Curry bucks ankle tweak to lead Warriors past Hawks

first_imgKevin Durant also had 28 points for the Warriors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break.Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, who had 27 points, sank three free throws with 19 seconds remaining to cut Golden State’s lead to 111-109. Durant made only one of two free throws to push the lead to three points, but Andre Iguodala’s steal from Kent Bazemore and layup clinched the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBazemore led the Hawks with 29 points.Curry hurt his ankle when he stepped on teammate Zaza Pachulia’s foot with about 1:30 remaining in the first period. Curry went to the locker room after the quarter, walking without assistance. He returned to the game with 7:18 remaining in the first half and showed no sign of the injury, scoring the Warriors’ next 11 points — including two 3-pointers and a three-point play. Curry closed the half with a left-handed layup, giving him 25 points in 18 minutes.Curry started the second half, added a fourth 3-pointer, and left the game for good midway through the third period. He returned to the locker room.Schroder closed the third quarter by making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from near the halfcourt line. It was a good night for improbable shots. A Hawks fan wearing a Kyle Korver jersey sank a halfcourt shot during a timeout.Atlanta, in contention for the league’s worst record, stayed close with Golden State, which began the night a half-game behind Houston in the race for the league’s best record.Schroder’s long 3 cut Golden State’s lead to 90-84 entering the final period. Atlanta’s Mike Muscala added another 3 early in the final period, leaving the Warriors with a 92-87 lead. Golden State scored the next nine points but couldn’t keep the lead in double figures.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from an ankle injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.Curry turned his right ankle and left the game in the first quarter. He returned for his high-scoring second period before returning to the locker room for good in the third. The Warriors said a “tweaked right ankle” was the reason Curry would not return.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ View comments Warriors: Golden State improved to 22-3 against Eastern Conference teams. The Warriors’ 13-1 road record against the East is the best for a Western Conference team since the 2006-07 Suns were 14-1. … The Warriors had 33 assists on 42 field goals.Hawks: Atlanta shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the field in the first period and still trailed 33-31. The Hawks made 15 3-pointers, including five for Taurean Prince, who had 15 points, and Bazemore. … John Collins had 16 points.MILESTONE 3Curry sank his 200th 3-point field goal of the season in the first quarter. He is the first player in NBA history with at least 200 3s in six seasons. He has reached the mark in every season since 2012-13.UP NEXTWarriors: After ending a three-game road trip, Golden State hosts the Nets on Tuesday.Hawks: Hosts Phoenix on Sunday in the last of four straight home games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gordon, Magic stop 7-game skid, overcome Pistons in OT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Nextlast_img read more

ISL 2019 Full Fixtures List: Kerala Blasters Start Season 6 at Home Against ATK on October 20

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkbengaluru fcindian super leagueisl First Published: August 23, 2019, 2:53 PM IST New Delhi: Indian Super League’s (ISL) fixtures for the season 6 were released on Friday. In the first match of the 2019 ISl season will see two-time finalists Kerala Blasters FC playing host to two-time champions ATK on October 20.In the second match will see defending champions Bengaluru FC start their title defence with a home fixture against NorthEast United FC on October 21. Jamshedpur FC in their first match will be hosting Delhi Dynamos of the season on 22nd October. While two-time ISL champions Chennaiyin FC face last year’s finalists FC Goa away on 23rd October.Mumbai City FC will open their campaign against Kerala Blasters on 24th October in Kochi, whereas FC Pune City will take on ATK Kolkata on October 25.All matches will kick-off at 7:30 pm IST this season.According to a release, the ISL league stage “will continue till February 23, which marks the completion of the 90 league phase matches. These will be followed by the semi-finals and the final, the fixtures for which will be released at a later date.”last_img read more

SIPG Wins Tender to Operate New Haifa Port

first_imgzoom Operator of China’s largest port Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has won a tender to operate the new port being developed in Haifa Bay, Israel Ports Company said on Monday.The construction of the new port is scheduled to begin this year and the port is expected to start operations in 2021.According to the country’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, the entry of international operators into the Israeli port market represents a dramatic turning point in the country. He stressed that the Chinese team that won the tender will most certainly boost competition in Haifa. Katz said that the Ministry of Transport and Israel Ports are determined to make the new Ashdod and Haifa ports the driving force of Israeli economy, operated in accordance with the international standards.Shlomo Briema, CEO of the Israel Ports, said that the tender for the Ashdod port is also soon to be completed. As informed, the contenders for the second port tender are two international companies: Dutch TIL and a group led by EUROGATE, German-based operator of container terminals.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Israel Ports Companylast_img read more

Expanded Services for Cape Bretoners with Disabilities

first_imgCape Bretoners living with intellectual and physical disabilities or long-term mental illness will soon benefit from more government services and support. The Department of Community Services announced today, Jan. 16, that the Independent Living Support Program will begin accepting referrals from the service for persons with disabilities division at the end of January 2006. “One of our main goals in developing our programs is meeting the person’s needs with the least intrusive service,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “This program will help people maintain their independence, while ensuring they have enough support to meet their daily needs.” The Independent Living Support Program serves people who are semi-independent and need a minimum level of assistance to live on their own in the community. It provides up to 21 hours of weekly support, including help maintaining health and wellness, household chores, and accessing services in the community. The expansion of services will begin in Cape Breton with the expectation of serving up to 25 participants. Over the next year the program will continue to expand throughout the province. The Independent Living Support Program expansion and other new services were announced in December 2004, following extensive community consultation. The services include: the Direct Family Support Program, implemented in 2005, that provides financial assistance to people who care for a family member with a disability at home; the Alternative Family Support Program, which will be implemented in spring 2006 and will offer a family-like setting in the community. These new programs complement existing supports and services already in place.last_img read more

Pothole Repairs Underway

first_imgAs spring nears, provincial highway crews are turning their attention from snow clearing to repairing potholes. “The constant freeze and thaw cycle we’ve had this winter is a perfect recipe for potholes,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I encourage drivers to slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes.” Crews are currently performing temporary cold mix repairs. Cold mix is a temporary patch used until longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt becomes available when asphalt plants open up around the province in May. “The success we have against potholes right now depends on location and climate,” said Barb Baillie, executive director of maintenance and operations, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This has been the toughest winter we’ve had in years and in many areas our crews still have to deal with winter conditions even as potholes are forming.” Motorists can help provide information on problem potholes by calling the province’s toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233 or by tweeting @NS_TIR on Twitter.last_img read more

FBI agent who helped Canada nab railway terror plotters has one big

first_imgOTTAWA – An undercover FBI agent who helped convict two men of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada did not see the arrests as a triumph, because he feared another extremist had eluded his grasp.In a new book published under his cover name from the operation, Tamer Elnoury reveals how gaining the confidence of the would-be rail saboteurs led to knowledge of an apparent al-Qaida sleeper terrorist in the United States.Elnoury is still haunted by the thought of the jihadi who got away.“Every time I hear about someone committing a terrorist act on U.S. soil, I wonder if that was the American sleeper,” he writes.“My biggest regret is that I couldn’t find him.”Elnoury is among the small number of highly valued, Arabic-speaking Muslim agents doing undercover counter-terrorism work for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.“American Radical” traces his involvement in the investigation that led to terrorism convictions and life sentences in 2015 for Chiheb Esseghaier, a Tunisian citizen doing doctoral research in Montreal, and Raed Jaser, a stateless Palestinian who had come to Toronto as a teenager with his family.Esseghaier “popped up on the FBI’s radar” after he made contact with some al-Qaida operatives online, Elnoury writes. The FBI alerted Canadian officials, who opened their own investigation. Esseghaier had travelled to Iran twice in two years, arousing concern he was there for terrorist training.Canadian intelligence tried to “bump” Esseghaier — stage a casual meeting that seemed random — during a 2011 conference in Mexico, the book says. “The Canadians didn’t have a Muslim, so they used a Peruvian Christian. Chiheb’s English wasn’t that good. The hope was a native Arabic speaker would have a better chance.”Elnoury posed as a globetrotting American real estate magnate who despised western ways and funnelled his profits to his overseas uncle, a financier for al-Qaida.In June 2012, Elnoury managed to ensure he and Esseghaier were seated together on a flight to California. They quickly became friends and Esseghaier was soon openly talking about shooting down planes with a portable missile launcher, the book says. Elnoury believes Esseghaier saw him as a like-minded ally with the money to help fund his operations.Early that September, Elnoury, who had become close to Esseghaier, was called to a meeting in New York. A senior Canadian Security Intelligence Service official had flown in to hear what Elnoury knew about Esseghaier’s plans to go fishing with someone.Elnoury scoffed at the notion the intense Tunisian would ever go fishing, and advised that Esseghaier “is here to hurt us.”CSIS learned the fishing trip turned out to be a mission with Jaser to scout a railway bridge they planned to sabotage, sending a train that travels from New York to Toronto hurtling into the river below, killing many passengers.The file, now a criminal matter, was handed to the RCMP and Elnoury was enlisted to gather evidence. He paid a visit to his friend in Montreal.Elnoury portrays Esseghaier as zealously devoted to the extremist cause, but also someone who had a crush on a female colleague and enjoyed eating lobster and stopping in at Tim Hortons.During a drive to Toronto to meet Jaser, Esseghaier confided details of the operation: al-Qaida planners in Iran ordered him to cut a hole in the train tracks. He and Jaser would use jackhammers to cut the track, while Elnoury would be needed to act as lookout.Esseghaier told Elnoury he emptied his bank account in the spring of 2011, buying a one-way ticket to Tehran and planning to drive to Afghanistan, where he would die in battle. But in Zahedan, a town in southeastern Iran, he was recruited by al-Qaida. He returned the next year for training and was briefed on the train plot.Esseghaier also said something that made Elnoury’s heart race: there was a “soldier” in the U.S., an al-Qaida sleeper agent known as Al-Amriki, the American. Esseghaier expected to meet him one day.“We needed to rethink the case,” Elnoury writes. “Chiheb was our only link to the American sleeper. There was no way we could arrest him before we identified the other sleeper.”Planning for the train attack continued. But Elnoury pressed Esseghaier about meeting the sleeper. A key Iranian contact finally agreed it would be a good idea, and invited Esseghaier and Elnoury for a talk in Dubai.Elnoury wanted to go, but he was skeptical the Canadians would let Esseghaier travel overseas at this point. In April 2013, Eric Holder, then U.S. attorney general, flew to Ottawa to discuss the Dubai idea, the book says.However, the RCMP executed arrest warrants, ending the operation.Elnoury understood the decision. The rail plot case was over. And just a week earlier, bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds.“Everyone was on edge,” he writes. “No one wanted to let a terrorist slip out of our grasp.”But mostly Elnoury was angry. “I felt like the Canadians and the FBI wasted all of our hard work.”Elnoury did not consider the arrests a victory. “Best case, we tied. But really you could say we failed,” he writes.“Chiheb was a lot of things, but he was never a liar. Personally, I have no doubt that there was an American sleeper.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Rural Quebec towns join movement against Quebecs struggling gun registry

first_imgMONTREAL — A revolt is brewing in small towns across Quebec against the provincial law forcing long-gun owners to register their firearms with the government.As the deadline to register shotguns and rifles passed this week, 75 per cent of the long guns believed to be in the province had not been registered. And a growing number of rural town councils are adopting resolutions denouncing the registry or calling for it to be scrapped entirely.The Canadian Press confirmed Wednesday that at least 15 towns recently passed such resolutions. Philip Tetrault, mayor of Warden, a town of 400 residents about 100 kilometres east of Montreal, said the registry is useless and will end up like the federal version, which was dissolved by the Conservatives in 2012 following major cost overruns.“In a few years, it’ll be abolished,” Tetrault predicted in an interview. “The registry might be popular in Montreal and Quebec City, but the majority of people (in Warden) are against it.” He said the government should take the tens of millions of dollars it expects to spend on the registry over the next few years and use it for mental health care.Louise Quintin, spokeswoman for Quebec’s Public Security Department, said Wednesday close to 15,500 guns were registered on the deadline date Jan. 29. But so far, only 386,253 guns have been registered out of an estimated 1.6 million in the province. The registry is budgeted to cost $20 million to set up and then $5 million a year to maintain.Canadian law classifies guns in three categories. Prohibited guns such as automatics and restricted guns such as handguns must be registered with the RCMP. Long guns — rifles and shotguns that are mainly used for hunting and sport shooting — no longer need to be registered in Canada, except in Quebec.Gun owners were given a year to register, either online or by mail, and there is no charge. But those who fail to comply could face penalties up to $5,000. Quintin said applications received after the deadline will be processed without penalty.She said it is up to the police to enforce the law.“If a peace officer comes into contact with a person in possession of a firearm, he or she has the power to examine the firearm and check whether it is registered,” Quintin said by email. Gun ranges or hunting clubs don’t have to check if firearms are registered, nor are they required to hand over information on members to the government, she added.A recent Leger poll conducted Dec. 21-26 for a gun control lobby group, indicated 78 per cent of respondents were in favour of the registry. Remi Montminy, town manager of St-Francois-de-la-Riviere-du-Sud, said his 1,600-person town northeast of Quebec City conducted its own survey and found that 82 per cent of respondents rejected the registry. The poll was unscientific, and about 100 residents took part, he said.St-Francois-de-la-Riviere-du-Sud is among the towns calling for an end to the registry. Montminy said the gun law, adopted by the previous Liberal government, is being maintained by the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government because politicians cater to urban voters.Nicolas Malette, mayor of Cayamant, a town of about 900 residents north of Ottawa, said his council adopted a resolution against the registry at a special meeting last week.“Will it make a difference? Maybe, maybe not,” he said. “But we adopted the resolution to support our citizens, who are mostly hunters. We’re trying to pressure the government.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Podcast What does an election look like when local news is dying

first_imgThis will likely be Canada’s least-covered federal election in history, at least on a local level. The race to be Prime Minister will receive no shortage of analysis, but in the midst of vanishing local news outlets, what happens to the other 338 other races? What kind of coverage can local news outlets afford to take on this fall? And when they run out of reporters, or money, what stories are the first to go? What replaces them? What options do voters have for in-depth local analysis? And, of course, how will savvy political campaigns take advantage of the situation?GUEST: April Lindgren, head of the Local News Research Project, professor of journalism at Ryerson UniversityAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

Shoppers to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The vice-president of business development at Shoppers Drug Mart says blockchain technology can provide a comfort level for doctors and pharmacists about the quality of medical cannabis.Ken Weisbrod says his company has signed a deal with TruTrace Technologies for a pilot program to provide the software to track medical cannabis from seed to final product.He says the source of medical cannabis must be traceable and accountable for patients and practitioners to feel confident about it as a treatment.Weisbrod says when a patient takes medication, there is an expectation that it is standardized and has been proven with consistent clinical outcomes and results.Shoppers Drug Mart currently provides medical cannabis to patients, but only online.The first phase of the pilot program is expected to be completed by July 31 with full implementation targeted for late November.The Canadian Press read more

Lender risk sharing could exacerbate a housing downturn fed draft report says

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lender risk sharing could exacerbate a housing downturn, fed draft report says TORONTO – A federal proposal to have lenders shoulder more of the risk for potential mortgage defaults could dampen lending or intensify a decline in house prices, according to internal documents from the Department of Finance.Proponents of lender risk sharing say it would encourage banks to be more cautious when lending to high-risk borrowers, thereby mitigating the impact of a correction in property prices.But a draft report, obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request, says exposing financial institutions to a portion of mortgage default losses — through a deductible, for example — could actually make the housing market less stable in the event of a downturn.That’s because lender risk sharing could exacerbate the downside of the lending cycle, during which banks typically become hesitant to hand out loans, the report says.The Department of Finance has been exploring so-called lender risk sharing since before the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in 2015. The draft report was prepared within the first several months of Trudeau’s cabinet being sworn in.Evan Siddall, CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says the federal government is in the process of reviewing submissions it received during consultations on lender risk sharing.“Those are being reviewed, and they are now looking for additional information from lenders, quantitative information from lenders, to further analyze the idea,” Siddall said following a speech he delivered in Toronto last month.“We won’t have that data until later this year at the earliest.”Rapidly escalating house prices in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have caused some Canadians to take on record amounts of debt relative to their incomes, sparking concerns about growing risk in the real estate market.The International Monetary Fund and the OECD have called on Ottawa to minimize the potential costs to taxpayers in the event of a housing market crash.Currently, homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment are required to buy mortgage default insurance from CMHC or one of two private mortgage insurers. The insurance covers the banks in the event of a default by the borrower.Claims are generally covered by the premiums paid by policyholders. But because mortgage default insurance is ultimately backstopped by Ottawa, that means that in the event of a severe housing market crash, taxpayers could be left holding the bill.The Department of Finance says it will provide updates on developments as appropriate.“The government recognizes that lender risk sharing would represent a meaningful change to the mortgage insurance framework, and the importance of fully understanding the potential issues and impacts that could be associated with it,” a spokeswoman for the department said in an email.“The Department of Finance continues to review and refine input received from stakeholders through the public consultation process.”The proposal has been met with some criticism, notably from the Canadian Bankers Association, which wrote to CMHC in 2014 saying that lender risk sharing could hurt the country’s financial stability.The industry group also made a submission to the government earlier this year, arguing that a mortgage insurance deductible would likely increase costs for borrowers and leave smaller, regional lenders at a competitive disadvantage.In a report last week, the C.D. Howe Institute said lender risk sharing is a “blunt and ineffective tool” to address concerns about risky lending. The think-tank said a better way of dealing with excessive lending to high-risk borrowers would be to couple a change in the pricing regime for mortgage insurance with changes to the regulation of the mortgage insurance system.RBC chief financial officer Rod Bolger says the bank has been in consultations with the government on the issue, but chatter about the proposal has died down at industry events as of late.“That doesn’t mean that the teams aren’t working on it. It just means that it might be one of those periods where the work is happening from the consultation,” Bolger said after the bank released its second-quarter results in late May.“The analysis is happening. It doesn’t mean that it’s dead or anything like that.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Freddie Grays Family Settles with City for 64M

first_imgMarchers block the Pratt Street after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore says it has reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray.Gray died in April after he suffered a critical spine injury while he was in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers face criminal charges stemming from Gray’s death. Gray, who was black, was critically injured April 12 in the back of a prisoner transport van after he was arrested.The death of the 25-year-old Gray sparked protests, rioting and unrest that shook Baltimore for days.The settlement still needs the approval of a board that oversees city spending. They meet Wednesday.last_img read more

Hearst Magazines Buys Clevvers PopCulture YouTube Channels After Defys Demise

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 It’s not clear whether all of Clevver’s previous talent will be moving over to Hearst Magazines under the deal. Right now, the publisher is said to be evaluating which Clevver hosts it plans to continue working with moving forward. (A Hearst rep declined to comment.) THR first reported Hearst’s deal to buy Clevver.After the Defy shutdown, longtime Clevver producers/hosts Joslyn Davis and Erin Robinson — among the few Defy employees who weren’t laid off last fall — stepped away from creating content for the channels. Davis launched her own YouTube channel (which now has 250,000 subscribers) in November, and last month Robinson began posting videos to her own channel, “Erin’s Reality” (currently 125,000 subs).Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, claims its print and digital properties reach a combined audience of 146 million readers and visitors monthly. The company’s 27 U.S. titles include Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Esquire, Seventeen, Town & Country, Elle, Marie Claire, Car and Driver, and Woman’s Day. Popular on Variety center_img Hearst Magazines has snapped up Clevver, a network of female-skewing lifestyle and pop-culture news YouTube channels that had been owned by now-defunct Defy Media.Clevver was left homeless after Defy’s sudden shutdown in November; its principals said at the time they were looking for a new home. Hearst Magazines sees a digital fit with Clevver’s brand, which includes ClevverTV, Clevver News, Clevver Style, and Spanish-language Clevver TeVe.“Clevver’s content entertains and engages more than 15 million subscribers,” Hearst Magazines said in a statement. “This investment underscores our commitment to premium video that super-serves our audience of young women and will further accelerate our growth on YouTube and other digital video platforms.”As first reported by Variety, comedy brand Smosh — also left high and dry after Defy’s shutdown — is in talks with Rhett & Link’s Mythical Entertainment about a sale. Meanwhile, prior to it shutting its doors, Defy Media had sold Screen Junkies to Fandom, which operates a community platform centered around entertainment.last_img read more

Titanfall developer explains why the Xbox One Cloud is awesome

first_imgWith the launch of the Xbox One in November, Microsoft is pushing more than just a new games console, it’s also putting a big emphasis on cloud computing and what it can do to enhance Xbox One games. But what does that actually mean?Xbox Live isn’t a new thing, and we’ve had multiplayer gaming through Microsoft’s service with this generation of console hardware. Cloud computing with Xbox One is meant to take that a step further, and Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has decided to tell us how.Microsoft’s cloud computing solution for Xbox One is basically the Azure platform repackaged for games. What it boils down to is thousands of servers in data centers around the world made available to game developers to handle processing of any and all tasks. Microsoft charges developers to use their cloud platform, but Respawn has stated that it’s much cheaper than renting servers from a third-party host.Cost savings are great, but the biggest advantage according to Respawn is ease of use. As Microsoft already has data centers around the world, there’s no need to worry about having enough servers available to handle the load when releasing a new game as it just scales automatically. Microsoft claims there’s 3 servers for every gamer on Xbox One, but those servers will also be distributed so they are geographically close to a player’s location, meaning low latency connections for everyone. The servers are also managed by Microsoft, so the developer deploys their code and it just works.As Microsoft’s Xbox One cloud is just this huge pool of computing power, developers can use it however they see fit. In the case of Forza 5, Turn 10 will be using it for handling multiplayer, but also for their Drivatar feature, which improves the game AI based on your driving ability. That processing and monitoring is all done in the cloud, and therefore not taking up valuable CPU time on individual consoles.For Respawn and Titanfall, the cloud is for multiplayer. It allows them to offer the equivalent of a dedicated server experience to gamers without the involved costs or headache of setting up and running the servers. It also means they can manage multiplayer across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC all through a single service, which again saves on cost and workload.The main takeaway from this is Microsoft has decided to offer developers access to a massive amount of off console processing power while at the same time taking all the pain out of multiplayer features and distributed computing for very little cost. Just as importantly though, they’ve left it completely open meaning developers don’t have to use it, but if they do, they can do so however they wish. To me, that means we could get some nice innovation and games using the cloud in ways we haven’t seen before. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Titanfall GameplayTitanfall GameplayTitanfall PanoramicTitanfall Lagoon Pilot TitanTF Angel City Pilotlast_img read more

Birth order has little impact on personality

first_imgWhether you become a perfectionist or rebellious has very little to do with your birth position in the family, says a new study.“We found no substantial effects of birth order on any of the personality dimensions we examined,” said one of the researchers Stefan Schmukle from Leipzig University in Germany.This does not only contradict prominent psychological theories, but also goes against the intuition of many people,” Schmukle pointed out. The question of whether a person’s position among siblings has a lasting impact on personality has occupied scientists for more than 100 years, the study said.Lay people as well as a scientist share a number of beliefs: First borns are supposedly perfectionists, for example, while middle children develop a talent for diplomacy and last borns are expected to be rebellious.To find out whether these differences actually exist, the researchers analysed the data of more than 20,000 grown-ups from Germany, Britain and the US. They found that central personality traits such as extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness and conscientiousness are not affected by birth-order position. First borns were more likely to report a rich vocabulary and less difficulty understanding abstract ideas. “This effect on intelligence replicates very well in large samples, but it is barely meaningful on the individual level, because it is extremely small,” Schnukle explained. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).last_img read more

Thailand increasingly popular for Australians

first_imgThe first five months of 2010 has seen an increase of 18 percent in the numbers of Australians visiting Thailand, compared to the same period last year. Without including its immediate Asian neighbours, Australia provides the fourth highest number of foreign visitors to Thailand, behind Russia, Germany and the UK. The 275,945 Australians that visited Thailand by the end of May also recorded higher spending rates. Around AU$3.23 billion was spent, again the fourth highest recorded spending rates of visitors, excepting Thailand’s Asian neighbours. But the increase in numbers has not translated into higher hotel occupancy rates. Marketing chairman of the Thai Hotels Association Ms Suprawan Tanomkieatipume said that Thailand’s 30,000 four and five star hotels have showed occupancy of only 45 percent, down from normal figures of 75 percent. She added that these figures would rise again soon once more Australian and European visitors flock to the country for the high seasons of June to July, and December to January.The country’s recent political turbulence has not affected investment, according to Ms Tanomkieatipume, who said that 4000 new rooms currently under construction would be available by the end of December. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Flast_img read more

Tourism Solomons pre paid Visa cards winners

first_imgSource = Tourism Solomons PR – Mike Parker-Brown Tourism Solomons pre paid Visa cards winnersTourism Solomons pre paid Visa cards winnersTourism Solomons has announced the winners of its Australian and New Zealand ‘Solomons Is.’ Hapi Isles Specialist Program competition.The winner of the $100 prepaid Visa card is Linda Gardiner of Helloworld Lithgow in NSW.The winners of the two $50 pre-paid Visa cards are Ashley Copping, The World @ Braeside Travel, Braeside, Victoria, and Cassie Prescott, House of Travel, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch.The ‘Hapi Isles Specialist’program equips key front-line sales staff with product knowledge via a series of online modules designed to help them learn about the Solomon Islands and the destination’s vast array of niche product.To date 398 Australian and New Zealand consultants have joined the program since its launch last year completing a series of modules covering culture, reef and wreck diving, snorkelling, WWII history, sport fishing, weddings/romantic travel, trekking, surfing and bird watching.last_img read more

Amadeus has announced the creation of a taskforce

first_imgAmadeus has announced the creation of a taskforce dedicated to leading its new Smart Cities offer in Asia Pacific, enabling ‘Smart Mobility’ – how people travel into and move around a city – for the world’s most densely populated cities. The company says it is uniquely positioned to be at the heart of the development of Smart Cities, and that its offer will leverage the IT backbone of Amadeus, to enable true mobility across the entire travel journey, creating seamless door-to-door travel experiences. Led by Simon Akeroyd, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Asia Pacific at Amadeus, the Smart Cities offer will help cities best use existing infrastructure and new technology in order to improve tourism as well as residents’ daily commutes.“As urbanisation increases and governments are faced with challenges around traffic congestion, pollution, inadequate energy and resources, it will be vital for cities to harness technologies to solve complex problems,” says Akeroyd. “The future of travel will be driven by multi-modal journeys and data to deliver more personalised and smart experiences. The rise of Smart Cities will boost travel and tourism, and so the public and private sector must collaborate to share data and use technology. When done successfully, we believe that this will enable the immersive travel experiences and services that citizens and travelers expect in the future.”Amadeus will collaborate with the public sector and governments to deliver solutions that enable the Smart Cities of the future. In 2017, Amadeus committed US$800 million to research and development for innovation globally, half of which was directly linked to technologies that furthered its Smart Mobility initiatives – including biometrics, traveler identification, IoT, massive data platforms and passenger handling solutions. In addition to this investment and to further its commitment to Smart Cities, 2016 and 2017 saw Amadeus invest a total of US$1.5 billion across strategic focus areas including Airport IT and Hotel IT through acquisitions. Asia is a strategic focus for Amadeus’ Smart Cities solution, given 22 of the 39 megacities worldwide are in Asia Pacific, and 11 alone are in China. Additionally, Asia’s large population and emerging middle class means the next billion Asian travelers are just around the corner, with half of global air passenger traffic expected to come from Asia by 2030.Amadeus is currently working on a number of key projects in Asia Pacific that support Asia’s Smart Cities’ initiatives. Some of these include:· Smart Tourism – Amadeus is working closely with National Tourism Boards in Asia to help cities attract more inbound travelers and have a better understanding around their preferences. This is done through both Travel Intelligence and Digital Advertising, using big data to help cities make better decisions.· Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Amadeus worked together to deploy the world’s first hot-swappable battery powered movable check-in kiosks, called iCUSS, with both a self-service and full-service mode, reinventing the entire check-in experience. The versatile cloud-based mobile kiosks are powered by Amadeus’ common use technology and can be rapidly deployed and relocated for use by the traveler to check-in themselves or by the airport staff to provide full-service operations. The airport can now say goodbye to different systems and fixed locations, meaning greater freedom and flexibility to serve passengers throughout their journey to and around the airport.Amadeus’ new Smart Cities taskforce builds on existing mobility projects across Amadeus’ global business. One example is the European Union (EU)’s ‘The Shift to Rail (S2R) Innovation Program 4,’ which uses Amadeus’ IT solutions to deliver fully integrated, multimodal passenger services for long and short trips in Europe. Another example of innovation in this field from Amadeus’ Airlines team is a partnership with Lufthansa, where the airline is using Amadeus’ facial recognition technology to vastly reduce passenger boarding times at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Amadesfuture of travelITmobility Smart CitiesSmart Mobilitytechnologytravellast_img read more

Le Laperouse PONANT EXPLORERS © PONANT Philip Plis

first_imgLe Laperouse PONANT EXPLORERS © PONANT Philip Plisson. The first cruises on board Le Lapérouse start from Iceland in June 2018. The ship will then cruise the Mediterranean, then head via the Indian Ocean and Asia to Australia for her first season of expedition voyages to New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (February 2019), Melanesia and Australia’s Kimberley region (May to August 2019).Construction of the five other ships in the Ponant Explorers series is well underway. The steel-cutting ceremony for the fifth and sixth vessels, Le Bellot and Le Surville, scheduled for delivery in 2020, took place on 4 April in Romania. More recently, Le Champlain reached Norway on 27 April to complete the final phases of her construction. Her inaugural cruise will take place on 25 October in Honfleur, France. Go back to the enewsletterSea trials of Ponant‘s first of six Ponant Explorers series of ships, Le Lapérouse, have been successfully completed in Norway this month.Le Lapérouse underwent her sea trials in Ålesund at the Vard Shipyard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri. The tests, which form part of the last stage of construction, are also the first opportunity the new ship has to show off her elegant lines in open water.“These sea trials are a real success for the company. Remarkable nautical performances, technical excellence, a high standard of comfort, everything is in place for the Ponant Explorers series to be a real triumph” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant. Le Laperouse PONANT EXPLORERS © PONANT Philip Plisson.The construction of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’ Urville progresses on the Vard shipyard in Tulcea in Romania; the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2019.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Foreign minister wraps up visit to Oman

first_imgForeign Minister Nicos Christodoulides was received Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister of Oman Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, during the second day of his official visit to Oman.During the meeting, Christodoulides and al Said, exchanged views on a wide range of issues, focusing on the prospects for further tightening of bilateral relations between the two countries and the positive role played by Cyprus and Oman in efforts to strengthen cooperation in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf.According to a foreign ministry statement, Oman`s Deputy Prime Minister referred to the traditional friendship of the two countries, making special reference to the significant contribution of Cypriot companies to the construction of modern Oman infrastructure.Christodoulides said that during his contacts in Muscat he found that there was political will on both sides to further deepen and broaden the already strong ties connecting the two countries. The two officials agreed to undertake specific actions, focusing on the areas of trade, tourism, education and cultural exchanges.He also briefed the deputy prime minister on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and discussed with him issues related to EU cooperation with Oman and more widely with the Gulf countries.Earlier, Christodoulides had a meeting with the Minister of Higher Education of Oman Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah, where they signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between Cyprus and the Sultanate of Oman in the fields of Higher Education and Science for Mutual Recognition of Titles of studies. They also agreed on a visit by the Cypriot minister of education to Oman to head a delegation comprising representatives of Cyprus higher education institutions with the aim of increasing student flow from Oman to Cyprus.Christodoulides also met with Minister of Defence of Oman Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, with whom he had the opportunity to exchange views on security-related issues, including the security of energy sources in the wider Middle East and Gulf region as well as cooperation to address common challenges in this field, such as terrorism.He returns to Cyprus on Friday morning.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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