first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Countrys leading squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu, the 2014 Asian Games team gold medallist, has been left dejected after being ignored by the Arjuna awards selection panel for the third time. “I was pretty confident that I would be chosen for the honour this time. It is deeply disappointing when you are not picked despite being a deserving candidate,” Sandhu told PTI from Chennai. The 28-year-old is left with no other option than to apply for the award next year with the sports ministry confirming the recipients list yesterday. Sandhu, a winner of nine titles on the pro tour PSA, had played a big role in India winning its maiden squash gold at the Asian Games. He teamed up with Saurav Ghosal to beat a fancied Malaysia in the gold medal match in Incheon. Ghosal, who has been Indias number one male squash player for a long time, has also come out in support of Sandhu saying he was a lot more deserving for the Arjuna than someone like an Anaka Alankamony, who controversially received the honour in 2014. “If benchmarks used for Harry (Sandhu) and Anaka were the same, then Harry should have got the award ahead of her. There is no doubt about that. Harry has also won a national title while Anaka never won one,” said Ghosal, who lost to Sandhu in the 2015 Nationals before regaining the title the following year. The famous Indian squash trio of Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal have all been rewarded with an Arjuna. However, Sandhu is yet to win an individual medal at the Asian or Commonwealth level and it might have affected his chances. He, though, has always been an important member in team events. Sandhu is disheartened with the snub but remains determined to make a stronger case for Arjuna next year. “We have the Asian and Commonwealth Games next year and will try to win a medal in both the events. I am sure, after I win medals there, it will become more difficult for the committee to ignore me,” said the world number 65, who recently won a couple of PSA 5K titles in Australia, taking his overall tally to nine. Sandhu will compete for his second singles national title at the 74th senior national championship, scheduled to be held in Greater Noida from next week. PTI BS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Former world number one Anjali Bhagwat today said pistol shooter Heena Sidhu is peaking at the right the time ahead of the next years Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.The two-time Olympian Heena clinched the womens air pistol at the Commonwealth Shooting championships in Brisbane to add to her three gold medals in the mixed air pistol, including the World Cup Final last week.”She is peaking up at the right time. She is currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games. She is number one in India currently and among the worlds top,” Anjali said on the sidelines of the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours jury announcement here.”She is a brilliant shooter, she has established that and shes showing her consistency. Winning the Commonwealth Championship along with the World Cup final is a great performance. Im looking for a great show from her at the Commonwealth Games,” said Anjali.She said awards are needed to motivate the athletes.”Its not just award but a token of love and appreciation from the society,” Anjali said.The jury is chaired by former all-England champion and chief national badminton coach Puellela Gopichand. The other members of the jury are multiple tennis Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter P T Usha and former hockey captain Arjun Halappa.”I hope these awards will inspire a huge number of people, and also the junior scholarship programme which is there will definitely help a lot of us to get into the sporting nation of the world,” Gopichand said.advertisement”In the last few years sports has taken a centrestage more than in the past. Im sure awards like these will actually provide the much-needed inspiration, motivation and support which all of us need in the sporting fraternity,” he said.Terming this an “authentic” sports award, Bhupathi said: “Having an award at the end of a season not only inspires youth but recognises the past players. Its exciting to have an authentic sport award in the country. It will definitely create an aspiration to achieve more.”The members of the jury also unveiled the trophy which will be handed over to the winners during the inaugural awards ceremony in Mumbai on November 11.Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli through his foundation and city industrialist Sanjiv Goenka have come together to create this platform to honour exceptional sport performances of the country. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: 2-slot fanless barebone system with new modular design and optimized expandabilityNext MicroSys: smart control on ARM based industrial system on modules Würth Elektronik eiSos exhibits at embedded world numerous new products in 0402 and 0603 packages, supporting the advancing miniaturization of assemblies. Another key topic at the Würth Elektronik eiSos exhibition booth is suppression – one example of use is for signal lines with the help of high frequency optimized multilayer ferrites.WE-MPSB is among the stars. This worldwide first series of SMT ferrites with specified peak current capability is optimized for filtering high frequency DC/DC switching controllers in harsh industrial environments. Additional important products in the trade show program are the WE-MAPI, some of the world’s smallest wound metal alloy storage inductors, the WE-LAN-AQ-10/100 Base-T transformers with improved return loss and crosstalk properties, as well as the new MagI³C power modules. With MagI³C-VDMM (Variable Step Down MicroModule), Würth Elektronik eiSos extends its product series of power modules with high power density, very few external components and excellent electromagnetic compatibility with a specially compact solution in the LGA-6EP housing. The MagI³C-VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module) is now available in the TO263-7EP package – ideal for prototype construction.In the field of electromechanics, high quality WE-COM-USB-3.1 type C connectors are unveiled. These and other developments reflect Würth Elektronik’s expectation that USB is set to make rapid gains in industrial applications.Illuminating examples in the true sense for outstanding product design are found in the field of LEDs. In the spotlight: WL-SMDC Horticultural Ceramic LEDs 3535. With its light spectrum, this new series of compact LEDs is ideal for lighting plants in breeding and laboratory facilities. More news from this division of Würth Elektronik eiSos: WL-SMCW 0402 and 0603 compact – miniature LEDs for SMT assembly. WL-SFTW PLCC-6 RGB is a powerful combination of red, green and blue LEDs for displaying any colors in applications such as decoration and background illumination. Of particular interest, especially for sensor manufacturers, are infrared LEDs of which there are no fewer than four new models to be seen on the Würth Elektronik eiSos booth.The subsidiary AMBER wireless showcases, among other things, AMB2621, an ultra low power 2.4 GHz wireless module, as well as the 868 MHz long-range wireless module AMB8826 and the 2.4 GHz long-range wireless module AMB2220. Also on display at the show: the 2.4 GHz all-in-one wireless module AMB2524 with integrated antenna, as well as various M-Bus wireless modules. With AMB2301, an integrated Bluetooth solution is presented, which is available soon for the first time. The chipset needs no external control unit and allows devices to be made Bluetooth-enabled without any further cost or effort.At embedded world, the latest addition to the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, IQD Frequency Products will also present its portfolio of quartz and oscillator products ranging from the tiny 1.2 × 1 mm IGXC-240, including GPS Disciplined OCXOs, through to rubidium oscillators for the most demanding applications. The highlight is the IQOV-114 OCXO, accommodated in a 20 × 12.7 mm SMD housing. It offers extraordinary frequency stability up to ±1 ppb over the entire industrial temperature range of -40 to +85°C. It is, for instance, ideal for stratum 3, 4G/LTE/5G base stations or satellite communication applications.In the presentation of its broad portfolio of capacitors, Würth Elektronik eiSos places special importance on aluminum electrolyte capacitors. A product highlight here is the WCAP-PSHP aluminum-polymer capacitor: miniaturized, with high permissible ripple current, temperature-insensitive and reflow solderable. In the field of such standard components, Würth Elektronik eiSos scores not only with its comprehensive product range, but also with its special service orientation. Free samples, free refilled design kits, design-in support and prompt delivery, even of smaller quantities, from stock – these are all advantages with which Würth Elektronik eiSos positions itself with visitors to embedded world as a powerful partner, also in the field of developer support.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgGoogle may unveil this year’s Pixel phones aka the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL on October 9, rumours suggest. The search giant, however, is yet to reveal details on the launch date. But, looks like, the rumoured date is indeed accurate as the third generation Pixel phones stop by FCC certification site. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have been certified by the FCC, which means that phones are in their finals stage of testing and all set to hit the stores. The FCC listing sadly doesn’t reveal a lot of details about the upcoming Pixel phones apart from their model numbers.The listing shows the Pixel 3 with model number A4RG013A and the Pixel 3 XL with A4RG013C. Another interesting thing that the FCC listing reveals is that this year’s Pixel phones are indeed fully designed in-house at Google. Apparently, two devices have been submitted to FCC by Google itself, meaning both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have been designed by Google and not buy HTC or LG like the previous Pixel phones.The first generation of Pixel phones — Pixel and Pixel XL — were designed by HTC, while the second generation Pixel phones aka Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were designed by HTC and LG. This year the story is a little different. Going by the FCC listing looks like Google’s in-house engineers that the company got from HTC earlier this year have designed the upcoming Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.Although the launch timeline of the Pixel phones is yet to be revealed by Google, rumours and leaks about the phones making around on the internet have already revealed a lot of details about the phones.advertisementA Russian website last week put up a review of the pre-production Google 3 XL, which more or less revealed everything about the upcoming high-end Pixel phone. Both the phones will come with glass back, meaning the Google phones may pack wireless charging support. According to the rumours, the Pixel 3 will look a lot like the Pixel 2, while the Pixel 3XL will see some design changes.The 3XL will come with a single camera paired with LED flash on the back and a notched display on the front. However, compared to the iPhone X notch, the Pixel 3 XL notch seems to be much wider (length-wise) — which doesn’t look very appealing. The Pixel 3XL is said to come with a dual selfie camera, while the Pixel 3 will boast of a single camera setup just as the previous Pixel phones.As far as the camera specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to sport 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted autofocus. On the front, the 3 XL will have an 8-megapixel primary image sensor. One of the two selfie cameras will come with a wide angle lens. A report coming from 9toMac reveals that the Pixel 3 XL will be able to shoot ‘Super Selfies’, meaning the phone will feature faux bokeh for Portrait Mode.ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3 XL: Review done, specs and design shown, this is the phone Google will launch in OctoberThe Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. This means that Pixel 3 XL will be much bigger than the Galaxy Note 9 and also the Huawei P20 Pro. As for the hardware, both the Pixel 3 and the 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm latest Snapdragon 845 processor.last_img read more

first_imgWho set up Philippe Coutinho to score his first goal for Barcelona? Where did Wigan Warriors beat Hull FC? You are a genius. Don’t ever forget it Support The Guardian Share via Email features Which football team conceded a goal this week for the first time in 2018? He had let his players coach themselves “It’s the players’ team and they have to take ownership of it – our job as coaches is to nudge them in the right direction and guide them,” said Kerr as he explained he wasn’t disrespecting the opposition by letting his players coach their team-mates during timeouts. He sold vacuum cleaners door to door in Camberwell Dire Knitting a blanket for the Finnish president’s newborn son “Everyone is knitting a little square and then we will join them together” said Antti Koskinen, the team’s snowboard head coach. “It has become something of a hobby for me. 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Share on Facebook The same player who set up his first goal for Liverpool Luis Suárez assisted Coutinho for his first Liverpool goal in 2013 and his first Barcelona goal in 2018. Topics Holding up “funny” banners at events where Swedish athletes are competing Impressive He became the first openly gay male gold medalist in Winter Olympics history Radford won a bronze medal and a gold medal in Pyeongchang and then retired. Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics 2018 Who said: “I am fully committed to win the award this season of the best behaved manager on the touchline”? Share on Twitter Dire He made £30m trading Bitcoin Fantastic work. Enjoy your weekend He had fallen asleep during the game Challenge your friends Share on Pinterest Nice work. Enjoy your weekend Wellington Since you’re here… Cristiano Ronaldo Eddie Jones Juventus Juventus had conceded one goal in their previous 16 matches before Harry Kane turned up in Turin. Bayern Munich He became the first Monegasque athlete to win an Olympic medal Sport He won £12,000 on Deal or No Deal Olubi appeared on a few gameshows, including The Cube and Can’t Touch This. Warren Gatland Shocking Wollongong Wigan won the first Super League game to be played outside of Europe. You got… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Liverpool and PSG target Oblak admits to no contract talks with Atletico Sacha Pisani 19:42 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JanOblak-cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Eibar v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid Primera División PSG Premier League Ligue 1 The Slovenian goalkeeper, who starred in a 1-0 La Liga win over Eibar on Saturday, says he has not discussed fresh terms in the Spanish capital Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak admits he has not held talks with the club regarding a new contract.Regarded as one of the best keepers in the world, Slovenia international Oblak has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.The 25-year-old, who starred in Atletico’s 1-0 La Liga win over Eibar on Saturday, has offered hope to those chasing his signature by revealing that no fresh terms have been discussed in the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I have a contract until 2021, but we have not talked about that yet,” Oblak said.”First you have to concentrate on the field. What happens, it will happen, but it does not depend on me.” | PHOTOSTake a look at the best pictures from #EibarAtleti https://t.co/J6abrwxb6x#EibarAtleti #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/VHavnbDSCc— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 13, 2018Oblak’s exploits have helped Atletico up to second in La Liga this season, six points behind leaders Barcelona after 19 games, while defending champions Real Madrid are 16 points off the pace in fourth position.”You cannot discard anyone,” Oblak continued. “Madrid are a great team. “I hope we get closer to Barca. We have to go game by game, not further, because in a day things can change.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus captain Chiellini: We care about Supercoppaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini says they’re determined to win the Supercoppa against Juventus tonight.Juve lost on penalties in the December 2016 Supercoppa in Doha.“We have changed a great deal in two years, but it is certainly a trophy we care about and want to win,” said Chiellini in his Press conference.“This appointment arrives mid-season, so it’s different to playing in August, but it remains an important competition and we’ve got to prove ourselves with actions rather than words, because we let a few too many of these trophies slip through our fingers in recent years and that is a shame.“We want to change that trend that has seen us lose the last two Supercoppa finals, and this is the ideal opportunity. It’s going to be a difficult match, but the objective is to start 2019 lifting a trophy above our heads.” last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama continued its practice preparations today for Monday night’s national championship game against Clemson. The Crimson Tide were without a key contributor for at least part of the session.According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz and TideSports.com’s Ben Jones, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs missed the open portion of today. Jacobs had participated in workouts the previous two days.Jacobs could have returned for the part of practice that isn’t open to the media, but there isn’t a way to confirm that as Nick Saban won’t speak to the media until Saturday.More news on Jacobs’ absence could emerge before then though.Alabama RB being led by Brian Robinson, Najee Harris, etc. Damien Harris was being stretched out on the sideline. *NO SIGN OF JOSH JACOBS* @CABCPod pic.twitter.com/ma3ARxBFTR— Cj Dew (@dewthedewby) January 3, 2019Jacobs has rushed for 593 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns this season. He ran for 98 yards and caught a receiving touchdown against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl last Saturday.Again, there might not be any reason to worry about Jacobs yet. We’ll find out his status soon enough.Alabama plays Clemson Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.last_img read more

first_img Students of Hampton High School for Girls send letters to Malala Yousafzai Story Highlights Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africacenter_img Books and poems, letters and essays done by the students of Hampton High School for Girls in Jamaica for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year, were presented to her, on July 19, by High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.This took place when Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, called on the High Commissioner in London.The High Commissioner, who had previously met Malala and her father, told them that the girls at Hampton were very moved and inspired by Malala’s story and wanted to show their support and appreciation for her strength and courage.She also told them that both students and staff at Hampton have extended an invitation for Malala to attend the St. Elizabeth-based school.Malala, who recently addressed a special session of the United Nations on her 16th birthday, thanked the High Commissioner for arranging the visit and asked her to convey her thanks to the staff and students of Hampton.She told the High Commissioner that she was really honoured by the show of support that she had received.Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. She is the youngest nominee in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hours-long wait times at California Department of Motor Vehicles offices in recent months have been unacceptable, the agency’s leader told lawmakers at a Tuesday hearing in response to public outcry over the delays.DMV Director Jean Shiomoto told lawmakers wait times spiked several months ago as Californians update their licenses to meet new federal security standards known as Real ID.The agency underestimated how long it would take to explain the new requirements to customers and ensure they have necessary documents, Shiomoto said.Shiomoto asked lawmakers Tuesday for additional money to hire more employees, possibly as much as $26 million on top of the millions in additional funding the agency has already been granted.When Assemblyman Phil Ting visited a San Francisco DMV office in his district last month, he said the line snaking around the block looked more like a queue for rock concert tickets than for people trying to renew their licenses.“I was shocked,” the Democrat told The Associated Press. “What we’ve been hearing are horrific wait times of six or seven hours. That’s unacceptable.”Lawmakers have given the department millions of dollars in additional funding to accommodate higher demand as Californians update their licenses to comply with the federally mandated security upgrades.The federal law was enacted in 2005 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and requires new ID cards to carry special markings.After Oct. 1, 2020, airport security checkpoints won’t accept non-compliant cards. Californians must apply for new cards in person at DMV offices.The department has already hired hundreds of additional employees to handle increased demand. The agency is also encouraging people to complete some paperwork before arriving in person and is piloting text message alerts for waiting customers.Assemblyman Phillip Chen is requesting an audit of the department and how it is handling the Real ID changes. The top complaint he’s heard from his constituents recently is about the long wait times at DMV offices.“We want to make sure we’re not putting money into a broken system,” the Diamond Bar Republican said.The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will weigh Chen’s audit request Wednesday.To ease the long wait times, the DMV is staffing 60 offices on Saturdays and extending morning hours at 14 offices.“We want to do better and we will do better,” Shiomoto said. “Our customers deserve it.”last_img read more

Hamilton police have arrested a 24-year-old man after police seized crystal meth, cash, and drug paraphernalia on Sunday.Shortly before 1 a.m., officers spotted a cyclist violating the Ontario Highway Traffic Act near Barton St. East and Ottawa St. North.Police say the man riding the bike tried to “obstruct the officer” and was subsequently arrested. Investigators seized 15 grams of crystal meth, several cell phones, some cash and various drug paraphernalia to support drug trafficking.Joshua Forbes, no fixed address, has been charged with possession controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and fail to comply probation.

A co-working space for women that’s drawn the ardour of thousands of Instagrammers is set to expand to Canada.The Wing, a New York-based networking and social club, said this week that Toronto is among the six new locations joining its burgeoning pastel-hued chain.The female-focused company is part of a wave of modern sororities geared to female entrepreneurs, merging a fierce can-do motto with feminist ideals tailor-made for a generation of self-starters.It joins several other Canadian ventures that similarly put career women in their sightlines, including Toronto’s exclusive Verity Club and its luxury spa, the co-working and wellness space Shecosystem with its yoga classes and Madonna dance parties, and the pretty and perky penthouse space Make Lemonade. Other spaces include Montreal’s LORI hub, which stands for Ladies of Real Influence.There is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering “It’s important to have the space where we all feel comfortable and that this is ours, that we have ownership as well,” Rachel Kelly, Make Lemonade’s founder and owner, says of her inspiration.“If you start exploring a couple of the co-working spaces you’ll notice there is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering,” she adds.“Just the overall vibe — the bro vibe — is a big thing.”The Wing’s promotional material includes the taglines: “A home base for women on their way,” “Your throne away from home” and “Say goodbye to the old boys’ club.”It was founded by PR exec Audrey Gelman and business partner Lauren Kassan, and was inspired by the women’s social clubs of the early 20th century.It launched in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in October 2016, expanding to SoHo a year later. Then came a third spot, in Brooklyn, in February, and a fourth heads to D.C. this spring.All locations are created by an all-female design and architecture team and feature a menu of food, wine and cocktails created by female chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. There are also showers and lactation rooms.The Wing says its first Canadian outpost is slated to open in early 2019, the address yet to be determined.Other new locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Williamsburg and London.There certainly appears to be demand in Canada for such a venture.Professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches. (Men were) usually asking, ‘What are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘What do you do for work? Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur Kim Kirton says she joined Make Lemonade after souring on more traditional co-working spaces.“Sometimes I would feel uncomfortable just working, just the way people would kind of look at me,” says Kirton, who too often found professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches.“(Men were) just coming up and usually asking, ‘Oh, what are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘Oh, what do you do for work?”‘Kirton doesn’t suggest she’s experienced any misconduct, stressing that her concerns were primarily focused on finding the best place to run her online wardrobe business, UnCo.“I have a startup here in the city and I’m trying to be like every other entrepreneur and trying to grow my business.”Although none of the members are men, Rachel Kelly says they’re certainly welcome to join Make Lemonade, as long as they adhere to an “inclusivity mandate” that bans “sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise discriminatory language.”Since launching last September, Kelly says she’s drawn 80 members in various fields including editing, food, publishing, law, fashion and tech. In addition to workspaces, she offers mentoring, workshops and mixers.But some question whether women-targeted initiatives are the answer.Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the University of Toronto, worries they push women to the sidelines, instead of levelling the playing field.“I’m not a big fan, personally, of cloistered solutions,” she says.“I’m sure it will satisfy the needs of some people who feel like it’s just a more pleasant or safer or more conducive (place) to do the kind of work that they want to do. But is this a huge market opportunity because women are so different from men? No. It’s just because the world of work is so gendered masculine that I think the only solution people can come up with is to cloister and I don’t think that’s the right solution.“I think we have to change the world of work. But that’s a bigger project.”‘We don’t see any limit to demand’: Co-working giant WeWork eyes 20 more locations in TorontoFive ways co-working spaces can work for regular companies, not just startupsArtisans share space to cut startup and running costsInitiatives such as implicit-bias training and diversity workshops clearly have not fixed organizational culture, Kaplan adds.“You have to actually change your processes and practices, you have to change how you think about the work, not just for women but also for men,” she says, seeing the need for men to participate equally at home.She also says corporate and full-time positions must be more accommodating to workers — often women — who need greater flexibility because of family obligations. Many have left the workforce or opted for “Plan B” ventures that have given rise to spaces like The Wing.“They still want to make money and they still want to participate in the economy but they can’t,” says Kaplan, bemoaning a lack of supports such as onsite daycare and lactation rooms.As a young woman, Kirton suggests self-esteem can hold back women, too, admitting, “Outside of certain spaces I definitely feel my self-doubt a lot bigger.”“Men sometimes are a little bit more vocal in their capabilities … or have a high level of confidence. Whereas women, not so much, so I can see why it could be intimidating.”Kaplan doesn’t see the same issues, pointing instead to “a world that isn’t going to fund you.”“Women are plenty confident, it’s just that they’re beaten down,” she says.“We’ve moved beyond mentoring, we know that that’s just giving free advice. What you really need is sponsorship, you need people who are going to stick their neck out, who are going to put their money where their mouth is.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she senses a shift in discussions with some U.S. government officials about the proposed Keystone XL oilsands pipeline.After her fifth trip to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to lobby for the project, Redford says some people there are starting to appreciate that shipping bitumen by rail generates more greenhouse gases than shipping it by pipeline.Redford says she met with U.S. State department officials as well as members of Congress and the Senate and the talks went very well.She says she continued to promote Alberta’s environmental record, including carbon capture and storage projects and new land use policies.Some Americans say the Keystone XL pipeline would reduce U.S. reliance on crude imports from unfriendly countries and create jobs, but others argue the environmental risks are too high.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) filed its Keystone XL proposal more than five years ago and expects a decision will be made soon.“I actually feel that the discussion that I have been able to have with people, some of whom I have met before who are following this closely and some who I have met for the first time, leads me to believe that people are really fully seized with these issues, have understood the discussion that we have been trying to have out of Alberta and that it is going very well,” she said Tuesday.The US$5.4-billion Keystone project would ship bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.Redford suggested she was encouraged by the discussions in the U.S. capital about shipping crude derived from the oilsands by pipeline versus by rail.“A lot of that product is being transported by rail at the moment, and that is something that is receiving quite a bit of attention in the United States, partly because we know that transportation by rail leads to higher greenhouse gas emissions than a pipeline would,” Redford said.Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty talked about oil pipelines, including Keystone XL, in front of a business crowd in Edmonton Tuesday.“I was in Texas the other week and I can tell you the support for the Keystone pipeline is huge,” he said.“I am hopeful that the sensible course will be followed.”Flaherty touted the three options for shipping oil to port through Canada as well — west through the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, north to the port of Churchill, Man., by rail and east to New Brunswick by pipeline.“I think we should do them all, personally. This is the future of the country — it’s long term. I think we should move on all fronts.” he said. “We need to do something.” Alberta’s premier says Washington trip to promote Keystone pipeline went well by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 6:23 pm MDT read more

State attorney general tells DraftKings and FanDuel to stop operating in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 5:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general on Tuesday ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests promoted like a lottery are essentially games of chance, not skill.He drew a sharp distinction between the operations of daily fantasy sports sites and traditional fantasy leagues, which he said remained legal.Schneiderman said the daily contests are “neither harmless nor victimless” and carry the same social and economic costs of other forms of gambling. In a separate statement, he accused the companies of being “leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.”New York-based FanDuel insisted in a statement that its games are legal.“This is a politician telling hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers they are not allowed to play a game they love and share with friends, family, co-workers and players across the country,” it said. “The game has been played — legally — in New York for years and years, but after the attorney general realized he could now get himself some press coverage, he decided a game that has been around for a long, long time is suddenly now not legal.”Boston-based DraftKings said in a statement that it was disappointed in Schneiderman’s action, “particularly since he did not take any time to understand our business or why daily fantasy sports are clearly a game of skill.” It said the company would “vigorously pursue all legal options available to ensure our over half a million customers in New York state can continue to play the fantasy sports games they love.”Daily fantasy sports have become increasingly popular, with DraftKings and FanDuel blanketing the Internet and TV ahead of and during the 2015 NFL season with ads promising casual fans the opportunity to win big money playing in tournaments against other sports buffs who meticulously track player statistics.The sites have come under increased scrutiny since it was revealed last month that a midlevel DraftKings employee playing fantasy football beat more than 200,000 other players, winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel. The case raised questions about insider trading after game data not publicly accessible was inadvertently posted online.The companies have said their employees didn’t appear to violate industry rules but launched internal probes and barred their workers from playing on rival websites.News of that episode prompted Schneiderman to ask the companies to turn over information.Nevada regulators ordered the sites to shut down on Oct. 15, ruling that they couldn’t operate in the state without a gambling license. read more

In a ceremony presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was sworn in as the second Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Her predecessor, Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, stepped down earlier this year.The appointment of Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Deputy President of South Africa, was announced by the Mr. Ban on 10 July 2013. Mr. Ban said that Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka brings to her new position a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues “with a combination of strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management experience.”Among her prior appointments, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.UN Women was established in July 2010 by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights. It is tasked with helping Member States implement standards, providing technical and financial support to countries which request it, and forging partnerships with civil society. read more

“The country is already a gigantic, devastated graveyard,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement issued by his office. “The number of war crimes already committed surpasses the worst nightmares. But it is in the power of both attacking and defending forces – and their foreign backers – to minimize further civilian casualties and avoid further crimes and atrocities. They must do so.”He added that even if the forces “have become so brutalized they do not care about the innocent women, children and men’s whose lives are in their hands, they should bear in mind that one day there will be a reckoning for all these crimes.” While exact figures are extremely hard to establish, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that there are at least 150,000 civilians who are now effectively totally trapped in the opposition-held part of Aleppo. “We are deeply worried about what will happen to them as the fighting closes in and intensifies, while their already minimal supplies of food, water and medicine run out,” Mr. Zeid said.Meanwhile, as Government forces and their allies advance on the opposition-held eastern part of the city, armed opposition groups have escalated shelling in Government-held areas of Aleppo.“Advancing forces recently captured several areas in southern and western parts of Darayya, squeezing the remaining 8,000 civilians into an even narrower space of around one square kilometre of devastated urban ruins,” the High Commissioner said of an area in Western Ghouta, close to Damascus. Darayya has been under siege by Government forces and their allies since 2012. In addition, the situation in Manbij, in eastern rural area of Aleppo Governorate, is believed to be deteriorating dramatically due to fighting between ISIL and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with near-daily air and ground strikes since June. Approximately 70,000 civilians are trapped in the city, according to UN figures. Mr. Zeid added that his Office (OHCHR) had received reports of a number of civilians, including women and children being killed and injured by airstrikes and ground strikes, as well as by landmines laid by ISIL. “Civilians have also reportedly been killed if they leave their homes or attempt to flee,” Mr. Zeid said. “Families are unable to access local cemeteries to bury their relatives who have died or been killed, and are burying them in their gardens or keeping the corpses in bunkers. The town has no electricity or water at present, and no medical facilities are known to be operating. As the SDF closes in on the city, ISIL has not permitted civilians to leave the area.” read more

Kerri Ann Podwinski has been on her own since she was 14. Barely a teenager, she moved out and started taking care of herself.Between making ends meet and her high school classes, something had to give. Her grades suffered.“I had no influential adults in my life,” she said, adding she was alone and dealing with mental health issues including anxiety and depression.Podwinski never believed university was within her reach.That changed when she attended the Second Chance program at Beamsville District Secondary School. Her teacher, Jon Bald, encouraged her to apply herself. He told her she was smart. That she could succeed.She believed him.“I worked three jobs saving money for university,” she recalled.Kerri Ann PodwinskiPodwinski went to night classes and completed some online courses to get the grades she needed to attend Brock University.Friday, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and earned the undergraduate Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock award.During her time at Brock, Podwinski logged a whopping 2,500 hours of volunteer service at the University and in the community.“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without all that volunteer experience. I’ve really grown as a person,” she said. “Brock offers a lot of opportunity for extracurricular involvement.”She spent five years volunteering with the Power Cord program at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being and said the inspirational and motivated people she met there solidified her commitment to working in health care.Mario De Divitiis, middle, presented the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock awards to Kerri Ann Podwinski and Joshua Bowslaugh at Friday’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences afternoon convocation ceremony.She also volunteered with MedPlus, Southridge Shelter, Youth Net Niagara, Niagara Health System and the Migrant Worker Health Interest Group.Joshua Bowslaugh was the recipient of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences graduate student Spirit of Brock award Friday.He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brock and was an outstanding student who was heavily involved in non-academic activities.Bowslaugh worked at Smart Start, as a teaching assistant and tutor in the Department of Kinesiology and as a volunteer in the SeniorFit program.Dean’s medals were awarded to Cameron Giles and Laura Wiens.Delivering the convocation address Friday morning was Department of Kinesiology associate professor Jae Patterson, the recipient of Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.Professor Jae Patterson gave the convocation address to Faculty of Applied Health Sciences graduates after receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award Friday.He told the students about the importance of always challenging themselves.“Sometimes challenges are uncomfortable and sometimes it doesn’t make you the most popular person in the room, but there’s are a lot of benefits,” Patterson said. “If you look at the experts, the only way for them to get better and maintain their expertise, is for them to put themselves in challenging situations. Not only do you learn in challenge, you maintain your expertise in challenge.”The afternoon speaker was professor of Epidemiology Martin Tammemägi, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer screening.The convocation was President and Vice-Chancellor Jack Lightstone’s last before he leaves office at the end of the month. The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences ceremonies from Friday can be watched in full below:MORNING read more

Every year since his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama has shared his NCAA men’s college basketball tournament bracket with the public, and, for the last five years, predictions for the women’s tournament, too. As he’s chosen teams, many of them from swing states, he’s resisted the urge to play politics with his picks.Obama’s main bracket criterion: the number next to a team’s name. The lower a team’s seed, the more likely he is to overestimate its chances. The president has predicted a far smaller number of round-of-64 upsets than the tournaments have produced, and in the last seven tournaments he’s forecast just one men’s team with a seed below 9 to win more than one game.He also has a soft spot for certain states. The president loves teams from Connecticut, a reliably blue state, and Kentucky, a reliably red one.1Schools from those states get a bump of about 0.7 wins per year in his brackets, compared to the expected performance of their seed numbers. The effect is statistically significant (p<0.05). But that may just be a reflection of Obama’s preference for highly seeded teams: After controlling for seed, no state had a statistically significant effect on the president’s picks. He’s been pretty neutral on states where he’s lived, studied or had family ties, including Illinois, California, Kansas, Massachusetts and New York. (Hawaii hasn’t had a tournament team in the years of Obama’s brackets.)Other public figures have picked brackets, but Obama, a big basketball fan, is unusual in having entered so many of his bracket predictions into the public record2He usually has unveiled them on ESPN broadcasts. — enough to create a sample size bigger than some of the polls used to forecast his election and re-election, and to search for patterns in his picks.To assess Obama’s brackets, I compiled the number of wins he predicted for each tournament team in each season,3There are two groups of exceptions to this list.First, neither ESPN nor the White House was able to supply a copy of Obama’s 2010 women’s bracket, and the link from a Whitehouse.gov blog post about it points to a different ESPN.com bracket. I gathered as much information as I could from press accounts of his Final Four picks that year, plus whatever I could glean from this video clip of his ESPN interview, and excluded from all analyses the 21 women’s teams in the 2010 tournament for which I couldn’t figure out the president’s prediction.Second, I excluded from the analysis any teams that hadn’t yet lost in this year’s tournaments, since we don’t know their final win totals.Here are links to Obama’s 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 men’s brackets, and to his 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 women’s brackets. and compared that number to two benchmarks: How did his picks compare to what might be considered typical picks, and how did they compare to how teams actually performed?The first benchmark was the average number of games that teams with the same seed had won for each tournament, over a period from the first year the tournament expanded to 64 teams41985 for men, 1994 for women. through the year before he picked the bracket.5That calculation was based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information. I counted only wins from the round of 64 on, since the brackets Obama entered didn’t require entrants to predict play-in games. I assigned each play-in team half its seed’s expected wins, since only half the play-in teams advance to the round of 64.Obama, incidentally, has never picked the play-in winners to win their next game (a questionable strategy), and generally hasn’t picked the outcome of the play-in games, either, though he did write on his 2009 bracket — incorrectly, as it turned out — that Alabama State would beat Morehead State and enter the round of 64 as a No. 16 seed.This measure models the sort of information used by a typical tournament forecaster (or as typical as one in the White House can be): How well have teams of that seed done before?The second benchmark for Obama’s picks was the one used to score brackets for accuracy: how many games the teams won. This is both less and more fair than the first benchmark — less fair because he couldn’t have known how the teams would do when he submitted his picks, and more fair because it credits him for insights beyond the seed numbers.After subtracting either number — expected wins or actual wins — from Obama’s predicted win total for each team, we’re left with two possible measures for his lean toward or away from that team. When Obama picked Louisville to make the final last year as a top seed, the first measure scored that as a big pro-Louisville preference, since the average No. 1 seed from 1985 to 2012 averaged 3.375 wins. But the second measure detected a presidential slant against Louisville, since the Cardinals won the title. Conversely, Obama looks like a Washington, D.C., outsider based on his picks for the capital’s teams: He expected fewer wins for them than their seeds would have suggested. But his picks proved optimistic when the teams underperformed their seeds by a big margin.I now had a set of over 700 teams, each one with two scores indicating whether Obama was hard or easy on each team. I then looked up each team’s home state and ran a series of linear regressions to find whether politics could be driving the president’s picks.My first test: Was Obama backing the states that were most supportive of him, or — for his first bracket — the prior Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry in 2004? Or, instead, was he throwing some love to the states that were most supportive of Republican candidates, hoping to sway their hoops-mad voters into his camp?Neither, best I can tell. For each year, I took the most recent presidential election data6Election data from uselectionatlas.org. Since March precedes November, for Obama’s 2008 tournament picks, the most recent election was 2004; for 2012, it was 2008. and subtracted the percentage of votes going to the Republican from the percentage received by the Democrat, then normalized the results.7For each election year’s data, I subtracted from each state’s figure the average of every state’s figure. This data normalization put all states for each election year on the same playing field: how far they leaned Democratic or Republican relative to the average state in that year. I then ran two regressions against this score, one for each of my scores of Obama’s picks. And I found no relationship whatsoever.The story repeats for other political indicators that might have steered his picks: whether states were swing states,8I defined swing states as those with a gap of less than 5 percentage points in the previous presidential election between the vote shares of the Democratic and Republican candidates. and the probability that a single voter in that state — perhaps a fan of a team Obama could pick for the Final Four — could swing the presidential election.9Based on work by Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman and FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, using Silver’s 2008 presidential-election forecasts; Gelman provided me with a table of probabilities by state. For each possible factor, I ran the same pair of linear regressions.10Technically, I ran two pairs of linear regressions for the probability of one voter swinging the election: One using the raw probability, and one the logarithm of the probability, since the probabilities were minuscule and varied by orders of magnitude. And each time I found no clear relationship.11Six out of the eight coefficients were positive, which would suggest Obama was favoring Democratic states or electorally vital states, but none of the results was statistically significant.There was one highly statistically significant relationship: between Obama’s picks and a team’s seed number. For each improvement in seed of one — say, from 5 to 4 — Obama was likely to give the team a bump of about 3 percent of a win relative to its seed’s expected wins, and about 4 percent of a win more than the team actually won.12Seed was highly significant: p<10^-6. After controlling for seed, all the political factors still produced insignificant effects and half their coefficients were negative, suggesting any hint of a lean by Obama was more a product of seed number. And for each regression, p>0.4.Here’s another way of saying that: President Obama backs favorites to win even more than they have historically. And he’s remained consistently risk-averse, ranging from three to six upset picks in the round of 64 in his seven men’s tournament brackets. He’s never picked a team seeded below 13 to win a game, though six have over those years.13It’s probably imprudent to pick too many early upsets by big underdogs since their opponents are favorites not only to win but to go on to advance far in the tournament. But many fans do pick at least one. The millions of entrants to ESPN.com’s bracket challenge this year and last averaged about one pick per three brackets of a 14, 15 or 16 seed to reach the round of 32.Obama predicted wins for 32 teams seeded 10 and below, from the round of 64 on, for the seven men’s tournaments from 2008 to 2014.14 I didn’t count wins by 9 seeds over 8 seeds as upsets since those teams are so closely seeded. Yet 50 percent more teams have won at least one game. He was especially downbeat about the chances of teams seeded 12 or lower, predicting just eight wins for the group. Some 29 teams seeded that low have combined to win 38 games.Obama’s caution intensifies as he moves through the men’s bracket to later rounds. He’s picked just one team seeded 7 or worse to make the Sweet Sixteen in seven years of men’s bracket-picking.15North Carolina State, in 2012. Obama was right. Yet 27 teams with seeds that low made a Sweet Sixteen since 2008 — including two teams, Connecticut and Kentucky, that qualified for the Final Four on Sunday. Conversely, though nine No. 2 seeds have lost before the Sweet Sixteen, Obama has picked every one to make it that far.16He evidently considered choosing Clemson to upset No. 2 Oklahoma in 2009’s round of 32 but crossed out that pick and went with the chalk — correctly, as it turned out. Obama has backed no Elite Eight teams with seeds worse than 5, yet nine such teams have made it that far. And he’s picked no national semifinalist seeded worse than 4, yet seven Final Four teams have fit that category.When Obama has predicted a men’s upset, he has guessed well. By chance alone, you’d expect that 14 of the teams he picked seeded 10 or below to pull off at least one upset of a higher-seeded team would have done so.17That calculation is based on the actual rates of upsets for each seed number, and how many upsets he predicted. Yet 18 got at least one win — including all five of the 12 seeds he backed. Obama is on the verge of displaying a statistically significant forecast skill in the men’s brackets.180.1>P>0.05.In the women’s tournament, where favorites tend to dominate, Obama’s caution has been merited. He’s picked 12 teams seeded 10 or worse to pull off first-round upsets since 2011,19I excluded the incomplete 2010 Obama women’s bracket from this analysis, in case his picks for the omitted teams deviated sharply from his picks that we know. and 13 have. He’s shown no particular ability to identify upset victims, forecasting three correctly compared to an expected total of 2.4.Obama also seems to like certain teams more than others, though with just 12 of his brackets on record, no team has a sample size large enough to draw broader conclusions. His likes, relative to expected and actual performance, include Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State. By contrast, Obama is hard on Arizona, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas and Xavier.20The effect for Baylor, Louisville and North Carolina is statistically significant (p<0.05) for his picks relative to the teams’ seed numbers; he typically gives those teams one more win than their seed suggests. The effect vanishes, though, for those schools when examining how they did relative to Obama’s picks. In other words, their results suggest he was mostly right when picking them to outperform their seed. The effect is also smaller and statistically insignificant after controlling for seeds, since those teams tend to have high seeds. Adding that control reveals that Obama has been hard on Washington State, to a statistically significant degree: Controlling for seed, Obama has under-picked the Cougars by an average of nearly two wins per tournament, relative to their seed. His view on some schools looks different depending on the measure: Obama seems like a Duke-backer based on the Blue Devils’ results, but his picks have been in line with their seed numbers.Separating his preferences for certain schools’ men’s and women’s teams is especially tough because of the sample-size problem. So it’s hard to say whether he likes Cal’s women’s teams but dislikes their male counterparts, or if that’s just a statistical fluke.Asked about the president’s picking strategy, the White House press office referred to his statements to ESPN when unveiling his brackets.21Here are video clips of Obama’s chats with ESPN’s Andy Katz about his 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 brackets. Obama usually talks about specific teams in those broadcasts, rather than a broader strategy. The country’s chief executive has a soft spot for team chiefs, mentioning more coaches than players in recent years. (He has high praise for Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and North Carolina’s Roy Williams; in 2012, he admitted, “I’m just a sucker for the Tar Heels.”) He likes point guards and teams with momentum. Last year, he mentioned his “Big 10 bias.”22Obama does back Big 10 teams beyond their seed to a statistically significant degree, but the effect isn’t significant after controlling for seed, since Big 10 teams usually are highly seeded. Because of all the conference realignment during Obama’s bracket-picking years of 2008 to 2014, I studied only the conference he mentioned liking and counted only Big 10 teams that were in the conference throughout the period. When Obama does mention a player, he is sometimes motivated by where the player comes from rather than where his school is. For example, he said he picked Duke to reach this year’s Elite Eight partly because Blue Devils star Jabari Parker comes from Chicago. And Obama is aware of his tendency to back favorites. He said this year, “I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones.”It’s hard to argue with the president’s preference for favorites: Picking upsets incorrectly is more damaging than picking upsets correctly is valuable. And lately, it’s working for him. He picked the women’s champion correctly twice in four tries, got one of the surprising men’s Final Four teams right this year — No. 1 seed Florida — and is in the 74th percentile of ESPN’s bracket contest. However, he may regret taking the relatively daring step of backing a No. 4 seed, Michigan State, to win the title. It was his first time picking a men’s or women’s champion that wasn’t a No. 1 seed, and the Spartans’ elimination on Sunday left him without any chance of gaining further points next weekend. In presidential brackets, as in presidential politics, risk-taking sometimes backfires. read more