Start Investing in People

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now We try to help people, but we aren’t giving them the help they really need. It’s because we are underinvesting in people. Investing more means caring more.We give people answers when we should be teaching them to think. But providing an answer takes only a few minutes and teaching people to think takes more time and real effort.We give people money when we should be teaching them to create increasingly greater levels of value. Giving people money helps them in the short term, but it doesn’t provide growth. It’s much more difficult to help people increase their value.We try to motivate people to take action and to improve their own results, their own lives. But that motivation lasts only a short time. It’s more difficult to help people identify and activate their real purpose, the internal motivation that they can sustain over their lifetime.We use quick fix solutions to long term, systemic problems. The person who needs help might take the help and go away, but they haven’t left any better than off then when you found them. They’re still dependent.Why You UnderinvestUnderinvesting produces dependents instead of independence. And there are five reasons that you might be underinvesting.Your failure to invest in people might mean that you believe the person you are “helping” can’t improve or grow. They aren’t worth investing in because you believe they are incapable of improving.People will surprise you if you give them a chance.It might also suggest that you believe they aren’t really worth the level of investment required, that you believe that there is something more important than helping them grow.Your legacy is going to consist of nothing more than the lives you touched, for good or for ill.It might be that you really don’t know how to give people the real help they need. This is probably the least likely reason; it’s likely that you are extremely capable and well suited to providing that level of help.You have the abilities you possess for a reason.Some people fail to give people the help they really need because it gives them power or control. If their help is always needed, then they are significant, they’re important.Nothing makes you more significant that helping people grow.But when it comes to helping people grow, the most likely reason you are underinvesting is that you aren’t really focused on that outcome. You’re focused on treating the presenting problem and not the real source of the problem. Changing the outcome and investing in caring enough to really help solves that problem—and it provides real help.What to InvestInvesting in people is expensive. Really helping requires you to make much greater investments.You have to make a greater investment of the most limited and fleeting of all your possessions: your time. Investing your time to really help produces outsized returns. The time invested to give people the help they need is returned to you many times over because it creates independence instead of dependents.You have to make a greater investment of your emotional energy. You have to care enough about the person that needs your help to give them the help that they really need. That means you have to shift the outcome from how you can help this person in the fastest way possible to how you can help them grow. It’s inefficient. That energy is expensive. It requires patience. It requires tolerance.If you are reading this and it has touched in you some way, then it’s likely there’s a long line of people that invested enough in caring about you to give you the help that you really needed. Remember what that looked like? Remember how that felt? Remember the difference it made in your life? That’s the investment in caring you need to make in helping others.QuestionsAre you giving the people that ask you for help the help that really need? Or are you doing what is efficient over what is really effective?Are you really creating the value that you are capable of creating? Or are you shortchanging yourself and the people that need your help?What is the root cause of your underinvestment in caring about other people enough to give them the help that they really need?last_img read more

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Giving cities a road map to reducing their carbon footprint

first_imgCities are not just where 3.5 billion of us live—they are where more than  half of humanity uses electricity, drives cars, and throws out garbage, among myriad other activities that emit greenhouse gases. Now, a global coalition has released the first standardized method for measuring and reporting a given city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Called the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the new standards were unveiled today at the United Nations’ ongoing climate negotiations in Lima.Cities are responsible for 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions, says Wee Kean Fong, who led development of the GPC at the World Resources Institute—a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.—in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). But there has been no standardized way to measure and report an individual city’s emissions. That has impeded plans to reduce urban climate footprints and track the effectiveness of local policies designed to reduce emissions. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Fong says.A key element of the GPC is its recognition that a city may be responsible for gases emitted far outside its borders. Take power plants that burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, or landfills that receive solid waste, Fong says. Those can be located outside of a city, but their emissions are directly tied to urban activity. Holding cities accountable for such emissions may lead to some pushback when it comes to convincing them to adopt the GPC protocol, but it’s important for making sure measurements are accurate as possible, Fong says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A key selling point is that 35 cities have already benefited from implementing the GPC during its pilot phase in 2012. In the months since, other cities have been test-driving the new standards. David Maleki, a climate change analyst with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative, helps cities in Latin America and the Caribbean use the protocol to figure out which sectors are responsible for most of their greenhouse gas emissions. These “[greenhouse gas] inventories are a very basic building block for taking climate action in cities,” he says. Rio de Janeiro, for example, used a draft of the GPC to determine that transportation was responsible for a whopping 39% of the city’s total emissions; that led the government to focus on expanding public transit to more efficiently shrink its carbon footprint. “Building a greenhouse gas emissions inventory enables city leaders to manage their emissions reduction efforts, allocate resources and develop comprehensive climate action plans,” said Rio de Janeiro mayor and C40 Chair Eduardo Paes said in a statement.One lesson Fong and his team learned during the pilot program is that not every city is starting from the same place when it comes to measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Some cities, especially in the developing world, simply don’t have access to the kind of data needed for a comprehensive inventory; Maleki says he often works in places where the only emissions data available are on a national scale.To try to make the GPC accessible to cities that may not have all the right data, Fong’s team designed two tiers of reporting. Both incorporate transportation within the city, stationary burning of fossil fuels, consumption of electricity, and emissions related to waste. The more advanced tier adds data about industrial processes, land use change, transportation that brings people into the city, and other indirect sources of emissions. “The GPC is a very inclusive protocol,” says Ana Marques, project coordinator of ICLEI’s Urban-LEDS project, which will help cities in developing countries apply the GPC. “It enables all cities to participate.”last_img read more

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Kobe sees dominant performance by Gilas Cadets in Kuala Lumpur meet

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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SPORT-RUSSIA-LD DOPING 2 LAST

first_imgMcLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of McLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of samples before London was taking part on a weekly basis in at least athletics and weightlifting.”The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale.”McLarens first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.He said this infighting has got to end to be able to tackle global doping.The report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation.New Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, a former Olympic champion fencer, said yesterday that the country had “declared war” against doping. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however. The IAAF and WADA are keeping to their suspension of Russia, meaning the country may not be able to compete at the world athletics championships in August. WADA president Craig Reedie said last month that Russia was a long way off returning to the global body.Anti-doping officials have complained about a lack of access to closed cities where athletes are training and also to a Moscow laboratory where samples sought by international sporting federations are kept.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.advertisementTennis star Maria Sharapova has been among a host of Russians ordered banned because of doping failures over the past 18 months.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that there is more bad news to come from the London tests which are not yet finished.”There will be many more to come in the coming weeks and months,” Budgett warned without saying which countries were involved. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

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Real Madrid CF’s late surge appetite takes centre stage as they face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

first_imgAs Real Madrid CF and Atletico Madrid gear up to face each other tonight in the Champions League once again, albeit in semi-finals this time, the memories of their previous encounters will still be fresh.The city rivals have played each other twice in the Champions League before, both being the final and where Real Madrid emerged victorious. While the most recent 2015-16 final was won by Real Madrid on penalties after 1-1 draw in normal and extra time, the 2013-14 final was far more dramatic with Sergio Ramos’ 93rd minute goal ending the game at 1-1 in normal time and then Real Madrid went on to win the game 4-1 in extra time.Real Madrid’s consistent display of spirit:Real Madrid have consistently shown great appetite for late goals and this season particularly, Los Blancos have been one of the best examples of never letting go. 14 times they have scored points from losing or drawing positions (excluding 0-0) towards the end of the game. To top that, they’ve won a game after the 81st minute seven times.Football is loved for its spirit and passion across the world. It is often said that apart from the results, what defines a team is their spirit and passion till the final whistle and Real Madrid have defined themselves this season.Like Zinedine Zidane repeatedly says that at Real Madrid, they hate losing. Los Blancos have shown immense character and fighting spirit throughout the season and that has come to become their identity.advertisementStatistics of Real Madrid’s late surge:Ramos has been the leader of the pack in the truest sense, scoring late goals and rescuing the team at a phenomenal rate but he’s not the only one.Toni Kroos did it in week two of the La Liga 2016-17 against Celta Vigo. Alvaro Morata, Mariano Diaz, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez have all followed suit and with Marcelo’s 85th minute winner against Valencia on Saturday, he’s joined the party.This season, Real Madrid have won 17 points from the 81st minute on, which is 21 per cent of their points. Also apart from the seven times they’ve won a match after the 81st minute, they have salvaged two draws from losing position in the same period that takes the tally to 9 – a quarter of a season.And of course, who can forget one of the most thrilling Champions League final – the one in 2013-14 season – where Sergio Ramos gave a deadly blow to Atletico Madrid in the 93rd minute, equalising the tie that Real won in extra time eventually.Even though recently Antoine Griezmann scored a late goal in the last Madrid derby in La Liga to snatch a draw and Lionel Messi netted a 93rd minute winner in El Clasico after James Rodriguez had equalised in the 85th minute, the number of times Real Madrid have achieved the feat is brilliant.What Real Madrid’s fighting appetite speaks of:Marcelo, after the match against Valencia, had said, “We had to show who we are; we had to reach for our soul.” It’s almost like Real Madrid become a much more ferocious team when they’re down. And that is a dangerous sign!Considering the Champions League history between the Spanish rivals, it will be interesting to see whose spirit will win the game.last_img read more

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Kids benefit from a soccer pros love of the game

first_imgBy Mandy St. AmandSt. Louis Post-DispatchMARYVILLE- Nicholas Karidis and Jeff Cooper share a love of soccer. Both men want to do what they can to promote the sport – they are just going about it in very different ways.The Post-Dispatch has written plenty about Coopers proposal for a $402 million soccer stadium and development project in Collinsville. How he wants the city to become a partner by issuing bonds for the project. How would those bonds be repaid? By the taxes collected on sales and tickets at the soccer stadium, of course. The City Council planned a public hearing on his proposal Monday night.Cooper is a big-time lawyer with big-time connections. He earned a national reputation by winning more than $1 billion in awards and settlements from asbestos cases. His office in East Alton is decorated with soccer balls and athletic jerseys.The paper has not written about Karidis. Hes no big-time lawyer. Hes a former professional soccer player from Greece who came to the United States to pursue his education. He accomplished that – a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in sociology – and went to work. But Karidis, now 37, missed soccer. He turned pro at 17 and spent years playing professionally for teams in Australia and Greece.Karidis, married and the father of two, spent six years out of the soccer arena. Then my little guy started his select soccer experience, and I just noticed that the soccer program in the United States is very different from the European. And not in a good way. He knew there was a better way to train young players to be competitive.So Karidis sat down with his wife, Kari, last year and decided to start his own soccer club for kids. After 10 months of planning, Juventus Premier Futbol Club held its first tryouts in June. About 140 children and teenagers ages 4 through 19 play for Juventus on eight teams. The youngest kids play on a developmental team; the others compete in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association. All the games are played on fields in St. Charles and St. Louis counties; the players come from towns across the Metro East.Starting a soccer club the way Karidis did requires three big items: time, people and money. Karidis spends 40 to 50 hours a week coaching, teaching and running Juventus. Thats on top of his full-time job as an insurance fraud investigator. Like Karidis, all of the coaches of Juventus teams are nationally licensed through the U.S. Soccer Federation. One selling point for the club, Karidis said, is that there are no parent-coaches. I coach, but I dont coach my own son, he said.Joe Caradonna, 25, coaches one of the teams. Caradonna played four years of varsity soccer at Collinsville High School. Now he spends five nights a week and weekends working with Juventus teams. In an average week, he said, he spends about 14 hours on Juventus-related business. Its an unpaid position for now. I like soccer, so thats OK with me, he said.The clubs practice fields sit on about 16 acres of land behind the First Baptist Church of Maryville. Kari Karidis is a member of the church, and the couple asked Fred Winters, the senior pastor, about using some of its 70 acres. Part of our mission is to benefit the community, and we see this as a means of doing that. And, it maintains areas of the land we werent using, Winters said. Four or five nights a week, teams practice on the fields from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. – or until its too dark to see.Lights are high on the wish list. But they will cost money, and Karidis has already spent plenty of his own. Hes taken on a slew of sponsors like Puma, Four Flags Motors and Clarkson EyeCare. Sponsors help, but select teams still are expensive. The fees for a season with a Juventus team run about $775. If a player cant afford the expense, the team offers financial aid. Im a firm believer that every kid who has the athletic ability should be given an opportunity to play, and we dont want a financial burden to stop them, Karidis said.Karidis estimates hes spent about $50,000 of his own money on his dream. Cooper has spent about $2 million of his own money on his dream. They both love soccer. Theyre just showing it in different ways.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dealing with the memory problem in artificial intelligence

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI), which allows computers to learn and perform specific tasks such as image recognition and natural language processing, is loosely inspired by the human brain.The challenge is that while the human brain has evolved over the last 3 million years, Artificial Neural Networks, the very “brain” of AI, which have only been around for a few decades and aren’t nearly as finely tuned or as sophisticated as the gray matter in our heads, are expected to perform tasks associated with human intelligence. So in our quest to create AI systems that can benefit society — in areas from image classification to voice recognition and autonomous driving — we need to find new paths to speed up the evolution of AI.Part of this process is figuring out what types of memory work best for specific AI functions and discovering the best ways to integrate various memory solutions together. From this standpoint, AI faces two main memory limitations: density and power efficiency. AI’s need for power makes it difficult to scale AI outside of datacenters where power is readily available — particularly to the edge of the cloud where AI applications have the highest potential and value.To enable AI at the edge, developments are being made toward domain-specific architectures that facilitate energy-efficient hardware. However, the area that will open the way for the most dramatic improvements, and where a large amount of effort should be concentrated, is the memory technology itself.Driving AI to the Edge Over the last half-century, a combination of public and private interest has fueled the emergence of AI and, most recently, the advent of Deep Learning (DL). DL models have — due to the exceptional perception capabilities they offer — become one of the most widespread forms of AI. A typical DL model must first be trained on massive datasets (typically on GPU servers in datacenters) to tune the network parameters, an expensive and lengthy process, before it can be deployed to make its own inferences based on input data (from sensors, cameras, etc.). DL models require such massive amounts of memory to train their many parameters that it becomes necessary to utilize off-chip memory. Hence, much of the energy cost during training is incurred because of the inefficient shuffling of gigantic data loads between off-chip DRAM and on-chip SRAM (an approach that often exceeds 50% of the total energy use). Once the model is trained, the trained network parameters must be made available to perform inference tasks in other environments.Until recently AI applications had been confined to datacenters because of their large energy consumption and space requirements. However, over the past few years the growing demand for AI models at high scale, low latency and low cost has been pushing these applications to be run at the edge, namely in IoT and on mobile devices where power and performance are highly constrained.This is driving a rapidly expanding hardware ecosystem that supports edge applications for inference tasks and even a nascent effort at enabling distributed training (e.g., Google’s Federated Learning models). These new architectures are primarily driven by speech recognition and image classification applications.The growing demand combined with the increasing complexity of DL models is unsustainable in that it is causing a widening gap between what companies require in terms of energy dissipation, latency and size, and what current memory is capable of achieving. With the end of Moore’s Law and Dennard Scaling in the rear-view mirror exacerbating the issue, the semiconductor industry needs to diversify toward new memory technologies to address this paradigm shift and fulfill the demand for cheap, efficient AI hardware.The Opportunity for New Memories The AI landscape is a fertile ground for innovative memories with unique and improving characteristics and presents opportunities in both the datacenter and at the edge. New memory technologies can meet the demand for memory that will allow edge devices to perform DL tasks locally by both increasing the memory density and improving data access patterns, so that the need for transferring data to and from the cloud is minimized. The ability to perform perception tasks locally, with high accuracy and energy efficiency is key to the further advancement of AI.This realization has led to significant investment in alternative memory technologies, including NAND flash, 3D XPoint (Intel’s Optane), Phase-Change Memory (PCM), Resistive Memory (ReRAM), Magneto-Resistive Memory (MRAM) and others that offer benefits such as energy efficiency, endurance and non-volatility. While facilitating AI at the edge, such memories may also allow cloud environments to perform DL model training and inference more efficiently. Additional benefits include the potential improvements in reliability and processing speed. These improvements in the memory technology will make it possible to circumvent the current hardware limitations of devices at the edge.In particular, certain new memories offer distinct benefits due to specific inherent or unique qualities of the technology for a number of AI applications. ReRAM and PCM offer advantages for inference applications due to their superior speed (compared to Flash), density and non-volatility. MRAM offers similar advantages to ReRAM and PCM; furthermore, it exhibits ultra-high endurance such that it can compete with and complement SRAM as well as function as Flash replacement. Even at these early stages of their lifetime, these new memory technologies show enormous potential in the field of AI.And although we are still decades away from implementing the AI we’ve been promised in science fiction, we are presently on the cusp of significant breakthroughs that will affect many aspects of our lives and provide new efficient business models. As Rockwell Anyoha writes in a Harvard special edition blog on AI, “In the first half of the 20th century, science fiction familiarized the world with the concept of artificially intelligent robots. It began with the ‘heartless’ Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and continued with the humanoid robot that impersonated Maria in Metropolis.”The next competitive battle is being fought in memory, and as a result, there is a tremendous amount of time, money and brain power being dedicated to figuring out how to fix AI’s memory problem. Ultimately, while these computerized brains don’t yet hold a candle to our human brains — especially pertaining to energy efficiency — it is that very uniqueness of our own minds that enables our capacity to create solutions to our many fantasies and bring artificial intelligence to life.— Andrew Walker is vice president of product at Spin Memory (formerly Spin Transfer Technologies). >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times:”AI’s Memory Problem.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Continue Reading Previous Seven design challenges for ultrasound smart probesNext A logical method of debugging embedded systemscenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Indians deserve chance as national football coach: Subrata Pal

first_imgIf given an opportunity, an Indian can also do a good job as the head coach of the national football team feels Subrata Pal. One of the finest goalkeepers to have played for India, Pal believes that trusting the Indian coaches and handing them the responsibility can work wonders.Speaking to IANS, Pal said that finding good Indian coaches should be the ultimate goal as that will help improve the game at the grassroots level and at the end of the day, a good feeder line is what makes any team competitive on the world stage.”Firstly, you have to have faith in Indian coaches. If we don’t give them a chance how will they prove themselves? In a country of 130 crore people, there won’t be at least ten good coaches, how is that possible?” he enquired.With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) set to hire a coach for the national team after Stephen Constantine stepped down, the association has also made it clear that they don’t have the budget to bring in high-profile foreign coaches. But Pal feels finding a good Indian coach shouldn’t be an issue.”There are several good coaches in India who have performed well in the domestic tournaments. Under Indian coaches, we have done well in SAFF tournaments,” he said.Though he is not against hiring a foreign coach, Pal feels that Indian coaches must also be given opportunities to prove their worth.”I am not against foreign coaches, but if Indian coaches are not given an opportunity how they will prove themselves,” he concluded.advertisementAlso Read | Christian Eriksen’s late goal secures precious win for Tottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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DOWNTOWN MANHOLE COVERS BLOWN OFF BY BLAST (UPDATE)

first_imgSioux City Fire Rescue responded to an underground electrical fire Wednesday night in the downtown area after some manhole covers were sent flying by explosions.Lt. Joe Rodriquez says fire units were sent to 255 5th street around 6:30pm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MANHOLE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….in that area. :20The explosion and fire caused a power outage of several blocks in the downtown area affecting 40 power customers.Rodriquez says firefighters remained on the scene for two hours while Mid American Energy crews made repairs:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MANHOLE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………we found none. :11A Mid American Energy spokesperson says arcing of wires in an underground vault was the cause of the problem.No injuries were reported.last_img read more

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FIFA 18 World Cup: Full player ratings & team stats

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 World Cup: Best players, Icons & team ratings in full Goal 22:26 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA 18 World Cup update eSports World Cup We bring you all the player ratings from EA Sports’ latest offering, which gives gamers the chance to play at this year’s World Cup The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14 but FIFA 18 gamers can already get things under way with the new tournament special edition update.EA Sports released the latest version of their FIFA World Cup game on May 29 ahead of the competition and it is available to play now.Featuring all 32 teams as well as every stadium, the update also includes FIFA Ultimate Team mode, with a wealth of World Cup Icons also thrown in to make things even more interesting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now There’s also an option to create a custom World Cup with a fantasy line-up, which on this occasion might be particularly appealing to gamers from the Netherlands, Italy or the United States. To help you get started, Goal takes a look at all the ratings for the game (per FUTBIN), including the best players, teams and icons.FIFA 18 World Cup best playersExcluding the Icons, the best player in the FIFA 18 World Cup game is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has an overall rating of 95. The Portugal star’s pace and shooting are undoubtedly his strongest qualities at 90 and 92 respectively.Ronaldo is followed in the game by his perennial rival Lionel Messi, with the Argentina captain boasting a rating of 94. While Messi lags slightly behind his Portuguese nemesis in terms of pace and shooting attributes, his dribbling ability is one of the best in the game at 96.Brazil’s talisman Neymar is the third best player in the game with an overall rating of 93 and Portugal striker Robert Lewandowski follows the Paris Saint-Germain forward in fourth, with a rating of 92. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is rated at 91, as are Spain’s David de Gea and Germany’s Manuel Neuer.Interestingly, despite his incredible season, Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is rated relatively low at 88, which puts him behind the likes of Luka Modric, Edinson Cavani, Christian Eriksen and Antoine Griezmann, who are all rated 89.You can see every single player rated 90 or above in the FIFA 18 World Cup game below. Player Team Rating Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 95 Lionel Messi Argentina 94 Neymar Brazil 93 Robert Lewandowski Poland 92 David de Gea Spain 91 Manuel Neuer Germany 91 Luis Suarez Uruguay 91 Kevin De Bruyne Belgium 90 Eden Hazard Belgium 90 Mats Hummels Germany 90 Toni Kroos Germany 90 Sergio Ramos Spain 90 FIFA 18 World Cup best goalkeeperTwo goalkeepers in the game have a rating of 91: David de Gea and Manuel Neuer .They are followed by Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, who has a rating of 88, with France captain Hugo Lloris and Germany no. 2 Marc-Andre ter Stegen both rated 87.FIFA 18 World Cup best defenderThe best defenders at the World Cup, according to the FIFA 18 game, are Spain’s Sergio Ramos and Germany’s Mats Hummels , who both have a rating of 90.Veteran Portugal defender Pepe and Uruguay’s Diego Godin follow with ratings of 88. Brazilian duo Miranda and Marcelo are rated 87, as are Gerard Pique and Jerome Boateng.FIFA 18 World Cup best midfielderBelgium talisman Kevin De Bruyne and Germany’s Toni Kroos are the highest rated midfielders in the game at 90.Croatia star Luka Modric and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen are next with ratings of 89. Salah, who is considered a right midfielder in the game, is one of four players boasting an 88 rating, alongside Mesut Ozil, Thiago Alcantara and N’Golo Kante.FIFA 18 World Cup best forwardCristiano Ronaldo is the best forward in the game, followed by Messi and Neymar, with ratings of 95, 94 and 93 respectively.Lewandowski (92), Suarez (91) and Eden Hazard (90) follow, with Cavani and Griezmann both rated 89. Other forwards who will be useful attacking options include Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain, who are 88-rated players.FIFA 18 World Cup Icon ratingsRonaldinho FIFA 18 World Cup IconsAs well as the regular national team players, the FIFA 18 World Cup game features a number of international ‘Icons’ , who have represented their respective countries at previous World Cups.Among the 17 Icons in the expansion game are Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona, Brazil’s three-time World Cup winner Pele and former England striker Gary Lineker.Other heroes from past tournaments include 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldinho, Nigeria’s iconic midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha and Germany’s Miroslav Klose, who is the World Cup’s all-time top scorer.You can see the full list of Icons below, along with their ratings. Icon Team Rating Pele Brazil 98 Diego Maradona Argentina 97 Ronaldo Brazil 94 Lev Yashin Russia 94 Thierry Henry France 93 Lothar Matthaus Germany 93 Bobby Moore England 92 Gary Lineker England 92 Carles Puyol Spain 92 Ronaldinho Brazil 91 Laurent Blanc France 91 Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria 90 Rui Costa Portugal 90 Deco Portugal 90 Luis Hernandez Mexico 90 Miroslav Klose Germany 87 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan 86 FIFA 18 World Cup Player RatingsLionel Messi FIFA 18 World CupArgentinaOverall rating: 84Best player: Lionel Messi (94)Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (82), Geronimo Rulli (80), Nahuel Guzman (78)Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (86), Federico Fazio (82), Marcos Rojo (81), Ezequiel Garay (81), Mateo Musacchio (81), Pablo Zabaleta (78), Gabriel Mercado (77), Ramiro Funes Mori (77), Facundo Roncaglia (76)Midfielders: Paulo Dybala (87), Javier Pastore (83), Lucas Biglia (82), Ever Banega (82), Javier Mascherano (81), Leandro Paredes (80), Roberto Pereyra (80), Fernando Belluschi (80), Augusto Fernandez (80), Enzo Perez (77)Forwards: Lionel Messi (94), Gonzalo Higuain (88), Sergio Aguero (87), Angel Di Maria (85), Mauro Icardi (85), Alejandro Gomez (84), Ezequiel Lavezzi (80), Eduardo Salvio (80), Angel Correa (80), Lucas Pratto (80), Marcos Acuna (79), Emiliano Rigoni (79), Dario Benedetto (79), Erik Lamela (78), Lautaro Acosta (78)AustraliaOverall rating: 71Best players: Mathew Ryan, Aaron Mooy (76)Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan (76), Mitchell Langerak (70), Danny Vukovic (69), Adam Federici (68), Mark Birighetti (66)Defenders: Aziz Behich (73), Mark Milligan (72), Trent Sainsbury (72), Baily Wright (70), James Meredith (69), Matthew Jurman (69), Matthew Spiranovic (69), Josh Risdon (69), Milos Degenek (69), Rhys Williams (69), Alex Wilkinson (69), Ryan McGowan (68), Alex Gersbach (67), Tarik Elrich (65)Midfielders: Aaron Mooy (76), Tom Rogic (74), Mathew Leckie (73), Robbie Kruse (72), Mile Jedinak (72), Massimo Luongo (72), Jackson Irvine (70), Tim Cahill (70), James Troisi (70), Tommy Oar (69), Ivan Franjic (67)Forwards: Jamie Maclaren (69), Tomi Juric (69), Apostolos Giannou (68), Nikita Rukavytsa (66)BelgiumOverall rating: 83Best players: Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (90)Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (88), Simon Mignolet (80), Koen Casteels (78), Matz Sels (75)Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (84), Vincent Kompany (84), Jan Vertonghen (84), Thomas Vermaelen (80), Leander Dendoncker (77), Laurent Ciman (77), Christian Kabasele (76), Dedryk Boyata (75), Nicolas Lombaerts (74)Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (90), Axel Witsel (83), Yannick Carrasco (82), Moussa Dembele (82), Thomas Meunier (81), Marouane Fellaini (81), Radja Nainggolan (81), Steven Defour (80), Nacer Chadli (79), Youri Tielemans (79), Jordan Lukaku (75), Sebastian Pocognoli (70)Forwards: Eden Hazard (90), Dries Mertens (86), Romelu Lukaku (86), Michy Batshuayi (81), Christian Benteke (80), Thorgan Hazard (79), Kevin Mirallas (78), Divock Origi (78)BrazilOverall rating: 86Best player: Neymar (93)Goalkeepers: Alisson (84), Ederson (83), Diego Alves (82), Cassio (77)Defenders: Miranda (87), Marcelo (87), Dani Alves (86), Thiago Silva (86), Marquinhos (85), Filipe Luis (85), Alex Sandro (84), David Luiz (84), Felipe (82), Jemerson (80), Gabriel Paulista (80), Danilo (79), Geromel (78), Fagner (77)Midfielders: Paulinho (87), Casemiro (86), Renato Augusto (85), Fernandinho (84), Oscar (83), Giuliano (83), Fabinho (83), Lucas Lima (82), Luiz Gustavo (81), Fred (81)Forwards: Neymar (93), Philippe Coutinho (88), Gabriel Jesus (85), Willian (85), Roberto Firmino (84), Hulk (83), Douglas Costa (83), Jonas (83), Taison (82), Lucas (82)Neymar FIFA 18 World Cup ratingColombiaOverall rating: 79Best player: James Rodriguez (87)Goalkeepers: David Ospina (78), Camilo Vargas (75) Robinson Zapata (69)Defenders: Davinson Sanchez (82), Jeison Murillo (80), Santiago Arias (79), Cristian Zapata (78), Yerry Mina (77), Oscar Murillo, (77), Frank Fabra (77), Pablo Armero (75), Eder Balanta (75), Farid Diaz (73), Stefan Medina (72), Helibelton Palacios (71)Midfielders: James Rodriguez (87), Juan Cuadrado (82), Yimmi Chara (78), Carlos Sanchez (77), Daniel Torres (77), Macnelly Torres (76), Fredy Guarin (76), Alexander Mejia (76), Wilmar Barrios (75), Abel Aguilar (75), Edwin Cardona (75), Sebastian Perez (74), Guillermo Celis (74), Matheus Uribe (73), Orlando Berrio (73)Forwards: Radamel Falcao (84), Carlos Bacca (82), Luis Muriel (80), Duvan Zapata (78), Teofilo Gutierrez (78), Miguel Borja (77), Jackson Martinez (77), Adrian Ramos (76), Roger Martinez (71)Costa RicaOverall rating: 73Best player: Keylor Navas (86)Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (86), Patrick Pemberton (66), Esteban Alvarado (66), Leonel Moreira (62), Dany Carvajal (62)Defenders: Giancarol Gonzalez (76), Oscar Duarte (75), Kendall Waston (74), Cristian Gamboa (73), Brian Oviedo (72), Ronald Matarrita (71), Francisco Calvo (71), Johnny Acosta (70), Michael Umana (67), Junior Diaz (65), Kenner Gutierrez (63), Pablo Salazar (61), Allan Miranda (61), Jhamir Ordain (60)Midfielders: Celso Borges (78), Bryan Ruiz (76), Joel Campbell (76), Randall Azofeifa (71), Christian Bolanos (71), David Guzman (71), Yeltsin Tejeda (68), Johan Venegas (68), Rodney Wallace (68), Ulises Segura (66), Oscar Esteban Granados (62)Forwards: Marco Urena (69), Jose Guillermo Ortiz (64), Daniel Colindres (63), David Ramirez (63), Yendrick Ruiz (62)CroatiaOverall rating: 80Best player: Luka Modric (89)Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (83), Lovre Kalinic (75), Ivan Vargic (69), Dominik Livakovic (65)Defenders: Vedran Corluka (80), Dejan Lovren (80), Sime Vrsaljko (80), Domagoj Vida (78), Ivan Strinic (75), Tin Jedvaj (74), Martin Leovac (71), Duje Valeta-Car (71), Antonio Milic (71), Matej Mitrovic (71), Josip Pivaric (68), Borna Barisic (65), Marko Leskovic (64), Zoran Nizic (63)Midfielders: Luka Modric (89), Ivan Rakitic (86), Ivan Perisic (85), Mateo Kovacic (81), Marcelo Brozovic (80), Milan Badelj (78), Marko Pjaca (77), Marko Rog (76), Mario Pasalic (75), Ante Rebic (75), Ante Coric (73), Nikola Vlasic (67), Domagoj Antolic (67), Filip Bradaric (64)Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (83), Andrej Kramaric (80), Nikola Kalinic (79), Ivan Santini (76), Franko Andrijasevic (76), Duje Cop (74)DenmarkOverall rating: 78Best player: Christian Eriksen (89)Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (83), Jonas Lossl (75), David Jensen (75), Frederik Ronnow (74)Defenders: Andreas Christensen (82), Simon Kjaer (80), Jannik Vestergaard (78), Mathias Jorgensen (76), Frederik Sorensen (75), Erik Sviatchenko (73), Jens Stryger Larsen (73), Riza Durmisi (73), Peter Ankersen (72), Andreas Bjelland (72), Jonas Knudsen (71), Henrik Dalsgaard (71)Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (89), Daniel Wass (80), Thomas Delaney (78), Lasse Schone (77), Martin Braithwaite (75), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (75), Lukas Lerager (74), Mike Jensen (74), William Kvist (71)Forwards: Nicolai Jorgensen (79), Pione Sisto (78), Kasper Dolberg (77), Viktor Fischer (74), Nicklas Bendtner (74), Yussuf Poulsen (74), Rasmus Falk Jensen (73), Lasse Vibe (71), Marcus Ingvartsen (71), Nicolaj Thomsen (69)Mohamed Salah FIFA 18 World Cup ratingEgyptOverall rating: 76Best player: Mohamed Salah (88)Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (75), Sherif Ekramy (71)Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (78), Ramy Rabia (75), Mohamed Abdul Shafy (74), Ahmed Fathi (74), Ali Gabr (74), Ahmed Elmohamady (74), Samir Saad (72), Omar Gaber (71), Karim Hafez (69), Sabry Raheel (68), Islam Gamal (66)Midfielders: Mohamed Salah (88), Mohamed Elneny (80), Mahmoud Hassan (76), Mahmoud Abdel Moneim (76), Ramadan Sobhi (76), Tarek Hamed (75), Abdallah El-Said (74), Saleh Gomaa (74), Moamen Zakaria (70), Shikabala (70), Hossam Ghaly (69), Sam Morsy (69), Ibrahim Salah (68), Hossam Ashour (68), Ayman Ashraf (68), Mostafa Fathi (67)Forwards: Ahmed Hassan (77), Amr Gamal (70)EnglandOverall rating: 81Best player: Harry Kane (87)Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (81), Jordan Pickford (79), Joe Hart (79), Tom Heaton (79)Defenders: Kyle Walker (83), Danny Rose (82), Gary Cahill (81), Chris Smalling (81), Phil Jones (81), John Stones (80), Nathaniel Clyne (80), Kieran Trippier (80), Ryan Bertrand (80), Phil Jagielka (79), Michael Keane (79), Harry Maguire (78), Kieran Gibbs (77), Luke Shaw (77)Midfielders: Raheem Sterling (84), Dele Alli (83), Adam Lallana (81), Jack Wilshere (81), Eric Dier (80), Jesse Lingard (80), Jordan Henderson (80), Ross Barkley (80), Danny Drinkwater (79), James Ward-Prowse (78), Theo Walcott (78), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (78), Andros Townsend (76), Jake Livermore (74)Forwards: Harry Kane (87), Jamie Vardy (81), Daniel Sturridge (81), Marcus Rashford (81), Jermain Defoe (80), Michail Antonio (79), Danny Welbeck (79)FranceOverall rating: 85Best player: Antoine Griezmann (89)Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (87), Steve Mandana (84), Alphonse Areola (80), Benoit Costil (80)Defenders: Raphael Varane (85), Samuel Umtiti (85), Laurent Koscielny (85), Presnel Kimpembe (82), Aymeric Laporte (82), Adil Rami (82), Djibril Sidibe (80), Benjamin Mendy (80), Layvin Kurzawa (79), Kurt Zouma (79), Lucas Digne (79), Christophe Jallet (78), Sebastien Corchia (78), Jordan Amavi (77)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (88), Paul Pogba (86), Blaise Matuidi (85), Thomas Lemar (84), Dimitri Payet (84), Nabil Fekir (83), Corentin Tolisso (83), Anthony Martial (83), Ousmane Dembele (83), Kingsley Coman (82), Adrien Rabiot (82), Florian Thauvin (82), Geoffrey Kondogbia (80), Tiemoue Bakayoko (80), Moussa Sissoko (79), Yohan Cabaye (78)Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (89), Kylian Mbappe (85), Olivier Giroud (84), Alexandre Lacazette (83), Andre-Pierre Gignac (81), Kevin Gameiro (81)GermanyOverall rating: 86Best player: Manuel Neuer (91)Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (91), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (87), Bernd Leno (84), Kevin Trapp (82)Defenders: Mats Hummels (90), Jerome Boateng (87), Joshua Kimmich (85), Niklas Sule (84), Antonio Rudiger (83), Shkodran Mustafi (82), Benedikt Howedes (82), Jonathan Tah (81), Jonas Hector (81), Matthias Ginter (80), Marvin Plattenhardt (78), Benjamin Henrichs (75)Midfielders: Toni Kroos (90), Mesut Ozil (88), Thomas Muller (86), Sami Khedira (85), Julian Draxler (84), Ilkay Gundogan (84), Leon Goretzka (84), Mario Gotze (83), Leroy Sane (83), Emre Can (82), Julian Brandt (81), Sebastian Rudy (81), Julian Weigl (80), Serge Gnabry (80), Kerem Demirbay (80), Karim Bellarabi (80), Andre Schurrle (79), Amin Younes (78), Max Meyer (78)Forwards: Timo Werner (85), Lars Stindl (82), Mario Gomez (81), Sandro Wagner (80), Kevin Volland (79)Manuel Neuer FIFA 18 World Cup ratingIcelandOverall rating: 76Best player: Gylfi Sigurdsson (85)Goalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (74), Ingvar Jonsson (67), Ogmundur Kristinsson (66), Runar Runarsson (66)Defenders: Ragnar Sigurdsson (77), Kari Arnason (75), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (74), Hordur Magnusson (74), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (74), Ari Skulason (73), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (69), Hjortur Hermannsson (68), Jon Gudni Fjoluson (68), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (65), Vidar Ari Jonsson (64)Midfielders: Gylfi Sigurdsson (85), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (79), Aron Gunnarsson (78), Emil Hallfredsson (76), Birkir Bjarnason (76), Olafur Ingi Skulason (71), Rurik Gislason (71), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (71), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (68), Aron Sigurdarson (67), Arnor Smarason (67), Eimar Bjarnason (67),  Aron Elis ThrandarsonForwards: Alfred Finbogason (80), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (74), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (74), Vidar Orn Kjartansson (73), Kjartan Finnbogason (66), Ottar Magnus Karlsson (65), Elias Mar Ormarsson (64)IranOverall rating: 74Best player: Sardar Azmoun (79)Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (75), Alireza Haghighi (73)Defenders: Milad Mohammadi (75), Montazeri (74), Ramin Rezaeian (73), Jalal Hosseini (72), Ezzatollah Pourghaz (72), Vorya Ghafouri (68), Hossain Mahini (60)Midfielders: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (77), Dejagah (75), Taremi (74), Saeid Ezatolahi (73), Andranik Teymourian (72), Ehsan Haji Safi (72), Masoud Shojaei (71), Morteza Pouraliganji (71), Mehdi Torabi (69), Ali Karimi (65), Omid Ebrahimi (61), Roozbeh Cheshmi (60)Forwards: Sardar Azmoun (79), Karim Ansarifard (74), Reza Ghoochannejhad (73), Kaveh Rezaei (73)JapanOverall rating: 75Best player: Shinji Kagawa (82)Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (72), Masaaki Higashiguchi (72), Shusaku Nishikawa (70), Kosuke Nakamura (69)Defenders: Hiroki Sakai (76), Maya Yoshida (75), Gotoku Sakai (74), Gen Shoji (73), Yuto Nagatomo (72), Masato Morishige (72), Tsukasa Shiotani (72), Naomichi Ueda (70), Tomoaki Makino (69), Wataru Endo (69) Midfielders: Shinji Kagawa (82), Keisuke Honda (78), Takashi Inui (78), Makoto Hasebe (77), Gaku Shibasake (75), Hiroshi Kiyotake (75), Yu Kobayashi (75), Genki Haraguchi (74), Takashi Usami (73), Takumi Minamino (73), Yuki Kobayashi (72), Manabu Saito (72), Yosuke Kashiwagi (71), Takuma Asano (71), Hotaru Yamaguchi (70), Yosuke Ideguchi (70), Shu Kurata (69), Ryota Oshima (69), Yasuyuki Konno (67)Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (77), Yoshinori Muto (76), Yuya Osako (75), Yuya Kubo (74), Mu Kanazaki (72), Kenyu Sugimoto (72), Mike Havenaar (69) Korea RepublicOverall rating: 73Best player: Heung Min Son (83)Goalkeepers: Dong Joon Kim (71), Seung Gyu Kim (71), Hyun Woo Cho (69), Jin Hyeon Kim (68)Defenders: Jin Su Kim (72), Min Jae Kim (72), Young Sun Yun (71), Young Gwon Kim (71), Chul Soon Choi (68), Hyeon Soo Jang (67), Yong Lee (66), Jong Ho Hong (65)Midfielders: Heung Min Son (83), Sung Yueng Ki (76), Ja Cheol Koo (76), Jae Sung Lee (76), Min Woo Kim (73), Chan Hoon Kwon (71), Yo Han Go (68), Kook Young Han (66), Woo Young Jung (63) Forwards: Ki Hun Yeom (73), Shin Wook Kim (71), Dong Won Ji (71), Seung Dae Kim (71), Keun Ho Lee (69), Dong Gook Lee (69), Hee Chan Wang (68) Hirving Lozano FIFA 18 World Cup ratingMexicoOverall rating: 79Best players: Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Jesus Corona (81)Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (79), Jose de Jesus Corona (77), Alfredo Talavera (77), Alejandro Palacios (74), Rodolfo Cota (74), Moises Munoz (73)Defenders: Hector Moreno (80), Miguel Layun (78), Diego Reyes (77), Carlos Saicedo (77), Paul Aguilar (76), Nestor Araujo (76), Hugo Ayala (76), Cesar Montes (74), Jair Pereira (73), Edson Alvarez (73), Luis Fuentes (73), Luis Reyes (73), Oswaldo Alanis (71)Midfielders: Andres Guardado (81), Jonathan dos Santos (80), Hector Herrera (80), Giovani dos Santos (79), Rodolfo Pizarro (78), Marco Fabian (78), Jose Juan Vazquez (76), Erick Gutierrez (76), Jesus Duenas (75), Orbelin Pineda (75), Jesus Molina (73), Luis Montes (69)Forwards: Carlos Vela (81), Hirving Lozano (81), Javier Hernandez (81), Jesus Corona (81), Raul Jiminez (79), Elias Hernandez (77), Oribe Peralta (76), Javier Aquino (76), Jurgen Damm (74), Jesus Gallardo (72)MoroccoOverall rating: 76Best player: Medhi Benatia (85)Goalkeepers: Munir Mohand Mohamedi (72), Yassine Bounou (70)Defenders: Medhi Benatia (85), Romain Saiss (78), Zouhair Feddal (76), Nabil Dirar (74), Achraf Hakimi (73), Manue da Costa (72), Fouad Chafik (72), Achraf Lazaar (72), Jawad El Jamiq (70), Hamza Mendyi (64)Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech (81), Karim El Ahmadi (80), Younes Belhanda (80), Nordin Amrabat (78), Mbark Boussoufa (77), Sofiane Boufal (76), Faycal Fajr (75), Amine Harit (75), Sofyan Amrabat (74), Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (74), Youssef Ait Benasser (74), Abdelaziz Barrada (74), Omar El Kaddouri (74), Oussama Tannane (73), Adnane Tighadouini (70), Issam El Adoua (69)Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (74), Yacine Bammou (72), Aziz Bouhaddouz (72), Youssef El Arabi (72), Rashid Alioui (70), Youssef En-Nesyri (70)NigeriaOverall rating: 74Best player: Victor Moses (80)Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (70), Francis Uzoho (68), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (68), Daniel Akpeyi (65), Dele Alampasu (63)Defenders: Leon Balogun (74), William Troost-Ekong (74), Kenneth Omeruo (72), Shehu Abdullahi (72), Chidozie Awaziem (72), Elderson Echiejile (71), Tyronne Ebuehi (69), Efe Ambrose (69), Godfrey Oboabona (68), Kingsley Madu (65), Musa Muhammed (65)Midfielders: Victor Moses (80), Wilfred Ndidi (79), John Obi Mikel (77), Alex Iwobi (76), Henry Onyekuru (74), Ahmed Musa (74), Moses Simon (74), Ogenyi Onazi (74), Peter Etebo (73), Uche Agbo (72), John Ogu (72)Forwards: Odion Ighalo (76), Kelechi Iheanacho (75), Brown Ideye (72), Olarenwaju Kayode (72)PanamaOverall rating: 69Best players: Roman Torres, Anibal Godoy (73)Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (68), Alex Rodriguez (62), Jose de Jesus Calderon (62)Defenders: Roman Torres (73), Adolfo Machado (72), Felipe Baloy (69), Michael Murillo (68), Jan Carlos Vargas (67), Harold Cummings (66), Roberto Chen (66), Fidel Escobar (66), Luis Carlos Ovalle (65), Luis Henriquez (64), Roderick Miller (64), Eric Davies (63)Midfielders: Anibal Godoy (73), Gabriel Gomez (72), Alberto Quintero (70), Armando Cooper (68), Edgar Barcenas (68), Ricardo Buitrago (67), Valentin Pimentel (67), Ismael Diaz (66), Jose Gonzalez (64), Tony Taylor (63), Miguel Camargo (63), Josiel Nunez (63), Manuel Vargas (62), Jean Carlos Cedeno (61)Forwards: Gabriel Torres (69), Blas Perez (68), Luis Tejada (67), Abdiel Arroyo (66), Roberto Nurse (64), Rolando Blackburn (63)Robert Lewandowski FIFA 18 World Cup ratingPeruOverall rating: 76Best player: Jefferson Farfan (80)Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (76), Carlos Caceda (74), Jose Carvallo (68), Diego Penny (66)Defenders: Luis Advincula (76), Juan Manuel Vargas (75), Alberto Rodriguez (75), Carlos Zambrano (75), Christian Ramos (74), Aldo Corzo (74), Miguel Trauco (74), Miguel Araujo (69), Renzo Revoredo (68), Jair Cespedes (68), Luis Abram (66), Nilson Loyola (65)Midfielders: Andre Carillo (79), Christian Cueva (78), Renato Tapia (77), Paolo Hurtado (75), Yoshimar Yotun (75), Edison Flores (75), Carlos Lobaton (72), Andy Polo (72), Carlos Ascues (72), Yordy Reyna (71), Pedro Aquino (70), Cristian Benavente (69), Josepmir Ballon (68), Joel Sanchez (66), Sergio Pena (65), Cesar Ortiz (61)Forwards: Jefferson Farfan (80), Claudio Pizarro (76), Raul Ruidiaz (76), Irven Avila (69), Luis Humberto Da Silva Silva (64)PolandOverall rating: 80Best player: Robert Lewandowski (92)Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (83), Lukasz Fabianski (82), Lukasz Skorupski (77), Przemyslaw Tyton (72)Defenders: Kamil Glik (86), Lukasz Piszczek (84), Michal Pazdan (76), Artur Jedrzejczyk (74), Marcin Kaminski (73), Bartosz Bereszynski (73), Igor Lewczuk (73), Maciej Rybus (73), Tomasz Kedziora (72), Thiago Rangel Cionek (71), Bartosz Salamon (70), Pawel Dawidowicz (68), Jan Bednarek (68)Midfielders: Piotr Zielinski (82), Grzegorz Krychowiak (80), Karol Linetty (78), Jakub Blaszczykowski (77), Kamil Grosicki (76), Krzysztof Maczynski (75), Jacek Goralski (73), Jaciej Makuszewski (72), Pawel Wszolek (72), Bartosz Kapustka (72), Tomasz Jodlowiec (71), Slawomir Peszko (70), Filip Starzynski (69)Forwards: Roberto Lewandowski (92), Arkadiusz Milik (80), Lukasz Teodorczyk (78), Mariusz Stepinski (70)PortugalOverall rating: 84Best player: Cristiano Ronaldo (95)Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (85), Anthony Lopes (82), Beto (78)Defenders: Pepe (88), Jose Fonte (82), Nelson Semedo (81), Cedric (81), Ricardo Pereira (80), Raphael Guerreiro (80), Luis Neto (79), Eliseu (79), Joao Cancelo (79), Fabio Coentrao (79), Antunes (78), Bruno Alves (78) Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (84), Adrien Silva (84), Bernardo Silva (84), Joao Mario (84), William Carvalho (84), Ricardo Quaresma (83), Danilo Pereira (83), Andre Gomes (82), Nani (82), Bruno Fernandes (81), Pizzi (81), Gelson Martins (81), Bruma (80), Goncalo Guedes (78), Renato Sanches (78), Rafa (77), Andre Andre (76)Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (95), Andre Silva (82), Eder (76), Nelson Oliviera (75)RussiaOverall rating: 79Best player: Fedor Smolov (82)Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (80), Guilherme Alvim Marinato (78), Andrey Lunev (78), Alexandr Selikhov (78)Defenders: Mario Figueira Fernandes (81), Igor Smolnikov (78), Viktor Vasin (77), Georgiy Dzhikiya (76), Roma Shishkin (75), Yuriy Zhirkov (75), Fedor Kudryashov (74), Andrey Semenov (74), Roman Neustadter (74), Konstantin Rausch (74), Dmitriy Kombarov (74), Ruslan Kambolov (73), Ilya Kutepov (73), Vladimir Granat (72)Midfielders: Alan Dzagoev (81), Alexandr Samedov (80), Alexey Miranchuk (79), Alexandr Golovin (79), Denis Glushakov (79), Roman Zobnin (78), Daler Kuzyaev (77), Denis Cheryshev (76), Dmitriy Tarasov (75), Alexandr Erokhin (75), Yuriy Gazinskiy (75), Magomed Ozdoev (72), Anton Shvets (72), Anton Miranchuk (72)Forwards: Fedor Smolov (82), Alexandr Kokorin (80), Dmitriy Poloz (75), Maxim Kanunnikov (73), Alexandr Bukharov (71)Sergio Ramos FIFA 18 World Cup ratingSaudi ArabiaOverall rating: 72Best players: Salman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abed (75)Goalkeepers: Yasser Al Mosailem (71), Mohammed Khalil Al Owais (70), Abdullah Al Mayoof (69), Waleed Abdullah (65)Defenders: Osama Hawsawi (74), Omar Ibrahim Othman (73), Yasser Al Shahrani (73), Motaz Hawsawi (70), Mohammed Al Buraik (69), Mansour Al Harbi (69), Hassan Muath Fallatah (68), Abdullah Al Zori (67), Saeed Al Mowalad (65), Mohammed Al Fatil (64)Midfielders: Salman Al Faraj (75), Nawaf Al Abed (75), Taiseer Al Jassam (74), Yahia Sulaiman Al Shehri (73), Fahad Al Muwallad (73), Abdulmalek Al Khaibari (72), Salem Al Dawsari (70), Salman Muwashar (70), Abdullah Ateef (70), Hussain Al Moqahwi (69), Abdul Fatah Aseri (68)Forwards: Mohammed Al Sahlawi (71), Nasser Al Shamrani (69), Mukhtar Omar Fallatah (67)SenegalOverall rating: 76Best players: Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane (84)Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (70), Khadim N’Diaye (69), Pape Seydou Ndiaye (67)Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (84), Kara Mbodj (77), Salif Sane (76), Youssouf Sabaly (75), Lamine Sane (74), Lamine Gassama (71), Adama Mbengue (69), Zargo Toure (69), Moussa Wague (68)Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (78), Chekhou Kouyate (77), Papa Alioune Ndiaye (76), Cheikh N’Doye (74), Papa Kouli Diop (73), Henri Saivet (73), Mohamed Diame (72)Forwards: Sadio Mane (84), Keita Balde Diao (80), Diafra Sakho (75), Moussa Sow (75), M’Baye Niang (75), Moussa Konate (74), Ismaila Sarr (74), Mame Diouf (74) Opa Nguette (71)SerbiaOverall rating: 77Best player: Nemanja Matic (84)Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (74), Marko Dmitrovic (74), Pedrag Rajkovic (60)Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (82), Aleksandar Kolarov (80), Matija Nastasic (79), Nikola Maksimovic (77), Antonio Rukavina (76), Jagos Vukovic (75), Dusko Tosic (75), Uros Spajic (74), Milos Veljkovic (74), Ivan Obradovic (74), Slobodan Rajkovic (73), Stefan Mitrovic (73), Aleksandar Ignjovski (71), Filip Mladenovic (70), Nemanja Milunovic (66)Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (84), Ljubomir Fejsa (81), Luka Milivojevic (76), Nemanja Gudelj (75), Mijat Gacinovic (74), Nemanja Maksimovic (71), Sasa Lukic (70)Forwards: Dusan Tadic (78), Adem Ljajic (78), Filip Kostic (76), Zoran Tosic (76), Aleksandar Mitrovic (75), Aleksandar Prijovic (74), Aleksandar Katai (74), Lazar Markovic (74), Uros Durdevic (73), Nikola Stojijkovic (73), Andrija Pavlovic (64)SpainOverall rating: 86Best player: David de Gea (91)Goalkeepers: David de Gea (91), Jose Reina (83), Sergio Asenjo (83), Kepa Arrizabalaga (82), Sergio Rico (82)Defenders: Sergio Ramos (90), Gerard Pique (87), Jordi Alba (85), Dani Carvajal (84), Cesar Azpilicueta (83), Nacho Fernandez (82), Inigo Martinez (82), Nacho Monreal (82), Marc Bartra (81), Alvaro Odriozola (79)Midfielders: Thiago (88), Andres Iniesta (87), Sergio Busquets (87), Koke (85), Ander Herrera (83), Javi Martinez (83), Saul (82), Jonathan Viera (82), Asier Illaramendi (81)Forwards: David Silva (87), Isco (86), Diego Costa (84), Marco Asensio (84), Lucas Vazquez (83), Rodrigo (83), Iago Aspas (83), Alvaro Morata (83), Aritz Aduriz (83), Suso (82), Juan Mata (82), Jose Callejon (82), Pedro (82), Vitolo (81), Gerard Deulofeu (81), Paco Alcacer (79)Luis Suarez FIFA 18 World Cup ratingSwedenOverall rating: 77Best player: Emil Forsberg (83)Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (76), Karl-Johan Jonsson (74), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (73), Patrick Carigren (69), Andreas Linde (67)Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (81), Victor Lindelof (79), Pontus Jansson (77), Ludwig Augustinsson (76), Oscar Wendt (75), Martin Olsson (75), Mikael Lustig (74), Sebastian Holmen (73), Emil Krafth (73), Niklas Hult (73), Filip Helander (73), Johan Larsson (69), Linus Wahlqvist (69)Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (83), Albin Ekdal (77), Jakob Johansson (76), Sam Larsson (76), Jimmy Durmaz (75), Gustav Svensson (74), Sebastian Larsson (73), Victor Claesson (73), Oscar Hiljemark (73), Oscar Lewicki (72), Alexander Fransson (72), Marcus Rohden (71), Ken Sema (70)Forwards: Marcus Berg (81), John Guidetti (77), Ola Toivonen (77), Christoffer Nyman (72), Samuel Armenteros (71), Isaac Kiese Thelin (71), Emir Kujovic (69)SwitzerlandOverall rating: 78Best player: Yann Sommer (83)Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (83), Roman Burki (82), Marwin Hitz (79), Yvon Mvogo (75)Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (81), Ricardo Rodriguez (81), Fabian Schar (77), Michael Lang (76), Manuel Akanji (76), Nico Elvedi (76), Silvan Widmer (75), Johan Djourou (75), Francois Moubandje (74), Leo Lacroix (73), Timm Klose (73), Ulisses Garcia (67)Midfielders: Xherdan Shaqiri (82), Granit Xhaka (82), Blerim Dzemaili (78), Denis Zakaria (76), Admir Mehmedi (76), Steven Zuber (76), Renato Steffen (76), Gelson Fernandes (75), Valon Behrami (75), Fabrian Frei (75), Valentin Stocker (75), Remo Freuler (75), Edimilson Fernandes (72), Shani Tarashaj (68)Forwards: Breel Embolo (76), Haris Seferovic (76), Eren Derdiyok (75), Josip Drmic (75), Mario Gavranovic (73)TunisiaOverall rating: 73Best player: Wahbi Khazri (78)Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (73), Farouk Ben Mustapha (68), Rami Jeridi (67)Defenders: Aymen Abdennou (76), Ammar Jemal (73), Hamdi Nagguez (72), Syam Ben Youssef (72), Rami Bedoui (70), Ali Maaloul (70), Yassine Meriah (70), Zied Boughattas (69), Hamza Mathlouthi (68), Khalil Chemmam (67), Oussama Haddadi (67)Midfielders: Wahbi Khazri (78), Naim Sliti (75), Yassine Chikhaoui (75), Youssef Msakni (74), Anis Ben-Hatira (72), Mohammed Amine Ben Amor (72), Ghaylene Chaalali (72), Anice Badri (71), Ferjani Sassi (69), Hamza Lahmar (68), Larry Azouni (67)Forwards: Taha Khenissi (74), Hamdi Harbaoui (72), Ahmed Akaichi (70), Fakhereedine Ben Youssef (66)UruguayOverall rating: 80Best player: Luis Suarez (91)Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (82), Martin Campana (78), Martin Silva (74), Gaston Guruceaga (73), Esteban Conde (71)Defenders: Diego Godin (88), Jose Gimenez (83), Sebastian Coates (81), Maximiliano Pereira (77), Martin Caceres (76), Mauricio Lemos (75), Alvaro Pereira (75), Gaston Silva (74), Mauricio Victorino (74), Emiliano Velazquez (74), Guillermo Varela (74), Mathias Corujo (73), Camilo Mayada (73)Midfielders: Matias Vecino (79), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (78), Diego Laxalt (78), Gaston Ramirez (78), Nicolas Lodeiro (78), Carlos Sanchez (77), Gaston Pereiro (77), Rodrigo Bentancur (76), Nahitan Nandez (76), Cristian Rodriguez (75), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (75), Federico Valverde (74), Alvaro Gonzalez (74), Egidio Arevalo Rios (73), Guzman Pereira (72)Forwards: Luis Suarez (91), Edinson Cavani (89), Cristhian Stuani (78), Diego Rolan (77), Maximiliano Gomez (76), Abel Hernandez (75), Jonathan Rodriguez (72)last_img read more

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Muehlhan to Expand Its Business (UK)

first_imgMuehlhan Surface Protection, February 18, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom One of Britain’s leading marine surface protection companies is planning further expansion from its base in Aberdeen after securing new banking facilities from Clydesdale Bank.Muehlhan Surface Protection Limited began trading in 2003 and is 100% owned by Muehlhan AS, a German quoted company with around thirty businesses operating worldwide and employing more than 2,000 people. Muehlhan operates in the oil and gas/resources sector, and offers services including surface protection, insulation, scaffolding, rope access, fabrication, consultancy engineering and inspection.A new bank customer, Muehlhan has secured £3.9m facilities from Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Aberdeen. The deal was delivered by business development manager, Andy Tait.Jim West, director at Muehlhan said: “This significant financial commitment will help us to extend our reach in a sector we have been established in for more than a decade.“We currently have ambitious growth targets which our dedicated team will help realise. We offer a personalised service and can react quickly to changing conditions – a fact which makes us stand out from our rivals.“Our current focus would not have been possible without the support of Clydesdale Bank which has worked closely with our team to help us realise our ambitions.”Muehlhan is expected to enter a sustained period of growth in the next five years with the company looking to increase its customer base. Muehlhan is a strong business with turnover in the last financial year of £9.6m with post-tax profits of £890k. In future, they are expecting strong annual growth of 20% per year which, could create up to 120 posts created in the next three years.Stephen Hepburn, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Aberdeen, said: “The success of Muehlhan is a testament to the experience, drive and expertise shown by the management team, and represents all that is good about the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses in the North East.“As we begin to see signs of economic recovery, Clydesdale Bank remains focused on investing in the growth ambitions of the local business community.” Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

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Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad on business

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday allowed Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to travel abroad on business, saying the ED’s apprehension that he might tamper with evidence was without any basis.Special judge Arvind Kumar granted permission to Vadra to travel to Spain from September 21 to October 8. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering related to purchase of a property in London, at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court said in its order that the Enforcement Directorate’s case was based mainly on documentary evidence. “The ED failed to point out any instance when the applicant (Vadra) tampered with the evidence or influence any witness. The apprehension of investigating agency that the applicant may tamper with evidence is without any basis,” it said. “The applicant is resident of Delhi and has deep roots in society, his family is based in India and his properties are also situated in India…. Thus considering the overall facts and circumstances of the case, the applicant is allowed to visit only Spain from September 20 to October 8, 2019,” it added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court said that before leaving the country, Vadra would have to inform the court and the probe agency the address of his stay in Spain along with contact numbers. The court directed him to submit Rs 25 lakh fixed deposit receipt (FDR) with it. It further directed him to inform the court about his arrival within 24 hours and not to tamper with any evidence or try to influence witnesses in the case. “The applicant shall join investigation within 72 hours after being informed by the Investigating Officer. Applicant to submit copy of passport and visa after his arrival from Spain,” the court said. The ED had on Thursday told the court that Vadra may hamper the probe if allowed to travel to Spain and other European countries. The application was an attempt to tamper the evidence and meet the co-accused, it had said. The ED’s submission was, however, opposed by Vadra’s counsel and senior advocate K T S Tulsi, who said that the agency’s allegations were unfounded and that the accused will return. Vadra had on September 9 moved court seeking permission to travel abroad. The court had in June allowed Vadra to travel to the US and Netherlands for six weeks on account of health reasons. It, however, had not allowed Vadra to go to the United Kingdom. The ED had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to the UK.last_img read more

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Metrolinx spending in question

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 There’s a call for Ontario’s Auditor General to look into Metrolinx spending.Reports say the transit authority bought $27,000 worth of Buffalo Bills tickets, and also sponsored the Toronto International Film Festival for more than $30,000. NDP MPP Rosario Marchese is demanding the probe.Metrolinx has, however, released a statement saying:“Metrolinx did not pay for tickets. The Bills tickets came as a part of a promotional partnership with GO Transit that did not require any payment. The TIFF tickets were included as part of a sponsorship agreement and again were not purchased.”“The public, when they look at this and see this says, ‘I don’t get it. I ain’t going to this TIFF, I ain’t seeing that football game. Somebody else is, and what is the purpose of this?’ And I think that is what we need to worry about. Will it have an effect of Metrolinx if the Auditor General were to do a value for money audit? I think it will. I think it will reveal that there is a problem there. These are the only two sponsorship programs we are aware of. It’s quite possible they’ve been involved in other sponsorship programs of questionable value, and it will be revealed, and hopefully this agency and others will no that the public expects public agencies to spend money wisely.”Marchese says Metrolinx should focus on making an integrated transit system across the GTA, and says sponsorship programs like this will not give them the credibility to do the job. read more

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Annan calls on business leaders to bridge the digital divide in poor

“Information technology is not a magic formula or panacea. But it is a powerful force that can and must be harnessed to our global mission of peace and development,” Mr. Annan said in a message to “The Net World Order: bridging the Global Digital Divide” conference in New York hosted by the Business Council for the UN.The two-day conference, which kicked off today, seeks to link technology innovation with UN efforts to expand information technology access in developing countries. It is being held at the first United States trade show that emphasizes the entire spectrum – systems, applications, networking and telecommunications – of information and communications technology products and services.The swift emergence of a global “information society” is changing the way people live, learn, work and relate – creating new choices and opportunities in some of the most vital realms of human endeavour – yet too many of the world’s people remain untouched by this revolution, Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by Amire Dossal, Executive Director UN Fund for International Partnerships.”Timely access to news and information can promote trade, education, employment, health and wealth,” Mr. Annan said. “One of the hallmarks of the information society – openness – is a crucial ingredient of democracy and good governance. Information and knowledge are also at the heart of efforts to strengthen tolerance, mutual understanding and respect for diversity.”He urged the business leaders to get involved in the World Summit on the Information Society in December, saying it “offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of the information society so that all people can enjoy these benefits.” read more

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TSX lower as oil metals prices sink traders cautions in advance of

TORONTO – Lower commodity prices in the wake of disappointing economic news from China and uncertainty ahead of this week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve pushed North American stock markets lower Monday.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX index was down 108.13 points at 13,353.34 amid lower oil and base metals prices after weekend reports from China showed factory output and investment was growing at a slower pace than forecast.Every sector of the Toronto stock market closed lower, with metals and mining leading the way, declining nearly four per cent.Meanwhile, in New York, indexes pulled back in the face of interest rate uncertainty going into this week’s two-day policy rate meeting of the Fed, which begins Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrial average slid 62.13 points to 16,370.96, while the S&P 500 index fell 8.02 points to 1,953.03 and the Nasdaq declined 16.58 points to 4,805.76.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisors, says investors are sitting on the sidelines as they await the verdict from the Fed regarding which way interest rates will go.“No one wants to take a very strong view just ahead of the decision,” Raschkowan said.“Of course, in Canada, our market is also struggling with oil prices being down again today, and so you’re seeing the commodity stocks, oil related in particular, being quite weak.”The October contract for benchmark crude oil was down 63 cents at US$44.00 a barrel, while October natural gas rose seven cents to US$2.76 per thousand cubic feet. December copper was down five cents at US$2.41 a pound, while December gold advanced $4.40 to US$1,107.70 an ounce.The Canadian dollar gave back 0.02 of a U.S. cent to 75.43 cents US.Up until recently, there had been expectations that the Fed might well raise its benchmark interest rate at the end of its two-day meeting on Thursday.Now, many are suggesting that China’s slower economy and the resulting turbulence in global financial markets might prompt the Fed to postpone a rate hike, at least for a while. However, the U.S. central bank’s deputy chairman, Stanley Fischer, recently said he saw a “pretty strong case” for raising rates.In addition to the economic news out of China, the government in Beijing announced plans Sunday for a sweeping overhaul of state industries. Leaders of the governing Communist party have promised to give entrepreneurs and market forces a bigger role but say state ownership will remain the core of the economy.Under the new plan, state companies will face more free-market competition, become financially self-supporting and be divided into commercial entities and those that serve social purposes. The announcement contained few details on how this would be accomplished but promised a “decisive outcome” by 2020.Pressure for change has mounted as economic growth in China fell to a two-decade low of 7.4 per cent last year and is forecast to contract to about seven per cent this year.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. TSX lower as oil, metals prices sink; traders cautions in advance of Fed meeting by Alexandra Posadzki and Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 7:22 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Softball No 22 Ohio State finishes 31 in Big TenACC Challenge

Niki Carver throws the ball to first in hopes of tagging out a Wright State runner. Credit:Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 22 Ohio State softball team came into the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge on Friday with plenty of momentum, having began the season with five wins in its opening weekend. However, its early five-game win streak ended Friday in the first game of the challenge after suffering a 5-4 loss to North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.North Carolina StateThe Buckeyes took an early lead on Saturday when junior infielder Lilli Piper his a two-run home run in the first inning. Ohio State maintained that lead for five innings.North Carolina State responded to Piper’s home run with four runs in one at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman infielder Timberlyn Shurbutt smashed a grand slam to center field to pull ahead 4-2.Ohio State freshman corner infielder Niki Carver hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  North Carolina State took the lead in the top of the eighth inning, however, when senior pinch runner Macauley Prickett scored on an obstruction of home call to give the Wolfpack the 5-4 lead.LouisvilleOhio State bounced back from a disappointing loss in the first game of the weekend with a 6-5 win against Louisville on Saturday.Junior catcher Emily Clark and senior infielder Ashley Goodwin each hit solo home runs in the first inning to give the Buckeyes an early 2-0 lead. Louisville junior pitcher Megan Hensley hit a home run for two RBIs to tie the game at two. With the game tied at five and deep into extra innings, freshman utility Niki Carver laced a single up the middle to score senior Becca Gavin from second to win the game 6-5 for Ohio State.North Carolina StateThe Buckeyes picked up their second win of the day when they defeated North Carolina State 5-4 in their third extra-inning game in two days.After four scoreless innings, North Carolina State got on the board with two runs in the top of the fifth coming from a run-scoring fielder’s choice and a sacrifice flyThe seventh inning brought even more action when North Carolina State freshman outfielder Sam Russ scored off freshman catcher Lily Bishop’s RBI to go up 3-0. Ohio State responded with three runs in the next half-inning to send the game into extra innings once again. Freshman infielder Kallie Boren’s double to left field brought in sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom and senior Becca Gavin, then Piper’s right-field single brought in sophomore Amy Balich to tie the game. North Carolina State scored a run in the top of the eighth, but Ohio State answered with a two-run, walk-off home run by senior pitcher Shelby McCombs that brought in Clark to seal the win for the Buckeyes.LouisvilleOhio State capped off the weekend by beating Louisville 4-0 on Sunday. This was its first shutout of the 2018 season.The Buckeyes scored first in the top of the third inning when Clark hit a solo home run to center. Then with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Clark scored when Louisville third baseman Alison Szydlowski committed a throwing error.In the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes extended their lead to 4-0 to give them a comfortable cushion with only half an inning left to play. Piper and Clark reached base and after a fielding error, a bunt by Goodwin and a single by McCombs, two runs went up on the board for Ohio State.The Buckeyes will take on Virginia Tech, Wichita State and Texas in the Texas Invitational on Feb. 23 and 24. read more

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Greek bride celebrates her 103rd birthday in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Life is a dream. I feel like I was born yesterday!”With those words, 103-year-old Greek yiayia Angeliki Frangos, celebrated her birthday last Wednesday at her Adelaide home in the presence of her closest friends and family. Angeliki Frangou (nee Papi) was born in Ikaria in November 1915. She left her island in 1949 when she boarded the Arabic ship Mears and travelled to Australia as one of the many ‘brides’ of that era, seeking a better future away from home. “Like most immigrants, my husband and I worked extremely hard to secure a better life for ourselves and provide a better future for our two children,” yiayia Angela told Neos Kosmos. “When we first arrived, life wasn’t easy for us. They were difficult years and no matter what anyone says, there was a lot of poverty in Australia back then, especially for us immigrants who had to work really hard and perform all sort of jobs in order to get ahead in life. There was little money and a lot of racism, particularly towards the Greeks and the Italians, who were given all the difficult jobs to do. “We hardly ever saw our husbands. They were always working,” recalls yiayia Angela who has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.Yiayia Angela as a young woman.Yiayia Angela admits that she was never particularly fond of Australia and she found it quite hard to adjust to the Australian way of life. Nevertheless, she feels grateful for the life she was given and the great joys she experienced with her family down under. “Having two πατρίδες is difficult and for those who haven’t experienced the pain of ξενιτιά, they can’t fully comprehend what it means to be torn between two countries,” says yiayia, who to this day can still recall the overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement she experienced when she finally managed to travel back to Greece a few years after leaving. “I felt so incredibly blessed that I was able to travel back home and the memories of our visit in 1974 and later in 1989 will stay with me till the day I close my eyes,” she says.Yiayia Angela considers herself lucky for what she has seen and experienced during the 103 years of her life, although she misses her husband and siblings who are no longer alive. “My husband passed away in 2006. He was 90 years of age. My friends of that generation are long gone and none of my brothers and sisters are alive today. I must admit I feel lonely at times and I miss the good old days but in the same breath, I feel fortunate enough to have my children, my grandchildren, and great-grandchildren around me to always remind me that life is a beautiful gift,” she says. Yiayia Angela continues to live in her own house, where she grows her own vegetables and takes care of her household. She enjoys walking and loves nothing more than the company of a good book. “My daughter Sofia is 66 years old and lives permanently in Rhodes. My son Yianni lives in Adelaide and he is the one that looks after me when I need assistance. “I have now learnt to live each day as it comes. For me, there’s only today. When I think back or look at other people of my age who are sick, unable to walk or look after themselves, I feel blessed that I have been afforded this life and so much time to enjoy it,” she says.Yiayia Aggela in the 1980s with her husband, children Yianni and Sofia, her son-in-law, and a grandson.Yiayia Angela is healthy, happy and delightful to talk to. Although she is now over a century old, she still feels like she was born yesterday and looks at her life as if it has been a lengthy dream. The concept of death doesn’t seem to faze her. “I do not fear death. On the contrary, at my age, the only thing that death can achieve is to help me rest from this long and incredible life journey,” she said. “A journey that has lasted for 103 years.”last_img read more

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TDP issue violation of Assembly rights notice on CM YS Jagan

first_imgAmaravati: The TDP leaders have alleged that the YSRCP is getting on the personal slander in the Assembly. During yesterday’s zero interest debate, the YSRCP has made baseless allegations against them, over this, the TDP has issued violation of Assembly rights notice on CM YS Jagan. In the notice, the TDP demanded the Speaker to take actions against the Chief Minister. However, as the continuation of yesterday’s debate on zero interest loans., today also TDP has started the discussion in the house. Even CM YS Jagan said they are also ready for the debate.last_img read more

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Flood situation worsens in north northeast

first_imgThe flood situation of the country’s northern and northeastern regions started to deteriorate as the water level of the major rivers continued to rise, reports UNB.In Sylhet, water of the Surma river suddenly swelled due to incessant rains for the last several days and the onrush of water from hilly areas.Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said the river was flowing above the danger level in three points, inundating many low-lying areas.According to the BWDB control room, it was flowing 13.39cm above the red mark at Kanaighat while 10.44cm at Jakiganj and 14.83cm in Amalshid at 6:00pm.However, the water level of Kushiara river was still flowing under the danger mark on Wednesday evening, according to the control room.Meanwhile, the residents of the district are in fear of an imminent flood as the Met office forecasts heavy rainfall in the next 24-48 hours.In Sunamganj, gushing water inundated many villages along the Surmar river as it was flowing 81cm above the danger level. Local BWDB office recorded 90mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning and predicted more rain in the next two days.In many places, people were seen wading through knee-deep water.In Nilphamari, the water of the Teesta river is on constant rise and it was flowing just 5cm below the danger level at Dalia Teesta Barrage point at 6:00am on Thursday.BWDB officials at Dalia Nurul Islam said a total of 44 sluice gates of the Teesta Barrage remained open as there is huge pressure of water upstream.Given the present rise, the water level will cross the red mark anytime.Meanwhile, water started to enter many villages along the river in Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas, said local public representatives.In Panchagarh, the swelling Karatoya river inundated Khalpara, Nimnagar, Tulardanga, Ramerdanga areas of Panchagarch municipality, forcing people to take shelter in schools and colleges.The situation will deteriorate further if the onrush of water from India continues, said locals.In the afternoon, deputy commissioner Zahirul Islam visited the flood-affected areas.He said relief materials have been distributed among the flood victims.Panchagarh BWDB executive director Md Mizanur Rahman said the water was rising persistently.The Karatoya river was flowing only 1.55cm below the danger level, he said.In Lalmonirhat, the flood situation remained almost static with several thousand people in five upazilas still marooned. Hundred acres of paddy field along the Teesta and Dharala rivers went under water.People were suffering in the affected areas for lack of food and safe drinking water.last_img read more

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