified that “games are allowed on weekdays from 8am to 8pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm”. Key kick-off times in the Bundesliga affected are currently Fridays at 8.30pm, Saturdays at 6.30pm, Sundays at 1.30pm and Mondays at 8.30pm, leaving the Freiburg with just Saturday afternoon kick-off times to stage fixtures.The ruling follows protests from nearby residents of Mooswald about anticipated levels of noise at the new 34,700-capacity stadium, which is slated for completion for next summer and at a cost of around €80m, according to StadiumDB.com.In May, the club, currently sixth in the Bundesliga after eight games, beat a legal challenge to halt construction after local residents had filed a lawsuit against the building permit, citing concerns over noise and increased traffic. Freiburg’s home since 1954 has been 24,000-capacity Schwarzwald-Stadion.On announcing the club’s plans had been granted a planning green light two years ago, Freiberg stated: “It should become a home, support identity and do justice to the high demands of design and functionality. There are already so many great ideas and so much passion, love and effort in this stadium – imagine what it will be like when it is brought to life by Freiburg fans?” Share on Pinterest Bundesliga Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Freiburg have been delivered a huge blow after the Bundesliga club were told they cannot stage night games or matches between 1pm and 3pm on Sundays at their new €80m stadium, which is due to open next season, because of fears over noise.The administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that Freiburg will be prevented from holding matches at key times in German football’s schedule – deemed “daily rest periods” by the state authority and anxious local residents. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger European club football Share via Email news Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgThe Government will be embarking on a major programme of waste separation across the Corporate Area by next year, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, has announced. Speaking at the Rotary Club of New Kingston’s breakfast meeting at the Pollyanna Restaurant in Kingston, on November 30, Mr. Arscott informed that the Ministry has implemented a number of pilot projects in several communities, in an effort to assess the potential success of the initiative. Projects have been launched in Hope Pastures, St. Andrew, downtown Kingston and in Montego Bay, St. James, and have been quite successful, he informed. “In the coming year, we want to expand the programme where we begin the separation from the homes. Because the bulk of the garbage coming from the homes is usually garden cuttings, the separation programme will help us in making collection and disposal much easier,” Mr. Arscott said. “As soon as we work it out, we are going to expand (the programme) right across the city and into Montego Bay and across the country, so that we begin the process that is done everywhere in the world in developed societies,” he added.   The Minister informed that the programme will involve the distribution of colour coded disposal containers for specific waste materials, including agricultural waste and plastic containers.  He said the Ministry has also established a composting programme through which it intends to make fertilizer from agricultural waste, pointing out that a composting site has been established in Ferry, St. Catherine, for this purpose. “We didn’t want to put those (agricultural waste) into the Riverton (Landfill) and compact them with the rest of the garbage. We want to separate them, so that we can use them to make fertilizer and begin to reuse our useful waste,” he remarked. The Minister informed that the Government is currently in negotiations with interested investors to see how it can start making a profit from waste collection and disposal.last_img read more


first_imgVaranasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday decried the “misconception” being created that BJP was a Hindi heartland party and said the Lok Sabha poll results testified to its victories across India, stressing “chemistry has triumphed over arithmetic”.”Political pundits are not aware that their thinking and logic is meant for the 20th century. Results show that beyond arithmetic there is chemistry and this time chemistry has triumphed over arithmetic,” the Prime Minister told his electorate while thanking them profusely for their hard work and dedication. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistModi who will be taking oath as the prime minister for the second time on May 30, said the hat-trick of victories in 2014, 2017 and 2019 – vis-a-vis the state – is no mean achievement for the BJP. “For the country, I am the PM, but for you, I am your MP, I am your sevak,” he told the Varanasi electorate, wondering how political pundits still consider his party as that of the Hindi heartland. “There is no region where the BJP’s poll percentage is not rising. We have a government in Assam, getting elected in Ladakh yet political pundits say (our’s is) Hindi heartland politics, this is a misconception that has been created,” he said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThanking party workers profusely for braving the sweltering summer heat to reach out to the electorate and for ensuring that campaign goes on smoothly, Modi said the workers have passed the test with distinction. Admitting that politics is about perception, Modi lamented that a wrong impression had been created about his party through lies and wrong logic. “Because of this wrong awful perception, people do not like standing with us. But those creating bad and wrong perception can be defeated with the help of transparency and hard work. This is the strategy to trounce it,” he said. Stressing on coordination between the government and party organisation, he said, “the perfect synergy between the government and party organisation was a big power and the BJP has realised it.” “The Government makes policies while the organisation makes ranniti (strategy). The synergy of niti (policies) and ranniti (strategy) is the mirror of sarkar and organisation and the country is getting its benefits,” he said. “Work and workers create wonders,” he said, giving full credit for his victory to the workers at the grassroots level for creating awareness of his government’s policies and programmes for the people. Modi, who earlier in the day took part in the ‘puja’ at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in thanksgiving for his party’s landslide victory, also spoke about the dangers faced by his party in the form of “political untouchability”. Ambedkar and Gandhi had shunned untouchability but unfortunately, political untouchability is rising,…BJP workers were murdered,” he said. Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah said Modi has only shown a glimpse of development and Kashi will turn into an amazing city in the next five years.last_img read more


first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but a number of multi-government agencies at multiple levels – including Transport Canada – needed to give their approval for the City’s plans.Harvey wasn’t able to say whether the sewer replacement would be completed before the end of the year, or whether the delay would cause the City to postpone widening 100th St. up to the East Bypass Road until 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is now accepting tender submissions for sewer upgrades along 100th St. under the CN Rail tracks near Northern Lights College.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more


Instead, he said the domestic mechanism will be setup by next month and the local laws will deal with those accused of human rights abuses. “We need to brief the Human Rights Council in September on the domestic mechanism. So the mechanism will be in place by June. We will ensure our sovereignty is protected in the human rights investigation,” Sirisena said. (Colombo Gazette) “We have had talks with the UN on the investigations. As a government we have told them we will not agree foreign investigators coming into Sri Lanka. However we will take advice from the UN and conduct a domestic investigation,” the President said.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to submit a report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council at its September session. The domestic mechanism to investigate allegations over the war will be in place by June, President Maithripala Sirisena said.Speaking to media heads today, the President said that international investigators will not be allowed into Sri Lanka to investigate the war. read more


Rising household debt leading to spike in insolvency filings, bankruptcies in Alberta The tough times in Alberta aren’t coming to an end any time soon, as companies continue to downsize, leaving many residents in the financial lurch.Statistics released Wednesday show there has been a 28.3 per cent increase in insolvency filings from July 2014, the number of bankruptcies rose 19.3 per cent and offers to creditors to settle debts soared 36.1 per cent.Credit counsellor Nadia Graham says this is the busiest she’s ever been in her 33 year career in the financial services industry.She says the big difference between downturns in the 1980s and the 2000s compared to now is that people are carrying much more debt.“They’re getting in trouble faster,” she said. “There’s also a lot more people acting as contractors or who are self-employed and they don’t have the same kind of safety nets people who are employees of a company have.”The fallout has been multi-layered.“Not only layoffs in oil and gas, but it ripples out to the economy as a whole,” she said. “Hotel employees aren’t getting the meeting rooms booked and the catering jobs and the furniture salespeople aren’t getting their commission.”She adds Albertans’ investments are hurting as well because the stock market is down, along with the Canadian dollar.Graham explains in many ways credit has become too easy to acquire, pointing out when she used to work for banks the question was always, “Can this person afford another credit card? Can this client afford another line of credit?”, and they would often tell clients when they were getting in over their heads.She says now the focus is on sales, and banks feel the responsibility is on the client to manage their own financial affairs. by Jonathan Muma Posted Oct 1, 2015 7:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SANJA GJENERO/FREEIMAGES.COM read more


← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM Final4 is sold-out – Four teams with the same wish Next Story → VIDEO: FC Porto – Benfica 0:2 Rumours linked Ljubomir Vranješ with Icelandic NT bench, but at the end, Iceland will stay “domestic product”. The successor of Aron Kristjanson will be Geir Sveinsson, former NT captain and member for many years.The 52 years-old Sveinsson left SC Magdeburg last December after 18 months of working in DKB Bundesliga. Previosly, he worked in Austrian Bregenz, but also U21 Icelandic NT.Sveinsson signed contract until 2018.Iceland missed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio.Sveinsson’s coaching career:2014 – 2016 Magdeburg2012 – 2014 Bregenz2011 – 2012 Iceland U 212010 – 2011 Grótta1999 – 2003 Valur Geir SveinssonIceland handball


Austrian handballFivers WAT Margareten ← Previous Story PERFECT SEASON: Skjern Handbold are Danish champions after 19 years! Next Story → VIDEO: Daniel Narcisse’s last goal! Goodbye Air France! FIVERS WAT Margareten are the new Austrian champions! Team famous in Austria for “production” of young promising players, won the final series of Play-Off against HC Alpla Hard with 3:1 in wins and celebrated the third Championship trophy in the history.Fivers beat Alpla Hard 26:24 (13:10) in the match No.4, concluding three wins series in a row since starting success of the team from Hard led by Petr Hrachovec – 30:26.FIVERS WAT Margareten : ALPLA HC Hard 26:24 (13:10)HC FIVERS WAT Margareten: Ivan Martinovic (7), Vytas Ziura (4), Nikola Stevanovic (3), Vincent Schweiger (3), Herbert Jonas (3), Lukas Hutecek (2), Marin Martinovic (2), Mathias Nikolic (1), Maximilia Riede (1)ALPLA HC Hard: Luca Raschle (6), Michael Knauth (5), Gerald Zeiner (5), Daniel Dicker (3), Boris Zivkovic (2), Lukas Herburger (1), Domagoj Surac (1), Ivan Horvat (1)PHOTO: Fivers WAT Margareten Facebook read more


first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, that you need to know with your morning coffee.1.#MH370: The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that debris spotted off the coast of Perth may belong to missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Two objects, one which is 24 metres long, have been spotted in the south Indian Ocean.2.#NAMED: A judge in Cork has agreed to name a child rapist. 51-year-old Gerard Williams from Churchfield in Cork was convicted of raping the girl in a caravan at the funfair which is owned by his family. He was sentenced to four years in prison.3.#RENT: The average rent for an apartment in Dublin is over €400 a month more expensive than it is outside the capital. The latest rent index from the Private Residents Tenancies Board says that the average rent in Dublin is €1,070.4.#JET SETTER: Taoiseach Enda Kenny may just have returned from his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US, but he is off again today. Kenny will attend a meeting of the European Council, with a particular focus on rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.5.#STOBART: The Aer Arann brand is no more, the company has announced. Since changing the name on their planes to Aer Lingus Regional, Aer Arann’s corporate name was all that remained. That will change today, as the company announced plans to change their name to Stobart Air. 6.#WELCOME: The new manager of a Dublin shop that caused controversy by banning gay wedding cake toppers says that same-sex marriage merchandise is “more than welcome”.7.#WE’RE HAPPY: The overall quality of life in Ireland is better than that the UK, France and Germany, a new study says. The study marks International Happiness Day, with Ireland scoring well in income, life expectancy and early school leavers.8.#GUNS: Three men have been arrested after a gun was seized from a car in Louth. The arrests happened in Dundalk last night and all three are being questioned at Dundalk Garda station.9.#AID: Ireland is to send an extra €3 million to the Philippines, foreign aid minister Joe Costello has announced. The aid will support local efforts to build shelters and re-establish livelihoods.last_img read more


first_img Austin City Limits Festival Austin City Limits Festival Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend A stacked lineup hits the live music capital for weekend one of ACL, featuring Jay Z, Devin Dawson, Grace VanderWaal and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 6, 2017 – 5:54 pm As one of the last festivals of festival season, Austin City Limits Music Festival has the honor of being music’s biggest summer wrap party. Two weekends full of performances from a diverse blend of the biggest, newest and hottest artists in beautiful Zilker Park — what could be better? ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend Photo: Getty Images Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Photo: Getty Images Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Jay Z, Joseph, Grace VanderWaal: 2017 ACL Fest music-festivals-2017-austin-city-limits-music-festival MusiCares News ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Twitter Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy Photo: Getty Images MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Prev Next Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover MusiCares MusiCares Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Facebook Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga Led by Friday night headliner heavyweight Jay Z, this year’s ACL lineup is up there with its best ever. From GRAMMY winners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chance The Rapper to can’t-miss acts like Run The Jewels and Ryan Adams to the eclectic sets from the xx, Martin Garrix and Solange, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and discover. And thanks to Red Bull TV, you can even stream many of the sets.The Recording Academy was on-site in Austin, Texas, for weekend one, bringing you backstage with exclusive artist interviews, extensive coverage and first-hand perspectives from Zilker Park. More Music Festivals: Go Inside Lollapalooza 2017 Music Festivals 2017: Austin City Limits Music Festival Email last_img read more


first_imgAirtel Payments BankTwitterThis week India’s fifth payments bank-Jio Payments Bank-has commenced its operations in the country. In 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) paved the way for payments banks in India after giving in principle approval to 11 entities for starting payments banks.A payments bank is different from commercial banks. While commercial banks in India can lend payments banks cannot lend. However, customers can open a savings account in them with deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh. Have a look at India’s payments banks and it’s key features:1. Airtel Payments BankConsidered to be the first payment bank in the country, Airtel Payments Bank offers a 7.25 percent interest rate on savings accounts. Currently, when compared to other large and small commercial banks, Airtel Payments Bank is offering the highest return on a savings account. The bank is a fully digital and paperless bank and the account holders are able to operate accounts using the mobile app only. Airtel Payments Bank customers would also get access to a MasterCard powered online card.2. Paytm Payments BankVijay Shekhar Sharma-promoted Paytm Payments Bank began operations in May 2017. The bank is offering a 4 percent interest rate on savings account. Paytm Payments Bank supports online fund transfer services such as Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT).3. Fino Payments BankBacked by Fino Paytech Limited the Fino Payments Bank Limited was incorporated in April 2017. Apart from payment features, the bank also offers the savings account, current account and small loan facility to the customers. For opening a Current Account of an individual for business purpose with Fino Payments Bank, only Aadhar number and customer mobile number is required. The bank offers 4 percent interest rate on savings.4. India Post Payments BankIndian Postal Department’s India Post Payments Bank has not yet started full-fledged operations in the country. It has started pilot services in Raipur and Ranchi in 2017 and is expected to expand operations across the country by this year. The bank is providing 5.5 percent interest on deposits depending on the amount. India Post Payments Bank provides a debit card for free to customers with a card maintenance fee of Rs 100 that applies from the second year.5. Jio Payments BankThe newest entry into the club, Reliance Industries Limited backed Jio Payments Bank Limited started operations Tuesday, April 3. It is a joint venture between RIL and State Bank of India. Jio Payments Bank’s interest rates on deposits are yet to be announced. H Srikrishnan, former head of Transactional Banking and Operations of HDFC Bank and Yes Bank is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank.last_img read more


first_imgMark Lennihan/APFormer U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., leaves federal court following his sentencing on Monday in New York.A federal judge has sentenced disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl last year.The sexting case played a role in the 2016 presidential election. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who has filed for divorce, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton.Weiner pleaded guilty in New York federal court in May to the felony charge over transmitting sexually explicit messages to the North Carolina teenager as part of a plea agreement. As The Associated Press reported, he said at the time: “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”And as he heard U.S. District Judge Denise Cote pass sentence, Weiner “dropped his head into his hand and wept,” the news service says, adding that the New York Democrat must “surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.”Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to 27 months in prison, calling his conduct “very serious.”Weiner was aware that the victim was a high school student, according to court documents, yet he continued to exchange increasing lewd messages with her.“With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, the defendant asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him.”NPR’s Camila Domonoske has reported on Weiner’s history of sexting scandals:“In 2011, while serving in Congress, he accidentally tweeted to the world a photo of his boxer-clad erection. He initially claimed he was hacked before admitting he was trying to send it to a woman who was not his wife. It was the start of a spiraling scandal that tanked his political career and often brought a sense of deja vu to the news.“Again and again, he sent sexual messages to women, despite promising his family and his supporters that he would stop. Last year, he even sent salacious images of himself to a woman while his young son was next to him in bed — and visible in the shot. …“The sexting case unexpectedly played a prominent role in the election, after investigators looking into Weiner’s laptop found some of Abedin’s work emails.“Shortly before the election, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the newly discovered emails needed to be examined, as part of the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server. After reopening the probe, the FBI determined the emails on Weiner’s computer did not change the agency’s decision that no charges should be brought against Clinton.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: About 12 kg of smuggled gold valued at Rs 3.7 crore was seized in two separate operations and seven persons were arrested, an official said on Monday. Acting on a tip off, personnel of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence intercepted three persons at Burrabazar, one of Asia’s biggest wholesale markets, in central Kolkata and recovered 53 gold biscuits having a foreign marking, weighing 6.18 kg and valued at 1.68 crore. “Gold biscuits were hidden in the shoes,” the official said. The gold biscuits were smuggled into India from Bangladesh through Bangaon, an Indo-Bangladesh border town in North 24 Parganas. The men were in a car. “Three persons and the driver of the car have been arrested,” a DRI official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThree of the accused have been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. In another case, one person was apprehended from a bus plying between Kolkata and Khulna (Bangladesh) at Kaikhali in North 24 Parganas by DRI officials. The driver and the supervisor of the bus were also arrested for smuggling the gold from Bangladesh. A total of 5.55 kg of gold of foreign origin, valued at Rs 1.75 crore, was recovered from the person’s shoe and a belt tied around his waist, a DRI official said.last_img read more


first_img Editor’s Note: In this series, we take you inside the mind of Nicolas Cary, CEO of the popular Bitcoin wallet service Blockchain.info, for his expert insights on the latest Bitcoin news and trends.It’s been a rocky road for Bitcoin over the last few months. Mt. Gox fell. Hackers hemorrhaged Silk Road 2. The feds taxed it. Dark Wallet cast a pall.    Now what? Leave the bad Bitcoin news in the dust and charge ahead on the good foot.  This seems to be the optimistic, fighter attitude of Nicolas Cary, the ebullient CEO of Blockchain.info, a U.K.-based Bitcoin wallet and block information service.Related: Why Bitcoin is Better Than Other CurrenciesThe Denver, Colo., native sees a bright, “bullish” future for the world’s first digital currency, even if it’s still widely misunderstood and regularly garners negative headlines.Bitcoin’s future is so bright, Cary says, that many of us will save money because of the controversial cybercurrency in the near future — even if you don’t own a single BTC.We talked to Cary about the pioneering, widely misunderstood digital cash and why he has such high hopes for it, particularly as a frictionless payment network. Here’s what he had to say.  Entrepreneur: What are your predictions for what’s next for Bitcoin, over the next year or so? Cary: Over the next year, a lot of people may start using Bitcoin without necessarily even knowing it. The way that will work is, you might be someone working really hard in the United States and you want to send some money to your family down in South America, so you might go to a local store and hand over some of the hard-earned cash you’ve made and they will actually use the Bitcoin network to transfer the value across the border, but basically for no fee, which will save you in the cost of doing that. If you were to use Western Union or MoneyGram today, sometimes they take 15 to 20 to 30 percent.Related: Outer Space: Bitcoin’s Final Frontier? Even though you might not be in possession or custody of bitcoins, the currency, there are going to be services that most consumers end up using in the future that are relying on the Bitcoin payment network itself.For people who are interested in Bitcoin, they can certainly go and buy some, but I think the technology itself, the network, is part of the value proposition. It will allow people and businesses to use it without, and kind of obfuscate, the complexity of some of the things that are intimidating to folks.But the reality is the software has to get better. Bitcoin was successful very early on because it catered to a very technically forward audience, but the utility and need is very big, and I don’t think that anyone would debate that they’d rather be saving money if they could, and Bitcoin presents an option to live in a world of greater financial empowerment.Related: Why Bitcoin Is ‘Like Email For Money’We have to build better software as an industry. We’re getting there. User interfaces are getting better. I want to get to a place where, if I wanted to send you a payment because we went out to dinner and we split the check, I just press on a picture of your face on my phone and it instantly sends you money. That’s where we have to get to and we will get there this year.Entrepreneur: How soon will everyday commerce be powered by Bitcoin? When will we see Bitcoin as a payment system reach critical mass? Cary: It’s still tough to say. You have to look at the momentum. A year ago today there were maybe 4,000 or 5,000 merchants on the entire planet that accepted Bitcoin. Now there are probably 40,000 to 50,000.The story of ecommerce and Bitcoin is going to be a big one in 2014. You’ve already seen OKCupid, the world’s largest dating site, accept Bitcoin, WordPress, the world’s largest blogging platform accept Bitcoin, TigerDirect, and and now DISH, one of the larger cable companies in the world, have announced that they will accept Bitcoin.Related: 3 Celebs Jumping on the Bitcoin Bandwagon (and One Who Says She’s an ‘Idiot’ For Missing It)They’re going to do this because it allows them to receive a payment, basically just like cash, where they don’t pay any fees. All of these online retailers are constantly fighting to win that margin battle.Because Bitcoin payments are like cash, merchants don’t have to surrender 2 to 3 percent fees to Visa, American Express, etc. It can mean the difference between huge profits and a loss when you consider their volume.I think throughout 2014 one online retailer after another is going to start to accept Bitcoin and there are some really fantastic projects that are going to come online this summer, too. Lots of really smart entrepreneurs are coming into this space, really qualified teams, and I’m excited to see what happens.Related: SecondMarket CEO: Wall Street Will Put ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Into Bitcoin Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img June 3, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more


first_img February 15, 2019 — Amazon recently announced Amazon Comprehend Medical, a new HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that allows developers to process unstructured medical text and identify information such as patient diagnosis, treatments, dosages, symptoms and signs, and more. Comprehend Medical helps improve clinical decision support, streamline revenue cycle and clinical trials management, and better address data privacy and protected health information (PHI) requirements.The majority of health and patient data is stored today as unstructured medical text, such as medical notes, prescriptions, audio interview transcripts, and pathology and radiology reports. Identifying this information today is a manual and time-consuming process; it either requires data entry by high-skilled medical experts, or teams of developers writing custom code and rules to try and extract the information automatically. In both cases this undifferentiated heavy lifting takes material resources away from efforts to improve patient outcomes through technology.Amazon Comprehend Medical allows developers to identify the key common types of medical information automatically, with high accuracy, and without the need for large numbers of custom rules. Comprehend Medical can identify medical conditions, anatomic terms, medications, details of medical tests, treatments and procedures. Ultimately, this richness of information may be able to one day help consumers with managing their own health, including medication management, proactively scheduling care visits, or empowering them to make informed decisions about their health and eligibility.There are no servers to provision or manage – developers only need to provide unstructured medical text to Comprehend Medical. The service will “read” the text and then identify and return the medical information contained within it. Comprehend medical will also highlight protected health information (PHI). There are no models to train, no ML experience is required, and no data processed by the service is stored or used for training. Through the Comprehend Medical application program interface (API), these new capabilities can be integrated with existing services and health systems easily. The service is also covered under Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) HIPAA eligibility and BAA.Unlocking this information from medical language makes a variety of common medical use cases easier and cost-effective, including: clinical decision support (e.g., getting a historical snapshot of a patient’s medical history), revenue cycle management (e.g., simplifying the time-intensive manual process of data entry), clinical trial management (e.g., by identifying and recruiting patients with certain attributes into clinical trials), building population health platforms, and helping address PHI requirements (e.g., for privacy and security assurance.)Amazon said it is working closely with Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to support their goals to eradicate cancer in the future. Comprehend Medical is helping to identify patients for clinical trials who may benefit from specific cancer therapies. Fred Hutch was able to evaluate millions of clinical notes to extract and index medical conditions, medications and choice of cancer therapeutic options, reducing the time to process each document from hours, to seconds.“Curing cancer is, inherently, an issue of time,” said Matthew Trunnell, chief information officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “For cancer patients and the researchers dedicated to curing them, time is the limiting resource. The process of developing clinical trials and connecting them with the right patients requires research teams to sift through and label mountains of unstructured medical record data. Amazon Comprehend Medical will reduce this time burden from hours per record to seconds. This is a vital step toward getting researchers rapid access to the information they need when they need it so they can find actionable insights to advance lifesaving therapies for patients.”“Roche’s NAVIFY decision support portfolio provides solutions that accelerate research and enable personalized healthcare. With petabytes of unstructured data being generated in hospital systems every day, our goal is to take this information and convert it into useful insights that can be efficiently accessed and understood,” said Anish Kejariwal, director of software engineering for Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions. “Amazon Comprehend Medical provides the functionality to help us with quickly extracting and structuring information from medical documents, so that we can build a comprehensive, longitudinal view of patients, and enable both decision support and population analytics.”For more information: www.aws.amazon.com/comprehend/medical FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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